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1/08/14

Asiasat 8 to Launch August 5th to be co-located at 105.5E with Asiasat 7

Optus D2 12581 H Sr 22500 Channel tag "svc_105" is playing TV Chile FTA


TAB and Trackside on Sky NZ have been transformed to TAB Trackside 1 and TAB Trackside 2

As seen on Sky Pacific's Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/SKYPac

Sky Pacific through the recent announcement has received numerous comments via the various mediums including phone calls and text messages.

For Television “CONTENT IS KING” and CONTENT MUST BE LEGALLY CLEARED FOR THE BROADCAST REGIONS THAT SKY PACIFIC COVERS. SKY PACIFIC is aware that new changes are quite dramatic but Sky Pacific is confident that the new line-up is more entertaining and the ...variety of the new channels will deliver more compelling content for viewers.

Sky Pacific has been the catalyst for Television to Pacific Island nations in allowing it’s population to view compelling content and gain information from across the planet. This has become part of their educational journey but more importantly a CHOICE TO BE ENTERTAINED, by a Pacific owned brand. Sky Pacific will increase its number of channels in the near future and will continue to bring the best available content to the Pacific.

From the Sky Pacific Team.


From my Email


From TMSANI (Perth)

Insat 2E has been replaced by GSAT 10 now currently on test mode will be fully operational early august.Can

anyone in Perth confirm if they can receive this Satellite?
3766 V 10500 DD HD CWG is going live currently.


From the Dish


From asiatvro site

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,Stadium X HD(高清)频道加密,设置4080 H 30000参数有条件接收。[08-01]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,蜻蜓一台、蜻蜓二台(韩国)频道消失,设置12411 V 11110参数无效接收。[08-01]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,Thaicom 1、Thaicom 2(测试)等频道消失,设置3880 H 30000参数无效接收。[08-01]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Now TV(宣传)频道消失,设置3760 H 26000参数无效接收。[08-01]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Kalsan TV(RRSat Global)频道重现,设置3640 H 28066参数免费接收。[08-01]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,H Plus Channel替换Cartoon Club(泰国)频道,设置3600 H 26667参数免费接收。[08-01]
东经93.5度轨道位置的印星3A号卫星C频段,DD-Lucknow替换DD Uttar Pradesh(印度)频道,设置3958 V 6250参数免费接收。 [8月1日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Russia Today(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11545 V 43200参数免费接收。 [8月1日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Stil i Moda(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11105 H 43200参数免费接收。 [8月1日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Auto 24、TTC(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置11105 H 43200参数无效接收。 [8月1日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的印星4B号卫星C频段,DD Port Blair(印度)频道消失,设置3925 H 27500参数无效接收。 [8月1日]


NEWS


From http://www.perthnow.com.au/business/breaking-news/newsat-slumps-after-talks-with-financiers/story-fnn9c0ha-1227010004169?nk=e06100a7f73208f073f3c0bc4666b5ad#

NewSat shares are lower in morning trade after the satellite operator responded to an ASX price query, blaming the selling on alleged breaches of its financing facility and negative media commentary about the company. 

At 12.31pm (AEST), NewSat was 10 per cent lower at $18.50, its lowest in almost four years, against a benchmark index fall of 1.4 per cent.

NewSat shares closed at 26c on Wednesday, then fell steeply, prompting a query from the market operator.

NewSat noted an article in Eureka Report on Wednesday that contained "negative commentary on the company, its corporate governance, capital structure and earnings expectations".

"The company disagrees with the commentary but considers that the negative sentiment in the article has led to selling in the market," NewSat said. 

The group also noted its discussions with the financiers of its Jabiru-1 satellite construction project about a waiver for "certain alleged technical or documentary breaches of the financing facilities".

NewSat said it was in the process of agreeing details for a formal waiver of the breaches, which would allow for the project to be funded out of cash reserves and for debt funding of the project to recommence.

The group said it had made all required payments to its financiers.

NewSat said although the discussions are incomplete, it expects the waiver will contain requirements for additional equity funding, the appointment of new independent directors and a new chief financial officer, and other corporate governance matters.

The firm said it did not expect its full-year earnings to differ materially from previous guidance given in June, when the company lost three directors. Singapore-based Ching Chiat Kwong has emerged as the largest shareholder.

Eureka Report is a sister site of Business Spectator.


Why Newsat Limited shares have copped a pasting today


From http://www.fool.com.au/2014/07/31/why-newsat-limited-shares-have-copped-a-pasting-today/

Satellite communications company Newsat Limited (ASX: NWT) has seen its shares slammed down 21% today – despite the company not releasing any news. At the finish, Newsat shares closed at 20.5 cents.

By comparison, the S&P / ASX All Ordinaries Index (Index: ^AORD) (ASX: XAO) managed to eke out a 0.1% gain for the day.

Newsat is looking to launch its satellite Jabiru-2 later this year, shortly followed by Jabiru-1 in 2015. It will be Australia’s first commercial Ka-band satellite, providing coverage over South East Asia, the Middle East and North Africa.

According to the company, Jabiru-1 has already secured US$644 million in pre-launch customer contracts, and US$454 million in forward sales. Newsat also operates a number of teleports, and holds eight orbital satellite slots.

But it seems not everything is going to plan. Jabiru-2 was meant to launch in May 2014, but has been delayed until September 2014. Then in early June, Newsat announced that it had secured a short-term loan from a related party of a director of the company to shore up its teleport business. The Teleport business has been struggling, largely due to the loss of a US government contract.

Then on June 30, three of the non-executive directors, Mark Fishwyck, Andrew Plympton and Brendan Fleiter all resigned. As an explanation, Newsat said, “in the current economic climate, there is an imperative to minimise overhead costs, and the reduction in Director fees and numbers will enable the company to simplify and refocus for the future.”

It seems to me that the missed launch of Jabiru-2 was probably a hugely important milestone for Newsat’s patient shareholders, and rescheduling the launch to September 2014 has upset the applecart. Not helping the matter was the decision of broker Bailleau Holst to cease coverage of Newsat.

Investors appear to have lost faith with management, and that is the most likely reason that shares in Newsat are being sold off today. We’ll continue to watch Newsat; it’s an interesting story, and could be a nicely profitable business, once it has its satellites in space.


ICPA concerned there's still not enough satellite connections


From http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-08-01/icpa-concerned-there27s-still-not-enough-satellite-connections/5642314

The Isolated Children's Parents' Association hopes an additional 9,000 interim satellite connections the Federal Government has made available will be enough to cope with demand until the Long Term Satellite Service comes online in late 2015.

The New Satellite Support Scheme will enable families living in rural and remote areas without access to the National Broadband Network connect to the internet.

New South Wales ICPA President Duncan Taylor says there is a concern there still won't be enough connections.

"Originally there were 48,000 positions on the satellite service, and it was expected that would tide us right through til when the Long Term Satellites for the NBN were up in the sky," he said.

"They were exhausted much more quickly than expected, so it'll be interesting to see if these places can tide us through."

The Isolated Children's Parents' Association says if demand for connections is too high, educational needs should be prioritised.

"Internet service is a terribly important part of education nowadays, and if parents have children that can't access the internet from home, then that can make some aspects of their education difficult," Mr Taylor said.

"If those 9,000 places look like being exhausted, then we would really like to see some priority given to educational need."


Majority of Australians support piracy crackdown


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/08/01/majority-of-australians-support-piracy-crackdown/

A majority of Australians believe individuals involved in the supply of pirated television should be prosecuted and punished, according to research conducted by market research company Auspoll.

Sixty per cent of respondents agreed that individuals who facilitate piracy should face prosecution. Only 11 per cent disagreed.

Fifty-three per cent believe government should ‘do more’ to prevent television piracy, with only 12 per cent in disagreement.

According to the Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association (ASTRA) – the body representing subscription television platforms, the operators of more than 50 independent TV channels, advertising sales agencies and equipment manufacturers – the results lend support to government proposals to shut down pirate websites and enlist Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the battle against piracy.

“By proposing tougher measures to crack down on piracy, the Government is reflecting the views of a majority of Australians who believe that piracy is theft,” said ASTRA CEO, Andrew Maiden.

“The majority of Australians will welcome measures that improve education about piracy and encourage ISPs to take reasonable steps to prevent it. Those who download pirate television content are not only breaking the law, they are undermining investment in local television production and jeopardising the jobs of Australians who work in the sector,” he declared.

Maiden said the subscription television sector would work constructively with ISPs to ensure new measures were widely supported and the cost of any scheme fairly shared between content owners and ISPs.

He added that the subscription television sector recognised that content owners could address the problem of piracy through supply-side measures. “Already the subscription television sector has taken major steps by making content available faster, cheaper and more conveniently. The industry will continue taking supply-side steps that make it easier for Australian television viewers to act lawfully. But the fact that someone may wish services were cheaper or offered on different terms is no better an excuse for piracy than for shoplifting,” he concluded.


Telecom TV fuels channel battle


From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11302222

New internet service Lightbox offers range of programmes for $15 a month as rivals scramble for top shows.

 
Mike McMahon, chief technology officer for the new online TV network Lightbox. Photo / Dean Purcell.

New Zealanders now have more television viewing options at lower prices, as internet TV services start and existing platforms react to protect their territory.

Telecom's internet television venture, Lightbox, was launched in beta (testing) mode yesterday, offering a raft of high-profile on-demand shows for $15 a month.

Due to have 5000 hours of fully operational content by the month's end, Lightbox gives "all you can eat" access to its content on up to five devices and named hit shows Arrested Development, Outlander and Mad Men among its "exclusive" offerings.

The service is tipped to challenge existing pay-television service Sky TV and provide an alternative for Kiwis who access overseas services such as Netflix and Hulu through backdoor routes.

Lightbox's managing director Kym Niblock said the service's pricing set it apart from Sky, while its content and design distinguished it from online alternatives.

"You don't pay any installation, all you need to do is download it on to your tablet. The pricing structure is really different, it's $15 for all you can eat. I am not sure how much $15 gets you on Sky.

"People can know that this is safe and it's legal and has things that aren't on Netflix."

It also promised to deliver exclusive local content - though details were yet to be announced - and movies, she said.

Sky TV, which starts at close to $50 a month for its most basic package, plus installation costs, yesterday announced it had renewed its exclusive content deal with HBO, which allows it to screen shows such as Game of Thrones and Girls on its premium SoHo channel.

Titles announced include Mad Men starring Jon Hamm, left, and Lightbox first-run exclusive Arrested Development starring Portia de Rossi.

Select HBO titles would be available on a new internet on-demand subscription service which Sky plans to launch this year.

A spokeswoman said its product and content differed from Lightbox's, and did not think customers were left wanting.

"We don't think Sky customers will substitute Sky for a SVOD [subscription video on demand] service, it's a very different product."

Sky was offering a range of special, cut-price deals for new subscribers - and planned to reward existing customers later in the year.

"Sky customers will be offered a huge selection of on-demand content through their internet connected MySky later this year ... at no extra cost. They won't need an SVOD service as well."

Lightbox has secured Outlander, a new fantasy drama starring Caitriona Balfe, left, and 24: Live Another Day starring Kiefer Sutherland.

Tech commentator Ben Gracewood said Lightbox was likely to deter people from sourcing overseas internet television products through backdoor methods.

Sky's sport offerings would remain an undeniable drawcard, he said.

Internet service provider Slingshot allows its New Zealand customers to subscribe to Amazon Prime, Hulu, Netflix US and BBC iPlayer, which cost about $10 a month.

Internet NZ work programme director Andrew Cushen said Lightbox introduced consumers to a new way of using the internet.

"It looks like a very different service. "

While Lightbox remained tight-lipped about its plans for local content, NZ On Air believed the service was not funding anything new.

"Lightbox is not commissioning new local content to our knowledge. If they were, we would welcome them as new investment sources," NZ On Air chief executive Jane Wrightson said.

TVNZ said while it was focused on its free-to-view service, it was also "keeping an open mind" about paid-content in the future.

"We have an established offering that pulls in more than 5 million views per month. It's the market leader and its free of charge," a spokeswoman said.

TV3 owner MediaWorks said the Lightbox service would not impact on its television broadcast rights.

More people watched its shows on television than online, a spokeswoman said.

"When it comes to television, on-air viewing dwarfs online viewing."

The company's video-on-demand service, 3NOW, was free and continued "to go from strength to strength", she said.


Crown new guardians of TVNZ Archives


From Press Release – New Zealand Government

Broadcasting Minister Craig Foss has welcomed the transfer of TVNZs archives to Crown guardianship today.Hon Craig Foss

Minister of Broadcasting
1 August 2014 Media Statement
Crown new guardians of TVNZ Archives

Broadcasting Minister Craig Foss has welcomed the transfer of TVNZ’s archives to Crown guardianship today.

The archives, which include over 500,000 hours of original New Zealand television, will be managed on a day-to-day basis by Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision – the rebranded New Zealand Film Archives.

An event celebrating the transfer and rebranding was held in Wellington yesterday.

“In February last year we celebrated the transfer of the Sound Archives. Today we complete the picture, bringing the TVNZ Archives into the fold,” Mr Foss says.

“Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision is a fitting name for the organisation responsible for our precious film, television and radio heritage.

“Until now public access to the TVNZ Archives has been very limited. Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision will begin to digitise the items of highest heritage value and make them available online to all New Zealanders free of charge.

“The first clips are expected to be online before the end of the year, with about 20,000 titles made available over the next three years.

“The Government has invested $24.4 million in the purchase, improvement and ongoing operation of the archive. Its transfer reflects our commitment to better public services and value for money.”


AsiaSat 8 Set for Launch from Cape Canaveral on 5 August


From Press Release

Hong Kong, 1 August 2014 – AsiaSat 8, the latest communications satellite of Asia Satellite

Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), is scheduled for launch at Hong Kong Time 1:25 p.m. (1:25 a.m. EDT or Cape Canaveral local time) on 5 August by SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launch vehicle from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, U.S.A.

AsiaSat 8 is a Space Systems/Loral 1300 series satellite, and has a design life of 15 years. With 24 Ku-band transponders and a Ka-band payload, AsiaSat 8 will co-locate with AsiaSat 7, where AsiaSat has established networks for service since 1990. The additional capacity from AsiaSat 8 will help to meet the growing market demand for quality satellite services in the Asia-Pacific region.

AsiaSat 8’s powerful Ku-band beams cover China, India, the Middle East and South East Asia, with inter-beam switching capability to provide flexibility to address market requirements and for services including DTH television, private networks and broadband services.

Live webcast of the launch at www.asiasat.com or www.spacex.com/webcast/ will begin approximately 15 minutes before liftoff, at about Hong Kong Time 1:10 p.m. (1:10 a.m. EDT or Cape Canaveral local time) on 5 August.

For the latest launch mission news and photos, please visit www.asiasat.com
# # #

About AsiaSat

Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), the leading satellite operator in Asia, serves over two-thirds of the world's population with its 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 6 and AsiaSat 8, are now at the Cape Canaveral launch base, under preparation for launch in August. 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.
Media Inquiries:
Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited
Sabrina Cubbon, Vice President, Sales and Marketing Winnie Pang, Manager, Corporate Affairs
Tel : (852) 2500 0899 Tel : (852) 2500 0880
Mobile : (852) 9097 1210 Email : wpang@asiasat.com
Email : scubbon@asiasat.com


AsiaSat 6 arrives at Cape Canaveral


From http://www.digitalproductionme.com/article-7674-asiasat-6-arrives-at-cape-canaveral/

Space Systems/Loral (SSL) has delivered the AsiaSat 6 satellite to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, where it will be launched by SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launch vehicle next month. The launch of AsiaSay 6 will follow the launch of AsiaSat 8, which is scheduled for next week.

“AsiaSat, SpaceX and SSL are teaming on two consecutive launches,” said John Celli, President of SSL. “I’d like to congratulate everyone involved in successfully executing the logistics of both AsiaSat 8 and AsiaSat 6 at launch base and to thank our customer, AsiaSat for its ongoing confidence in SSL.”

AsiaSat 6 is designed to provide broadcasting, telecommunications and broadband services across the Asia-Pacific region. When launched, AsiaSat 6 will be positioned at 120 degrees East longitude where it will help fulfill the fast growing demand for quality satellite services.

“SSL and AsiaSat designed AsiaSat 6 with the flexibility and capability to provide high quality and reliable satellite services across the Asia Pacific,” said William Wade, President and CEO of AsiaSat.

Thaicom Public Company Limited (Thaicom) is a partner of AsiaSat on AsiaSat 6 and will be using half of the satellite’s capacity to provide services under the name of Thaicom 7.

Equipped with 28 transponders, AsiaSat 6 has two beams, one global beam and one regional beam, offering region-wide coverage over Asia, Australasia, Central Asia, and the Pacific islands, with enhanced power and look angles over Pacific Rim countries.
AsiaSat 6 is based on the SSL 1300 platform and is the fourth satellite that SSL has provided to AsiaSat and the company continues to build an additional satellite, AsiaSat 9, which SSL counts among its backlog of 23 geostationary satellites.

AsiaSat’s satellite fleet provides services to the broadcast and telecoms industries. Over 450 television and radio channels are now delivered by the company's satellites, providing access to more than 710 million TV households across the Asia-Pacific region.


Measat To Distribute Aksyon TV Intl & Kapatid TV5


From http://www.mediaresearchasia.com/view.php?type=press&id=3592

MEASAT Satellite Systems Sdn. Bhd. (“MEASAT”) announced today an agreement with Pilipinas Global Network Limited ("PGN Limited") for capacity on MEASAT-3.

Under the terms of the agreement, PGN Limited will use MEASAT-3’s global beam to distribute the Aksyon TV International and Kapatid TV5 channels to over 120 countries across Asia Pacific, Australia, the Middle East and Eastern Africa.

Kapatid TV5 is a 24-hour general entertainment Tagalog language channel and prides itself in its ability to capture the pulse of the Filipino people. AksyonTV International is a 24-hour Tagalog language channel dedicated to bringing the latest in News and Philippine Sports.

“PGN Limited will leverage on MEASAT-3’s excellent coverage to expand international distribution of Kapatid TV5 and AksyonTV International,” said Claro Carmelo "Ito" Ramirez, President & CEO, PGN Limited. “MEASAT-3’s established orbital location is already accessible to many pay TV operators and we look forward to bringing our homegrown content across to more Filipinos all over Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa.”

“MEASAT is pleased to welcome PGN Limited to Asia’s premier video neighbourhood,” said Raj Malik, SVP – Sales and Marketing, MEASAT. “We wish PGN Limited much success in bringing high quality Filipino programming to audiences across Asia and Africa


KT's pay TV affiliate to fortify bond with parent companies


From http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/tech/2014/07/133_161974.html

SkyLifeTV, a pay TV affiliate of KT, said it will boost ties with its parent companies to take the lead in the local market.

"This year marks the firm's 10th anniversary. We decided to refresh ourselves by redefining channels and improving services both in quality and quantity," said Kim Young-sun, CEO of Skylife TV, during a press briefing in central Seoul, Wednesday. "We aim to become the leading multi-program provider (MPP) here."

The company started to broadcast the nation's first high-definition channel "SkyHD" when it was established in 2003. It has partnerships with global content providers such as Warner Bros, Disney, FOX, Sony, BBC and NHK.

It runs 15 channels, including ones provided by KT SkyLife and olleh TV, an Internet protocol television (IPTV) service of KT. Currently, CJ is the largest MPP business in the local market with 18 pay channels.

The CEO hinted the firm's future strategies are in a close association with KT and KT SkyLife. In April, the company changed its name into SkyLifeTV to better collaborate with its parent company KT SkyLife.

KT SkyLife CEO Lee Nam-ki and Song Jae-ho, senior vice president of KT's future convergence strategy division, participated in the event.

"We will cooperate with KT SkyLife in the broadcasting business and tap into KT's telecommunication service capability to enable customers to use our services through various routes including satellite TV, IPTV and streaming on mobile," Kim said.

Earlier in May, KT Chairman Hwang Chang-gyu pledged to foster the media and content business as new growth engines and emphasized close-knit cooperation within the company.

Kim, who had long worked as an entertainment show producer in a local terrestrial broadcaster, said SkyLifeTV will roll out more self-produced programs starting from this autumn.

That contrasts with the firm's business in the past, when the majority of its programs were imported.

"The competition will get fiercer once the broadcasting market opens to the United States due to a free trade agreement. More self-produced content will help enhancing competitiveness," added John Lee, head of the broadcasting division at SkyLifeTV.

"We wanted to be faithful to the most basic role ― providing high-quality content for customers. That's why we plan to invest more in content and reorganizing broadcasting programs," Lee said. "We will also arrange more ultra high-definition (UHD) content in the latter half of this year."

The company will change the names of its seven channels to start with "Sky," and put the genre of the channel after that starting from August.

For example, drama channel "ch. N" and sports channel "The M" will become "Sky Drama" and "Sky Sports," respectively. The purpose is to enhance viewer recognition with easier and more intuitive names, SkyLifeTV said.


NBTC readies Bt30m drive for digital TV in September


From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/NBTC-readies-Bt30m-drive-for-digital-TV-in-Septemb-30239954.html
The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission has earmarked at least Bt30 million for a national campaign to promote digital terrestrial television.
The campaign will kick off in September, according to NBTC secretary-general Takorn Tantasit.

He announced this after a meeting with representatives from the Digital TV Club, who called for nationwide public relations campaigns as soon as possible to raise awareness and understanding about digital TV, particularly after households receive coupons towards the purchase of digital receivers.

Suphab Kleekachai, the president of the club and chief adviser at ThaiTV and Loca channels, suggested that the PR campaigns should start first in locations that are already able to access the new terrestrial-based digital free-TV services, including Greater Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Songkhla and Nakhon Ratchasima.

Next month, the NBTC will give away Bt690 digital-TV coupons to each household in those locations, totalling about Bt11.5 million.

Suphab said the PR campaign would benefit both digital TV broadcasters and their audiences. The more people gain understanding about digital TV, the more coupons will be used for buying either digital set-top boxes or TV sets with built-in digital tuners. "This will boost audience ratings for digital TV stations," he said.

Adisak Limprungpatanakij, president of Nation Broadcasting Corporation, the operator of Nation TV, noted Nielsen (Thailand)'s readiness to increase its sample size to correspond with the increase in availability of digital TV. By the second quarter of next year, the sample size would become 2,200 households or approximately 7,700 individuals, up from 2,000 households or about 7,000 individuals this year.

Once there are a significant number of digital receivers in the market, broadcasters will be able to monitor their own performance in terms of audience ratings and advertising revenue. But if distribution of the vouchers is delayed, this could hurt the broadcasters' business.

However, Takorn confirmed that the distribution plan was right on track, and the NBTC expects to get the coupons printed and delivered to TV audiences as scheduled.


$248 Billion for Manufacture and Launch of 1,155 Satellites Over Next Decade


From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/248_Billion_for_Manufacture_and_Launch_of_1155_Satellites_Over_Next_Decade_999.html

In the commercial space sector, Euroconsult anticipates a total of 350 satellites to be launched over the decade, most of which will be for the replacement of capacity existing in-orbit.

According to Euroconsult's newly released research report, Satellites to be Built and Launched, 115 satellites will be launched on average yearly over the next decade (2014-2023).

In comparison with last year's forecast, the number of satellites is stable while market value is growing, thus translating the growing economic importance of the sector, for both governments and commercial satellite companies.

Governments all over the world will be responsible for more than 75% of the $248 billion in revenues expected from the manufacturing and launch of these 1,155 satellites.

Governments' dominance of the space industry continues to increase as established space countries replace and expand their in-orbit satellite systems and more countries acquire their first operational satellite systems, usually for communications and broadcasting or for Earth observation and imagery intelligence.

Nearly 90% of the government market value will remain concentrated in the 10 countries with an established space industry, but growth in the government market will derive from new satellite systems in 35 nascent space countries, creating a market of $2 billion on average per year to be provided principally by foreign suppliers as local industry capabilities develop simultaneously.

According to Rachel Villain, Principal Advisor at Euroconsult and editor of the report, "governments in established space countries continue to drive innovation for satellite systems with benefits to local industries and the foreign governments to which they export."

In the commercial space sector, Euroconsult anticipates a total of 350 satellites to be launched over the decade, most of which will be for the replacement of capacity existing in-orbit.

These satellites will be equally divided between the geostationary orbit (GEO) and lower altitude orbits (MEO and LEO); 83% of market value remains concentrated in the geostationary orbit, the destination of 300+ satellites operated by 30 commercial companies for communications and broadcasting services.

Still, the constellations to be launched in non-geostationary orbits for communications services and Earth observation imagery should represent a market of $1 billion per year on average over the decade.

Technology advances in satellite payloads and higher competition in launch services allow the continuous improvement of CAPEX efficiency of commercial GEO satellites for communications and broadcasting services.

Electric propulsion will definitively be part of the economic equation, even if only five all-electric commercial satellites are now under construction.


Airtel Digital TV clocks up 9.4MN DTH subscribers


From http://www.rapidtvnews.com/2014073134710/airtel-digital-tv-clocks-up-9-4mn-dth-subscribers.html#axzz393Y0c9jO
Indian direct-to-home (DTH) platform Airtel Digital TV now has 9.4 million customers, an increase of 11.1% compared to the corresponding first quarter of 2013.

Revenues from Bharti Airtel's digital TV services increased by 20.7% to IRN5.9 billion (US$97.9 million) in the first quarter to 30 June 2014, compared to INR4.9 billion ($81 million) in the first quarter last year. EBITDA for the quarter rose to INR1.44 million ($23.8 million) from INR760 million ($12.58 million) in the corresponding quarter last year. EBIDTA margin improved to 24.3% in the current quarter, having recorded a margin of 15.5% in the same period last year.

Capital expenditure reached INR2.627 billion ($43.5 million), due to 'higher procurement of boxes for higher gross adds' according to the company. While cash burn dropped during the quarter to INR1.19 billion ($1.97 million) from INR1.479 billion ($24.5 million) in the first quarter of 2013.

Bharti Airtel pointed to the launch of the iOS version of it Pocket TV mobile app as a key driver in the first quarter. The app enables Airtel Digital TV subscribers to view video content on their smartphones, tablets and laptops.

In addition, the launch of its first English subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) channel Disney Family Movies was also a key development, the company said.


Film producers to launch TV channel


From http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Kochi/film-producers-to-launch-tv-channel/article6266913.ece?homepage=true

Soon a round-the-clock movie channel managed by the Kerala Film Producers Association will enter the television air space.

Soon a round-the-clock movie channel managed by the Kerala Film Producers Association will enter the television air space. A meeting of the producers held here on Wednesday decided to launch the channel within three months.

The decision came after entertainment television channels refused to buy satellite rights of movies citing poor quality and high rates for the rights, especially those with superstars in lead roles. Many producers were left in the lurch by the stance.

“We have 130 films in our kitty to start the 24X7 channel. The satellite rights of most of these movies could not be sold owing to the stance taken by the entertainment channels. We will not be at these channels’ mercy now as all the new movies could be telecast through our channel,” said M. Renjith, secretary of Film Producers Association.

G. Sureshkumar, president of the organisation, said many investors had already evinced interest in the proposed channel.

A committee had been formed to work out the modalities of the round-the-clock movie channel. Besides the association representatives, it would have producer-director Vinayan and producer-distributor Siyad Kokker as its members.

Maximum returns

Mr. Vinayan said that the channel would end the supremacy enjoyed by entertainment television channels in Malayalam. He said the producers would get the maximum returns from the sale of satellite rights with the launch of the new channel.




31/07/14

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From my Email


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From the Dish


ABS 2 75.0°E 11037 H "National Geographic Channel Russia and Nat Geo Wild Russia" are Fta.
ABS 2 75.0°E 11045 H."Fox Life Russia and Fox Russia" have left
ABS 2 75.0°E 11105 H NTV, 24 Dok, 24 Techno, Nastoyashee Strashnoe TV, Mat i Ditya, Fashion TV Russia, TV 3, Pyatnitsa!, Telekanal 2x2, RBK TV, Multimania, Comedy TV, Shopping Live, Cartoon Network Russia & South East Europe, Animal Planet Russia, Discovery Channel Russia,
Eurosport International and Eurosport 2 North-East have started on , Fta.
ABS 2 75.0°E 11473 V, Kanal Disney, U, TV XXI, Comedy TV, RT Doc, Vmeste RF, 1HD, Mir and Zhivi! have started Fta.
ABS 2 75.0°E 11545 V Detskiy, Russkij Illusion, Illusion +, Zoo Park, Evrokino, Avto 24, Russkij Extreme and TV 3 have started on , Fta. Kanal Disney is now in Fta. Sport 1, Moya Planeta, Nauka 2.0, Sarafan, Russkiy Roman and Strana have left.

Intelsat 20 68.5°E 12722 H "Bethesda TV" has started on , Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Raajje TV(马尔代夫)频道新增,设置4063 H 1600参数免费接收。[07-31]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Raajje TV(马尔代夫)频道消失,设置3683 H 1440参数无效接收。[07-31]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Comedy(斐济)频道消失,设置3920 V 28800参数无效接收。[07-31]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Hungama TV(MPEG-4)频道解密,设置3714 V 3000参数免费接收。[07-31]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Line Thailand(测试)频道新增,设置11481 H 45000参数免费接收。[07-31]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,GTH(泰国)频道新增,设置3760 H 30000参数有条件接收。[07-31]

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,TCC(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置11545 V 43200参数无效接收。 [7月30日]


Stream Links


Some Korean Channels. You can open these in VLC player. Or add them to most modern satellite receivers that support streaming functions such as the Ultraplus / Xcruiser brand. Apsattv does not supply any of these streams or guarantee the quality and reliability of any of them. They are all found via google and assumed to be from legitimate legal sources.

J Golf
rtmp://ar8ip.dyndns.tv:1935/ch/ch1.stream

MBC
rtmp://ar8ip.dyndns.tv:1935/ch/ch2.stream

KBS1
rtmp://ar8ip.dyndns.tv:1935/ch/ch3.stream

SBS
rtmp://ar8ip.dyndns.tv:1935/ch/ch4.stream

channel down?
rtmp://ar8ip.dyndns.tv:1935/ch/ch5.stream

SBS Plus
rtmp://ar8ip.dyndns.tv:1935/ch/ch6.stream

unknown Korean 1
rtmp://ar8ip.dyndns.tv:1935/ch/ch7.stream

CGV Korean ?
rtmp://ar8ip.dyndns.tv:1935/ch/ch8.stream



NEWS


Australia: No evidence of cord-cutting


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/07/31/australians-no-cord-cutting/

Using the Internet has almost eclipsed watching TV as Australian’s preferred source of entertainment and reading the news online has overtaken reading it in print, according to more than 2300 Australians surveyed for Deloitte’s annual media consumer survey.

The key findings of this third annual survey into how Australians across four generations and five age groups prefer to consume media show that many of the long anticipated digital tipping points are either here, or will be here this year.

The survey results confirm that more than half (53 per cent) of Australians are digital omnivores (up from 28 per cent last year). This ‘dosing up on devices’ has largely been driven by increased tablet ownership with 63 per cent of respondents now owning tablets as well as laptops (87 per cent) and smartphones (81 per cent).

Australians are habitual multi-taskers, 79 per cent do so while watching TV (up 8 per cent from last year). Australians also love our apps, especially the social network and weather ones.

Australians are demanding and want faster Internet speeds and are willing to pay for it. Some Australians, almost 10 per cent, are prepared to pay a lot more – over $20 more a month.

When it comes to social though, that’s where the growth is. Australians check their social networks a lot – up 170 per cent since last year – with some doing it more than 20 times a day.

And advertising on social media is increasingly influential – a third of Australians (33 per cent) find it influential when it comes to buying decisions.

Deloitte Media Partner and co-author of the report Niki Alcorn said: “In this year’s survey, digital has come of age. “Our findings on what we use, where we use it and how, all show that Australians are increasingly sophisticated and savvy when it comes to digital. Even the matures and boomers, who are our fastest growing group of tablet  users at 42 per cent and 21 per cent compound annual growth respectively, are multitasking while watching TV. They mostly read emails or surf the web.”

“It is the speed at which we are changing to digital that is most impressive,” said Alcorn. “Our shift to social is up 170 per cent, and our shift in entertainment preferences to the internet from TV has grown 10 per cent year on year for the past three to its current 63 per cent preference versus 64 per cent for TV.
“In Australia for instance there is a greater proportion of ‘digital omnivores’ than in the US (37 per cent) or Japan (17 per cent). And at 53 per cent we are just behind Norway’s 57 per cent, although we lag China (63 per cent).”

“As well as speed, we think the way we consume media is also about convenience,” said Alcorn.  “For instance when it comes to TV and video content, we rent movie and TV shows using whichever method is most convenient at the time, with a preference for digital emerging. Over the next couple of years almost a quarter of survey respondents say they will subscribe to an online streaming service, with 21 per cent intending to rent a digital copy.”

“And convenience is also key when it comes to watching our favourite TV shows. While live TV on a home system is still the most common way to view (65 per cent),  almost a quarter of us will watch the show later on a DVR through the home TV system, or use catch-up services, including a free online video services and a show’s internet site (18 per cent).”

Deloitte Media leader Clare Harding said: “Given we spend more than a day a week watching TV and video content, (just under four hours daily), convenience also describes our appetites for bingeing. We binge on our favourite hit shows, and like to take control and want choice when it comes to TV viewing.”

“Seventy two per cent of our survey participants binge on three or more consecutive episodes of their favourite TV series, with 30 per cent of Xers and Millennials bingeing once a month, and 41 per cent of the younger age groups doing so once a week.”

“Bingeing also shows that it’s all about ‘me’. I want to do what I want, when I want it, on my terms – not as a determined by the schedule.”

“It also demonstrates that audiences are deeply engaged with ‘cult’ series – think Game of Thrones or Breaking Bad. Bingeing is almost the opposite of scheduled episodic content that brings audiences and advertising dollars back on a regular basis. Broadcasters need to consider how to build delivery platforms and revenue models that support both preferences, as well as producing or acquiring these highly attractive, binge-worthy programmes.”

Harding said that when it comes to advertising it is becoming easier than ever to understand consumers’ interests and needs through insights drawn from the information trails we leave all over the Internet. “Our survey shows that 44 per cent of participants would be willing to see more online ads if they provide access to free content that they find valuable.”

She said: “Ads delivered during or after an online video for instance appear to be becoming more influential, with 33 per cent of surveyed respondents ranking these online ads in the top three online influences on their buying decisions.”
“However although online advertising is picking up and the influence of print advertising beginning to subside, more than half of our survey respondents still pay more attention to print advertising in newspapers and magazines than they currently do to online ads. And of this mass advertising, television is still the most influential in terms of buying behaviour, with a product’s website seen as more influential than either newspaper or magazine advertising.”

Stuart Johnston, the Technology, Media and Telecommunications lead partner at Deloitte said: “The insights around digital, convenience and influence in this year’s media consumer survey, and the preferences, attitudes and behaviours they call out are important for telecommunications, media and technology businesses. But not exclusively so.

“The challenges of anticipating and responding to digital consumers’ changing behaviours when it comes to connecting with customers across platforms and devices, can inform many industries.”

“The insights reveal what Australians are prepared to pay for, and what they will not, how we like to be entertained, on what devices and technologies, and who and what we respond to. These attitudes will be useful across a broad sweep of industries – both private and public.”

“In what has fast become the digital age, understanding its shifts, tipping points and influences – especially our peripatetic social networks – as well as how advertising fits into the picture, will help businesses design better and more robust ways to work with their clients and customers, as well as their employees.’

More media consumer facts
•    The digital tipping point has occurred for news – 35 per cent of survey respondents either always prefer to their newspaper content in a digital format with a further 35 per cent restricting their print newspaper reading to the weekend.
•    Traditional news formats continue to decline with 32 per cent of Australian survey respondents indicating that keeping up with breaking news was one of their top three reasons for using social media.
•    92 per cent of Australians surveyed responded that they would not pay for news online, as they believe there is enough information available for free.
•    Only 29 per cent of respondents are satisfied with their internet speed.
•    There is no evidence of an increase in ‘cord cutting’. Cancellations of paid services remain at just 4 per cent over the last two years.
•    Rather than reducing our pay TV subscriptions, the evidence suggests we are doubling up on them.
•    Consumers are regularly watching nine pay TV channels on average. Of those respondents that have pay TV, 39 per cent subscribe to a premium package on top of their basic package, to get the content they really want.
•    While laptops are the most owned device, Smartphones are the most valued
•    In Australia, and across the world, we primarily use our tablets to browse the Internet (57 per cent), followed by social networking (29 per cent) and watching TV shows (24 per cent). China is the exception where tablets are primarily used to watch movies and TV shows.
•    In the coming year the tablet market is likely to comprise an increasingly diverse range of devices across size, weight, processor speed, memory capacity and price. Size matters in Australia, with twice as many Australians owning 9+ inch models, than the more recently introduced 7-9 inch models.
•    We’re still watching the box – with the average Australian household owning 2.3 TVs including a flat panel TV owned by 85 per cent of surveyed Australian households.
•    Australia’s active use of connected TVs lags China (83 per cent of those surveyed), the US (58 per cent) and Italy (51 per cent). This could be due to the relatively limited content offered locally, however as streaming services become more readily available this is likely to change.


Telecom unveils Lightbox line-up


From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11301984

Telecom - soon to become Spark - has revealed more shows that will be available on its new Lightbox subscription video on demand service launching toward the end of August.

Also announced today was the appointment of experienced digital media leader Kym Niblock as the Managing Director of Lightbox.

Titles include several shows that have already played on Sky TV and the free to air channels including Masters of Sex, Orange is the New Black, Breaking Bad, House of Cards, Homeland,The Blacklist, Sons of Anarchy, Alpha House, Modern Family, Betas, Louie, Downton Abbey, and Arrested Development.

Titles announced include Mad Men starring Jon Hamm, left, and Lightbox first-run exclusive Arrested Development starring Portia de Rossi.

It also includes shows on Netflix, the big US video on demand service tipped to launch here next year - Orange is the New Black, and the political drama House of Cards, which has already played on TV3.

First-run exclusive shows include Outlander, Alpha House, Betas and Arrested Development, alongside previously announced titles 24: Live Another Day, Vikings and Mad Men.

The company is focused on TV series initially but will later include movies.

Lightbox has secured Outlander, a new fantasy drama starring Caitriona Balfe, left, and 24: Live Another Day starring Kiefer Sutherland.

Lightbox confirmed that deals have been signed with local producers.

Sci-fi fans will be pleased with the inclusion of Orphan Black and Doctor Who, and children will enjoy essential kids' viewing such as Dora the Explorer and The Wiggles, as well as new animated parent-charmer Sarah & Duck.

The service can be used across multiple devices, including laptop, desktop, iPad and Airplay on Apple TV. Up to five devices can be registered to each Lightbox account and two shows can be played at once so you can watch the latest drama series in the living room while your kids sing along to their cartoon favourites in their bedroom.

A parental control function enables parents to filter out content playback according to rating.

Internet service provider Slingshot is providing a service where New Zealanders can subscribe through a back door route, though Telecom and other SVOD services including Sky and Telecom are pressing Hollywood studios to clamp down on the arrangement, which undermines the value of the what they pay for New Zealand rights.

Sky TV is planning a similar video on demand service to launch around the same time and the launch of the service will mark the first time there will be direct face to face competition between local pay TV services.

Exclusive Lightbox first-run titles announced so far include:

• Outlander
• Alpha House
• Betas
• Arrested Development
• 24: Live Another Day
• Vikings
• Mad Men


Lightbox appoints managing director


From http://www.voxy.co.nz/business/lightbox-appoints-managing-director/5/197950

New online TV service Lightbox has announced the appointment of experienced digital media leader Kym Niblock as its managing director.

Kym brings a wealth of experience in senior roles with global media businesses, including Foxtel, BBC Worldwide, BSkyB and Nickelodeon.

Rod Snodgrass, chief executive of Telecom Digital Ventures, says, "Now that Lightbox is on the launch pad, we wanted someone with a track record of taking fantastic content products to market and building these into large-scale businesses that deliver awesome experiences that customers love.

"Kym more than fits this bill - she has led many major, disruptive projects and, more importantly, has built a number of successful businesses in the digital and new media space. We see this appointment as a clear sign of our intent to grow Lightbox into a formidable player in online entertainment."

Kym says, "I’m excited to introduce a brand new way to watch TV to New Zealanders and to have the opportunity to make Lightbox one of the most recognised and loved entertainment brands in the country. I’m passionate about exciting and inspiring our customers with fantastic, world class TV shows.

"The reality is that the way in which New Zealanders and the rest of the world watch TV is rapidly evolving. I’m confident Lightbox will accelerate that trend and will provide a world class viewing experience, combined with a rapidly growing list of outstanding TV shows, that will appeal to all New Zealanders."

Simon Hoegsbro, Lightbox’s launch director, welcomes Kym’s arrival, saying the timing is perfect for Kym to join the team. "She will lead the service to the next stage to build a brand that resonates and connects with New Zealanders, as we further develop the offering."

Lightbox also announces today that it is currently in its invitation-only beta launch phase and has confirmed 20 further shows in its content line-up, including Orange Is The New Black, Masters of Sex, Breaking Bad, House of Cards, The Blacklist, Alpha House and Outlander.


New channels for Fiji TV platform


From http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=275896

FIJI Television Limited announced changes to its pay-television channel lineup in Suva yesterday, which will come into effect on August 3.

The company said 11 news channels would be added to Sky Pacific and aimed to provide compelling content to ensure subscribers continued to enjoy a variety of entertainment options.

Fiji TV CEO Tevita Gonelevu said this had brought the total number of channels on Sky Pacific to 24.

"This followed an extensive review process, taking onboard customers' feedback and plan for expansion to the Pacific.

"Management negotiated with Global Content & Channel suppliers resulting in 11 new channels for the Sky Pacific television platform."

With more than 30,000 Sky Pacific subscribers, he said the company aimed to reach 50 channels. However, this would only be possible if they reached 40,000 subscribers.

He said nine of the old channels had been replaced, while there were two new channels available to subscribers at no extra cost to their monthly subscriptions.

The 11 new channels are Bio, History, Toonami, Comedy Central, EMTV, SET India (SONY), Lifetime, Zee Premier, Warner TV, Crime investigation and France 24.

The replaced channels were Fox Crime, National Geographic Wild, Discovery Home and Health, Star Plus, Star World, Fox Premiun, Discovery, BBC and Cartoon Network.


Sky Pacific Subscribers Must have Say’


From http://thejetnewspaper.com/2014/07/31/sky-pacific-subscribers-must-have-say/

The Consumer Council of Fiji is calling on Fiji Television Limited to reverse its decision to change its Sky Pacific channel line-up announced yesterday.

Since the announcement of the change in the channel line-up last night, many dismayed Sky Pacific subscribers have expressed grave concerns with the Council over what they describe as “an overnight monopolistic decision” of Fiji Television Limited to impose changes to the channels.

The Council is demanding answers from Fiji TVas to how its subscribers were consulted.

The Council  has taken note of Fiji Television Limited chief executive, Tevita Gonelevu’s explanation that the “decision was made following an extensive review process taking on board customer feedback” -  But, we would like to know  – how extensive was this review process and when was this consultation conducted?

We are interested to know the number of subscribers who had given their feedback against the total number of subscribers of the Sky Pacific Channel.Can Sky Pacific provide these feedbacks for transparency purposes? Do these feedbacks justify the rationale behind the channel line-up?

Did consumers really request for channels like Toonami, France 24(offered free of charge by FBC), Bio and History in place for Cartoon Network, Nat Geo Wild, and BBC? This is hard to believe particularly when consumers have been calling the Council and resorting to social media to vent their anger.

Amazingly, the Council was not consulted prior to this major change and yet Sky Pacific has the audacity to say that decision was made following an extensive review process taking on board customer feedback.

Consumers must get value for their money and giving them 24 channels in place of 16 does not mean they are adding value to the package –  ‘more does not always mean merrier’! At least not in this case, where popular channels are being taken away to give 24 channels with the view that “for the same price consumers are getting more”.

For instance, one new channel, France 24 (an international news and current affairs television channel) which will be added  on the Sky Pacific’s channel line-up  is shown free of charge on Fiji Broadcasting Corporation’s TV channel at 1.30 pm from Monday to Friday. So how is this channel beneficial to the consumers who would be paying for it when it can be viewed freely on another television platform? Does giving more channels to the consumers mean that Sky Pacific can start charging for channels which the consumers can otherwise watch for free?

What will Sky Pacific do for those unsatisfied consumers who  have been following programmes on these nine outgoing channels: Nat Geo Wild,  BBC, Discovery Homes and Health, Star Plus, Star World, Fox Premium, Discovery, Cartoon Network and Fox Crime – these channels have a stronghold when it comes to entertainment, world news/current affairs and education.

Is this the reason why Sky Pacific reduced the subscription charges to lure more customers recently? It is apparent that Sky Pacific first reduced the subscription charges and then opted for channel line-up. This is nothing but mere marketing tactic that has been used by the monopoly.

Why replace Star Plus with two Zee channels? Where is the logic and how are you entertaining the subscribers by taking away their favourite programs watched on Star Plus?

Consumers deserve to be heard and the onus now lies on Fiji Television Limited to do the right thing if they truly believe that consumers are king!


(Craig's comment, it looks as though they are cutting costs. Those replacement channels would have a very low "per subscriber fee" compared to the big name channels)


Thailand HD demand to outstrip satellite size


From http://www.bangkokpost.com/business/news/423293/hd-demand-to-outstrip-satellite-size

Shortage of capacity next year is likely

Thailand is bracing for a shortage of capacity on satellite transponders used for digital television, as broadcasters are rapidly expanding digital channels. 

Visitors explore space technology at the NASA-A Human Adventure in Chiba, Japan. The exhibition will be organised in Thailand by Thaicom for the first time in December at the Bangkok Convention Center, 5th floor, CentralPlaza Lardprao.

The local satellite capacity could face a shortage next year, thanks to a surge in demand for high-definition (HD) channels, said Suphajee Suthumpun, chief executive of Thaicom Plc, the country's sole satellite service provider.

"This is the second time this has happened; the first was during the telecoms boom before the financial crisis in 1997," she said.

As of June, there are 677 satellite TV channels in Thailand, with 146 HD channels, up from 74 HD channels out of 640 satellite channels in 2013.

"The number of HD TV channels will increase exponentially as we expect to see healthy growth in this market, thanks to its growing popularity because of its crystal-clear pictures and sounds," she said.

To deal with the overwhelming demand, Mrs Suphajee said Thaicom is accelerating plans to launch its eighth satellite, Thaicom 8, by early 2016. The 24-transponder broadcast satellite will cost about US$170 million and be positioned in the orbital slot 78.5 degrees.

But Thaicom 8 launch could face a long delay as the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission took six months to approve Thaicom's proposal for the new satellite before it could apply for a new operating licence.

Thaicom is also preparing to launch its Thaicom 7 satellite this September in the orbital slot 120 degrees east. The $170-million telecoms satellite is designed to serve the content delivery network market.

"We could sell half the bandwidth of Thaicom 7 in Asia," said Mrs Suphajee.

Thaicom has three satellites in services. Thaicom 4, or iPstar, is now at 54% bandwidth usage, while Thaicom 5 and 6 satellites serving Thailand are at full capacity.

Mrs Suphajee said the company is in talks with several satellite operators to rent an interim satellite and ease the congestion on Thaicom's transponders.

She said the boom in demand for both digital TV and HD video broadcasting are driving satellite service growth. Demand for bandwidth-intensive HD video has increased the need for satellite capacity, forcing operators to expand or maximise the utilisation of their in-orbit fleets to provide services worldwide.

"The local broadcasting market is poised to grow exponentially over the next few years," said Mrs Suphajee.

Ekachai Phakdurong, vice-president for corporate affairs of Thaicom, said there is demand in Thailand for at least 10 more transponders, coming from Asia, South Asia and South Africa. Ten transponders can serve up to 80 HD channels, he said.

Once the company launches Thaicom 7, it expects to reconfigure some traffic from the congested Thaicom 5 and 6 satellites to the new satellite.

Mr Ekachai admitted the limited supply of transponders has caused poor signal quality for some digital TV channels in Thailand. In addition, some operators have to wait to shift to HD broadcasting until transponders are available.

Mrs Suphajee said Thaicom expects its consolidated revenue to grow by 18% this year, boosted by the local broadcasting sector and an effective cost reduction programme.

"We are likely to record a profit this year, our third consecutive year after racking up losses the previous seven years," she said. Mrs Suphajee attributed the company's turnaround to its cross-partnership marketing strategy.

Thaicom has 3 billion baht in cash flow.

Mrs Suphajee said the recent merger of GMM Grammy and CTH created a clearer picture of the broadcasting industry. "I believe there will be more digital and pay TV mergers to reduce production costs, particularly for content, and lower competition."

THCOM shares closed unchanged yesterday on the Stock Exchange of Thailand at 34.75 baht in trade worth 170 million baht.


Thaicom seeks interim satellite to meet broadcasters' demand


From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/Thaicom-seeks-interim-satellite-to-meet-broadcaste-30239865.html

Thaicom plans to seek an interim satellite to serve rising demand for broadcasting service in Thailand ahead of the launch of Thaicom 8, chief executive officer Suphajee Suthumpun said.

"We're looking for a satellite to provide broadcasting service only for a year and a half before launching Thaicom 8," she said.

Thaicom 8, worth US$178.5 million (Bt5.69 billion), is scheduled for launch in the first half of 2016. However, the company has witnessed surging demand for satellite broadcasting service in the domestic market, while its existing Thaicom 5 and 6 satellites are running at almost full capacity.

The high demand is coming from operators of high-definition TV channels. Currently Thaicom 5 and 6 serve 677 channels. Of that number, 116 are HD, up from 74 last year.

Thaicom 8 will occupy the 78.5-degrees-east orbital slot, the same location as Thaicom 5 and 6. Thaicom 8 will have 24 Ku-band transponders, covering Thailand, South Asia and Africa. It will serve customers' needs for increased Ku-band capacity and also strengthen the Hot Bird platform at 78.5 degrees east. Orbital Sciences Corporation will be the manufacturer of the satellite and Space Exploration Technologies Corp (SpaceX) will launch it.

Thaicom will ask for a permit from the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission to use an interim satellite. The NBTC has already awarded a licence to Thaicom to operate both the upcoming Thaicom 7 and 8 satellites and other future satellites. The company is scheduled to launch Thaicom 7 next month to 120 degrees east longitude.

Meanwhile, the NBTC plans to propose to the upcoming National Legislative Assembly that it amend the regulations that divide the roles of the NBTC and the Information and Communications Technology Ministry in overseeing the satellite sector. Currently the ICT Ministry is the one granting the satellite operator the right to use a particular orbital slot, while the NBTC grants the licence to operate the satellite.

Takorn Tantasith, secretary-general of the NBTC, said the satellite sector should be under the charge of a single entity, either the NBTC or the ministry. The NBTC will appoint a joint subcommittee of the ministry and the commission to work on this issue and submit the resolution to the legislative assembly. In a related matter, Suphajee said Thaicom planned to issue between Bt3-4 billion worth of bonds to boost its financial liquidity for future satellite launches.

Meanwhile, she denied rumours that cable TV operator CTH plans to buy Thaicom businesses in Laos and Cambodia.

She said CTH was only in talks with Thaicom's subsidiary Cambodian DTV Network (CDN) on the possibility of jointly broadcasting English Premier League matches in Cambodia.

CTH currently holds the right to broadcast EPL soccer matches in Thailand, Laos and Cambodia.

CDN is a satellite operator that provides Ku-band transponder service for direct-to-home platforms covering the whole Indochina region.

In a separate matter, Thaicom, BEC-Tero Entertainment and Central Pattana have agreed to hold a joint exhibition, "Nasa - A Human Adventure", for the first time in Thailand from December 1 to February 1. Currently, the exhibition is being held in Chiba, Japan.

The exhibition allows visitors to experience the history of space exploration, an undertaking that requires a tremendous amount of work and research. It is produced by John Nurminen Events in cooperation with the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center, and the US Space and Rocket Center.

About 350 space-exploration-related objects are featured, including a real g-force simulator and a circular screen with 360-degree views containing information about the sun and the planets in the solar system.


Global satellite operator settles into revamped office in Plainsboro


From http://www.nj.com/mercer/index.ssf/2014/07/global_satellite_operator_settles_into_revamped_office_in_plainsboro.html

PLAINSBORO — SES, a global satellite operator, has redesigned a portion of its commercial sales and satellite engineering office and yesterday unveiled a new satellite operations center in the Plainsboro building, where the company will control 23 of its 55 satellites.

“This was designed as an office building and we had to convert it into a full, operational building,” Martin Halliwell, SES chief technology officer, said. “So things like backup power, generators, computer systems, backup computer systems and all the connectivity that we need to connect this room to all of the various different sites that we have on a worldwide basis — it was a lot of work.”

Twelve satellite controllers were moved from both the company’s Vernon, N.J., and Woodbine, Md., locations to work at the new satellite operations center.

The satellites, which are controlled on a 24-hour basis, deliver many services, including high-quality broadcast television channels and high-speed broadband services, to millions of people on land, at sea and in the air.

The project cost about $15 million, Halliwell said.

“We’re flying 23 satellites from here (and) each satellite costs in the neighborhood of $200 million. And then if you look at the contracts that these satellites are providing services for, you’re talking about $1 billion this room is supporting,” senior manager of spacecraft operations Michael Harrison said.

SES is based in Luxembourg, but the Plainsboro office is a prominent sales, engineering and service location.

By having the new satellite operations center located in the Plainsboro facility, satellite engineers and customer account teams will be able to better collaborate with satellite controllers, Halliwell said.

“The thought was, ‘Let’s bring everyone together — the engineering and operations — all on the same floor,’ so if I need a thermal engineer, I know he or she is down the hall,” Harrison said. “The philosophy we have today is different from the one we had 10, 20 years ago. Back then, we were segmented ... so whenever we did anything, there was a disconnect. It just wasn’t a very cohesive and efficient operation.”

Making the transition, though, certainly wasn’t easy, Halliwell said.

“The analogy is driving down the freeway while you change your wheel,” he said. “So it’s tricky, but it can be done.”

Harrison said the transition was made “without missing a beat.”

Although making the move to Plainsboro was difficult, both Halliwell and Harrison said having the satellite operations center at SES’s commercial sales and satellite engineering office will greatly benefit the company.

“It’s much easier to work on a problem or an issue sitting next to an operator or an engineer as opposed to doing it on the telephone,” Harrison said.


New govt issues licences to three new channels


From http://www.indiantelevision.com/regulators/i-and-b-ministry/new-govt-issues-licences-to-three-new-channels-140730

NEW DELHI: With the Government expediting the process of clearing permissions for new television channels after a lapse of almost three months in view of the Model Code relating to the General Elections, three new television channels have received permissions as on 28 July taking the total to 798.
 
However, there has been some change in the tally of the channels. The total number of news channels has gone up from 393 to 397 while the number of non-news and current affairs channels (general entertainment channels) has come down from 402 to 401.
 
To speed up the clearance process, the Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Ministry now holds the open house meetings with stakeholders twice every month instead of once.
 
At present, the number of TV channels permitted for uplink from and downlink to India is 671 (of which 375 are news channels); while channels permitted for uplink from India but not permitted to downlink in India are 34 (of which 28 are GECs).
 
93 channels including 77 GECs have been permitted to only downlink into India as they are uplinked from abroad.
 
The three new channels permitted in June and July are the non-news Peace of Mind owned by God Media, the Punjabi news channel ABP Sanjha by Media Content and Communication Services, Patrika TV Rajasthan owned by Rajasthan Patrika which will beam news in Hindi, English and all other languages.
 
A large number of new applications are pending including those of Star India for its second Tamil channel and Epic TV. Sources say that nearly hundred applications are pending clearance at various stages either with the I&B Ministry, Home Ministry or the Department of Telecom.
 
The first four months of 2014 saw licences being given to nine channels including AXN HD and SET HD.




30/07/14

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From my Email


From Chris Kenny

Feed Wednesday
Optus D1 12662 V 3748 David Jones Fashion show


From the Dish


ABS 2 75.0°E 11665 V "Moya Planeta, Nauka 2.0, Russkiy Roman, Russkiy Bestseller, Sarafan, Strana, Kino TV, Istoriya Telekanal, Sport, Boytsovskiy Klub, Sport 1, Russkiy Detektiv and Mult +2" are now Fta
ABS 2 75.0°E 12521 V "ETV 1000 Action +21" has left .
ABS 2 75.0°E 12548 V "Kanal Disney, U, TV XXI, Comedy TV, RT Doc, Vmeste RF, 1HD, Mir and Zhivi!" have left
ABS 2 75.0°E 12595 V "NTV, 24 Dok, 24 Techno, Nastoyashee Strashnoe TV, Mat i Ditya, Fashion TV Russia, TV 3, Pyatnitsa!, Telekanal 2x2, RBK TV, Multimania, Avto 24, Comedy TV, Shopping Live, Cartoon Network Russia & South East Europe, Animal Planet Russia, Discovery Channel Russia, Eurosport International and Eurosport 2 North-East" have left
ABS 2 75.0°E 12655 V "Russkij Illusion, Detskiy, Illusion +, Zoo Park, Russkij Extreme, Evrokino, Avto 24", TTS and TV 3 have left .
ABS 2 75.0°E 12715 V Retro, Draiv, Voprosy i Otvety, Okhota i Rybalka, Zdorovoe TV, Usadba, Psikhologiya 21, Domashnie Zhivotnye, Stil i Moda, A-One Hip-Hop Music Channel, TV Sale, Domashniy Magazin, Fox Russia, Fox Life Russia, National Geographic Channel Russia, RT English, SET Eastern Europe, Sony Sci-Fi Russia, Sony Turbo and Telekanal 2x2 have left .

From asiatvro site

东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Quad Sports替换Festival(MPEG-4)频道,设置3780 V 29900参数有条件接收。[07-30]
东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,HTV 7(越南)频道消失,设置11090 V 28800参数无效接收。[07-30]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Doodee Channel(泰国)频道重现,设置3840 V 30000参数免费接收。[07-30]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Thai 8(泰国)频道解密,设置3990 V 12000参数免费接收。[07-30]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,TV5 HD、Prd HD(测试)等全组频道消失,设置3880 V 30000参数无效接收。[07-30]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Star Movies(台湾)频道消失,设置12553 H 17500参数无效接收。[07-30]
东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段,Hum TV(印度)等5个频道加密,设置12170 H 40700参数有条件接收。 [7月30日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,国家地理、Fox、Fox Life(俄罗斯)频道重现,设置11037 H 29525参数免费接收。 [7月30日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,OTR、TV Centr(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置11545 V 43200参数无效接收。 [7月30日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,AXN SCi Fi、SET(俄罗斯)等3个频道新增,设置11545 V 43200参数免费接收。 [7月30日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,TTC(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11105 H 43200参数免费接收。 [7月30日]

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,A-One等替换Russkij Illusion(俄罗斯)等全组频道,设置12655 V 22000参数免费接收。[07-29]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,国家地理、Fox Life、Fox(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置11037 H 29525参数无效接收。[07-29]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,TV 1000 Action(俄罗斯)等全组频道改频率,设置12522 V 22000参数有条件接收。[07-29]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,玩家、火辣(台亚卫星)等频道解密,设置12731 V 30000参数免费接收。[07-29]
东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段,DoDNews替换TPC(AFN)频道,设置12647 H 28000参数免费接收。[07-29]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,Outdoor Channel HD(高清)频道重现,设置11530 H 22250参数有条件接收。[07-29]


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iFlix TV
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Press TV
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YouToo
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American Horrors
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Free Speech TV
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NEWS


Australia seeks online piracy comments


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/07/30/australia-seeks-online-piracy-comments/

Following its earlier leak, George Brandis, Australia’s Attorney-General and Malcolm Turnbull MP, Minister for Communications, have formally released the Online Copyright Infringement Discussion Paper and is seeking public submissions on the draft proposals designed to address online piracy.

