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Page UPDATED 18/8/2017 11.10 P.M NZ


Maori TV and Te Reo in NZ have gone HD on Terrestrial after some testing over the past few weeks.

Optus D2 12581 H "God Australia" has left
Optus D2 12581 H "TEST" is new radio fta Sid 78 Apid 3033

Thursday night feeds

Asiasat 5 4184 V Sr 19200 "NBA POOL ASIA" FTA with NBA

Asiasat 5 3876 H Sr 7200 "World feed ETP" Golf

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LaoSat 1 128.5E CCTV 4 Asia has moved from 3670 H to 3582 H, clear.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4060 V Nickelodeon Pakistan, ARY Zauq, ARY World, ARY Digital UAE, ARY News UK & Europe, HBO Pakistan and ARY Digital USA on are now encrypted.

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3840 H "LaLiga TV" has started on , Viaccess.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 4034 H "VH1 India" has left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4036 V "News 18 Punjab & Haryana & Himachal Pradesh" has started on , Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Cine PK替换Movies PK(巴基斯坦)频道,设置3746 V 6520参数免费接收。 [8月18日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Jia News、India Crime(测试)频道新增,设置3805 H 28500参数免费接收。 [8月18日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Zeal News(印度)频道新增,设置3949 H 3673参数免费接收。 [8月18日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Nada Muslim TV替换FCN(印尼)频道,设置3627 H 17986参数免费接收。 [8月18日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,MRTV(国际)频道解密,设置3709 H 10000参数免费接收。 [8月18日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,History TV18 HD(高清)频道新增,设置4036 V 21600参数有条件接收。 [8月18日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,BBC World News(高清)频道消失,设置4016 H 3921参数无效接收。 [8月18日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Kanal 10(亚洲版)频道消失,设置12523 H 30000参数无效接收。 [8月18日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,天映经典、龙祥时代(DISH-HD)等全组频道解密,设置11101 H 45000参数免费接收。 [8月18日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星C频段,CCTV-4(老挝)频道新增,设置3582 H 5000参数免费接收。 [8月18日]

东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Channel 17、Alif TV(孟加拉)等全组频道消失,设置12513 V 17200参数无效接收。 [8月17日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Star Gold、Life OK(高清)等5个频道消失,设置3940 V 28100参数无效接收。 [8月17日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星C频段,国家地理、Fox HD(高清)等5个频道新增,设置3802 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [8月17日]

东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,Astro Warna(印尼)等全组频道消失,设置3727 H 9833参数无效接收。 [8月16日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Nickelodeon(巴基斯坦)频道加密,设置4060 V 26666参数有条件接收。 [8月16日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,壹电影、广东卫视替换龙祥时代(数码天空)等频道,设置12416 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [8月16日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Win综合替换年代新闻(环宇卫视)频道,设置12461 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [8月16日]
东经115.5度轨道位置的中星6B号卫星C频段,动作电影、中华美食替换高清电影(华诚数字)等频道,设置3740 V 27500参数有条件接收。 [8月16日]

东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Z Telugu(测试)频道新增,设置4140 V 27500参数免费接收。 [8月15日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Duronto TV(高清)频道重现,设置4065 H 4000参数免费接收。 [8月15日]


Fox Sports, Foxtel merge, IPO likely

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/08/17/fox-sports-foxtel-merge-ipo-likely/

Australian pay-TV operator Foxtel and premium channel Fox Sports are to be merged into a single company that could be listed on the stock exchange, owners News Corp and Telstra have announced.

Fox Sports is completely owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, while Telstra and Foxtel currently share ownership of Foxtel.

The pair say the new company will be well positioned to deliver premium sports as well as homegrown, original and international entertainment in a rapidly evolving and competitive marketplace.

The move to combine the companies will align ownership and management for success at a time when more Australians are consuming premium content across more technologies and platforms than ever before.

Subject to the conclusion of definitive agreements, regulatory review and satisfaction of certain other conditions, the following key changes will be implemented as part of the new arrangement:
•News Corp will have 65 per cent shareholding in the new company and Telstra will have 35 per cent
•News Corp will appoint the Chairman, majority of the new company’s board and senior executives and Telstra will appoint the remaining directors

The pair say the new company will be positioned to meet the needs of Australian viewers and create greater choice than ever before by:
•Investing in Australian written, produced and directed programming
•Delivering a wider range of new and innovative products and packages across devices and platforms
•Continuing to invest in premium content and technology to meet growing consumer demand
•Expanding distribution channels for the sale of Foxtel and Fox Sports products, and developing greater operating efficiencies across the combined businesses, including distribution

The pair suggest that the proposed arrangements will better position the new company for an initial public offering in the future, with News Corp having a majority stake.

If the transaction between Telstra and News Corp is concluded on the proposed terms, News Corp expects to consolidate the new company into its financial statements.

Telstra CEO Andy Penn said the transaction would provide the new company with a strong platform to flexibly respond to significant changes in the media, communications and content markets. “Our strategically-significant investment in the new company will be an important part of Telstra’s media strategy. Under this arrangement, Telstra will continue to support the company with our broadcast reseller arrangements which is a major strategic component for us.”

“More people are watching more media on more devices for more hours every day of the week, so the demand for media and for content is only going to grow. With a strong premium content proposition and scale subscriber base, the new company will be well positioned to deliver a compelling customer experience,” he declared.

“The proposed restructuring of Foxtel and Fox Sports will unlock value for News Corp shareholders and provide a clearer vision into the depth and strength of our Australian assets,” remarked News Corp Chief Executive Robert Thomson. “The new structure will simplify management control and ensure that the company is best placed to leverage the skills of its talented Australian employees and programme makers.”

“There is no doubt that the world of content is becoming more complicated and competitive, and it is important that Australia has a strong local platform for its great sports and for homegrown creativity, as well as a showcase for international programmes,” he added.

At this stage, certain key commercial terms of the proposed transaction have been agreed on a non-binding basis. Telstra and News Corp have signed a binding process agreement under which they will prepare long form agreements to give legal effect to the commercial principles.

Telstra and News Corp will work to finalise the transaction, including obtaining regulatory approval, to be completed in the first half of 2018.

AsiaSat and Encompass partner to deliver 29th SEA Games via AsiaSat 5

From Press Release

Hong Kong, 18 August 2017 – Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat) and Encompass Digital Media (Asia) Pte. Ltd. (Encompass) have partnered to provide Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM) with C-band capacity on the AsiaSat 5 satellite to deliver live coverage of the 29th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games to viewers across Asia-Pacific.
The biennial sporting event invites teams from 11 nations in Southeast Asia to compete in multi-sport games, held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 19th to 30th August. AsiaSat 5 will be an integral part of the satellite and fiber networks for the delivery of the event. The events and games will be transmitted from all venues to the International Broadcasting Centre (IBC). From there, the feeds will be delivered to broadcasters across the satellite’s extensive footprint, spanning from Russia to New Zealand and from Japan to the Middle East and parts of Africa.

Encompass will support TM with the satellite capacity and distribution, enabling the largest number of viewers across the Asia-Pacific to enjoy coverage of the opening ceremony, 405 events and 38 games until the closing on 30th August.

“Encompass is delighted to expand our working relationship with TM and AsiaSat, providing the satellite distribution for the SEA Games,” said Rajiv Sansanwal, Vice President, Sales – Asia of Encompass. “With a combined population of more than 647 million people of diverse language and culture, the SEA Games provide a platform for the Southeast Asia nations and its people to come together as one, to celebrate in this multi-sport spectacle. Encompass is honored to be part of this event.”
“With our extensive experience of delivering top quality live sports coverage, and Encompass’s unrivalled satellite distribution services, we are confident that AsiaSat 5 will once again demonstrate its leading role as Asia’s prime Occasional Use platform, to provide a fantastic viewing experience of this spectacular sports event to Asian viewers,” said Barrie Woolston, Chief Commercial Officer of AsiaSat.
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About Encompass

Encompass is a global technology services company focused on supporting TV networks, broadcasters, sports leagues and digital leaders with the delivery of their linear/nonlinear video content across television and digital platforms. Services include: global transmission and connectivity, channel playout, OTT/TV streaming and VOD, live events and disaster recovery. For more information, please visit www.encompass.tv, and follow us on social media – LinkedIn and Twitter.

About AsiaSat

Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), the leading satellite operator in Asia, serves over two-thirds of the world's population with its six satellites, AsiaSat 3S, AsiaSat 4, AsiaSat 5, AsiaSat 6, AsiaSat 7 and AsiaSat 8. The AsiaSat satellite fleet serves both the broadcast and telecommunications industries. Over 700 television and radio channels are now delivered by the company's satellites offering access to more than 830 million TV households across the Asia-Pacific region. AsiaSat’s next satellite, AsiaSat 9 is planned to be launched at the end of September 2017. AsiaSat is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Asia Satellite Telecommunications Holdings Limited, a company listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (Stock Code: 1135). For more information, please visit www.asiasat.com | LinkedIn | Facebook | Mobile App

Media Contacts:

Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited

Winnie Pang, Manager, Marketing Communications | Tel: (852) 2500 0880 | Email: wpang@asiasat.com

Encompass Digital Media
Lisa Hagin, Vice President, Marketing | Email: lhagin@encompass.tv

Japanese H-2A rocket launch rescheduled for Saturday

From https://spaceflightnow.com/2017/08/16/japanese-h-2a-rocket-launch-rescheduled-for-saturday/

A heavy-duty version of Japan’s H-2A rocket is now scheduled to lift off Saturday with a geostationary navigation satellite after a week-long delay to diagnose and resolve a leak in the rocket’s propulsion system, the Japanese space agency announced Wednesday.

Launch of the 174-foot-tall (53-meter) rocket, flying with in its most powerful configuration with four strap-on solid-fueled boosters, is scheduled during an unusually-long nine-hour window opening at 0500 GMT (1:00 a.m. EDT; 2 p.m. Japan Standard Time) Saturday, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said.

The H-2A rocket is expected to roll out of its assembly hanger to a launch mount at the Tanegashima Space Center just after midnight Saturday, local time, for final launch preps and fueling.

