Solar outages time of the year, so be aware of that if you suddenly lose reception don't go playing with your dish thinking somethings wrong with it!

Oman Tv has started on B3 12524V Globecast mux, more to come tomorrow?

From my Emails & ICQ

Nothing to report

From the Dish

Optus B3 152E 12703 V "Dig Radio" has started on , Fta, APID 2321.
Optus B3 152E 12718 V "SBS Western" has started on , Fta, PIDs 102/103.
Optus B3 152E 12718 V "SBS Western and SBS World News Channel" have started on , Fta, SR 12600, PIDs 161/81 and 162/83.

Apstar 1A 134E 3840 H "CCTV Music" has started on , Fta, PIDs 518/710.

AsiaSat 4 122E 3864 V "TVSN (China)" has started on , enc., SR 4300, FEC 3/4, PIDs 1160/1120.

NSS 6 95E 11106 H "Realitatea TV" has started on , Fta, SR 3255, FEC 3/4,PIDs 1160/1120, Australian beam.
NSS 6 95E 11685 H "SpaceGate" has started on , SR 13331, FEC 7/8, Middle East beam.

Insat 3A 93.5E 4120 V "DD Gujarati and occasional DD Gujarati feeds" have left , moved to Insat 2E.

Yamal 201 90E 3677 L SGU TV, Shkolnik TV, an SGU TV 2 test card and SGU Internet have started on , Fta, SR 13230, FEC 3/4, PIDs 33/34, 523/514 and 1057/1058.
Yamal 201 90E "Kultura Telekanal" has moved from 3552 R to 3605 R, Fta, SR 4285, FEC 3/4,PIDs 307/256.

Intelsat 906 64E 3962 R"The Church Channel info card" has started on , Fta, PIDs 2560/2520.New SR: 9100.

(Craigs comment, Check I701 for it also)

Insat 3E 55E 3725 H Occasional feeds on , PAL.
Insat 3E 55E 3886 H "DD Bihar and the occasional DD Bihar feeds" have left , moved to Insat 2E.
Insat 3E 55E 3905 V "DD North-East" has left (PAL), replaced by occasional feeds.

Satellite Launches:

Express AM 11 with Proton is delayed from 4 April to 26 April.


Democrats push for better broadband nationwide

From http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/03/31/1080544535682.html

The Australian Democrats want Telstra to remain remain in public hands so that high quality bandwidth can be developed for all Australians.

In a speech to the Senate on Tuesday during the debate on the full sale of Telstra, Senator Brian Greig, the party's IT spokesman, said the future direction of technology lay in broadcasting TV over ADSL, as was being done in Hong Kong.

However, he said, given the abysmally low speed of ADSL in Australia, it was impossible to do this. The Hong Kong service was provided by Pacific Century Cyberworks which provided ADSL with speeds of 6 megabits per second; broadband TV needed 4.5 and hence the remaining bandwidth made it possible for people to use the internet at the same time.

Australia was miles away from this kind of scenario, Senator Greig said, as the ADSL service could only offer a maximum of 1.5 megabits per second "and that happens only on a very good day."

He said the beauty of the Hong Kong system also lay in the fact that it was an "a la carte service."

"With this service you pay for each channel separately, buying as few or as many as you want for between $2 and $7.50 a month. This contrasts with the minimum $49.95 package available from Foxtel but which does not include new movies or sports.

"To get new movies and sports coverage, you have to subscribe to the full $94.95 package. An a la carte competitor would be Foxtel's nemesis and this leads us to the second reason why Telstra is not interested in broadband TV. That is, Telstra owns half of Foxtel," he said.

Senator Greig said: "If the future of Australia is handicapped to enable Telstra to deliver today's profit then that's okay by Telstra. It's okay by the minister and it's okay by the Government. It is not okay with the people of Australia.

"Each year Australia drops further down the International Digital Access rankings. Each year that we fail to act makes it that much harder to begin working on the solution. It's time for the Government to stop wasting its energy on this attempt to sweep a problem of its own making under the carpet and supposedly out of sight.

"It's time for the Government to accept its responsibilities and ensure the supply of high quality bandwidth to every Australian. It's time to break the digital divide and get broadband out into the bush. It's time to get service levels up to an acceptable level, and to stop them from going downhill. It's not the time to sell off the nation's vital infrastructure."

World Broadcasting Unions Move to Clear Up Satellite Interference


The World Broadcasting Unions International Satellite Operations Group (WBU-ISOG), which includes broadcasters, satellite operators, transmission service providers and industry groups have unanimously approved a set of Universal Access Procedures (UAP) for all satellite uplinks aimed at significantly reducing satellite interference.

The WBU-ISOG has submitted a new draft recommendation to the International Telecommunication Union Study Group 4B (ITU-R SG 4B) in Geneva, Switzerland, for satellite newsgathering (SNG), in time for the next Study Group 4B meeting in April.

Members of the WBU-ISOG are calling on broadcasters and satellite operators to collectively help eliminate satellite interference, with special concern for deliberate events of interference caused by rogue carriers. These rogue carriers intentionally transmit to satellite capacity that has been assigned to legitimate users, interrupting network broadcasters who use the satellites for newsgathering, program acquisition and distribution to their customers.

Dick Tauber, chairman of WBU-ISOG and vice president, Transmission Systems and New Technology for the CNN News Group at CNN in Atlanta, told TelecomWeb it is important that broadcasters, satellite operators and uplink service providers work together to reduce and eliminate interference caused by equipment malfunction and human errors “so we, as an industry, can focus on and thwart those who don’t play by the rules and purposely interfere with global satellite broadcasts,” he said. “We anticipate adoption and approval from the ITU. Our recommendations have the full support of key satellite industry groups.”

SK Telecom Satellite Completes Deployment

From http://times.hankooki.com/lpage/tech/200403/kt2004033020284411810.htm

South Korea's bold scheme of launching the world's first-ever satellite digital multimedia broadcasting (DMB) took one step further in the right direction, as the DMB satellite deployment was successfully completed.

Korea's biggest mobile operator SK Telecom on Tuesday said the satellite, titled ''MBSat,'' got ready to deliver services by unfolding 12-meter diameter antenna and reflector.

The satellite, also nicknamed ''Hanbyol,'' or a big star in Korean, was made by U.S.-based Space Systems/Loral for SK Telecom and Japan's Mobile Broadcasting Corp. (MBCo) and took off earlier on March 13 at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Space Systems/Loral will test the satellite, positioned in orbit at 35,785.6 kilometers above the equator, for the next three weeks and will hand it over to the co-owners.

SK Telecom holds a 34.66 percent stake for the satellite, which has a life span of 12 years, while MBCo holds the remaining 65.34 percent.

MBSat will bring in the era of pocket multimedia, when people can enjoy broadcasting features, such as high-quality audio, crystal-clear video and data, on the move through their handheld receivers in cell phone or personal digital assistants (PDAs).

Also, mobile reception at up to 150 kilometers per hour will be possible via a very small antenna equipped in such fast-moving transportations as even the bullet train, which will publicly debut April 1.

Korea and Japan have staged an uphill battle in landing the satellite DMB services for the first time in the world, with SK Telecom and MBCo both aiming to pilot run the attractive offerings from this May.

The two outfits look to launch commercial satellite DMB services two months later.

Broadcast sector seeks crackdown

From http://www.thestandard.com.hk/thestandard/news_detail_frame.cfm?articleid=46347&intcatid=1

Television stations and key players in the creative industry have called for the use of illegal decoders to be made a criminal offence.

The move comes amid mounting complaints that the rampant unauthorised use of decoders at home is costing the pay-TV industry billions of dollars a year.

``A bill proposed by the government only aims to suppress the illegal import and sale of decoders. But, there's no law yet to make using such devices at home a criminal offence,'' legislator Ma Fung-kwok said yesterday.

Ma is a member of Legislative Council's Bills Committee on Broadcasting (Amendment) Bill 2003. The committee will hold its last meeting on Friday before submitting the bill to the council for consideration.

He said he may move a private bill if his proposed amendment to make use of illegal decoders at home a criminal offence failed to receive support from the committee.

Ma said there is no difference between shoplifting and people installing illegal decoders at home and enjoying pay-TV services without paying the service providers.

``Such activities have not only affected the service providers themselves, but also other creative industries such as film production, music recording and publishing,'' he said.

Among those who have joined calls for a crackdown are Television Broadcasts, Cable TV, the Composers & Authors Society of Hong Kong and IFPI (Hong Kong Group).

The government introduced a bill in May last year to amend the Broadcasting Ordinance, proposing that the import and sale of decoders be made a criminal offence. But, it has suggested that people found using pay-TV services with decoders without paying service providers should only face civil liabilities instead of criminal charges.

A recent study estimated that the Asia Pacific pay-TV industry - from platform operators to independent suppliers of programming - lost US$1.29 billion (HK$10.06 billion) in revenue last year as a result of unauthorised use of decoders.

It is estimated that more than 10 per cent of pay-TV service users in Hong Kong rely on illegal decoders. Cable TV, the top player, has more than 650,000 subscribers.

Released in October last year, the study was conducted by CLSA Asia Pacific Markets, the Cable and Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia and its members.

``The government told us that the situation is expected to be under control after digitisation,'' Ma said. But he warned that users could still obtain illegal decoders to access pay-TV services even although service providers have digitised their channels.

``Such practices will become widespread if we do not enact laws quickly. Service operators cannot adopt a totally new system to avoid [the widespread use of illegal decoders] within a short time,'' he said.

The government has said enforcing any law would create difficulties such as securing authorisation for law enforcement personnel to enter private premises.

But Ma said it was unnecessary for police to enter private homes or offices to enforce such a law. He said officers could arrest people caught buying decoders on the street. ``Buying means ownership [of an illegal decoder],'' he said.

Cable & Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia chief executive Simon Davies said illegal decoder boxes have sucked revenues from cable companies.

He said governments in the region are only beginning to change their criminal codes to address such practices.

For instance, in Hong Kong, the government will introduce legislation by the end of the year that will make it illegal to distribute unauthorised signals for commercial profit. The penalty will be a maximum of five years in jail and a HK$1 million fine.

In Singapore, the punishment for manufacturing or selling decoder sets could be US$40,000 and/or a jail term of three years, a lawyer said.

``Don't buy it. There is a good chance that the equipment won't work properly and all your investment will be wasted,'' Davies warned. In Thailand, there are 600,000 unlicensed decoder boxes, compared with about 438,000 legitimate subscribers.

In Hong Kong, there are about 60,000 to 80,000 unauthorised decoders, versus 650,000 legitimate subscribers.

HONG KONG: Cable TV in final drive against fee dodgers

From http://www.asiamedia.ucla.edu/article.asp?parentid=9634

Hong Kong Cable Television is making one final effort to get criminal penalties introduced for people who use unauthorised decoders to view pay-TV programming, ahead of a review of the Broadcasting Bill on Friday

Hong Kong Cable Television is making one final effort to get criminal penalties introduced for people who use unauthorised decoders to view pay-TV programming, ahead of a review of the Broadcasting Bill on Friday.

The bill will introduce civil fines for viewers who possess or use unauthorised decoders to avoid pay-TV fees.

But legislator Ma Fung-kwok is sponsoring an amendment that contains criminal sanctions.

Cable TV, the city's leading pay-TV provider, said there were more than 100,000 illegal decoders in use in Hong Kong, far higher than the 60,000 estimated by the Cable and Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia.

The operator plans to have its digital network fully in place as soon as possible, which will enable it to switch broadcast signals more frequently and thus thwart users of unauthorised set-top boxes. But advocates of criminal penalties say technology alone will not be enough to deter illegal viewing.

"The piracy problem will still exist even after the network is completely digitalised," Mr Ma said.

"People might [continue to] purchase unauthorised decoders made across the border as they won't be criminally penalised for viewing pay-TV programming with those devices."

Supporting his position are free-to-air operators Television Broadcasts and Asia Television; pay-TV providers Galaxy Satellite Broadcasting, Cable TV, TV Plus and Yes Television; the Composers and Authors Society of Hong Kong; and the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry.

At least 12 countries have adopted stiff penalties for people who illegally access encrypted pay-television services.

In Britain, possessing or installing an unauthorised decoder can result in two years in prison, a fine, or both.

In France, possession or acquisition of unauthorised decoders can lead to up to two years in prison and a heavy fine.

The Commerce, Industry and Technology Bureau has opposed criminal penalties, saying they would be tough to enforce and would require police officers to obtain warrants to enter a viewer's home.

"Criminal liability should be introduced only if pirated viewing is still rampant after [Cable Television] has completed its digital project," it said.

Reality TV to debut on Pakistan's Cross Current platform

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/headlines/y2k4/mar/mar283.htm

MUMBAI: Zone Vision has inked an exclusive five-year carriage agreement with Cross Current in Pakistan to broadcast the company's flagship Reality TV channel. Amongst the special line up for the debutante channel is a hit series- Matchmaker.

The channel will reach approximately 1.5 million cable and DTH subscribers throughout the region.

A 24-hour channel delivering a non-stop insight into people's lives without actors, special effects or rehearsed material, Reality TV tells the stories of real people in real situations and shows events as they actually happened, says an official press release.

According to the release, Cross Current went ahead to sign the deal following channel's impressive reach within a few months of the launch of Reality TV in India. The channel has crossed a viewership of 15 million households across the country in a short span of 13 months, claims the release.

Distributed in India by Zee Turner, the channel is available worldwide to over 120 million subscribers in 16 languages.

Announcing the launch, Zone Vision senior vice president, group sales and marketing Mark David said; "This is a significant deal for Zone Vision because very few foreign cable channels have secured penetration in Pakistan as the territory has remained one of the few relatively closed markets to broadcasters. Cross Current has both the professionalism and the backing to put Reality TV on the map in this region, providing us with a significant inroad to Pakistan's huge television audience."

Besides, the global producer and distributor of thematic channels, Zone Vision has concluded an exclusive program licensing agreement with Canada's Tricon films and television, an independent entertainment production and distribution company, to acquire the international cable and satellite rights to the hit reality dating series Matchmaker.

A part of channels prime-time agenda, Matchmaker is scheduled to premiere on 3 May 2004 in the UK, the series will rollout in January 2005 on Reality TV in the US, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America.

Says Reality TV vice president, programming Steve Cole: "Matchmaker is an exciting acquisition for our expanding global network of channels. With this we have widened our range of programming content. We're confident that Reality TV viewers will enjoy Matchmaker's excellent production values and mischievous sense of humour."

First produced in 2001 and currently in production on season five, Matchmaker became one of the highest-rated programs on Canada's Life Network. Produced by Tricon, the series has established itself within the 18 - 34 demographic with an equal number of men and women viewers, says the release.

The series features a matchmaker in each episode, who arranges a date for a loveless friend. The entire experience is captured via closed circuit television. Hosted by Andrew Anthony, the series has the producers scour the city for that special someone.

On the matchmakers request, the producers also help the contestant with a complete make-over prior to their date. Be it makeup artists, wardrobe consultants, or psychics, everything is taken care of.

Looks like reality is taking roots in Indian subcontinent.


Live satellite chat tonight 9pm NZ onwards and 8.30pm Syd time onwards.

Pas 2 Ku Australian channels leaving? according to a document put out by GWN

see link GWN Page 1 GWN Page 2

It would seem if you have an authorised Power Vu unit for the Pas2 Service and live outside Rural W.A then you are about to lose the service. Unless you can get around the "security checking" procedure they put in place. I guess once C1 went up it was only a matter of time before the Pas2 service became obselete. Wint TV , ABC Northern and GWN are fta currently on Optus B3 12689H sr 30000 but that will surely not last long.

From my Emails & ICQ

From Abdul Allouch

How are you Craig, i was pleased to read yesterday on your website about the new arabic channels being transmitted FTA on Asiasat 3.

I have a question:

Will these arabic channels be FTA for a long period of time, or will it only be for a week?


(Craigs comment, Yes they will remain FTA globally to promote themselves and Arab Culture)

From Vk4bkp


B3 12462H. 6671 3/4. ID's as News Backhaul but picture is broken
and sound is from GWN.

(Craigs comment, Mpg 4:2:2?)

From Bill Richards

Screenshots from Asiasat 3

Syria TV, Oman TV, Qatar TV

Sudan TV, Abu Dhabi, Al-Manar

Libya TV

From the Dish

No Lyngsat received


Orbital Recovery Gives Go-ahead for its ConeXpress Space Tug; Production to Start in September, First Launch Planned in 2007

From Press Release

Paris, France; London, England; Leiden, Holland, March 29, 2004 -- Orbital Recovery Ltd. has formally initiated the development of its ConeXpress ORS space tug in a program leading to the start of full-scale production this September, and the first launch in 2007.

The go-ahead was confirmed by last week's initiation of the Phase B1 leading to preliminary design review, which is backed by private and European Space Agency funding for the Dutch Space-led industrial team. ESA is participating through its ARTES 4 public-private partnership program, in which the multinational organization provides matching funds for the spacecraft's development.

"We are delighted to have passed this extremely important milestone, which had moved the company from its pre-operating phase into the mainstream," said Philip Braden, the Chief Executive Officer of Orbital Recovery Ltd. "Our industrial team -- which includes Arianespace, the German Space Agency, Kayser-Threde and others -- is now in place, and is fully involved in the development activity."

The marketing campaign for ConeXpress ORS also is moving into full swing, with discussions underway with several operators for early missions of the space tug. Allocation of flight opportunities has begun, and the initial launch slots are in the process of being assigned, Braden added.

When operational, ConeXpress ORS will serve as an orbital "tugboat" -- providing the propulsion, navigation and guidance required to maintain telecommunications satellites in their proper orbits for years beyond the normal fuel depletion.

ConeXpress' ORS primary mission will be to prolong the in-service lifetimes of expensive geostationary orbit telecommunications satellites, which currently are junked when their on-board fuel supply runs out. The space tug also can be used to rescue spacecraft that have become stranded during orbital positioning maneuvers.

Holland's Dutch Space was selected last November as the ConeXpress ORS prime contractor. This decision that followed an international survey of candidate space hardware manufacturers.

Dutch Space will build the space tug based on a design it conceived for the payload adapter used on every mission of Arianespace's Ariane 5 launcher. This enables flight-proven hardware to serve as the structure for ConeXpress ORS, and ensures regular launch opportunities on Ariane 5.

ConeXpress ORS is designed to easily mate with all telecommunications spacecraft now in space or on the drawing boards.

After launch, the space tug will rendezvous with the target telecommunications satellite, approaching it from below for docking. ConeXpress ORS will link up with the satellite using docking and robotic technology developed in cooperation with Germany's DLR Institute for Robotics and Mechatronics. Aon Space is providing insurance brokering and risk management services.

Orbital Recovery Ltd. is an international company with its main office in London, England. More information on Orbital Recovery Ltd. is available on its Web site: www.orbitalrecovery.com.

Press & media contact:
Jeffrey Lenorovitz
The InfoWEST Group
Media relations agency for Orbital Recovery Ltd.
U.S. tel: +1 703 560-6330
U.S. mobile: +1 703 615-3646
Int'l GSM: +33 (0)6 80 85 86 25
e-mail: jleno@infowestgroup.com


CFTO Canadian channel seen running on B3 Adhoc this afternoon. Just a temp feed

Some links for the Arab channels to start on B3 soon.

Oman TV Website http://www.oman-tv.gov.om/
Oman TV Video Stream rtsp://
Oman TV Guide http://www.oman-tv.gov.om/tveng/prog_sch.asp

Qatar TV Website http://qtv.iscool.net/
Qatar TV Video Stream

Sudan TV Website http://www.sudantv.tv/

Syria Satellite Website http://www.rtv.gov.sy/
Syria Satellite Video Stream mms://www.rtv.gov.sy/livebroadcast

Libya TV Website http://www.ljbc.net/
Libya TV Video Stream http://en.ljbc.net/live.ram

NSS6 Realitatea TV Website http://www.realitatea.tv
NSS6 Realitatea TV Program guide http://www.anuntul.ro/TV_REAL.html

From my Emails & ICQ

From Ahmad Mobasheri

For sale in New Zealand:

-Nokia 9600S receiver.
-Pheonix 333 (Digital, analog and positioner) receiver-FTA
-Xandau FTA receiver
-Superjack dish mover (similar to Moeteck, up to 1.2m dish)
-Offset 1m dish with Sharp lnbf (Commercial)

Enquiries to altatude@xtra.co.nz

From Fishinggg

New Arabic mux on Asiasat 3

Hi all
The new Arabic package has just started on As3, on 3880H Sr 27500

Channels currently are there.

Syria, Oman TV, Qatar TV, Sudan, Libya, Al-Manar, Abu Dhabi

This package will be transmitted on B3 also.

FYI, the bouquet will be expanded to 10 channels shortly. It will remain
FTA both on AS3 and B3.

One thing I should say, a lot of people have being lobying the various
Arabic stations directly about beaming FTA ever since TARBS came and took
away most of the FTA stuff around over the last 2-3 years. One of the
arguments used was the lost opportunity to these national broadcasters in
promoting their countries to a large population (tourism and business communities).

It has taken a number of years, but finally some reward.

If people want to see more FTA around (especially ethnic channels), then
they just need to send a lot of emails/faxes/letters and be patient.

Happy fishingggg

From Ken Kirkby

Hi Craig,

For your info.

Asiasat 3 3880 H 27500 3/4 with the following channels FTA in order of reception

Video PID Audio PID PCR

Syria TV` 1111 1112 1111

Oman 1141 1142 1141

Quatar 1181 1182 1181

Sudan 1191 1192 1191

Libya 1121 1122 1121 Present Test Bars but audio

Al Manar 1161 1162 1161

Abu Dhabi TV 1131 1131 8191 No Picture

Ken Kirkby

From Satellite info

India vs Pakistan Cricket
Currently showing in Mpeg 4:2:2 on
Insat 2E 3931 V 8600 3/4 "Chennai Feed" Vpid 513 Apid 660

From VK4bkp

Screenshot of Realitatea TV off Nss6

Feeds reported on the Weekend

B3 12524 V Horse Racing
B3 12552 V Horse Racing Sr 6110 Fec 2/3

B1 12371 H 3/4 Sr 6670 Car Rally feed. from WA.

From the Dish

PAS 2 169E The Telstra mux has moved from 12637 V to 12673 V, new SR: 5000.

PAS 8 166E 12395 H "Thai TV Channel" has started on , Fta, SR 2350, FEC 3/4,PIDs 4194/4195.

Optus B1 160E 12456 V "Maori TV" has started regular transmissions on Fta, PIDs 512/650.The TVNZ promo has left.
Optus B1 160E 12483 V The TVNZ mux has left .(It wasn't there for months)

Optus C1 156E 12407 V Optus Business TV 3 has left .

Optus B3 152E 12525 V "3ABN Radio" has started on , Fta, APID 2121.
Optus B3 152E 12525 V New PIDs for Daystar TV: 2101/2102.
Optus B3 152E 12525 V "JC-TV" has started on , Fta, PIDs 2331/2332.
Optus B3 152E 12689 H "GWN - Golden West Network" has started on , Fta, PIDs 2900/2901.

Agila 2 146E 3717 H "TCT World" has left .
Agila 2 146E 3736 H "ABC 5" has left .
Agila 2 146E 3775 V "Isla" has left .
Agila 2 146E 3870 H "ABC 5 has replaced IBC 13" on ,Fta, SR 3356, FEC 3/4, PIDs 32/33.
Agila 2 146E 3892 H New SR for NBN World on : 3000.
Agila 2 146E 4092 H "Solar ETC" has started on , Digicipher 2/enc., VC 103.
Agila 2 146E 4191 V Occasional feeds on , SR 2170, FEC 3/4.

Agila 2 146E 12541 V The God Channel has replaced TBN Asia-South Pacific on , Fta,PIDs 48/49.

Gorizont 33 145E 3723 R Radio Rossii has started on , Fta, APID 751. New PIDs for Telekanal Rossiya: 522/750.

JCSAT 3 128E 12733 H Occasional NTT feeds on , SR 21096, FEC 3/4.

Sinosat 1 110.5E 4067 V "China Radio International has replaced Mezhdunarodnoe Radio Kitaya" on, Fta APID 128.

AsiaSat 3 105.5E 3880 H Iza'at Al Jamahiryah Al Outhmah and Radio Oman have started on , Fta, APIDs 1123 and 1143.
AsiaSat 3 105.5E 3880 H Syria Satellite Channel, Jamahirya Satellite Channel, Abu Dhabi TV Europe,Oman TV Satellite, Al-Manar TV, Qatar TV and Sudan TV have started on SR 27500, FEC 3/4, PIDs 1111/1121-1191/1192.

AsiaSat 2 100.5E 12303 H Occasional Guangdong TV feeds on , SR 6250, FEC 3/4.

NSS 6 95.E 12523 H The New Skies promo has left .
NSS 6 95.E 11034 V "Global Beam" has started on , SR 34000, FEC 2/3, Middle East.

Measat 1 91.5E 4174 H Occasional feeds on , SR 7030, FEC 3/4.

Yamal 102 90E 3538 L Serebryany Dozhd has started on Fta, APID 257, not 3532 L.
Yamal 201 90E 3989 L Klassika has started

Insat 2E 83E 3859 V DD Chandana and occasional DD Chandana feeds have started on ,Fta, SR 6250, FEC 3/4, PIDs 512/650 and 513/660.

Thaicom 3 78.5E 3551 H "Spectrum has replaced Channel 10 (Greece)" on , Fta PIDs 1793/1794.
Thaicom 3 78.5E 3671 H An RR Sat promo has started on ,Fta, PIDs 1057/1058.

Telstar 10 76.5E Apstar 2R is now called Telstar 10,
Telstar 10 76.5E 3652 H "TV Lanka" is now encrypted.

LMI 1 75E IBA Channel 3 has left 12670 H (PAL), moved to Amos 2.

SatcoDX Update #24/2004

Latest satellite updates for the period March 21 to March 24, 2004

All channels are MPEG-2 Free-to-Air unless otherwise noted:

0640 INTELSAT 906 (64.0E)


Skytrain on 11.488 (H, 5331, 257, 258, 257): It has started

Test card on 11.488 (H, 5331, 513, 514, 513): It has started

Data service on 11.563 (H, 9997): It has started

ITV on 3.644 (R, 13330, 257, 258, 257): New SR

Channel 5 on 3.644 (R, 13330, 513, 514, 513): New SR

Channel 10 on 3.644 (R, 13330, 769, 771, 769): It has started

Radio One on 3.644 (R, 13330, 259): New SR

East Africa FM on 3.644 (R, 13330, 515): New SR

0685 PANAMSAT 7, 10 (68.5E)


NoName on 3.913 (V, 6510, 49, 52, 49):

KBS WORLD on 3.913 (V, 6510, 768, 769, 768):

FETV on 3.924 (V, 3003, 4194, 4195, 4194):

Telly Track feeds (TellyTrack RSA) ( no name ) on 4.099 (V, 3255):

0830 INSAT 2E, 3B (83.0E)


DD Punjab on 3.840 (V, 6250, 512, 650, 128): It has Started

DD Punjab Feeds on 3.840 (V, 6250, 513, 660, 128): It has Started

DD Gujrati on 3.851 (V, 6250, 512, 650, 128): It has Started

DD Gujrati on 3.851 (V, 6250, 513, 660, 128): It has Started

0900 YAMAL 102, 201 (90.0E)


Shkolnik TV on 3.988 (L, 28000, 111, 112, 8190): It has replaced SGU TV

1005 ASIASAT 2 (100.5E)


TVSN on 3.764 (V, 4300, 1160, 1120, 1160): New SID

1055 ASIASAT 3S (105.5E)


Blue Kiss on 3.670 (V, 13333, 49, 51, 49): New Encryption Systems

Blue Kiss Express on 3.670 (V, 13333, 65, 67, 65): New Encryption Systems

1080 TELKOM 1 (108.0E)


Fashion TV on 3.460 (H, 28000, 101, 102, 101):

The Musik on 3.460 (H, 28000, 103, 104, 103):

CNN fn on 3.460 (H, 28000, 144, 145, 144):

Bloomberg on 3.460 (H, 28000, 208, 209, 208):

Nickelodeon on 3.460 (H, 28000, 336, 337, 336):

Start Sport on 3.460 (H, 28000, 400, 401, 400):

Star World on 3.460 (H, 28000, 464, 465, 464):

Discovery Travel Adventure on 3.460 (H, 28000, 528, 529, 528):

MTV Asia on 3.460 (H, 28000, 592, 593, 592):

Indosiar on 3.500 (H, 28000, 80, 81, 80): All channels in this mux are encrypted again

Metro TV on 3.500 (H, 28000, 100, 101, 100):

Hallmark on 3.500 (H, 28000, 528, 529, 528):

CNBC on 3.500 (H, 28000, 592, 593, 592):

RCTI on 3.500 (H, 28000, 633, 632, 633):

TPI on 3.500 (H, 28000, 649, 636, 649):

Ar-Rahman on 3.500 (H, 28000, 659, 568, 659):

SCTV on 3.500 (H, 28000, 661, 660, 661):

antv on 3.500 (H, 28000, 672, 671, 672):

BBC World on 3.500 (H, 28000, 720, 721, 720):

Sky 101.6 FM on 3.500 (H, 28000, 62, 61):

ARY Digital on 3.580 (H, 28000, 592, 593, 592): It has replaced Knowledge Channel

1105 SINOSAT 1 (110.5E)


Data Service1 on 12.370 (H, 10000):

Data Service2 on 12.370 (H, 10000):

Data Service3 on 12.370 (H, 10000):

Data Service4 on 12.370 (H, 10000):

Data Service5 on 12.370 (H, 10000):

Data Service6 on 12.370 (H, 10000):

Data Service7 on 12.370 (H, 10000):

Data Service8 on 12.370 (H, 10000):

Data Service9 on 12.370 (H, 10000):

1130 PALAPA C2 (113.0E)


Unique Satellite TV International on 11.472 (V, 15555, 2101, 2102, 2101): It has replaced MAC TV

1280 JCSAT 3 (128.0E)


Miracle Network Audio 5,6,7,8 on 3.996 (V, 22000, 1360, 1122, 1360): It has started

Miracle Network 8Ch Audio on 3.996 (V, 22000, 1360, 1320, 1360): It has started

1340 APSTAR 1A (134.0E)


ZheJiang TV on 4.050 (V, 7820, 32, 33, 32): New TID

ZheJiang People's Radio on 4.050 (V, 7820, 34, 34): New TID

Music FM 96.98 on 4.050 (V, 7820, 35, 35): New TID

ZheJiang Economics Radio on 4.050 (V, 7820, 36, 36): New TID

ZheJiang FM 99.6 Culture channel on 4.050 (V, 7820, 37, 37): New TID

ZheJiang Health Radio on 4.050 (V, 7820, 38, 38): New TID

ZheJiang Traffic Radio on 4.050 (V, 7820, 39, 39): New TID

ZheJiang People's Radio on 4.050 (V, 7820, 42, 42): New TID

ZheJiang People's Radio on 4.050 (V, 7820, 49, 49): New TID

1660 PANAMSAT 8 (166.0E)


Channel One on 12.326 (H, 28067, 513, 641, 8190): It has replaced

Disney Channel Australia on 12.326 (H, 28067, 525, 653, 8190): It has replaced

Thai TV Channel on 12.396 (H, 2350, 4194, 4195, 4194): It has started

Ten-Sports on 12.405 (H, 2207, 308, 256, 8190): It has replaced

TFC Asia-Pacific on 12.606 (H, 28062, 523, 651, 523): Correct Language

Cinema One on 12.606 (H, 28062, 524, 652, 524): Correct Language

Tapesh TV on 12.646 (H, 28054, 512, 640): It has replaced

Movie One on 12.646 (H, 28054, 514, 642): It has replaced

Movie Extra on 12.646 (H, 28054, 515, 643): It has replaced

CTI TV on 12.646 (H, 28054, 521, 649): It has started

Movie Great on 12.646 (H, 28054, 524, 652): It has started

Al Arabiyah on 12.726 (H, 28054, 514, 642): It has replaced Nile Variety

Mazzika on 12.726 (H, 28054, 517, 645): It has replaced Pallestine Satellite Channel

MBC Europe on 12.726 (H, 28054, 518, 646): It has replaced Test Card

Nojoom on 12.726 (H, 28054, 519, 647): It has replaced Al Manar TV

Test Card on 12.726 (H, 28054, 520, 648): It has replaced Power TV

Test Card on 12.726 (H, 28054, 521, 649): It has replaced TV Moda

Playlist Italia on 12.726 (H, 28054, 522, 650): It has replaced Eurosport News

Thai TV Global Network on 12.726 (H, 28054, 524, 652): It's encrypted now


Maori TV channel up and running

From http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,2858287a10,00.html

The cloud hanging over Maori Television could be looming over other state broadcasters after a signal from the National Party that their futures are up for debate.

Up to 2000 people flocked to Maori Television's premises in Auckland yesterday for an emotional launch of the new channel, the culmination of a three-decade battle by Maori to get their language on television.

But National, which has refused to give an assurance of the new channel's future under a National government, is signalling that its review of state-funded broadcasters will extend wider than Maori Television.

National Party deputy and Maori affairs spokesman Gerry Brownlee said the party's policy would not differentiate between Maori Television and the other state-funded broadcasters such as Television New Zealand and Radio New Zealand.

"It (the policy) will have an overview look at the state's role in broadcasting. The fact is, the state in New Zealand owns frequency, controls frequency and it also broadcasts . . . and funds a substantial amount of local content programming. So we will be looking at what we consider to be the appropriate role of the state in broadcasting."

A Privy Council ruling forced the Crown to publicly accept in 1991 that it had an obligation to use radio and television to preserve the Maori language, but progress has been painstakingly slow.

Previous attempts to establish a channel have been stalled by controversy, including the infamous $89 underpants affair which embroiled Maori Television's predecessor, Aotearoa Television, in controversy, and the later appointment of a Canadian conman to head the successor.

Mr Brownlee said he wished those running the service "every success" but he was not convinced a $45 million station was the way to protect the Maori language.

More books for children written in Maori would be more effective.

"Why is this Government happy for kids to sit at home watching Maori cartoons, funded out of the public purse, when we have a serious shortage of Maori language teachers in our schools and when Maori literature is virtually non-existent?"

"The impact of television on our every day society is undeniable" - Maori TV chairman Wayne Walden

But Prime Minister Helen Clark said that was "complete nonsense".

"Books are one thing. But you have to use the modern media available. That's probably why, for many, many years, Maori have seen the key to keeping the language lively and dynamic and alive is having it on mass media.

"If you exclude te reo Maori from the television spectrum then you really are consigning it to the rubbish bin."

Maori Television chairman Wayne Walden said the new channel was the culmination of 30 years' hard work.

"The impact of television on our every day society is undeniable."

National MP Georgina te Heuheu, who attended the launch, said it was a "window" into the Maori world for all New Zealanders.

"It's part of building our identity as New Zealanders. It's a window into a world that is the only facet of New Zealand that makes us unique in the world."

Mr Walden said recent public debate had shown that many New Zealanders had little knowledge about the country's history and about Maori society.

The new channel is free-to-air on ultra-high frequency, reaching nearly 82 per cent of all Maori.

It also has satellite coverage over the whole country but viewers will need to pay for a Sky TV receiver and a dish.

(Craigs comment, Note the last piece I have emailed them with a correction it is of course FTA on Optus B1 no Sky sub needed)

Turn Dish: Get Sex, Breach Security

From http://www.financialexpress.com/fe_full_story.php?content_id=55763

A Rs 3,000 DTH-friendly gadget beams porn TV. Has power to allow terrorists to escape security intercepts.

NEW DELHI, MARCH 28: Direct to home (DTH) users of Zee Group’s Dish TV have access to porn on tap. A diskette-like conditional access module (CAM) costing Rs 3,000 in the grey market is finding its way into 1,50,000-odd bedrooms spread from rural Punjab to Central police outposts in Himachal Pradesh. Some prefer to rent the CAM at Rs 50-100 a night.

There is no cable operator in the middle, hence cops don’t spoil the party.

Some keep the Zee dish aimed at 93.5 degrees (INSAT 3A) and wire the company’s set-top-box to another dish costing Rs 500.

Government’s infocom and security officials said they know what’s happening. They pleaded that there are more important priorities. An official in the ministry of home affairs (MHA) said informal queries have been made from Zee whether the CAM available in the market can be run on the common interface slot (CIS) of the DTH’s set-top-box. A Zee spokesperson confirmed that it is. He claimed that Dish TV cannot control “innovative practices” and what individual subscribers do with the hardware that his company places at their disposal.

“Don’t blame me. It is for (the) government to device appropriate tools,” Dish TV managing director Jawahar Goel claimed.

This isn’t just about sex. Security agencies don’t have the tech to intercept text messages that a DTH provider can aim at individual subscribers. Once Pakistan has DTH platforms, terrorists can use this loophole and receive instructions and alerts over SMS.

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) chairman Pradip Baijal confirmed that DTH falls within his ambit, but added that his mandate is carriage not content. “Interconnect agreements, tariffs, the arrangement between different players...these are the issues where we have a role. I’m sure relevant provisions of the Indian Penal Code should be taking care of other issues that you are referring to,” Baijal said.

TELE SATELLITE NEWS - Number 13/2004 ­ 28 March 2004 -

A weekly roundup of global TV news sponsored by

TELE-satellite International

Editor: Branislav Pekic

Edited Apsattv.com. Edition

A S I A & P A C I F I C


Star Plus, with its rising advertising and
subscription revenue, is driving the growth of Star
group. “Star, bolstered by a 20 per cent increase in
revenues, substantially increased its second-quarter
operating income versus prior year. Revenue gains were
driven by advertising and subscription growth
primarily at Star Plus which, on an average, continues
to deliver all of the top 10 cable programmes in
India,” News Corporation, the parent of Star Group,
has said in its latest filing with the Securities and
Exchange Commission of the US. Star’s growth in India
comes at a time when it suffered start-up losses in
countries such as China and other Asian countries.
Star’s operating income improved by $5 million owing
to higher subscription revenues from India as well as
stronger syndication revenues from Bangladesh Cricket
and lower costs associated with various cricket
events. According to estimates, Star India has booked
revenues of $200 million in 2002. This is about 70 per
cent of Star group’s Asian revenues. Star Plus is
estimated to reach about 40 million cable and
satellite homes of the total cable and satellite
universe of about 45 million. As per the last year’s
estimates, subscription revenues accounted for about
70 per cent of Star India’ revenues. The remaining
comes from advertising. The satellite broadcaster is
planning to enter direct to home (DTH) satellite
television distribution system in India in partnership
with the Tata group. Besides, the company also has
interest in the country’s cable operating companies
with about 26 per cent interest in Hathway.



The Seven Network has signed a landmark agreement with
public broadcaster, the Special Broadcasting Service,
to provide the pubcaster with complementary coverage
of the forthcoming Olympic Games in Athens. Under the
multimillion dollar rights agreement, there will be
uninterrupted coverage of the 2004 Olympics across the
two free-to-air channels, with primary coverage on
Seven and complementary coverage on SBS. The agreement
builds upon a broadcast model used for the Sydney 2000
Games, when Seven produced two Olympic Games coverage
channels -- a primary broadcast channel on Seven and a
complementary subscription TV channel. While the exact
details of those sports and the broadcast schedule
itself are yet to be finalized, SBS will provide
extensive coverage of all Olympic football matches,
including both the men’s and women’s finals. Meanwhile
Seven will retain exclusive rights to the
highest-profile sports ­ track and field, swimming,
rowing, cycling and gymnastics ­ as well as the
opening and closing ceremonies and many of the sports
and events featuring Australians. It is also likely
that SBS will offer fans of volleyball, handball and
the like the opportunity to watch those sports. Both
Seven and SBS will provide more than 15 hours of
coverage on each of the 16 days of competition, from
3.30pm AEST until 7am.


Pay-TV operators plan to double their advertising
revenues to $200 million within two years as Foxtel
this week unveiled plans for banks, phone and car
companies to lead the charge into interactive TV
advertising by March next year. Interactive ads will
be used as a key bargaining chip by Foxtel to lure
another $100 million from free-to-air networks; pay
TV's current advertising base is approaching $100
million, with Foxtel's sales arm, MCN, controlling
about 80 per cent. According to MCN's chief executive,
Anthony Fitzgerald, pay channels such as Fox 8, Fox
Sports and music channels such as Channel V would be
the first to run interactive ads.


Overseas satellite television broadcasters are
exploiting apparent loopholes in Australian censorship
laws to beam 24-hour pornography channels - including
hard-core broadcasts ­ for subscriptions of $5 a week.
The Herald has confirmed that European and Asian-based
broadcasters are buying time on an Australian
satellite service, New Skies Satellite, to telecast
X-rated pornography on channels with titles such as
Free-XTV, Blue Kiss, InXWorld, Sexz TV and Back Room.
Distributors are advertising the service, which they
say is "like pay TV", for a $450 installation cost
including a decoder box, and an annual $250
subscription. The promoters claim none of the
licensing authorities - the Australian Communications
Authority and the Australian Broadcasting Authority -
nor the Office of Film and Literature Classification
have the jurisdiction to monitor or ban the content.


Palamedia and Sky News announced the completion of an
agreement for Palamedia to produce the first 24-hour
television channel dedicated solely to Australian
business. Palamedia will be responsible for the
production and editorial content of the channel as
well as the sale of all advertising and sponsorships.
Sky News Active Business Channel will provide complete
coverage of all significant Australian business
stories and of the big stories from overseas. The
channel will bring viewers regular reports from the
ASX, live coverage of the opening and closing of the
US markets and highlights and closing information from
all the international markets.



Bangladesh Television (BTV) will launch
round-the-clock satellite transmission in the first
week of April to beam programmes around the world.
According to an agreement, BTV will have to pay a
yearly rent of Tk 1.75 crore to AsiaSat 3 for 24 hours
of satellite transmission. An earth up-link station
and other equipment were installed at a cost of Tk
3.75 crore. BTV is now running its terrestrial
transmission 14 and a half hours: 7:00am to 9:30am in
the morning run and 12 hours from noon to midnight
before it signs off. For 24-hour transmission, the
programme department will have to fill the slot of
another nine and a half hours. The growing demand for
BTV, especially among Bangla-speaking expatriates
around the world, prompted the state-owned television
to go satellite. Viewers need several dish antennas to
down link programmes of all Bangla channels as the
channels are not using the same satellite. The
channels are using different satellites to up link
programmes: Thaicom for ATN Bangla, ApStar for NTV and
PanamSat 4 for Channel i.