Australia has one of the highest rates of online copyright piracy in the world. This has a significant impact on Australia’s creative industries, including music, television, cinema, software, broadcast and publishing industries, which employ more than 900,000 people and generates more than $90 billion in economic value each year.

The ease with which copyrighted content can be digitised and distributed online means there is no easy solution to preventing online copyright infringement. International experience has shown that a range of measures are necessary to reduce piracy and ensure that we can continue to take full advantage of the legitimate opportunities to create, provide and enjoy content in a digital environment.

Everyone has a role to play in reducing online copyright infringement. Rights holders need to ensure that content can be accessed easily and at a reasonable price. Internet service providers (ISPs) can take reasonable steps to ensure their systems are not used to infringe copyright. Consumers can do the right thing and access content lawfully.

The Government’s preference is to create a legal framework that will facilitate industry cooperation to develop flexible and effective measures to combat online piracy. This Discussion Paper seeks the views of the public and stakeholders on proposals to establish such a legal framework.

Importantly, the Government expects that consumer interests will be taken into account in the development of any industry scheme or commercial arrangements.

Submissions are sought by end of 1 September 2014.


Ericsson bags long-term NBN satellite work


From http://www.itnews.com.au/News/390463,ericsson-bags-long-term-nbn-satellite-work.aspx

Adds $300m LTS bundle to fixed wireless contract.

Telecommunications giant Ericsson will manage the ground systems of NBN Co's upcoming long-term satellite service under a new bundle of work worth over $300 million, added to its 10-year, $1.1 billion contract with the national network builder.

Ericsson had already won a contract to build and manage the fixed wireless component of the NBN's rural and regional deployment in mid-2011. 

Both the wireless and satellite rollouts came under investigation as part a Government-implemented review released in May, which found NBN Co would need to allocate up to $1.4 billion in extra funds to both rollouts after underestimating demand for the services by almost 400,000 users.

The telemetry, tracking and control services for the long-term satellite was awarded to Optus in February this year, but NBN Co had until recently planned to manage the satellite's ground systems in-house.

Last year NBN Co studied the benefits of in-house versus outsourced management and today announced that it would award the functions to Ericsson. 

Ericsson will also migrate the 42,000 users on the oversubscribed interim satellite service to the LTS when it launches. 

The Government was forced to stop taking orders on the ISS last December when it reached capacity, and said in March this year it would spend a further $18.4 million to increase capacity to all users on the satellite service.

NBN Co also announced this month that it would provide a new satellite broadband service to up to 9000 premises in remote areas of Australia for those not covered by the ISS.

NBN Co's two Ka-band long-term satellites are scheduled to launch from orbit next year, and are expected to provide broadband services to around 200,000 premises.

NBN Co chief operating officer Gred Adcock said in a statement that it made financial sense to have one company managing customer appointments, installation visits, service calls, and network performance reporting and maintenance for all NBN users outside the fixed-line footprint.


Film companies back government crackdown on 'ill gotten gains' of online piracy


From http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/film-companies-back-government-crackdown-on-ill-gotten-gains-of-online-piracy-20140730-3cuag.html

Village Roadshow has backed government plans to force ISPs to reduce online piracy.

The creative sector has praised federal government proposals to crack down on online piracy, saying illegal downloading threatens the viability of local film and music production.

But consumer group Choice, which argues the proposals are unlikely to prove effective, is urging the government to also address the high prices Australians pay for movies, music and books online.

The government's draft discussion paper, released by Attorney-General George Brandis and Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Wednesday, includes proposals to block overseas websites that host pirated content and to compel internet service providers (ISPs) to stop users illegally downloading movies, television shows and music.

The proposal to extend “authorisation liability” to ISPs would essentially overturn a decision by the High Court in 2012, which found that internet service providers could not be found liable for authorising an act by a subscriber that infringes copyright.

Village Roadshow co-chairman Graham Burke said Australia would struggle to maintain a local film production industry unless illegal downloading is tackled.

“There is no reason why websites such as The Pirate Bay should be accessible in Australia when they are not available in the UK and many other countries in Europe and around the world,” he said.

“Village Roadshow is supportive of amending the Copyright Act to make internet service providers part of the solution to assist in copyright protection.

“The only opposition to the government plan will be from those reaping millions and the people misled by the disgraceful propaganda they pump out to protect those ill gotten gains.”

Foxtel CEO Richard Freudenstein said: “Government should put in place a regulatory system that encourages legitimate use and discourages illegitimate use of content, while content owners need to make content available quickly and conveniently.

“ISPs should also assist by mitigating, to the extent they can, use of their networks for unauthorised purposes.

“Illegal downloading is not just an issue for businesses, it affects the livelihoods of actors, writers, directors, set designers, caterers and everyone else involved in the production of these programs.”

But Choice campaign manager Erin Turner said international experience showed the proposals were “high-cost with low results”.

“If the government is serious about addressing piracy, it needs to consider the driving factors behind piracy in Australia. Australians often find it hard to gain access to content like movies and television, and when they do, they pay far too much compared to consumers in other countries.”

Communications Alliance CEO John Stanton, representing telecommunications companies, said the government should not rush to amend the Copyright Act to extend authorisation liability to ISPs.

“This proposal has the potential to capture many other entities, including schools, universities, libraries and cloud-based services in ways that may hamper their legitimate activities and disadvantage consumers,” Mr Stanton said.

“If the government does ultimately decide to amend the Copyright Act, this should only take place after an agreement on an industry scheme is reached, as such a scheme may go a long way to addressing their concerns.”

The Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association released polling showing 53 per cent of Australians believe the government should do more to prevent online piracy. Sixty per cent of Australians believe illegal downloaders should be prosecuted, according to the Auspoll results.

Essential Media polling released this week found 79 per cent of Australians are concerned about being charged significantly more than their US counterparts for digital downloads. Fifty-eight per cent were concerned that movies and TV shows were available for downloading in other countries but not legally in Australia.

A parliamentary inquiry into price discrimination last year found information technology goods and services are significantly more expensive in Australia than other countries. The committee suggested changes to the law to reduce local prices, but most recommendations have not been acted upon.


ESPN launches new free digital video platform to push brand into mainstream


From http://mumbrella.com.au/espn-241244

ESPN is to make a major new digital push with the launch a free new short-form video offering for Australia and New Zealand called ESPN View, Mumbrella can reveal.

The new video product brings together the video from all of ESPN’s digital sport properties into one place and for free, and is likely to be a challenger to rival Fox Sports as well as the offerings from the sports codes themselves. Content will include footage from its various panel shows and documentaries, online sports news sites like ESPNcricinfo and ESPNFC, plus video match reports across AFL, NRL, A-League, Super Rugby and Cricket.

“This was a natural play for us given TV is a centrepiece of ESPN in Australia”, said Lance Peatey ESPN’s director digital products and partnerships.

“Our business in Australia is our TV channels and our digital business, on that side we are the largest multichannel publisher across the sports category but those users are splintered across six different websites and we want to aggregate all the video across our network into one destination for sports fans.”

The new product is designed to cater to the tastes of Australian and New Zealand sports fans with an unrestricted video experience, and is designed to responsively adapt across any device but will challenge incumbent players such as Fox Sports and the major sporting codes who have in recent years ramped up their digital and video offerings.

“Most of those models (Fox Sports) are paid models and ironically even though we come from Pay-TV we are in fact trying to aggregate the digital assets across our network and also gives users a taste of what our channels on Foxtel carry,” he said.

“We are certainly not looking at the canibalisation of our TV product. This is complimentary and it goes against the grain of what other providers are looking at doing with a paid model. Ours is the opposite.”

ESPN View replaces the existing footytips.com.au video section, and will be optimised with a range of features for the existing 800,000 active users on that site who have already indicated their favourite sports and teams through a registration process.

ESPN’s existing digital properties include espn.com, espnfootytips.com.au, espnfc.com, espncricinfo.com, espnscrum.com, espn.com.au, and ESPN View is already active at footytips.com.au/video and will be rolled out on other properties in the coming weeks.


Kids channel seeks a home in Oz/NZ


From http://if.com.au/2014/07/29/article/Kids-channel-seeks-a-home-in-OzNZ/VBMERTGUCI.html

As the incoming managing director in Australia and New Zealand for the kids channel ZooMoo, Catherine Nebauer will have a clear mandate: secure distribution for the channel in both markets.

Billed as the first kids channel fully dedicated to wildlife, ZooMoo is part of David Haslingden’s Racat group, which includes NHNZ, Singapore’s Beach House Pictures and Oz’s Northern Pictures.

Produced by Beach House Pictures and NHNZ, the channel launched in Brazil on Sky Brasil last September and on Singapore’s StarHub in April.

A former Fox Networks Group president, Haslingden recruited Nebauer from Screen Queensland, where she is production investment and business development executive. She takes up the newly created role in Sydney on September 1.

Haslingden has been trying to arrange distribution for the channel in Oz and New Zealand but tells IF, “I’m not getting very far with the traditional players in Foxtel and Sky TV.”

He finds that surprising, given much of the content- 3,000 animal stories programmed in one-hour blocks- is sourced from both countries.

ZooMoo debuts in Indonesia on Indovision on July 31 and in Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Peru, Venezuela and the Caribbean on August 21 via DirecTV, and deals in Hong Kong and Taiwan are pending. It’s customised in local languages in each region.

Nebauer will draw on her contacts and experience as a former senior VP and general manager for Nickelodeon Asia Pacific.

“Catherine’s mandate is to build our business in Australia and New Zealand,” he said, indicating that blocks of programming may be licensed to the free-to-air broadcasters if full carriage proves elusive.


Sky no limit for rocket man


From http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/311100/sky-no-limit-rocket-man

From a 140kmh rocket bike in Dunedin to the verge of a ''billion-dollar space industry'', Peter Beck has always been a man in a hurry.

The man leading New Zealand's space programme cut his teeth racing a steam-powered rocket bike along Princes St, in Dunedin.

Southland-born Mr Beck (37) heads Rocket Lab, an Auckland-based venture that is building a world-first launch vehicle to make it cheaper to send satellites into orbit.

The carbon-composite rocket will cost less than $US5 million ($NZ5.84 million), compared with the average price to send a satellite to space of $133 million.

Mr Beck, whose company has been backed by top-tier Silicon Valley company Khosla Ventures and Stephen Tindall's K1W1 and received a $25 million grant from the Government, yesterday revealed a model of the rocket.

It is a far cry from his experimental days in Dunedin, when he started dabbling in rocket power after starting a tool and die-making apprenticeship at Fisher and Paykel.

''I'd be trying to build a piece of my rocket and I'd go into the engineering store and say to Trevor, 'Hey Trev, can you get us a price for a piece of titanium, say yay by yay?' And he'd say 'Yeah, no problems, Pete'.

''And a couple of days later a piece of titanium would just arrive in my tool box labelled 'apprentice training project'.

''And that just went on and on and on at Fisher and Paykel,'' Mr Beck told the Otago Daily Times in 2009.

Mr Beck ended up building a steam-powered rocket bike, which he demonstrated to the board of Fisher and Paykel in the company car park.

''I'd lie down on it, essentially lie right down on it, with the propellant bottles between my legs.

''The only way I could get the centre of gravity low enough was to use BMX wheels.''

He also demonstrated the bike's power at Dunedin's Festival of Speed about 2000, accelerating down Princes St from zero to 140kmh in just under five seconds.

''It was quite funny, because I couldn't apply the BMX brakes because the surface speed of the wheels was just too high and the brake pads just melted.

''You had to sit up and let the wind slow you down for a bit and then you could start applying the brakes.''

Fourteen years later, Mr Beck said his company had 30 commitments from companies around the world seeking cheaper ways to send satellites to space.

''The obvious ones ... are earth imaging and weather satellites.''

He was looking at rural locations for a launch pad.

''New Zealand is optimally placed for doing this,'' he said.

''We're a small island nation in the middle of nowhere. We don't have heavy air traffic and we don't have heavy marine and shipping. That means we can launch to space very frequently and very rapidly.''

Mr Beck said the company would create a billion-dollar industry.

The engines in the Electron rocket have been named ''Rutherford'', Mr Beck said, after New Zealand scientist Ernest Rutherford.

''Because they're not big, they're really, really smart.''

Mr Beck said he was ''reversing the brain-drain'' and was advertising for 30 positions for rocket scientists.

''We're sucking in rocket scientists left, right and centre.''

On a trip to the United States in 2007, he realised the big aerospace companies were not meeting demand.

He came up with the name Rocket Lab and began his mission to make space more accessible.

Two years later, the company was the first private company in the southern hemisphere to reach space. He said he had always been interested in space as a child, and had a message for Kiwi 5-year-olds who want to reach space: ''Study your maths, study your physics, and come work for us.''


9 popular channels on Sky Pacific to be replaced


From http://fijivillage.com/news/9-popular-channels-on-Sky-Pacific-to-be-replaced-25r9sk/

Fiji Television Limited today announced that they will replace nine channels on Sky Pacific with new ones.

Some of the popular channels that will be replaced are BBC, Cartoon Network, Discovery, Nat Geo Wild, Fox Crime, Fox Premium, Star Plus and Star World.

CEO Tevita Gonelevu said 11 new channels will be active from Sunday in line with their aim of having 50 channels on Sky Pacific.

He said these changes are based on customer feedback.

Gonelevu said they have replaced BBC with France24 because BBC has the same style of news as CNN.

Other channels replacing the old ones are History, Toonami, Warner TV, Zee Premier and SET India.


$21 voucher for Thai digi-viewers


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/07/29/21-voucher-for-thai-digi-viewers/

Thailand’s National Broadcasting & Telecoms Commission (NBTC) has set the value of its ‘free’ voucher to help subsidise the costs of digital conversion at $21.65 per household (690 Thai Baht).

The scheme has to be approved by the new government’s National Council for Peace & Order which is meeting tomorrow (July 30) and – if approved – the NBTC will start distributing vouchers in September.

The NBTC plan is to subsidise the cost of converter boxes (or as a discount from new digital TV sets) at a cost to the nation of $495 million and in order to see the whole country convert to digital transmission within two years.


Foreign experts learn about Beidou satellites


From http://www.ecns.cn/2014/07-30/126838.shtml

China is giving foreign professionals training on the technologies developed for the nation's Beidou satellite navigation system.

Nineteen representatives from eight nations, including Thailand, Malaysia, Pakistan and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, are attending a course in Hubei province, Xinhua News Agency reported.

The event has been organized by the National Remote Sensing Center, which comes under the Ministry of Science and Technology. It is intended to promote Beidou among Asian nations and encourage international cooperation over satellite technology.

The trainees are visiting research institutes and enterprises involved in the Beidou project.


US rocket blasts off with 2 spy satellites


From http://www.omantribune.com/index.php?page=news&id=171939&heading=Americas

FLORIDA An unmanned Delta 4 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Monday with a pair of US military satellites designed to keep watch on other countries’ spacecraft.

The 206-foot (63-meter) tall rocket, built by United Launch Alliance, a partnership of Lockheed Martin and Boeing , lifted off at 7:28pm EDT (2328 GMT) and blazed through partly cloudy skies as it headed into orbit, a United Launch Alliance live webcast showed.

Launch of two satellites for the US Air Force’s recently declassified Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Programme, or GSSAP, had been slated for July 23, but was delayed one day to resolve a technical issue with ground support equipment and then three more times by poor weather.

Once in orbit, the GSSAP satellites, built by Orbital Sciences Corporation, will drift above and below a 35,970-km high zone that houses most of the world’s communications satellites and other related spacecraft.

General William Shelton, head of Air Force Space Command, likened GSSAP to a “neighborhood watch programme” that will keep tabs on other countries’ satellites.

The programme “will bolster our ability to discern when adversaries attempt to avoid detection and to discover capabilities they may have which might be harmful to our critical assets at these higher altitudes,” Shelton said during a speech in February that unveiled the once-classified programme.

GSSAP also will track orbital debris, which could pose a threat to operational satellites. Current ground-based radar systems and telescopes can monitor objects that are bigger than about 4 inches (10 cm) in diameter.

The trash includes spent rocket bodies and the remains of a satellite that China exploded in 2007 as part of a widely condemned anti-satellite missile test.


Police place warning ads on pirate sites


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/07/29/police-place-warning-ads-on-pirate-sites/

Adverts are being placed on pirate websites by the City of London Police to warn users the sites are under criminal investigation.

The initiative is part of Operation Creative, a partnership between the police and the creative and advertising industries to disrupt websites that provide unauthorised access to copyrighted content.

The main aim of the operation, which began this month, is to starve pirate sites of advertising revenues, their main source of money, reports the FT.
Visitors to the pirate sites will see official police banners warning them to close the page, instead of the brand ads that would normally appear. The pirate sites will not be paid for hosting the ads.

Andy Fyfe, head of the police intellectual property crime unit at the City of London Police, said the initiative was also intended to deter internet users from using pirate sites.

“When adverts from well known brands appear on illegal websites, they lend them a look of legitimacy and inadvertently fool consumers into thinking the site is authentic,” he said.

The sites where the warning banners will appear have been identified by rights holders from the music and film industry.

Once police officers have verified that a site is infringing copyright, they contact its owners and offer the opportunity “to correct their behaviour and to begin to operate legitimately”.

If a website fails to comply, the police start replacing its ads with warning banners. The technology behind the ad replacement is being provided by Project Sunblock, a UK-based company that helps advertisers ensure that their ads do not appear beside inappropriate contents such as pornography.


4K TV broadcasts are on the way but there are problems ahead


From http://www.techradar.com/news/television/4k-tv-broadcasts-are-on-the-way-but-there-are-problems-ahead-1259434

May on 4K Live 4K trials reveal weird time troubles, but look amazing

4K has been trialled over the air and over the internet

As the final whistle was blown in Rio, the BBC's engineering team collectively breathed a sigh of relief.

Its ambitious trial to deliver 4K live, simultaneously via DTT over the air and the Internet, appeared to have been a resounding success.

I was invited along to watch the epochal kickabout at BT Tower, which offered an unprecedented opportunity to compare both feeds on nearly every major brand 4K UHD TV available.

The event, organised by the Corporation, BT and Arqiva, was hailed as "a unique moment" in broadcasting history. But it also highlighted some unusual problems and anomalies.

Some TVs take longer to process the 4K picture

Problems ahead for 4K
"While all screens were fed uniform content, clearly not all UHD image processing is created equal"

The BT Tower was equipped with Ultra HD TVs from Samsung, Sony, LG and Panasonic, along with very early prototype set top boxes from Humax, Sagemcom and VIXS.

Unsurprisingly there were differences between them, although not quite what you might expect.

While all screens were fed uniform content, clearly not all Ultra HD image processing is created equal. Panasonic's TX-AX802 TV was running a full five seconds behind nearby rival screens from LG, Sony and Samsung.

For live sports that's obviously a deal breaker, so the poor panel was left largely unwatched for the duration of the match. However Panasonic's tardiness was nothing compared to a VIXS STB, which was a full minute behind its competition.

But it's not so easy to lay the blame purely at onboard HEVC decoding. According to VIXS director of sales Steven Pyne, both the Panasonic and the Samsung screens employ the same VIXS-made HEVC silicon. Yet the two were clearly out of sync.

The big experiment was both ambitious and all a bit last minute, reveals Pyne.

While plans have been in place for 4K trial coverage of the Commonwealth Games for some time, the opportunity to play in the FIFA sandbox came relatively late in the day.

"We were given very little time to build our set top box sample," says Pyne. Still the opportunity appears to have been relished by everyone. "We've learnt an awful lot, from getting signals back to squashing signals down," says BBC Technology centre Head Andy Wilson.

The matches themselves were acquired by Sony broadcast cameras in h.264 and then encoded in HEVC in the UK for delivery utilising the MPEG-DASH standard.

It's 4K, but it's a minute out of date

25mbps needed for 4K?
"The adaptive bitrate system used had little tolerance, defaulting to regular HD whenever it dipped below 36Mbps"

Significantly, IP delivery required 36Mbps. When pushed on what might be a commercially viable 4K stream, one BBC engineer offered: "Possibly 25Mbps?"

This in itself shows just what a remarkable job Netflix is currently doing with its 4K streaming service, which requires a mere 15.6Mbps.

While the live transmissions, including the final ("There was no safety net, if the system had failed we would have been plenty of unhappy people here!") played out without any obvious problem, there were no shortage of backstage drama, not least maintaining definition.

The adaptive bitrate system used actually had very little tolerance, defaulting to regular HD whenever it dipped below 36Mbps.

IP delivery into BT Tower itself was via standard BT Home Hub 5s and the BT Infinity fibre optic network ("We wanted to replicate a real world experience as much as we can," I was told).

Technicalities aside, as a viewing experience the event was flat-out amazing.

Soccer in 2160p at 60Hz is spectacular. I'm no great fan of high frame rate TV as a rule, but it's clearly ideal for sport. There's a buttery smoothness to the play which looks utterly believable.

Couple this to 4K's astonishing resolution, and the temptation to stand as close as possible to the screen simply to soak up the fidelity is too difficult to resist.

The most impactful shots actually involved the crowds; a sea of faces, each cleanly delineated, seemed to add scale to the broadcast, while the big crowd close-ups oozed emotion. The images were extraordinarily compelling.

But not everyone was so impressed. One of the BBC engineering team confided to me.

"This is nothing really, we're currently researching 4K at 100/120fps. Now that really looks unbelievable, it's like a window."

With 4K, it seems there's everything still to play for


(Craig's comment, 4K might be very popular with sports bettors with that delay!..)


Two nabbed for stealing DTH hard disks


From http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/two-nabbed-for-stealing-dth-hard-disks/article6260142.ece

The Delhi Police Crime Branch have arrested two men for allegedly stealing in-built hard disks from DTH devices installed at households across the Capital. The arrested men have admitted to have stolen 77 hard disks from 54 houses by posing as employees of the operators, said the police. Each stolen device fetched them Rs.1,750.

According to Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime) Ashok Chand, the police acted on the complaints received by various police stations in Delhi regarding theft of Tata Sky hard disks.

Mr. Chand added that Tata Sky had outsourced the installation work and the arrested duo -- Shanky Gupta and Rajiv Gupta – worked for the installation service providers covering the trans-Yamuna area. “They had access to the data-base of Tata Sky consumers. They revealed that whenever they were assigned the job of replacing a defective set top box with a new one, they opened the old box and removed its hard disk. They then deposited the old set top box with the installation service provider and sold the hard disks,” said Mr. Chand.

The unsuspecting consumers found about the thefts only when they tried to record programmes.




29/07/14

BIG NEWS, Rockets to be built and satellites Launched? in New Zealand See news section

video clips below

http://www.3news.co.nz/Startup-seeks-to-make-space-cheaper/tabid/423/articleID/354568/Default.aspx

http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/nz-company-launch-ground-breaking-rocket-video-6040782


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From the Dish


Intelsat 18 180.0°E 3905 L The Sky Pacific mux has left .

Intelsat 19 166.0°E 12526 H "Ritmoson EUA and De Película EUA" have started on , Fta.

Palapa D 113.0°E 3780 V A "Orange TV" mux has started on, Irdeto.
Palapa D 113.0°E 3980 V "Elshinta TV" has started on , Fta. LBS TV C-Drama, LBS TV Music, Arjuna TV, LBS TV A-Movie, LBS TV On-Life, LBS TV Mix, LBS TV K-Drama Box and LBS TV Cinta Produk Indonesia have left.

Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3440 H "Reality Channel has replaced AF Channel" on , BISS.
Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3545 V "THV" has started on , HD, BISS.
Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3840 V "Hi Channel and Kaset" have started on , BISS. Doodee Channel and NP TV 5 have left.
Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3917 V "Big" has left .
Thaicom 5 78.5°E 4089 V "Suwannabhumi Channel" is now encrypted.
Thaicom 5 78.5°E 4120 V Stadium 1-6, Sports Spirit, CTH Family Guide, RSU Wisdom TV, CTH WWE, Max Sports and Zee Nung have started on , encrypted. Nat Geo Wild HD Asia, Thairath TV, Fox Sports Thailand, Fox Thai, RSU Wisdom TV, Kids, Bang Aor, Cinema, Celestial Classic Movies Thailand and Star Sports South East Asia have left.
Thaicom 5 78.5°E 4160 V One HD, Fan TV, Bang Channel, Green Channel, ACTS Channel and GMM Music on are now encrypted. O Shopping is now encrypted.Japan Korea Network, TV Movies Channel, PPTV HD and Herbs TV have left.

ABS 2 75.0°E Ru TV has moved from 11665 V to 11045 H, Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5°E 11170 V "Kruiskyk TV, Breakthru TV, New Generation TV, Alex TV, MSG TV, Rabboni TV,Rivers ofLiving Waters TV, Mindset Learn, Mindset Health, Homebase TV, GNF TV,Channel Zim TV and Ezekiel TV" have left .
Intelsat 20 68.5°E 11674 V "Kruiskyk TV, Breakthru TV, New Generation TV, Alex TV, MSG TV, Rabboni TV, Mindset Learn, Mindset Health, Homebase TV, GNF TV,Channel Zim TV and Ezekiel TV" have started on , Fta.
Intelsat 20 68.5°E 12602 V "Salem Broadcasting Network and CJ TV" have started on , Fta.
Intelsat 20 68.5°E 12722 H "CT Live Beats" has started on , Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,玩家、火辣(台亚卫星)等频道解密,设置12731 V 30000参数免费接收。[07-29]
东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段,DoDNews替换TPC(AFN)频道,设置12647 H 28000参数免费接收。[07-29]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,Outdoor Channel HD(高清)频道重现,设置11530 H 22250参数有条件接收。[07-29]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,TV 1000 Action +21(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置12655 V 22000参数无效接收。[07-29]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Fox Life、Fox(俄罗斯)频道解密,设置11037 H 29525参数免费接收。[07-29]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Ural 2x2(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11605 V 43200参数免费接收。[07-29]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,Outdoor HD(高清)频道消失,设置11530 H 22250参数无效接收。 [7月29日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,本港台(简版)频道加密,设置12354 V 43000参数有条件接收。 [7月29日]
东经108度轨道位置的电信1号卫星C频段,JAK TV(印尼)频道消失,设置3640 V 30000参数无效接收。 [7月29日]
东经108度轨道位置的电信1号卫星C频段,WakuWaku Japan替换动物星球(印尼)频道,设置3640 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [7月29日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,TV 1000 Action(俄罗斯)等全组频道改频率,设置12655 V 22000参数有条件接收。 [7月29日]

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,国家地理、国家地理野生(俄罗斯)频道解密,设置11037 H 29525参数免费接收。[07-28]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Gift Channel、AJP(泰国)等3个频道加密,设置3585 V 30000参数有条件接收。[07-28]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,Now Drama(泰国)频道重现,设置4080 H 30000参数有条件接收。[07-28]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,国家地理、Fox(俄罗斯)等全组频道改频率,设置11037 H 29525参数部分免费接收。[07-28]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星Ku频段,Test1(DISH HD)公告频道重现,设置11727 R 25000参数专机免费接收。[07-28]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,本港台(简版)频道解密,设置12354 V 43000参数免费接收。[07-28]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Nauka 2.0、Sport 1(俄罗斯)等全组频道解密,设置11665 V 44923参数免费接收。 [7月28日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,1HD、Jivi HD(俄罗斯)等频道新增,设置11473 V 22500参数部分免费接收。 [7月28日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,动物星球、Fashion TV(俄罗斯)等频道新增,设置11105 H 43200参数部分免费接收。 [7月28日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Zoo、Eurokino(俄罗斯)等9个频道新增,设置11545 V 43200参数免费接收。 [7月28日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Sport、Nauka2.0(俄罗斯)等9个频道消失,设置11545 V 43200参数无效接收。 [7月28日]


NEWS


NZ to get its own space programme by 2015


From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11300831

New Zealand will have its own space programme by 2015.

Rocket Lab is building a world-first launch vehicle in Auckland to make it cheaper to send satellites in to orbit.

The rocket is made of carbon-composite and will cost less than US$5 million (NZ$5.84 million).

The average price to send a satellite to space is US$133 million.

Rocket Lab chief executive and founder Peter Beck, a Kiwi, announced the development and revealed a model of the rocket today.

The company has been backed by a top tier Silicon Valley company Khosla Ventures, Stephen Tindall's K1W1 and received a NZ$25 million grant from the Government.

Mr Beck said the company had 30 commitments from companies around the world looking for cheaper ways to send satellites to space.

"The obvious ones... are earth imaging and weather satellites."

He was looking at rural locations for a launch pad.

"New Zealand is optimally placed for doing this," he said.

"We're a small island nation in the middle of nowhere, we don't have heavy air traffic and we don't have heavy marine and shipping that means we can launch to space very frequently and very rapidly."

Mr Beck said the company would create a billion-dollar industry.

The engines within the rocket have been named "Rutherford", Mr Beck said, after New Zealand scientist Ernest Rutherford.

"Because they're not big, they're really, really smart."

Mr Beck said he was "reversing the brain-drain" and was advertising for 30 positions for rocket scientists.

"We're sucking in rocket scientists left, right and centre."

On a trip to the United States in 2007 he realised the big aerospace companies weren't meeting demand.

He came up with the name Rocket Lab and began his mission to make space more accessible.

Two years later the company was the first private company to reach space in the southern hemisphere.

He said he had always been interested in space as a child, and had a message for Kiwi 5-year-olds who want to reach space: "Study your maths, study your physics, and come work for us."

About "Electron" the rocket:
* 18m in length
* 1m in diameter
* Weighs more than 10 tonnes
* Lift off mass 10,500kg
* Liquid oxygen and kerosene propellants
* Top speed of 27,500 km/h
* Payload of 110kg


NBN Co Appoints IPSTAR as Wholesaler for Australian Internet Service Providers


From http://www.whatech.com/market-research-reports/press-release/25758-nbn-co-appoints-ipstar-as-wholesaler-for-australian-internet-service-providers

New Satellite Support Scheme to provide up to an additional 9,000 Australian businesses and households with broadband services

Nonthaburi, 29 July 2014-Thaicom today announced that the NBN Co has selected its wholly owned subsidiary, IPSTAR Australia (IPA), for a new initiative to boost the number of broadband connections for Australians who cannot access an existing commercial broadband service. Under the NBN Co Satellite Support (NSS) Scheme, IPA is appointed an official wholesaler and will deliver the scheme together with participating Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in Australia.

NBN Co Chief Customer Officer, John Simon, said: "Bringing broadband to the most remote communities across Australia is one of NBN Co's highest priorities.  It gives residents access to e-health, distance education and Internet banking, while businesses can benefit from increased productivity, reduced costs and access to new markets. With high demand for broadband in regional areas, this initiative is essential to providing a reliable service to families and businesses that cannot access a commercial broadband service today."

Patompob Suwansiri, Chief Marketing Officer, Thaicom, added: "We are honored NBN Co has appointed IPSTAR as the wholesaler for the NBN Co Satellite Support Scheme. Since 2005 we have delivered satellite Internet services via the IPSTAR satellite to Australia's remote communities that otherwise could not have accessed a commercial broadband service. I am proud IPSTAR continues to make a difference in the life of many Australian's and the country's education, farming, and health sectors." 

According to NBN Co, the NSS Scheme will connect up to 9,000 additional premises in remote and regional mainland Australia and Tasmania, until NBN Co's Long Term Satellite Service (LTSS) will be launched in late 2015.  The NSS is exclusively available for users who are unable to access a commercial broadband service.

Premises eligible for the NSS must be within line of sight of the IPSTAR broadband satellite, and have never been subscribed to a service via the Australian Broadband Guarantee (ABG) or the Interim Satellite Service (ISS). The NSS Scheme is designed to deliver wholesale speeds of up to 4 Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload.  IPSTAR will provide Internet Service Providers with a minimum download performance equivalent to 2.6 Mbps for 20.4 hours per day.


Nokia trials LTE for national TV broadcasting


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/07/29/nokia-trials-lte-for-national-tv-broadcasting/

Nokia Networks is pioneering the technology needed to efficiently use LTE for nationwide TV broadcasting. The company is working with a range of partners in what it says is the world’s first field trial of wide-area TV broadcasting using a single LTE frequency within UHF spectrum. In a Single Frequency Network (SFN) all base stations use exactly the same frequency to transmit TV content, which maximises the number of simultaneous TV channels broadcast over a large geographical area in a given amount of spectrum.

LTE Broadcast technology promises new revenue sources for operators by distributing TV over existing mobile broadband infrastructure. Subscribers would be able to watch TV on their devices without eating into their mobile data plan and independent of network load. LTE Broadcast allows for a free-to-air or pay-TV service that can be received by anybody with a suitable device, similar to traditional TV broadcasting. Broadcasters and content providers could extend their reach to mobile users and open the door for a multitude of interactive services.

“Today, when watching videos over a mobile network, the content is individually streamed to each user. With LTE Broadcast the same signal is received by many users at the same time, resulting in more efficient capacity and spectrum use,” said Hossein Moiin, chief technology officer, Nokia Networks. “Spectrum doesn’t need to be dedicated to either broadcast or broadband, but can be used flexibly for both according to users’ needs. We believe that LTE Broadcast is a technology well suited to distribute TV and broadcast services and will help us expand the benefits of mobile Internet to everyone while evolving the TV viewing experience.”

Current LTE Broadcast applications focus on delivering media content to contained locations, such as stadiums and concert halls, over limited periods of time. The Munich trial is the first to apply the technology on UHF spectrum, using part of the 700 MHz band to broadcast over a 200 km2 area. To maximise the efficiency of the LTE Broadcast, the SFN has been optimised for tighter synchronisation of neighbour cells to increase interference robustness. The trial aims to show that LTE could be used to complement and in the long run, even provide another option to regional digital TV distribution standards, such as DVB-T in Europe.

The trial, which began transmissions in early July in Munich, Germany, uses evolved Multimedia Broadcast/Multicast Service (eMBMS) software running in Nokia Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Stations, which are deployed widely in many LTE networks worldwide. The Nokia LTE equipment is deployed at four sites of the Bavarian broadcast company, Bayerischer Rundfunk, in Northern Munich. The sites are connected by a high performance optical transport network.


Institute claims White Space trial success


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/07/28/institute-claims-white-space-trial-success/

Japan’s National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) has successfully deployed mobile broadband communications systems at more than 40 Mbps throughput, and has successfully established a 3.7km link between two locations within the framework of the TV White Spaces Pilot organised by UK comms regulator Ofcom.

The trials of NICT systems have been deployed in central London where spectrum users such as TV broadcasters and active wireless microphone users need to be protected. NICT has also successfully developed a white space database which passed the qualification tests to be included in the Ofcom’s databases list.

This database provides protection from interference to the incumbents by calculating and providing information about available channels and maximum transmission power in each channel to the white space systems. NICT’s trial which deploys TV white space mobile broadband communications based on database information in a crowded city, is the first of its kind. The experiences obtained during the trials are expected to contribute to the development of TV white spaces regulations in the UK as well as other countries in the world.

NICT has successfully established the 3.7 km wireless link between two locations, and has successfully achieved more than 40 Mbps throughput for broadband mobile systems in the TV bands.

Based on the experiences and the results obtained from the trials, NICT plans to improve the performance of the devices and the database. NICT also expects to contribute these experiences to the development of white space relevant regulations in other countries, as well as to transfer its white space technologies to the stakeholders.




28/07/14

Optus D2 12734 V "ad quran kareem fm" is FTA on apid 3225 not sure how new it is. I don't often check the radios.

Intelsat 19 12726 H NHK is currently FTA

Intelsat 19 Estrellas and Ritmoson promos have been replaced by programming.(FTA)

Estrellas


Ritmoson


Sunday feeds
Optus D2 12640 V 14500 v513 a4112 p513 sis1 Soccer: Perth Glory Vs Malaga

Saturday feeds

D2 12657 V 15000 - Globecast Oz - NSW Cup Panthers v Sharks - FTA full HD but in 4:2:2
D2 12636 V 06670 - Globecast 2 Horse FTA


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Sunday

Asiasat 5 Feeds

Atlanta Open Tennis.
3746 V SR 7120 Arqiva HD 3 BB & T Atlanta Open Tennis (same tp as Saturday) Dudi Sela (ISR.) vs Benjamin Becker (GER.) - FTA.

INTERNATIONAL CROWN DAY - Women's Golf.
3877 H SR 7500 INT CROWN DAY 3A LPGA Tour Women's Golf from Maryland, U.S.A, (FTA.)

FIVB World Grand Prix Volleyball.
3877 H SR 7119 OC FIVB World Grand Prix Women's Volleyball PUR vs NED, (FTA.)

M2M RUSSIAN GOLF OPEN.
3867 H SR 7200 RUS-063-main+791 M2M BMW RUSSIAN MEN'S OPEN GOLF. Round 4 from Moscow, RUSSIA, (FTA.)

CROATIAN TENNIS OPEN.
3895 H SR 7500 ATP UMAG Croatian Tennis Open from Umag on the coast of The Adriatic Sea, (in 4:2:2.)

Leicester vs Everton in the Soccer!
4147 H SR 7200 NES, MPEG4-HD2 SOCCER - Leicester vs Everton, (FTA.)

Saturday

Asiasat 5 3746 V SR 7120 Arqiva HD 3 BB & T Atlanta Open Tennis , (FTA.)


From the Dish


Palapa D 113.0°E 3460 H "Matrix TV" is back on , Fta. ShopNow Channel has left.
Palapa D 113.0°E 3792 V Fox Movies Premium, Fox Family Movies and Nickelodeon Indonesia have left again.

Telkom 1 108.0°E 3732 H "TV Anak Space Toon Plus" is now encrypted.
Telkom 1 108.0°E 3826 H "The Indonesia Traventure Channel has replaced Bali TV" on , Fta

AsiaSat 7 105.5°E 4155 H "Hum News" has started on , Fta.

Measat 3a 91.4°E 3890 H "Fashion First has replaced Fashion One Asia" on , HD, Fta.

Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3600 H "TV Meekhun" has started on , BISS.

Thaicom 6 78.5°E 4080 H Cinema, Thrill, Celestial Classic Movies Thailand, Now HaiRun, SET SE Asia, Asian Food Channel and Travel Channel Asia on are now encrypted.

Apstar 7 76.5°E 3769 H "Channel 5" has started on Fta.
Apstar 7 76.5°E 3880 H "Disney Channel Philippines and Disney Junior India" have left .

From asiatvro site

东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Mahuaa Plus替换Pragya TV(MPEG-4)频道,设置3958 H 9500参数免费接收。[07-27]

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Nitipon Channel替换Good TV(泰国)频道,设置3840 V 30000参数有条件接收。[07-26]
东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,HTV 7(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置11090 V 28800参数免费接收。[07-26]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Comedy替换Hope Channel(MPEG-4)频道,设置3920 V 28800参数免费接收。[07-26]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,国家地理、Kino Plus(俄罗斯)等5个频道消失,设置11656 V 24800参数无效接收。[07-26]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,LTV(印度)频道开播,设置4040 H 7500参数免费接收。[07-26]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Sada Channel(印度)频道消失,设置4090 H 14368参数无效接收。[07-26]
东经108度轨道位置的电信1号卫星C频段,TV Anak Space Toon Plus(MPEG-4)频道加密,设置3732 H 4160参数有条件接收。 [7月26日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,Rossiya HD、SET(俄罗斯)等全组频道改频率,设置11681 V 15525参数部分免费接收。 [7月26日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Orange TV Info Channel(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3792 V 5500参数免费接收。 [7月26日]

东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Daystar TV(美国)频道消失,设置3802 V 1953参数无效接收。 [7月25日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Ent Phi(测试)频道新增,设置3780 V 30000参数免费接收。 [7月25日]


Stream Links


La Sexta HD

http://antena3-aos1-apple-live.adaptive.level3.net/apple/antena3/channel02/la_sexta_hd_1548K_1280x720_main.m3u8

antena3 HD S stream
http://antena3-aos1-apple-live.adaptive.level3.net/apple/antena3/channel01/index.m3u8


NEWS


The end of the free download?


From http://www.news.com.au/technology/online/illegal-downloading-in-governments-sights-as-online-copyright-infringement-discussion-paper-takes-aim-at-consumers-isps/story-fnjwneld-1227004467973

THE days of downloading your favourite TV show for free are numbered. Here’s how the piracy crackdown could cost you.

Illegal downloading in government’s sights as Online Copyright Infringement Discussion Paper takes aim at consumers, ISPs  

A leaked discussion paper on options for combatting internet piracy includes requiring internet service providers to block torrent websites.

Aussies are guilty of infringing copyright by downloading Breaking Bad for free. Source: Supplied

THE days of downloading your favourite TV show for free could be numbered, with details emerging about the plans to crack down on internet piracy.

A leaked discussion paper on the issue, published by news website Crikey, outlines measures the Federal Government is considering to curb illegal downloading, including forcing internet service providers (ISPs) to block offending websites and punishing customers caught infringing copyright.

But John Stanton from ISP industry body Communication Alliance says the proposals overlook a major source of the problem — that the content consumers want is not accessible or affordable enough.

Australians are among the worst offenders in the world when it comes to illegal downloading.

A UMR Research study cited in the draft paper found that an estimated 21 per cent of all Australians over the age of 18 had engaged in online piracy.

Furthermore, when Game of Thrones’ fourth season premiered in April, more people in Australia illegally downloaded the program than anywhere else in the world. Australia accounted for 11.6 per cent of the piracy, and Melbourne was the worst-offending city on the globe, according to TorrentFreak.

Aussies are also notorious for downloading top-shelf US dramas Orange is the New Black, Breaking Bad and Homeland.

The paper’s introduction, co-signed by Attorney-General George Brandis and Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull, says illegal downloading is putting at risk Australia’s $90 billion copyright industries, which employ more than 900,000 people.

“Digitisation means that these industries are particularly susceptible to harm from online copyright infringement with the potential to directly impact on the Australian economy and Australian jobs,” the paper states.

HOW IT COULD AFFECT YOU

The draft paper floats a number of possible ways to punish customers who continue to download content illegally.

It references the US’s Copyright Alert System, which notifies customers when they have breached copyright laws. If subscribers ignore the notices, ISPs can punish them by slowing their internet speed or blocking them from browsing the web altogether until they contact their provider.

It also notes New Zealand’s graduated response scheme, which compels ISPs to send escalating notices to customers each time they are caught downloading illegally. The consumer can be charged $25 for each notice. The NZ scheme also provides for the copyright holder to seek up to $15,000 in compensation from the Copyright Tribunal.

The paper stops short of recommending a solution in Australia. Instead, it encourages the public to have its say.

“Importantly, the government also expects consumer interests to be a key consideration in any such schemes or arrangements. The government would not expect any industry scheme or commercial arrangement to impose sanctions without due process, or any measures that would interrupt a subscriber’s internet access,” the paper states.

HOW IT AFFECTS YOUR ISP

A key measure in the discussion paper is a plan to place responsibility on internet service providers (ISPs), such as Bigpond or iiNet, to block offending websites.

The paper proposes changes to the Copyright Act that would overturn a High Court ruling of 2012, which found that ISP iiNet was not liable for its customers’ illegal downloading because it didn’t operate or control file-sharing sites, such as BitTorrent or The Pirate Bay.

“The government believes that even where an ISP does not have a direct power to prevent a person from doing a particular infringing act, there still may be reasonable steps that can be taken by the ISP to discourage or reduce online copyright infringement,” the report states.

Copyright holders can list a number of ISPs in any court injunction to reduce the opportunity for people to access blocked sites by switching ISPs.

But the chief executive officer of ISP industry body Communication Alliance, John Stanton, said the key to solving the problem was providing better and cheaper ways for consumers to access content.

“Infringement happens when consumers find themselves unable to access content lawfully and affordably,” he said.

“Many infringers are what we would call casual infringers. They are not dedicated ‘torrent freaks’. They perhaps don’t understand that their actions are against copyright laws and they are frustrated because they can’t get the content they want legally.”

He said creative sites and platforms such as Pandora and Spotify had given Australians a way to access music lawfully and cheaply, and similar platforms were needed in Australia for movies and TV.

“For a small fee, they can get what they want. Consumers love that. Accessibility can help to solve this problem,” Mr Stanton said.

But blocking offending sites can be problematic.

“There have been many instances overseas where blocking a site is only a temporary fix because it pops up in a different guise soon after, but it has a place in a potential solution,” he said.

Another important issue is who would pay for the scheme, with Mr Stanton saying any costs levelled at ISPs would be passed on to consumers.

A spokesperson from pay TV provider Foxtel, which is half-owned by news.com.au’s parent company News Corp Australia, welcomed government action on the issue.

“While we are not in a position to comment on specifics until we have seen the official version of the paper, we welcome the fact that the government clearly recognises the importance of the creative industries to the economy and society and that they deserve to be appropriately rewarded for their efforts,” the spokesperson said.

“We acknowledge the comments in the draft paper that everyone has a part to play in reducing the incidence of online piracy. We are confident that the government will do its part to put in place a regulatory system that encourages legitimate use and discourages illegitimate use of content.”

The spokesperson rejected Mr Stanton’s comment that content was not readily accessible.

“As far as availability goes, Australia has an abundance of legal means to watch, listen to and play great content in a flexible manner. For Foxtel’s part, we go to great lengths through our ‘Express from the US’ effort to bring content to subscribers as soon as possible. We’ve also made a massive investment to maximise the number of ways in which people enjoy content by making it available on tablets, mobile phones and other popular devices.”

A spokesman for Attorney-General George Brandis declined to comment, but said the final version of the discussion paper was due to be released soon.


Brandis' anti-piracy proposal won't work


From http://www.itnews.com.au/News/390380,brandis-anti-piracy-proposal-wont-work.aspx
 
[Opinion] Forcing ISPs to punish users is not the solution.

The Australian Government has proposed internet service providers monitor and punish Australians who download and infringe copyright.

In a leaked discussion paper circulated by Attorney-General George Brandis, the government proposed a sweeping change to Australian copyright law. If implemented, it would force ISPs to take steps to prevent Australians from infringing copyright.

What these steps might be is very vague. They could include blocking peer-to-peer traffic, slowing down internet connections, passing on warnings from industry groups, and handing over subscriber details to copyright owners.

The move comes in response to claims that Australians are among the biggest downloaders of films and television series. Under intense pressure from Hollywood and Foxtel, the government wants to do something to combat copyright infringement.

Unlikely to help pricing and availability

The problem is that this move is not likely to make things better. Similar schemes have been tried around the world, but there is little evidence they actually work to reduce copyright infringement.

This draft proposal does nothing to address the basic issue that Australians are not being fairly treated by the copyright industries.

Compared to consumers in the United States, Australians pay more for digital downloads, have less choice in how they can access film and television, face large delays before content is released, and much foreign content is still not available at all in Australia.

Recent research suggests that Australian consumers feel ripped off by distributors, and this is a key reason why they choose to download films and television instead.

If foreign film and television networks want to reduce illicit downloading, many think that their first step should be to provide better, cheaper, and more convenient legal ways for consumers to pay for access.

Meanwhile, the draft proposal is likely to have serious unintended consequences. It is likely to raise the price of internet access in Australia, as ISPs will pass on the increased costs of monitoring and enforcing copyright.

The proposals will also cause major uncertainty in copyright law. The government plans to overturn the recent iiNet case, where the High Court ruled that ISPs are not responsible when people use BitTorrent to download films.

The Court sent a strong message that iiNet could not be liable because it did not control BitTorrent protocols and did nothing to encourage their use.

The iiNet case confirmed a basic principle of copyright law: service providers are only responsible for the conduct of third parties when they have some control over their acts.

The leaked proposal will remove this limit and, with it, the ability of the law to clearly distinguish between real wrongdoers and companies who merely provide general purpose services to consumers.

This will massively increase the potential risks for companies that provide legitimate services. As well as ISPs, these include hardware manufacturers, cloud service providers, libraries, schools and universities, and many others.

Requiring service providers to act as copyright police is also dangerous. It removes the safeguards that our courts provide in ensuring the law is applied fairly.

Copyright law is incredibly complicated, and allegations of infringement made by copyright owners against consumers have historically been notoriously inaccurate.

ISPs are not well placed to investigate these claims, and there is a serious risk that consumers might be unfairly punished under these proposals.

Consumers left out of the debate

The proposals create a strong incentive for ISPs to agree to rights holder demands to protect their interests. They do not, however, provide much protection for consumers, who will have no seat at the negotiating table.

The proposals are also ominously vague. They include the threat that more regulations will be introduced if ISPs do not go far enough to protect copyright. 

Eventually, this could also turn into a so-called “three-strikes” regime, where entire households are disconnected from the internet after several allegations of infringement.

Despite having been in the works for at least six months, this leak is the first time the public has been able to see any details. Meanwhile, the Attorney-General has been meeting with copyright lobbyists, but apparently not yet with either consumer groups or with telecommunications companies.

It seems the Attorney-General’s Department didn’t even listen to Malcolm Turnbull’s Communications Department, which has stressed the importance of ensuring that Australians have increased access to legitimate sources of content at a fair price.

Once the leaked proposals are officially released, Australians will have less than a month to comment. 

This article was originally published at The Conversation. Read the original article.

Nicolas Suzor is the legal lead of Creative Commons Australia, a non-profit organisation that provides free licences and tools that copyright owners can use to allow others to share, reuse and remix their material, legally.

Alex Button-Sloan does not work for, consult to, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has no relevant affiliations.


Channels seek alternatives as ABS 2 suffers outage


From http://www.digitaltveurope.net/214822/channels-seek-alternatives-as-abs-2-suffers-outage/

Russian channels including the pay TV bouquet of Raduga TV have suffered disruption following a transponder outage on the Asia Satellite Broadcasting ABS 2 satellite at 75° East.

Channels affected by the outage on Saturday evening, affecting two transponders, include Discovery channels, Viasat, Fox, Sony, Eurosport, NTV and TV3.

The affected TV channels have been working to ensure the delivery of their services via alternative transmission providers, notably the Eutelsat 36A satellite at 36° East and Express AT1 at 56° East. Some channels, including Raduga TV’s services, have moved to different transponders on ABS 2.


CTH Grammy tie the knot


From http://www.bangkokpost.com/business/news/422013/cth-grammy-tie-knot

Merger competes with True, controls costs

Two big pay TV operators, CTH and GMM Grammy, will join forces in the hopes of expanding their pay TV subscriptions to 2.5 million this year from 800,000 as well as help CTH to break even on its English Premier League (EPL) licensing fee. 

Paiboon Damrongchaitham (left), chief executive and chairman of GMM Grammy, holds the hand of Wichai Tongtang, founder and chairman of CTH, at the merger signing ceremony yesterday. SOMCHAI POOMLARD

The two signed an official merger agreement yesterday with a share-swap transaction valued at 1.03 billion baht. GMM Grammy will hold a 10% stake in CTH through Z Trading Co. In exchange, CTH through its subsidiary CTH LCO will hold 100% in GMM B, the satellite pay TV operating unit of Z Trading Co, which is itself a unit of GMM Grammy.

CTH's shareholder structure will soon change, with 35% each held by Wichai Tongtang, a veteran investor, and Yingluck Vacharaphol, the Thai Rath newspaper heiress, with 10% held by Grammy and 20% pending new strategic partners.

"We set a date early in the year, and now it's time to get married and grow fruitfully together. We call this a horizontal integration," said Cherdsak Kukiattinun, chairman of CTH's executive committee.

The second- and third-largest pay TV operators should consolidate to survive fierce competition, he said.

The merger is aimed at reducing costs including for content, operation teams and facilities, which they can pool together.

CTH will oversee the core operation, particularly content management, to control costs and generate revenue, while Grammy will help with the distribution system, as its strength is connection with satellite dealers.

Mr Cherdsak said CTH had repositioned itself as a media and entertainment company, not a cable TV company. The collaboration will also increase its transponder capacity to 17, with 10 from Thaicom satellites and seven from Vietnamese satellite Vina-Sat, giving it the highest satellite capacity.

Primon Pinsakul, GMM Grammy's chief financial officer, said its set-top box unit, Z Trading, remains available for GMM Z sales and service. It has room to grow in this area, and many unstable communications platforms want to secure Grammy's content too.

After GMM B is sold, Grammy’s financial status is expected to improve. The entertainment giant would turn around and pay dividends next year after suspending payments for two years, Mr Primon said. It will also focus on its two digital TV channels, One HD and GMM Channel.

GMM B posts a 200-million-baht loss each month, mostly from content rights, particularly Fox International Channel (FIC) content, which costs about 2 billion for a five-year contract. CTH will solve the problem of duplicated FIC content for both Grammy and CTH.

KK Trade Securities analyst Dhanop Vattanawakin agreed Grammy's performance should improve after selling GMM B, which dragged its balance sheet into the red for two years. The share-swap deal is projected to boost its competitiveness against pay TV leader TrueVisions and digital TV.

Mr Cherdsak said GMM B Co was worth the acquisition, as it had 753 million baht cash and could earn higher ad revenue from a wider subscription base.

After the merger, 70% of CTH's revenue will come from subscriptions and 30% from ads. Prior to this, all revenue came from subscription fees.

CTH has 800,000 subscribers — 500,000 of its own and 300,000 from GMM B and its partnership. CTH lost 3.5 billion baht from EPL coverage last season and hopes to break even for the coming season starting in a month.

GRAMMY shares closed yesterday on the SET at 17.70 baht, unchanged, in trade worth 60.8 million baht.


Share swap positive for GMM: Fitch Ratings


From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/Share-swap-positive-for-GMM-Fitch-Ratings-30239467.html

Fitch Ratings (Thailand) has revised the rating outlook for GMM Grammy from stable to positive, following the company's share swap with CTH.

"The positive outlook reflects GMM's lower exposure to execution risk of the pay TV business following the transaction and an improved financial profile, once the pay TV business is deconsolidated," the rating agency said.

The offloading of GMM’s loss-making pay TV business is positive to its credit profile, Fitch added.

GMM's pay TV business will be integrated with CTH's pay TV operation, in which GMM will own 10 per cent. The transaction will result in the deconsolidation of pay TV operations from GMM's financial statements.

Fitch noted that the transaction will reduce GMM's exposure to execution risks in the pay-TV business, and allow the company to focus financial and management resources on its new digital TV business.

It expects GMM's earnings and cash flow to improve in 2015 due to a reduction in pay TV-related costs, including cash operating cost (Bt700-Bt800 million) and capital expenditure for content acquisition (Bt600 million-Bt1 billion).

This will be more than enough to offset the subscription revenue foregone worth Bt1-Bt1.2 billion, it said.

It foresees that digital TV is likely to be a key growth driver for GMM in the medium term. The company launched digital TV channels in May 2014, after it won the bidding for two licences in December 2013. The company aims to move most of its content from satellite TV channels to the new digital TV platform, while gradually adding new programmes to the new digital TV platform to be in line with the expected advertising revenue growth. The likely higher advertising rates for digital free TV due to wider viewer coverage than that of satellite TV should boost the group’s revenue in the medium term. However, the size and presence of a number of new operators in the digital TV market may lead to higher price competition than expected.

Fitch noted that low earnings from the digital TV business will put pressure on GMM's profit margin in 2014. Nonetheless, the profit margin is likely to improve in 2015 and 2016 as revenues from digital TV increases. With the operating costs of this business largely fixed, a large proportion of any increase in revenue translates into profit.

Due to large investment in digital TV, GMM should maintain negative free cash flow for at least two years.


Vouchers-expected-to-give-digital-TV-a-big-boost


From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/Vouchers-expected-to-give-digital-TV-a-big-boost-30239573.html

Nielsen (Thailand) and the Digital TV Club believe that helping households acquire terrestrial digital TV devices by giving them vouchers will promote sustainable growth of terrestrial digital TV and boost the audience ratings of digital operators.

Suphab Kleekachai, chief adviser to the ThaiTV channel, said last week on behalf of the president of the Digital TV Club he agreed with the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission's decision to give away Bt690-vouchers to over 22 million households to purchase either a digital TV set-top box or digital television set by the middle of September.

"However, the NBTC should kick off the distribution as quickly as possible. It would be great if the broadcasting regulator started distributing the Bt690 coupons by August," he said.

Suphab commented on this issue after a meeting with the largest media research firm last week at the MCOT head office.

Adisak Limprungpatanakij, president of Nation Broadcasting Corporation, said the digital terrestrial TV platform must be the national backbone of TV broadcasting.

"No more delay for the country's key transformation to the digital TV era," he said.

The NBTC had told the industry that the free vouchers were supposed to be delivered to households in May, he said.

This fast process would help people access TV programmes via the digital terrestrial TV platform while the national TV audience rating meter would measure audience satisfaction for each digital TV show, he said.

Nielsen (Thailand), the present TV audience rating meter, seems to agree with the NBTC's decision.

Managing director Sinthu Peatrarut said the decision would create more opportunities for new players in the digital terrestrial TV business.

"If audiences mostly watch digital TV programmes only via the terrestrial digital TV platform, their attention will focus only on digital terrestrial TV channels. This would help boost TV ratings for digital TV channels," he said.

After recently adding 200 TV receptors on top of the existing 1,800 survey panels to correspond with the arrival of the 24 digital TV channels, the company believes that by next quarter, TV ratings will be available for its new clients.

To cover the expected increase in digital TV set-top boxes, sample sizes would be expanded to 2,200 households or about 7,700 individuals by the second quarter of next year from 2,000 households or about 7,000 individuals by this year.

Most digital terrestrial TV operators have already become Nielsen's subscribers under a one- or two-year contract.

Suphab said his company pays about Bt100,000 a month to subscribe to information on its TV audience ratings. Other clients do the same.

"But if a client company wants to know more information about TV ratings across the board, it must be charged an extra fee, which is quite expensive," he said.

The Digital TV Club is seeking a two-year subsidy from the NBTC to help defray this extra cost.


FilmOn contempt fine


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/07/28/filmon-contempt-fine/

Internet TV streaming service FilmOn has received a further setback in its attempts to operate and be licensed to carry broadcast programming as a cable company similar to other multichannel providers, with US District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald ruling that it was in contempt for continuing to deliver network TV station signals over its OTT streaming service following the Supreme Court ruling that found similar service Aereo had breached broadcasters’ copyright.

The contempt hearing continued a 2010 lawsuit by broadcasters against FilmOn, which resulted in an Injunction prohibiting FilmOn from infringing broadcasters’ copyrights. Judge Buchwald referred to the law of the Second Circuit, which says that Internet streaming does not qualify for a compulsory licence, “FilmOn is not entitled to a license under § 111, and its retransmissions clearly and unambiguously fall under the scope of conduct barred by the Injunction,” she said.

“We find FilmOn in civil contempt of court for its violation of the Injunction. FilmOn must pay $10,000 for each of the nine days of its noncompliance. Therefore, we impose a sanction of $90,000. We also reiterate that while it appears that defendant has ceased streaming plaintiffs’ programming, such conduct is covered by the Injunction and future retransmission of plaintiffs’ copyrighted content without a license will subject defendant to significant penalties per day of noncompliance,” she advised.

Judge Buchwald said that based on the law of the Second Circuit, which has ruled that Internet streaming does not qualify for a compulsory license, “FilmOn is not entitled to a license under § 111, and its retransmissions clearly and unambiguously fall under the scope of conduct barred by the Injunction.”

FilmOn says it will appeal the decision.

