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NBN Sky Muster Satellite Service Now Available

From http://www.smartoffice.com.au/technology/internet/510F8NYV-nbn-sky-muster-satellite-service-now-available.aspx

NBN has launched its Sky Muster wholesale broadband satellite service, advising today that it is now being sold by retailers.

The service will deliver fast broadband access to around 400,000 rural, regional and remote Australians, bringing broadband to areas that have never had it before.

The Sky Muster satellite launched into space last October, with NBN stating that the satellite along with 10 NBN ground stations "have undergone extensive testing and monitoring, including end-user trials".

Around 200 homes in regional and remote areas have trialled the service, with the trials on average delivering speeds of up to 25/5 Mbps for end-users.

"The NBN Sky Muster satellite service will make a truly transformational difference to rural and remote Australians as we offer some of the world's fastest and largest consumer satellite broadband plans to remote and isolated areas of Australia," NBN chief customer officer John Simon commented.

Simon stated that NBN has "teamed up with our delivery partners and now have a field force of over 600 trained technicians ready to connect homes around the country".

"It will take some time to get all eligible premises connected due to the sheer size of our 7.69 million km2 country, so we ask for patience as our teams travel around to install the service," he commented.

NBN has also cited a new report from global analyst firm Ovum, commissioned by NBN, examining 18 retail service providers internationally offering satellite broadband services.

NBN stated the report "has found that when measured in terms of data allowance, download speed, upload speed and affordability, that selected plans on the NBN Sky Muster service are world-leading for satellite broadband services".

NBN Sky Muster satellite service goes live

From http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/nbn-sky-muster-satellite-service-goes-live-20160429-gohzid.html

The National Broadband Network launched its long-term satellite service for regional, rural and remote Australians on Friday, but some customers may still have to wait a few years get connected.

The Sky Muster satellite launched 36,000km into space at the end of October 2015 and will now begin rolling out to some 400,000 eligible customers.

A team of more than 600 technicians will be installing dishes at premises across Australia that are unable to connect to the fibre, fixed wireless or hybrid-fibre coaxial parts of the multi-technology NBN.

Sky Muster replaces the NBN's interim satellite service, which has been oversubscribed and congested, resulting in poor internet connections for thousands of Australians.

The 37,000 customers currently connected to the interim service are expected to be migrated to the long-term service within a year.

The rollout schedule aims to connect 85,000 premises by the end of June next year, and a further 50,000 by June 2018.

"It will take some time to get all eligible premises connected due to the sheer size of our 7.69 million km² country, so we ask for patience as our teams travel around to install the service," said NBN chief customer officer John Simon.

Two-hundred early bird customers have already been trialling the network across Australia.

The initial trials showed average download speeds of up to 25Mbps, and 5Mbps upload speeds, on the new service, NBN said.

A report from telecommunications research firm Ovum found the Sky Muster service was "equal to the world's best [satellite services] in terms of download speed and peak monthly data allowance".

"On an affordability basis, Australian retail plans based on NBN's Sky Muster service are available at close to the best global pricing on a price per GB basis across the benchmarked operators," it said.

Eligible customers can register with their local retail service provider to connect to the network — not with NBN, which is a wholesaler. Prices and plans will vary depending on providers.

The satellite has a life span of 16 years. It will be joined by a second satellite later this year to jointly deliver broadband services across Australia.

The long-term satellite service has a chequered past, with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (then communications minister) initially against the Labor proposal.

Current communications minister Mitch Fifield said on Friday, "The remoteness of our continent and its islands is no longer a barrier to broadband connectivity, thanks to NBN's Sky Muster."

Slashed TV fee delivers windfall

From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/media/broadcast/slashed-tv-fee-delivers-windfall/news-story/763a2b8eafa561631c73cf047406a61c

The federal government is preparing to slash the $153 million in annual licence fees paid by free-to-air television networks in next week’s budget, delivering a major windfall to the sector.

The Australian reported this month that the government was leaning towards not cutting the fees as it looked to repair the $37.4 billion budget deficit.

The news galvanised the networks’ campaign for fee relief and a last-gasp charm offensive in Canberra in recent weeks appears to have paid dividends.

The commercial metropolitan free-to-air broadcasters, the Nine Seven and Ten networks, pay 4.5 per cent of their gross revenues in licence fees and that figure is expected to be reduced, rather than abolished, as revealed by The Australian online yesterday.

It means Scott Morrison’s first budget on Tuesday is likely to ­result in a stockmarket re-­rating for the networks, given the boost that would flow to their profits.

If a network generates revenues of less than $75m in a ­licence area, the fee drops to 3.95 per cent; for areas where less than $45m is written, the fee is 3.2 per cent.

The then Labor government cut the top licence fee in half from 9 per cent of revenues in 2013.

Regional networks Southern Cross Austereo, WIN Corporation and Prime Media Group are hoping the Turnbull government takes a similar approach to fee cuts.

Network bosses have argued that their licence fees are higher than international peers, and that any reductions would be likely to be invested in Australian content and productions.

A spokeswoman for Communications Minister Mitch Fifield said yesterday: “The government has indicated that it will examine the issue of licence fees in the context of the budget.

“The government does not comment on speculation in relation to what may be decided in the budget.”

The news comes as Nine, Ten, News Corporation and Fairfax Media prepare to front a Senate hearing today into the government’s proposed changes to media ownership rules, including the abolition of the reach rule, which prevents mergers between regional and metropolitan free-to-air networks, and the two-out-of-three cross media law.

The bill would be killed if Malcolm Turnbull officially called a double-dissolution election for July 2, but it is expected to be ­resurrected should the Coalition win re-election.

A cut to licence fees would infuriate subscription TV group Foxtel, which is owned by The Australian’s publisher, News Corporation, and Telstra, because the government has refused to examine the anti-siphoning list, which ring-fences premium sport for free-to-air networks.

Foxtel had wanted the gov­ernment to examine free-to-air ­licence fees at the same time as the anti-siphoning list, which does not apply to the global internet ­giants such as Google and Netflix.

News Corp Australia boss Michael Miller attacks TV anti-siphoning laws

From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/media/broadcast/news-corp-australia-boss-michael-miller-attacks-tv-antisiphoning-laws/news story/e70bbacf6bbdcb3a22ba2913b69bf29e

News Corp Australia boss Michael Miller says Australia’s anti-siphoning regulations represent “world’s worst practice” and ring-fence premium sport for free-to-air television networks in an anti-competitive manner.

Speaking before a Senate committee hearing into the Turnbull government’s plans to scrap outdated media regulation, Mr Miller pointed out that New Zealand did not have any anti-siphoning regulations and in the United Kingdom there were only 10 sporting events protected for free-to-air networks, compared to 1900 in Australia.

News Corp, publisher of The Australian, is a joint venture partner in subscription television group Foxtel — alongside Telstra — which is the main target of anti-siphoning legislation.

The heads of the country’s major sporting codes, including the NRL, AFL and Cricket Australia, signed a letter in 2014 which proposed that the anti-siphoning list be trimmed to boost the value of sports rights that help support players, fans and grassroots development.

“Previously the CEOs of the seven major sporting codes … submitted that they are not being able to maximise their rights by the current auction process,” Mr Miller told the Senate hearing today.

“We are meant to have a sport-loving nation.

“What we have here is world’s worst practice.”

The anti-siphoning regime was also outdated because it did not apply to global internet giants, such as Google, Netflix and Twitter, Mr Miller said.

The government is proposing to abolish the reach rule, which prevents mergers between regional and metropolitan free-to-air networks, and the two-out-of-three cross media law.

Mr Miller said News Corp supported the proposed changes as a first step but did not believe the bill went far enough.

“We don’t believe the media should be regulated at all,” he said.

“The people who regulate us are the public, our readers and our audience who decide whether they are going to consumer us or not.

Asked how urgently media reform was needed, Mr Miller said: “In terms of urgency, in many ways we’re too late.

“We’re supportive of the legislation and we do feel it hasn’t gone far enough.

“We’re not here to obstruct it in anyway. Our request is to get on with it and get on with more as well.”

The Australian reported yesterday that the government was planning to slash the $153 million in annual licence fees paid by the free-to-air networks in next week’s federal budget.

Mr Miller said the abolition of the reach rule, licence fee cuts and maintaining the current anti-siphoning regime clearly benefited the free-to-air networks over other media companies

“That’s not a balanced media market that we operate in,” he said.

Japan says 'human error' to blame for loss of multi-million pound satellite studying black holes

From http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/04/28/japan-says-human-error-to-blame-for-loss-of-multi-million-pound/

Japan's space agency has admitted that human error was to blame for the failure of a £251 million satellite launched in February to study black holes and the origins of the universe.

The state-of-the-art satellite, named Hitomi, the Japanese word for eye, was designed to locate previously unknown galaxy clusters and X-rays emanating from black holes.

Much of the equipment aboard the craft had been provided by NASA.

Within a month of the satellite reaching orbit, contact was lost as it was being manoeuvered into position to examine an active galaxy cluster.

Scientists from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency initially speculated that the craft had suffered an explosion or a collision. Images transmitted to Earth shortly before communications ceased showed debris floating around the satellite.

“We deeply apologise to the public, institutions at home and abroad and astronomers who have supported [the programme] and pinned their hopes on observations”

Dr Saku Tsuneta, vice president of JAXA,

A subsequent investigation has concluded that a glitch in the craft's computer software and a message mistakenly sent by ground engineers fired an engine at the wrong time, putting the satellite into a rapid rotation.

That spinning motion appears to have caused the solar panels that gathered power for the instruments to have broken off.

"We deeply apologise to the public, institutions at home and abroad and astronomers who have supported [the programme] and pinned their hopes on observations", Dr Saku Tsuneta, vice president of JAXA, told a press conference in Tokyo on Thursday.

Dr Tsuneta said the agency had done everything in its power to regain control of the satellite but that the craft is showing no signs of responding.

"We have concluded that the satellite is in a state in which its functions are not expected to recover", he said.

"There was a human error, but in a critical system such as this we have to imagine that humans make errors," he said.

"So rather than thinking of this as an error by a human, we believe that there is a problem in the system".

Dr Tsuneta said Japan does not have the capability to launch a another black hole observation satellite for at least 12 years, while a craft with similar tasks is due to be launched by the European Space Agency in 2028.

Hitomi is expected to gradually lose altitude and eventually burn up as it returns to Earth's atmosphere in about 20 years' time, Kyodo News reported.

Orbital ATK Delivers THAICOM 8 Commercial Communications Satellite to Launch Site

From http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160429005870/en/Orbital-ATK-Delivers-THAICOM-8-Commercial-Communications

Satellite Based on Company’s GEOStar-2™ Platform Scheduled for May Launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida

New Spacecraft to Strengthen Thaicom’s Growing Presence in Commercial Satellite Industry

The THAICOM 8 commercial communications satellite was shipped to the Cape Canaveral, Florida launch site from Orbital ATK’s satellite manufacturing facility in Dulles, Virginia. (Photo: Business Wire)

DULLES, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Orbital ATK, Inc. (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, today announced that the THAICOM 8 satellite has arrived at its launch site in Cape Canaveral, Florida. THAICOM 8 is the second satellite Orbital ATK has built for Thaicom PLC and is based on the company’s flight-proven GEOStar-2TM platform. The satellite arrived at the launch site after it was shipped on Wednesday, April 27 from the company’s manufacturing facility in Dulles, Virginia. THAICOM 8 is set to launch in late May aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 vehicle. The satellite will support Thailand’s growing broadcast industry and will provide broadcast and data services to customers in South Asia, Southeast Asia and Africa.

“We built and delivered this high-quality communications satellite for Thaicom PLC two months ahead of schedule, demonstrating our ability to manufacture reliable, affordable and innovative products that exceed expectations for our customer”

Commissioned in 2014, THAICOM 8 was ordered shortly after the company-built THAICOM 6 satellite was launched into orbit in January 2014. The design, manufacturing, integration and testing of THAICOM 8 took place at Orbital ATK’s state-of-the-art satellite manufacturing facility in Dulles, Virginia.

A Ku-band satellite, THAICOM 8’s payload includes 24 active transponders that will deliver broadcast and data services. The Falcon 9 rocket will deliver the satellite into its targeted geosynchronous transfer orbit where it will enter a 30-day testing phase. Following in-orbit activation and after reaching its final orbital slot, Orbital ATK will then turn over control of the satellite to Thaicom to begin normal operations. THAICOM 8’s orbital location will be positioned at 78.5 degrees east longitude and the satellite is designed to operate for more than 15 years.

The THAICOM 8 satellite is the 36th GEOStar spacecraft launched for customers around the world. Orbital ATK is currently producing several commercial satellites that will be delivered and launched for customers over the next several years, including the Al Yah 3, HYLAS 4 and SES-16/GovSat spacecraft. The company has also begun work on the new Mission Extension Vehicle-1 (MEV-1) for the company’s recently announced commercial satellite servicing agreement with Intelsat, S.A.

About Orbital ATK

Orbital ATK is a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies. The company designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation systems for customers around the world, both as a prime contractor and merchant supplier. Its main products include launch vehicles and related propulsion systems; missile products, subsystems and defense electronics; precision weapons, armament systems and ammunition; satellites and associated space components and services; and advanced aerospace structures. Headquartered in Dulles, Virginia, Orbital ATK employs approximately 12,000 people in 18 states across the U.S. and in several international locations. For more information, visit www.orbitalatk.com.


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Astro takes Tribe to Philippines

From https://www.c21media.net/astro-takes-tribe-to-philippines/

Asian media firm Astro is teaming with telecoms company Globe to bring its Tribe OTT platform to the Philippines.

The two firms have signed a memorandum of understanding to offer Tribe to Filipino customers and to collaborate on content opportunities.

wolf_creekTribe recently launched in Indonesia and offers live and on-demand content comprising live sports, Asian movies and TV series.

In related news, Astro has this week launched eGG or Every Good Game, a dedicated 24/7 eSports channel in Southeast Asia.

PH’s first micro- satellite now in orbit

From http://www.manilatimes.net/phs-first-micro-satellite-now-in-orbit/259060/

SHE’S WATCHING US It’s just the size of a “balikbayan” box but Diwata-1 will perform the big job of observing Earth and climate change. PHOTO FROM ASTRONAUT TIM PEAKE’S TWITTER ACCOUNT

DIWATA-1, the Philippines’ first microsatellite, has started its duty as the country’s eye in the sky after it was successfully launched into space on Wednesday night.

It was released into orbit around 7 p.m. from the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM), nicknamed “Kibo,” where it was housed since it reached the International Space Station (ISS) late last month.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (Jaxa) in Tsukuba Space Center said the deployment of Diwata-1 marks the first foray of a 50-kg (the size of a “balikbayan [returnee] box”) class satellite from the JEM.

Acknowledging this historical milestone, Jaxa noted that “the deployment of the microsatellite combines the only air lock and robot arm in the ISS used in ‘Kibo’ operations, which, in the future, is expected to be one of the important means to meet the launch needs of microsatellites.”

The microsatellite was released by the JEM Small Satellite Orbital Deployer at an altitude of 400 kilometers from the earth’s surface.

Its mission is to capture photos and images through its main payload consisting of high precision telescope, spaceborne multi-spectral imager and wide field camera.

The telescope produces high resolution imaging for observing large-scale weather patterns while the imager is used for monitoring bodies of water and vegetation.

The camera, on the other hand, is used in observing large-scale weather patterns.
Diwata-1 was designed, developed and assembled by Filipino scientists.

The launch marks a milestone in the country’s developing space program and a testament that local scientists can make their own microsatellite.

“The Diwata-1 might be a small satellite, but it represents the dreams and aspirations of the Philippines, as far as making space technology work for the Filipino,” said Joel Joseph Marciano, director of the Advanced Science and Technology Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), in a news conference at the Tsukuba Space Center.

“A lot of kids in the Philippines before [would] think of space as part of science fiction. But what this means is that for our young engineers and scientists in the Philippines, given enough support, they can actually achieve what first-world countries are doing with technology,” Fidel Nemenzo, vice chancellor for Research and Development of the University of the Philippines-Diliman in Quezon City, said.

Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Cuisia Jr. said the launch of Diwata-1 is “not only a giant leap for Philippine science and technology. It could also provide Philippine policy makers with the scientific data and information needed to formulate policies relating to disaster mitigation, agricultural productivity and management of land and water resources.”

Diwata-1 is expected to be in orbit for approximately 20 months and will be imaging the country twice daily.

Along with the microsatellite development is the installation of the satellite ground receiving station, named Philippine Earth Data Resources Observation (Pedro).

Located in Subic, Zambales, Pedro is tasked to receive Diwata-1 imagery, including other images from select commercial satellites.

Another space-related facility under construction is the UP-Diliman Microsatellite Research and Instructional facility, which will be the hub of training for future space technology research and development activities.

The Philippines’ second microsatellite, Diwata-2, will be deployed in late 2017 or early 2018.

Thaicom and SLNTV Ink Global Distribution Deal

From http://www.satellitetoday.com/regional/2016/04/28/thaicom-and-slntv-ink-global-distribution-deal/

[Via Satellite 04-28-2016] Thaicom has entered into a multi-year agreement with Somaliland National Television (SLNTV), Somaliland’s national broadcaster. Under the terms of the agreement, Thaicom will provide SLNTV with C-band capacity on the Thaicom 5 satellite and a complete end-to-end solution that includes the design, installation and commissioning of the uplink facility. The satellite operator’s Multi Channels Per Carrier (MCPC) transmission platform facilitates turnaround service for global distribution of SLNTV’s programming.

Thaicom currently broadcasts 15 TV channels in East Africa on its broadcast platform at 78.5 degrees east. The global beam on Thaicom 5 spans four continents, providing services to viewers in Asia, Europe, Australia and Africa.

“The agreement will enable SLNTV to broadcast our network programming fare — which is comprised of entertainment, news and sports — to a worldwide audience,” said H.E. Osman Abdillahi Sahardeed, minister of information, culture and national guidance in Somaliland.

BBC Player for Asia market

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/29/bbc-player-for-asia-market/

BBC Worldwide has announced, at the Asia Pay TV Operators Summit (APOS) in Indonesia, the launch of BBC Player, a new authenticated multi-genre SVoD service that will allow viewers to watch BBC programmes anytime anywhere – online, as well as via an app on their smartphones and tablets. It will be available in Singapore to StarHub TV customers later this year.

BBC Player will feature curated content from six BBC global brands – BBC Earth, BBC First, BBC Lifestyle, CBeebies and BBC World News – as well as BBC Brit a new global brand that will be available for the first time in Asia.

With BBC Player, subscribers to BBC channels on StarHub TV will be able to:
•Access BBC First – the home of premium and original drama from the BBC and British independent production companies. Viewers will be offered an array of titles that challenge, immerse and entertain, including some of the BBC’s most popular and distinctive dramas being available within 24 hours of their original transmission;
•Access new genre brand BBC Brit – which offers premium factual entertainment that is intelligent but irreverent. Male-skewing but with broader appeal, blending expertise with entertainment and fact with fun. BBC Brit will offer programmes covering science, adventure, business, life-changing moments, extreme characters, quirky eccentrics, music, sport and comedy;
•Access a selection of popular programmes from the linear channels on their StarHub TV subscription – including BBC Earth, BBC Lifestyle, CBeebies and BBC World News;
•Stream and download a selection of award-winning and highly rated BBC programmes to watch offline for up to 30 days.

Making its debut in Asia via BBC Player, BBC Brit will air the latest series of Top Gear starring Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc as well as Hoff the Record, David Hasselhoff’s semi-scripted mockumentary comedy series. BBC First will feature unmissable series like the award-winning Orphan Black (Series 4) and the highly anticipated Sherlock (Series 4). BBC Earth fans have access to a special collection of Sir David Attenborough’s titles, and fan-favourite Life Below Zero (Series 3) which follows the daily challenges of people who live in remote corners of Alaska. BBC Lifestyle will feature programmes like the hugely popular Great British Bake Off (Series 6) and Rachel Khoo’s Kitchen Notebook: Melbourne, while BBC World News will feature popular magazine programmes like Click and Hard Talk; CBeebies, our pre-school offering, will show the best in entertainment and educational programming including award-winning Sarah and Duck and Go Jetters to keep pre-schoolers enthralled anytime, anyplace.

Of the launch, Paul Dempsey, President Global Markets, BBC Worldwide, said: “The BBC has a proud heritage in digital innovation – we led the way with news online, radio online and digital video in the UK. But what really sets us apart is the care we take in curating our world class content for audiences. I’m delighted that audiences in Singapore, one of the most connected countries in the world with the highest smartphone penetration, will be the first to experience this quality for themselves with the inaugural launch of BBC Player.”

“We are very excited to partner with StarHub on BBC Player to super-serve our viewers deepening their relationship with our brands,” said Monty Ghai, SVP and GM, South East Asia for BBC Worldwide. “With BBC Payer, StarHub TV subscribers will not only be able to access content beyond our linear channels, the service will also offer fans of BBC.com, which has approximately a million unique browsers per month in Singapore, the opportunity to discover even more content across our brands via BBC Player.”

Ghai added: “We are confident that BBC Player with its broad range of genres – from pre-school, to lifestyle, factual entertainment and documentary programmes will meet the viewing needs of StarHub’s viewers from drama aficionados to carers who need to entertain their pre-schoolers on the go.”

Howie Lau, StarHub’s Chief Marketing Officer commented: “We are delighted that StarHub TV customers will be the first in Asia to enjoy BBC Player. BBC Player not only complements our pay TV offering, it also delivers BBC’s signature content seamlessly across our customers’ devices, deepening the overall entertainment experience. StarHub and BBC Worldwide have achieved many milestones over the last twenty years together and we believe that BBC Player will be a service that takes our partnership into the future.”
At launch, the authenticated BBC Player app will be available in android and iOS. It will also be available online.

Iraq bans Al Jazeera network over coverage

From http://www.tradearabia.com/news/MEDIA_305878.html

Iraqi authorities have revoked the operating licence of the pan-Arab satellite network Al Jazeera and closed its offices in Baghdad, accusing it of violating government guidelines issued in 2014 to regulate media "during the war on terror."

Al Jazeera, based in Qatar, said it was dismayed by the action.

"We remain committed to broadcasting news on Iraq to Iraqi people, our viewers in the Arab world and across the world," the channel said in an emailed statement.

In 2013, Iraq's government accused Al Jazeera and nine other satellite television channels of fostering sectarian sentiment that was fuelling violence.

Founded by Qatar's ruling family in 1996, Al Jazeera aggressively covered the Arab spring uprisings and has broadcast extensively on the civil war in Syria. – Reuters

SES carrying 23 UHD channels

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/29/ses-carrying-23-uhd-channels/

SES says it is now carrying 23 Ultra HD channels across its fleet (up from 19 at December 31st). Fifteen of these channels are commercial.

SES says it will increase its shareholding in specialist satellite operator O3b (which targets the ‘other 3 billion’ of underserved broadband consumers) to 50.5 per cent, and thus take a controlling share in the business. SES will pay $20 million to increase its stake from today’s 49.1 per cent to 50.5 per cent. It takes its overall investment in O3b to $323 million (€257m). The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals which are expected to conclude later this year.

Karim Michel Sabbagh, SES President/CEO, commented: “The move to take control of O3b is a game-changing acquisition and a major step in the execution of SES’s differentiated strategy and complements SES’s growth strategy. O3b delivers a unique capability and solution, which is already in operation, for Enterprise, Mobility and Government clients, particularly for applications where low latency is an increasingly essential feature. The combined GEO/MEO satellite network and capabilities give SES a truly compelling and differentiated service offering within the industry, strengthening SES’s unique positioning across the data-centric markets.”

The news came alongside SES’s Q1 results, which showed revenues up 0.8 per cent to €481.6 million (although at constant currency this converts to a -1.9 per cent fall compared to the same period last year).

More positively, SES reported that its HD penetration had risen from 30 per cent to 32.5 per cent of its channels. Its contracted backlog grew from €7.4 billion (this time last year) to €7.6 billion at March 31st.

Video contracts now represent 71 per cent of SES revenue (up from 68 per cent last year) and revenues were up 5 per cent to €339.7 million for Q1, and helped by “strong growth in new HDTV and UHD channels across the fleet”.

SES is now carrying 7,309 channels, of which 2,375 are in HD

SpaceX awarded first Air Force satellite launch contract

From http://upstart.bizjournals.com/companies/startups/2016/04/28/spacex-awarded-first-air-force-satellite-launch.html?page=all

Elon Musk's SpaceX has been awarded its first national security satellite launch contract by the U.S. Air Force. Patrick T. Fallon | Bloomberg

DENVER—Someone other than Centennial, Colo.-based United Launch Alliance has a contract to launch a national security satellite for the U.S. Air Force for the first time in 10 years.

Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Inc., or SpaceX, won an $82.7 million contract from the Air Force on Wednesday.

The contract pays to launch the second orbiter of a new generation of global positioning system satellites. The launch is slated for May, 2018.

“This GPS III Launch Services contract award achieves a balance between mission success, meeting operational needs, lowering launch costs, and reintroducing competition for National Security Space missions,” said Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves, the Air Force’s program executive officer for space and commander for its space and missiles center.

The contract is the first Air Force satellite launch set up to have SpaceX compete directly against ULA, which has been the only rocket company to launch national security space missions for the past decade.

ULA was formed in 2006 in the merger of Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. and Boeing Co. rocketry divisions into one space launch business focus on national security launches for the U.S. Air Force and intelligence services.

Rocket startup SpaceX fought for several years be certified and allowed to bid against ULA for such missions, saying its Falcon 9 rocket could launch medium-lift missions at half the price of what ULA typically is paid.

In the past, ULA has said its Atlas V rocket launches cost as low as $164 million each under a five-year contract with the Air Force reached in 2013.

ULA has since tried to lower its launch costs, shedding workers and re-engineering its processes to be able offer launches below $100 million.

The 3,700-employee company is offering early retirement and employee buyouts this year and in 2017 in an effort to trim down to about 3,000 employees at its five locations nationwide.

The Air Force says it plans to competitively bid nine launches this year, the next one being another GPS III satellite.

ULA expects to bid on future GPS III launches.

ULA stirred controversy last fall by sitting out the first competitive GPS III launch contract, leaving SpaceX as the lone bidder.

ULA said it didn’t have enough Russian-made RD-180 rocket engines for the mission, and the company’s Delta IV rocket would not have been cost-competitive bidding against the Falcon 9, according to Tory Bruno, CEO of ULA.

Sen. John McCain, the Arizona Republican who’s a frequent critic of ULA, accused ULA of concocting an excuse not to bid in the hope of lifting a ban on imports of Russian rocket engines for U.S. military space launches.

SpaceX’s rockets weren’t flying at the time while it investigated the June explosion of a Falcon 9 taking NASA cargo to the International Space Station.

ULA denied that it was faking its lack of engine availability.

Congress relaxed import restrictions on RD-180 engines late last year. ULA now says it has ordered enough RD-180s to power its Atlas Vs until an American-made replacement engine that is in development is ready.

Jefferson County-based Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. is building the first nine GPS III satellites for the Air Force.

India’s Dish TV adds 8 new channels

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/29/indias-dish-tv-adds-8-new-channels/

India’s DTH operators are seemingly busy adding channels. Two days ago it was Airtel Digital which talked about offering viewers a total of 503 channels. Now, rival Dish TV talks of adding 8 new channels by the end of April taking its total to 525.

Dish says this new development addresses its wider public audience. The new services include ETV Cinema and ETV Plus (targeting the Telugu-speaking regions) and a Public channel for the Kannada speaking viewers. Rishtey Cineplex and Cineplex will address the needs of Hindi movie viewers. Devi, Shubh TV and Paras TV are the devotional and spiritual channels destined for religious consumers.

DishTV, CEO Arun Kumar Kapoor, in a statement, said: “Our endeavour has always been to provide quality entertainment with the widest choices available for entertainment. DishTV, with over 525 channels and services has redefined the entertainment quotient with unparalleled TV viewing experience. With these channel additions we intend to fulfil aspirations of our subscribers with maximum content and we look forward to catering to their ever growing demands.”

IRNSS-1G launch 'gift to people from scientists': PM Modi

From http://www.abplive.in/india-news/irnss-1g-launch-gift-to-people-from-scientists-pm-modi-331406

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday congratulated the Indian Space Research organisation (ISRO) for the successful launch of satellite IRNSS-1G in the orbit, saying this would help the nation to determine its own path with indigenous technology.

Speaking to scientists at the ISRO’s control room in Sriharikota via a video conference, the Prime Minister described the launch as ‘a great gift to people from scientists’, while asserting that space science has the power to transform lives of the people.

“India has launched seven such navigation satellites which have been successful. First and foremost, I want to congratulate all ISRO scientists and the entire team. I also congratulate the people of India,” Prime Minister Modi said.

“With this successful launch, we will determine our own paths powered by our technology. This is a great gift to people from scientists…In space science, our scientists have achieved many accomplishments. Through space science lives of people can be transformed,” he added.

Dedicating the launch to ‘Indian sailors and fishermen’, the Prime Minister said that this would be of immense help to them.

“Dedicating this to Indian sailors and fishermen’ courage of exploring the unexplored, it will be known as ‘NAVIC’…Indian sailors used to determine their paths observing position of stars & speed of moon and sun,” he said.

“This is a precious gift given by Indian scientists to the people of nation,” he added.

ISRO today launched PSLV-C33 to place India’s seventh and final navigation satellite IRNSS-1Gin the orbit from Andhra Pradesh’s Sriharikota island.

The launch of the four-stage Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) took place at 12:50 p.m. from Satish Dhawan Space Centre here.

The 54-hour countdown for the launch of ISRO work horse, PSLV, began at 9.20 a.m. on Tuesday. The satellite with a design life span of 12 years has two payloads for navigation and ranging.

Till date, ISRO has launched six regional navigational satellites (IRNSS-1A, 1B, 1C, ID, 1E and 1F) as part of a constellation of seven satellites to provide accurate position information service to users across the country and the region.



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Nine victory in 9NOW streaming lawsuit filed by WIN TV

From http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2016/04/nine-victory-in-9now-streaming-lawsuit-filed-by-win-tv.html

Nine has won the case against WIN Television over its Live Streaming service 9NOW.

Justice Hammerschlag dismissed the case today in the NSW Supreme Court.

WIN had claimed Nine is denying it advertising revenue by the 9Now Live streaming service being accessible in WIN markets.

Justice Hammerschlag said, “I have concluded that live streaming is not broadcasting within the meaning of the PSA (program supply agreement), and that Nine is under no express or implied obligation not to do it.

“WIN’s claim for an injunction must therefore be refused.

“WIN’s proposition that its exclusivity is undermined by Nine being able to internet live stream begs the question as to what exclusivity it got.

He ruled WIN only enjoyed exclusivity to broadcast free-to-air in the WIN licence areas.

A Nine spokesperson said, “We are pleased with the result and it vindicates our position.”

In a statement WIN said, “WIN is obviously disappointed with the outcome of the case. “This case further highlights the absolute absurdity of the 75% audience reach rule in this digital age and the need for the Turnbull government to remove this outdated legislation with a greater sense of urgency.

“The case should also serve to remind regional broadcasters entering into future affiliation agreements that the value of these agreements is decreasing as metro broadcasters set out to erode regional broadcaster value by directly competing with their affiliates for viewers and revenue in regional Australia.”

The ruling is a landmark decision as the industry debates Live streaming into regional markets.

WIN and Nine are currently in an extended period on their affiliation deal until June after a disagreement on revenue.

A hearing for costs is set for May 6.

Quickflix video streaming service enters administration amid Stan, Nine dispute

From http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-26/quickflix-video-streaming-service-enters-administration/7359718

Australia's first online streaming service, Quickflix, has gone into voluntary administration, blaming rival streaming service Stan and its part-owner Nine Entertainment for its demise.

Quickflix has appointed Ferrier Hodgson as administrators, after a restructure and cost-cutting failed to rescue the business.

In a statement, Quickflix founder and chief executive Stephen Langsford said neither Stan nor Nine have joined capital raisings to help the company grow.

Stan holds a stake in Quickflix through redeemable preference shares (RPS) acquired by Nine in 2014 from US cable TV firm HBO.

"Despite Quickflix being first to the streaming market and holding a leadership position in 2014, ongoing growth has required capital for continued investment in content and marketing," Mr Langsford said.

"Neither Nine Entertainment nor Stan have ever participated in any capital raisings to assist Quickflix's growth and its ability to raise capital from any source has been constrained by the RPS."

Quickflix, which once counted News Corp co-chairman Lachlan Murdoch among its investors, has faced tough competition since global streaming giant Netflix launched in Australia a year ago.

Australian rivals Stan, which is also part-owned by Fairfax Media, and Foxtel's Presto entered the market shortly before Netflix.

Breakdown in talks with Stan

Mr Langsford said he had no alternative but to appoint voluntary administrators as talks with Stan to restructure its holding have broken down.

He added that restructuring Stan's stake "remains key to securing new investor interest to recapitalise the company and move it forward".

Mr Langsford founded Quickflix in Perth in 2003 as a DVD home delivery service, using a similar model to Netflix, which also began as a DVD rental service back in 1998.

He said it will be business as usual for current and new customers.

Quickflix's New Zealand business is not affected by the administration.

"The management of Quickflix remain dedicated to achieving a successful restructure of Quickflix through a deed of company arrangement that will reposition the listed group to a broader-based digital consumer, ecommerce and entertainment player leveraging its existing marketing database, data and platform whilst also pursuing M&A [merger and acquisition] opportunities," he said.

Quickflix shares were suspended from trade on the ASX in August last year.

Restrictions on Pay TV to benefit Fiji One

From http://www.fbc.com.fj/fiji/39770/restrictions-on-pay-tv-to-benefit-fiji-one

The government has nothing to do with the sale of Sky Pacific from Fiji Television to Digicel. Telecommunications Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum made the clarification in parliament today saying they merely oversee regulatory provisions. Opposition MP Aseri Radrodro asked what the condition of sale was because people with Sky Pacific services are complaining that they can’t watch Fiji One. Sayed-Khaiyum pointed out that the restriction protects Fiji One. “They (Opposition) forget that on one hand they talk about protecting Fijian Holdings. Does Fijian Holdings own Sky Pacific now? No, Fijian Holdings owns Fiji TV. Shouldn’t they want to protect Fiji TV because it’s the free to air television? Majority of the Fijian people can’t subscribe to Sky Pacific – they can’t afford fifty bucks a month – maybe they (opposition) can, ordinary Fijians can’t.” The minister pointed out that under Fijian law, Digicel can’t run any local content nor any advertisements on Sky Pacific, ensuring that Fiji TV is able to earn revenue. He says foreign ownership in subscription TV is purely for entertainment purposes. -

Asia Pacific boosts pay-TV revenues

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/27/asia-pacific-boosts-pay-tv-revenues/

Global pay-TV revenues for 138 countries will only grow by $99 million (€87.5m) between 2015 and 2021 to $205.92 billion; having peaked in 2018. This follows 19.5 per cent growth between 2010 and 2015, according to the Digital TV Revenue Forecasts report.

North American pay-TV revenues will fall by $13.5 billion between 2015 and 2021. Cord-cutting is responsible for some of this loss, but greater competition and conversion to bundles (with the lower revenues for TV than standalone offers) are more pressing factors. Western Europe will be flat at $31 billion.

Simon Murray, Principal Analyst at Digital TV Research, said: “Most of the rest of the world will not follow the North American experience. True, pay TV revenues will fall in 27 countries between 2015 and 2021, but not to the same extent as in Canada and the US. Most countries are nowhere near the market maturity achieved in North America.”

Excluding North America, pay-TV revenues will climb by $13.6 billion (up by 14 per cent) between 2015 and 2021 to $107.82 billion, having recorded $20 billion growth (up by 28 per cent) between 2010 and 2015. North America’s share of the global total will fall from 57.4 per cent in 2010 to 54.2 per cent in 2015 and 47.6 per cent in 2021.

Asia Pacific revenues will grow by $8 billion (up by 25 per cent) between 2015 and 2021 to $40 billion. Asia Pacific overtook Western Europe in 2014, and will be larger than the whole of Europe by 2019.

Revenues will rocket by 63 per cent (up by $2.5 billion) in the Sub-Saharan Africa region and by 26 per cent (up by $1.0 billion) in Middle East & North Africa between 2015 and 2021. Sub-Saharan Africa will pass MENA in 2016.

Pay-TV revenues in Eastern Europe will be 40 per cent higher in 2021 ($5,970 million) than in 2010 ($4,271 million). However, the revenue increase will only be 9.9 per cent between 2015 and 2021. Latin America will add a further $1.6 billion (up by only 9.1 per cent) between 2015 and 2021.

Revenues will decline for 27 countries between 2015 and 2021. However, revenues will more than double for a further 19 countries during that period. Most of the fast-growth nations by percentage increase will be in Africa, with Myanmar, Laos, Oman and Bangladesh providing exceptions. India’s revenues will climb by $3.5 billion between 2015 and 2021 to $7.8 million, with China up by $1.9 billion to $11.7 billion.

Transvision adds Oh!K, Warner TV

From http://www.rapidtvnews.com/2016042742647/transvision-adds-oh-k-warner-tv.html#axzz4730hBydy

Indonesian pay-TV operator Transvision has teamed up with Turner to launch the US network’s regional entertainment channels Oh!K and Warner TV.

OhK Transvision Infinite ChallengeOh!K is home to premium Korean drama series, such as Monster and Lucky Romance, variety shows including Infinite Challenge and music programming – all with Bahasa Indonesia language options. Warner TV airs US shows at the same time as their domestic broadcast, such as DC Comics’ Legends of Tomorrow, Gotham, iZombie and ARROW, as well as the comedy show The Big Bang Theory.

“Showcasing Oh!K in Indonesia while expanding Warner TV’s reach is a great way to strengthen our presence in Indonesia. We have seen an increasing demand for Turner’s high quality entertainment content in Asia and are very excited to build our partnership with Transvision,” said Phil Nelson, managing director of Turner in Southeast Asia.

Hengkie Liwanto, CEO, Transvision, added: “We are so pleased to have Oh!K and Warner TV as part of our Platinum+ and Diamond+ channel packs. The packs not only offer viewers better viewing quality but also brand new content.”

The Trans Corp-owned satellite TV platform also carries Turner’s CNN International, Cartoon Network, Toonami and Boomerang channels.

Discovery takes stake in RugbyPass

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/27/discovery-takes-stake-in-rugbypass/

Discovery Communications has confirmed an agreement to acquire a minority stake in RugbyPass – a digital content platform that reaches rugby fans across 23 Asian markets.

To further boost the RugbyPass offering to fans, select content from Discovery-owned Setanta Sports Asia will be immediately available to all RugbyPass subscribers.

Launched in Asia in February this year by Coliseum Sports Media (CSM), RugbyPass offers fans one destination to watch the key rugby action including Super Rugby, Aviva Premiership, European Champions Cup and British Lions Tour in New Zealand in 2017 – all in HD online or any app-enabled device.

Arthur Bastings, President and Managing Director of Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific, commented: “In partnership with CSM, our investment in RugbyPass will provide sports fans with greater access to the world’s best rugby competitions, making content that they love available on more screens, when and wherever they choose to watch it.”

Astro Malaysia Unveils First 24/7 eSports Channel in Southeast Asia

From http://esports.inquirer.net/14983/astro-malaysia-unveils-first-247-esports-channel-in-southeast-asia

In what could be considered as a milestone for eSports in Southeast Asia, Malaysian media giants Astro launch their own dedicated eSports and gaming entertainment channel today, April 27, 2016.

Called “Every Good Game” or “eGG”, eSports enthusiasts can enjoy League of Legends, Dota 2, Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO), Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm (HotS), StarCraft II (SC2) and many other game titles on the comfort of their own high-definition (HD) screens at home.

According to Lee Choong Khay, Vice President of Sports for Astro Malaysia, they “believe that a dedicated 24/7 eSports channel, eGG will play a pivotal role in bringing together a connected ASEAN community of eSports fans”.

The Malaysian-based company plans to “partner with main game organisers and developers to bring live top tier global tournaments and on demand content featuring pubstomps, gaming walkthrough, expert guides, documentaries, game house tours and weekly highlights”.

The service is only available in Malaysia at the moment.

MTG to launch global eSports channel

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/27/mtg-to-launch-global-esports-channel/

MTG’s ESL will launch ‘eSportsTV’, the world’s first 24/7 dedicated eSports channel in May. The channel will soon be available on MTG’s Viasat satellite platforms in the Nordic and Baltic countries. ESL is also currently in talks with TV distributors and platform operators around the world, in order to make the channel as broadly available as possible on other networks.

The new channel will focus on bringing more than 2,000 live hours of the best eSports and gaming each year, featuring the leading eSports stars and teams, and coverage of the leading professional eSports leagues and international tournaments, events and championships like ESL One, Intel Extreme Masters, ESL Pro League and DreamHack. The content line-up comprises both ESL’s professional circuits, as well as content from MTG’s DreamHack, which is one of the world’s largest eSports companies and organizer of the world’s largest digital festivals. ESL and DreamHack already have global digital audiences of over 100 million viewers through online platforms such as Twitch, Azubu, Hitbox and Yahoo. Find out more at eslgaming.com.

“This is a fantastic move by ESL because it will bring eSports to an even broader global audience. eSports is a global sport played all year round so there is so much content to share. The channel is all about building awareness and growing the gaming community and fan base. There are over 2 billion gamers in the world and we have seen an explosion of interest in eSports, with the global fan base now rapidly rising towards 250 million, which is why we want to make more and more eSports content available on as many screens as possible,” commented Arnd Benninghoff, CEO of MTGx and Peter Nørrelund, CEO of MTG Sport.

SSL Contracts with Telesat to Provide Prototype Ka-band Satellite for Telesat’s Global LEO Constellation

From press release

Space Systems Loral (SSL), a leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced it has been awarded a contract from Telesat, one of the world’s top satellite operators, for a prototype Ka-band satellite that Telesat expects to launch into Low Earth Orbit (LEO) next year as part of the test and demonstration phase for a global constellation that Telesat is now designing.

“The prototype spacecraft we are providing to Telesat demonstrates the versatility of our LEO capability,” said John Celli, president of SSL. “Our focus on low cost production has enabled SSL to win a growing range of satellite contracts. Telesat is a long term SSL customer and we look forward to supporting them in their test and demonstration phase.”

With this contract, SSL currently has 21 LEO satellites in production. SSL also has two GEO satellites in production for Telesat.

“Telesat is pleased to be working with SSL in the test and demonstration phase of the global Ka-band constellation Telesat is developing,” said Dave Wendling, Telesat’s Chief Technical Officer. “Telesat looks forward to conducting extensive testing of our contemplated LEO system to optimize its performance.”

About Telesat (www.telesat.com)

Telesat is a leading global satellite operator, providing reliable and secure satellite-delivered communications solutions worldwide to broadcast, telecom, corporate and government customers. Headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, with offices and facilities around the world, the company’s state-of-the-art fleet consists of 15 satellites plus the Canadian payload on ViaSat-1 with two new satellites under construction. An additional two prototype spacecraft are under construction and will be deployed in low earth orbit. Telesat also manages the operations of additional satellites for third parties. Privately held, Telesat’s principal shareholders are Canada’s Public Sector Pension Investment Board and Loral Space & Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: LORL).

About SSL

SSL, a subsidiary of MDA, is a leading provider of commercial satellites with broad expertise to support satellite operators and innovative space related missions. The company designs and manufactures spacecraft for services such as direct-to-home television, video content distribution, broadband Internet, mobile communications, and Earth observation. As a Silicon Valley innovator for more than 50 years, SSL’s advanced product line also includes state-of-the-art small satellites, and sophisticated robotics and automation solutions for remote operations. For more information, visit www.sslmda.com.

About MDA

MDA is a global communications and information company providing operational solutions to commercial and government organizations worldwide.

MDA’s business is focused on markets and customers with strong repeat business potential, primarily in the Communications sector and the Surveillance and Intelligence sector. In addition, the Company conducts a significant amount of advanced technology development.

MDA’s established global customer base is served by more than 4,800 employees operating from 11 locations in the United States, Canada, and internationally.

MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.’s (MDA) common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “MDA.”

Intelsat reaffirms 2016 expectations

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/28/intelsat-reaffirms-2016-expectations/

Satellite communications giant Intelsat reported that its Q1 revenues topped $552.6 million ($602 million same period last year) in the three months to March 31st, and a slight improvement on market expectations.

Intelsat said that its contracted backlog now stands at $9.3 billion (down from $9.4 billion as at December 31st).

President/CEO Steven Spengler said the operator is pursuing 5 operational priorities as it positions for future growth. ”Our strategy is centered on continuing to provide infrastructure to our current sectors, such as media, network services and government, but with an emphasis on services and innovative technologies that will position us to compete for approximately $3.1 billion in incremental revenue opportunity through 2021 for sustainable, new applications with high traffic volumes and that feature attractive growth rates. The applications comprising this growth opportunity include broadband for enterprise, wireless infrastructure, Internet of Things (“IoT”), and commercial aeronautical and maritime mobility and government.”

Helping this growth target is the arrival of its I-29e satellite which is now in full service and clients are transitioning to the new – highly efficient – satellite.

Spengler added: “The balance of our 2016 launch program remains largely on-track, with only a

slight in-service delay of three weeks for one of our satellites. Launch provider ILS notified us that Intelsat 31 is now scheduled to launch on May 28, 2016, delaying its in-service date and revenue start to early in the Q3.”

“Since February 22nd, 2016, Intelsat has signed nine additional Intelsat EpicNG agreements with customers, spanning applications including mobility, enterprise and fixed and wireless infrastructure and featuring a long-term, global commitment from aeronautical broadband leader Gogo. Of the total megahertz contracted during this period, substantially all is incremental business. Contract terms on the Intelsat Epic satellites continue to be favourable, with the average contract length ranging from five to six years, longer than that of the average fleet-wide network services contract.”

SES announces Facebook order for African satellite capacity

From http://spacenews.com/ses-announces-facebook-order-for-african-satellite-capacity-unclear-link-with-facebook-eutelsat-deal/

Max Kamenetsky of Facebook's Internet.org says the company's modest investment in satellite connectivity for Africa is designed to answer the basic question: Will people in poor rural areas pay for access to Internet data? Credit: SpaceNews photo by Kate Patterson PARIS — Satellite fleet operator SES on April 27 said Internet social-media giant Facebook had leased capacity on three in-orbit SES satellites to provide Wi-Fi connectivity in sub-Saharan Africa. The announcement is the latest Facebook surprise for the satellite industry, which had long viewed Facebook’s Internet.org ambition of providing broadband to poor rural areas worldwide as a huge opportunity for satellite operators. The SES deal is all the more surprising in that it is apparently for Ku-band capacity. Menlo Park, California-based Facebook last October joined forces with satellite fleet operator Eutelsat of Paris to lease, together, the Ka-band payload on Israel-based Spacecom’s Amos-6 satellite.

The two companies will provide, in separate marketing efforts, broadband connectivity to 14 African nations. Amos-6 is scheduled for launch in August aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Eutelsat and Facebook have divided the $95 million cost of the Amos-6 Ka-band over 4.5-5 years, with an option to extend the contract by two years. Eutelsat has portrayed the arrangement as a steppingstone to Eutelsat’s larger Ka-band satellite, which was ordered in late 2015 and is scheduled for launch in 2019 to cover 30 African nations. Eutelsat had hinted that Facebook could be a partner in this satellite, in which case the satellite’s throughput could be doubled to 150 gigabits per second. There has been no announcement since then of a more-substantial Facebook buy-in to satellite-delivered Internet – until the SES statement of April 27. SES said it will provide an undisclosed amount transponder capacity to Facebook from three satellites – Astra 2G at 28.2 east, Astra 2B at 31.4 degrees east, and Astra 4A at 4.8 degrees east. Astra 2G and 4A both have mixed Ku- and Ka-band capacity; Astra 2B is all-Ku-band. Two industry officials said Facebook’s SES contract is of short duration and limited scope, and is mainly designed to prove the Express Wi-Fi concept that will be put to broader use on Amos-6. Why the company would elect to debut service in Ku-band, only to switch within months to Ka-band – which presumably would entail a terminal swap – is unclear. SES said the contract with Facebook “is a Ku-/Ka- mix with, in our view, long-term potential.”

Facebook did not immediately respond to requests for comment about the contract’s volume and duration. SES said Facebook’s business with the Astra satellites would use Petah Tikva, Israel-based Gilat Satellite Networks’ X-Architecture SkyEdge II-c ground terminals. Facebook has long said its strategy to deliver broadband to rural areas in the developing world would be multi-platform and likely include high-altitude aircraft in addition to satellites. Max Kamenetsky, director of connectivity deployments for Internet.org, outlined the company’s approach in March at the Satellite 2016 conference in National Harbor, Maryland. “We are not a satellite company,” Kamenetsky said. “For us, the satellite was an investment where we saw a specific opportunity to deliver services to parts of sub-Saharan Africa. It’s a first step for us to understand this market, which has not been served very well by operators.” Kamenetsky said Facebook was still grappling with the issue that satellite and cellular network operators have confronted in low-income rural areas: Who will pay how much for connectivity? “If we were to bring Wi-Fi to community aggregation points, where people are paying between $1 and $3 per month to connect, will people actually use this?” Kamenetsky said.

“In the past, if you talked to mobile operators, the reason they don’t go into these remote areas is because they believe people will not pay for the data. The standard answer you hear is that people do not understand the value of data, they will not use Internet and this is a lost cause. We want to change that.” Kamenetsky said the cost of broadband infrastructure – whether satellite or terrestrial – needs to come down “significantly, by orders of magnitude,” to succeed in rural developing-nation markets. “There’s a whole gamut of technologies that we think can be introduced. We have talked about the high-altitude planes, and we are looking at what can be done [with satellites] in LEO, MEO and GEO orbit. At the end of the day, I happen to think it will be a multitude of constellations and a multitude of technologies that will be required.”

SES powers innovative satellite communications ideas with SATLAS

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/SES_powers_innovative_satellite_communications_ideas_with_SATLAS_999.html

Through SATLAS, the innovators will be able to validate their ideas, running a test phase (pilot) with the support of SES Techcom and its partners.

SES has launched SATLAS, a business incubator that aims to turn pioneering ideas from a variety of fields, including e-learning, energy, Fintech, resource management, smart cities, media, logistics, and many others, into successful Satcom applications.

SATLAS will support entrepreneurs with innovative Information and Communications Technology (ICT) services ideas which could benefit from satellite communications.

This backing will support design, development and testing of their products, with both business and technical resources. The ultimate aim is that these ideas become viable Satcom solutions.

The project is co-funded under European Space Agency's ARTES 3 - 4 SATCOM - APPS programme. The industrial consortium partners SES Techcom Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SES, Newtec and SatADSL will provide selected applications with access to resources and services including broadband platforms and terminals, hardware, software and technical assistance, and training.

Through SATLAS, the innovators will be able to validate their ideas, running a test phase (pilot) with the support of SES Techcom and its partners.

"SES takes great pride in being at the forefront of innovation within the satellite communications sector, and this new incubator offers a great opportunity to the next generation of visionaries," said Gerhard Bethscheider, Managing Director at SES Techcom Services.

"With SATLAS, ideas can take shape, be tested and eventually be developed as part of a new wave of SATCOM applications."

The call for SATLAS applications is now open. A presentation on the programme will take place at the annual ARTES Applications Workshop, which will be held in Brussels on Thursday, April 28 and Friday, April 29.

Turner to launch FilmStruck SVoD service

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/27/turner-to-launch-filmstruck-svod-service/

Turner is launching FilmStruck the company’s first direct-to-consumer product in the US. The subscription video on-demand service for film aficionados, developed and managed by Turner Classic Movies (TCM) in collaboration with the Criterion Collection, will feature a library of films comprised of an eclectic mix of contemporary and classic art house, indie, foreign and cult films.

FilmStruck will also be the new exclusive streaming home for the critically acclaimed Criterion Collection, which will include the Criterion Channel, a new premium service programmed and curated by the Criterion team. FilmStruck will allow viewers to watch movies anywhere and anytime on the device of their choice, in a completely ad-free environment, and is slated to launch in autumn 2016.

“At Turner, we are dedicated to engaging fans wherever they are, and we’re investing aggressively in content, new capabilities and new businesses to achieve that goal,” said John Martin, chairman and CEO of Turner. “FilmStruck is a terrific example of our strategy to meet consumer demand for great content across all screens. It’s tailor-made for the diehard movie enthusiast who craves a deep, intimate experience with independent, foreign, and art house films. And it takes advantage of TCM’s powerful curation capabilities, as well as its proven track record

MPA: No single tool to fix piracy

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/28/mpa-no-single-tool-to-fix-piracy/

According to Stan McCoy, President and Managing Director, MPA EMEA – the European arm of the Motion Picture Association of America – there isn’t one tool that will fix online content piracy, suggesting that it requires a flexible response, encompassing court action, consumer education and technological solutions as well as promoting consumers’ access to legal content when and how they want it.

In a Blog Post to coincide to World IP Day on April 26, McCoy noted that movie history is full of smart crooks, but that in the world of online piracy, the crooks may be smart, but they’re not heroes. “They’re just really good at profiting from other people’s hard work. And the challenge has gone global,” he observes.

“Pirate site operators used to justify their behaviour by saying the genuine product wasn’t available. That’s an old excuse. Studies show that the film and television industries have embraced the opportunities presented by the digital revolution, making high quality content available to consumers in new ways. Whether it’s watching the latest hit drama on a tablet on your commute to work, or taking advantage of a second (or even third) screen in your living room when family competition over the remote is fierce, it has never been easier to watch what you went, when you want, where you want,” he notes, adding that this “golden age” of film and TV doesn’t come free.

“As today is World IP Day, it’s time to give serious thought to how we tackle online copyright infringement in the digital age. The future of the industry and the millions of people who work in the creative sector around the world, including 1.8 million in the UK, depends on it. If we want to see more of the great British film successes we have seen in the last year, like Suffragette, Brooklyn, and The Danish Girl, we need to get smarter at protecting the revenues they generate so the creative industry receives its due and is able to function in future,” he admits.

“The film industry is doing more to tackle copyright theft in the UK and across Europe than ever before. The nature of the threat is global and borderless so our approach has to be too. Pirate site operators often host their websites overseas, in an attempt to shield themselves from the law. The major hosting hubs for infringing content on the web, for example, are all based outside the UK,” he advises.

“But there isn’t one tool that will fix piracy, it requires a flexible, ecosystem-wide response, a combination of tackling illegal sites via the courts, consumer education and technological solutions as well as promoting consumers’ access to legal content when and how they want it,” he suggests.

According to McCoy, evidence from Carnegie Mellon University’s IDEA Research Centre found that court orders enabling Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to block access to illegal sites have proved effective. It revealed that blocking 53 illegal website in the UK in November 2014 resulted in a 90 per cent drop in visits to the targeted sites and a 22 per cent decrease in total piracy for all users affected by the blocks (or a 16 per cent decrease across all users overall). The result was a 6 per cent increase in visits to paid legal streaming sites such as Netflix and a 10 per cent increase in videos viewed on legal ad-supported streaming sites such as BBC and Channel 5.

McCoy also notes what he describes as “an innovative consumer education campaign” under the Creative Content UK banner. “The TV advert Get it right from a genuine site has been viewed around four million times on YouTube. “Just as the copyright infringement landscape has changed dramatically over the past 15 years, so has the approach to consumer education,” he says.

“The MPA and our partners will continue to innovate as we celebrate World IP day on the 26th. The key to success will be a flexible and adaptive approach to the ever-evolving nature of copyright infringement. This innovation will allow us to keep pace with technological changes to help ensure that the artists and creative industries in our digital universe can be rewarded for their work so they can create the music, film and TV we will all enjoy in the future,” he concludes.

Communication satellite with Ku bands slated for launch

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/satellites/satelite-operators/communication-satellite-with-ku-bands-slated-for-launch-160427

NEW DELHI: The GSAT-11 spacecraft, a first generation high throughput communication satellite, is to be launched towards the end of 2016 or the first quarter of 2017, Space minister Jitendra Singh told parliament today.

GSAT-11 has a lift-off mass of about 5600 kg, operating in Ka/Ku bands. It is a multi-beam satellite with 32 user beams and 8 hub beams over India. The spacecraft capability includes providing broadband connectivity to rural areas with higher bandwidth as compared to traditional communication satellites.

It is planned to launch GSAT-11 spacecraft using procured launch services. At present, the indigenous capability to launch this weight class of satellite is not available. The in-orbit testing of GSAT-11 satellite is planned to be conducted from the Master Control Facility (MCF) in Hassan, Karnataka and other suitable locations of ISRO Centres



From my Email


From the Dish

Palapa D 113.0E 3780 V "O Channel has replaced Nickelodeon Indonesia" on , Irdeto.
Palapa D 113.0E Kompas TV has moved from 4051 V to 4055 V, Fta.

ABS 2 75.0E 10985 H "Tlum" has started on , Fta.
ABS 2 75.0E 11913 V "Don 24" has started on , encrypted.
ABS 2 75.0E 11973 V "HD Life" has left .

From asiatvro site

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Real VU(孟加拉)频道改频率,设置12468 V 45000参数免费接收。 [4月27日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,LOCA(测试)频道重现,设置11049 V 30000参数免费接收。 [4月27日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,VTV VGS Shop(越南)频道加密,设置11629 H 28800参数有条件接收。 [4月27日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Trace Sport Stars替换莲花卫视(MPEG-4)频道,设置3880 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [4月27日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,TVWAN Action替换TVWAN Sport(MPEG-4)频道,设置3920 V 28800参数有条件接收。 [4月27日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,湖南卫视(标清)频道改格式,设置12472 V 33500参数有条件接收。 [4月27日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,湖南卫视(标清)频道改格式,设置12294 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [4月27日]
东经125度轨道位置的中星6A号卫星C频段,湖南卫视(AVS+)频道加密,设置3760 H 28800参数有条件接收。 [4月27日]
东经98度轨道位置的中星11号卫星Ku频段,Popular TV等替换Jak TV(MPEG-4)等频道,设置12500 V 43200参数免费接收。 [4月26日]

东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,K+PM(K+)频道加密,设置11048 H 28800参数有条件接收。 [4月26日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,K+PM(K+)频道解密,设置11048 H 28800参数免费接收。 [4月26日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,Star Movies、VTV 3(VTC)等全组频道解密,设置11008 H 28800参数免费接收。 [4月26日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,HBO HD、AXN(VTC)等全组频道解密,设置10968 H 28800参数免费接收。 [4月26日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,SCTV替换Sports Mosaic(印尼)频道,设置3780 V 29900参数有条件接收。 [4月26日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Indosiar替换Zhejiang TV(印尼)频道,设置3780 V 29900参数有条件接收。 [4月26日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,HTV 2、FBNC(VTC)等全组频道解密,设置11119 V 14400参数免费接收。 [4月26日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,动物星球、Cinemax(VTC)等全组频道解密,设置11135 H 9600参数免费接收。 [4月26日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,Insight UHD(4K)频道加密,设置4120 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [4月25日]


Sorry no time for a news update today


KODI 16.1 Stable has been released

More Monday feeds

D2 - 12555 H s/r6978. ABC's slot 3 feeding the Dawn Service live from France
D2 - 12547 H s/r6978 ABC feeding vision of Gallipoli Dawn Service
D2 - 12555 H s/r6978, ABC's 3rd slot feeding ANZAC Service in WA
D2 - 12644 V s/r7200. "IP UpLinks" camera view of preperation for Dawn Service
D2 - 12680 V s/r6669 "ACN" currently blank screen (Sky News)
D2 - 12547 H s/r6978 ABC rolling various feeds from Dawn Services around Australia
D2 - 12539 H s/r6978 ABC slot 2 coverage of Services in Brisbane

Monday Anzac feed log

6.30 a.m NZ
D1 12423 V Sr 1400 mux here not enough juice to load
D1 12643 V Sr 7200 "7bcs slot 2spsk"
D1 12661 V Sr 7500
D1 12670 V Sr 7500 Astra 3 path 1
D1 12679 V Sr 7500

D2 12588 V Sr 6111 STS NNA HD
D2 12598 V Sr 6111 STS2
D2 12265 H Sr 4250 Kordia T2 PRI (NZ beam)

Sorry no descriptions for some my dish needs a serious tweak

Saturday feed

D1 12643 V Sr 7200 "AFL Nth Melb V Gold Coast"

IS19 12551 V Sr 6999 "OFC CC1" Showing OFC TV of a soccer game in Auckland

These Indian channels have left Optus D2.

Jaya TV (India)
PTC Punjabi
Aaj Tak
Life OK India
India Today
Star Plus Southeast Asia
Star Gold
B4U Movies India
M Tunes

The Indovision Tamil channels are still there http://www.indovision.com.au/

From my Email


From the Dish

Optus D2 152.0E 12734 V PTC Punjabi, Aaj Tak, Life OK India, India Today, Jaya TV, Star Plus Southeast Asia, Star Gold, B4U Movies India and M Tunes have left

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3820 V "Aljazeera Channel" has left .
NSS 6 95.0E 11090 H "Miniplex" has started on , Conax.

ChinaSat 11 98.0E 12500 V "RCTI, Konser TV Channel, Otomoto Channel, Siaranku, Nu Channel, TVRI Nasional, JTV, Global TV, MNC TV and Cahaya TV Banten have started on
Fta. Azura Channel, Ami TV, Sport One and Ninja TV" have left.

ABS 2 75.0E The TeRus muxes have left 3781 V and 12153 H.
ABS 2 75.0E 11165 H "TV 9 Nusantara, TVRI Nasional, France 24 English, Bali TV, Da Ai TV Indonesia, CCTV News, TV Edukasi, Aljazeera English, Ruai TV, Qur'an
Hedayah Indonesia, B4U Movies Asia Pacific, Outdoor Channel International, TVRI Kaltim, Bloomberg TV Asia, DW, CCTV 4 Asia, H2 Asia, CCTV 9 Documentary, B4U Music India, Trace Sport Stars, TVOne, ANTV, Metro TV, Trans 7, Trans TV, SCTV, Indosiar, Kompas TV, Net, Jak TV, Elshinta TV, O Channel, TVRI Kalteng, TVRI Aceh, TVRI Papua, Papua TV, Universitas Terbuka TV, Aswaja TV and Rajawali TV" have started on , Fta.

ABS 2 75.0E 11559 V "Krasnaya Liniya" has left again.

From asiatvro site

东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Sky Drama(高清)频道新增,设置12370 H 29500参数有条件接收。 [4月25日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,8 Kanal(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置11913 V 45000参数无效接收。 [4月25日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Jan TV Plus(MPEG-4)频道解密,设置3828 V 7200参数免费接收。 [4月25日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Animo Channel(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置3980 V 31000参数无效接收。 [4月25日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,IHC(印尼)频道新增,设置3980 V 31000参数免费接收。 [4月25日]

东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,Fox(环宇卫视)频道改频率,设置12431 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [4月24日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,Cinemax(环宇卫视)频道改频率,设置12591 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [4月24日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Channel Divya替换Public TV(ABS Free Dish)频道,设置12227 H 44000参数免费接收。 [4月24日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Ericsson 8 HD(新加坡)高清频道新增,设置3895 V 7317参数免费接收。 [4月24日]
东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段,Cineplex(印度)频道新增,设置12729 V 32700参数有条件接收。 [4月24日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Dangal、1 YES(印度)频道消失,设置11735 H 44000参数无效接收。 [4月24日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,CH7 3.5M、CH7 5M(HEVC)频道消失,设置11838 V 45000参数无效接收。 [4月24日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Kompas TV(MPEG-4)频道改参数,设置4056 V 2900参数免费接收。 [4月24日]
东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段,Maharashtra(Dish TV)频道新增,设置12688 H 32700参数免费接收。 [4月24日]
东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段,Miniplex、Thanthi(Dish TV)频道新增,设置11090 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [4月24日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Public Music替换Divya(ABS Free Dish)频道,设置11735 H 44000参数免费接收。 [4月24日]

东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,VTV 2、VTV 4(K+)频道新增,设置11589 H 28800参数有条件接收。 [4月23日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Toonami(蒙古)频道新增,设置12629 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [4月23日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Real VU(宣传)频道新增,设置12347 V 45000参数免费接收。 [4月23日]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,MBN(韩国)频道重现,设置12365 H 2400参数免费接收。 [4月23日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Playboy TV(泰国)频道消失,设置3480 H 30000参数无效接收。 [4月23日]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,MBN(韩国)频道消失,设置12365 H 2400参数无效接收。 [4月23日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Life OK(Real VU)等频道新增,设置12468 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [4月23日]

东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,SPO TV +(高清)频道新增,设置11747 L 23800参数有条件接收。 [4月22日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Sky Drama(SkyLife)频道改格式,设置12690 H 29500参数有条件接收。 [4月22日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,国家地理(环宇卫视)频道改频率,设置12591 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [4月22日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,Russia Today(环宇卫视)频道改频率,设置12471 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [4月22日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,SK Movie、Channel S(孟加拉)频道改频率,设置3800 H 2860参数免费接收。 [4月22日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,O Channel替换Nickelodeon(MPEG-4)频道,设置3780 V 29900参数有条件接收。 [4月22日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Jan TV Plus(MPEG-4)频道加密,设置3828 V 7200参数有条件接收。 [4月22日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,道通天地替换华纳电影(TVB)频道,设置12651 V 26667参数有条件接收。 [4月22日]

东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,Shop Show(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置10981 V 44948参数免费接收。 [4月21日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,TEN Cricket、TCL HD(Real VU)等频道新增,设置12347 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [4月21日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,Moya Planeta(俄罗斯)等频道新增,设置11665 V 38400参数有条件接收。 [4月21日]

Stream links

Sun Music

Kalaignar TV ?

William Hill greyhound racing


Ooyala Live for NRL, NBL, Facebook

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/25/ooyala-live-for-nrl-nbl-facebook/

Ooyala, a Telstra subsidiary and specialist in video publishing, analytics and monetisation, is powering regional and international live-stream broadcasts for two of Australia’s major sporting franchises, the National Rugby League (NRL) and the National Basketball League (NBL). The customers are the first to utilise the new Ooyala Live solution, helping them have more engaged viewers, expand their fan base and gain revenue throughout Australia and beyond.

Ooyala Live is an out-of-the-box solution that allows premium content providers to live stream content to any device, the web or in-app experience. Ooyala Live supports streaming linear TV or live events, either ad-hoc or scheduled, with live-to-VoD capabilities.

Ooyala is also an official Media Solutions Partner with Facebook, allowing Ooyala Live customers to syndicate their official live broadcasts and videos streams to Facebook Live.

“Ooyala Live is an agile and easy-to-use solution allowing production teams to quickly set up live channels and stream within minutes, without sacrificing the quality or functionality our customers demand,” said Ooyala Senior Vice President of Products and Solutions, Belsasar Lepe. “As smartphone adoption continues to swell across the globe, content providers have a massive opportunity to deliver live streams to mobile screens, especially sports providers, and the NBL and NRL are shining examples of recognising and capitalising on the growth of mobile viewing today.”


From MEDIA RELEASE: Monday April 25, 2016


Foxtel and SKY NEWS today announced the new SKY NEWS ELECTION CHANNEL will launch on Sunday May 1 providing LIVE and unrivalled coverage from the campaign trails across Australia and the United States.

With 2016 shaping up as an unprecedented election year, the dedicated political channel will include LIVE 24-hour coverage of news conferences, policy announcements and events in the lead up to Australia’s Federal Election and the US Presidential Election in November.

The SKY NEWS ELECTION CHANNEL will also feature comprehensive coverage of the UK EU Referendum taking place on June 23.

With access to the world’s leading international news services and programs from SKY NEWS UK, C-SPAN, CBS News and ABC World News in America, the SKY NEWS ELECTION CHANNEL will provide an unprecedented insight into the political issues as they unfold across some of the world’s most powerful nations.

Angelos Frangopoulos, Australian News Channel CEO said: “At this pivotal time on the local and international political landscape we are delighted to be partnering with Foxtel to bring viewers a stand-alone election channel, a key addition to our unrivalled multi-channel and multi-platform news offering in 2016. The SKY NEWS ELECTION CHANNEL underscores our commitment to providing unparalleled LIVE political news coverage and analysis 24/7.”

Brian Walsh, Foxtel’s Executive Director of Television said: “Foxtel is the place to go for the most incisive coverage of our nation’s political landscape and global affairs including the US and Europe. The launch of the SKY NEWS ELECTION CHANNEL ensures our subscribers will have the most comprehensive and current coverage of both our Australian election and the US Presidential race in 2016.”

The launch of the SKY NEWS ELECTION CHANNEL on Sunday May 1 will include the LIVE broadcast of US President Obama’s last speech at the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner from 11:45am AEST.

The new channel will also feature encore presentations from the stellar SKY NEWS political program and opinion line-up including AM Agenda with Kieran Gilbert, PM Agenda with David Speers, Paul Murray LIVE, Beattie & Reith and The Bolt Report.

The SKY NEWS ELECTION CHANNEL will be part of the Foxtel Entertainment package and available on Foxtel Channel 606 and Channel 648. From May 1 Australia’s Public Affairs Channel, A-PAC, will be seen on SKY NEWS Multiview by pressing red on the Foxtel remote.

SKY NEWS ELECTION CHANNEL launches Sunday May 1 on Foxtel channels 606 and 648

Sky News announces it will launch dedicated election channel for 2016 Federal Election

From http://mumbrella.com.au/sky-news-announces-it-will-launch-dedicated-channel-for-2016-federal-election-362134

Sky-News-logoFoxtel and Sky News have today announced a dedicated election channel for the upcoming 2016 Federal Election and US presidential election.

The new channel will next Sunday with Sky news promising “unrivalled coverage from the campaign trails across Australia and the United States.”

Angelos Frangopoulos, Australian News Channel CEO said: “At this pivotal time on the local and international political landscape we are delighted to be partnering with Foxtel to bring viewers a stand-alone election channel.”

The new channel will also feature comprehensive coverage of the UK EU Referendum taking place on June 23.

Brian Walsh, Foxtel’s executive director of television said: “Foxtel is the place to go for the most incisive coverage of our nation’s political landscape and global affairs including the US and Europe.

“The launch of the Sky News election channel ensures our subscribers will have the most comprehensive and current coverage of both our Australian election and the US Presidential race in 2016.”

The new channel will be available on Foxtel channels 606 and 648

Kacific First Service to be Powered by Newtec Dialog® Multiservice VSAT Platform

From http://www.pressreleaserocket.net/kacific-first-service-to-be-powered-by-newtec-dialog-multiservice-vsat-platform/439829/

Satellite operator will use Newtec’s multiservice platform to start its affordable connectivity service to public institutions, consumers and enterprises in the Pacific

SINGAPORE and SINT-NIKLAAS, Belgium, 26 April 2016. Leading satellite operator Kacific Broadband Satellites and Newtec, a specialist in designing, developing and manufacturing equipment and technologies for satellite communications, today announced they have agreed on a cooperation for powering Kacific’s interim services using Newtec Dialog® to be deployed and to provide affordable satellite broadband connectivity in the Pacific.

The multiservice platform will initially be used to deliver Internet connectivity to a number of schools in the Republic of Vanuatu. Kacific will be expanding its broadband service delivery to consumers, enterprises and other public institutions in places where Internet connectivity is lacking due to poor or non-available terrestrial infrastructure. The whole of South-East Asia and the Pacific, from Sumatra, Indonesia, to the French Polynesian archipelagos will ultimately benefit from the Kacific broadband service.

Kacific will provide interim Ku-band capacity to customers in the Pacific, ahead of the launch of its new Ka-band satellite.

