Not much for today, have a nice weekend, Rugby, Lions vs Australia tonight should be on B1 Newsforce feed (12367v) or try a search on analogue! Later on look for South Africa vs Italy on B1 (Newsforce 12367v) , 1.am Syd time if you want to see a one sided game of rugby. Has anyone found Wimbledon yet?
From my Emails & ICQ
From Bill Richards
2335 UTC 30/6/01
Pas 2 169E 4018 V "Sig2 Mux1" Test Card, Sr 6620, Fec 2/3 Vpid 2160 Apid 2120, NTSC
From Steve Johnson, Pukekohe, NZ
Saturday 30/06/2001 at 6.15AM (NZT)
RTPi test (position 3 in mux) has been replaced with Duetche Welle (now loads as DW international) on Optus B3, 12336Vt, FEC 2/3, SR 30,000. RTPi no longer in this mux.
Saturday 30/06/2001 at 6.20 AM (NZT)
TBN on Optus B3 - Mediasat Mux, 12336V, Fec 2/3, Sr 30000. Video is glitching/pixelating severely, all other channels in this mux are OK.
Craigs comment, Thanks Steve glitching here also, looks like then need a bigger dish at Mediasat HQ
Here are screenshots of both I grabbed with the Nokia earlier
Seen by me 29/6/01 8.30 Syd
B1 12367 V "Jeff Fenech Fight Night Boxing event" Sr 5630, Fec 3/4 Vpid 308 Apid 256
From the Dish
Optus B1 160E "The ABC mux on 12670 H is copied to 12688 H and 12708 H", same parameters and line-up. The Fec is 7/8. HDTV channel is running a picture (anyone have the resolution details from a Noki on this one)?
Optus B3 156E 12336 V "Deutsche Welle TV" has replaced RTP Internacional, Sid 3, Vpid 1360 Apid 1320.
Pas 4 68.5E 3932 H "SET Asia" and have started on Vpid 1260 Apid 1220 (Encrypted)
Pas 4 68.5E 3932 H "SET Middle East" Vpid 1360 Apid 1320 (Encrypted)
Telstra Saturn (NZ) Adds Travel and Adventure, Adult Programming & Relaunch Sports Channel.
TelstraSaturn have relaunched Saturn SportsNet as Saturn Sport, added Discovery Channel’s Travel and Adventure channel and a new pay-per-view adult service to their cable TV and satellite lineup in the latest of a number of changes to their Television offerings.
The offerings follow the recent addition of CNNfn and TechTV and are part of a long term plan to increase the number of channels available on the Saturn service says head of Television Arlene Conway.
The relaunch of Saturn Sports increases programming on the sport channel from around 12 hours per day to a full 24 hour lineup in preparation for the launch of the satellite service. The station had previously broadcast The Radio Network’s Radio Sport network overnight.
Discovery Channel Travel and Adventure joins other Discovery Channel broadcasts on the network including Animal Planet and is understood to be a feed tailored for the Australasian marketplace.
The company’s new adult pay per view near video on demand service had been launched as ‘Chilli’. The service includes three channels of adult movies as an optional extra and is marketed it through a separate website at www.saturnchilli.co.nz
The service includes discrete billing of movies watched, a requirement for subscribers to ‘opt in’ to the service before movies can be ordered and a parental control feature to comply with BSA requirements for adult entertainment. Saturn also allow users to restrict access to a particular set top box in the home.
The service is understood to have a delay of 3 days after sign up before the service can be accessed and charges $9.95 per month for each movie ordered. The service compares with Sky’s Playboy and Spice TV channels which charge $6.99 for up to six hours of programming.
Weather Channels Set For Change
Both Sky TV and Saturn are lining up changes for their respective weather channels.
Sky’s new interactive weather channel debuts in August while Saturn have reformatted the separate weather channels currently operating on their Christchurch and Wellington networks with new looks for both channels due to come on stream in July.
TelstraSaturn are expected to add a separate weather channel when their satellite service is launched later in the year.
David Plimmer, establishment director from TelstraSaturn said that while the final channel decisions had not been made aboutwhich channels would be on the service a weather channel was a contender.
Public affairs manager Quention Bright said that there were no proposals to make the channel interactive at first with Plimmer saying that an interactive channel was likely to be available on the cable television service first where they had a much more rich digital environment.
Both Sky and Saturn's services are currently operated using weather and graphics provided by the Metservice.
Tom Sutherland marketing manager at Metservice told Spectrum that each provider receives a broadcast ready video feed for their channels from computers maintained and operated by the Metservice.
Sutherland said that the 'Powerpoint like' broadcasts are updated automatically using data delivered to the video servers at least every 15 minutes.
Sky TV's new interactive service developed by Oktobor will use data supplied by Metservice. The service was originally slated to start in the first quarter of 2001 but has now been advertised to start in August. The weather application is currently in testing with Oktobor.
Oktobor are promising more in-depth information combined with increased useability coming from viewers being able to adapt the service to their own preferences. Gillian Vosper head of interactive at Oktobor said that the initial product development was complete and that it was currently undergoing testing. “its got to be robust’ ‘its not like your PC. Your television doesn’t crash’ she said.
VAt launch the channel is understood to not have every feature planned for the service activated with extra features being brought online overtime
Vosper said that the service ‘could be considered a competitive product’ to those of the Metservice however she said that Oktobor were developing products specifically for broadcasters with Open TV. She said the development of the new service had involved the Metservice as a data provider and that it could potentially provide a product in partnership with the Metservice that it could sell to its existing clients ‘We’ll be looking at how we can sell it’ she said.
Spacenet 4 to provide Internet access for Taiwan
From [sat-nd] 30 Jun 2001
GE American Communications, Inc. (GE Americom) announced that
its GE Spacenet 4 satellite (SN4) at 172 degrees East and its
South Mountain, California teleport have been contracted by
Corporate Access, a Pacific Century Cyberworks (PCCW) company,
and Worldcom, to provide two-way, high bandwidth satellite
Internet access between Taiwan and the U.S. The end customer for
this multi-year trans-Pacific service is a Taiwan-based Internet
In addition to the duplex DS3 channels on Spacenet 4, GE
Americom's southern California teleport is providing uplink,
downlink and Internet backbone interface to complete the
connection between Taiwan and the U.S. backbone. In Taiwan, the
service is connected through the TAS teleport in Taipei.
GE Americom recently expanded its POR C-band capacity to
accommodate the growing demand for trans-Pacific connectivity.
Operating as of early March 2001 at 172 degrees East, Spacenet 4
adds 24 transponders to the 12 provided by Americom's TDRS-5
satellite from 174 degrees West. Both satellites primarily
deliver transoceanic Internet and data services.
Spacenet 4 features 12 narrowband (36 MHz) C-band transponders
and six wideband (72 MHz) C-band transponders. From its 172
degrees East position its coverage areas include: Northern
Pacific Rim, East Asia, Hawaii, Alaska, and U.S. West Coast.
Spacenet 4 is scheduled to be replaced by GE-2i in the second
quarter of 2003.
Good news the Trogen alert on my PC was false alarm. Lots of stuff for today..Sites late as it usually is on Friday
Lots happening with ABC service on B1 read below for more info.
A lot of activity on B3 Mediasat as well Early Friday night reported via the mailing list "Mediasat are currently showing Deutsche Welle in place of RTP Internacional"
A correction for the signal on Optus B1 12626 H Fec 3/4 Sr is actually 39956, probably VSAT tests
From my Emails & ICQ
ZEE TV service on Optus B3 to add Sony TV August 4th
From Steve Johnson, Pukekohe, NZ
29/06/2001 at 7AM (NZT)
TBN now has video/audio (CBN News). Optus B3 - Mediasat Mux, 12336Vt, FEC 2/3, SR 30,000.
From Salah via the mailing list
Now on B3 Mediasat Bouquet Friday morning 9.00 am 01.00 UTC
TBN which is the christian channel TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK started
broadcasting this morning. Video is playing sometimes, I suppose they will
Also from Salah
on my Echostar in Merimbula south coast of NSW
B1 Test service 12670 H Sr 14300 Fec 7/8 is a very strong signal.
ABC TV Sydney
Craigs comment "Alex" via ICQ say these services
"They have started 3 ABC parrellel services on 12670, 12687 & 12705 all running the same services."
Screenshots by Bill Richards
Alek in Western Australia comments via the mailing list
One observation I have seen this way is that with Mediasat on B3, the more
video/audio chs they add, the less signal I am getting, I am now down to
18% on my Humax with a 90cm dish, 16% is threshold for me, Has anybody else
Craigs comment, signal for me is the same here on my 60cm, anyone else is Western Australia having reception problems or note a decrease in signal for Mediasat?
From the Dish
Optus B1 160E 12670 H "ABC MUX" Sr 14300, Fec 7/8
Optus B1 160E 12670 H "ABC Kids test card" Vpid 2307 Apid 2308
Optus B1 160E 12670 H "ABC TV 3 test card" Vpid 2311 Apid 2312
Optus B1 160E 12670 H "ABC TV South East" Vpid 512 Apid 650
This MUX also on 12687 H & 12705 H same settings.
Optus B3 156E 12336 V "TBN" has started in the Mediasat MUX, SID 7, Vpid 1760 Apid 1720.(On and off still testing)
Jcsat 3 128E 3960 V "TCTV has replaced ETTV Movie" on ,Vpid 1168 Apid 1169. (Tough Luck Bill)
Asiasat 3 105.5E 3749 V "Ekushey TV" now running on pids Vpid 1260 Apid 1220, also Vpid 1160 Apid 1120
PAS 4 68.5E 4090 H "CCTV mux" has started here, Sr 13240, Fec 3/4
PAS 4 68.5E 4090 H "CCTV 4" Vpid 1160 Apid 1120
PAS 4 68.5E 4090 H "CCTV 3" Vpid 1260 Apid 1220
PAS 4 68.5E 4090 H "CCTV 9" Vpid 1360 Apid 1320
Intelsat 704 66E 4055 R "MCM Asia" has new PIDs Vpid 420 Apid 430.
Intelsat 704 66E 4055 R "TV 5 Asie" is back on Vpid 120 Apid 130.
SUMMARY OF VIDEO BROADCASTER MOVES IN PREPARATION FOR
TRANSITION FROM PAS 4 TO PAS-10
|Horizontal Downlink||Start Date||End Date||Pas 4||Pas 4||Pas 4|
|Indian Channels||05:31 INDIAN STANDARD TIME||05:29 INDIAN STANDARD TIME TIME||CURRENT FREQUENCY (MH Z )||NEW FREQUENCY (MH Z )||NEW CENTER FREQUENCY (MH Z)|
||11 JUNE 01
||2 JULY 01
||19 JULY 01
||11 AUGUST 01
||16 JULY 01
||17 JULY 01
||25 JUNE 01
||3 JULY 01
||16 JULY 01
||17 JULY 01
||16 JULY 01
||17 JULY 01
||3 JULY 01
||6 JULY 01
SONY ENTERTAINMENT TV MULTIPLEX
|Vertical Downlink||Start Date||End Date||Pas 4||Pas 4||Pas 4|
|Indian Channels||05:31 INDIAN STANDARD TIME||05:29 INDIAN STANDARD TIME TIME||CURRENT FREQUENCY (MH Z )||NEW FREQUENCY (MHZ)||NEW CENTER FREQUENCY (MH Z )|
||13 JULY 01
||16 JULY 01
|Vertical Downlink||Start Date||End Date||Pas 4||Pas 4||Pas 4|
|African Channels||05: 3 1 INDIAN STANDARD TIME||05: 29 INDIAN STANDARD TIME||CURRENT FREQUENCY (MH Z )||NEW FREQUENCY (MH Z )||NEW CENTER FREQUENCY (MH Z )|
1 AUGUST 01
1 AUGUST 01
1 AUGUST 01
1 AUGUST 01
Telstra takes up AsiaSat capacity
From [sat-nd] 29 Jun 2001
Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat)
and Australian telecommunications provider, Telstra Corporation,
announced the signing of a lease agreement for one and a half 54
MHz Ku-band transponders on AsiaSat 3S.
AsiaSat's satellite capacity will be used to deliver Telstra's
BigPond broadband services across Australia, offering high speed
Internet and multimedia services to subscribers throughout the
country, particularly in rural and remote areas. The leased
capacity was previously reserved by Telstra under an agreement
between the two companies announced in December 2000.
AsiaSat 3S is a Boeing 601 HP satellite, with 28 C-band and 16
Ku-band linearised transponders and an estimated 16 year
operational life. Ku-band coverage consists of two fixed beams
serving South Asia and East Asia, and the steerable beam which
is now fixed over Australia.
A new service has started on B1, It could be a feed for Terrestrial ABC Digital tv transmitters. Not much else for today I have been kind of busy I think there may be a trogen active on my pc. But none of the Trogen finding software can locate anything. There is a key in my registry "SUBZEROPRO362" that looks very suspicious.
From my Emails & ICQ
Chris Picksotck reports Thursday afternoon via the mailing list
NEW Service ALERT
On B1, 12670 H Sr 14294, 4 channels are currently loading.
(thanks to Alex in Perth for accurate freq info)
"ABC Kids" Vpid 2307 Apid 2308
"ABC TV3" Vpid 2311 Apid 2312
"ABC HDTV" Vpid 512 Apid 0?
"ABC TV Sydney" Vpid 512 Apid 650
Kids is showing cartoons and in small print at the bottom of the screen it says "Test Transmission"
TV 3 shows colour bars
HDTV show nothing, and ABC Sydney is showing what is probably normal Sydney programs.
From the Dish
Optus B3 156E 12336 V "Future Video Service" on Vpid 1760 Apid 1720 has been relabled "TBN" Probably the Religious channel off of I701
Asiasat 2 100.5E 3660 V "MTA International" New Pid Vpid 2566 Apid 2560
SingTel set to win Optus
Singapore Telecommunications' $17 billion bid for Optus is to win Federal Government approval, with the Defence Department agreeing to back the takeover after finalising guarantees on the security of its satellite communications this week.
Endorsement from Defence clears the way for Foreign Investment Review Board approval for the bid. The United States is likely to grant export approval for military satellite components to be launched with Optus now that Defence's national security concerns over the bid have been met.
Approvals from Defence and the US are seen as the final barriers to the takeover, despite increasing controversy over the ownership and control of Australia's military satellite network. The Singapore Government owns 78 per cent of SingTel.
Seven Network owner Kerry Stokes has opposed the takeover in a submission to the FIRB, saying he has "grave concerns" about Australia's second-largest telco being effectively controlled by a foreign government. "SingTel is not a company, it's a government," he said. Earlier this year the FIRB rejected Shell's bid for Woodside Petroleum on national-interest grounds.
Prime Minister John Howard yesterday effectively endorsed the SingTel bid, stating that Singapore was "a good friend of Australia" and that the US export approvals were unlikely to be a problem.
Optus has a joint venture with Defence to launch next year the $500 million C1 satellite, to transmit classified military and intelligence communications worldwide.
It is believed that Defence will sign contracts detailing new arrangements over the handling of its communications by the end of the week. In return for commitments of security of information and continuity of operations, Defence has agreed to support the takeover in a submission to the FIRB.
Despite negotiations resolving all concerns between SingTel and Defence, FIRB approval may not be announced for several weeks.
A spokesman for Defence Minister Peter Reith refused to comment. "I am not even at liberty to comment on the timeline of this matter," he said.
SingTel was forced to extend its offer for Optus by one month, to August3, after initially failing to receive FIRB approval. The reluctance of the US to agree to the transfer of sensitive military satellite technology is believed to be behind the delay.
SingTel dispatched a high-level team to Washington to secure export approval for the technology, but the US is understood to have refused the approval until it is assured of the Australian military's support for the ownership change.
In negotiations with Defence, SingTel is believed to have agreed that only staff cleared by Australian security would operate sensitive equipment, and that SingTel staff would be cleared from areas monitoring the satellite when it was used for "sensitive tasks". Information concerning the military operation of the satellite would be "quarantined" from SingTel management.
The chatroom went well last night some interesting discussion ranging from Satfacts magazine to NDS encryption.
A person in Central Queensland reported B3 12483 V "Telstra Saturn" almost loading on a 65cm dish there. (More reports needed of this one)
Some interesting News about Sony TV in the news section, This should be in with Zee Tv on B3
"Sony has entered the Australian market with South Asian Television. The channel will be beaming in that region from August 15"
A new service is running on Mediasat details are
12336 V "Future Video service" Sr 30000, Fec 2/3, Vpid 1760 Apid 1720, Sid 7
From my Emails & ICQ
From Alex via ICQ
Optus B1 12626 H Very strong signal in Western Australia. No PAT Sr 29956, Fec 3/4
Craigs comemnt, Very interesting Sky NZ has that listed in there NIT info, I can't get anything here though.
From Dave Ross
Palapa C2 113E 3880H Sr 30000 Fec 3/4 No Pids loading, but keep an eye on this one.
Craigs comment, Could be the new home of Australia TV?, some reporting A Sr of 24000 with C7 sport?
From the Dish
Measat 2 148E 11478 H "Hallmark Asia" and "RPN 9" are now encrypted.
Asiasat 3 105.5E 3960 H "Cartoon Network Philippines" Vpid 1560 Apid 1520 (Encrypted)
Asiasat 3 105.5E 3960 H "Cartoon Network Australia" Vpid 1660 Apid 1620 (Encrypted)
Asiasat 3 105.5E 3960 H "TCM Australia" Vpid 1760 Apid 1720 (Encrypted)
Sony TV becomes pay channel in August
Sony TV will become a pay channel by August this year, after migrating from PanAmSat-4 to the PAS-10 satellite. The channel will be priced at Rs 8 a month per subscriber.
?We are waiting till we move to PAS-10 in August. The decoder boxes also have to arrive,” said Shantonu Aditya, senior vice-president, franchisee sales & distribution, Sony Entertainment Television.
Sony Entertainment Television’s bouquet of channels will be priced between Rs 20-22 a month per subscriber. This will be lower than Zee Network’s and Star TV’s group of channels, which are priced at Rs 30. “We have decided to price ourselves lower. We also have lesser number of channels in our package,” said Mr Aditya.
Sony currently charges a monthly fee of Rs 5.90 per subscriber for Max, Rs 5 for AXN, and Rs 3.20 for CNBC. The bundled price could vary between Rs 20-22 a subscriber, though Sony would cost Rs 8 as a stand-alone price, said Mr Aditya.
Sony is the only distributing company that does not have a bundled pricing for the channels it distributes. Max, AXN, and CNBC are the channels Sony distributes in the country.
Sony plans to seed the market with 10,000 boxes over three months. Cable operators will get only a single pricing package. “We are not going to run different schemes for operators. We have a less number of channels. Besides, the concept of a rural scheme does not work,” Mr Aditya said.
Sony will continue with the Scientific Atlanta boxes. Cable operators will have the option of paying around Rs 16,000 in two equal instalments. “We do not expect to face resistance from the operators. We the the lowest priced and we have Sony TV as a driver in our bouquet. The other channels aim at different audiences. Max, AXN, and CNBC are strong channels in their own arena,” Mr Aditya said.
Sony has entered the Australian market with South Asian Television. The channel will be beaming in that region from August 15, said Mr Aditya. Sony is also planning to enter into Pakistan which is a sizeable market. “We are likely to be in Pakistan in two months. There is a strong demand for Indian content in that market,” said Mr Aditya.
Some analysts feel the entry of Sony may allow cable operators to bargain with Zee Network that had encrypted its flagship channel, Zee TV, on June 10. By pricing itself much lower, Sony has a better chance of getting more accepted.
?If your driver channel has a low-cost substitute, operators have the flexibility to take a firm stance on the rival broadcaster,” said a senior official in a leading Mumbai-based multi-system operator (MSO). Zee TV’s standalone price is Rs 16, against Sony’s Rs 8.
Live chat in the chatroom tonight at the usual time 8.30 Syd time, or slightly earlier I am in there from 9.30 NZ.
Wimbledon Tennis has anyone found the feed? Perhaps via Asiasat 2? some other channels should have coverage as well?
I note Jcsat 3 128E Cband on Lyngsat dosn't have much info listed perhaps someone would like to provide them with the missing details from the Japanese cband services? Does anyone monitor this satellite?
From the Dish
Jcsat 3 128E 3960 V "H&W e TV has replaced SET International" Encrypted Vpid 1088 Apid 1089
Jcsat 3 128E 3960 V "CTS" has left PIDs 105/106, now only on Vpid 1184 Apid 1185.
Palapa C2 113E 3760 H "Tzu Chi TV, Mega Movie, Rainbow Channel and Channel X" are encrypted again.
Palapa C2 113E 4000 H "BBC World, SET International, Mega TV promo, FTV News Channel, Channel X 1,
RAI International 1, TNN and MusicCouuntry Pacific Rim" are encrypted again.
Palapa C2 113E 3880 H "Australia TV info card", Radio Australia and ABC Triple J have left, Keep an eye on this sat!
Asiasat 3 105.5E 3900 V "An Indus Music promo is screening here" Sr 27900, Fec 7/8 Vpid 1230 Apid 1231
Asiasat 2 100.5E 3907 H "CCTV 1" has left replaced by occasional Reuters TV Singapore feeds.
Thaicom 3: 78.5E 3554 V "Herbalife Asia" started,Vpid 514 Apid 642
Thaicom 3: 78.5E 3554 V "ATN World" started, Vpid 516 Apid 644
Transvision Satellite Teleport in Hawaii Connects Asia With U.S.
Transvision International Teleport has opened a new satellite teleport in Hawaii that provides direct connectivity from the U.S. mainland to the Asia Pacific region and India.
Two of the seven antennas in the teleport are now operational: a 9.3-meter C-band antenna pointing to the Philippines’ Agila 2 satellite at 146 East Longitude and an 11-meter C-band antenna pointing to Malaysia’s Measat2 satellite at 148 East Longitude.
When complete, Transvision's teleport will have antennas ranging from 7 meters to 18 meters. Transvision is a diversified satellite communications company specializing in domestic and international video, voice and data transmissions.
Sited on 30,000 square feet of land, the new Transvision teleport is strategically located to provide Internet, data broadcast, IPLC (International Private Leased Circuit) and digital video relay between the West Coast of the United States and Asia Pacific.
Its Hawaiian location provides significantly better look angles than do teleports on the U.S. mainland. The Hawaii site extends the customer's reach by offering single-hop, carrier-neutral access to satellites serving Nepal, Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan, which are inaccessible directly from the U.S. mainland.
Later this year, Transvision plans to enhance its teleport with the installation of three Ku-Band antennas: a second 11-meter antenna and two 7- meter antennas.
Transvision will also have access to the Southern Cross Cable, which provides a 120-Gigabit, high-speed fiber connection to the U.S.West Coast to provide connectivity to Internet hubs such as PAIX (Palo Alto Internet Exchange) and the major international switched voice facility in Los Angeles.
Transvision's Hawaii teleport provides access to the following satellites: US Domestic footprint: GE-1, GE -2, GE -3, GE-4, Telstar 4, Telstar 5, Telstar 6, Galaxy 4R, Echostar 4, Galaxy 10R, Galaxy 5, Telstar 7 and Satcom C4. Asia-Pacific Footprint: Intelsat 702, Intelsat 802, Panamsat 2, JCSAT -1B, Measat 2, Agila 2, Superbird C and Jcsat-3.
Johnson Regalado of Mabuhay Philippines Satellite Corporation, operator of the Agila 2 satellite, said the teleport will extend Agila 2’s coverage to over two billion people throughout the entire Asia Pacific region, including India, and extending as far west as the Maldives.
The new teleport in Hawaii is also a full-service facility offering access to the Southern Cross fiber capacity, and connectivity to major carriers like Sprint, AT&T, UUNET and Time Warner.
Transvision is an affiliate of Transvision International, a diversified satellite communications company specializing in the domestic and international transmission of video, voice and information. Transvision is headquartered in Oxnard, California.
A New TVNZ
Source : Minister Of Broadcasting
The future shape and role of TVNZ has now been agreed by the government. It will be re-established with its own legislation as a crown company charged with giving effect to its charter while maintaining its commercial performance.
Broadcast Communications Ltd, the transmission wing and TVNZ Australia will be separate subsidiary companies operating as independently as possible of their parent as successful businesses.
In its new crown company form the primary purpose of TVNZ will be to meet its Charter. This establishes the principles by which our public broadcaster will operate.