Ground crews transferred the rocket back to the assembly building last weekend after a launch attempt Aug. 12 was scrubbed in the final hours of the countdown. Japanese space officials told reporters in a press conference that the launch team detected a leak in the rocket’s helium pressurization system, which is used to pressurize the H-2A’s propellant tanks for flight.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, the H-2A’s prime contractor and launch operator, fixed the problem. Officials set Saturday as the new target launch date “after careful investigations and completion of repair actions of the rocket propulsion system,” the space agency said in a statement.

The H-2A flight was originally slated to take off Aug. 11, but officials opted to forego a launch attempt that day due to a poor weather forecast.

Saturday’s launch will be the 35th flight of an H-2A rocket since it debuted in August 2001, and the fourth H-2A launch this year.

The satellite enclosed inside the launcher’s 16.7-foot (5.1-meter) payload shroud is Michibiki 3, the third member in a planned quartet of navigation stations in Japan’s Quasi-Zenith Satellite System.

Japan’s navigation satellites supplement positioning signals broadcast by the U.S. military’s Global Positioning System, providing more accurate location estimates for civilian and security users in the Asia-Pacific. The regional navigation network will result in improved reception in urban areas and rugged terrain, where high-rise buildings and mountains can block signals from GPS satellites near the horizon.

The GPS satellites circle Earth in orbits 12,550 miles (20,200 kilometers) above Earth. Although there are at least 30 operational GPS spacecraft, only a small fraction of the fleet is visible from a single point on Earth at one time.

It takes four GPS satellites to calculate a precise position on Earth, but a Michibiki satellite broadcasting the same four L-band signals will give a receiver an estimate if there are not enough GPS satellites visible, or it can help produce a more accurate position calculation even with full GPS service.

The two Michibiki satellites launched to date fly in inclined orbits, tracing figure-eight patterns as they oscillate north and south of the equator, while their longitudinal, or east-west, position remains over the Asia-Pacific at an average altitude of around 22,300 miles (nearly 35,800 kilometers) above Earth.

Michibiki 3 will head into an orbit at the same altitude, but will eventually settle into a parking slot over the equator, where it will remain in a fixed geostationary position in the sky.

The fourth in the current series of Japanese navigation satellites will go up later this year on another H-2A rocket, taking up a post in an inclined high-altitude orbit like the first two.

Blockstream Satellite Broadcasts Bitcoin Data Worldwide

From http://allcoinsnews.com/2017/08/16/blockstream-satellite-broadcasts-bitcoin-data-worldwide/

Blockstream, a blockchain and financial cryptography company, has announced the availability of Blockstream Satellite, a new service that broadcasts real-time Bitcoin blockchain data from a group of communication satellites in space to an almost global audience. Blockstream Satellite enables further participation in Bitcoin for those with no previous access or prohibitive bandwidth costs. The satellite provides coverage across two thirds of the Earth’s landmass, with additional coverage areas set to come online to reach almost every person on the globe by the end of the year.

Dr. Adam Back, co-founder and CEO at Blockstream, stated: “Bitcoin is a powerful and transformative internet native digital money that has blazed a trail of disruption, with its full potential yet to unfold. Because it’s permissionless, Bitcoin enables anyone to freely create new financial applications and other innovations that use the blockchain that haven’t been possible before. Today’s launch of Blockstream Satellite gives even more people on the planet the choice to participate in Bitcoin. With more users accessing the Bitcoin blockchain with the free broadcast from Blockstream Satellite, we expect the global reach to drive more adoption and use cases for Bitcoin, while strengthening the overall robustness of the network.”

The public satellite service will allows anyone to operate and maintain Bitcoin nodes, without the constraints of traditional network connectivity. Blockstream Satellite sends blocks in real-time, as well as recirculates older blocks, providing free access to the Bitcoin blockchain for both long-time and new users of the cryptocurrency. In addition, Blockstream Satellite provides an additional layer of reliability for blockchain data in the event of a network partition.

The Blockstream Satellite network currently consists of three geosynchronous satellites at various positions over Earth that cover four continents — Africa, Europe, South America, and North America. By the end of 2017, additional satellites will be added to the Blockstream Satellite network enabling worldwide coverage and reaching nearly every person on the planet. Ground stations, called teleports, uplink the public Bitcoin blockchain data to the satellites in the network, which then broadcast the data to large areas across the globe.

Blockstream Satellite makes extensive use of open source software. GNU Radio, an open source software development toolkit, enables the cross platform implementation of software-defined radios (SDR). The use of SDRs eliminates the need for specialized hardware, which greatly reduces cost and makes the technology widely available. To further ensure performance and reliability, Blockstream Satellite utilizes the Fast Internet Bitcoin Relay Engine (FIBRE), an open source protocol based on several years of experience operating and studying the Bitcoin Relay Network. Together, these open source technologies power the Blockstream Satellite network enabling Blockstream to provide this free service reliably and cost effectively.

A bitcoin node operator in West Africa, Tim Akinbo commented: “When I first heard of Blockstream Satellite, I immediately recognized its great potential to bring Bitcoin to regions of the world where internet access is either unavailable or expensive. Not to mention its ability to provide redundancy when Internet access is temporarily unavailable,”

Turner scores UEFA rights

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/08/17/turner-scores-uefa-rights/

Turner and UEFA, the governing body of European football, have agreed a three-year multi-platform deal for the exclusive presentation of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League in the US beginning with the 2018-19 season.

Timed to this multi-year rights agreement, Turner has also announced plans to launch a new standalone premium sports streaming video service with the expansive collection of UEFA matches serving as a core pillar of the direct to consumer offering. The new OTT sports platform will debut in 2018.

Terms of the UEFA agreement:
•Turner will be the exclusive media partner in the United States for English-language coverage of two of the most popular sporting events in the world and the most prestigious club competition in European football.
•Turner will present more than 340 UEFA matches per season across the company’s television and digital platforms.
•Matches will be offered direct to consumers through Turner’s newly-created premium OTT sports platform. Additionally, Bleacher Report – the leading digital destination for millennial sports fans – will serve as a portal to the OTT service and the live UEFA matches offered through the new platform.
•Live matches will also be regularly televised across TBS, TNT and/or truTV throughout the length of the deal.

As part of Turner and UEFA’s mutual goal to maximise world football’s rising popularity in the US, the new agreement includes opportunities to distribute UEFA content across a wide variety of Turner platforms. Bleacher Report will also provide extensive, year-long UEFA clips and original content – shoulder and ancillary programming – across its full suite of millennial-focused owned and operated products and its popular accounts on various social media platforms (including the BRFootball social presence on Snap, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter).

“The launch of Turner’s new OTT sports platform and partnership with UEFA aligns with the company’s continued strategy to further expand the distribution ecosystem and our ongoing commitment to engage fans with premium content they crave across all platforms,” said David Levy, President, Turner. “These highly-anticipated matches and supplemental original programming will be a key foundation for our latest direct to consumer business sports offering, as well as coveted content for Bleacher Report and our leading television networks. In addition to the new audiences we’ll attract through the streaming service, the partnership will leverage the tremendous reach we have with our television networks and Bleacher Report’s position as the leading digital destination for millennial fans.”

“Through this new agreement, Turner Sports is further expanding our portfolio with championship-calibre content featuring two of the most popular sporting events in the world,” added Lenny Daniels, President, Turner Sports. “We believe world football is one of the most impactful growth properties in the US. Our shared vision with UEFA has led to the perfect opportunity to leverage the reach of Turner as we establish deeper connections with fans, while simultaneously creating new business ventures for our company.”

Turner’s UEFA Champions League coverage will include four live telecasts each week throughout the Group Stage (September through early December) – Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. ET – and two televised matches per week during the Knockout Phase (beginning in February) – Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 3 p.m. ET. All other matches will be available live through Turner’s new OTT sports platform launching in 2018, including direct access to the premium streaming service via Bleacher Report.

All semi-final matches, along with the UEFA Champions League final, will be nationally televised on TBS or TNT. UEFA Europa League matches will be available through Turner’s premium OTT sports platform – including access via Bleacher Report – with the UEFA Europa League final to be televised on TBS or TNT.

Turner will also televise the UEFA Super Cup on TBS or TNT, an exhibition match showcasing the winner from the previous year’s UEFA Champions League against the winner of that same year’s UEFA Europa League, beginning in 2018.

The launch of Turner’s sports OTT platform is part of the company’s growing portfolio of direct to consumer offerings including FilmStruck and Boomerang.


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Intelsat 19 166.0E 4016 H "BBC World News Asia Pacific" has started on ,Fta

LaoSat 1 128.5E 10730 V "Boomerang Thailand, NHK World TV, TV 5 Monde Asia, KBS World,Beijing TV, Hunan TV, Zhejiang Satellite TV, EuroNews English, CGTN, Aljazeera English, RT English, TNN 24, Thairath TV 32, TV 3 Family 13 and Thai TV 5 HD1" are now encrypted.

LaoSat 1 128.5E 10790 H "BBTV Channel 7, Thai Channel 8, Thai PBS, NBT 2, Spring News 19, Sabaidee TV 141, Workpoint 23, PPTV HD 36, TNN 2, T Sports Channel, CCTV 5+, CCTV Golf & Tennis, Thai Channel 2 142, Amarin 34 HD, Fox Thai, Warner TV Southeast Asia, Mono 29, One HD 31, GMM 25, CCTV 2, CCTV 15, CNC World English and CNC World Chinese" are now encrypted.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4065 H "Joo Masti" has started on , Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4165 H "We TV has replaced Sargam TV" on , Fta.

ChinaSat 11 98.0E 12500 V "Nu Channel" has started on , Fta. Macau Lotus TV has left again.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3720 H "Animax HD Taiwan" has started on , PowerVu.
Apstar 7 76.5E 3769 H "Music Bangla TV" has left .