“Our aim is to deliver fast, accessible and affordable direct-to-premises broadband connectivity to areas where other types of connectivity are absent, substandard and unaffordable, as is often the case in the Pacific,” said Kacific CEO Christian Patouraux. “Newtec Dialog is, in our opinion, an excellent choice. It is a highly scalable multiservice platform that supports a wide range of applications and services. And we will enjoy advantages over other offerings in terms of cost-efficient usage of satellite capacity and bandwidth savings. Thanks to Newtec’s advanced modulation technologies, such as the new DVB-S2X standard, and its unique Mx-DMA® technology, Kacific will be able to deliver many different types of satellite connectivity – all at the most efficient and competitive rates.”

As a multiservice platform, Newtec Dialog enables tailored services and guarantees optimal modulation and bandwidth allocation, whether it is being used to provide enterprise, consumer broadband, cellular backhaul or mobility services.

It features Newtec’s return link technology Mx-DMA, which delivers the efficiency of SCPC with the dynamic bandwidth allocation of MF-TDMA, making Kacific’s services more bandwidth efficient and enabling services to run more reliably than before.

Newtec’s CEO Serge Van Herck said: “Kacific is committed to providing agile and cost-effective services and we are delighted to be able to help them build on this by supplying our Newtec Dialog platform. As well as meeting the operator’s needs today, we are also confident that thanks to the scalable nature of Newtec Dialog, it will continue to meet Kacific’s needs long into the future and that it will help to close the digital divide in many underserved areas not just in the Pacific, but in South East Asia and beyond.”

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Clubbing TV on MEASAT

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/26/clubbing-tv-on-measat/

MEASAT Satellite Systems and Paris based Clubbing TV , the 24/7 Lifestyle & Dance Music TV channel, have announced a partnership that will bring the party to millions of homes with the launch of Clubbing TV HD effective immediately. Distributed through the MEASAT-3a satellite at the 91.5 degrees East hotslot, the channel will reach over 200 million households across Asia Pacific, Middle East, Australia and East Africa.

“We are tremendously excited to bring the only 24/7 Lifestyle & Dance music channel in Asia dedicated for the millennial generation. Clubbing TV speaks a universal language and embraces the music lifestyle of ages 15-35. Millions of Dance and Electronic Music fans across Asia Pacific, Middle East, Australia and East Africa can now enjoy their favorite live DJ sets, live broadcasts from festivals & concerts, top 20 charts, talk shows, the best dance music videos and others premium exclusive content from Clubbing TV Together with MEASAT, our new partner in the region, we are proud to provide our audiences with this high quality content,” said Stephane Schweitzer, Chief Executive Officer, Clubbing TV .

TRACE Urban Channel Heading Into APAC Via ABS-2 Satellite

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=1667407303

ABS and TRACE have announced an agreement to broadcast TRACE Urban via the ABS-2 satellite's Global C-band beam across the Asia Pacific region—the channel will debut on May 1, 2016.

TRACE Urban is the #1 international urban music channel, giving a unique insight into urban culture and featuring the most popular urban music genres: R&B, hip-hop, dance, and rhythmic pop. TRACE Urban is available in 130 countries to 60 million subscribers, and covers all aspects of urban and youth culture.

TRACE Urban is 90 percent music videos and 10 percent magazine and documentary programming. There are no reality shows or drama, no fiction, and the channel features exclusive interviews with urban celebrities and original features about urban culture, including music, fashion, dance, sport, lifestyle, movies and so on. The target audience for TRACE Urban is hip-hop and R&B fans in the 15 to 34 age group demographic and the channel has higher ratings than MTV in 60 countries, with seven feeds worldwide, including a dedicated feed for Asia. Regular artistes include Trey Songz, Big Sean, Beyoncé, Fifth Harmony, Rihanna, Drake, Twenty One Pilots, Flo Rida, Jason Derulo, Gwen Stefani and many more.

Vietnam: K+ retains Premier League rights

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/26/vietnam-k-retains-premier-league-rights/

MP & Silva has awarded the live broadcast rights for the Premier League in Vietnam to K+ Satellite Digital Television from season 2016/17 to 2018/19.

MP & Silva holds the live audio-visual broadcast rights as the official Premier League licensee in Vietnam.

K+ has been broadcasting the Premier League since 2010, and subscribers can look forward to enjoying all 380 matches, as well as a premium selection of games on its channels.

Beatrice Lee, MP & Silva’s Managing Director, Asia Pacific, commented: “We are delighted to conclude our agreement with K+, which have shown to be a great partner having showcased the Premier League successfully over the last six seasons on their channels. We are confident we will continue to grow the audience base in Vietnam, and look forward to promoting the Premier League with excellent high-quality coverage on K+ to serve football fans for the next three seasons.”

Telemundo, SyFy on Roku

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/25/telemundo-syfy-on-roku/

NBCUniversal has launched Telemundo Now and Syfy Now apps on the Roku platform, as part of its expanding TV Everywhere offering. Roku customers in the US who authenticate via their pay-TV provider can now use their Roku devices to stream full seasons, current and past episodes, short form clips and other programming from Telemundo and Syfy.

“We are delighted to partner with Roku to provide a new digital platform for Telemundo and Syfy fans to view their favourite shows and programming,” said Dina Juliano, SVP of Consumer Product Strategy, TV Everywhere, NBCUniversal. “The addition of these networks demonstrates our commitment to expanding our diverse TV Everywhere portfolio and providing access to subscribers anytime and anywhere they want it.”

OSN hails anti-piracy success

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/25/osn-hails-anti-piracy-success/

Middle East and North Africa pay-TV network OSN has secured a number of major successes in its fight against television piracy across the region, having carried out more than 316 raids with the support of government authorities.

On the eve of the World Intellectual Property Day (World IP Day) on April 26, OSN is upping the ante in its fight to curb the menace of TV piracy with concerted plans to cut down on both illegal satellite DTH services as well as the unauthorised distribution of IPTV services. OSN champions anti-TV piracy by spearheading the Anti-Piracy Coalition with leading satellite service providers.

The director general of the World Intellectual Property Organization, Francis Gurry, said that World Intellectual Property Day was an opportunity to celebrate the creators and innovators who so enrich our world, and who are at the base of our cultural and technological development. “This year, our theme for World IP Day is ‘Digital Creativity: Culture Reimagined’. As we celebrate digital creativity across the world, we should also think about how to find the right balance – one which recognises the importance of creators and innovators to all the progress that we see, culturally and technologically, as a consequence of digital technology, while at the same time ensuring the social benefit of widespread access to their works.”

“The World IP Day underlines the importance of intellectual property rights which are to be upheld to sustain the growth of the creative industry and the entertainment sector,” stated David Butorac, CEO of OSN. “Through our concerted efforts to curb TV piracy highlighted by our ‘Do the Right Thing’ campaign, we have been taking the lead in protecting IP rights with the cooperation of the governmental authorities.”

“Across the region, we see tremendous support from the concerned authorities to curb TV piracy, given the huge loss in revenue to the state exchequers and the negative impact on the creative industry. Having made significant investments in equipment and training, we are using state-of-the-art technology to monitor all forms of TV piracy.”

“We also conduct awareness workshops for the authorities in identifying and curbing TV piracy. Ensuring the IP rights of content providers and creators is ‘doing the right thing,’ and we urge the public to access legal content and to report any instance of television piracy, to help safeguard and drive the growth of the region’s creative sector,” he concluded.

OSN worked with authorities in all Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries including the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and Oman, as well as in Egypt and Jordan to conduct the anti-piracy raids. This resulted in a significant reduction in the illegal distribution of pirated TV services.

In major wins, several unauthorised operators were fined, shops closed and equipment confiscated. More than 86,487 illegal videos were removed from YouTube/Dailymotion, and over 2,272 advertisements of pirated boxes were removed from online markets. Further, 829 FTA (Free to Air) channel copyright infringements were detected and reported back to the satellite operators/distributors.

While the fight against illegal DTH services has been stepped up, OSN has also secured a significant victory in its fight against illegal IPTV services, achieving a court conviction against an illegal provider in Dubai. This marked the first time a court in the region has issued a conviction for TV piracy involving the unlicensed and unauthorised distribution of IPTV services in the UAE.

OSN also stepped up anti-piracy raids in Egypt, carrying out successful raids against illegal TV operators in Cairo and Alexandria.

Sky (U.K) TV growth slows as it cuts discounts

From http://www.theguardian.com/media/2016/apr/21/sky-tv-growth-slows-as-it-cuts-discounts

Satellite broadcaster adds just 30,000 TV customers in first quarter but group revenues and profits continue to rise

Sky said it focused its marketing on its high-end Sky Q service in the first quarter.

Sky added just 30,000 new TV customers in the three months to the end of March as the company shifted its marketing focus away from discounting to focus on the new high-end Sky Q service.

The media group, which earlier this week signed its first-ever pan-European movie rights deal for Sony films including Ghostbusters, saw a rise in the rate of customers leaving its UK and Italian businesses in the quarter.

Overall the company said 177,000 new customers joined in the quarter to the end of March to a total of 21.7 million across its European operations.

Sky chief: we've grown faster than Netflix

In the UK and Ireland the churn rate – the proportion of customers that decided to leave Sky – rose from 10.2% to to 10.7% quarter on quarter, the highest rate in 18 months.

Sky said the UK and Ireland rate of churn “reflected our decision to limit discounts”.

“We believe this impacts the quarter by around 10,000 additional customers churning,” the company said. “We [also] focused our marketing on building brand awareness for Sky Q, ahead of first installations towards the end of the quarter.”

Sky chief executive Jeremy Darroch played down the rise in the proportion of customers quitting the UK operation.

“It bounces around a wee bit,” he said. “I wouldn’t read too much into this quarter either. It did feel at end of last year UK market was very promotional and we have rowed back on that a bit. Churn is less important as a metric than it was six or seven years ago.”

Sky, which traditionally has a softer performance in the three months to the end of March, said it still experienced a good quarter of growth in the UK.

In the nine months to the end of March revenues grew 6% to £6.1bn and profits rose 15% to £1.15bn.

In Italy the churn rate jumped from 9.9% to 11% quarter on quarter, the highest rate in at least two years.

The company said that the increase in customers leaving reflected the loss of the Uefa Champions League rights and that the business had been “resilient” in the face of it.

Nevertheless, Sky said it managed to achieve its highest quarterly Italian customer growth in four years with a total of 34,000 new retail customers in the three months to the end of March.

Revenue fell 2% and operating losses hit £22m in the quarter.

In Germany and Austria, customer churn was stable at 9.8% and the business produced an operating profit for the first time ever in the three-month period to the end of March.

For the nine-month period to the end of March group operating profit increased by 12% to a record £1.14bn with revenue up 5% to £8.7bn.

“It’s been another strong quarter for Sky,” said Darroch. “Our strategy to broaden our business, expanding into new markets and customer segments, has delivered further excellent financial results with revenue up 5% and a double-digit growth in profit.”

UK: 10-year sentence for online piracy

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/22/uk-10-year-sentence-for-online-piracy/

The UK Government has confirmed that it plans to harmonise the maximum sentence for online copyright infringement with physical infringement – at 10 years. The proposal was contained in its response to a Consultation on Criminal Sanctions for Online Copyright Infringement.

Baroness Neville-Rolfe, Minister for Intellectual Property, noted that the creative industries add £84.1 billion to the UK economy each year, and to ensure this investment was protected, there must be effective and appropriately targeted laws.

Following the publication of an independent report – Penalty Fair – and other supportive evidence during 2015, Neville-Rolfe said that the maximum sentence for online copyright infringement needed to be harmonised with physical infringement – at 10 years.

“Last year the government consulted on increasing the maximum term to 10 years. We received over a thousand responses, which have played a significant part in helping to shape the discussion. As a result, we are now proposing changes that include increasing the maximum sentence, but at the same time addressing concerns about the scope of the offence. The revised provisions will help protect rights holders, while making the boundaries of the offence clearer, so that everyone can understand how the rules should be applied,” she advised.

“The UK is frequently cited as the world leader in IP enforcement, and as Minister for IP I want to do everything I can to preserve this standing. The provision of a maximum ten-year sentence is designed to send a clear message to criminals that exploiting the intellectual property of others online without their permission not acceptable,” she stated.

The Government intends to introduce to Parliament at the earliest available legislative opportunity re-drafted offence provisions which address issues raised in the consultation.

Reacting to the proposal, Jim Killock, Executive Director Open Rights Group said: “We note that the Minister has committed to narrowing the scope of the offence. We need to see that it relates to genuinely commercial infringements. In particular the test of prejudicially affecting the copyright holder needs to go, and a test for actual knowledge need to be present.

“We would welcome further discussions with her and the IPO to understand how the government seeks to ensure these new sentences are not abused to threaten people whose civil copyright misdemeanours are not deserving of custodial sentences.”

Over 1000 respondents from ORG’s community submitted evidence to the consultation.

YuppTV expands its offering by launching 18 Sri Lankan channels

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/iworld/ott-services/yupptv-expands-its-offering-by-launching-18-sri-lankan-channels-160421

MUMBAI: YuppTV has expanded its offering with the launch of 18 Sri Lankan TV channels across a variety of genres such as general entertainment, news, music, spiritual etc. As part of the association, prominent Sinhala, Tamil and English channels such as Siyatha TV, Derana TV, Dan TV, Channel C, Nethra TV and Prime TV will be made available on the YuppTV platform worldwide.

Speaking on the partnership, YuppTV founder and CEO Uday Reddy said, “At YuppTV, we have always sought to enable the best, most preferred entertainment options for our users across the globe. We have constantly enhanced our content offerings to appeal to the sensibilities of our diverse consumer base. Allowing access to these channels through our platform will add to the delight of our Sri Lankan expat viewers as they will be able to watch their favorite programmes from anywhere in the world.”

The platform aims at catering to approximately 3 million Sri Lankan expats across the globe with the majority concentrated around Europe, Middle East and Canada. Two of Sri Lanka's most popular TV channels namely Shakthi TV and Sirasa TV were already available on the OTT platform.

With this partnership, the service provider will also provide live TV access of Sri Lankan channels to subscribers at a very affordable price. These new channels will be part of Sri Lankan TV packages and can be accessed through the YuppTV website or via its app.

As transponders lie vacant, DTH industry pitches for price cuts

From http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/info-tech/as-transponders-lie-vacant-dth-industry-pitches-for-price-cuts/article8516644.ece

A number of foreign operators launching satellites with an India beam has led to a situation of a large capacity lying vacant in Ku-band transponders, meant for Direct-to-Home (DTH) companies.

But, industry players lament they are not able to cash in on discounts on transponder lease and renewal fees, as contracts are signed through Antrix, the marketing arm of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), and not directly by the players.

As per current norms, Indian DTH players apply to Antrix when they require satellite transponder capacities, which combine all these requests and float the aggregate requirements to foreign satellite operators.

Based on these negotiations, the transponder capacities are contracted for Indian players.

Jawahar Goel, Managing Director of Dish TV, said, “A lot of satellite transponder capacity is lying vacant over India, which includes both foreign and Indian satellites. We believe over 150 Ku-band transponders are idle. DTH companies should get the advantage of prices because of this over-built transponder capacity.”

Currency fluctuation

He said that since transponder lease agreements are signed in dollars, it has also become expensive due to the currency fluctuations. “These agreements should be signed in rupee terms to protect Indian players from currency fluctuations,” he added.

In an email on the pricing dynamics, Blaine Curcio, Senior Analyst at Northern Sky Research, said: “There are enough players in the market, and enough of a “land grab” mentality, as it relates to general satcom industry growth. If there was some degree of free market to the pricing structure in India, I would suspect some downward pressure on pricing, particularly in Ku-band.”

As per industry estimates, nearly 75 per cent of satellite transponder capacity of DTH players is currently being met by foreign companies and, depending on currency valuations, the industry pays in the range of ₹700-900 crore in lease fees annually. DS Govindarajan, co-founder of Aniara Space, said: “There is definitely some free capacity of transponders on foreign satellites available on the Indian beam, currently meant for DTH players.

“It all depends on whether this capacity meets the requirements of DTH players, considering they need satellites to be in a particular orbital location.”

A report last month by the Cable and Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia and PwC recommended that DTH operators should be allowed to have direct contracts to expand their capacity with existing satellite providers, which are already authorised to provide their services. It also pointed out that the three-year contract that is currently offered by Antrix and ISRO are “severely limiting”.

“Foreign transponder contracts need to be of longer durations (10–15 years) to allow Indian companies to leverage on cost economics and provide cost protection to DTH operators,” the report added.

Jehil Thakkar, Partner and Head (Media and Entertainment), KPMG India, added: “This is a longstanding challenge DTH companies are facing. Not being able to directly do contracts with satellite operators makes these contracts less beneficial commercially.”

Pakistan to auction DTH licences again

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/25/pakistan-to-auction-dth-licences-again/

Pakistan’s media regulator, PEMRA, says the abandoned DTH auction (cancelled last December) will be reinstated later this year.

PEMRA says it will auction rights to three satellite TV slots.

PEMRA has been somewhat bogged down while its new chairman Absar Alam has conducted examinations into PEMRA’s own operating processes.

Last autumn, ahead of the cancelled auction, there were eight potential bidders for licences: Sardar Builders, Parus Media & Broadcast, Mastro Media Distribution, HB DTH, IQ Communications, Nayatel, Shahzad CGG and Sharif Feed Mills.

India’s Tata Group is said to be behind one of the potential bidders.


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On Demand on TV for all - FreeviewPlus now on Satellite

From Press Release: FreeView

On Demand on TV for all Kiwis - FreeviewPlus now on Satellite

PRESS RELEASE | Thursday 21st April, 2016; 10:00am

Enjoying On Demand on TV is about to become a whole lot simpler and easier for even more Kiwis up and down the country, as Freeview New Zealand rolls out FreeviewPlus on their satellite platform.

The first technology of its kind in New Zealand, FreeviewPlus combines all available On Demand content from TVNZ Ondemand, 3NOW & Māori Television On Demand, with live free-to-air broadcasts – creating an impressive library of top New Zealand and international content all in one place, available to enjoy any time, subscription-free.

Available since July 2015 to those living in Freeview|HD coverage areas, and requiring a UHF aerial, FreeviewPlus can now also be accessed via satellite dish – so it’s no longer subject to coverage restrictions, and is available to everyone in New Zealand with a compatible FreeviewPlus device.

Freeview General Manager, Sam Irvine, says Freeview is delighted to now offer FreeviewPlus to all Kiwis looking to improve their viewing experience.

“The TV is the most preferred screen in the home. And On Demand viewing on your TV should be simple.

“Our goal with FreeviewPlus is to make On Demand viewing easy and more enjoyable by bringing great On Demand content to your TV, helping Kiwis eliminate those painful streaming setups that are all-too-familiar – squinting at a tiny phone, struggling with a myriad of menus, network configurations or cords to get streaming videos onto the TV.

“We achieved that for our Freeview|HD viewers in July last year. Extending it onto satellite means we can now do the same for all New Zealanders – so everyone can enjoy On Demand on their TV with FreeviewPlus, with just the click of a button.”

The extension of the FreeviewPlus service comes just as Freeview is celebrating another major milestone, with latest research showing that Freeview is now used in 75 percent of New Zealand homes – a year on year growth of five percent from 2015.

“It’s great that more Kiwis are opting for subscription-free TV with us, and it’s encouraging to see results like this almost 10 years after we first launched. In an increasingly competitive and crowded landscape, this continued growth shows that Freeview is a preferred option for New Zealand TV viewers.

“Part of that comes down to our compelling proposition - 98 of the top 100 programmes are available on our platforms. And with innovative new technologies like FreeviewPlus, we’re also continually working with our shareholders - TVNZ, MediaWorks, Māori Television and other broadcasters, as well as leading manufacturers - to deliver what viewers want.” Irvine concludes.

Satellite-compatible FreeviewPlus TVs & MyFreeviewPlus recorders are now available from leading brands and electronics stores nationwide.

Visit www.freeviewplus.co.nz for a list of models and tips on getting FreeviewPlus.


Freeview extends on-demand service to remaining 40pc of its viewers

From http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/79172595/Freeview-extends-on-demand-service-to-remaining-40pc-of-its-viewers

Freeview satellite customers will need a FreeviewPlus TV or set-top box to take advantage of new features.

Hundreds of thousands more households will be able to watch free-to-air television at a time of their choosing.

Freeview has extended its FreeviewPlus "on demand" service to the 30 per cent of Kiwi homes who use its satellite service to watch free-to-air television.

About another 45 per cent of homes can already receive FreeviewPlus though its "terrestrial" service, FreeviewHD.

Freeview chief executive Sam Irvine said Freeview satellite customers would be able to click back through their electronic programming guide (EPG) to catch up on most prime-time programmes and locally-produced daytime programmes that they might have missed during the previous seven days.

They will also be able to watch other "on demand" content provided through TVNZ On Demand, 3Now and Maori Television On Demand.

Freeview satellite customers would need a compatible set-top box or television that was hooked up to broadband to access FreeviewPlus, Irvine said.

Most Dish set-top boxes or big brand televisions bought during the past year would fit the bill, he said.

Freeview's satellite service has been regarded as something of a poor cousin to its FreeviewHD UHF service.

That is partly because satellite-capacity constraints have limited it to showing programmes in standard definition.

But adding FreeviewPlus to the satellite service would help close the gap, Irvine said.

"We are always looking at how we could move to HD on satellite but it is a difficult one with the lack of spare capacity on the satellite that is not being used by Sky."

Many households, even in urban areas where FreeviewHD is available, still chose the satellite service, as it is easy to tune in through an existing satellite dish, Irvine said.

They would find the picture quality of some programmes improved when they watched them through FreeviewPlus via broadband rather than by satellite, he said.

FreeviewPlus could allow broadcasters such as Television New Zealand and MediaWorks to sell pay-per-view programmes or subscription (SVOD) television to viewers, but Irvine said the SVOD market was now extremely crowded.

"I think it would be a brave business that would launch a new SVOD service in competition to the existing players in the small New Zealand market." Those existing players include Netflix, Spark-owned Lightbox and Sky's Neon.

Sky Television announced that its free-to-air Prime TV channel had concluded a deal with the BBC that would see "a wide range of prestigious BBC programmes" premiere exclusively on Prime in New Zealand.

Those programme would include documentaries such as The Story of China, Stephen Fry in Central America, the second series of Coast Australia, Rick Stein's Long Weekends and the two new travel series Greece and Ireland with Simon Reeve, it said.

Prime had also secured the new BBC drama series The Durrells, based on the memoirs of naturalist and conservationist Gerald Durrell, and Michael Mosley's new documentary series Nine Months That Made You, it said.

Sky said it would also screen all 51 UEFA EURO 2016 football matches live on Sky Sports "pop-up" channels in June and July

Partnership Signed Between Optus Satellite and RigNet Australia

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=6408391

Optus Satellite has announced a new, wholesale partnership with RigNet Australia.

This agreement will see RigNet providing services to the Australasia region and in establishing presence and assets into Optus Satellite east and west coast Earth stations. The existing links between the the two Optus teleports are provided by a diverse Optus SDH fiber network, which is a key benefit for RigNet to ensure their customers have true redundancy for their services.

By using Optus' Lockridge and Oxford Falls satellite facilities, RigNet will also be able to focus on providing targeted and fully managed comms solutions and other network-based services to customers with the region.

Paul Sheridan, Vice President of Optus Satellite, remarked that RigNet has been securing contracts across teh region and will require more capacity domestically, which means that while they use their own capacity, this new partnership also allows access to capacity from the Optus satellite fleet as well as the firm's additional partners.

The agreement allows RigNet access to Optus' domestic satellite capacity as we as international, third party providers.

Ten returns to profit after four years

From http://tbivision.com/news/2016/04/ten-returns-to-profit-after-four-years/582102/

Australia’s Ten Network is back in profit for the first time in four years.

Paul AndersonThe commercial channel’s parent, Ten Network Holdings, posted a half-year net profit of A$13.4 million (US$10.5 million) on revenues of A$334.2 million.

This compares with a A$264.4 million loss and revenues of A$309.8 million for the same period 12 months ago.

Ten has also reduced its net debt from A$131 million in August 2015 to A$20 million, as of February 2016.

The last time Ten posted a profit was H1 2012. Since then it has struggled financially, though a cash injection from pay TV firm Foxtel and improved ratings – including its highest commercial share of 25-54 – have steadied the ship.

The good news for Ten comes after Paul Anderson (pictured) replaced Hamish McLennan as CEO last July, and David Gordon was named chairman.

The Foxtel investment, a deal that also saw Ten taking over Foxtel media sales firm MCN, closed in July last year.

Ten’s best-rating series include The Bachelorette Australia, Gogglebox Australia, MasterChef Australia and I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.

Eutelsat Selects Gilat Technology to Power Satellite Broadband Services in Western Russia

From Press release

Eutelsat Communications (NYSE Euronext Paris:ETL), one of the world's leading satellite operators, today announced its selection of Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. (GILT) (GILT), a worldwide leader in satellite networking technology, solutions and services, to power a new range of broadband services in Western Russia.

Eutelsat has selected Gilat’s SkyEdge II-c hub with X-Architecture and SkyEdge II-c small user terminals to deliver broadband services using the new Express AMU1/EUTELSAT 36C satellite. The hub will be installed at the Dubna satellite centre operated by RSCC, near Moscow. The satellite’s High Throughput payload comprises 18 Ka-band beams delivering continuous coverage of Western Russia, from the Arctic coastline to the Caspian Sea.

Kirill Yanchenko, General Director of the Eutelsat Networks company that will market services in Russia, said: “Our deployment of Gilat technology is a new milestone taking us closer to the commercial launch of services in July. In working with Gilat we are putting in place a key component of a high-performance broadband infrastructure that will deliver high-quality connectivity.”

“We are proud to win Eutelsat’s trust in a head-to-head competition with the world’s top satellite broadband network providers. By working together with Eutelsat in Russia, our market position is greatly enhanced,” noted Ron Levin, Director Strategic Accounts. “The agreement further validates our multi-application, one platform X-Architecture as the most advanced baseband system for HTS.”

About Eutelsat Communications
Established in 1977, Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris:ETL) (ISIN code: FR0010221234) is one of the world's leading and most experienced operators of communications satellites. The company provides capacity on 40 satellites to clients that include broadcasters and broadcasting associations, pay-TV operators, video, data and Internet service providers, enterprises and government agencies. Eutelsat’s satellites provide ubiquitous coverage of Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Americas, enabling video, data, broadband and government communications to be established irrespective of a user’s location. Headquartered in Paris, with offices and teleports around the globe, Eutelsat represents a workforce of 1,000 men and women from 37 countries who are experts in their fields and work with clients to deliver the highest quality of service.

For more about Eutelsat please visit www.eutelsat.com

About Gilat
Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd (GILT) (GILT) is a leading provider of products and services for satellite-based broadband communications. Gilat develops and markets a wide range of high-performance satellite ground segment equipment and VSATs, with an increasing focus on the consumer and Ka-band market. In addition, Gilat enables mobile SOTM (Satellite-on-the-Move) solutions providing low-profile antennas, next generation solid-state power amplifiers and modems. Gilat also provides managed network and satellite-based services for rural telephony and Internet access via its subsidiaries in Peru and Colombia.

With over 25 years of experience, and over a million products shipped to more than 90 countries, Gilat has provided enterprises, service providers and operators with efficient and reliable satellite-based connectivity solutions, including cellular backhaul, banking, retail, e-government and rural communication networks. Gilat also enables leading defense, public security and news organizations to implement advanced, on-the-move tactical communications on board their land, air and sea fleets using Gilat's high-performance SOTM solutions. Gilat controlling shareholders are the FIMI Private Equity Funds. For more information, please visit us at www.gilat.com

Russia to Put 11 Communications Satellites Into Orbit by 2025

From http://sputniknews.com/science/20160421/1038375744/russia-satellites-2025.html

Russia will put five satellites into the Earth's orbit in 2019-2012.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russia plans to put a dozen of new communications satellites into the Earth’s orbit in the next nine years, the head of the country’s communications agency Rossvyaz said Thursday.

"A program has been laid out on how to expand the civil satellite constellation in 2017-2025. Under it, we plan to launch seven satellites into the geostationary orbit and four into the highly-elliptical orbit," Oleg Dukhovnitsky said at a Satellite Russia conference in Moscow.

US-Russia Space Projects Set Example of Good Cooperation - Roscosmos
The Rossvyaz chief added that "paperwork is already being prepared for five devices," which will be launched in 2019-2020.

Russia’s space agency Roscosmos said earlier that a total of 44 satellites would be put into orbit by 2025, including for military and scientific purposes. The program’s federal budget is worth 87.4 billion rubles ($1.3 billion).

Global Eagle boost for SES

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/20/global-eagle-boost-for-ses/

In-flight connectivity specialists Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE) has signed a major contract with satellite operator SES.

The agreement will allow passengers on GEE-related airlines to view live TV programming as well as have Internet and broadband access ‘direct-to-seat’.

These latest contracts between GEE and SES secure multiple transponders of wide beam Ku-band coverage aboard SES’s NSS-12 and AMC-1 satellites to meet the fast-growing passenger and airline demand for more connectivity across India, Central Asia, the Middle East and North America. GEE is now tapping 12 SES satellites to put together a complementary mix of Ku-band wide beam and upcoming Ku-band high throughput satellite (HTS) spot beam coverage to meet various levels of inflight connectivity demand along travel routes around the globe.

“GEE is in the midst of a strategic expansion of our global inflight connectivity network to meet the growing and evolving demands of airlines and their passengers for a new wave of high-speed Wi-Fi-based services,” said Dave Davis, CEO at GEE. “Together with SES, GEE continues to proactively add significant levels of bandwidth over established inflight connectivity markets, as well as developing regions such as Asia and the Middle East where passenger demand is accelerating the deployment of connected aircraft over new routes.”

“SES has built a robust and scalable global infrastructure to meet the growing demand for inflight entertainment and connectivity,” said Elias Zaccack, SVP/Commercial, Americas, and head of Global Mobility solutions at SES. “SES is committed to delivering a great mobile experience to airline passengers, and these latest capacity agreements with GEE will bring a new level of inflight connectivity to both expanding and emerging markets.”

SpeedCast Signs Partnership MOU with Beijing Marine Communications & Navigation Company Limited

From http://www.pressreleaserocket.net/speedcast-signs-partnership-mou-with-beijing-marine-communications-navigation-company-limited/437616/

To build a global maritime VSAT service for China Market

Hong Kong, April 20, 2016 – SpeedCast International Limited (ASX: SDA), a leading global satellite communications and network service provider, and Beijing Marine Communications and Navigation Co. Ltd (‘MCN’), a subsidiary of the China Transport Telecommunications & Information Centre (‘CTTIC’), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for Strategic Cooperation (‘MOU’).

Under the MOU, MCN and SpeedCast will form a strategic partnership by integrating MCN’s VSAT network in Asia Pacific and SpeedCast’s global VSAT networks to provide global connectivity to the maritime industry. This partnership will provide seamless connectivity for both MCN and SpeedCast customers wherever they are, as well as providing a wide portfolio of applications enhancing productivity, crew welfare and safety. SpeedCast will assist MCN to expand its infrastructure to provide service coverage in the South China Sea, which will be integrated to SpeedCast’s global network. MCN will also be able to leverage SpeedCast’s extensive network of field engineers located in key ports around the world.

“We are thrilled about establishing this strategic partnership with MCN,” commented Mr. Pierre-Jean Beylier, CEO of SpeedCast. “MCN has a strong leadership position in the Chinese market and together we will be able to provide high quality broadband services to their customers globally. This partnership may also expand into other mobility markets where both companies will be able to leverage each other’s strengths.”

Mr. Song Zeng, Deputy Director General, CTTIC said; “partnering with SpeedCast not only extends our VSAT service network globally, but we are also able to leverage SpeedCast’s deep technical know-how and extensive experience to provide world class services and connectivity to our customers no matter where they are.”

“With our 24/7 service desk in Hong Kong, SpeedCast is well positioned and very happy to contribute to the future development of China maritime VSATs for market,” added Mr. Beylier.


About Beijing Marine Communications and Navigation Co., Ltd

Beijing Marine Communications and Navigation Co., Ltd, part of the China Transportation Telecommunications & Information Centre (CTTIC) represents the Chinese Government, manages and operates the Inmarsat maritime satellite business. MCN serves as the backbone enterprise for China domestic mobile satellite communications services, provides services to transportation industries and maritime, land, air and global communications businesses. More information about MCN can be found at http://www.bjmcn.com/EN/

About SpeedCast International Limited

SpeedCast International Limited (ASX: SDA) is a leading global satellite communications and network service provider, offering high-quality managed network services in over 90 countries and a global maritime network serving customers worldwide. With a worldwide network of 39 sales and support offices and 33 teleport operations, SpeedCast has a unique infrastructure to serve the requirements of customers globally. With over 5,000 links on land and at sea supporting mission critical applications, SpeedCast has distinguished itself with a strong operational expertise and a highly efficient support organization. For more information, visit www.speedcast.com.

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Tricolor CCO Lays Out 4K Roadmap in Russia

From http://www.satellitetoday.com/regional/2016/04/19/tricolor-cco-lays-out-4k-roadmap-in-russia/

[Via Satellite 04-19-2016] Tricolor TV is one of the main satellite TV players in Russia and has been one of the first DTH operators to launch Ultra-HD services into the market. In November last year, Tricolor TV announced it had started to broadcast its Ultra-HD package, which included two new Ultra-HD TV channels: Tricolor Ultra HD and Insight UHD. Subscribers of Tricolor TV gain access to movies and documentaries, as well as sports and entertainment programs broadcasted in 4K at no extra charge. The channels of the package are broadcasted at 3840×2160 resolution with an image transmission rate of 50 frames per second (fps).

Alexey Kholodov, СCO at Tricolor TV, told Via Satellite that the market is conducive to the launch of these services and that Tricolor is moving forward together with manufacturers of TV sets, which have very optimistic plans relating to sales of 4K broadcast equipment in Russia.

“Vendors working in Russia assert that the market demand is sufficient in this regard. It is impossible to expect to benefit instantly from Ultra-HD, of course, as this project is intended for the future. But in the near future, according to experts, 330 million 4K panels will be sold throughout the world by the end of 2019. As for the advantages for Tricolor in regards to the launch of these services, we show our technical viability and readiness to launch innovative services, and we prove ourselves to be an industry leader,” he said.

Kholodov believes there are already more than 250,000 4K TV sets sold in Russia. He believes that, with the plans of TV manufacturers to build out their product ranges with gradually reducing prices for 4K models, the Russian market is expected to show “fairly rapid growth” in terms of 4K TV set sales. “The availability of high-quality 4K TV channels with some interesting content will also be an additional motivation for consumers,” he added.

Over the next 12 months, Tricolor aims to supply more content for its own Ultra-HD channels. Kholodov said the operator is working on “increasing the amount of content many times over.” To achieve this, Tricolor will need to adequately upgrade its hardware to customers. Any operator looking to launch 4K services is faced with a number of challenges. Kholodov highlights the shortage of the ready-to-use Ultra-HD content in the market as the main difficulty a pay-TV operator like Tricolor faces. “We have taken the Ultra-HD 3840×2160 standard, frame rate 50 fps as a basis. Most content manufacturers did not expect a serious promotion of such a format by any operator. Acting as the operator, we shall also need some time to introduce the new technology to users, to explain its features and benefits,” he said. “In addition to the highest quality image, there is one more very important feature of the format, which is not perceived by the subscriber: requirements for bandwidth. Bandwidth for broadcasting an Ultra-HD channel uses twice as much as bandwidth compared to HD. This means that the transponder capacity for broadcasting on an Ultra-HD channel must be at least twice as high when compared to an HD-channel.”

At the moment, it is expensive to put on Ultra-HD channels, and they have a limited audience, which is not necessarily a great combination. Although things are likely to change once more TV sets are acquired, which could fuel the demand for content. However, Kholodov believes the satellite industry could be doing more to help a company like Tricolor bring more 4K content to its customer base, and that upscaling is not a proper solution.

“Despite the claims of satellite operators in regard to assistance in the implementation of 4K broadcasting and attempts to effectively optimize the transmission of such signals, not all providers of satellite capacity are willing to lose the profit associated with the leased transponder capacity needed for two Ultra-HD channels. In the meantime, some [satellite] operators may try to use available methods for artificial improvement of the image with the use of ‘upscaling’ to save money. However, such a signal, to be frank, has nothing to do with real 4K broadcasting. Tricolor TV has stated long ago that it has objections against the use of ‘upscaling’ in such a scenario.”

Despite this, Kholodov is optimistic about the future of Ultra-HD. He believes technologies will improve. He highlights modern signal processing techniques that will give the possibility to broadcast more channels with the use of the same transponder capacity. He also said manufacturers of encoding equipment will develop new methods of statistical multiplexing of H.265 channels. “All this gives us hope that bandwidth will be larger and that the equipment will give the possibility to use it as efficiently as possible without losing the quality of the formed channel,” he added.

It will undoubtedly take a few years for 4K to make an impact, even with early adopters such as Tricolor making a big play in the market. “According to experts, the mass 4K implementation will begin in 2020 or later. Of course we will monitor the development of this market, and, if the prospects of this broadcasting remain the same, we will encourage the process of 4K development in Russia in every possible way, especially considering that we have already assumed this role and that we have everything in place to continue to move in this direction,” said Kholodov.

NHK World TV doubles VoD output

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/21/nhk-world-tv-doubles-vod-output/

NHK World TV, the global news and information channel from Japan’s public broadcaster, is doubling the amount of VoD programming to reflect the significant increase in demand from viewers around the world.

The expansion includes new programmes – such as A Century on Film, Direct Talk and J-Trip Plan – as well as established ones, including Tokyo Fashion Express and Samurai Wheels.

In general, VoD programmes will be available for two to four weeks after broadcast, and are available either from the NHK World website or via an App on suitable ‘smart’ TVs.

The VoD active availability jumps from 13 to 27 programmes.

OneWeb to Build 15 Internet Satellites a Week at Florida Factory

From http://gadgets.ndtv.com/internet/news/oneweb-to-build-15-internet-satellites-a-week-at-florida-factory-828090

OneWeb to Build 15 Internet Satellites a Week at Florida Factory

Satellite Internet Startup OneWeb Ltd plans to manufacture 15 satellites per week at a planned factory in Florida as part of its push to provide global high-speed Internet access, company officials said on Tuesday.

Backed by Richard Branson's Virgin Group and other well-known firms, OneWeb aims to supply Internet services worldwide through a fleet of 700 or more satellites it expects to have in orbit and operating by the end of 2019.

Construction of the Florida factory has not yet begun and OneWeb did not say when manufacturing would start. On Tuesday it unveiled the factory's location near Nasa's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, two days after Reuters reported it.

The first group of 10 satellites are being built at partner Airbus' Toulouse, France facility.

Typically, communications satellites take four to five months to assemble, Brian Holz, chief executive of OneWeb Satellites, a joint venture of OneWeb and Europe's Airbus Group's Defense and Space said during an event near the future location of the factory.

"We're going to build one in an eight-hour shift," he said. He did not give details but said the factory would be highly automated.

OneWeb plans to hire 250 engineers to work at the state-financed, robotics-intensive facility to be located in an industrial park next door to where Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos' space company Blue Origin is building a rocket factory.

The company also intends to build satellites for other companies and agencies, including the U.S. military and Nasa, said OneWeb founder Greg Wyler, a well-known communications satellite industry executive. He said the initial run of satellites would be 900 to provide for spares.

Wyler said that the region's aerospace and engineering workforce, plus up to about $20 million (roughly Rs. 132 crores) in financial incentives from the state and county, were key to the company's decision on where to base the 100,000 square foot plant.

Space Florida, a state-backed space economic development agency, plans to spend up to about $80 million (roughly Rs. 529 crores) to build and equip the factory, which will then be leased to OneWeb, Space Florida President Frank DiBello said in an interview.

OneWeb has raised $500 million (roughly Rs. 3,310 crores) in an initial round of financing for its venture from a group of companies including Virgin Group, Airbus, India's Bharti Enterprises, chipmaker Qualcomm Inc, Hughes Network Systems, Intelsat, Coca-Cola Co and Mexico's Totalplay

Students observe damaged Hitomi X-ray satellite and debris

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Students_observe_damaged_Hitomi_X_ray_satellite_and_debris_999.html

Engineering Physics students at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Daytona Beach Campus have made several high-cadence telescope observations of the recently damaged Hitomi X-ray satellite and several of its debris pieces.

Hitomi, also known as ASTRO-H, was a Japanese X-ray astronomy satellite that was launched in February. The $275 million spacecraft was 46 feet long when deployed and weighed 6,000 lbs. It carried a number of scientific instruments, including a unique device called an X-ray microcalorimeter that was intended to investigate the evolution and large-scale structure of the universe, dark matter distribution, how matter behaves in high-gravity areas like black holes, and other high-energy phenomena.

It experienced a catastrophic event on March 26 during its first test observations 360 miles above the Earth. The U.S. Joint Space Operations Center detected several fragments of debris in the area and Hitomi's orbit suddenly changed.

"As soon as we got news of the suspected breakup, we wanted to observe the fragments with OSCOM, an optical tracking and spectral characterization system capable of observing large and small space objects, to see for ourselves how chaotically they were tumbling," said Forrest Gasdia, an Embry-Riddle graduate student in Engineering Physics. "As soon as the skies were clear, Sergei Bilardi [Engineering Physics undergraduate] and I deployed a telescope for the observations."

"The Physical Sciences Department has an impressive array of telescope assets, including a 1-meter (40-inch) Ritchey-Chretien reflecting telescope, and OSCOM, which was seed funded by a National Science Foundation grant," said Dr. Aroh Barjatya, associate professor and program coordinator of the Engineering Physics program at the Daytona Beach Campus.

"All of these assets are readily available for our students majoring in Engineering Physics, which has a strong emphasis on space systems engineering, as well as a new Astronomy and Astrophysics program."

Using OSCOM, the Engineering Physics students have obtained rapid brightness measurements of the satellite and debris fragments tumbling through space. These high-speed measurements - up to 100 samples per second for the main fragment - reveal bright reflections of solar light caused by different parts of Hitomi.

The data show a strong and consistent flash pattern with a period of 2.6 seconds. Further details about the OSCOM system, more photometry results, and observation videos can be found on the Space and Atmospheric Instrumentation Lab (SAIL) website.

Although OSCOM specializes in observing small satellites and CubeSats in low-Earth orbit (LEO), the project team has also developed optical observation and analysis techniques for solving space situational awareness problems with spatially resolved satellites in LEO, satellites in geostationary orbit, and debris and near-Earth asteroids.

Essel’s ‘wellness’ channels come to market

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/20/essels-wellness-channels-come-to-market/

Subhash Chandra, head of Essel Group which controls the Zee cluster of channels, is launching 3 dedicated ‘wellness’ channels.

Essel’s Living Entertainment launched last year, and will now roll out three new, and health-based, channels this autumn. Living Zen is the first, which is targeted to launch on August 1st. Later will come Living Travelz, as will Living Foodz.

“We should be launching Living Zen around August 1st. Looking at happiness as the key positioning, the channel will be dedicated to health and wellness. This genre of channel does not exist in India,” Zee Living India APAC CEO Piyush Sharma told India’s TelevisionPost.

The brief is to produce channels and programming that appeal to viewers but will also bring in advertising support. Food advertising accounts for some 50 per cent of Indian on-screen publicity.


FreeviewPlus is now available on Freeview Satellite

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NSS 9 177.0W 4103 R "France 24 Français" has left .

Horizons 2 84.8E 12120 H Telekarta Kino has left .

Apstar 7 76.5E 3831 H "SK Movie and Channel S" have left .
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东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Colors HD(高清)等频道新增,设置12468 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [4月20日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Cineplex、Shop Now(MPEG-4)频道改格式,设置4177 H 2815参数免费接收。 [4月20日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,HD life(高清)频道消失,设置11973 V 45000参数无效接收。 [4月20日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Match TV HD(高清)频道新增,设置11973 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [4月20日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,卫视中文电影(东南亚)频道消失,设置4000 H 29720参数无效接收。 [4月20日]
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JCSAT 4B 124.0E A Big TV mux has started on 12290 H.
JCSAT 4B 124.0E The Big TV muxes have left 12410 H, 12450 H, 12690 H and 12730 H.

G-Sat 15 93.5E 11170 V "Teleshop has replaced Shri News" on , Fta.
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东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,Zee TV(环宇卫视)测试频道加密,设置12591 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [4月19日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,B4U Movies、NEO Sports(孟加拉)等频道新增,设置12468 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [4月19日]
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Foxtel has stopped marketing its iQ3 set-top box

From http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/foxtel-has-stopped-marketing-its-iq3-settop-box-20160419-go9xv6.html

Foxtel has stopped marketing its troubled iQ3 set-top box as the pay TV giant scrambles to iron out bugs that have plagued the video recording device since it was launched just over a year ago.

Foxtel's websites are now pushing earlier iterations of the box, the iQ2 and even the iQ1 with some offers, while all promotion of the much-heralded iQ3 box has been quietly removed.

As revealed by Fairfax Media on Monday, Foxtel's owners News Corp and Telstra have postponed a planned $8 billion initial public offering until 2017 due to the sheer volume of work that needs to be done to prepare their structurally challenged pay television joint venture for a sharemarket listing. Stabilising the iQ3 is one of many items on that list.

The box, which connects to cable, satellite and ADSL broadband, was a year late when it was launched in March last year.

It provides a much slicker user interface and easier-to-navigate electronic programming guide than the iQ2 with improved functionality.

However, customers have at times complained of various problems such as picture and menus disappearing; frozen screens; remote control unresponsiveness; programs being deleted or not recording properly; and needing to reboot the iQ3 multiple times a day.

While Foxtel has issued software updates to correct many of the problems, some customers are continuing to report problems with the box.

A spokesman for Foxtel, told Fairfax Media: "We have and are continuing to make software updates to improve stability and features of the iQ3 box.

"We are confident that any problems some customers have experienced either have been addressed or will be in the near future."

The development comes as new Foxtel chief executive Peter Tonagh accelerates plans for a much cheaper and smaller, so-called "puck" device that could offer multiple entertainment services, including Netflix, over the internet to users who don't want to pay for the full Foxtel cable and satellite service.

Foxtel already faces competition in the puck market from its own 50 per cent shareholder Telstra and from Fetch TV, which is poised to launch a new iteration of its own set-top box as well as its own puck device.

While there is much focus in media circles on the rise of subscription video-on-demand platforms led by Netflix some in the industry say the main prize will go to the company that can own the principle set top box and therefore own the remote the control and the TV menu, through which it can capture viewing data that is valuable to advertisers.

Most video viewing is still done on a traditional TV, according to Nielsen.

Foxtel boasts 2.6 million cable and satellite subscribers and is Australia's most profitable media company but it has the most at stake in the rapidly changing video entertainment market.

Fetch, which is available through Optus and iiNet and Dodo, is understood to be approaching 400,000 users. Telstra has switched its bet from the T-Box – which despite sales of around 900,000, has low activity levels, and is now pushing its new "puck" solution Telstra TV.

DISH, Chinese programmers file piracy lawsuit

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/19/dish-chinese-programmers-file-piracy-lawsuit/

Pay-TV platform DISH, TVB (USA) and CCTV have filed a lawsuit in the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York to halt what they allege is illegal streaming of content via the ‘h.TV’ device. TVB is the largest producer of Cantonese-language TV programming in the world and CCTV is the largest television broadcaster in mainland China. DISH owns exclusive rights to retransmit TVB and CCTV channels and programmes via satellite in the United States, as well as exclusive rights to retransmit TVB content Over the Top (OTT) in the US.

In the filing, DISH, TVB and CCTV state that HTV International Limited (HTVI) has set up a pirate broadcasting network that brazenly captures entire channels of TVB and CCTV television programming and streams that programming over the Internet to users of the h.TV device in the US, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“The h.TV Retransmission Service accomplishes this massive piracy in part through a peer-to-peer network – like Napster, Grokster, and BitTorrent, but designed to stream video content rather than to download media files,” the plaintiffs state in the complaint. “Through this peer-to-peer network, some h.TV users not only receive unauthorised streams of CCTV and TVB programming in the United States, but also simultaneously retransmit that programming to other h.TV users in the United States.”

The plaintiffs note that consumers are paying as much as $300 for an h.TV device and accessing a variety of ‘apps’ that enable users to access, view and share infringing streams of television programming. Many of these apps unlawfully retransmit TVB and CCTV programming.

“Not only are consumers being scammed when they buy the h.TV device, which relies on content obtained illegally, they are being exploited to help facilitate this scheme through a peer-to-peer network that retransmits unauthorised programming from one user to another,” said Samuel Tsang, vice president, operations for TVB USA. “We work with providers like DISH to offer our content legally to consumers and won’t stand for pirates who seek to profit from our content without our authorisation.”

“HTVI has built its entire business around blatant copyright infringement, brazenly advertising and promoting the capability of the h.TV device to provide users with infringing streams of CCTV and TVB television programming,” the plaintiffs state in the complaint.

HBO picks Arris satellite receiver for content delivery

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/hbo-picks-arris-satellite-receiver-for-content-delivery--1139282

Arris has announced a contract to provide HBO with its DSR-7400 transcoder satellite receiver to support the optimisation of its current MPEG 2/4 distribution platforms and help the network prepare for future content distribution with HEVC compression and DVB-S2X advanced modulation technologies. The DSR-7400 uses the latest HEVC video compression to reduce satellite bandwidth by up to 50 percent, while maintaining compatibility with deployed MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 set-tops. The receiver also supports Ultra HD and HDR services, as well as DVB-S2X technology, designed to increase the video capacity of satellite transmission channels.

DirecTV's 4K MLB debut gets scrubbed due to tech issues

From http://www.fiercecable.com/story/directvs-4k-mlb-debut-gets-scrubbed-due-tech-issues/2016-04-18

Friday's epic showdown between Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw and San Francisco Giants pitching star Madison Bumgarner was supposed to be the first of 25 Major League Baseball games shown live in 4K by DirecTV, but technical issues kept the satellite operator from executing on the plan.

"While the game was available to our customers in HD on MLB Network, we needed to cancel the 4K broadcast due to a technical issue with a third party's field production truck," a DirecTV rep told TV Predictions. "The signal was not up to our high standards and we are continuing our testing to ensure we deliver a flawless 4K viewing experience. If viewers were inconvenienced, we certainly apologize."


TV3 has updated their app and now have an official live stream
The stream appears to only be active during program content

Stream URL

web page

Monday evening feed

IS 19 12555 V Sr 7099 Our First Home
IS 19 12525 H Sr 29998 "CMC TV" is FTA

Saturday feed

IS 19 12550 V Sr 3500 "OFC CC1" SUV vs LOS, soccer

Sunday, feeds

IS 19 12550 V Sr 3500 "OFC CC1" WAICOMM...

D2 12661 V Sr 7500 - 'GlobeCast Oz' UFC of some sorts

From my Email


From the Dish

NSS 9 177.0W 4103 R "RTL International" has started on, PowerVu.

Intelsat 19 166.0E 3980 H "Eurosport 1 Asia and Eurosport News" have started on , PowerVu.

Vinasat 1 132.0E VTV 1-4/6 have left 3413 V and 3572 V.
Vinasat 1 132.0E 3433 V "HTVC The Thao, HTV 9, HTVC Gia Dinh, HTVC Ca Nhac, HTVC Phim, HTVC Phu Nu, HTV 7, FBNC, HTVC Thuan Viet and HTVC Du Lich & Cuoc Song" have left

Palapa D 113.0E 3852 V "YM TV" has left .

G-Sat 15 93.5E 11470 V Cinema TV has replaced Chardikla Time TV on , Fta.
G-Sat 15 93.5E 11510 V Chardikla Time TV has replaced RT English on , Fta
G-Sat 15 93.5E 11550 V RT English has replaced Cinema TV on , Fta.
G-Sat 10 83.0E 11550 V "ETV Gujarati News" has started on , Videoguard.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3769 H "Zoom Bangla and Movie 1" have started on , Fta.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3940 V "Fox Crime India" has left .

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3480 H "NB TV" has started on , Fta.

ABS 2 75.0E 12093 V "World Business Channel" is Fta

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12602 V "Push TV" has started on , Fta.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12722 H "Destiny Delivery TV" has started on , Fta. Digha has left.

From asiatvro site

东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,DTV2(印尼)等全组频道消失,设置4011 V 1500参数无效接收。 [4月18日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,SCTV(印度尼西亚)等全组频道消失,设置3747 H 6250参数无效接收。 [4月18日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,NBC TV(巴布亚新几内亚)频道消失,设置3784 V 1464参数无效接收。 [4月18日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,EMTV(巴布亚新几内亚)频道消失,设置3805 V 3960参数无效接收。 [4月18日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,India News、News X频道重现,设置11735 H 44000参数免费接收。 [4月18日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星C频段,SNC(高清)频道消失,设置3828 V 1660参数无效接收。 [4月18日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,El Shop、K-Drama Box(印尼)等4个频道消失,设置3818 V 27500参数无效接收。 [4月18日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,探索儿童、旅游生活(澳洲)频道消失,设置3980 H 30000参数无效接收。 [4月18日]

东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Universal Channel 替换Diva(MPEG-4)频道,设置3960 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [4月17日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,NVK Sakha、Sakha 24(俄罗斯)频道改频率,设置11124 V 3618参数部分免费接收。 [4月17日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,SK Movie、Channel S(孟加拉)频道消失,设置3832 H 12860参数无效接收。 [4月17日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Romedy Now HD、ET Now(印度)等全组频道加密,设置3802 H 10000参数有条件接收。 [4月17日]

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,凤凰中文、Colors(孟加拉)等21个频道新增,设置12468 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [4月16日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,News X HD(高清)频道新增,设置3690 H 15000参数免费接收。 [4月16日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,NTV、Ekushey(MPEG-4)等36个频道消失,设置12468 V 45000参数无效接收。 [4月16日]

东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,Fox Family Movies HD(环宇卫视)频道重现,设置12711 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [4月15日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,B4U Music、Zing(孟加拉)等频道消失,设置12347 V 45000参数无效接收。 [4月15日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,DD Sports、Somoy TV(孟加拉)等频道新增,设置12347 V 45000参数免费接收。 [4月15日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,BBC Lifestyle(法国)频道消失,设置4152 H 14669参数无效接收。 [4月15日]


TV audiences tumble as Netflix effect kicks in

From http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/tv-audiences-tumble-as-netflix-effect-kicks-in-20160413-go5jev.html

​Prime time audiences for traditional television have tumbled almost 5 per cent in the year to date, in the latest evidence that both free-to-air and cable television are under increasing structural pressure from streaming services such as Netflix and YouTube.

The OzTAM figures, obtained by Fairfax Media, will feed fierce debate about how serious the problem is for the sector, which still boasts the biggest share of Australia's $13 billion advertising market but is becoming increasingly complex to analyse because of the number of devices and screens used to access video content.

"There's always peaks and troughs of audiences; it's like the print business," said Leigh Terry, chief executive of media agency Omnicom Media Group Australia and New Zealand. "There is also now a lot of talk about the audience fragmentation on TV both from a device perspective as well via new commercial models with the emergence of subscription video-on-demand (SVOD).

"The question is, is TV truly under pressure for the first time? The answer is probably yes, it's certainly happened in other markets."

OzTAM's figures show free-to-air viewing is dropping faster among the key advertising youth demographic, with audiences down 14.8 per cent among 16-to-39-year-olds but up by 2.2 per cent in the Plus-55-year demographic. The fall has come despite the launch of three new channels: SBS Food, 9Life and 7Flix.

Top-rated broadcaster Seven West Media noted that its own primary audience was down only 1.8 per cent across all people and sought to pin much of a 4.3 per cent share fall in total prime time free-to-air viewing on the poor start to the year from rival Nine Entertainment, which issued a shock profit warning in April after the troubled launch of Reno Rumble and poor performances by the touring West Indies cricket team.

"Broadcast television continues to dominate a changing market," said Angus Ross, Seven's director of programming. "It is the only effective platform for the delivery of large and engaged audiences to advertisers. We are seeing significant audiences for great content on television, we are delivering our content to our audiences on any device extending and leveraging the strength of our television platform, and that underlines our approach to business."

Apple TV negative effect scenario

Some veteran industry insiders believe viewing on Apple TV is having a significant negative impact on traditional TV viewing and estimate that Netflix is attracting estimated audiences of 60,000 viewers per night with Stan, owned by Nine Entertainment Co and Fairfax Media, owner of The Australian Financial Review, getting estimated audiences of up to 30,000 a night.

Experts say the rise of streaming is fuelling a growing public appetite for quality drama, which is expensive to produce and is more prevalent on subscription TV services. That has put pressure on free-to-air's mainstay reality franchises although a small number of standout shows, led by Seven's My Kitchen Rules, have held up better than others.

"It's a watershed year for some of the TV industry that's for sure," said Brian Walsh, Foxtel's executive director of television. "Clearly there are options for customers with Presto [Foxtel and Seven's SVOD service], Stan and Netflix, and people are using the subscription sector to watch to international drama and scripted content."

Foxtel's prime time audiences are down too, by 5.3 per cent according to the OzTAM numbers, but Mr Walsh said Foxtel focuses on all-day performance. On that measure its audiences are flat versus 2015 and up 2.7 per cent versus 2014 helped, he said, by increased timeshift viewing and more shows, such as A Place to Call Home, catering to the "underserved" 55-plus demographic.

The quoted OzTAM figures do not include its capturing of viewing of Seven, Nine and Ten's catch-up services on computers, tablets, smart TVs, games consoles and mobiles as well as those of the ABC and SBS. But while the TV industry's long-awaited video measurement system, launched earlier this year, boosts viewing for blockbuster shows as much as 15 per cent, it lifts total average television viewing by only 1 per cent to 2 per cent.

"No one in the industry would be surprised TV reach has fallen over the past 12 months given the continuing shifts in audience viewing coupled with the rise of new players like Netflix," said Richard Finlayson, director of television at the ABC. "It's not a new trend and at the ABC it is something we have been preparing for: we were the first network to launch a VOD service back in 2008 and we continue to reinvest in it."

Craig Johnson, Nielsen's head of audience measurement, Asia Pacific, said: "The idea that television is 'losing share' to other media is no more than a device-centric way to talk about what matters most: content and reaching audiences. After all, content of all types is what has helped attract audiences to new screens and new formats in the first place.

"Programmers and advertisers have never cared whether their video content or ads are watched on a 22-inch screen or a 122-inch screen, so long as someone is watching. The truth is that we are consuming more video content now than ever before – regardless of screen size and regardless of format."

Satellites to keep Japanese connected when disaster strikes

From http://asia.nikkei.com/Tech-Science/Tech/Satellites-to-keep-Japanese-connected-when-disaster-strikes

Japan's government plans to use Michibiki satellites, like the one in this rendering, to relay texts between disaster survivors and authorities. (Courtesy of JAXA)

TOKYO -- Japan plans to build a satellite-based communications network that would fill in when a natural disaster knocks out regular systems.

Several GPS satellites would transmit text data between survivors, municipalities and other parties. The goal is to avoid a repeat of the situation that unfolded after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami hit the country's northeast. The disaster wiped out 29,000 cellular base stations and some 1.9 million landlines, making it extremely difficult for authorities to grasp conditions on the ground and coordinate rescue teams.

Learning from this experience, the government intends to employ a set of satellites that go by the name Michibiki. The first of these is already in orbit, complementing GPS satellites operated by the U.S. Department of Defense. Three more Michibikis are to be launched by the first half of fiscal 2017 -- the year through March 2018 -- followed by another trio by fiscal 2023.

This fleet will give Japan its own accurate GPS system. But the satellites can also function as relay stations. The government will use this feature to connect disaster victims' smartphones with data terminals at the Japan Meteorological Agency, municipal offices, fire stations, hospitals and other organizations, bypassing ground-based communications infrastructure.

No one left behind

Communications will be limited to text data. When a survivor requests help, the information will be relayed to a command center via the satellites. The message will then be passed on to local authorities and rescue workers.

The satellite network will also relay earthquake warnings and evacuation advisories to individuals in remote areas.

Not everyone has a phone or other device that can communicate with satellites, but Japan figures it is just a matter of time. The government hopes to introduce the system on a trial basis in fiscal 2018.

For starters, the central prefecture of Wakayama will carry out a feasibility test this autumn, under the scenario of a massive earthquake and tsunami. The prefectural government will communicate with several evacuation centers via a router, which will stand in for a satellite.

MultiChoice and SAFACT nail pirate TV box seller in South Africa

From http://mybroadband.co.za/news/internet/161750-multichoice-and-safact-nail-pirate-tv-box-seller-in-south-africa.html

Jacque Hilbert from AVSupply has pleaded guilty to charges relating to the distribution of IPTV boxes that facilitate piracy.

The first successful criminal case against a distributor of Internet TV boxes that facilitate piracy has concluded, the Southern African Federation Against Copyright Theft (SAFACT) has announced.

Jacque Hilbert from AVSupply pleaded guilty to charges relating to selling the media boxes when he appeared in the Bellville Specialised Commercial Court on 31 March.

MultiChoice and SAFACT took Hilbert and his wife to court after a MultiChoice employee spotted a DroidTV Box MXIII for sale on their website for R1,500, AVSupply.co.za, reported Die Son.

The TV box ships with software that allows users to illegally download copyrighted content.

The MultiChoice employee reportedly bought a TV box from Tracy Hilbert, after which charges were brought against the couple.

Jacque Hilbert pleaded guilty on Section 86(4) of the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act, said SAFACT.

The Act criminalizes the use of a device or computer program to overcome security measures designed to protect data, or prevent access to data.

SAFACT said Hilbert was convicted and sentenced to a fine of R20,000. The sentence was suspended for five years on condition that he is not convicted of contravening the provisions of section 86 of the ECT Act again.

“All the devices that were seized were forfeited to the state and will be destroyed. The value of the confiscated items is estimated at approximately R80,000,” said SAFACT.

SAFACT Managing Director Jacques Allers said the fight against piracy in South Africa will go on, and “several more cases are being investigated and several more are in the pipeline”.

“We can only hope that this conviction will serve its purpose to deter others from this or similar crimes relating to the creative and entertainment industries,” said Allers.

MultiChoice said it was pleased with the outcome of the case, and that it takes any form of piracy seriously.

“We take it as our duty to protect the rights of content holders in the markets we operate,” said MultiChoice.

Turkmenistan to rent satellite space to foreign broadcasters

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/turkmenistan-to-rent-satellite-space-to-foreign-broadcasters--1138797

Turkmenistan plans to rent out resources on its telecommunications satellite TurkmenAlem to foreign broadcasters, reports Trend. The capacity of the satellite exceeds the needs of Turkmenistan broadcasters significantly. The joint venture Turkmen Hemrasy has been founded for this purpose by the Turkmenistan Ministry of Communications, the mobile operator Altyn Asyr and the national operator Turkmentelecom.

The first Turkmenistan-owned telecommunications satellite includes three antennae and is able to re-transmit up to 70 television channels, as well as to provide data transmission and other services. Six Turkmenistan TV channels and four radio stations are currently being re-transmitted by the satellite.

Obama STB stance criticised

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/18/obama-stb-stance-criticised/

Following Present Obama’s call for the FCC to open up set-top cable boxes to competition, two influential lobbying bodies have queried the White House’s intervention.

According to Digital Citizens Alliance Executive Director Tom Galvin. it is “simply bewildering” that President Obama would come out in support of the FCC’s proposal to change the way US citizens watch television at home. “The FCC’s set-top box proposal raises serious issues about privacy and data collection of children’s viewing habits. These are issues the White House has expressed concern about in the past, but seems to ignore now.”

“Americans, however, remain concerned. The majority of Americans in a recent poll said the FCC’s set-top box proposal was a bad idea and over 60 per cent are concerned about companies such as Google collecting information about their children’s viewing habits and interests.”

“So President Obama has to decide which side he’s on – the privacy interests of consumers or enabling a tech giant such as Google to get a little richer.”

“In an effort to promote set-top box alternatives, the FCC cannot take the intellectual property of one industry and give it to another,” said MPAA Chairman and CEO Senator Chris Dodd. “Chairman Wheeler has maintained he has no intention of doing so, but the proposal’s current wording does not provide the guarantees copyright holders must have. To respect copyright and the programming agreements copyright holders have with their distributors, any FCC rules must explicitly prohibit third parties from using content without seeking permission from and compensating the copyright holders; from manipulating the content, the way it is presented, or otherwise deviating from conditions in the licensing agreement with the pay-TV provider; from selling advertising in conjunction with the programming; from monetising the viewing habits of subscribers; or from presenting pirated content alongside licensed content. If the goal is simply to enable viewers to access pay-TV service on third-party devices and applications, meeting these requirements should not be a problem. These are the issues we will focus on as the proceeding continues.”


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update


Eurosports and Eurosports News HD have started on Intelsat 19 in the DIscovery MUX. (Powervu)

Some Friday feeds (David J via Facebook)

D1: 12635 v 7200 "7BCM News Bucky 1"
D1: 12345 v 7200 "BTQ SEN912"
D1: 12429 v 6111 "Lk3 NNN911" 9 News Feed, 4:2:2

From my Email

From feralkiwi

NSS 177W

New TP 4103 / Sr 20458.
Four new channels so far, $Colors TV, $FTC, $Raiitalia and $RTL.
MTN Info still FTA

From the Dish

Palapa D 113.0E 3946 V "NinMedia SatPlay" is back on again, encrypted.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3725 V "BTV Chittagong" has started on , Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4146 H "Sabzbaat Balochistan" is back on , Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4165 H "Lollywood Movies" has started on , Fta.

Measat 3b 91.5E 12563 V "Trans 7" is now encrypted.

Measat 3b 91.5E 12643 H Jendela on is now encrypted.

Measat 3a 91.4E 3717 H "MTV South East Asia" has left again.

Horizons 2 84.8E 11920 H "Penguin Lolo" has started on , encrypted.
Horizons 2 84.8E 12120 H "Pro 100 TV" has started on , encrypted.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3868 H "KBC News" has started on , Fta
Insat 4A 83.0E 3936 H "9X Jhakaas" on is now Fta.
Insat 4A 83.0E 4133 H "Voice of Nation has started on, Fta. Royal TV" is now encrypted.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3640 H "SVT World" has left .
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3991 V "Thai PBS" has started on, Fta.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3847 V "Channel 13" has started on , Fta

Intelsat 20 68.5E 4184 V "Velicham TV has replaced Shagun TV" on , Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,India News、News X(印度)频道消失,设置11735 H 44000参数无效接收。 [4月15日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,探索频道、TCL(澳洲)等频道新增,设置3980 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [4月15日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,Fox Family Movies HD(环宇卫视)频道消失,设置12711 H 30000参数无效接收。 [4月15日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,Fah Won Mai(泰国)频道消失,设置4120 H 30000参数无效接收。 [4月15日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,BBC CBeebies HD(高清)频道新增,设置4152 H 14669参数有条件接收。 [4月15日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Eurosport Asia HD(高清)等频道新增,设置3980 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [4月15日]
东经92.2度轨道位置的中星9号卫星Ku频段,贵州经济、贵州公共(户户通)等频道新增,设置12160 L 28800参数有条件接收。 [4月15日]

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Desh TV(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置12468 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [4月14日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Kpef(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11560 V 22000参数免费接收。 [4月14日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,Tele Shop替换Shri News(印度)频道,设置11170 V 29500参数免费接收。 [4月14日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Sony Max(Real VU)频道新增,设置12347 V 45000参数免费接收。 [4月14日]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星Ku频段,My Cinema Europe(DISH HD)频道新增,设置11881 R 27500参数有条件接收。 [4月14日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Trace Sports Star(ABS Free Dish)频道消失,设置12227 H 44000参数无效接收。 [4月14日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Thai PBS(高清)频道新增,设置3991 V 15000参数免费接收。 [4月14日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Voice of Nation(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置4133 H 11888参数免费接收。 [4月14日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,中视菁采(高清)频道改格式,设置12294 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [4月14日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,RSU Wisdom TV、TMTV(泰国)频道消失,设置3840 V 30000参数无效接收。 [4月14日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,NB TV替换Box Film(泰国)频道,设置3840 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [4月14日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,JJ Channel替换Thai Visions Channel(泰国)频道,设置3840 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [4月14日]

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'New Kiwi doco channel

From Press Release: Rialto Channel

New Kiwi doco channel takes local content to est. 186 million households across Asia-Pacific

Rialto New Zealand and Lightning International launch Pulse Television
Global expansion plans for New Zealand owned Rialto Channel

New Zealand-owned Rialto Channel is building on its strategic alliance with Hong-Kong based content distributors, Lightning International, to launch a new documentary channel this week.

Launching first to a potential 40 million households in Indonesia, Pulse Television will soon be screening New Zealand content in 11 countries including Hong Kong, Singapore, India, China, and Korea, with an estimated potential reach of 186 million households. Eventually, Pulse Television directors hope to include New Zealand and Australia in the Asia Pacific mix.

Rialto Channel Director, Andrew Hawken, says the launch of Pulse Television is a significant industry and New Zealand first, and will be followed by other channels launching in these markets.

“The Asian TV market is highly competitive with a wide range of robust and easy to use services available plus they are quite diverse in their content strategies. In spite of the differences, all TV operators are sending the same clear message - consumers are moving away from boring formulaic reality factual series and looking for quality, variety and interesting international content tailored for local markets,” Andrew says.

“Most operators have already started to lay the foundations to actively look for bespoke channels ahead of the arrival of the streaming giants. This is particularly relevant where Ultra Fast Broadband has been rolled out. More recently, we are seeing a strong rise in demand for quality programming such as feature length documentaries and alternative films – and Pulse Television has been designed to deliver to that.”

Far from sitting still or trying to defend against the streaming revolution, Andrew says they are embracing the opportunities to deliver a differentiated and valuable product with region-wide appeal.

“We are in the midst of a definite shift in content strategy and we plan to be on board that flight to quality,” he says.

The new documentary channel will comprise approximately 20 per cent New Zealand content plus content from the US, Britain and Asia, along with local content from the region. Lightning International will help tailor content for each region, taking into account cultural and religious sensitivities and differences in content demand.

Andrew says the launch is a significant step forward for New Zealand productions. “The travel series Across the World with Te Radar, for example, will now be available to millions of people tuning into Pulse Television. This is the first time Kiwi content will land in those markets so this is a great opportunity for our industry,” he says.

Glenn Usmar, Head of Television for NZ On Air says, “New Zealand producers make world-quality documentaries. While our focus is on serving local audiences it is great to see the content we’ve funded finding large offshore audiences. It not only provides revenue for the production industry, but also takes our culture to the world.”

Andrew, who is credited with starting listed Zintel Communications and stand out electricity retailer, Empower, adds: “Pulse Television could also provide a platform for New Zealand companies to advertise in these international markets, so we are also investigating those opportunities.”

Rialto Channel, born out of the Rialto Cinema and distribution businesses, has been on-air for more than 16 years and has continued to grow with its passion for great content. The launch of Pulse Television coincides with Rialto Channel taking a significant stake in Lightning International, which is the strongest independent distributor in the region.

“We have big aspirations for the company. We are starting strong launching a New Zealand company globally, and we’re looking forward to the response,” Andrew says.

James Ross, CEO Lightning International adds: “We are very excited to be working with Rialto Channel to bring great documentaries from New Zealand, Asia and around the world to the Asia-Pacific region.”

The Pulse Television rollout starts today and will be complete by the end of 2017, with an estimated potential reach of 186 million households. The channel will look to use the full range of digital options including OTT and direct to consumer cloud-based systems.

Intelsat to distribute BBC World News

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/15/intelsat-to-distribute-bbc-world-news/

Intelsat has announced that BBC World News has renewed and expanded its contract for use of multiple Intelsat premier video neighborhoods and the IntelsatOne terrestrial network to distribute content across several continents.