Viacom is looking to expand its presence in China with
a joint venture production agreement inked with the
Shanghai Media Group (SMG) and an expanded deal in
place with state broadcaster CCTV. The venture with
SMG follows recent changes to state law allowing
foreign investment in local production companies.
Viacom and SMG will work together to produce
Chinese-language kids' and youth programming for
distribution to SMG's channels, as well as to channels
outside of Shanghai. The deal builds upon a previous
relationship with SMG, in which MTV and Nickelodeon
programming was syndicated to SMG channels. SMG also
co-produced the MTV Style Awards Show in Shanghai.


Hong Kong Cable TV has inked a carriage deal with
Asian television veteran Robert Chua for his upcoming
24-hour broadband service, The Interactive Channel.
The Interactive Channel will be broadcast on cable
TV's basic service in late 2004. The channel will air
local programmes that combine the internet, telephony,
broadband and wireless applications like SMS and
telephone voting in games, quiz and talk shows.


ASTRO All Asia Networks is gearing to grab a slice of
the lucrative China pay-TV market and has initiated
talks with a Chinese partner to gain a foothold in
that country. Chief financial officer Rohana Rozhan
said Astro, through its wholly-owned unit, Celestial
Pictures Ltd, initially planned to distribute Chinese
movies to hotels and foreign compounds in China. "That
is just the start. Our ultimate aim is to provide the
entire pay-TV business to this huge market of over one
billion people," she told StarBiz in an interview.
Astro chief operating officer David John Butorac said
the company was deeply involved in discussions with
the Chinese government, and expected to launch the
Celestial movie channel in that country in the near
future. He added that Celestial was also looking at
Thailand as another potential market. Celestial has
rights to 760 Chinese movie titles - the largest
Chinese film library, also known as the Shaw Brothers
library, in Hong Kong.


A Chinese-South Korean TV home shopping joint venture
is expected to hit Shanghai's airwaves on April 1, the
China Daily has reported. The venture is worth US$20
million, with Shanghai Media Group (SMG) taking a 51
per cent share and CJ (Cheil Jedang) Home Shopping of
South Korea taking 49 per cent. SMG will use its
Theatre Channel through Oriental TV to broadcast home
shopping programmes for five hours every day in the
initial phase.


Hong Kong’s Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB) said
that its profit has plunged 25 per cent to US$56.6
million for 2003, the Standard newspaper has reported.
TVB posted a profit of US$75.7 million in 2002.
Operating profit at TVB's Hong Kong business dived to
US$23.6 million from US$62.6 million. Terrestrial
broadcasting revenues, which include advertising
revenues from TVB's core domestic free-to-air TV
business, fell to US$222 million from US$228.5



Space TV, the direct-to-home (DTH) television joint
venture between the Indian conglomerate Tata group and
Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, is likely to divest up to
29 per cent equity in the company to foreign
institutional investors, according to local reports.
The company's proposal with the government says the
equity will be diluted by the Tata group, whose
holding in the company will come down to 51 per cent
from the present 80 per cent. News Corp's holding in
the company will remain at 20 per cent. News Corp's
investment in Space TV will be through the company's
wholly owned Dubai-based subsidiary, Network Digital
Distribution Services. The development follows Star
Group officials approaching the Indian government for
an early clearance of its DTH project, Space TV,
offering 65 channels on its platform for a monthly
subscription of $4 from November this year. Investment
worth $350 million has been earmarked for the DTH
project by Star and Tata Group. Star is also planning
to launch two new entertainment channels in the
country. Set-top boxes will be priced under $65, while
the initial cost of the service for a household will
be around $105. The company is expecting about one
million subscribers in the first year operation.


The Indian government has received more than 10
applications from various news channels, as
required by guidelines reviewed last year. "By March
26, all channels with news and current affairs content
in them must adhere to the unlinking norms announced
last year," said a government official. The government
had given a one-year timeframe to news channels for
restructuring or working their equity as per the
guidelines. Last year, the Indian government announced
that all news and current affairs channels, up-
linking from India, cannot have more than 26 per cent
foreign direct investment. The new directive also
stipulated that an Indian entity should have a minimum
of 51 per cent stake in any news uplinking venture.
The channels which have filed their applications
include CNBC-TV 18, TV Today's Aaj Tak and Headlines
Today, New Delhi Television (NDTV), Asianet News,
Independent Television and Sri Adhikari Brothers
Television. The last two have filed applications for
launching their news channels. Five national news
channels, NDTV India, NDTV 24X7, Sahara Samay
Rashtriya, state-run DD News and Headlines Today were
launched last year. STAR News, which has a joint
venture partner in ABP, was re-launched as 24-hour
Hindi news channel.



Japan's six major television networks said they have
agreed on a terrestrial digital standard aimed at
beaming high-quality TV images to mobile phones,
starting March 2006. Publicly funded Japan
Broadcasting Corp. (NHK), along with private stations
TBS, NTV, TV Asahi, Fuji TV and TV Tokyo agreed on the
deal with MPEG LA, a group that negotiates on behalf
of the multiple patent holders involved. In December,
Japan became the 12th nation in the world to start
terrestrial digital broadcasting, with services
beginning in the three biggest metropolitan areas --
Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya -- covering 12 million
households. While the networks agreed to broadcast the
new service free of charge, no handset makers or
mobile phone service providers have said they would
jump on the bandwagon.



Astro All Asia Networks announced a
better-than-forecast net profit of RM12.3 million for
the financial year ended Jan 31, 2004 due to strong
subscriber growth and improved performance in the
fourth quarter. Announcing its first full-year results
on March 23 as a listed company, Astro said the net
profit was 20.6% higher than the forecast RM10.2
million it made in its prospectus prior to its listing
last October. Turnover for the satellite pay-TV
operator was RM1.418 billion, which was slightly
higher than the forecast RM1.409 billion. For the
fourth quarter to Jan 31, 2004, Astro reported a net
profit of RM38.1 million on a turnover of RM396.4
million. The group’s MC-TV operations achieved its
highest growth with 298,733 net additions or 45% over
that achieved in the previous period. This brings the
total residential subscriber base to 1.28 million as
of January 31, 2004 while the total subscriptions
including schools and commercial subscribers were 1.39



During a March 22 meeting between Hamad bin Mohammed
Al Rashdi, information minister, and Khalid Balkhiyor,
director-general of the Arab Organisation for
Satellite Telecommunications (Arabsat), the two sides
exchanged copies of an agreement signed between the
ministry and the organisation to extend transmission
of the Sultanate of Oman's Television and Radio to
four continents in the world. Al Rashdi noted that a
consultative services agreement would be signed during
the coming period to establish the new complex of Oman
TV's well-equipped studios to keep abreast with the
latest developments in the fields. Al Rashdi added
another agreement would be signed with international
satellites through Arabsat to extend transmission of
Oman's Television and Radio to Australia and New
Zealand to enable Arab and Omani students and
communities to receive and watch its programmes.
Khalid said the Sultanate was among the founders of
the organisation. He added initial tests of extending
transmission of Oman's Television and Radio started
two days ago and that official transmission would
begin on April 1.



Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Sheikh
Rashid Friday on March 26 informed the National
Assembly that three new TV channels in private sector
would go on air within a week. He said the government
has brought revolution in the information sector by
allowing 30 TV channels in the private sector to
launch their programmes in the country. Responding to
a question during the question-hour session in the
House, he said the 30 channels will start operation
within a month, provided frequency is allocated to
them. He said the government has planned to permit 100
channels in the country. Sheikh Rashid pointed out
that no proposal is under consideration to lift ban on
Indian channels, adding, in the presence of about 150
channels in near future, there is no need of relaying
foreign channels.




Private hospital group Netcare Holdings has clinched a
deal with Nexus Digital for the provision of a
dedicated television channel. The HealthNet channel
began broadcasting to 38 Netcare hospitals last month,
but will be officially launched on March 24.
Programmes that cover pre-op jitters, details of
surgical procedures, and post-op treatment will be
spliced in between movies, documentaries and sitcoms,
said Nexus MD Tienie Kapp. Kapp said the channel had
received a good response from advertisers, and had
secured in excess of 50% of the first year's
advertising revenue target. Patients in Netcare
hospitals already have access to the South African
Broadcasting Corporation, E.tv, and a bouquet of
channels from DStv. The deal with Netcare involves
installing up to 8000 new television sets, and
upgrading the facilities patients use to call a nurse
from their bedside. Nexus was negotiating with
MultiChoice to broadcast HealthNet on an existing DStv
channel with vacant air time, and aimed to launch on
the satellite channel within 18 months, said Kapp.


No update


No update


Not much to end the week with

From my Emails & ICQ

From Ranime

B3 12550 V 3/4 6670
Looks like a Dentist feed from Syd to Melb.

From VK4bkp

Romanian TV on NSS6.

A single Romanian channel has started on 11106H sr3255 3/4. Signal is
strong - using homebrew 60cm f0.8 cardboard and foil centre focus
dish pointed out the window. :-)

From Bill Richards

1900 UTC
Thaicom3 3551 Horz S/R13333 FEC 3/4
Vpid1793 Apid1794 SID7 My Nokia loads it as " Spectrum Connect " a Greek version of TVSN.

No sign of any Ch 10 logos as reported.


From the Dish

SatcoDX Update #23/2004

Latest satellite updates for the period March 18 to March 20, 2004

All channels are MPEG-2 Free-to-Air unless otherwise noted:

0765 APSTAR 2R (76.5E)


Feeds on 12.261 (H, 3000, 1160, 1120, 1160): New SR

Feeds on 12.281 (H, 3000, 1160, 1120, 1160): It has started

TV Lanka on 3.652 (H, 6500, 1160, 1122, 1160): It's clear again

0785 THAICOM 2,3 (78.5E)


India Vision Music on 3.600 (H, 26667, 515, 680, 8190): It Has Started

India Vision News on 3.600 (H, 26667, 517, 700, 8190): It Has Started

0830 INSAT 2E, 3B (83.0E)


TATA AGMM TEST CARD on 3.525 (V, 24800, 257, 258, 257): Test Card Has Started

Tamil Thirai Test on 3.525 (V, 24800, 369, 379, 369): Language Added

0935 INSAT 3A (93.5E)


ETV Telagu on 11.550 (H, 27500, 702, 703, 702): ETV TEL Replaced Nickelodeon TV

HINDUSTAN TELEVISION on 3.912 (V, 5898, 274, 275, 273): Hindustan TV Completely Replaced Channel Guide

1055 ASIASAT 3S (105.5E)


Dragon TV on 3.886 (V, 4800, 1110, 1211, 1110): Correct Symbol Rate

Radio Shanghai on 3.886 (V, 4800, 1213, 1110): Correct Symbol Rate

Radio Shanghai on 3.886 (V, 4800, 1214, 1214): Correct Symbol Rate

Radio Shanghai on 3.886 (V, 4800, 1211, 1110): Correct Symbol Rate

1080 TELKOM 1 (108.0E)


Animal Planet on 3.460 (H, 28000, 60, 61, 60): All channels in this mux are encrypted again

Channel NewsAsia on 3.460 (H, 28000, 80, 81, 80):

1340 APSTAR 1A (134.0E)


CCTV-Music on 3.840 (H, 27500, 518, 710, 8190): It has started

1660 PANAMSAT 8 (166.0E)


Test card on 3.860 (H, 28000, 450, 451, 450): It has replaced CSN

DCP Download 2.31 on 4.020 (H, 26470):

CCP Download 2.40 on 4.020 (H, 26470):

Test on 4.060 (H, 26470):


Sydney clubs push on with plans for new channel

From http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/03/26/1079939798152.html

A new joint media enterprise owned and controlled by the racing industry is firmly on the agenda following Sky Channel's decision to black out Sydney racing.

The TAB Ltd-owned Sky Channel pulled the plug on last Saturday's Rosehill meeting and did not transmit any other race meetings from around the country into the Sydney racetrack.

The Sydney Turf Club remains hopeful action from interstate and Newcastle will be screened at its Rosehill Guineas meeting on Saturday. "We are looking to get an agreement with Sky Channel allowing us to broadcast interstate racing into Rosehill," STC chief executive Michael Kenny said on Thursday. "That contract is with Sky Channel at the moment."

Kenny said the Rosehill Guineas meeting would be covered on the internet, as was last Saturday's Coolmore Classic day. The internet coverage proved difficult to access for many stay-at-home punters, with Kenny saying: "We have been able to make some arrangements with our internet provider to increase the number of people that can get on."

Kenny said people with access to a satellite dish might be able to pick up the Rosehill Guineas meeting, adding: "Every week we run it the number of people we can hit with our signal will get bigger."

Kenny and Tony King, his counterpart at the Australian Jockey Club, flew to Melbourne on Wednesday to meet representatives of Racing Victoria's media arm ThoroughVisioN.

"We have reiterated our shared vision of establishing an alternative racing media entity that would allow us to have control of our product," King said. "Sydney racing has been left with no choice by Sky ."

Kenny said: "What has come out of our discussions with TVN is a genuine commitment to serve the best, long-term interests of racing, not just agree to a quick-fix solution. We will continue to work towards the launch of an alternative racing channel."

The new channel is tipped to be up and running by September.

Russia satellite launch prepared at Baikonur

From http://www.itar-tass.com/eng/level2.html?NewsID=607027&PageNum=0

MOSCOW, March 25 (Itar-Tass) - Specialists began on Thursday the pre-launch preparation of a DM propulsion unit of a Proton-K rocket that will deliver in orbit the Russian satellite Express-AM.

A cosmodrome official told Itar-Tass that that the launch of Proton, the third this year, was scheduled for the last days of April.

Three Express communications satellites will be launched this year. Their service life in orbit is 12 years.

Heavy-lift Protons with DM propulsion units will shot the satellites in geostationary orbits.

The DM unit and the satellite make a cone of the Proton rocket.

The propulsion unit serves to move a satellite from a low support orbit to a high target orbit.

Specialists of Zheleznogorsk’s Reshetnev Institute of Applied Mechanics and of France’s company Alcatel designed the Express-AM satellites.

They are intended for relaying television and radio programmes and Internet information, and for providing digital telephone communications.

The first satellite of this series was launched in December 2003.

A total of five Express satellites will be launched.

GlobeCast/Embratel partner to cover Athens' Olympics

From Satellite today

GlobeCast has partnered with Brazilian telecommunications group, Embratel, to provide contribution broadcast services, internet and telephony for Brazilian terrestrial broadcaster, TV Globo for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.

The satcaster will also be working closely with four additional official Olympic Broadcasting rights holders, ATV and TVB in Hong Kong and Japanese channels, TV Asahi and Fuji TV, to provide specifically tailored packages including satellite transmissions and SNG services, for the duration of the games.

TV Globo will be providing Brazil with national terrestrial coverage of the 24th Olympic Games, and will be using GlobeCast and partner Embratel to manage its contribution delivery, via Intelsat satellites, from the Official International Broadcasting Centre.

Star Plus driving News Corp growth in Asia

From http://www.business-standard.com/today/story.asp?Menu=2&story=37235

Star Plus, with its rising advertising and subscription revenue, is driving the growth of Star group.

“Star, bolstered by a 20 per cent increase in revenues, substantially increased its second-quarter operating income versus prior year. Revenue gains were driven by advertising and subscription growth primarily at Star Plus which, on an average, continues to deliver all of the top 10 cable programmes in India,” News Corporation, the parent of Star Group, has said in its latest filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission of the US.

News Corporation chairman Rupert Murdoch had said at the company’s annual general meeting last October that Star India had fuelled the growth and profitability of the group in Asia.

Star’s growth in India comes at a time when it suffered start-up losses in countries such as China and other Asian countries.

Star’s operating income improved by $5 million owing to higher subscription revenues from India as well as stronger syndication revenues from Bangladesh Cricket and lower costs associated with various cricket events.

According to estimates, Star India has booked revenues of $200 million in 2002.

This is about 70 per cent of Star group’s Asian revenues. Star Plus is estimated to reach about 40 million cable and satellite homes of the total cable and satellite universe of about 45 million.

As per the last year’s estimates, subscription revenues accounted for about 70 per cent of Star India’ revenues. The remaining comes from advertising.

The company is taking steps to increase India revenue from the present levels.

As a part of the plan, the company had cut subscription rate for services and asked cable operators for a higher declaration of subscribers.

Besides, the company is also drawing up plans to increase the reach of its other channels in India.

In addition, the broadcasting company is also looking at expanding its bouquet of channels in India as well as generate more India-centric programmes.

As a part of its expansion, the company plans to enter direct to home (DTH) satellite television distribution system in India in partnership with the Tata group.

Besides, the company also has interest in the country’s cable operating companies with about 26 per cent interest in Hathway.

Star, a wholly-owned subsidiary of News Corporation, is Asia’s leading multi-platform content and service provider.

Star’s 40 distributed services in eight languages reach more than 300 million viewers across 53 Asian countries.

Star channels in India include Star Plus, Star World, Channel [V], ESPN, Star Sports, Star Movies, Star Gold, Star News, National Geographic Channel and Star Vijay


Looks like things are about to get interesting with the Adult channel providers. See News section for details. I think some laws are about to be tested and maybe redefined.

Seems to be a bit of activity on Pas2 Ku band the Telstra mux has moved from 12637V to 12673V and the Sr changed to 5000.
Another signal on 12411 h? Sr 5000 Fec 1/2 maybe 12280 V is moving as well? anyone know?

DrDish@TV Repeat

The last DrDish@TV show, which had been shown live via INTELSAT 707, will
be repeated on three consecutive days: 26 + 27 + 28 March 2004, at 12:00 UTC/GMT each day

More details see: www.drdish.tv

From my Emails & ICQ

From Spencer

JCTV has started again on B3 12524V Globecast transponder.

From Steve Hume

Some sort of Teleconference for Telkom
Telkom 1
3990H 6000 3/4

NEWS 24x7
Steve Hume

From the Dish

Intelsat 701 180E 4028 R "Baccarat Game Channel" has left .

(Craigs comment, a sad indication of how often people look at the intelsats, This channel has not been seen in about 5 years or more!)

PAS 8 166E 12726 H "CTI TV International and TV Moda" have left , replaced by test cards.

Agila 2 146E 3645 H Occasional feeds on , SR 1171, FEC 7/8.
Agila 2 146E 3671 V Occasional feeds on , SR 1851, FEC 3/4.
Agila 2 146E 3986 H "Kabayan TV" has left.
Agila 2 146E 4092 H "Solar Sports Plus" has started on , Digicipher 2/enc., VC 104.BigBoy Entertainment has replaced IBC 13 on VC 101, enc.
Agila 2 146E 4189 H "NBN World" has left (Digicipher 1).

JCSAT 3 128E 3960 V "ETTV Life" is now encrypted.

Insat 3A 93.5E 4101 V "DD Gujarati" has left (PAL).

Yamal 201 90E 10994 V Telekanal Rossiya Altay and Radio Rossii have started on ,Fta SR 4420, FEC 3/4, PIDs 289/290 and 290.

Insat 2E 83E 3525 V A Tata AGMM test card has started on , Fta, PIDs 257/258.

Thaicom 3 78.5E 3551 H "Channel 10 (Greece)" has started on , Fta, PIDs 1793/1794.

(Craigs comment, interesting a FTA Greek? anyone taken a look?)

Apstar 2R 76.5E 12734 V "CTS" has started on , cFta, PIDs 169/116.

LMI 1 75E 12517 V "DTV" has started on , Fta, SR 21500, FEC 7/8, PIDs 308/256, north beam.

PAS 10 68.5E 12668 V "Occasional feeds" on , SR 3900, FEC 2/3.

Intelsat 902 62E 3996 L "SABC 2-3 and E TV" are now encrypted.


Hardcore satellite TV skirts legal loopholes

From http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/03/24/1079939718275.html

Overseas satellite television broadcasters are exploiting apparent loopholes in Australian censorship laws to beam 24-hour pornography channels - including hard-core broadcasts - for subscriptions of $5 a week.

The Herald has confirmed that European and Asian-based broadcasters are buying time on an Australian satellite service, New Skies Satellite, to telecast X-rated pornography on channels with titles such as Free-XTV, Blue Kiss, InXWorld, Sexz TV and Back Room. Enacted scenes of gang rape are included in some programs.

Distributors are advertising the service, which they say is "like pay TV", for a $450 installation cost including a decoder box, and an annual $250 subscription. The promoters claim none of the licensing authorities - the Australian Communications Authority and the Australian Broadcasting Authority - nor the Office of Film and Literature Classification have the jurisdiction to monitor or ban the content.

New Skies is owned by a Dutch firm but has an operating company in Sydney. Its website boasts: "The design of . . . existing in-orbit fleet, as well as future spacecraft, offers current and prospective direct-to-home operators some of the highest . . . transmission power available for the distribution of digital programming packages direct to consumers' homes using ultra-small antennas."

A spokesman confirmed yesterday its frequency was licensed in Australia by the ACA but defended its broadcast policy: "We're just a wholesaler. We have nothing to do with the content."

One Perth-based distributor, The Mod Shop, advertises "permanent access to 24/7 broadcast of hardcore erotic movies covering all genres: straight, fetishism, interracial, lesbo, orgies, hardcore adult entertainment".

When contacted yesterday, a staff member said the service was legal because it was not covered by any Australian laws.

"We are telling our customers that it's the same as watching an X-rated video at home. You can watch it in privacy, provided it is not shown publicly or to minors.

"We have been dealing with the ACA and ABA and the censorship board says it doesn't fall within their jurisdiction."

But others in the industry say the some of the content is very disturbing. "It's pretty confronting stuff. There was even a scene of a pack rape in a field. Somebody should be monitoring these things," one said.

A spokesman for the ABA said the board had discussed the issue last Thursday, had sought legal advice and was about to launch an investigation: "We are aware of these services and have decided to instigate an investigation. We have legal advice that the services, though broadcast from overseas, still fall within the Broadcasting Services Act."

A spokesman for the Office of Film and Literature Classification said that because the services were broadcast rather than on film, they did not fall within its jurisdiction.

A spokesman for the ACA said: "We license the carrier, but not in terms of content."

The office of the Minister for Communications, Daryl Williams, said it was aware of the controversy and was investigating. "Those who provide services that broadcast programs to Australia from another country have the same obligations under the BSA as broadcasters who provide the same service locally," a spokeswoman said.

"The Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts has been consulting with the ABA to determine the nature and providers of certain satellite services and whether their carriage is subject to and breaches any of the provisions of the act or the relevant code of practice."

ACCC approves pay TV delivery

From http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/03/25/1079939775130.html

Australia's competition watchdog has decided to accept new access undertakings by both Foxtel and Telstra in relation to pricing on their delivery platform for analogue pay TV services and subsequent digital rollout.

The decision by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) clears the way for third parties to access both Telstra's cable network infrastructure and Foxtel's set-top unit technology.

ACCC commissioner Ed Willett said in a statement the undertakings would govern terms and conditions in the absence of any other commercial agreement.

"Third party content or channel providers will now have an opportunity to provide their own programs on the existing analogue pay TV cable and will also have rights to migrate these channels to digital over time," Mr Willett said.

The timing would be consistent with Foxtel's digital rollout plans, he said.

The acceptance overturns a rejection by the ACCC of undertakings given in 2002 when Foxtel and Optus announced their intention to enter into a content sharing agreement.

The ACCC those undertakings in December last year, largely due to its concerns with the proposed charges for access to Foxtel's STUs, which it considered to be excessive.

It also believed that some of the non-price elements of both access undertakings should be further strengthened to promote more effective and timely terms and conditions of access.

"These (issues) have now been rectified in the new undertakings," Mr Willett said.

"The undertakings reflect a fair balance between the rights of access seekers to use the service on reasonable terms and the legitimate commercial interests of Telstra Multimedia and Foxtel.

Foxtel launched its digital service last week, and with about 23 per cent of Australian households currently subscribing to pay TV, the company believes the industry can achieve 35 to 40 per cent market penetration by 2008.

Foxtel is 50 per cent owned by Telstra, with one-quarter shares held by Publishing & Broadcasting Ltd and News Corp.

At 1522 AEDT, Telstra shares were down five cents at $4.57, while News Corp was down four cents at $11.45. PBL was up three cents at $11.71.


Chatroom was pretty quiet last night.



From my Emails & ICQ

Nothing to report.

From the Dish

No Lyngsat but Satcodx has turned up..

SatcoDX Update #22/2004

Latest satellite updates for the period March 14 to March 17, 2004

All channels are MPEG-2 Free-to-Air unless otherwise noted:

0750 LMI 1 (75.0E)


ABS-CBN News Channel on 12.608 (H, 20000, 511, 512, 511): It's clear now

Cinema One on 12.608 (H, 20000, 767, 768, 767): It's clear now

TFC Europe on 12.608 (H, 20000, 1279, 1280, 1079): It's clear now

TFC-ME on 12.608 (H, 20000, 255, 256, 255): It's clear now

PCTV on 12.608 (H, 20000, 1023, 1024, 1023): It's clear now

0765 APSTAR 2R (76.5E)


Uncommon Business News on 12.409 (V, 30000, 528, 529, 528):

Jet TV on 12.409 (V, 30000, 544, 545, 544):

PTV 1 on 12.409 (V, 30000, 560, 561, 560):

USTV 1 on 12.409 (V, 30000, 592, 593, 592):

DISNEY on 12.409 (V, 30000, 624, 625, 624):

Super TV on 12.409 (V, 30000, 640, 641, 640):

SunTV on 12.409 (V, 30000, 656, 657, 656):

PTV 2 on 12.409 (V, 30000, 672, 673, 672):

PTV 3 on 12.409 (V, 30000, 688, 689, 688):

TW STOCK on 12.409 (V, 30000, 1318, 1318):

CY voice on 12.409 (V, 30000, 1318, 1318):

USA-INFO on 12.409 (V, 30000, 1318, 1318):

T Master on 12.409 (V, 30000, 1318, 1318):

Music on 12.409 (V, 30000, 1318, 1318):

ETFM on 12.409 (V, 30000, 610, 610):

NULL ÀW¹D on 12.409 (V, 30000, 562, 562):

NULL ÀW¹D on 12.409 (V, 30000, 578, 578):

NULL ÀW¹D[UB605] on 12.409 (V, 30000, 528):

NULL ÀW¹D[UB606] on 12.409 (V, 30000, 528):

HUMAX DOWNLOAD SRV on 12.409 (V, 30000, 114):

ET-Movie on 12.530 (V, 30000, 1296, 1297, 1296):

ET-Variety on 12.530 (V, 30000, 1312, 1313, 1312):

ET-News S on 12.530 (V, 30000, 1328, 1329, 1328):

ET-Drama on 12.530 (V, 30000, 1344, 1345, 1344):

ET-News on 12.530 (V, 30000, 1360, 1361, 1360):

ET-ForigenMovie on 12.530 (V, 30000, 1376, 1377, 1376):

YO YO TV on 12.530 (V, 30000, 1392, 1393, 1392):

ET-Money on 12.530 (V, 30000, 1408, 1409, 1408):

ETTV Service 9 on 12.530 (V, 30000, 1424, 1425, 1424):

ET-Home Shopping on 12.530 (V, 30000, 1440, 1441, 1440):

ETTV Service 11 on 12.530 (V, 30000, 1456, 1457, 1456):

ETTV Service 12 on 12.530 (V, 30000, 1472, 1473, 1472):

TTV on 12.553 (H, 22425, 2624, 2625, 2624):

TV Maldives on 4.030 (V, 6312, 512, 640, 8190): It has started

VOM on 4.030 (V, 6312, 650, 8190): It has started

0935 INSAT 3A (93.5E)


Ahimsaa TV on 3.917 (V, 3030, 308, 256, 8190): New NID

DD Sahyadri on 3.960 (V, 6250, 257, 258, 257): New PCR & NID

Mumbai Feeds on 3.960 (V, 6250, 513, 514, 513): New PCR & NID

0950 NSS 6 (95.0E)


Global Christian Network on 12.549 (H, 8970, 640, 641, 640): It has started

MBC on 12.549 (H, 8970, 720, 721, 720): It has started

MKTV Sat on 12.688 (H, 21000, 337, 338, 337): It has replaced Mazzika

TGRT FM on 12.688 (H, 21000, 514, 515): It has started

FreeX TV on 12.729 (V, 27500, 513, 514, 513): Encrypted in Irdeto

Sexz TV Promo on 12.729 (V, 27500, 1281, 1282, 1281): Encrypted in Irdeto

Back Room Promo on 12.729 (V, 27500, 1537, 1538, 1537): Encrypted in Irdeto

BlueKiss on 12.729 (V, 27500, 1539, 1540, 1539): It has started

BlueKiss Express on 12.729 (V, 27500, 1553, 1554, 1553): It has started

1080 TELKOM 1 (108.0E)


Feeds on 3.795 (H, 3000, 308, 256, 8190): It has started

1082 WORLDSAT-1 (108.2E)


Badook on 12.411 (V, 11110, 33, 36, 33): It has started

HBS TV on 12.411 (V, 11110, 4194, 4195, 4193): It has started

Human on 12.411 (V, 11110, 4245, 4246, 4245): It has started

CMC TV on 12.411 (V, 11110, 4370, 4371, 4369): It has started

1460 AGILA 2 (146.0E)


NBN on 3.892 (H, 4510, 1160, 1120, 1160): It has started


NZ set to join space probe

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/storydisplay.cfm?storyID=3556492&thesection=news&thesubsection=general

A Hamilton telescope built for $15,000 in 1982 is set to take part in an international experiment aimed at probing the earliest years of the universe.

Radio astronomers at Auckland University and at Melbourne's Swinburne University of Technology hope to use Hamilton's tiny 10m dish to extend the range of much bigger radio telescopes such as the 64m dish at Parkes in New South Wales.

Swinburne astrophysicist Dr Steven Tingay said in Auckland last week that linking the Australian telescopes with even a small telescope in New Zealand could provide an extra "fix" on a star or a black hole.

"The resolution of your network is driven by the maximum distance between any two antennas," he said.

Adding New Zealand into the Australian network would boost Australia's bid to host a US$1 billion to $2 billion ($1.5 billion-$3 billion) international project to build about 300 antennas spread over 3000 sq km with a combined collecting area of 1 sq km - 100 to 1000 times more powerful than the biggest existing radio telescope.

The leading candidates for the central site are Western Australia and South Africa. The site is due to be chosen in 2006.

Dr Tingay said the project would probe stars and black holes that are so far away that the radio waves that reach Earth from them must have originated in the epoch of "cosmic renaissance", when the first stars formed out of dark clouds of dust.

Scientists believe that the universe began in a "big bang" about 13.7 billion years ago, but quickly cooled into a "dark age" when matter and energy were scattered uniformly.

It gradually burst into light again when energy and matter became concentrated in the first stars several hundred million years later.

Although some images of this time have been obtained recently from the Hubble space telescope, Dr Tingay said much more detail would become visible through the planned radio telescope network by 2010-2012.

He said Hamilton's 10m dish would be enough to prove the idea of incorporating New Zealand into the network, but in the longer term a dish at least 20m wide would be needed.

A former chief technical officer in Waikato University's physics department, Robin Holdsworth, said Hamilton's dish was "an amazing co-operation between the university, the [Waikato] Polytechnic and the Ministry of Works".

The ministry designed it. The polytechnic found the steel and bent it to shape. Mr Holdsworth talked the Navy into letting him take a Bofors gun mount from the Devonport naval base as a stand for the telescope.

Auckland University physics professor Geoff Austin said he would seek university funding to upgrade the telescope for the initial test with Australia.

Beyond that, the university hopes that it may get access to one of several dishes that have been built in New Zealand for satellite telephone communication.

TelstraClear spokesman Ralph Little said his company had just decommissioned a satellite dish at Auckland's Carlaw Park.

He said the company would prefer to lease the facility and was talking to "several other parties".

Telecom spokesman Phil Love said his company's three dishes at Warkworth were all operating actively, but two other dishes at Wellington and at Rangiora near Christchurch were not as active.

"Telecom is always interested in talking to people who are interested in using these types of operations."

Silicon chips for satellite reception

From http://www.ferret.com.au/articles/9e/0c01ec9e.asp

PHILIPS Electronics has unveiled its TDA8262 and TDA8263 silicon tuner chips for quick and easy implementation of digital satellite reception.

A superior technical solution for digital satellite TV reception, the new silicon tuner chips simplifiy the entire circuit board design as the product is now placed on the main board itself rather than in an independent tuner can.

Key features of the devices include: the direct conversion of the RF signal which replaces all traditional IF filtering and intermediate conversion techniques; a fully integrated wide range oscillator that covers the European, American and Asian satellite bands with low phase noise performance; and programmable baseband filtering for optimum signal handling.

In addition, the TDA8262 is much more compact than any other tuner solution, with a 5mm x 5mm package, and requires less than half the power of other solutions, from a single 3.3V supply.

Furthermore, the level of integration enables the bill of materials to be drastically reduced.

With superior technical performance, small size and low power requirements, the TDA8262 and TDA8263 silicon tuners are not only DVB-S/DSS (Digital Video Broadcast Satellite/Digital Satellite System) compliant, but also fulfil all worldwide standards in use for satellite reception.

Silicon tuners are an essential component for all semiconductor companies supplying to the digital set top box (STB), PC card and digital TV (DTV) market.

Additional to the basic functions of the TDA8263, the TDA8262 adds an RF loop through to drive a second channel in a personal video recorder (PVR), and features extensive power-down management.

Zarlink Targets Fast Growing DTV Market with Highly Integrated Satellite Set-Top Box Front-End Design

From Press Release

Zarlink Semiconductor (NYSE/TSX:ZL) today introduced a production-ready blueprint for a complete front-end subsystem used in digital satellite STBs. Combining a new high- performance satellite tuner with an industry-leading demodulator, the ZLE10532 Reference Design meets the growing need for highly integrated RF (radio frequency) chips in advanced digital TV products.

Zarlink's RF chips for digital satellite TV are used in STBs worldwide, in both 'free-to-air' and subscriber-based digital satellite systems. In China, one of the fastest growing markets for digital satellite STBs, 70% of manufacturers already use Zarlink tuners, according to company research.

To lower their costs and improve time-to-market, consumer electronics manufacturers want a 'fit and forget' front-end tuner and demodulator solution that reduces external component costs and time-consuming in-house design work. Zarlink's ZLE10532 Reference Design combines the new ZL10036 tuner and proven ZL10312 demodulator to provide a complete motherboard-based RF subsystem for tuning, scanning, decoding, and demodulating digital satellite TV signals. Manufacturers are now evaluating the ZLE10532 Reference Design for use in next- generation STBs.

Manufacturers need proven, cost-effective RF front-ends that can be placed on the motherboard and require minimal system integration, said Bob Ferreira, product line director, Consumer Communications, Zarlink Semiconductor. Our production-ready design is simple to implement, and by addressing cost, design and performance issues, makes it easy for manufacturers to design consumer-friendly STBs.

Alignment-free tuner performance

The ZL10036 device is a single-chip wideband direct conversion tuner that supports QPSK (quadrature phase shift keying) modulation schemes. With alignment-free performance, the tuner provides all the necessary RF-to-digital signal conversion required for DSS (Digital Satellite System) and 1-45 Msps (megasymbols per second) DVB-S (Digital Video Broadcast-Satellite) receiver systems.

Competing tuner products add design, bill of material, and assembly costs because they require external coil-based components that must be adjusted during manufacture. The ZL10036 tuner also features a 'power and forget' VCO (voltage controlled oscillator), eliminating the need for time-consuming VCO calibration required by some competitive products.

Complete front-end STB solution

Zarlink's ZLE10532 Reference Design combines the ZL10036 tuner with the ZL10312 device, the industry's fastest-scanning, lowest-power channel demodulator. The reference design can be used in most manufacturing processes, allowing consumer electronics companies to quickly produce compact, easy-to- use satellite STBs.

The ZL10312 demodulator supports QPSK and BPSK (bipolar phase shift keying) modulation schemes, using advanced filters to detect and decode satellite channels without external components. A unique, on-chip hard-wired controller enables the ZL10312 chip to achieve ultra-fast channel scanning capability with little intervention from an external processor, which minimizes software overhead.

Customer-friendly satellite STBs

With Zarlink's ZLE10532 Reference Design, manufacturers can market easy- to-use satellite STBs. On setup, the ZL10312 demodulator automatically scans the complete satellite broadcast band and locks onto TV channels in minutes - the industry's fastest auto-scan performance.

With Zarlink's integrated motherboard-based front-end design replacing discrete tuner devices and external circuitry, manufacturers can produce streamlined STBs that are smaller than a videocassette case.

Low-power performance

Zarlink's two-chip RF subsystem design consumes less than 1.5 W (watts) of power when in full operation, with an integrated sleep pin that reduces power consumption 1000-fold in stand-by mode. As STBs shrink in size, heat- sensitive RF tuner and demodulator chips are packed into smaller areas. By minimizing heat generation, the ZLE10532 Reference Design eliminates design concerns for heat-sensitive components and improves RF performance and field reliability.

Low power consumption also helps electronics manufacturers design STBs that meet US Environmental Protection ENERGY(R) STAR requirements and other international low-power initiatives.


The ZL10036 satellite tuner chip is now in full production. The ZLE10532 Reference Design, consisting of tuner, RF loop through and QPSK demodulator, is available to qualified customers. For more information, please visit http://products.zarlink.com/profiles/ZL10036.

About Zarlink Semiconductor

For almost 30 years, Zarlink Semiconductor has delivered semiconductor solutions that drive the capabilities of voice, enterprise, broadband and wireless communications. The Company's success is built on its technology strengths, including voice and data networks, consumer and ultra low-power communications, and high-performance analog. For more information, visit http://www.zarlink.com/.

Certain statements in this press release constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any future results, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such risks, uncertainties and assumptions include, among others, the risks discussed in documents filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Investors are encouraged to consider the risks detailed in those filings.

Zarlink, ZL, and the Zarlink Semiconductor logo are trademarks of Zarlink Semiconductor Inc.

Zarlink Semiconductor

Astro nets RM12.3 mil profit


Astro All Asia Networks Plc announced a better-than-forecast net profit of RM12.3 million for the financial year ended Jan 31, 2004 due to strong subscriber growth and improved performance in the fourth quarter.

Announcing its first full-year results on March 23 as a listed company, Astro said the net profit was 20.6% higher than the forecast RM10.2 million it made in its prospectus prior to its listing last October.

Turnover for the satellite pay television operator was RM1.418 billion, which was slightly higher than the forecast RM1.409 billion. Its earnings per share was 0.87 sen.

For the fourth quarter to Jan 31, 2004, Astro reported a net profit of RM38.1 million on a turnover of RM396.4 million.

Astro expects its overall results for the current financial year to perform satisfactorily based on the underlying performance of the group’s principle activities, and the continuing expansion of the Malaysian and regional economies.

Astro said it would continue to build on content infrastructure and skills to further strenghten its cross media position here, and to further develop opportunities to leverage these assets in the region.

“The directors are encouraged by the strong subscriber growth, which underpins the future revenue for the MC-TV (multi-channel TV) segment. The radio segment has also increased market share during the financial year ended Jan 31, 2004,” it said.

In a press statement, Astro chairman Datuk Badri Masri said: “We are pleased that we have exceeded our targets.” He added that Astro had benefited from the strength of the economy and the consequent consumer demand.

The group’s MC-TV operations achieved its highest growth with 298,733 net additions or 45% over that achieved in the previous period. This brings the total residential subscriber base to 1.28 million as of Jan 31, 2004 while the total subscriptions including schools and commercial subscribers were 1.39 million.

“This growth (in subscribers) can be attributed to the more than RM600 million we have invested in developing local content and RM1.12 billion in set-top box subsidies to date,” Badri added.

The largest contributor to the group’s earnings was its MC-TV and related interactive television services segment, which posted a net profit of RM165.8 million while the radio segment contributed RM45.1 million.

Its magazine publishing business, interactive content for mobile phones and film production business contributed RM16.6 million.

Losses were in the ‘celestial’ segment, which is the ownership, aggregation and distribution of Chinese filmed entertainment, and the inter-segment eliminations with RM54.8 million and RM23.8 million respectively.

Astro COO David Butorac attributed the second half subscriber growth to its rebranding exercise in July 2003 and the launch of seven channels.

GlobeCast Asia and Helius Enter Strategic Partnership Agreement; Enterprise Market to be Better Served by Expanded Relationship

From Press Release

LINDON, Utah--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 23, 2004--Helius, Inc., the worldwide leader in business class data broadcasting solutions, today announced that GlobeCast Asia of Singapore has joined its Strategic Alliance Program. GlobeCast Asia's membership into the program marks an expansion of the two company's relationship in the U.S. As the best-in-class provider of world-class satellite services GlobeCast Asia will now introduce cutting edge IP technologies to the Asian Market.

"This partnership offers customers the opportunity to obtain the best IP technologies available today," said Darby Sanchez, CEO of GlobeCast Asia. "Utilizing our global reach these new solutions will allow us to supply our customers with the innovative solutions they have been asking for."

"This partnership allows us to expand our reach into the Asian market," said Jeff Curtis, senior vice president of sales, Helius Inc. "In our new alliance GlobeCast is uniquely poised to provide leadership of satellite IP services throughout Asia."

In addition to creating numerous new product offerings and customer benefits, this strategic alliance will allow Helius and GlobeCast Asia to create and introduce new solutions able to supply customers with end-to-end connectivity. Creating a one stop integrator of complete IP based services. The companies will also work together to ensure comprehensive customer service, installation and support options provided by GlobeCast Asia.

The Helius Strategic Alliance Program

The Helius Strategic Alliance Program (SAP) fully integrates products and services from satellite technology companies worldwide, providing partners with a complete platform of business solutions to decrease distribution costs and increase service efficiency for end-user enterprise customers.

The two companies will work together to offer comprehensive sales, customer service and support options. As a member of the Helius Strategic Alliance Program, GlobeCast Asia becomes an authorized Helius reseller and will provide customers with the full line of Helius products.

