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东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段，One（泰国）频道解密，设置3920 H 30000参数免费接收。[04-23]
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东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段，Animax、CCTV-5+等替换卫视体育（数码天空）等频道，设置12646 V 22425参数有条件接收。[04-22]
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东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段，GMM One（泰国）频道解密，设置4160 V 30000参数免费接收。[04-22]
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Optus teams with Wireless Nation to push Kiwi satellite broadband
Three-year wholesale agreement announced
Optus Satellite has announced a three year wholesale agreement with wireless nation to deliver satellite broadband services to business and private customers in New Zealand.
The agreement boosts Optus' presence in New Zealand. At the moment the telco primarily services pay TV and free-to-air service providers. The new deal will allow it to expand services to residential, small business, corporate, farming and government clients.
Optus Satellite vice president, Paul Sheridan, said the relationship represents an opportunity for increased choice and competition in the New Zealand market. Sheridan believes that Optus Satellite's offering will increase broadband penetration in New Zealand.
“We operate dedicated transponders on our D2 satellite that provide very good line-of-sight to New Zealand’s landmass. This means that Wireless Nation can be confident in the delivery of quality broadband services to their customers regardless of where they are based.”
“We are delighted to be working with a company of the caliber and reputation of Wireless Nation. This new arrangement will enable us to leverage our investment in the latest satellite technology for New Zealand customers, and helps us build on the foundation of our existing relationships with the country’s pay-TV and free-to-air service providers,” Sheridan said.
Wireless Nation technical director, Tom Linn, said the company was delighted with the new deal.
“We have been receiving positive feedback from our rural customers since we started rolling out satellite broadband through the Optus network earlier this year. This mutual partnership opens a new chapter in delivering much needed broadband access to New Zealanders.”
Exec changes at Nine Network before SVoD launch
The Nine Network has reshuffled its acquisitions and programming teams in the lead-up to the launch of its subscription Video-on-Demand service.
The streaming service offering TV series and library movies is expected to debut in September. Nine Entertainment Co. and Seven West Media are negotiating to become partners in the venture, IF understands.
The price has not been disclosed but Nine Entertainment Co. CEO David Gyngell hinted at a fee of $9.95 per month at NEC’s half-year presentation, which would position the service as Australia's equivalent of Netflix.
That’s far cheaper than Foxtel’s movie service Presto, which charges $19.99 per month, and would give it an advantage over Quickflix, which costs $14.99 per month for unlimited streaming plus one DVD rental at a time. Quickflix has been trialling a $9.99 streaming-only offer.
Gyngell told shareholders he is aiming for 300,000-400,000 subscribers within five years. The appeal of internet-delivered services such as Nine's and Presto will be enhanced later this year when Google launches Chromecast, a device which enables online channels and videos to be viewed on big screen TVs.
The SVoD service is being run by Mike Sneesby, CEO of Nine’s StreamCo Media. Its head of content Nick Forward, who joined in January from Virgin Media in the UK, has been closing deals with studios and distributors.
Les Sampson is joining StreamCo on May 1 as head of acquisitions, working with content acquisition manager Alison Hurbert-Burns, who spent a week wrapping up deals at MIP TV in Cannes.
Sampson moves across from the Nine Network where he was director of acquisitions. That role is being filled by Hamish Turner, promoted from multi-channel programmer.
Turner takes charge of all content acquisition for Nine, Go! and Gem. Geoff Dyer takes on the position of multi-channel programmer, scheduling Go! and Gem.
Adrian Swift, director of development at Nine, will expand his role to include director of development and digital, responsible for Nine’s digital content.
Korea: Ultra HD broadcasting goes on air
Next-generation Ultra-HD broadcasting has commenced in Korea. U-max, an Ultra-HD cable TV channel, recently went on the air and started broadcasting four hours of Ultra-HD programming five times per day, including documentaries, cartoons and live concerts.
“We started broadcasting in ultra HD for the first time worldwide, after a test run last July,” said Minister of Science, ICT & Future Planning Choi Mun-Kee at a ceremony at the International Convention Center Jeju on Jeju Island to mark the beginning of Ultra-HD broadcasts. “This will affect related areas, including electronics and equipment makers, as well as the content industry.”
U-max intends to secure 200 hours of ultra HD programmes this year and invest KRW 40 billion into obtaining more ultra HD content by 2016. It will also consider broadcasting major sporting events this year, such as the FIFA World Cup in Brazil and the Asian Games in Incheon, in Ultra-HD. The cable TV industry also plans to lay out an additional KRW 650 billion to build related infrastructure by 2017.
For now, the cable industry intends to provide Ultra-HD broadcasts and VoD services in a format that does not require set-top boxes, but it will start supplying set-top boxes to viewers in the latter half of this year. Viewers with Ultra-HD TVs equipped with built-in set-top boxes will be able to watch Ultra-HD TV programmes.
Tricolor TV launches full Siberian service
Russia’s leading DTH platform Tricolor TV has begun full-scale broadcasting in the Siberian region.
This, says the company, will within two months allow it to offer all its packages of TV channels, including the HD multiplex SuperKino HD, to subscribers in Siberia, Urals and parts of the Far East.
It adds that the move has been made possible by the long-awaited Express-AT1 satellite, on which Tricolor TV has leased 10 transponders, allowing it to distribute up to 200 channels.
Separately, Russia’s Ministry of Communications has confirmed that following a test period, both Express-AT1 and Express-AM5 have gone into service.
Tricolor TV expects its subscriber figure in Siberia, which currently stands at around 1.1 million, to increase significantly.
Although its new offer for the region will be similar to that for European Russia, there will be some fundamental differences.
The composition of the basic packages has been decided by the results of audience research, while additional packages have been enhanced, with the one offering movies containing seven new channels.
Russia to Build 50 GLONASS Stations in 36 Countries
MOSCOW, April 23 (RIA Novosti) Russia plans to build 50 stations of Global Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS) in several dozen countries across the world, Russian presidential administration chief told the Navitech 2014 forum for navigation system Wednesday.
“We will continue promoting GLONASS technologies on global markets. We will increase competitiveness of Russian navigation services. To this aim, we will create a ground measuring segment abroad,” Sergei Ivanov said.
“Ideally, in prospect, we would like to have 50 data-collection stations in 36 countries. This guarantees more stable and precise work of GLONASS,” Ivanov said.
Russia also plans to create a single navigation space with Kazakhstan and Belarus, Ivanov said.
The Global Navigation Satellite System, which began operating in 1993, is a Russian equivalent of the US Global Positioning System (GPS). The GLONASS network provides real-time positioning and speed data for surface, sea and airborne objects with an accuracy of one meter (three feet).
China Considers Russian Satellite-Based Emergency Response System
MOSCOW, April 22 (RIA Novosti) Chinese officials have expressed interest in participating in a Russian emergency response system, the CEO of Russia’s Navigation Information Systems told RIA Novosti.
The system, called ERA-GLONASS, provides data from Russia’s Global Navigation Satellite System to emergency responders. Based on the European eCall/E112 standard, ERA-GLONASS allows emergency services to immediately pinpoint the location of car accidents or similar critical situations.
NIS CEO Alexander Gurko said a Russian-Chinese commission had discussed the matter during talks on Friday in the Far East, attended by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who oversees the space industry.
"Our colleagues from China are very interested in our experience, they asked us to tell them more about the ERA-GLONASS satellite system. It was suggested to create a working group and eventually, perhaps, a joint service provider on the basis of such a system," Gurko said.
China could potentially implement the ERA-GLONASS system in combination with its own network of navigation satellites, called BeiDou. The system is also compatible with the US GPS satellite constellation.
Gurko added that later this decade all cars sold in a customs union composed of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan will be required to be equipped with the system, which can automatically detect the high acceleration of car crashes and automatically alert emergency services to the location of the crash, even if the driver and passengers are incapacitated.
Information about an accident is delivered to the ERA-GLONASS contact centers, where the operators contact the driver to clarify the situation, and then transfer the necessary data police and ambulance dispatchers.
U.S. justices show little support for Aereo TV in copyright fight
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court justices appeared skeptical on Tuesday about online TV service Aereo Inc's position in a copyright dispute with major broadcasters, but several raised concerns about how a ruling against the startup could affect cloud computing services.
The case is important to the future of television, for media companies and consumers alike, in part because a win for Aereo could spur innovation in the industry by paving the way to new, cheaper ways for consumers to watch shows. It could also threaten the estimated $3 billion in so-called retransmission fees that broadcasters get from cable and satellite TV systems.
Some broadcasters such as CBS Corp have even threatened to cut off their free-to-air broadcast signals or create their own low-cost Internet feeds of the channel were Aereo to win. A loss for Aereo, backed by media mogul Barry Diller's IAC/InterActiveCorp, could force it to shut down.
Aereo charges users a low monthly fee to stream live broadcasts of TV channels on mobile devices using miniature antennas that the company hosts. Aereo, which is available in 11 U.S. cities and estimated to be tiny compared to 100 million paying TV customers, says its service does nothing more than what a personal TV antenna would provide.
Introduced in 2012, Aero has not disclosed its user base and does not pay the broadcasters.
Aereo's fate was placed in the hands of the high court when Walt Disney Co's ABC network, CBS, Comcast Corp's NBCUniversal and Twenty-First Century Fox Inc appealed a decision by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in April 2013 that denied their request to shut down Aereo while litigation moved forward.
In court on Tuesday, several justices appeared troubled about a ruling that would deal a blow to increasingly popular cloud computing services in which personal files - including TV shows and music - are stored remotely on the Internet on servers from companies such as Google Inc, Microsoft Corp, DropBox Inc and Box Inc.
Aereo argues that cloud computing services use the Internet in the same way as it does to store and transfer copyrighted content. A ruling against Aereo could therefore raise legal questions about whether accessing material stored on a remote server such as Google Drive, could also violate copyright law.
'MAKES ME NERVOUS'
Justice Stephen Breyer told the networks' lawyer, Paul Clement, that his legal argument "makes me nervous about taking your preferred route."
Justices Anthony Kennedy and Samuel Alito were among others who raised similar concerns. They cited a 2008 appeals court ruling that upheld Cablevision Systems Corp's cloud storage video recorder.
The decision by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York was appealed to the Supreme Court but the justices declined to review the issue. The ruling therefore remains on the books, although the Supreme Court is not bound by it.
Aereo relies heavily on the Cablevision decision. Its service is no different to buying a song on iTunes and then listening to it later on a cloud storage service like Google Drive, the company says.
Alito questioned Clement about whether the Cablevision service at issue in 2008 was any different than Aereo. Clement said the court could rule narrowly and not reach the cloud computing issue.
"I don't find that very satisfying," Alito said in response.
Some justices seemed skeptical about Aereo's business model.
Chief Justice John Roberts questioned whether the technology used by the company had any purpose other than skirting copyright law. "I'm just saying your technological model is based solely on circumventing legal prohibitions that you don't want to comply with," he told Aereo's lawyer, David Frederick.
A decision is due by the end of June.
The case is American Broadcasting Companies Inc, et al, v. Aereo Inc, U.S. Supreme Court, No. 13-461
FilmOn launches free local TV service
Streaming start-up FilmOn has launched Teleport Technology, which will let a person in New York watch local television broadcasts from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Miami and Denver, among other US cities, for free.
The move comes as ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC are fighting the advance of television streaming services from the controversial from Greek billionaire Alki David and its rival Aereo, which allow people to watch broadcast television without paying for retransmission fees. The broadcasters are claiming copyright infringement, but the streamers insist they should be seen as akin to over-the-air antennae service, exempt from retrans.
"For years, broadcasters offered their signals to cable, satellite and telecoms groups for free," the company said. "In the past five years, however, broadcasters started demanding that distributors pay to retransmit their programming, creating a new revenue stream worth more than $2 billion a year that could soar to $12 billion, according to Rich Greenfield, a BTIG Research analyst. Those fees account for as much as a third of some broadcaster's profits."
Broadcasters are concerned that retransmission fees could come under threat as more viewers cut the cord and cancel traditional pay-television subscriptions in favour of cheaper online streaming alternatives.
"The new FilmOn Teleport service allows consumers to watch the television shows they want to watch when and where they want to watch them at the same time that it is broadening the audience for independent broadcasters," said David, "It is not killing the media industry at all. The media industry has ultimately killed itself."
Aereo, the subscription-based television streaming company backed by Barry Diller's IAC, has won a series of court battles and is now arguing its case before the Supreme Court. FilmOn, which offers a similar service for free, has filed a motion to intervene in the case.
Unlike Aereo, court restrictions bar FilmOn from offering major network television through its service in most locations. David said that those restrictions inspired the company to invent its latest offering.
"Desperation is the mother of invention," he said.
FilmOn now offers more than 350 live television channels as well as original programming globally and across devices. Last month, 20 million FilmOn viewers watched more than 1.2 billion video streams.
BYUtv releases streaming video app for Xbox 360
Expands integrated digital media platform to stream live TV, video-on-demand and BYU sports programming
April 22, 2014 --
PROVO, Utah, April 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --BYUtv, the nationwide High Definition television network of Brigham Young University, today announced the release of a video streaming app for Microsoft's Xbox 360 platform. Following the launch of an Android app in June, BYUtv's Xbox 360 app allows users to move seamlessly between the web, mobile devices and game consoles, while streaming live programming as well as thousands of hours of on-demand video content, including episodes of popularoriginal BYUtvseries such as Granite Flats, Studio C and American Ride and a substantial library of BYU football, basketball and other college sports.
"As BYUtv continues to invest in original programming and live sports, our goal is make this content available to our audience on as many devices as possible," said Ryan Holmes, director of digital media at BYUtv."Over the past several years our digital audience has grown exponentially and we're happy to now offer them the ability to watch BYUtv on Xbox 360, one of the world's leading digital entertainment platforms. With a global install base of over 80 million units, we believe the Xbox 360 platform is very relevant and will allow us to not only connect in a new way with our digital audience, but also introduce new viewers to BYUtv."
The BYUtv app for Xbox 360 includes custom user playlists, video playhead tracking, closed captioning support and TV schedule searching. The app is available as a free download to Xbox Live Gold members in the United States, with more territories to be added in the near future.
Developed in partnership with Seattle-based Ratio, the BYUtv app will support Microsoft Kinect and Microsoft SmartGlass technology, making it easy for users to navigate by voice, gesture, or mobile device.
Owned by Brigham Young University and based in Provo, Utah, BYUtv is a groundbreaking High Definition television network, which has built its roster of original "see the good in the world" programming to fill a void in the primetime market. Currently, BYUtv is available in High Definition and is carried to more than 53 million homes on Dish Network, DirecTV and over 800 cable systems in every state of the country via cable and satellite, as well as via Internet streaming at byutv.org. The non-commercial station's reach is unprecedented at any university in the world, and offers approximately 1,000 hours of original programming annually (500 hours of sports and 500 hours of content).
Ratio is a leading multi-screen agency that partners with global brands to create seamless experiences across all platforms. It delivers multi-screen apps that provide consistent and optimized user experiences across the web, mobile, tablet, Connected TV, and the console ecosystem. Its RatioTV product allows media brands to launch differentiated video apps quickly across all major consumer platforms. Ratio's specialized team combines product strategy with compelling design and deep technical expertise to deliver award-winning applications for clients that include AT&T, Conde Nast, Intel, Meredith, NBC Universal and Red Bull Media House. Founded in 2001, Ratio is privately held and headquartered in Seattle, WA. To learn more about Ratio, visit http://www.weareratio.com/or follow the company on Twitter @teamratio.
Michelle Prince, Thatcher+Co.
YouTube now on all Roku current-gen devices
Streaming platform Roku has confirmed that YouTube is available now in the Roku Channel Store for all current-generation Roku devices in the US, Canada, UK and the Republic of Ireland.
Current generation players are those introduced after July 2011 and include the Roku LT, Roku 1, Roku 2, Roku 2 HD, Roku 2 XD, Roku 2XS, Roku 3, the Roku Streaming Stick (both HDMI and Roku Ready versions) and the Roku HD model #2500.
Writing in the Roku Blog, Ed Lee, VP Content Acquisition, says that the company appreciates users’ patience in waiting for the development. Users previously had to access via workaround apps such as Twonky
Radio PakistanThree Landmark Projects (SatBroadcastingDSNG)
[SatNews] Radio Pakistan has inaugurated three landmark projects, which include an Earth Station, Digital Satellite News Gathering (DSNG), Satellite and Internet Streaming of External and World Services.
The Earth-Satellite Station will ensure reliable, smooth, interruption-free, good quality networking and transmission of Radio Pakistan’s services country-wide. The satellite transmission will not only be used for networking purpose but will also be available to the listeners on satellite receivers in 38 countries located in South Asia, Middle-East, Africa and Europe. The Earth-Satellite Station has been established at National Broadcasting House, Islamabad, on a turnkey basis. FM-101, National Broadcasting Service, FM-93, News, World Service and External Services, will be available via satellite. In future more channels will be added for the listeners across the globe.
The DSNG system installed in a mobile van is based on the most advanced satellite technology for efficient outdoor broadcast coverage, including sports and news coverage. It would now be possible to cover events taking place at any location at any time due to mobility, easy access to remote areas and satellite transmission.
The DSNG van has the capability of two way remote communication from and to the outdoor broadcast (OB) site. A mini studio on wheels, the van is capable of recording, editing and transmitting radio programs. Presently, Radio Pakistan is using conventional technology for OB coverage, employing telephone lines.
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D1 12652 V Sr 7200 "7bcs slot3 qpsk" Sunrise live
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D1 12653 V Sr 7199 "AFL Football"
IS 19 12557 V Sr 15000 - "STS 002" ANZ Netball QLD Firebirds v's NSW Swifts
D1 12652 V Sr 7200 "7bcm D1 T7 slot 3" AFL FTA
D112663 V Sr 7190 "BTQ SNG" - 7 News Royals Related Brisbane
D2 12681 V Sr 6669 "Globecast Oz" - Horse Racing
D2 12672 V Sr 6669 "GCAST7"- Horse Racing
D2 12663 V Sr 6669 "GlobeCast Oz" - Horse Racing
D2 12654 V Sr 6669 "GlobeCast Oz" - Horse Racing...
D2 12635 V Sr 6669 '"Globecast2" - Horse racingt
D2 12274 V Sr 6669 "Service 01" - Ten News Royals Related Brisbane
D2 12274 V Sr 6669 "TEN 902 02" - Ten News Royals Related Brisbane
D2 12555 H Sr 6979 "Tandberg Service"- ABC - VFL/AFL D2 12546 H Sr 6979 '"ABQ Uplink 1" - Live feed+Helicopter Royals Related Brisbane
IS19 12327 H? Sr 1714 (seen in blindscan didn't load) gone in the next scan
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D1 12643 V Sr 7200 "rtv 001" at a hospital
D2 12321 V Sr 7200 "sunrise x" a guy on cam waving at the camera
D2 12339 V Sr 7200 "Royal visit" related
D2 12546 H Sr 6979 "ABN Uplink 1"- Fox Sports 2 Blues vs Hurracanes (someones watching the rugby i guess)
D2 12274 V Sr 6660 "Service 01" and "TEN 902 02" - Colour Bars/Tone
D2 12331 V Sr 7200 "A4 Path 2" - Colour Bars
D2 12403 V Sr 6110 "Service 02" - International News Feed (Royal Related from Manly Beach)
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From saldav1 (Perth)
Latest from ABS 1 - 75.0E
3450 V SR 1850 Iraq Baghdad 2.4 (scrambled.)
3546 V SR 1956 Dubai_Video_Return Arabic channel.
These are currently the only two live tp's I can get at the moment - 1FTA and 1 scrambled.
All Asiasat 5 @ 100.5E
3707 H SR 7120 "WTA Tennis 2014 BMW Malaysian Open Tennis."
3735 H SR 7199 "Silverstone 9 Mhz Motor Racing from Silverstone," (FTA.)
3876 H SR 7199 "D-451 Coburg" - Test Pattern. (I missed any outside broadcast re this satellite transponder report!)
4147 H SR 7199"HD ENC-1" Saturday evening Asian Soccer feed, (FTA.)
4165 H SR 7199 "Ch-1" Asian Soccer feed - URA (Urawa Reds) vs KAW (Kawasaki Frontale.) FTA.
Insat 4A @83E 3868 H SR 3000 KBC News (reads TEST SIGNAL at top of screen and MPEG 2 spec's cruising across bottom of screen.) Good signal into Perth.
Insat 3A @ 93.5E 4141 V SR 5150 Two new channels which I have not received before scanned in today on Insat 3A. ARIANA INT'L ARIANA NATIONAL (Both FTA.)
From the Dish
Vinasat 2 132E 11050 V "DW, Arirang World and EuroNews" have started on , MPEG-4, Irdeto.
Vinasat 2 132E 11050 V "Thai Sports and Lai Thai TV" have left .
Vinasat 2 132E 11670 V "Spring News TV" has left .
SES 7 108.2E 2505 V "Net" has started on, MPEG-4, Videoguard.
SES 7 108.2E 11510 H "Thrill and MTV Pinoy" have started on , MPEG-4, Videoguard.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 12377 H "Unique Business News, TTV Finance, Next TV News and ERA News" have started on , Fta.
AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3793 V "Kappa TV" has started on , MPEG-4, Fta.
AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3960 H "Trace Sport Stars and Trace Urban English"" have started on , MPEG-4, HD, Fta.
AsiaSat 5 100.5E 4040 H "LifeStyle TV" is now encrypted.
Measat 3 91.5E 3760 V Lifetime Philippines has started on, MPEG-4, PowerVu.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3480 H "RSU Wisdom TV and LamKong Channel" have started on, Fta. PPTV HD has left.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3551 H "You and I TV" has started on , Fta. Apostolic Oneness Network and R Channel have left.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 12355 V "Fox Movies Premium HD has replaced Nat Geo Music" on , MPEG-4, HD,encrypted.
ABS 1 75E 3546 V "Alhurra TV" has started on , MPEG-4,Fta
ABS 1 75E 3679 V "Ginx TV" has started on , MPEG-4, Irdeto.
ABS 2 75E 3556 H "Pinoy Extreme Channel Philippines and CCTN" have started on , Fta.
Express AT1 Express AT1 has arrived at 56 East.
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东经93.5度轨道位置的印星3A号卫星C频段，DDK Agartala替换DD Tripura（印度）频道，设置4109 V 4250参数免费接收。 [4月20日]
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东经75度轨道位置的ABS-1号卫星C频段，Alhurra TV（MPEG-4）频道新增，设置3546 V 1956参数免费接收。 [4月20日]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔300K号卫星Ku频段，RTG TV（俄罗斯）频道解密，设置11670 H 14400参数免费接收。 [4月20日]
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东经75度轨道位置的ABS-1号卫星C频段，Alhurra TV（MPEG-4）频道新增，设置3546 V 1956参数免费接收。[04-20]
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东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段，You and I TV替换R Channel（泰国）频道，设置3551 H 13333参数免费接收。[04-19]
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东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段，BeIN替换EDGE（MPEG-4）频道，设置12720 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [4月19日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段，Edge、MGM（MPEG-4）频道新增，设置12657 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [4月19日]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段，Madha TV替换Krishna TV（MPEG-4）频道，设置4015 V 30000参数免费接收。 [4月19日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段，Somall Channel（英国）频道消失，设置4096 V 7406参数无效接收。 [4月19日]
东经125度轨道位置的中星6A号卫星C频段，湖南卫视（高清）频道解密，设置3750 H 14900参数免费接收。[04-19]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段，BeIN替换EDGE（MPEG-4）频道，设置12720 H 45000参数有条件接收。[04-19]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段，Edge、MGM（MPEG-4）频道新增，设置12657 H 45000参数有条件接收。[04-19]
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东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段，Somall Channel（英国）频道消失，设置4096 V 7406参数无效接收。[04-19]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段，Shop and Show（测试）频道新增，设置3551 H 13333参数免费接收。[04-19]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段，PPTV HD、New TV（泰国）等全组频道加密，设置3917 V 24000参数有条件接收。[04-18]
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东经75度轨道位置的ABS-1号卫星C频段，卫视中文、国家地理（台湾）等全组频道消失，设置3750 V 15000参数无效接收。 [4月18日]
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东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段，Business News（英语）频道新增，设置4064 H 19850参数有条件接收。 [4月18日]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔201号卫星Ku频段，Znanie（俄罗斯）频道消失，设置11057 V 26471参数无效接收。 [4月18日]
NBN Co ponders a third satellite
NBN Co is considering launching a third satellite into orbit to help serve Australia's rural communities, with a review into the company's satellite operations set to be handed down shortly.
There are currently two satellites set to launch next year that will work on behalf of NBN Co to serve rural broadband needs, but the company posted a loss of over one billion dollars last week and is struggling to pull in revenue from its now multi-technology mix rollout.
Sources "close to the national broadband network" told The Australian Financial Review newspaper that a review into the wireless and satellite elements of the $41 billion infrastructure project, to be released before the end of the month, will recommend further consideration of a wholly new satellite to be built and launched some time in the next decade.
Two satellites, tentatively named 1A and 1B, are already under construction in the United States as part of a $620 million contract with Space Systems/Loral and are set to launch from French Guiana, on the north Atlantic coast of South America, next year.
The satellites will be able to provide 200,000 remote Australian homes and businesses with up to 25 megabits per second download speeds, while the rest of the country will be connected to the NBN with a mix of fibre, copper and HFC (hybrid fibre-coaxial) technologies.
NBN Co is under heavy pressure to connect as many Australians to high-speed broadband as quickly as possible, with the Coalition government already announcing it will break a key election promise of promising all Australians access to 25 megabits per second download speeds by 2016.
New NBN Co chief executive Bill Morrow announced last week that the first of the two satellites was 70% complete and on track for delivery, though internal dialogue at NBN Co has been fuelled by ongoing uncertainty about whether the satellites will be sufficient to meet demand.
Iinternal corporate plans suggested the two satellites should be able to cover 580,000 homes and businesses by the end of the decade but December's strategic review revised that figure down to 206,000 by 2020.
"Customers are taking up fixed wireless and satellite faster than planned," December's review said.
"Under a 'business as usual' model, NBN Co will need to add another 800 base stations and possibly an additional satellite if current levels of demand continue, contributing to the increased cost described."
Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull shot down any talk of an extra satellite back in 2012 when he was in opposition however, arguing that NBN Co simply didn't need them.
"There is enough capacity on private satellites already in orbit or scheduled for launch for the NBN to deliver broadband to the 200,000 or so premises in remote Australia without building its own,” Turnbull said in a statement in February 2012 as reported by Delimiter.
The company's financial struggles may not only hamper plans to operate a third satellite, but it also may cut costs through selling assets like cell towers, or by operating services like call centres offshore.
“You will see a tighter focus on efficiency and delivery,” Morrow said. “This is somebody else’s money and I look at it that way, therefore we need to treat it with a degree of frugality.
“I have a long list of operational reviews that I’m going to go through the company [with] that will take a number of weeks to get through and I may conclude there are other areas where we can be more efficient ... by doing stuff out of the box.”
Ten set to be a player in AFL broadcast rights
Channel Ten chief Hamish McLennan has confirmed the former AFL broadcaster shapes as a player in the next rights deal.
Ten shared the free-to-air rights with Nine and Foxtel between 2002 and 2006 and with Seven between 2007 and 2011, but opted to pull out of the latest deal, with Ten at the time interested more in securing the NRL rights.
That did not eventuate, leading to a falling out between then Ten chief executive Lachlan Murdoch and then News Corp Australia chief Kim Williams, the latter now an AFL commissioner.
Ten’s interest in the next round of AFL rights could help bump up the price.
"Yes, we’re keen. All depends on what is on offer," McLennan said.
Ten had televised two Saturday matches through the home-and-away season and had been involved in finals and the grand final.
Asked what slots Ten would be interested in, McLennan said: "Depends on price etc, but maybe Saturday again and what is on offer."
McLennan understands the importance of live sport to his hopes of resurrecting Ten’s stocks, with cricket’s Twenty20 Big Bash League and the Sochi Winter Olympics providing strong ratings, and a temporary lift in share price. Ten is also aware it needs a major winter sport to compete with Seven and Nine, the latter with the rights to the NRL.
The current five-year, $1.25 billion deal with Channel Seven, Foxtel and Telstra expires after the 2016 season. Discussions on a new deal are expected to intensify later this year.
AFL general manager of broadcasting Simon Lethlean has said the league’s preference would be to secure a deal by late next year.
Leading media analyst Roger Colman, an experienced research analyst with CCZ Stratton Equities, has not ruled out a new broadcasting deal reaching $2 billion but said it was more likely to fall short.
The AFL is also considering producing its own coverage and showing matches exclusively on its own website. However, former AFL commissioner Graeme Samuel, now an NRL commissioner, has warned sports they could jeopardise hopes of securing greater riches should they bypass networks and deal directly with viewers.
Collingwood president Eddie McGuire has also warned the AFL that it needs to preserve and enhance the number of blockbusters, ensuring the networks of strong ratings and, in return, a more lucrative deal for the AFL. He has also warned of the threat the NRL, and Samuel, pose.
"Out there is rugby league land, where Graeme Samuel has got all of our IP (intellectual property), and is now a commissioner on their board, they are going big time. They are going after us," McGuire said on SEN.
"That is why night grand finals and these big games have to be big, because we have to have something to go to the TV rights holders and say, 'This is why you have to pay $140 million next year, not $125 million'.