“We find FilmOn in civil contempt of court for its violation of the Injunction,” she said in an opinion released Friday. “FilmOn must pay $10,000 for each of the nine days of its noncompliance. Therefore, we impose a sanction of $90,000. We also reiterate that while it appears that defendant has ceased streaming plaintiffs’ programming, such conduct is covered by the Injunction and future retransmission of plaintiffs’ copyrighted content without a license will subject defendant to  significant penalties per day of noncompliance.”

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Judge Buchwald said that based on the law of the Second Circuit, which has ruled that Internet streaming does not qualify for a compulsory license, “FilmOn is not entitled to a license under § 111, and its retransmissions clearly and unambiguously fall under the scope of conduct barred by the Injunction.”

Judge Buchwald had earlier said she was inclined to grant a contempt motion, saying the company should have removed the broadcasters’ programmes as soon as the Supreme Court ruled against Aereo, stating: “The day the Supreme Court decided Aereo, you no longer had the cover of the Second Circuit’s opinion. On that day, FilmOn X should have pulled all of the content.”

Following Aereo’s entry into the OTT streaming market, FilmOn said that it would also use multiple-antenna technology, early in 2014, launching what it described as its ‘Teleporter’ technology.

Buchwald said that even though Aereo may have been described as “very similar” to a cable system, this was “not the same as a judicial finding that Aereo and it technological peers are, in fact, cable companies entitled to retransmission licenses under the Copyright Act”.

She nevertheless suggested that FilmOn should have first obtained the licence from the Copyright Office before streaming the signals, despite the Office so far refusing to grant such licences.

Despite this latest setback, FilmOn still has 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,” wrote Paxton earlier in 2014.

“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,” he advised.

Aereo has “temporarily” paused its operation, and has submitted licensing applications to the Copyright Office, which indicate it ended 2013 with just 77,596 subscribers, across 10 cities. Some 27,000 of those were in the New York City area, Aereo’s launch market in 2012. Boston, launched spring 2013, had 12,000 subscribers with the Atlanta area numbering 10,000 subscribers.

The Copyright Office has informed Aereo that it does not consider it to be a ‘cable company’ under the terms of copyright law.

“In the view of the Copyright Office, Internet retransmissions of broadcast television fall outside the scope of the Section 111 licence,” wrote the Copyright Office in its response to Aereo’s Section 111 Statement of Account Filing, adding that it did not see anything in the Supreme Court’s recent decision in American Broadcasting Cos. v. Aereo Inc. that would alter its conclusion.

Nevertheless, the Copyright Office confirmed it will accept Aereo’s filings on a provisional basis because Aereo has also put the issue before federal court in New York. “Aereo should be aware that, depending upon further regulatory or judicial developments, and/or based upon the Office’s own further review of the issue, the Office may subsequently determine that it is appropriate to take definitive action on Aereo’s filings, which could include rejection of the statements,” it advised.


Sky looks to Germany for growth spurt


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/07/28/sky-looks-to-germany-for-growth-spurt/

The low hanging fruit for ‘Sky Europe’ is in Germany, says Berenberg Bank’s senior media analyst Sarah Simon. It is this fast-track expansion probability that means that BSkyB will quickly want to absorb the 42.6 percent minority shareholding currently not under its control.

German take-over law allows a majority buyer (indeed anyone holding over 30%) to offer the same price to everyone (currently €6.75). BSkyB’s CFO Andrew Griffith explained on July 25: “As required by German takeover law, we’re making an offer to the minority holdings in Sky Deutschland at the same price. As we’ve always said, our focus in this transaction remains the 57.4 percent holding, and there is therefore no acceptance condition.”

However, offering €6.75 isn’t going to get many takers by the look of it. Norddeutsche Landesbank is saying ‘Buy’ to its clients, and gives a target price of €9. Independent Rsearch GmbH suggests a target price of €7.70, while DZ-Bank AG, although not giving a ‘target’ price, does recommend a ‘Buy’ for the stock. However, and for the sake of balance, Bankhaus Lampe KG tells clients to ‘Sell’ and gives a target of just €6.


Freesat in 24,000 new homes this year


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/07/28/freesat-in-24000-new-homes-this-year/

Freesat, the subscription free satellite TV service, has continued its positive year by adding 6,000 new homes in the three months to the end of June. In all, Freesat has added 24,000 households in the first half of 2014.

As a result, Freesat is now available in 1.85 million households, and is watched by more than 3.85 million viewers every week.

Freesat’s continuing growth demonstrates the appeal of premium TV on a subscription free basis. With a Freesat box, viewers have access to over 200 TV and radio channels, more than with any other free to air provider.

Freetime, Freesat’s connected TV service, has consistently delivered strong growth in its first 18 months. The latest quarterly figures highlight that it now accounts for 47 per cent of all Freesat set top box sales, and sales of Freetime boxes more than tripled year-on year. For the first time, Freetime is also now available on Panasonic as the preferred TV guide in the new range of VIERA TVs, available to both Freeview and Freesat viewers.

Freetime allows viewers to roll-back the TV guide to watch shows from the past seven days, pause, record and rewind live programmes and offers immediate access to all the major On Demand players.

During the quarter, Freesat also announced the addition of its first pay VoD service, Curzon Home Cinema, offering a hand-picked selection of  critically-acclaimed films

Emma Scott, Freesat’s Managing Director, commented: “I’m constantly encouraged by the number of people that are switching away from paying for their TV every month to join Freesat which is subscription free. Our good start to the year has continued into the second quarter and the mixture of great programming, brilliant features and no monthly bills is proving to be a very compelling proposition. “


Discovery hit with £100k Ofcom fine


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/07/28/discovery-hit-with-100k-ofcom-fine/

Investigation Discovery – a channel dedicated to documentary programming about crime and criminal investigations – has been fined £100,000 (€126,000) by UK broadcast regulator Ofcom for what are described as “serious” breaches of its broadcasting Code.

The sanction relates to eight episodes of the series Deadly Women which the channel broadcast at various times during the day on 16, 18 and 20 August 2013.

The licence for Investigation Discovery is held by Discovery Communications Europe

In its decision published on 20 January 2014 in issue 246 of its Broadcast Bulletin, Ofcom found that the programmes contained violent material that was unsuitable for children to view, and that caused offence not justified by the context.

As these programmes were broadcast in the daytime during the school holidays, Ofcom concluded that the Licensee had not taken adequate steps to protect children from this unsuitable content by appropriate scheduling.

In accordance with Ofcom’s penalty guidelines, Ofcom decided that it was appropriate and proportionate in the circumstances to impose a financial penalty of £100,000 on Discovery in respect of these serious Code breaches. In addition, Discovery is obliged to broadcast a statement of Ofcom’s findings in this case, on a date and time to be determined by Ofcom.




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25/07/14

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Thaicom 6 78.5°E 4080 H "Cinema, Thrill, Celestial Classic Movies Thailand, Now HaiRun, SET SE Asia, Asian Food Channel and Travel Channel Asia have started on , Fta. Fox Sports Thailand, Star Sports South East Asia, Nat Geo Wild Asia and Nat Geo People Asia" have left.
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东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Share替换Mahorason(泰国)频道,设置3840 V 30000参数有条件接收。[07-25]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Bioskop替换Shop Now(测试)频道,设置3462 H 29900参数免费接收。[07-25]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,REN TV(+4h)(俄罗斯)频道加密,设置10981 V 44948参数有条件接收。 [7月25日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,Universal、Nickelodeon替换TV 3(+7h)(俄罗斯)等频道,设置10981 V 44948参数有条件接收。 [7月25日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,Fashion HD、Playboy(俄罗斯)等4个频道新增,设置11557 H 22250参数有条件接收。 [7月25日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,World Cup Channel(世界杯)标清频道解密,设置3800 H 30000参数免费接收。 [7月25日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Ru TV(俄罗斯)频道加密,设置11045 H 44923参数有条件接收。 [7月25日]


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NEWS


Qantas ramps up inflight movies, boxed set TV shows


From http://www.ausbt.com.au/qantas-ramps-up-inflight-movies-boxed-set-tv-shows-news

Qantas is doubling down on inflight entertainment, beginning with a boost in the number of movies and TV shows available on domestic and international aircraft.

From early August passengers will be able to choose from 77 more hours of movie content, “including almost twice as many Hollywood blockbusters” says Jo Boundy, who heads up Qantas’ Digital and Entertainment team.

“We’ve also got over 20 more hours of TV and a lot of ‘box sets’,  so we are significantly dialling up the content.”

Boundy says the airline’s new QView portal will also offer passengers in the lounge a sneak peak at what they can watch in the air.

“It’s amazing how many people visit the monthly IFE guide on our website” she tells Australian Business Traveller.

“We’re looking at adding the guide into QView later this year, including movie trailers so people can see what’s available and start planning what they’re going to watch while they’re still in the lounge.”

QView heads overseas

Boundy expects this will be especially appealing ahead of international flights once Qantas extends QView to its international lounges, beginning with those in Australia and then potentially overseas lounges such as Singapore, Hong Kong and Los Angeles.

“We don’t have a date in place for that yet but we’re looking to move as aggressively as we can” she says.

Also on Boundy's to-do list is the background music Qantas plays “to customers in the lounge, in the aircraft, in the terminal… everything’s under review.”

The big question for the troubled airline: does any of this put more bums on seats?

“For inflight entertainment, absolutely it does” Boundy asserts.

“In the lounge, it’s about adding to the lounge experience. We know the Qantas lounges are a key value proposition for our customers and this adds to that value.”

News you can use

Qantas will also carry up-to-date news on domestic and international flights from November 1, with the latest bulletins provided by Sky News while the plane is readied for take-off.

“Our plan is to upload the latest news bulletin directly to the aircraft before it pushes back from the gate” explained Olivia Wirth, Qantas Group Executive for Brand Marketing and Corporate Affairs.

“That way, we can tap in to Sky News’ 24/7 newsroom no matter where our aircraft are taking off from.’’

“The feedback we get, particularly from our business customers, is how important in-flight news bulletins are. For many, watching the news between Sydney and Melbourne is their chance to catch up on what’s happening.”

“We will also have access to Foxtel’s library of premium lifestyle, drama, food and entertainment programming plus Fox Sports coverage, which will drive a significant increase in viewing choices on-board” Wirth added.

Sky will also beam its new international Australian news service live to Qantas’ overseas lounges.


Australia set to toughen online piracy laws


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/07/25/australia-set-to-toughen-online-piracy-laws/

A discussion paper addressing online copyright infringement seems likely to rekindle the debate between Australian copyright holders and ISPs

A copy of the leaked document – seen by the Australian Financial Review – is dated July 2014, but it is unclear whether it contains Attorney General George Brandis and Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s definitive proposals.

The paper calls for comments on a range of issues including new definitions for “reasonable steps” an ISP must take to prevent or avoid copyright infringement, what rights consumers punished under these steps would have, what courts would need to consider when ordering a website to be blocked, and extending so-called “safe harbour” provisions for avoiding copyright infringement cases to include universities and search engines such as Google.

Brandis mid-February 204 tabled the final report of the Australian Law Reform Commission’s inquiry into Copyright and the Digital Economy, which contained a number of recommendations he admitted are “controversial”. He said that without strong, robust copyright laws, Australia’s creative industry was at risk of being cheated of the fair compensation for its creativity.

“The government will be considering possible mechanisms to provide a ‘legal incentive’ for an internet service provider to cooperate with copyright owners in preventing infringement on their systems and networks,” he explained at the time. “This may include looking carefully at the merits of a scheme whereby ISPs are required to issue graduated warnings to consumers who are using websites to facilitate piracy.

A trial under which ISPs passed on notices of alleged online copyright infringement to their customers was abandoned in May 2013 after iiNet withdrew.

The ISP has long resisted federal efforts to mandate copyright protection schemes, and mid-June 2014 called on its customers to make their voices known by writing to politicians at the heart of moves to introduce legislation, which the ISP says would require ISPs such as iiNet to send infringement notices to its customers while, at the same time, blocking certain websites which provide access for customers to download and share unauthorised content.

Writing in the iiNET blog, Steve Dalby, Chief Regulatory Officer, said: “Make your voice known. Write to those who are positions of power and let them know what you think. You can start by contacting Attorney-General George Brandis and Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull. You can also send your thoughts to politicians engaged in the issue such as Shadow Communications Minister Jason Clare and Greens Senator Scott Ludlam,” he advised.

He said that iiNET was still holding out hope that the Australian Government, the Hollywood Studios and other rights holders would deliver a positive solution to the ongoing issue of piracy. “Until that time, we’ll continue to push for a better future for Australian content users, one removed from the constraints being discussed in Canberra.”

Dalby said on Twitter that the ISP would wait for the paper’s official release before consulting with industry colleagues and making public comments.


Russia looks to satellite self-sufficiency


From http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2014/07/25/russia-looks-to-satellite-self-sufficiency/

Faced with the threat of Western sanctions, Russia should produce all its communications satellites, according to Nikolai Nikiforov, the country’s communications and mass media minister.

Quoted by Moscow Times, he added that spacecraft should be built by Russian engineers working for Russian companies, and launched by Russian rockets.

Currently, its dependence on foreign manufacturers is very high, as imported components make up 80-90% of Russian payloads and 30-40% in spacecraft platforms.

Nikiforov also said that one of the goals of the Russian government should be to expand the country’s presence in the global space industry. Although Russian vehicles dominate the launch market, its largest satellite manufacturer RSCC, is only ninth in the world in terms of revenue.

What is more, Russian satellite forms have a market share of just 3%.

Although one company – Information Satellite Systems – says says it can build satellites free of US export restrictions, it will still rely on Chinese components.


China to launch satellite for Venezuela


From http://www.space-travel.com/reports/China_to_launch_satellite_for_Venezuela_999.html

VRSS-1 is Venezuela's first remote sensing satellite and is mainly used for the country's land resource inspections, environmental protection, disaster detection and management, crop yield estimation and city planning.

The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) has signed an agreement with Venezuela for in-orbit delivery of a second remote sensing satellite for the country, the company said on Tuesday.

CASC subsidiary Great Wall Industry Corporation will be the major contractor of the project, the corporation said.

But the corporation did not give a specific timeframe for the project.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is on a four-nation Latin America tour, told his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro Sunday in Caracas that China is ready to expand satellite technology transfer to Venezuela.

China sent a remote sensing satellite, the "VRSS-1," into space from northwest China's Gobi desert for Venezuela in 2012.

VRSS-1 is Venezuela's first remote sensing satellite and is mainly used for the country's land resource inspections, environmental protection, disaster detection and management, crop yield estimation and city planning.


BSkyB to Buy Italian and German Units of Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox


From http://www.columbusceo.com/content/stories/apexchange/2014/07/25/bskyb-to-buy-italian-and-german-units-of-murdochs-21st-century-fox.html

The media giant 21st Century Fox’s attempts to buy Time Warner Inc. may soon be heating up.

On Friday, 21st Century Fox said it was selling its Italian and German pay-television assets to British Sky Broadcasting Group for more than $9 billion, the latest sign of consolidation in Europe’s media industry.

The deal with BSkyB, the British satellite broadcaster that is 39 percent owned by Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox, comes after Time Warner rejected his $80 billion takeover approach.

The sale of 21st Century Fox’s European assets could provide the company with extra financial firepower to make a potential renewed offer for Time Warner, as analysts expect Murdoch to make a fresh attempt to acquire the U.S. media company.

In the deal announced Friday, 21st Century Fox would retain its minority stake in BSkyB. By doing so, 21st Century Fox remains well-positioned to take advantage of any future deals aimed at consolidating? Europe’s telecom and media industries.?

And the deal would allow BSkyB — one of Europe’s largest pay-television providers — to expand its reach within the region. If approved, the deals for the Italian and German assets would allow BSkyB to offer premium sports and movie services to roughly 20 million customers from Ireland to Italy.

“We believe that the three Sky businesses will undoubtedly be stronger together,” BSkyB’s chief executive, Jeremy Darroch, told investors Friday.

The deal must still receive approval from regulators and BSkyB’s minority shareholders.

Analysts questioned whether BSkyB would be able to achieve the planned cost savings from combining the three units, and worried that the company’s core British business was showing signs of reduced growth.

Under the terms of the deal, BSkyB said it would acquire 21st Century Fox’s 100 percent holding in Sky Italia for 2.5 billion pounds (about $4.3 billion). The agreement includes 2.1 billion pounds in cash and a further 380 million pounds paid by transferring the British company’s 21 percent stake in National Geographic Channel to 21st Century Fox.

BSkyB also would buy 21st Century Fox’s 57 percent stake in Sky Deutschland for 2.9 billion pounds. Under Germany’s takeover rules, BSkyB would also have to offer to buy the shares of Sky Deutschland’s minority shareholders for 6.75 euros ($9.09) each, a small premium on the company’s closing price Thursday.

Including the purchase of the minority stakes in Sky Deutschland, BSkyB may pay up to $12 billion for the European pay-television assets, according to a company statement.


NASA Seeks Proposals for Commercial Mars Data Relay Satellites


From http://www.marsdaily.com/reports/NASA_Seeks_Proposals_for_Commercial_Mars_Data_Relay_Satellites_999.html

One possible area for improvement is laser or optical communications. NASA successfully demonstrated laser communications technology in October 2013 with its Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) mission. LADEE made history using a pulsed laser beam to transmit data over 239,000 miles from the moon to Earth at a record-breaking download rate of 622 megabits-per-second (Mbps).

NASA has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to investigate the possibility of using commercial Mars-orbiting satellites to provide telecommunications capabilities for future robotic missions to the Red Planet.

"We are looking to broaden participation in the exploration of Mars to include new models for government and commercial partnerships," said John Grunsfeld, associate administrator of NASA's Science Mission Directorate at the agency's headquarters in Washington.

"Depending on the outcome, the new model could be a vital component in future science missions and the path for humans to Mars."

The RFI details possible new business models that would involve NASA contracting to purchase services from a commercial service provider, which would own and operate one or more communication relay orbiters.

The solicitation is open to all types of organizations including U.S. industry, universities, nonprofits, NASA centers, and federally funded research and development centers, in addition to U.S. government and international organizations.

NASA is interested in exploring alternative models to sustain and evolve its Mars' communications relay infrastructure to avoid a communications gap in the 2020s.

The RFI encourages innovative ideas for cost-effective approaches that provide relay services for existing landers, as well as significantly improving communications performance.

One possible area for improvement is laser or optical communications. NASA successfully demonstrated laser communications technology in October 2013 with its Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) mission. LADEE made history using a pulsed laser beam to transmit data over 239,000 miles from the moon to Earth at a record-breaking download rate of 622 megabits-per-second (Mbps).

Mars landers and rovers currently transmit their science data and other information to Earth either by a direct communication link or via orbiting satellites acting as relay stations. The direct link is severely limited because of mass, volume, and power limits on the rovers.

To address these limits, NASA's Mars Exploration Program currently uses relay radios on its Mars science orbiters. The spacecraft carry high-gain antennas and higher power transmitters that provide very high-rate, energy-efficient links between orbiters and surface missions as the obiters pass overhead.

NASA currently is operating two Mars science orbiters with relay capabilities - Odyssey, launched in 2001, and the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), launched in 2005. These spacecraft enable communication links from the Curiosity and Opportunity rovers on Mars' surface. This approach will continue with the Sept. 21 arrival of the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft, and the 2016 arrival of the European Space Agency's ExoMars/Trace Gas Orbiter.

"This Mars relay strategy has been extremely successful in providing the science and engineering data returned from the Martian surface over the past decade," said Lisa May, lead program executive for Mars Exploration Program in Washington.

Because NASA has launched science orbiters to Mars on a steady cadence, the current strategy has been cost effective. However, NASA has no scheduled Mars science orbiters after MAVEN arrives on the Red Planet in the fall. This creates the need to identify cost-effective options to ensure continuity of reliable, high-performance telecommunications relay services for the future.

"Looking ahead, we need to seriously explore the possibility of the commercialization of Mars communications services," said May. "This will offer advantages to NASA, while also providing appropriate return-on-investment to the service provider."

The RFI is for planning and information purposes only. It is not to be construed as a commitment by the government to enter into a contractual agreement, nor will the government pay for information solicited.


20m pirate World Cup viewers


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/07/25/20m-pirate-world-cup-viewers/

Content services protection and enhancement specialist Viaccess-Orca has released a series of reports that provide detailed information about live-streaming piracy and the effectiveness of its anti-piracy solution during the recent FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Utilising data gathered by Viaccess-Orca’s ‘Eye on Piracy’ solution — which helps content owners and service providers detect, fight, and legally stop piracy — the reports identify key challenges that content service providers and content owners face when delivering live television content, including sports events.

The reports, put together by Viaccess-Orca, are based on an extensive anti-piracy campaign led by the company in June-July 2014. Throughout a 32-day period, Viaccess-Orca’s Eye on Piracy solution monitored every football match during a major global sports competition, to assess content piracy, providing comprehensive information about the illegal streams, the sources of those streams, and identifying illegal websites, all in real time.

Viaccess-Orca’s reports identified several important facts about piracy, including:

  • The number of viewers on illegal streaming websites increased during afternoon matches compared with evening ones based on the fact that most European viewers were still at work without access to a TV set.

  • There were a total of 20 million viewers on illegal websites during the entire event.

  • Viaccess-Orca sent more than 3,200 takedown notices to pirate site owners.

  • Sixty per cent of the football event viewers streamed at least one match online.

  • Upon the start of the football competition, more than 10 new content platforms appeared among the top five link farms.

Social media networks played a critical role during the football competition both in a positive and negative way. According to Twitter, there were 618,725 tweets per minute at the end of the final match, which is a social media record. However, Viaccess-Orca’s Eye on Piracy campaign identified that social media networks such as Facebook and Twitter were used by specific piracy groups and links. For example, out of 707 takedown notices sent to pirate site owners during a single football match, 51 were sent to content platforms referenced on Facebook.

Based on analysis from the campaign, Viaccess-Orca recommends that legal streaming services should be made available by content rights holders in order to maximise viewing possibilities for subscribers, anytime, anywhere. This approach maximises the service return on investment (ROI). To optimize the quality of the viewing experience, the size of the streaming service or CDN has to be set and managed carefully considering certain viewing periods are busier than others. The appropriate scalability measures should also be anticipated in order to absorb any surges in demand.

Viaccess-Orca’s Eye on Piracy is a service that complements security measures enabled by CA and DRM systems by actively monitoring live video restreaming over the Internet: first by detecting streams suspected of piracy and monitoring the content, then sending legal notices to pirates to cease and desist. Finally, the service gathers proof of infringement and legal evidence about the pirated activity.

“Over the last five years, piracy has become a serious problem for content service providers and owners, especially during live sports events,” said David Leporini, EVP marketing products and security, at Viaccess-Orca. “The main objectives of launching this campaign were to demonstrate that piracy is a reality, offer our insights about the issue, and show operators and rights owners how they can fight back using an intelligent security solution such as our Eye on Piracy. Overall, we managed to have 35 per cent of the illegal streaming links disabled before the end of each game.”


SES: “Robust first-half”


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/07/25/ses-robust-first-half/

There were two distinct stories in satellite operator SES’s first-half results (to June 30). All of its key metrics were in very positive territory, but currency fluctuations took their toll. For example, overall revenues were up from €910.5 million to €938.9 million, a 3.1 per cent improvement. But had there been constant exchange rates, the growth would have been expressed as a 6.3 per cent improvement which looks much better for investors. The challenge for SES is that much of its business is done in US dollars, but it reports in Euros, hence the differences and stressing of the ‘Constant FX’ expression in its results.

SES’s operating profit rose to €437.5 million (up 9.4 per cent at ‘Constant FX’). Its all-important contract backlog stands at €7.2 million.

“SES’s continuing successful development and execution of the 2014 plan has delivered robust first half results that validate our strategy to address target regions and market verticals. Video remains core to our business. Europe and the International segments posted strong growth, while the North American segment continued to be affected by the US Government budget sequester. The 2014 financial guidance is reiterated,” said CEO Karim Michel Sabbagh.

He added “Three satellites were brought into service in the period, further developing our capabilities in Europe, MENA and Asia-Pacific. Four more satellites are under construction, including the newly announced SES-12, a hybrid satellite for the Asia-Pacific region, which will benefit from the dual innovations of an HTS payload and all-electric propulsion. These programmes, all components of our medium term CapEx plan, will enhance our differentiated positioning in the developing markets that we are targeting.”

SES revealed that AMC-5 was de-orbited in May 2014 having reached the end of its operational life.

Available transponder capacity increased by 6.5 per cent compared to 30 June 2013, from 1,436 to 1,530, while net utilised capacity rose by 2.4 per cent, from 1,084 to 1,110 transponders. At 30 June 2014, the group satellite fleet had a utilisation rate of 72.5 per cent.

The company also said that the ongoing delays associated with the Proton launch rocket meant that the launch of Astra 2G had now slipped to Q4.




24/07/14

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Yamal 300K 90.0°E 11093 H "VKT Telekanal has replaced Vsegda s Toboy" on , Fta.

Intelsat 15 85.2°E 12640 V "Rossiya 24" is Fta.

ABS 2 75.0°E 12548 V "Kanal Disney" is Fta.

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东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,China 1(韩国)频道新增,设置12530 H 26000参数有条件接收。[07-24]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Live 1 HD、Travel HD(测试)高清频道重现,设置11541 H 45000参数免费接收。[07-24]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,卫视中文(MPEG-4)频道解密,设置12553 H 17500参数免费接收。[07-24]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,K Test替换Yes(测试)频道,设置3921 H 3625参数免费接收。[07-24]
东经128度轨道位置的日本通信3号卫星C频段,天良(台亚卫星)频道解密,设置4120 V 30000参数免费接收。[07-24]
东经96.5度轨道位置的快车AM33号卫星C频段,Mir TV(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置3675 R 33483参数无效接收。 [7月24日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Sri TV(MPEG-2)频道改格式,设置3960 H 30000参数免费接收。 [7月24日]

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Ru TV(MPEG-4)频道改频率,设置11045 H 44923参数免费接收。 [7月23日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,PTV 4(环宇卫视)频道解密,设置12471 H 30000参数免费接收。 [7月23日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,TVBS替换宏观卫视(环宇卫视)频道,设置12591 H 28800参数有条件接收。 [7月23日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Posmn(印尼)频道消失,设置3946 V 7400参数无效接收。[07-23]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Posmn(Skynindo)频道解密,设置4140 V 30000参数免费接收。[07-23]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,CWG Astro 1(测试)频道消失,设置4050 V 6190参数无效接收。[07-23]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,Sky Racing 3(传送)频道解密,设置3814 V 6660参数免费接收。[07-23]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Paigham、Play On(巴基斯坦)等频道重现,设置4146 H 5317参数免费接收。[07-23]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,Martial Arts HD(高清)频道消失,设置4120 H 30000参数无效接收。 [7月23日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,ETV Bengali替换ETV Bangla(印度)频道,设置4004 H 22220参数有条件接收。 [7月23日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Paigham、Play On(巴基斯坦)等全组频道消失,设置4146 H 5317参数无效接收。 [7月23日]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔300K号卫星Ku频段,Vsegda S Toboy替换VTK(俄罗斯)频道,设置11093 H 30000参数免费接收。 [7月23日]
东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段,CSN、Channel I(Dish TV)频道加密,设置12170 H 40700参数有条件接收。 [7月23日]


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Euronews
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Press TV
http://hd6.lsops.net/live/presstv_en_hls.smil/chunklist_w1763559181_b584000.m3u8

Reuters
http://37.58.85.156/rlo001/ngrp:rlo001.stream_all/chunklist_b1056000.m3u8

Bloomberg
http://hd4.lsops.net/live/bloomber_en_hls.smil/chunklist_w976476961_b453000.m3u8


NEWS


Channel 9 News Bulletins Are Being Dropped From Qantas Flights, Replaced By Sky News


From http://www.businessinsider.com.au/channel-9-news-bulletins-are-being-dropped-from-qantas-flights-replaced-by-sky-news-2014-7

Qantas is dropping Channel 9′s bespoke news bulletin from its in-flight service, replacing it with Sky News as part of a major revamp of its entertainment.

The change – a huge win for Sky – comes as the airline looks to expand its entertainment program as the 767 fleet is phased out in early 2015 and its A330s are refurbished and Qantas ends the era of ‘main screen’ TVs descending from the cabin roof in favour of personalised viewing.

Channel 9 was producing three bulletins a day for Qantas. Instead, the latest Sky News bulletin will be uploaded to the flight just before take off. It will not be broadcast live.

Foxtel and Fox Sports will also offer additional additional programming and as part of the deal, Sky News will provide its new international Australian news service live to overseas Qantas lounges.

Meanwhile, Qantas is pushing hard to match Virgin’s wifi streaming system for mobile devices such as iPads and smartphones.

Qantas corporate affairs group executive Olivia Wirth said technology is moving to people being able to stream content via a closed on-board Wi-Fi network.

“The feedback we get, particularly from our business customers, is how important inflight news bulletins are. For many, watching the news between Sydney and Melbourne is their chance to catch-up on what’s happening,” she said.

“We know that inflight entertainment is a key part of people’s journey. It’s something we invest heavily in and have a plan to keep improving over the next 12 months.”

From August, Qantas will increase the number of new-release movies and box-sets of popular TV series available. An additional 100 hours of content will feature on most Qantas flights, including 77 hours more movie content, 20 hours more TV and raise new Hollywood releases from six to ten per month.

The shift to Sky News is due on November 1.


Thais rescue NBN interim satellite scheme


From http://www.itwire.com/it-industry-news/telecoms-and-nbn/64840-thais-rescue-nbn-interim-satellite-scheme

NBN Co has announced an expansion of its existing interim satellite arrangements, made possible by the increased involvement of Thai satellite provider IP Star.

23/07/14

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22/07/14

Updates

Optus D1 12331 H Sky Sport 8 HD started vpid 1015 apid 1115
Optus D1 12644 H Sky Sport 8 started vpid 1008 apid 1108
Optus D1 12295 H Sky Sport 7 HD  is active now vpid 1003 apid 1103
Optus D1 12734 H Sky Sport 7 is active now  vpid 1011 apid 1111

all are active on SKY receiver with EPG, these are for the Commonwealth games coverage


From my Email


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From the Dish


NSS 9 177.0°W 3646 R "AFN Movie, AFN Sports, AFN Prime Atlantic, AFN Spectrum, AFN Prime Pacific, AFN News, AFN Prime Korea, AFN Guide, The Pentagon Channel (Fta) and AFN Family have started on , PowerVu.

(Craig's comment, Lyngsat lists these as on West Hemi beam, which should have a big signal which may even play on sub 1 meter Cband dishes in New Zealand and Australia)

Optus D1 160.0°E 12644 H "Edge TV and Four +1" have started on , Fta.

Palapa D 113.0°E All channels in Skynindo are / were Fta.

Telkom 1 108.0°E 3826 H "Bali TV has again replaced The Indonesia Traventure Channel" on , Fta.

NSS 6 95.0°E 11090 H "Dish Box Office 2 has replaced Planet M Cinema" on , Conax.
NSS 6 95.0°E 12647 H "The Pentagon Channel" is Fta

ChinaSat 9 92.2°E 11840 L "CCTV 1" has left

Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3551 H "Gigs n Games" has left .
Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3640 H "Democratic Voice of Burma TV" has left again.

From asiatvro site

东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,MBN替换Mmoney(韩国)频道,设置12401 V 2400参数免费接收。[07-22]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,天映电影、Thrill(CTH)等8个频道新增,设置4080 H 30000参数免费接收。[07-22]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Biography HD(高清)频道消失,设置4036 V 21600参数无效接收。[07-22]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,CNBC Bazaar替换MNO(MPEG-4)频道,设置4036 V 21600参数有条件接收。[07-22]
东经115.5度轨道位置的中星6B号卫星C频段,老年福(中数传媒)频道消失,设置4020 V 27500参数无效接收。[07-22]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Fox Action Movies(泰国)等频道消失,设置4120 V 30000参数无效接收。[07-22]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Stadium 1、Wisdom等替换天映经典(泰国)等频道,设置4120 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [7月22日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,WWE、MAX Sports(泰国)等3个频道解密,设置4120 V 30000参数免费接收。 [7月22日]

东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,HTV 2替换TTXVN(VTC)频道,设置11472 H 23200参数免费接收。 [7月21日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Bangkok Channel替换Bangkok Today(泰国)频道,设置3545 V 30000参数免费接收。 [7月21日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,Boomerang(泰国)频道解密,设置4120 H 30000参数免费接收。 [7月21日]


Stream Links


BBC World
http://93.184.221.133/hls-live/20C1A9/bbc_world/ls_satlink/b_828.m3u8

(Craig's comment, source page is http://www.livestation.com/ )


NEWS


NBN Co boosts broadband in the bush with latest satellite scheme


From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/latest/nbn-co-boosts-broadband-in-the-bush-with-latest-satellite-scheme/story-e6frg90f-1226997276605

NBN Co has hammered out a service delivery agreement with satellite wholesaler IP Star to connect up to 9000 more customers in regional and rural Australia to a subsidised broadband satellite service.

The agreement is part of the NBN Co Satellite Support (NSS) Scheme, which is expected to be an effective interim solution until NBN Co’s Long Term Satellite Service (LTSS)  is switched on in late 2015.

Until then the Interim Satellite Service (ISS) component of the network will have to persevere through what the Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has previously described as a “patch-up" job.

With NBN Co’s interim satellite service struggling with capacity constraints, the Coalition government has had to find a way to keep eligible customers content and bring some new ones on board, via schemes like the NSS.

Earlier this year, the government announced a $34 million boost to the ISS, including a $18.4m to lift capacity for existing users by a third, with additional funding to go towards subsidising 9000 more households who miss out on accessing the ISS, to the tune of about $2000 each.

Application for the NSS scheme are now open, while IPStar is the wholesale provider, retail ISPs Activ8Me and Reachnet have come on board as delivery partners.

Customers will need to sign up for a minimum one year of service and the NSS scheme is expected to offer wholesale peak speeds of 4Mbps download and 1Mbps upload. It also provides a minimum performance of 65 per cent peak speed, 85 per cent of the time. This is equivalent to achieving a minimum download speed of 2.6Mbps for 20.4 hours per day.


B1.3bn for satellite learning


From http://www.bangkokpost.com/most-recent/421797/b1-3bn-for-satellite-learning

The military has approved 1.3 billion baht from the central budget for the Education Ministry's satellite learning programme. 

The National Council for Peace and Order gave the green light at its meeting on Tuesday.

The budget will be used to buy and install equipment for satellite learning at 15,441 schools nationwide.

The project is a solution to teacher shortages.


Satellite supply will outstrip demand, but market set to grow


From http://www.digitaltveurope.net/211502/satellite-supply-will-outstrip-demand-but-market-set-to-grow/

The market for geostationary satellite capacity will grow by 76% from US$11.8 billion (€8.7 billion) to US$21.1 billion over the next decade, despite supply outstripping demand, according to the latest report by Northern Sky Research (NSR).

According to NSR, supply of GEO capacity will increase by 3,000 new transponders, with growth of over 2Tbps in high-throughput satellite (HTS) capacity between now and 2023.

C-band capacity demand will grow slowly, with a peak between 2016-19, while traditional Ku-band capacity will grow by about 1,500 transponders, with broader take up of HTS capacity, growing towards the end of the period.

NSR predicts growth in demand for traditional C-, Ku- and Ka-band capacity of about 1,300 transponders over the decade, supplemented by demand for about 1Tbps of GEO-HTS capacity.

HTS satellites can deliver many times the throughput of traditional Fixed Satellite Services satellites for the same amount of spectrum, through techniques including frequency re-use and greater use of spot-beams.

“Looking at global demand, the hype surrounding HTS is indeed justified, with a demand growth rate of over 30% annually, compared to less than 2% for traditional FSS [Fixed Satellite Services] C, Ku, and widebeam Ka-band capacity,” said Blaine Curcio, analyst and report co-author.

“However, concerns about cannibalisation by HTS are rather overplayed – indeed, we find that, simply put, some applications are better-suited for HTS, such as broadband, whereas others, such as video distribution and DTH, will remain firmly rooted in traditional FSS. There will be some battleground applications, such as commercial mobility, but both traditional FSS and HTS will continue to enjoy their ‘bread and butter’ applications moving forward.


All-year Olympics TV channel proposed


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/07/21/all-year-olympics-tv-channel-proposed/

Olympic Games leaders and supporters met in Switzerland this weekend, and one of the items under discussion was an all-year TV channel totally devoted to the Olympic Games, its athletes, and the Games themselves. One other key focus would be to look at events that generally didn’t make the big headlines at the Games themselves.

One report from the meeting is that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) would act as the moderator or facilitator of the channel, but its national sports federations, national committees as well as broadcasters and sponsors would participate.

An IOC statement said it would be contacting “all the relevant stakeholders” over the next few months to gather their opinions and further develop the concept prior to making a decision in December.


Dubai One shuts down local TV production


From http://www.rapidtvnews.com/2014072134582/dubai-one-shuts-down-local-tv-production.html
Dubai One, the government-run English language TV station, is to shut down local content production and syndicate all content ready for a relaunch on 14 September.

"With the beginning of a new season Dubai One will be refocusing its strategy on bringing our audience exclusive and first run movies primarily accompanied by a diverse selection of international award winning dramas. Prime time will concentrate on strengthening and specialising in quality entertainment programming as always with a variety of new shows," said Sarah Ahmed Al Jarman, general manager, Dubai One.

Reports suggesting that 80% of staff working at the free-to-air channel are to be axed were played down by the CEO of TV and radio, Dubai Media Incorporated (DMI), who told Arabian Business that no decision had been made as to staff lay-offs.

Instead, he said the changes were "a chore routine work that occurs in all TV channels ... [and] a general review of our programmes and media content broadcast around the clock".

In addition to Dubai One, DMI runs seven Arabic-language TV channels, which are available via satellite across the Middle East.


Multichoice alleged to have planned ODM collapse


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/07/21/multichoice-alleged-to-have-planned-odm-collapse/

During last week’s unsuccessful court hearing in Johannesburg by a minority (0.7 per cent) shareholder of On Digital Media (ODM), it emerged that the court-appointed business rescue practitioner believed that the applicant, Atchuthanandan Nadaraja Moodley, was being deliberately funded by rivals in order to “ensure the business [of ODM] was permanently removed from the market”.

Business-rescue practitioner Petrus Francois van den Steen said in an affidavit that he questioned the motive behind Moodley’s application. “Given the lack of any commercial rationale for the applicant to oppose the implementation of the ODM rescue plan, and the obvious interest that Multichoice, as the sole player in the pay-TV market, has in ensuring that the rescue of the business of the first respondent should fail, it is my belief that Multichoice or a competitor of the first respondent is behind this application.”

Van den Steen is taking the ODM business (which traded as TopTV) through the South African version of Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

ODM chief executive Eddie Mbalo said they were relieved the case was over so they could go ahead with future plans for the company. “Most of the conditions for business rescue have been met. This was the only obstacle, so hopefully if nothing happens in the next few weeks, the company will be able to go forward,” Mbalo said.

Moodley will now see his 0.7 per cent stake reduced to 0.123 per cent of the new business which will be owned by Star Times Communications, part of the China-backed Star Times Group.


Direct-to-home players accuse cable operators of jamming signals, approach Mumbai police commissioner


From http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/City/Mumbai/Direct-to-home-players-accuse-cable-operators-of-jamming-signals-approach-Mumbai-police-commissioner/articleshow/38817713.cms

MUMBAI: If direct-to-home (DTH) operators are to believed, monsoon may not be the only reason for poor signal complaints across the city.

DTH operators have complained to the police, as well as state and central authorities, that "some elements were disrupting their signals by illegally installing jammers". But local cable operators, who seem to have been indirectly blamed, termed the complaint a ploy.

In a letter submitted to the police commissioner, the DTH Operators Association of India claimed that several subscribers in Versova, Yari Road, Lokhandawala and surrounding areas in Andheri reported frequent signal failure during the FIFA world cup matches. "Most of the disturbances were from 8.45pm to 4am between July 4 and 13," said the letter. The association also provided evidence, such as photographs of jammers and frequency observations. "The matter is serious as the use of jammers is recurring in the city after it was detected first in 2008 and then in 2012," said the letter, a copy of which is with TOI.

But Anil Parab, president, Cable Operators and Distributors Association, said, "During monsoon, DTH doesn't work as heavy rains affect the signals. I will request the police to conduct an inquiry and take action if there are any jammers. I don't understand why DTH operators never complain about jammers before monsoon? They are trying to fix the blame of their poor performance and technology failure during monsoon on us."

Harit Nagpal, president of DTH Operators Association Of India, said they got several complaints about poor quality and freezing of pictures on television screens in a systematic manner, which gave rise to the suspicion of malpractice being involved. "We have zeroed in on locations and informed the police. Dates pertaining the telecast and subsequent complaints have also been provided," he said.

"Disruptive signals were found to be strong in Mhada colony...the technical team also found destroyed DTH antennas on the terraces of some buildings," the letter said.




21/07/14

As from today we will be posting legit internet streams to some Free to air or web based channels.

Solid Dish for sale Auckland
http://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Listing.aspx?id=754678334

Weekend feeds

Optus C1 @ 156 12607 V some say 12614? v 30000 "service 01" biss encrypted. Mystery signal. Australia beam

Sunday feed

D2 12661 V Sr 6670 "globecast oz" scene from a foggy racetrack




From the Dish


Intelsat 19 166.0°E 12557 H "Motorvision TV, MTV Hits Australia and MTV Classic Australia" have started on , Conax.

Optus D1 160.0°E 12644 H "TV 3 Auckland and C4" have left .

AsiaSat 4 122.2°E 11727 R "CCTV 5" has left .

Palapa D 113.0°E 3792 V "Fox Movies Premium, Fox Family Movies and Nickelodeon Indonesia" have started on , Irdeto.
Palapa D 113.0°E 3946 V "Point of Sale Media Network" has left.

NSS 11 108.2°E 12401 V "Mmoney has replaced MBN" on , Fta.

Telkom 1 108.0°E 3826 H "The Indonesia Traventure Channel" has started on , Fta. Bali TV has left.

AsiaSat 7 105.5°E 4060 V Nickelodeon Pakistan, ARY Zauq, ARY Digital UK, ARY Digital UAE, ARY News UK & Europe, HBO Pakistan and ARY Digital USA on are encrypted again.

NSS 6 95.0°E 11037 H "Kasthuri TV" has left .
NSS 6 95.0°E 11090 H "ETV Urdu, Travel XP HD and Subhavaartha TV" have started on Conax.
NSS 6 95.0°E 11090 H "DD National" has left .
NSS 6 95.0°E 11172 H "Rang and Sanatan TV" have left .
NSS 6 95.0°E 12535 V "STV Haryana News, Z ETC Punjabi and Aakaash Aath" have left .
NSS 6 95.0°E 12729 V "Planet M Shopping" is now encrypted.

Measat 3 91.5°E 3760 V "MUTV" has started on , HD. Star Sports HD 2 and Star Sports HD 1 have left.

Measat 3a 91.4°E 3890 H "Fashion One Asia" has started on, HD, Fta.
Measat 3a 91.4°E 4040 H "Redemption TV Ministry" has left .

Measat 3 91.5°E 3920 V "Blue Ocean Network" has started on , Fta.

Yamal 300K 90.0°E 12612 V "Tochka TV" has left
Yamal 300K 90.0°E 12648 V "Park Razvlicenii and 8 Kanal" have left.
Yamal 300K 90.0°E 12648 V "Telekanal Futbol, REN TV and Shanson TV" have left .

Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3440 H "Vetee Thai" is now encrypted.
Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3440 H "AF Channel" has started on , BISS. Reality Channel has left.
Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3480 H "KM Channel" has started on , BISS.
Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3585 V "Melo TV and Media News" have started on , Irdeto. "Mystery Channel" has left .

Thaicom 6 78.5°E 3800 H "Cartoon Club" has left .
Thaicom 6 78.5°E 3800 H "Hit Channel TV, TVD Shop and Cartoon Club have started on , HD, BISS. IPM Phuket, Cartoon Club, Shop at home and Gigs n Games" have left.
Thaicom 6 78.5°E 4080 H "Mahidol Channel" has left again.
Thaicom 6 78.5°E 4120 H "Shop Thailand" has left .

Apstar 7 76.5°E 3642 H "Kantipur TV" is Fta.
Apstar 7 76.5°E 3680 H "SomSat TV" has left .
Apstar 7 76.5°E 4022 V "VTV" is Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5°E 12522 V "Deluxe Music" has left .

From asiatvro site

东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Mono 29、New TV(IPM)频道重现,设置11481 H 45000参数有条件接收。[07-21]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Playboy替换Spice(韩国)频道,设置11785 L 21300参数有条件接收。[07-21]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,CWG Astro 1(测试)高清频道新增,设置4050 V 6190参数免费接收。[07-21]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-9、MRTV Music(IPM)等频道加密,设置10977 V 40000参数有条件接收。[07-21]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Fox Sports HD替换Fox Sports Plus(印尼)频道,设置3920 H 26666参数有条件接收。[07-21]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Fox Movies Premium(MPEG-4)等3个频道新增,设置3792 V 5500参数有条件接收。[07-21]

东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Playboy替换TV ARS(韩国)频道,设置12690 H 27489参数有条件接收。 [7月20日]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Mono29、Suptra(IPM)等频道消失,设置11481 H 45000参数无效接收。[07-20]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Maasranga TV(MPEG-4)频道解密,设置3812 H 2200参数免费接收。[07-20]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-4、CCTV-9(IPM)等频道解密,设置10977 V 40000参数免费接收。[07-20]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Fasai、Asia Hit(IPM)等频道加密,设置11481 H 45000参数有条件接收。[07-20]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,OK TV(泰国)频道加密,设置3585 V 30000参数有条件接收。[07-19]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,MEE Khun替换Super Bluesky(泰国)频道,设置3600 H 26667参数有条件接收。[07-19]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,OK TV(泰国)频道加密,设置3585 V 30000参数有条件接收。[07-19]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,MEE Khun替换Super Bluesky(泰国)频道,设置3600 H 26667参数有条件接收。[07-19]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Fox Sports Plus(台湾)高清频道重现,设置3920 H 26666参数有条件接收。[07-19]
东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星Ku频段,家有购物(测试)频道消失,设置12547 H 5647参数无效接收。[07-19]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星C频段,TRG Live(测试)频道解密,设置3873 H 6660参数免费接收。[07-19]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,Rossiya 24(俄罗斯)频道解密,设置12640 V 30000参数免费接收。[07-19]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔300K号卫星Ku频段,VTK替换Vsegda TV(俄罗斯)频道,设置11093 H 30000参数免费接收。 [7月19日]
东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星Ku频段,家有购物(测试)频道新增,设置12547 H 5647参数免费接收。 [7月19日]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,MRTV Music(IPM)频道开播,设置10977 V 40000参数免费接收。 [7月19日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,Sky Racing 3(传送)频道加密,设置3814 V 6660参数有条件接收。 [7月19日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,STC Race(MPEG-4)频道加密,设置3716 V 1916参数有条件接收。 [7月19日]


Stream Links


Dubai Sports 3
http://cdnehlsdubaisports3.endavomedia.com/smil:dmilivedubaisports3.smil/chunklist_b1100000.m3u8


NEWS


Nine takes a stake in Quickflix


From http://if.com.au/2014/07/21/article/Nine-takes-a-stake-in-Quickflix/BBVSJODWED.html

Nine Entertainment Co. has bought HBO’s 8% stake in Quickflix, becoming a significant investor in the DVD rental and subscription streaming service.

HBO invested $10 million in the company in exchange for 83.3 million preference shares at a price of 12c per share, convertible to ordinary shares, in February 2012. HBO’s rep Henry McGee quit the board in November 2012.

The NEC deal was reported today in the Australian Financial Review. That prompted Quickflix to inform the ASX it was seeking information from Nine, later confirming NEC had bought all 91.16 million preference shares from HBO. Quickflix shares were trading at 0.1c, which could value the deal at about $1 million.

NEC isn’t commenting but some observers see this as a small, opportunistic investment rather than a precursor to a full takeover bid. NEC's StreamCo is preparing to launch an SVOD service which will compete directly with Quickflix, and with Foxtel's Presto.

However one pay-TV executive says, “Nine can creep up the QFX register and take control without a takeover premium.”

Another executive speculates that HBO could withdraw its product from Quickflix's streaming service at the end of the current licence period. That would be a blow as HBO's Game of Thrones has been its most popular show.

Quickflix chairman/CEO Stephen Langsford downplays the repercussions of HBO's exit, telling IF, "HBO has been very supportive. We willl continue to stream HBO content."

Langsford says his deal with HBO is "multi-year,"  and while he would not be specific he suggested it would run for at least two years.

In June Quickflix raised $1.8 million from Australian and international institutional investors, placing 204.2 million shares at 0.9c per share. It said the funds would provide working capital and increased investment in content and marketing.

Quickflix also announced Los Angeles-based David P. Smith, a former VP of 20th Century Fox Television Distribution, had joined the board as a non-executive director. Smith also serves as a consultant to Quickflix on securing Hollywood content.

The board hired corporate advisers Cashel Corporate Finance to help evaluate strategic options for the company.


SBS Tour de France coverage undermined by rogue broadcasts


From http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/sbs-tour-de-france-coverage-undermined-by-rogue-broadcasts-20140719-zueg8.html
 
Not only SBS viewers have been able to watch Vincenzo Nibali. Photo: AP

SBS lawyers have been informed that its exclusive coverage of the Tour de France is being undermined by UK coverage being live-streamed into Australia.

Rogue operators are broadcasting the Tour de France coverage of UK broadcaster ITV into Australia. This means the Tour de France is the second major sporting event in as many months broadcast by SBS that has been hit by online piracy.

The first was the World Cup, for which SBS paid an estimated $25 million for two cups. SBS said it had referred a "couple of isolated instances" of online piracy to soccer body FIFA, but "there is no formal investigation being conducted".

SBS has broadcast the Tour de France since 1990 and last year signed a deal to broadcast it until 2023, across television, online and mobile.

An SBS spokeswoman said: “As with any property for which SBS holds exclusive rights, if there were reports of activity that conflict with SBS’s rights for the Tour de France broadcast, SBS would look into it and consider the appropriate action.”

Fairfax Media has previously reported on pirate broadcasts of the World Cup. Set-top boxes sold for hundreds of dollars in Australia provide access to hundreds of channels from predominantly the Middle East and Europe via the internet.

Illicit websites are also undermining the AFL's record $1.25 billion broadcast deal by showing live streams of matches broadcast by operator Foxtel. Links to the live streams are sometimes available through fan sites and forums. Some streaming sites operate on a subscription model which charges more for better quality feeds.

News Corp and Telstra jointly own Foxtel. Rupert Murdoch, News Corp's executive chairman and chairman and chief executive of entertainment company 21st Century Fox, last week said between 15 and 20 per cent of Fox's revenue is eaten up by illegal downloads.

His companies are lobbying for a crackdown on online piracy, as is film company Village Roadshow.

Graeme Samuel, former Australian Competition and Consumer Commission chairman who now sits on the board of the Australian Rugby League Commission, said: "As a former regulator, and someone who does adhere to the law, piracy is not something to be encouraged. But we find in this area that the prices and the method of selling this content legally acts as an incentive for younger people to acquire it through other sources."

Tony Ishak is managing director of Sydney-based World Media International, which distributes foreign-language TV content. He passed on the information of the Tour de France broadcast to SBS, and is frustrated by the slow political and corporate response to the rising prevalence of pirated content. "I would expect them [SBS] to act on it as a taxpayer-funded organisation," he said.


(Craig's comment, seen live on ITV4 and various other sources)


206 community radio stations and 483 satellite and cable television stations resume broadcasting


From http://thainews.prd.go.th/centerweb/newsen/NewsDetail?NT01_NewsID=WNPOL5707210010011
 
BANGKOK, 21 July 2014 (NNT) - The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has authorized the resumption of operations of 206 community radio stations and 483 satellite and cable television stations.

The Chairman of the NBTC board Col Nathi Sukolrat said that 206 community radio stations have started broadcasting so far out of 4,839 stations which were allowed to do trial broadcasts earlier. Among them, 187 are business stations, 15 are public stations and 4 are community stations. Moreover, 1,174 stations have passed the signal sender test and are signing an agreement not to present inappropriate content according to the NCPO’s policy.

In addition, 483 out of 597 satellite television stations and cable television stations have resumed their services while the rest are being considered for a return to air.

Moreover, the NBTC is to call a meeting on July 24th to discuss proposed discount coupons for the purchase of digital TV equipment. The NCPO will be notified of the outcome of the meeting by the end of July. It is expected that the coupons will be launched for public use in September.


Major UK copyright awareness initiative


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/07/21/major-uk-copyright-awareness-initiative/

Representatives from the UK’s creative industries and major Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have joined forces with the support of government to launch Creative Content UK, a new partnership that will boost consumer awareness of the wide array of legitimate online content services and help reduce online copyright infringement. It is understood that the partnership will build on existing work in this area such as the Industry Trust for IP Awareness and its findanyfilm.com initiative.

Creative Content UK will comprise two key components. The first, which will launch before Spring 2015, will be a major multi-media education awareness campaign, led by content creators and part-funded by government, that aims to create wider appreciation of the value and benefits of entertainment content and copyright.

The second component is a subscriber alerts programme that will be co-managed and co-funded by ISPs and content creators and scheduled to begin at a later date. Participating ISPs will alert and advise subscribers when their accounts are believed to have been used to infringe copyright. Account holders will receive an alert from their ISP, advising them unlawful filesharing may have taken place on their connection and offering advice on where to find legitimate sources of entertainment content.

Business Secretary Vince Cable and Culture Secretary Sajid Javid announced the Government’s support for this initiative and pledged £3.5 million in funding for the education awareness component of the campaign. Cable revealed July 2 at Creative Industries Council (CIC) event that he and Javid would be rolling out a new initiative shortly that would strengthen IP protection in the industry.

Cable described the UK’s creative industries as one of its “brilliant” global success stories. “We have unrivalled creativity – from record breaking musicians to box office films – that excite and inspire people all over the world. Yet too often that content is open to abuse by some who don’t play by the rules. That is why we are working with industry to ensure that intellectual property rights are understood and respected. Education is at the heart of this drive so people understand that piracy isn’t a victimless crime – but actually causes business to fail, harms the industry and costs jobs,” he advised.

Javid said the Creative Sector was a key driver of the UK economy contributing £8 million to the UK economy every hour and underpinning over 1.5 million jobs. “Copyright is the foundation on which the Creative industries stand and we must ensure it remains strong and continues to support the growth of the sector. The alert programme shows industry working together to develop solutions which support the long-term health of the UK’s creative industries. It will play a central role in raising awareness of copyright and pointing people toward legal ways to access content and I welcome this effort,” he declared.

The initiative has cross party support. Harriet Harman, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party and Shadow Culture Secretary said she strongly welcomed the initiative. “We need to ensure that talented UK creators and digital innovators see a continued financial return from online services for their ideas and efforts.  I hope this initiative will encourage greater uptake of digital services and more responsible use of the Internet to safeguard jobs in the UK and reinforce our position as leaders in world class creativity.”

Creative Content UK founding partners include the Motion Picture Association (MPA), the BPI (British Recorded Music Industry), and the four main internet service providers: BT, Sky Broadband, TalkTalk and Virgin Media with the prospect of other ISPs joining at a later stage. It also has the backing and support of a broad range of organisations from across the creative community including the BBC; Equity; the Film Distributors’ Association; ITV; the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA); the Musicians’ Union; Pact the Premier League; the Publishers Association; and UK Music.

The campaign will aim to inform and encourage consumers – ranging from the next generation of digital users to ‘silver-surfers’ – about the huge range of entertainment content that is available from legal and licensed sources; giving them greater confidence when buying and using content online and providing additional guidance about internet safety.

Creative Content UK will operate within the wider context of successful programmes aimed at combating copyright infringement such as the blocking of illegal sites and working with advertisers and payment processors to cut off revenues to such sites. Full details of the initiative, including its branding and the scope of the education awareness campaign activity will be announced in due course.

Chris Marcich, President and Managing Director EMEA of the Motion Picture Association (MPA) said it was “fantastic” that the UK creative community and ISPs had come together in partnership to address online copyright infringement and raise awareness about the multitude of legitimate online services available to consumers. “We are also grateful to the UK Government for backing this important new initiative. This is just one piece of the overall approach to tackling illegal online infringement and promoting the importance of copyright. This will enable consumers to receive the best possible user experience and sustains the UK’s creative community and economy, incentivising the creation of new movies and other creative content,” he commented.

According to Geoff Taylor, Chief Executive of the BPI, it’s a wonderful time to be a music fan. “You can listen to almost any song ever released, instantly, wherever you are. But not everyone is familiar with all the different ways to do this – whether for free or from a paid service – while at the same time making sure the artist is also fairly rewarded. This landmark initiative marks the first time that entertainment companies, broadband providers and the Government have come together in a major campaign to engage consumers through their passion for music, film, TV and other content and to support them in enjoying it safely and legally online. It should mark a real step forward for digital entertainment in the UK.”

John Petter, CEO BT Consumer, said the telco was committed to supporting the creative industries by helping to tackle the problem of online piracy while ensuring the best possible experience for its customers. “That’s why we’ve worked very hard with rights-holders and other leading ISPs to develop a voluntary programme based on consumer education and awareness which promotes the use of legal online content.”

Lyssa McGowan, Director, Sky Broadband, said that as both a content creator and ISP, Sky understood how vital it is to tackle online copyright infringement in order to protect future investment in content. “As a result, we’re pleased to be partnering with the MPA, BPI and other major Internet providers to help make consumers aware of illegal downloading and point them towards the wide range of legitimate sites where they can enjoy great content. We look forward to working with our partners to provide useful guidance for our customers on the issue and, in doing so, help support Britain’s creative industries.”

Dido Harding, CEO, TalkTalk said that British consumers benefited from some of the most diverse and exciting creative content. “As an ISP, we want to help our customers access that in a safe, legitimate way. That’s why we’ve long been committed to working with rights-holders and Government to ensure we tackle copyright infringement, but in a way that supports our customers. This voluntary agreement, combined with the accompanying consumer awareness campaign, means that customers will have the information they need to make the right choices about how they access content. That’s good news for consumers and content owners alike.”

Dana Strong, Chief Operating Officer, Virgin Media, said the operator had worked with the creative industry and other broadband providers on the campaign that will inform its customers about the value of content and help them find compelling, lawful sources online.

Representatives of the creative industries, have also welcomed the announcement. Alison Wenham, Chairman and CEO, AIM (Association of Independent Music) said the initiative was a positive step for the music industry and consumers alike. “The support of government and the ISPs is very welcome as is their acknowledgement of the importance of protecting copyright and intellectual property. We believe that educating music fans about the huge diversity of legal, online services available to them is a highly effective way of tackling piracy and promoting the value of music.”

James Purnell, Director of Strategy & Digital, BBC said that through digital inclusion schemes and services such as BBC iPlayer and BBC Playlister, the BBC had been introducing audiences to legitimate online services, whether for TV, film or music, and helping to grow the digital content market for the whole sector. “We welcome today’s awareness-raising agreement, which should help audiences to find great content online in a way that is safe, rewards right holders, funds the production of new content, and supports the important contribution of the creative industries to the UK’s cultural life and economy”.

Christine Payne, General Secretary of Equity and Chair of the Creative Coalition Campaign , described the agreement as “fantastic news” for workers across the creative industries from actors to lighting engineers to recording artists and many more whose livelihoods depend on copyright. “Education is absolutely critical to tackling online copyright infringement, and encouraging greater use of legal services – as opposed to pirate sites – will help ensure that our creative industries continue to provide jobs and growth for years to come,” she asserted.

