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Page UPDATED 29/07/2016 11.59 P.M NZ


A bunch of new Olympics channels have popped up on SKY NZ
Rio Popup4,5,6 etc mostly on 12644 H

There are also 3 broadcast muxes on Asiasat 5 @ 100.5E that are using the recently broken Tandberg encryption system...

Asiasat 5 3700 V 30000 Rtpi is testing here

Friday night feeds
D1 12634 V Sr 7200 Seven weather cross for Brisbane
D1 12645 V Sr 7200 7BCM News Bucky 1. Seven News feed

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ChinaSat 6A 125.0E 3940 V Jiangxi TV 1 and Jilin TV Station have left .

Insat 4A 83.0E 3805 H "Cineplex Movies" has left .
Insat 4A 83.0E 3936 H "Travel Trendz TV and India 24x7" have started on , Fta.
Insat 4A 83.0E 4180 H "Kolkata TV" has started on , Fta.

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东经115.5度轨道位置的中星6B号卫星C频段,中国教育-1(高清)频道解密,设置4000 H 27500参数免费接收。 [7月28日]
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东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Colors Bangla等替换ETV Bangla(印度)等频道,设置4004 H 26666参数有条件接收。 [7月28日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,ETV Telugu(印度)频道消失,设置4175 H 2977参数无效接收。 [7月28日]
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Australia plans new co-ordinates to fix sat-nav gap

From http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-36912700

Australia is on the move

Australia is to shift its longitude and latitude to address a gap between local co-ordinates and those from global navigation satellite systems (GNSS).

Local co-ordinates, used to produce maps and measurements, and global ones differ by more than 1m.

The body responsible for the change said it would help the development of self-driving cars, which need accurate location data to navigate.

Australia moves about 7cm north annually because of tectonic movements.

Modern satellite systems provide location data based on global lines of longitude and latitude, which do not move even if the continents on Earth shift.

However, many countries produce maps and measurements with the lines of longitude and latitude fixed to their local continent.

Infographic: Co-ordinates in Australia are out by about 1.5 metres because the country is moving 7 centimetres north every year.
"If the lines are fixed, you can put a mark in the ground, measure its co-ordinate, and it will be the same co-ordinate in 20 years," explained Dan Jaksa of Geoscience Australia. "It's the classical way of doing it."

Because of the movement of the Earth's tectonic plates, these local co-ordinates drift apart from the Earth's global co-ordinates over time.

"If you want to start using driverless cars, accurate map information is fundamental," said Mr Jaksa.

"We have tractors in Australia starting to go around farms without a driver, and if the information about the farm doesn't line up with the co-ordinates coming out of the navigation system there will be problems."

The Geocentric Datum of Australia, the country's local co-ordinate system, was last updated in 1994. Since then, Australia has moved about 1.5 metres north.

So on 1 January 2017, the country's local co-ordinates will also be shifted further north - by 1.8m.

The over-correction means Australia's local co-ordinates and the Earth's global co-ordinates will align in 2020.

At that point a new system, which can take changes over time into account, will be implemented.

"We used the old plate fixed system to make life simple, but we don't want to do this adjustment every so often," said Mr Jaksa.

"Once we have a system that can deal with changes over time, then everybody in the world could be on that same system."

Digital TV trial for parts of Fiji to begin on Monday

From http://fijivillage.com/news/Digital-TV-trial-for-parts-of-Fiji-to-begin-on-Monday-r5s9k2/

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama browsing through the Walesi digital TV channels

The public trial of Digital Television for parts of Fiji will start from Monday.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama today drew the channel numbers from a barrel for the three free to air TV stations through the state owned company, Walesi Digital’s lottery.

Bainimarama says this is another milestone for Fiji.

To access the Digital TV platform, people need a Walesi set top box which will be available at a maximum price of $99.95 at selected retail outlets.

People also need a UHF antenna to watch Digital TV.

Bainimarama says the government has allocated 2 million dollars to provide low income households with free set top boxes.

More details will be revealed in the next few days.

After the draw for the Digital TV platform, FBC TV will be on channel one, Fiji One on channel two, FBC 2 on channel three, Mai TV on channel four and Fiji Two on channel five.

Director of Communications Shivnesh Prasad who is looking after the state owned company, Walesi says the forecast cost to have national coverage of Digital TV will be about $17 million.

Bainimarama says Fiji is the first Pacific island government to invest in the infrastructure for Digital TV at the national level.

He says the latest compression technology has the potential to return a better picture quality than what is seen in Australia.

Communications Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says they are yet to decide on the fees that the TV stations have to pay to be on the platform.

When asked on how national coverage will be achieved, Sayed-Khaiyum says they will try their best and they are also looking at infrastructure sharing.

Sky Pacific also needs to go on the digital TV platform as part of their license condition.

Sky Pacific is yet to comment on the issue.

(Craig's comment, way to go! the first stuff up in Fiji's Digital tv plans is Fiji One being on channel 2 and Fiji 2 on channel 5.)

4K HDR from SKY Perfect JSAT

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/07/29/4k-hdr-from-sky-perfect-jsat/

Japanese satellite operator SKY Perfect JSAT is to launch the world’s first publicly-available 4K HDR (High Dynamic Range) broadcast on October 4, 2016, during timeslots on its dedicated 4K channel, SKY PerfecTV! 4K Experience, launched on May 1, 2016.

The channel can be enjoyed free of charge by anyone with compatible equipment for receiving the SKY PerfecTV! Premium Service or SKY PerfecTV! Premium HIKARI Service.

To mark the commencement of 4K HDR broadcasts, a programme jointly produced with the Imagica Robot Group will air in 4K HDR along with all five episodes of the BS SKY PerfecTV! original drama Kera (Yakubyogami Series).

For its 4K HDR broadcasts, SKY Perfect JSAT has adopted the Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG) standard, co-developed by public broadcasters NHK and BBC.

While there are a number of HDR techniques, HLG was developed as the most suitable format for broadcasting and HLG became an international standard in July this year.

In response to the October commencement of 4K HDR broadcasts, a software update for Toshiba’s 4K Regza Z20X series is scheduled to become available for download from late August. Other companies’ products are also sequentially scheduled to become 4K HDR-capable from this autumn.

SKY Perfect JSAT confirms that it will proactively engage in 4K HDR technology so that it may deliver even finer and more dynamic contents to many viewers.

Bloomberg TV Malaysia and Astro tipped to part ways

From http://www.marketing-interactive.com/bloomberg-astro-tipped-part-ways/

According to a recent article on The Star, Astro Malaysia Holdings and Bloomberg TV Malaysia (BTVM) are said to be parting ways.

This will result in the ceasing of programmes from Astro’s Channel 519. Astro is said to have stopped broadcasting BTVM’s programmes since the beginning of July. Its two regular programmes were Moving Malaysia and Dashboard is tipped to be replaced by other Bloomberg TV programmes.

The Star article also states that the two had several ongoing issues and Astro sent out an internal memo to staff stating that BTVM will no longer air on its platforms.

A+M has reached out to both Bloomberg and Astro for a comment. Both were unable to comment at the time of writing.

Meanwhile, A+M understand Kenneth Lee, CMO of Bloomberg also left the company recently along with sales manager Cheryl Boo and COO Alain Roger Poirier.

Bloomberg TV was launched in Malaysia in 2013 in a partnership with former Malaysian minister and founder of ntv7, Dato’ Sri Mohd Effendi Norwawi’s Encorp Group. The channel took off in the market in 2014. Media industry veteran Michael Chan was named CEO of Bloomberg TV Malaysia to head the new channel.

Sony commercialises 8K TV tuner

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/07/28/sony-commercialises-8k-tv-tuner/

While 4K TV set ownership is growing, the fact is there are few TV channels to watch. However, Sony Corp is already preparing for ‘next generation’ 8K transmissions.

The 8K need is very real given that Japanese 8K ‘Super Hi-Vision’ broadcasts are starting in August. Japan’s public broadcaster NHK is starting its 8K test-transmissions with specially commissioned programming, including news broadcasts.

What Sony is doing is to introduce the industry’s 1st demodulator and tuner models that can handle Japan’s ISDB-S3 transmission system. Samples will start shipping in September. The tuner can automatically handle terrestrial signals, as well as transmissions from digital satellite and the Japanese BS satellites.

Sony said it is also planning to introduce variations in September of the basic tuner and able to handle up to 3 tuners on a single integrated chipset for handling simultaneous channel broadcasts.

SES: HD at 33%, 16 UHD channels

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/07/29/ses-hdtv-at-33-16-uhd-channels/

SES has revealed its H1 numbers, with the Luxembourg-based satellite operator reporting its fleet now carries 16 commercial Ultra-HD channels, and that its portfolio of 2,422 HD channels represents 32.7 per cent of the total 7,164 channel count (and HD growth is up 12.1 per cent y-o-y).

The growth in commercial UHD channels is dramatic. This time last year there were none. That growth is guaranteed to continue with Sky’s commitment and other expectations from the pay-TV and commercial sectors.

There’s other good news, with fresh contracts in the aeronautical sector (with Gogo, Panasonic and Global Eagle), and new DTH platforms helping boost its Video segment (which now represents 70 per cent of revenues, compared with 66 per cent at this time last year).

CEO Karim Michel Sabbagh said that the SES consolidation of O3b’s revenues would start on August 1. This full year, O3b’s revenues are expected to double to more than $100 million.

Sabbagh confirmed that H1 numbers overall were down 4.2 per cent (at €957 million) which impacted EBITDA which also fell back 5.4 per cent (to €700 million) and an EBITDA margin down from 73.5 per cent to 73.1 per cent. Its all-important contracted backlog fell back €100 million to €7.3 billion.

As at June 30th SES had 1.550 available transponders (up from 1.518 a year ago). For its full year, SES says it is expecting overall revenues to be between €2.01 billion – €2.05 billion, and with an EBITDA margin of some 73-5 per cent-74 per cent.

Olympic Channel launches Aug 21

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/07/29/olympic-channel-launches-aug-21/

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced the launch date for its new Olympic Channel, where fans can experience the Olympic Movement all year round. Starting August 21st, after the Closing Ceremony of the Olympic Games Rio 2016, the Olympic Channel platform will be available worldwide via a mobile app for Android and iOS devices and online at olympicchannel.com.

In addition, athletes and fans can follow the Olympic Channel on its newly launched social media handles on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube, and sign up for Olympic Channel updates at olympicchannel.com.

IOC President Thomas Bach said: “The launch of the Olympic Channel on August 21st is the start of an exciting new journey to connect the worldwide audience with the Olympic Movement all year round. Fans will be able to follow sports, athletes and the stories behind the Olympic Games. The Olympic Channel will inspire us all and reach out to new generations of athletes and fans.”

With the goal of providing a new way to engage young people, fans and new audiences in the Olympic Movement, the Olympic Channel is a free platform that will present original programming, live sports events, news and highlights offering additional exposure for sports and athletes all year round. Olympic Channel original programming will include both short-form and long-form content, focusing on elite athletes, their quest for success and sport around the world.

Designed for a global audience, the Olympic Channel digital platform will showcase content from around the world, and will initially be offered in English. Additional features at launch will include fantastic content as video on demand, as well as individual sport pages within a user-friendly and mobile-responsive interface, subtitled in nine different languages.

Eutelsat: 6,342 channels

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/07/29/eutelsat-6342-channels/

Paris-based satellite operator Eutelsat has unveiled its full-year results, with EBITDA up 2.9 per cent at €1.164 billion, and based on revenues that were up just 0.2 per cent (at constant currency) at €1.529 billion, and thus maintaining its 76 per cent EBITDA margin. However, its contracted backlog fell back 9.5 per cent (to €5.6 billion). Drilling down into the Q4 numbers saw y-o-y revenue fall 2.3 per cent to €371.6 million.

Eutelsat CEO Rodolphe Belmer said the operator had now passed the 6,000 channel mark (6,342), and with HD channels now making up 13.6 percent of that total and having grown HD by 26 per cent over the past year, and the launch of its first UHD channels. Eutelsat’s overall fill-rate is down, however, from 78.7 per cent this time last year, to 70.9 per cent in June 2016, and not helped by an extra 43 operational transponders added to the fleet.

Eutelsat admits there are still strong headwinds, not least in terms of Data revenues (down 6.1 per cent) and Government Services division (down 7.5 per cent). Offsetting these downward trends were solid growth in Video Applications (up 2.3 per cent), Value-Added services (up 4.8 per cent) and Miscellaneous revenues which grew 23.4 per cent.

“In FY 2015-16, revenues from Video Applications were up 2.3 per cent like-for-like to €943.6 million. This reflected sustained growth in MENA and Sub-Saharan Africa with the entry into service of new capacity on EUTELSAT 8 West B in October 2015 and EUTELSAT 36C in February 2016, as well as growth at 16° East (Sub-Saharan Africa and Central Europe), and 7° East (Middle East and East Africa). Fransat also recorded higher revenues on the back of the transition to High Definition in France,” said Eutelsat.

“These positive elements more than offset lower revenues at the HOTBIRD position following the non-renewal in recent months of some contracts with service providers, a decline in revenues from Professional Video and lower revenues in Russia following the renegotiation of certain contracts last year,” added a statement.

The Olympic Channel includes an option to register for a more personalised experience, where users can follow their favourite athletes, teams, sports and countries to receive an individually-tailored content selection.

After the launch of the global digital product in August, the Olympic Channel intends to foster partnerships with other Olympic stakeholders, including rights-holding broadcasters and National Olympic Committees to develop localised versions of the Olympic Channel. Localised versions will offer language-specific user experiences on digital platforms, and will also include linear television programming options.



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AsiaSat 6/Thaicom 7 120.0E 4180 H "Luckys TV has replaced Channel XFC" on , Irdeto.

Horizons 2 84.8E 12160 H "Bravo TV" has started on , encrypted.

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Foxtel launches new Arts and Music division

From http://if.com.au/2016/07/28/article/Foxtel-launches-new-Arts-and-Music-division/YSYWWVOBTC.html

Foxtel has announced a newly-created Arts and Music division.

Foxtel Arts, the dedicated HD Arts channel, and Foxtel’s suite of music channels – [V] HITS, MAX, Foxtel Smooth and CMC – will be managed by a joint team under newly appointed group channel manager, Arts and Music, Fraser Stark.

Foxtel's executive director of television Brian Walsh said: “Foxtel is Australia’s only television provider providing the local music and arts industries with curated locally produced channels and we will continue to do so with the same passion, enthusiasm and excitement which we’ve been doing since 1995.

“Our music and arts offering is very important both to us and our customers and we are proud to be the home of music television with unique and specialised music brands and content that Australians love.”

Walsh said Stark had done an exceptional job building and refining Foxtel Arts since its launch last year.

“His energy, imagination and commercial approach will build on the incredible talents of the Arts and Music team to provide a complete music and live performance offering for our subscribers,” he said.

Stark himself said he was "incredibly excited about this new opportunity and there is great synergy between the Arts and Music brands. I look forward to leading the strong and passionate music team to continue providing these great channels for Foxtel’s viewers.”

Rebecca Batties, who headed the Music portfolio for the past two years, has resigned.

“I we would like to acknowledge Rebecca’s terrific contribution and wish her well with her next endeavour,” Brian Walsh said.

The new team structure will commence August 29.

Brand Australia push in regional channel revamp

From contentasia latest issue

Propaganda not an issue, says Australia Network CEO The new Australia Network born out of the old ABC Asia Pacific – may be Aussie down to the bugs on screen,
but there’s not an Australian it would rather have in its
audience over a true-blue Asian viewer.

“This channel has been created for non-Australian audiences,” says Australia Network CEO, Ian Carroll. “We live or die as a management team on the number of non-Australians who use the service.” The new network launches on August 7, turning the fourand- a-half year-old ABC Asia Pacific into a more streamlined channel with a simpler schedule and a revamped news and current affairs slate, including the flagship Focus current affairs programme ( 9 pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays) .

Focus will be produced exclusively by the news team from national broadcaster, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). “Our offer is a different
view, a different perspective, presented in a different way... That would be the number one difference. Number two is the simpler schedule. And the third is a more distinct Australian perspective, whether drama or documentary,” Carroll says. But, as much as some things change, others will stay the same. For one, the money (said to be some A$18 million a year) is still coming from the Australian government.

Report: 58bn streaming piracy visits in 2015

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/07/27/report-58bn-streaming-piracy-visits-in-2015/

Findings from content protection, data-analytics and piracy audience reconnection solutions provider MUSO reveal that nearly three-quarters of all visits to film and TV specific piracy sites in 2015 used web streaming as their method of consuming illegal content, highlighting a clear piracy audience trend change away from content ‘ownership’ using P2P/Torrents or web downloads.

These findings are from MUSO’s Global Film & TV Piracy Market Insight Report 2016, available for over 226 countries and dependent regions, which saw the company analyse global traffic from 14,000 of the largest global piracy websites, comprising of over 141 billion visits to these sites, and across 200m measured devices.

Out of a total 78.49 billion film and television piracy site visits, 73.69 per cent (57.84 billion) were visits to streaming sites, with 72.07 per cent of visits via desktop devices, indicating consumption of infringing video content via mobile devices remains low.

With over 12 per cent (9.86 billion visits) of that global piracy audience from the United States, and with France, Germany and the UK all present in the top 10 countries globally by visits, the report highlights a piracy industry in transition, with strongly varying audience trends across different countries highlighting key opportunities, as well as emerging threats.

MUSO’s annual report found that the second most popular piracy delivery type was torrents, capturing 17.24 per cent of audience visits. Despite this high activity, torrents have seen an overall decrease by 18.98 per cent from the first 6 months visits to the last 6 months visits in 2015. Torrent activity has heavily relied on desktop users (77.1 per cent), yet has seen a trend change throughout 2015 of -18.96 per cent. Mobile activity has seen a similar decrease by 19.02 per cent.

The company also noted that 2015 saw a slight increase from the first six months visits to the last six months visits of mobile download volumes by 4.93 per cent. However, the usage of downloads has been relatively low, compared to torrents and streaming traffic, accounting for 8.38 per cent of piracy visits. 2015 saw only a minor increase in download activity, with a growth of 0.21 per cent from the first six to last six months of the year.

“Piracy audiences are becoming better connected, more tech savvy, and know what they want, which is why so many of them have chosen to stream infringing content, rather than download it illegally,” commented MUSO’s Chief Commercial Officer Christopher Elkins.

“We have a deep understanding on how these audiences are engaging online, in how they’re searching and seeking out new content. Likewise, with rights owners, we’re already seeing so many adopt a really fearless attitude in creating even more compelling and easily accessible digital assets for their local audience to engage with. It’s this approach that piracy can’t compete with,” he declared.

US Cable Operators Conducting First Ultra HD Trials with SES

From http://www.spaceref.com/news/viewpr.html?pid=49167

SES S.A. (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) announced today that multiple US cable operators are testing Ultra HD (or 4K) content across its fully-managed Ultra HD platform and receiving HEVC 4K IP set top boxes in preparation for Ultra HD subscriber trials into US households later this year.

SES has signed Ultra HD trial agreements with Cable America in Missouri, Golden West Telecommunications in South Dakota, MTC Cable in New York, Sjoberg’s Cable TV in Minnesota and ATMC in North Carolina. As part of the programme aimed at accelerating 4K delivery to homes across America, SES is shipping 4K/HEVC set top boxes to cable operators participating in the first-ever Ultra HD trials.

After purchasing more than four million Ultra HD TVs last year and a projected 10 million in 2016 in the US alone, consumers are increasingly demanding 4K content from their cable operators. Using the multicasting capability of the DOCSIS 3.0 transmission standard and traditional digital TV to deliver a wide range of 4K programming to subscriber homes, SES is enabling even the smallest cable operators to be among the first in North America to provide linear and live Ultra HD. Unlike current internet-delivered 4K offerings, SES’s managed solution, delivered over dedicated bandwidth, provides a much higher quality viewer experience, free of buffering and network congestion.

SES is currently carrying four Ultra HD channels on satellites serving every cable system and nearly 100 million homes across North America, including Fashion One 4K, NASA TV UHD, and High 4K TV. The fourth choice on SES’s regional 4K dial is SES’s own UHD1 channel, which has quickly become a popular venue for up-and-coming 4K content producers creating great Ultra HD material with an eye toward ultimately launching their own Ultra HD channels. Cable operators of all sizes across North America can easily downlink 4K content from SES’s growing Ultra HD satellite platform to test the mix of 4K movies, TV shows, news, and sports events across their networks.

“As millions of cable subscribers increasingly press for 4K content on their new Ultra HD TVs, some of the smallest cable operators in the US are now leading the way to bringing Ultra HD to homes across the country,” noted Steve Corda, Vice President of Business Development in North America at SES. “SES’s breakthrough, fully-managed Ultra HD platform is enabling us to conduct the first-ever trials, which are bound to play a key role in the national and global rollout of Ultra HD.”

“Ultra HD has arrived in Minnesota, as we prepare to deliver 4K content to subscriber homes this year,” said Richard Sjoberg, President and CEO at Sjoberg, a cable television innovator serving 33 towns in Northwest Minnesota. “Along with high-speed broadband, we’re seeing an increasing demand for Ultra HD across our subscriber base, and together with SES we’re on the leading edge of technology, with a simplified solution that will make the transition to Ultra HD far faster and more efficient. We’re looking forward to being among the first in the country to deliver game-changing television to our customers.”

“We are excited to be participating in this trial focused on offering Ultra HD content to our customers,” said Glen Faulkner, General Manager at MTC Cable in upstate New York. “The SES solution provides an economical platform for the delivery of Ultra HD content, which is now more frequently requested by our customers. The cable television industry, with high-capacity DOCSIS 3 networks widely deployed, is well-positioned to be at the forefront in delivery of this high resolution content.”

Russia's Tricolor TV to Launch 'SmartBeam' Multiscreen Video Delivery Service

From https://www.ecnmag.com/news/2016/07/russias-tricolor-tv-launch-smartbeam-multiscreen-video-delivery-service

Tricolor TV, operator of one of the world’s fastest-growing TV platforms, and Eutelsat Communications are collaborating on deploying the first network in Russia to use SmartBeam, Eutelsat’s new multi-screen video delivery solution.

Flexible Cloud DVR: Accommodating Infrastructures New and Old

SmartBeam opens the door to the deployment of the first satellite network in Russia to deliver video content to mobile devices. Consumers will be able to receive Tricolor TV’s new service in public venues by downloading a user-friendly app on their mobile devices (smartphones, tablets using Android or iOS). They will pick up the channels in high-quality via a local Wi-Fi network connected to a compact low-cost satellite box that will receive the content direct from a Eutelsat satellite at 36° East, Russia’s leading position for video content.

Leveraging the inherent strength of satellites for broadcasting, the service will provide universal and immediate coverage of wide regions of Russia with guaranteed quality of service. It will enable Tricolor TV to extend its relationship with users by delivering DRM protected content to public venues (hotels, shopping centres, airport lounges, medical centres…) with no dependency on terrestrial networks.

Rodolphe Belmer, CEO of Eutelsat, said: “Eutelsat’s satellites and technology are already the backbone of distribution networks for broadcasters and pay-TV platforms around the world. Now, with SmartBeam, we are leveraging multiscreen solutions to help broadcasters extend OTT services and offer the same experience to users located beyond range of terrestrial networks. SmartBeam will also be able to circumvent user frustration with buffering and disconnection as terrestrial mobile networks saturate. We are delighted that Tricolor TV, one of our most prominent pay-TV clients, has recognised the added value of SmartBeam as a new content delivery solution.”

Alexei Kholodov, CEO of Tricolor TV, said: “As a leader in digital television services Tricolor TV is committed to deploying cutting edge technologies and services that extend our zone of reception and enhance the viewing experience for our customers. As we wait for a plane to take off, or sit in a waiting room we have all thought at one time or another that being able to watch television would be a real benefit. Now, thanks to our partnership with Eutelsat, Tricolor TV is going beyond the four walls of user homes to reach viewers on their mobile devices in public venues.”

How does it work?

Based on standard technologies and protocols (DVB-S2, IP, HTTP Live Streaming…), SmartBeam is compatible with all common portable devices as well as Smart TVs. It uses a small, low-cost satellite receiver that acts as a local Content Delivery Network (CDN) receiving high-quality TV channels and VOD content via satellite, and serving it locally to mobile phones and tablets over a Wi-Fi network. It is also flexible enough to support advanced video services such as encryption with DRM (Digital Rights Management) and non-linear TV like Catch Up TV and Push VOD.

On the transmit side:
•Native IP content is received at a satellite teleport.
•The IP streams are converted from unicast to multicast then encapsulated over a DVB transport stream and broadcast via satellite in a standard DVB-S2 transmission platform.

On the receive side:
•Content is received via a standard satellite dish connected to a compatible satellite receiver.
•The receiver decodes the DVB-S2 transport stream, extracts the original IP packets and delivers them to smartphones, tablets or other IP native devices through a regular Wi-Fi access point or home router. Live content is served on-the-fly, while VOD content is stored and can be accessed at any time.


A service named "telemedia Optus" is new FTA on D2 12608 H with Home shopping?? in a foreign language. Mpg 2 FTA Vpid 2022 Apid 3022

AsiaSat 7 @ 105.5°E 4100 V 29720 "BARKAT TV" is new FTA testing

From my Email


From the Dish

ChinaSat 6B 115.5E 4040 H Shanxi Lao Nian Fu Channel, Enjoy Shopping TV, CBN ITV, Dragon TV North America, Legal Channel, Colourful Stage, Golden Life and Oriental CJ Shopping 11 are back on , Irdeto.

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3700 V "AFP TV" is now encrypted.

Apstar 7 76.5E GMA Life TV, GMA News TV International, GMA Pinoy TV Middle East and GMA Pinoy TV Asia-Pacific have moved from 3725 V to 3856 V, PowerVu.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12574 V "Hope Channel Africa has replaced Hope Channel India" on , Fta.

Intelsat 902 62.0E 4047 R "Winners Chapel International" has left .

From asiatvro site

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东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,TLC(Discovery Asia)频道新增,设置3760 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [7月27日]
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东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,GMA Life TV(菲律宾)等全组频道消失,设置3727 V 5925参数无效接收。 [7月27日]

东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Barkat TV(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置4100 V 29700参数免费接收。 [7月26日]
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Stream links

Channel 31 Melbourne has a new URL and also a new Fishing channel

m3u playlist entrys

#EXTINF:0, Channel 31 Melbourne
#EXTINF:0, Channel 31 Fishing TV Melbourne


NBN satellite tour kicks off in NSW

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/nbn-satellite-tour-kicks-off-in-nsw--1154842

Australia's NBN Co announced plans to run a state roadshow to test-drive NBN’s Sky Muster satellite service. Starting at the NSW Farmers Association’s Annual Conference in Sydney, the NBN’s custom-made Sky Muster truck is one of six satellite demonstration vehicles that will tour the country to showcase how NBN services can help bridge the digital divide for rural, regional and remote Australians.

Each vehicle carries a portable satellite antenna that allows Australians to get hands-on with services over the NBN network via a Wi-Fi hotspot powered by NBN's SkyMuster satellite service. The Sky Muster satellite, which was launched into space in 2015, was specifically designed to deliver access to fast broadband to the more than 400,000 homes and businesses in regional, rural and remote Australia, including 120,000 in NSW.

Tottenham Hotspur announce Foxtel as official international broadcast partner in Australia

From http://www.foxsports.com.au/football/premier-league/tottenham-hotspur-announce-foxtel-as-official-international-broadcast-partner-in-australia/news-story/6c9006f8b9e046f64587e7b713f4dd6d

TOTTENHAM Hotspur fans will be able to enjoy the latest content from the club on Foxtel from the start of the 2016-17 season.

Spurs have signed a three-year partnership with Foxtel to become the Premier League team’s International Broadcast Partner in Australia for three years. The deal was announced in Melbourne prior to Tottenham’s International Champions Cup match against Juventus at the MCG.

It will see Fox Sports integrate a weekly three-hour programme featuring the latest Tottenham content (including the club’s matches) into their regular sports coverage as well as the addition of Spurs TV, which includes content and features from the club’s popular video service. Both the weekly programme and Spurs TV will be available to Foxtel residential and Foxtel Play subscribers on the sports pack.

Christian Eriksen.Christian Eriksen. Source: Reuters
Currently Premier League fans can already watch content from MUTV, LFC TV and ChelseaTV on Foxtel.

“We are delighted to announce a partnership with Foxtel,” said Aidan Mullally, Head of Business Development at Tottenham Hotspur.

“Tottenham Hotspur has enjoyed fantastic support in Australia over the past two years visiting Sydney and now Melbourne. We look forward to collaborating with Foxtel to bring our growing fan base exciting and engaging content via the programming block and Spurs TV features.”

Tottenham's Harry Kane (C).Tottenham's Harry Kane (C). Source: Reuters
“This exciting arrangement with our new partners at Tottenham Hotspur furthers our continued commitment to Football in Australia,” said Deanne Weir, Managing Director – Content Aggregation & Wholesale, at Foxtel.

“We are looking forward to providing Australian Spurs fans insights from the Club through the weekly three-hour programme block on FOX SPORTS. We look forward to working with Tottenham Hotspur over the next three years to further engage their fan base in Australia.”

Duco Events and Sky TV on manhunt for live-streamers

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11681182

Private investigators stake out suspected live-streamers as Duco Events and Sky TV go on the offensive.

The fight against live-streaming pay-per-view events is ramping up as private investigators hunt down and doorknock suspected online miscreants.

A media law expert says the new tactics are legitimate as evidence is needed should streamers get hauled before the courts for allowing others to watch online for free.

Sky Television has also revealed it has cut subscriptions to people live-streaming the recent pay-per-view Joseph Parker boxing bout. In some cases, subscribers dobbed the streamers in.

Boxing promoter Duco Events is coming down hard on live-streamers and has called in private investigators to help.

James Bryant, 27, told the Herald of his plan to stream Joseph Parker's clash with Solomon Haumono on July 21.

That night, a private investigator from Thompson & Toresen came to his parents' house in Auckland's Hibiscus Coast looking for him.

Bryant said he was emailed by another investigator who claimed to want his computer repaired. Suspicious, Bryant gave a friend's address and the investigator sat outside the friend's house all day waiting for him to come out before asking for Bryant's whereabouts.

He was unhappy with the private investigators' tactics.

"They've called me twice, and they told me that it's getting serious now, that it was too big to go away," Bryant said.

His father Ian contacted the Herald to express his anger at being approached by investigators.

"Please tell them not to knock on my door again at night," he said.

Duco chief executive Martin Snedden confirmed the company was using a private investigator to help with "the piracy issue".

"We won't be going into any further detail at this stage."

Media law expert Rick Shera said live-streaming and broadcasting the fight was a "pretty blatant, obvious copyright breach" and hiring investigators was a legitimate tactic.

"It's not unusual for copyright infringements to be investigated quite carefully," he said.

"If they are taking someone to court they are going to need proper evidence."

Sky TV chief executive John Fellet would not be drawn on how the company tracked down live-streamers, but said most of the information came from other people.

"I just think it's Kiwis not wanting to see other Kiwis ripped off."

Fellet didn't expect it to be an issue at the Olympics, where much of the action would be shown free-to-air on Prime TV.

Earlier, Sky spokeswoman Kirsty Way confirmed the company cut subscriptions for 10 people who live-streamed last Thursday's fight and said it was considering legal action.

Sky had taken action over live-streaming of non pay-per-view events in the past, she said.

Bryant, who said he did not broadcast last week's fight, used Facebook's Live feature to record and broadcast Parker's bout with Carlos Takam to thousands of viewers in May.

At the time, Duco director Dean Lonergan said live-streamers were "complete lowlife ****heads" and threatened to sue.

But Bryant was "not too worried".

"They've got no proof apart from the admission. I'm 100 per cent sure that there's nothing."

(Craig's comment, just wait until the Olympics start, and Sky trys to block overseas streams.)

APT and Chinese partners plan global mobile broadband network

From http://spacenews.com/apt-and-chinese-partners-plan-global-mobile-broadband-network/

APT Satellite of Hong Kong is creating a joint venture with Chinese mainland institutions to build a mobile broadband network. The joint venture, called APT Mobile Satcom Ltd., ultimately foresees a constellation of three high-throughput satellites over Asia, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America.