"And, if you have a look at last year, the last one, I reckon we left probably $20 million on the table. So, we don’t want to be doing that a second time."
Williams’ recent addition to the AFL commission has been viewed as the AFL improving its knowledge of the media landscape.
Former Nine boss Jeff Browne, a long time friend and associate of McGuire’s, has long been mentioned also as a possible commissioner.
"I was on the last selection panel and Jeff’s name was mentioned there. It wasn’t a situation that he was able to put his name in the frame for because of his business and personal situation at the time," McGuire said.
"But Jeff is a bloke who has tremendous credentials to fill the job. Why wouldn’t you get someone who has been involved in every major television decision for rights, probably going back to the mid ’80s. He wrote the AFL rules, he knew what the AFL rules were about."
Viva+ launches Indonesian DTH service on AsiaSat 5
From Press Release
Asia Satellite Telecommunications (AsiaSat) and PT Digital Media Asia have launched a new direct-to-home (DTH) satellite service.
Utilising multiple Ku-band transponders on AsiaSat 5 at 100.5 degrees East, the VIVA+ bouquet includes a wide range of Indonesian and international television channels, from entertainment, news, sports, to children and religious programmes. It is designed to serve the fast-growing Indonesian pay DTH market and will initially consist of two high definition (HD) and 35 standard definition (SD) channels. These will include nine channels dedicated to the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
"We are very excited about our service launch on AsiaSat 5. AsiaSat has provided the high quality and country wide coverage we need to deliver our premium DTH offering to every corner of Indonesia," said David Khim, chief technology officer & COO of VIVA+. "With AsiaSat's support, we are able to move swiftly to introduce our unique World Cup package to all soccer fans in Indonesia. We are delighted to have this opportunity to work closely with AsiaSat in the coming years to expand our services and to offer more programme options to our customers."
"We are pleased that VIVA+ has chosen AsiaSat to launch its new DTH service in Indonesia, bringing to viewers in Indonesia a brand new DTH offering of local and international programmes. Indonesia has one of Asia's fastest growing pay-TV markets and we look forward to supporting VIVA+'s service expansion in the near future to capture the enormous potential of this lucrative DTH market," added AsiaSat president and CEO William Wade.
(Craig's comment, those in the NT and W.A region might like to have a look for it)
Thaicom 8 gets the nod
The Nation April 21, 2014 1:00 am
Satellite expected to meet boost in demand for digital TV stations
The Telecom Committee has given its final consent to the Thaicom 8 broadcasting satellite project of Thaicom, Settapong Malisuwan, chairman of the committee, said recently.
The committee had approved the project pending confirmation from the Information and Communications Technology Ministry that the ministry had the authority to register the satellite with the International Telecommunications Union.
The ICT Ministry had informed the committee that it did have the authority and had assigned the right to Thaicom to launch another satellite in the 78.5 degrees East orbital slot.
As part of the official approval, Thaicom 8 will operate under the same 15-year licence granted by the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) to the planned Thaicom 7 broadcasting satellite in June 2012.
The satellite will be sent to the 120 degrees East orbital slot.
Thaicom 8 is needed to serve the expected rise in demand for satellite broadcasting, driven by the existing terrestrial digital TV stations - especially for high-definition TV broadcasting.
The Broadcasting Committee under the NBTC will formally award all 24 commercial digital TV licences to the bid winners on Friday. Each is required to launch programmes in full by May 25.
A Thaicom source said the satellite operator would soon propose the Thaicom 8 project to its board for approval.
The Telecom Committee, which is also under the NBTC, is still working on the licensing regulations for future satellites, including Thaicom 7 and 8.
It has already held focus group meetings on the draft regulations, which require the providers of satellite signal uplink/downlink services to bid for a spectrum to provide the service.
This conforms to Article 45 of the Frequency Allocation Act, which limits the NBTC to allocating frequencies via auction only.
SKY Perfect JSAT + SSL... To Create Perfect Satellites
[SatNews] ...it is designed with the flexibility to adjust its coverage of Japan and the Indian Ocean Region to serve the areas with the highest demand.
Space Systems/Loral (SSL), a provider of commercial satellites, has been selected to provide two communications satellites to SKY Perfect JSAT, a satellite operator based in Japan, with a fleet of 16 satellites. The satellites, JCSAT-15 and JCSAT-16, will be used by SKY Perfect JSAT to meet the growing demand for telecommunications infrastructure in the Asia Pacific region.
JCSAT-15 and JCSAT-16
"We are very honored that SKY Perfect JSAT has entrusted SSL to build its next two satellites," said John Celli, president of SSL. "Our first satellite for SKY Perfect JSAT began construction last June and we believe there is no better endorsement of our success than repeat orders from a satisfied customer. We look forward to continuing to support SKY Perfect JSAT's business with our flexible satellite products for many years to come."
The two satellites are designed to be used for services such as video distribution, data transfer communications, and back-up service capabilities in Japan and neighboring regions. They both operate in Ku-band and provide switching for flexibility.
JCSAT-15 is a 10kW satellite which will replace the N-SAT110 satellite currently on orbit. In addition to providing legacy service it will also provide expansion capability and it is designed with the flexibility to adjust its coverage of Japan and the Indian Ocean Region to serve the areas with the highest demand.
JCSAT-16 is an 8.5kW satellite which is designed to be used at a broad range of orbital locations. When launched it will ensure continuous service and it will be available as a back-up to the existing fleet.
"We are very pleased to select SSL to provide SKY Perfect JSAT with our next two satellites," said Shinji Takada, representative director, president and CEO of SKY Perfect JSAT. "SSL is a world leader in satellite manufacturing with a record of high quality, reliability, and value and working together will help us meet the growing demand for satellite services in the region."
JCSAT-15 and 16 are both based on the SSL 1300 satellite platform that provides the flexibility for a broad range of applications and technology advances. Scheduled for launch in 2016, the satellites are designed to deliver service for 15 years or longer.
SSL, a subsidiary of MacDonald, Dettwiler, and Associates Ltd. (MDA), works closely with satellite operators to provide spacecraft for a broad range of services including television and radio distribution, digital audio radio, broadband Internet, and mobile communications.
Astro picks Volicon
Malaysian pay-TV operator Astro is using a Volicon Observer enterprise video monitoring and logging system to enable off-air logging for more than 200 channels.
Focusing on key points in the transmission path, the Volicon system monitors and logs incoming and outgoing feeds in a variety of formats. With broad format support and the ability to support high-density monitoring and logging applications, the Observer system serves as a reliable and flexible solution that addresses the needs of Astro departments ranging from engineering to media sales.
"Volicon's Observer system gives us an integrated off-air logging system built on proven technology and equipped with features that give our staff a high degree of flexibility in working with aired media," said Chris McMillan, vice president, production services, Astro. "By allowing simultaneous users across our operations to access logged content quickly and with ease, the Observer system has enabled us to improve our efficiency and responsiveness in assuring the quality and compliance of Astro services.
With a customer base of more than 3.9 million residential customers (representing approximately 56% of Malaysian TV households), Astro offers 171 TV channels, including 39 HD channels, delivered via direct-to-home satellite TV, IPTV, and OTT platforms.
Installed in Astro's main DTH broadcast center, the All Asia Broadcast Centre located in Kuala Lumpur, the Observer Enterprise accepts and monitors signal types including composite, component, HD/SD SDI, and transport stream inputs. The system is equipped with Volicon's quality of experience (QoE) module, as well as an as-run log module that allows users to search and sort the as-run log via ID or commercial/program name for quick and easy ad verification with a direct link to video content. A content export module makes it easy for Observer users to extract and share select clips from recorded content.
"The complexity of large-scale pay-TV operations demands a monitoring and logging system that is robust yet intuitive," said Gary Learner, CTO at Volicon. "The system must meet the technical requirements of the engineers responsible for maintaining the integrity and quality of the service output, as well as the various needs of the staff who use logged content in other areas of the business. The Observer Enterprise does it all, thereby simplifying critical tasks across the broadcast facility."
Africa’s need for data launches more satellites
Africa’s demand for bandwidth is doubling every year, outpacing the laying of terrestrial telecoms fibre links and encouraging commercial satellite operators to launch more units into orbit.
The arrival of submarine cables on Africa’s eastern shore just five years ago was largely expected to herald the end of satellite connections, which had been the region’s only link to the outside world for decades.
But the opposite is happening with Africa’s political geography notably its many landlocked countries, such as Zambia, South Sudan and Rwanda bringing undersea cable plans back to earth.
“If you are to provide connectivity to the masses, fibre is not the way to do it. Do you think that it would make economical sense to take fibre to every village in Kenya?” Ibrahima Guimba-Saidou, a senior executive for Africa at Luxembourg-based satellite operator SES, said. “Satellite is still around and will continue to be around because it’s the best medium to extend connectivity to the masses.”
Hundreds of millions of people on the continent still had no access to the internet, he said.
At least four satellites are planned for launch this year, as countries with no access to the coast have yet to benefit from at least 10 undersea cables now serving the continent.
“There will be times when they compete, but such is the growth in demand for bandwidth that there is room for plenty of players,” Mark Newman, the chief research officer at research company Informa Telecoms & Media, said.
“If you are in a landlocked country, it might well be that even though satellite would seem to be expensive compared to the cost of fibre capacity that lands on the coast somewhere, by the time you get that capacity inland, it’s no cheaper than satellite,” he said.
SES expects to launch its Astra2G satellite this year, after sending three others dedicated to Africa into orbit in the last year. Nine of its 56 satellites orbiting the earth are allocated for Africa.
Europe’s biggest satellite operator Eutelsat plans to fire off its tri-band EUTELSAT 3B this month, after launching another to extend sub-Saharan Africa’s coverage last year.
The demand for internet and data services in Africa has been driven by affordable mobile broadband connections. Mobile broadband users could grow by almost eight times to 806 million by the end of 2018, according to Informa estimates.
New services such as digital television, onboard internet connection for passenger aircraft, and delivering education and health services electronically, will also drive demand.
The private sector has several initiatives to extend the capacity from submarine cables inland using terrestrial cables, but until that bottleneck is addressed, satellite operators are innovating to plug that black hole.
One operator, Other 3 Billion (O3B), has launched four of the next-generation medium earth orbit (MEO) satellites and plans two other launches this year to make an orbital constellation of 12. At a height of 8 000km, the MEO units allow for faster speeds than traditional stationary satellites at 36 000km.
O3B’s tests had delivered capacity five times better than what traditional satellites could manage, making its technology suitable for voice and interactive applications, Omar Trujillo, the vice-president for Africa and Latin America, said.
O3B has 20 customers signed up and Trujillo expects that satellite will be the main connection for most of its clients, other than a fall-back plan for when fibre fails. Reuters
ABC v. Aereo: Will the Supreme Court change the way we watch TV?
Back in 1982, Motion Picture Association of America President Jack Valenti employed some dramatic rhetoric to convince Congress that home VCR recordings ran afoul of the 1976 Copyright Act and posed a dire threat to his industry: "I say to you that the VCR is to the American film producer and the American public as the Boston strangler is to the woman home alone," he told a congressional panel.
Two years later in Sony v. Universal Studios, the Supreme Court rejected the idea that video recordings constituted copyright infringement. By 1986, videocassettes became the motion picture industry's largest source of revenue.
Three decades later, the court is once again considering whether a new technology -- one that relies on cloud computing to store programming -- violates the Copyright Act. And as in decades past, there are parties on both sides warning of the huge economic consequences that could come from the court's ruling.
On Tuesday, the court considers those arguments in ABC, Inc. v. Aereo, Inc.
Since 2012, the startup company Aereo has given consumers a new way to watch or record over-the-air broadcast television. Typically, a consumer must have an antenna to pick up broadcast signals or a subscription to cable or satellite services. Aereo, by contrast, assigns its users an individual, remote antenna to pick up a signal so they can watch a program over the Internet -- or record a program to their remote DVR storage space and watch it later.
Broadcast companies, including CBS, have balked at this technology, arguing that Aereo's service is more akin to a cable subscription than it is to a DVR service. "Aereo isn't just in the business of providing hardware. They're selling a service," Neal Katyal, former U.S. Solicitor General and an adviser to major broadcasters in this case, told CBS News Radio.
By that logic, Aereo should have to pay the same fees that cable companies do to retransmit network shows. Cable and satellite companies must pay retransmission fees because under the Copyright Act, only the owner of copyrighted content has the right to air a "public performance" of the content in question.
Aereo, meanwhile, argues that it isn't airing "public performances." By assigning each subscriber a personal antenna each time he or she logs on, the company says it is enabling many private performances, it says. The company is relying on the precedent set in the 2008 Cablevision case, in which a federal appeals court said that remote DVR storage systems don't infringe on copyright protections.
By skirting retransmission fees, Aereo threatens to disrupt the way broadcast companies do business. The vast majority of TV consumers now get their programming from cable, satellite or fiber, making retransmission fees increasingly valuable. Citing research valuing those fees at $3.3 billion in 2013, PricewaterhouseCoopers concluded earlier this year that "gaining increasingly greater shares of the retransmission pie will be critical for TV Broadcast profitability going forward."
Aereo's business model could encourage cable companies to follow their lead, or at least give the cable companies more leverage in negotiations with content creators. Should that happen, broadcast executives have threatened to change their strategies completely. CBS CEO Leslie Moonves has said the company could compete directly with Aereo by streaming its own content online. Last year, Fox executive Chase Carey warned his network would pull shows like "The Simpsons" and "Glee" off the public airwaves all together and move its content to cable.
If broadcast companies move their content to cable or the Internet, network affiliates could take the biggest hit -- they'd no longer have popular broadcast content to bookend local newscasts.
"It's going to make it harder for a number of local affiliates to attract an audience," David Oxenford, an attorney at Wilkinson Barker Knauer who represents network companies, told CBS News. "It's important these local affiliates be supported, be able to deliver a quality product to their audiences because they're the ones delivering local news, local information, local emergency information... Changing the broadcast model, radically taking network programming and putting it on a paid TV model, I think would hurt the public interest overall."
Politics Are networks overstating the case against Aereo?
Politics Aereo Supreme Court case: What will it mean for cloud computing?
Aereo's defenders, like the public interest group Public Knowledge, say the broadcasters are overstating Aereo's impact on the industry.
"I think in a lot of ways what the broadcasters are doing is bluster," Public Knowledge's senior staff attorney John Bergmayer told CBS News. He argued that cable companies would have a hard time replicating Aereo's business model, since they need access to cable networks and broadcast networks often in the same corporate family, such as ABC and ESPN.
"It could sort of give them another negotiating chit... but I don't see it really profoundly changing the structure of the broadcast industry one way or another," Bergmayer said.
If it does change the industry, Aereo founder and CEO Chet Kanojia argues, it would be accomplished through the sort of innovation that regulations are intended to promote -- and the sort of innovation that could ultimately benefit content creators.
"It's actually a really good thing [for networks] that new technology is allowing new consumers to come into the fold," Kanojia told CBS News Radio. "A technology that allows consumers to have a remote antenna that allows them to have perfect reception increases the chances that more people will consume their content."
Aereo is currently only available in 13 says, but Kanojia said the company hopes to have a presence in about 50 cities in the next year or show. However, if the Supreme Court sides with the broadcasters, "Then I think yeah, we're done," he told CBS. "I think we'd fold up"
At the same time, many are arguing that a loss for Aereo could impact any number of businesses that rely on cloud computing -- services like Google Drive or DropBox that allow users to store their data on remote servers and access it on the Internet.
"The problem in this case is that the broadcasters are making some arguments that, first, cast doubt on some of the legal precedents that cloud services rely on," such as the Cablevision case, David Sohn, general counsel for Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT), explained to CBS News. "And second, they make arguments that suggest when individual users use some technological system to stream themselves copies of copyrighted content -- even if it's their own copies -- that that can violate copyright. Whatever you think about that in the context of Aereo itself, you have to wonder -- isn't that similar to what a lot of cloud computer services do? They let users store their own copies of material and let users ... access it on an on-demand basis."
CDT filed a brief with the Supreme Court, urging them to consider the impact court rulings can have on the cloud computing industry. For instance, after the Cablevision ruling, the average quarterly investment in cloud computing in the United States increased by approximately 41 percent, according to a 2011 Harvard Business School study.
"Adopting such an overly broad approach to the public performance right would call into question a variety of established and mainstream services," the CDT brief says. "It could impair technological progress by establishing an irrational legal preference for local technologies over networked ones. And it could threaten the great promise of cloud computing for individual users, businesses, and economic growth."
Aereo launches advocacy site
Internet TV streaming service Aereo has launched an educational and advocacy site ProtectMyAntenna.org that aims to provide basic information about the operation and the legal claims before the Supreme Court. The site also features court briefs, amicus briefs and court decisions.
Chet Kanojia, Founder and CEO has written to customers explaining the site’s launch and Aereo’s beliefs in advance of the April 22 Supreme Court hearing. The text of the letter is reproduced below.
Standing up for Innovation, Progress and Technology, Continued
Last December, we agreed to the broadcasters’ request to seek review of their claims by the United States Supreme Court. We made that decision because we wanted their claims against Aereo resolved on their merits, rather than through a wasteful war of attrition.
On April 22, Aereo will present our case to the United States Supreme Court. We remain steadfast in our conviction that Aereo’s cloud-based antenna and DVR technology falls squarely within the law. We have every hope and confidence that the Court will validate and preserve a consumer’s right to access local over-the-air television using an individual antenna, make a personal recording with a DVR, and watch that recording on a device of their choice.
Much has been written about Aereo and its technology, as well as the Supreme Court case. Many of you have reached out to us asking for more information and ways to help the company.
Today, we are launching a website, that provides you with some basic information about Aereo and the legal claims before the Supreme Court.rotectMyAntenna.org, you’ll find court briefs, amicus briefs and court decisions related to the Supreme Court case. You can also sign up for updates to stay in touch with the Aereo team.
What is at stake in this case is much bigger than Aereo. We believe that consumers are entitled to use a modern, cloud-based, version of an antenna and DVR and that consumers should not be constrained to 1950’s era technology to watch free-to-air broadcast television. The broadcasters’ positions in this case, if sustained, would impair cloud innovation and threaten the myriad benefits to individuals, companies, and the economy at large of the advances in cloud computing and cloud storage. Several amicus briefs including those from CCIA and Mozilla, Public Knowledge, the Consumer Electronics Association and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, directly address these issues.
We hope you’ll find ProtectMyAntenna.org useful. Sign up for updates and spread the word!
Thank you for your continued support. It means a great deal to all of us at Aereo.
Founder & CEO
FilmOn to expand if Aereo successful
Alki David, the founder of Internet TV streaming service FilmOn, has said he plans to expand the operation should rival service Aereo be successful in its US Supreme Court copyright case brought by the major networks.
“We’re in 18 cities and our model is free,” he told The New York Post. “We’d turn on all over the States and have a far bigger slice of the market than Aereo.”
Should Aereo lose, David says that FilmOn would lose “maybe five per cent” of its revenue, representing ad revenue FilmOn sells against local TV channels.
The Alki David-backed service suffered a setback late January following the decision of an appellate panel that it would not rule on the company’s request to lift an injunction against it until after the Supreme Court decides on the legality of Aereo. The order means that FilmOn X is only able to stream TV shows in three US states: New York, Vermont and Connecticut.
Regardless of how the Supreme Court rules in the forthcoming Aereo case, FilmOn will still have a viable business model, according to Mike Paxton, Senior Analyst at SNL Kagan MRG.
“Regardless of the actual outcome of the court cases facing FilmOn, SNL Kagan MRG believes that the online/OTT video market is poised to expand rapidly over the next few years. FilmOn’s core business is in the ‘freemium’ or ad-supported side of the market, which is a growth market. At the same time, the worldwide subscription VoD (SVoD) business, a service capability that FilmOn also offers, is also on track to experience solid growth,” says Paxton.
Paxton says that unlike Aereo, which relies on its antenna farm business to generate the vast majority of its revenues, FilmOn’s antenna farm segment is just a small part of its overall business. “This means that if the Supreme Court decides for the broadcasters, then Aereo will have to either drastically change its business model or possibly even shut down. This will not be the case at FilmOn. Again, assuming the high court decides for the broadcasters and against Aereo, FilmOn will still have a diverse and viable business model, even if it has to shut down its antenna farms in the US.”
Monday, no update
Sunday, no update
Saturday, no update
Good Friday, no update
Next update Tuesday! Easter weekend
Sorry for the late update
A few Thursday Feeds,mostly from this morning
D2 12446 H Sr 6670 "01" Kordia presentation
D2 12661 V Sr 6670 "Anc2b"
D2 12321 V Sr 7200 "rtv 001" some scene at a pool near the sea?
D2 12272 V Sr 6670 "Ten 902 02" Presenter
D2 12662 V Sr 6670 "Mangarook footy show"
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Asiasat 5 Feed log
3712 H SR 14399 Globecast Oz HD E Basketball wrap-up from fiba.com (FTA.) Always great basketball action from this programme!
3865 H SR 3732 Service 01 IDN (Indonesia) vs UAE Soccer from Dubai, (FTA.)
3905 V SR 6110 KSN-SD#1(SAT) Still pic. of a city in background with male asian reporter, (FTA.)
3746 V SR 7120 ATL Enc 2 MLS League Soccer - New York Rangers vs Philadelphia Flyers, (FTA.)
3876 H SR 7500 LPGA Lotte Championships - Women's Golf from Hawaii.
3905 V SR 7199 MAYBANK MALAYSIA OPEN Men's Open Golf from Kuala Lumpur.
4090 H SR 4937 KT_SNG_STAR EX_BAC English male reporter from South Korea reporting the latest on the Ferry Disaster. No picture and only sound!
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From asiatvro site
东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段，Voice TV替换Spring News（CTH）频道，设置11669 V 30000参数免费接收。[04-17]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星Ku频段，非凡新闻、台视财经（MPEG-4）等频道新增，设置12377 H 3300参数免费接收。[04-17]
东经113度轨道位置帕拉帕D号卫星C频段，Asia Trave HD、国家地理替换亚洲旅游（MPEG-4）等频道，设置4100 V 30000参数有条件接收。[04-17]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段，中华卫视（测试）频道消失，设置3880 H 27500参数无效接收。[04-17]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段，DM Digital（巴基斯坦）频道重现，设置3742 V 1500参数免费接收。[04-17]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段，天映频道、亚洲美食（MPEG-4）等频道加密，设置4120 H 30000参数有条件接收。[04-17]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段，DM Digital（巴基斯坦）频道消失，设置3742 V 1500参数无效接收。 [4月17日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段，DW TV等替换Smile（CTH）等4个频道，设置11049 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [4月16日]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段，Viewwold替换Movies HD频道，设置11541 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [4月16日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的印星3A号卫星C频段，National Srinagar替换DD Kashir（印度）频道，设置3782 V 6250参数免费接收。 [4月16日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星C频段，Ch-203（传送）高清频道加密，设置3866 H 4290参数有条件接收。 [4月16日]
ABC becomes first Western broadcaster to go China-wide
The ABC has won permission from the Chinese government to have its Australia Network content made available to the entire Chinese population - the most extensive access afforded to any Western broadcaster.
Australia Network is expected to announce the landmark agreement on Easter Thursday, with an official signing in Shanghai to follow on May 4.
The deal allows the network's content to be distributed by a web portal and rebroadcast by Chinese television networks. It follows Prime Minister Tony Abbott's visit to China last week and will put pressure on the government to rethink its plans to withdraw the Australia Network's funding.
Veteran media buyer Harold Mitchell said the deal showed ''an incredible acceptance by China of Australia'' after the failure of big US companies News Corporation and Google to break into the market.
''This is one of the most important breakthroughs in communications between our countries. No one else has been able to do it,'' Mr Mitchell said.
Britain's BBC World Service and America's CNN International are the only other Western broadcasters with landing rights in China. But their rights limit broadcast to certain international hotels and diplomatic compounds.
Australia Network, run by the ABC, has secured rights through Shanghai Media Group, China's second-biggest media company, to host ABC and other Australian content on a web portal that anyone in China can use.
Chinese broadcast partners will be able to buy the content to show on TV throughout the country. It includes Q&A, which was hosted in China last week, as well as other news and entertainment shows.
The deal will also enable Chinese media companies to sell content to the ABC and other Australian media groups. The arrangement also allows the ABC to establish a base in Shanghai with official approval to represent and sell media content throughout China.
It remains to be seen what censorship challenges the ABC will have to navigate in China.
Rupert Murdoch tried for 20 years to secure broadcast rights in China through Star China TV but never succeeded. His 21st Century Fox sold its minority stake in broadcaster Star China TV in January after his ambitions were frustrated by censorship and limits on foreign investment.
Systems/Loral + SKY Perfect JSATTwo To Be Built (Satellites)
[SatNews] Space Systems/Loral (SSL) has been selected to provide two communications satellites to SKY Perfect JSAT, a leading satellite operator based in Japan, which currently operates a fleet of 16 satellites.
The satellites, JCSAT-15 and JCSAT-16 will be used by SKY Perfect JSAT to meet the growing demand for telecommunications infrastructure in the Asia Pacific region.
John Celli, president of SSL, said, “Our first satellite for SKY Perfect JSAT began construction last June and we believe there is no better endorsement of our success than repeat orders from a satisfied customer. We look forward to continuing to support SKY Perfect JSAT’s business with our flexible satellite products for many years to come.”
The two satellites are designed to be used for services such as video distribution, data transfer communications, and back-up service capabilities in Japan and neighboring regions. They both operate in Ku-band and provide switching for flexibility.
JCSAT-15 will be a 10-kW satellite which will be located at 110 degrees East longitude where it replaces the N-SAT110 satellite currently on orbit. In addition to providing legacy service it will also provide expansion capability and it is designed with the flexibility to adjust its coverage of Japan and the Indian Ocean Region to serve the areas with the highest demand.
JCSAT-16 will be an 8.5-kW satellite which is designed to be used at a broad range of orbital locations. When launched, it will ensure continuous service and it will be available as a back-up to the existing fleet.
“We are very pleased to select SSL to provide SKY Perfect JSAT with our next two satellites,” said Shinji Takada, Representative Director, President and CEO of SKY Perfect JSAT. “SSL is a world leader in satellite manufacturing with a record of high quality, reliability and value and working together will help us meet the growing demand for satellite services in the region.”
JCSAT-15 and 16 are both based on the highly reliable SSL 1300 satellite platform that provides the flexibility for a broad range of applications and technology advances. Scheduled for launch in 2016, the satellites are designed to deliver service for 15 years or longer.
For more information regarding SSL, please visit http://www.sslmda.com/
SKY Perfect JSAT's infosite is located at http://www.jsat.net/
Flight tests of Russian satellites Express-AT1, Express-AT2 completed
Two new telecommunications satellites had been placed into the Earth’s orbit on March 16
KRASNOYARSK, April 17. /ITAR-TASS/. The flight tests of two new telecommunications satellites - Express-AT1 and Express-AT2, assembled by the Krasnoyarsk-based company Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems (RISS) have been completed, the RISS press service told ITAR-TASS on Thursday.
The satellites had been placed into the Earth’s orbit on March 16.
“During the tests, the satellites have passed the tests of the payload modules and support systems. The tests ended successfully, the systems are working normally,” the company sources said.
“The Express-AT1 satellite has been transferred to the working geostationary orbit point and handed over to the customer. The second satellite will be transferred to the customer in late May after it reaches its orbital position,” the RISS said.
Both spacecraft are designed for the provision of fixed and mobile satellite communications services, data transfer, high-speed Internet access, as well as television services in Russia and the neighboring countries.
The new satellites will supplement the orbital constellation of RISS-made spacecraft. As of April 2014, the orbital constellation comprises 82 satellites, of which 51 satellites are in designated use.
Egyptian sensing satellite placed in orbit
An Egyptian land remote sensing satellite, Egyptsat, launched from Baikonur cosmodrome on Wednesday has successfully separated from Soyuz-U launch vehicle and entered terrestrial orbit, Interfax-AVN was told at the press service of the Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos).
"At 8:28 pm the satellite successfully separated from the third stage of the launch vehicle," a spokesman said. Soyuz-U took off from pad 31 in Baikonur at 8:20 pm.
Egyptsat was designed and manufactured by Energia rocket and space corporation at orders from the Egyptian State Committee for Land Remote Sensing and Space Studies.
The satellite weighs 1,050 kilos and has a service life of 11 years. The equipment installed on it will permit taking pictures of the Earth with a resolution of 1 meter in panchromaitc mode and 4 meters in multispectral mode.
As a rule land remote sensing probes operate in solar synchronized orbits close to polar.
Bug makes military satellites a hacker target
Cape Town - Military satellites have security vulnerabilities that makes them liable to be hacked a report says.
According to report on the Guardian website, satellite systems developed by major contractors have serious weaknesses and may compromise military activities and troops safety.
The Guardian report named Cobham and Inmarsat in the UK, as well as Harris Corporation, Hughes and Iridium in the US that made satellite systems that were "easily hackable".
At the centre of the vulnerability are the Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN) satellite receivers which provide location for teams.
According report from IOActive, these systems could be rendered ineffective by malicious software or the devices could be used to give troop locations to an enemy.
Though companies have been warned about the vulnerability, it appears that only one company, Iridium is working on patching the bug in the software.
The software may also affect aeroplanes which also rely on similar navigation systems and a malicious person could disrupt flight communications.