Crispin Hunt, Musician and Songwriter/Producer and Co-CEO the Featured Artist Coalition, advised that three million people had downloaded one of his tunes from a popular Pirate site. “Each person thinks it can’t hurt and that one download won’t make a difference. But it really affects all musicians from big bands to underground DJs and it’s beginning to change the quality of music itself. I love that people like the tune, but every musician I know would really appreciate it if those people who want music for free would go on Spotify with Ads, or some such instead. If this initiative teaches fans to do that, it would really help give a bit back by rewarding the players not the pirates for the music they enjoy.”

Lord Puttnam of Queensgate CBE, President of Film Distributors’ Association said that educating consumers of all ages about the value of intellectual property was an essential part of the battle against online piracy. “I have long argued that dissuading people from watching film content from illegal sites will only be possible when that content is available legally online in ways consumers want. This initiative from content makers and distributors, with government support, will ensure that everyone knows how to find their favourite films online and won’t be driven to look for them on illegal sites,” he suggested.

Jean Prewitt, President & CEO of the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA) said that Creative Content UK was an exemplary cross-industry initiative that, with Government endorsement, promised to help give consumers the safe, legitimate and extraordinarily rich Internet experience that they deserve. “IFTA’s membership of independent production and distribution companies here in the UK and around the globe has been profoundly affected by copyright infringement and we are pleased to participate on our members’ behalf in the effort to expand awareness of legal online sources of content and to educate consumers to avoid online theft.”

Fru Hazlitt, Managing Director, Commercial and Online, ITV said the UK TV industry was world-leading and was underpinned by copyright protection. “There is a job to do in educating people about the importance of copyright and its role in supporting television in the UK so it is very encouraging that content investors, ISPs and government have come together in this partnership. This is just the sort of initiative that will help us to ensure that people know about all the ways they can get great content legitimately and to reduce infringement.”

“Online piracy puts the livelihoods of musicians at risk and means they are not fairly rewarded for their work,” warned John Smith, General Secretary, Musicians’ Union. “This campaign will help to raise awareness of all the legal music sites that are available and we hope will encourage the general public to back musicians and buy legally.”

John McVay, Chief Executive, Pact said that new digital services are offering consumers unprecedented access to their favourite TV programmes whenever and wherever they want. “The move to digital presents a tremendous opportunity for the TV production sector but one that can only be fully realised if consumers use legal services instead of accessing them from pirate sites that contribute nothing to the creators and makers of the original content. Today’s announcement is a welcome step forward that will help ensure the television production sector can continue to thrive in the digital age.”

Robert Ashcroft, Chief Executive, PRS for Music, said that songwriters deserved the right to earn a living from their craft and the vast majority of music lovers would support them in this. “Today’s initiative will help reduce inadvertent infringements and help consumers make positive choices about how to enjoy music online, providing a welcome boost to the UK’s important creative sector.”

Richard Mollet, Chief Executive, Publishers Association, suggested that tackling online copyright infringement effectively was a joint enterprise, requiring the involvement of rights holders, Internet service providers and government. “It is great that all these parties are now coming together to create a campaign which will make clear the importance of intellectual property to creators and the wider economy, and ensure that the internet delivers, not detracts value from the creative industries.”

Dan Johnson, Director of Communications, Premier League, said: “Intellectual property rights underpin the continued success of the Premier League, allowing our clubs to invest in developing and attracting some of the world’s best players. It also allows the competitive and compelling football our League is renowned for to be played out in safe and welcoming stadiums that are 96% full of passionate and engaged fans. Tackling online copyright infringement is vital to ensuring this investment in world-class talent and facilities can continue. The united front being shown today by the creative community, the Government and internet service providers on this important issue is a significant step in the right direction. It will benefit every level of the game as well as the fans and participants that sustain English football.”

Jo Dipple, CEO of UK Music said: “Much more effort is needed to educate young people about the digital market they get their music and creative content from. This three-stage education programme must succeed in encouraging young people to get their content from licensed sites. Those that continue to infringe after being led repeatedly to a legal option will feel the sting of a targeted alert to their household account. This campaign will inspire and guide young people to instinctively look for legal online content. We must encourage our young fans to invest in a value chain that pays British creative industries and the talent they invest in.”


Is India ready for HD HEVC set top boxes?


From http://www.indiantelevision.com/technology/hardware/set-top-boxes/is-india-ready-for-hd-hevc-set-top-boxes-140721

MUMBAI: India may be struggling with completing the strenuous task of digitising the close to 9.4 crore cable TV homes, but when it comes to keeping pace with technology as compared to the rest of the world, we are not very far behind.
 
While it was direct to home (DTH) player Videocon d2h which first announced that it was working out to launch its 4K Ultra HD service, Tata Sky followed soon. And with this, came the one big question: is the country ready for a technology such as this? Answers Broadcom Corporation associate product line director Brett Tischler, “The consumer is ready for 4K technology, which gives a clearer, sharper and brighter viewing experience. When people see it, they want it.”
 
Worldwide, when the first 4K Ultra HD TV was launched, it cost close to $20,000. “This has now come down to $1000. This makes the TV much more affordable. The premium consumer is quick to respond,” he adds.
 
The chip making company, Broadcom has forayed into 4K technology as well. And if sources are to be believed, it is Broadcom’s chip that has been used in the 4K Ultra HD set top boxes (STBs) introduced by both Videocon d2h and Tata Sky.
 
While one may feel that there is not enough 4K content available the world over, Tischler feels otherwise. According to him, 4K content can be made available on Over the Top (OTT) platforms or through Live TV, Video on Demand (VOD) and web based content. Sports and movies are the two genres which will be popular in 4K. “There are a few Hollywood movies which are being made in 4K. Also the last three or four 2014 FIFA World Cup matches were broadcast in 4K in South America,” adds Tischler.
 
Broadcom, in the past had also telecast the winter Olympics using 4K technology. According to Broadcom managing director Rajiv Kapur 4K will be adopted faster world over.
 
Ultra HD filming, transmission and broadcast requires a significant increase in bandwidth. “Our Ultra HD video decoder solutions with integrated high efficiency video codec (HEVC) technology reduces bandwidth usage by 50 per cent, allowing users to download Ultra HD content in half the time,” informs Tischler.
 
Both Kapur and Tishler are of the view that HEVC is the standard that the industry will move towards now. And if the duo is to be believed, the operators in India will soon move towards HD HEVC set top boxes (STBs), since the technology compresses the content and reduces the bandwidth needed to half.
 
“India has the potential. We have developed an optimised technology that works well in the country. It is an exciting time for the country,” opines Tischler.
 
Content today is generally produced and transmitted in 8 bit but HEVC take it up to 10 bit, giving a wider colour gamut. And so a lot of the content creators will now be looking at adopting this technology. “Most producers and broadcasters know that they will need to create content in 10 bit for better experience, but if they make it in 8 bit, even that will work,” informs Tischler.
 
On the flip side, with Indian DTH operators facing transponder space constraints, will the technology be accepted? Answers Tischler, “HEVC content at the same resolution is about half the size. So the 10 megabit AVC content can be reduced to 5 megabit HEVC content, without having any effect on the quality of the content. HD moving to 4K is a multiplier by four and by using the HEVC, this can be halved, and so it’s a multiplier by two.”
 
For both Kapur and Tischler, cable satellite and IP TV operators either have definite plans to move to HEVC or are planning to move to it. “It is a better codec for them to use. They are already putting it in their next generation equipments,” says Kapur.
 
4K Ultra HD is a premium service, which according to Kapur will start as VOD and then move to OTT and then to full channels.
 
The primary obstacle for introducing 4K is gone. With TV sets being sold, the operator cannot ask the consumer to first go and buy TV and then launch the service. “TVs are selling and  the service can't be far behind. 4K initially will be a premium product, but HEVC as an HD codec, applies to everybody. So some operators who are doing HD will go right into HEVC, and will only do HD in HEVC. So we see HEVC being adopted by some of the biggest and most developed DTH operators in the world and also some of the emerging markets which are going into digitisation,” opines Tischler.
 
HEVC is future-proof and will give better returns on investment. “We have a range of HEVC chips, but the 4K p60 10 bit HEVC chip is what we are planning to put in people’s houses,” adds Kapur.
 
If the operator chooses to do VOD in HEVC, they can do it using half the bandwidth. According to Kapur, the early decision of deploying boxes by the operators will now play a critical role, since changing the boxes, after the operator has installed them over a large subscriber base will be a tedious task.  
 
The HEVC boxes will move into production this year and will be available by 2015. “We are right at the cusp of these developments,” informs Tischler.
 
Both Tischler and Kapur are of the view that the phase III and phase IV markets in India will not be using HEVC, since MPEG 2 SD boxes will dominate these markets. “Currently, the operators are looking at grabbing as many subscribers as possible. So they want to push as many and cheapest boxes as possible. It is only later they will introduce newer technology boxes. Then they will try to grow their revenue and give more services to their consumers,” opines Kapur.
 
Unlike DTH, the cable TV market in India is still dominated by the SD STBs. Will that also see introduction of HD HEVC boxes? Says Kapur, “DTH also took decades to grow from basic SD boxes to some of the latest technologies. Cable will go through similar evolution.”
 
Broadcom which has some 70 offices worldwide, invests heavily on R&D. The company which has close to 35 R&D offices, spends close to 21-23 per cent of its total revenue on R&D.


Videocon d2h Chooses Broadcom to Deliver HD Satellite Service to Growing India Pay-TV Market


From http://prnw.cbe.thejakartapost.com/news/2014/videocon-d2h-chooses-broadcom-to-deliver-hd-satellite-service-to-growing-india-pay-tv-market.html

IRVINE, Calif., July 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a global innovation leader in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, today announced that Videocon d2h, India’s fastest growing direct-to-home (DTH) satellite service provider, has selected Broadcom’s highly integrated satellite set-top box (STB) system-on-a-chip (SoC) device to power their latest high definition (HD) universal serial bus (USB) digital video recorder (DVR). Broadcom’s BCM7358 HD satellite STB SoC enables Videocon d2h to accelerate deployment of HD satellite STBs to subscribers throughout the region while reducing design complexity, size and overall system cost.  For more news, visit Broadcom’s Newsroom.

Designed to address consumer demand for pay-TV programming, Videocon d2h’s HD USB DVR is capable of recording content on a USB storage device and offers enhanced digital picture quality with optimum 1080p resolution. The Videocon d2h HD USB DVR is powered by Broadcom’s BCM7358 single-channel 1080p HD advanced video coding (AVC) satellite receiver chip, featuring a high performance CPU and graphics engine, Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA®) connectivity support and advanced security functionality. 

According to IHS, STB industry revenue will reach a record $22.8 billion in 2015, driven largely by growth in emerging markets and subscriber demand for HD content1. “As pay-TV operators move to accommodate changes in delivery platforms and formats, including the adoption of HD, STB shipments will continue to rise, hitting record levels for the next few years,” said Daniel Simmons, IHS Technology Director for Connected Home research. “Technology-based service differentiation is becoming increasingly important for pay-TV operators in emerging regions, as these markets begin to mature and saturate. Transitioning subscribers from SD to HD at minimal cost will be critical for driving further pay-TV growth in emerging markets.”

“The silicon innovation that Broadcom provides has been a key factor in our continued success in delivering rich content to our growing subscriber base,” said Anil Khera, Videocon d2h CEO. “We’re leveraging a variety of Broadcom STB silicon throughout our portfolio and plan to extend our manufacturing capabilities to meet the needs of other cable operators in the region.”

“The Indian television market is undergoing a major transition, and operators such as Videocon d2h are leading the charge in dramatically improving the quality and variety of content delivery,” said Rajiv Kapur, Broadcom India Senior Director of Business Development. “As an established leader in STB silicon innovation around the world, Broadcom is delivering the technology required for a growing number of consumers to enjoy more sophisticated features such as HD-quality content, digital video recording and on-demand services.”

Videocon d2h is India’s fastest growing DTH service provider, offering 500 channels and services. Videocon d2h also has 27 Asli HD and 239 regional channels and services on its platform. Videocon d2h for the first time in India has successfully previewed 4k Ultra HD DTH services, offers India’s first 1000 GB HD DVR and is the first DTH service provider to offer radio frequency remote control.

Key Features of the Broadcom® BCM7358 SoC

1080p AVC decode & display
Integrated LNA, tuner & DVB-S2 demodulation
16-bit DDR3 support for optimal cost/performance
Over 750 DMIPS application CPU
Advanced security for all major conditional access
AvailabilityThe Videocon d2h HD USB DVR is now available to India subscribers. The Broadcom BCM7358 satellite STB SoC is currently available.

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Resources1 IHS 2013

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Satellite services provider Inmarsat keen on offering high-tech services to India


From http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/et-cetera/satellite-services-provider-inmarsat-keen-on-offering-high-tech-services-to-india/articleshow/38734378.cms

NEW DELHI: Global satellite services provider Inmarsat is keen on offering India high-tech services of regular monitoring of climate, power grids and water levels in reservoirs that will enable real-time exchange of information without human intervention.

"Because of the scale of population, India would be increasingly interested in machine-to-machine communication and environment monitoring," Todd McDonell, Vice President of Global Government at Inmarsat, told PTI.

Machine-to-machine (M2M) technology enables exchange of information and data without human intervention.

In India, satellite based communication can be used for real time monitoring of environment, pollution levels, operations of smart power grids, checking water levels in reservoirs, he said.

"We are doing it at a number of places in the world already and have well built technology to provide reliable results in India," he said.

For M2M technology, customers are now moving from wireless mobile networks to satellite communication networks due to reliability and scalability, he added.

"We had some government customers in the world who used 3G networks for environment monitoring primarily and satellite networks as back up.

"But as 3G networks are getting congested they thought its unreliable and moved to satellite networks as primary and 3G networks as back up," McDonell said.

He said in India most of satellite firms provide broadcast service mainly, but Inmarsat primarily is a communication services provider which gives it an advantage over others.

In India, Inmarsat offers satellite mobile services through Tata CommunicationsBSE -0.73 %, which is the only company in the country that holds licence for such services.

The company is hopeful of getting direct entry into the satellite communications sooner or later.

"India has certain set of regulations and we are going through the process," an Inmarsat spokesperson said.

There are 1,532 authorised satellite phone connections that can operate within country and a majority of them are used by security forces. TCL has also issued 4,143 permits to maritime community for use of such phones at ships.

International Mobile Satellite Organization (INMARSAT) was set up under the aegis of United Nations in 1979 and India was one of the founding members.




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Murdoch ‘odd on’ in $85 billion bid


From http://www.heraldsun.com.au/business/murdoch-odd-on-in-85-billion-bid/story-fni0dcne-1226992762279?nk=e06100a7f73208f073f3c0bc4666b5ad

RUPERT Murdoch will ultimately succeed in his bid to create an unrivalled film and television powerhouse by combining 21st Century Fox with Time Warner, analysts believe.

His initial $US80 billion ($85 billion) play for Time Warner will almost certainly be the opening salvo in a campaign that could run for many months, they say.

Industry experts said Mr Murdoch, the executive chairman of 21st Century Fox, would redraw the media landscape in the US if he succeeded, with knock-on effects around the world.

Time Warner shares surged overnight on Wednesday — rallying 17 per cent in New York — after it emerged 21st Century Fox had made the approach.

It would be the biggest deal in Mr Murdoch’s long career.

The buyout approach is believed to have been made by Fox president Chase Carey in a lunch with Time Warner chief Jeff Bewkes early last month.

Time Warner rejected the offer of $US85 a share on July 3. According to market speculation, directors are demanding a price closer to $US110.

Details of the approach came to light as Mr Murdoch was in Sydney on Thursday attending a B20 meeting in the run-up to the G20 conference in Brisbane later this year.

Under the deal being proposed, 21st Century Fox assets including the Fox film studios and television networks would be combined with Time Warner assets including subscription channels HBO and TNT, the Warner Bros movie studio and sports rights.

To address competition concerns, news network CNN would likely be off for an estimated $US6 billion, according to industry sources.

In Australia, Warner Bros Entertainment Australia distributes movies, TV shows and games to companies including Foxtel.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission declined to comment on the possibility of a deal yesterday except to note it could review transactions involving overseas businesses “carrying on business in Australia”.

Last year, Mr Murdoch split his major business into two companies — 21st Century Fox, covering most of the group’s film and television assets, and News Corp, covering the group’s portfolio of prominent newspapers including the Herald Sun.

Mr Murdoch is also excutive chairman of News Corp, which also owns Australian pay-TV business Foxtel is also part of News Corp.

The offer was for 1.531 non-voting Fox shares and $US32.42 in cash for each of Time Warner share.

It would create a titan with a market value of $US160 billion.

Fox believes it shave $US1 billion from the annual cost bill for a combined company — a figure that could be upwardly revised if it can scrutinise Time Warner’s books.

The head of US hedge fund Citadel, Ken Griffin, said the deal made sense for shareholders.

“Murdoch has a history of being willing to go the extra mile to get deals done that are important to him,” Mr Griffin said.

Advertising industry heavyweight Martin Sorrell, chief executive of ad group WPP, said “it would be foolish” to bet against Mr Murdoch pulling off a deal.

“When Rupert moves, he usually moves successfully,” he said.


Google Chromecast - the new way to watch TV


From https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/24495611/google-chromecast-the-new-way-to-watch-tv/

Review

Google Chromecast

Price: $49

Rating: 8/10

Welcome to the new way we watch TV

In case you didn't know, there's a TV revolution going on, and it goes like this: "I want to watch what I want, when I want."

These days, the consumer has the power (which is creating a lot of problem for TV advertising revenues, but that's another story) in the form of on-demand and streaming TV.

The emerging popularity of ABC iView and SBS On Demand - in addition to the impending arrival of Freeview Plus and the $40 billion behemoth Netflix - is case-in-point.

And this is where Google Chromecast comes in.

Aimed at TV watchers without a smart TV, the media device enables the viewer to watch videos over the interwebs on the TV.

So how does it work?

Well, the Google dongle plugs into the HDMI cable at the back of your TV.

It's a simple process to connect the Chromecast to your home Wi-Fi network, so simple I reckon my 70-year-old next door neighbour Al could do it.

And that's it. There's no remote - you drive the device from your smartphone, tablet or laptop.

Compatible video services like YouTube will display the Chromecast icon in the corner.

In Australia these include the aforementioned, Google Play, Foxtel and Vevo. While ABC iView is on the way later this year (hopefully soon).

Perth-based Quickflix also has a contract with Google to deliver its streaming service.

Using your smartphone in the house to queue up YouTube videos whilst doing the dishes (in my case it was videos from the latest Glastonbury festival) is a real thrill. And it is so easy to use - ridiculously so.

I have to admit though, after a week I began to forget about it. And the thrill of watching the Baby Panda Sneezing video on the big screen wore off just a little.

But the Chromecast's main advantage is price - at $49 got to be one of the cheapest ways to bring internet video to the big screen.

And when iView, SBS and the commercial stations jump on board, it will be the easy way to watch what you want, when you want.


John Drinnan: Slowly to the revolution


From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11295553

How are media adapting to the world of digital content? Part one of a two-part look at what's over the horizon

A Colmar Brunton/NZ On Air study last week confirmed what most people in media already knew: Kiwis do most of their watching and listening through traditional broadcast channels, not the plethora of online outlets now available.

The report was commissioned to help NZ On Air decide how much funding it should offer to new media. But it confirmed media firms' internal research on the way the digital revolution is going. As NZ On Air chief executive Jane Wrightson says, "Our main focus is on the size of the audience. While this is changing it is still predominantly with traditional outlets."

For those in the business, the fundamental issue is finding a way to make money off the internet - and that is a quest most traditional media companies are still working on.

Fifty years ago there were dire warnings that television would kill cinema - which it hasn't managed yet. Now we have prophecies that streamed internet TV and digital radio will destroy old-fashioned "linear" TV channels and broadcast radio.

True or not, New Zealand's belated uptake of subscription video on demand (SVOD) services such as Quickflix, and the planned new Lightbox service from Telecom, will up the ante. In fact, 2014 may go down as the year when mainstream television knuckled down to deal with the new world order of digital media.

Radio is also part of the digital revolution, and Radio NZ is taking the leap into digital media after spending much of the past decade in denial. RNZ has put more resources into its online offering, and is planning to introduce video content. The question is whether it can do that without undermining the broadcast radio content it offers on its National and Concert services.

Chief executive Paul Thompson is said to have been agreeably surprised by uptake of The Wireless - the name of its website for a younger age group, which aims to challenge the generally older skew of RNZ's audience. RNZ is also making better use of its rejigged main website, to promote its radio content.

Strategically, there are questions about the dangers of taking its focus off commercial-free radio, in order to compete online with myriad well-resourced and aggressive private sector websites.

Thompson has said broadcast radio content will come under pressure as the world goes digital. Some argue that the online push reflects his previous role as editorial chief at Fairfax New Zealand newspapers, which have been disrupted by online media, including social media providing quality content free.

Elsewhere in commercial radio, there is an increasing emphasis on filming in studios and screening the footage online.

AT YOUR DEMAND

TVNZ's approach to digital has been the opposite of RNZ's. It had already made a big push online, and appears to be refocusing on the core business, while developing digital assets.

Under former chief executive Rick Ellis, TVNZ was highly focused on the new digital world, but with his replacement, Kevin Kenrick, there has been a renewed concentration on the revenue-earning capabilities of its core assets - TV One and TV2.

Uneconomic channels such as the youth-orientated TVNZ U and Heartland on Sky have been or are being pulled off air as the state-owned broadcaster meets demands to make a better return for the government.

TVNZ's most advanced digital initiative has been its Ondemand service, which wins plaudits for offering consumers a good service. Much of TVNZ's digital strategy is to build on the foundation of that service.

Sceptics point out that Ondemand is generously resourced. A financial analysis last year by Craigs Investment Partners estimated that TVNZ's digital media revenue amounted to about $10 million, though there is little clarity on its impact on the bottom line, if any.
In that sense TVNZ is the same as most traditional media companies, struggling to find ways to monetise digital expansion.

TVNZ is now "refurbishing" the Ondemand service, to make content more accessible and give it an edge in creating and sourcing content.

But the bulk of its revenue comes from advertising attached to its traditional programming, and that is under pressure due to the fragmentation of media.

MediaWorks has lagged behind TVNZ in developing its digital imprint, partly because it has not had shareholder permission to pump resources into an arm that is essential in the medium and long term, but does not immediately deliver profits and dividends.

CATCH-UP TIME

Under new and more secure ownership, MediaWorks has been catching up, improving its on-demand services and promoting on-air content. But it has a long way to go.

MediaWorks says its "Interactive" service - which offers TV and radio content - is profitable, but it seems likely there will be pressure to improve its digital services.

As the recent Colmar Brunton/NZ On Air study showed, New Zealanders spend most of their time with TV and radio, but also use a wide range of other media. For example, MediaWorks claims great success with its apps, which have been downloaded one million times and are widely used.

These range from the video on demand service 3NOW, to the popular 3 News app, to radio apps like The Edge, which allow users to livestream the radio station or the TV channel in question. Expect their initiative with The Edge TV station to be at the centre of the company's push to impose itself online.

NEXT ON SKY

SKY TV is arguably New Zealand's first digital media company. It has been criticised for the delay in advancing new media initiatives, and even blamed for creating the demand for pirated programmes that are not legitimately available here.

Chief executive John Fellet points out that there is no rush to do things which don't make a profit, noting that "I don't want to have the most watched platform as we go bankrupt".

The Sky Go platform offers streaming to existing customers, and a so-far-unnamed new SVOD service will offer more choice later in the year.

As New Zealand's biggest buyer of TV content, Sky has the advantage of exclusive deals for Hollywood content, which SVOD services need to stand out from competitors.

The big question will be how Sky uses its dominance of sports rights in the digital arena, and the degree to which it allows internet services to take those rights away.

The Craigs analysis pointed to other opportunities, such as extending the functionality of the Sky Go platform, and using TV on demand to offer premium channels such as SoHo and premium sports content.


Newtec for Thaicom


From http://www.ciol.com/ciol/news/217758/newtec-enables-thailand-s-dth-service-launched-thaicom

Broadcasters can gain an increase of up to 10 percent in throughput without changing any system parameters or set-top boxes, making it possible to upgrade some SD programs to HD or add content

SINGAPORE: Newtec announced that Thaicom PLC, an Asian satellite operator, has installed Newtec technology (M6100 Broadcast Satellite Modulators) on the platform of Thaicom-6, enabling its satellite to provide TV Broadcasting services in both C-band and Ku-band to serve customers.

More than 30 Newtec M6100 Broadcast Satellite Modulators are installed on Thaicom-6, along with Newtec's Automated Equalink technology, which allows Thaicom to either save money on space capacity, lower the programming cost or increase service availability.

Broadcasters can gain an increase of up to 10 percent in throughput without changing any system parameters or set-top boxes, making it possible to upgrade some SD programs to HD or add content.

Newtec's equipment also includes Clean Channel Technology. This combination of improved roll-offs for DVB-S2 and advanced filtering technologies allows optimal bandwidth utilization, resulting in even higher efficiency and a significant improvement in performance by 1.2dB.

The extension to the DVB-S2 standard, a new specification developed by DVB members including Newtec, called DVB-S2X, is also implemented on Newtec products, or is available as a software upgrade. This new standard brings further capabilities on top of DVB-S2, including lower Roll-Offs (RO) and increased granularity in MODCOD choice


BSkyB prepares to roll the dice again with European expansion


From https://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/bskyb-prepares-roll-dice-again-091022047.html

LONDON/MILAN/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - BSkyB's plan to buy Rupert Murdoch's pay-TV assets in Italy and Germany for perhaps as much as 10 billion euros is a bold bet on long-term growth at the expense of short-term profit, but the pioneering British media firm has pulled off such gambles before.

Facing the toughest market conditions in its 25-year history, BSkyB has opened talks with Murdoch's 21st Century Fox to acquire Sky Deutschland and Sky Italia to create a European powerhouse with 20 million subscribers.

BSkyB, also 39 percent-owned by the Australian-born media mogul, has set the standard in Britain for technological innovation such as its award-winning Sky+ set-top box, streaming TV app and Europe's first 3D channel.

Having seen off a string of challengers to dominate the British pay-TV market, BSkyB, which is in more than 10 million homes in Britain and Ireland, is now betting that the time is right to enter two European markets where pay-TV is not yet as popular or profitable.

"The asset is too good and the opportunity is too big to ignore it," one top 10 shareholder in BSkyB told Reuters on condition of anonymity, adding that they would view the deal positively as long as they could agree reasonable terms.

Analysts have put the likely price at between 7 billion and 10 billion euros (£7.90 billion). Sources familiar with the deal have told Reuters the talks are progressing well but that there are still many areas they need to find agreement on.

BSkyB, which declined to comment, has history in making expensive but ultimately winning gambles.

Back in 2006, it set out plans to offer broadband for free, spooking analysts and investors who feared the gamble would be costly, but the strategy paid off by luring new customers who took its other subscription services. It also led the way in investing in high definition programming, which also proved extremely popular, boosting the amount customers paid each month.

Analysts and investors are divided over whether the new deal is aimed at creating scale so it can better compete with new online challengers such as Netflix or is more a reflection of Sky's saturated home market, which is forcing it to look overseas to find growth.

Many see the hand of Murdoch behind the deal since it would give Fox billions of euros in cash at a time when the 83-year old mogul is looking to expand in content.

Fox revealed on Wednesday it had tried and so far failed to buy media conglomerate Time Warner Inc, with a source putting the price at roughly $80 billion.

A separate source close to the Sky talks said they did not expect Murdoch to raise his holding in BSkyB, which would be contentious in Britain, where rivals and some politicians believe he controls too much of the media.

APPEALING TO THE MASSES

BSkyB, which is facing a new challenge at home from telecoms group BT, which is aggressively bidding for content and customers, would expand its potential market to 95 million households by moving into Italy and Germany.

A larger group would be able to better absorb higher programming costs, co-produce content and be well placed to buy broadcasting rights on a pan-European basis if that ever replaces the current country-by-country basis.

It could also save some costs on procurement and back-office functions, while generating increased revenue by rolling out services into Italy and Germany that have sold well in Britain, such as targeted advertising and betting services.

Analysts however are divided over the potential cost and revenue synergies for the deal, with Berenberg struggling to see meaningful savings, while UBS forecasts synergies of up to 380 million pounds per year.

"This is not a massive synergy story," Berenberg analyst Sarah Simon said. "It's more about accessing higher growth because these are markets with low penetration."

However, it could take a while for the benefits of creating a so-called Sky Europe to pay off, as the risks of entering Germany and Italy are not inconsequential.

Sky Italia, 100 percent owned by Fox, is Italy's biggest pay-TV operator in a market where those willing to pay for TV has slumped during the downturn, to 34 percent of households in 2013 from almost 40 percent just four years earlier, according to Bernstein Research.

With its 4.75 million subscribers unable to provide much revenue growth, Sky Italia has kept a tight lid on costs.

Against that background it did well in late June to win exclusive rights to more Serie A soccer matches at roughly the same price as before, but it has lost the Champions League matches to rival Mediaset Premium, owned by former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s TV group Mediaset.

GERMAN QUESTIONS

In Germany, the market is less constrained by economic pressures than by long-established habit.

According to industry research, less than 20 percent of German households pay for television, well below the 54 percent in Britain, due in part to the strong position of German free-to-air TV.

While the Sky Deutschland business is growing strongly in terms of customer additions and revenue, due to the appeal of its soccer programming, it has not made an operating profit in recent years and is only expected to turn positive next year, according to Reuters data.

BSkyB is unlikely to radically change the way the business is run - Sky Deutschland's CEO Brian Williams spent 13 years at BSkyB - but the timing of the deal in terms of its recovery and growth profile could be good for the British firm.

A large factor in whether BSkyB shareholders will back the deal will be whether it acquires all of Sky Deutschland or just the 57 percent owned by Fox. Under German takeover rules a deal for the Fox stake would trigger a mandatory offer for the rest.

That in turn would affect how much BSkyB would need to pay, and whether it would need to issue equity or pay for the deal with debt and cash. On Thursday it said it had sold a 6.4 percent stake in British broadcaster ITV for 481 million pounds to cable group Liberty Global.

That move by Liberty, which is in 12 European countries and has recently invested in a small content producer, also shows why the Sky assets may need to join forces in the region if they are going to be competing against ever larger groups.

If the price is between 7 billion and 10 billion euros, BSkyB's net debt could rise to more than three times its core earnings from the current level of around one. That in turn could force it to temper its share buyback and dividend programmes.

Analysts at Nomura warned that that could also leave BSkyB vulnerable in its fight with BT when it comes to bidding for Premier League soccer rights.

The two, which spent more than 3 billion pounds in 2012 to share the rights for three years, are likely to go head to head again in the auction for the three seasons beginning with the 2016/17 campaign.

Were BSkyB to push ahead with the European deal, it would need to strike the right balance between investing in Britain to ward off BT while growing its two new assets in Europe.

"BSkyB has always been a company with a great history of innovation and bold risk taking," Numis analyst Paul Richards said. "The challenges within the two assets are both a drawback and an opportunity."


Russia’s CTV wants new satellite service


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/07/17/russias-ctv-wants-new-satellite-service/

Moscow-based CTV, which is affiliated with telco holding company Sistema, is applying for a licence to use a batch of DTH frequencies on the ABS-2 satellite, and wants to launch a pay-TV service over Russia.

Russia’s federal telecommunications regulator Roslomnadzor made the announcement, and says that CTV/Sistema is the only company making an application. The tender covers the Ku-band and would be for DTH transmissions

ABS-2 operates from 75 degrees East with full coverage over Russia.


Fox Sports channels for Africa


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/07/18/fox-launches-new-sports-channels-in-africa/

Fox International Channels (FIC), a 21st Century Fox company, has confirmed the launch of the company’s flagship sports TV brand, Fox Sports, in sub-Saharan Africa. Two new channels, Fox Sports and Fox Sports 2, will replace Setanta Sports and Setanta Action, respectively.

The two channels are set to launch in August 2014 to coincide with the kick-off of the new 2014-15 football league season. The rebranding and re-launch of the channels consolidates Fox brands in the region, and creates the most dynamic and diverse sports network available anywhere.

Setanta Sports and Setanta Action were originally integrated into the sub-Saharan sports channel bouquet, Setanta Africa Services, following its acquisition by FIC in October 2013. As with Setanta, the new Fox Sports channels will be available to more than one million households throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

Fox Sports will replace Setanta Sports in the region. The channel will focus mainly on football, broadcasting more than 2,000 hours of content every year with live coverage of the major international football leagues, including Ligue 1, Eredivisie, Belgian Pro league, English Championship, Liga MX, Major League Soccer and Coupe de la Ligue. In addition, the channel will provide delayed coverage of league and cup matches from club channels, Barça TV, Chelsea TV, Manchester City TV, and the Milan Channel.

Fox Sports will also offer daily news programming and a wide range of football-related ‘magazine’ shows and other football content.

Setanta Action, meanwhile, will be rebranded as Fox Sports 2, offering an alternative sports selection to bring African viewers a wide variety of international sports, including Euroleague Basketball, Formula E Motor Racing, DTM touring cars, National Rugby League, Ice Hockey, Mixed Martial Arts, Kickboxing, and Boxing. In addition, FOX Sports 2 will show extra football content, including delayed coverage of league games, as well as alternative live coverage from competitions such as the Spanish Copa del Rey and additional club channels.

“We are thrilled with the launch of Fox Sports in Africa, which is the culmination of a process that began last year with the acquisition of Setanta Africa,” said Alessandro Tucci, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Fox International Channels Africa. “Fox Sports is the #1 global sports television brand. Now, African viewers can experience the raw excitement and emotion of the world’s major football leagues, and a huge variety of other sports, in the unique style of Fox Sports. We are as passionate about football and our other sports as the fans are.”


Commonwealth Games Ultra-HD showcase for BBC R&D


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/07/18/commonwealth-games-ultra-hd-showcase-for-bbc-rd/

BBC Research and Development has announced a range of new trials and public demonstrations as part of its Commonwealth Games showcase. These experiments bring together a wide range of industry partners and are helping to shape BBC R&D’s vision for the future of TV, and include a number of broadcasting milestones:

  • The first ever Ultra-HD broadcast of a Commonwealth Games

  • The first major live event to be produced and delivered entirely over the Internet

  • The first UK trial broadcasting live coverage over 4G mobile networks

  • The first live virtual reality broadcast combining 360 degree video with 3D audio

  • The first public outing for several cutting-edge BBC R&D projects demonstrating the editorial and creative potential of a new Internet-based broadcasting system

All trials and demonstrations are open to the public in the Glasgow Science Centre’s Clyde Suite from 10am – 5pm throughout the Games (24 July – 3 August) and will form part of the wider BBC at the Quay festivities.

According to Matthew Postgate, Controller of BBC R&D, the future isn’t being created by one company or different companies working in isolation. “This is a future that is going to be created by collaboration, and the BBC is committed to open innovation and open research,” he declared.

The Showcase centres on BBC R&D’s recently announced plans to broadcast certain elements of the Commonwealth Games in Ultra-HD and an initial version of a new internet-based broadcasting system – two broadcasting firsts.

BBC R&D is announcing the first public demonstrations of projects taking advantage of this new system – demonstrating its potential for richer, more interactive and more personal ways of telling stories to audiences – as well as the first live 4G mobile broadcast in the UK. These include:

Ultra-HD: Visitors to the Showcase will be able to see a special BBC R&D production of the Commonwealth Games in Ultra-HD, explore some of the technical challenges facing Ultra-HD production, such as using higher frame rates and higher dynamic range, and see how it’s put together in the BBC’s experimental IP Production Gallery. Visitors can also experience what the future of TV viewing in the home may be like, with a joint demonstration from BBC R&D and Cisco. The demo explores how Ultra-HD footage from the Games could be experienced with adaptable displays and contextual applications that provide a truly immersive and enhanced viewing experience.

Venue Explorer: Gives users the freedom to explore multiple live events taking place in one venue at the same time. It also demonstrates how all audiences could benefit from an Ultra-HD production using standard definition devices. For the Showcase, a fixed wide-angle Ultra-HD camera will provide a live feed of all the track and field action taking place in Hampden Park. This allows users to use a standard tablet to pan around and zoom into the events they’re interested in. The audio will automatically adjust to match the view and, as it’s powered by an Ultra-HD feed, the resolution never drops below standard HD. Interactive graphics overlaid on the video will provide additional information relevant to the scene.

4G mobile broadcasting: In a UK first announced, BBC R&D will collaborate with EE, Huawei and Qualcomm on a trial to broadcast live footage from the Games over the EE 4G mobile network. Handheld devices are an increasingly popular way of consuming BBC programmes but conventional streaming over mobile networks can buffer or freeze at times of heavy congestion, as content needs to be sent individually to every user. 4G broadcasting offers an alternative to this, allowing live streams to be transmitted once over the mobile network to a large number of users simultaneously. Not only does this offer potential audience benefits due to the increased quality and reliability, it can also be a more efficient way to deliver popular shows and live events to audiences. Those visiting the Showcase will be able to see 4G broadcast for themselves with live action from the Games delivered to demo handsets using a special Commonwealth Games application.

Virtual reality: By combining existing research into 360 degree video and 3D audio, BBC R&D, with the assistance of UCL, will create the most immersive live virtual reality broadcast to date. In this demonstration, a panoramic, 360 degree video camera, and a 3D audio microphone will be placed into the SSE Hydro Stadium in Glasgow, streaming the live feeds to an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset in the Glasgow Science Centre. This provides the viewer with the sensation of being transported inside the stadium and being part of the crowd. This work forms part of ongoing projects to explore the creative and editorial potential of new consumer audio-visual technology.

Augmented video: An experimental extension to BBC iPlayer that can draw graphical overlays on top of video streams. As with subtitles, these graphics can be activated or deactivated by the viewer. In sport these could a include putting names above player’s heads, adding text to show how fast a person is running or highlighting a ball to assist viewers with poor eyesight. Other examples could include adding zoological information about a species being shown in a nature documentary, or showing recipes during a cookery programme. At the Showcase, visitors will be able to see the prototype in action, where the graphics will be used to provide insights into gymnastics events.

White Spaces: TV White Spaces are gaps between the channels currently used by Freeview transmitters. With careful planning other services can be fitted into these gaps. BBC R&D is very interested in how the new spectrum provided by White Spaces might be used – delivering broadband to rural areas, providing more room to expand Wi-Fi in your home and many other applications. At the display in Glasgow, visitors will be able to come and find out where the White Spaces are and view the demonstration that uses TV White Space to provide live and on-demand IP streaming of multimedia content to user devices in a home environment.


83% unfamiliar with Ultra-HD


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/07/18/83-unfamiliar-with-ultra-hd/

According to research from The Diffusion Group (TDG), short-term demand for 4K/Ultra-HD televisions is hindered by two simple but structurally important fundamentals: a widespread lack of awareness among consumers and a marked sensitivity to the costs of these advanced sets.

TDG research indicates that more than eight in ten adult broadband users have never heard of or are unfamiliar with 4K/Ultra-HD televisions – hardly a favourable environment for those OEMs looking to grow unit sales. According to TDG President Michael Greeson, “The industry is counting on Ultra-HD to be the solution for slow television sales and declining unit prices.”

All major TV OEMs have Ultra-HD sets in market, with prices generally ranging from $1,500 on the low end, to as much as $10,000 on the high end. Unfortunately, even among those familiar with the technology, TDG’s research suggests that prices are still too expensive for many consumers.

As noted in the graphic above, at a retail price of $1,499 – the midpoint of the three prices evaluated – only 6 per cent of adult broadband users are moderately or highly likely to purchase a Ultra-HD TV. “This explicitly quantifies just how poor the demand for Ultra-HD televisions actually is,” said Greeson, “and clearly demonstrates that current prices are too high to stimulate new sales.”

To illustrate how rapidly this demand evaporates relative to price, only 3 per cent of adult broadband users are moderately or highly likely to purchase a new Ultra-HD set at $1,999 a unit, a modest increase in price of $500 that results in a 50 per cent decline in demand at $1,499.

“This is not to suggest that price is the only variable at play in the decision not to purchase a new Ultra-HD television,” says Greeson. “Nonetheless, it is two-to-one the primary reason cited by those unlikely to purchase a new Ultra-HD set. The next closest reason for a lack of interest was that non-buyers ‘were perfectly comfortable with the televisions they currently use,’ cited by 26 per cent of this same segment.”

This last data point demonstrates a widespread complacency when it comes to purchasing new televisions. As Greeson adds, “There is no doubt that poor demand for televisions in general has impacted demand for Ultra-HD sets in particular. It would seem that Ultra-HD is falling far short of being the panacea the industry expected and needed.”

These insights are drawn from TDG’s most recent analysis of US adult broadband users, Benchmarking the Connected Consumer, which features 1,500 online interviews and covers a wide range of topics related to the use of various Internet-enabled video platforms, including in-home and mobile/portable devices.

This last data point demonstrates a widespread complacency when it comes to purchasing new televisions. As Greeson adds, “There is no doubt that poor demand for televisions in general has impacted demand for 4K/UHD sets in particular. It would seem that 4K/UHD is falling far short of being the panacea the industry expected and needed.”

These insights are drawn from TDG’s most recent analysis of US adult broadband users, Benchmarking the Connected Consumer, which features 1,500 online interviews and covers a wide range of topics related to the use of various Internet-enabled video platforms, including in-home and mobile/portable devices.


BBC World News announces raft of on demand programming


From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/news-broadcasting/bbc-world-news-announces-raft-of-on-demand-programming-140717

MUMBAI: BBC World News has announced a brand new suite of video on demand (VOD) content, meaning that its international distribution partners can now offer their customers a raft of the channel’s award-winning and top quality programmes wherever and whenever they want it. 
 
The package, which is available now, includes over 120 hours of the channel’s best-known long-form content strands, including HARDtalk, Click, The Travel Show and Our World each year. The package may also include specials and thematically grouped content, all of which is specifically commissioned for international audiences.
 
BBC Global News director of distribution Colin Lawrence said, “The fact that we have award-winning  long form content that sits alongside our world class news and current affairs has always been one of the things that makes BBC World News stand out against our competitors.    We know from the quantity and quality of our social media engagement that these programme brands are widely recognised and appreciated around the world.  As consumers increasingly demand content on their own terms, we’re pleased that we can now offer our partners a suite of programmes of this quality and range to serve their needs.”
 
File delivery means the content is available in both SD and HD, further super-serving the time-shifted audience.
 
Programmes included in the package are:
 
Click
 
Click explores the latest developments in the world of technology. Spencer Kelly and the team review the latest gadgets and provide a comprehensive guide to all the latest websites, games and computer industry news.
 
HARDtalk
 
HARDtalk asks the tough questions to the world’s biggest newsmakers, uncovering the full stories behind the big headlines. Stephen Sackur talks to famous names from all walks of life about the highs and lows in their lives, focusing on in-depth interviews with hard-hitting questions.
 
The Travel Show
 
The Travel Show launched in February, building on the success of the BBC’s Fast:Track, which has long been a trusted source of expertise, information and advice for travellers across the globe. It showcases the very best in consumer and travel journalism, with each show focussing on the current issues and trends that are influencing global travel choices.
 
One Square Mile
 
One Square Mile takes the lid off a neighbourhood. BBC reporters explore part of a town or city and talk to the people they meet to find out what their everyday concerns are. The programme aims to discover what life is really like for residents of the neighbourhoods in the chosen 'one square mile.'
 
Our World
 
Our World is an award-winning flagship documentary strand which shows compelling stories from correspondents around the globe on the key issues of our time.
 
Working Lives
 
Working Lives takes a handful of working people from a wide cross-section of the workforce and looks at where they work, what they earn, how skilled they are and what their overall ‘working life chances’ are.


Copyright Office: Aereo not a cable company


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/07/18/copyright-office-aereo-not-a-cable-company/

In a further setback for its business operations, US copyright officials have informed Internet TV streaming service Aereo that they do not consider it to be a ‘cable company’ under the terms of copyright law.

Aereo suspended its operations June 28 following the Supreme Court copyright decision in favour of US broadcasters and has suggested that after the Supreme Court’s decision, Aereo should be recognised as a cable system with respect to its method of transmission and licensed as such, paying appropriate fees.

Accordingly, it sought the same licence available to other cable companies to rebroadcast TV programmes over its antenna-based service.

“In the view of the Copyright Office, Internet retransmissions of broadcast television fall outside the scope of the Section 111 licence,” wrote the Copyright Office in its response to Aereo’s Section 111 Statement of Account Filing, adding that it did not see anything in the Supreme Court’s recent decision in American Broadcasting Cos. v. Aereo Inc. that would alter its conclusion.

Nevertheless, the Copyright Office confirmed it will accept Aereo’s filings on a provisional basis because Aereo has also put the issue before federal court in New York. “Aereo should be aware that, depending upon further regulatory or judicial developments, and/or based upon the Office’s own further review of the issue, the Office may subsequently determine that it is appropriate to take definitive action on Aereo’s filings, which could include rejection of the statements,” it advised.

Other online video services have sought to leverage the compulsory licence argument before. Alki David-backed FilmOn.com Inc. and Ivi, which both operated Internet streaming services, contended that they should qualify for the compulsory copyright licence available to cable systems. Ivi lost and closed down, while FilmOn has developed new ‘Teleporter’ technology.

FilmOn has suggested that the Supreme Court decision – taken at first as a defeat of cord cutting and innovation in television – in fact contained a hidden boon for FilmOn Networks and other streaming TV services. “By defining the services as Cable Companies, they provide a path to finally change the way consumers get their television and cut the cord without losing out on key programming,” it said, suggesting that in delivering the Supreme Court’s opinion, Justice Breyer defined companies such as FilmOn as ‘Cable Companies’, meaning they would fall under the Copyright Act of 1976 which states, in section 111, that it is compulsory for the networks to provide their signals to cable carriers for a fee. Congress established, “a program of compulsory copyright licensing that permits cable systems to retransmit distant broadcast signals without securing permission from the copyright owner and, in turn, requires each system to pay royalty fees to a central royalty fund based on a percentage of its gross revenues.” – Capital Cities Cable Inc v. Crisp, 467 U.S. 691, 709 (1984).

Breyer said in the opinion: “Aereo’s activities are substantially similar to those of the CATV companies that Congress amended the law to reach.” The likeness is called ‘overwhelming and explained in great detail. In fact, the opinion uses the sameness between the streaming TV services and cable systems as the very anchor of its argument, noted FilmOn.

According to the Copyright Act, the Networks cannot pick and choose who they like and don’t like because it is a duty to offer their signals – which is part of the privilege of using the public owned airwaves, advised FilmOn.

David said that he had always said this was an acceptable alternative path. “Consumers get the TV they want on their own terms, advertisers get a vast new segment of viewers they have no access to now, and the Networks win too by getting the fees I have always been willing to pay,” he confirmed.

David told advanced-television.com that at first, he was disappointed – even a little angry at the Supreme Court decision but after having read it, he realised that there was “Solomon’s Wisdom” in its opinion. “Now there is a real opportunity for the unbundling of cable television. Few to none of the cable companies in the US are making money on television anyway this is fact, Now the door is open for more efficient platforms like FilmOn to offer consumers choice without being forced to buy channels that they will never watch,” he stated.


India clamps down on channel piracy


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/07/17/india-clamps-down-on-channel-piracy/

An MSO in India has been hit with a visit from Mumbai’s police force for illegally showing unlicensed channels.  A report has been filed with the local magistrates.

MSO (7 Star) was showing Sky Movies, (amazingly) BBC America, HBO Family, Showtime, MM2, MBC Action and OHM Comedy, on the network

Television Post reported that 10 decoders, adapters and related play-out equipment were seized.

However, the MSO is claiming that the services are not in any way prohibited, but are not registered channels with the Indian authorities. No comment was made as to whether 7 Star was paying for the incoming signals. The MSO is also challenging the raid and the seizure of equipment, saying the Regulations do not cover streaming of services, only ‘broadcasting’.


ISRO earns over Rs 4 crore for supplying data received on Indian satellites and for leasing transponders


From http://www.indiantelevision.com/satellites/satelite-operators/isro-earns-over-rs-4-crore-for-supplying-data-received-on-indian-satellites-and-for-leasing-transponders-140717

NEW DELHI: Antrix, the commercial arm of the Indian Space Research Organisation, has earned Rs 4,408.07 crore since 1992 through various satellite launch missions by providing services on commercial basis.
 
These services include marketing and direct reception of data from Indian Remote Sensing Satellites to national and international clientele and leasing of satellite transponders on-board INSAT/ GSAT satellites.
 
In addition, ISRO has launched 40 satellites of 19 foreign countries on commercial basis under contract between respective foreign customers and Antrix and generated income of € 50.47 million and US $ 17.17 million. 

Minister of State for Department of Space Jitendra Singh told Parliament today that the future course of action plan includes expanding the data and direct reception services of Indian Remote Sensing Satellites to international clientele, enhancing leasing of satellite transponders to Indian customers, increasing launch services for foreign satellites on-board Indian launch vehicles, and enhancing marketing of satellites and sub-systems. 




17/07/14

A New satellite SES 12 announced for 95E (See news section)

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东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,Mahidol Channel(泰国)频道消失,设置4080 H 30000参数无效接收。[07-17]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Gigs n Games(泰国)频道消失,设置3551 H 13333参数无效接收。[07-17]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,CH7 HD、TV5 HD1(IPM)等全组频道加密,设置11541 H 45000参数有条件接收。[07-17]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,天映频道(新加坡)等3个频道消失,设置4120 H 30000参数无效接收。[07-17]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,Sky Racing 3(传送)频道解密,设置3814 V 6660参数免费接收。[07-17]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Sabaidee TV、You Channel(IPM)等频道重现,设置10977 V 40000参数有条件接收。[07-17]
东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段,ETV Urdu、Travel XP(Dish TV)等3个频道新增,设置11090 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [7月17日]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Krabi、Surach(IPM)等频道加密,设置10977 V 40000参数有条件接收。 [7月17日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,RTM TV 1(马来西亚)频道解密,设置3918 H 18385参数免费接收。 [7月17日]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Bang Channel、MRTV(IPM)频道加密,设置10977 V 40000参数有条件接收。 [7月17日]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星Ku频段,华视(DISH HD)频道重现,设置11727 R 25000参数有条件接收。 [7月17日]


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Ten, Foxtel could win from $US80bn Fox-Time Warner deal


From http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/ten-foxtel-could-win-from-us80bn-foxtime-warner-deal-20140717-zu7nj.html

Pay television service Foxtel and free-to-air broadcaster Ten Network Holdings are two potential Australian beneficiaries of a deal between US media giants 21st Century Fox and Time Warner.

Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox, owner of television network Fox, Fox News and 20th Century Fox film studios, launched a $US80 billion ($85 billion) takeover bid last month for Time Warner, which owns the CNN cable network, the Warner Brothers movie studios and TV production giant HBO.

Mr Murdoch's other major company, News Corporation, owns half of Foxtel while his eldest son and News co-chairman Lachlan Murdoch owns 8.8 per cent of Ten. Foxtel and Ten have supply deals with Fox and could benefit from more content from HBO or Warner Bros.

Nine Entertainment Co has a $160 million output deal with Warner Bros, giving it movies and programs including The Big Bang Theory, The Mentalist and Two and a Half Men. This deal runs to 2016, so if 21st Century Fox buys Time Warner there will be no initial impact.

Foxtel has exclusivity over HBO content in Australia, although it excludes content under licence to other broadcasters.

One analyst said the deal would have a ''pretty minor'' effect on Australia, although it would be advantageous for Foxtel and was in part driven by a desire to capture premium content. ''It’s really a US deal, with a global objective,'' the analyst said.

PricewaterhouseCoopers executive director Megan Brownlow said the ''very interesting'' potential deal would not mean much locally in the short term because of News Corp Australia inheriting Foxtel and real estate classified site REA in last year's company split.

''In Australia, News Corp actually has some growth assets, which makes them different,'' she said.

Ms Brownlow, who formerly worked for Kerry Packer's Publishing & Broadcasting Ltd, said a combined Fox-Time Warner would create a huge media and content company that could compete with huge online companies such as Google, Netflix and Amazon.

''In some ways it's creating an environment in the future where the content company will have as much as scale as the distributors.''

Ms Brownlow said Nine boss David Gyngell and film company Village Roadshow were unlikely to be panicking about the prospect of a Fox-Time Warner deal. She said deals between Australia's free-to-air broadcasters and Hollywood studios would substantially change over the next few years because of the growth in consumer demand for online content and viewer preferences for sport, news, cooking shows and Australian drama rather than Hollywood programs and films.

And it was not necessarily a certainty that Time Warner content would end up at Ten or Foxtel, she said.

''Content industries are really good at taking a market by market view,'' she said. ''They slice the world up along territory lines.''

Former Australian Competition and Consumer Commission chairman Graeme Samuel said: ''In the past, we tended to take a view that the supply of Hollywood movies it was pretty hard to set up anti-competitive arrangements on those because there were so many different suppliers and outlets, not the least various websites that allow them to be downloaded, including by illegal means.''

US content is becoming less desirable for local networks because it is more vulnerable to internet piracy and less likely to be watched live compared with sport or domestic programming. So it is not surprising that Nine is considering scaling back its deal with Warner when it is up for renewal.

For about $80 million a year, Nine could retain the Warner Bros programs it already has without paying for new series and movies, but there is a risk it could miss out on a new hit program by changing the output deal

Fairfax Media reported that Ten had met with ­executives from US network CBS in March to discuss the possibility of reducing the cost of that supply deal.

CBS supplies a range of shows across the Ten network, such as NCIS, Elementary and Everybody Loves Raymond. Ten's Eleven digital channel is a joint venture with CBS.


Rupert Murdoch hits out: How many politicians could run a business?


From http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/rupert-murdoch-hits-out-how-many-politicians-could-run-a-business-20140717-zu7ez.html

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch has lambasted "self-serving politicians" who could not run a business, but said businesses should expect every word of their conversations with government to be made public.

In a spirited defence of the role of business in shaping public policy, Mr Murdoch told a business summit in Sydney: "Everybody in this room knows dozens or hundreds of very, very fine businessmen. How many people know a politician who can run a business?"

Mr Murdoch, the executive chairman of publisher News Corp and chairman and chief executive of entertainment company 21st Century Fox, said it was "very important, if we live in a democracy with real entrepreneurship, we've got to have a world of ideas and debate. That means business is just as entitled to express its opinions as unions are".

The comments came as Mr Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox unit was revealed to have made an audacious $US80 billion bid for US film and TV giant Time Warner.

It's an offer that Time Warner has refused, but few expect this to be the final word given the two companies have common shareholders and have retained advisers.

Mr Murdoch, who described the former Labor government as "wildly incompetent", said business needed to be transparent in its dealings with government.

His businesses are lobbying for a crackdown on online piracy, with Mr Murdoch saying between 15 and 20 per cent of Fox's revenue is being eaten up by illegal downloads.

"It doesn't mean to say you can't have dinner with a cabinet minister and talk over an issue," he said. "But you should be quite prepared for every word to be made public."

Mr Murdoch is in Australia for a long celebration of the 50th birthday of News Corp flagship newspaper The Australian.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who recently had dinner with Mr Murdoch in New York, described the publication as Mr Murdoch's "gift to our nation" and "one of the world's very best" at a power-packed party this week.

The bid could have local implications, though not immediately, with Channel Nine holding a content deal with Time Warner until 2016 that gives it shows such as The Big Bang Theory, The Mentalist and Two and a Half Men.

Time Warner is the owner of hip TV production company HBO, which is behind hit programs Game of Thrones and Girls. News Corp Australia's half-owned pay TV business Foxtel was criticised by Game of Thrones devotees for its exclusive deal that meant fans needed to buy a subscription for hundreds of dollars to watch the latest season as it aired.

The government is also set to introduce changes to media ownership laws that could lead to a flurry to takeovers among media companies such as News Corp, Seven West Media and Fairfax Media.

It has been widely speculated that struggling commercial broadcaster Network Ten will be bought by either News Corp or Foxtel. Channel Nine owner Nine Entertainment is also rumoured to be interested in radio and regional TV company Southern Cross Austereo.


Reflecting on a Decade of Murdoch Deals


From http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2014/07/16/looking-back-on-a-decade-of-murdoch-deals/?_php=true&_type=blogs&module=BlogPost-Title&version=Blog%20Main&contentCollection=Mergers%20&%20Acquisitions&action=Click&pgtype=Blogs&region=Body&_r=0

Bold deals are nothing new for Rupert Murdoch.

His media giant, 21st Century Fox, made an $80 billion takeover bid recently for Time Warner Inc. that was rebuffed, DealBook reported on Wednesday. If a deal does ultimately happen, it would create a colossus in the media business, with an array of television channels, movie studios and other blue chip assets.

It would be Mr. Murdoch’s biggest deal ever, and it would cap a long career of audacious deal-making.

Over nearly five decades, Mr. Murdoch has struck numerous deals to build and reshape his media juggernaut. His acquisitions, through his company News Corporation, included technology properties like Myspace and venerable publications like The Wall Street Journal, making him a major force for consolidation in the media business.

Here is a look at some of Mr. Murdoch’s most notable deals over the last decade. 

In 2003, News Corporation bought control of DirecTV in a $6.6 billion deal.Credit The New York Times

2003: DirecTV | In a big bet on satellite television, News Corporation bought control of Hughes Electronics, the operator of DirecTV, from General Motors for $6.6 billion. The deal, which ultimately was approved by the Federal Communications Commission, made News Corporation one of the few media companies in the United States that both created and distributed television programs. Another such company at the time was AOL Time Warner.

2005: Murdoch Consolidates Ownership | News Corporation said it would buy out shareholders in its Fox properties for about $6 billion, solidifying Mr. Murdoch’s control over media assets like the Fox broadcast network and DirectTV. The deal, bringing the Fox Entertainment Group back into the News Corporation fold, put Mr. Murdoch in a stronger position to strike future acquisitions.

2005: Myspace | Social networking was still a new phenomenon when News Corporation paid $580 million for the company that owned Myspace.com, a two-year-old website that was rapidly gaining young users. In Silicon Valley at the time, Mr. Murdoch was seen as “something of a folk hero in the context of the new economy,” given his entrepreneurial achievements, David Carr wrote in The New York Times. But the bet on Myspace proved unfortunate. Eclipsed by Facebook, Myspace soon fell on hard times, and News Corporation sold the site in 2011 for just $35 million.

2006: Deal With Malone | Mr. Murdoch had wrangled for two years with John C. Malone, a fellow media mogul who had bought a big voting stake in News Corporation in a challenge to Mr. Murdoch’s control. Finally, the two men reached an accord in which Mr. Malone sold his $11 billion stake back to the company. Through that deal, Mr. Malone acquired a collection of media assets, including the stake in DirecTV. 

In 2007, Rupert Murdoch bought the publisher of The Wall Street Journal for $5 billion.Credit The New York Times

2007: Dow Jones | Achieving a long-held goal, Mr. Murdoch bought Dow Jones & Company, the publisher of The Wall Street Journal, for $5 billion. The deal made Mr. Murdoch “the most formidable figure in business news coverage in this country, perhaps worldwide,” The Times reported. It also signaled the end of an era for the Bancroft family, which had owned The Journal for generations.

2011: Shine | News Corporation agreed to buy the Shine Group, a production company run by Mr. Murdoch’s daughter Elisabeth, for about $673.5 million. Analysts saw the deal as the latest effort by Mr. Murdoch to bring his children back into the News Corporation empire.

2012: Australian Pay TV | Gaining a larger foothold in the Australian pay TV business, News Corporation paid about $2.2 billion to buy Consolidated Media Holdings, which was controlled by an Australian casino and media mogul. The deal enlarged Mr. Murdoch’s stakes in Fox Sports Australia and Foxtel.