About Helius, Inc.

Helius provides efficient, secure, and reliable delivery of broadband IP over satellites and local area networks. Helius products include satellite IP routers, software and custom engineered solutions that enable efficient, secure and reliable delivery of broadband content over satellites and local area networks.

Helius is a privately held company based in Lindon, Utah. For more information, visit www.helius.com or call 801-764-9020.

About GlobeCast Asia

GlobeCast (www.globecast.com) -- a France Telecom subsidiary -- is the world's leading satellite services company, operating a global network of satellite distribution platforms for broadcast and advanced content delivery. The company is present on five continents, accessible through 15 teleports and technical operation centres in the world's leading media hubs. Based in Singapore, with offices in New Delhi and Tokyo, GlobeCast Asia serves the transmission and production requirements of broadcasters and enterprises throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

For further information, contact: GlobeCast Asia, Phone - +65 6325 4222

Helius is a trademark of Helius, Inc. Other company, product, and service names contained in this release may be registered trademarks or trademarks of the respective owners.


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KOREA: SKT touts cooperation with KT on mobile broadcasts

From http://www.asiamedia.ucla.edu/article.asp?parentid=9316

SK Telecom President Kim Shin-bae talked down his company's ongoing feud with the country's leading fixed-line carrier, KT Corp., saying that the two will iron out their differences on policy over satellite-based mobile broadcasts, for which commercial services could start in July

SK Telecom President Kim Shin-bae talked down his company's ongoing feud with the country's leading fixed-line carrier, KT Corp., saying that the two will iron out their differences on policy over satellite-based mobile broadcasts, for which commercial services could start in July.

"Satellite DMB (digital multimedia broadcasting) is the latest example of medium convergence and could realize its potential only by building a solid connection between the wireless sector and the fixed-line sector," Kim said during a news conference in Seoul.

"We have always regarded KT as an ideal partner that could bring us a lot in the fixed-line sector once the satellite DMB starts off. We will be more than willing to cooperate with them in future businesses," he said.

Satellite DMB is an advanced receiver technology designed to provide sound and video to portable handheld devices such as cellular phones and portable computers.

SK Telecom, the country's top wireless service provider, launched the world's first DMB satellite from Florida earlier this month with its Japanese partner, Mobile Broadcasting Corp., and plans to start services in July through joint company TU Media.

However, KT, which had planned to start its satellite broadcast services after 2006, has recently been pushing to beat out SK in winning the rights as a DMB service provider, hinting at the possibility of using the Mugunghwa No. 3 satellite they launched in 1999.

"Satellite DMB is an experiment that could not set off on the right course with multiple service providers fighting from the start. KT has been demanding excessive rights in management on their conditions to work with us on satellite DMB, but he hopes for progress in the future," said Kim.

DD to telecast Indo-Pak Test matches

From http://ww1.mid-day.com/sports/international/2004/march/79355.htm

New Delhi: Doordarshan will telecast live all the three Test matches between India and Pakistan on its national channel, DD1.

The three Test matches to be played at Multan, Lahore and Rawalpindi respectively would be telecast live on DD1, a Prasar Bharti press release said today.

The first Test begins on March 28 while the second Test begins April 5. The third and final Test at Rawalpindi is from April 13.


Live satellite chat 9pm NZ and 8.30pm Syd time onwards be aware NZ moved off daylight savings time last weekend so Syd time is maybe 1 hour behind us at the moment.

Sorry about the lack of updates last few days, replacing my pc's hd and had a few problems. All working now. There's a backlog of items to get through so update is a little bigger than it usually is.

Looks like the Foxtel installers strike may be over.

New stuff

Optus B1 160E Skys started "Real good life" on channel 88 seems to be an encrypted radio service? Real good life FM 95.8 according to the EPG. Also there is "New Supremo" Am 936 another encrypted new radio service on channel 89 not sure why Skys adding radios on these numbers. Sky tends to not start any new services until near the end of the month. Some checking reveals these 2 new Radios are associated with the WTV Asian group that broadcast on Skys platform.

Optus C1 156E 12407 V Spirit is new (Radio) Apid 257 Sid 324. Red FM is new Apid 256 Sid 323

Optus B3 152E 12524 V "3ABN radio" is new and FTA on Apid 2121 Sid 5

PAS 2 169E 12412 H??? Sr 5000 Fec 1/2 new feed freq? or data (Noticed on the weekend)

New issue of satmagazine is online at http//www.satmagazine.com

From my Emails & ICQ

From Dave Mitchell

new channel on b3

loading one channel, 12741 V 14296 fec ? v pid 256 a pid 272, sound is terrible, just a tone, don't know what ch it is yet

From Bill Richards


12729v 27500 7/8
Pid changes
Vpid1025 Apid1026 SID4 Sexz TV
Vpid1281 Apid1282 SID5 New Skies Promo

Bill Richards, Sth Australia

From the Dish

PAS 8 166E 3829 H "Mezhdunarodnoe Radio Kitaya" has left .
PAS 8 166E 3980 H "Discovery Travel & Adventure Australia & New Zealand" has replaced Discovery Channel China on , PowerVu, PIDs 2460/2420.
PAS 8 166E 12326 H "Disney Channel Australia" has started on , MDS, PIDs (Tarbs)
PAS 8 166E 12391 H "Thai TV" Channel has left again.

Optus C1 156E 12527 V "Gumala Radio Network" has started on , Fta, APID 1065.Australasian Retail Radio Network has left.
Optus C1 156E 12438 H "26 radio channels" have started, enc., APIDs 502-792.

Agila 2 146E 3834 H "Prime Channel has replaced Stellar" on , Fta, SR 2612, FEC 3/4, PIDs 512/650.
Agila 2 146E 3993 H Occasional feeds on , SR 2964, FEC 1/2.

Palapa C2 113E 11132 V "TVBS and MAC TV have replaced CTI TV International and Unique Satellite TV" on , Viaccess, PIDs 64/65 and 72/73. New PIDs for Phoenix InfoNews: 70/71.
Palapa C2 113E 11472 H "Unique Satellite TV International" has replaced MAC TV on , Fta, PIDs 2101/2102.

AsiaSat 2 100.5E 3660 V "Voice of Turkey" has left .

NSS 6 95.5E 11467 V Occasional feeds on , SR 21574, FEC 3/4, NE Asian beam.
NSS 6 95.5E 11687 V "Onnuri TV and Etomato TV" have left .Etomato TV has left 12594 H.
NSS 6 95.5E New PIDs for Sexz TV and New Skies promo 1025/1026 and 1281/1282.

Insat 3A 93.5E 3741 V "DD Punjab" has left (PAL).
Insat 3A 93.5E 3907 V Occasional feeds on , SR 2000, FEC 3/4.

Yamal 201 90E 3989 L "SGU TV and SGU Internet" have left , moved to Express AM 22.

ST 1 88E 12664 H "TTV" has left , replaced by occasional feeds.

Insat 2E 83E 3841 V "DD Punjab and occasional DD Punjab" feeds have started on , Fta, SR 6250, FEC 3/4, PIDs 512/650 and 513/660, wide beam.
Insat 2E 83E 3850 V "DD Gujarati and occasional DD Gujarati" feeds have started on , Fta, SR 6250, FEC 3/4, PIDs 512/650 and 513/660, wide beam.

Thaicom 3 78.5E 3585 V "MV Channel" has started on , Fta, PIDs 513/641.
Thaicom 2 78.5E 4086 H New PIDs for TVT Channel 11 on : 512/650.

Apstar 2R 76.5E 3652 H "TV Lanka" is Fta.

LMI 1 75E 12670 H Reshet Bet, Reshet Aleph, Kol HaMusica, Reshet Dalet and Reshet Gimmel have left (PAL).

Intelsat 906 64E 3642 R "Channel Ten" ?? has started on , Fta, PIDs 769/771, new SR 13330.


Foxtel in fight over new films

From http://news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,9045164%255E15316,00.html

WORK resumed on the installation of Foxtel Digital services yesterday only for a further problem to hit the pay-TV group - the nation's video retailers lodging a formal complaint to the competition watchdog.

Communications & Electrical Plumbing Union NSW organiser Shane Murphy said subcontractors returned to work ahead of another meeting on Saturday.

The subcontractors had accepted a new rate offer subject to other conditions being resolved before the meeting.

"If these discussions fall over, there's nothing stopping the subcontractors from reviewing their position," he said.

Meanwhile, the Australian Video Retailers Association has complained to the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission alleging false and misleading advertising by Foxtel.

It alleges Foxtel has told prospective customers it provides access to new release movies through the near-video-on-demand service called Foxtel Box Office at the same time as video libraries. Movies are available on FBO six months after being released to video stores, and Foxtel spokesman Mark Furness said: "Foxtel has stated FBO will have movies a maximum of six months after DVD and video release and 18 months before those movies are shown on free-to-air TV."

But according to AVRA executive director Ross Walden, members had called Foxtel's call centres and questioned staff at Foxtel kiosks in shopping malls and were told the movies would be available at "similar times" to the video stores.

Foxtel strikers return to work

From http://www.thecouriermail.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5936,9040017%255E1702,00.html

STRIKING Foxtel subcontractors have returned to work after a week-long stoppage over pay and conditions.

About 800 Foxtel workers walked off the job last Monday over the pay dispute, disrupting the company's switch to digital broadcasting.

Meetings held in capital cities around Australia today had voted on a return to work, said Electrical Trades Union (ETU) Queensland organiser Garry Rogers.

Foxtel had offered to pay subcontractors $400 a week for five weeks, and a 60 per cent increase in rates a unit for replacing old analogue connections with digital.

Mr Rogers said there had been no negotiations yet on rates for new installations but Foxtel had agreed to talks with individual contracting companies.

Foxtel subcontractors would meet again next Monday, he said.

Foxtel pay dispute ends

From http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1071076.htm

A national dispute between Foxtel and electrical subcontractors has ended with striking workers now back on the job.

The dispute over the installation of Foxtel's new digital service has involved 700 Electrical Trades Union (ETU) members.

Gary Rogers from the ETU says workers returned to work at 12:00pm AEST after Foxtel agreed to a small wage increase.

"The big ticket for the subcontractors is Foxtel has agreed to enter into meaningful negotiations with the union and individual contracting companies in regards to a lot of issues which the subcontractors currently have," he said.

"As I say it's not just pay, it's conditions as well."

Pay dispute spreads to Telstra

From http://www.thecouriermail.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5936,9040017%255E1702,00.html

Telstra has been sucked into the centre of the pay dispute between Foxtel and its technicians, with BigPond broadband internet installers also walking off the job.

The Communications, Electrical and Plumbing Union, which represents both groups of technicians, said installations of Foxtel's Digital Pay TV service and BigPond's $29.95 broadband service were both on hold, adding to the number of consumers waiting to be connected to new services.

The strike will continue at least until today, when technicians are expected to vote on a third pay offer from Foxtel.

The timing could not be worse for Telstra, which is waiting to hear whether it is to be fined $10 million-plus by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission over allegations its $29.95 broadband offer is anti-competitive.

Foxtel is also under pressure because it has a backlog of appointments for digital conversions for new and existing customers, following a heavy marketing campaign.

Telstra spokesman Rod Breum said the strike would hit the cable broadband service and that customers were being warned of delays.

"Some of the subcontractors who are used to install cable broadband have gone out in support of their Foxtel counterparts," he said.

But the ADSL broadband service, which uses the existing copper wire phone network, was not affected as Telstra used its own staff for those jobs, Mr Breum said.

The dispute could leave Foxtel and Telstra, a major Foxtel partner, fighting over what everyone agrees is a woefully inadequate pool of qualified technicians.

Mr Breum said that "given the demand for broadband" and the shortage of technicians, it was "not the best time" for Foxtel to have launched its digital service.

Communications, Electrical and Plumbing Union official Shane Murphy said the dispute had prompted many technicians to join the union, boosting coverage in NSW from about 30 per cent last week to 95 per cent. Foxtel spokesman Mark Furness said a third offer was made to contractors on Thursday.

Foxtel's offer is believed to be based on the original $1000 digital training allowance, to be paid to each technician over four weeks, plus some revision of pay rates per job, which have been the main sticking point.

The ACCC on Friday asked Telstra to engage in negotiations with its wholesale customers about broadband pricing "as a matter of urgency".

Internet or radio for home punters

From http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/03/19/1079199431396.html

Off-course punters can watch today's Coolmore Classic meeting at Rosehill via the internet but Channel 31 is off limits, in Sydney at least. Punters without access to the internet can tune their radios to 2KY.

This may upset routines for many but there may be an upside to Sky Channel's nationwide blackout of Sydney racing.

"One of the things to have happened over the years is Sky Channel had everyone believing sending signals around the world was sacred to them," Sydney Turf Club chief executive Michael Kenny said yesterday. "We are now finding out that is not correct."

The STC, which hosts today's meeting, and the Australian Jockey Club no longer have a contract with Sky Channel to broadcast their races following the carrier's parent, TAB Ltd, abruptly terminating bitter negotiations on Thursday.

The Sky Channel blackout has led to the STC booking space on a satellite to transmit race pictures from Rosehill today into Moonee Valley in Melbourne. The STC and Moonee Valley Race Club will split the cost, believed to be around $6500. "It is definitely not a five-figure sum and it is well within our budget," Kenny said.

Late yesterday the STC was still hoping to beam its pictures into each racecourse in Australia with its own TAB meeting via the same set-up, and also to those with unrestricted access to the Optus B1 satellite.

Kenny tried unsuccessfully to have Sky Channel provide patrons at Rosehill today with race broadcasts from interstate along with the meeting at Newcastle.

Kenny said Sky Channel claimed it was unable to contact its person in charge of drawing up contracts and the STC was told he'd be back in the office on Monday.

"I offered to put up a $10,000 bond if they were worried about contracts," Kenny said. "We are trying to do everything we can to service our customers on course at Rosehill but every way we turn we are being stymied by Sky Channel."

Kenny said solicitors from TAB Ltd contacted the STC yesterday in regard to broadcasting Rosehill races over the internet. "We assured them we are aware of our obligations under the international broadcasting agreement we have with them," he said. "We assured them we would be putting in place safeguards that will enable only Australian residents access to this internet service.

"They informed us they will not be lodging a court injunction but they will be keeping a close eye on us. So it is full steam ahead to get our website up and running."

Kenny understands Channel 31 in Melbourne and Brisbane will broadcast all eight races from Rosehill in seven-minute packages. The Sydney version of the community channel was last night fighting with the Australian Broadcasting Authority for its licence, which was due to expire at midnight last night. Sydney's Channel 31 was approached earlier in the week to cover the Rosehill meeting but, after lengthy consultation with its stakeholders, the offer was declined.

So Kenny urged punters without access to the internet to head to Rosehill.

Internet coverage of the meeting should be available at http://www.stc.com.au and http://www.ajc.com.au.

Pact on extending TV, radio broadcast signed with Arabsat

From http://www.timesofoman.com/newsdetails.asp?newsid=53481&pn=local

MUSCAT — Hamad bin Mohammed Al Rashdi, information minister, received at his office yesterday Khalid Balkhiyor, director-general of the Arab Organisation for Satellite Telecommunications (Arabsat), and his accompanying delegation who are currently on a visit to the Sultanate.

During the meeting, the two sides exchanged copies of an agreement signed between the ministry and the organisation to extend transmission of the Sultanate of Oman’s Television and Radio to four continents in the world.

Al Rashdi said the agreement was signed at the directives and under the auspices of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said to extend transmission to Asia, Africa, North America and South America.

He said transmission of the Sultanate’s Radio and Television would be clear and that production of programmes and news would be enhanced.

He noted that a consultative services agreement would be signed during the coming period to establish the new complex of Oman TV’s well-equipped studios to keep abreast with the latest developments in the fields.

Al Rashdi added another agreement would be signed with international satellites through Arabsat to extend transmission of Oman’s Television and Radio to Australia and New Zealand to enable Arab and Omani students and communities to receive and watch its programmes.

Khalid said the Sultanate was among the founders of the organisation. He added initial tests of extending transmission of Oman’s Television and Radio started two days ago and that official transmission would begin on April 1. The meeting was attended by Sheikh Abdullah bin Shuwain Al Hosni, ministry undersecretary, other ministry officials and the delegation accompanying the guest. — ONA

(Craigs comment, B3 Globecast mux as reported last week possibly cband Asiasat as well)

Malaysian Fined $3,000 For Smuggling Satellite Receivers

From http://www.brudirect.com/DailyInfo/News/Archive/Mar04/230304/nite20.htm

Bandar Seri Begawan - A Malaysian man who imported five units of broadcasting apparatus without a valid license was charged in the Bandar Magistrate's Court yesterday with conveying the said satellite receiver with intent to defraud the Brunei Government of duties.

He was fined $3,000 or 3 months jail in default.

The five 'Metabox' Digital Satellite Receivers, which cost $1,500 were found in his car bearing the registration number BP 8798, when the car was stopped at the Rasau Toll Control Post in Kuala Belait on November 10 last year, said the Prosecuting Officer, Pg Nina Jasmine Pg Hj Bahrin.

She said the defendant, Hong Farn Huah, 30, did not have a valid license for the broadcasting apparatus issued in accordance with section 23 of the Broadcasting Act, Cap 180.

Customs Duty to be paid for the five satellite receivers was $75. -- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

Humble start to Samart legend

From http://nationmultimedia.com/page.news.php3?clid=6&id=110338&usrsess=1

A small shop repairing electrical items grew into telecom giant Samart Corp Plc under the guidance of Cherdchai Vilailuck, who turns 72 today.

For 40 years now, television viewers have been familiar with Samart antennas and satellite dishes, which the patriarch of the Vilailuck family pioneered here. They formed the foundation of a business that eventually vaulted the Vilailucks into the ranks of major telecom and multimedia content operators.

Therefore it was no surprise when Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra lauded him as "the first Thai innovator and individual entrepreneur" during Cherdchai's sixth life-cycle celebrations last week.

"Though he finished school only to the primary level, with his creativity he founded a big telecom empire," the premier said at the event.

Cherdchai started the legend of Samart 40 years ago as a small shop repairing electric products. He was called the "the samart (ability) fixer" by his customers, because he could make everything they handed to him work again.

Later he developed what could be called the first Thai-made TV antenna through self-learning. It quickly became popular, due to its low price compared to the imported models available in the domestic market.

He did not stop there. Ten years later, he built satellite dish receivers, which he said in his book of memoirs "enabled television owners in the North to receive better broadcast signals".

After the stress of working hard all his life, Cherdchai fell seriously ill, so he handed the reins to his business to his offspring, including Charoenrath and Thavatchai, who diversified into telecommunications.

They listed Samart in 1993, making it the second telecom in the stock market after Shin Corp Plc - at that time Shinawatra Computer Co - which was listed three years earlier.

Last year Samart Corp had assets of more than Bt10 billion and revenue of Bt12 billion. It is now expanding its wireless-content business overseas.

Though today he is paralysed and antennas are no longer the company's flagship business, Cherdchai still gives some business advice to his children.

To show gratitude to their father, the Vilailuck children last year initiated the Samart Innovation Award to provide opportunities to young talent to showcase their creative abilities.

This year's contest opens today and the results will be disclosed on October 29.

Govt mulls law to broadcast events of national importance

From http://www.agencyfaqs.com/news/stories/2004/03/20/8621.html

THE clash between the national broadcaster, Prasar Bharati, and Ten Sports has set the Government thinking about a law pertaining to broadcast of events of national importance. The Information and Broadcasting Ministry is now looking at regulations around the world before formulating one for India.

Highly-placed officials in the Ministry said, "We will consider a law for events of national importance. In the recent DD-Ten Sports controversy, the Supreme Court has kept the interest of the general public in mind while directing Ten Sports to share its signals with Doordarshan. However, it is essential to have a regulation in place."

Interestingly, the Broadcast Bill, 1997, and the Communications Convergence Bill, 2001, have talked about the live broadcasting of events of national importance. The Broadcast Bill had clearly stated, "No licensee shall carry a live broadcast of any sporting or other event of national or international interest held in India, without the consent of the Authority unless the public service broadcasters have also been given the broadcasting right for carrying the same." The Convergence Bill had said national or international events of general public interest "shall have to be carried on the network of a public service broadcaster as well." However, to provide a level-playing field for bidders for broadcasting rights, or persons interested in receiving broadcasting right for events, the Regulator will determine, well in advance of such event, the principles and terms for the access to the network of the public service broadcaster, it added.

"Since both these Bills have been shelved there was no law to decide on the DD-Ten Sports issue. Therefore, the Court had to intervene," they added.

The Government may also consider asking broadcasters, who do not have a terrestrial network, but hold exclusive rights, to share the events with national broadcaster on terrestrial mode. "If the channel is available only on cable and satellite mode, why should they not part with the terrestrial rights, since it is of no use to them," said sources.

While no time-frame has been fixed for this law, the Government is hoping that it would be in place soon after the elections. "The bids for telecast rights of the BCCI matches will be held shortly and such questions will crop up again. We must be prepared for the future," they added.

Ten Sports episode makes private broadcasters jittery

From http://www.business-standard.com/today/story.asp?Menu=2&story=36899

With Ten Sports having to share the feed of the India-Pakistan cricket series with Prasar Bharati, private broadcasters are worried over further violations of their exclusive telecast rights.

It wasn’t an empty threat when the government said it would come out with a law making it mandatory for private broadcasters to share the feed of events of national importance with the public service broadcaster. According to officials, work is on at the information and broadcasting ministry to draft a Bill to this effect.

“This will decide the future of the Indian broadcasting industry. It can kill the commercial viability of doing business in India,” said the chief executive of a leading foreign broadcaster, which sees India as one of its main markets.

Although he dismisses the recent fracas as a one-off incident, Ten Sports owner Abdulrahman Bukhatir says channels spend a great deal of money on buying exclusive rights for events like the India-Pakistan series to recoup investments in other areas. “Doordarshan is to be blamed,” he said.

According to broadcasting industry sources, the Indian Broadcasting Foundation is expected to take up the issue with the government. Officials also said Star Group Chief Executive Officer Michelle Guthrie, during her meeting with senior officials, wanted to know the steps the government was planing in this regard.

An executive with another foreign broadcaster pointed out that the channel was working out a strategy so that even if it had to share the feed with Doordarshan, there was sufficient on-screen branding for the channel.

In such a case, the channel would device an in-stadia arrangement, wherein its brand and logo were shown prominently, a trick most international broadcasters use for syndicated programmes.

Broadcasting industry sources point out that this incident will also put a question mark on the business viability of broadcasters bidding for the telecast rights of cricket matches organised by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which will be up for grabs in June this year. It is expected that because of this uncertainty, the bid amounts can be much lower.

“Imagine a scenario where a private broadcaster gets the contract and the government insists that it should be shared with Doordarshan. All potential bidders are going to factor in this and will be cautious about it,” the source said.

It needs to be seen how Set Max handles the matter during the next cricket World Cup and the ICC Trophy if the government insists on simultaneous broadcasting rights for Doordarshan for all the matches that India play.

DTH launch to be on schedule: Prasar Bharti CEO

From http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/blnus/14191701.htm

New Delhi: Prasar Bharti CEO K S Sarma said today the State broadcasters Direct-to-Home telecast will be launched on schedule from April 1.

Asked whether the poor man's DTH was likely to be delayed, Mr Sarma told PTI the DTH service is on schedule. "Transponders are being tested.....we have signed a contract with Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)."

But highly placed sources said this service may be delayed since several components such as dishes, receiving equipment and set top boxes are yet to be imported.

The sources said the infrastrutural requirements of DTH were far from fulfilled and that the service was unlikely to begin before June.

DTH telecast needs several equipment such as dishes, set top boxes and other receiving equipment. Most of these are yet to be imported, they said adding that the Government has already said it will provide 10,000 dishes free across eight States for increased community viewing of DTH service.

Asked whether distribution of free dishes would violate the model code of conduct since it will be done just before polls, sources said there was no violation of the code but declined to comment further. - PTI

Star-Tata DTH venture planning Rs 1600 crore investment

From http://www.business-standard.com/today/story.asp?Menu=2&story=36809

Space TV, the direct-to-home (DTH) broadcasting services joint venture between Tata Sons and Rupert Murdoch’s Star group, will invest about Rs 1,600 crore in the project.

According to a presentation made by senior executives from the two companies to senior government officials in Delhi today, the ambitious project will be kicked off around Diwali (October-November) this year.

The Rs 1,600 crore investment will go towards setting up the infrastructure for the project, working out distribution network as well as entering into marketing as well as other tie ups in India.

The set-top boxes (STBs) needed for DTH transmission will be priced under Rs 3,000 by the Star-Tata joint venture, which is also examining the option of offering financing schemes to consumers for purchasing these boxes. As per the company’s projections, the initial cost of the service for a household will be around Rs 5,000.

The company is expected to offer 65 channels to begin with besides niche channels such as lifestyle, cookery and gardening. The monthly billing for the service will range from Rs 160 to Rs 300. It is in talks with various broadcasters to bring them on to the Space TV platform.

Meanwhile, Star Group chief officer (CEO) Michelle Guthrie and Star India CEO Peter Mukherjea met information and broadcasting minister Ravi Shanker Prasad and I&B secretary Pawan Chopra and briefed them about the project.

According to sources, the Star executives also petitioned government for an early clearance of its DTH venture. The company in the first year operation is expecting about one million subscribers and expects the number to go up to about 10 million in seven to eight years.

Space TV also expects that once the number of subscribers picks up, some Indian companies may come forward to manufacture set-top boxes locally.

As per the plans of the company, the services will not only be available in the metros, but also in smaller cities and other state capitals.

At present, Space TV had paid the Rs 10 crore entry fee but still has to furnish Rs 40 crore guarantee before it can get a letter of intent from the government to begin DTH services.

After Zee, Star will be the second private player to enter DTH services. State-owned Prasar Bharati’s DTH service is likely to take off in the next couple of months.

News channel in the offing

From http://www.business-standard.com/today/story.asp?Menu=2&story=36874

One more news and current affairs channel is in the offing. Moving Pictures Company (India), a company promoted by Ramesh Sharma and Uma Gajapati Raju, has drawn up plans to launch a news channel called ‘Dilli One’.

The channel, which will be up-linked from India, is being set up with an initial investment of Rs 18.30 crore.

The company has sought the government’s permission to start the channel. Moving Pictures Company (MPC) will have an authorised share capital of Rs 10 crore and a paid up equity of Rs 7.65 crore.

The company plans to fund the project through secured loans from banks and working capital facilities from banks. The company has said in its application to the information and broadcasting ministry that existing bankers of the company have sanctioned about Rs 7 crore for the ongoing operations of the project.

As per the equity structure of the company, Indian individuals hold 51 per cent, while around 49 per cent is portfolio investments by Indian individuals, Indian companies and a trust called MPC ESOS Trust.

The company also has a foreign portfolio investment of 0.62 per cent. The government, according sources has indicated to the company that this is not in line with guidelines, subsequent which the company indicated that the foreign portfolio holding would be divested in the next six months.

According to the company’s application, 51.29 per cent equity is held by Ramesh Sharma and his relatives. Source in the I&B ministry said that the government would look into whether the company would meet the single largest share holder clause.

The company has seven directors on its board including Ramesh Sharma, Uma Gajapati Raju, KV Vardarajan, P Murari, PL Kapur, Utsav Parekh and Vinay Jha.

As per the plans of the company, the channel will be up-linked from India through VSNL teleport to Thaicom 3 satellite. Sources also said that the company is working on its plans and it would begin the operations soon after it receives the government permission.

Zee moves application to restructure news uplinking operations

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/headlines/y2k4/mar/mar212.htm

MUMBAI: Zee Telefilms, which had been set a deadline of 26 March by the information & broadcasting ministry to comply with the revised guidelines for news and current affairs issued last year, has filed the necessary application.

The application to restructure its news uplinking operations was submitted to the I&B ministry on 10 March.

The revised guidelines for news channels, announced on 26 March 2003, say that any news channel wishing to uplink from India can attract a total of 26 per cent foreign investment. The operative word is 'TOTAL'.

This means that the law has done away with ambiguities and is saying that including FDI, NRI/OCB/FII investment, the sectoral cap cannot exceed 26 per cent.

While details of how it is going about the restructure process were not provided in the statement issued by the company today, an option before Zee Telefilms (the total foreign holding is 64.06 per cent at the moment) is to form another company and spin of all operations of Zee News there. A structure similar to Star News, which is looked after and managed by Media Content & Communications Services India Pvt. Ltd. (MMCS) that itself is a joint venture between a dominant Indian partner (ABP group holding 74 per cent) and Hong Kong-based Star group, holding the remaining equity.

How could this work? Hypothetically, a joint venture company with dominant (up to 74 per cent equity stake) Indian partner can be formed in which Zee Telefilms can hold up to 26 per cent equity stake, if a foreign partner(s) is not found.

The exact details of the restructure should be known soon enough so stay tuned for that.

Zee Music rocks Mumbai with Sound of India

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/headlines/y2k4/mar/mar210.htm

MUMBAI: "If music be the food of love, play on; give me excess of it...." These lines from Shakespeare's Twelfth Night fit to a T the revamped Zee Music and its new VJs.

Zee has pumped in yet another dose of vitamins in its thus far sickly baby Zee Music. Though a repeat performance of the Delhi party; the energy with which the launch was announced had to be seen to be believed.

"In this youth driven music channel market, we have realized the definitive need for a pure music channel and there Zee Music comes in with a format of playing full songs and less bakbak, (chatter), " said Zee Music business head Yogesh Radhakrishnan at the launch.

Although Zee Music's revamped version would be fighting for the same pie as Channel [V] and MTV, the real mêlée seems to be with MTV alone. "We are launching Sound of India and rest assured you will get quality music on our channel. We have rights to 70 per cent music in India. All the other music channels (read MTV) buy it from us. So we obviously have an upper hand. We have real young VJs, unlike the rest who just claim to be young," said Zee sales head Bharat Ranga.

The programming has been revamped and eight new shows have been planned with a deliberate focus on Bollywood numbers. Also a bevy of six new VJs have been added to the Zee Music team. "Our mission is to be the brand ambassador of Indian Music to the world by leveraging Zee Music as The Sound of India," said Radhakrishnan. All six VJ's New Delhiites Roob, Parimal, and Manish and Mumbaiites Vishal, Karan and Adita, were introduced to the press and the invitees by Zee Music programming and brand head Niyati Shah. Though a giggly lot, some did have sparks of talent.

The eight new shows that will set the ball rolling at Zee Music are: a live show Please toh Play, Signs, Suniyore, Imported, www.bakbak.com, Global Gavaiya, Pehla Pyar and Item Bomb. Besides intriguing names, Please toh Play is touted as the first ever live show on a music channel. According to Radhakrishnan, "It will be just like radio. In fact we are planning to make our channel as live and as interactive as possible."

With close to Rs 10.5 million that was planned on being spent on the media blitz for a month, which would cover outdoors, the electronic medium and the radio, it came as no surprise that the Mumbai launch party rocked the elite disco Velocity till the wee hours of the morning.

Among the celebrities that hopped by were Shaadi Ka Ladoo reel pair Mandira Bedi and Sanjay Suri. Also seen were Mandira's husband Raj Kaushal and singer Raageshwari Sachdev.

And the music starts today....

TELE SATELLITE NEWS - Number 12/2004 ­ 21 March 2004 -

A weekly roundup of global TV news sponsored by

TELE-satellite International

Editor: Branislav Pekic

Edited Apsattv.com Edition

A S I A & P A C I F I C


Over 70 delegates from seven Asean countries - Brunei
Darussalam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand,
Myanmar and Vietnam - have just concluded a two day
Digital Broadcasting meeting. The meeting was
co-organized by Radio Television Brunei and MediaCorp
of Singapore, supported by their respective
governments. According to Radio Netherlands, the
meeting focused on Digital Terrestrial Television, and
is part of an ongoing strategy to bring Asean
broadcasters, regulators and manufacturers together to
formulate a proposal on a common minimum technical
specification for Set Top Boxes for the Asean market.
The seven countries agreed in principle to continue a
series of dialogues and meetings, with the next one in
Singapore on June 14.



Foxtel on March 14 ushered in the digital television
era, with its promise of 130 channels, interactive
sports and movies on demand. But the rollout of the
service, offering better quality pictures and sound,
has been hit by the ongoing strike of pay-TV
installers. Foxtel has already signed up more than
100,000 customers for its digital service, including
85,000 existing customers wanting an upgrade to


Sky Channel has resolved to cease TV coverage of
Sydney racetracks, after calling off negotiations with
the Sydney racing clubs. Sky's agreement to broadcast
thoroughbred races at Royal Randwick, Rosehill
Gardens, Canterbury and Warwick Farm racecourses
expired two weeks ago. Warren Wilson, managing
director of Sky's owner Tab Ltd, said Sky had failed
to reach a new broadcasting agreement with the
Australian Jockey Club (AJC) and Sydney Turf Club
(STC). The STC and AJC have previously said that -
with the help of Racing Victoria - they would set up
their own racing channel to televise Sydney races if
no agreement could be reached. The STC and AJC wanted
to sign a 14-month broadcasting rights deal with Sky,
which would bring them into line with the contract of
their Victorian counterparts. But Sky wanted a longer
deal in order to avoid the collective bargaining power
of the Victorian and Sydney clubs.


Communications Minister Daryl Williams has failed to
guarantee a public inquiry process will be followed
for the numerous statutory reviews of digital
free-to-air TV required before December. The
Government's digital TV legislation includes the
reviews to enable changes if the existing regulatory
structure is not working. About 250,000 of a possible
7 million Australian homes have converted to
free-to-air digital TV despite the TV networks
spending millions to upgrade to digital. Williams said
the reviews ­ canvassing issues such as whether the
Seven, Nine and Ten networks can offer subscription
services and the conditions applying to their TV
licences after 2007 ­ were due. The reviews will also
cover issues such as how datacasting licences can be
converted to TV stations in 2007 and if the simulcast
requirements that now apply to the digital TV signals
should remain. Australia's first datacast service
launched last week, providing the first new non-TV
content on the digital TV signal since the technology
began in 2001. Broadcast Australia, the TV and radio
transmission group owned by Macquarie Communications
Infrastructure Group, is conducting the three-year
datacast trial in Sydney. The service, called Digital
Forty Four, is on Channel 44 on the digital TV band
and includes text-based news and weather from the ABC,
sports betting information from the NSW TAB and NSW
state government information.



Hong Kong’s Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB) said
on March 17 that its profit has plunged 25 per cent to
US$56.6 million for 2003, compared to US$75.7 million
in 2002. Operating profit at TVB's Hong Kong business
dived to US$23.6 million from US$62.6 million.
Terrestrial broadcasting revenues, which include
advertising revenues from TVB's core domestic
free-to-air TV business, fell to US$222 million from
US$228.5 million.



The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) will
come out with a regulatory framework for the cable TV
industry in the next two to three months, the
authority’s chairman, Pradip Baijal, has said. The
Business Standard said Baijal made the remarks at
Ficci Frames 2004, India’s annual entertainment
industry convention. “We will come out with the final
draft of the consultative paper on cable TV in about a
week’s time and then the regulation for the cable TV
industry will be framed in two to three months’ time,”
he said.



According to The Philippine Star, media giant ABS-CBN
Broadcasting Corp. is looking at further expanding its
operations in Australia and Canada. ABS-CBN chief
financial officer Randy Estrellado said the company is
keen on widening its presence in Australia and Canada
given the high concentration of Filipinos in those two
areas. Estrellado, however, said the firm's top
priority is Europe, where ABS-CBN had just set up a
cable and direct-to-home (DTH) satellite in December.
North America though, remains ABS-CBN's major cable
market with at least 130,000 subscribers. Through The
Filipino Channel (TFC), the first and only 24-hour
cable and satellite service that offers all-Filipino
programming, Filipinos in Milan, Italy can now view
ABS-CBN's entertainment and news programs. ABS-CBN is
currently negotiating with a Canadian cable company to
offer a similar 24-hour all-Filipino cable services in
Canada. The broadcast network also intends to expand
its cable services in Asia, particularly in Hong Kong,
Singapore and Taiwan. TFC is seen by almost a million
overseas Filipinos in North America, Japan, Indonesia,
New Caledonia, Cambodia, Saudi Arabia, the Gulf
States, Papua New Guinea and Europe. International
unit ABS-CBN Global Ltd. registered net sales of P2.37
billion last year, up by 24 per cent from the previous
year's P1.92 billion. The amount accounted for 65 per
cent of ABS-CBN's total net sales and services. Bulk
of ABS-CBN Global's revenues came from subscription
revenues of its cable and DTH service with an
estimated viewership base of 1.3 million by end-2003.
ABS-CBN, which started its global expansion in 1998,
is exporting its locally-produced programs like soap
operas, game shows and youth programs in the
international market through its international sales
and distribution.


Philippine-based broadcasting network ABS-CBN Global
has selected Nagravision's smart card technology for
its European operation. With worldwide subscribers
numbering close to a million and spanning the Asia
Pacific, Middle East and North America, ABS-CBN Global
is currently in the process of creating satellite
networks across Europe to deliver programming services
to the many Filipino expatriates in these areas. To
help achieve this, Nagravision recently integrated its
technology in the Europe operations of ABS-CBN Global,
a subsidiary of ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation, the
largest network in the Philippines with a leading 42
per cent market share.



Singapore’s biggest pay-TV and broadband operator
StarHub has given the go-ahead to an initial public
offering (IPO) valuing the group at up to S$3 billion.
StarHub, which is also Singapore’s third largest
mobile operator, has awarded the mandate for the
listing to Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB) and UBS
AG. The IPO would allow StarHub shareholder, Britain’s
BT Group, to sell its 11.87% stake for around S$360
million as early as July.



SK Telecom Co., South Korea's biggest cell phone
carrier, is hustling to introduce a new service that
will allow subscribers to view television broadcasts
on their handsets following the launch of the world's
first satellite for the mobile TV aspirations. The
1,760-kilogram satellite, jointly owned by SK Telecom
and its Japanese partner Mobile Broadcasting Corp.,
successfully launched on March 13. The satellite,
which will operate from a geostationary orbit, is
designed to beam TV programming to mobile phones,
handheld devices or those installed in cars. SK
Telecom invested 94.5bn won, or 34.66 per cent, into
the MBSat satellite, while the remainder was funded by
Mobile Broadcasting, in which Japanese electronics
giant Toshiba Corp. owns the single largest stake.
Although mobile broadcasting via satellite has a long
way to go before becoming a success, the satellite
launch was seen as the first visible step for SK
Telecom, which has more than 18 million wireless
subscribers, to expand its reach into the realm of
broadcasting. For its mobile TV ambitions, SK Telecom
created a new business venture called TU Media Corp.,
initially capitalized at 32.5bn won, along with
200-odd partners, including Samsung Electronics Co.
and LG Electronics Inc., the world's third-and
sixth-largest handset makers, respectively. SK Telecom
plans to start satellite-based mobile broadcasting
commercial operations by the end of July with the aim
of offering personalized TV programming. TU Media
spokesman Huh Jae-young said his company will first
begin providing satellite broadcasting services via 11
video and 25 audio channels across the nation. To
watch mobile broadcasting programmes, consumers must
buy new handsets capable of receiving the satellite
signals. Currently, such a handset costs about 700,000
won, while a monthly subscription fee will be set at
between 32,000 won and 34,000 won, he added. Although
it remains to be seen how many will sign up for mobile
broadcasting services, TU Media expects to break even
by 2006 with 2.2 million paying customers and to gain
6 million users by 2008. Under Korean broadcasting
law, SK Telecom has been banned from beaming
terrestrial TV programmes on its mobile broadcasting


DUE to Hard drive problems there is no update today, Hopefully Back running on Tuesday once i run Ghost and backup to the new HD.


Sunday no update


Saturday no updates this weekend sorry


MTV replaced MCM on Tarbs

DD Cricket Analog Insat 3? might be 3a or 3C ? supposedly also on AJKTV Thaicom 3 Asia beam??

Advert seen on NZ Trademe website.


Dog kennel

Nice and dry inside. Be the envy of the canine neighbourhood with
a fitted satellite dish and grandad's old sheep crook out front. No sheep gets away in this dog's dreams.

Outside measurements: 1230 mm wide, 1220 mm high (not including dish) & 1090 mm deep.

Iron roof needs a lick of paint, but is still solid. Good floor.

Buyer to pick up from Henderson. Will not be freighted (too big).

(Craigs comment, if they will throw in 3 boards and some nails I will buy it for a dog I know...)

From my Emails & ICQ

From Andrew Rajcher

Hi Craig....

These are pics that I took at the beginning of this month at the new Asiasat Operations Centre which is
in Tai Po in the New Territories on Hong Kong. The Centre started operations in two months ago.

The pics are pretty self-explanatory - check the name of each pic.

The 7 dishes range from 5 metres to 9 metres diameter - with possibly another four to be constructed over the next few months. I believe one of the new ones will be an 11 metre baby!! Finally, you can put my ugly countenance on your website....I'm standing next to one of the dishes in one of these pics.

These pics are copyright Andrew Rajcher, so please no useing them on other sites.

From the Dish

Intelsat 701 180E 3769 R It's still only feeds on PIDs 2160/2120.(Not Cnn)

PAS 8 166E 12360 V "Videoland WMovie Channel" has started on , Fta, PIDs 141/142.(Asian beam)
PAS 8 166E 12391 H "Thai TV Channel" is back on Fta, SR 5000, FEC 3/4, PIDs 4194/4195.

ST 1 88E 3632 V "FTV Entertainment" is now encrypted.

Thaicom 3 78.5E 3551 H New PIDs for Daystar TV on : 5153/5154.

Apstar 2R 76.5E 3652 H "TV Lanka" is now encrypted.


Foxtel revises installers' offer

From http://news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,9006823%255E15317,00.html

ABOUT 200 pay-TV installers camped outside the Sydney offices of Foxtel yesterday as the strike which is damaging the roll-out of Foxtel's $600 million digital service looked set to drag on into next week.

Members of the Communications and Electrical Plumbing Union (CEPU) from around Australia voted yesterday morning to continue the strike until Monday.