It is also not beyond the bounds of possibility that criminals may exploit the bug to hold carriers to ransom.
This is the second major shock to computer security in a week after the Heartbleed vulnerability was exposed. It may potentially allow a hacker to steal encrypted data like personal financial information.
"Heartbleed will stand as a reminder that security is hard and that even simple bugs can have wide ranging and unexpected consequences," John Miller, Trustwave Security Research manager told News24.
The BGAN bug was reported in 2013 after it was found by Ruben Santamarta, an IOActive researcher.
However, given the manufacturing process for satellites, the vulnerability could be in equipment for the last two years, Santamarta warned.
Ofcom to review Sky Sports dominance
UK comms regulator Ofcom has announced plans to review the ‘wholesale must-offer’ obligation placed on BSkyB in relation to its Sky Sports 1 and 2 channels.
As part of the Pay-TV Review Statement of March 2010, Ofcom committed to review the wholesale must-offer remedy it placed on BSkyB. Following the February 2014 decision by the Court of Appeal confirming Ofcom’s power to impose the wholesale must-offer, Ofcom will now undertake a review of the obligation.
The watchdog has a duty under section 316 of the Communications Act 2003 to ensure fair and effective competition in the provision of licensed broadcasting services.
In 2010 Ofcom completed its review of the pay-TV market. In order to ensure fair and effective competition it inserted a wholesale must-offer obligation under section 316 into licences held by Sky requiring it to offer to wholesale Sky Sports 1 and 2 to other retailers. It said at that time it would carry out a review of the wholesale must-offer in 2013. Ofcom notes that since then, there have been a number of sector developments, which would need to be considered as part of such a review.
The wholesale must-offer has however been the subject of appeals to the Competition Appeal Tribunal, and then onto the Court of Appeal, including in relation to the scope of Ofcom’s jurisdiction under section 316. During this litigation, interim relief arrangements have been in place under which the wholesale must-offer has been in partial effect, covering offers by Sky to supply Sky Sports 1 and 2 to BT over digital terrestrial television and to Virgin Media over cable.
In February 2014, the Court of Appeal confirmed Ofcom’s power to impose the wholesale must-offer, as had the Competition Appeal Tribunal in 2012. The Court of Appeal also found that Competition Appeal Tribunal had failed to deal with the appeal “on the merits” and its decision to set aside the wholesale must offer was based on an incomplete set of conclusions. As a result it remitted the case back to the Competition Appeal Tribunal for the Tribunal to revisit its analysis of Ofcom’s original decision to impose the WMO.
On the basis that the Court of Appeal and the Tribunal have confirmed Ofcom’s jurisdiction under section 316, and in light of its ongoing duty to ensure fair and effective competition in this market, Ofcom has decided to review the wholesale must-offer. This review will take account of any changes in the market since 2010. It will provide an update in due course on its next steps.
Ofcom is separately considering a complaint from BT under the Competition Act 1998 which alleges that Sky has abused a dominant position in relation to negotiations over the supply of Sky Sports 1 and 2 for BT’s YouView platform.
Optus 10 getting closer, see news section!
From my Email
English Premier League Soccer.
Asiasat 5 4169 H SR 13234 GCUK Enc 19 Arsenal vs West Ham United in the Premier League Soccer.
From the Dish
Intelsat 19 166E 12557 H "Fashion TV Asia" has started on , MPEG-4, Fta, not Fashion One Asia.
ChinaSat 10 110.5E Trading Day has moved from 3735 V to 3728 V, Fta.
ABS 1 75E "GCN Korea" has moved from 3963 V to 3846 V, Fta
ABS 1 75E 3915 V Bayon TV has left .
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3742 V "DM Digital" has started on , Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4060 V "ARY Zindagi has replaced ARY Zauq" on , Fta.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3408 V "GiveSiam TV and Food Planet" have left .
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Apstar 7 76.5E 4129 V "BTV" is Fta.
Apstar 7 76.5E 4131 H "Jamuna TV" has started on , Fta
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Yamal 202 49E 4101 L Chechenskaya GTRK, Rossiya 2, NTV, 5 Kanal, Rossiya K, Karusel, OTR, TVCentr, Rossiya 1 and Rossiya 24 have started on , T2-MI, MPEG-4, Fta.
Yamal 202 49E 4156 R "Rossiya 2, NTV, 5 Kanal, Rossiya K, Karusel, OTR, TV Centr and Rossiya 24" have started on and 4156 L, T2-MI, MPEG-4, Fta.
From asiatvro site
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段，Royal TV（MPEG-4）频道消失，设置3814 H 7200参数无效接收。[04-16]
东经125度轨道位置的中星6A号卫星C频段，Colourbars 75（测试）频道消失，设置3714 V 9600参数无效接收。[04-16]
东经125度轨道位置的中星6A号卫星C频段，Colourbars 75（测试）频道消失，设置3695 V 17600参数无效接收。[04-16]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段，Ch-1（测试）等4个频道新增，设置11580 H 5000参数免费接收。[04-16]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段，RTM（英语）频道消失，设置12524 H 30000参数无效接收。[04-16]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-1号卫星Ku频段，RTM（英语）频道消失，设置12579 H 22000参数无效接收。[04-16]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-1号卫星C频段，Bayon TV（柬埔寨）频道消失，设置3915 V 3360参数无效接收。 [4月16日]
东经125度轨道位置的中星6A号卫星C频段，Colourbars 75（测试）频道新增，设置3714 V 9600参数免费接收。 [4月16日]
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东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段，IQ HD（高清）频道开播，设置10985 H 35000参数免费接收。 [4月16日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段，Asian Film替换Good Living（泰国）频道，设置3840 V 30000参数免费接收。[04-15]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段，Givesiam TV（泰国）频道消失，设置3408 V 5000参数无效接收。[04-15]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段，TV Chosun替换KTV（韩国）频道，设置12350 V 26700参数免费接收。[04-15]
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东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段，Channel 8（泰国）频道解密，设置12685 V 30000参数免费接收。[04-15]
ArianespaceOptus 10 + MEASAT-3B Getting Established (Launch Preparations)
[SatNews] Payload preparations for Arianespace’s next Ariane 5 mission are gearing up following this week’s delivery of MEASAT-3b, one of two satellite passengers for launch on the heavy-lift flight, to French Guiana.
This spacecraft was transported by a chartered An-124 cargo jetliner that landed at Félix Eboué International Airport near the capital city of Cayenne, and was unloaded for its transfer by road to the Spaceport. In parallel activity, this mission’s Ariane 5 was moved today from the Launcher Integration Building to the Final Assembly Building, marking its delivery to Arianespace by vehicle prime contractor Airbus Defense and Space. With this step completed, the workhorse launcher is ready for integration of its dual-satellite payload.
MEASAT-3b,which was produced by Airbus Defence and Space based on the Eurostar E3000 platform, will be operated by MEASAT to support DTH broadcast services for Malaysia, India, Indonesia and Australia. Positioned at 91.5 degrees East, MEASAT-3b will be co-located with the MEASAT-3 and MEASAT-3a satellites to form a robust Asian direct-to-home neighborhood.
Joining MEASAT-3b as its Ariane 5 flight co-passenger is Optus 10, which was produced by SSL (Space Systems/Loral) for Australian telecommunications service provider Optus. It is outfitted with 24 Ku-band transponders to provide direct TV broadcast, internet connectivity, telephone and data transmission services for Australia and New Zealand.
Designated Flight VA218 in Arianespace’s numbering system, this upcoming mission represents the 218th launch of an Ariane family vehicle.
Follow Arianespace's launch activity at http://www.arianespace.com/.
NBN Co reports $1.17 billion loss
Fibre-to-the-Node testing in Central Coast delivers raw download speeds of 105 megabits per second
NBN Co has reported a $1.1 billion loss after generating revenue of almost $70 million in the past nine months.
New NBN Co chief executive, Bill Morrow, announced the third quarter results today and gave updates on the current rollout and the Fibre-to-the-node pilot on the Central Coast.
Telecommunications revenue rose to $38.5 million over the nine months, while the continued expansion of the network saw capital expenditure (excluding leased assets) increase to $4.9 billion and life-to-date operational expenditure rise to $2.4 billion. On March 31, the network had passed 512,659 fixed line and fixed wireless premises, an increase of nearly 96,000, or 23 per cent over the previous quarter.
This has resulted in an average run rate over the quarter of more than 6000 combined brownfields and greenfields premises per week and around 1000 fixed wireless premises covered per week. There were 166,642 premises with an active NBN service at the end of March, an increase of 27 per cent over the quarter. Fibre users (brownfields and greenfields) rose by 39 per cent to 111,035 during the quarter. However, a third of brownfields premises (94,883 or 36 per cent) were unable to order a service despite being passed by NBN fibre.
The company has instructed contractors to install lead-ins and connection boxes to premises at the same time the fibre is being laid in the street. Previously these tasks were carried out separately. During the quarter the number of activations for fixed wireless services increased by around 80 per cent to 11,673. The company also completed construction of a satellite ground station at Roma and the Telemetry, Tracking and Control Centre at Alice Springs. In terms of the core network, NBN Co has now completed 113 of its 121 Points of Interconnect, and 80 per cent of the transit network has been built.
Morrow said the company's job was to open up the digital economy and close the digital divide.
"But there are a range of issues we need to address," he said.
"The primary focus for management has been on building the network rather than connecting families and businesses. We need to do both and we need to do them better. “For instance, we are moving to a construction model that will see our delivery partners install lead-ins and connection boxes to the outside of a home as the fibre is being rolled out in the street.
He said the aim was to increase the number of homes and businesses that were more easily able to connect to the NBN when it becomes available in a neighbourhood. “There is more to analyse, more to improve and much more industry collaboration needed but we are making progress as evidenced by the metrics we are reporting today.” According to a company statement, the renegotiation of the Definitive Agreements with Telstra is progressing well. NBN Co is conducting Fibre to the Building trials in central Melbourne and Fibre to the Node build pilots in both Umina, NSW, and Epping, Victoria, in order to test construction methods and the end user experience ahead of a widescale rollout of additional access technologies. The first in-premises technology test of Fibre-to-the-Node at Umina on the NSW Central Coast delivered raw download speeds of 105 megabits per second (Mbps) and upload speeds of 45 Mbps covering a distance of around 100 metres. Morrow said this was an important milestone.
“It demonstrates that existing technologies such as the copper network are capable of playing a vital role in delivering high speed broadband to Australians,” he said.
Quickflix lifts customer base
Quickflix lifts customer sign-ups.
Shares in Quickflix were up sharply after the movie and television content streaming company reported a 16 per cent jump in customers and a 9 per cent growth in revenue over the March quarter.
The company announced this morning it had increased its base of paying customers by 16,000 to 118,557 over the three months to the end of March.
Total active customers (paying customers plus introductory trialists who have registered with a valid credit card) increased by 13 per cent to 137,059.
Revenue over the period was up 9 per cent to $5.2 million.
"The strength in streaming is reflected in Quickflix recording its third consecutive quarter of more than 20 per cent growth in streaming volumes," the company said in a quarterly update.
Quickflix said it was well positioned to drive further growth, with the streaming market gaining acceptance amongst consumers and growing rapidly.
The company was also confident of being competitive with new streaming market entrant and pay TV giant Foxtel.
"This new competition will increase awareness of streaming generally amongst consumers, which may in turn benefit Quickflix," the company argued.
"At a much lower monthly subscription price than Foxtel, Quickflix is also considerably more affordable."
The company said it was in early stage discussions with investors and potential strategic partners in relation to expansion opportunities across Australia and New Zealand.
Quickflix said it had $3.8 million in cash at the end of March.
Shares in the company closed up 0.2 cents, or 28.57 per cent, at 0.9 cents.
China Introduces TV Broadcast Rule to Prevent Channels From All Airing the Same Show
"The worst for Chinese audiences was when 18 stations broadcast the same TV drama at once," said one local media expert of the current situation.
China's state TV regulator announced Tuesday that it will soon ban broadcasters from airing the same TV series on more than two channels during prime time. The media watchdog said the move is intended to boost competition and viewing options for consumers.
The State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT) also revealed a new rule limiting each TV series to airing no more than two-episode per day during peak viewing hours. The new regulations will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2015.
Currently, TV series in China tend to broadcast exclusively on one channel, or on several satellite channels simultaneously. The prior rule had limited each series to being broadcast on no more than four channels at the same time, but industry watchers say that the limit was often exceeded for especially popular shows.
"The worst for Chinese audiences was when 18 stations broadcast the same TV drama at once, Lu Di, a professor at the School of Journalism and Communication of Peking University told Chinese daily The Global Times. "The situation is gradually improving," he added.
Li Jingsheng, a senior official at SAPPRFT, previously revealed that China produced 15,000 TV episodes in 2013, but many of the series went unaired, due to a pattern of multiple channels all broadcasting the same popular shows.
The new rules are expected to benefit TV series producers, as smaller companies can expect new opportunities for broadcast, while hit shows will likely be the subject of bidding wars. But satellite channels with smaller budgets will probably find it difficult to obtain exclusive rights to top content.
The Shanghai Daily also speculated that China's booming Internet TV sector could be the unexpected beneficiaries of the new rules, given that there are no limits on broadcasts online.
Zhu Xiangyang, chief content officer for streaming video giant Youku Tudou said that video sites' value to consumers will be further amplified, as viewers can still enjoy all the TV series they like most, free from constraints.
Despite Iran's efforts to jam satellite channels and the crackdown on satellite dishes, many Iranians -- according to some estimates more than half -- watch foreign satellite TV channels.
Even if satellite jamming is a useful tool in protecting Islamic values, it is not permissible under Islamic law if it poses a health threat.
That's according to an Iranian grand ayatollah who recently made a ruling on the issue following an inquiry by a Shi'ite news agency.
Shafaqna, whose Persian-language material is produced in Tehran, recently posed the question:
"Given the enemy's exploitation of satellite channels in order to [push forward] its goals against Islam, [and considering] the interests of the Islamic world and Islamic culture one the one hand, and on the other the jamming of these channels, which increases the risk of neurological disorders, heart arrhythmias and cardiac arrest, death of children and newborns, leukemia, multiple sclerosis, and incurable diseases and the silent death of Muslims and other citizens of Muslim countries -- are the transmissions of these permissible under Islamic laws or not and what is the verdict?"
Grand Ayatollah Musavi Ardebili, in a written response to Shafaqna, wrote, "If it is proven that jamming signals cause significant problems such as those mentioned in the question, then their transmission is not permissible."
The ruling, which was described as a "fatwa" by several popular news sites that reposted it, comes amid a long-running debate in the Islamic republic about the possible health effects of satellite jamming.
Iran is known to use jamming technology to prevent satellite transmissions of foreign-based television and radio channels in Iran. After Iran claimed to have downed a U.S. drone in 2011 after disrupting its communications system, the question arose whether Tehran had acquired or developed sophisticated jamming equipment, possibly including laser-burst technology that could target satellites.
But while little is known about the precise technology Iran employs to scramble satellite transmissions, Iranian newspaper reports and also some officials -- including Massoumeh Ebtekar, a former member of Tehran's city council and currently vice president -- have suggested that the practice could cause health problems for citizens.
"What we know is that these signals have an impact on people's health and the body's cells," Ebtekar was quoted as saying in 2012. "As an immunologist and researcher, I'd say that these signals could be the source of many illnesses."
In February, Iranian Health Minister Hassan Hashemi said that a committee was looking into whether jamming indeed poses a health threat. "The initial reports show that the existing jamming signals pose no physical harm, but the committee needs to carry out its investigation thoroughly," he said.
He also said that there were widespread "rumors" about jamming's effects and consequences on people's health, while adding that "most of the rumors have no scientific basis."
The inquiry by Shafaqna appears to reflect the concerns about the potential health hazards of jamming. In addition to Ardebili, the website asked two other clerics, Ayatollah Sohani and Ayatollah Shabiri Zanjani, about the permissibility of jamming. Neither had a straight-forward answer.
Sohani said it wasn't up to a jurist to make a ruling and that a judge could make a decision in such a case. Zanjani said that the answer to Shafaqna's question would depend on how negatively satellite broadcasts were influencing audiences on the one hand, and the extent of health dangers on the other.
The reports in Iranian media about the adverse effects of satellite jamming, including miscarriages and increased cancer rates, appear to largely rely on anecdotal evidence.
An unidentified World Health Organization representative told the Small Media Foundation in 2012 that, without knowing the exact strength of the jamming frequencies, it would be impossible to draw any conclusions about the health risks.
Iranian authorities are not transparent about their jamming efforts and the systems they use.
Ali Akbar Musavi, a U.S.-based rights activist and a former lawmaker who investigated jamming in Iran about a decade ago, says that at that time jamming centers were scattered in and around major cities and operated by "military bodies."
Musavi says Iran jammed satellite signals and also used "local jamming," by using trucks in specific locations to interfere with reception at the ground level. He says it is not clear what kind of jamming techniques authorities are using now.
Earlier this year, the United States reportedly waived sanctions on Iran's state broadcaster after it determined that "harmful satellite interference" was not currently emanating from Iran.
Musavi says officials should make public information about the bodies that currently conduct jamming and the techniques they use. "The concern is that mobile jamming stations could get close to people," he tells RFE/RL. The authorities "should announce whether they're observing international standards."
RFE/RL's Radio Farda is a target of Iran's jamming efforts. Radio Farda Director Armand Mostofi says that there has been no change to the extent of jamming faced by the Persian-language service since President Hassan Rohani came to power in 2013.
Despite Iran's efforts to jam satellite channels and the crackdown on satellite dishes, many Iranians -- according to some estimates more than half -- watch foreign satellite TV channels.
The authorities increase their jamming efforts during politically sensitive times, including at time of unrest.
NTV Plus will launch 4K this winter
Russian pay-TV broadcaster NTV Plus is looking to launch a 4K service later this year, or early in 2015. Oleg Kolesnikov, NTV’s Technical Director, says the recent 4K test transmissions carried by NTV Plus at the Sochi Winter Olympics were a huge success, proving that end-to-end signals could be carried successfully. NTV Plus carried the opening and closing ceremony in 4K.
Gazprom-owned NTV Plus was established in 1996 (and founded by Vladimir Gusinsky’s Media Most operation) and now offers a wide portfolio of SD and HDTV channels.
Kolesnikov, speaking at last week’s MIPTV special 4K event and where he showed footage of the Games, said the technical processes all went well. He recognised that the next two-to-three years would be crucial, not least with the lowering of prices of displays and large-screen TV projectors. “But the differences between HD and Ultra-HD TV is very noticeable. We need the new HDMI 2.0 interface, otherwise we are limited to 25/30 frames per second on the existing HDMI 1.4. New chipsets, which will emerge later this year, and set-top boxes, will mean that viewers will be able to see fast-moving sports at 50-60 fps.”
“Once these new elements are available then real sports content can be handled and delivered to the public. Sport, both for home viewing but also for cinema distribution is all-important. We at NTV Plus have plenty of experience in handling sport to cinemas in 3D, and we see this experience continuing. 4K will be the next level, perhaps for events such as the FIFA World Cup. When in 2018 the World Cup soccer takes place in Russia the 4K technology will be mature enough for mass-market adoption.”
“So far we are still testing and proving the technology,” says Kolesnikov. “We are in discussion with content providers who have 4K material, and it is our hope that by the end of this year or early next year we will launch some sort of 4K service. It will not be 24/7 but is likely to be initially a programming block within our bouquet.”
Glonass Plagued by Glitches for 2nd Time This Month
Russia's Glonass satellite navigation system on Tuesday suffered its second major glitch in a matter of weeks, just hours after the Emergency Situations Ministry said it intends to equip all 73 of its aircraft with the system.
Eight of Glonass' 24 satellites malfunctioned for a half-hour period shortly after 1 a.m., Interfax reported, citing data published on the website of the Federal Space Agency's analytical center.
A ninth satellite stopped working completely at 10:20 p.m. on Monday, and remained out of order as of midday Tuesday.
The latest problems came just two weeks after all of Glonass' satellites provided inaccurate data to consumers for more than 10 hours.
Nikolai Testoyedov, general director at Reshetnev, the company that manufactured the Glonass satellites, has said that the glitches occurred while work was being carried out to update the system, Izvestia reported.
The Glonass system, which was initially designed to provide Soviet submarines with coordinates during the Cold War, has been refashioned in recent years as an alternative to the United States' Global Positioning System, or GPS. In 2012, it was announced that 300 billion rubles ($8.3 billion) had been set aside to develop Glonass until 2020.
As well as announcing its plans to fit out its aircraft with Glonass, the Emergency Situations Ministry also said that it would install the software on all its sea and river vessels, RIA Novosti reported Monday.
Amazonas 4A satellite anomaly being investigated following launch
Following the launch of the Amazonas 4A from the Kourou base in French Guiana on board Arianespace's Ariane 5 ECA launch vehicle and its subsequent positioning in the geostationary orbit, an anomaly has been detected in the satellite's performance related to the power subsystem.
HISPASAT and Orbital, the company responsible for the satellite's construction, are looking into the possible cause of this anomaly and taking corrective action. The satellite is currently secure in its geostationary orbit in the position where in orbit tests will be conducted.
The economic impact on the HISPASAT Group of a fault or delay in the entry-into-service of Amazonas 4A would be negligible because the satellite's insurance policy covers all potential incidents. There would also be no disruption to the services provided to customers because a contingency plan is in place.
The Trackside channel has left Freeview NZ (as planned)
From my Email
From the Dish
Yamal 300K 90E 11685 H "Bingo Vegas" has started on , MPEG-4, Fta.
Intelsat 19 166E 12557 H "Fashion One Asia" has started on , MPEG-4, Fta. (This appears to be wrong, every time i've looked its playing Fashion TV it even has the Fashion tv logo on it. Despite the channel tag saying Fashion one)
Vinasat 1 132E 11008 H "Bac Lieu TV" has started on MPEG-4, Fta.
SES 7 108.2E 11510 H "Kix" has started on , MPEG-4, HD, Videoguard.
AsiaSat 5 100.5E 12582 V "Dish Box Office" has started on MPEG-4, HD, Conax.
AsiaSat 5 100.5E 12702 V "ET Now and Discovery Science Channel South East Asia" have started on, MPEG-4, HD, Conax.
NSS 6 95E 11172 H "9XM and Discovery Kids India" have left .
NSS 6 95E 12729 V "Kaatyayani TV" is now encrypted.
ABS 1 75E 12579 V A-One Hip-Hop Music Channel, Domashniy Magazin, Boytsovskiy Klub, Oruzhie and TV Sale have left .
ABS 1 75E 12610 V "RT English" has left .
ABS 2 75E 12595 V NTV, Fashion TV Russia, TV 3, Pyatnitsa!, Telekanal 2x2, RBK TV, Multimania, Avto 24, Comedy TV and Shopping Live have started on .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4000 H "Zee TV Africa" is encrypted again.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12602 H "Shot One TV Africa" has left .
Yamal 402 49E 12674 V Perviy kanal, Rossiya 2, NTV, 5 Kanal, Rossiya K, Karusel, OTR, TV Centr Moskva, Rossiya 1 and Rossiya 24 have started on , T2-MI, MPEG-4, Fta.
From asiatvro site
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东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段，Magic Kids（测试）频道消失，设置4096 V 7406参数无效接收。[04-15]
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东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段，MTV Pinoy、动物星球（菲律宾）等4个频道新增，设置11510 H 20000参数有条件接收。[04-15]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段，Zonet Btpl（MPEG-4）频道加密，设置3949 H 3673参数有条件接收。[04-15]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段，Apostolic Oneness Network（英语）频道消失，设置3551 H 13333参数无效接收。[04-15]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔300K号卫星Ku频段， Bingo Vegas（俄罗斯）频道新增，设置11685 H 2020参数免费接收。 [4月15日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段，博斯运动（华人卫视）频道加密，设置12604 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [4月14日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段，4 HD、For Cinema（MPEG-4）频道解密，设置12468 V 45000参数免费接收。 [4月14日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段，Trace Sports、Trace Urban（高清）频道新增，设置3960 H 30000参数免费接收。 [4月14日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段，LifeStyle TV（MPEG-4）频道加密，设置4040 H 29720参数有条件接收。 [4月14日]
GLOBECAST AUSTRALIA ENTERS ‘OVER THE TOP’ MARKET WITH LAUNCH OF ‘GLOBESTREAM’
From press release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TUESDAY 15 APRIL 2014 GLOBECAST AUSTRALIA has today launched GLOBESTREAM, a comprehensive new ‘Over The Top’ (OTT) Internet streaming service.
Complementing its existing portfolio of content delivery solutions, GLOBESTREAM is supported by GLOBECAST AUSTRALIA’s state-of-the-art broadcast facilities. GLOBESTREAM will be one of the most all-inclusive services in the market, allowing customers the benefit of a consolidated OTT service alongside the company’s Direct to Home, Fibre Distribution and Satellite News Gathering services.
Giving customers the flexibility they require to meet clients’ evolving content delivery requirements, GLOBESTREAM offers full-time channels and ad-hoc services, as well as the option to ‘Live Stream’ or deliver ‘Video-on-Demand’. The service is also time and cost efficient, enabling customers to encode content at the source, to any modern file format.
With GLOBECAST AUSTRALIA providing broadcast quality services for web, GLOBESTREAM offers 24/7 Master Control Room monitoring and support, and the added benefit of the company’s worldwide media and satellite network, as well as access to Akamai’s global Content Delivery Network at highly competitive rates.
Simon Farnsworth, CEO of GLOBECAST AUSTRALIA said, “Globestream is an exciting new chapter for Globecast Australia. For many years leading media organisations have trusted Globecast Australia to deliver their content via satellite and fibre. We see IP delivery as a natural evolution to our existing services and I am delighted to continue to offer our clients cutting edge technology and an even greater variety of content delivery solutions.”
Paul Suters, Director of Engineering & Operations of GLOBECAST AUSTRALIA said, “While we continue to innovate, Globecast Australia maintains its commitment to service quality. Our new Globestream service leverages many of our existing areas of expertise, providing our clients with the confidence in delivery they have come to expect from Globecast Australia.”
For further information about GLOBECAST AUSTRALIA’s GLOBESTREAM service visit the website www.globecast.com.au or contact:
GLOBECAST AUSTRALIA Head Office
T +61 2 8258 7900
For media enquiries please contact CLPR:
T +61 2 9405 2880
M +61 413 885 595
ABOUT GLOBECAST AUSTRALIA
GLOBECAST AUSTRALIA is the leading provider of broadcast services for Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. Specialising in live delivery of Standard and High Definition content at the cutting edge of broadcast technology, GLOBECAST AUSTRALIA’s internationally recognised Globecam is the world leader in live, point of view miniature camera technology. With the largest Digital Satellite News and Sport
Gathering fleet in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, the company’s main services are DTH satellite transmission including MPEG4 capability, International Fibre Distribution, Teleport Services, 24/7 Master Control, IP Platforms and Services, Business TV, Global Satellite Monitoring and Disaster
Recovery. For further information visit www.globecast.com.au
You've come a long way since the One.Tel days, Packer
The pictures that flashed across Australian TV screens over the weekend of James Packer front and centre of a team of heavyweight influential and successful businessmen flanking Prime Minister Tony Abbott in the ambassadorial caravan around Asia is an image the casino mogul would undoubtedly enjoy.
Basking in the success of his Australian and Macau-based casino operations, the last thing Packer would appreciate is the reopening of the wounds he sustained in 2001 as a result of his joint foray with Lachlan Murdoch into ill-fated telephony group One.Tel, which cost the pair as much as $1 billion in total.
The battle between One.Tel's various liquidators and Packer/Murdoch has been simmering quietly for many years, but this week it seems a settlement could be reached that could cost the billionaire duo an estimated $40 million to $50 million - a fraction of the $244 million the liquidators had originally sought.
Creditors lost $338 million in One.Tel's collapse and have recovered only $71 million, or 21¢ in the dollar.
The largest creditors are Optus, which lost $66 million, Cisco Systems, which lost $55 million, and Telstra, which lost $49 million.
It wasn't Packer's largest financial misstep but it was the most sensitive, in part because of the backlash he sustained from his father, Kerry.
The then young pair claimed at the time of One.Tel's collapse to have been profoundly misled by serial entrepreneur and One.Tel founder Jodee Rich, who in turn insisted that the company failed as a result of Packer and Murdoch pulling out of a capital raising.
Considering the current worth of these dynastic heirs, the potential payment to One.Tel's creditors is a drop in the bucket. But the reputational pain is far greater than any financial discomfort. The ghost of this calamitous investment decision is a reminder that for Packer in particular, his business career has been polarised between genius decisions and costly mistakes.
Packer's acquisition binge on a series of second-grade casino properties in Las Vegas, Canada and Pennsylvania in the lead-up to the global financial crisis lost Crown more than $2 billion and wiped out a large portion of the gain he had just made from the stellar and well-timed decision to sell most of his Australian media assets.
The Packer and Murdoch scions teamed up again in 2010 to acquire 18 per cent of the Ten Network, the share price and operational performances of which have been abject disasters.
While both men joined the Ten board, Packer resigned soon after, and Murdoch took the role as chairman.
But despite many commentators calling this a strategic blunder, media insiders suggested Packer had two agendas in Ten.
The first was to close down its sports-only digital channel, One, which was operating in competition with Foxtel and Fox Sports, which he part owned through Consolidated Media Holdings.
