The last update of the year tomorrow will include the annual Apsattv predictions for Next year.
The Thai TGN channel is running some sort of Telethon, Tsunami fundraising event
New website link for ANTV on Palapa C2
An Iranian channel coming to B3 Globecast?
From my Emails & ICQ
From Steve Hume
WARNING!! Extremely graphic vision
The stuff they should air here on FTA to show the REAL story.
Telkom 1 4014H - Sr 6000
From Jason WU
About NSS5 Ku
Dear Craig and all,
According MAC TV(Taiwan) official document,
MAC TV will leave B3, join Measat 2 Ku (11602H) for Oz viewers, and will be added to NSS5 "Best TV" mux for NZ on New year eve.
It mentions the polarization of 12691MHz is Horizonal, not Vertical as listed on Lyngsat!
This is why few months ago vk4bkp and I had received and confirmed the 12692MHz off NSS5 was Vertical in Australia and not the NZ beam overspill of the BEST TV, I had suggested some information of the Best TV was wrong at that time, you could check vk4's and my previous posts for the details.
BTW, Cricket feed on Asiasat 4 C-band few days ago
3966 V, SR6111, FEC 3/4
Channel name loaded as "CRICKET AUST V PAK"
It should be uplinked from Australia.
Hope we find more SNG next year!
Happy new year!
Fiji Mux off I701
4055 L 16500
All Free to air:
ABC Asia Pacific Vpid 516 Apid 690
CNN Internation Vpid 517 Apid 700
Discovery Channel Australia Vpid 518 Apid 710
Fiji 1 Vpid 512 Apid 650
TCM/Cartoon Network Vpid 514 Apid 670
From the Dish
Intelsat 701 180E 4055 L "ABC Asia Pacific and CNN International Asia Pacific" have started on , Fta, PIDs 516/690 and 517/700.
Telstar 18 138E 12302 V "ETTV News, CTI TV News, ETTV News S, ETTV Variety, CTI TV Comprehensive" and CTI TV Entertainment on are now encrypted.
Telstar 18 138E 12425 V "Super X and Rainbow Channel" are Fta.
Telkom 1 108E 4097 H New FEC and PIDs for SCTV Jawatimur and JTV on : 3/4 and 308/256.
AsiaSat 3 105.5E 3880 H "Sana'a Radio and Aden Radio" have started on , Fta, APIDs 2612 and 2712.
ST 1 88E 3582 H All channels in the TBL TV mux are Fta.Fashion TV Hong Kong & Asia has replaced TBL Movies Asia on PIDs 513/514. Star Sports Asia has replaced TBL Sport 3 on PIDs 545/546.TBL Movies Western has left, replaced by an info card. Home TV has replaced TBL Xxx on PIDs 593/594, clear.
ChinaStar 1 87.5E 3848 V "GreatSports Channel" is encrypted again.
Thaicom 3 78.5E 3600 H A Thaicom test card has started on , Fta, PIDs 522/750.
Thaicom 3 78.5E 3640 H "LoveWorld" has started on , Fta, PIDs 4002/4003.
Thaicom 3 78.5E 3640 H "MRTV 3" has left , replaced by an info card.
Thaicom 3 78.5E 3671 H "BlueKiss and BlueKiss Express" have started on , enc., PIDs 769/770 and 781/782. New PIDs for KurdSat: 7002/7003.
Telstar 10 76.5E 3760 H "Pink Plus" has left .
Action urged on privacy breaches
The federal privacy commissioner has been urged to take tougher action against companies that breach privacy laws after pay-TV operator Foxtel released a customer's silent number to a telemarketing company.
Josephine Wadlow-Evans, of Sydney, was incensed to receive a call from a telemarketer earlier this month asking for her by name.
When Ms Wadlow-Evans demanded to know how the company had obtained her number, she was told: "Foxtel sold it to us."
Ms Wadlow-Evans had signed a document marked "s/l" for silent line when she paid to receive Foxtel's service.
Ms Wadlow-Evans said that when she rang to complain, Foxtel admitted her details had been released to marketing companies, and said it would contact these companies to remove her number from their files.
A Foxtel spokeswoman said that: "Due to human error the customer's original opt-out request was not recorded. Foxtel regrets the mistake and acted to correct the error as soon as it was notified."
"We don't sell customer information to unrelated businesses to promote products unrelated to Foxtel," he said.
However, the policy also says that Foxtel's owners, Telstra, News Corp and PBL, "may use this information to provide promotional and marketing information".
Telstra subsidiary Sensis offers services to telemarketers. PBL has an interest in the data warehouse, Acxiom.
He said the Privacy Act contained broad principles for companies to abide by, but many were burying in their fine print details of how consumers could opt out of having their data passed on.
Telstra confirmed it had access to the Foxtel database but said: "Telstra does not sell any of that information to third parties." News Corp said it had not accessed the Foxtel subscriber list. Neither had PBL.
The Telecommunications Ombudsman received 131 complaints this year about silent numbers being disclosed.
Comdek buys Hobart satellite ISP
Perth voice and data provider Comdek has agreed to buy Tasmanian satellite broadband provider eSat for a consideration of 5.3 million shares and 6.7 million convertible notes.
Comdek and Hobart-based eSat Communications signed a sale of business agreement on Christmas Eve, Comdek said in a statement released to the ASX.
The listed Perth company has agreed to pay a consideration of 6.7 million convertible notes at a deemed price of 16.64 cents each and 5.3 million shares for eSat, subject to shareholder approval and customer acquisition targets.
Haydn Collins, managing director at Comdek, said the deal would allow Comdek to deliver satellite voice and data services to regional Australia with the equipment at the user end.
“That was previously too expensive for the individual user to be practical, provided or subsidised by the Federal Government,” Collins said.
Also, eSat must issue five million shares at a price of 12 cents each, with the aim of raising $600,000 in working capital by 31 January.
Comdek was expected to inherit eSat’s accreditation under the Federal Government’s $107.8 million HiBIS scheme as part of the deal.
“eSat arranged for a $250,000 marketing fund that had been partly used to begin marketing the HiBIS products,” Comdek said. “The remainder of the marketing fund will be transferred to Comdek.”
HiBIS offers registered internet service providers incentive payments to supply higher bandwidth services to regional, rural and remote areas at prices comparable to similar metropolitan services.
“The eSat business has been trading for some time but only achieved HiBIS accreditation in the last few months,” Comdek said.
eSat had been marketing HiBIS-registered products in the last two months and had signed up some 260 new customers by Christmas, the company said.
Two eSat directors would be nominated to the Comdek board at an upcoming annual general meeting, Comdek said.
Comdek has been around for some 20 years. It specialised in data reticulation services and began operating as an ISP in 1999, the company said.
Taiwan's space programme offers tsunami satellite images to aid relief
Taiwan's national space programme offered Wednesday its satellite images of the damage caused by powerful tsunamis that ravaged Asia at the weekend to affected countries and aid groups for free.
The National Space Programme Office (NSPO) normally charges 3,000 euros (4,080 dollars) for each photograph covering an area of 600 square kilometres (240 square miles), the office said.
The images would be provided free of charge to affected countries and had been posted on NSPO's website, programme head Lance Wu said.
Its images of badly hit Puhket island in Thailand and Indonesia's Banda Aceh were probably among the first taken of the huge waves that killed thousands of people on Sunday, it said.
Some had been immediately sent to foreign ministries and research centers in countries with which Taiwan had diplomatic contact.
But Taiwan, which China claims as part of its territory, only has diplomatic ties with 26 countries, the majority of the world's nations choosing to recognise Beijing instead.
"The problem is that all those countries do not maintain diplomatic ties with Taiwan," Wu said.
"We are not sure which countries and which responsible units would need these satellite images," he said, explaining the decision to post the pictures on the www.nspo.org.tw website.
The Taiwan's FORMOSAT-2 satellite would continue taking images for another week of seriously damaged areas including the west coast of Thailand, Sumatra of Indonesia, the east coast of India, Sri Lanka and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
"Hopefully the free photos would help those countries hit by the tsunamis make a precise analysis while launching various rescue and rehabilitation programmes," NSPO official Liu Yung-nien said.
ISRO comes to the global doorstep
In 2004 the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) stepped out into the world and took steps to engage it. This marks a watershed in the life of an organisation that has had to rely on its own devices.
During the year, India hosted a high profile conference in Bangalore on Indo-US civilian space co-operation, attended by top NASA officials and a host of US aerospace companies. ISRO is looking at innovative ways to engage multinational aerospace firms like Boeing, to take its own growth to the next level.
ISRO announced at the conference that it had awarded a contract to US-based Raytheon to supply major subsystems for an ambitious satellite-based augmented navigation network, GAGAN. Boeing circulated a press note saying it had US government approval to talk to ISRO on finding common ground.
Experts studying the impact of US strategic and the closely-linked trade policies, however, point out that not much has changed on the ground.
This is despite Kenneth Juster, a US undersecretary in the department of commerce, telling the conference that over 90 per cent of export licence applications were either cleared or didn’t need licences. Export of technologies needed by ISRO continue to be stringently monitored by the US state department.
Licences continue to be denied most of the time. Plus, in the run up to the US presidential elections, ISRO saw little change in the policy of disallowing exports of technologies from US-based firms which could speed up ISRO’s programmes.
US exports of high technology to ISRO or related ‘entities’ was only at some $57 million last year. G Madhavan Nair, ISRO’s chairman has gone on record saying it could be tripled or more.
Some think tanks explain this caution by pointing to the use of an ISRO-developed engine in the country’s ballistic missile, Agni, or even the organisation’s capability to provide satellite imagery with a one-metre resolution for border security.
ISRO officials say these were no more than spin-off applications and never at the heart of their strongly civilian mandate. Nair was being both pragmatic and elliptically eloquent when he suggested at the conference that “perhaps it will take some time for mutual trust to develop”.
Engines for ballistic missiles apart, the year also showed how tightly protected the third party satellite launch services market is.
ISRO has launched four small satellites, including a Korean and a German payload. Three more such satellites will be launched in late 2005 or early 2006, onboard ISRO’s polar satellite launch vehicles, for Singapore, Europe and Indonesia.
But, a cartel, including American and European private launch vehicle companies, backed by their respective governments, will not allow parties with commercial satellites that are significant for other satellite based downstream businesses to seek ISRO’s services.
“The September 11 attacks on the US made matters worse,” a senior ISRO official said. “There was already overcapacity in the launch vehicle market and the reduction in the number of satellites launched post-9/11 didn’t help,” an official said.
Having thrived on being stonewalled by the West, ISRO is looking at alternatives.
The Next Steps initiative on co-operation in high technology areas, started by former prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and American President George Bush is part of the effort to remove political roadblocks in the way of ISRO’s commercial ventures.
At the same time, outsourcing, which Indian IT has shown works for American firms, is being explored as a possibility in space as well.
“We have perfected and standardised the two-tonne class satellite’s platform,” says a senior ISRO official, “which can be customised to go with any payload.”
The platform typically comprises 60 per cent of the weight of a satellite and supports the payload, which forms the actual mission of a satellite. “There are very few manufacturers who have a proven platform with a space heritage.”
So, US firms are being offered the attractive option of having ISRO build platforms very cost effectively for payloads of their choice. This could open up a new revenue stream for ISRO’s marketing arm, Antrix, which last year did sales of nearly Rs 300 crore.
As part of the process of becoming bigger, ISRO has been raising its engagement with private companies to make parts for satellites, rockets and even rocket fuel for its missions.
“Today we have a robust network of private companies who supply products and services. Up to 70 per cent of the value of any given project is accounted for by our private sector partners,” ISRO officials say.
The year saw ISRO get a more public image, not the least because its first inter-planetary mission, the Chandrayaan moon mission, got the nod from the Centre.
A second launchpad at Sriharikota reached near operational stage and ISRO publicised plans to build an entirely new two-and-a-half stage launch vehicle that would give it the capability to put satellites weighing four tonnes in geo-transfer orbits. Christened the GSLV Mark III, would be built over the next four years.
ISRO is working on two other projects. One is the Space Capsule Recovery Experiment and air breathing engines. The latter, involving what are called scramjet engines, has perhaps a time frame of 20 years for its development.
The idea was to make launches cheaper by getting at least a part of the rocket to get its oxygen from the atmosphere instead of carrying it along in liquid form. Presently experiments are at very initial stages, ISRO says, though it has conducted some tests on the ground.
Our thoughts are with all Apsattv readers throughout Asia who have may have been affected by the recent Tsunami disaster. I hope you and your Familys are all safe and well.
Steve Hume would like to advise that he is available to do any uplinking or camera work anywhere throughout Asia. He has a full news kit.camera, tripod, lights, mic, .Eng Kit you can contact him on +61 438779265
Pas 212411v sr 2500 fec 1/2 signal is back
nothing loading, data? My nokias pidfinder says something on pid 0365?
From my Emails & ICQ
From Steve Hume
Asiasat 2 FTA Feeds, Tuesday afternoon
4105V-6111 TV (EBU-REUT-COLOMBO)
4083V-6664 PHUKET_U19 (4.2.2)
3687V-5632 PTV-DSNG (Cricket)
3713H-4166 /MHz, PAL, 2 Audio (International feeds - APTN)
TV+ are proud to announce the recent signing of further Balkan channels
BHTV1 of Bosnia
NTV Hayat of Bosnia
Many more channels are in the final stages of being finalized and TV+ will advise accordingly.
PINK PLUS has also signed exclusive with TV PLUS
We regret effective immediately the PINK PLUS signal has been switched of on the UBI Optus B3 platform and all prospective viewers will need to switch their dishes to Panamsat PAS8.
TV+ expects to launch these channels late Jan early Feb on PAS8.
For further information please contact TV PLUS on 1800 888 088
(Craigs comment, that leaves UBI'S Serbian/Bosnian Package in tatters)
From Sky_satt (NZ)
Pas2 ku feed
Channel ID was: TVBS SNG02
Freq: 12378V, S/R - 4284
PIDS: VPid - 308, APid - 256, Pid - 8190
had been showing funeral/memorial service:
received off 1.1m on maxplus Sig strength 75%, quality 52%
(Craigs comment, I caught this on my 76cm as well , quite unusual to see feeds on Pas 2 KU Australasia beam)
If you really like your sports i've seen "Darts championships" from Sky Sports UK on Pas 10
4064 Horizontal SR 19850 FEC 7/8 free to air....
SVR2 is the channel id...
Sunday night at 9:30 Perth time....
From the Dish
Telstar 18 138E 12302 V "ETTV News" is fta again.
Telstar 18 138E 12425 V "Dsky promo" has started on , Fta, PIDs 4902/4903.
Telstar 18 138E All channels on 12425 V are now encrypted.
Telstar 18 138E 12425 V "Novel Channel has replaced Star Winged" on , Viaccess, PIDs 2502/2503.
Apstar 1A 134E 3952 V "ToonMax TV" has started on , Fta, SR 4420, FEC 3/4, PIDs 5606/56
Worldsat 1 108.8E 12411 V "YTN has started on" , Fta, SR 4440, FEC 3/4, PIDs 1110/1211, NE Asian beam.
Worldsat 1 108.8E 12427 V "MBC (south korea)" is on , Fta, SR 4440, FEC 3/4, PIDs 1110/1211.
AsiaSat 3 105.5E 3669 V "BlueKiss, BlueKiss Express, Trace TV and the BlueKiss promo" have left .
AsiaSat 3 105.5E 3760 H "BlueKiss (enc.) and a BlueKiss promo" (Fta) have started on ,PIDs 769/770 and 781/782.
AsiaSat 3 105.5E 4046 V "Tianjin People's Radio and Tianjin Bibhai Radio" have started on , Fta, APID 44.
AsiaSat 3 105.5E 12660 V Beijing People's Radio, Shanxi People's Radio, Hebei People's Radio, Hebei Music Radio, Hebei Economic Radio, Hebei Life Radio, Hebei Traffic Radio and Hebei Entertainment Radio have started on , Fta, APIDs 256, 266 and 710-713.
NSS 6 95E 11457 H The New Skies promo has left .
NSS 6 95E 11685 H "PlanetSky has replaced AMS" on , SR 13331, FEC 7/8, Middle East beam.
NSS 6 95E 12535 V "Jeevan TV" is encrypted again.
Yamal 201 90E 4084 R "Radio Orfey" has started on , Fta, APID 4153.
Yamal 201 90E 4084 R "Radio Mayak" has started on , Fta, APID 4112.
ST 1 88E 3632 V "Novel Channel has replaced Star Winged" on , Viaccess, PIDs 1585/1569.
ST 1 88E 12722 H "MAC TV" has started on , Fta, SR 3074, FEC 3/4, PIDs 1860/1820.
Thaicom 3 78.5E 3512 V "Tara" has started on , Fta, SR 4040, PIDs 1160/1120.
Telstar 10 76.5E 12734 V "CSN" has left .
Broadcasters Struggle to Make Sense of a Disaster
An earthquake that sent walls of water tumbling inland through South and Southeast Asia left television news networks sifting through thousands of images sent from around the region as they struggled to make sense of the largest earthquake in 40 years.
The massive scope of the disaster touched on more than six different countries, many of which have the kind of technological infrastructure that allowed vivid imagery to be transmitted before the dimensions of the disaster were actually known.
Video compression technology, fed by digital cameras and enabled by satellite and videophones, along with laptops with uplink capabilities, meant that people all over the world saw the deadly aftermath of the earthquake just hours after it ended. And by yesterday morning, real-time video footage of the tidal wave striking the shores, much of it taken by tourists on or near the beaches in Thailand began showing up on network broadcasts.
Because of the ubiquity of the footage, there was little competition for good pictures, with the television operations of both Reuters and The Associated Press finding themselves awash in video feeds from the region.
"Like many natural disasters, there was not anything live actually to begin with," said Sandy MacIntyre, director of news at APTN, the video arm of The Associated Press in London. "But now, a day after, some of the most vivid images, the ones of the waves hitting the beaches, were filmed by the people most affected."
Still, Mr. MacIntyre said, "this has been one of the most geographically and logistically challenging stories to cover in a generation because of the sheer scale of it." He added, "When I was woken and told of what happened, I got the atlas open and I looked at the mass of the Indian Ocean rim and realized what a big story we were looking at."
Robert Muir, the acting news editor of Reuters Television in Washington, said there had been no scarcity of video imagery. "It is not as if there was a single plane crash where someone had exclusive footage," he said. "This was happening many places at once, and we found many people who were willing to part with video just so the story could be told."
It is a far cry from the 1988 earthquake in northern Armenia where tens of thousands of people also died; it took more than two days for images of the devastation to emerge.
Bill Wheatley, vice president of NBC News, said that at that time the network had to charter a 300-seat Soviet aircraft because it was the only one available to get images of the Armenian disaster back to Moscow so they could be transmitted.
"It's amazing how much things have changed," he said. "We now have the ability to feed our pictures from virtually anywhere. In fact, the ability to feed pictures sometimes outpaces the ability to get extensive editorial information to go with them, although in the instance of this story, the pictures almost speak for themselves."
Yesterday the airwaves were full of pictures of the aftermath, but stringers in the area are now finding bystanders who shot video of the disaster and lived to tell the tale.
"We knew right away that we needed to get to the beaches of Thailand because that's where the tourists were," said Chuck Lustig, director of foreign news for ABC, who immediately dispatched the network's Hong Kong correspondent to the Thailand.
John Paxson, London bureau chief of CBS News, sent two crews, one from Beijing and one from Tokyo, as soon as he got word of the disaster.
"One of our producers sat down and began looking at the many, many images from so many different places and said, 'I don't know where to start,' " Mr. Paxson said. "This isn't a race for pictures, this is an attempt to tell a massive story."
As recently as 1998, when there was a huge tsunami that landed on the coast of Papua New Guinea, the networks found themselves scrambling to get pictures out of the disaster area, in part because the wave landed in a technologically underdeveloped place.
"We didn't get pictures from that until days later, because it was such a primitive area," said David Rhodes, director of news gathering at Fox News in New York. "This has been nothing like that. There is a lot to work with and a lot to try and make sense of."
Bob Calo, an associate professor at the graduate school of journalism at the University of California, Berkeley, said that there had been something of a reversal in the news-gathering process. "If you think back, news gatherers would get the story and then commission a photographer to go and get the pictures," he said. "Now we have flipped it around to where reporters are chasing the pictures, trying to create some context for what viewers are seeing."
Mr. Paxson of CBS said that it was axiomatic that most of the coverage was coming from areas that had been hit the least hard.
"The story now moves to what happened in places that are more remote and less connected, places like the Andaman and Nicobar Islands," he said. "No one really knows what we are going to find out there."
ISRO saw the killer wave but chose to remain silent
A day after the killer tsunami cut a swathe of destruction on the country's eastern seaboard, questions have been raised over whether the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) could have done more to alert the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), the nodal agency for issuing weather alerts, and perhaps save hundreds of lives. Though ISRO's weather satellites could not have imaged the tsunami's early phases, they must have recorded the later surface manifestations and could have alerted the nation, at least in time before the powerful waves struck the Indian coast. Did our satellite system image the tsunami? ISRO officials here took a defensive posture by evading this crucial question. But according to a scientist who spoke on condition of anonymity, ``Our satellite system is capable of imaging a tsunami as it becomes manifest on the ocean surface, though not at its origin.'''' Many space scientists believe that there could have been some ``harbinger'''' indications of the tsunami. Tsunamis, caused by seabed disturbances, initially travel like undercurrents, making it difficult for satellite imaging in their early phases. But as the undercurrent approaches shallower regions, the waves appear on the surface, satellite images of which, had they reached the IMD, could have generated an alert at least an hour before the disaster struck the coastline. IMD officials in the City pointed out that though ISRO satellites generate real-time images, the Department's central office in Delhi depends entirely on the space agency for timely access to this data. ``The Meteosat - Kalpana, which was launched in 2003 - and Insat-3A are the satellites which are deployed for meteorological applications. We normally receive, via IMD Delhi, real-time data on cyclones, low pressure areas and cloud storms. The IMD centres in the country can only forward the prediction and forecast received from Delhi,'''' explained the Director of IMD Bangalore, Dr. Anand Koppar. Another expert rued the lack of a definitive technology to predict earthquakes. ``Such cases involve displacement of thousands of people at a short notice. We cannot evacuate people based on a forecast that is not 100 percent reliable.'''' he said.
ISRO sends communication equipment to islands
India's space agency Tuesday airlifted crucial communication equipment to the Andaman and Nicobar islands, which were battered by Sunday's tsunami.
A top Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) official said that satellite based-communication terminals would help revive tele-medicine facility in the Indian archipelago in the Bay of Bengal.
"We are dispatching VSATs (very small aperture terminals) along with diesel generators to Car Nicobar island via Port Blair," the official told IANS.
"In addition, INSAT-based multiple satellite service terminals and Inmarsat-based satellite phones are being sent to Port Blair for deployment in far-flung areas of the islands devastated by the tsunami," he said.
The satellite terminals and phones will help agencies to coordinate rescue and relief operations in areas that have been cut off from Port Blair and the mainland.
Of the eight VSATs ISRO had set up in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, four were damaged by the tsunamis, a train of giant waves caused by undersea disturbances.
"Even the tele-medicine facility set up at Port Blair and Car Nicobar for real-time tele-consultation with specialist doctors was damaged in the deluge," the official said.
A fresh set of equipment is being deployed at the facility to enable local doctors to communicate with specialty hospitals like Apollo at Chennai and Amritha Institute of Medical Sciences at Kochi, which are in the ISRO tele-medicine network.
ISRO scientists are analysing images of tsunami-hit areas beamed by the Indian Remote Sensing satellite "Resourcesat-1" that passed over Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry Monday.
"The pictorial data acquired from its spectral cameras is being analysed to assess the damage caused by the storm," he said.
"The National Remote Space Agency (NRSA) of Hyderabad is conducting an aerial survey of the southern coastal areas to assess devastation caused by the tsunami."
Co-founder plans to prove 320,000 shares in EMTV
PETER Sam, a co-founder of Media Niugini Limited (trading as EMTV), is contemplating a legal challenge to prove that he may still be a 25% shareholder of Papua New Guinean’s only television company.
Mr Sam’s intending court challenge comes 14 years after current owner, PBL Pacific Television Pty Ltd, bought out his 25% shares and his partner Alun Beck’s other 25% shareholding in Media Niugini, although they were not altogether in agreement for selling.
The court challenge by Mr Sam also follows PBL’s announcement last week that it was selling its 100% shares of Media Niugini to Fiji TV after operating EMTV for the past 17 years.
Mr Sam wrote to Media Niugini board of directors last week highlighting this and expressing concern that PBL has now decided to sell its shares in this company to foreign interest.
Mr Sam, a corporate lawyer by profession who has not been practising for some time, said yesterday that Media Niugini and PBL may have erred in law in two instances during the tenure of their television licence.
He said in his letter to the directors that when Media Niugini started television broadcasting, the shareholders were PBL Pacific Television (50% or 640,000 A class shares of K1 each), Alun Beck (25% or 320,000 class B shares of K1 each) and he, Peter Sam (25% or 320,000 B class shares of K1 each). At that time, the government body which controlled foreign investment in PNG, National Investment and Development Authority (now renamed Investment Promotion Authority of PNG), imposed an important restriction that within a 17-year period 25% of the shareholding in Media Niugini must always be owned by a PNG citizen or citizens.
PBL could not, in other words, own 100% shareholding in Media Niugini Limited until after expiry of the 17-year limitation, Mr Sam said in his letter, adding that the limitation expired last month.
He said that if that restriction was applied to the letter, he saw no reason why he should not be still be 25% shareholder, or Alun Beck for that matter since he was a naturalised citizen.
Mr Sam said the other matter that should be tested in court is whether section 69, chapter 146, of the Companies Act as it applied then was breached in the purchase of his and Alun Beck’s shares.
This section means that Media Niugini was prohibited from buying its own shares. It also prohibited Media Niugini giving loans to anyone, including PBL, for purpose of buying shares from Media Niugini Limited.
“The purchase of Alun Beck’s shares and my shares in Media Niugini, being purchased in contravention of section 69 of Companies Act, was in fact null and void and is of no legal consequence whatsoever,” said Mr Sam.
He said this, however, meant the only obligation he and Mr Beck had now was to repay what Media Niugini had paid them purportedly for the purchase of their shares K250,000 for Mr Beck and his K98,000.
Media Niugini Limited could not be contacted on Friday to verify that it had received Mr Sam’s letter to its board of directors.
Same old news for NPC viewers
Sky Television has retained total control of how much top rugby Kiwis see free-to-air for the next six years.
News Corporation, Sanzar's partners in the new $US323m broadcasting deal and the majority owner of Sky, resisted NZRU overtures to remove the NPC from the new deal and at least ensure an improved free-to-air profile for the competition.
The NZRU was unable to force the issue due to the strong renewal rights in the original 10-year deal with News but has moved to break the NPC out of the Sanzar package when the new agreement expires in 2010.
Sky retains absolute control over how many games it on-sells to free-to-air networks, and the length of the delayed telecast window for All Blacks tests.
TVNZ, TV3 and Prime had hoped the NZRU would at least break the NPC out of the Sanzar package so free-to-air networks could negotiate directly with the union instead of Sky. Sky CEO John Fellet confirmed that free-to-air coverage will remain largely the same.
NZRU boss Chris Moller acknowledged this, saying: "It's News' responsibility to sell to broadcasters in the market and will probably be Sky's decision as to where they sell the free-to-air rights and how much the game is delayed on free-to-air.
"We work in partnership with Sky and News but at the end of the day they are the ones who paid $US323m to us and therefore they have the right to call the shots."
Moller confirmed that the NPC will be totally controlled by the NZRU at the end of the new five-year deal.
"All of the (NPC) rights, including the ability to sell that competition, will be controlled solely by the NZRU rather than Sanzar."
"We believe it's an anomaly in the Sanzar package because all the other games are played between nations. It's a very positive step because it means we manage our own competition and broadcasting rights. It gives us a big incentive to make that competition as good as it's been for its 30-year history."
"This agreement creates a pathway to be able to take full ownership and control of the NPC. This is a halfway house to start stepping through the process to return the ownership to the only party involved.
"We will then have the opportunity to sell those rights as we see fit. They may be sold to Sky or another party. We will have that choice."
Meanwhile, Fellet is confident the new deal will translate into more viewers for Sky. Top players now had the financial security and incentives to stay here and that would maintain the integrity of the TV product.
He supported Moller's rejection of claims that too much rugby is killing interest. Figures were up for Super 12 and the Tri Nations.
"You can always niggle for less money (for TV rights) but if the product goes downhill with players going overseas to play or changing to another code, then that doesn't help me," Fellet said.
AND what does the all-seeing seer, to wit, the old Magic Mirror on the wall, predict for 2005?
First, remember that this is Rotfi, where the impossible happens just naturally and all things are and anything is possible.
Many Rotfians will be awaiting the long advented advent of Sky Pacific, the oft-heralded extension of the offerings of Fiji Television.
It was actually launched last week, Fiji TV has admitted with sheepish pride, and is being seen everywhere in the Pacific but naturally not in Rotfi owing to a little balls-up of the dishes needed to haul shows into to one's TV set from somewhere in space still being somewhere far out at sea.
What the cost of the dishes will be I know not, although I seem to remember hearing a figure of around 500 bucks floating about.
What channels (said to be 10) will be on offer one can only deduce from flashes of CNN and Turner Home Reruns flashed now and then on the free channel in between the long processions of advertisements that make Fiji TV so tedious to watch. Are there Rotfians who have the impression that the Government's suddenly announced TV policy is shaped to afford the Yasana Holdings majority-owned TV company as much protection as possible even as the Government declares its intention, yet again, to encourage competition in all sectors of Rotfi's stressed economy as long as some particular sectors aren't actually exposed to it?
In Papua New Guinea, where Fiji TV is taking over the only local outfit, EMTV, the nation's lucky TV audience can tune into 30 or more other channels relayed into the country by semi-pirate and not so pirate outfits.
Papua New Guineans are thus not chained to EMTV the way Rotfi's less fortunate inhabitants have been shackled to Fiji TV, thus giving it an enslaved audience to present to advertisers.
Despite the competition EMTV has survived mainly by dint of showing as few local programmes as possible, thus saving cost.
From what I've seen of EMTV its local program content is actually less than Fiji TV's fabled 30 per cent claimed for it free channel.
That 30 per cent is a figure I can't figure out how they figured it out, not frontwards, backwards, sidewards or jumping and downwards.
A Fiji TV bloke invited me to come along and have the formula explained in simple slow English for idiot infidel unbelievers.
I declined, preferring to bath happily in the pleasure of my own prejudice and probably saved his job by doing so.
Announcing the EMTV takeover, and good luck with it, Fiji TV declared that it would be sensitive to PNG's cultural whatevers.
That set me wondering whether I had heard that right.
There's precious little PNG culture on EMTV.
I see the PNG station quite often, briefly, before, flicking through all those other non-EMTV channels to find something of interest.
Well, at on Fiji TV, they've just resorted to the resurrection of what must be the earliest Xena - Warrior Queen and her dim-witted blonde bimbo series again as a prelude to Shortland Street. Culture?
What a combination. All last week they seemed to be running rerun after rerun of Alien as a change from those imbecilic Police Academy series.
Ah, well, such is life as Ned Kelly remarked just before abruptly departing from it.
Now, about the rest of 2005.
What awaits 860,000 unsuspecting Rotfians?
Boom or Bust? Magically uninterrupted water and electricity supplies?
That's too much to hope for.
Civil service efficiency and COLA restraint? Again, too much to hope for. Salvation for Sugar? That's a lot to hope for. Frankly, maybe everything's just best left to Frank.
Russia launches two satellites
MOSCOW, December 24 (Itar-Tass) - Russia launched two Russian-Ukrainian Earth probing satellites from the Plesetsk cosmodrome at 14:20, Moscow time, on Friday.
The Sich-1M satellite and KS5MF2 mini-satellite were sent into preset orbits at 15:02, Moscow time, by the Tsiklon-3 booster.
The height of the space vehicles' circular orbits is 650 kilometers. They are controlled by Russia's Mission Control Center.
After meeting the calculated orbit parameters, and establishing two-way communication, the satellites will be handed over to the customer - Ukraine's National Space Agency.
The Sich-1M and the KS5MF2 were developed by the Yuzhnoye State Design Bureau based in the town of Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, in cooperation with Russian partners.
Russian-launched satellite misses its mark
Moscow - A Russian-Ukrainian Earth survey satellite launched on Friday has failed to reach its planned orbit, the Interfax news agency said on Sunday.
It was not immediately clear whether the orbit reached by the Sich-1M satellite, launched from the Plessetsk space centre in northern Russia, would allow it to carry out its mission, or whether it would be possible to correct the orbit.
The satellite was launched along with a smaller Ukrainian-built craft aboard a Russian Tsiklon-3 rocket. Both satellites are designed to map the earth's surface in all weather conditions, and to provide navigational services for ships. - Sapa-AFP
NDTV business channel launching 10 January; Profit likely name
MUMBAI: 'Profit' is the name the Prannoy Roy promoted New Delhi Television Ltd has "almost" finalised for its proposed 24-hour business channel. And barring any last minute hitch, the channel will start beaming into Indian homes from 10 January 2005.
If not 10 January, then the 17th is when Profit will have its formal launch, broadcast industry sources tell indiantelevision.com. The company is toying with the idea of including the NDTV brand name with the name Profit for the channel.
The overall head of the channel would be Vikram Chandra who currently doubles up as CEO NDTV Convergence, besides being the senior editor of NDTV. Other editorial people who would form the core team would include the present NDTV business editor Shivnath Thukral, Ashu Dutt and Manvi.
The channel has come up with a swanky new studio in its Delhi office and has also hired several professionals. A point of note is that NDTV is not looking at overtly leveraging the existing infrastructure and manpower of the two existing channels NDTV 24x7 and NDTV India for the new business channel.
A decision seems likely that the proposed business channel would be a pay channel. "On the programming part, NDTV will have everything that such existing channels have and more," an industry source familiar with the developments says.
The programmes will also have an international component, including live feeds from the US and the Europe. Apart from hardcore news bulletins and business related affairs, the channel would also have lifestyle programmes aimed at appealing to the audience which would include anyone and everyone over 18. There would be a significant but short element of news all the time on the channel.
Looking at the feel and look of the present NDTV channel, the aim of the business channel would be to have a world class product run but the cost of production operations will be kept tight under control.
As already reported by indiantelevision.com, NDTV has already secured permission from the government for uplink of the channel from India. The permission came through on 14 December.
The NDTV board had approved launch of a separate business news channel in May. The company had made an application to the information and broadcasting ministry for uplinking permission for the same in September.
The fight for the business news channel has begun, it seems. The Raghav Bahl-promoted Television Eighteen Ltd (TV-18) is pressing ahead to meet a new deadline for launching a Hindi business news channel by next month, while Zee Business, was launched on 30 November
DTH: Will it turn into another flop show?
The future of DTH in India hinges on regulatory norms and govt vision, reports Nivedita Mookerji
Will direct-to-home (DTH) broadcasting take off in India? Four years after the government allowed it, there are no clear answers to that question yet. Industry insiders and domain experts argue that DTH could have a bright future in India, only if....
• “Anybody who can afford to pay will take DTH, if he gets value,” points out media lawyer Tamali Sengupta.
• “The future of DTH is good, if it is successfully implemented. Latent demand and pricing of the service will hold the key,” indicates Madison India general manager Basab Datta.
• “DTH would take off, if there’s exclusivity,” stresses media expert Sunil Kumar.
Regulatory norms, foreign investment restrictions and sectoral cap are being cited as the biggest roadblocks. While the recently announced ‘must provide’ norms are being termed a hindrance, the 20% FDI limit has been bit of a dampener too for DTH players. So is the 20% sectoral cap for broadcasters. Also, even as DTH is usually not a market for multiple players, India is witnessing a contrary trend, which could be a setback for the industry in the longer run, according to industry pundits.
While Zee chairman Subhash Chandra-promoted ASC Enterprises launched Dish TV end of 2003, public broadcaster Prasar Bharati kicked off its DTH venture recently. A third player, Space TV (a 80:20 joint venture between Tata Sons and Rupert Murdoch’s Star), is awaiting government clearance.
Apart from the multiple-player phenomenon, India is home to yet another peculiar model. It is perhaps the only market with a free DTH platform. Prasar Bharati’s DTH platform carries only free-to-air private channels, in addition to Doordarshan content. But, asks media expert Sunil Kumar: “Is Prasar Bharati DTH going to remain free forever? What’s the agreement with the consumers?”
According to Prasar Bharati CEO KS Sarma, the modalities will be reviewed after one year. And that includes a decision on keeping the service free or making it pay.
As for numbers, Prasar Bharati is learnt to have sold 5-6 lakh set-top boxes already for its DTH. ASC’s Dish TV is said to have crossed the magic figure of 1 million customer base. But critics argue that thousands of customers have been given set-top boxes free of cost to popularise the service. But doling out free boxes is quite a norm, when it’s DTH. UK’s BSkyB, for instance, had distributed free boxes at the time of launching its satellite service there. For the India market, Space TV is understood to be planning a similar rollout strategy.
Whatever the rollout model, content drives the DTH platform, says Ms Sengupta. In some developed markets, sports, movies and adult content are considered the backbone for direct-to-home or pay TV, as the case may be.
Consider the content on offer. Dish TV gives its consumers a mix of Hindi, English and regional channels of various genres. But, none of the channels from Star and Sony are on the Dish platform yet. Therefore, Dish TV may not be an attractive option for a consumer, if there’s more choice in the market, argues an industry insider. Meanwhile, both Star and Sony officials cite piracy issues as the reason for not joining Dish.
As for Prasar Bharati’s DD Plus, it has a mix of DD channels and a few free-to-air private channels (news and entertainment) a total of 31 channels so far. This too is not seen as a hot offering for the city types, who have access to cable TV. But like Prasar Bharati’s Mr Sarma had said, “it’s a revolution” for those with don’t receive any cable TV signal. Currently, both Dish TV and DD Plus are targeting people in remote areas.
However, it may be a different game altogether once the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) norm on ‘must provide’ comes into force. As per the ‘must provide’ provision, no broadcaster can deny content to any distribution platform. While most in the industry are protesting against the order, Trai chairman Pradip Baijal insists the norm is consumer-friendly and that there’s no room for exclusivity.