But later yesterday Foxtel put a revised offer to the contracting companies which employ the installers. The offer comprises a $1000 digital training allowance plus a revised pay rate structure.

"Foxtel will continue to act constructively to seek an economically workable solution for each of Foxtel, the installation companies that Foxtel employs and their sub-contractors," a Foxtel spokesman said.

CEPU NSW organiser Shane Murphy had not seen the offer late yesterday but said once it was received a meeting would be called for today.

"The union is keen to get these guys back to work, so the minute we get the offer we will put in place the mechanisms to have the meeting as soon as possible," he said.

The CEPU blames the strike on poor pay rates, training and occupational health issues.

Mr Murphy said 200 pay-TV installers yesterday camped outside Foxtel's Sydney headquarters for four hours to highlight their concerns.

He said they arrived in a convoy from Chester Hill, and that a similar move was planned for Melbourne today if the strike was not resolved.

Prasar Bharati, ISRO sign MoU for poor man's DTH'

From http://www.hindu.com/2004/03/19/stories/2004031901480900.htm

NEW DELHI, MARCH 18. Prasar Bharati today took yet another step towards launching Doordarshan's Direct-to-Home (DTH) service in June by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for supply of Ku Band transponders.

According to the MoU, ISRO will initially make available four leased transponders on NSS-6 (Netherland's New Skies Satellite) which will later be replaced by ISRO's satellites on INSAT 4A/4B when they become operational in 2005. Prasar Bharati will pay Rs. 20 crores annually to ISRO as transponder-hiring charges.

Billed as the "poor man's DTH," Doordarshan's Ku Band is being launched to reach those areas which are not covered by the public broadcaster's terrestrial transmitters. As of now, Doordarshan's flagship channel covers 90.3 per cent of the population and 78.6 per cent of the area.

Since it will cost another Rs. 3,500 crores to increase the number of transmitters to achieve full coverage, Prasar Bharati has opted for the Ku Band technology as the terrestrial transmitters will only take DD-1 to hitherto virgin areas while the "poor man's DTH" can carry as many as 30 channels for Rs. 164 crores.

Prasar Bharati to invest Rs 164 crore in DTH station

From http://www.business-standard.com/today/story.asp?Menu=2&story=36722

Public broadcaster Prasar Bharati will invest around Rs 164 crore in the setting up of an earth station to uplink a bouquet of 30 channels.

A Prasar Bharati statement said this investment would be a part its direct-to-home (DTH) television services.

The state broadcaster will offer 30 free-to-air channels — 15 each to Doordarshan and private television channels — besides the radio channels of All India Radio, which are likely to be operational by June 2004.

Prasar Bharati signed a memorandum of understanding with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for the supply of Ku-band transponders for its DTH service.

According to the understanding between the two, the space research body will initially supply four leased Ku-band transponders to Prasar Bharati on NSS-6 satellite, which will be later replaced by ISRO's satellites Insat 4a and 4b when these become operational in a year’s time.

Prasar Bharati will pay Rs 20 crore per annum towards transponder charges.

Channels clueless on losses from Indo-Pak series telecast

From http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2004/03/19/stories/2004031902310500.htm

A DAY after the Supreme Court (SC) directed Ten Sports to share its signals of the on-going Indo-Pak cricket series with Doordarshan, Ten Sports, Cable Distribution Network (CDN) and Prasar Bharati have been assessing the losses that they will have to suffer due to conflicting business interests.

They are hoping that the Court would eventually enable each of them to make some money from the event.

And even before the calculations of the losses are done, questions are being asked on the heads under which the damage would be assessed.

Prasar Bharati officials are questioning the Rs 208-crore damage that CDN has claimed before the Court. "How did they arrive at this number when the total cable connectivity is still very low?"

Meanwhile, sources close to Taj TV, which owns Ten Sports, are questioning the issue of carriage fee that Prasar Bharati has been planning to charge from Ten Sports. "When Ten Sports did not ask them for a platform how can they charge carriage fee?"

Though there have been talks of an out-of-court settlement between the parties, no discussions took place on Thursday. The next SC hearing has been scheduled for April 15.


A few news items today about the battle between Tensports and the Indian Govt Dordashan channel. Quite interesting Tensports bought exclusive rights to the cricket series a few years ago. Now the Indian Govt has used legal action to be able to show the matches. We all know the Dordashan National channel on Insat beams much furthur than official footprints show. Which will mean piracy of the signal in regions where Tensports has onsold the broadcast rights. Remember the issues they had with "Exclusive rights" to the Soccer World Cup and trying to shut down various satellite signals also showing it that reached into India such as RCTI on PalapaC2.

Items from the March issue of Satfacts magazine, 7 pages "lookng east at the U.S domestics Sats" getting Sky NZ receivers to display FTA, "Blind searcher power supply problems"

From my Emails & ICQ

From Ric Carlyon

Special Broadcast FV1 TVNZ B1

TVNZ's Digital TV plans to broadcast a special
event this Saturday, 20th March, when the Inaugural
Maori Media Awards will be shown from Rotorua's
Sportsdrome. The award ceremony will be seen
exclusively live on FV1 from 6pm and will honour radio
and TV broadcasters. And there will be an award for
the Biggest Blooper.

As digital trials continue, it's planned to broadcast
(live where possible) other special events.

Ric Carlyon
Digital TV

From the Dish

Intelsat 701 180E 3769 R "CNN International" has started, Fta, PIDs 2160/2120.(Temp feed most likely)

PAS 8 166E 12391 H "Thai TV Channel" has left .

Optus B3 152E 12689 H "ABC TV Northern and Win TV" have started on , Fta, SR 30000,PIDs 832/833.
Optus B3 152E 12703 V "SBS EPG" has started on , Fta, SR 14300, PIDs 163/85.

Agila 2 146E 3808 V "Living Asia Channel" has started , Fta, SR 3000, PIDs 32/33.

NSS 6 95.5E 11692 H Dhammakaya has started on , Fta, SR 2222, FEC 1/2, PIDs 4194/4195,SE Asian beam.

Thaicom 2 78.5E 4177 H "Dhammakaya" has started on Fta, SR 1365, FEC 3/4, PIDs 4194/4195.

Thaicom 3 78.5E 3489 V "Channel Nepal" has started on , Fta, SR 3333, FEC 2/3, PIDs 308/256.
Thaicom 3 78.5E 3551 H "The Arirang TV World 1" info card is back on , Fta, PIDs 1793/1794.

Apstar 2R 76.5E 12462 V The C-Sky-Net mux has left .
Apstar 2R 76.5E 12584 V "CTI TV Asia has replaced CTI TV International "on , Viaccess, PIDs 1616/1617.
Apstar 2R 76.5E 12650 V "HB Finance Channel, Global News (clear), Open Channel and Taiwan Arts"have started on , Viaccess, PIDs 1840/1841, 1856/1857, 1888/1889 and 1904/1905.
Apstar 2R 76.5E 12734 V Occasional TVBS feeds on , PIDs 169/116.

Express AM 22 53E

* Reception reports for 10975 H:
Very strong signal, 82%.
(A Amin with 120 cm in Cairo, Egypt)

Good signal.
(F Seyawash with 140 cm in Hungary)

Stronger signal now, 12 dB.
(N Schlammer with 120 cm in Berlin, Germany)


Foxtel subcontractors continue strike

From http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/03/18/1079199349083.html

Striking Foxtel subcontractors continued to picket the cable company's Sydney office as part of their industrial action over a pay dispute.

Up to 50 vans lined the entrance to the Pyrmont office, with workers vowing to continue their blockade despite management requests for them to move on.

Foxtel subcontractors across Australia walked off the job on Monday over the pay television operators' wage rates.

The move threw installation of the digital service, launched in Sydney on Sunday, into chaos.

Communications Electrical and Plumbing Union (CEPU) Sydney branch official Shane Murphy held brief talks with Foxtel senior executives about the pay dispute.

He said Foxtel chief executive Kim Williams was not present at the talks.

Mr Murphy said Foxtel was currently seeking legal advice and was negotiating with the subcontracting companies.

He added that Foxtel had put a further offer to the companies, which would hopefully be relayed to the workers on Thursday.

"At this stage they (Foxtel) won't come out and talk and they did ask to move you guys on," Mr Murphy told the subcontractors.

"I said at this stage there has been no offer made by Foxtel and until such time ... that an offer is made on your behalf, I suggest we will be staying down here to continue the blockade."

Mr Murphy said Foxtel was looking at "three to four rates" of pay in a bid to get subcontractors back to work with a raise.

A one-off payment of $1,000 per subcontractor was still on the table, he said.

"We are obviously playing a waiting game with these people at the moment, and it's a matter of them coming back with an offer," Mr Murphy said.

"I told them if they want us out of here they need to make sure these offers are put to us pretty quick, or obviously we will be spending some time living here at Foxtel down here at Pyrmont to make sure the issues are resolved."

(Craigs comment, Good to see the installers are not backing down, anyone got photos? any installer want their comments published? anon is fine..)

Foxtel blockaded with strikes to continue

From http://www.zdnet.com.au/news/communications/0,2000061791,39116639,00.htm

Industrial action hampering Foxtel's AU$560 million dollar digital roll-out has escalated with no end to the strike in sight as it enters its fourth day.

CEPU official, Len Cooper said the contractors sub-contractors have voted to stay on strike indefinitely, and stage vehicle blockades and protests at Foxtel headquarters in every state following the breakdown of talks with the company this morning.

The striking workers began staging the Sydney protest immediately after this morning's meeting at 11 am.

Pedestrians in the Darling Harbour area close to Foxtel's Sydney headquarters today played audience to an orchestra of horns and shouts as convoys vehicles bearing Foxtel markings voiced their protest to what they see as inadequate rates for digital installations.

Cooper said the digital workers are demanding higher rates digital equipment installations. The unions argue that the increased time required to install the equipment and train customers is cutting into their hourly rate.

"The rate their offering leaves the sub-contractor, if they're lucky, with ten dollars an hour so that's the major issue here -- they're out to get their rates increased," said Cooper.

The industrial action has cast a cloud over the success of the roll-out of the 130 channel service which is widely viewed by industry observers as a gamble.

Foxtel installers still striking

From http://australianit.news.com.au/articles/0,7204,9002073%5E15333%5E%5Enbv%5E15306-15321,00.html

INSTALLATION and repairs of Foxtel pay-TV services will be disrupted into next week after workers today voted to continue their strike over pay rates.

Foxtel installers around Australia resolved to continue strike action "indefinitely", and meet again on Monday to review the situation.

Up to 800 Foxtel sub-contractors went on strike last Monday, disrupting the company's change-over to digital broadcasting.

The communications union said there had been some progress in the dispute, with the company offering a lump sum payment and a review of service rates, until negotiations broke down yesterday.

Communications, Electrical and Plumbing Union (CEPU) Victorian branch secretary Len Cooper said workers believed this was due to the intervention of Foxtel-shareholder Telstra.

"We were making some headway but it broke down, we suspect because Telstra intervened," Mr Cooper said.

"It seemed to go downhill from there."

Comment was being sought from Foxtel.

Intelsat Plans To Acquire Indian Bandwidth Co

From http://www.financialexpress.com/fe_full_story.php?content_id=54944

NEW DELHI: The $952 million satellite communications operator, Intelsat is eyeing acquisition of an Indian wholesale bandwidth provider with a strong product offering. The company intends to strengthen its reach within the country by selling bandwidth riding on the new product offering developed by the bandwidth provider.

“We are always open to acquisitions as our experience has been very successful in the past. We are keen on buying out bandwidth providers in India with high margins and an innovative product,” Intelsat Singapore Pte Ltd Asia Pacific managing director Ashley Fernandes told eFE. He said that the company is yet to begin its hunt for a possible buy-out. Citing an example of the product that would interest the company, he said, “the company even could be offering an innovative Wi-Fi product.”

Intelsat has filed for an initial public offering (IPO) of stock in the company. According to international reports, the IPO documents filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), state that the company plans to offer shares at a price of $12 to $14, but did not specify the number of shares that would be offered.

The reports say the company had earlier said that it would use the proceeds from the IPO for general corporate purposes as well as paying off up to $200 million in Eurobond notes due in October. Intelsat, originally a government-organised consortium, was privatised in 2001 and required by US law to hold an IPO; the deadline for the IPO has been extended from 2001 to the end of June because of poor market conditions.

In India, the company is launching a new solution called Intelsat Cellular Backhaul solution. This solution will help the cellular service operators provide reach to their respective users in remote areas where the fibre network has not been too successful.

Earlier, the company used to sell only satellite space but now it has other offerings that include solutions for fibre connectivity, satellite uplinks, multiplexes, international point-to-point lease circuit, co-location services, corporate networks and Internet trunking. In India, the company sells its solutions and services through its prime customers, Videsh Sanchar Nagar Limited (VSNL) and Software Technology Parks of India (STPI). VSNL is one of the top five customers for Intelsat, besides being a strategic investor in the satellite company.

Ten Sports ordered to share cricket telecast

From http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_18-3-2004_pg2_7

NEW DELHI: India’s Supreme Court on Wednesday directed private television network Ten Sports to share the telecast of the rest of India’s cricket tour of Pakistan with a public broadcaster.

The order ends a tense standoff during which Dubai-based Ten Sports said it was not obliged to share its feed with state broadcaster Doordarshan because it had paid a massive sum for the exclusive rights to the series during global bidding in 2002.

The court had earlier ordered Ten Sports to give Doordarshan a feed last Saturday for the first match, in Karachi, of the series of five one-day matches and three Tests, India’s first full tour of Pakistan in almost 15 years.

The court made a similar order for Tuesday’s second one-day match in Rawalpindi. The satellite channel complied on both days but complained that Doordarshan had reneged on an agreement to carry the Ten Sports logo during the first telecast.

In its order Wednesday, which applies to the remaining three one-day matches as well as the three Tests, the Supreme Court said Doordarshan must deposit 500 million rupees ($11 million) in a court trust to offset any claims that may arise between the public broadcaster and Ten Sports.

A final hearing on the matter is set for April 15, two days before the cricket tour ends. Doordarshan was also directed to display the logo of Ten Sports along with the satellite channel’s advertisements during the telecast, which should begin 30 minutes before each game and continue for 30 minutes after it ends. The state-run channel, which through its free-to-air terrestrial relays reaches more than 80 percent of India’s 105 million homes with televisions, was also directed to limit the telecast to within the country. The court also ordered the public broadcaster to explain why it had failed to carry the Ten Sports logo while telecasting the first match. India last played Tests in Pakistan in 1989 and only made a short tour of three one-dayers in 1997. —AFP

‘Govt violating Ten Sports’ IPR’

From http://www.business-standard.com/today/story.asp?Menu=2&story=36639

Prasar Bharati might be violating intellectual property rights (IPR) by insisting Ten Sports to share the live feed of the India-Pakistan cricket series with it, legal experts opined today.

“It is difficult to understand on what legal grounds they are doing it. The agreement for the rights of the matches played in Pakistan was signed a couple of years ago outside the territory of India between two foreign entities. Moreover, no part of the cause of action is in India,” a senior corporate lawyer told Business Standard.

He said the Indian party was taking advantage of the fact that Ten Sports had a large audience in India and almost its entire advertising revenue was coming from the country.

“I wonder if Prasar Bharati can ask a BBC or a CNN to share live feed if these entities win the exclusive rights to a sporting event like the summer Olympics,” the lawyer said. The public broadcaster had not bid for the telecast rights of the tournament, but is now insisting live feed be shared in the larger interest of the Indian public.

The contention is that since Ten Sports is a satellite channel, it will reach only cable and satellite homes, leaving the millions of TV homes on Doordarshan’s terrestrial network deprived of the excitement of the games between the arch rivals.

In the proceedings, Prasar Bharati had cited national interest. The court today passed an interim order asking Ten Sports to share the feed of all the matches with Doordarshan after the latter made a deposit of Rs 50 crore in the court.

The bench, comprising Chief Justice VN Khare, Justice N Santosh Hegde and Justice SH Kapadia, granted the relief keeping the public interest in mind.

But it told the public broadcaster it should restrain from showing any of its own advertisements during the match and 30 minutes before and after the match. The money has to be deposited within a week.

The court said that the deposit was being taken for future computation of loss and damages to parties to be argued before the court on April 15.

Lawyers said in effect the court’s relief meant Doordarshan would eventually have to pay a compensation to Ten Sports, and they would not be able to use the feed for commercial gains by airing their own advertisements.

“The court has not gone into the legality of the issue as yet. In a previous similar case, the court never went into the legalities,” a lawyer said.

Ten-DD war of words continue

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/headlines/y2k4/mar/mar163.htm

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court would have thought that it's interim order would have settled matters for now. But the war of words continue.

Even while lashing out at Ten Sports for spreading disinformation and not getting all its facts right, Prasar Bharati today indicated that it may settle for an out of court settlement if the Dubai-based sports broadcaster responds, a fact that was reported by indiantelevision.com yesterday.

"Yes, I'd go for that," Prasar Bharati CEO KS Sarma told journalists when asked if Doordarshan would prefer an out of court settlement. However, he added that this was his personal opinion and he'd go by whatever the Solicitor and Attorney Generals opine in this regard.

According to him, it would also be wrong to say that DD refused an offer from Ten Sports as things had not progressed beyond a certain point.

Sarma, at his charmingly sarcastic best at a press briefing today evening - an hour after Ten Sports had organised a similar exercise - also indicated that a law mandating must-give-signals to terrestrial broadcaster is in the offing and the government may bring it "sooner than later."

And to support his claim, he also produced documents that listed 16 events in the past where the telecast rights holders had willingly shared partial to full signals of events with DD on a commercial basis, including the last cricket World Cup.

These events include the Coca-Cola Bangladesh Independence Cup held in 1998, the Sharjah Cup in India played amongst India, England and Pakistan in the desert city, Sri Lanka Independence Cup in 1998 played in Sri Lanka, Titan Cricket Cup in 1996 and the Wills World Cup in 1996, played in India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

In the light of this, he added, what Ten Sports was resorting to can be termed "electronic hoarding."

Starting off on an aggressive note that various misconceptions regarding Prasar Bharati's role have been spread, Sarma said that historically DD never bid for sporting events outside India as such an activity would amount to taking risks on a long term basis on taxpayers' money.

Sarma also clarified that DD National had been taken off PAS-10 satellite - contrary to the allegations made in the court by Ten - almost two years back.

But Dubai-based Taj TV has also made sure that its claims are heard loud and clear. It said that the court would direct the guilty party to reimburse the losses that would accrue to it by sharing its feed with DD, though would try re-negotiating with advertisers - at a higher rate - again, now that the reach of the matches would increase tremendously through DD.

Pointing out that the Supreme Court observations have solved one part of the problem, Taj Television Limited CEO Chris McDonald said, "The second issue, however, relates to the revenues generated by our distributors in India through cable systems into the consumers homes. The court has assured that actual damages shall be obtained not only in respect of loss of cable revenues but also on account of breaches of contracts that would occur in case the DD signal overlaps into other countries and territories, such as the Middle East and the rest of Asia."

According to Ten sources, subscription revenue losses alone would amount to over Rs 2,000 million, while DD sources point out that the carriage fee for transmitting Ten signals would amount to about Rs 600 million. "This would get added to the losses," a DD source said, adding, plus there would be losses through opportunity cost - the airtime that would be taken up by cricket would have generated some revenue for DD. At prime time 30 minutes of airtime on DD National easily fetches Rs 50,000 as telecast fee.

But Taj TV reiterated its tale of woes. "We know how important cricket and especially this series is for the people of India. However, at the same time, it is very important for all concerned to understand the sanctity of exclusive rights and of the international regime governed by norms under which contractual rights and intellectual property is protected," McDonald said.

Though he also went on to say that SC has assured that such damages "shall be payable by DD", Sarma retorted, "We'll see who pays the damages to whom."

End of round one. Now, the wait is till mid-April for another round of war of words. But by that time the Indo-Pak series would have got over and the dust would have also settled. Unless Ten and/or DD would like to bring about newer twists in the tale in the interim.

Ten Sports claims Rs 208 crore loss

From http://inhome.rediff.com/money/2004/mar/18cas.htm

Even as the Supreme Court allowed Prasar Bharati to telecast the ongoing India-Pakistan cricket series on its terrestrial network, Cable Distribution Network, a Modi Enterprises company that distributes Ten Sports in India, said it would suffer damages worth Rs 208 crore (Rs 2.08 billion) for sharing its feed with the state broadcaster.

The company said the damages reflected the loss in subscription revenue arising from the live telecast of the series on Prasar Bharati's free-to-air Doordarshan channel.

Cable Distribution Network President Lalit Modi today indicated at a press conference that the final damages could be higher. "This is an interim estimate. The final figure will be made available to the court at the final hearing on April 15," Modi said, though he refused to elaborate on how his company arrived at the Rs 208 crore figure.

More news on the telecast tussle

The submission came after the apex court passed an interim order asking Prasar Bharati to telecast Ten Sports's feed on its network along with the company's logo and advertisements without any interruption or tampering. Ten Sports has agreed to provide the feed from 30 minutes before start of play to 30 minutes after close.

"The Supreme Court has recognised that money is due to us as our exclusive distribution rights are being compromised in larger public interest," Modi said even as he claimed that today's interim order was a commercial disaster for Ten Sports.

Taj Television Pvt Ltd worldwide CEO Chris McDonald said at a press conference that damages could also arise from Doordarshan's signals being available in other Asian countries. He added that the Supreme Court had assured them that the damages would be paid by Prasar Bharati.

"This assurance of the honourable Supreme Court can be taken together with the voluntary statement of Attorney-General Soli Sorabjee that in the event of a breach of contract, Doordarshan will be liable to pay the consequent damages," he said.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked Prasar Bharati to deposit another Rs 40 crore (Rs 400 million) besides the Rs 10 crore (Rs 100 million) it was asked to deposit on Monday for showing the Rawalpindi match.

McDonald did not rule out revising the channel's advertisement rates for the series since the telecast would now be available to a larger audience, though he added that there was not enough time available for that.

"We were working round a business model that has now changed," he said. He refused to comment when asked if advertisers had made claims on Ten Sports for having to buy time on Doordarshan during the Karachi tie.

Prasar Bharati dubs it 'unrealistic'

The Rs 208 crore subscription revenue loss claimed by Cable Distribution Network and Ten Sports was unrealistic, senior Prasar Bharati officials told Business Standard.

"Ten Sports charges Rs 14 per month. Even if all the 45 million cable and satellite homes in the country give up subscription for the month, the loss would amount to Rs 63 crore (Rs 630 mbillion)," an official said.

The officials also said Ten Sports would now be able to negotiate better advertisement rates for the series because its feed would be available in over 80 million households in the country.

Prasar Bharati said it was ready for an out-of-court settlement with the Dubai-based company, and added that this incident would speed up the framing of a new broadcasting law in the country.

Prasar Bharati CEO K S Sarma said at a press meet here today that the broadcaster would abide by the Supreme Court's order asking it to pay Rs 50 crore (Rs 500 million) to Ten Sports.

He, however, said the company had not moved the apex court against Ten Sports and Wednesday's decision was based on a public interest litigation.

"We do not know why we are being accused of playing dirty tricks. It is a public interest litigation. Doordarshan has not gone to court," Sarma said and added that the telecast rights for an event of national importance was public property and could not be monopolised by a single company.

"Ten Sports has the telecast rights but does not want to give it to us at an agreed price. This is only electronic hoarding," he said.

Prasar Bharati, according to Sarma, had not bid for rights of another cricket board for five years as it "cannot take a business risk being a public broadcaster".

He presented documents to state that the terrestrial rights for 16 tournaments outside India were sold to Doordarshan by other broadcasters at an agreed price or through revenue sharing.

Sarma said Prasar Bharati was even willing for an deferred telecast of 10 seconds-30 minutes in public interest.


4 new FTA channels are starting on B3 Globecast mux, Jctv, Church TV??, Syrian TV and Oman TV on April 1st. 3Abn is now also a fulltime channel.

Tripple J test channel on Pas 2 12280V is in fact FTA, weirdly my nokia won't play it same problem as It had with TGN on B3. Possibly the PCR is incorrect? I can get it to play if set receiver to ASYNC which is hidden in one of the Audio menus. Innovia plays it without trouble.

Sorry about lack of news items today.

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From my Emails & ICQ

From Chrisglobe

Just checked out Win and SBS on B3 and this is what I find.
12716 V, sr 12600

SBS HD Vpid 102, Apid 103
SBS Vpid 161, Aoid 81
SBS World News, Vpid 162, Apid 83
SBS EPG, Vpid 163, Apid 85
SBS Radio 1, Apid 201
SBS Radio 2, Apid 202

All of the above playing fine.

12735 V, sr 14297
B30001, Vpid 33, Apid 36 Is WIN TV WA, 16:9
B31001, Vpid 1536, Apid 1537 Is WIN TV WA, 4:3
B31002, Vpid 103, Apid 104 Is Golden West Network WA ( 7), no sound,
but Teletext actually works well.

Signal pixelates a lot at times.

Nothing found on the other frequencies mentioned yesterday, but suspect
more changes might happen during the day.

Topfield TF 3000 CIP Pro, 90cm dish, Mid North SA (frequencies and sr are
what work best for me)


From Spencer 16/04

Today on B3

This is what is currently working and new today on B3
12698V 14296
SBS WA 4 Channels

12704V 14296
SBS WA 4 Channels

12720V 12600
SBS WA 4 Channels

12734V 14296
Prime Network feed. currently no sound. Worked earlier today

There is supposedly Win and Rabs on

12690H 30000
I cant get this


From Albymangled

BBC World
Is also showing on Pas2
3744V 21800 vpid 1160 apid 1120 ppid 1160 not the usual 1360,1320.1360 pids.
ordinarily I get a test patern on the first set of details but today its another BBC..

From the Dish

PAS 8 166E 12686 H "Celestial Movies and Dragon TV have replaced Jedi Movie Channel and SBN"on , Irdeto, PIDs 1210/1220 and 1310/1320.

NSS 6 95.5E Onnuri TV and Etomato TV have started on 11687 V and 12594 H, Fta, SR 8970, FEC 3/4, PIDs 640/641 and 720/721.

Thaicom 3 78.5E 3551 H The Arirang TV World 1 info card has left .

Express AM 22 53E 10975 H "SGU TV" has started on , Fta, PIDs 33/34.
* Reception reports for 10975 H:
Strong carrier, 79 dBuV, 92%.
(Jonali with 220 cm in central UK)

It has really improved. The signal is very strong now.
(A Kardos in Hungary)

Signal increased significantly in the past 24 hours, now 99%.
(Y Gore with 110 cm in Haifa, Israel)

Good reception.
(L Swaan with 150 cm in Belgium)

18 dB, 82%, very strong.
(B Wall with 370 cm in Ostersund, Sweden)

(Craigs comment, any Dx spill over into Western Australia? Thailand? etc?)

SatcoDX Update #20/2004

0830 INSAT 2E, 3B (83.0E)


North East Television on 3.620 (V, 3333, 308, 256, 8190): New NID

ESCL on 3.820 (V, 6250, 308, 256, 8190): It has started

0880 ST 1 (88.0E)


CTS on 3.632 (V, 26666, 2097, 2081, 2097): It's encrypted again

Formosa TV on 3.632 (V, 26666, 3121, 3105, 3121): It's encrypted again

CTV - China TV on 3.632 (V, 26666, 4145, 4129, 4145): It's encrypted again

TTV on 3.632 (V, 26666, 7217, 7201, 7217): It's encrypted again

0915 MEASAT 1 (91.5E)


HBO Asia on 10.982 (V, 30000, 160, 80, 160): All Channels are encrypted in Seca Mediaguard only

Sinar on 11.168 (V, 30000, 188, 8191): It has replaced Wirama Medley

1055 ASIASAT 3S (105.5E)


Data Service on 12.392 (H, 5000):

Data Service on 12.392 (H, 5000):

Data Service on 12.392 (H, 5000):

Data Service on 12.392 (H, 5000):

Data Service on 12.392 (H, 5000):

Data Service on 12.392 (H, 5000):

Data Service on 12.392 (H, 5000):

Data Service on 12.392 (H, 5000):

Data Service on 12.392 (H, 5000):

Data Service on 12.470 (H, 20000):

Data Service on 12.470 (H, 20000):

Data Service on 12.470 (H, 20000):

Data Service on 12.470 (H, 20000):

Data Service on 12.470 (H, 20000):

Data Service on 12.470 (H, 20000):

Data Service on 12.470 (H, 20000):

Data Service on 12.470 (H, 20000):

Data Service on 12.470 (H, 20000):

Data Service on 12.532 (H, 10000, 5460): It has started

ESM on 12.532 (H, 10000, 8191): It has started

BTV World on 3.725 (V, 4450, 308, 256, 8190): SR corrected

Boomerang on 3.960 (H, 27500, 1860, 1820, 1860):

Hubei4 on 4.035 (H, 4420, 36, 36):

Hubei5 on 4.035 (H, 4420, 37, 37):

test on 4.110 (H, 11230, 1410, 1420, 1410):

1130 PALAPA C2 (113.0E)


TTV on 11.132 (V, 26667, 40, 41, 40): New NID

CTV on 11.132 (V, 26667, 48, 49, 48): New NID

CTS on 11.132 (V, 26667, 50, 51, 50): New NID

PTS on 11.132 (V, 26667, 52, 53, 52): New NID

FTV on 11.132 (V, 26667, 54, 55, 54): New NID

FTV News on 11.132 (V, 26667, 56, 57, 56): New NID

Star Sports / Super Sport on 11.132 (V, 26667, 64, 65, 64): New NID

MATV on 11.132 (V, 26667, 66, 67, 66): New NID

Phoneix TV on 11.132 (V, 26667, 68, 69, 68): New NID

Xing Kong on 11.132 (V, 26667, 70, 71, 70): New NID

Era News on 11.132 (V, 26667, 72, 73, 72): New NID

J Wave 1 on 11.132 (V, 26667, 74, 75, 74): New NID

J Wave 2 on 11.132 (V, 26667, 176, 177, 176): New NID

Asialink Feed on 3.765 (H, 5632, 308, 256, 8190): It has started

Bali TV on 3.926 (H, 4208, 33, 36, 33): New SID

Feeds on 3.977 (H, 2539): New NID

1131 KOREASAT 2 (113.0E)


C3 TV on 12.290 (H, 25844, 100, 101, 100): SID/TID/NID Added

Samsung Sat on 12.290 (H, 25844, 200, 201, 200): SID/TID/NID Added

Test Card on 12.290 (H, 25844, 300, 301, 300):

Samsung Sat Test Card on 12.290 (H, 25844, 400, 401, 400): SID/TID/NID Added

Test Card on 12.290 (H, 25844, 500, 501, 500): SID/TID/NID Added

Test Card on 12.290 (H, 25844, 600, 601, 600): SID/TID/NID Added

Test Card on 12.290 (H, 25844, 800, 801, 800): SID/TID/NID Added

DCN on 12.290 (H, 25844, 900, 901, 900): SID/TID/NID Added

CCN Cinema Cable Network on 12.290 (H, 25844, 1000, 1001, 1000): SID/TID/NID Added

Test Card on 12.290 (H, 25844, 1100, 1101, 1100): SID/TID/NID Added

Hyundai-Kia on 12.530 (H, 26000, 130, 131, 130): SID/TID/NID Added

CH1 ETOMATO on 12.681 (H, 17375, 512, 651, 128):

CH2 CBS on 12.681 (H, 17375, 513, 661, 129):

CH3 CTN on 12.681 (H, 17375, 514, 671, 130):

CH4 KMC on 12.681 (H, 17375, 515, 680, 131):

CH5 Break Time on 12.681 (H, 17375, 516, 690, 132):

CH6 ONNURI TV on 12.681 (H, 17375, 517, 700, 133):

CH7 CCN on 12.681 (H, 17375, 518, 710, 134):

CH8 TLTV on 12.681 (H, 17375, 519, 721, 135):

SkyCast 1 on 12.731 (H, 28200, 256, 272, 256):

SkyCast 2 on 12.731 (H, 28200, 512, 528, 512):

SkyCast 4 on 12.731 (H, 28200, 1280, 1296, 1280):

Living TV on 12.731 (H, 28200, 768, 784, 768):

Medi TV on 12.731 (H, 28200, 1024, 1040, 1024):

SkyCast 06 on 12.731 (H, 28200, 1536, 1552, 1536):

SkyCast 07 on 12.731 (H, 28200, 1616, 1557, 1616):

SkyCast 08 on 12.731 (H, 28200, 1792, 1808, 1792):

SkyCast 09 on 12.731 (H, 28200, 1872, 1813, 1872):

SkyCast 10 on 12.731 (H, 28200, 2048, 2064, 2048):

SkyCast 11 on 12.731 (H, 28200, 2128, 2069, 2128):

SkyCast 12 on 12.731 (H, 28200, 3072, 3088, 3072):

1160 KOREASAT 3 (116.0E)


XSpeed on 11.823 (L, 21300, 672, 673, 672): SID/NID/TID added

KT1 on 12.648 (H, 24750): It has started

KT2 on 12.648 (H, 24750): It has started

KT3 on 12.648 (H, 24750): It has started

Mockdong IDC on 12.648 (H, 24750): It has started

Multi_Test on 12.648 (H, 24750): It has started

Coffee_test on 12.648 (H, 24750): It has started

1200 THAICOM 1A (120.0E)


CTN on 3.855 (V, 3400, 8000, 8001, 8000):

TSC on 3.886 (V, 3000, 533, 670, 8190):

SatcoDX Update #21/2004

0505 INTELSAT 602 (50.5E)


Data service on 10.976 (H, 29293): It has started

Data service on 11.012 (H, 14542): It has started

0531 EXPRESS-AM22 (53.0E)


SGUTV 1 test card on 10.974 (H, 8888, 33, 34, 33): It has started

SGUTV 2 test card on 10.974 (H, 8888, 1057, 1058, 1057): It has started

SGU Internet on 10.974 (H, 8888): It has started

Data service on 11.160 (H, 3600): It has started

0830 INSAT 2E, 3B (83.0E)


TATA AGMM on 3.525 (V, 24800, 257, 258, 257): It has started

0900 YAMAL 102, 201 (90.0E)


ORTRK-12 Channel on 3.538 (L, 4285, 308, 256, 8190): New NID

MTV Russia on 3.701 (L, 4285, 308, 256, 8190): New NID

0915 MEASAT 1 (91.5E)


Astro @play on 11.106 (V, 30000, 173, 132, 173): SMS interactive game

1005 ASIASAT 2 (100.5E)


TV 5 Asie on 4.000 (H, 28125, 512, 640, 8190): It has started

1080 TELKOM 1 (108.0E)


MYX on 3.460 (H, 28000, 103, 104, 103): It has started

Knowledge Channel on 3.580 (H, 28000, 592, 593, 592): It has started

Data Service on 3.700 (V, 27500): It has started

Data Service on 3.795 (H, 3000): It has started

Data Service on 3.915 (V, 4960): It has started

Data Service on 3.969 (V, 2025): It has started

Trans TV Feeds on 3.985 (H, 6000, 308, 256, 8190): Occasional Feed

Data Service on 4.176 (V, 3255): It has started

Data Service on 4.195 (V, 4960): It has started

1130 PALAPA C2 (113.0E)


MAC TV on 11.472 (V, 15555, 2101, 2102, 2101): It's encrypted now

CTI Asia on 11.472 (V, 15555, 2201, 2202, 2201): It's encrypted now

SET International on 11.472 (V, 15555, 2301, 2302, 2301): It's encrypted now

ETTV Asia on 11.472 (V, 15555, 2401, 2402, 2401): It's encrypted now

ETTV Movies on 11.472 (V, 15555, 2501, 2502, 2501): It's encrypted now

Yoyo TV on 11.472 (V, 15555, 2601, 2602, 2601): It's encrypted now

MTV China on 11.472 (V, 15555, 2701, 2702, 2701): It's encrypted now


Foxtel subcontractors to continue strike

From http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1067602.htm

Foxtel subcontractors are continuing their strike for a further 24 hours after rejecting a pay offer this morning.

Dozens of contractors have stopped work for the past 48 hours because of a lack of pay increases over the past five years.

The industrial action is impacting on the planned Foxtel rollout of its digital service this week.

Shane Murphy from the New South Wales branch of the Communications, Electrical and Plumbing Union (CEPU) says today's offer did not include a rate increase in line with CPI figures.

"What they're clearly saying is they need Foxtel to move on an increase in rates prior to them going back to work because these guys are in serious financial difficulty," Mr Murphy said.

"Many [are] about to walk away from this industry.

"Now that is certainly not what the CEPU wants, certainly not what I believe Foxtel wants, because these customers also need to start getting access to their new digital service."

US giant's spin-off unlikely to hit Austar

From http://www.thecouriermail.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5936,8987604%255E3122,00.html

REGIONAL pay-TV operator Austar United Communications expects to emerge unscathed from the spin-off planned by its majority owner, US cable giant Liberty Media.

Liberty announced overnight it would float $12.2 billion worth of its international businesses in order to simplify its structure.

In addition to an 81 per cent stake in Austar through its UnitedGlobalCom division, Liberty plans to offload cable businesses it owns in Japan, Puerto Rico and Argentina.

An Austar spokeswoman yesterday said the announcement was neutral for the ASX-listed company.

"We are not expecting any impact because Liberty's ownership of Austar is indirect," she said.

The company also denied that it was in buy-out talks with Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, which owns 25 per cent of pay-TV group Foxtel through its Australian subsidiary, News Limited.

Austar and Foxtel are joint partners in cable content company XYZ Entertainment, which distributes content from networks such as Nickelodeon and Discovery Channel.

Liberty also said yesterday the group was interested in selling parts of its content portfolio, such as the Discovery network, to News Corp, but was not in formal talks with him.

Earlier this year, Liberty chairman John Malone consolidated his position on the News Corp register by converting his preference shares into a 9.15 per cent block of voting shares.

Media sector pundits are watching to see if Liberty's decision to spin off some assets will translate into further inroads into News Corp for the US cable giant.

"There is speculation that a strategy might be in place to progressively fold Liberty into News Corp," an analyst who did not wish to be named told The Courier-Mail yesterday.

"Stripping out the international division and perhaps exiting the hard cable assets to leave a content and media investment business that could be integrated more successfully would be a neat way of doing it," he said.

Dr Malone's stake in News Corp, second in size to Mr Murdoch's, gave him the equity to pull off such deals, the Liberty chief told analysts.

"There are assets that News Corp has that Liberty finds very attractive and wouldn't mind owning directly," Dr Malone said.

"And perhaps there are assets that Liberty has that News Corp would find quite attractive over time."

The spin-off of international assets, expected to be completed before the middle of the year, is intended to be tax-free for US shareholders and will create a new company called Liberty Media International, which will trade on the Nasdaq.

Dr Malone will be the new company's chief executive.

A cable industry pioneer, Dr Malone has long held ambitions to create an international equivalent to the Tele-Communications cable television empire he built before selling it to AT&T in the 1990s.

"I look forward to doing something I've already done for a long period of time," he said.

By spinning off the division, he hopes it will give him the public currency to enable more aggressive expansions in Europe and Japan, while protecting Liberty Media's balance sheet.

Dr Malone had a 28 per cent voting stake in Liberty Media and was likely to retain the same stake in the new company, analysts said.

Aussie business channel boosted

From http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/03/16/1079199224723.html

Business and finance media provider Palamedia has teamed up with Sky to produce a 24-hour channel dedicated solely to Australian business.

The new channel is available now on Foxtel and is part of the Sky News Active Digital Service.

Palamedia will take care of the production and editorial content of the channel and sell the advertising and sponsorships.

"The new channel is a logical extension of the successful partnership we enjoy with Sky News for the production of the nightly Sky Business Report with David Koch and the daily Asia Pacific Business Report carried on the ABC Asia Pacific Network," said Palamedia chairman and chief executive David Champtaloup.

The Sky News Active Business Channel will provide complete coverage of all significant Australian business stories and of the big stories from overseas.

"Responsibility for the channel will come under David Koch and his broadcast team," said Mr Champtaloup.

"The team has been bedding the channel down since early January by producing pilot coverage to test the new digital technology."

TVB FY Net Likely Fell 19% On Pay-TV Loss, Depreciation

From http://sg.biz.yahoo.com/040316/15/3isn6.html

HONG KONG (Dow Jones)--Television Broadcasts Ltd. (0511.HK), Hong Kong's dominant free to air television operator, will likely report a 19% decline in 2003 earnings on start-up losses at its pay-TV operation and depreciation charges on its new headquarters.

A possible provision on its broadcasting operation in Taiwan could weigh further on blue-chip TVB's bottom line, analysts said.

Eight analysts polled by Dow Jones Newswires expect TVB to report a net profit Wednesday of HK$475.0 million for the year ended Dec. 31, down from HK$589.9 million in 2002.

Forecasts range from HSBC's HK$448 million to ING Financial Markets' HK$496 million.

"We expect to see higher production costs in the second half from Galaxy," said Anne Ling, analyst at HSBC. She also factored in a HK$120 million depreciation charge on TVB City, the HK$2 billion Tseung Kwan O head office TVB moved into last year.

TVB's 49%-owned Hong Kong pay-TV venture - Galaxy Satellite Broadcasting - started operations in the second half of 2003. But the service, branded exTV, was only launched last month.

Due to exTV's emphasis on producing its own content, including a 24-hour news channel, analysts said TVB's 2003 earnings will reflect higher progam-making costs.

TVB's core terrestrial broadcasting operation is unlikely to offer much help in bridging the pay-TV venture's start-up losses.

Advertising sales rebounded sharply following the containment of Hong Kong's SARS outbreak in early 2003. But even so, this might not be enough to make up for the damage done when severe acute respiratory syndrome badly hurt the city's consumer and advertising spending.

Merrill Lynch estimates that TVB will report a 4% decline in domestic revenue, though it expects higher contributions from TVB's overseas operations.

At the non-operating level, analysts said they also expect potential provisions on TVB's investment in Galaxy as well as its Taiwan satellite TV project, Direct-to-Home.