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东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Win综合替换年代新闻(环宇卫视)频道,设置12461 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [8月16日]
东经115.5度轨道位置的中星6B号卫星C频段,动作电影、中华美食替换高清电影(华诚数字)等频道,设置3740 V 27500参数有条件接收。 [8月16日]

东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Z Telugu(测试)频道新增,设置4140 V 27500参数免费接收。 [8月15日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Duronto TV(高清)频道重现,设置4065 H 4000参数免费接收。 [8月15日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,HBO(家庭影院)等5个频道加密,设置4060 V 26666参数有条件接收。 [8月15日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,珠江电影替换星空卫视(艺华卫视)频道,设置12354 V 43000参数有条件接收。 [8月15日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,Region & State替换Stated Division(缅甸)频道,设置11167 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [8月15日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,News替换Channel 11(巴基斯坦)频道,设置3903 V 2960参数免费接收。 [8月15日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星C频段,Thai BeIN 1、Thai BeIN 2替换满满通(老挝)等频道,设置3435 V 9000参数有条件接收。 [8月15日]

东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,MTV Live(标清)频道改格式,设置12272 H 33333参数有条件接收。 [8月14日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,TM TV、Zabb、NBTV(泰国)频道新增,设置4040 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [8月14日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Dharma TV(泰国)频道新增,设置3545 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [8月14日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Akhyar TV、Puldapii TV(印尼)频道新增,设置4014 H 7200参数免费接收。 [8月14日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Fx HD(菲律宾)频道新增,设置3840 H 29720参数有条件接收。 [8月14日]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星Ku频段,Millet(俄罗斯)频道重现,设置11481 H 4027参数免费接收。 [8月14日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Animax HD(台湾)高清频道新增,设置3720 H 29620参数有条件接收。 [8月14日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Fix & Foxy(HEVC)频道消失,设置3746 V 6520参数无效接收。 [8月14日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,TVK(泰国)频道新增,设置4095 V 2920参数免费接收。 [8月14日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Bein 3(印尼)频道新增,设置3827 V 4400参数有条件接收。 [8月14日]


Anti-piracy blockchain start-up launches token sale

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/08/15/anti-piracy-blockchain-start-up-launches-token-sale/

Sydney based start-up Veredictum has launched the token sale for its decentralised anti-piracy and distribution platform for the film and video industry.

The Ventana token sale aims to achieve widespread acceptance within the film and video industry using blockchain-based technologies to register video and film ownership rights, and to add detectable fingerprints to content so digital ownership can be tracked.

It also aims to bring content producers closer to consumers and provide greater access to quality content at price points that are competitive and fair. Veredictum believes it will reduce film and video piracy by 80 per cent over 10 years.

Tim Lea, founder of Veredictum, says the Veredictum platform centres on targeting the drivers of piracy and theft holistically rather than just its symptoms. “Piracy is not just one person’s problem; it’s everyone’s,” says Lea. “Our objective is to galvanise the creative community to solve the biggest problem that is facing the industry’s survival.”

The Veredictum user base, use their surplus bandwidth and computing power to form a powerful global network of machines that perform global searches for registered content. Thanks to an incentive model, users will be rewarded for providing the infrastructure.

“Whilst there is a natural incentive for creatives to want to resolve the problem, from a pragmatic point of view we also need to economically incentivise the community to work with us. These payments are made using our cryptocurrency, Ventana. Users can earn Ventana while they sleep,” says Lea.

Members of Veredictum’s global community function similarly to bitcoin miners. The more registered content they locate and the more bandwidth they provide to support, the more Ventana they can earn. After the Token Sale has completed, Ventana is expected to be converted to Bitcoin within a couple of weeks.

Veredictum’s ultimate objective is to provide the infrastructure for easier access to content. The model connects producers directly to influencers and their tribes, creating a marketplace where users collectively bid for the content they wish to view, with the Veredictum infrastructure distributing and watermarking the content.

The token sale has a core target raise of $7.5 million (€6.4m) and a hard cap stretch target of $20 million.

WWE® Reaches Broadcast Agreement with Nine Network

From http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170816005337/en/WWE%C2%AE-Reaches-Broadcast-Agreement-Network

SYDNEY & STAMFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--WWE (NYSE: WWE) today announced it has reached a new agreement with Nine Network to broadcast weekly one-hour versions of WWE’s flagship programs Raw® and SmackDown® in Australia on Nine Network channel 9Go!. Starting this week, 9Go! will televise a one-hour edition of Raw on Thursdays at 11 p.m. and a one-hour edition of SmackDown on Fridays immediately following the conclusion of 9Go!’s Friday Night Movie.

“We are thrilled to add another best-in-class TV partner to our roster in Australia to deliver content to our fans,” said Michelle Wilson, WWE Chief Revenue & Marketing Officer. “Our partnership with Nine Network enables us to expand our reach in Australia and complements our live programming in the region.”

In addition to this new agreement with Nine Network, WWE recently announced it will extend its partnership with Foxtel to broadcast WWE programming live in Australia. Foxtel’s FOX8 televises Raw live on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and SmackDown live on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

About WWE
WWE, a publicly traded company (NYSE: WWE), is an integrated media organization and recognized leader in global entertainment. The company consists of a portfolio of businesses that create and deliver original content 52 weeks a year to a global audience. WWE is committed to family friendly entertainment on its television programming, pay-per-view, digital media and publishing platforms. WWE programming reaches more than 650 million homes worldwide in 20 languages. WWE Network, the first-ever 24/7 over-the-top premium network that includes all live pay-per-views, scheduled programming and a massive video-on-demand library, is currently available in more than 180 countries. The company is headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Mexico City, Mumbai, Shanghai, Singapore, Dubai, Munich and Tokyo.

Additional information on WWE (NYSE: WWE) can be found at wwe.com and corporate.wwe.com. For information on our global activities, go to http://www.wwe.com/worldwide/.

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AsiaSat and Eurovision Media Services to deliver Taipei 2017 Universiade on AsiaSat 5

From Press Release

Hong Kong, 15 August 2017 – Eurovision Media Services, in collaboration with its long-term satellite partner, Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), will use AsiaSat 5 to deliver the Taipei 2017 Universiade across the Asia Pacific.

The 29th Summer Universiade is an international sporting and cultural event staged biennially, with Taipei as this year’s host city between 19th to 30th of August. The Universiade will include 21 competitive sports as well as one demonstration sport throughout 12 days of competitions, attended by talented youth athletes from around the world.

Since 1999 Eurovision Media Services and AsiaSat have enjoyed a successful partnership that delivers top quality sports content to broadcasters and TV networks in 4K and HD. This new delivery on AsiaSat 5, Asia’s most popular OU service platform, sees the strong relationship continuing into the future with other major events to come. AsiaSat 5 currently provides access to more than 800 million households via terrestrial networks and pay TV platforms in the Asia Pacific.
“We are very pleased to be working with Eurovision Media Services again, our long-standing partner in creating value for customers and their audiences, especially where it comes to AsiaSat’s strength in delivering high quality live sports coverage,” said Barrie Woolston, Chief Commercial Officer of AsiaSat.
“We’re delighted to continue our collaboration with AsiaSat to deliver top quality, reliable services for major sporting events in the Asia Pacific," said Graham Warren, Chief Operating Officer of Eurovision.

About Eurovision Media Services

Eurovision Media Services – the business arm of the European Broadcasting Union – has a global reputation and is the first choice media services provider for many media organizations and sports federations around the world. We provide innovative services across the value chain from content production and broadcast services to content distribution and permanent circuits. We produce and deliver premium live sports, news and entertainment events around the world on all platforms (TV, radio and online). Discover more about Eurovision Media Services on www.eurovision.net

About AsiaSat

Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), the leading satellite operator in Asia, serves over two-thirds of the world's population with its six satellites, AsiaSat 3S, AsiaSat 4, AsiaSat 5, AsiaSat 6, AsiaSat 7 and AsiaSat 8. The AsiaSat satellite fleet serves both the broadcast and telecommunications industries. Over 700 television and radio channels are now delivered by the company's satellites offering access to more than 830 million TV households across the Asia-Pacific region. AsiaSat’s next satellite, AsiaSat 9 is planned to be launched at the end of September 2017. AsiaSat is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Asia Satellite Telecommunications Holdings Limited, a company listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (Stock Code: 1135). For more information, please visit www.asiasat.com | LinkedIn | Facebook | Mobile App

Media Contacts:
Eurovision Media Services
Shannon Williams, Market Analyst & Communications Manager
Tel: +41 22 717 23 70 | Email: shannon.williams@eurovision.net
Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited
Winnie Pang, Manager, Marketing Communications | Tel: +852 2500 0880 | Email: wpang@asiasat.com

State hand in Thaicom’s next satellite

From https://mtnvnews.com/state-hand-in-thaicoms-next-satellite/125337/

Thaicom, the county’s sole satellite operator, has wrangled with government officials over control of future orbiters.

For the first time, the government will take partial control of the management and operation of a new satellite of Thaicom Plc in an effort to channel the benefits of the space economy to the general public.

The government-operated satellite will be dubbed the “national satellite” instead of Thaicom 9, the original name intended by the country’s sole satellite service provider.

The rest of Thaicom’s satellites will eventually fall under the new satellite business operative framework.

“State telecom enterprise CAT Telecom will probably be assigned to partly operate and manage the state satellite,” Deputy Prime Minister Prajin Juntong told the Bangkok Post.

The new state satellite, in orbital slot 119.5 East, is scheduled to be launched by Thaicom in 2019.

ACM Prajin said the move is in line with the new satellite business operative framework, which the government designed to channel benefits of the space economy to the people.

According to a resolution of the national space policy committee led by ACM Prajin in the last two weeks, CAT will partially invest in or operate the new satellite.

ACM Prajin said CAT will submit details of alternative management frameworks under consideration to the committee by the end of this month. The enterprise will also weigh in on the project’s investment budget, he said.

According to a 2016 cabinet resolution, Thaicom 7 and 8 must operate under the old concession system instead of a licensing regime. Meanwhile, satellites after 2016 will come under the new business structure.

Thaicom satellites are currently managed under a licensing regime by their namesake company. Thaicom is a subsidiary of InTouch Holdings Plc, the biggest telecom conglomerate in the country and the owner of AIS, the country’s largest mobile operator.

Thaicom, formerly known as Shin Satellite Co, was originally founded by ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

Today, Thaicom operates three satellites under a concession regime: Thaicom 4 (iPSTAR), a broadband satellite; and Thaicom 5 and 6, both broadcasting satellites.

Thaicom 4 is in orbital slot 119.5 East and Thaicom 5 is at 78.5 East. The concessions of Thaicom 4 and 5 under the Digital Economy and Society (DE) Ministry will expire in 2021.

Thaicom had sought an agreement to hire an international satellite builder to construct the new Thaicom 9 satellite for launch by 2019 to replace Thaicom 4. The plan also called for a Thaicom 10 to replace Thaicom 5.