2013: Split | Under pressure from shareholders, Mr. Murdoch’s empire split in two, separating newspapers including The Journal and The New York Post from the faster-growing entertainment unit. Mr. Murdoch remained the chairman of both new companies, now known as News Corp and 21st Century Fox.


SES Contracts Airbus Defence and Space to Manufacture SES-12 Satellite for Launch in Q4 2017


From http://www.marketwatch.com/story/ses-contracts-airbus-defence-and-space-to-manufacture-ses-12-satellite-for-launch-in-q4-2017-2014-07-17

Powerful hybrid DTH/HTS satellite to cover Asia from 95 degrees East Electric propulsion for orbit raising

BETZDORF, Luxembourg, Jul 17, 2014 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- SES S.A. (nyse paris:SESG) (luxx:SESG) and Airbus Defence and Space announced today that SES has selected Airbus Defence and Space to build a new hybrid communications satellite, SES-12, to serve the fast growing DTH, Data, Mobility and Government markets in Asia.

The new satellite will expand SES’s capabilities to provide direct-to-home (DTH) broadcasting, VSAT, Mobility and High Throughput Satellite (HTS) data connectivity services in the Asia-Pacific region, including rapidly growing markets such as India and Indonesia.

The spacecraft will be positioned at the well-established SES orbital slot of 95 degrees East, providing incremental as well as replacement capacity with excellent view angles across the Asia-Pacific region. SES-12 will replace SES’s existing NSS-6 satellite and will be co-located with SES-8. Today, SES serves close to 20 million DTH households in India and Indochina from this orbital slot.

SES-12 will be built by Airbus Defence and Space based on the highly reliable Eurostar E3000 platform. The satellite is designed to operate for 15 years, with a payload comprised of 68 high-power physical Ku-band transponders and 8 physical Ka-band transponders. The spacecraft will be equipped with an electric plasma propulsion system for orbit raising and on-orbit manoeuvres.

The payload of the hybrid SES-12 satellite consists of two distinct but complementary missions: first, traditional wide beam coverage, and second, a high-powered Ku-band multi spot beam payload (HTS).

The traditional wide-beam mission consists of 54 (36 MHz equivalent) transponders that will provide state-of-the-art replacement and growth capacity for SES’s existing DTH, Government and VSAT customers allowing for a seamless transition from NSS-6 to SES-12. In addition, the design provides incremental growth capacity to support new DTH platforms and other services targeting the Asia-Pacific region.

The second mission consists of 70 Ku-band spot beams and 11 Ka-band spot beams delivering over 14 GHz for VSAT, Enterprise, Mobility and Government applications. This mission also includes a Digital Transparent Processor (DTP) which provides anti-jamming capabilities as well as increased payload flexibility in order to provide customized bandwidth solutions to SES customers.

SES-12 is the 11th spacecraft that SES has ordered from Airbus Defence and Space. Financial details are not being disclosed. A launch vehicle for SES-12 will be announced at a later stage.

Karim Michel Sabbagh, President and CEO of SES, states: “We look forward to working again with Airbus Defence and Space on this important addition to our global fleet. SES-12 will greatly expand our capacity over Asia and is fully in line with our capital expenditure plan. Through its unique hybrid DTH/HTS design, SES-12 will continue to support our growing DTH platforms and provide a new, lower cost HTS product, further enhancing our customer’s options for growth.”

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MCS TV + Eutelsat—Spreading The Info (SatBroadcasting™)


From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=2078539712&menu=1

[SatNews] MCS TV, part of Altice Group, and Newslux have selected the Eutelsat 70B satellite operated by Eutelsat Communications to support the expansion into Southeast Asia of two flagship channels, i24News and MCS International.

Both channels have joined a digital platform uplinked from Italy and are broadcast across Southeast Asia to operators of cable and ADSL networks, as well as homes equipped for direct reception. The i24News international 24-hour news and current affairs channel is currently available free-to-air (FTA) via Eutelsat 70B in French and English-language versions. MCS International is an international sports channel available in more than 50 countries, with a strong focus on football, handball, volleyball, fighting sports, tennis and extreme sports.

The Eutelsat infosite may be accessed via http://www.eutelsat.com/


Crucial decisions for satellite-TV broadcasters in evolving digital landscape


From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/Crucial-decisions-for-satellite-TV-broadcasters-in-30238683.html

AMID THE TRANSITION to the digital terrestrial-TV era, some free-to-air satellite-TV broadcasters are maintaining their operations but seeking segmented audiences and advertisers, while others are considering terminating their service.

This evolving landscape results from the shift of advertising spending via cable-and satellite-TV channels to digital terrestrial-TV channels, starting this year.

According to a forecast by the Media Agency Association of Thailand (MAAT), digital-TV broadcasters will gain about Bt4.9 billion in advertising spending, while key cable- and satellite-TV operators will have brought in about Bt8.1 billion in total by end of this year.

MAAT president Wannee Ruttanaphon yesterday suggested that overall advertising spending via cable and satellite TV would be slashed from last year's level of Bt13.21 billion, with a significant part of the shortfall being allocated to digital-TV channels.

Given this trend, Surapol Perapongpipath, managing director of GMM Digital HD Trading - a subsidiary of GMM Grammy - said his company might end its satellite-TV broadcast service if it witnessed good feedback from its flagship digital-TV channel, One HD, and from Big channel, a digital station in standard-definition service.

One HD will be launched next month after a two-month test run.

"By the end of this year, digital-TV broadcasting service is expected to be used by 70 to 80 per cent of the 22 million households around the Kingdom, mainly via cable- and satellite-TV receivers," he said.

This would help people gain a better understanding about digital-TV services, as well as boost advertisers' confidence to place more emphasis on investment via this new type of service, he said.

Surapol added that by that time, his company might end its current free-to-air satellite-TV channels, such as Fan TV, Bang channel, Green channel and Act channel, in order to manage costs and resources for its two new digital channels.

However, RS - the country's leading music and entertainment firm - appears to be maintaining its satellite-TV business in order to retain ad revenue from companies that still want to spend via its satellite-TV channels, namely, Sabaidee TV, You Channel and Channel 2.

RS secured a digital-TV licence from the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission and transformed its Channel 8 from satellite-TV service into a digital channel.

"We were aware that we would face intense competition after the arrival of digital TV this year. So the company has prepared two new programmes for the second half of the year in order to attract attention from the mass audience for Channel 2," said Pattira Palawatvichai, executive vice president of television business at RS, told The Nation.

The executive said Channel 2 would launch the "Sod Mai Thailand" news-talk show next month, and the "Muan Duan Mic" variety-contest show in October.

Meanwhile, Surachedh Assawaruenganun, chief executive officer for film business at Kantana Group, said his company's satellite-TV channels - M Channel and Boomerang TV - would be a key marketing tool for distributing its premium content and seeking revenue from targeted sponsors and advertisers.


Russian communication satellite Yamal-201 lost


From http://en.itar-tass.com/non-political/740956
 
Launched in 2003, Yamal-201 made by the Space Rocket Corporation Energia is the oldest among the GKS space assets and was supposed to operate until 2015
 MOSCOW, July 16. /ITAR-TASS/. The Russian communication satellite Yamal-201 could not be repaired after a malfunction in June and is deemed lost.

“The satellite will not work anymore,” Gazprom Space Systems (GKS), which owns the satellite, told ITAR-TASS on Wednesday, July 16. “The traffic that was serviced by Yamal-201 has been referred to other GKS satellites.”

Launched in 2003, Yamal-201 made by the Space Rocket Corporation Energia is the oldest among the GKS space assets and was supposed to operate until 2015. It malfunctioned on June 5, 2014.

The satellite’s signals covered 95% of Russia’s territory.


KNS, Inc.—Two Variants Debut (SATCOM—Antenna)


From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=865882864

[SatNews] KNS, Inc. has launched their C-band 2.2m satellite antenna in two variations:  Z Series for users who want fast Internet access at sea and S Series to provide the ultimate in TV entertainment while offshore.

The C-band has been built for regional or global C-Band beams and is ideal for vessels with limited space for 2.4 or 3m antennas. Like all newly designed SuperTrack Series antennas, there is remote access via a customized web-based software to allow users to use a PC, tablet, or Smartphone to access the antenna anywhere in the world, provided they have Internet access.  This feature can review the current status, provide a full diagnostic, change a satellite parameter, or even update a configuration above deck.

The C-Band 2.2m antenna is pre-assembled, making it easy for installation in just one day.  The antenna has a simple mechanical structure for easier maintenance, an all-in-one Power Control Unit (PCU), Auto Beam Switching (ABS), built-in air conditioner, a carbon fiber reflector, automatic linear and circular polarization.

Noah Chung, Director of KNS, said, “The new C-band antennas have wireless Bluetooth connectivity up to 100 meters from the radome, making it easier to upgrade remotely and monitor capabilities or self-diagnose using a paired computer to check all the settings and movements of the antenna. The C-band 2.2m antenna will be deployed using Milano Teleport S.p.A, the largest independent teleport in Italy—the teleport's business includes DTH and DTT TV Broadcasting, Broadband Wireless and Maritime services worldwide.”

For more info, please visit http://www.kns-kr.com/


MUTV launches in HD


From http://www.manutd.com/en/News-And-Features/Club-News/2014/Jul/mutv-launches-in-HD.aspx

• Club’s TV channel transmits in high-definition ahead of Tour 2014
• MUTV HD the only channel to see Louis van Gaal’s first games in charge

MUTV, Manchester United’s in-house TV channel, is today celebrating a landmark moment as it starts transmitting in stunning HD for the first time.

As part of the launch, which has seen the channel undergo a full brand refresh, supporters will have the exclusive opportunity to watch every one of Louis van Gaal’s first four games in charge in HD during Tour 2014, presented by Aon in the United States.

Fans will also benefit from fantastic crystal-clear player content, exclusive access to the new manager, live U21s and U18s matches and completely new look for popular shows such as The Paddy Crerand Show, Countdown to Kick Off, United Today and more.

To cater for the new format, the club has invested significantly in new facilities, with brand new studios at Old Trafford and the Aon Training Complex, as well as new programming and graphic suites constructed for the new format.

Manchester United group managing director Richard Arnold said: “This is a landmark day for Manchester United, and we’re delighted that MUTV has made the move into a high-definition format. The growth of MUTV across the globe has been truly remarkable, and this significant investment shows our ongoing commitment to the channel and its subscribers.

“It is fitting, then, that the first games in the new exciting era under Louis van Gaal during Tour 2014,presented by Aon, should be the first on the new HD format.”

Fans will be able to watch every Tour 2014 match live in stunning HD for the first time, all for the same great price of £6/€8 a month in the UK and Ireland only.


Pentagon Accelerates Plans to Seek Rival Bids for Satellite Launches


From http://online.wsj.com/articles/pentagon-starts-satellite-space-launch-competition-1405532410?mod=_newsreel_5

Elon Musk's SpaceX Could Face Off Against Long-Dominant Boeing-Lockheed Martin Joint Venture

On Wednesday, the U.S. Air Force opened a contest to launch one satellite in 2016, though the Pentagon hadn't planned to challenge the incumbent United Launch Alliance LLC with rival bids until next year. ULA has been launching the Pentagon's sensitive satellites into orbit since 2006.

The Pentagon is also seeking funding to open bidding on a second satellite deal to competition in September.

Mr. Musk's SpaceX, frustrated by being shut out of the military market, is expected to secure regulatory approval this year or in early 2015 to launch smaller Pentagon payloads, and is developing a rocket for larger launches that would allow it to pursue all available U.S. government contracts. While the firm has pressed for its accreditation to be sped up, Pentagon officials have indicated it can submit bids before formal certification.

"Opening up more National Security space missions to competition is a step in the right direction and SpaceX welcomes this news," said the firm in a statement.

The fierce lobbying battle between SpaceX and ULA intensified in April when the Air Force reduced to seven or eight the number of satellite launches it had planned to open to competition, from an initial 14 launches, citing planning changes and the better-than-expected durability of some existing satellites.

The Pentagon paved the way for competitive military launches in 2012 in the wake of sustained criticism from lawmakers over the cost of the ULA contract, which was extended last year.

Lawmakers and SpaceX have pushed for more competition despite recent efforts by ULA to curb costs.

ULA has defended its record in reducing launch costs and said, in a statement, "it looks forward to demonstrating its commitment to be the safest, most reliable, and most cost-effective provider."

Lawmakers have also voiced concerns about an exclusive deal between the Pentagon and ULA valued at $70 billion through 2013. SpaceX has challenged that deal in a lawsuit against the venture and the Pentagon.

SpaceX said it is continuing its suit to break the multiyear launch deal; ULA this month filed to dismiss the action.

The Boeing-Lockheed venture has generated more than $1 billion—split between both companies—since it was formed in 2006, including $171 million in profit for Boeing last year, according to regulatory filings.

SpaceX has made a series of successful orbital launches for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and has an international backlog of more than four dozen civilian and commercial launch contracts valued at about $5 billion total.

The prospect of competition in space launches has also been energized by concerns that rising tensions with Russia could leave some U.S. military and spy satellites grounded if ULA can't get spare or new rocket engines, though the joint venture has said it has enough engines to last 2 1/2 years and expects to receive a new shipment in August. The Pentagon is also exploring the development of a new, totally U.S.-made rocket engine.


Mumbai cops raid 7 Star Digital Network for "illegal" channel distribution


From http://www.indiantelevision.com/cable-tv/msos/mumbai-cops-raid-7-star-digital-network-for-illegal-channel-distribution-140715

MUMBAI: The heavy hand of the law is coming down on those involved in the distribution of TV signals. Last month, the cops swooped down on OTT services provider Jadoo TV's offices in Hyderabad for allegedly pirating TV signals and streaming them over the internet illegally, following a complaint by Maa TV. Equipment was confiscated, staff arrested. 
 
Yesterday, it was the turn of the Mumbai based independent multi system operator (MSO) 7 Star Digital Network. It was raided by a group of close to 15 police officials. Reason: illegal transmission of 10 international channels.
 
The channels include HBO, HBO Family, BBC America, Sky Movie and Show Beyond among others. “We had got the information about the illegal transmission of channels. We monitored the platform from 3:30 pm onwards on 14 July and then conducted the raid, late in the night,” informs DCP Mahesh Patil.
 
The raid was conducted by the Social Service Branch located in Crawford Market of south Mumbai. The decoders, transmitters and adaptors of the MSO have been confiscated. “We will now file a complaint with the Metropolitan Magistrate under the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995. The platform was telecasting the channels without having the licence for the same,” adds Patil.
 
As per the procedure, a report will also be filed with the Information and Broadcasting Ministry. “We will file the case and the report in a couple of days,” he says. After studying the report, a show cause notice will be issued against 7 Star.
 
One of the MSOs operating in Mumbai comments, “It is a good step which has been taken by the authorities. There should be a level playing field for all the platforms.”
 
None of the 7 Star executives were available for comment.


RTL quits India joint-venture


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/07/16/rtl-quits-india-joint-venture/

RTL has called it a day on its production joint-venture with India’s Reliance Broadcast Networks. The end result of the joint-venture was the Big RTL Thrill dubbed channel, and in which Reliance bought out total control in April this year. RTL has now seemingly exited the India market.

Reliance is currently seeking a variation in Big Thrill’s broadcasting licence, as well as more local content which will still skew towards male viewers.

Big Thrill has distribution on most of the major MSO and satellite DTH operators including Dish TV, Reliance, Videocon d2h and many of the country’s cable MSOs.




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GLOBECAST AUSTRALIA EXCLUSIVELY HOUSES LIVEU GATEWAY


From press release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – WEDNESDAY 16 JULY 2014 – GLOBECAST AUSTRALIA will provide the exclusive

Australian gateway for the LiveU mobile bandwidth content delivery solution it has been announced.

With networks demand for live content to meet the end-consumers voracious appetite for immediate delivery to multi-screen devices, GLOBECAST AUSTRALIA will house LiveU technology to service this demand, by providing a common cellular delivery option for camera operators using bonded bandwidth.

Working with OnAir Solutions, GLOBECAST AUSTRALIA has installed the necessary LiveU server and bandwidth infrastructure at its Broadcast Centre to facilitate delivery from mobile LiveU units for on-pass to local and global broadcasters and businesses, via Globecast Australia’s extensive satellite and fibre network. GLOBECAST AUSTRALIA will provide the required link for all LiveU Connect enabled product units, with GLOBECAST AUSTRALIA also hiring LiveU units as required by clients.

Simon Farnsworth, CEO of GLOBECAST AUSTRALIA says, “Globecast Australia is proud to be the dominant hub for local and global satellite and fibre content delivery. With the addition of LiveU, we now have a quick ‘to site’ solution to aid speed and cost effectiveness for both television and business broadcasts. More importantly, with the recent launch of Globestream as an encoding and streaming service, we now have a new contribution path providing yet another end to end solution.”

Chris Dredge, General Manager, OnAir Solutions, says, “This project has been on the drawing board for well over a year. To make it really worthwhile we needed to have the Server in the right location. To be able to partner with Globecast Australia instantly makes LiveU, Australia’s most used cellular contribution technology, easily linked to almost all broadcasters both locally and internationally. For the first time in Australia, Camera Operators can choose a common cellular technology for news and event contribution.”

For media enquiries please contact: Globecast Australia

Catherine Lavelle - CLPR

E catherine@clpr.com.au
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, Mobile TV, Business TV, Global Satellite Monitoring and Disaster Recovery.

ABOUT ONAIR SOLUTIONS

OnAir Solutions is a leading provider of Broadcast and Live-to-Web product and solutions, specialising in contribution and distribution for TV and Radio Broadcast and Live Web events. OnAir Solutions represents a select group of high quality vendors and provides exceptional supply, service and support to broadcasters across Asia Pacific.

ABOUT LIVEU

LiveU is the leader in portable live video acquisition, contribution and management solutions. LiveU's award-winning technology enables live video transmission (HD and SD) from any location around the world. With top-tier customers in 60+ countries, LiveU’s solutions are being used for breaking news and high-profile events, such as the Sochi Winter Olympics, FIFA World Cup™, US Presidential Campaign, London 2012 Olympics, Royal Baby, Hurricane Sandy, Super Bowl and US Collegiate Championships. From backpacks to smartphones, LiveU offers a complete range of devices for live video coverage. LiveU’s solutions include multiple 4G LTE/3G, HSPA+, WiMAX and Wi-Fi cellular links, which are optimized for maximum video quality based on the available network conditions.

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Telecom announces launch plans for 4G mobile broadband services over 700 MHz


From http://www.geekzone.co.nz/content.asp?contentid=16869
 
Telecom, soon to be Spark New Zealand, announced today it intends to launch new 4G services in late August that will extend and accelerate the rollout of high speed mobile broadband across New Zealand.

The new services will utilise spectrum in the 700 MHz band that Telecom has acquired in a recent Government auction.

“Telecom now owns the largest block of 700 MHz spectrum. This has given us the confidence to accelerate our plans to roll out 4G services on 700 MHz,” Chief Operating Officer David Havercroft said.

“From late August, our 700 MHz network will be launched and open for commercial traffic in the Waikato region, where we have already been trialling the technology since May. The trial has gone extremely well, with the services performing above expectation and with very high speeds shown.”

Telecom launched 4G services utilising existing spectrum in the 1800 MHz range in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch in November last year and has continued to rapidly extend its 4G footprint into many other parts of New Zealand using this spectrum throughout 2014. However the superior performance and economics of the 700 MHz spectrum band will allow for a more extensive and rapid rollout of 4G mobile broadband services in less densely populated and rural areas.

At launch, Telecom will have 11 cell sites on 700 MHz across the Waikato region including central Hamilton, Morrisonville and surrounding areas. The rollout will then extend by Christmas to a number of other initial target areas of high rural demand for mobile broadband services, including some RBI sites.

Although there will be a limited range of devices available in August, by the end of the year Telecom will have a mobile device portfolio of approximately 10 devices that will be 700 MHz compatible. Telecom is working with leading mobile manufacturers on the best portfolio line up for Telecom customers. This will expand into the New Year and as the 700 MHz technology rolls out across the globe.

Mr Havercroft said: “We invested $158 million in the government auction, more than double any of our competitors, to acquire more 700 MHz spectrum than any other operator. This will provide significant benefits to customers in terms of the potential speed and capacity of our mobile broadband services. The more of this 700MHz spectrum an operator has, the faster the speeds it will be capable of offering and the more data it can carry.”

“We have paid a premium to acquire our spectrum at the lower end of the band, which means Telecom devices will be more compatible when roaming in Australia. This will also be a big advantage accessing a wider range of devices during the first few years of 700MHz 4G.

“This demonstrates Telecom’s absolute commitment to being the leader in mobile and data network capability, and provides a strong foundation for Telecom to continue to deliver world class mobile and data services to New Zealanders across the country,” Mr Havercroft commented.

“We’ve now got a leading data network integrating 3G, 4G, WiFi, ADSL, VDSL and Fibre, backed up by a nationwide optical transport network that is underpinning excellent connectivity for customers. With the launch of our 700 MHz spectrum network, we are accelerating our plans to help unleash New Zealand’s data, mobility and digital services future.”

New Zealand is one of the first countries in the world to clear and reallocate a portion of the 700 MHz band (otherwise known as the Digital Dividend spectrum) to support mobile broadband usage. The 700 MHz band is the spectrum freed up by the switchover to digital television.


FIFA World Cup - Football Fans Enjoy TVNZ's Coverage


From Press Release: Television New Zealand

FIFA World Cup - Football Fans Enjoy TVNZ's Coverage
TUESDAY 15 JULY

Germany has won the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, and the tournament has also given TVNZ a huge win with football fans. Integrated coverage on TV ONE and Ondemand provided viewers with the biggest games of the tournament live and free-to-air.

All 22 of TVNZ’s games screened on TV ONE and TVNZ Ondemand simultaneously, with viewers able to watch live or catch-up later on any device. There was also a daily highlights show, which provided the opportunity to see the best moments from the games that weren’t screening in full.

Audience numbers grew throughout the tournament, with the most-watched game being the Final betweenGermany and Argentina at Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on Monday 14 July. On TV ONE, this attracted an incredible 419,000 viewers on average across the game (All 5+), surpassing the FIFA 2010 Final by 42,000 viewers. Online, the streaming total for the Final reached more than 100,000.

TVNZ’s GM Programming, John Kelly says, “Our viewers loved when we offered the option to watch the2013 America’s Cup both online and on television and we were really happy they embraced this way of viewing again with FIFA. We are thrilled with the number of New Zealanders we reached with our coverage on both platforms and about the quality of programme the team offered. Martin Devlin has done an outstanding job as host of every match and Highlights programme, as have our crew who worked tirelessly at all hours and our guest experts Noah Hickey, Steven Sumner and Danny Hay.” 

Total online streams across the whole tournament reached over 800,000 (including live streams and catch-up content).

Jason Foden, TVNZ’s GM Ondemand, says, “The total number of streams has exceeded our expectations - culminating in over 100,000 streams for the final game between Germany and Argentina. We’re excited that we have the ability to bring live streamed events to New Zealanders, and we look forward to doing so again in the future.”

Almost a quarter (24%) of all online streams were on mobiles, and rose to more than 30% on weekends, proving how much fans enjoyed being able to view matches any time and any place. This has been invaluable for overcoming the challenges of the NZ-Brazil time difference - as viewers could catch-up on the 4.00amgames later in the day, and could watch at the office or on the move. This flexibility also saw online streaming numbers increase on weekdays, while TV ONE viewership increased on weekends when more fans were able to watch at home.

Foden adds; “This has been a phenomenal World Cup. We’ve been delighted to offer viewers the best of all the action in Brazil via streaming when they couldn’t watch the broadcast on television. Nothing beats watching the biggest sporting event in the world live, and this integrated coverage has enabled more New Zealanders to enjoy this exciting event.”

TVNZ would like to thank the sponsors of our FIFA coverage, Nike and TAB, for their support.

*TV ratings source: Nielsen TAM, Overnight (AP 5+)
*Online streaming source: Brightcove Analytics & Omniture


Report: Russia to reopen spy base in Cuba


From https://uk.news.yahoo.com/report-russia-reopen-spy-cuba-110539091.html#2wxvQDa

Russia has provisionally agreed to reopen a major Cold War listening post in Cuba that was used to spy on the United States, a Russian daily reported after President Vladimir Putin visited the island-nation last week.

Kommersant newspaper reported on Wednesday that Russia and Cuba had agreed "in principle" to reopen the Lourdes base, mothballed since 2001, citing several sources from the Russian government.

"The agreements were finalised while President Vladimir Putin visited Havana last Friday," the respected daily wrote.

Russia had closed the Lourdes spy base south of Havana on Putin's orders to save money, and due to a rapprochement with the US after the September 11 attacks.

But Moscow has since shown a new interest in Latin America and its Cold War ally Cuba and relations with the West have deteriorated amid the Ukraine crisis.

The base was set up in 1964 after the Cuban missile crisis to spy on the US.

Just 250km from the US coast, it was the Soviet Union's largest covert military outpost abroad with up to 3,000 staff. It was used to listen in to radio signals including those from submarines and ships and satellite communications.

"All I can say is -- finally!" one Russian source told Kommersant of the reported reopening.

The defence ministry and military high command declined to comment on the Kommersant report.

Ahead of Putin's visit to Cuba last week as part of a Latin American tour, Russia agreed to write off 90 percent of Cuba's debt dating back to the Soviet era, totalling around $32bn.

Russia paid Cuba rent of $200mln per year to use the base during the last few years it was open.

A former head of Russia's foreign intelligence service, Vyacheslav Trubnikov, told the newspaper the base would strengthen Russia's international position.

"Lourdes gave the Soviet Union eyes in the whole of the western hemisphere," he said. "For Russia, which is fighting for its lawful rights and place in the international community, it would be no less valuable than for the USSR."

Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov was not immediately available for comment on Wednesday.


Russian TV ad law clarified


From http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2014/07/16/russian-tv-ad-law-clarified/

Roskomnadzor has published a clarification of the amendments to a controversial new law that will prohibit advertising on cable and satellite channels in Russia for the beginning of 2015.

It says that the law says that the ban applies to channels that can only be accessed on a fee basic and/or with the use of technical decoding devices.

However, it does not apply to all-Russian public TV channels, as well as those distributed in Russia using limited DTT frequencies.

Roskomnadzor adds that as of July 7 there were a total of 3,462 TV channels licensed to broadcast on various media in Russia.

There were 1,421 licences issued for distribution on a “reimbursable” basis (1,417 cable and four satellite broadcasting) and 1,405 for terrestrial broadcasting.

Licences were allocated to around 2,000 “conditionally paid: channels (1,320 cable, 227 satellite and 430 universal licence) and about 1,300 “free” channels (1,262 “essential” and 43 with universal licences).

The law essentially applies to some 1,400 channels that can be categorized as “unique pay-TV” and are not distributed terrestrially.

Of these, around 300 are federal. Local reports say that the channels directly affected will include Discovery and TV 1000, which do not have terrestrial licences and so are unable to bypass the ban.

Discovery, along with RBC TV, had the highest revenues from advertising in 2013 among niche broadcasters, in each case amounting to over R600 million (€12.83 million). The new law still has to be signed off by President Putin.


Research and Markets: Global Satellite TV Forecasts 2014-2020


From http://www.virtual-strategy.com/2014/07/16/research-and-markets-global-satellite-tv-forecasts-2014-2020

Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/pxqrgq/global_satellite) has announced the addition of the "Global Satellite TV Forecasts 2014" report to their offering.

Satellite TV revenues for 138 countries will reach $99.9 billion in 2020, up from $87.8 billion in 2013 and $69.3 billion in 2010, according to a new report from Digital TV Research. Covering 138 countries, the Global Satellite TV Forecasts report estimates that Asia Pacific and Latin America will show strong growth. However, revenues will fall in Western Europe as competition from other platforms increases.

Satellite TV revenues will overtake cable TV revenues in 2014. This means that satellite TV will account for 46.0% of total pay TV revenues in 2014, rising to 47.8% by 2020.

The US will remain the satellite TV market leader by revenues generated. India will add the most satellite TV revenues ($3.2 billion; tripling its total) between 2013 and 2020, followed by Brazil ($1.6 billion) and the US ($1.5 billion). Revenues will more than double in 44 countries.

The number of pay satellite TV homes will reach 271 million by 2020, up from 192 million at end-2013 and 143 million at end-2010. From the 78.5 million pay satellite TV subscribers to be added between 2013 and 2020, India will provide 27.7 million, Brazil 5.8 million and Indonesia 5.4 million. The pay satellite TV subscriber total will more than double in 47 countries. However, pay satellite TV subscriber totals will fall in 13 countries between 2013 and 2020.

India will continue to lead the sector, with 69.2 million pay satellite TV homes in 2020. India overtook the US in 2012 to take top slot. Russia and Brazil will take third and fourth places respectively. These four countries will account for just over half the global total by 2020.

Including free-to-air and pay satellite TV households, 439 million homes will directly receive TV signals via satellite dishes by 2020, up by almost 100 million on the end-2013 figure. More than a quarter of global TV households will have a satellite TV dish by 2020, up from 18.3% in 2010 and 22.3% in 2013.

Key Topics Covered:

Forecasts (2010-2020) contain the following detail for each country:

TV households

- Analog DTH Households

- Pay DTH/TV HH %

- Total satellite TV/TV HH %

- DTH subscription revenues

- Pay DTH ARPU (subs)

Pay digital DTH subscribers

- Total satellite TV homes

- Digital free DTH/TV HH %

- DTH on-demand revenues

- Pay DTH ARPU (subs andPPV)

Digital free DTH households

Analog DTH/TV HH %

DTH revenues

For more information visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/pxqrgq/global_satellite

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Nearly 8,000 pay-TV operators across 37 countries


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/07/16/nearly-8000-pay-tv-operators-across-37-countries/

The European Audiovisual Observatory has published the second volume of the 2013 edition of its Yearbook. This is the 19th edition of this reference publication and provides figures and analyses on the position of the European audiovisual industry on the global market, on the developments of distribution platforms, television services and on-demand audiovisual services and on the European cinema and physical video market. For the first time, this Yearbook provides an analysis of the position of European fiction in the programming of television channels in the US.

Highlights from the data include:

·     The share of the European industry on the global market, calculated on the basis of an analysis of the audiovisual turnover (cinema, television, VoD, recorded music, video games, specialised retailing) of the 50 leading groups worldwide, fell from 17.1 per cent in 2009 to 12.5 per cent in 2013, whereas the share of the groups established in the US rose from 57.7 per cent to 66.4 per cent.

·     The revenues of the public service broadcasters in the European Union fell from €33.4 billion in 2009 to €32.6 billion in 2012. In 2012, the proportion of public revenues (licence fees, funding from public budgets, contributions, etc.) accounted for 76.2 per cent of these revenues, compared with 21.4 per cent for commercial revenues (advertising, pay-TV fees, sales of rights and products, etc.) and 2.4 per cent for other revenues.

·     The turnover of the 19 main European commercial television groups for continued operations has risen by 1 per cent in 2013. The groups that derive the bulk of their revenues from pay-TV posted growth of 1.5 per cent, whereas the revenues of the groups mainly financed by advertising remained stable (-0.1 per cent).

·     In 2013, the pay-TV sector had 7,898 operators in 37 countries, which was a significant reduction in their number compared with 2009 (8,381, or -5.8 per cent). Concentration was particularly marked in the cable sector (7,551 operators compared with 8,079) and in the case of mobile TV operators (53 in 2013 compared with 77 in 2009). By contrast, the number of satellite platform operators rose from 73 to 80 and that of pay-DTT platform operators from 25 to 33, despite several business failures, while the number of IPTV platform operators on DSL networks rose from 127 to 181, thus illustrating the growing role of telecommunications operators in the distribution of audiovisual services.

·     An analysis of the programming of fiction (films, TV films, series, animation) by 35 television channels in the US in 2012 shows that the hourly proportion of European fiction was just 8.2 per cent, including 7 per cent for fiction from co-productions or productions co-financed between European producers and producers from other parts of the world (mainly American). By comparison, the proportion of US fiction in the programming of a sample of European channels consistently exceeds 52 per cent.

·     59.5% per cent of VoD services available in the countries of the European Union are controlled by U.S. groups.


EBU sets out UHDTV positioning


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/07/15/ebu-sets-out-uhdtv-positioning/

The European Broadcasting Union’s Technical Committee has released a positioning statement – TR028 – on Ultra HD intended to guide strategic decisions in regard to UHDTV and future TV services. It is addressed at Senior Management of EBU Members and other broadcasters and at anyone who is a stakeholder in the audiovisual content industries.

In accordance with the wishes of the EBU given the complex nature of the topic, the statement is reproduced below in its entirety:

EBU Policy Statement on Ultra High Definition Television

The EBU notes the growing interest throughout the world in Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV). The technical parameter values of such systems may include higher image resolution, higher image frame rate (HFR), higher image dynamic range (HDR), wider colour gamut (WCG) and advanced sound system technologies. Together these enhancements will give a more ‘immersive’ and better experience for viewers.

This document is intended to guide strategic decisions in regard to UHDTV and future TV services. It is addressed at Senior Management of EBU Members and other broadcasters and at anyone who is a stakeholder in the audiovisual content industries.

The issues

At the time of publication (July 2014) the issues confronting broadcasters are:

Televisions advertised as ‘4K Ultra-HD’ entered the market in 2013. These displays provide four times (3840 x 2160 pixels) the resolution of HDTV. It is predicted that in excels of 12% of worldwide television sales will be ‘4K Ultra-HD’ TVs in 2015.

The UHDTV standard, however, provides several other additional enhancements over HDTV parameters. These are higher frame rates, more contrast in images (dynamic range), better colours and immersive audio. The intent of a suitable combination of all these enhanced parameters is to provide an ‘immersive’ and better experience for the viewer (‘better pixels’).

The EBU Technical Committee believes that the current focus of the CE industry to provide only an increased resolution (‘4k’) and ignoring other enhancements is not a sufficiently large step for the introduction of successful new broadcasting services.

New broadband services, such as YouTube, Netflix and Amazon’s, and disruptive technologies, such as Dolby Vision, are capable of delivering these extended options as Over-The-Top or enhanced services.

In Japan, the Administration, together with NHK, has a roadmap to deliver a UHDTV service called ‘Super Hi-Vision’ (‘8k’) in time for the 2020 Olympics. The impact of this on the rest of the world is unclear at present.

UHDTV in production

In the short term, some broadcasters and producers of high value programmes are already taking advantage of the latest ‘4k’ equipment in the market to provide greater production headroom and to future-proof their content for the archive.

In the same way that HD production technologies have improved the image quality of SD services over the last decade, improved cameras and production equipment will enhance the technical quality of current HD services. ‘4k’ capture technologies will also enable innovative creative possibilities to create HD programmes (e.g. extracting HD frames from a ‘4k’ image). The ITU-R has already recommended “the use of UHDTV image systems for capturing, editing, finishing and archiving high-quality HDTV programmes”. It should be noted, however, that mainstream production infrastructures for ‘4k’ and UHDTV are still in development.

UHDTV in distribution

The DVB Project has specified that a Phase 1 UHDTV broadcast format shall only include the higher resolution and does not take into account other enhanced parameters for ‘better pixels’. The parameters (or a combination of them) that provide a more immersive viewing experience, such as frame rate, dynamic range, colour gamut and enhanced audio are to be considered for a DVG Phase 2 UHDTV broadcast format.

As enhanced, 1080p-based, HD service that includes a certain combination of UHDTV parameters except for the resolution increase (e.g. higher frame rate, higher dynamic range, wider colorimetry and advanced sound system audio) is not yet standardised. Such a 1080p-based HD format could be an appealing option for some broadcasters and should be taken into account in the standardisation and investigation process. The EBU proposes that an enhanced 1080p format be developed for broadcasting.

Conclusions

The TC believes that the current ‘4K Ultra-HD’ approach of the consumer electronics industry is unsatisfactory and will be of limited success in broadcasting.

It will lead to significant public confusion by associating the term UHDTV only with an increase in resolution (‘4k’).

Many different combinations of parameters are currently under discussion and key interoperability standards are still missing. A UHDTV roadmap for Europe is still not defined.

The TC has therefore asked its technical groups to investigate and interpret the available data, to work on ‘future-proof’ standards and the collection and creation of objective information, so that Members can make well informed strategic decisions.

EBU Members will continue to lobby for a satisfactory (i.e. a ‘DVB Phase 2’) service.


New device developed to defeat GPS jamming


From http://www.gpsdaily.com/reports/New_device_developed_to_defeat_GPS_jamming_999.html

A miniaturized GPS anti-jamming product has been developed by Britain's Chemring Technology Solutions with a chip footprint about 0.2 inches squared.

The system called GINCAN is based on the adaptive antenna concept used by military systems and can be integrated into a range of applications, including satellite navigation systems for vehicles and cellular communications systems to block jamming attempts.

"Many years of developing GPS protection technology for the military has enabled our research and development team to miniaturize anti-jamming technology," said Martin Ward, product manager, Chemring Technology Solutions. "GINCAN can now be easily integrated in to a range of applications to provide effective protection against jamming devices.

"As we become increasingly reliant on GPS technology, and low-cost jammers are proliferating, so a potential time bomb is being created. Chemring Technology Solutions is now able to offer the answer to this problem with jammer protection at a reduced size, weight, power and cost footprint."

Chemring said GPS jammers have already been developed to interfere with the European Union's Galileo system, which will provide European satellite navigation independently from the Russian, USA and Chinese systems and that GINCAN can be used to support systems using Galileo.

Chemring Technology Solutions is the electronics research and development center of the Chemring Group, which is comprised of Roke Manor Research Ltd and Chemring EOD Ltd.

GINCAN is an export-controlled product.


CBS’s Moonves: “We’ll talk to Aereo”


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/07/16/cbss-moonves-well-talk-to-aereo/

Despite CBS being party to the action brought by the US networks against Aereo which saw the Supreme Court rule that the service operated much like a cable TV company and violated copyright law unless it paid broadcasters licensing fees for offering TV stations to customers’ tablets, phones and other devices, CEO Les Moonves has revealed the company is now willing to sit down and negotiate with the Internet TV streaming service.

Interviewed at the Fortune Magazine Brainstorm Tech conference in Aspen, Colorado, Moonves claimed that Aereo had never approached CBS regarding the prospect of formally licensing content from the broadcaster, and suggested the Supreme Court had correctly judged that Aereo was acting like a cable company.

Noting that Aereo was now saying that it should be recognised as a cable system with respect to its method of transmission and licensed as such, paying appropriate fees, Moonves said that CBS was “open and willing to talk them about it, but I don’t think their business model makes sense, unless they were getting content illegally and for free.”


Doordarshan to be carried on all India's DTH, cable TV platforms


From http://www.rapidtvnews.com/2014071534493/doordarshan-to-be-carried-on-all-india-s-dth-cable-tv-platforms.html
The carriage of channels from India's public television broadcaster Doordarshan (DD) will become mandatory on every direct-to-home (DTH) satellite and cable network, according to Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar.

Javadekar told journalists in Ahmedabad: "We are taking steps to make Doordarshan channels available in all cable TV as well as direct to home platforms."

He said he had held a meeting with officials and "asked them to come with ideas to improve the content of DD and AIR" [All India Radio].

"To do that, we have decided to invite suggestions from people about what they would like to watch and listen," the Jagran Post reported.




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Yamal 300K 90.0°E 11670 H "Business 24 TV" has started on , Fta. CNL Sibir has left.

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Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3545 V "Man TV (Fta) and Shop Thailand" have started on , BISS. SBB TV, Siamturakij, K Channel, SMM TV, Dara Daily, In TV, Jewelry Channel, Saha Channel and You2 Play are now encrypted.Voice TV has left.
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Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3640 H "Democratic Voice of Burma TV" has started on , Fta.

ABS 2 75.0°E 11731 V A-One Hip-Hop Music Channel, STS Love and HD Life have started on , 11911 V, 11973 V, 12033 V, 12093 V, 12153 V and 12227, Fta.

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东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Dharma TV替换M Channel(泰国)频道,设置3520 H 28125参数有条件接收。[07-15]
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NEWS


SpaceX Launches


From http://www.forbes.com/sites/alexknapp/2014/07/14/spacex-successfully-launches-orbcomm-satellites/
 
After two months of delays, SpaceX achieved success today in its launch of six Orbcomm telecommunications satellites into orbit on Monday, July 14. All six satellites have been successfully deployed in orbit.

The six satellites, which were built by the Sierra Nevada Corporation, are part of Orbcomm’s next generation of satellites, which aim to provide faster and more robust data systems to its customers, as well as increasing the company’s overall network capacity. The six satellites are the first part of what’s envisioned to be a 17-satellite constellation, which the company aims to have in orbit by the end of the year.

This launch was originally scheduled for May 10, 2014, but had suffered a series of delays over the past few weeks, ranging from problems with the Falcon 9 rocket to problems with the satellite payload integration to simply just having problems with the weather conditions not being right for launch.

In addition to the launch, SpaceX will also be taking the opportunity to further test the reusability of the Falcon 9′s first stage. The stage will be “landing” in the ocean as the company tests its ability to slow down the descent of the rocket so it can be re-used in future launches. The last reusability test was successful, but the stormy oceans destroyed the stage and prevented recovery. Today’s calmer seas may make that recovery more likely.

Update: Looks like recovery won’t be successful. On his Twitter account, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said that “Rocket booster reentry, landing burn & leg deploy were good, but lost hull integrity right after splashdown (aka kaboom)”. The company will be reviewing more data to determine what conditions caused that to happen. **

In other good news for SpaceX, the company announced that last week, the Air Force certified three successful launches for SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launch system. This is an important step for the company in getting certified to participate in the Air Force’s Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program. SpaceX says it believes it will be certified by the end of the year.

In April of this year, SpaceX filed a court challenge to the Air Force’s awarding of an EELV block buy contract to the United Launch Alliance on the grounds that it should have been competitive. Earlier this month, both the Air Force and ULA moved the Court to dismiss the suit on several grounds, including the fact that SpaceX is not certified to carry those payloads yet and weren’t at the time of the contract award.

SpaceX’s next launches are scheduled for July and August. Later this month, the company will be delivering an Asiasat satellite into orbit. In August, a Falcon 9 rocket will carry an unmanned Dragon spacecraft loaded with supplies to the International Space Station as part of the company’s contract with NASA.


SpaceX Rocket Launches 6 Commercial Satellites into Orbit


From http://news.yahoo.com/spacex-rocket-launches-6-commercial-satellites-orbit-155122103.html

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket delivered 6 satellites in ORBCOMM's OG2 constellation to low-Earth orbit 

The private spaceflight company SpaceX launched six commercial satellites into low-Earth orbit today (July 14) in a mission that was expected to include a key rocket-reusability test.

The company's Falcon 9 rocket streaked into space from the pad at Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 11:15 a.m. EDT (1515 GMT) Monday, carrying six spacecraft for the satellite-communications firm ORBCOMM.

The satellites are the first members of the OG2 (short for "ORBCOMM Generation 2") constellation, which should provide a big upgrade over the current OG1 network, company officials said. SpaceX is expected to launch a total of 17 OG2 craft using the Falcon 9. [See photos of the SpaceX launch]

The OG2 satellites, which weigh about 375 lbs. (170 kilograms) each, were built by Sierra Nevada Corp. They're destined for an elliptical orbit that will take them between 382 and 466 miles (615 to 750 kilometers) above Earth's surface.

A successful delivery of the OG2 satellites may have been the main objective of Monday's launch, but it wasn't the only one. SpaceX also aimed to bring the Falcon 9's first stage back to Earth in a soft ocean-splashdown, to test out and advance reusable-rocket technology. It was not clear immediately after liftoff how well this test went.

Developing fully and rapidly reusable launch vehicles is a key priority of SpaceX's billionaire founder Elon Musk, who has said that this breakthrough could slash the cost of spaceflight by a factor of 100. In doing so, reusable rockets could help open the solar system for manned exploration, perhaps even making a Mars colony economically feasible.

SpaceX attempted a similar first-stage return during the last Falcon 9 liftoff in April, which blasted the robotic Dragon capsule toward the International Space Station on a cargo mission for NASA. That test went well; data showed that the rocket stage did indeed make a controlled landing in the Atlantic Ocean, though rough seas destroyed it before recovery boats could reach the splashdown scene.

Monday's launch was originally planned for May 10, but the cancellation of a pre-launch Falcon 9 static-fire test and scheduling constraints pushed the liftoff back by about two months. The launch also comes on the heels of SpaceX receiving certification from the U.S. Air Force of its Falcon 9 rocket after three successful flights, a major step in the company's plan to compete for U.S. military satellite launch contracts. 


Grammy now confident in TV show investment


From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/Grammy-now-confident-in-TV-show-investment-30238480.html

After witnessing positive signs for the broadcasting industry for the rest of the year, GMM Grammy is more confident about investing Bt300 million on new TV programmes for its flagship high-definition One HD channel.

The newly produced TV shows will be aired next month during its evening prime-time slot from 5pm to 10pm.

"We think August is the right time for our right content after a two-month delay of digital terrestrial TV channels," said Takonkiat Viravan, chief executive officer at GMM HD Digital TV, the operator of One HD. GMM HD Digital TV is a subsidiary of the country's largest media empire, GMM Grammy.

In addition to the improving situation, Surapol Perapongpipath, managing director of GMM Digital HD Trading, said advertisers and product owners had been resuming their marketing and communication spending in the media after a long suspension due to the political and economic uncertainty during the first half of the year.

It has now become clear that the distribution of free coupons towards the purchase of digital TV receivers managed by the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission is likely to begin next month.

"This will help raise awareness of digital terrestrial TV broadcasting service that is now available on cable and satellite TV platforms throughout the country," Takonkiat said.

Currently, about 70 per cent of the country's 22 million households are watching programmes on six analog and 24 digital terrestrial channels via cable and satellite TV platforms.

The company has set up its evening prime time for first-run programmes. It begins with news programmes produced and overseen by well-known news anchor Narakorn Tiyayon from 5pm to 6pm.

After that, the "Daily Magazine" variety show will run from 6pm to 7pm, followed by situation comedies until 8pm.

From 8.10pm to 10.10pm, there will be a special programme called "10 Years of Love: The Star TV Special".

Apart from good content, Takonkiat said his strong relationship with key content producers would help his channel attract advertisers and audiences.

'Big Sister Daeng'

Surang Prempree, the owner of production house Chan 25, will produce a TV drama for One HD channel soon, he confirmed. Commonly known as "Big Sister Daeng", Surang is the former boss of Channel 7.

Takonkiat added that his own production company Scenario would continue producing TV dramas and sitcoms for analog TV channels like TV5.

Meanwhile, the new season of its flagship talent show "The Star", which used to screen on Modernine TV, is likely to move to One HD next year.

However, Takonkiat insisted that the deal to produce programmes for Channel 3 remained unchanged as a result of a strong relationship with high-ranking executives at the analog TV station. The company is seeking revenue to cover its expenditure of Bt1 billion on TV production and content development in one year of operation, while the break-even point is expected to be hit within five years.


SatLink to demo personalised TV tech


From http://www.digitalproductionme.com/article-7617-satlink-to-demo-personalised-tv-tech/

SatLink's technology aims to offer viewers tailored TV services.

SatLink Communications, an IP delivery, HD playout and content management services provider, will debut its latest end-to-end OTT cloud solution at IBC in September.

The service will enable broadcasters to offer subscribers access to personalised content anytime, anywhere and on any device.

The end-to-end OTT solution, designed for broadcasters and operators, will offer a full telecom grade broadcasting experience from the creation of new feeds through to transcoding, live content streaming and management tools, for a seamless user experience across all devices.

The E2E OTT cloud solution was developed to meet growing customer demand and generate new revenue streams for broadcasters. The solution will enable broadcasters, such as sports, movies, lifestyle or ethnic content owners, to offer live and VOD content to their subscribers via a cost effective and interactive cloud based service platform.

With the ability to launch a managed service via the cloud within days, subscribers will be able to receive personalised content via both an application and Set Top Box’s (STB) based on their preferences with interactive content options, endless TV alike features and new monetisation capabilities.

SatLink provides global TV satellite distribution, content management and playout services to leading broadcasters including Thomson Reuters, i24 News, Viacom, Fashion TV, AP, euronews and CamNews.


ABS and Arabsat sign an agreement for a multi- transponder deal on ABS-3A at 3°West


From http://www.ameinfo.com/blog/company-news/a/arabsat/abs-arabsat-sign-agreement-multi-transponder-deal-abs-3a-3west/

ABS and Arab Satellite Communication Organization (ARABSAT) announced that they have signed a strategic commercial agreement for a multi-transponder lifetime Ku-band payload on the new ABS-3A satellite planned for launch in late 2014/ early2015.

This Ku-band payload deal will provide ARABSAT with additional growth opportunities to serve their customers over the Middle East and North Africa regions.

The ABS-3A satellite will be one of the world’s first all-electric propulsion satellites (a Boeing 702SP platform satellite) with nearly 8 kilowatts of EOL payload power and up to a total of 48 C and Ku-band transponders. It will be located at 3° West and will offer expanded capacity connecting the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Africa regions. Its wide C and Ku-band coverage will serve both sides of the Atlantic for trans-Atlantic as well as regional connectivity and services.

Khalid Balkheyour, President and CEO of ARABSAT said “We are very pleased with this payload agreement with ABS, and we hope it is the beginning of a long term successful partnership.”

“ARABSAT has put in the market a Request for Proposals for 4 new satellites at different orbital locations, and yet, we continue to see rapid increase in customers’ demand on telecommunication and broadcasting services across the region, this agreement leverages ARABSAT capabilities to harness more growth opportunities over the coming three years,” Balkhyour added.

“ABS is very excited to collaborate with ARABSAT on this strategic transaction. The MENA beam of ABS-3A is the first time ABS has been able to provide a complete coverage of all of Middle East and North Africa. We are proud to announce ARABSAT as our strategic partner on this capacity which will serve the growing needs of their MENA customer base,” said Tom Choi, CEO of ABS.


World Cup breaks broadcast records


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/07/15/world-cup-breaks-broadcast-records/

In advance of fully-audited global viewing figures for the FIFA World Cup on the night of July 13th, TV broadcasters around the world have joined in celebrating an outstanding set of results from the tournament.

The group matches had already set new TV records in a number of markets, from Belgium to the US. Sales of television advertising and subscriptions have also benefited. And records continued to tumble on screen as well as on the pitch throughout the knock out stages, with new records set for the most-watched TV programme in Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and other countries.

Broadcasters have also been quick to grasp the opportunities provided by online distribution. Germany’s semi-final victory over Brazil was watched online by a record 8.4 million fans across Europe and the Middle East including 2.35 million visitors on mobile platforms operated by broadcasters. And viewer engagement was up, with the same match generating a new record for any sports event of over 35m tweets.

Broadcasters are already optimistic that the numbers may approach or even surpass the 909 million who watched the Spain v Netherlands final in 2010.

Top TV viewing figures for the final phase of the FIFA World Cup 2014:

Germany: an all-time-high audience of 41.89 million viewers tuned in to watch their national team win the World Cup (86.3 per cent share). An online survey conducted on early Sunday evening suggested that an additional 12 million Germans cheered the game in a public space.

Belgium: the TV viewing record set during the match against South Korea was broken during the Red Devils’ win over the US team. It became the most watched football match in the history of Belgian television with 5.5 million viewers (85 per cent TV audience).

The Netherlands: the semi-final against Argentina has set a new record of 12.4 million viewers including out-of-home viewing (89.3 per cent share). The game triggered 158,192 tweets.

France: the 0-1 win for Germany reached an audience of 16.9 million people (72.1 per cent share). The game scored more than one million related tweets.

Sweden: the final game was the most viewed match of the World Cup 2014 with 2.58 million viewers (73.84 per cent share)

UK: a peak TV audience of 21 million tuned in for the World Cup final.

Poland: the final achieved the biggest Polish TV audience since 2012: 10.56 million (63.43 per cent share).

Portugal: the match against the US attracted 3.6 million viewers (75.4 per cent share). It was the second most viewed broadcast in Portugal since March 2012.

Hungary: the final attracted 1.86 million Hungarians to their TV screens (47.8 per cent share).

Austria: whereas Brazil’s defeat by Germany was watched by 1.36 million viewers (52 per cent audience share), the final game reached a record audience of 1.81 million viewers (55.3 per cent making it the highest rated football in Austria since the Euro 2008.

Ireland: the final scored a TV audience of 857,000 people (55.73 per cent share) and the total world cup triggered 2.5 million online streams. Looking specifically at adults 15-34, the final also ranks as the number one programme this year to-date across all channels.

Italy: the Uruguay game reached a total of 19.19 million viewers (81.5 per cent share).

Romania: the highest TV audience share for this World Cup was reported for the final match: 43 per cent.

The US: Netherlands vs. Argentina match ranks as the highest-rated and most-viewed World Cup semi-final match ever on any US network with 6.8 million viewers.

Argentina: 63.7 per cent of the Argentinian TV audience watched their national team being defeated by Germany in the finals.


World Cup causes streaming delays


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/07/14/world-cup-causes-streaming-delays/

Inevitably when a few million people attempt to hook up to a single programme there will be hiccups. The recent semi-finals and final of the FIFA World Cup have won massive ratings for ESPN, Hispanic network Univision and ABC.

The downside snag is that the transmissions have also clogged up the USA’s fibre and cable networks, and GigaOm is reporting that that the ‘live’ transmissions were far from live. As well as occasional pixelated feeds, GigaOm says that some ‘viewers’ were watching signals that were up to 20 seconds ‘late’ such was the demand on the supplying networks.

Fans were complaining that their Twitter info was telling them of goals scored “an age” before the TV signals showed the ball hitting the net.

And the delays are not limited just to cable and IPTV. Most of these operators are drawing down a satellite signal that might have made two or even three pathway hops before it hits the distribution head-end. That complex delivery pattern can add five seconds to the ‘live’ signal.

ESPN’s WatchESPN live streaming service uses Apple-developed HLS format, which is recognised as typically adding five seconds to a feed.

Of course, any feed delay is unimportant provided a viewer is not accessing another data or information messaging service at the same time, such as Twitter.


Dish wins Hopper legal battle – again


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/07/15/dish-wins-hopper-legal-battle-again/

Charlie Ergen’s Dish DBS system has secured an affirmation from the US Court of Appeal that its ‘Hopper’ and ‘Dish Anywhere’ place-shifting products were legal. The verdict, from the 9th Circuit Court, rejected Fox Broadcasting’s efforts to link the Hopper concept with that of Aereo, which recently found itself banned by the courts.

R. Stanton Dodge, Dish EVP/ general counsel, in a statement said: “Today’s decision is the fifth in a string of victories for consumers related to our Hopper Whole-Home DVR platform. Dish is pleased that the Court has sided again with consumer choice and control by rejecting Fox’s efforts to deny our customers access to the Dish Anywhere and Hopper Transfers features. Last year, the Ninth Circuit also rejected Fox’s attempt to block customers from using the AutoHop and PrimeTime Anytime features. We will continue to vigorously defend consumers’ right to choice and control over their viewing experience.”

Dish’s share price, already at a high point, rose another 0.5 per cent to $66.18 on the verdict.


ATN Bangla turns 18 today


From http://www.thedailystar.net/entertainment/atn-bangla-turns-18-today-33319

ATN Bangla, the first satellite channel in Bangladesh, turns 18 today. Beginning its journey in 1997, the channel has traversed much ground in its mission to entertain viewers and keep them abreast with current affairs. The channel has also extended its footprints by reaching Bangladeshi expatriates all over the world.
To mark its anniversary, the channel has arranged a large array of programmes. Musical programme, Golpo Ganer Amontroney will air today at 8:30 am. The show will feature noted singers Syed Abdul Hadi and Ferdous Ara.
 Special episode of cookery-show “Vim Jhatpat Iftar” will feature Sharmin Lucky as guest. Directed by Lobby Rahman and hosted by Munmun, the programme will air at 4:10 pm. A special single-episode play “Chirkut” will air at 8 pm. Written by Belal Hossain Dhali, the drama has been directed by SA Haq Alik. 




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2 x giddyups feeds on D2 - 12662 & 12671 both V Sr 6670


From John McDermott

Sunday feed

Intelsat 19 12550 V Sr 3749 "STS 2" (MX Nationals) - 1080i - FTA


From the Dish


Apstar 7 76.5°E 3805 H "Gazi TV" is now encrypted.

Intelsat 20 68.5°E 12722 H Sunshine TV, The Word Network and Christ Apostolic Church TV have started on, Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,Tay Ninh(HTVC)频道新增,设置11090 V 28800参数免费接收。[07-14]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,Tay Ninh替换VTV 2(MPEG-4)频道,设置11472 H 23200参数免费接收。[07-14]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Jimmy Swaggart(ABS)等2个频道消失,设置12553 H 17500参数无效接收。[07-14]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,K-Drama Gioba等替换K-Drama Box(印尼)等频道,设置3980 V 29900参数有条件接收。[07-14]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Star Movies、卫视中文(台湾)频道新增,设置12553 H 17500参数部分免费接收。[07-14]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Live 2 HD、Viewwold(IPM)高清频道重现,设置11541 H 45000参数有条件接收。[07-14]
东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段,ETV 2、ETV Urdu(Dish TV)频道消失,设置11037 H 40700参数无效接收。 [7月14日]
东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段,9X Tashan、9X Jhakaas(Dish TV)等3个频道新增,设置11037 H 40700参数有条件接收。 [7月14日]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔300K号卫星Ku频段,Ulibka Rebyonka替换Child(俄罗斯)频道,设置11670 H 14400参数免费接收。 [7月14日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,TiJi(俄罗斯)频道解密,设置12526 V 13930参数免费接收。 [7月14日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,无线电影(TVB)频道消失,设置12611 V 26667参数无效接收。 [7月14日]

东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,World Movies HD(IPM)等高清频道加密,设置11541 H 45000参数有条件接收。[07-13]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Mono29(IPM)频道加密,设置11481 H 45000参数有条件接收。[07-13]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Bovon(IPM)频道消失,设置11038 V 45000参数无效接收。[07-13]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,RTM TV 1(MPEG-4)频道加密,设置3918 H 18385参数有条件接收。[07-13]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,希望电视替换Comedy Central(斐济)频道,设置3920 V 28800参数免费接收。[07-13]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,Sky Racing 3(传送)频道加密,设置3814 V 6660参数有条件接收。[07-13]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,TrueVision(传送)频道消失,设置3760 V 29700参数无效接收。 [7月13日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,1TV替换Miracle(泰国)频道,设置3520 H 28125参数有条件接收。 [7月13日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Service-9(测试)频道消失,设置3974 V 19850参数无效接收。 [7月13日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Prarthana Bhawan TV替换Manoranjan Music(印度)频道,设置4117 V 8800参数免费接收。 [7月13日]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,BEC CH3(IPM)频道解密,设置11481 H 45000参数免费接收。 [7月13日]

东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,DTV1(IPM)高清频道新增,设置11541 H 45000参数免费接收。[07-12]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Sun TV(外语)频道开播,设置4045 H 1600参数免费接收。[07-12]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Live 1(IPM)频道新增,设置11038 V 45000参数免费接收。[07-12]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Nhang Channel(泰国)频道解密,设置3585 V 30000参数免费接收。[07-12]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,MCOT替换Modernine(泰国)频道,设置3920 H 30000参数有条件接收。[07-12]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,MUTV HD(高清)频道解密,设置3760 V 29700参数免费接收。[07-12]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,BTV News(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3920 H 13000参数免费接收。 [7月12日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,ZEE Nung(CTH)频道加密,设置4120 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [7月12日]


NEWS


'NBN is ridiculous' says Murdoch


From http://www.skynews.com.au/news/top-stories/2014/07/13/-nbn-is-ridiculous--says-murdoch.html

The head of News Corporation has slammed the former Labor government's signature National Broadband Network, despite acknowledging it would be a great thing for his pay TV provider Foxtel.