Under the multi-year agreement, BBC World News will be delivered to millions of viewers in the Americas and Asia via four of Intelsat’s premier video neighborhoods:

– Galaxy 13 at 127˚ West – a North America cable distribution neighborhood utilized by the world’s top programmers to deliver premium HD channels

– Intelsat 19 at 166˚ East – a Pacific Rim cable distribution neighborhood and South Pacific Direct-to-Home (DTH) platform

– Intelsat 20 at 68.5˚ East – a cable distribution and DTH neighborhood and transcontinental hotspot from Europe to East Asia, and the number one video neighborhood serving India

– Intelsat 21 at 302˚ East – a Latin America cable distribution neighborhood with the highest cable head-end penetration on the continent

“Information is critical to any community and by leveraging Intelsat’s globalized network, we’re able to reliably deliver high-quality content that keeps millions of viewers up to date on the latest events happening around the world,” said Karen Schmidt, Intelsat’s Vice President of Marketing. “Intelsat’s strong regional neighborhoods and the IntelsatOne terrestrial network provide our customers with flexible, cost-effective and secure, distribution solutions, enabling them to efficiently expand their coverage and reach.”

“The world’s top programmers require access to the highest levels of cable and DTH penetration around the globe,” said Kurt Riegelman, Intelsat’s SVP, Sales and Marketing. “Our leading video neighborhoods in the Americas and Asia will allow clients such as the BBC to reach more viewers in more markets and offer them the chance to grow their businesses.”

Vietnam to launch another satellite into orbit

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VietNamNet Bridge - According to the National Satellite Center, it is expected that this September, the satellite MicroDragon will be manufactured and available for launching in September 2017.

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Through the program supporting the development of Earth observation satellites for training purposes in the developing countries of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), it is scheduled that in 2018, the Epsilon rocket (Japan) manufactured by IHI Aerospace will carry Vietnam’s MicroDragon satellite to orbit.

Dr. Pham Anh Tuan, Director of the Vietnam Space Center (VNSC), said the satellite MicroDragon with the size of 50 x 50 x 50 cm and a weight of 50 kg is being developed by the young experts of VNSC with the assistance of Japanese professors Japan, using the funds of VNSC.

The MicroDragon satellite is designed and launched to orbit with missions of observing the coastal waters to assess water quality, locate aquatic resources, track the change of phenomena occurring in the coastal waters to serve the aquaculture industry of Vietnam.

This satellite will also detect the coverage of clouds, the nature of aerosols to serve the atmospheric correction, receive sensor signals on the ground and then quickly transfer the data to the places that are very far from each other on earth. At the same time, MicroDragon will also test new materials (Atomic Oxygen, Antimony Tin Oxide Coating Solar Cell).

Tuan said, following the success of the satellite PicoDragon, VNSC sent 36 engineers to five leading Japanese universities to participate in the training course on satellite technology, and to directly design, manufacture and test the MicroDragon satellite under the guidance of Japanese professors.

With this project breakthrough, Vietnamese engineers not only have the opportunity to acquire basic knowledge about satellite technology but also to directly be involved in manufacturing the MicroDragon satellite.

Along with the help of JAXA, once the MicroDragon satellite is put into operation as expected, it will realize Vietnam’s process to master satellite technology, Tuan said.

VietNamNet Bridge - According to the National Satellite Center, it is expected that this September, the satellite MicroDragon will be manufactured and available for launching in September 2017.

Space and Missile Defense Command History: WGS-1 activated

From http://www.army.mil/article/165782/Space_and_Missile_Defense_Command_History__WGS_1_activated/

The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command's 53rd Signal Battalion operates and manages the payload for the new Wideband Gapfiller Satellite, later named the Wideband Global Satellite, but the U.S. Air Force's 3rd Space Operations Squadron controls the vehicles as it does the Defense Satellite Communications System.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- After six months of testing, the first Wideband Gapfiller Satellite, later renamed Wideband Global Satellite (WGS-1) was successfully activated. One day later, military satellite users in the West Pacific region transitioned from the Defense Satellite Communications System (DSCS), B9 communications satellite to this new state of the art WGS system.

Launched, Oct. 10, 2007, from Cape Canaveral, Florida, WGS-1 marked the beginning of a new constellation that would greatly improve communications capabilities across the globe for customers ranging from the national command authorities and combatant commanders to Soldiers in the field. In fact, a single WGS satellite operates at 12 times the capacity of a legacy DSCS satellite. In other words, a single WGS can provide more satellite communications or SATCOM capacity than the entire DSCS constellation.

The DSCS system has been in operation since the 1960s with the current satellites launched in the 1980s and 1990s. The latest iterations carried a six-channel SHF transponded system that operated on a single channel transponder with a capability to transfer up to 200 Mbps. The data was transmitted via a wideband multi-beam and earth coverage receive antennas and two transmit multi-beam, gimbaled dish and two earth coverage antennas.

In comparison the WGS satellites provide two-way X-band and Ka-band communications and Ka band broadcast services. A significant advancement is the on-board cross banding capabilities that allow an X-band terminal to communicate with a Ka-band terminal. In addition, each satellite is "digitally channelized and transponded."

These combined capabilities are said to deliver "a quantum leap in communications capacity, connectivity and flexibility" sending data, photos and videos to wherever they are needed. In contrast to the DSCS then a WGS satellite provides a data transmission rate of 2.1 Gbps to 3.6 Gbps.

Meanwhile, DSCS B9 satellite continued to operate for three more years as a test asset before it was deactivated, Aug. 12, 2011, by the Air Force's 3rd Space Operations Squadron and the Army's 53rd Signal Battalion concluding an 18-year career.

Brightcove launches UHD streaming

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/15/brightcove-launches-uhd-streaming/

Brightcove, a provider of cloud services for video, has announced cloud transcoding for Ultra High-Definition (UHD) video through Zencoder, the company’s cloud transcoding service. The new UHD features add support for the HEVC and VP9 video codecs, which are popular for the delivery of 4K video. In addition, Zencoder now supports 10-bit colour workflows and the wide gamut BT.2020 colour space, which are essential for the delivery of high dynamic range (HDR) video. With these new features, Zencoder provides media companies with the ability to deliver 4K UHD content to web browsers, handheld devices, connected TVs, and other OTT devices.

Brightcove has worked with Stan, Australia’s leading local subscription OTT service, to validate Brightcove’s UHD support. Since launching in 2015, Stan has quickly become the leading local player in the SVoD category, rapidly growing to over one million active users. Stan offers unlimited access to thousands of hours of entertainment, with first-run exclusives, award-winning TV shows, movies and children’s content.

“High quality video is very important to us, and we think that UHD is an exciting step forward,” said John Hogan, Head of Technology, Stan. “We are pleased to see Zencoder support the latest UHD HDR technologies as their technology continues to play a key role in the products we deliver to the market.”

Bravo and E! join Roku platform

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/15/bravo-and-e-join-roku-platform/

NBCUniversal has amplified its TV Everywhere offering on the Roku platform with the launch of two new apps from its portfolio: Bravo Now and E! Now. Roku customers in the US who authenticate via their pay-TV provider can now use their Roku devices to stream full seasons, and current and past episodes of many of Bravo and E!’s most popular original series.

“The Bravo Now and E! Now channels offer passionate fans some of the best – and undeniably most addictive – programming wherever and whenever they want, and we’re happy to make it available to Roku customers,” said Dina Juliano, SVP of Consumer Product Strategy, TV Everywhere, NBCUniversal. “This launch underscores our commitment to enhancing the digital experience for our networks’ subscribers and further connecting audiences with NBCUniversal’s beloved TV brands.”

India’s DishTV and ALi joint venture

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/15/indias-dishtv-and-ali-joint-venture/

India’s DishTV is linking in a joint-venture with set-top box and chip-set manufacturer ALi in order to “enhance” DTH operations over the country.

The “strategic partnership” is based on ALi Corp.’s technologies to provide a high-performance and cost-effective STB solutions with next-generation security tailored specifically for the India market. It aims to provide futuristic user experiences and value-added services to expand DishTV’s market share and increase revenue streams.

India’s DTH satellite pay-TV sector remains a growth oriented industry. Media Partners Asia recent forecasts that India’s DTH pay-TV sector will generate revenues of $ 4.04 billion by 2018 and $ 5.6 billion by 2023. The DTH active subscriber base will increase to 60 million by 2018 and 70 million by 2023. This implies a 39 per cent share of the overall market by 2023 and a 56 per cent share of the digital pay-TV market. The explosive growth potential poses great challenges in terms of technologies, costs, content security and revenue protection. To DTH operators that look to stay ahead of the game, chipset technology plays an important role in their abilities to provide differentiating offerings and value-added services that will help ramp up subscriber additions.

Sony Pictures Networks to acquires 9X Media channels for about $33 million

From http://www.dealcurry.com/20160413-Sony-Pictures-Networks-to-acquires-9X-Media-channels-for-about-33-million.htm

The Sony Pictures Networks India Pvt. Ltd. (SPN) has signed letter of intent (LOI) with a purpose to buy 9X Media Pvt Ltd that runs several music channels in India in different languages, for about Rs 220 crore ($33 million).

Founded by Peter and Indrani Mukerjea in 2008, 9X Media received initial backing from private equity fund New Silk Route, along with Kotak, Temasek and New Vernon. After the exit of Mukerjeas, New Silk Route acquired almost entire stake of the company held by other investors.

Now, both Sony and New Silk Route and Pradeep Guha, MD of 9X Media , were in talks to sell the channels for months.
9X Media holds three music channels in Hindi (9XM, 9X Jalwa and 9X Bajao), one in English (9XO), Marathi (9X Jhakaas) and Punjabi (9X Tashan) respectively. The firm also owns a web-based news portal SpotboyE that is focused to bring entertainment news, celebs interviews and Bollywood gossips.

The process of deal will be completed in around three months. Both the involved companies have signed LOI that will let SPN to continue the work and effort of the firm exclusively.

Colors Marathi to launch its HD feed

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/regional/colors-marathi-to-launch-its-hd-feed-160412

MUMBAI: High Definition (HD) channels are only to show cricket and cinema or internationally shot factual entertainment shows is no longer a valid perception. After Indiantelevision.com recently broke the news that Star India is launching Star Jalsha HD and Jalsha Movies HD for the Bengali regional market, Viacom 18's Colors too is planning to come out with the high definition feed for its Marathi channel, Colors Marathi.

A source close to the development shared, "The HD feed for Colors Marathi will be launched in about six months. The network is waiting to get certain internal clearances before the launch."

This popular regional entertainment channel enjoys a substantial chunk of the Marathi viewership and is known for its flagship shows like Kon Hoeel Marathi Crorepati , Majhe Man Tujhe Zhale and Char Diwas Sasuche.


Thursday, no update



From my Email


From the Dish

Palapa D 113.0E 3980 V "Berita Satu HD" has left .
Palapa D 113.0E 4140 V "Berita Satu HD" is now encrypted.

NSS 11 108.2E All channels in the G Sat muxes on 12431 H, 12471 H and 12711 H are / were FTA

SES 7 108.2E The Indovision muxes have left 11568 V and 11598 V.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12522 V Christ City TV Network, Glory TV and It TV have started on , Fta. MSG TV has left.

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东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Trace Sports Star(ABS Free Dish)频道新增,设置12227 H 44000参数有条件接收。 [4月13日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,NB TV(泰国)频道新增,设置3480 H 30000参数免费接收。 [4月13日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Zoom Bangla TV(RRSat)频道新增,设置3769 H 13333参数免费接收。 [4月13日]
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东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星C频段,VTV 1、VTV 3(越南)等全组频道重现,设置3590 V 19200参数部分免费接收。 [4月13日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Velicham TV替换Jivi Shoppe(MPEG-4)频道,设置4184 V 21600参数免费接收。 [4月13日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Top Blockbuster(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3790 H 7200参数免费接收。 [4月13日]

东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Vremya、Dom Kino替换Al Jazeera(蒙古)等2个频道,设置12629 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [4月12日]


Astro preps on-demand exclusives, box-sets

From http://tbivision.com/news/2016/04/astro-preps-demand-exclusives-box-sets/576222/

Scripted-logo-460_2game of thrones 6Malaysian pay TV operator Astro has beefed up its on-demand line-up, with several upcoming offerings being made available at the same time as their US broadcast.

It will make the hugely anticipated sixth season of Game of Thrones available on-demand at the same time it is shown on HBO in the US.

The roster of same day exclusives also includes season five of HBO’s Veep and season three of Silicon Valley. Previous seasons of the HBO shows will also now be available on the on-demand service.

Regional on-demand offerings include Monster and rom-com The Entertainer. There is also drama from Hong Kong’s TVB, shown at the same time as in Hong Kong, including Blue Veins and The Last Healer in Forbidden City.

Agnes Rozario, vice president, content group, Astro said: “Our on demand offering is becoming an increasingly popular way for customers to watch what they want anytime, anywhere by offering volumes of amazing TV series, movies and entertainment.”

Orbital ATK Lands Satellite Servicing Vehicle Production Contract With Intelsat; David Thompson Comments

From http://blog.executivebiz.com/2016/04/orbital-atk-lands-satellite-servicing-vehicle-production-contract-with-intelsat-david-thompson-comments/

satellite airforce Orbital ATK has received a contract to build, test and launch a commercial in-space servicing vehicle for Intelsat.

Orbital ATK will work to provide satellite servicing through the Mission Extension Vehicle-1 in an effort to extend the life of in-orbit satellites, Orbital ATK said Tuesday.

“There is a vital need to service fully functional but ageing satellites in both commercial and government markets,” said David Thompson, Orbital ATK president and CEO.

MEV-1 has a docking system and is based on the Orbital ATK-built GEOStar space vehicle bus platform.

The vehicle is designed to control the attitude control and propulsion functions of in-orbit satellites to provide in-space servicing.

MEV-1 is scheduled to launch in late 2018 and start its five-year satellite extension service for Intelsat by 2019 following the completion of in-orbit tests and demonstrations.

Orbital ATK plans to incorporate MEV-1 into its planned fleet of commercial servicing vehicles that will work to perform GEO satellite servicing as well as provide repair and assembly support to in-orbit satellites.

earthTV upgrades global footage to Ultra HD

From http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2016/04/12/exclusive-earthtv-upgrades-global-footage-to-ultra-hd/

Al camera network operator earthTV has upgraded its production system to provide images in Ultra HD/4K resolution to TV broadcasters.

The move not only improves picture quality, but also enables new types of programmes, Nikolaus Lohmann, CEO of earthTV network, told Broadband TV News. Images capturing the weather conditions in cities such as New York, London or Paris can now simultaneously be shown on a split screen.

Another new feature is a look into the future. The 3-day weather report World Weather Today shows images of tomorrow’s weather situation based on recorded footage stored in the cameras equalling the forecast weather (see image).

German producers Nikolaus Lohmann and his brother Claudius Lohmann acquired Berlin-based earthTV network in 2012 from Telcast Media Group founded by Thomas M. Hohenacker. In 2013, German publisher Rauch Verlag acquired a 30% stake for €3 million, based on a total valuation of the company of more than €10 million. In 2015, earthTV network posted black figures for the first time in its history, said Lohmann.

The new owners have upgraded the production and distribution system, for example by using cloud-based delivery via the internet instead of satellite links and robotic cameras while the TV broadcasters at the other end screening the live footage can now employ fully automated technology.

Broadcasters can use the images, for example, to accompany weather reports, to bridge news and weather broadcasts, to fill gaps between programmes or to provide overnight entertainment.

In addition to the B2B business, earthTV network also operates an ad-funded travel portal for consumers offering live images from its cameras around the world.

Website operators can integrate customised earthTV players into their B2C platforms as part of a revenue-sharing model, according to Lohmann. An example is German daily newspaper BILD which offers its website visitors a virtual trip around the world based on earthTV’s real-time camera views.

In the US, Science Channel, owned by Discovery Communications, provides a 24-hour livestream assembled by footage captured by the earthTV camera network.

More than 50 customers are currently signed up for full access to the camera network including 30 TV broadcasters such as N24, France 2, Al Arabiya, TRT, TVB Hong Kong and SBS Australia. Others use the network for temporary access, for example to show the New Year’s Eve celebrations and fireworks around the globe.



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Intelsat 19 166.0E 3880 V "NBC TV" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 19 166.0E 3920 V Fox Family Movies, Lifetime Asia, Star Plus Southeast Asia, FYI Asia, BBC World News Asia Pacific, FX Asia and Nat Geo Wild Asia has started on , Nagravision. TVWan and TVWan Sports are now encrypted. Star World Asia, Discovery Channel New Zealand, France 24 English and Australia Plus TV Pacific have left.

Vinasat 1 132.0E 3544 V "NCM" has left .
Vinasat 1 132.0E 3545 V "HTV 7 and HTV 9" have started on , Fta.

Palapa D 113.0E 3946 V NinMedia SatPlay has left again.

SES 7 108.2E 2535 V "Esquire EMEA" has started on , Videoguard.
SES 7 108.2E 2595 H "Animax East Asia" has started on, Fta.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4082 H "DM News Plus" has started on , Fta
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3960 H Boomerang Australia, CNN International Asia Pacific, Cartoon Network South East Asia, Cartoon Network Australia, TCM Australia, Cartoon Network Taiwan, Cartoon Network Philippines, TCM Asia and Toonami on are encrypted again.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4065 H "On TV" has left .

Yamal 401 90.0E 11092 H "Domashniy Magazin" has started on ,Fta

ChinaSat 12 87.5E 4140 V Raj Asia on is now in clear.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3805 H "I Witness News" has started on , Fta

Thaicom 5 78.5E Thai PBS, MV TV Family and Thai TV 7 have left 3991 V.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3920 H "Gem TV Asia" has started on , PowerVu.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3725 H "Madras TV" has left again.

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东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,M Tunes、Insight(Real VU)频道解密,设置12347 V 45000参数免费接收。 [4月12日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Yes(测试)频道新增,设置3847 V 7855参数免费接收。 [4月12日]
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东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,凤凰卫视、Bloomberg HD(印尼)等42个频道解密,设置11165 H 44000参数免费接收。 [4月12日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,Live 919替换道通天地(TVB)频道,设置12651 V 26667参数有条件接收。 [4月12日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,CH7 3.5M、CH7 5M(HEVC)频道重现,设置11838 V 45000参数免费接收。 [4月12日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,Media 84 2M、Mono 29 2M(HEVC)频道重现,设置11758 V 45000参数免费接收。 [4月12日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Thai PBS、THV(泰国)频道消失,设置3990 V 15000参数无效接收。 [4月12日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Lollywood替换Oxygene(巴基斯坦)频道,设置4165 H 5040参数免费接收。 [4月12日]


Sky to air Euro 2016

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11620918

The Euro 2016 football championships will be fully covered on Sky TV.

The tournament in France runs from June 11 to July 11. The tournament has been expanded from 16 to 24 teams, with Spain the defending champions.

Sky has announced it will show all 51 games live, with match day highlights, replays and full coverage of the opening and closing ceremonies. Free-to-air Prime will carry some matches including the final and opening match between France and Romania at Stade de France.

EBU, AsiaSat deliver 4K football

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/12/ebu-asiasat-deliver-4k-football/

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and AsiaSat are teaming up to deliver the first UHD live sports event via satellite to the Asia-Pacific tomorrow (April 13) on AsiaSat 4. This will be the first ever live UHD telecast of a UEFA Champions League match in the Asia Pacific, following the pioneering live UHD transmission of some World Cup matches enabled by the EBU and AsiaSat in 2014.

“AsiaSat satellites are a key component of the EBU’s network to deliver live transmission of sports and news events for our clients. Our partnership with AsiaSat to facilitate this live UHD transmission, signals the beginning of more live UHD sport events for the Asia-Pacific TV viewers,” said Graham Warren, Director of Network at the EBU.

“We are very excited to bring this important match live in UHD to soccer fans in Asia. Our long-term partnership with the EBU who is at the forefront of the technology for global live sports content delivery is committed to bringing a superior viewing experience to our audience. This is an extension of the work we have been doing at our UHD Lab. I believe Asia is ready for UHD,” declared Sabrina Cubbon, Vice President, Marketing and Global Accounts of AsiaSat

Al Jazeera America signs off after less than three years

From http://english.astroawani.com/world-news/al-jazeera-america-signs-after-less-three-years-102165

Al Jazeera America signs off after less than three years
The logo for Al Jazeera America is displayed outside of the cable news channel's offices on Jan 13, 2016 in New York City. - Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

WASHINGTON: Al Jazeera America was set to sign off Tuesday after a costly and failed effort to break into the US cable news market.

The channel launched in 2013 by the global media group based in Qatar won praise for its news coverage, but fell far short of viewership and advertising goals.

The shutdown, announced in January, was set to be complete with the airing of a three-hour special Tuesday evening showcasing the channel's coverage since the launch.

"We have been privileged to cover stories of people who epitomize the strength and resilience of the human spirit. Individuals who have fought for good, who have tackled adversity, whose stories and voices deserve coverage," the group said in a statement.

"There are so many more people across America whose stories remain untold. Those stories need to be heard."

Al Jazeera, which operates one of the largest global news operations and is controlled by Qatar's royal family, paid some $500 million (around RM1.9 billion) to launch the US channel known as AJAM.

The outlet, which competed against CNN, MSNBC and Fox News Channel, did not release viewership data but some reports said its audience was only around 30,000 for the key prime-time hours.

In mid-2013, the channel went live after hiring some 850 staff and opening 12 bureaus across the United States and a state-of-the art studio in New York.

It faced a series of problems in addition to low viewership: lawsuits alleged an unhospitable work environment and the channel faced criticism for its report linking NFL star Peyton Manning to a banned growth hormone.

However, AJAM was recognised for its reporting, including winning Emmy and Peabody awards.

Some analysts said the launch came at a time when viewers were moving away from traditional cable news to Internet-based news from organizations like Vice Media, BuzzFeed and Huffington Post.

Al Jazeera said in a statement it intends to expand its digital services to "broaden its multi-platform presence into the US later this year."

BBC launches iPlayer Kids app

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/12/bbc-iplayer-kids-app/

The BBC has launched its new BBC iPlayer Kids app, available for free on iOS and Android phones and tablets, as well as Kindle Fire.

The new child-friendly app is safe and easy to use. With over 10,000 episodes being made available this year alone, it has all of BBC Children’s content in one place, allowing kids to discover and enjoy both new and old CBeebies and CBBC favourites including Wolfblood, Blue Peter, The Dumping Ground, Topsy & Tim and Go Jetters.

The BBC iPlayer Kids app will give children even easier access to their favourite programmes, while parents can be confident they’re watching shows appropriate for their age and free from adverts.

The BBC iPlayer Kids app lets you:
•Set a profile –the app allows up to four profiles on one device, so siblings can easily use it on a shared family mobile or tablet. Choose from one of the eight characters and add a name to get started
•Select your age – tell the app your age and it will serve up age-appropriate content for you from CBeebies and CBBC; pre-school children (under five) are only shown CBeebies content, while children over five are shown both CBBC and CBeebies content (customised to be suitable for their age)
•Watch whenever and wherever with downloads – parents and kids can download programmes over Wi-Fi to then watch on the go without an internet connection – perfect for a long car journey or holiday. Programmes will be available to download and stream for up to 30 days
•Quickly find favourite shows – kids who know exactly what they’re looking for can quickly find a programme with the search option. This feature automatically filters out CBBC programmes for children under five. There’s also a ‘Shows’ A-Z list of all programmes available
•Choose accessibility options – the app has been developed to work with native screen readers and assistive technologies. Episode pages show the availability of audio-described and signed versions of the programme, and subtitles can be turned on for programmes that you stream or download
•Stay safe – ad and in-app-purchase free, the app has been designed with the aim that children should be able to use it (as much as possible) without parent intervention. It uses a ‘safety lock’ to keep kids within the app, for example, if they try to access any BBC links, or settings

Alice Webb, Director of BBC Children’s, says: “Children have always been a priority for the BBC. So launching the BBC iPlayer Kids app is a really exciting moment for us – and we can’t wait to see millions of children get excited about it too. The BBC iPlayer Kids app meets the needs we know are absolute deal-breakers for kids and parents. We’re offering choice and control, wrapped up in a child-friendly design and the largest range of home-grown UK content on a platform parents can trust. In a nutshell, the app is CBBC and CBeebies in their hands – a BBC iPlayer re-designed for a new, digitally savvy generation. It’s free of charge, free from commercial influence, and brand new today.”

Dan Taylor-Watt, Head of BBC iPlayer, added: “We know from research that parents value having a version of BBC iPlayer that’s guaranteed to be free of programming aimed at adults, and that kids love a version of iPlayer that’s designed specially with them in mind. BBC iPlayer is available on over 10,000 devices in the UK for free and we’re thrilled to launch this app so kids can enjoy their favourite shows whenever and wherever they are, in a safe and fun space, packed with amazing content.”

Bloomberg Television on TVPlayer

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/12/bloomberg-television-on-tvplayer/

TVPlayer, one of the UK’s most popular consumer streaming platforms with more than 600,000 unique viewers per week, has confirmed that leading international business and financial news channel, Bloomberg Television has launched on its multiscreen service. Bloomberg Television, which reaches more than 360 million households worldwide, joins 63 free-to-view channels that are available to consumers within a single TVPlayer app optimised for every platform and device.

The launch of the TV news channel will offer TVPlayer’s viewers up-to-the-minute, market-moving international business and financial news and analysis through a live and catch-up service, across desktop, mobile, tablet and Connected TV apps, including Amazon Fire TV and Stick.

“We’re delighted to be increasing our UK distribution through offering Bloomberg Television on the TVPlayer platform,” commented Justin Dewhirst, General Manager, Bloomberg Media, EMEA. “Responding to the demands of our audience of business and financial professionals, to access smart, relevant content, wherever and whenever they are, on any device is a key strategy. In addition, many of our advertising clients target the UK and this platform offers an additional opportunity for our commercial partners to deliver their advertising messages to their target audience,” he added.

The partnership highlights the increasing importance of aggregator platforms that offer a more flexible, and mobile TV experience, and reduce fragmentation, at a time when consumers are looking for alternatives to the traditional pay-TV service. TVPlayer offers unified multi-screen access to an expansive portfolio of more than 63 top-tier channels across comedy, news, children’s channels and drama in one place, including low-cost access to premium pay-TV services including Discovery, National Geographic, Eurosport and Sony through its award-winning subscription service, TVPlayer Plus.

Adam Smith, Founder and CEO of TVPlayer, said: “Bloomberg is a world-leading business and financial news brand, so it is fantastic to be able to bring it onto our rapidly growing TVPlayer platform. It is clear that the delivery of TVEverywhere services through a unified gateway is a proposition that consumers want more than ever as part of their TV experience. Bloomberg is a significant addition to our content portfolio and its launch will further increase the diversity of our top-level content for our viewers, as well as enabling Bloomberg Media to extend its brand reach in a streamlined way.”

SES to buy “space tug”

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/11/ses-to-buy-space-tug/

Satellite operator SES says it has started discussions with two specialist satellite builders to come up with a ‘space tug’ mission extension vehicle.

Sources say the two companies are Orbital, for its ATK Vivisat vehicle, and MDA Corp of Canada, better known as the builders of the ‘Canadarm’ that was used in many Space Shuttle missions.

The two businesses take different views as to how to solve the challenge of supplying fuel to an aging satellite. ATK Vivisat, for example, use a small satellite that attaches itself to the target satellite.

MDA has a ‘roving’ in orbit tanker that visits the satellite, refuels it, and then departs to visit other clients.

SES, in the past, has suggested that it could build the necessary docking mechanism onto one of its satellites now being built and one candidate is SES-16.

SES, in its Annual Report, states: “New satellites will include the proper receiving hardware and will deliver modules that connect to the hardware of the satellite in orbit when needed. New satellites that are launched will act as delivery systems, disposing of the old module and installing a new module before beginning their own mission. This connector technique alrea

Star India to strengthen its FTA offering with launch of Star Utsav Movies

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/movie-channels/star-india-to-strengthen-its-fta-offering-with-launch-of-star-utsav-movies-160411

MUMBAI: After BARC (Broadcast Audience Research Council ) India's rural data roll out, the broadcasters who were only targeting the premium consumers with premium launches in a big way, are now focusing on the FTA market also.

Broadcast giant Star India is set to launch a new movie channel named ‘Star Utsav Movies’.

As per available information Star India is planning to launch the channel in the month of June, once the IPL gets over.

A source close to the development has confirmed the news to Indiantelevision.com,” Star Utsav Movies will be an FTA channel and the catalogue will have a mix of both old and new.”

Since BARC India's rural roll-out, Star India’s FTA channel Star Utsav has been constantly featuring in the list of top GEC channels. It has also made appearances in the list of top channels in across genres category.


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Foxtel To Launch Roku Type Box As They Struggle To Manage Dead iQ3 Players

From https://www.channelnews.com.au/foxtel-to-launch-roku-type-box-as-they-struggle-to-manage-dead-iq3-players/

Foxtel is looking to introduce a Roku type media player in an effort to expand Foxtel services, the move comes as the Company struggles to manage the return of over 125,000 faulty iQ3 boxes that have failed due to software problems.

According to Foxtel sources the bill for the disastrous launch of the iQ3 box is mounting, insiders claim that the bill already exceeds $20M with Foxtel engineers unable to come up with a fix for the Pace manufactured set top box which was in launched in a desperate attempt to hold onto subscribers who were being offered a $9.95 a month subscription to Netflix.

According to one Foxtel employee the Company is warehousing over 125,000 failed boxes that consumers have returned due to problems accessing content and recording programs.

In some cases, the boxes switch on and then switch off as they struggle to connect with a TV.

“This box was rushed to market, unfortunately the software was not developed properly to run smoothly with the chipset. This has resulted in a lot of software glitches that cannot be fixed”.

New Foxtel chief executive Peter Tonagh has unveiled to the Australian newspaper a revamped strategy for the struggling Pay TV Company that is having to watch other Companies grow at their expense.

Netflix was launched in March 2015, 12 months on they now have over 2.7 million subscribers.

At the same time Fetch TV who are partnering with Optus are reporting record take up for their Fetch TV service. The Company plans to launch a new smaller and faster box in August to coincide with the launch of the UK Premier League Football by Optus.

New ABS data reveals Australians downloaded a record amount of data in the three months leading up to December 2015, amounting to 1.7 Exabyte’s.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics that’s up 50 per cent from the same period in 2014.

Much of the credit for the spike has gone to Netflix,

During Tonagh’s first interview since his appointment on March 17, the former chief of News Corp Australia the owners of the Australian newspaper said that he will offers a wide range of content that does not require a cable or satellite subscription to Foxtel.

What he is banking on is to compete head on with Netflix via Smart TV apps, devices such as Googles Chromecast and Apple TV.

“I would expect to have an equivalent to a Roku-type device in the market within 12 months,” Mr Tonagh said. “At the moment Foxtel is positioned as an expensive premium product; I want to make sure that we’ve got packages available for all levels of affordability.618THkseAEL._SL1153_

“It will provide a cheap entry point and allows people to get ­access to the Foxtel product without the cost of installing a set-top box and a satellite connection. We then have the ability to tempt ­people to trade up and start spending more.”

For years, cable and satellite subscribers have had to choose from large and often expensive packages, with little ability to control which channels were included. But with the advent of digital streaming, a la carte viewing is gaining in popularity as consumers can pick and choose the channels they want to access thanks to their availability as apps.

“We have an opportunity to extend our distribution through multiple channels because there’s a whole bunch of people who want to be able to access our content without being locked in. It’s very hard not to lock people in if you’re spending money on set-top boxes and installation. It’s much easier if you can provide a puck-type ­device.”

Mr Tonagh, a former Foxtel chief financial officer has not commented about the failed Q3 boxes that are now collecting dust in a Homebush warehouse.

Talking about the new streaming device he said “I want to have a device where you can walk into a local retailer, purchase the device, plug it in and get access to our product to complement the more premium ­service.”
“At the moment, Telstra TV doesn’t have a bundle of Foxtel channels but ultimately it should have at some point. Equally, there’s no reason why we wouldn’t be selling content to Optus” he said.

“We need to offer all content to our subscribers but some of the content will be only available on an exclusive basis, including major chunks of our sport, HBO programming and local dramas under the Foxtel brand name and retail service.”

While there have been no ­discussions about making Netflix available through the Foxtel ­platform, Mr Tonagh said he was “certainly open to it”.
The Australian said that Mr Tonagh’s longer term challenge is to oversee a potential merger with News Corp’s Fox Sports Australia and sell the breadth of Foxtel’s much larger and even more profitable operations to investors.

While Mr Tonagh would not comment on the merger and IPO speculation, Ms Weir will bring considerable experience of fronting public companies, having helped steer regional Pay-TV operator Austar’s IPO before its merger with Foxtel.

Deanne Weir to head channel aggregation at Foxtel

From http://www.rapidtvnews.com/2016041142421/deanne-weir-to-head-channel-aggregation-at-foxtel.html#axzz45Wm4XznK

Media executive Deanne Weir is joining Australian pay-TV operator Foxtel as executive director of channel aggregation and wholesale in June 2016.

She will work closely with Foxtel’s channel partners and its executive director of television Brian Walsh and his team. In addition she will play a lead role in determining key elements of Foxtel’s distribution strategies, said Peter Tonagh, Foxtel CEO.

Weir spent ten years as group director of corporate development at Austar and was deputy chair of Screen Australia prior to current role as chair of the boards of captioning business Ai-Media, Emmy and BAFTA award-winning production company Hoodlum and concert streaming business Moshcam. In the not-for-profit sector she is chair of the Australian Women Donors Network.

“Deanne will play a key role in ensuring that we become the aggregator of choice bringing together great content from all possible sources and ensuring that we have the rights and ability to distribute it on the platforms and in the ways that consumers want to view it,” said Tonagh.

“Deanne will take the lead in working with our channel partners to ensure that great brands like Disney, BBC, Discovery, Fox, Turner, NBCU and Viacom continue to deliver world leading content to our subscribers. Deeper relationships with these extraordinary companies will enrich both Foxtel and their Australian operations.”

He added: “Not only is Deanne highly experienced in the subscription television business, she has a real depth of knowledge of how content is made, funded and distributed.”

Walsh commented: “I am delighted Deanne is returning to the subscription television sector. This is a great coup for Foxtel. Deanne is a formidable television executive and one of the most respected in our industry.”

Weir expressed excitement at her new role, adding: “Foxtel has been connecting audiences to the best international and Australian content for over 20 years, and the story is about to get even better.”

Sky TV tweaks its software after thousands of customer complaints

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11620691

Sky has taken viewers feedback on board.

Sky TV has updated its software again, making it easier to read after a previous software change in January led to thousands of complaints from customers.

The changes, which include tweaks to font size, darkness and colour contrast, will come into effect tomorrow, said Sky spokeswoman Kirsty Way.

In January, angry and frustrated clients took to the network's Facebook page to condemn the update as slow and causing the picture to lag. They said it had a small, difficult-to-read font.

One man's post garnered 16,000 "likes" within hours. Most of the more than 2500 comments written below his post agreed with him.

Stewart Bryan wrote: "Your new upgrade to MySky is awful - a real backwards step. Smaller font I can't read, terrible colours and so so SLOW to react."

The Herald was inundated with emails from readers with similar complaints after running a story about the issue earlier this year.

"We certainly took that feedback on board," Ms Way said.

The company had been "working away in the background" over the last couple of months on the changes rolling out tomorrow.

The new software update took into consideration customer complaints as well as research the company had done into what was and wasn't working overseas, Ms Way said.

Changes to the company's MySky software will be ongoing, with updates every coupe of months to make the user experience as easy and enjoyable as possible.

SpaceX lands rocket on ocean platform for first time

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/SpaceX_lands_rocket_on_ocean_platform_for_first_time_999.html

After four failed bids SpaceX finally stuck the landing Friday, powering the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket onto an ocean platform where it touched down upright after launching cargo to space.

Images of the tall, narrow rocket gliding down serenely onto a platform that SpaceX calls a droneship sparked applause and screams of joy at SpaceX mission control in Hawthorne, California.

"The first stage of the Falcon 9 just landed on our Of Course I Still Love You droneship," SpaceX wrote on Twitter, after launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 4:43 pm (2043 GMT).

NASA spokesman George Diller confirmed that the rocket had successfully landed, just minutes after the Falcon 9 propelled the unmanned Dragon cargo craft to orbit, carrying supplies for astronauts at the International Space Station.

SpaceX has once before managed to set the rocket down on land, but ocean attempts had failed, with the rocket coming close each time but either crashing or tipping over.

Speaking to reporters afterward, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said that being able to return costly rocket parts for repeated use, instead of jettisoning them into the ocean after each launch, will make spaceflight less expensive and less harmful to the environment.

"It is just as fundamental in rocketry as it is in other forms of transport such as cars or planes or bicycles or anything," said Musk, who also runs Tesla Motors.

Musk said it costs around $300,000 to fuel a rocket, but $60 million to build one.

"If you have got a rocket that can be fully and rapidly reused, it is somewhere on the order of a 100-fold cost reduction, in marginal costs," he said, adding that he hoped his competitors would follow suit.

- Obama leads praise -

President Barack Obama led the praise, tweeting: "Congrats SpaceX on landing a rocket at sea. It's because of innovators like you & NASA that America continues to lead in space exploration."

Also on Twitter, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield said: "Landed! That is amazing! World-leading ability, proven.

"Opens the imagination to what is possible."

Friday's breakthrough came after a closely watched return-to-flight mission, SpaceX's first cargo delivery since June 2015, when the Falcon 9 exploded just over two minutes after liftoff, destroying the rocket and the supply ship.

SpaceX blamed the blast on a faulty strut in the Falcon 9's upper booster, which allowed a helium bottle to snap loose, causing the explosion of the rocket, cargo ship and all its contents.

It has since upgraded its Falcon 9 rocket and changed its protocol to avoid a repeat.

This time, the gumdrop-shaped capsule was packed with nearly 7,000 pounds (3,100 kilos) of supplies for the astronauts living in orbit.

The Dragon's cargo includes an inflatable space room astronauts will test in microgravity.

Known as the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, the chamber will be temporarily attached to the space station.

Lab mice for experiments and lettuce seeds for growing at the orbiting outpost were also included in the spacecraft, which should arrive at the International Space Station early Sunday.

- 'Proven it can work' -

Musk said the rocket was being welded onto the droneship with metal shoes, so as not to tip over as it made its way back to land.

Next, the booster will undergo a series of tests, including 10 static fires on the launchpad, before engineers decide if it is in good enough shape to fly again.

If so, the next launch of the same booster could be in the next two to three months, Musk said.

"In the future, hopefully we will be able to relaunch them in a few weeks."

In the meantime, SpaceX will keep working on perfecting its landing techniques, whether on ocean or solid ground, since both options need to be available to suit different types of missions.

Musk said about half of SpaceX's rockets will need to land at sea, and it might take a few years to work out all the kinks.

"But I think it is proven that it can work," he said.

"We will get it to a point where it is routine to bring it back and the only changes to the rocket are to hose it down, give it a wash, add the propellant and fly it again."

Spain: 7 arrested for pirating STBs

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/08/spain-7-arrested-for-pirating-stbs/

Seven people have been arrested in several Spanish cities (Madrid, Terrasa, Toledo, Córdoba and Cuevas Bajas in Málaga) for manipulating STBs to give illegal access to pay-TV services.

The pirates used the card-sharing model whereby one of them legally subscribed to a pay-TV platform, then gave illegal access to many others to content through his subscription. The users sold the compromised STBs for between €130 and €150 allowing users to view content, including all football matches from La Liga.

The seven arrested, who advertised their illegal operations online, earned around €4,000 a month. The police operation started following a claim from La Liga warning of the existence of the pirate network.

Europe's biggest radiotelescope in fast-burst-finding upgrade

From http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/04/11/max_planck_giant_dish_to_get_upgrade_with_csiro_techology/

Square Kilometre Array tech from Oz will increase sensitivity of Bonn's Effelsberg dish

One of the world's largest fully-steerable radiotelescopes, the Effelsberg radio dish at the Max Planck Institute for Radioastronomy in Bonn, is to get an upgrade using technology developed by Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).

A phased array feed (PAF), currently undergoing testing and calibration at the Australian' agency's Parkes radiotelescope, will be set to work trying to spot one of astro-boffins' favourite phenomena, fast radio bursts.

The CSIRO PAFs were developed as part of Australia's prep-work for the Square Kilometre Array, the SKA Pathfinder. The agency developed its own PAFs, because existing technology was too expensive and didn't have the field of view or the sensitivity needed for the SKA.

Max Plank Institute for Radioastronomy director professor Michael Kramer says the field of view is particularly important for a fast radio burst search.

“When we previously searched for Fast Radio Bursts we had to be looking at just the right moment in just the right part of the sky to see them. Having one of these new PAFs means that we immediately increase our chances of seeing one,” he said in CSIRO's media release.

There's an extra wrinkle to handle in the German environment: compared to the SKA (which will be in one of the most radio-quiet spots in Australia) and Parkes (in a country town location), the Effelsberg site is in a high-noise environment.

The PAF will need extra calibration to cope with that environment, and the Effelsberg dish's size will also allow astronomers to test the PAFs in a “brand new environment”, professor Kramer said.

“Once all the testing is complete, the PAF will be available for researchers all around the world to access as part of the ‘open skies’ access policy. And as you can imagine, our astronomers are earnestly awaiting to see what their PAFs are capable of when viewing the galaxy from the top half of the planet”, he added.

In parabolic antennas, phased arrays replace the feed horns more commonly used at the focal point of the dish. They expand the telescope's field of view because they're much better at capturing off-axis information.

Twelve applicants/channels denied permission to launch private satellite channels in last number, total remains at 869

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/regulators/i-and-b-ministry/twelve-applicants/channels-denied-permission-to-launch-private-satellite-channels-in-last-number-total-remains-at-869

New Delhi, 8 April: Even though the number of permissions granted to private satellite television channels uplinking from or downlinking into India crossed the 1000 figure for the first time, as many as 138 have been denied permission.

Thus, the total number of operative channels as on 31 March was 869, of which news and current affairs channels number 394. Thus the number of general entertainment channels is 475.

Thus, the government had given permission to a total of 1007 channels which included 126 whose permissions were cancelled later. The last list issued on 31 March had said 126 had been refused permission but twelve new channels had been permitted, taking the total to 869. This number remains the same.

Twenty channels including seven news channels have been permitted to uplink from India but not downlink within the country.

A total of 754 channels including 382 GECs are allowed to uplink and downlink in the country while 95 including 80 GECs are uplinked from overseas but allowed to downlink into TV homes in the country.

Thus, the number allowed to uplink and downlink in the country has fallen by one even though the number of general entertainment channels has risen by eight. This is because the number of news channels has fallen by eight to 372.

After 31 January, the news channels cleared are: Zee Bihar Jharkhand; WIO; and Zee 24 Hour Business.

The Non-News channels cleared are Sab Bangla; Sab Tamil; Sab Punjabi; Sab Marathi; Sab Telugu; Sony Wah; Sony Rox; Jewel Alliance; Star Utsav Movies (Earlier:Star Gold Romance); Maa HD; Jalsha Movies HD; Star Jalsha HD; Maa Movies HD; Star Pravah HD; Star Movies Premiere; Star Movies Premiere HD; Fox Crime HD; Rishtey Cineplex; Stay Raw; And Vijay Super.

The Information and Broadcasting Ministry site (mib.nic.in) also contains the full details of the owners of these channels, the languages in which they will beam, and the date on which the clearance came. However, there are no details of channels denied permission.


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update


I've finally got around to putting up a T90 Torroidal dish that I bought years ago. Not complete as yet, but hopefully I will have signal off it by the end of the weekend.

Thursday evening feed
D2 12653V & 12672V 6669 Sky news feed from Redcliffe RSL

From my Email


From the Dish

Palapa D 113.0E Ez Shop Indonesia has started on 3574 V, clear.
Palapa D 113.0ENinMedia SatPlay has started on 3946 V, encrypted.
Palapa D 113.0EGo Channel has left 3980 V.
Palapa D 113.0ENet has left 4006 V.

SES 9 112.5E SES 9 has arrived at 112.5 East.(check for it as it has a KU beam that can broadcast to Australia)

ChinaSat 10 110.5E 3808 H "Jiangsu TV" has left .

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3960 H Boomerang Australia, CNN International Asia Pacific, Cartoon Network South East Asia, Cartoon Network Australia, TCM Australia, Cartoon Network Taiwan, Cartoon Network Philippines, TCM Asia and Toonami on are/were FTA.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4176 H "Shop Now, UniPlus and Music Box" have started on , Fta.

Measat 3a 91.4E 3727 H "Golf Channel Asia" has left .
Measat 3a 91.4E 3960 H "Zee Nung" is encrypted again.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3725 H "Madras TV" has started on , Fta.

G-Sat 10 83.0E 11130 V "Mega TV, News 7 Tamil and Sadhna Plus" have started on , Videoguard.
G-Sat 10 83.0E 11590 V "APN News, Kashish News, ETV Kannada News and Oscar Movies Bhojpuri" have started on , Videoguard.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3600 H "Dara Channel" has left .

Apstar 7 76.5E 3780 V "RTL CBS Entertainment Philippines, Celestial Movies Asia and Channel M have started on , Irdeto. China Movie" has left.
Apstar 7 76.5E 3812 H "Maasranga TV" is Fta.

Eutelsat 36A 70.5E Eutelsat 36A has arrived at 70.5 East.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3994 H "Rishtey Asia and Colors Asia Pacific have started on , Irdeto. Colors Odia" has left.

Afghansat 1 48.0E 11293 V "Maiwand TV" has started on , Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Muzika Pervogo替换RT(Ddish TV)频道,设置12629 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [4月8日]
东经103度轨道位置的快车AM3号卫星Ku频段,TTC替换Rossiya 1(俄罗斯)频道,设置11606 V 34425参数免费接收。 [4月8日]
东经103度轨道位置的快车AM3号卫星Ku频段,Top Shop(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置11606 V 34425参数无效接收。 [4月8日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Munsif(印度)频道消失,设置11735 H 44000参数无效接收。 [4月8日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,JOO Music(巴基斯坦)频道新增,设置4146 H 5317参数免费接收。 [4月8日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Hi Channel(泰国)频道消失,设置3440 H 26666参数无效接收。 [4月8日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Fan TV、Banng Channel(泰国)等3个频道消失,设置4160 V 30000参数无效接收。 [4月8日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Devi TV(测试)频道新增,设置3725 H 26665参数免费接收。 [4月8日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,TVWAN、TVWAN Sport(斐济)频道加密,设置3920 V 18000参数有条件接收。 [4月8日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Madras TV(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3725 H 26665参数免费接收。 [4月8日]

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Music F替换Fatafati(MPEG-4)频道,设置12347 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [4月7日]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星Ku频段,Domashniy Magazin(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置10972 H 11200参数免费接收。 [4月7日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Moradokthai(泰国)频道消失,设置3545 V 30000参数无效接收。 [4月7日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,TVBL、Next Movies(泰国)等3个频道消失,设置3585 V 30000参数无效接收。 [4月7日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,Playboy(花花公子)频道新增,设置3800 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [4月7日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,GEM(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3920 H 28340参数有条件接收。 [4月7日]

东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Champion TV(巴基斯坦)频道重现,设置3913 V 7260参数免费接收。 [4月6日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Star Vijay HD、Star Jalaha HD(高清)等4个频道新增,设置3802 H 28100参数有条件接收。 [4月6日]


NBN satellite comes online in late April

From http://www.chinchillanews.com.au/news/nbn-satellite-comes-online-in-late-april/2987547/

FROM late April, more than 400,000 remote Australian families will have access to super-fast broadband after the NBN Skymuster Satellite Service comes online.

This includes several thousand residents around Chinchilla, where the rolling terrain prohibits the reach of fixed wireless technology.

Charles Tym, CEO of Harbour ISP, a regional service provider of the new satellite broadband services, says that it’s a revolution in internet connectivity for the bush.

Harbour ISP’s Geoff Anson said that he’d been speaking to people running cattle and grain businesses from home and that the unreliability of their current connections sometimes made it impossible for them to complete transactions.

“Fast internet connections will save the bush,” Mr Anson said.

Sky Muster is promising to provide download speeds of up to 25Mbps and upload speeds of up to 5Mbps to rural customers.

If eligible, the NBN Sky Muster satellite service replaces any other internet service you currently have.

It’s faster, offers more data and in most cases will cost less than you are paying now, for a better service.

For those interested, the process is simple, and it costs nothing to register interest in the new satellite service.

Customers will begin to be commissioned from May 1, but with 15,000 people already in the queue to be connected, there is currently a three to four-month wait.

For more information and to check which NBN service you are eligible for, call on 1300 366 169 or apply online at www.harbourisp.com.au

Digicel Play installs new satellite dishes to make TV more accessible for PNG and the Pacific

From http://news.pngfacts.com/2016/04/digicel-play-installs-new-satellite.html

In what is set to be a win for PNG television viewers, Digicel Play today announced its move to make television programs more accessible to people across PNG and the Pacific.

Digicel Play has installed two new satellite dishes at its Gordons headquarters in Port Moresby, as well as a new television studio which will broadcast local content to PNG residents.

The two dishes, which have taken 18-months to design and develop, will boost coverage of Digicel Play throughout PNG and the wider Pacific region including Fiji, Nauru and Tonga.

Digicel Play CEO, Nico Myer, said the installation of the two satellite dishes was a huge milestone for the broadcaster.

“Digicel Play is always looking at ways to improve television availability and quality for our viewers and these two dishes highlight this commitment to customers,” he said.

“The two new satellite dishes are more powerful and cost effective than the ones we have used previously, which will help make Digicel Play channels more affordable to access going forward.”

Digicel Play was launched 18 months ago in PNG and provides a wide selection of movies, sports, news and family entertainment across PNG.

To access Digicel Play, customers can purchase a Digicel Play Box package from their local Digicel store for K69.

The new satellite dishes and television studio are located in Gordons.

TTV to broadcast Oceania champ

From http://www.solomonstarnews.com/sports/national/10100-ttv-to-broadcast-oceania-champ

Solomon Islands Football fans will be treated to LIVE Free-to-Air Television coverage of Oceania’s premier International Football Club action with the first match between Nadi FC and AS Tafana to kick off at 12 midday on Friday 8th April.

Twelve champion Clubs from New Zealand, Tahiti, Fiji, Solomon Islands, PNG, New Caledonia, Vanuatu & Samoa will battle it out in Auckland from 8th to 23rd April for a berth in the FIFA Club World Cup.

Solomon Islands is represented by Telekom S-League champion, Solomon Warriors FC with their first game against Auckland City FC scheduled for 12 midday on Sunday 10th April.

A statement from Our Telekom said, “We are pleased to once again bring this premier football event to our people here in the Solomons.

“This time OFC TV is covering the event in Auckland and have arranged for Satellite uploads.

“Our Telekom is meeting all costs to bring the content off the Satellite and into our TV transmitters for the Live broadcast.

“Our Telekom is also meeting broadcast rights for the event,” Said Loyley Ngira, Chief Executive of Our Telekom.

The Live Television broadcast of the Football matches is made possible by Our Telekom and Telekom Television and will be available in Honiara, Auki as well as in Gizo & Noro.

Telekomunikasi Indonesia to Launch Telkom-4 Satellite in 2018

From http://www.indonesia-investments.com/news/news-columns/telekomunikasi-indonesia-to-launch-telkom-4-satellite-in-2018/item6680

State-controlled Telekomunikasi Indonesia, Indonesia's largest telecommunication and network provider, plans to launch its Telkom-4 satellite in 2018 through its subsidiary TelkomMetra. The Telkom-4 satellite, which will replace the aging Telkom-1 satellite, is equipped with 49 transponders that will be capable of beaming 100 Gbps mobile broadband across Indonesia, India and Southeast Asia. The USD $200 million satellite is expected to have a life span of 15 years.

Teguh Wahyoni, President Director of TelkomMetra, said the satellite's design and production process may take up to two years and therefore the launch of Telkom-4 is scheduled for 2018. Despite the slowing satellite business, he is optimistic about the fundamentals of the market particularly as there are still many regions in Indonesia that need Internet access. Wahyoni estimates that there are about 30 million Indonesian households that lack a fixed broadband Internet connection because these households are situated in remote areas. However, 40 percent of these households require Internet connectivity. This demand can partly be met by the new satellite.

US-based satellite communications company Space Systems Loral (SSL) will manufacture the Telkom-4 satellite. John Celli, President of SSL, said this order was the company's third satellite order from Indonesia. He added SSL is honored to play an important role in expanding the telecommunication infrastructure for both Indonesia an the neighboring region. Particularly an archipelago, such as Indonesia, needs satellite services as its population is spread over thousands of islands. The Telkom-4 satellite will be based on the SSL 1300 platform which provides the flexibility to support a wide range of applications and technology advances.

Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom), which is listed on the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX), is also preparing to launch its Telkom-3S satellite as replacement for the original Telkom-3 satellite, which failed to reach orbit in August 2012.

In April 2014 Indonesian financial institution Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI) announced it would launch its communications satellite named BRIsat in 2016. Through this USD $230 million satellite, BRI wants to improve its corporate performance, save telecommunication spending by 50 percent (currently BRI uses 20 to 22 transponders from 7 or 8 providers including Telkom, Indosat and Citra Sari Makmur), and expand its activities and services throughout the country. The BRIsat is expected to be launched in June 2016.

Dani Indra, Chairman of the Indonesia Satellite Association (ASSI), said - based on 2015 data - Indonesia's demand for satellite transponders is estimated at 250 units. However, currently there are only 110 transponders to meet Indonesia's demand, implying a shortage. To meet remainding demand regional satellites are used.

Nigeria wants 2 Chinese satellite

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/08/nigeria-wants-2-chinese-satellites%e2%80%a8/

Nigeria has signed a MOU with China to supply two communications satellites on a contract to build and launch into orbit. Reports suggest the total commitment is about $700 million for the pair.

The order is expected to be placed with China Great Wall Industry Corp (CGWIC) and its aerospace division which build satellites and uses the Long March rocket launch system. CGWIC is the sole commercial organisation approved by China’s government to provide satellites and launch services, and to undertake international space-based cooperation.

Nigeria Communication Satellite is Nigeria’s domestic satellite provider, although other international satellite operators also cover the nation. It both supplies satellite services in and over Nigeria, but also provides in-orbit management of other satellites. In December 2015, for example, it signed a major contract to provide satellite management services to Belarus for a 15-year period.

However, many observers had expected NigComSat to be privatised by the Nigerian government but this plan was scrapped back in February, at least for the time being.

Trace launching SVoD platform

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/08/trace-launching-svod-platform/

From Pascale Paoli-Lebailly in Paris From Pascale Paoli-Lebailly in Paris

Youth-oriented urban culture media group Trace is to launch SVoD urban culture global platform Trace Play in June 2016, mixing on-demand all genres content and linear channels. The international roll-out will start in 60 countries and the distribution model, initially via an app (iOs and Android) and a website, will also be backed by deals with cable, satellite and ADSL operators in France, Europe, UK, Canada, the Caribbean. The group also plans to have the offer (available for a handful of Euros) embedded on Roku, and compatible with Google Cast and Apple TV.

Trace Play will debut in both English and French with the Portuguese language added shortly after.

To feed the non-linear part of Trace Play, Trace has secured around 4,000 hours of programmes on all territories. Some ten live channels will also be accessible including Trace ones like Trace Urban, Trace Sports Stars, Tropical, Africa, Toca and Gospel.

A subsidiary of Swedish group MTG, Trace is also set to launch three additional music channels in Africa, Naja in Nigeria, Mziki in Eastern Africa and the English version of Trace Africa in Austral Africa.

Facebook Live rolls out new features

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/08/facebook-live-adds-new-features/

Facebook Live, a live streaming tool that allows users to air their exploits in real-time, has added new features including the ability to post streams directly onto timelines.

Facebook CEO Marc Zuckerberg commented: “Live is like having a TV camera in your pocket. Anyone with a phone now has the power to broadcast to anyone in the world.”

Since its launch last summer, Facebook Live which – was initially given to celebrities – has been rolled out to all users in the US. Facebook is trying to make it easier to find the live video broadcasts. Live video will now have a dedicated spot on its mobile app. From here, users will have easy access to videos from people close to you or live videos on topics that interest them. Users can also search for live and non-live videos, or create their own Facebook live broadcast by tapping on the new video icon.

Users can restrict the viewing of their broadcast to specific Facebook Events and Facebook Groups only. For example, if you’re part of a theme park group, you can share live rollercoasters with them. Users can also use Events to hold live Q&A sessions.

Facebook Live allows broadcasters to interact with people; receiving comments and responding to them. Now these comments can be replayed for those who watch the video later, enabling them to see all the interaction that has taken place during the live broadcast.

As yet, there is now word on when Facebook Live will be rolled out in other countries.

Sky to stream content on Facebook

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/07/sky-to-stream-content-on-facebook/

Sky will stream a range of news and sport content directly through social media giant Facebook in the coming months, according to the company’s digital director Lucien Bowater.

In a company blog post, Bowater said that Sky will give a “unique behind the scenes look” at a number of major sporting events and breaking news stories by streaming on Facebook Live.

“We’ve already been experimenting with it, and the results have been impressive. In less than 24 hours since its release, more than 100,000 people viewed Michael Atherton’s exclusive interview with Freddie Flintoff and Kumar Sangakkara at the T20 World Cup. In news, similar numbers watched Mark Stone’s live report on the migrant crisis in Calais,” said Bowater.

“The platform works for us because it allows our news and sports teams to connect with the audience in a slightly different way – offering a different perspective, one that might not otherwise be possible in such a fast moving environment.

India licenses 60 new channels

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/08/india-licenses-60-new-channels%E2%80%A8/

India’s broadcasting regulator has licensed a total of 60 new digital channels during 2015, its highest total for three years.

India’s Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, along with the country’s Ministry of Home Affairs, issued permits for 53 satellite uplink permits (and thus enabling the channels to get their signals up onto satellites which cover the country) and seven other licences for incoming satellite channels.

These extra licences now bring India’s total to some 847 channels which are licensed, of which an amazing 52 per cent are news channels (many of a regional nature).

Cable operators carry 676 channels, the vast majority of which they take from satellite feeds.

ZEEL to expand into Germany with FTA Zee One in July 2016

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/gecs/zeel-to-expand-into-germany-with-fta-zee-one-in-july-2016-160406

MUMBAI: Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL) is expanding into Germany. The Indian globally operating media company will launch a free to air channel Zee One in July 2016. Zee One will bring high-quality films and series produced by the Indian film industry to German screens 24 hours a day. Friederike Behrends will be responsible for business operations in the German-speaking area.

In addition, ZEEL’s own in-house entertainment and general interest programmes are to be progressively promoted. Zee One will be available on the most important satellite and cable platforms. Zee One’s core target group will be females between the ages of 19 and 59.

Asia TV Ltd. (Zee TV) Europe CEO Neeraj Dhingra said, "The launch of Zee One will signify ZEEL´s entry into one of the world´s most important television markets, in which the Bollywood genre is still barely represented as yet. It is therefore a major step as part of our international expansion strategy, we want to establish a lasting presence and grow in the German television market. With our highest levels of entertainment and new content, we are confident of being able to offer viewers an attractive enrichment to the existing range of television offerings."

Behrends said, “Bollywood content offers a much broader spectrum than is known on German television. The aim is to enhance Germany´s entertainment offerings by introducing an entirely new genre. We intend to capture the hearts of German viewers with Bollywood. We are currently engaged in intensive talks with German TV-platform operators with a view to expanding the reach as quickly as possible on a broad scale via all transmission paths."

Until recently, Friederike Behrends was, among other things, senior strategy advisor for the international streaming provider Magine, being responsible for its German market entry in 2014. From 2008 to 2012, she was managing director of WDR media group digital GmbH and the full-service internet agency web Colony in Cologne. She took over these positions after becoming a member of the board of directors at Bild.-T-Online.de AG & Co. KG, where she had worked since 2001. Previous career stages included a period at Grundy UFA TV Productions GmbH.


No Thursday update


DW English and Dw German were FTA on Optus D2 earlier today (back to encrypted now though)

From my Email


From the Dish

Intelsat 19 166.0E 3760 V "Discovery Kids Southeast Asia" has left.
Intelsat 19 166.0E 3920 V All channels in the Sky Pacific mux on are encrypted again.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4065 H "MLQ Movies" is back on , Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4146 HPearl TV has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 15 85.2E 12600 V "Tiji Russia" is now Fta.

NSS 12 57.0E 3677 L "Walta TV" has started on , Fta.
NSS 12 57.0E 11189 V "Duhok TV" is now encrypted.

From asiatvro site

东经9 1.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,Zee Nung(MPEG-4)频道加密,设置3960 H 29700参数有条件接收。 [4月6日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Kazakh TV(蒙古)频道解密,设置12629 H 43200参数免费接收。 [4月6日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Go Channel(印尼)频道消失,设置3980 V 31000参数无效接收。 [4月6日]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,You、Sabydee(IPM)等频道加密,设置11038 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [4月6日]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Surat Channel、Pattaya(IPM)频道加密,设置10977 V 40000参数有条件接收。 [4月6日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Nick Toons、Paramounl Channel(高清)等频道加密,设置3780 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [4月6日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,News 18 Kerala(MPEG-4)等3个频道新增,设置4036 V 21600参数有条件接收。 [4月6日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Kazakh TV、Satlink OU(SatLink)频道消失,设置3960 H 30000参数无效接收。 [4月6日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,北京卫视替换中天亚洲(艺华卫视)频道,设置12472 V 33500参数有条件接收。 [4月6日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,亚洲卫视一台、亚洲卫视二台(香港)频道消失,设置3632 H 5250参数无效接收。 [4月6日]


Extensive Paralympics broadcast coverage coming to New Zealand

From https://www.paralympic.org/news/extensive-paralympics-broadcast-coverage-coming-new-zealand

About 4.6 million people will get to watch Rio 2016 through TVNZ’s live streamed TV channel DUKE.

New Zealand viewers can look forward to the most extensive live and free-to-air coverage of a Paralympic Games to date, says the team of partners behind this year’s multiplatform broadcast offering. TVNZ and rights holders Attitude Pictures have announced on Wednesday (6 April) plans for more than 180 hours of coverage dedicated to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, held from 7-18 September this year. The extensive coverage is made possible with support from NZ On Air and with Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) as the broadcast sponsor.

The New Zealand team’s performances will be the focus of all live and highlights programme coverage co-produced by TVNZ and Attitude Pictures with the assistance of Paralympics New Zealand.

Viewers can catch Games action as it happens every day on TVNZ’s fully live streamed TV channel DUKE, together with extensive delayed and highlights coverage. Along with ONE News coverage, a special highlights programme will air every night on TV ONE and will be available online through TVNZ OnDemand and AttitudeLive.com. Full coverage details will be announced in the build up to the event.

In a world first, the production team of the highlights programmes is led by three Paralympic gold medallists: wheelchair rugby athlete Jai Waite will take the lead as programme editor, the anchor in Rio will be former captain of the New Zealand Wheel Blacks Dan Buckingham, and former Paralympic cyclist Paula Tesoreiro will be reporting from the field.

Jeff Latch, TVNZ’s Director of Content, says: “We’re very proud to be part of a team effort bringing viewers the most comprehensive free-to-air coverage of a Paralympic Games in New Zealand’s history. The Games will have a dedicated home on DUKE and we’ll share the best moments on TV ONE, TVNZ OnDemand and ONE News Now. The Paralympic Games is one of the top multisport events in the world and we think New Zealand viewers will embrace the opportunity to cheer on our Kiwi athletes.”

Robyn Scott-Vincent, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and founder of The Attitude Group, says the company has spent 12 years building the profile of Paralympic sport and public awareness of disability.

"We've built a team that knows these Games from the inside and can deliver real insights of the sport and lived experience of disability,” Scott-Vincent said. “Delivering these Games and the performances of some great Kiwi athletes to New Zealand screens is part of our continued drive to raise expectations of what's possible for people who live with disability.”

Scott Pickering, ACC Chief Executive, says: “New Zealand’s para-athletes are among the best in the world and are role models for all Kiwis. ACC is proud to help bring coverage of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games to New Zealand and to showcase our athletes’ awesome achievements as they compete on the world stage.” Fiona Allan, Paralympics New Zealand’s CEO, says: “We are thrilled to give our support to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games broadcast team. This level of coverage is unprecedented in this country and for the first time reflects the stature of the New Zealand Paralympic team on the world stage. The team finished first in the world per capita for medals at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, a title we hope to retain in Rio later this year by targeting 18 medals and hoping to increase our gold medals from 6 to 12. We wish to thank TVNZ, Attitude Pictures, NZ On Air and ACC for their unrelenting commitment to showcasing the achievements of our elite Paralympians to the New Zealand public.”

China Launches Recoverable Scientific Satellite into Space

From http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2409407&CategoryId=13936

BEIJING - China's space program early Wednesday launched the SJ-10 scientific research satellite to conduct experiments in space, after which it will return to Earth and its results will be subsequently analyzed.

The satellite was launched by the Long March 2D launch vehicle from the center in Jiuquan in northwestern China's Gobi Desert on Wednesday morning, state-run news agency Xinhua and state-run broadcaster CCTV said.

The SJ-10 will conduct experiments to analyze various phenomena, including fluid physics and combustion in the space microgravity environment as well as effects of radiation and experiments for biotechnology.

The experiments will test the effects of microgravity on mouse embryos in space with a view to research the future of human reproduction in space or the effects of space radiation on fruit fly genes or rat cells.

The experiments were selected from a total of 200 applications and include a collaboration with the Europe Space Agency to analyze combustion and formation of particulate pollutants from coal in microgravity aimed at increasing knowledge about non-renewable forms of energy.

"They could lead to key breakthroughs in our academic research," Hu Wenrui, chief scientist of the SJ-10 mission said. The SJ-10 is the second scientific satellite, of a total of four, to be launched by the Chinese Academy of Sciences and is the only one which will return to Earth, although the country has already sent 24 such recoverable satellites to space till date.

The SJ-10 will land in Inner Mongolia in northern China, the usual landing place for China's Shenzhou human spaceflight missions.

South Korea: BBC content for Pooq

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/06/south-korea-bbc-content-for-pooq/

BBC Worldwide has agreed a deal with South Korean OTT service Pooq that will allow viewers to live stream, catch up and watch BBC World News and CBeebies, and also watch top-rated BBC dramas and natural history programmes on demand. “I am very excited to be working with Pooq. We are always looking for new ways to reach our audiences. With Pooq, our fans will now have greater flexibility in how they watch CBeebies and BBC World News. They will be able to take their favourite TV channels with them to watch anytime, anyplace. They will also be able to watch their favourite BBC shows anytime, at their own convenience,” said Soojin Chung, GM of North Asia for BBC Worldwide

Sea Launch asset sale “blocked”

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/06/sea-launch-asset-sale-blocked/

The sale of the struggling Sea Launch rocket launch enterprise has been blocked by minority shareholder Boeing. Boeing has started a legal action in California, seeking to obtain an injunction to halt the proposed sale, arguing that it wants payments contracted with a former partner of Sea Launch, the Energia rocket building business.

Russia’s Roscosmos space agency said in March that it had found a buyer for Sea Launch, but declined to say whether it was simply for the floating assets (the launch platform itself and the command vessel) or how a restructuring might take place.

Boeing is already deeply involved in a long-running series of legal arguments with its former Russian and Ukrainian partners in the Sea Launch venture. In one of the key disputes it was awarded a $300 million judgement against Energia which – seemingly – it has failed to collect.

The Court filing says: “If Energia succeeds in selling these assets and moving all of the proceeds thereof to Russia, without paying the hundreds of millions of dollars that it owes, it would unquestionably complicate Boeing’s collection efforts.”

Leading satellite operators drops Hezbollah TV

From http://www.globalpost.com/article/6755800/2016/04/06/satellite-operator-drops-hezbollah-tv

A leading Arab satellite operator cut transmission of Hezbollah's television channel Al-Manar on Wednesday amid rising tensions between the Lebanese Shiite group's backer Iran and Sunni powerhouse Saudi Arabia.

Officials at both Al-Manar and Cairo-based Nilesat confirmed the transmission had been cut over accusations the channel violated its contract by airing programmes promoting sectarian divisions.

"This is a political decision, not an industry decision. Al-Manar has nothing to do with sectarian strife," the channel's general manager Ibrahim Farhat told AFP, calling the move "unjust and arbitrary".

"This is part of the political problem in the region, that they're taking out on the media," Farhat said. Asked about the decision to cut Al-Manar's transmission, a senior Nilesat official said channels "must abide by not airing any violent or racist content, or provoking sectarian strife."

"No other channels have violated the contract," he told AFP, in response to a question on whether any other Lebanese channels would be affected. The cut came ahead of an expected visit this week by Saudi King Salman to Egypt, which operates the Nilesat satellite.

Last month, Gulf Arab states led by Saudi Arabia blacklisted Hezbollah, the leading force in Lebanon's governing bloc, as a "terrorist" organisation. The kingdom halted a $3 billion programme of military aid to Lebanon to protest what it said was "the stranglehold of Hezbollah on the state".

It also urged its citizens to leave Lebanon and avoid travelling there. Al-Manar said on Twitter that it could still be watched via a Russian satellite or online.

The moves against Hezbollah come amid a spike in tensions between its backer Tehran and Riyadh this year after demonstrators stormed the kingdom's missions in Iran following Saudi Arabia's execution of a Shiite cleric.

The kingdom cut diplomatic ties with Iran and led Arab allies in a series of retaliatory measures against it.

While Saudi Arabia is the main supporter of Syria's Sunni-led rebels, Hezbollah is fighting alongside President Bashar al-Assad's troops, who are backed by Iranian military advisers.

Public interest bodies support FilmOn appeal

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/06/public-interest-bodies-support-filmon-licensing-appeal/

US public interest bodies Public Knowledge, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, with the help of the Juelsgaard Intellectual Property and Innovation Clinic at Stanford Law School, have filed an amicus [friend of court] brief in the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals arguing that OTT platform FilmOn qualifies for the cable statutory licence. This allows qualifying services to carry broadcast programming, provided they are otherwise complying with FCC rules. Public Knowledge rejects the idea that traditional pay-TV should receive special treatment denied to online video services.

According to John Bergmayer, Senior Staff Attorney at Public Knowledge, the law should not give traditional pay-TV services legal advantages that are not available to their online competitors. “FilmOn meets the definition of a ‘cable’ service under copyright law, and it wants to be treated like one. So it should be,” he declared.

“Services like FilmOn can benefit consumers by creating more competition in TV distribution, while creating new opportunities for programmers to reach viewers. The law should not disadvantage them. Just as Public Knowledge has argued that the FCC ought to treat online pay-TV services that offer linear programming the same as traditional cable and satellite TV providers, copyright law ought not to discriminate against online pay-TV services.”

Pub company hit with £120K pay-TV piracy fine

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/06/uk-pub-company-hit-with-120k-pay-tv-piracy-fine/

A pub company in the southern England county of Surrey has been found guilty of illegally airing Sky Sports in three of its pubs and ordered to pay a record £120,600 (€150,000) in fines and costs following an investigation by the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT). Merlin Inns Ltd, based in Cranleigh in Surrey and owning 14 public houses in the UK, pleaded guilty to 10 offences at Redhill Magistrates Court on April 4 2016 and was fined £90,000 and ordered to pay costs of £28,500.

Three Designated Premise Supervisors (DPS) also pleaded guilty to a total of three offences and were each fined £600 and a victim surcharge of £60 bringing the total to a record £120,600. According to FACT, the record fine and costs demonstrates the seriousness of this crime and how pub companies as well as individuals can face criminal records and stiff financial penalties for illegally screening matches.

These convictions were carried out by FACT on behalf of its members and form a key part of Sky’s commitment to protecting pubs who invest in legitimate Sky Sports subscriptions. Sky is committed to visiting every licensed premises reported by other publicans and/or organisations for illegally showing Sky and will visit more than 700 pubs each week in towns and cities across the UK this season.

Stephen Gerrard, Prosecuting Manager at the Federation Against Copyright Theft said: “Regrettably for Merlin Inns Ltd they choose to ignore official notices alerting them to their illegal activity and refuse advice to legitimise their behaviour. Now the company is left with a substantial fine and three employees with criminal records. “

“This result should serve as a strong warning to any pub company or employee thinking of bypassing the legitimate process to think twice about their actions. It is a criminal offence which the courts, FACT and Sky take incredibly seriously.”