Under the State Owned Enterprises Act TVNZ currently operates primarily to make a commercial return. In re-establishing TVNZ with the sort of principles under which other public broadcasters around the world operate as a matter of course, we want to bring some balance to its operations. TVNZ, consulted throughout the development of the charter, has signed up to a set of social obligations.
The charter means that whatever happens in the globalising of television, New Zealanders will have their own flagship where they can find a New Zealand point of view, stories about themselves, their perspective on a world increasingly dominated by global giants of the media. We do not want New Zealand consigned to a blip that sometimes slips from the CNN global view.
In looking to the future the government is enabling TVNZ to reposition itself. Content will be the distinguishing feature that encourages viewers to stay with TVNZ.
In the future we may all be able to receive hundreds of channels full of foreign programming. This means the value of TVNZ to the nation is not only what is on its balance sheet but also what it delivers on our screens.
With some 70 per cent of the market, TVNZ is successful in commercial terms. But we expect it to build on that success and to be the place where we go for our news and debate, documentaries, children's programmes.
The problem has been one of under-performance by the New Zealand model of broadcasting as a whole. I do not believe that the true reality and diversity of New Zealand life are well enough represented in our broadcasting. I think that the contribution broadcasting can make to democratic participation and public debate is under-developed.
But the Charter is not about Marian Hobbs, Helen Clark, or anyone else dictating to TVNZ what programmes to run. We leave that up to the professional broadcasters to determine. But TVNZ will have the charter against which to measure its performance as a public broadcaster.
This will involve a shift in culture, moving away from a strict commercial focus, to observing the Charter and making programmes that viewers will watch.
But public broadcasting is more than simply ensuring there is local content. It is about treating viewers as citizens rather than as consumers. In particular, it includes the provision of well-resourced and quality news and current affairs.
Without a primary commitment to the charter, news and current affairs are always liable to be run down or manipulated to attract follow-on audiences through the evening. This is where “branding” of newsreaders has received more attention than resourcing the research to back up a strong news team.
Much local content is currently funded through NZ on Air. For a programme to gain this funding, it has first to secure the agreement to broadcast of a television broadcaster. If the primary purpose of the broadcaster is commercial, then some programmes that might be supported by NZ On Air will never get shown because they will not attract the advertisers
In its new structure, TVNZ is retained in company form. This will oblige the directors of the company to retain a focus on financial solvency and, therefore, the commercial attractiveness of TVNZ to advertisers. It will also, however, make it clear that one of the government’s reason for owning TVNZ is to pursue public broadcasting objectives.
TVNZ while remaining commercial will still show programmes that people want to watch. Indeed we want the audience to grow. In turn, this will make the outlet an attractive proposition for advertisers. Much charter-related content will be commercially attractive such as drama and documentary.
The charter is a challenge to our broadcasters to look anew at what they do. The government recognises there will be a cost to implementing the charter and it is committed to supporting TVNZ to achieve this.
Any additional public funding for TVNZ will be considered in the 2002 Budget round. In the meantime TVNZ will be invited to re-examine how it prioritises and targets its already substantial programming budget in the light of the Charter. This will be separate from funding currently available through NZ on Air.
Local programmes cost more to get to air than buying in from overseas. The government accepts that without subsidising programmes specific to our history, peoples, and culture, such programmes will not be produced to the extent desired. Providing such support will also ensure that we strengthen our creative industry, one that is closely inter-related to both the film and the advertising industries.
Under the new arrangement TVNZ will be able to display a greater commitment to the goals of the charter than if it were simply, as a State Owned Enterprise, to provide charter-related services to the government under Section 7 of the SOE Act. By definition, the charter needs to be the remit that belongs to, and is acknowledged by, the Board of TVNZ. If TVNZ continued to operate under the SOE Act, the charter would in effect merely be the policy of the government of the day.
BCL is clearly a transmission company, not a television content provider. In the coming changes BCL will have the autonomy to grow its business. It will be far more beneficial to have ownership arrangements that maximise BCL’s commercial opportunities.
BCL and TVNZ Australia will be retained as separate subsidiary companies within the TVNZ group. They will have an independent governance and be required to be at "arms-length" from their TVNZ parent.
The effectiveness of these arrangements will be reviewed after two years to see whether the subsidiaries should be changed to stand-alone SOEs.
The decisions taken by the government this week set new directions for TVNZ. Officials will be reporting to ministers in about two months on the implementation of establishing TVNZ as a Crown company and giving effect to the operational and governance independence of BCL and TVNZA.
I am confident that we are embarking on a course that will achieve for New Zealand a public broadcaster that truly reflects who we are as a nation, supports and nurtures our creative industry, provides a forum for informed, rational debate on issues affecting all of us and provides a benchmark for the rest of the media.
Zee still keen on bidding for DD II prime-time slots
New Delhi: Subhash Chandra-promoted Zee Network said Monday that it was still keen on bidding for the prime-time slots on state-owned Doordarshan’s Metro channel, after Prasar Bharati reinvited bids last week.
Zee’s renewed interest comes at a time when the other contendersHFCL Nine Broadcasting, Star as well as Sonyhave shown at best a tepid response to the government’s efforts to put life back into the bidding process.
The HFCL-Kerry Packer joint venture has announced its plan to exit the country after its current run on the Metro channel expires in September this year, and has said a firm no to placing a rebid.
When contacted, senior vice-president (marketing) for Zee Network, Partho Sinha said: “We are reconsidering bidding for the DD Metro slots. The initial bid terms did not make any business sense to us and thus we had refrained from expressing interest formally.” He said Zee would place a bid for only the 7:00-9:00 p.m. slot, and was confident of turning up a winner since it had a vast variety of content to leverage from.
?We have a very large offering in terms of number of options for advertisers. We can effectively leverage this strength,” Mr Sinha said, adding, “We have looked at pricing of these slots....We have done an analysis and the pricing which emerges is interesting.” Late last month Prasar Bharati had invited bids for the prime-time band of 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. and for the 10:00 p.m. to 00:30 a.m. slot on DD Metro for a period of three years.
MTV India takes direct charge of online operations
MTV India has taken over the operations of MTVIndia.coma joint venture between MTV Asia and Asiacontent. This was disclosed by Alex Kuruvilla, managing director, MTV Asia. The site will now be headed by Mr Kuruvilla, who will be responsible for all day-to-day operations.
The erstwhile MTVIndia.com workforce numbering around ten will now be part of the new set-up. The total workforce of MTV India will now be approximately 100. “The clear objective is to make the site profitable by the end of 2001,” said Mr Kuruvilla. The important part, he added, was to take the site forward and to make it more relevant.
MTVIndia was launched as a joint venture between MTV Asia and Asiacontent. Asiacontent’s other brand in India was CNET India which recently folded up its operations.
?The costs incurred on MTVIndia will now be under control since it will be amortised on MTV,” said Mr Kuruvilla. He added that his company was also working towards becoming a player in hosting micro sites. “There will be around ten sites across product categories over the next two to three months,” he explained.
MTV India will handle the complete range of front-end and back-end operations for all these micro sites. The company is expected to initiate dialogue with potential partners over the next few weeks.
According to Mr Kuruvilla, the site will look different in the next three months for which work is already underway. “We will make the site very interactive to ensure that whatever is on the channel is also on the site,” he said. Eventually, the site is expected to be part of an integrated offer to the advertiser. “The number of page views and registered users by themselves is way ahead of VIndia.com,” added Mr. Kuruvilla.
(MTV India is currently on Pas but should be available, when Pas10 is switched over)
Sick..don't really feel like doing a update, back tommorow..
Just a quiet rainy old Sunday...
From my Emails & ICQ
Chris Pickstock reports 23/6/01 6.51pm,
B1 "NRL" on , 12665 H Sr 5632 after that game it moved to 12675 H Sr 5632, "Brisbane Broncos v West Tigers"
24/6/01 1a.m Syd Optus B1 12367 V "France vs South Africa Rugby" Sr 5630 Fec 3/4 Vpid 308 Apid 256
24/6/01 3p.m Syd Optus B3 12363 V "NZ vs Australia Soccer" Sr 6111 Fec 3/4 Vpid 1160 Apid 1120 (C7 feed)
From Bill Richards a feed spotted yesterday
4035 H "Singapore golf feed" Sr 6110 Fec 3/4 Vpid 4194 Apid 4195
From the Dish
Agila 2 146E 4080 H KSBN 1, KSBN KS, KSBN P2 and Miz TV were replaced by test cards.(Asia only beam)
Palapa C2 113E 4140 V "TV Brunei" has moved to 3733 H (No longer receiveable in Australia?)
Asiasat 2 100.5E 4000 H "MCM Asia" has left (Is this still on Canal+ I701?)
Asiasat 2 100.5E 3907 H "CCTV 1" has started on , Sr 5632, Fec 3/4.
Pas 4 68.5E 3812 H "B4U Entertainment" has started on , Vpid 1260 Apid 1220.
T S I C H A N N E L N E W S - Number 25/2001 - June 24 2001 -
A weekly roundup of global TV news sponsored by Tele Satellite International
Editor: Branislav Pekic
Edited Apsattv.com Edition
A S I A
ASIAVISION DIGITAL SWITCHOVER A SUCCESS
The successful migration of Asiavision transmissions to digital has been
heralded by ABU members as the opening of a new chapter in the
organisation’s history. Meeting for the first time since the January 1
switchover, members of the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union’s News Study
Group celebrated the fact that all 12 news exchange participants now
receive the daily, 30-minute Asiavision feed digitally. At the meeting,
delegates agreed to examine the possibilities of greater co-operation
with the EBU’s Eurovision news exchange and to continue joint
operations, co-ordinated by Asiavision’s central offices in Kuala
Lumpur. One of the principal beneficiaries of the ABU’s digital drive
has been Bangladesh Television, which is set to receive a loan of around
US$190,000 to buy a digital satellite earth station. This will enable
the broadcaster to become the tenth member of Asiavision to transmit as
well as receive digitally. The earth station, which will be built at
BTV’s complex in Dhaka, is expected to be operational by late October,
in time for the country’s general election and will be available, with
the ABU’s permission, to outside broadcasters for use in the event of a
breaking news story.
STAR TV TO TURN PROFIT NEXT YEAR
Pan-Asian DTH operator Star TV’s core business will turn a profit by
October 2002, according to the group’s CEO, James Murdoch. Star TV has
not posted a profit in the eight years since it was acquired by News
ABC TO PROVIDE TV SERVICE TO ASIA AND PACIFIC
The Australian Government on June 20 announced that it had chosen the
Australian Broadcasting Corp. (ABC) to provide an Australian TV service
to the Asia Pacific region. It said that it would fund ABC to the tune
of A$15 million per year for a duration of five years to cover costs of
the venture. The government had promised to fund an Asia Pacific
Australian channel since Seven Network, Ltd. closed its Australian
Television International commercial satellite TV venture in March.
CHINA - HONG KONG
CCTV RENEWS CONTRACT WITH PANAMSAT
PanAmSat on June 19 announced that China Central Television (CCTV), the
national broadcaster of the People's Republic of China, has renewed
their seven-year-old relationship with the company for an additional
five years. PanAmSat currently provides full-time program distribution
services for CCTV via the company's PAS-3 and PAS-9 Atlantic Ocean
Region, the PAS-4 Indian Ocean Region and the PAS-2 Pacific Ocean Region
satellites. CCTV's service on PAS-2 will migrate to PanAmSat's PAS-8
Pacific Ocean Region satellite in early July. PanAmSat will continue
distributing CCTV throughout the Pacific Rim and the Americas via PAS-8
and PAS-9, respectively. The broadcaster will also transition its
services on PAS-3 and PAS-4 to the recently launched PAS-10 Indian Ocean
Region satellite upon its service commencement later this summer.
PanAmSat's latest satellite offers more powerful and comprehensive
coverage of Africa and South Asia, enabling CCTV to achieve full
coverage of the regions using just one beam on the new spacecraft. CCTV,
a PanAmSat customer since the launch of the company's PAS-2 satellite in
1994, became the world's first global Mandarin Chinese television
service when it expanded its services to include the PAS-3 satellite in
ASTRO WILL NOT BUY STAKE IN GALAXY
Hong-Kong’s leading broadcaster, Television Broadcasts, Ltd., on June 22
announced that Malaysian TV firm Astro Broadcast Corp. Ltd. would not
buy a stake in its Galaxy pay-TV unit. TVB said that it was still in
communications with potential suitors for the Galaxy project, but that
if these negotiations were not concluded by June 2002, it may cease the
Galaxy project altogether. TVB’s current license agreement with the Hong
Kong government dictates that the broadcaster may not hold more than a
50 per cent stake in Galaxy. That meant that TVB had to drop its stake
from 62.13 per cent. Further conditions mean that the pay-TV service may
not launch until after June 2002.
HFCL EXITS TV SECTOR
The HFCL-Kerry Packer joint venture (HFCL Nine Broadcasting India) has
announced that it is shutting its television business in India and that
the company’s programmes on the government-owned DD-Metro channel will
be taken off the air from September 10. This follows a decision by the
company not to bid for DD-Metro’s primetime slots due to what it called
the “unrealistic non-financial terms” proposed by DD.
METROVISION TO BECOME CHANNEL 8
Rediffusion plans to rebrand Metrovision, the Malaysian terrestrial
broadcaster it gained control of in March. Metrovision will be
relaunched as Channel 8 in 9-12 months. It will broadcast nationwide,
and foreign content will make up 70 per cent of programming.
Rediffusion, which has diverse business interests, has the option to buy
all of Metrovision over the next ten years for a minimum M$20 million
and is currently looking for a strategic partner to help it manage
CANWEST CHANNELS IN TELSTRA PAY-TV PACKAGE
CanWest Global Communications Corp. is likely to make its New Zealand
television channels available on a planned Telstra Saturn Ltd. digital
pay-TV service. CanWest, Canada's largest media company, runs
terrestrial channels TV3 and TV4 in New Zealand. Telstra Saturn, a joint
venture between Telstra Corp, Australia's largest telecommunications
company, and Austar United Communications Ltd, operators of Australia's
second-largest pay-TV platform, will begin its service in the third
quarter of this year, according to the New Zealand Business Times. The
CanWest channels are available on pay-TV platform Sky Network Television
Ltd's digital service. This week CanWest declined an invitation to
include TV3 and TV4 in government-owned Television New Zealand's
free-to-air digital television service that is being launched this year.
Telstra Saturn already has an agreement to carry TVNZ's two channels on
its pay-TV service, meaning that it may be able to offer all free-to-air
channels on its digital service, according to NZBT.
KBC CHOSES SATELLITE TV AND RADIO PROVIDERS
The Korea Digital Satellite Broadcasting Corporation selected 49 TV and
60 audio program providers for satellite broadcasting scheduled to be
launched later this year. Among the 49 TV channels, 10 are for movies,
six for sports, five for music and seven for entertainment. Others
include lifestyle, documentaries, education, news and religious
channels. Each of the nation’s three representative broadcasting
stations, KBS, MBC and SBS won 3-channels for sports and soap operas.
Education Broadcasting Systems EBS won two channels while 24-hour cable
news channel YTN and economic news channel MBN were awarded a news
channel. Meanwhile, Arirang TV was given a public channel, along with
two other broadcasting companies.
PANAMSAT TO DISTRIBUTE KOREAN CHANNELS
By way of agreements with South Korea's DACOM, iSkyCom and Onse Telecom,
PanAmSat Corporation has become the platform for the international
distribution of virtually every major Korean broadcaster. The company's
PAS-2, PAS-8, PAS-9 and Galaxy XI satellites, as well as the Napa
(California) teleport facility, form the backbone of a distribution
network that broadcasts Korean programming throughout Asia and across
the Pacific to the Americas. Among the list of Korean broadcasters
delivered over PanAmSat's global satellite network are Arirang TV, KBS,
MBC, YTN and SBS. The PAS-2 and PAS-8 Pacific Ocean Region satellites
transmit the Korean programming bouquet throughout Asia and across the
Pacific to the West Coast of the United States. The company's Napa
teleport picks up the signal off the PAS-8 spacecraft for immediate
turnaround to the PAS-9 Atlantic Ocean Region satellite and distribution
throughout the Americas. ISkyCom's North American gateway in Los Angeles
downlinks the signal from PAS-2 for retransmission over the Galaxy XI
North American satellite.
SCOPUS GETS SAMSUNG CONTRACT
Scopus, a supplier of digital compression technology to the broadcasting
industry, announced June 19 that Samsung Unitel Korea is utilising a
Scopus head-end digital broadcast system for broadcasting CNN and MTV
from Seoul, Korea. Scopus is working with Dongin Satellite Network on
this project, Scopus' first major deal in the Korean Peninsula. Scopus
is providing Unitel Korea with its Codico platforms for a MCPC
application enabling it to have conditional access capabilities and to
more effectively increase the number of subscribers and channels it can
reach throughout Korea. Transmission is being carried over satellite
with capabilities to transmit Internet applications. The Scopus system
will assist Unitel Korea to keep ahead of competition and play a more
significant role as one of South Korea's leading broadcasters. For the
MCPC application, Scopus is supplying Unitel Korea with a complete
end-to-end head-end platform.
There should be some sports on B1/B3 tonight, B1 Should at least have the Newforce feed of the Lions vs NSW followed later by South Africa vs France 2nd Rugby Test (12367v)
Someone was sleeping on the job at Ihug, this post from the Ihug.announce newsgroup
"UNSCHEDULED: IDTV MCM Channel Is Currently Down"
"Due to errors of our upstream provider, this channel is down until further notice."
A complete nonsense message!
Ihugs IDTV service has been carrying the MCM channel. Surely they should of known it was switching off and had plans in place to replace it on Friday.
This is what Telstra Saturn was showing on its cable service Friday
From my Emails & ICQ
From Chris Pickstock via the mailing list Saturday afternoon 23/6/01
B1 12675 H Sr 6111 "Astralinks, V8 Touring Cars from WA"
B1 12336 H Sr 6980 (ABC Feed) "Aust v NZ under 21's netball"
From Bill Richards
Who has been busy on Pas 8 by the look of it
Pas 8 3950 H "Set TV" Vpid 460 Apid 461
Pas 8 3740 H "MTV Taiwan"
Pas 8 3940 H "Kttv 11 Feed" Vpid 2660 Apid 2620
From Me Saturday afternoon 23/6/01
Saturday 1.42 Syd time
B3 12363V "Horse raceing" vpid 4160 Apid 4120 (usual settings)
B3 12336V "AFL Hawthorn vs Kangas" usual settings
From the Dish
Optus B1 160E 12733 V "A TVNZ test card" has started, Sr 22400, Fec 3/4, Vpid 32 Apid 33.
Asiasat 3 105.5E 3900 V "Indus Music test card" is new here Vpid 1230 Apid 1231
Screenshot by Bill Richards
Pas 4 68.5E 3812 H "B4U Music" has started Sr 6620, Fec 2/3, Vpid 1160 Apid 1120, Middle East beam, this will be available to Australia when the change over to Pas 10 happens in August.
SingTel extends Optus takeover bid
SINGAPORE: Singapore Telecommunications Ltd on Friday said that it had extended by one month the offer period of its takeover bid for Cable & Wireless Optus Ltd.
The closing date of the offer has been extended to 7:00 pm Sydney time (0900 GMT) August 3, from 7:00 pm Sydney time (0900 GMT) July 3, SingTel said in a statement.
SingTel added that it had extended the offer period "pending approval" for the takeover from Australia's Foreign Investment Review Board, or FIRB.
Last week, the Australian government said that the FIRB would take up to a further 90 days to consider whether it will approve SingTel's takeover bid for Optus, Australia's second-largest telecommunications operator.
The usual 30-day review period had been extended last week amid defense and national interest concerns.
SingTel launched a formal takeover for Optus on May 21, but since then the A$14 billion ($7.72 billion) friendly bid has been subject to intense scrutiny.
Australia's Foreign Investment and Review Board must approve the takeover.
The bid has been slowed by the US government approval process relating to satellites designed to carry military information.
"Detailed discussions with relevant agencies in Australia and the US continue," Lee Hsien Yang, SingTel's president and chief executive, said on Friday.
"SingTel is committed to resolving issues raised during the approval process and remains confident that the outstanding issues will be resolved," he added.
SingTel is 78 per cent owned by the Singapore government, which has caused concern in Australia and the US as completion of the Optus deal would give SingTel access to satellites that carry military data alongside telephone traffic.
Optus' independent directors have recommended shareholders accept SingTel's bid, even though an external assessment of its merits by valuer Grant Samuel & Associates concluded the terms were reasonable, but not fair.
"SingTel continues to be dedicated to acquiring Optus. The extension of the offer period process does not interfere with SingTel's commitment to providing current and future SingTel shareholders with a compelling investment opportunity," Lee said. (AP)
Government to take TVNZ's future off standby
The Government is expected to end years of speculation about the future of TVNZ on Monday, by announcing that it will not be split up and will no longer be required to focus on making a profit.
The announcement, which is expected after the cabinet meets, comes after months of bitter political wrangling over TVNZ's future.
Labour was keen to set up TVNZ's transmission arm, BCL, as a separate company, to allow it to focus on making profits and eventually set itself up as a possible rival to Telecom.
Although it could not get political support for the decision, it is believed to have agreed on a compromise that will still allow BCL to act independently, but stay part of a crown-owned entity. The change means that TVNZ will no longer be a state-owned enterprise, required to focus on making money for taxpayers.
The broadcaster has warned that it is in danger of losing money next year because of a slump in advertising, higher programming costs and investment in new technology.
The sudden deterioration in its finances has prompted management to set up a team to find ways of carving $20 million from its budget in each of the next three years.
The team, due to report by the end of August, has been told "everything is up for grabs," including possible redundancies.
It has also been asked to look at how TVNZ can make more money, including charging advertisers more for limited advertising space.
Despite a less-than-successful trial of a low-ad zone, TVNZ chief executive Rick Ellis confirmed the broadcaster would examine the issue.
Packer firm on shelving Indian venture
New Delhi, June 22: HFCL on Friday said its loss-making joint venture with Kerry Packer-HFCL Nine Broadcasting - was being shelved and Mr Packer was firm on not participating in the fresh bids for Doordarshan’s Metro channel.
HFCL holds 48 per cent equity in the venture, with another 49 per cent with Mr Packer and the remaining three per cent with financial investors.
The total paid-up capital of this company is just over Rs 25 crore and it has been a loss-making venture since its inception a year ago.
The decision of HFCL Nine Broadcasting to shelve its Indian operations comes before its existing contract with DD Metro expires on September 10 this year.
?Packer was never interested in a satellite channel. He wanted to invest in the Indian media business only on the terrestrial front, which meant content supply to Doordarshan,” HFCL chairman Mahendra Nahata said here adding the fact that this joint venture is no longer in the fray for DD Metro slots meant it was “out of business”.
Brushing aside speculation that the venture would now “supply” content to other channels, Mr Nahata said “what we wanted to do on DD Metro is provide programming and collect the accruing advertising revenue. We are not, nor ever were, interested in setting up a channel of our own.”
Finally, Packer packs bags, says adieu to DD Metro
NEW DELHI: Australian media baron Kerry Packer has decided to exit from the entertainment segment of the television business in India. Vinay Maloo-Packer promoted HFCL-Nine Broadcasting has asked its employees to look for other opportunities as its contract with Doordarshan Metro ends in September.
``It is very sad that we had to take this decision and exit from television business,'' HFCL-Nine Broadcasting CEO Ravina Raj Kohli told The Times of India. ``We are trying our best to get our employees relocated,'' she added.
However, she said that company was not shutting down and would continue with movie business. Of course, Channel Nine has the rights to produce cricket software for BCCI.
Industry sources said that Packer's Indian investments have failed to pay him off. Officials said that Packer's investments in the domestic media and information technology sectors have caused him a loss of $15 million.
Out of the total 58 people on rolls, 50 have been asked to quit. ``The staff related to DD Metro business have been given the option to look for alternative careers and remain employed till the close of contract in September,'' according to a company statement. Officials said that remaining core team will explore other opportunities.
HFCL-Nine Broadcasting, current partner of the national broadcaster, on Thursday said that it won't bid for DD Metro even after Prasar Bharati removed the floor price for the primetime slots. Nine paid Rs 121 crore last year for the DD Metro's primetime slots. The company also claimed to have spent ``enormous amount'' in promoting DD.