But Thaicom suspended its plan last year amid news that the government was working on improving the operating structure of the satellite business. Thaicom and representatives of the government have negotiated many times but have yet to settle on a new business structure.

A high-ranking source at CAT who asked not to be named said there are three alternatives for the new satellite: CAT leads the operation with the private sector joining in the investment; shareholding under terms of the Public-Private Joint Venture Act; or a private company (Thaicom) leads the operation and CAT buys 30% of transponder capacity to operate for the public’s benefit.

Under the option that CAT leads the operation, CAT has to start a process with the DE Ministry to reserve a satellite orbital slot through the International Telecommunication Union. The ITU is responsible for arranging orbital slots in space for satellites.

“However, CAT will be involve in every alternative, as it is the intention of the government,” the source said.

CAT has three satellite ground stations in Nonthaburi, Chon Buri and Udon Thani.

Vunnaporn Devahastin, secretary-general of the Office of the National Digital Economy and Society Commission, acknowledged that the new satellite at 119.5 East will be called the national satellite instead of Thaicom 9.

In related news, the government is negotiating with Thaicom on a proper method of compensation, in compliance with the resolution of the cabinet in 2016 that Thaicom 7 and 8 are required to turn to the old concession system instead of a licensing regime.

In the government’s view, Thaicom must pay an annual concession fee of 20.5% for Thaicom 7 and 8, a sharp increase from the present 5.75% fee under the licence system.

Thaicom 7 and 8 operate under the single licence of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission, which requires a 5.75% license fee payment to the NBTC.

Astro to face competition from new cable TV operator Ansa Broadcast

From http://www.thestar.com.my/business/business-news/2017/08/16/astro-to-face-competition-from-new-cable-tv-operator-ansa-broadcast/

According to the research house, Ansa Broadcast was previously known as U-television, a cable TV operator that is a subsidiary of tycoon Tan Sri Vincent Tan’s Berjaya group. (File pic shows Astro's building)

PETALING JAYA: Astro Malaysia Holdings Bhd’s exclusivity as the sole satellite pay-TV operator in the country has come to an end, as it will soon face competition from a new cable TV operator called Ansa Broadcast.

Hong Leong Investment Bank (HLIB) said its channel checks revealed that a new player in the form of Ansa Broadcast is in the midst of entering the satellite pay-TV segment.

According to the research house, Ansa Broadcast was previously known as U-television, a cable TV operator that is a subsidiary of tycoon Tan Sri Vincent Tan’s Berjaya group.

“While details remain scarce, we understand that Ansa is currently deciding which satellite solution to adopt, either to lease bandwidth from operators or launch its own satellite. Implementation may take some time before service is officially launched,” it said in its report yesterday.

With Ansa’s entrance as a new direct-to-home (DTH) satellite player, Astro will face the pressure which had been absent for past 20 years. Astro’s exclusivity clause finally ended in February 2017.

While many non-satellite broadcasters such as ABNXcess, MiTV and Mega TV had failed historically, Ansa Broadcast is not expected to be an overnight success but it can be disruptive, offering aggressive pricing and content variances, HLIB noted.

The research firm has downgraded Astro to a “hold”, with a lower target price of RM2.47 from RM2.98 based on a discounted cash flow valuation.

“Astro is facing dismal advertising expenditure (adex) growth due to weak consumer sentiment. Besides, the challenging business environment from aggressive shifts in the media platform from traditional to digital is leaving the company in a tough position,” it added.

According to HLIB, Astro is reportedly seeking fair ground against the over-the-top (OTT) players in Malaysia and wants these players to be regulated by the Communication and Multimedia Act 1998.

“Astro believes that with a level playing field upon regulation, it will be in a better position, as it owns most of the broadcasting rights in Malaysia.”

Shares of Astro closed two sen lower to RM2.69.

iFlix: Piracy our top competitor, not TV

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/08/16/iflix-piracy-our-top-competitor-not-tv/

According to Patrick Grove, co-founder and chairman of VoD platform iFlix, the service’s main competitor is not traditional television, but piracy.

Speaking on CNBC’s Managing Asia, Grove said the service believed its number-one competitor was not linear TV. “We believe our number-one competitor is digital and physical piracy,” he declared, adding that when determining the line-up of programmes to broadcast, iFlix looked at piracy data in every market. “We would go to pirated DVD shops, which is a little bit risky,” he admitted, revealing that he would send teams to buy the top 20 pirated DVDs in every market, as well as going to the Internet Service Providers asking to look at their streaming data. “And from that, we’d get a data set,” he said.

“We believe that data is far better than any other way of measuring what are the top shows that people like the watch,” he asserted, suggesting that this gave iFlix real consumer insights compared to the linear TV model of programming, which involved guesswork.

Sling TV on Google Chrome

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/08/16/sling-tv-on-google-chrome/

OTT service Sling TV has launched an in-browser player on popular web browser Google Chrome. Available in beta for all new and existing Sling TV customers, Sling TV’s compatibility with Chrome enables customers to watch live and on-demand television directly in their web browser, with no app download required.

“The Sling TV experience on Google Chrome is not only fast, intuitive and incredibly simple to use, it also gives customers the added benefit of seamlessly starting live and on-demand television with a click of their mouse,” said Jimshade Chaudhari, vice president of product management for Sling TV. “Sling customers can stream their favourite can’t-miss content, like live NFL games or the next episode of Game of Thrones on Sling.com without the hassles of downloading plug-ins or logging in to another device.”

The beta version of Sling TV’s in-browser player is available immediately on the latest version of Google Chrome-supported devices and operating systems. It includes popular features such as ‘My TV’ and the ‘Continue Watching’ ribbon, plus easy access to account settings, parental controls and more. Sling TV’s first in-browser player will continue to roll out additional features on Google Chrome, including DVR and grid guide.


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Foxtel revenue takes a hit as subscribers fall

From https://www.itwire.com/entertainment/79426-foxtel-revenue-takes-a-hit-as-subscribers-fall.html

Foxtel's revenue has fallen by 2% for the last financial year to A$3 billion because of lower subscriber numbers, according to its annual report issued last week.

In US dollar terms, however, revenue was up. News Corp said it had written off the value of its investment in Foxtel by A$227 million.

Foxtel is jointly owned by News Corp and Telstra.

The Australian figure was lower because Foxtel had to close Presto, its streaming video unit, leading to a loss of A$48 million.

In its place, Foxtel Now has been launched with series like HBO's Game of Thrones to boost its numbers.

Additionally, Foxtel had to take a writedown of A$58 million of its investment in Channel Ten which went into administration in June.

Subscription revenue fell by 1%, excluding the effect of fluctuations in foreign currency.

No mention was made in its earnings report of the A$30 million handout given to the network by the Australian government.

Overall, News Corp made a loss of US$643 million (A$818 million) for the year ending June 30, down from a profit of US$235 million for the previous year.

Australians streaming 1.5bn mins of TV each month

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/08/11/australians-streaming-1-5bn-mins-of-tv-each-month/

Flexible TV viewing is on the rise, with 6.9 million Australians streaming more than 1.5 billion minutes of catch-up and live streaming content in the past month, according to the latest OzTAM VPM 28 Day Rolling and Live Streaming reports.

The figure represents a 25 per cent increase in television streaming over the past four months and a shift in the behaviours of Aussie TV audiences as they embrace new technology and platforms to access free-to-air OTT content.

The increase in audience size shows a record number of Australians streaming Free Video on Demand (FVoD). Of the 6.9 million Australians streaming OTT content, 5.8 million of those were watching FVoD, maintaining FTA’s strong dominance, compared to the 4.3 million Australians streaming Subscription Video on Demand (SVoD).

Elizabeth Ross, CEO of free-to-air DTT platform Freeview said: “On top of solid appointment viewing with FTA broadcast television being viewed by 83.7 per cent of people each week, Aussies are also choosing to watch additional content at a time, and in a way, that suits them best.”

“Whether it’s catch up TV on TV screens, or live streaming their favourite drama during the evening commute on a mobile, flexible OTT, TV viewing is on the rise. Australian broadcasters are leading the world through innovation and investment into making their content available on different platforms and devices, and Australians are taking full advantage,” she added.

The promotion of engaging content across tenplay, 9Now, PLUS7, ABC iview and SBS on Demand has also contributed to the increase, with free programming such as SBS’s The Handmaid’s Tale, Network Ten’s The Bachelor Australia, ABC’s Utopia, Seven’s Yummy Mummies and Nine’s Australian Ninja Warrior resonating with Australian audiences.

In July 2017, Freeview revealed a major upgrade to its HbbTV service Freeview Plus, with new features designed to simplify content discovery and offer a more personalised user experience. There are currently around 2.3 million TV receivers in Australia that are Freeview Plus-enabled with an 85 per cent connection rate.

In November 2016, Freeview launched Freeview FV, a world-first mobile app which delivers live streaming from 20 free-to-air TV channels and catch-up content from all broadcasters with just one click. Freeview FV has since been updated to support Chromecast.

Fiji International to be live streamed on PGA TV

From http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=412635

AUSTRALIA golf fans will be able to watch all four rounds of the Fiji International live and free thanks to PGA TV and powered by TaylorMade.

"We launched PGA TV this year to ensure Australian golf fans could watch more golf. We have already seen great success with our live stream of the Victorian PGA Championship, Queensland PGA Championship and WA PGA Championship. Thanks to the support of TaylorMade, the Fiji International will take PGA TV to the next level," PGA of Australia CEO Gavin Kirkman said in a statement.

"The Fiji International is made for TV. Located on one of the world?s best beaches, the Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course is stunning so it makes sense for us to utilise PGA TV to ensure even more people can watch.

"Whilst we hope that more Aussie sports fans will be able to watch the Fiji International on PGA TV, powered by TaylorMade and be inspired to visit this great golf destination, we also look forward to profiling our professionals competing at the tournament via this platform."

Fiji's Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism Faiyaz Koya said they were thrilled that the Fiji International would be live streamed into Australia via PGA TV.

"We commend the PGA of Australia on pursuing such an innovative platform," Mr Koya said in the same statement.

"Fiji is a beautiful holiday destination, and should be visited by all. It is also a great golf destination and the Fiji International has allowed us to spread that message throughout the world.