“Merlin Inns Ltd have also short changed law-abiding pubs in the area who legitimately pay commercial Sky subscriptions and are potentially losing customers to venues screening matches illegally.” Alison Dolan, Deputy Managing Director at Sky Business, said: “The significant penalty applied in this case not only demonstrates how seriously the courts take the issue of fraudulently screening TV programmes, but also indicates just how significantly the suppliers of illegal equipment have been misleading publicans.”

“Anyone choosing to believe these suppliers, or who has been offered any kind of guarantee from an illegal supplier should take note: these suppliers cannot stop pub companies as well as individuals from getting a criminal record, as this latest result now shows.”

“The courts continue to send a clear message to publicans who consider fraudulently screening TV programmes in their venue – if you choose to televise content illegally then you run the very real risk of being caught and face substantial penalties and a criminal record.”

NFL, Twitter announce streaming partnership

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/06/nfl-twitter-announce-streaming-partnership/

The National Football League (NFL) has selected Twitter as its exclusive partner to deliver a live OTT digital stream of Thursday Night Football to a global audience across devices and for free during the course of the 2016 NFL Regular Season. Twitter will stream the 10 Thursday Night Football games broadcast by NBC and CBS, which will also be simulcast on NFL Network, securing the league’s ‘Tri-Cast’ distribution model of broadcast (NBC/CBS), cable (NFL Network), and digital (Twitter).

Partners since 2013 through the Twitter Amplify programme, the NFL and Twitter will provide free, live streaming video of Thursday Night Football without authentication to the over 800 Million registered and non-registered users worldwide on the Twitter platform on mobile phones, tablets, PCs and connected TVs.

In addition to live streaming video of NFL action, the partnership includes in-game highlights from TNF as well as pre-game Periscope broadcasts from players and teams, giving fans an immersive experience before, during and after games.

With this partnership, the NFL says it has again extended its digital presence, making the most valuable content in sports and entertainment available across multiple digital platforms free for all users.

“Twitter is where live events unfold and is the right partner for the NFL as we take the latest step in serving fans around the world live NFL football,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “There is a massive amount of NFL-related conversation happening on Twitter during our games and tapping into that audience, in addition to our viewers on broadcast and cable, will ensure Thursday Night Football is seen on an unprecedented number of platforms this season. This agreement also provides additional reach for those brands advertising with our broadcast partners.”

“This is about transforming the fan experience with football. People watch NFL games with Twitter today,” said Jack Dorsey, Twitter CEO. “Now they’ll be able to watch right on Twitter Thursday nights.” Last season, the NFL broke new digital ground in a partnership with Yahoo! to deliver a free, global live stream of a regular season NFL game, the first time users could access the NFL’s premium content worldwide, without authentication.

When the Buffalo Bills faced off against the Jacksonville Jaguars from London’s Wembley Stadium on October 25, 2015, football fans streamed over 480 million minutes of the game, with 33 per cent of streams coming in internationally, across 185 countries worldwide.

About Thursday Night Football

Thursday Night Football started in 2006 with an eight game schedule exclusively on NFL Network. By 2012, Thursday Night Football had grown to a 13-game schedule exclusively on NFL Network, where it remained through the 2013 season. For both the 2014 and 2015 seasons, CBS partnered with NFL Network to present an expanded 16-game Thursday Night Football schedule.

In February of 2016, the NFL announced that both CBS and NBC would broadcast five Thursday Night Football games, growing the package to 10 broadcast games in 2016 and 2017 from eight in 2014 and 2015. All Thursday Night Football broadcast games will continue to be simulcast on NFL Network. NFL Network will also exclusively televise an eight-game schedule of regular season games comprised of Thursday Night Football, late-season games on Saturday, and additional games to be determined.

Both CBS and NBC will produce Thursday Night Football with their lead broadcasters and production teams with CBS and NFL Network televising the first half of the TNF schedule and NBC and NFL Network televising the second half. For the 16 games of the 2015 schedule, Thursday Night Football on CBS and NFL Network (and over-the-air stations) averaged a 7.9 HH rating and 13.0M viewers, up +59 per cent and +61 per cent respectively from 2013 when the games were solely on NFL Network. The 2015 season was the most-watched and highest-rated Thursday Night Football season ever.

Popularity of NFL Games

NFL content has never been more popular across the media landscape. According to the Nielsen Company, 199 million people tuned into the 2015 NFL regular season representing 78 percent of all television homes and 67 percent of potential viewers in the US NFL games accounted for the top 25 and 46 of the 50 most-watched TV shows among all programming in 2015.

Dror Ginzberg, Co-Founder and CEO of video creation platform Wochit, suggested the agreement represented “a landmark moment” for traditional broadcasters around the world. “Despite the NFL being the most popular sport in America and TV ad during the Super Bowl costing a record $5 million for thirty seconds of airtime, the NFL has decided to take this bold and unprecedented step to stream games live online,” he noted.

“The NFL dipped its toe into online streaming last year with Yahoo screening one game last season, which successfully yielded 15.2 million viewers and 33.6 million video streams. Clearly this was a test case for a much larger roll out and builds upon a previous deal reached between the two last year to include more content online.”

“The agreement points to an increasing trend of sports rights being diversified and how people can view this content across platforms, especially in America. Yahoo Sports also announced this week that it will stream daily a baseball game, to build upon its existing deals to stream basketball, ice hockey and golf.” “The big question is not if European sports will follow suit, but when. The English Premier League will be looking enviously at the NFL’s deal and seeking to follow this example, especially as adults in the UK watch more than five hours of video per day, making video the single most popular media activity online.”

ZEEL enters Philippines with 'Zee Sine'

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/movie-channels/zeel-enters-philippines-with-zee-sine-160405

MUMBAI: After creating success stories with two Bollywood channels in the APAC region, namely Zee Bioskop in Indonesia and Zee Nung in Thailand, Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL) becomes the first Indian company to foray into Philippines with its third dedicated Bollywood movie channel for the local Filipino audience starting today.

Announcing ZEE’s entry into the Philippines, International Broadcast Business, ZEEL International broadcast business CEO Amit Goenka said, “ZEE has been the cultural ambassador for Bollywood and Indian content in overseas markets. In line with our Vision 2020 goals, we have chalked out an aggressive international expansion plan, with APAC being one of the key regions. We already have 5 dedicated localized channels in APAC, comprising of GEC and movie genres, and our entry into Philippines will only further strengthen our presence. With the Pay-TV industry projected to grow at an average of 13% Y-o-Y in the next 5 years, we see huge potential in this market.”

Zee Sine - Bollywood Na Tayo (‘Sine’ means ‘Cinema’ and ‘Bollywood Na Tayo’ means ‘Let’s Go Bollywood’ in Tagalog) is a 24/7 Bollywood movie channel customized and packaged for the local audience. The channel features Blockbuster movies from the World’s Biggest Hindi Film Library of ZEEL.

Speaking on the launch of Zee Sine, ZEEL Asia Pacific business head Sushruta Samanta said, “Both India and Philippines display strong affinity for music and dance. Our research shows that Indian Bollywood Films are relatable as the stories hit close to home, reflecting similar emotions and values shown in Filipino movies. While other content from around the world has entered Philippines already, we plan to bring a fresh and unique perspective by launching Zee Sine in Philippines. We felt it is the right time for us to enter this market and showcase our heart-warming and larger-than-life Bollywood movies to the Filipino audience.”

“Maria Liza Ginting, who currently heads our Indonesia market, will also be heading the Philippines operations along with the local team in Manila,” Samanta further added.

Sharing more details on the channel, Maria Liza Young - Ginting, Country Head, Indonesia & Philippines said, “Zee Sine will take you to a new world of entertainment with high-voltage Bollywood dramas, love triangles, comedies and song and dance. To reach out to the local audience, we have hand-picked movies from the library, dubbed in Tagalog, re-christened movie titles and character names in English while promos and special movie properties are being locally created. The channel is being distributed through one of the leading cable distributors in the country, Cable Boss, and will soon be available on more platforms in the market.”

The channel will be showcased at PCTA (Philippine Cable TV Association Inc.) Convention 2016, which is one of the biggest Pay-TV operators conventions in Philippines, to be held between 12-15 April, 2016. As the channel goes on-air today, Zee Sine promises to entertain Philippines the Bollywood way.

NexGTv goes live across the world

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/iworld/ott-services/nexgtv-goes-live-across-the-world-160405

MUMBAI: The flagship offering from Digivive Services, nexGTv launched the next phase of its growth by announcing its global availability from today. nexGTv – which has hitherto been India-centric in scope and business, aims to take its Live TV content offering of more than 150 channels, together with 1,000 plus movies as well as a huge inventory of VOD and television shows to attract large clusters of the global Indian diaspora onto its freemium platform.

In the first phase, nexGTv has already secured the requisite digital rights to screen content beyond Indian borders for more than 11,500 hours of programming from close to 20,000 hours of programming it hosts on the platform. Given the large swathes of Hindi, English and Tamil-speaking communities abroad, nexGTv will focus initially to ensure that content in these three languages is made available on both its Web and App platforms.

Aside from the aggregated content, nexGTv will also utilize this opportunity to globally showcase India’s very first mobi-series and nexGTv’s premier Original series - It’s My City.

It’s My City is a 14-episode bi-weekly series starring Priyanka Chopra that highlights the lives and challenges of four girls in a city far from home, premiered recently on nexGTv.

Speaking on the occasion, nexGTv COO Abhesh Verma said, “We’re delighted to go live across the world! Having earned our spurs in the Indian market over the last five years fine-tuning our product, content catalogue and consumer understanding, we’re confident that we’re ready for our global consumers. Our endeavour is to deliver the best product and streaming experience to our audiences across the globe. We’re confident that our mix of aggregated content including Live TV, VOD as well as original premium programming will resonate very well with our audiences.”

He further added, “nexGTv will be currently targeting its expansion in more than 140 countries through the global billing on its Android app and will be looking to expand its global footprint in tandem with Google Play store. Markets with significant Indian diaspora will be our priority in order to establish a strong foothold. The vast variety and multiple genres of content on our platform comprising devotional, fitness, comedy, kids, infotainment, entertainment, news, movies and music will act as a strong magnet for our international users.”


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The Curse of the Sun Gods is with us this week some eagle eyes will
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Hi, just thought I'd let you know because I didn't see it in your news
that there is a FTA channel on IS19/8 166deg 3780H MTV HD in english with I
think spanish?? subtitles. It has been FTA for a few days now, I hope
it stays that way.


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From the Dish

Intelsat 19 166.0E 3920 V All channels in the Sky Pacific mux are Fta

JCSAT 3A 128.0E 12688 V "BS Sky PerfecTV!" has started on , Fta.

JCSAT 4B 124.0E 12490 H "Fox Movies Premium HD" is now encrypted.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3689 H "India News Haryana, India News Rajasthan, India News, OK India, News World Odisha, India News UP, India News MP, News X and Insight HD" have started on , Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3632 H "Asia Satellite TV 1 and Asia Satellite TV 2" have started on , Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3689 H India News Haryana, India News Rajasthan, India News, OK India, News World Odisha, India News UP, India News MP, News X and Insight HD have started on , Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4065 H "MLQ Movies has left .
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4146 H "Sabzbaat Balochistan" has left.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4180 V "ESPN US" has left again.

NSS 6 95.0E 11037 H Zee Madya Pradesh Chhattisgarh has started on , Fta.

Measat 3a 91.4E 3717 H "MTV South East Asia" has started on , PowerVu.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3805 H UTV Action Telugu has left . 9X Jalwa is Fta.

Thaicom 5 78.5E The GMM Z muxes have left 4120 V and 12355 V.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3545 V "Moradokthai TV and Dude Travel Channel" have left .
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3585 V "AC4 Hollywood Film has started on , BISS. Next Music, Hit station, Next Movies, Major Channel Asian, Next Series and Happy TV" have left.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3625 V "Thairath TV 32 has replaced 55 Channel" on , BISS.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3840 V "NB TV has started on , BISS. RSU Wisdom TV and Thai Muslim TV" have left.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 4064 V "Next Movies and Next Music" have started on , Fta. AC2 Korea Film and TVBL have left.

Thaicom 6 78.5E The GMM Z muxes have left 3760, 4000 H, 4080 H, 12521 V, 12562 V, 12604 V and 12645 V.
Thaicom 6 78.5E 3800 H Lady Channel has started on , BISS.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 4013 H "Manoranjan Movies has started on , Fta. Bangla Time TV and Manoranjan Music" have left.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4090 H "Teleshop" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 17 66.0E 3845 H "AXN India has replaced AXN HD Asia" on , PowerVu.

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东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Silver TV、Kuki TV(韩国)频道解密,设置12450 H 27489参数免费接收。 [4月5日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,CNN、Cartoon Network(Turner)等频道加密,设置3960 H 27500参数有条件接收。 [4月5日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,探索频道(中国)频道消失,设置3760 V 27690参数无效接收。 [4月5日]
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东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Tru TV Asia(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置3960 H 27500参数无效接收。 [4月5日]
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东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Nautlcal Channel (高清)频道重现,设置11593 H 30000参数免费接收。 [4月5日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Kuki TV(韩国)频道新增,设置12450 H 27489参数有条件接收。 [4月5日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,VTV Hyundai(K+)频道解密,设置11549 H 28490参数免费接收。 [4月5日]


Order in the TV court as Nine & WIN argue over 9NOW service

From http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2016/04/order-in-the-tv-court-as-nine-win-argue-over-9now-service.html

Nine and WIN Television were back in the NSW Supreme Court over the legal stoush surrounding Nine’s new 9NOW service.

WIN claims Nine is denying it advertising revenue by the Live streaming service being accessible in WIN markets.

Fairfax Media reports the judge has challenged WIN to bring an internet-connected TV into court to demonstrate that the app, which is available on phones, laptops and Android devices, can be accessed on a browser on a television. If so, it could sway the definition of the word “broadcasting.”

“Is the argument that I should regard this as broadcasting because it ends up on the television screen?” Justice Hammerschlag asked.

“Well, if this is a real argument, why not just set a television up here and let’s see that it works? Why do I have to operate on the basis of a hypothesis …If you’re right it might be a powerful point, I don’t know.”

It isn’t clear if WIN will take up the TV test challenge.

Last week, Ian Audsley chief executive of Seven’s regional affiliate partner Prime Media Group, told a Senate hearing his network Prime was losing advertising sales to the metro network’s streaming service.

Nine argued it would be difficult to shut down its 9 Now in the areas where WIN retransmits without shutting down the entire service.

Both parties resume in court today.

Additional Source: News Corp

Raising the bar

From http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=348281

Digicel Fiji Ltd CEO Darren McLean, left, and Fiji Television Ltd CEO Geoffrey Smith at the Sky Pacific control room last week. Picture: SUPPLIED

THE new owner of the country's only pay television channel will continue to raise the bar for pay TV through Sky Pacific.

Digicel Fiji has introduced a new channel in place for Fiji One — TVWAN and this week TVWAN Sports will be added to the lineup.

Digicel became the new owner of Sky Pacific from Friday.

It has assured its customers that it will introduce other channel changes over the coming months.

While switching on the new Sky Pacific service for the first time under Digicel's ownership, Digicel Fiji CEO Darren McLean said this was historic for Fiji and a milestone for Digicel in the region.

"This is a big moment for Fiji as Digicel becomes the first international company to invest in a media business here since 2010," Mr McLean said in a statement.

"The Amended Media Decree came into force last year which enabled us to invest in Pay TV and embark on a new chapter in the story of Digicel in this region.

"Sky Pacific has customers in 15 countries in the Pacific and is a unique platform for Digicel to broadcast our incredible sports properties and other entertainment to millions of customers across the region."

Despite some restrictions, Mr McLean said the acquisition would benefit all Fiji customers.

"The Digicel brand is already established as the leading communications provider in the region and this is another step forward in our evolution into a total communications and entertainment provider.

"We are delighted that we will be able to provide customers with an enriched entertainment experience across multiple platforms. Our customers can now enjoy Fiji's best mobile network, our Unwired 4G broadband, and the biggest and best pay TV service all from Digicel."

The First Satellite-Based Internet Access Solution for Indonesia’s SMEs

From http://jakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/advertorial/first-satellite-based-internet-access-solution-indonesias-smes/

Jakarta, April 4, 2016 - PT. Telekomunikasi Indonesia, Tbk (Telkom) remains indisputably committed to serving the small, medium enterprises (SME) segment. Through its Division of Business Service (DBS), the state-owned enterprise has launched a new service 'MangoSTAR', which will make it easier for SMEs anywhere to have internet access. With the MangoSTAR, Telkom is increasingly optimistic that it will be able to narrow the digital divide in the country, as well as to support achieving three million SMEs Goes Digital target until the end of 2016.

“MangoSTAR is a new satellite technology-based internet access solution known as Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT). We set it up in a more attractive package that is very suitable for SMEs in areas where it is difficult to connect them into the physical network access (copper or fiber optic),” Telkom director of enterprise & business service Muhammad Awaluddin said during the MangoSTAR launch in Jakarta (4/4).

"MangoStar is another proof of Telkom’s promise to introduce telecommunications access to the rest of Indonesia regardless of the location. In fact, MangoStar is the only broadband services via satellite in Indonesia that can download with up 2 Mbps and upload with 0.5 Mbps speed," Awaluddin added.

Technology-wise, internet access can be provided via ADSL or fiber optic Copper (Fiber To The Home/FTTH), radio access and VSAT. Copper network (FTTH) and radio access the mainstay for operators in urban areas. But in remote areas, VSAT is the mainstay due to difficulties in developing the network. Thanks to the VSAT managed by MetraSat (a subsidiary of TELKOM), it can be connected directly to the satellite.

MangoSTAR service is available in various packages at affordable monthly fees with guaranteed delivery and service. Telkom also provides a variety convenience for additional internet access quota top ups through HYPERLINK "http://www.blanja.com/"www.blanja.com. In addition to the internet access, customers can enjoy other benefits such as free to air television broadcast services without reducing their bandwidth quota. Most importantly, the SMEs can get free memberships at www.smartbisnis.co.id, www.jarvis-store.com and 25% discount for subscription for those who upgrade their packages as well as free membership to user seller at www.blanja.com. "MangoSTAR is a truly innovative service. VSAT services are typically marketed in wholesale, now it is available by retail especially for SMEs in Indonesia," Awaluddin said.

Awaluddin also said that in concept, the launch of MangoSTAR is part of the 3C strategy, namely connectivity to meet the demand for internet access availability for SMEs; content through which SMEs can immediately take advantage of a variety of content available in www.smartbisnis.co.id and commerce in which SMEs can directly market their products through www.blanja.com. By the end of the year, Telkom targets to serve 5,000 customers. Within 2 weeks before the launch, Telkom has received numerous requests from various locations such as Jambi, Mentawai and Kalimantan.

"Indonesia’s geographic condition requires Telkom to master technologies for telecommunications access. MangoSTAR’s availability for SMEs is expected to support the achievement of three million SMEs Goes Digital until the end of 2016 and it is a proof of Telkom’s dedication for the country," Awaluddin said.

Photo Caption: Telkom director of enterprise & business service Muhammad Awaluddin (middle) with MetraSat director Teguh Wahyono (right) and Telkom executive general manager of business service division Yusron Hariyadi at the launch of MangoSTAR in Jakarta, Monday (4/4)

Elusive Japanese black hole seeking satellite breaks silence

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Elusive_Japanese_Black_Hole_Seeking_Satellite_Breaks_Silence_999.html

Hitomi aims to investigate the formation and evolution of supermassive black holes at the centers of galaxies, and to unearth the physical laws governing extreme conditions in neutron stars and black holes.

Japan's X-Ray Astronomy Satellite Hitomi, which was launched last month, has managed to make fleeting contact with ground control amid reports that the spacecraft has separated into six parts.

The X-Ray Astronomy Satellite Hitomi, which was launched into low-Earth orbit from Japan's Tanegashima Space Center on February 17, has communicated sporadically with ground control in spite of reports that the satellite has separated into six parts.

Hitomi means "eye" in Japanese, specifically the eye's pupil. It was developed by JAXA to study energy processes in the universe.

The satellite's instruments enable high sensitivity observations of the universe across wide energy range, from X-rays to gamma-rays, in order to investigate the mechanisms of how galaxy clusters were formed and influenced by dark energy and dark matter.

Hitomi aims to investigate the formation and evolution of supermassive black holes at the centers of galaxies, and to unearth the physical laws governing extreme conditions in neutron stars and black holes.

On May 27, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) stated that scheduled communication with the satellite had failed on March 26. JAXA had not been able to figure out the state of health of the satellite.

JAXA said it had received a short signal from the satellite, and "is working on its recovery."

Amid fears that the satellite would not be able to fulfil its investigative mission, on March 29 JAXA announced that it had received two more short signals from the satellite, but had "not been able to find the state of its health."

The first was at about 10:00 a.m. on March 28 at Japan's Uchinoura Ground Station, and the second was at around 12:30 a.m. on March 29 at the Santiago Tracking Station in Chile.

JAXA also revealed the reason for the satellite's wayward communication: according to data from the US Joint Space Operations Center, the satellite had separated into six pieces when five objects fell off the spacecraft on March 26.

Astronomer Paul Maley in Arizona published a video online, which is believed to show the Hitomi satellite spinning in a freefall on March 28.

Despite the accident, scientists are hopeful that Hitomi is mostly intact and will still be able to contribute to science.

JAXA official Masaki Fujimoto told Spacenews that Hitomi's problems likely started with a loss of attitude control in the spacecraft, which stabilizes its

position in space. This disrupted the spacecraft's ability to generate power from its solar panels and communicate with the ground.

Officials said that in the absence of evidence that the spacecraft was struck by debris, it seems likely the spacecraft generated the debris itself.

"There's hope for recovery unless the spacecraft is severely damaged," Fujimoto said, but added that such a recovery would take months rather than days.

Japan adjusts 4K plans

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/05/japan-adjusts-4k-plans/

Japan’s plans for the introduction of 4K and 8K transmissions were explained in detail at MIPTV’s dedicated UHD sessions in Cannes, April 4th.

There are already some 4K test transmissions on air, notably from SkyPerfecTV, but MIPTV delegates heard (from Yoshiharu Kashima, NHK’s senior manager/programming, that its transmissions would start on August 1st 2016, and in both 4K and 8K. One subtle, but important, change is that from now on there is no naming difference between its 4K and 8K ‘Super Hi-Vision’ broadcasting technologies. From now on both methods of transmission are referred to in Japan as ‘Super Hi-Vision’.

April 1st saw Japan combine its various Ultra HD ‘promotional’ arms into one combining the NextTV-Forum into the Association for Promotion of Advanced Broadcasting Services, or A-PAB. A-PAB will bring all of Japan’s assorted broadcasters under one operation and A-PAB transmissions will speedily follow on from the NHK tests starting on August 1st.

NHK will take care of 8K transmissions with A-PAB looking after 4K. NHK is also planning to showcase some of the upcoming Rio Olympics in 8K.

Test broadcasts will run for seven hours a day in 8K and be available at about 60 ‘public viewing sites’ around Japan.

To date, NHK has created about 80 different programmes in 8K, totalling some 66 hours and is now further ramping up production. The current plan includes drama, nature and other factual material, as well as culture/arts and music programming. NHK’s News division has carried out numerous tests on local news, including footage of the Fukushima nuclear plant that was damaged in the 2011 Tsunami.

NHK is also embracing High Dynamic Range and will be using the production technology for most new programmes created in 8K.

Kashima admitted that HDR created a new set of challenges for broadcasters, much as HD did when it was introduced. His main concerns were over make-up, set design and construction.

STARZ launches standalone SVoD service

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/05/starz-launches-standalone-svod-service/

US pay-TV Network STARZ has launched its STARZ digital retail service, providing STARZ streaming subscriptions directly to consumers and offering what it says is the first-ever download capabilities from a premium pay-TV streaming service.

For $8.99 per month, fans now have the opportunity to enjoy instant access to more than 2,400 selections each month, including STARZ hit series ranging from Outlander, Power and the upcoming American Gods and other TV content, to Hollywood hits and popular movies including Avengers: Age of Ultron and, later this year, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

In celebration of the launch of the new STARZ app, the second instalment premiere episode of the STARZ hit series, Outlander, will be made available beginning April 7 for streaming and download in advance of its official premiere on STARZ on April 9 at 9PM ET/PT.

The standalone STARZ service allows for up to four users to watch simultaneously and virtually unlimited downloads. STARZ is available immediately through the App Store for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple TV, with the app supporting universal search through the Siri Remote. The new STARZ app is also available through the Google Play Store on a wide range of Android supported devices.

“Starz has entered the market today with an enormous value proposition for consumers,” stated Starz CEO Chris Albrecht. “Our programing will now be more widely available to the 20 million broadband only homes of cord nevers, cord cutters and cord shavers, including Millennials and other underserved consumers who need other viable subscription service options.”

“With the growing consumer appetite for our highly-rated, award–winning and diverse original programing and vast library of movies, our elegant and powerful app is the first in the industry to allow download capability to watch premium content anytime, anywhere, without the need for Wi-Fi access. Showcasing the rebranded STARZ offerings we announced last month, we believe this innovative app will also help fortify the broadband business of many of our traditional distributors and be even more appealing for inclusion in future video bundles.”

STARZ subscribers from cable, satellite and telco partners can also authenticate and view STARZ in the new, easy-to-use app. Users can purchase a subscription or authenticate STARZ directly in-app or on their PC/Mac and watch every episode of every season of the best of STARZ’s original programming, as well as what the broadcaster claims is the biggest, most extensive movie library of all the premium subscription networks in the US.

Doordarshan launches Mobile TV in India, needs no internet

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/terrestrial/doordarshan-launches-mobile-tv-in-india-needs-no-internet-160404

NEW DELHI: Doordarshan has commenced digital terrestrial television (DTT) services in 16 cities, thereby providing mobile TV to the users.

The sixteen cities being covered from 25 February are- Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Guwahati, Patna, Ranchi, Cuttack, Lucknow, Jallandhar, Raipur, Indore, Aurangabad, Bhopal, Bangalore and Ahmadabad.

Mobile TV can be received in and around these cities using DVB-T2 Dongles in OTG enabled smart phones and tablets, Wi-Fi dongles for moving vehicles, besides the TV sets having built in DVB-T2 Tuner which are called as integrated digital TV (iDTV).

While Sony, LG, Panasonic, Samsung etc., are providing iDTV, the dongles are also available in online shopping sites like Flipkart, Ebay, Snapdeal etc. It requires the user to download the software and plug these dongles in the smartphones and tablets to receive DD Signals.

There will be no charges for watching the DD Channels. No internet connection is required after installation of the software. The public and private transportation vehicles and public places are potential environments for Mobile Television.

Currently, DD National, DD News, DD Bharati, DD Sports, DD Regional/DD Kisan are being relayed. Only one time investment of a dongle will be required by viewers and no extra expenditure unlike streaming with internet. The TV pictures are free from "ghosting" and "snowing".

DTT secures greater plurality in platform ownership, ensuring that no single platform owner is so powerful that it can exert undue influence on public opinion or political agendas. The digital transition offers an opportunity to increase the production of local content.

This in turn creates job opportunity and increases creativity and entrepreneurship. A strong DTT platform is critical for healthy competition in the TV market and to the realisation of a wide range of social benefits and most essentially an all weather reliable platform. There is no risk of catastrophic failure of total network. It provides alternative distribution platform.

DD channels can be received on smart phones, tablets and in moving vehicles. The new audience on move are the key beneficiary of this technology. Currently, mobile TV can be received using a dongle for mobile and tablets. But the day is not far when it will be embedded inside the devices. Watching TV from a phone is interested in many situations. Public and private transportation vehicle in public places are potential environment for mobile TV services. In the DTT Transmission everybody watches the same content at the same time and it guarantees everybody the same high level of service, since they are all bathed in the same signal. So tablets and smartphones and moving vehicles find new way of watching DD Channels in India in 16 cities, which are going to increase in near future.


Saturday feed
Intelsat 19 12570 V Sr 7500 sts8 bars with stadium mackay on screen

Monday Feeds

Optus D2 Sun tv , Sunt TV music and Kaiagnar TV were all fta (Encrypted now)

D1 12662 V Sr 7200. Seven News Brisbane on location feed for news cross

From my Email

From Gary L

2pm (NSW time 4/4/16) STS has put up a test signal on D2 for Hoyts Cinemas to check their signals for a gaming show to be sent to cinemas tomorrow.

Test is tagged "RIOT TEST"
D2 - 12573 V sr7500

From the Dish

Palapa D 113.0E 4100 V "Fashion One Asia has replaced Fashion One Taiwan "on , encrypted.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3732 V "Z Living Asia" has started on , Conax.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4100 V "Aljazeera English" has started on , Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4180 V "Sony Six has started on , encrypted. Geo News, Geo Super, Geo Tez, Geo TV and Geo Kahani" have left.

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3960 H The Word Network, Kazakh TV, Go To Luxe TV and Luxe TV have started on , Fta.

G-Sat 15 93.5E 11550 H "VANDE Gujarat 1-5/7-16" have started on Fta.

Measat 3a 91.4E 3960 H "Zee Nung" is Fta.
Measat 3a 91.4E 4040 H "Fashion One Asia has replaced Fashion One Taiwan" on , Viaccess.
Measat 3a 91.4E 4120 H "Insight UHD" has started on , Fta.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 3800 H "Playboy TV Thailand" has started on , BISS.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3840 V "Bangkok Thonburi Channel has started on , BISS. Maxagro TV is now in clear. Jipata TV, Chokdee TV, SBT TV, CAT Channel and 13 Siam Thai are now encrypted. TV D and CAT Channel "have left.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 4069 V "55 Channel" has started on , Fta.
Thaicom 5 78.5E Bluesky Channel on 4160 V is now encrypted.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3831 H "Pashto 1" has left .
Apstar 7 76.5E 4003 H "Mohona TV" is back on , Fta.

ABS 2 75.0E 11045 H "Russkiy Roman" has started on , Fta.
ABS 2 75.0E 11605 V "Anekdot TV" has started on , Fta.

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东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,Smart SME Channel(泰国)频道消失,设置12313 H 30000参数无效接收。 [4月4日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Nick Toons、Paramounl Channel(高清)等频道新增,设置3780 H 30000参数免费接收。 [4月4日]
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东经108度轨道位置的电信1号卫星C频段,DTV 2(测试)频道消失,设置3483 V 3000参数无效接收。 [4月3日]|
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Utility 1 HD(TVB)高清频道解密,设置3851 V 10800参数免费接收。 [4月3日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Jivi替换Zhivi!(俄罗斯)频道,设置11605 V 43200参数有条件接收。 [4月3日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,Real Metro 替换Hotels(MPEG-4)频道,设置11838 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [4月3日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,TPTV、Mcot Kids(泰国)等9个频道消失,设置11838 V 45000参数无效接收。 [4月3日]
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东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,国家地理野生、CNN(斐济)等全组频道加密,设置3920 V 28800参数有条件接收。 [4月3日]

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Football: Has NZ lost the rights to the EPL?

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11615939

As one of the most enthralling English Premier League seasons in recent memory comes to a climax, it is possible there will be no official broadcast of the competition into New Zealand next season.

Internet sports streamer Coliseum's tenure with the Premier League is about to end and there is uncertainty over who will carry the rights here for the 2016-17 campaign.

Doha-based Bein Sports (a subsidiary of Al Jazeera) won the rights late last year, outbidding both Sky Television and Coliseum, who have provided an online Premier League service for the past three years.

However, it's understood Bein Sports' main focus was setting up an Asia-Pacific Premier League hub, with New Zealand just a small link in the coverage to the region. But Bein failed to secure some big markets, including Australia (Optus).

Since then, it's believed Bein has been trying to on-sell the New Zealand rights to the Premier League.

A Sky Television spokeswoman said that, while negotiations were ongoing, it seemed unlikely the rights would be picked up by the pay television operation.

"We haven't got the rights," she said. "Talks are continuing. Is it likely? No, but neither is the door closed 100 per cent."

A Coliseum statement said: "Our Premier League service will cease entirely from the end of May. We are not sure who has the broadcasting rights for the 2016-17 season. All we can say is that it is not us."

TVNZ, who have carried the free-to-air rights over the past three years, are not in negotiations with Bein Sports.

UK Private Investor Takes US$20 Million Stake in Kacific

From https://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/uk-private-investor-takes-us-090000107.html


Additional US$2.3 million will be raised from Australian tech investors

Kacific Broadband Satellites has agreed terms on funding of US$20 million from a United Kingdom-based family office with a particular focus on infrastructure investments. Arranged by Kacific’s advisor, Caniwi Capital, the placement is part of Kacific’s Series A round of capital raising, and is a major step for the company towards the financial close of its project, which will bring high speed broadband satellite services to remote and isolated areas of the Pacific and South East Asia.

The family office, which does not wish to be identified, made the decision to invest after following Kacific’s accelerating progress in signing agreements for satellite broadband provision.

Terms for a further US$2.3 million have been agreed with two Australian private investors with experience in financial markets and in developing and commercialising new IT and telecommunications technologies.

Kacific now has agreements representing over US$260 million of pre-sales contracts for its high-throughput satellite (HTS) broadband internet service with governments, ISPs and telecom operators of eleven Asia-Pacific countries, including Indonesia. It aims to provide service to markets in South East Asia, New Zealand and the Pacific with its first satellite.

Kacific founder and CEO, Christian Patouraux, said: “We are delighted with this vote of confidence from seasoned professional investors and IT and telecommunications veterans who have reviewed our business model and noted our recent accomplishments. These investments will, we believe, encourage further take-up of our service in our target markets.”

About Kacific

Kacific Broadband Satellites Pte Ltd is a satellite operator developing a broadband offering for the underserved Pacific market. It plans to address the gap in supply with a satellite specifically designed for this market and using the latest multi-beam and high throughput space communications technology transmitting over the Ka Band.

View source version on businesswire.com: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160404005432/en/
Kacific Broadband Satellite
Christian Patouraux, +65 9 800 0310
Botica Butler Raudon Partners
Allan Botica, +64 21 400 500

Thaicom wins contract for capacity expansion

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/04/thaicom-wins-contract-for-capacity-expansion/

Thaicom has announced that Forever Group, a Myanmar-based media company and DTH operator, has signed a long-term contract for five additional transponders from the existing three on the Thaicom satellite platform.

The contract is a major milestone in significantly increasing the utilisation rate on Thaicom satellites. The additional satellite capacity will support Forever Group’s development of digital content delivery services and High Definition TV in Myanmar.

Forever Group’s CEO, U Win Maw, said, “Our relationship with Thaicom has been very successful, and we are pleased to further strengthen our partnership through this deal. The capacity expansion is set to boost Forever Group’s ability to advance our digital content delivery platform. THAICOM’s satellite platform serves as an important pillar in the expansion of our digital content delivery network which distributes entertainment, culture, and news to viewers in Myanmar. We look forward to a continued, successful partnership with Thaicom.”

Political TV channels tough it out, despite revenue drop

From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/Political-TV-channels-tough-it-out-despite-revenue-30283145.html

THAILAND’S once-booming politically orientated satellite TV stations are struggling to survive economic hardship after seeing declines in advertising revenue.

The rival stations Peace TV and Fah Won Mai have adopted different strategies to make up for lost earnings.

Peace TV, the "red shirt" satellite television station, holds fundraising events regularly in which organisers call for donations from supporters in a bid to ease the channel's financial problems. The fundraisers are held every weekend at the Lat Phrao branch of Imperial World shopping mall, which houses Peace TV's head office.

Jatuporn Promphan, a key red-shirt leader and executive of Peace TV, said last Sunday during a fundraising event that revenues had declined recently as many businesses were withdrawing their advertisements. He said ads were being pulled even though the station was politically orientated with top ratings. Jatuporn, who is also chairman of the red-shirt United Front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), claimed the station did not receive financial aid from any political party, including Pheu Thai.

Despite the financial problems, the station's main host has pledged not to lay off employees.

Peace TV has about 100 staff members, according to the station's human resources director Thana Chindakan. He said it had no plans to cut staff although other TV stations had laid off employees to cut costs.

In addition to fundraising, the red-shirt station also sells products such as toiletries, T-shirts and trousers via its programmes.

Meanwhile, Fah Won Mai, a pro-Democrat Party satellite TV station, has employed a direct-marketing strategy to sell a wide range of products and tour packages to finance its operations.

It has not asked for donations from supporters yet.

Fah Won Mai director Takerng Somsup said the station had branched out its business in addition to relying on advertising revenue in order to survive its financial problems.

The station ran out of financial reserves after the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) imposed a three-month ban on satellite stations following the coup in May 2014, he said.

"During those three months we did not get income but we still had operational costs to pay," Takerng said.

Since a number of digital TV stations have been founded that sell advertising for the same price as or cheaper than satellite TV, advertisers have shifted to the different medium, the station director said.

Peace TV and Fah Won Mai changed their names and depoliticised their content after the NCPO ban in 2014, which alleged they had caused public misunderstanding and political divisions.

Peace TV changed its name from UDD TV while Fah Won Mai was formerly known as Blue Sky Channel.

Turner launches Boomerang on Pops Kids in Vietnam

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/kids/turner-launches-boomerang-on-pops-kids-in-vietnam-160331

MUMBAI: Turner has entered into a partnership with Pops Worldwide to launch its Boomerang brand on the popular POPS Kids non-linear platform in Vietnam.

Turner in Southeast Asia MD Phil Nelson said, “This partnership is another landmark in the ongoing expansion of the Boomerang brand within this region. The service will offer world-class content, on-demand, to millions of consumers in Vietnam on the POPS Kids, platform that is familiar and easy to use.”

“We are excited to partner with Turner to bring Boomerang – with its portfolio of well-loved characters – to POPS Kids, Vietnam's premier kids’ education and entertainment destination with almost 400 million views,” commented Pops Worldwide, founder and CEO Esther Nguyen.

"This is another step in our goal to build the leading premium digital entertainment network in Southeast Asia. We will be working on all aspects of Boomerang's digital video content: from programming, localization, marketing, distribution to monetization. With this partnership, everyone in Vietnam can have greater access to family-friendly content on POPS Kids.”

Boomerang, which Turner rebranded globally in late 2014, is an all-animation, kids-targeted network, with a line-up of world-famous cartoon characters from shows such as: The Powerpuff Girls, Ben 10, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends and Dexter’s Laboratory. It is known for its line-up that is ideally suited to a safe, family co-viewing experience. On POPS Kids, the programming will be exclusively in Vietnamese and will be available from April 1, 2016, with a special preview scheduled for March 31.

The agreement follows substantial recent distribution growth for Boomerang in Asia, notably in Thailand where the local offering is available in 15 million homes and has been the number one kids’ TV channel by a considerable margin since its launch in 2013.

Russian startup seeks to solve space junk problem with 'Artificial Star'

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Russian_startup_seeks_to_solve_space_junk_problem_with_Artificial_Star_999.html

Space junk, old, decommissioned objects in the Earth's upper atmosphere, is a major problem which could potentially trap humans on Earth forever. Now, a startup founded by students at Russia's Moscow State University of Mechanical Engineering has come up with a possible solution.

"Decommissioned satellites could take decades to descend from an altitude of 600-800 kilometers. But the situation changes drastically when the satellite has a drogue chute, an object with a large area and a very small mass.

"With this device on board, the satellite begins to act not like a dropped pellet, but like dropped piece of fluff - it brakes very quickly in the atmosphere, descends and burns up in thicker layers," project leader Alexander Shaenko told Sputnik by email.

The Mayak satellite, launched to an altitude of 550 kilometers, would take around a month do descend. The project also seeks to show that space can be affordable, and will be Russia's first crowdfunded satellite.

Along with solving the space debris problem, the new satellite would also be the brightest low earth orbit object in space.

The satellite's reflection on Earth would be visible on an area around 20 kilometers wide, so the satellite would be spun first, allowing people around the world to see a flashing beacon (the name, "Mayak," in Russian means beacon), in the night sky

Glonass navigation system's ground infrastructure completed

From http://www.gpsdaily.com/reports/Glonass_navigation_systems_ground_infrastructure_completed_999.html

Glonass is a satellite navigation system, which offers an alternative to the US Global Positioning System (GPS).

The testing of the ground control system of the Glonass satellite navigation system has been completed, Nikolay Testoyedov, the Head of the Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems Company told Izvestia newspaper.

The testing of the Glonass system started in 2011. In December 2015, the Russian Defense Ministry was put in charge of the systems' final tests.

"The tests ended successfully, otherwise the system would not have been accepted. I want to give credit to our customers - they are demanding people and if something was not in line with their technical objectives they pointed it out and we worked it through, modernizing some things," Testoyedov told Izvestia.

Glonass is a satellite navigation system, which offers an alternative to the US Global Positioning System (GPS). The Glonass network provides real-time positioning and speed data for surface, sea and airborne objects around the globe.

The system currently consists of 28 satellites, of which 23 are operational, and a number of ground relay stations.

On Wednesday, head of Roscosmos Igor Komarov,announced that the Russian space agency would transfer control over the ground infrastructure of the Glonass global positioning system to the country's defense ministry later this year.

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Russia may launch two or three Glonass navigation satellites this year, a senior space industry official said.

The official noted that the launches of the satellites would depend on the state of the Glonass system.

"We are planning to launch one Glonass-M satellite in the next three months to the second orbital plane. We are also planning another Glonass-M launch for this year to the second orbital plane. Another launch to the second or third plane is possible in the end of the year," Nikolai Testoyedov, the head of the Information Satellite Systems (ISS) company, which manufactures satellites for the Glonass project, told the Izvestiya newspaper in an interview published Tuesday.

Glonass, a global navigation system operated by the Russian Aerospace Defense Forces, currently consists of 24 satellites, 23 of which are operational, according to the newspaper. The system allows real-time positioning and speed data for surface, sea and airborne objects around the world. The need to launch new satellites emerged this year when two of them broke down around the same time

Brazil’s Globo: “From now on all 4K”

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/04/brazils-globo-from-now-on-all-4k/

Raymundo Barros, CTO at Globo TV, speaking at MIPTV’s Ultra HD event in Cannes, says that: “From now on, everything goes 4K”. Delegates heard that despite the technology challenges, Globo was now fully ready for 4K production. Its 10 studios were now equipped for high-end production. It had 45 4K cameras in position and in total, Globo Studios could handle 36 simultaneous productions. He explained that its workflow and post production and edit suites were now handling Ultra HD output and utilising the improved High Dynamic Range benefits.

He added that this included a THX-certified film mixing suite with 4K projection, as well as six colour-HDR grading suites. Barros said that Brazilians would this year, despite the economic challenges, buy about 1.5 million 4K displays. Market forecasts say that by 2018, more than 30 per cent of all TV sets sold will be 4K. “4K will become massive by 2023.”

Globo’s ‘>Play’ download service had already supplied more than 250,000 streams in 4K, with some 5 million 4K video views. He said that the streaming service was already successfully up and running and a DTH and cable delivered 4K service was under detailed discussion, with over-the-air broadcast awaiting standardisation.

Times Network to launch 3 new channels; announces apps for 3 existing channels

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/news-broadcasting/times-network-to-launch-3-new-channels-announces-apps-for-3-existing-channels-160331

MUMBAI: The Times Network is all set to launch two news channels and one non-news channel. The network will unveil the three channels in the financial year 2016-17. Expanding its footprint in the digital space, the network will also launch apps for three of its channels namely Zoom, ET Now and Times Now. The apps will roll out in four month's time starting with the launch of Zoom app.

"We are working extensively on the three app licenses for now. After that we will be able to give a better idea about the channels and when we will them for our viewers," says Times Network MD and CEO MK Anand.

When asked if the network is experimenting with a new genre, Anand refused to comment.The network is also in talks to launch a digital platform once digitisation settles down in India.


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John Drinnan: Shedding light on Lightbox

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11614721

Announcement is likely to reveal next move in campaign for video market.

Spark-owned Lightbox is developing its pay TV offering and an announcement on its next move is expected soon.

That might give some clues as to how the listed telco will compete against the solidly established Sky TV and the new global juggernaut, Netflix.

In a marketing sense, expanding Spark's pay TV offering makes sense. Spark is keen to maintain its brand in the entertainment arena, and Lightbox has a lot of marketing power, though it is hard to assess how well it is doing financially as it heads into a new initiative.

Like other subscription video-on-demand services, it does not spell out subscriber numbers, market share or financial performance.

"It makes sense to use our resources, but Lightbox is still an independent operation," said Spark spokesman Richard Llewellyn.

Lightbox boss Kym Niblock said the company was "not ready" to reveal the upcoming change.

Meanwhile, tweaks to the pay TV operation have brought it closer to the Mother Ship. This year, Spark promoted Niblock, the Lightbox chief executive, to cover a wider brief overseeing media at Spark.

And Lightbox marketing is now being handled by Spark, which has more leverage in deals with media.

Initially, Spark budgeted to spend $20 million on Lightbox. That increased to $35 million for the year to June 30, 2016, including the cost of the 50:50 joint venture with Coliseum Sports Media, called Lightbox Sport. Spark chief executive Simon Moutter has said it plans to spend a similar amount in the 2016-17 financial year.

In my opinion, when it started in August 2014, Lightbox lacked crowd-pulling content, and the absence of movies limits its potential for growth.

But since it launched, the content has improved substantially. Lightbox has said it has focused on first-time exclusives including US cult fare such as Better Call Saul and Mr Robot.

And with the Lightbox Sport joint venture, Lightbox has the tools to take on Sky TV, whose success is built largely on its dominance of sport.

Sporting chance?

But taking on Sky in sport will be a long haul, even with Spark's financial support. With the growth of global sports media, there will be extra demand for overseas content.

Right now, Sky and Lightbox are both negotiating to show English Premier League football on New Zealand television.

Sky TV chief executive John Fellet recently warned that increased programming prices were harming profits. But Niblock does not see programming inflation as an issue. She said programme prices were now "about right" for a country of this size.

Sky and free-to-air channels such as TVNZ and TV3 had enjoyed low prices in the past, Niblock said.

The cost so far is a drop in the bucket for a company of Spark's size. And discounted Lightbox is a useful incentive to boost its share of broadband customers. However, Spark management will be looking to the time when Lightbox is more than a loss leader and makes a profit.

Spark will need to ramp up its offering if it hopes to maintain its pursuit of top end programming against established players such as Sky and Netflix.

Maybe the strategy will become more apparent with the upcoming announcement.

Mobile company invests in pay-per-view TV

From http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=347775

DIGICEL Fiji will invest several millions of dollar to improve Sky Pacific.

This, according to the company's CEO Darren McLean, would mean additional new channels to substitute the two local channels that are to be removed from Sky Pacific today.

"We will be introducing several important changes over the next two to three months which we will announce in due course," Mr McLean said in an interview.

As per the conditions attached to the Digicel Pay Television Licence, Fiji One and Pacific Channel will be removed from the Sky Pacific line-up channels.

As such, Fiji Television Ltd yesterday says Sky Pacific subscribers will not be able to view the two channels from today.

However, subscribers interested in watching Fiji One will need either an ultra high frequencies (UHF) antenna or very high frequencies (VHF) antenna depending on their location.

According to Fiji TV, those living along the corridors of Suva, Nausori, Pacific Harbour, greater Sigatoka, Nadi, Sabeto, Labasa and Rakiraki will need to purchase VHF antennas while those living along the corridors of the Coral Coast, Sigatoka Town, Tavua, Vatukoula and Ba will need to purchase UHF antennas.

Digicel Fiji will take over Sky Pacific operations from today and has announced major changes and improvement on this new branch of operation.

"From April 1, in order to see local content customers must first be in an area that is covered by Fiji TV or FBC," Mr McLean said.

He says if Sky Pacific customers are in a coverage area then they will need to purchase and install an aerial to view local content.

"This will require that we place a greater focus on the key assets of Sky such as the exclusive sports content that we have."

Regrettably, he said Sky Pacific customers in rural areas that were not under coverage from Fiji TV or FBC would not have access to local television news and entertainment.

All Super Rugby and HSBC Sevens matches will be live on the Super Channel.

With the waived reconnection fees for its customers this month, Mr McLean says they see this as an important thing to do for many customers who want to come back to Sky so it is an investment for the company.

MEASAT builds Asian UHD neighbourhood

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/01/measat-builds-asian-uhd-neighbourhood/

Satellite services provider MEASAT Satellite Systems has agreed a deal with broadcaster Television Entertainment Reality Network International (TERN International) for the distribution of the INSIGHT UHD channel via the MEASAT-3a satellite. INSIGHT UHD is the second UHD channel distributed via the 91.5°E video neighbourhood.

Marketed in Asia by Thema, Insight UHD is Asia’s first UHD factual entertainment channel. The channel, featuring original UHD material co-created with industry-leading production houses, brings a range of content from entertainment to extreme sports, and from game shows to beautiful, vivid cinematography. Under the agreement, MEASAT will use MEASAT-3a’s global beam to deliver the channel to pay-TV operators across Asia Pacific and Australia. The MEASAT-3a global beam also covers the Middle East and Eastern Africa.

“TERN International is excited to distribute its first UHD channel with MEASAT who are committed to growing UHD TV in Asia Pacific. MEASAT’s comprehensive solution includes excellent coverage and high availability from 91.5°E, Asia’s leading video neighbourhood,” said Mariam Zamaray, Chief Executive Officer, TERN International. “We are very pleased with the progress our partner THEMA made, regarding the sales rights of INSIGHT TV. They have brought us excellent platforms and we are very happy with the work they have done,” Zamaray added.

“We are proud to be the agent of INSIGHT UHD in Asia Pacific,” said Francois Thiellet, Chief Executive Officer, THEMA. “Working with MEASAT and TERN International, we are looking forward to the channel expanding its reach into another major world market with a large library of entertainment series in native UHD.”

“MEASAT is committed to bring the best of new content to the Asian region,” said Paul Brown-Kenyon, Chief Executive Officer, MEASAT. “As such, we are delighted to welcome Insight UHD to Asia’s UHD video neighbourhood on MEASAT-3 / 3a at 91.5°

Channel 4 Watch Live on Android

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/04/01/channel-4-watch-live-on-android/

UK pubcaster Channel 4 has launched All 4’s ‘Watch Live’ feature on Android devices giving users the opportunity to watch live broadcasts from all Channel 4’s channels on their own personal device, wherever they are.

This latest feature for Android users arrives just ahead of Channel 4’s first-ever live Formula 1 race, the 2016 Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix taking place this weekend; one of the much anticipated race meetings of the British horseracing calendar, The 2016 Grand National on 9th April; and the 2016 Paralympics in Rio this September.

A completely overhauled All 4 app launched on Android at the end of last year, following a preview trial with the broadcaster’s Core4 viewer panel which invited Android users to help shape the app ahead of its wider release.

Channel 4 has developed the All 4 app in partnership with Novoda, an international development house specialising in mobile software craftsmanship.

Sarah Milton, All 4 Head of Product said: “Following the release of our new and improved app at the end of last year, we’re pleased to be able to offer the Android community this exciting additional feature ensuring that they never miss those important live Channel 4 moments just as they happen.”

The Watch Live feature is enabled on compatible devices running Android OS Version 4.3 and above.

All 4 first launched on PC and iOS at the end of March last year

Geo may be taken off air at any time

From http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/national/01-Apr-2016/geo-may-be-taken-off-air-at-any-time

ISLAMABAD – Geo private TV channel went off air at any time all over Pakistan after moving to Paksat’s newly commissioned satellite service.

According to the channel's website, the channel with the help of the Paksat Technical Network Center shifted all its channels to Paksat on March 31 and despite informing the cable operators, the channel was informed by Pakistani officials that it can be taken off-air. Paksat and GEO TV have finalised the contract for satellite service after lengthy negotiations and Paksat issued the frequencies for a satellite transponder to Geo TV Network on March 25.

The media group claims that its satellite contract with its existing satellite provider ended this month, and they moved to Paksat. The channel's employees, especially the news and talkshow hosts tweeted about the channel's closure.

Geo News shut down after it was shifted from a foreign satellite to a Pakistani satellite operated by State actors

Times Network to launch 3 new channels; announces apps for 3 existing channels

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/news-broadcasting/times-network-to-launch-3-new-channels-announces-apps-for-3-existing-channels-160331

MUMBAI: The Times Network is all set to launch two news channels and one non-news channel. The network will unveil the three channels in the financial year 2016-17. Expanding its footprint in the digital space, the network will also launch apps for three of its channels namely Zoom, ET Now and Times Now. The apps will roll out in four month's time starting with the launch of Zoom app.

"We are working extensively on the three app licenses for now. After that we will be able to give a better idea about the channels and when we will them for our viewers," says Times Network MD and CEO MK Anand.

When asked if the network is experimenting with a new genre, Anand refused to comment.The network is also in talks to launch a digital platform once digitisation settles down in India.


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Three new Foxtel channels from beIN

From http://tbivision.com/news/2016/03/three-new-foxtel-channels-bein/568272/

The Sports division of Qatar’s beIN Media is rolling out three HD sports nets on Australian pay TV platform Foxtel. The beIN SPORTS 1, 2 and 3 nets will launch on Foxtel in mid-May.

Richard FreudensteinThe new services will replace the SD beIn Sports channel, which was a premium option. The new trio of channels will be in the operator’s Sports pack for no extra charge.

The channels have key sports rights and will cover the 2016 UEFA Champions League Final and all of the games from the UEFA EURO 2016 tournament.

Other football on the channels will include every game from the top Spanish and German leagues.

Richard Freudenstein, the outgoing Foxtel chief executive (pictured), said: “The addition of these new dedicated sports channels from our partners at beIN SPORTS is a huge win for sports fans who subscribe to Foxtel, greatly increasing the value of a subscription.”

Yousef Al-Obaidly, deputy CEO of beIN Media, added: “The new Australian beIN SPORTS channels are a key component of our Asia Pacific presence and we are pleased to extend our relationship with Foxtel.”

In North America, beIN has snagged US rights to the North American Soccer League (NASL) for the 2016/17 seasons. The NASL is the league below the MLS in the US system.

Games will be on the beIN Sports channel and its beIN Sports Connect streaming service.

Foxtel Scores Massive Goal, Brings Major Euro Soccer Leagues To Fans

From https://www.pedestrian.tv/news/sport/foxtel-scores-massive-goal-brings-major-euro-socce/37b8c1c4-90f6-4462-8e1f-d0e2e0363b92.htm

Never underestimate how truly big a blow sensationally losing the English Premier League rights is to Foxtel and Fox Sports.

A huge portion of the pay-TV provider's business model relies solely on its sports offering, and the exclusive EPL rights made up a massive chunk of that.

Optus' (and subsequently SBS as well) pulled off an almighty coup in spiriting the English league away, and the mammoth ramifications of that deal won't fully be felt until the new EPL season commences later in the year, and the new deal comes into effect.

So with Foxtel left effectively football-less, the company began a process of scrambling to fill the gaping void left by the EPL's departure. And they've not only done just that, they've lobbed a retaliation shot in what's more or less turning into a war for footballing audiences in Australia.

Foxtel today announced the addition of beIN Sports to their standard sports package. The three new sports channels were previously only available as an extra, standalone subscription. But from this point on they'll be featured in the service's standard sports package.

The kicker here, is that beIN covers just about every major European footballing league and competition that's not named the EPL.

The channels carry the Spanish La Liga, the Italian Serie A, the German Bundesliga, and even the Brazilian Serie A competitions.

What's more, despite SBS announcing that they secured free-to-air rights for the knockout stages of the upcoming UEFA Euro 2016 tournament, beIN covers every game of the hotly anticipated contest - from group stages right through to the hoisting of the trophy.

Better still, the networks cover the entirety of a slew of high profile tournaments including the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Europa League, and the UEFA Super Cup.

All three new channels will be broadcast in full, glorious HD, and will make the shift as of May 15th.

You still have to pay for the rest of Foxtel before you can access the sport part of it. But, y'know, this is still a pretty solid score and bound to excite fans, as well as frustrate more than a few who'll now have to choose between which leagues they want to watch (or fork out more if that answer is "all").

More rugby for Foxtel subscribers in partnership with beIN Sports

From http://www.foxsports.com.au/rugby/more-rugby-for-foxtel-subscribers-in-partnership-with-bein-sports/news-story/3f89fd7e14aae292fa227d76ddb9aea9

FOXTEL sports subscribers can look forward to more rugby on their TV screens after the announcement of a new partnership with media group beIN Sports.

Subscribers will have access to three beIN high definition channels (beIN SPORTS 1, 2 and 3) at no additional cost to the sport pack.

The channels will launch on Foxtel on May 15 and boosts the Foxtel Sports pack from nine to 12 channels.

beIN Sports is the home of European rugby with rights to the European Rugby Champions Cup, the Six Nations and selected games from the Wallabies and All Blacks spring tours.

Australia and New Zealand tour Europe in November and Foxtel will screen Tests against Wales, Scotland and Ireland live and in HD.

Australia in action against Ireland in Dublin in 2014.Australia in action against Ireland in Dublin in 2014. Source: Getty Images

The new channels will also be available to stream via Foxtel Go and Foxtel Play.

“The addition of these new dedicated sports channels from our partners at beIN Sports is a huge win for sports fans who subscribe to Foxtel, greatly increasing the value of a subscription,” said Richard Freudenstein, outgoing Foxtel chief executive.

“The channels will be compulsory viewing for fans of international football and rugby and complement the already great line-up of sports channels on Foxtel.

“There is no doubt Foxtel is the home of live sport in Australia.”

The new channels will replace the existing beIN Sports channel on Foxtel, which has been available as a premium SD buy-through channel since 2014.

Fiji One and Pacific Channel to be removed from Sky Pacific tomorrow

From http://fijivillage.com/news/Fiji-One-and-Pacific-Channel-to-be-removed-from-Sky-Pacific-tomorrow--9k5s2r/

Digicel Fiji Chief Executive Officer, Darren McLean.

Fiji One and Pacific Channel will be removed from the line-up of Sky Pacific channels from tomorrow.

Digicel Fiji Chief Executive Officer, Darren McLean says they have to comply with the Media Decree as a foreign company operating Pay Television in the country cannot have any local content on any of the channels.

McLean says this is part of the condition of the license and they will remove Fiji One and Pacific Channel when they take operational control of Sky Pacific from tomorrow.

He says they are getting many queries but Digicel has no other option.

McLean says the four HSBC World Rugby 7s tournaments will be on the Super Channel for the Sky Pacific viewers who do not have access to Fiji One.

He says they will have a new channel, TVWAN on Sky Pacific from tomorrow.

When asked on other channels planned for Sky Pacific, McLean says they will progressively roll out other plans.

Fiji TV says Sky Pacific customers who want to watch Fiji One, have to get the antennas.

In a public announcement, Fiji TV confirms that the final settlement figure for Sky Pacific's sale of assets and liabilities will be $4 million but subject to subscriber base, closing stock of setup boxes as well as outstanding receivables and payables.

The initial sale price was $5.75 million plus an additional amount depending on various content.

Fiji TV says Digicel received the Pay TV license subject to several conditions including no paid advertisements and no local content. Both parties then went back to negotiation on the final settlement figure.

Lost Japanese satellite Hitomi shows unexpected signs of life

From https://www.newscientist.com/article/2082518-lost-japanese-satellite-hitomi-shows-unexpected-signs-of-life/

Junked? Maybe not. Hitomi, a Japanese astronomy satellite, was thought to be lost after it failed to come online. Now the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency says the satellite has phoned home – but a full recovery will take months.

Hitomi launched on 17 February and was due to come online on 26 March, but failed to communicate with Earth. A tweet by the US Joint Space Operations Center reported five pieces of debris around the satellite shortly afterwards.

But all may not be lost. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) heard a brief signal burst from the craft on 28 March, and video taken from the ground suggested it was tumbling through space.

“That indicates the sat was at that point alive, just unable to point its antenna at Earth,” says Jonathan McDowell at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. He says it might be possible to talk to Hitomi and stop it tumbling.

In an update on 29 March, JAXA’s Masaki Fujimoto reported they could still hear beacon signals from Hitomi, and that the spacecraft is probably still intact. The debris was probably just a few pieces that flaked off, but nothing essential. The source of the problem was a loss of directional control, which risked depleting the sat’s batteries.

“Wonderful news!!” tweeted Emily Lakdawalla of the Planetary Society. “A communicating spacecraft is a spacecraft that maybe can be saved!”

While there is hope for recovery, JAXA says, it won’t be easy.

Hitomi’s mission is to observe the universe in X-rays, investigating matters such as the birth of black holes and the origins of cosmic rays. Before losing contact, the satellite was returning the highest resolution X-ray spectra ever, McDowell says.

“If you told me we were never going to hear from the sat again, I would be devastated but not surprised,” he says. “It’ll be a big loss if they don’t get it back.”

RSCC to test satellite internet over Ka-band from May

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/rscc-to-test-satellite-internet-over-ka-band-from-may--1135693

Russian state-owned satelite operator RSCC plans to start providing satellite broadband services over the Ka-band. The services will start testing in May. The newly-launched Express AM-6 satellite will be used for the services.

Surprise from China – 22nd Beidou satellite on orbit !

From http://www.satprnews.com/2016/03/30/surprise-from-china-22nd-beidou-satellite-on-orbit/

China launched on Tuesday, 29 March 2016, their next navigation Satellite to support development of Beidou navigation system.

CNSA is not slowing down and still gives impressive pace in competition on navigation system market. Yesterday on 29 March 2016 punctually at 20:11 GMT, CNSA launched on atop of Long March 3A rocket their next Beidou satellite from Xichang Satellite Launch Center. It is already second launch of Beidou satellite in 2016. It was already confirmed by NORAD with ID 41434; Chinese News agency Xinhua announced that mission of the satellite was successful and Spacecraft remains in good health. First launch of the Beidou satellite in 2016, BD-3 M3 was performed on February 1 also from Xichang Satellite Center.

As usual launch was not officially announced in Chinese media before; Launched satellite belongs to geostationary series of Beidou spacecrafts. Satellite is called also Compass-I and was designed and manufactured by China Academy of Space Technology (CAST). Base for creating satellite was proven DFH-3bus. Mass of satellite is around 2200 kg with full tanks. Beidou BD-2 I6 (code name for satellite launched yesterday) has following dimension: 2.25 m x 1.0 m x 2.2 m. Satellite is powered by onboard battery and two deployable solar arrays with wingspan at around 18 m. Satellite will be sixth navigation satellite under Beidou program remaining on orbit of 200 km x 35798 km and inclination at 55.035°. It will reach designated inclined geosynchronous using own chemical engine with thrust at 490 N. Satellite is equipped with lase retro reflector and phased array antenna to provide navigational signal for receiving devices remaining on high altitudes. Main objective for mission of BD-2 I6 is to replace one from previously launched IGSO satellites; As far as the predicted operational life of this series is about 8 years, we can compare which satellite launched in previous years is reaching to the end. First BD-2 was launched on 31 July 2010, second on 17 December 2010. Next three were launched on 2011: 9 April, 26 July and 1 December. China seems to have at least two satellites with 6years of mission which can potentially have problems in nearest future. It is worth to remind that satellites remaining on GSO orbit are much more exposed to cosmic rays and their operational life is significantly shorter than satellites remaining on lower orbits.

CNSA decided to utilize Long March 3A rocket during this mission. It is launch vehicle designed by China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT) in late eighties with first mission performed in 1994. Rocket is long for 52 m and is based on three stages. Rocket is not supported by boosters which are characteristic feature of Long March 3B and Long March 3C. All three stages are liquid fueled and have almost same diameter – 3.35 m. Only third stage is slightly thinner and its diameter is equal to 3 m. With mass of 240 t, rocket is able to lift up to 8.5 t to LEO, 2.6 t to GTO and 1.6 t to HCO. First stage propulsion is basing on four YF-21C engines with sum thrust at 2961.6 kN fueled with N2O4/UDMH. Second stage is fueled with same propellant but it is powered by central YF-24E (742 kN) and four stabilizing YF-23C (47.1 kN). Third stage is powered by single YF-75 engine fueled with LH2/LOX – provided thrust is at 167.17 kN. Mission of BD-2 I6 was 225th mission of Long March rocket.

Fullscreen SVoD launching April 26

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/03/31/fullscreen-svod-service-launching-april-26/

Global media company Fullscreen has revealed plans to launch an ad-free SVoD service, which it says is the world’s first video membership experience programmed for the social-first generation.

Debuting internationally on April 26th, the eponymous service fullscreen will be anchored by a robust programming slate featuring a diverse library comprised of feature films, scripted and unscripted acquisitions and originals, as well as exclusive content from today’s top creators and social influencers. Built for audiences expecting immersive and engaging entertainment, from gossipers and geeks to rebels and revolutionaries, fullscreen will feature fresh content daily, including playlists from their favourite creators, search by mood, social media content creation tools and more.

“This is for an audience that we know and love—a generation of young people that grew up with online video and social media. The phone is their primary screen and they look up to an entirely new breed of creators and stars,” said Fullscreen Founder and CEO George Strompolos. “We’ve created something special for them that feels more in tune with the way they want to experience great entertainment.”

Targeting Fullscreen’s highly-engaged 13 to 30-year-old audience, the subscription service will feature more than 800 hours of content and will be available anytime, anywhere at www.fullscreen.com and via iPhone, iPad, select Android Phones and Chromecast for $4.99 per month. The service will be available for global purchase at the same price point with over 90 per cent of the original content and a large selection from the content library. Additional device support will roll out to other Internet-enabled devices later this year. fullscreen will offer a 30-day free trial to encourage sampling, providing subscribers with access to a variety of programming options that both challenge traditional formats and celebrate the next wave of emerging talent, in front of and behind the camera.

Fullscreen also announced that AT&T has signed on as the premier launch sponsor for the new service. AT&T will collaborate with Fullscreen to market and promote the service with special offers for AT&T’s more than 100 million video, mobile and broadband customers. Also, Fullscreen and AT&T will co-produce premium content that will air both on fullscreen SVoD and on a Fullscreen programming block on AT&T’s AUDIENCE Network, available to DirecTV and U-verse TV subscribers.

Fullscreen is majority owned by Otter Media, a partnership between AT&T and The Chernin Group.

“fullscreen SVoD is an important part of our entertainment strategy for this demographic and a great fit with our mobile, video and broadband services,” said John Stankey, CEO of AT&T Entertainment Group. “We’re pleased to be working with a proven leader in creating content for millennials that’s relevant, social and designed for viewing on mobile and other connected devices.”

Peter Chernin, CEO of The Chernin Group, stated: “We believe that SVoD services and OTT offerings are the future of video entertainment, and we are incredibly excited about the fullscreen SVoD launch. fullscreen SVoD will be uniquely positioned in the marketplace, with a signature personality and strong product features designed specifically for a millennial audience. We are delighted to expand our working relationship with AT&T who has been a great forward-thinking partner, and we can’t wait to deliver this service to as many connected consumers as possible.”

Strompolos added: “AT&T is the ideal partner for content creators like us. They’re leaders in entertainment, mobile and Internet service, and share our vision for new content models that give people the entertainment they want on their screen of choice.”

Sony ‘ULTRA’ 4K launching April 4

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/03/30/sony-ultra-4k-launching-april-4/

OTT platforms are ramping up the battle with pay-TV providers to offer 4K UHD content with the confirmation from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment that the studio’s new 4K Ultra HD movie streaming service, ULTRA, will debut April 4, 2016 on Sony 4K Ultra HD TVs with Android TV in the United States.

“Consumers are rapidly upgrading their living rooms to 4K, and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s new ULTRA streaming service will provide a premium viewing experience to satisfy growing demand for 4K movies and television shows,” said Jake Winett, VP, Consumer Services & Advanced Platforms at Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

“ULTRA takes advantage of the latest industry innovations – 4K resolution, high dynamic range, a wider colour spectrum, digital movie extras, and UltraViolet interoperability – so viewers get the most out of their televisions and their movie collections,” Winett added.

Sony Electronics’ president, Mike Fasulo, who initially announced plans for Sony’s televisions to include the ULTRA app at CES in January 2016, added: “Sony Pictures’ new ULTRA 4K streaming service is a ground-breaking visual experience with a wealth of high-quality content to showcase the exceptional quality of Sony’s latest televisions.”

Powered by the Sony Pictures Store, ULTRA will offer a variety of movies for purchase and playback in 4K Ultra HD, with many including High Dynamic Range (HDR) and Digital Extras at no additional charge, taking full advantage of the latest television display technologies and interactive capabilities.

Sony says that 4K Ultra HD provides four times the resolution of HDTV, and HDR provides a wider range of colour and contrast, producing more realistic details and depth to maximize the viewing experience.

Films available on ULTRA will include new releases such as Concussion, The Night Before and The Walk, and library titles such as Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon and Ghostbusters, priced at $30 in 4K with HDR.

Customers who purchase eligible Sony 4K Ultra HD televisions with ULTRA this summer will receive four complimentary movies when they sign up for the service.

The ULTRA 4K service is compatible with UltraViolet, so users will be able to link their ULTRA profiles to their existing UltraViolet libraries, and stream their Sony Pictures content previously purchased or redeemed through other UltraViolet-compatible retailers, such as SonyPicturesStore.com, Vudu and others.

Additionally, Sony Pictures Store customers that already own HD versions of select titles can upgrade them to 4K on ULTRA for a special discounted price.

Argentina's Arsat III Satellite Program Cancelled

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=113763

[Satnews] According to a report in the Buenos Aires Herald, the government has faced a backlash after Rodrigo de Loredo, the president of the state owned Arsat telecommunications company, announced the immediate suspension of the Arsat III satellite program.

“Arsat needs to be self-funded,” de Loredo said, “because it has some good things but its finances are mismanaged. In this way, we are looking for the incorporation of collaborative groups.”

De Loredo added that the funding of the wider reach of the geo-stationary satellite Arsat II, currently in orbit and capable of providing satellite coverage to Argentina’s neighbors and thereby generating revenue, would also require funding from outside of the state project.

“We found that Arsat II had launched without having sold anything. We are now presenting the permits to sell the coverage of the satellite,” he said.

The Arsat president—the son-in-law of Communications Minister Oscar Aguad—faced criticism following the apparent cancellation of the project. De Loredo’s predecessor Matías Bianchi, who oversaw the recent successful and popular launches of the Arsat I and II satellite programs during the tenure of ex-President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, said he was “surprised” by the announcement and questioned de Loredo’s assessment.

“Arsat II had already signed contracts for about 30 percent of its capacity (and) numerous contacts with potential customers had already been made to reach 80 percent of its capacity,” Bianchi told Radio del Plata.

He rejected the claims of “mismanagement,” stating that the previous administration had left the ARSAT programme on budget and on course for self-funding, and warning about the introduction of private investment to the project.

“We left a business plan and a balance certified by the external auditor in October, operating profits. ARSAT was on its way to economic independence ... It is possible that the vision of a company that cannot compete with private firms won’t compete at all. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy. If it cannot compete with the private sector, ARSAT will not be able to self-finance,” he said.

TEN SPORTS Network says 'Never Stop'

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/sports/ten-sports-network-says-never-stop-160329

MUMBAI: Ten Sports Network today (29 March 2016) announced a new identity for its bouquet of sports channels with ‘Never Stop’ as the network positioning. Taking forward the bold, young, dynamic, dauntless outlook for the Network.

As earlier flashed by Indiantelevision.com, the network will also be re-branding its existing bouquet of channels as TEN 1, TEN 2, TEN 3 and TEN 1HD respectively. The new logos and positioning will be officially unveiled on air on Friday, 1st April 2016.