Telecast row: all eyes on SC now

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/headlines/y2k4/mar/mar135.htm

NEW DELHI: After the day started like a Sehwag-Sachin hurricane inning with developments happening fast in the first 15 overs of the match, as the day progressed, the run rate had slowed down. Though government officials were in a meeting with the attorney-general in the evening, the sign of an out-of-court settlement receded in the background.

Pointing out that there were signs of an out of court settlement earlier in the day, a government source admitted, "Now both the parties seem to be waiting for a verdict from the Supreme Court."

The source also indicated that if any settlement is to be worked out by the two warring factions at this juncture --- that needs to be conveyed to the apex court --- it would have to be done within the framework of any direction that SC sets.

A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court, headed by the Chief Justice of India, would take up tomorrow for another round of hearing a Special Leave Petition filed by Taj Sports India Pvt. Ltd., which pertains to telecast rights of the ongoing Indo-Pakistan cricket series in the light of a Chennai high court verdict that said signals should be made available to pubcaster Doordarshan.

The government source, while admitting that "sanctity of contractual obligations need to be honoured," added in the same vein that there had been "no strong reciprocity from their (Ten's) side" to come to an understanding with DD.

Taj Sports India, through its representatives, have reiterated over the last few days that a offer was made to DD, which was turned down.

The offer envisaged having the match feeds from a satellite that did not go across many countries and that would be downlinked to low power transmitters through decoder boxes supplied by ten to cater to areas where cable penetration is low. In the metros and other big cities, the satellite signals from Ten Sports would have to be distributed by cable operators.

The government source, on its part, insisted that government intervention should not be read as "bullying tactics" as the cricket series has been "facilitated by the governments of India and Pakistan." The source added: "The problem is not so insurmountable."

In a surprising move, today morning Taj TV Ltd. Struck a conciliatory note when its owner AR Bukhatir said that he hoped Indians would get to watch all the matches --- a stand in sharp contrast to the stridency shown yesterday by Taj's Indian associates who had spoken about a possibility of blacking out the total Indian region for Tuesday's match.

It is learn that Prasar Bharati board, during its meeting on Friday in Mumbai, has okayed a proposal wherein DD can offer up to $ 15 million for terrestrial rights of the cricket matches.

Now, all eyes are on SC when it pronounces a verdict tomorrow. The judgement is likely to become a guiding force for similar cases related to telecast rights in future.


Live satellite chat tonight 9pm NZ and 8.30pm Syd time onwards in the chatroom.

Some activity on B3 Australian beams, more FTA coming on B3 soon!

If anyone has an Emetabox1 type receiver please pop into the chatroom tonight as I am playing with one at the moment.

Cricket tonight India vs Pak 2nd ODI should be up on the Insats Dordashan channels.

From my Emails & ICQ

From Billo

PAS2 12280 V 27500 - plays JJJ radio with blank ( scrambled ) screen. Dunno
if it is always there.

(Craigs comment, on Apid 1622 but encrypted)

From Vk4bkp


B3 12690H sr30000 FEC 2/3. It's only pushing 45% here on a 1.2m and
Invacom LNBF. Might be a struggle on a 90!
Comes up as A3/T2 Backhaul.

Why don't they just ditch A3 and be done with it? :-)

From Dave Mitchell

Sbs on b3

Sbs digital channels running on b3 , 12720 V 12609 fec ? , and 12704 V 14296 fec ? powtek & 90cm dish , numbers may be out a bit, due to powtek

From Ranime

Loading B3 12698 V 7/8 14300 SBS HD, SBS1, SBS2, SBS EPG
Loading B3 12716 V 5/6 12609 SBS HD, SBS1, SBS2, SBS EPG.
signal at 12734 V 7/8 14300 but no load ?

From the Dish

Optus C1 156E 12567 V Foxtel Box Office 1-9 have started on , Videoguard, SR 27800,FEC 3/4, PIDs 4011/4012-4091/4092.

Agila 2 146E 3892 H "NBN" has started Fta, SR 4510, FEC 3/4, PIDs 1160/1120.
Agila 2 146E "RPN 9" has moved from 3730 H to 3885 H, enc., SR 3000, FEC 3/4,PIDs 1160/1120.
Agila 2 146E 4164 V Occasional feeds on , PIDs 1360/1320.

Palapa C2 113E 11472 V "MAC TV" is now Fta.

AsiaSat 3 105.5E 3960 H "Boomerang Australia" has replaced Bloomberg TV Asia-Pacific on ,PowerVu, PIDs 1860/1820.
AsiaSat 3 105.5E 4111 V Occasional PTV feeds on , SR 3333, FEC 3/4.

NSS 6 95.5E Onnuri TV and MBC have left 11687 V and 12594 H.

Measat 1 91.5E 11106 V "Astro Box Office Sports 29" has left , ch 29.

LMI 1 75E 12610 H All channels in the ABS-CBN mux are encrypted again.

Express AM 22 53E

* Reception reports for 10975 H:
SNR: 71%, good, stable reception.
(L Balogh with 140 cm in Hungary)

Very strong signal, 92%.
(D Zandri with 120 cm in central Italy)

Signal has nearly doubled now, max strength is ca 10.1 dB!!
(DX-Ampy with 120 cm in western Germany)


Strike slows $600m digital TV rollout

From http://australianit.news.com.au/articles/0,7204,8976613%5E15333%5E%5Enbv%5E15306-15321,00.html

MORE than 400 pay-TV installers around the country have walked off the job, slowing Foxtel's $600 million conversion to digital technology.

The Communications, Electrical and Plumbing Union said members in most states were on strike for 48 hours, but 24 hours in Queensland.
CEPU NSW communications organiser Shane Murphy said members would decide the next step at meetings tomorrow morning.

"Hopefully there will be some resolution; if not, I can't say whether or not they will be back at work," he said.

Mr Murphy said the CEPU represented up to 90 per cent of installers but a Foxtel spokesman believed the majority of the scheduled installations planned yesterday were completed.

"Many of the technicians who install the Foxtel Digital service are continuing to work as normal," the Foxtel spokesman said. Foxtel was working with the five companies employing the sub-contractors to resolve the issue, he said.

Foxtel, 25 per cent owned by News Ltd, publisher of The Australian, has offered a $1000 digital-launch training allowance to each subcontractor to help them improve their skills and has agreed to work with them to seek improvements to digital installation procedures.

Unlike the analogue Foxtel service, Foxtel Digital requires a connection to the phone line so viewers can interact with the service and Mr Murphy said the sub-contractors had not worked with phone lines before.

He said sub-contractors had numerous concerns, including the rate of pay, training and occupational health and safety issues.

He said installers who worked for telephony groups were paid considerably more

Foxtel's big vision fails to include installation

From http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/03/15/1079199163593.html

Foxtel's digital dream, launched in a glittering spectacle on Sunday night, was looking more like a nightmare yesterday.

Having spent between $10 million and $15 million on a marketing campaign to persuade people to "go digital", the pay TV provider is having trouble installing the service.

Some Sydney customers have had installation appointments cancelled at the last minute, while others cannot get appointments for weeks or months.

Now 160 technicians have gone on strike because of a dispute with contractors and Foxtel over pay and training.

A Foxtel spokesman, Mark Furness, said more call-centre staff and technicians were needed but denied customers were experiencing major delays.

But Charles Moses of Campsie, who has been a Foxtel subscriber for about four years, was one subscriber feeling short-changed.

"[Foxtel] kept ringing me on my home phone number saying 'the revolution is coming, be part of it'," Mr Moses said.

After confirming the booking a few days in advance, he waited at home on Saturday from 7am only to be phoned at 10am to be told the installation could not been done until June 23 because of over-bookings.

"Their marketing appealed [to me] but they have not got the service to back it up," he said.

After about nine phone calls to Foxtel, he said he finally got a response that satisfied him: an apology and a promise his service would be installed within two weeks.

The contractors used by Foxtel were having trouble recruiting technicians - employed as sub-contractors - because of the low pay, said Shane Murphy, a Communications, Electrical and Plumbing Union official.

"These guys have suffered [job] rate cuts over the past three years to the tune of 30 to 50 per cent," Mr Murphy said.

"People don't want to come and work in this industry . . . You have an initial outlay of $15,000 to $20,000 to set yourself up before you get a return from the work.

"The sub-contractors ... are telling me that unless they get some of these issues fixed up they will soon be walking away."

(Craigs comment, some have been given dates mid year 2005!)

MBSAT Satellite Off The Ground

From Satellite today

The Space Systems/Loral (SSL)-built MBSAT broadcast communications satellite launched successfully at 12:40 EST March 13. The satellite was carried on an International Launch Services Atlas III rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

SS/L built the MBSAT bird for Mobile Broadcasting Corp. of Japan and SK Telecom of Korea. It will be positioned at 144 degrees East longitude, and it will deliver high-quality music, video and data to mobile users in Japan and Korea through a variety of mobile terminals.

The satellite carries two high-powered transponders for direct broadcasting services and two additional transponders that provide links to terrestrial repeater networks, which augments the satellite broadcast signal. Each transponder has an operating bandwidth of 25 megahertz, Loral Space and Communications said. The satellite is expected to have a 12- year lifespan.

Court orders cricket for all

From http://foxsports.news.com.au/story/0,8659,8981185-23212,00.html

INDIA's Supreme Court today ordered private television network Ten Sports to share the broadcast of the second one-day India-Pakistan cricket match with state-run stations available to all homes.

The decision means millions of viewers in even small towns and villages, who do not have access to cable television, will now be able to see the match.

The Dubai-based Ten Sports channel had filed an appeal in the Supreme Court on Friday, on the eve of the first match in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi, against a lower court order to share the broadcast, arguing it had paid a huge sum for exclusive rights.

Ten Sports said it bought the rights through global bidding in 2002 and had no agreement for sharing with Doordarshan.

The Supreme Court had paved the way for broadcast of the first match after Ten Sports gave a last-minute assent to share it, provided the state-run television carried its logo and advertisements.

But the judgment only covered the first match and another hearing had been set for today to decide on viewership for the entire series of five one-day matches and three tests.

But today's judgment again will apply only to the second match in Rawalpindi and more hearings have been scheduled for a final judgment.

The court ordered state-run Doordarshan to deposit 100 million rupees ($2.20m) for payment to the private channel.

The judgment noted Ten Sports' complaint that the state-run channel had not broadcast its logo during the first match and ordered it to do so.

The cable war broke out when Ten Sports last week demanded higher cable subscriptions from operators on a par with channels such as ESPN and Star Sports.

The operators, led by Hathway and InCableNet, argue that Ten Sports is a relatively new channel and lacks the subscriber base to match that of ESPN and Star Sports and therefore should not expect similar rates.

Cable operators beam paid channels such as Ten Sports in India while Doordarshan's output is free-to-air and covers more than 80 per cent of the country's television audience.

Ten Sports rejects DD's $15 mn offer

From http://sify.com/sports/cricket/fullstory.php?id=13430132

New Delhi: In a last-ditch effort to secure telecast rights for the Indo-Pak series, Prasar Bharti had raised its offer to Ten Sports to $15 million, highly placed official sources said in New Delhi on Monday.

After talks between Ten Sports officials, Prasar Bharti and the ministry of information and broadcasting failed to make headway till Saturday night, the board of directors of the state broadcaster authorised it to raise the offer from $6 million to $15 million at its meeting on Sunday.

"The board of directors of Prasar Bharti raised the offer to $15 million on Sunday. This was communicated to Ten Sports but they refused to heed to our request on telecast rights of these crucial matches even after this generous offer," sources said.

They said Ten Sports was asking for an "astronomical amount of close to $25 million for parting with these rights when it has given the same rights to PTV for a paltry $4,50,000."

Despite several attempts, Prasar Bharti CEO K S Sarma could not be reached for comments. When contacted, Ten Sports' Dubai chief Peter Hutton declined to comment on the issue.

Also, MEN's (Ten Sports' distributor) advisor R K Singh chose to remain silent.

In its deposition before the Supreme Court on Monday, Taj TV India Private Ltd said there would be no signals of Tuesday's match for entire India unless it was allowed exclusive rights to show it.

Sources also revealed that after the Dubai-based sports channel raised objections to the signal to Doordarshan being stolen in several other countries since it is free-to-air, Prasar Bharti is thinking in terms of changing the satellite on which this signal will be transmitted.

"A terrestrial signal cannot be encrypted. But we can put this signal on Insat 2 E instead of Pan Am Sat. Insat 2 E has a lesser footprint and thus chances of pilferage will be minimal," they said.

Meanwhile, after witnessing the controversy over telecast of these cricket matches on the national broadcaster, the government is expected to expedite framing of comprehensive guidelines on downlinking by foreign channels into India.

TELE SATELLITE NEWS - Number 11/2004 14 March 2004 -

A weekly roundup of global TV news sponsored by

TELE-satellite International

Editor: Branislav Pekic

Edited Apsattv.com Edition

A S I A & P A C I F I C



Foxtel is introducing new set-top boxes this week for
its digital pay-TV service, which begins on March 14.
Within six to 12 months of the launch of digital,
Foxtel has said it will introduce personal digital
recorders allowing subscribers to record 20 to 80
hours of programming to a massive hard disk, so that
they can watch what they like, when they like. They
may also be able to rewind live TV by up to an hour.
While the set-top-box upgrade to interactive digital
TV and movies-on-demand will cost most subscribers
between $50 and $120, personal digital recorders could
cost more than $500 and be accompanied by another
increase in monthly subscriptions. Digital TV
developer NDS which provides Foxtel with its
electronic programming guide - a key feature of the
digital upgrade - confirmed it was working with Foxtel
to integrate the guide with recording technology.
Foxtel’s digital service will offer subscribers 130
channels, with at least 45 of these will be available
on widescreen, 13 of which will have cinema-quality
sound, while AFL and NRL fans will be able to receive
live statistics and a variety of camera angles during
matches. Elsewhere, multiple screens will offer
up-to-the-minute national and international news while
the Foxtel Box Office will allow subscribers to hire
their favourite films, even if they are on a basic
package. The number of channels on the basic
subscription will jump from 25 to 66, with 30 of these
audio and a further six existing TV channels on a
two-hour delay. One-off prices for existing customers
to convert to digital will start from $49.95 while new
subscribers will pay a minimum of $55.00 to get
onboard Foxtel digital. The price of a digital
starting package will not exceed that of the current
satellite basic package - $48.95 per month, capped for
two years - while the top tier service will cost
$94.95. This will include two free movies per month on
Foxtel Box Office, while lower tier users will pay
$5.95 per film. With about 23 per cent of Australian
households currently subscribing to pay TV, Foxtel
chief executive Kim Williams believes the industry can
achieve 35 to 40 per cent market penetration by 2008.
In addition, the company hopes to upgrade all of its
customer base across to full digital interactive
services within two-and-a-half years.


The race toward interactive programming among
Australia's free-to-air networks is speeding up with
the Seven Network announcing plans to create
opportunities for what it has coined 7smstv, which
displays the results of SMS texts and "voice phone"
polls in real time on air. The technology was recently
launched on Seven's "Sunrise" program. Developed in
conjunction with Information Dialling Services' mobile
content division, IDStxtra, viewers are also able to
text comments to the program's internet chat line,
with a selection displayed on screen. Seven said the
network is exploring further applications of the
technology across sports, news and current affairs,
lifestyle and reality programs. For its part, Nine
Networks, subsidiary of Publishing + Broadcasting, has
launched Sports Active, a highlights and statistics
service available to free-to-air DTT STBs. The new
service kicked-off with the first National Rugby
League match on March 12. It will also be available to
Nine's retransmitted Foxtel Digital signal. Around
10,000 homes have interactive STBs, said David
Gyngell, Nine deputy COO. The Sports Active system
uses Internet-based applications for its
interactivity. Users will be able to keep statistics
graphics on the TV or will be able to split the
display into four boxes with full pages of statistics.


MTV Networks' first owned-and-operated channel in the
territory, VH1's launch date in Australia has been
confirmed as March 14. The channel will be carried by
Austar and Foxtel's new digital platforms.


Telco Optus is reportedly planning to sell its
satellite assets in a deal worth $1 billion. The
Australian Financial Review reported the Optus,
Australia's number two telco which is wholly owner by
Singapore Telecommunications, was considering a number
of options for its satellites, including the sale to
a foreign satellite operator, a share market float or
a securitisation of the assets. Optus' satellites
carry digital pay-TV signals, as well as sensitive
military information. The report said the deal would
allow Optus to concentrate on its battle against rival
Telstra Corp Ltd. Optus plans to launch two more
satellites in 2006 and 2007, of which a large part of
the capacity has been pre-sold by a 15-year contract
with Sky TV in New Zealand. The four satellites
currently in orbit generated A$373 million in revenue
for the nine months ended December 31, including A$251
million from a contract with the Australian defense


With the Athens Olympic Games now fast approaching,
the Seven Network and Foxtel are still yet to reach
agreement over pay-TV coverage. Kerry Stokes's Seven
Network owns the free-to-air and pay-TV rights to
Athens 2004 and says it is keen to strike a deal but
believes the current Foxtel offer is too low. A Seven
spokesman said the ball was in Foxtel's court as they
would want some certainty regarding Olympic coverage
before launching their full digital service on March
14. For the Sydney Games in 2000, Seven created two
pay-TV channels through its now-exited C7 division,
which were then marketed by Foxtel, Optus and regional
pay-TV provider Austar as pay-per-view channels. The
revenue was then split with Seven, with a similar deal
likely to be struck for the Athens Games should the
parties reach an agreement. Seven bought the rights to
the Athens Games in 1996, paying US$140.8 million for
the free-to-air and pay-TV rights to the 2004 and 2008
summer Olympics and the 2002 and 2006 winter Games.


THE enormous popularity of extreme sports and the
world-beating exploits of Australian motocross riders
has led Foxtel Digital to launch the Fuel Channel as
of March 14. The new channel, aimed at males 12-29, is
dedicated to skateboarding, surfing, BMX, freestyle
motocross, snowboarding and wakeboarding. Fuel was one
of two new sports channels unveiled by Foxtel the
other being Eurosportnews, providing 24-hour sports
highlights from around the globe.



Asian TV veteran Robert Chua has unveiled plans to
launch a 24/7 interactive television channel on Hong
Kong cable networks mid-2004. The Interactive Channel
will be transmitted on broadband to cable networks
first in Hong Kong, with the HK launch being the
template for the rest of China and Asia. "Most of its
programming will be created and produced locally and
will be available on the internet worldwide, while
offering a platform for overseas interactive shows,"
said a Chua representative. No news yet on any
carriage arrangement for the planned channel.


According to news agency Xinhua, Chinese state
broadcaster CCTV is planning to launch a dedicated
music channel as an alternative to MTV China and
Channel [V]. The channel, CCTV’s 15th, will broadcast
for 13 hours per day, featuring a mix of pop music
along with classical and folk.


Phoenix Satellite Television Holdings said on March 10
its net loss in the six months ended December 31, 2003
widened slightly to HK$38.9 million from HK$38.3
million a year earlier. The satellite TV operator's
revenue was flat at HK$350.3 million, compared with
HK$350.9 million a year earlier. Revenue contribution
from Phoenix InfoNews Channel, a 24-hour Chinese
language news and information service, more than
doubled to HK$17.6 million from HK$8.65 million.



Ortel Communication, the leading cable TV multi-system
operator in Orissa, is repositioning its Skyview Home
Cable to take on the Ramoji Rao's Eenadu TV Oriya
channel from the Hyderabad-based satellite cable
channel operator. Skyview Home Cable is planning to
beam its own three popular channels - OTV, Education
TV in Oriya and English - through satellite channels.
Skyview Home Cable, which is now providing cable
services in five major cities - Bhubaneswar, Cuttack,
Rourkela, Paradip, and Puri, is currently airing the
three channels through its territorial network in
these cities. According to a report in the The
Financial Express, as soon as permission is accorded
by the ministry of information and broadcasting, the
programmes of the three channels would be beamed
through satellite. Skyview's OTV is now airing Oriya
news and entertainment programmes for about 8 hours a
day. The company, which has a customer base of 70,000,
is proposing to make it 24 hour channels once it will
be beamed through the satellite. Meanwhile, the
company has stepped up outsourcing of entertainment
programmes with a view to make OTV a 24 hour channel.


Dish TV, India's first and only DTH service, is
planning to double its channel bouquet to 100 by
April-end. Dish TV was launched by the Essel Group
with 48 channels in October last year. The service,
which offers channels from various genres, also
includes exclusive international and movie channels
such as FX and Smile TV as part of its 'basic plus'
package. The company intends to have over 200
television channels coupled with value-added services
like pay-per-view, personal video recorder, near
video-on-demand among others. Dish TV currently offers
50 channels including two sports channels ESPN and
STAR Sports. Other channels include ones from Zee
Turner distribution alliance, state-owned Doordarshan
bouquet and BBC World, CNN, Aaj Tak and regional
channels. Dish TV is expected to be challenged by
state-owned DTH service from Prasar Bharati, scheduled
for April, and News Corp.'s joint venture with
conglomerate Tata Group, which is scheduled for a
fourth quarter launch.


Members of the Karnataka Cable TV Operators
Association on March 11 held a demonstration outside
the office of Ten Sports here demanding that the
channel withdraw its claim for subscriber base
payment. In a memorandum submitted to Taj Television
(Ten Sports), the association said the channel's
demand was "illegal" and contrary to the Telecom
Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI)'s regulations
passed on December 12, 2003. It would be illegal to
demand more than the tariff fixed by Telecom
Regulatory Authority of India, the association claims.
Meanwhile, three multi-system operators reportedly
signed a deal with Modi Entertainment Networks to air
Ten Sports channel.



Jordan has approved an Arab Gulf satellite channel in
the kingdom. The head of the recently- created
audiovisual authority, Hussein Bani Han, said the
authority received 17 requests from radio and
television networks but that the government acceded to
only two of them. A green light was given to the Gulf
Company for Development and Investment, owned by an
Arab Gulf businessman, to set up a satellite channel
in Amman that will be named Al Khalijiya (The Gulf
One). Al Khalijiya will be the first foreign
television to be launched from Jordan, which only has
one state-run television station. A Jordanian firm was
also granted permission to provide a cable television



Sri Lanka celebrated the Silver Jubilee of the
introduction of television to the country by launching
the World Service of the Independent Television
Network (ITN) on March 8, Radio Netherlands Media
Network has reported. In cooperation with TV Lanka,
special ITN Programmes will be broadcast to expatriate
Sri Lankans from 1500-1800 UTC daily. ITN's Lakhanda
Radio service will also be available. The service will
reach the Middle East, Australia and parts of Africa
and Europe. Broadcasts will be from the Apstar 2R
satellite at 76.5 East.



The Mass Communication Organisation of Thailand (MCOT)
posted a 61.2 per cent increase in net profit to US$
11.25 million on revenue of US$ 21.7 million during
its first fiscal quarter to December 31. The state
enterprise attributed the improvement to ongoing
programme restructuring on its flagship television
Channel 9 that began in November 2002, and declared
its readiness to list on the Stock Exchange of
Thailand by the middle of this year. MCOT
Director-General Mingkwan Sangsuwan said MCOT had
outlined a new phase of programming changes designed
to further strengthen the station and keep it
competitive with rivals, especially BEC World Plc's
Channel 3.



Al-Arabiya, the Dubai-based newscaster, has signed a
major distribution deal with the BBC. The channel,
owned by MBC, has optioned 100 hours of factual
content from BBC Worldwide including a number of shows
about Middle-Eastern issues such as Palestine - The
First Intifada and Mohammed Reza Pahlavi - The Last
Shah. The broadcaster will air the in-house produced
programmes, which also include Alan Yentob’s BBC 1
arts programme Leonardo, over the next few years.
Al-Arabiya is a 24-hour news channel which airs across
the world servicing around 130 million Arabic speaking


Foxtel Installers are NOW on STRIKE as expected.

Foxtel Digital launch last night, I only caught the last 3 minutes of (Who would of thought to check TVSN for it?) I was waiting for it to be on Sky News but Sky NZ didn't show it. Anyway a lot of posting in the forums and newsgroups are saying the whole launch show was woefull and containing many factually incorrect statements. The biggest thing to happen to Australian TV since the change from B/W to Colour? HAHAH I don't think so. Even more unbelievably it screened on 21 channels at the same time.

PCR problem on TGN on B3 fixed, should work fine With Nokias and other receiver types that had trouble with video/audio problems. Reload if it suddenly stopped working!

Satfacts page updated

Tarb's started broadcasting Disney, The Disney Channel is additional $5.95 per month minimum 3 months term, The special offer for Disney is, pay for 3 months, get 1 month free.

From my Emails & ICQ

From Ranime

lastnight Foxtel Launch..... ? feed....
B1 12380 H 3/4 6620

From Satellite Info

Feed Seen Saturday, Insat 2E 3832v 6250 3/4 Vpid 514 Apid 660 'Sports event'

From the Dish

PAS 2 169E 4126 V "NBN World" has left .

PAS 8 166E 3836 V "TVBS Newsnet USA" has left , replaced by occasional feeds.

Palapa C2 113E All channels on 11472 V are now encrypted in Viaccess.

Telkom 1 108E 3460 H The Musik has started, Fta, PIDs 106/107.
Telkom 1 108E 3580 H "ARY Digital UK" has started Irdeto, PIDs 592/593.
Telkom 1 108E 4130 V "RRI Pro 4" has started on , Fta, APID 257.

AsiaSat 2 100.5E 4000 H "TV 5 Asie" has started a duplicate, Fta, PIDs 512/640.

NSS 6 95.5E MBC has replaced CM TV on 11687 V and 12594 H, Fta, PIDs 720/721.
NSS 6 95.5E 12509 H "Free-XTV" has left .
NSS 6 95.5E 12729 V "Sexz TV" has started on , Irdeto, VPID 1281.

Insat 3A 93.5E 3897 V "Occasional feeds" on , SR 2000, FEC 3/4.
Insat 3A 93.5E 11670 H "Smile TV" is fta.

Yamal 201 90E 3938 L "Telekanal Dvina and Radio Rossii" have started on, Fta, SR 4275,FEC 3/4, PIDs 308/256 and 257.
Yamal 201 90E Radio Rossii has moved from 3938 L to 3948 L, Fta, APID 257.

Thaicom 3 78..5E 3412 V "TV Maldives and Voice of Maldives" have left , moved to Apstar 2R.
Thaicom 3 78..5E 3626 V "Punjab Today" is back on , Fta, PIDs 2081/2082.

Apstar 2R 76.5E 4030 V "TV Maldives and Voice of Maldives" have started on , Fta, SR 6312, FEC 1/2, PIDs 512/640 and 650.

LMI 1 75E 12610 H All channels in the ABS-CBN mux are FTA.

Intelsat 906 64E 3938 L "Alpha ETC Punjabi" is now encrypted.

Express AM 22 53E An SGU TV info card, an SGU TV 2 test card and SGU Internet have started
on 10975 H, Fta, SR 8888, FEC 3/4, PIDs 33/34 and 1057/1058.

* Reception reports:
The signal is weak, but stable, similar to Arabsat 2D.
(A Kardos with 140 cm in Budapest, Hungary)

14.7 dB, strong signal.
(N Stanislav with 200 cm in central Russia)

90%, very strong signal.
(D Shimoni in Israel)

* Reception reports for 10975 H:
Good signal, 40-45%.
(G Giannis with 100 cm in Chios, Greece)

(Naporex with 180 cm in SE Poland)

The signal is strong, no problems.
(U Maurer with 120 cm in Germany)

Strong reception, 75%.
(L Klontzas with 240 cm in Crete, Greece)

49% signal quality, strong signal.
(D Leadbeater with 100 cm in UK)

Signal is strong enough to lock the mux, but picture is breaking up.
Max signal strengh is approximately 5.1 dB.
(DX-Ampy with 120 cm in western Germany)

* Reception reports for 10975 H:

Very good, 60% signal strength.
(L Nystrom with 180 cm in Skurup, Sweden)

90% signal quality, strong.
(E Gillin with 200 cm in Rome, Italy)

Signal level 63%, stable and good.
(E Strand with 120 cm in Knislinge, Sweden)


Digital revolution launched

From http://www.theadvertiser.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5936,8970364%255E462,00.html

TELEVISION and how we view it changed at 8.25 last night when Foxtel Digital was turned on during its launch at a celebrity-packed function in Sydney.

But the service has been hampered by an installation workers' strike that will delay subscribers getting the service for two months.

The service, offering more than 130 channels - including interactive entertainment, education, documentaries, sport, news and more - is the biggest leap forward in the industry since broadcasts began in 1956.

Australian showbiz success story Hugh Jackman flicked the switch, appropriately via satellite from New York, to launch the service.

Hundreds of guests, including actor Claudia Karvan, boxer Anthony Mundine, News Limited chairman Lachlan Murdoch and representatives of Foxtel's on-air talent cheered the new era in.

Demand for Foxtel Digital has well exceeded expectations, with more than 100,000 of Foxtel's 865,000 customers ordering upgrades. That was even before the company - owned by Telstra, PBL and News Ltd - launched a $15 million marketing campaign to persuade Australians digital was now the present and not the future.

Foxtel CEO Kim Williams outlined customer and corporate goals the digital service was aiming at.

While installers of the new digital set top boxes will meet to consider industrial action today, Mr Williams was confident the roll-out would proceed smoothly once issues were addressed.

A meeting of sub-contractors who belong to the Communications Electrical Plumbing Union last week voted to strike today. The sub-contractors are hired through companies contracted by Foxtel to install the technology.

The union's communications branch secretary Len Cooper said he expected 700 technicians to walk out.

Foxtel corporate affairs director Mark Furness said the industrial action had caused minor disruption to the installation schedule.

Huge demand for digital services had led to a backlog, with delays varying according to location and available technicians, he said.

Also announced at the gala cock tail launch was Logie and AFI award-winning actor Claudia Karvan's return to television.

She is to star in and co-produce an "edgy" adult series for Foxtel - her first TV role since The Secret Life of Us.

Subcontractors angry at Foxtel pay offer

From http://news.ninemsn.com.au/National/story_55468.asp

Foxtel's move to digital broadcasting is under threat, with subcontractors vowing to walk off the job ahead of the planned roll-out on Monday.

The subcontractors who install the digital service have rejected Foxtel's latest offer in a pay dispute with the company.

Electrical and Plumbing Union's (CEPU) Victorian secretary Len Cooper said about 800 Foxtel subcontractors around the country would meet on Monday morning to agree on what rates of pay they wanted and how long they would strike for.

He said the strike would bring the rollout of the digital service to a halt with no technicians to install, maintain or repair the equipment.

"The digital revolution will be delayed," Mr Cooper said.

Foxtel estimates over 100,000 Australian customers have signed up to `Foxtel Digital'.

But in a statement Foxtel maintained the majority of technicians involved had accepted a one-off $1,000 "Foxtel Digital Launch Training Allowance" to continue working.

Foxtel said their two digital satellite installation contractors had told them the bulk of their workers had accepted the offer and would not take part in the work stoppages.

But Mr Cooper said the offer of $1,000 was not enough to stop the technicians from striking.

"Most of the subcontractors have responded to that with a fair degree of cynicism when they have been trying to negotiate better ongoing rates of pay," he said.

In south-west Queensland, up to 100 subcontractors will join nationwide strike with the Electrical Trades Union (ETU) warning the strike will seriously affect the roll-out of Foxtel digital services to Brisbane, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast.

ETU organiser Garry (correct) Rogers said subcontractors were being offered around three per cent of Foxtel's $560 million budget for the digital service.

"It's disgusting; it's akin to sweatshop conditions," he said.

He said the subcontractors will meet Monday morning in Brisbane to discuss further industrial action

Foxtel digital roll out descends into chaos

From http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/03/13/1078594619020.html

A threatened nationwide strike by subcontractors employed to install Foxtel's much vaunted new digital pay TV service could leave some subscribers waiting up to seven months to be connected.

The new service, which offers DVD-quality pictures and sound, extra channels, interactive sports and news broadcasts plus pay-per-view movies, officially begins today, but the roll out has already descended into chaos.

About 500 subcontractors from four companies commissioned by Foxtel will meet at 7am tomorrow to discuss possible strike action over what they consider are insufficient flat fees for the work, which now includes the installation of a return phone line.

Strike action and the resultant job cancellations would severely affect customers due to have the digital service installed, with Foxtel customer service operators telling subscribers last week that the next available date for installation wasn't until October.

Foxtel hopes the new technology will help it boost pay TV's penetration into Australian households from current levels of about 23 per cent to between 35 and 40 per cent by 2008.

Among the biggest drawcards of the new system to consumers is its "near video on demand" facility which allows subscribers to see new films six months after their release to video stores and 18 months before their release on free-to-air television.

To view the films on multiple occasions over a 24-hour costs users about $6.

The Communications Electrical and Plumbing Union (CEPU), which looks after the interests of the Foxtel subcontractors, said there had already been many cancellations and delays for installation because of the inadequate training of its members in the new technology.

CEPU official Shane Murphy said his union's members had to use their own money to pay for a four-hour training course that had left many still not competent enough to complete the digital installation.

"The reason why customers are ringing up everywhere and complaining is because the subbies used to be able to do five or six jobs a day - now it's down to one or two," he said.

Mr Murphy said Foxtel was aware of the problem and had offered the subcontractors a one-off payment of $1000 but the CEPU had rejected it.

Meanwhile, telecommunications expert Paul Budde has questioned the viability of the digital roll out, claiming the Foxtel service was too expensive for most people to consider.

"Price is a key issue," he said of the service, which ranged from a basic cost of $48.95 a month to the all-channels premium service at $94.95.

"If you look at North America and Europe, the basic product costs $15 to $20 and that brings in lots of customers. Then you have the opportunity to sell them extra channels."

Mr Budde said the interactive elements of the digital service - through its sports and news coverage and pay-per-view movies - were a step in the right direction.

"My observation is that the new channels are not going to make any difference," he said. "It's not a content issue.

"But the interactive element is attractive because it gives you a choice. Up until now, pay TV has been about not having choice - you get what they give you and that's it."

Get your free FOXTEL Digital Demo DVD, including musicMAX sessions

From News Ltd Release - Victoria

TO celebrate the launch of FOXTEL's new Digital service, the Sunday
Herald Sun print edition is giving readers the exclusive opportunity
to take a sneak preview of the amazing world of Digital.

The DVD includes a preview of FOXTEL's new digital service and
includes live musicMax sessions of Coldplay, Paul Kelly with Katy
Steele, Alex Lloyd and The Whitlams.

To redeem this offer, simply present the token from the newspaper at
participating newsagents.

So don't miss out on your free copy of the exclusive FOXTEL Digital
Demo DVD only in the Sunday Herald Sun print edition on Sunday March
21, 2004.

Offer is strictly limited. While stocks last.

(Craigs comment, call now and order and we'll throw in a free set of steak knives!)

Atlas rocket roars into orbit

From http://edition.cnn.com/2004/TECH/space/03/13/lockheed.atlas.reut/

An Atlas 3, blasted off from Cape Canaveral on Saturday morning.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) -- An Atlas 3 rocket launched a communications satellite designed to provide 70 audio and video channels to handheld devices in Japan and South Korea.

This was the second launch of the year for an Atlas 3, built by Lockheed Martin leaving one more launch, scheduled for early 2005, before the model is retired to make way for the new Atlas 5 rocket, company officials said.

The liftoff was at 12.40 a.m. (ET) Saturday from launch complex 36B at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

The satellite, built by Space Systems/Loral for a consortium of Japanese and Korean broadcast companies, "will bring CD-quality audio and MPEG-4 video and interactive data to palm-sized mobile receivers throughout Japan and Korea," said Jennifer Hodges, a spokeswoman for International Launch Services, a partnership of Lockheed Martin and the Khrunichev Research Center in Moscow.

Atlas Launch Control reported the launch was successful and the satellite was headed for a geostationary orbit above Earth.

Next generation Russian communications satellite starts operating

From http://newsfromrussia.com/science/2004/03/12/52749.html

Russia began using its new broadcasting and communications satellite, the Express-AM22, which was successfully launched on December 29, 2003, a spokesman for Space Communication, a state enterprise, told RIA Novosti on Friday.

Presently, the Express-AM22 is in a geostationary orbit at 53 degrees eastern Longitude. The satellite provides communication and television broadcasting services to Russian citizens from the Baltic Sea to the Urals as well as to countries in the CIS, Europe, the Middle East and North America.

The Express-AM22 is the first of the five Express-AM series satellites that were funded (the production and launch) by that the Russian Federal Space Program to 2005. "With these satellites Russia will be able to change to new standard of television broadcasting, data transmission in a digital format and Internet access," the head of the project, Yevgeny Korchagin, told RIA Novosti in Krasnoyarsk.

The Reshetov Scientific and Industrial Association of Applied Mechanics and Alcatel Space, a French company jointly developed the satellite. It is fitted with 24 repeaters and has a guaranteed service life in orbit of 12 years. The contour aerials of the Express-AM22 ensures an optimal distribution of the signal over the entire surface area and the possibility of using the 0.6 meter satellite terminals.

The new satellite is designed for digital television and radio broadcasting, telephone communications and a broadband Internet access.

DD Makes A Killing In One-Day Show

From http://www.financialexpress.com/fe_full_story.php?content_id=54700

NEW DELHI, MARCH 13: Public broadcaster Doordarshan (DD) has shared the upbeat mood of Team India. While Sourav and his boys celebrated the win in the first one-dayer with Pakistan in Karachi on Saturday, DD was also rejoicing. For, it just made the best of its one-day opportunity.

Exclusive telecast rights holder to this historic series, Ten Sports of Dubai, had submitted before the Supreme Court on Friday that it would allow DD and other Indian cable networks to beam the Karachi match for free.

Ten Sports counsel Kapil Sibal termed it a “friendly gesture from the channel”. But, the court and Ten Sports made it clear that the offer was just for a day. The apex court is expected to decide on Monday on whether DD would be allowed to show the matches or not. So, on Saturday, DD was all out making a killing, not bothering about a tomorrow.

According to sources, DD earned a neat Rs 8-9 crore in just a day from ads. “Ads were on standby,” say the sources. If it got to beam all the matches of the ongoing Indo-Pak series, DD aims to make a clean sweep of Rs 100 crore. But, whether it can get anywhere close to a windfall or not will depend on Monday’s SC verdict.

Karachi Conquered!

Industry insiders, who are tracking the development, argue that DD’s “public interest has suddenly changed into commercial interests”.

Ten Sports officials were not available for comments, as the issue is “sub-judice”.

Earlier, both the Bombay and Madras high courts had directed Ten Sports to permit DD to telecast the series with Ten Sports logo. But, for the first 16 overs or so, the DD screen didn’t have the Ten Sports logo. While Prasar Bharati official said, “there was a gap in interpreting the judicial observations and therefore the Ten Sports’ logo was missing”, those on the other side of the fence were screaming “copyright violations”.

On Friday, the Dubai-based channel had challenged the orders of the high courts on telecast in the SC through a special leave petition.

Prasar Bharti is expected to take the post-win feel-good factor into the court room on Monday, when the case comes up for hearing. Its plea would be based on “public interest”, according to CEO KS Sarma. He may meet attorney general Soli G Sorabjee and Solicitor General Kirit Raval — Prasar Bharati’s counsel — on Sunday.

Meanwhile, DD was not the only channel, other than Ten Sports, beaming the match in the country. Satellite rights holder in the West Asian and Pakistan region, ARY Digital, was also available across homes. Coming to the rights holder in India, the Ten Sports screen was flashing a message, which was hard to miss. “Please ask your cable operator to sign up for the next ODI on March 16.” The message was clear: If your cable guy doesn’t sign the annual contract with Ten Sports, the next match on the channel may be blacked out!


No update Sunday


No update Saturday


Asiasat Financial report for 2003, includes mention of the disruption to service on Asiasat 2 late last year. http://www.asiasat.com.hk/eng/01_company/news_20040311.pdf

Disney channel starts on channel 6 tarbs on 15 march

Sorry about late update tonight busy with things. Next update Monday. Don't forget "Foxtel Digital" hype hype hype being launched Sunday night. those in NZ with Sky should see the launch on Sky News channel.

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From Anon

Foxtel Install rates

Install with PSTN return path $165
Install with TLE return Path $128
Migration with pstn $ 59
Migration TLE return path $ 43
Migration no return path $ 38

The price for the digital box swap only is $38 and $7 per subsequent box.


From The Dish

PAS 8 166E 3860 H "Pili Satellite TV" is now encrypted.

Thaicom 3 78.5E 3626 V "Punjab Today" has left .

Palapa C2 113E 11472 V MAC TV, CTI TV Asia, SET International, ETTV Asia, ETTV Movie, Yoyo TV and MTV China have started on , Fta, SR 15555, FEC 5/6,PIDs 2101/2102-2701/2702.

ST 1 88E 3657 H "Golden TV" is still on , Fta, SR 2400, FEC 3/4, PIDs 2385/2386.


9 foreign suppliers to bid for Vietnam's first satellite

From http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-03/11/content_1360967.htm

HANOI, March 11 (Xinhuanet) -- Nine companies from the United States, Japan and Europe will bid for the construction and launch of Vietnam's first satellite which is scheduled to become operational late 2005.

The bid valued at 250 million US dollars will mainly comprise launching the communication satellite, building a ground control center, transferring technology and buying insurance, according tolocal newspaper Youth on Thursday.

The satellite named Vinasat will provide telephone, radio and television services to all corners of Vietnam without topographical interference. It weighs 2.2 tons, and has a life-span of 15-20 years.

The medium-sized satellite will span its coverage over Vietnam,Southeast Asian countries, and some eastern Asian countries including Japan and South Korea.

Vietnam has registered for the satellite to operate at 135-degree east longitude, and on the 120 kilometers square-equatorialplane, the paper said.

The country now has to hire satellite services of foreign companies from Thailand, Indonesia and Russia, paying them some 10million US dollars annually.

Former fighter pilot Pham Tuan became the country's first astronaut when he took part in a Soviet space mission in 1985. Enditem

S.Korea satellite project may stir up telecom sector

From http://www.forbes.com/home_asia/newswire/2004/03/12/rtr1296265.html

SEOUL, March 12 (Reuters) - A satellite is due to be launched on Saturday to beam down broadcasts to hand-held devices in South Korea, in a ground-breaking project that analysts say offers a promising new revenue source for telecom firms.