``We gave an excellent offer to DD. They did not listen to us,'' Kohli said. ``We promoted DD brand and increased its viewership from 15.6 million to 26.5 million. It ratings went up by 200 per cent,'' she added.
The company blamed the national broadcaster for not having a long term plan which resulted into their exit from the television business. In fact the company's projection went haywire. It incurred heavy losses during the one year period ending September 2001 when they got the rights to telecast an exorbitant cost of Rs 121 crore.
Kohli said that the company is also not interested in launching its own channel as it finds satellite channel space overcrowded. ``We did not want to continue in the television business as it is structured today,'' Kohli said.
Not much to say today keep an eye out for feeds this weekend and let me know what you see.
From my Emails & ICQ
From Alek via the Mailing list
For those lucky enough to see this satellite, MCM has started on Int 704
66Deg E French Telecom Bouquet 4055 R 27500 3/4 replacing TV5.
A reply received from Panamsat re Pas 10
Yes, PAS10 payload In-Orbit-testing has just been completed (as of Jul 13).
The 3790 and 4034 frequencies you mention would have been tested with a
Saturated CW carrier as part of the payload In-orbit checkout.
PAS10 has a Global C band footprint on both Horizontal and Vertical
polarizations. Coverage over Austrailia is primarily on the Southern
coastal regions (about 32 dBW). Perth is just outside the 32 dBW contour,
I'd say maybe 31 to 30 dBW.
PAS 4 C band traffic is planned to be transitioned off to PAS 10 in early
From the Dish
Palapa C2 113E 3733 H "Singapore International TV" has started, Vpid 33, Apid 1620,14:30-15:30 UTC, time sharing with TV Brunei.(This beam visable only in Asia)
Thaicom 3 78.5E 3551 H "MKTV Sat" new pids Vpid 2066 Apid 2067 and "Radio Skopje Apid 2068"
Apstar 2R 76.5E 3826 H "Feeds here have stopped"
Intelat 704 66E 3805 R "BBC World" has started Vpid 514 Apid 644 (Encrypted).
Intelat 704 66E 4055 R "MCM Asia" has replaced "TV 5 Asie" Vpid 120 Apid 130.
CCTV moving from Pas 2 to Pas 8 Early July
From [sat-nd] 22 June 2001
China Central Television (CCTV), the national broadcaster of
the People's Republic of China, has renewed its seven-year-old
relationship with PanAmSat for an additional five years.
PanAmSat currently provides full-time programme distribution
services for CCTV via PAS-2, 3, 4 and 9. CCTV's service on PAS-2
will migrate to PAS-8 in early July. The broadcaster will also
transition its services on PAS-3 and PAS-4 to the recently
launched PAS-10 upon its service commencement later this summer.
By way of agreements with South Korea's DACOM, iSkyCom and
Onse Telecom, PanAmSat said it had become the platform for the
international distribution of virtually every major Korean
broadcaster. The company's PAS-2, PAS-8, PAS-9 and Galaxy XI
satellites form the backbone of a distribution network that
broadcasts Korean programming throughout Asia and across the
Pacific to the Americas. Among the list of Korean broadcasters
delivered over PanAmSat's satellite network are Arirang TV, KBS,
MBC, YTN and SBS.
HFCL-Nine to shut television activities
THE HFCL-Kerry Packer joint venture, HFCL Nine Broadcasting India, has announced it is shutting its television business in India. The company’s programmes on the DD-Metro channel will cease to be on air from September 10, the company has said.
This follows a decision of the company not to bid for the prime time slots on DD-Metro due to what it calls the “unrealistic non-financial terms” proposed by DD.
Nine Broadcasting, which has a current staff strength of around 60, has given notice to its employees that their services would be terminated from September 10. A core team of around 8-10 senior management personnel would look after the company’s interests thereafter.
Ravina Kohli, the high-profile CEO of Nine Broadcasting, said she was not sure whether she would continue with the company’s core team after the September 10 shutdown. Nine Broadcasting has chosen to stop its broadcasts from September 10 even though its annual contract for the two prime time slots on DD Metro are scheduled to expire on September 21 and October 16, respectively.
While Nine was shutting its television business, other projects like the film production ‘Agni Varsha’, scheduled for release by the end of the year, would continue, Ms Kohli told ET.
She said the shareholders of Nine would have to decide on what shape the company would take after the shut down of the television business. “The prospects of launching an independent satellite channel are bleak,” the Nine Broadcasting CEO added.
Nine Broadcasting said it had backed down from bidding for the new DD Metro tender because the terms were “unrealistic.” The tender terms said new media and internet rights would belong to DD and the a clause preventing reruns of progrmmes for one year after the final episode could date programes by more that two years before replay, thereby reducing value.
Nine has also objected to DD reserving the right to terminating the contract withour notice and without reason making it “a pointless contract.”
Kohli expressed surprise at DD issuing statements that it would produce its own programmes for DD Metro even before the bids for the tender had closed. She however clarified that Nine Broadcasting was willing to make a comeback on the channel if Doordarshan came to the negotiating table on Nine’s terms.
Doordarshan was forced to retender the prime time slots for DD Metro since there there were no applicants in the previous round. Unlike the previous terms, where the base price for the three-hour prime time slot was kept at Rs 97.5 crore, the second round has no base price.
Singapore accused by Stokes of snooping
The chairman of the Seven Network, Mr Kerry Stokes, has stepped up his campaign to thwart SingTel's takeover of Cable& Wireless Optus, warning that the Singapore Government, SingTel's majority shareholder, had a record of listening in on phone conversations of its citizens.
"I am not going to tell them how to run their country but their way is totally foreign to our way,' he told the Herald.
"To my mind, SingTel sounds good as a company but SingTel is not a company, it's a government," he said.
"Singapore doesn't have the the best of human rights records. It does have different standards to Australia. It doesn't believe in free speech; it doesn't have a transparent democracy, all of which are fundamental to the way we do business and the way we conduct ourselves." he said.
Mr Stokes said it had been reported that the Singapore Government eavesdropped on phone calls and interrogated computers.
He also pointed to a Fortune magazine article which reported that General Lim Chuan Poh, Singapore's top soldier, and the number two bureaucrat in the Singapore Ministry for Communications, were on the board.
Mr Stokes has already lodged a submission with the Foreign Investment and Takeovers Board opposing the takeover.
But following public statements in the past few days by the Minister for Defence, Mr Reith, suggesting that national security concerns raised by his department would not be an obstacle to the deal going through, Mr Stokes has stepped up his campaign.
As a result, Mr Stokes has come in for criticism himself, with some close to the deal accusing him of being motivated by his own commercial interests.
A source close to the deal said yesterday that Mr Stokes was behaving "like desperate man".
"He sees Australia set in the 1950s and fails to see the difference between public policy and his own commercial self interest," the source said.
The future of Seven's pay TV sports channels, C7, which is carried by Optus, is uncertain beyond the end of this year, when it loses the AFL rights.
Seven's mobile telephony business, B Digital, also resells the Optus network.
"Tell me what I win out of this?" Mr Stokes asked when the suggestion of a commercial motivation was put to him.
"There is no commercial advantage for us.
"What I have been concerned about is that B Digital has 185,000 subscribers, who use the Optus network and they will have no say in a foreign government controlling their phone calls. The same goes for Optus subscribers."
Mr Stokes said he had been moved to action because he hated doing business with governments.
Cloud 9 Announces TV Channel Venture With TelstraSaturn
Lower Hutt television production and distribution company Cloud 9 Screen Entertainment announced today that its working on developing a new channel to be broadcast on the TelstraSaturn cable and satellite networks and hoped to launch the channel within a year.
Initially the channel is expected to run for a few hours per day.
The announcement came after Cloud 9 chief executive Raymond Thompson said at a Wellington Regional Chamber of Commerce breakfast that the company was considering the idea. The idea for the channel was developed after Cloud 9 won a regional business award previously won by TelstraSaturn and Thompson met Sean Wynne and Jack Matthews.
Thompson said that the company planned to launch an advertiser funded channel that would feature programming aimed at children and young people. He said that Cloud 9 already had around 400 episodes of programming available from its own library of youth drama and was looking to add material from other producers in New Zealand and overseas.
Thompson said that the company was also considering a proposal to launch a production unit to supplement the existing production with quiz, game and variety programming aimed at a New Zealand audience but also able to be sold overseas through its existing distribution company Cumulus. Thompson said that capital of between five and ten million dollars would be required for such a venture.
NDTV World launch postponed
NEW DELHI: Prannoy Roy-promoted NDTV has postponed the launch of its much talked about entertainment channel NDTV World.
The channel, which was expected to debut around September 2001, will now go on air later, perhaps a year later. The 24-hour bilingual channel in English and Hindi is targeted at the Indian diaspora -- especially in the UK and the US markets.
``There was no fixed date for the launch of the channel,'' NDTV president Prannoy Roy clarified to The Times of India. He said that company is in the process of working out ``several JVs and tie-ups'' before launching the channel.
In April, NDTV director KVL Narayan Rao had indicated that the entertainment channel will be launched around September. In December 2000, NDTV floated a 100 per cent subsidiary company NDTV World to enter into the broadcasting sector. An ICICI group company has picked up between 10 and 20 per cent equity stake in NDTV World.
NDTV currently provides content for STAR's 24-hour news and current affairs channel. The contract with Star is to lapse by early 2003.
It is learnt Star wants to launch its own production house to create programming in future. In order to create a library, Star is all set to open its production house to prepare content for Sky News which is slated to be launched in India. They have decided to form an independent editorial board.
With stories doing the rounds of its top anchors leaving the production house, there is an increasing sense of uncertainty among NDTV's 600-odd employees.
BSAT-2b arrives at Kourou
From [sat-nd] 22 June 2001
BSAT-2b, the second of three geostationary (GEO) satellites
that Orbital Sciences plans to deliver to customers in 2001, has
been shipped to its launch site in Kourou, French Guiana. From
Kourou, the satellite will be launched in July aboard an Ariane
5 rocket into a geosynchronous orbit at 110 degrees East.
The BSAT-2b satellite is the second spacecraft built by
Orbital for Japan's Broadcasting Satellite System Corporation (B-
SAT) and will serve as an in-orbit spare designed to deliver
direct-to-home digital television broadcasting throughout Japan.
The BSAT-2a satellite, which was launched in March, is now in
commercial service, having successfully completed its extensive
in-orbit testing and check-out procedures.
The BSAT-2, N-STAR-c and PanAmSat satellites are all based on
Orbital's "STAR" family of smaller GEO satellite platforms,
which are able to accommodate most types of commercial
communications payloads. The STAR satellites are smaller and are
significantly less costly to acquire and launch.
Shin Satellite launches iPSTAR service in Singapore
From [sat-nd] 22 June 2001
Shin Satellite Plc president Dumrong Kasemset said the company
launched its iPSTAR services in Singapore. In a statement,
Dumrong said the company's satellite-based Internet service will
be offered using existing satellites prior to the launch of its
iPSTAR-1 spacecraft in 2003.
The first generation system can deliver a forward link of up
to 128 Mbps on a 54 MHz Ku-band transponder and up to 8 Mbps per
terminal, while the return link can deliver up to 66 Mbps per
transponder and up to 2 Mbps per modem.
When iPSTAR-1 is launched in 2003, the maximum data rates will
be 11 Mbps downlink and up to 4 Mbps uplink per modem.
Kasemset said the cost per satellite modem will be competitive
with existing terrestrial broadband solutions--around US$1,000
per unit. "Once we achieve critical mass, this cost will
decrease substantially," he added.
More new articles on the restart of Australia's satellite tv service.
Following pages have been updated
B1, B3, Palapa C2, Pas 2, Pas 8
The latest from the Dr Overflow website
"Is it time for a new receiver?
No, it is time for new software!
At theese days, most important parts of DVB2000 are programmed completely new. Because I need some more days I will keep you informed on this website.
In final phase there are a lot of public beta-releases to come. Everybody who likes to test, may join us try those releases. Since there are a lot of different hardware-versions of our mediamaster we need those tests to make it work stable on most machines."
From my Emails & ICQ
Via the Mailing list From Chris Pickstock 21/6/01
Signal on B1
Right now, 3.40 pm EST, 12515H with a sr of a low 1500 a station loads as "TEST" It loads up as a radio station and has Apid of 256. No sound seems to be transmitted, but I do get a good signal strength.
Also, have a look around 12320V. I get some signal, but not enough to lock on anything. It could just be interference my end, or it could be a signal that I just can not get on my 1.2
I have noticed an American Forces Network feed on Pas 2 3804 v Sr 6620
video pid 1110 audio pid 1211.
it is a light news program, human intrest stories etc. It's not great
viewing but I have not seen any other feeds from the AFN.
This seems to be daily at 4.30pm Melb. time
From the Dish
Pas 2 169E 3769 H "KBS TV 1" has encrypted.
Pas 2 169E 3901 H "MTA International" has been replaced by a test card.
Optus B1 160E 12483 V New SR for "Saturn Weather Channel" Sr 22500.
Palapa C2 113E 10972 V "Tzu Chi TV, Mega Movie, Rainbow Channel 2 and Channel X" Encrypted
Palapa C2 113E Almost all channels on 11108 V and 11132 V are encrypted again.
Asiasat 3 105.5E 3660 V "Urdu TV Network has started" analogue (as mentioned last week).
Asiasat 2 100.5E 3640 HRadio Cairo has replaced El Sharq on Apid 665.
Thaicom 3 76.5E 3467 H ETC and ETC Channel Punjabi have left
ABC wins $15m for foreign service
THE ABC would receive $15 million a year over five years to provide Australia's overseas television service, Prime Minister John Howard said today.
Mr Howard said the broadcaster had won the tender to provide the service after a proper selection process.
"I'm pleased to announced that today the Minister for Foreign Affairs (Alexander Downer) has indicated the ABC has been awarded the tender for the provision of Australia's overseas television service," he told parliament.
"After a proper process to select the most appropriate ... the government will provide $15 million a year over five years."
$75m gets ABC back into Asia
THE ABC will become Australia's new face in Asia after winning a $75 million federal government funding package to revive the twice-failed Australia Television service.
But the ABC coup may trigger legal action against the Government, with David Hill, former ABC boss and rival bidder for the Australia TV service, angrily describing the process as "crooked".
The new satellite television station, likely to be launched later this year, will be a subsidiary company of the ABC and carry advertising and sponsorship as well as news, current affairs, education and entertainment programs.
The five-year contract, described as a "back-flip after bungling" by Labor, is worth $25 million more than the original $50 million package offered last year to any group willing to revive Australia TV.
It also represents a turnaround in the Coalition's attitude to international broadcasting, after an unrealised plan to close Radio Australia, the sale of its Cox Peninsula transmitters near Darwin and the handover of Australia TV from the ABC to the Seven network in 1997. ABC managing director Jonathan Shier said he was "delighted" to win the contract, a job he has previously said was too risky for the ABC.
"There is no other media organisation in Australia capable of providing the level of quality programming necessary to make this service viable and successful," Mr Shier said.
But Mr Hill, who has been advising Australian Vision International, said the ABC had gained an unfair advantage and had bid only after the official deadline.
The Government is believed to have asked the ABC to make a bid in April, after an earlier proposal by the Seven network and SBS collapsed and the Government had begun negotiations with Mr Hill's group.
Seven pulled out of the running in March after it suddenly shut down Australia Television.
Despite Mr Hill's Labor connections, AVI boasted a Liberal Party pedigree in board members Lloyd Lange, Warwick Smith and Brian Wilson.
Mr Lange was a Liberal member of the NSW Parliament between 1974 and 1986; Mr Smith, a former Liberal minister, is now a Macquarie Bank executive director; and Mr Wilson is national chairman of law firm Clayton Utz and a friend of John Howard.
Foreign Minister Alexander Downer rejected Mr Hill's complaints last night. He said he had not been happy with any of the original offers, including Mr Hill's, while earlier versions of Australia TV were "not really very good".
"I have not been happy with what the ABC used to do, and I was not happy with what Channel Seven did. I really want to see it as a class product of Australia and Australia's values around the Australia-Pacific region."
Mr Downer said the Government would partly fund the service because "a regional television service which projects accurate images and perceptions of Australia is in the national interest".
But the ABC will have to find advertising and sponsorship for the still unnamed channel, something permitted by its charter.
The new service will be delivered by digital satellite, and is likely to target English-speaking Asian audiences, rather than expatriate Australian audiences.
The ABC hopes to broadcast north into China, but its coverage into the Pacific and Indian Ocean areas will depend on negotiating satisfactory satellite contracts later this year.
Craigs comment, Thaicom 3 global beam , Palapa C2 H beam, and a service via Mediasat is what they should aim for.
MCM the French music channel is leaving Asiasat 2 as reported a few days ago. Telstra Saturn in NZ has this channel on their service and several NZ regional channels use this service as overnight filler. I think it only leaves the Canal+ service with MCM in our region. Reception to NZ is pretty poor from I701 Canal+ so I don't know what they will use as a future source they may have to drop this channel. Some good news in the news section the ABC will be taking over and restarting Australia TV. I would like to see Mediasat transmit this channel on B3 surely it's more of interest than RTPI.
See from the Dish section for up to date details from Telstra/TVNZ tests on B1
Saturn Weather Channel , testing on B1, NZ BEAM
From my Emails & ICQ
From my email
I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF IT IS POSSIBLE TO OBTAIN MALAYSIAN FTA ON THE GOLD COAST, QLD,AUSTRALIA .
I HAVE A CLIENT LOOKING FOR TV3 MALAYSIAN AND CAN ONLY GET CNBC & CNN OF HIS DISH , I THOUGHT THAT POSSIBLY THE SIGNEL HAS GHANGED TO DIGITAL
THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP
Craigs reply, Tv3 Malaysia is on Measat 1 91.5E but digital encrypted. If your client is lucky he may be able to get RTM TV1 in Analog from this satellite. From the sound of it your clients dish is pointing at Palapa C2. If you go with a very large KU rated dish at least 5M + you may have success with the digital Astro service which has the Malaysian channels including TV3 fta. I don't like your chances though, Try finding Measat 1 and see what kind of reception you get from the analog RTM station. Let me know how it all goes.
See the Measat 1 footprint here http://www.measat.com/html/system2.html
From "D" via the mailing list
Optus B3 on BTV3 16 x 9 chan 9/telstra test card at 2.40pm aest
Craigs note, they had some other cards there last night, all I got when I checked was this.
Bill Richards comes up with a screenshot from the "Lions vs Australia A" match that was on Optus B1 last night
Jeff Bannister suplies info on the 64E signals mentioned yesterday by Alek
at 64deg at 4081 . 3678 2/3 is AFRTS loads 4 channels..
1 = newsports/voice
2 = atlantic/uivoice
3 = atlantic stereo
4 = atlantic stereo..
encryption is scientific atlanta..
getting it at 50% on a 3m KTI mesh with dual feed on my nokia D box..
regards jeff bannister...lower south west of WA
From the Dish
Pas 8 166E 12726 H "ESPN and Animal Planet Australia & New Zealand" still FTA
Pas 8 166E 3850 H "Set TV" started Vpid 460 Apid 461
Optus B1 160E 12728 V "The occasional 9 Network feeds" Analogue have left (Where has Channel 9 taken its feeds, reports needed please)
Optus B1 160E 12483 V "Saturn Weather Channel" has started on Vpid 289 Apid 290. (This beam NZ only but may be receivable in South Australia on a big enough Ku dish, note they are using Irdeto)
Optus B1 160E 12390 V "Lions vs Aust A" seen here 19/6/01 Analogue.
Optus B1 160E 12367 V "Lions vs Aust A" 19/6/01 "Newsforce feed" Sr 5632, Fec 3/4 Vpid 308 Apid 256
TVNZ Telstra Saturn is testing on B1 heres the latest details
12483 V new channels loading.. all encrypted in Irdeto
SR for this tranponder is 22500 (Same as Sky, my Nokias tuner reports 22492)
"Test 7" Vpid 273 Apid 274 Sid 7
"Test 9" Vpid 337 Apid 338 Sid 9
"Test 10" Vpid 385 Apid 386 Sid 10
"Test 11" Vpid 369 Apid 370 Sid 11
"Hi Bob 12" Vpid 289 Apid 290 Sid 12 (This one is Saturn Weather Channel) FTA
"Test 24" Vpid 305 Apid 306 Sid 24
"Test 31" Vpid 321 Apid 322 Sid 31
"Test 32" Vpid 353 Apid 354 Sid 32
Optus B3 156E 12376 H "The Austar Interactive TV promo" has left
Apstar 1A 134E 3840 H "CCTV 7" has new pid Vpid 514 Apid 670
Palapa C2 113E 3760 H "MMBN service are all FTA again"
Palapa C2 113E KU "All MMBN services are FTA again, except channel A
Asia Pacific television service to be re-established
An Australian television service for the Asia Pacific region is to be re-established.
The Federal Government has announced it will fund the ABC to set up the service.
The Government says the Asia Pacific broadcasts will include news and current affairs programs and build on existing ABC and Radio Australia Internet services.
A statement from the Foreign Minister, Alexander Downer, says the service will also be expected to generate additional commercial support.
Mr Downer says the Asia-Pacific television service will be part of a cross media strategy involving ABC websites and the international broadcaster, Radio Australia.
"I think the ABC will put up a very good show, I think it will be well watched throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
"I think it will be of great benefit to Australia in the projection of a strong national image."
The commercial broadcaster, Channel Seven, closed Australia Television (ATV) in March, saying it was not a viable business.
Seven bought ATV from the ABC in 1997.
NT Govt happy
The Northern Territory Government is welcoming the decision to re-establish an Australian television service for the Asia-Pacific region, but says it must be done properly.
The Asian Relations and Trade Minister, Daryl Manzie, was critical of the Channel Seven service, saying viewers had been subjected to irrelevant programming and old re-runs.
He says he hopes the national broadcaster will improve the service.
"It needs to be something that is in sympathy with South East Asia and which meets the needs of our country as well as being appropriate for transmission into South East Asia and a place like Darwin being located geographic is really an ideal place for such a service."
An ABC spokesman says Australia Television will not necessarily return to Darwin.
Live chat tonight 8.30pm Syd time onwards in the chatroom hopefully its fixed it wasn't working Sunday night or last night. I checked at 4.30pm NZ and it was working fine.
I starrted adding some icons to the Thaicom 3 sat page as a test. It will take a while to add them to the rest of the pages. But it will tidy up the look of the pages, I just have to find a few more suitable Icons
From my Emails & ICQ
Chris Pickstock reports some activity on B1 18/6/01 Monday Night
On 12367V sr 6111, I am getting a very strong signal. It loads as "Astralinks" with Vpid 308 and Apid 256. However my unit reports "Bad Signal" which is what it does when I get internet data. I have not come across any Astralinks internet data yet so I was wondering if anyone else has had a look at this freq?
Bill Richards supplies furthur info on it,
"They were using NTL encryption."
Alek reports via the mailing list
I have just scanned 57-66 Deg E and note a very strong digital carriers
around 64Deg aprox at 4088 L and 3632 aprox, If there is anyone else who
can view the satellite could they confirm, AFTS does not load with the
parameters from Lyngsat, Has it changed?
From the Dish
Pas 8 166E 12400 V "CTN Zhong Tian, CTN Dadi, Sun Movie, Ufo TV, CTV Satellite Channel and Tzu Chi TV" Encrypted (these ones Asia only)
Pas 8 166E 12726 H "ESPN and Animal Planet Australia & New Zealand" encrypted.(Anyone confirm this?)
Optus B1 160E 12508 H "ocasional feeds for 9 Network have left (analogue, try 12512 H Dig)
Agila 2 146E 4080 H "ESC 1, Radio Kool and Radio Power" have left. (Asia beam)
Agila 2 146E 4080 H "ABC 5, RPN 9, IBC 13 and KSBN News" are now encrypted.
Nothing for today
I am not in a good mood today, depressed about the state of my dish and how its taking so long to get anywhere with it, I am not capeable of assembling it. If I did I would probably build it inside out ;-) I am just not skilled with tools, give me a hammer and nail and I will break the hammer with it some how. It didn't help that in the rush to partly assemble the dish it ended up being built without the center splice plate :-( So I have to pull the whole thing to bits again at least I have some better instructions off the net than the ones that came with it.
Mundine fight tonight? possibly on Mediasat B3.