In this regard, the plan was a winner. One was relaunched without sport and Packer sold his Foxtel and Fox Sports interests to Rupert Murdoch for a healthy price.
Packer and Murdoch's other agenda to turn around Ten's financial fortunes has (to date) been a failure.
Murdoch's reputation has also been damaged by the foray into Ten, but its significance is less. Murdoch was always the heir apparent to his father to take over the running of the News Corp and 21st Century Fox empire.
A few weeks back, he rejoined his father and became the prodigal son, taking the position as joint chairman of both Murdoch senior's companies and resigning his chairmanship of Ten.
There has been plenty of speculation that Ten may be taken over by interests associated with Murdoch, and plenty of denials from the News Corp camp that this is under consideration.
But for Packer, one can only question why he would bother to retain a stake in Ten. Maybe he has faith that its fortunes could recover, or maybe he doesn't want headlines about the loss he sustained on this investment.
Over the past couple of years, Packer has been busy remaking himself as one of Australia's most successful businessmen. Now it's all about gaming but, more importantly, all about China.
Indeed, Packer is making the lion's share of his fortune out of his joint venture in Macau, which is now beginning to pay dividends to his Crown Resorts.
It is no accident that he is standing shoulder to shoulder with Abbott promoting the closer trade ties with China - and using the opportunity to lobby for a relaxation of visa rules for wealthy Chinese to visit Australia so they can roll the dice at his Australian casino.
Packer, who last year successfully broke the exclusive stranglehold Echo's Star casino had in NSW and is looking to push into the Brisbane market, has come a long way from the days when he was starry eyed about taking on the telco giants in Australia.
He summed it up in an interview with Forbes magazine: ''I've made a bunch of mistakes in my life. I've had my ups and downs.
''Business is good right now, but now my personal life is a disaster.''
SES + Milano TeleportWeathering The Frigid Storms For Connectivity (SATCOM)
[SatNews] SES (NYSE Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) and Milano Teleport have signed a capacity and ground satellite infrastructure deal to provide connectivity to Mario Zucchelli, the Italian research station located at Terra Nova Bay, Antarctica, managed by the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA).
Ground infrastructure services at the SES teleport in Adelaide and satellite capacity on SES's NSS-9 satellite located at 183 degrees East will be used to provide data and voice services to ensure the team of Italian scientists remains connected to their families and research institutions back in Italy.
"Due to the extreme weather conditions in Antarctica and the location of Mario Zucchelli, it is of utmost importance that we select a partner which is reliable and can ensure vital communications 24/7," said Umberto Gallo, CEO at Milano Teleport. "Having worked with SES since 2009 where we have been leasing capacity for broadcasting services as well as data and voice services, we are confident that SES is an ideal partner that can deliver the connectivity in even the most unfavorable weather conditions."
"This is the second consecutive year that we are providing Milano Teleport with satellite services to connect Mario Zucchelli to the rest of the world. This latest agreement illustrates their level of satisfaction with the NSS-9 satellite and the quality of the services we have been providing," said Simon Gatty Saunt, Vice President of Europe Data and Mobility at SES.
The SES infosite is located at http://www.ses.com/
The Milano Teleport infosite is located at http://www.milanoteleport.com/
MEASAT-3b, Malaysia’s Fifth Satellite, Moved To Launch Site
KUALA LUMPUR: Airbus Defence and Space, a division of Airbus Group, has completed the final integration and testing of MEASAT-3b.
Designed with 48 Ku-band transponders, MEASAT-3b will be used to support data and video services across Malaysia, India, Indonesia and Australia, Airbus Defence and Space said in a statement today.
The satellite left the Airbus Defence and Space facilities in Toulouse, France, and has been transported by air to Kourou, French Guiana.
The satellite is due to be launched in the upcoming weeks by an Ariane 5 launcher.
Launch and early orbit phase operations will be conducted from the Airbus Defence and Space's spacecraft control centre in Toulouse.
MEASAT-3b is the 36th in the next few weeks from its respective launch sites and nine more are currently at various stages of production in Airbus Defence and Space's factories.
MEASAT-3b will be launched into the 91.5°E orbital slot where it will be collocated with MEASAT-3 and MEASAT-3a to form Asia’s most robust Direct-To-Home satellite Eurostar E3000 satellite.
Google buys “atmospheric satellite” builder Titan Aerospace
Project Loon, Manaki, and Maps all look to benefit from Google's new drone builder.
A model of the Solara 50, Titan Aerospace's commercial "atmospheric satellite," hangs above the company's booth at the AUVSI Unmanned Systems conference.
Titan Aerospacethe drone-maker that was previously pegged as a Facebook acquisitionhas been snapped up by Google, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal (subscription required). Titan creates “atmospheric satellites,” solar-powered drones that can fly for five years without landing.
According to the report, Google says the Titan team will be headed to Project Loon, Google's balloon-based Internet project. Loon also uses solar-powered drones in the form of balloons instead of airplanes, so the two teams seem like a good match. The Journal also says the team might help out Manaki, a Google-owned company working on an airborne wind turbine (basically a drone plane on the end of a power cable). Atmospheric satellites could also be a big help to Google Maps and Google Earth since they both use satellite imagery. A fleet of camera-packing drones could take all the photos Google needs.
One of Titan's "smaller" drone models, called the "Solara 50," has a wingspan of 164 feet. That's larger than a Boeing 767. Before the acquisition, the Titan Aerospace's drone Internet project expected to hit "initial commercial operations" in 2015. By using specialty communications equipment, the company claimed it could get Internet speeds of up to one gigabit per second.
A Google spokesperson was quoted by the Journal as saying, "It's still early days, but atmospheric satellites could help bring Internet access to millions of people and help solve other problems, including disaster relief and environmental damage like deforestation."
Fashion TV is new FTA Intelsat 19 12557 H Sr 15000
D1 12429 V Sr 6111 "STS 9 NNA qpsk news" Costumes? news feed
Feed log Sunday
D2 12661 V Sr 6670 "Service 05" Showing a Helicoptor
D2 12661 V Sr 6670 "ANC2" Showing a Helicoptor but different pids to the above.
D1 12652 V sr 7200 "7bcm D1/T7 slot 3" Colour bars Fox Sports Melb /A feed for 7 Sports?
D2: 12663 V 6669 - 'Globecast' - Horse Racing
D2: 12672 V 6669 - 'MUDGEE' - Horse Racing
D2: 12681 V 6669 - 'Ericsson Service' - Horse Racing
D2: 12323 V 7500 - 'IP-UPLINKS.COM' - NBL Final HD/FTA
IS19/C: 4140 H 4000 - 'TVNZ_TVC3' - $Encrypted...
IS19/C: 3796 H 3500 - 'GLOBECAST AUSTRALIA' - $Encrypted
IS19/C: 4175 V 5631 - 'TV' - unknown
IS19/C: 3704 H 1618 - 'ERICSSON' - ABS-CBN Feeds
Optus D2 12272 V Sr 6670 "Ten 903" Cyclone news reporter
Optus D1 12660 V sr 7200 "Service 01" Sunrise news feed
Optus D1 12429 V sr 6111 "Snp NNN 909" Today show presenter live from NZ, royal tour coverage
From my Email
Insat 4A at 83E $ZONET BTPL is now FTA.
3949 H SR 3673 ZONET BTPL was $ scrambled but is now FTA.
Asiasat 5 3887 V SR 7120 OUTV Chinese Award Presentation, (FTA.)
Asiasat 5 3905 V SR 7000 AMAZING RACE The Amazing Race programme in Europe,(FTA.)
Asiasat 5 3896 V SR 7120 GCUK Enc 14 LFC TV - The Match Extra programme showing the LIV (Liverpool) vs MAN (Manchester City) in the Premier League Soccer game and other weekend soccer highlights with British adverts!, (FTA.)
Asiasat 5 3707 H SR 6111 GLOBECAST SYDNEY MTV Movie Awards - Red Carpet Arrivals. (FTA)
Asiasat 5 3716 H SR 7000 MTV MOVIE AWARDS Red Carpet arrivals! (FTA)
World Cup Gymnastics, Italy.
Asiasat 5 3755 V SR 7199 ITA 487 World Cup 2014 Gymnastics, Pesaro, Italy-11,12 & 13 April 2014.
From jacko (Via vetrun.com)
Feed log Palapa D
4124 H 6000 .Net Festival
3910 H 2001 Live cross for Metro TV
3743 H 3127 SNG 1 reporter in city
From the Dish
Intelsat 19 166E 12557 H FightBox HD, DocuBox HD, 360 Tune Box, Fast & FunBox HD and FilmBox Arthouse have started on, MPEG-4, Fta.
One America News Network is now encrypted.
Optus D2 152E 12546 V "ABN has replaced Almas TV" on , Fta.
Vinasat 2 132E 11050 V "Amarin Activ TV, Loca and New TV" have started on , MPEG-4, Fta.
ChinaSat 11 ChinaSat 11 has left 115.5 East, moving west.
Yamal 300K 90E 11093 H "Vsegda s Toboy" has started on , MPEG-4, Fta. Sport Bet 1 has left.
Yamal 300K 90E 11670 H "Bridge TV" has started on , Fta.
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Multipolar spends more on pay TV business
Diversified holding company PT Multipolar, part of the Lippo Group conglomerate, will allocate 50 percent of its capital expenditure (capex) to developing its pay television business, especially its newly launched satellite TV station BigTV.
The company’s public relations head, Agus Arismunandar, said Friday that the new pay TV business, which was launched by Multipolar’s subsidiary PT Multipolar Multimedia Prima (MMP) as recently as October last year, had received a positive response from the public as indicated by its number of customers.
Although the pay TV business has been on the market for only a few months, it has already garnered 150,000 subscribers, he said.
“We plan to increase the number of customers to 600,000 by the end of this year,” Agus said after a general shareholders’ meeting in Jakarta on Friday. “Aside from BigTV, we will also develop our data center business,” said Agus.
BigTV is the second pay TV unit owned by the Lippo Group, joining the First Media service, a cable-based TV and internet provider.
Previously, another Multipolar subsidiary, PT Multipolar Technology (MLPT), said it would allocate Rp 150 billion (US$13.14 million) to developing it data centers. The rest of its capex will be used to boost its retail units, which include department store Matahari, supermarkets Hypermart and Foodmart, as well as pharmacy Boston Health & Beauty, according to Agus.
“Our capex this year is about nine percent of last year’s net sales,” said the company’s director Richard Setiadi. However, although the company is pouring half its capex into developing its pay TV units, Multipolar does not expect to earn much from them.
“The biggest contributor to our income this year will most likely still come from retail, which last year reached more than 80 percent of our total income.
I predict that our income composition won’t change much from last year,” said Agus.
Last year, its retail and distribution services contributed 87.87 percent to total sales with Rp 12.89 trillion -- a 14.37 percent increase compared to 2012’s figure of Rp 11.27 trillion.
Meanwhile its IT units contributed nearly 10 percent to its total sales last year, with Rp 1.41 trillion, while stock administration and other services made up the remainder.
According to Richard, the company is aiming this year to increase its net income by 20 percent from last year’s Rp 444.9 billion.
“As for business expansion, our plan in the near future is to open 20 new Hypermart stores and 15 new Matahari department stores across the country,” Agus said, without elaborating on the exact locations.
Last year the company opened a total of 39 new stores, consisting of 19 Hypermart stores, three Foodmart stores and 17 Boston Health & Beauty outlets.
Multipolar primarily operates in retail, IT and multimedia. Its two main subsidiaries are PT Matahari Putra Prima (MPP), which runs Hypermart, Foodmart and Boston, and PT Matahari Department Store (MDS).
Last year, the company reported a profit of Rp 1.64 trillion, a significant increase from the previous year’s
Rp 166.58 billion, while the company’s gross profits increased by 17.8 percent to Rp 2.65 trillion in 2013, compared to Rp 2.25 trillion the previous year.
By the end of 2013, MPP was operating 222 stores while MDS had 25 stores. Multipolar also owns both Hipermart and Robbinz, which operate in China
StarHub partners with Samsung, Nagra for STBs
StarHub has announced a strategic partnership with global technology giant Samsung Electronics digital media technology specialist Nagra for its line-up of next-generation set-top boxes in Singapore.
The first of three to be rolled out the Samsung HD Interactive set-top box will be available to all StarHub TV customers from April 15th. The two others will include an all-in-one box that enables features such as multi-room recording and multi-screen capability, as well as one that is IPTV-enabled.
Boasting a sleeker and slimmer appearance, the Samsung HD Interactive set-top box incorporates Nagra’s latest middleware technology to create a seamless user experience. Thanks to this enhanced middleware, users can navigate easier on a modern user interface which also provides up to four times faster access to VoD titles, as compared to the current models.
Users will also be able to enjoy accessibility to StarHub TV’s On Demand programmes with a new search function on the Samsung HD Interactive set-top box.
“The Samsung HD Interactive Set-Top Box will be the first of three leading edge set-top boxes that Samsung will deliver to StarHub. Samsung believes that this technology will revolutionise StarHub’s customer viewing experience and is delighted to engage in this long term partnership,” said Stanley Goh, Vice President, Consumer Electronics, Samsung Singapore.
SkyPerfecTV launching 4K DTH in June
Japanese viewers will be able to view 4K transmissions from this June. Together with a consortium of other Japanese broadcasters (as part of the nation’s NexTV-Forum) signals will almost certainly start with FIFA’s Brazilian World Cup but then continue with other 4K entertainment and factual programming.
The announcement was made at MIPTV, during a week of dedicated 4K screenings. Toshiaki Baba, from the Next Generation Television & Promotion Forum, explained that Broadcasters NHK, Nippon TV, TV Asahi, TBS, Fuji TV, JSAT and WOWOW, have come together with SkyPerfecTV to use its satellite capacity to beam 4K programming.
Transmissions will be in 4K/60p using ‘real-time HEVC encoding’, and that signals will be receivable on a conventional SkyPerfecTV 45cm dish aerial.
Shooting is already wrapped on more than a dozen 4K factual documentaries, and tests have taken place at football and baseball games. On March 15th, filming took place at a Vegalta Sendai vs. Gamba Osaka football match, and again on March 29th at the Yokohama F Marinos vs. Kashima Antlers game in order to test cameras, positioning and workflow practices.
Katsunari Ito, from SkyPerfect-JSAT, said that key to its on-going strategy is coverage of Japan’s J-League football in 4K.
Pepsi IPL 2014 announces global broadcast partners
MUMBAI: As the Indian Premier League explores new avenues this season by making a debut in the UAE, the coverage of the tournament will be bigger and wider than ever before. The Pepsi IPL 2014 will reach a worldwide audience over television, internet and mobile devices through some of the best broadcasters of the respective regions.
Looking at the television broadcast space; Pepsi IPL 2014 will be available on IMG in the Caribbean, PCCW in Hong Kong, OSN Network in the Middle East, StarHub in Singapore, SuperSport in Sub-Saharan Africa, Set Max and Sony Six in India, Geo Super in Pakistan, Maasaranga TV in Bangladesh, Carlton Sports Network in Sri Lanka, ITV Networks in UK, Sportsnet in Canada Rogers, Willow TV international in US, Sky NZ in New Zealand, Measat (Astro) in Malaysia and EMTV in Papua New Guinea.
With the Pepsi IPL 2014 also reaching out to the world on the internet, the list of operators who will be partnering with IPL for the same are: GoCricket.com & Starsports.com in India; willow.tv in US; Rogers in Canada; OSN for Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Gaza Strip, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, West Bank, Yemen; TBC in Pakistan; for rest of the world GoCricket.com and www.youtube.com/gocricket.
As for mobile streaming, in India StarSports.com & nexGTV/GoCricket (apps) will be providing all the action from the field. And for outside India youtube.com/gocricket and GoCricket apps will be the destination to catch the live action.
Egypt + RussiaPartnership To Bring Aerospace Technology To Nation (Satellite Manufacturing)
[SatNews] Hussein al-Shafei, an advisor to the Russian Space Agency in Egypt, "The Egyptian satellite Egy SAT will be launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Wednesday, in cooperation with the Russian government, the Russian Federal Space Agency and the Rocket and Space Corporation Energia."
Shafei added this step will mark the beginning of cooperation to build a modern government that can capture huge amounts of information through space. He added that the satellite will also help secure Egypt's borders.
"Egypt will benefit from Egyptian-Russian cooperation in the field of aerospace as it will prompt it (Egypt) to be part of the aerospace industry and will encourage other industries in Egypt to rebuild," Shafei said. "The satellite will provide information technology for the new government, which came after two revolutions, to fully secure borders, redistribute agricultural land and to monitor environmental changes. We are talking now about the biggest leap in the history of Egyptian scientific research," he claimed. "The Ministry of Scientific Research, in cooperation with a research center in Ukraine, launched a satellite about 10 years ago for scientific research which had been working for over three years until the ministry lost control of it. Egypt is not far from aerospace technology, plus, Egyptian scientists participated in the manufacturing of the Egy SAT."
Russia ends broadcasts by Voice of America 'propaganda' tool
The Russian government has cut off broadcasts of Voice of America after a leading state media figure denounced the U.S. government-funded radio as “spam on our frequencies.”
VOA's contract with the Russian media oversight agency wasn't renewed after it expired at the end of March because the Kremlin could no longer tolerate “its subversive, sanctimonious, self-serving propaganda,” the Voice of Russia said in its account of the cutoff.
The internal silencing of the broadcasts that beamed news and cultural programs into the Soviet Union during the Cold War represented the latest attempt by the Kremlin to eliminate media providing an alternative to content and editors that are controlled by the Russian government.
“We are not going to cooperate anymore,” Dmitri Kiselyov, head of the Russia Today news agency, wrote in a March 21 letter to the U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors, the government agency in Washington that oversees VOA.
Kiselyov, one of a dozen influential Russian officials targeted by European Union sanctions last month, rejected accusations that denying a new license to VOA was aimed at stifling criticism of the Kremlin. Kiselyov said VOA had “nothing original to say.”
“They sound like they are broadcasting from another world, at least from a world that doesn't exist anymore,” Kiselyov said in the letter urging the government to refuse a new contract with VOA and a sister network. “I regard these radio stations as mere spam on our frequencies.”
The U.S. Embassy in Moscow issued a statement saying it was “disturbed by the latest Russian effort to decrease space for independent and free media in this country.”
“In the last year, the Russian government has passed laws imposing unprecedented censorship and restrictions on media and online publications,” the embassy statement said. “In the past few months alone it has blocked independent websites and blogs; turned the respected news wire service RIA Novosti into a propaganda service; denied visas and accreditation to foreign professional journalists; and forced leadership changes at several media outlets simply because those outlets dared to challenge the Kremlin's extremist policies.”
In a letter replying to Kiselyov, the U.S. broadcasting board chairman, Jeff Shell, said, “Moscow chose the wrong path and decided to limit freedom of expression.” But he said the U.S. programming would continue to be provided to Russians via Internet and satellite platforms the way many Russians already get an alternate view from the Kremlin's.
A Voice of Russia commentary cast the VOA shutdown as long overdue.
“The move is yet another indicator of the fact that the Russian government, which has so far been patient as the US/NATO attempt to continue to surround it with missiles and continue to demonize everything Russian, is beginning to take serious measures to protect itself, its people and its allies,” said the Russian state radio commentator, John Robles.
He described VOA as an “aging, recidivist Cold War propaganda machine seeking to stay relevant by creating its own bogeymen and brainwashing the masses to promote knuckle-dragging caveman policies of force and subservience.”
Voice of America, which broadcasts in 45 languages to 164 million people worldwide, began beaming its news to information-deprived Soviets in 1947, when dictator Josef Stalin was imposing the Iron Curtain around Eastern Europe. In the early 1990s, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, VOA was granted a Russian government broadcast license and allowed to lease transmission facilities. That level of cooperation began eroding a decade ago, when Russian President Vladimir Putin imposed state controls on domestic and foreign media.
Airliners, and passengers, looking for faster Wi-Fi in the sky
The battle for your flight money may soon come down to, in part, the quality of Wi-Fi service aboard airliners.
Reuters reports passengers are beginning to see lightning-fast Internet speeds as they travel thousands of feet above the Earth. That's because some airliners are utillizing satellite-delivered Wi-Fi. And the better the service gets, the more customers expect, notes Reuters, including top speeds and cheaper rates.
But two competing systems of acquiring that fast Wi-Fi connection are leaving airliners in a bind. They have to decide to choose either Ku band or Ka band.
"We don't want to end up with a Betamax," Peter Ingram, chief financial officer of Hawaiian Airlines, told Reuters, referring to the Sony video format that eventually lost out to the VHS standard, leaving many consumers with obsolete systems.
Equipping jetliners with better methods to deliver the signal is also a big expense for airliners, notes Reuters.
EC clears acquisition of Eurosport by Discovery
The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of Eurosport by Discovery.
Discovery Communications and France’s TF1 Group January 2014 agreed a deal that for Discovery acquire a controlling interest in Eurosport International through an extension of the pair’s larger strategic partnership first announced in December 2012. The deal to increase Discovery’s interest from 20 per cent to 51 per cent brought forward the original agreement by nearly one year.
The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would not raise competition concerns, in particular because the parties only have moderate market shares on the markets for the acquisition of TV rights, wholesale TV channels and TV advertising, where their activities overlap. The transaction was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.
Discovery invests in DOGTV
DOGTV, the first and only television network created just for dogs, has announced an investment in the network by Discovery Communications, as well as the formation of a strategic partnership between the two companies, which will help accelerate DOGTV’s growth and allow for collaboration with one of its leading television networks, Animal Planet. DOGTV will use the investment to drive sales and marketing of the DOGTV network.
The investment comes at a time when DOGTV’s growth is accelerating steadily both in the US and internationally. The company recently opened its North American headquarters in Silicon Valley and expanded its programming to South Korea. The network also has plans to launch in Japan and in other international markets later this year. As part of the partnership, Discovery Communications and DOGTV will identify opportunities for both businesses to complement each other, to bring DOGTV to even more regions and territories, and to support happy and healthy dogs and families.
“More than 40 million American households own dogs, and they are spending more than $55.8 billion annually on their pets. It’s a thriving industry,” said Yossi Uzrad, Chairman of DOGTV. “DOGTV is a proven tool for relieving stress and anxiety for stay-at-home dogs, and a partnership with Discovery will help accelerate the network’s growth, while making DOGTV even more accessible to dog owners,” added Gilad Neumann, Chief Executive Officer of DOGTV.
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Foxtel defends Game of Thrones exclusivity
Following the revelation that Australia leads the list of countries illegally sharing the Season Four première of Game of Thrones, and in response to criticism of its exclusive first-run rights to the show, Bruce Meagher, director of corporate affairs for Foxtel, has defended the Australian pay-TV operator’s business model.
Writing an opinion piece on Australian media and marketing and entertainment website Mumbrella, Meagher notes that much has been made in the past few days of the fact that fans of Game of Thrones are unable to acquire the series through services other than Foxtel until after the final episode airs. “Unfortunately, there has also been much misinformation about how Foxtel is making Game of Thrones available to the public,” he contends. “The criticisms relate both to price and the Foxtel business model. Some even conclude that unauthorised downloading is justified because of these objections. As KGB commented in relation to a recent Mumbrella story, that’s like justifying stealing a Ferrari on the basis that the waiting list is too long or the price is too high (maybe it’s because you don’t want all of the features). You only have to state the proposition to realise how absurd it is,” he argues.
According to Meagher, another argument that is sometimes made is that you’re only making a digital copy, not actually stealing an object. “Try telling that to the actors, extras, writers, camera crew, make up artists, editors, special effects teams and the many others who make Game of Thrones. The artistry and skill they bring to the production has real value and deserves to be rewarded,” he says.
He says that Foxtel recognises the need to be flexible to meet consumers’ reasonable expectations as to speed of access and pricing. “That’s where [streaming service] Foxtel Play comes in. Foxtel Play is the best comparison to iTunes and similar services,” he advises. “It takes a few minutes to sign up and there are no lock in contracts so customers are free to come and go on a month to month basis. Because we air each episode Express from the US you can sign up and be watching within a couple of hours of its US broadcast.”
He notes that all episodes of Games of Thrones Season 4 (plus 2 and 3) will be available in the catch-up library for the duration of the series and can be viewed as often as users want, with newcomers able to get up to speed with past episodes. As a special Game of Thrones offer, Foxtel Play including the Movies and Premium Drama Pack is available for $35 per month for the duration of the series, with the first 14 days free to new subscribers.
“For that price you also get a range of other channels and programmes, including past seasons of Game of Thrones and other exceptional dramas such as True Detective, Girls, True Blood, Boadwalk Empire, access to around 1,000 movie titles and much more,” he announces.
“Of course some people say they don’t care about all of that, they only want the most recent episodes of Game of Thrones. However, HBO has decided that is not the way they intend to sell this season either here on in the United States,” he explains. “As the content creator and risk taker on the show, they are entitled to make those commercial decisions. As I have said elsewhere, dragons don’t come cheap.”
“If consumers’ only choice was full Foxtel, with lock in contracts and a delay in access due to the need to get installed (a fantastic service by the way for people who love great television) I could understand the objection. But with Foxtel Play available those objections vanish. What we are left with is an argument at the margins about a few dollars. Yet some people still feel that they should be entitled to take this show for free without the consent of its creators rather than pay a reasonable price for an extraordinary product. The Lannisters may not be a pleasant lot, but they, at least, always pay their debts,” he concludes.
Israel Launches New Spy Satellite
(JERUSALEM) Israel’s Defense Ministry said on Thursday that it has successfully launched a new observation satellite into orbit, one which is expected to be used to observe Iran and hostile militant groups in the Middle East.
According to the announcement, the Israeli-made “Ofek 10″ satellite was launched late Wednesday in cooperation with state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries. The satellite has already begun transmitting data and visual material. It is expected to be operational within months.
Israel is expected to use the satellite to keep tabs on Iran and the region. It believes Iran is trying to develop a nuclear weapon a charge Iran denies and accuses it of arming militants across the region.
The Ofek 10 is the latest in a line of spy satellites built by Israel Aerospace Industries for the government.
It is a lightweight satellite that is expected to improve Israel’s reconnaissance abilities by providing sharp images at any time of day, and in any weather condition, said Ofer Doron of Israel Aerospace Industries.
“The Ofek 10 satellite should improve Israel’s intelligence capability and allow the defense establishment to better deal with threats near and far,” said Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon in a statement.
“We are continuing to strengthen our tremendous qualitative and technological advantage over our neighbors,” Yaalon added.
The satellite has the capability to direct its imaging radar on a specific target, as opposed to other satellites that perform a general sweep of territory.
“It has an incredible imaging capability…to give very precise photos,” said Doron.
Unlike other countries that launch satellites eastward in the direction of the earth’s orbit, Israel launched the satellite westward, opposite the direction of the earth’s orbit, to prevent debris following the launch to land in enemy countries east of Israel, said Doron. The satellite completes a full orbit around the earth every 90 minutes, said Doron.
OpenTV, Nagravision sue Apple for patent infringement
OpenTV, and Nagravision, both subsidiaries of the Kudelski Group, have filed a patent infringement suit against Apple in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.
The lawsuit alleges that Apple infringes five US patents owned by OpenTV and Nagravision, and identifies Apple’s infringing products and services as including iOS mobile devices (iPhone, iPad, and iPod), Apple TV, App Store, iTunes, iADs, Safari, and OS X-based personal computers.
Content protection and revenue assurance specialist Nagravision and advanced digital television solutions specialist OpenTV are seeking a permanent injunction, attorneys fees, and unspecified financial damages that are “in no event less than a reasonable royalty”.
KVH to cover World Cup
KVH has announced that it will be able to distribute highlights of the football World Cup games and the entire final to its merchant maritime customers.
The satcom provider has reached a deal with IMG Media, a London-based producer and distributor of sports programming.
This will allow KVH to provide coverage of the FIFA World Cup taking place in Brazil from June 12th to July 13th. The content will be distributed via its satellite network to its merchant maritime customers, with the exception of passenger vessels, cruise ships, and ferries.
“Knowing how many football fans there are among the world’s seafarers, we are thrilled to be able to provide coverage of the world's greatest sporting event,” said Mark Woodhead, managing director of KVH Media Group. “Imagine being in the middle of the ocean and being able to watch your country play in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. This is the biggest sports occasion of the year and the first time seafarers have had access to this kind of programming.”
The World Cup is held every four years. Among the 32 teams competing in this tournament will be Spain (the 2010 champion), Brazil, Italy, Germany, Argentina, Portugal, United States, and England. It is estimated that 3.2 billion people, or about 46% of the world’s population, watched at least part of the 2010 World Cup coverage, making it the “biggest TV sports event in the world,” according to FIFA
Hispasat to broadcast 2014 World Cup to Europe and America
Satellite operator Hispasat signed an agreement with Overon to provide TV signal distribution services from its Amazonas 1 satellite.
The 2014 World Cup will be telecast across Europe and America via the Hispasat Group’s Amazonas 1 satellite, which will provide TV channel services transmitting the World Cup games.
The agreement provides to Overon 8 Amazonas 1 satellite transponders, connecting Brazil-Brazil, Brazil-South America, Brazil-Europe, and Brazil-North America, that will be devoted to telecasting this sporting event.