But says Ms Sengupta that TRAI’s ‘must provide’ clause is likely to be a transitional thing.
As for cost, DTH is considered an elite option. But the cost goes up only with exclusive and premier content along with value-added services.
DTH is all about reaching TV homes directly without any intermediary like a cablewallah.
25/12/04 - 28/12/04
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Cricket VB series to be on FIJI 1??
From my Emails & ICQ
From the Dish
Telstar 18 138E The I-Sky-Net muxes have left 3460 V and 3660 V.
Telstar 18 138E 12302 V "ETTV News" is now encrypted.
Apstar 1A 134E 4160 H All channels in the CCTV mux are now encrypted, except CCTV Kids.
JCSAT 3 128E 3960 V "CTV has replaced PTS" on , Fta, PIDs 1200/1201.
Worldsat 1 108.8E 12411 V "JBS 1 TV and JBS 2 TV" have started on , Fta, PIDs 4194/4195 and 4625/4626. CMC TV has left.
Telkom 1 108E 4097 H "Radio Suara" has started on , Fta, APID 257.
Telstar 10 76.5E 3880 H "Toon Disney India" on , PIDs 2660/2620, is now encrypted.
Evangelists convert to pay-TV
AS Christians prepare to celebrate Christmas, a growing number of religious broadcasters are preparing to preach the yuletide message.
In the past month, Australian Christian Channel has launched on metropolitan pay-TV service Foxtel Digital and regional pay-TV services Austar and TransACT. And Christian radio group United Christian Broadcasters spent $115,000 on a further 17 narrowcast radio licences to take its total to about 250 services across rural Australia.
UCB, which gains funding for each licence from the local communities, has grown quickly after beginning with just seven radio services five years ago. ACC general manager Neil Elliott says the evangelical-style pay-TV channel caters for an increasing demand.
"About 60 per cent of Australians believe in God and about 2 million go to church every weekend. But until now there has been no Christian presence to represent them in the TV media and that's what we aim to do," he says.
The channel, which broadcasts 24 hours a day, features a similar program line-up to most TV channels, with religious-flavoured children's programs in the afternoon, followed by programs targeted at the older audience and youth-styled programs in the early evening.
Mr Elliott said ACC was a not-for-profit group that got most of its funding from business supporters, but hoped to start selling advertising soon.
ACC began on the Optus pay-TV service five years ago, and Mr Elliott said 15-20 per cent of its programming was produced in Australia, with a number of churches filming their services.
"But they are now breaking into the second generation of programs and are starting to do chat shows and documentaries," he said.
For example, a Melbourne group is currently filming a pilot for an Oprah-style Christian chat show called Christie B.
UCB chief operations officer Andrew Pitchford said its signal was broadcast from Brisbane and sent via satellite to rural regions across Australia. About 65 per cent of the music is categorised as "contemporary Christian" and the remainder is a combination of news and other programming.
"It's focusing on Christian family values but it's not church-on-air," he said. "We don't want to have an electronic church, but the radio is there to help them with their faith the rest of Sunday through to the next Saturday."
The latest auction of narrowcast licences, which require broadcasts to niche audiences, was the first in two years.
The increase in Christian media services mirrors the success of the Christian-style political party, Family First. Both ACC and UCB said they had no direct affiliation with Family First.
Eutelsat, Multichoice Deal to Boost Dvb - in Sub-Sahara
MULTI-MILLION Naira deal, recently sealed between European Telecommunications Satellite Organization (EutelSAT) and MultiChoice Africa, is expected to boost the deployment and usage of Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB) technology in the Sub-Saharan Africa.
DVB is an industry-led consortium of over 260 broadcasters, manufacturers, network operators, software developers and regulators committed to designing slot standards for global delivery of digital television series and data services, in over 35 countries.
EutelSAT, a global leader in satellite operations, made the disclosure at the weekend, following the conclusion of a new agreement with MultiChoice Africa.
MultiChoice, a South African-based Digital Satellite Television (DStv), pioneering pay-TV in the continent, has continued to spread its network around Africa, including Nigeria.
Confirming this deal, the Public Relations Officer of MultiChoice Nigeria, Mr. Fayose, said that the arrangement is to boost the operations of the company through DVB, which would extend to Nigeria.
Although the exact cost of the deal was undisclosed, a press statement from EutelSAT office in Paris and made available to Champion Infotel, said that the agreement is for satellite capacity which would enable MultiChoice to expand its pay-TV offering in Sub-Sahara.
The statement pointed out that through the capacity selected in 2000 by MultiChoice Africa on W4, the leading pay-TV operator has built a subscriber base of over 170,000 homes which could receive over 50 television and 30 radio programmes catering for English, Portuguese, Indian and French-speaking communities.
In order to support the continued expansion of DStv, Eutelsat reconfigured its Siberia Europe Satellite (SESAT 1) satellite, which is co-positioned with W4, so that subscribers could receive additional services through the same antenna.
W4 is a real time system for tracking people and their body parts in monochromatic imagery. It constructs dynamic models of people's movements to answer questions about what they are doing, where and when they act. It also constructs appearance models of the people it tracks so that it could track people (who?) through occlusion events in the imagery, which are described as computational models.
EUTELSAT pointed out that MultiChoice Africa has taken a lease of two transponders on SESAT 1 in order to offer up to 36 television channels in French and Portuguese targeting, in particular, Angola, Mozambique and French-speaking countries in Central, East and West Africa.
The new capacity joins the seven transponders already operated by MultiChoice Africa on Eutelsat's W4 satellite, ensuring that DStv remains the leading provider of digital television services to Africa.
Eutelsat's Commercial Director, Mr. Olivier Milliès-Lacroix, said "We are delighted to further cement our relationship with MultiChoice Africa and to be supporting their expansion through new capacity over Sub-Saharan Africa where DStv has built a loyal and growing subscriber base".
By reconfiguring SESAT 1, he said, Eutelsat is demonstrating its high levels of in-orbit flexibility and its commitment to meeting individual customer needs.
For the chief executive of MultiChoice Africa, Mr. Ian Tennant, over the last 10 years, his firm, has experienced steady growth in Sub-Saharan Africa.
"We are pleased to be extending our association with Eutelsat with the SESAT 1 satellite which will provide additional satellite capacity to our ever-growing DStv needs, specifically in the Portuguese and French markets in Africa. We are additionally planning to include a number of commercial free-to-air channels from East and West Africa to the DStv services to strengthen the local feel of the DStv bouquet in these regions" he asserted.
I&B ministry seeks clarifications on financing & management control from Space TV
NEW DELHI: The government today refused to be cowed down by strident questions relating to the Tata-Star DTH joint venture and hinted that procedures were followed in the case of Dish TV, 20 per cent owned by Zee Telefilms, too.
Replying to a written question on whether the government is still examining Space TV's (the JV's proposed brand name for a DTH service) application even after accepting Rs. 100 million as a precursor to the licence, information and broadcasting minister Jaipal Reddy said that certain clarifications had been sought from the joint venture.
"Space TV has been asked to provide certain clarifications about project financing and nature of management control to ensure conformity to DTH guidelines," Reddy said in a written reply in lower house on the last day of the winter session of Parliament today.
However, the minister clarified to another part of the same question, asked by Congress MP Avtar Singh Bhadana, that licence was granted to the Subhash Chandra-controlled ASC Enterprise "after detailed examinations" of its application.
"The ministry granted licence to ASC Enterprise Ltd also after detailed examination of their application, in accordance with DTH guidelines, including sources of funding, foreign investments, shareholders agreements, etc," Reddy informed parliamentarians, trying to make it clear Space TV was not being handed step-motherly treatment.
Fiji TV mux was off air lastnight but has returned this afternoon.
They are still in a "test period" so don't panic if things change. Try a manual save using Steve Humes settings
138E Cskynet gone? both transponder appear to have left Cband?
Cricket ODI India vs Bangladesh look for it on Insat2e
From my Emails & ICQ
From Steve Hume
Encryption on 701
Can I make a suggestion on 701. So far, I have not seen any channel
encrypted on the Fiji MUX. A simple delete all and reload has always
remedied the problem. OR, do what I've now done. A full manual load.
Channel 1 VID 512 AUD 650 PCR 128
Channel 2 VID 513 AUD 660 PCR 129
Channel 3 VID 514 AUD 670 PCR 130
Channel 4 VID 515 AUD 680 PCR 131
Channel 5 VID 516 AUD 690 PCR 132
Channel 6 VID 517 AUD 700 PCR 133
Channel 7 VID 518 AUD 710 PCR 134
Channel 8 VID 519 AUD 720 PCR 135
Channel 9 VID 520 AUD 730 PCR 136
This will save the reload.
Just a thought guys.
From Pabitra (NZ)
Fiji Mux is back now. I am getting 76% Quality and 86% signal using 1.8 solid dish In Palmerston North. NZ. But Sky Ent and E1 channels are encrypted currently.
From the Dish
Intelsat 701 180E 12648 H "Nickelodeon New Zealand" has started on , MDS, PIDs 516/644.
Intelsat 701 180E 12648 H "New Channel 1, PPV Channel and Radio 16 NTC" have started on , MDS, PIDs 517/645, 524/652 and 661.
PAS 2 169E 3771 H New SR for the South Korean mux on : 6510.
Optus C1 156E 12567 V "Foxtel Box Office 13-18 have replaced Foxtel Box Office 5-9" on ,Videoguard, PIDs 4051/4052-4101/4102.
Optus C1 156E 12647 V "Foxtel Box Office 9-12 and 25-27, Adult Select 1-2 and Main Event" have started on , Videoguard, PIDs 4011/4012-4101/4102.
AsiaSat 4 122E 4020 V "TV Guide (China) (fta) and CCTV Reminiscence Sutra (enc.)" have started on, PIDs 519/720-520/730.
Asiasat 3 105.5E 4066V sr 4420 (check here for new Chinese services)
NSS 6 95E 11457 H "A New Skies promo" has started on , Fta, SR 4340, FEC 3/4, PIDs 4194/4195, Middle East beam.
NSS 6 95.5E 12535 V "Jeevan TV" is now Fta.
Yamal 201 90E 4084 R "Several updates in the Netservice mux" .
Telstar 10 76.5E 3780 V "Almajd Space Channel" is now encrypted.
PAS 10 68.5E 3774 H "Hum TV" has started regular transmissions on , Fta, SR 3300, FEC 2/3, PIDs 300/310.
Intelsat 602 has left 50.5 East, moving east.
Rugby deal boosts SkyTV
SkyTV's increasingly lucrative access to rugby broadcasting rights has been virtually guaranteed for at least five more years, removing any doubts about its core programming and pushing its shares to a record high.
Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation, which owns a controlling stake in SkyTV, agreed yesterday to pay $US323 million ($NZ460 million) for the rights to broadcast rugby matches played in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
SkyTV is expected to win the sub-licence to broadcast live Tri-Nations, Super 14 and NPC games in New Zealand when negotiations start in the new year. SkyTV has the ability to "trump" any other bidder with a "last right" option to make the final bid in any auction.
It also has the financial power to outbid any rival, given it is generating revenues of close to $500 million a year, based largely on the exclusive rugby programmes at the heart of its schedules.
If, as expected, it wins the sub-licence, SkyTV would then negotiate with a free-to-air broadcaster over the delayed telecast rights, which are currently owned by CanWest Mediaworks' TV3.
Analysts and investors welcomed the news of News Corp winning the rugby rights. SkyTV shares rose five cents to a record-high $6 a share, giving it a market capitalisation of $2.3 billion.
The shares have almost doubled in the past two years as the satellite network started making substantial profits, ending years of losses while it invested heavily building its network and subscriber base to nearly 600,000.
"Now SkyTV can go ahead with its pipeline of programming secured," said Macquarie Equities analyst Stephen Freundlich. "It was critical that they achieved this good result, and they have."
CanWest MediaWorks also welcomed the win for News Ltd.
"The fact that News has secured the ongoing rights is a positive from our point of view," said chief executive Brent Impey, adding that TV3 had not lodged any separate bid for the rights.
"We've had a long-standing positive relationship with SkyTV," he said.
But TV3's access to the free-to-air delayed broadcast rights to Tri-Nations matches is not guaranteed. SkyTV is expected to have an open auction for them once it has secured its own broadcast rights.
The aggressive expansion of Prime Television into current affairs programmes with the poaching of Paul Holmes from TVNZ signals a shift in the landscape.
As does the appointment of New Zealand-born Sam Chisholm as Prime chairman on Tuesday. Mr Chisholm was the executive close to Rupert Murdoch who created the BSkyB juggernaut in Britain. It revolutionised the sports industry when it created the football Premier League to launch its pay television programmes.
Free TV coverage uncertain
THE future of free-to-air television coverage for the expanded Super 14 competition remains unclear, despite a $US323 million ($430m) five-year deal for the broadcast rights to major rugby union matches signed by The News Corporation Limited yesterday.
The rights, signed with the South African, New Zealand and Australian (SANZAR) rugby unions, will start from 2006 and take News Ltd into its second decade of rugby broadcasting as its $US555m 10-year deal ends.
"This agreement secures the future for rugby in Australia both at an elite level and a grassroots level," Australian Rugby Union chief executive Gary Flowers said.
But he dodged questions on whether the Super 14, which will include a new team based in Perth and another in South Africa from 2006, will be guaranteed free-to-air coverage, indicating it was a matter for News (publisher of The Australian.
The media giant will separately sell free-to-air rights, believed to be worth $25-30 million.
Simon Francis, spokesman for the Seven Network, holders of rugby union rights until the end of next year, said Super 12 was not a free-to-air product.
"There are strict broadcasting restrictions around the games," Francis said. "They cannot be broadcast on free-to-air until at least 1½ hours after being shown on pay-TV.
"You are damned if you do and damned if you don't, but people want to see sport live."
News is expected to begin negotiations early next year.
Francis said the Seven Network, which has broadcast rugby for 10 years, is interested in retaining the rights.
"But the challenge for any sports code is increasing," Francis said.
"The fact that the rights for AFL and NRL are also up for renegotiation next year added a new twist to the equation."
The new deal between News Ltd and SANZAR will include the rights to all Super 14 matches and the expanded Tri-Nations Tests between the three countries, as well as the rights to all other internationals played by the three countries on their home soil.
Broadcast rights contribute about 40 per cent of the ARU annual budget and the new deal is an increase of about 25 per cent per year on existing arrangements, Flowers said.
Australia's Rugby Union Players Association (RUPA) chief executive Tony Dempsey hinted at a push by players for more money.
"Whenever the size of the pie goes up, the players' share of that pie goes up as well," Dempsey said.
"This is only good for the players. They're happy with it as it gives them peace of mind knowing the game's secure going forward."
Dempsey said that with the addition of a fourth team in Australia (Perth) in the expanded Super 14, more players would have to share the pie.
He said they would also have "a slightly higher workload" in terms of playing more matches.
For pay-TV in Australia, Fox Sports - a joint venture between News and the Kerry Packer-controlled Publishing and Broadcasting Limited - will take up the rights for replays of the Wallabies' Tests as well as the rights for either exclusive live or delayed coverage of all Super 14 matches.
Fox Sports will also broadcast matches and the other internationals played in the SANZAR countries involving New Zealand and South Africa.
The new deal will also cover the Currie Cup in South Africa and New Zealand's National Provincial Championship and Ranfurly Shield.
The news comes as Australia's two other main football codes, Australian football and rugby league, begin considering the future of their broadcast rights.
The AFL's five-year deal with Foxtel, and the Nine and Ten free-to-air networks and Telstra expires in December 2006, but the group is understood to be keen to have the issue finalised by the end of 2005.
The NRL is in a similar situation with its pay-TV rights also expiring in 2006.
Both codes are likely to start preparations for new broadcast tenders early in the new year. Hanging over the next round of negotiations for the AFL and NRL will be the landmark court case brought by the Seven Network against News, PBL and 20 other media and communications companies.
Due to start in Sydney's Federal Court next year, Seven is accusing the case's defendants of conspiring to force the closure of its C7 pay-TV sports channel. Seven is seeking $480 million in damages.
Two Way TV debuts in line with IPO price
Shares in Two Way TV Australia debuted on the Australian Stock Exchange on Thursday at $1 each, in line with the interactive television content company's initial public offer price.
Under the offer, Two Way TV raised $40 million through the sale of shares at $1 each.
The stock remained stalled at $1 and had not traded either side of that figure by 1115 AEDT.
Two Way TV produces interactive content, such as games, for digital television subscribers.
It already provides games channels to pay TV group Foxtel and regional pay TV company Austar.
It has also developed its own proprietary interactive racing application that will potentially allow punters at home in New South Wales to place bets with a licensed State Totalisator.
Managing director Jim McKay has said the funds will be used to expand its operations in Australia, as capital for a planned expansion into Asia and to complete the interface of the racing application with betting management systems.
Two Way TV produced revenue of $239,229 in 2003 and made a net loss of $1.78 million.
The company lists television industry supremo Sam Chisholm as its top shareholder with 12.6 million shares comprising 13.99 per cent of the 58.2 million of stock on issue.
Mr Chisholm's holding is subject to voluntary escrow arrangements.
Mr Chisholm, a former chief executive of Rupert Murdoch's Sky Broadcasting in the UK, was this week named chairman of Prime Television's operations in New Zealand.
He is also chairman of Foxtel and a director of Kerry Packer's Publishing and Broadcasting Ltd.
Delta comes a cropper
THE maiden flight of Boeing's new Delta 4 heavy-lift rocket stranded a dummy satellite in the wrong orbit yesterday when the booster's first stage failed to perform as expected.
The giant 23-storey rocket rumbled off Cape Canaveral's seaside launch pad 37B and began a spectacular climb through clear blue skies.
About six hours later, however, US Air Force officials confirmed the mission fell short of delivering its 6.7 tonne payload into the proper orbit 35,400km above Earth.
For unknown reasons, Delta 4's first stage did not reach the right altitude during its 5 1/2 minute burn. To compensate, the rocket's second stage burned longer than planned. That left the second stage without enough fuel when it restarted to insert the satellite into its final orbit.
"The first stage burned a little shorter than we expected," Boeing spokesman Robert Villanueva said. "The second stage burned a little longer to make up for it."
The US Air Force financed the $184.43 million mission to demonstrate that the Delta 4 Heavy was ready to fly national security missions for the US government.
Any long-term impact on the program is likely to depend on what caused the first stage's poor performance. The Delta 4 Heavy is expected to replace the ageing Titan 4 as the primary means of launching the largest US military satellites to orbit.
The Titan 4's final two flights are scheduled for next year.
NASA Updates TV Coverage of Christmas Delivery to Space Station
NASA TV will broadcast live the arrival of the next Russian Progress cargo spacecraft at the International Space Station. The Progress is scheduled to dock at about 6:31 p.m. EST, Dec. 25. NASA TV coverage begins at 5:30 p.m. EST.
The Progress is carrying approximately 5,000 pounds of cargo for Expedition 10 Commander Leroy Chiao and Flight Engineer Salizhan Sharipov. This is the 16th Progress to dock with the Station. The supplies include food, fuel, spare equipment and Christmas gifts. Chiao and Sharipov have been aboard the Station since mid-October.
The NASA Johnson Space Center Newsroom will be open on Christmas during the live coverage of the Progress arrival. The Progress is scheduled to launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, at 5:19 p.m. EST tomorrow. There will be no television coverage of the launch, but a status report will be issued once the Progress reaches orbit.
Intelsat Ltd. Receives Federal Communications Commission Approval for Zeus Transaction
From Press Release (Edited)
PEMBROKE, Bermuda--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 22, 2004--Intelsat today announced that it has received the necessary regulatory approval from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to proceed with the proposed purchase of Intelsat, Ltd. by Zeus Holdings Ltd.
Shareholder approval of the proposed acquisition was received earlier this year.
Cabinet approves cost of GSAT-5/INSAT-4D Spacecraft Project
New Delhi, Dec 22 The Union Cabinet today approved undertaking of the GSAT-5/INSAT-4D Spacecraft Project at total cost of Rs 123.75 crore, with a foreign exchange component of Rs 83.25 crore.
The launch of the high power INSAT-4D/GSAT-5 satellite with 24 C-band transponders - 12 with India coverage and 12 with expanded coverages will enhance the capacity in the INSAT System in C-Band considerably, providing much needed back-up to the present C-band capacity.
This satellite will provide C-band transponders available from foreign satellites systems in the Indian Ocean Region. This will help telecom and TV operators to use the Indian National Satellite System.
The realisation schedule of GSAT-5/INSAT-4D spacecraft is a total of 18 months from the date of commencement.
Cabinet nod for new satellite spacecraft
New Delhi: The government on Wednesday approved Rs 123.75 crore for a new spacecraft project, which will help telecom and broadcasting companies to use national satellite system for their operations.
The cabinet, which met under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, gave its approval for undertaking the new project, GSAT-5/INSAT-4D, at a total cost of Rs 123.75 crore with a foreign exchange component of Rs 83.25 crore, an official spokesperson said on Wednesday.
"This will help telecom and TV operators use the Indian National Satellite System," the official said, adding the project would come up within 18 months from the date of commencement.
Kerala HC directs ESS to share feed with DD
MUMBAI: In a ruling on similar lines to one laid down earlier this year by the Supreme Court in the Ten Sports Vs Doordarshan case, the Kerala High Court today directed the national broadcaster to telecast the one-day cricket series between India and Bangladesh beginning at Chittagong tomorrow.
The two-judge division bench division bench of Chief Justice B Subhashan Reddy and Justice Kurian Joseph, in an interim order also directed exclusive telecast rights holder ESPN Star Sports to share revenues at the ratio of 80:20, subject to such terms and conditions as may be prescribed by the Supreme Court in pending cases.
The Bench also made it clear that Doordarshan should exhibit the logo of ESPN and advertisements which ESPN has committed for the one-day series.
Reacting to the developments, ESPN Software India managing director RC Venkateish said the sports broadcaster was "aggrieved by the high court order". "We will be moving an application in the Supreme Court challenging the ruling either later this evening or tomorrow morning," Venkateish added.
On Monday, ESPN said it holds exclusive right to telecast the India-Bangladesh cricket series and was not willing to share its revenue with Doordarshan for telecasting the three one-dayers, the first of which starts in Chittagong on 23 December.
Senior advocate Rakesh Munchal, representing ESPN, had submitted before the Kerala High Court, that ESS was "not agreeable to revenue sharing". ESPN would suffer a "huge financial loss" if asked to share its revenue with Doordarshan in the ratio of 80:20, Munchal had submitted.
In a ruling made in March during the historic India-Pakistan series, the Supreme Court had directed Ten Sports to make available its signal to DD. The apex court clarified in its order that Ten's signal should be relayed by DD as is - complete with logo and all the advertising that the Dubai-based sports broadcaster had secured.
Ten had moved the SC in February after a Chennai high court ruled in favour of DD. The apex court, in an interim order in March on the eve of the first one-dayer between India and Pakistan, had directed that DD should relay Ten signals.
The court had also asked DD to deposit Rs 500 million with it as surety towards compensation payable, if any, to Ten Sports in regard to the dispute.
Kerala ; India to launch ASTROSAT to study galaxies, black holes
Kerala News, THIRUVANANTHAPURAM : Even as the country's eyes are fixed on the Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) prestigeous moon mission, the space agency is simultaneously working on another ambitious project to launch a special satellite, 'ASTROSAT', to study the various objects in space such as galaxies and black holes.
Talking to mediapersons here last evening on the sidelines of the 15th annual conference of the Kerala Academy of Sciences, ISRO chairman G Madhavan Nair said the government had already approved the project and the design work had started on ASTROSAT.
The mission is scheduled for launch in 2007-08, around the same time as Chandrayan-1, the moon mission.
Explaining the 'ASTROSAT' objectives, Mr Madhavan Nair said the satellite, weighing about 1.5 tonnes and orbiting around the Earth, would act as an observatory about 600 to 700 km above the atmosphere.
Stating that galaxies, stars and black holes emitted radiation in various spectral bands, Mr Nair said the satellite would be able to detect these, undisturbed by Earth's atmosphere.
The mission would help the space scientists in the country to understand the various phenomenon related to the birth and death of stars and black holes.
Sorry about the late update (Blame Christmas shopping)
Bluekiss on Asiasat 3 is shifting transponders. The change to a transponder using a Fec of 7/8 may cause problems for those using a just barely big enough dish for this service.
Now you know why TRACE TV has moved to Asiasat 2
Thaicom 3 signals up and down again? power problems again
Another pic of the Atom, for those asking about connections at the back.
From my Emails & ICQ
From James Sugiharto
If you're watching Bluekiss TV across Asia on Asiasat 3s, we are moving on
the 24/12/04 at 12:00 GMT to new reception parameters on AsiaSat3s@105.5E
That's this Friday so don't forget to change the details on your receiver
box or you will miss all the action.
The new details are:
Symbol Rate: 26Msps
We sincerely regret that we have also had to remove Bluekiss Express from
the Asiasat line up as a result of pressure from our Satellite provider who
has in turn received letters of complaint from a number of regulatory
authorities in countries within the footprint of our Satellite.
Please contact your local distributor or email email@example.com,including
your card number for more information and possible extension of your monthly
Despite the 'toning down' of some of the content we are committed to
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productions from the USA, All New Live shows from Europe, AVN winner of the
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From Jason Wu
Current (8am, melbourne time) I701 C-band Fiji mux channels line-up
Fiji one V512/A650
SKY Ent V513/A660
ABC AP V516/A690
All 6 channels are in clear.
That receiver you published the picture of the other day. Can we see a shot of the insides?
(Craigs comment, Here ya go sorry its not to sharp I'm not to sure on how to use the macro feature of the camera)
From the Dish
Intelsat 701 180E 4055 L "ABC Asia Pacific and Discovery Channel Australia" have started on FTA, PIDs 516/690 and 518/710.
Telstar 18 138E 12425V sr 30000 Fec 5/6 "Dskynet" (China beam.for our readers in Asia)
ChinaStar 1 87.5E 3848 V "GreatSports Channel" is now Fta.
Thaicom 3 78.5E 3600 H The Shin promos have left , replaced by test cards.
LMI 1 75E 12608 H New SR for the ABS-CBN mux on : 20000.
PAS 4 72E 3857 V New SR for SkyVision on : 40000.
PAS 4 72E 11575 H "Jaya TV" has left .
ISRO broadcast extends to Asia-Pac region
Bangalore: The Indian Space Research Organisation and Malaysian counterpart MEASAT Global Bhd have decided to form a 50:50 joint venture to promote their satellite capabilities in the Asia-Pacific region, the ISRO said on Tuesday.
An agreement signed in New Delhi to this effect paves the way for ISRO to extend the commercial reach of its broadcast and telecom satellites, the Insats, to Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines and Australia that have a high density of such users.
MEASAT also signed a letter of intent with Antrix to procure a new satellite from ISRO for launch during the first quarter of 2007. To be called MEASAT-4, the satellite will provide additional Ku-band capacity for the MEASAT fleet. Detailed discussions on technical and commercial issues are at an advanced stage, ISRO said.
The tie-up will use the MEASAT's new KL Teleport and Broadcast Centre and also explore the feasibility of developing a world-class customer teleport in India.
The agreement on the tie-up was signed on Monday between ISRO's commercial arm Antrix Corporation and MEASAT in the presence of Dr Manmohan Singh and the visiting Malaysian Prime Minister, Abdullah Ahamad Badawi. The move will develop a "satellite neighbourhood for millions of broadcasting and telecommunications customers across the wider Asia-Pacific region," the release said.
The joint company, yet to be registered and mostly to be in Bangalore, is expected to promote ISRO's satellite-building expertise. It will tap MEASAT's considerable commercial presence in the region to initially market Insat transponder capacity in the APAC region that covers 70 per cent of the global population. The eventual purpose is to jointly build and internationally market satellites using ISRO's expertise, officials told Business Line.
Both agencies operate high-powered fleets of satellites for broadcast and telecom customers. They would pool capacities from their neighbouring satellites to provide C-band and DTH quality Ku-band services to over 160 million TV households. For instance, ISRO has Insat 3A in 93.5 degrees East longitude. The Malaysian agency currently operates two satellites; of them, MEASAT-1 is slotted at 91.5 degrees East longitude while the upcoming MEASAT-3 will also be co-located there when it is launched in mid-2005.
The breakthrough agreement is considered a major step in the ongoing cooperation between the satellite sectors of the two countries. The Antrix Executive Director, K.R. Sridhara Murthi, said, "We have been working closely with MEASAT across a number of areas over the last few years, including the provision of its satellite." The joint venture would and position INSAT as a leading satellite system in the wider Asia-Pacific market.
"We have used Indian space technology and expertise on the MEASAT-1 and MEASAT-3 programmes,'' said Y Bhg Tun Haji Mohammed Hanif Omar, Director, MEASAT Satellite Systems Sdn Bhd (formerly Binariang Satellite Systems Sdn. Bhd.).
ISRO has so far launched four commercial satellites and has contracts for three more over the next two years, mostly for domestic and public sector users. MEASAT operates its network for customers in South-East Asia, Indo-China, South Asia and Australia.
Prime hires 'feared' boss with links to Murdoch
Prime TV has scored a coup as the battle of the networks looks set to hot up, by luring high-profile media executive Sam Chisholm to be chairman of its New Zealand operation.
Mr Chisholm, who also happens to be a Kiwi, has close links to media moguls Rupert Murdoch and Kerry Packer.
He has been an executive in several broadcasters in Australasia and Europe and is chairman of Australia's Foxtel. He has been a director of News Corporation.
Prime's rivals in the ratings war, TVNZ and Canwest, are likely to take note of the executive dubbed "the most feared man in television" by the Australian press. Rupert Murdoch has described him as "one of the best executives I have ever worked with".
He is credited with turning Murdoch-owned British company BSkyB into the world's most successful pay TV operation, now worth about $29 billion.
Mr Chisholm spent nearly a decade as chief executive and managing director, overseeing the merger of Sky Television with rival British Satellite Broadcasting, in what has been described as "one of the most dramatic turnarounds in broadcasting history".
Before joining Sky in Britain in 1990, Mr Chisholm was credited with performing a similar turnaround with Packer-owned Channel Nine in Australia. In his 15 years at the top he took Nine from last in ratings and revenue to a position of dominance.
His success in turning companies around has been attributed to his reputation as a ruthless boss. While head of Nine in Australia he had a sign on his desk: "To err is human; to forgive is not my policy".
Mr Chisholm has recently resigned as a director of Telstra to be on the board of the Kerry Packer's Publishing and Broadcasting, but he has been credited with being the architect of dumped chief executive Ziggy Switkowski's demise.
Prime NZ chief executive Chris Taylor described Mr Chisholm as changing the face of broadcasting in many regions of the world and said he was "delighted" to have him on board.
Just before he stepped down as chief executive of BSkyB in the 90s, Mr Chisholm was reportedly Britain's highest paid executive, earning more than E3 million a year (NZ$8.2 million).
Mr Chisholm, 65, was born in Auckland and educated at King's College.
Netball: Four-year deal signed with TVNZ
More netball games will appear on free-to-air television after the sport secured a four-year deal with Television New Zealand.
TVNZ will next year screen two National Bank Cup games a week along with the semifinal and final as well as all Silver Ferns tests, Netball New Zealand confirmed in a statement today.
Previously TVNZ had screened just one National Bank Cup game a week.
The deal followed speculation in July that Sky Television had also been seeking the rights.
Netball New Zealand chief executive Shelley McMeekin would not disclose the amount of the deal but said it was a good deal for the sport.
"Netball fans have been telling us for some time that they want to see more of their sport on TV and we are pleased that TVNZ has agreed to help make this a reality," she said in a statement today.
The deal begins next year and replaces a three-year contract with TVNZ, which finishes at the end of this year.
Rugby secures $460m TV deal
UPDATE - The Sanzar rugby alliance has finalised a five-year US$323 million ($460 million) broadcasting rights deal with News Ltd, the New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) has confirmed.
The deal with Sanzar -- the alliance between the South Africa, New Zealand and Australia rugby unions -- is a 16 per cent increase on the previous agreement struck in 1996, the NZRU said at a media conference today.
This was calculated on an average per annum basis compared to the previous US$555 million 10-year rights.
The deal contradicts speculation expressed earlier this year that Sanzar could have faced a 30 per cent reduction in revenue.
The agreement allows Sanzar to move ahead with expanding the Super 12 competition into a Super 14 and to add a third round to the Tri Nations series.
NZRU chairman Jock Hobbs said the agreement was one of the most significant for the sport in New Zealand for years.
"It's a very significant announcement for New Zealand rugby and Sanzar. From our perspective we are extremely pleased, as the financial security of the game for the three unions has been secured for the next five years.
"It's an outstanding result in a tough global rights market."
NZRU chief executive Chris Moller added in a statement: "This is a superb result for rugby as it allows us to plan the future with certainty and confidence.
"The agreement also demonstrates that our broadcasting partners view Super Rugby and Tri Nations Rugby as high value television events.
"Crowd figures and television ratings for Super 12 and Tri Nations matches have grown every year since 1996, and this agreement allows us to continue that growth."
The new agreement covers broadcast rights for the three Sanzar countries and the United Kingdom. News Limited acquires the rights for New Zealand, Australia and Britain, with Supersport acquiring the rights for Africa, the NZRU said.
The new agreement does not include the broadcast markets in France, Asia, the Americas and the rest of Europe. Sanzar estimated it could negotiate further deals for these areas worth between US$20 million and US$30 million.
Satellite Operator Weighs Stock Offering
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Satellite operator PanAmSat Holding Corp. is signaling a return to the U.S. stock market, proposing a public offering of $1.1 billion of its stock just four months after it was acquired by private equity groups.
The Wilton-based company, which operates a fleet of 24 satellites that provide television to 125 million households worldwide, filed the proposed initial public offering Monday with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
In August, PanAmSat was sold for about $3.4 billion to affiliates of Kohlberg, Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P., The Carlyle Group and Providence Equity Partners Inc.
A small portion of the company's shares had been publicly traded until the sale. The company is expected to go public by the spring.
The move was considered unusually quick and timed to take advantage of an improved environment for IPOs. "I didn't expect it quite this quickly," said Thomas Watts, an analyst with SG Cowen in New York. "It makes a lot of financial sense."
The IPO would help the new owners recoup some of their purchase price. The company said it would use the proceeds to retire debt and pay a $200 million dividend to existing shareholders.
The IPO comes amid consolidation in the industry, with three major buyouts this year.
Intelsat Ltd., the pioneering satellite operator founded by a multinational government consortium, is being acquired by a group of investment funds for about $3 billion in cash.
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., the new owners of PanAmSat, was edged out of that deal.
Intelsat, privatized in 2001, has twice dropped plans to go public with an initial public offering of stock, first in 2002 and then this past May.
In the filing, PanAmSat said it believes the industry will benefit from the increased transmission of high definition television. Last year, the company launched a satellite that provides a platform for the distribution of high definition television programs in the United States.
U.S. Bans Al-Manar, Says TV Network Backs Terror
Al-Manar, one of the most popular television networks in the Arabic-speaking world, has been removed from U.S. airwaves after the State Department designated it a supporter of terrorism.
State Department officials placed the satellite television network, run by the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, on its Terrorist Exclusion List on Friday because of what they described as its incitement of terrorist activity. The designation means foreign nationals who work for the network or provide it any support can be barred from the United States, officials said.
"It's not a question of freedom of speech," State Department spokesman Richard A. Boucher said. "It's a question of incitement of violence. We don't see why, here or anywhere else, a terrorist organization should be allowed to spread its hatred and incitement through the television airwaves."
Al-Manar is protesting the designation, saying on its Web site that banning it was an attempt "to terrorize and silence thoughts that are not in line with U.S. and Israeli policies."
The U.S. action had the effect of banning al-Manar in the United States, where its programming had been beamed via GlobeCast, a company that sells access to foreign television programs by satellite. "As of Friday last week, that channel is no longer on the satellite," GlobeCast spokesman Robert Marking said.
Some Arabic-speaking Americans expressed frustration with the State Department's action. Osama Siblani, publisher of the Arab American News, a newspaper in Dearborn, Mich., said al-Manar is popular in this country in part because of its strong support for "resistance against Israeli occupation."
"I disagree with the State Department that it incites violence," he said. "By that standard, they should shut Fox News for inciting violence against Muslims."
Earlier this month, French officials prohibited the network from broadcasting in France, citing what it called al-Manar's anti-Semitic content and appeals to violence. French officials cited al-Manar programs reporting that Jews spread AIDS around the world and that they seek children's blood to bake into Passover matzoh.
A radical Lebanese political party that was formed in 1982 to represent Shiite Muslims, Hezbollah has been designated a terrorist organization by the U.S. government for years. Its military wing, funded by Iran and dedicated to the destruction of Israel, is widely admired in the Arab world for forcing Israel from southern Lebanon in 2000. Hezbollah also funds schools and hospitals in Lebanon.
In the early 1980s, Hezbollah was involved in the kidnapping of Americans in Beirut and the bombings of U.S. Embassy buildings and a Marine barracks there. U.S. officials say Hezbollah trained al Qaeda members in the use of explosives before they bombed U.S. embassies in east Africa in 1998.
Al-Manar airs a wide array of programming, including children's shows and soccer games. It heavily covers events involving the Palestinians, and it shows militants setting off explosives and shooting at Israelis and American troops, often to musical accompaniment.
"Al-Manar often juxtaposes sacred Islamic text with images of 'martyrdom' to incite its viewers to support and even carry out acts of terror," according to a recent report by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a pro-Israel think tank. "Potential bombers are implored to focus their attention on the afterlife and on Judgment Day 'instead of getting preoccupied with our lives on earth.' "
Indian marketplace Coming soon: 50 channels
If entertainment industry sources are to be believed, Playboy wants to launch an adult channel in India, and it is just one of more than 50 channels that telecasters want to launch in the next few months.
More than 23 free to air foreign channels and an estimated 20-25 more pay and niche channels could be on air in India in 2005.
To put that into perspective, India now has some 250 channels. Of these, 70-90 are available through the cable operator, without a set-top box. Some 130-140 are delivered either through a set-top box or via direct-to-home broadcasting.