Ten Sports Network Global CEO Mr. Rajesh Sethi, said, “As a sports network, we have been continuously providing high quality sports programming from across the world, for our viewers. Over the years, we have been enhancing our sports offerings, starting with the launch of TEN SPORTS in 2002, followed by the launch of a 24X7 cricket channel, TEN CRICKET in August 2010, the only dedicated golf channel in this part of the world, TEN GOLF, in March 2012 and then a premium HD channel, TEN HD, in April 2012. In August 2015, TEN SPORTS embarked on a new journey with the launch of a consolidated network rebranding - the TEN SPORTS Network, as well as the launch of TEN GOLF HD to offer the best of golf in HD. Our rebranding effort signals the start of a new era, a contemporary and energized approach to how the network views its sport sphere, with maximum excitement and engagement for its viewers.”

Elaborating further on the new channel identity, Sethi added, “As we bring across a variety of sports and sportainment for our viewers from across the world, at times it becomes a hurdle to allocate content to a particular sports-specific channel. In order to break free from sports-specific channels, we are taking the numeric route. We strive to bring international-quality sports to our viewers and we want them to watch sports as it is consumed internationally with numeric-based channels. It is our endeavour to ‘Never Stop’ delivering sporting action to our fans.”

“TEN SPORTS Network’s logo as well as the individual channel logos, have been designed keeping in mind the elements of action and dynamism, as well as immediacy and the spirit to achieve. These powerful thoughts behind the logos point to the Italic nature of the fonts used. The flame has been an intrinsic part of TEN SPORTS’ identity since inception and it has consciously been retained to maintain a connection with viewers, even while it is now surrounded by the new and dynamic network and individual channel fonts,” the network explained through a media statement.

Post rebranding, the network will be spreading content equally amongst all the channels so that viewers are exposed to the maximum of sports programming. TEN 1 will focus on WWE Weekly Shows & Specials, TEN 2 on UEFA Champions League, Europa League, Super Cup & other football content, as well as US Open, Moto GP and Tour de France, while TEN 3’s primary focus will be Cricket from South Africa, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, West Indies and Zimbabwe. Among the HD channels, TEN 1 HD will broadcast the best of content from across the TEN SPORTS Network’s SD Channels while TEN GOLF HD will primarily showcase premium golf content including the European tour, Asian Tour, Rider Cup and US PGA Championship.

As a part of its rebranding, Ten Sports Network will also roll out a brand new logo for TENSPORTS.COM which has now become synonymous with the TEN SPORTS Network. TENSPORTS.COM will showcase extensive live sports content with a special focus on Video-On-Demand. The live streaming will include top-class football content from UEFA Champions League and Europa League, including matches that are not broadcast on TV, as well as content from Ligue 1, I-League, Cricket from across the five boards, Tennis, Golf, Moto GP multi-angle feeds and much more.

The brand refresh will also be accompanied by an extensive new programming rollout which will be developed via insights from new media and fan involvement to the greatest extent. Ten Sports Network has already started producing content in Hindi and plans to expand into other regional languages as well, going ahead.


Sorry no update Wednesday


TVNZ Kidzone is leaving Sky at the end of April

"Changes are coming to Kidzone!

Hi Kidzone fans!

Kidzone will no longer be available on SKY or Igloo after 30 April - so we’re creating a special ad free Kidzone destination on TVNZ OnDemand that will triple our online line-up for NZ’s littlest viewers.

We’ll continue to offer quality content sourced from here and around the world, quality local content is Kidzone’s big point of difference.

You’ll find many of your favourites on TVNZ OnDemand from 1 May. "

Kidzone has had great fun on SKY and we’d like to thank you for your support. We hope to see you on TVNZ OnDemand

Feeds Saturday

D2 12572V 7200 "Badminton Sky1" HD ENC
D2 12581V 7500 "STS 1" HD ENC
D2 12591V 7200 "Badminton IMG 1" HD ENC
D2 12637V 6669 "Telstra Broadcast" Horses FTA
D2 12644V 7500 "Broadcast Services" HD Horses FTA
D2 12654V 7500 "Astra 3 Path 1" HD Horses FTA
D2 12663V 7500 "TBS" HD FTA Cage fighting
D2 12672V 6669 "Telstra 1" Hoprses FTA
D2 12681V 6669 "Telstra Broadcast services" Horses FTA

From my Email

From Alek (W,.A)

Apstar 9 @ 142e is 3555 H 25000 3912 v 14997 and 3931V 10000 nothing receivable though

From the Dish

Intelsat 19 166.0E 12726 H "Ant1 Pacific" is now encrypted.

Optus D1 160.0E 12483 H "TVNZ Duke has replaced TVNZ Pop-Up Channel" on , Fta.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3660 V Geo News, Geo Super, Geo Tez, Geo TV and Geo Kahani have left .

AsiaSat 7 105.5E AVT Khyber, Khyber News and Kay 2 have started on 4076 H, clear.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E Pashto 1 Middle East has left 4078 H.

G-Sat 15 93.5E 11550 V "Rishtey Cineplex" has started on , Fta
G-Sat 15 93.5E 11550 V "Housefull Movies has replaced Shri News" on , Fta.
G-Sat 15 93.5E 11170 V "Shri News has replaced Housefull Movies" on ,Fta.

Yamal 401 90.0E 11535 V "GTRK Yamal and TRK Nadym" have started on , Fta.

G-Sat 10 83.0E 11130 V "People TV, Samay, Kappa TV, Kalinga TV, Seithigal, Reporter, Captain TV, Prameya News 7 and Jinvani Channel" have started on, Videoguard.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 3800 H "Ploen TV" has left .

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3802 H "Romedy Now" has started on , Irdeto.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4013 V "X-Zone" has started encrypted.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4090 H "LoveWorld India" has left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4118 V "Prarthana Bhawan TV" has left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4118 V "Manoranjan Movies" has left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4130 V "Jaya Plus, Jaya Max, J Movie and Jaya TV"are encrypted again.

Amos 4 65.0E 11290 V "Star Sports HD 4" has started on , encrypted.

From asiatvro site

东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,资讯卫视(香港)频道重现,设置12500 V 7200参数免费接收。 [3月29日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Maasranga TV(MPEG-4)频道加密,设置3812 H 2200参数有条件接收。 [3月29日]
东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段,Ses 4K(HEVC)频道消失,设置11090 V 30000参数无效接收。 [3月29日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,France 24、B4U Music(ABS)等3个频道加密,设置11165 H 44000参数有条件接收。 [3月29日]
东经65度轨道Amos 4号星Ku频段,NTN News、Bhakti Darshan替换国家地理悠人(尼泊尔)等频道,设置11236 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [3月29日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,Zee Nung(MPEG-4)频道解密,设置3960 H 29700参数免费接收。 [3月29日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-4、CCTV-9(ABS)频道重现,设置11165 H 44000参数有条件接收。 [3月29日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Ruai(印尼)频道新增,设置11165 H 44000参数有条件接收。 [3月29日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Go To Luxe TV(SatLink)频道新增,设置3960 H 30000参数免费接收。 [3月29日]

东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,KbjShop(高清)频道新增,设置12730 H 29500参数有条件接收。 [3月28日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Sahara One(印度)等全组频道改频率,设置3653 V 14100参数免费接收。 [3月28日]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,Yogi(印度)频道解密,设置3876 H 14300参数免费接收。 [3月28日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Pashto TV(孟加拉)频道消失,设置3832 H 12860参数无效接收。 [3月28日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,News 24(高清)频道重现,设置4087 H 4610参数免费接收。 [3月28日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,Rishtey Cineplex替换Poohigaj(印度)频道,设置11550 H 27500参数免费接收。 [3月28日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,55 Channel HD替换MVTV HD(高清)频道,设置4070 V 2915参数免费接收。 [3月28日]

东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,HBO HD(环宇卫视)等全组高清频道加密,设置12711 H 30000参数有条件接收。[03-27]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,Fox Sports1、Fox(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置3840 V 29720参数无效接收。[03-27]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,STS Love(俄罗斯)频道加密,设置11853 V 45000参数有条件接收。[03-27]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Manoranjan Movies(印度)频道消失,设置4117 V 8800参数无效接收。[03-27]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Love World(印度)频道消失,设置4090 H 14368参数无效接收。[03-27]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星Ku频段,GTRK Yamal、TRK Nadym(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置11535 V 2645参数免费接收。[03-27]

东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Pashto TV(孟加拉)频道消失,设置3843 H 2860参数无效接收。 [3月26日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,Kapatid TV 5、Aksyon TV(菲律宾)频道加密,设置3724 V 3030参数有条件接收。 [3月26日]
东经45度轨道位置的国际12号卫星Ku频段,Channal 1(测试)等全组频道消失,设置11508 V 27689参数无效接收。 [3月26日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,Vande Gujanat 1(印度)等全组频道消失,设置11550 H 27500参数无效接收。 [3月26日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Shop(购物)频道新增,设置4177 H 2815参数免费接收。 [3月26日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Champion(巴基斯坦)频道消失,设置3913 V 7260参数无效接收。 [3月26日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,EMTV(巴布亚新几内亚)频道加密,设置3805 V 3960参数有条件接收。 [3月26日]
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Nautlcal Channel(高清)频道消失,设置11593 H 30000参数无效接收。 [3月26日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,Resectve HD(高清)频道新增,设置11538 H 20000参数有条件接收。 [3月26日]

东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,资讯卫视(香港)频道消失,设置12500 V 7200参数无效接收。 [3月25日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,Ploen TV(泰国)频道消失,设置3800 H 30000参数无效接收。 [3月25日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,EMTV(巴布亚新几内亚)频道解密,设置3805 V 3960参数免费接收。 [3月25日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Jaya Plus(MPEG-4)等全组频道加密,设置4130 V 10369参数有条件接收。 [3月25日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,中国国际教育替换广东卫视(艺华卫视)频道,设置12472 V 33500参数免费接收。 [3月25日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,Zee Nung (MPEG-4)频道加密,设置3960 H 29700参数有条件接收。 [3月25日]
东经45度轨道位置的国际12号卫星Ku频段,NHK World TV(Dialog TV)频道消失,设置11673 V 27689参数无效接收。 [3月25日]
东经45度轨道位置的国际12号卫星Ku频段,Zee Living、TV Didula(Dialog TV)等频道新增,设置11591 V 27689参数有条件接收。 [3月25日]
东经45度轨道位置的国际12号卫星Ku频段,AMC替换MGM(Dialog TV)频道,设置11632 V 27689参数有条件接收。 [3月25日]
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Foxtel's cord-shaving conundrum

From http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/foxtels-cordshaving-conundrum-20160322-gnp1ba.html

Foxtel's market penetration has long been lingering near 30 per cent.

The Asbjerg family, of the north shore Sydney suburb of Killara, were Foxtel platinum subscribers for years – until Netflix appeared on the horizon.

The entry of the US subscription video on-demand service into the Australian media landscape - in the wake of local services such as Stan and Presto - has seen Ben Asbjerg progressively slash his family's $135 per month Foxtel subscription down to $26.

Mr Asbjerg is one of a growing number of people "cord-shaving" – paring down pay-TV subscriptions without cancelling. The phenomenon is challenging traditional pay-TV businesses worldwide, including Foxtel.

Foxtel halved its basic-package price to $25 in late 2014, in a pre-emptive strike to Netflix's arrival in March 2015.

As he was downgrading, Foxtel offered to cut the price of Mr Asbjerg's movie and drama package to just $10.

This would have taken his total subscription fee to $35, but there was a catch: he needed to keep his second set-top box, which comes with an additional charge.

He decided against it and now pays just $26 a month (Foxtel raised the price of its basic package by $1).

There was also little need for him to keep the sports package, with Mr Asbjerg's son no longer living at home. "The only advantage Foxtel has got is its sports channels," said the father of three.

"I don't watch much television myself, but the girls only watch Netflix and the commercial [free-to-air] channels."

Mr Asbjerg said the advantage of set-top boxes that can record is disappearing in an era where content is increasingly available on demand whenever and wherever the customer wants it.

'Too much TV'

Timothy Larin, who lives in Cammeray on Sydney's north shore with his girlfriend, is one Foxtel subscriber who is considering dropping it entirely.

Mr Larin, who has the movies, sports and documentaries packages, is a big fan of UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship). While fights are available on Fox Sports, the league has its own direct-to-consumer offering for as low as $7.99 a month if customers sign up for 12 months and $9.99 for month to month.

Fox Sports has broadcast rights to all National Rugby League, Australian Football League and Super Rugby matches, making the service incredibly valuable to fans of local sport.

However, many US sports leagues have their own subscription video-on-demand services, such as the National Basketball Association, National Football League and Major League Baseball, offering all matches live and catch-up.

"I think we're going to cancel, or might just go down to the basic package. We haven't made the phone call yet, we've just started to talk about it," Mr Larin said.

He said there are many programs available on Foxtel but he wants to "just stick to the things we really want to watch".

"I'm quite interested in what they have to say and if they offer anything, even if they do, I don't think I would bother, I'd like to limit my TV watching, when you have Foxtel ... you watch a bit too much TV."

But Foxtel and its partners aren't standing still.

Telstra customer Mark Simpson, of inner Melbourne, recently got a call out of the blue and an offer to trial Foxtel platinum for free.

"[Telstra] called me up and said 'thanks for being a great customer' and they want to give me a set-top box to trial for three months for free," Mr Simpson said.

Telstra, a 50 per cent stakeholder in Foxtel, bundles the pay-TV service for its home phone and broadband subscribers. The telco offers new Foxtel from Telstra customers three months free on platinum with no set-up costs.

Mr Simpson has a Telstra T-Box, which is being phased out, but uses it only to record live TV rather than for subscription TV services.

With no lock-in contracts, Mr Simpson is going to try out Foxtel's Platinum package. While he doesn't expect to keep the Platinum service, he's keeping an open mind about a lower package as a fan of documentaries and music.

Japan loses touch with cutting-edge satellite, possibly broken up in orbit

From https://www.rt.com/news/337457-japan-loses-satellite-telescopes/

Japan’s space agency has reported that all contact was lost with the ‘Hitomi’ satellite, which is equipped with cutting-edge X-ray telescopes set to study the secrets of space.

The satellite is surrounded by five pieces of debris which could be its own parts, and has been veering off course since Saturday.

It’s not clear if those pieces of debris mean the satellite is beyond salvage or has only sustained minor damage, but one short signal has been received from Hitomi since the supposed incident.

Jonathan McDowell, an astronomer and space analyst at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts, hopes it can be saved, however pessimistic the situation is at the moment.

"Everyone's just gutted," McDowell said.

"To hear that they've run into this piece of bad luck, it's so very sad. I know enough about how the sausage was made to know that this could have easily have happened to us. Space is very unforgiving," he added, as quoted by AP.

The satellite’s usual position would be around 580km above Earth, and the Japanese researchers are trying to find its current position, the Japan Times reported.

On Sunday, JAXA, the Japanese space agency, said that the scheduled astronomical research wouldn’t be possible if the satellite is lost for good: ‘Hitomi’ may not be able to draw solar energy for a long time if damaged, and its battery could run down.

“We are taking this situation very seriously,” Saku Tsuneta, director of JAXA’s Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, said at a news conference.

The breakthrough satellite Hitomi has four X-ray telescopes and two gamma-ray detectors, and it could help astronomers study the space mysteries like black holes: which can’t really be spotted, as they emit no light.

The satellite has been in orbit since February 17, having been launched from Kagoshima Prefecture by an H-IIA rocket.

It’s not the first time, though, that Japan has grabbed at a second chance. In December, JAXA put the Akatsuki spacecraft back in orbit around Venus after a failed first attempt when a valve broke, sending the spacecraft on a five-year trip across the solar system.

Korea, Thailand partner on satellite, smart city projects

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/korea-thailand-partner-on-satellite-smart-city-projects--1135316

South Korea and Thailand have agreed to increase bilateral cooperation in science and technology and on a smart city project, Yonhap news agency reports. South Korea and Thailand have discussed ways to strengthen partnerships and signed two related memoranda of understanding.

South Korea’s Minister of Science, ICT and Future Planning, Choi Yang-hee, requested the Thai government's "interest and support" in and for South Korea's efforts to participate in its satellite project. Thailand plans to develop an earth observation satellite and ground system for more efficient land and disaster management.

The two sides will also cooperate on Thailand's ‘smart cities’ deployment and the development of digital content. Thailand aims to become a regional digital hub, and launch a major project this year to transform the tourism areas of Phuket and Chiang Mai into smart cities that focus on tech startups.

GSAT-11 Satellite To Augment Ku-band Capacities

From http://www.teleanalysis.com/services/gsat-11-satellite-to-augment-ku-band-capacities-21352.html

GSAT-11-Satellite-To-Augment-Ku-band-CapacitiesGSAT-11 satellite launch by the end of 2016 will help in augmenting Ku-band capacities for India.

The union cabinet chaired by the prime minister Narendra Modi has given its approval for the procurement of launch services and realization of ground segment for GSAT-11 spacecraft at a cost of Rs 1,117 crore.

Considering the 5,600 Kg lift-off mass, GSAT-11 satellite will be launched using procured launch vehicle outside the country. The ground segment is being realized to address the rural communication requirements. This will enable early deployment of GSAT-11 so as to augment Ku-band capacity which can be utilized for various services like VSATs, broadband etc.

The ground segment of GSAT-11 will enable the utilization of a small portion of the bandwidth for societal services apart from providing in orbit testing support. It will also provide a high throughput capacity of about 10 Gbps to render broadband connectivity especially in rural areas.

GSAT-11 is a communication satellite with 32 high-power spot beams for providing high bandwidth VSAT communication is currently under development at department of space (DoS)/ISRO facilities.

Dish TV India: Adding to the Zing

From http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/portfolio/firm-calls/dish-tv-india-adding-to-the-zing/article8402334.ece

Regional channel packages should help Dish lure more customers in smaller towns

The stock of DTH (direct to home) operator, Dish TV India has fallen 19 per cent so far this year. Flat average revenue per user (ARPU) and the relatively lower subscriber addition in the December 2015 quarter compared with the same period last year, seems to have weighed down the stock. Thanks to a subdued increase in expenses though, Dish TV posted profit at the net level in the latest quarter versus loss in the year-ago period.

Higher revenue along with a check on operating costs helped the company post profit at the net level in 2014-15, the first time since its debut in the capital-intensive DTH market in 2003. In 2015-16 too, it has posted profit in all three quarters, compared with loss in the year-ago periods.

At ₹83, the stock trades at an EV/EBIDTA (enterprise value to operating profit) multiple of 13 times its trailing 12-month earnings. This is lower than the five-year historical average of about 17 times.

Dish TV is well placed to expand its subscriber base as more areas get covered under the ongoing cable TV digitisation (phase III and Phase IV). It is in a sweet spot on the programming and content cost fronts too, given its strong bargaining position with broadcasters. It can hope for some tax relief too. Investors with a long-term perspective can buy the stock.
Expanding reach
Of India’s 168 million households with a TV, analog cable subscribers account for a little over half the market. The remaining comprisesDTH (28 per cent) and digital cable subscribers (20 per cent). According to the company, it enjoys 25-26 per cent share in the DTH market.

The initial phases of digitisation covered the four metros and 38 large cities. With the ongoing digitisation, the market for digital TV distribution — which comprises digital cable operators and DTH operators — will expand further. Given their technology advantage over digital cable operators, DTH players are expected to garner a larger share here.

Given its large market share, Dish TV is well positioned to grow its subscriber base; it has done so in the past too; the number rose from 10.7 million in 2012-13 to 14 million by end-December 2015. Zing, a regional channel offering, launched by Dish TV last year to cater to customers in smaller towns has been contributing about 20 per cent of the company’s additional subscribers every quarter.

While Dish TV has been adding subscribers, its ARPU has not grown much. It has been within the ₹162-173 range over the past several quarters. This is despite the company increasing its higher-ARPU high definition (HD) subscribers; the lower ARPU from the Zing subscribers is averaging out the increase.

The company, however, expects its overall ARPU to improve gradually overtime as subscribers gradually upgrade from the standard definition (SD) channel packages to the HD packages. Dish TV posted net profit of ₹210 crore for the nine months ended December 2015 compared with a loss of ₹32 crore in the same period last year.

A sharp rise in revenue (up 15 per cent year-on-year) even as operating expenses inched up moderately (up 3.7 per cent year-on-year), helped the company report 49 per cent increase in operating profit to ₹758 crore during the latest nine-month period. But, high fixed costs took away a chunk of the operating profit.

Dish TV’s programming and content costs (40 per cent of operating expenses) are expected to grow at single-digit rate, given the company’s strong bargaining position with broadcasters, thanks to its large market share. The lower content cost in the phase III and IV digitisation areas too should help.

As on September 2015 Dish TV had a debt of ₹772 crore on its books but this has been brought down by ₹300 crore since then. The interest coverage ratio too has improved — from 0.8 times in the year-ago period to 2.3 times for the nine months ended December 2015.
Regulatory relief expected
There has been some relief in licence fee too. With subscription revenue being reported net of commission charges and transfer of the non-core business to Dish Infra Services, a subsidiary, the annual licence fee is being applied on a lower base.

There could be further relief if TRAI’s recommendation of 8 per cent licence fee on gross adjusted revenue (adjusted for the entertainment tax paid) instead of the current 10 per cent on gross revenue, is accepted. A shift to GST from the multiplicity of taxes too should be beneficial.

ISRO set to launch 22 satellites on one rocket

From http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/isro-set-to-launch-22-satellites-on-one-rocket/article8406533.ece

Multiple satellite launch mission will flag ISRO’s capability

When the PSLV C34 rocket blasts off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Srikarikota in May this year, it will signal another giant leap for India’s space mission. The trusted launch vehicle will inject 22 satellites into orbit, a first in the history of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

Apart from the Indian remote sensing satellite, Cartosat 2C, which constitutes the primary payload, the rocket will carry on board four micro-satellites weighing 85 to 130 kg each and 17 nano-satellites weighing 4 to 30 kg.

As many as 18 satellites are being launched for foreign agencies including those from the U.S., Canada, Germany, and Indonesia. Two of the nano-satellites have been developed by the Pune Engineering College and Sathyabhama University.

“The PSLV rocket, in its XL version, will be used for the mission,” VSSC Director K. Sivan said here on Monday. “The injection of so many satellites into orbit increases the complexity of the mission many fold,” he told reporters.

The micro-satellites include the M3MSAT of Comdev, Canada, to be used for collection and study of automatic identification system signals from low earth orbit, the Indonesian satellite LAPAN A3 for earth surveillance and magnetic field monitoring, the German satellite BIROS to be used for remote sensing of high temperature events and SKYSAT Gen2-1 of Skybox, U.S., for earth imaging.

The nano-satellite payload includes three quadpacks of four earth imaging technology demonstrator satellites each of Spaceflight, U.S., and a package of two Canadian satellites designed to measure greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

In April 2008, ISRO had launched 10 satellites into orbit using the PSLV C9 rocket.

RLV-TD test flight in May

The first test flight of the Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV) developed by ISRO is also scheduled for May. The technology demonstration version named RLV- TD is undergoing extensive tests at the VSSC complex here. “It will be transported to Bengaluru next week for acoustic tests before being taken to SHAR for the launch in May when atmospheric conditions are most favourable,” Dr. Sivan said.

Designed to drive down the cost of placing satellites in orbit, RLV is expected to enhance India’s competitive edge in the launch vehicle market. The first trial involves the hypersonic flight experiment during which the RLV resembling a small winged aircraft will be launched up to an altitude of 70 km from atop a solid booster rocket and released. The thermally insulated RLV will re enter the atmosphere and travel back to earth in a controlled descent, splashing down in the Bay of Bengal.

Preparations are also underway for the launch of the last of the seven satellites constituting the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) constellation to be used for navigation. A PSLV rocket is scheduled to launch the satellite in April, Dr. Sivan said.


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Aussies watch more A-League than Premier League

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/03/23/aussies-watch-more-a-league-than-premier-league/

Currently drawing towards the close of its eleventh season, the A-League is now watched on TV by more Australians (aged 14+) than the English Premier League, with its audience growing by more than 50 per cent since 2011.

In 2015, 2.1 million Aussies (or 11 per cent of the population) reported watching A-League football on TV either regularly or occasionally, up from 1.4 million viewers (7.6 per cent) in 2011. The A-League’s broadcasting arrangements changed as of the 2013-14 season, when free-to-air network SBS joined pay-TV channel Fox Sports in televising matches (previously Fox had exclusive broadcast rights).

The growth in the A-League’s TV audience can be seen across both genders, with increased proportions of men and women tuning in: 16 per cent of men and 6.2 per cent of women watched it in 2015 (up from 11.3 per cent and 4 per cent respectively). Over the same period, viewership of the English Premier League remained relatively unchanged, with its audience hovering around the 1.8 million viewer/9.5 per cent mark since 2011.

Sky TV wins Olympic broadcast rights through to 2024

From http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/78206168/sky-tv-wins-olympic-broadcast-rights-through-to-2024

Sky has won the right to broadcast the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the Olympics after that.

Sky Television has tied up the broadcasting rights for the Olympics through to 2024.

The broadcaster said that after securing the rights to this year's Rio Olympics, it had now also negotiated the rights to the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, in 2018, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing, and the 2024 Olympics.

The 2024 Olympics are most likely to be hosted in Los Angeles, Paris or Rome, according to bookies, although Budapest, Hungary, is also in the race.

Sky Sport director Richard Last said the Olympics was "really good telly" and as important to Sky as it had ever been.

It was not unusual for the broadcaster to secure rights for sporting events that far in advance, he said.

"The key thing is you can start to build it into your budgets and start working out what you are going to do.

"A good plan made early is cheaper than a good plan made late."

Sky Sport would broadcast 13 channels of Olympic sports from Rio and would also provide 56 video feeds, all of which would be available on computers, phones and tablets through an app to Sky Sport subscribers, he said.

"It is going to be awesome. If you are a passionate follower of men's volleyball, you will probably be able to watch the whole men's volleyball tournament via the Olympic video player."

Sky Sport had yet to work out what Olympic content would be available through its Fan Pass online sports service, Last said.

Russian military satellite successfully delivered into orbit — defense ministry

From http://tass.ru/en/science/864805

It was the second launch of the Soyuz-2 carrier rocket from the Plesetsk cosmodrome this year

Russia involves 10 reconnaissance satellites in Syria operation — General Staff

MOSCOW, March 24. /TASS/. A Soyuz-2.1a carrier rocket that blasted off from the Plesetsk space center in north Russia has successfully delivered a military satellite into orbit, Russia’s Defense Ministry reported on Thursday.

"The spacecraft launched in the interests of Russia’s Defense Ministry separated from the third stage of the Soyuz-2.1a carrier rocket in a normal regime at the designated time - 12:52 p.m. Moscow time [09:52 GMT] and was delivered into the calculated orbit within the established timeframe," the ministry said.

The carrier rocket blasted off at 12:42 Moscow time (09:42 GMT) on Thursday.

This is the second launch of the Soyuz-2 carrier rocket from the Plesetsk cosmodrome this year. Last year, Soyuz-2a carrier rockets were launched from the Plesetsk space center five times while Rokot rockets blasted off from the cosmodrome on two occasions.

F1 signs exclusive Sky (U.K) deal; UHD next season

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/03/24/uk-loses-fta-f1-with-new-sky-deal/

UK fans of Formula One will not be able to see live coverage of the sport free-to-air after 2018 following a new broadcast partnership between Sky and Formula One Management, save for the home British Grand Prix and at least two others. Sky also confirmed that coverage would be available in Ultra HD from next season. Channel 4 is showing 10 races live for the next two seasons, having taken over the rights which were surrendered by the BBC in a cost-cutting measure.

The new agreement comprises:
•Exclusive: Sky Sports will be the home of Formula 1 in the UK and Ireland from 2019 to 2024, offering live coverage of every Grand Prix.
•Free to air: The Formula 1 British Grand Prix, together with highlights of all other races and Qualifying sessions, will be shown on a ‘free-to-air’ basis.
•Sky Sports Mix: Additionally, at least two other ‘prime time’ live races a season will be offered on the soon-to-be-launched Sky Sports Mix along with other F1 content.
•UHD: For the first time every race starting with the 2017 Championship will be shown in the picture quality of Ultra High Definition via Sky Q, the next-generation home entertainment system.

Sky Sports F1 will continue to be the only place to watch each Grand Prix weekend live for the next three seasons in the UK, with 21 races live in 2016 beginning with the 2016 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix last weekend.

The new agreement builds on the success of Sky Sports F1 since the launch of the channel in 2012. More than 13 million viewers have already enjoyed its live coverage with many more following F1 racing across Sky Sports’ digital outlets.

Bernie Ecclestone, CEO Formula One Group said: “I am delighted that we will continue to work together. Sky’s commitment to the Sport and standard of coverage is second to none.”

Barney Francis, managing director of Sky Sports said: “This is a brilliant deal that takes Sky’s partnership with F1 to the next level. Since 2012, we have demonstrated unrivalled commitment to F1, offering fans innovations including a dedicated channel and the very best broadcasting talent. We are delighted that we are strengthening our coverage for viewers even further, with live and exclusive F1 from 2019 and the chance to watch in Ultra High Definition for the first time from next season. We are pleased to support F1 and look forward to working with them to progress, develop and enhance coverage of the Championship during the agreement.”

Martin Brundle, commentator and analyst for Sky Sports F1 added: “I joined Sky Sports because I wanted to be part of a dedicated F1 channel with a total and long term commitment to the sport. And we have certainly delivered on that. In a fast changing media landscape, our coverage will get even better for F1 fans.”

Sky Sports began showing live F1 in 2012 and coverage includes every practice and qualifying session together with live coverage of each race. Viewers can enjoy the opinions and analysis from a broadcasting team that boasts three former F1 drivers, including 1996 World Champion Damon Hill together with Martin Brundle and Johnny Herbert.

As well as launching a channel dedicated to the sport, Sky Sports F1 became the first broadcaster to introduce touch-screen ‘SkyPad’ analysis from within the paddock, offers fans a multitude of additional viewing options via ‘F1 Race Control’ and offers an extensive schedule of features and support programmes.

Sky Sports won ‘Best TV Broadcaster Award for Outstanding Coverage’ for each of its first two seasons.

Chromecast becomes Google Cast

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/03/23/chromecast-becomes-google-cast/

Chromecast has been rebranded Google Cast to reflect its ability to work across a range of devices. Google says the updated app, which will enable casting of content from multiple devices to TVs, displays and wireless speakers as well as Chromecast dongles, will be rolled out for iOS and Android versions.

Google also announced that it is bringing its casting technology to Vizio’s new SmartCast P-series displays as well as the electronics manufacturers’ soundbars and speakers. P-series displays will come with Google Cast built in.

Google says that there are over 1,000 cast-enabled apps, able to cast over 200,000 TV shows and movies and over 30 million songs.



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Seven accuses pay TV of pushing for sweeping anti-siphoning changes

From http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/seven-accuses-pay-tv-of-pushing-for-sweeping-antisiphoning-changes-20160323-gnpln1.html

Socceroos World Cup qualifiers, Twenty20 cricket matches played in Australia featuring the national team, and summer Olympics sports outside the opening and closing ceremonies are among a list of sweeping changes Seven West Media says the pay-television sector is targeting to have removed from the anti-siphoning list.

The list dictates which sports free-to-air broadcasters have first rights to bid for.

Seven submitted a detailed list of sports to the Senate Committee for Environment and Communication, which is in the middle of an inquiry into changes to media ownership restrictions proposed by Communications Minister Mitch Fifield that said pay TV was seeking to removal from the anti-siphoning list, which it says was provided to contacts in Canberra three years ago.

Seven says Foxtel is seeking to remove Twenty20 matches involving Australia from the anti-siphoning list.
Foxtel denied to Fairfax Media that the list provided by Seven reflects their proposal to the government.

Fairfax Media revealed that Foxtel prepared a list of sports for the government that it believes should be taken off the anti-siphoning list.

"What we know is that the list submitted to this committee is just a sub-set of the real targets for delisting by the Pay TV sector. Foxtel and others prepared a list of the sports they really want off the list and provided it to key Canberra contacts in 2013," Seven said in its submission.

"It makes it abundantly clear that the current list of sports provided by Pay TV is just a continuation of their consistent strategy over the past decade to whittle away at the list until it becomes meaningless."

Pay TV target list

Seven said pay TV has proposed the removal of Twenty20 cricket matches involving Australia and played in Australia, the final of the Twenty20 World Cup, and all matches involving Australia, the English FA Cup final, FIFA World Cup qualifiers involving Australia.

It also flagged the proposed removal of Wimbledon and US Open tennis single quarter-finals, semi-finals and the finals, Davis Cup matches involving Australia, international netball matches featuring Australia played in Australia or New Zealand, the semi-final and final of the Netball World Championships if Australia is playing and the Australian Masters, Australian Open and US Masters golf tournaments.

Other major events Seven said pay TV was targeting were the summer Olympics events that were not the opening and closing ceremonies, the quarter-finals and semi-finals of the Rugby World Cup, FIFA World Cup matches bar the final, and those involving Australia and all Australian Open tennis matches outside the men's and women's singles finals.

In Foxtel's own submission to the Senate committee, group director of corporate affairs Bruce Meagher said the current anti-siphoning legislation is "analogue-era regulation, is out of date and acts as a protection mechanism for the commercial FTA [free-to-air networks]."

"Foxtel understands that anti-siphoning policy needs to finely balance the interests of all stakeholders.

"In the immediate term, an important first step will be to shorten the list to events of true national significance. Events like the AFL and NRL grand finals would remain on the list, but a number of overseas events that are not nationally significant in Australia would be removed."

Andrew Maiden, chief executive of pay TV lobby the Australia Subscription Television and Radio Association, said in his submission the anti-siphoning regime is a detriment to sporting bodies, the general public and competitors to free-to-air TV.

"The scheme has been completely overtaken by technological developments. For example, because the scheme only applies to subscription TV licensees, it would not prevent an 'over-the-top' streaming service like Netflix from acquiring exclusive rights to nationally significant sports and charging viewers for access," Mr Maiden said.

"This is no longer a hypothetical argument, demonstrated by Optus' active participation in the acquisition of sports rights and its stated intention to target further sports rights. This demonstrates how the scheme has become redundant and irrelevant."

Philippines launches first non-commercial satellite

From http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/philippines/philippines-launches-first-non-commercial-satellite-1.1696269

Filipino dream of having its own space agency now closer to reality

The Philippines' first-ever designed, developed, and assembled satellite at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) in Tsukuba City, Japan.

Manila: The Philippines launched its first non-commercial microsatellite, Diwata 1, on March 23. The spacecraft is expected to soon beam information crucial to saving lives and property.

At around 11am Manila time, the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket took off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, US, carrying the parcel box-sized Diwata 1 together with other payload, totalling 3,395 kilograms.

“The launch of Diwata 1 marks a new and exciting chapter in the use of space technology in the Philippines,” Dr Mahar Lagmay, who heads the Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards (Project NOAH) team, said.

The remote sensing information that the 50kg Diwata 1 will beam to earth will be crucial. The data that it will gather can warn of natural disasters and improve weather detection; assist in determining agricultural growth patterns and monitoring forest cover and mining; aid in the protection of cultural and historical sites; and help in the guarding of territorial borders of the Philippines.

The microsatellite was developed over three years at a cost of P800 million (Dh63 million).

Although the Philippines had a privately owned commercial communications satellite in orbit, the Agila 1 — which was launched in 1999 — the Diwata 1 is the first spacecraft assembled and developed by Filipinos.

“Diwata is the country’s first microsatellite designed, developed, and assembled by Filipino researchers and engineers under the guidance of Japanese experts from Hokkaido University and Tohoku University. The satellite is designed to provide real-time images for disaster risk management and other applications …” the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development said.

Likewise, the training that Diwata 1 provided for Filipinos will go a long way in preparing them to tackle such high tech projects in the future.

“With Diwata comes the Filipino dream to have its own Philippine Space Agency,” the research council said.

Diwata means fairy in Tagalog, the language of the nation.

The spacecraft is a low earth orbit satellite set to fly 400km above ground.

The council said that the rest of the team that developed the Diwata 1 is now looking at developing a ground receiving station that will allow space borne images to be transmitted to earth.

“It will also be used to transmit commands from the ground to the microsatellite to carry out is mission effectively,” the council said.

The Philippines is often at the mercy of serious weather disturbances. Every year hundreds of Filipinos lose their lives and properties from storms and typhoons.

With solutions like Project NOAH and Diwata 1, researchers hope to create improved strategies to cope with natural disasters and dampen the effects of severe weather.

Al Jazeera stays banned by Egypt

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/03/22/al-jazeera-stays-banned-by-egypt/

Despite two legal attempts in Cairo on March 21st to reverse previous rulings that Al-Jazeera’s Egyptian channel (Al-Jazeera Misr) be prohibited in Egypt, the applications failed.

Al-Jazeera’s head office had applied to annul the Egyptian Supreme court’s earlier decision to forbid transmission of the channel on the Nilesat satellite.

The channel was ordered to close its offices in Cairo, and Nilesat to cease transmissions of the Al-Jazeera Misr service in February 2015. At the time the court said al-Jazeera had “blatantly deviated from neutrality” and “betrayed the media code of honour” in its reporting of a “revolution against the Muslim Brotherhood on 30 June 2013”.

In June 2014 Egypt sentenced 18 A-Jazeera staff to terms ranging from 7 to 11 years in prison having been convicted of charges of “incitement” against Egypt.



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updated stream links for Duke TV (May be Geo blocked outside of NZ)



Takeover final

From http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=346540

DIGICEL Fiji Ltd will fully operate SKY Pacific from April 1, says the company's CEO Darren McLean.

Speaking during an interview, Mr McLean said this would allow them to fully put in place its transition plans and strategies for the TV channel.

Mr McLean said Digicel had a lot of time to plan for the transition adding that it took them sometime to figure out who went where and took up which roles.

"We also needed time to align the company's goals with that of the existing business," he said.

"This is not all about opening a new office and having 40 to 60 people running in the team because we have to integrate SKY Pacific to our existing business.

"We have a new team in place and new officers with the best and more resources to make this happen."

Mr McLean also revealed that they had made a $750,000 deposit of the $5.7million that they had bought SKY Pacific for.

"This is a significant amount of money which is being held in trust by the Fiji TV team on 17th September last year.

"The balance of the payment will be done on the 1st of April when we fully take control of SKY Pacific operations."

Sony Pictures Networks India Selects AsiaSat 7 as its Satellite Partner for its New Channel Launches

From Press Release

Hong Kong, 22 March 2016 – Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat) has reached a multi-year lease agreement with Sony Pictures Networks India Pvt. Ltd. (SPN) for a C-band transponder on AsiaSat 7.

SPN is one of India’s leading entertainment television and digital networks. The AsiaSat 7 capacity will support SPN’s expansion of Standard Definition (SD) and High Definition (HD) television services in India, the world’s fastest growing pay TV market.

In April, SPN will start broadcasting on AsiaSat 7 a new bouquet of SD and HD channels to Indian cable and pay TV networks.
“As we continue to expand our TV channel offerings, availability of transponder space is a critical requirement. Our partnership with AsiaSat enables us to expand our reach into the Indian sub-continent delivering quality programming to our diverse audiences. We look forward to working closely with AsiaSat to deliver our industry-leading TV services to more viewers across this dynamic TV market,” said Humsa Dhir, Senior Vice President & Head, PR & Corporate Communications, Sony Pictures Networks India.

“We are especially delighted to have forged this new partnership with Sony Pictures Networks India to support our client’s TV service expansion in India. On AsiaSat 7, SPN enjoys instantaneous access to all cable operators big and small and pay TV platforms across the country and in the Indian sub-continent. SPN’s comprehensive entertainment programming is a strong addition to the TV service offerings on our platform. SPN is a key player in the region and we are very excited to play an expanding role in facilitating its service penetration in India, one of our prime markets,” said Philip Balaam, Vice President of Sales and Business Development, AsiaSat.
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About AsiaSat

Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), the leading satellite operator in Asia, serves over two-thirds of the world's population with its six satellites, AsiaSat 3S, AsiaSat 4, AsiaSat 5, AsiaSat 6, AsiaSat 7 and AsiaSat 8. The AsiaSat satellite fleet serves both the broadcast and telecommunications industries. 700 television and radio channels are now delivered by the company's satellites offering access to over 830 million TV households across the Asia-Pacific region. AsiaSat also provides VSAT networks throughout the region. AsiaSat’s next satellite, AsiaSat 9 on order from the manufacturer is planned to be launched in late 2016/early 2017. AsiaSat is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Asia Satellite Telecommunications Holdings Limited, a company listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (Stock Code: 1135). For more information, please visit www.asiasat.com
About Sony Pictures Networks India Pvt. Ltd.
Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN), (formerly Multi Screen Media Private Ltd.), is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation which owns and operates the Sony Entertainment network of television channels.

As a leading television network in India, SPN comprises of Sony Entertainment Television (SET), one of India's leading Hindi general entertainment television channels; MAX, India's premium Hindi movies and special events channel; MAX 2, a second Hindi movie channel showcasing great Indian Cinema; SAB, a family comedy entertainment channel; PIX, the English movie channel; AXN, the leader amongst English Entertainment Channels; AATH, the Bangla movie channel, MIX a refreshing Hindi music channel; SIX and SONY ESPN – the cluster of sports entertainment channels and LIV - the Digital Entertainment Channel, and, SPN’s Motion Pictures division, formerly MSM Motion Pictures.
Sony Pictures Networks India is in its 21st year in India.

Media Contacts:
Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited
Philip Balaam, VP, Sales & Business Development
Tel: (852) 2500 0866
Mobile: (852) 5328 6282
Email: pbalaam@asiasat.com
Sony Pictures Networks India Pvt. Ltd.
Jolenta Dsouza
Tel: (91 22) 67081310
Email: Jolenta.dsouza@setindia.com
Winnie Pang, Manager, Marketing Communications
Tel: (852) 2500 0880
Email: wpang@asiasat.com

Astro boosts profit by 47% in Q4

From http://www.thestar.com.my/business/business-news/2016/03/22/astro-boosts-profit-by-47pc-in-q4/

Korean goods and other exclusive offerings are among the featured goods in the Astro Go Shop Channel 318. Astro says there was an increase in merchandise sales of RM37.7mil from the home-shopping business.

This was mainly due to an increase in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortisation (EBITDA) of RM27mil and a lower net finance cost of RM30mil.

In a filing with Bursa Malaysia on Tuesday, the pay-TV operator said the lower net finance cost was due to lower unrealised foreign exchange loss arising from unhedged finance lease liability of RM19.4mil and unhedged vendor financing of RM34.7mil.

This, the company said, was offset by an increase in transponder’s lease interest of RM6.8mil and increase in share of post-tax result from investment accounted for of RM12.9mil, offset by higher tax expenses by RM11.2mil.

“EBITDA margin increased by 0.6% against corresponding quarter mainly due to lower staff related costs and lower impairment of receivables. This was offset by higher content costs and cost of merchandise sales.”

Revenue in the fourth quarter, meanwhile, increased to RM1.40bil from RM1.35bil a year earlier.

“This was mainly due to an increase in subscription, advertising and other revenue of RM7.8mil, RM24.8mil and RM21mil respectively,” Astro said.

It said the increase in subscription revenue was attributed by both an increase in average revenue per user (ARPU) for pay-TV residential subscribers of 30 sen (from RM99 to RM99.30) and an increase in the number of residential subscribers by 40,400 (from 3.51 million to 3.55 million).

“The increase in other revenue is due to an increase in merchandise sales of RM37.7mil from home-shopping business, offset by a decrease in licensing income of RM6.7mil and sales of decoders of RM4.4mil.”

For its financial year ended Jan 31, 2016, Astro’s net profit grew to RM615.32mil from RM519.37mil in the previous corresponding period, while revenue rose to RM5.48bil from RM5.23bil a year earlier.

Astro also announced a fourth interim single-tier dividend of 2.75 sen per ordinary share of 10 sen each, to be paid on April 21.

Russia has over 2,300 TV channels

From http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2016/03/21/russia-has-over-2300-tv-channels/

The Russian TV market tops over 2300 operating TV channels at end of 2015. Gazprom Media, VGTRK and National Media Group are the largest media holdings.

A total of 2,370 TV channels were identified as operating and accessible in Russia and/or having licences to broadcast in the country, according to a new report of the European Audiovisual Observatory. Of these, at least 520 are regional representatives of national networks, the largest of which (with over 50 regional partners each) are REN TV, TNT, Rossiya 1, CTC, and Rossiya 24.

Over 80% of Russian channels are in the hands of private companies, 13% are state-owned, and 5% have combined ownership (some of their shares are held by national or regional authorities). At the start of 2016, the major media holdings, owning the largest number of channels, were Gazprom Media (owning a total of more than 50 channels including the Red Media and ProfMedia holdings), VGTRK (30 channels owned partially or outright, plus regional television and radio companies), and National Media Group (25 channels, including Discovery Communications and Turner Broadcasting Systems).


A third of TV channels operating in Russia at the end of 2015 were general regional channels (broadcasting local news and their own entertainment programmes, as well as independently purchased content). Channels devoted to music and entertainment and lifestyle programming make up 21% of the currently operating Russian TV channels. The third most popular group of channels is those broadcasting films and series. It is worth noting that national channels broadcasting generalist content, such as Channel One, Rossiya 1, NTV, Peterburg – 5 kanal, REN TV, and TV Centre account for only 3% of the range available to audiences.

A small proportion of the channels studied (60 – 8% of the total) are HD versions of both free terrestrial and pay-cable channels available to digital TV users. Meanwhile, there is a total of 121 HD channels in the Observatory’s MAVISE database, meaning half of them do not have standard versions accessible to viewers of analogue TV. The vast majority of HD (97 out of 121) and 3D channels (5 out of 6) are pay channels.

Overall, more than half of all the channels available in Russia are pay channels, and a large proportion of free-to-air channels are provided by regional terrestrial television and radio companies. Hence, in every single region of the country viewers must pay to access the majority of TV channels.

Pay-TV as the cornerstone of Russian TV market: over 2/3 of Russian TV households subscribed to pay-TV in 2014 with digital segment and IPTV as main future drivers

The report states that 68% of households subscribed to pay-TV in 2014, 8% more than the year before. The highest saturation of pay-TV was seen in the Central and Northwestern districts (80% and 77%, respectively). Meanwhile, the fastest growth rates were observed in Siberia (+15%), Central Russia and the Southern Federal District (+14%), and in Russia’s Far East (+13%). The first and latter in this list are also the ones with the most potential for further development (due to their relatively low saturation level).


The total number of pay-TV subscribers in Russia reached 37.7 million in 2014, according to report figures. However, this data does not account for the fact that one family may have several subscriptions. The size of the pay-TV market in 2014 is estimated at RUB 61.2 billion.

Market growth by subscriber numbers is gradually slowing down (due to market saturation): in 2014, the market grew by 7–8%, whereas this indicator had previously been in double figures. Satellite television is the growth leader in absolute terms but there has been a notable stagnation in the cable pay-TV segment in Russia.

The main trend in pay-TV over the next few years will be a growing subscriber base in the digital segment and in IPTV. Growth will be moderate, though rates of growth could vary significantly between individual operators. The significant network modernisation observed over the past two to three years is not expected to continue, due to financial and economic difficulties in the market.

Rapid growth in Russian VoD market: more than 40 VoD services available at the end of 2015 and dominance of transaction and subscription business models

Since 2011, the Russian VoD market has experienced rapid growth which is characterised by an increase in the number of services and the size of their catalogues, as well as the platforms via which VoD can be accessed. At the same time, from a business-model point of view a ‘backwards movement’ began: from the dominant ad-based model towards transaction and subscription models.


According to an analysis of the European Audiovisual Observatory’s updated MAVISE database, by the end of 2015 there were more than 40 VoD services available in Russia, specialising in professional feature-film and television content (this does not include catch-up versions of TV channels, news portals, and specialist children’s services such as deti.ivi.ru, Internet music channels, and network versions of popular television programmes such as Dom-2 and KVN, or sites exclusively featuring user-generated content (UGC) and unlicensed content).

The leader in terms of user numbers is ivi.ru (around 38 million viewers); this service receives up to 200,000 views per month on average (using the ad-based, subscription, and transactional models), which is ten times more than its closest competitors. Meanwhile, Okko, which bases its business on paid services, takes the lead in terms of revenue, with earnings of RUB 630 million in the first half of 2015.


The arrival of global VoD players on the Russian market has not led to significant changes: at the end of 2012, iTunes and Google Play launched in Russia, followed in 2013 by Amediateka, the official distributor of content from HBO, and the launch of a range of other leading international producers; the international giant Netflix entered the Russian market in January 2016 (Russian audiences are initially being offered a limited content library and an English-language interface). However, it is not expected that the domestic leaders (ivi.ru, Megogo.net, Okko, and Tvigle.ru) will be forced out of their positions by these foreign competitors.

VOD is still growing, and it is doing so faster than other segments of the audiovisual industry. In the future, one can expect to see subscriber services strengthen their position and further growth through mergers and acquisitions

Russia eyes new satellite system

From http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2016/03/22/russia-eyes-new-satellite-system/

Russia. St Petersburg.Russia is likely to have a new satellite communications system giving access to digital TV and others services in moving objects by 2019.

Kommersant reports that it will be operated by Sky Global Communications (Sky GC), a company set up by Vyacheslav Kamnev, the former deputy general director of Gazprom Media.

It adds that Sky GC will build a satellite communications system named Rosinfokom, consisting of three satellites in high elliptical orbit and covering the whole of Russia, Arctic zone, coast of Canada, as well as China and India.

Its aim will to be to provide services to passenger planes, trains and cars, and it will have a potential audience of 50 million people.

TVPlayer Plus on Amazon Fire TV

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/03/22/tvplayer-plus-now-on-amazon-fire-tv/

Following the successful launch in October 2015 of live TV streaming app TVPlayer on Amazon Fire, live streaming and live-to-VoD solutions provider Simplestream has confirmed that pay-TV lite streaming service TVPlayer Plus is now available on Amazon Fire TV, which brings the total offering of channels to 75 within a single app for a low-cost monthly subscription of £4.99 (€6.40) per month.

Amazon Fire TV users can now sign up for 19 premium channels with TVPlayer Plus, a live and catch-up TV service, offering even more choice than ever before. Lifetime, HISTORY, H2, Crime + Investigation, Discovery, TLC, Investigation Discovery (ID), Animal Planet, Discovery Turbo, Eurosport, National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Sony Channel, Sony Movie Channel, Boomerang, Cartoon Network, Cartoonito and BabyTV are all now available to Amazon Fire TV users, with more to follow soon. Users can find the TVPlayer app on the Fire TV Appstore through their remote control, or using Voice Search.

“TVPlayer is one of Amazon Fire TV’s most popular Entertainment apps. It has proved to be extremely popular with Fire TV customers since it launched in the UK and has received a further boom in the number of users since the launch of Fire TV Stick and pre-Christmas,” noted Lewis Arthur, Operations Director of TVPlayer. “We are extremely excited about the launch of TVPlayer Plus on Amazon Fire TV, which offers a broad range of premium content for such an affordable price to Amazon Fire TV users.”

Fire TV has quickly become Amazon’s top-selling device family, and Fire TV Stick has become Amazon’s fastest-selling device ever. Customers can enjoy TVPlayer Plus on Fire TV devices including the Fire TV, which comes with support for 4K Ultra HD and offers 75 per cent faster processing, 802.11ac MIMO Wi-Fi, 2x more efficient video encoding, as well as customer-favourite features, such as voice search, Advanced Streaming and Prediction (ASAP) and X-Ray for Movies and TV Shows.

India considering satellite plan change after Pakistan hurdles

From http://www.hindustantimes.com/india/india-considering-satellite-plan-change-after-pakistan-hurdles/story-CV7GECphUBxAdRw6hoTtCM.html

Pakistan consistently raised concerns that the satellite would help India access information on its vital installations as well as resources. (PTI File Photo)

After consistently running into the Pakistan firewall, India wants its South Asian satellite project to take off on a sub-regional basis, again showing how issues between the neighbours could derail regional initiatives.

At the group’s annual summit in 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced India would fund and launch a SAARC satellite that would help countries of the region in education, health and emergency communication during disasters.

Since then, Pakistan consistently raised concerns that the satellite would help India access information on its vital installations as well as resources.

With little hope of a consensus, senior Indian officials said New Delhi would now have to look at a policy by which it could go ahead with the project with willing countries while waiting for Pakistan to come onboard.

That would be akin to how India has moved on a regional road connectivity project after Pakistan refused to join the initiative under the SAARC rubric. India had gone ahead with connectivity plans with countries with the Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal (BBIN) initiative in a bid to bypass the neighbour.

“The reason for Pakistan’s objection to the satellite is political. We need to move on with the project, hoping Islamabad has a change of heart sooner rather than later,” said an Indian official.

The SAARC agenda works on the principle of consensus and issues between India and Pakistan have interfered in regional integration.

An Indian official differed. “From day one, PM Modi made it very clear: it is a gift from India to SAARC countries. Subsequently, we sent out the concept paper of the project, where he stressed that this project is ‘voluntary’ in nature.” The SAARC satellite will have 12 transponders to cover the region.

Both Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have announced their intention to join the project, though they raised a few issues.

DTH players may get large share in last phase of digitization

From http://www.bgr.in/news/dth-players-may-get-large-share-in-last-phase-of-digitization/

In the Phase IV, the DTH players are expected to get a bigger share of the digitization as it will not be profitable for traditional cable operators.

The direct-to-home players are expected to get a big share of the digitization market in the phase IV areas as the fragmented market will not be profitable for cable operators, says rating agency ICRA. ”DTH players are expected to take a lead in Phase IV markets as the catchment area (less than 15,000 households) in these markets remains highly fragmented and therefore unprofitable for cable operators to penetrate,” it said. The government has set a timeline to complete the digitization in four phases. Phases I and II covering metros and 38 cities are already over.

The Phase III deadline (all urban areas) was December 31, 2015 and the Phase IV deadline (the rest of India) is December 31, 2016. ICRA noted that while DTH players have been able to leverage their inherent technology advantage in cable dark areas of Phase III markets, Multi System Operators (MSOs) continued to gain a favorable market share in such areas which remained contiguous to Phase II markets such as Gurgaon and Noida in NCR and certain parts of Mumbai.

The rating firm believes the cable average revenue per user (ARPUs) in Phase III markets have the potential of growing from the existing levels of Rs 10-15 per subscriber per month to more than Rs 50 per subscriber per month.

“In the current fiscal, the revenue growth for MSOs will be driven by activation income. However, over the medium term, monetization of the digital subscriber universe in Phase III markets offers high subscription revenue growth potential for players,” it added.

At present, the implementation has been stayed for varying periods across Phase III markets of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Odisha, Sikkim, Telengana apart from Tamil Nadu where digital addressable system (DAS) implementation has been challenged since Phase I rollout. Consequently, nearly 4.9 million households have further been removed from Phase III bringing down the total addressable population from 38.8 million households to 33.2 million, with the maximum impact being felt in West Bengal, Kerala, Goa and Jharkhand.


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Measat 3 91.5E 3786 V "TV 3" has left .
Measat 3 91.5E 4025 V "TV 3" on is now encrypted.

Yamal 401 90.0E 11265 H "Russian Musicbox, Music Box, TNT, Shop 24, Muz Soyuz, Muz TV, U, Humor TV, STS, Che, Domashniy, Telekanal Futbol, Shanson TV, 8 Kanal, STS Love, Kanal Disney and REN TV" have started on , Fta

Yamal 401 90.0E 3837 L "TNT has replaced Telekanal 2x2" on , Fta.

G-Sat 10 83.0E 11130 V "Janam TV and DD Saptagiri" have started on , Videoguard.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3725 H "Sadhna Prime News" has started on , Fta.

Insat 4A 83.0E 11170 H "Tata Sky 4K, DD Bihar, Kushi TV, DD India, News Time TV, ABP Majha, Music Fatafati, Dhoom Music, Miniplex and Dance Studio" have started on , Videoguard.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3480 H "Dara Channel" has started on , BISS. R Film, Miti 4, Pop TV, PB Channel, Giffarine Channel, World Buddhist TV, Ping Channel, Thai Chaiyo, White Channel, @TV, Umm TV, V Like Channel, TV Shopping, Suwannabhumi Channel, Kuru TV, Zabb Channel, Man TV and RSU Wisdom TV on 3480 H are now encrypted. Hero Channel has left.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3600 H "The Living Show, Gen C, News 1, Peace TV, DDTV, H Plus Channel, Dhamma Media Channel, TV 24 and Dara Channel" are now encrypted.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3842 H "Pashto 1 and Channel S" have started on , Fta

Intelsat 17 66.0E 3845 H Sony SAB TV Asia, Max Middle East, SET Middle East, Sony Max UK, Sony Six, SET Asia, Sony Pix, AXN HD Asia, Sony Max Asia and Sony ESPN are still on , PowerVu.
Intelsat 17 66.0E 3966 H "News 7 Tamil" has left .
Intelsat 17 66.0E 4006 H "Kalki TV has started on , Fta. Satyaveeda T"V has left.

From asiatvro site

东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,Channel M (MPEG-4)频道新增,设置11049 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [3月21日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,Chem Yim Station(泰国)等5个频道消失,设置11049 V 30000参数无效接收。 [3月21日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,探索频道(环宇卫视)频道解密,设置12711 H 30000参数免费接收。 [3月21日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,Thrill(环宇卫视)频道解密,设置12471 H 30000参数免费接收。 [3月21日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Disney Junior(东南亚)频道消失,设置3880 H 30000参数无效接收。 [3月21日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Next Music、Next Movies替换TVBL(泰国)等频道,设置4064 V 5000参数免费接收。 [3月21日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,DDTV、24 TV(泰国)等全组频道解密,设置3600 H 26667参数免费接收。 [3月21日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,Channel V、MTV替换国家地理音乐(泰国)频道,设置11510 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [3月21日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,天映经典、Now Drama(CTH)频道消失,设置11670 V 30000参数无效接收。 [3月21日]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星C频段,Fashion TV(HEVC UHD)频道消失,设置4120 H 29720参数无效接收。 [3月21日]

东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Music Box、Uni Plus(外语)等4个频道新增,设置4177 H 2815参数免费接收。 [3月19日]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Zee Kalinga(Dish TV)频道消失,设置12049 H 45000参数无效接收。 [3月19日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星Ku频段,非凡新闻、年代新闻(台湾)等全组频道消失,设置12584 H 3300参数无效接收。 [3月19日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,R Film、Umm TV(泰国)等全组频道加密,设置3480 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [3月19日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,J Movie、Jaya TV(印度)等全组频道解密,设置4130 V 10369参数免费接收。 [3月19日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,TV CH-1(老挝)等全组频道解密,设置10730 V 40000参数免费接收。 [3月19日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-4、CCTV-9(老挝)等全组频道解密,设置10788 H 40000参数免费接收。 [3月19日]
东经115.5度轨道位置的中星6B号卫星C频段,央视精品、风云音乐(中数传媒)等频道加密,设置4060 V 27500参数有条件接收。 [3月19日]

东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段,Zee Rajasthan News(印度)等频道新增,设置11037 H 40700参数免费接收。 [3月18日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,KTV(MPEG-4)频道解密,设置3980 V 31000参数免费接收。 [3月18日]
东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段,Zee Rajasthan News(印度)等2个频道新增,设置11037 H 40700参数免费接收。 [3月18日]

Stream Links

TVNZ Duke (probably Geo-blocked outside of New Zealand)



sub streams in different resolutions and bitrates


Malaysian TV


some other Asian channels

#EXTINF:-1,Bayon News
#EXTINF:-1,Bayon TV


Foxtel reportedly considering including Netflix in its own on demand streaming service

From http://www.news.com.au/technology/home-entertainment/tv/foxtel-reportedly-considering-including-netflix-in-its-own-on-demand-streaming-service/news-story/79a1f8b3ea51273df635889fce43f473

Shows such as House of Cards have proven popular on Netflix.

IN A surprise move, Foxtel is reportedly considering including Netflix in the company’s own version of an on-demand streaming service.

Foxtel faces an uphill battle in challenging Netflix on the streaming front, but it’s willing to get creative.

According to Fairfax media, Foxtel has also reached out to overseas rights holders including the BBC, Viacom and Discovery in an effort to secure video-on-demand rights to more of its content.

The move indicates a strong desire from the country’s most profitable media company to bolster the flexible on-demand component of its service, which currently has some gaping holes.

It’s not new for a streaming service to allow access to another streaming service’s content but including Netflix in its streaming platform would be an unprecedented move for Foxtel, marking a shift from its traditional “wall garden” approach to content.

For instance, Fetch TV — a much smaller competitor in the streaming market — hosts Netflix and Stan on its on demand platform.

Netflix has cemented itself as the most popular streaming service in Australia. Alternatively, Foxtel is viewed as expensive and rigid — a perception the company hope to dispel with a new marketing campaign launched on Sunday night.

“For various reasons some of the streaming services seem to have a perception that you can watch it on more platforms. Foxtel you can watch in just as many places. We just need to neutralise that perception,” Foxtel director of content marketing Rob Farmer told Ad News.

It’s been a big few weeks for Foxtel with the company’s chief executive of nearly five years, Richard Freudenstein, being replaced by Peter Tonagh.

Telstra which owns 50 per cent of Foxtel has also announced it is looking to sell some of its shares worth $4.5 billion.

Foxtel’s streaming service will be a direct competitor to Telstra TV.

Foxtel overhauls marketing with new brand push

From http://www.adnews.com.au/news/foxtel-overhauls-marketing-with-new-brand-push

Foxtel is overhauling its branding with the launch of a new brand platform that sees it moves beyond price to push content and ease of use, as it looks to take on both streaming video on demand (SVOD) and free to air (FTA) competitors.

Foxtel director of content marketing Rob Farmer says the campaign is the first time in recent history that it has had a solid brand platform in which to communicate it point of difference to the fragmented television market.

More recent executions from Foxtel have seen it promote individual benefits, such as price, including a major campaign 18 months ago, that saw it drop its bundle cost to $25 a month.

The campaign was created by Whybin\TBWA, following a competitive pitch for the project, and sees the subscription television service adopt a new tagline, “Make it Yours”.

An extensive campaign was launched last night (20 March), which includes six television commercials, print, digital, social media and direct marketing.

“This new campaign is really about having a big idea, a big long term campaign that can embrace all those different benefits.” Farmer says.

“I don’t think we have previously had an idea that has been as big to embrace all those different benefits so they’ve been tackled independently. But this time we’ve said right we want to have fewer creative vehicles in the market."

The campaign aims to push two key benefits of the Foxtel platform that it sees as a differentiator in the market: its content selection and streaming ability.

Whybin\TBWA CEO Paul Bradbury says that customer research undertaken by Foxtel showed that while Foxtel had a number of capabilities which customers wanted, there was a disconnect that meant many people weren’t aware the brand could offer it.

“This about driving reconsideration of the breadth and extent of what Foxtel has to offer. And not only breadth of programming but also the ways in which you can watch it,” Bradbury says.

“For various reasons some of the streaming services seem to have a perception that you can watch it on more platforms. Foxtel you can watch in just as may places. We just need to neutralise that perception.”

Sport in an obvious omission in the campaign, but Farmer says that is part of a “simpler communications architecture” that sees sport promoted separately through the “FoxSportingNation” brand platform by Cummins&Partners, unveiled in February.

Farmer says the new brand campaign is already in the planning stages for 2017, with Whybin\TBWA at the helm, working alongside Foxtel's inhouse agency Felix to execute. It marks a shift in Foxtel's agency arrangements as Clemenger BBDO had previously been its lead creative shop. AdNews revealed in November last year that it was looking at other agencies for the launch of this major project. Farmer confirmed that the agency was still working with Clemenger BBDO for a number of digital tasks.

"Empowering the consumer"

The campaign also represents a major tonal shift for Foxtel, which Farmer says is representative of fragmentation in the television sector, which has seen the “empowerment of the television consumer”.

Whybin\TBWA chief strategy officer Hristos Varouhas says the campaign was built as a reflection of that, moving away from the “big statement” campaigns that Foxtel used to create to instead, looking at the service from the eyes of the consumer, celebrating the quirky ways in which everyone watches content.

“It’s through the viewer’s eyes rather than through the brand’s eyes and that’s a fundamental shift but we think a very important one," Varouhas says.

“If the viewer feels like they’re being sold to, that can work really well and I think Foxtel has a history of that working for them but this category is moving on. Foxtel is a leader within that and it’s taken a tonal position that is all about curating how the viewer connects to content and enjoys content rather than the brand telling them that.”

It also means that social media will be a large component of the campaign with content designed to build online conversations driven by particular shows on the Foxtel platform.

Farmer says while its content team has been creating gifs and other content, it’s aiming to encourage viewers to take to its channels with their own user-generated content.

“There is an emphasis of genres within this campaign as well which is drama and lifestyle orientated,” Farmer says.

“That’s the strongest next reason in terms of our differentiation of FTA and the other services and to do that justice you’ve got to eyeball it.”

Other big changes are afoot at Foxtel with speculation that Telstra could sell off its 50% stake, and other specuation that a merger between Foxtel and Fox Sport could be imminent.

Foxtel is set to welcome a new CEO as Richard Freudenstein steps down and is replaced by News Corp's Peter Tonagh. The network is also expected to shortly name a successor to current marketing director Ed Smith who is leaving to relocate to Europe.

Bangladesh to set up company to run satellite

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/bangladesh-to-set-up-company-to-run-satellite--1134341

Bangladesh is set to form a dedicated company to run its first satellite 'Bangabandhu-1', to be launched by 2017. A proposal has been sent to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her approval, State Minister for Telecom Tarana Halim said, The Daily Star reports. Hopefully the proposal will be passed quickly and the company will be able to start its preparations for commercial activities soon, Tarana said.
Tarana spoke to reporters after visiting Telecom Staff College in Gazipur where she saw the development work of the first ground station for the satellite. The satellite project is estimated to cost BDT 29.67 billion, and Thales Alenia Space is working on design, construction and launch of the satellite under a deal worth around BDT 19.59 billion.

Bangabandhu satellite to be launched Dec 16, 2017

From http://www.thefinancialexpress-bd.com/2016/03/19/21991

DHAKA, March 19: Bangabandhu satellite will be launched on December 16, 2017.

State Minister for Post and Telecommunications Advocate Tarana Halim announced it on Sunday saying "Our overall preparation is going on well in this regard. Two ground stations are being built for the satellite in Gazipur and Betbunia. We have achieved victory over sea, now it is the turn for the space".

The state minister came up with the observations while talking to newsmen when she visited the site for Bangabandhu Satellite Ground Station at Telecommunication Staff College area in Telipara of Gazipur town.

"The proposed expenditure for the project is Tk19.51 billion and we will be able to recover the money in six to seven years of the blast-off. Lands measuring five acres each have been acquired in two proposed sites," Tarana said.

She said Bangladesh will be able to save huge amount of foreign currency once the satellite is positioned in the orbit and it will be a great boost for our telecommunication.

"Government is working relentlessly for increasing the speed of internet. The finger prints taken for registering mobile phone seam will not be stored. It will only be compared with the finger prints taken for national identity card," Tarana added.

Managing director of Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) Gholam Fakhruddin Ahmed, additional deputy commissioner (revenue) of Gazipur Farzana Mannan, were present on the occasion, among others, according to a news agency. - IH

Laotian satellite expected to lower Internet cost

From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/AEC-Feed-30281952.html

Now that Laos has its own telecommunications satellite, Internet service costs should go down as providers will no longer have to pay rental fees to operators of other satellites, said Dr Phouluang Kanolath, director-general of the satellite project under the Telecommunications Department.

The government received LaoSAT-1's in-orbit delivery and witnessed the opening of the Lao Asia-Pacific Satellite Company last week.
The Ministry of Posts and Telecommunication also expects higher-quality ICT service, which will cover areas in Laos that fibre-optic cables previously did not reach.

Phouluang said there were a lot of services that would be made possible by the satellite, such as easier communication between remote areas and central provinces or the capital, e-learning and e-medical services.

LaoSAT-1 was launched into space last November. - Vientiane Times

First Pinoy satellite DIWATA-1 to launch on Wednesday

From http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/559924/scitech/science/first-pinoy-satellite-diwata-1-to-launch-on-wednesday

GMA News After months of anticipation, the Philippines' first microsatellite DIWATA-1 is all set for launch on Wednesday morning, March 23, at 10 a.m. (Philippine Time). The 50kg imaging satellite will be part of the payload of private aerospace company Orbital ATK's Cygnus spacecraft, which will lift off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA, on a supply mission to the International Space Station (ISS). Diwata 1 will stay onboard the ISS until the end of April, when it will be launched into space at an altitude of 400 km above the Earth's surface. Click here or here to see an overview of the launch, courtesy of NASA. Once in orbit, Diwata will monitor weather patterns and crop health, among other tasks. "DIWATA-1’s delivery to the ISS (takes us) one step further in the country’s long journey towards developing homegrown science and technology expertise and finally put the Philippines in the list of nations that have the capacity of venturing into space and beyond," the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) said in a press release.

Intelsat to raise $1bn

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/03/21/intelsat-to-raise-1bn/

Intelsat is raising $1 billion in fresh borrowing (via Senior Secured Notes) and due for repayment in 2024. The company already has some $14 billion in debt obligations.

The terms of the debt offering have not been revealed as yet.

The new cash is being raised through Intelsat’s parent company, the Luxembourg-based Intelsat Luxembourg SA, and will be guaranteed by the business.

Intelsat says the net proceeds from the sale of the notes are expected to be used by Intelsat for general corporate purposes, which may include repayment of indebtedness, capital expenditures and working capital and to pay fees and expenses related to the offering.

Back in February, the satellite operator appointed Guggenheim Securities to examine some key financing and balance sheet initiatives, and to examine the operator’s debt structure (and no doubt debt restructuring).

As at December 31st 2015, Intelsat had around $14.6 billion of debt, little changed from the previous year. During 2015, it paid more than $890 million in interest payments, out of a total revenue of about $2.45 billion.


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update


Late update as I watching the T20

Video of the day

I would advise people to stear well clear of any such app its probably fake anyway

Friday Feeds

IS19 12593V Sr 7500 STS8
IS19 12602V Sr 7500 STS9
IS19 12611V Sr 7500 Kordia 1HDTV Pri

All FTA, but sorry no details as to what the content was

D2 12672V 6669 "Telstra 1" trotts..

From my Email


From the Dish

JCSAT 3A 128.0E 12348 V "Dance Channel" is encrypted again.

Telkom 1 108.0E 3600 V "The Transvision" mux has left .

Express AM3 103.0E 11606 V "Shop 24" has started on , Fta.

Yamal 401 90.0E 11092 H "STS Love" Fta
Yamal 401 90.0E 11559 V "Yamal TV" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 15 85.2E 10995 H "Kurdsat News" has started on , Fta

Insat 4A 83.0E 3725 H "HBN" has left .
Insat 4A 83.0E 3756 H "1 Yes" has started on , Fta.
Insat 4A 83.0E 3868 H "KBC News" has left .
Insat 4A 83.0E 3874 H "Naxatra News" has started on , Fta. Swaraj Express and Kamyab TV have left.
Insat 4A 83.0E 3936 H "Prajaa TV Kannada" has started on, Fta.

G-Sat 10 83.0E 10970 V "ETV Haryana, Goodness TV, ETV Odia News and ETV Telangana" have started on , Videoguard.
G-Sat 10 83.0E 11130 V "HMTV, Ishwar TV and R Plus" have started on , Videoguard.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3831 H "Pashto 1" has started on , Fta.

ABS 2 75.0E 12153 V "8 Kanal" has started on , encrypted.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3796 V "K News 24x7 and Splash TV" have left .