By virtue of this agreement, some of the leading TV channels worldwide such as Fox Sports and Al Jazeera will cover the 2104 20th World Cup through Hispasat.
Ignacio Sanchis, Hispasat’s business director, stated that “this agreement bolsters Hispasat’s close commercial ties with Overon. We are extremely pleased that such a prestigious broadcasting company has chosen HISPASAT to work on this major project televising the Brazilian World Cup”.
The CEO of Overon America, Óscar López, stated that “after many years of working on joint projects at European 30º West position, namely permanent and occasional TV distribution services, this is the first major deal with Overon on the other side of the Atlantic. We trust that this will be the start of many trans-Atlantic collaborations in the future”.
Inmarsat brings Hollywood to the high seas
The latest Hollywood blockbusters will soon be available to commercial shipping companies across the world, delivered directly to vessels at sea via Inmarsat’s global satellite network.
Inmarsat and NT Digital Partners, are planning to launch Fleet Media during the summer of 2014. The globally-exclusive, five-year agreement covering the digital distribution of the latest Hollywood releases, as well as television programming and sports and news content, will be available to the world’s commercial shipping fleet via any Inmarsat broadband package.
Fleet Media will offer a selection of movie and television programming packages every month, which will be sent directly to participating vessels over the Inmarsat network for ‘off-line’ viewing on PCs, laptops and tablets. The service will be available to Inmarsat broadband service subscribers with the content securely downloaded and stored on the vessel’s Inmarsat iFUSION box. Any ship owner subscribing to the new digital packages will be able to take their service with them when they upgrade from one Inmarsat service to another (e.g. FleetBroadband to XpressLink or XpressLink to Global Xpress).
The content packages will be created by NT Digital Partners and its co-owner Spafax, a WPP company. Spafax is a leader in inflight entertainment with customers including British Airways and Air Canada.
“Inmarsat is extremely excited by this agreement and the opportunities to bring more benefits to seafarers,” said Frank Coles, President, Inmarsat Maritime. “This service continues our commitment to welfare at sea. We will be offering this service through our global distribution channel.
Tim Swank, Chairman of NT Digital Partners, said the partnership brought together the best of both worlds. “Inmarsat and NT Digital Partners are able to leverage Inmarsat’s state-of-the-art satellite distribution network with NT Digital Partners’ streaming technology and our exclusive relationships with the Hollywood studios for a product that will forever change the crew member experience.”
Fleet Media will offer an on-demand video experience with hundreds of hours of programming. The new service, which will be available to ship owners via their Inmarsat Distribution Partner (DP), is a step-change improvement over traditional DVD distribution methods with the streamed content specifically licensed and selected for commercial ships.
To meet their specific needs, vessel owners will able to select from multiple tiered offerings. Inmarsat and NT Digital Partners will be premièring full details of the upcoming service at Inmarsat’s Maritime Conference in Florida in early May.
The new service is expected to be launched by July 2014.
MultiChoice to expand DTT offering in Sub-Saharan Africa
Naspers-owned South African pay-TV company MultiChoice will be expanding its digital terrestrial television (DTT) offering in Sub-Saharan Africa, satellite services provider Intelsat SA announced today.
MultiChoice has reached an agreement with Intelsat that will expand its capacity on the Intelsat 904 at 60 degrees east satellite to distribute content to terrestrial towers for DTT services.
“Intelsat 904 enables MultiChoice to further expand its DTT GOtv product offering to countries in Sub-Saharan Africa where it is already present, including Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Zambia, Namibia and Malawi, and to target new countries,” the company said.
“DTT is an important growth area for MultiChoice, and the quality, reliability and reach of Intelsat’s satellite network enable us to continue to expand our customer base and grow our GOtv product offering across the continent.” said Nico Meyer, chief executive officer (CEO) at MultiChoice Africa.
Digital television and migration have been a contentious issue in South Africa this year.
HumanIPO reported last month MultiChoice along with the Association of Community Television South Africa (Act-SA) and the National Association of Manufacturers in Electronic Components (NAMEC) accused communications minister Yunus Carrim of creating a digital migration policy that benefits “certain narrow commercial interests”.
Carrim responded by saying the accusation was an “act of desperation”, intended to influence voters ahead of South Africa’s elections in June.
Discovery invests in DOGTV
DOGTV, the first and only television network created just for dogs, has announced an investment in the network by Discovery Communications, as well as the formation of a strategic partnership between the two companies, which will help accelerate DOGTV’s growth and allow for collaboration with one of its leading television networks, Animal Planet. DOGTV will use the investment to drive sales and marketing of the DOGTV network.
The investment comes at a time when DOGTV’s growth is accelerating steadily both in the US and internationally. The company recently opened its North American headquarters in Silicon Valley and expanded its programming to South Korea. The network also has plans to launch in Japan and in other international markets later this year. As part of the partnership, Discovery Communications and DOGTV will identify opportunities for both businesses to complement each other, to bring DOGTV to even more regions and territories, and to support happy and healthy dogs and families.
“More than 40 million American households own dogs, and they are spending more than $55.8 billion annually on their pets. It’s a thriving industry,” said Yossi Uzrad, Chairman of DOGTV. “DOGTV is a proven tool for relieving stress and anxiety for stay-at-home dogs, and a partnership with Discovery will help accelerate the network’s growth, while making DOGTV even more accessible to dog owners,” added Gilad Neumann, Chief Executive Officer of DOGTV.
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Turnbull gives NBN Co green light to continue MTM build
Reveals 'coverage gap' for Sydney, Melbourne outskirts.
NBN shareholder ministers Malcolm Turnbull and Matthias Cormann have given NBN Co the official nod to continue the rollout of the multi-technology mix national broadband network.
In an updated statement of expectations delivered to NBN Co chairman Ziggy Switkowski late yesterday, Turnbull and Cormann agreed with the findings of NBN Co’s December strategic review and recommended the NBN transition from a predominantly fibre-to-the-premise model to a mixture of technologies.
The statement of expectations gives NBN Co the choice of which technologies are to be used in any given areas on a case-by-case basis, so long as they fit within a defined cost envelope.
These technologies include fibre-to-the-node, fibre-to-the-premise, fibre-to-the-basement, hybrid fibre coaxial (HFC) cable, fixed wireless and satellite.
The Government’s investment in the NBN will be capped at $29.5 billion, and it intends to fund the remaining cost of the $41 billion project through the private sector.
The company will prioritise previously identified poorly served areas, and will integrated HFC networks into the rollout where it is “feasible and economically beneficial”.
NBN Co has for six months been limited to working on a narrow range of activities as prescribed in the Government's September 2013 statement of expectations.
More specifics on the rollout will be released in the imminent NBN Co 2014-17 corporate plan, the ministers said, which will cover such issues as pricing, rollout scheduling and prioritisation, migration of services and future upgrade paths.
Despite calls from Telstra this week for the Communications Alliance to take an overseeing role to migrations to the NBN, the ministers said they expected NBN Co to provide leadership to the challenge of customer migrations, and take “proportionate responsibility for the quality, consistency and continuity of service” experienced by retail service providers and end users.
Turnbull also announced today that NBN Co faced a $1.2 billion hit from a ‘coverage gap’ in non-fixed line areas, claiming that demand for services in specific areas had been underestimated by over 200 percent.
The minister said up to 300,000 homes could miss out on high-speed broadband unless major changes to the NBN rollout were made - a problem he said had been exacerbated by NBN Co’s lack of spectrum for the fixed wireless network on the outskirts of Sydney and Melbourne.
The required 2.3Ghz and 3.4 Ghz spectrum is held by Optus in those areas, Turnbull said. The issue affects around 320 fixed wireless towers.
"These problems mean that without policy changes, the project as planned would not be able to service an estimated 200,000 to 300,000 premises outside of the fixed line footprint,” Turnbull said.
He said NBN Co faced a deterioration of operating cash flows of up to $1.2 billion by 2021 if it attempts to eliminate the coverage gap.
"NBN Co and by extension the government cannot solve every problem simply by throwing more money at it,” Turnbull said.
“NBN Co needs to be flexible and pragmatic about which technology to use in each geographic location."
Foxtel switches over to MercerBell
MercerBell has been appointed to handle Foxtel's one-to-one marketing, following a competitive pitch.
The agency will handle Foxtel's CRM and Customer & Business digital work, and will work alongside CHE Proximity to deliver integrated campaigns.
Chantal Walker, head of customer and loyalty marketing at Foxtel, said: “It was an incredibly tight pitch which made the decision a difficult one to make. What set MercerBell apart was their level of collaboration and their understanding across all areas especially data management.
“Every individual on their team delivered to their area of expertise brilliantly. They clearly demonstrated how strong a team they are, and are set to take us to places we did not know existed.”
MercerBell’s managing director, Julie Dormand, added: “This is a defining moment in the 15 year history of MercerBell. I’m very proud of my entire team and the way they came together to deliver what was one of the best pitches I’ve ever been a part of.
“What’s clear to me is that Foxtel has recognised the importance of the customer and sees MercerBell as the perfect partner to help them deliver their vision.”
NewSat completes technical review of Jabiru-1
Australian satellite company NewSat has successfully completed a comprehensive technical review of Jabiru-1, its first commercial Ka-band satellite. Construction partner Lockheed Martin completed the Critical Design Review (CDR) of the satellite and each subsystem, demonstrating the producibility of the satellite design and compliance of the design with technical specifications. With CDR complete, the Lockheed Martin team will now begin the next phase of the programme.
C4 music channel rebranded as The Edge
The Edge radio stars Dom Harvey, JJ Feeney and Mike Puru are expected to appear on the new Edge TV channel. File photo / Norrie Montgomery
MediaWorks is rebranding its music channel C4 to align with its radio network The Edge.
MediaWorks announced today "The Edge" will become a multi-platform entertainment brand with its own television channel this year.
But it did not mention that the new channel would be replacing its existing music channel C4.
The Edge TV will broadcast on the Freeview and SKY platforms, and will be streamed LIVE at theedge.co.nz and on mobile.
Edge radio hosts Jay-Jay Feeney, Mike Puru, Dom Harvey, Guy Williams, Sharyn Casey, Clint Roberts will be on The Edge TV.
C4 Music Television was launched in 2003.
$2.48m to improve broadband for the Chatham Islands
From Press release
Hon Steven Joyce
Minister for Economic Development
9 April 2014
$2.48m to improve broadband for the Chatham Islands
Work to deliver a significant improvement in broadband services for Chatham Islanders will start almost immediately, following the signing of a $2.48 million contract between the Government and TeamTalk Ltd.
Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Chatham Islands Mayor Alfred Preece today announced that TeamTalk Ltd will provide the improved broadband services for the Chatham Islands.
“The initial focus will be on connecting the three local schools to faster broadband. This infrastructure will also be used as the basis to deliver similar benefits for the wider community,” Mr Joyce says.
“The new broadband will be faster, more reliable and cheaper than the existing satellite services, and there will be no set up fee for getting connected to the new service for the first six months.”
The project involves increasing the satellite bandwidth connection for the islands, which are roughly 800 km east of Christchurch. Broadband connections will be provided for Kaingaroa, Pitt Island and Te One schools, the health centre and other government and local authority offices.
In the Waitangi area, the service will use the existing copper network for distribution. Fixed wireless broadband services will be provided via five hill top sites to about 200 residential premises in some of the more remote areas and on Pitt Island.
The contract also provides funding for TeamTalk to add a cellular service in the future, if one of the existing cellular operators decides to partner with TeamTalk.
TeamTalk Ltd was awarded the contract following a Request for Information, a formal tender process, and extensive consultation with telecommunications providers to develop the best approach.
The project is being funded by a grant under the Rural Broadband Initiative, with additional funds contributed by the Ministry of Education and the Chatham Islands Council.
“I’m delighted that we’ve been able to find a good solution for the Chatham Islands community,” Mayor Alfred Preece says.
“Having reliable broadband will mean our local students, businesses and medical providers will be able to access the internet, video conferencing and specialist health and education services.
“This will be a huge improvement on the present situation, with broadband at dial-up speeds only available in some areas.”
KazSat-3 delivered to Baikonur to be launched April 28
KazSat-3 telecom satellite has been delivered to the Baikonur cosmodrome, rbc.ru reports, citing the Press Service of Volga Dnepr Airlines responsible for the transportation of the satellite.
The satellite was delivered along with another Luch-5V space vehicle, both of them weighing 21 tons.
KazSat-3 is expected to be launched April 28, assisted by a Proton-M carrier rocket.
“The satellite was assembled and tested in 2013 and is going to be launched before April 30, 2014 (...) 2014 will be a busy year for KazKosmos National Space Agency as it plans for the first time ever to launch 3 space vehicles: one communications satellite and two remote sensing satellites”, Tengrinews.kz reported February 6, 2014, citing a press-release issued by the KazKosmos National Space Agency.
KazSat-2 satellite has been using 63% of its capacities. Satellite-assisted services rendered to 11 mobile carriers in Kazakhstan are totally worth $12.9 million, according to the press-release.
“Despite spare capacities of the KazSat-2 communications satellite, Kazakhstan-based mobile carriers still keep on using foreign satellites. The mobile carriers fail to stick to the schedule set by the country’s Ministry of Transport and Communications for them to shift to the Kazakhstan-made satellite”, KazKosmos Head Talgat Mussabayev elaborated.
KazSat 2 is a Kazakh communication satellite designed by Russia’s Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center. Launched July 16, 2011, KazSat-2 reached its orbital position late August 2011.
It features 12 Ku-band transponders for fixed communications and 4 Ku-band transponders for TV-transmissions and is intended for telecast, fixed satellite communication and data transmission for Kazakhstan and Central Asia. The unit weighs 1,330 kg, its service life is 12 years. According to Meirbek Moldabekov, Vice Chairman of KazKosmos, KazSat-2 cost $115 million and it will be recouped in 4 years’ time, if it is exploited at 80% of the capacities.
It was to supplement the KazSat 1 satellite, but it has replaced Kazsat 1 due to the complete loss of the first satellite.
Launch of Kazsat-2 and construction of a new backup ground-based spacecraft control complex will enable Kazakhstan to save $30 million annually, KazKosmos Kazakhstan Space Agency Head Talgat Mussabayev told a briefing in Akkol September 14, 2011.
“Today Kazakhstan’s mobile carriers pay about $30 million a year to foreign satellite operators. With KazSat-2 in place all the money will be retained in Kazakhstan”, he said at that time.
NBTC: set-top box industry expands to accommodate digital TV
BANGKOK, 9 April 2014 (NNT) - The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has disclosed that the set-top box industry has expanded to accommodate digital TV. In 2014 first quarter, NBTC distributed certification stickers for over 800,000 set-top boxes.
Mr. Thakorn Tanthasit, the NBTC’s Secretary-General, disclosed that the set-top industry in Thailand had an obvious need to expand to accommodate the transition to digital TV. In the first quarter of this year, NBTC distributed certification stickers for 186,700 set-top boxes with screens and for 154,365 set-top boxes without a screen. From 2013 to March, NBTC distributed certification stickers for 879,004 set-top boxes both with and without screens. As for set-top boxes for subscription TV such as satellite TV, in the first quarter of 2014, Thailand produced 935,646 such set-top boxes in- country and imported 408,203 set-top boxes.
Singapore proposes copyright amendments
Singapore’s Ministry of Law is seeking to update copyright legislation with the aim of providing a more effective means for content rights holders to protect their copyright online.
Noting that online piracy is a global issue, it advises that studies commissioned by rights holders indicate there is a high level of consumption of online copyright infringing (pirated) content in Singapore. “This adversely affects Singapore’s creative sector and the livelihoods of people working in these industries. It also undermines our reputation as an economy that respects the protection of intellectual property,” says the Ministry.
To this end, it has launched a public consultation on proposed amendments to the Copyright Act. The proposed amendments take reference from the recommendations made by the Media Convergence Review Panel in 2012, and aim to enable content rights holders to protect their rights more effectively against pirate websites through judicial measures.
The Panel recommended a multi-pronged approach to address online piracy, comprising (a) public education, (b) the promotion of legitimate digital content services, and (c) the adoption of appropriate regulatory measures. The Government says it has been encouraging rights holders to increase the availability of legitimate digital content in Singapore, so that consumers are able to access such content conveniently and at reasonable prices.
Under the current Copyright Act, rights holders can issue a ‘take-down’ notice to a network service provider (NSP) or Internet Service Provider (ISP) to request that it disables access to or removes copyright infringing material from its network. If ISPs do not respond to a take-down notice, rights holders will need to sue them for copyright infringement and seek an injunction against ISPs to disable access to or remove the copyright infringing material from their network.
The changes, if implemented, would also permit rights holders to apply directly to the Courts for injunctions to prevent access to sites that clearly and blatantly infringe copyright, without having to sue ISPs. This judicial process is expected to be more efficient and avoids implicating the ISPs unnecessarily.
In addition, the proposal suggests having a non-exhaustive list of factors to help define what constitutes egregious websites. An example of such a factor would be whether the on-line location’s primary function is to commit or facilitate copyright infringement or whether the owner of the on-line location demonstrates a disregard for copyright. The Ministry says the proposed measure is targeted at websites that show a blatant disregard for, and that clearly infringe, copyrights. Legitimate search engines and content sharing sites such as Google and YouTube will not be affected. It notes that countries such as the UK, Norway and Belgium have adopted similar legislation and have issued injunctions for their ISPs to block sites such as The Pirate Bay.
All applications for injunctions must be made by rights holders or their exclusive licensees, and then reviewed by the Courts.
The Ministry notes that Spain and Malaysia have implemented an administrative site-blocking approach where rights holders can apply for site-blocking orders from a Government-appointed body. France has introduced a ‘graduated response’ system where individual Internet users are notified of their infringing activity by the ISP, and can be penalised if they continue their infringing activity despite repeated notifications.
The Ministry says that the Singapore Government considered these possible alternative measures, but decided against them because they were deemed too intrusive on Internet users.
The public consultation closes on Monday, 21 April 2014.
FIFA: World Cup will be in 4K, and 8K
FIFA says its upcoming World Cup tournament from Brazil will be carried by some broadcasters in 4K. Niclas Ericson, head of FIFA’s TV Division, speaking at MIPTV in Cannes, said FIFA was working 24/7 to capture the event, not only in HDTV, but also in 4K and even 8K.
“We are working hard to finalise all the broadcasting arrangements, and I have to say that some contracts are not quite in place for certain aspects, but last week we confirmed that some of the matches will be in 4K. Football and the TV industry have worked hand in hand over the years, and fans now expect the very best from us,” he said. “Developments like the introduction of colour TV, and then HDTV, have been helped by our tournament.”
“In 2010, together with Sony, we brought 3D coverage to the world. Sony is our marketing partner, and to be clear, the business we do on the actual broadcasts is not part of the core agreement, but we are so happy to be able to work with Sony to stay in front of developments when it comes to coverage of our sport and to make sure that the games are projected around the world in the best state possible.”
Ericson explained that the Confederations Cup (in Brazil, June 2013) was something of a ‘dummy run’ at what might be included in the actual World Cup games. “The results were very promising, helped by shipping a truck from Europe (by Telegenic), and this helped us decide in favour of 4K for this June’s World Cup.”
Ericson showed the extremely challenging camera plans for the matches, and when 4K (and 8K) is included it means that some grounds would be hosting more than 60 cameras. “There are gaps in our 4K camera plan, but we are now working hard to see how some cameras can double as both 4K and HDTV units, and adapting their lenses to suit.”
Ericson said that three matches at the Maracana (Rio de Janeiro) stadium would be covered in 4K. Games 50, 58 and 64 (the final) would be televised. “These are three very key matches, but in any case it is made easier for us because the Maracana stadium is very large and where we have our FIFA headquarters for the whole series of games and where the broadcasting centre is based. The coverage is more than just the soccer and requires us to create special graphics, commentators, and a dedicated production team.”
“With NHK of Japan we are also working on 8K production. This will include a few matches but is a very different arrangement, with a handful of cameras only a few exist. But it does mean that we can down-convert the 8K camera work to 4K, and make those images available for the 4K productions,” he added.
“We have had lots of discussions with our broadcasting clients, and looking at whether we can put the 4K signals onto a ‘world feed’ and if we were to do this who might take the signals, and what would we need in terms of fibre and satellite capacity to do this.”
Ericson explained that FIFA was still exploring how this might be achieved technically, and in the most cost-effective way which would enable broadcasters “if they wished, to take the material. Needless to say there are many Asian broadcasters willing to do this. It will be interesting for us to see how this works out, and discussions are taking place now to see how much interest there is. As well as this we will be making delayed images available should they wish to have them, and we will produce two movies of the events.
FIFA had structured the TV rights in such a way so as to make it as easy as possible for would-be 4K broadcasters to take the matches. If they want to cover the games then it is not about rights but simply about the technical aspects. “We are in discussions now with potential carriers of what we describe as a ‘world feed’ [in 4K] and we recognise that the industry is also struggling with whether to handle 30 fps or 60 fps, but we want to do the very best we can. We hope that there will be a few Asian broadcasters, and then in the Middle East as well as Europe, will take the 4K feed, as well as Globo in Brazil, and perhaps some cinema exhibition around the world.”
SES: Global Broadcasters Preparing to Cover 2014 FIFA World Cup
LUXEMBOURG & LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SES (NYSE Paris:SESG) (LuxX:SESG) today announced that it has signed a series of major Occasional Use (OU) capacity deals with broadcasters to deliver an estimated 30,000-plus coverage hours of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
“Broadcast coverage of the 2014 World Cup will require unprecedented levels of fiber and satellite bandwidth, and SES is dedicated to meeting the demands of broadcasters by delivering this spectacular sports event to audiences around the world”
Leading broadcasters from around the world have secured more than 450MHz of SES Occasional Use capacity aboard SES’s satellites to deliver 2014 World Cup broadcasts to audiences throughout North America, Latin America and Europe. SES’s NSS-806, SES-6 and NSS-7 spacecraft will be counted on to enable content contribution and distribution feeds to and from the 12 World Cup venues throughout Brazil and across the host city of Rio de Janeiro. Broadcasters will also utilize other SES spacecraft together with strategic ground infrastructure, to extend the distribution of World Cup coverage into other regions, including Asia, Australia and the Middle East. SES’s AMC-9 satellite, for example, will be used to reach viewers in Mexico and the U.S., while SES-1, SES-2, SES-4, SES-5, SES-6 and AMC-1 will also play integral roles in helping broadcasters ultimately reach a global World Cup audience of nearly 3 billion people.
“Broadcast coverage of the 2014 World Cup will require unprecedented levels of fiber and satellite bandwidth, and SES is dedicated to meeting the demands of broadcasters by delivering this spectacular sports event to audiences around the world,” said Samantha McCloskey, SES’s Vice President of Global Occasional Use Services. “SES has the reliable satellite coverage combined with the experienced people and proven facilities on the ground in critical locations across the U.S., Europe and Latin America. Our OU team is coming off a strong 2013, with more than 50,000 occasional use bookings to enable sports and news broadcasts around the world.”
Sommet Sports has started on Sky NZ channel 69 (1 week early)
Monday late night feed, from W.A
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AsiaSat 3S 105.5E Asiasat 3S has left 105.5 East, moving east.
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More Aussies might have watched Game of Thrones illegally than on Foxtel
We all love Game of Thrones, except for a few odd folk who are shunned at parties and whispered about. But it's possible more than half of the Australians who watched the premiere of the fourth season on April 7 did so illegally.
Foxtel played the episode twice, once at 3:30pm and once at 7:30pm, and gathered a combined audience of 315,000 people, which is very high for a pay TV show in Australia.
Foxtel subscribers are able to watch the show and in some cases access it on demand, but it cannot be purchased as a stand-alone product, either through Foxtel or services like iTunes.
Research conducted by piracy monitoring group Excipio and published by Variety magazine revealed that 187,000 Australian IP addresses downloaded the episode via torrent sites.
That number does not include those who streamed it illegally from online sources, nor does it account for people who watched copies of the show downloaded by others.
Arriving on an exact figure for people viewing downloaded copies of the episode is difficult, says Macquarie University senior lecturer in economics Jordi McKenzie.
"It's not an easy thing to work out, and there are a number of assumptions you'd have to make," he told ninemsn.
"If you assume that everyone who downloaded the program watched it, that would give you a lower threshold of 187,000.
"If we're assuming they all watched it with one other person, it gives you an upper bound of around 370,000 viewers."
McKenzie said it it's important to note that not everyone who downloaded the show would have paid for an episode if it was available.
"A lot of the data about that side of things is anecdotal. There was one study that went into it in some detail, and they found about a 10 percent displacement rate, so for every 10 downloads you would have foregone one sale," he said.
This season, Foxtel and HBO have reached an agreement where the show is available exclusively to Foxtel subscribers until the end of the entire season. In previous years, viewers have been able to download an episode from iTunes after it aired.
But requiring people to subscribe to bundles in order to access a single program could have its drawbacks.
"The reasoning is pretty outdated," said McKenzie. "They essentially offer these bundles that have a lot of content that people don’t want.
"In standard economics, it’s easy to show that if people have different preferenes over products, a firm can make more money giving people the option of buying separately or as a bundle. It can also be welfare enhancing."
By offering the inflexible option, Foxtel is probably missing out on revenue in the short term.
“They could put it up on demand as well. I don’t see why they couldn’t put it up for five or six dollars an episode. A lot of people would happily spend $20 a month for this show.
“In this day and age they need to realise that people have other options. It’s an outdated model.
“Whenever [the media] post one of these articles you read the comments and people are irate at Foxtel for this outdated model. They should probably listen to their consumers.”
It's also important to note that while downloaders access the content without a fee, there are costs to downloading, McKenzie said.
"Downloading is time-intensive, and it can damage your computer," he said.
Research has also shown that people who download content also buy it, and that consumers will opt for a legal purchase if it is convenient and meets their needs.
Note: While many media outlets quoting TorrentFreak are reporting that Australia led the world for illegal downloads of Game of Thrones, the Excipio numbers do not bear this out. They tracked more than 190,000 US IP addresses and only 187,000 Australian ones. What is undoubtedly true is that Australia leads the world in Game of Thrones downloads per capita.
FIFA WC broadcaster warns on copyright
THE 2014 FIFA World Cup licensed broadcaster Mai TV will take actions against those infringing on the rights of the event.
Mai TV has the sub-license in Fiji for sole TV rights to FIFA TV content by the Pacific rights holder, Click Pacific Limited.
Mai TV's general manager Marc Santos said they were working with relevant authorities to ensure the copyright of the event was not violated.
Santos said one of their major concerns was the unauthorised advertisements and flyers that had FIFA's logo or the World Cup image itself in them
"This is not allowed and companies should be informed that FIFA and its related logos/items are not to be used by anyone except if authorised," he said.
"We have paid a large sum to secure these rights, as have our local sponsors to comply with international law on rights.
"An example is Carpenters Motors, our premier sponsor who have recently unveiled their fantastic Hyundai FIFA TV advert, which was only made possible through an international agreement between Hyundai and FIFA."
Santos said they were also required by their FIFA agreement to introduce the fact of "public viewing rights" so bars and sports clubs were aware of the process of applying for license to show the FIFA World Cup games in their establishments.
He said these were part and parcel of FIFA's guidelines to all broadcasters, in all countries for games to be shown in public areas for commercial or non-commercial use.
"In the case of non-commercial exhibition, there is no fee applied, but there are license fees for any commercial exhibition."
The 2014 FIFA World Cup kicks off on June 12 and all the 64 matches will be shown live on Mai TV.
Arqiva Secures C-band Capacity on AsiaSat for Distributing Sports Events in Asia and Australasia
From Press Release
London/Hong Kong, 8 April 2014 Expanding its premium clientele of media and content delivery providers,
Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat) announced it has signed a contract with Arqiva
Limited for C-band capacity on AsiaSat 5 to distribute sports events throughout Asia and Australasia.
Arqiva will use AsiaSat 5, Asia’s prime sports content delivery platform, to distribute a wide range of elite sports events, including football, cricket, volleyball and tennis, to broadcasters and platform operators across the Asia-Pacific region.
David Crawford, Managing Director of Satellite & Media at Arqiva, said, “Asia is a strategically important region for us. We’ve recently opened an office in Singapore and introduced a teleport service in Hong Kong where we provide fibre connectivity. Our focus on sport is critical to our success in the region and this new relationship with AsiaSat will provide flexible bandwidth and capacity for our customers in the Asia and Australasia region. We look forward to developing our relationship and growing our sports business in the region.”
“We are pleased that Arqiva has selected AsiaSat to expand its distribution service in the Asia Pacific. The addition of a quality client such as Arqiva, demonstrates the value of AsiaSat for the distribution of major sports events in the region. AsiaSat’s excellent access to major Asian terrestrial and pay TV platforms meets our clients’ broadcast and distribution needs for servicing such a wide region,” said William Wade, President and Chief Executive Officer of AsiaSat.
AsiaSat offers occasional use capacity across its satellite fleet for content distribution and live coverage of sports, breaking news and special events in Asia. AsiaSat’s satellites have become an integral part of many broadcasters and media companies’ global content delivery network for distributing entertainment, news and live international sports events such as the Olympics Games and the FIFA World Cup.