PARIS – Satellite fleet operator APT Satellite Holdings of Hong Kong has created a joint venture with mainland Chinese institutions to launch a global mobile broadband satellite network aimed principally at the aeronautical and maritime markets, APT said July 23.

The network, if launched as planned, would catapult APT from its current position as a midsize regional satellite operator into a global player. Other companies with similar global-mobility ambitions include fleet operators ViaSat Inc., Intelsat, SES and Inmarsat.

APT has been among the early adopters in Asia of high-throughput-satellite (HTS) technology, which slices its coverage into dozens or hundreds of small spot beams to permit the reuse of radio spectrum and multiply total throughput capacity.

APT has four satellites in orbit at four orbital slots over Asia. It has two satellites, both with HTS capacity, on order: the Apstar 5C, co-owned with Telesat of Canada and under construction by Space Systems/Loral, to replace the Apstar-5 satellite at 138 degrees east; and the Apstar-6C, under construction by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp. (CASC), which will carry a C-/Ku-Ka-band payload and operate from 134 degrees east.

Apstar-5C and Apstar-6C are both scheduled for launch in early 2018. Apstar has said its total capital expenditure for the two programs is $313.7 million. Included in this is $118.8 million for APT’s 57.47 percent share of Apstar-5C, in partnership with Telesat.

CASC is a majority owner of APT. The regional Shenzhen government on July 25 said it had signed an agreement with CASC and APT to incorporate the new venture within its borders.

CASC produced a graphic showing a system with three satellites, each with multiple spot beams over China and the western Pacific Ocean; Africa, the Middle East and southern Europe; and Latin America.

Called APT Mobile Satcom Ltd., the company is 42.3 percent owned by APT; 23.9 percent by Beijing Shipping, a subsidiary of China Transport Telecommunication Information Center, which manages China’s maritime sector; 14.1 percent by Guo Xin (Shenzhen), a subsidiary of China Guoxin Trading Co. Ltd., an investment vehicle; 14.1 percent by Shenzhen Hao Chuang, a diversified industrial conglomerate; and 5.6 percent by Mr. Pang Lixin, an investor who will represent the management team.

The new venture, capitalized at 1.42 billion Chinese yuan ($214 million), will purchase an initial geostationary-orbit satellite and also arrange the purchase of an orbital position, APT said.

APT did not immediately respond to requests for information on whether the planned system would operate in Ka- or Ku-band.

Like many other satellite fleet operators in Asia, APT in the past couple of years has struggled with stagnating revenue in a region that, from an operator’s viewpoint, is oversupplied with satellite capacity.

Apstar told shareholders in a presentation of its annual results to expect continued pressure on transponder-lease prices in 2016.

The company reported revenue of 1.194 billion Hong Kong dollars ($154 million) for the 12 months ending Dec. 31, 2015, down 4.3 percent from a year earlier. EBITDA, or earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, was 75.2 percent of revenue, down from 76.7 percent in 2014 and 78.3 percent in 2013.

The company’s satellites were reported 65.9 percent full as of Dec. 31, but this includes the Apstar-9, which was launched in October 2015. It typically takes a year or more for a new satellite to reach acceptable capacity.

Removing Apstar-9 from the count, APT’s fleet utilization was 74 percent as of Dec. 31, the company said.

BeiDou's Will Gain Global Reach By 2020

From http://satnews.com/story.php?number=1934630546

The Chinese BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) is well positioned to provide services worldwide, according to Zhang Chunling, Chief Engineer of China's Satellite Navigation System management office—BeiDou will service countries along the Belt and Road Initiative by 2018 and expand the service's global reach by 2020.

Zhang added that the BDS has provided regional services for three years, with stronger performances in Beijing and Nanjing as well as low latitudes areas. The BeiDou project was formally launched in 1994. On June 12th of this year, China successfully launched the 23rd BeiDou navigation satellite that was developed to target extensive civil access and to provide global services.

According to Zhang, the new homegrown BeiDou chip modules and some other core infrastructure products have been gradually made available to meet the ever-growing demand of smart phones, tablet computers, wearable devices and so on. This technology has removed China's dependency on imported high-accuracy satellite navigation products, said Zhang.

The Chinese government released a white paper in June this year that elaborated on the development of the BDS. According to the document, China has formulated a three-step strategy for developing the BDS and aims to complete the development of the 35 satellite constellation around 2020 to provide all-time, all-weather and high-accuracy positioning, navigation and timing services to users globally.

The BeiDou services cover the areas between 55 degrees north latitude and 55 degrees south latitude and between 55 and 180 degrees east longitude, with a positioning accuracy of less than 10 meters, a velocity measurement accuracy of less than 0.2 meters per second and a timing accuracy of less than 50 nanoseconds.

South Korea picks ATSC 3.0 for UHD

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/07/26/south-korea-picks-atsc-3-0-for-uhd/

South Korea has selected the ATSC 3.0 standard for the country’s ultra-high-definition television broadcasting set to launch in February 2017.

The Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning said it preferred ATSC 3.0, developed by standards body the Advanced Television Systems Committee, for UHD TV broadcasting over the Europe-based DVB-T2 standard.

UHD TVs manufactured by local TV makers have so far been based on DVB-T2 and will require a separate set-top box starting next year, the Ministry said.

“The North American standard is better than the European one as the technology provides better transmission quality for viewers,” said the Ministry, which noted that IP-based ATSC 3.0 combines broadcasting and broadband.

SSL to provide robotic arms to DARPA for satellite servicing

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/SSL_to_provide_robotic_arms_to_DARPA_for_satellite_servicing_999.html

DARPA RSGS Robotic Servicing Vehicle utilizing MDA US Systems robotic arms to repair a satellite on orbit.

Space Systems Loral (SSL), a leading provider of innovative satellites and spacecraft systems, today announced it has received $20.7 million from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to design and build robotic arm flight hardware for the agency's Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites (RSGS) program.

SSL is receiving the funds through MDA US Systems, a division of MDA managed by SSL, and is working with the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), which is managing the robotic arm contract for the RSGS program.

The contract is for two complete robotic arm systems, which would be able to carefully capture and berth with satellites that were not previously designed for docking. The robotic arms would each have multiple joints enabling dexterous movement and could carry and use multiple generic and mission-specific tools.

Building on contracts announced in both 2012 and 2013 for prior DARPA research into space robotics, the total contract value awarded now stands at over $40 million, and could grow further if all remaining options are exercised.

"The ability to safely and cooperatively service satellites in GEO would expand public and private opportunities in space. It could enable entirely new spacecraft designs and operations, including on-orbit assembly and maintenance, which could lower construction and deployment costs while extending satellite utility, resilience and reliability," said Al Tadros, vice president, Civil and DOD Business at SSL.

The goal of the RSGS program is to cooperatively inspect, capture, reposition, repair, and upgrade GEO spacecraft.

The DARPA-developed hardware and software toolkit, which includes the robotic arms, is planned to be integrated onto a commercially owned and operated servicing vehicle to provide on-demand servicing in space.

"Our work with DARPA and the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory leverages many years of experience with robotics applications in space," said Steve Oldham, vice president, Strategic Business Development at SSL.

"We are very pleased to participate in the RSGS flight demonstration program, which is expected to make on-orbit servicing a reality."

SSL has the ability to build on robotics technologies proven on the Space Shuttle, the International Space Station and the Mars lander and rovers.

The company recently announced other missions with the U.S. government and is working with DARPA and NASA to develop robotic on-orbit satellite assembly.

SSL is also the industry partner for a potential NASA Discovery Program mission to the asteroid Psyche and is participating in a first-phase study for a spacecraft bus for NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission.

ST Electronics launches commercial satellite imagery service

From http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/business/st-electronics-launches/2988820.html

SINGAPORE: ST Electronics launched a new commercial imagery service using the first made-in-Singapore commercial Earth observation satellite, TeLEOS-1, on Tuesday (Jul 26).

The new imagery service is the first in the world to provide one-metre resolution with the fastest response time from a Near-Equatorial Orbit remote sensing satellite.

Besides the sales of satellite imagery, ST Electronics will also provide value-added applications covering urban planning and infrastructure management for smart cities, environmental and resources monitoring, humanitarian aid and disaster relief, maritime security and safety, border and territorial water protection, it said in a press release.

The launch follows the successful completion of a six-month In-Orbit-Test of the satellite that started on Dec 16, 2015.

ST Electronics president Lee Fook Sun said the launch of the service is a "momentous milestone" for the company.

"Our unique offering of multi-source, multi-modal, high responsive satellite imagery has attracted strong interests from our international network of resellers and distributors," he said.

ST Electronics also announced that it is entering into several new partnership agreements. With the Defence Science & Technology Agency (DSTA), it will acquire and develop imaging systems to support government agencies' imagery requirements, such as monitoring of haze hotspots and detection of oil spills.

It has signed agreements with Korean distributor SI Imaging Services, Russian reseller SOVZOND Company Ltd and South African reseller Broadstone Technologies for TeLEOS-1 imagery, and is in discussion with other distributors and resellers that will promote and sell TeLEOS-1 imagery and applications globally.

It will also work with the Economic Development Board on corporate accelerator programmes, to develop new ideas for new markets using satellite data, the company said.

AMC to launch 5 pay-TV channels in MENA

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/07/26/amc-to-launch-5-pay-tv-channels-in-mena/

AMC Networks International (AMCNI) will launch five channels with beIN, one of the leading pay-TV and entertainment platforms in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) on August 1st in 21 countries.

The partnership will see entertainment channel AMC become exclusively available to beIN subscribers in the region in HD. Four other, newly localised premium AMCNI channels will also launch on the platform including CBS Reality, Extreme Sports Channel, Outdoor Channel and pre-school channel JimJam.

AMCNI also announced the acquisition of AMC Studios’ upcoming anthology drama series The Terror, an adaption of the bestselling novel by Dan Simmons, to premiere exclusively on AMC Global in territories worldwide in 2017, has been extended to include the MENA region.

Ed Palluth, Executive Vice President of Global Distribution, AMC Networks International commented on the new partnership: “We are very excited to launch five of our premium channels on the beIN platform in the Middle East. This agreement allows AMCNI to further expand our footprint and strengthen many of our international brands. We look forward to bringing beIN viewers our newest original series The Terror, where it will join a lineup of outstanding, dramatic and bold programming on AMC.”

Yousef Al-Obaidly, Deputy CEO of beIN Media Group, stated, “beIN’s foray into entertainment content has been extremely successful as the platform has been able to attract a number of high quality global and premium content partners during the course of the last few months. Partnering with AMCNI is yet another important milestone for beIN. This new offering from AMCNI brings unique, high quality and diverse content for beIN subscribers. This partnership helps us further consolidate beIN’s position as the leading pay-TV network in MENA.”

Antrix loses its second international tribunal case against Devas Multimedia

From http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/devas-multimedia-wins-case-against-india-on-satellite-deal-in-hague-116072600437_1.html

DoS says Tribunal defends India's security interests provision, damages limited to 40% of investment value; India has to pay $672 mn

Antrix loses case against Devas, ordered to pay $672 mn as damages

Antrix Corp, the commercial arm of India's space agency Isro, has lost for the second time a case in an international tribunal over cancelling a deal with Devas Multimedia, a satellite firm backed by Deutsche Telekom and two US investors.

On Monday, the Permanent Case of Arbitration at The Hague found India had breached its treaty with Mauritius to accord equitable treatment to foreign investors.

India had cancelled the deal with Devas to lease two satellites to beam high-speed Internet to smartphones on the S band in 2011, stating it would use spectrum in the band for strategic purposes.

Deutsche Telekom had invested $75 million in Devas in 2008 for a 17% stake in the company. US-based Columbia Capital and Telcom Ventures are the other investors that had invested in Devas through Mauritius.

Antrix had signed an agreement with Devas to lease the two satellites in 2005, but was caught in the political storm that erupted over the 2G telecom scam.

In September 2015, the International Court of Arbitration had asked Antrix to pay $672 million (Rs 4,400 crore) to Devas for cancelling the deal. Devas is also fighting a case based on the verdict in the Delhi High Court.

The department of space (DoS) on Tuesday said the latest verdict would limit the compensation liability to 40% of the value of the investment but did not quantify the amount.

Devas said the tribunal was yet to award damages and added it would prefer a dialogue to resolve the issue, failing which it would continue to press its claims before international tribunals.

"With today’s award, two international tribunals have agreed that financial compensation should be paid after the annulment of Devas' rights,” Devas Chairman Lawrence Babbio, former vice-chairman of Verizon, the largest telecommunications company in the US, said in a statement.

The PCA found India breached its treaty with Mauritius to accord fair and equitable treatment to Devas' foreign investors. However, it upheld India's security interest provisions in the treaty, the DoS said in a statement.

The PCA administers cases involving states, including investment treaty claims brought under arbitration rules of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL).

"The government reiterates it invoked essential security interests through a Cabinet Committee on Security decision. The award of the tribunal is being examined and legal recourse will be taken. We remain committed to our strategic security interests in this matter," Isro said in a statement.

On Monday, the Enforcement Directorate issued a notice to Devas for violation of foreign exchange rules while investigating another case of alleged money laundering. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is also probing Devas, its executives and a few Isro officials.


Sorry no Tuesday update


Sorry for the late update

New services loading Optus D1 Sky NZ

D1 12268 H 22500 "beIN SPORTS 1 HD"
D1 12707 H 22500 "beIN SPORTS 1" and "beIN SPORTS 2"
D1 12394 H 22500 "beIN Pop-up 2"
D1 12734 H 22500 "beIN Pop-up 1"

Sunday feeds

D1 12643 V Sr 7200 "AFL . Tigers v Hawks"
D1 12419 V Sr 6999
D1 12670 V Sr 7499
D1 12429 V Sr 6111 unsure could be 4:2:2
D1 12661 V Sr 7500 VFL Football

Saturday feeds

D1 12643 V Sr 7200 "7BCM D1/T7 Slot 2" - AFL Footy Carlton & Swans
D1 12661 V Sr 7500 "AFL , cats v crows"

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From the Dish

AsiaSat 4 122.2E 4015 H "Rengoni has replaced Ramdhenu" on, Fta.
AsiaSat 4 122.2E 4035 H Eurosport 1 Asia and TLC Southeast Asia have started on , Tongfang.

ChinaSat 6A 125.0E 3951 H "Heilongjiang TV" is Fta.

ChinaSat 6B 115.5E 4040 H Laonian Fu, Channel XFC, CBN ITV, Dragon TV North America, Legal Channel, Colourful Stage, Golden Life and Oriental CJ Shopping 11 have left .
ChinaSat 6B 115.5E 4060 V "CCTV TV Guide" is Fta.

SES 7 108.2E 2535 H "BeIn Sports 3" has started on , Videoguard.
SES 7 108.2E 2565 H "BeIn Sports 2" has started on , Videoguard.
SES 7 108.2E 2625 V "BeIn Sports 1" has started on , Videoguard.

Telkom 1 108.0E 3830 H "Hope Channel Indonesia" has left .

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4065 H "Mehak has replaced SS TV" on , Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4180 V "Sony Le Plex" has left again.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3638 H "BTV Business" has started on , Fta.

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3700 V "AFP TV" is back on , Fta.

Measat 3b 91.5E 12563 V "Trans 7" is now encrypted.
Measat 3b 91.5E 12643 H "Jendela" is now encrypted.
Measat 3b 91.5E 12683 V "Trans TV" is now encrypted.

Intelsat 15 85.2E 12600 V "Moskva 24" has started on , encrypted.

Horizons 2 84.8E 11920 H "Ya has replaced KTRK" on , encrypted.

Apstar 7 76.5E 4079 H "Raajje TV" Fta

ABS 2 75.0E 11473 V "Zhivi!" has left .

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NBN Co ready to launch second satellite

From http://www.smh.com.au/business/nbn-co-ready-to-launch-second-satellite-20160722-gqbpj6.html

NBN Co's second custom-built satellite is on track to launch in mid-October, making remote Australia the first area to have a completed NBN service.

However, the new satellite service also raises the problem of what to do with tens of thousands of satellite dishes installed under the interim service. And NBN has confirmed it could start selling spare capacity as early as this year.

In February Qantas announced it wanted to use NBN Co's satellites to provide internet access inside planes, through a company called ViaSat. An NBN spokeswoman said ViaSat is in discussions with Qantas for a trial towards the end of the year.

"We haven't given them access yet but will give them permission once the trial begins," she added.

The NBN Co's custom-built satellite is on track to launch in mid-October.

SkyMuster II will launch from French Guiana in October and join Sky Muster I in orbit above the Earth's equator. SkyMuster launched in October 2015 and NBN Co has put 10,000 customers onto it since April. Altogether 240,000 customers are expected to be using NBN's satellite service by 2020.

The satellite project was done within its $1.8 billion budget, according to NBN Co's Space Systems Managing Architect, Julia Dickinson. About 40,000 people in regional and rural areas have been using a slower interim satellite service since 2011, which was provided by NBN Co buying capacity on existing satellites owned by Optus and IPStar for a combined $300 million.

Internet speeds on the interim service were up to 6 megabits per second [Mbps], while the NBN Co-owned satellites will deliver up to 25 Mbps.

However, the interim service was a Ku-band satellite operating at the 12 to 18 gigahertz frequency and the new satellites are both Ka-band operating at between 20 and 30 gigahertz. This means the 40,000 regional and remote households who were using the interim service will need to have their existing 120 centimetre diameter NBN satellite dish and equipment replaced before they can start using the faster SkyMuster service.

This will have to be done within a year, before the interim service is switched off. The dishes remain NBN Co's property and a spokeswoman said "NBN will look to explore options for reuse of the old interim satellite service equipment".

Whether this means re-cycling, selling or donating the dishes remains to be seen. Ku-band satellites operate all over the world and the dishes can also be used for Foxtel in Australia. Used dishes sell for about $40 each on eBay.

Ms Dickinson said the two SkyMuster satellites would "give us the total system capacity of 135 gigabits per second". Data from NBN customers will be spread across the two satellites, with one satellite able to take all the traffic if the other fails. The new service will be available to 400,000 Australians in regional and remote areas. The rest of the population will be serviced by fixed or fixed wireless internet.

Ms Dickinson confirmed NBN Co may be able to re-sell spare capacity on its satellites in the future. "Our primary focus is on the rural and remote users, and we will look at the spare capacity and determine what we can do there, as long as it doesn't impact on our primary focus," she said. "We will look at any options to make the best use of this Australian asset."

While SkyMuster's internet speeds now exceed what many Australians can get in urban areas, customers were likely to have smaller download limits. NBN fibre customers can buy up to 1000 gigabytes of downloads per month, whereas satellite customers are limited to maximum download allowances of about 90 gigabytes per month, according to current offers. However, this was still a huge data allowance, compared to what was previously available in regional and remote areas.

The satellites were commissioned in 2012 and built by Californian-based SSL for $620 million. They are designed to last at least 15 years. The launch cost $300 million through Arianespace.

HD version of Freeview's satellite television service on the horizon

From http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/82441676/HD-version-of-Freeviews-satellite-television-service-on-the-horizon?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

The Optus D1 satellite that broadcasts most satellite television shows to New Zealanders was launched in 2006 and is expected to fall out of orbit some time after 2021.

Freeview says it could switch its satellite broadband service from standard definition to HD "in a couple of years". Chief executive Sam Irvine said the company had held "initial discussions" with broadcasters such as Television New Zealand and MediaWorks about the investment.

The upgrade would mean sharper TV pictures for hundreds of thousands of households. About 40 per cent of Freeview viewers watch its service satellite service, even though its the poor cousin to FreeviewHD.

But Freeview satellite customers with older set-top boxes or televisions would need to buy a new set-top box costing from $70. Irvine said an upgrade would be made possible by a new satellite television transmission standard, called DVB-S2, which uses more advanced compression technology than the earlier DVB-S standard.

It meant channels could be transmitted in HD without requiring Freeview invest in any expensive additional satellite capacity, he said. "Viewers' expectations now are that most content will be in HD."

The downside is that older and "unapproved" set-top boxes and Freeview televisions that are only designed to receive standard definition broadcasts would not be able to pick up the new signals. Irvine believed most people who had bought approved devices within the past three years would not face issues with the switch.

"There are a bunch of unapproved products out there which probably won't support HD." If people received Freeview broadcasters direct to an older TV that would not support the new HD format, they would not need to throw it away, he said.

That was because they could instead buy a new set-box that supported S2 and plug their TV into that. Broadcasters would also have to upgrade the uplinks they used to get their channels into space, Irvine said.

"We need to go through a period of consultation with transmission providers, Freeview broadcasters and set-top box and TV manufacturers. "It certainly won't be in the next year, but it may be a couple of years away." About 40 per cent of Freeview customers watched its free-to-air television service using satellite dishes, Irvine said.

"We are seeing satellite remaining quite strong on Freeview."

The remainder watched its terrestrial FreeviewHD service, which needs a UHF aerial and is already in high definition. About 13 per cent of people living outside big towns can't get FreeviewHD and Irvine believed some others chose it because they found it simpler to plug their set-top box or TV into an existing Sky Television satellite dish.

Sky TV has emphasised the migration of TV from satellite to the internet, in documents supporting its proposed merger with Vodafone NZ. That has prompted speculation satellite TV could be on the way out.

Sky and Freeview rely on two Optus satellites, D1 and D2, that are only expected to remain in stationary orbit until 2021. However, Optus launched a new satellite, Optus-10, in 2014 that appears to be configured with the goal in mind of supporting TV transmissions to New Zealand beyond that date.

Irvine said there were other potential providers, and new technologies were expected to bring down the high cost of new launches.

(Craig's comment, Two years is far too long for this to happen. Back before "Freeview" was invented, TV 1,2 and then later TV3 all removed encryption from their SKY NZ broadcast. Which allowed a userbase to build up of Fta receivers which lead to the startup of the official service . TV1,2,3 Prime HD are already up there in DVB S2 broadcasting in HD via SKY. Common sense would see a deal done with SKY to unencrypt them.)

Companies flood Earth's orbit with satellites to provide broadband communication

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11680748

Companies around the globe are launching an increasing number of satellites, crowding Earth's orbit in an effort to satisfy the ravenous on-demand desire for more broadband, satellite television and communications.

In the past five years, the number of operational satellites has jumped 40 percent, and nearly 1,400 now orbit the Earth.

Industry officials say that number could more than double in five years as a revolution in technology has made satellites smaller and more affordable.

Entrepreneurs eye the ethereal real estate a couple of hundred miles up as a potentially lucrative new market.

Companies such as OneWeb, Boeing and SpaceX plan to put up constellations of small satellites that could number in the hundreds, if not thousands, and beam the Internet to the billions of people not yet connected.

Just last month, Boeing filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission that would allow it to send up nearly 3,000 satellites for broadband services.

But U.S. officials are concerned about all the traffic in space and the lack of oversight. Although the Pentagon tracks objects orbiting the globe and warns of close approaches, it does not have the power to order an operator to move a satellite out of the way to avoid a collision.

Some members of Congress think a civilian agency, such as the Federal Aviation Administration, should be made responsible for managing satellite traffic. Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.), has led that effort, saying the Pentagon should focus instead "on how do we fight and win wars in space."

He has introduced legislation that would give the FAA authority to monitor objects in space and play the role of traffic cop, warning operators when satellites are dangerously close to one another.

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The FAA would have the power to order operators to move satellites when necessary, Bridenstine said, and to require that satellites have propulsion systems to manoeuvre and transponders for better tracking. It would be up to the FAA, not Congress, to come up with the exact regulations, he said."As space becomes more congested and contested and competitive, there needs to be an agency with unambiguous authority that can compel somebody to manoeuvre," Bridenstine said.

There is no guarantee the bill will pass anytime soon. And if it does, giving the FAA jurisdiction in space would require additional resources at a time of tight budgets. Creating rules of the road in space would also be an immense and complicated regulatory challenge.

Bridenstine said he would favour only "light-touch" regulations, but some interested parties fear a new set of rules would impose a costly burden on U.S. satellite operators and put them at a disadvantage with competitors in other countries that would not have to abide by them.Tom Stroup, the president of the Satellite Industry Association, said the industry "wants to make sure that any transition that takes place is carefully thought through." The FAA, or any other government agency tasked with the job, should have "sufficient resources to do it properly," he said.

Any regulation should be drafted so that it "doesn't drive business away," he said. And the rules have to provide "an international solution," he added, palatable to foreign governments and businesses, much the way air traffic is managed across international borders.Defence officials say such an approach would help them focus on the possibility of hostilities in space.

"It's clear that we're going to need a way to regulate that traffic just as we have a way to regulate air traffic," said Douglas Loverro, the deputy assistant secretary of defence for space policy.

Establishing rules of the road would not only help military satellites avoid collisions, he said, but also head off conflicts over nations' satellites coming too close to other pieces of sensitive equipment.

The discussion comes as companies pursue plans to launch constellations of satellites that have become smaller and cheaper, much the way computers have gone from massive mainframes to smartphones.

Satellites once were as big as garbage trucks, costing hundreds of millions of dollars. Now there are versions as small as dishwashers, or shoe boxes - or even smaller.

The imagery of Earth that such devices provide could help weather forecasters, farmers and scientists studying climate change; aid rescue workers and guide soldiers on the ground.

"There have been a lot of technological developments as well as a recognition that broadband access is the equivalent today to what electricity was 100 years ago," Stroup said. "There's a feeling there's a market opportunity and a cost-effective means for providing that service that didn't exist 20 years ago."OneWeb, in a joint venture with Airbus that is also backed by business magnate Richard Branson, plans to put up nearly 700 satellites, beginning in 2018. The company is opening an $85 million manufacturing facility near NASA's Kennedy Space Centre that it says will be able to build more than 15 satellites a week.

"As space becomes more congested and contested and competitive, there needs to be an agency with unambiguous authority that can compel somebody to manoeuvre,"
-Jim Bridenstine

"OneWeb's mission is to bring the entire world online to improve quality of life and spur economic and national development where it's needed most," Greg

Wyler, the founder of OneWeb, has said.

Elon Musk's SpaceX is best known for launching rockets that deliver commercial satellites to space and carry cargo to the International Space Station. But Musk has discussed plans to launch as many as 4,000 satellites that would provide broadband service to all parts of the globe. He said the effort "would be like rebuilding the Internet in space."

Last year, SpaceX asked the federal government for permission to begin a test project and said that if all goes as planned, the service could be running within five years.

Raytheon, meanwhile, is building 50-pound "disposable satellites" for the Pentagon that could stay aloft for 60 to 90 days and provide soldiers with real-time imagery of the battlefield.In its application to the FCC, Boeing said that it was aware of OneWeb's plans and that it would work with the firm "to develop an analysis of the potential risk of collision" and to prevent collisions from occurring.

Some observers were sceptical of leaving it to satellite companies to regulate themselves."Do they pinky promise?" said Brian Weeden, a technical adviser to the Secure World Foundation. "What if the two can't come to an agreement?"Bridenstine is also wary of self-regulation. If a company knew, for example, that there was a 1-in-10,000 chance of a collision, he said, he feared that it might decide to live with that level of risk and not perform a costly manoeuvre.

"The problem is that analysis is what's in the best interest for the bottom line of that company," he said.And the consequences, if there were a collision, could be severe, he said: "It could create 5,000 pieces of debris that will be up there for 100 years."

Satellite constructed on schedule for Inmarsat's 'ground-breaking' European Aviation Network

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Satellite_constructed_on_schedule_for_Inmarsats_ground_breaking_European_Aviation_Network_999.html

Inmarsat, the world's leading provider of global mobile satellite communications, announced today that construction and associated sub-system tests of the satellite for its market-changing European Aviation Network (EAN) in-flight connectivity solution has been completed on schedule by Thales Alenia Space. The key milestone was achieved on schedule following an extensive two-year build process in Toulouse and Cannes, France. The completed S-band payload module \ was shipped in early July to Thales Alenia Space's testing center in Cannes, where satellite integration ('mating') was also successfully completed. The satellite is now undergoing rigorous system end-to-end testing before it is declared ready for flight in 2017.

EAN is the world's first integrated satellite and air-to-ground network dedicated to providing a true in-flight broadband experience for Europe's aviation industry and for millions of passengers who have been cut-off from fast, reliable and consistent broadband access during their flights.

The satellite has been custom-designed to provide mobile satellite services (MSS) to aircraft flying over the dense European routes, exploiting Inmarsat's 30MHz (2 x 15MHz) S-band spectrum allocation in all 28 EU member states, plus Norway and Switzerland.

It will be integrated with a LTE-based ground network covering approximately 300 sites, operated by Inmarsat's partner Deutsche Telekom. Aircraft will switch automatically between satellite and terrestrial connectivity using an on - board network communicator for optimal service delivery.

Leo Mondale, President of Inmarsat Aviation, said: "The European Aviation Network has been specifically engineered to meet the connectivity needs of the aviation industry and is a cornerstone in our expanding worldwide mobile cellular network. It will offer unprecedented high-speed capacity at 75Mb/s with near zero latency while flying over Europe, so passengers can enjoy an easy-to-use true broadband experience for internet streaming, gaming and other online services direct to their personal smart devices.

"In addition, with no moving parts on the aircraft, the solution is not only lightweight, but also easy to install, very robust and low maintenance. "The on-time construction of our multi-beam satellite, as well as Deutsche Telekom's ground network of approximately 300 new LTE sites across Europe, highlights the rapid progress we are making with the European Aviation Network. The coming together of Inmarsat and market-leaders across Europe, including

Thales, Deutsche Telekom, Nokia, Cobham SATCOM and OTE, on this ground-breaking development will strengthen Europe's position as a global technology innovator and support the continued growth of its aviation industry."

Over the coming months, Inmarsat's new S-band satellite will be put in a thermal vacuum chamber with no pressure to simulate the space environment and cycled through extreme high and low temperatures to ensure it operates nominally. Mechanical and acoustic testing will then replicate the launch environment, followed by final phase testing to compare any shifts or variations in measurements against the initial base line. Once these tests are complete, the satellite will be prepared for launch by SpaceX at Cape Canaveral in Florida, scheduled to take place in 2017.

Michele Franci, Chief Technology Officer at Inmarsat said: "We are really proud to have achieved this major milestone on schedule and look forward to the extensive testing, which will ensure the satellite is free from defects and will be able to survive the harsh launch and space environments that it will face.

This will include an end-to-end verification of all components to ensure that every component is operating within its defined parameters."|

Eurosport secures Sri Lanka vs Australia cricket coverage

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/07/22/eurosport-secures-sri-lanka-vs-australia-cricket-coverage/

Australia’s cricket tour of Sri Lanka will be broadcast live and exclusive on Eurosport and Eurosport Player in the UK as Darren Lehmann’s side look to retain their No.1 Test ranking.

The three-Test series gets under way on July 26th at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Balagolla, with subsequent Tests held at the Galle International Stadium and the Sinhalese Sports Club in Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo.

The series includes five One Day Internationals and two Twenty20 Internationals and follows Eurosport’s coverage of Sri Lanka’s Test match series against West Indies last year.

Eurosport 1 and Eurosport 2 are available on Sky, Virgin Media, BT TV and via Eurosport Player.

Iran destroys 100,000 satellite dishes

From http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/iran-destroys-100000-satellite-dishes-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=102057&NewsCatID=352

Iranian journalists and officials attend a ceremony during which satellite dishes and receivers are destroyed on July 24, 2016 in the capital Tehran. AFP Iran destroyed 100,000 satellite dishes and receivers on July 24 as part of a widespread crackdown against the illegal devices that authorities say are morally damaging, a news website reported.

The destruction ceremony took place in Tehran in the presence of General Mohammad Reza Naghdi, head of Iran’s Basij militia, who warned of the impact that satellite television was having in the conservative country.

“The truth is that most satellite channels... deviate the society’s morality and culture,” he said at the event according to Basij News. “What these televisions really achieve is increased divorce, addiction and insecurity in society.”

Naghdi added that a total of one million Iranians had already voluntarily handed over their satellite apparatuses to authorities.