Speaking on Sky News's Australian Agenda program, Rupert Murdoch said the high speed network, which was launched in 2008 and continues under the Abbott government, was 'ridiculous'.

'The NBN was a ridiculous idea, and still is,' he toldThe Australian's editor-at-large Paul Kelly.

'People think I'm talking from my pocket and Foxtel,' he said.

'In fact, NBN would be great for Foxtel because it would take all those programs into every home.'

But he is worried mobile technology has overtaken the need for the NBN.

The News Corporation boss gave a lengthy interview on Sky News to mark the 50th anniversary of the The Australian, one of his company's national newspapers.

He defended the paper's strong stance against the Rudd and Gillard governments, saying it was absolutely right.

The powerful media figure said it was still too early to pass judgment on the Abbott government.

He has met Prime Minister Tony Abbott three or four times and described him as an admirable, honest and principled man.

Mr Murdoch however, questioned the current government's understanding of the free market.

The wide-ranging interview also covered Australia's place in Asia, economic development, and Mr Murdoch's approach to climate change.


News Corp Wants to Hold ISPs Responsible For Piracy


From https://torrentfreak.com/news-corp-wants-to-hold-isps-responsible-for-piracy-140712/

With its significant entertainment business interests, media giant News Corp has been making its feelings known in the ongoing piracy debate. After targeting Google last month the company says it wants the government to tighten up the law in order to hold Australian ISPs responsible for the actions of their pirating subscribers.

Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation spin-off not only owns several major newspapers, but also has a stake in Foxtel, the Australian pay TV network that airs Game of Thrones.

The hit TV show has become a pivotal talking point in the copyright debate, so it comes as little surprise that News Corp is now regularly throwing its own anti-piracy opinions into the mix.

Last month, News Corp. CEO Robert Thomson fired shots at Google for operating sophisticated algorithms that “know ­exactly where you are and what you’re doing” yet at the same time “pleading ignorance” on piracy.

“[It's an] untenable contradiction,” Thomson said.

Now the media outfit is making its feelings known again in a submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defense and Trade, regarding the Free Trade Agreement between the governments of Australia and South Korea.

Specifically, News Corp doesn’t like the fact that following the failed Hollywood legal onslaught against iiNet, Aussie ISPs are able to distance themselves from the pirating habits of their subscribers.

“As News Corp Australia has expressed previously, we are concerned that the amendments made to the Copyright Act 1968 in 2004 regarding secondary liability of ISPs do not operate as intended,” the company writes.

“Specifically, the provisions of the Act – although intended to do so – do not provide rights holders with means to protect rights online as the provisions are technology specific and ineffective in dealing with online copyright infringement as it manifests today, nor as it may manifest in the future.”

The law as it stands, News Corps adds, is not “readily suited to enforcing the rights of copyright owners in respect of widespread infringements occasioned by peer-to-peer file sharing, as occurs with the BitTorrent system.”

Looking towards a solution, News Corp supports the position taken by Attorney-General George Brandis back in February when the Senator noted that Section 101 of the Copyright Act should be reformed so that an ISP which authorizes the copyright infringements of others can more effectively be held liable for those infringements.

“News Corp Australia supports the Attorney-General’s approach to the issue of online copyright infringement, and looks forward to contributing to ensuring domestic copyright protection provisions function as intended, and the balance between obligation (secondary liability) and benefit (safe harbour) is re-established,” the company concludes.

Whether ISPs will relish taking on more responsibility is up for debate, but it’s safe to say that one – Hollywood nemesis iiNet – definitely won’t. The company’s Chief Regulatory Officer Steve Dalby has been in the press on numerous occasions in the past few weeks taking a particularly aggressive stance against most government and entertainment industry proposals.


How Many People Use Netflix In Australia?


From http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2014/07/how-many-people-use-netflix-in-australia/

Netflix is rumoured to enter Australia early next year (that was later essentially confirmed), but that doesn’t stop a few enterprising Australians from accessing it now. Actually, it’s more than a few.

The article we linked to said up to 200,000 Australians signed up with the service. There are also many anecdotes about the popularity of Netflix in Australia in the forums and social media. So we decided to look deeper into the subject*.

Let’s start with the basics: stat 1 — market share.

Our study found Netflix to be the second most popular paid-content media company in Australia, despite the fact that they are not officially available here and that they are actively geo-blocking Australians. Here’s a breakdown of the market (click on the image to get a bigger picture):

That’s right. Netflix owns 27% of the Australians currently using media subscription or rental services. And as you can see, they’ve tripled in size from just 9.88% in January 2013.

But the growth didn’t come at the expense of the local dominant player: Foxtel. The growth came from the old-world end of the market: rentals and to a lesser extent, local clone — Quickflix.

I should note here that the graph is based on the number of users (popularity) as opposed to dollars spent (revenue). And that means it doesn’t take into account metrics such as:

The number of transactions per customer. For example, if a person frequents Blockbuster twice a month for a year — we’ll count them only once.

How long Netflix, Foxtel and Quickflix customers are subscribed for. See below for explanation.

The fees they charge. Netflix might be growing in popularity in Australia but they charge around $10 a month. Foxtel, on the other hand, can charge more than $100.

So it’s true that Netflix is growing in popularity in Australia, but only among people who perhaps can’t afford (or simply refuse) to pay Foxtel’s fees. For those who are comfortable with paying those fees? They are happy to keep paying for the convenience Foxtel offers (in that they don’t have to go through a VPN service to combat Netflix’s current geo-blocking of our great country).

Another interesting thing to point out are the tiny grey bars at the top. That’s a lesser known alternative to Netflix: Amazon Prime. From what we can tell, it only started to gather momentum in Australia from September 2013, but as you can see, it has also grown — again, despite actively blocking Australians.

And although by number of users Amazon Prime is small in Australia, they charge an annual fee as opposed to a monthly fee. So by dollar amount, it’s actually quite significant. Again, the annual charge is a fraction of Foxtel — around $100 for the year.

How long did the subscribers stay?

The next stat of importance is how long subscribers stay with a particular service? This is a good indicator of how satisfied they are with the particular service.

But there’s a catch with calculating average subscription length.

If Service ABC has been around for 10 years and Service XYZ has been around for 1 year. Let’s say users of ABC stayed for an average of half the time and users of XYZ stayed for the whole time. ABC in this case would still appear to be doing better than XYZ because ABC would have an average subscription length of 5 years. Where XYZ would only be 1 year.

To do the right comparison, we need to do what is called a cohort analysis. That is, of users who start a service (sign up) in a particular month, how long did they stay for?

In the example above, we would look at only people who subscribed to ABC and XYZ with the same time period — to compare the two “cohorts”. So what we might see is that ABC only has an average subscription length of 6 months and XYZ, 1 year.

So we did that analysis for Foxtel, Netflix and Quickflix. Here’s the data (our last date in the sample is 31 June 2014):

As you can see, Netflix users stay around the longest and Quickflix the shortest. Australians who signed up to Netflix in January 2014 stayed, on average, for 110 days (roughly 3 months, 20 days). Those who signed up to Foxtel during the same period stayed for slightly less than 80 days (2 months 20 days).

Another point is that given the effort it takes to set up Netflix in Australia, namely the research and setting up of a VPN service, there is more incentive to keep subscribing given the sunk cost.

Quickflix appears way down the list as unlike Foxtel and Netflix, they also offer once-off purchases of premium programmes. And it appears a lot of people bought these once, and never went back.

Market Share vs Growth

This is such an important note, I have to point it out to avoid any confusion. It is absolutely possible for a company to grow, yet have a shrinking market share.

That happens when the overall market is growing. The company is enjoying that growth, but at a slower pace than its competitors. So the fact that you’re seeing Quickflix’s market share decrease in this dataset doesn’t mean the company is in trouble. In fact, it might be subscribing more users than ever.

And the fact that Foxtel has a steady market share doesn’t mean they are not growing in profitability. In fact, what this graphs shows is that the company has consistently grabbed 50% of overall market.

It just so happens that Netflix is getting more of the growing pie than they do, remarkably without any Australian marketing or formal Australian servicing channel.

It will be interesting to see how this develops. Who do you think will come to dominate the industry?

*This study didn’t include iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Pandora and Xbox purchases. Our sample size is 21,000+ Australians consumers only. Foxtel has a lot of business subscribers — company kitchens, meeting rooms and bars — they would be excluded from the sample.


Slingshot boom after Netflix door opened


From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11293212

Kevin Spacey in House of Cards - one of the original content productions made by US company Netflix for its subscribers.

The number of Slingshot customers accessing movie websites like Netflix has quadrupled since the internet company unblocked them earlier this month and the volume of traffic to them is 12 times greater than what it was.

Slingshot, the country's third biggest internet provider, unblocked two dozen websites for all its customers to access, including Netflix, BBC iPlayer and Hulu.

These sites are normally blocked to internet customers from this part of the world, although there are means to get around this geo-blocking.

Prior to unblocking the sites for all its customers, Slingshot only offered this service to New Zealand households who claimed they had an international visitor staying with them.

Thousands of its customers were using this service - and claiming they were playing host to overseas visitors - but Slingshot says there are now four times more customers accessing these websites after they were unblocked some 10 days ago.

The reaction from its customers had been overwhelmingly positive, a Slingshot spokesman said today.

The volume of Slingshot internet traffic to these sites was 12 times than what it was before, the spokesman said.

While free-to-air television networks said they were holding urgent talks with Hollywood studios after Slingshot announced the move, the internet company said today it had received no pushback from its competitors or content providers.


Mai TV to go digital


From http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=274293

A TELEVISION company will continue to endeavour to persuade the Ministry of Communication to grant the broadcaster frequency in Suva, Nadi and Lautoka.

Mai TV continues to play a part in Fiji's vibrant media sector and expects to lift its services with the development of the digital platform. It is also preparing for migration to digital.

In a statement, Mai TV executive chairman Justin Smith said they remained positive that government would allocate a space initially on the VHF frequency for them as they progressed with the move towards the digital platform.

"This will finally place us on a levelled playing field alongside the other two free-to-air broadcasters.

"We see the launch of the digital platform as a positive step towards our growth in the Fijian market," Mr Smith said.

"We want to assure advertisers and our viewers that we are here to stay. We know a lot has been said about our survival in what is an extremely tough market to operate in."


DTV aims at pay-per-view tie-ups


From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/DTV-aims-at-pay-per-view-tie-ups-30238381.html
 
DTV Service, the maker and trader of satellite TV receivers for Thaicom, is turning its focus more to pay-per-view through tie-ups with premium content providers.
General manager Pramote Boonnumsuk said that on top of expanding the satellite TV platform in the provinces, the company aimed at subscription service. But he insisted the service would be affordable and friendly for customers, particularly upcountry. The company therefore will offer a top-up service for pay-per-view content, rather than a monthly subscription fee.

Pramote said his company had tried such a service with pay-TV operator GMM Z on live telecasts of the 2012 Uefa Euro soccer tournament. Now it is bundling TrueVisions' exclusive sports channels with the DTV box.

"We are also in talks with other providers on adding more premium content to the DTV platform for next year," he said.

The company is also partnering with leading content providers like RS for soccer events, MVTV for Western and South Korean TV series, and Next Step for documentaries. These programmes are offered as a free service for DTV customers.

DTV targets revenue from pay-per-view service to represent 10 per cent of its total income by the end of next year, up from just 2-3 per cent now. Revenue from selling satellite TV set-top boxes will remain the biggest contributor.

Under this pay-per-view service strategy, Pramote believes the sales volume of set-top boxes will increase to 500,000 a year, as planned. Currently, about 2 million DTV boxes are deployed to end-users. Of that, 70 per cent are ready for pay-per view. Of the approximately 300 channels available on the DTV platform, 80 are ready for pay-TV service.


RRsat Partners With DOGTV -- a Dedicated Channel Just For Dogs


ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, NJ - RRsat Global Communications Network Ltd. (NASDAQ: RRST), a leading provider of digital content management and global content distribution services to the broadcasting industry, announced today the signing of a three-year contract with DOGTV, the first and only television network scientifically developed just for dogs. The partnership allows DOGTV to focus on its content creation, channel programming and marketing while RRsat provides the full range of extended media services, including content preparation, management, playout services and global distribution.

DOGTV is distributed through DirectTV via fiber in the U.S. and in Asia via Measat 3A satellite. This channel is a first for Asian viewers. While DOGTV will retain content creation in-house, RRsat will enable a vast array of media services by providing:

  • Content preparation and management
  • Channel distribution
  • Full playout services

"RRsat provides the best technical support and know-how to our team and creates a seamless solution for managing, playing out and distributing our content," said Aviv Messa, DOGTV Chief Operating Officer. "This partnership will enable our team to expand distribution capabilities we otherwise could not accomplish."

RRsat offers DOGTV HD and SD playout capability to multiple destinations. The ability to obtain all the needed technical support from one vendor, with the reliability RRsat's team offers, reinforced DOGTV's decision to partner with the provider.

"We are pleased to partner with a niche channel such as DOGTV and broaden our service offerings, while enabling DOGTV to focus on its core business functions," stated Lior Rival, Chief Commercial Officer of RRsat. "RRsat's global network capabilities offer DOGTV solutions beyond its current infrastructure and expand its distribution across the globe."

ABOUT DOG TV
DOGTV is the first and only television network for dogs. A trusted source of scientifically developed content for dogs, DOGTV programming is organized into relaxing, stimulating and exposure segments that work together to provide just the right balance for the daily routines of our beloved "stay-at-home" pups. DOGTV's revolutionary content is designed for a dog's visual, auditory and emotional sensibility. For more information, please visit dogtv.com.


About RRsat
RRsat Global Communications Network Ltd. (NASDAQ: RRST) provides global, end-to-end, digital content preparation and management, as well as content distribution services to the rapidly expanding broadcasting industry, covering more than 150 countries. Through its Global Network, composed of satellite, terrestrial fiber optic capacity and the public Internet, RRsat provides high-quality and flexible global content distribution 24 by 7 services to more than 630 channels reaching multiplatform operators, Internet TV and direct-to-home viewers worldwide. In addition, the company offers worldwide content management and distribution services for sports, news and other live events. More than 130 channels use RRsat's advanced production and playout centers, comprising of comprehensive media asset management services. Visit the company's website http://ctt.marketwire.com/?release=1130704&id=4397125&type=1&url=http%3a%2f%2fwww.rrsat.com%2f%3futm_source%3dPR.

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Can Beidou rival GPS in China?


From http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20140712000107&cid=1206

The BeiDou Navigation Satellite System installed in a car at an exhibition in Yinchuan, May 4. (Photo/Xinhua)

Local governments and businesses in China will implement measures to support the development of Chinese satellite navigation system BeiDou, as the satellite navigation market is expected to become worth 400 billion yuan (US$64.4 billion) by 2020, an expert with the National Development and Reform Commission stated.

Since 2012, the commission, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Science and Technology and other agencies have introduced a slew of measures to boost businesses focused around the BeiDou system, however, the future of the system remains uncertain.

An analyst specializing in the communications industry said there remains room for improvement in the chips and devices used in the BeiDou system and that the program might fizzle out if there is a shortage of funding and lack of advancements in the technology.

The BeiDou system is still in its infancy in China. It accounts for less than 20% of the satellite navigation market in China, which was estimated to be worth 120 billion yuan (US$19.3 billion) last year.

China reportedly has a three-stage plan for developing BeiDou, which commenced in 1994. By the time the second stage ended at the end of 2012, 16 satellites had been launched into orbit covering most of the Asia Pacific region.

The system is scheduled to be completed in 2020, and will cover the entire globe.

The BeiDou system provides navigation and positioning services, and sends time signals.

The government is aiming to encourage the use of the BeiDou system in smartphone navigation, and positioning, amongst other uses.

Smartphone makers have produced 20 million BeiDou-equipped phones over the last two years, the expert said, adding that some privacy issues still surround the technology, which could be used to track the location of users. This concern particularly applies to motorists, he said.

By the end of 2012, some 40,000 shipping boats and 100,000 cars had been fitted with the BeiDou system.

The BeiDou system is cheaper than the more commonly used Global Positioning System, however, GPS was introduced in China earlier and holds the largest share in the market.


Work fast to launch satellite by 2017: Hasina


From http://www.thedailystar.net/work-fast-to-launch-satellite-by-2017-hasina-33205

The premier visits telecom ministry

Star Business Report

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked the telecom ministry officials to move fast so the country could launch its first satellite—Bangabandhu 1—by 2017.
Hasina made the call in a meeting with the officials of the posts and telecom ministry, according to an official of the ministry who was present at the meeting.
The communication satellite was supposed to be launched in 2015, but the government's failure to collect funds from multiple foreign parties delayed the process.
In 2012, Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission signed a Tk 82.5 crore agreement with a US firm to take consultancy services for the satellite.
Post and Telecom Minister Abdul Latif Siddique and State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak attended the meeting.


"Aereo" The television streaming service may reinvent itself as an Internet based cable provider.


From http://jewishbusinessnews.com/2014/07/11/barry-dillers-aereo-tries-to-be-considered-legitimate-online-cable-tv/

The Barry Diller funded Internet television live streaming Service Aereo is continuing its efforts to reinvent itself legally, after it lost a landmark US Supreme Court case last month. Now the company says it’s prepared to pay American broadcast networks the same licensing fees that American cable and satellite providers pay them.

The Supreme Court’s decision did not end the case, however. It merely sent it back to the lower court in New York, having overturned a district court judge’s earlier ruling.

In a letter to US District Judge Alison J. Nathan in Manhattan, Aero made its case that the company should be allowed to pay licensing fees for the programming that it had been retransmitting online. The company said, “Although Aereo has temporarily suspended operations, Aereo believes that it can still operate in accordance with the terms of the Supreme Court’s decision and intends to do so.”

Aero’s case will be that it should have the same right to pay to rebroadcast network programming as do cable and satellite providers. But the payment of such fees will surely force it to raise rates well above the $8-$12 that it had offered its subscribers.

“If Aereo is a ‘cable system’ as that term is defined in the Copyright Act, it is eligible for a statutory license, and its transmissions may not be enjoined,” the court filing argued.

In a statement, Aereo’s Chief Executive Officer Chet Kanojia said, “From the beginning, it has been our mission to build a lawful technology that would provide consumers with more choice and alternatives in how they watch television. We remain committed to building great technologies that create real, meaningful alternatives for customers.”

But the American broadcast networks have filed their own motions asking Judge Nathan to dismiss the case in light of the Supreme Court ruling.

Five US networks, ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, along with PBS, sued Aereo for copyright infringements. After Aereo had won a lower court ruling, the Supreme Court sided with the networks in a 6-3 decision on June 25th.

Aereo ceased operations three days after the high court ruling and has offered to repay all of its subscribers their last month’s fees. But it is still spending money on maintaining its infrastructure.

The company first began to offer its services in February of 2012. At first, it was only available in New York, but soon it expanded to twelve cities across the US. Aereo was backed financially by Barry Diller’s InterActiveCorp.


Over Rs 1860 crore spent on 15 communication satellites in last 3 years


From http://www.indiantelevision.com/satellites/satelite-operators/over-rs-1860-crore-spent-on-15-communication-satellites-in-last-3-years-140712

NEW DELHI: After the announcement of Budget 2014 allocations, the space department has laid down the future programme for 2020.
 
The plan envisages development of advanced launch vehicle systems, thematic earth observational satellites with improved resolution, high-power, high-throughput communication satellites, microwave multi-spectral remote sensing satellites, weather and climate studies, constellation of satellites for regional navigation, development of critical technologies for human spaceflight and satellites for space science and planetary exploration purposes.
 
Fourteen of the 58 space missions slated in the 12th Five Year Plan, 2012-17 are linked to communication.  In addition, five launch vehicle missions will also be linked to these satellites.
 
GSAT-10, GSAT-15, GSAT-16, GSAT-17 and GSAT-18 are specifically communication satellites to augment the INSAT system with C and Ku band transponders. GSAT-9 will be a communication satellite to augment the INSAT system with C band transponders. GSAT-14 and GSAT-11S will be experimental communication satellites, while GSAT-6 and GSAT-6A will be multi-media mobile communication satellites for strategic applications.
 
GSAT-7 is a communication satellite for special users, and both GSAT-11 and GSAT-Ka are advanced Ka band satellite for VSAT communications.  GSAT-19E is a new generation experimental communication satellite.
 
Close to Rs 1867 crore has been spent on the five satellites meant for communication launched in the last three years, out of the total Rs 1987 crore allocated for this purpose. It can be noted this amount was spent by 31 March this year.
 
According to sources in the Department of Space, these satellites are GSAT-14 (launched on 5 January this year), GSAT-7 (launched on 30 August last year to reach a wide area over the oceans including the Indian mass), GSAT-10 (launched on 29 September 2012 for communication and navigation), GSAT-12 (launched on 15 July 2011) and GSAT-8 (launched on 21 May 2011 for communication and navigation).




13/07/14

Sunday, no update




12/07/14

Saturday, no update




11/07/14

Stream link (might be geo-blocked to NZ only) play in VLC or any other stream player or device

The edge tv

rtmp://live-geo.mediaworks.co.nz/live/theedgetv_1500kbps


From my Email


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From the Dish


Palapa D 113.0°E 4100 V "Taiwan Macroview TV" is still on , Viaccess.

NSS 11 108.2°E 12731 V "UCTV has replaced SET News" on , Fta.

SES 7 108.2°E 11510 H "Kix HD" has started on , HD, Videoguard. HBO Hits and Cignal PPV 2 HD have left.

Telkom 1 108.0°E 3826 H "Surabaya TV and Aceh TV" have left .

AsiaSat 7 105.5°E 4078 H "Pashto 1 Middle East" has started on , Fta
AsiaSat 7 105.5°E 4120 H "Phoenix Movies Channel" has started on again, Irdeto.

NSS 6 95.0°E 11037 H "9X Jhakaas and 9X Tashan" have started on , Conax.
NSS 6 95.0°E 12729 V "Odisha TV and Mastiii" have left .

Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3440 H "@Design Channel, Movie Hits and Box Film" have left . Movies Max Channel is now encrypted.
Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3551 H "R Channel" has started on , Fta. Pramarn Channel has left again.
Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3600 H "IPM Phuket has again replaced Hit Channel TV" on , BISS. N Channel is now encrypted.

Thaicom 6 78.5°E 4120 H "Kor Kaew TV and Goodfilms TV" are now encrypted.

ABS 2 75.0°E 3617 V "Motorvision TV and Ginx TV" are now encrypted.

From asiatvro site

东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Topline(IPM)频道新增,设置11038 V 45000参数免费接收。[07-11]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,On Shop(IPM)频道重现,设置11481 H 45000参数免费接收。[07-11]
东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,Universal HD(CTH)等频道新增,设置11628 V 30000参数有条件接收。[07-11]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,3 SD On Tpbs(IPM)频道新增,设置11481 H 45000参数免费接收。[07-11]
东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段,The Pentagon Channel(AFN)频道解密,设置12647 H 28000参数免费接收。[07-11]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,Ads Test HD(高清)频道新增,设置11510 H 20000参数有条件接收。[07-11]
东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,Eurosports(欧洲体育)频道新增,设置11628 V 30000参数免费接收。 [7月11日]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Amarin TV HD(IPM)等频道解密,设置11541 H 45000参数免费接收。 [7月11日]

东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Thai PBS(高清)频道重现,设置11541 H 45000参数免费接收。 [7月10日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,华视替换三立新闻(环宇卫视)频道,设置12591 H 28800参数有条件接收。 [7月10日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Democratic Voice of Burma(泰语)频道新增,设置3551 H 13333参数免费接收。[07-10]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Democratic Voice of Burma(泰语)频道新增,设置3640 H 28066参数免费接收。[07-10]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,I Asia、Show 2(IPM)等频道加密,设置11038 V 45000参数有条件接收。[07-10]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Asian Film TV等替换Mix Movie(BISS)等频道,设置3585 V 30000参数有条件接收。[07-10]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Kaset 24(泰国)频道新增,设置3840 V 30000参数有条件接收。[07-10]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,AJP(泰国)频道新增,设置3585 V 30000参数免费接收。[07-10]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Cleopatra、东盟卫视(泰国)等频道加密,设置3585 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [7月10日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段, N Channel(泰国)频道加密,设置3600 H 26667参数有条件接收。 [7月10日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Movies Max Channel(泰国)频道加密,设置3440 H 26666参数有条件接收。 [7月10日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,Tlr 5(菲律宾)频道新增,设置3717 H 7500参数有条件接收。 [7月10日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,RTB-01(测试)高清频道消失,设置3842 H 9300参数无效接收。 [7月10日]


NEWS


Australian 'meteorite' most likely part of Russian satellite


From http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/11/australian-meteorite-most-likely-part-of-russian-satellite

Object with long tail burning across the sky in Victoria, NSW and Tasmania was first believed to be a meteorite

An object that streaked across Australian skies on Thursday night was most likely part of a Russian weather satellite.

Social media websites lit up from around 9.45pm (AEST) with reports of sightings of a bright object with a long tail burning across the sky in Victoria, NSW and Tasmania on Thursday night.

Sydney observatory astronomer Melissa Hulbert says what was believed to be a meteorite was more likely part of a Russian satellite launched from Kazakhstan.

"It looks like it was the upper-stage of a Soyuz's rocket that was launched a few days ago," Hulbert said. "Apparently the tracking and impact prediction matched, time and location, what we saw."

She said the object seen over Australian skies would have been a piece of the rocket designed to fall away as part of the launch of the satellite.

"It's kind of like the Apollo mission," she said. "Parts would be dropped off at various points throughout the mission."

The object would have had a diameter of about 3.35m and a length of about 1.5m, she said.

The Astronomical Society of Victoria president, Ken Le Marquand, said the colours reported to have been seen also indicated it was manmade.

"The images I've seen show a lot of different colours," he said. "When you get lots of colours it usually means there's different materials in there, manmade materials.

"The fact they saw all these colours in it could indicate it's made of different materials."

Le Marquand also pointed to a Twitter post by Nobel prize-winning Australian National University astronomer Brian Schmidt.

"So our fireball may well have been a piece of space junk," Schmidt wrote, linking to data showing the trajectory of meteor decay. Monash astronomer Michael Brown replied that he had had the same idea.

"Space junk crossed my mind too. Travelling close to horizontal and taking a long [time] to burn up," he wrote.


NZ: Traditional media still prevail


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/07/11/nz-traditional-media-still-prevail/

Research commissioned by NZ On Air – an independent government funding agency whose mission is to champion local content that engages, stimulates, and satisfies intended audiences – confirms the majority of New Zealanders are still consuming traditional broadcast media – linear television and live radio – every day. However music audiences and the young are leading the charge to digital platforms.

In the first independent, publicly available New Zealand research across media types, Colmar Brunton surveyed 1,400 New Zealanders aged 15-plus in April this year about what media they consumed ‘yesterday’.

“Today most of us carry a screen in our pockets and have multiple devices in our homes for consuming media. As the main funder of local content we wanted to know if the chatter about viewers turning off mainstream media and tuning in to online media was true,” says NZ On Air Chief Executive Jane Wrightson.

The survey found 83 per cent of respondents watched live television daily, while 67 per cent listened to live radio and both for a considerable amount of time each day – more than any other media.

Twelve per cent of viewers used one of the broadcasters’ On Demand websites to watch a broadcast programme when it suited them, while 6 per cent use overseas online TV sites such as Netflix, BBC iPlayer, and Hulu.

Predictably, says NZ On Air, it’s among the younger generation that the online move is most obvious. While 76 per cent of 15 – 24 year olds watched linear television daily, 66 per cent also watched videos online (Youtube or Vimeo) the previous day.

While radio is still popular, music is moving online faster than other content, and young people are leading the charge.

When asked where they became aware of new music, 60 per cent of all respondents said on the radio, 36 per cent said via streaming services such as Spotify, YouTube and Soundcloud. Among 15-24 year olds, the latter figure jumps to 67 per cent. Newer market entrants Spotify and iHeartRadio have already achieved a weekly reach of 12 per cent and 5 per cent respectively.

“NZ On Air has always said that we will go where the audiences are. By and large, the audiences are still in front of the television or listening to radio, but they are consuming all sorts of other media as well,” adds Wrightson.

“With music it is clear that if not a ‘revolution’, then certainly a fast-moving ‘evolution’ is taking place. For this reason we are increasingly shifting our music promotions focus to online platforms, to ensure that people looking for NZ music online can easily find what they enjoy.”

Other online content such as webseries still have a small audience. NZ On Air says that this is an area it will continue to take a close interest in, given the opportunities for innovation and experimentation.

NZ On Air intends to repeat the research at intervals to show trends over time.


O3b gets into space


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/07/11/o3b-gets-into-space/

A Russian rocket lofted four satellites owned by Jersey-based O3b during the evening of July 10th. These four communications satellites will help provide satellite-based broadband to the ‘other 3 billion’ people who have either no Internet or inadequate service.

The satellites will also provide connectivity to smaller, more isolated national networks as well as serving the fast-expanding cruise and leisure industries. They are expected to start work on about September 1st.

O3b is backed by Luxembourg’s SES as well as well-known names such as Google and Liberty. SES has an option to take full control of the O3b business.

These latest four satellites, built by Thales Alenia, will orbit at 8,062 km (5,000 miles) above the Equator and join the existing four craft already at work. The final four out of the initial constellation of 12 craft will be launched early next year.

CEO Steve Collar said: “[the launch] is important because we’re a young company, and we’re delivering genuinely different services than everyone else,” Collar said. “There’s no one else that can provide the quality connection – the fibre-like performance – that we can deliver, and still retain the flexibility of satellites. For us, it’s very important to get the satellites up there, but it’s also very important for our customers who have been waiting patiently for the service, and have been for some time.”

“We have 12 satellites initially, but we can grow to more than 100,” Collar said. “The future is very bright, and we will only be limited by the market. For the time being, we don’t see any stop in the demand for broadband connectivity, so we’re going to keep launching satellites and keep deploying services for as long as there is demand.”


‘Zombie’ satellite creating orbital worries


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/07/11/zombie-satellite-creating-orbital-worries/

A failed Russian satellite is creating major headaches for its neighbouring satellite operators. Yamal 201, operated by Gazprom, failed in June and according to local reports is now tumbling in its orbit and slowly drifting westwards from its 90 degrees East position.

The next satellites in its path include are a Thaicom craft, Indian and Chinese satellites and – at the moment quite a way off – an Intelsat and Inmarsat craft.

The drift of Yamal-201 is said to be slow (at about 0.025/degree per day) and the risk of catastrophe is modest.

Back in 2010 a similar drifting ‘Zombie’-sat (Galaxy-15) spend some 7 months drifting through the geostationary orbital arc, and creating massive worries for the American broadcast industry. Satellites had to be moved out of the path of the Zombie craft, although it was eventually recovered and is now back on station and working normally. That is not likely to happen to Yamal-201, which was nearing the end of its working life.


150 channels in Russia could close


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/07/11/150-channels-in-russia-could-close/

Russia has gone ahead and its Federation Council has approved a highly-controversial law that bans advertising on most cable and satellite channels.

BBC Monitoring is reporting July 10th that President Putin has side-stepped normal processes and already signed the Bill into law.

The law, which comes into force on January 1st 2015, bans commercials on all channels available exclusively on a paid basis or those that can only be viewed on a decoding device. This applies mostly to encrypted ‘pay-TV’ channels and which depend on a mix of subscription income as well as advertising to stay on air.

In an open letter sent on June 30th to President Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister Dmitriy Medvedev, head of the Kremlin administration Sergey Ivanov, State Duma Speaker Sergey Naryshkin and other officials, several pay TV executives wrote that the law might force up to 150 thematic channels to shut down.

On July 7th OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatovic appealed to Putin to veto the law. According to Mijatovic, the law “could further limit media pluralism and free flow of information in Russia”.


Discovery Networks Asia Pacific sweeps the 10th Indo-American Trade Excellence awards


From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/specialised-and-niche/discovery-networks-asia-pacific-sweeps-the-10th-indo-american-trade-excellence-awards-140710

MUMBAI: Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific (DNAP) has won three most coveted awards at the 10th Indo-American Trade Excellence (IATE) Awards, held in Mumbai.  Organised by The Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (IACC) and co-hosted by US Consulate General, Mumbai, the IATE Awards celebrate trade excellence and recognise the best Indian companies in the US and the best US companies in India.
 
Making a clean sweep, DNAP has been conferred with the top awards - Company of the Year (U.S. Company in India) and Operational Excellence in Media & Entertainment (U.S. Company in India).  Additionally, Rahul Johri, EVP and General Manager - South Asia and Head of Revenue, Pan-Regional Ad Sales and Southeast Asia, Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific has been awarded the Business Leader of the Year.
 
In awarding DNAP, the distinguished jury recognised its contribution in enhancing television entertainment in India, portfolio growth, India commitment, differentiated content, leadership, localisation strategy, marketing innovations and overall popularity and reputation amongst all stakeholders.
 
Rahul Johri, EVP & General Manager, South Asia, and Head Revenue- South East Asia, Pan-Regional Ad Sales, Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific said, “These prestigious awards validate the wide trust in Discovery brands in India and further strengthens our commitment to offer the highest quality entertainment. This distinct recognition by IACC is a testament of the ingenious innovation and the passion of Discovery teams in India and Asia.”
 
Announcing the awards, Nanik Rupani, Regional President of The Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (IACC), West India Council said, “Discovery has carved a distinct identity with an unmatched portfolio of channels in India.  On behalf of IACC, I would like to congratulate Rahul Johri for his vision and inspiring leadership in strengthening the Indo-US business relationship.”
 
DNAP is credited with creating an unmatched portfolio of eleven unique brands, reaching over 240 million cumulative subscribers in India.  In the last ten years, the company has cemented its leadership in the non-fiction entertainment genre.
 
The company has pioneered to build a dynamic portfolio in multiple genres: Animal Planet – a wildlife channel for family; TLC – a lifestyle channel for the young and aspiring Indians; Discovery Science – a 24-hour channel dedicated to science; Discovery Turbo – targeting youth, it features programmes on everything motored; Discovery HD World – a 24-hour high definition channel; and its first regional channel Discovery Channel Tamil catering to the Tamil speaking viewers.  In 2012, the company made its foray into kids’ learning and entertainment with the launch of Discovery Kids.
 
DNAP has also announced launch of three new channels in 2014 – Investigation Discovery (ID) – its first Hindi entertainment channel; and two high definition channels – Animal Planet HD World and TLC HD World.


Irdeto: Piracy more prevalent amongst young


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/07/10/irdeto-piracy-more-prevalent-amongst-young/

Viewing pirated content is much more prevalent amongst young people, while willingness to access pirated content generally decreases with age, according to findings from Multiscreen, Revenue Assurance and Media Protection solutions specialist Irdeto.

The research revealed that the majority of American (70 per cent) and U.K. (72 per cent) consumers are unlikely to watch pirated content. This is different in Asia and Australia. A much smaller proportion of respondents noted that they were unlikely or extremely unlikely to watch pirated content (40 per cent Australia, 31 per cent Singapore, 40 per cent India and only 9 per cent in Indonesia), leaving a large majority of consumers in Asia Pacific who are open to consuming entertainment through illegal means.

Conversely, 62 per cent of 18-24 year olds in the UK and 54 per cent of 18-34 year olds in the US admitted to watching pirated content, a number much higher than older respondents. This highlights that young people are more willing to embrace piracy to get what they want.

The research was commissioned by Irdeto and conducted among a representative sample of over 4,700 adults to understand and address consumer behaviour around media content consumption in today’s multi-screen world. It uncovered trends in piracy, viewing habits, and service delivery platforms across the US, UK, Australia, Singapore, India, and Indonesia.

Other key findings include:

Part-time Pirates: while viewing of pirated content is clearly prevalent, the research suggests that in the US and UK, many consumers would prefer to access content through legal channels. More than 90 per cent in the U.S. and the 52 per cent in the U.K. who do watch pirated content say it is a few times a year or less, signalling that in markets where more content is available, there is less of a need to download it illegally.

Fear of Missing Out: The number one reason most consumers in Australia (26 per cent) and Singapore (31 per cent) chose to watch pirated video content was because the video content is not available legally in their location. However, price was a top driver for consumers in India (29 per cent) and Indonesia (36 per cent) to watch pirated video content.

Sports Interest and Viewing: Despite the proliferation of devices, TV is still clearly the most popular medium for watching sports, with 53 per cent of consumers in the UK mostly watching sports on TV at home and 4 per cent mostly watching on TV in a pub or bar. However, multi-screen is growing, with 5 per cent of consumers mostly watching sports on a laptop or desktop and 2 per cent through a mobile device. Americans followed the same pattern with 50 per cent of respondents watching sports at home on TV. Only 17 per cent of Americans watch sports outside the home.

Couch Potato World Cup Fans: With the World Cup under way, the respondents were also polled regarding their attitudes towards watching the tournament. Of the Americans polled, three quarters said they did not plan to watch the World Cup. Of those who did plan to watch, the majority (73 per cent) planned to watch the games at home on TV. In the UK, TV is still the most popular medium for viewing with 54 per cent of respondents planning to watch the matches on TV. However, 7 per cent are watching highlights on-demand, 5 per cent are using a DVR to record matches, 5 per cent are streaming them online and 3 per cent are watching through a mobile device.

TV Sweeps the Ratings: Across the board, findings show that TV remains king in the majority of the markets surveyed. However, in some more developing countries, other ways of viewing content, such as on smartphones and tablets, is gaining momentum. The majority of respondents in Australia (51 per cent), Indonesia (43 per cent), and India (39 per cent) indicated that they prefer watching TV over smartphones, tablets and laptops. However, in Singapore, the preferred way to view content is on a laptop (36 per cent), and in India, laptops are a close second choice (36 per cent).

Loving Live Content: In the U.S., the most popular means of watching TV, movies, and sports is live as they are broadcast on TV, with 49 per cent of respondents choosing live TV over pre-recorded or internet TV. Most Americans (59 per cent) are happy to wait for new shows and content to become available before watching.

“One of the most interesting findings from our survey was that availability, poor quality, and security issues are deterrents for downloading illegal content,” said Bengt Jonsson, Vice President APAC, Irdeto. “This is a clear message to operators to provide high quality content at the right price. This could be a differentiator to remain competitive in a diverse region like Asia Pac.”

“The popularity of sports consumption over IPTV and mobile devices is increasing. We are seeing that many operators and broadcasters are focused on initiatives to drive consumer loyalty, particularly around the World Cup,” said Richard Scott, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Irdeto. “This research shows that more than 50 per cent of US and UK consumers are watching live sports in the home – either on their TVs or on a smaller screen. Broadcasting sporting events in high quality represents a significant opportunity for broadcasters to engage existing customers and acquire new ones, while also protecting their rights to provide live game coverage.”

“The laptop and desktop have overtaken the TV as the most preferred device in some parts of Asia. This signals the onset of the multi-screen phenomenon in Asia Pacific. Countries like Singapore tend to be early adopters of technology and the trend is also evident in Asian countries such as Indonesia and India. It is a reflection of how hungry for content the consumers are in this region, and their desire to own and consume content on multiple screens,” added Jonsson.


C4 Chief: BBC should encrypt iPlayer for licence-fee payers


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/07/11/c4-chief-bbc-should-encrypt-iplayer-for-licence-fee-payers/

Channel 4 chairman Lord Burns has said the BBC should encrypt the iPlayer for licence fee payers only as a first step towards subscription, with the licence fee unsustainable in the long term.

Burns criticised the BBC for being too wedded to the £145.50 licence fee and said it had ignored alternative forms of funding such as subscription – or “conditional access” – because it could “get away with it”.

Burns was speaking after BBC director general Tony Hall outlined his vision for the future of the BBC, saying he had “real confidence in the licence fee. Whatever reform people come up with, they need to answer that question, is there a better way [of funding it] than that 40p a day? I don’t think there is.”

But Burns said political downward pressure on the level of the licence fee meant it was unsustainable in the long term. He said the BBC should begin to look at alternative methods of funding, beginning with the iPlayer.

“You can either say you can only watch the iPlayer if you have a licence fee, or you can watch the iPlayer without a licence fee if you pay some money,” said Burns, speaking at the Future of the Licence Fee event in London.

“This is the first big opportunity to move towards conditional access – no pay, no play – but they won’t even think about it because they think it is the first step towards subscription. They will not even think about it because they are so wedded to the licence fee.

“All the young people who are watching on their computers [without a licence fee] and don’t realise they are breaking the law, these are the first people who are showing us what is going to happen. The BBC have said they want the iPlayer to be at the centre of the future. Down the road, later in life, everything will be Internet based.”

The BBC has resisted any moves towards subscription, saying it would cost £500 million to implement and would lead to “first and second class” licence fee payers.

But Burns, who oversaw a review of the BBC’s governance a decade ago as an adviser to the then culture secretary Tessa Jowell, said: “The licence fee is effectively a tax … and I am very pessimistic about the ability of the BBC to fund itself long term through a tax. I think the political process is just too difficult.”


Roku top US streaming media player


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/07/10/roku-outpaces-apple-in-streaming-media-player-sales/

A report from research firm Parks Associates suggests that more than 25 per cent of US households will have a streaming media player by 2015, with continued robust sales and new entries such as Amazon Fire TV driving expansion of this connected CE category. The report – The Evolving Market For Streaming Media Devices – found Roku accounted for nearly one-half of streaming media players (46 per cent) purchased in the US in 2013, while Apple, its closest competitor, had 26 per cent.

Roku is also the most-used streaming media player in the US. Among US broadband households with a streaming media player, 44 per cent use a Roku player the most versus 26 per cent that use Apple TV the most. The gap has widened since 2013, when 37 per cent of streaming media player owners used Roku most and 24 per cent used Apple TV most.

“Multiple factors have allowed Roku to outpace Apple in US sales and usage,” said Barbara Kraus, director, research, Parks Associates. “Roku has always had a close association with Netflix, the largest source of video downloads, and currently offers more than 1,700 channel apps as well as a choice of models with different features and price points, all of which appeal to consumers’ purchasing instincts. With Amazon entering this CE category, there will be renewed pressure on all players to develop the best combination of ‘can’t miss’ content with a simple and intuitive interface.”

The CE category for streaming media players has been robust despite competition from streaming ‘sticks’ such as the Google Chromecast. According to Parks Associates’ 1Q 2014 survey of 10,000 US broadband households, Google Chromecast sold as many units in six months as Roku sold in 2013, but overall, usage of the Chromecast has steadily declined since its introduction.

Parks Associates analysts report that companies, to drive usage, will increase efforts to secure high-quality content, through deals such as the HBO and Amazon agreement, which brings HBO shows to Amazon Prime’s streaming video service. In addition, should Apple release a new version of Apple TV with more functionality in 2014, it will create a more competitive market in the US.

“While approximately 50 per cent of US households have at least one Apple product, such as an iPhone or iPad, the company has not yet been able to leverage this success for its Apple TV offering,” Kraus advised. “Apple has not committed support and promotion to its Apple TV product line in the US, and its sales reflect this fact. But they are the global sales leader in this category, having sold approximately 20 million units worldwide as of April 2014, compared to an estimated eight million for Roku at the end of 2013. As Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer, emerges as a new competitor in this space, it could awaken the sleeping giant that is Apple,” she suggested.

Parks Associates reports global sales for streaming media players will reach nearly 50 million by 2017, while broadband household penetration in the US will exceed 38 per cent.


i24 News hits one year milestone


From http://www.digitaltveurope.net/207182/i24-news-hits-one-year-milestone/

Israel-based international news channel i24news is celebrating one year on air, with its viewers now tuning in for an average of an hour a day, according to CEO Frank Melloul.  

The channel, which airs international and regional news from the Middle East, now claims to be accessible to more than 75 million households across Europe via pay TV on satellite and cable.

i24News broadcasts in three languages – English, French and Arabic – airs 110 newscasts per day, 18 magazines per week and in its first year aired nearly 19,000 hours of content.

“The channel has definitely found its place among the big international news channels, thanks to the professionalism and the dedication of our team in particular in the past few weeks and I am very proud of it,” said Melloul.


Canal+ to launch pan-African A+


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/07/10/canal-to-launch-pan-african-a/

French pay-TV group Canal+ has announced it will launch a French speaking premium pan-African channel A+ on October 24th.

African content – both produced in house or acquired – will fill 70 per cent of the channel’s output– with the remainder of the schedule being filled with music, cooking and entertainment shows from around the globe as well as movies.

Based in Abidjan, the new channel will be included in the basic line-up of dish platform Canalsat.

A+ is set to stimulate the monthly pre-paid subscriptions, but its model is also based on advertising and sponsoring.

“This premium channel is extending our international development strategy”, Canal+ Group CEO Bertrand Meheut said. “International activities are becoming more and more significant to us, representing from 2014 40 per cent of our results and 40 per cent of our total subscribers. We have currently taken hold in 30 countries, including Vietnam and Poland, and Africa is one of the main pillars for growth”.

In Africa, Canal+ has deployed its premium channels offer  Canal+ Afrique and dish bouquet Canalsat into more than 20 countries and claims 1.3 million subs.

It says the launch of A+ furthers the goal of developing local content and appealing to the emerging African middle classes.




10/07/14

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NSS 11 108.2°E 12731 V "UCTV has replaced SET News" on , Fta.

SES 7 108.2°E 11510 H "Kix HD" has started on , HD, Videoguard. HBO Hits and Cignal PPV 2 HD have left.

AsiaSat 7 105.5°E 4120 H "Phoenix Movies Channel" has started on again, Irdeto.

NSS 6 95.0°E 11037 H "9X Jhakaas and 9X Tashan" have started on, Conax.
NSS 6 95.0°E 12729 V "Odisha TV and Mastiii" have left .

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东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Democratic Voice of Burma(泰语)频道新增,设置3551 H 13333参数免费接收。[07-10]
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东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Asian Film TV等替换Mix Movie(BISS)等频道,设置3585 V 30000参数有条件接收。[07-10]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Kaset 24(泰国)频道新增,设置3840 V 30000参数有条件接收。[07-10]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,AJP(泰国)频道新增,设置3585 V 30000参数免费接收。[07-10]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Cleopatra、东盟卫视(泰国)等频道加密,设置3585 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [7月10日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段, N Channel(泰国)频道加密,设置3600 H 26667参数有条件接收。 [7月10日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Movies Max Channel(泰国)频道加密,设置3440 H 26666参数有条件接收。 [7月10日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,Tlr 5(菲律宾)频道新增,设置3717 H 7500参数有条件接收。 [7月10日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,RTB-01(测试)高清频道消失,设置3842 H 9300参数无效接收。 [7月10日]


NEWS


Kiwis ahead of the curve with digital devices - TNS


From http://www.voxy.co.nz/business/kiwis-ahead-curve-digital-devices-tns/5/195916

While New Zealander’s love affair with television endures, TV sets alone are no longer enough to satisfy Kiwis appetite for content, driving the growth of online media and ‘screen-stacking’ - the use of multiple digital devices at the same time, according to global research consultancy TNS.

TNS Connected Life 2014 survey of over 55,000 internet users worldwide, found that ‘screen-stacking’ is becoming prevalent globally. The TNS survey found that almost half of people (48%) globally who watch TV in the evening simultaneously engage in other digital activities, such as using social media, checking their emails or shopping online.

In New Zealand, over half of Kiwis are using more than one screen when watching TV in the evening (55%), and the trend is similar in Australia, where 50 percent of consumers take part in ‘screen-stacking’. In comparison, within APAC Japanese internet users ‘screen-stack’ at the highest level of 79 percent, while Chinese defy the trend, with only 37 percent of internet users partaking.

Multi-device ownership is fuelling the rise of the multi-screening or ‘screen-stacking’. New Zealanders now own approximately five digital devices each - similar to Australia, Japan, Germany and the UK. Growing demand for TV and video content on-the-go is also contributing to the trend.

The desire to access our favourite TV shows at all hours of the day is also driving online TV usage, which extends our access to them. Around 17 percent of Kiwis nationwide are heading online to watch videos. This relates to the trends picked up globally, as one quarter (25%) of the global internet users now watch content on a PC, laptop, tablet or mobile daily.

Commenting on the findings, TNS New Zealand Director, David Thomas, said, "In a world where multi-tasking is the norm, the context in which we watch TV is rapidly changing - it isn’t just on the sofa at home with no other digital distractions around us. It is not surprising that we are seeing such a pronounced trend in New Zealand towards ‘screen-stacking’ - the appetite for online content is significant and growing all the time."

Many of the big global media companies are already taking advantage of growing online viewing trends, offering on-demand services such as BBC iPlayer, Hulu or HBO GO, which allow people to access premium content wherever they are through their phones or tablets. In New Zealand, media companies are also recognising this trend, offering online content such as TV On-demand by TVNZ and Sky Go.

"Many people around the world are still wedded to their TV sets, particularly when they are with their families and friends and 69 percent of Kiwis still tune in to the box daily. But while traditional TV still has its role to play, advertisers must adapt to our changing viewing habits. Online devices are offering more ways to access TV and video content, meaning that brands will need to adopt a more integrated online approach in order to engage consumers. There’s a real opportunity for those that understand how to really integrate their activity in our increasingly connected world," Mr. Thomas concluded.


Digital TV vouchers should not be used for purchase of cable/satellite receivers, focus group hears


From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/Digital-TV-vouchers-should-not-be-used-for-purchas-30238130.html

SOME TV broadcasters, consumer groups and scholars are likely to reach a consensus on giving away vouchers to households only for the purchase of digital-TV set-top boxes and digital-ready TV sets, a focus group was told yesterday.

However, all parties agree on the urgent need to distribute the vouchers quickly to shorten the transition to the digital terrestrial TV era and pave the way for digital community service TV in the near future.

Saree Ongsomwang, secretary-general of the Foundation for Consumers, said that after her team surveyed the market for complete sets of digital set-top boxes, they found that the average price was on par with the value of the voucher.

"We believe that a Bt690 voucher is reasonable for the purchase of a |digital terrestrial TV set-top box," she said.

She made her remark at the focus group organised by the National Broadcasting and Telecommuni-cations Commission's consumer rights protection committee before a public hearing today in Bangkok.

Opinions on the value of the voucher remain mixed, ranging from Bt690 to Bt1,000. But Suphab Kleekachai, president of the Digital TV Club and chief adviser to the ThaiTV channel, said the value was not an issue for digital TV operators.

"What we need is for the free vouchers to be distributed to households as quickly as possible. The delay causes opportunity losses as people cannot access TV content via digital channels at the right time," he said.

Thanachai Wongthongsri, executive vice president of MCOT, said the coupon should be only good for a digital TV receiver. It should not be allowed to be used for a cable or satellite TV set-top box.

On behalf of her digital TV network operator, Thanachai witnessed some digital TV broadcasters of variety programmes in high definition (HD) spending extra on satellite broadcasting.

"If the NBTC allows people to use this coupon to obtain either a cable or satellite TV receiver, those broadcasters would shoulder higher costs in the near future," he said.

Under the NBTC's "must carry" rule, all households can access only standard definition (SD) content, not HD content, from the 12 public and 24 commercial digital TV channels via cable and satellite TV.

The digital TV network operator believes that giving away vouchers for cable and satellite TV boxes appeared to promote cable/sat networks, not digital terrestrial TV network expansion.

"Will digital terrestrial TV networks be a national backbone of broadcasting?" he asked.

Adisak Limprungpatanakij, president of Nation Broadcasting Corporation, was concerned that the birth of digital TV broadcasting for community service would be affected if people continued to watch TV via cable or satellite.

Pornthep Benyaapikul, an economics lecturer at Thammasat University, said that to ensure that the Bt15.18-billion digital-TV voucher scheme is implemented effectively, the NBTC should open registration for people who really need the coupons.


Content-hungry Malaysians into screen-stacking, own four digital devices, survey shows


From http://news.malaysia.msn.com/tmi/content-hungry-malaysians-into-screen-stacking-own-four-digital-devices-survey-shows

One out of two Malaysians use media tools apart from television and also own at least four digital devices in line with a worldwide trend, according to a survey by a global research consultancy. Connected Life, a study of over 55,000 Internet users worldwide, revealed that Malaysia was slightly ahead of this trend, with 50% of people taking...

One out of two Malaysians use media tools apart from television and also own at least four digital devices in line with a worldwide trend, according to a survey by a global research consultancy.

Connected Life, a study of over 55,000 Internet users worldwide, revealed that Malaysia was slightly ahead of this trend, with 50% of people taking part in screen-stacking while watching television.

"These activities include using social media, checking their emails or shopping online," TNS Asia Pacific head of digital Joe Webb said in a statement today.

Television sets are no longer enough to satisfy Malaysians’ appetite for content, driving the growth of online media content and screen-stacking, Webb said.

He said a study of Internet users worldwide revealed that 48% of people simultaneously engaged in other digital activities while watching television.

"While our love affair with television endures, it is no longer enough to satisfy our appetite for content," he said, adding that the consumption habits of content-hungry viewers were rapidly changing.

Connected Life revealed that Malaysians now own approximately four digital devices each, which is in line with the global average.

However, this is less than Australia, Germany and the United Kingdom, where respondents have five digital devices each.

"This, combined with demand for television and video content on-the-go, is fuelling the rise of multi-screening or screen-stacking (the use of multiple digital devices at the same time)," said Webb.

Webb said the constant connectivity across multiple devices has risen prominently during the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

"People around the world are engaging with the event in various ways on different devices – watching it on television, tablets or mobile phones.

"At the same time, they are also engaging in conversations on social media. It is an excellent example of how screen-stacking behaviour has really taken hold."

Webb said the desire to access favourite television shows at all hours of the day was driving online television usage, which extended users’ access to them.

About 25% of respondents said they now watched content on a PC, laptop, tablet or mobile phone daily.

In Malaysia, two out of five respondents (38%) said “phablets” were becoming increasingly popular.

Webb said despite the surge in online consumption, traditional television sets still played a huge part in people’s daily lives.

About 75% of respondents globally and 67% in Malaysia sit in front of the box every day.

TV dinners are also alive and well, with 72% of people in Malaysia giving television their undivided attention while eating in the evening – slightly below the global average of 76%.

Many big global media companies are already taking advantage of growing online viewing trends, offering on-demand services such as NetFlix, Tonton, Hulu or HBO GO.

These services allow people to access premium content wherever they are through their phones or tablets.

“It’s no surprise that we are seeing such a big trend towards screen-stacking in Asian markets – the appetite for online content is huge and growing all the time,” said Webb

“However, television still has a role to play – particularly during dinner, when we don’t have hands free to navigate on other devices.

"Our attachment to the television has been supported by the rise in digital set-top boxes, catch-up TV and on-demand services such as Astro B Yond and Hypp TV.” – July 10, 2014.


Russia’s public TV needs more cash


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/07/09/russias-public-tv-needs-more-cash/

Russia’s OTR public TV network is appealing for more voluntary cash from viewers. “Russian Public TV needs help so that the channel’s broadcasting can continue its existence and we can create new important projects,” the TV channel’s press service told viewers, and reported by BBC Monitoring.

It said that the collection of donations to support the TV channel’s operation had been launched on its website. “There are no breaks for advertising in Public TV broadcasts. We are not a commercial TV channel and we need support. Only with the help of people who care can we create more interesting TV projects and show more feature films and unique documentaries,” the station said.

The idea of launching public TV in Russia came from [current Prime Minister] Dmitriy Medvedev, who was Russian president at the time. In May 2013, the channel officially launched its broadcasting as part of the first multiplex in cable, satellite and digital terrestrial television in Russia and the CIS.

Last year, OTR director-general Anatoliy Lysenko said the TV channel’s annual budget was insufficient for full-scale operation. For his part, Deputy Minister of Telecommunications and Mass Communications Aleksey Volin said the government would not allocate extra funds for the channel and suggested it should take out a loan, which it did. Early this year Lysenko said he would have to cut staff to stay within the allocated funding.


Aereo continues battle in lower court


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/07/10/aereo-continues-battle-in-lower-court/

Internet TV streaming service Aereo, which suspended its operations July 28 following the Supreme Court copyright decision in favour of US broadcasters, has filed a letter with the lower court suggesting that after the Supreme Court’s decision, Aereo should be recognised as a cable system with respect to its method of transmission and licensed as such, paying appropriate fees.

Similar antenna-based service FilmOn Networks announced early July that its combination of teleporter technology and remote antennas will operate under Section 111 of the Copyright Act 1976.

In a letter to Aereo users and supporters, CEO Chet Kanojia said it had been the operator’s mission to build a lawful technology that would provide consumers with more choice and alternatives in how they watch television. “We believed that providing an innovative cloud-based individual antenna would provide consumers with a convenient way to use an antenna to watch the live, free-to-air signals broadcast over public spectrum that belongs to them,” he wrote.

“Unfortunately, on June 25, the United States Supreme Court reversed a lower court decision in favor of Aereo, dealing a massive setback to consumers. With this most recent decision and in the spirit of remaining in compliance, we chose to pause our operations last week as we consulted with the lower court to map out our next steps,” he continued, advising that a letter had been filed with the lower court.

“This has been a challenging journey for our team, but your support has continued to lift and propel us forward. We remain committed to building great technologies that create real, meaningful alternatives for consumers,” he declared, thanking users and supporters for their patience and continued support. “We are truly grateful,” he ended.

In the letter, Aereo’s lawyers noted that under the Second Circuit’s precedents, Aereo was a provider of technology and equipment with respect to the near-live transmissions at issue in the preliminary injunction appeal. “After the Supreme Court’s decision, Aereo is a cable system with respect to those transmissions,” they contend.

Accordingly, they suggest that: “If Aereo is a ‘cable system’ as that term is defined in the Copyright Act, it is eligible for a statutory license, and its transmissions may not be enjoined (preliminarily or otherwise).”

Aereo says it plans to file the necessary statements of account and royalty fees, and asserts that the Supreme Court’s decision has overruled the 2nd Circuit decision in Ivi, a similar over-the-air digital TV service which similarly presented itself as a legitimate business by paying compulsory licence fees.

According to Aereo’s lawyers, “If the Court finds Section 111 inapplicable and determines that it should enter a preliminary injunction, that injunction must be limited to the conduct the Supreme Court carved out from Cablevision’s general rule: the simultaneous or near-simultaneous streaming of over-the-air television programs. The Supreme Court opinion did nothing to prohibit—and indeed reaffirms the vitality of—non-simultaneous playback from copies created by consumers.”

The broadcasters at the centre of the action crticised Aereo’s refusal “to clearly specify whether, when and in what fashion it intends to continue operating,” noting that it had never before pleaded, or much less litigated Section 111 as an affirmative defence. “Whatever Aereo may say about its rationale for raising it now, it is astonishing for Aereo to contend the Supreme Court’s decision automatically transformed Aereo into a ‘cable system’ under Section 111 given its prior statements to this Court and the Supreme Court,” they declared.

Aereo said it would not be making any further comment at this time.


Fox continues Hopper attack


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/07/09/fox-continues-hopper-attack/

Fox Broadcasting continued its attack on Dish Network’s Hopper and Slingmedia technology in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, in California.

Buoyed by the broadcasting industry’s success in seeing the derailment of Aereo, Fox’s legal team is looking to reverse a lower court’s ruling that Dish’s Dish Anywhere products were legal.