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About Arqiva Limited
Arqiva, the communications infrastructure and media services company, operates at the heart of the broadcast, satellite and mobile communications markets. The company is at the forefront of network solutions and services in the digital world. Arqiva provides much of the infrastructure behind television, radio, satellite and wireless communications in the UK. Customers include major broadcasters such as the BBC, ITV, BSkyB and the independent radio groups, major telco providers including the UK's four mobile network operators, and the emergency services. www.arqiva.com
Arqiva Secures C-band Capacity on AsiaSat for Distributing Sports Events in Asia and Australasia - P2/2
About AsiaSat 5
AsiaSat 5 is a Space Systems/Loral’s 1300 satellite launched in August 2009, operating at the orbital location of 100.5 degrees East. AsiaSat 5 carries 26 C-band and 14 Ku-band transponders, and has a design life of 15 years. Its powerful C-band footprint covers over 50 countries and regions spanning from Russia to New Zealand and from Japan to the Middle East and parts of Africa. The Ku-band coverage consists of two high powered fixed beams serving East Asia and South Asia, as well as a steerable beam.
Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), the leading regional satellite operator in Asia, serves over two-thirds of the world's population with its four satellites, AsiaSat 3S, AsiaSat 4, AsiaSat 5 and AsiaSat 7. The AsiaSat satellite fleet provides services to both the broadcast and telecommunications industries. Over 450 television and radio channels are now delivered by the company's satellites offering access to over 710 million TV households across the Asia-Pacific region. AsiaSat also provides telecommunications operators and end users services such as voice networks, private VSAT networks and broadband multimedia. AsiaSat’s latest satellites, AsiaSat 6 and AsiaSat 8, are scheduled for launch in the coming months. AsiaSat 9 which is on order from the manufacturer is planned to be launched in 2017.
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Fox retains Masters rights in Asia
Fox Sports has retained the Asian broadcast rights to the Masters, which take place at Augusta National this week.
The new deal covers the exclusive cable, satellite, terrestrial and multimedia broadcast rights to the famous golf event in 18 countries across Asia until 2016.
Coverage, spread across seven days and multiple platforms, includes live action from the tournament, a daily round-up show after each day’s play, live coverage of the Par 3 contest, and a ‘Legends of the Masters’ show featuring the likes of Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus and Sir Nick Faldo.
Fox’s commentary will be available in English, Cantonese, Mandarin, and for the first time, in Thai.
“Our renewal of The Masters Tournament is an affirmation of Fox Sports as the premier destination for sports fans in Asia”, said Rohit D’Silva, the senior vice president of content and communication for sports at Fox International Channels Asia.
“We’re focused on delivering the best possible viewing experience and so are pleased to be offering top tier programming, enhanced overall coverage and in multiple languages for the 2014 Masters, and look forward to continually improve on future editions.”
This year’s Masters get underway on Thursday, with Australian Adam Scott set to defend his title.
Digital TV should bring freedom but viewers still boxed in (Thailand)
Over 30 years ago, I thought my family in Khon Kaen was among the first in Thailand to get a TV set. It was black and white, of course, but we kids had no problem imagining the colours of what we saw on screen.
Nor was there any problem choosing what to watch. Only two channels were available - Channel 7 and the local station, Channel 5.
Not much had changed by the time we got a colour set, only that we no longer had to use our imagination. Watching "Sang Khiew", a very scary movie at the time featuring a plant spirit, we knew when the ghost would appear thanks to its glowing green colour.
A few years later, things got more complicated. Channel 3's signal reached our province, leaving us scratching our heads over what to watch.
Fast forward a few decades and the viewing options have exploded. Our six free TV channels are being multiplied to 36 this month as Thai TV enters the digital age. If you can afford it, you already have the 100-plus channels offered by cable or satellite.
But the switch from analog to digital will offer 20 million households plenty more to scratch their heads over. Operators, meanwhile, have the headache of how to number the new channels. The numbers game could also mean confusion for viewers.
The new digital system will bring 24 more channels to our screens. The auction for seven channels in the high-definition (HD) category was topped by BEC Group's bid of Bt3.53 billion, which supposedly gave it first choice of channel number. Alas, the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) had different ideas.
For years, satellite TV has been the choice of many viewers. Some operators charge just Bt200 per month for over 100 channels, including the free TV channels. Many pay up just to get a better signal for free TV, happy to ignore the foreign-language channels - mostly from China and India.
Under pressure from free online downloads, several music companies - chiefly GMM Grammy and RS - have made money through programmes for satellite TV. To gain viewers, they have fought to get their channel numbers in the first 10 slots.
Yet, thanks to the NBTC announcement, the first 10 slots can be allocated freely by the service operators. And this rule won't change under the new digital era. As such, BEC Group's HD station will not be Channel 1 on all broadcasting platforms. Whether that affects its rating and, consequently, its advertising revenue remains to be seen.
It will also give viewers a headache. Through PSI, the satellite TV service that reaches over half our 20 million households, numbering for the free channels starts from 300. TrueVisions, meanwhile, is yet to change its numbering to welcome the free digital channels, but when it does, subscribers face the repeat chore of memorising the new slots of their favourite channels.
Expect plenty of confusion, with neighbours talking about the same TV programme but referring to it by different channel numbers according to the satellite service they use.
The NBTC is trying to sort out the mess and ensure that channel numbering is uniform across all platforms. Whether that happens is anyone's guess. If not, viewers will be spending more time zapping through channels in search of their favourite shows.
Along with the numbering mess, there's another thing the NBTC needs to take into consideration.
Viewers nowadays are now faced with a dilemma over set-top boxes.
RS recently won a court battle to sell its new set-top box, which gives access to every match from this summer's soccer World Cup. Football fans who are also hooked on RS entertainment shows will need both the World Cup box and the Sunbox. And those addicted to HBO series, now exclusively broadcast by TrueVisions, will need a third box.
Critics point out that if this pattern continues, viewers could soon need an extra box for each major sporting or entertainment event. That would be a nightmare, particularly at a time when the world is trying hard to conserve precious resources and minimise waste.
I agree with those who say the NBTC should aim for a single box that can receive all signals. We already have the technology to encode certain channels, which can be unlocked for paying subscribers. Digital technology should allow us to revisit that time over 30 years ago when we didn't need a stack of set-top boxes.
The era of digital TV has expanded our viewing options, but that benefit should not come at a cost to any party - households or the environment.
Vietnam’s First Optical Satellite Reports Success
One year after its launch, the data from Vietnam’s VNREDSat-1 has contributed to the country’s safety and economy.
AsianScientist (Apr. 8, 2014) - In 2013, Vietnam launched its first optical satellite into space. A year on, Vietnam reports the satellite’s success.
Codenamed VNREDSat-1 (Vietnam’s first Natural Resources, Environment and Disaster monitoring satellite), the satellite was launched into orbit from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana on May 7 last year. As its name suggests, the satellite monitors and studies the effects of climate change to help the country predict and take measures to prevent natural disasters. It also helps to optimize the management of Vietnam’s natural resources.
The VNREDSat-1 project was coordinated by the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST) and Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to create a complete supervision system independent of ground receiving stations and remote sensing imaging centers.
Up to the last day of 2013, VNREDSat-1 revolved around the Earth 3,465 times and took 20,463 photos of the world, out of which 5,043 were local photos.
“This is a source of valuable remote sensing data to meet different needs of Vietnam,” according a spokesperson from VAST
SatLink Communications, Sky Italia + EutelsatHot Happenings On HotBird
[SatNews] SatLink Communications has launched their new DVB-S2 platform on Eutelsat’s Hot Bird satellite.
In coordination with Sky Italia, an Italian digital satellite television platform, the cost effective service has been developed to meet the growing demand for HD content on a premium satellite to reach direct to home and the Cable, Satellite and Pay TV Markets and will provide the highest audience penetration across Europe.
Located at 13.0 degrees East, the new Hotbird DVB-S2 platform will support the delivery of HD channels to the European cable, satellite and Pay TV platforms and will provide international broadcasters with the ability to effectively distribute its HD and SD content, expanding both revenues and audience reach, to the region’s Pay-TV and Direct To Home markets. Currently 120 million homes across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa receive TV Channels broadcasted via Eutelsat’s Hot Bird satellites. Recently SatLink launched FTV HD and SD European feeds to the new Hotbird DVB-S2 platform.
Providing the uplink capabilities from SatLink’s facilities in Israel, the Hotbird platform will offer simulcrypt options, and enables the simultaneous broadcast of a transmission signal using multiple encryption and decryption systems, including the capability to add Sky Italia’s encryption system.
The new DVB-S2 platform offers powerful wide beam coverage to Europe and the Middle East enabling a cost-effective solution for video distribution to the regions. With increased bandwidth capacity, the DVB-S2 platform offers more Mbps in a specific space segment for the transmission of HD content and offers a route to a high growth market for broadcasters. With Hot Bird currently hosting over 600 Pay TV channels and providing the widest European penetration over alternative satellites, the new platform will provide greater capacity to the region and ensure the reliable distribution of high quality and feature rich content.
As a global provider of satellite transmission and broadcast services, SatLink will offer full end-to-end solutions to broadcasters including HD playout and channel localisation, content management, iStream and encryption (conditional access) solutions.
David Hochner, CEO of SatLink Communications, said: “The launch of the new Hot Bird DVB-S2 platform is another step in our continued development of SatLink’s services and offerings as we look to address the needs of both broadcasters and Pay TV platforms. The continuing growth of the HD market is the future for broadcasting across the regions as broadcasters look to enrich the viewer’s experience. Combining our experience with the market and our geographical location at the crossroads of Europe, the Middle East and Africa we are perfectly positioned to provision this satellite service for international broadcasters. For those broadcasters seeking longevity in the market, the provisioning and contribution of HD content is the most effective way to cement your position within the Pay TV market as audiences continue to demand HD content as the de facto standard of television viewing.”
SatLink will be exhibiting its broadcasting and content management capabilities, including the benefits of the new Hot Bird DVB-S2 platform, at MIPTV in Cannes, 7th-10th April on Stand P-1.J-14.
Intelsat and L-3 Test Protected Air Force Tactical Technology on Ku-band
Intelsat General Corp. and L-3 Communication Systems-West (L-3 CS-West) announced the successful demonstration of new U.S. Air Force Protected Tactical Waveform technology over Ku-band transponders on the Intelsat fleet.
The demonstrations and performance characterization were conducted at the Intelsat teleport in Ellenwood, GA, during the week of March 4th. Engineers conducting the tests measured the performance of anti-jam modems and waveform technology from L-3 CS-West on a Ku-band satellite emulator and over the Galaxy 18 satellite, built by SSL and launched in 2008.
The tests, observed by a representative from the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center, demonstrated full-duplex voice, video and IP data via the Air Force's new Protected Tactical Waveform (PTW).
L-3 CS-West is currently working under an Air Force contract, performing studies and developing proof-of-concept modem and security designs using PTW. PTW is designed to provide affordable, anti-jam SATCOM capabilities over existing satellites, leveraging commercial, off-the-shelf technologies.
The testing and transmissions over an existing Intelsat Ku-band satellite validate the compatibility of the PTW with commercial space assets. They also pave the way for future affordable upgrades to provide anti-jam protection to existing Ku-band systems, such as Army, Navy and Air Force remotely piloted aircraft.
"Through our collaboration with Intelsat, both airborne and ground users will be able to upgrade using L-3 wideband modems for both higher capacity and protected capabilities," said Val Snyder, President of L-3 - Communication Systems West.
"These results are a big step toward providing our customers the ability to modernize their existing assets to include protected capabilities within the fiscally constrained defense budget environment of today."
L-3 CS-West provided PTW terminal and hub modems to support the end-to-end tests. The modem technology supports processing bandwidths up to 2 GHz and data rates from 10 kbps up to 300 Mbps.
Following the successful demonstration, Intelsat and L-3 CS-West plan to further analyze the potential capabilities of the PTW on Intelsat EpicNG satellites over the next year. The companies expect to conduct additional demonstrations on the Intelsat EpicNG platform in 2015.
"The results achieved are an important step toward future upgrades for existing Ku-band users in a constrained budgetary environment," said Mark Daniels, VP of Engineering and Operations at Intelsat General.
"In addition to anti-jam communications over legacy Ku-band systems, the increased performance, localized beams and wider bandwidths of our new Intelsat EpicNG technology could offer government customers potential protection levels that are extremely attractive."
Sommet sports (officially) launched on Freeview satellite. They will launch on SKY NZ next Monday
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Intelsat 19 166E
4166 H 7000, "ASP - PATH 1", ASP, MPEG 4/HD, FTA
4175 H 5632, "TV", $ - RAS
4187 H 3750, "STS 10 - QRL 8SPK", Ipswich Jets vs PNG Hunters, FTA
Scottish Premiership Soccer.
Asiasat 53945 V SR 6110 London 6 Scottish Premiership Soccer. Dundee Utd v Celtic.
Major League Soccer.
Asiasat 5 3867 H SR 7200 ATL ENC3 COLUMBUS CREW v TORONTO FC in the Major League Soccer, (FTA.)
World Men's Curling Championships
Asiasat 5 3867 H SR 7199 Service-1 Curling Championships.
Auckland Open TT Cycling
Asiasat 5 3885 H SR 7200 ENC_1 Auckland Open Cycling, (FTA.)
S League Soccer - Singapore.
Asiasat 7 105.5E 3694 H SR 6111 MEDIACORP Albirex Niigata vs Tanjong Pagar in the S League Soccer from Singapore.
World Men's Curling Championships.
Asiasat 5 3867 H SR 7199 Service-1 World Men's Curling Championships 2014 SWEDEN vs SUI (Switzerland)
Singapore Turf Club.
Asiasat 5 4155 H SR 6111 SD ENC-B Singapore Turf Club - Horse Racing evening, (FTA.)
World Cup Gymnastics - Tokyo.
Asiasat 5 3894 H SR 7120 Ch-1 World Cup Gymnastics 2014 from Tokyo.
World Men's Curling Championships.
Asiasat 5 3867 H SR 7500 Service-1 World Men's Curling Championships from Beijing, China
Asiasat 5 3675 H SR 1500 Service-1 Hindu Festival
Asiasat 5 3785 V SR 1519 CALICUT_DSNG Hindu Festival
From the Dish
Optus D1 160E 12456 H "Sommet Sports" has started on , Fta.
Express AM3 140E 10981 V "TV Sale has replaced Zagorodnaya Zhizn" on , Fta.
Telstar 18 138E 12500 V "BKS Shopping" has started on , MPEG-4, Fta.
ChinaSat 6A 125E 4032 V "Docu China" has started on MPEG-4, HD, Fta
AsiaSat 3S/7 105.5E AsiaSat 7 has replaced AsiaSat 3S at 105.5 East.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4078 H "Pashto 1 and Alite" have started on, Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4146 H "E 9X Jalwa and 9XO" have left .
AsiaSat 5 100.5E 4000 H "TVE Internacional Asia" has started on , Fta.
AsiaSat 5 100.5E 4008 V "Rai Italia 2 Asia and TVE Internacional Asia" have left .
AsiaSat 5 100.5E 12522 V "Big CBS Prime, Big CBS Spark, Big CBS Love and Ten Golf " have left.
Yamal 201 90E 3645 L "TV Mall has replaced Top Shop TV Russia" on , Fta
Yamal 201 90E 3990 L "TV Mall" has left .
Yamal 300K 90E 11093 H "Smena and Style TV" have started on , MPEG-4, Fta.
ChinaSat 12 87.5E 12611 H "Lemar TV, Tolo News and Tolo TV" have started on , Fta.
ChinaSat 12 87.5E 12619 H "Khurshid TV" has started on , Fta.
Insat 4A 83E Several updates in Tata Sky.
Apstar 7 76.5E 3769 H "Medi Biz TV has replaced Marine Biz TV" on, Fta.
Apstar 7 76.5E 4071 H "BBC Persian" has left .
ABS 1 75E 12690 V "TVT 1, TV Safina, TV Bakhoristan and Jahonnamo" have left .
ABS 1 75E 12704 V "5 Kanal, Sport, Nauka 2.0, Sarafan, Europa Plus TV, Paramount Comedy Russia, Strana, Russkiy Roman, Perviy kanal, Rossiya 1, TV Centr and Paramount Channel" have left .
ABS 1 75E 12732 V "TNV Planeta, TRO, Telekanal Zvezda, Zhivi!, Telecafé, InterAz, Vremya, Dom Kino, Mir, RZD and Mir 24" have left .
ABS 2 75E 12715 V Stil i Moda, A-One Hip-Hop Music Channel, TV Sale, Domashniy Magazin, RT English and Telekanal 2x2 have started on, Fta.
ABS 2 75E 10985 H "Rossiya HD" has started on , MPEG-4, HD, Fta.
ABS 2 75E 10985 H "Travel + Adventure" has started on , MPEG-4, HD, Irdeto.
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Optus extends satellite contract with Defence
The Optus C1 satellite Featured
Six months after trying to exit the satellite business, Optus has signed a $19.5 million contract with the Department of Defence to extend its current satellite deal for four years.
The new agreement builds upon Optus’s existing satellite engagement with Defence since the launch of the Optus C1 satellite in 2003. The Department of Defence will utilise its existing satellite payload and capability on C1 to support its Australian and regional operations.
Paul Sheridan, vice president of Optus Satellite, said: “Today’s announcement reaffirms our position as Australia’s leading satellite operator. We’re proud of our role in continuing to support the Department of Defence in its satellite communications requirements.”
That’s not what he was saying this time last year, when Optus was trying to sell its satellite business. It couldn’t find a buyer, and decided in August to retain it. Since then it has won the contract to maintain the NBN satellite service, and now this major contract is being renewed.
The satellite services contract involves command and control of the Optus C1 Defence payload, as well as the provision of professional satellite support services for the Department’s wider satellite capability.
Air Commodore Nick Barneveld, of Defence’s Chief Information Officer Group (CIOG) said, “Signing this contract extends Defence’s long and strong relationship with Optus in delivering satellite communications services. Our people will continue to work together to ensure our military forces can stay connected and informed as they operate across Australia’s vast distances and beyond.”
The C1 satellite was jointly funded by Optus and the Australian Department of Defence, and at the time was the largest hybrid communications and military satellite launched. It is controlled from Optus’s satellite earth station in the Sydney suburb of Terrey Hills.
GPS blackout in Pilbara: Update
Claims that a solar flare disrupted signals from the GLONASS satellite network on Tuesday may not be the case.
The West Australian reported that the solar flares had caused outages of the Russian GLONASS system, however a spokesperson for IPA Radio and Space Services at the Bureau of Meteorology has informed Mining Australia that the issue was an internal technical difficulty.
"The source of the problem with GLONASS appears to have been due to a corrupt ephemeris file uploaded by the GLONASS command," research scientist Mike Terkildsen said.
"The problem caused widespread issues with those GNSS receivers tracking GLONASS."
He said that it is very rare for for a flare such as this to affect GPS Systems.
"In general, I haven’t heard of flares of that magnitude affecting satellite systems. You’d definitely call this a moderate flares," he said.
Terkildsen said we are currently at the peak of an 11 year solar cycle, and that flarees of this magnitude occur every couple of days.
"The sun goes through an 11 year solar cycle, it goes from very few flares up to where we are now at the solar maximum where you get a lot more flares, a lot more ejected material... this particular solar max is not high, although the intensity of the solar maximum itself varies from solar cycle to solar cycle.
"We’ve found that this solar cycle is not particularly high, we really haven’t seen a lot of activity this cycle."
The West Australian reported that China and the US have their own satellites, which were understood to have not been affected by the solar flare.
The picture opposite comes from the NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre and shows the mid-level solar flare, which was rated by NASA at M6.5, blending of two wavelengths of extreme ultraviolet light, 131 angstroms in yellow and 171 angstroms in red.
Rio Tinto and AngloGold Ashanti confirmed to the West Australian on Wednesday that mines throughout the Pilbara and Goldfields were affected by the solar flare, which caused outages in the Russian Glonass satellite system.
The Glonass system provides the most comprehensive coverage of regional Australia, making it the main choice for GPS systems used in mine vehicles, especially the remotely controlled systems used by Rio Tinto, and trialled in autonomous haul trucks by BHP and Fortescue Metals.
A customer support email from Caterpillar said the MineStar positioning and monitoring systems underwent outages as the solar flare hit the system.
"This caused positioning issues at several MineStar sites across the globe, both manned and autonomous, including Solomon, Jimblebar, Yandi, Daunia, Toquepala, and Osisko," the email said.
"Current Glonass status has since improved, as approximately half the 24 satellites are transmitting normally."
GPS systems are used for fleet monitoring and assignment, for planning and placement of drill and blast operations and for managing processing stockpiles.
Satellite networks are also used for phone coverage by mineral exploration crews in remote areas, which often have no access to ordinary mobile phone coverage.
A spokeswoman for BHP Billiton said that the very few autonomous systems being tested on BHP trucks were affected by the solar activity on Tuesday.
SpeedCast Brings Improved Mobile Satellite Communications To Australia’s Oil & Gas Market
Innovative solution enables rapid deployment for oil and gas companies across the region
Perth, Australia, April 7, 2014 - SpeedCast, one of the world's major international satellite telecommunications service providers, will host the first product demo of its latest development - the ReadyCONNECTTA12 solution at this year's APPEA Conference and Exhibition. The demonstration will give IT professionals in the oil & gas industry a chance to learn about the benefits of using the market's latest mobile satellite communications system, and discuss their specific connectivity challenges.
ReadyCONNECTTA12 is a mobile VSAT solution that combines portability and rapid deployment equipment, providing instant access to internet, wireless and voice applications. The solution is specifically designed for fast temporary or long term deployments, as well as frequent site relocations. Its simplified design enables it to be deployed on site much quicker than was possible before, requires no technical knowledge and can be operated by non-technical personnel.
"Communications and logistics are the most complex challenges that today's oil and gas companies face," said Mark Borgas, SpeedCast's VP of Australia-Pacific. "Exploration teams need to communicate as if remote sites are only extensions to their corporate network and finding a solution compatible with specific network requirements, yet portable and robust enough to suit frequent site relocations, can be a difficult task. ReadyCONNECTTA12 optimizes the logistics process associated with the relocation of exploration and construction sites, while cost-effectively managing bandwidth and equipment across all locations."
ReadyCONNECTTA12 is secure and delivers scalable data speeds to meet changing usage requirements, extends wireless coverage of up to 1km and provides a variety of bandwidth options with true broadband speeds and a range of contention ratios from 1:1 to 1:10. Customers have access to SpeedCast's 24/7 support team and an online monitoring portal to ensure optimal operation.
Marc Russo, Managing Director at Australian Camp Services, commented: "Setting up a traditional VSAT service can be difficult and resource-consuming when relocating - dismantling, transporting and installing equipment and often incurs extra time and costs in the logistics chain. Having a communication solution that is quick to deploy, can be up and running in a short lead time and requires no technical staff to operate it would have a significant impact on our business and on the industry."
This launch of ReadyCONNECTTA12 follows the opening of SpeedCast's new Perth office and further supports its commitment to address the needs of oil, gas and mining customers in the region.
SpeedCast will be exhibiting at the APPEA Conference and Exhibition. If you are attending the event and would like to meet with a spokesperson and see the ReadyCONNECTTA12, please contact SpeedCast's Marketing Manager for Australia and Pacific, Katia Gryadunova at email@example.com, or call +61 2 9086 2795.
SpeedCast is a leading global network and satellite communications service provider offering high-quality managed networks services in over 60 countries throughout Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, Europe and Africa; and a global maritime network serving customers worldwide. With 16 international sales & support offices and 30 teleport operations, SpeedCast has a unique infrastructure to serve corporate and carriers' requirements globally.
SpeedCast has established a strong position in Australia with the acquisition of two major satellite industry players, Australian Satellite Communications and Pactel International. The company is serving a large base of oil & gas and mining customers around the country and can leverage a team of over 50 professionals in Australia and over 100 in Asia-Pacific to support the needs of its natural resources customers in the region. Recently opened office and teleport facilities in Perth complement SpeedCast's presence and infrastructure in the country with offices and facilities in Sydney, Darwin, and Adelaide. In Asia-Pacific, SpeedCast's infrastructure covers the region's other major oil & gas and mining hubs: Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Port Moresby and Dubai, allowing SpeedCast to support their customers wherever they operate.
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Boost to anti-piracy efforts with expanded VSAT coverage
Ku-band VSAT coverage in the Indian Ocean Region has been expanded
Airbus Defence and Space has expanded its Ku-band VSAT coverage in the Indian Ocean Region
Airbus Defence and Space has expanded its Ku-band VSAT (very small apperture terminal) coverage in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR), using the Intelsat IS-702 S2 satellite.
The new coverage enables improved availability of Pharostar, Sealink and WaveCall VSAT voice and data services for vessels transiting or operating primarily in the Seychelles area, north to Ethiopia and south to Madagascar.
Several diverse maritime groups will make use of more available high speed VSAT, including commercial fishing, government, naval, shipping and yachting vessels. An improved Ku-band footprint will also enhance security and anti-piracy efforts in the region.
“By bringing up this network, we enhance our market leading global VSAT coverage to support service providers serving customers in the IOR. The new coverage enables delivery of reliable connectivity up to 3.8Mbps,” said Ghani Behloul, head of Product Marketing, Maritime, Airbus Defence and Space. “The IOR coverage extension is part of our commitment to maintaining the most extensive maritime VSAT coverage for global users.”
Airbus Defence and Space is a division of Airbus Group formed by combining the business activities of Cassidian, Astrium and Airbus Military. It employs some 40,000 employees generating revenues of approximately 14bn euro per year.
Other recent maritime communications updates come from KVH Industries which doubled its mini-VSAT broadband network capacity offshore Brazil and Africa to support the oil & gas and shipping industries.
KT to launch new satellite by 2016
SEOUL, April 6 (Yonhap) -- KT Corp., South Korea's No. 2 mobile operator, plans to launch a new satellite in two years, industry sources said Sunday, in a bid to extend Seoul's claim to a trajectory once orbited by the now-suspended Mugunghwa-3.
KT's plan to send the Mugunghwa-7 into its predecessor's orbit by 2016 came as South Korea's holding of the trajectory may be retrieved by a United Nations' telecom body if it is not used for more than three years.
The problem emerged as KT sold the Mugungwha 2 and 3, South Korea's retired satellites launched in 1996 and 1999, respectively, in 2011 to a Hong Kong-based satellite operator for a combined 4.5 billion won, without obtaining any previous approval from the country's telecom authorities.
Hong Kong's Asia Broadcast Satellite is currently operating the two Mugungwha satellites for mobile communication and other purposes.
Although the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning ordered KT to retrieve the Mugunghwa-3 in December 2013, the process has been slow as Hong Kong's ABS had requested compensation, sending the case to a court under the International Chamber of Commerce.
KT's rush to launch another satellite came as it usually takes two to three years for the court to settle a case, which may provide the International Telecommunications Union with grounds to retrieve South Korea's rights on the trajectory circled by the Mugunghwa-3.
"While it would be best if KT settles the issue with ABS, the dispute is out of our jurisdiction," an official from the telecom ministry said. KT was a state-owned firm before it was privatized in 2002.
KT said it is currently considering other measures to keep South Korea's right to the trajectory, including speeding up the launch of the new satellite.
China eyes 'global monitoring network' of surveillance satellites
To compensate the frustration over the endless search for missing the Malaysian airliner, Chinese scientists have doubled efforts to promote their project of a huge satellites network, which will enable Beijing to monitor the whole world.
As the mission to find the passenger jet MH370 which disappeared off the radars on March 8 with 239 people on board, 153 of them Chinese, is yet to yield to any substantial result, the space surveillance net project is gaining strong backing from key government officials in Beijing, the South China Morning Post reports.
China currently has satellites in the orbit but they largely focus on its region and surrounding area. The exact number of them is a state secret.
"If we had a global monitoring network today, we wouldn't be searching in the dark. We would have a much greater chance to find the plane and trace it to its final position. The plan is being drafted to expand our regional monitoring capability," Professor Chi Tianhe, a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Sciences' Institute of remote Sensing and Digital Earth, told the SCMP.
After the Malaysian Boeing 777 went missing, the Chinese Academy of Engineering submitted a letter from senior scientists to state leaders advising them to begin building a global satellite-surveillance network.
If the project is given the green light by the Chinese government it could be up and running in as little as two years from now, says Chi. But it won't be cheap, a satellite costs 400 million Yuan ($64 million) to build, this would mean the project as a whole would need a budget of at least 20 billion Yuan.
According to statistics from the US-based Union of Concerned Scientists there are about 1,000 satellites currently orbiting the earth, but the vast majority of those are for communication and only about 150 are for observation, remote sensing and military-surveillance.
Professor Liu Yu, an expert at Peking's University's school of earth and space sciences, believes the project could be game changing for China's ability to spy from space.
"International earth-observation services today are dominated by the US and European countries, but if China launches more than 50 satellites for this purpose, the whole landscape will be changed," said Liu.
But the project is by no means set in stone and it faces a number of technological hurdles. One of them is that the existing space centers in Jiuguan, Taiyuan and Xichang are involved in other missions, like manned space flights and plans to explore the Moon.
At the moment China launches about 15 satellites every year, but this would need to be at least doubled.
Space experts believe that with an upgrade at the Wenchang launch center in Hainan, which is now complete, it might be possible to increase China's rocket capacity and thereby make the project possible.
While the quality of the imaging equipment also needs to be improved, says Liu.
Professor Zhao Chaofang, an oceanographer at the Ocean University of China in Qingdao, also said that China needs to develop more ground stations, to ease and speed up sending data back to earth.