"We want as many people watching and experiencing the Fiji International as possible and we look forward to PGA TV making that possible for Australian audiences and peck their interest to visit our shores and enjoy first-hand our tourism products, including the best golf course in the world, which is a key market for Fiji."

The Fiji International will be played at Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course from August 17-20.

WWE Network for China

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/08/14/110387/

WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) and PPTV have confirmed that WWE Network will be available in China for the first time beginning on August 18th, launching exclusively on PPTV as an SVoD service featuring all WWE live PPV events, including WrestleMania and the upcoming SummerSlam.

PPTV customers can download the PPTV App and watch WWE Network content via smart TVs, set-top boxes, mobile devices and tablets, as well as on www.wwe.cn, www.PPTV.com and www.Sports.PPTV.com.

“When we began our exclusive partnership with WWE, we brought WWE’s signature programming, Raw and SmackDown, to PPTV and received a great response from WWE fans in China,” said Godfrey Zeng, Executive Vice President of Suning Sports Media, parent company of PPTV. “In April, we offered WrestleMania as a pay-per-view event, and again, our fans responded enthusiastically. We are now launching WWE Network on PPTV and presenting the entire lineup of WWE pay-per-views and other premium content to continue to better serve WWE fans in China.”

“PPTV is a tremendous partner, and has been key in helping us engage with WWE fans in China and further establishing our brand in this important market,” said Michelle Wilson, Chief Revenue & Marketing Officer, WWE. “With this launch, WWE Network is now available in every market, reaching more than 180 countries around the world, delivering all our premium live events and an archive of action-packed, family-friendly entertainment that has thrilled WWE audiences for years.”

WWE Network on PPTV will showcase WWE’s major live events and original series, including NXT and 205 Live; reality shows, such as Total Divas; documentaries; and classic matches from WWE’s storied history. PPTV will continue to expand WWE Network’s VoD library, adding more than 1,000 hours of content over the next 12 months.

India to Launch Exclusive Satellite for Afghanistan

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/India_to_Launch_Exclusive_Satellite_for_Afghanistan_999.html

India and Afghanistan expects to shortly sign a memorandum of understanding for launching of an exclusive satellite for Afghanistan by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).

Afghanistan's minister for telecommunication and technology Syed Ahmad Shah Sadat recently met Indian Ambassador Manpreet Vohra in Kabul and made a formal request that India should launch a satellite exclusively for Afghanistan's use.

Sadat and Vohra reportedly discussed opening a terminal for Afghanistan in the South Asia Satellite, recently launched by India, as well as another special satellite. India is also constructing a special satellite station in Kabul.

In May this year, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had welcomed India's initiative in launching the exclusive South Asia Satellite. The satellite aims to help regional countries boost their telecommunication and broadcasting services. Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan are the main beneficiaries of the satellite. Pakistan opted out from the initiative.

The Indian Space Research Organization has made rapid strides in recent years, offering cost-effective satellite launching technology. In February earlier this year, ISRO launched a record-breaking 104 nano-satellites, along with a 714-kg satellite for earth observation, from a single rocket. Out of the 104 small satellites, three belonged to India, 96 belonged to America, and the rest were from Israel, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and the UAE.

The TV-streaming paradox: Why you may miss the cable bundle

From https://japantoday.com/category/entertainment/the-tv-streaming-paradox-why-you-may-miss-the-cable-bundle

The future of TV may well be a mishmash of streaming services that could rival the cost of a $100 cable bundle — but that are way more difficult to use.

Disney's plan for two new streaming services (and possibly more) is just the latest sign that everyone is jumping into the streaming business. It intends to launch a kids-oriented movie and TV streaming service in 2019 that will pull Disney and Pixar films from Netflix, as well as an ESPN sidekick service (minus pro football and basketball) expected early next year. The company is even exploring the possibility of separate streaming services for its Star Wars and Marvel superhero films.

All of that will simply add to a cacophony of existing Netflix-style video services that let you watch what you want, when you want. More are probably on their way, as entertainment companies see profits in controlling not only the creation of their films and shows, but also their distribution.

The downside? Potentially bigger bills, and more work for people who just want to find something to watch. "Ultimately for consumers, it means that experience is dreadful," says Paolo Pescatore, a vice president with research firm CCS Insight.


New Yorker David Berkowitz still pays for cable, streams from Netflix and Amazon, and sometimes buys individual movies from Amazon; his three-year-old daughter already watches "Finding Dory" and "Finding Nemo" on two separate services. The prospect of a new Disney-only service isn't reassuring. "Having a third thing in the mix seems like a lot to juggle," he says.

To find stuff to watch, Berkowitz's family uses a Roku box attached to their TV, which suggests streaming channels the family may like and lets them search for the shows and movies he wants to watch. There are also websites to guide streamers, like justwatch.com.

That's fine if you know what you're looking for. But the modern-day channel surfer has it much harder. "There's going to be a proliferation of niche content," says Colin Petrie-Norris, CEO of Xumo, a streaming-channel provider for smart TVs. "The way for it to be managed, findable for a user — that has not emerged yet."


People quit cable because they can't justify a $100-and-always-climbing monthly payment, especially with so much good stuff on cheaper services. But the cost of multiple streaming services adds up, too.

A $30 TV antenna gets you local channels — CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox, PBS, Univision — for free, though you have to watch whatever's on at the moment unless you have a DVR. If you want to see the edgy shows everyone talks about, then Netflix is, for most, $10 a month; Amazon is $8.25 a month if you sign up for a year. Hulu starts at $8. HBO Now, $15.

Tickled by ads for a specific network show? "The Sinner," an eerie-looking new Jessica Biel vehicle on USA, costs $20 on Amazon for the season. All that together is already more than $60 a month. It's even worse if you're a sports fan. MLB.TV is $113 for the year, and you won't get hometeam games .

Berkowitz says he's curious about the Disney service, especially since he expects to save money by cutting cable. "For us, if it's $5 a month it'll almost be like that impulse buy, go to a store and pick up a candy bar," he says.

Disney hasn't settled on prices yet, saying only it wants an affordable service that's broadly appealing. Its DisneyLife streaming video app in the U.K. launched at 10 pounds a month in November 2015 and now costs half that — about $6.50.

Of course, Disney might still bundle Marvel movies and the Star Wars franchise into its service, which would help it appeal to a wider demographic. For kid's programming, there's already a lot out there. Much of it is free.

Darcy Hansen, a communications consultant and stay-at-home mom in the Dallas suburbs, has two kids under age 5 whose favorite show — "Sheriff Callie's Wild West" — is a Disney series on Hulu. But a Disney app isn't a must-have for her.

Her kids already watch "all sorts of things" on YouTube and on the free PBS Kids app, and they have Netflix too, Hansen says. "I don't think Disney has a monopoly on children's programming, in our house at least."


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Tagged as 10,11,12,13,14,15,16,barker,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9, and 8 channels tagged as "reserved for hosting" all are using AVBT encryption

There are more FTA HEVC activeon Intelsat 19 TV PLUS all of them have horrible image quality 720x288 interlaced

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"H265 TEST 2" unsure
"H265 TEST 3" Pink Premium
"H265 TEST 4" Pink Plus
"H265 TEST 5" Pink S!
"H265 TEST 6" PTPC?
"H265 TEST 7" Pink 2?
"H265 TEST 8" unknown

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"H265 TEST 10" "Pink 2"
"H265 TEST 11" "PTC 1"
"H265 TEST 12" "24H"
"H265 TEST 13" unsure could be serbia
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NEW NZ Terrestrial Freeview channel Ch 37

Panda TV is a part of the NZCM media group, with shows broadcast in Chinese and English, or Chinese with English subtitles.
NZCM is a multi platform ethic media group including FM90.6, Chinese Times and Kiwi style. PandaTV aims to deliver a unique multi-platform viewer experience.

Available in Auckland via UHF from 11 August 2017.

screenshot (Via Aaron. D)

Thursday night feed
Asiasat 5 4156 V Sr 7200 "ESHM 1" Mens Volleyball

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Palapa D 113.0E 3827 V "BeIn Sports 1 Indonesia" has started on , encrypted.
Palapa D 113.0E 4014 V "BeIn Sports 3 Indonesia" has started on , Fta. LensaNet and Layar Desa TV have left.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3520 H "Nhang Channel and Aktion" have started on , BISS. Nhung Dunk has left.

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东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,P Cinema TV(以色列)频道新增,设置3769 H 13333参数免费接收。 [8月11日]

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,Five HD、Five HD(老挝)频道加密,设置11600 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [8月10日]
东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,Liga Santander 1(MPEG-4)等一组频道新增,设置4076 V 22500参数免费接收。 [8月10日]
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东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,Fox Sports News(缅甸)频道消失,设置11105 V 45000参数无效接收。 [8月10日]
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东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,BBC World News(高清)频道新增,设置4017 H 3920参数免费接收。 [8月9日]

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News Corp posts $A818m FY loss

From http://www.skynews.com.au/business/business/company/2017/08/11/news-corp-posts--a818m-fy-loss.html

A decline in print advertising has contributed to a $A818 million loss in News Corp's full year revenue.

Decline in print advertising, foreign exchange fluctuations and lesser number of weeks in the period have contributed to a two per cent decline in media giant News Corp's full year revenue.

It reported $US8.14 billion in revenue for the year to June 30, down from $8.29 billion in the previous year, with the contraction amplified by a shorter reporting period.

The Rupert Murdoch-led company on Friday reported a group-wide loss from continuing operations of $US643 million ($A818 million), sharply reversing from the $US235 million in operating income last year.

The slide was driven by a $US785 million writedown of fixed assets at its Australian and UK newspapers, a $US227 million writedown of its investment in Foxtel and higher tax expense.

However, earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) for the year was $US885 million, up 29 per cent from the previous year, which had included two one-off items.

News Corp chief executive Robert Thomson said 2016/17 was a significant year for the company.

'We saw tangible improvement in profitability, powered by the fast-growing digital real estate services segment, and we charged a premium for premium content while focusing on operating efficiencies,' Mr Thomson said in a statement.

News Corp-controlled online real-estate advertiser REA Group on Friday reported a 12 per cent rise in net profit to $228 million while revenue from core operations rose 16 per cent to $671.2 million.

Mr Thomson said digital real estate accounted for almost 40 per cent of the company's profit in the year and he expected earnings from the sector to expand in coming years.