TU Media, 30 percent owned by South Korea's biggest mobile carrier, SK Telecom Co, said satellite-based digital multimedia broadcasting (DMB) should be widely available in Korea from May. It said the $400 million project was a world first.

The pilot plan, which counts Toshiba Corp-owned Mobile Broadcasting Corp among its backers, is likely to receive keen interest as global telecom companies firms facing stagnant growth in core services look for fresh earnings drivers.

South Korea's $16 billion telecom services market is seen as an ideal test-bed for the technology. Seventy percent of its 48 million people use mobile phones for voice as well as data services and it also has the world's highest broadband penetration rate.

"It is meaningful that a fresh revenue source has been created through DMB, but Korea has to tackle a mountain of challenges to develop the market for the new venture," said Lee Ho-joon, an analyst at JP Morgan.

Lee cited higher prices of portable terminals -- estimated at around $600 per unit -- and the development of special content for DMB services as the first issues to be addressed.

Monthly fees are expected to be between $10 and $12.

Two months after the launch of the SK Telecom satellite from Florida, slated for March 13, subscribers should be able to receive 39 channels featuring movies, entertainment shows and radio with mobile phones, hand-held computers or terminals set up in cars, the company said.

Road maps and securities data would also be available.

Unlike other services based on mobile phones, DMB will be one-way, only sending data, sound and pictures to the hand-held device. But it should be cheaper than the third-generation phone services that are beginning to appear.


"We hope to play a leading role in the convergence of the telecom and broadcasting businesses and make a breakthrough in the increasingly saturated telecom market," Bae Joon-dong, the head of TU media, told Reuters.

Bae, who spearheaded SK's explosive growth in the mobile market in the 1990s, forecast TU Media would break even in just three years, attracting 1.5 million users by 2006.

Its customer base is then expected to climb to over eight million by 2010, generating 1.2 trillion won ($1.03 billion) in annual sales, he added.

Analysts were generally positive about the business outlook.

"Business potential is quite tangible, given the relatively small initial investment and the fact it can rapidly spread through the already established mobile customer pool," said Yang Sung-wook, an analyst at Daewoo Securities Co.

SK Telecom is spending 160.5 billion won ($137.1 million) on the satellite launch and for equity investment in TU Media. Japan's Media Broadcasting Corp owns 10 percent of the venture.

The remaining shares are held by some 200 equipment makers, programme providers and financial institutions.

TU Media has earmarked 316 billion won for investment.

Bae said TU Media would "open the channel for contents to foreign suppliers" and saw potential for DMB in China, the host of the 2008 Olympic Games.

The DMB launch was also expected to provide an opportunity for South Korean terminal and equipment makers, such as Samsung Electronics Co and LG Electronics Inc, to steal a march on global competitors, analysts said.

But Bae brushed aside market concerns that TU Media would provide DMB services only to SK Telecom, blocking access for smaller rivals KTF and LG Telecom Co.

Some analysts doubted, however, whether KTF and LG were prepared for the new services and said it would take some time for them to develop DMB mobile phones. As a result, SK Telecom could open up an unassailable lead in the sector.

KT Corp, the country's largest fixed-line carrier and KTF's parent firm, is launching its own DMB services in 2006. ($1=1171.0 won)

AsiaSat profit plunges 23pc

From http://www.thestandard.com.hk/thestandard/news_detail_frame.cfm?articleid=45887&intcatid=1

Asia Satellite (AsiaSat), the regional satellite operator owned 30 per cent by Citic Group, reported a 23.8 per cent decline in 2003 full-year net profit to HK$424.49 million, from HK$554.69 million a year earlier.

Depreciation costs for its third satellite, AsiaSat 4, which commenced commercial operations last July, resulted in a 33.4 per cent increase in depreciation expenses for property and equipment to HK$222.28 million, up from HK$166.63 million a year earlier.

The bulk, 98 per cent, of Asia Satellite's revenue - which totalled HK$896.23 million - was fuelled by income from the provision of satellite transponder capacity. The company earned HK$950.75 million revenue in 2002.

Despite a shrinking bottom line, AsiaSat increased its final dividend payout to 24 HK cents from 19 cents. The company in 2002 gave out a special dividend of 25 cents a share, which was absent last year.

Earnings per share dropped to HK$1.09 from HK$1.42.

Let DD telecast series: HC to Ten Sports

From http://inhome.rediff.com/money/2004/mar/12cas1.htm

The Madras high court on Friday suggested to Ten Sports to permit Doordarshan to telecast the India-Pakistan cricket series commencing from Saturday.

Earlier reports said that a day after the government threatened to come out with an ordinance making it mandatory for Ten Sports to grant terrestrial rights of the India-Pakistan cricket series to Prasar Bharati, the two parties on Thursday came to the negotiating table to find a solution to the dispute.

Though disagreements and concerns remain, Ten Sports and Prasar Bharati on Thursday discussed the commercial and technical terms of sharing the telecast feed for the series. According to government sources, a final agreement is expected on Friday after the Prasar Bharati board meeting in Mumbai, said Business Standard.

Sources close to the talks also said Prasar Bharati had proposed to pay about $8 million for the terrestrial rights of the matches, while Ten Sports was demanding about $20 million.

The government proposed a solution wherein Prasar Bharati would provide its platform to Ten Sports to telecast the matches live on Doordarshan. In this arrangement, Ten Sports will also have the mandate to market the series and keep the advertisement revenue, while paying a carriage fee to Prasar Bharati.

"Doordarshan will just provide the platform and Ten Sports will market the event. This will give the channel a wider reach," said a source.

According to the sources, Ten Sports pointed out that in such an arrangement, there was a possibility of piracy of signals by cable operators and possible loss of advertisement revenue. A deferred telecast of matches was proposed by Ten Sports, which was rejected by the state-owned broadcaster.

"We are not interested in a deferred broadcast of the matches," said K S Sarma, chief executive, Prasar Bharati.

Ten Sports representatives told the government during the meetings that it could face a huge loss of subscription revenue in such a case.

The government has directed both the broadcasters to work out a way to prevent stealing of signals in case Doordarshan telecasts the matches on its terrestrial network.

During the negotiations, it was also proposed that while Ten Sports would have the satellite rights for the series, Doordarshan would show the matches in the non-metro areas.

Ten Sports representatives also met Telecom Regulatory Authority of India Chairman Pradip Baijal and expressed their reservations about sharing the live feed of the series with Prasar Bharati.

Cricket telecast talks get curioser

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/headlines/y2k4/mar/mar87.htm

NEW DELHI: The India-Pakistan cricket telecast rights deal took another bizarre turn with Ten Sports and its distribution agent, Modi Entertainment Network (MEN) offering pubcaster a deal that is broken up into metros and rest of the country.

According to informed sources, Ten has said that it is ready to give the cricket signal feeds to DD , in the public interest, but the arrangement would not be valid for the four metros of New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata.

So, what does this mean? Ten has said that its cricket feed (complete with its own commentators and advertisements) could be put on a transponder on Insat 2E for rest of the country to watch on DD, while in the four aforementioned metros, Ten Sports' satellite signals would have to be used by cable ops for cable TV subscribers..

Though the technicality of this offer is questionable --- why cannot signals from Insat 2E be downlinked in Mumbai, for instance? --- Ten Sports has also said that it would not compensate DD for the hours it would use up for showing the cricket matches and providing Ten with a platform.

Ten is understood to have hinted that it would not be possible for it to offer more than this because of various commercial reasons. Unless, of course, the government provides it with an escape route, which can come in the form of an executive order from the government.

However, a final decision on this option, along with two other options, would be taken tomorrow in Prasar Bharati's board meet.

This is like a one-dayer which is likely to go to the wires with the result not known till the last few balls. Slightly over 36 hours before the first ball is bowled in the first one day international between Pakistan and India on Saturday, Ten Sports and pubcaster Doordarshan were still trying to hammer out a solution till late in the evening today.

Ten Sports and its distribution agent, Modi Entertainment Network (MEN), refused to offer any comment on the negotiations that took place today. When contacted, MEN advisor RK Singh said that he was not in a position to say anything.


Ten Sports and MEN today took a tough stance during negotiations with officials from the Indian government and pubcaster Prasar Bharati hinting that if DD is to be made available signals, then the loss of revenue because of various reasons, including connectivity, would be between $ 20-24 million, which has to be compensated..

Prasar Bharati, represented by CEO KS Sarma and director-general of Doordarshan Naveen Kumar, reportedly, was willing to increase the offer for terrestrial rights marginally --- around $ 8 million.

A new twist got added when a Chennai high today court reserved its order on a public interest litigation filed there. In the absence of any direction or guidance from the court, the government is undecided on promulgating an Ordinance making it compulsory for anybody and everybody to share the feeds of events of national importance with the public service broadcaster (DD) terrestrially.

An ordinance or an executive order is the last option that the government would like to exercise, but officials pointed out that a simple order under clause 20 of the cable TV (Network) Regulation Act might also do the trick if it comes down to the crunch overs.

The government-organised discussions between Prasar Bharati and Ten-MEN combine continued late and the hint from Sarma to Kumar, who took over the latter part of the negotiations, was that the figure quoted as amounting to loss of revenue --- $ 20-24 million --- should be "revisited" to see the basis of the calculations.

If a simulcast model is adopted, then DD would do its own marketing, while Ten its own. It is also learnt that DD released a tentative list of ad rates in the industry for the cricket matches earlier in the day in anticipation of a solution.

However, both Prasar Bharati and the government acknowledge that Ten Sports has point a when it expresses its fears of DD's terrestrial signals being stolen or pirated by those cable operators who haven't signed up with Ten yet and anxiously waiting for a clearer picture to emerge. It has also been agreed that if DD also telecasts the matches, the exclusivity factor, which had been touted by Ten to its advertisers, would diminish.

"So, basically it has boiled down to money with Ten not also inclined to say no (to a DD offer)," a senior government official, who participated in the earlier part of the meeting, said, adding that the best formula would be shake hand "somewhere midway."

An option of deferred telecast on DD has not enthused its parent oragnisation Prasar Bharati, which feels that it would be not of much use as All India Radio has bagged broadcast rights. Moreover, in this age of Internet and other modern technical gizmos deferred telecast of one-day cricket matches don't make much sense.

Deferred telecast is also not enthusing DD as it would be hard to decide the quantum of time by which the telecast would be deferred on DD. If this option were agreed upon then, deferring it beyond 5-6 overs would be useless from DD's point of view.


On the other hand, the government also feels that non-telecast of the matches on DD of a series, which has been "largely facilitated by the government", may lead to law and order problems. With almost the whole of Mumbai not getting Ten Sports, even in Delhi 40 per cent of the cable ops haven't signed up.

In places like Pune and smaller towns of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Rajasthan, non-telecast of the cricket matches may lead to violence too, government fears. "In this case of India and Pakistan series, the government should not be seen as a bully. We are just trying to facilitate matters," a senior government said.

Earlier in the day, McDonald met broadcast and cable regulator chief Pradip Baijal.

Though the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) termed it a "courtesy visit", it is likely that Ten raised its apprehensions on cable operators stealing signals if DD is provided a feed and dwelt on the commercial deals that have been struck with the cable ops till now, amongst other issues.


Power seems up on B1 12456V TVNZ mux? also Globecast B3 12524V the power on it was up earlier today. Sigaram was running FTA there as well.

Foxtel Install chaos.. Installers are going on strike! Newsgroups and forums are full of complaints from unhappy customers many installs have been canceled. Any installer out there that would like to comment? can be anon if you wish.

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From Fishing

Aus vs SriLanka cricket feed

Hi all
I think I found it. The feed is called Cricket-02 and its on As2 4060v 6111sr. However its encrypted.

Hope this helps

(Craigs comment, or else it may be NZ vs Saf from NZ)

From the Dish

AsiaSat 3 105.5E "TVB 8" has started on 4110 H, Fta, PIDs 1410/1420.

Measat 1 91.5E 10982 VAn Astro Mosaic 1 and a test card has started on , enc.,PIDs 169/132 and 172/181.

ST 1 88E 3632 V "CTS, CTV and TTV" are now encrypted.
ST 1 88E 3657 H "Golden TV" has left .

Thaicom 3 78.5E 3626 V A test card has started on , Fta, PIDs 4129/4130.
Thaicom 3 78.5E 3671 H The test card has left again.

Insat 3C 74E 3893 H Occasional feeds on , SR 2250, FEC 3/4.
Insat 3C 74E 3901 HA Sahara Mum test card has started on , Fta, SR 3500, FEC 3/4,PIDs 308/256.(Anyone in W.A get this one?)

SatcoDX Update #18/2004

0720 PANAMSAT 4 (72.0E)


SkyVision on 3.857 (V, 20000): It has moved from 4.120V, new SR

0765 APSTAR 2R (76.5E)


TV Lanka 3 on 3.631 (H, 3654, 1360, 1320, 1360): New SR

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antv on 3.500 (H, 28000, 672, 671, 672):

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Sky 101.6 FM on 3.500 (H, 28000, 62, 61):

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National Geographics on 3.580 (H, 28000, 148, 145, 148):

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Movie Channel Info Card on 3.585 (V, 26667, 513, 641, 8190): Will Start on March 15Th

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Optus mum on report about sale of satellites

From http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/03/11/1078594470170.html

Optus has declined to comment on reports it was planning to sell off its satellite assets in a $1 billion deal.

The Australian Financial Review reported that Australia's number two telco was looking at a number of options for its satellite assets, including a sale to a foreign satellite operator, a sharemarket float or a securitisation of the assets.

The newspaper said it was believed Optus favoured securitisation of the assets, which involved selling them into a special vehicle to be owned by a range of retail and institutional shareholders.

An Optus spokesman today declined to comment on the report, saying the company did not comment on rumours and speculation.

Optus has four satellites in orbit, including the $500 million C1 satellite which is co-owned by the Australian Department of Defence.

With most of its capacity pre-sold, C1, which has a lifespan of 15 years, is expected to generate more than $1 billion in revenue for Optus over the next few years.

Optus satellite revenue for the nine months to December 31, 2003, was $373 million.

The C1 satellite is crucial to the roll out of digital TV in Australia, with Pay-TV operator Foxtel paying $40 million a year to rent transponder capacity. Regional pay TV operator Austar also uses C1.

Optus plans to launch another two satellites in Australia and New Zealand by 2007 after signing a multi-million dollar deal with United States-based Orbital Sciences Corp to build two new D-series satellites.

The D-series will eventually replace Optus' B-Series satellites which are nearing the end of their useful life.

The new D-series satellites will also provide capacity for Foxtel and Austar to expand if demand increases. Foxtel launches its digital television offering this weekend.

Optus has also signed a 15-year deal with Sky TV to provide subscription television services to its New Zealand customers on the D-series satellites.

Most free-to-air channels skip pay-TV

From http://www.thecouriermail.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5936,8925247%255E462,00.html

PAY-TV's digital revolution will not include most free-to-air channels. With just four days to go to its Sunday launch, Foxtel Digital has yet to reach agreements with channels 7, 10 and the ABC.

It means satellite subscribers to Foxtel and Austar's digital service will only receive free-to-air digital retransmission from Channel 9 and SBS, which have signed deals.

Foxtel Digital cable subscribers will be able to watch all free-to-air channels as part of the service, but signals from channels 7 and 10 will only be available in poorer-quality analogue broadcasts.

Foxtel Digital publicity manager Brendon Moo said channels 7 and 10's programs would also be absent from Foxtel Digital's electronic program guide. Subscribers would notice the void, he said.

"We believe the Foxtel Digital guide is the key part of our new digital offering and certainly it will change the way people currently view their television," he said. "The difference will be that with Nine, SBS and the ABC (on cable) you will have all of their program information listed in the digital guide but there will be nothing available for Channel 7 and Channel 10."

Instead of program listings, including episode synopses and ratings information, subscribers will find a message for channels 7 and 10 that reads: "Unfortunately Channel 7/10 has not entered into a digital retransmission agreement with Foxtel and as a result program listings are not available".

Foxtel required free-to-air channels to pay the cost of satellite capacity costs before retransmitting their digital signals.

Channel 7 was unavailable for comment yesterday.

Mr Moo said Foxtel (part-owned by The News Corporation Ltd, parent publisher of NEWS.com.au) would continue negotiations with the channels, but admitted "those networks are not going to be there for the launch".

He said the ABC's digital signal would be broadcast to cable customers but not to satellite customers due to a "long-standing agreement that dates back to '99 for their cable signal".

A new agreement would need to be reached before Foxtel and Austar broadcast the ABC to satellite customers, Mr Moo said, but they would receive SBS and Nine for the first time as part of the digital service.

A limited number of customers have received installation, but Mr Moo said more than 110,000 customers had expressed interest in joining the service.

CapRock expands coverage area

From http://houston.bizjournals.com/houston/stories/2004/03/08/daily35.html

CapRock Communications has formed an alliance with Hawaii-Pacific Teleport to extend its service area through the Asia-Pacific region.

Houston-based CapRock provides communications services to harsh and remote locations across the world, and is a dominant satellite communications provider to the drilling industry.

The alliance with one of Hawaii's largest privately held teleports, which was announced Wednesday, allows CapRock to provide increased satellite coverage and extend the reach of its IPxpress technology to clients in the Asia-Pacific region. The company's Asia-Pacific coverage area now stretches westward from the U.S. mainland to the western edge of Turkmenistan.

Founded in 1981, CapRock also provides communications services to the military, homeland security, cruise lines and construction industry.

Blocking Sachin-Shoaib Play

From http://www.financialexpress.com/fe_full_story.php?content_id=54368

The countdown has begun for the Indo-Pak cricket series, but the picture is still hazy on how many of us will actually catch the action live on TV. So far, Dubai-based Ten Sports and public broadcaster Prasar Bharati have been the protagonists in the war for eyeballs, both for right(s) and wrong reasons. Then, a third broadcaster, Pakistan’s terrestrial channel PTV2, joined in, rather indirectly as a ray of hope for those who were being denied the signals of Ten Sports, the exclusive satellite rights holder to the hyped-up series.

Ahead of elections, cricket between India and Pakistan is assuming political connotations more than ever. As a government official put it, “we can’t rule out a last-second arrangement to beam the series on Doordarshan.” He added: “It’s more a diplomatic activity than a sporting one.” According to sources, foreign affairs minister Yashwant Sinha recently met his counterpart in Pakistan to forge a deal for DD, but even that didn’t work. Talks are still on at the highest political level, according to sources. However, a Ten Sports official said, four days before the event, how can anyone even talk of DD getting the terrestrial rights! The official added that Ten Sports was not under any political pressure to strike a deal with DD.

Meanwhile, cable operators are upset with Ten Sports, over its demand for higher subscriber numbers, and threatened to show the upcoming series on PTV2, which according to industry insiders has very weak signals in India. PTV2 has the terrestrial rights to the series in Pakistan. But, according to industry sources, PTV2 is being encrypted, so that its footprint is not clear outside the Pakistan market.

According to Delhi-based operator Vikki Chowdhry, “even if we manage to get a few decoders from Pakistan to beam the matches through PTV2, we’ll soon be caught through finger-printing methods.”

Ten Sports, which was blocked across several cable networks in the recent days, for not agreeing on commercial terms, may continue to remain out of reach for many, warned Cable Operators Federation of India at a conference on Tuesday. It goes without saying that a section of the cable fraternity wants to teach Ten Sports a lesson for daring to demand higher subscriber numbers.

Ten Sports, on the other hand, wants to make the best of the cricketing times, and is asking for parity with other popular channels in terms of subscriber numbers. Contesting cable operators’ claims that Ten Sports would be out of reach when Indo-Pak cricket series is on, a channel official said some cable networks had already signed up the annual contract and others were in the process of doing so. It is understood that Hathway is still resisting.

As Prasar Bharati has failed, so far, to get the terrestrial rights for Doordarshan despite trying at the highest political level, the ball is in the Ten Sports court all over again. As things stand now, Indian viewers would be able to catch Indo-Pak cricket live only on Ten Sports. But, Prasar Bharati CEO K S Sarma is a die-hard optimist. He told FE: “We have left no stone unturned in getting the terrestrial rights. Last week, when we met the Ten Sports officials, we renewed our offer of buying the rights (terrestrial) for $4 million, even though we knew that we had lost out on the opportunity of marketing the games. But, Ten Sports was willing to give only highlights.”

Mr Sarma is keeping his fingers crossed for the public interest litigation (PIL) that is scheduled to come up for a hearing on Wednesday. The PIL was filed for Doordarshan not getting the terrestrial rights to the Indo-Pak cricket series, as it denied the general public an opportunity to watch it. Interestingly, the case which stayed the government denotification of the conditional access system (CAS) also comes up for hearing at the Chennai high court on Wednesday.

(Craigs comment, I don't see Tensports allowing PTV to broadcast the game live and fta on satelite, Asiasat3)

`Ten Sports cannot have a monopoly'

From http://www.hindu.com/2004/03/10/stories/2004031001701200.htm

CHENNAI, MARCH 9. The Central Government submitted in the Madras High Court today that Ten Sports, which had bagged the broadcasting rights of the coming India-Pakistan cricket series and has refused to negotiate with Prasar Bharti, was not interested in the relationship between the two countries.

When four public interest litigation petitions seeking broadcasting rights for Prasar Bharti came up for hearing before the first Bench comprising the Chief Justice, B. Subhashan Reddy, and Justice M. Thanikachalam today, the Additional Central Government Standing Counsel, V.T. Gopalan, said the sports channel could not have a monopoly in the matter, and expressed the Centre's readiness to accept any agreeable solution.

Stating that people were anxiously looking forward to the cricket series, Mr. Gopalan said that a vast majority of Indians had access only to Doordarshan and wanted a quick solution, as time was very short.

The series starts on March 13 and ends on April 14.

Senior counsel for Ten Sports, K. Parasaran, however, submitted that the pay channel took a big risk while entering into a contract with the Pakistan Cricket Board three years ago, when Prasar Bharti did not even participate in the bidding.

Referring to the submission by the senior counsel for the petitioners, Sriram Panchu, that viewers had a fundamental right to entertainment, Mr. Parasaran said that, "they may have their fundamental right. But how can they enforce it on Ten Sports?" He said they could not be allowed to curtail the rights of the sports channel in the eleventh hour, that too in a matter which was purely commercial in nature. Stating that highlights and replays of the match would be telecast, he said that the "prima facie case is not with the petitioner. They have come too late with the petition. It would seriously affect international trade and commerce."

Earlier, Mr. Panchu submitted that while Pakistan's public broadcaster, PTV, had been given the rights to beam the series, its counterpart in India, Doordarshan, was not able to secure broadcast rights.

The arguments will continue tomorrow.

I&B tells Ten to light up 80 m screens

From http://www.expressindia.com/cricket/fulliestory.php?content_id=42691

With Doordarshan scrambling to gets its hands on the historic India-Pakistan series beginning on Saturday, and with a section of cable operators refusing to show the matches, the Government stepped in today and directed rights holder Ten Sports to ensure that the matches are shown in all the 80 million television homes.

Ten Sports has only the satellite rights to the matches, but the Government has left it to the broadcaster to make the matches available in all TV homes. Ministry officials said: ‘‘How the channel ensures viewership is not our business. The matches are of paramount importance to the countries involved. And we have told the channel to ensure that all the TV homes get to watch the matches.’’

In cracking the whip on Ten Sports, the Government has steered clear of the battle between Prasar Bharati and the channel over terrestrial rights to the matches. ‘‘We don’t care how they sort out the matter,’’ officials in the Ministry said, while lending an ear to Corporation CEO K.S. Sarma today.

The I&B Ministry has also asked Ten Sports for details on contracts entered with cable operators and multi-service operators. ‘‘We have been informed that the channel has entered into contracts with operators in Chennai, Kolkata, Delhi and Mumbai,’’ officials said.

There are pockets of resistance with some cable operators threatening to black out the series. At the core is a decade-old issue that remains unresolved. The broadcasters accuse cable operators of under-declaration by as much 80 per cent while operators dispute the channel viewership. Ten Sports, after paying up Rs $ 42 million for TV rights for five years is asking operators to declare their subscription base at the rate of Rs 14 per subscriber. Ten Sports MD, Chris McDonald who is in Mumbai, said the channel’s demands are not unreasonable.

Operators claim the channel is seeking advance fee for the next six months, a point that the channel’s India managing director Sharmistha Rijhwani disputes. ‘‘To ask for advance fee is standard practice,’’ she said. Operators say the channel cannot arm-twist them. ‘‘We will not pay more than what we paid in December on a declared subscription base when TRAI froze the rates,’’ they said.

The Prasar Bharati Corporation entered the race at the last moment. The corporation is reportedly willing to pay a little more than $ 6 million to secure the terrestrial rights to the matches. Ten Sports has said a categorical no to that offer.


Unfortunatly I am having some pc problems which may mean a new hard drive or possibly a new pc. Updates to Apsattv will be on hold until things are sorted in the next few days. sorry for the incovenience


Things very quiet today, don't forget livechat 9pm NZ and 8.30pm Syd time onwards in the chatroom tonight.

Austar "Digital" installs have started. Upgrade at their website

Has anyone seen a feed for Aus vs Sri Lanka Cricket? Possibly Pas 10?

From my Emails & ICQ

From Jon C (Thailand)

RE: Apsattv.com news item

Was just reading the article below on the apsatv web site and those who
get the Thaicom 2/3 KU feeds maybe interested to know the following;

The new channels name is indeed "OTOP" - nice logo in gold
BTV on TGN is also promoting the OTOP channel (FTA) and showing some its

BTV on TGN 12666 V 27500 [Thaicom 2/3] will be moving soon to a new
transponder from memory 12479 27500 H

From ClareyBear

Hi Craig

NHL Feed--- Colorado Avalanche VS Vancouver Canucks
PAS 2 3992V Sr 26500 A1120 V1160 PCR1160
2pm AEDT
Live on Fox sport Net (Rocky Mountains,Colorado)

Clareybear NSW

From the Dish

Insat 3A 93.5E 11510 H Red 93.5 FM has left .
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Thaicom 3 78.5E A test card has started on 3671 H, clear, PIDs 1057/1058.


PBL in digital brawl

From http://news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,8907749%255E15316,00.html

AN interactive TV battle has kicked off with the Nine Network unveiling what it claims is the world's first internet-based interactive digital TV service - just days before related pay-TV group Foxtel starts its digital service.

Nine yesterday launched Sports Active, a new statistics and highlights service available to homes with interactive free-to-air set-top boxes, which will start with the first National Rugby League game this Friday.

That service will also be shown on Nine's retransmitted signal available on Foxtel Digital, which has its own more advanced Sports Active service available through its Fox Sports channels from Sunday. Nine deputy chief operating officer David Gyngell admitted few would be able to see the new service as only about 10,000 people had interactive set-top boxes.

"Next week there will probably be 1000 people watching it and we are not ashamed of that," he said. "More people will watch it through the Foxtel system in the short term but why can't Channel Nine provide the same benefits for free-to-air TV if we choose to do so?"

And Nine's director of digital services Kim Anderson denied Nine was gazumping Foxtel, even though Nine's owner Publishing & Broadcasting Ltd owns 25 per cent of the pay-TV group.

"It's not competitive to Foxtel but a win-win because they get digital interactivity and we will be the most-watched TV station on Foxtel and the free-to-air environment," she said.

Ms Anderson said Sports Active was the first of several interactive systems being developed by Nine, with other additions planned for its news and lifestyle programs.

Mr Gyngell said Nine couldn't create the same Sports Active service as Foxtel because, unlike the pay-TV service, it needed to be able to cut to commercial breaks.

"It's imperative that Channel Nine's primary signal never gets affected," he said. "We can't force people to buy a (free-to-air) digital set-top box, but if you want to there's this service that we believe enhances the experience."

The Seven Network has previously created other interactive TV applications, but Nine's is the first using internet-based software.

Ms Anderson said there were about 270,000 non-interactive free-to-air digital set-top boxes in the market, but many of those could be upgraded to interactive.

Mr Gyngell said advertising inserts would eventually be included in the interactive service as Nine wanted to gain extra advertising from the application.

Foxtel's Sports Active service will be more sophisticated as viewers can keep the graphics on the TV as long as they like, will be able to split the TV screen into four "boxes" and have whole pages of statistics.

CodecSys boosts AV compression

From http://www.digitmag.co.uk

A new Codec claims to offer compression rates significantly higher than those used by Windows Media and Real. CodecSys from Broadcast International is currently aimed at business applications such as video conferencing, but has the potential to reduce the storage requirements and delivery bandwidth of multimedia files for live broadcast, Internet streamed video and many other applications.

Codecs such as those from Microsoft (Windows Media) and RealNetworks handle every frame or scene of video with the same compression algorithm. CodecSys analyzes each frame/scene to determine which codec is best suited to compress it. Three consecutive frames of video might use three different compression techniques. Instead of the video being all MPEG-2, it might consist of five different codecs. Audio can be handled in a similar fashion with different codecs handling voice and music.

Broadcast International says its compression is 10 times better than that of MPEG-2, the standard used in DVDs and television. This translates to a 2-hour full-screen movie being stored on a 256MB memory stick rather a 5GB DVD disc, Rod Tiede, president and CEO of Broadcast International, says. He also says CodecSys can deliver high-definition television at 4MB per second instead of the 19.2MB per second used in today's broadcasts.

"Whatever approach you use to deal with digital images, there will always be some trade-off," says Adi Kishore, media and entertainment analyst at The Yankee Group. "By using this approach, they have the best of many worlds."

Broadcast International uses a proprietary software player to decode and display content encoded with CodecSys, but plans to develop it into a plug-in for a mainstream media client such as Windows Media Player so potential users do not have to install and learn yet another application. Tiede also says the company is working on getting the CodecSys decoder embedded into a digital signal processing chip for use in cable boxes, satellite receivers and cell phones where processing power is at a premium.

At next month's National Association of Broadcasters show, Broadcast International is scheduled to demonstrate CodecSys in a $3,000 (around £1650) set-top videoconferencing appliance called Interactive Video. Tiede says the device, which runs on Linux and is H.323 compatible, can deliver full-screen TV video at 100K bit/sec, about one-third the bandwidth that traditional video endpoints use. The 100K bit/sec works only between two Interactive Video endpoints, not any H.323 device.

Despite its promise, CodecSys will not be an overnight success. "Initially it won't replace anything outright," says Michael Hoch, an independent analyst. "What I would like to see happen is compression becoming much more under the covers with something like CodecSys, so that when you go to a customer you're not selling them on MPEG-1, MPEG-2 or Windows Media, you just sell them on your video system, and the customer gets the best compression available."

Saudis banned from watching US TV

From http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_9-3-2004_pg9_5

A prominent Saudi judge has forbidden people to watch or contribute to the US-backed satellite channel Alhurra, saying it promotes Washington’s global hegemony, al-Hayat newspaper said.

Sheikh Ibrahim bin Nasser al-Khudeiri declared that watching Alhurra, working for it, advertising on it or even writing to it were all haram (forbidden) because it was a “channel that causes corruption”, the Saudi-owned newspaper said.

“People working for it are considered American agents,” he told al-Hayat. “Its goal is to facilitate American hegemony over the religious, political and social spheres in the world.” Reuters

ESPN-STAR To Sport A Different Game

From http://www.financialexpress.com/fe_full_story.php?content_id=54319

NEW DELHI, MARCH 8: Just when Indian TV viewers are set to watch cricketing action between India and Pakistan on Ten Sports, rival ESPN-Star Sports is talking hockey—-on the lines of football league in Europe and NBA in the US.

The broadcaster, which is otherwise known for cricket coverage more than anything else, announced its hockey initiative at a crowded press conference here on Monday. In a 10-year agreement with the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF), ESPN-Star Sports decided to beam the annual domestic hockey league live. Almost custom-made for television, the league would be in a modified format with four breaks (read ‘commercial breaks’).

Telecasting the league matches in a modified format is aimed at making hockey more popular and commercially viable, said ESPN Software managing director RC Venkateish and IHF president KPS Gill.

Of late, Dubai-based Ten Sports and public broadcaster Doordarshan have been regularly in the news over telecast of the upcoming Indo-Pak cricket series to be held in Pakistan. While Ten Sports made news for its exclusive satellite rights to the cricket series, DD got media attention for trying to get terrestrial telecast rights and then failing to do so. Ironically, international cricket telecast has been ESPN-Star’s forte for many years, but in the recent months, other private channels such as Ten Sports and SET Max have been able to acquire significant cricket properties.

So, is ESPN-Star Sports changing its thrust by putting investments behind other sports? To that, Mr Venkateish said: “It’s not the first time that we are doing things in sports other than cricket. Now, we are completing the loop by telecasting hockey league live.” Starting this September, the league would offer over Rs 71 lakh in prize money.

However, Mr Venkateish refused to give any figures on how much investment was needed for the project or the timeframe by when it would be commercially viable. Although he said that tremendous sponsorship/advertising response was expected for the hockey league coverage, Mr Venkateish ducked on targets and figures.

As for the Indo-Pak cricket series, scheduled to begin next week in Pakistan, ESPN-Star Sports officials are talking about doing news and feature programmes around it. But, right now, the broadcaster is busy giving final touches to its hockey initiative.

Did anybody mention Kerry Packers in hockey?


Everything pretty quiet on the weekend, Not fta feed of the G.P reported other than the broadcasts on the usual channels, TPI, Star Sports etc

satmagazine.com has a new issue of their monthly magazine online which has an interesting article about Abu Dhabi Tv that's worth a read

From my Emails & ICQ

From Mohammad Joned

FA Cup Feeds
see now live on

Asiasat 2? 4081H sr 5700 Sunderland vs Sheffield United (without commentary) also the same game was seen at
Palapa 4770H sr5632 (with commentary)
also at TV7 Telkom

happy watching

From SiamGlobal (Thailand)





Feeds seen on the weekend

B1 12358V Sr 6620 Fox Sports Basketball
B3 12552V Gcast1 encrypted
B1 12367V sr 6666 Astralinks encrypted .

From Ranime 7/03

B1,12358 V 3/4 6670 Boxing Feed for Sky

From Fishing

2 Feeds seen
ping pong feed on Asiasat 2 on 4075v 5700sr.
dubai tennis open feed on asiasat 2 on 4020v 27500sr

From the Dish

Thaicom 1A 120E 3855 V "CTN" has started, Fta, SR 3400, PIDs 8000/8001.
Thaicom 1A 120E 3886 V "Thai Society Channel" has started , Fta, SR 3000, FEC 3/4,PIDs 533/670.

NSS 6 95E BlueKiss and BlueKiss Express have left 11078 H, moved to 12729 V.

Insat 3A 93.5E 3760 V Occasional feeds on , SR 5000, FEC 3/4.
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D-day: Foxtel Starts $15m Must-Sell Job

From Afr.Com

Six days before Foxtel flicks the switch on the $600 million rollout of digital pay television, Kim Williams is feeling confident.

The pay TV group's outspoken chief executive boldly dismisses as "glib and ignorant" claims that the digital content will be disappointing.

And he is getting ready to spend a stunning $13 million to $15 million on a massive marketing blitz for digital pay TV in a bid to boost subscriber numbers by 75 per cent and make Foxtel - long the scourge of owners Telstra, Rupert Murdoch's News Corp and Kerry Packer's Publishing & Broadcasting - profitable.

Adding to the intrigue is the desire by PBL and News Corp to increase their combined half share of Foxtel, a dream sure to be given new life by the digital upgrade and fuelled by federal Labor's latest push to have Telstra quit its 50 per cent stake in the pay TV group. Even before the marketing blitz starts, Williams claims that more than 50,000 Foxtel subscribers have agreed to buy digital upgrades, double the company's most optimistic forecasts.

"We are not selling sizzle," Williams told The Australian Financial Review. "We are selling substance."

Some are not so sure. Thirty of the 130 digital channels available to subscribers from this Sunday offer music only, while another 30 are devoted to Foxtel Box Office, a near-video-on-demand service that plays the same movies at different times.

Analysts and media buyers question Foxtel's ability to deliver content compelling enough to convince people to pay $48.95 a month for a basic package of 66 channels, particularly without exclusive access to some large local sporting events.

Although 50,000 is only 6.25 per cent of the 800,000 new subscribers Foxtel hopes to hook with digital technology, Williams - the former ABC and Fox Studios executive who has been Foxtel's chief executive since December 2001 - is pleasantly surprised.

He says the success or failure of Foxtel's digital plunge will be judged by "numbers, numbers, numbers". He then trots out more numbers to underline why he feels confident.

More than 150,000 Foxtel subscribers have registered interest in switching to digital. Last week, the Foxtel call centre was handling more than 10,000 inquiries a day about digital pay TV.

Williams says the call-centre staff have a conversion rate of 50 per cent, although he did not say if that meant callers were converted to registering interest or if they bought a digital package.

Foxtel has a lot riding on digital technology.

It is expected to lift its subscriber base by 75 per cent over the next four years and push the penetration of pay TV from 23 per cent today to between 35 per cent and 40 per cent in 2008.

Foxtel is also counting on digital to cut subscriber churn rate and push the pay TV company into the black by the first half of 2006.

Foxtel lost $88 million in 2001-02 and $92 million in 2002-03. The bleeding continued in the first half of 2003-04 with a loss of $40million and analysts predict a full-year loss of about $115 million.

Releasing PBL's December-half results on February 26, executive chairman James Packer said the losses at Foxtel would rise in the short term as it switched to digital. PBL executives say short term means the next two years.

Williams will not discuss revenue or profit forecasts for Foxtel.

"We leave that to our shareholders" - but he said the company would break even when pay TV's penetration reached between 26 and 28 per cent.

Some analysts predict the switch to digital will push Foxtel's revenue from an estimated $780 million in 2003-04 to $1.54 billion in 2007-08, with average revenue per subscriber rising from $724 to $938.

Foxtel's costs are tipped to rise from $854 million in 2003-04 to $1.15 billion in 2007-08, with earnings before interest and tax moving from negative $71 million to positive $384 million.

Foxtel had 1.07 million subscribers at December 31, up just 2.2per cent from 1.05 million a year earlier. About 870,000 are Foxtel or Telstra customers; the rest subscribe through Foxtel's wholesale customers Optus, TransAct and Neighbourhood Cable.

Analog pay TV will continue as Foxtel rolls out the digital service. Williams says the analog signal might be switched off in 2006. "It might run longer or it might end earlier," he said. "It depends on consumer reaction to digital."

Foxtel is counting on a strong reaction to boost the penetration of pay TV, which has been stalled at 23per cent since late 2002.

"We have stretch goals," Williams says. "Thirty-five per cent is at the low end of our targets; 40 per cent is at the conservative high end."

Most analysts think the targets of 800,000 new subscribers and a 35 to 40 per cent penetration rate by 2008 are realistic. "Digital will appeal to a lot of people," says Macquarie Equities analyst Alex Pollak. "Whether or not Foxtel gets to 1.87million subscribers by 2008 remains to be seen, but I suspect it will."

Not surprisingly, executives in the free-to-air TV sector are sceptical. "There is no question that eyeballs will stray [to pay TV], but we don't know how many," Seven Network chief executive David Leckie says.

"But to grow, Foxtel needs to get different channels to what they are showing now."

Foxtel has cut its churn rate - the proportion of subscribers who quit each year - from 30 per cent in 2001 to 18 per cent today thanks to new customer-retention strategies and new programming such as Australian Football League matches.

The introduction of digital technology is expected to push the churn rate below 18 per cent by December and to 15 per cent or lower in 2007-08. Williams will not discuss the cost savings that flow from a lower churn rate.

The addition of digital video recorders, which make it easier for viewers to record programs, to Foxtel's set-top boxes in late 2004 or early 2005 will help reduce churn.

"The DVR won't generate huge revenue for Foxtel immediately, or maybe not even at all," Williams says. "But it will help cut churn. At BSkyB in Britain, homes with DVRs have a churn rate of less than 1 per cent."

Williams insists that Foxtel's growth projections are conservative and they are not predicated on any regulatory changes - that is, an overhaul of the anti-siphoning list that blocks pay TV's access to big sporting events - or pricing changes.

The projections are, in part, based on the British market.

Before it moved to digital technology in October 1998, BSkyB had a 15 per cent penetration rate in terms of direct subscribers and 31per cent when wholesale subscribers were counted.

The number of direct BSkyB subscribers has doubled to 7 million since October 1998, giving it a penetration rate of 28 per cent. Adding in wholesale customers and the homes that receive some BSkyB channels through Freeview lifts that to 49 per cent.

"Remember that BSkyB's growth had tapered off before it went digital," Williams says. "All the growth it got from [exclusive rights to] Premier League soccer had stopped. Digital gave BSkyB its next burst and that growth continues today."

But Foxtel's rivals say comparisons between Australia and Britain are misleading. Foxtel will not have the interactive gambling services that are a key feature of BSkyB, and Australian free-to-air TV is superior to its British counterpart in terms of program quality and variety.

Foxtel is introducing digital pay TV with 130 channels. Williams says that will rise to "several hundred" when Optus launches its next-generation satellites in 2006.

Foxtel conducted research during 2002 and 2003 to help it determine the content and pricing of its digital service.

As part of the marketing push, it will distribute 1 million DVDs containing samples of its channels through newspapers, direct mail and letterboxes.

"All of the new channels, and our existing channels, have astonishingly strong content. The DVD will prove that and is part of our strategy to reinforce the whole content message more effectively than we have in the past.

"Our colleagues in the free-to-air TV system are very good at making fast, clever quips about Foxtel's content that bear no relationship to reality."

The quips might be misleading, but analysts say uncertainty about the quality of content is one of the key reasons 77 per cent of Australians do not subscribe to pay TV.

Pay TV widens digital divide

From http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/03/07/1078594236137.html

Foxtel is introducing new set-top boxes this week for its digital pay TV service, which begins on Sunday, but some say it is the next upgrade due before the end of the year that will deliver the biggest change for viewers.

Within six to 12 months of the launch of digital, Foxtel has said it will introduce personal digital recorders allowing subscribers to record 20 to 80 hours of programming to a massive hard disk, so that they can watch what they like, when they like.

They may also be able to rewind live TV by up to an hour.

While the set-top-box upgrade to interactive digital TV and movies-on-demand will cost most subscribers between $50 and $120, personal digital recorders could cost more than $500 and be accompanied by another increase in monthly subscriptions.