"Many Chinese satellites can only offload their data when they are flying over China, so the data we receive is sometimes only a fraction of the amount collected by the satellites. To build up a global monitoring network as efficient as that of the US, our ground stations overseas must be expanded as well," he said.
Akado to accept signals from ABS-2 satellite
Russian regional operator Akado Telecom has started work to accept digital TV signals from the recently launched ABS-2 satellite. Some subscribers will have to refresh the settings of their set-top boxes after work is done. Akado Telecom currently receives the signals of 44 out of 240 digital TV channels transmitted by the operator from the ABS-1 satellite. The list includes Fox, Fox Life, Sony TV SET, Fashion TV, Eurosport News, Viasat Explorer, Viasat Nature, Viasat History, Viasat Sport, TV 1000, Da Vinci and others.
AAPA: Cross-border anti-piracy enforcement needed
Officials from AAPA, the Audiovisual Anti-Piracy Alliance, have stressed the need for swift and effective cross-border enforcement action to overcome the challenges of card sharing and illegal streaming. The comments came at a seminar on IP Sport Crime organised by OHIM (Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market) and Europol.
AAPA members Christine Maury-Panis from Viaccess-Orca and Andreas Rudloff from Sky Deutschland outlined the challenges of card sharing and illegal streaming to over 90 delegates from law enforcement agencies, including the police, prosecutors and customs bodies, as well as private sector stakeholders. It was made clear that the broadcast and online distribution of sports content forms a significant part of the sports and pay-TV businesses.
Consequently online piracy, whether in the form of card sharing or streaming, is a serious crime, damaging both sports rights holders and pay-TV operators. Case studies were discussed during a workshop co-chaired by Sheila Cassells, Executive Director of AAPA, and Marios Aristidou from the IP Crime Unit of the Cyprus Police.
Addressing delegates from Brazil, the United States, Ukraine and EU Member States, AAPA stressed the need for swift and effective cross-border enforcement action, including access to essential information, suggesting that current legal processes were cumbersome and too slow. Moreover, differences in the implementation of laws in EU Member States mean that cross-border action can be difficult. Equipping law enforcement agencies with knowledge and expertise about card sharing and illegal streaming, both infringements committed via the internet, helps to make anti-piracy activity more effective. Such expertise will also facilitate enforcement against IPR infringements of physical goods where there is growing use of the internet for distribution and illegal sales.
“AAPA welcomes the opportunity to participate in the OHIM-Europol know-how conferences,” said Cassells. “These are valuable sessions which bring together private and public stakeholders facing the same problem. This allows us to share our members’ extensive knowledge and experience with the enforcement agencies, which are the essential element in successful anti-piracy activity. AAPA is also pleased to be able to exchange information about Internet- based piracy with stakeholders who are now seeing a growing trend in Internet distribution and sales of counterfeited goods.”
American Cable Association backs Aereo
The American Cable Association (ACA) has become the the latest trade body to come out in support of Internet TV streaming service Aereo in the forthcoming copyright action to be heard in the US Supreme Court.
The ACA which represents some 850 smaller and medium-sized, independent cable companies has filed an amicus (friend of court) brief urging the high court to uphold the legality of Aereo’s technology as safely fitting within the tradition of maintaining the public’s ability to access freely available local broadcast TV signals, and reject their creative use of copyright claims to protect business models and erect pay walls.
“It is this simple: Members of the public are entitled to watch and hear any over-the-air broadcast transmission that they are capable of receiving. The copyright holder’s exclusive right extends only to the right to do or to authorise the public performance. Once exercised, the public performance right in that transmission ends,” ACA President and CEO Matthew M Polka said.
In its brief, ACA asserted that the goal of the lawsuit is to suppress public access to free over-the-air television on the calculation that the copyright owners may extract more profit from broadcasters by relying less on advertising revenue and more on retransmission consent fees. Broadcasters and copyright owners, who until now have no right to prevent anyone from tuning in, want the right to veto any new method of receiving free broadcasts that go beyond an antenna in the home. Emphasising that the copyright owner has no right to control who may join the audience, ACA asked the Court to leave the airwaves as freely accessible to local viewers via over-the-air broadcasts as they have always been.
The outcome of the case is an important business matter for the independent cable community, ACA added, because it could have a substantial impact on the ability of ACA’s members to compete effectively with larger cable providers by partnering with third parties that develop technologies beyond ACA members’ own in-house capabilities. Aereo’s technology is particularly compelling when it enables members of the public to use broadband Internet access to join the lawful audience of free, over-the-air broadcasts using the public’s airwaves.
Fundamentally, ACA stressed that the freedom to receive a performance must not be sacrificed to protect existing market positions. Further, that there is no basis for treating Aereo as a cable service provider. Aereo is not competing as a cable operator, nor will cable subscribers confuse Aereo with a cable operator.
Responding to various legal attacks on Aereo, ACA’s brief noted that Aereo’s antenna-based remote DVR service is legally indistinct from Cablevision’s cable-based remote DVR technology upheld as a non-infringing service by the US Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit and the precedent upon which the same court ruled that Aereo’s service did not intrude on the copyright owner’s exclusive right to perform the copyrighted work publicly.
Broadcasters and copyright owners argue that the Cablevision case is distinguishable from Aereo on the basis that Cablevision already had a licence to retransmit broadcast television. ACA countered that in Aereo’s situation, the free over-the-air broadcast is also licensed. Responding to Cablevision’s argument that its own cable-based remote DVR should be allowed, but not Aereo’s antenna-based remote DVR, because only paid cable subscribers used it, ACA pointed out that there is no Copyright Act requirement to pay for receiving a free over-the-air public performance.
“It is hard to envision any scenario in which the copyright interest is hurt by a service such as Aereo. If more people tune in to the broadcast, the higher ratings translate to higher advertising revenues, such that the copyright holder can demand a higher price for the public performance license,” Polka said.
ACA argued that the Aereo opponents’ heavy reliance on the minutiae of one clause in one definition concerning one exclusive right was designed both to suppress a newer business model and to persuade the Court to overlook the fact that their position would intrude into rights retained by the public, upsetting the copyright balance.
ACA said it is undisputed that the copyright owners authorised the television broadcasters to perform their works publicly and that anyone capable of receiving the broadcast signal is free to join the audience, even if copyright owners or broadcasters would rather they tune in via a more profitable method.
Simply put, Polka said, “Copyright holders do not have the right to force audiences to choose the theatre seats that yield the highest margins.”
ACA said that as a matter of law and public policy, when a new technology comes along, the right of the audience to use it to tune in to a broadcast and maximise the free flow of information should not be given any less importance than preventing infringing use, adding that the Court has rejected a one-sided view of the Copyright Act that coddles copyright owners at the expense of the public interest.
ACA urged the Court to reaffirm the basic holding that if a consumer may lawfully time-shift a broadcast programme using a DVR at home, that same consumer may lawfully use a remote DVR owned by a third party to accomplish the same thing. Likewise, if a consumer may lawfully operate a television antenna on the rooftop connected to a television receiver in the living room, that same consumer should be permitted to operate a third- party’s antenna and receiver in a better (but more remote) location to send the image to the same television.
SES + PanasonicTechnology Showcase @ SES Industry Days (EventSatBroadcasting)
[SatNews] SES (NYSE Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) and Panasonic have presented the world’s first TV set with integrated SAT>IP technology at the SES Industry Days in Luxembourg.
The Panasonic VIERA TV has an integrated SAT>IP client which re-distributes the satellite TV signal via the IP-based home network, including Wi-Fi. The innovative technology enables viewers to watch TV at home, without a cord and wherever they like, on a large variety of IP devices simultaneously and without complex in-house cabling. SAT>IP is an innovative technology developed by SES and its industrial partners that translates the satellite transmission into an Internet Protocol (IP) signal that is redistributed in-house to IP devices such as tablets, smartphones and laptops. The technology allows the reception of several programs in parallel on different devices and significantly enlarges the in-house reception base for the large range of high quality satellite transmissions.
SES Industry Days is a two-day event taking place in Luxembourg and gathering more than 230 delegates from two dozen countries and 130 companiesbroadcasters, TV manufacturers, decoder manufacturers, hardware manufacturers and software developersto discuss innovative technologies and developments of satellite transmission and reception and the entire future video broadcasting ecosystem.
NAB 2014: Intelsat, BT, Ericsson, Newtec and Sony demo 4K UltraHD future
Satellite services provider Intelsat is teaming with partners BT, Ericsson, Sony and Newtec to demonstrate the next iteration of what it calls true 4K UltraHD TV end-to-end video transmission.
The partners says that they will demonstrate ecosystem readiness for the commercialisation of 4K UltraHD TV, and will conduct a live transmission of sports programming that was captured using Sony's PMW-F55 4K cameras, 4K production switcher and SR-R1000 recorder. Replayed pictures will be encoded using Ericsson AVP 2000 Contribution Encoders, capable of 4K UltraHD TV operations as well as standard- and high-definition contribution. The Ericsson Encoders will be encoding the four 3G-SDI feeds in real time. The demonstration will also take advantage of MPEG-4 AVC compression technology.
After the encoding process, the 4K signal will be transmitted as a 100 Mbps video stream from BT Tower in London over the BT Global Media Network to Intelsat, via the Intelsat point of presence in New York. The signal will be carried on the IntelsatOne terrestrial network to Intelsat's teleport in Riverside, California, where it will be uplinked to Galaxy 17, Intelsat's premier regional and league sports neighbourhood in the United States, using Newtec modulation equipment. The resulting 4:2:2, 10-bit, 4K UHDTV signal at 60 frames per second will be displayed in the Intelsat and Ericsson booths at the show.
"The world's most admired programmers... are looking at 4K and studying the technical and commercial considerations that will make 4K a compelling differentiator in a world filled with content," said Peter Ostapiuk, Intelsat's vice president of media product management. "Intelsat and the rest of our technical team are pushing to capture gains in compression technology, [to] provide programmers with a commercial, off-the-shelf solution where they will be able to offer 4K content in a much more efficient manner, while at the same time maintain the breathtaking quality of the content for an immersive viewing experience."
India's GPS alternative launches second satellite
Closed satnav system due to have all seven birds aloft by 2016
India has launched its second navigation satellite, the daintily-named IRNSS-1B.
IRNSS is an acronym for “Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System” and the name is noteworthy because the planned seven-satellite constellation is intended to provide location services within India and in an “extended service area” around the nation, rather than offering the global coverage other satnav systems promise (alone or in collaboration).
The local focus is because India wants IRNSS all to itself. That position is understandable: the USA's GPS, Russia's GLONASS, Europe's Galileo and China's Beidou are all controlled by states that could conceivably jam the systems' signals. With India perennially wary of its neighbours (and owning nuclear weapons), possessing its own satellite navigation constellation has obvious strategic importance. Limiting its effective range also shows the world that the system isn't a sign of global ambition, but lets India's neighbours know what it will soon be capable of.
The footprint for India's Regional Navigation Satellite System
On a happier note, local companies will have an indigenous navigation platform to play with, which probably can't hurt but may mean complications for global device-makers.
India is trumpeting the launch for another reason: it marks the 25th time in a row the nation's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle has done the business. Indeed, only its first flight failed. That all seven INRSS craft are expected to be aloft by the end of 2015, at a combined cost of under $US300m, is also noteworthy: India surely would not mind a slice of the global space business.
IRNSS-1B is currently in orbit with an inclination of 27 degrees, a perigee of 11,668 km and an apogee of 35,924 km, thanks to two orbital manoeuvres. A further three adjustments to the satellite's orbit are planned to ensure it nestles in an optimally useful position. ®
Satellite launches will revolutionise navigation business: ISRO scientist
Special Arrangement John P, Zacharia, Director (R&D), VSSC, on his arrival at the Nedumbassery airport on Saturday.
Space agency to position seven location-finding satellites
The successful launch of India’s second navigation satellite using its flagship launch vehicle PSLV could be beneficial not only to the country but to its neighbouring nations as well, said John P. Zachariah, Director, research and development wing of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
On completion, the system would provide accurate position information service to users in India as well as the region extending up to 1,500 km from its boundary, both on the eastern and western sides. That way, this would revolutionise the location finding and visual navigation business across the entire region”, he told media persons here on Saturday.
The constellation of seven satellites, the launch of which is scheduled for completion in 2015, is due for a trail run from the beginning of 2016 and will begin full-scale operation a couple of months later. “Along with that, there will be a sudden rise in wide-spread use of the application, in turn, leading to the commercial production of receiver equipment”, he said.
Regarding the progress of the GSLV MARC III project, Mr. Zachariah said that an experimental flight of the vehicles was conducted in the last week of June from Sreeharikotta. The vehicle would be carrying a dummy instead of the cryo stage but would have original structural and thermo-structural parts.
The test flight was being conducted to assess whether its structural and thermal protection systems would withstand the re-entry load, and thermo-dynamic heating.
Meanwhile, he also said that the launch of the second Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System, which also marked the 25th success in a row for the PSLV, had boosted the image of the launching vehicle in the global arena. “The PSLV is going miles, as evident from the launching orders we are getting from foreign countries, thanks to its quality and dependability”, he said.
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Sommet Sports is back testing on Freeview NZ. They will Launch on Satellite, Monday 14th of April
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Asiasat 7 105.5E Pashto 1 & Alite have started on 4078 H, SR 3185, FEC 7/8, PIDs 33/36, SID 1 & 200/201, SID 2.
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FIBA World Basketball.
Asiasat 5 3712 H SR 14399 Globecast Oz HD E FIBA World Cup Basketball predictions and preparations for 2014 in Spain.
New York Stock Exchange.
Asiasat 5 4164 H SR 6110 NY ENC 2 The usual broadcast from the New York Stock Exchange. (FTA).
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Intelsat 20 68.5E 12602 V "BCS Starcross TV" has started on , Fta.
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Turnbull announces NBN satellite 'patch-up' job
Malcolm Turnbull has admitted the Coalition's $34 million plus funding package to increase capacity and places on the National Broadband Network’s congested interim satellite service is a “patch-up” job that will leave thousands of regional households without access to fast broadband until at least the end of 2015.
As flagged last week, Mr Turnbull today announced NBN Co would spend an extra $18.4m or more on top of the $351m already spent on the ISS to lift capacity by one third for its existing 44,000 users.
The additional funding will go towards subsidising 9,000 more households to the tune of about $2,000 each who miss out on the ISS, covering installation and on-premise equipment costs for broadband services from commercial providers instead.
The subsidy is roughly in line with the one previously available under the Australian Broadband Guarantee, the minister said.
Mr Turnbull conceded not everyone who wanted access to broadband services in regional areas would be able to gain access, with the increase still monumentally short of the 250,000 households originally designated for the ISS under the Labor government.
“It’s a patch-up,” Mr Turnbull said. “The alternative was to wash our hands and say, ‘This is another Labor Party shambles’ and wash our hands of it. We had to find a way to remedy it as far as we could, but to do so within a reasonable cost envelope.”
Mr Turnbull said the Coalition’s solution was “the best patch we can do at the least cost”, with other solutions on the table coming in at “well over $100m”.
The ISS was set up in 2010 to bridge the transition from the Australian Broadband Guarantee scheme and the fully-fledged NBN long-term satellite service, which will be provided by two Ka-band broadband satellites operated by Optus.
Mr Turnbull said the LSS would not be launched until the second half of 2015 and that “everybody who wants the service cannot get onto it immediately”.
“There’s a lot of contingencies associated with the launch,” Mr Turnbull said. “There’ll have to be a staged transition and that’s one of the things the interim service is useful for, is to ensure that the people that are on the interim service can be transferred onto the long-term satellite service.”
Mr Turnbull said the additional capacity for existing ISS customers was “not going to be in peak time 6MB, but it should enable them to do web browsing, email, e-commerce, and it should enable them to do Skype too”.
The funding package will be listed as an additional operating expense for NBN Co, the minister said.
Pashto 1 TV Channel Launches on AsiaSat 7
From press release
Hong Kong, 3 April 2014 Asia’s leading satellite operator, Asia Satellite Telecommunications Co. Ltd. (AsiaSat) today announced that Pakistan’s Pashto entertainment channel, Pashto 1, has commenced broadcasting on AsiaSat 7 at the orbital location of 105.5 degrees East. This channel serves the large Pashto-speaking population in Pakistan, Afghanistan, the Middle East, and other regions covered by the satellite’s enormous C-band footprint.
Pashto 1 is a free-to-air television channel, offering general entertainment programming, including drama, music and culture.
“Joining AsiaSat 7’s excellent South Asian TV neighbourhood provides us with an exciting opportunity to widen our reach beyond our local community to a larger audience across the Asia-Pacific region,” said Saif ur Rehman Akazai, Chief Operating Officer of Pashto 1. “We are very pleased to work with AsiaSat, Asia’s leading satellite operator, on AsiaSat 7 to access the vast audience base that is second to none in Asia.”
“We welcome Pashto 1 to the AsiaSat family of premium South Asian programming. Pashto 1 helps us expand our lineup of local language television services onboard our fleet, providing more choices to various ethnic groups living and working across the Asia-Pacific region,” said William Wade, President and Chief Executive Officer of AsiaSat.
Pashto 1 is available free-to-air on AsiaSat 7 in C-band with the following reception parameters:
Orbital Location : 105.5 degrees East
Transponder : C12H
Frequency : 4077.75 MHz
Video Format : MPEG-2 DVB-S
Polarisation : Horizontal
Modulation : QPSK
Symbol rate: 3.185 Msym/sec
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About Pashto 1
Pashto 1, the leading voice of Pakhtoons scattered in Pakistan, India, the Middle East and Afghanistan, is a full entertainment channel with local ethics and customs. For more information, please visit www.pashto-1.tv/
About AsiaSat 7
AsiaSat 7 is a replacement satellite for AsiaSat 3S at the orbital location of 105.5ºE. Based on the powerful Space Systems/Loral 1300 series satellite platform and launched in 2011, AsiaSat 7 carries 28 C-band and 17 Ku-band transponders, as well as a Ka-band payload. Its region-wide C-band footprint covers Asia, the Middle East, Australasia and Central Asia, with two Ku-band fixed beams serving East Asia and South Asia, and a steerable Ku-beam optimised over Australia.
Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), the leading regional satellite operator in Asia, serves over two-thirds of the world's population with its four satellites, AsiaSat 3S, AsiaSat 4, AsiaSat 5 and AsiaSat 7. The AsiaSat satellite fleet provides services to both the broadcast and telecommunications industries. Over 450 television and radio channels are now delivered by the company's satellites offering access to over 710 million TV households across the Asia-Pacific region. AsiaSat also provides telecommunications operators and end users services such as voice networks, private VSAT networks and broadband multimedia. AsiaSat’s latest satellites, AsiaSat 6 and AsiaSat 8, are scheduled for launch in the coming months. AsiaSat 9 which is on order from the manufacturer is planned to be launched in 2017. AsiaSat is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Asia Satellite Telecommunications Holdings Limited, a company listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (Stock Code: 1135). For more information, please visit www.asiasat.com
Saif ur Rehman Akazai
Chief Operating Officer
Tel: (92 51) 111 111 112
Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited
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Middle East, Asian broadcasters gear up for MotoGP
A total of 83 networks worldwide will be broadcasting the 2014 MotoGP season, with more viewers than ever across the Middle East and Asia-Pacific able to watch the action through agreement with Dorna Sports.
For the first time, Kazakhstan MotoGP fans will be able to tune in to all the races live on free-to-air network STV. Also making its debut on China's Chong Qing Satellite Channel the sport's races this season will be shown live or on a same day delayed basis, expanding the reach of MotoGP into new areas of China.
Races will also be available for subscribers of beIN Sports (formerly Al Jazeera Sport) in the Middle East, Supersport in sub-Saharan Africa and Fox Sports in Asia.
Fox Sports Australia retains MotoGP for the 2014 season, working with the Ten Network's Channel One to ensure both paid and free-to-air coverage of the races. For Australian race in Phillip Island, both channels will show extra footage produced on-site.
Free-to-air coverage is also available for the nine-month long season in Japan on NTV and G+; Indonesia on Trans TV; and Cambodia on Hang Maes.
Sommet Sports in New Zealand has acquired the MotoGP broadcast rights for the next three years, with a highlights package to be shown on free-to-air channel TV3 the weekend after each Grand Prix.
The second Grand Prix of the 2014 season is on 13 April at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, USA.
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[SatNews] At NAB 2014, Globecast is highlighting Globecast XN, a key element of its suite of solutions for broadcast clientsGlobecast XN allows users to quickly and easily expand their content to new market audiences around the globe using the public Internet network.
This cost-effective solution can be quickly deployed to answer a variety of requirements including: delivering live channels to IPTV and OTT platforms; expanding into new markets whilst limiting risk; significantly reducing backup link costs; collecting feeds from event sites and delivering to the broadcaster; and quickly setting up a last mile solution where dedicated fibre is unavailable. Globecast XN assures end-to-end terrestrial transport delivery via the public internet and can also be combined with a dedicated fibre network solution. It provides a one-stop-shop for content owners as Globecast monitors and maintains all of the equipment required. Based on Globecast’s knowledge and experience Globecast XN enriches the company’s portfolio by increasing business choices and opportunities.
Globecast uses the best of satellite, CDNs, dedicated fiber and public Internet to make certain that broadcasters’ and media companies’ content is where it should be when it should be, correctly packaged and formatted. The company provides multiplatform, multi-device services using its years of experience and business acumen to create the perfect packages for its customers. Present in Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Australia, Globecast offers simplicity, flexibility and peace of mind to the world’s leading content providers.
For further information, please visit the Globecast infosite at http://www.globecast.com/web/index.php
GLONASS Suffers Temporary Systemwide Outage; Multi-GNSS Receiver Overcomes Problem (updated)
Just when they thought it was safe to go back into space . . . .
The Russian GLONASS system, which had appeared to be recovering from a series of organizational and technical problems in recent years, appears to have suffered a systemic disruption during the past 24 hours beginning just past 1 a.m. Moscow time on April 2 (UTC+4) 6 p.m. EDT on Tuesday (April 1, 2014).
Outages continued for more than 10 hours, with the Russian GLONASS monitoring center showing satellites in unhealthy statuses: “failure” and “illegal ephemeris.” The first accompanying figure from the Russian Federal Space Agency Information-Analytical Center website shows this history, with pink and purple colors representing failure and illegal ephemeris, respectively.
Because the failure was systemwide and simultaneous, some have speculated that an incorrect uploading of corrections to satellite ephermerides (orbital positions) occurred. The staggered restoration of satellite health in the hours following the outage reflects the need for GLONASS system operators to wait until each satellite passes within range of ground stations on Russian territory to be reset.
In the second figure, test data coincident with the GLONASS ephemeris disruption of April 1/2, provided to Inside GNSS by Frank van Diggelen, vice-president of technology for Broadcom Corporation, show conclusively how a GPS/GLONASS/QZSS/BeiDou receiver survives the complete disruption of one of the constellations during tracking in "a large East Asia city."
The figure shows data from two receivers from two different manufacturers, both in smartphones. The yellow dotted line indicates the path of a GPS/GLONASS receiver; the blue dotted line is from the Broadcom 47531 receiver, which tracks GPS/GLONASS/QZSS/BeiDou signals simultaneously.
The latter receiver includes logic to use redundant measurements to check the validity of all measurements and successfully identified and removed the bad GLONASS ephemeris 100 percent of the time, as can be seen by the continuity and accuracy of the positions.
The problem marks another setback for the Russian GNSS program, which saw the system rebuilt and modernized over the past decade but has stumbled in recent years due to launch failures (including triple-satellite losses in July 2013 and December 2010) and organizational problems, including dismissal of high-ranking space officials in the wake of the launch failures and for charges of corruption. In one case, the Proton rocket failure was blamed on a premature launch and in another on overfilling of the launcher’s fuel tanks.
Successful launch of a GLONASS-M satellite just over a week ago had seemed to indicate that the program had regained its footing. Yesterday, Nikolai Testoyedov, director general of the GLONASS satellite manufacturer, JSC Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems, announced that the long-awaited launch of the second next-generation satellite GLONASS-K would occur at the end of this year.
Also yesterday, Russian lawmakers endorsed draft legislation to allow the country to set up a GLONASS monitoring facility in Nicaragua, according to the RIA Novosti news service. This would add to the handful of monitoring stations, including sites in Brazil and Antarctica, outside the Russian territory, which are essential to managing a constellation in situations such as just occurred with GLONASS.
A proposal to establish GLONASS monitoring stations in the United States was recently rebuffed by the U.S. Congress.
The U.S. Global Positioning System has never experienced a systemic outage as occurred with GLONASS and has a notable record of robustness, resilience, and rapid information dissemination. However, its space segment has not been flawless. GPS SVN49, a Block IIR-M satellite with the first L5 signals, experienced anomalies that have taken it out of healthy status since 2009 and incidents of satellite clock drift or runoff have occurred over the years that caused temporary degradation of user range error. But GPS systemwide errors by the operator the U.S. Air Force have been essentially nonexistent, at least from the perspective of users.
Murdochs: No US hacking charges
While the trial in London of Rebekah Brooks and other News Corp-linked executives over alleged telephone hacking continues, Rupert Murdoch, James Murdoch, and several other top News Corp officials will not face similar accusations in the US.
A decision released by US District Judge Paul Gardephe in New York stated that News Corp Chairman Rupert Murdoch could not be held liable over statements made that predated the period for which shareholders sought to recoup alleged losses.
The claims came in a shareholder action led by Britain’s Avon Pension Fun which argued that a series of statements, conference calls, press releases and other material issued by News Corp, Murdoch, Brooks and other key executives in the years after the 2006 arrest and subsequent jailing of reporter Clive Goodman, implied that the Goodman incident was a one off. The claim also argued that News Corp stock fell 17 per cent in two weeks and stymied News Corp’s plan to buy BSkyB.
Judge Gardephe concluded that “nearly all” of the alleged false statements predated the class period and that the defendants had no duty to correct them. “To hold otherwise would require adopting an ‘endless breach argument’, which would permit plaintiffs to circumvent the well-settled rule that defendants are liable only for those statements made during the class period,” he ruled. Gardephe gave the plaintiffs until April 30th to file an amended complaint. His decision was dated March 31st.
Consumer groups file amicus brief in Aereo case
US non-profit consumer organisations Consumer Federation of America (CFA) and Consumers Union (CU) have filed an amicus (friend of court) brief at the US Supreme Court in the case of American Broadcasting Companies Inc. v. Aereo, Inc. F/K/A Bamboom Labs Inc.
The case involves major broadcasters who have sued Internet TV streaming service Aereo for copyright breaches. Aereo’s technology allows subscribers to watch live and recorded programming from over-the-air TV broadcasts on Internet-compatible devices. The case is expected to be heard by the Supreme Court on April 22.
In their amicus brief, CFA and CU explain that “innovative” technologies such as Aereo are entirely legal, benefit consumers, strengthen broadcast distribution, and promote competition.
“This case puts the principle of consumer sovereignty, which has played a critical role in driving innovation and competition in the digital revolution to the test. It could have a major impact on the future of digital distribution of all types of content, not just over-the-air broadcast video,” said Mark Cooper, CFA Director of Research.
“Consumers have the right to decide how and when they watch the TV programmes they obtain legally,” said George Slover, senior policy counsel for Consumers Union. “The Supreme Court has upheld these rights for thirty years, ever since the Sony Betamax decision. We hope the Court will uphold these rights again for the sake of consumer choice and innovation.”
They say the design of the Aereo service is fully consistent with the rights of consumers to enjoy privately a legally-obtained TV programme in ways that meet their needs for flexibility and time management. “These consumer rights have been upheld repeatedly by the Supreme Court, and the design of the service is faithful to the legal structure that governs the use of the public airwaves by broadcasters,” the consumer groups write.
Thirty years ago, the brief states, in the Sony Betamax decision the Supreme Court upheld the fundamental right of consumers to privately enjoy lawfully obtained TV programmes as they saw fit, by recording the programs on a VCR and replaying them whenever and wherever they wanted. “The Court has been asked multiple times to upset the balance struck between consumer rights to private use and copyright holder desires to control the use of lawfully obtained content. The Supreme Court has steadfastly refused to do so, reaffirming that consumer sovereignty and the public interest are key pillars of US copyright law. Enhancement of consumer sovereignty the ability of consumers to choose to consume what they want and when they want to has been one of the great benefits of the digital revolution, and one of the primary drivers of innovation and competition in the digital economy,” say the consumer groups.
They say that Aereo and similar services are designed to stay well within the confines of the space the Supreme Court has marked out for consumer sovereignty. The consumer rents the equipment from Aereo, selects the content, pays to store it, chooses when to view it, and must be in the local area to do so.
They contend that Aereo and similar services honour the business model that binds the consumer to the broadcaster, and are faithful to the legal structure that governs the use of the public airwaves by broadcasters. “The consumer pays for the content in exactly the way that consumers have paid for over-the-air broadcasting for over a century, by being exposed to the advertising that pays for the production and distribution of broadcast content. Aereo does nothing to diminish the value of that advertising. In fact, by making the content more attractive to more consumers, because they can view it more conveniently, Aereo increases its value to advertisers, making broadcasting better able to compete in the video market,” they state.
They suggest that Aereo and other similar services allow consumers to exercise their right of private viewing in a flexible and cost-effective way, utilising the most up-to-date technologies to deliver it: the Internet cloud, WiFi technology, and distributed computing capacity. These technologies are perfect examples of the Sony Betmax principle in practice.