From asiatvro site

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,凤凰中文、CCTV News(MPEG-4)等全组频道改频率,设置11165 H 44000参数部分频道免费接收。 [3月18日]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星Ku频段,Muz TV、Shop 24(俄罗斯)等17个频道新增,设置11265 H 30000参数免费接收。 [3月18日]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星C频段,TNT4(+7h)替换Telekanal 2x2(+5h)(俄罗斯)频道,设置3837 L 14815参数免费接收。 [3月18日]

东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Big Gaurav(印度)等频道消失,设置3891 V 11838参数无效接收。 [3月17日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Sabaoon TV替换K TV(MPEG-4)频道,设置4065 H 4296参数免费接收。 [3月17日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Life Channel替换Kuru Television(泰国)频道,设置3585 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [3月17日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,TV-3(马来西亚)频道消失,设置3786 V 7200参数无效接收。 [3月17日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,TV-3(BISS)频道加密,设置4025 V 5000参数有条件接收。 [3月17日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,MRTV(国际)频道加密,设置3711 H 13333参数有条件接收。 [3月17日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Channel No.2、Peace Of Mind(印度)频道新增,设置12227 H 44000参数免费接收。 [3月17日]

东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,KBS Kids、AniPlus(SkyLife)等全组频道改频率,设置12570 H 29500参数有条件接收。 [3月16日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,CTIME、Viki(SkyLife)等全组频道改频率,设置12370 H 29500参数有条件接收。 [3月16日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Kasthuri TV、Assam Talk(印度)频道新增,设置12227 H 44000参数免费接收。 [3月16日]
东经159度轨道位置的ABS-6号卫星C频段,卫星宣传(MPEG-4)频道改格式,设置3558 V 36000参数免费接收。 [3月16日]
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Nautlcal Channel(高清)频道重现,设置11593 H 30000参数免费接收。 [3月16日]

Stream Links

Duke channel from TVNZ starts Sunday March 20th (may be geo blocked)

TVNZ Duke Sd



Telstra may sell Foxtel stake as pay TV giant struggles

From http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-03-18/telstra-may-sell-foxtel-stake-as-pay-tv-giant-struggles/7259506

Australian pay television providers Foxtel and Austar logos

Speculation is rife that Telstra is about to ditch its 50 per cent shareholding in Foxtel, as the pay TV network faces increased digital competition.

"I guess as an executive I will always want to be doing better, but it's [Foxtel] a great asset and that's why it's strategically important to us," Telstra boss Andy Penn told ABC News Breakfast this morning in response to the speculation.

But analysts are questioning how long Foxtel will remain a "great asset".

The internet is shaking TV to its core, with Netflix, for example, having a million subscribers after just one year in Australia.

"Foxtel's under pressure for content, they're under pressure for customers, they're under pressure for viewers, they're under pressure for revenue," said media analyst Steve Allen from Fusion Strategy.

Sports rights battles likely to heat up

Sport is the key driver of Foxtel's revenue, with the NRL and AFL the jewels in the crown.

There are those who think crunch time for Foxtel will arrive in about four years when the rights to the two football codes are up for renewal.

"Netflix might use Australia as an experiment to go up in tiers in content service terms, we'll probably see the same from Stan, and I think Foxtel is nowhere going to be able to maintain its current profitability," said CCZ Equities media analyst Roger Colman.

Already, cricket's Big Bash League has departed to Channel 10 to be followed next August by English Premier League football going to Optus, Fetch TV and SBS.

"That probably means the cost for sports rights for Foxtel, indeed the cost of any programming for Foxtel, is only going to rise, so they're going to have a growing overheads problem," explained Mr Allen.

If that is not enough, Steve Allen said the looming arrival of the NBN spells even more trouble for Foxtel.

"A lot more providers will start to use the NBN, rent space on the NBN, and supply products we haven't even thought of so far," he added.

Costly Foxtel struggles to compete

Also hurting Foxtel is that it is expensive, leading to a customer backlash this week when it tried to raise its prices by a dollar a month.

Many Foxtel customers have noticed that, at $25 per month for its basic package, Foxtel is almost three times as expensive as Netflix's basic offering.

Although Foxtel has 2.7 million subscribers, it has had to rely on the purchase of regional provider Austar for meaningful growth.

Against that backdrop it's no real surprise that Telstra is weighing up either a sale or float of its 50 per cent stake in Foxtel.

However, whatever its intentions for Foxtel, Telstra has a much more immediate issue to deal with - and that is how to make Australia's biggest mobile network more reliable.

The second major outage in less than a month is a huge blow to the carrier's reputation.

A reputation it is trying to buy back, again.

"The third of April is the day for free data for customers to in some way apologise for the inconvenience we've again caused them," said Mr Penn.

Perhaps a prime chance for those customers to watch their favourite TV shows and movies on the web, instead of watching Foxtel.

Premier League matches to be broadcast live in Australia by Optus

From http://www.espnfc.com/barclays-premier-league/story/2831338/optus-to-show-all-premier-league-games-live-in-australia

Premier League fans in Australia will be able to watch every match broadcast live from England on a new, dedicated 24-7 football channel from next season.

Optus has revealed its subscription-only service, Fetch, will broadcast Premier League matches live from August -- the start of the new English football season -- in a television channel dedicated exclusively to the Premier League.

Full pricing details will be revealed in June, Optus said.

"With up to 10 sub-channels, Optus will accommodate every match of every round live, so fans never miss a minute of the action on match day," the company said in a statement.

More good news is free-to-air network SBS will show one match of each round live for the next three seasons, after striking a sub-licence deal with Optus.

The telco surprised the media industry and football fans in November when it secured a $189 million, three-year deal for the exclusive Australian broadcast and digital rights to the Premier League. Foxtel has held the local Premier League broadcast rights for the past 18 years.

Premier League broadcast rights are the most lucrative in world football.

Optus said a mini set-top box device, which will also include access to 35 premium entertainment channels, will allow customers to access its subscription service on their televisions.

They will also launch a special Premier League app for mobiles and tablets, which will offer un-metered mobile and fixed broadband streaming of live games, plus a Premier League website.

An Optus satellite broadcast platform will provide Premier League coverage for customers who can't access its broadband services, or can't get high definition content via their broadband service. The satellite service will also deliver live games via its Premier League channel to commercial premises, including pubs and clubs.

The telco has also struck a deal with SBS to offer live streaming of all matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, as well as other FIFA events including the 2017 Confederations Cup and the 2019 Women's World Cup.

NodeSat aims to cut red-tape for launching satellites into space

From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/aviation/nodesat-aims-to-cut-redtape-for-launching-satellites-into-space/news-story/faebce803dcf0e71eb31446ec168fefa

It can cost aerospace comapnies an additional $100,000 to buy spectrum to communicate with their satellites once launched into space.

A new technology start-up is promising to rip through the reams of red tape holding back Australian aerospace companies from launching pint-sized satellites into orbit.

The Adelaide-based start-up, NodeSat, is the brainchild of Brett Burford and Michael Leslie, who want to ease the complicated process of launching satellites and devices into space from Australia.

“It can be a slow endeavour to get an object launched into space, particularly if you are a new company,” Mr Burford said.

“Launches take quite a lot of time, years in fact, before people can see the fruits of their projects, but we are here to speed that up.”

The company’s main objective is to become the middleman between organisations looking to launch objects into orbit and the regulators, ground-control stations and the myriad other third parties required to get there.

“We bridge the gaps between satellite designers, manufacturers and operators, governmental regulatory agencies, launch providers, and space insurers,” Mr Burford said.

“The premise is that they connect to us once and then that provides them instant access to lots of services instead of having to go to them all by themselves.”

One large obstacle that typically holds back companies from becoming commercial space operators is the requirement to licence and access wireless spectrum — the radio frequencies that underpin wireless communication services — needed to control and communicate with satellites.

“The most complex part about being a start-up in the space game and wanting to launch is getting access to spectrum,” Mr Burford said. “This is vastly more complex and time-consuming than people realise, and it’s putting many Australian projects at risk.

“If you were told you needed to find an extra $100,000 to get spectrum to communicate with your satellite or find you have a two-year wait to access spectrum then these can be pretty insurmountable problems for a start-up.”

NodeSat is in talks with investors to help fund the purchase of its own spectrum.

The company then plans to licence access to its spectrum to organisations looking to launch satellites into orbit. “Once we get this spectrum it will allow us to use it more efficiently at a substantially reduced average cost for our customers,” Mr Burford said. “It will also greatly reduce the time needed to get access to spectrum.”

Spectrum can be an expensive asset to buy as it is in high demand from the world’s mobile phone operators, who need it to deliver fast and reliable download speeds.

But NodeSat is seeking access to cheaper spectrum frequencies that operate outside the usual bands used by telecommunication companies.

The launch of NodeSat comes amid a growing interest in commercial space activities. More than $5 billion of private money has poured into the global space industry in the past 18 months from some of the most successful technology companies including Google, serial tech entrepreneur Elon Musk and his SpaceX organisation, Virgin and Qualcomm.

The Australian government also is keen to get involved and has kicked off a review into its decades-old Space Activities Act that sets the regulatory framework for companies wishing to explore commercial opportunities in space.

The review forms an important plank in the federal government’s innovation agenda and has been established to spark a boom in the local space industry.

The 10-month review is examining whether federal laws, which were introduced in 1998, are holding back research and private investment in space technologies.

Mr Burford welcomed the review but said only a light regulatory touch was needed to get the local industry moving along.

“I think there is a role for government to play to encourage more action in Australia’s space industry,” he said. “But I think there are some benefits that we have commercially in this country by not having some of the handouts that other countries do.

“It encourages us in the space industry to always act very commercially. This will position us well in the future because it gives us a focus on operating commercially from day one.”

Telstra eyes Foxtel selldown as Peter Tonagh takes charge

From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/telstra-eyes-foxtel-selldown-as-peter-tonagh-takes-charge/news-story/dc393692d54eef938ffdf4ed9639bdcd

News Corp Australia CEO Peter Tonagh is taking the reins at Foxtel.

Foxtel could be on track to a multi-billion-dollar stockmarket float as the pay-TV operator installs News Corp Australia chief executive Peter Tonagh as its new head.

While there is no guarantee of a deal, joint shareholder Telstra is planning to sell down as much as 60 per cent of its stake in Foxtel — representing 30 per cent of the company — if the telco giant embarks on an initial public offering that would net Telstra about $3.7 billion.

News Corp, publisher of The Australian, is understood to have no plans to sell its 50 per cent stake in Foxtel, which it plans to more closely integrate with its other media assets. The satellite and cable broadcaster is arguably Australia’s largest commercial media operator, with 2.6 million subscribers, annual revenues of $3bn and an enterprise value in excess of $8bn. It is jointly owned by News Corp and Telstra.

Although Telstra yesterday insisted that “Foxtel remains strat­egically important” to the company, the deal drumbeats have grown steadily louder since May, when Andy Penn was appointed to lead the telco.

Telstra has been considering its options, and investment bank UBS has been pushing several ­scenarios. But a transaction is far from certain when the stock­market is so volatile and investor appetite for media stocks is tepid.

The focus on Telstra’s media assets comes just days after Telstra shelved its $1bn mobile phone joint venture in The Philippines.

The departure of Mr Tonagh to Foxtel will see News Corp Australasia executive chairman ­Michael Miller lead the publishing company’s executive team.

A former Foxtel chief operating officer and chief financial officer, Mr Tonagh worked at the company for more than a decade, and has maintained strong ­relationships with key Hollywood studios and production com­panies. He became CEO of News Corp Australia in November last year after 2½ years as COO, ­during which time he shifted the company’s newspapers to a multiplatform strategy, and transitioned the sales team to a new model for the digital era.

Mr Tonagh said he was “immensely proud” of his legacy at the publishing business, and “honoured and excited to be given the opportunity to return to Foxtel”.

He replaces Richard Freudenstein, who will stand down from the company after 4½ years as chief. He will remain on the board of News Corp’s digital real estate listings business REA Group, operator of realestate.com.au.

At the helm of Foxtel, Mr Freudenstein belied concerns about its resilience to withstand disruption in the digital era by delivering strong subscriber growth, and a drop in churn, the rate at which customers opt out. Milestones include the launch of internet-based TV service Foxtel Go, streaming service Presto, the repackaging of Foxtel content to reduce prices and drive record growth, new channels and the renewal of TV sports rights deals including the NRL and AFL.

He also finalised a $2bn takeover of regional pay-TV operator Austar, and more recently oversaw Foxtel’s acquisition of a 13.84 per cent stake in free-to-air TV network Ten. Mr Tonagh is likely to replace Mr Freudenstein on the board of the media company.

At its recent first-half result, Foxtel reported a 5.5 per cent jump in first-half revenue to $1.66bn, driven by 8.1 per cent subscriber growth for the six months to December 31. Churn fell from 11.4 to 10.2 per cent.

Speaking to The Australian, Mr Freudenstein said that while he was “genuinely sad” to leave, he felt ready to “take a break”, and will ponder his next move while on a short career hiatus. “I love the digital space; I’m very excited to be staying involved with News and REA. Other than that I think I will take a break and just think about it,” he said.

Mr Freudenstein said he was most proud of getting shareholder agreement to sharply reduce Foxtel’s pricing and packaging, a risky move that has since paid off by “igniting” subscriber growth even as streaming services enticed subscribers.

“We grew subscribers at a time when not only were we changing our pricing but the marketing was becoming much more competitive because of Netflix. Yet we still grew our subscribers by 8 per cent last year calendar year,” he said.

“I am confident that the business has the financial strength, innovative spirit and depth and breadth of content relationships to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing media landscape.”

News Corp’s global chief executive, Robert Thomson, thanked Mr Freudenstein for his leadership of Foxtel, and contribution to REA. “News Corp is now the world’s largest player in digital real estate and Richard has been integral to our domestic and international growth,” Mr Thomson said. “His leadership and guidance were pivotal in the acquisition of realtor.com in the US and I am delighted he will remain involved in this dynamic part of our business.”

Telstra chief Andy Penn said it was important Foxtel maintained its momentum. “Peter is well positioned to lead Foxtel through the next phase of its evolution and build on Richard’s achievements,” Mr Penn said.

Are you ready for Duke? Everything you need to know

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=11606580

This Sunday at 6pm, TVNZ is launching Duke. It's a new channel, which will be live streamed online at watchduke.co.nz, and also on Freeview 13 and Sky 23, as well as having shows available on the TVNZ Ondemand platform.

When the channel was announced last month, it was pitched as a male-skewed platform. But it's now being described as an alternative to TV One and TV2.

"Duke is our chance to give people something different to watch" explains programmer Greg Hughes. "Things they won't necessarily see on other channels (and some things they might) and a whole bunch of different ways to watch it.

"Duke is movies (good ones), drama, comedy, sport and factual content. Not stuffy old docos from way back, but shows that have wit and intelligence. Well, some of them do and some are just a relaxing watch that you don't have to think too hard about. And that's the way we want it to be."

So what will be on offer when it launches on Sunday? They've got familiar American comedies like Family Guy, Two and a Half Men, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and DC Comics' Batman spin-off series Gotham, season one of which screened on TV2, none of which are particularly exciting additions.

But there are also a few new shows. Beowulf is a British fantasy drama television series from ITV, which launched in January, and seems to be a sort of Vikings-meets-Game of Thrones-meets-Lord of the Rings epic, which has received mixed reviews overseas.

There's also Sin City Saints, which follows the behind-the-scenes drama of a fictional Las Vegas basketball franchise; American sketch show The Birthday Boys, Bordertown, which is a new animated comedy from the makers of Family Guy and a selection of documentary series - Losing Traction is about drift racing, The Indestructibles is a Bear Grylls meets Top Gear silly stunts show, Up Close With interviews big sports stars like Lionel Messi, Neymar, Usain Bolt, and Dark Net explores the dark web, and themes such as cyber-kidnapping, online cults and the webcam sex trade.

There will also be The Late Late Show with James Corden - complete with his viral car pool karaoke episodes - and live sport like NBA basketball.

What's on ...

Screening dates for new Duke shows
• The Late Late Show with James Corden, 7pm weeknights.
• Dark Net - Sunday March 20, 8pm
• Gotham season two - Sunday March 20, 9.20pm
• Bordertown - Tuesday March 22 , 8.30pm
• Sin City Saints - Tuesday March 22, 9.20pm
• Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands - Friday March 25 March, 8.30pm

Pay TV challenge

From http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=345823

SOME conditions that came with Digicel Fiji's licence to operate Sky Pacific would make business a challenge for the company.

However, Digicel Fiji CEO Darren McLean believes it's not a challenge that cannot be overcome.

"We have to work within the conditions that we are asked to work within. They will make operating the Sky business bit challenging because as most people will appreciate, advertising has been on Sky Pacific forever and we have all seen the ads play around Super Rugby and it has continued over the years," said Mr McLean.

"To take that away is a challenge for business case for Sky Pacific. It just means that we have to invest more in new concepts and service improvements in order to overcome the gap that exists in the revenue as a result of that condition."

Digicel was granted a 12-year licence to fully operate its pay television Sky Pacific last week but with the condition that Sky Pacific could not show any local content on its pay channels unless they were messages of national importance that needed to be disseminated.

Communications Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum had said Digicel could not show any advertisement unless an agreement with the three existing free-to-air channels (FBC TV, Fiji One, Mai TV) was made.

Digicel also cannot advertise on Sky Pacific and advertisements cannot be aired unless all the three free-to-air providers agree to it.

Mr McLean said Digicel wanted to ensure that the transition from Fiji TV to Digicel would be smooth for customers.

"I think within the first couple of months, we are planning to introduce important programming changes that customers should be really happy with," said Mr McLean.

He said Sky Pacific had customers in 15 Pacific countries but there was still a need to increase its penetration in pay TV in Fijian households.

"It is not highly profitable currently so growing subscribers in Fiji and also outside Fiji is important," he said.

Mr McLean said they planned to introduce more products for customers which would most probably be rolled out in the coming months.

"For example, we plan to offer Sky customers some exclusive rates and offers on existing Digicel services and one of those services maybe on our post-pay mobile service network."

Mr McLean said although most of their revenue would come from the Sky Pacific dish that subscribers would purchase, they had plans to make available some programs on the handset for customers to enjoy.

Digicel Fiji has already earmarked just over $1million to be spent on changes that would be brought about in the programming.

In terms of movement of the existing Sky Pacific staff members, Mr McLean reiterated that there would be no job losses.

He said there were about 40-50 staff members working for Sky Pacific and they would join the Digicel staff.

Astro goes OTT with Tribe

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/03/18/astro-goes-ott-with-tribe/

Malaysian pay-TV platform Astro has launched Tribe, which it describes as a differentiated over-the-top online video service for the region.

“Today marks a new milestone for Astro with the launch of Tribe, our OTT service for the ASEAN video consumers,” declared Dato’ Rohana Rozhan, Group Chief Executive Officer of Astro. “Tribe is premised on Astro’s aspiration to build on our customer reach and content scale, leveraging on our experience in serving our diverse customers and marketplace. It remains our commitment to build on our vernacular capabilities, and signature IPs, as Astro, as well as in collaboration with key partners regionally and internationally. Understanding there is no one-size-fits-all go to market strategy, Tribe will seek complementary win-win partnerships with local telecommunications and media companies in each market, to jointly build on customer reach, and relationships, whilst leveraging on combined invested platforms and technologies, to deliver a greater customer experience.”
Iskandar Samad, CEO of Tribe said: “We are happy to work with Axiata Digital Services who is launching initially in Indonesia today. Why Tribe? It is all about building a community of fans around the most popular content genres, particularly in the younger demographic. Consumers of today are highly mobile and socially connected; we intend to build a relevant social connection between users through the content they consume. Social media is already the new water cooler, and we want our content to be at the centre of that dialogue. Tribe will be mobile-first, allowing consumption anytime, anywhere. It will deliver highly-tailored content, combining both live and on demand, and its aim will be to provide the most compelling content that will resonate with consumers in each target market. Through user feedback, we will dynamically tailor the content slate to suit their preferences.”

“For Indonesia, Tribe will start by offering live and on demand content for Korean fans, sports fans and Asian movie buffs. For the first time ever, sports fans will be able to enjoy live sports content through Fox Sports 1, 2 and 3, which will include coverage of MotoGP, Bundesliga, Formula 1, UFC and BWF (Badminton) events. Korean entertainment fans will be able to catch the latest K-entertainment within hours of their world premiere on Oh!K and soon, live K-pop music events on Channel M from Korea. Movie buffs will also not be disappointed; Tribe will offer a selection of Asian and Indonesian films in various genres of horror, action and drama.”

“We are working on personalied discovery and recommendation, and will progressively add features such as download to-go and integrated social media engagement over the coming months. We are also developing exciting plans to launch Tribe in a number of other markets within this year,” confirmed Samad.

Multinet Pakistan picks SpeedCast for satellite service

From http://www.enterpriseinnovation.net/article/multinet-pakistan-picks-speedcast-satellite-service-170205588

SpeedCast International has entered into a multi-million dollar agreement with Multinet Pakistan, which enables the latter to add satellite communications solutions to its private network solution offerings.

With support from SpeedCast, Multinet can expand its service coverage to the most remote areas of Pakistan via satellite.

In this multi-year service agreement, SpeedCast will provide Multinet enterprise connectivity based on the new generation satellite communications technology.

To support the required connectivity and service level to the end users, SpeedCast will deploy two iDirect Hubs in Pakistan. Backed by SpeedCast’s infrastructure, Multinet expects to offer reliable connectivity to the most remote areas of Pakistan.

“Multinet always thrives to provide premium communication services to its customers regardless of locational constraints. We see great value in working with SpeedCast as our trustworthy business partner to expand our stretch to remote areas in the country to provide high-quality VSAT services,” said Adnan Asdar Ali, CEO of Multinet Pakistan.

Pierre-Jean Beylier, CEO of SpeedCast, said the company has been working in Pakistan to provide robust and efficient connectivity solutions. “Now we are thrilled that our partnership with Multinet will enable our valued customer to roll out its new satellite communications solutions to Pakistan.”

AsiaSat says pricing pressure now coming from all fronts

From news

AsiaSat of Hong Kong said that after months of regulatory delays, the company early this year won satellite broadcast landing rights in mainland China for the first time in nine years. The AsiaSat-6 satellite, launched in mid-2014, is aimed at the Chinese market.

Satellite fleet operator AsiaSat on March 16 reported lower revenue for 2015 and told investors to expect more heavy weather this year as the regional bandwidth-capacity glut continues to force down transponder prices. Hong Kong-based AsiaSat Chairman Ju Wei Min, in a statement to shareholders, said the company was being squeezed from just about every angle. Global satellite operators faced with stagnant top lines are hunting new business in Asia, Ju said. Regional fleet operators, hoping to maintain market share as they wait for better days, are dropping transponder prices.

As if that’s not enough, several Asian governments have launched or are preparing to launch their own, national satellites, “increasing supply and in some cases restricting market access to foreign satellite operators,” Ju said, predicting that 2016 would be “a very challenging year for AsiaSat and the satellite industry as a whole.” AsiaSat is counting on the adoption of high-definition television by many of its broadcast network customers, and the start of ultra-high-definition programming, known as 4K, to provide growth in transponder demand. Like many other operators, the company is eyeing new business for broadband mobile delivery to land, sea and aeronautical markets to stem the decline in conventional demand. In AsiaSat’s specific case, the newly won access to the mainland Chinese video market for the first time in nine years also offers growth potential. AsiaSat had been counting on receiving Chinese landing rights in 2015, and had positioned its AsiaSat 6 and AsiaSat 8 – both launched in mid-2014 – to harvest new business. But the licenses were delayed and much of the satellites’ capacity remained idle.

“We had expected to secure a key deal with a leading customer in the region that would have taken up nearly all of AsiaSat 6’s capacity,” Ju said in reference to one of the contracts – apparently mainly Chinese — that did not materialize because of regulatory issues. Half of AsiaSat 6 is used by Thaicom of Thailand. The license for China was granted earlier this year, and AsiaSat 6 has begun carrying Chinese broadcasters, AsiaSat said. Asia, and particularly East Asia, has long been perhaps the world’s most competitive market. Multiple national satellite operators have popped up in recent years, adding to the oversupply. At some point this expansion will stop as Asia runs out of governments that do not have their own flags in orbit. But there is no indication that a reversal of the trend, meaning a consolidation of the many players, will follow. It’s not just Asia. The same trend is occurring in Latin America. Satellite fleet operator Eutelsat’s outgoing chief executive, Michel de Rosen, lamented the trend March 10 during the Satellite 2016 conference in National Harbor, Maryland, sasying the new operators were unlikely to build long-term businesses.

He was quickly upbraided by Tom Choi, chief executive of ABS. ABS is based in Bermuda but has been active in Asia and has purchased little-used satellites owned by national operators as it has grown its fleet. But Choi defended smaller governments’ decisions on national-sovereignty grounds. “We, as the satellite industry, should not be making blanket statements that all national systems are not economic,” Choi said. “They can be economic and they should invest in them. “What has really happened in our industry? The top 3-4 satellite operators have a 90 percent market share in our industry. That means 3-4 countries are occupying 90 percent of the geosynchronous spectrum.

The revenues that are generated are flowing from all the countries around the world to these 3-4 operators. “So it’s essentially that rules developed by the ITU and certain smart countries have created this incredible infrastructure in an indirect form of colonialism or imperialism in spectrum.” AsiaSat operates six satellites in geostationary orbit and has one on order. Asiasat-9, under construction by Space Systems Loral of Palo Alto, California, is scheduled for launch by early 2017 aboard an International Launch Services Proton rocket. For the 12 months ending Dec. 31, AsiaSat said, its fleet was 72 percent full, down from 75 percent a year ago.

The aging AsiaSat 3S is operating from 150.5 degrees east and has been leased to other satellite operators to protect orbital positions. Two Indonesian operators, both planning satellites, have laid claim to the 150.5-degree east slot. Revenue for the year was 1.31 billion Hong Kong dollars, or $169.2 million at end-2015 exchange rates, down 4 percent in local-currency terms on lower average new-customer transponder prices and non-renewal of several contracts. Profit, at 440 million Hong Kong dollars, was down 21 percent for the same reasons. But new orders in 2015 were up 49 percent over 2015, totaling 533 million Hong Kong dollars.

Arrests made in pirated STB operation

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/03/18/arrests-made-in-pirated-stb-opreration/

The City of London Police’s Intellectual Property Unit (PIPCU) has been involved in a day of action to disrupt the sale of set-top boxes which have been illegally modified to stream pirated channels which include movies and sports.

The co-ordinated operation resulted in six arrests, following the execution of seven search warrants and inspections at addresses in the northern English towns and cities of Consett, Lanchester, Washington, Gateshead, Middlesbrough, Sunderland and Seamer.

The activity which involved PIPCU, the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT), the Northeast Regional Specialist Operations Unit (NERSOU) and regional Trading Standards also led to the seizure of 42 Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) set-top boxes which are suspected to be illegally modified to allow access to subscription-only channels.

PIPCU officers executed a search warrant at an address in Sunderland where a 37 year-old man was arrested on suspicion of distributing an unauthorised decoder, money laundering and making/supplying items for use in fraud.

The intelligence-led investigation was initiated by FACT in February 2016 following a third-party referral received which indicated that illegally modified IPTV boxes were being sold on the Internet from the locations in the northeast of England. A multi-agency working group was established to bring together the investigative expertise at FACT, PIPCU and NERSOU police forces (Northumbia, Durham and Cleveland police) along with Trading Standards.

The head of PIPCU, Detective Chief Inspector Peter Ratcliffe, described the operation as an excellent example of multi-agency working across force boundaries to tackle piracy and those intent on making money at the expense of honest subscription payers who deserve a fair deal. “Set-top box piracy is costing the entertainment industry millions every year and it invites possible risks from malware and viruses into homes where these devices are in use. We routinely seek to identify and disrupt those intent on making quick cash from piracy and will use every enforcement opportunity to bring them to justice,” he declared.

Director General of the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT), Kieron Sharp, said the joint operation in the North East sent a clear message to anyone involved in the sale of illegal TV streaming boxes that FACT, along with the police and Trading Standards, are taking this crime very seriously. “Consumers need to be aware that these cheap pre-configured TV boxes are illegal. They are stealing copyrighted content and starving UK businesses from revenue, as well as putting consumers’ devices at risk of malware and ransomware.”

The Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit is a specialist national police unit dedicated to protecting the UK industries that produce legitimate, high quality, physical goods and online and digital content from intellectual property crime.

The operationally-independent unit was launched in September 2013 with funding from the Intellectual Property Office (IPO). The unit is based within the Economic Crime Directorate of the City of London Police, which is the National Policing Lead for Fraud.

Sky (U.K) launching free sports channel

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/03/18/sky-adds-free-sports-option-for-all-subs/

Sky is launching a new sports channel – Sky Sports Mix – which will air a range of content from some of the world’s biggest sporting events to all its TV customers in the UK and Ireland at no extra cost. For the first time, millions more Sky customers will be able to watch a mix of live sport including football, golf from Europe and the US, international cricket and much more as part of their basic subscription packages.

From the launch this summer, viewers can look forward to regular live football from competitions including La Liga, MLS, FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers, as well as a select number of Premier League and Football League matches. Sky Sports Mix will also bring Sky’s long-standing commitment to women’s sport to a broader audience, with live women’s golf, cricket and netball. These will appear alongside shows such as Game Changers and sporting masterclasses that connect Sky Sports to the passion that kids have for learning about and playing sport. The Sky Sports Mix channel line-up will also include documentaries and sports entertainment shows.

Sky says the launch of Sky Sports Mix will further cement its position as the first choice for sport across a range of channels and products. Sitting alongside its channel line-up, Sky Sports Mix will be available in the same number of Sky TV homes as Sky Sports News HQ, a channel with an annual reach of 17 million viewers. Sky Sports Mix will also complement Sky’s growing digital audience, where 35 million monthly users engage with a range of Sky Sports products as well as its presence on leading platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and YouTube.

“With Sky Sports Mix, we are giving millions more people access to great moments from some of the world’s biggest sporting events at no extra cost,” commented Sky Sports Managing Director, Barney Francis. “It is a fantastic way for all Sky customers to be able to enjoy some of the great content that has made Sky Sports the first choice for sport.”

“Sky Sports Mix will bring sport to more people and provide many different ways of enjoying our coverage, from high profile live events and fascinating documentaries to clips of incredible moments. Our aim is to offer sport in a way that can engage, encourage and excite everyone even further.”

70% of Brits have pay-TV or VoD subscription

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/03/17/70-of-brits-have-pay-tv-or-vod-subscription/

Nearly seven in 10 (69 per cent) Britons online now report their household pays a subscription to watch live broadcast or on-demand programming, according to Nielsen’s Global Video-on-Demand Report.

The most popular TV subscription format in the UK is satellite (e.g. Sky), cited by 37 per cent of respondents. Cable (e.g. Virgin and BT) is the next most popular format (24 per cent), narrowly ahead of VoD (or online service) providers (20 per cent) such as Netflix and Amazon. British take-up of VoD providers is below the global average (26 per cent).

Further encouraging news for satellite and cable providers is that British subscribers are only half as likely (15 per cent) as the global average (32 per cent) to be planning “cord cutting” — replacing their satellite/cable contract with an online service.

“The increasing popularity of online-only TV services will continue to put pressure on the likes of Sky and Virgin, but a wholesale replacement of these traditional subscription players is unlikely,” says Nielsen executive vice president of digital for Europe, Terrie Brennan. “For most UK viewers, online VoD and traditional subscription services are complementary, so we’re more likely to see “cord shaving” – consumers choosing slimmer subscription packages from the traditional players, rather than cancelling them outright.”

UK less demanding for VoD

Nielsen’s Global Video-on-Demand Report, which polled more than 30,000 online respondents in 61 countries, reveals only half (51 per cent) of Britons online watch some form of VoD programming (be it long- or short-form content) compared to 65 per cent of respondents globally.

Among British VoD viewers, 35 per cent watch VoD at least once a day, compared to 43 per cent globally.

The type of content viewed in the UK using on-demand services contrasts markedly with that viewed in most other parts of the world. Britons are more likely to watch TV programmes (74 per cent) on-demand than films (64 per cent). Whereas, globally, many more people use VoD to watch films (80 per cent) than TV programmes (50 per cent). The contrast is similar across Europe (77 per cent vs. 39 per cent).

Brennan concludes: “In Britain, the cord-cutting wolf is being kept from the door by a combination of a relatively smaller appetite for on-demand content and traditional pay TV’s superior content library in terms of live sports and the earlier availability of premium TV series and films.”

Sea Launch sold?

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/03/17/sea-launch-sold/

Troubled launch company Sea Launch, which has struggled to stay profitable with its floating barge rocket launch platform, is reportedly in talks that could lead to its sale.

US-based turnaround outfit American Industrial Acquisition Corp (AIAC) is the reported buyer. AIAC is headquartered in New York, and specialises in acquiring troubled businesses.

Sea Launch was established in 1995 by a consortium which included Russian rocket builder Energia, Boeing, Aker of Norway and SDO Yuzhnoye of the Ukraine. It assembles its rockets at a Long Beach, California facility and then floats the launch platform to a point on the Equator in the mid-Pacific.

However, it has suffered two major launch failures (and 26 successes). Its last launch was in May 2014 for Eutelsat.

The operation is said to be losing some $30 million a year and has been widely reported to be up for sale by its current owners Roscosmos and Energia.

Air Force says DMSP-19 weather satellite is “about dead”

From http://spacenews.com/air-force-says-dmsp-19-weather-satellite-is-about-dead/

Gen. John Hyten, the head of Air Force Space Command, said the Pentagon's most recently launched weather satellite is "about dead." Credit: House Armed Services Committee screen grab.

WASHINGTON — The head of Air Force Space Command told lawmakers March 15 that a two-year-old weather satellite is “about dead” and that the Air Force does not expect the satellite to return to operations.

“It doesn’t look like we’re going to get it back,” Gen. John Hyten, commander of Air Force Space Command, told reporters.

NOAA satellite operators unexpectedly lost the ability to command the Air Force’s Defense Meteorological Satellite Program Flight 19 on Feb. 11. The satellite, built by Lockheed Martin, is used to help weather forecasters predict fog, thunderstorms and hurricanes that could impact military operations. Launched in April 2014, the spacecraft is the Air Force’s newest weather satellite on orbit and had a five-year design life.

Hyten told reporters he expects to make a final determination on the satellite as soon this week.

The loss of the satellite further complicates the Air Force’s weather satellite outlook. For more than year, Air Force officials have been struggling to determine where they would receive comparable data.

Hyten told lawmakers March 5 during a hearing of the House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee, that “in a perfect world, I would prefer to launch DMSP-20,” referring to DMSP-19’s twin.

In December, Congress terminated the DMSP program and stripped funding for the Air Force to launch the Flight 20 satellite. That satellite, built by Lockheed Martin Space Systems, has been in storage in Sunnyvale, California, at a cost of about $40 million per year.

Hyten said the Air Force’s schedule for disposing of DMSP-20 and closing the books on the program by a December deadline calls for removing the satellite from storage by June 20, a date he described as a “point of no return.”

Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves, the commander of the Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center, said in a March 14 email to SpaceNews that while the Defense Department expects to complete the termination of the DMSP program by Dec. 20, he directed the program office “to take no irreversible action for the moment in order to allow the Air Force, DoD, and Congress an opportunity, if desired, to potentially evaluate the situation.”

Removing the satellite from its environmentally controlled storage facility is considered an irreversible action because of the payload contamination that would occur.

Hyten also said Gen. Paul Selva, the vice chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, directed the Air Force in the last week to look into potential weather gaps related to the data DMSP provides and to report back by May 1 on whether the satellite program is meeting its current Defense Department requirements.

The DMSP constellation requires at least two primary satellites and two backup satellites to gather cloud imagery. As a result of the problem, the Air Force has reassigned an older satellite, DMSP Flight 17, which launched in 2006 and had been serving as a backup, into a primary role.

CBeebies arrives in MENA with beIN tie-up

From http://www.rapidtvnews.com/2016031742139/cbeebies-arrives-in-mena-with-bein-tie-up.html#axzz43BRNSc4F

Pay-TV operator beIN Media is bringing preschool children’s channel CBeebies to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) for the first time, following a deal with BBC Worldwide.

Go JettersAimed at children aged from two to six, CBeebies will air as a linear channel on beIN’s direct-to-home (DTH) satellite TV platform from 1 April 2016.

“CBeebies is the No 1 channel for preschoolers in the UK, and that success has spread internationally – from Australia to South Africa. We have a fantastic line-up of brand new programmes for viewers in the Middle East & North Africa region which we know will entertain and educate local preschoolers in equal measure,” said Natasha Hussain, vice president and general manager for Middle East & Mediterranean region, BBC Worldwide.

Qatar’s beIN Media announced its expansion into entertainment last November, after previously concentrating on sports broadcasting.

Yousef Al-Obaidly, deputy CEO, beIN Media Group, added: “beIN is focused on providing a wide range of exclusive and premium content for children. This is in line with our vision of catering to the needs of whole family. Our partnership with BBC enhances our kids entertainment portfolio even further.”

The channel will bring original programming such as animated series Go Jetters, which follows the adventures of four heroes as they travel the world with their teacher and friend, using comedy, teamwork, and action to develop children’s knowledge of the world and those around them.

Additionally, CBeebies includes the colourful animated series Hey Duggee – aimed at encouraging fun and learning in two to five-year-olds; the BAFTA award-winning, 2D animation Sarah and Duck series 2; and the contemporary version of seasoned favourite The Clangers, narrated by Michael Palin.

CBeebies is also available in Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Korea, Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Mexico, Latin America, Poland and South Africa.


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Free TV CEO Julie Flynn steps down

From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/media/free-tv-ceo-julie-flynn-steps-down/news-story/4d7e17e03f6294c10e3ec49220d85c88

The chief executive of the free-to-air television sector’s industry body has resigned during a critical period for the commercial broadcasters.

Julie Flynn will step down in July after 15 years as head of Free TV as it lobbies the government for licence fee cuts, and opposes changes to the anti-siphoning list.

TV network executives said it was Ms Flynn’s decision to retire. Free TV Chairman Harold Mitchell said the board “reluctantly” accepted Ms Flynn’s decision and praised her contribution to the industry over a long period of time.

“Julie has been a remarkably effective participant and advocate in a complex area of public policy,” Mr Mitchell said.

The federal government is currently proposing changes to the media ownership and concentration laws, while a licence fee reduction is pegged for the May budget.

Ms Flynn’s departure has been timed to take place after these mooted changes are likely to happen.As boss of Free TV, Ms Flynn has presided over a period of significant structural upheaval in the digital era including the transition from analog to digital television.

“Julie’s leadership of Free TV is valued highly across the industry and her work is respected by

broadcasters, regulators and politicians from all sides of politics,” Mr Mitchell said.

Any successor to Ms Flynn will need a deep understanding of the political world and a fast-changing media landscape, as well as the ability to appease shareholders with different positions on regulatory issues.

It comes after The Australian revealed the three main free-to-air networks and pay-TV firm Foxtel have put their historic differences aside to form a breakaway industry marketing body to spruik the power of television.

The networks have committed an annual budget of $5 million and commenced a worldwide search for a chief executive.

Free TV, a 56-year-old lobby group which is funded by the free-to-air networks but not Foxtel, will continue but focus on policy issues such as code reviews and ad vetting.

The new body will be modelled on Thinkbox, the successful marketing body for commercial TV in Britain.

First GLONASS-K Satellite Enters Service

From http://www.insidegnss.com/node/4872

For the first time, a GLONASS-K next-generation satellite has begun providing on-orbit services for Russia's GNSS system.

Launched December 1, 2014, the spacecraft began regular broadcasts on February 15, transmitting on channel –6 from its orbital location in plane 2, slot 9 of the GLONASS constellation.

The decision to put the GLONASS-K spacecraft, designed and built by the ISS-Reshetnev Company, into service was made following the results of its in-flight tests, which had lasted for more than a year.

This GLONASS-K satellite was built around an unpressurized platform, has a mass of 974 kilograms, an electric power supply system’s capacity of 1600 watts, and a design for a 10-year lifespan. It transmits five navigation signals in the GLONASS L1, L2, and L3 bands. The satellite also carries a COSPAS-SARSAT payload supporting the international satellite-based search and rescue system.

Over the longer term, GLONASS-K satellites are expected to considerably improve the characteristics and capabilities of the GLONASS system, including the transmission of CDMA civil signals. The new-generation satellites will gradually replace the GLONASS-M series that currently form the backbone of the system’s orbital constellation.

All satellites which are part of the GLONASS system were developed and constructed at Information Satellite Systems – Reshetnev Company. The company has signed a contract with the Russian space corporation Roscosmos to build nine more GLONASS-K1 satellites and two GLONASS-K2.

According to a March 1 article by the Russian state news agency RIA Novosti, Reshetnev’s CEO Nikolai Testoyedov said that the new satellites would begin launching in 2018. Testoyedeov said that export restrictions on advanced aerospace components had forced Reshetnev to find other sources, including available European and Chinese components as well as those being developed under an accelerated Russian import substitution program.

Currently, one other GLONASS-K satellite, launched into orbit on February 26, 2011, has already undergone in-flight tests and is ready to provide services, according to Reshe

China, Russia Planning Space Attacks on U.S. Satellites

From http://freebeacon.com/national-security/china-russia-planning-space-attacks-on-u-s-satellites/

Critical space infrastructure faces crippling missile strikes, small satellites, lasers

China and Russia are preparing to attack and disrupt critical U.S. military and intelligence satellites in a future conflict with crippling space missile, maneuvering satellite, and laser attacks, senior Pentagon and intelligence officials told Congress on Tuesday.

Air Force Gen. John Hyten, commander of the Air Force Space Command, said the threat to U.S. space systems has reached a new tipping point, and after years of post-Cold War stagnation foreign states are focused on curbing U.S. space systems.

“Adversaries are developing kinetic, directed-energy, and cyber tools to deny, degrade, and destroy our space capabilities,” Hyten said in a prepared statement for a hearing of the House Armed Service strategic forces subcommittee.

“They understand our reliance on space, and they understand the competitive advantage we derive from space. The need for vigilance has never been greater,” the four-star general said.

Hyten said U.S. Global Positioning System satellites remain vulnerable to attack or jamming. The satellites’ extremely accurate time-keeping feature is even more critical to U.S. guided weapons than their ability to provide navigation guidance, he said.

Disrupting the satellites time capabilities would degrade the military’s ability to conduct precision strike operations used in most weapons systems today.

Hyten said a new joint military-intelligence command center is helping to monitor space threats, such as anti-satellite missile launches, covert killer robot satellites, and ground-fired lasers that can blind or disrupt satellites. The unit is called the Joint Interagency Combined Space Operations Center, located at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado.

The Space Command also is creating 39 cyber mission teams that will be used for defensive and offensive cyber operations involving space systems.

Lt. Gen. David Buck, commander of Joint Functional Component for Space, a U.S. Strategic Command unit, testified along with Hyten that China and Russia pose the most serious threats to space systems.

“Simply stated, there isn’t a single aspect of our space architecture, to include the ground architecture, that isn’t at risk,” Buck said.

“Russia views U.S. dependency on space as an exploitable vulnerability and they are taking deliberate actions to strengthen their counter-space capabilities,” he said.

China in December created its first dedicated space warfare and cyber warfare unit, called the Strategic Support Forces, for concentrating their “space, electronic, and network warfare capabilities,” Buck said.

“China is developing, and has demonstrated, a wide range of counter-space technologies to include direct-ascent, kinetic-kill vehicles, co-orbital technologies that can disable or destroy a satellite, terrestrially-based communications jammers, and lasers that can blind or disable satellites,” Buck said.

“Moreover, they continue to modernize their space programs to support near-real-time tracking of objects, command and control of deployed forces, and long-range precision strikes capabilities,” the three-star general said.

Douglas Loverro, deputy assistant defense secretary for space policy, also warned about growing threats to satellites and outlined U.S. plans to deter future attacks.

Loverro said the United States does not want a war in space. “But let me be clear about our intent—we will be ready,” he said.

None of the five Pentagon and intelligence officials who took part in the budget hearing for military space efforts mentioned any U.S. plans or programs to develop anti-satellite missiles and other space weapons for use against Chinese or Russian space systems. The subcommittee, however, held a closed-door session after the public hearing.

A modified U.S. missile defense interceptor, the SM-3, was used in 2008 to shoot down a falling U.S. satellites in a demonstration of the country’s undeclared anti-satellite warfare capability.

Loverro suggested U.S. defense and deterrence of space attacks could involve counter attacks, possibly on the ground or in cyber space. But he provided no specifics.

“Today our adversaries perceive that space is a weak-link in our deterrence calculus,” Loverro said. “Our strategy is to strengthen that link, to assure it never breaks, and to disabuse our adversaries of the idea that our space capabilities make tempting targets.”

Many of the most important navigation, communications, and intelligence satellites were designed during the Cold War for use in nuclear war and thus incorporate hardening against electronic attacks, Loverro said.

For conventional military conflict, however, adversaries today view attacks on U.S. satellites as a way to blunt a conventional military response what Loverro called the “chink in the conventional armor of the United States.”

“In this topsy-turvy state, attacks on space forces may even become the opening gambit of an anti-access/area-denial strategy in a regional conflict wherein an adversary seeks to forestall or preclude a U.S. military response,” he said. “Chinese military strategists began writing about the targeting of space assets as a ‘tempting and most irresistible choice’ in the late 1990s, and the People’s Liberation Army has been pursuing the necessary capabilities ever since,” he said.

Rather than threatening foreign states’ satellites, Loverro said deterrence against foreign nations’ space attacks is based on defending against missile strikes or other attacks and making sure satellite operations will not be disrupted in war.

That would be carried out through partnering with the growing commercial space sector that is expected to deploy hundreds of new satellites in the coming years that could be used as back up systems for the Pentagon in a conflict.

Deterrence also will be based on increasing foreign partnerships with allied nations in gathering intelligence on space threats and other cooperation.

A space defense “offset” strategy will seek to reduce the advantage of using relatively low cost of missiles, small satellites, or cyber forces to attack U.S. satellites, Loverro said.

“An advanced U.S. satellite might cost upwards of $1 billion; missiles that could destroy such a satellite cost a few percent of that sum; co-orbital microsatellites cost even less; and lasers that might blind or damage satellites have an unlimited magazine with almost zero cost per shot,” Loverro said.

Deploying large numbers of low-cost satellites will not offset those advantages, he said.

Instead, Loverro offered vague plans for countering the threat. “A space offset strategy must employ a diverse set of resilience measures that complicate the technical, political, and force structure calculus of our adversaries, by arraying a complex set of responses, with few overlapping vulnerabilities and a combination of known and ambiguous elements,” he said.

Frank Calvelli, deputy director of the National Reconnaissance Office, the spy agency that builds and operates strategic intelligence and reconnaissance satellites, said a resurgent Russia and aggressive China are among several current national security threats.

Calvelli revealed that the agency in October launched a new satellite that carried 13 smaller “CubeSats.”

“The NRO sponsored nine of the CubeSats while the National Aeronautics and Space Administration sponsored the remaining four,” Calvelli said.

Among the missions of the CubeSats are software-defined radios “to provide beyond-line-of-sight communication for disadvantaged users in remote locations, and technology pathfinders to demonstrate tracking technologies, optical communications, and laser communication,” he said.

Four advanced intelligence-gathering satellites will be launched this year to support military operations and intelligence analysis and decision-making.

Calvelli also said space threats are prompting the Reconnaissance Office to develop “better and faster” systems in space and on the ground, along with better overall “resiliency”—a term used by the military to signify an ability to operate during high-intensity warfare.

The agency is investing substantial sums in bolstering defenses for space and ground systems to make them more survivable during space war.

“We are more focused on survivability and resiliency from an enterprise perspective than we have ever been and we have made significant investments to that end,” he said.

The agency also is “improving the persistence of our space-based systems, providing greater ‘time on target’ to observe and characterize activities, and the potential relationship between activities, and to hold even small, mobile targets at risk,” Calvelli said.

It also is upgrading its ground stations, which are used to control and communicate with orbiting satellites, including an artificial intelligence system called “Sentient.”

“Sentient—a ‘thinking’ system that allows automated, multi-intelligence tipping and cueing at machine speeds—is just one of those capabilities,” Calvelli said.

New ground stations also are being deployed that will empower “users of all types with the capabilities to receive, process, and generate tailored, timely, highly-assured, and actionable intelligence,” he said.

The comments were a rare public discussion of the activities of one of the most secret U.S. intelligence agencies.

Dyke D. Weatherington, director of unmanned warfare and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance at the Pentagon, said eight national security satellites were launched in 2015, including tactical and strategic communications, and navigation, position, and timing satellites.

Weatherington said the United States maintains a strategy advantage in space system but warned that is changing. “The rapid evolution and expansion of threats to our space capabilities in every orbit regime has highlighted the converse: an asymmetric disadvantage due to the inherent susceptibilities and increasing vulnerabilities of these systems,” he said.

While space threats are increasing, “our abilities have lagged to protect our own use of space and operate through the effects of adversary threats,” Weatherington said.

The Pentagon currently has 19 military-capable GPS satellites on orbit and a new generation of GPS satellites is being developed that will be produce signals three times stronger than current system to be able to overcome electronic jamming, he said.

The officials at the hearing also discussed plans to transition from the sole reliance on the use of Russian-made RD-180 rocket engines to launch national security satellites.

A new U.S. made engine, however, will not be fully developed until 2022 or 2023.

Italian police bust pay-TV piracy ring

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/03/15/italian-police-bust-pay-tv-piracy-ring/

Italy’s Financial Police has exposed a fraud of pay-TV operators Sky Italia and Mediaset Premium, leading to charges being raised against 240 people.

The investigation targeted an inhabitant of the city of La Spezia in possession of a sophisticated software system and connected hardware equipment, capable of illegally receiving and retransmitting the encrypted signal of the pay-TV operators directly to the homes of “customers”.

For a monthly payment of €20, the “customers” were able to benefit from a “Full” subscription to both conditional access platforms, either using a card-sharing mechanism or via an IPTV signal.

The inquiry, which had the help of Mediaset and Sky Italia, identified a large network of customers in Italy managed by the “owner” and “reseller”. The source of the encrypted signals was hosted on some servers located in France.

The evidence gathered by the Italian Financial Police found that the perpetrator had been operating for at least eight months, during which he accumulated about €50,000 in profits and caused economic damages to Sky Italia and Mediaset estimated at almost €500,000.

The 240 people identified as users have been reported to court for violation of copyright. In theory they could face up to 3 years imprisonment and a €25,000 fine.

DishTV selects Wyplay to provide middleware and VAS to STBs

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/dth/dth-operator/dishtv-selects-wyplay-to-provide-middleware-and-vas-to-stbs-160315

MUMBAI DishTV has selected creator of software solutions for pay-TV operators Wyplay, to provide its Frog Turnkey Middleware and associated class leading value added services on its STBs.

The DishTV concept has created some excitement amongst the operator community which is struggling for freedom from the monopolistic construct of the pay-TV space. Future solutions’ will be built from top partners’ products while keeping in mind the idea of flexibility, openness and the possibility to evolve without constraints and any E2E lock.

Speaking on the occasion, DishTV COO VK Gupta said: "Being the pioneer and market leader, DishTV has selected Wyplay as our future middleware partner. Wyplay will enable DishTV in delivering class leading value added services on both one-way and connected STB's with its expertise, innovative technologies and a holistic approach to customer engagement that is fully in line with DishTV’s’ driving purpose to provide ‘Service with a Passion’. This is an ultimate move made towards ensuring customer engagement and satisfaction.”

Recognized as a global leader in innovative software solutions for TV operators, Wyplay brings its expertise and know-how to the table, in particular through the integration of its browser-based middleware on new generation set-top boxes, the customization of its HTML5 user interface, execution excellence to deliver an easy-to-use and smooth user experience, and improved overall performance in terms of flexibility, fluidity, speed, and responsiveness.

Wyplay CEO Jacques Bourgninaud, said: “We are thrilled to partner with DishTV, Asia’s largest DTH company, in delivering a brand new customer experience to its subscribers.” He added: “After several months of assessment and preparation, we are now confident that all conditions needed for a successful international expansion of Frog Turnkey solution are in place, especially in terms of collaboration with STB manufacturers supporting our solution. We are now in the home stretch before the deployment of our offering, and excited about prospective for development in this new unique market.”

Beyond European and Latin America markets, Wyplay confirms its strategy of expansion with its Frog Turnkey solution. Launched last September, Frog Turnkey solution incorporates all features required for traditional linear broadcast TV consumption, on-demand contents, applications distributed over the Internet, backend components and a modern user experience. Frog Turnkey aims to bring an attractive digital TV experience to subscribers with an affordable business model and fast deployment model for operators.

With Frog Turnkey solution, Dish TV’s customers will have access to a complete end-to-end offering from back-end broadcast services to an advanced client managing Live TV, Record, Push VOD and Interactive Applications


Nasa TV UHD is new FTA on Asiasat 4 using HEVC format. A PC satellite tuner card is the easiest way to access it.

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Foxtel and Roadshow home in on piracy website blocking

From http://www.zdnet.com/article/foxtel-and-roadshow-home-in-on-piracy-website-blocking/

ISPs are suggesting domain name blocking rather than IP address blocking in Foxtel and Roadshow's case to get piracy websites blocked.

Australian pay TV provider Foxtel and media company Roadshow Films have continued their bid to block five foreign piracy websites through the Australian Federal Court, with the affected internet service providers (ISPs) seeking for the most efficient and cost-effective method to implement it.

Foxtel and Roadshow last month applied to block the various websites through the Federal Court under the piracy site-blocking legislation that both houses of parliament passed in mid-2015.

While Roadshow is targeting only one piracy site -- the lesser-known, Philippines-based Solarmovie.ph -- Foxtel is targeting four sites, which involve 61 domain names. Its primary target is The Pirate Bay.

"There's been notice provided to very many of the sites in the Foxtel proceedings," counsel representing both Foxtel and Roadshow, Richard Lancaster, told Justice Nicholas.

"Of course, the Roadshow proceedings deal with one online location only, namely the Solarmovie sites, so that's somewhat more confined, but in relation to Foxtel, we've got the four targeted locations.

"Some of them, there's no obvious or indeed unobvious mechanism for getting in touch with the operators of the sites, but we have sent notification letters out to 43 of the 61 domain names that have been identified in the pleadings."

Under Section 115A of the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Act 2015, rights holders may obtain a court order to block websites hosted overseas that are deemed to exist for the primary purpose of infringing or facilitating infringement of copyright.

In order to prove this primary purpose for the websites presently under consideration, Lancaster said the rights holders would seek to provide the court with an overview of each website being targeted.

"The way we've approached it in each of the proceedings is to attempt to provide a snapshot or overview of the way each of the relevant sites operates by screenshots, for example, [or a] description of someone sitting down and actually going through the websites, so that Your Honour's able to conclude that that is indeed the primary purpose," Lancaster explained.

Chris Burgess, counsel representing TPG, said the ISP had agreed to the orders made by Lancaster, although he said that certain terms under s115A will still need to be ironed out during either negotiation or the hearing.

"That may give rise to a question of statutory construction about what an 'online location' is, and whether each additional IP address, for example, would be a new online location for purpose of s115A(1)," Burgess said.

Burgess advocated domain name server blocking rather than IP address blocking, because, as he pointed out, "IP addresses change very rapidly".

IP address blocking has been fraught with difficulties in the past; when the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) used its power to compel ISPs to block websites under s313 of the Telecommunications Act in April 2013, it accidentally blocked 250,000 websites.

"Our internal review identified that the ASIC teams requesting s313 blocks were not aware that a single IP address can host multiple websites," ASIC later stated.

In reaching agreement on the site-blocking matter, Burgess said TPG is happy to confer directly with the rights holders, whereas Optus would prefer a third-party mediator to be appointed.

Webb, counsel representing Optus, said the ISP itself will not be able to admit some issues on the part of the infringing websites, due to a lack of knowledge and involvement.

"They're largely not within our knowledge, and we'd not be able to admit," Webb said.

Webb added that it would not be in the interest of any of the parties for the ISPs to put on defences, saying the case should be wrapped up as quickly as possible.

"These will be the first of several proceedings -- there will be others -- and from Optus' perspective, we really want to establish best practice from the outset, so it's important that the process that we adopt in these cases be as quick, inexpensive, and efficient as possible," he said.

Lancaster agreed, saying "it is vital that copyright owners have an efficient mechanism to disrupt the steady supply of infringing content to Australian internet users from overseas websites".

"We envisage, in due course, a one- to two-day hearing to take Your Honour through the evidence, and to satisfy Your Honour of each of the components in the statutory provision."

While ZDNet understands that Foxtel had originally expected the blocks to be waved through within a few days of making the application, Tuesday's arguments took place almost a month later.

The hearing itself will occur on May 6, with the Foxtel and Roadshow cases to continue being heard alongside one another.

Under the new legislation, whenever a website is blocked by the Federal Court, a landing page will need to be hosted informing any would-be copyright infringers about the block, and providing information on where legitimate content can be found.

Costs were not determined prior to the passage of the law, with the government not ordering a cost-benefit analysis nor detailing who would bear the costs of implementing the scheme.

It has been projected to cost ISPs more than AU$130,000 per year to implement, however.

Questions surrounding costs are particularly pertinent after research [PDF] released last year by the Department of Communications revealed that only 21 percent of respondents said an education notice would prevent them from consuming copyrighted content for free.

Respondents to the survey said the primary factors that would stop them from infringing in the future are a decrease in the cost of legal content, the availability of legal content, and the simultaneous release of content in Australia alongside the rest of the world.

The research by the Australian Department of Communications also revealed that users who consume paid content in addition to downloading copyright-infringing content actually spend more than users who consume only non-infringing content -- meaning the piracy code could be counter-intuitive.

"Rights holders' most powerful tool to combat online copyright infringement is making content accessible, timely, and affordable to consumers," Australian Prime Minister Turnbull conceded last year.

In related piracy news, last month Dallas Buyers Club (DBC) abandoned its Federal Court case to claim damages from the almost 5,000 people who allegedly infringed on the studio's copyright by downloading the film of the same name.

Justice Nye Perram, who initially ruled in favour of DBC recovering damages from the 4,726 people who allegedly infringed on the studio's copyright by downloading the film of the same name, put in place a sufficient number of limitations to ensure that rights holders could not claim "untenable" damages in such cases.

The decision could potentially cement the Federal Court's methodology in calculating damages for online copyright infringers.

SSL delivers communications satellite for SKY Perfect JSAT to Cape Canaveral

From http://www.satprnews.com/2016/03/14/ssl-delivers-communications-satellite-for-sky-perfect-jsat-to-cape-canaveral/

(14 March 2016) Space Systems Loral (SSL) today announced that the JCSAT-14 Satellite, which it designed and built for SKY Perfect JSAT, has arrived at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, where it will launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle.

The satellite, which is being prepared for launch next month, will be used for broadcast, data networks and mobility services in Asia, Russia, Oceania, and the Pacific Islands.

“It has been an honor to work together with SKY Perfect JSAT in building the JCSAT-14 satellite,” said John Celli, president of SSL. “We are very pleased that the satellite is now at launch base and look forward to a successful launch campaign.”

JCSAT-14 will replace and expand on the capacity of JCSAT-2A at the 154° East longitude orbital slot. The satellite is designed to provide service for broadcast, data networks, and Internet connectivity for maritime and aviation for 15 years or longer.

“SSL is a world leader in satellite manufacturing, and a valuable partner in the expansion of our fleet,” said Shinji Takada, Representative Director, President and CEO of SKY Perfect JSAT. “Our corporate goal is to protect safety and peace of mind while contributing to the formation of a vibrant society. We look forward to the launch of JCSAT-14, which helps to contribute to this overarching goal.”

JCSAT-14 is based on the powerful SSL 1300 platform, which has a long history of reliability and the flexibility to support innovation and evolving Technologies. It marks the 102nd satellite that SSL has delivered based on this highly successful platform. SSL is also building JCSAT-15 and JCSAT-16 which are both scheduled to launch in 2016.

About SKY Perfect JSAT

SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation is a leader in the converging fields of broadcasting and communications. It is Asia’s largest satellite operator with a fleet of 15 satellites, and Japan‘s only Provider of both multi-channel pay TV broadcasting and satellite communications services. SKY Perfect JSAT delivers a broad range of entertainment through the SKY PerfecTV! platform, the most extensive in Japan with a total of 3.4 million subscribers. In addition, SKY Perfect JSAT’s satellite communications services, which cover Japan and the rest of Asia, as well as Oceania, Russia, Middle East, Hawaii and North America, play a vital role in supporting safety, security and convenience for society as a whole.

About SSL

Space Systems Loral (SSL) is a leading provider of commercial satellites with broad expertise to support satellite operators and innovative space related missions. The company designs and manufactures spacecraft for services such as direct-to-home television, video content distribution, Broadband Internet, mobile communications, and Earth observation. As a Silicon Valley innovator for more than 50 years, SSL’s advanced product line also includes state-of-the-art small satellites, and sophisticated robotics and automation solutions for remote operations.

April launch for Bangladesh’s first satellite TV service

From http://www.rapidtvnews.com/2016031542113/april-launch-for-bangladesh-s-first-satellite-tv-service.html#axzz42y5PwQe0

Beximco Communications is set to launch Bangladesh’s first direct-to-home (DTH) satellite TV service in April 2016.

Called RealVU, the service will initially be available in cities and metropolitan areas, with country-wide coverage following ‘in time’, according to the Daily Sun.

“We are ready to provide DTH services under the RealVU brand name very soon which will drastically change the viewing experience of the Bangladeshi TV audience,” said Dmitry Lapitskiy, CEO, Beximco Communications.

The DTH service will cost around BDT300 (US$3.83) a month, and provide subscribers with over 100 channels. These comprise more than 26 local channels and a number of major international networks, along with five HD channels. The price of the set-top box required to receive the service has not yet been disclosed.

RealVU is a joint venture between Beximco and the Russian investment and industry holding company GS Group. It follows the award of a DTH licence by the Bangladesh Government in December 2013. Buyers Media Ltd was also awarded a licence to operate a satellite TV service at the same time.

Operators will be able to operate a maximum 12-month lock-in period where customers are obliged to use their service, following DTH guidelines issued by the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission in September 2015. In return, DTH operators must provide a service centre at every district headquarters. Furthermore, distributors and operators must provide two years of repair and maintenance to subscribers without any charge.

Solar panel of Russian satellite unfolds partially in orbit — space corporation

From http://tass.ru/en/science/862178

The spacecraft’s systems are receiving power supply in a sufficient volume for normal operation

MOSCOW, March 14. /TASS/. A solar panel on the Russian satellite Resurs-P has unfolded only partially after the spacecraft reached its orbit but its systems are receiving sufficient power supply, State Space Corporation Roscosmos said on Monday.

"The third Resurs-P satellite was successfully delivered into orbit on March 13. After its delivery into orbit, an incomplete unfolding of one of the spacecraft’s solar panels was registered. The spacecraft’s systems are receiving power supply in a sufficient volume for normal operation," Roscosmos said.

ia's space agency denies Express-AMU1 satellite was put into non-calculated orbit

Specialists of Russia’s Progress Rocket and Space Center who made the Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket and the satellite are now modelling a situation and preparing measures to remedy the situation, Roscosmos said.

The Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket with the Resurs-P satellite blasted off from the Baikonur space center at 21:56 Moscow time (18:56 GMT) on Sunday. The satellite separated from the carrier rocket nine minutes after the blast-off and reached the designed orbit.

The launch was initially scheduled for March 12 but was called off as several seconds before the launch the rocket’s engine was automatically idled.

The 5,920-kg Resurs-P No. 3 satellite is designed to replenish the orbital grouping of Russia’s remote sensing satellites expected to comprise 11 space vehicles in 2016.

The first Resurs-DK satellite was put into orbit in June 2006, followed by Resurs-P No.1 in June 2013 and Resurs-P No.2 in December 2014. The third apparatus was manufactured at the Samara-based Progress Rocket and Space Center.

North Korea satellite partly functioning, U.S. analyst says

From http://www.bignewsnetwork.com/news/242206991/north-korea-satellite-partly-functioning-us-analyst-says

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- North Korea's satellite may no longer be tumbling in orbit.

That was one of the conclusions regarding the recently launched Kwangmyongsong-4, the satellite that was said to be "tumbling in orbit," according to a U.S. defense official in February.

Jonathan McDowell of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics used radar data from Marco Langbroek, a Netherlands-based archaeologist and amateur astronomer, to make the analysis, Voice of America reported.

McDowell said the satellite has stopped tumbling and is in a stable position. The spacecraft's lower body is facing earth.

The astrophysicist said the satellite is even partly functioning, although there have been no radio signals from the object to date. It was also unclear, McDowell said, whether the satellite only communicates with land when it passes over the North Korean sky, or whether there were no signals due to a malfunction.

McDowell said an upper-stage rocket and two other objects accompanied the Kwangmyongsong-3 in orbit in 2012. By contrast, the Kwangmyongsong-4 is orbiting earth with the upper-stage rocket alone.

The satellite, launched in February, is "not simply a mass of scrap metal," said the analyst.

Critics have said Pyongyang's satellite launches are a cover for a test of North Korea's ballistic missiles, but the North has said those claims aren't true.

In mid-February, the U.N.'s International Telecommunication Union, an organization that promotes cooperation in assigning satellite orbits, stated North Korea did not provide relevant information prior to launch.

The ITU has delivered a letter of strong warning to North Korea.

Satellite 2016: “All main operators working with 4K”

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/03/14/satellite-2016-all-main-operators-working-with-4k/

Panellists at the Satellite 2016 trade event in Washington last week confirmed their faith in 4K/Ultra HD, but some of them also admitted that 8K transmission could be closer than most people think.

Richard Bullock (strategic project manager at Ericsson) told delegates that enquiries from broadcasters had quietened down over the past year since the Brazil World Cup “and we are waiting for the next wave of enthusiasm to come back and hit us” which he said could happen over the next year.

DirecTV’s Phil Gozwitz (SVP/space & communications R&D) is a firm backer of Ultra-HD and says the market will take off, but some broadcasters were still suffering scepticism and the fall-out created by 3D’s television failure. He said that this uncertainty is quite normal when a new technology is introduced. “This is what it’s like to be on the leading edge. Even within the same company there are people with differing opinions. All of the main operators [are working in 4K] either with OTT or satellite. [4K] is here and it is all about content providers to make the investment.”

Goswitz added that the 4K ecosystem also has to be in place with several different industries needing to co-align and to evolve with their own R&D. “There will be leaders in every element and, as with HDTV, the leaders will drive the dynamic and the cause and the propagation of technology.”

By 2020 most of the panellists agreed that there would be between 5 and 10 transponders dedicated to 4K content on a typical DTH satellite (which if 10 transponders would equate to 20-25 channels), although Goswitz fully anticipates 50-70 Ultra-HD channels to be on air.

The first ‘full time’ US channel will start on DirecTV with the important Masters National golf tournament at Augusta, Georgia (April 7th – 10th), when network broadcaster CBS will place 4K cameras at the 11th, 12th, and 13th holes, and transmit from 10.30am to 6pm for the event. DirecTV will take these signals and fill the later evening hours with documentary programming “and more”, according to DirecTV.

Doordarshan to adopt MPEG-4

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/03/14/doordarshan-to-adopt-mpeg4/

India’s public broadcaster Doordarshan’s ‘Freedish’ DTH service is to switch to MPEG-4 transmission, and thus increase to 112 the number of channels it can offer to viewers.

The ‘Freedish’ option is extremely important to consumers in rural India where cable systems are limited. ‘Freedish’ is also to encrypt. Viewers need a Conditional Access key in order to comply with India’s addressable set-top box rules.

Doordarshan sources told Television Asia that as all the 64 slots under its current MPEG-2 capacity model had been filled, there was no possibility of other channels joining its system.

It will start transmitting in MPEG-4 in April, and make the transition over two stages until a complete conversion had been achieved.

Zee Media names its Global English News Channel - 'WION' (World Is One News)

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/news-broadcasting/zee-media-names-its-global-english-news-channel-wion-world-is-one-news-160315

MUMBAI: Zee Media Corporation Limited (ZMCL) today announced that its Global English News Channel, slated to be launched this summer, will be called ‘WION - World is One News’. The channel will report global news and issues from a South Asian perspective.

Commenting on the new channel, Essel Group & ZEE chairman Subhash Chandra said, “Zee Media’s new Global English News Channel - WION, will look to offer a seamless experience to empower, educate and energise our discerning viewers. Inspired by the Group’s motto, “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam-The World is My Family”, WION aptly stands for ‘World is One News’ and will give a global view of the world with a South Asian lens.”

Sharing more details on the news network, English News Broadcast and Related Content Editor-in-Chief Rohit Gandhi said, “With WION, we will meet the aspirations of 2 billion South Asians by delivering a global News network reflecting a South Asian world perspective. It’s high time for South Asian reporting from front lines, war zones and prominent global capitals.”

“While a TV channel is the face of this mobile-first start-up, our news gathering, reporting, production and publishing processes are an ambitious leap into a multi-screen future. We aim to disrupt conventional ways of thinking about news and set a new template for storytelling across platforms,” further added.

"WION’s target audience is Generation Z, not in terms of age, but in terms of values, beliefs and attitude. A generation that is global, social, visual and tech savvy" said ZMCL releasing a media statement.

WION is a mobile/digital first platform and later will be an international television channel. The news content will be available to audiences at their convenience, on their preferred screens. The network will use technology to bring in user-generated content, it is the audience’s voice that will define WION. Its newsgathering teams will be equipped with mobile technology for an ‘anytime-anywhere’ live approach.

WION will have bureaus across the globe. Using a mix of young and seasoned journalists with diverse nationalities, WION will dare to be on the forefront of what’s happening today in thought-provoking ways.


AB6 @159E 3558 V Sr 36000 Fec 1/2 test channel mux.Which should be easy to find if you are trying to locate this satellite

Sunday Optus D2 feed log

D2 feeds
12572V 7200 no service name or provider details, but EPG reports "jSports Golf Town", encrypted. frown emoticon

Horse racing related

D2 12582V 6669 "Telstra Broadcast Services"
D2 12646V 6669 "Telstra 1"
D2 12663V 7500 "Astra 3 Path 1"
D2 12672V 6669 "TBS"
D2 12635V 6669 " TBS"
D2 12653V 6669 "Telstra 1"

From my Email

From saldav1

Asiasat 5 feed log

Hi Craig,

A lot of Rugby feeds this last week-end!

Saturday afternoon - 12th March 2016.

3876 H SR 7199 "CAT DSNG 1" True Thailand Classic men's Golf.

Saturday evening.

3905 V SR 7199 "NRLSuper Saturday on Fox Sports. PAR (Paramatta Eels) vs NQL (North QLD Cowboys).
3916 H SR 7199 Red Bull Air Race from Dubai.
3716 H SR 7200 "T.C Encoder 4" LFC TV - Soccer - FA Cup - LIV (Liverpool) - MU (Manchester United).

Sunday morning - 13th March.

3888 V SR 7120 "NST HD ENC 7" PSA World Squash Tour from Canary Wharf, LONDON.
3912 H SR 15000 Nickolodeon Kid's Choice Awards 2016 from California.
3877 H SR 7500 NRL Channel Nine Telecast.

Sunday afternoon.

3876 H SR 7199 "CAT DSNG 1" True Thailand Classic - Men's Golf.
3846 H SR 7500 "YA Bu Li Snowboarding" Corona World Snowboarding Championships 2016 from Heilongyiang, China.
3915 V SR 7500 "STS 3" INTRUST Super Cup - Wynnum vs Hunters.

Sunday evening.

4148 H SR 7119 "NST HD Enc 4" Basketball - Real

From the Dish

Express AT2 140.0E 12207 R "Shop 24" has started on , Fta.

Telstar 18 138.0E 3734 H "GMA Davao" has left .
Telstar 18 138.0E 3830 H "INC Radio DZEM 954" has started on ,Fta.
Telstar 18 138.0E 3834 H "GMA TV and GMA News TV" have started on , PowerVu.
Telstar 18 138.0E 3838 H "SMNI" has left .
Telstar 18 138.0E 3847 H "GMA News TV International" has started on , PowerVu.