From my Emails & ICQ
From Dave Ross last night via email
PAS2 3929 V Sr 10850 Fec 3/4 "500 G.P motorbikes" Feed as at 8.50pm Syd time
This via ICQ
Subject: Youth W CUP soccer
Available at Thaicom 2 78.5E on BBTV Channel 7
3751 H PAL Audio 6.60 7.20 Analog only.. Sorry..Australia footprint is not coverage.
This from George
Craig have you noticed MTA international in the BBC , Bloomberg mux on Pas 2
has been replaced by a Panamsat Napa test card
From the Dish
Pas 2 169E 4058 V "TVB Mux" has a new Sr 13238 (Encrypted)
Optus B3 156E 12407 V "Optus Business TV 3" Currently FTA
Asiasat 2 100.5E 3736 V "Occasional feeds" Sr 6250, Fec 3/4
Asiasat 2 100.5E 3660 V "MTA International" New pids Vpid 2432 Apid 2433
Insat 2E 83E 4005 V "ETV Telugu, ETV Bangla, ETV Marathi and ETV Kannada" have been replaced by Testcards
T S I C H A N N E L N E W S - Number 24/2001 - June 17 2001 -
A weekly roundup of global TV news sponsored by Tele Satellite International
Editor: Branislav Pekic
Edited Apsattv.com Edition
A S I A
CHINA - HONG KONG
GALAXY PAYS LICENSE BOND
According to a Bloomberg report, Galaxy Satellite Broadcasting Ltd., the pay
television unit of Hong Kong’s dominant broadcaster Television Broadcasts Ltd.,
paid an overdue license bond, ending a confrontation with the government. The
broadcaster paid a HK$88 million performance pledge originally due in March,
and must pay a late charge, the Broadcasting Authority said. Galaxy had asked
for a six-month extension, citing “changing market conditions.”
ZEE TELEFILMS TO CHARGE FOR ZEE TV
Zee Telefilms, one of India's leading private television networks, has
converted its free, flagship channel Zee TV into a pay channel, a senior
official said on June 13. The firm expects the conversion, which has been long
pending, to boost its profitability. Sunil Khanna, Zee's vice-president in
charge of distribution, told Reuters that the general entertainment channel
became digitally encrypted from June 10 and will start charging cable operators
only from June 15 onwards. While advertising revenue currently comprises over
60 per cent of Zee's income, the company hopes pay revenue will rise
significantly going forward. "For our most popular bouquet of channels, cable
operators will now have to pay 25 rupees a month from 13 rupees earlier,"
Khanna said. This package comprises Zee Cinema, Zee MGM, one regional channel,
Zee News and Zee TV. The prices of various packages depend on the number of
channels included. In all, Zee operates 12 channels in India, which are a mix
of general entertainment, music, movies and news channels, in a variety of
Indian languages. The network posted a net profit of 1.83 billion rupees in
the year ended March 2001 on income of 10.16 billion rupees.
ANALOGUE BROADCASTS TO END IN 2011
The Japan Diet revised the Radio Law, mandating the abolition of ground-based
analogue TV broadcasting by the end of 2011. The revision came with promises of
funding to help people convert to digital broadcasting. Once conversion to
ground-based TV broadcasting to digital is complete, the government intends to
assign newly freed-up frequencies to cellular phone and other communications
media now experiencing frequency shortages. During the transition period, which
begins in Tokyo and two other major regions in 2003, the government will help
pay for viewers’ antennas and set-top boxes and facilities at broadcasting
INDIAN CHANNELS BLACKED OUT
Following the massacre of King Birendra and other members of Nepal’s royal
family just over a week ago, the country’s government has imposed a ban on the
transmission of Indian channels, including Zee News, Star News, Aaj Tak and the
national broadcaster Doordarshan. The government said it moved to ban the news
channels, especially Zee TV, because they were pointing an accusing finger at
Prince Dipendra, who allegedly killed his father King Birendra, mother Queen
Aishwarya and other royals.
TV NETWORK TO START BROADCASTING NEWS FROM CHINA
Next month Phoenix Satellite Television, which is based in Hong Kong but
controlled by interests from the Chinese mainland, will begin broadcasting
CNN-style news about China. If Taiwan gives final approval, Phoenix Satellite
Television will begin broadcasting its Chinese-language news channel here as
early as July. Phoenix is run by a former People’s Liberation Army soldier, Liu
Changle, in a partnership with Rupert Murdoch’s Star TV. Because of history and
legal restrictions, media companies in China and Taiwan have rarely tried to
sell their wares in each other’s markets. Recently, however, Phoenix jumped the
legal barrier, winning preliminary government approval to distribute its
channel on cable systems here. For several years, China’s state- owned
television network, China Central Television (CCTV), has been available on
Taiwan’s cable systems, but it is watched by a small audience of mostly older
viewers in China.
MediaStream's Unit Awarded a Singapore Satellite Broadcasting License
Digital One Pte Ltd, a company 40 percent owned by MediaStream, was awarded a satellite-broadcasting license by the Singapore Broadcasting Authority. The license takes effect this December 1.
DigitalOne will operate an international satellite television broadcasting channel, uplinking from Singapore. The company is in the business of creating and developing digital content for television broadcasting.
MediaStream said Digital One will launch its first channel in the first half of next year. It will operate the international satellite television broadcasting channel in English and Chinese.
The international channel will initially be broadcast to countries in Asia, excluding Singapore.
Teleglobe to Provide High Speed Internet Services to ChinaSat
Teleglobe, one of the world's largest providers of Internet access via satellite, said it had entered into an agreement to provide high-speed satellite-based Internet access services for customers of China Telecommunications Broadcast Satellite Corporation (ChinaSat).
Teleglobe will use its DVB/IP (Digital Video Broadcast/Internet Protocol) satellite service to supplement and extend ChinaSat's national backbone network and provide the main connectivity between North America and China for ChinaSat's customers. Both Teleglobe and ChinaSAT will work together to develop and deploy new Internet-based services.
Teleglobe's said that its DVB/IP service will enable ChinaSat to bring Internet access to a vast area of China in a faster and more cost effective way, particularly to the western parts of the country where cable access is less of an option.
Lily Zhang, managing director of Teleglobe's Beijing office added that ChinaSat will also use its DVB/IP service to deliver the next wave of Internet-based content distribution services such as multicast streaming, data distribution and caching for their customers."
Yu Cheng, general manager of ChinaSat's Telecommunications Development Business Division, stated that Teleglobe's DVB/IP satellite service will provide its customers with a better Internet experience and build its business in and out of China.
Teleglobe's DVB/IP satellite service speeds the delivery of Internet content to ChinaSAT, with a direct satellite connection to Teleglobe's Internet backbone, bypassing any congestion on ChinaSat's terrestrial circuits.
ChinaSat was established in 1985 and is the first state-owned enterprise to manage the telecommunications satellite business and provide satellite telecommunications services in China. It is now under the Ministry of Information Industry (MII).
ChinaSat is one of 10 ISPs licensed by the government to provide international connectivity to China's Internet customers. ChinaSat provides domestic satellite telecommunications broadcast services, operates several VSAT systems and manages the government's domestic mobile satellite telecommunications business.
Teleglobe is one of the world's largest international Internet backbones serving a broad base of enterprise, ICPs, ISPs, ASPs and carrier customers.
I did some testing with the Nokia last night recording video to the hd. (IDE) I usesd a very simple program called DVB2000 Video recorder. It worked quite well with 3 minutes of 704x576 MPG2 video taking up 125 megs! With the addition of a couple of very small MPG2 plugins for Windows mediaplayer I was soon viewing the MPG2 stream. My poor old 4 meg PCI graphics card choked on attempts to play back in Fullscreen but handled %50 scaled playback fine. A modern 32 bit AGP card with tv out should handle it a lot better. The other factor is I am useing an old ISA scssi card which is fairly flaky, my Harddrive while being one of the latest fast 7200 rpm models is only running on the udma 33 connector, udma 66 would enable much better performance. I also tryed the latest version of Universal Scssi which seemed a bit flaky though i did get it to work a few times. Let me have some feed back on how you go if you try it out.
The latest info on DVB2000 the next version.
This from http://www.dominance.net/overflow/
"After complete new implementation of NIT scan, I decided to support NVOD and time shifted services.
This is not an easy task. It is simply not that what we hobbyists want:
For example you scan a unknown transponder you simply want to see what happens on THIS transponder. But this is not what the standard says. You might get an SDT with links to different transponders but not one single signal since those channels are NVOD signals with no name (sent on this transponder).
I will try to add both modes. The old mode thats prompts all active signals on the transponder and a new mode compatible to DVB-standard and other receivers with SDT priority.
I guess the new mode will become standard. It will find 5 Cinedoms only and prompts for start-time selection.
Need a little more time to finish this new (really great) stuff".
Some parts of DVB2000 were made when I did not even knew about ETSI and ISO and those documents were not available for public download. For example our NIT-parser is more an awfull hack than a parser. All information this code is based on was the hexdump. Time has come to make this code completely new.
Of course we are very late to do this. But you all know about all those requests and there was much more interesting stuff to play with.
I allready improved the NIT-Parser and the extended_event_information (have a look at the picture above).
From my Emails & ICQ
From Me 17/06/01 seen Sunday Afternoon
Optus B3 12363 V "NRL, Knights vs Bulldogs" usual settings
From Me 16/06/01 seen Saturday night
Optus B1 12357 V "Lions vs Reds, Rugby" Sr 5630, Vpid 308 Apid 256 Fec 3/4
Optus B1 12367 V "South Africa vs France, Rugby" Sr 5630, Vpid 308 Apid 256 Fec 3/4
From Chris Pickstock 16/06/01 seen Saturday Night
Optus B1 12336 H "ABC Netball" Sr 6980, Vpid 3160 Apid 3120
From Chris Pickstock 17/06/01 seen Sunday Afternoon
Optus B1 12665 H "ASTRALINKS," Sr 6111, Vpid 308 Apid 256
"This is a feed for Network Ten of the Australian Rally Championship from Imbil in Queensland. Some action awhile ago, colourbars at the moment."
Optus B1 12357 V "NRL, Storm vs Dragons" Sr 5632, Vpid 308 Apid 256
Optus B1 12411 V "NRL, Knights vs Bulldogs" Sr 6620, Vpid 308 Apid 256
From the Dish
Optus B1 12411 V "Feeds" Sr 6620, Vpid 308 Apid 256
Optus B1 12420 V "Feeds" Analogue!
Agila 2 146E 4080 H "KSBN News" is back Vpid 1560 Apid 1520. (northern Australia and Asia)
Palapa C2 113E 10972 V "Tzu Chi TV" is now encrypted.
Palapa C2 113E 11008 V & 11132 V "MusicCountry Pacific Rim", is encrypted again
Asiasat 3 105.5E 3660 V "Zee TV Asia" info card has left, (Keep an eye on this channel)
Asiasat 2 100.5E 3660 V "MTA International" has new Pids, Vpid 2560 Apid 2561
Thaicom 3 78.5E 3467 H "Etc Channel" Sr 6060 Fec 2/3 Vpid 512 Apid 640 Sid 1 (Global Beam)
Thaicom 3 78.5E 3467 H "ETC Punjabi" Sr 6060 Fec 2/3 Vpid 513 Apid 641 Sid 2 (Global Beam)
Sorry none for today
Lots of news and pictures today. Something that may show tonight, B1 12357V or 12367V France vs South Africa Rugby, could be on the Newsforce feed. It would start 1 a.m Syd time
A new version of DVBEDIT is out, use the update button in its menus to download it.
From my Emails and ICQ
From John McDermott
Optus B3 Digital Test?
Tonight Sydney time,15/6/01 I observed the following
Optus B3 12310 H SR 29473 FEC 3/4
No channels load, maybe testing???
Any ideas let me know
Chris Pickstock reports via the mailing list Saturday afternoon
Optus B1, 12420 V "Nth v Uni Rugby Union" analogue.C7 feed. No sound
Optus B3, 12363 V "AFL" Sr 6111
From Bill Richards
NEW ETV Services, on Insat 2E
Thaicom 3 78.5E 3467 H "Etc Channel" Sr 6060 Fec 2/3 Vpid 512 Apid 640 Sid 1
Thaicom 3 78.5E 3467 H "ETC Punjabi" Sr 6060 Fec 2/3 Vpid 513 Apid 641 Sid 2
Thanks to Stu McLeod for this update on Optus B1 TVNZ Testing
All have 1 service "TVNZ TEST"
Sr 22400, Fec 3/4 Vpid 32 Apid 33
From the Dish
Pas 2 169E 3872 "NBA Feed" Sr 6620 Fec 2/3
Pas 8 166E 4194 "NBA Feed" Sr 6620 Fec 2/3
(NBA is on CCTV 2 as well as ESPN and one of the Indo Channels)
Optus B1 160E 12456 V "TVNZ Tests Snell Willcox Card, TV1 Audio"
Optus B1 160E 12483 V "TVNZ Tests Snell Willcox Card, TV1 Audio"
Optus B1 160E 12706 V "TVNZ Tests Snell Willcox Card, TV1 Audio"
All Sr 22400, Fec 3/4, PIDs 32/33.
Palapa C2 113E 3760 H "Tzu Chi TV" Encrypted
Palapa C2 113E 4000 H "SET International, Mega TV promo, Savoir Knowledge Channel, FTV News Channel, Scholar Movie Channel and RAI International 1" all encrypted
TVNZ awaits go-ahead for interactive TV
Television New Zealand launches a digital simulcast of its programming from October 1 but has no mandate from the Government to market interactive TV.
What launches on October 1 is merely a simulcast of TVNZ's broadcast, so that TV1 and TV2 programming goes out in digital as well as analogue format.
People will need to buy a set-top box, costing about $800, to receive the digital signal.
TVNZ general manager strategy James Munro says TVNZ is focused on getting a mandate from its shareholder to market interactive television.
He says his main aim at the moment is "simply to get people to convert" from analogue to digital.
Digital will attract those with poor reception, though only "a few hundred" subscribers are expected by the end of the year when nationwide rollout is completed. The service will probably have between 10,000 and 50,000 customers by the end of 2002, he says.
TVNZ will eventually switch off its analogue broadcasts, though the exact date of switch-off, many years into the future, is not known. The SOE aims to have migrated the vast majority of customers to digital by then.
Depending on shareholder approval, some interactive features will be launched early next year, Mr Munro says, and are needed to create the "material difference" between digital and analogue TV that will prompt people to switch. Access to the Internet and e-mail are likely choices.
The SOE's television content side is close to break-even, he says, with entire group ebit profit in the last six monthly reporting period of $25 million.
Advertising revenue is down 5 per cent in the first quarter of this year compared to the same quarter last year. But Mr Munro says 2000 was TVNZ's best-ever year, and if compared to two years ago, advertising revenue is up 2.5 per cent.
He says digital television will not generate any revenue for TVNZ in the next three years. In three to seven years' time it should cover costs.
Mr Munro says TVNZ's focus will remain on its free-to-air content.
While TVNZ does not want to "go near" becoming a pay television channel, it might look at pay-per-view, such as paying 25 cents to watch yesterday's episode of Shortland Street, for example.
New technology called personal video recorders (PVRs) let people watch any programme that has already screened, also giving the ability to pause or rewind the programme being watched and to skip ad breaks.
Mr Munro says PVRs need broadcaster support, in providing the metadata that signals program details and the placement of advertising. He says PVRs will come into New Zealand next year, probably costing about $2500, and TVNZ is looking at supplying them.
For its digital service, TVNZ has chosen software from British-based interactive television company Open TV software to interface with the set-top box.
Mr Munro says TVNZ's talks with Sky are progressing well, and he is confident an agreement will be reached within the next year. He wants to sign some sort of set-top box open access deal with Sky.
While pay broadcasters provide TVNZ's two free-to-air channels through their decoders at the moment, they will not be able to do this with TVNZ's encrypted digital signal.
TVNZ's set-top box will have enough memory and processing power to run Open TV middleware.
TVNZ has drawn up a shortlist of less than five set-top box manufacturers, and will select a single vendor in a few weeks.
Under the deal between TVNZ and TelstraSaturn, the telecommunications company gets access to TVNZ's satellite capability, and will be able to bundle a range of its services to customers previously out of reach.
TVNZ gets a partner with whom to bid for content and the ability to take advantage of TelstraSaturn's existing digital infrastructure. This means TVNZ will use TelstraSaturn's uplink facilities to get signal to the satellite, piggyback off its call centre team to sell the boxes, and use its installers.
There is also provision for a joint venture in the future between the two organisations to develop interactive contact.
TVNZ has three people in its interactive team full-time, with another eight to 10 employees from other parts of the business also working on digital TV.
Digital coming, but same old channels
TVNZ will begin transmission of high-quality digital TV on October 1 - but next to nobody is expected to want it even by the end of the year.
Competitor CanWest Global Communications, owner of TV3 and TV4, rejected yesterday an invitation from TVNZ to be part of its digital transmission venture. TV3 and TV4 are already broadcast on Sky Television's digital service.
There will be none of the multiple channels, e-mail or Internet access that digital access is capable of because TVNZ is still awaiting Government approval to implement interactive TV. This is expected to be approved, however.
From October 1, even if a person forks out about $800 for a digital decoder and a satellite dish, the only TV channels likely to be seen will be TV One and TV2 - the same as now.
TVNZ's general manager (strategy) James Munro said going digital was a staggered launch. It wasn't expecting large numbers of people to migrate to its digital service. Likely users are expected to mainly be the few hundred people who don't get clear reception. In contrast to Sky subscribers, users won't have to pay a monthly subscription.
Interactive TV and additional channels are expected to be unveiled next April.
This could lead to a weather channel, a Maori channel - depending on how negotiations with Maori broadcasting bodies progress - children's TV, games, a music channel, and even a parliamentary channel.
Meanwhile, Sky is on target to provide interactive TV later this year. Viewers will soon be able to get statistics from sports events, use it for shopping from home, and avail themselves of e-mail facilities - but they won't all arrive at once.
TelstraSaturn, TVNZ's digital partner, will introduce its nationwide digital service later this year ahead of the All Black tour in November to Ireland, Scotland and Argentina.
Time for TVNZ to kick-start move to digital
TVNZ's argument that it must go digital "because everyone else is" has more sense than you might at first think, according to Amanda Wells.
Australia may be switching off analogue transmission in 2008 and Italy in 2006. Other countries are working to similar time-frames.
TVNZ general manager of strategy James Munro says if TVNZ persists with analogue after the bulk of countries have switched, it will be increasingly difficult to replace transmission equipment.
People would also have trouble buying new analogue TV sets. Though not yet in the New Zealand market, digital television sets will become ubiquitous once the world's hi-tech manufacturers crank up the production lines.
It hardly seems sensible for New Zealand to forge a path counter to the rest of the world. If the change to digital is inevitable, then it should be made as painless as possible.
When TVNZ launches its digital simulcast on October 1, you'll need to buy a set-top box to receive it.
Few households will be prepared to stump up the necessary $800 for something that offers no clear advantage over TVNZ's existing (and free) analogue service.
Mr Munro says TVNZ has no plans to subsidise the set-top box cost, though sweetens this by saying the price will drop over time.
VCRs were prohibitively expensive when introduced but now everyone has one, he argues. DVD players are heading in the same direction.
The analogy is not altogether apt.
VCRs offer a service totally different from a television set, and were not seen as a replacement for them but a necessary companion. A set-top box might soon be a necessary companion to a TV set, but it's not offering a new service, only an enhancement of what you get now.
So TVNZ must offer a few "whizz bang" enticements to make digital sell, to move people to digital, so that it can continue to be viable as a broadcaster.
The SOE's problem is that the Government has not, as yet, embraced this logic.
Till it does, TVNZ is hamstrung.
Its digital strategy at the moment is half-hearted at best.
Mr Munro says a large part of his "team" work full-time in other areas of the business, putting in odd hours on digital work.
For the digital strategy to succeed, it needs a strong dedicated team and adequate resourcing.
Mr Munro says he takes a 15-year view when creating digital strategy. But it seems almost impossible to look that far ahead with any clarity.
SingTel says delay in Australian takeover no surprise
SINGAPORE Telecommunications said on Friday a 90-day extension of an Australian government review of its bid to take over Australia's second biggest telecoms company "was not unexpected."
The Australian government announced on Thursday that the 30-day review period had been rolled over to consider the bid.
SingTel launched a formal takeover for Cable & Wireless Optus on May 21, but since then the 14 billion Australian dollar ($7.72 billion) friendly bid has been subject to intense scrutiny on defense and national interest grounds.
Australia's Foreign Investment and Review Board must approve the takeover.
"This extension is not unprecedented and was not unexpected by SingTel," SingTel said in a statement.
The bid has been slowed by the US government approval process relating to satellites designed to carry military information.
SingTel is 78 per cent owned by the Singapore government, which has caused concern in Australia and the United States as completion of the Optus deal would give SingTel access to satellites that carry military data alongside telephone traffic.
The last time Australia extended its review of a takeover by a foreign company was when Royal Dutch/Shell made a bid for Australia's Woodside Petroleum earlier this year.
Treasurer Peter Costello ultimately blocked that bid in April, saying it was against the national interest.
Optus Networks, operating separately from C&W Optus, has a joint venture partnership with the Australian Department of Defense, which plans to launch a 500 million Australian dollar ($276 million) C1 satellite in the first half of 2002.
The C1 satellite is designed to carry military and civilian information.
Seven Network, an Australian television broadcaster, lodged a submission in June detailing its objections to the bid.
Seven Network's main business is its free-to-air broadcast operations. It provides a pay-television channel, C7, on the C&W Optus pay-television service. Seven Network also controls B Digital, a mobile phone concern that resells on the Optus network.
Seven Network is worried about a company under foreign government control taking over what it calls a "significant" Australian asset. (AP)
Indian DTH hype fizzling out as top players lose interest
THE PROSPECTS of the much-touted and hyped DTH broadcasting appears to have fizzled out. While several players including Zee, Sun TV, VSNL and Star had evinced keen interest in setting up their platforms, nobody seems to be coming around anymore.
The industry is abuzz with disenchantment over the lack of progress made by the players who had first evinced interest in this broadcasting technology. The prevailing mood is such that the first mover advantage is no longer attractive and none of the players want to risk the first plunge.
The interested players have cited several reasons for the lack of take-off including the lack of flexibility for the broadcasters in the regulatory framework and the open-architecture set-top boxes.
According to channel sources, the risks when weighed against the prospective profits and penetration in the first five years into operations are too high.
"We have to bear in mind the costs involved in subsidising the set-top boxes for 3-4 million households. The risks seem steep when one considers that the policy requires open-architecture set-top boxes and not encrypted types," a Zee source said.
Most of the players are wary of the open-architecture set-top box model as this allows a level-playing field for all the channels who either form a platform or those who want to beam into the consumer households by merely joining a DTH platform.
An industry observer points out that the broadcasters and the non-broadcasters, keen on setting up the platforms, will have to subsidise the set-top boxes for the first 2-3 years as has been the case in countries like the UK and US.
Star and Zee officials told the Economic Times that the rigid regulatory framework is the prime reason for the delay in the roll-out of their DTH platforms.
The industry is still harping on the 20 per cent equity participation clause which places an entry restriction on any broadcasting or cable television entity beyond 20 per cent of the total equity in a DTH project.
Star sources also pointed out that besides the regulatory framework and the infrastructure costs which run into at least Rs 700 crore, there are other issues related to the business plan.
These factors are pertaining to the revenue sharing with the government, carriage fees to be charged by platforms for stand-alone channels and a feasible revenue model on the whole.
Stand-alone channels like Discovery and Aaj Tak have already said that they will like to join a platform, however, even they are circumspect about the formation of a DTH platform in the near future.
These stand-alone channels are keenly awaiting favourable offers to roll-in from the DTH players. "We want to join a DTH platform, but where is one? None of the plans seem to working as everybody except Star are playing the waiting game", an official said.
According to several industry analysts, Star looks to be the only one who may go ahead with it. According to sources, Star network is conducting hectic parleys to finalise some sort of a framework for an imminent launch.
There are also reports that the channel major held some meetings on Friday for discussing the transponder leasing terms and other infrastructure cost-related issues. Meanwhile, Zee still wants play a wait and watch approach.
Hallmark introduces programme in Hindi
ASIA'S premier channel Hallmark has decided to localise its programme with the dubbing of the popular children's programme, Clifford, in English and Hindi.