Richard Stone of Jenner & Block, representing Fox, said that stations do suffer harm because Nielsen does not measure ratings from the devices. “We are losing viewership because it is not being measured,” he said. Fox argued that permitting Hopper to continue would affect its retransmission negotiations with other multichannel distributors.

Stone compared Dish’s Sling offerings to Aereo that last month was halted after the Supreme Court ruled that it was infringing in offering broadcast streams without permission. Although Dish does license rights to retransmit Fox content, Stone said its contract with Fox prohibits it from streaming their stations over the Internet.

However, the 9th Circuit’s judge, Marsha Berzon was clearly sceptical of the Aereo/Dish-Sling comparison, saying ““The Supreme Court has all sorts of caveats about how this is about Aereo and nothing else,” she said, adding, “I don’t think you can stand there and say it’s the same thing.”

Dish Network’s legal team counter-argued that the Aereo decision did not impact their products. “Sling is just like a DVR or VCR, it is built right into the Hopper with Sling DVR in customers’ living rooms” whereas Aereo used antennas.


Roku outpaces Apple in streaming media player sales


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/07/10/roku-outpaces-apple-in-streaming-media-player-sales/

A new report from research firm Parks Associates suggests that more than 25 per cent of US households will have a streaming media player by 2015, with continued robust sales and new entries such as Amazon Fire TV driving expansion of this connected CE category. The report – The Evolving Market For Streaming Media Devices – found Roku accounted for nearly one-half of streaming media players (46 per cent) purchased in the US in 2013, while Apple, its closest competitor, had 26 per cent.

Roku is also the most-used streaming media player in the US. Among US broadband households with a streaming media player, 44 per cent use a Roku player the most versus 26 per cent that use Apple TV the most. The gap has widened since 2013, when 37 per cent of streaming media player owners used Roku most and 24 per cent used Apple TV most.

“Multiple factors have allowed Roku to outpace Apple in US sales and usage,” said Barbara Kraus, director, research, Parks Associates. “Roku has always had a close association with Netflix, the largest source of video downloads, and currently offers more than 1,700 channel apps as well as a choice of models with different features and price points, all of which appeal to consumers’ purchasing instincts. With Amazon entering this CE category, there will be renewed pressure on all players to develop the best combination of ‘can’t miss’ content with a simple and intuitive interface.”

The CE category for streaming media players has been robust despite competition from streaming ‘sticks’ such as the Google Chromecast. According to Parks Associates’ 1Q 2014 survey of 10,000 US broadband households, Google Chromecast sold as many units in six months as Roku sold in 2013, but overall, usage of the Chromecast has steadily declined since its introduction.

Parks Associates analysts report that companies, to drive usage, will increase efforts to secure high-quality content, through deals such as the HBO and Amazon agreement, which brings HBO shows to Amazon Prime’s streaming video service. In addition, should Apple release a new version of Apple TV with more functionality in 2014, it will create a more competitive market in the US.

“While approximately 50 per cent of US households have at least one Apple product, such as an iPhone or iPad, the company has not yet been able to leverage this success for its Apple TV offering,” Kraus advised. “Apple has not committed support and promotion to its Apple TV product line in the US, and its sales reflect this fact. But they are the global sales leader in this category, having sold approximately 20 million units worldwide as of April 2014, compared to an estimated eight million for Roku at the end of 2013. As Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer, emerges as a new competitor in this space, it could awaken the sleeping giant that is Apple,” she suggested.

Parks Associates reports global sales for streaming media players will reach nearly 50 million by 2017, while broadband household penetration in the US will exceed 38 per cent.


CASBAA asks FM, I&B to roll back increased royalty on foreign satellite operators


From http://www.indiantelevision.com/satellites/satelite-operators/casbaa-asks-fm-ib-to-roll-back-increased-royalty-on-foreign-satellite-operators-140709

NEW DELHI: The Cable and Satellite Broadcasters Association of Asia (CASBAA) has urged Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to withdraw the royalties imposed on foreign satellite operators (FSO) by the Finance Act 2012 and 2013 and let the matter be settled by the Supreme Court which is presently hearing a matter in this regard.
 
The Delhi High Court had in January 2011 held in the case of Asia Satellite Telecommunications company Limited (AsiaSat) that the charges received by the Hong Kong based FSO from its customers for provision of transponder capacity cannot be characterised as 'royalties' under the Income Tax Act as it stood prior to the amendment in 20l2. It was held by the court that the equipment was used by the FSOs to provide a service to their customers and so the question of royalty taxation did not arise.
 
The memorandum by CASBAA CEO Christopher Slaughter says that this view of the High Court was in conformity with the international jurisprudence and model commentaries issued by international tax bodies and renowned jurists / authors and was also followed in case of other FSOs by the High Court and Income Tax Appellate Tribunals.
 
However, the memorandum sent to Jaitley with a copy to Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Minister Prakash Javadekar points out that the matter has become sub judice as Income Tax authorities have filed an appeal against this judgment in the Supreme Court.
 
I&B Ministry sources told indiantelevision.com that CASBAA has also protested the rise in royalty under the Finance Act 2013 from 10 per cent to 25 per cent as it is not reasonable in view of the competitive margins earned by the industry players. The Association wants the Minister to roll back this increase so that the tax rates are made ‘friendlier’ and both the operators and consumers can benefit from a rational tax regime.
 
It is stated that a majority of the Double Taxation Avoidance Agreements (DTAA) that India has entered into provide for a tax rate (on gross basis) on royalties and fees or technical services of 10 per cent.
 
Thus, taking a holistic view from the point of alignment with the DTAAs and internationally accepted tax rates, the rate of 25 per cent is highly unjust and implies that FSOs are earning high revenues from India which is not the case.
 
Furthermore, any such step to increase tax rates is not right as the matter is sub judice in the Supreme Court. It not only makes the services ‘cost ineffective’ but hits the ultimate Indian end consumers.
 
Slaughter points out that India's participation in the global network of satellite communication is growing and any such move by the Indian Government to tax FSOs may also drive policy-makers of other nations to adopt similar measures for taxing payments flowing into India from foreign jurisdictions. 




9/07/14

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Palapa D 113.0°E 4140 V "Point of Sale Media Network" has started on , Fta.

Telkom 1 108.0°E 3829 H "The Indonesia Traventure Channel, Sriwijaya TV, Australia Network Asia, Channel NewsAsia, BBC World News Asia Pacific, Al Jazeera English, Indonesia Network Cartoon and Indonesia Network Movie 1-2" have left .

AsiaSat 7 105.5°E 4078 H."A-Lite TV" has left

Yamal 300K 90.0°E 3539 L."TBN Rossiya" has left

Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3480 H "Smart SME" has left again.
Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3551 H "R Cinema" is back on , Irdeto.

Intelsat 904 60.0°E 3744 R "Channels TV" has left .

Express AM22 53.0°E "Alahwaz TV" has moved from 12525 H to 12630 H, clear.

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东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,VTC 3(越南)频道解密,设置11008 H 28800参数免费接收。[07-09]
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东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,I Movies、I Asia(IPM)等全组频道解密,设置11038 V 45000参数免费接收。[07-09]
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东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,TVB8、星空卫视等替换CCTV-3(艺华卫视)等频道,设置12354 V 43000参数有条件接收。 [7月9日]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔300K号卫星C频段,TBN Rossiya(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置3539 L 3275参数无效接收。 [7月9日]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Varity One HD(高清)频道加密,设置11541 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [7月9日]


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Seven Network secure Australian TV Olympic rights


From http://www.insidethegames.biz/olympics/1021199-seven-network-secure-australian-tv-olympic-rights

Seven Network has agreed a deal to broadcast the next three Olympics, including Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020, it has been reported. 

The broadcaster has signed the deal with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and an announcement is expected later this week, it was reported by The Daily Telegraph in Sydney today. 

The IOC have agreed to sell the rights for about AUD$200 million (£110 million/$188 million/€138 million), much less than the AUD$250  million (£137 million/$235 million/€173 million) they were originally hoping for, it is reported.

Seven broadcast every Olympics between Barcelona 1992 and Beijing 2008, before it lost the rights to Channel Nine and pay-television operator Foxtel, which jointly paid AUD$122 million (£67 million/$115 million/€84 million) for Vancouver 2010 and London 2012. 

Netowrk Ten covered this year's Winter Games in Sochi.

Beijing 2008 was the last Olympics covered by Seven Network ©Seven Network

Seven were the host broadcaster for the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, when the Opening Ceremony was one of the highest-ever rating television programmes in the country, with 6.5 million viewers.

Seven won an Olympic Golden Rings award for the best television programme during Athens 2004.

But in Australia some of Seven's coverage has attracted criticism, including the lack of a broadcast of events to which Australia is not competing in, too many advertisements and at inappropriate times during events and poor commentating of events.


EzyFlix.tv enters connected TV partnership with Samsung


From http://www.rapidtvnews.com/2014070934425/ezyflix-tv-enters-connected-tv-partnership-with-samsung.html

Australian cloud-based video-on-demand and download-to-own provider EzyFlix.tv is expecting to see a spike in sales after becoming the first in its country to fully integrate with Samsung's WatchOn application

The application runs on Samsung Smart TVs as well as Galaxy smartphones and tablets and is designed to allow users to browse a range of films and TV shows, choose whether to rent or buy in high definition or standard definition and then choose which Samsung device they'd like to watch content on. Moreover it allows them to turn their smartphone or tablet into a remote control for their Samsung Smart TV.

The move comes less than two weeks after the company celebrated beating the likes of Telstra, Foxtel and Quickflix to offer streaming services compatible with the Google Chromecast device and says the alliance with Samsung 'catapults EzyFlix.tv it.tv into a market-leading position'. Indeed EzyFlix.tv claims that it now offers twice the range of feature films as its nearest competitor on the Samsung Smart TV, exclusively new releases such as Wolf of Wall Street, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The Book Thief and American Hustle.

"No other retailer in Australia is even close to matching the service and value EzyFlix.tv is able to offers its customers. It's an exciting position to be in and one we're determined to grow and capitalise on," said Craig White, CEO and co-founder of Access Digital Entertainment, the company behind EzyFlix.tv.

"We are excited that Samsung has chosen to partner with us to provide Samsung Smart TV and Samsung WatchOn users the best value and the most versatile way to enjoy their movie collections and gain further access to the widest range of TV shows and films to buy or rent."

White added that consumer interest in EzyFlix.tv has been accelerated by its year-old partnership with UltraViolet digital locker project which allows customers who buy participating DVD or Blu-ray discs from any retailer to redeem the digital copy from EzyFlix.tv. Customers can then download or stream the movie to their portable device, and now the Samsung Smart TV.


Pat Pilcher: TV networks, wake up and smell the coffee


From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/technology/news/article.cfm?c_id=5&objectid=11290573

global mode is now to be enabled by default has got broadcasters pretty worked up.

In a Herald story last week, MediaWorks head Paul Maher got pretty agitated, saying that it is likely to cause "significant issues for traditional TV networks which have paid dearly for rights".

TVNZ was only slightly more circumspect, saying that Slingshot's move was "an interesting development" - and that they'd be speaking to their Hollywood studio partners.

Sounds to me like both networks need to wake up and smell the coffee. Slingshot's Global Mode is nothing new - it launched on the 18th of June 2013 - yep, that's over a year ago. It's just been enabled by default.

Even if the networks were to get global mode shut down, the net result is only likely to be a surge in the numbers using other VPN (Virtual Private Network) services.

These make NZ broadband connections look as if they originate in the USA, giving users access to services such as Hulu and Netflix. There are thousands of different VPN services out there and there's even more Kiwis getting their TV fix by downloading.

If TV network execs want to get all worked up about Slingshot's global mode, they'll also need to figure out how to block access to all these VPN services and stamp out downloading. Good luck to them.

In all fairness, it isn't terribly hard to see why the networks are getting so bent out of shape. The dollars they're spending on buying television rights are huge.

This said, nothing stands still in tech. This is particularly true in the ongoing game of whack-a-mole that's been underway between governments and tech-savvy downloaders for years.

So far the score isn't looking terribly good for governments. Each measure introduced to curb downloading has been handily bypassed by increasingly sophisticated countermeasures.

So it all comes down to this simple question: If numerous powerful, well resourced governments can't halt downloading, what hope do a bunch of TV network execs from a tiny nation at the bottom of the world have of winning a global technological arms race?


Sky PerfectTV nets Japanese rights to Swiss Super League


From http://www.rapidtvnews.com/2014070934417/sky-perfecttv-nets-japanese-rights-to-swiss-super-league.html
Japanese satellite broadcaster Sky PerfecTV has secured domestic television rights to the Swiss Super League for the forthcoming season.

The deal was announced just as the J-League's most popular player, striker Yoichiro Kakitani, signed for Basel from Cerezo Osaka for a reported fee of €2 million.

As of the end of June 2014, Sky PerfecTV and its two premium subscription services served a total of 3,468,250 subscribers. Of these, 21,828 users were newly registered, and the monthly churn rate registered at 0.8%, operator Sky Perfect JSAT Corporation announced earlier this month.


First Russian private satellite sends signal from orbit


From http://en.itar-tass.com/non-political/739610
 
DX1 began commercial activities monitoring of shipping in oceans and rivers with the use of data from transmitters of the automatic identification system
 
MOSCOW, July 09./ITAR-TASS/. The first Russian private satellite DX1, which was launched with a Soyuz rocket on Tuesday, sent a radio signal and telemetric information according to schedule, the satellite maker company Dauria Aerospace told ITAR-TASS on Wednesday.

The Soyuz 2.1b rocket with the upper stage Fregat was successfully launched on Tuesday at 19:58 Moscow time.

Three hours after the liftoff, DX1 entered the zone of visibility of the Dauria Aerospace mission control centre based in the Skolkovo tech park. Specialists received and read several packages of data from the satellite and sent first commands, the company's press service said.

After all the checks, DX1 began commercial activities monitoring of shipping in oceans and rivers with the use of data from transmitters of the automatic identification system. It is the first satellite with such a function in Russia.

Shipping monitoring is of interest to state services and commercial users. The company has already signed an agreement on cooperation with the federal satellite communication operator Morsvyazsputnik of the Russian Transport Ministry.


Boeing to Build Intelsat 35e EpicNG Satellite


From http://www.pcbdesign007.com/pages/zone.cgi?a=101704

Boeing will build the Intelsat 35e Epic Next Generation satellite for Intelsat, the world’s leading provider of global satellite services and Boeing’s largest commercial satellite customer. This also marks Intelsat’s ninth order for a satellite based on Boeing’s 702MP (medium power) platform.

“Our mission is to provide satellite-based infrastructure that can support our customers’ increasing demands for bandwidth – from broadband connections for commercial planes to broadcasts of ultra-high definition television signals,” said Thierry Guillemin, Intelsat executive vice president and chief technical officer. “As a result, we challenge our satellite manufacturers to deliver innovative designs and technology on time and on budget.
“Intelsat has a long history with Boeing,” Guillemin continued, “and our relationship continues to grow given Boeing’s ability to deliver satellites that meet our demanding design and performance specifications.”
Intelsat’s EpicNG satellites are designed to address wireless and fixed telecommunications, enterprise, mobility, video and government applications that require broadband infrastructure. A complementary high throughput overlay to the Intelsat fleet, the Intelsat EpicNG platform will utilize multiple frequency bands and other features to enable customers to meet specific needs.
The high degree of flexibility of the Intelsat EpicNG platform will allow Intelsat’s broadband, media,mobility and government customers to use their existing hardware and realize greater cost efficiencies.
The Intelsat EpicNG satellites are being assembled on the Boeing 702MP platform, which features the same high-performance capabilities as the Boeing 702HP (high power) model, but with a substantially updated satellite bus structure and simplified propulsion system. In addition, the 702MP is compatible with the Atlas, Ariane, Sea Launch, Falcon and Proton launch vehicles.
“Boeing has provided satellites to Intelsat for many years,” said Craig Cooning, president of Boeing Network & Space Systems. “As Intelsat celebrates the 50th anniversary of its founding this year, we’re pleased to continue our collaboration with the building of the newest satellite, IS-35e. The Boeing-built Intelsat EpicNG 702MPs will help take Intelsat to the next level, ensuring a bright future for one of our most trusted partners.”
About Intelsat
Intelsat, headquartered in Luxembourg, became the first satellite services provider to order the 702MP, contracting with Boeing in 2009 for four spacecraft. In 2012, Boeing and Intelsat announced that the fourth satellite from this original order would become the first to carry the EpicNG suite of capabilities. In 2013, Boeing and Intelsat announced an additional order for four Intelsat EpicNG satellites. The first Intelsat EpicNG spacecraft is scheduled for launch in the second half of 2015.  
About Boeing

A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is one of the world's largest defense, space and security businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the world’s largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is a $33 billion business with 56,000 employees worldwide. Follow us on Twitter: @BoeingDefense.


TRACE makes first mark in US with DISH Network


From http://www.rapidtvnews.com/2014070934427/trace-makes-first-mark-in-us-with-dish-network.html
Sports entertainment channel TRACE Sport Stars has inked its first-ever US carriage deal with leading satellite provider DISH Network.

The new deal continues the global expansion of TRACE — exclusively dedicated to sports celebrities and owned by its founder and management (25%) and Modern Times Group (75%) — since launching two years ago and which includes a number of carriage deals with some of the world's leading TV operators. Now available in more than 100 countries, TRACE Sport Stars will launch in summer 2014 in DISH's International Basic Package for satellite subscribers and subsequently made available as part of the sports pack on DISH's over-the-top (OTT) platform, DishWorld.

"The addition of TRACE Sport Stars to our international line-up further expands the variety of content we offer for young, multicultural viewers," said DISH director of programming Izabela Slowikowska. "By including TRACE Sport Stars in both our satellite and DishWorld OTT packages, we are able to reach an even more diverse set of subscribers."

TRACE Sport Stars CEO Laurent Dumeau commented: "We are delighted to extend TRACE Sport Stars' footprint for the first time in the US with DISH Network. We believe the US will offer a key viewing audience for the channel and for the development of the TRACE brand. There is no other channel like TRACE Sport Stars in the market and we are confident it will fill a gap and help DISH deliver engaging and exciting, never-seen-before content to their subscribers".

The deal also sees DISH Network renewing music channel TRACE Urban which originally launched in 2005 and which will now be made available for a further five years. It will be available via DISH's International Basic Package for satellite subscribers and as part of the English International TV pack on DishWorld.


Freesat sues Amazon over ‘Freetime’


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/07/08/freesat-sues-amazon-over-freetime/
Freesat, the UK FTA satellite TV platform, is suing Amazon for trade mark infringement over the ‘freetime’ brand for its programme guide.
Amazon uses Kindle FreeTime to market the parental controls for its Kindle Fire tablet and its Fire TV media streaming box. Freesat, which is jointly owned by the BBC and ITV, launched its hybrid satellite and broadband platform as <free time> in September 2012. In announcements at the time, Freesat specifically said the service was branded ‘<free time>’.
Freesat has said it filed trademark registrations for ‘FREE TIME’ and ‘FREETIME’ in June 2011, followed by images for the <free time> logo in October 2011.
On September 6th 2012, just two days after Freesat launched <free time>, Amazon launched its Kindle Fire HD range of tablets in the US. Among its features was “Kindle FreeTime”. Amazon said this reinvented parental controls, giving parents “easy-to-use tools to personalise their children’s digital media experience”, for instance by limiting screen time use by type of application.
Freesat has filed a claim at the High Court in London for “loss and damage”. It argues it has spent more than £5.6 million (€7.05m) promoting Freetime, and claims that Amazon was “exploiting for free” the substantial investment it had made in Freetime.


Satellites ‘key’ to future networks


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/07/08/satellites-key-to-future-networks/
European satellite operators have underlined the crucial role that satellite plays in the roll-out of future digital infrastructures.
The European Satellite Operators Association (ESOA), represented by its Secretary General, Aarti Holla, and by the CEO of SES, Karim Michel Sabbagh, participated in a high-level meeting between leading EU political and business representatives in Venice.
Sabbagh, President and CEO of SES and Member of the ESOA Board, spoke alongside Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, European Commission Vice-President Neelie Kroes, policy makers from European Union member states and CEOs of leading ICT companies at “Digital Venice 2014”, an event organised by the Italian Presidency.
Taking the floor to welcome the Digital Venice initiative, Sabbagh noted that the future of Internet will be dominated by video, demanding high-quality services anytime, anywhere, and on any device. “This causes an unprecedented demand for capacity, with Cisco forecasting an increase in annual global IP traffic to more than a Zettabyte – one thousand billion Gigabytes – already in 2016”, Sabbagh said. “As soon as Ultra-HD television becomes mainstream, this will increase even further and individual usage in Europe could then require up to a 100-fold increase over today’s household data capacity.”
“Can networks cope with this? Can operators afford such traffic generating minimal, if any, transport value? Is the implied carbon footprint explosion acceptable? Would citizens have equal access to such services? The answer to these questions is not obvious”, Sabbagh said. “Satellite is an infrastructure that has already reached the Zettabyte era. With its unsurpassed universal capacities and its unmatched economies in one-to-many traffic, it can play a central role in building an optimal, smart and future-proof next-generation network. I invite the attendees of today’s Roundtable to cooperate on hybrid satellite-terrestrial solutions as they come at a fraction of the cost. They help offload terrestrial networks and redirect investments; they accelerate the delivery of multi-play benefits, allow much more efficient use of spectrum resources and help avoid a new digital divide.”
Aarti Holla, ESOA Secretary General, speaking on a panel on the Digital Single Market with DG CONNECT Deputy Director General Roberto Viola, noted the extreme cost-efficiency of satellite in down-stream video delivery, as part of the solution to intelligent network management.
“Increasing HDTV penetration and the emergence of Ultra HDTV, as seen in recent transmissions from the FIFA World Cup in Brazil, demonstrate the need to develop partnerships and find sustainable commercial solutions that integrate satellite into the complex networks required to deliver next generation video”, Holla said. “This is the only way that citizens will really reap the benefits of video anytime, anywhere and on any device.”




8/07/14

Stream links of some of the Intelsat 19 KU band channels

DOCUBOX
http://stream1.zoovision.com//livespi/_definst_/mp4:docubox_source/playlist.m3u8

FASHION BOX
http://stream1.zoovision.com//livespi/_definst_/mp4:fashionbox_source/playlist.m3u8

360 TUNEBOX
http://stream1.zoovision.com//livespi/_definst_/mp4:360tunebox_source/playlist.m3u8

FILMBOX ARTHOUSE
http://stream1.zoovision.com//livespi/_definst_/mp4:arthouse_source/playlist.m3u8

FIGHTBOX
http://stream1.zoovision.com//livespi/_definst_/mp4:fightbox_source/playlist.m3u8

FAST & FUN BOX
http://stream1.zoovision.com//livespi/_definst_/mp4:fastnfun_source/playlist.m3u8

warning these last 2 are HD ADULT content!

ero1 box
http://stream1.zoovision.com//livespi/erox/playlist.m3u8

ero2 box
http://stream1.zoovision.com//livespi/eroxx/playlist.m3u8


From my Email


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From the Dish


Intelsat 19 166.0°E 3705 V "ABS-CBN Channel 2" has started on , Fta.

JCSAT 3A 128E The Sky PerfecTV muxes have left 12348 V, 12408 H, 12428 V, 12508 V, 12538
V, 12553 H, 12568 V, 12598 V, 12613 H, 12643 H, 12658 V, 12673 H, 12688 V, 12703 H and 12718 V.

JCSAT 4B 124E Sky PerfecTV muxes have started on 12553 H and 12673 H.
JCSAT 4B 124E The Sky PerfecTV muxes have left 12283 H, 12403 H, 12478 V, 12508 V, 12523
H,12538 V, 12568 V, 12583 H, 12598 V, 12628 V, 12643 H, 12658 V, 12688 V and 12733 H.
JCSAT 4B 124E 12313 H "Select Shopping" has started on Fta.
JCSAT 4B 124E 12343 H "Better Life Channel" has started on , Fta

NSS 11 108.2°E 12471 H "Nick Jr Asia" has started on , Conax. San Lazaro Broadcasting Network and K Channel have left.

SES 7 108.2°E 11510 H "Fox Action Movies" is encrypted again.

Telkom 1 108.0°E 3620 H "BeIn Sports 3 Premier League" has started on , HD, Irdeto.

AsiaSat 7 105.5°E 3732 V "Zee Trendz" has left .
AsiaSat 7 105.5°E 3820 V "&pictures and Zee Zindagi" have started on , Conax. "Zee TV Middle East and Zee Variasi" have left.
AsiaSat 7 105.5°E 3860 V "Star Sports HD 1 and Star Sports HD 2 have started on , Videoguard. Fox Sports Taiwan, Star Sports Pakistan and Star Sports Indonesia" have left.
AsiaSat 7 105.5°E 4120 H "Phoenix Movies Channel" has left.

SES 8 95.0°E 12170 H "Channel I and ATN Bangla" have started on , Fta.

NSS 6 95.0°E 12729 V "Planet M Shopping" has started on , Fta.

Measat 3 91.5°E 3724 V "Kapatid TV 5 and Aksyon TV International" have started on , Videoguard.

Measat 3a 91.4°E 4040 H."Dog TV" has left

Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3440 H "Happy Home TV" is now encrypted.
Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3480 H "Smart SME" has started on , BISS.
Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3551 H "R Cinema, Club Channel and R Film" have left again.
Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3600 H "N Channel has replaced Issaradham" on Fta.
Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3600 H "Issaradham has started on , Fta. Nice Channel and Dara Channel are now encrypted. KM Channel and Super Bun-Terng" have left.
Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3840 V "Aonzon TV (Ftar) and RromD TV" have started on, BISS. Doodee Channel, Champ Channel, Chokdee TV, Pramarn Channel, Metro TV, SBT TV and CAT Channel are now encrypted. TVC Music Guide, 4050 Channel, Thailand Discovery and Home Channel have left.

Thaicom 6 78.5°E 4120 H "Kor Kaew TV and Goodfilms TV" have started on , Fta.

ABS 2 75.0°E 10985 H "IQ HD" is now encrypted.
ABS 2 75.0°E 12655 V "TV XXI has left .Russkij Illusion" is now Fta.

Eutelsat 70B 70.5°E 11565 H "MCS Inter" has started on , Irdeto.

Intelsat 20 68.5°E 12722 H "Hom TV, CEM TV and Timbol TV" have left again.

From asiatvro site

东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,True4U(IPM)频道新增,设置11481 H 45000参数免费接收。[07-08]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,ATV CH5、TPBS Bangkok(BISS)频道加密,设置11481 H 45000参数有条件接收。[07-08]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Spin TV(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置4054 H 13230参数免费接收。[07-08]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,ETV AP、ETV TG(MPEG-4)替换ETV 3等频道,设置4004 H 22220参数有条件接收。[07-08]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Naxtra Hindiripl(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3874 H 3400参数免费接收。[07-08]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,ATV CH5、TPBS Bangkok(泰国)频道解密,设置11481 H 45000参数免费接收。[07-08]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,I Movies、Anime(IPM)等全组频道加密,设置11038 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [7月8日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Thai 8(BISS)频道加密,设置3990 V 12000参数有条件接收。 [7月8日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Champ Channel(BISS)频道重现,设置3840 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [7月8日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,Star Sports 2(高清)频道消失,设置3760 V 29700参数无效接收。 [7月8日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Smart TV、Metro TV(BISS)等频道加密,设置3840 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [7月8日]


NEWS


US-Australian spy base in WA to boost military communications


The US and Australia will jointly expand an Australian spy base in Western Australia that would allow real-time communication for US and Australian military operations.

The US Defence Information Systems Agency has published details of the plans, reported in The Australian, to construct an equipment building, antenna foundation and infrastructure at a base near Geraldton that would provide support for the system at an estimated cost of $9.6m.

The site would provide “real-time sideband satellite communications for military operations to all branches of the US armed services worldwide as well as Australian defence forces”.

“The DoD Teleport System at Geraldton will enable warfighters access to Defense Information Switched Network (DISN) services with command and control elements real time anywhere in the world,” the US documents said.

The agency has contracted Boeing Defence Australia to supply budget estimates and a site survey for the project.

The site would be located at a facility run by the Australian Signals Directorate at an Australian Defence Satellite communications station in Kojarena.

Richard Tanter, a senior research associate at the Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainability, said the newly announced expansion would be the third expansion in the last five years at the Geraldton site, and made the facility “effectively a joint base”.

“Basically this is a small part of a much bigger story about Australia becoming a partner in the wideband global satellite system. Geraldton has expanded twice in the last five to six years.”

Tanter said the wideband global satellite system allows a much greater bandwidth for communications systems in military operations, and can be used to communicate with drones and facilitate faster communication in operations.

In November 2012 as part of the AUSMIN conference between the US and Australia, the then foreign affairs minister, Bob Carr, flagged the possibility of establishing a Combined Communications Gateway in Australia “which would provide both Australia and the United States greater access to the Wideband Global Satellite communications constellation in which we are partners”.


Challenges ahead for Foxtel


From http://if.com.au/2014/07/08/article/Challenges-ahead-for-Foxtel/QGJMACFLNA.html

Foxtel and the other established pay-TV operators face years of minimal growth in subscribers and revenues, due primarily to competition from online services.

That’s according to the IBISWorld Pay Television in Australia report, which estimates the 13 subscription-TV businesses will collectively post sales of $5.1 billion, a gain of just 1%, and profits of $518.4 million in 2014-2015.

The market researcher predicts the industry’s revenue will grow at an average annual rate of just 0.3% to reach $5.2 billion in 2018. The report excludes online subscription TV services.

The findings are broadly similar to PwC’s Australian Entertainment & Media Outlook 2014-2018, which forecast little growth in subscribers to Foxtel’s premium channels but a massive upswing in demand for internet-protocol delivered services (IPTV).

The study shows the declining value of movies to pay-TV platforms, estimating that category accounts for just 9% of total viewing, the same share as news, music and live events.

Children’s programming is reckoned to comprise 13% of total viewing, with 12% for documentaries and 16% for sports. The balance- 41%- is spent watching lifestyle shows, TV dramas, comedies, game shows and other light entertainment fare.

In terms of ages the largest market is subscribers aged 45-54, followed by the 35-44 group, while the smallest demographic is 15-24.

“The rising number of internet connections has limited industry growth, as more viewers have shifted to watching programs online,” it says. “As a result, the total minutes of TV watched by consumers has fallen, and viewers have been using online streaming and downloading websites to watch popular films and TV shows.”

IBISWorld expects Foxtel, which reported revenues of $3.1 billion in 2013-2014, to increase its dominance over the next five years.

“Long-term industry performance is expected to be threatened by the rising prevalence and accessibility of online platforms,” it concludes. 


Thai PBS makes court filing in wake of Channel 3's lawsuit against NBTC


From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/Thai-PBS-makes-court-filing-in-wake-of-Channel-3s--30237948.html
 
Public TV operator Thai PBS has made a filing at the Central Administration Court stating that it might be affected by Channel 3's lawsuit against the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission's definition of what is a free-to-air TV channel.
Natee Sukonrat, chairman of the NBTC broadcasting committee, said Thai PBS viewed the lawsuit as making it seem a if it opposed the regulator's attempt  to transition Thailand from the analog TV system to digital - and this could affect Thai PBS's operation.

Thai PBS, which simulcasts programmes on both analog and digital TV, plans to switch off its analog system within next three years. If it cannot embrace digital, it will have to go on bearing simulcast costs.

In May, Channel 3 made a filing at the Central Administrative Court against the NBTC's decision to define only digital TV channels as free-to-air channels, with cable and satellite TV platforms required to carry them - but not carry analog channels.

Under this definition, the broadcaster's existing analog channel will in September no longer be a free-to-air channel and cannot be carried on cable and satellite TV platforms.


Intelsat holds onto top satellite spot


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/07/08/intelsat-holds-onto-top-satellite-spot/

Intelsat has held onto its spot as the world’s top fixed satellite service operator, a table based on revenues and size of fleet.  However, the annual ‘Space News’ survey says that this position although held for many years by Intelsat is not likely to be maintained. The Number 2 position is held by Luxembourg-based SES, and the trade magazine says in all likelihood SES will take the top spot this time next year aided by its faster revenue growth prospects.

Intelsat is said to be in a holding pattern waiting for two events that will give it more freedom of movement. First is to reduce its debt load, a goal made easier by the current US economic climate and the still-low interest rates that allow Intelsat to exchange high-cost debt for lower-cost debt. Following on from its debt-reduction aims, Intelsat also has in its sights the launch next year of the first of its massive new ‘EPIC’ fleet of satellites.

As mentioned above, SES is No. 2, whilst rival Eutelsat is No. 3. Telesat of Canada is No. 4, while Japan’s SkyPerfect-JSAT is No. 5. Arabsat has the No. 6 position, StarOne of Brazil is No. 7, and SingTel’s Optus is No. 8. Madrid-based Hispast is No. 9, and Thaicom is No. 10.

SES, and its 55-satellite fleet, is expanding rapidly and new CEO Karim Michel Sabbagh is continuing the firm’s thrust into new markets, especially Latin America.  Eutelsat’s No. 3 position is aided by its strong commercial relationships with fellow-satellite players Nilesat and Russia’s Satellite Communications and its recent purchase of Satmex.


Jordan cracking down on satellite TV


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/07/07/jordan-cracking-down-on-satellite-tv/

Jordan’s National Library Department (NLD) which has the responsibility for licensing satellite channels that broadcast in the Arab state, is to crack down on broadcasters which have not been properly licensed, and where the use of pirated programming may have occurred.

According to BBC Monitoring, the NLD team has already prepared a list of satellite channels broadcasting from Jordan and will check on all of them to verify whether they are abiding by the Jordanian Copyright Law, NLD DG Mohammad Abbadi told The Jordan Times.

“In Ramadan, the number of satellite channels broadcasting dramas and all kinds of programmes without the proper licence increases. This is a violation of copyrights and violators will be fined and referred to court,” Abbadi said.

Amman, Jordan, has grown to become an important centre for the uplinking and transmission of satellite TV to the rest of the Arab world.

Abbadi noted that the campaign will cover all satellite channels in the country, he added that the NLD will continue its inspection campaigns on sales of pirated items.

A report issued last month indicated that software piracy in Jordan dropped by 1 per cent in 2013, and the Kingdom was among five Arab states with the lowest illegal use of unlicensed software.  The Business Software Alliance study showed that the commercial value of unlicensed software in Jordan amounted to $35 million in 2013 compared to $31 million in 2011, stated The Jordan Times.

The Jordanian Copyright Law stipulates that it is a crime to download software, music or movies that are protected under the legislation. Offenders face a prison sentence of between three months and three years and a fine ranging from JD1,000 to JD6,000.

The NLD has referred more than 4,000 cases of intellectual property rights violations to court since 2000.


Scottish UKube-1 satellite to be launched aboard Russian Soyuz-2 rocket


From http://austriantribune.com/informationen/144048-scottish-ukube-1-satellite-be-launched-aboard-russian-soyuz-2-rocket

Russian Soyuz-2 rocket will be used to launch UKube-1, which is a device made by Clyde Space, based at West of Scotland Science Park in Maryhill Glasgow.

The rocket will be launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. This is the same base one from where Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin had set off on the first manned space flight back in 1961.

Clyde Space Chief Executive Craig Clark reported that a very dedicated and hard working team has gone into the making of UKube-1. The £150,000 satellite hence formed is the size of a shoe box and its purposes will be to provide service for smartphones.

Recently Andrew Strain, Vice-President, Engineering, had gone to Kazakhstan where he supervised the integration of UKube-1 on to the rocket at Launch Site 31. He had gone there to check that the satellite that was shipped out six months ago is still in a healthy state or not.

Revenue from UKube-1 will be derived by using the first GPS device aimed at measuring plasmaspheric space weather along with an installation of a camera that will be used to take images of the earth so as to test the effect of radiation on space hardware.

Mr. Clark said, "The tiny spacecraft we specialize in are analogous to the smartphones of the computer industry; they are capable bits of kit and we expect them to be a major part of providing services from space in the near future".


TataSky climbs aboard India’s 4K push


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/07/07/tatasky-climbs-aboard-indias-4k-push/

Only a day after rivals Videocon d2h announced it would be launching an Ultra-HD/4K service before the end of this year, TataSky also said that 4K was high in their sights for subscribers.

The giant Indian pay-TV operator used a demonstration event in Mumbai on July 4th to showcase the FIFA World Cup quarter-final (France vs Germany) game, transmitted in 4K around the world, to VIPs.

TataSky CCO Vikrem Mehra reminded guests that the broadcaster has a large order with set-top supplier Technicolor to supply receivers for 4K. “When we launched HD in 2010, people doubted us saying it won’t work. As you keep enhancing TV experience, the viewer will appreciate it. So, Ultra-HD is our endeavour in that area. A technology becomes popular when mainline pay-TV adopts it.”  Those boxes will start appearing early in 2015.

TataSky has some 2.9 million subscribers to its premium HD service out of a total subs base of a claimed 13.5 million.




7/07/14

Saturday feed log

D1 12635 V "Default"
D1 12643 V "7bcm D1/T7 slot2" Afl FTA


D2 12321 V Sr 6670 "globecast oz" biss
D2 12661 V Sr 6670 "v8 supercars world feed" FTA for a while
D2 12674 V Sr 15000 Biss encrypted assume it was something to do with V8's
D2 12383 V Sr 7500 "Ipu path A" House rules related FTA

D2 12393 V Sr 7500 "astralink mpeg4" House rules related FTA


D2 12402 V Sr 7200 "astralalinks" House rules related FTA


D2 12411 V Sr 7200 "astralink" House rules related FTA


From my Email


From saldav1

Weekend feeds

Asiasat 5

4147 H SR 7200 ktsat mp4 enc3 K League Soccer from Pusan, Korea, (FTA.)
4156 H SR 7200 BRASILIA V2 Live still of a large circular complex - building (presumed in city of BRASILIA in BRAZIL?), (FTA.)
3735 H SR 7200 hy1 Women's Golf from the KUMHO Resort - Round 3, (FTA.)


From the Dish


Palapa D 113.0°E 4100 V "Taiwan Macroview TV" has left .

NSS 11 108.2°E 12591 H "Global Theater 6 has replaced ETTV Movie" on , Conax.

AsiaSat 7 105.5°E 3732 V ""Veria TV Asia" has left .
AsiaSat 7 105.5°E 4146 H "Paigham TV and Paigham TV Pashto" have started on , Fta.

Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3440 H "Movies Max Channel" has started on , Fta. TCC TV has replaced TCC TV 2, BISS.

From asiatvro site

东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,生命电视(台亚卫星)频道新增,设置12731 V 30000参数免费接收。[07-07]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,RTB-01(高清)频道重现,设置3853 H 930
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,Kapatid TV 5(MPEG-4)等2个频道新增,设置3724 V 3030参数有条件接收。 [7月7日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Club Channel(泰国)频道消失,设置3551 H 13333参数无效接收。 [7月7日]
东经125度轨道位置的中星6A号卫星C频段,辽宁卫视AVS+(高清)频道重现,设置3889 V 9988参数有条件接收。 [7月7日]

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Nice Channel、Dara Channel(BISS)频道加密,设置3600 H 26667参数有条件接收。[07-06]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,N Channel(泰国)频道新增,设置3600 H 26667参数免费接收。[07-06]
东经125度轨道位置的中星6A号卫星C频段,辽宁卫视AVS+(高清)频道消失,设置3889 V 9988参数无效接收。[07-06]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,BBC Knowledge HD(MPEG-4)等频道新增,设置4152 H 14669参数有条件接收。[07-06]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,泰国中文、Happy Home TV(BISS)等3个频道加密,设置3440 H 26666参数有条件接收。[07-06]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Chic Club(BISS)频道新增,设置3440 H 26666参数有条件接收。[07-06]

东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Hi Varity(IPM)频道新增,设置11038 V 45000参数免费接收。 [7月5日]
东经108度轨道位置的电信1号卫星C频段,Jogja TV、Bandung TV(MPEG-4)等5个频道新增,设置3825 H 5000参数免费接收。 [7月5日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,Jim Jam(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3870 H 11250参数有条件接收。 [7月5日]
东经108度轨道位置的电信1号卫星C频段,Bandung TV、Bali TV(印尼)等全组频道消失,设置3830 H 11666参数无效接收。 [7月5日]
东经92.2度轨道位置的中星9号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-1(村村通)频道新增,设置11840 L 28800参数免费接收。 [7月5日]


NEWS


NewSat awarded $12.5 million Jabiru-2 satellite capacity contract


From http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/549338/newsat_awarded_12_5_million_jabiru-2_satellite_capacity_contract/

Contract for the supply of satellite capacity over Australia, Papua New Guinea, Timor Leste and the Solomon Islands

Australian satellite firm NewSat, (ASX: NWT) has signed an $12.5 million (US$11.7 million) contract for the supply of Jabiru-2 satellite transmission capacity over Australia, Papua New Guinea, Timor Leste and the Solomon Islands.

The contract is for three years with the option of extending it for another two years. The deal is with an existing NewSat customer who is a “significant supplier” to mining, energy, maritime and industrial sectors around the world.

NewSat said it would not disclose the customer details at this time due to "commercial reasons".

The Jabiru-2 satellite capacity will allow the customer to enhance its existing enterprise-grade video, voice and data services.

The satellite is scheduled for launch in September 2014. According to a NewSat spokesperson, it will enter commercial service by November 2014.

In January 2014, NewSat announced that it had signed a 15-year contract with a telecommunications company in South West Asia for capacity on the Jabiru-1 satellite. The contract is worth US$160 million.

The telco company, which NewSat didn’t name due to “commercial and competitive reasons”, will use the Ka-band capacity to provide mobile and network services across Pakistan, Afghanistan and the Middle East.

The contract replaces a mutually terminated contract worth US$134 million that was announced in August 2011. In January 2014, NewSat CEO Adrian Ballintine said the contract would provide “greater confidence and security” for customers across the regions.


ECB strikes Australia TV deal


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/07/04/ecb-strikes-australia-tv-deal/

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has secured a major Australian broadcast rights deal with Fox Sports.

The News Corp-owned pay-TV broadcaster will air live coverage of the five-match Test series between England and India, as well as the five-match one-day international series and T20 international between the sides later in the year.

The package also includes next summer’s tour by New Zealand and the MCC v Rest of the World match on July 5th at Lord’s.

Fox Sports chief executive Patrick Delany added: “Cricket fans in Australia have been asking for television coverage of this tour and we are thrilled that we’ll be delivering exclusive coverage to thousands of Australian-based England and India fans who won’t want to miss a ball once the action starts next week. The addition of the next two tours in England also rounds out our extensive schedule of international cricket over the next 12 months, including showing every game live of the 2015 Cricket World Cup.”


Australia: Marketing spend shifts from advertising to ‘owned’ channels


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/07/07/australia-marketing-spend-shifts-from-advertising-to-owned-channels/

The majority of Australian marketing departments are moving their spending away from traditional advertising and towards ‘owned’ channels, according to PwC’s Australian Entertainment & Media Outlook 2014-2018.

“The reorientation of marketing spend will have the greatest impact on the media, entertainment, and advertising industries, with deteriorating spending on traditional platforms prompting greater urgency to embrace new revenue models” said Megan Brownlow, Editor of PwC’s Australian Entertainment & Media Outlook.

“Digital and social media channels have driven this trend by diluting the reach of traditional platforms, and making it easier for brands to access their audience directly.”

“In response, established media companies are creating new income streams and building new distribution channels to supplement their threatened advertising revenues.”

Customer data is having a profound effect on the way marketing spend is allocated. According to the joint PwC-AMI survey, three in four marketers are using more customer data, mainly because it allows for better targeting and tailoring of products and messages.

The same survey also showed that three in five marketers expect to increase their investment in data and data analytics over the next two years.

“Brands can no longer afford to hold onto the same old assumptions about customer behaviour and preferences,” Brownlow said. “Data is the key to understanding and targeting today’s diverse customer base.”

“Data analytics can also deliver ‘real-time’ customer insights, meaning companies can be much more responsive to their customer’s needs and more agile in their strategic decision making.”

“Brands can now directly target their audience and access insights about their behaviour with digital technology – this has given the marketing function more influence over core business decisions,” Brownlow said. “Marketers have gone from being responsible solely for promotion, to reclaiming sovereignty over the other three ‘Ps’ of classic marketing: pricing, product development, and placement.”

The joint PwC-AMI study shows a correlation between marketers who are investing in data and those who believe the function is moving from a departmental to a more strategic ‘whole-of-business’ approach. 84 per cent of marketers who are investing in data are seeing this shift, compared to 74 per cent who claim their expenditure on data will remain the same.

Total Australian entertainment and media spending grew by 4.5 per cent in 2013, compared to growth of 5.2 per cent globally and 7.1 percent in the Asia-Pacific.

Consumer spending strengthened in 2013 to grow by 4.4 per cent, in large part due to good performances in the interactive games sector, internet – especially mobile – and subscription television, including IPTV.

The advertising market also enjoyed better growth than the previous two years and grew by 4.8 per cent on 2012. However these revenues are spread over more players and channels as the industry experiences ongoing fragmentation. Internet advertising again achieved the most growth, increasing by a rampant 20.3 per cent on 2012.

Over the next five years Australia’s total entertainment and media market is forecast to grow at a 3.4 per cent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from $33.7 billion in 2013, to reach $39.8 billion in 2018. Consumer spending continues to dominate the entertainment and media market and is expected to grow to $25.4 billion by 2018, a CAGR of 3.5 pe rcent.

PwC’s Australian E&M Outlook forecasts interactive games to be the fastest growing consumer sector, with a 7.6 per cent CAGR and internet access to remain the largest sector, reaching $12 billion by 2018.

Advertising spending is expected to reach $14.4 billion by 2018, a CAGR of 3.1 per cent. By 2018, internet advertising is expected to be the largest advertising sector, reaching $5.7 billion.


Subscription TV boom predicted


From http://if.com.au/2014/07/06/article/Subscription-TV-boom-predicted/RMIKUTFFDA.html

Pay-TV penetration has been stuck below 30% of Australian homes for years- but PwC predicts a massive upswing in subscriptions.

The percentage of homes with some form of pay-TV will jump from 29.2% to 48.3% in 2018, according to PwC’s PwC Entertainment and Media Outlook 2014-2018. That would translate to the number of connected households vaulting from 3.5 million to 4.5 million.

Consumer spending on subscription TV is forecast to expand from $2.8 billion to $3.1 billion in that period.

Almost all of that growth will come from internet-protocol delivered services (IPTV) including Foxtel Presto and Foxtel Play, Nine Entertainment’s Stream Co. and foreign players such as Netflix, says PwC’s Megan Brownlow.

Netflix is believed to have 200,000 subscribers in Australia using a VPN (virtual private network), which bypasses the geo-block. But the US streaming giant faces challenges in Oz’s relatively slow internet speeds and because Foxtel and the free-to-air networks control much of the premium content, it says.

PwC suggests Netflix could decide to integrate its service with existing platforms such as Apple TV and Fetch TV for an additional monthly fee.

IPTV revenues are expected to balloon from $92 million to $414 million, with IPTV commanding 30% of subscription TV spending by 2018.

“The next five years with witness numerous changes to the internet-delivered subscription TV market, aided by factors such as the continuing roll-out of the National Broadband Network, new technologies and new entrants,” the report says.

Brownlow foresees a minimal increase in subs for Foxtel’s core service, at least while it’s so expensive. At an estimated $103 per month, Foxtel’s average revenue per subscriber is the highest in the world, she says.

The report notes, “It appears Foxtel has hit a ceiling in household penetration for its premium cable/satellite service, which is unlikely to change unless anti-siphoning laws are relaxed.”

Foxtel chief operating officer Rohan Lund tells PwC he does not believe Presto and Play will cannibalise premium subscribers but will “further fragment the 70% of the market not already using Foxtel by providing additional content options.”


Russia passes pay TV ad ban


From http://tbivision.com/news/2014/07/russia-passes-pay-tv-ad-ban/299782/

Russia’s State Duma has passed a bill banning advertising on cable and satellite pay TV channels, which is set to take effect from the beginning of next year.

According to reports, the bill is designed to level competition between Russia’s basic, free-to-view, cable channels, and cable channels that make money from ads and subscriptions.

All channels that are available exclusively on a paid basis, as well as those that can only be accessed using a TV decoder will be included in the ad-ban.

Exempt from the ban are all national, universally accessible and terrestrial channels – essentially the major state-run networks.

According to an FT report, Russia’s ‘big three’ state owned networks have lost market share over the past 10 years, while the proportions of households that view cable and satellite channels has risen.

The legislation went through quickly, passing its first reading on Tuesday and its second on Friday. Pending approval from Russia’s upper house of parliament, it is due to take force from January.

According to a Moscow Times report, the heads of several Russian channels have voiced concerns at the bill, claiming that around 150 of Russia’s 270 cable and satellite channels will be placed on the brink of survival and the ad-ban will increase the price of pay TV services.


FilmOn spreads Voice of America


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/07/07/filmon-spreads-voice-of-america/

Alki David, CEO of Internet TV provider FilmOn, has revealed that the platform is to televise content from Voice of America (VOA), the largest international broadcaster of the US government.

Under the historic agreement, FilmOn.com will become the first global IPTV provider to carry VOA’s highly acclaimed English language news and features content, which will be available by PC, tablet and smartphone.

David said: “This is an exciting partnership that will make available some of the most socially and politically important content that America has to offer the world. FilmOn is extremely proud to be chosen work with the federal government in this way to provide our viewers with an unrivalled service on a global basis.”

Voice of America was founded in 1942 and produces 1,800 hours of programming every week in 46 languages.

It is traditionally broadcast via a network of transmitting stations operated by the International Broadcasting Bureau as well as local affiliates and attracts a weekly audience of 164 million people outside of the USA.

Under the new arrangement, FilmOn will broadcast a channel exclusively dedicated to VOA’s English-language programming, plus an additional channel, VOA Persian News Network, which will transmit in Persian.

VOA’s highly-successful programming ranges from flagship news shows such as The Correspondents to hit entertainment programs such as Border Crossings, a music magazine show that features interviews with stars such as Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry.

FilmOn’s agreement with VOA follows hot on the heels of agreements it has signed with a range of public broadcasters around the globe, including Euronews, ABC in Australia, Deutsche Welle in Germany, TVE in Spain and France 24.

David noted that leading broadcasters were choosing to work with FilmOn in order to take advantage of the numerous opportunities that are created by sharing in its global audiences via digital platforms. “Wherever you are in the world, FilmOn offers a unique choice of content that includes everything from the world’s most respected news channels to the best live entertainment, music and sport,” he claimed.

The VOA agreement comes during a period of significant growth for FilmOn.com, which says it is raising the stakes in the battle over the future of television by opening up local TV to global audiences in ways never seen before.

The company has launched a new service that lets viewers remotely watch local television broadcasts. Through its ‘Teleport Technology’, a person in New York (for example) can connect to the service via a micro antenna assigned exclusively to that person at a remote location in another city.

This mini antenna is attached to a micro desktop computer in the same location as the antenna, so that the user can view local television available to that micro antenna and watch the signal from the micro desktop that has also been assigned to the user for that session.

The service has launched in cities across the USA and Europe.

FilmOn.com also now has partnerships with a number of leading advertising networks. In addition to attracting large audiences via its branded platforms, FilmOn’s affiliate scheme has seen some 2,500 sites sign up to its white label service. Under this scheme third party sites are able to show FilmOn’s content and receive a share of subsequent advertising revenue.


Eutelsat—A Matter Of Degrees (Satellites)


From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=798340893

[SatNews] Following the successful launch of the EUTELSAT 3B satellite on May 26, the company has announced that the satellite is fully fired up and providing commercial services at 3 degrees East.

Eutelsat's newest satellite is designed to increase and diversify capacity and reach of Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia and Brazil. The first commercial satellite to assemble Ku-, C- and Ka--band payloads in a single platform, EUTELSAT 3B can operate as many as 51 transponders through an innovative configuration that enables customers to select the frequency band most adapted to their applications and targeted service area.

Overnight transfer of customer traffic onto the new satellite from the two Eutelsat satellites already at 3 degrees East (EUTELSAT 3D and EUTELSAT 3A) was completed by July 5th. Having completed their missions at 3 degrees East, both satellites will now be redeployed. EUTELSAT 3D is already on its way to 7 degrees East, where it will be co-positioned with EUTELSAT 7A to increase capacity and in-orbit security for customers providing DTH, professional video, data and telecoms services in Europe, Turkey, the Middle East, Africa and Indian Ocean islands. The satellite is scheduled to go into service at 7 degrees East in mid-July, at which point the craft's new name will be EUTELSAT 7B. EUTELSAT 3A will be relocated to 8 degrees West until it is deorbited later this year.


CASBAA lauds India anti-online piracy success


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/07/07/casbaa-lauds-india-anti-online-piracy-success/

CASBAA, the Asian association of the pay-TV industry, has lauded Indian police action in breaking up a ring of streaming-TV pirates and arresting four conspirators in Hyderabad. The activities of the ring were aimed at diverting the signals of Indian pay-TV broadcasters onto the Internet, and retransmitting their signals globally to hundreds of thousands of viewers who paid for a ‘Jadoo TV’ streaming media box.

“Congratulations and kudos to the Hyderabad police Cyber Crime wing,” said CASBAA CEO Christopher Slaughter. “We are pleased that Indian authorities will not accept that the hard work of Indian creators, artists, and production teams is stolen with impunity and spread around the world for the benefit of criminal syndicates.”

Industry sources reported that the premises in the Secunderabad area raided by police contained equipment for intercepting more than a hundred TV channels. These were streamed free to customers overseas who purchased Jadoo TV boxes costing between $250 and $300. CASBAA Chief Policy Officer John Medeiros pointed out that the boxes are cleverly designed to maintain ‘deniability’ for copyright violations, and foist the responsibility onto ostensible ‘users’ in far-flung parts of the world.

“This is a great example of piracy masquerading as ‘user-generated content’ said Medeiros, “but the good police work in India has unveiled the business end of this syndicate, where the content was being stolen.”

According to CASBAA, the arrests highlight a worldwide problem of narrow laws that make it possible for international piracy syndicates to avoid prosecution. “Governments need to take a stand against these scams,” said Medeiros. “It’s going to take serious attention to updating and tightening old-style copyright laws that no longer suit the digital age.”

“Now all those consumers who paid for a Jadoo box having been assured they could watch Indian content have been left holding the bag,” said Medeiros. CASBAA continues to warn consumers everywhere that dodgy TV boxes are a bad deal for consumers, and their broadcasts are susceptible to interruption at any time.

“If you’re seeing a deal that is too good to be true,” Medeiros said, “it’s not likely to last.” CASBAA points out that there are plenty of legal sources for high-quality Indian content, said, and consumers should contact their local pay-TV suppliers to learn about them. Indian content is also available legally over the Internet through new and growing OTT platforms.


Sony scores with 4K football World Cup screening


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/07/07/sony-scores-with-4k-football-world-cup-screening/

Sony – together with a range of technical partners – is claiming a new milestone in live sports entertainment with the world-first screening Friday July 4 in 4K Ultra High Definition of the France versus Germany World Cup quarter final match at the Vue multiplex at Westfield, London. Sony and Vue Cinemas were working with technical partners Eutelsat, DSAT Cinema and International Datacasting Corporation (IDC) to deliver the coverage.

DSAT Cinema supported the screening with the commissioning and integration of the equipment, including network and receiver configuration. IDC provided the 4K UHD HEVC video decoder and professional satellite receiver installed in the cinema, receiving the 4K satellite feed and delivering the video and audio signal to the Sony theatre projector and audio system respectively. Eutelsat received the signal from Brazil at its teleport near Paris, re-encoded it in Ultra HD HEVC at 60 fps and retransmitted it to the EUTELSAT 5 West A satellite for direct distribution to the cinema. The footage was shown using Sony’s SRX-R320 4K digital cinema projection system.

David McIntosh, Vice President, Sony Digital Cinema 4K Solutions for Europe and the Americas, said that the reality of why 4K was important to the visual experience, was that it was all about the best possible visual quality. “You get that through the high resolution that 4K brings – four times high definition – but you also get it via the high contrast ratio,” he advised in a pre-match briefing with advanced-television.com.

“You get pictures that are absolutely superb quality; with the contrast ratio, you’ll see that particularly on close-up shots. For me personally, it’s almost getting to the point where it really is ’3D without glasses’. You’re absolutely feeling immersed in the shots and you actually feel you’re in the stadium. It doesn’t apply to all the shots; some of the long shots aren’t quite as good,” he admitted.

“Sony has been talking about 4K for some time now, but the reality is that 4K is here now, be it the 4K televisions you can buy now, or your laptop, or your tablet or your home cinemas, or even the Sony Z2 mobile phone,” he advised. “This is a really leading-edge technology challenge and we have been working on it literally for three or four months.”

He noted that the transmission was not just point-to-point. “It’s simultaneously going to Liège and Arnhem, so it is a true multipoint broadcast.”

David Bush, Head of Marketing and Business Development, Sony Professional Solutions Europe, said that about 45 people working on the 4K set-up in the Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho (Maracana) stadium, completely separate from any HD production. Globosat from Brazil had provided a 4K Outside Broadcasting unit. Twelve F55 4K cameras plus one F65 4K camera super slo-mo cameras were capturing the action.

“We’re extremely proud to have got to this point; it’s the largest scale transmission yet done in 4K,” he declared.

McIntosh’s comments regarding the quality comparison of long shots proved to be accurate once match coverage commenced, not helped by the extensive shadow cast across the pitch by the towering Maracana stands. Close-up shots provided a better comparison with HD and SD, while the audio – particularly the pitch side effects microphones picking up passes, clearances, headers and shots– did help with the immersive nature of the experience.

With many an observer noting that the Host Broadcaster seems to have been concentrating on selecting crowd shots of attractive young women during breaks in the action in previous games, the 4K coverage by contrast often alighted on men with well-defined face stubble!


Tata Sky demos 4K TV with FIFA World Cup quarter-final match


From http://www.indiantelevision.com/dth/dth-operator/tata-sky-demos-4k-tv-with-fifa-world-cup-quarter-final-match-140705

MUMBAI: The era of India being a country that lags behind the more developed nations is gone. Indian  DTH operators in the country are waking up, ancticipating  future desires of Indian TV viewers. Which is why one of the oldest and largest DTH operators Tata Sky, is keeping itself and its subscribers up to date with the  introduction of its 4k Ultra HD service.
 
The first quarter of 2015 will see Tata Sky roll out its set top boxes (STBs) for its 4k Ultra HD service. The STBs are being made by Technicolor and are based on the high efficiency video coding (HEVC) format that 4k uses the world over. However, prices of the STB are not yet known as the DTH operator wants to reveal it closer to the commercial launch date.
 
At a demonstration event in Mumbai, Tata Sky along with Sony Six unveiled the 4k UHD service with a live uninterrupted broadcast of the France versus Germany FIFA World Cup 2014 quarter final. The FIFA 4k signal rights had been bought by Sony Six while the cost of acquisition and transmission was split 50:50 by the broadcaster and the operator. The telecast took place live via satellite transmission.  
 
Indiantelevision.com readers will note that Videocon d2h had previewed its 4K service on 3 July 2014 too, a day before Tata Sky..
 
Even though most industry professionals  claim that it is too early to launch 4k Ultra HD in India, Tata Sky chief commercial officer Vikram Mehra feels otherwise. “When we launched HD in 2010, people doubted us saying it won’t work. As you keep enhancing TV experience, the viewer will appreciate it. So, Ultra HD is our endeavour in that area. A technology becomes popular when mainline pay-TV adopts it.”
 