Hordes of niche channels will be on air. After having tasted success with mass channels, major telecasters like Zee, Sahara and Star as well niche ones like MTV and UTV have drawn up plans to launch new channels.
The list of the new foreign channels that want to enter India is long. These include free to air international Urdu channels like Indus Vision, Geo Pak, ARY, ARY One, Indus Music, The Music, Uni Pus, KTN; English channels like Euro News, Now TV and Cine World (a pay channel), Arabic channels like Dubai TV, Dubai Sports, Al Jazeera and Saudi Channel 1, Spanish TVE International, Portugal's RTP International, Irania IRIB3, Japanese NHK Premium and Nepal's Nepal1.
At home, meanwhile, the Subroto Roy-controlled Sahara Samay has lined up six regional news channels catering to regional audiences in Rajasthan, Bihar, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh.
Says Prabhat Dabral, vice-president, news and current affairs, Sahara Samay, "We have noticed that as in the case of the print media, the television audience is getting segmented. Regional aspirations are rising and so people are more keen to watch events happening closer home than international or even national affairs."
The group is launching vernacular language channels in Bengal and Rajasthan. The group's flagship channel, Sahara One, is planning a new Bollywood movie channel. Not to be outdone, Zee is planning on using its direct-to-home platform by launching cookery and travel channels.
MTV is planning to showcase Hollywood music on its new channel V1. Hindi news telecaster Aaj Tak is weighing the option of new channels trageting niche segments.
Star India is expected to announce its new niche channel plans once it gets the government's go-ahead on its DTH venture with the Tata group, according to a source at Star India.
"There is room for dedicated channels on classical music, gardening, motoring and travel on a DTH platform," the source says.
That's not all. Even small enterprises have channel plans. Kohinoor Broadcasting Corporation, the content company which reported over Rs 15 crore (Rs 150 million) of business in its first year of operation, has decided to set up its own telecasting facilities to air around eight channels at an investment of Rs 20 crore (Rs 200 million), according to a newspaper advertisement.
The Delhi-based Rai University along with other educational institutions is planning a 24-hour education channel, to be launched in two phases.
What explains this rush to launch new channels? Says Rajesh Jain, executive director at KPMG Consultants, "The domestic broadcasting industry is witnessing a fragmentation of viewership and the trend is expected to continue for the next 2-3 years. Hence regional players, niche players and new players will enter the television industry."
The fragmentation, according to Jain, is an outcome of India's cultural diversity, which has a bearing on the viewing habits of the masses.
Many national level broadcasters are thinking of moving into south India, which already accounts for more than 50 per cent of cable and satellite viewership.
"The industry will look at this market seriously and come out with customised content. The news industry which is already growing will see further impetus in the coming two years," forecasts Jain.
The television industry's revenues, according to a Federation of Indian Chambers and Commerce report on the entertainment industry, were Rs 12,900 crore (Rs 129 billion) in 2003, including revenue from advertising, subscription and software exports.
The industry, it is estimated, will grow by 20 per cent over the next five years to gross Rs 28,852 crore (Rs 288.52 billion) in revenue.
Yet can so many channels survive? Niche channels can, if they are on the direct-to-home distribution platform, because the DTH business is driven more by direct subscriptions than advertisements.
Says Meenakshi Madhvani, managing partner at media audit company Spatial Access Solutions, "While the general entertainment channels depended to a large extent on advertising revenues, for the niche channels 90 per cent of the revenue will be from subscriptions."
She does not rule out the possibility of targetted advertising arriving with niche channels. "At this juncture, DTH is the only addressable platform for the niche channel business model to be successful, though in the long run new modes of addressibility will come in India," agrees Sunil Khanna, who heads Zee's DTH business.
Television viewers will have more channels to surf through, but they'll also have to pay more for the privilege.
Says Ashok Mansukhani, executive vice president, corporate services, Hinduja TMT, "With niche channels, cable and satellite homes will see their monthly cable rents increasing by Rs 100 from the existing rate."
Win TV to have three more channels next year
Chennai: City-based Win TV, which is in its fourth year of existence, proposes to open three more channels - Bengali, Gujarati and Marathi - by the end of next year.
Win Bangla would be telecast from May 12 2005, while the other two channels, Win Gujarati and Win Marathi, would commence telecast from the end of next year, the channel's Managing Director, Mr T Devanathan and the CEO, Mr Florent C Pereira told reporters here.
Win TV, which already has Tamil and Kannada channels, proposed to invest Rs 18 crore for the three new channels.
On DTH, Mr Devanathan said Prasar Bharati had promised to include Win TV channel in the second phase of Direct-to-Home telecast next year. - PTI
(Craigs comment WINTV is on Insat 2)
Uplinking clearance for NDTV business news channel
MUMBAI: The Prannoy Roy-promoted NDTV Ltd has finally got permission from the government to uplink its proposed business channel from India.
A government source confirmed the move, saying the green signal was given earlier this month. However, the source refused to provide any further details on whether NDTV has finalised a name for its business channel. According to industry sources, is likely to be headed by NDTV business editor Shivnath Thukral or Ashu Dutt who has had stints at CNBC-TV 18.
If the city-based broadcasting industry sources are to be beleived, the yet-to-be-named business channel from the NDTV stable is also likely to be formally commissioned some time next month.
Though NDTV had mentioned that it is targeting the end of 2004 for the launch of a business channel, indiantelevision.com had reported last month that the channel's launch had got deferred till the first quarter of 2005. And professionals for the NDTV business channel are still being inducted.
After the uplink permission from the information and broadcasting ministry, NDTV will have to get several other clearances from various agencies, including the department of telecommunications.
It is, however, not clear whether the proposed business channel would be beamed via an Insat or a foreign satellite. The two existing news channels, NDTV 24x7 and NDTV India, are on PAS-10 satellite.
Despite the delay, NDTV has been making good use of time available by airing primarily business-related programming and news on NDTV 24x7 for the last several months, which have got them good ratings too vis-à-vis competition.
The NDTV board had approved launch of a separate business news channel in May. The company had made an application to the information and broadcasting ministry for uplinking permission for the same in September.
Information available with indiantelevision.com indicates that NDTV business channel's differentiating pitch will be that it would cover a far wider canvas than the focus on stock markets that CNBC-TV18 is still perceived as having.
The fight for the business news channel has begun, it seems. The Raghav Bahl-promoted Television Eighteen Ltd (TV-18) is pressing ahead to meet a new deadline for launching a Hindi business news channel by next month,
while Zee Business, was launched on 30 November.
Live satellite chat in the chatroom tonight 9p.m NZ and 8.20pm Syd time onwards LAST official chat session for the year.
Sorry not a lot of stuff today my internets been really slow
Mike Boulas back in Australia since yesterday so the spys tell me. Rumour says he's here to buy a share in Austar??? yes it must be the silly season! He better watch out for the ex Tarb's subscriber Lynch mob that are still looking for refunds.
From my Emails & ICQ
Subject: xxx asiasat 3
Analysis of the data on this transponder using TSreader show IP data
on the PID's noted, not video or audio.
I have no doubt there is some mpeg data present ;).
I suggest anyone with a sat card has a look to satisfy themselves.
From Servicom (Vanuatu)
Fiji TV report
It is now a 6 channel mux.
TCM/Cartoon Network has left.
AP has its own channel.
Discovery Travel and Adventure has it own channel.
I701 4055 SR 16500, FEC 2/3
Discovery has started
Vpid 518Apid 710
ABC Asia Pacific
Vpid 516 Apid 690
From the Dish
Fiji TV promises cultural sensitivity
Fiji Television, the new owners of Papua New Guinea's only television station EM-TV, have given an assurance they will be culturally sensitive, and take into account the needs of the local market.
Fiji Television bought the struggling channel for a little more than one-and-a-half million US dollars from the Australian media conglomerate PBL.
Chief executive Ken Clark says he's realises the importance of local content in commercial television operations:
"And having come out of the Canadian, and subsequently, the New Zealand television broadcasting industry, I'm perfectly aware that unless a television operation feeds information and a reflection of itself back on itself, then it's in trouble.
And so our intention will not be to simply impose one point of view on somebody else, but to find the synergies that make an operation as successful as it can be, in the environment in which it operates."
Chisholm named chairman of Prime NZ
Prime Television has made another move to bolster its presence in New Zealand broadcasting by appointing Australian industry heavyweight Sam Chisholm as its NZ chairman.
Chisholm, a former chief executive of British Sky Broadcasting, is also chairman of Foxtel and a director of Publishing and Broadcasting Ltd.
"Sam Chisholm has changed the face of broadcasting in many regions of the world and we are delighted to have him join our company," Prime Television New Zealand chief executive Chris Taylor said.
The free-to-air broadcaster is a joint venture between Prime Television Australia and the Nine Network.
Outgoing chairman Brent Harman will remain a director.
Terry Jackman, a Prime director in Australia and chairman of Tourism Queensland, was also appointed a director.
Board director and major shareholder Paul Ramsay welcomed the moves.
Prime has been a relatively minor player in New Zealand television since it began broadcasting in 1998 and only about 75 per cent of homes are estimated to be able to receive its diet of soap operas, lifestyle programs and re-runs.
However, it has shaken up its free-to-air rivals in recent months by poaching top stars and plans a new current affair program in the new year featuring New Zealand's best-known TV host, Paul Holmes.
State-owned Television New Zealand (TVNZ) and commercial broadcaster TV3 have responded by launching new current affairs programs and TVNZ management attracted government ire when the salary of its top news reader was doubled to prevent her leaving.
India-Malaysia sign agreements
New Delhi, Dec 20 (UNI) India and Malaysia today added a new dimension to their relations when they signed key agreements for cooperation in the satellite sector and twelve industry-to-industry MoUs in diverse areas such as IT, biotechnology and agriculture as visiting Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmed Badawi called for a bilateral Free Trade Area (FTA) agreement.
The three accords were signed after extensive talks between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the Malaysian leader after wide-ranging talks between them. Official sources said the two leaders discussed various bilateral matters as well as international developments, including the global war against terrorism.
One agreement was between the Antariksh Corporation Limited, the commercial arm of ISRO, and MEASAT (Malaysia East Asia Satellite), for pooling their satellite capacities, in a major move to develop a satellite neighbourhood for millions of broadcasting and telecommunications customers across the wider Asia Pacific region.
The Joint Venture, which will be equally owned by the two companies, represents a significant breakthrough and major step in the ongoing cooperation between the Indian and Malaysian satellite sectors.
The Joint venture company will leverage capacity from both the high-powered Indian INSAT and Malaysian MEASAT satellite fleets to provide commercial satellite service across the wider Asia-Pacific region.
The second accord was a Letter of Intent between the Antariksh Corporation Limited and MEASAT for the procurement of "MEASAT 4" satellite by Malaysia. Within the overall framework of cooperation of Joint Venture, Antrix has proposed building and launching MEASAT-4 satellite. The technical and financial aspects have been mostly agreed upon and discussions are continuing over certain regulatory processes.
The third was a concession agreement for the development, construction, operation and maintenance of the Hyderabad International Airport between the Civil Aviation Ministry and the Hyderabad Airport authorities. Malaysia has eleven per cent stakes in the airport greenfield project.
PanAmSat sets plans for $1.12 billion IPO
Satellite operator PanAmSat Holding Corp. filed for a $1.12 billion initial public offering on Monday, continuing the yearlong trend of private equity firms taking their portfolio companies public.
The No. 3 U.S. satellite operator, which was acquired in August by a private investor group headed by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., did not specify in its preliminary filing document how many shares it plans to sell or estimate a price per share. Those details are customarily disclosed in future filings.
PanAmSat's satellite network carries television programming and telephone calls. Private equity firms are drawn to satellite operators for their predictable cash flow, long-term customer contracts, and the high barriers that exist to entering the market.
KKR, Carlyle Group and Providence Equity Partners completed their $3.35 billion acquisition of PanAmSat in August. But with the IPO market rebounding from its moribund level of the past few years, private equity firms are jumping at the chance to cash in on their investments by taking companies public.
As of the beginning of last month, 38 companies backed by financial sponsors had gone public, raising $6.9 billion, according to Dealogic. That compared to 10 raising $2.7 billion at the same time last year.
KKR has a 43.5 percent stake in PanAmSat. Carlyle and Providence each separately hold 26.9 percent stakes, according to the prospectus.
Based in Wilton, Conn., PanAmSat said it intends to list its common stock on the New York Stock Exchange or Nasdaq. It did not provide a proposed stock symbol.
Morgan Stanley, Citigroup and Merrill Lynch & Co. will manage the offering, according to the IPO prospectus.
News pair can avoid taking pill
Rupert Murdoch and John Malone, who between them hold close to 50 per cent of the voting stock, can now start serious negotiations about the future of News Corp.
Liberty Media chairman Mr Malone settled a swap transaction with Merrill Lynch on Friday that almost doubled his voting stake in News, and any more share purchases by him could trigger a share purchase plan - or a "poison pill" - adopted by News last month.
However, sources close to Liberty suggested it was more likely the two media titans would come to some agreement over Mr Malone's role with News, or that the two companies would reach some form of alliance.
News Corp spokesman Greg Baxter said News had not been informed by Liberty or Merrill Lynch about the settlement of the swap transaction, which involved 84.7 million News voting stock.
He would not comment on whether News was planning to buy back Liberty's stake in the Murdoch-controlled empire.
However, he did confirm that the two companies had recently held some talks.
Merrill Lynch declined to comment; Liberty could not be contacted.
The UK's The Daily Telegraph newspaper reported last week that Liberty was considering swapping most of its News shares for a company created by News Corp containing 85 to 90 per cent cash and some of its assets in a tax effective transaction.
Mr Malone's latest move on his rival's share registry coincided with News's official entry into the US Standard & Poor's stock index, and the first stage of its removal from Australia's indices as a result of its incorporation in the US.
S&P's decision to use News's non-voting stock meant many investors were happy to sell voting stock in return for non-voting stock, facilitating Liberty's transaction with Merrill Lynch.
In comparison with heavy trade last Friday, when the index changes took place, shares in News fell 6c to $24.59 on relatively light volume yesterday.
The two chairmen, considered to be among Wall Street's shrewdest strategists, have worked on many deals together in the past. In one project last year, Mr Malone helped Mr Murdoch clinch the deal of a lifetime with the purchase of US satellite operator DirecTV.
French TV5 channel dropped for al-Manar ban
A Paris court found al-Manar guilty of being anti-Jewish
About 50 private cable operators in Beirut have stopped the distribution of French channel TV5 in solidarity with al-Manar, seen as the mouthpiece of the Hizb Allah group banned by France.
"Our grouping held a meeting on Saturday and we decided to stop the distribution of TV5 in solidarity with al-Manar," Ihab Samir, co-owner of LTV cable in the Ras al-Nabah central residential neighbourhood said.
He said the grouping, made up of the "the distributors of cable services," took the decision "to halt TV5 in Beirut as a first step, as we are making contacts with other companies in other Lebanese regions."
"Cable distributors in other regions are to join the movement by the weekend," he said.
An official at Byblos cable company in the seafront al-Rawsha residential neighbourhood confirmed that "the owners of cable companies in Beirut took the decision on Saturday to halt TV5 in solidarity with al-Manar."
In al-Ashrafiya, a Christian-dominant neighbourhood east of the capital, cable operators said they would not join the action because their clients were largely francophone.
Cable distributors in the southern suburbs of Beirut, a main Hizb Allah stronghold, and in main cities in the south of the country said that they were open to join the halt, but had not been informed of the action yet.
Al-Manar was dropped from French-based Eutelsat's broadcasts on Tuesday after a Paris court found it guilty of being anti-Jewish.
On Friday, French-owned satellite carrier GlobeCast removed al-Manar from US airwaves after the state department announced it had added the channel to its list of suspected terrorist organisations that face sanctions.
Lebanon warned on Saturday that it was considering reprisal measures against French and US media.
The French public television TV5 continues to be re-broadcast on Lebanese state media outlets.
Sun Network ties up with Malaysia's Astro
MALAYSIA'S leading broadcaster, Astro All Asia Networks plc has entered into an agreement with Sun TV for setting up a joint venture to originate, aggregate and distribute television programming and channels for the global audience.
Investments by both the companies would be used for content creation in various languages such as Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Hindi and Bengali for distribution in the international markets.
The cooperation will also include setting up a Tamil channel to be developed by the joint venture exclusively for distribution on the Astro's direct-to-home platform for Malaysia and other South East Asian markets.
Another Bengali channel would also be created for distribution in India and other markets with Bengali diaspora.
Astro's Chairman, Mr Dato' Haji Badri bin Haji Masri, said, "This partnership presents us with an excellent channel for the exchange of cultural and intellectual assets between India and Malaysia. We look forward to contribute in creating and aggregating Indian-language original programmes and help promote the export of Indian creative assets globally."
Mr Kalanithi Maran, Chairman and Managing Director of Sun Network, said that this association will help in leveraging the strengths of two major media players of the region. It will help to better address the needs of TV viewers of various Indian languages worldwide.
Raj TV loses teleport licence
NEW DELHI: The government has terminated the up-linking facility of Raj Television, Minister for Information and Broadcasting S Jaipal Reddy said on Monday.
"The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has terminated the teleport licence of Raj Television Network on November 19 as it had up-linked two TV channels namely 'VISSA TV' and 'Raj Music' without permission," he said in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha here.
He said Raj Television Network has informed the ministry that it has started uplinking of 'Raj TV' and 'Raj Digital Plus' channels from overseas for the time being.
It has filed a petition before Madras High Court challenging the ministry's order.
Radio : To another question, Reddy said about 400 stations have been identified, which are envisaged to be utilised for expansion of private FM radio in Phase-II.
"The locations for the expansion of FM radio in Phase II are yet to be finalised," he said.
In 1999, the government had allowed the setting up of private FM radio stations at 40 locations (phase-I).
Trai : Separately, he stated that the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, in its recommendations on the licensing issues relating to the second phase of private FM radio broadcasting, has recommended that the FDI policy should be reviewed along with the policies in other segments of the media sector.
Trai has made similar recommendation for cable TV and DTH in the recommendations on 'Issues relating to Broadcasting and Distribution of TV channels.'
"No decision has been taken, as yet," he added.
ESPN not for revenue sharing with Doordarshan
KOCHI, DEC. 20. Sports channel ESPN today said it holds the exclusive right to telecast the India-Bangladesh cricket series and was not willing to share its revenue with Doordarshan for telecasting the three one-dayers, first of which is starting at Chittagong on December 23.
``We are not agreeable to revenue sharing.'' ESPN would suffer a ``huge financial loss'' if asked to share its revenue with Doordarshan in the ratio of 80:20, senior advocate Rakesh Munchal, representing ESPN, submitted before the Kerala High Court.
The submission was made on a petition filed by S Ramesh, Kerala's former Ranji captain and another petitioner from Idukki district seeking a direction to Doordarshan to telecast the India-Bangladesh series. Mr. Munchal said the relief sought by the petitioners, if granted, would violate ESPN's copyrights. Only on December 16, Doordarshan had informed the court that due to ``paucity of time,'' it was not possible to make arrangements to telecast the second test match between India and Bangladesh.
However, it was willing to enter into an arrangement with ESPN for telecasting the three one-day matches, provided ESPN agrees to share the revenue in the ratio of 80:20, Deputy Director-General (Sports), Doordarshan, New Delhi, Madlini, had informed the court.
Arguments in the case, being heard by a Division Bench will continue tomorrow.
Government to address DTH issues with legislation
NEW DELHI: Even though the government said today that it is planning a legislation to address concerns relating to DTH services in the country, it avoided a direct answer to a question on the information and broadcasting ministry's competence to judge financial aspects of such a venture.
Replying to supplementary questions during Question Hour in the Rajya Sabha (Upper House) today, I&B minister Jaipal Reddy said the government has already strengthened the mechanism for monitoring DTH programmes and is considering maintaining a record of the programmes rather than asking TV channels to furnish it.
In certain quarters concerns had been raised over DTH services in the country, especially those relating to security and availability of pornographic content through such a service.
According to the minister, existing DTH licence conditions for setting up and operating DTH service in India contain adequate safeguards with regard to the carriage of undesirable content.
The terms and conditions of the licence agreement, inter alia, make it obligatory on the part of the DTH licencee to adhere to the programme and advertisement codes as laid down by the I&B ministry, Reddy informed fellow parliamentarians.
He said the use of DTH service for anti-national activities would be construed as an offence punishable under the Indian Penal Code and applicable law and will attract immediate termination of licence.
In reply to another question, Reddy said the ministry will also "dust up" the file on Broadcasting Authority bill that was prepared some seven years ago, reports PTI.
However, to a specific question on Space TV, which alluded to a prolonged delay in granting letter of intent for a DTH licence, Reddy in a written reply avoided making any direct reference to the competence of his ministry to judge the financial aspects of a DTH venture, something that is done more competently by the finance ministry.
To another question, Reddy said four parties had applied for DTH licence. While ASC Enterprises had been given the licence, the application of Space TV, a joint venture between the Tatas and a Star Group affiliate, is at an advanced stage of consideration.
Quite a big update today
The current Fiji TV signal is 2dB down on what the final signal level should be so don't panic to much if you are on the edge for reception with your current equipment.
Footprint map for I701 Sptbeam B from Intelsat website
Please keep the Fiji tv reports coming in, some from Central Australia / Indonesia would be good as well as reports from the Pacific Islands.
SKY NZ is going 16x9 for Movies 1 and Movies 2 from Jan 1st 2005. Gee they have given me all the movies channels for the month for free and I've only watched 2 movies so far.
New forum for TV plus ? Ethnic tv discussion?
Just 26cm wide and 4cm high. The new ATOM receiver from Satmax (www.satmax.ws)
I'm currently testing one. The card slot is hidden by the pop down front panel.
From my Emails & ICQ
Some screenshots from Sky Pacific (Fiji) Thanks to Vk4kp and Steve Hume
From Servicom (Port Vila Vanuatu)
Fiji TV Report
I701 Fiji 1 mux 62%
Dish 1.8 Jonsa
15 deg Norsat LNB
Port Vila Vanuatu
From Phill (Niue)
Fiji tv Report
Thanks for your previous advice.
I would like to report reception of the Fiji TV on Niue (19s, 169W) using 2.3
m joysat mesh, 15 k zinwell lnb, with home made fibreglass polarizer. on a
starsat srx1500d Rx. the signal level is 77% and quality 68%. This is the
strongest signal available in Niue.
My only other dishes area 65cm offset solid dish and stuffed 3.6 paraclipse
mesh dish. I will try to get hold of smaller dishes to see how they go on this
very strong signal
Niue like Cooks and Samoa's are off most of the footprints and the Fiji tv is a
welcome addition. At present I can get the following free to air NASA TV, all
worldnet(VOA) and some of the intelsat NY feeds.
From T.D (Auckland)
Fiji TV Report
FIJI TV , RECEIVED ON 1.2M OFFSET DISH , 17 DEGREE
MAXSAT LNB @74dBUV, QUALITY 82% SIGNAL 72% ON ATOM. AS
FOR 1/4 WAVE FEEDS FOR LEFT HAND POL , FORGET IT ,
NICE PEICE OF TEFLON FROM THE CHOPPING BOARD BROUGHT
THE SIG FROM 71dBUV TO OVER 74 DBUV.
From Robin (NZ)
Fiji tv ok on 1.8m solid signal 87%cnr76%, With Insert
I'm sure that a 1m would do the job ok up here at kerikeri Bay of Islands
From Ross Woollett
Fiji Tv Report
No problem in Hamilton NZ , 4055 v 16500 sr.
2.4 solid dish, V box , 84 % quality at reciever.
30m cable run from dish to Rx.
Big tree to the left of the dish.
From JohnZ (Auckland, NZ)
good signal here in Auckland
with 2.3m mesh 64% signal using
From Ahmad Mobasheri (Auckland, NZ)
Fiji TV Report
4055V or 4055H , both 85% signal, 3m mesh dish, X Receiver, in Auckland
From Keith (Nelson , NZ)
Fiji TV report
4055 LHC %88 (loads on v and h) on Pheonix 111 receiver
Linear feed no plate insert.
From Adhoc (Brisbane)
Fiji TV Report
68% SNR on I701 4055 (Vertical) 2/3 16500
Thats without a plate.
From sax0067 (Melbourne)
Fiji TV Report
2.3m mesh dish , 15k phoenix lnbf ,no plate inserted , higher quality on V , its peaking @ 50% on the fortec .
Fiji TV report
3M mesh, PacificSatellites 20K, dielectric plate of dubious home maufacture,
pixellated sometimes useable signal (windy)- a few percent Q down on NASA
TV, Powtek south of Adelaide.
Fiji TV report
Also getting it on a 2.3m solid with Zinwell lnb 7 degrees off axis
and NO PLATE - no pixelation. About 20% on the ID Digital Mackay.
I think Steve's right, only needs a wet piece of string. ;-)
From Jason Wu (Melbourne)
Fiji TV report
Both NASA and FIJI mux can be received atm(8:30am), no pixelation.
1.8M Jonsa solid, 15K Zinwell with plate, Nextwave box, melbourne
signal quality NASA 28%, FIJI 18%, AFN 72%, TV globo 26%,
WORLDNET 20% has pixelation
Nextwave shows FUJI mux with Nagravision, but the pictures are in clear.
My location is in the Melbourne south-easten suburb, Mount Waverley (145E, 38S).
I think 1.8M maybe the minimum size record for NASA TV, probably its power has been up recently.
From Alex (W.A)
Fiji TV report
No signal in Western Australia 2.7m Solid
just a pimple on the speccy.
Also from him
Int 902 62deg E
NBA SA ENC 7
3750 L 5630 3/4
VID 1160 AUD 1120 PCR 1160 SID 1 PMT 5001
Looks to be NBA Basketball feed ch.
anyone got a pid scanner that can scan asiasat 3 3760 h 26000 there is a hidden channel there i got it on vid 4004 A 4002 but breaks up its XXX
(Craigs comment, any other reports?????)
From the Dish
Intelsat 701 180E 4055 L "Fiji 1, Zee Cinema Australia/New Zealand, MTV Southeast Asia and E!" have started on , Fta, SR 16500, FEC 2/3, PIDs 512/650-520/730, Spot B.
Telstar 18 138E 12354 V "Children" has started on Conax, PIDs 80/81, 06:00-21:30 HKT.
Palapa C2 113E 11472 V "Fantasy TV and Sukebe TV have replaced Candy TV and Lovely Angel Satellite TV" on , Viaccess, PIDs 2501/2502 and 2601/2602.
AsiaSat 3 105.5E 4046 V "Tianjin TV" is still on , Fta, SR 5950, FEC 3/4, PIDs 32/42.
AsiaSat 3 105.5E 4020 V "Sahara Samay Bihar" has started testing on , Fta, PIDs 517/700.
AsiaSat 3 105.5E 4106 V "Radio Pakistan" has started on , Fta, APID 256.
NSS 6 95E 11456 H "The Greek promo" has left .
NSS 6 95E 12729 V "Teva Hadvarim" has left .
Intelsat 709 85.2E 11486 V "Phoenix Chinese, Macau Asia Satellite TV and Phoenix InfoNews" have started
on , PIDs 513/651-515/653.
Intelsat 709 85.2E 11542 V "EuroSport News" has started on , PIDs 521/749.
Intelsat 709 85.2E 11585 H "KurdSat" has started on , Fta, SR 3253, FEC 2/3, PIDs 308/256.
Intelsat 709 85.2E 11601 H "Imagine Sat and Cosmoradio 95.1" have left .
Express AM 1 has left 74.5 East, moving west.
LMI 1 75E 12610 H New SR for the ABS-CBN mux on : 15000.
PAS 4 72E 3741 V "STV 2 (Cameroon)" has started on , SR 2205, PIDs 50/51.
Fiji TV in $2.7m buyout
FIJI TV has purchased Media Niugini Limited from Publishing and Broadcasting Limited for $AUD2.1million ($F2.7million) and expects to take ownership of the Papua New Guinea-based television company by the end of the year.
Chairman for Fiji TV Limited Olota Rokovunisei announced Fiji TV's takeover at the company's annual general meeting that was held in Suva yesterday.
Fiji TV chief executive Ken Clark said Media Niugini was a free-to-air service and had been operating in PNG for more than 17 years with a national television service and its own satellite content contracts.
Media Niugini reaches 45 per cent of PNG's total population and commands 38 per cent of the advertising share of the total PNG advertising market.
"The sale transaction will be consummated at the end of the year. The integration process will begin immediately after and overall company leadership is expected to be undertaken by the Fiji TV chief executive," Mr Clark said.
Another reason Mr Clark said the purchase was approved by the Fiji TV board was PNG's positive economic outlook.
Mr Rokovunisei said Fiji TV was invited to tender for the sale of Media Niugini and after careful considerations made the move to acquire Media Niugini last month.
"We submitted a binding bid and with some negotiations our bid was accepted," Mr Rokovunisei said.
Fiji TV paid the 20 per cent deposit required to buyout Media Niugini and Mr Clark said this would only strengthen Fiji TV's services. At the general meeting Fiji TV shareholders were also informed of the company's newest television product, SKY Pacific.
This service is expected to cover the whole of the Pacific region, from Honiara in the Solomon Islands to Rarotonga in the Cook Islands and as far South as New Zealand's South Island.
At the moment, Fiji TV's signal covers 85 per cent of Fiji's population but with the introduction of SKY Pacific, Fiji TV's signals will cover the whole of the Fiji Group.
"The introduction of Sky Pacific will be a historic moment in broadcasting history in Fiji - for the first time - all the people of Fiji and Rotuma will be able to access locally relevant television," Mr Rokovunisei said.
Fiji TV hopes this service will boost the company's business and play a major role in aspiring to be one of the biggest stakeholders in the communication industry in the region.
The company's Fiji operations alone has recorded profit turnovers from a mere $700,000 in 2000 to a $4.2million profit this year.
At the South Pacific stock exchange, Fiji TV's shares are now trading at $3.58 compared to last year's price of $3.12.
"We are confident that the present level of dividends will be maintained assuming that the Government adheres to a level playing field if and when new entrants to the television market are licensed," Mr Rokovunisei said.
Regional pay-TV group up for grabs
REGIONAL pay-TV group Austar is in play with its biggest owner, Castle Harlan Australian Mezzanine Partners, seeking to sell its 54 per cent stake after two years.
Metropolitan pay-TV group Foxtel is the most logical buyer given potential synergies but faces an uphill battle to get the required agreement from each of its three shareholders.
Telstra, which owns 50 per cent of Foxtel, rejected an offer to buy Austar's shares at 85c each, claiming they were too expensive.
The 85c was a discount to the 97c at which the shares had been trading. At that price each Austar subscriber would have been valued at $US2200 ($2895).
That would be one of the highest per-subscriber valuations in the world. Subscribers at British pay-TV group BSkyB are valued at $US1800 each and those at US group DirecTV are assessed at $US1500 each.
Castle Harlan (Champ) rescued Austar from near collapse in December 2002 by underwriting an issue of rights priced at 17c each with Austar's other major shareholder, UnitedGlobalCom.
News of the likely sale pushed Austar's shares 2c lower yesterday to 95c.
Neither Foxtel nor Champ would comment on the moves.
A purchase by Foxtel would also give it full ownership of XYZnetworks, the largest producer of pay-TV channels, including the Lifestyle Channel and Channel V.
Foxtel and Austar are also linked through UnitedGlobalCom, a US company 53 per cent owned by Liberty Media.
Liberty is the biggest economic owner in News Corporation, which owns The Australian and 25 per cent of Foxtel. The other 25 per cent is owned by Kerry Packer's Publishing & Broadcasting Ltd.
If a Foxtel deal cannot be finalised, Champ is expected to consider selling its stake to institutions. The group is is rumoured to be sounding out potential buyers, such as Rural Press and John Fairfax.
U.S. Designates Al-Manar TV as 'Terrorist'
By Caroline Drees, Security Correspondent
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Friday designated al-Manar television -- the mouthpiece of Lebanon's Hizbollah anti-Israel guerrillas -- a terrorist organization, prompting an end to its U.S. satellite transmissions.
Lebanon's ambassador called the designation unacceptable censorship and an attack on freedom of speech.
The State Department listing came less than a week after France banned broadcasts of al-Manar's satellite channel following accusations that its programs were anti-Semitic and could incite hatred.
The United States already considers Hizbollah a "foreign terrorist organization."
"The designation is to put al-Manar television on the Terrorist Exclusion List because of its incitement of terrorist activity," said State Department spokesman Richard Boucher.
In response to the new designation, al-Manar was removed from the satellite which beamed it into the United States on Friday, the satellite's owner Intelsat told Reuters.
In Beirut, al-Manar accused the State Department of attacking freedom of expression and indulging in "intellectual terrorism against those voices which do not go along with American and Israeli policies."
The decision "contradicts all claims and slogans which the U.S. administration raises to promote what it calls freedom and democracy in the Arab world," a statement said.
The station is a licensed media organization under Lebanese law and not a political organization, the statement added.
Placing al-Manar on the State Department's "Terrorist Exclusion List" means foreigners providing support to or associated with the organization may be prevented from entering the United States or may be deported.
"For example, an alien would be found inadmissible ... if the alien is a member of al-Manar, if a person solicits funds or other things of value for al-Manar, if he provides material support to al-Manar or solicits any individual for membership in al-Manar," Boucher said.
Hizbollah's long-standing designation as a "foreign terrorist organization" has broader legal ramifications, such as a ban on material support by anyone in the United States, including money and lodging. U.S. financial institutions must also block funds of designated FTOs and their agents.
The official State Department notice of the designation specified that al-Manar was considered a "terrorist organization."
This may only be the first step. For example, the Treasury could decide to include al-Manar on its terrorism blacklist, blocking its assets and making any financial dealings with the channel illegal. A Treasury spokeswoman declined to comment on any possible designation.
Lebanon's ambassador to Washington, Farid Abboud, said his country strongly disagreed with the new designation.
"If you want simply to demonize or eliminate one side, you're not going to advance the issue," he said. "If you are going to focus on one side simply because of the political message, it's unacceptable and it's a grave breach of the freedom of speech."
Boucher said: "It's not a question of freedom of speech; it's a question of inciting to violence. And we don't see why here or anywhere else a terrorist organization should be allowed to spread its hatred and incitement through the television airwaves."
On Monday, a French court ordered the French-based Eutelsat company to shut down al-Manar broadcasts.
Al-Manar voluntarily stopped its broadcasts there, but says the French decision was political and not legal, influenced by Israel and Jewish lobbies. It plans to pursue its case to restart broadcasts in France. The ruling has been widely condemned in Lebanon. (additional reporting by Joseph Logan in Beirut and Mark Felsenthal in Washington)
AMC-16 Successfully Launched From Cape Canaveral - Atlas V Performs Flawlessly
From Press Release (Edited)
December 17, 2004 - Princeton, NJ & Cape Canaveral, FL - Against the pre-dawn sky from Cape Canaveral, the AMERICOM-16 (AMC-16) satellite of SES AMERICOM, an SES GLOBAL company (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchanges: SESG), roared into space onboard an Atlas V launch vehicle from Launch Complex 41 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station this morning at 7:07 a.m. Eastern Time. After 109 minutes, the spacecraft separated from the Centaur upper stage and was placed into geostationary transfer orbit. Initial signals were received from the satellite at 9:41 a.m. ET.
The hybrid Ku- and Ka-band satellite will begin payload and performance testing at 82 degrees West. It is anticipated that AMC-16 will be ready to support the transmission of high-speed data and digital video services throughout the U.S. for the AMERICOM2Home ®customer EchoStar DISH Network during the first quarter of 2005.
"We are delighted that AMC-16 has been successfully launched; our heartiest congratulations first to Lockheed Martin for delivering a great spacecraft and to International Launch Services for this morning's picture-perfect launch. AMC-16 is the second satellite platform we are putting into operation dedicated to EchoStar Communications Corp.'s DISH Network satellite TV service," said Anders Johnson, Senior Vice President of Strategic Satellite Initiatives, SES AMERICOM. "With the successful launch of AMC-16, in combination with its soon-to-be-operating identical twin, AMC-15, I believe the AMERICOM2Home ®concept has been fully realized and AMERICOM's excellence is clearly demonstrated once again."
"Lockheed Martin is proud to continue our history of partnership and teamwork with SES AMERICOM to deliver the AMC-16 satellite, the second Ka-band payload in AMERICOM's fleet," said Ted Gavrilis, President, Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems. "AMC-16 will serve to enhance digital video and data services throughout the 50 U.S. states for EchoStar, the AMERICOM2Home ®dedicated customer on AMC-16, and our highly reliable A2100 satellite series is now the foundation for a dozen SES AMERICOM satellites."
"This is record-setting in the number of times we have launched for a single customer in a calendar year," said ILS President Mark Albrecht. "SES AMERICOM is a ‘platinum customer,' one with which we have a long-standing relationship and have seen many launches. We look forward to continuing our ties with the launch of WS-2 in early 2005."
Built by Lockheed Martin Commerical Space Systems, AMC-16 was manufactured in their Newtown, Pennsylvania and Sunnyvale, California facilities. The hybrid spacecraft is based on an A2100AX platform; its Ku-band payload features 24 - 36 MHz transponders with 140-watt TWTAs while the Ka-band payload features 12 - 125 MHz spot beams with 75-watt TWTAs. The satellite's solar panels and two communication antennas will be deployed approximately 10 days after launch. AMC-16 is expected to reach geosynchronous orbit and its testing orbital location of 82 degrees West by the beginning of January. After thorough testing of all of the on-board systems, it is anticipated that AMC-16 will be ready for service in approximately eight weeks.
China tracks French satellite
BEIJING, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Chinese tracking stations have been monitoring a new satellite for France, the China Daily reported Sunday.
It was the first time that China's satellite observation and control systems have provided tracking services for foreign satellites, an official from the Xi'an Satellite Control Center in Northwest China's Shaanxi Province told the Beijing-based China News Service, the newspaper said.
France launched an Ariane rocket on Saturday, lifting into orbit one of the first of a new-generation of military satellites, Helios II A and six micro satellites for different scientific purposes, China;s official Xinhua news agency said.
Three ground observation stations at the centre carried out relays of information gathered from three circles of observation and control of the satellite, the Xi'an official told CNS.