Clifford -- which targets children between the age group of three to seven years -- focuses on educating children through entertainment, according to a release on Friday.
The decision to dub the programme in Hindi is part of the channel's new policy to innovate programmes based on consumer research and operator feedback received by the channel in recent times, vice-president and managing director Asia Pacific Terence Yau said. (PTI)
A big surprise for me while having a look around B1 early this morning
12456 V "TVNZ TESTS" Sr 22400, Fec 3/4, Vpid 32 Apid 33 Sid 1 PMT 34
Programming was BBC WORLD (Screens overnight on TV1 so Presume thats what was there)
Audio currently is from TV1, signals about 2 seconds delayed compared to FTA
Signal Level is the same as Sky NZ it was just around threshold earlier but they have boosted the power or changed the beam since. Other info the picture was 720x576 Resolution (none of that lo-res pay tv crap) at 15Mbit. Reports need around NZ especially! Keep updated as things happen via the mailing list, see above to join it.
MCM Moving from Asiasat 2 to 66E, see news section.
From my Emails & ICQ
From Bill Richards in Australia
He reports recieving the TVNZ test and sent a screenshot, no mention of signal strength
From P & A Di Pasquale"
I would be very grateful if you can tell me any information,
regarding the youth world cup soccer feeds
the competition is starting on the 18th of june 3 am australian time.
I have friends playing in the australian side,
sorry, the competition is played in ARGENTINA.
Craigs note, The feed will probably come in Via I701 or Pas 2 or Pas 8, Have to just wait and see, check the usual channels that show soccer, such as GuangDong and the Indonesians on Palapa C2.
From the Dish
Optus B1 160E 12456 V "TVNZ Testcard" Sr 22400, Fec 3/4 Vpid 32 Apid 33 (Apid may not active)
Palapa C2 113E "MMBN, all Cband services have encrypted again"
Palapa C2 113E 11008 V & 11132 V "MusicCountry Pacific Rim" is fta again.
Asiasat 2 100.5E 3782 V "The test card "has left.
Insat 2E 83E 4005 V "The Analogue ETV left here" Wide BEAM
Insat 2E 83E 4005 V NEW ETV MUX started here Sr 27000 Fec 3/4
Insat 2E 83E 4005 V "ETV Telugu" Vpid 1160 Apid 1120
Insat 2E 83E 4005 V "ETV Bangla" Vpid 1260 Apid 1220
Insat 2E 83E 4005 V "ETV Marathi" Vpid 1360 Apid 1320
Insat 2E 83E 4005 V "ETV Kannada" Vpid 1460 Apid 1420
Insat 2E 83E 4005 V "ETV Urdu Test Card" Vpid 1560 Apid 1520
Insat 2E 83E 4005 V "ETV Oriya Test Card" Vpid 1660 Apid 1620
Reports needed and screenshots, it is on the Wide beam so should be fine in Australia
Thaicom 3 78.5E 3551 "MKTV Sat and Radio Skopje" have started Vpid 2069, Apid 2070, Radio Apid 2071
MCM shifting from Asiasat 2 to Intelsat 704
The French music channel Channel MCM is shifting from Asiasat 2 to Intelsat 704, a release issued today says.
The dual illumination has started from 8 June and will continue till 21 June.
The new parameters for the channel are given below for necessary information to Operators for re-tuning their IRDs to continue receiving this channel.
Position : 66 degree East (294 ° Ouest)
Frequency : 4055 Mhz
Polarisation : circular
Symbol rate : 27500 Msymb/s
FEC : 3/4
Service ID : 1402 CFI (ASIE PRO)
Transponder : 25
Signal: Hemispherique Est bande C
Transmission Mode : MCPC MPEG 2 DVB
Band : C
EIRP : 33 dB/W
MCM is distributed in India by B4U Networks in a content-cum-marketing arrangement.
US spies in the sky stall bid for Optus
The $14 billion takeover of Cable & Wireless Optus by Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel) has stalled because Australian and US defence officials have failed to resolve the issue of sensitive military technology carried on Optus satellites.
The stalemate has forced the Federal Government's Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) to extend its deadline by another 60 days to consider the cash and scrip bid, after the initial 30-day deadline ended yesterday.
"SingTel confirms that its FIRB application consideration period has rolled over from 30 days to 90 days," SingTel spokesman Mr Ivan Tan said.
Optus shares slipped only 1c yesterday to $3.52, with 9.38 million shares traded. But its investors cannot accept the SingTel offer, announced on March 26, until FIRB approves the bid.
It is understood that the Department of Defence is awaiting a decision from the US State Department, which has to approve export licences to US manufacturers of technology used on Optus satellites. US defence officials are still considering the implications of the Singaporean Government ultimately controlling Optus, through its controlling stake in SingTel.
Optus satellites carry sensitive military information as well as traffic for police and the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO).
SingTel and Optus executives are meeting defence officials in Canberra and Washington to try to allay any concerns.
"This extension is not unprecedented, and was not unexpected by SingTel," Mr Tan said. "SingTel has held detailed discussions with relevant agencies in Australia and the United States. The application process is progressing well and we remain confident of resolving all outstanding issues."
US manufacturers of satellite technology obtain an export licence on the condition that the technology does not end up being used by an operator not deemed appropriate by the US.
The other key issue is the $500 million joint venture between Optus and the Australian Department of Defence, which will finance the launch next year of the C1 Optus satellite.
Sources close to SingTel have said that if either Australian or US defence officials knock back SingTel's proposals it would not stop the takeover, as SingTel could sell the satellites to another operator and sell the Optus share of the joint venture back to the Australian Department of Defence.
SingTel is offering Optus shareholders three alternatives - an all share offer of 1.66 SingTel shares for each Optus share; $2.25 cash plus 0.8 SingTel shares for each Optus share; and a cash, share and bond alternative offering $2 cash, 45c worth of SingTel bonds and one unsecured note redeemable for 0.54 SingTel shares.
ETC decides to shelve Hindi news channel launch
ETC promoters Jagjit Kohli, Yogesh Radhakrishna and Yogesh Shah have shelved their grandiose plans of launching a Hindi news channel, after the entry of Aaj Tak.
Ruperistaan, the company which was floated to set up the news channel, has closed down. The news bureaus in 18 centres spread across the country have shut operations. The company had recruited around 100 people. “Ruperistaan is shut down. We were unable to get funds on time. With competition getting hot and ad rates falling, we have to cut down on costs. This is the first step in that direction,” said Mr Shah.
Added Mr Raghunandan Dhar, who was the chief executive officer of Ruperistaan: “The promoters felt they should not roll out a news channel as there was no space after the launch of Aaj Tak from the India Today stable. We are waiting for our dues to be cleared.”
ETC music channel, which was getting news content from Ruperistaan, has decided to pull out the half-hour current affairs slot at 10:00-10:30 p.m. with effect from July 1. With this, Ruperistaan has no work to do.
Doordarshan Marathi had earlier this January decided to end the news supply arrangement with Ruperistaan.
“It was a bad decision to run news on our music channel. We found it commercially unviable. It wasn’t giving us the expected ratings or revenue. Besides, we felt news was not the right mix for us. We would have been on a better wicket if we hadn’t taken that decision,” said Mr Shah.
ETC was initially producing the news but the promoters decided on November 1, 2000, to spin it off into a separate entity. Ruperistaan was floated and the plan was to launch a news channel. The promoters, however, were unable to get finance for the project.
ETC decided to experiment with news on the music channel as it felt it would get in a more diverse audience. The idea was to expand beyond the half-hour night news to two 15-minute capsules in the afternoon. The plan was to also introduce a half-hour news at 8:00-8:30 in the morning. “Ruperistaan would have started with supply of news to ETC and Doordarshan Marathi. With finance ready, it would have launched a full-fledged news channel,” said Mr Shah.
The first blow came when DD Marathi ended its contract for news supply on January 15, 2001. Ruperistaan was providing half-hour of news to DD’s regional channel for five days a week. The slot was given by DD on a revenue-sharing basis.
Cable operators unhappy: Zee to be a pay channel
Media major Zee Telefilms’ decision to convert its two channels--Zee TV and Zee News--into pay channels has not been well received by a section of cable operators.
The company has fixed Rs 30 as cable subscription charges for the entire Zee bouquet, with Rs 16 determined for its popular channel ZEE TV as stand alone channel per subscriber per month.
This move is being resisted since no pay channel, not even the premium niche sports channels, has fixed more than Rs 10 per subscriber per month.
Zee TV, the first Indian language satellite channel migrated to a pay platform, on June 10 June, after almost 10 years of free-to-air service. In all, Zee operates 15 channels in India, which are a mix of general entertainment, music, movies and news channels, in a variety of Indian languages.
While advertising revenue currently comprises over 60 % of Zee’s income, the company is eyeing Rs 100-125 crore total subscription revenue by encrypting its popular channels and going pay this fiscal.
?The cable network owners are already under a lot of pressure. In all, we have to pay around Rs 110 per month as subscription revenues for the existing pay channels,” says an independent cable operator.
According to him, cable operators have to almost unanimously absorb the monthly subscription costs of pay channels and provide the channel free to end subscribers due to increasing competition.
?If we increase the monthly rate, the subscriber will move to another service provider and we will lose a considerable amount of business,” he added.
Hence, while the end user is expected to pay for the additional subscription rate when channels go pay, in reality, it is the cable operator that bears the total burden.
Another issue of concern is the market rumours that the SET channel may also go pay at a tariff of approximately Rs 8 per subscriber per month. Cable operators lament that given the current situation, it is no longer viable for them to offer their services at Rs 100-125 per month.
Not much happening today so just a small site for today. TVNZ has announced a launch for its Digital satellite service Oct 1st, a non interactive service starting with just Tv1 and Tv2. Wait for this the price which started off several months ago as around $200 NZ and gradually went up each months is now claimed to be around $800 for receiver and dish. Who would pay that for 2 Channels that are FTA? No mention of IRD or access system.
From my Emails & ICQ
From Bill Richards a quick note Optus B1 radio station 12545H is still on.
From Mike via the mailing list 4pm Syd time
Mtvtaiwan Pas 8 is free to air at moment 4pm Syd time14 june
From the Dish
Chinasat 6 125E 3867 V "SNG Newsfeed" , Sr 5632, Fec 3/4 (reports please not often active this one Lyngsat dosn't even list this satellite!) This satellite has Beacon frequencies: 3709.800 / 4192.020
Palapa C2 113E 11008 V & 11132 V "BBC World, Rainbow Channel 3, RAI International 1, TNN and MusicCountry
Pacific Rim" are now encrypted.
Asiasat 2 100.5E 3950 H "Macau Five Star Pop Channel" new pids Vpid 450 Apid 451
Asiasat 2 100.5E 3950 H "Macau Five Star Finance" new pids Vpid 650 Apid 851
Asiasat 2 100.5E 3950 H "A test card has started" sid 3 Vpid 750 Apid 751
CMM Music to ink content deal with PEN
Starved of funds, CMM Music Channel is entering into an agreement with Popular Entertainment Network (PEN) where the new partner will handle the channel’s content, equipment and manpower requirements.
The revenues will be shared equally between CMM Broadcasting Network and PEN. Fresh investments in the venture will also be divided on a similar basis. PEN, however, will not service the past liabilities of CMM Music Channel. “We are in the final stages of tying up. They are good in hardware, while we have strengths in software,” said PEN chairman and managing director, Jayantilal Gada. CMM Broadcasting Network runs the CMM Music Channel.
CMM Music will be revamped on June 24 with a new look and the PEN logo will be added to the channel. It will become PEN Music Channel on CMM Broadcasting Network, said Mr Gada. “Our brand will be built. We are interested in making our mark in software, while they want to make it big in the platform business,” he added.
The deal will involve no cash transaction. PEN will get a share in the revenues in lieu of its content. CMM will continue to bear the transponder and uplinking costs. The distribution expense will be shared between CMM and PEN.
The music channel will introduce trade news and PEN will arrange to play songs exclusively on it. The two companies are discussing other content they can put on the channel. “PEN has a big film and film music library. The music channel will have access to this content,” said Mr Gada.
CMM Music is available via Thaicom 3, on the 3600 H transponder, Global Beam
Zee goes pay, eyes Rs 100-cr revenue in FY '02
MEDIA major Zee Telefilms on Wednesday said two of its channels -- Zee TV and Zee News -- had become pay from June 10, with Rs 30 as subscription charges fixed for the entire Zee bouquet.
The company was eyeing Rs 100-crore total subscription revenue by encrypting its popular channels and going pay this fiscal, sources said.
Denying that the channel was facing any problems in Delhi or any other ciy with reported blackouts of the main channel Zee TV, sources said: "The transition from free-to-air to pay has been so smooth that we have already covered all the trp cities with 100 per cent penetration, except for some cities in Tamil Nadu."
And while sources declined to specify which cable operators in Delhi were not amenable to the new rates, they said: "We have already covered 95 per cent of Delhi also. The remaining operators are expected to become amenable soon."
"Within two days of migration (from free-to-air to pay), our reach is over 15 million households," they claimed.
As per the latest subscription package, Zee TV, Zee News, Zee MGM, Zee English, Zee Cinema, four alpha channels (Marathi, Bangla, Gujarati and Punjabi), Kaveri and Nickelodea comprise the '11+3+1' channel package for Rs 30 per month.
This package is subject to a minimum of Rs 15,000 per month and brings with itself Zee Music, Bharti and UTN as complimentary channels, with education channel ZED TV on trial offer.
For the '7+3+1' package, the consumer will get the same channels minus three alpha channels, alongwith Zee Cinema. The subscription for this package is Rs 35 per month.
In the third package of '4+3+1', Zee TV, Zee News and any two other Zee bouquet channels are available at Rs 32 per month.
Also, if in any of the above packages -- at least one alpha channel is subscribed -- an additional alpha channel can be asked for at Re 1 per month. (PTI)
Sony also decides to go pay next month
New Delhi, June 13: Viewers can look forward to more blackouts as Sony decides to go the Star and Zee way. It will become a pay channel sometime next month. While bundling of channels for a price is not strictly legal, cable operators say, in the absence of laws, only jungle raj prevails.
Broadcasters claim that subscription is the only way out if one has to stay in business. ‘‘With shrinking advertisment revenues, pay channels have become the order of the day the world over,’’ Zee officials say.
While Star and Zee are bundling and selling their channels for Rs 30 each, Sony, it is learnt, is likely to peg the amount at Rs 20. The subsriber will be required to pay anywhere between Rs 200 and Rs 250 from the current Rs 150 per month they pay to their cable operators. Cable operators have warned that if broadcasters go pay, they have to transfer the costs to the consumers. For every channel that goes pay, cable operators have to spend a minimum of Rs 35,000 for getting decoders from the broadcasters.
If that is the cable operator’s story, then broadcasters claim that the cable operators were making hay during last five years when channels were available free to air. Besides, the broadcasters claim that the operators have always hid their subscription figures from them.
While broadcasters admit that viewers will have to pay, they foresee a future when viewers will be paying only for the channels they want to watch. ‘‘Pay per view is inevitable,’’ they say. Operators, on the other hand, have threatened legal action if broadcasters go pay in the absence of well-defined rules.
Craigs note, Sony TV signal will available off PAS 10 and soon the Zee BQ on B3
Thanks to those who turned up in the chatroom the cooler weather sure brings out some strange people :-)
News for Zee TV viewers, The analogue transponder Zee programming may be replaced shortly by programming from UTN FTA. The latest Indian satellite channels news is above in the June issue of Satellite and Cable magazine, just click the logo. The Asiasat 3 page is looking a bit smaller with the removal of the Zee channels.
Sorry not much of a news section for today
From my Emails & ICQ
Finally can confirm that Boomerang is going under. After seven calls with
messages left today, I accidentally hooked up with the correct person at TPG
and was offered a fair bit of compensation for their IRD which is in my
possession for the last eleven months. They say that they will refund
AU$179 to people who return their BTV IRDs, leaving me with an out of pocket
expense of AU$99 for the 85cm offset dish, LNBF, 30 meters of coax, a pair
of F-type coax connectors, and a wall plate. I will probably take them up
on their offer as I am unaware of how I can get a new EPROM (or whatever) to
make this silly little box a FTA unit. ESPN will go off the air when their
contract runs out (they would not say when).
Craigs Note, we need the pin number can any installer or tech help out? or else the reset procedure for the box?
From Chris Pickstock
Late last night in the chat room I reported that the Mediasat channels had gone bad on my screen. No one else had this problem, and when i reported that all B3 channels had lost strength, someone suggested water could be the cause. I am in a low rainfall area, but we have had so much in the last two weeks and yes, it appears water was the culprit. Not in the lnbf, but in the 22khz switch block, which is mounted outside in a protected area. (obviously not protected enough) This morning I dried the switchblock out and everything is working fine.
I then swung the 1.2 across to B3 and lined it up as carefully as I could (using sat meter) and I actually got the second Mediasat channel, on 12363.(colour bars) Only just though. My receiver needs a 50% signal strength to have a picture and I had 52 - 53%. I wish it did not refer to strength as a percentage, because it means I can not compare it with someone else. It did not tune in at 12369 or 12359 but right on where your nokia reports the freq. I usually have the 1.2 on B1 with the 90cm on B3. I have a spare 90, perhaps I should join the two up and I might just get it. I am not going to buy another dish just for one channel. Obviously though, there is no substitute for a bigger dish, and really I would probably need a 1.5 dish for reliable reception of this channel.
Last nights Rugby I found at 12420 V analogue (best picture at that freq), could not find sound. The Netball was on 12317 H, sr 6980, Vpid 4160, Apid 4120. This is usually the ABC feed channel "DV2" which has Vpid 2160 and Apid 2120.
The radio station that I reported last week at 12546 H (Mix 106.3 from Canberra) appears to have gone. Perhaps it was on for testing purposes.
Craigs Note, Thanks for that report good to see you finally found 12363 V You may get some stuff on it on the Weekend.
From the Dish
Optus B1 160E 12367 V "Lions Rugby feed" for BBC Wales (Clean feed, Welsh commentary) Sr 5630 Fec 3/4 Vpid 308 Apid 256 12/6/01 7.30pm Syd
Optus B1 160E 12429 V "Lions rugby feed" Analogue (No audio?) 12/6/01 7.30pm Syd
Optus B1 160E 12317 H "NZ vs South Africa Netball" Sr 6980, Vpid 4160, Apid 4120 12/6/01 8.30pm Syd
Palapa C2 113E 3760 H "Open TV and Mega Movie" have encrypted.
Palapa C2 113E 4000 H "BBC World and MusicCountry Pacific Rim" have encrypted
Palapa C2 113E 11008 V & 11132 V "Scholar Movie Channel" Encrypted
Insat 2E 83E 3687 V "Asianet Global" tests have left (MPEG-2).
Insat 2E 83E 3694 V "Testcard" has ceased.
Pas 10 72E 4034 V "When tests show here, check 4155V Analogue for DD NEWS"
Sony’s common bouquet seems to wilt
STAR and Zee can take heart as Sony’s dream of a common bouquet involving Discovery and Aaj Tak may be turning sour. While Aaj Tak will not mind a common bouquet with Sony and Discovery for a DTH platform, it is surely not ready for a common bouquet on cable television if Sony decides to take the pay mode of subscription.
"A common platform for DTH would be beneficial to all, however, a common bouquet for cable television is not on at this stage," says an Aaj Tak source.
It may be recalled that Sony had evinced keen interest that Aaj Tak and Discovery join it’s bouquet recently. Industry observers had dubbed the creation of this channel bouquet as the formidable third force in the satellite television arena, Star and Zee being the other two.
Discovery has earlier said that it too is keen on this barring some consensus on certain issues related to the common league. Aaj Tak, however, was till now discreet about it’s intentions. Now, Aaj Tak sources say that the bouquet dream may still be a long way off as despite the willingness of all concerned, the contentious issue of Sony bouquet going pay from August this year remains the biggest hurdle.
"We want the bouquet to be formed. But, with Sony becoming a pay bouquet would mean that we will also be required to convert from the free-to-air mode to becoming a pay channel. We are not prepared for this leap just yet," sources said.
Consider this, why would Sony and Discovery want to join the bouquet when both are fairly well-placed in the cable distribution as well as in the consumer’s mind space? The reason according to Aaj Tak sources are simple." All three are stand alone channels with considerable appeal. If we join forces we can combine our cross-synergies to penetrate well into cable & satellite households", sources said.
An Aaj Tak official who did not want to be named said that the channel has a commitment to remain free-to-air for a few more years. The official said that it would be difficult for the hindi news channel to break it’s revenue model at this stage which is completely dependent on advertising revenues. Aaj Tak has a C & S household penetration of 15 million households and according to the latest TAM data, it’s popularity is soaring by the day.
As far Discovery goes, the channel has already attained a C&S household penetration of 22 million and according to industry observers and Discovery officials themselves say that the only reason for the channel to hop on to the Sony bouquet would be if the channel wants to take the pay route due its significant penetration.
Livechat in the chatroom tonight 8.30pm Syd time onwards or a bit earlier, I am usually in there from 9.30 NZ onwards. Christian Lyngmark might pop in tonight depending on how busy he is. The Nokia scssi to ide idea, I asked about in the newsgroups and was told look for a sccsi to IDE raid unit or to pick up a scssi hd from an auction site.
Big site update today!
TV 3/4 (NZ) Have issued a press release saying they won't be going on to TVNZ/Telstra's service, this is a huge disapointment to those in areas that can't get decent FTA reception. TVNZ is strapped for cash perhaps the whole project is under threat? Come on SKY switch off the encryption for Tv3 and Tv4.
Asiasat 3 page "Zee Channels" to be cleaned up later
From my Emails & ICQ
Bill Richards comes up with the goods on Asiasat 2 the 2 new Macau channels there
From the Dish
Pas 2 169E 3934 V "Womans Boxing" Feed , Sr 7035, Fec 3/4
Pas 2 169E 4036 H "Something? perhaps more sports feeds" Sr 6620, Fec 2/3
Palapa C2 113E 3733 H "TV Brunei" has started in Digital, Sr 6000, Fec 3/4,Vpid 33 Apid 1620 (Reports needed on this one)
Asiasat 3 105.5E 3660 V "Zee TV Asia" has been replaced by an info card. (As mentioned yesterday)
Asiasat 3 105.5E 4135 V "Zed TV" Encrypted
Asiasat 3 105.5E 4135 V "Zee News" Encrypted
Insat 2E 83E 4070 V "DD 7 - West Bengal" is back Sr 5000, Fec 3/4, Vpid 308 Apid 25, zone beam.
Thaicom 3 78.5E 3551 H "The test card has left"
LMI 1 75E 3433 H "Mystery! K.L- OK TEST" ,Sr 3497, Fec 7/8 (Please report! this sat has a good footprint on Australia)
Pas 10 72E 3790 H "Test Carrier" reported in W.A
TV3/TV4 Decides Against TVNZ Partnership
Source : TV3 Network Services Limited
TV3/TV4 has declined an invitation from TVNZ to be a part of its proposed digital transmission venture.
"After careful consideration, we have concluded that any digital service for free-to-air television transmission needs to remain just that - free-to-air," said Brent Impey, CEO for CanWest New Zealand.
"The proposed TVNZ service will require viewers to purchase a set-top box for at least several hundred dollars in order to receive the digital signal. In our opinion, that cannot be described as free-to-air television," Mr Impey said.
TV3/TV4 Managing Director Rick Friesen said he believes the future of digital television in New Zealand hinges on two or more competitive pay TV distributors, supplemented by a free, over-the-air digital service which will reach the majority of the population.
"This type of service would provide truly free digital coverage to the majority of New Zealanders in the digital age. It will require no public funding, and will be truly competitive, offering viewers real choice," Mr Friesen said.
"The TV3/TV4 signals are already carried on Sky's digital service, and this sufficiently complements our existing free-to-air service at this time," he said.
"However we do not believe that offering our signals to competitors in the free-to-air television market is appropriate, therefore we have declined TVNZ's invitation to participate in their proposed venture," Mr Friesen said.
"In fact we believe it is inappropriate for broadcasters to be involved in the distribution business, as TVNZ currently is with their ownership of BCL, the transmission distribution company. If BCL was an independent organisation there would be a much more level playing field in the transmission distribution business in New Zealand," he said.