JCSAT 3A 128.0E 12348 V "Dance Channel" on is now in clear.
JCSAT 3A 128.0E 12508 V "Sukachan 2 and TV Asahi Channel 1" have started on , Multi.
JCSAT 3A 128.0E 12538 V "Music Air, Sukachan 3, Sukachan 7, Sukachan 13 and Wowow Prime" have started on , Multi.
JCSAT 3A 128.0E 12553 H "Music On! TV" has started on , Multi.

ChinaSat 6B 115.5E 3740 V "CHC Action, CHC, China Movie and CHC HD" are encrypted again.

ChinaSat 10 110.5E 3808 H "Jiangsu TV" has started on , Fta.
ChinaSat 10 110.5E 3922 H "Mh One Music has replaced M Tunes" on , Tongfang.
ChinaSat 10 110.5E 4158 H A Jain Hits mux has started on , Tongfang.

SES 7 108.2E Several updates on Indovision.

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3760 H "Oyoun Al-Watan TV" has left .

Measat 3 91.5E 3641 V "Solar All Access, My Movie Channel and TGC" have left .
Measat 3 91.5E 4025 V "TV 3" has started on , Fta.Measat 3 91.5E 12643 H "Sonic Gang" has started on , Irdeto.

Measat 3a 91.4E 3960 H "Zee Nung" on is encrypted again.

Apstar 7 76.5E 12547 H "TV Varzish" has started on , Fta.

ABS 2 75.0E OK TV is back on 3781 V and 12153 H, Irdeto.
ABS 2 75.0E 11473 V "TNT Comedy" has left .
ABS 2 75.0E 11605 V "TNT 4" has started on , Fta.
ABS 2 75.0E 12093 V "World Business Channel" is now encrypted.

From asiatvro site

东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Cine Mo!、Yey(菲律宾)等4个频道加密,设置4180 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [3月14日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,DZMM Teleradyo、Cine Mo!(菲律宾)等4个频道解密,设置4180 H 30000参数免费接收。 [3月14日]
东经159度轨道位置的ABS-6号卫星C频段,卫星宣传(MPEG-4)频道改频率,设置3558 V 36000参数免费接收。 [3月14日]

东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Pearl TV替换SBN TV(巴基斯坦)频道,设置4146 H 5317参数免费接收。 [3月13日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Geo Super、Geo Kanani(巴基斯坦)等频道解密,设置3660 V 29720参数免费接收。 [3月13日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Geo Kanani、Geo TV(高清)等3个频道解密,设置4180 V 29720参数免费接收。 [3月13日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Gen Channel、News 1(泰国)等频道加密,设置3600 H 26667参数有条件接收。 [3月13日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,HEVC Test 3M、HEVC Test 2M(测试)频道消失,设置11838 V 45000参数无效接收。 [3月13日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,65 Love TV、Mee Khun TV(泰国)频道消失,设置3440 H 26666参数无效接收。 [3月13日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Vaanavil TV(印度)频道消失,设置3796 V 7200参数无效接收。 [3月13日]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星Ku频段,Detsky、Zoo(俄罗斯)等5个频道重现,设置11305 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [3月13日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,9 Colors(韩国)频道解密,设置12450 H 27489参数免费接收。 [3月13日]

东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Bangla Time TV、Tara Muzik(印度)频道消失,设置4012 H 7200参数无效接收。 [3月12日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Spurs TV(高清)频道消失,设置3700 V 30000参数无效接收。 [3月12日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,HBN(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置3725 H 26665参数无效接收。 [3月12日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Dhoom、Sarv Dharm Sangam(印度)频道新增,设置11790 H 44000参数免费接收。 [3月12日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,France 24、AXN(环宇卫视)等全组频道解密,设置12591 H 30000参数免费接收。 [3月12日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,HBO、国家地理野生(环宇卫视)等频道解密,设置12711 H 30000参数免费接收。 [3月12日]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Sabaidee TV、Buriram(IPM)等4个频道加密,设置10977 V 40000参数有条件接收。 [3月11日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-5+ HD替换CCTV-2(数码天空)频道,设置12294 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [3月11日]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星Ku频段,凤凰资讯 HD(传送)频道重现,设置12282 V 7000参数免费接收。 [3月11日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,龙祥时代、天映经典(环宇卫视)等频道解密,设置12591 H 30000参数免费接收。 [3月11日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,Mono 29替换Now(HEVC)频道,设置11758 V 45000参数免费接收。 [3月11日]


Foxtel price rise sparks backlash but boosts profit

From http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/foxtel-price-rise-sparks-backlash-but-boosts-profit-20160314-gnihjk.html

Foxtel has raised its prices for the first time in two years.

Foxtel has raised its prices for the first time in two years, prompting a backlash on social media from some users but potentially boosting its annual profits more than $30 million.

The pay-television group, which is Australia's most profitable media company, informed users it has raised the price of its basic service from $25 to $26 a month.

The decision comes just 18 months after Foxtel slashed the price of its basic service from $49 to $25 a month in a dramatic move intended to increase its penetration of Australian homes beyond 30 per cent.

While it is only a minor price rise, some industry observers were surprised by the move, given the increasing pressure on Foxtel from subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) services led by Netflix that are much cheaper than a Foxtel subscription but don't offer live content or sport.

The rise also prompted an angry response from some Foxtel users on social media, with some complaining they "should be getting a discount" given that the company had lost rights to the English Premier League to Optus.

A Foxtel spokesman said: "Foxtel has had no price rises for two years, and 18 months ago people either had a price reduction or were given significantly more content for the same price.

"So the fact that there has now been a small price rise is normal business practice."

He added: "There has been some reaction on social media definitely but we reckon a few hundred comments or mentions on a base off close to 3 million customers is what one would normally expect in these circumstances."

Hey @Foxtel: you're an absolute joke. Just heard about your price increase. It'll now cost $24 for #AntennaPacific. What a farce. #RipOff
— Our Red V (@ourredv) March 14, 2016
Foxtel, which has traditionally introduced price rises in the first half of the calendar year, has about 2.7 million cable and satellite subscribers, so $12 a year extra a subscriber could boost its bottom line materially.

The company, which is owned by Telstra and News Corporation, reported a 5.5 per cent rise in first-half revenue to $1.7 billion.

But its earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation fell 7.7 per cent to $434 million in part due to higher programming costs and costs for the launch of its broadband service and for Presto, the SVOD service it owns with Seven West Media.

@tim_blackwell @Foxtel they need to increase the price as they only have 4 subscribers left
— Bobban Bilbie (@BobbanBilbie) March 9, 2016
All of Foxtel's contracts state that users may see price rises from time to time. This price rise applies to anyone who signed up before January 1.

In the final quarter of 2015, Foxtel's "churn" – the percentage of customers leaving – fell to a record low of 10.3 per cent, from 11.8 per cent.

Super Rugby matches to air live

From http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=345547

THIRTY-THREE Super Rugby matches will be shown live on FBC TV starting this Friday.

Digicel Fiji and Fiji Broadcasting Corporation signed an agreement in Suva today which will allow the broadcaster to show the games live.

According to the agreement, 15 Mitre 10 Cup matches and 12 rugby test matches will also be aired live by the television station.

Singtel picks EUTELSAT 70B satellite for network connectivity across South-East Asia

From http://www.military-technologies.net/2016/03/14/singtel-picks-eutelsat-70b-satellite-for-network-connectivity-across-south-east-asia/

Paris, Singapore, 14 March 2016 - Eutelsat Communications (NYSE Euronext Paris: ETL) announces that Singtel, one of Asia's leading communications groups, has selected capacity on its EUTELSAT 70B Satellite to support network connectivity in South-East Asia.

Singtel is establishing a new relationship with Eutelsat, a global satellite operator, through a flexible contract that enables it to progressively ramp up capacity over the coming 12 months as demand grows.

The high-performance Asian footprint of EUTELSAT 70B, that stretches from Myanmar to Australia, enables users to operate secure, scalable networks and extend access to outlets in rural and isolated regions areas.

Jean-Francois Fenech, CEO of Eutelsat Asia, located in Singapore said: "We are honoured to win the confidence of Singtel following its consultation of various satellite aLTErnatives, and to strike a new relationship with a reference telco in Asia. Thanks to the orbital position and footprint of the EUTELSAT 70B satellite it is in a strong position to serve diverse South-East Asia markets that include corporate networks, video distribution to cable headends and cellular backhaul. As part of Eutelsat‘s global fleet it also connects to the rest of the world. Satellites are a vital infrastructure in fast-developing Asian markets and we are delighted to increase our participation in this growth."

About Eutelsat Communications

Established in 1977, Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL, ISIN code: FR0010221234) is one of the world's leading and most experienced operators of communications satellites. The company provides capacity on 40 satellites to clients that include broadcasters and broadcasting associations, pay-TV operators, video, data and Internet service Providers, enterprises and government agencies.

Eutelsat’s satellites provide ubiquitous coverage of Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Americas, enabling video, data, Broadband and government communications to be established irrespective of a user’s location.

Headquartered in Paris, with offices and teleports around the globe, Eutelsat represents a workforce of 1,000 men and women from 37 countries who are experts in their fields and work with clients to deliver the highest quality of service.

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Russia successfully launches third Resurs-P Earth-observing satellite on second attempt

From http://www.spaceflightinsider.com/organizations/roscosmos/russia-successfully-launches-third-resurs-p-earth-observing-satellite/

Soyuz-2.1b launch with Resurs-P No.3 satellite. Image Credit: Roscosmos TV

A Soyuz-2.1b rocket carrying the Russian Resurs-P No.3 Earth observation satellite thundered into the sky on Sunday, March 13, from Site 31/6 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Liftoff occurred at 2:56 p.m. EDT (18:56 GMT). It was the second attempt to launch the satellite.

The launch was initially scheduled for late 2015 but did not take place until March 13, 2016. The first attempt to launch it took place yesterday at 1:56 p.m. EST (18:56 GMT), but the booster suffered a rare on-pad abort just about ten seconds prior to launch.

The launch window was only ten seconds in length, this meant that any hold or abort would result in an immediate scrub for the day. The cause of the March 12 abort is currently being investigated.

“The automatic engine cutoff occurred during the lift-off of the Soyuz 2-1B carrier rocket with the Resurs-P No.3 remote-sensing satellite. The launch has been cancelled, the causes are being investigated,” a source at Roscosmos told RIA Novosti.

The Soyuz-2.1b has a 20-second ignition sequence leading up to liftoff. A pad abort during ignition is very rare for Russian rockets. This was the first on-pad abort for the Soyuz-2.1b and the first for any Soyuz rocket in more than a decade.

The launch campaign started in December of 2015 with the arrival of the satellite at Baikonur. A series of tests and inspections were performed at the Baikonur Processing Facility to prepare the spacecraft for the mission.

Fueling of the satellite was carried out in early March before its solar arrays were attached. Then the spacecraft was encapsulated in the rocket’s payload fairing. The Soyuz launch vehicle was assembled on March 9, and the payload fairing with the satellite was installed atop of it. The following day, the rocket was rolled out to the launch site.

After liftoff, the Soyuz-2.1b rocket started its short 9-minute mission, climbing vertically and quickly executing a pitch and roll maneuver, targeting a polar orbit inclined 97.3 degrees. Nearly two minutes into the flight, the rocket’s boosters were jettisoned and the launch vehicle continued its mission powered by its core stage. The separation of the core stage occurred about four minutes and 45 seconds after liftoff, leaving the third stage with the payload fairing alone. The third stage flew for about four-and-a-half minutes releasing the Resurs-P satellite approximately nine minutes and 20 seconds into the flight.

The satellite has already deployed its solar arrays and established communications with Russian ground stations. It will use its propulsion system to reach its targeted Sun-synchronous orbit (SSO) at an altitude of 297 miles (477.5 kilometers).

The Resurs-P No.3 – developed by the Progress State Research and Production Space Centre (also known as TsSKB-Progress) in Samara, Russia – is an Earth observation satellite for the Russian Resurs observation and remote sensing program. Weighing about 6.4 metric tons, the spacecraft is based on the Yantar-4KS1 bus and is three-axis stabilized. It is 26 feet (7.9 meters) long, 8.9 feet (2.7 meters) in diameter and is expected to be operational for up to seven years.

The satellite consists of three sections: a payload section containing the imaging systems: a service section consisting of avionics, electrical systems, and other support equipment: and a propulsion section that facilitates the main propulsion system and the high-fidelity attitude control system. The spacecraft’s design is modular, it includes the assembly compartment with the power package module and two photovoltaic solar arrays mounted on the compartment’s outer surface, the instrumentation bay, and the purpose equipment bay.

The spacecraft is expected to update maps, aid the work of Russia’s Natural Resources and Environment Ministry, Emergency Ministry, and the agricultural, fishery and hydro-meteorological agencies.

Resurs-P No.3 carries the Geoton-L1 hyperspectral imaging payload as the main imaging instrument. Thanks to this payload it possesses hyperspectral and stereo spectral image recording capabilities with an accuracy of 30 to 50 feet (10 to 15 meters). Its main objective is to obtain high-resolution imagery of the Earth’s surface for commercial and research applications. It is able to provide global coverage in 60 days, in daylight and locally even more frequently by strategic positioning. The instrument has a mass of 683 lbs. (310 kg) and was designed jointly by NPO Opteks and CNII Electron.

The Resurs program began in 1979 with the launch of the first satellite. These reconnaissance satellites, designed for ecological studies and natural resource analysis, have operated for more than 40 years. The first Resurs-P satellite was launched in June of 2013, with the second being orbited in December 2014. Russian plans two more launches of satellites in the Resurs-P series, currently scheduled for 2018–2019.

The Soyuz-2.1b rocket, which was used in Sunday’s launch, is an upgraded version of a three-stage carrier Soyuz-2 booster. The 151 feet (46.1 meters) tall launch vehicle has a total mass of 672,000 lbs. (304,814 kg) and is designed to put satellites into a variety of orbits. The Soyuz-2.1b is capable of hoisting up to 18,100 lbs. (8,210 kg) into a low-Earth orbit (LEO), 10,800 lbs. (4,899 kg) into a Sun-synchronous orbit (SSO), and 7,170 lbs. (3,252 kg) into a geostationary transfer orbit (GTO). The first launch of this version took place from the Plesetsk Cosmodrone on July 26, 2008, with a classified military payload.

The Soyuz-2.1b uses four RD-107A engines during the first phase of flight, these burn for about 2 minutes. The first stage, measures some 88.9 feet (27.1 meters) in length and 9.7 feet (2.95 meters) in diameter. It is also equipped with a single RD-108A engine. The rocket’s second stage has a length of approximately 22 feet (6.7 meters) and measures about 8.7 feet (2.66 meters) in diameter. The 2.1b version of the booster has an upgraded RD-0124 rocket engine which provides improved performance to the second stage.

Russia has already launched four missions in 2016 so far. The nation plans at least 13 more flights by the end of the year. Sunday’s launch was the second flight for the Soyuz-2.1b booster this year as well as the second mission from Baikonur in 2016. The country’s next launch is planned for March 14 when a Proton-M rocket is scheduled to send the first half of the ExoMars mission on its way to the Red Planet.

Formosat-3 to be retired after 10 years’ operation

From http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2016/03/14/2003641552

STERLING SERVICE:The weather satellite constellation has provided free, real-time data to more than 3,000 weather researchers and forecasters in 83 countries

Formosat-3, a weather satellite constellation jointly developed by Taiwan and the US, is to complete its 10th year of operations next month, and a follow-on program will be launched by the end of this year to replace the aging system, Taiwan’s National Space Organization said.

The system — a constellation of six small satellites — was launched on April 15, 2006, and is the first large-scale space collaboration between Taiwan and the US, where the project is known as the Constellation Observing System for Meteorology, Ionosphere and Climate (COSMIC).

The constellation has taken more than 10 million soundings — vertical profiles of the atmosphere — since its launch and the data were provided real-time free of charge to more than 3,000 researchers and weather forecasters in 83 nations, the agency said.

According to the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, Formosat-3 was ranked No. 5 in 2012 among all Earth-observing systems in the world in terms of its ability to help accurately predict weather, reducing the error margin of forecasts by as much as 10 percent, the agency said.

Other than Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau, major weather forecast centers and agencies around the world, including those in Canada, the US, Japan, Australia, South Korea, Britain and other European countries, have incorporated the data provided by Formosat-3 into their weather forecasting systems, the agency said.

“Data collected by Formosat-3 are especially useful for forecasting typhoons, which is particularly beneficial for Taiwan. Formosat-3 is able to provide accurate observations of water vapor, the ‘fuel’ that allows typhoons to grow, in high vertical resolution. Hence, Formosat-3 has been called ‘the most accurate space thermometer,’” University Corporation for Atmospheric Research community programs director Bill Kuo (郭英華) said.

In its initial stages, the constellation could provide 2,400 pieces of data every day, but now it can only provide 650 pieces of data, as a satellite failed and was decommissioned in 2010 and other satellites have aged, agency Director Chang Guey-shin (張桂祥) said, adding that he was pleased to see that the system has far exceeded its original planned five-year mission and continues to operate into its 10th year and beyond.

Taiwan and the US are collaborating on a follow-up mission, Formosat-7, or COSMIC-2, which consists of 12 mission-specific satellites plus one agency-built satellite, which should be able to collect five times as much data as Formosat-3, Chang said.

The 12 satellites are to be deployed in two clusters of six satellites, in low and high-inclination orbits, by the end of this year and in 2018 respectively, Chang said.

Free NHL on Yahoo

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/03/11/free-nhl-on-yahoo/

Yahoo and the National Hockey League (NHL) have announced a strategic alliance to deliver premium sports content to Yahoo Sports users in the US. Now fans can access live, out-of-market NHL games for free on Yahoo, throughout the week, no cable subscription or authentication required. Yahoo will offer unique advertising opportunities for brands to connect with their audiences, alongside and within this live and on-demand sports contents.

Yahoo Sports will live stream an NHL ‘Game of the Day’ to hockey fans, up to four times a week, along with delivering in-game highlights for each game. This is in addition to the Wednesday and Sunday national NHL games currently promoted by Yahoo to its fans in partnership with NBC Sports Group.

“This alliance brings us one step closer to providing fans a live professional sporting event every day, on Yahoo, completely frictionless and for free – no cable subscription or authentication required,” said Phil Lynch, VP, Media Partnerships at Yahoo. “We remain committed to delivering the best digital content to our users and advertisers, and the NHL’s premium content nicely complements our offering of live and on-demand partner content, including Yahoo/MLB’s Game of the Day, Yahoo/NBC Sports content and our recently announced deal with the PGA TOUR.”

TravelXP expands to UAE and Oman

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/03/11/travelxp-expands-to-uae-and-oman/

Dubai’s CABSAT show was the catalyst for an output deal for Mumbai-based TravelXP, a high-quality travel and lifestyle channel. Announced by TravelXP’s CEO Prashant Chothani, the agreement sees the channel expand onto the ‘Du’ IPTV system in the UAE and Oman.

The channel is already available on Qatar’s Qtel system, and says it is now available to more than 40 million households in particular across India and is firmly in the premium sector, with syndication now in more than 45 TV networks.

TravelXP says it holds the largest library of travel and related content in the world, and as well as via the TV set its output is also offered to airline passengers on Air India, Cathay Pacific, Qatar Airlines, Etihad, Jet Airways and Oman Air.

It is also investing heavily in 4K destination, culture, nature, food and lifestyle programming.


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SKY Pacific Customers Can Expect New Channels

From http://fijisun.com.fj/2016/03/10/sky-pacific-customers-can-expect-new-channels/

As Digicel Fiji works to conclude the acquisition of SKY Pacific from Fiji TV, more new channels is what customers can expect in future from the new owners.

Digicel Fiji chief executive, Darren McLean, confirmed there are several channels in the pipeline already but could not give details as they were not 100 per cent confirmed yet.

“In addition, in the early part of April , we will have a lot more detail what other changes might be but most of the content that people currently enjoy on Sky Pacific will remain as it is,” he assured.

“We are looking to replace and improve some of the areas where feedback is not so positive and also consider bringing some content that people had in the past and are missing.”

Not much other changes

Other than this, Mr McLean has informed customers they should not notice much difference in the short term.

He said the acquisition process is expected to conclude over the next several weeks.

“We don’t have a precise date now but between now and early April but we expect this transition to be complete and for Digicel to take operational control of Sky Pacific,” he said.

“There should be no noticable of difference and disruption for customers. But very quickly after that after we’ve broadened and integrated the business and aligned our systems, we will be looking to make improvement in a couple of areas.”

Mr McLean said one would be from a customer’s experience perspective.

“So anecdotally, there are sometimes challenges in making payments and the service related issues that we would like to make some improvements to and from then a pure content point of view.

“We’ve been working through how we would make the SKY Pacific line up more appealing service for customers.

“From a billing perspective, customers can expect to be able to get hold of SKY at more locations.

“When the times come to pay the bills there are far more locations to pay bills for SKY and get back online.”

Further investment plans

Mr McLean confirmed as far as investments in SKY Pacific is concerned, they do not have a specific number in mind yet but they know there will be significant investments.

“We are going to need to invest in the team, because the team are going to be a part of a much bigger organisation now,” he said.

“There’s going to be an investment required on the digital television platform when that comes on online in the next couple of years, that is going to require some investment.

“Also, we are going to invest in new content for SKY Pacific and also other process in terms of the means in which you pay bills, programming guides and other channels like that which require significant investment from a technology perspective.

“We don’t have the numbers on the overall plan at the moment but it will be certainly over $1 million over the next 12 months.”

New channel

The day Digicel takes operational control, a new channel, TVWAN, will be included in the programmes lineup.

Mr McLean said this will be followed fairly quickly with some other channel amendments.

“So TVWAN is a content that we are taking out of the broader Digicel group,” he said.

“It is a general entertainment channel which will fit nicely alongside the rest of the lineup.

“But I guess, what people are most interested in hearing what comes after that. But shortly after we close the integration we will be able to make some comments about when that will happen but we wish to do that pretty quickly.”

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O3b Networks Earns Via Satellite “Satellite Operator of the Year” Award at SATELLITE 2016

From http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160310005889/en/O3b-Networks-Earns-Satellite-%E2%80%9CSatellite-Operator-Year%E2%80%9D

Fastest Growing Satellite Operator in History is Recognized for Industry Excellence and Worldwide Impact

March 10, 2016 10:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

ST. HELIER, Jersey, Channel Islands--(BUSINESS WIRE)--O3b Networks today announced that the company has been recognized as “Satellite Operator of the Year” in the 2015 Via Satellite Excellence Awards during SATELLITE 2016.

O3bSatellites was recognized as "Satellite Operator of the Year" during #SatShow

The Via Satellite Excellence Awards recognize innovative companies, technologies, campaigns, and people who shape the success of the global satellite industry. The Operator of the Year Award recognizes the satellite operator that made a significant impact in 2015 and plays a key role in keeping the industry thriving.

O3b Networks has dramatically broadened the satellite market, providing modern high-performance connectivity to areas that had previously thought such service was only possible with terrestrial fiber. To date, the company has 12 satellites in orbit that provide service to more than 40 customers in 31 countries. Recently, O3b ordered 8 more satellites to support growing demand.

The ultra-low latency, high throughput network, facilitated by O3b's Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellite constellation provides connectivity to Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) to expand 3G and 4G/LTE services, enables Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to provide broadband internet to subscribers in remote locations, brings high-speed mobile and data connections to ships at sea, and allows Oil and Gas companies to reduce costs and improve efficiencies on deep water installations. O3b technology is also used worldwide to enable new business, government, education, and e-health initiatives.

“Today, access to the internet is fundamentally important, and we are proud to support our customers in providing the core connectivity that is driving social and economic development around the globe,” said Steve Collar, CEO of O3b Networks. “As a company, O3b has been fiercely dedicated to providing the best solutions for reliable connectivity in areas of the world that are beyond the reach of fiber. We are honored to be named Operator of the Year, and thank Via Satellite for this distinction.”

About O3b Networks Limited

O3b Networks Limited is a global satellite service provider operating a next-generation satellite network for telecommunications operators, Internet service providers, enterprise and government customers in emerging markets. The O3b system combines the global reach of satellite with the speed of a fiber‐optic network providing billions of consumers and businesses in nearly 180 countries with low‐cost, high‐speed, low latency Internet and mobile connectivity. O3b Networks’ investors include SES, Google, Liberty Global, HSBC Principal Investments, Northbridge Venture Partners, Allen & Company, Development Bank of Southern Africa, Sofina, Satya Capital and Luxempart. O3b Networks is headquartered in St. Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands.


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In-orbit Delivery of Laos' 1st Satellite Launched

From http://english.cri.cn/12394/2016/03/10/3441s919925.htm

Vice President of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation Yang Baohua (R, front) present a model of a satellite as a gift to Lao Minister of Post, Telecommunication and Communication Hiem Phommachanh at a ceremony in Laos' capital Vientiane, on March 9, 2016. The ceremony of in-orbit delivery of Lao's first satellite cooperated with China was held in Laos' capital Vientiane on Wednesday night. [Photo: Xinhua/Liu Ailun]

The ceremony of in-orbit delivery of Lao's first satellite cooperated with China was held in Laos' capital Vientiane on Wednesday night.

Speaking at the ceremony, Lao Minister of Post, Telecommunication and Communication Hiem Phommachanh said that the in-orbit delivery of Laos' first satellite was a milestone in cooperation between Laos and China in field of space technology. At present, all technical tests of the satellite have been successfully completed and the satellite is ready to provide services.

Lao government, especially Ministry of Post, Telecommunication and Communication will create favorable conditions for the operator in terms of policies and international cooperation, Phommachanh said.

Once being put into operation, the satellite is expected to bring new income for Laos, contributing to socio-development of the country, Phommachanh added.

Vice President of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation Yang Baohua said the satellite project is of great significance as it was the first export project of China's satellite to an ASEAN country, marking a solid step in space technology cooperation between China and Laos.

The satellite, which is a major project in implementing the "Belt and Road" initiative proposed by China, will promote the image of Laos, driving the development of Laos' hi-tech industries as well as economy and culture, Yang said.

After the ceremony, Yang and Phommachanh inaugurated the Lao Asia Pacific Satellite Company Ltd., a joint venture between China and Laos which is in charge of commercial operation of the satellite.

The Lao Asia Pacific Satellite Company Ltd. will provide satellite communications, satellite television broadcast, wireless broadband and other services for Laos and other neighboring countries.

On Nov. 21, 2015, Laos' first ever satellite was launched into the space from Xichang satellite launch center in China.

WMO facilitates use of new Himawari-8 satellite data

From http://www.bignewsnetwork.com/news/242096265/wmo-facilitates-use-of-new-himawari-8-satellite-data

The aim is to spread the benefits of advanced satellite technology with developing countries to improve early warning systems and monitor and detect hazards such as tropical cyclones such as severe Tropical Cyclone Winston which recently hit Fiji.

"I am proud that we have a new world class meteorological satellite data receiving system. The system can detect various severe events including volcanic ash which is detrimental for aircraft," said Samuel Maiha, Director of the National Weather Service of Papua New Guinea, one of the recipient countries.

Himawari-8, the new generation geostationary meteorological satellite of JMA was launched in October 2014 and has been operational since July 2015, replacing MTSAT-2 (also called Himawari-7 in Japan). The satellite is located at around 140 degrees east, observing East Asia and the Western Pacific.

The most valuable function of geostationary meteorological satellites is their ability to monitor atmospheric phenomena continuously and uniformly over various areas such as seas, deserts and mountains where surface-based observation is difficult.

With the enhanced observation capability by 16 bands (channels), Himawari-8 is expected to improve the performance of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) in the region in a variety of fields such as weather forecasting, climate monitoring, disaster risk reduction and safe transportation.

"WMO welcomes the operation of Himawari as a new era for geostationary meteorological satellites which will contribute to the prevention and management of weather-related disasters in the East Asia and Western Pacific regions," said WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas.

"The joint efforts by WMO and JMA to facilitate the reception and use of new generation satellite data can be a model for WMO's support for other regions in coming years," said Mr Taalas.

The imagery data derived from Himawari-8 and JMA's numerical weather prediction products are distributed to users via an Internet cloud service and a communication satellite (HimawariCast) as a replacement of the direct dissemination service via MTSAT-1R (Himawari-6). It is, therefore, necessary for many users to install the receiving and processing systems for HimawariCast.

In order to facilitate the reception of Himawari-8 data for operational meteorological services in developing countries in the region, WMO, in cooperation with JMA, has implemented a project to install HimawariCast receiving and processing systems and recently completed the installation of the systems in NMHSs in nine countries, namely, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Federated States of Micronesia, Myanmar, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Thailand, Tuvalu and Viet Nam.

In addition, JMA has carried out expert visits to some of the recipient NMHSs conducting training seminars to maximize the benefit they can derive from Himawari-8 data and is planning to dispatch its experts to the remaining recipient NMHSs, to complement the implementation of the project.

"I am convinced that the new systems installed in nine countries through this project will further improve capability in early detection of, and responses to, severe weather events of recipient countries," said Noritake Nishide, JMA Director-General and Japan's Permanent Representative to WMO.

Intelsat plans “Space Tug”

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/03/10/intelsat-plans-space-tug/

Reports out of the Satellite 2016 event in Washington DC suggest that satellite giant Intelsat is close to signing what is being described as a “pioneering” contract for an in-orbit ‘Space Tug’.

The plans will see Intelsat link with Orbital ATK. They are not yet confirmed but the last time Intelsat looked at this they were talking about an automated spacecraft that would attach itself to an ailing satellite, perhaps with depleted fuel reserves, and thus give the original satellite many more years of useful service.

The reported manufacturer is Orbital ATK. The plan calls for a test vehicle to be launched as soon as late 2018 and be ready for work within a few months.

A year ago Intelsat’s Thierry Guillemin (EVP/CTO) spoke enthusiastically about space tugs (or more correctly Mission Extension Vehicles or Orbital Transfer Vehicles) as did SES’s CTO Martin Halliwell.

Back in early 2012 Intelsat had a similar scheme in place with Canadian space technology company MacDonald Detwiler (which built the famous ‘’Canadarm’ remote arm for the Space Shuttle).

Orbital ATK is already manufacturing docking satellites for the International Space Station (in particular its Space Station Cargo Re-supply vehicles) and has developed its ViviSat “in-orbit satellite life extension and maneuvering services to geosynchronous satellite operators using its Mission Extension Vehicle (MEV). The MEV docks with customers’ existing satellites providing the propulsion and attitude control needed to extend their lives.”

The ViviSat MEV provides a 15-year design life and sufficient fuel to enable well in excess of 15 years of station kept life while docked with a typical 2000 kg geosynchronous satellite. The rendezvous, proximity and docking systems of the MEV allow for numerous robotic dockings and undockings during the life of the MEV.

In other words, the space tug could ‘rescue’ an ailing satellite, keep it on station for sufficient time for the satellite operator to build and launch a replacement, upon which the space tug could detach itself and move on to the next rescue mission or wait in space, just like a car rescue service, until a client suffers a problem and needs rescuing.

FCC Chairman issues sharp warning to satellite industry

From http://spacenews.com/fcc-chairman-issues-sharp-warning-to-the-satellite-industry/

U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler, center, ripped into the satellite industry for what he called self-defeating intransigence over sharing of Ka-band spectrum. Credit: FCC

NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland – The U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s bare-knuckled attack on satellite operators’ refusal to share Ka-band spectrum with future 5G terrestrial mobile providers ripped through the Satellite 2016 conference here like a cold mountain wind.

It was also a warning to the satellite industry that what it often describes as its victories over terrestrial rivals at a recent congress of global wireless frequency regulators left bruises are unlikely to heal anytime soon.

In a March 7 address to the 19th Annual Satellite Leadership Dinner organized by the Satellite Industry Association, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, breaking with the protocols that usually accompany such gatherings, did not mince his words.

“I offer a bit of hard-earned experience: it is far more practical to get on the train than to be run over by it,” Wheeler said, adding that, for the FCC, the satellite industry’s comportment in the regulatory fight “was beyond disappointing.”

The FCC and the U.S. government had sought, during the month-long World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) that ended in November, to persuade global governments to approve studies in how terrestrial and satellite service providers could share pieces of spectrum where satellites now have rights.

In particular, the U.S. delegation asked that the International Telecommunications Union, the United Nations organization that regulates wireless spectrum and satellite orbital slots, be mandated to study 5G mobile’s use of the 28-gigahertz portion of the spectrum.

Already assembled to battle against terrestrial networks to protect C-band spectrum, the satellite industry at the November conference fought the U.S. proposal and won.

What that will mean for future use of the 28-gigahertz spectrum is unclear. The topic may be reintroduced at the next WRC, scheduled for 2019.

Wheeler’s point was that whatever happens elsewhere, the United States is determined to force some kind of sharing arrangement in this spectrum band even if WRC delegations declined to endorse such use.

During the conference, the U.S. delegation had said a global agreement on the frequencies to be shared was the desired outcome as it would give “scope and scale” to manufacturers of future 5G network equipment.

Several satellite operators were asked to comment on Wheeler’s remarks. All agreed that the FCC chairman had thrown a red flag. One official said satellite fleets planning to use the current Ka-band spectrum may need to rethink their plans if the FCC’s opinions don’t change.

Another said that with a U.S. presidential election coming, Wheeler is unlikely to be in his post by the time of the next WRC conference of global regulators.

Mark D. Dankberg, chief executive of ViaSat Inc., whose U.S. consumer broadband business uses Ka-band exclusively, said it remains unclear what 5G applications will emerge and how their spectrum requirements would affect satellite systems if both operated in the same frequencies.

“We are going to have to take a close look at it,” Dankberg said March 10 during the conference. Dankberg denied that ViaSat had been a lukewarm supporter of the satellite industry position at WRC, but said that in the specific case of 5G, the future industrial and spectrum-use landscape remains unknown.

Here are excerpts from Wheeler’s remarks:

“I understand– and agree – that [the 28-gigahertz spectrum] is an important band for the satellite community, where you enjoy secondary usage status. But it was beyond disappointing to see the satellite industry work so hard to block the ITU from even studying 5G at 28 GHz at the recent WRC in Geneva.

“Such intransigence was frustrating. I do not believe it was in the satellite industry’s interest to stop the ITU from even exploring sharing at 28 GHz. This is especially true when the U.S. and other countries interested in being leaders in 5G are already committed to developing sharing in that band.

“It would have made more sense to have that study take place in a setting where the satellite industry is an experienced and active participant in the process. The clear plan for the United States and other countries is to roll up our sleeves to make sharing possible in these bands.

“My preference would be for the satellite industry to work with the mobile industry and quickly come back to us with realistic sharing ideas for the coexistence of satellite and mobile in these upper bands. And quickly means now.

“Industry-driven win-win solutions that protect your existing and contemplated satellite services, while also enabling new terrestrial offerings – are likely to find regulatory favor. Claims that sharing is impossible are not.

“Those claims are particularly unpersuasive today –when satellite companies are seeking to deploy their licensed spectrum for terrestrial use, and in the process, insisting that sharing is both technically feasible and decidedly in the public interest. To this non-engineer, this seems completely inconsistent with claims that sharing is impossible.

“I understand there already have been discussions between the satellite industry and some terrestrial mobile operators and manufacturers to come up with a solution that all parties can live with. And I’m encouraged to see some options presented in the Spectrum Frontiers record.

“But let me underscore that we plan to act on the Spectrum Frontiers proceeding this summer, so time is short. I strongly encourage SIA member companies to explore these sharing opportunities with the terrestrial industry – quickly and seriously.

“This will require the industries to work diligently to resolve the technical details necessary for sharing scarce spectrum across the spectrum chart, so that a variety of technologies can work together in deploying broadband and maximizing the benefits of high-speed connectivity.

“I am convinced that terrestrial and satellite systems can work effectively together to share these bands, and both can flourish – a conviction reinforced by the fact that our defense agencies have found ways to accommodate sharing with commercial interests.

“Not only is it important for the satellite industry to work with the terrestrial industry on sharing, it is important that the satellite industry also work together to resolve incompatible satellite applications that use the same spectrum resource. With the proposed NGSO systems, we will be faced with difficult decisions that would be much better served if the satellite industry leads with solutions amenable to all parties.

“As someone who has spent decades practicing before the Commission, and now finds himself on the other side of the table, I offer a bit of hard-earned experience: it is far more practical to get on the train than to be run over by it.

“The satellite industry deserves almost endless kudos for what it has accomplished to date. Now it has a critical role to play in bringing broadband services to the billions of unserved or underserved people, as well as the national priority next-generation services.”

DD Freedish confirms MPEG-4 next month, NDTV says no decision on going FTA on any of its channels

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/dth/dth-operator/dd-freedish-confirms-mpeg-4-next-month-ndtv-says-no-decision-on-going-fta-on-any-of-its-channels-160310

New Delhi: Even as two pay channels - Aajtak and Big Magic - have come on Doordarshan Freedish as free-to-air channel, possibilities have opened up for more channels coming on the platform even as it prepares to complete its migratiom to MPEG-4 next month. A Prasar Bharati source confirmed that the switch-over to MPEG-4 will be in two phases and the aim was to take the total capacity to 112.

Claiming that the Broadcast Audience Ratings Council (BARC) ratings had shown the importance of Freedish in reaching out to rural India, the source said that Aajtak and Big Magic which are pay channels are being run as FTA and have been accommodated in the current MPEG-2.

Meanwhile, NDTV denied any decision on turning FTA and coming on Freedish next month. An NDTV source said that any such decision, if taken, would be communicated through the media. A senior official who did not want to be named also confirmed that no decision had been taken yet on any of the NDTV bouquet channels going free to air, since this kind of decision could only be taken at the management and board levels.

Doordarshan sources also said that as all the 64 slots under MPEG-2 had been filled, there was no question of any other channel coming on. In any case, he said any channel which decided to come on the platform had to bid in the auctions that are held from time to time. All the slots under MPEG-2 were filled, the next auction date had not been finalized, the sources confirmed.

Freedish is adopting the conditional access system designed by the Bangalore-based ByDesign India Pvt Ltd.

The ByDesign model is totally indigenous and built for DVB-C setup. This CAS solution will enable broadcasters and network operators to control access to their services by viewers, and thereby enabling them to extend their business models to subscription based schemes.

This will mean that the Freedish will become encrypted but will remain free to air. In addition to helping increase the number of channels on the platform, this will enable Freedish to gauge the exact number of households relying on Freedish as encrypted set top boxes will only be available with authorized dealers.

The ByDesign CAS is provided by making access possible to content, depending on subscriber credentials, which are generated by this CAS and sent through the broadcast system to receivers in the field.

ZEEL's sports expertise Ten Network to revamp the entire bouquet

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/sports/zeels-sports-expertise-ten-network-to-revamp-the-entire-bouquet-160310

MUMBAI: Rajesh Sethi lead sports expertise of Zee Entertainment Enterprise Limited, Ten Network which currently operates Ten Sports, Ten Action, Ten Cricket, Ten HD and Ten Golf is set to undergo a revamp.

The network will now name its channels as Ten 1, Ten 2, Ten 3, Ten 1 HD and Ten Golf HD, "The decision has been taken to complement our wide portfolio of content. Instead of having one channel showing only cricket and one only football we will now switch and swap," said a senior company official.

Ten Sports will become Ten 1, Ten Action will become Ten 2, Ten Cricket will become Ten 3 and Ten HD will become Ten 1 HD. Ten Golf which the network recently converted to Ten Golf HD will continue to remain the same.

"There will be a new logo and brand message which we will unveil soon" added the official. The new look will hit the television from 1 April 2016.


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Freeview promises catch up app as streaming eats into live television

From http://www.smh.com.au/technology/gadgets-on-the-go/freeview-promises-catch-up-app-as-streaming-eats-into-live-television-20160309-gne8if.html

Australia's free-to-air broadcasters would rather squabble like children than stand side-by-side against the likes of Netflix. Photo: Glen McCurtayne

As our appetite for streaming video grows Australians are watching less and less live television each week, according to the latest Australian Multi-Screen Report.

The death of traditional broadcast television isn't as close as some people would like to think, but the networks are feeling the heat. After years of infighting the Freeview consortium of Australian free-to-air broadcasters has finally promised to deliver a cross-network streaming app to combine all the catch up and live streams from the five major broadcasters.

There are no details at this point other than it's a "world first with all the FTA networks working together", which is laughable if you've followed Freeview's antics over the years.

Mortal enemies Nine and Seven would rather cut their own throats than circle the wagons and fight a common foe like Netflix. SBS walked away from Freeview last year and has only just returned to the fold.

Freeview has been promising a cross-network joint service since it first launched in 2009, but we had to wait until 2014 for the arrival of FreeviewPlus – which is only compatible with new Smart TVs and a few set-top boxes supporting the HbbTV internet video standard. FreeviewPlus missed its target of reaching 10 per cent of Australian homes in the first year, it recently hit that milestone but Freeview refuses to reveal how many people are actually watching.

Rather than throwing their full support behind FreeviewPlus, these days Seven and Nine are more interested in spruiking their new subscription video services Presto and Stan – joint ventures with Foxtel and Fairfax Media (publisher of this website) respectively. They're making little headway against foreign juggernaut Netflix, which would have a tougher fight on its hands if Australia's broadcasters had heeded the warnings and launched a cross-network service long before the foreign raider arrived on our doorstep.

Freeview's announcement that it will have something to announce later this year comes as the latest Australian Multi-Screen Report paints a telling picture of the changing television landscape.

The number of people who watch free-to-air and subscription broadcast television each week continues to slowly but steadily drop. At the end of 2015 it was down to 87.4 per cent of Australians, slipping from 88.5 per cent 12 months earlier. Those who are still tuning in watched 80 minutes less each week than they did the year before.

Personal Video Recorder ownership has plateaued after a few years of steady growth, as has the amount of television we record to watch later. Instead it's internet video cutting into our traditional TV time. The NBN is making streaming video accessible to more homes and our options continue to expand, with the ABC's popular iView app finally coming to the Apple TV streaming box.

Computers, smartphones and tablets now account for 15.5 per cent of our time spent watching video, jumping from 12 per cent this time last year. Meanwhile the amount of time we spent in front of the idiot box watching something other than broadcast television has grown.

When you crunch the numbers, these two trends account for that 80 minutes of lost broadcast viewing – and you can bet the lion's share is going to Netflix. The US streaming giant hasn't hurt Foxtel as badly as people thought it might, according to Roy Morgan Research. Instead free-to-air television is feeling the pain.

The writing has been on the wall for a long time but Australia's broadcasters have been too busy fighting each other to face the bigger threat to their long-term survival. How have your viewing habits changed in the last few years?

Australia: TV takes 84.5% of all video viewing

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/03/09/australia-tv-takes-84-5-of-all-video-viewing/

The latest Australian Multi-Screen Report – from Regional TAM, OzTAM and Nielsen, covering the fourth quarter of 2015 – shows that, despite the proliferation of connected devices, the vast majority of all video viewing in Australia takes place on in-home TV sets.

Across all screens and all types of video content – broadcast and non-broadcast – 84.5 per cent of viewing is on TV sets.

87.4 per cent of Australians watch broadcast TV on in-home TV sets each week, while 91.4 per cent of broadcast TV watched on TV sets was live to air.

Computers, tables and smartphones comprise 15.5 per cent of the time Australians spend watching video of any kind – an average 15 hours 42 minutes each month.

Australians played an average of 112 minutes per week of broadcasters’ Internet delivered TV content – only about 1 per cent of broadcast TV viewing in the period.

Chair of Regional TAM and Nine Entertainment Co Director of Regional Strategy Deborah Wright commented: “The Australian Multi-Screen report continues to provide a holistic national overview of consumers’ viewing habits across platforms and devices. In a market where consumers have an ever growing list of options to view video content, the in-home TV set remains the predominate screen of choice. Our Regional TAM audiences in particular are spending almost 95 hours a month on average watching television, which is almost 9.5 hours more than the national average.”

OzTAM CEO Doug Peiffer added: “Connected devices are the new PVRs. As penetration rates for conventional personal video recorders level off, the number of PVRs actually in the market has grown dramatically: people now use their desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones to watch catch up TV – just as they’ve grown used to time-shifting their broadcast viewing. Today, access to content means anywhere, any time, any connected device. OzTAM’s new VPM Report tracks this emerging behaviour, revealing how the audience to a piece of content travels across all platforms.”

Other highlights include:
– 22.1 million Australians watch broadcast television (free-to-air and subscription channels) each month – an average 85 hours and 17 minutes on in-home TV sets per month.
– Approximately 99 per cent of all broadcast TV material viewed each month happens on in-home TV sets, 97 per cent of Australians can do so on every household TV set, and 95 per cent can receive high definition DTT broadcasts on every household TV set.
– 32 per cent of homes have Internet-capable TVs, whether connected or not (up from 30 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2014).
– 49 per cent of homes have tablets (up from 47 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2014).
– 80 per cent of Australians aged 14+ own a smartphone (up from 76 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2014).
– Over 13 million Australians watch some video on the internet each month: on average 8 hours and 23 minutes per month, up 55 minutes from 7 hours and 28 minutes per month a year ago. – Such viewing is highest among 18-24 year-olds, who watch 19 hours and 59 minutes of video online per month.

Rebranded Creative Content Australia to combat piracy

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/03/09/rebranded-creative-content-australia-to-combat-piracy/

The IP Awareness Foundation, the Australian film and television industries’ body for the promotion of copyright, creative rights, piracy research and education resources, has rebranded as ‘Creative Content Australia’.

The organisation has expanded its membership, appointing long-time copyright advocate Graham Burke, Co-Executive Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Village Roadshow as Chair, and new directors Damian Keogh AM, CEO of the Hoyts Group and Jo Bladen, GM-Studios, The Walt Disney Studios.

Creative Content Australia’s Executive Director Lori Flekser, welcomed the appointment of the new members and Graham Burke as Chair: “The aim of our organisation has always been to contribute to a more informed debate about legal access to film and television content. Graham, Damian and Jo, along with our existing board members, are passionate about promoting the value of copyright. They are invaluable advocates of Creative Content Australia’s research, educational resources and consumer awareness campaigns. While we are starting to see a change in attitude towards piracy, there is still much work to be done.”

Burke said the IP Awareness Foundation had contributed significantly to the understanding of copyright and its role in Australian society. “The research finds that Australians say they are now much more aware that the industry is increasingly making more movies and TV shows available in a timely and affordable way, and I’m looking forward to seeing Creative Content Australia produce new consumer campaigns to highlight the benefits of accessing content legally, as opposed to the great damage caused to our creative industry by piracy.”

Creative Content Australia will continue to add to the considerable body of research on piracy amassed by the organisation since 2007 and will expand distribution of key education resources about copyright to schools across Australia.

Digicel Fiji confident to grow Pay TV business and make profits

From http://fijivillage.com/news/Digicel-Fiji-confident-to-grow-Pay-TV-business-and-make-profits-2ksr95/

The new owner of Sky Pacific, Digicel Fiji is confident that it will be able to grow the Pay TV business and make profits although local advertising is not allowed on Sky Pacific.

Digicel Fiji Chief Executive Officer Darren McLean said they will ensure that they get the right content on the Sky Pacific channels through their various sources.

This includes getting content that they already have after securing the regional rights, and other content from their TV stations in the Carribean and Central America.

McLean said having no local advertisements will be a challenge however they are looking at other options.

McLean said all the 50 workers of Sky Pacific have signed contracts with Digicel and will continue to work with the company.

He also said that all local content which include Fiji One and Pacific Channel, will be removed when they take over operational control of Sky Pacific in the next few weeks, as this is part of the license condition.

The license was issued to Digicel by Communications Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum yesterday.

The license is subject to the digital TV process that is currently taking place.

Sayed-Khaiyum said local advertisements and local content are not allowed on Sky Pacific.

Local content will only be allowed during natural disasters.

All the three free to air TV stations have to agree to any advertising on Sky Pacific.

O3b and SpeedCast sign agreement to improve connectivity for the residents of the Republic of Kiribati

From http://www.yourcommunicationnews.com/o3b+and+speedcast+sign+agreement+to+improve+connectivity+for+the+residents+of+the+republic+of+kiribati_128732.html

O3b Networks and SpeedCast International Limited (ASX: SDA) have announced an agreement to provide connectivity over the innovative O3b satellite network. The service will be provided to consumers, businesses and government customers by Amalgamated Telecom Holdings (Kiribati) Limited (ATHKL), a subsidiary of Amalgamated Telecom Holdings of Fiji.

The Republic of Kiribati has a population of about 100,000 living on 33 atolls and islands, across 3.5 million square km of ocean. O3b is the ideal solution, as the dispersed geography makes laying undersea fibre cables unreasonably expensive and time-consuming. Existing geostationary (GEO) satellites can’t match the O3b network’s high throughput and low latency, which is necessary for modern e-commerce, e-government, e-education and e-Health applications.

Kiribati is in the final stages of testing the O3b link, and will first deploy the service to Tarawa, the largest island in the country. The multi-year agreement provides flexibility to expand capacity where required, to ensure ATHKL can provide high performance connectivity for HD video, e-commerce, online education, or cloud services.

O3b’s Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellites orbit at 8,062km above the Earth and have a latency of less than 150 msec—25% that of the geostationary (GEO) satellite systems connecting Kiribati. The switch to the lower latency, higher throughput O3b service will transform the island nation providing connectivity equivalent to long-haul fiber, while avoiding the exorbitant cost of laying an undersea cable to the island.

“SpeedCast is happy to partner with ATHKL and O3b to quickly and cost-effectively provide the people of Kiribati cutting-edge technology, enabling economic growth and access to all forms of e-commerce, education and health,” said Pierre-Jean Beylier, CEO of SpeedCast. “ATHKL will first bring their world class internet connectivity to the people of Tarawa, and, in time, to the rest of the country.”

“O3b and SpeedCast are delighted to support ATHKL in bringing Kiribati into a new era of connectivity,” said Imran Malik, VP Asia for O3b Networks. "With O3b’s high throughput and low latency connection, with value adds from SpeedCast, Kiribati is stepping into the future.”

This announcement follows the expansion of SpeedCast’s O3b-based infrastructure in the Pacific, with customers in Port Moresby and Lae, PNG; Christmas Island, Australia; and Solomon Islands, already benefiting from O3b’s high throughput low latency advantage .

About O3b Networks Limited

O3b Networks Limited is a global satellite service provider operating a next-generation satellite network for telecommunications operators, Internet service providers, and enterprise and government customers in emerging markets. The O3b system combines the global reach of satellite with the speed of a fiber-optic network providing billions of consumers and businesses in nearly 180 countries with low-cost, highspeed, low latency Internet and mobile connectivity. O3b Networks’ investors include SES, Google, Liberty Global, HSBC Principal Investments, Northbridge Venture Partners, Allen & Company, Development Bank of Southern Africa, Sofina, Satya Capital and Luxempart. O3b Networks is headquartered in St. Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands.

About SpeedCast International Limited

SpeedCast International Limited (ASX: SDA) is a leading global satellite communications and network service provider, offering high-quality managed network services in over 90 countries and a global maritime network serving customers worldwide. With a worldwide network of 33 sales and support offices and 31 teleport operations, SpeedCast has a unique infrastructure to serve the requirements of customers globally. With over 5,000 links on land and at sea supporting mission critical applications, SpeedCast has distinguished itself with a strong operational expertise and a highly efficient support organization.

For more information, please visit : http://www.speedcast.com

Entel Chile Brings LTE to Rapa Nui with O3b Satellite

From http://www.convergedigest.com/2016/03/entel-chile-brings-lte-to-rapa-nui-with.html

Entel Chile has enabled 3G, LTE and broadband Internet services on Rapa Nui (Easter Island) using satellite backhaul from O3B Networks.

Easter Island, which has a population of less than 6,000, is the most remote part of the Entel networ, lying almost 3,700km from mainland Chile in the Polynesian Triangle. The island is visited by more than 80,000 tourists per year.

O3b satellites orbit much closer to Earth than conventional geostationary satellites. The O3bTrunk service employed by Entel delivers latency equivalent to long haul fiber, with round-trip times of less than 150 milliseconds. This allows access to improved quality voice, streaming HD video, social media, online gaming, enterprise software applications and overall performance for the end-user on par with connections in Santiago or other mainland cities.

“We are excited to see that O3bTrunk is now live on Easter Island, a place right in the middle of the Pacific, which makes it very difficult to reach by terrestrial networks” said Omar Trujillo, VP Americas for O3b. “We are pleased to be enabling broadband, and a true 4G experience to the island’s residents, thanks to our low latency. We look forward to continuing our work with Entel to provide flexible, reliable and scalable solutions to difficult to reach areas in Chile, Peru and beyond.”

Sky, iflix strategic partnership

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/03/09/sky-iflix-in-strategic-partnership/

Pan-European pay-TV operator Sky has formed a strategic partnership with iflix, a leading Southeast Asia streaming TV service. As part of the partnership, Sky is investing $45 million (€41m) in iflix and the parties will work together to identify areas of future collaboration across the high-growth emerging markets in which iflix operates.

Currently available to consumers in Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines, iflix launched in May 2015 and has already signed up over one million members. It aims to extend its service to new ASEAN markets in the coming months as demand for the service grows.

For a small monthly subscription users have unlimited access to tens of thousands of hours of content from a library of Hollywood, Asian regional and local TV shows and movies. They can watch the service on multiple connected mobile devices including tablets and smart phones.

Sky is Europe’s largest provider of TV content on mobile, IPTV and OTT services through NOW TV, Sky Online and Sky Go.

Sky’s investment in iflix includes the purchase of $2.5m of shares from existing investors.

Andrew Griffith, Group Chief Financial Officer, Sky, said that iflix had quickly established itself as Southeast Asia’s most exciting and fastest-growing streaming TV service. “There are lots of opportunities for Sky and iflix to work together and share expertise as both companies continue to expand. We are really looking forward to supporting Mark and his team deliver their ambitious plans,”

iflix co-founder and Group CEO, Mark Britt said that as pioneers in the global broadcasting industry and true leaders in television and media,Sky shared iflix’s passion for delivering market-leading content and services through innovation. “Sky’s investment will further support our commitment to providing our members with the best in entertainment,” he added.

Al Jazeera taps Arqiva for global satellite distribution

From http://www.digitaltveurope.net/510382/al-jazeera-taps-arqiva-for-global-satellite-distribution/

Qatar-based broadcaster Al Jazeera Media Network has tapped media services provider Arqiva to provide its global teleport and satellite distribution services.

As part of the long-term agreement, Arqiva will distribute Al Jazeera’s flagship news channels Al Jazeera Arabic and Al Jazeera English to global networks.

Arqiva said it will provide dual and triplicate redundancy on key components of the core fibre, satellite and teleport design to ensure a high-quality viewing experience for Al Jazeera viewers.

“With Arqiva already providing the transmission for all of Al Jazeera’s output to the Middle East from its UK Teleports, it made sense to turn to them as we looked to take on a new global satellite distribution partner. This agreement is another step towards providing our audiences across the world with a higher quality viewing experience,” said Abdulla AlNajjar, executive director of global brand and communications at Al Jazeera

David Crawford, managing director for satellite and media at Arqiva, said: “With millions of households tuning in worldwide, Al Jazeera is one of the biggest multinational, multimedia news networks in the industry – and one we’re thrilled to be working with. We look forward to continuing to be a trusted partner of AJMN, helping them to monetise their content in multiple ways across multiple territories.”

Ariane 5 launch contributes to Ariane 6 development

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Ariane_5_launch_contributes_to_Ariane_6_development_999.html

An Ariane 5 lifted off this morning to deliver telecom satellite Eutelsat-65 West A into its planned transfer orbit. Liftoff of flight VA229 occurred at 05:20 GMT (02:20 local time, 06:20 CET) from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

Eutelsat-65 West A was the sole passenger on this launch. With a mass of 6707 kg, it was released about 27 minutes into the mission.

Positioned at 65W in geostationary orbit, the satellite has a design life of 15 years and will provide coverage throughout Latin America and especially Brazil with video and direct-to-home broadcasting, as well as flexible high-speed broadband access.

After satellite separation, the propellants' temperature and level were recorded to study its behaviour in the rocket's upper stage under microgravity. This information will help to design the upper stage for Ariane 6.

Flight VA229 was the second Ariane 5 launch of the year and the 85th Ariane 5 mission.

background report
Space like businesses is a numbers game

The numbers continue to add up for Arianespace following today's early morning Ariane 5 mission that orbited the EUTELSAT 65 West A relay satellite - extending to 71 the heavy-lift vehicle's streak of consecutive successes, while achieving other numerical milestones for the company as well.

Lifting off exactly on time from the ELA-3 launch zone at Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana, Ariane 5 deployed its passenger at the conclusion of a 27-minute flight sequence. For today's success, EUTELSAT 65 West A had the distinction of being a single telecommunications satellite on a dedicated Ariane 5 flight - compared to the typical dual-payload configuration for this launcher on missions to geostationary transfer orbit.

525 satellites launched... and counting
Making the mission all the more special was EUTELSAT 65 West A's status as the milestone 525th satellite overall to be launched by Arianespace, as well as its being the 31st orbited by the company on behalf of Paris-based Eutelsat Communications. Both were points of emphasis during post-launch comments by Arianespace Chairman and CEO Stephane Israel, who spoke via satellite from National Harbor, Maryland, where he is participating in the on-going Satellite 2016 conference and exhibition.

"We are delighted to have organized this launch for Eutelsat, which has been our steadfast partner since our companies both started in the early 1980s," he said. "I therefore wish to express my deepest gratitude to Eutelsat for its trust in Arianespace."

Looking to the future of the companies' partnership, Israel added: "We still have three Eutelsat satellites in our backlog, and we are ready to welcome many more!"

A successful team effort
"We fully enjoyed this," said Rodolphe Belmer, who earlier in the month succeeded Michel de Rosen as Eutelsat's Chief Executive Officer. "It was for me the first launch as CEO of Eutelsat, so as you could imagine, it was a very intense moment - and a great success!"

EUTELSAT 65 West A - which had a liftoff mass of 6,564 kg. - combines broad coverage in C- and Ku-bands for video distribution, cellular backhaul and direct-to-home broadcasting with a high-throughput payload for broadband access in the Ka-band. The spacecraft will operate from an orbital position of 65 deg. West, where it will serve expanding markets in Brazil and across Latin America.

During his post-launch comments, Arianespace's Israel also put a spotlight on payload prime contractor SSL of Palo Alto, California. EUTELSAT 65 West A was the 53rd satellite built by this company to be launched on an Arianespace mission, with 12 more to come based on the current launch services order book.

Also receiving credit from Arianespace following the success were Ariane 5/Ariane 6 industrial lead contractor Airbus Safran Launchers; the European Space Agency and its 12 member states that provide full support for the Ariane launcher program; the CNES French space agency, with its Spaceport resources; along with the industrial base and Arianespace's own operational teams.

The workhorse Ariane 5 today added another on-target performance to its track record, with the following estimated orbital parameters at injection of its cryogenic upper stage: - Perigee: 249.8 km. for a target of 250.0 km. - Apogee: 35,909 km. for a target of 35,896 km. - Inclination: 0.48 deg. for a target of 0.50 deg.

Continuing the 2016 mission cadence
Designated VA229, Arianespace's mission with EUTELSAT 65 West A was the second performed this year as part of the company's busy launch manifest for 2016 - following the year-opening Ariane 5 success that orbited Intelsat 29e on January 27.

Arianespace is targeting as many as 12 missions during the year using its full launcher family, which includes the heavy-lift Ariane 5, medium-lift Soyuz and lightweight Vega vehicles. In performing its first two missions by early March, Arianespace also is well-positioned to achieve its goal of eight total launches in 2016 with Ariane 5.

The company's next mission is scheduled for April 22, when Soyuz will deliver another spacecraft for the European Commission's Copernicus program - Sentinel-1B - accompanied by auxiliary payloads.

FTA Channels to rule the Roost in Middle East

From http://gulfnews.com/business/sectors/media/satellite-operators-expect-fta-channels-to-rule-the-roost-for-the-near-future-1.1687280

Satellite operators expect FTA channels to rule the roost for the near future

Pay-TV model will take time to catch up in the region, compared to other parts of the world

Dubai: Regional satellite operators expect free-to-air (FTA) channels to still rule the roost for the near feature despite growth in Pay-TV channels.

Markuz Fritz, senior vice-president of commercial development and marketing at Eutelsat, told Gulf News that Pay-TV broadcasters are increasing their capacity for high-quality channels and the market is growing but it is still low compared to other regions.

“Growth in the Pay-TV market does not mean that the FTA channels are not growing,” he said, but he admits there is data available on FTA channels.

The Paris-based satellite operator has 40 satellites to cover the globe and Fritz said that more capacity will be used for HD channels and has enough capacity to meet the short-term needs.

Sami Boustany, CEO of Abu Dhabi-based satellite broadcasting company Yahlive, said that the business around Pay-TV is fairly new to this region. It [Pay-TV] is catching up but they are not exclusive to each other.

Vidya S. Nath, research director for digital media at Frost & Sullivan, said that interest in live sports content is one of the major reasons for growth in Pay-TV subscriptions in the Middle East and North Africa.

“Increase in interest among broadcasters to invest in licensing local sports leagues has generated interest among viewers for local sports content as well,” she said.

Surge in revenue

According to Arab Advisors Group, four satellite Pay-TV providers broadcast from the Arab World — OSN, beIN Sports, Al Majd and MyHD. beIN Sports offers the highest number of sports Pay TV channels in the region. Pay-TV operators offered 280 channels as of September 2015.

According to research firm IHS, the Middle East and North Africa Pay-TV market will grow five times faster than the US, UK, Germany, France or Italy between 2015 and 2019. By 2019, there will be 6.6 million pay TV homes, and revenues will surge to over $1.8 billion (Dh6.6 billion).

“We have around 200 FTA channels on our network and no Pay-TV channels. Our business is to provide the capacity and it is up to the broadcasters and content providers to decide,” Boustany said.

Moving to a Pay-TV model is the next step after building free-to-air hotshots, he said, adding that broadcasters’ wish is to move to a paid model.

In the near future, he said that the demand will be for FTA in the region and many households are not willing to pay and watch the channels.

Eutelsat has 1,100 free-to-air channels on its regional fleet and the rest are Pay-TV channels, out of the total 1,500 channels. It has more than 100 HD channels.

Globally, it has reached a total of 6,000 channels on its fleet of satellites. Eutelsat is now carrying more than 2,200 free-to-air channels.

Monetisation avenues

Challenged by a difficult economic environment, increasing competition and the fickle consumer, Vidya said that broadcasters are seeking advanced technology solutions to help with new monetisation avenues.

She said that the use of illegal set-top boxes by expats and illegal streaming of content in the region are hurting revenue for free-to-air and Pay-TV operators in the region.

“Arabic content library is the key to attract the local market and sustain growth in advertising revenue, especially for FTA. International content portfolios are important for broadcasters and Pay TV to attract the population influenced by globalisation and also expats who account for a major part of the working class,” she said.

The desperation of the expat population to watch their local language content has led to the “piracy of Pay-TV content” from Asian broadcasters.

“The GCC is advanced due to better infrastructure, but fluctuating oil prices and regional instability have been a deterrent in technology investments in the broadcast industry,” she said.

ITV Hub, All 4 on Fire TV

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/03/08/itv-hub-all-4-on-fire-tv/

ITV Hub and All 4, the free on-demand digital catch-up services from ITV and Channel 4, are now available for all versions of Amazon’s Fire TV. The availability of ITV Hub and All 4 means the complete Fire TV range now offers catch-up services from every one of the UK’s major broadcasters—with apps from the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 available for all devices in the Fire TV line-up.

“With BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4 and My5, every single UK customer with a Fire TV or Fire TV Stick now has access to all of the UK’s most popular catch-up services,” said Jorrit Van der Meulen, Vice President, Amazon Devices EU. “Add these to Amazon Video, Prime Video, Netflix, UKTV Play, YouTube.com, Vevo, Curzon Home Cinema and many more, and it’s clear that Fire TV customers can enjoy access to a vast and growing range of content. Whether its bingeing on the latest series, watching a film, playing games or catching up with a favourite show, Fire TV customers can do it all—and we’re adding more channels, apps and games every day.

ITV Hub and All 4 are available for all Fire TV and Fire TV Stick customers to download from the Fire TV Appstore effective immediately.

ISRO Successfully Launched Sixth Navigation Satellite IRNSS 1-F

From http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/ISRO-Successfully-Launched-Sixth-Navigation-Satellite-IRNSS-1-F/2016/03/10/article3320167.ece

SRIHARIKOTA: Talking the country's dream of having an own indigenous navigation system a step closer, the sixth of the seven-satellite constellation was launched successfully by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC), Sriharikota on Thursday evening.

The vessel lifted off from the second launch pad of SDSC, Sriharikota, at 04:01 pm. The Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS-1F) was launched by the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) weighing 320 tonnes.

This was the 34th successful satellite launch by the, which has come to become one of the world's most reliable launch vehicle. As in the case of previous five successful launches of IRNSS satellites with similar configurations, 'XL' version of the the launch vehicle (PSLV-C32) was used on Thursday. This was the twelfth time the variant was used by ISRO.

Exactly 20 minutes and 20 seconds after the launch, the satellite was placed in an inclined geosynchronous orbit carrying two types of payloads - navigation and ranging payloads. According to ISRO scientists, while the former would transmit navigation service signals to users with a help of a highly accurate Rubidium atomic clock, the latter was designed to facilitate accurate determination of the satellite range.

After injection into the orbit the two solar panels of IRNSS-1F were automatically deployed in quick succession. Sun and star sensors and gyroscopes provided the orientation reference of the satellite, according to ISRO.

Following this, the satellite control was taken over by the Master Control Facility (MCF) at Hassan Once the final satellite of the IRNSS constellation was launched, the system would be able to provide accurate position information service to users in India as well as the region extending up to 1500 km from its boundary.

While the Standard Positioning System (SPS) will be provided to all the users, Restricted Service (RS), an encrypted service, would be provided to only authorised users.

The first five satellites of the IRNSS constellation, have already started functioning from their designated orbital slots after expensive on-orbit test and evaluation to confirm their satisfactory performance, said officials.


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D1 12423 V Sr 14000 3 channels of 9's Today show morning program in HD
D1 12635 V Sr 7200 "7BCM News Bucky 1" low signal, seems like a test pattern atm.
D1 12645 V Sr 7200 "ATN 7NEWS3" Seven News Feed

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东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,卫星宣传频道(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置12551 H 16855参数免费接收。 [3月8日]
东经45度轨道位置的国际12号卫星Ku频段,Channal 1(测试)等20个频道新增,设置11508 V 27689参数免费接收。 [3月8日]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,NBT HD(高清)频道解密,设置11541 H 45000参数免费接收。 [3月8日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,SK Movie、Pashto TV、Channel S(孟加拉)频道新增,设置3843 H 2860参数免费接收。 [3月8日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Maasranga TV(孟加拉)频道解密,设置3812 H 2200参数免费接收。 [3月8日]

东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Asiam(4k)频道新增,设置12610 H 29500参数有条件接收。 [3月7日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,OBS W、MBC Music HD(高清)等6个频道消失,设置12610 H 29500参数无效接收。 [3月7日]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Next Wan Wan(泰国)频道新增,设置11038 V 45000参数免费接收。 [3月7日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Pashto TV(孟加拉)频道重现,设置3832 H 12860参数免费接收。 [3月7日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Koreabox Turshilt替换Sport Box(蒙古)频道,设置12629 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [3月7日]


Digicel gets Pay TV License

From http://www.fbc.com.fj/fiji/38219/digicel-gets-pay-tv-license

Digicel Fiji has been issued its broadcast license to operate a Pay TV service. Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum confirms there are 3 licenses, the other two being a spectrum license and a special license under the Media Industry Development Decree. Digicel Fiji was yesterday handed its 12 year license to run pay TV services. Under its license requirements, Digicel can’t play advertisements unless all 3 free-to-air TV companies agree to it. There is no local content on any pay channels unless there messages of national importance that need to be sent out. There is also a rebate mechanism introduced in the license condition for instances when the pay TV service goes off-air.

Satellite that fixes other satellites comes closer to reality

From https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/mar/08/satellite-that-fixes-other-satellites-comes-closer-to-reality

Space launch company Orbital ATK finalising first contract for mission extension vehicle (MEV), designed to refuel and redirect older satellites

The US space launch company Orbital ATK Inc has said it hopes to announce within the next six to eight weeks its first contract for a new “in-space” service using a specialised spacecraft to dock with older satellites and keep them in orbit.

Tom Wilson, vice-president of strategy and business development at Orbital ATK, said the company had invested tens of millions of dollars in the new capability, but gave no specific amount. He also declined to name the customer.

Wilson said each year about 70 satellites of the 380 communications satellites in orbit could potentially need servicing as they reached the end of the propellant that allows them to maintain their position in space.

Wilson said the company planned to launch its first ViviSat Mission Extension Vehicle (MEV) in 2018, and then carry out its first customer mission in early 2019 after an in-orbit checkout.

Orbital ATK eventually plans to operate 10 MEV spacecraft that will be able to dock with other satellites that are running out of fuel, repositioning and controlling them to continue serving their existing areas or move to new areas.

In seven to eight years, as robotic technology advances, the spacecraft could eventually transfer fuel to ageing satellites, or deliver or swap their payloads, Wilson said, citing work on such capabilities by NASA and other agencies.

Each of the MEV satellites will be designed to last for 15 to 20 years, with the ability to dock and undock from other satellites 10 to 15 times, he said.

“It’s the start of a whole new market,” Wilson said.

The capability would eventually allow the government to send larger and heavier payloads into space since it could save the weight of fuel and send that up later.

Wilson said the company had been open about its development of the technology, and he did not expect criticism from Russia or China about its potential use to damage other satellites.

“This system was designed for commercial purposes,” he said.

The project was first begun by ATK in 2009, but got fresh momentum after Orbital merged with ATK 18 months ago. Orbital had a satellite that was ideally sized for the job and was docking to other satellites through its Nasa space station cargo resupply contract, Wilson said.

Orbital also had a role on a secret US air force programme that was first disclosed last year and included docking capabilities, he said. He declined to provide any additional details.

Gogo becomes anchor tenant for world’s first GEO/LEO shared network

From http://www.military-technologies.net/2016/03/07/gogo-becomes-anchor-tenant-for-worlds-first-geoleo-shared-network/

Gogo announced today it is partnering with Intelsat to leverage the first shared GEO/LEO Satellite network for in-flight connectivity.

Under a long-term agreement, Gogo’s next generation in-flight connectivity technology will be powered by an innovative high performance shared network featuring reliable, multi-layered Ku-band capacity on the Intelsat EpicNG high throughput geosynchronous (GEO) satellites combined with OneWeb’s planned low earth orbit (LEO) satellite constellation.

The Gogo 2Ku airborne terminal is designed to be compatible with multiple networks, including both the Intelsat EpicNG and OneWeb satellite constellations. This flexibility ensures a long-term technology solution that provides immediate benefits as well as a path to future network evolutions well into the next decade.

Beginning in 2016, Gogo will expand its use of the Intelsat Globalized Network by purchasing additional capacity on Intelsat’s Ku-band infrastructure, a contiguous, resilient network within Intelsat’s 50 satellite system which covers 99 percent of the world’s populated regions.

Gogo’s Intelsat network infrastructure will initially include use of traditional wide beam services and the next generation high throughput satellite (HTS) Intelsat EpicNG platform, which is expected to enter service in 2016. Coverage will include HTS for the North Atlantic, Europe, Middle East, Asia and the Pacific Ocean provided by Intelsat 32e, Intelsat 33e and Horizons 3e. In 2019, Gogo’s 2KU system will begin to access the world’s first GEO/LEO shared network, an evolving service architecture that will incorporate the best features of Intelsat GEO and OneWeb LEO HTS capacity as the complete Intelsat EpicNG and OneWeb systems deploy. When the network is fully deployed, Gogo’s 2Ku systems will be able to dynamically route traffic across the fully global 10 Tbps shared network based on coverage, latency, throughput and other performance criteria.