According to Xinhua, the six micro satellites, which were carried by the Ariane rocket on Saturday, include four Essaims or Swarm microsats, one Parasol and one Nanosat.
Sri Lanka sign four-year deal with TEN Sports
Colombo: Sri Lanka's cricket board has signed a four-year broadcasting and sponsorship agreement with TEN Sports after four months of contractual negotiations following the awarding of the rights in July.
TEN Sports, a sports channel owned by the Dubai-based Taj Television, outbid ARY Digital, ESPN Star, WSG Nimbus and Sony Max with a record offer estimated to be around $50 million.
''We are extremely pleased to be associated with Ten Sports,'' said Sri Lanka Cricket president Mohan de Silva in a statement.
''They have been great supporters of Sri Lankan Cricket and the new agreement takes our relationship to a new level.'' The deal includes exclusive television, radio, internet and sponsorship rights. Sri Lanka Cricket has retained local broadcasting rights for terrestrial television.
The first series to be televised under the new agreement will be a two-test tour by the West Indies in July followed by a tri-nation series also including India in August.
The agreement includes a minimum of 25 tests and 39 one-day internationals, including visits by India in 2005, 2006 and 2008. In recent years TEN Sports have expanded their cricket coverage, buying up various broadcasting and sponsorship rights in Sri Lanka, Pakistan, West Indies and Zimbabwe.
In addition, they own exclusive rights for all tournaments in Sharjah and Morocco staged by the Cricketers Benefit Fund Series (CBFS).
CyberLink Releases MPEG-4 AVC Encoding Software to the Consumer Market -- PowerEncoder MPEG-4 AVC
TAIPEI, Taiwan --(Business Wire)-- Dec. 17, 2004 -- CyberLink Corp. (TSE:5203), a leading developer of digital video software and training solutions today released PowerEncoder MPEG-4 AVC Edition, the consumer application to capture and convert video using the H.264 standard.
PowerEncoder MPEG-4 AVC Edition sets a new benchmark for video compression by dramatically improving the compression ratio of files without the visible image loss associated with traditional compression techniques.
CyberLink's own testing reduced a 1-hour, 88 GB uncompressed digital video clip into an H.264 file only 879 MB in size. The compression ratio achieved was 102:1, with the compressed video reduced to only 1% of its original size.
MPEG-4 AVC (H.264), also know as MPEG-4 part 10, has already been included by the DVD Forum as a mandatory capability of players for the HD-DVD format. Blu-ray DVDs will also incorporate the H.264 standard.
"CyberLink PowerEncoder MPEG-4 AVC Edition is for anyone who is looking for a way to capture and compress video while retaining the quality of their original files," said Alice H. Chang, CEO of CyberLink. "By converting files to the H.264 format, users can save huge amounts of storage space, whether storing on a hard disk, posting files on the Internet, or burning data to DVDs."
CyberLink PowerEncoder MPEG-4 AVC also delivers the following breakthrough features: -0- *T -- Superb Video Quality and Advanced Compression The MPEG-4 AVC standard achieves substantial superiority of video quality when files are compressed. PowerEncoder MPEG-4 AVC Edition therefore delivers higher quality video even at low bit rates. -- Broad Support for Existing Video Formats PowerEncoder MPEG-4 AVC Edition allows video conversion from popular video formats, including: MPEG-1, MPEG-2, DivX, VOB, and DV-AVI. It also supports the converting of DVD video files with Dolby Digital(1) audio, letting users convert movie discs into MPEG-4 AVC format including audio. -- Prepared for Next-Generation Video Content The release of PowerEncoder MPEG-4 AVC Edition prepares OEM customers for the widespread introduction of products and services based on the MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) format, including transmission of TV over DSL connections and digital terrestrial TV, the transmission of multiple high-definition video programs via satellite or cable services, and video transmission via mobile phone systems. -- Easy Previewing and Quick Conversion of Video Files PowerEncoder MPEG-4 AVC Edition features DV QuickScan, a CyberLink video technology that greatly improves the speed and ease of digital video capturing. Multiple options allow users to customize their video profiles according to their specific needs. *T
PowerEncoder MPEG-4 AVC Edition is now available on CyberLink online store at USD 39.95/ Euros 34.99 at http://www.gocyberlink.com/english/cyberstore/product_order.jsp?ProdId =89.
Detailed product information can be found at http://www.gocyberlink.com/english/products/powerencoder/index.jsp.
(1) Manufactured under license from Dolby Laboratories.
"Dolby Digital" and the double-D symbol are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories.
No update Sunday
No update Saturday
Sorry things late Christmas blah blah blah
A big day for FIJI TV!
Fiji TV has started on I701 180E details are
4055 LHC Fec 2/3 Sr 16500
Please email in your report, please include receiver used, dish size and feed type (with or without plate insert), report is of no use if you leave out your LOCATION!
I will put up screenshots on Monday
Predicted Dish sizes for certain areas, from Nov 2004 Satfacts
NOTE THESE ARE PREDICTED, and for Circular type feeds.
results will differ using Linear type H/V feeds with or without plate insert
2.4 / 2.8 Sydney
2.8 Caroline Islands
1.2 / 1.5 Cooks (Raro)
1.2 Fiji Vita Levu
1.2 Fiji Vanua Levu
1.5 New Caledonia
1.5 Auckland, NZ
2.1 Invercargill, NZ
2.8 PNG, Port Moresby
1.2 Tonga Nukualofa
1.5 Vanuatu-Port Vila
From my Emails & ICQ
From Ahmad Mobasheri (Auckland, NZ)
Fiji TV I701 report
Loaded 5 channels, 85% signal strength on 3m mesh dish (works well
on H and V both) in AK at 17:50hrs.
All five are clear but CAS on X receiver showing Nagravision!
Fiji TV mux, 44% on powtek, 69% ID Digital
In Mackay using 2.4m SOLID
Zinwell linear feed with dielectric plate
is Stronger than Worldnet.
From Steve Hume
Fiji TV details
I701 4055 LHC 16500 S/R
Fiji TV - VID: 512 - AUD: 650
Sky Ent - VID: 513 - AUD: 660
TCM/Toon - VID: 514 - AUD: 670
MTV/Nick - VID: 515 - AUD: 680
E! - VID: 520 - AUD: 730
Signal report from Townsville, North QLD
3.8m with Topfield 3000CI PRO
Using Zinwell linear feed with plate insert
%90 quality which is high as it will go on this unit
From Jason WU
last night 138E SKY-TV in clear
showing XXX hardcore movies
From the Dish
PAS 8 166E 3780 H "CNN Financial Network" has left .
Agila 2 146E 3854 H New SR, FEC and PIDs for TCT on : 2602, 5/6 and 308/256.
Telstar 18 138E 12302 V "Super X" is now fta
Apstar 1A 134E 4160 H All channels in the CCTV mux are Fta.
Telkom 1 108E 3460 H "CNN Financial Network" has left .
Cakrawarta 1 107.7E 2565 H "CNN Financial Network" has left .
AsiaSat 3 105.5E 4046 V "Tianjin TV" has left .
Telstar 10 76.5E 12528 V "ETTV Asia News" has started testing on , Fta, PIDs 1424/1425.
Telstar 10 76.5E 12584 V "ETTV Asia" is Fta.
Fiji Television buys PNG's only TV station
Papua New Guinea's only television station has been sold by its owners, the Australian media company, Publishing and Broadcasting Limited.
Our reporter, Shane McLeod, says Fiji Television has bought EM-TV for a little more than $US1.5 million.
After a tender process, which is said to have included interest from landowner and logging companies, EM-TV has been sold to Fiji Television in a deal signed this morning.
Fiji TV will take control of EM-TV's parent company, Media Niugini Limited, although the sale is still subject to regulatory approval.
It is understood continuing financial difficulties at the PNG station led to the decision to sell by Publishing and Broadcasting, which owns Australia's Nine Network.
Fiji Television owns Fiji's only TV station, Fiji One, and is setting up a South Pacific pay television service.
Austar says stake sale is speculation
Regional pay television company Austar Ltd said it regarded talk that a major stake in the company was for sale as speculation.
"We regard this as speculation," a company spokesperson said.
The spokesperson said speculation surrounding Austar had heightened through this year as the company continued to turn around its fortunes and maintain its momentum for growth.
As well, expectations of forthcoming media industry reform under the Federal Coalition government, was adding to the rumours.
The market was on Friday assessing rumours that Austar's major shareholder Castle Harlan Australian Mezzanine Partners (CHAMP) had approached pay TV leader Foxtel to sell its 54 per cent stake.
CHAMP holds the stake under the United Austar Partners, which included UnitedGlobalCom, and holds a total of 81.48 per cent of Austar.
The deal was apparently rejected by Foxtel's bigger joint venture partner Telstra Corp Ltd, which own 50 per cent of venture together with Publishing and Broadcasting Ltd holding 25 per cent and News Corp Ltd also holding 25 per cent, The Australian Financial Review newspaper said.
Austar's shares on Friday morning hit a two week low of 89 cents, down almost 7.5 per cent.
They were trading at 92 cents, down five cents or 5.15 per cent, at 1130 AEDT.
CHAMP executive chairman Bill Ferris, who is also chairman of Austar, is being sought for comment.
Analysts regard Austar, the country's second largest pay TV group next to Foxtel, as a natural fit with its larger cousin.
The pair already share infrastructure and Austar uses Telstra technology to distribute its product.
Telstra, which is currently preparing itself for full privatisation by the end of 2006, had rejected CHAMP's offer as too being expensive, the AFR said.
"Anyway, I don't think they really need the distraction of this at this time," one analyst at an international broking house said.
At the market close on Thursday, Austar was valued at $1.15 billion and United Austar Partners' total stake at almost $940 million.
Discovery HD Goes Global
Discovery Communications said
Wednesday it will extend availability of Discovery HD Theater
in markets outside of the United States. The programmer said
it plans to focus launch of the high-def network in markets
where HDTV is gaining a foothold, such as Canada, Mexico,
Korea, China, Japan, Germany and the United Kingdom.
The "common man's DTH" is here
NEW DELHI, DEC. 16 . DD Direct Plus "the world's first free-to-air direct-to-home television service" was launched by the Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, here today with the confidence that it would be another step in the "continuing process of the emotional integration of our people," and the hope of it becoming a strategic instrument in the country's social and economic development.
And, billing Doordarshan's DTH as "common man's DTH," the Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Jaipal Reddy, said the United Progressive Alliance Government had again lived up to its promise of being with the "aam aadmi [common man]."
Addressing a select gathering at his residence to witness what he called "a landmark event in the history of Indian broadcasting and communications," Dr. Singh said the telecommunications revolution like the Green Revolution and the White Revolution was a truly pan-Indian phenomenon.
While celebrating India's arrival at a milestone in development, he had a word of advice for the media in general and the public broadcaster in particular. "The media must organise content in a manner that promotes the values of our republic; in particular, the values of liberalism, pluralism, secularism and of `unity in diversity'." Without indulging in vulgar propaganda, public television, he said, must present information in a manner that encourages positive thinking and free debate.
Also, the Prime Minister threw a new challenge to Prasar Bharati; asking the public broadcaster "if Doordarshan is ready to become like BBC and CNN a global news channel. Do we have the software capabilities? The ideas, the content, the vision and the aspiration to launch an Indian news channel for the world?'' Conceding that India had numerous problems staring it in the face, he said: "But we must think big in the realm of ideas.''
In his address, Mr. Reddy said DD Direct Plus was unique as it was the world's first free-to-air direct-to-home television service; covering the entire country except the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Since Doordarshan's DTH was cheap, the Minister was hopeful of it becoming the growth engine for DTH technology in the country.
Sky NZ had B1 Transponder 6 off last night for a couple of hours
More interesting TVNZ kit for sale
Seen on local NZ jobsearch site http://www.seek.co.nz
Digital Programme Manager
Fixed Term 12 Months
TVNZ is assessing the feasibility of identified content propositions for a multi-channel Free to Air Digital platform. A business case for these options will be delivered to the TVNZ Board early in 2005.
TVNZ requires a Programme Manager to lead a team to develop a feasibility study and prepare the business case for the TVNZ Board. Subject to board approval, this role will be responsible for the implementation of any new channels.
Candidates will require experience in strategic broadcast content, marketing or television production roles, with proven experience in start-up or major change initiatives. A broad knowledge of international and local competitive broadcasting issues, strategic marketing disciplines (including research), and an understanding of audience fragmentation challenges, are required.
Proven leadership and influencing skills, sound commercial acumen, project management skills, and well development communication skills are critical to the role.
Please quote the vacancy number 1553 in your application form. Applications close Friday 17 December 2004.
TVNZ/Te Reo Tataki is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunities.
From my Emails & ICQ
In the first or second quarter of next year. GlobeCast Australia will commence doing installations for it channels and channel partners throughout Australia and New Zealand.
We will be allocating areas on 6 Month contracts, depending on how big the installer wants to be...
i.e. if they only want to look after one town, this will be contracted to them for 6 months guaranteeing they will get all work in that area...
In 6 Months, if the installer would like to grow, they can tender for additional towns.
If an area is not being looked after properly, it will be allocated to a new or existing team.
If installers would like to Email email@example.com They can register early for locations they would like to Manage...
All equipment will be provided...
From Steve Hume
3816v - 3800
Was a cricket feed there. Guys in blue one day type gear.
Feed dropped as I loaded it.
Zee sports tests is fta now on pas 10 on 3765/6500 h (257,258)
From the Dish
PAS 8 166E 12726 H "BN Sat" has started on , Fta, PIDs 518/646.
Optus B3 152E 12595 V "BorderNet" has left (Still signal there???)
Optus B3 152E 12613 H "ERT Sat has replaced Holidays in Greece Channel" on , PIDs 519/647. TV Chile has left, replaced by an info card.
Telstar 18 138E 12302 V "Super X" has started on , Viaccess, PIDs 67/409.
Telstar 18 138E 12354 V "TVBS Newsnet, Movie 3, Macau Asia Satellite TV, Movie 2, Phoenix InfoNews and Fashion TV" have started on , Conax.
Telstar 18 138E 12720 V "Macau Cultural Channel" has started on , Nagravision, PIDs 704/706.
NSS 6 95E 10977 H "CGN TV has replaced Onnuri TV" on , Fta, PIDs 48/49.
NSS 6 95E 12729 V "DD Rajya Sabha" has started on , Fta, PIDs 531/631.
NSS 6 95E 12647 V "DD Lok Sabha" has replaced DD Bharati on , Fta, PIDs 511/611.
ChinaStar 1 87.5E 4062 V "Orient 110, OTV Music Channel, OTV Folk Opera Channel and Channel Young" have started on , Fta, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, PIDs 5317/5320, 5637/5640, 5669/5672 and 6021/6024. (Should be ok in parts of Australia)
Telstar 10 76.5E 12680 V "MAC TV" has left .
Telstar 10 76.5E 12734 V "Taiwan Money Network" has started on , Fta, PIDs 970/971.
PAS 10 68.5E 4034 V "DD Rajya Sabha" has started on , Fta, PIDs 515/680.
PAS 10 68.5E 4099 V The test card is now encrypted.
NZ Digital Television Decisions Soon
From THE INDEPENDENT BUSINESS WEEKLY
TVNZ's plans for a free-to-air digital satellite platform
are moving forward. A business case for various channel
options is expected to be presented to the TVNZ board early
The Satellite platform is expected to carry all the
free-to-air channels, perhaps even a news network.
Viewers wanting to set up their fancy new digital TVs will
need a set-top box costing about $100, plus a small
satellite dish pointing at the satellite Sky TV uses.
Sky subscribers can probably split their incoming satellite
signal through the new set-top box to access the additional
Milestone For Australian Satellite As Space Effort Hits Wall
Canberra, Australia (SPX) Dec 15, 2004
The Australian research satellite FedSat has worked almost flawlessly and has circled the Earth a distance equivalent to eight hundred return trips to the Moon since it was launched two years ago.
However hopes for building an Australian space program have fallen, with the Cooperative Research Centre for Satellite Systems (CRCSS), which built the satellite, expected to close its doors when Commonwealth funding expires at the end of 2005.
"FedSat was the first satellite built in Australia since the late 1960s and is one of the most complex spacecraft of its size ever built" said CRCSS Chief Executive Officer Professor Andrew Parfitt.
"We are tremendously proud of the achievements of our team. The highlights of the mission include being the first microsatellite to operate at the commercially cutting-edge Ka communications band: this showed that we had developed world-leading technology for transmission efficiency."
"Another of the communication instruments on FedSat, our data collection and messaging system, was so good that it has been adopted for flights on Korean and Singaporean satellites."
"FedSat was the first satellite to demonstrate ‘self-healing' computation that means we are leading the world in error-correction to rectify computer faults caused by the harsh radiation environment of space."
"Our space science program, using a sensitive instrument called a fluxgate magnetometer, has contributed to a coordinated international effort to understand and model the effects of fast-moving atomic particles on the outer shell of the Earth's atmosphere."
"Eventually that will mean that satellites will work better and for longer periods: the international community will also benefit through an improved capacity to predict the impact of serious solar magnetic storms on communication satellite services and on and electric power transmission grids."
"FedSat also carries a navigation payload, from which we have developed better methods for tracking spacecraft and using global satellite positioning systems for new applications."
"With international competition arriving in these systems in the form of Europe's Galileo satellite navigation network, we expect that the demand for commercial services in this field will grow dramatically."
"Our Centre started in 1998 when Australia had a very low level of experience in running complete space missions. We have now have over thirty doctorate and masters-level graduates of world standard in space engineering and science, and have built a competitive team drawn from our industry, university and research agency partners."
"Imagine how much more we could achieve if Australia shared the belief of virtually all other developed countries, that a long-term space program is essential for economic development, education and security."
Freeview breaks into digital top 10
UK digital terrestrial service Freeview has broken into the top 10 digital TV operators worldwide, according to recent findings from IMS Research. In its new report, The Digital Plans of the Top TV Operators, IMS Research compiled profiles of the top TV operators worldwide, based upon total subscribers.
“While at this time Freeview is a unique case, it has proven that it is possible for DTT to go head to head against cable and satellite operators,” commented Jack Mayo, market analyst at IMS Research.
IMS Research forecasts Worldwide DTT households to grow to 15.5 million in 2005. IMS Research estimates that DTT accounted for only 3.9 per cent of the total worldwide digital TV households in 2003. By 2009, however, IMS Research anticipates DTT to account for 19.8 per cent of the worldwide digital TV households.
US digital satellite platform DirecTV tops IMS’s rankings with 11.14 million digital subscribers, ahead of US rival EchoStar’s dish network on 9.785 million, with Comcast Cable’s 8 million subscribers heading the cable sector. BSkyB is Europe’s leading digital operator with 7.274 million. IMS suggest that Freeview’s 3.5 million subscribers place it ninth.
UK communications regulator Ofcom released figures December 14 that suggest that Freeview household numbers have grown to around 3.915 million by the end of November.
NDS clinches Chinese cable deal
Chinese cable operator Shenzhen Topway Video Communication, part of Shenzhen TV, has selected digital pay TV solutions provider NDS's end-to-end digital broadcasting systems to enhance digital TV service to its subscribers in the region.
Shenzhen is one of the first three trial cities selected by the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) to implement digital broadcasting. According to SARFT policy, the three trial cities are required to migrate from analogue to digital TV services by 2005. Topway develops, operates, manages and provides infrastructure for the delivery and transmission of digital TV services in the special economic zone.
The digital upgrade will see Shenzhen Cable TV’s programming package extended to more than 100 channels. It currently broadcasts to more than 670,000 subscribers, passing more than 950,000 households in the region.
Recently, Topway signed contracts worth RMB500 million (E45 million) to purchase 1 million set-top boxes to implement digital cable TV services on the network. The set-top boxes will be manufactured by TCL and other leading Chinese consumer electronics manufacturers.
According to Gary Zhou, General Manager of NDS China, the deal further strengthens NDS's presence in the China digital broadcasting market. Under the terms of the contract, NDS will supply its VideoGuard conditional access solution, NDS StreamServer digital broadcasting management solution and NDS Scheduler for the control of dynamic scheduling and conditional access.
Spectra Licensing Group Announces Gilat's Entrance into the Turbo Code Licensing Program for DVB-RCS Satellite Applications
SAN DIEGO --(Business Wire)-- Dec. 15, 2004 -- Spectra Licensing Group announced today that France Telecom (NYSE:FTE), a world leading communications carrier and innovator through its research and development group, and Gilat Satellite Networks (NASDAQ:GILTF), a leading provider of VSAT technology worldwide, have entered into a fee bearing patent license agreement under France Telecom's Turbo Code Licensing Program. Under terms of the agreement France Telecom has granted Gilat a worldwide license to France Telecom's seminal Turbo Code patents for use in Gilat's SkyEdge DVB-RCS (Digital Video Broadcast - Return Channel Satellite) next generation VSAT product line.
Turbo Codes are a revolutionary form of forward error correction, one of the fundamental building blocks of any type of digital communication and operate near the theoretical "Shannon limit." The greater noise tolerance of Turbo Codes provides substantial increases in network capacity. This capacity allows satellite providers to increase the amount of data transmitted enabling broadband over satellite services at up to 2Mbits/sec in a DVB-RCS system.
The SkyEdge DVB-RCS VSAT is a member of Gilat's recently unveiled SkyEdge Product Family, with the ability to support an endless array of applications in data, telephony and broadband IP all using the same hub. Being much more than only a return link standard, this dual mode DVB-RCS VSAT provides a unique real end to end standard solution for a satellite network operator with an arsenal of additional access schemes, embedded software and enhanced IP acceleration features for full flexibility and support in a complex IP environment.
"We are pleased to license a leader in the VSAT market such as Gilat," said Erik Johnson, Director of Sales and Marketing for Spectra Licensing Group. "Gilat's selection of the open standard DVB-RCS, utilizing Turbo Codes, represents an important step in our efforts to work with manufacturers of VSAT related products."
Invented by Claude Berrou and Alain Glavieux, Turbo Codes have been recognized and honored by the IEEE as technological innovation. Further evidence of this innovation, Turbo Codes have been adopted by open standards groups such as the DVB (DVB-RCS), IEEE (802.16e) and ETSI (UMTS) for their increase in data capacity, range, as well as the maturity and understanding of Turbo Codes.
About Spectra Licensing Group, Incorporated
Spectra Licensing Group, Incorporated, with offices in Rancho Bernardo, CA, is the worldwide licensing agent for France Telecom's Turbo Code Licensing Program. Spectra Licensing enables access to Turbo Code licensing for communications product developers and vendors. By facilitating the licensing efforts of France Telecom and prospective licensees, Spectra Licensing provides a single source for Turbo Code licensing. For more information on Spectra Licensing Group and the Turbo Coded Licensing Program, visit http://www.spectralicensing.com
BSkyB Gets Exclusive Live Rights to England Cricket
Dec. 15 (Bloomberg) -- British Sky Broadcasting Group Plc, Rupert Murdoch's U.K. pay-television arm, won an exclusive four- year contract to show live English cricket, cementing its grip on sports programming in Britain.
The England & Wales Cricket Board said the agreement, which includes a prime-time highlights show by non-subscription station Channel 5, is worth as much as 220 million pounds ($435 million). The current three-year deal with BSkyB and Channel 4 is worth 150 million pounds and expires September. It's the first time that live footage will be unavailable on terrestrial TV since the British Broadcasting Corp. aired its first match in 1938.
The money will finance youth development, pay national team players and go to the 18 professional counties in England and Wales until September 2009. London-based BSkyB, which already has exclusive live rights to English soccer's Premiership, is using sports to help meet its target of 8 million subscribers by December next year and boost annual per-subscriber revenue to 400 pounds from 377 pounds at the end of September.
BSkyB is ``maxing out on lads that want football'' and is ``looking at ways of attracting other people,'' said Kingsley Wilson, an analyst at Investec Research in London who rates the stock ``strong buy.'' ``It's going to help'' increase subscribers, he said, ``though it's difficult to say by how much each event could boost numbers.''
Michael Stirling, who is head of pricing strategies at London law firm Field Fisher Waterhouse, said in an interview before the announcement that he expected annual income from the new deal to slump about 30 percent to 35 million pounds.
David Morgan, chairman of the England board, told reporters at Lord's cricket ground in London that the deal was ``very good'' for cricket and has ``financially secured the future of the game.''
Worcestershire, which won the last of its five county championship titles in 1989, said the 1.35 million pounds it receives from the sport's ruling body in England accounts for 40 percent of annual revenue.
``The counties couldn't exist without the payment,'' Worcestershire Chief Executive Mark Newton, 51, said in an interview. ``Without the money the England team generates, we would not have a professional game.''
10 Percent Rise
The increase in the value of the rights, which the board puts at 10 percent when adjusted for inflation, is a boon to a sport suffering from lower attendances as the soccer season encroaches into the summer. Broadcast rights are getting cheaper for other sports in the U.K. BSkyB last year paid 1.02 billion pounds to show 138 live Premiership matches over three years, 8 percent less than it paid in June 2000 for fewer games.
The company has more than 7.4 million TV subscribers. BSkyB shares, which have climbed 13 percent in the past two months, fell 4.5 pence to 563 pence in London.
Under England's current TV deal, Sky shows one of the seven five-day so-called Test matches and carries all one-day internationals and most domestic cricket. State-controlled Channel 4 bases its coverage around the remaining six Tests.
During the four-year period of the latest contract, England will host tours by Sri Lanka, Pakistan, India, West Indies, Zimbabwe, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia. Sky's monopoly of future live coverage fired concern that few children will have the chance to watch live cricket.
Mike Gatting, a former England captain, dismissed the decision as ``irresponsible,'' and Labour legislator John Grogan called on his government to ensure that live cricket is reserved for terrestrial stations.
``It is hard to see how or why a terrestrial broadcaster would bid for the rights when they come up again in 2009,'' said John Stern, editor of the Wisden Cricketer magazine.
John Pickup, chairman of the U.K.'s Recreational Forum, countered that the proceeds of today's accord will help guarantee the number of coaches and competitions to develop the sport nationwide. Clive Leach, chairman of Durham county cricket club, attacked the argument that cricket will now only be for people who can afford to subscribe to Sky. It costs about 30 pounds a month for the basic Sky service plus sports.
``There will always be people in every walk of life who cannot afford things,'' Leach said. ``We are talking about the majority and the majority will be able to participate in some form.''
The board has in the past tried to ensure most matches are available to all. Giles Clarke, the 51-year-old Somerset chairman who negotiated the deal for the board, said the timing of the highlights, which used to be regularly aired after midnight, is more important. He declined to break out how much BSkyB and Channel 5 will each pay or their portions of the accord.
Channel 5, controlled by Bertelsmann AG's RTL unit, will show action from every day's play involving the national team, apart from day/night matches, from 7:15 p.m. to 8 p.m. An average 21 million people watch TV in Britain at that time, more than double the average during the day.
``Highlights will appeal to youngsters and I don't know many 9-year-olds that watch cricket in the early hours,'' Clarke said.
DD seeks carriage fees on DTH platform
Boasting a subscriber base of one million, public broadcaster Prasar Bharati today said it could charge a carriage fee from private channels on-board its Direct-to-home (DTH) platform from next year.
“We expect that by December next year, our subscriber base would double to almost two million. At that time, we will sit and review matters relating to charging a carriage fee from private channels,” Prasar Bharati CEO K S Sarma said.
The public broadcaster’s ambitious Rs 160 crore DTH project, DD Direct+, will be launched by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh tomorrow.
Sarma said they had already been approached by a private foreign channel, Germany’s DW, which was ready to pay it as much as ¤50,000 per annum for being carried on the platform.
Currently, the free-to-air platform carries 19 Doordarshan channels and 13 private channels, which include Star Utsav, Aaj Tak, BBC World, CNN, Sun TV (Tamil), Kairali (Malayalam), Zee Music and Etc Punjabi. Under the existing arrangement, the broadcaster does not pay anything to these channels for having them on board nor charges them anything.
Apart from TV channels, the platform also offers 12 radio channels of AIR, which includes regional channels.
Sarma said Prasar Bharati had received board approval for increasing the number of TV channels to 50 and radio channels to 30 as part of expansion plans of the platform, which requires an investment of about Rs 3,500 for a dish and a set-top box
The Prasar Bharati CEO said equipment was being purchased for the upgradation work, adding that so far Rs 35 crore had been invested in the project.
Encouraged by the enthusiastic response even before the official launch, he said the public broadcaster was contemplating appointing authorised dealers to market its service.
“We have received board clearance for this and would be inviting people with huge financial strength to market our service on a non-exclusive basis. They will also be required to furnish a substantial bank guarantee, about rs 2 crore, for this," sarma said.
Doordarshan to beam 50 channels by 2005
[India News]: New Delhi, Dec 15 : National broadcaster Doordarshan will Thursday launch the country's only free-to-air direct-to-home (DTH) service, with a bouquet of 33 TV and 12 radio channels.
But DD Direct, the DTH arm of Doordarshan, aims to increase the kitty of TV channels to 50 by the end of 2005, Prasar Bharati chief executive officer K.S. Sarma told reporters here Wednesday.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will formally launch the DD Direct Thursday, though the service has been on air on a trial basis for the past five months, he said.
Unlike cable TV service providers, who levy a monthly fee from customers, DD Direct involves only a one-time payment towards a dish antenna (Rs.3,000 to Rs.3,500) and a set-top box (STB) as all the channels beamed by it are free-to-air.
Private satellite channels like Star, Sony and Zee are likely to be made available through DD Direct shortly, following the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India's direction to these channels to make them available to all distributors.
On Tuesday, the national broadcaster added two more channels, DD-RS and DD-LS, to its portfolio. These channels feature live telecasts of proceedings in both houses of parliament.
With DD Direct, Prasar Bharati hopes to cater to 20 million of the 45 million non-cable homes in the country. It has already supplied 10,000 dish antennae and STBs to remote areas in eight states, where TV coverage was unheard of.
DD Direct was earlier scheduled to be launched Sep 15, but this was deferred due to the prime minister's engagements, Sarma informed.
Zee-Turner plans new bouquet, to revise subscription rate
IN order to consolidate its position as a distribution platform, Zee-Turner has decided to launch of a new bouquet and revise its subscription rate for its existing bouquet.
From January 1, the new bouquet will comprise of five channels Pogo, HBO, VH1, Zee Business News and TV18 group's new Hindi business channel available at a retail price of Rs 40 and a wholesale price of Rs 25 per subscriber per month.
Said Mr Siddharth Jain, CEO, Zee-Turner, "The most distinctive aspect of Zee-Turner's new bouquet will be to fulfil the ever-increasing demand for quality and variety. The new bouquet will give a fillip not only to our distribution platform, but also to the 44 million cable and satellite viewers."
Also from next month, the price of Zee-Turner's existing bouquet will stand at Rs 58.85, incorporating a hike of 7 per cent as announced by the broadcast regulator, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).
"We had been looking at revising our existing bouquet rate for a long time and TRAI's recent amendment gave us that opportunity. We have also officially informed our cable operators about the revised rates," stated Mr Jain.
Fiji TV is suppose to be starting up today via 701 Cband. But no signal reported as yet by those checking for it.
Some of you may have had a problem connecting to the site last night it was down for a few hours. That didn't help the chatroom session, it was extremely quiet in there.
Something cool to put on your Christmas wish list
From my Emails & ICQ
From Steve D
Auxiliary Channel Gone
Sky NZ subscribers can no longer access the TAB auxiliary channel. It
is no longer listed on the electronic program guide.
RTV HAS STARTED ON 3625/30000 VERTICAL(516,690) ON THAICOM3 (asia beam)
From the Dish
NSS 6 95E 12729 V A test card has started on , Fta, PIDs 531/631.
ChinaStar 1 87.5E SHG test cards have started on 3883 H, 3890 H and 3896 H, Fta, SR 4420, FEC 3/4, PIDs 308/256.
ChinaStar 1 87.5E 4062 V "Channel H, Channel Documentary, Game Channel and Channel C" have left ,
Telstar 10 76.5E 3780 V "ERT Sat" has started on , Fta, PIDs 521/649.
PAS 10 68.5E 4193 V "NDTV 24x7" is now encrypted.
SK Telecom Unit Gets License for Mobile Satellite TV Services
SEOUL, Dec. 14 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's broadcasting industry regulator granted a license Tuesday to TU Media Corp., a venture company partly owned by the country's biggest mobile phone operator SK Telecom Co., to provide mobile satellite television service, the regulator said.
TU Media, 30 percent owned by SK Telecom with Toshiba Corp.-owned Mobile Broadcasting Corp. also holding a stake, plans to launch commercial TV services for mobile phones via satellite broadcast.
MTV's ethnic channels in US
MTV has announced three new customised MTV channels specifically designed to super-serve ethnic populations in the US. These channels will feature the best music and shows from MTV's international channels and original programming, promos and packaging created in the US, to become the pop culture destination for their respective audiences.
MTV Desi, serving audiences with roots in the Indian sub-continent living in the US, will be the first channel to launch. It will be followed by MTV China and MTV Korea in 2005, with additional channels to follow. These new MTV channels will cater to the needs of Americans with an affiliation to a home country or culture that is not catered to by American mainstream media, says a release in PR newswire.
Rather than re-broadcast existing international feeds, MTV is creating new channels specifically for the US, adding local VJs, music and live events from the best of its global programming to tap into the trans-cultural nature of the target audiences in a manner that connects local audiences to their homeland.
MTV also announced that Nusrat Durrani will be named to the post of General Manager/SVP MTV World and will oversee these new offerings.
According to MTV research, these populations are currently under-served by the media and there is a great appetite for local language channels amongst these groups. Many of these ethnic groups prefer speaking their home language, and are hungry for music and culture from their country of origin.
Disney channels to be available in four languages
MUMBAI: Walt Disney, which launches in India on 17 December, will make available its two channels in local languages, a move seen to widen its appeal to audiences across the Hindi and southern regions of the country.
Its flagship, The Disney Channel (TDC), will have an English and Hindi feed, the two languages which will provide a national base. Being positioned as a family-viewing channel, Walt Disney feels there is no need at this stage to address a state-specific approach across the southern region.
TDC's sibling channel Toon Disney, which is set to take kids genre leader Cartoon Network head on, will be available in Tamil, Telugu and Hinglish (mix of Hindi, English), according to a source close to the company. When contacted, Walt Disney Television International (India) managing director Rajat Jain did not wish to comment.
The move to dub Toon Disney in the southern languages appears aimed at taking over what could well be termed virgin terrain in the kids viewing segment. Cartoon Network does not have separate feeds so far in the southern languages (a two-hour Tamil band is all it has delved into thus far). Cartoon Network has an English and Hindi language feed.
Other rival channels also have plans to offer separate language feeds. Pogo aims to have 80 per cent of its content dubbed in Hindi by year-end while Nick has an expanded its Hindi band. Hungama TV, a local kids’ channel in Hindi, plans to offer a Tamil feed as well. Animax from the Sony stable has announced it will have a Hindi feed by April 2005.
Walt Disney will launch its two channels on Wednesday (17 December). The company is waiting for distribution to be in place before it carries out a major promotional burst in mid-January, 2005. One thing that the promotion and marketing will not include of course is recognition related activity. Walt Disney’s content has long been available in India as programming blocks in several local language channels across the country.
Star India has inked a deal to distribute the Walt Disney channels in India. The bundled price of the two channels, as reported by indiantelevision.com earlier, is fixed at Rs 12 a month per subscriber.
(Craigs comment, FTA at the moment on Apstar 2R)
PM'S REMARKS AT THE LAUNCH OF LIVE TELECAST OF PARLIAMENT PROCEEDINGS
The following is the text of the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh's remarks at the launch of two dedicated channels for the live telecast of proceedings of Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha here today:
"It is a matter of great pride for all of us that we are launching today the direct live telecast of the proceedings of our Parliament via satellite. It is particularly appropriate that the first item that we will see following the inauguration is a recording of Panditji’s famous speech at the dawn of our Independence. For the Rajya Sabha, the Lok Sabha and for our democracy in it’s collectivity, today is a red letter day. This regular and daily telecast of the proceedings of our Parliament will enable our citizens and millions of people abroad to observe Indian democracy at work and in action.
The people of India have repeatedly and regularly reposed their faith in the institutions of parliamentary democracy. The roots of our democracy go deep into the national movement for our freedom which was a people’s movement. There is no doubt that one important reason for our standing tall in the comity of Nations is our unflinching commitment to the values and principles of democracy.
That so large a Nation as ours, so diverse, so complex and so rooted in age-old values, customs and traditions has come to respect the institutions and practice of democracy is a great tribute to the genius of the Indian people and to the founding fathers of our Republic. We are all naturally proud of this rich heritage.
However, we must remember at all times that democracy is not just about voting a Government in once in five years. It is about respecting the values and principles of our Constitution and the Rights and Obligations it confers on all our citizens rights as well as duties. Democracy has a meaning for the people because it enables them to live a life of dignity and self-respect. It gives voice to the voiceless millions.
This Parliament and our State Legislatures lie at the heart of our democracy and it is here that the voice of the people is best heard and most articulated. It is incumbent upon all of us to respect the great institutions of our democracy. I do believe that we are all obliged to ensure the normal and regular functioning of Parliament as a prayer and a tribute to the spirit of our Constitution and the people at large.
I do sincerely hope that this live telecast will improve the quality of debate in Parliament and encourage more and more Members to be more actively engaged in its proceedings.
It is also an important means of educating the people at large about the reasons for the decisions we take and the decisions we do not take, the pros and cons of every issue, so that we have an informed and responsible electorate.
The telecast by satellite will not only take Parliament closer to all our citizens in the remotest parts of our country, but it will also enable people in our wider neighbourhood to see for themselves the vibrancy of Indian democracy at work. I sincerely hope that this will help instill greater confidence and trust in our neighbours and make them better appreciate the hopes, the aspirations and the yearnings of one billion Indian people. India wants peace and security in its neighbourhood so that we can look forward to a future of shared prosperity.
"Craigs comment,The Lok Sabha proceedings will be telecast on INSAT3C while those at the Rajya Sabha will be on Panam satellite network PAS10"
Two channels to telecast live Parliament proceedings launched
New Delhi, Dec. 14 (PTI): Two satellite channels for telecasting live proceedings of both Houses of Parliament were launched today by Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee, and Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Bhairon Singh Shekhawat.