Under Iranian law, satellite equipment is banned and those who distribute, use, or repair them can be fined up to $2,800 (2,500 euros).Iranian police regularly raid neighborhoods and confiscate dishes from rooftops.

Culture Minister Ali Jannati pleaded on July 22 for a revision of the law. “Reforming this law is very necessary as using satellite is strictly prohibited, but most people use it,” Jannati said. “This means that 70 percent of Iranians violate the law” by owning satellite dishes, he added.

Naghdi criticized Jannati’s comments and said those in charge of cultural affairs “should be truthful with people rather than following what pleases them.”

“Most of these satellite channels not only weaken the foundation of families but also cause disruptions in children’s education and children who are under the influence of satellite have improper behavior,” Naghdi said.

There are dozens of foreign-based Farsi satellite channels broadcasting mostly news, entertainment, films and series.

Conservatives regularly denounce the channels as an attempt to corrupt Iranian culture and Islamic values.
Moderate President Hassan Rouhani, whose four-year mandate ends in June 2017, has repeatedly said that the ban on satellite dishes is unnecessary and counterproductive.


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update


A pretty quiet week.

From my Email


From the Dish

Palapa D 113.0E 4080 H "IM Shopping has replaced Aula Channel" on Fta.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3800 H Maa TV, Maa Music, Maa Movies and Maa Gold have started on , Videoguard.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4180 VSony Le Plex has started on , encrypted.

Yamal 401 90.0E 10972 H "TRT Çocuk, TRT Avaz and TRT Diyanet" are back on , Fta.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3805 H "Bharat Samachar" has started on , Fta.

Insat 4A 83.0E 11470 H "Investigation Discovery India" has started on , Videoguard.

From asiatvro site

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Ten people caught illegally streaming Parker fight

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11679468

Sky TV cancelled the subscriptions of 10 people caught streaming the fight between New Zealand heavyweight boxer Joesph Parker and Australia's Solomon Haumono. Photo /

Sky Television cracked down on those illegally live streaming Joseph Parker's fight last night.

Joseph Parker defeated Australian Solomon Haumono with a fourth-round knock-out punch at Horncastle Arena in Christchurch.

Director of corporate communications at Sky Television, Kirsty Way, said Sky caught more than 10 people illegally live streaming the fight.

She said Sky cut the subscriptions of those caught so they could no longer share the feed.
It would also consider legal action against them.

Way said Sky monitored illegal live streaming by watching social media. It always monitored live streaming of events but dedicated more people to the effort for big

events likely to be pirated, such as last night's fight.

She said it was "absolutely fine" for somebody to invite friends to watch a sporting event on television.

But when they offered a copy of something to others who had not paid for it, it was theft.

Way wasn't sure how many paying viewers Sky lost last night as a result of live streams, but said one live stream attracted about 2000 viewers during Parker's previous fight.
NZME is seeking comment from promoter Duco Events.

(Craig's comment, only 10? it was on all the major streaming sites. No different than normal and yes those who watched it on Sky said several times card numbers appeared on the screen. That is how they tracked it)

Don't criticise our commentators, Sky TV demanded in its Olympic media rules

From http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/82340521/concerns-sky-tv-curtailing-news-freedom-sees-fairfax-media-withdraw-rio-team

Fairfax Media has pulled out of Olympics coverage in Rio.

New Zealand journalists would have had to agree not to criticise Sky TV commentators, under Olympic Games rules the pay-TV company wanted to impose on its news media rivals.

Sky backed off that demand after protests from its competitors, but never backed down to the point where its demands complied with New Zealand copyright law.

On Thursday, Fairfax and NZME ended several months of negotiations, telling the New Zealand Olympic Committee (NZOC) it could not accept the news access rules (NARS) and would not send teams - nine staff in the Fairfax case - to the Games, which start on August 6.

Sky was able to flex its muscles, as the NZOC had allocated it the New Zealand broadcasting rights, and helped it write the rules that resulted in the standoff.

Fairfax group executive editor Sinead Boucher.

​Staff would not be accredited for Rio unless signed up to Sky's conditions. Accreditation gives reporters and photo journalists access to athletes, venues, accommodation and even a passport visa to enter Brazil.

Had Fairfax accepted the rules and attended, its reporters were left wide open to having their coverage rights removed, if deemed in breach of the NARS.

Fairfax group executive editor Sinead Boucher said the clause about commentator criticism showed Sky was not just trying to protect its rights, but to control the media message in a much broader way.

​Fairfax Media owns Stuff, nine daily newspapers including The Press and The Dominion Post, and two Sunday newspapers including the Sunday Star-Times.

NZME, which owns the New Zealand Herald, also failed to reach an agreement with Sky over use of Games footage on its news website. It joined Fairfax in pulling its reporters out.

Both organisations will still cover the Games.

Having rubber-stamped the rules, the NZOC left competing media companies to resolve the issue among themselves, with Sky showing little motivation to do so, Boucher said.

In a letter to NZOC boss Kereyn Smith, Boucher expressed disappointment in the process.

"In our view, it is unacceptable that a broadcast rights holder should have been given so much power to control how its competitor media organisations get to report on an event of such national and international significance.

"I would also like to express my deep disappointment that the NZOC has effectively washed its hands of any part in this, despite being a joint party to the NARS, but has instead given full responsibility for deciding the terms of accreditation to Sky."

NZOC's charter sets out an expectation that Olympics coverage is made available to the fullest extent, to the widest audience possible. Fairfax reaches 80 per cent of the population. Sky forecast it would have 830,000 subscribers as at June 30.

Boucher pointed out that New Zealand athletes were supported by a great deal of public investment from local community fundraising right through to government elite funding.

Initially, Mediaworks, TVNZ, NZME and Fairfax all fought the restrictions. Each has made their own decisions.

Sky spokeswoman Kirsty Way was unmoved.

"Sky stands by its news access rules that they're the most generous in the whole world and have been acceptable worldwide, but apparently they're not acceptable to our news agencies in New Zealand," she said.

In fact, the United Kingdom's NARS include a carve-out for local copyright laws. Similar provisions were sought in New Zealand, but refused by Sky.

The New Zealand Media Freedom Committee said it was "extremely disappointed" with the NZOC, which had curtailed the right to freedom of expression.

"The terms proposed would have forced media companies to sign away rights they have under New Zealand law. This is not acceptable," chairwoman Joanna Norris said.
"The loser in this situation is the New Zealand public who rightly expect broad and free media coverage of important international sporting events such as the Olympics.

APT reports progress on Apstar 5C, 6C satellite projects

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/apt-reports-progress-on-apstar-5c-6c-satellite-projects--1154516

Satellite operator APT Satellite has announced that its Apstar-5C and Apstar-6C satellite programs are proceeding according to plan. Until June, the Apstar-5C program has completed the Payload EQSR, System PDR and Antenna PDR successfully. The Apstar-6C payload CDR was conducted successfully on 14 June. The progress and schedule of both satellites are in line with the predication, the company added.

Apstar-5C is based on the SSL FS-1300 platform which will be equipped with C-band, Ku-band regional beams and a Ku-band HTS payload, providing high power transponder services to customers across the Asia-Pacific region for VSAT, video distribution, DTH, mobility broadband applications. Apstar-5C will be replacing in-orbit the Apstar-5 satellite in 2018.

Apstar-6C is based on CASC DFH-4 platform which will be equipped with C-band, Ku-band, and Ka-band transponders, providing high power transponder services to customers across the Asia-Pacific region for VSAT, video distribution, DTH, cellular backhaul and mobility broadband applications. Apstar-6C will be replacing in-orbit the Apstar-6 satellite in 2018.

NBTC shutters Peace TV after court delay

From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/NBTC-shutters-Peace-TV-after-court-delay-30291124.html

Hundreds of red-shirt supporters of all ages flood the 5th floor of the Imperial World Lat Phrao department store, where the office of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship and its satellite TV station Peace TV are located, to provide moral Court hearing scheduled for next week as red-shirt leaders protest decision.

THE red-shirt satellite station Peace TV was scheduled to suspend operations last night after the Central Administrative Court failed to grant an injunction order against the broadcasting watchdog's decision to suspend its licence.

The 30-day suspension was scheduled to go into effect at midnight yesterday.

Earlier yesterday, Peace TV executives petitioned the court to repeal the order by the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC).

The court could not make a decision because documents submitted to it were incomplete, according to Peace TV's top executive Jatuporn Prompan, who is also a red-shirt leader.

A court hearing on the issue will start next week, he said.

Nisit Sinthuprai, a red-shirt leader and Peace TV host, said there was a political reason behind the NBTC order because the referendum was drawing nearer. He added

that the station would continue broadcasts on social media on the Internet.

Peace TV has alternative broadcasting channels such as YouTube and Facebook

The petition filed with the Central Administrative Court alleged that the NBTC unlawfully issued the order to suspend the station's licence despite an earlier court injunction order.

Jatuporn, chairman of the red-shirt United Front of Democracy against Dictatorship, which runs Peace TV, and former Pheu Thai MP Weng Tojirakan told the court that the suspension order had caused serious damage to the station's business.

The order was executed by Pakdi Manawej, deputy secretary-general of the NBTC.

Peace TV has sought Bt6.3-million compensation and annual interest of 7.5 per cent from authorities, who it said had also violated the station's right to freedom of expression.

The Central Administrative Court was asked to remove the suspension order and allow Thaicom Plc and TC Broadcasting Co to continue providing satellite and related services to Peace TV.

The court hearing, presided over by Judge Suchart Sriworakul, was only attended by representatives from Peace TV.

The National Council for Peace and Order had previously issued an order empowering the NBTC to suspend the licences of mass media operators, which would have no legal recourse under the order.

Jatuporn said the NBTC's action was unlawful and politically motivated since Peace TV would be blacked out during the August 7 national referendum on the new charter.

He said the TV station had presented views against the new charter and urged the public to vote "no".

In addition, he said, the NBTC had not treated Peace TV as had been agreed or like other TV stations, which would have been given multiple warnings before having their licences suspended or only some programmes would have been banned.

Peace TV was being shut down even though it had acted in accordance with regulations, Jatuporn said. Red-shirt leader Thida Thavornseth said he hoped the station would get court protection through another injunction order but she feared the suspension would result in complications that could force the station off air even longer.

"For the closure, it is very easy. But after 30 days when we are legally allowed to resume the station, technical complications may arise and it could take weeks or months before the [situation at the] satellite and the cable TV settles," she said.

The station would also be affected financially as companies are withdrawing commercials, Thida said. But the station would survive and employees would not lose their jobs due to donations from red-shirt supporters, she added.

Hundreds of red-shirt supporters gathered yesterday at Peace TV's headquarters at the Imperial Lat Phrao department store, most wearing black T-shirts embossed with a message calling for a free and fair referendum process.|

Dish Posts Its Biggest Quarterly Pay TV Sub Drop Ever, Earnings Beat Estimates

From http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/dish-loses-281000-pay-tv-913145

Charlie Ergen talks about a carriage dispute with Tribune Media, consolidation and the pay TV industry's mature business.

Dish Network on Thursday reported improved second-quarter earnings, but it lost more pay TV subscribers than in the year-ago period and more than Wall Street had expected.

In fact, the company reported its biggest quarterly pay TV sub decline ever. "This was, by far, the worst subscriber result Dish has ever had," said MoffettNathanson analyst Craig Moffett. "This includes Sling TV additions. The results of the satellite TV platform were even worse."

Indeed, Dish in its earnings report once again included subscribers for its Sling TV streaming service, but didn't detail how many of those it had recorded in the quarter or how many it had in total at the end of June.

Dish continues to be engaged in a carriage dispute with Tribune Media that saw 42 TV stations and the WGN America cable network go dark last month.

The satellite TV company, led by Charlie Ergen, lost 281,000 net pay TV subscribers in the second quarter to end it with more than 13.59 million. In the first quarter, the company had lost 23,000 net subscribers, and in the second quarter of 2015, it had lost 81,000. Wells Fargo analyst Marci Ryvicker had projected a loss of 123,000 subs in the latest period.

"Our gross new pay TV subscriber activations continue to be negatively impacted by stricter customer acquisition policies for our Dish branded pay TV subscribers, including an increased emphasis on acquiring higher-quality subscribers, as well as increased competitive pressures, including aggressive marketing, more aggressive retention efforts, bundled discount offers combining broadband, video and/or wireless services and other discounted promotional offers," Dish said in a regulatory filing.

It also highlighted an increased churn rate, saying that "continues to be adversely affected by increased competitive pressures, including aggressive marketing, bundled discount offers combining broadband, video and/or wireless services and other discounted promotional offers, as well as cord cutting." Plus, "in the past, our gross new pay TV subscriber activations, net pay TV subscriber additions and pay TV churn rate have been negatively impacted as a result of programming interruptions and threatened programming interruptions in connection with the scheduled expiration of programming carriage contracts with content providers."

In terms of the Tribune Media dispute, it added: "On June 12, 2016, Tribune removed 42 of its local broadcast channels in 33 markets across 34 states and the District of Columbia from our programming lineup, after we and Tribune were unable to negotiate the terms and conditions of a new programming carriage contract. While we work to reach an agreement, we are offering “over-the-air” antennas at no additional charge so that customers in affected markets can watch Tribune’s local broadcast channels.

We cannot predict with any certainty the impact of such removal on our business, results of operations and financial condition."

Dish also said in its filing that losing subscribers is part of its strategy as it has instituted stricter financial policies for its hunt for customers. ''Our strategy has included an increased emphasis on acquiring and retaining higher-quality subscribers, even if it means that we will acquire and retain fewer overall subscribers," the company said.

Dish also said on Thursday that it lost approximately 15,000 net broadband subscribers in the latest quarter, bringing its total broadband base to approximately 613,000 subscribers. It was the company's first quarterly broadband user drop ever.

Dish also posted earnings of $410 million, or 88 cents per share, compared with $324 million in the year-ago quarter, or 70 cents per share. Wall Street had on average projected $338.6 million, or 73 cents per share. Second-quarterly revenue rose to $3.84 billion from $3.83 billion, below Wall Street consensus estimates.

On the earnings conference call, Ergen discussed the outlook for the pay TV sector, the Tribune Media dispute and consolidation.

"The pay TV industry, the linear industry as we know it, [is] a mature-to-declining business," he said, reiterating a comment he had made on the first-quarter call, adding that "it's clearly been a declining business for Dish for a while." He said the company was focusing more on the profitability of subscribers than in the past.

"We have just gone to a strategy that says it doesn't make sense to use if we invest in a customer if we don't get a return," Ergen said. "We'd rather also make money." That wasn't an issue years ago, but it is now amid increased competition and a stronger cable industry, he explained.

"OTT has a bright future," Ergen also told analysts. He predicted that Sling TV would be where the needle would move for Dish. Ergen explained that downtown Manhattan, apartment complexes and the like are new opportunities for Sling where Dish used to not be available.

He also said that OTT services are more seasonable, predicting more sign-ups before the Olympics and football season, for example. Dish management also said the company hasn't seen much in terms of moves from traditional satellite TV to Sling TV as the two have different audiences. And Ergen said Sling has more interest from content companies than it has space for.

Asked about the subscriber impact from the Tribune Media blackout, Ergen said such disputes always have a negative effect, but didn't estimate its size. He called the showdown an "honest" dispute and said WGN America was "not a super-popular channel for Dish customers," meaning Dish subs don't see as much value in it as Tribune Media executives or other people.

In the case of blackouts, "we have to be prepared that we will never put that channel back up again," he said, adding that any Dish sub who really wants WGN America has likely already left. "We are certainly prepared to live without" Tribune Media and WGA America, Ergen said, but added that at the right price the company would renew a carriage deal. He also lauded the long-standing relationship Tribune Media and Dish have.

"We take no joy from Dish's loss of nearly 300,000 subscribers in second quarter of this year," a Tribune Media spokesman said. "Nothing would make us happier than to get our valuable programming back up on Dish's network and to help Dish reverse this trend. We simply ask that Dish pay us fair market value for our programming, which includes everything from the upcoming Olympics to NFL football in 22 of our markets to acclaimed entertainment, such as our hit shows Underground and Outsiders on WGN

America. In the interest of our viewers, yesterday we offered to extend our previous agreement with Dish to September 15, with no true-up or retroactive payments once we reach a new deal. This would enable Dish to immediately restore our stations and WGN America to its network at no added expense, even as we continue to negotiate. We also put a very fair proposal on the table. We hope Dish takes us up on our offers."

Asked about pay TV industry deals and whether they would continue and whether there would be deals in the OTT space, Ergen said: "I would say that there probably will be consolidation within the video business," due to synergies between linear and OTT offerings. Regulators will be more open to it "in a mature market" if consumers have multiple choices, he said. Ergen also suggested that many companies will launch OTT businesses and some of those will consolidate as not everyone will get it right.

Dish TV to introduce card-less set top boxes

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/dth/dth-operator/dish-tv-to-introduce-card-less-set-top-boxes-160722

MUMBAI: Dish TV India is looking at moving away from set top boxes requiring smart cards for subscribers to its satellite pay TV service. This is likely to take place over the next three or four months.

Last weekend, India’s largest DTH provider announced that it had selected Rambus’ Cryptomedia security platform for use in its pay TV satellite system. The platform,

which includes a hardware root-of-trust embedded in the set-top box chipset, ensures secure distribution of premium content for cable and satellite operators while eliminating the need for a smart card and enhancing usability of the set-top box.

“As we look to grow our customer base from the current 13 million subscribers, the demand for cost-effective and robust content protection solutions becomes

increasingly important for consumers seeking premium content,” said Dish TV India managing director Jawahar Goel. “By leveraging the embedded CryptoMedia core, we no longer need a smart card to provide secure access to premium content, significantly reducing the cost and improving the security of the set-top box.”

The CryptoMedia Content Protection Core, developed by Rambus Cryptography Research, is one of several new security elements to be integrated in Dish TV India’s latest set-top boxes. Together with the CryptoMedia operator services, the solution provides a flexible security foundation that allows Dish TV India to easily update and reconfigure software and hardware security throughout the lifecycle of the set-top box. Dish TV India will launch the new platform in broad commercial operation later this year.

“By using the CryptoMedia Content Protection Core, Dish TV India recognizes the value of enabling another level of protection in the set-top box chipset alongside security elements provided by CAS vendors,” said Martin Scott, senior vice president and general manager of the Security Division at Rambus. “Our CryptoMedia Security

Platform provides Dish TV India with extra protection for the delivery of content, utilizing our expertise in both embedded security and ecosystem enablement.”

Formerly part of the CryptoFirewall family, the CryptoMedia Content Protection Core is designed to provide strong security and superior system design flexibility for premium content distribution. The solution minimizes the risk of security failure and helps simplify product development. The core is available in a broad range of set-top box and smart TV chipsets and is compatible with the leading CAS and DRM systems to prevent unauthorized access to content and services, including features like pay-per-view and service-tier upgrades.


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From the Dish

Telstar 18 138.0E 3830 H "INC Radio DZEM 954" is now encrypted.

Insat 4A 83.0E Chutti TV has started on 11470 H, Videoguard.
Insat 4A 83.0E Zee Kalinga and Maa Gold have started on 11510 H, Videoguard.
Insat 4A 83.0E Gemini Music has started on 11590 H, Videoguard.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3520 H "Unity TV 54" has started on, BISS. Grand Prix Channel and Kaset News Channel have left.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 3709 H "MRTV Entertainment" is Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星Ku频段,东森电影、东森洋片(DISH HD)等5个频道重现,设置11881 R 27500参数有条件接收。 [7月20日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,Pro100 TV、Nostalgia(俄罗斯)等频道新增,设置11387 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [7月20日]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星Ku频段,东森洋片、东森电影(Dish-HD)等5个频道消失,设置11881 R 27500参数无效接收。 [7月20日]

东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Arirang TV(阿里郎)频道加密,设置12629 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [7月19日]
东经169度轨道位置的国际8号卫星C频段,Edge Sports HD(高清)频道新增,设置4027 H 7455参数有条件接收。 [7月19日]


Optus connects Australians off the beaten track

From http://www.arnnet.com.au/article/603726/optus-connects-australians-off-beaten-track/

Makes its SatSleeve solution more available

Telecommunications company, Optus, is offering Australians an easier path to connectivity in remote and isolated regions.

The company has launched satellite sleeves, which transform a range of compatible smartphones into a satellite phone, at Optus stores on a 24-month payment plan or for outright purchase.

The Optus Thuraya SatSleeve was previously only available online or through an external dealer network for outright purchase.

It works with compatible Android and non-Android smartphones and will be stocked in selected stores across Queensland, New South Wales and the Northern Territory, with more stores to follow in coming months.

Optus local markets director, Steve Long, said the SatSleeve is for fly-in fly-out workers in mining or gas exploration locations, to grey nomads and tourists traversing Australia, as it provides coverage to even the most isolated parts of Australia.

“With the SatSleeve, Optus customers no longer need to rely on being within close proximity to a mobile base station for coverage," he said.

"As long as they have a SatSleeve and a direct line of sight to the sky, they can make calls, send SMS or check their emails across Australia.

"By rolling out the Optus SatSleeve to our retail stores and providing a pay-over-time option, we are hoping to make mobile connectivity in remote locations easier and more accessible than ever before.”

Long added that satellite phone technology and plan pricing has come a long way in recent years, providing added flexibility for customers who want to bring their own device.

“Traditionally, satellite phones have been a bulky standalone handset which meant customers often had to carry two phones – their personal phone and their sat phone," he added.

"With Optus’ SatSleeve, compatible devices can simply click into the sleeve and continue to work as they normally would.

"That means no duplicating contacts, no coverage concerns, and all the convenience of having photos and other data stored in one single handset."

The Optus SatSleeve device costs $888 (RRP) or $37 a month over 24 months (minimum cost $888 over 24 months).

Kacific’s first operational service – connecting rural Vanuatu to the world

From http://kacific.com/news-2/

Kacific Broadband Satellites today announced its first operational service, a high-speed broadband internet connection into the rural Lambubu area on Malekula Island in Vanuatu.

The service, which is based at Lambubu Primary School, is providing a broadband internet connection at speeds of up to 17 Mbps delivered by satellite. A small VSAT terminal has been installed to receive the signal, and all villagers can now get the benefit of high speed internet connectivity. A local college was also recently connected, and several further schools and healthcare centres will be connected over the next few weeks.

The installation is the result of a joint project between the Vanuatu government, local ISP Telsat and Kacific.

“The broadband connectivity from Kacific is a major step in our work to provide universal internet access to the people of Vanuatu,” said Dalsie Baniala, head of the Telecommunications & Radiocommunications Regulator (TRR).

“The computer lab at Lambubu School will in future develop into a government service centre, providing internet and educational and health services to the wider community. This connectivity will provide previously unheard of educational opportunities for the children, as well as improving health outcomes for all villagers.”

“I am very excited to see our first service in operation,” said Christian Patouraux, CEO of Kacific.

“The immediate need in Vanuatu is education and healthcare, but beyond this, affordable broadband internet enables more effective emergency planning and disaster recovery programmes. Broadband will open up opportunities to government to provide important services to regions of Vanuatu that would otherwise be under-served. The connectivity will also create opportunities for people in rural Vanuatu to engage in e-commerce, which can subsequently increase the wealth of communities.”

Mr Patouraux says that the deployment on Vanuatu is proof of the vision that started the company back in 2013.

“We wanted to create a frugal service that uses proven technology. We’ve designed it as a nimble, easy to deploy service that can adapt to different circumstances.

“If we provide good network quality at a price that people can afford, then demand increases dramatically. We’ve had a very strong response to our service, not just from islands around the Pacific, but far beyond, from South America to Africa.”

Kacific now has over US$365 million of bandwidth in signed commitments from companies and governments in nations throughout the Pacific and south east Asia.

The service is powered using the Newtec Dialog® multiservice VSAT platform from Newtec, a specialist in designing, developing and manufacturing equipment and technologies for satellite communications, and utilises a teleport from satellite and terrestrial installation company Av-Comm to provide connectivity, hosting and uplink services.

Vanuatu village revelling in first access to internet

From http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/309049/vanuatu-village-revelling-in-first-access-to-internet

A Vanuatu village has used its first internet connection to access data browsing youtube videos and football results.

The service at Lambubu Primary School provides internet for hundreds of people in the community.

A pilot programme by the satellite operator Kacific and the Vanuatu government set up the service at Lambubu Primary School on Malekula Island earlier this month.

The CEO of Kacific, Christian Patouraux, said a variety of information had been accessed.

A Lambubu School student searches sharks on the newly internet connection.

"You wouldn't imagine what people would search, they search variety of sharks in the waters of Vanuatu, pictures of apples. It was quite funny to see what people are browsing, it's just a general learning, general curiosity of a human discovering knowledge, discovering the world really."

Mr Patouraux said the internet connection would help the school use up to date resources to teach its students.

J.League signs streaming deal

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/07/20/j-league-signs-streaming-deal/

Japan’s professional football body J.League has agreed a 10-year, $2 billion domestic broadcast contract with live sports streaming service DAZN, owned by Perform Group.

The deal, which is set to begin in 2017, will see DAZN offer live broadcasts of all MEIJI YASUDA J1, J2, and J3 Leagues matches.

Founded by Perform Group, the world’s largest digital sports content and media provider, DAZN’s high-quality streams are available through multiple platforms including PC, mobile, tablet, televisions, and video game devices.

By leveraging Perform Group’s experience and technology, the J.League will work to produce exciting and high-quality match broadcasts.

Additionally, the J.League, DAZN, and NTT Group will work to outfit J1 League home stadia with WiFi technology in order to provide attendees with an improved match day experience.

Details regarding DAZN, including prices and subscription methods, will be announced later in Summer 2016.

J.League Chairman Mitsuru Murai noted that the deal represented the first long-term broadcasting contract of such a scale in the Japanese sports world, and was proof that the Japanese sports industry could produce content worthy of foreign investment. “As the Internet and mobile marketplaces continue to evolve, we will be one of the first to join together with a business deeply involved in that industry. We intend to use this deal as an opportunity to invest in an attractive league for as many fans as possible and contribute to society as leaders in the Japanese sports industry,” he stated.

Perform Investment Japan CEO James Rushton said the platform was “incredibly happy” to be able to offer a long-term service to the J.League, its players, and its fans. “Through this partnership, we hope that DAZN will share the magic of the J.League with viewers at any place and any time,” he added.

Orion Express adds 7 TV channels

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/orion-express-adds-7-tv-channels--1153920

Russian satellite operator Orion Express has added seven channels to its Telekarta satellite TV offer in Siberia and the Far-East, reports Tdaily.ru. The operator provides services over the Express AM5 satellite there. Five Russian channels have been included in the 'Unlimited East HD' package. The list includes the documentary channel 'Absolutely Secretely', the Zoo channel, retro-film channel Nostalgy, family film channel 'Pro 100 TV' and kids channel 'Pinguin Lolo'. The 'Your House' channel has been added to the 'Standard East' and 'Unlimited East HD' packages, costing, respectively, RUB 880 annually and starting from RUB 199 monthly. TV channel 'Russian Night' has been added to the adult package.


Intelsat 19 (checked at lunch time) 12646 H is still all FTA (arab stuff). The Greek and Italian channels on 12726 H are also FTA.

ABC 2,3, and KIDS channels are now streaming on iview for those in Australia.


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From the Dish

Intelsat 19 166.0E 12726 H TV 2000 has started on ,Fta. Mediaset Italia is now Fta.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4165 H "Lollywood Movies" has left .

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3895 V "TRT Türk" has left again.

Yamal 401 90.0E 10972 H "TRT Çocuk, TRT Avaz and TRT Diyanet" have left .

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 on are now encrypted.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12682 H "Divine Solutions TV" has started on , Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经169度轨道位置的国际8号卫星C频段,SET Sony、Colore(英语)频道改频率,设置4009 V 3750参数免费接收。 [7月19日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Lollywood TV(巴基斯坦)频道消失,设置4165 H 5040参数无效接收。 [7月19日]
东经115.5度轨道位置的中星6B号卫星C频段,闽南之声(广播)等5个频道重现,设置3710 H 10920参数免费接收。 [7月19日]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星Ku频段,FX HD、国家地理悠人(DISH HD)频道消失,设置11881 R 27500参数无效接收。 [7月19日]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星Ku频段,Fox Family Movies(DISH HD)等5个频道消失,设置11804 R 27500参数无效接收。 [7月19日]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星Ku频段,星卫HD电影、国家地理(DISH HD)等5个频道消失,设置11727 R 27500参数无效接收。 [7月19日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,珠江台替换中国电影频道(数码天空)频道,设置12401 V 22425参数有条件接收。 [7月19日]

东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,中国电影频道替换珠江台(数码天空)频道,设置12401 V 22425参数有条件接收。 [7月18日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Leplex HD(测试)高清频道新增,设置4180 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [7月18日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Maa Movies、Maa TV(MPEG-4)等4个频道新增,设置3800 H 28100参数免费接收。 [7月18日]


Captioning service will bring Kiwis to the Rio finish line

From http://www.voxy.co.nz/sport/5/257879

Fuseworks Media Fuseworks Media Tuesday, 19 July, 2016 - 16:17 For the first time, Able are offering captioning services for free-to-air coverage of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on Prime, making the games accessible for Kiwis who are Deaf and hard-of-hearing.

Partnering with The National Foundation for the Deaf (NFD), who have provided funding for the project, Able will provide captioning of Prime’s coverage of the Rio 2016 Olympics, from August 6th - 22nd.

"We’re absolutely delighted that the NFD have provided us with the funding to establish live captioning for the Olympics," says Wendy Youens, Chief Executive of Able. "The Olympic Games are the world’s biggest sporting event and are ingrained in our national identity, so we’re thrilled to be able to make them accessible to Deaf and hard-of-hearing New Zealanders.

New Zealand’s only captioning and audio description service, Able make TV content accessible for Deaf, hard-of-hearing, blind and vision impaired New Zealanders. Their services are available on content across TVNZ, MediaWorks and Prime, assisted by funding from NZ On Air.

In 2015, Able’s funding increased, making it possible for them to work with Prime to launch captioning for some programming, paving the way for captioning services for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games coverage. Their team of captioners will be working hard over the next month to learn athlete names and sporting jargon that are likely to emerge in the commentary, as well as liaising closely with SKY’s broadcast technical team to ensure smooth coverage.

Captions are written transcriptions of a programme, and will convey both the commentary and the sound effects of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.

Throughout the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Prime viewers will enjoy a mix of the best Olympic action, from 11pm each evening through to 3pm the following day. Closed captions will be available for the opening and closing ceremonies, for daily coverage between 6am - 3pm, and for the 6pm highlights, all clearly identified by the CC logo on screen.

Through Able’s services, when Kiwis compete and win, Deaf and hard-of-hearing viewers will be able to become part of the excitement and achievement, along with the stadium of cheering fans.

"Being able to follow what’s happening at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games will give me a sense of belonging, as I’ll be able to fully understand and follow the events," says Joyce Torres, who uses Able’s captioning service. Originally from the Philippines, Joyce says the Kiwi accent can make TV difficult to follow, but captioning allows her to understand much more.

"Having hearing loss, I hear the words on TV, but often don’t totally understand what is being said. Captions help me follow the program, and I don’t get left out," she says. "Captions will give New Zealand’s hard-of-hearing community a chance to be part of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, and I’m looking forward to watching."

All Able’s services are free and available for anyone in New Zealand. To find out more, visit www.able.co.nz.

FORMOSASAT-2... Farewell

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=129090576

Over the past 12 years, the FORMOSAT-2 satellite has acquired 2.55 million photos and is best known for documenting images of Taiwan before and after Typhoon Morakot hit the island, which proved helpful to the government's land valuation efforts.

Now, according to Taiwan's China Post online infosite, experts last Friday announced plans to decommission FORMOSAT-2. The satellite will be temporarily replaced with Japan's satellite services until the new FORMOSAT-5 is launched sometime before the close of 2016.