Gogo’s customers will benefit from the continuous planned upgrades of the shared network, including up to 250 Mbps per plane on the Intelsat EpicNG fleet. One Web’s Low Earth Orbit satellites are expected to be the first satellites to enable high performance services at high latitudes and on polar flights.

“Gogo’s open strategy gives us the ability to look to the entire satellite market for innovation, and Intelsat’s EpicNG satellites combined with OneWeb’s LEO constellation offers numerous advantages for aviation,” said Gogo’s president and chief executive officer, Michael Small. “Gogo continues to invest in open platforms that leverage the best connectivity Technologies for aviation, because single technology, closed systems will not survive the test of time.”

Gogo’s leading in-flight Broadband service represents exactly the type of application for which our Globalized Network and Intelsat EpicNG platform are targeted: global, high performance and with a business model that will flourish with the right economics,” said Intelsat chief executive officer, Stephen Spengler. Our goal in creating the Intelsat/OneWeb shared network is to bring together the best solutions to support customer growth today while at the same time providing a future-proof path to an ever-improving global satellite infrastructure.”

“OneWeb’s unique constellation will enable broadband connectivity in the polar-regions and at high latitudes will also have low latency because the satellites are much closer to earth,” said Anand Chari, Gogo’s chief technology officer. “Intelsat EpicNG and the Intelsat Globalized Network provide high performance services that will increase our service capability in this year and beyond. By using this shared network, Gogo’s 2Ku solution will be capable of delivering hundreds of Mbps per aircraft over every part of the globe.”

Es’Hail to build new UHD teleport

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/03/07/eshail-to-build-new-uhd-teleport/

Qatar-based Es’Hail Sat, now well-advanced with the build of its second satellite, has commissioned the building of a new satellite teleport and Earth station just north of Doha, the Qatari capital city.

The new facility will be ready in 2H/2017. Es’HailSat-2 will launch later this year and provide extra capacity for HDTV and Ultra-HD transmissions, as well as Ka-band capacity for Satellite News Gathering, telco trunking and corporate expansion over the MENA region.

Es’Hail-1 operates from the Arabian ‘hot spot’ of 25.5/26 degrees East. Es’hail-2 will be co-located at the same position, which it also shares with Arabsat.

Es’Hail says discussions are already ongoing with customers and stakeholders to define the requirements for a further satellite – Es’hail-3.

OSN, Eutelsat plan MENA Ultra HD

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/03/08/osn-eutelsat-plan-mena-ultra-hd/

Middle East and North Africa pay-TV provider OSN is ramping up capacity on the powerful Eutelsat 8 West B satellite operated by Eutelsat Communications. Additional capacity at the Middle East’s flagship TV neighbourhood will support more expansion for OSN, including new High Definition channels and the introduction of Ultra HD services.

OSN will take advantage of the additional capacity to introduce Ultra HD services to viewers in the Middle East. OSN also plans to ramp up its HD offer, with eight new channels announced recently and several new premium and exclusive channels to be launched soon.

Building on its 10-year partnership with Eutelsat, OSN has built a platform of premium content broadcast exclusively from the 7/8° West video neighbourhood that Eutelsat shares with Nilesat that reaches into homes from Morocco to the Gulf.

“We are enthusiastic about this additional capacity which will allow us to offer superior TV quality to our viewers,” said Mark Billinge, CTO, OSN, who added that the operator’s plans to move into Ultra HD reflected its continuous ambition to raise the bar and be at the forefront of the latest TV technology.

“Following the launch in August last year of the powerful Eutelsat 8 West B satellite, this contract marks a new milestone in the growth story of the most popular satellite TV neighbourhood in the Middle East,” noted Michel Azibert, Eutelsat’s Deputy CEO and Chief Commercial & Development Officer. “We are honoured to celebrate 10 years of collaboration with OSN and are committed to furthering our longstanding presence and strong partnerships across the region, including playing our part in the roll-out of HD and the launch of Ultra HD.”

The pair revealed details of the new contract at CABSAT 2016, the broadcasting convention taking place in Dubai from March 8-10.

48-hour Deadline: Dubai residents told to remove illegal satellite dishes

From http://www.emirates247.com/news/emirates/48-hour-deadline-dubai-residents-told-to-remove-illegal-satellite-dishes-2016-03-08-1.623509

Nakheel gives residents of Discovery Gardens March 10 deadline

A warning has been issued to residents of Discovery Gardens in Dubai: “Remove satellite dishes/ antennae from roofs and balconies or else violators could face vandalism charges.”

Nakheel Facilities and Owners Association Management has put up notices in the master community of over 20,000 residential apartments saying satellite dishes need to be removed by March 10.

“During our inspection we have noticed that there are satellite dishes/ antennae installed on the external façade/balcony/roof of some buildings. Hence, we would like to remind all residents in Discovery Gardens that such practice is deemed illegal,” the notice reads.

It adds that under Section 6.2 of Discovery Gardens Community Use Rules that “users must maintain at all times the exterior appearance of their properties in a manner which befits the overall standards of development contained within the master community to the reasonable satisfaction of the managing agent.”

The notice also mentions restriction includes installation of satellite dishes on or over the balconies/roof tops exposed to public view that materially alters the appearance and integrity of the building.

Furthermore, Section 7.1.2 also states that community users must not make any modifications affecting the appearance of the exterior of any property, including but not limited to balconies, awnings, canopies, sunshades, front and rear fencing, air conditioning units and related equipment, fans, screens, gutters, storm doors, satellite dishes, external radio or TV antenna and enclosures of any kind, painting of the exterior, permanent decorations (excluding holiday decorations) or any other changes without the prior written approval of the managing agent and relevant authorities (including the Civil Engineering Department and Environment Health and Safety Departments of the Ports and Customs and Free Zone).

“If you fail to comply within the stipulated timing, satellite dishes will be removed at the owners’ cost, with the involvement of the local authorities, Trakhees and/or Dubai Police, if necessary,” the notice states.

It goes on to advice residents that du, telecom service provider, reserves the right to provide satellite service and other telecom services in Discovery Gardens.

Crackdown has begun

On February 25, 2016, Emirates 24|7 first reported that a major crackdown had begun in Discovery Gardens with scores of “illegal” satellite dish antennas being removed.

Since 2010, Nakheel, the master developer of the community, has been working closely with Trakhees, the regulatory arm of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation in Dubai, to inform residents to stop installing dish antennas on the terraces and balconies and hang sheets, clothes, curtains, rugs, mops or laundry on balconies or railings of homes. Several notices have been issued with warning being given to residents.

Residents have been informed through notices that violation can result in fines of Dh500.

In 2015, the Department of Economic Development rolled out a campaign, taking down illegal satellite dish antennas.

One of the prime reasons for residents opting for satellite dish antennas is that they are far cheaper than the official TV packages within the country. A Dish TV package, beamed through a satellite dish antenna, costs between Rs2,500 to Rs3,000 (Dh200 to Dh 240) for a year, with a bouquet of Indian channels on offer, compared to Dh120 a month for basic Hindi channel package.

Abu Dhabi – Dh2,000 fine

In March 2015, the Municipality of Abu Dhabi City started strictly enforcing a local law regulating satellite dishes, calling upon landlords, tenants, investors, and real estate companies to remove the dish antennas along with cable extensions that are mushrooming in a haphazard manner on the walls, rooftops and balconies of buildings, or face a hefty fine of Dh2,000.

Sharjah - Dh500 fine

Although there has been a law since 1997 on dish antennas in Sharjah, the emirate started enforcing the regulation strictly in 2012 banning residents from installing satellite TV dishes on their balconies or roofs with violators facing fines of up to Dh500.

All these crackdowns across the emirates are aimed to maintain the aesthetic appearance of the city, all the Municipalities have said.

Automatic Beam Switching For UAS Demo'd On Intelsat EpicNG

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=277874918

[Satnews] Intelsat General Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I), and L-3 Communication Systems-West (L-3 CS-West) announce the successful demonstration of new automatic beam switching technology that enables Unmanned Airborne Systems (UAS) fitted with L-3 CS-West satellite communications packages to operate on Intelsat’s high-throughput satellite (HTS) platform, Intelsat EpicNG.

This software upgrade was funded and developed through a partnership between Intelsat General and L-3 CS-West to ensure that the existing unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) platforms can take advantage of the 3x–4x throughput improvement that Intelsat EpicNG enables. This demonstration was part of Intelsat’s ongoing ecosystem work validating the compatibility of existing hardware with Intelsat’s EpicNG high-throughput satellites.

This over-the-satellite demonstration was conducted on Intelsat’s Horizons-1 satellite using three separate bandwidth segments and a navigation simulator representing a UAS flying through three separate high-throughput spot beams on a single Intelsat EpicNG-class satellite. Using an L-3 CS-West hub and terminal modems for the end-to-end test, engineers measured the performance of full-motion video and IP data between the UAS and the hub controller as the system automatically switched both frequency and polarization while the aircraft flew through the three separate beams.

The new Intelsat EpicNG satellites are designed to increase UAS data rate performance by 200 to 300 percent via their high-throughput spot beams and enable broadband performance to antennas with apertures smaller than 30 cm. This demonstration validated that the UAS could automatically switch between these beams without user intervention, thereby simplifying operations while fully leveraging this increased throughput.

Following this successful demonstration, Intelsat General and L-3 CS-West plan to conduct further tests with user platforms employing the recently launched Intelsat EpicNG IS-29 satellite. A demo video is available at this direct link...

“Through our collaboration with Intelsat, both airborne and ground users will be able to upgrade the software on existing L-3 wideband modems to provide automatic beam switching capabilities for service on high-throughput satellites like Intelsat’s EpicNG,” said Andy Ivers, president of L-3 Communication Systems-West. “These results mark an important milestone in providing our customers the ability to modernize their existing assets within today’s fiscally constrained defense budget environment.”

“This demonstration proves that modems using beam-switching technology will support UAS operations at very high data rates on high-throughput satellites,” said Skot Butler, vice president, Satellite Networks & Space Services at Intelsat General. “This capability is an important step in the evolution of satellite communications for these critical platforms. Intelsat’s EpicNG also provides inherent protection from signal jamming and greater throughput for full-motion video and other bandwidth-hungry payloads.”


SES-9 has finally launched

Antenna has encrypted on Intelsat 19 KU

Saturday feeds

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Feed log, Asiasat 5

Thursday night 3rd March 2016.

4065 H SR 4937 "Fi01 CH" Red Bull Formula Racing Car Display.
3936 V SR 7199 "WTTP "CCTV 5" Sports Set-Up.

Friday morning 4th March.

4174 H SR 7199 "GCUK Enc 4" U.K. Cricket Highlights.

Friday night 4th March.

3914 V SR 7200 FOOTBALL MALAYSIA - Soccer.
3905 V SR 6110 Nonthaburi E/SÂ Basketball - Singapore Slingers vs Bangkok City, THAILAND

Saturday morning 5th March.

4174 H SR 7119 "ATL Enc 2" U.S. Open Downhill Skiing from Vail, COLORADO.
3894 H SR 7209 "Telecity Encoder" Boxing from Great Britain.
3707 H SR 6143 "Ch-1" Vision of a busy fishing village scene by the water somewhere in Asia.

Saturday afternoon 5th March.

4156 H SR 7199 "HD ENC-3" Soccer from Japan.
4148 H SR 7500 "SENTOSA GOLF" Round 3 HSBC Womens Golf from Singapore.
3730 H SR 15000 "HSBC Golf from Singapore. Small box highlights on screen.

Saturday evening 5th March.

4148 H SR 7199 "GCUK Enc 4" Soccer - SH SHENUA vs YANGAN

Sunday night 6th March.

3908 H SR 7119 "Arqiva HD 6" Men's Basketball from SPAIN - Herbalife Gran Canarla vs Real Madrid.

Have a Great Week.

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JCSAT 4B 124.0E 12553 H "Fashion TV Japan and Club TV have started on , clear. National Geographic Channel Japan and Wowow Prime" have left.

Telkom 1 108.0E H 3736 H "CBN Indonesia" has started on, Fta.

ChinaSat 11 98.0E 12500 V "DMC TV, Ami TV, Jak TV, ABM Varia Channel, BTPN and Ninja TV" have started on , Fta.

G-Sat 15 93.5E 11470 V "Naaptol Blue has replaced Cinema TV" on , Fta.
G-Sat 15 93.5E 11550 V "Cinema TV has replaced Naaptol Blue" on , Fta.

Measat 3a 91.4E 4040 H "Clubbing TV" has started on , Fta

Yamal 401 90.0E 11092 H "STS Love" has started on , BISS.
Yamal 401 90.0E 12718 V "Domashniy Magazin" has started on , Fta.

G-Sat 10 83.0E 10970 V "R-Vision" has started on , Videoguard.
G-Sat 10 83.0E 11130 V "A Tata Sky" mux has started on .

Apstar 7 76.5E 3812 H "Maasranga TV" is now encrypted.

From asiatvro site

东经98度轨道位置的中星11号卫星Ku频段,BTPN、Ninja TV(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置12500 V 43200参数免费接收。 [3月7日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Maasranga TV(孟加拉)频道加密,设置3812 H 2200参数有条件接收。 [3月7日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,Telekanal Aist(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置10981 V 44948参数有条件接收。 [3月7日]
东经103度轨道位置的快车AM3号卫星Ku频段,Shop 24(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置11606 V 34425参数免费接收。 [3月7日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AT2号卫星Ku频段,Shop 24(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置12207 R 27500参数免费接收。 [3月7日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,SA TV HD、Asian TV HD(高清)等5个频道新增,设置12470 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [3月7日]

东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,HEVC(4K)频道新增,设置11838 V 45000参数免费接收。 [3月6日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,NTV、Deepto TV(孟加拉)等32个频道新增,设置12406 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [3月6日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,B4U Music、DD Bangla(孟加拉)等6个频道新增,设置12347 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [3月6日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,Now Drama(泰国)频道消失,设置12645 V 30000参数无效接收。 [3月6日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,天映经典、Now Jelli(泰国)等3个频道消失,设置12355 V 30000参数无效接收。 [3月6日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Spurs TV(高清)频道新增,设置3700 V 30000参数免费接收。 [3月6日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,旅游生活、探索儿童(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3980 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [3月6日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Channel M(高清)频道解密,设置3780 V 30000参数免费接收。 [3月6日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,天映经典、Now Jelli(泰国)等3个频道消失,设置12355 V 30000参数无效接收。 [3月6日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Spurs TV(高清)频道新增,设置3700 V 30000参数免费接收。 [3月6日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,旅游生活、探索儿童(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3980 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [3月6日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Channel M(高清)频道解密,设置3780 V 30000参数免费接收。 [3月6日]

东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Promotion替换Oyoun Al-Watan TV(测试)频道,设置3760 H 27500参数免费接收。 [3月5日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,凤凰中文、CCTV News(MPEG-4)等36个频道新增,设置11160 H 40000参数部分免费接收。 [3月5日]
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Nautlcal Channel (高清)频道消失,设置11593 H 30000参数无效接收。 [3月5日]
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Tpai(安哥拉)频道消失,设置11554 H 3033参数无效接收。 [3月5日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,In TV(泰国)频道新增,设置3480 H 30000参数免费接收。 [3月5日]
东经159度轨道位置的ABS-6号卫星C频段,卫星宣传(高清)频道改格式,设置3579 H 33000参数免费接收。 [3月5日]


Australia: FreeviewPlus upgrade

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/03/07/australia-freeviewplus-upgrade/

Australian free digital television service Freeview is launching a new programme of innovation and products including a new FreeviewPlus mobile application for access to all of the free-to-air networks’ live streaming and catch up content.

The programme will include investment in upgrading connected TV service FreeviewPlus which will allow viewers access to a wider range of features and functionality, the details of which will be announced later this year.

The Australian industry is also claiming a world first with all the FTA networks working together on the new FreeviewPlus mobile live streaming product.

Freeview CEO, Liz Ross, said she was delighted that the strength of collaboration across the FTA broadcasters around the programme had also influenced the decision by SBS to re-join Freeview. “We have an exciting year ahead in free-to-air television and the spirit of progress and collaboration will deliver some significant innovations in 2016. We’re especially glad to welcome SBS back to the Freeview family,” she added.

“It’s clear that consumers are in charge of their viewing and they want the flexibility to watch what they want, when they want, on the best available screen at the time even when out of home. Freeview has responded to changing viewing habits and we are excited about the FreeviewPlus multi-screen future,” she declared.

Freeview also announced the appointment of Seven West Media Chief Digital Officer Clive Dickens as its new Chairman. Dickens replaces inaugural Freeview Chairman Kim Dalton who has stepped down after seven years in the role.

“We would like to thank Kim for his vision and energy in the role,” Dickens stated. “Under his stewardship, Freeview has launched the award-winning hybrid TV service FreeviewPlus delivering Australian audiences the best in FTA TV technology. This year will continue to be one of collaboration and innovation for Freeview leading with FreeviewPlus mobile product and we look forward to announcing even more exciting IP initiatives in the coming months.”

Fox TV coverage appeases motor sport fans

From http://www.smh.com.au/sport/motorsport/fox-tv-coverage-appeases-motor-sport-fans-20160305-gnbk5e.html

This time last year, V8 Supercars' then new broadcast deal was being hotly debated, with dedicated followers outraged that they had to pay to watch every race live.

After nearly two decades of all V8 races being shown on free-to-air networks, pay TV's Fox Sports took over as the primary broadcaster in a $241 million six-year agreement.

In a shared rights arrangement, Network Ten provided live coverage of the six main events in the V8 Supercars championship, with delayed highlights of the other eight events.

Diehard fans were upset because they had to pay $50 a month to subscribe to Foxtel to watch all the V8 races as they happened – and they voiced their dissatisfaction loudly on social media and in enthusiast outlets.

The new TV deal was a major talking point at the 2015 season-opening Adelaide 500, even though it was one of the events shown live.

At the same event a year later, the controversy over the pay TV-dominated broadcast agreement hasn't gone away, but it is no longer a big issue.

Although viewing figures were down last year by some measures, they increased in others and the more extensive coverage of each V8 event on Fox Sports won much more praise than criticism.

V8 Supercars weathered the storm, maintaining all along that the switch to pay TV as the primary broadcast platform was vital to the financial future of the sport.

"Without that deal, we wouldn't have a great business," V8 chief executive officer James Warburton said. "It helped drive an 80 per cent improvement in the profitability of the business."

Warburton claimed the combined viewing audience of the races on Fox Sports and Ten last year was just 1 per cent down on 2014, when the V8 series was aired on the Seven Network.

When all V8 Supercars programming on Fox Sports – including replays – is taken into account, total viewing increased 29 per cent to a cumulative 59 million. "Everything we said we'd do, we've virtually doubled," Warburton said.

Both V8 Supercars and Fox Sports expect the audience to grow this season, building on a strong base that was established from the Bathurst 1000 onwards last year.

"We were very happy with the numbers for the big races at the end of the year," Fox Sports CEO Patrick Delany said.

"Hopefully, we'll build on that momentum into the new season.

"Together with some of the broadcast changes and improvements, I think there's a very good prospect of that momentum continuing. We think the word is getting out there about the extensive nature of the coverage."

Optus approached Foxtel over EPL rights

From http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/optus-approached-foxtel-over-epl-rights-20160219-gmygm6.html

Australian football fans are keen to know more about Optus's EPL coverage.

​Optus approached Foxtel and Fox Sports about using the satellite and cable monopoly's distribution to screen English Premier League screen games for the lucrative pubs and clubs market following the telecommunications company's audacious $189 million swoop on the rights to the sport.

Fairfax Media understands that Optus, owned by Singapore-based Singtel, approached the pay television sister companies last year but talks have not progressed and ended in December.

Industry sources say the approach underlines some of the difficulties Optus faces in putting together a package for pubs and clubs. Venues pay a large premium to Fox Sports or Foxtel, which carefully police the market to ensure clients do not simply use cheaper consumer packages.

It is understood the pay TV provider was unwilling to take on the extra cost of splitting its signal so that it only screened the EPL in pubs and clubs. The rights would also be less valuable to Foxtel because they would not have been exclusive.

Foxtel was dealt a blow in November, when Optus agreed to pay $63 million annually for three years to screen matches between the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool, which attract legions of die-hard soccer fans living in Australia.

Industry insiders predict that the loss of the Premier League could lead to a significant number of customers abandoning their Foxtel subscription in favour of Optus's streaming offering.

Beta testing

Last week, Optus revealed its first official clue pointing to how it will broadcast the EPL. Optus launched a registration page for EPL fans who want to be kept up to date with the telco's plans.

The page includes questions like "Are you an Optus Customer? Do you currently watch the English Premier League? Are you interested in broadcasting the EPL at your business premises" and reply options such as "Yes, I want to be involved in beta testing of the Optus EPL product".

In February, Fairfax Media revealed that Optus is plotting a direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service.

Optus has a deadline by which time it will tell the EPL how it will distribute games. It is understood to be before the end of the current season.

Foxtel chief executive Richard Freudenstein refused to confirm any talks when asked about them in an interview with Fairfax Media last month, but said: "We're happy to talk Optus about a deal that works for both parties around the English Premier League".

Foxtel and Fox Sports have downplayed the impact of not having the EPL, having last year secured rights to Australia's three most popular football codes, the Australian Football League, the National Rugby League and Australian Rugby Union.

The bumper bid from Optus is understood to be more than double the $20 million to $25 million per year that Fox Sports is paying now.

Optus's business case centres around using the Premier League rights as a way to increase mobile and broadband subscriber growth.

Britain's BT has used sports rights to bolster its own subscriber base. The telco emerged as a sports content player when it first secured rights for the EPL in the United Kingdom in 2012, winning the rights to 38 matches each season from 2013-14 to 2015-16, with BSkyB holding onto 116 games per season.

The next rights deal, signed just over 12 months ago, involved fierce competition between BT and BSkyB which swelled the broadcast rights to £5.14 billion ($10.35 billion) over three seasons. BT and BSkyB both increased the amount of games they have the rights to show to 42 and 126 respectively.

SES-9 launched on Spacex's Falcon 9

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/SES_9_launched_on_Spacexs_Falcon_9_999.html

SES' latest communication satellite SES-9 was successfully launched into space on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. SES-9 roared into space at 6:35 pm East Coast Time Friday evening and separated from the second stage of the SpaceX rocket 31 minutes later.

SES-9 uses a chemical bi-propellant thruster to conduct major post-launch manoeuvers, completing its journey to its orbit at 36,000 kilometers above the Equator with an electric propulsion system.

The on-orbit maneuvering throughout the 15 year nominal lifetime of the satellite will be done entirely by electric propulsion. SES-9 is planned to commence its services in the third quarter of this year.

SES-9 is SES's largest satellite to serve the Asia-Pacific region. It weighed 5.3 tonnes at the launch and has 57 high-power Ku-band transponders - equivalent to 81x36 MHz transponders' It thus provides significant expansion capacity to serve the buoyant and fast-growing video, enterprise, mobility and government sectors across Northeast Asia, South Asia, India, Indonesia and the Philippines.

SES-9 will be co-located with another SES satellite, SES-7, at the prime orbital location of 108.2 degrees East, and will replace the NSS-11 spacecraft at that position. SES-9 was built by Boeing Satellite Systems International.

"SES-9 is an important building block in our strategy to grow in dynamic regions and four prime sectors -- video, enterprise, mobility and government," said Martin Halliwell, Chief Technology Officer of SES.

"Co-located with SES-7, the new satellite will reach 22 million TV homes and is designed to deliver high-performing connectivity to homes, enterprises and institutions across Asia. With its dedicated mobility beams, it will help us to capture new opportunities in the buoyant markets for maritime and aeronautical connectivity.

"The successful launch of SES-9 also takes us an important step further in our excellent relationship with SpaceX as a launch provider of growing importance, and is further proof of SpaceX's professionalism and impressive performance. I congratulate the SpaceX and SES teams, who together have done an excellent job."

SpaceX successfully launches SES-9 satellite but fails at sea landing

From http://www.aerospace-technology.com/news/newsspacex-successfully-launches-ses-9-satellite-but-fails-at-sea-landing-4830982

SpaceX has successfully launched a telecommunication satellite, called SES-9, into space aboard its flagship Falcon 9 rocket, but failed in its attempt to land the reusable main-stage booster of the rocket on an ocean platform.

The satellite lifted-off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, US, and separated from the second stage of the Falcon 9 rocket 31 minutes later.

This was the fourth failed sea return landing attempt by privately owned private space exploration company SpaceX, reports Reuters.

However, the main-stage of the Falcon 9 achieved a successful ground-based landing after flying back to Earth from a launch last December.

SpaceX founder and chief executive officer of Elon Musk tweeted: "Rocket landed hard."

"Didn't expect this one to work... but next flight has a good chance."

"It will help us to capture new opportunities in the buoyant markets for maritime and aeronautical connectivity."

For the latest launch, SpaceX has postponed the mission three times since February 25, due to problems with rocket fuel, weather, and other reasons, reports The Guardian.

Following the successful launch, the Boeing-built satellite, weighing at 5.3t at the launch, has been placed into its orbital position of more than 40,600km above Earth.

To be operated by satellite operator SES, the satellite will provide broadcasting and maritime communications for the Asia-Pacific region.

SES chief technology officer Martin Halliwell said: "SES-9 is an important building block in our strategy to grow in dynamic regions and four prime sectors; video, enterprise, mobility and government.

"Co-located with SES-7, the new satellite will reach 22 million TV homes and is designed to deliver high-performing connectivity to homes, enterprises and institutions across Asia.

"With its dedicated mobility beams, it will help us to capture new opportunities in the buoyant markets for maritime and aeronautical connectivity."

IPTV overtakes pay satellite TV in AP

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/03/07/iptv-overtakes-pay-satellite-tv-in-asia-pacific/

The number of paying IPTV subscribers in the Asia Pacific region overtook paying satellite TV ones in 2015, according to a new report from Digital TV Research. Covering 22 countries, the fifth edition of the Digital TV Asia Pacific Forecasts report states that IPTV growth is far from over with 123.5 million subscribers expected by 2021. China will contribute 78.4 million IPTV subs (or nearly two-thirds of the region’s total) by 2021.

Of the 314 million digital TV homes to be added between 2015 and 2021, 107 million will come from DTT. Conversely, the number of analogue terrestrial homes will fall by 158 million. Digital cable will contribute 113 million additional homes, with analogue cable losing 72 million. Pay satellite TV will supply an extra 30 million, with FTA satellite TV adding 10 million.

“So pay TV penetration will rise from 61.1 per cent in 2015 to 69.2 per cent in 2021, adding 127 million subs to take the total to 647 million,” explained Simon Murray, Principal Analyst at Digital TV Research. “Even more impressive is that digital pay-TV penetration will climb from 21.2 per cent in 2010 to 44.9 per cent in 2015 on to 68.3 per cent in 2021. Digital pay TV subscribers will nearly quadruple from 164 million in 2010 to 639 million by 2021.”

“China will provide 329 million pay TV households by 2021, with India supplying a further 178 million. However, legitimate pay TV penetration will be lowest in Thailand (30.2 per cent), Australia (31.7 per cent) and Indonesia (32.6 per cent).”

Despite the economic growth slowdown and devaluation of most currencies against the US dollar, pay TV revenues in the Asia Pacific region will reach $40.00 billion in 2021; up from $24.34 billion in 2010 and $31.94 billion in 2015. Digital pay-TV revenues will triple from $14.4 billion in 2010 to $39.61 billion in 2021.

Pay-TV revenues will more than double in five countries (Bangladesh, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar and Pakistan) between 2015 and 2021. However, revenues will fall during this period in a further five countries (Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Singapore and South Korea).

Olympics confirms VR, and Ultra-HD

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/03/07/olympics-confirms-vr-and-ultra-hd/

Some of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games will be covered in 8K ‘Super Hi-Vision’ (for Japan), and there will be 4K Ultra HD versions created for testing and comparison purposes. The 8K versions for Japan will include ‘immersive’ audio using what Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS) describe as “3D 22.2 channel audio surround sound”.

Some 130 hours (out of a claimed 7,000 hours of actual TV coverage) of 8K Super Hi-Vision will be beamed from Brazil to Japan, including live coverage of the opening and closing ceremonies, as well as Swimming, Judo, Athletics, Basketball and Football. In addition, an ENG camera crew will capture select sports at other venues, “including the Olympic spirit and atmosphere” for re-play later.

OBS will also capture 4K Ultra HD of the same events which will be down-converted from the 8K signals. However, it is not likely that these 4K signals will be seen by consumers during the Games. While in some cases the signals are available to the main client broadcasters of OBS, again for test and evaluation purposes, there are no plans to broadcast these signals to the public.

OBS says it hopes it will also be able to conduct experiments with Wider Colour Gamut and High Dynamic Range technologies during the high resolution transmissions.

However, for the very first time, OBS will be capturing Virtual Reality footage at the Olympics. Using a compatible headset, viewers will be “virtually transported to the heart of the Olympic action with VR coverage including the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and one key event per day,” says the broadcaster. The VR signals will be available live through compatible VR technology, but also downloadable as VoD material. OBS says that highlights of its VR footage will also be viewable without the need for VR headsets.

All of the 7,000 hours of planned coverage will be in high-definition and 5.1 Surround Sound, and the signals beamed to more than 220 countries and territories and a potential audience of more than 5 billion viewers.

AsiaSat and Love Nature Bring 4K Wildlife and Nature Content to Asian Market

From Press Release

Hong Kong, 7 March 2016 – AsiaSat announced today that, through a partnership facilitated by Multi Channels Asia, Love Nature’s exclusive 4K original content will launch on “4K-SAT”, its new UltraHD (UHD) channel, on AsiaSat 4. Through this free-to-air UHD channel, audiences in Asia will have access to Love Nature’s stunning 4K wildlife and nature footage from its robust library of nature documentaries, series, featured themes and exclusive natural history.

“Asia is leading the worldwide trend toward 4K content, AsiaSat and its content partners are championing this new technology with the launch of 4K-SAT,” said Jo Parkinson, Managing Director, Love Nature (International). “Our spectacular wildlife and nature content will provide 4K-SAT’s audiences a front row seat to the wonders and perils of our natural world.”
“We are very excited to bring Love Nature’s exclusive and compelling 4K content to our audiences and proud to pioneer the introduction of true UHD content to Asia via a permanent channel on AsiaSat 4. We look forward to working with Love Nature to bring more unique, natural history UHD content to our region,” said Sabrina Cubbon, Vice President, Marketing and Global Accounts of AsiaSat.

Love Nature’s 4K content is distributed on “4K-SAT”, a free-to-air channel on the AsiaSat 4 UHD broadcast platform. Operated at 122°E, the platform reaches more than 50 countries in the Asia-Pacific region. “4K-SAT” is currently broadcasting full UHD-produced videos featuring fashion, lifestyle and documentaries.
# # #

“4K-SAT” is available on AsiaSat 4 with the following reception parameters:
Orbital Location : 122 degrees East
Transponder : A4-C13H
Downlink Frequency : 4120 MHz
Downlink Polarisation : Horizontal
Transmission Standard : DVB-S2
Compression Standard : HEVC
Modulation : 8PSK
Symbol Rate : 29.72 Msym/sec
FEC : 5/6

About AsiaSat

Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), the leading satellite operator in Asia, serves over two-thirds of the world's population with its six satellites, AsiaSat 3S, AsiaSat 4, AsiaSat 5, AsiaSat 6, AsiaSat 7 and AsiaSat 8. The AsiaSat satellite fleet serves both the broadcast and telecommunications industries. 700 television and radio channels are now delivered by the company's satellites offering access to over 830 million TV households across the Asia-Pacific region. AsiaSat also provides VSAT networks throughout the region. AsiaSat’s next satellite, AsiaSat 9 on order from the manufacturer is planned to be launched in late 2016/early 2017. AsiaSat is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Asia Satellite Telecommunications Holdings Limited, a company listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (Stock Code: 1135). For more information, please visit www.asiasat.com

About Love Nature
Love Nature brings audiences closer to the beauty and wonder of nature, sharing awe-inspiring stories and shining a light on the fight for survival in a changing world. Producing over 200 hours of 4K nature and wildlife content annually, Love Nature offers the largest library of 4K wildlife and nature content in the world and is available internationally via linear television, SVOD services and as a turnkey factual 4K channel.

About Multi Channels Asia
Multi Channels Asia (MCA) is a Singapore-based media company, which owns, represents and distributes a number of thematic Pay TV networks serving Asia and the Pacific. MCA is Asia-Pacific’s leading distributor of independent channels, including Love Nature, Outdoor Channel, Havoc 247 Bloomberg Television, Motorvision, Stingray Music, Stingray Concert, Stingray Karaoke, Stingray Music Videos, Stingray Lite TV, Stingray Ambience and Asia Travel Channel.

Media Contacts:
Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited
Sabrina Cubbon, VP, Marketing & Global Accounts
Tel: (852) 2500 0899
Mobile: (852) 9097 1210
Email: scubbon@asiasat.com
Love Nature
Sarah Etherden, Director, Corporate Communications
Tel: (1 416) 440 7283
Email: sarah.etherden@blueantmedia.ca
Winnie Pang, Manager, Marketing Communications
Tel: (852) 2500 0880
Email: wpang@asiasat.com

Isro to launch country's 6th navigation satellite on March 10

From http://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/isro-to-launch-country-s-6th-navigation-satellite-on-march-10-116030700519_1.html

Scheduled to lift off around 4 pm from spaceport at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh

India's geosynchronous satellite launch vehicle (GSLV) can carry two-tonne satellites into space

Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) to launch country's sixth navigation satellite on March 10. According to Isro, the 1,425 kg IRNSS-1F (Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System-1F) satellite on board Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) will be launched on Thursday evening.

The rocket is scheduled to take off at around 4 pm from the spaceport at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh around 80 km from here.

Till date Isro has launched five regional navigational satellites (IRNSS-1A, 1B, 1C and ID) as part of a constellation of seven satellites to provide accurate position information service to users across the country and the region, extending up to an area of 1,500 km.

Though the full system comprises of nine satellites -- seven in orbit and two on the ground as stand-by -- the navigation services could be made operational with four satellites, Isro officials had said earlier.

Each satellite costs around Rs 150 crore and the PSLV-XL version rocket costs around Rs 130 crore. The seven rockets would involve an outlay of around Rs 910 crore.

The entire IRNSS constellation of seven satellites is planned to be completed in 2016 itself.

The first satellite IRNSS-1A was launched in July 2013, the second IRNSS-1B in April 2014, the third on October 2014 and the fourth on March 2015.


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update


JonC has updated his Australian TV Kodi addon with the rest of the missing channels.

Direct link to the video addon


Friday feed log

IS19 12534 V Sr 17000s FTA, 4:2:2 chroma..Surgical proceedure

Optus D2 12612 V Sr 15000 "Astra 6 Path 1" 1920x1080/50i HD, FTA..

Optus D1 12633 V Sr 7500 1920x1080/50i HD, Tennis FTA..

Optus D1 12429 V Sr 7000 "channel 9" probably just for NRL coverage

From my Email


From the Dish

Intelsat 19 166.0E 3880 V Fox Sports 2 Australia has replaced VoA TV Asia on , Irdeto.

Palapa D 113.0E 3574 V "Ez Shop Indonesia" has started on , clear.
Palapa D 113.0E 3627 H "Rodja TV" has left .
Palapa D 113.0E 4006 V "Net" has left .
Palapa D 113.0E 4057 H "Rodja TV" is back on , Fta.

ChinaSat 10 110.5E Jain Hits has started on 3660 H and 3922 H, Tongfang.

SES 7 108.2E 2655 H "Extreme Channel" has started on , Videoguard. Drama Channel has left.

Telkom 1 108.0E 3620 H The Transvision mux has left.

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 4040 H "LifeStyle TV" has left.

Yamal 401 90.0E 10934 V "8 Kanal Krasnoyarsk" has left .
Yamal 401 90.0E 11305 V "Detskiy, Russkiy Illusion, Illusion +, Zoo Park, Avto 24, Evrokino and Moy Mir" have left .
Yamal 401 90.0E 11305 V "RT English" is Fta.
Yamal 401 90.0E 12718 V "TTS" has started on , Fta.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3756 H "R-Vision" has started on , Fta.
Insat 4A 83.0E 3805 H "Shop CJ" has started on , Fta

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3480 H "RSU Wisdom TV" has started on , Fta. T News TV has left.

ABS 2 75.0E OK TV has left 3781 V and 12153 H.
ABS 2 75.0E 11665 V "Russkaya Komediya" is now encrypted.
ABS 2 75.0E 11853 V "STS Love" is Fta.

Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 12690 V RBK TV Kazakstan has started on , Irdeto.
Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 12726 V "Premiera, KinoHit and Russkiy Bestseller International "have started on , Irdeto.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 4013 V "Nick HD+ and Rishtey Cineplex" have started on, Irdeto.

Intelsat 17 66.0E 4006 H "Anandam TV has replaced My TV" on , Ftar.

From asiatvro site

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,T News TV(泰国)频道消失,设置3480 H 30000参数无效接收。 [3月4日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,LNTV-3、CCTV-13(老挝)等全组频道加密,设置10788 H 40000参数有条件接收。 [3月4日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Movie 2(孟加拉)频道消失,设置3832 H 12860参数无效接收。 [3月4日]
东经115.5度轨道位置的中星6B号卫星C频段,中国电影、动作电影(华诚数字)等全组频道解密,设置3740 V 27500参数免费接收。 [3月4日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,VTV 7 HD、VTV Hyundai替换VTC 3 HD(越南)等频道,设置11085 H 24000参数部分免费接收。 [3月4日]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星Ku频段,STS Love(+7h)(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11092 H 30000参数免费接收。 [3月4日]

东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星Ku频段,Dommasniy Magazin(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置12718 V 27500参数免费接收。 [3月3日]
东经92.2度轨道位置的中星9号卫星Ku频段,内蒙古农牧替换内蒙古影视剧(户户通)频道,设置11940 R 28800参数有条件接收。 [3月3日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Public TV、Captain TV(印度)等8个频道新增,设置12227 H 44000参数免费接收。 [3月3日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,TV-3(马来西亚)频道新增,设置4025 V 5000参数免费接收。 [3月3日]


Thaicom confirms plans for new satellites

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/03/03/thaicom-confirms-plans-for-new-satellites/

Thailand’s government might be undecided as to whether to grant new satellite transmission licences, but operator Thaicom has no doubts about its wish to add new satellites to its fleet.

Thaicom’s latest results show a record profit (up 5 per cent) helped by a 100 per cent fill-rate on its powerful Thaicom-7 satellite, and a gradual shift towards high-definition TV. One of the major missions for the satellite is providing a ‘Headend in the Sky’ (HITS) DTH service into India.

Thaicom also operates the Thaicom-4/IPstar craft at 119.5 deg East, which amongst other locations serves Australia with broadband coverage. However, revenues for this portion of its business were flat last year and not helped by sales of IPstar terminals being 19 percent down on 2014.

The number of channels carried on the various Thaicom craft grew 13 per cent last year, and ended the year with a tally of 792 channels (of which 126 were HD, up 15 per cent on last year).

Thaicom-8 is under construction by Orbital ATK and will go to the 78.5 deg East slot, and is scheduled for launch later this year aboard a SpaceX rocket.

Kratos secures TT&C antenna and RF system contract for JCSAT-16 satellite from SKY Perfect

From http://www.aerospace-technology.com/news/newskratos-secures-ttc-antenna-and-rf-system-contract-for-jcsat-16-satellite-from-sky-perfect-4828476

Kratos ISI has won a contract from SKY Perfect JSAT (SJC) to design, supply, deliver, install and test a TT&C antenna and related RF system for the JCSAT-16 satellite.

The critical design review of the project has already been performed, with completion scheduled later this year.

Scheduled to be launched in the first half of this year by Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), the JCSAT-16 communications satellite will work as an in-orbit back-up satellite to SJC's existing fleet of 15 satellites and provide satellite services to the Japanese market.

"This is our first opportunity to provide SJC with a TT&C antenna/RF system."

The recent TT&C contract comprises a 9m Ku-Band antenna, fully redundant RF equipment and Kratos' compass monitoring and control software. The TT&C system will be mounted at SJC's Superbird Platform West (SPW) ground station situated in Yamaguchi, Japan.

With the health and status information of the RF equipment to be provided by Kratos' Compass monitoring and control software, the resiliency of the TT&C system can be improved by promptly identifying and resolving equipment issues.

As part of a different agreement, Kratos ISI will also provide its integrated product suite (EPOCH IPSTM) for the JCSAT-16 satellite control system, which includes the company's EPOCH command and control and OASYS flight dynamics solutions.

Kratos ISI senior vice-president James Kramer said: "We have provided EPOCH IPS command and control systems to SJC for more than ten years, but this is our first opportunity to provide SJC with a TT&C antenna/RF system."

KT Sat inks transponder lease deal with Mongolia's DDish TV

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/kt-sat-inks-transponder-lease-deal-with-mongolias-ddish-tv--1131616

Satellite network services provider KT Sat has signed a transponder lease agreement with Mongolian satellite TV operator DDish TV, The Korea Times reports. Under the terms of the contract, KT's satellite-based network service affiliate will lease four transponders to offer DTH services for DDish TV starting next year.

KT Sat said the contract with DDish TV will not expire until the end of the satellites' 17-year lifespan. DDish TV will start using KT Sat's KoreaSat-5A satellites from 2017. The operator is expected to offer more than 90 HD channels. DDish TV has around 320,000 subscribers across Mongolia.

KT Sat plans to launch the KoreaSat-5G and KoreaSat-7 satellites at end-2016, and expand its coverage to the Philippines, Indonesia and Pakistan.

RT online audience approaches 50m

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/03/03/rt-online-audience-approaches-50m/

RT, the online dedicated Russian news channel, has seen its total monthly online audience jump to 49 million unique users, according to a comScore study of RT’s consumption via PCs, mobile devices and YouTube worldwide.

According to comScore, the aggregate number of unique users for all of RT’s websites and YouTube accounts was 49 million in November 2015. The biggest share of RT’s online audience comes from the US: 9.1 million people (19 per cent) accessed RT’s content via website, mobile apps and Youtube channel.

RT also remains the top non-Anglo-Saxon international television news station in terms of online desktop audience, ahead of such major international news media organizations as Al Jazeera, Deutsche Welle, Voice of America, Euronews, France 24 and Japan’s NHK.

RT’s online content is also popular in the network’s key markets. In the US, RT is ahead of Al Jazeera, Deutsche Welle and Sky News, and in Britain it has surpassed Fox News, Al Jazeera, Euronews and Voice of America. Both US and UK markets show a high ratio of mobile consumption of RT content – in the US 59 per cent of RT.com’s unique users come from mobile devices, while in the UK this indicator jumps to 66 per cent.

Hong Kong rules ATV must close

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/03/03/hong-kong-rules-atv-must-close/

A Hong Kong court has ruled that struggling TV station ATV must close immediately. Earlier this week accountancy firm Deloitte, which is handling ATV’s liquidation, had stated it would have to dismiss ATV’s staff. However, local investor Si Rongbin told the court that he would invest fresh cash into the station in order to keep broadcasting going, at least until the end of March.

The court had ordered that Si Rongbin enter into a dialogue with the liquidators, but by March 3rd no written confirmation was in place and the court determined that staff dismissals must now go ahead.

The Hong Kong government has already stated that ATV’s transmission license would end on April 1st. Deloitte has said that the stations has debts of some HK$350 million ($45m) with staff unpaid.

‘Next-Gen’ TV platform coming soon

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/03/03/next-gen-tv-platform-coming-soon/

Anne Schelle is MD of the Pearl TV partnership, a grouping of more than 200 TV broadcasters, many of them affiliated to the major networks in the US, is focused on exploring “innovative ways of developing digital media” for the industry.

She believes that the US’s current ATSC 1.0 digital TV system, almost 20 years old although in many respects based on even older technologies, is on the threshold of being replaced by ATSC 3.0. Importantly, she stresses that ATSC 3.0 will be backward compatible insofar as new sets will be able to receive both ATSC 1.0 and ATSC 3.0 transmissions.

Writing in Display Daily she argues that ATSC 3.0 is the ‘next generation’ broadcast platform, and wholly on IP-based technology, is going to create tangible innovation and real value to consumers. “Our viewers today want an even better video experience, but they also expect TV to follow them everywhere they go at any time. Consumers will want Ultra HD programming with High Dynamic Range capability and also the ability to watch shows deep inside apartment buildings and on mobile devices on city streets and public transportation. Viewers will expect high-quality video that doesn’t freeze up when Internet usage peaks, and an experience that doesn’t strain a data plan,” she says.

“It’s wrong to look ahead to the future of television through the same lens used to gaze back at the analogue-to-digital transition. Certainly, TV broadcasters realise there won’t be a second 6MHz channel available. Moreover, we don’t think an elaborate government program that subsidises receivers will be necessary. In fact, we envision a cooperative effort to enhance over-the-air broadcasting that will allow ATSC 1.0 and ATSC 3.0 to coexist. New 3.0 devices will provide both 1.0 and 3.0 reception.”

ATSC 3.0 is currently undergoing further testing. On September 28th last year the ATSC committee approved its physical layer ‘Candidate Standard’ specification and prototype testing will wrap by April 4th “at which time it can be considered for adoption as a full standard” said Pearl TV.

Times Internet acquires Willow TV International to live broadcast ICC World Twenty20 in the US

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/iworld/enews/times-internet-acquires-willow-tv-international-to-live-broadcast-icc-world-twenty20-in-the-us-160303

MUMBAI: Times Internet, the digital arm of The Times of India Group, has acquired Willow TV International. Expanding the ICC tournament’s reach beyond the traditional and expensive pay-per-view distribution method, Willow will provide an exclusive live US television broadcast and live stream of the ICC World Twenty20.

This will be the first time an ICC tournament will be available on a US television broadcast channel.Willow TV is one of the leading cricket broadcasters in the US.

Willow is the only channel that is dedicated to cricket in the US, with an aligned direct-to-consumer digital service.

Times Internet director Satyan Gajwani says, “We are extremely pleased to welcome Willow to The Times Group. Cricket is one of the most popular sports in the world, and has the potential to become a major sport in the US. We are excited to expand and strengthen our offerings for South Asians living in the US and to grow interest in cricket across the US, both with loyal fans and new consumers”.

The channel and its associated TV Everywhere service is widely distributed by the largest satellite, cable, IPTV and OTT platforms in a variety of subscription packages, including sports packs and South Asian targeted packages.

On the other hand, Cricbuzz will exclusively deliver pre-match, in-match, and post-match highlights and coverage of the entire tournament to its US based digital audiences.

“As a bootstrapped company, we launched the Willow cricket channel just over 5 years ago, and we are extremely proud of where it has reached. With the backing of The Times of India Group and its assets, I am confident that we can jointly build one of the premier sports businesses in the US”, adds Willow TV founder and CEO Vijay Srinivasan.

For Times Internet, Willow is complementary with its recent acquisition of Cricbuzz, the world’s largest online cricket destination. During the ICC World Cup 2015, Cricbuzz claims to have 1 billion visits in a span of 40 days with 96 percent available on mobile.

Between Willow, Cricbuzz, and Times of India’s digital assets, the group estimates to reach about 15 million Americans with an interest in cricket. Willow is the first international acquisition by Times Internet, and the first US acquisition for The Times of India Group.

The channel is available on 7 of the top 10 pay television platforms in the US, and also plans many more launches currently in the pipeline.

India enters niche STB global market with indigenously designed CAS system, funded by DeiTY

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/technology/hardware/set-top-boxes/india-enters-niche-stb-global-market-with-indigenously-designed-cas-system-funded-by-deity-160302

New Delhi: ByDesign India Pvt Ltd of Bangalore has successfully completed development of Conditional Access System (CAS) for Set Top Boxes (STBs) and enabled India to enter a niche market hitherto dominated by five big global companies.

The Communications and Information Technology Ministry said in a note today that the CAS had been developed under a project funded by the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) for promotion of Electronics design and manufacturing in the country.

Prasar Bharati sources told indiantelevision.com that Doordarshan’s free-to-air DTH Freedish has also adopted a version of this design for raising the number of channel slots on the platform from 64 to 112.

The global STB market is estimated to be about 250 Million (25 crore) STBs per annum and the CAS market is expected to be nearly $2 billion ($200 crore) per annum. The projected demand in India for completing the digitization of broadcasting network is nearly 100 Million (10 crore) STBs, thereby signifying an attractive domestic market.

ByDesign India Pvt Ltd, Bangalore, was selected and awarded the task for development and implementation of Indian Conditional Access System (iCASTM) in association with Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) in November 2014 with technical specifications that were the best in the world.

C-DAC was responsible for design review, code review, monitoring, testing and validation of the entire project. The Development Stage of iCASTM was successfully completed on 14.11.2015 within the specified time.

The developed iCASTM already supports seven Indian Languages and will support fifteen more languages in the near future. The iCASTM has been tested at the Cryptography Verification Labs, accredited by NIST in the United States and has also been widely field tested under Indian conditions.

ByDesign is required to tie up with at least five Operators and install STB with iCASTM in atleast 2,50,000 STBs. The implementation of iCASTM in the cable networks has already started.

More than 25,000 STBs with iCASTM have already been deployed across the country in the last two months, from Haldwani in the North to Madurai in the South and Durgapur in the East to Satara District in the West.

iCASTM exemplifies successful collaboration between industry and Government for R&D and IPR generation in Electronics design and manufacturing. The iCASTM is also beneficial to domestic STB manufacturers because it is available to them at a price of $ 0.5 license for a period of three years as against market price of $ 4 to 5 license for other competing products.

Sony ESPN and Sony ESPN HD to live telecast UFC 196 in India

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/sports/sony-espn-and-sony-espn-hd-to-live-telecast-ufc-196-in-india-160303

MUMBAI: The latest addition to Sony’s sports cluster Sony ESPN channels will broadcast the highly anticipated UFC 196, live and exclusive, on 6 March 2016, at 0830 Hrs on Sony ESPN and Sony ESPN HD.

Witnessing UFC’s consistent viewership in the market, Sony ESPN is taking a step forward in growing the sport’s popularity and has launched an MMA Fan Club called The Octagon.

The Octagon was formed for people who simply love MMA and will create unique community experiences for fans. The Octagon’s first fan initiative is hosting a special breakfast screening of UFC 196, live at the Hard Rock Café. Sony ESPN is conducting an on air & social media contest for viewers who can win an exclusive opportunity to be a part of The Octagon experience.

The fight card will be headlined by Featherweight Champion, Conor McGregor who will take on lightweight contender Nate Diaz in the highly anticipated match-up. McGregor’s popularity grew exponentially after he defeated Jose Aldo in 13 seconds to win the Featherweight title in UFC 194. He had hoped to win the lightweight belt simultaneously before Dos Anjos pulled out, citing an injury. His new opponent for UFC 196, Nate Diaz, whose brash style is expected to make a strong draw, has already grabbed eyeballs from a lot of MMA fans worldwide.

Women’s Bantamweight Champion, Holly Holm will put her title on the line against No. 2 Miesha Tate in the co-main event. This will be Holly Holm’s first title defence after she dethroned former champion, Ronda Rousey in November.

Tate’s recent fight was a one-sided win over Jessica Eye, with her striking technique and is expected to put up a tough show against Holm in the upcoming fight. As a result, UFC 196 could prove to be a colossal of an event.

The UFC 196 fight card live screening will be taking place on March 6, 2016, at 0800 Hrs at the: Hard Rock Café, near Fun Cinema Lane, Off Veera Desai Road, Andheri West, Mumbai – 400053. The screening is also open to walk in consumers who would like to be a part of the community experience.


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An early version of an Australian Live TV Kodi video plugin has been released!

go here for the download https://forums.tvaddons.ag/mx-repository/41996-release-australia-live-tv.html

DW English and German at 12518 V now encrypted (Still FTA via Asiasat 7)

Intelsat 805 is now listed @ 169E hmm?

SES9 launch scrubbed for the 4th time

New Radio Channel on D1 (Freeview NZ)
SID is 1914 APID = 663

No name loaded into the DVB metadata yet

Wednesday feed

Intelsat 19 12551 V Sr 2999. Tag "NZ to Japan test". FTA a Maori gathering.

From my Email

DW English and German are being offered as an extension of the Polish pay TV package run by Puma Media in Melbourne.


Andrew (Aragorn)
Andrew Rajcher (Axiom Compusat Services)
Melbourne, Australia

From the Dish

Optus D1 160.0E 12707 H "Disney Channel Australia" is back on , Videoguard.

Palapa D 113.0E 3437 H "DreamCast Channel" has started on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 3980 V "Indonesia Healthy Channel" has started on, Fta
Palapa D 113.0E 4057 H "Rodja TV" has left again.

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 4040 H "Nat Geo People Asia" has started on, Irdeto.

Measat 3a 91.4E 3960 H "Zee Nung" is Fta.

Yamal 401 90.0E 11580 H "GTRK Yamal" has started on , BISS.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3520 H "Thai Muslim TV" has started on , BISS.

ABS 2 75.0E 11734 H "India News, News X, 1 Yes and PTC Punjabi have started on ,Fta. Kasthuri TV, Kasthuri Newz 24 and R-Vision" have left.
ABS 2 75.0E 11791 H "Manoranjan Movies, Sangeet Marathi, Wow Cinema, TV 9 Telugu and K News 24x7" have started on , Fta. Sarv Dharam Sangam, Manoranjan Music and Kanak News have left.
ABS 2 75.0E 11856 H "RT Movies, E 24, Naxatra News, Cinema TV and Mahuaa TV" have started on , Fta. Kanak News has left .
ABS 2 75.0E 12227 H "BTV News, Enterr 10, Janasri News, Dabangg, Dhamaal, Dillagi, Housefull Action, Maiboli, Saam TV, Chardikla Time TV, Mastiii, Live India, Mi Marathi, Vendhar TV, Anjan TV, Bhojpuri Cinema, Samaya News, M Tunes, 9XM, Mh One News, Mh One Music, Shraddha Mh One and 9X Jalwa" have started on , Fta.
ABS 2 75.0E 12524 H "Jesus Christ TV Pakistan" has left .

Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 11292 V "STS International, Domashniy International, Fox Russia, Amedia Premium HD, Setanta Sport Evraziya, Setanta Sport Evraziya +, Eurosport 1 International, Eurosport 2 North-East, KHL TV, National Geographic Channel Russia, Nat Geo Wild Russia, Mama and Mult" have started on , Irdeto.

Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 12616 V "KazSport, Sony Sci-Fi Russia and Amedia 1" have left .
Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 12690 V "Kazakstan, Khabar, Astana TV, Kazakh TV, Bilim zhane Madeniet, Perviy kanal Eurasia and Mir" have started on , Irdeto.
Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 12726 V "Fox Life Russia, Bollywood, NST, Nash Futbol, Tiji Russia, Gulli, TLC Russia, History Russia and Discovery Channel Russia" have started on , Irdeto.

Intelsat 17 66.0E 3984 H "Flowers International has replaced Flowers TV" on , Fta.
Intelsat 17 66.0E 4006 H "My TV" has started on , FTA.

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东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星Ku频段,GTRK Yamal(+2h)(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置11580 H 20000参数有条件接收。[03-02]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,8 Kanal(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置12153 V 45000参数免费接收。[03-02]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Bangkok Thonburi Channel(泰国)频道新增,设置3840 V 30000参数免费接收。[03-02]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星Ku频段,MTV Hits(DISH HD)频道新增,设置11727 R 27500参数有条件接收。[03-02]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星Ku频段,极致体育台(DISH HD)高清频道消失,设置11881 R 27500参数无效接收。[03-02]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星Ku频段,BBC World News(DISH HD)高清频道消失,设置11727 R 27500参数无效接收。[03-02]

东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Oxygene替换Aruj(巴基斯坦)频道,设置4165 H 5040参数免费接收。 [3月1日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Channel 、BTPL(印度)频道消失,设置3949 H 3673参数无效接收。 [3月1日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的印星4B号卫星Ku频段,Maha Movie、IBN 7(印度)等7个频道消失,设置10990 V 28500参数无效接收。 [3月1日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,J Movie、Jaya Max(印度)等全组频道解密,设置4130 V 10369参数免费接收。 [3月1日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Manoranjan Movies(印度)频道重现,设置4117 V 8800参数免费接收。 [3月1日]


Duke Scores Live NBA Games

From Press Release: TVNZ

TVNZ announced today the soon-to-be-launched DUKE channel will carry NBA programming, giving Kiwi viewers the choice to live stream the world’s most popular basketball league or watch on free-to-air TV.

DUKE will air live games, replays and a magazine show during the NBA regular season and delayed games from the NBA Playoffs leading up to the conference finals and Finals.

Jeff Latch, TVNZ’s Director of Content, said, “We’re pleased to be bringing the remarkable pace and athleticism of the NBA to DUKE as the competition heads to the playoffs. The NBA is in a class of its own – it’s made household names of LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and our very own Steven Adams. We think this news will go down really well with viewers.”

DUKE’s live streaming will give fans greater viewing choice. “It puts the ball in the viewer’s court,” said Latch. “You can catch the courtside action as a live stream on your mobile device or desktop or watch on TV. And however you watch with us, it’s all available free-to-view.”

Launching March 20, DUKE will be live-streamed at www.watchduke.co.nz and free-to-view on Freeview 13 and also on SKY.

Before DUKE launches, TVNZ’s pop up channel on Freeview channel 13 will be screening NBA games beginning this Wednesday 2 March, Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat, 13:30 (NZ Time)


Thaicom reports record profit on television growth

From http://spacenews.com/thaicom-reports-record-profit-on-television-growth-plans-successor-to-ipstar-broadband-satellite/

plans successor to IPStar broadband satellite by Peter B. de Selding — February 29, 2016 Thaicom of Thailand said its conventional satellite business was the growth engine in 2015. The company is now preparing bids for a high-throughput satellite to complement the 11-year-old Thaicom-4/IPStar satellite, pictured here, which operates in Ku-band. Credit: Space Systems Loral PARIS — Satellite fleet operator Thaicom on Feb. 26 reported record profit for 2015 as its conventional satellites booked more television channels, including an increase in high-definition broadcasts, and its Thaicom 7 satellite reached 100 percent fill rate.

Thaicom said its contract in India to provide “Head-end in the Sky, or HITS ,service to cable head-ends continued to grow and helped underpin the 5 percent growth in satellite-derived revenue in 2015. The Thaicom-provided HITS is one of several indications that the Indian government, which has long sought to minimize foreign satellite access to India’s market, is now opening its borders to meet galloping Indian domestic television demand. Thaicom said it has begun the process of securing the necessary government licenses to build and launch a Thaicom-9 high-throughput satellite to add capacity in regions where the Thaicom-4/IPStar satellite is full to capacity. Thaicom-4/IPStar, located at 119.5 east in geostationary orbit, was launched in 2005 and made Thaicom a pioneer in direct-to-consumer satellite broadband. The satellite operates in Ku-band, whereas most other consumer broadband satellites operate in Ka-band. Thaicom has hit regulatory speed bumps in the past and it was not clear whether the Thaicom-9 licensing procedure was a mere formality or could slow the procurement process. “The license approval process is going on as planned and the company is currently in the process of selecting the satellite manufacturer,” Thaicom said. One of Thaicom-4/IPStar’s principal markets in the past decade has been Australia, where it provides what Australian authorities call “interim” capacity to deploy broadband throughout the nation until Australia’s NBN Co.’s own Ka-band satellites are in full operations. The first NBN satellite, NBN Co. 1A, also called Sky Muster 1, was launched in October. The second, identical satellite – both built by Space Systems Loral of Palo Alto, California – is scheduled for launch in late 2016 aboard a European Ariane 5 rocket.

Thaicom in 2015 won a contract extension to continue serving Australian consumers until September 2017. At that point, the company said, it would refocus its Australian operation to serve corporate and retail customers. This plans are still in place, but the downturn in the Australian energy and construction industries has placed into doubt Thaicom’s ability to replace all of the lost consumer-broadband business starting in late 2017. In a report to the Stock Exchange of Thailand, Thaicom said it had booked a non-cash impairment charge of 454 million Thai baht ($12.5 million) in 2015 as a precautionary measure relating to its IP Star Australia subsidiary. Thaicom’s broadband service business held steady in 2015 but no more. Revenue was flat from 2014. Sales of Thaicom-4/IPStar user terminals were down nearly 19 percent compared to 2014, in part because of foreign-currency declines in Australia and Japan relative to the U.S. dollar. Partly offsetting the revenue dips was additional business in Malaysia, India and Myanmar, Thaicom said. Thaicom-4/IPStar was reported 57.5 percent full as of Dece. 31, 2015, compared to 57 percent a year earlier. But if its broadband business was treading water, its conventional satellite business, provided by the Thaicom-5, 6 and 7 satellites, was accelerating its growth. Revenue from these satellites was up 12.5 percent in 2015, to 5.03 billion baht.

The number of television channels carried on Thaicom satellites grew 13 percent in 2015, ending the year at 792. High-definition channels totaled 126 as of Dec. 31, up 15 percent from a year ago. Net profit for 2015, at 2.122 billion baht for the company as a whole, was up 33 percent and continues a trend of higher profit that for Thaicom began in 2013. Thaicom said its portion of the Thaicom-7 satellite, whose capacity it divides equally with AsiaSat of Hong Kong, was reported 100 percent full as of mid-November, helped by the Indian HITS business. Thaicom-8, under construction by Orbital ATK of Dulles, Virginia, and scheduled to add 28 Ku-band transponders to Thaicom’s 78.5 degrees east orbital slot, is scheduled for launch late this year aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. As of Dec. 31, the company had pre-sold 17 percent of Thaicom-8 capacity, Thaicom said

KT SAT signs transponder lease deal with Mongolian satellite TV operator

From http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/tech/2016/03/133_199484.html

KT SAT has signed a transponder lease agreement with Mongolian satellite TV operator DDISH TV.

Under the deal, KT's satellite-based network service affiliate will lease four transponders to offer direct-to-home (DTH) services for the Mongolian company starting next year.

The exclusive contract allows KT SAT to secure a long, stable revenue source, strengthening its foothold in the global satellite-based TV market.

Last year, the company clinched a three-year transponder contract with Pakistan-based satellite business Paksat. But KT SAT said the latest deal is meaningful, because the contract will not expire until the end of the satellites' 17-year lifespan.

DDISH TV will start using KT SAT's KOREASAT-5A satellites from 2017. Expectations are the company will offer more than 90 high-definition channels. DDISH TV is Mongolia's largest satellite broadcasting company, with some 320,000 subscribers since it started the business in 2008.

"The contract came as a result of successful collaboration between KT SAT and our satellite broadcasting provider affiliate, KT Skylife," the company said, Wednesday. "Both companies are expected to strengthen competitiveness in the satellite broadcasting sector, seeking next-generation growth areas."

Meanwhile, KT SAT plans to launch the KOREASAT-5G and KOREASAT-7 satellites at the end of this year, in a move to expand its coverage into nearby countries, including the Philippines, Indonesia and Pakistan.

Next SpaceX Launch Tentatively Rescheduled For Friday

From http://www.popsci.com/next-spacex-launch-tentatively-rescheduled-for-friday

Fifth time's a charm?

A SpaceX launch that was planned for tonight has been scrubbed until Friday at the earliest, due to high winds.

The company explained with more detail on its site:

Unfortunately upper-level winds continue to exceed acceptable limits and are expected to get worse as we approach tonight’s launch window, so we are forgoing today’s launch attempt. Winds are forecast to exceed acceptable limits through Thursday. Our team will continue working with the Air Force’s Launch Weather Officer to evaluate the best available opportunity for flight in the coming days.

This would have been the fourth attempt to launch the SES-9 satellite into orbit--a mission that has been long delayed due to the June 2015 explosion that left SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket grounded for several months.

Although SpaceX has been insisting that the rocket and spacecraft are perfectly fine, the company has been particularly finicky about the launch conditions. Because of the delay in launching the satellite, the Falcon 9 rocket will carry the satellite higher up, getting it closer to its destination to make up for lost time, so the company will need every drop of fuel it can spare to attempt landing the rocket booster on a barge ship after the launch.

China to Conduct Over 20 Satellite Launches This Year

From http://gadgets.ndtv.com/science/news/china-to-conduct-over-20-satellite-launches-this-year-808495

China plans to conduct more than 20 satellite launch missions in 2016, which positions China to exceed launches by the US, an official from the country's Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation said on Monday.

Among them, a total of 15 launches are significant projects or first flights, People's Daily quoted the official as saying.

The country will send several rockets in space, including Tiangong-2, an orbiting space lab and Shenzhou-11, a manned spacecraft with two people on board.

The year 2016 is a big year for China's aerospace industry, as two new types of rockets will also be launched in 2016.

Long March-7, scheduled to be launched in June, will put the country's first cargo ship, Tianzhou-1, into space in the first half of 2017 to dock with Tiangong-2 and conduct experiments.

Furthermore, Long March-5 is slotted to be sent into space in September 2016.

This type of rocket has the largest carrying capacity among the new generation of rockets in China, with a maximum payload capacity of 25 tons to low Earth orbit and 14 tons to geosynchronous transfer orbit.

China will also send several experimental satellites into space in 2016. The country's retrievable Shijian-10 satellite will be launched in April at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre.

It will also send a Hard X-ray Modulation Telescope, an X-ray space observatory, and a quantum communication satellite. The country plans to launch its first ever carbon-tracking satellite into space in August.

China launched the first of a new generation of navigation satellites for its BeiDou navigation system in 2015. The next of these satellites is set to be launched this year.

Gaofen-3 satellite, a Chinese civilian remote sensing satellite, will also be sent into space in 2016.

In addition, China sent a Belarusian communications satellite into space, and will also help the country with its commercial sensing satellites.

CASBAA calls for level OTT playing field

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/03/01/casbaa-calls-for-level-ott-playing-field/

CASBAA, the Association for digital multichannel TV, content, platforms, advertising and video delivery in Asia, has described Asian OTT regulation as an “unsustainable” situation, which sees governments maintain legacy regulatory policies that disadvantage their local operators, while television supply is moving online and undergoing a “comprehensive transformation”. CASBAA’s comments come in study – Same Same But Different? Video Policies for Asian Pay-TV and OTT – released at its third annual OTT Summit.

Same Same But Different? is the result of a collaboration between highly regarded experts in Asian capitals. It takes an in-depth look at the regulation of Pay-TV and OTT video in countries and regions across Asia and Australasia, drawing comparisons with current legislation in the UK and United States.

“Regulators have an incredibly difficult task ahead of them,” said CASBAA Chief Policy Officer John Medeiros. “Root-and-branch reform is needed.” Medeiros pointed out that “the pay-television industry environment today is radically different from what it was only five years ago, and the hard work of adapting policy instruments and practices has only gotten underway in a small number of markets.”

In the publication, CASBAA described licensed local pay-TV companies facing sharp competition from legal and illegal offshore media ventures, even while their hands are tied behind their backs, as a result of heavy burdens from taxes and government mandates on content, advertising, competition and social policy. CASBAA noted that a large portion of OTT content delivered to many Asian markets in fact comes from pirate syndicates which operate outside of all legal constraints.

“This in-depth study provides a detailed view of the state of pay-TV and OTT throughout the region, providing vital insights for anyone looking to enter the local marketplace, or indeed anyone who simply wishes to be more informed,” reported Christopher Slaughter, CEO of CASBAA.

The report provides specific descriptions of each government’s policies affecting OTT television on subjects as diverse as content censorship, advertising limits, copyright protection, and consumer protection. It observes that many governments are levying burdens on “onshore” OTT operations while leaving “offshore” services virtually unregulated. One result of this discrepancy is a big boost for offshore operations providing pirated content. It’s of note that these offshore outfits are unburdened by any ethical, legal, or social constraints, and they continue to grow in importance.

In launching the report, CASBAA warned that if the “tilted playing field” persists, media investments will move offshore. “Why would any media company locate a new OTT business in a heavily-regulated jurisdiction,” asked Medeiros, “if they can serve the market more cheaply and without compliance burdens from offshore?” CASBAA urged that governments review their pay-TV rules “and determine whether existing burdens are still required given the evolution…of the television market in recent years.” And it went on to say that governments should seek to “stem the growth and proliferation of illegitimate OTT services.”

German police crack down on Sky piracy

From http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2016/03/01/german-police-cracks-down-on-sky-piracy/

Sky Deutschland FirmensitzAs part of a Europe-wide raid against the operators of so called underground economy forums, the central unit for the fight against internet crime of the public prosecution office in Frankfurt has by order of Germany’s federal crime agency induced a warrant of arrest against the alleged operator of illegal streaming platform istreams.to.

The site offered its users illegal access to the pay-TV channels of Sky Deutschland for a monthly fee. The platform can’t be reached any longer and the operator is in detention while awaiting trial.

The investigations by the federal crime agency against the streaming platform were preceded by a complaint of an offence by Sky Deutschland in 2012 and the continuous securing and presentation of evidence by the pay-TV operator.

On February 23 and 24, 2016, the investigators arrested a 22-year old German man from the Münsterland region. The arrest marks the second success against the illegal exploitation of Sky content within a month.

On February 10, 2016 the district court of Verden imposed a one-year prison sentence on parole on a 53-year old card sharing pirate on the grounds of illegal provision of access to Sky’s pay-TV channels through the internet.

“After the groundbreaking verdict of the district court in Verden, the impressive success of this operation shows that illegal streaming has no future in Germany,” said Holger Enßlin, chief officer legal, regulatory & distribution at Sky Deutschland. “Sky has the most valuable programming portfolio in the fields of live sports, films and TV series in Germany and Austria. We will protect our content by any means necessary and work closely with the responsible authorities to ensure that operators of illegal platforms will be treated with the full force of the law.”

According to the federal crime agency, “the concentrated investigations both domestically and abroad constitute a major breakthrough in the fight against the German underground economy scene and is another proof that the internet does not provide full anonymity – not even the darknet. Furthermore, they underline the significance of international cooperation in the fight against cybercrime.”

Reuters TV app for Android devices

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/03/01/reuters-tv-app-for-android-devices/

Reuters, the international multimedia news provider, has released Reuters TV for Android devices. Following the successful launch of Reuters TV for iPhone in 2015, as well as iPad, Apple TV and desktop versions, the new app extends the revolutionary mobile TV service to Android users with a beautiful, seamless experience. The app is available in the Google Play store globally.

Reuters TV is aimed at a growing segment of on-the-go, and globally curious consumers who are too busy to watch traditional TV news. Active users of Reuters TV on iPhone/iPad, the Web, and Apple TV tripled in the fourth quarter of 2015 alone, and the audience continues to grow as new ways of engaging with the service are launched.

Isaac Showman, Managing Director of Reuters TV said, “Over the past year, we’ve been thrilled with consumers’ response to Reuters TV on iOS, Apple TV and the Web. We’re looking forward to sharing this experience with millions of Android users globally.”

Sony BBC Earth is just an approval away: NP Singh

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/factual-and-documentary/sony-bbc-earth-is-just-an-approval-away-np-singh-160301

MUMBAI: Sony Pictures Network's much anticipated factual entertainment channel Sony BBC Earth is soon to launch and is just an approval away. The channel will be launched in HD.

Speaking to Indiantelevision.com about the new launch, Sony Pictures Network (SPN) CEO N.P.Singh said, "We are ready with everything and just an approval away to launch Sony BBC Earth. It is a factual entertainment channel and BBC Earth will be the content provider. Later on, we might create original content but initially it will be BBC Earth. "

"It will be an HD channel. 4K is gradually coming in but I think we are not yet ready. For now, we will be going with HD only," he further added.

In may be recalled that Multi Screen Media had joined hands with BBC Worldwide in 2015 to form the joint venture - Sony BBC Earth.

The new channel will showcase the work of the world’s foremost factual film makers as it takes audiences on a journey of discovery. From the smallest creature under the microscope to the limitless expanses of space, the channel will bring viewers face to face with heart pounding action, mind blowing ideas and the wonders of being human.


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