At a function in the Central Hall of Parliament attended among others by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Information and Broadcasting Minister S Jaipal Reddy, Leader of the Opposition L K Advani, and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, the Presiding Officers pressed the button to launch the two channels.
"This will make Parliamentarians more responsible and debates more purposeful," the Speaker told the gathering.
He said this would also help people get first hand knowledge of the working of the highest institution of democracy.
Shekhawat said the live telecast would make members more alert and enable people to see how their problems are dealt with in a democratic manner.
The Prime Minister said the step would instill greater confidence in the people about democratic institutions.
The Prime Minister said people of the country have reposed faith in parliamentary democracy and have an unflinching commitment to its values and principles.
He said by watching the vibrance of Indian democracy at work, this faith will be further strengthened.
Singh said the live telecast will improve the quality of debates in Parliament and help in promoting an informed public opinion.
The Information and Broadcasting Minister said the launching of the two channels was both a challenge and opportunity for members as they will now be functioning on camera and not in camera.
The regular and daily telecast of the proceedings would enable millions of people abroad to observe "Indian democracy at work and in action", the Prime Minister said.
Parliament and State Legislatures lie at the heart of country's democracy and it was here that the voice of people was best heard and most articulated, he said.
"I do hope we are all obliged to ensure normal and regular functioning of Parliament as a prayer and a tribute to the spirit of our Constitution and the people at large," he said.
The Prime Minister hoped the telecast would help instill greater confidence and trust in the country's neighbours and make them better appreciate hopes, aspirations and yearnings of one billion Indian people.
"India wants peace and security in its neighbourhood so that we can look forward to a future of shared prosperity," he said.
Live satellite chat 9.pm NZ 8.30 Syd time onwards in the chatroom tonight
Bigpond users may be having problems receiving my mailing list. COMPLAIN to them!
another 3.7m dish for sale in NZ
Also a nice Promax meter
Pas 2 and Pas 8 pages have been updated, more to come soon
From my Emails & ICQ
WWE feed seen
Asiasat2 3886V sr 6100
clean feed (crypted) has replaced the test card on 4099/3255 vertical on
ERTsat has replaced TVC on 3780/28066 vertical(521,649)
ESC2 is crypted now on telstar10 /apstar2r on 3780/28066 vertical
From the Dish
Telstar 18 138E 12270V ??? sr 4000
NSS 6 95E 12729 V "DD Rajya Sabha" has left .
NSS 6 95E 12729 V "CGN TV has replaced Onnuri TV" on , Fta, PIDs 512/650, NE Asian beam.
Thaicom 3 78.5E 3545 V "Star News International and Star News India" are now encrypted.
PAS 10 68.5E 3774 H A Hum TV promo has started on , Fta, SR 3300, FEC 2/3, PIDs 300/310.
Statement of Superbird-6(A2) Status Update
From Press Release Space Communications Corporation
December 10th, As a result of investigation on the attitude error on Superbird-6(A2) observed on November 28th and its influences on the operation, it was confirmed that the mission life of Superbird-6(A2) was significantly shortened due to anomaly caused by decrease of a fuel tank pressure. Therefore, SCC has decided to abandon the traffic transfer of customers using Superbird-A into Superbird-A2(6).
We are going to request our customers using Superbird-A to continue using the present satellite and to accept traffic transfer into the other Superbird satellites when they are ready for it. There is no influence in continuing communications services.
Mr. Sunao Senoo
Corporate Planning Department,
Space Communications Corporation
Tel: 81-3-5462-1366 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
(Craigs comment, you may recall this bird only recently launched to 158E (april 16th 2004) and has a KA band steerable beam that can cover any place the satellite is visable from)
Optus ponders digital switch
THE success of Foxtel Digital and the lure of new interactive television revenues are spurring Optus to consider digitising its pay-TV service a year after the historic industry restructure was agreed.
The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission approved a content-sharing agreement between pay-TV groups Foxtel and Optus in December last year.
Under the deal, Foxtel assumed Optus's pay-TV debts in return for the groups agreeing to supply pay-TV channels to each other.
The deal, and the numerous undertakings given to the ACCC, enabled Foxtel to proceed with its $600 million investment in digital pay-TV.
But after previously losing $200 million on an interactive digital pay-TV trial, Optus decided to focus on its internet broadband and mobile telephony, and only provide the analogue pay-TV service in its bundled offer.
Now, the first signs are emerging of customers wanting to leave Optus's internet and mobile services in search of a digital pay-TV offer. Since it launched in March this year, Foxtel Digital has converted more than 500,000 customers to digital as it offers wide-screen viewing, clearer pictures and more than double the number of channels.
Optus TV subscribers viewing channels such as Sky News are also unable to interact when presenters make offers.
Optus has since tried to entice more broadband customers to stay by offering up to four months of free broadband access each year.
The Optus network is fully digital, but to upgrade the pay-TV component it must swap all its estimated 200,000 set-top boxes at a cost of at least $40 million.
That figure could double if Optus decides to follow Foxtel and introduce the more expensive boxes with personal video recorders (PVRs).
Foxtel, which is 25 per cent owned and managed by The Australian's owner, News Limited, plans to launch its PVR service in the middle of next year.
Optus must also negotiate a new channel supply agreement with Foxtel on a per-subscriber basis.
French ban Al Manar TV channel
PARIS France's highest administrative court, the Council of State, moved decisively to ban Al Manar television on Monday, ruling that the Beirut-based channel had repeatedly violated the country's hate laws and ignored its own pledge to avoid making anti-Semitic statements.
The court, acting on a request from France's communications regulator, CSA, ordered the operator's of the French satellite, Eutelsat, to stop beaming Al Manar within the next 48 hours or face fines of €5,000, or $6,650, a day.
Al Manar is broadcast in Europe through three different satellites, but the ruling applies only to France-based Eutelsat, which offers the Lebanese programming as part of a package of nine channels from Saudi-based Arabsat.
Eutelsat has said previously that it would take at least 12 to 24 hours to carry out an order to drop Al Manar from its package. Al Manar, which first started broadcasting by satellite in 2000, has evolved into a media conglomerate of international and local channels, a radio station, magazine and interactive Website where its programming also remains accessible.
The court took issue with November programs that included commentary accusing Jews of spreading AIDS. Jewish groups in France and the United States had pressed for a ban, which was backed by the French government.
Al Manar offers a schedule of slickly produced news shows and dramas that last year provoked intense criticism when it broadcast a 26-part Syrian-produced series about the Jewish diaspora with a scene of a Jewish man in prayer curls demanding the blood of a Christian child to bake Passover matza bread.
France is the first country to try to ban Al Manar from its local satellite, but Al Manar has said that it has other alternatives to reach French viewers through other satellites with lower broadcast quality.
"It's very good that the ban has happened, but it shows that it's really done for no purpose. If they really wanted to prevent Al Manar from being seen they would go after the other satellite operators," said Ruth Ehrenfeld, director of the New York-based American Center for Democracy. "There are international agreements to which governments could demand the elimination of this kind of broadcasting. It's time for not only France, but others to stop this virulent virus from spreading."
Avi Jorisch, an author, said that another French company was still playing a role in reselling and offering the Al Manar channel through other satellites that beam the program to the United States and Latin America.
Paris-based GlobeCast, he said, is offering the Al Manar channel all over the world. GlobeCast is a subsidiary of France Telecom, whose major shareholder is the French government.
Israel praises French move
Israel on Monday praised France's Council of State for ordering the satellite company Eutelsat to stop broadcasts of Al Manar television, Agence France-Presse reported from Jerusalem.
A senior official in the Israeli Foreign Ministry said: "We can only praise this measure taken against this channel which broadcasts speeches of ferocious hatred against Jews, Christians and the Western countries."
Two channels to be launched to cover Parliament proceedings
Vice-President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat and Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee will launch two dedicated channels for live telecasting the proceedings of both houses of Parliament on Tuesday as part of the effort to make functioning of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha more transparent. Chatterjee and Shekhawat had finalised the launch during a meeting with Prasar Bharati officials last week. The channels will be launched in the central hall of parliament in the presence of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Information and Broadcasting Minister Jaipal Reddy and others. The two channels will relay the proceedings through cable network. At present the business of both houses is restricted to a limited area of about 10 to 12 kms in the vicinity of parliament through a low power transmitter (LPT). The Lok Sabha proceedings will be telecast on INSAT3C while Rajya Sabha will be on Panam satellite network PAS10.
(Craigs comment, can anyone locate them?)
STAR may lose shine on new TV ruling
MUMBAI: A new rule banning exclusive content on Indian cable networks and satellite TV may weigh on News Corp.'s STAR and boost Zee Telefilms in the world's third-largest cable market, executives said.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has ruled that broadcasters cannot have exclusive deals with cable distributors or deny content to direct-to-home (DTH) satellite networks.
Following proposals published two months ago, the regulator said competition between cable and DTH satellite would only be enhanced if all content was available on both platforms, and customers could see any channel regardless of their provider.
India's cable TV market, with revenues of $3.3 billion a year, has a fast-growing base of more than 48 million homes.
"Exclusivity had not been a feature of India's cable TV market," the regulator said in a statement. "It is expected that these regulations will help in promoting competition both within the cable industry and between cable and other platforms."
STAR and Sony Entertainment Television have not signed on to Zee's satellite platform, Dish TV, the only provider that is operational, with more than 150,000 subscribers. Zee feels its growth may be diminished by this, the regulator said.
Space TV, a joint venture between India's Tata Group and STAR, is still awaiting government approval for a DTH satellite service, while state-owned Prasar Bharti expects to launch soon.
"The DTH platform would have to be seen as a carrier of TV channels, and its vertical integration with the broadcaster cannot be the reason for content denial to other distributors... It would have to compete on the strength of the quality of service, tariffs and packaging and not on the content," Trai said.
Analysts say the regulation will be felt most by STAR, which planned to offer unique programmes on its satellite venture. STAR, the most widely viewed network, had only offered its free-to-air channel to Dish TV and Prasar Bharti.
Some broadcasters argue the regulation is skewed toward those who also control distribution networks. Zee and STAR have a stake in two large distributors in the country.
"The regulation is good in theory, but it is only a must-provide clause, not must-carry, which means if a distributor doesn't want to carry your content, he can give you bad terms," said Kunal Dasgupta, chief executive of Sony Entertainment.
"It gives the service provider an advantage, but not the broadcaster," he said.
Zee, which has a first-mover advantage in satellite TV, will stand to gain as it can get STAR and Sony channels on its DTH network. Though content-sharing could potentially work against Zee, which is still fighting a legal battle over TV rights for India's home cricket matches, for which it had bid $308 million.
"Lawlessness is not to the advantage of anyone in the long-term," said Jawahar Goel, vice-chairman of Zee Telefilms.
"For more growth in this industry, there has to be regulation, which will ultimately benefit everyone," he said.
A spokesman for STAR could not be reached for comment.
Govt has been guarding against misuse of DTH services
New Delhi, Dec 13 : The government said today it was keeping a close watch on the possible misuse of Direct-to-Home services for viewing pornographic channels.
The DTH licence conditions make it obligatory on the DTH licensee to adhere to the Programme and Advertising codes and ensure that its facilities are not used for transmitting any objectiobale or obscene content, message or communications inconsistent with the laws of India, Minister of Information and Broadcasting S Jaipal Reddy told Rajya Sabha in written reply to a question.
He said the issue was examined in August this year which revealed that some pornographic channels were available in C Band in India and therefore a DTH Set Top Box which receives signals in Ku band could not be used for viewing such channels.
Reddy further said unless the DTH service provider transmits these channels in its bouquet or alternatively the subscriber access the relevant CAM card and installs a huge C band receiving dish antenna, the viewing of pornographic channels is not possible.
The premises of the sole DTH licensee -- ASC Enterprises -- was also inspected by a team deputed by the ministry and it was observed that none of the pornographic channels were included in their DTH bouquet, the minister said.
However the ministry is keeping a watch on this and related issues, he said. PTI
MTV beams new channel for DTH viewers
MTV Networks India and Zee Turner have launched VH-1,an international music and lifestyle channel in India. It will be a 24-hour pay channel that will be available on Dish TV- the first DTH platform in India and a division of the Rs 3,500 Essel Group.
VH1 India’s will feature classic videos covering international genres from pure rock to pop and also focus on celebrities lifestyles. Alex Kuruvilla, managing director, MTV Networks India said in a release, “With VH1 we are all set to further our lead in the music space. Indian viewers have been clamouring for this treasure trove of international music and content.
Kuruvilla said that VH1 has a library that has been built over 20 years, and boasts of popular shows like “All Access” and “Behind The Music’. Internationally, VH1 is the 24-hour music video network that is available in 112 million households in 130 territories across the world.
Through music-based series, specials, news and live events, VH1 customises its music and program mix to appeal to the tastes of local audiences in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Russia, Latin America, and the United States.
Things are a bit quiet as we head towards the end of the year.
Large dish for sale in NZ
Some users on Bigpond may be experiencing diffultys with Apsattv mailing list.
From my Emails & ICQ
From Ross (Hamilton NZ)
Using a 2.4 solid in Hamilton.Nice strong signal.
Sky-tv not clear now on telstar 18.
From the Dish
Telstar 18 138E The I-Sky-Net muxes have moved from 3420 V and 3460 V to 3460 V and 3660 V,SR 30000, FEC 3/4.CTI TV Comprehensive has replaced CTI TV Asia on 3460 V, Fta, PIDs 1281/1282.
Telstar 18 138E 3460 V "CTI TV Asia and ETTV News have replaced CTI TV Comprehensive and ETTV News" on , fta, PIDs 1281/1282 and 2305/2306.
Telstar 18 138E 3660 V "HOT" has started on , Fta, Viaccess, PIDs 1281/1282, 22-05 HKT.
Telstar 18 138E 12302 V "New Asahi Satellite TV" has left .Good TV is now Fta. Several PID updates in this mux.
JCSAT 3 128E 3960 V "Rainbow Channel" has left .
JCSAT 3 128E 4120 V "ETTV Asia" is now Fta.
Koreasat 3 116E 12450 H "Disney Channel Korea" is Fta.
AsiaSat 3 105.5E 3669 V "Trace TV" is now Fta.
AsiaSat 3 105.5E 4046 V "Tianjin TV" has started on , Fta, SR 5950, FEC 3/4, PIDs 32/42.
AsiaSat 2 100.5E 3792 V "Trace TV" has started on , Fta, SR 2400, FEC 3/4, PIDs 4193/4195.
NSS 6 95E 12678 V "ABC Asia Pacific and both Radio Australia" have left .
NSS 6 95E 12534 H "NE TV has replaced CNN International Asia" , Fta, PIDs539/639.
NSS 6 95E 12534 H "TV 9 and ETV Marathi have replaced NE TV and DD Sports" on , Fta,PIDs 539/639 and 541/641.
NSS 6 95E 12535 V "TCT Network" is now encrypted.
NSS 6 95E 12647 V "DD Bharati has replaced DD Sahyadri" , Fta, PIDs 511/611.
NSS 6 95E 12729 V "DD Rajya Sabha has replaced DD News" on , Fta, PIDs 531/631.
ST 1 88E 3582 H "TVBS Newsnet" is Fta again.
ChinaStar 1 87.5E 4062 V All channels in the SITV mux are Fta.
Telstar 10 76.5E 3652 H "TV Lanka Channel 3" is now encrypted.
Telstar 10 76.5E 3660 V "Holidays in Greece Channel has left .
Telstar 10 76.5E 3780 V "TV Chile" has left , replaced by an info card.
LMI 1 75E The ABS-CBN mux has moved from 3415 H to 3800 H, Nagravision, SR 16000, FEC 1/2.
PAS 10 68.5E 3774 H "Hum TV" has started testing on , Fta, SR 3300, FEC 2/3, PIDs 300/310(Pakistani?)
Scientists to meet on radio telescope project
Scientists seeking to site a A$2 billion ($2.14 billion) "digital" radio telescope in Australia or New Zealand will meet in Wellington today.
The academics and other researchers making up New Zealand’s square kilometre array (SKA) project committee will meet for the first time.
Their plan for the proposed radio telescope would use modern digital technology, including supercomputers and broadband communication links, to compare and match huge amounts of data while observations are being made.
SKA project lobbyists will meet Government agencies and ministers to give them background information on the project.
They will be accompanied by representatives of the Auckland University of Technology, whose centre for radiophysics and space research was accepted as the New Zealand partner in the Australasian SKA Consortium.
Radio astronomy and very large baseline interferometry techniques are used for cutting-edge research in astrophysics, Earth and atmospheric sciences, and geodesy - the science of measuring the size and shape of the Earth and precisely locating points on its surface.
"The potential to bring New Zealand into these big global developments in radioscience and supercomputing is clearly there for grasping," AUT professor Sergei Gulyaev said.
He said it was likely a Southern Hemisphere location - Australia and New Zealand - would be preferred for the SKA project because that would offer the best views of the centre of the galaxy.
Only nine of the 154 radio telescopes are in the Southern Hemisphere
Coming to your home soon: free television shows via the internet
A German television development company is planning to launch free viewing on the internet with the help of a revolutionary Web service that aims to give viewers access to any programme they want from almost anywhere in the world.
The project is called Cybersky, a pun on the name of its German inventor, Guido Ciburski, a television software engineer who runs a small TV technology company in the Rhineland town of Koblenz.
Cybersky, scheduled to start in a month or so, aims to do for television what already applies to music and video, which can be downloaded free from the internet. The concept has alarmed Germany’s established TV companies, and is likely to concern other broadcasters around the world. Media analysts are expecting a new round of legal action similar to the high-level intensity of opposition to the Napster operation.
Mr Ciburski, 40, had the idea while trying to use the internet to watch live coverage of the 2002 Olympic Games opening ceremony in Salt Lake City, in the United States. He found there were so many like-minded surfers that the server was permanently jammed.
Feeling disgruntled, he and his friends switched on their conventional TV sets and waited for the next sports broadcast. "All we got on our computer screens was ‘server busy’," Mr Ciburski told The Independent.
"I just thought, ‘How can anyone expect to watch major events like the Olympics on the Web when so many people are downloading at the same time’?"
Now Mr Ciburski claims to have solved the problem. At the end of January, his company, TC Unterhaltungselektronic, will unveil its Cybersky TV web service which will, he says, enable broadband users to distribute video programmes free, and exchange them with others. Viewers will need little more than a television connected to a computer. The computer will be set up to upload a chosen television programme on to the internet, where other viewers will be able to download and broadcast it on their own sets almost instantaneously.
Mr Ciburski has refused to divulge how he developed the technology: "That would be giving away the vital secret," he said. "All I can say is that without broadband it would have been difficult."
In practice, cyberspace should allow fans of programmes such as The Office to go on holiday in Hawaii and still get the show fed live into their hotel bedside laptop with only a five-to 10-second delay. Mr Ciburski says he circumvented the overload problems that have affected video-streaming applications by developing software that relies on what is called "peer-to-peer networking" technology. He adds: "Instead of using our own servers to distribute programmes, we will be giving the job to the computers of Cybersky’s subscribers."
As the system gains more users, the pathways for distribution should multiply. As soon as one subscriber uploads a programme on site, it becomes immediately available to other participants. As a result, the more subscribers Cybersky attracts, the greater the choice of programmes available. Mr Ciburski estimates that as many as 30 million viewers could end up online.
"That is about average for a file-sharing programme. Anyone with a webcam will be able to broadcast."
Although Cybersky is yet to go online, it appears to have seriously worried pay-TV channels such as Germany’s Premiere, because of its ability to circumvent the subscription system. Premiere has already complained that Cybersky’s website disclaimer, which insists that pay-TV material can be broadcast only with the permission of the network involved, is not enough.
Cybersky’s response to charges that it will be illegally broadcasting copyrighted programmes without permission is that its peer-to-peer system does not technically amount to distribution, so it is legitimate.
The company is bracing itself for a legal battle with Germany’s main TV networks. "We have no other option," Mr Ciburski said. "We are not going to drop the project, because someone else is bound to come along and do it instead."
His company is used to going to court to defend its innovations. Six years ago Mr Ciburski and his partner, Petra Sauerbachs, developed a device called the "telly fairy" which enabled viewers to skip irritating TV advertising. Germany’s broadcasters sued but a five-year legal battle ended in victory for both inventors last summer.
Piracy bouncer on sports beam
There was nothing sporting about the spat that broke out between a sports bouquet and the Bengal government on Sunday, even as Team India raced close to victory on Day III of the Dhaka Test and piracy beamed supreme in cable and satellite homes.
“This is state-sponsored piracy… The most shocking thing in eight years of ESPN STAR Sports in India,” R.C. Venkateish, managing director, ESPN Software India, told Metro from Delhi.
“The entire (administrative) machinery did not support us and turned a blind eye to rampant signal piracy across the city,” alleged Venkateish. “If this is how the West Bengal government wants things to be, we are ready to move our business out from that part of the country.”
The government refused to duck. “The remarks are most unfortunate, but we don’t care,” was the reaction of principal secretary Arun Bhattacharya.
“Our primary concern is the consumer, in this case the viewer, and we will need to intervene in the interest of the people. Trai has specifically said the state government has a big role to play in case of the cable television industry and we feel the operators, multi-system operators (MSOs) and broadcasters cannot be allowed to go on doing whatever they please,” Bhattacharya added.
Saturday saw an eight-and-a-half-hour meeting between local representatives of ESPN STAR Sports and officials of Indian Cable Net and Manthan, the two MSOs on whose network the sports channels have been switched off since November 21, yield no solution to the cable chaos. The meeting in the presence of deputy commissioner of police (detective department) Peeyush Pandey was held at Lalbazar.
By Sunday morning, however, most of Calcutta officially or unofficially was ready to catch the cricket action. Sachin Tendulkar’s career-best score and Bangladesh’s collapse were beamed thanks to large-scale signal piracy.
On some sets, a scroll, “you are watching SitiCable”, ran across the ESPN screen, while on others was pasted a digital label screaming, “you are watching ESPN”.
“We approached the police, but I’m sorry to say there was no support from their side at all,” Venkateish complained. “In no other city have we faced such government intervention on a commercial matter.”
Also alleging that its personnel had been manhandled at some master control rooms during anti-piracy raids on Sunday morning, ESPN STAR Sports officials threatened to move court.
Trai nixes exclusive contracts with TV channel distributors
MUMBAI/Delhi: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) today formally issued interconnect regulations for the broadcast sector, nixing exclusive broadcaster-distributor contracts and disallowing premium on exclusivity. This has left most of the pay broadcasters uneasy.
"No broadcaster of TV channels shall engage in any practice or activity or enter into any understanding or arrangement that prevents any other distributor of TV channels from obtaining such TV channels for distribution," the cable and broadcast regulator has said in its final "Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Services Interconnection Regulations 2004.
The 'must-provide' clause extends across the value chain. While broadcasters will have to provide signals of its TV channels on a non-discriminatory basis to all distributors of TV channels, multi system operators (MSOs) have a similar obligation towards cable operators.
The distribution agency or any other intermediary of the broadcasters and MSOs will have to "act in a manner that is consistent with the obligations placed under this regulation" so that it is not prejudicial to competition, Trai has said.
The Trai order will come into effect from the day it is notified in the official Gazette, which can be late today or Monday. A government okay for the interconnect regulations issued today is not needed.
The final regulation was issued today (10 December) after taking in and analysing responses from the industry. In an earlier recommendation on broadcasting and distribution of cable television forwarded to the government on 1 October, Trai had made a reference to inter-connection regulations. But the regulator wanted to take feedback from industry stakeholders till 5 November before finalising the regulation. The reason: nondiscriminatory access of TV channels will have far reaching and long term impact on the growth of the industry.
For disconnecting the TV channel signals to a distributor, a broadcaster or MSO shall have to give at least one month's notice. In order to give consumers information, the notice shall have to be published in the newspapers or carried as a scroll in the concerned channels. But the Trai has protected the broadcasters and MSOs in case of unauthorised re-transmission of TV channels. In such cases, the signals may be disconnected by giving a notice of two working days, the regulator has said.
The regulation aims to promote competition both within the cable industry and between cable and other platforms. Consumers will be given a choice that will pave the way for price deregulation, Trai has said in its inter-connect order.
Essel group vice-chairman and Siticable head Jawahar Goel feels the regulator has done a "positive thing" for the industry, while being fair to most segments of the industry.
"From no regulation to some regulation is certainly a welcome step as it would bring about some orderliness in the chaotic industry, which needs transparency as well as investment-friendly environment," Goel adds. "Hopefully there will be a gradual end to frequent face-offs between broadcasters and cable service providers."
He further says, "We believe that this regulation will not only provide a level playing field, but also act as a positive impetus for the growth and development of the entire distribution sector."
Welcoming the regulation, Prasar Bharati CEO KS Sarma says: "This will give DD's DTH venture a great push." Discovery India MD Deepak Shourie is very cautious. "We will have to study the Trai order before we can say something substantial," he says.
Hinduja TMT executive vice president, corporate services, Ashok Mansukhani believes the regulation will ensure a healthy and transparent competition in the market. "It is a consumer friendly regulation. If there is a formal agreement and both sides mutually agree for terms of agreement, then TV channels, if asked, should be supplied."
Win Cable director and ETC Networks chief executive officer Jagjit Kohli also believes it will have a beneficial effect on the industry. "Existing headends will have to pull up their socks and focus on service and other related areas as they have to prepare for competition. There is possibility of new headends coming up. Consumers will have choice. For broadcasters, declarations will go up in the long run."
National Cable & Telecom Association president and an independent cable operator in Delhi, Vikki Chowdhry, welcomes the overall thrust of the regulations as it will help the industry to grow, but feels some "loopholes still exist, which may be exploited by broadcasters to continue harassing cable operators."
According to him, "For the first time, broadcasters have been brought under some regulations, but they are likely to find some loopholes, which we had suggested Trai to plug. For example, cable ops may have to rush to Singapore to settle disputes with some broadcasters headquartered there, if TDSAT is unable to address certain issues."
Broadcasters told to provide all TV channels in 90 days
NEW DELHI, DEC 10: A new era in the broadcasting and cable industry is expected from March 2005 once the interconnect order of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India is implemented. According to the order, which was issued on Friday, “every broadcaster shall provide on request signals of its TV channels on non-discriminatory terms to all distributors of TV channels, which may include, but may not be limited to a cable operator, direct-to-home (DTH) operator, multi-system operator (MSO), head-ends in the sky (HITS) operator”.
The order leaves no room for exclusivity of any distribution platform, including DTH, citing consumer convenience.
The provisions of the order would apply to the existing contracts within 90 days, that is March 10. Also, any aggrieved party can report to the broadcaster or the MSO if it is discriminated against. If there’s no redressal within 30 days, the party can approach an appropriate forum.
The draft recommendations were issued in October, after which industry players had submitted their response. Many broadcasters, including Star, had opposed the idea of such an order. However, Trai has stuck to its original stand of ‘must-provide for all’.
Dish TV approaches Star, Sony
Mumbai: Essel group-promoted Dish TV on Friday approached Star and Sony for providing their content and channels on its direct to home (DTH) platform. “We hope they will positively respond within a period of 30 days as required under government guidelines,” Essel group vice-chairman Jawahar Goel said in a release here. Welcoming the notification on inter-connect regulations Mr Goel said this would act as a positive impetus for growth. PTI
The issue assumes significance as pay channel broadcasters such as Star and Sony have so far refused to join the DTH platform of Subhash Chandra-promoted ASC Enterprises. This order may change things. In fact, Star-Tata’s DTH venture, Space TV, which is awaiting government clearance, would have to face a new regime too, going by the Trai order.
Reacting to the order, Star spokesperson told FE: “Our view on this issue is well-known. We have opposed the must-provide provision, as envisaged in this Trai order, since such a clause is practically non-existent anywhere in the world.” He added, “It’s likely to hurt the creativity and content because there will be no premium on exclusivity. It remains to be seen whether must-provide will help promote competition as argued by Trai.”
Besides, 90 days are inadequate for making a transition to the new regime, the Star official said. “We alone have over 6,000 contracts with cable operators. Other broadcasters would have a similar number of contracts. So, the regulator should have allowed a longer transition period.”
However, the rival camp, Zee/Siti/ASC (promoted by Zee chairman Subhash Chandra), welcomed the move. “The move is expected to bring some amount of transparency. It will also set a trend for growth of the industry,” a company spokesperson said. Echoing Trai’s views, he added, “If exclusivity is not in the interest of the consumers, it doesn’t hold much meaning”.
A tariff order, if necessary, may follow, it is believed. “It’s an evolving process,” as an expert said.
However, a source close to the development pointed out that “application of the Trai order is doubtful in the case of some players”. It would apply to only service providers or licensees, as defined in the Telegraph Act, and not to MSOs and foreign broadcasters, he argued.
DTH service spawns grey market for digital receivers
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, DEC. 11 . The test transmission of Doordarshan's Direct-To-Home (DTH) service has elicited a good response across the State, fuelling a burgeoning demand for digital receivers and spawning a grey market that threatens to dash the hopes of approved dealers.
The response to DD Direct+, even before the formal launch, has taken dealers by surprise. According to unofficial figures, the monthly demand for receivers in the State has touched 2,000 and it promises to multiply, once the system becomes fully operational.
Dealers in all the major cities have reported a flood of enquiries. The DTH service now offers a bouquet of 30 popular TV channels along with 10 radio channels.
The DTH system essentially involves the use of a high-power satellite for digital compression, encryption and transmission of a large number of channels for direct reception by a television set.
Digital transmission ensures high-resolution picture and sharper audio reception than the traditional analog signal. Unlike terrestrial broadcast that is limited by coverage of the transmitter, DTH ensures nationwide coverage.
The receive system includes a small satellite dish antenna to collect the encrypted television signals, and a digital decoder. All the channels in the DD package are free-to-air. Dealers say that customers are attracted by the prospect of receiving a bouquet of channels on a one-time investment of Rs. 3,500. The superior clarity of picture and audio signals is cited as another major appeal.
Unlike other DTH services that collect monthly subscription, the Doordarshan service involves only a one-time expenditure on hardware.
The customer can buy a receiver from the open market and there are no activation or subscription charges. While the dish antenna is installed on the roof or a wall, the set top box is kept near the television set.
As the demand for satellite reception equipment promises to open up in the next few months, fly-by-night operators have flooded the market with cheaper versions.
While Doordarshan has no authorised dealers for hardware, it has published a list of 19 approved dealers selling BIS- certified equipment.
According to M.D. Ramachandran, an approved dealer for the State, the grey market versions are no match for the indigenous receivers in terms of quality.
"They sell for Rs. 2,500 and less, but the customers end up with a sub-standard, unserviceable receiver", he says. The price of genuine equipment would come down to Rs.2,000 as production is scaled up to meet the increasing demand, he says. Though primarily designed to service remote areas without access to terrestrial transmission or cable service, Doordarshan hopes to wean away a sizeable portion of cable TV subscribers in good time, once the number of channels goes up.
The Doordarshan service depends on a satellite earth station at Todarpur for uplinking. Apart from a bouquet of 17 DD channels including Malayalam, private channels like Kairali (Malayalam), Sun TV (Tamil), Jain TV, Aaj Tak, Headlines Today, Star Utsav, Zee Music, Zee News, BBC World and CMM Music, ETC Punjabi and Aakash Bangla are now available on the DTH system. The number of channels will be increased in phases.
Doordarshan has drawn up plans to set up 10,000 receive systems free of cost at public institutions like anganwadis, schools, public health centres, panchayats, youth clubs and cooperative societies in the country's uncovered areas.
Mukta Arts offered equity in Dubai-based Arab Venture Corporation
MUMBAI: Subhas Ghai-promoted Mukta Arts may pick up equity in Arab Venture Corporation (AVC), a Dubai-based company which has a studio and is planning to launch a channel.
Mukta Arts has been offered equity but has not taken a final decision on exercising that option. "We have the option to pick up equity in the company. The structuring is yet to be finalised," Mukta Arts chief executive officer Ravi Gupta tells indiantelevision.com.
AVC is planning to launch on 12 January INTV, a channel, which will focus on fashion and lifestyle content.
Mukta Arts may float a subsidiary company in Dubai to hold stake in AVC. "The holding can be through a subsidiary company overseas or we may decide to have it through the Indian outfit," says Gupta. He, however, did not spell out how much equity stake Mukta Arts was being offered.
Mukta Arts will be a programme supplier and also help set up infrastructure for INTV. The English-language channel will start with original content of 8-10 hours a day. The content will cover local events in Dubai ranging from fashion to lifestyle and shopping. "We are providing turnkey support to the channel. We have sent a team to carry out production work in Dubai. We will also be providing Bollywood content from India," says Gupta.
Though Mukta Arts is contemplating how to expand television content, movie business will continue to be the main activity and revenue source for the company, he adds.
No update Sunday
No update Saturday
Not a lot to end with, I should have a Satmax Atom receiver to play with next week.
Bluekiss is back to the same freq as previously
From my Emails & ICQ
Telstar 18 138E
Best to rescan 3460V 30000 3/4 as there has been a lot of channel
shuffling. Hollywood movies now on 3460, moved from 3420 I think it
New transponder on 3660V 30000 3/4 with old channel lineup from
3460V. Sky-TV (naughty bits) on 3660V now but encrypted.
Sorry if this info has been posted before. I'm still trying to catch
And if they change it again while I'm typing I'm going to bed! :-P
From Stu Mcleod (Hawkes Bay, North Island NZ)
Major wind here - Civil defence warnings , since two people killed recently in our windy bay .
So , if dish goes , so does clothesline & shed - all in the neigbours backyard .
Ps - Shed also connected to house - could be exciting , BUT I feel Paraclipse will stand the test - its has for 10 years - it will survive another 10 .
(Craigs comment, quite windy in Nelson as well the past 2 days.)
From SiamGlobal (Thailand)
BAD NEWS FOR ASIAN VIEWERS. THIS THE THE MOST VALUABLE CHANNEL ON THE DD DIRECT FTA MUX ON NSS 6 .....THE BEAM REACHES THAILAND ..HAS JUST GONE, REPLACED BY NE TV.
HAVE NOT YET RESCANNED TO CHECK IF ONLY A PID CHANGE, BUT AS CNN IS USUALLY ENCRYPTED OUTSIDE EUROPE, IT IS VERY LIKELY TO BE GONE PERMANENTLY. LETS WAIT AND SEE.
From the Dish
Intelsat 701 180E 10975 H "TiJi and Planete Choc" have started on , Mediaguard, PIDs 176/144.
Intelsat 701 180E 12648 H "BBC World Service" has started on , MDS, APID 660.
PAS 2 169E 4054 H "KBS World" has left .
Optus B3 12525 V "AssyriaSat" has started on , Fta, PIDs 2560/2520.ATBC and Suryan FM are now encrypted.
Telstar 18 138E 3420 V "LS Asia Cinema" is now encrypted.
Telstar 18 138E 3460 V "Sky TV" is now encrypted.
JCSAT 3 128E 3996 V "MiracleNet, the test card and GWNS Channel" have left .
AsiaSat 3 105.5E 3732 V "Action Cinema, Classic Cinema and Premier Movies" have started on,Conax, SR 6500, FEC 3/4, PIDs 5703/5701, 5706/5705 and 5710/5708.
(T Kameda, B Richards)
Yamal 201 90E 4037 R "Music Box Russia" has started on , Fta, PIDs 101/102.
ST 1 88E 3550 V "The test cards have left again".
ST 1 88E 3657 H "MAC TV" has started on, Fta, SR 3074, FEC 3/4, PIDs 1860/1820.
ChinaStar 1 87.5E 4062 V "CBN" has left .
Telstar 10 76.5E 3880 H Several updates in the Disney Channel mux.
Seven seeks C7 payout
THE Seven Network is seeking $480 million in monetary damages from pay-TV group Foxtel and others over the failure of its C7 pay-TV sports channel, it has been revealed in the Federal Court.
The revelation yesterday was the first time a specific dollar amount had been provided in relation to the damages Seven was seeking in its monster legal action against most of the media industry, the trial for which is due to start in May.
In a directions hearing in court, judge Ron Sackville asked if Seven's expert witness statements in relation to damages had been filed and was told they had.
He then asked how much Seven was seeking, and was told that Stanford University economics specialist Daniel McFadden estimated monetary damages at $480 million.
Mr McFadden is one of two expert witnesses appearing for Seven in relation to damages.
A Foxtel spokesman said the amount being claimed was a "complete nonsense".
"Foxtel rejects all of Seven's allegations and, like the other respondents, is defending itself against what we believe are unfounded allegations by a serial litigant," he said.
However, Seven's damages claim does not include the structural relief it has also sought.
Seven alleges that Foxtel, its owners (including News Limited, owner of NEWS.com.au and The Australian) and others acted anti-competitively in a bid to "kill off" C7.
To prevent that recurring, Seven wants the court to force News and Kerry Packer's Publishing & Broadcasting Ltd to sell their 25 per cent stakes in Foxtel and for Foxtel to agree to carry two C7 pay-TV sports channels in its basic package.
Seven also wants the broadcast rights of the Australian Football League and National Rugby League handed over to its pay-TV channels and an order preventing Foxtel, News, PBL, Ten, Telstra and Fox Sports from bidding for the AFL or NRL broadcast rights.
Damages statements from the defendants' expert witnesses are due to be filed at the end of February.
Murdoch to pay billions for buyout
Rupert Murdoch is in negotiations to spend several billion dollars to buy out John Malone, the fellow media mogul who potentially threatened his family's control of the News Corporation media group.
The chief executive of Mr Malone's Liberty Media, Robert Bennett, confirmed that the two companies were in talks, which are expected to lead to Liberty selling most of its 17pc stake back to the entertainment and news company.
Rupert Murdoch: would have to spend almost $4bn
Speaking at a media conference in New York, Mr Bennett said: "There have been some conversations," and a source said an agreement was likely, although not imminent.
It is understood that under the deal Mr Malone would swap most of his shares for a company created by News Corporation containing 85pc-90pc cash and some of its assets. The transaction would allow Mr Malone to avoid a $1.2 billion capital gains tax bill on the sale.
It would also require Mr Murdoch to spend much of the $4 billion (£2.1 billion) in cash he has been accumulating in News Corporation's bank accounts and mark the second time he has been outmanoeuvred by Mr Malone.