The brief warns that, were the Court to declare illegal this technological innovation that has been carefully designed to stay within the bounds of existing law and business relationships, it would have effects far beyond Aereo and it subscribers, and could rip the lid off a Pandora’s Box of copyright litigation. Every cloud computing application could be at risk, challenged because a third-party intermediary inevitably stands between the copyright holder and the consumer.
Diller: Aereo ‘finished’ if defeated in court
Barry Diller, the prime backer of Internet TV streaming service Aereo, has said the operation probably would not be able to continue in business were the US Supreme Court to judge in favour of the broadcast networks in the hearing scheduled for April 22, but suggested that if successful, it would ramp up its roll-out.
In an interview on Bloomberg Television’s Market Makers, Diller said: “If we lose, we’re finished. It’s very possible that there’s some salvage. But Aereo would probably as I say, probably, just because I can’t…I can’t see any path forward. It probably would not be able to continue in business.”
At issue in the case is Aereo’s contention that it does not need to pay broadcasters to distribute their signals, but Diller admitted that it could “probably pay retransmission consent dollars, if we could make a deal with broadcasters, we probably could, but the value proposition would go out of the game because Aereo is a low-cost method of receiving over-the-air broadcasting. That’s the platform”
In the event that the Supreme Court finds in favour of Aereo, Diller was bullish. “We compete. We go on to build our business. We expand through the rest of the United States that we’re not currently in. We invest West Coast, but we’re only in I could get a couple of cities wrong 14 to 16 cities, 17. And we would be in every urban centre, in any urban city, certainly top 30 to 40 markets.”
Amazon unveils Fire TV
Amazon has revealed its much-anticipated TV streaming device dubbed Amazon Fire TV at an event in New York.The device has WiFi built in, and Amazon claims it has three times the performance and power of sector competitors AppleTV, Roku and Chromecast. It has 2 GB of RAM, which is designed to ensure applications and video will start more quickly.
Amazon VP Peter Larson said the company wanted to “invent and simplify” as well as overcoming streaming performance issues with the device. “It’s tiny, incredibly powerful, and unbelievably simple,” he added.
Users will be able to watch from Hulu, Netflix, YouTube, ESPN. Among launch partners, with more to come.
“Tiny box, huge specs, tons of content, incredible pricepeople are going to love Fire TV,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com Founder and CEO. “Voice search that actually works means no more typing on an alphabet grid. Our exclusive new ASAP feature predicts the shows you’ll want to watch and gets them ready to stream instantly. And our open approach gives you not just Amazon Instant Video and Prime Instant Video, but also Netflix, Hulu Plus, and more. On Fire TV you can watch Alpha House and House of Cards.”
Fire TV is available immediately for $99. Eligible customers get a free 30-day trial of Netflix and Amazon Prime when they purchase Fire TV.
TVE on Asiasat 5 FREQ 4000H sr 28125 Fec 3/4 RAI on Asiasat 5 FREQ 3805 H sr 4726 Fec 2/3
Intelsat 19 services on 12557 H sr 15000 (sometimes not broadcasting) Interesting channels , but they need to fix the aspect ratios and resolution
Filmbox Art house
Intelsat 19 C Band 4167 H 7000 1080I ASP PATH Surfing from Margaret River W.A
D2 Feeds 8.55p.m NZ
12339 V sr 7200 "btq sng 4" channel 7 feed reporter
12661 V sr 7200 "sas7" reporter
12670 V sr 8500 "ten swimming" BISS encrypted
From my Email
From Zapara (W.A)
DX signal found 70.5E
Eutelsat 70B at 70.5E TP 11555 H Sr 3034 VID 2101 AUD 2102 "TPAI" italian language programing. Audio but no pics.
Asiasat 5 3712 H SR 14399 "Globecast Oz HD E" THE INSIDE LINE Motor Racing programme re: Bahrain this week-end.
Asiasat 5 4155 H SR 6111 "Service 01" AFC Cup Soccer. Selangor FC vs Hanoi
From the Dish
Intelsat 19 166E 12557 H "One America News Network, Cars TV, Comedy TV, Es TV, My Destination TV and AWE International" have started on , MPEG-4, Fta.
ABS 2 75E 11491 V TVT 1, TV Safina, TV Bakhoristan and Jahonnamo have started on , MPEG-4, Fta.
Intelsat 17 66E 3966 H "Thanthi TV" has started on , Fta .
Express AM22 53E 11106 V "Khurshid TV" has left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12522 V "Angel TV Africa has replaced IFilm English "on , Fta.
Intelsat 10 68.5E 11526 V "Al Kass One" has left .
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东经128度轨道位置的日本通信3号卫星C频段，全球财经、EF运通（台亚卫星）等全组频道消失，设置4000 V 30000参数无效接收。[04-02]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段，Now Super Sports（MPEG-4）频道新增，设置3780 V 30000参数有条件接收。[04-02]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-1号卫星Ku频段，Eurosport、Eurosport-2（俄罗斯）频道解密，设置12670 V 22000参数免费接收。[04-02]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段，Reuters Live（SatLink）频道消失，设置4000 H 28125参数无效接收。[04-02]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段，Dog TV（狗电视）频道重现，设置3880 H 28600参数有条件接收。[04-02]
东经125度轨道位置的中星6A号卫星C频段，纪实频道（高清）频道改频率，设置4033 V 9579参数免费接收。[04-02]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段，Big RTL Thrill（MPEG-4）频道改频率，设置3899 V 2240参数有条件接收。 [4月2日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段，国家地理（高清）频道新增，设置12355 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [4月2日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段，Thai 8 Music（泰国）频道新增，设置3800 H 30000参数有条件接收。[04-01]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段，PayPer View替换Knowledge Channel（环宇卫视）频道，设置12471 H 30000参数免费接收。[04-01]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段，NHK World Premium（香港有线）频道新增，设置12598 V 43000参数有条件接收。[04-01]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段，MCOT HD（高清）频道改格式，设置3920 H 30000参数有条件接收。[04-01]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段，Knowledge Channel（环宇卫视）频道解密，设置12471 H 30000参数免费接收。[04-01]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段，Rossia HD（高清）频道新增，设置10984 H 35000参数免费接收。[04-01]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段，One HD替换CH5 HDPlay-TV5（高清）频道，设置3917 V 24000参数免费接收。 [4月1日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段，国家地理（高清）频道新增，设置4000 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [4月1日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段，TVE INT、Raitalia（西班牙）频道消失，设置4009 V 9600参数无效接收。 [4月1日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-1号卫星Ku频段，TV Safina（塔吉克斯坦）等全组频道消失，设置12690 V 4650参数无效接收。 [4月1日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段，TVE INT（亚洲）频道重现，设置4000 H 28125参数免费接收。 [4月1日]
RS will show 22 live World Cup matches on free TV
RS, Thailand’s broadcaster of the 2014 World Cup, insisted yesterday it will show 22 live matches on free TV and all 64 live games will be available via its set-top box.
RS CEO Surachai Chetchotisak’s announcement came a day after the Central Administration Court ruled that the company does not have to televise live all 64 matches of the finals on free TV as required by the so-call ‘must-have’ rule set by the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC).
“We always do business for the best interest of the public with etiquette and righteousness,” said Surachai.
“We are confident that our broadcast will be exciting.”
The 22 games, which include the opening, semi-final and final matches, will be available on Channel 7 and digital TV Channel 8.
The World Cup set-top boxes will be available from next week at convenient stores and satellite dish retailers.
The tournament will be held in Brazil from June 12-July 13.
Appoints A Global Media Veteran To Board Of Directors
Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I), provider of satellite services, today announced that Robert F. Callahan, Chairman of Longueview, a media, Internet and technology advisory firm, was elected to the company’s board of directors, effective April 1, 2014. Mr. Callahan will join as an independent member of the board and serve on the company’s audit committee.
“Bob’s successful track record leading global media companies will make him a tremendous asset to our board,” said David McGlade, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Intelsat. “His unique perspective and experience related to the convergence and evolution of media and Internet delivered services will prove instrumental as we prepare for the launch of our Intelsat EpicNG satellites and position the company for long-term growth.”
Mr. Callahan, 62, brings a wealth of experience in the media, internet and technology sectors to Intelsat. Prior to joining Longueview, he served as a special advisor with General Atlantic, Inc., a leading global growth equity firm with $17 billion in assets under management, where he helped discover and build value for unique, high growth companies, such as the Alibaba Group, Zagat and Network Solutions, where he served as chairman.
He previously held the position of chairman and chief executive officer of Ziff Davis Media, where he led the digital transformation of the company. Mr. Callahan also spent 20 years at the Walt Disney Company/ABC/Capital Cities, where he held numerous positions, including president of ABC, Inc., the company’s $6 billion TV and Radio division, where he was responsible for driving the programming and growth for the business.
Mr. Callahan holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Journalism from the University of Kansas.
INSAT-3E Opts For VRS, After A Decade Of Service In Space
India's communication satellite, INSAT-3E has opted out of service about 4.5 years before it's official retirement age. The INSAT-3E served India for a period of 10.5 years since September 2003, taking care of high-speed communication, TV, V-SAT and tele-education services. Third in the INSAT-3 series satellites launched by ISRO, the satellite was built to last for a period of 15 years. The satellite stopped working on 29th March 2014 and ISRO has officially announced that it has been decommissioned from service. The existing users of the satellite have been shifted to other satellites for the time being.
INSAT-3E carried about 36 transponders with it which included 24 C-band and 12 extended C-band transponders. However out of these 36, only 25 were in service since 2009. The satellite ran out of oxidiser which is used along with the fuel to keep the satellite locked up in space; positioned over India. ISRO team had earlier estimated that the satellite would last for a few more months and eventually be replaced with GSAT-16.
ISRO is currently doing the countdown for the launch of IRNSS-1B; scheduled on April 4. It'll be the second in the series of 7 regional navigation satellites. ISRO officials informed that there are 189 operating transponders on its INSAT/GSAT fleet and about 91 leased transponders from the foreign satellites. The master control facility in Hassan is working on preparing to move the satellite to the graveyard orbit so that it stays out of the path of other satellites.
Goodbye INSAT-3E; rest in space!
Countdown for IRNSS 1-B Commences
The 58-and-a-half hour countdown for the launch of country's second satellite for Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System IRNSS 1-B today commenced and was proceeding smoothly at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota, some 100 km from here.
"The countdown for the launch of IRNSS 1B commenced at 6.44 AM and it is continuing smoothly," ISRO sources said.
The launch of the satellite is scheduled at 5.14 PM on April 4 from Sriharikota spaceport.
The April 4 launch is the second of the seven satellites planned for Indian Regional Navigational Satellite System (IRNSS), whose applications include terrestrial and marine navigation, disaster management, vehicle tracking and fleet management.
IRNSS, being developed by India is designed to provide accurate position information service to users in the country as well as the region extending up to 1,500 km from its boundary, which is its primary service area.
The system is expected to provide a position accuracy of better than 20 metre in the primary service area.
IRNSS is similar to US' Global Positioning System (GPS), Russia's Glonass and Europe's Galileo. China and Japan too have similar systems named Beidou and Japanese Quasi Zenith Satellite System respectively, ISRO officials said.
ISRO had launched IRNSS 1-A, the first in the series, on July 1 last year onboard its workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) C-22.
ISRO officials further said that two more satellites for IRNSS would be launched before the end of this year and with four satellite in their positions, the IRNSS could start functioning. The remaining three would alone increase the system's efficiency.
India to have own satellite navigation system by 2015
The navigational system, developed by India, is designed to provide accurate position information service to users within the country and up to 1,500 km from the nation's boundary line.
India is expected to have its own satellite navigation system by the first quarter of 2015 with four of its satellites in space, said an official of Indian space agency. India is expected to have its own satellite navigation system by the first quarter of 2015 with four of its satellites in space, said an official of Indian space agency.
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will be launching the second navigational satellite badged Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System-1B (IRNSS-1B) April 4 evening at 5.14 p.m.
The 1,432 kg satellite will be carried by Indian rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV).
Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC)-SHAR director M.Y.S.Prasad told IANS: "Though the IRNSS is a seven satellite system, it could be made operational with four satellites."
According to him, even if a navigation system has more than four satellites, the final precise data is picked from four satellites.
The IRNSS-1B satellite with a design life span of 10 years will be part of the seven-satellite Indian regional navigational system. The first navigational satellite IRNSS-1A was launched in July 2013.
The navigational system, developed by India, is designed to provide accurate position information service to users within the country and up to 1,500 km from the nation's boundary line.
The system is similar to the global positioning system of the US, Glonass of Russia, Galileo of Europe, China's Beidou or the Japanese Quasi Zenith Satellite System.
The system will be used for terrestrial, aerial and marine navigation, disaster management, vehicle tracking and fleet management, integration with mobile phones, mapping and geodetic data capture and others.
While the ISRO is silent on the navigation system's strategic application, it is clear that the IRNSS will be used for defence purposes as well.
According to the ISRO, the IRNSS-IB has been realised within seven months of the launch of the IRNSS-1A.
Meanwhile Indian space agency officials are getting ready for the 58 and half hour launch countdown slated to begin April 2 around 6.45 a.m.
"Normally 53 hour countdown is sufficient. But we have decided to an extended countdown so that some break time could be given for the officials," Prasad said.
Asiasat3S to Asiasat 7 swapover
Asiasat 3S 105.5E before and after (Log from www.satellitescanner.com)
(Craig's comment, off when I checked it, try again in the morning. Interesting observation, D2 12608 H "STS" mux provider site-1, IS19 12557H provider site-1...)
Asiasat 5 3712 H SR 14399 5E/S-HD2A NHK Beijing*JW Colourbars.
From the Dish
Vinasat 1 132E 3594 V "VTV1/2/3/4/6" have started on , MPEG-4, Fta.
SES 7 107.7E Trace Sport Stars has started on 2535 V, MPEG-4, Videoguard.
AsiaSat 3S 105.5E 3715 H "Xing Kong Hong Kong (Irdeto), Xing Kong International and Channel V China" have started on , Fta.
ST 2 88E 11672 H "Star Sports 2 has replaced Fox Sports News Asia" on , MPEG-4, Irdeto.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3480 H Jantana TV, Puchong TV, Surprise TV and Grace TV have started on , Fta.
From asiatvro site
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-1号卫星Ku频段，TV Safina（塔吉克斯坦）等全组频道消失，设置12690 V 4650参数无效接收。[04-01]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段，TVE INT（亚洲）频道重现，设置4000 H 28125参数免费接收。[04-01]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段，Jantana TV、Grace TV（泰国）等4个频道新增，设置3480 H 30000参数免费接收。[04-01]
东经125度轨道位置的中星6A号卫星C频段，纪实频道（高清）频道新增，设置3869 V 9579参数免费接收。[04-01]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段，TV Kino（蒙古）频道新增，设置12629 H 43200参数有条件接收。[04-01]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲3S号卫星C频段，9X Jalwa、9XO（MPEG-4）频道消失，设置4147 H 4000参数无效接收。[04-01]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AM3号卫星Ku频段，Zagorodnaya Zhizn（俄罗斯）频道解密，设置10981 V 44948参数免费接收。 [3月31日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段，Rvs News（MPEG-4）等24个频道新增，设置4184 V 22500参数免费接收。 [3月31日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段，Bec33 On Tpbs（泰国）等8个频道新增，设置3990 V 12500参数免费接收。 [3月31日]
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东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段，VTV 1 HD（高清）频道消失，设置11589 H 28800参数无效接收。 [3月31日]
Pay TV pushes for anti-siphoning changes for sport
From http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/pay-tv-pushes-for-antisiphoning-changes-for-sport-20140331 35u32.htmlhttp://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/pay-tv-pushes-for-antisiphoning-changes-for-sport-20140331-35u32.html
Pat TV group ASTRA says media deals done by the AFL point the way for other sports. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo
The pay TV industry body is taking a fresh proposal to the federal government that it hopes will help it wrest control of key sporting rights from free-to-air broadcasters.
Andrew Maiden, chief executive of the Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association (ASTRA), said the record $1.25 billion broadcast rights deal between the AFL and Seven West Media (Channel Seven), Foxtel and Telstra was a ''good model for other sporting codes.''
ASTRA's new proposal would not mean that an event now broadcast on free-to-air networks would go to pay TV, Mr Maiden said, but rather there might be "competing broadcasts" if a sporting body decides to sell to free TV and pay TV in parallel.
Australia's anti-siphoning laws ensure that key sporting events are broadcast by free-to-air networks. There are about 1300 events on the anti-siphoning list.
With premium sport consistently popular and providing a solid base from which to promote other shows or drive subscriptions, ASTRA and the free-to-air industry group Free TV Australia have long squabbled over the future of the anti-siphoning list.
ASTRA describes free-to-air networks Nine, Seven and Ten as ''privileged networks''; Free TV accuses ASTRA of seeking to make ''ordinary Australians'' pay big money for much-loved sports.
Mr Maiden said it was "'no secret that the entire television industry, whether it be free or subscription, is challenged. Free TV because advertising revenues are under pressure; subscription TV because penetration hasn't greatly increased in recent years.''
About 30 per cent of Australians subscribe to pay-TV operator Foxtel, which is a joint venture between News Corp and Telstra.
Mr Maiden said ASTRA had taken to Canberra a "proposal that we believe is the most reasonable our sector has produced in many years, which seeks to reduce the length of the list and also seeks to introduce more competition between broadcasters for what remains on the list.
''At the moment, the anti-siphoning mechanism is constructed as though the public-policy rationale is to give free-to-air networks protected access to sporting rights," he said. ''But in fact the public-policy rationale of the anti-siphoning regime is only to ensure the viewing public have access to certain sports at no cost.
"What we propose is to put more power in the hands of the sports bodies themselves so they can decide to sell subscription rights directly to subscription providers, or free-to-air rights directly to free providers.
''We believe that they're [sports bodies] best placed to determine how they balance the revenue they might get from subscription with the reach they might get with free."
Cricket Australia and the AFL have in recent years signed record broadcast rights.
Mr Maiden said the AFL deal, which expires at the end of 2016 and allows Foxtel to broadcast every game of every round, was a "good model for other sporting codes."
ASTRA represents groups such as Foxtel, BBC Worldwide Channels Australasia and Discovery Networks Asia Pacific.
The comments come as the government considers watering down Australia's media-ownership laws. Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull is looking into whether any company should be able to own more than two of a newspaper, TV station and radio licence in the same market, and whether to allow regional TV stations to be bought by their city counterparts.
Mr Maiden said pay TV would be able to compete with any merged entities that emerged from media-ownership changes.
"Pay TV is confident about the future because we believe we have great content, great marketing, and fantastic technology," he said.
Foxtel's results for the six months to December showed subscribers grew by 5.2 per cent to 2.55 million. Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation grew by 6.1 per cent to $468 million.
But Macquarie this week placed News Corp on its 'underperform' list, noting the "structural challenges" for Foxtel.
Foxtel Play launches on PlayStation 3 in Australia
Service available from today on PS3, coming soon to PS4.
Sony Computer Entertainment Australia has today announced the launch of Foxtel Play on PS3, and confirmed the service will also be coming to PS4 soon.
Foxtel Play is a streaming service that allows customers to consume Foxtel content via devices like selected LG and Samsung ‘Smart TVs’, PC/Mac, and gaming consoles like Xbox 360 (and now PS3).
“We’re thrilled to continue our drive to expand availability of Foxtel Play for Australian subscribers,” said Foxtel’s chief operating officer Rohan Lund in a statement. “With the addition of PS3, that expansion just got a massive boost for the 2 million Australians already enjoying great digital experiences on their PlayStation 3 consoles. Today that experience gets even better.”
Foxtel Play is a fantastic addition to our suite of entertainment services.
“Foxtel Play is a fantastic addition to our suite of entertainment services, one that all the family can enjoy,” added Sony Computer Entertainment Australia managing director Michael Ephraim.
The launch seems timed to coincide with the arrival of the highly-anticipated season four of Game of Thrones, which commences airing exclusively on Foxtel on April 7 (season four is not being made available on iTunes like the previous season was). That said, it naturally comes at a cost. Foxtel Play does not lock customers into a contract but does require a monthly subscription, and watching Game of Thrones requires an additional, premium set of channels added on top of that. This cost has been reduced by $15 for the three month period that would be required to see all of Game of Thrones season four, but the minimum cost will still be $115 ($35 per month).
Customers can own previous seasons of the series (in HD) for less than a third of that.
Astro's subscriber reach aids double-digit revenue growth
Astro is now available in more than half of Malaysia's TV homes, the direct-to-home pay-TV operator announced as it revealed a 12% year-on-year revenue growth to MYR4.8 billion (US$1.47 billion) on 31 March.
The Kuala Lumpar-based company's EBITDA also rose 16% to MYR1.6 billion ($490 million) for the financial year ending 31 January 2014, and ARPU grew from MYR93.2 ($28.55) to MYR96.0 ($29.4).
"During the year, we successfully grew our total customer base by 400,000 to 3.9 million, which translates to 56% Malaysian TV household penetration. We have now completed the swap-out of our pay-TV customers onto the Astro B.yond platform, and it is highly encouraging to see that our customers are increasingly taking up our product, value and service propositions," said Rohana Rozhan, chief executive officer, Astro.
For example, the satellite TV operator's app for smartphones, tablets and laptops, Astro On-The-Go (AOTG), had 847,000 downloads as of the end of January 2104, more than double the previous year's 398,000 figure.
"Our AOTG average weekly viewing time has also doubled from 35 minutes in FY13 to 72 minutes this year, as customers responded positively to greater flexibility and choice. Astro customers are able to watch up to 30 linear channels, live sports events, catch up and video-on-demand on AOTG," said Rozhan.
"It has also been pleasing to see continued strong demand for our signature content offerings; which has resulted in 15 shows exceeding the one million viewership mark this year, and which has been enhanced by an additional 12 channels, seven of which are in HD," she added.
Astro's high definition (HD) customer base now numbers 1.68 million, 532,000 subscribers have the PVR function, and 312,000 are Multiroom customers.
Its share of the country's television audience also increased to 47% in the third quarter FY14, up from 43% in FY13, the company says. Further growth is anticipated this year with the delivery of additional satellite transponder space and increased premium sports content.
"We aim to strengthen our market leading sports proposition by airing all 64 live matches of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil on five dedicated HD channels and five dedicated SD channels, as well as making it available for consumption on tablets, smartphones and computers via the Astro Go FIFA World Cup App," added Rohana Rozhan.
Astro will also air the 17th Asian Games in Incheon along with the Glasgow Commonwealth Games later this year.
Tricolor TV in running for new capacity at 75° East
Russian DTH leader Tricolor TV has reportedly applied for licences to operate transponders on Asia Broadcast Satellite’s new ABS-2 satellite at 75° East.
The Russian regulator, the Roskomnadzor, has opened applications for licences to broadcast via nine transponders and four transponders with fees to be paid to it of RUB90 million (€1.8 million) and RUB40 million respectively.
Fixed line service provider MTS and DTH provider Raduga TV are also reportedly in the running for the licences, which broadcasters must apply for in addition to negotiating for capacity with the satellite operator.
Raduga TV’s application will however not be processed unless it succeeds in obtaining a separate universal broadcasting licence from the Roskomnadzor. In February the operator, which is owned by Modern Times Group and Continental Media, managed to obtain two channel licences as a step to achieving this goal.
Raduga TV’s lack of a universal broadcasting licence led to a criminal investigation into the operator last year. Raduga maintained that it had repeatedly asked for a licence but the Roskomnadzor claimed that it had not received the necessary documentation.
Positive sign for Raduga TV
The Russian DTH platform Raduga TV can still apply for a satellite licence despite a court decision against it.
Quoted by ITAR-TASS, Vadim Ampelonsky, a spokesman for Roskomnadzor, said that this is due to the fact that Raduga TV now holds universal broadcasting licences for two channels.
These were awarded for the proprietary Raduga 24 and Otbornoy TV in February. The court decision was made by Moscow’s Ninth Court of Appeal, which upheld a decision by the Moscow Court of Arbitration recognising Roskomnadzor’s legal right to refuse Raduga TV’s application for a satellite broadcasting licence.
Raduga TV, which is 50% owned by MTG, was accused last year by Roskomnadzor of operating without a licence.
The platform has been operating since 2009 and is currently understood to be the fourth largest in Russia in terms of subscriber numbers.
In a separate development, Roskomnadzor has launched a competitor for two licences to operate the ABS-2 satellite
The fee for the first licence, which covers nine transmitters, each of which can transmit up to 20 channels, is R90 million (€1.85 million).
The fee for the second licence, which covers four transmitters, is R40 million.
Bids are invited until April 29, with the winner being announced on May 28.
Global Conflict Could Threaten Geostationary Satellites
China, Russia and the U.S. have the ability to destroy one another’s eyes in the sky
During the Cold War the U.S. and Soviet Union had a gentlemen's agreement to avoid targeting one another's geostationary satellites, which are crucial for weather forecasts, satellite TV, global communications and, of course, military intelligence and surveillance. Decades later mistrust over military intentions in space has cast fresh uncertainty over the security of the numerous geostationary satellites orbiting more than 22,000 miles above Earth's equator.
A satellite in geosynchronous orbit stays “fixed” above the same region of Earth by traveling at the same speed as the planet's rotation. From its lofty perch it can continuously observe one area or communicate with ground receivers. They are incredibly valuable for both government and commercial purposesthe satellite TV industry, which depends on geosynchronous Earth orbit (GEO) satellites, is alone worth about $95 billion annually, according to the Space Foundation. The U.S. military depends heavily on its GEO satellites for everything from early warnings about ballistic missile launches to protected communications with far-flung forces across the globe. "What the U.S. military is grappling with now is the potential for other countries to reach out and touch those satellites," says Brian Weeden, technical advisor for the Secure World Foundation in Broomfield, Colo. "And so it’s looking to how it could protect itself."
This year, the U.S. Air Force unveiled its formerly classified Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program (GSSAP), which envisions a pair of maneuverable satellites, capable of operating both above and below the zone of geosynchronous Earth orbit, to monitor spacecraft and space debris throughout the entire GEO belt. The first pair of GSSAP satellites received a priority launch slot scheduled for September 2014 after U.S. officials bumped back a test flight of NASA's Orion spacecraft, the space agency’s next-generation manned spacecraft.
The Air Force satellites will complement existing ground and low Earth orbit telescopes that currently keep track of all objects in geostationary orbit by providing a much closer view of objects in that belt, Weeden explained. That would make it easier to eyeball potential antisatellite threatsa form of "neighborhood watch" deterrence that the U.S. wants other countries to know about.
Technological threats to GEO satellites are nothing new. For instance, in the 1980s the Soviet Union developed parts of its Naryad antisatellite (ASAT) system to place "kill vehicles" in orbit that could attack GEO satellites. The military project only carried out a few known launch tests, but it eventually evolved into a Russian commercial launch system called Briz-M that represents the upper stage of rockets used for launching payloads to high orbits such as GEO. China recently pushed ASAT capabilities to new heights by launching a rocket "on a ballistic trajectory nearly to geosynchronous Earth orbit" on May 13, 2013, according to U.S. military officials.
Chinese officials said the rocket carried scientific payloads for high-altitude experiments. By contrast, U.S. analysts found strong evidence suggesting the launch represented the world's first test of a direct-ascent ASAT missile system designed to intercept GEO satellites without first going into orbit, as detailed by Weeden in The Space Review. That development, coupled with the lack of a "gentlemen's agreement" between the U.S. and Chinese militaries, has left U.S. analysts worrying about whether a future political crisis might prompt China to consider a crippling strike on U.S. military satellites. "When there are situations, as currently, where trust is low between Asian countries, between China and the U.S., and increasingly between Russia and other countries, dual-use space technology can create security dilemmas," wrote Joan Johnson-Freese, professor of national security affairs at the U.S. Naval War College in Rhode Island. (“Dual-use” is the term for technologies that fit both civilian and military purposes.)
One bad day in geosynchronous Earth orbit could quickly turn into a bad day for everyone. A direct ascent ASAT weapon destroying a GEO satellite could create a swarm of space junk that proves far more dangerous to satellites in the "narrow racetrack" of GEO than in low Earth orbit, Weeden said. In one simulation of a collision between two objects in GEO, the resulting space debris spread around half of the GEO belt within a few days. Still, China may rethink such a strike as it becomes more dependent on GEO satellites in the future. The 447 operational GEO satellites currently tracked by the Union of Concerned Scientists include 177 from the U.S., 35 from China and 22 from Russia.
Of course, China may view U.S. space activities with equal suspicion. The Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is currently developing small satellites under its Phoenix project capable of sidling up to a satellite in geosynchronous orbit and harvesting and reusing parts of it. Such capability could also serve the dual purpose of disassembling GEO satellites from other countries without creating much space debris. "If you sidle up to a Chinese satellite and pull the solar panels off, it's effectively an antisatellite weapon," says Micah Walter-Range, director of research and analysis at the Space Foundation in Colorado Springs, Colo.
No easy solutions exist for reducing potential threats to GEO satellites. But Weeden suggests the U.S. could start by talking more publicly about China's suspected ASAT test. That could generate international dialogue on how to handle the growing threats to GEO satellitesas long as the U.S. is also ready to frankly discuss its own ASAT capabilities.