National Applied Research Laboratories (NARLabs) Vice President Wang Jough-tai confirmed this news to local media, saying that though FORMOSAT-2 was originally designed for a five-year mission in May 2004, the satellite has operated for more than 12 years. However, the satellite has now been deemed unrepairable—one of FORMOSAT-2's four reaction wheels malfunctioned in 2011 and spacecraft has been running on the three remaining reaction wheels—then another one failed last month.

According to the National Space Organization (NSPO), FORMOSAT-2 served functions including monitoring and taking photos of the Earth's surface, then sending the captured images back to the planet. According to the NSPO, satellites should be discarded when there are only two reaction wheels remaining as satellites cannot adjust their camera positions when that occurs and shooting angles are influenced.

Before the new satellite FORMOSAT-5 can be put into service, NARLabs said the plans are to rely on platforms established by international organizations, including Japan's Sentinel Asia and UNOSAT, to retrieve images. Wang said that the government is still mulling over how to handle the retired FORMOSAT-2, whether to let the satellite become space junk or return to Earth.

Tarpaulin mishap delays Japan's first military satellite by two years

From http://www.dnaindia.com/world/report-tarpaulin-mishap-delays-japan-s-first-military-satellite-by-two-years-2236028

The satellite was damaged in a plane's cargo after a tarpaulin blocked valves used to equalise its container's internal air pressure as it descended into thicker atmosphere when landing in French Guiana

The launch of Japan's first dedicated military communications satellite will be delayed by two years after a mishap with a blue tarpaulin damaged sensitive antennas during transportation to Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana, said two government sources.

The mishap has set back plans by Japan's military to unify its fractured and overburdened communications network, and could hinder efforts to reinforce defences in the East China Sea as Chinese military activity in the region escalates. "When we need to shift units to the southwest and troops are moving down from the north, we need a stable communications link and this delay could affect that," a senior Defence Ministry official said on condition he wasn't identified because he isn't authorised to talk to the media.

The satellite was damaged in a plane's cargo hold on May 25 after a tarpaulin blocked valves used to equalise its container's internal air pressure as it descended into thicker atmosphere when landing in French Guiana, according to an internal Japanese government document viewed by Reuters.

The document did not detail who was responsible for the mishap, or whether they suffered any consequences. The damage will take more than a year to fix, and could force Japan to pay tens of millions of dollars for stop-gap access to commercial communications satellites it currently uses, the sources said. "We are not yet at the point where we can decide on a new launch window. We want to do it as soon as we can," a spokesman for Japan's defence ministry said.

The satellite is first of three planned X-band satellites that will deliver a unified communications network designed to quadruple the broadband capacity of Japan's Self Defence Forces. The military needs the X-band system as it reinforces defences along its far-flung southwest island chain that stretches along the southern edge of the East China Sea, almost to Taiwan.

A lack of a common communications platform between Japan's armed forces hampered rescue operations in the wake 2011 earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan's northeastern seaboard. Tokyo and Beijing are locked in a territorial dispute in the East China Sea over a group of uninhabited islands known as the Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China. The two countries are also at odds over the exploitation of gas fields that straddle exclusive economic zones claimed by both.

Japan, Washington's main ally in Asia, is now worried that a recent uptick in Chinese military activity in the East China Sea is a sign Beijing wants to extend its military influence from the neighboring South China Sea as it challenges American maritime dominance.

Japan says it has scrambled air force jets to intercept Chinese aircraft in the East China Sea more often this year and also noted an increase in Chinese navy patrols.

Russian pay-TV subscribers pass 40 mln

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/russian-pay-tv-subscriber-base-passes-40-mln--1153664

The Russian pay-TV subscribers base passed the threshold of 40 million at the end of June, reports Tdaily.ru. The figure totaled 40.36 million households, up by 740,000 households, at the beginning of the year. Penetration of pay-TV services totaled 73 percent; the monthly ARPU remained stable at RUB 155.

The growth in the subscribers base slowed in the satellite TV segment, nevertheless, the largest satellite operator Tricolor TV raised its subscriber base by 40,000, to 11.91 million. It was also the largest subscribers base among all pay-TV operators. The base of satellite operator Orion Express increased by 38,000, to 2.877 million; the operator was in the third position among pay-TV operators.

The subscriber base of satellite operator NTV-Plus exceeded 1 million. Mobile operator MTS, which has recently started providing satellite TV services, has not yet reached the threshold of 100,000 subscribers.

Rostelecom's pay-TV subscribers base amounted to 9.02 million, up from 8.79 million year-on-year. It was the second among all pay-TV operators. MTS had a total of 2.765 million pay-TV subscribers, up from 2.755 million, coming in fourth position. ER-Telecom was in fifth position with 2.73 million subscribers, up from 2.71 million.

India: CryptoMedia protects DishTV

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/07/19/cryptomedia-protects-dishtv-india-premium-content/

Semiconductor and IP products specialist Rambus has confirmed that DishTV India has selected the CryptoMedia Security Platform for use in its pay-TV satellite system. The platform, which includes a hardware root-of-trust embedded in the set-top box chipset, ensures secure distribution of premium content for cable and satellite operators while eliminating the need for a smart card and enhancing usability of the set-top box.

“As we look to grow our customer base from the current 13 million subscribers, the demand for cost-effective and robust content protection solutions becomes increasingly important for consumers seeking premium content,” said Jawahar Goel, Managing Director of DishTV India. “By leveraging the embedded CryptoMedia core, we no longer need a smart card to provide secure access to premium content, significantly reducing the cost and improving the security of the set-top box.”

The CryptoMedia Content Protection Core, developed by Rambus Cryptography Research, is one of several new security elements to be integrated in DishTV India’s latest set-top boxes. Together with the CryptoMedia operator services, the solution provides a flexible security foundation that allows DishTV India easily to update and reconfigure software and hardware security throughout the lifecycle of the set-top box. DishTV India will launch the new platform in broad commercial operation this autumn.

“By using the CryptoMedia Content Protection Core, DishTV India recognises the value of enabling another level of protection in the set-top box chipset alongside security elements provided by CAS vendors,” said Dr. Martin Scott, senior vice president and general manager of the Security Division at Rambus. “Our CryptoMedia Security Platform provides DishTV India with extra protection for the delivery of content, utilising our expertise in both embedded security and ecosystem enablement.”

Formerly part of the CryptoFirewall family, the CryptoMedia Content Protection Core is designed to provide strong security and superior system design flexibility for premium content distribution. The solution minimises the risk of security failure and helps simplify product development. The core is available in a broad range of set-top box and smart TV chipsets and is compatible with the leading CAS and DRM systems to prevent unauthorised access to content and services, including features such as pay-per-view and service-tier upgrades.


Intelsat 19ku 12726 H 28060 "TV2000 Italia" is new MPG4 . Mediasat Italia was/is FTA on the weekend. 12646 H arab mux was also runnng FTA

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Sunday, feeds

D1 12643 v 7200 D1 AFL

Saturday feeds

D1 12643 V Sr 7200 "AFL, Doggies v Gold Coast"
D2 12539 H and 12555H, s/r6978. Two ABC tp's active with feeds, one being from France

D1 12661 V Sr 7500 "WAFL" this time
D1 12670 V Sr 7499 "SANFL central v Sturt"

D2 12680V 6669 "ADHOC ENC 02" 576i Giddy ups - racing.com

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From Alek in W.A

C band observation, I think 169e Int 8 has swapped over to Int805. All normal services have disappeared and a new service 4010v 3750 has started, a lot stronger signal level then any previous Vert service there. Some old timers may remember that Int8 had dud Vert transponders. Only time will tell.

From the Dish

Intelsat 8 169.0E 4010 V "SET Asia and Colors Asia Pacific" have started on Fta.

Intelsat 19 166.0E 4034 H "SET International and Colors Asia Pacific" have left again.

Optus D2 152.0E 12706 V "Malo TV and Kurdistan 24" have left .

(Craig's comment, wow, I gave Malo TV 6 months, it didn't even reach three!)

Optus D2 152.0E 12734 V "The Way TV" has started on , Fta.

Palapa D 113.0E 4007 V "Lumen Network" has started on Fta.

Telkom 1 108.0E 4117 H "CNN Indonesia" has started on , Fta.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4180 V "Sony SAB TV Asia" has left again.

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 12427 V "Madani Channel Urdu" has started on , Fta.

Measat 3a 91.4E 4120 H "Insight UHD" is Fta.

Insat 4A 83.0E 4040 H "High News" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 10970 V "EuroNews" has left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 11010 H "Fashion One Africa"has started on , Irdeto. "ARTE Deutsch, ZDF, 3sat, RTL International, Sat. 1 Deutschland, Das Erste and Fashion TV Africa" have left.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 11634 V "TBN Africa has replaced Rhema TV" on , Irdeto.

Express AM7 40.0E 3675 R "NTV" has left .

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东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,Fox Movies Premium HD(泰国)等18个频道新增,设置11520 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [7月17日]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星Ku频段,TRT Avaz、TRT Diyanet(土耳其)等频道消失,设置10972 H 11200参数无效接收。 [7月17日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,MTV、Fox Sports 2(泰国)等14个频道新增,设置11090 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [7月17日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,卫视中文电影、国家地理(泰国)等17个频道新增,设置11050 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [7月17日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星Ku频段,Tollywood、Filmy(Dish TV)等8个频道新增,设置12522 V 40700参数有条件接收。 [7月17日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星Ku频段,UTV World Movies(Dish TV)等7个频道消失,设置12522 V 40700参数无效接收。 [7月17日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Ala! Entertainment替换Rose TV(巴基斯坦)频道,设置4065 H 4296参数免费接收。 [7月17日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,MTV J2 HD、Nickelodeon替换多画面(高清)等频道,设置3780 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [7月17日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,Stadium 1 HD(高清)等7个频道新增,设置11128 H 30000参数部分免费接收。 [7月17日]
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东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Grand Prix Channel、Kaset News(泰国)频道消失,设置3520 H 28125参数无效接收。[07-16]


Fetch TV has launched two new set-top boxes

From http://www.news.com.au/technology/home-entertainment/tv/fetch-tv-has-launched-two-new-settop-boxes/news-story/c40f759feb609b07cccb2e5e9cbdd7c3

THE closest Australia has to a Foxtel pay TV competitor, Fetch TV, has launched two new set-top boxes to stake its claim in an increasingly crowded landscape.

Here, we review both the Mighty and the Mini and see how it compares to alternatives in the market and if they’re good value for your money.


The Mini has been configured for two purposes: As either a stand-alone hockey puck-type streaming box or as a secondary device to the Mighty in a home media network.

As a stand-alone, the Mini is a challenger to the likes of Apple TV or the Roku-powered Telstra TV. At $149, it’s much better priced than the fourth generation Apple TV ($269 for 32GB or $349 for 64GB) and still competitive against Telstra TV ($109). But unlike Apple TV or the Mighty, it has no storage capabilities and is purely a conduit for streaming if you’re using it as a stand-alone.

For streaming nuts, the biggest draw of the Mini is it has all three local streaming services, Netflix, Stan and Presto. Signing into them is a bit tiresome, requiring you to manually input your login details, unlike the PS4 and some internet-enabled TVs which requires only a four-digit activation code. But it’s great for someone without a smart TV or gaming console.

It also has all the free-to-air TV catch-up apps (Channel 9 is coming soon) though these are nestled under the TV menu rather than grouped with the streaming apps.

Fetch envisions that ideally the Mini will be used in conjunction with the Mighty as a second-room device on the same network. At the moment, if you have the Mighty and the Mini, they’re connected by the same account profile and whatever you buy or rent on one can be accessed on the other.

But it’s what’s coming down the pipeline that’s really exciting. Fetch said that it is launching a more integrated multi-room offering in Q4 which will include the ability for the Mini to record live broadcasts by sending an instantaneous instruction to a connected Mighty. Any recordings on the Mighty can also be played on the Mini through streaming.

Fetch will also solve that age-old problem of dodgy TV reception in some rooms of the house. Soon, the Mini will piggyback off the free-to-air TV feed from the Mighty.

For the moment, unlike Apple TV and Telstra TV, the Mini supports a raft of pay TV channels through its $15-a-month entertainment package which gets you the likes of the Comedy Channel, Syfy, BBC First, Universal, MTV, TV Hits, National Geographic, Al Jazeera, ESPN, CNBC, Bloomberg, Disney and Nickelodeon.

Optus broadband and mobile customers will be able to add the English Premier League as well.

With live TV, the Mini lets you pause and rewind for up to 15 minutes.

The pay TV channels are streamed through the internet but if you subscribe through one of Fetch’s ISP partners, the data used by the Mini is unmetered.

The package also includes 30 select movies every month. This rotates and currently includes Anchorman, Clueless, Sound of Music and Rugrats in Paris.

You can rent and purchase new release and back catalogue TV and films, just like the through the iTunes store or various other services such as PlayStation store or Dendy Direct.

The interface is simple to use, easily toggling between live TV, streaming apps and movies. There are various shortcuts which will feel more intuitive as you get used to them.

The app is the same for the Mini as for the Mighty, allowing you to use it as a remote, as somewhere to browse movies and TV shows before selection. The app will also let you stream some of your movies and shows through your mobile device, handy if you’re in a different room and you want to watch something different to what someone else in the house has selected.

Fetch has promised new improvements to the app soon which is said to include a new look and faster speeds as well as “download to go” so you can watch something you’ve bought on your app even when your device isn’t on the same Wi-Fi network as the Mini.

Perhaps one of the biggest gripes of the Mini interface versus something like Apple TV or even the PS4, and this is very much down to personal preferences, is whatever program you had playing continues to play in the background as you browse and navigate around the platform, even within apps like Netflix.

As someone who finds broadcast TV and its ads loud and often annoying, I’d rather look for the next thing to watch without being aurally assaulted by the very thing I’ve decided to get away from.

In terms of the specs, unlike the Mighty, the Mini doesn’t support 4K and only has one free-to-air TV tuner to the Mighty’s four. It’s also a lower-scale 1GB of RAM versus the Mighty’s 3GB. Like the Mighty, the Mini supports HEVC, which essentially means you can watch HD on a slower connection. It was pretty fast on the 11 Mbps connection we tested it on — and that’s on the Wi-Fi network, not via an ethernet connection.


The Mighty is Australia’s closest competitor to Foxtel’s IQ box.

The Mighty is Australia’s closest competitor to Foxtel’s IQ box.Source:Supplied

Fetch TV has called its set-top box the Mighty for a very good reason.

Offering a combination the best pay and free-to-air television with streaming video on demand services, the Mighty builds on all of the services available through the Mini.

Despite its physical design looking eerily similar to the second-gen Fetch TV Personal Video Recorder, the $399 Mighty has added some impressive new features.

At the top of the list is the 4K capability of the Mighty, which makes it the first of Fetch’s products offering users the ability to watch Ultra HD content.

Furthermore, Global Head of Business Development at Netflix Bill Holmes has been quoted saying the Mighty was leading the way for enhancing the streaming experience.

“Netflix is investing heavily to offer a premium 4K viewing experience — nearly doubling its 4K catalogue this year — and we are excited that Fetch TV’s new “Mighty” will be among the first STB’s deployed anywhere in the world to support Netflix in 4k,” he said.

Even more impressive is the fact the Mighty supports High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC), which means users will be able stream 4K content from Netflix over internet speeds close to 15.5 megabits per second, as opposed to the 25Mbps currently seen by most devices.

Support for HEVC also allows Fetch TV to offer a high-def sports stream for 3.8 Mbps, instead of the standard 5.5Mbps.

Another great feature of the box is the fact it comes standard with Wi-Fi connectivity, meaning users have greater freedom as the Mighty no longer needs physical connections needed with its predecessor.

Although, in order to stream 4K content, a strong network will be needed.

Fetch TV offers a seven day TV guide at the push of a button.

Fetch TV offers a seven day TV guide at the push of a button.Source:Supplied

As mentioned earlier, the Mighty has apps built for three local streaming services, a $15-a-month entertainment package similar to the likes of Foxtel and the ability to rent or buy movies and television shows outright.

It is also equipped with four free-to-air tuners, although a free to air antenna/aerial connection will still be needed to view these channels.

While the Netflix generation might have never experienced such a feature, the Mighty doubles as a Personal Video Recorder for the pay TV and free-to-air channels.

With 1TB of storage — enough for around 585 hours of standard definition recording — the product comes with the ability to create a Series Tag, which will record every episode of a certain series when it airs.

The Mighty offers a high level of customisation for these season tags, with the ability to only keep the last few episodes of a certain title or to prioritise a certain show over another if the storage is becoming too full — although it’s hard to imagine this will be an issue with 1TB storage

Additionally, the four tuners mean users can record up to six different shows at the same time.

The set-top box also has the ability to pause and rewind live TV, while also offering a television guide to show what’s on over the next seven days.

Navigating between all of these components is easy thanks to a clean user interface and the minimalist remote.


Both the Mini and Mighty have offerings, depending on what you are looking for.

The Mini is a great device for a someone who prefers streaming and on-demand content with access to Netflix, Stan and Presto in addition to the networks’ catch-up apps. But unlike the more expensive Apple TV, it is geolocked so you won’t be able to jailbreak it for access to US Netflix or the likes of Hulu or HBO Now.

The entertainment package has some decent pay TV content, especially on the likes of the Comedy Channel and BBC First and is a cheaper alternative to a full Foxtel subscription.

Where the Mini works best is paired with a Mighty, particularly when Fetch rolls out updates to its capabilities later this year.

The Mighty is slightly more expensive and would be the perfect fit for people looking for a lighter and cheaper version of services offered by Foxtel IQ.

Combining free-to-air and pay TV channels with built in apps for streaming services, movie rentals and a television guide, the Mighty is a great stepping stone for those wanting to explore the expansive world of streaming video on demand without stepping out of their comfort zone.

However, for those who only have Foxtel for the sport will need to keep their subscription as Fetch TV only offers ESPN and EPL

For those who aren’t avid free-to-air fans or those who grow tired of the offerings of pay TV quickly, the device might be a little too much for your needs.

It feels like the target market of this product is the older generation who are not entirely sold on streaming services and need a little nudge in the right direction or families with young kids who will be won over by the likes of Nikelodeon and Disney.

Sky TV issues Olympic ultimatum to media: play by our rules or you can’t cover Rio

From http://thespinoff.co.nz/featured/18-07-2016/the-war-for-the-olympics-skys-secret-plan-to-control-other-media-covering-rio/

Sky TV is attempting to massively restrict online coverage of the Rio Olympics – and both the Herald and Stuff are considering staying home in protest, reports Tim Murphy.

Don’t criticise the Sky commentators. Don’t make Gifs. And hold off for, say, three hours.

These are some of the controversial conditions Sky TV is believed to have tried to impose on New Zealand websites hoping to use video footage of the Olympic Games in Rio in their coverage of the event.

The conditions have led to a heated behind-the-scenes media fight which could affect how much Games coverage you can watch on your mobile or computer. Most troublingly, some of the disputed points are contained in the News Access Rules – if journalists don’t sign up they cannot be accredited as media for the games. Meaning that Sky is attempting to use its position as rights holder to circumvent New Zealand copyright law and deny other organisations’ journalists access to the games if they don’t agree to its demands.

The fight reaches a critical deadline today, and if there is no progress from Sky, there has been talk within both of the NZME and Fairfax of retaliating by sending vastly scaled back teams to the games, and it remains a very real possibility that one or both organisations might respond in this way.

The long wrangle has even extended to whether general media wanting to use Sky’s footage can air criticism of Sky TV commentators and if they can make Gifs of Olympic moments. Sky argues it ‘paid dearly’ for the rights and the conditions offered to others in New Zealand are the same or better than overseas.

At one point there were moves to stop competitors showing Olympic video clips for three hours after events. It’s understood the delay now would still be 40 minutes. There are fears in media circles that the restrictions, if accepted, would be used to attempt to reduce the amount of video coverage of other top sports going forward.

Less than a month out from the Games, Sky, as the rights holder in New Zealand, is trying to force the nzherald.co.nz and Stuff.co.nz websites to agree to use far less video online than is allowed by law here for news, including major sports events.

Sky’s hardline stance on the Games could see NZME (owner of the Herald) and Fairfax (owner of Stuff) scale back their teams going to Rio de Janeiro in protest. The sites commonly use action footage from Sky or other broadcasters, legally, for up to 90 seconds in the aftermath of sports and news events.

Given New Zealand taxpayers pay the bulk of the high-performance funding for our key Olympic athletes, and this country has no law forcing such major sports events on to free television (as they do in Australia), the issue is extremely sensitive. The Olympic Charter even calls for the Games to be made available to as many people as possible worldwide.

The two big newspaper-digital companies were joined in an industry-wide resistance to Sky’s crackdown by TVNZ and TV3 but it may be that the television companies are more open to compromise.

They are understood to be less affected by the new Sky demands because they might still provide them with adequate material for their needs. The attempt to control footage after the live event runs counter to prevailing winds in global sport, with bodies like the NBA seeing footage as advertising for their product, which now proliferates on YouTube. Sky’s stance appears to hark back to a pre-internet era, when footage was far more easily controlled.

For Rio, Sky wants to cap other sites’ use of video at a maximum of 120 seconds for a whole day, or to corral it into three two-minute ‘bulletin’ style shows daily at agreed times after the action.

It has the New Zealand Olympic Committee on side. Not only does the NZOC have its own Rio app, making it a content broadcaster in its own right, but its News Access Rules in the official accreditation to the Games for Kiwis would effectively see the Herald and Fairfax sign away their rights under New Zealand copyright law.

The two firms are understood to have given Sky and the NZOC until today to back down from their demands – or the media companies will consider withdrawing their accreditations and instead use footage freely and legally off Sky TV from back here in Auckland.

Some reporters and camera people could go to Rio, but if they don’t sign the News Access Rules they could not attend Games venues or events, limiting the two big sites and their newspapers countrywide’s ability to cover the triumphs and human interest of the Olympics. That is not an appealing thought to the NZOC, and Sky would be vigilant in policing ‘fair use’ of its footage over the Olympic fortnight.

Sky’s director of communications, Kirsty Way, said the company was not concerned if other media companies went to Rio or not. “There’s plenty of media coverage of the event and fair use will still stand whether they go or not.”

Sky will show some of its Games coverage – which would have been a big investment – on its Prime free-to-air channel, from 11 pm to 3 pm daily, and on Sky Sport 3 and 4 plus 10 pop-up channels and a new app.

“For the rights to be of value, we cannot have clips put straight on line [by other media companies]. It takes all the value out of it,” Way said.

She was not aware of the suggested restriction on criticising Sky’s commentators.

Disputes between sports bodies, television rights-holders and other media are not new. For the 2015 Rugby World Cup, World Rugby tried and failed to force New Zealand media to sign away their rights to the same ‘fair use’ of video under our jurisdiction. But that standoff did see the rugby body win more influence over media footage and its digital use than in the past.

The newspaper digital sites are worried that should big news stories break at Games venues or events, they would be precluded from providing the video footage their audiences would expect, and New Zealand law accepts.

Sinead Boucher, the editorial chief for Fairfax, said: “We’ve gone to Sky as an industry to really protest a very heavy-handed approach towards how we can cover news stories of great national interest – and some of their restrictive clauses. We see them as anti-competitive, unnecessary and they go beyond the interests of ensuring fair use.”

NZME managing editor Shayne Currie said the company was in discussions with Sky and was “hopeful all issues will be resolved by Monday.

“We believe it’s important media have fair rights to cover the world’s biggest sporting event – one in which New Zealand taxpayers have invested heavily – without compromising our ability to cover news angles under fair-use provisions in the Copyright Act.”

The NZ Olympic Committee’s Ashley Abbott said in a statement:

“Coverage of the Olympic Games is really important to us and we work very hard to facilitate coverage of NZ sports and athletes before and during the games on behalf of all media organisations. The New Zealand Olympic Committee is not the rights holder for the Olympic Games – this in New Zealand is SKY. As such we are not in a position to negotiate the News Access rules.”

Which in this case would make Sky the Lord of the Rings. For now.

Update: Sky has been in touch to emphasise that the ‘no GIFS’ clause is an International Olympic Committee stipulation, not Sky’s. The IOC refused to remove it after New Zealand media objected to Sky.

Additionally, Sky says the clause about not criticising Sky Commentators is no longer in the access rules, after other media here objected to the initial draft that included it.

NEW CHANNEL. The PBA launches a new 247 satellite TV channel.

From http://www.rappler.com/sports/by-sport/basketball/pba/140036-pba-rush-cignal-channel

The new channel, called PBA Rush, will air exclusively on Cignal's channel 52 for standard definition and channel 129 for high definition

MANILA, Philippines – With a vision to create Filipino fans' "ultimate destination for Philippine basketball," the Philippine Basketball Association launched a 24/7 channel on satellite television service provider Cignal Sunday, July 17.

The new channel, called PBA Rush, will air exclusively on Cignal's channel 52 for standard definition and channel 129 for high definition.

"The PBA really welcomes the partnership with Cignal and the creation of the PBA Rush channel. What we want really to do is to be able to make the PBA closer to most of you, and open its doors really, not just for basketball, but to show you what the PBA can do to inspire other people to become better Filipinos," said league commissioner Chito Narvasa.

"We’d like to reach more Filipinos, not just with Channel 5. Channel 5’s coverage is only of the games. We’d like to tell you other areas of the game."

He added a huge focus will be given on bringing the games to those who cannot come to Manila to watch live.

Among the program content that can be watched on the channel include live broadcast of games, simultaneous with TV5, as well as condensed immediate replays, sports shows such as Sports 360 and behind the scenes shows.

There are also plans to air classic PBA games of the past "in the next couple of months" though the channel, which reaches 1.4 million homes, will focus on the current season. – Rappler.com

Relaunched ERT selects Globecast

From http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2016/07/18/relaunched-ert-selects-globecast/

ERT WorldState-owned Greek national broadcaster ERT – The Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation – has selected Globecast to deliver ERT World and five radio channels to the Greek diaspora across Europe.

Globecast is providing fibre connectivity for the content to its Paris headquarters where the signals are then uplinked to HotBird capacity.

Biliana Pumpalovic, General Director of Globecast Moscow, said, “ERT was previously carried on Hotbird satellite capacity but because of the country’s well-documented problems, it ceased to exist in 2013 and was replaced by NERIT. In 2015 the Greek parliament approved the re-opening of ERT. We launched these new services over Europe in April this year.”

For ERT it’s essential that legacy equipment is able to receive these services so the signal is DVB-S, MPEG-2. ERT World’s content mix includes news, discussion programmes, drama, documentaries and entertainment formats.

“It’s vital for these services to reach the Greek diaspora, hence the need to be compatible with legacy equipment,” said Pumpalovic.

“The customer also specified reliable, fully secured contribution from their premises to the teleport, which of course we are using our unrivalled global connectivity to provide.”


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update


Friday feeds

Optus D2 12555 H Sr 6978 ABC taking footage from France

Optus D1 12429 v 7000 Channel 9 NRL St George Dragons v Gold Coast Titans
Optus D1 12635 v 7200 "CHN 7 SLOT 6" provider "MT BULLER TV"

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AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3700 V "AFP TV" has left .
AsiaSat 5 100.5E 4040 H "Edge Sport" has left .

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12522 V "Signs and Wonders TV and MMCN TV" have left.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12522 H "Good News TV, Holy TV, The Herald TV, Prophetic TV, Emerald TV and MMCN TV 2 have started on , Fta. TTVM TV" has left.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12682 H "Good News TV and Ebenezer TV" have left .

From asiatvro site

Nothing, their site is still offline


Home of Australia’s first satellite is at it again

From http://www.southgatearc.org/news/2016/july/home-of-australias-first-satellite-is-at-it-again.htm

The Melbourne University is now designing a CubeSat, and hopefully will have it ready for launch in 2018.

The same university built Australia's first Amateur Radio satellite
Australis-OSCAR-5, that was launched on 23 January 23, 1970. It was then the first Amateur Radio satellite built outside of the United States.

Australis-OSCAR-5 was a beacon on 29.450 MHz and 144.050 MHz with telemetry starting with H I sent in Morse code, with sensors giving the battery voltage, temperature and the satellite's orientation.

Passive magnetic attitude stabilisation was achieved by two bar magnets to align with the Earth's magnetic field to provide a favourable antenna footprint.

Built on a small budget, it had bed springs for deploying the bird, and a cut down metallic measuring tape for antennas that extended from the sides of the satellite.

At least 200 observers heard it reporting from 27 countries up to 46 days before going silent when its batteries failed.

Today, Melbourne University Engineering Department students are working on the CubeSat project and restoring the Melbourne University old dish tracking antenna getting it ready for launch day.

Despite its small size the satellite's state-of-the-art communications system can send more data than other satellites, because of a world-first antenna that uses a special acid for inflation in space.

The new CubeSat could potentially find applications in agriculture,
weather monitoring or even as a telescope in space.

New programs for better viewing

From http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=362493

Digicel has improved the viewing experience for Pay TV customers in Fiji and the region, since taking control of Sky Pacific in April.

Digicel Group is a total communications and entertainment provider and always work hard to give its customers the best in quality and delivery.

Since acquiring Sky Pacific, there has been tremendous improvement in the channel line-up.

"It's always hard to satisfy the viewing needs and pleasure for all segments but we are trying our best to bring the best in Hollywood and Bollywood entertainment, top class international sport, great educational and fun channels for the children and the best news channels," said Digicel Fiji CEO, Darren McLean.

"We have introduced TVWAN, TVWAN Action, TVWAN Life, Paramount Channel, MTV Live, Fight Channel, Boomerang, Discovery and B4U Movies, the new channels have been well received in homes in Fiji and other Pacific countries and we are looking forward to further announcements later this month."

The Discovery channel is a hit as it has been one of the most consistent themes in customer feedback since we have been operating Sky Pacific.

Fight Sports channel is also popular, which is a 24-hour channel showing live World Championship Boxing, World Championship Kickboxing, MMA and various other fight tournaments from around the world.

Children love the Boomerang channel as this offers great entertainment for kids and parents, with a modern twist to iconic cartoons like Scooby-Doo, Tom and Jerry and Mr Bean.

Our latest addition, B4U Movies is new to Fiji and offers high quality feature movies with the world's biggest Bollywood stars, for the first time in Fiji, customers will have access to quality Bollywood movie experience 24 hours a day.

Orion interested in Armenian, Azerbaijan markets

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/orion-interested-in-armenian-azerbaijan-markets--1153303

Russian satellite operator Orion plans to enter Armenian and Azerbaijan markets in the third quarter of this year, reports Arka.am citing a statement from the operator. The operator entered the Georgian market in the second quarter of this year, working under the brand of its local partner, operator Super TV.

Orion has also recently announced that it provides play-out and TV broadcast services in Kazakshtan. Orion's subscriber base totals 2.87 million households.

Turner adds HBO HD for India

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/07/14/turner-adds-hbo-hd-for-india/

The much-delayed arrival of HBO-HD for India is about to happen. The delayed launch of the previous HBO Hits channel was not helped by India’s Ministry of Information & Broadcasting slowness in issuing a transmission licence.

Turner says that HBO-HD will also contain the best elements of Warner Bros movies and programming to enhance the movies on offer.

Last year Turner closed its HBO Hits and HBO Defines channels promising the revamp which is now taking place.


Altarek is new on Optus D2 12734 V Vpid 2091 Apid 2092 on screen website link is http://atvsat.com/en/ (site is begging for financial donations)

Malo TV and K24 appear to be off Air

Australian Channel 7 , 9 have implemented Geo-Blocking on their streams..just use a DNS service or VPN.

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Their site is still offline


ComCom probes vertical, conglomerate effects of Sky TV/Vodafone merger

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11674397

The Commerce Commission is assessing whether a merger between Sky Network Television and Vodafone Group's New Zealand unit would let the combined companies engage in behaviour that either forecloses rivals or renders them less able to compete.

In its statement of preliminary issues, the commission said the main focus of its investigation to decide whether to clear the proposed merger is the so-called vertical and conglomerate effects, which would enable the combined companies a greater ability or incentive to engage in conduct that prevents or hinders rivals from competing effectively.

"The proposed merger would combine New Zealand's largest pay-TV supplier (which, among other content rights, holds the broadcasting rights to some significant sports content) with one of New Zealand's major suppliers of telecommunications services. The proposed merger raises both vertical and conglomerate effects," the commission said.