Australians streaming 1.5bn mins of TV each month

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/08/11/australians-streaming-1-5bn-mins-of-tv-each-month/

Flexible TV viewing is on the rise, with 6.9 million Australians streaming more than 1.5 billion minutes of catch-up and live streaming content in the past month, according to the latest OzTAM VPM 28 Day Rolling and Live Streaming reports.

The figure represents a 25 per cent increase in television streaming over the past four months and a shift in the behaviours of Aussie TV audiences as they embrace new technology and platforms to access free-to-air OTT content.

The increase in audience size shows a record number of Australians streaming Free Video on Demand (FVoD). Of the 6.9 million Australians streaming OTT content, 5.8 million of those were watching FVoD, maintaining FTA’s strong dominance, compared to the 4.3 million Australians streaming Subscription Video on Demand (SVoD).

Elizabeth Ross, CEO of free-to-air DTT platform Freeview said: “On top of solid appointment viewing with FTA broadcast television being viewed by 83.7 per cent of people each week, Aussies are also choosing to watch additional content at a time, and in a way, that suits them best.”

“Whether it’s catch up TV on TV screens, or live streaming their favourite drama during the evening commute on a mobile, flexible OTT, TV viewing is on the rise. Australian broadcasters are leading the world through innovation and investment into making their content available on different platforms and devices, and Australians are taking full advantage,” she added.

The promotion of engaging content across tenplay, 9Now, PLUS7, ABC iview and SBS on Demand has also contributed to the increase, with free programming such as SBS’s The Handmaid’s Tale, Network Ten’s The Bachelor Australia, ABC’s Utopia, Seven’s Yummy Mummies and Nine’s Australian Ninja Warrior resonating with Australian audiences.

In July 2017, Freeview revealed a major upgrade to its HbbTV service Freeview Plus, with new features designed to simplify content discovery and offer a more personalised user experience. There are currently around 2.3 million TV receivers in Australia that are Freeview Plus-enabled with an 85 per cent connection rate.

In November 2016, Freeview launched Freeview FV, a world-first mobile app which delivers live streaming from 20 free-to-air TV channels and catch-up content from all broadcasters with just one click. Freeview FV has since been updated to support Chromecast.

La Liga on television

From http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=412276

FOOTBALL fans can watch top actions from the La Liga Santander season on Fiji One from August 19.

Fiji Television Ltd announced the signing in the market announcement on Wednesday.

"Fiji Television Ltd today announced that it has signed an exclusive agreement with Liga Nacional de Futbol Professional to be Fiji's official television Broadcaster of the 2017-18 La Liga Santander Season," the statement read.

"La Liga Santander is the top professional association football division of the Spanish football league system, founded in 1929 in Spain and is contested by 20 teams."

Fiji TV chief executive officer Karen Lobendahn said Fiji TV had always strived to bring the best content to its viewers.

"We were the first to introduce international soccer to the viewers of the Pacific and this year the team proudly brings to our viewers the best league in the world."

(Craig's comment, this might be the reason a mux has started @ 110.5E "Liga Santander 1"on 4076 V 22500. It might be a better look angle for Fiji than the one on Asiasat 5)

China offers over million dollars for someone to operate world's largest radio telescope

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/China_offers_over_million_dollars_for_someone_to_operate_worlds_largest_radio_telescope_999.html

To qualify for the position, the candidate must have led a large-scale radio telescope project in the past, hold a professorship in a leading research institution and have 20 years of experience.

China is struggling to find a foreign applicant to run the world's largest radio telescope, which is odd considering they're offering to pay them more than $1.2 million for their troubles.

The Five Hundred-Meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) needs a chief scientist from abroad to oversee operations on a daily basis in its $178 million facility in the remote mountains of southwest China, but there has been trouble locating someone willing to undertake the job's many difficulties.

The scientific operations director would have to distribute the telescope's time slots to different research teams inside and outside China and would have to organize FAST's long-term scientific goals. They would also have to oversee its budget and report major discoveries to the government and the public every year.

The single-dish radio telescope is capable of picking up signals from space that were previously undetectable. Researcher Qian Lei explained in 2016 that, "The ultimate goal of FAST is to discover the laws of the development of the universe," according to the Associated Press.

Astrophysics professor Wang Tinggui from the University of Science and Technology of China in Hefei, Anhui Province, said "FAST is a portal to new discoveries. For an astronomer, running FAST could be the opportunity of a lifetime."

A dish less than half the size of FAST at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico has earned a Nobel Prize for its assistance in space discoveries.

But even after a hiring notice was placed on the Chinese Academy of Sciences website in May along major international research job boards, China's gotten no bites. The Academy owns the FAST telescope.

To qualify for the position, the candidate must have led a large-scale radio telescope project in the past, hold a professorship in a leading research institution and have 20 years of experience.

Wang said, "These requirements are very high. It puts most astronomers out of the race. I may be able to count those qualified with my fingers."

A human resources official at the academy told SCMP, "The post is currently open to scientists working outside China only. Candidates can be of any nationality, any race."

The unnamed official added, "We cannot wait. We have also reached out to qualified scientists around the world through formal or private channels. These senior researchers do not browse job websites very often. We did everything possible to communicate to them our offer ... What can be said at this stage is that we have encountered many challenges, and we are continuing with the efforts."

Bloomberg signs Niche Sport as Video Licensing Partner

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/08/10/bloomberg-signs-niche-sport-as-video-licensing-partner/

Bloomberg Media Distribution announced a partnership with Niche Sport Media to distribute their high-profile coverage of sporting events, including football, big fight boxing, golf, rugby league, and cricket. Starting today, Bloomberg Media Distribution will distribute video content from Niche Sport Media, as part of its vast multi-platform content offerings.
Through the partnership, clients can license Niche Sport Media’s video content through Bloomberg, which includes:

• More than 200 videos a month from the English Premier League, The Football Association Challenge Cup (FA Cup), The EFL Cup (League Cup), Champions League and Europa League, including pre and post-match interviews/press conferences

• Football Daily: 90-second recap of latest football news 2-3 times daily on weekdays

• World Cup Daily and Euro Daily: Breaking news updates with latest developments at these major events

• Weekly European Bulletin: News from across Europe’s top leagues, including spotlight on African players
• Archive of training footage and player highlights from all key games

Niche Sport Media joins a select group of publishers, including The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard, STAT News, El Financiero, and others that complement Bloomberg’s premium content offering. Video will be available on the Bloomberg MediaSource platform and via direct MRSS feeds to customers.
Bloomberg Media Distribution has greatly expanded since its inception and today provides text, photos, videos and data for broadcast, digital and print syndication to publishers, broadcasters and other companies in more than 130 countries. Providing clients with a single destination for Bloomberg and partner content, Bloomberg Media Distribution’s content offerings span business and finance, politics, technology, entertainment, music, and health and science discoveries.


Optus D2 12734 V Sr 22500 The way TV has left

Intelsat 19 4016 H Sr 3921 "Asia Pacific HD" is playing out BBC World FTA here, 8psk Fec 5/6

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From the Dish

Koreasat 7 116.0E 12016 H A SkyLife mux has started on .

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3660 V "GCN Korea" has left.
AsiaSat 5 100.5E 4147 H "Press TV" has left again.

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 12458 H "TVBS News" is back on , Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 4184 V "Naaptol Malayalam" has started on , Fta. Ahsas TV has left.

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东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Program 003(MPEG-4)等频道加密,设置4080 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [8月9日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星7号卫星Ku频段,SBS、KBS TV 1(Skylife)等全组频道消失,设置12016 H 21300参数无效接收。 [8月9日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,CNN(标清)频道加密,设置4004 V 5000参数有条件接收。 [8月9日]
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东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,TVN Premium(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3780 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [8月9日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,Five HD、55 Channel(老挝)频道加密,设置11600 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [8月9日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Indo beIN 1、Indo beIN 2(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3827 V 3750参数免费接收。 [8月9日]
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Virgin Australia to roll out wi-fi across core fleet

From https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/virgin-australia-to-roll-out-wi-fi-across-core-fleet-440134/

Virgin Australia is planning to equip its core fleet of Boeing 737s, 777s and Airbus A330s with in-flight wi-fi connectivity by the second half of 2019.

The carrier says in a statement that trials of Gogo’s 2Ku connectivity system on one of its 737-800s has proven successful, and a wider rollout across the fleet will commence in October.

It is targeting to have all of its 777-300ERs and the majority of its 737s fitted with the system by the end of 2018, with the A330-200s to be completed by the second half of 2019.

Flight Fleets Analyzer shows that the carrier operates five 777s, 79 737NGs and six A330s. It also has 40 737 Max aircraft on order, which will start to deliver from late 2019.

Virgin group chief executive John Borghetti says that the rollout will see more than 90% of its fleet equipped with wi-fi.

“Virgin Australia will offer a base level of free wi-fi to all of our guests on domestic flights and become the only Australian airline to offer wi-fi on international flights,” he adds.

Virgin’s system uses Ku-band satellite operated by Australian telecommunications company Optus. It has previously said that international services will rely on satellites operated by SES and Intelsat.

Rival Qantas has committed to rolling out wi-fi on its domestic fleet of 737-800s and A330s. It is using ViaSat connectivity equipment, which connect to NBNCo’s two SkyMuster Ka-band satellites.

At present, wi-fi is operational on one of its 737s, with the second due to enter service shortly pending a software upgrade to the ViaSat system.

Chinese scientists aim to launch more quantum satellites

From http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-08/10/c_136514776.htm

BEIJING, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) -- As Chinese scientists accomplish all their planned experiments with the world's first quantum satellite, they are devising new studies and aiming to launch more quantum satellites to build a hack-proof global quantum communications network.

China launched the satellite, Quantum Experiments at Space Scale (QUESS), nicknamed "Micius" after a 5th Century B.C. Chinese philosopher and scientist, on Aug. 16, 2016.

Its three major scientific goals -- quantum key distribution, quantum entanglement distribution and quantum teleportation -- have been achieved a year ahead of schedule, and related articles have been published in academic journals Science and Nature.

Micius's designed life is two years, so Chinese scientists are making new plans for extended experiments with the satellite.

Pan Jianwei, lead scientist of QUESS and an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), said they will cooperate with scientists in Europe to conduct intercontinental quantum key distribution.

Quantum key technology is used in quantum communications to make eavesdropping impossible and to perfectly secure the communication.