TVNZ Remains Committed to Free-to-Air Digital Service
TVNZ is disappointed that CanWest (TV3 and TV4) has chosen not to support a proposed digital free-to-air service. TVNZ believes that the conversion from analogue to digital television will inevitably occur over time.
TVNZ had offered CanWest free access and an equal partnership to the proposed free-to-air digital platform.
TVNZ General Manager Strategy James Munro said that as New Zealand's leading broadcaster, TVNZ remains committed to ensuring that all New Zealanders can continue to view free-to-air television in the future without the need to subscribe to a pay television service.
"It is disappointing for New Zealand's television viewers that once digital migration has occurred at some time in the future, they will only be able to watch TV3 and TV4 if they subscribe to a pay television service," said Mr Munro.
TVNZ channels strapped for cash
TVNZ's television activities are strapped for cash and there is to be an immediate review its staff has been told.
Chief executive Rick Ellis told them bluntly: "The TV business is cash flow negative - right now."
To ensure the ongoing commercial health of the television business Ellis said it was necessary to look at how costs can be removed, while continuing to make quality television and maximise new revenue opportunities.
Asked if there would be a wage freeze or redundancies, Ellis said he could not answer that at the moment. It depended on the review and the signing off of an action plan by the TVNZ Board.
Rather than appointing external consultants, one of TVNZ's senior managers with change management experience has been seconded to do the job. He is expected to report back in the next 30 - 90 days.
Ellis said a number of factors have contributed to the tough financial situation facing the television side of the state owned broadcaster.
"These include continuing soft conditions in the advertising market and the low New Zealand dollar causing increased cost of international programme purchase."
Ellis said TVNZ is not alone in facing those factors - it is a global phenomenon.
In his Tuesday address to staff Ellis explained the other parts on the TVNZ Group - BCL, Satellite Services, TVNZ Australia and TVNZ International - were not included in the review.
The government commissioned a report earlier this year on the cost and effect of splitting of BCL and possibly Satellite Services from the group and making it a stand -alone state owned enterprise.
Media commentators have questioned what that will do to TVNZ's profitability on top of the government's introduction of a "charter" for the broadcaster to ensure it meets its public broadcasting role.
After his statement Ellis said regardless of whether or not the government went ahead with splitting the business it was essential the television business remained profitable in its own right, given it is the majority of the group's business.
The television business in recent years had contributed strong revenue to overall performance and good profit in its own right.
TVNZ reported a consolidated profit of $43.1 million for the year to the end of June 2000. Out of that profit the government got a dividend of $30.2 million.
Group revenue for that year had increased 10.3% to $473.4 million, with advertising revenue up for the year by 6% to $295.8 million.
But by May this year TVNZ was giving warning signals.
The group increased its profit by $2.9 million to $24.5 million for the half-year to December 31, compared with the previous year. However, it said much of the gain in revenue had been from its international services.
Advertising revenue had fallen.
"The soft advertising market conditions experienced during the period are forecast to continue into 2001 and will impact on the year end result," TVNZ's report to Parliament stated. "A number of factors are contributing to this decrease including an increasingly fragmented advertising environment with numerous media competing for revenue."
TVNZ's general manager of sales Jeff Latch told media there had been a fall of 5% across the quarter, with the biggest drop-off of 8% during March, compared with the same period the previous year.
A TVNZ spokesman would not comment on that or how much the lower NZ dollar was costing TVNZ extra in terms of buying overseas programming.
However, he said programme purchasing and production was a significant part of operating costs and the impact of the lower dollar could be measured in millions.
Defence allays fears over SingTel bid
SINGAPORE Telecommunications is set to clear the last big hurdle to its $14 billion takeover of Cable & Wireless Optus, after Defence Force Chief Admiral Chris Barrie played down security concerns arising from the bid.
Kerry Stokes' Seven Network is the latest to highlight the security issues, in a submission to the Foreign Investment Review Board citing "very serious implications" of passing sensitive defence information over satellites operated by a company under control of the Singapore Government.
But Admiral Barrie argues these concerns can easily be met.
"I personally don't have any objections to a SingTel takeover of that capability, provided we can meet the security requirements we've set for receipt and transmission of data," he told a Defence Correspondents Association lunch.
"I think it's a bit of a no-brainer, because you actually can encrypt data at source and then you can decrypt it at point of receipt, so I don't think its a serious issue," Admiral Barrie said.
He said Defence would be "very angry" if SingTel moved to "switch off" its access to the satellite, "but what are our alternatives?"
In its submission to the FIRB, which advises the Government on the bid, Seven asked: "What value has a guarantee, given in times of friendly relations, when severe regional tensions might lead a foreign government to conclude that it is in the best interests of their national security for Australia's defence satellite to be switched off?"
Defence uses two Optus satellites, B1 and B2, and will also use a new satellite, C2, due to be launched early next year in a $500 million joint project with Optus.
The C2 satellite will carry Australia's first military communications transponder, providing secure global communications for Australian military ships and aircraft.
Because the transponder contains highly sensitive American and Japanese technology, authorities in those countries will also have to approve the SingTel takeover, but the telco believes this will be forthcoming.
It is believed ASIO and the Attorney-General, Daryl Williams, have already indicated their approval for the deal.
Defence Department Secretary Allan Hawke told last Friday's lunch the Government had not finalised its consideration of the issue.
The SingTel bid was launched on May 23 and will remain open until July 3, and a formal government decision is expected before then.
TechTV plans India channel
In the times of an IT downturn, US-based TechTV, a 24-hour cable and satellite channel which provides technology news, information and entertainment, is planning to enter India through TechTV India channel. TechTV is owned by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s company, Vulcan Ventures.
Vulcan Ventures is likely to tie up with an Indian partner for the TechTV India channel. According to Mr Tom Grams, General Manager, TechTV International, India is a huge and complex market that requires a local partner. Without naming any company, Mr Grams said: “We expect to partner with an established media entity or tech company, which has production, ad sales and distribution capabilities.” The company wants to work with a partner which can help it cater to the unique needs of the Indian marketplace.
Elaborating on the content, Mr Grams told The Financial Express, “TechTV India would ultimately consist of a blend of our original programming and locally produced Indian technology news and entertainment programmes.”
On the timing of TechTV’s entry into India, Mr Grams said: “The channel is already available to Indian cable operators who can freely sample TechTV via AsiaSat3S (transponder 4H).’’ The channel will be marketed aggressively to cable operators, consumers and advertisers once the Indian partner is selected, he added.
Commenting on the market potential in India for the channel, particularly when slowdown in the IT sector is a reality, Mr Grams took a long-term view.
He said: “India is widely recognised as a world leader in technology innovation, service and manufacturing. India’s technology sector has the potential to positively transform its overall economy over the next decade.”
Citing research that the Indian IT industry is poised to grow to $140 billion by the year 2008, he said that TechTV would like to contribute to that transformation.
Specifically speaking on the target audience, Mr Grams said: ‘‘We think there is a significant number of Indian viewers who are interested in the useful yet stimulating destination that TechTV provides. Viewers which advertisers will want to reach and which cable operators will want to please.’’
On whether, TechTV is looking at the Direct-to-Home (DTH) television market in India, Mr Grams replied: ‘‘TechTV’s unique genre has proved successful in DTH markets in many countries.’’ If India’s DTH market evolves as it has in other countries, TechTV is expected to be appealing to DTH subscribers here also, he added.
TechTV is a 24-hour cable and satellite channel providing technology news, information and entertainment. The channel recently celebrated its third anniversary in the US, where the channel already has over 25 million subscribers, according to Mr Grams. The channel has programming partnerships in Japan, South Korea and Israel.
Zee TV encrypts; rivals allege severe problems; company says no way
Zee Telefilms' effort to migrate the free to air (FTA) analogue Zee TV to pay TV digital mode is facing teething problems. At the time of writing, rivals and some cable ops alleged that the channel is not available in almost 70 per cent of Indian cable and satellite TV homes ever since the analogue FTA beam was switched off on Sunday, 10 June. Zee, however, strongly denied this.
"They have not been able to distribute enough of the digital IRDs nationally," alleged an official from a rival channel. "The result is that the channel is not available in most of interior India."
Zee Telefilms CEO RK Singh denied this was true. "The figure is actually the reverse. Zee TV is available in almost 70 per cent of Indian cable and satellite homes," he says.
According to him, a distribution team of 80 is beating the streets in order to reach the IRDs to cable TV operators. "So far, 4,500 digital boxes have been distributed. Another 2,000 should be rolled out in the next eight to 10 days and all the problems will be sorted out," he reveals. "Viewers have nothing to worry about. Ditto cable TV operators."
Small screen, big picture: A digital Dordashan in 2001 AD
The sarkari version of the idiot-box might not be such an idiot after all. Used to being bad-mouthed it might be, but the good ol' Doordarshan, aka DD in couch-potato parlance, is ready, steady and raring to take a tech turn. If the reception quality is still not clear, here are the details: DD is all set to go digital; well, at least in the four metros. Joining Delhi in digital domain will be Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata. In specific speak, DD is setting up digital terrestrial transmission (DTT), a recent inclusion to the constantly evolving world of television.
Informs a senior official of the Delhi Doordarshan Kendra, ``In the current context, DTT is in an experimental stage and will be installed atop a 1.75 m high base antennae. What needs to be checked is how far this digital transmission mode can cover remote areas. Subsequently, the set-up will be enhanced.''
For the record, transmission terminology involves the analogue and digital forms. In the case of the analogue version, transmission is not always clear leading to the possibility of distortion of data and images from time to time. With the digital form, on the other hand, transmission is sharp as sharp can be and chances of distortion are practically non-existent.
``The common complaints of viewers involve colour transmission suddenly providing black and white images and sharp variations in colour contrast. All these problems are associated with analogue transmission. Consequently, we are trying to shift to the digital mode, which will rule out distortion of any form,'' informs a DD engineer.
In the current context, channels such as FTV and HBO, among others, are digitally-controlled. Side by side, television channels in Europe and the US have built transmitter towers to secure superior transmission over the past few years. According to a senior DD official of the rank of superintendent engineer, ``Most channels in the country provide digital-analogue transmission in satellite mode. But since we need to keep pace with with the changes occurring globally, we have decided to go in for DTT.''
As regards the specifics, DTT will encompass multiple channel facilities which can cover five to six channels at a particular point of time. But which channels will go the DTT way is not clear as of now. ``Depending on the functional status of DTT, we will decide which channel will bag the facility first. In such a scenario, DD National is definitely top priority,'' reveals a DD official.
Incidentally, with a new technology all set to trickle in, television manufacturers will be required to convert their products from analogue receivers to digital receivers. ``There are some suggestions that we speak with private operators, but negotiations are still at a nascent stage,'' offers a DD official.
So much for the digital details, here are the viewer's views on the news: the small screen might not get bigger, but it certainly seems to be getting better by the day.
Seems there was a Nokia get together in the Chatroom Sunday night ! A regular "Nokia Night" might be a good idea. I will be doing some checking later of the idea I had of useing a scssi to Ide adapter cable and fitting a internal IDE hard disk inside the Nokia mount it where the modem goes. It could be a bit tricky getting the 3.5V for the HD power. A better option may be one of those external IDE "Re-moveable" units. Have a scssi to ide cable to one of those with a IDE Cdrom in the bottom, and a nice big harddrive in the top for the 2 ide devices. The external hard disk units have there own power supplys usually so that would solve several problems. The big problem the Scssi to IDE converter cable does such a thing exist or is it even possible?
ZEE Analogue 3660 V now transmitting a promo telling cable operators to call Zee offices if they haven't got their IRDs yet
Intelsat at 66E was checked last night for the Australia vs England ODI cricket, nothing found, anyone seen it at all? I have heard C7 is taking a direct feed off Sky Sports, possibly its Via I701 one of TVNZ's transponders
Sky NZ has added some channel tags, "Homepage", "Ludi Games Channel" "Weather Channel", "Sky Engineering", "Mosaic"
Hopefully our news source is fixxed and comming up with some things of interest.
From my Emails & ICQ
Bill Richards supplys this screenshot for the gallery
Anjuman Promo running on Thaicom 3
From the Dish
Optus B3 156E 12336V "State of Origin" Feed seen last night, 16x9
Pas 8 166E 12726 H "ESPN" FTA still
Pas 8 166E 12726 H "Animal Planet" FTA still
Pas 8 166E 12726 H "CNN International and CNN Financial Network" have left
Agila 2 146E 3865 H "Net 25" has started, Sr 2345, Fec 3/4, Vpid 308 Apid 256, South Asia beam
Asiasat 3 105.5E 3660 V "Zee TV D-day, now only running Promo advising Cable operators to call if they havn't got their IRD"
Asiasat 2 100.5E 3782 V "Test card" has started, Sr 3260, Fec1/2, Vpid 3160 Apid 3120.(New service to start or for a feed?)
Asiasat 2 100.5E 3950 H "Macau Five Star Pop Channel" Sr 13186, Fec 3/4, Vpid 250 Apid 251
Asiasat 2 100.5E 3950 H "Macau Five Star Finance Channel" Vpid 350 Apid 351.(Chinese version of Bloomberg perhaps?)
Insat 2E 83E 4040 V "ETV Bangla" has started , PAL, 6.60 MHz, wide beam.
Thaicom 3 78.5E 3600 H "Anjuman TV" here is a promo only, no regular transmissions.
Pas 10 72E 12652 H."test carrier" seen in the U.K (Not on our footprint)
TVNZ Decision Leaves DTT Future To TV3.
The final announcement by Television New Zealand head of strategy James Munro to bury any plans of using the UHF based DVB-T digital terrestrial broadcast services and to champion the older satellite based DVB-S and DVB-MS standards leaves TV3 the decision maker on any DVB-T based DTT service.
James Munrow, general manager of strategy at TVNZ said that the state owned broadcaster had told the NZ Television Broadcasters Council that it did not intend to support the development of the standard. This means that any set-top boxes sold or endorsed by TVNZ would not include the capacity to operate using the terrestrial UHF DVB-T standard.
John Allen TV3 operations and engineering manager said that the decision by TVNZ came at a time when TV3 and Prime had been discussing the issue. He said that through the Broadcasters Council the industry had been seeking to develop a standard but TVNZ’s intention to start a satellite based service had meant that any statements about how this would be resolved were along way off.
As the second largest free to air terrestrial broadcaster behind TVNZ TV3’s position is likely to influence the decisions of Prime and the remaining smaller television broadcasters as to whether transition to a DVB-T digital broadcast solution. Sky is still to reveal its hand as to the future of its
If TV3 decides to stick with the DVB-S satellite based service provided by Sky Television it heavily impacts on any other party using terrestrial UHF based digital services in New Zealand. Very few if any installed boxes or television sets would be capable of receiving the service and without network content a limited amount of programming would be available.
Without the support of TVNZ a decision by TV3 alone or with Prime and the regional stations to support DVB-T could still be an uphill battle to push another receiver into homes but Allen suggested that the gradual inclusion of DVB compliant tuners within television monitors may allow DVB-T to be a default option for services into the home. Munrow is not so sure suggesting the desire for interactivity and an upgrade path will drive consumers to separate the tuner and monitor in the same way that intergrated VCR TVs have been rejected.
Allen said that while the satellite solution does provide immediate universal coverage it doesn’t allow for regional coverage in the same way that the current arrangement does. The inability to provide regional advertising packages could leave both TVNZ, TV3 locked out of a significant part of their current advertising market.
TV3 at least looks likely to continue to push for a DVB-T based terrestrial signal that is in line with its general approach of taking advantage of all possible platforms for its broadcast. Allen commented that the existing Mpeg2 based distribution systems had been developed with the replication of the existing terrestrial system in mind and that the DVB-T system provided the best terrestrial alternative in terms or propagation and reach to replicate the exiting analogue system. Munrow however discounts this suggesting that digital terrestrial would only ever be feasible for broadcast to around 70% of the market.
While Murnow’s statements clearly indicate the strategic position of TVNZ the question Allen said is not whether satellite or terrestrial solutions were better overall but whether a country the size of New Zealand could sustain a third transmission system.
Munrow admitted that the decision to orientate TVNZ completely toward DVB- S did go against the work of TVNZ’s own subsidiary BCL and their experience using DVB-T. The company has recently been testing the service in Auckland. But Munrow said that the relationship between BCL and TVNZ meant that neither group were tied to the other in terms of their strategic direction.
TVNZ’s commitment to DVT-S and the related DVB-MS for terrestrial transmission in the satellite Ku band returns TVNZ to its original plans to use the older standards. In requests for information from set top box manufacturers in 1999 TVNZ were seeking DVB-S/DVB-MS standard boxes for use in their aborted partnership with NTL.
Munrow said that the decision to use only the DVB-S standard did leave TVNZ in the position of being reliant on satellite provision however options remain open to the broadcaster should this become an issue. The inclusion of the DVB-MS standard could theoretically allow TVNZ, or its partner TelstraSaturn, to migrate part of all of its subscribers to a terrestrially based Microwave delivery. Doug Stevens, engineering manager, digital services at TVNZ told Spectrum.Net.nz that a realignment of the existing dish antenna and a replacement of the LMB with a much lower sensitivity model would be required to transition a customer from satellite to microwave. Crucially for TVNZ, like any free to air broadcaster, it would be reliant on the large installed population of compatible set-top boxes which it wants consumers to purchase, to complete such a move.
The DVB-MS model, already used by IHUG in Auckland, does not have the same propagation characteristics and is reliant on a direct line of site to the transmission site. These limitations point TV3 toward supporting the newer DVB-T standard as an alternative to a satellite broadcast model.
With satellite already installed as a reception option the DVB-T alternative would keep transmission service providers, whether they be satellite or terrestrially based, on their toes. Allen said that he was mindful of the current situation for analogue broadcasters who are completely reliant on BCL’s transmissions services. ‘I guess that there hasn’t been an alternative to analogue terrestrial broadcast. Now that there is satellite BCL are in a position where they have to compete for business.’ He said that he wouldn’t want to see a similar situation develop again with the use of satellite broadcasting.
To some extent however TelstraSaturn’s cable network may act to mitigate the power of satellite providers but the even more limited coverage that digital terrestrial even when fully developed is only expected to be around 65% or around equal to existing terrestrial coverage of Prime Television. Relying on that kind of coverage would not be feasible for TV3 or any other network as Prime itself found with its dismal financial results.
With both TVNZ and Sky opting out of UHF the amount of space available in the band may actually increase the attractiveness of the solution to another broadcaster meaning that while TVNZ and Sky duke it out via satellite a lower price and more space may mean DVB-T does have a future in NZ.
French Arianespace Hopes To Ink Satellite Deal With Indonesia
Arianespace, France’s leading aerospace firm, said it is confident it would launch Indonesia's Telkom 2 satellite in 2003.
PT Telkom, Indonesia’s telecom monopoly and owner of the satellite, last April said the satellite will be launched from the Kourou launch facility in French Guyana. Telkom 1 was launched from Kourou in 1999.
Like Telkom 1, Telkom 2 will support a variety of telecommunication applications, including high-speed digital traffic compatible with Very Small Aperture Terminal applications. Telkom 2 will replace the ageing Palapa B2R satellite whose design life will end in 2004.
PT Telkom’s decision to launch Telkom 2 from Kourou makes Arianespace confident of winning the contract (estimated at close to US$100 million) to launch the satellite. Negotiations for the launch have been suspended since the 1997 Asian financial crisis.
Arianespace said it takes some two years to prepare a launch from the date of signing the contract.
Originally operated by PT Telkom, the Palapa satellite system was handed over to PT Satelit Palapa Indonesia (Satelindo) when the company was founded in 1993. The system began with the launch of Palapa A1 in July 1976 following with the second satellite in March 1977.
The first series of Palapa satellites, namely Palapa A1 and Palapa A2, focused on covering the Indonesian archipelago and were phased out of service in June 1985 and January 1988 respectively, following the introduction of the Palapa B series.
The second series of satellites, Palapa B, was designed to increase the system’s coverage to include the Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore. The first of the new series, Palapa B1, was deployed in orbit in June 1983. Palapa B2, launched in February 1984, failed to reach orbit. However, the spacecraft was subsequently retrieved by the Space Shuttle in November of the same year and returned to service in April 1990 as Palapa B2R. Palapa B4 was launched on 14 May 1994.
Zee Network keen to bid for prime-time slots on DD Metro
New Delhi, June 10: CLOSE on the heels of Channel-Nine and Sony Entertainment’s reported interest in DD Metro slots up for sale, Zee Network on Sunday indicated it was also keen to make a bid, but only for the 7-9 pm prime time slot.
When contacted, senior vice-president (marketing) for Zee Network Partho Sinha said over phone from Mumbai: “We are positively disposed. I see no reason why Zee should not make an expression of interest in that channel.”
He said the Subhash Chandra-promoted company would place a bid for only the 7-9pm slot, and was confident of turning up a winner since it had a vast variety of content to leverage from.
?We have a very large offering in terms of number of options for advertisers. We can effectively leverage this strength,” Mr Sinha said but declined to reveal at what price zee would place its bid.
Mr Sinha said: “We have looked at pricing of these slots... We have done an analysis and the pricing which emerges is interesting.”
Late last month Prasar Bharati had invited bids for the prime time band of 7 to 10pm and for the 10pm to 0030am slot on DD Metro for a period of three years. Dividing the time band into one-hour slots, it laid the floor price of Rs 22.5 crore, Rs 32.5 crore, Rs 42.5 crore and Rs 17.5 crore for the four hourly slots between 7pm to 11pm.
Programmes in Hindi will be telecast between 7 to 10pm and are thereafter optional with English till 0030 hrs.
Bidders could apply either on an hourly basis or for the entire three-hour slot of the 7 to 10pm time band.
Prasar Bharti said the pre-qualification bids shall be opened on June 18 and financial bids on the very next day and that bidders are allowed to be present at the time of opening of both bids.
The Nokias seem to be playing Mediasat fine now. Possibly the State of Origin will be on 12336V tonight. The Maoris vs Wallabys last night was a great game. I will try to refrain from making any more comments about the poor standard of refereeing though. The transponder (12363 V) was running at a higher power dureing the game for some reason, almost reaching the same signal level as Mediasat usually is here on my 60cm.
Pas 10 at 72E Signals found on Cband by Jeff Bannister in South W.A see the "From my Emails" section.
I am looking for software or a website that will convert Taiwanese to English please email me if you have any ideas.
From my Emails & ICQ
From Jeff Bannister in South W.A reported last night via the mailing list 9/6/01
(Thanks to Christian Lyngsat for the tip off via ICQ)
PAS 10 TESTING 20.10 PERTH TIME
Pas 10 4034 V "a bloody boomer" on and off as I type. Strongest I have ever had on CBAND off any sat!
a very black screen and on my echostar analog decoder its 355 strength!
From Bill Richards
Optus B1 12675 H "ASTRALINKS SNG" V8 Supercars from Canberra.,Sr 6110, Fec 3/4, Vpid 308 Apid 256 Text 273 SID1
From Ahmad Mobasheri
Could you please circulate a mail to all members and ask them when they
post a feed alert or a new channel, give details as much as they can.
(Sat,Freq, SR,FEC, Adip,Vpid etc.) Some mails is not giving us much!
What do you think?
Craigs note, yes I agree the more info the better!
From Chris 9/6/01
Optus B1 12675 H Sr 6111 Vpid 308 Apid 256 "Astralinks" Network Ten feed of V8 Supercars from Canberra.Been on since 11 am EST
Also on B1 12702H Analogue, there is some Rugby on from NSW
From Greg 9/6/01
Boomerang have permanently ceased transmission of CNN & CNN fn
without advising subscribers, I had to ring them up to find out, that
only leaves ESPN and Animal Planet. For how long who knows, they
wont give out any details.
From the Dish
Pas 2 169E 3872 H "NBA etc?" Sr 6620 Fec 2/3 (check this one)
Pas 8 166E 3870 H "Fuji TV International and the JT Tokyo test card" have left.
Pas 8 166E 4166 H "NBA and MLB Baseball" Feeds Sr 6620 Fec 2/3 (check this one)
Pas 8 166E 4194 H "NBA etc?" Sr 6620 Fec 2/3 (check this one)
Pas 8 166E 12726 H "Animal Planet and Espn" here FTA still, the rest gone from Boomerang?
Optus B3 156E 12336 V "RTP Internacional" has started regular transmissions on, Vpid 1360 Apid1320.