"We will consider whether the proposed merger would give the merged entity the ability and incentive to engage in behaviour that might foreclose rivals (in pay-TV and/or telecommunications services) or otherwise render them less competitively effective and result in a substantial lessening of competition in a relevant market."

A vertical merger, between firms operating at different levels of a supply chain, could result in the merged entity refusing to supply an input to a downstream competitor or raise the price of the input, or disadvantage an upstream competitor in the sale of that competitor's products by limiting access to customers.

The commission will look at whether the merged company could discriminate against other online content providers such as Lightbox or Netflix by preventing Vodafone customers from accessing the content or by blocking website access or deciding not to host rival content providers on Vodafone's network. That could see Sky's rivals lose scale and become less competitive.

A conglomerate merger, between firms that supply complementary products, could hurt rivals by providing bundled discounts to customers that buy the merging parties' products together rather than separately, or by tying, where the merged entity refuses to sell one of the merging parties' products unless customers also buy the other parties' product.

If such expansion would be likely without the merger, then any potential competitive constraint from this would be lost as a result of the proposed merger.

The commission will consider whether the merged company could profitably make Sky content only available to Vodafone customers and whether it may only offer Sky content to Vodafone customers at a predatory bundled price. This could hurt competing suppliers of telecommunications services, which could lose scale and become less competitive.

Vodafone and Sky have said there is no prospect of the merged entity pursuing a credible foreclosure strategy that reduces competition because the merged group wouldn't supply "must-have" inputs that competitors require to participate in the telco or pay-TV markets, it wouldn't have the ability or incentive to engage in any foreclosure strategy, Sky currently makes its pay-TV service available to other parties on a wholesale basis and would continue to do so, and the group would be strongly incentivised to sell pay-TV and telecommunications services to consumers on an unbundled basis.

The commission said it will also assess the so-called unilateral effects which assess whether the merged entity will be able to raise prices or reduce quality by itself, although it said a merger between suppliers who aren't direct competitors and operate in related markets is less likely to result in unilateral effects.

This could result in higher prices or decreased service levels relative to the without the merger scenario.

The regulator is also asking for views on any other sources of market power that the merged entity may have and be able to leverage post-merger, such as bidding for the rights to broadcasting content, in filming sports content, and in sponsoring major sporting events.

Vodafone and Sky have told the commission there is currently no meaningful competitive overlap between them. However, the commission said it will look at whether they would become more meaningful competitors without the merger, for example if Vodafone might start providing content on a standalone basis or whether Sky might start providing telco services on a standalone basis.

"If such expansion would be likely without the merger, then any potential competitive constraint from this would be lost as a result of the proposed merger," the commission said.

"This could result in higher prices or decreased service levels relative to the without the merger scenario."

It expects to make a decision on the merger by Nov. 11.

Tune in to Wairarapa TV

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/wairarapa-times-age/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503414&objectid=11673009

From October 24, Freeview channel 41 will be the home of Wairarapa TV.

Wairarapa is getting its own TV channel.

From October 24, Freeview channel 41 will be the home of Wairarapa TV, a regional station broadcasting over Masterton, Carterton, Greytown, Featherston and Martinborough in the Wairarapa valley.

It will initially focus on tourism-targeted content, keeping it simple and low cost to run, but will also feature an hourly local news segment updated.

There will also be live Wairarapa rugby, and potentially a two-minute Wellington and Wairarapa daily weather forecast segment.

Wairarapa TV is the brainchild of Masterton entrepreneur Toby Mills, who is well-known for setting up sound and video for acts at King St Live and Golden Shears.

He said Wairarapa TV was inspired by the "amazing" growth in Tourism in Wairarapa, but also by the "corresponding lack of video available online and to visiting tourists that tell them about all the things they can do here".

"We need to celebrate our region more and this is a great opportunity to showcase some of the great things that happen here that many people never get to see."

Over time more content could be added, targeted at locals, he said.

"But by focussing on tourism we won't have high programme licensing costs and don't have to try and come up with completely unique content to schedule every day which is both hard and expensive."

The channel has the support of Wairarapa Trust House, with Chief Executive Allan Pollard seeing it as a good opportunity to "share what we get up to in Wairarapa".

"It'll be a single destination point for motels and hotels to inform their guests, and the wider community as well," he said.

"I do quite a lot of travelling and the Hawke's Bay for example has its own Hawke's Bay TV and when you go to hotels you can readily see what's available in the region.

"It'll be a single media point of contact for everyone in Wairarapa, not just tourists, but the wider community as well."

Wairarapa TV will also broadcast the Wairarapa Tui Cup club rugby finals on July 31.

Because this is before the channel's launch date, it will only be available on the internet but will be re-broadcasted once the station goes live.

This will be the first of many Wairarapa Bush Rugby broadcasts in association with Wairarapa TV.

Wairarapa Bush Rugby Union CEO Tony Hargood said Wairarapa TV was a great initiative "and we're definitely behind it".

"Wairarapa Bush rugby has been looking into enhancing its digital presence for a while and when Toby discussed with us Wairarapa TV, we just jumped at the opportunity to provide local rugby content to the channel," he said.

"In particular the club finals just stood out as a really good opportunity to showcase Wairarapa Bush Rugby, Trust House Memorial Park, and also the local initiative for TV."

APAC pay-TV faces slowing growth

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/07/14/apac-pay-tv-faces-slowing-growth/

The Asia-Pacific pay-TV industry will grow at a 5.8 per cent average annual rate from 2016 to 2021, according to a new report, Asia Pacific Pay-TV & Broadband Markets, from industry analyst firm Media Partners Asia (MPA).

MPA projects pay-TV industry sales across 18 major markets in Asia Pacific to climb from US$54 billion in 2016 to US$72 billion by 2021, rising thereafter to US$81 billion by 2025. The pace of pay-TV subscriber and revenue growth is slowing however, weakened by an economic slowdown and increasing competition from both legal and illegal alternatives. Pay-TV subscriber growth declined or substantially decelerated in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore in particular.

At the same time however, India and Korea remain two of the region’s largest and most scalable pay-TV opportunities. Revenue growth will also accelerate in Australia and the Philippines, largely thanks to subscriber growth.

However, MPA analysts have lowered subscriber growth forecasts across much of Southeast Asia, especially for Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, although ARPU (average revenue per user) should remain resilient in both Malaysia and Singapore.

The pay-TV industry in China, meanwhile, remains the largest in the region and is becoming increasingly digitalised. Pay-TV growth opportunities for broadcasters are limited however, due to increasing regulation as well as competition from free and paid online video services.

Elsewhere in the region, subscription-based video-on-demand (SVoD) services have had a negligible impact on pay-TV so far, despite the global launch of Netflix earlier this year, in addition to increasing competition among lower-priced regional and local SVoD services.

Most pay-TV subscribers downgrading or cancelling pay-TV services are moving instead to illegal services, as well as to free, ad-supported options across both TV and online video.

At the same time, more pay-TV operators are rolling out connected set-top boxes that can incorporate OTT video services. In addition, some operators (telcos in particular) are aggressively hard-bundling video content, including pay-TV channels, with high-speed broadband. This is helping drive subscriber growth, especially in a number of Southeast Asian markets.

According to MPA executive director Vivek Couto, pay-TV providers are increasingly focused on repackaging and repricing both linear and on-demand services. “Local and regional Asian programming is also becoming increasingly important. At the same time, sports, kids, infotainment and Hollywood movies will remain mainstays of the pay-TV bundle, although channels offering Hollywood TV series are being disrupted by both legal and illegal OTT. Few pay-TV operators have been able to capture or monetise large-scale online video viewing so far, although early results in Hong Kong and Korea are encouraging. The goal is driving the next cycle of customer growth and consumer spend. Pay-TV user interfaces and data analytics are improving, although often too slowly to effectively compete with legal and illegal OTT rivals. Increasingly, viable pay-TV operators will become drivers and targets for M&A and consolidation, as the worlds of pay-TV, broadband and OTT collide and converge in the wider context of media and telecoms.”

Ex-China, which remains a utility-oriented and highly regulated pay-TV market, Asia Pacific added ~9.6 million net new pay-TV customers last year, the slowest pace of growth since 1997-98. MPA analysts project a spike to 10.4 million net additions ex-China this year, driven by government-mandated cable digitalisation in India. Subscriber growth should decelerate again from next year onwards, moderating to between 4 million to 8 million net adds per annum between 2018 and 2022.

Including China, MPA sees total pay-TV subscribers in Asia Pacific growing from ~567 million in 2016 to ~764 million by 2025. Adjusted for multiple connections in a household, pay-TV penetration in Asia Pacific will grow from 55 per cent of TV households in 2016 to 61 per cent by 2025.

Digital pay-TV penetration in Asia Pacific will increase from 80 per cent of pay-TV subs in 2016 to 91 per cent by 2025, as pay-TV networks in most markets go 90-100 per cent digital, with the exception of India (~70 per cent) and Pakistan (32 per cent) in the 18 markets covered in the report. HD penetration of digital pay-TV subs in Asia Pacific will grow from 30 per cent in 2016 to 46 per cent in 2025.

The fastest growing segment within the Asia Pacific pay-TV industry over 2016-21 will be value-added services (VAS), driven by VoD, as revenues climb at an 11 per cent CAGR over the next five years. Australia, China, Japan and Korea will be the biggest markets for VoD revenue growth. Malaysia will lead amongst smaller markets.

In standout pay-TV markets such as India and Korea, pay-TV subscription revenue growth will be driven by high volumes and a level of ARPU upside (partially offset by price competition). Higher yields will also boost subscription revenue growth in Hong Kong, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam.

Pay-TV advertising will expand from US$11.6 billion in spend in 2016 to US$16.2 billion by 2021, with growth driven by markets with high levels of pay-TV penetration such as India and Korea, along with China. Meanwhile, pay-TV ad spend in Australia, Japan and Taiwan will remain material, although growth in each of these markets will soften. Malaysia and the Philippines will remain the standout markets for pay-TV advertising in Southeast Asia.

Cape Canaveral Arrival For JCSAT-16 For An Appointment With SpaceX

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=1518652489

Designed to serve the Japanese market from multiple orbital locations, this multi-mission, Ku- and Ka-band satellite has arrived safely for a rendezvous with a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Yes, you guessed it... this is the JCSAT-16 satellite, an 8.5-kW offering that will provide service for video distribution, data transfer communications, and fleet redundancy. The satellite was built by Space Systems Loral (SSL) and is now being prepared for launch.

Once on orbit, JCSAT-16 will function as a back-up to ensure stability for existing services and to further strengthen the foundations of SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation’s business. JCSAT-16 is based on SSL's 1300 platform, which has the capability to support a broad range of applications and technology advances—it also happens that SSL is also building JCSAT-15, on scheduled to also launch in 2016.

According to the President of SSL, John Celli, JCSAT-16 will be his company's second satellite for SKY Perfect JSAT to launch this year and is a satellite that has the flexibility to meet the demand for a variety of missions.

Shinji Takada, Representative Director, President and CEO of SKY Perfect JSAT, commented that this satellite will provide his company with the flexibility to reinforce their growing fleet as needed and to ensure the highest level of reliability for their customers.



Panasonic, China Telecom Satellite Extend IFC Trial to Chinese Airlines

From http://www.satellitetoday.com/publications/st/2016/07/13/panasonic-china-telecom-satellite-extend-ifc-trial-chinese-airlines/

[Via Satellite 07-12-2016] Panasonic Avionics and China Telecom Satellite (CTS) announced a one-year extension of their Ku-band In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) trial that will expand connectivity to several Chinese airlines. With the trial’s extension, all approved Chinese and international airlines can now select Panasonic’s global communications services.

Per terms of the license, more than 20 foreign airlines with more than 1,000 aircraft are expected to begin operating connected flights over Chinese airspace, with more in process. Initially, 12 foreign airlines with slightly more than 200 aircraft were offering IFC over this region. There were also three Chinese-registered airlines and 30 aircraft offering connected flights in and out of China. In addition, Panasonic’s Chinese airline customers, including China Eastern Airlines, Xiamen Air, Hainan Airlines and China Southern Airlines have begun preparations to offer connectivity services across their global route structure.

The announcement follows recent news that the leading Chinese carrier, China Eastern Airlines, in partnership with CTS, was the first to offer Wi-Fi on domestic flights. China Eastern Airlines installed Panasonic’s eXConnect IFC system on its newest Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

Digicel Play launches DTT service in PNG

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/digicel-play-launches-dtt-service-in-png--1152948

Digicel Play has launched a new Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) in Simbu province. Simbu residents now have the added benefit of both DTT and Direct-to-Home (DTH) television broadcast technology. Residents in the region can now receive signal from the DTT site, and those in remote areas of Simbu are still able to access television content through Digicel Play's satellite technology. As well as reducing the cost for Simbu residents, Digicel Play's DTT technology will create job opportunities and investment to local suppliers and contractors who will partner with Digicel Play to help bring television into people's homes.

Digicel Goroka General Manager, Peter Chromiec, said Digicel Play is thrilled to make television viewing more accessible for everyone across PNG. He said with the recent launch of two new satellite dishes now transmitting television across all of PNG, Digicel Play will continue to invest in the country's communications industry, adding that there will be more opportunities for locals to develop skills in this industry as well as provide a viable future to many people through meaningful career opportunities. In addition to the launch of the DTT tower in Simbu, there has been an upgrade to the service in Lae, which will increase Digicel Play's transmission power and reception for locals.

DTT is already available in Port Moresby, Mt Hagen, Madang, Rabaul, Buka, Goroka and Lae, which has allowed many people across the country to enjoy more of their favourite television programs for less.

Setting a satellite to catch a satellite

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Setting_a_satellite_to_catch_a_satellite_999.html

ESA's active space debris disposal mission e.Deorbit closing on its target derelict satellite. Image courtesy Airbus Defence and Space. For a larger version of this image please go here.

The target is set: a large derelict satellite currently silently tumbling its way through low orbit. If all goes to plan, in 2023 it will vanish - and efforts against space debris will have made a giant leap forward.

That is the vision underpinning e.Deorbit, intended as the world's first mission to remove a large piece of space junk - if it is given the initial go-ahead by Europe's space ministers at the Agency's Ministerial Council in December.

The basic idea is simple: set a satellite to catch a satellite. e.Deorbit will rendezvous with, grapple and hard-capture the drifting satellite, then push the pair down to burn up harmlessly in the atmosphere.

More than 75% of trackable space debris whizzes around in Earth's heavily trafficked low orbits, below 2000 km altitude. Even if all launches stopped tomorrow, the level of debris would go on rising, driven by continuing collisions.

The only way to stabilise debris levels over the long run will be to remove entire large items.

"While the concept is straightforward, the implementation is not - e.Deorbit will be like nothing ESA has ever attempted before," explains Robin Biesbroek, ESA's study manager.

"The chaser satellite requires extremely sophisticated guidance, navigation and control to synchronise motion and then capture its target, guided in turn by advanced image processing, blending inputs from optical and multispectral cameras as well as 'laser radar' lidar to derive a precise, reliable sense of the target and its motion.

"In addition, e.Deorbit needs a reliable method of capturing its target. We are now looking at a net, harpoon or gripper as well as advanced robotics to secure the two satellites together.

"Finally, the satellite also requires a very high level of autonomy, because continuous realtime control from the ground will not be practical, especially during the crucial capture phase."

ESA's Clean Space initative, focused on safeguarding the terrestrial and orbital environments, has supported e.Deorbit development so far.

"Industry is eager to participate," says Luisa Innocenti, heading Clean Space. "The mission should be a spectacular showcase for the capabilities of Europe's space businesses.

"The industry consensus is that a new class of 'space tugs' will arise to offer various services such as in-orbit servicing or refuelling.

"The technologies such spacecraft will require overlap with those being developed for e.Deorbit - so it will be the first of the space tugs, demonstrating its performance with an unprecedented achievement.

"After this Ministerial, we propose to finalise the design and realistically test key technologies - including weightless net testing on a suborbital rocket - to be ready to build after final approval from the next Ministerial, for a planned launch in April 2023."

ABC (USA) relaunches unauthenticated streaming service with 7 new original shorts

From http://www.fiercecable.com/story/abc-relaunches-unauthenticated-streaming-service-7-new-original-shorts/2016-07-13

ABC is taking another stab at original, short-form online and mobile video, relaunching its unauthenticated streaming platform with seven original series.

The platform, accessible via ABC.com and various network mobile apps, also includes 38 older long-form shows from the linear channel, including Betrayal, Brothers & Sisters, Felicity, My So-Called Life, School House Rock, Sports Night and Ugly Betty.

A redesigned user interface, meanwhile, is compatible with iOS devices and Apple TV.

The 5- to 7-minute shorts are offshoots of existing linear productions, and have the associated production-quality and talent level. Available today, for example, Boondoggle is produced by the same team that makes ABC's Modern Family and includes series star Ty Burrell playing a meta version of his celebrity self (think Larry David's Curb Your Enthusiasm.)

In addition to ABC Comedy Development, shorts are also being produced by ABC Daytime and ABC Digital Media.

ABC said the platform will be ad-supported.

The announcement comes one day after Fox revealed that it is streaming its prime-time lineup, albeit only to viewers who can authenticate a pay-TV subscription.

NBCUniversal is also using its existing production infrastructure to produce short-form video aimed at mobile users. However, Seeso is based on a $3.99-a-month subscription video on demand model.

CBS, meanwhile, is producing original series — notably a long-form reboot of Star Trek — for its SVOD site, CBS All Access.

All of this unauthenticated activity is coming as broadcast retransmission fees are projected to grow to $10.6 billion by 2020, according to SNL Kagan.

Sky (U.K) UHD launches August 13

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/07/14/sky-uhd-launches-august-13/

Sky has confirmed the launch of what it describes as the UK’s most comprehensive Ultra HD service on Sky Q Silver, available to customers from 13 August. Offering an unrivalled line up of Premier League football, exclusive blockbuster movies, natural history documentaries and gripping dramas, it says viewers will be brought to the heart of the action at home, in enhanced Ultra HD picture quality.

Customers will be able to immerse themselves in 124 live Premier League games this season, and over 70 movies, from the world premiere of Spectre in Ultra HD, to Oscar Winner The Revenant, and box office hit The Martian. There will also be a wide selection of natural history and documentaries, with breath-taking scenes from David Attenborough’s Conquest of the Skies, as well as five new dramas, including hotly anticipated The Young Pope starring Jude Law and Series 4 of The Blacklist.

Further sports, movies, documentaries and drama will follow.

“With Sky Q, we created the world’s best TV experience,” declared Luke Bradley-Jones, Director of TV & Content Products. “Now with the introduction of an unrivalled line-up of Ultra HD TV, the service is going to get even better, truly enhancing customers’ viewing experience. So whether you’re a football fan, movie buff, natural history enthusiast or drama junkie, customers looking for the next-generation of TV viewing will love it.”

Ultra HD is available to customers with a Sky Q Silver box and subscription at no extra cost.

From 13 August, customers will be able to watch the most comprehensive range of sports, movies, documentaries and dramas in the enhanced detail and clarity of Ultra HD, with highlights in the first year including:
•124 live Premier League games including the first game of the new season Hull City v Leicester City
•Every race from Formula 1 2017
•Over 70 movies with premieres including Spectre, The Revenant, The Martian, Bridge of Spies, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials and Concussion
•Over 30 Sky Store rental movies from Angry Birds to the entire Ghostbusters and Men In Black box sets
•The biggest ever library of movies from Minority Report to Forrest Gump, The Godfather, Jerry Maguire, Zoolander, The Da Vinci Code and Spider-Man trilogy
•Ultra HD movie themed collections including Blockbusters, Action, Drama and Oscar winners
•A wide selection of natural history and documentaries, from Sky’s David Attenborough catalogue, to Sky 1’s Big Cats: An Amazing Animal Family and brand new Monkeys: An Amazing Animal Family, as well as Richard Hammond’s Jungle Quest.
•Five new dramas including The Young Pope, featuring Jude Law, and directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino, a joint production of Sky, HBO and Canal+, as well as new Series 4 of The Blacklist, and the box set Series 1-3.
•Plus other entertainment, including comedy series The Trip To Spain starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, Sky Arts’ Landscape Artist of the Year 2016 and Blur in concert.

According to Paolo Pescatore, Director, Multiplay and Media at CCS Insight, Sky will bring one of the most comprehensive 4K catalogue across all genres to the UK market, which firmly reinforces its market leadership. “In our opinion, this will kick start consumer appetite for 4K in the UK. Though BT was the first provider to launch 4K in the UK, it has failed to see any meaningful uptake to its BT TV service. Despite a huge investment in 4K, BT has failed to build upon its early mover advantage.

We believe that this will drive uptake to Sky’s latest and greatest pay TV service, Sky Q. Though the concept of fluid viewing has failed to resonate with consumers, premium content in 4K such as Premier League will drive awareness, appetite and enhance their viewing experience. As we’ve said repeatedly, Sky’s close relationship with content and rights owners still puts it in a far stronger position than its competitors. The announcement is well-timed with Monday’s announcement from EE making BT Sport available to selected mobile customers. But, more importantly, it comes when all providers will start to heavily promote their respective multi-play bundles ahead of the new Premier League football season. It’s going to be a very busy second half of the year with Sky’s entry into mobile, Vodafone’s debut in TV and Virgin Media’s new set-top box. Sky’s latest move throws down the gauntlet to others, so let battle commence.”

Strategy Analytics’ David Mercer (Principal Analyst – Digital Consumer Practice) estimates that 1.7 million UK homes, 6 per cent of the population, currently own an Ultra HD TV. “While audience numbers are likely to be low in the early days, since Sky Q has only recently launched, this is an important statement from the UK’s leading pay TV broadcaster that Ultra HD is here to stay and represents the future of television viewing. Sky has leapfrogged BT back into top spot with its Ultra HD launch, which is the most comprehensive Ultra HD service available in the UK, if not worldwide. BT will now be under pressure to expand its own Ultra HD offer,” he suggests.


Well Done ! Rocket Labs, can't wait to see a local launch.

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Rocket Lab unveils new satellite deal

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11673216

NZ rocket company Rocket Lab has unveiled a deal to send at least three satellites into space from its Mahia Peninsula base.

Earth imaging satellite company Planet and Rocket Lab have signed an agreement for the launches on its Electron launch vehicle.

The agreement will see Electron used to expand and replenish Planet's existing on-orbit fleet of Dove satellites. Planet will utilise the full capacity of Electron for each of the launches, which are scheduled to begin next year.

Rocket Lab is on track to launch test vehicles later this year from a facility it is building on the Mahia Peninsula, south of Gisborne.

The Auckland-based company aims to launch "affordable and frequent services" to carry small satellites into space.

Rocket Lab chief executive Peter Beck said launch costs would be US$4.9 million -- much less than the cost of traditional rocket launches.

Beck said Planet shared his company's vision of seeing space infrastructure enhance how people understood Earth.

San Francisco-based Planet takes high-resolution pictures of Earth every day from its dozens of small satellites.

The startup has more than 100 customers - from agricultural giants like Bayer CropScience to humanitarian organisations - accessing its images and data through a software platform.

When a wildfire erupted in Alberta, Canada, and a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador, Planet released high resolution imagery of the affected regions for free, available under an open usage license, Bloomberg reports.

Planet was founded in 2010 by a team of scientists who worked together at Nasa Ames, a major research center in Silicon Valley and was last year valued at about US$1.1 billion.

Planet joins Nasa, Spire and Moon Express as customers announced to fly on Rocket Lab's Electron launch vehicle.

The company has three Electron rockets on its production line at its base near Auckland Airport.

The company, founded in 2006, has investors including Khosla Ventures, K1W1, Bessemer Venture Partners and Lockheed Martin.

Sky Pacific to show live coverage of the Rio Olympics

From http://fijivillage.com/news/Sky-Pacific-to-show-live-coverage-of-the-Rio-Olympics--5ksr29/

Good news for those who cannot access Fiji One or FBC TV as there is confirmation today that Fiji One will also provide the live feed of the Rio Olympics to Sky Pacific.

People who do not get clear reception for any of the free to air TV channels in the country have been raising concern on whether there will be any coverage through the satellite Pay TV channel.

People contacted Fijivillage from parts of Vanua Levu, Kadavu, Pacific Harbour, Nasinu, Naitasiri, Tailevu, Ra and Ba.

CEO of Fijian Holdings Limited which is the majority shareholder of Fiji TV, Nouzab Fareed says that full Olympics coverage will be given to Sky Pacific by Fiji TV as that was part of the agreement when Sky Pacific was purchased by Digicel Fiji.

Digicel Fiji says it is still sorting out broadcast coverage details and will make further announcements soon.

Digicel Fiji CEO, Darren McLean will comment later on all these issues.

Thaicom intros 3G/4G satellite mobile backhaul with AIS

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/thaicom-intros-3g4g-satellite-mobile-backhaul-with-ais--1153033

Thai satellite operator Thaicom has launched a mobile backhaul service for 3G/4G signal in remote areas during periods when network usage is high. Thaicom will use its C-band and IPSTAR systems to provide mobile backhaul for Thai mobile network operator AIS, to power full coverage throughout Thailand.

Thaicom’s mobile backhaul service was developed to support mobile networks using satellite signal on Thaicom’s C-band and IPSTAR systems to connect both fixed and mobile base stations on the ground, providing smartphone users with 3G/4G services and expanded coverage area.

Thaicom has provided this service to large mobile network operators abroad, including an operator in Japan and another one in India. For AIS, Thaicom has developed and installed a system of both fixed base stations and mobile trucks to send and receive signal. Aside from providing service under normal conditions, mobile backhaul can also aid in establishing communications during crisis or disaster situations when ground-based networks cannot be used.

Globecast provided multiple contribution services for UEFA Euro 2016

From http://www.screenafrica.com/page/news/satellite-and-signal-technology/1659221-Globecast-provided-multiple-contribution-services-for-UEFA-Euro-2016#.V4Tx7WdXqUk

Globecast, a global solutions provider for media, provided a range of contribution services for multiple broadcasters covering the UEFA Euro 2016 competition. Contested every four years, this year’s event – held in France - was the first time the tournament featured 24 teams from across Europe.

Globecast provided a combination of SNG and contribution satellite services for an Italian broadcaster, managing all contribution between the International Broadcast Center (IBC) at Porte de Versailles and its dedicated outdoor studio near Paris’ iconic Eiffel tower. All contributions to and from the IBC were also being managed for a French and South African broadcaster.

Globecast was also contracted to provide and operate a flyaway antenna on the rooftop of a Russian broadcaster’s outdoor studio and manage all contribution transmissions to Russia.

To support its activities during Euro 2016, Globecast provided French, British, Italian and South African engineers – deployed locally in Paris at the individual broadcasters’ studios and/or at IBC – to deliver dedicated support to each customer during the month long competition taking place from 10 June to 10 July 2016.

In addition, Globecast provided live standup positions in Paris/St Denis (with a view of the Stade de France) and Marseilles (with a view of the city and stadium), throughout the competition to serve a number of international TV networks from China, Ukraine, Germany, Japan, South Africa, Malaysia and France.

Michele Gosetti, director of the contribution and media services at Globecast said, “It is a testament to our contribution expertise – whether technical or logistical – that so many of our customers have chosen Globecast to support their coverage of Euro 2016. We have extensive experience of handling contribution from multiple locations at the world’s greatest sporting events and operating in often challenging conditions. Our customers know that we can tailor services to meet their specific needs and that our support engineers have the know-how and language skills to fit seamlessly into their operations.”

FOX launches live primetime streaming in beta

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/07/12/fox-launches-live-primetime-streaming-in-beta/

FOX has become first US broadcast network to live-stream primetime programming to all 210 television markets nationwide, reaching more than 98 per cent of pay-TV subscribers, representing 96 million homes.

From July 11, viewers can access to a simulcast of the network’s primetime entertainment programming via FOX.com and FOX NOW for iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Apple TV and Google Chromecast.

Live streaming debuted with the first live performance episode of the hit dance competition series So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation. Going forward, FOX will simulcast primetime entertainment programming every night, including Wayward Pines, broadcast’s No. 1 scripted series this summer; the hit cooking competition series Masterchef; Hotel Hell; Home Free; the FOX special Teen Choice 2016, airing Sunday, July 31; and all of FOX’s series in the upcoming 2016-17 season. Live sports programming on FOX will continue to be available for streaming via FOX Sports GO.

FOX’s new live-streaming capability will enable FOX affiliates dynamically to insert local-market advertising and display station branding.

“From the start of the on-demand and over-the-top viewing revolution, FOX has been at the forefront of providing greater access to our buzz-defining shows, like Empire, Lucifer, Scream Queens and Family Guy,” said Dana Walden and Gary Newman, Chairmen and CEOs of Fox Television Group. “Adding nationwide primetime live streams is just another great example of how the FOX Digital Consumer Group, under Brian Sullivan’s leadership, is innovating to give viewers the convenience and flexibility to watch our programming whenever and wherever they want.”

Bloomberg, Twitter partner for live streaming

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/07/13/bloomberg-twitter-partner-for-live-streaming/

Bloomberg Media – the consumer-facing media organisation of multi-platform media company Bloomberg – and Twitter are partnering to live stream select Bloomberg Television programmes, including Bloomberg West, What’d You Miss?, With All Due Respect and the network’s markets coverage. The live streaming partnership marks an expansion of Bloomberg’s digital video strategy, extending the network’s reach to Twitter’s massive, global and connected audience of over 800 million people.

“We continue to invest aggressively in innovative distribution models in order to deliver the most critical business and financial news and information to our audience of busy, on-the-go, global executives,” said Bloomberg Media CEO Justin B. Smith. “By partnering with Twitter, viewers from all over the world will now be able to leverage a powerful, real-time platform to consume and react to the news, accelerating our position as a leader in global business video, and offering new and innovative opportunities for our marketing partners.”

“Twitter is one of the fastest ways to find out what’s happening in global business and financial markets, and to engage in the live commentary about it,” said Anthony Noto, Twitter’s chief financial officer. “Partnering with Bloomberg will give people on Twitter the best way to see live financial markets performance combined with the live commentary on the underlying drivers and implications.”

According to Gareth Capon, CEO of Grabyo, the official live streaming partner of Facebook, the partnership demonstrates the increasing role that social platforms are playing in video – and why this is an increasing threat to TV. “Today’s news breaks first on Twitter; before mainstream media and broadcast television. Increasingly, news outlets are using Twitter to break stories before other distribution channels, looking to own a story and drive traffic back to their owned and operated properties.”

“This partnership marks a shift in this strategy as Twitter users will no longer have to leave Twitter to get live video (TV) updates from Bloomberg. Moreover, the combination of live streaming and tweets means users can also follow the conversation on Twitter whilst watching the live show – combining a ‘second screen’ experience into a single platform. An added benefit is the promise of global distribution to Twitter’s 800 million plus total audience and the potential for significant new reach and audience for Bloomberg, which means additional TV advertising dollars.”

“The NFL deal was the highest profile live streaming deal for Twitter, but it’s clear this strategy will be extended to other content verticals where live conversations matter – such as news. Expect other social platforms including Facebook and YouTube to follow suit and look for exclusive distribution deals for their own live content. The rapid growth of social live streaming means there has never been a better time to be a content owner, now the challenge is to ensure linear TV ad dollars are not replaced by social live streaming pennies,” he suggested.

Resurrected radio dish could guide GPS on the moon

From https://www.newscientist.com/article/2096748-resurrected-radio-dish-could-guide-gps-on-the-moon/

Arthur is coming out of retirement. The 26-metre satellite dish that famously brought Britain its first crackly, black-and-white satellite TV pictures from the US in 1962 could one day find a new role as part of a control hub for a lunar GPS.

That’s the ultimate goal of a new initiative announced at the Farnborough International Airshow in the UK this week. Goonhilly Earth Station (GES), which runs 30 satellite dishes strewn across the clifftops of Cornwall’s Lizard peninsula, and Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL), a satellite maker based in Guildford, UK, have hatched a plan to send a blizzard of remote-sensing CubeSats to orbit the moon by 2020.