Scientists are conducting quantum key distribution experiments with a ground station in Graz, Austria. By the end of August, it will be able to make an intercontinental quantum secure call with a Chinese station, said Pan.

Chinese scientists also plan to conduct intercontinental quantum key distribution research with Germany and Italy. Ground stations in the two countries will be ready by the end of 2017, Pan said.

The intercontinental experiment shows Micius can work not only with Chinese facilities, but with facilities in other countries too, Pan said.

His research team is looking to integrate quantum communications with the traditional fiber network to securely transmit information and make the technology more practical.

They also plan to conduct long-distance quantum key distribution based on quantum entanglement, which will be more secure than current quantum key distribution. Pan hopes this can be achieved by the end of this year.

Their longer-term aim is to set up a global quantum communications network.

Peng Chengzhi, chief designer of the scientific application system of QUESS, said the low-earth-orbit satellite has a limited coverage area and time for each ground station. It takes several days for Micius, orbiting at an altitude of 500 kilometers, to revisit any point on earth.

"When Micius flies over China, the experiment window is about 10 minutes," said Wang Jianyu, chief commander of the satellite. "But if we have a satellite in orbit at 10,000 kilometers, the time for quantum key distribution could be several hours. And if we have a satellite in orbit at 36,000 kilometers, it can cover a third of the earth all the time.

"To increase the coverage, we plan to send satellites to higher orbits and construct a satellite constellation, which requires developing many new technologies," Wang said.

Currently, Micius can only conduct quantum communication in the earth' s shadow; that is to say, it can only work at night to avoid interference from sunlight.

However, higher-orbit satellites will spend less time in the earth's shadow. So Chinese scientists have to acquire the technology to enable space-based quantum communication in the daytime, Peng said.

Recently, Chinese scientists realized free space quantum key distribution at a distance of 53 kilometers in daytime, breaking one of the key technical barriers to a quantum satellite constellation.

"We hope to form a ground and space integrated quantum communications network in about 10 years, and apply it widely in fields such as national defense, government affairs, finance and energy, and promote the formation of emerging industries of strategic importance," said Pan. "We also hope to use space-based quantum technology to explore and examine basic physical theories such as quantum gravity."

Facebook debuts Watch TV

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/08/10/facebook-debuts-watch-tv/

Facebook has unveiled its long-trailed move to compete in the television market by expanding its video tab offerings with a redesign called Watch.
The redesigned product will be available initially to a limited group in the United States. Facebook signed deals this year with Vox Media, BuzzFeed, ATTN, Group Nine Media and others to produce shows, both scripted and unscripted.

Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said in a post that Watch would allow users to “chat and connect with people during an episode, and join groups with people who like the same shows afterwards to build community”.

Shows will include videos of the Women’s National Basketball Association, a parenting show from Time Inc and a safari show from National Geographic. Facebook is already broadcasting some Major League Baseball games and that would continue, the company said.
ATTN said on Wednesday it had two original series coming to Facebook Watch: a health programme with actress Jessica Alba and a relationship advice show.

Facebook is introducing Watch, a new platform for shows on Facebook. Watch will be available on mobile, on desktop and laptop, and in our TV apps. Shows are made up of episodes — live or recorded — and follow a theme or storyline. To help users keep up with the shows they follow, Watch has a Watchlist so they never miss out on the latest episodes.

Writing in the Facebook Blog, Daniel Danker, Director of Product, says that watching video on Facebook has the incredible power to connect people, spark conversation, and foster community. “On Facebook, videos are discovered through friends and bring communities together. As more and more people enjoy this experience, we’ve learned that people like the serendipity of discovering videos in News Feed, but they also want a dedicated place they can go to watch videos. That’s why last year we launched the Video tab in the US, which offered a predictable place to find videos on Facebook. Now we want to make it even easier to catch up with shows you love,” he remarks.

“Watch is personalised to help you discover new shows, organised around what your friends and communities are watching. For example, you’ll find sections like ‘Most Talked About’, which highlights shows that spark conversation, ‘What’s Making People Laugh’, which includes shows where many people have used the ‘Haha’ reaction, and ‘What Friends Are Watching’, which helps you connect with friends about shows they too are following,” he explains.

“We’ve learned from Facebook Live that people’s comments and reactions to a video are often as much a part of the experience as the video itself. So when you watch a show, you can see comments and connect with friends and other viewers while watching, or participate in a dedicated Facebook Group for the show,” he advises.

Danker describes Watch as a platform for all creators and publishers to find an audience, build a community of passionate fans, and earn money for their work, suggesting that a wide variety of Facebook shows can be successful, particularly:

•Shows that engage fans and community. Nas Daily publishes a daily show where he makes videos together with his fans from around the world. The Watchlist makes it easy for fans to catch every day’s new episode.
•Live shows that connect directly with fans. Gabby Bernstein, a New York Times bestselling author, motivational speaker, and life coach, uses a combination of recorded and live episodes to connect with her fans and answer questions in real time.
•Shows that follow a narrative arc or have a consistent theme. Tastemade’s Kitchen Little is a funny show about kids who watch a how-to video of a recipe, then instruct professional chefs on how to make it. Each episode features a new child, a new chef, and a new recipe. Unsurprisingly, the food doesn’t always turn out as expected.
•Live events that bring communities together. Major League Baseball is broadcasting a game a week on Facebook, enabling people to watch live baseball while connecting with friends and fellow fans on the platform.

“We think Watch will be home to a wide range of shows, from reality to comedy to live sports. To help inspire creators and seed the ecosystem, we’ve also funded some shows that are examples of community-oriented and episodic video series. For example, Returning the Favor is a series hosted by Mike Rowe where he finds people doing something extraordinary for their community, tells the world about it, and in turn does something extraordinary for them. Candidates are nominated by Mike’s fans on Facebook,” says Danker.

“We’re excited to see how creators and publishers use shows to connect with their fans and community,” he says, adding that Facebook will be introducing Watch to a limited group of people in the US with plans to bring the experience to more people soon. “Similarly, we’ll be opening up Shows to a limited group of creators and plan to roll out to all soon,” he concludes.

Murdoch expects Sky deal to close early in 2018

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/08/10/murdoch-expects-sky-deal-to-close-early-in-2018/

According to reports, James Murdoch says he is confident that the 21st Century Fox bid to acquire the assets of Sky that it does not already own will be approved, but more likely early next year than in 2017.

UK’s Culture Secretary Karen Bradley said she was “minded” to refer the almost deal to the Competition and Markets Authority for wider review, based on the risks to media plurality. This week, Brady asked Ofcom for clarification about parts of its investigation of the proposal, extending the timeline for her decision to the end of August, according to a note to clients from Exane/BNP-Paribas.

The note added: “The investigation would focus on public interest concerns regarding Murdoch family interest in UK media (not 21C broadcasting standard issue). We rate Sky neutral. We continue to expect the bid to ultimately be approved; albeit a referral to the [competition authorities] seems increasingly likely.

SKY finished [August 9] at 2017 low, with discount widening to 11.3 per cent from 10.6 per cent, this spread may widen further, adds the bank’s note.

Small and cheap, new satellite will be a boon in natural disasters

From http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201708100024.html

New satellite ASNARO-2 is unveiled to the media at an NEC Corp. facility in Tokyo’s Fuchu city Aug. 9. After launch an antenna on the satellite opens up. (Takahiro Takenouchi)

A cheap but effective satellite that can quickly be lobbed into space is being viewed as a major new tool to help deal with disasters.

ASNARO-2 would be used to monitor the situation on the ground, proving invaluable information to disaster management personnel.

The compact satellite was displayed to the media at an NEC Corp. facility in the city of Fuchu, western Tokyo, on Aug. 9.

“We want to contribute to enhance the competitiveness of Japan’s space industry,” said an NEC official.

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and electronics giant NEC joined forces to develop the ASNARO-2 (Advanced Satellite with New system Architecture for Observation). The main component of the satellite is just 3.5 meters long and weighs about 540 kilograms.

Its key feature, Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), can map terrain by bombarding the planet’s surface with radio waves to create digital pictures.

The SAR enables ASNARO-2 to take images of surface conditions such as volcanic activity and landslides at night or in areas with low visibility due to cloud cover.

The satellite is also expected to be used for resource exploration as well as the safe navigation of ships.

The ministry provided 16 billion yen ($144 million) as a subsidy to create ASNARO-2, viewing its development as a “candidate” industry to export to emerging economies.

ASNARO-2 is expected to be launched by the end of this year


ABS 6 159E Shop TV and ABS Promo are running on 2 transponders now
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ChinaSat 11 98.0E 12500 V "Diamond TV" has started on , Fta.

Measat 3a 91.4E 4000 H "Kix Philippines has replaced Kix 360" on , Irdeto.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3720 H "E! Korea" has started on , PowerVu.

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东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星Ku频段,新华社传送(高清)频道新增,设置12322 V 5498参数免费接收。 [8月8日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,Kix HD、I24 News替换湖南卫视(老挝)等频道,设置10730 V 40000参数免费接收。 [8月8日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Cine Mo!、KBO(菲律宾)等9个频道解密,设置4180 H 30000参数免费接收。 [8月8日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Channel 2(测试)频道新增,设置3880 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [8月8日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,Movies Max、Dee Dee TV(泰国)等3个频道新增,设置3800 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [8月8日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,GCN(韩国)频道消失,设置3660 V 27500参数无效接收。 [8月8日]


Foxtel subscription TV pirate walks plank with conviction and sentencing

From https://www.itwire.com/entertainment/79376-foxtel-subscription-tv-pirate-walks-plank-with-conviction-and-sentencing.html

Foxtel has “welcomed the sentencing of a Sydney man for his role in the selling of unauthorised access to Foxtel services".

Haidar Majid Salam Al Baghdadi, 33, was “convicted of criminal offences relating to charges of operating an illegal network that allowed more than 8000 people across Australia to access Foxtel subscription television broadcasts for free".

Baghdadi has now been sentenced by a Sydney court to serve an 18 month suspended jail term for the offences.

Foxtel reports that the conviction and sentencing are “the result of on-going joint anti-piracy investigations involving the Australian Federal Police, Foxtel investigators, and Irdeto, the world leader in digital platform security".