The recorders have been in American homes for more than three years, mostly provided by market leader, Tivo.

An estimated 100,000 subscribers to BSkyB in Britain have signed up.

But the technology has not been without controversy.

Last year the BBC was accused of sending television junk mail when an unsolicited copy of a new sitcom was sent to home recorders as a means of boosting ratings. Subscribers found it was impossible to delete the show immediately.

Tivo also caused a privacy uproar by monitoring what families were watching without their permission and selling the information for marketing purposes.

A spokesman for Foxtel confirmed that the technology was in development "behind the scenes", but declined to say how sophisticated the recorders would be or exactly when they will be released.

Digital TV developer NDS, which provides BSkyB with its recorder technology and also provides Foxtel with its electronic programming guide - a key feature of the digital upgrade - confirmed it was working with Foxtel to integrate the guide with recording technology.

Harvey Norman said it was already selling "a few hundred" recorders for free-to-air digital TV each month.

"The whole market is moving to digital and hard disk storage. It's just where we are going to be," said Steve Hauville, general manager of electrical.

ILS, Alcatel Sign Contract to Launch WORLDSAT 3 Satellite

From http://www.spacedaily.com/news/launchers-04g.html

International Launch Services (ILS) will provide a Russian Proton rocket to launch the WORLDSAT 3 communications satellite, under a contract with Alcatel Space of Paris announced today. The launch is targeted for late 2005 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Alcatel Space is building the satellite using its Spacebus 4000 model, and delivering it in orbit for WORLDSAT, a subsidiary of SES AMERICOM. This is ILS' second launch contract directly with Alcatel Space.

"We're pleased in the continued confidence that Alcatel Space has shown in ILS," said Mark Albrecht, ILS president. "We successfully launched AMC-9 last year on Proton for Alcatel Space and SES AMERICOM, and we're teaming again this summer to launch WORLDSAT 2. WORLDSAT 3 will be the fourth Alcatel Space-built satellite we will have launched on Proton."

Albrecht noted the long-standing relationship with ILS and the satellite's end user, SES AMERICOM, and parent company SES GLOBAL. To date ILS has launched 15 satellites for companies affiliated with SES GLOBAL, including six for the SES AMERICOM fleet.

The Proton vehicle, built by Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center of Moscow, is the workhorse of the Russian launchers. It has amassed more than 300 flights over nearly 40 years of Russian federal missions and eight years of commercial flights under the auspices of ILS.

ILS is a joint venture of Lockheed Martin and Khrunichev. ILS markets and manages commercial missions on the Proton rocket, and commercial and government missions on the Lockheed Martin-built Atlas rocket in the United States. ILS was formed in 1995, and is based in McLean, Va., a suburb of Washington, D.C.

(Craigs comment, going to 172E)

Sky agrees to cover meeting - but battle is far from over

From http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/03/05/1078464649032.html

After a day of talking tough, TAB Ltd has relented and its national racing broadcaster Sky Channel will cover today's Chipping Norton Stakes meeting at Warwick Farm.

The TAB's threat to black out all Sydney race meetings, after failing to reach a broadcasting-rights agreement with the Australian Jockey Club and Sydney Turf Club, has been put on hold. Meetings set down for Rosehill on Monday and Randwick next Wednesday will also be covered, with a high-level meeting between the parties set down for Thursday.

Yesterday, TAB Ltd managing director Warren Wilson and AJC chief executive Tony King held separate media conferences at which both declared their "doors were open", and each stressed the other would need to make contact first. But a Racing NSW powerbroker brought the warring factions together late yesterday and the blackout was aborted.

Earlier, King warned: "I wouldn't like to have shares in it [Sky Channel]. This time next year Victoria and NSW will be running its own [racing] channel."

King said the AJC and STC had struck a 50-50 partnership with Racing Victoria's media arm, ThoroughVisioN. He said the new racing channel would be up and running within eight weeks and would be headed by Gary Burns, formerly of Channel Nine.

The new channel, which King said would be self-funded by the racing industry, already had booked space on Foxtel's satellite.

Had the Warwick Farm meeting been blacked out, King said plans were in place for it to be televised on Channel 31 and via internet broadband.

Before King fronted the media, Wilson hosted a press conference at the TAB's Ultimo bunker.

Wilson reckoned the Victorians had done a "great job using the New South Welshmen as crash-test dummies".

King reckoned it was "nonsense", adding: "Warren tends to make those sorts of statements."

"Although Warren has achieved something that no one has been able to do in 160 years - and that is have the Victorian and Sydney clubs join together - it's been a magic move and we're as solid as a rock," King said.

Wilson was adamant "I'm here to do a deal" and it amounted to paying $9 million plus 3 per cent annually and no more. That figure was "slightly more" than the clubs had received before the broadcasting-rights agreement lapsed on Wednesday.

TAB Ltd estimated that not signing on with Sky would cost the three racing codes in NSW "a significant amount of money" through "rights fees", "loss of wagering product fees" and "loss of wagering incentive fees".

Wilson said race clubs without a broadcaster would be "kind of jumping off a cliff without a parachute". "You have to ask - what are they thinking?" he said.

King answered by pointing out Sky Channel turned over around $480 million a year and generated profits of $42m last year. "We believe we should be getting more money out of them," he said.

After withdrawing the threat to black out metropolitan meetings for the short term, Wilson said: "All parties are undertaking this new round of negotiations in good faith and in the fervent hope that we will be able to reach a mutually beneficial commercial outcome."

Ten Sports, Masala TV bring hockey Olympic qualifier to Japan

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/headlines/y2k4/mar/mar41.htm

MUMBAI: Dubai-based Ten Sports is spreading into the Land of the Rising Sun on the wings of its hockey rights.

The coverage of ten matches of the men's Olympic qualifying tournament currently taking place in Madrid, Spain, are airing in Japan on Masala TV, courtesy Ten Sports.

Masala TV targets South Asian expatriates in Japan and receives daily programming from Ten Sports, including live cricket and now hockey. Ten Sports is a long-term broadcast partner of the International Hockey Federation (FIH) and broadcasts throughout Asia and the Middle East.

The coverage will include at least two Japan matches, and India and Pakistan games.

FIH honourary secretary general Peter Cohen was quoted in an official release saying, "Japan is a particularly difficult TV market to crack. With hockey development in any country so dependent on television coverage, FIH is very grateful to Ten Sports, Masala TV and our distribution agents Octagon CSI for bringing us this opportunity."

(Craigs comment, Pas8 N.E Asia beam KU band and FTA, Lyngsat for details)

Zee's Dish DTH service to have 100 channels by April-end

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/headlines/y2k4/mar/mar46.htm

NEW DELHI: Having managed to gain a toehold in the market, Dish TV, the first KU-band DTH service in the country, is now looking at expanding its market share through some aggressive marketing and wooing of subscribers by almost doubling the number of channels available on the platform.

Dish TV is all set to add 50 more channels to the platform taking the tally to 100 by April end. Contacted by indiantelevision.com, Essel Group spokesperson Ashish Kaul confirmed the development.

Dish TV is the brand name under which Subhash Chandra's companies, ASC Enterprises Ltd. (the licence holder) and Zee Telefilms (responsible for implementation) have launched the DTH service. A new entity, called New Era Entertainment, too has been formed to look after the marketing of the service.

At present, a Dish TV subscriber gets 50 channels with ESPN and Star Sports being the last two channels to be added to the list last month. The other channels are pre-dominantly from the Zee Turner bouquet with Dish TV leveraging Zee Telefilms vast film library by launching several movie channels on the DTH platform, including Zee Classic (old Hindi films), FX Movies (English action movies), Premier Movies and Smile TV (mostly comedy-oriented sitcoms and films).

Though aggressive marketing has not been a USP of Dish TV till now, but with the addition of new channels from April end, a marketing blitzkrieg has also been lined up to beef up the overall communication and marketing strategy.

However, with the introduction of two sports channel on the DTH platform, the monthly subscription for Dish TV too would see a hike to approximately Rs 220 from the existing Rs 100 per month.

At the moment, the Dish TV service is beamed via transponders on Insat satellites. But with the commissioning of ASC Enterprises own satellite under the Agrani project, slated for later this year the platform is expected to move on to Agrani. In the Agrani project, global majors Alcatel and Arianespace together have 13 per cent equity stake in Agrani satellite Services Ltd., a subsidiary of ASC Enterprises Ltd. Having invested close to $ 20 million. The deal with Arianespace was signed in 2002.

The Agrani satellite project is estimated to cost around Rs 11.5 billion, including pre-operative costs and finance costs. Financial institutions and banks have committed Rs 6.500 billion debt for the project with a 1.4:1 debt equity ratio.

Malayalam Communications to launch second channel

From http://www.agencyfaqs.com/news/stories/2004/03/06/8513.html

MALAYALAM Communications Ltd, which owns the Malayalam satellite television channel Kairali TV, is expecting to launch its second television channel in six months.

Mr John Brittas, Managing Director, Malayalam Communications Ltd, told Business Line that the new channel will focus on current affairs programming. The effort with this channel will be to go beyond `news' and telecast informative programmes for the more `serious' viewer, he added. The programmes on this channel will attempt to keep people informed about the latest developments in areas such as agriculture, technology, tourism and so on, he explained.

Meanwhile, the company has decided to set up a television complex in Thiruvananthapuram, said Mr Brittas. This facility, which will include studios and an earth station, will help consolidate the channel's news, programming and administrative operations in one location, he added. The company is in the process of identifying a suitable plot of land for building this facility, he said.

The company, which is in its fourth year of operations, expects to achieve operational break-even in the current financial year, said Mr Brittas. The channel's revenues have grown steadily over the past few months, and revenues in the current fiscal are expected to cross Rs 18 crore.

Advertisements from within Kerala, including `local' classifieds, have emerged as a major source of revenue for the channel, he said. In fact, `local' classifieds, which cost between Rs 1,000 and Rs 2,000 for 5 to 10 second spots, have proved to be extremely popular across Kerala, Mr Brittas added. These classifieds give small, local businesses an opportunity to reach out to a large audience at a reasonable rate, he declared.

When asked whether the company had plans to make Kairali TV a `pay' channel, he replied that it would remain a free-to-air channel in India and West Asia. However, the channel has already gone `pay' in the US, and will soon become a `pay' channel in Europe, he added.

On the programming front, the channel will begin telecasting a series of one-hour `election specials' every evening from March 15, said Mr Brittas. These one-hour programmes will also be telecast in the afternoon `band', he added. The channel also plans special live coverage of the election results, with live uplinks from New Delhi, Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi, he said.

Further changes in the channel's programming mix will be made when the second channel is ready to be launched, he said. It may be recalled that the channel had revamped its `look' and programming mix from January 1 this year. A total revamp of its news and current affairs programming was also undertaken as part of this exercise.

TELE SATELLITE NEWS - Number 10/2004 7 March 2004 -

A weekly roundup of global TV news sponsored by
TELE-satellite International
Editor: Branislav Pekic

Edited Apsattv.com Edition

A S I A & P A C I F I C


The Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) and the
Cable and Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia
(CASBAA) agreed to work together to combat signal
theft in the region at an ABU copyrights seminar in
Hong Kong. The CEO of CASBAA, Simon Twiston Davies,
advised the seminar that signal theft was increasing
at a rate of 11 per cent a year in Asia, and was
corroding the ability of the industry to grow. He said
that the cost of piracy of channels by unlicensed
cable operators, under-declaring of subscriptions by
licensed operators, and ad-blocking by cable
operators, amounted to more than US$1.2 billion a year
in the Asian region. The Secretary-General of the ABU,
David Astley, told the seminar that many free-to-air
channels were suffering signal theft too, and proposed
that the two organisations work together where there
are issues of common interest.



Universal Electronics Inc. (UEI) on March 1 announced
that it has entered an agreement with FOXTEL, making
UEI a preferred universal remote control supplier to
Australia's leading subscription television operator.
UEI is currently FOXTEL's sole supplier of remote
control solutions; under this new agreement, UEI will
provide proprietary technology for FOXTEL's universal
remote controls that will control both the FOXTEL
digital cable and digital satellite set-top boxes.
FOXTEL is Australia's leading subscription television
provider and is connected to more than one million
homes on cable and satellite through retail and
wholesale distribution. FOXTEL is owned by Telstra
Corporation Ltd (50%), The News Corporation Ltd (25%),
and Publishing and Broadcasting Ltd (25%). FOXTEL
plans to launch its new digital cable and satellite
service in March 2004.


Citigroup Inc. said on March 4 it has trimmed its
stake in News Corp. to 8.69% from 10.59%. The shares
are held on behalf of various parties.



Kolkata cable operators bar Dhaka-based satellite
television channels from going on air there despite a
growing demand for Bangladeshi programmes among
Bangla-speaking people in the capital of West Bengal.
By contrast, all Indian free-to-air and pay channels
have access to Bangladesh, as cable operators here are
bound to show Indian free-to-air channels in a package
deal with pay channels -- a business strategy to help
the Indian free channels earn revenue from



BBC Technology, provider of products and services to
media-driven organizations, on March 1 announced a
contract to provide consulting services to Radio
Television Hong Kong (RTHK), Hong Kong's public
service broadcaster. Under the terms of the agreement,
BBC Technology will deliver a strategic analysis to
help RTHK define, solve and progress complex issues
and enable the future provision of engineering
services and technical operations. BBC Technology will
provide RTHK with a roadmap for the transition in late
2006 to a new format for the delivery of technical and
operational support when current agreements run out.
The contract, which was awarded following a
comprehensive competitive tender process, will see BBC
Technology deliver the strategic analysis and roadmap
by Q1 2004. RTHK is government funded and the sole
public broadcaster in Hong Kong. It broadcasts on
seven radio channels in English, Cantonese and


China's profits from advertising last year might make
it the world's second largest TV commercial market,
says Forrest Didier, president of AC Nielsen's Asia
and Pacific branch. Despite the SARS (severe acute
respiratory syndrome), Chinese companies had made
large profits from advertising last year, said
Forrest. Statistics from AC Nielsen show advertising
generated $14.5 billion in China in 2003, a 28 per
cent growth from the previous year, of which TV
commercials accounted for 75 per cent, particularly
from telecommunications, tonics and medicines. An AC
Nielsen survey showed that in China's urban areas,
every household possessed at least one TV set, and in
major cities like Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou,
people spent three to four hours watching TV each day
on average. If the trend continued, China would become
world's second largest TV commercial market, he said.


Hong Kong became the second Asia Pacific market in
four months to launch Disney Television Channels with
the announcement of Walt Disney Television
International - Asia Pacific and PCCW of the April 2
launch of Disney Channel and Playhouse Disney Channel
on pay-TV network now Broadband TV. For Disney
Channel, Hong Kong is the 10th market in the Asia
Pacific to enjoy its programming. WDTVI-AP will offer
local language options to subscribers of Disney
Channel in Hong Kong who will be able to choose from
three language tracks -- English, Mandarin or
Cantonese -- by the end of the year. Selected shows
will also be subtitled in Chinese. Subscribers to
Playhouse Disney Channel will also be offered the same
language configuration over time. Disney Channel is
already subtitled and dubbed in other Asian markets
including Singapore, Malaysia and Korea. Disney
Channel, Playhouse Disney, Disney Clubs and Disney
branded programming blocks on free-to-air networks now
reach more than 390 million households in the Asia
Pacific region.



India has shelved a controversial new cable television
system that the ruling coalition feared could have
aroused the wrath of voters in upcoming general
elections. Information and Broadcasting Minister Ravi
Shankar Prasad said the decision was taken on February
27 in line with recommendations by the
Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of India.
Consumer groups have been up in arms over the system,
which would have obliged viewers to buy set-top boxes
to watch pay channels and which they said would double
cable television bills. Groups in Indian Prime
Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee's coalition government
had warned that implementation of the system would
have been deeply unpopular ahead of national elections
expected in April.



From April, Zone Vision's Reality TV channel expands
its footprint in Asia with a basic tier carriage deal
in Indonesia, adding some 70,000 subscribers to the
network. As well as basic tier carriage, the Asian
territory's leading cable operator KabelVision also
intends to include Reality TV on it upcoming DTH
platform, scheduled to launch later this year.
Worldwide, Reality TV is now broadcast in 16 languages
and is available to over 35million subscribers.



Pakistan’s Minister of Information and Broadcasting,
Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, says 24 multimedia- multi channel
distribution systems will be established in 21 cities,
the Dawn newspaper has reported. The newspaper quoted
the minister as saying frequencies have been allocated
to private companies to operate these channels. The
ministry received 17 fresh applications to set up TV
channels in the private sector. He said seven private
channels were already in operation in the country.
Earlier, the minister presided over a meeting which
decided that the frequency allocation to
multimedia-multi channel distribution system licence
holders by the Frequency Allocation Board would be
resolved by March. The meeting was informed that two
direct to home (DTH) licences had been issued to
private companies to start their service by the end of
this year.



GMA Network Inc., the second largest broadcast company
in the Philippines, said on March 2 it plans to spend
300 million pesos to PHP500 million on its expansion
plans this year. GMA chairman and chief executive
Felipe Gozun told reporters the company plans to
reopen its ultrahigh frequency channel, revive its
film-making unit, and launch a service that will carry
its programs overseas, particularly in North America.
Gozun said the planned international channel that will
carry its programs overseas is expected to provide GMA
a quarter of its net profit within four to five years.
The international channel may be launched by the third
quarter, he added. GMA's chief operating officer Jimmy
Duavit said the company is now looking for a partner
overseas to reduce the cost of entering the
international market. ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corp., the
country's largest broadcast network and GMA's main
rival, has been broadcasting its programs overseas via
an international cable channel. GMA is seeking to
duplicate ABS-CBN's success in foreign broadcasting,
particularly in countries where there are many
Filipino migrants. As part of the expansion plan, GMA
will double its capital to PHP2 billion from PHP1
billion. GMA generated revenue of PHP6.2 billion last
year, up from PHP4.8 billion, as more of its programs
enjoyed higher viewership against those on ABS-CBN.
Gozun said the long-awaited initial public offering of
GMA will only take place once market conditions



Digital broadcasting is unlikely by 2006 to achieve
the 85 per cent market penetration that the government
has said it will, according to Gary Tsai, vice
president of China Network Systems Co, one of the
nation's digital broadcasting providers. CNS launched
its digital service in Keelung City last June and has
introduced interactive TV in Taipei County and Taoyuan
County. Despite years of effort, CNS has amassed only
10,000 digital subscribers. CNS, along with two other
digital-TV operators -- Eastern Multimedia Co (EMC)
and Taiwan Broadband Corp (TBC) -- encountered a major
setback last year when the Taipei City Government
decided to cap the price of set-top boxes, which can
decode dozens of digital channels transmitted to
subscribers' houses. The government capped the price
at NT$3,500, which is NT$1,500 to NT$2,000 lower than
the price that the companies proposed. Because the
formats of the set-top boxes vary according to digital
TV carrier, Tsai said the company had suggested that
subscribers rent the boxes for a price that would also
cover the basic channels provided by the company. The
dispute is going to the city government's Cable TV Fee
Review Committee after CNS filed a petition with the
Government Information Office (GIO). The bickering
over the problem mirrors problems with the development
of digital TV nationwide. Carriers are having a
difficult time attracting content providers because
Taiwan is a small market. This in turn has caused
complaints among subscribers, who have said digital TV
does not provide any major advantages over cable



Tor Tor Bor 5, the satellite broadcasting division of
Royal Thai Army Radio and Television, will launch a
new channel to help promote Thai products in Japan
known as One Tambon, One Product (Otop), the Bangkok
Post has reported. Partly owned by the Thai TV Global
Network (TGN), the channel will be produced by a
Tokyo-based Japanese company at Channel 5's production
facilities. The programmes will be beamed to Japanese
households starting April via cable-TV network in
Tokyo called Thai Channel. Tourism-related programmes
will also be shown on the channel to add appeal. TGN
posted a net profit of US$ 3 million on sales of
around US$ 14.56 million from its two channels. The
newspaper quoted Gen Pricha Premaswad, Director of
Royal Thai Army Radio and Television as saying TGN
planned to sell and raise over US$ 25.54 million from
their IPO shares in October. The funds will be used to
strengthen programming on TGN and expand the channel's
reach worldwide



International French-language channel TV5 is now ahead
of its Gallic rivals with viewers in North Africa,
pulling almost 8 million viewers a day. Findings by
Oxford Research International reveal that TV5's daily
audience in the region has grown by 163% in the last
two years. In Morocco TV5 boasts 5.4 million viewers,
1.8 million in Algeria and 623,000 in Tunisia, placing
the service far ahead of BBC World, CNN International
and Euronews, according to Oxford Research. "The
outstanding audience in Morocco makes TV5 the first
Francophone channel ahead of French channels TF1,
France2, France3 and France5, as well as ahead of
Franco-German channel Arte," said TV5. TV5 is a
joint-venture between France2, France3, France5, Arte
France, RTBF (Belgium), TSR (Switzerland), Radio
Canada, Télé Québec, RFO and le Conseil International
des Radios-Télévisions d'Expression Française
(CIRTEF). The channel now has a worldwide audience of
23 million.


No Update Sunday


No update Saturday


Possible Australian G.P Feeds this weekend

Optus B1
Optus B3
Pas 2 Cband RTL 4 cam feed?
Asiasat 4 someone said this is a backup check C and KU!
Palapa C2 Satelindo feed channel?
LMI 75E Possible Cband feed
Eutelsat at 70.5E (KU band yes this does beam into Australia via a moveable spot beam)

I probably won't update the site over the weekend, stay tuned to the mailing list for the G.P feeds activity. I MAY do a evening site update if there is much feed activity happening.

From my Emails & ICQ

From Vk4bkp

Gp Feed

Okay, armstrong rotate to Pas2 and sidetracked by neighbour (why it
took so long) and BS of Pas2, the only thing I'm getting is 3929V
13234 7/8 comes up as VUA Aus GP. "Service is not running or

From ME

feeds seen today, some could be G.P related

Signals noted no pics
B3 12552V sr 6666 Gcast1
B1 12367V sr 6670 Astralinks

From Bill Richards

NSS6 Blue Kiss is No longer on 11078H

Bill Richards

(Craigs comment, all the adult channels are now on the 12729V transponder)

From Dharmesh Bamrolia

Hi everybody,

It's good news for all Indians that Sony TV India is running FTA
on HOT BIRD @ 13 deg.E. on freq.10723 H and s.r.29900.
In all west parts it's avaialble with 4 to 8 ft. offset Ku band dish.

So, those in India enjoy FTA hindi channel.

Best rgds,

From the Dish

NSS 6 95E 12729 V "BlueKiss and BlueKiss Express" have started on , Viaccess,PIDs 1539/1540 and 1553/1554.

Insat 2E 83E 3525 VA Tamil Thirai test card has started on , Fta PIDs 369/370.


Sydney racing clubs create own channel

From http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/03/05/1078464631029.html

Sydney racing clubs announced they will be setting up their own racing channel for television, after losing coverage on pay TV network Sky Channel.

Sydney's Australian Jockey Club (AJC) and the Sydney Turf Club (STC) have teamed up with Racing Victoria to establish their own channel, which will be available to pubs and clubs in six to eight weeks' time and on Foxtel by August to transmit thoroughbred races from Sydney's major racetracks.

AJC chief executive Tony King said Melbourne races will be shown on the channel from May next year, when Racing Victoria's licence agreement with expires.

"We will be setting up a channel," Mr King said.

"We already have space on the satellite.

"We will be up and running somewhere between six and eight weeks.

The channel will be set up by ThoroughVisioN, a company which represents the AJC, STC and Racing Victoria.

Mr King would not say how much it would cost to set up the channel."The racing industry will fund it," he said.

"It would not be inexpensive, we know that, and we will be making provision for it."The Sydney racing clubs' broadcasting agreement with Sky Channel expired last night and Sky will no longer provide television coverage of Sydney races, beginning tomorrow at Warwick Farm.

However Mr King said AJC races, which include Warwick Farm events, would be shown on community television, Channel 31, and will be broadcast on the internet.

Warren Wilson, managing director of Sky Channel's owner, Tab Ltd, re-offered a previous deal to the AJC and STC of $9 million a year plus a three per cent annual CPI increase for three years.

The offer is worth $2 million a year more than the offer Sky had on the table.

However Mr King indicated he would not accept the deal.

Triangle TV to develop regional station in Wgtn

From Press Release

Triangle Television to develop regional station in Wellington

The Ministry for Culture and Heritage announced today that Triangle Television was the successful applicant to operate the non-commercial television frequency in the greater Wellington region.

Triangle has become known in Auckland as an alternative to mainstream television channels, and comprises a mix of access, public broadcast, and the popular Australian SBS-style programming.

Triangle Television Chief Executive Jim Blackman says the station is delighted to have the opportunity to develop the Triangle programme format in Wellington.

He says the new station will operate as a totally separate entity from the Auckland station and will focus on developing a clear Wellington identity.

"Programming will reflect the diverse and distinct nature of Wellington and its people. It will be clearly the region's own, with an eclectic mix of Wellington regional-access television including community, music, arts and entertainment shows, plus international news and information. Like Auckland, it will broadcast 24 hours a day."

Mr Blackman says Triangle Television does not intend to rush into getting the Wellington station to air. It will firstly consult widely with Wellington's spectrum of communities and explore all options to ensure ongoing success and viability.

"We are at the "look and listen" stage and are cognizant of the need to involve Wellington groups in developing programmes. We want to do this in the best way possible, using the best technology we can, to ensure there is a solid base for the future."

Triangle Television has operated as a non-profit public broadcaster in the Greater Auckland Region since August 1 1998.

Mr Blackman says Triangle Television aims to develop Wellington's television station as an inclusive broadcaster with something for everyone in the region's wider community.

(Craigs comment, it would be nice if these guys could be on B1 as a FTA signal.)

Panamsat attracts bidders

From http://news.ft.com/

A wide-ranging cast of bidders on Thursday submitted initial offers to buy Panamsat, the US-listed satellite subsidiary of Hughes Electronics worth $3.5bn in market capitalisation.

According to people involved in the sale, most of the interest was coming from private equity groups that are keen on owning the cash-rich fleet of 22 satellites around the world.

Carlyle, Providence Equity Partners, Blackstone, Apollo and Bain Capital had all placed initial indications of interest, although it was unclear whether some of them had formed consortia. Among strategic buyers, Eutelsat and Liberty Media were also believed to be interested in bidding. According to one person participating in the auction, Hughes is hoping to wrap up the sale of Panamsat within four weeks. After Thursday's submission of initial offers, the field would be narrowed to three bidders, who would then be asked to put their "best and final" offer on the table. Within one month, a decision could be reached by Hughes, which is being advised by Credit Suisse First Boston.

The swift timeline highlights the degree to which Panamsat is outside the strategic plans that News Corporation has for Hughes. Late last year Rupert Murdoch's global media group acquired a 34 per cent stake in Hughes, but its main objective was to get its hands on DirecTV, the largest US satellite broadcaster.

Scientific-Atlanta mulling video game set-top box

From http://www.advanced-television.com/pages/pagesb/newsdaily.html

Scientific-Atlanta said it is planning to develop television set-top boxes with high-performance video games capabilities, which could compete with game consoles such as Nintendo's GameCube and Sony's PlayStation 2.

Scientific-Atlanta chief executive James McDonald, speaking at an investor conference in Dana Point, California, said developers are already building games for its Explorer series of set-top boxes. But he gave no timetable for when such a device might be available. "We have a partner we are working with who has 250 engineers in Europe writing software for the Explorer platform for games," McDonald said at the Morgan Stanley Semiconductor & Systems conference, which was broadcast over the Internet.

Cable operators told to beam DD channels

From http://www.hindu.com/2004/03/05/stories/2004030511180300.htm

VIJAYAWADA, MARCH 4. The City Police Commissioner, A.B. Venkateshwara Rao, has directed cable operators and MSOs to telecast the DD news channel and DD Sapthagiri channel.

He said while some of the operators were completely blacking out the channels some were telecasting it with poor band-width and quality.

Mr Rao warned of stern action against operators if they persisted with such attitude. He pointed out it was mandatory on the part of operators to telecast channels as per the recently issued Central Government order.

Sun in Insat path: TV, Net go blank

From http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_599695,00040005.htm

Blame it on the sun.

On Thursday afternoon, many TV screens went blank, Internet links got disconnected and phone conversations went static for a few minutes. Reason: The path of the sun was directly behind the INSAT satellites.

Till March 18, this will happen for about 40 minutes every afternoon.

The phenomenon — called 'sun outage' in space jargon — occurs when the sun aligns directly behind a geo-synchronous satellite around the spring or autumn equinox.

"As a result, satellite signals can get overwhelmed by the enormous amount of thermally-generated radio-frequency noise generated by the sun," a spokesperson for the Indian Space Research Organisation told HT from Bangalore.

"This causes reception interference and the satellite distribution system gets degraded. The disruptions could occur between 11.45 a.m. to 12.25 p.m. between March 4 and 18," he said.


From my Emails & ICQ

From Ranime

B1 feed - Motor Racing ?

B1 12380 H 3/4 6667
looks like a Motor Racing feed...
has been transmiting card and race track on and off.
gone now but may be back ?

From Elvis


Hi Craig

Just wanted to tell you that TV POLONIA have left NSS 6 12688 H 21000 – 3/4 and now is replaced by a Macedonian channel MTV SAT

Keep up the good work and see you next time


From the Dish

Optus B3 152E 12720 V "ABC TV Northern and Win TV" have left .

Sinosat 1 110.5E 3855 V "Chinese Sat Network TV" has started on , Fta, SR 4444, FEC 3/4,PIDs 4130/4131.
(Should be available in many parts of Australia)

Worldsat 1 108.8E 12491 V The HKC Sat mux has left .

Telkom 1 108E 4130 V "RRI Pro 3" has started on , Fta, APID 256.

AsiaSat 3 105.5E 4020 V "Sahara Manoranjan" has left , PIDs 514/670, replaced by a test card.

NSS 6 95E 12688 H "Al Mehwer TV and MKTV Sat" have started on , Fta, PIDs 321/322 and 337/338. TV Polonia has left.

Insat 3A 93.5E 3912 V "Hindustan TV has replaced Channel Guide" on , Fta, PIDs 274/275.Cine World has started on PIDs 257/258, Conax.


ACA issues warning over Foxtel

From http://www.thecouriermail.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5936,8865805%255E1702,00.html

CONSUMERS should be wary of allowing direct debit for Foxtel services despite the company offering incentives to do so, the Australian Consumers' Association (ACA) said today.

ACA said Foxtel was applying a discriminatory pricing structure for its digital pay television service.

Customers wanting to upgrade to the Foxtel digital service will pay $20 less on a one-off fee plus $2 less per month on the ongoing service fee, if they agree to direct debit or pay in advance by credit card.

ACA digital broadcasting spokesman Charles Britton said paying after receiving a bill, rather than upfront, effectively meant it would cost $20 more and then an extra $2 a month for the same service.

Mr Britton said the fee was discriminatory and questioned the extent to which it reflected the cost of providing the service.

Foxtel's director of corporate affairs Mark Furness said prices for upgrading to digital started at $49.95 for customers willing to direct debit.

He said a range of payment options were offered to customers and the price reflected the cost of providing each option.

"Direct debit is more convenient for us and more convenient for customers and it costs less, so we share and pass on the savings to customers," he said.

But Mr Britton warned that direct debit was not always a satisfactory method of paying regular bills.

"Direct debit is at its most hazardous when customers' services are bundled, because people can get unexpectedly high bills and the money just disappears out of your bank account without you necessarily being aware of it," he said.

"Consumers relinquish a degree of control with direct debit and sometimes find it difficult to cancel."

But Mr Furness said Foxtel customers could change their direct debit option at any time.

"We have a 24-hour call centre where people can check their bill any time of the day," he said.

"They can also ask for an itemised bill at any time, which costs $2, or change their payment method at any time."

Foxtel will launch its new digital service on March 14.

Foxtel panned on hidden pricing

From http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/03/03/1078295450710.html

Customers upgrading to Foxtel's digital pay TV service will have to pay a $20 one-off fee, plus $2 a month, unless they pay by direct debit or in advance by credit card, prompting criticism from consumer groups.

The Australian Consumers Association says it is discriminatory pricing that appears to be more a way of making customers captive than an accurate reflection of the cost of collecting payments.

Charles Britton, the consumer group's technology policy officer, said direct debit payments were particularly risky for customers when they covered a bundle of services and varied from month to month.

"Once people start using pay per view it could become quite hazardous," he said. "They don't get the chance to challenge bills until the cash has gone - and if they don't have the balance in the bank at the time they also get hit with dishonour fees."

While Foxtel is widely advertising a $49.95 connection fee to upgrade to digital, that assumes customers will pay by direct debit or in advance by credit card, will sign up for 24 months and will take one of its more expensive monthly packages for at least the first month.

If customers want to take out a basic package, pay by cash or not go on a contract, they can pay up to $259 to move to digital.

A Foxtel spokesman compared the price differences for contract lengths with mobile phone contracts, where the customer pays less for a handset on a longer contract.

Mr Britton also called for better complaint handling for subscription TV viewers, who had fallen into a regulatory gap.

"Pay TV is one of the growing number of 'converged' technologies that are not represented by either the telecommunications ombudsman or content regulators," he said.

Josephine Wadlow-Evans, a Foxtel customer paying $56.95 a month, said she called Foxtel to inquire about the digital service after heavy promotion on the service convinced her she would be cut off if she did not upgrade.

Ms Wadlow-Evans did not want to pay more than her existing fee and told Foxtel she preferred to pay her monthly bill at Australia Post. She was told she would have to pay $109 to upgrade to digital, which included a $20 surcharge for not paying by direct debit.

She said she complained to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission about misleading pricing but was told Foxtel was free to charge what it liked. She said she would drop the service when she reached the end of her existing contract.

Teresa Corbin, of the Consumer Telecommunications Network, said new services such as digital pay TV "should not be rolled out until there are proper consumer protection mechanisms in place".

New-generation communication satellite to blast off in 2005

From http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-03/04/content_1344779.htm

BEIJING, March 4 (Xinhuanet) -- Sinosat-2, a new-generation communication satellite, is to be launched at Xichang space launch center in 2005, according to sources with the Chinese Research Institute of Space Technology.

The new satellite, which is being assembled, had a bigger capacity and longer service duration, said Zhou Zhicheng, chief designer of the satellite.

The institute will start a month-long test for the launch in a few days, Zhou said. The satellite will be carried by Long March 3B rocket.

The satellite under development will feature nearly 10,000 kilowatts of output power, 5,100 kilograms of takeoff weight and adesigned service life of 15 years, the largest satellite China hasever developed and the first anti-jamming communications satellite.

The institute and China's Sino-Satellite Communications CompanyLtd. signed the contract to develop the Sinosat-2, in May 2002. Under the contract, Sinosat-2 will be based on the Dongfanghong-4 common platform developed by the institute for large-scale geostationary orbit communications satellites

China to launch its first anti-jamming satellite next year

From http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/200403/04/eng20040304_136475.shtml

China's first anti-jamming satellite -- capable of carrying radio and TV signals to the whole of China -- is scheduled to be sent skyward next year in the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in Southwest China's Sichuan Province.

China's first anti-jamming satellite -- capable of carrying radio and TV signals to the whole of China -- is scheduled to be sent skyward next year in the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in Southwest China's Sichuan Province.

Officials with the Chinese Academy of Space Technology, which developed the satellite, said the SINOSAT-II, was designed "in full consideration of resisting possible interference'' from outside sources.

However, the officials, declining to be identified, said "we cannot tell you right now how effective the satellite will be to resist such interference. Everything will be clear after the satellite is launched.''

The possible interference refers mainly to the attacks by Falun Gong cult devotees on television signals transmitted by the Sino Satellite (SINOSAT) system which covers the whole of China.

One of the latest attacks occurred in October, when Falun Gong cult followers prevented Chinese viewers from watching broadcasts of China's first manned space mission by blocking SINOSAT.

The signals sent by cult activists interfered with the broadcast of the Shenzhou V flight and other regular programmes of China Central Television and some local TV stations.

The illegal signals originated in Taiwan, according to the Ministry of Information Industry.

The SINOSAT-II, designed and developed solely by China, is of large capacity and has a 15-year mission life, the China News Service quoted Zhou Zhicheng, chief designer of the satellite, as saying.

In the days to come, an experimental satellite will be sent by air to Xichang for a one-month rehearsal.

The rehearsal should test how well the SINOSAT-II and the launching system work so that next year's launch will be a success, the sources said, adding that the real SINOSAT-II is currently being manufactured.

If successful, SINOSAT-II will become China's stepping stone to the international large-capacity communication satellite market, sources said.

Currently, there is no China-made large-capacity communication satellite selling in the international market and China itself is renting other country's satellites.

With a record number of satellite launches planned for this year, China's space programme is entering a pivotal period.

The country is looking to place 10 satellites into orbit in 2004, more than any other year in history, according to Zhang Qingwei, a top aerospace official.

Last year the nation not only blasted half a dozen satellites into orbit but joined the very small club of nations who have put humans into space. Other than China, only the former Soviet Union and the Unites States have accomplished the feat.

WorldSpace Satellite Radio Launches Global Subscription Campaign; Initial Focus on American and British ExPats

From Press release

WASHINGTON, March 3 /PRNewswire/ -- WorldSpace Corporation announced the first multinational satellite radio subscription plan available across the WorldSpace Satellite Radio global footprint, which covers Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. The initial target market for phase one of the global subscription roll out will be American and British Expatriates living and working abroad, including the US Military. WorldSpace is the global digital media and satellite technology company that created the new medium of satellite radio delivery for Digital Audio Radio Services (DARS).

Integrating some of the world's most recognized media brands including Fox News, National Public Radio (NPR), Bloomberg, Radio Caroline, talkSPORT, BBC, and Virgin Radio UK, with world class original content programming including music, motivational spoken word and dozens of international channels, the "Home Team Radio/Brits Abroad" subscription offering will be available for $9.99 U.S. with special additional receiver subscription and multi-year incentives. Subscription and receiver sales will be available beginning mid April 2004 on line at www.worldspace.com and via phone through WorldSpace Global Customer Service. A complete list of the WorldSpace Satellite Radio subscription offering, retailers and dealers is available on-line at www.worldspace.com.

WorldSpace Satellite Radio began broadcasting throughout the world in 1999 with all channels free to listeners with the purchase of portable digital satellite radio receivers. WorldSpace was the first satellite radio company to test audience acceptance of subscription satellite radio in 2000 with limited national and regional offerings first available in India, South Africa and Europe. "Regardless of their geographic location, consumers show a strong interest in the choice of portable or mobile satellite radios that feature unique, compelling content and programming. The programming we will be offering with this package is largely unavailable from the limited terrestrial (AM/FM) radio present in the countries we will be serving," said Andy Ras- Work, COO for WorldSpace.

The WorldSpace satellite Radio advantage for U.S. Military stationed within the WorldSpace global footprint outside of the Americas was detailed by Wilson Baker, Jr., Senior Vice President of the Government Sales Unit (GSU) of WorldSpace Corporation, who is a Viet Nam era and Desert Storm veteran. "As a former member of the military, I know how important a connection to home can be for so many. Familiar songs and voices can go a long way for morale as well as immediate connection to breaking world news. Among our business solutions for governments and corporations, my Team has been working with PX, MX and NX around the world to offer our digital satellite radio receivers for sale to members of the U.S. Military." WorldSpace GSU Solutions are available on the GSA Schedule. Families and friends of troops stationed around the world can purchase and send WorldSpace Satellite radio receivers and subscriptions as gifts by visiting www.worldspace.com.

The launch of Satellite Radio in the United States in 2001 provides distribution of WorldSpace original content programming previously unavailable in America. Consumer appeal and mass acceptance of Satellite Radio stateside has been proven by the recent sales/subscriber milestones surpassed by XM Satellite Radio, utilizing some proprietary WorldSpace technology to deliver satellite radio to over 1.5 million customers throughout the continental United States. WorldSpace produces four of the full-time music channels delivered to US subscribers by XM.

About WorldSpace

WorldSpace is the pioneer of satellite radio delivery for digital audio radio services (DARS). WorldSpace serves Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Through its subscription-based service, WorldSpace broadcasts news, music and educational programming to a global service area that includes more than four billion people and targets its programming to consumers, governments, and other organizations. The company leverages its two geostationary satellites, AfriStar and AsiaStar, and its ownership of broad- spectrum licenses to deliver more than 100 digital quality audio channels per satellite as well as multimedia content directly to WorldSpace Satellite Radio receivers. Proprietary and patented WorldSpace technology is used by America's most successful satellite radio service. Headquartered in Washington, D.C. and with offices in Europe, Asia, Australia, the Middle East and Africa, WorldSpace is led by a seasoned management team with deep radio, international broadcasting and communications experience. For more information, visit our website at www.worldspace.com. Pick up Press kit and content line up at Satellite 2004 Exhibition Floor March 2-5 in Washington D.C. WorldSpace Satellite Radio (Government Sales Unit) Booth #671

(Craigs comment, Worldspace radio IS available in Australia if you are prepared to use a 2M or larger mesh dish antenna, Contact Garry Cratt at Avcomm.com.au for details)

Intelsat full year

From http://www.advanced-television.com/pages/pagesb/newsdaily.html

Intelsat reported revenue of $952.8 million and net income of $181.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2003. The company also reported EBITDA , of $687.6 million, or 72 per cent of revenue, for the year. Free cash flow from operations for the year was $382.1 million, calculated as net cash provided by operating activities of $604.6 million less payments for satellites and other property, plant and equipment and associated capitalized interest of $222.5 million.

For the fourth quarter of 2003, Intelsat reported revenue of $232.2 million and net income of $26.1 million. EBITDA, as adjusted, for the three-month period was $158.9 million, or 68 per cent of revenue. "Intelsat performed in line with guidance for the year, and we produced over $382 million in free cash flow from operations. Further, Intelsat executed on its strategic objectives in 2003, of which the most notable example is our agreement to acquire Loral's North American satellite assets," said Conny Kullman


I had another look for NSS6 today, after entering G.P.S data for my backyard. No luck with it though. The elevation angle is 0.67 above horizon. Not much chance of getting it.