Sinosat 1 110.5E 4088 V "MASTV" has started Vpid 652 Apid653 (Asia type beam)
Apstar 2R 76.5E 3920 H "The AXN promo" is now encrypted. ( I have my doubts about this one)
Pas 10 72E 4034 V "Very strong test carriers" reported here in Australia, (more reports needed)
T S I C H A N N E L N E W S - Number 23/2001 - June 10 2001 -
A weekly roundup of global TV news sponsored by Tele Satellite International
Editor: Branislav Pekic
Edited Apsattv.com Edition
PROFITS UP AT ALPHA SATELLITE
Greek DTH operator Alpha Satellite TV has posted revenues of Dr25 billion for
2000 up on the 1999 figure of Dr39.7 billion. Pre tax profits jumped Dr5.4
billion to Dr7 billion. Alpha is currently carrying out trials of digital
subscriber TV and is expected to roll out services in the fall.
CHINESE BROADCASTER PLANS EUROPEAN TV CHANNEL
The Chinese Huaxin Corporation wants to open in Bucharest by the end of the
year a TV station to cover all Europe. This investment is estimated at between
$1 and 1,5 million, according to a report in daily Curentul. The Sunlight
Victory Cultural Foundation director Gao Bao Yi said that he had already had
the first discussions with the representatives of the National Audio-Visual
Council (CNA) broadcasting authority for obtaining a broadcasting licence. If
the initiative materialises, this will be the first Chinese TV station in
Europe. Except for politics, which will not be present at all on the TV
screens, the programme schedule of the planned Chinese TV station will range
from news and culture to economy. Commercials will also be present, which the
investors want to attract from prestigious Chinese companies based in Taiwan
and Hong Kong. In the beginning, the Chinese TV station will broadcast around
6-8 hours a day and gradually the broadcasting time will be around the clock.
The Chinese want to broadcast via satellite in as many European countries as
possible. They estimate that the first show will be broadcast on Christmas or
New Year's Eve at the latest. The entire staff of the TV station will be made
up of Romanian nationals - technicians and translators as all the shows will be
subtitled in Romanian - except for the managing staff, administration personnel
and anchor people.
A S I A
ZEE NEWS JOINS PEHLA PAY-TV NETWORK
One of Asia’s pioneer news channels, Zee News, has joined Arab Digital
Distribution’s Pehla pay-TV bouquet across the region as of June. Zee News is
part of Zee Network, India’s largest media group, whose programming reaches 200
million viewers around the World. The deal will give Pehla viewers exclusive
access to a full range of Zee channels and joins Zee Cinema, Zee Music and Zee
TV as some of Asia’s most popular channels already on board the Pehla platform.
The Pehla bouquet includes top entertainment names such as Pehla Plus exclusive
cricket, B4U, Zee Cinema, B4U music, Star and Star Gold, Channel V, MCM,
Eurosport news, Star news, Reality TV, Cartoon Network, and Fox News.
SEVEN OPPOSES SINGTEL-OPTUS DEAL
Broadcaster Seven Network June 7 pressed Australia’s Foreign Investment Review
Board to rebuff SingTel’s bid for Cable & Wireless Optus on the grounds of the
take-over being led by a foreign government-controlled company. Seven finds the
foreign ownership of strategic assets unacceptable to ensure competition and
integrity of Australia’s communications infrastructure. The FIRB will consult
Australian Treasurer for a final decision.
CHINA - HONG KONG
CTN CHANNEL BECOMES POWER TV
Hong Kong-based CTN Channel, a television station, formally announced on June 1
that it has altered its name to Power TV. The countries and regions that can
receive Power TV’s signal include the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan,
Australia, the US, Canada, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and mainland China. Power TV,
established by the president of Hong Kong-listed Sino-i.com Ltd, started
operation at the end of 1994.
EPF AIMS TO SIGN UP 3 MILLION SUBSCRIBERS
New Japanese BS satellite DTH provider EPF has increased its available capital
to Yen5 billion and is aiming to sign up 3 million subscribers out of a total
of 43 million TV households in the country, within three years of its planned
spring 2002 launch. EPF will offer an integrated box that serves up digital
video broadcast, interactive services, personal storage and high-speed data
connections. The company was originally a joint venture, with consumer
electronics giants Matsushita, Toshiba, Sony and Hitachi as the main
stakeholders, with ten other firms involved. However, the recent capital
increase has expanded the number of shareholding companies to 30.
NDS GROUP WINS DIGITAL SATELLITE CONTRACT
NDS Group plc, a leading provider of conditional access systems and interactive
applications for digital TV, announced on June 5 it has been selected as part
of the winning consortium to launch Korea’s first digital satellite
broadcasting operation. The deal, worth approximately US$30 million to the
consortium, is one of the largest ever of its kind in Asia and will provide the
region’s first fully interactive satellite TV platform. As part of the
consortium led by Ssang Yong Information and Communications (SICC), NDS will
supply their Open VideoGuard conditional access system, StreamServer for the
management control of the digital headend and provide support consultancy for
Ssang Yong in their role as Prime Systems Integrator. In addition to its work
with Ssang Yong, NDS will work with Korean manufacturers to integrate
interactive technology into set-top boxes and with content developers to make
interactive services available to Korea Digital Satellite Broadcasting (KDB).
Korea Digital Satellite Broadcasting, founded in January 2001, will be the sole
provider of satellite broadcasting services in Korea, when the service is
launched later this year. A public company, its shareholders include major
broadcasting and communications service carriers such as Korea Telecom (15%),
KBS (10%), MBC (6%) and KT Freetel (3%). KDB has KRW 300 billion paid-in
capital. The service is planning to go live with 140 different channels. The
channel line-up will include Korean and international channels, with services
such as home banking and online game services. KDB expects to be on air by the
end of 2001 with a plan to grow their subscribers to almost 3 million by 2005.
No Site update today, somebodys birthday :-)
Various pages fixed, B3 Page, B3 Gallery, May added to History section, Video links added to RTPI (yes you can watch this online now)
From my Emails & ICQ
From Bill Richards
RE: MIX 103FM reported yesterday on B1
I find my nokia reports S/R as 1735 Fec 3/4
Nokia 9800s, brand new and boxed, with MA1.1 software installed for sale
I am in Ak, New Zealand
Email Ahmad Mobasheri <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From the Dish
Pas 166E 3980 H "Discovery Travel & Adventure has started" Encrypted Vpid 501 Apid 540.
Asiasat 3 105.5E 4000 H "National Geographic Channel Asia" has left (Encrypted) ,Vpid 519 Apid 668.
Thaicom 3 78.5E 3472 H "The three info cards" have left
Thaicom 3 78.5E 12604 H "TV 5 Asie has started" Asia Region only
Zee expects full encryption of bouquet by 10 June
The Zee bouquet of channels (Asiasat 3), which was expected to go pay from 1 June, will become fully encrypted from 10 June, official sources in the channel said.
Zee has fixed the price of its complete bouquet package (including Alpha) at Rs 30.
The promoter of a Mumbai-based cable network, however, pointed out that this could be delayed further because some set top boxes had yet to reach the respective headends (he counted himself among those who had not received the decoders).
The Zee official clarified that while decoders may not have reached some headends, by and large the process had been completed and the network was going ahead with activating the encrypted feed from 10 June. There might be some initial teething problems but that would get sorted out over the next few days, he said.
SingTel 'confident' of FIRB approval
SINGAPORE Telecommunications today said it remained confident of obtaining Government approval for its takeover of Cable & Wireless Optus, despite objections by Kerry Stokes' Seven Network to the Foreign Investment Review Board that Australia's international standing "cannot but be impacted negatively".
Today The Australian newspaper reported that Mr Stokes had urged the Foreign Investment Review Board to block SingTel's $14 billion takeover Optus, citing grave security concerns.
A SingTel spokesman said the carrier's application was before the Foreign Investment Review Board, but would not comment on Seven Network Holdings Ltd's objection to its bid.
"We are confident that the process is going well and we can meet the necessary requirements," the spokesman said.
Today the Seven Network said it had lodged an objection with the FIRB, saying it had "grave concerns" about Australia's second largest telco being "effectively controlled" by a foreign government.
Seven said the strategic importance of C&W Optus' broadband and satellite assets to Australia should be scrutinised by FIRB.
However, SingTel said it remains in discussions with the Australian government to allay concerns about C&W Optus' $500 million defence satellite joint venture with the Australian Defence Force.
SingTel has also held talks with authorities in the United States. SingTel needs to obtain a US export licence for the satellite technology.
The Asian carrier's offer for C&W Optus is dependent on the approval of FIRB, which reports to Treasurer Peter Costello.
It is believed Seven did not contact SingTel directly about its objection, which was released to selected media yesterday ahead of a formal announcement today.
Mr Stokes is a long-time opponent of foreign ownership.
In a submission to the board, obtained by The Australian, Mr Stokes' Seven Network says Australia's international standing "cannot but be impacted negatively".
"Never before has such a significant part of Australia's telecommunications infrastructure come under the direct control of a foreign government," the Seven submission says in The Australian.
Mr Stokes together with academics and officials within the Defence Department have voiced their concerns about the Singapore government-owned company being in control of Australia's surveillance satellite platform.
The Singapore government as of late May held a 78 per cent stake in SingTel.
"The strategic importance of Cable & Wireless Optus's infrastructure, including its broadband cable and satellite assets, and the company's four million customers, requires the FIRB to fully scrutinise the impact of any takeover, in particular one by a company, which is essentially owned by a foreign government," Seven said in a statement.
Seven said the fact that Australia's major telco, Telstra Corp Ltd was already a majority government controlled entity, the addition of a second government controlled telecommunications company would hinder competition.
"Such a structure is unacceptable in ensuring integrity of our communicating infrastructure and promoting competition and delivery of services to consumers," Seven said.
Seven also said that foreign government control of the Optus assets could violate Australian government obligations on safeguarding and protecting national interests.
Seven added that Malaysia and China had recently rejected bids by SingTel for stakes in their respective major telecommunications carriers because of the foreign government issue.
"Seven has no issues with either SingTel or Cable & Wireless Optus as companies," it added. C&W Optus is in a $500 million defence satellite joint venture with the Australian Defence Force.
NDS part of South Korean digital TV monopoly
From [sat-nd] 08.06.2001
Conditional access provider NDS Group plc, a News Corporation
company, said it was selected as part of the winning consortium
to launch South Korea's first digital satellite broadcasting
operation. The deal, worth approximately US$30 million to the
consortium, is one of the largest ever of its kind in Asia and
will provide the region's first fully interactive satellite TV
As part of the consortium led by Ssang Yong Information and
Communications (SICC), NDS will supply their Open VideoGuard
conditional access system, StreamServer for the management
control of the digital headend and provide support consultancy
for Ssang Yong in their role as Prime Systems Integrator. In
addition to its work with Ssang Yong, NDS will work with Korean
manufacturers to integrate interactive technology into set-top
boxes and with content developers to make interactive services
available to Korea Digital Satellite Broadcasting (KDB).
Korea Digital Satellite Broadcasting, founded in January 2001,
will be the sole provider of satellite broadcasting services in
Korea, when the service is launched later this year.
First up a big thank you to Mediasat very good to see them adding new services this will encourage FTA satellite TV in our region. Some people with Nokias have been having trouble with Mediasat since the new channels were added. My 9500 running DVB2000 v 1.84.7 has been glitching on all the ethnic channels since Tv5-Asie was added. The Mediasat feed freq was playing fine though when the news feed went over this afternoon. Nokia 9500 seem to be playing fine on the version DVB2000 1.82.6 software. Sky NZ "1026 Engineering test" channel has been relabled "UK Election" and is not FTA currently see article in the news section. Other new channel news, Sony TV is coming to the Zee BQ on Optus B3 in July.
Sorry there is not much news, having trouble with my new news source.
I see Rtpi has just gone off to just colour bars and audio perhaps they are fixing something.
Some Mediasat reciever problem reports
"Nizn12" reports a Humax fta f1 box is also having trouble with Mediasat
John reports, MA1.2 Software and the Nokia 9800 is currently not working with Mediasat
Terry Richardson reports, Nokia 9800 working fine useing MA1.1 Software but 9500 will not hold the pic even with a good signal.
Bill Richards reports, same glitches as I am getting on my Nokia 9500
NEW CHANNEL ALERT
Mediasat has added RTPI National on Vpid 1360 Apid 1320
BTV 1 12407 V seen FTA yesterday
From my Emails & ICQ
From Chris Pickstock
The second new service appears to have started within the Mediasat Bouquet on 12336V. It is RTP International, Vpid 1360, Apid 1320.
Also at the moment on B1 12450H Analogue I get the message "E16 Service is currently scambled." This is not in the format that my unit normally gives for a scrambled channel more like the message you get on a Pay TV receiver. I was wondering if anyone else gets this message, and if so is it the same format as your receiver normally gives.
From the Dish
Optus B1 160E 12546 H "Mix 106.3 (Canberra)" Radio, Sr 1750, Apid4195. (Reported to be very strong signal)
Optus B1 160E 12450 H "Something testing here"?
Agila 2 146E 4080 H New APIDs for Radio Kool and Radio Power 1122 and 1522.
Agila 2 146E 3736 H "A-TV" has left
Asiasat 3 105.5E 3860 V ESPN India (encrypted), now only on 3780 V.
Sky NZ Reorganise UK Election Coverage.
Sky Network Television have reorganised their coverage of the UK election and introduced a new channel to deliver on going coverage of the election from Sky News UK. Sky's normal feed of Sky News is now delivered from Sky News Australia who will break away to programming from Sydney as usual during the election.
The network had planned to replace programming provided by CNBC with the ongoing broadcast from the UK but will now broadcast it on Channel 26 which was created especially for the event. Sky director of communications
Tony O'Brien said that it took some engineering work but the new channel allows them to continue coverage beyond the planned time of 9pm June 8. O'Brian said that the other option, using the Sky Sports Extra channel was not available because it was being used for a planned sports event at the time.
He said that Sky's broadcast technicians had made a call with regard to whether the service could carry the extra channel and believed it would.
The bandwidth for each of Sky's channels is managed by a statistical multipler at the DVB encoding stage of broadcast which allocates bandwith dynamically across all channels depending on the amount required to deliver a acceptable picture.
The Sky news service usually has relatively low bandwidth requirements in relation to the other channels delivered on the service. 'We're using every space that we possibly can' O'Brien told Spectrum.Net.nz
Seven salvo hits 'Star Wars' sale
KERRY Stokes is urging the Foreign Investment Review Board to block Singapore Telecommunications' $14 billion takeover of Cable & Wireless Optus, citing grave security concerns.
In a submission to the board, obtained by The Australian, Mr Stokes' Seven Network says Australia's international standing "cannot but be impacted negatively".
"Never before has such a significant part of Australia's telecommunications infrastructure come under the direct control of a foreign government," the Seven submission says.
Mr Stokes joins academics and officials within the Defence Department concerned about the Singapore government-owned company being in control of Australia's surveillance satellite platform.
SingTel opened its bid on May 23 and it is open until July 3 but it has yet to get approval from FIRB.
Seven says there are "very serious implications" including the fact that Australia is being asked to "trust that our sensitive defence information will not be passed through a Singapore government-controlled company on whose board the chief of staff of the Singapore army sits".
This was a "naive approach to national security".
Mr Stokes is not alone in recommending FIRB block the bid.
Defence expert Ross Babbage, a director of the Centre for International Strategic Analysis, said there were serious security concerns. Singapore had "been observed on several occasions gathering very sensitive data on Australian defence and security elements in and around Australia".
Writing in CISA's May What's Next? bulletin, Dr Babbage said: "Members of federal Cabinet would need to be extraordinarily optimistic if they believed that Singaporean government access to Australia's sensitive defence and civilian communications networks would not be exploited for intelligence purposes.
"Senior Australian ministers must be hoping that the Singaporeans will withdraw their bid, that it will collapse or otherwise fail.".
Seven's submission adds: "Australia is being asked to trust that our sensitive defence information will not be passed through a Singapore government-controlled company on whose board the chief of staff of the Singapore army sits.
"What value has a guarantee, given in times of friendly relations, when severe regional tensions might lead a foreign government to conclude that it is in the best interests of their national security for Australia's defence satellite to be switched off."
A spokesman for Optus said the company was aware of the Seven's submission but "doubted the legal grounds on which it is based".
Swaraj swings towards private broadcasters on DTH?
Is information and broadcasting minister Sushma Swaraj listening to the pleas of wannabe players that the country should not take the open architecture route on the DTH television front? (All broadcasters have been unanimous that this would make DTH a non-starter.) If one goes by statements being attributed to her, it appears as though she is, though she might well be playing to the gallery in order to keep the groaners at bay.
A local business daily has her reportedly telling reporters that that there was no technology which allowed a set-top box to access any number of DTH services. "At most, two DTH services can be accessed," she had said.
Swaraj, reportedly, made these statements after being taken on a tour of the News Corp owned UK DTH service BSKyB's facilities in England. Swaraj had paid a visit to Cannes to promote Indian cinema as leader of an official delegation to the film festival there. She reportedly had a stopover in Britain.
If the statements being attributed to her are true and they do get translated into changes in what are being seen as draconian DTH regulations, some private broadcasters may go ahead with their DTH plans which are in cold storage now. Among them: Zee TV, Star, Sterling Group, and Modi Entertainment.
A senior industry official, however, was not very optimistic about the statements from Ms Swaraj. He pointed out that no private broadcaster has submitted a DTH proposal to the government till date.
And secondly, he added that DTH has currently been relegated to the backburner by both private broadcasters and the government. "The convergence bill (it is likely to be tabled in parliament during the monsoon session) is what the focus is on currently. Circa 2002 is when we will see any action on DTH. And the only serious player I see is VSNL. Being a telecom company and government owned, it is not impacted by the restrictions laid down for broadcasters in the DTH regulations.."
Both Optus B3 , BTV1 and BTV3 are FTA at the moment, 4pm Syd 6/6/01
The chat went quite well last night and although our special guest couldn't make it hopefully he will show next week.
After a few glitches Mediasat seems to be working fine now on my Nokia, I have added TV5-Asie to the B3 page. I will fix up the gallery for it later.
Pas 10 72E Test carriers on 4034 H and 4094 V Start looking! and start reporting,with your location and signal strength report.
A note to those looking for the Soccer, Federation Soccer reported by Roy is on PAS 2 3893 V Sr 13237 Vpid 3601 Apid 3604. Guandong on Asiasat 2 and RCTI are showing various games such as the World Cup qualifiers.
From my Emails & ICQ
From Chris Pickstock
Craig, whilst looking around this morning I found on 12512 H Analogue, (Network 9's feed channel) their schedule for today.
Listed at 12.40pm Sydney time is "Digi Tests". (Ten minutes from now) It could be worth having a look around this frequency to see if they do some digital trans. Maybe they will soon change their feeds to digital.
Have just found a signal on a new frequency on Optus B1.
12546 H SR a low 1750 one radio station loads with no identification. Apid 4195
Listening to the announcer it is Mix 106.3 from Canberra
It is a good strong signal, but wouldn't know if it is permanent or not.
Interesting is Sky NZ is the same frequency but Vertical.
Also this morning the Mediasat Occasional Channel came up on my unit as "Scrambled Signal". The same happened yesterday, but by mid morning it is back to colourbars. Do they occasional encrypt, or perhaps transmit in another format that my unit doesn't like?
Also of minor interest is 12427H, Analogue again, Queensland Health - Statewide Clinical Inovation Network. Sounds like riveting stuff (he says very jokingly)
Craigs reply, Thanks for those reports surprising all the Analogue still about on B1 so much for "Digital TV". Yes Mediasat do have stuff thats encrypted. Things like Setanta Sports which is a sports service that screens Irish Football and other programming. They use Power Vu encryption.
Re: [Apsattv] Mediasat on B3
Signal level is not what it use to be on Transponder Freq 12336 v S/R 30000
3/4. with 120 cm offset dish.
TV5 Asie . are not good tonight.
Craigs note, anyone else report less signal? its as good as ever here in NZ.
From the Dish
Pas 2 169E 3769 H "KBS TV 1" has replaced MBC, Vpid 33 Apid 36.
Optus B3 156E 12336 V "TV 5 Asie" Started in the Mediasat mux on Vpid 1660 Apid 1620
Agila 2 146E 4080 H "8 channels here are fta" Sr 26700, Fec 3/4 (South Asia Beam,( try if in Northern Australia)
Express 6A 80E 4125 R "TV XXI" has started Vpid 163 Apid 92. (anyone have some luck with this one?)
Pas 10 72E Test carriers on 4034 H and 4094 V.
No news for today
Live chat tonight in the chatroom 8.30pm Sydney time onwards, maybe even a special guest..
Mediasat has started broadcasting TV5 Asie see details below
7 Ansett news feed seen 4pm Syd time on 12407 V
From my Emails & ICQ
From Bill Richards
Pas 2 169E 3769 H "SBS Korea" Sr11572, Fec 3/4 Vpid 81 Apid 84
From the Dish
Pas 2 169E 4044 V "TVBS Newsnet" has new pids Vpid 35 Apid 36
Pas 2 169E 3769 H "The South Korean Mux here has a new SR of 11570"
Pas 2 169E 3769 H "MBC" has replaced KBS TV1, Vpid 33 Apid 36
Pas 2 169E 3769 H "SBS" South Korea is new here on Vpid 81 Apid 84
Optus B3 156E 12336 V "TV5 Asie" New in the Mediasat Mux, Vpid 1660 Apid 1620
Optus B3 156E 12336 V "Tuneing info card" New in the Mediasat Mux, Vpid 1360 Apid 1320
CyberWorks to Start Movie Download Service in June
Pacific Century CyberWorks (PCCW), Hong Kong's largest telephone company, will soon offer a service that allows its high-speed Internet subscribers to download movies from the Internet.
PCCW said the service will be available late June and will charge rates as low as HK$5 (US$0.64). Analysts believe the new service will enable PCCW to save about US$24 million in network costs each year if its 67,000 video-on-demand customers decide to switch to the new service.
Democratic People's Republic of Korea Becomes 145th Member of Intelsat
The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has joined the International Telecommunications Satellite Organization (INTELSAT) as its 145th member nation.
The country designated its Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications as the national Signatory to the INTELSAT Operating Agreement.
Li Hyong Chol, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Permanent Representative of the DPRK to the United Nations signed the Operating Agreement at Intelsat Headquarters in Washington, D.C..
As a new Signatory, the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications now owns 0.05 percent of Intelsat. The ministry has been an Intelsat customer since 1995.
Intelsat is an international communications provider offering Internet, broadcast, telephony and corporate network solutions around the globe through its fleet of 19 satellites. For nearly four decades, many of the world's leading telecommunications companies, multinational corporations and broadcasters in more than 200 countries and territories have relied on Intelsat satellites and staff for quality connections, global reach and reliability.
Taiwan's TAS Announces Pioneering Satellite Telecommunications Earth Station
Teleport Access Services (TAS), a pioneer in the field of satellite telecommunication services in Taiwan, has announced the completion of its "Super Hub" station at Linkuo, Taipei County.
The new satellite earth station, built at a cost of NT$1 billion, will provide satellite communication functionality, satellite broadcast capability and system integration services.
TAS chairman Rock Hsu said Super Hub is expected to be an international Internet carrier, and a data and multimedia center via satellite communication.
In 1999, TAS started the first two-way T3 satellite circuit between Taiwan and the U.S. after obtaining the first FSS license ever issued to a private company in Taiwan by the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC).
This event, which began a new era in Taiwan's private broadband satellite telecommunication service, made Internet backbone connections via satellite circuits a viable option for ISPs.
President Micheal Y.C. Kuo said TAS will offer total solutions for leased line services, multicasting, SNG services, and software development.
TAS has also introduced a new service system called “BOD” in which ISPs can select a bandwidth and be billed accordingly. TAS’ satellite backbone will offer a backup connection for ISPs in the event of submarine cable failures such as the spectacular twin Internet outages that hit China in February and April.
TAS specializes in providing video linkup services for satellite TV. The company, established in 1994, uses a PanAmSat satellite, and developed its BOD system with the assistance of Genie Network Resource Management.
Satellite, Internet Equipment Vendors in China Headed for Good Times
When satellite and Internet equipment vendors in the USA and Europe continue to speak about the good times ahead for their industry despite the global IT slowdown, they point to the Asia-Pacific region as the source of their optimism.