In 2000 Mr Malone sold News Corporation a large stake in Gemstar, the inventor of the Video Plus+ system for recording television programmes. The company subsequently lost 90pc of its value and Mr Murdoch was forced to negotiate the departure of its chief executive, who has been charged by the US Securities & Exchange Commission.
In return, Mr Malone received $6.5 billion in News Corporation shares, most of which he is expected to sell back to Mr Murdoch, tax free. Analysts pointed out that the deal would benefit News Corporation by increasing its earnings per share, because it would have fewer shares in issue. Know as a "cash-rich split-off", the proposed deal is similar to Liberty's acquisition of some of its shares from cable-TV operator Comcast Corporation, which it paid with cash and 10pc of E! Entertainment Television.
The plan was first publicly raised in a report by well-connected US research firm Fulcrum Global Partners, which said Liberty would be likely to accept less than the market price for its News Corporation stake, in effect sharing its tax gain with News Corporation.
Last month Mr Malone entered an agreement with Merrill Lynch that would allow him to use his large stake in non-voting News Corporation shares to increase his voting stake from 9pc to 17pc, putting him in a position to threaten the Murdoch family's control of the company. The Murdochs own 12.6pc and have 29.5pc of the voting rights.
The purchase seized on the opportunity presented by News Corporation's decision to relocate from the Australian Stock Exchange to the New York Stock Exchange, which increased the price of the non-voting shares relative to the voting shares, allowing him to swap from one to the other.
News Corporation quickly responded by adopting a "poison pill" defence that would have made a hostile takeover difficult, but Mr Malone later said the purchase was part of the "normal relationship that we have with News.
"Our intentions are to remain very supportive of the Murdoch family.''
France stymied stifling Lebanese TV
The bid to ban a Lebanese satellite television channel by the French government is technologically futile, the International Herald Tribune reports.
At issue is the Beirut-based al-Manar network, which the French claim broadcasts militant, anti-Semitic messages, music videos glorifying suicide bombers as blessed martyrs and commentary blaming Jews for spreading AIDS.
Tuesday, France's broadcast regulator, the CSA, accused al-Manar of violating a ban on hate speech and scheduled a hearing for next week.
However, the broadcaster can still reach viewers in France and other parts of the world through alternative satellites, two of which are owned by U.S. firms with blue-chip credentials, the newspaper said.
Station spokesman Ibrahim Mousawi said the network has agreements with companies that operate eight satellites, three of which cover Europe. And if al-Manar is exiled from the French Eutelsat satellite network, he said it could still broadcast via two other satellites though not with the same high quality.
Assyriasat is back on B3 12524V sr 30000 Fec 2/3 (Globecast)
AmTV on B3 is now showing a promo loop.
For those that care the specs are as follow 480x576 video res and 64kbit audio and up to 2.5 mbitt video.
UBI is testing a new Arab Movies channel on B3
From my Emails & ICQ
From B.C (Taiwan)
Trace and bluekiss disappeared ….. but not from AS3
However the good news is it's just moved to.....
3674 V 6666 3/4 so re-scan and have a nice day
From Bill Richards
Asiasat 3 1900 UTC
BlueKiss has changed to
3673 Vert S/R 6666 FEC 3/4
Vpid2081 Apid2082 SID1 Trace FTA
Vpid49 Apid52 SID3 Blue Kiss Enc
Vpid7201 Apid7202 SID8 Freeview FTA
From Puzhakkara Satheesan
4 new channels started as fta on
(Craigs comment, Disney India 1 channel and 4 soundtracks)
From the Dish
Telstar 18 138E 3460 V "Several changes in the I-Sky-Net" mux. All channels are Fta except SKYTV .
Apstar 1A 134E 4053 H New SR for TVS 2 on : 5720.
Palapa C2 113E 11472 V "Lovely Angel Satellite TV" has started on , Viaccess, PIDs 2601/2602.
AsiaSat 3 105.5E 3755 V "Arirang TV Arab" has replaced Arirang TV World 1 on , Fta, SR 4418,FEC 7/8, PIDs 3601/3606.
ST 1 88E 3582 H "TVBS Newsnet" on is now encrypted.
Thaicom 3 78.5E 12438 H All channels in the UBC DStv mux are encrypted again.
Foxtel and AVRA claim victories
A legal stoush between the video industry and pay-TV operator Foxtel ended with both parties claiming the Federal Court had found the other had engaged in misleading advertising.
Foxtel said the court confirmed the Australian Video Retailers Association (AVRA) had conducted a false and misleading campaign against Foxtel Digital and its Foxtel Box Office movie service.
"The court ruled that AVRA, whose members include multinational video and DVD chains, must be restrained from further publishing, or causing to be published, advertising materials referring to Foxtel Digital and Foxtel Box Office that Foxtel had objected to."
Foxtel said AVRA advertising had claimed Foxtel Digital subscribers would not be able to view movies until at least a year after they had been released on DVD or video.
But Foxtel Box Office had access to most movies six months after, and in some cases three months after, they have been released on video and DVD, the pay-TV operator said.
"Foxtel was successful in stopping AVRA from further publishing the offending advertising," Foxtel said in a statement.
AVRA said Foxtel had been ordered by the court to cease making misrepresentations about the comparison between its digital product and video rental.
The industry body said the court found various aspects of Foxtel's TV and print media advertising, since March, was likely to mislead or deceive consumers.
"Specifically, the misrepresentations include claims by Foxtel regarding the availability of movies on its pay per view channel, Foxtel Box Office, which fail to inform consumers that the range of movies and viewing times are limited," AVRA said.
"Foxtel's advertisements also make comparisons between the relative merits of subscribing to Foxtel Digital and paying per view for movies, as against renting movies from a video store."
A detailed judgment will be delivered on Thursday.
Stratos Delivers Enhanced Leasing Service (ELS) for New Zealand Defence Force Following Successful Test Period
Industry-leading Inmarsat leased channel satellite solution is only service that supports user-controlled dynamic bandwidth allocation between multiple remote terminals sharing a single channel
AUCKLAND, NZ (December 8, 2004) - Stratos Global Corp. (TSX: SGB), the global leader in advanced mobile and broadband remote communications solutions, today announced that the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) has officially accepted delivery of its Enhanced Leasing Service (ELS) using the Inmarsat-B satellite platform following a successful system testing period.
ELS from Stratos provides NZDF with global, full-duplex, leased satellite bandwidth to enable advanced data and voice communications aboard ships and in support of land deployments. Stratos' ELS uses advanced modem modulation techniques to increase throughput on a standard 100 kHz Inmarsat leased satellite channel from 64 kbps to 128 kbps without the need for additional space segment.
In addition, Stratos' unique ELS solution provides NZDF with the only Inmarsat leased channel service that allows users to dynamically allocate bandwidth between multiple remote terminals.
Using the ELS management tool developed by Stratos, NZDF can allocate bandwidth to its vessels and remote terminals sharing a single leased channel in increments of 16 kbps, depending on the operational requirements of each user at a given time. For example, a vessel may have 32 kbps allocated on Monday at 3 p.m. when its communications requirements are minimal, and up to maximum 128 kbps allocated on Tuesday at 6 p.m. when it needs additional bandwidth for communications-intensive operations.
"Increased bandwidth and the ability to allocate that bandwidth among vessels as needed were major reasons that New Zealand Defence Force selected Stratos' Enhanced Leasing Service for our communications requirements," said Ted Knowsley, acting director, joint communications, New Zealand Defence Force. "Today?s acceptance is an official acknowledgment that Stratos has successfully delivered a solution that meets our requirements. We are very pleased with both the service and support that Stratos provided during the testing period."
"The successful delivery of our Enhanced Leasing Service solution to the New Zealand Defence Force is yet another indication of why Stratos is far and away the leading global provider of Inmarsat leased channel services," said John Shailer, Stratos' regional director, Asia-Pacific. "We appreciate the opportunity to work with the New Zealand Defence Force on this unique solution, and we look forward to supporting their ongoing operations."
Stratos is the number one global supplier of the full range of Inmarsat land-mobile, maritime and aeronautical satellite solutions, and the leading global provider of full-time Inmarsat leased channel services with a marquee customer list that also includes the U.S. Navy, Canada?s Department of National Defence and the Australian Defence Force.
Stratos Global Corp. (www.stratosglobal.com) is a publicly traded company (TSX: SGB) and leading international telecommunications services provider offering customers operating in remote locations a variety of satellite and microwave wireless technologies to provide Internet Protocol, data, and voice solutions through a range of newly emerging and established technologies such as Inmarsat, Iridium, Globalstar, MSAT, VSAT, and others. Stratos serves an array of diverse markets including government, military, oil and gas, maritime, industrial, aeronautical, media and recreational users anywhere in the world.
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Fiji TV's Patel to head Pay TV
From Fijitimes online
TARUN Patel is no stranger to television operations or to heading them up, having acted as chief executive of Fiji Television in early 1999.
Yesterday Fiji TV's manager Sky and IT was named as the general manager Pay TV and chief operatiing officer of the company.
The move was made as a result of the introduction of Fiji Television's new Sky Pacific business.
Mr Patel's appointment was made effective from December 1.
"Mr Patel has been with Fiji TV since its inception in 1994 and has been in the television industry for 14 years," a company statement said yesterday.
Fiji TV chief executive Ken Clark said the appointment was evidence of providing local people with opportunities in Fiji's television industry as a whole.
"Mr. Patel is very experienced in the television industry in Fiji and understands the market very well," he said.
Mr Patel acted in the CEO post before Mr Clark was appointed to the position in June 1999.
His new portfolio includes engineering, operations, Sky Fiji and Sky Pacific businesses. The company is looking for a new manager Sky.
Digital Satellite platforms gain subscribers
Digital satellite pay TV platforms continue to grow in many areas of the world, and are expected to enjoy higher profitability over the next several years, according to In-Stat/MDR However, growth in some mature regional markets is slowing or stagnating, the high-tech research firm says.
"We expect 40 million worldwide DTH pay-TV subscribers to be added through 2008 as compared to the 61 million digital DTH pay-TV subscribers that were active at the end of 2003," said In-Stat/MDR analyst Michelle Abraham. "In addition to an increasing subscriber base, the industry's profits are on the rise due to reductions in equipment costs, increases in package pricing, and new revenues from new services and features."
A recent In-Stat/MDR report also found: Worldwide subscription revenues are projected to grow to $70 billion in 2008. In Europe, Italy has been a growing market in 2004, but subscriber growth in most other countries has been slow. One of the fastest growing countries will be Japan due to the conversion of a large number of analog satellite subscribers to the digital broadcast satellite service. India is also expected to experience fast growth as the country's first satellite pay-TV service was launched in 2003 and a second one is expected in 2005. (http://www.instat.com)
Giant pvt satellite earth station gets going May
Multimedia communications anticipate huge boost
The country's largest private sector satellite earth station would goes into operation from May next, significantly boosting the existing facilities for local and overseas data and multimedia communications.
DNS SatComm Satellite Earth Station, which also is the country's single largest ICT infrastructure project, will be built through a syndicated loan and equity financing from the central bank at Savar Export Processing Zone, DNS SatComm Chief Operating Officer Atiqul Ahsan told The Daily Star yesterday.
The total project cost has been estimated at Tk 16.24 crore. Of that Infrastructure Development Company Limited (IDCL) would provide Tk 4.88 crore, and Janta Bank and Prime Bank Limited Tk 2.43 crore each as loan. Of the rest, Equity and Entrepreneurship Fund of Bangladesh Bank would provide Tk 3.18 crore as equity and the remaining Tk 3.32 would be invested by DNS SatComm.
A contract signing ceremony will be held in this regard on December 14, with Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman and Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) Chairman Syed Marghub Murshed present as the chief and the special guests. DNS SatComm earlier obtained the licence to construct the station from the BTRC.
Atiqul Ahsan said, "Our prospective clients include corporate houses, banks and satellite television channels."
After the earth station is installed, DNS SarComm would be able to provide lower bandwidth, enabling banks to establish more automated teller machines (ATMs) at remote places with a lower cost involvement, he said.
"So, we expect to have a boom in use of ATMs and credit cards once the station is on," he added.
Currently banks use VSAT (very small aperture terminal) for online banking and running remote ATMs. The lowest bandwidth locally available is 64 kbps (kilobytes per second), which is costly.
"We will offer small bandwidth at a lower price to cater to the clients," Atiq said, adding local banks would be able to go online with a lower budget once we are ready.
Overseas correspondents of different new agencies would also be able to send their multimedia stories abroad via our earth station, he explained.
Atiq said DNS SatComm would procure its broadband equipment from iDirect Inc, a US company, and Cambridge Boardband of the UK.
According to him, "The station would be established with the ability to transmit to every corner of the globe."
Atiq said DNS SatComm would also provide services through submarine fibre optic cables once the country is connected with the information super highway through a transoceanic submarine fibre optic cable network.
State-owned Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) has already become a member of a 14-country consortium named "SEA-ME-WE-4" to connect the country with the global hi-tech link by September next year.
Bangladesh Internet Exchange Ltd, BDTEL Communication and DNS Software are three other concerns of the DNS Group.
Currently, the BTTB and Bangladesh Television have satellite earth stations.
New Technology TV2Me(TM) Enables Live Worldwide Video Roaming
From Press release
NEW YORK, Dec. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- New York City based K2B Inc. today
announced an aggressive direct marketing campaign to accompany the launch,
broaden availability and enhance sales of a new product called TV2Me(TM) which
is the first of its kind to reliably allow cable and satellite television
subscribers to space-shift their entire range of subscribed channels to
anywhere they travel, without sacrificing quality.
The heart of the TV2Me system is a powerful dedicated video server that
runs like an appliance, without a monitor, keyboard or mouse, and enables its
owner to control channels and view them using the Internet. The server's
hookup consists simply of plugging in video and stereo audio, and a broadband
Internet connection. Programs can then be watched from anywhere the owner
travels on a PC, laptop or large-screen monitor.
"Transporting a handful of selected television channels from one place to
another has become routine," said TV2Me's inventor Ken Schaffer, who is also
chief executive officer of K2B. "Shifting the entire telemedia environment of
a far-away city is new and exciting."
Through an aggressive targeted marketing campaign, K2B aims to
dramatically broaden the sales of TV2Me, which was introduced to cutting-edge
customers beginning in the summer of 2003, and is currently in use on 4
continents. Units are priced from $4,750. Typical customers are business
leaders, entertainers, government agencies, diplomats and sports fans.
"There are many ways to use this capability," said Schaffer. "For
example, a New Yorker visiting Prague can watch his favorite Seinfeld reruns
or select from the more than 200 channels offered by his cable company, or a
Russian businessman can watch 66 channels of Moscow cable live from his
midtown Manhattan hotel room." TV2Me also has appeal amongst broadcast
companies, educators, advertising agencies and diplomatic communities
throughout the world.
Reviews of TV2Me have been extremely positive. In a comparison of TV2Me
and its only competitor, Sony's LocationFree TV, The New York Times reported
that "Mr. Schaffer's unit transmits a clearer picture over the Internet ... a
clear step above that of Sony."
PBS.org's technology guru Robert X. Cringley wrote:
"Sending live TV over the Internet is a very difficult thing to do,
especially over distances like that from Moscow to New York. There are
live TV feeds from Moscow available today, and they look terrible no
matter how much bandwidth you have. What blew me away this week when I
saw a demo of TV2Me was the quality of the image. TV2Me's feed, running
at an average of 384 kilobits-per-second, looks like TV. When you change
channels to any of the 60 or so on the Moscow cable system, it takes
about 10 seconds to rebuffer, and then you have TV. Amazing!" (See
Robert X. Cringley's PBS review:
TV2Me inventor Ken Schaffer is renowned for prior inventions including the
wireless guitar and microphones first used by the Rolling Stones and now
standard equipment for most major performers, and his unique satellite
tracking systems. While the Cold War was raging, Schaffer's satellite systems
allowed U.S. scholars and agencies to monitor a single channel of the internal
television of the former Soviet Union. As a struggling start-up, The Discovery
Channel's decision to use Schaffer's satellite tracking system to carry an
unprecedented week of live Soviet television resulted in a Golden Ace Award
and 10 million additional subscribers.
TV2Me is exclusively available on-line at http://www.spaceshift.net.
Liberty to unwind News Corp position?
It seems if John Malone ever did want to take a tilt at News Corp, he's changed his mind and is in talks to explore unwinding its position, a Liberty executive says. "There have been some conversations," Robert Bennett, CEO of Liberty told investors at the UBS Media conference. A News Corp spokesman declined to comment.
In November Liberty Media said it planned to raise its voting stake in News Corp to 17 percent from 9 percent, but it said it had no intentions of launching a takeover battle and has publicly endorsed the Murdoch management approach. But Rupert Murdoch was taking no chances and within days invented a poison pill measure that makes a hostile takeover prohibitively costly.
Analysts say it now seems Liberty may be persuaded to reduce its holding again in return for cash and a business or two. Liberty has made similar transactions before, in July it swapped its 10 percent stake in E! Entertainment Television, its ownership of the International Channel Networks and $545 million in cash for 4 percent of Liberty stock owned by Comcast.
Prolific satellite pirate jailed 7 years
To people in London, Ont., Martin Mullen must have seemed like a quiet businessman who ran a successful computer company from his home. But to police in Florida and satellite television giant DirecTV Group Inc., Mr. Mullen ran one of the largest and most sophisticated pirate satellite TV operations they have ever seen.
Mr. Mullen, 50, specialized in making bogus "smart cards," computer cards that satellite TV companies provide customers to unscramble signals.
According to court records, his operation was so intricate that he had more than 100 distributors across North America and even held training seminars for recruits that included an instructional video. DirecTV, which has about 11 million subscribers in the United States, estimated that Mr. Mullen cost the company more than $200-million (U.S.).
Mr. Mullen was arrested last June in Tampa, where some of his U.S. operations were based. He pleaded guilty to fraud and immigration charges and, on Monday, he was sentenced to seven years in prison. He was also ordered to pay $24-million in restitution.
"Our code name for this case was Operation Kingpin," said Richard Stone, a Los Angeles-based lawyer for DirecTV and NDS Americas Inc., which makes the smart cards. "There actually aren't that many cases like this out there. This is one of the more significant prosecutions."
Mr. Mullen has a long history in satellite television piracy. DirecTV first went after him in 1996 and won a $5-million judgment. He also faces a lawsuit in Ontario.
His latest scam began some time around 1998, when he set up a company called Multi-Media Images in his London home. The business offered a variety of services including video production and Internet-security programs. "Drawing from over 25 years of experience in the multi-media and video production fields, Marty has a true understanding of the industry," the company's website said.
But according to court documents, Mr. Mullen was also breaking into the computer codes on satellite TV smart cards and cloning thousands of duplicates. His copies were so good they eluded electronic countermeasures that satellite companies use to catch fake cards.
Mr. Mullen's operation grew quickly and he was soon supplying thousands of cards across the United States and Canada. In one three-month period alone, Mr. Mullen distributed 16,000 cards in the United States, court records show.
He also developed an extensive network of distributors and card makers including at least one industry insider. Mr. Mullen gave each new distributor two days of training, a laptop computer with encryption software for making cards and 10 fake cards to get started (all in return for $37,500). He also provided them with full technical support and an instructional video, called Cyber-1 MIP Tutorial Video. And, he set up a secure website to keep his network up to date on the latest techniques.
But DirecTV and NDS had been keeping their eyes on Mr. Mullen. In 2001, NDS hired a private investigator to infiltrate his operation. The agent "created a persona and befriended Mr. Mullen," Mr. Stone said. "Marty opened up and showed him the whole operation."
Mr. Mullen was arrested at the Tampa airport last June on an immigration charge (he had been deported from the United States in 1987 on an unrelated charge and re-entered under a false name). Charges of fraud and satellite TV piracy were laid as well and Mr. Mullen pleaded guilty two months later.
Mr. Mullen is the second major satellite TV piracy case in the past year. In 2003, a Florida court sentenced Steven Frazier to five years in jail `for hacking into smart cards. He was also ordered to pay $180-million in restitution.
Mr. Frazier, 29, had become something of a hero among hackers and even offered to provide free card-hacking tips on the Internet. Prosecutors said he ran a massive international operation, but Mr. Stone said the Frazier case paled in comparison to Mr. Mullen's.
Mr. Frazier "would be at the level of one of Mullen's sub dealers," he said. "He was a big-time guy."
Telstar 138E "Sky TV " encrypted. No more fta porn
From my Emails & ICQ
3460V has changed symbol rate to 35000 3/4. Signal is weaker than
what it was before at 30000.
Edit, as I was typing it changed back to 30000.
And our favourite Sky-TV has scrambled.
I wouldn't be surprised if there were other changes tonight.
DVB-T and DVB-S in one box. New Product from Inventa
Regards to all
From the Dish
Telstar 18 138E Several changes in the I-Sky-Net mux on 3420 V. All channels are now in clear.
NSS 6 95E 12535 V "TCT Network has replaced The God Channel Asia" on , Fta, PIDs 902/903.
Yamal 102/201 90E All channels have moved from Yamal 102 to Yamal 201, same frequencies as before.
ST 1 88E 3550 V "Six test cards" have started on , Fta, SR 26800, FEC 3/4,PIDs 1001/1002-1026/1027.
Thaicom 3 78.5E 12438 H All channels in the UBC DStv mux are Fta.
Russia To Launch Indonesian Satellite
Russia will put an Indonesian satellite into orbit around the Earth in 2007 using an air-launch system, local media reported Tuesday.
The system offered by the Russian Air Launch Aerospace Corporation includes an Antonov An-124-100AL carrier aircraft as a flying launch pad, a Polyot two-stage launch vehicle and an upper stage booster.
The two countries also plan to build a space port on Biak, an island in Indonesia's eastern Papua province, the Russian Itar-Tass news agency reported.
Gennady Ryabkov, head of the public relations department of the Air Launch Aerospace Corporation, was quoted by the agency as saying preparations for the launch have been started.
The Indonesian government also has created a working group for preparing the space launch. The Indonesian National Space and Aviation Agency will attract investments for the implementation of the project, the agency said
G2 Satellite Solutions To Launch IP Networking Service On NSS-7 Satellite
New Skies Satellites announced Tuesday that G2 Satellite Solutions, a subsidiary of PanAmSat, has selected the NSS-7 satellite to launch a new, fully managed IP-networking service in the African and Middle East regions for government and military customers.
The service is designed to support ongoing humanitarian, diplomatic and military efforts throughout the region through rapidly deployable, easily scaleable and highly secure IP-based enterprise networks.
The service employs a 9.3-meter antenna accessing NSS-7 from G2's government teleport in Silver Spring, Maryland, and broadband networking technology from iDirect Technologies, a leading provider of satellite-based broadband access solutions.
Stephen Wilson, vice president of North American sales for New Skies Satellites, said: "We have a strong and growing relationship with G2 Satellite Solutions because we share a common goal of providing the best communications services to government customers using the most advanced, reliable and secure technology. Together, we currently are collaborating on projects that take advantage of our NSS-6, NSS-703, NSS-5 and NSS-7 satellites."
Kay Sears, senior vice president of sales and marketing for G2 Satellite Solutions, said: "We work with all the major satellite operators to provide the highest quality services to government users, and we base our decisions on which satellites to employ by matching our customers' requirements to the best satellite in the region."
"We were drawn to New Skies' NSS-7 satellite because of its comprehensive and high-powered coverage over Africa and the Middle East, as well as the excellent customer service we consistently experience when collaborating with New Skies."
"This recent agreement will result in fully managed, high-speed private satellite networks for government customers operating throughout Africa and the Middle East, with a strong emphasis on security, reliability, flexibility and rapid deployment."
TVB granted reprieve for pay-TV unit
The government has given Television Broadcasts (TVB), the SAR's dominant terrestrial broadcaster, an extra 12 months to find a new investor for its pay-TV unit.
It said the survival of Galaxy Satellite Broadcasting - which reportedly has only 5,000 subscribers - would help preserve competition in the industry.
Under Galaxy's licence, TVB is not allowed to own more than 50 per cent of it. But TVB will be forced to find a new partner when Galaxy's 51 per cent owner, United States-based Intelsat, pulls out at the end of this year.
``The waiver will contribute to a more competitive marketplace if Galaxy is able to compete for subscribers by extending service coverage and adopting more aggressive pricing and programming strategies,'' a spokesman for the Commerce, Industry and Technology Bureau said.
It is the sixth time since 2000 that the government has agreed to cut TVB some slack in its pay-TV commitments.
Galaxy must invest at least HK$5 billion by August 2007 but total spending had reached only HK$150 million by the third quarter this year, a government source said. It also has a commitment to increase its coverage to 500,000 households by the end of this year, but now reaches only 400,000 households.
``In granting the waiver, the government considered the fact that Galaxy has more local content in its programming, giving viewers more choice,'' the source said.
The government said the waiver would not be extended. And TVB would have to get guarantees from future partners that others will replace them if they exit the venture.
Irdeto protects mobile TV in China
Irdeto Access, announced that the conditional access solution Irdeto M-Crypt has been selected by Guangdong Radio & Television New Technology Development to protect TV programs broadcast to cars equipped with video receiving devices in the province of Guangdong. Guangdong Radio & Television New Technology Development will launch a DVB-T platform that transmits TV programs to automobiles with Digital Multimedia Broadcasting (DMB) terminals installed. The initial trial will take place with approximately 1,000 cars and may be expanded to a commercial deployment with a potential of 3 million automobiles. The network will cover the Pearl River Delta surrounding Guangzhou, the capital city of the province of Guangdong. In 2005 the network will be extended to cover the whole province.
HBO programs available on CCTV
Local residents will be able to watch several hours of programs a day from HBO, the world's largest subscription movie channel, at home for the first time without a satellite dish starting in January.
With a set-top box, which costs around 1,000 yuan (US$120), and a monthly payment of 37 yuan, locals can watch three HBO movies on China Central Television Station's digital channel every day next year.
Beijing-based China DTV Production Co Ltd, a subsidiary of CCTV that develops digital TV broadcasting, clinched deals in October with HBO Asia to air HBO's programs on its domestic digital cable network.
HBO entire programming, which has over 50 million subscribers all over the world, can still only be broadcast via satellite to hotels or expatriate communities on the Chinese mainland under current regulations.
Industry insiders said domestic digital TV broadcasters are importing prestigious overseas programs to attract more users to get an upper hand in the rising competition in the digital TV market.
Shanghai plans to start a switchover to digital cable TV by the end of next year. Shanghai Media Group, the local cable TV network owner, said it has completed the facilities upgrade in most parts of the city, preparing for an overall digital signal transmission.
HBO to start beaming in Shanghai
MUMBAI: Pay channel users in Shanghai will be able to receive the US-based movie channel HBO from 1 January, 2005.
This comes in the wake of the cooperation between CCTV, HBO and Shanghai Oriental Cable Network, which will give viewers about 50 films each month.
According to a media report, HBO Asia will begin broadcasting three films a day to Chinese households from 1 January via a nationwide digital television network.
Local digital service providers in more than 70 cities have signed up to carry the "First Theater" channel, said China Digital Television spokeswoman Yang Jihong. "We want to spread the use of digital TV, so we want to have good content. How widespread this service depends on how many people sign up," Yang was quoted in the report as saying.
The movies shown would be picked from among titles considered "appropriate for Chinese viewers." Shanghai's Oriental Cable Television Network has signed up more than 30,000 households for the digital service and expects to have more than 50,000 by the end of the year, the Shanghai Morning Post reported.
This deal comes in the midst of the gradual liberalisation of China's once tightly controlled television market that is allowing foreign broadcasts into ever-growing parts of the country. China Digital Television launched six subscription-based digital channels in August, which include two channels for sports, one each for movies and TV series, and one each for documentaries and music.
Prasar Bharati's DTH to be launched on December 16
New Delhi, Dec 7 (UNI) The much awaited Direct-to-Home (DTH) service of Prasar Bharati will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here on December 16.
The Rs 500-crore DTH service with 30 television and 12 FM radio channels will be extended free to air by 'DD Direct' through a dish and a Set-Top-Box (STB) to be purchased by the viewer, Prasar Bharati sources said.
This is the second DTH service in the country after Dish TV of ZEE.
The sources said the channels to be shown would include CNN, BBC World, Aaj Tak, Zee Music, Star Utsav and Sun TV (Tamil) besides Doordarshan channels.
Prasar Bharati, which had announced the decision to launch DTH service long back has engaged 900 dealers as part of its marketing move, the sources said
Cost of getting House live on air: Rs 120 cr
Somnath dose: Parliament is in operation for 120 days a year. It would be difficult to fill up appropriate programming for remaining part of the year, say experts
NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 7: What would it cost to realise Speaker Somnath Chatterjee’s dream of bringing live to viewers the activities of Parliamentarians they voted to power? Rough estimates indicate that transmitting two channels one for the Lok Sabha and the other for the Rajya Sabha, round the clock would work up to Rs 120 crore annually for each of the channels. This would be minus the cost for hiring a transponder if ISRO chooses to waive the amount.
Roughly, the costs work out like this: To produce 10 hours of original programming, the Prasar Bharati Corporation requires Rs 50 lakh per day per channel. Add to this the cost of uplinking, which has to be eventually borne by somebody, which is around Rs 10 crore, and the manpower required to make the programmes.
But what will the channels transmit when Parliament is no longer in session? ‘‘Parliament is in operation for 120 days a year. It would be difficult to fill up appropriate programming for the remaining part of the year,’’ sources said.
For a start, the Corporation is working on the idea of getting each MP to unleash his vision for developing his constituency. ‘‘We can look into the wealth of information and archival material that Parliament has to telecast to the viewers,’’ official sources said. They have to be on their toes once the Budget session is over.
The Corporation has been told that the current session will have to be managed on its own. Real work will begin after January.
Perhaps the Speaker can look at an American example. C-Span is a private non-profit public service of the cable television industry with no funding from the Government, which started in 1979, to provide live coverage of the US House of Representatives. It was in 1980 that the channel covered its first presidential election.
The channel, says its website, has a huge following. But there are problems. ‘‘Neither the Congress nor the FCC has not yet made a decision on the proposed dual must carry rule a requirement that cable operators give every local broadcast station a second channel in their system,’’ a message posted on www.C-Span.org reads.
And this is something that DD has to negotiate with cable operators. With cable operators pushing entertainment channels on the prime band, someone has to hardsell the two channels of Parliament.
Finally, someone has to think fast on how to keep the channels going round the clock. DD has an unhappy track record when it comes to starting something without adequate preparation.
Live satellite chat tonight 9p.m NZ and 8.30p.m Syd Time onwards
I noticed the other day Sky NZ have dumped their channel Mosaic on channel 0, now replaced by a preview loop. Can't see the point of this change!
"Cocky Aussie visits Apsattv H.Q"
From my Emails & ICQ
From REN (NZ)
Telstar18 - Nz
3420V , 3460V loading here in Whakatane, New Zealand at 54% SNR on Dbox, via
A mixture of both Pal/NTSC services.
24 Services off both Transponders found. All Viewable
Quality of Pictures is less than desired.. Compression artefacts especially
on Hollywood movies is not the best.
3890 H loads at 56% SNR, but with no services listed.
Some interesting screenshots from 138E "Adult channel"
(Craigs comment, I can't put these on the page those who read at apsattv at work might get in trouble if porn pops up on screen!)
From the Dish
Apstar 1A 134E 4053H sr 5720?
Optus tries its own unwired
Optus will begin trials of an unnamed wireless broadband technology in the Sydney suburb of Belmore in February.
Australia's second largest telco will use the trial to test capacity, range and reliability of the service, and to determine the feasibility of future more large-scale rollouts.
The announcement comes after new wireless broadband networks from Unwired and Personal Broadband Australia (iBurst) demonstrated there is strong customer interest in wireless broadband.
Coincidentally, Optus' push into wireless broadband comes just two weeks after it took Unwired to court for false advertising. Optus objected to Unwired's advertising slogan "surf anywhere", because Optus said Unwired didn't have 100% coverage of Sydney.
Optus is expected to make a decision on a full commercial rollout next year. It says its approach will be standards based and designed to integrated with its 2G and forthcoming 3G network, which will be shared with Vodafone.
(Craigs comment, one would hope its not on Cband freqs)
Optus to test wireless broadband
Optus will run a technology trial in February to check the possibility of providing wireless broadband in Sydney, the telco said in a statement today.
A media release said a base station would be deployed in suburb of Belmore and that the trial would be run in collaboration with UTStarcom,
Capacity, range and reliability of the service would be measured to estimate how many base stations are needed for a commercial rollout. The number of users that a base station can support will also be measured.
A decision on whether wireless broadband can be commercially viable for Optus will be made next year. The technology to be used will be 3G standards-compliant TD-CDMA.
UTStarcom recently received a letter of certification from China's Ministry of Information for its performance in the 3G WCDMA trials completed in China. It has commercial deployments with PCCW in the UK and Woosh in New Zealand.
Wireless broadband is already on offer in Australia from by Unwired, Big Air, iBurst, and Telstra.
Doubts on Telstra shake-up
FINANCIAL markets and the telecommunications industry yesterday reacted with scepticism to the latest Telstra shake-up, which has seen the creation of new wholesale and media groups.
As foreshadowed in The Australian on Friday and yesterday, outgoing Telstra chief executive Ziggy Switkowski has confirmed a series of executive changes, understood to have been forced on him by the company's board.
Telstra's new standalone wholesale group - to be headed by the company's first female group managing director, Deena Shiff - will now report directly to the chief executive, as will internet division BigPond.
Former wholesale, internet and media chief Bruce Akhurst, whose division was broken up, will assume the day-to-day running of directories business Sensis. He will keep responsibility for Telstra's 50 per cent investment in pay TV group Foxtel, as well as the online content group.
The moves, which come just days after the decision to sack Dr Switkowski by July 1 next year, were immediately viewed as preparation for the sale of the federal Government's remaining 51.8 per cent stake in Telstra in 2006.
Telstra chairman Donald McGauchie last week cited changes ahead of the full privatisation of T3 - which still needs the support of National Party MPs - when he announced Dr Switkowski's departure.
Some critics of the privatisation are calling for the complete structural separation of Telstra's wholesale operations - possibly retaining the network in government ownership. Telstra has fiercely resisted this.
"It's all just moving things around, ready for T3," Morgan Stanley analyst Andrew Hines said of the management changes yesterday.
"One of the issues they had was a CEO that the market didn't like. The Nationals are waving around the structural separation flag and the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission is happy to endorse that flag-waving. Hopefully, this will have headed that off at the pass."
Dr Switkowski said the creation of a wholesale division, which sells access to Telstra's networks to rival telecom companies, had been the subject of discussions "for the better part on this year".
But Optus regulatory and legal chief Paul Fletcher said: "The mechanics of Telstra's internal structure are not that significant. What matters is whether Telstra is willing to sell wholesale services to meet demand, regardless of the impact this may have on Telstra's retail business."
Macquarie Corporate Telecommunications strategy chief Maha Krishnapillai said: "I can't help but feel that this is a cosmetic change, albeit an important one for management.
"We will only ever really know how effectively Telstra is able to abuse its market power through two things: they need separate accounts but they need separate contracts between themselves and Telstra retail."
Dr Switkowski appeared to leave the door open for further changes down the track. "We will consider whether there is better way of representing the wholesale accounts," he said.
Mr Akhurst said Telstra's directories business, Sensis, would make fresh forays into the classifieds market and video content next year.
But Dr Switkowski said no decision on whether Sensis should be separately floated ahead of the full privatisation had been made.
Ms Shiff's promotion will see her vault into the $1 million a year salary club that goes with the Telstra group managing director title. She will now take charge of Telstra's joint venture with rival Hutchison Telecommunications to build a third generation mobile phone network.
EuroNews enters Asia through Eutelsat partnership
MUMBAI: European news channel EuroNews is now available in Asia. It is being broadcast with two signals in Asia through Eutelsat’s W5 satellite.
EuroNews has seven language versions including English. This new satellite coverage will allow EuroNews to conclude agreements with cable and satellite
operators and to be part of various national offers. It has signed an initial agreement with Zee's DTH platform Dish TV, which will offer its subscribers EuroNews in all the seven languages.
EuroNews has also requested broadcasting authorisations from SARFT (the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television), China’s audiovisual authority.
EuroNews chairman and CEO Philippe Cayla said, "Thanks to this agreement with Eutelsat, a long-term partner, EuroNews is to be broadcast in Asia, completing its geographical coverage, having now a worldwide distribution. The Asian continent will offer EuroNews new financial revenue opportunities through advertisement and distribution contracts. EuroNews will bring its European perspective to this part of the world where the will to development of exchanges with Europe is very much in process."
Eutelsat chairman and CEO Giuliano Berretta said, "Eutelsat is delighted to be accompanying the international expansion of EuroNews that launched over ten years ago in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East through our Hot Bird satellite neighbourhood. This new agreement for capacity on our W5 satellite is a milestone in the development of EuroNews and we are very proud to be the channel’s chosen partner for its expansion into India and the Far East, including China."
EuroNews was launched in January 1993. It claims a daily viewership of eight million homes in Europe. Every 30 minutes, EuroNews provides a constantly updated bulletin containing coverage of the day's top news, sport, business and European affairs, together with a weather forecast. EuroNews also brings a wide range of current affairs and lifestyle features including cinema, science, fashion
(Craigs comment, 70.5E Ku band for those in Asia)
H.264 incarnate: Broadcom announces compression chip
Bearing fruit from its April acquisition of Sand Video, Broadcom today announced what it says is the industry's first silicon implementation of the H.264 video codec, a compression standard that is being touted as the successor to MPEG-2 in a wide range of video-transport and -storage applications.
The BCM7411, which can operate as either a single-channel HD decoder or a dual-channel SD (standard definition) decoder, supports MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 decoding in addition to H.264. The BCM7411 incorporates a programmable audio processor capable of handling AAC, AAC+, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, MPEG-1 Layer I/II/III (MP3), and PCM decoding. Finally, the IC contains a video postprocessor that supports functions such as dual-channel viewing, horizontal and vertical scaling, and onscreen display.