Tiny and cheap, CubeSats have democratised space science by making it affordable – even to student teams. But until now, they have been limited to missions in Earth orbit. That’s because their diminutive size means they can only have small antennas with which to receive control signals and send data.

But enormous, high power TV uplink dishes like Arthur could communicate with CubeSats at far greater distances from Earth – such as in lunar orbit. NASA’s earth-girding array of massive dishes, the Deep Space Network, offers similar communication range to spacecraft like Mars probes.

To that end, GES and SSTL want to launch an orbiter called Lunar Pathfinder on an Indian rocket. The craft will deliver 7 CubeSats weighing around 12 kilograms each into lunar orbit. They plan to charge customers £1 million per kilogram.

SSTL and GES are seeking customers for their idea and will make the final decision in February. But they already have four companies willing to fly lunar CubeSats with them, says Matthew Cosby, chief scientist at GES. “Prospecting for lunar mining is one promising application,” he says.

Close shave

The partners hope to launch a CubeSat-laden Lunar Pathfinder every two years. When there are enough of them in orbit, the orbiters could work together to provide a GPS-like navigation system for future lunar colonists, says GES CEO Ian Jones.

If these ambitious plans come to pass, it will have been a close shave for Goonhilly. The site was supposed to have been closed down by BT (British Telecommunications), its former owner, and turned into a wind farm.

But Jones – a former BT research engineer – saw the site’s potential. So he and colleagues raised venture capital to buy the site from BT in 2014.

“We’ve now renovated the dishes and got all the antennas back up and running again,” he says. “It wasn’t easy – some had trees growing through them.”


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One small step for Mahia, one giant leap for NZ

From http://m.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11671758

Sheep, hills, remoteness and rockets. New Zealand is about to blast off from distant Mahia and into the world's $350 billion space economy, reports Jamie Morton.

Stand in the main street of Mahia on a mid-winter morning and you'll hear little else but tui singing from the pohutukawa that line its shore, or the cattle trucks that occasionally rattle through.

It's a classic picture of East Coast isolation: white cliffs, empty beaches, sheep-rutted headlands and faded weatherboard holiday homes.

Getting here takes a two-hour trip from Napier, northward up a winding State Highway 2, then a right turn through run-down Nuhaka and out on to a hilly peninsula.

Mahia itself, population 849, is just the way the locals like it: no gumboots or gang patches are allowed in the Sunset Point Tavern, and the head of a 200kg marlin proudly hangs above the dairy across the road.

Beyond it is another hour's drive to the tip of the peninsula; yet more hills, more sheep, more silence.

For city dwellers, it's nowhere, but to an inventor named Peter Beck, it's the most beautiful launch site on Earth.

In just a few months, one of the sleekest space rockets the world has ever seen will blast off from a grassy, windswept field overlooking the Pacific.

It seems like a strange a spot for New Zealand's Cape Canaveral, but then nothing about Beck's burgeoning business Rocket Lab, or the engineer-cum-entrepreneur himself, ever seemed predictable.

As a boy, one of the first things Beck built was a bike made from aluminium; as a teenager, he overhauled a rusty, dented $300 Mini and fitted it with a turbo-charger.

By the time he was hammering his way through an apprenticeship at Fisher and Paykel, he'd created a rocket bike, a rocket scooter and a jetpack that powered a pair of roller blades.

There was another formative stint at the former Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, but it was the month he spent travelling around the US that seemed to confirm his destiny; he would help change the way we reached space.

When he first started peddling the idea of rockets firing off from tiny New Zealand, a country not particularly renowned for its space capability, many thought him fanciful, or just crazy.

They now know differently.

Just two years after its inception in 2007, Rocket Lab became the first private company in the Southern Hemisphere to reach space, having shot a prototype from Great Mercury Island, owned by one of Beck's staunchest supporters, Sir Michael Fay.

When the lightweight Atea1 rocket powered through the sky at Mach 5 speed until it reached suborbital heights, probably as high as 150km above Earth, the legend had begun.

"It was a huge defining moment, life-changing really," as Beck earlier put it.

"There are other companies doing this stuff that are all glossy with videos and all the rest of it, but we're not like that. We do it, then talk about it, and now we had the credibility to talk." The world sat up, took notice, and climbed aboard for the ride.

Rocket Lab now boasts among its major investors aerospace giant Lockheed Martin, while Nasa and satellite-powered data company Spire have signed up to use the cutting-edge technology that now underpins it, Electron.

It meets the simple business case that small payloads need dedicated small launch vehicles, along with the kind of flexibility not offered by traditional rocket systems.

Beck's rockets have the potential to send fridge-sized satellites into space but cost just $8.4 million to build. Conventional rockets can cost more than $200m to construct.

The big difference is his rocket's nimble size, about a third that of other rockets at just 16m, and its wonderfully ingenious design.

Instead of clunky gas generators, it draws on small high-performance electric motors and lithium polymer batteries, mustering an impressive 4600lb (21,000kg) of thrust.

Its Rutherford engine, successfully tested in Auckland this year, is notably the first in a space vehicle to use 3D printed parts for all its primary components.

Nine of these power the Electron's first stage of launch, before a vacuum variant of the same engine takes over for the second stage. Remarkably, it could lift a 150kg payload to a 500km orbit with less fuel than a Boeing 737 would use to fly from San Francisco to Los Angeles.

For a spot on Electron, Rocket Lab would charge just between $70,000 and $130,000 for a single satellite of the smallest size.

Last August, the company unveiled its online booking system for carrying "nanosatellites", or CubeSats, into space.

Customers will be able to select a date, destination, and position on the rocket for a CubeSat, which can be as small as a 100mm by 100mm cube, and weigh less than 2kg.

"Space is one of the largest emerging industries at the moment, and it's also at that pivotal point of turning from a government-dominated domain to a commercially-dominated domain," Beck tells the Herald on Sunday.

"It's much like the airways 100 years ago: there were a few elites and that was it.

"What we are witnessing now is the democratisation of space, and it's really exciting."

Having built his rocket, the obvious question for Beck was where to send it from. He searched the planet for a launch range that would suit his requirements, and was amused to find the answer was his own country.

New Zealand had a government more than willing to back him and the unique geographical advantage of being able to access an unusually wide range of orbits. But many things still had to fall into place. "If you are launching a rocket, you do so under an FAA [US Federal Aviation Administration] launch licence, which is an incredibly intensive safety programme.

"So you can't just pick a spot and launch. Really, we needed a remote island in the middle of the Pacific ... and it just so happens that New Zealand is a remote island in the middle of the Pacific."

It was a "bit surreal", George Mackey still reckons, when Sir Michael Fay came forward with an out-of-the-blue proposal about space rockets and the Mahia station he helps run.

Fay had bought a farm in the area a few years earlier and had suggested Mahia for Rocket Lab's shortlist.

Mackey and his father Ben, chairman of Onenui Station's owners Tawapata South Maori Incorporation, were then invited to lunch in Napier.

"We walked away from that meeting thinking, jeepers, what's just happened here?"

With 1800 shareholders, Onenui is one of the East Coast's last Maori-owned stations, and has long been a traditional sheep and beef operation.

"I guess when you're farming, you're market-driven and always looking for ways to diversify ... but never with something like this."

When told that another site was being explored - a farm at Lake Ellesmere, south of Christchurch - the opportunity seemed lost. But Mahia won out when consenting challenges put Canterbury out of the running.

Wairoa District Council made a point of showing Beck and his people they wouldn't hit the same snag in Mahia, clearing the consent in only seven days.

"I guess the most important thing we did," says Wairoa mayor Craig Little, "was to be upfront and honest with Rocket Lab and [we] formed a good relationship from the start".

That good faith has been reciprocated. The Mahia community, has been kept up to date with meetings and regular briefings.

Rocket Lab winning local backing of the project is an outstanding feat on its own, given how much Mahia people relish their privacy and isolation, and typically shun the swarms of holidaymakers who arrive every summer.

"Most of our people have been very receptive of Rocket Lab, because they've been very careful to come in and tell us their vision and that there would be no harm to the environment," says local Pauline Tangiora.

She says the concept has gone down particularly well with the kids at Te Mahia School, who were testing rockets they had made out of Coke bottles when the Herald on Sunday visited.

"It's created that context and triggered that curiosity that all kids have," principal Aan Hoek says.

"It's made them engaged, and wondering, and wanting to learn."

The peninsula's iwi is Ngati Rongomaiwahine, descended from the Takitimu and Kurahaupo waka. Mackey doesn't think it too much of a stretch to find some cultural relevance to Beck's rockets. "We've always considered ourselves a celestial people - we navigated our way from Hawaiki by the stars - so there is a potential to share a romantic view of reconnecting with what was done in the past, albeit with modern technology."

Though the plan did spark fears at first, these have largely been allayed by Rocket Lab, which has also brought big benefits to the district.

The company has upgraded 30km of road, built another 4km of new road to access the launch site at Onenui Station, and introduced high-speed internet to a place where there previously was none.

Local contractors have been hired for much of the infrastructure development - a request by the community Beck was more than happy to grant. "The support we've had for the project is phenomenal."

"The one thing that's over there is a lot of pride, and everybody there has worked hard on this and wants to do a really nice job."

There are also real hopes that fascination will fuel another boost for the region: "rocket tourism". According to economic analysis by Australian research group Sapere, each launch will bring 140 visitor nights for the Wairoa district, and tourism in the wider Gisborne region will grow by up to 8 per cent each year.

Tourism Eastland's chief executive, Stuart Perry, doesn't expect this to change the coast's famously laid-back character. "I suspect lying back on a beach with the family having fun and watching a rocket soar into space is a reflection of the unique place the region really is."

Seven months on from the start of construction, the site's concrete pad, launch tower and hangar have taken shape and are nearly ready for commissioning work.

After an initial test launch at some point later this year - it's still unclear exactly when - the company plans to launch rockets every month.

"We've been lucky to have flown in some very senior people from all around the world, and when we're blasting down the coast in a helicopter, their jaws are just sitting on the floor," Beck says.

"I've been to a lot of launch sites around the world, and I can put my hand on my heart and squarely say that it's the most beautiful one in the entire world."

The Government has helped clear regulatory hurdles with a three-in-one regime. This combined a new bill before Parliament, a formal agreement between New Zealand and the US, and signing up to a UN space convention.

In another odd first, New Zealand now also intends to join the UN's

Committee for the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space.

Beck says Rocket Lab, the only launch company in the entire world that enjoys its own private launch range, is now the envy of the space industry.

There are clear reasons why the Government has helped with the groundwork: a new rocket-launch industry carries the potential to pump up to $1.1 billion into the national economy over the next 20 years.

Added to that is between $30m and $110m in "catalyst effects", and between $160m and $340m as a -result of Kiwi industries having easier access to satellite technologies.

Aside from the big cash spin-offs, Beck wants his country to have more expertise in a $350b space industry, and is supporting a new PhD programme at the University of Canterbury.

"New Zealand has some very talented engineers, and in terms of space infrastructure, it doesn't really matter where you are, so it plays right into our hands here," he says. "We've always been at the frontier of niche industries, where we don't do mass-manufacturing and we don't do the stupid stuff. We do the really tricky, complicated, high-value stuff."

It's a point Kiwi scientist Sir Paul Callaghan made shortly before his death.

"We get pretty good at the weird stuff," Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce says.

"And while it's slightly weird to be thinking of New Zealand as a space rocket-launching country, these guys are consistent with a long line of Kiwi inventors who just said, we've got to be able to do it cheaper and this how we might do it."

It is entirely possible that New Zealand could carve a boutique spot out of the space economy, just as it has done in winemaking.

Besides Rocket Lab, and a bold bid by Alexandra-based Bodeker Scientific to create a Centre for Space Science Technology, the country holds only a sprinkling of true ties to the space sector.

These include Auckland-based company Rakon, whose technology was partly behind the probe Rosetta's historic comet landing in 2014, and a group of Auckland scientists helping track the world's first private space flights, led by billionaire Elon Musk's SpaceX.

AUT's pro vice-chancellor of research and innovation, Professor John Raine, sees no reason why Kiwis can't play a larger part, as long as we are realistic about what we can contribute. "I would say one needs to look very seriously at these opportunities, and if we find a way into them, we go for them."

For Beck, letting go of the dream he's finally realising at Mahia for a fat cheque from a big player isn't an option.

"This has been a 10-year crusade for me, my life, and the better part of my professional career, so I'm not looking at going out to pasture any time soon.

"This, really, is the beginning of Rocket Lab. There's a lot more that I need to achieve."

Boost to remote, rural communications services from Optus, Ursys alliance

From http://www.itwire.com/it-industry-news/telecoms-and-nbn/73761-boost-to-remote,-rural-communications-services-from-optus,-ursys-alliance.html

Voice and data communications services in remote and rural areas of Australia will get a boost from a new partnership between Optus Satellite and communications provider Ursys.

The alliance will see URSYS utilise dedicated satellite capacity on Optus’ D2 satellite — as well as providing access to third-party international satellite providers — and Optus’ teleport facilities at Belrose, north of Sydney and the wider Optus infrastructure.

According to Optus Satellite vice-president, Paul Sheridan, the partnership is significant as it “focuses on joint go-to-market opportunities within the targeted LTE, SCADA and unique network industries”.

“This exciting new relationship builds on the deep experience of both Ursys and Optus. Sheridan says the partnership will market demands for a “complete solution, particularly where more than just a simple broadband connection is required”.

Ursys chief executive Grahame Cover says the company has designed, built and managed several nationally significant networks including NT Connect for the Local Government Association of Northern Territory communities, South Pacific Tsunami Warning Network for the Bureau of Meteorology, a national satellite-based Scada network for APA Group and a complete commercial grade Vsat services solution for Cygnus Satellite.

Cover says Ursys and Optus Satellite have proven long-term commitments to remote and rural Australia, and the partnership “combines our expertise to re-define services and offer bespoke solutions to remote business customers with specific network requirements”.

SIIS started KOMPSAT-3A commercial services

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/SIIS_started_KOMPSAT_3A_commercial_services_999.html

SI Imaging Services (SIIS) started commercial services of KOMPSAT-3A imagery with the world's second highest resolution satellite from July, 5th. KOMPSAT-3A is part of the Korean Multipurpose Satellite Program developed and operated by the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) for earth observation purpose.

The earth observation satellite offers clear imagery with a resolution less than 0.5 meter. KOMPSAT-3A, also known as Arirang-3A, was launched into orbit in March last year. After more than a year of successful test operation, SIIS began the commercial services on 5th of July. It would make South Korea the world's second country to enter the less-than-0.5-meter-resolution satellite imagery market after the United States.

KOMPSAT-3A is the sister of KOMPSAT-3, using the same satellite bus and payload. Its local access time is very unique in the afternoon, 13:30, which is the same with KOMPSAT-3. However, since KOMPSAT-3A was put into lower orbit than KOMPSAT-3, it delivers clearer and sharper view.

The same imaging time and similar payload with KOMPSAT-3 will amplify its capacity and help to even out the difference of the color. With KOMPSAT-3A imagery available today with 0.5 meter resolution imagery of KOMPSAT-3 at customer's service, decision makers have new and more options to consider for their needs.

SI Imaging Services (SIIS) is a leading satellite imagery provider for Remote Sensing and Earth Observation. SIIS is the exclusive worldwide marketing and sales representative of KOMPSAT constellation including KOMPSAT-2, KOMPSAT-3, KOMPSAT-3A, and KOMPSAT-5. It is a unique combination of VHR optical and SAR data with variable local access time from the morning to the afternoon (06:00, 10:50, 13:30, 18:00). SIIS provides the satellite imagery worldwide through over 80 sales partners.

Korean Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) is the Korean institute dedicated to aerospace research and is in charge of Korean space program. KARI has developed, and operated its optical remote sensing satellites such as KOMPSAT-1, KOMPSAT-2, KOMPSAT-3, KOMPSAT-3A, and the first Korean SAR the satellite, KOMPSAT-5.

MUOS-5 failed to reach designated orbit

From http://www.military-technologies.net/2016/07/10/muos-5-failed-to-reach-designated-orbit-3/

Last from series of five next generation communication Satellites for U.S. Navy, MUOS-5, failed to reach its designated orbit. Its present position is far for about 20000 km from place where it should start its operational life.

MUOS-5 was Launched on June 24, 2016 on atop of Atlas V (551 configuration) Rocket from Cape Canaveral SLC-41. It was last satellite from MOUS series and its main application was to remain as backup spacecraft over Indian Ocean and replace in CASe of problems one from previous four satellites. Now it seems that backup satellite will need replacement.

MUOS-5 was delivered by Atlas V to transfer orbit with apogee at 35750 km, perigee at 3827 km and inclination of 19.1°. Using its propulsion, satellite should move to GEO orbit. Apogee Kick Motor, Japanese IHI BT-4 bi-fueled (N2H4/MON-3) engine with 450 N of thrust seemed to operate correctly and satellite was gradually approaching to GEO orbit during following days. On July 3, 2016, satellite should already reached position over Pacific; on GEO circular orbit with altitude on 35398 km. Unfortunately MUOS-5 on July 3 was not in designated position. Satellite spotters lost MUOS-5 on July 5 and first gossips about problems with worth $340 million satellite started to appear. U.S. Navy press office announced in statement on July 8, 2016, that MUOS-5 failed to reach GEO orbit planned for testing and remains on medium orbit. MUOS-5 is on orbit with inclination at 9.8° with apogee at 35703 km and perigee at 15242 km. No further detaILS were announced, but according to U.S. Navy, specialists are still working to resume transfer maneuver (surely along with engineers from Lockheed Martin, which was manufacturer of the MUOS-5). Observation of the satellite confirmed that it is probably in controlled spin flight (it generates flashes with regular intervals); it confirms partially that attitude control system (based on reaction wheels and 18 thrusters) is working correctly and it is still possible to continue its journey.

FilmOn, Oi2 partner for Latin content streaming

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/07/08/filmon-oi2-partner-for-latin-content-streaming/

FilmOn TV Networks and Oi2 Media Corp are partnering to add hundreds of Spanish language channels and stations to filmon.com, including top brands in news, sports and music. The move expands the access for both companies into the US Hispanic population of over 51 million people, with $1 trillion in buying power. FilmOn TV is part of FOTV Media Networks.

Oi2 boasts a base of over 1,700 radio broadcast affiliated stations and over 2,000 digital online web stations. It includes top brands such as CNN en Español Radio, Fox Deportes Radio, ESPN Deportes Radio and the AP en Español Radio and key partnerships with NBC-Telemundo to name a few.

Music channels include exa-FM, La Mejor, Alma, Azucar Hits and Synderes. Oi2 currently has a territorial footprint in over 26 countries. The first 50 streams of audio stations will soon launch on filmon.com along with the TV version of the positive hits music channel, Alma. Another 100 radio streams and 25 TV streams will begin distribution via filmon.com over the next 90 days.

“We are so pleased to be able to offer our users Oi2’s amazing content,” said Alki David, CEO of FOTV. “We are committed to becoming to go to streaming service for Spanish speaking audiences all over the world. With Oi2, we will serve—and expand—the fastest growing audience sector online.”

FOTV Media Networks includes FilmOn TV, CinemaNow, OVGuide and Hologram FOTV Productions. FilmOn TV reaches an audience of 70 million unique monthly users with over 800 channels of streaming TV content and over 45,000 VoD titles. CinemaNow offers first tier Hollywood TV and Movie content and OVGuide helps access virtually every video online.

“FilmOn under the leadership of Alki David has built a phenomenal platform reaching global audiences everywhere,” said Anthony Michael Hernandez, Oi2 Media Corp’s CEO. “Oi2’s mission is to be ever-present on all platforms with our marquee content, talent, and brands. FilmOn lends itself to allow us to further expand aggressively into the digital IPTV and OTT marketplace. Serving Latinos is our core business. We are pleased to announce this wonderful partnership and expansion.” By Colin Mann

FilmOn TV Networks and Oi2 Media Corp are partnering to add hundreds of Spanish language channels and stations to filmon.com, including top brands in news, sports and music. The move expands the access for both companies into the US Hispanic population of over 51 million people, with $1 trillion in buying power. FilmOn TV is part of FOTV Media Networks.

Oi2 boasts a base of over 1,700 radio broadcast affiliated stations and over 2,000 digital online web stations. It includes top brands such as CNN en Español Radio, Fox Deportes Radio, ESPN Deportes Radio and the AP en Español Radio and key partnerships with NBC-Telemundo to name a few.

Music channels include exa-FM, La Mejor, Alma, Azucar Hits and Synderes. Oi2 currently has a territorial footprint in over 26 countries. The first 50 streams of audio stations will soon launch on filmon.com along with the TV version of the positive hits music channel, Alma. Another 100 radio streams and 25 TV streams will begin distribution via filmon.com over the next 90 days.

“We are so pleased to be able to offer our users Oi2’s amazing content,” said Alki David, CEO of FOTV. “We are committed to becoming to go to streaming service for Spanish speaking audiences all over the world. With Oi2, we will serve—and expand—the fastest growing audience sector online.”

FOTV Media Networks includes FilmOn TV, CinemaNow, OVGuide and Hologram FOTV Productions. FilmOn TV reaches an audience of 70 million unique monthly users with over 800 channels of streaming TV content and over 45,000 VoD titles. CinemaNow offers first tier Hollywood TV and Movie content and OVGuide helps access virtually every video online.

“FilmOn under the leadership of Alki David has built a phenomenal platform reaching global audiences everywhere,” said Anthony Michael Hernandez, Oi2 Media Corp’s CEO. “Oi2’s mission is to be ever-present on all platforms with our marquee content, talent, and brands. FilmOn lends itself to allow us to further expand aggressively into the digital IPTV and OTT marketplace. Serving Latinos is our core business. We are pleased to announce this wonderful partnership and expansion.”

Deferred GSAT-18 awaits October launch at Kourou

From http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/deferred-gsat18-awaits-october-launch-at-kourou/article8829906.ece

GSAT-18, the country’s upcoming communication satellite, has to wait until October in Kourou in French Guiana for launch after its Japanese co-passenger was found damaged days ahead of the launch planned this month.

The 3.4-tonne satellite would have flown into its orbit on July 12 on a European Ariane 5 rocket along with the Japanese spacecraft.

The launch company, Arianespace, deferred the scheduled double-launch after Japan’s Superbird-8 spacecraft reportedly sustained damage.

Arianespace, which ISRO has contracted to put GSAT-18 into space, now has to find a suitable riding mate for the Indian spacecraft from among its other customers.

A.S. Kiran Kumar, Chairman of the ISRO and Secretary of the Department of Space, said: “Originally, the GSAT-18 was scheduled to be launched on July 12. The launch date is now changed because of the co-passenger developing an issue. We will now have the launch more or less in the first week of October.”

Next GSAT-17

The three-month gap would not affect the available national satellite capacity. The next one, GSAT-17, also by Arianespace, is getting ready for blast-off in the first quarter of 2017, Mr. Kumar told The Hindu .

ISRO is developing its own four-tonne launcher, GSLV-Mk3 or LVM-3, to launch communications satellites like GSAT-18.

Health monitoring

Meanwhile, GSAT-18 remains at the Guiana Space Centre while most of the satellite’s engineering support team that accompanied it from Bengaluru has returned. A small team has stayed back to monitor the health of the spacecraft.

Post-launch, GSAT-18 will be positioned at 74 degrees East longitude, where the older INSAT 4CR (launched in 2007) and INSAT-3C (of 2002) are functioning.

According to ISRO officials, it is not uncommon for launch agencies, including ISRO that launches smaller commercial satellites on its PSLV rocket, to reschedule flights when they are putting more than one spacecraft on a single rocket. All satellites flying together must be compatible in many ways beyond size and shape.

Arianespace now has to find a suitable riding mate for the Indian spacecraft from its customers


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Sky's Low cost Igloo service closing down. As a deal to users they are offering a cheap shift to Skys satellite service. Which is a good move by Sky to try and add xxxxx satellite subs on paper. Remember in their last financials they were expecting a loss of up to 45000 satellite subscribers, this will offset that. I hope they have to hand back their UHF broadcast frequencys, (Channel 31 and 30 in most places).

"Unfortunately it’s time to say goodbye to IGLOO. Next year we will end our transmissions, so this means that from March 2017 you’ll no longer be able to purchase IGLOO Channel Packs, watch Front Row events or IGLOO On Demand. Your IGLOO box will still be able to receive Freeview channels but without any tech support or the on-screen TV guide. Our friends at SKY have an amazing offer for IGLOO customers* and you can find out more about it at www.sky.co.nz/igloo-offer (*terms and conditions apply"


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From the Dish

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JCSAT 3A 128.0E 4120 V ERA News, GoldSun TV, JET Variety, Hollywood Movie Channel, Top TV, Da Ai TV, No. 1, Tien Liang TV, Taiwan Yam TV, Hwazan Satellite TV, FTV News, MTV Taiwan, Dream No. 1, SJTV, SET Taiwan, SET News and Life TV have left .
JCSAT 3A 128.0E 4160 V GTV 1, SET Metro, GTV Entertainment, SET International, GTV Drama, SET Finance, Much TV, GTV K Channel, Taiwan Macroview TV, Azio TV, CSTV Finance, Unique Business News, Express Finance Satellite TV, TACT, TTV World, JET TV, Winner, K-Asia, UCTV, SBN and Taiwan Comprehensive Channel have left .

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Palapa D 113.0E 3600 V "FDI Channel" is now encrypted.

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Thaicom 5 78.5E 3480 H "NB TV, Thai Chaiyo, @TV, Yateem TV, Umm TV and TV Shopping" are now encrypted.

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Sky TV closing down igloo, its low-cost pay TV service that lost millions

From http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/sky-tv-closing-down-igloo-low-cost-pay-tv-service-lost-millions-ck-191404

Sky TV is closing igloo, formed in 2011 as a joint venture with TVNZ to provide low-cost pay TV.

Igloo's 13 premium channels and pay-per-view, on-demand movies will cease to available from March 31 next year as Sky cleans house ahead of its merger with Vodafone and a transmission contract expires.

Subscribers will be offered Sky Basic at $19.95 a month (the same rate as igloo) until July.

TVNZ invested $12.25 million for a 49% share in Igloo in 2012 but reduced its shareholding size to 34% in 2013 before completely exiting the business in June 2014 by selling its remaining shares to Sky for $1.

The state broadcaster took a $3.2 million charge on asset impairments and a $6.3 million charge in 2014.

Sky surveyed igloo users on the possibility of a Super Rugby pass and more online entertainment content but ultimately launched new services Fanpass to attack those markets and igloo languished as a footnote.

Subscriber numbers were never broken out but Sky did acknowledge they never came close to its first-year target of 30,000. The lack of recording capability was one drawback.So was a relative paucity of ondemand content (factors that caused NBR to predict igloo's failure even before it launched).

Sky could upsell frustrated igloo users to MySky. But for TVNZ, it meant the service was a dead-end.

Igloo's closure will free up a modest amount of spectrum. Sky TV corporate comms director Kirsty Way says Sky has yet to decide whether to use the spectrum for itself or try to find a buyer.

Wrestling back on pay TV

From http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=361349

FIJIAN wrestling fans can now watch Raw® and SmackDown® on Sky Pacific.

Digicel (Fiji) Ltd yesterday announced that from today, Sky Pacific subscribers in Fiji, will be able to watch WWE's flagship programs — Raw and SmackDown —on TVWAN Action for the first time.

Raw will air weekly, on Thursday afternoons, while SmackDown will air weekly around midday on Sundays.

This will also be shown to subscribers in the region. Digicel Fiji chief executive officer Darren McLean said the programs promised to bring hours of excitement to local viewers each week.

"Sky Pacific is the new home of WWE in the Pacific and local fans will be thrilled to watch WWE superstars such as world heavyweight champions Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Sasha Banks," he said.

MX1 Reveals New Company Brand as a World-Leading Media Services Company

From http://www.mx1.com/assets/uploads/MX1_release-FINAL.pdf

The first media globalizer, created by the merger of SES Platform Services and RR
Media, will present its full range of services at IBC2016

Munich, Germany, and Airport City, Israel, 6 July 2016 – Following the leading
satellite operator SES’s (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG)
successful completion of the acquisition of RR Media and the latter’s merger with SES
Platform Services, MX1 is the name of the new merged global media services company.
MX1 leverages the capabilities and infrastructure of both companies to offer a full suite
of innovative digital video and media services. The world’s first media globalizer, MX1
works with leading media businesses to transform content into the ultimate viewer
experience for a global audience, amplifying the value of the world’s media content.
Bringing it all together for the first time, MX1 aims to be the new number 1 in Media
eXperience. The company provides highly optimised content management and
distribution services for premium content, utilising the combined global networks of the
merged companies, as well as their cloud technologies, to maximise audience reach
over multiple screens and increase monetisation opportunities for customers. These
services include a comprehensive range of high-quality video and media solutions
delivered over satellite, fibre and the internet.
MX1 offers full continuity and enhanced services to all of SES PS’s and RR Media’s
existing customers and partners. Together, MX1 distributes more than 1,000 TV
channels, manages the playout of 440 channels and delivers syndicated content to more
than 120 leading subscription VOD platforms. The new company has 16 offices
worldwide and operates six global state-of-the-art media centres, enabling customers to
reach billions of people around the world.
Avi Cohen, former CEO of RR Media and newly-named CEO of MX1, said, “This is an
exciting day for us as we introduce a new company to the industry and our new brand
name and logo. MX1 enables new richer viewers’ experiences, the widest audience
reach, and new business models for broadcasters, rights holders, sports organisations
and distributors. We deliver these experiences like no one else, with unrivalled expertise,
an unmatched range of capabilities, proven flexibility, and an enhanced global presence.
This merger allows us to scale-up on a global basis and become the world’s leading
media services provider, delivering next-generation digital video and media solutions to
our worldwide customers. Closer to them, wherever they are, we enable them to
optimise their media and deliver it to global audiences like never before.”

“MX1 brings a new kind of business to the market, serving global customers as a
complete end-to-end media experience provider. We look forward to presenting our new
complete global offering and the management team at IBC Amsterdam in September,”
continued Cohen.
MX1 will present its full range of services at IBC2016 at the RAI Amsterdam, 9-13
September (Stand no. 1.B24).

About MX1

MX1, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SES (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock
Exchange: SESG), is a global leading media services provider. The world’s first media
globalizer works with leading media businesses to transform content into the ultimate
viewer experience for a global audience. With more entertainment, more innovation and
more impact, MX1 offers a full range of content management, delivery and value-added
digital media services. Together, MX1 distributes more than 1,000 TV
channels, manages the playout of 440 channels and delivers syndicated content to more
than 120 leading subscription VOD platforms. The new company has 16 offices
worldwide and operates six global state-of-the-art media centres, enabling customers to
reach billions of people around the world. To find out more, visit www.mx1.com and
follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
Corporate Contact:
Elad Manishviz
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Media Management Business Rising in Importance for Globecast

From http://www.satellitetoday.com/publications/st/2016/07/06/media-management-business-rising-importance-globecast/

[Via Satellite 07-06-2016] Globecast, a major broadcast and media company, is making media management a much larger portion of its business and anticipates that satellite, while still important, will have shorter capacity contracts in the future. Though satellite remains the company’s primary business, Jonathan Morley, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Globecast, told Via Satellite that media management is where he anticipates more substantial growth.

“What we are moving toward is having clients be able to give us files of their content once, and then we can prepare that in a number of different iterations for Video-on-Demand (VOD), Over-the-Top (OTT), etc., tailored to markets around the world all in one process. That’s as opposed to them having to give us content for linear and then having to go somewhere else for VOD or OTT. We are trying to capitalize on doing everything in a one-stop-shop situation,” said Morley.
Globecast today has media centers in Singapore, London and Los Angeles, handling media management, playout, and other services for broadcasters using satellite or terrestrial distribution. The company started doing linear playout around 2007 with small channels in Europe and has grown this part of its business from there. What began as developing in-house solutions based on specific customer needs eventually accumulated into a lucrative skillset for the company. Morley described media management as a constantly evolving field with significant potential for more growth.