Mehra feels that movies and sports will be the initial drivers for 4k technology and talks with broadcasters have already commenced. In three to four years, he expects it to be the way of life for most Indian TV viewers. Even though currently there is a lack of 4K content, he feels that it isn’t too far away. “We will make a product that makes sense to the customer. Customers will not buy STBs to adorn their homes. They will buy it for content,” he says.
 
Sony Six business head Prasana Krishnan feels that more sporting events should be produced in 4K soon, probably in the next year or so. “4K is the future of broadcasting, specially sports. We saw technology move from SD to HD and now HD has become standard. 4K is next,” he says. Krishnan is aware that a full-fledged 4K channel can’t be expected very soon. Big sporting events will have 4K production on crucial days such as the finals, while the run up matches will be in HD and SD.
 
The 4K screening of the FIFA World Cup 2014 quarter finals that took place in Mumbai yesterday, 4 July saw the Sony Six logo being superimposed on the FIFA feed on an 84 inch Sony television set that is soon to be launched in India and across the world. 4K screens give four times the clarity as compared to an HD feed.
 
Mehra  was not willing to venture any guesstimates about how much uptake the Tata Sky 4K service will have when it launches next year as he feels making futuristic statements is of no use. However, the fact that the DTH operator is confident about its prospects is clear from the contract that it has signed with Technicolor, according to which deliveries of 4K set top boxes in "volume" are expected to commence in early 2015.
 
Adds Mehra: "We started active service in 2007 and today we have 2.9million people paying Rs 45 each for them. Close to 65 per cent of our STBs sold today are HD. This from our total subscriber base of 13.5 million." It is pertinent to note that Tata Sky, since late last year, has stopped buying any more SD boxes




6/07/14

Sunday, no update




5/07/14

Saturday, no update




4/07/14

Intelsat 19 12557 H Motorvision is new here, Encrypted (Conax) on Vpid 170 Apid 5170


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From the Dish


SES 7 108.2°E 11510 H "Fox Action Movies" is Fta.

Yamal 300K 90.0°E 12648 V "Moskva 24 and Moskva Doverie" have left.

ChinaSat 12 87.5°E 12619 H "Kanal 4 has replaced Khurshid TV" on , Fta.

Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3440 H "Chic Club Channel" has started on , encrypted.
Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3551 H R Cinema and R Channel have started on , Fta. Gigs n Games is now encrypted. GCN Korea, Hero Channel, Pramarn Channel and R Family have left.

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NEWS


Slingshot opens up Netflix to Kiwis


From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11287175

Internet provider unblocks major TV and video streaming services.

 
Mad Men is one of the shows US-based Netflix offers for around US$10 a month, and which Kiwis can now access.

Slingshot has just made it a lot easier for its customers to access television and movie streaming websites like Netflix and BBC iPlayer that are normally blocked to this country's internet users.

For the past 12 months Slingshot has offered a service called Global Mode, letting households with international visitors sign up and have access to websites such as Netflix which are blocked in some parts of the world.

The service was seen by some as a ruse, allowing New Zealanders to access these websites simply by telling their internet company they had a cousin from Minneapolis staying with them.

Slingshot, the country's third-biggest internet company, is now unblocking about two dozen international sites for all of its customers to access. They won't need to claim they are playing host to overseas visitors.

"No beating around the bush. This is to watch Netflix, this is to watch BBC iPlayer, this is to watch Hulu, this is to watch Amazon Prime," Slingshot general manager Taryn Hamilton told the Herald.

"This is basically going to enable that to happen ... any Slingshot customer by default if they type in Netflix, it will work. If they type in Hulu it will work," he said.

Both Netflix and Hulu offer a range of television series and movies for under US$10 ($11.40) a month which users can stream on an internet-connected television or computer.

Netflix has streamed popular series like Mad Men - albeit in some cases a season behind other pay providers.

Slingshot's service works by tricking these sites that the person accessing it is doing so from the United States or United Kingdom. It affects only those websites and won't affect customers trying to watch local content from websites like TVNZ Ondemand.

Some of the content providers still require users to register with a United States mailing address or zip code and those who give a false one can be in breach of their terms and conditions.

Hamilton said Slingshot had nothing to do with that part of the process.

"This is just enabling people to consume those services if they want to," he said "Kiwis deserve to watch the same stuff that guys in the States do and at the same price."

Hamilton hoped Sky Television would not contest the move too strongly and said it would be a bad public relations message to do so.

He also did not expect too much of an adverse reaction from providers like Netflix and hoped it would speed up the service's entry into the New Zealand market.

"Netflix is well aware how many people are consuming it from outside of the countries they're located in but it's incremental money for them which is incremental money for the [copyright] holders ... it's not as if you're getting it for free. Someone's still paying a fair price for a fair service," Hamilton said.

The timing of the move isn't good for Telecom, which has an internet video service launching soon for $15 a month with less content than these overseas sites.

The unblocking service is available only to customers of Slingshot and not its sub-brand Flip or Orcon.

On offer

Websites Slingshot is unblocking include:

Amazon Prime
Hulu
Netflix US
BBC iPlayer


TV networks scramble after Slingshot's Netflix move


From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11287718
 
Sky TV is finding itself increasingly competing with subscription video streaming services. NZ users can now access Netflix's US services more easily. Photo / Greg Bowker

Free to air television networks are holding urgent talks with Hollywood studios after revelations a New Zealand internet service is offering easy internet access to shows they have paid for.

Both Television New Zealand and TV3 have acknowledged concerns about the service from Slingshot which will allow access to internet services such as Netflix and Hulu in the US and to the BBC's iPlayer.

MediaWorks head of television Paul Maher said that New Zealanders accessing US servers without paying NZ rights potentially had significant issues for traditional TV networks which have paid dearly for rights.

While it had been accepted that some people accessed US services like Netflix, the Slingshot service appeared to be more open, said Maher.

TVNZ was more cautious saying the Slingshot service was an interesting development, and it would be speaking to its Hollywood studio partners. TVNZ has played dearly - often for exclusive or first right of refusal New Zealand rights from US studios such as Disney and Warner Bros.

The Slingshot proposal for comparatively easy backdoor access to content potentially undermines the launch of Telecom's new Lightbox Subscription Video On Demand (SVOD)service.

Telecom has paid for New Zealand Subscription Video on Demand rights programming which including some exclusive rights not available to competing SVOD services.

Telecom sources indicated that the issues over slingshot related in part to the lack of progress in developing regulations for pay TV to take account of convergence between telcos and television services. This lack of progress in defining these rights was likely to cause more problems in the future, said a company insider.

However Sky TV chief executive John Fellet - who is planning to develop an SVOD service later this year - was less concerned and said the Slingshot service would soon be undermined by new competitors, anyway.

Fellet doubts if US subscription video company Netflix will be enthusiastic about Slingshot marketing back door access to its US service.

The new service shuts Hollywood studios out of revenue, undermines people who buy New Zealand rights and create tension between the studios and most notably with the high profile internet TV company Netflix.

Netflix has built an impressive brand and picked up a big share of the US internet TV market and embarked on a global expansion.

Fellet says the new service is part of a wider shakedown over Australasian rights to internet television and the market is changing rapidly. He said the BBC had issues with back door access to its programming as well, since that could affect demand for content such as that seen on UKTV - which is sold to "linear pay TV services" such as Sky.

The international television programming market works on the basis of buying territorial rights and exclusive or non-exclusive rights for territories

Fellet said Netflix was almost certainly setting up shop in Australia and New Zealand possibly sooner rather than later.

"I don't think they would be keen on paying for New Zealand rights only to see them undermined by people accessing the US." Fellet said.

It is no secret that people have been accessing Netflix by giving a US address but Slingshot has indicated it would be better if Netflix were to set up shop here. That would allow customers to link directly through Slingshot and avoid the issues overriding issues over freeloading on New Zealand rights.

The Australian Financial Review has dismissed prospects of Netflix setting up shop across the Tasman which would make it easier to start up in this country. But Variety Magazine yesterday tipped Netflix would be in Australia in 2015.

At the moment Quikflix, Ezyflix and planned newcomers such as the new Sky subscription video on demand service and Telecom's Lightbox were buying New Zealand SVOD rights and being subject to the additional costs such as classification.

Sceptics argue Sky wants to promote the idea it no longer dominates the programming market and it does not dominate the SVOD rights the same way as it has traditional "linear" pay TV.

For consumers the new service will be an added bonus in a market for subscription video on demand which is heating up after years when it was held back by Sky TV's pre-eminence in obtaining rights through its close contact with studios.


DVB approves UHDTV HEVC delivery profile


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/07/04/dvb-approves-uhdtv-hevc-delivery-profile/

A significant step in the road to Ultra High Definition TV services has been taken with the approval of the DVB-UHDTV Phase 1 specification at the 77th meeting of the DVB Steering Board. The specification includes an HEVC Profile for DVB broadcasting services that draws, from the options available with HEVC, those that will match the requirements for delivery of UHDTV Phase 1 and other formats. The specification updates ETSI TS 101 154 (Specification for the use of Video and Audio Coding in Broadcasting Applications based on the MPEG-2 Transport Stream).

The new DVB-UHDTV Phase 1 will allow images with four times the static resolution of the 1080p HDTV format, at frame rates of up to 60 images per second. Contrast will be drastically improved by increasing the number of bits per pixel to 10 bit. From the wide range of options defined in the HEVC Main 10 profile, Level 5.1 is specified for UHD content for resolutions up to 2160p. For HD content, HEVC Main profile level 4.1 is specified for supporting resolutions up to 1080p.

The DVB-UHDTV Phase 1 specification takes into account the possibility that UHDTV Phase 2 may use higher frame rates in a compatible way, which will add further to the image quality of UHDTV Phase 1.

“HEVC is the most recently-developed compression technology and, among other uses, it is the key that will unlock UHDTV broadcasting,” said DVB Steering Board Chairman, Phil Laven. “This new DVB–UHDTV Phase 1 specification not only opens the door to the age of UHDTV delivery but also potentially sets the stage for Phase 2, the next level of UHDTV quality, which will be considered in upcoming DVB work,” he continued.

Also approved was the specification for Companion Screens and Streams, Part 2: Content Identification and Media Synchronization. Companion Devices (tablets, smart phones) enable new user experiences for broadcast service consumption. Many of these require synchronisation between the Broadcast Service at the TV Device and the Timed Content presented at the Companion Device. This specification focuses on the identification and synchronisation of a Broadcast Service on a TV Device (Connected TV or STB and screen) and Timed Content on a Companion Screen Application running on a Companion Device. Part 2 outlines the enabling factors for the identification of, and synchronisation with, broadcast content, timed content and trigger events on TV devices (for example a Connected TV or STB) and related content presented by an application running on a personal device.

Another specification to gain approval from the Steering Board was the MPEG-DASH Profile for Transport of ISO BMFF Based DVB Services over IP Based Networks. This specification defines the delivery of TV content via HTTP adaptive streaming. MPEG-DASH covers a wide range of use cases and options. Transmission of audiovisual content is based on the ISOBMFF file specification. Video and audio codecs from the DVB toolbox that are technically appropriate with MPEG-DASH have been selected. Conditional Access is based on MPEG Common Encryption and delivery of subtitles will be XML based. The DVB Profile of MPEG-DASH reduces the number of options and also the complexity for implementers. The new specification will facilitate implementation and usage of MPEG-DASH in a DVB environment.

The three new specifications will now be sent to ICT standards body ETSI for formal standardisation and the relevant BlueBooks will be published shortly.


Thaicom to start broadcasting HD channels for DTT in July


From news

Thai satellite operator Thaicom has announced it is ready to start broadcasting HD channels of digital terrestrial (DTT) TV, as part of Thailand’s television platforms analogue-to-digital transition. Viewers will be able to access HD broadcasts of DTT-HD channels through Thaicom satellite network nationwide, in addition to present standard definition channels already carried on the Thaicom system. Thaicom will start the first phase of broadcasting the HD channels for DTT in July on C-band.

Broadcasts of the HD signal on the Ku-band will be provided in the next phase of the roll-out. The company is currently working with prospect DTT channels to commence the services. Using HD-enabled DBV-S2-HD set-top boxes, viewers will be able to access HD channels of DTT in addition to the hundreds of other satellite TV channels already available on Thaicom satellite platform.


Japan-based TV ratings firm vies for Thai contract


From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/Japan-based-TV-ratings-firm-vies-for-Thai-contract-30237688.html

Although opinions in the media industry on a new standard for TV audience ratings remain mixed, some digital-television broadcasters are likely to be interested in offers from new research agencies.

"We want to make sure that we can get involved in the process of TV audience measurement, from planning and implementation to auditing. So we need an alternative, on top of the current one," Suphap Kleekachai, president of the Digital TV Club and chief adviser at Thai TV, the operator of ThaiTV and Loca channels, said yesterday.

Suphap made the remark after meeting with Video Research International (Thailand) and high-ranking executives from other digital TV stations. Japan-based Video Research International is among three high-potential bidders for a national TV rating service. Nielsen (Thailand) and GFK MarketWise Thailand are the other two.

Suphap and some executives from commercial stations agreed with some of the benefits offered by Video Research International, as it would welcome all digital-TV players as stakeholders like in Japan's media industry.

At the meeting, Taro Tanaka, managing director of Video Research International (Thailand), said his company would not just provide the raw data of TV audience ratings, it would also provide the best solutions for adding value for each client based on those data.

"Apart from data accuracy and transparency, the company also provides know-how on using the data for their content marketing and development," Tanaka said.

The company also has new technology for measuring TV ratings via different kinds of viewing such as out-of-home, on-demand, time-shift, multi-screens and social links. But if this new technology were included in the contract, the investment would be 50 per cent higher than for standard audience measurement for in-home viewing alone.

"The industry must make a decision on this matter as an industry consensus," he said.

Last month leading media-industry players, cable/satellite TV operators and the 24 digital terrestrial TV broadcasters initiated a Media Research Bureau (MRB), which will be responsible for setting a new standard of TV audience measurement and holding an auction to select a national rating service. This bureau would draft terms of reference for the bidding for a national TV rating agency.

Although the MRB has been completely set up yet, the industry wants a survey sample size of 5,000 households, while Video Research International believes that 2,000 households would be enough for the national survey.

Tanaka added that if this were the industry consensus and his company were selected, his team was ready to provide the best solution, but the cost of the service might almost double if the sample size was more than 2,000.

With a bigger sampler size, however, the industry would be able to get more details in terms of specific or segmented TV programme ratings, he added.


Cignal brings Dolby Digital Plus to your home


From http://www.rappler.com/brandrap/stories/62310-cignal-introduces-dolby-digital-surround-sound-plus-ph

Cignal TV is leveling up the TV experience by introducing Digital Plus Surround Sound in their direct-to-home satellite services

MANILA, Philippines – In theaters, the “Dolby Surround Sound” logo means one thing: a spectacular sound experience. Rushing water. Crashing automobiles. Crumbling global landmarks. Not just seen but heard.

Ever wanted that kind of audio quality from the comfort of home? It’s now possible.

For the first time in the Philippines, Cignal TV is leveling up the TV experience by introducing Digital Plus Surround Sound in their direct-to-home satellite services. Aside from enjoying standard-definition and high-definition (HD) channels, Cignal subscribers can now also enjoy the cinematic audio magic of their favorite movies – from the loud booms and explosions, to the hushed dialogues and morning winds.

ONLY THE BEST. From left to right: Nathan Salera (Cignal TV Head of Postpaid Marketing), Eugene Hernandez (Cignal TV Head of Product Development), Benet Galang (Cignal TV Head of Network Engineering and Operation), Guido Zaballero (Cignal TV Vice President and Head of Marketing), Leong-Yan Yoong (Dolby Laboratories Regional Director for Southeast Asia), and Panna Dey (Dolby Laboratories Head of Broadcast Business)

During a press conference held last Thursday, June 26, at the Greenhills Promenade cinemas, Cignal TV’s Vice President and Marketing Head Guido Zaballero said that this development is part of Cignal’s goal to deliver the best audience experience possible.

Zaballero explained that, for example, many households now have a standard home theater system that’s composed of five speakers, a sub-woofer, and a television set. But most of the time, the source signal “mixes down” the film’s audio quality to stereo, under-utilizing the investment.

Now, Cignal’s HD channels with Dolby Digital Plus Surround can guarantee the closest, if not identical, sound experience as watching in an actual Dolby-enabled theater.

CLEAR VISUALS.

“Superb quality, visually and audibly, is Cignal TV’s trademark, and it just goes better with Dolby Digital Plus Surround Sound,” said Annie Naval, Cignal’s COO and Managing Director.

Is there really a difference? During the event, Rappler got to compare the quality between ordinary sound and Dolby Digital Plus at the Cignal TV experience booths. The vocals are clearer, and sound effects are definitely richer, even on standard headsets.

What’s with the “plus” in the label? Dolby Digital Surround Sound is designed for the world’s next generation devices. It allows users to hear superb digital audio anywhere – whether it’s on their full home theater system, tablets, or smartphones. This technology is only previously available in select countries like Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, China, India, and the Middle East.

So why go for the added value? Aside from the superb audio quality, if Cignal’s satellite broadcast becomes available on a wider range of devices, subscribers will be able to enjoy seamless entertainment. Zaballero confirmed that being available on mobile is part of Cignal’s long-term plans.

A STRONG PARTNERSHIP. Dolby Laboratories Regional Director for Southeast Asia Leong Yan-Yoong and Cignal TV’s Vice President and Marketing Head Guido Zaballero

Dolby Laboratories’ Leong–Yan Yoong said that working with Cignal TV is an honor for the company. “As high-definition broadcasts become widely available for viewers in Asia, Cignal TV is helping set the benchmark for a higher standard of home entertainment,” he said.

The first HD service in Dolby Digital Plus Surround Sound began airing last June 26 on Cignal TV on three channels: MTV, Universal, and Cartoon Network. The service is available starting at Plan 1590. – Rappler.com


Arianespace cuts launch prices


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/07/03/arianespace-cuts-launch-prices/

Europe’s primary satellite launch company, Arianespace, is cutting the price of its launch vehicles. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Arianespace’s prices are being trimmed in direct response to the lower prices available in the market from rivals SpaceX and Russia-backed International Launch Services.

SpaceX openly publishes its launch fees, which are from $61.2 million to $85 million per launch. There are also discounts available for multiple bookings, which is the reason behind the June 2nd decision by London-based Inmarsat to book 3 SpaceX flights.

Asia Broadcast Satellite is another fan of SpaceX despite seeing one of its satellites launched by Arianespace earlier this year. Nevertheless, it has booked SpaceX for its next four launches citing lower costs and greater flexibility.

But Arianespace will cut prices only so far, and will always charge more than rivals, said Arianespace’s CEO Stephane Isräel. “We won’t engage in a price war.”

The unstated reason that Arianespace’s hands are tied is that its launch costs are near  double the fees charged by SpaceX, and yet Arianespace is still barely profitable.

Arianespace is redesigning its workhorse Ariane 5 rocket, and a new, lower cost/flight Ariane 6 will arrive in a few years and the aim is to lower launch costs to nearer $70 million, while a larger version of Ariane 5, capable of launching two large satellites at a time will also help trim costs.


Samsung drops download service


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/07/03/samsung-drops-download-service/

Samsung is closing its own download video and audio rental and purchase businesses in North America. It has already disabled its own Samsung Video & Media Hub on July 1st in the US, although Samsung’s ‘Smart Hub’ on-screen options will continue to offer viewers and users access to iTunes, Amazon, Netflix, Hulu and other service providers.

Samsung said it is shutting down the Video and Music Hub “as we focus on some exciting new video products,” according to reports.

Samsung had made deals with Disney, Paramount and NBC-Universal, amongst others, where viewers could order up content via their connected Smart TVs.

Meanwhile Samsung is to stop producing plasma TVs by November 30th. It said falling demand meant it would instead focus on producing curved and Ultra-HD TVs.

The South Korean company also said it has received approval to build a $1 billion display module assembly plant in Vietnam, its first production facility in the country.


NRJ Hits trials Ultra-HD in Paris


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/07/03/nrj-hits-trials-ultra-hd-in-paris/

French pay-TV music channel NRJ Hits has commenced two-weeks of Ultra-HD broadcasts on the Paris DTT network using DVB-T2 standard – with part of the tests being authorised by TV regulator CSA and handled by TDF.

“It is the first time a French channel can trial UHD broadcast in real conditions through all the broadcasting chain,” NRJ Hits said.

Available on ADSL, cable and satellite, NRJ Hits belongs to Group NRJ which adds it is “a important to be able to work already on the way to deliver signals adapted to this new image quality.”

This Ultra-HD trial aims to study compatible video equipment, from upscaling to HEVC encoding, and check interoperability and efficiency in the way images are delivered to the audience.

NRJ Hits is deploying solutions from companies such as OBV.TV, Envivio and Orad.

The Ultra-HD version of NRJ Hits won’t be accessible to viewers using an ADSL box.


Videocon d2h claims first 4K UltraHD trial in India


From http://www.rapidtvnews.com/2014070434367/videocon-d2h-claims-first-4k-ultrahd-trial-in-india.html

Videocon d2h has previewed a 4K UltraHD DTH service ahead of its anticipated commercial launch by the Indian direct-to-home (DTH) satellite TV provider.

Videocon d2h claims it will be the first company in India to provide a 4K UltraHD service, comprising picture resolution of 3840 pixels × 2160p lines (8.3 megapixels, aspect ratio 16:9). No date has yet been given for the commercial launch of UHD, which has twice the horizontal and vertical resolution and four times as many pixels overall compared with the 1080p HDTV format.

"4K DTH services previewed today [3 July] will revolutionise viewing in this country. It will provide images with so much clarity, finer detailing and nuances that the differences will be unbelievable. We are hopeful that we will be able to enhance the overall viewing experience through our product portfolios and service offerings," said Anil Khera, CEO, Videocon d2h.

Saurabh Dhoot, Videocon director, added: "Videocon d2h Limited as a leading DTH service provider, is committed to bring global technology into the Indian TV homes through our innovations. 4K UltraHD is the latest innovation in viewing technology. We have successfully previewed the service today and demonstrated our capabilities."

Videocon d2h currently offers 500 channels and services; 27 Asli HD channels and services, 239 regional channels and services, and 130 South channels and services on its DTH platform




3/07/14

Sky NZ finally launch a sci-fi channel. About 5 years to late by my reckoning..See news section


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NEWS


Sky TV's new channel - all you need to know


From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/television/news/article.cfm?c_id=339&objectid=11286180

Action sci-fi series Defiance will feature on The Zone.

Sky today announces a new channel to its line-up. "The Zone" is aimed at fans of sci-fi, horror and fantasy and will be on screens in November.

With it comes the first (non-dodgy download) chance to see Guillermo del Toro's new horror series The Strain, just started in the United States.

The channel is programmed by Chris Philpott, who, in a previous life was a television blogger on nzherald.co.nz.

We asked him to tell us just why sci-fi, horror and fantasy fans should be freakin' out about The Zone?

We're putting together a helluva line-up

Our full schedule will be released over the coming weeks, but these first three shows are a great start - Defiance is an action sci-fi mash-up with a surprisingly broad appeal, evoking shows like Firefly or Babylon 5 and giving them a modern spin, and anchored on a brilliant turn from Grant Bowler; From Dusk Till Dawn is that rarest of birds, an adaptation that enhances the story on which it's based, and which actually improves with each new episode; and The Strain is a no-brainer, a quality show that entertains and terrifies in equal measure, which boasts one of the most incredible premiere episodes of any show in quite some time - this will be one of the year's biggest hits thanks to Guillermo Del Toro, one of the genre's most iconic auteurs.

We're going to show genre television some love

Sci-fi and fantasy shows have been mistreated over the years, scheduled in ungodly timeslots and yanked around the schedule without warning. Some great titles have been passed over entirely. Those shows are our focus and we'll be giving them a new lease of life.

We're fan-driven

There is a huge community built around this content, a community which is inclusive and welcoming to anyone interested. We'll be active online and we want to interact with fans, both old and new, because we think The Zone is as much your channel as ours.

We're going to be quick

The Zone is committed to getting the biggest shows we can find to viewers, as fast as possible. I like to call it superfastifying. We may need to work on that name.

• The Zone will be available to Sky customers as part of the Sky basic package and will stream live on the Sky Go app.


Discovery acquires The Living Channel New Zealand


From http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2014/07/02/discovery-acquires-the-living-channel-new-zealand/

Discovery Communications is expanding its presence in new Zeeland with the acquisition of two channels.

The broadcasting group announced it has acquired The Living Channel New Zealand Limited (TLCNZ), which operates pay TV channels The Living Channel and Food TV.

Discovery currently distributes two channels through the Sky TVplatform – Discovery Channel and Animal Planet.

“Discovery has a proven track record of producing and investing in original factual and lifestyle programming that resonates globally” said Mandy Pattinson, EVP and general manager, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific.

“Working closely with our partners at Sky TV, the acquisition of The Living Channel and Food TV will provide us with a great opportunity to continue offering viewers the programs they know and love, as well as original lifestyle and food programming never before seen by New Zealand audiences. We look forward to continuing to work alongside Sky TV on local New Zealand productions to ensure the channels remain uniquely Kiwi.”

The Living Channel is an inspirational, informative and entertaining lifestyle channel with programmes from home renovation, real estate, gardening and celebrity travel genres, and was founded in 2002. FoodTV spun off from The Living Channel in 2005, and satisfies the cravings of foodies with programmes from personalities such as Heston Blumenthal, Jamie Oliver, Nigella Lawson and Rick Stein.

John Fellet, CEO, Sky TV, said: “The Sky team would firstly like to thank and congratulate Julie Christie on her creation of two popular niche channels that have found a loyal audience on Sky. With The Living Channel and Food TV becoming part of the Discovery Networks stable I know they will continue to offer great viewing with plenty of local shows that our New Zealand audience really enjoys.”

Julie Christie, founder of TLCNZ, said: “Television is a global business and we are pleased to hand over the reins to a global player like Discovery whose knowledge and access to content will ensure the channels can remain at the forefront of lifestyle television. Their commitment to keeping the channels ‘local’ ensures our viewers will still enjoy the content they love. We thank John Fellet and the team at SKY TV for a great partnership over the past 12 years and I personally look forward to working with Discovery on enhancing the channels in the near future.”


Singapore’s first nano-satellite launched


From http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-s-first-nano/1232324.html

The nano-satellite, launched by NTU, will deploy a pico-satellite in two to three months’ time.

SINGAPORE: Orbiting in space, some 650 km above Earth, is Singapore's first nano-satellite. Named VELOX-I, it was launched on Monday (June 30), in what is touted as a step forward for the country's aerospace industry.

Designed and built by students and researchers from Nanyang Technological University's Satellite Research Centre, the satellite was launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh, on a space rocket owned by the Indian Space Research Organisation.

Built as a proof-of-concept, VELOX-I boasts new features that could bring cost-savings to the industry. It weighs just 4.28 kg, thanks to electronic components that are smaller and lighter. This can help companies save money as launch costs are calculated by the weight of the satellite.

VELOX-I also boasts customised equipment built by the NTU team - a camera sensor that's radiation-resistant, and extendable lenses to take higher-resolution photographs from space. It is also fitted with solar panels that feed into an efficient power management system.

Said Associate Professor Low Kay Soon, Director of the Satellite Research Centre: "We actually put in a lot of new components and new sensors. These, if proven, can eventually be used for other satellites, big satellites for commercial application. We hope that this will actually benefit Singapore's space industry in the long term."

Another special feature: VELOX-I carries a smaller satellite, named VELOX-PIII, which will separate from it in the next three months. This brings  the total number of satellites the university has launched to four.

One function of the satellites is to test the new technologies, as many of the systems are built by the students. In a state-of-the-art control centre completed earlier this year, students can monitor the movement of the satellites using advanced communications and computer systems.

With these projects, the university hopes to give students more experience in developing satellites, and nurture a pool of talent for the industry.

"As an engineer myself, I believe that building a satellite is something very very challenging," said NTU student Lau Zi Rui. "So if we are able to build a satellite, as my Professor always says, we can actually build many other stuff."

The university is now building Singapore's first weather satellite funded by the Economic Development Board for tropical climate studies. VELOX-CI, a fridge-sized satellite weighing 130 kg, should be completed by September next year.


SpaceX looks at July 14 for launch


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/07/02/spacex-looks-at-july-14-for-launch/

Rocket launch specialists SpaceX is looking to loft six much-delayed Orbcomm data satellites on July 14th and 15th.  The launch site at Cape Canaveral, administered by the US Air Force, is reportedly reviewing the request from SpaceX, although the launch company has made no comment.

SpaceX is contracted to launch a total of 17 much-needed Orbcomm satellites this year but had to scrub 3 attempts in June due to weather and technical issues.

SpaceX, in a statement, says only that delays provide the necessary time for checks and ensuring mission safety.

While the Orbcomm craft are not geo-stationary and do not carry TV channels, their delayed launch is holding up satellites that are needed for TV broadcasting, not least a pair of AsiaSat craft.


SpaceX looks at July 14 for launch


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/07/02/spacex-looks-at-july-14-for-launch/

Rocket launch specialists SpaceX is looking to loft six much-delayed Orbcomm data satellites on July 14th and 15th.  The launch site at Cape Canaveral, administered by the US Air Force, is reportedly reviewing the request from SpaceX, although the launch company has made no comment.

SpaceX is contracted to launch a total of 17 much-needed Orbcomm satellites this year but had to scrub 3 attempts in June due to weather and technical issues.

SpaceX, in a statement, says only that delays provide the necessary time for checks and ensuring mission safety.

While the Orbcomm craft are not geo-stationary and do not carry TV channels, their delayed launch is holding up satellites that are needed for TV broadcasting, not least a pair of AsiaSat craft.


France 24 adds new mobile app


From http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2014/07/02/france-24-adds-new-mobile-app/

France 24 has launched a new version of its Android app that is compatible with all devices equipped with the Google operating system and available for free on Google Play.

The trilingual app (French, English and Arabic) features streamlined design and very fast loading for greater user comfort.

It has also been completely redesigned for navigation on tablets and all video content is now compatible with Chromecast.

France 24 is a pioneer in mobile broadcasts, having been available on smartphones since February 2009.

The channel was the first in the world to broadcast its programmes live on such devices.


Irdeto names Scott SVP Sales and Marketing


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/07/02/irdeto-names-scott-svp-sales-and-marketing/

Irdeto has confirmed the appointment of Richard Scott as SVP of Sales and Marketing. His new role with Irdeto will encompass strategic planning for key accounts, new business acquisition, developing new growth opportunities, leading Irdeto’s global sales and marketing team.

Before joining Irdeto, Scott spent over six years as Senior Vice President Global Sales & Service at Harris Broadcast where he oversaw over $300 million in global sales leading multiple cross functional teams and employees based in offices on all continents. Prior to that, he held roles at Ascent Media, Sony and Panasonic.

“The media industry is at the cusp of some of the most significant and rapid change we have seen in decades, and Irdeto is doing an excellent job at managing the complex parts of its customers’ operations so they can focus on what is most important: the consumer,” stated Scott, SVP of Sales and Marketing. “I have always been passionate about delighting customers and helping them through transformational periods. I look forward to helping shape new customer relationships and Irdeto’s continued growth.”


Lifetime TV channel added to DStv


From http://www.channel24.co.za/TV/News/Lifetime-TV-channel-added-to-DStv-20140702
 
Cape Town – As expected Lifetime from A+E Networks UK is getting added as a new TV channel to MultiChoice's DStv satellite pay-TV platform from 22 July on channel 131.

Lifetime will only be for DStv Premium subscribers.

Chatter has been rife in the TV industry since the end of May that Lifetime is coming to DStv. A week ago the channel logos of Lifetime and NickToons also inexplicably showed up in Naspers’ financial year report.

The female focused Lifetime channel will have TV dramas, factual entertainment and movies and will be competition for channels like Discovery Networks International's TLC Entertainment, and Sony's Sony Entertainment Television (SET).

Channel24 asked A+E Networks UK – which added Lifetime in August 2013 in the United Kingdom – twice the past two months about Lifetime, but A+E Networks UK refused to acknowledge the addition of Lifetime to DStv in South Africa, saying "when we have any news about future plans, we will be happy to share it".

Now Tom Davidson, the managing director of A+E Networks UK says in a statement "the launch of Lifetime in Africa is exciting for us and marks a key moment in our continuing investment in this market".

"With a schedule packed with powerful stories, passionate people and addictive entertainment, we are confident that Lifetime will appeal to African audiences".

Shows on Lifetime include reality fare like Shahs of Sunset (28 July, 20:45), Dance Moms (22 July, 19:10); movies like Flowers in the Attic (27 July, 20:00), and TV dramas like Suits. One new TV drama for the territory is the science fiction show Orphan Black.

Some "Lifetime Original Movies" as Lifetime bills its made-for-TV movies that will be shown include Betty & Coretta, Sworn to Silence and Liz & Dick about the life of Elizabeth Taylor.

A+E Networks UK already runs History as well as Crime+Investigation Network on DStv.


Videocon D2H likely to bring IPO this fiscal


From http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/markets/ipos/fpos/videocon-d2h-likely-to-bring-ipo-this-fiscal/articleshow/37710187.cms

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MUMBAI: Direct to home service provider Videocon d2h is likely to go ahead with its proposed public float (IPO) plan this financial year, according to a top company official.

The company had received the permission from market regulator Sebi in March 2013 for its proposed Rs 700-crore IPO but did not launch the same due to bad market conditions.

"We are engaged with our advisors and investment bankers. We have appointed Axis CapitalBSE -4.97 % among others to advise us on the same. We are planning the IPO this financial year itself," Videocon director Saurabh Dhoot told PTI here today.

The satellite TV arm of the diversified Videocon group today formally announced the change of its name from Bharat Business Channel to Videocon d2h.

Dhoot said the rechristening will not have any impact on the IPO.

The company also unveiled its 4K ultra high definition services which it will roll out over next three quarters, he said.

The company expects an uptick in the sales of 4K or UHD panels in the festive season and it would be targeting its existing customer base.

"It would begin with important sports events which would be enabled by the 4K feed. So we are well prepared to launch that service for our customers. Then we would have movies and general entertainment," he said.

The company caters to 11 million customers and has been growing at 40 per cent CAGR, Dhoot said.

Company chief executive Anil Khera said it would be a premium service and the 4K Ultra HD box would cost Rs 10,000.




2/07/14

Airtivi version 1 beta has appeared for Android devices
it seems to work ok but a few bugs, very promising even on my cheap $150 tablet

Air Tivi plus Beta version 1 for Android
Play / view stream your Ultraplus or Xcruiser to Android devices and set recordings etc on Android devices.

The easiest way to install is download it via your android device directly, enter the following link in your device web browser
www.apsattv.com/files/airtiviplus-1.apk


From my Email


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From the Dish


AsiaSat 5 100.5°E 3760 H "NTV Mir" has started on , Fta.
AsiaSat 5 100.5°E 3921 H "Yes Channel" has left .

Horizons 2 85.0°E 12040 H "Luxury World" has started on , Fta.

Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3520 H "MCOT 1" is encrypted again.
Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3551 H "Pramarn Channel and R Family" have started on , Irdeto.
Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3600 H "Super Bun-Terng" has started on , BISS.

Intelsat 20 68.5°E 12682 H "Healer TV and Champions of Fire TV" have started on , Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,Satyaveeda TV(印度)频道消失,设置4006 H 14400参数无效接收。[07-02]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,BTV News(印度)等2个频道重现,设置4184 V 21600参数免费接收。[07-02]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星C频段,Motorvision TV(高清)频道加密,设置3617 V 29000参数有条件接收。[07-02]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Man TV(泰国)频道新增,设置3545 V 30000参数有条件接收。[07-02]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,R Cinema、R Channel(BISS)等4个频道加密,设置3551 H 13333参数有条件接收。[07-02]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,Fox Action Movies(高清)频道新增,设置11510 H 20000参数免费接收。[07-02]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,GCN、Hero Channel(泰国)等4个频道消失,设置3551 H 13333参数无效接收。 [7月2日]

东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Bangkok、Show 1(IPM)等全组频道加密,设置11038 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [7月1日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,TV XXI(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置12655 V 43200参数无效接收。 [7月1日]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Bangkok、Show 1(IPM)等全组频道加密,设置11038 V 45000参数有条件接收。[07-01]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,TV XXI(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置12655 V 43200参数无效接收。[07-01]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,IQ HD(高清)频道加密,设置10985 H 35000参数有条件接收。[07-01]


NEWS


Hey Presto! Foxtel lands on Google Chromecast


From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/technology/hey-presto-foxtel-lands-on-google-chromecast/story-e6frgakx-1226972812146

TO enjoy Foxtel movies on the big screen, you used to need a set-top box. From today, all you will need is a $49 Google Chromecast dongle and an HDMI slot to bring full resolution Foxtel movies to your loungeroom display.

Foxtel said that from today, its Presto movies on demand service would work with Chromecast. In addition, the Android version of Presto also would launch today.

Users with iPads, iPad Minis and selected Android devices will be able to fire up the Presto app, select a movie, and beam it in full resolution to their Chromecast and loungeroom TV screen.

“Starting today, subscribers will be able to see the full potential of Presto as it takes to the big screen in living rooms across the country,” said Shaun James, Foxtel’s director Presto & video on demand. “Combine that with availability on selected Android tablets, and Presto becomes an even more compelling way to watch great movies.”

Rival movie service QuickFlix said its smartphone apps also now would be capable of beaming movies on to TVs through Chromecast. Chief executive Stephen Langford said the updated iOS app was available in the iTunes store, while the Chromecast-compatible Android version would be available in “the next couple of days”.

Telstra BigPond and the ABC also plan to upgrade their smartphone apps for use with Chromecast. Another media provider, EzyFlix.tv, recently announced that its 1500 movies and TV episodes could now be Chromecast to a big loungeroom TV.

In Australia, Chromecast already works with apps such as YouTube, Pandora and Rdio music services.


Pirate AFL football streaming websites on notice


From http://www.theage.com.au/business/pirate-afl-football-streaming-websites-on-notice-20140701-3b6i9.html

Telstra has vowed to work with the AFL to clamp down on any illicit websites that are showing live streams of AFL matches.

Fairfax Media is aware of websites that offer live streams of AFL matches, providing access at a click of the mouse to the Foxtel video feed and commentary team.

Links to the live streams are sometimes available through fan sites and forums. While mostly free, some sites operate on a subscription model that charges more for better quality feeds.

Users of the streams prefer the poor quality video and intrusive website advertising to paying for a Foxtel subscription. Users say they should not need to buy a bundled Foxtel product if they only want to watch its dedicated AFL channel.

In Australia's most expensive sports broadcast deal, Seven, Foxtel and Telstra paid a record $1.25 billion to broadcast the AFL for five years until the end of 2016.

Telstra, which paid $153 million for five-year internet broadcast rights to the AFL, told Fairfax Media: ''We're not aware of such sites. But should we identify any in the future we will work with the AFL to investigate the matter.''

Pay TV operator Foxtel, which broadcasts every AFL game live, said it did not believe the activity was widespread and repeated the AFL's comment that it took action when appropriate. Seven declined to comment.

While it is unclear how many people are using these sites, they are a body blow to the AFL and broadcasters. Negotiations for a new broadcast deal are starting to heat up, with struggling commercial broadcaster Ten Network indicating it is interested in buying AFL rights again.

Telstra two years ago demonstrated its commitment to its AFL rights.

Its rival Optus was found by the Federal Court to have breached exclusive copyright deals between Telstra and the AFL and NRL by allowing customers to record matches from free-to-air television and replay them in near-live conditions on mobiles and computers.

Optus shut down the web-based TV recording service, TV Now, after exhausting its legal options in a battle against the three groups.

Telstra said then that it was a ''great result for everyone who cares about the financial health of Australian sport'' and ''protecting intellectual property allows rights holders to invest in improving the quality of their content''.


Rockot carrier with 3 communication satellites to go to space from Plesetsk on July 3


From http://en.itar-tass.com/non-political/738636

The rocket, which belongs to a light class of carrier rockets, will take into orbit three communication satellites Gonets-M, which will enlarge the Russian orbital satellite system Gonets to ten satellites

Russian private satellite transmits first stable signal to Earth

MOSCOW, July 02. /ITAR-TASS/. The Rockot carrier rocket built at the Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center will be launched into space from Plesetsk cosmodrome on July 3. The rocket, which belongs to a light class of carrier rockets, will take into orbit three communication satellites Gonets-M, which will enlarge the Russian orbital satellite system Gonets to ten satellites, the press service of the Russian Space Agency (Roscosmos) told ITAR-TASS on Wednesday.

The Gonets satellite system is intended for establishing communication and transmitting various data, including coordinates and temperature parameters provided by the satellite communication system GLONASS. The information is transmitted by a group of space apparatuses flying on a low orbit at the altitude of 1,400km, the press service said.

The Gonest satellite communication system is used for monitoring different infrastructure facilities, transmitting navigation and time parameters, established by means of the Glonass system, from moving objects to different dispatcher and monitoring centers and ensuring communication with facilities on remote territories.

The Rockot’s high technical parameters were achieved due to the “Breeze -KM” accelerator block which performs multiple functions, such as taking a space apparatus into orbits at different altitudes and with different inclinations. The accelerator block enables to ensure with a high precision the assigned orientation of a space apparatus during a launching process and throughout its orbital flight of up to seven hours, Roscomos said.

The preparations for launching the Rockot carrier from Plesetsk cosmodrome are in the final stage, spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry department that supervises air space defense troops Colonel Alexei Zolotukhin told ITAR-TASS.

A Rockot launch vehicle already successfully taken to the orbit three Gonets satellites for the Russian defense ministry on May 23, 2014.


SL to launch observation satellite


From http://www.dailymirror.lk/news/49136-sl-to-launch-observation-satellite.html

Sri Lanka was in the process of designing, developing and launching of its own small earth observation satellite and the project would commence once the funds were allocated, Science and Technology Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said.

Minister ranawaka expressed these views while addressing a seminar for representatives of ‘Countries that Forecast and Study Drought through Space Technology’ at Mount Lavinia Hotel today.

“Space technology, indeed, is one of those strategic technologies.There are several important initiatives pertaining to development of space technologies and their applications that have been planned to be implemented to during the next few years, with some of the activities already in progress,” Minister Ranawaka said.

Minister Ranawaka said the project proposal developed by the Arthur C Clarke institute for modern technologies for this purpose had already been submitted to the Government, and the project activities would commence as soon as the fund allocations were finalized.


Eutelsat inks unique satellite deal


From http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2014/07/01/eutelsat-inks-unique-satellite-deal/

Eutelsat has entered into a pioneering agreement with ViaSat to link high-capacity Ka-band satellite networks.

Under it, the two parties will have service access and roaming on each other’s high-capacity satellite networks (KA-SATfor Eutelsat and ViaSat-1 for ViaSat).

Both Ka-band networks, representing well over half of all Ka-band capacity on orbit worldwide, share the same high-capacity satellite ecosystem, enabled by the ViaSat Broadband System, along with other ground infrastructure owned and operated by Eutelsat and ViaSat. The resulting high-capacity service area will span North America, Europe and the Mediterranean Basin.

Customers will be able to operate an array of fixed and mobile services including in-flight connectivity, maritime, emergency relief, oil and gas operations and government applications anywhere within the combined coverage areas.

The agreement includes provisions for future satellites and follow-on technologies as they complement current Eutelsat and ViaSat High Throughput Satellites.

That future includes ViaSat-2, scheduled for launch in 2016, which is designed to cover a broader footprint in North America, Central America, the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean and to bridge the North Atlantic to form a blanket of high-capacity coverage across the region.

Commenting on the deal, Mark Dankberg, ViaSat chairman and CEO, said: “This formalises another step towards covering the high traffic areas of the world with the fastest, most affordable mobile broadband satellite connectivity.

“Extending our long-standing relationship with Eutelsat enables us to provide the fastest in-flight Wi-Fi available on both sides of the Atlantic.”

Michel de Rosen, Eutelsat chairman and CEO, added: “Working with ViaSat, we can extend to North America the high quality of service we already provide clients in Europe through KA-SAT, and bridge the two satellite systems with the addition of ViaSat-2. We believe this feature will be a real plus for companies providing mobile services and who need to move around user equipment from region to region.”


From http://fox17online.com/2014/07/02/nasa-launches-carbon-tracking-satellite-into-space/#axzz36JSMpKLO

(CNN, July 2, 2014) – NASA launched a satellite to study climate change on Wednesday, shooting the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) into space.

The liftoff from Vandenberg Air Force Station, California, was originally scheduled for Tuesday but was scrubbed because of a water flow issue in the launch pad.

With OCO-2, NASA is attempting to achieve a “vantage point” from space to study atmospheric carbon dioxide.

Carbon dioxide is the most prevalent of the human-produced greenhouse gases impacting the Earth. Its annual production approaches 40 billion tons.

The use of fossil fuels, which generates carbon dioxide, has been increasing exponentially.

While part of the gas is absorbed by the Earth, many scientists, such as geologist Gregg Marland of Appalachian State University, maintain that humans have “tipped the balance.”

The NASA mission is interested in the dynamics of carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere — not only the points of its emanation, but also the places where it is absorbed.

An adequate understanding of both the “sources” and “sinks” is needed to create measures that could control the balance.

Here’s how it would work, according to Marland: “If you visualize a column of air that stretches from Earth’s surface to the top of the atmosphere, the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 will identify how much of that vertical column is carbon dioxide.

“It will act like a plane observing the smoke from forest fires down below, with the task of assessing where the fires are and how big they are.”

The satellite will provide a full picture in comparison to what we have now, which Marland describes as “cobbling together data.”

The OCO-2 will conduct its study by analyzing the wavelengths of sunlight absorbed by the gas.


Discovery CFO: ‘International business our real differentiator’


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/07/01/discovery-cfo-international-business-our-real-differentiator/

Andrew Warren, Senior EVP and CFO, Discovery Communications, has described the broadcaster’s international business as a “real differentiator” and suggested that newly-acquired Eurosport will benefit from a more localised approach in the 54 markets that Discovery operates in.

Interviewed by CFO Magazine, Warren noted that the company’s international networks grew 51 per cent last year, compared with seven per cent domestically. In addition, 45 per cent of Discovery’s revenues came from its international networks, with the majority soon expected to come from overseas.

He described pay-TV as an “enviable” industry for several reasons. “One, it’s a dual-revenue-stream business: you get subscription fees from distributors and advertising dollars from advertisers. Around the globe, we’re 50 per cent sub-fee-driven and 50 per cent ad-sales-driven.”

A second reason he gave was the barriers to entry. “Pay-TV is an industry that is hard to penetrate unless you have an established brand, an established infrastructure, and ‘shelf space on cable, telco, and satellite systems. Another reason is that pay-TV is still growing. The US is largely fully penetrated, but in many of our big global markets there’s a huge amount of organic pay-TV growth. In Brazil, 34 per cent of households subscribe to pay-TV. In Italy it’s 35 per cent, Australia 30 per cent. These are all tremendous opportunities for us, and we have anywhere from six to twelve channels in those markets.” He acknowledged that the US was a healthy market for Discovery. “We have 12 per cent audience share of the pay-TV universe. But the real differentiator for us is our international business,” he admitted.

Discussing the rationale behind the Eurosport acquisition, deal, Warren said that Eurosport was a top-10 channel for men in 54 countries. “We’re in those same countries with top-10 channels for men like Discovery and Animal Planet, so the synergies are dynamic and real. The second rationale is that TF1, which had owned Eurosport for many years and is now a minority joint-venture partner of ours, managed it as a pan-European service. They didn’t have local ad sales, and they didn’t have content specifically driven toward particular markets. Because we have offices, salespeople, content people, and distribution expertise in those 54 markets, we’re going to take a much more localised approach to that content,” he advised.


SHAHID Application, the leading premium video on demand for viewers across MENA


From https://www.zawya.com/story/Samsung_partners_with_MBC_Group_to_launch_SHAHID_Application_the_leading_premium_video_on_demand_for_viewers_across_MENA-ZAWYA20140629124129/

New app to deliver high-quality premium regionalized video content on demand via Samsung's Smart TV lineup
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd announced a partnership with MBC Group, first private free-to-air satellite broadcasting company in the Arab World to announce the launch of SHAHID Application, the region's leading video on demand (VOD) service. As a regional first, Samsung Smart TVs across the Middle East and North Africa will feature the SHAHID application.

SHAHID Application & SHAHID.NET are currently available for viewers to catch up on their favorite TV shows & series. The region's leading VOD, recorded 284 million media views in 2013 only. The new application is now available for viewers to enjoy what they have missed on TV, from series to shows and to global formats.

"The television experience is rapidly evolving for viewers across the MENA region," said Choong Ro Lee, President of Samsung Middle East and North Africa. "We at Samsung are dedicated to create new and innovative ways to deliver best viewing experience, and with our partnership with MBC Group we will continue offering viewers the content they want, when they want in a new MENA consumer lifestyle. As a leader in the visual display market, Samsung's Smart TV lineup offers a powerful platform for SHAHID service, providing viewers with unrivalled picture quality and the ultimate front row experience as they enjoy premium content."

Having maintained a steady lead in the TV market for eight consecutive years, Samsung has established an unmatched reach across retail outlets throughout the region, making its TV lineup a logical platform to launch SHAHID. Keeping pace with their desires and exceeding their expectations, Samsung also gives consumers an opportunity to experience the technology and services firsthand before making a purchase decision. Samsung's Smart Story Zones, which are featured in many of the region's leading retail outlets, create an environment for customers to learn and understand what sets Samsung apart, and how Smart TV's can enhance their viewing experience.

SHAHID experience will be enhanced further by Samsung's Curved UHD TVs, which usher in a new era of immersive viewing. The curved screen gives video content a wider field of view, creating a panoramic effect that brings images to life, while enveloping viewers in true-to-life clarity and detail. This is further enhanced by Samsung's Auto Depth Enhancer which automatically adjusts the image contrast for a greater sense of depth for a 3D effect without the glasses. Coupled with Samsung's signature PurColor technology, images on screen are heightened to bring the film makers' vision to life.

Sam Barnett, MBC Group CEO added that: "Since 2007, SHAHID has made the best Arabic content available on VOD. Recent upgrades to the service have also made it easier to search and faster to watch. We're now ensuring that this popular service is accessible across different devices. So we're delighted to announce this partnership with a leading company like Samsung and to have SHAHID available on Samsung Smart TV's". Barnett continued that: "SHAHID viewers will be able to choose between SD or HD picture viewing to match their broadband network and speed".

SHAHID Application is now available on all New Samsung Smart TVs. To view full details on SHAHID Application, please visit https://www.shahid.net/ and for more information on Samsung Smart TVs, please visit https://www.samsung.com/.

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About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in technology, opening new possibilities for people everywhere. Through relentless innovation and discovery, we are transforming the worlds of TVs, smartphones, tablets, PCs, cameras, home appliances, printers, LTE systems, medical devices, semiconductors and LED solutions. We employ 286,000 people across 80 countries with annual sales of US$216.7 billion. To discover more, please visit www.samsung.com.

About MBC Group
MBC Group is the first private free-to-air satellite broadcasting company in the Arab World which was launched in London in 1991 and later moved to its headquarters in Dubai in 2002. Over the past 22 years, MBC Group has grown to become a well-established media group that enriches people's lives through information, interaction and entertainment. Based in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, MBC Group includes 14 television channels: MBC1 (general family entertainment), MBC2 and MBC MAX (24-hour movies), MBC3 (children's edutainment), MBC4 (entertainment for young families with women at its core), MBC Action (an indigenous adrenaline-packed channel with local and homegrown productions), MBC Variety (Western general entertainment and movie channel broadcasting uninterrupted premium films and series) , Al Arabiya (the 24-hour Arabic language news channel); Al Arabiya Al Hadath (an extension of Al Arabiya News Channel); Wanasah (24-hour Arabic music channel); MBC DRAMA (24/7 Arabic Drama); MBC MASR (general family entrainment channel geared towards the Egyptian family), and MBC + Drama (paid channel on OSN) and MBC Bollywood (delivering the freshest in Bollywood content geared towards the region via an Arabized interface).The Group also includes two radio stations: MBC FM (Gulf music), and Panorama FM (contemporary Arabic hit music); as well as O3 productions, a specialized production unit. Furthermore, the Group includes online platforms: www.mbc.net, www.alarabiya.net, www.SHAHID.net (the first free VOD and catch up portal in the Arab world) and www.actionha.net, among others. As of July 2011, seven of MBC Group's channels began to air in HD across the MENA Region: MBC 1 HD, MBC 2 HD, MBC 4 HD, MBC Action HD, MBC Drama HD, MBC Max HD and Al Arabiya HD News Channel. In 2013, MBC 3 HD was added to this bouquet, and in 2014 MBC Variety was also added.


FilmOn to continue broadcasting


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/07/01/filmon-to-continue-broadcasting/

Making good on its promise to continue broadcasting and in line with founder Alki David’s assertion that the antenna-based Internet streaming service was willing and able to comply with all the procedural requirements of the compulsory licensing programme, FilmOn Networks has announced that its combination of teleporter technology and remote antennas will operate under Section 111 of the Copyright Act 1976.

“The Supreme Court ruling on ABC and Broadcasters v. Aereo on June 25, put an end to the use of remote antennas to stream broadcast signals, at least as a business plan for those who didn’t want to pay royalties,” says the company, claiming it was always willing to pay royalties and using Section 111 of the Copyright Act, would continue to provide local broadcast television from 18 markets to subscribers nationwide using its Teleporter technology.

According to the company, as CEO Alki David predicted during appearances on Bloomberg News in 2012 and 2013, the result of the Supreme Court hearings has been that FilmOn should be regulated just as any other cable company. In those interviews David makes it clear he has always been willing to pay licence fees to local TV broadcasters.

FilmOn Networks contends that the Networks were unable to make up their mind about how they wanted to handle the situation. “In 2010, well before Aereo launched, CBS Networks sued FilmOn arguing that it was not a cable company. More recently, in the case before the 9th Circuit – which is still pending – the Networks argued that FilmOn was a cable company,” it notes.

“Now that the Supreme Court has made a very clear designation of Aereo and FilmOn as cable companies, FilmOn has once again filed with the United States Copyright Office for Compulsory License under Section 111 of the Copyright Act of 1976. (It originally filed for the same licence in 2011 and the request was neither granted nor denied),” it advises.

According to FilmOn Networks, Justice Breyer’s remarks are very clear: If it functions like a cable company, it should be treated like a cable company. The likeness is called “overwhelming” and explained in great detail. “FilmOn meets all of the criteria,” asserts the company.

“This was always about dragging the television business kicking and screaming into the 21st century,” says David. “FilmOn’s efforts were never about violating copyright as the Networks sought to portray it. The goal was always to deliver the experience consumers want and deserve, without exorbitant fees and the tyranny of bundling,” he states.

The broadcast channels that FilmOn receives through the antenna farms at issue in the Supreme Court case have been moved behind the paywall and only FilmOn.com subscribers can access them (still leaving 600 licensed channels and tens of thousands of VoDs available free), notes the company.

FilmOn Networks’ patented Teleporter system allows subscribers to borrow a remote computer desktop in any of 18 cities across America where FilmOn has a head end and view local television from those areas. This means the viewer is virtually visiting the region where the signals are being delivered, rather than the signals being streamed to the viewer. This virtual desktop is visible for a few seconds when the viewer first tunes in, in order to let him know he is ‘teleporting’ to another region.

The cities where local broadcasts are being received for transmission are Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, North Bergen, Pheonix, Seattle, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Tampa and Washington D.C.


Aereo’s Kanojia urges consumer action


From http://advanced-television.com/2014/07/01/aereos-kanojia-urges-consumer-action/

Following his customer letter Saturday June 28 in which Chet Kanojia, Aereo founder and CEO said the Internet TV streaming service was to pause its operations “temporarily” as it considered its next steps in the wake of the US Supreme Court decision which found for the broadcasters in their copyright case, he has written a further letter imploring Aereo’s customers to make their voices heard in support of innovation, progress and technology.

“On Saturday, many of you received the news that we decided to pause our operations temporarily, as a result of the United States Supreme Court’s reversal of a lower court decision in favour of Aereo,” he wrote.

“Your response in support of the Aereo team has been overwhelming and touching. Your tweets, emails and Facebook posts have made it clear how important it is for so many Americans to have access to a cloud-based antenna to watch live broadcast television. Many of you have asked: ‘What can we do?’” he advised.

“Today, I’m asking you to raise your hands and make your voices heard. Tell your lawmakers how disappointed you are that the nation’s highest court issued a decision that could deny you the right to use the antenna of your choice to access live over-the-air broadcast television. Tell them your stories of why having access to a cloud-based antenna is important to you and your families. Show them you care about this issue,” he suggested.

“Visit the updated ProtectMyAntenna.org, find your representatives and send tweets, emails and Facebook messages asking them to take action to protect your right to use the antenna of your choice to access live free-to-air broadcasts, including the ability to use a cloud-based antenna. Don’t let your voices be silenced. Let’s stand together for innovation, progress, and technology. Thank you for your continued support. We are truly grateful,” he concluded.

This will be the only statement from Aereo at this time.




1/07/14

Sonlife (religion) as mentioned yesterday started on Sky NZ channel 203


From my Email


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From the Dish


Intelsat 19 166.0°E 3920 V "Fox Crime Asia" has started on, Nagravision.

ChinaSat 10 110.5°E 3728 V "Trading Day" has started on, Fta.

Express A2 Express A2 has left 103 East, moving east.

ST 2 88.0°E 3629 H "TVBS" is encrypted again.

Insat 4A 83.0°E 11010 H "Star World India, Zee TV India, Z ETC Punjabi, Zee Premier and Star Movies India" have left .

Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3480 H "R Film, RSU Wisdom TV, Giffarine Channel, Thai Muslim TV, Sanook TV and JCTV" are now encrypted.
Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3551 H "Ping Channel, Pramarn Channel and R Family" have left again.
Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3600 H "Hit Channel TV has replaced IPM Phuket" on , Fta. Beauty TV Thailand is now encrypted.
Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3640 H "Kalsan TV and TV Oromiyaa" have started again, Fta.
Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3520 H "MCOT 1" is now Fta.
Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3880 V AJP, MCU TV, N Channel, Man TV, Movies Max Channel, FIN Station, Moradokthai, Hit 27 TV, Beauty TV Thailand, Super Bun-Terng, Kid Zone, Now 26, 68 Channel, Kaset Paruay, UDD TV, True Plookpanya, Shop at home, True Music, 4 Channel, Thong Tiew TV, Chic Club Channel and Cartoon Club have left .

From asiatvro site

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,SBT TV、CAT Channel(泰国)等频道解密,设置3840 V 30000参数免费接收。[07-01]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,R rom D(泰国)频道新增,设置3840 V 30000参数免费接收。[07-01]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Smart Sme Channel(泰国)频道新增,设置3440 H 26666参数免费接收。[07-01]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号星Ku频段,Europa Plus、Life News(俄罗斯)等18个频道新增,设置11530 H 22250参数部分免费接收。[07-01]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Yes(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置3921 H 3625参数无效接收。[07-01]
东经115.5度轨道位置的中星6B号卫星C频段,幼儿教育(鼎视传媒)频道新增,设置3600 V 27500参数有条件接收。[07-01]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Wow、Top Line(泰国)等4个频道消失,设置3480 H 30000参数无效接收。 [7月1日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Asian TV(高清)频道改频率,设置3760 H 4440参数免费接收。 [7月1日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,RTM(ABS)频道消失,设置12524 H 30000参数无效接收。 [7月1日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Ateme YGN(测试)频道新增,设置3850 H 2500参数有条件接收。 [7月1日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,BTV National(孟加拉)频道加密,设置4129 V 11395参数有条件接收。 [7月1日]


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