The company designed the chip to give engineers an easy upgrade path, according to Brian Sprague, Broadcom's director of marketing. The IC features GPIO (general-purpose I/O), SPI (serial peripheral interface), and PCI interfaces, outputs audio in PCM format over I2S, and serves up component video. "It's a very easy upgrade from an MPEG-2 to an MPEG-4 system," Sprague says. "You're basically leveraging everything you had in the MPEG-2 environment, but upgrading the video to MPEG-4."
H.264, which is also known as MPEG-4 Part 10 and MPEG-4 AVC (advanced video codec), provides a 2× to 3× increase in compression ratio compared with MPEG-2. That additional squeezing confers benefits anywhere that video content needs to be stored or transferred. As a result, the codec has the attention of satellite and cable TV providers, telcos that are interested in providing IPTV (Internet protocol TV), and makers of next-generation systems such as high-definition DVD recorders and PVRs (personal video recorder).
The codec can compress an HDTV stream from 19.5 Mbps to 7 or 8 Mbps, according to Sprague, who adds that the video market's move to H.264 is a foregone conclusion at this point. Would-be IPTV providers want the additional compression because it will allow them to stuff TV services down DSL pipes. And satellite providers need improved compression because otherwise, any expansion of channel capacity requires a satellite launch, Sprague says.
The company is providing samples of the chip now, and expects production quantities in January. Broadcom will demonstrate the device and announce some customer design-ins at CES, Sprague says. Though the company declines to share dollar-figure pricing, Sprague offers that, "As you go out in time, it's going to be a small incremental cost over MPEG-2 as the volume markets hit."
Broadcom is certainly in good company supporting H.264. The MPEG Industry Forum (MPEGIF) recently launched its sixth round of interoperability testing for MPEG-4-level codecs. Starting in November and culminating in a face-to-face event in December, 30 companies will be testing the latest implementations of H.264 along with AAC+. The Internet Streaming Media Alliance and the International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium also plan to join the MPEGIF in the final interoperability event. Companies that participate in the testing will make themselves eligible for a certification program, in which qualified products will carry an "MP4" logo to advertise their interoperability (see www.logo.mpegif.org).
Will Al Jazeera herald new wave in Asia?
In a move that could have significant implications for the media industry in South-east Asia, Malaysia has welcomed plans by Arab television network Al Jazeera to base its Asian operations in Kuala Lumpur when it launches an English-language satellite channel next year.
Malaysia’s Information Minister Abdul Kadir Sheik Fadzir has said that it was "a very good development".
He hopes Al Jazeera's coverage of mainly Muslim Malaysia will be less "biased" than that of the Western media.
On that score the good minister can rest assured.
If its reputation is any indication, the Qatar-based satellite TV station can be counted on to deliver the goods.
After all, didn't it blaze into worldwide fame by running Osama bin Laden interviews soon after 9/11, thereby raising the hackles of the United States which has constantly accused it of bias and anti-American conflict coverage?
But the US is not its only critic.
Since its launch in November 1996 the channel has revolutionised news reporting in the Arab world to such an extent that it has earned the ire of many Arab governments for its hard-hitting coverage of Middle-East affairs.
In August this year, the channel was banned for a month in Iraq on the grounds that it was inciting violence and hatred.
And indeed, Al Jazeera has significant flaws.
It revels in featuring views from the far end of the spectrum rather than from differing shades of moderates.
Most famously, it has a reputation for airing graphic and insensitive footage of the killings of hostages by extremists.
But for all that, Al Jazeera’s supporters call it a vital and reliable news channel that covers news professionally from an Arab perspective.
Indeed, the channel’s editorial edginess is its distinguishing mark.
More than anything, the channel has capitalised on controversy with its investigative reporting, which have on occasions taken the wind out of the sails of more established channels, such as CNN.
During the first Gulf War and the US invasion of Afghanistan, American networks scrambled to bid for the rights to rebroadcast the frontline Al Jazeera footage that none of their own correspondents were apparently able to secure.
And yes, the channel does have a tendency to play up and showcase Israeli and American "misdeeds".
But it is equally adept at riling Islamic sensitivities by discussing subjects that conservatives consider to be beyond the pale, such as the Sharia or Islamic law.
Therefore, news of its entry into South-east Asia is significant.
In a region where the media has often been accused of being static and non-questioning, how will a hard-hitting, investigative channel fit in?
Generally speaking, national broadcasters are mostly state-owned and what is aired often adheres to "culturally acceptable" standards.
So, will Al Jazeera with its no-holds barred reporting run afoul of the authorities or will it lead the way for more independent journalism in the region?
It is too early to say, but Al Jazeera has never been known to cave in to attempts to gag it.
In August when it was banned in Iraq the channel's spokesman said it would not compromise its independence.
This "independence" and its propensity to air the "other side's views" or more specifically what critics call the "Muslim view" could be a double-edged sword.
On the one hand it might help kick-start a new era of greater editorial independence in the region.
On the other hand it might ignite racial and religious hatred.
After all, this region is the next target of terrorist groups, say experts.
"Although press freedom in the region has a long way to go, to allow Al Jazeera in is not a good move for the Malaysian government," said Dr Ho Khai Leong, senior researcher at the Institute of South-east Asian Studies.
He has a point there. With Southern Thailand a tinderbox of Muslim separatist insurgency and Al Qaeda's strong presence in the region, Al Jazeera’s adversarial reporting could have an inflammatory impact.
But in the end, it is the commercial imperative that may tone down the voice of Al Jazeera, which is known to be cash-strapped apparently due to an advertising boycott.
For better or worse, Al Jazeera's roar may then turn into a modified purr.
Entire Parliament proceedings to be Telecast
New Delhi, Dec 6 (UNI) The Lok Sabha Secretariat and Doordarshan is all set to telecast the entire proceedings of Parliament from next week on a new satellite channel.
According to secretariat sources, the proceedings might be telecast either from December 13 or 14.
Speaker Somnath Chatterjee today held discussions with Vice-President and Rajya Sabha chairman Bhairon Singh Shekhawat and a final decision on the date of commencement of telecast will be taken after meeting of senior leaders, likely to be held soon.
Sources said that all the parties have agreed to the telecast and the meeting of party leaders would approve the proposal.
Doordarshan will continue the question hour proceedings every day while the new channel will telecast debate as well as all other issues in both houses.
At present, the Parliament house have low intensity transmeters, which can show the proceedins within a radius of ten to 12 KMs. Mr Chatterjee had recently held discussions with Prasar Bharti Chiefs in this regard.
B3 " Assyriasat will return on the 8th of December"
PORN FTA??? on Telstar 138E Channel labeled "Sky-TV[UB413]" No MOSAICS!
Tarb's/UBI/PBS problems in Fiji.? read news section
And now on a sad note some equipment that needs to be re-located to other hobbyists
Prices listed in NZ$ and probably negotiable, gear most likely sold as is where is buyer remove
dishes will require dismantling by purchaser.
SATELLITE EQUIPMENT FOR SALE
(deceased estate - Jack Dodds, South Auckland)
10ft. diameter Paraclipse Dish $300
12ft diameter Paraclipse Dish $400
89cm Solid Dish
All in Situ
SONY Satellite Tuner $200
PACE MSS series Satellite Receiver and Piositioner $300
DIGIPRO Satellite Receiver DS3000 $200
TELSAT 2000 Digital Satellite Positioner $200
BENJAMIN Digital Satellite Receiver $100
HYUNDI Digital Satellite Receiver $100
Also Analog Receiver and Positioner - Feedhorns - assorted LNBs - connectors and Cables
Additional actuators and installation ironmongery - Magazines and Manuals
Contact Madeline Dodds Ph: (09) 2328800
From my Emails & ICQ
Cskynet on Telstar 18 138E has been fta
3420V sr 30000
3460V sr 30000
Pacific Tv2 started on Asiasat 4 12430V sr 20000 Fec 3/4 (Encrypted Viaccess)
From Bill Richards
Screenshots from CSkynet 138E
st-1 test card replaced videolandtv on 3550/26800 v on st-1
From Herb Gardiner (NZ)
12430V AS4... Gone?!
Gone? Not quite, but might as well be!
16% Q no lock, mighty small bump on the speccie, too.
Anyone else noticed this?
We had quite a storm last night, so dish may have moved slightly.
(Craigs comment, signal gone very very low on my 76cm)
From Ahmad Mobasheri
Asiasat 4 KU
Have 26-30% signal strength on 1m dish in AK and no lock.
and an update later
It is now back here in Ak. 65% on 1m dish. Clear at 18:20hrs.
NEW SATELLITE Service SKYNET telstar 18 138E
FROM HORST IN WOLLONGONG NSW
RECEIVE ALL 27 CHANNEL WITH 2.2M DISH
ON A HUMAX 5400 Z WITH ABOUT
18/20 SIGNAL-IS HOLDING SIGNAL OK
From user 128
telstar 18 @138 east
West OZ 2.4m solid , sat card 75-81% sig
on 3420 and 3460 around 24 channels
on 3665 H 3616 channel 11 and 3666 h 3617 channel 11 ( harmonic mux )..
currently static showing
3674 H 3351 , could be data , no pids , PMT 32
3787 H 5000 similar to above
3787 H 5000 as above
aprox 10 channels there on those three , no info
no lock an anything else here
UBI Arabic package on B3 now encrypted.
Ah, the day has come, Arabic package now encrypted on UBI despite 17th December being the stated official encryption. Hmmmm, when I get the rest of the bits for my C band package I wonder if I could get the arabic stations via TELSTAR 10. Hope UBI do not encrypt the signals on Telstar 10 if they have not already.
From the Dish
Intelsat 701 180E 12648 H "Discovery Channel Australia" has started on , MDS, PIDs 515/643.
Optus B3 152E 12525 V "AssyriaSat" has left .
Optus B3 152E 12613 H "ATV Turkiye, Show TV, NTV Avrupa and Lig TV" are now encrypted.
Optus B3 152E 12613 H "Kanal D Fun and Kanal 7" are now encrypted.
Optus B3 152E 12674 H "Kurdistan TV" has started on , 518/646.
Optus B3 152E All TV channels in the UBI World TV muxes on 12674 H and 12701 H are now encrypted, except TRT International.
JCSAT 3 128E 3960 V "Z Channel" has started on , Fta, PIDs 1090/1091.
Palapa C2 113E 11472 V "MATV" has started on , Viaccess, PIDs 2701/2702.
Sinosat 1 110.5E 3824 V New FEC and PIDs for Hunan University Satellite TV on : 3/4 and 160/80.
Sinosat 1 110.5E 4106 V "Dongguang News Radio and Radio Shanghai" have left .
Sinosat 1 110.5E 12340 H "Hunan TV and Chongqing TV" have left (China beam).
N-Sat 110 110E 12291 R "BBC Japan" has started on , ISDB/B-CAS, ch 25.
N-Sat 110 110E 12411 REP 055 is back on , ISDB/Fta, SR 28860, FEC 2/3, ch 55.
NSS 6 95E Antenna Pacific has moved from 11083 H to 11104 H, Fta, SR 2800, FEC 3/4,PIDs 3601/3604.
NSS 6 95E 11106 H "TVR International" has left .
NSS 6 95E 11692 H "Dhamma Channel"is Fta.
NSS 6 95E 12534 H "FM Gold Channel" has started on , Fta, APID 734.
NSS 6 95E 12535 V New PIDs for several of the channels.
NSS 6 95E 12534 H "DD Sports" has started on , PIDs 541/641
NSS 6 95E 12647 V "DD Sahyadri" has started on , PIDs 511/611.
NSS 6 95E 12647 V "FM Rainbow" has started on , Fta, APID 708.
NSS 6 95E 12729 V "DD News" has started on , PIDs 531/631.
ST 1 88E 3582 H "TVBS Newsnet has replaced ERA News" , Fta, PIDs 609/610.
ST 1 88E 12642 H "TTV Family" has started on , Fta, PIDs 1760/1720.
Thaicom 2 78.5E 4137 H "Dhamma Channel" is now encrypted.
Telstar 10 76.5E 3652 H "TV Lanka Channel 3" is Fta.
Telstar 10 76.5E 3780 V "Mad TV" is now encrypted.
PAS 10 68.5E 3765 V "Family Christian Network and FCN Radio" have started on , Fta,SR 2941, FEC 3/4, PIDs 33/36 and 37.
PAS 10 68.5E 3768 H "The Zee Sports tests" are now encrypted.
PAS 10 68.5E 3863 V "Transafrica Radio" has started on , Irdeto, APID 2077.
PAS 10 68.5E 4075 V "Hungama TV" is encrypted again.
PAS 10 68.5E 4099 V "Pulse" has left , replaced by a Telemedia test card.
Kaitani confirms TV application
INFORMATION Minister Simione Kaitani has confirmed officials are conducting a second assessment of an Australian television company's application for a licence to operate in Fiji in partnership with the Ba Provincial Holdings Limited.
Mr Kaitani said last week the status of City West Broadcasting Services Pty Limited was being reassessed after Fiji One Television Limited raised concerns over its background.
"Officials from my ministry are re-assessing the status of the company to check on rumours causing concern," Mr Kaitani said.
He said despite the rumours, the ministry would continue to give them the "benefit of the doubt" until the end of the assessment.
According to an overseas source, the City West Broadcasting Services Limited, the Australian partner of Pacific Broadcasting Services, was "born out of the ashes of TARBS World TV Australia Pty Limited that went into receivership in July".
"TARBs went into receivership in July 2004 owing millions of dollars. It's hardly a coincidence that City West was registered at the same time, July 2004," the source said. "This is the Australian partner of the Pacific Broadcasting Services/Ba Holdings."
Ba Holdings Limited's senior official, Isimeli Bose said he would not comment on the issue.
Attempts to get comments from the Fiji Television Limited's chief executive Ken Clark, were unsuccessful.
Telstra creates media group
TELSTRA will create a dedicated media and content division that includes the Sensis directories and its half share of pay-TV operator Foxtel from the break-up of its $4 billion internet, media and wholesale group.
The move comes a Telstra moves to address regulatory concerns ahead of full privatisation.
Lawyer Bruce Akhurst will today be named the new chief of that division in a shuffle that also promotes wholesale chief Deena Shiff to a group managing director.
The possibility of a separate float of Sensis, possibly before the Telstra sale, is already being promoted by investment bankers and is expected to be considered in the scoping study which will be initiated soon by the federal Government.
The move is designed to appease the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission and Telstra's competitors, and to ease political tensions within the Coalition, where many Nationals are keen for greater clarity about Telstra's true network costs.
Telstra's internet business, Big Pond, will also now report directly to chief executive Ziggy Switkowski, who will leave the company by July 1 next year after being sacked by the board last week. A decision will later be made, probably by Dr Switkowski's replacement, on whether to roll Big Pond back into Telstra's consumer and marketing division, Telstra sources say.
The wholesale split comes after nine month of wrangling between Telstra and the ACCC over broadband pricing, an unresolved dispute in which Telstra has already attracted potential fines of about $250 million and may face court action for anti-competitive behaviour.
The regulatory environment of the telecommunications industry is rapidly emerging as a critical issue in the lead-up to the $30 billion T3 sale. In the past, offshore investors, whose participation is crucial for the success of the sale, have been loath to embrace Telstra in the face of an uncertain regulatory environment.
While company restructures and senior executive shuffles have been a hallmark of Dr Switkowski's five-year tenure as chief executive and raised concerns about management accountability, today's changes are believed to have been influenced by board discussions on the full privatisation of the company.
In his first hands-on operational role, Mr Akhurst, chairman of Sensis, will also take Telstra's media and content groups, including the Big Pond content group headed by Jerry Sutton and Telstra's 50per cent stake in Foxtel, with him to Sensis.
Mr Akhurst, a solicitor who joined Telstra in 1996, will relinquish his role as Telstra's general counsel and replace Sensis chief executive Andrew Day, who will leave at the end of the year to take a position running a collection of European directories businesses.
When he separated Big Pond from Telstra's consumer business last August in preparation for Telstra's concerted push into high-speed internet, or broadband services, Dr Switkowski said the move was not long term.
Big Pond's two managing directors, Justin Milne (marketing and strategy) and Philip Jones (operations), are not being promoted but there will be fresh financial focus on the business after a recent study by Telstra chief financial officer John Stanhope raised concerns about shrinking margins in the business, sources say. Telstra is investing $2 billion in its broadband network.
Like other telecommunications companies, Telstra must manage the transition from dial-up internet services to lower-margin high-speed or broadband products.
Cricket's battle over TV rights
What will happen when the television rights to Australian cricket expire at the end of 2006?
Did anyone hear the war start? It has, last week. The battle over the television rights to Australian cricket that expire at the end of 2006. Tests, one-day domestic and international matches. The best part of $30-$32 million in annual income for the Nine Network, profits in profit-starved summer, and valuable eyeballs for the Packer TV and publishing empires and a steady cashflow for Cricket Australia and the state associations.
The current TV contract is held by PBL's Nine Network and is due to expire in just over a year's time. Cricket Australia wants it sorted out by the middle of next year, where it will run slap bang into the furore caused by the Ashes series in England being on Pay TV and not free to air, because no free to air network wants to waste valuable time in a peak ratings period on cricket and its low audiences, especially when it will be on Pay TV.
That situation has arisen because of some sharp thinking by PBL and News, two of the shareholders in Foxtel and who control premier Sports, which supply the Fox Sports channels to Foxtel. The Pay TV rights for the England Ashes series is held by Fox Sports, meaning the free to air broadcast would be devalued by having them broadcast on Pay TV live and relatively uninterrupted by advertisements.
Cricket Australia is effectively negotiating with a monopoly in Nine and PBL and while it wants a higher price, it also wants some sort of partnership to further the progress of the sport in Australia.
Cricket Australia therefore has no way of generating an auction to get a price bidding war going. Seven and Ten are not interested unless the price is silly and very cheap and that's not likely to happen.
Besides Seven has tennis and gold in the summer and if they were to lodge a bid, Nine has the first and last rights which would give it little chance of success.
But Seven, if it was of a mind, could make a bid simply to upset Nine and to prepare the ground for the bidding for the AFL rights next year. Seven has the first and last rights for the AFL, despite the presence of Nine and Ten as the broadcasters.
The AFL contract expires at the end of 2006 but the AFL wants it done and dusted by the end of 2006.
Nine and Ten are at loggerheads. Kerry Packer wants the AFL finals for Nine. Ten doesn't want to give them up and will walk away if it doesn't have the finals, leaving Nine with the AFL broadcast, greater expense, and having to fit AFL broadcasts in with its Rugby League broadcasts in the NSW and Queensland markets.
There's a lot happening and Cricket Australia has to play a 'long game' looking to corral Nine towards a deal that helps sort out problems in the annual Australian cricket program, and also goes someway to charting a course to fix these problems perceived as existing in the report from consultants McKinsey and Co.
Hence these stories. Firstly on Friday in The Australian - Testing times ahead for one-dayers - from Saturday's Sydney Morning Herald about the future prospects for cricket from McKinsey - Cricket cracking at the seams.
For Nine cricket represents valuable ratings, audiences and cash flow and profit in the summer doldrums, but some at the network see a chance to boost this by agreeing to some strategic changes in the scheduling that would help Nine fight hard in the last month in official ratings in November, where the rival Ten Network now hurts it with the finals of Australian Idol.
The idea goes something like this. The story in Friday's Australian lays out the idea with the elimination of the triangular January one-day series, the anchoring of test matches each summer to fixed schedules, such as Boxing Day in Melbourne, perhaps Brisbane a fortnight before Christmas, New Year in Sydney, Adelaide on Australia Day.
The one-day internationals would be limited to the Australian side and either the touring side and or one other side in a limited number of games played well before the tests. The Pura Cup would continue as is, in and around the tests etc, which is what happens now. While the ING Cup one day domestic games could be changed to make the competition shorter or at the start and end of the official season. Consideration might be made to the 20 over games now popular in England, but that's still experimental.
Nine would not be so opposed to that if it could schedule the one day internationals in prime time on some Sunday, Wednesday nights in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane in November and early December.
They would be proper full strength international games involving the strong Australian team in prime official ratings time.(they did well, winning Sunday night (December 5) for Nine with the first game in Hadlee Chappell Trophy.)
That could enable Nine to charge more for these games for sponsorships, and more for the tests because they would not be cluttered up by the one day games.
Nine's prime time ratings would get a lift (so the thinking goes) and this would help it drain viewers on two nights a week from Ten. Seven and the ABC.
If this works then Cricket Australia could get away with asking Nine to pay more money.
By offering games into prime time evenings in November on peak viewing nights. Cricket Australia and Nine could argue that they are exposing the game to bigger audiences, more women and ethnic groups( part of the problems as seen in the McKinsey Report).
One of those win-win situations. But there's a couple of snags.
Pay TV rights will be excluded(but maybe the ING Cup and the 20 over games get shuffled off into Fox Sports in some sort of profit sharing deal involving Cricket Australia). The final could be played prime time on a Sunday evening on free to air to help keep a lot of people happy.
And the public relations problem about the non free to air broadcasting of the Ashes series in England would have to be met.
The cricket authorities will find it hard to convince the ABC to take it because the head of ABC TV, Sandra Levy, does not like sport at all. SBS could be seduced. Nigel Milan is still close to people from PBL and Nine and wants to play in a bigger league (and they did a sub-letting deal with Seven on the Olympics).
There could be some subsidisation of SBS's payments to the Poms for the free to air rights from somewhere (from Canberra's latest slush fund?).
So yes, the war is underway, and with all battles, the skirmishes at the start are small and isolated. But as always the real work goes on behind the scenes before battle is joined.
So watch for more blizzards of hints, leaks and 'exclusives' A good tip would be the read what appears in the News Ltd papers. After all they own 25% of Foxtel and half of Fox Sports and have a vested interest in the right outcome.
But for Nine the chance is there to finally schedule cricket into prime time at a time in the ratings season that will benefit Nine and delivery more money.
(Finally, as an aside, why McKinseys? Surely Cricket Australia is alert to the damage McKinseys and other consultants have wrought in companies like the National Australia Bank where a string of restructurings and changes based on consultants reports including McKinseys damaged the bank, lowered staff levels and led to a sharp rise in costs. Take a look at this report on a McKinsey-inspired re-organisation at the NAB in 2003 that thankfully went nowhere because of the forex loses and board changes - SMH: Bank sets record: 4000 jobs to go - The Nab was badly damaged by poor report from consultants such as McKinseys and others, especially in the Information technology area and in the changes to the structure and staff numbers at the NAB. And, besides don't good consultants already know what the client wants to hear, not necessarily what the client should hear?)
(Craigs comment, Cricket on SBS?? how about ABC3 a National Australian sports channel?)
Netball rights are in TVNZ's court
TVNZ is back in the race for netball's broadcasting rights.
Sky appeared to have completed its rout of New Zealand live sports coverage earlier this week when it was revealed it was courting netball.
But the Sunday Star-Times understands free-to-air broadcaster TVNZ has a last rights clause in its contract. That means the network will get the opportunity to match any competitor's bid when its contract expires at the end of this month.
Netball New Zealand chief executive Shelley McMeeken would not comment on negotiations but the national netball body's decision to switch broadcaster is complex. The sport's revenue has jumped in recent years thanks to free-to-air primetime coverage. But because most netball fixtures clash with rugby, Sky would broadcast netball on its alternate sports channels, possibly delayed.
Key sponsor Fisher and Paykel is believed to support the continuation of netball and TVNZ's association and it's not known whether players will demand their already meagre wages be increased should NNZ negotiate a windfall.
New Zealand has no anti-siphoning laws to prevent the deal, which includes test matches, the National Bank Cup and NPC. McMeeken hoped a decision would be made before NNZ's mid-December board meeting, when the deal is expected to be rubber-stamped.
One of franchises which would benefit from a better TV deal suffered a body blow yesterday.
The Capital Shakers lost naming rights sponsor Haier New Zealand. The sponsors were unhappy that leading players Megan Hutton and Katie Ritchie have gone back to their old franchises. Goal keep Hutton has returned to the Southern Sting, and goal shoot Ritchie to the Otago Rebels.
The sponsor was also concerned the Shakers had not attracted new players of similar quality to those who had gone ahead of next year's National Bank Cup, which starts in April. The Shakers won just one match this year and finished second-to-bottom.
In an earlier TV sports announcement Prime Television confirmed this week it will be Sky's official free-to-air cricket broadcaster this summer.
Prime will simulcast live all three test matches of the Australian tour and three of the five one-day international matches. Packaged highlights of the first two Australia v New Zealand ODIs will also be telecast on Prime.
Prime will also telecast packaged highlights of the Sri Lankan tour including two test matches and five one day internationals.
Intelsat Regains Control of the Intelsat AmericasÔ 7 Satellite
From Press Release Date: 3 December 2004 Release Number: 2004-40
Pembroke, Bermuda, 3 December 2004 Intelsat, Ltd. today announced that it is pursuing a recovery mission of the Intelsat Americas 7 satellite, which experienced a sudden and unusual electrical distribution anomaly on November 28. As a result of an intensive recovery effort by the Intelsat technical team, contact and control of the satellite has been regained. Service restoration is underway, with several key customers expected to be operational on IA-7 by the end of the day. Although testing of the satellite’s capabilities is still underway, operations have been restored on a portion of the satellite’s transponders.
Prior to IA-7’s reactivation last night, the affected Intelsat customers had all been offered alternate capacity at different orbital locations, with many customers restored on alternate Intelsat capacity within hours of Sunday morning’s anomaly. The exact cause of the anomaly is still being investigated, in cooperation with Space Systems/ Loral, the satellite’s manufacturer, and Loral Skynet, each of whom participated in the recovery effort.
“Our first priority in this event was to address the needs of our existing customers and their end-users,” said Conny Kullman, Chief Executive Officer of Intelsat, Ltd. “As a global operator with 28 satellites in our network, Intelsat’s overall flexibility and ability to match available capacity to customer requirements served us well in quickly providing alternate solutions. We are keeping Zeus Holdings Limited, Intelsat’s prospective acquirer, fully apprised of developments as they occur with respect to the IA-7 satellite and we understand Zeus is continuing its evaluation of the situation.”
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IntelSat Regains Control Of Satellite
Commercial satellite operator Intelsat Ltd. has regained control of a key satellite that it lost track of last weekend.
Intelsat Vice President of Investor Relations Dianne VanBeber said yesterday that engineers had feared Sunday night that the communications satellite wouldn't be found, and the company announced its loss. But Monday, the satellite began sending basic information back to Earth. In effect, she said, it was signaling, "Here I am, send me a command."
Throughout the week, engineers were able to increase control, she said, and they restored service to a number of customers Thursday night and yesterday. But VanBeber said engineers do not know why the satellite suffered a "sudden and unexpected power loss" and do not know if they will be able to fully restore service.
Within hours of Sunday's loss, Intelsat switched many customers, including the Playboy Channel and the Nebraska lottery system, to some of its other 27 satellites. But 20,000 customers of StarBand Communications Inc., a McLean satellite Internet service provider, were left without service.
StarBand managed to move 1,000 customers to another satellite. However, most customers were without an Internet connection until Intelsat began restoring service, according to Howard Lossing, StarBand's vice president of marketing.
Lossing said StarBand officials were confident that the satellite loss was an anomaly. Intelsat hadn't lost a satellite since 1972. "This is one of those things that simply doesn't happen," he said. "We have no concern about it happening again."
VanBeber said it's unclear whether Intelsat can revive enough transponders on the satellite to guarantee its $5 billion deal to sell the company to Zeus Holdings Ltd., a group of four venture capital firms. Zeus can walk away from the deal under certain conditions.
"We have not yet restored enough of the satellite to attain that goal, but the recovery mission is still underway and further progress could be made in the coming days," VanBeber said.
Intelsat is incorporated in Bermuda, but most of its workforce of about 850 employees is based in Washington.
Fashion TV signs deal to provide programming for SiTV's digital TV platform
Shanghai. (Interfax-China) - Shanghai Interactive Television Co., Ltd. (SiTV), one of China's three nationwide digital pay TV platform operators, has established a strategic cooperation in TV content with Fashion TV (FTV), a France-based fashion TV station, SiTV PR Manager Li Jun told Interfax. SiTV is a subsidiary of SMG (Shanghai Media Group), one of China's largest media organizations.
Under the terms of their agreement, FTV will provide 3.5 hours of program material everyday to SiTV's "Channel Young" for broadcast over the company's national digital pay TV platform. This agreement is the first partnership FTV has ever had with a TV broadcaster in Mainland China.
"FTV and SiTV will both obtain revenues generated from digital pay TV subscription, shared at corresponding proportions," Li explained. "We were able to set up this collaboration due in part to new Chinese government policies that have further opened up China's TV industry."
In late November of this year, China's State Administration of Radio, Film and TV (SARFT) and the Ministry of Commerce issued a temporary regulation that allowed foreign broadcasters to form joint ventures or co-operative companies with Chinese partners. That policy became effective on November 28, 2004. Joint venture or co-operative firms formed between foreign and Chinese companies may produce and sell broadcast TV programs, with the exception of news and news analysis programming.
"SiTV and FTV will expand our cooperation according to new marketing situations and shifts in government policies," Li added.
Meanwhile, SiTV is also currently in talks with a number of other companies concerning possible cooperation agreements. "The more collaborations we have, the more rich and entertaining our programming content will be in the future," Li said.
SiTV became China's second licensed operator of a nationwide digital pay TV platform in September of this year. As of November, the company had approximately 50,000 subscribers in Shanghai and approximately 400,000 in China as a whole.
Malaysia's Astro 3Q Net MYR29.8M Vs MYR5.4M
KUALA LUMPUR (Dow Jones)--Malaysia's Astro All Asia Networks PLC (5076.KU) Friday said net profit for the third quarter ended Oct. 31 rose to MYR29.8 million from MYR5.4 million a year earlier due to gains in pay television subscribers.
In a statement to stock market Bursa Malaysia, Astro said its revenue for the quarter increased 18% on year to MYR440.7 million.
The company provides satellite multichannel subscription television and radio services.
Astro subscribers rose to 1.47 million at the end of October, a jump from 1.39 million a year earlier. The average revenue per subscriber rose to MYR81.8 from MYR80.7 a year earlier.
For the nine months ended Oct. 31, net profit was MYR82.9 million, a turnaround from a net loss of MYR25.9 million a year earlier. Revenue for the period increased 23% to MYR1.26 billion.
Going forward, the company said it expects its financial performance for the full year ending Jan. 31 to be satisfactory.
"There has been continuing demand for the group's products and services and barring any unforeseen circumstances, it is anticipated that the group's overall performance will be satisfactory," Astro said.
UNIQUE COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE UNVEILED IN KRASNOYARSK
KRASNOYARSK, December 4 (RIA Novosti) - The Reshetnev science-and-production association unveiled a mock-up of its up-to-date Express-AT communications satellite here today.
Talking to RIA Novosti, the enterprise's deputy general director for marketing programs Andrei Kozlov noted that the 1:10 Express-AT spacecraft scale mock-up had never been shown before.
Our enterprise is developing this new-generation communications satellite together with France's Alcatel company. The Express-AT satellite will be used for interactive TV broadcasts, also broadcasting radio programs; it will be relaying multimedia broadcasts, as well, Kozlov added.
The Reshetnev science-and-production association turns out satellites for the global GLONASS navigation system, which can calculate any object's coordinates in any part of the world. According to Kozlov, this system's transceivers can be installed aboard military and civilian aircraft, ships and cars.
The GLONASS system was developed and commissioned on the Soviet defense ministry's orders back in the early 1980s, Vladimir Kazantsev, chief GLONASS system specialist, noted. The GLONASS provides navigation support for military and civilian users alike. The GLONASS satellite cluster was deployed completely in 1995, comprising 24 spacecraft. However, no launches took place over the next three years, with that satellite cluster dwindling as a result, Kazantsev added.
In 2001 the Government of Russia endorsed various directives for unconditionally retaining, upgrading and expanding the GLONASS system; the list of such documents includes the "Global Navigation System For The 2001-2011 Period" federal target program.
House fare for all homes
The entire country can watch live proceedings of Parliament on two exclusive Doordarshan channels from December 13.
The move, described as revolutionary by Parliament sources, was the culmination of Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee’s efforts to extend “the visitors’ gallery to every home in the country”.
Doordarshan now only telecasts live question hour from 11am to noon. Zero hour, which begins at noon, is also telecast but can only be watched by viewers residing within 12 km of Parliament as Doordarshan had been unable to procure a high-powered transmitter.
The sources said Doordarshan and Prasar Bharti officials are now working overtime to launch the new satellite channels on December 13.
The channels, DD-LS and DD-RS, can be viewed through cable even in remote places like the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and the Lakshadweep Islands, said the sources.
Chatterjee has been striving to enforce transparency and discipline in the business of the House. The sources said he was concerned that only a few in Delhi could watch the live telecast of the proceedings of zero hour while some could watch them from the visitors’ gallery. With the proposed live telecast, viewers can now watch the proceedings at home from 11 am till the end of the session.
The live telecast of the entire proceedings will ensure better attendance especially in the second half when the House is generally half-empty, better behaviour and the MPs preparing better, which will enhance the quality of debate.
On December 1, Doordarshan had scrapped the telecast of question hour to air the India-South Africa cricket Test match, much to the annoyance of the Speaker.
No update Sunday
No update Saturday
C1 12407V was FTA last night
Assyriasat hads left the B3 Globecast service
Tv2Me mentioned yesterday has been Slashdotted (posted on one of the webs most famous forums)
see the link here http://slashdot.org/articles/04/12/02/1647218.shtml?tid=129&tid=95
The circular pol KU Asiasat 4 signals mentioned yesterday are RHC, yes weirdly this bird has some ku transponders for service to Hong Kong using RHC pol in the 11ghz band!
From my Emails & ICQ
(Craigs comment, yes TVNZ have registered many similar addresses for their planned new service)
From Mark via vetruns forum
12.460 H 6670 Ten Live Eye 2 At Eastern Creek for the V8 Supercars.
News feed wx.
12.452 H 6670 V8 Link setup for the weekend.
YTN on PAS-2
We are now able to answer our own question about
the disappearance of YTN on PAS-2 at 3,771 (H).
Effective from 1 Dec 2004 the Symbol rate was
changed from 9.042553 to 6.510638.
Pulse Africa TV on Pas10
Looks like the Pulse has stopped on Pas10
replaced with a Telemedia test card.
From MR Humax
B3 feed seen "Ten weather" 12462 H 6670 3/4
From the Dish
Nothing in via Lyngsat
Another Firm seeks Fiji TV licence
AN Australian-based company is seeking to set up a new free to air television station .
TV2/Maire Limited's managing director, Ken Stratton said the company had lodged the final documents with the Ministry of Information, Communications and Media Relations for a licence to establish and operate Fiji's second commercial television service.
"The new station will offer a programme schedule of world class standards to viewers at no cost," Mr Stratton said.
In a statement, Mr Stratton said they had drawn on the consultancy services of three Australian broadcast engineering companies and two commercial television networks in formulating the technical design and operational systems for the new station.
"The station will be 100 per cent Fiji owned, with consultancy and fallback finance coming from Australia," he said.
He said the station would broadcast many movies, series and documentaries that Fijians now paid to see and locally produced programs "will occupy some 36 hours of programming per week".
"Our day time programmes will bring a wealth of information to the Fijian woman. Children will be offered educational programmes instead of animated ones," Mr Stratton said.
He said the new station would cover all of Fiji as Tv2 had an agreement in principle with New Skies to distribute the station's signal via satellite to its transmitter network across Fiji.
"Viewers will still receive the station in the same way they currently receive Fiji One but the signal will be sent via satellite from Suva to ground transmitters," he said.
Attempts to get comments from the Minister for Information, Simione Kaitani on the application proved futile yesterday.
(Craigs comment, now can you recall that test signal a few weeks ago on I701 that was playing TVSN and then at one time Central 7?? BINGO!)
Macquarie in $3bn deal
MACQUARIE Communications Infrastructure Group, owner of most of Australia's TV and telco transmission towers, has begun its offshore expansion with a £1.27 billion ($3.1 billion) deal to buy Britain's second-biggest transmission group.
The deal to buy ntl:Broadcast and its 3000-strong tower network is the biggest move in Britain by an Australian media-related company since Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation created pay-TV group BSkyB in the early 1990s.
It will spark a restructure of MCIG's stapled securities, while reuniting its seed asset Broadcast Australia - bought for $850 million in 2002 when it was known as NTL Australia - with its former parent.
Two of NTL's directors, Tom Bennie and Peter Douglas, remain on the Broadcast Australia board. But MCIG chairman Gerry Moriarty said yesterday their presence did not influence the outcome of negotiations to buy the British group.
"It has been a highly professional, well-conducted process and one that was certainly not influenced by individuals," Mr Moriarty said. The deal would immediately boost MCIG yields, lifting its forecast 2006 distribution by 9 per cent to 36c for each stapled security.
Digital STBs to double by 2009
Spurred on by continued deployment and acceptance of digital terrestrial television, digital cable, and digital satellite services, worldwide shipments of digital set-top boxes are expected to accelerate strongly over the next five years. IMS Research forecasts a worldwide shipment volume of nearly 90 million units by 2009; a near-doubling of the expected 2004 volume of 47.8 million units.
Additionally, the Asia Pacific region is expected to contribute the strongest regional growth in digital set-top box shipments within the next five years. The region is forecasted to comprise slightly over 40 per cent of worldwide set-top box shipments by 2009, a 43 per cent increase in share compared to the 28 epr cent expected for 2004.
Student Satellite Almost Ready For Space
It is the students themselves who have to make sure the satellite actually leaves the ground. Credits: ESA.
Paris, France (ESA) Dec 03, 2004
Building a satellite takes years and costs millions. Well, not always. Nearly one hundred students from all over Europe have been working hard on SSETI Express. From the drawing board to launch in less than one year, all the while keeping costs to a minimum.
Last week a handful of students gathered at ESTEC, in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, to put the finishing touches to the flight model. The nerve-wracking 'final exams' in the space simulators will follow in January the last hurdle before launch in May 2005.
Sascha Tietz already witnessed the vibration test of the satellite's propulsion system and knows what to expect: "You will see a sixty by sixty by seventy centimetre satellite standing on an enormous vibration table. There will be movement in all directions - nothing will be normal. But still Express will survive. It will be ok out in space, of that I am sure."