“The market becomes more sophisticated with clients asking for advertising metrics associated with their channels. We are partnering with other companies to see if they can provide that information for us to give back to them. One thing leads to another,” he said.

This move toward partnerships, in turn, means creating a company landscape that is adaptable to different customer needs. For example, Morley said customers can often get better market analytics with OTT and VOD than they can necessarily with satellite. Furthermore, it can be difficult to “rewrap” linear content with different metadata for VOD and other markets.

“It doesn’t mean we are turning our back on satellite,” explained Morley. “It is still important for us, and it’s anyone’s guess how much longevity satellite has. I am relatively optimistic. I still think it’s a good way to deliver a large amount of channels, especially to those that are remote. It still costs about $400 more to get to a house, say in a rural area, than it does by satellite because you have to install cable or fiber to that location. For now, it’s still cheaper to address those parts of the market via satellite.”

An example of this is Globecast’s recent contract win with French broadcasting group France Televisions. The contract allows for the transmission of cycling events including the Tour de France using satellite and cellular service. However, Globecast’s need for satellite is changing, and Morley said contracts of shorter duration than the typical 10 to 15 year leases operators commonly push would be preferred going forward.
“I think we are definitely going to shorter contracts in taking leases on satellite operator’s space. There are some deals now where you can do pay-as-you go, so you don’t necessarily have to pay for an entire transponder, you can agree with a satellite operator to set it up incrementally,” Morley said, adding that satellite operators appear more willing to share risk with the company than make the burden of filling up transponders solely their customer’s concern. “Those are quite useful for us. In the past it’s always been up to us to buy a transponder and fill that with clients. The terms aren’t quite as difficult now as they have been in the past.”
Morley noted that media management is becoming a more competitive market. SES recently made a major move into this space through its acquisition of Israel-based RR Media, merging the company with its subsidiary SES Platform Services in Germany. Morley said it is a visible trend, particularly at trade shows, that more companies are trying to accomplish to provide a number of broadcast services rather than specialize in one skillset or technology.

Along with the focus on media management, Globecast is also shifting its core network from Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH) to Internet Protocol (IP). Morley said IP makes bandwidth more scalable, providing efficiency savings whether dealing with satellite, cable or fiber. Globecast began this transition roughly 18 months ago and he estimated it would be another 12 to 18 months before the transition is complete.

Thaicom launches SpaceBox Step-1 satellite project

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/thaicom-launches-spacebox-step-1-satellite-project--1152310

Thai satellite operator Thaicom has launched 'SpaceBox Step-1: Thailand's CubeSat for the Next Generation', an educational and research project to develop small satellites conducted under the company's 'Connectivity for Sustainability' initiative. The project is a collaboration with King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi, Darunsikkhalai School for Innovative Learning, and researchers from SpaceBox Laboratory to inspire Thai youth with an interest in space and to drive innovation and progress in the Thai satellite and space industries.

Permira in talks to sell Asia Broadcast Satellite

From http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/173bfe90-437f-11e6-9b66-0712b3873ae1.html#axzz4DiEK8OL7

Permira, the UK private equity group, has held talks with a handful of global satellite operators on the sale of Asia Broadcast Satellite, or ABS, a deal that could fetch upwards of $1bn.

Madrid-based Hispasat and Japan’s JSAT Corp are among the companies in talks about buying the satellite business that Permira acquired in 2010 for about $200m, according to people briefed on the conversations.

Luxembourg-listed satellite operator SES also looked at the company, the people said. However, SES said this month that it had exercised an option to acquire full control of orbiting satellite network O3b for $730m, a transaction that is likely to keep it out of the bidding for ABS.

The first round of bids for ABS were submitted last week, the people added. Goldman Sachs is advising Permira on the sale.

Permira and JSAT declined to comment. Hispasat and Goldman Sachs did not respond to request for comment.

The sale process comes as larger satellite operators have been battered this year. A growing number of smaller technology companies are challenging industry incumbents with lower-cost, high-capacity systems.

France-based Eutelsat has warned of lower demand from broadcasters, and analysts highlight a shift by viewers from satellite TV to fibre-based internet-based services, as well as channel closures.

Inmarsat, a UK-based satellite telecoms group, has also found competition rising as demand slows.

Through the first five months of this year, Inmarsat, SES and Eutelsat saw their shares drop by more than a quarter — wiping more than £6bn from their market value.

One person following the ABS deal said Permira would be fortunate to fetch an enterprise value of $1bn in these conditions. This person added that ABS makes around $100m in earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation and the sector tends to trade at between 6 to 7 times ebitda.

Another person added that the positioning of ABS’s satellite fleet may help improve the value of the company and make it worth up to $1.5bn.

ABS was founded in Hong Kong in 2006 by Thomas Choi, who is still chief executive. It operates a fleet of seven satellites that provide broadcast and data services covering 80 per cent of the world’s population, according to the company’s website. Three of those satellites were deployed after Permira’s acquisition, with the most recent launching in June this year.

Under Permira’s management, ABS has doubled its employees to 200 and more than trebled the number of physical transponders from 103 in 2010 to 348 at the end of 2015, according to the private equity group’s website.

OneWeb “on schedule” for 720 new satellites

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/07/07/oneweb-on-schedule-for-720-new-satellites/

Jersey-based OneWeb’s plans for a constellation of 700 satellites to provide broadband and Internet is on schedule.

According to a report in trade mag Space News the new constellation will have in place its sub-contractors by early August. The preliminary design review has already been concluded.

The plan is to have an initial 10 satellites launched late in 2017, and then tested in orbit to ensure functionality and reliability. This debut also secures the frequencies under ITU rules.

It is only following this launch of an initial 10 satellites that construction will start on an overall total of 890 craft, at a rate of more than one per day. The extra satellites are needed to have back-up satellites ready for launch.

The size of the prospective orders for components dwarfs anything that the satellite industry has ever achieved.

Nevertheless, the plan is on track, says Space News quoting OneWeb’s COO Eric de Saintignon, for the entire constellation to be in orbit by the end of 2019.

Flightradar24 completes space-based ADS-B flight tracking test

From http://www.airport-technology.com/news/newsflightradar24-completes-space-based-ads-b-flight-tracking-test-4941002

Swedish aircraft flight information service provider Flightradar24 has completed its first space-based automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) flight tracking test.

Flightradar24 has concluded the trial in collaboration with Airbus Group subsidiary Airbus Defence and Space, and Denmark-based business GomSpace.

The company used the GomSpace Express-3 (GOMX-3) satellite to gather ADS-B data from flights travelling over the Atlantic Ocean outside Flightradar24's terrestrial coverage area.

The data was then integrated into the Flightradar24 network, which is the first for any commercial flight tracking service, to ensure global ADS-B coverage.

Flightradar24 collected data through the GOMX-3 nano-satellite, which is a collaboration between GomSpace and the European Space Agency launched last October.

The data was transmitted to a ground receiver and processed at the Airbus Defence and Space ground segment, before being combined with schedule and route information and displayed on Flightradar24.

The GOMX-3 satellite takes nearly 90 minutes to complete each revolution around the earth at a speed of 27,440km every hour.

"The GOMX-3 satellite takes nearly 90 minutes to complete each revolution around the earth at a speed of 27,440km every hour."

This enables Flightradar24 to capture data and download it from the satellite as it moves from southwest to northeast across the Atlantic Ocean.

The company could receive positions from 192 airplanes from the first two passes of the satellite over the Atlantic Ocean.

Aeroplanes that were tracked with the GOMX-3 satellite were highlighted in blue icons, along with the T-GOMX3 radar code.

Though the area of satellite coverage for a single pass is limited, the data collected is important for Flightradar24 to expand the satellite ADS-B coverage in the future.

Dish denies M&A talks with Videocon d2h

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/07/06/dish-denies-ma-talks-with-videocon-d2h/

There’s talk again of consolidation within the Indian DTH pay-TV market.

The rumour-mill suggests that Videocon d2h is looking to sell out, and that market-leader Dish TV could be the acquirer – which it firmly denies and adding the usual “we do not comment on market speculation and rumour”.

But a well-researched report on India’s CNBC-TV18 business news channel suggests there’s some substance to this particular deal, and the report said that currently Videocon d2h is asking too much cash.

“This is because Videocon’s asking price is currently higher than what Dish TV has offered. Even the lenders have suggested that sale of Videocon d2h to Dish TV is likely,” the business news channel reported.

Dish TV claims some 14.5 million subscribers. Videocon d2h claims 11.86 and has grown rapidly over the past year or two. Videocon d2h is NASDAQ listed and backed by Harry Evans Sloan and Jeff Sagansky’s Silver Eagle Corp. Silver Eagle bought into Videocon d2h in January 2015.


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Optus D1 160.0E 12456 H "Bravo New Zealand" has started on, Fta.Four, TV 3 Waikato, TV 3 Wellington and TV 3 Christchurch have left.
Optus D1 160.0E 12519 H "Bravo New Zealand +1 has replaced Four +1" Fta.

ChinaSat 6B 115.5E 4060 V "CCTV Classic, CCTV National Defense Military Affairs, CCTV Fashion Music, CCTV Remembers Past Times Theater, CCTV Soccer, CCTV Golf & Tennis, CCTV Theater, CCTV Drama and CCTV World Geography" are Fta.

Palapa D 113.0E 4014 V "ElShop has replaced E-Box" on , Fta.

Yamal 401 90.0E Telekanal Futbol has left 11092 H and 11265 H.

Intelsat 15 85.2E 12600 V "STS, Domashniy, STS Love and Che" have left .

Horizons 2 84.8E 11840 H "STS, Che and Domashniy" have left .

Apstar 7 76.5E 3848 V "YES" is encrypted again.
Apstar 7 76.5E 4079 H "Raajje TV" on is now encrypted.
Apstar 7 76.5E 4129 V "BTV, BTV World and Sangshad TV" have left .

ABS 2 75.0E 10985 H "Tlum" is now encrypted.
ABS 2 75.0E 11045 H "Russkiy Roman" on is now encrypted.
ABS 2 75.0E 11473 V "Fashion TV Russia" has started on , Fta

Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 11356 V "TV New" has left .

Intelsat 20 68.5E 4163 H "Express Entertainment, Express News and Times" have left .

Express AT1 56.0E 12130 R "Perviy kanal CIS" has started on , Irdeto.

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Sky's $5b merger gets quickfire OK from shareholders

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11669645

Sky Television shareholders spent about 20 minutes giving approval to the merger plan with Vodafone at today's special meeting. Photo /Dean Purcell

Sky Television's $5 billion merger with Vodafone New Zealand, which got the green light from the pay TV operator's investors this morning, is set to transform New Zealand's media landscape.

But Sky shareholders had remarkably little to say during the meeting held to approve the transaction at Auckland's Pullman hotel.

Only two questions were asked, with only one of those directly related to the merger.

The meeting was over in under 20 minutes.

The first question came from a shareholder who requested clarification on the risks of the deal, which still requires Commerce Commission and Overseas Investment Office approval.

That prompted Sky TV chief executive John Fellet to carry a copy of the merger's explanatory memorandum over to chairman Peter Macourt, who was addressing shareholders from the podium.

Macourt then went through potential dangers disclosed in the document, such as completion and integration risks and uncertainty around the market value of shares.

The second and final question related to the continuation of dividend payments.

Macourt provided reassurance that the firm was on track to return cash to investors, which seemed to please the crowd.

Sky's shareholders have voted in favour of the proposed merger with Vodafone.

From there the meeting moved on to the casting of votes on three resolutions - approval of the acquisition, approval of new debt being taken on by Sky and the approval of a share issue.

As the event came to a close, Macourt encouraged shareholders to hang around and enjoy the morning tea spread Sky had put on.

To be fair, the outcome of today's meeting was decided before it began.

Close to 80 per cent of the votes were cast by proxy ahead of the meeting.

Almost all of those were in favour of the deal, which involves Sky acquiring Vodafone NZ for $3.44 billion through the issue of new shares at $5.40 a piece and $1.25 billion in cash, giving Vodafone Europe a 51 per cent share in the combined group.

Overall, 99.96 per cent of votes were cast in favour of each of the three resolutions.

After the meeting, Macourt said Sky was delighted with strong support shareholders had shown for the merger.

"This is a great endorsement from our shareholders of this significant transaction, which Sky's board believes provides an unprecedented opportunity to create an integrated telecommunications and media group that is truly innovative in the New Zealand market and that embraces the digital future," he said.

Through the merger, Sky hopes to address some of the key challenges it faces in a fast-changing media environment, such as competition from high-speed broadband and the rise of streaming services such as Netflix.

Sky plans to borrow $1.8 billion from Vodafone to fund the purchase, repay its existing debt and fund the working capital needs of the group after the merger.

The pay TV firm and Vodafone have offered "bundled" broadband, phone service and pay-TV packages for around 10 years.

The deal, scheduled to be completd by the end of the year, is expected to reduce costs for the merged entity and make being a customer of both companies a more attractive proposition for consumers.

The merged business will have roughly 4000 staff and revenue of around $3 billion.

• Sky TV and Vodafone NZ are seeking permission to merge

• Sky shareholders have just overwhelmingly voted to approve the plan

• The proposal, which still requires Commerce Commission approval, involves Sky acquiring Vodafone New Zealand for $3.44 billion through the issue of new shares, giving Vodafone Europe a 51 per cent share in the combined group, and cash of $1.25 billion.

• Sky plans to borrow $1.8 billion from Vodafone to fund the purchase, repay its existing debt and fund the working capital needs of the group after the merger.

• Sky and Vodafone have offered "bundled" broadband, phone service and pay-TV packages for around 10 years, but the deal is expected to reduce costs for the merged entity and make being a customer of both firms a more attractive proposition for consumers - by offering mobile phone services, for instance.

• The merged business will have roughly 4000 staff and revenue of around $3 billion.

Maria Mahony appointed general manager of Bravo NZ

From http://www.newshub.co.nz/business/maria-mahony-appointed-general-manager-of-bravo-nz-2016070611#axzz4Dc4ivOXQ

Mediaworks and NBCUniversal International Networks has announced Maria Mahony as the general manager of Bravo New Zealand.

She joins Bravo from Lightbox, where she was head of programming and local content.

Ms Mahony has also worked for MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and TVNZ over the past 17 years.

"Kiwis have long shown that they love quality reality content and I'm excited that we'll be able to deliver them a winning proposition comprised of both well-known franchises and exciting, original series - including the highly anticipated The Real Housewives of Auckland," says Ms Mahony.

A five-member board has also been announced for the joint venture, let by Chris Taylor from NBCUniversal International.

"Maria's blend of traditional and new media expertise make her an ideal fit for Bravo," says Mr Taylor, and her experience "will best-position Bravo New Zealand for growth".

The board will also include Justin Che and Christine Fellowes from NCBUniversal International, alongside MediaWorks chief content officer Andrew Szusterman and MediaWorks board director Julie Christie.

It is understood that MediaWorks' investment in Bravo NZ was supported by Oaktree, which has made an equity injection of $4.5m covering MediaWorks' share of the JV establishment costs.

Legal action stops South Africa STB production

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/07/05/legal-action-stops-south-africa-stb-production/

South Africa’s never-ending road to digital adoption was dealt another blow with the production of locally built set-top boxes ceasing because of a legal action.

In May the country’s Supreme Court set aside the government’s decision not to include encryption software into its digital set-top boxes. Universal Service and Access Agency of SA, a major supplier of the nation’s STBs, said that following legal advice it had received after the court’s judgment, it “decided to suspend” production until a further “directive from the executive authority”.

That judgement is now the subject of an appeal.

Two other major suppliers are involved in producing an initial 1.5 million boxes (out of a total plan for 5 million), but to date just 450,000 have been manufactured. These are only trickling into the market. In May, for example, the Northern Cape region received just 6348 units.

ITU ratifies new HDR standard

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/07/05/itu-ratifies-new-hdr-standard/

The ITU has announced – and confirmed – the REC-2100 enhanced standard, and which builds on the ‘REC-2020’ standard for high-dynamic range (HDR) broadcasting.

“[HDR] represents a major advance in television broadcasting. HDR brings an incredible feeling of realism, building further on the superior colour fidelity of ITU’s Ultra-High Definition Television Recommendation BT.2020. ITU’s Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) has developed the standard – or Recommendation – in collaboration with experts from the television industry, broadcasting organisations and regulatory institutions in its Study Group 6,” said the ITU.

“REC-2100 brings a further boost to television images, giving viewers an enhanced visual experience with added realism. The HDR-TV Recommendation allows TV programmes to take full advantage of the new and much brighter display technologies. HDR-TV can make outdoor sunlit scenes appear brighter and more natural, adding highlights and sparkle. It enhances dimly lit interior and night scenes, revealing more detail in darker areas, giving TV producers the ability to reveal texture and subtle colours that are usually lost with existing Standard Dynamic Range TV.”

The HDR-TV Recommendation details two options for producing High Dynamic Range TV images. The Perceptual Quantization (PQ) specification achieves a very wide range of brightness levels using a transfer function that is finely tuned to match the human visual system and the Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG) specification [backed by the BBC and NHK of Japan] which offers a degree of compatibility with legacy displays by more closely matching the previously established television transfer curves. The Recommendation also outlines a simple conversion process between the two HDR-TV options.

“The ITU-R Recommendation BT.2100 also allows TV producers to choose from three levels of detail or resolution: HDTV (1920 by 1080), and UHDTV ‘4K’ (3840 by 2160) and ‘8K’ (7680 by 4320) – all of which use the progressive imaging system with extended colour gamut and range of frame-rates in ITU’s UHDTV Recommendation BT.2020.”

“This Recommendation is the culmination of three years of intensive work by dedicated image experts from around the world. HDR images are stunning and this is another major step forward in television quality,” said Andy Quested, Chairman of ITU-R Working Party 6C (WP 6C), which developed the new standard. “Programme makers today need a much wider range of options in order to meet the expectations of the different platforms they must supply, and this need for flexibility is catered for within the framework of a stable ITU-R Recommendation.”

Setanta Sports becomes Eir Sport

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/07/05/setanta-sports-becomes-eir-sport/

The Setanta brand has ceased to exist in Ireland with Eir’s acquisition of the group resulting in a name change across the TV package.

Eir Sport, the new name for the former Setanta Sports package, has been unveiled over six months after the former purchased the latter.

Calling it a “fresh and modern identity”, Eir’s Jon Florsheim spoke of his company’s ambition in the TV market, with the newly-named six-channel Sport Pack now consisting of Eir Sport 1 and Eir Sport 2; BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2, BT Sport Europe and BT Sport ESPN.

“Today is the most tangible proof point yet of our transformation as we become a broadcaster, supplying an amazing range of live sport to customers throughout Ireland,” he said.
In a separate deal, the package is available free to all existing Eir broadband customers, of which the company claims there are 370,000 in Ireland.

“Not only does this provide customers with quality content, we are also letting customers choose how they want to watch that content either at home on the TV or on the go via the Eir Sport app.”

The company also announced a collection of licensing agreements, including the 2019 Rugby World Cup, the full suite of F1 coverage through to 2018 and the Rio Paralympic Games.


Unhappy mothers flood Bravo tv's Facebook page, unhappy at the loss of all the Childrens programming on TV4. No longer can they use TV4 to babysit their kids for 6 hours every morning.

There is already an online petition trying to get TV4 back with over 3000 signatures.

This is what I would do. I would take the Bravo+1 channel renamed it 4Kids, put a 12 hour block of Kids programs. Then rent out the 6pm to 6a.m slot or screen retro classic shows in that block. Harmless non adult family type content, Get Smart, Happy Days etc..similar to Jones! channel

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Intelsat 19 166.0E 3920 V "TVWan Life, TVWan Action, Fight Sports, Paramount Channel Asia, MTV Live HD Australia, Discovery Channel Southeast Asia, Boomerang Asia and B4U Movies Asia Pacific have started on , encrypted. Fox Crime Asia, Toonami Asia, MTV South East Asia, Fox Family Movies, Super Channel, FX Asia, TBN Asia and TVWan Sports" have left.

Palapa D 113.0E 3600 V "FDI Channel and Indonesia Healthy Channel" have started on, Fta. MD Channel, AXN East Asia, Kix, Pelangi, Space Toon Plus, Cartoon Network South East Asia, K+, Zee Bioskop, Disney Channel Asia, Disney Junior Asia and Celestial Movies Indonesia have left 3600 V.
Palapa D 113.0E 3980 V "CinemaWorld, Animax East Asia, CNN International Asia Pacific, Zee Hiburan, Life Inspired, Galaxy, Aljazeera English and Indonesia Healthy Channel" have left .
Palapa D 113.0E 4014 V "E-Box has replaced Prambors Channel" on , Fta.

NSS 11 108.2E 12677 V "Hwazan Satellite TV" has left .

NSS 11 & SES 9 108.2E The G Sat package has moved from NSS 11 to SES 9.

SES 9 108.2E The TVB Network Vision mux has moved from NSS 11: 12651 V to SES 9: 12651 V.

Telkom 1 108.0E 3732 H "Space Toon 1 Indonesia" is back on, Fta.
Telkom 1 108.0E 3787 H "TV Edukasi" has left .

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3960 H "RTP Internacional Ásia and TVE Internacional Asia" have started on, Fta.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3480 H "Thai Chaiyo, @TV, Umm TV and TV Shopping" are Fta.

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Australia: ABC, Netflix expand content deal

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/07/04/australia-abc-netflix-expand-content-deal/

Australian national broadcaster ABC has extended its relationship with Netflix as new managing director Michelle Guthrie confirmed her desire to allow the corporation’s content to reach audiences across all platforms.

Streaming giant Netflix has now added more than 200 hours of content from 30 titles distributed via ABC Commercial to its Australian and New Zealand platforms.

Speaking at ANU’s Crawford Australian Leadership Forum in Canberra last week, Guthrie said: “increasingly we have to think about ways of partnering with third parties to make sure that our content and our amazing journalism is available everywhere”.

Parents angry as Bravo kills off Sesame St

From http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/tv-radio/81774840/parents-angry-bravo-has-replaced-childrens-programming-with-infomercials.html?cid=facebook.post.81774840

Seasame St will no longer be available free-to-air in New Zealand after Mediaworks ditched FOUR.

For the first time in generations, Kiwi kids can't watch Sesame Street on free-to-air TV.

The beloved children's show has disappeared from New Zealand screens after Mediaworks canned FOUR, the channel it aired on.

On Saturday FOUR replaced with Bravo, a channel airing non-stop reality programming like Real Housewives, Top Chef and Keeping up with the Kardashians.

Say goodbye to your favourite Sesame Street characters - they're gone from free-to-air TV in New Zealand.

A Mediaworks spokesperson confirmed Sesame Street, which has run in the USA since 1969, was not part of the network's plans for its new channel.

"We have made a commercial decision to replace FOUR with Bravo. We are focusing on local kids content as part of TV3's afternoon lineup. Sesame Street does not play a part in that schedule."

The move away from children's programming has not pleased some parents, who have vented their frustration on the Bravo Facebook page. One mother wrote:

"I simply cannot believe that the quality kids programming such as Sesame Street and Emma, which had allowed a precious 15min+ window for us to get dressed and breakfast ready in the mornings, has been replaced by 3 hours of infomercials and then reality TV. It is a greedy and transparent move that has disappointed a lot of people."

"I was sooooo excited about this channel ... until I realised Sesame Street had been taken off ... not happy ... my poor children look forward to that in the mornings," another mum said.

Others have implored the channel to bring back children's programming in its 6am to 9am slot, which is currently filled by infomercials.

"Please bring back the children's programming!! No one really needs to watch million dollar listing at 6am but my two year old will tell you he really needs to watch Sesame Street!!" a concerned parent said.

New Plymouth woman Kerry Peacock has started a Change.org petition asking Mediaworks chief content officer Andrew Szusterman to bring back FOUR.

At 2:30pm on Tuesday, the petition had 3,245 supporters.

It's not just Sesame Street that kids (and their parents) are missing, either. FOUR's whole stable of children's programming is gone.

Some shows, like Sticky TV and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, are moving to TV3, while several others, including Emma and Ready, Steady, Wiggles, will be available online through the 3NOW app.

The shift from FOUR to Bravo comes at a dire time for children's programming. At the end of April, TVNZ stopped providing its free-to-air children's channel Kidzone.

Like Mediaworks, TVNZ shifted its children's content online through its TVNZ OnDemand platform, where it runs ad-free.

"SKY decided not to renew Kidzone in their line up so our focus for Kidzone has shifted online. We've created a dedicated ad-free destination for preschoolers within TVNZ OnDemand which has been live since Kidzone wrapped up on SKY in April," a TVNZ spokesperson said.

TV2 is currently the only free-to-air channel to offer children's programming on weekday mornings.

Children's television is notoriously difficult to make money off because toddlers have little consumer power. In addition, Sesame Street is a particularly expensive show to provide. In January 2016 it was bought by HBO and put behind a paywall.

That's likely to be of little comfort to this mother, who wrote on the Bravo Facebook page:

"Could you please tell my heartbroken little 3 year old girl where Sesame Street has gone? 6am turned into a Steam mop hell this morning."

China to launch 14 meteorological satellites into space

From http://www.asianage.com/technomics/china-launch-14-meteorological-satellites-space-681

China is planning to launch 14 more meteorological satellites into orbit over the next decade, a senior Chinese official said on Monday.

China plans to launch one Fengyun-II satellite, four Fengyun-III, three Fengyun-IV and another six for multiple meteorological purposes by 2025, Wu Yanhua, deputy head of the state administration of science, technology and industry for national defence, said.

Fengyun satellites are a series of remote-sensing meteorological satellites developed by China. The Fengyun series is an important part of the earth observation satellite system.

China has launched 14 Fengyun satellites since 1988, with seven still in orbit as part of the World Meteorological Organisation network, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

In June, China said it will launch five new satellites within five years, including its first solar exploration satellite, to end its dependency on foreign solar data.

The satellites, including a Sino-European joint mission known as SMILE, will focus on observation of solar activities and their impact on the earth’s environment and space weather, besides analysing water recycling and probing of black holes, an official had said.

China also plans to launch nearly 40 Beidou navigation satellites in the next five years to support its ambitious global navigation and positioning network that it hopes will end the dominance of US-operated Global Positioning System (GPS).

The country plans to expand the Beidou services to most of the countries covered in its “Belt and Road” initiative by 2018, and offer global coverage by 2020.

GPS, operated and maintained by the US Air Force, is a constellation of 24 or more satellites flying 20,350 km above the surface of the Earth. Each one circles the planet twice a day in one of six orbits to provide continuous, worldwide coverage.

NBTC suspends Peace TV ahead of referendum

From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/NBTC-suspends-Peace-TV-ahead-of-referendum-30289816.html

THE BROADCASTING licence of the satellite channel Peace TV, which is linked to the red shirts, will be suspended for one month starting July 10 ahead of the upcoming national referendum on the new constitution.

The suspension is the second punishment meted out in less than two years to the controversial channel, which was ruled to have violated the rules of the National Broadcasting and Telecommuni-cations Commission (NBTC) and junta orders.

According to NBTC deputy secretary-general Pakdee Manaves, Peace TV's licence suspension follows the airing of three TV programmes in March that violated the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO)'s announcements No 97 and 103.

The NBTC panel also concluded that Peace TV's content breached a memorandum of understanding with the NBTC, Section 37 of the Operation of the Sound Broadcasting Service and the Television Broadcasting Service Act BE 2551 (2008).

Peace TV's licence was also suspended in April last year when the regulator said it breached the orders of the junta as well as broadcasting panel rules. Operations resumed in July the same year following a Central Administrative Court injunction order.

Yesterday morning, a group of Peace TV employees led by TV host Weng Tojirakarn and station executive Anantasak Khamkao submitted a petition to the NBTC's Broadcasting Committee to review the suspension order.

Weng, who is a leader of the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD), commonly known as red shirts, said the licence revocation was unfair.

He said the station would tomorrow seek an injunction order from the Central Administrative Court because its business has been severely damaged by the licence suspension.

The station employs 130 staff and provides content via satellite and online platforms. It will continue broadcasting on media such as YouTube and Facebook, so no staff lay-offs are expected.

Supinya Klangnarong, a member of the NBTC's Broadcasting Committee, said earlier that the NBTC subcommittee overseeing TV content and programming had invited representatives of the NCPO, National Human Rights Commission and the Council of State to clarify the case.

Speedcast International Ltd (ASX:SDA) to Provide Satellite Services to Energy Sector in China

From http://www.abnnewswire.net/press/en/84060/

London, July 5, 2016 AEST (ABN Newswire) - SpeedCast International Limited (ASX:SDA), a leading global satellite communications and network service provider, today announced that it has been awarded a new sizeable multi-year service agreement to provide managed satellite communications services by a leading global energy service company ("the Customer"). Under the service agreement, SpeedCast will provide fully managed VSAT network services to 18 wellsite locations throughout China.

"This is the third major services agreement awarded to SpeedCast by the Customer in the past 12 months. Working side-by-side with the Customer, we proposed a solution which has taken their operational and business requirements into consideration. The Customer will be able to drive global network consistency and gain efficiencies as additional countries come under a common global managed service. The Customer is now able to better manage resources and streamline operational processes by working with us across various countries and three continents." said Keith Johnson, Senior Vice President, Energy of SpeedCast.

"These repeated wins demonstrate our ability to provide best-in-breed services and support across the globe. Leveraging our global infrastructure, combined with operational and commercial flexibility, we are able to provide high quality services and local support wherever the Customer operates. This is what makes us stand out from our competitors." Mr. Johnson added.

"This is our first service implementation for an Energy customer in China" PJ Beylier, CEO of SpeedCast, emphasized. "It is therefore an important milestone that opens the door to more developments in China. Even more importantly, it validates our vision to establish SpeedCast as a leading global service provider, able to serve blue chip energy customers on a global basis, and thus win market share versus long established competitors in that sector." he added.

About Speedcast International Ltd

Speedcast InternationalSpeedCast International Ltd (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 40 sales and support offices and 39 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 SpeedCast.

Six media giants dominate European pay-TV

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/07/04/media-giants-dominate-european-pay-tv/

The European Audiovisual Observatory has published its first report on pan-European media groups on the basis of data gathered in the MAVISE database. Focusing on a selection of major pan-European groups in both the broadcast and the distribution markets, the report outlines some of the key players, their geographical footprint, their position in a range of markets, and their most recent strategies regarding expansion, acquisition and vertical integration.

Key data shows that 15 major pan-European audiovisual distribution groups serve 68 per cent of pay-TV homes in the EU. The sample of six groups in this report (Deutsche Telekom, Liberty Global, Orange, Sky, Viasat and Vivendi), accumulate 50 per cent of pay-TV subscribers in the EU.

There are 13 pan-European broadcasters who (directly or through subsidiaries) own the significant well-known channel brands and pay-TV channels available throughout Europe. Nine of these are linked to the major US television and film production groups.

National distribution markets have become more concentrated between 2011 and 2014. Alongside consolidation at the national level, the market has seen players expand their geographical scopes, acquire major national players, and increased cross consolidation between telecommunications and cable companies.

Regarding the pan-European broadcast media groups, these can be distinguished between those with a “multi-country” broadcast strategy providing many important free to air channels, and those that have a more “pan-European” strategy with well-known channel brands available throughout Europe.

While TV audience markets have become slightly less concentrated between 2011 and 2014, from a sample of 30 European countries, the two main broadcasting groups gather on average 51 per cent of the audience, and the 3 main groups 64 per cent, with strong variations between countries. The three “multi-country” broadcast groups in this report include the major players (in the top 4 regarding audience share) in 17 European countries.

As outlined above, the pan-European brand channel groups and the major pay-TV channels (film and sport) are owned by 13 major groups and their subsidiaries (21st Century Fox, AMC Networks, Bonnier, Discovery Communications, NBC Universal, Scripps Networks, Sony Corporation, Time Warner, United Media Group, Viacom, Viasat, Vivendi, and Walt Disney). Nine of these companies are subsidiaries of the major US media groups. These are continuing a strong development of vertical integration, which includes: buying into national free to air channel brands; entering into joint ventures with powerful distribution companies; increasing their interests in TV production companies; accumulating sports rights; and launching on-demand services.