From the Dish

AsiaSat 3 105.5E 4020 V "Sahara Manoranjan" has started on , Fta, PIDs 514/670.

Insat 2E 83E 3820 V "DD Bihar and occasional DD Bihar" feeds have started, Fta,SR 6250, FEC 3/4, PIDs 512/650 and 513/660, zone beam.

Thaicom 3 78.5E 3551 H "Arirang TV World 1" has left , replaced by an info card.

Thaicom 3 78.5E 12479 H "UBC Movies" has left .


New Skies Launches Network Management Software

From Satellite today

New Skies Satellites N.V. [NSK], headquartered in The Hague, The Netherlands, introduced a new software tool yesterday that will provide customers of its Ipsys software enhanced control in managing their IP networks.

The software allows customers to manage their own DVB services autonomously in real time by adding or removing sites as well as by changing bandwidth allocations. The new Internet backbone connectivity service will give customers "unprecedented" control over their platform capabilities, says Chris Schram, vice president of New Skies' network engineering and operations.

Ipsys directly connects customers' remote point of presence (PoPs) to the global Internet backbone via a single satellite hop. The software thus allows the bypassing of all shared ground networks and associated congestion points - as well as any terrestrial gaps - to deliver Internet content at high speed to even remote locations. New Skies operates 18 platforms for Ipsys services via five satellites and six separate teleport facilities on four continents, company officials said.

Pay-TV's free-for-all referred to the copyright referee

From http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,8851666%255E7582,00.html

AUSTRALIA'S pay-TV industry and the copyright collection agency Screenrights are heading for a courtroom showdown after failing to agree on a fee for retransmitted free-to-air TV programs.

Pay-TV groups Foxtel and Optus now retransmit the free-to-air TV signals on their analogue cable systems and regional pay-TV group Austar broadcasts the ABC on its digital satellite service. A re-transmission fee became payable to TV copyright owners after the Digital Agenda bill was amended in March 2001.

That allowed pay-TV companies to retransmit free-to-air TV signals on their service but said they must also pay copyright owners a fee.

But after three years of negotiations, Screenrights and the Australian Subscription TV and Radio Association (Astra) have been unable to agree what fee is reasonable, and Screenrights has now taken action.

Screenrights wanted to survey pay-TV viewers to determine the value they placed on the free-to-air TV channels, but Astra believed that was an inappropriate way of determining the fee.

In the meantime, Astra has been paying for the electronic monitoring of all retransmitted channels so the copyright owners can be identified.

The issue will be heard by the Copyright Tribunal, which is part of the Federal Court, in October.

Its decision could result in large payments to the copyright owners as the payments will date back to 2001.

While in some countries pay-TV groups pay a flat yearly fee for copyrighted material, local negotiations are believed to have focused on a fee per subscriber. Some pay-TV insiders suggest they could turn off the free-to-air signals if the tribunal decides on an excessive payment.

Screenright chief executive Simon Lake said the pay-TV groups had issued the required remuneration notice but the issue was now at a stalemate.

"We have been unable to agree with the retransmitters (pay-TV groups), so we have referred the matter to the Copyright Tribunal to get a resolution as to what an equitable rate of remuneration will be," he said.

Mr Lake said collected money would be distributed to copyright owners of the free-to-air TV programs, which included producers and owners of rights to music and literary works.

Astra executive director Deb Richards declined to comment.

Foxtel's deal with Universal Electronics for remote control solutions

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/tec/y2k4/mar/martec1.htm

Universal Electronics (UEI) has entered into an agreement with Foxtel, which makes UEI Foxtel's preferred universal remote control supplier to Australia's subscription television operator.

UEI is currently Foxtel's sole supplier of remote control solutions. Under the new agreement, UEI will provide proprietary technology for Foxtel's universal remote controls that will control both the Foxtel digital cable and digital satellite set-top boxes.

A company release states that the remote controls, which represent the next-generation BSkyB control solution enables seamless control of the Foxtel digital cable and digital satellite set-top boxes as well as subscribers' televisions. Foxtel has stated that it is looking forward to Universal Electronics to help design a solution that would be intuitive, simple in design, and innovative in its universal control and learning capabilities to accommodate the local device requirements

UEI's advanced remote control has been adapted to suit the local requirements for common Australian television brands. It enabling Foxtel subscribers to control virtually any television with the UEI-based device, which is backed by the industry's largest database of infrared device control codes. In addition, the remote control's learning feature allows further customisation so that subscribers can control their favorite features to other audio and video devices in the home.

Rupert Murdoch's News Corp has a 25 per cent stake in Foxtel.

Loral Skynet Introduces Occasional-Use Service on Telstar 10 (Apstar2R) to the Asia Pacific Region

From Press Release

Loral Skynet Introduces Occasional-Use Service on Telstar 10 to the Asia Pacific Region

Loral Skynet today announced the availability of occasional use services on its far-reaching Telstar 10 satellite, covering Asia, Australia, parts of Europe and Africa in C-band, and Korea, Taiwan, Macau and China, including Hong Kong, in Ku-band. Loral Skynet is a subsidiary of Loral Space & Communications

Loral Skynet's occasional-use service allows its customers to lease fractional transponders on a part-time basis. Offered in 5-minute increments, this service offers a cost-efficient platform for delivering breaking news stories, planned events, or regularly scheduled recurring feeds. Loral Skynet will initially offer satellite capacity on Telstar 10, and expand the service to the new Telstar 18 satellite when it enters service over Asia, presently planned for the second quarter of 2004. Ascent Media Pte. Ltd, through its Singapore facility, will provide satellite booking and access management services, enabling Skynet's customers to package terrestrial services with Telstar satellite capacity. Skynet's occasional use services in Asia will initially be available in C-band, expanding to Ku-band later this year.

"Loral Skynet has successfully offered occasional-use services in North America and Europe for years and we're happy to now bring this service to Asia," said Terry Hart, president, Loral Skynet. "Part-time offerings enable many value-added end-to-end services including videoconferencing, business television, pre- and post-production feeds, broadcast distribution of sports, educational, ethnic and niche programming, special events, Internet and ad delivery."

"We are pleased to work with Loral Skynet," added Jeff Casey, vice president, sales and marketing, Ascent Media. "Our own well-founded depth of knowledge about the Asian market complements the broad coverage offered now by Telstar 10 and soon by Telstar 18. Working together with the Loral Skynet team, our focus will be on customer service, responsiveness, and superior technical support to the region's occasional use market."

In addition to the occasional-use services in Asia on Telstar 10, Loral Skynet provides occasional-use service on Telstar 11 and Telstar 12 in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Telstar 10, located at 76.5 degrees East longitude, is equipped with 27 C-band and 24 Ku-band transponders (36 MHz equivalents). The C-band payload provides coverage of Asia, Australia, parts of Europe and Africa. The Ku-band payload covers Korea, Taiwan, Macau and China, including Hong Kong. Telstar 10, which hosts one of the most extensive cable neighborhoods in Asia, distributes cable TV programming, direct-to-home services, telecommunications, as well as Internet and VSAT (very small aperture terminal) services.

Telstar 18 will be located at 138 degrees East longitude. The satellite is equipped with 19 C-band transponders at 36 MHz and 8 Ku-band transponders at 54 MHz. The C-band covers Asia, Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific islands and Hawaii and the Ku-Band reaches China, India, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Korea. Its main markets will be cable programming, direct-to-home broadcasting, Internet and VSAT services within Asia while providing an inter-connect to the US.

Ascent Media Network Services specializes in video distribution and post- production services, with facilities in Los Angeles, CA; New York; NY; Stamford, CT; Minneapolis, MN; London, and Singapore. Channel origination, master control, creative services and transmission are among the many offerings utilized by the major broadcast and cable networks as well as other content providers. In addition, the group provides a full array of engineering and technical services for broadcast, cable, satellite, and corporate clients.

Ascent Media Group is a provider of services to the media entertainment industry, offering clients effective solutions for the creation, management and distribution of content through more than 70 facilities worldwide. A wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation , Ascent Media Group (www.ascentmedia.com) is headquartered in Santa Monica, CA.

A pioneer in the satellite industry, Loral Skynet continues to deliver the superior service quality and range of satellite solutions that have made it an industry leader for more than 40 years. Through the broad coverage of the Telstar satellite fleet, and in combination with its established hybrid VSAT/fiber global network infrastructure, Skynet is a source for all broadcast, data network, Internet access, IP and systems integration needs. Headquartered in Bedminster, New Jersey, Loral Skynet is dedicated to providing secure, high-quality connectivity and communications. For more information, visit www.loralskynet.com.

In addition to being the parent company of Loral Skynet, Loral Space & Communications is a world-class leader in the design and manufacture of satellites and satellite systems for commercial and government applications through its Space Systems/Loral subsidiary. For more information, visit www.loral.com.

This document contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. In addition, Loral Space & Communications Ltd. or its representatives have made or may make forward- looking statements, orally or in writing, which may be included in, but are not limited to, various filings made by Loral with the Securities and Exchange Commission, press releases or oral statements made with the approval of an authorized executive officer of Loral. Actual results could differ materially from those projected or suggested in any forward-looking statements as a result of a wide variety of factors and conditions. These factors include those related to the filing, on July 15, 2003 by Loral and certain of its subsidiaries, of voluntary petitions for reorganization under Chapter 11 of Title 11 of the United States Code in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and parallel insolvency proceedings in the Supreme Court of Bermuda in which certain partners of KPMG were appointed as joint provisional liquidators. Additional factors and conditions are also described in the section of Loral's annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2002, entitled "Certain Factors That May Affect Future Results," and Loral's other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The reader is specifically referred to these documents.


Live satellite chat 9pm NZ and 8.30pm Syd time tonight.

This sad news just in from Bob Cooper.

Local Satellite pioneer Bryon G.G. Evans died of a heart attack the morning of March 1st; age 66 in April. Bryon pioneered several aspects of TVRO in the South Pacific - the commercial access to American TV signals from the original Intelsat birds at 177/180E, and, the creation of home dish systems. For a number of years he manufactured dishes in Fiji for use there and throughout the Pacific, as Pacific Antennas Ltd (under new ownership as Pacific Antennas (2000) Ltd. since 2000). For hundreds, perhaps as many as 1,000 folks, Bryon was "Mr Satellite TV" throughout not only New Zealand but the Pacific. His commercial side was especially important - designing and installing commercial antennas for TVNZ, Sky NZ, Clear and others not only in NZ but Australia as well to 13M in size. Bryon's health for several years has been punctuated by a run away cancer which he took bravely and was determined to beat. I talked with him late last week and while resigned to an early and painful death (he was on morphine when he died) not anxious to "let go." In a way, his heart attack has spared him of unbelieveable pain and may have been a blessing in disguise. We all will miss him - always anxious to provide information and advise to those who followed in his footsteps.

Bob Cooper, SatFACTS Monthly

From my Emails & ICQ

From Mr Humax

B3 12720 V 30000 has left

From the Dish

Telkom 1 108E All channels in TelkomVision are encrypted again.

NSS6 95E 11542 H Sr 40000 fec? New mux Cctv4, MTV, Cnn and others. (sorry Beam not known to me)

Insat 3A 93.5E 11550 H "ETV Telugu has replaced ETV 2" on , Conax, PIDs 702/703.

Insat 3A 93.5E 3912 V New PIDs for Channel Guide on : 273/274.

Thaicom 3 78.5E 3520 H "Radio Vaticana" has left .

SatcoDX Update #17/2004

0685 PANAMSAT 7, 10 (68.5E)


TV5 on 3.836 (V, 20600, 1636, 1635, 1636):

Futur on 3.836 (V, 20600, 1639, 1638, 1639):

0765 APSTAR 2R (76.5E)


TTV on 12.615 (V, 22425, 1760, 1761, 1760): It's replaced

0785 THAICOM 2,3 (78.5E)


News on 3.545 (V, 26667, 258, 259, 257): Encrypted in Irdeto

0830 INSAT 2E, 3B (83.0E)


North East Television on 3.620 (V, 3333, 308, 256, 8190): NE TV Promo has Started

DD Oriya on 3.970 (V, 6250, 512, 650, 128): It Has Started, Moved from Insat3E

DD Feed BBS on 3.970 (V, 6250, 513, 660, 129): It Has Started, Moved from Insat3E

0935 INSAT 3A (93.5E)


Red FM on 11.505 (H, 27500, 1304, 1304): It Has Started

AIR FM on 11.670 (H, 27500, 1319, 1319): It has Started

1005 ASIASAT 2 (100.5E)


CRI Radio2 on 12.221 (V, 6000, 1213, 1213): It has started

CRI Radio16 on 12.221 (V, 6000, 1221, 1221): It has started

Beijing TV on 12.329 (H, 6930, 513, 256, 8190): New PIDs

Shanxi TV on 12.339 (H, 6930, 33, 258, 33): New PIDs

Hebei TV on 12.349 (H, 6930, 308, 256, 8190): New PIDs

Tianjin TV on 12.368 (H, 6930, 260, 259, 261): New PIDs

Feeds on 12.371 (V, 5400, 1110, 1211, 1110): It has started

Henan TV on 3.707 (H, 4420, 160, 80, 160): New PIDs, NID & TID

TVSN on 3.764 (V, 4300, 1160, 1120, 1160): New PID

1055 ASIASAT 3S (105.5E)


BTV World on 3.725 (V, 4400, 308, 256, 8190): It has started

1660 PANAMSAT 8 (166.0E)


Mad TV on 12.326 (H, 28067, 514, 642, 8190): It has replaced Video Italia

RIK Cyprus TV info Card on 12.326 (H, 28067, 525, 653, 8190): It has started

1690 PANAMSAT 2 (169.0E)


Myung Sung Church TV on 12.338 (V, 6620, 1110, 1121, 1110): It has started


Satellite DMB Services to Be Delayed to 2005

From http://times.hankooki.com/lpage/tech/200403/kt2004030119562311790.htm

In defiance of the nation’s concerted efforts to launch the satellite digital multimedia broadcasting (DMB) this year, the National Assembly eventually turned its back to the revision of related laws.

The National Assembly Culture and Tourism Committee (CTC) failed to pass the new broadcasting law last Friday and any breakthrough is impossible with the parliament closing on Tuesday.

As a result, the long-awaited satellite DMB services will not be available this year as Korea can’t designate the undertaker of the new business due to lack of legal basis.

The 16th-term National Assembly breaks up in the run-up to the April 15 elections and once the parliament is adjourned ahead of the legislative elections, all pending bills are scrapped automatically.

Accordingly, the 17th-term assembly must start from scratch to streamline the broadcasting regulations in tune with the satellite DMB offerings, delaying actual services well into 2005.

The satellite DMB will enable customers to enjoy broadcasting on the move through handheld terminals like mobile handsets and personal digital assistants (PDAs) or in-car devices.

The postponement of the new convergence services, experts cautioned, will trigger a net loss of 1 trillion won throughout the related businesses.

To prevent such setbacks, both public and private sectors called for the quick passage of the broadcasting law but the representatives of the people finally defied such petitions.

The main reason of the legislative doldrums is a political bickering related to the television watching fee, according to TU Media, which is in charge of the satellite DMB business.

The majority Grand National Party (GNP) lawmakers kept insisting they will pass the broadcasting law only after agreeing with the draft which requires split of television watching fee and electricity fee.

Currently, the television watching fee, which is channeled to terrestrial broadcaster KBS, were included in the electricity bill.

``GNP has pushed for the passage of the split law because the party thinks it can bring recalcitrant KBS under its control before the parliamentary elections through such ways. The party is seeking its own interest at the expenses of the people,’’ said an official from TU Media.

Ten Sports Seeks To Double Subscriber Base With Indo-Pak Cricket Series

From http://www.financialexpress.com/fe_full_story.php?content_id=53816

MUMBAI: Ten Sports is asking cable operators to declare a higher subscriber base on the eve of the India-Pakistan cricket series. This sets the ground for a fresh round of battle with cable operators.

With Trai freezing the price of pay channels since December 26, 2003, Ten Sports is demanding more than double the subscriber base from many cable operators. Sighting a great opportunity in huge audience appeal for the India-Pakistan cricket series, Ten Sports is making efforts to reach a paid subscriber base close to ESPN STAR Sports.

“While entertainment channels ride on shows, sports channels are driven by events. The India-Pakistan series is the mother of all events. Why can’t we ask for a subscriber base equal to that of like-minded channels, when we have the hottest sports property? And we are priced at Rs 14, much lower than ESPN and STAR Sports, which together cost Rs 39.70 a month per subscriber,” said RK Singh, an advisor to Modi Entertainment Network which distributes Ten Sports. Mr Singh was earlier head of ESPN STAR Sports.

Representatives of Cable Operators Distributors Association (CODA) met last Friday in Mumbai to discuss on what stance they should take. A follow-up meeting is planned.

“Ten Sports is asking some cable operators to pay for over five times their subscriber base. This is unreasonable and if the situation worsens, we may try to seek political support,” said CODA representative Anil Parab.

Multi system operators (MSOs), who have already stuck their investments on conditional access system (CAS) infrastructure, are uncertain of what route to take.

“We are already in a tight situation because of the government and the regulator acting unilaterally without any consultation. If broadcasters increase connectivity, we will be forced to raise the rates,” said INCablenet director KV Seshasayee. Adds Hathway Cable & Datacom CEO K Jayaraman, “no MSO can recover that sort of declarations from the ground.”

Several cable operators feel that Ten Sports deserves to get an increase, as the channel has a low price and paid subscribers. “But they are asking for too much. We also fear that other broadcasters may follow the footsteps of Ten Sports,” said a cable opeartor.

Federation of Cable Operators Association president Ravi Singh believes that piracy and blackout is not the best route, as pressure from customers will be immense with India playing five one-dayers and three Test matches. “There should be a settlement, reasonable for both the parties,” he said.

TELE SATELLITE NEWS - Number 09/2004 ­ 29 February 2004 -

A weekly roundup of global TV news sponsored by

TELE-satellite International

Editor: Branislav Pekic

Edit Apsattv.com Edition

A S I A & P A C I F I C


A new movie channel will launch on Showtime on March
3. Called Movietime, it takes the number of film
channels available on the network to 17. Featuring
all-time favourite films including blockbuster titles
like When Harry Met Sally, Goodfellas, Silence of the
Lambs, Pulp Fiction, The English Patient and My Best
Friend's Wedding, all films broadcast on the new
channel are exclusive to Showtime, the region's
leading satellite pay-TV network. The 24-hour channel
will be added at no extra cost for Movies Plus and
Total Plus Showtime subscribers and, like all movie
channels on the network, films on Movietime will be
uncut and unedited with no commercial interruption and
complete with Arabic subtitling. All films are
exclusive to Showtime with the majority between two
and 10 years old.



Pay-TV platform Foxtel has signed pay-per-view movie
deals with Disney, 20th Century Fox and Oz's Village
Roadshow for its digital service that launches March
14. Foxtel CEO Kim Williams said terms have been
agreed upon with three other majors. He hopes to
announce those deals within a week or so. Company,
co-owned by News Corp., Kerry Packer's Publishing &
Broadcasting Ltd. and telco Telstra, revealed the
launch date of Foxtel Digital after unveiling its
pricing and channel packaging two weeks ago. The
country's dominant pay-TV provider with about 1
million subscribers, Foxtel is banking on the much
greater array of channels and interactive services to
drive penetration, which has been stuck at 23%. It's
investing A$550 million ($440 million) in the upgrade
after shaving more than $40 million off the original
cost. The local currency has appreciated by more than
30% over the past year, which means Foxtel is paying
the Hollywood studios far less for its movie channels.
Williams predicted that the switch to digital will
enable Foxtel to turn its first profit in the second
half of 2006 after racking up accumulated losses of
$768 million. He expects 500,000 homes will be
connected to Foxtel Digital by the end of this year,
noting 115,000 people have already registered their
interest. In just four days last week, 12,500 existing
subscribers signed up for digital packages, compared
with an average week when around 3,000 bought the
analogue service. Williams forecasted that pay-TV
penetration will jump to 35%-40% by 2008. Foxtel
Digital will offer more than 130 channels, including
27 airing movies on near video-on-demand for $4.76.
New line-up will include 14 general entertainment,
five kids, seven news, 11 documentary and six music


Seven Network, Australia's second ranked free-to-air
television broadcaster, on February 25 reported a 17%
decline in net profit to A$54.3 million for the fiscal
first half ended December 31, 2003, compared with
A$65.2 million a year ago. Profit excluding net
unusual items rose 26% to A$66.5 million and Seven
reported sales of A$665.9 million. Broadcast earnings
before interest and tax, or EBIT, rose 15% to A$112


MTV Networks will be rolling out its 17th channel in
the Asia-Pacific region with the launch of VH1
Australia in the second quarter of this year on the
digital platforms operated by FOXTEL and Austar. Frank
Brown, president of MTV Networks Asia, noted, "With an
estimated one in four households in Australia already
embracing subscription-TV and access to digital
technology set to make it even more attractive to
consumers, the timing is ideal for MTV Networks to
extend its presence in the marketplace with a fully
owned and operated service."



Asia's leading satellite operator AsiaSat and the
People’s Republic of Bangladesh’s national broadcaster
Bangladesh Television (BTV) announced on February 23
the signing of a lease agreement for the use of C-band
capacity on AsiaSat 3S to broadcast BTV World, a
television channel for overseas service across the
Asia Pacific region. This Bangla-language satellite
channel will commence broadcasting on AsiaSat 3S from
early March, providing daily broadcasts of news and
current affairs, drama, entertainment, cultural and
educational programs from Bangladesh that serve
overseas audiences in the region. BTV World is
available on AsiaSat 3S in C-band with the following
reception parameters: Transponder: 3V, Frequency: 3725
MHz, Polarisation: Vertical, Modulation: QPSK, Symbol
Rate: 4.45 Msym/sec, FEC: 3/4



Pay TV in Hong Kong is about to launch a newscast that
promises to uncover everything -- as the anchorwoman
strips while summarizing current events. Ice Fire
Channel general manager Jesse Au King-way admitted the
station borrowed the idea from nude broadcasting
pioneers in Russia and Canada. He said the content
will be mostly light because viewers are expected to
watch harder than they listen.


Shanghai Media Group (SMG) hopes to become a
nationwide content provider and expand non-advertising
operations to fend off competition from domestic and
foreign rivals, according to a report in the South
China Morning Post. The mainland's second-largest
media group said it would aggressively develop pay-TV
services, programme distribution and broadband
internet operations. These businesses were expected to
account for half of group turnover in the long run, up
from 10 per cent at present, SMG president Li Ruigang
said. The government has been pushing domestic firms
to bulk up by forming provincial media groupings.
These include Beijing Media Group, Shanghai Media
Group, Hunan Media Group and Southern Broadcasting
Media Group, which was recently set up in Guangdong.
SMG has three television companies, two radio
stations, a newspaper, an internet portal, six sports
teams and 12 prominent buildings in Shanghai. To
reduce dependence on advertising sales, SMG in late
2002 began offering pay-TV services and has signed up
20,000 to 30,000 subscribers to its 50-channel
line-up. The media group also develops content which
is distributed to 200 TV stations across the country,
a business that is growing 100 to 200 per cent a year,
according to Mr Li.


The Russian television channel ORT, in which the
Russian government is a minority shareholder, is
negotiating over the purchase of 10 per cent of
Israel's Russian-language station Israel Plus. Israel
Plus is controlled by diamond baron Lev Leviev, who
owns 42 per cent of the station through his Africa
Israel company. ORT, which is jointly owned by the
Russian government and private businessmen, already
broadcasts in Israel via both cable and satellite.
However, the two stations would still be able to share
content if an agreement were signed. Any agreement
would have to be approved by the Cable and Satellite
Broadcasting Council and the communications minister.
CSBC Chairman Yoram Mokedy said that, due to
regulatory restrictions on the ownership of Israeli
channels by foreign governments, ORT could not
purchase more than 10 per cent of Israel Plus. Leviev
apparently wants a partner to help shoulder the
company's heavy losses. From the time it began
broadcasting in November 2002, through the end of
third-quarter 2003, the channel lost NIS 70.5 million,
and in the fourth quarter, it apparently lost some NIS
30 million more.



The Arts Channel is a digital service rented from Sky
but not administered or programmed by Sky. Launching
on March 1, it is dedicated to the arts in the
broadest sense: from opera to jazz, ballet to
contemporary dance, blues to literature -- and some
programmes which simply defy genre-definition. Most of
the programmes will come from Britain (Granada, Reiner
Moritz, Poor House, the BBC), Berlin (Euro Arts), Arte
in Paris, RAI in Rome, and from the PBS channel and CS
Associates in the United States. With a subscription
rate of $12 a month, the Arts Channel is probably not
going to make much from viewer-numbers, but the same
transponder will carry another business which will
help subsidise the Arts Channel.


Sky Television reported a first-half net profit of
$12.4 million for the six months to the end of
December, up from a $4 million loss for the same
period a year earlier. During the period Sky added
5150 subscribers, taking its total number of
subscribers to 548,000. The increase was well down on
the 13,482 subscribers the company added during the
same six-month period a year earlier. Sky is
continuing to win subscribers over to its more
expensive and profitable digital service. While the
number of Sky residential UHF subscribers fell 12 per
cent to 104,000 during the half year, the number of
residential digital subscribers increased 5.6 per cent
to 359,000. As a result, average monthly revenue per
subscriber increased by 7.4 per cent. The company is
also having greater success attracting advertisers.
Its advertising revenue rose 34.8 per cent to $11.6
million for the half year. Total revenue increased by
13.9 per cent to $212.1 million.



Al-Jazeera is to launch a new English language channel
this May as part of an ambitious expansion that
includes sport and children's channels and a new
training centre. The broadcaster is already watched by
35 million viewers a day around the world. But because
of its controversial editorial stance, al-Jazeera has
struggled to attract advertising in the more
conservative Arab countries and has yet to make a
profit after nearly eight years on air. Now it is
hoping to capitalise on its rise to fame during the
last Iraq war with a series of commercial initiatives,
including an English language channel and a training
centre that will offer PR advice to companies in the
Arab world. Later this year the broadcaster plans to
launch a sports channel, followed by an al-Jazeera
channel for children. Al-Jazeera was set up in 1996
and its first five years on air were funded by the
Emir of Qatar. Since 2001, however, it has been
required to pay its own way.



ITV, a Thai television operator, on February 24 will
ignore a government warning on the revision of its
program content, saying an arbitration panel's ruling
means it is eligible to change its program content. A
local newspaper reported the Office of the Permanent
Secretary for the Prime Minister's Office will send a
letter to iTV warning it may be breaching its
concession contract with the government by revising
its TV programs. Early February, a three-member
arbitration panel voted 2 to 1 in favour of iTV,
allowing it to amend the 25-year contract it signed in
1995 with the Prime Minister's Office; slash its
concession fees, and lift restrictions on its
entertainment content. ITV plans to add more
entertainment content to its peak time programs,
effective April 1. The change is necessary for its
business, iTV said.


The Cable & Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia
(CASBAA) has given a limited endorsement of a new
commitment made by the Thai authorities to reduce
pay-TV piracy within Thailand. Last week, during a
public briefing in Bangkok, the Royal Thai Police,
with the Public Relations Department and other bodies,
outlined ten points to improve the pay-TV piracy
environment within Thailand. Among the ten points were
commitments that must be undertaken by all cable
operators to respect the Intellectual Property Rights
of pay television networks, including those of local
broadcasters and international channels such as HBO
Asia, STAR TV, ESPN STAR Sports, MTV Asia, Discovery
Asia, CNN International and BBC World. CASBAA noted
that Thailand is currently on the United States
Government's Intellectual Property Rights USTR 301
Watch List (which is now under review) but because of
the pay-TV piracy issue, Thailand could be placed on
the Priority Watch List, a more severe status that
will damage Thailand's reputation and potentially
expose it to retaliatory measures. CASBAA estimates
there were US$370 million in gross losses to pay-TV
piracy within Thailand in 2003. CASBAA and its member
companies also conservatively estimate that there are
in excess of 1 million unauthorised subscribers to
pay-TV services in Thailand. It is estimated that Baht
1.5 billion (US$38.5 million) was lost to the Royal
Thai Government in 2003 from foregone tax revenues
such as pay-TV licensing fees, corporate taxes and


Major pay-TV operator United Broadcasting Corp (UBC)
is launching a pre-paid programme service next month
in a bid to boost audience numbers. Ongard Prapakamol,
UBC's director of marketing and sales, said that those
who buy an SDTV set-top box and a satellite dish from
Samart Engineering could apply for the pre-paid
service from UBC. In general, people can buy Samart
equipment to enhance the signal reception of their TV
sets, but the box is also designed to receive UBC
satellite programmes. The pre-paid service means
customers can pay for the programmes they want to
watch in a certain month. After that, if they do not
want to view, they do not have to pay. If they want to
watch a programme again in any month, they can ask for
the service from UBC again, and pay for it. The
company will offer pre-paid services in one-month,
six-month, and one-year packages. Normally, UBC
viewers have to pay for their service by the end of
each month. The pre-paid service is UBC's attempt to
expand its audience base by attracting those who want
to watch its programmes but are reluctant to pay for
full service provision every month. UBC is also
offering a promotion to those who sign up for the new
service during March and April. This allows them to
get three months' of Gold Package programming for just
one month's subscription of Bt1,413. Ongard said this
was a new way to expand the company's customer base to
achieve the year's growth target. If pre-paid
customers want to watch UBC channels, they may change
from being pre-paid customers to full members in the
next billing cycle, he added. He said the pre-paid
system did not effect existing UBC customers because
if they want to change their membership to the
pre-paid package, they have to buy the SDTV set-top
box for Bt11,900 (excluding value-added tax) and set
up the system. This would increase their costs
compared as they currently pay only a rental fee to
"maintain" UBC equipment, as well as the monthly fee.
Samart projects to sell 40,000 to 50,000 set-top boxes
this year worth Bt400 million.




Bollywood fans will be able to see their favourite
movies on national television from April 3 when the
South African Broadcasting Corp. starts screening
English-subtitled Hindi features. The 13-week series
will start with Sanjay Leela Bhansali's "Devdas."
Bollywood films have a strong following among the 1
million Indian population, and exhibitors Ster-Kinekor
and Videovision have tapped into this market for three
years by screening English-subtitled Bollywood movies.


Things are still pretty quiet.

Fox Sports 1+2 have gone 16x9.

The Arts channel has started on Sky NZ. No mention yet of what will be on it in the daytime As it only runs in the evenings.

Maori TV is now running FTA on UHF replacing Sky's CNN channel.

Palapa C2 KU reception some place in Asia!

From my Emails & ICQ

From Steve Hume

The "Oscars" seen on Intelsat 701
3769R 20000 7/8 VID: 1460 AUD: 1420 PCR: 1460

NEWS 24x7
Steve Hume

From Rambod

Oscars seem live on pas II adhoc 3

From Mr Humax 29/02

ALL Transponders in Telkomvision FTA
3:50Am QLD time

(Craigs comment, off again at 1.32pm Queensland time today)

From Ranime 29/02

B1 12358 V 6667 3/4 Ladies Golf Scrambled ?
B1 12380 H 6667 3/4 Ch V feed from Tasmania

From Steve Hume

PalapaC2 feeds Update

RF LINK (Live Concert Tape Feed)
3758V SR: 3554 AsiaLink (Bars)
3747H SR: 5632 Satelindo Asialink (Tape Feed)
3765H SR: 5632 Might be down now, no signal just popped up (Video Lock Error - SNG Advent RCTI)

NEWS 24x7
Steve Hume

From the Dish

Optus B3 152E 12407 V "Kmart Radio has replaced Australasian Retail Radio Network 2" on ,Irdeto, APID 258.

AsiaSat 4 122E 3880 H "CBN" has left .

Palapa C2 113E Occasional Satlink feeds on 3747 H and 3765 H, SR 5632, FEC 3/4.

AsiaSat 3 105.5E 3725 V "BTV World" has started testing on , Fta, SR 4450, FEC 3/4,PIDs 308/256.
AsiaSat 3 105.5E 3960 H "Bloomberg TV Asia-Pacific" has started on , PowerVu, PIDs 1860/1820.
AsiaSat 3 105.5E 3960 H "CNN Radio" has left .

AsiaSat 2 100.5E 3660 V "Voice of Turkey" has started, Fta, APID 671.

NSS 6 95E Nile TV International has moved from 12688 H to 12646 V, Fta, PIDs 849/850.
NSS 6 95E 12688 H "TGRT FM" has started on , Fta, APID 514.

Insat 3A 93.5E 3912 V New PIDs for Channel Guide on : 513/514.Occasional feeds on PIDs 258/259.

Insat 3A 93.5E 11630 H "Jaya TV has replaced Headlines Today" on , Conax, PIDs 166/104.

Measat 1 91.5E 4158 H "VTV" test card has started on , Fta, PIDs 204/104.

Yamal 102 90E 3719 L Rambler TeleSet (+2h) is still/back on , Fta, SR 5070, FEC 3/4,PIDs 308/256.
Yamal 201 90E 3948 L "GTRK Bira" has started on , Fta, SR 4275, FEC 3/4, PIDs 308/256.
Yamal 201 90E 3918 L "Radio Rossii" has started on , Fta, APID 257.

ST 1 88E 3632 V "CTS, FTV Entertainment, CTV and TTV" are Fta

Insat 2E 83E 3620 V An NE TV promo has started, Fta, SR 3333, FEC 3/4, PIDs 308/256.
Insat 2E 83E 3970 V "DD Oriya and occasional DD Oriya feeds" have started on , Fta,SR 6250, FEC 3/4, PIDs 512/650 and 513/660, zone beam.

Thaicom 3 78.5E 3585 V "Sur Sangeet" has started on , Fta, PIDs 517/645.

PAS 10 68.5E 3836 V The Activate promo has left .
PAS 10 68.5E 3836 V "TV 5 Afrique" is now encrypted.


THAILAND: Samart, UBC in venture to lift sales

From http://www.asiamedia.ucla.edu/article.asp?parentid=8343

Prepaid subscriptions tied to dish purchases Samart Engineering has teamed up with United Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) to boost the domestic satellite dish market by introducing an all-in-one prepaid television service.

Samart Engineering said its dish and set-top decoder could enhance standard-definition television signals without blurring images, and could connect automatically with the UBC service.

The equipment costs 11,900 baht plus a 1,500-baht installation fee. Customers can receive the free TV channels 3, 5, 7, 9, 11 and iTV, as well as 14 educational channels, nine FM radio stations, the Thai Global Network of UBC, UBC News and UBC Home Shopping.

Customers who want to receive all UBC programmes can sign up for prepaid memberships of three, six or nine months at UBC service centres. The pre-paid price will be the same as the monthly rates paid by UBC subscribers.

However prepaid viewers who do not refill their cards once they expire will have to pay a reconnection fee of about 100 baht.

With the three-year partnership agreement, Samart Engineering believes it could sell as many as 40,000 to 50,000 sets in the first year, generating more than 400 million baht in revenue.

UBC, meanwhile, predicted it could sign up between 5,000 and 8,000 new pay-television subscribers from the campaign within this year. Currently, the company has a total 438,315 subscribers.

An analyst from a local brokerage said the new arrangement was unlikely to have a significant effect on UBC's revenues, which would get a much better boost if the company's state concession was amended to allow it to carry commercials.

The analyst said the company's inflexible marketing strategy also limited earnings from increased subscribers. For example, UBC charges the same monthly fee for a second reception point as for the first. As a result, he said, many viewers used underground services to add more reception points.

An analyst from Tisco Securities said UBC reported a net profit of 131 million baht for 2003, a turnaround that had been expected. But he said future earnings prospects were still weak as piracy continues to be a major concern while subscriber growth has stagnated.

Peter Gan, chief marketing officer of Samart Engineering, said the satellite dish set was expected to appeal to a lot of consumers as it was cost-effective with no monthly fee, offered flexible pay-TV service payment, and was suited to the large number of people living in areas where their televisions could not receive clear signals.

"We expect our revenue to double to 800 million baht this year, bolstered by the joint promotion campaign," he said.

Mr Gan said the company also planned to export its antennas to Australia in the near future. The company currently sells approximately 1.2 million antennas annually.

Samart Engineering, a wholly owned subsidiary of SET-listed Samart Corp, has a factory in Samut Sakhon to produce antennas, satellite dishes, set-top boxes and related satellite-enabled equipment.

Samart shares closed yesterday on the SET at 9.90 baht, up 65 satang, in trade worth 278.27 million baht. UBC shares rose 80 satang to 24.10 baht, in trade worth 32.89 million baht.

THAILAND: Channel 5 affiliate to launch first Otop channel in Japan

From http://www.asiamedia.ucla.edu/article.asp?parentid=8344

Tor Tor Bor 5 Plc, the satellite broadcasting division of Royal Thai Army Radio and Television, will launch the first One Tambon, One Product (Otop) channel with a Japanese company in Japan as part of its plan to help promote Thai products

Tor Tor Bor 5 Plc, the satellite broadcasting division of Royal Thai Army Radio and Television, will launch the first One Tambon, One Product (Otop) channel with a Japanese company in Japan as part of its plan to help promote Thai products.

The around-the-clock channel, part of the Thai TV Global Network (TGN), will be produced by a Tokyo-based company at Channel 5's production facilities.

The programmes will be beamed to Japanese households starting in April via a cable-TV network in Tokyo called Thai Channel.

Tourism-related programmes will also be shown on the channel to make it more appealing.

Gen Pricha Premaswad, director of Royal Thai Army Radio and Television, the operator of Channel 5, declined to give further details but said the channel would obtain huge rental fees which would help it clear its debts.

TGN has accumulated debt of about one billion baht. Last year, it posted a net profit of 120 million baht on sales of around 570 million baht, from its two channels that are available in 170 nations.

The firm is now preparing to list on the Stock Exchange of Thailand and has hired Asset Plus at its financial adviser.

An initial plan proposed by former adviser Kim Eng Securities entailed floating 70% of the company's shares. It has since been delayed because Royal Thai Army Radio and Television wanted to maintain a 50% stake in the operation.

Gen Pricha said TGN now planned to sell the IPO shares in October and expected to raise over one billion baht.

The funds will be used to strengthen programming on TGN and expand the channel's reach worldwide.

End of CAS

From http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/527098.cms

Grabbing the lifeline thrown by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai), the government has suspended the implementation of conditional access system (CAS) indefinitely. Of course, the end losers in the entire hullabaloo are those who had put faith in the government’s CAS diktat: the cable operators who made sizeable investment in facilitating CAS and the viewers who diligently purchased the set-top-boxes, needed to receive pay channels in the CAS regime. Has the government spared a thought for these victims of CAS or are they too few in numbers to matter in the election arithmetic? Let’s make no mistake, both set of viewers, those who purchased the set-top boxes and those who did not, are unlikely to forget this bungling if and when CAS is rolled out again. Would the government be able to convince viewers that there would not be a repeat of what has happened? This kind of policy flip-flop erodes government’s credibility and imposes extra costs on the economy. But those are the long-term consequences. There are some immediate issues to be addressed. Since the CAS suspension is open ended, what happens to the cable rates, which were frozen by Trai as of 26 December 2003 ? Cable operators are certainly now going to ask for the lifting of that freeze. That would open the Pandora’s box for both viewers and the government. Cable rates have not been hiked for a while in most localities. Moreover, consumers have got accustomed to paying lower rates for the free-to-air bouquet under CAS. A hike in cable rates is therefore going to pinch viewers who are most likely to turn around and blame the government for it.

This kind of mess can be avoided if the government distances itself completely and gives a free hand to Trai in addressing cable and broadcasting issues. On its part, Trai would do well to speed up at least the deliberation process so that it can quickly arrive at a solution which can then be implemented over an adequate time period. It must also deliberate on alternative delivery mechanisms like direct-to-home (DTH) to ensure that market forces too favour a rollout of CAS. That alone would go a long way in ensuring a consumer friendly CAS regime.

UTV’s Screwvala To Launch Kids Channel

From http://www.financialexpress.com/fe_full_story.php?content_id=53749

MUMBAI: UTV Software Communications founder-promoter Ronnie Screwvala is launching a kids channel through a separate company, in which he will hold a majority 51 per cent stake. UTV will hold the remaining 49 per cent equity. The new company will be called United Home Entertainment (UHE).

UHE proposes to invest Rs 75 crore in the project. “The funding requirement will be around that amount and we hope to break even in three years. We plan to launch the channel between July-September this year,” said UTV director of operations and finance Ronald D’Mello.

A part of the equity stake in the kids channel will be offered to investors through a private placement. The company is in talks with investors. With the private placement, the equity structure of the company will change but Mr Screwvala will continue to remain the dominant partner. The company is in talks with STAR India and Sony-Discovery’s One Alliance to become a part of their distribution bouquet. “We are not in talks with Zee Telefilms as they have Turner’s two kids channels Cartoon Network and Pogo in their bouquet,” Mr D’Mello said.

Currently, STAR and Sony don’t have a kid’s channel in their bouquet. Both companies are trying to get the Walt Disney channel, which is planning to enter India.

STAR also is considering launching its own kid’s channel.

UHE will have a 90-member team with separate content, marketing and distribution heads. The channel’s advertising sales will be handled by UTV. Already Shalini Rawla, who worked with Contract Advertising, has been appointed as vice president of marketing in UHE.

Why is the channel being launched through a separate company? “We are doing it outside UTV and with fresh equity. There will be no pressure on UTV, which will continue to focus primarily on its content business. UTV is investing in the venture to exploit its synergies in content and airtime sales,” Mr D’Mello said.

The channel will have Hindi content, aimed at the age group of 4-18 years. “We will be a multi-genre channel airing movies, serials and localised content for kids,” said Purnendu Bose, COO, new ventures, UTV. The company will also source international formats, concepts, shows and movies which it will localise into Hindi, he added.

UHE has appointed AC Nielsen to conduct a survey. The preliminary findings show that kids love watching cartoons in the age group of 4-7 years and are gender neutral. Boys between 8-12 years tend to watch sports, adventure and action programmes, while girls prefer serials and soaps. The 13-15-year-olds tend to have less exposure to cartoons while the 16-18-year-olds can be targeted after 8 pm, he said.