To be more precise, they mean China when they say Asia-Pacific. And with good reason.
China is expected to become Asia-Pacific’s largest IT market by 2001, according to the US Department of Commerce. Its huge population (1.3 billion in 1999), strong government support for IT and further liberalization of its telecoms sector because of China’s coming entry into the WTO by late 2001 make China the largest destination for Internet investmentsespecially Internet equipmentin Asia.
Internet use in China will grow faster that any Asia Pacific nation in the near future. Internet users are expected to expand at a 63 percent average annual rate from 1999 to 2004.
This growth will bring China’s users to 51.2 million in 2004 from 4.5 million in 1999. In January 2000, the Chinese counted 9 million Internet users, three times the number in 1998.
By March 2001, China’s Ministry of the Information Industry reported that China had more than 30 million Internet users, 260,000 Chinese websites and 9 million computers linked to the Internet.
The compounded annual growth rate for Internet users in China from 1999 to 2003 is a huge 70 percent per annum, whish is good news for foreign equipment vendors who are the only entities currently allowed by Chinese laws to establish majority-owned companies in China’s telecoms industry.
China’s drive into Internet-based communications continues to fuel hopes that foreign companies will be able to stake a claim in the country's growing IP sector.
Access technologies, especially DSL, along with fiber optics and IP hardware and software platforms, appears to be a leading opportunity in this regard, given that China Telecom, the leading state-owned carrier, has said it will add 22 million broadband subscribers by 2005. Competing carriers are expected to pursue broadband expansion as well to match China Telecom’s aggressive strategy.
With high demand and new markets waiting in China, analysts predict an unparalleled chance for foreign companies in the area.
Foreign companies now have a great opportunity to participate in the growth and development of China's Internet and telecommunications industry, according to one analyst.
Satellite requirements grow
Two Internet outages in China in February this year highlight the vulnerability of Asia’s Internet infrastructure, which clearly make the case for satellites providing Internet connectivity in areas with limited fiber, which is most of Asia.
Hybrid networks consisting of fiber and satellite links optimized for Internet traffic are seen as the most advantageous solution for Asia’s peculiar geographical diversity. The satellite portion of these proposed hybrid networks are being serviced by more and more satellites.
The importance Western operators place on satellites servicing Asia’s growing Internet demand was illustrated in March when Intelsat chose China to launch one of its telecommunications satellites six years after losing one of its satellites on a Chinese rocket.
Intelsat signed an agreement with China Great Wall Industry Corporation for the latter to launch its APR 3 synchronous-orbit telecommunications satellite on a Long March 3II rocket in May 2002.
Intelsat also signed an agreement with Sino Satellite Communications Co. Ltd., (Sinosat), one of China's three state-owned satellite companies, to lease 20% of the new Intelsat satellite's capacity to Sinosat.
Intelsat expects that its services to China will increase dramatically, especially in delivering Internet-over-satellite services that are currently not provided by Sinosat 1.
The demand for technology supporting Internet usage, such as satellites, will continue to grow as more and more people are exposed to the Internet. It is a market that will see remarkable growth. But the equipment required will be a combination of wireline and wireless tchnologies.
Lucent Technologies Inc, Alcatel and Efficient Networks Inc. are among the first foreign equipment providers to snag lucrative contracts for DSL equipment.
In February, Lucent was awarded a multimillion U.S. dollar contract to supply Guangzhou Telecom with DSLAMs and Stinger access concentrators, which offer high capacity.
Alcatel last March announced it will provide 30,000 asymmetric DSL (ADSL) lines to China Telecom subsidiary Jiangsu Telecom, to meet explosive demand. The lines, said Alcatel provide service 200 times faster than dial-up connections, to enable such applications as video on demand.
Dallas-based Efficient Networks, in response to an in-country government push to develop the far Western region of China, is supplying the Xinjiang Post and Telecom Administration (PTA) with DSL hardware and some software.
In the last ten years, the uptake of POTS users has been so tremendous that even today about 14 million copper pairs are added to the network annually. As a result, China has the most modern and recent copper network in the world.
DSL is not the only last-mile technology to appear in China. Cable competition is serious for DSL since cable networks are spread throughout China, and many are being upgraded to handle two-way communication and video on demand (VOD).
The Yankee Group said that with over 300 million television sets versus less than 15 million personal computers in China, cable-based Internet service is expected to create the next wave of Internet usage in China.
Wireless solutions also are making an appearance and are attractive in their ability to leapfrog the outdated existing systems. According to The Strategis Group, there will be 216 million wireless Internet users in the Asia-Pacific region by 2007, up from 20 million today.
Strategis said that Asia-Pacific has high growth potential, but critical to this expansion is a wireless product that is cost-effective for service providers to deploy. Market penetration, however, can only occur when service providers can do so profitably.
In anticipation of the wireless licenses soon to be awarded in China, Alcatel announced earlier this year its Wireless IP and LMDS products, targeted to the residential and small-office markets. Already in trial, the company expects to give Chinese operators the ability to begin delivering service immediately once awarded a license.
Cirronet Inc. also is focused on the last mile in China with its WaveBolt wireless DSL product. Last April, Cirronet announced its agreement with China USe-com Inc., a nongovernmental ISP in China and a provider of Internet access equipment to other local Chinese ISPs.
Operating in the unlicensed 2.4 GHz frequency band, WaveBolt brings a 15 km line of sight range and speeds comparable to DSL or cable.
China Unicom will soon introduce mobile services over a code division multiple access (CDMA) network, and also announced plans to roll out second-generation (2G) digital services during the fourth quarter.
China Unicom, the second largest carrier China behind China Telecom, plans a network capable of supporting 15 million subscribers this year and 60 million users by 2005. o Motorola will become the largest recipient of contracts in China, valued at a reported US$1.5 billion.
CDMA’s main advantage is its ability to incorporate more voice capacity, and consequently, additional subscribers.
China Unicom delivers wireless services over Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) infrastructure. The infrastructure will prepare China Unicom to migrate to CDMA2000 1x networks in 2002.
CDMA1x will allow wireless users to download Internet content at speeds up to 144Kbps in a fixed environment.
Ericsson has discussed offering prepaid and data services over a CDMA network, and also announced a contract that is valued at more than US$200 million to supply equipment to China Unicom in seven provinces.
Ten other foreign companies announced they had received US$1.5 billion in contracts to supply CDMA equipment for China Unicom's nationwide wireless network.
U.S. vendors have announced hundreds of millions of dollars in contracts at a period of mounting tension between the U.S. government and China because of the spy plane incident last April; and it was suggested in news reports that the CDMA contracts were delayed as a consequence of strained relations.
The Koreans are still on Pas 2 but with a new SR see below for details, MBC isn't there though so those hopeing to see the soccer will miss out unless a feed can be found.
DVB2000 has a new message forum for Developers
There is very cool new Utility out for Nokias DVB check out "universal"
In fact there are quite a few other interesting files there,
Weird stuff, leave your receiver on the B3 Mediasat on 12336 V the one with Vpid 1951. Just leave it on there for 5 minutes or more if odd data pops up onscreen its working ok. You should get the odd messed up picture for some reason!
From my Emails & ICQ
From Damien Keddie 02/6/01
Optus B1 12512 H, NRL - Penrith v Brisbane Analogue
From Jeff Bannister
Re Asiasat 3 KU 12600 V Sr 30000 Fec 5/6
I am in the lower south west of WA getting the signal at 50% on my DBOX with a
3m KTI with a dual feed,9 channel package all blank and load as 12600-1 ns
and so on until 9.all pids marked off as 8191 but channel 9 has text pid of 300 , sid at 20500
and pmt at 43...
From Brad Howard
The signal on Asiasat 3, 12600 30000 5/6 is vertical not horizontal.
C/N about 22 dB on 3.6m mesh dish in Newman WA. Loads up on a Nokia as 9 channels but with no PMT found except for the last channel but it has no programming on it.
From the Dish
Pas 2 169E 3767 H "KBS TV1 and YTN" are back with new SR of 11612, Fec 3/4
Pas 8 166E 3892 V "Feed" Sr 13257, Fec 3/4 (someone check see if you can find anything here)
Thaicom 3 78.5E 3554 V"TEst Crad" started here, Vpid 514 Apid 642 (Seems to be a lot of activity on and off testing here)
T S I C H A N N E L N E W S - Number 22/2001 - June 3 2001 -
A weekly roundup of global TV news sponsored by Tele Satellite International
Editor: Branislav Pekic
Edited Apsattv.com Edition
A S I A
TWO MORE PAY-TV SLOTS TO BE LICENSED
The Australian government will auction off two “space licenses” intended to use by pay-TV platforms. Four companies have so far registered an interest in bidding: Foxtel Management, Optus Networks, PanAmSat Asia and Electronic Media Services.
Electronic Media Services Pty Ltd (164º East only);
Foxtel Management Pty Ltd (164º East and 152º East);
Optus networks Pty Ltd (164º East and 152º East); and
PanAmSat Asia Pty Ltd (164º East only).
CHINA - HONG KONG
HALLMARK CHANNEL AND CROWN INTERACTIVE ON YES TV
Crown Media Holdings, Inc.'s Hallmark Channel, and Crown Interactive, its recently launched interactive television service, are launching on Yes Television, the new Hong Kong domestic pay-TV outlet which commenced its trial period on May 28. At launch, Yes Television became the first service in Hong Kong to combine true VOD services with broadcast television and Internet access. Yes Television has chosen the Talkoo Shing and Kornhill areas of Hong Kong for its trial period. Currently, Hallmark Channel is distributed throughout Asia to over 13 million subscribers. Crown Interactive is currently beta testing its VOD service in conjunction with Sharkstream, a Singapore-based broadband streaming portal specialising in interactive multimedia entertainment. However, the Yes TV pilot in Hong Kong will be the first digital TV platform to carry Hallmark Channel, Hallmark movie video-on-demand and other interactive products.
Internet - http:// www.yestelevision.com
PACIFIC CENTURY TO DISTRIBUTE GALAXY
Hong Kong's Television Broadcasts Ltd says it is about to conclude a deal that will see its Galaxy Satellite Broadcasting arm delivered over Pacific Century Cyberworks' network in the Special Administrative Region of China. Negotiations between the two sides had reached the final stages, according to TVB general manager TK Ho. Galaxy was a controversial choice for one of the five licences issued to provide pay-TV to Hong Kong's seven million people in July 2000. TVB is the overwhelmingly dominant terrestrial TV provider with around 70 per cent of all Hong Kong viewers watching its Jade Channel.
BBC CONSIDERS HINDI VOICEOVERS
UK public broadcaster the BBC is considering introducing Hindi voiceovers for the South Asian arm of its satellite service, BBC World. A Japanese language service is already on air and a Spanish one is getting ready to launch. BBC World, which is available in over 10 million Indian homes, will switch to digital in November.
LOSSES FOR WOWOW
Wowow, a leading satellite broadcaster on satellite and cable TV swung from profit to loss in 2000. It announced a Y3.34 billion group net loss and a Y3.26 billion consolidated pre-tax loss for fiscal 2000, which ended on March 31. Company officials blamed the massive losses on several factors: a cut in analogue service subscription fees and the cost of launching Wowow’s new digital service. The analogue fees reduced sales by 2 per cent compared with the previous fiscal year, to Y61.67 billion, despite a 6 per cent year-on rise in subscribers, to 2.65 million. Analogue subscribers increased 2.5 per cent to 2.56 million, while digital subscribers numbered 86,451. The company spent Y2.2 billion on hardware alone, in readiness for the digital launch double the total for last year. Programming spend jumped Y1.5 billion to Y26.2 billion. For the current fiscal year, Wowow is forecasting a 6.2 per cent gain in sales, to Y65.5 billion and reduced losses of Y2.21 billion. Subscriptions are expected to rise to 2.8 million, with the analogue service accounting for 2.3 million and the digital, 500,000.
PLANS TO SPLIT TRANSMISSION DIVISION ON HOLD
A plan to split Television New Zealand from its moneymaking transmission arm has been thwarted by the coalition government’s junior partner. Broadcasting Minister Marian Hobbs was to have taken the proposal to the cabinet on May 28, but the Alliance Party, which the government relies on for support, has blocked the initiative. The party believes the proposed break-up of state-owned TVNZ and Broadcast Communications Ltd., which provides transmission facilities for all of New Zealand’s radio and TV broadcasters, could lead to the pubcaster’s dependence on privately owned transmission companies to broadcast its programs.
BENPRES COULD SELL ABS-CBN STAKE
Philippines-based conglomerate Benpres Holdings on May 30 said that it may look to sell up to 8 per cent of its stake in TV broadcaster ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corp. to meet debt repayments. Benpres posted a full-year loss of P362 million during the first quarter of 2001, as it was hit by high financing costs. It had posted a P24 million profit in the previous year.
BROADCASTERS REJECT FOOTBALL DEAL
Asian sports broadcaster ESPN Star is having difficulty finding a buyer for the 2001-2002 UK football Premiership TV rights. Terrestrial channels and cable operator UBC rejected packages put forward by ESPN, saying they are too expensive. ESPN Star is offering a choice of three packages: four matches a week for Bt100 million, one match per week for Bt60 million or one match every fortnight for Bt40 million.
NO update today taking a break.
Nothing to say up here today
Asiasat 2 , Kuwait Space tv added
Panamsat 2, Al jazeera added
From my Emails & ICQ
From Bill Richards
0855 UTC 1/6/01
Pas 2 3767 V "Test Card (Nokia reports Channel ID as 12K-3C slot A)" SR 6620, Fec 3/4, Vpid 1110 Apid 1211
Pas 2 3992 V "PGA Tour Golf Feed" in the Fox mux here, Vpid 1360 Apid 1320
0725 UTC 2/6/01
Optus B1 12685 H "Newsforce Australia"Occ Sports Feed, Sr 5632, Fec 3/4, Vpid 308 Apid 256
2 screenshots for the Satellites pages. Kuwait Space Channel and Al Jazeera
From Alex via ICQ
Asiasat 3 12600 V Sr 30000 Fec 5/6 confirmed here (Perth) 9Db with a 2.4mt Solid dish, looks like internet Data, Also small spike on 12244 H Aprox unsure what that is.
Craigs note, there is confusion over this Lyngsat reports 12595 H Has Macau MUX which shouldn't reach Australia, it dosn't fit in with whats published? Can anyone else sort out this mystery?
From Pas Marrone
you can see some games on MBC korea on Pas2,last night watched Korea v
Mexico, Probably they will show Australia v Korea tomorrow night, if anyone
knows of any feeds for the Confederation Cup please make available.
Craigs Note, also try this translated Korean to English version of the tv guide for MBC
From the Dish
Asiasat 3 105.5E 12600 H "possible internet data" Sr 30000, Fec 5/6 (reported in Perth, we need more info on this)
Asiasat 3 105.5E 12224 H "Mystery"
I&B ministry undecided on DTH set-top boxes
THE information and broadcasting ministry is yet to make up its mind on the technical specification for the Conditional Access System that would be worked into set top boxes used in Indian DTH services.
Top ministry sources revealed that expert opinion has been sought from the Broadcast Engineering Consu-ltants India Ltd. The delay in taking a decision, is ample proof that it is no simple matter. I&B minister Sushma Swaraj has gone to the extent of visiting the DTH facilities at Chilburn in UK to see for herself how the system actually works.
Industry sources say the options before the government are limited: either an inter-operable or non-interoperable CAS.
From the customer’s viewpoint, it is the inter-operable CAS that wins since it allows switching from one DTH platform to another without having to change STBs.
But none of the prospective players would be ready to embrace this system, as DTH is being sold in price-sensitive India as a `highly subsidised service.’ The dish antenna, cable, Low Noise Block Converter and set-top box together are expected to cost Rs 20,000 under this system.
If a DTH operator offers it for say Rs 7,000-8,000, he would not like a competitor’s DTH bouquet of channels to ride over his infrastructure, specially since a DTH platform owner would have to invest around $300-400 million to set up shop.
To complicate matters further, the interoperable systems include two kinds: simulcrypt and multicrypt. The former allows conditional access through sophisticated embedded software which in turn calls for larger memory in the STBs (thus raising the cost) while the latter involves `smart cards’ which have to be switched for access to different programmes (bringing in additional costs).
Says Conexant Systems country manager Ajesh Kapoor, “This would be on the lines of the cellular phone business. A subscriber invests in the hardware, but is free to subscribe to any service. It suits Indian consumers who would like to exercise his choice.”
Meanwhile, the system adopted by BSkyB in UK, which Mrs Swaraj recently witnessed, is not inter-operable. Curiously a non-interoperable CAS is already in use between channels and cable operators and available in the market.
If this is adopted, due to commercial considerations and on the behest of the industry, DTH would take the shape of a single bouquet of `pay channels’: a private network between a consumer and a service provider.
June 1st and Zee TV on Asiasat 3 is supposed to encrypt today, but havn't yet perhaps they havn't distributed all the decoders yet. The end of the week, and a few things to look for this weekend, The Test Cricket From England (vs Pakistan) on tonight probably Pas 4 or Nss 57E or maybe even Asiasat 2. The French Open Tennis, see Asiasat 2 Globecast feed on the Asiasat 2 Feeds page or watch it FTA if you have a universal LNBF and access to I701. World Cup Soccer qualifiers, there are several I think live on RCTI on Palapa C2. As usual if you see anything that may be of interest to others post it on the mailing list it can save people a lot of searching around. I do appreciate screenshots as well if you are capeable of doing them.
From my Emails & ICQ
Is there any feeds, showing the Confederation cup soccer
played in Japan.
thank you,let me know
Craigs note, I don't know much about Soccer other than its very popular in the Asian Countrys, Try Guangdong on Asiasat 2 or some of the Indonesian channel they may be screening them. Feeds comming from Japan would maybe use Pas 8.
John Kahler reports 1/6/01 4pm Syd
Optus Business TV 3 (Aurora package)
live now with 7 news for Ansett flights. FTA
Craigs Note, this was FTA last night as well with the card below on it, and looping pop music, No card is needed
Optus B3, BTV 3 Testcard FTA
From the Dish
Agila 2 146E 3712 H "ESC 1" has left, replaced by a test card.
Agila 2 146E 4080 H "KSBN K, KSBN 1, KSBN KS and KSBN P2" have been, replacedby test cards.
Palapa C2 113E 4071 H "Radio Singapore International" is here now on Apid 35
Cakrawarta 1 107.7E 2535 H New SR for the mux here is 20000.
Thaicom 3 78.5E 3412 V "Voice of Maldives" has started Radio on Apid 660.
Pas 10 at 72E 3790 V Stong Test carriers seen in Australia
Asiasat 4 is scheduled to launch with Atlas on 28 May 2002.
Australia's part in spy network may breach human rights
A European parliamentary committee says a satellite spy network involving Australia could be in breach of European conventions on human rights.
The committee has also recommended that computer users in Europe encrypt their messages to protect their privacy.
A European parliament committee has recommended that email users encrypt their messages in order to protect them from the satellite spy network known as Echelon. Michael Brissenden reports.
For the past 12 months, a European parliamentary committee has been investigating the activities of the so-called Echelon satellite spy network.
The network is said to be run by the US, using satellites and ground stations in the UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand.
The committee's final report says it is convinced the network exists and that it can monitor all telephone calls, emails and faxes made on any satellite network.
This it is says could amount to millions of private and commercial messages being listened to on any given day.
The committee says it has not found any proof that Echelon has been used for industrial espionage as has been claimed, but it says it believes the UK as a member could be in breach of its commitments under the European human rights convention.
BBC World breaks free, opens to sponsorship!
BBC World, has moved into unchartered territory by opening up sponsorship for their Weather Report. Previously, News and Current Affairs as a genre was a non-sponsorable segment as a rule on BBC World. Now they have signed up with Amtrex Hitachi Appliances Ltd. for sponsorship of the Weather Report.
In 1995, BBC World broke away from STAR TV and ventured out on its own independently. Then, in 1998 its advertising and promotion went in-house as well. "We view India as a key market in the Asia region. For the last 30 years, BBC radio has been operational in the country," says Sunita Rajan, Deputy Airtime Sales Director, BBC World, Asia and the Middle East who is based in Singapore BBC Delhi bureau. According to her, this is the largest bureau after the Washington bureau outside Britain. "We have a strong equity with the Indian market," says Ms. Rajan.
According to her, BBC World is "more than news". Then what's their USP? "Certainly. We are not only news. We air lifestyle programmes, up-to-date news, interviews with shows like Face To Face, HARDTalk India, Wheels and many more," says Ms. Rajan. The other programme that has signed a sponsorship deal is the Karan Thapar hosted Face to Face.
Ms. Rajan says, "This is one of the most popular programmes on BBC World's India specific strip of programming. He has interviewed Mahesh Bhupati, Remo Fernandes, Anoushka Shankar and others."
Since its inception, BBC World's airtime sales operations have grown significantly. The last year has seen the channel's advertising revenue more than double with over 60 new advertisers joining the channel. The channel believes that this is due to their focus on growth sectors such as IT, communications, business and finance.
Aaj Tak takes lead in Hindi news channels
AAJ Tak is heating up the news channel scene. For the first time since it’s launch in December last year, the Hindi news channel has trounced Zee news, Star News, BBC and CNBC by attracting the maximum eye balls.
According to the latest TAM ratings for the week ending May 19, Aaj Tak has garnered the top slot amongst all major news channels. Aaj Tak has overtaken Zee News and Star News under prime time viewership, channel share as well as the time spent per channel.
In terms of the maximum viewership, while Aaj Tak raked in 3,07,000 viewers, Zee and Star News turned in a respective 1,89,000 and 85,000 viewers.
Besides, cumulative weekly viewership, the shares of news channels for full day and prime time viewership channel share reveal an equally startling picture.
While Aaj Takhas cornered 43 per cent in full day viewership and 41 per cent on prime time, the respective shares of Zee News and Star News are 31 and 33 per cent and 15 and 16 per cent for full day and prime time viewership.
According to the TAM ratings, Aaj Takhas grabbed the numero uno position in the afternoon and evening prime time. On a weekly basis, Aaj Takaveraged 1,30,000 when compared to 98,000 of Zee News and 55,000 of Star News, on a weekly average.
The TAM weekly data also suggests that Aaj Takhas made major inroads into the Hindi speaking TV audience homes. TAM figures indicate that a near 50 per cent channel share has been taken by Aaj Tak. Zee News has 31 per cent and Star is a distant third with 12 per cent of market share.
Finally in terms of the viewer stickiness, the viewers have been spending about 44 minutes in a full day watching Aaj Tak. Zee News is watched for 28 minutes and Star News is hovering around 18 minutes of actual time spent per viewer on a daily basis.
Meanwhile, for the same week the day-time comparative channel share of BBC and CNBC stood at 5 per cent apiece and CNN has managed an overall share of one per cent
Zee net expected to be in the region of Rs 2 billion
Hours ahead of an announcement by Zee Telefilms regarding its 2000-01 financial results, market analysts were cautiously optimistic about Zee's expected performance for the year.
While Goldman Sachs, which recently subscribed to a private placement by Zee Telefilms at close to Rs 1,000 per share, predicts that Zee's net profit would jump 25 per cent to Rs 2.07 billion, HSBC Securities & Capital Markets Ltd put the figure at Rs 1.8 billion. Regarding total revenues, Goldman expects a 17 per cent rise at Rs 9.3 billion while HSBC prediction is that it will be marginally lower at Rs 9.2 billion.
For the fourth quarter, Goldman sees Zee's net rising to Rs 450 million (a 69.8 per cent rise) while HSBC predicts Q4 growth of Rs 400-410 million. Both Goldman and HSBC predict Q4 revenues to be Rs 2.5 billion, a decline of 2.6 per cent.
HSBC said the income decline was because of a drop in advertising revenues due to the depressed market conditions prevailing as well as a drop in overall market share by a few percentage points.
Zee Telefilms, once the undisputed TV ratings market leader, dropped to third place in mid-2000 following a good run of programmes from Star Plus, and its own botched efforts at responding to the Star offerings. It kept on losing marketshare and its losses in Q4 to Star and Sony were significant enough to translate into a drop in ad income over Q3, analysts point out.
Zee Telefilms has, however, been clawing its way back from April 2001 when it dropped a clutch of shows and introduced a rash of new ones. These have been finding cachet with TV viewers. But do not expect both Star and Sony to sit back watching Zee roar back once again. The battle has just begun.