The other students are just as confident about the satellite, which is not much bigger than a dishwasher. Inside there are three smaller satellites, each measuring ten cubic centimetres.
As soon as the mother satellite has been released from the launcher, the three smaller 'cubesats' will be deployed.
They are built by universities in Germany, Japan and Norway, and are a premiere according to Philippe Willekens, from ESA's Education Department, never before has a satellite placed other satellites into Earth orbit.
Like the longer term and larger scale Student Space Education and Technology Initiative (SSETI) mission, European Student Earth Orbiter (ESEO), SSETI Express has been largely designed and built over the Internet.
The students keep each other informed about the latest developments using a special news server and weekly chat sessions. "This is an education project, but it is more than learning via the Internet," believes Sascha. "You do learn, but meanwhile you are also actually doing something, you really are building a satellite."
What started out as a chaotic gathering of up to forty students has evolved into routine structured meetings using a unique chat language. The students use short sentences, getting to the point quickly.
Twice a week the satellite builders hold a virtual meeting under the leadership of Neil Melville and Marie De Cock from ESA.
She is pleased with the renewed enthusiasm from the participants, "The students have been working on SSETI ESEO for four years, but physically there's not much to show for it. Express is intended as a quick version, providing motivation and real hands-on experience of building a satellite."
Once in space, Express will test various parts that will also fly on the ESEO mission. It will also take photos of the Earth, accessible to everyone over the Internet thanks to an open control centre. Once the main mission is completed after three months, Express will serve as a transponder for amateur radio users.
Express has been a good apprenticeship for the young engineers. During integration it became apparent that some of the parts weren't compatible. Problems arose because of differing standards between countries.
The 'language' in which the various satellite components communicate also had some compatibility problems.
During the first tests of the main computer the team encountered a crucial communication fault, both in the computer itself, and between the students.
"My message was using 29 characters, Sascha's 11. We hadn't made a clear decision about the standard during one of the chat sessions," explains Renato Krpoun from Switzerland.
During the workshop at ESTEC the students are doing their utmost to get the satellite ready for launch in May 2005.
Parts have been soldered and tested over and over and over again. Austrian student Lars Mehnen has been involved in the project from the start and will stay in Noordwijk for a while to finish his tasks. Despite the long working hours, he remains optimistic, "A satellite is the most complex object you can build as an engineer, a fantastic challenge."
ESA is the main sponsor of SSETI Express, but it is the students themselves who have to make sure the satellite actually leaves the ground. It will take more than late nights in the cleanroom to make it into space though.
The team have recruited two law students from Paris, France, to take care of legal matters. Their tasks include for example arranging customs documentation for parts that have to be delivered from France, via Germany, and eventually in the satellite, on to Russia.
Meanwhile a group of Italian art students are working on Public Relations. They have created a website, arranged photos and written press releases. From next year, business schools in Belgium, France and Switzerland will also become involved in the project, helping with planning, finances and sponsorship.
Sponsorship is very important as SSETI Express is not only built by students, but also has a student budget preferably for free.
"We don't have money, but we still have to get things done", explains Karl Kaas Laursen from Denmark. "But if you think that means we aren't taken seriously by the space industry, then you would be wrong."
For example, Valkenburg Airport is providing the paintwork and a German glue manufacturer is giving advice about the best adhesives to use.
Sascha: "When we explain what we are doing, and how hard we are working, a lot of companies are prepared to give us a helping hand. They appreciate what we are doing with this project."
The engineers at ESTEC are no exception according to Renato, "You just have to open up the phonebook to the right page for a particular department, and they are ready to help. Sometimes they even have spare parts for us that would otherwise just be gathering dust in a draw."
The SSETI Association was started in June 2003, giving the project greater independence.
The European Space Agency remains the main sponsor and helps where they can, but the SSETI Association makes it easier for the students to find sponsors for the ongoing ESEO project and the future European Student Moon Orbiter (ESMO).
Many of the students have ambitions that go further than the Moon. After SSETI they will work in the space industry.
Karl: "Space is the ultimate place to send electronics. It could spell the end for your equipment. When they saw the first designs for SSETI, the experts said: that will break, this will explode and the rest will fall off during launch. That's when the challenge started. You want to know if you can build something that can survive anything the launch and the harsh space environment. SSETI Express will do it, just watch..."
I want my Moscow TV
Ken Schaffer doesn't like blind spots. Never has.
On Oct. 19, 1957, days after Sputnik became Earth's first man-made satellite, Schaffer, the son of a Bronx truck driver, received a Heathkit radio for his 10th birthday. Inspired by the chirping from space, he soon became a world-class ham-radio operator, adept at Morse code.
"It was compelling that I could just go beep-beep-beep, the smallest possible muscle group movement, and I could send a signal that goes to China," he recalled recently. "I would never answer people from New Jersey or Long Island or anything. I wanted Mongolia."
"We had one of the first televisions in the Bronx. I remember...watching the first transmission of 'The Huntley-Brinkley Report' in color and screaming to my mother, 'I can see the colors, I can see the colors!'"
inventorYears later, in 1981, after having detoured to invent a wireless microphone, travel with the Rolling Stones and make guitars for John Lennon, Schaffer installed a satellite dish atop his Midtown Manhattan apartment building and was soon pulling in broadcasts from the Soviet Union.
"I wasn't interested in HBO and free Showtime," he said. "It was not interesting to me. I was watching Russian feeds from Moscow to Cuba--and what they used to do after they finished the feed is, the Russians would send porno to Havana, or American films. And this was before Gorbachev and all that kind of stuff."
Inspired by the potential of satellites to open up communication, Schaffer soon built a satellite telephone operation connecting the Soviet Union with the West, a venture that he sold for millions in 1995.
Now, Schaffer, 57, is trying to abolish yet another blind spot. In short, he has devised a way to make home TV reception portable--with high-quality pictures to be watched, and channels to be changed, from anywhere in the world that the Internet can reach.
So far, he has put his PC-based innovation into the hands of a few dozen others willing to pay several thousand dollars. But he aims to reduce the price to less than $1,000 within a year.
"Kenny is not your everyday eccentric," said Jonathan Sanders, a consultant to CBS News in Moscow who has known Schaffer for more than 20 years. "Kenny is an explosion of genius wrapped in a very unconventional package that is bursting with energy. This is somebody who is doing the kinds of things that you read about at one time only in science fiction, things that no one else thinks are possible but that he is able to pull off."
So much was clear one Tuesday afternoon last month.
"So this is like the Russian version of a cross between 'E.R.' and 'Law and Order,'" Schaffer said. He was sitting at a desk in the apartment next to the Plaza Hotel where he has lived, at least part time, since 1968. Spread before him were computer monitors. On one was a live cable television feed from the apartment he keeps in Moscow. On another, a live London feed was displaying a somewhat risque commercial for a British cell phone carrier.
The quality of the full-screen images bore no resemblance to what the rest of the world thinks of as streaming Internet video. It was not quite real television, but there was very little of the pixilation and none of the incessant stuttering familiar to anyone who has watched live video over the Internet. The main character appeared on the Russian medical drama, and Schaffer jerked back a bit.
"Arrgh! That's my ex-wife!" he said, pointing at the actress, Alla Kliouka.
Schaffer popped out of full-screen mode, clicked, and switched the channel to MTV Russia.
In fact, Schaffer was controlling a dedicated computer terminal back in Moscow that was simultaneously connected to his Moscow cable box and a DSL data line. The terminal, which Schaffer calls TV2Me, uses a small infrared emitter to tell the cable box which channel to display. Inside TV2Me are special computer cards that allow the unit to send high-quality video over a routine broadband data connection.
In his bedroom is a huge Sony plasma flat-panel television. He puts up the same Moscow channels that were on the laptop in the living room. Even on the big screen, the images are fluid and clear.
It was an impressive demonstration, but a somewhat ironic one as well. Sony, it turns out, has just developed a similar product, called LocationFree TV. Both TV2Me and LocationFree TV allow a user to view their home television from anywhere in the world that has a high-speed Internet link, even a Wi-Fi connection outdoors. The Sony unit is cheaper. The home base station of the Sony unit is smaller. Sony's user interface is slicker. But for all that, Schaffer's unit transmits a clearer picture over the Internet.
So how did he do it? And why?
Schaffer has always been a TV guy, and a stickler for picture quality.
"We had one of the first televisions in the Bronx," he recalled. "I remember vividly standing in the living room in front of this round-tube TV thing, this huge console, watching the first transmission of 'The Huntley-Brinkley Report' in color and screaming to my mother, 'I can see the colors, I can see the colors!'"
In 1975, Schaffer bought one of the first big-screen projection televisions in New York City, an 84-inch monster made by Advent. He had been working as a rock music technician and publicist, and Schaffer said that Ron Wood and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones would sometimes come over to review concert tapes on the big screen.
Also that year, Schaffer was living with the band's tour director when he noticed that whenever Mick Jagger would switch to a wireless microphone, the sound quality collapsed. "Sometimes the police radio would bleed through and it would be, 'There's a body floating in the East River' or something, in the middle of a show," Schaffer said.
Schaffer set about inventing a wireless microphone that would actually work well and came up with a system that lent itself to a wireless guitar as well. His customers ended up including not only the Stones and John Lennon, but also Pink Floyd, Peter Frampton, Fleetwood Mac and others.
Two decades later, after Schaffer's venture into satellite phone service--an endeavor that brought him a 14,000-word profile in The New Yorker--he started playing around with Internet and Web systems. He took a look at what was being called Web video and was not impressed. "I saw what was presented as Internet TV on Yahoo," he recalled. "It was the equivalent of the microphone Mick Jagger was using when I said I could do better than that. It's a one-to-one equivalent."
All the while, Schaffer was shuttling between New York and Moscow, where he estimates that he has spent a total of perhaps four years out of the last 20. Russian television improved through the 1990s, but he still could not get what he wanted. "I missed 'Seinfeld,'" he said. "I wanted to watch Ted Koppel and 'The Sopranos' and 'Saturday Night Live.'"
He started working on TV2Me in earnest in 2001, and he has ended up using the same basic compression technology that Sony is using, called MPEG-4. But while Sony is essentially using standard MPEG-4 by itself, Schaffer and his team of Turkish and Russian programmers have developed circuitry that allows the MPEG-4 encoder to operate more efficiently and to generate a better picture.
"All of his projects have to do with connecting people and also something beyond the norm," said Robert E. Bishop, an old friend of Schaffer's and a managing partner of Tekseed, which is developing a separate video system for security applications. "For him, it has to be something that is advancing technology. I think he was trying to take existing hardware and put it together in a way that really improved the science of moving video from Point A to Point B."
The engineering has always come naturally to Schaffer. The business side is another matter. He built a big business out of the wireless music technology in the 1970s but never patented his inventions. He sold his satellite company for millions to a company now part of the military contractor Lockheed Martin, but he lost much of the proceeds in bad investments during the 1990s technology boom.
This time, Schaffer is trying to play by the book, a change he attributes to an enhanced sense of responsibility after having a child with Kliouka in 1995. He has patents pending. He has lawyers.
For now, he has sold only a few dozen TV2Me units, at prices ranging from $4,800 to more than $6,000. Many of his clients so far are well-heeled sports fanatics who simply must get their games when on the road. One client is a University of Oklahoma football fan. Another, a British rock star, needs his soccer.
Within a year, Schaffer hopes to reduce the price to less than $1,000. Right now, the product is based on a high-powered Pentium 4 PC running Windows, but by building special chips that can focus on only the tasks required for TV2Me, such a product can be made lighter, smaller and cheaper. The use of such chips is a big reason Sony's product is so much less expensive than TV2Me.
In fact, Schaffer says he may end up selling his entire technology. "I'd like to see this go to a company," he said, indicating that he already has buyers in mind. Schaffer is keenly aware of the copyright and other legal issues potentially posed by his technology, which does, after all, retransmit cable or satellite television signals over the Internet. He insists that each customer put his systems only to personal use.
"I want to stay absolutely within the law," he said. "On a personal level, I paid for this cable." What separates him from other cable subscribers, he said, is simply that "I have a long extension cord."
But he said he had turned down overseas sports bar owners who want to show American football to attract expatriate customers. And he has built roadblocks into his system meant to prevent users from sharing their video feeds with others.
For now, he says he has not heard from any unhappy networks or satellite or cable television operators. A spokesman for Time Warner Cable, the main cable carrier in Manhattan, declined to comment on either TV2Me or Sony's LocationFree TV.
But just as television companies at first largely ignored digital video recorders like TiVo, only to wake up later, devices like TV2Me may offer new challenges and opportunities to the entertainment industry sooner than expected. TiVo users sometimes refer to their practice as "time shifting," that is, watching television on their own time.
Schaffer refers to the use of his product as "space shifting," as in watching television in one's own space. (His Web site is www.spaceshift.net.)
More broadly, Schaffer hopes that his life of eliminating blind spots has done just a bit to make humanity safer. "I think the more that you eliminate borders between countries, people, ideas, the more likely it is that we're going to make it another couple of hundred years," he said. "That's what my motivation is."
DD sports to telecast Fed Cup SF, final live
Margao, Dec. 2. (PTI): DD Sports would telecast live both the semi-finals and final of the 26th Federtaion Cup Football Tournament being played at Sree Kanteerava Stadium, Bangalore.
The semi-finals, which would be played tomorrow between Goa's Dempo Sport Club and DTDC Tollygunge Agragami at 3.30 p.m. and the second semi-final would be between Mohun Bagan and Sporting Clube De Goa at 6 p.m., AIFF secretary, Alberto Colaco, said in a release here today.
The final match, to be played on December 5 at 3.30 p.m., would also be telecast live, he added.
Just a few odds and ends today.
Kurdsat on B3 12658V was replaced by AMTV testcard, Kurdsat has moved to 12524V
Satmagazine.com latest issue is online
Asiasat 4 KU circ POL? for those in Asia reported signals are.
11727 SR 24450
11880 SR 24450
11957 SR 24450
11727 R SR24450
STAR SPORTS ASIA
11880 R SR24450
5 STAR TV
11957 R SR24450
MCTV SPORT CHINA
From my Emails & ICQ
Can anyone confirm whether or not the South Korean
program YTN is still on PAS-2 at 3,771 (H), 3/4, 9,041.
No signal here today.
From the Dish
No Lyngsat update received
Pay TV given sporting chance on rights
Pay TV operators such as Foxtel could soon have even greater chances to snap up the rights to major sporting events under new laws introduced to parliament.
The new laws follow the government's decision in April to update the so-called anti-siphoning list, which allows free-to-air broadcasters first bite at major events such as the Olympics, NRL and cricket.
The Broadcasting Services Amendment (Anti-Siphoning) Bill 2004 extends the amount of time pay TV operators have to bid for sporting events the free-to-air broadcasters don't want to screen.
The bill extends the amount of time, or the delisting period, pay TV operators have to bid to 12 weeks from six weeks.
When the government originally flagged the changes, it said the Olympics and Commonwealth Games would be added to the anti-siphoning list, while less popular sports such as basketball have been dropped.
"This amendment will improve the efficiency of the operation of the delisting provisions of the anti-siphoning scheme to the benefit of sporting bodies and viewers, by allowing subscription television operators a reasonable opportunity to acquire those rights not taken up by the free-to-air broadcasters, arrange coverage and market the programs to viewers," government frontbencher Peter McGauran said.
"This change, together with the removal of some events from the anti-siphoning list, will provide subscription television broadcasters with access to the broadcast rights for an increased range of sports, to the benefit of both sporting bodies and viewers."
The new anti-siphoning list applies from January 1, 2006 through to December 31, 2010.
Debate on the bill was adjourned.
Netball: Sky and TVNZ in bidding war for screening rights
Sky Television and Television New Zealand are in a bidding war for the rights to screen netball.
If top-rating netball follows rugby, league, soccer and cricket and heads to pay TV, it would leave just motorsport and the Commonwealth and Olympic Games as the only live sporting events free to air.
Netball New Zealand's contract with Television New Zealand is up for renewal this month and it is understood Sky Television is pushing to get the rights to all major events - the National Bank Cup, international series and the Smokefree Championships.
Speculation that Netball New Zealand would announce a deal with Sky today has been denied by both organisations.
"That would be the first I have heard of it," Sky spokesman David Collins said.
Netball New Zealand is meeting National Bank Cup representatives today to discuss issues, one of which is expected to be television coverage.
TVNZ's relationship with Netball New Zealand spans more than a decade, but its coverage of the sport's premier domestic competition, the National Bank Cup, has come under criticism because it generally screens only one game a week.
It is understood Sky's proposal would involve showing almost every game. However, because the National Bank Cup clashes with the Super 12 and the NRL, it is likely most games would be screened on either Sky Sport 2 or 3.
Netball New Zealand has asked the franchises whether they would consider moving some of their matches from evenings to afternoons, which would alleviate clashes with the other codes.
In Sky's favour is it can also offer replays and produce netball-type shows such as Netball Weekly , which screened early this year.
TVNZ head of sport Dennis Harvey told the Herald in July that the broadcaster was happy with netball's rating and would like to continue screening it.
It is understood TVNZ has also offered to screen more games.
One of the key problems facing Netball New Zealand is whether to go for more coverage, which they would get at Sky, or stay with TVNZ, which attracts larger audiences.
For sponsors, larger audiences are more appealing.
PanAmSat Supports ART ARABIC service
PanAmSat said Arab Radio and Television (ART),
distributor of Arab language programming,
has signed on the new Australian satellite transmission
platform, PanGlobal TV. Hosted on the PAS-8 Pacific Ocean
Region satellite, PanGlobal TV will allow ART to offer a
bouquet of five Arabic-language channels to more than 50,000
Australian homes, PanAmSat said.
Russian Space Agency Plans Cooperation With India
The Russian Space Agency said on Wednesday it plans extensive cooperation with India to create space satellites.
The agency head, Anatoly Perminov, was quoted by Russian Information Agency Novosti as saying Russia plans to increase the GLONASS global navigation system to 18 satellites with the help of India. “Currently, 11 GLONASS satellites are working in orbit, but 18 are required to make the system work normally over Russian and Indian territory. We plan to bring the positioning precision up to one meter,” he said.
GLONASS satellites will be sent into space on both Russian and Indian carrier rockets, Perminov said. India will become Russia’s main partner in GLONASS’ development, he added. The two countries plan to use new space devices GLONASS-M and GLONASS-K with an increased term of active existence up to 12-15 years.
Russia also plans cooperation with India to create an oxygen-hydrogen booster for space rockets. Perminov said the two countries have already cooperated to create an analogous booster for an Indian JSVL rocket. The new booster will be made for the Russian Angara rocket.
The two countries plan to sign an intergovernmental agreement on cooperation and the use of outer space for peaceful aims, Perminov said.
Subscribers get first view of BBC Japan channel
BBC Worldwide Ltd., the commercial arm of the British Broadcasting Corp., and digital data broadcaster Japan MediArk Co., launched BBC Japan on Wednesday.
It is the first BBC wholly owned entertainment channel developed for audiences in Japan.
BBC Japan offers TV viewers nationwide a mix of comedy, drama, factual entertainment, educational and children's programs as well as talk shows and documentaries. Most of the programs are subtitled in Japanese.
Japan MediArk, owned by seven companies, including Kyodo News, is in charge of marketing BBC Japan to subscribers and cable operators, as well as selling advertising and sponsorships for the channel.
Japan MediArk was established in 2000 by Kyodo News, Jiji Press, Dentsu Inc., NTT DoCoMo Inc., NTT Data Corp. and Matsushita Electric Industrial Co.
Dai Nippon Printing Co. joined as the seventh shareholder earlier this year. The company extended its data broadcasting license to television broadcasting in May to become the distributor of BBC Japan.
BBC Worldwide and Japan MediArk said earlier they hoped to attract 100,000 subscribers in the first year. The potential CS 110 subscriber base in Japan is estimated at 2.5 million, according to the two groups.
The 24-hour channel costs 735 yen per month. It will be broadcast on channel 025 of Sky PerfecTV 110 on the CS 110 degree satellite. Subscriptions will be handled by Sky Perfect Communications Inc.
PRESIDENT INAUGURATES TV SATELLITE-RECEIVER SYSTEM FOR ABORIGINES
Taipei, Dec. 1 (CNA) President Chen Shui-bian inaugurated an islandwide satellite-receiving system aimed at reinforcing television signals transmitted to aboriginal communities in remote mountainous areas. In a ceremony to mark the inauguration of the system, President Chen, Council of Indigenous Peoples (CIP) Chairman Chen Chien-nien, and Director-General of Government Information Office Lin Chia-lung jointly put a dish on an antenna. The president also spoke with a group of aborigines in Wutai, Pingtung County in southern Taiwan via satellite hookup. The tribesmen greeted the president by saying in chorus, "We love you. We like you." For his part, Chen said, "I know Wutai. I have been there. It is the best place to live in the world." The system, established at a cost of NT$71 million (US$2.2 million) , consists of 100,584 satellite dishes installed in various places around the island. It improves the reception of TV signals in Taiwan's mountainous areas, which are inhabited predominately by aborigines. With this system in place, CIP Chairman Chen Chien-nien said a TV channel that caters to aborigines will be launched by Taiwan Television Enterprise next July.
For Rock Stars, A Satellite TV to Go
In 1982, inventor Ken Schaffer was fooling around with a satellite dish in New York City and stumbled upon some Soviet broadcast signals.
Two years later he had refined his satellite terminal and sold it to Russia-watchers at Columbia University's Harriman Institute, which became one of the only places in the United States where Soviet television programs could be watched live.
More than 20 years later, the enterprising Schaffer is back in the business of satellite signals with an invention he's hoping will make a splash with people jonesing for their favorite television programs.
The product is called TV2Me, and it allows customers to watch their favorite television programs from anywhere in the world where they have high-speed Internet access.
Here's how it works: For a one-time price of between $4,750 and $6,500, the buyer receives a personal video server, about the size of a home computer, which is then hooked up to video and stereo equipment and a broadband Internet connection at, for example, the customer's permanent residence.
"You can just stash it away in your closet if you like," Schaffer said.
TV2Me can be ordered via the Internet at www.spaceshift.net, and along with the personal video service, the customer receives viewing software that can be run on any computer, anywhere in the world. With a high-speed Internet connection, he can get access to all of the channels he pays for at home and watch them on his PC or output them to any large-screen television set.
"A New Yorker visiting Prague can watch his favorite 'Seinfeld' reruns or select from the more than 200 channels offered by his cable company," Schaffer said. "Or a Russian businessman can watch 66 channels of Moscow cable live from his midtown Manhattan hotel room."
A test run for a Moscow Times reporter using Wi-Fi access at the Starlite Diner at Mayakovskaya brought in a crystal-clear episode of ESPN's "Sportscenter" beamed in from a New York-based server.
K2B Inc., the company that Schaffer heads, is planning an aggressive rollout for TV2Me in the coming weeks and months, targeting "businessmen, rock stars, government agencies, diplomats and sports fans."
Schaffer said that only around two-dozen TV2Me units have been sold so far, but they're operating successfully on four continents and the clients include a few professional tennis players and rock star Sting.
Computer industry expert Robert Cringely said he was amazed at the quality of the reception when he gave TV2Me a test run, but that the product's current price is extremely prohibitive.
"It costs too much," Cringely said. "Right now only rock stars can afford it. He needs to get the price down. If he can get it down to $300, he'll sell millions."
Cringely noted that this is a typical protocol in the computer industry, where the initial products are downscaled until they can be mass-produced cheaply and made accessible to typical consumers.
"He's already done the hard work, but right now the product is basically cased in a Dell computer," Cringely said. "He needs to integrate the software into a couple of custom chips and make it part of a $300 device. But that's probably two years away."
The Internet publication Engadget.com, which covers innovations in consumer electronics, also noted the high cost of Schaffer's invention and said it is not demonstrably different from already existing products, such as Sony's LocationFree, which also allows users to stream TV shows to anywhere in the world over the Internet.
Cringely, however, said LocationFree is "better suited to people who want to use it around the house, not around the world." TV2Me is peerless in product quality, Cringely said.
"There is not much out there that competes with it," Cringely said. "He's accomplished something that's very difficult to do. I was amazed that it was possible."
Schaffer's biography is as intriguing as his product.
The eccentric New Yorker's resume includes inventing the wireless guitar and microphone, awards for his deftness at typing Morse code, and promoting the careers of rock stars Jimi Hendrix and Alice Cooper.
During a trip to Moscow in 1987, he met legendary rocker Boris Grebenshikov, frontman for the rock band Aquarium, and later brought him over to the United States to record an English-language album.
It was around that time that Schaffer began his love affair with Russia, which he said he has visited more than 100 times since 1985.
In 1990, Schaffer founded BelCom Inc. and provided satellite communications networks for Western companies operating in the Soviet Union, including General Motors, Chevron, Mobil, Texaco and BP. Comstat acquired BelCom in 1996.
Schaffer said he has software developers for TV2Me based in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Krasnodar providing ongoing enhancements, and he has even batted around the idea of searching for Russian financing.
"I thought about moving the future operations to Russia," said Schaffer, whose ex-wife is the Russian actress Alla Kliouka, who played the one-legged Svetlana on the hit HBO show "The Sopranos."
"But as of the moment, there are no Russian investors. Consider, for the moment, the idea ... an embryonic invention."
Schaffer considers himself an inventor, not a CEO. He said he would like grow TV2Me and eventually sell it to a larger company as an addition to its existing product line. He has, after all, other things to invent.
"A songwriter doesn't to write the same song over and over," said Schaffer, who speaks so fast that he often trips over his words. "It's the same with me. I want to always move on."
(Craigs comment, Satfacts magazine has had a number of writeups about the TV2me system)
Sorry about the site today Ihugs still having problems.
AMTV card is now up on Globecast replacing "Kurdsat"
A new service has started on Asiasat 4 122E 12430V sr 20000 "Pacific Tv1" encrypted in Viaccess.
"Preview" mentioned yesterday on Sky NZ is the usual rubbish program promos now broadcast on Sky channel 25
Handy site dish Alignment link
From my Emails & ICQ
From D.Koon N.T
The Australian Christian Channel starts today
This is a preliminary notification to advise that The Australian Christian Channel (ACC) became available on the C1 platform today.
It is at no additional customer cost, available on channel 928 on vertical polarity, and is un-encripted at present.
The transponder stream is T2, Ku frequency 12367 MHz, L.O (10.7 GHz) = 1667 MHz, L.O. (11.3 GHz) = 1067 MHz).
NSS6 "ANT1" has moved to 11106 H Sr 2800 3/4
B3 12658 V Sr 30000 AMTV is testing were kurdsat was, showing a AMTV Test Card and playing some kind of radio station
From Herb Gardiner
New channel, AS4 Ku...
"Pacific TV1" has started, 12430V s/r 20000, VPID 0811, APID 0812,
PCR 0811, Encrypted - Viaccess (not sure which version, X2 doesn't recognise it though - bugger!).
Anyone know what this service may be? Programming, language, etc...
(Craigs comment, I wonder what happend to the proposed Vietnamese pay tv service here?)
From Jsat.tv (Thailand)
NSS 6 - small update
1. Vision Life is back FTA and live again - shows as Onnuri2 on the North Asia Beam on NNS6
2. The DD Mux also has CNN & BBC playing FTA along with all the normal ones as shown on Lyngsat, but with a foot print here to Thailand. 97
Channels now load of NSS6 here. (India beam)
From Alex W.A
Jcsat 3 128deg
This may be old news, but has there been a signal increase on Jcsat 3 128deg
E on the c band transponders, just moved the dish over there and am getting
3960 vert t lock now as well as 4058vert, these two transponders were not
able to be loaded a month ago?, now seeing all the FTA chs with no
pixilization, Miricale on 3996cert is strong as always.
6 new channels has started as fta on Chinastar on 4060/27500
From the Dish
Optus B1 160E 12354 H "Seven Central has replaced Tasmanian Digital TV" on , Fta, PIDs 1280/1281.
Optus B3 152E 12525 V "Sigaram and Sigaram Movie Channel" are now encrypted.
Measat 2 148E 11540 H "TVB Xing He Channel" has started on , Viaccess, PIDs 210/110.
Telstar 18 138E 3420 V An I-Sky-Net mux has started on , Viaccess, SR 30000, FEC 3/4,same channel line-up and PIDs as on 3460 V.
NSS 6 95E 11037 H "EuroNews" encrypted.
NSS 6 95E 11692 H "Dhamma Channel" is now encrypted.
NSS 6 95E 12688 V "Zee News " encrypted.
NSS 6 95E All channels in the DISH TV muxes on 11037 H, 12535 V and 12595 V are encrypted again.
NSS 6 95E 12534 H "Star Utsav" has started on , Fta, PIDs 540/640.
ST 1 88E 3483 V "Buddhism & Nation News, Nation TV and Biz Channel" have left .
ST 1 88E 3582 H "ERA News" has started on , Fta, PIDs 609/610.
ST 1 88E 12642 H A test card has started on , Fta, PIDs 1760/1720.
Insat 2E 83E 3525 V "Splash" has left .
Thaicom 3 78.5E 3640 H "MRTV 3 and Perviy kanal Vsemirnaya setj" have started on , Fta, PIDs 2002/2003 and 3002/3003.
Thaicom 3 78.5E 3600 H "Sur Sangeet" has left , replaced by a Shin promo.
Telstar 10 76.5E 4167 H "Worldroom Travel TV" has started on , Fta, SR 2816, FEC 3/4, PIDs 43/46.
PAS 10 68.5E 4075 V "Hungama TV" is now Fta.
GlobeCast Australia announces the launch of Australia's first multi cultural community DTH Service, AMTV, on Optus B3
From Press Release
"New free-to-air multicultural television network for Australia and New Zealand, to launch in Dec 2004
SYDNEY, December 1st, 2004 - GlobeCast Australia announced today the launch of AMTV (Australian Multicultural Television Network), Australia's first full-time DTH channel dedicated to the local ethnic communities. Hosted on the Optus B3 platform, the channel will commence broadcasting in Dec 2004.
The Channel will comprise daily segments of programming focused on each of Australia's main ethnic groups, and will provide locally produced, topical content. It will also feature community level programmes and events filmed directly by AMTV in the local area. There will be live community forums discussing various issues showcasing the cultural diversity of our Country.
Salvatore Scevola, CEO of AMTV said " The service will provide viewers with living community forums where the unique and diverse cultures that make up Australia will be showcased, and where the community itself gets chance to be part of the showcase - a form of service by the community for the community. The service is fully dedicated to the local ethnic communities that make up the rich cultural tapestry of Australia as we see it today. It represents a real opportunity for local producers to reach and be seen beyond the confines of traditional television models ".
" We are proud to welcome AMTV to our platform. The service heralds an exciting new concept and format in community broadcasting in Australia, and we see exciting synergies in hosting this service amongst our other established and successful DTH Customers" said Phil Sansome of GlobeCast Australia.
AMTV will be locally produced from a consortium of program providers of the former Channel 31 Community TV in Sydney. Collectively the consortium has over 50 years experience in producing community Television, Radio and Print Media for Australia's Multicultural Communities. Other professional community television providers are welcome to incorporate their services on the AMTV program line-up.
Viewers and content providers wishing to access AMTV can contact Salvatore Scevola on : firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0416-354-410.
TV firm makes foul play claim
Fu Shun Television Limited Director Zhang Bei Yen claims the Government breached the Fair Trading Amendment Act 1998 and the World Trading Organisation's International Regulation by not issuing a TV license to operate in Fiji.
Mr Yen said Fu Shun's proposal to establish a TV station in Fiji had been approved by the Government way back in 2001.
"Fu Shun Television has been a registered Local company since 2001 after the approval by the Governemnt," Mr Yen said.
He claimed the Government had promised a TV licence would be granted by July 2004.
"Our equipment and engineers had been delivered to Fiji in June 2004 and we are still waiting," Mr Yen said.
He said the reason Fu Shun made the commitment to its viewers was because the Government had committed itself to issuing the TV licence.
Information Minister Simione Kaitani said the Government was processing two commercial television applications.
"These applications are amongst the four that have been received by the Government through the information, communications and medial relations ministry," he said.
Mr Kaitani said Cabinet had approved criteria requirement and it was these criteria that the two commercial TV companies were going to be vetted on.
Fu Shun Television Limited Director Zhang Bei Yen claims the Government breached the Fair Trading Amendment Act 1998 and the World Trading Organisation's International Regulation by not issuing a TV license to operate in Fiji.
Mr Yen said Fu Shun's proposal to establish a TV station in Fiji had been approved by the Government way back in 2001.
"Fu Shun Television has been a registered Local company since 2001 after the approval by the Governemnt," Mr Yen said.
He claimed the Government had promised a TV licence would be granted by July 2004.
"Our equipment and engineers had been delivered to Fiji in June 2004 and we are still waiting," Mr Yen said.
He said the reason Fu Shun made the commitment to its viewers was because the Government had committed itself to issuing the TV licence.
Information Minister Simione Kaitani said the Government was processing two commercial television applications.
"These applications are amongst the four that have been received by the Government through the information, communications and medial relations ministry," he said.
Mr Kaitani said Cabinet had approved criteria requirement and it was these criteria that the two commercial TV companies were going to be vetted on.
Thai Shin Satellite Inks IPSTAR Contract With Vietnam Co
BANGKOK (Dow Jones)--Shin Satellite PCL (SATTEL.TH) Tuesday said its unit IPSTAR Co. has signed a contract with a state-owned Vietnam telecommunication operator to provide satellite services in Vietnam.
Vietnam Telecom International, or VTI, a wholly owned unit of Vietnam Post & Telecommunications Corp., will help promote IPSTAR bandwidth, broadband services and various applications in Vietnam, Shin Satellite said in a statement.
VTI will set up the main and backup IPSTAR gateway system in two facilities around Hanoi, which are expected to completed in the first quarter next year.
VTI has been a customer of Shin Satellite for the last five years.
Shin Satellite is a unit of Thai telecommunications conglomerate Shin Corp. PCL (SHIN.TH), founded by Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
Limits loosened on foreign investment in film/TV industry
China will allow foreign companiesto invest in local television and film production companies, giving international media better access to the world's largest market.
The new regulations, jointly issued by the State Administrationof Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) and the Ministry of Commerce Sunday, are aimed at attracting more foreign investment, technology and expertise to promote China's broadcasting and film industry.
"After three years in the World Trade Organization, China is opening up more areas and loosening restrictions," said Zhu Hong, spokesperson with SARFT. "The television and film industry has taken the initiative to speed up its opening."
According to the new regulations, foreign companies can hold no more than 49 percent stakes in film and television production joint ventures.
Recently China has approved several joint venture companies engaged in film and television production.
China's first joint venture film production company, a joint venture by Time Warner, Beijing-based China Film Group, the country's biggest film producer, and Hengdian Group based in eastern China's Zhejiang province, was approved by SARFT in October.
Sony Pictures set up a film/television digital production company with China Film Group last Thursday, becoming the first Hollywood studio to do so.
According to Zhu, an animation production company part-owned by a Canadian company has also been approved by the administration.
"Foreign investors, with their advanced technology, management skills and creative programming concepts will help internationalize and upgrade the film and television industry," Zhu said.
Since 2001, China has approved six foreign satellite channels, including China Entertainment TV, Star TV, Phoenix TV and MTV, to broadcast programs in south China's Guangdong Province. There are now 31 foreign channels in China.
China imports 50 to 70 foreign films to distribute in Chinese cinemas each year and approximately 400 foreign films to broadcaston film channels. Joint venture companies with as much as 75 percent foreign capital are allowed to renovate or construct cinemas in China.
Murdoch`s SpaceTV gets weak govt signal
Details sought on the investment proposals of the company.
The government has raised questions about the proposed Rs 1,600 crore investments by Space TV, the direct-to-home (DTH) broadcasting joint venture between Rupert Murdoch’s Star and Tata Sons.
According to government officials, the government wants to know the details of the proposed investments by the company.
Sources said the government wanted to know the source of funds and how the investments were proposed to be routed.
“There are certain areas where we want clarifications. The government will go ahead with the proposal after the clarifications come,” an information and broadcasting ministry official said.
Another issue the government wants to clarify is the nature of the joint venture agreement between the two companies and how the relationship between the two partners are structured in the agreement.
When contacted, Vikram Kaushik, head of Space TV, said, “I do not have any comment to offer on this issue.”
In January this year, Tata Sons had announced the formation of a joint venture with the Rupert Murdoch-controlled Star group for launching a DTH platform in India. The Tata group holds 80 per cent in the venture, while the remaining equity is with the Star group.
As per the agreement between the joint venture partner, Space TV will divest up to 29 per cent equity in the company to foreign institutional investors.
As per the company’s proposal, the equity will be diluted by the Indian partner, following which the Indian shareholding in the company will come down to 51 per cent from the present 80 per cent. News Corp’s holding in the company will remain at 20 per cent.
News Corp’s investment in Space TV will be through the company’s indirectly owned Dubai-based subsidiary, Network Digital Distribution Services.
Besides, fresh investment in the equity share capital of Space TV along with Tata Group, will also be acquire by the company. However, the overall holding will remain at 20 per cent. The Indian holding in the company will be through Tata Group investors including Tata Sons Limited.
Zee wins battle over `FX` with 20th Century
Subhash Chandra-controlled Zee Telefilms and ASC Enterprises have won a case against Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation over the use of mark FX. The Delhi High Court has dismissed the petition filed by the latter.
Twentieth Century Fox in its petition prayed that ASC/ Zee be restrained from using the mark “FX”. It claimed that the mark “FX” is being used by it extensively since 1994 and in fact a channel by the name “FX” has been launched in the UK & US in 1994.
Although Zee/ ASC had agreed to alter the logo to MX with letter Z inscribed on the top of the logo so as to clearly identify the same with Zee and to remove any doubt or confusion in two competing marks.
However, “FX” refused to accept the said offer of changed logo from Zee Network and pressed ahead with its petition for interim injunction.
However, according to justice Mukul Mudgal, the alteration agreed to by Zee was sufficient to distinguish Zee’s MX channel from the FX channel.
ASC Enterprises Ltd is the first licensee of direct-to-home (DTH) services in India and it offers a bouquet of channels including Zee, ESPN Star Sports various movie channels. The “FX” channel is an English Action movie channel of Zee available on DTH platform of ASC.