DD India and DD Sports moved to different satellites from today

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/terrestrial/dd-india-and-dd-sports-moved-to-different-satellites-from-today-160704

NEW DELHI: Doordarshan's international channel DD India will be available from today (5 July 2016) on Satellite INSAT-4B (93.5°E).

The Downlink parameters are Frequency: 3925 MHz, Pol:H, FEC:3/4, Symbol Rate:27.5 MSPS.

The satellite for DD Sports is also being changed and it will now be available on Satellite GSAT-10 (83°E).

Until now, DD India was beamed from GSAT 10.

The Downlink parameters Frequency: 3885 MHz, Pol:V, FEC: 3/4, Symbol Rate: 27.5 MSPS.

Earlier this year, DD had from 1 February moved its direct-to-home Freedish to the new satellite GSAT 15 from INSAT - 4B.

DD sources said this was part of a move to shift all channels to new satellites to ensure better viewer experience.

Meanwhile, the source said all DD channels have always been on Indian satellites.


The regional versions of TV3 on D1 12456 H have been removed as planned.

Optus D1 TV Four has been replaced by "Bravo" New Zealand
Optus D1 TV Four +1 has been replaced by "Bravo +1" New Zealand

Sunday feeds

D2 12653V Sr 7500 "Telstra Broadcast" HD horse
D2 12662V Sr 7500 "TBS SNG" HD Horses
D2 12680V Sr 7500 "TBS 007" horses

D1 12653V Sr 7200 "7BCS Slot 2 QPSK low delay"
D1 12635V Sr 7200 :"SERVICE 1" weekend weather cross from SAydney

Saturday feed log

Busy with election feeds mostly D2

D1 12635 V Sr 7200 news feed
D1 12645 V Sr 7200 "SAS7 SEN 912"
D1 12661 V Sr 6110 "LK3 NNN911, test card for Nine

D2 12608 V Sr 6979 "Tandberg service" CH9 election coverage..
D2 12545 H Sr 6980 "ABN Uplink 1" currently has ABC24
D2 12591 V Sr 7500 "STS 12 ENC/Mod 1" AFL feed for Seven SA
D2 12635 V Sr 7500 "Telstra Broadcast" HD. currently colorbars
D2 12644 V Sr 6699 "ADHOC ENC 02" - giddy ups
D2 12680 V Sr 6699 "ADHOC ENC 01"
D2 12635 V Sr 7500 "Telstra Broadcast" HD. currently colorbars, then horses
D2 12572 V Sr 6979 "Astra 6 Pat" the greens camp
D2 12680 V Sr 6978 "ANC1 FLY1" party room
D2 12322 V Sr 6979 "BTQ SEN912" abc control room audio

From my Email


From the Dish

Intelsat 8 169.0E 12326 H "TBS Channel 1" has started on , PowerVu.
Intelsat 8 169.0E 12366 H "Movie Plus" has started on , PowerVu.

Intelsat 19 166.0E All channels in the Sky Pacific mux on 3920 V are now encrypted.
Intelsat 19 166.0E 4034 H "SET International and Colors Asia Pacific" have started on Fta.

ChinaSat 6A 125.0E 4172 H "Hebei TV" has started on , Irdeto.

Palapa D 113.0E 3750 V "Efarina TV" has started on , Fta.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3760 H "Eurosport 1 Asia and Eurosport News" have left .

AsiaSat 5 100.5E Playboy TV Asia has left 4040 H.

Measat 3 91.5E 4120 V "Eurosport 1 Australia" has left .

Measat 3a 91.4E 3871 H "Clubbing TV" has left .
Measat 3a 91.4E 4120 H "Egg Network" has started on , Fta.

Yamal 401 90.0E 10972 H "Sahar Azeri" has left .

Horizons 2 84.8E T24 on 12080 H is now in clear.
Horizons 2 84.8E 12120 H "Nauka 2.0, Moya Planeta, NST and Mama" on are now in clear.
Horizons 2 84.8E 12160 H "Mult"is ftar.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3805 H "9XO" is Fta.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3505 V "Movies & sat Asia, I-Movie and A Film" are Fta

Apstar 7 76.5E 3780 V "Channel A" has left .
Apstar 7 76.5E 3848 V "YES" is Fta again.

ABS 2 75.0E 3649 H "Boomerang Asia" has left .

ABS 2 75.0E 11473 V Cartoon Network Russia & South East Europe has started on , Irdeto.

Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 11294 H Media One, Shalom TV India, Sathiyam TV, Dheeran TV and Kaumudy TV on are now encrypted.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3840 H "NHK World Premium" is encrypted again.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 3788 V "J Movie" is Fta again.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4103 V India News Haryana, India News Rajasthan, India News, India News UP, India News MP, News X, Insight HD and News World Odisha have left

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12522 V "Glory TV" has left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12522 H "Gospel Channel" has started on , Fta.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12602 V "Life Africa TV" has started on , Fta.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12722 H "Cemadon TV" has started on , Fta.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12722 H "Vescovo TV" has left .

From asiatvro site

东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,BBC World News(Ddish TV)频道加密,设置12272 H 33333参数有条件接收。[07-04]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,STS(+4h)(俄罗斯)等4个频道消失,设置12600 V 30000参数无效接收。[07-04]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Fashion TV(时装)频道新增,设置11473 V 22500参数免费接收。[07-04]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,Asia Hit、Baby Plus(IPM)等全组频道解密,设置11679 H 30000参数免费接收。[07-04]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,J Movie(印度)频道解密,设置3788 V 4400参数免费接收。[07-04]
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)等全组频道解密,设置4060 V 27500参数免费接收。[07-04]

东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,Ha Noi 2替换Huong Dan Dich Vu(越南)频道,设置11085 H 24000参数有条件接收。 [7月3日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,IHC(测试)频道新增,设置3980 V 31000参数免费接收。 [7月3日]
东经128度轨道位置的日本通信3号卫星Ku频段,Live 530(高清)频道消失,设置12553 H 23303参数无效接收。 [7月3日]
东经128度轨道位置的日本通信3号卫星Ku频段,EX Sports(高清)频道新增,设置12553 H 23303参数免费接收。 [7月3日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,电影台、 I Movies、Film(泰国)频道新增,设置12272 V 30000参数免费接收。 [7月3日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,电影台、i Movie、Film(泰国)频道新增,设置3505 V 30000参数免费接收。 [7月3日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,BBTV(香港)频道消失,设置3780 V 30000参数无效接收。 [7月3日]

东经125度轨道位置的中星6A号卫星C频段,湖南卫视金鹰纪实(高清)等3个频道解密,设置3760 H 28800参数免费接收。 [7月2日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,Movies Trailer、Thai HD 33(高清)频道新增,设置12313 V 30000参数免费接收。 [7月2日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,EGG HD(高清)频道新增,设置4120 H 30000参数免费接收。 [7月2日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Lollywood TV(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置4165 H 5040参数无效接收。 [7月2日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Dotno TV(蒙古)频道新增,设置12272 H 33333参数有条件接收。 [7月2日]

东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Yes TV(高清)频道加密,设置3847 V 7855参数有条件接收。 [7月1日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Russkiy Roman HD(高清)频道加密,设置11045 H 44923参数有条件接收。 [7月1日]

Stream Links

Bravo NZ livestream (ex Tvfour nz)



Media Wrap: Nine switches signal back on in WA

From http://www.adnews.com.au/news/media-wrap-nine-switches-signal-back-on-in-wa

Nine secures WA deal after 48-hour blackout

Nine's blackout in regional Western Australia ended on Saturday evening after nearly two days. The signal returned just in time for Nine's election day coverage, after a deal was finalised with West Digital Television (a joint venture between Prime Media Group and WIN Network). In a brief media statement, West Digital Television said the agreement covered Nine's main channel, GEM and GO.

The Australian reports the blackout was the culmination of years of frustration from regional TV network executives who believe Australia's media laws allowed them to be bullied by metropolitan partners.

Nine secured last-minute deals across regional areas where its new affiliate partner Southern Cross Austereo either doesn't have a licence to broadcast or is bound by existing deals with other networks. These include Mildura in Victoria, regional South Australia, Tasmania and Griffith in south-west NSW.

Foxtel, Seven West Media seek new strategy for Presto

From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/media/foxtel-seven-west-media-seek-new-strategy-for-presto/news-story/3c2c5791f93f8b0ce08c6f3acea5291f

Foxtel and Seven West Media are considering strategic options for their streaming service Presto as it comes under extreme pressure in its war against US giant Netflix and the Nine Entertainment and Fairfax Media joint venture, Stan.

The Australian understands Seven and Foxtel (owned by The Australian publisher News Corporation and Telstra) are dis­cussing which platforms the service could be run through to maximise growth, consolidate branding and close the gap between it and Stan and Netflix.

The news comes at a critical time for Presto as shareholders negotiate the venture’s budget for financial year 2017.

The Seven network had originally planned to be a partner in Stan but was reluctant to invest as much cash as Nine believed was necessary to see through its first years of development costs. The fierce rivalry between the free-to-air television networks also contributed to the talks falling through.

Now that Presto’s subscriber numbers are lagging behind the competition, the volume of money Seven is willing to invest in the venture will be the surest indicator yet of Presto’s long-term prospects.

Sources suggest one likely scenario for the joint venture partners is considering folding the Presto streaming service into one of Foxtel’s other broadcast platforms, such as the Foxtel Play system that allows the subscription TV service’s channels to be streamed over the internet without a set-top box.

British subscription TV group Sky, which is 39 per cent owned by Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox, has enjoyed success with its Now TV streaming service, which retails for a similar price to the Foxtel Play product.

Other sources pointed to the Foxtel Anytime catch-up service as a platform with which Presto could be merged, although that is currently used as an add-on for Foxtel’s linear subscribers.

Marketing for the Foxtel Anytime service has increased dramatically in recent weeks, sug­gesting an interest in consol­idating its branding above others, and possibility as a new streaming brand.

The range of Foxtel brands on the market underlines Presto’s problem in differentiating itself both from the simple Stan and Netflix names. The Foxtel Anytime and Go streaming services available to subscribers free with their cable-satellite services contrast with the Foxtel Play service.

Netflix’s launch in the Aust­ralian market last year has been an outstanding success, despite the earlier launches of local ­services Stan and Presto.

It is understood research firm Telsyte has released figures that show Netflix had 1.14 million paid subscribers in June, while Stan had 500,000 and Presto recorded 112,000.

On a total subscriber basis, which includes free trials, the Telsyte figures showed Netflix had 1.29 million subscriptions, Stan had 640,000 and Presto had 418,000. None of the three platforms has released precise subscriber numbers.

Stan has invested more cash than its local rival, with an aggressive strategy of acquiring unique US content from Amazon, Showtime and other US studios, along with a smattering of unique local content including comedy No Activity and TV series Wolf Creek.

Fox UK, also owned by 21st Century Fox, bought the British rights to Wolf Creek last week, and the series is expected to be picked up in other major markets, including the US, as revealed by The Australian.

International sales have provided a vital new revenue stream for Stan and are expected to recoup around half of Wolf Creek’s production costs.

While its competitors have pilloried the cost of Stan’s $20 million-plus annual deal with Showtime, the US studio will deliver David Lynch’s new Twin Peaks series to the platform, which could be another brand builder in the same way House of Cards was for Netflix.

Presto’s creation as part of a defensive strategy by Foxtel hasn’t hit the market in the same way, as it struggled to differentiate itself from Foxtel’s other products, which have stronger content from its HBO and BBC deals, in particular. The contractual inability to release new HBO ­content through Presto’s streaming service means it has lacked content to attract subscriptions.

Rocket Lab Turns 10, Plans First Electron Launch This Year

From http://www.satellitetoday.com/publications/st/2016/07/01/rocket-lab-turns-10-plans-first-electron-launch-year/

Rocket Lab employees with multiple rockets under construction. Photo: Rocket Lab

[Via Satellite 07-01-2016] Small satellite launch company Rocket Lab reached its 10-year anniversary this June and is now months away from the first launch of its Electron rocket. Founded in June 2006, Rocket Lab has launched more than 80 sounding rockets and in 2009 became the first private company to reach space from the Southern Hemisphere.

Operations in Auckland, New Zealand continue to support the private orbital launch site Rocket Lab is currently constructing on the country’s Mahia Peninsula. According to the company, its Mahia launch site will reach the widest range of orbital azimuths of any launch site globally, and will have the ability to conduct rocket launches at “an unprecedented frequency” thanks to its remote location.

Electron’s test program is scheduled to run throughout the second half of 2016. The launch vehicle is capable of lifting a 150 kg payload to a nominal 500 km sun- synchronous orbit. This year Rocket Lab qualified both the second stage of the vehicle and the oxygen/hydrocarbon Rutherford Engine. Founded by New Zealander Peter Beck, Rocket Lab got its start in New Zealand, but established its headquarters in Los Angeles, California in the US in 2013.

Sky-Vodafone deal heads to shareholder vote

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11668389

The proposed merger of Sky Network TV and Vodafone New Zealand will be put to Sky shareholders at a special meeting in Auckland this Wednesday.

Sky Network and Vodafone NZ have played down the threat to competition posed by a merged pay TV operator and telecommunications firm in the markets they currently operate in.

In their application to the Commerce Commission seeking clearance for a merger, Sky and Vodafone said there was no meaningful overlap in the services they each offer.

The proposal involves Sky TV acquiring Vodafone NZ for $3.44 billion through the issue of new shares, giving Vodafone Europe a 51 percent share in the combined group, and cash of $1.25 billion.

Sky plans to borrow $1.8 billion from Vodafone to fund the purchase, repay its existing debt and fund the working capital needs of the group after the merger.

Shares in Sky last traded at $4.88 each after hitting $5.25 a share in the immediate reaction to June 9 merger announcement.

MEASAT unveils HD eSports channel

From http://www.rapidtvnews.com/2016070443474/measat-unveils-hd-esports-channel.html#axzz4DQZMRVuv

South East Asia’s first 24-hour HD eSports channel Every Good Game (eGG) has been launched by Malaysian satellite operator MEASAT.

MEASAT HGTVThe channel is now available to pay-TV operators via the MEASAT-3a satellite located in orbit at 91.5° East. It will provide gaming tournaments, walkthroughs, expert guides, documentaries and game house tours.

“MEASAT is proud to distribute eGG, a pioneer in eSports, in Asia,” said Yau Chyong Lim, chief commercial officer, MEASAT.

“This unique channel strengthens the diversity of offerings from MEASAT’s 91.5° E video hotslot.”

Orion launches two TV channels

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/orion-launches-two-tv-channels--1151355

Russian Orion group has launched two new television channels, called 'Mysteries of the Galaxy' and 'IQ Shop', reports Tdaily.ru. The channels have been included in the satellite TV line-up of operator Orion Express in the Western part of European Russia. Orion now has seven TV channels. The company Max Media, belonging to the group, is a broadcaster. The two channels have been added to the Telekarta satellite TV offer from Orion, and the group also plans to distribute the channels through cable operators.

SES takes full control of O3b Networks

From http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2016/07/04/ses-takes-full-control-of-o3b-networks/

SES has exercised its call option and offered to acquire the remaining shares and warrants of O3b Networks.

The other shareholders have agreed to accept the SES offer, non-tendering warrant holders will be cashed out, and completion of the transaction is expected on August 1, 2016.

SES will pay $730 million to directly increase its fully diluted ownership of O3b from 49.1% to 100%, using proceeds from the company’s recent equity raising. On completion, SES will consolidate $1.2 billion of O3b net debt and will, following completion, refinance a significant proportion of the most expensive debt facilities, using the proceeds secured by the recent hybrid bond issuance and the remaining proceeds from the equity raising. This will significantly reduce O3b average cost of debt of 9.5%, noting that SES’s current average cost of financing is approximately 4%.

The transaction is expected to generate a return (pre-synergies) in excess of SES’s hurdle rate for infrastructure investments. In addition, SES expects to generate EUR 53 million of annual commercial, operational, product development and financial synergies in 2017, increasing to EUR 106 million annually by 2021.

“Moving to 100% of O3b will be highly accretive for SES, both from a strategic and economic standpoint,” commented Karim Michel Sabbagh, president and CEO of SES.

“In addition to exceeding SES’s investment hurdle rates, full consolidation accelerates the delivery of important transformational and combinational synergies that are only possible with 100% ownership.”

Padraig McCarthy, CFO of SES said: “The acquisition of O3b – the fastest growing satellite network – significantly enhances SES’s long-term growth profile, with the constellation expected to generate annualised revenues of between USD 32 million and USD 36 million per satellite at steady-state. Looking forward, both SES and O3b will benefit from the strong synergies and strategic fit across both businesses.”


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update


Look out this Saturday, for a lot of Election related feed activity

Optus D2 - 12680V Sr 6111 "ADHOC ENC 02" Feed for SBS, election related

Tandberg / AKA Director Encryption hack update:
The EBU service on Asiasat has been opened

From my Email

From Feralkiwi

New TP this morning.
Intelsat 19 4037 H 3750
SET International (Sony) and Colors APAC, both FTA.

From the Dish

No Lyngsat

From asiatvro site

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Streaming services are winning the war on piracy

From http://www.smh.com.au/technology/gadgets-on-the-go/streaming-services-are-winning-the-war-on-piracy-20160701-gpw3yt.html

The fact Aussies are prepared to pay for multiple subscription video services, not just Netflix, is a big win in the fight against file-sharing.

The convenience of streaming video services like Netflix has convinced plenty of Australians to hand over $10-ish dollars per month to watch what they want on demand. It looked like the foreign raider might blow home-grown competitors Presto and Stan (co-owned by Fairfax Media) out of the water, but the latest figures reveal that the streaming services are managing to co-exist.

Netflix's explosive growth in Australia is easing off but you shouldn't read too much into that – "fastest growing" has always been marketing-speak for "smallest".

While it's encouraging that Presto and Stan are seeing growth, the fact they've got so few customers compared to Netflix means they don't need to find as many new customers to grow faster. Think of it this way; I could run Australia's fastest growing video service by signing up one customer today and a second customer next month. That's explosive 100 per cent month-on-monthly growth, but with two customers it's a joke to imply that I'm hurting Netflix.

Rather than playing sleight of hand with growth rates statistics, it's more interesting to look at how many people are prepared to pay for content at all.

Everything on Netflix, Presto and Stan can be had for free elsewhere if you're happy to bend the rules. Their success supports the argument that, even in Australia, the piracy problem is primarily an issue of pricing and availability – get the model right and people will happily hand over their cash.

Unfortunately no single service is likely to have every show you want to watch and that fragmentation means that playing by the rules starts to get expensive. If you're paying for Netflix, Presto and Stan then you're approaching the monthly cost of an entry-level Foxtel package.

In a piracy-prone country like Australia you'd think we'd have no qualms about paying for one streaming service – most likely Netflix – and then turning to the BitTorrent channel to pick up the few shows we want to watch from the other services.

What's really interesting is that the number of Australian homes which pay for more than one service is growing. It's risen from 1.5 services per household to 1.7 in the last 12 months, according to analyst firm Telsyte's Australian SVOD/OTT Video Market Study 2016 report.

This isn't just good news for Netflix's competitors, it's good news for the content industry in general that a growing number of people are prepared to pay for multiple services rather than use file-sharing to fill the gaps in their viewing schedule.

What's also interesting is that this growth doesn't seem to have come at the cost of Foxtel subscribers – Australians really are prepared to pay more for their content rather than just redistribute their existing entertainment budget.

Where does your home source its entertainment? Are you prepared to pay for multiple streaming video services?

Optus Exec Highlights COTM as Exciting Growth Opportunity

From http://www.satellitetoday.com/publications/st/2016/06/30/optus-exec-highlights-cotm-exciting-growth-opportunity/

[Via Satellite 06-23-2016] While Optus Satellite has no current plans for new satellites, and its next satellite is likely to be a replacement for its CI satellite, which was launched in 2003, Paul Sheridan, VP of Optus Satellite, told Via Satellite he expects the next two to three years to be an exciting time for the satellite industry. He cites technology developments and market shifts as creating increased competition and new opportunities for growth.

“An overall increase in capacity availability and decreasing costs of infrastructure is likely to mean we could see satellite growing in popularity as the preferred technology to deliver high speed and high quality data with a great degree of flexibility,” Sheridan said. “The emergence of Comms-On-The-Move (COTM) is a really interesting new market opportunity that we will be watching closely.”

Australia, thanks to its vast geography, has always been one of the most dynamic satellite markets around. The Australian Defense Force (ADF) has been one of the pioneers of using hosted payloads. The Australian government has also been highly progressive when using satellite to bring broadband unreached or underserved citizens through NBN Co.

“Without satellite, Australia would have significant problems communicating (broadcast, broadband and mobile) with remote and rural communities. Satellite is the key way Australia continues to manage the tyranny of distance and we expect satellite to continue to play a critical role in Australia’s ongoing communication requirements,” said Sheridan. “Optus Satellite’s primary focus continues to be Australia and New Zealand, however we continue to consider opportunities to expand both directly and via working together with others.”

Optus Satellite services are primarily focused on the broadcast market and, while Sheridan talks about COTM as being a great opportunity for the company, it is clear broadcast will continue to dominate.

“We believe 4K is a fantastic opportunity for our broadcast customers and our Optus Satellite services. Satellite service is one of the very few ways for customers to receive real time Ultra-HD services and Optus is actively working with our partners in providing these types of services. 4K could be key as the traditional broadcasters look to differentiate against new competition,” he added.

Optus also has a range of additional services including broadband and mobile communications. Like most Fixed Satellite Services (FSS) operators, it is keeping a close eye on developments in the overall satellite sector. A number of new Low Earth Orbit (LEO) systems have been announced, but Sheridan believes these systems are unlikely to impact Optus’s traditional broadcast services and, in fact, may prove to be complementary on the contribution side.

“The decrease in latency will be useful in certain scenarios, however the smaller coverage area again may mean a hybrid offering leveraging the positives from both LEO and [Geostationary Earth Orbit] GEO systems could prove to be positive,” he said. “We are also watching with interest the potential improvements in the manufacturing process to support the numerous constellations being discussed; these efficiencies should aid in making all future satellites more cost effective.”

In terms of the impact the likes of Google and Facebook will have on the overall industry, Sheridan added, “The interest in the use of satellite to access the consumer is and will continue to drive innovation in the traditional satellite industry. I see partnerships as critical to success, leveraging the existing expertise and customer insights and relationships.”

Sheridan however expects “big changes” will be coming to the industry and that increased consumer demand for data that is flexible, fast and reliable will drive these changes. He believes more cost-effective access to space through improved satellite manufacturing processes, better launch options, and lower cost per bit solutions will drive opportunities and open new markets. He said Optus is currently involved in a number of interesting and exciting discussions in what he sees as a “fantastic” industry to work in. “The next two to three years are definitely going to be exciting,” he commented.

Case Study: Australian Defense Force

The Australian Department of Defense (DOD), as mentioned, has been one of pioneers globally in using satellite communications as part of its milsatcom strategy, and providing the ADF with the capability it needs. A source within Australia’s DOD told Via Satellite that it needs to complete realization of its wideband strategic anchoring capability in the west and east of Australia as currently programmed. Second, it must plan and progress future satcom requirements. Specifically, capabilities identified in the Defense White Paper will drive additional focus on Satcom-On-The-Move (SOTM) to meet military requirements for a networked force.

The Australian DOD is in the process of assessing its future satcom requirements, which will involve significant investment as noted in the recently released Defense Integrated Investment Program. All options will be considered, with a focus on those offering the best capability within the limitations of the department’s budget. Such options may include partnerships with industry and international players, according to the spokesperson.

According to the DOD, High Throughput Satellites (HTS) are now factored into the ADF’s thinking, especially in combination with technologies that support SOTM. The ADF is acquiring many state-of-the-art platforms that will be “force multipliers” leveraging satcom technological developments to realize step changes in capability.

The hosted payload approach has been successful for the Australian DOD and ADF. It has provided them with reliable satcom resources from the Optus C1 and IS-22 satellites. Similarly, its international partnership in the Wideband Global Satcom (WGS) system provides a significant global capability that would not be affordable or as capable through singularly owned assets. The DOD source says that, in comparison with seeking a wholly owned satcom capability, hosted payloads have enabled defense to use the communications payload while leaving the Telemetry, Tracking and Control (TT&C) and associated infrastructure to industry — this in itself makes the hosted payload option a valuable approach.

China completes the refuel of orbital satellites

From http://www.china.org.cn/china/2016-07/01/content_38788117.htm

China has successfully completed the in-space refuel of orbital satellites following last week's launch of a new generation carrier rocket, the National University of Defense Technology announced on Thursday.

A Long March-7 carrier rocket lifts off from Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, south China's Hainan Province, June 25, 2016. [Photo: Xinhua/Li Gang]

Similar to air refueling for planes, the process refuels a satellite in orbit in a microgravity environment and will extend a satellite's functional life and boost its maneuver capabilities considerably.

Developed by the university, Tianyuan-1 is the country's first in-space refueling system for orbital satellites. It was launched into orbit aboard the Long March-7 carrier rocket on Saturday.

A series of core independent processes were tested and verified after the launch, with data and videos recording the full process sent back to earth, the university said in a statement.

"The injection process was stable, and measurement and control were precise," it said, adding that the test proved that Tianyuan-1 met design requirements.

Though an area of great interest, the process is complicated and only a few countries have began experiments.

TV5MONDE to launch 2 HD channels in Thailand

From http://www.satellite-evolution.com/group/site/?p=47292

Starting July 1st 2016, French-language channels TV5MONDE Asie HD and TV5MONDE Style HD will be available through the leading cable operator in Bangkok: CHAROEN CABLE TV.

CHAROEN CABLE TV will be the first operator in Thailand to provide TV5MONDE Asie channel in HD as well as the first to supply the new lifestyle channel created by TV5MONDE: TV5MONDE Style HD.

TV5MONDE Asie channel has been available since 1996 in Thailand.

With this new distribution agreement TV5MONDE Asie is now available in more than 1.3m homes throughout the country.

The deal was completed by TV5MONDE’s Thailand representative, MZ Media, who has been representing the French-speaking channel since 2013.

MEASAT's Got A Good Game... Launches Every Good Game... South East Asia’s First Dedicated eSports Channel

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=917858778

A sports channel for those who live and breathe sports...every type and fills a gap in Asia’s eSports market.

MEASAT Satellite Systems Sdn. Bhd (“MEASAT”) launches eGG, or “Every Good Game”, South East Asia’s first dedicated 24/7 HD eSports channel. The channel is now available to Pay TV operators via MEASAT-3a at 91.5 degrees E.

eGG’s content includes gaming tournaments, walkthroughs, expert guides, documentaries, game house tours and more. The High Definition channel fills a gap in Asia’s eSports market, a m. eGG is produced by Astro Malaysia Holdings Berhad (“Astro”) with Astro’s professional high quality production values.

“MEASAT is proud to distribute eGG, a pioneer in eSports, in Asia,” said Yau Chyong Lim, Chief Commercial Officer, MEASAT. “This unique channel strengthens the diversity of offerings from MEASAT’s 91.5°E video hotslot.”


CPL ties with Facebook Live for 2016 matches international broadcast

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/iworld/social-media/cpl-ties-with-facebook-live-for-2016-matches-international-broadcast-160630

MUMBAI: The Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) has announced live broadcast on Facebook of all thirty four CPL 2016 matches around the world, via Facebook’s official live streaming partner Grabyo. CPL will become the first sports league to supplement its existing broadcast deals and use the Facebook Live platform to ensure that 40 countries around the world, including the likes of Pakistan, South Africa and The Philippines can now view the sport live. It will also be the first time ever an international cricket match will be broadcast on Facebook Live.

A host of international stars will be competing from across the cricketing world at this year’s CPL including the likes of AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis, Shakib Al Hasan, Brendon McCullum, Martin Guptill, Shoaib Malik, Kumar Sangakkara, Dale Steyn, Mike Hussey and Shane Watson.

In addition, the six CPL sides – Barbados Tridents, Guyana Amazon Warriors, Jamaica Tallawahs, St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots, St. Lucia Zouks and Trinbago Knight Riders will include a number of ICC World T20 champions including the likes of Carlos Brathwaite, Dwayne Bravo, Chris Gayle and Andre Russell who took the world by storm in India earlier this year.

Cricket fans from Argentina to Hungary will now be able to watch the T20 stars in action starting with Trinbago Knight Riders clash with St. Lucia Zouks from the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad on Wednesday, 29 June (9pm Caribbean / 2am GMT / 6.30am India) and running through to the final in St. Kitts & Nevis on 7 August.

Commenting on using Facebook Live, CPL chief operations officer Pete Russell said: “We are delighted to announce how we’re using Facebook Live, which we believe has the potential to change the face of cricket broadcasting and enhance the CPL’s ever-increasing international audience."

“In 2015 the CPL’s global viewership exceeded 93 million and we now have the platform to boost our viewership even further for the forthcoming tournament. Caroline Smith, CPL’s Head of Digital, and her team have done a fantastic job with our social media activity and this deal proves that they have put us ahead of the curve in understanding how best to reach our global fans with live games” added Russel.

Facebook India Sports Partnerships Asha Thacker said “Facebook Live allows fans to connect to cricket and their favourite stars and we are delighted to be working with the Hero Caribbean Premier League and Grabyo for this cricketing first and to help bring fans around the world closer to the game. As the world’s largest sports stadium, more cricket fans engage with content on Facebook than anywhere else and it is unique experiences such as this that allow fans to engage in a more meaningful way.”

Grabyo CEO Gareth Capon said, “On the pitch, T20 cricket is helping to globalize and expand the sport of cricket, bringing a new generation of fans into the game. The use of social video, particularly live streaming, presents an opportunity to reach an unparalleled audience far beyond the traditional broadcast ecosystem.

“Facebook offers an user base of 1.6 billion and to be able to bring live action from the best cricketing talent direct to mobile devices around the world, right as the action happens, is incredibly exciting. We look forward to working with the CPL throughout the tournament and helping them use social video to engage new audiences across the globe.” Added Capon.

CPL will be live broadcasted in Argentina, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Fiji, Hong Kong, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Myanmar, Netherlands, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Philippines, PNG (Papua New Guinea), Romania, Russia, Samoa, Singapore, South Africa, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, Vanuatu

DLNA 4.0 publishes DLNA 4.0 guidelines

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/06/30/dlna-4-0-transforms-connected-home-experience/

The Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) has announced that the organisation’s latest Guidelines for streaming personal content in the home are now available for download. DLNA 4.0 enables consumer product manufacturers to deliver a more satisfying and energy-efficient connected home experience, including viewing HD TV content on the broadest possible choice of interoperable TVs, PCs and mobile devices.

Consumers have long complained that there are files on their servers that they cannot play with their mobile devices, PCs, TVs, STBs or other devices. DLNA 4.0 solves this problem by mandating transcoding on the media server.

Power efficiency is improved through low power modes that enable connected devices to work together to cut overall energy consumption in the home. Consumers also can now enjoy Ultra HD content streamed throughout the home via a media gateway or set top box because DLNA 4.0 supports the High Efficiency Video Codec (HEVC) video compression standard. The Guidelines also support IPv6 to ensure DLNA 4.0 Certified devices will continue to function as more networks transition to this protocol.

DLNA 4.0 Certified devices will support the broadest possible set of media formats and advanced features for optimum performance across the most extensive range of use cases. The DLNA 4.0 Certification Programme will join existing DLNA 2.0 and 3.0 Certification Programs that, together, help maximise product development options for manufacturers as they differentiate their offerings in the market. Over 4 billion devices have been certified to DLNA’s 2.0 and 3.0 Certification Programmes. Introduced in August 2015, DLNA’s 3.0 Certification Program added advanced features and capabilities for playback and response time. DLNA 4.0 further extends available features and DLNA 4.0 Certification will provide unprecedented interoperability assurance through increased mandatory requirements and more extensive conformance testing.

DLNA 4.0 Guidelines have been submitted for adoption as an international standard by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), which has published all previous sets of DLNA Guidelines for content sharing applications and protected streaming across home networks. The IEC is the world’s leading organisation that prepares and publishes International Standards for electrical, electronic and related technologies.