The three organisations “uncovered an organised criminal network responsible for committing a wide-range of intellectual property theft of Foxtel services.”

Foxtel chief executive Peter Tonagh said, “Foxtel welcomes today’s court ruling and hopes it sends a strong signal that this type of activity is illegal.

“Foxtel takes intellectual property theft very seriously as it severely undermines the creative industry, including every business and individual that works so hard to deliver us the movies, sport, drama and entertainment we love.

“Foxtel conducts ongoing investigations into the theft of Foxtel programming and we are proud to work so closely with the AFP and our partners at Irdeto to ensure the full force of the law is applied to protect our content,” Tonagh said, setting the tone that should send shivers up the spine of potential Jack Sparrows.

Rory O’Connor, senior vice-president of cyber security services at Irdeto, said, “This conviction is another step forward in the global fight against online piracy. The seriousness of these crimes should not be under-estimated and this result is further proof that piracy will not be tolerated.

“Partnerships like this play a crucial role in not only detecting these pirate networks, but also ensuring that the perpetrators are brought to justice.”

Foxtel says it “looks forward to continuing to work with the rest of the Australian media industry to address the issue of piracy in Australia.”

Disney to launch streaming service

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/08/09/disney-to-launch-streaming-service/

In a move that will eventually see it end its distribution agreement with Netflix, The Walt Disney Company has agreed to acquire majority ownership of direct-to-consumer streaming technology and marketing services, data analytics, and commerce management specialist BAMTech, announcing plans to launch its ESPN-branded multi-sport video streaming service in early 2018, followed by a new Disney-branded direct-to-consumer streaming service in 2019.

Under terms of the transaction, Disney will pay $1.58 billion to acquire an additional 42 per cent stake in BAMTech from MLBAM, the interactive media and Internet company of Major League Baseball. Disney previously acquired a 33 per cent stake in BAMTech under an agreement that included an option to acquire a majority stake over several years, with Disney’s further acuisition marking an acceleration of that timetable for controlling ownership.

“The media landscape is increasingly defined by direct relationships between content creators and consumers, and our control of BAMTech’s full array of innovative technology will give us the power to forge those connections, along with the flexibility to quickly adapt to shifts in the market,” said Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company. “This acquisition and the launch of our direct-to-consumer services mark an entirely new growth strategy for the Company, one that takes advantage of the incredible opportunity that changing technology provides us to leverage the strength of our great brands.”

The ESPN-branded multi-sport service will offer what Disney describes as “a robust array” of sports programming, featuring approximately 10,000 live regional, national, and international games and events a year, including Major League Baseball, National Hockey League, Major League Soccer, Grand Slam tennis, and college sports. Individual sport packages will also be available for purchase, including MLB.TV, NHL.TV and MLS Live.

The new service will be accessed through an enhanced version of the current ESPN app. In addition to the multi-sport service, the ESPN app will include the news, highlights, and scores that fans enjoy today. Consumers who are pay TV subscribers will also be able to access the ESPN television networks in the same app on an authenticated basis. For many sports fans, this app will become the premier digital destination for all their sports content.

The new Disney-branded service will become the exclusive home in the US for subscription-video-on-demand viewing of the newest live action and animated movies from Disney and Pixar, beginning with the 2019 theatrical slate, which includes Toy Story 4, the sequel to Frozen, and The Lion King from Disney live-action, along with other highly anticipated movies. Disney will also make a significant investment in an annual slate of original movies, TV shows, short-form content and other Disney-branded exclusives for the service. Additionally, the service will feature a vast collection of library content, including Disney and Pixar movies and Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Disney XD television programming.

With this strategic shift, Disney will end its distribution agreement with Netflix for subscription streaming of new releases, beginning with the 2019 calendar year theatrical slate.

Plans are for the Disney and ESPN streaming services to be available for purchase directly from Disney and ESPN, in app stores, and from authorised MVPDs.

“We’re very proud of the content distribution innovations driven by MLBAM and BAMTech over the past 15 years,” said Commissioner of Baseball Robert D. Manfred, Jr. “Major League Baseball will continue to work with Disney and ESPN to further grow BAMTech as it breaks new ground in technologies for consumers to access entertainment and sports programming.”

“This is an exciting validation of our team, its achievements and the customer-centric platform it’s built,” said Michael Paull, Chief Executive Officer of BAMTech. “Yet, we’ve merely scratched the surface of what can be accomplished in a future where we combine Disney and ESPN’s world-class IP and our proprietary direct-to-consumer ecosystem.”

The BAMTech transaction is subject to regulatory approval, and upon closing, Iger will serve as Chairman of the BAMTech Board. MLBAM and NHL will continue as minority stakeholders in BAMTech, with seats on the Board. Paull will report to Kevin A. Mayer, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, The Walt Disney Company. John Skipper, ESPN President and Co-Chairman, Disney Media Networks, will manage the new ESPN-branded service.

The BAMTech transaction is expected to be modestly dilutive to Disney’s earnings per share for two years. Additional dilution as the Company implements its direct-to-consumer strategy will be dependent on the Company’s licensing approach and the level of investment in original programming.

“Disney has been a relatively late player to the online video landscape,” notes Paolo Pescatore, Vice President, Multiplay and Media, CCS Insight. “Though its arrival was expected, this is still big news. Fundamentally, the company doesn’t want to cannibalise its existing core revenue streams.”

“However, not even a media giant like Disney can ignore the opportunity to distribute its wealth of franchises and content to new audiences via the Internet. Video is proving to be a battle ground for all providers as underlined by recent announcements from the likes of Amazon et al and it is apparent that the future of delivering video will be via the Internet. Furthermore, we believe that the move to internet delivery of TV programming will see a return to large bundles of content.”

“The move squashes any rumours of Disney acquiring Netflix. But it is a huge compliment to the success Netflix has achieved within a short period of time and a strong validation of its strategy. Removing Disney content will be a setback for Netflix, but expect other content and media owners to follow Disney in removing their programming on Netflix to differentiate their own offerings. If anything, this places more importance on Netflix’s own investment in original content and puts into context Netflix’s recent acquisition of comics publisher Millarworld.”

India has 890 licensed channels

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/08/09/india-has-890-licensed-channels/

India’s Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) says the nation’s official channel count now stands at 890. The ministry added nine new licences in July 2017.

The new licences went to seven non-news services and two for news channels.

Prashant Chothani, who is already active internationally with his TravelXP travel and lifestyle channel has been granted a licence to operate the channel in English, Gujarati and Hindi languages. Chothani’s company owns and operates a clutch of music channels, namely Music India, Sangeet Marathi, Sangeet Bhojpuri and Sangeet Bangla.

During 2017, to July 31st, the MIB has authorised 33 channels In all, the MIB has authorised 1087 channels, but has cancelled the operating licences for 197 services.


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东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,优漫卡通、中国电影(老挝)等41个频道新增,设置10850 V 45000参数免费接收。 [8月7日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-5、Warner HD(老挝)等33个频道新增,设置10910 H 45000参数免费接收。 [8月7日]
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Foxtel continues Game of Whack-a-Pirate

From http://www.zdnet.com/article/foxtel-continues-game-of-whack-a-pirate/

During the piracy site-blocking hearing, counsel for Foxtel emphasised the illegal access to its copyrighted content 'Game of Thrones' and 'Wentworth' via streaming services and torrenting websites.

Pay TV provider Foxtel is aiming to bring down all illegal avenues of access to its copyrighted content online, with the pay TV provider widening its net to include alleged illegal streaming services.

During a hearing on Tuesday to have the Federal Court of Australia block 128 alleged foreign copyright-infringing websites by internet service providers (ISPs) following its success last year in blocking The Pirate Bay, counsel for Foxtel gave the court live demonstrations of Yes Movies, Watch Series, 1337x, and Putlocker.

Foxtel particularly pointed towards copyright infringement of the TV series Wentworth, the rights to which are co-owned by Foxtel, as well as the seventh and current season of Game of Thrones, for which it said there were over 2.4 million views on Yes Movies alone.

"Foxtel sees utility in orders of this nature," counsel for Foxtel commented when Justice Burley said blocking piracy websites was like whack-a-mole, as sites simply pop up elsewhere when one is blocked.

Foxtel spent considerable money on acquiring the exclusive Australian rights to Game of Thrones, counsel added, and alleged piracy sites providing free access online "undermines its business model and its ability to compete with its competitors".

"It's important to block these sites," Foxtel argued.

Website blocking was legislated under the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Act, which passed both houses of Parliament in mid-2015 and allows rights holders to obtain a court order to block websites hosted overseas that are deemed to exist for the primary purpose of infringing or facilitating infringement of copyright under Section 115A.

According to counsel for Foxtel, the sites being targeted "unashamedly and flagrantly infringe or facilitate the infringement of copyright"; however, one of the sites may not fulfil the condition of being hosted overseas.

While watchepisodeseries.com has an Australian top-level domain, Foxtel pointed out that the IP location is situated within the United States. It is the IP location and not the domain location that should be given emphasis in this case, according to Foxtel.

Burley J adjourned the hearing and will hand down his decision at a later date.

In June, Foxtel had said it would be seeking to block an additional 73 domain names, 68 of which belong to The Pirate Bay and five to Torrentz.

This was in addition to the 17 websites with 127 URLs it said it would be targeting in early June, after launching its new case in May to block piracy-linked sites including Yes Movies, Los Movies, Watch Series, and Project Free TV.

The ISPs remained unrepresented during the hearing due to a precedent set in the original Foxtel/Roadshow case, wherein the court ordered more than 50 ISPs to block the Pirate Bay, Torrentz, TorrentHound, IsoHunt, and SolarMovie and their related proxy sites.

Under that ruling, rights holders were to pay a AU$50 fee per domain they wanted to block.

Following this judgment, Village Roadshow went on to initiate legal action to block a further 41 torrenting and streaming sites including Demonoid, ExtraTorrent, LimeTorrents, MegaShare, Piratebay.to, and EZTV earlier this year.

Roadshow, which leads a group of film studios including Disney, Universal, Warner Bros, Twentieth Century Fox, and Paramount, said it would be targeting four types of piracy websites: Search engines; peer-to-peer torrent sites; sites that link to other sites hosting copyright content; and sites that provide direct access to copyright content through streaming or direct downloads.

Foxtel has also appeared on the other side of a piracy site-blocking court case in its capacity as an ISP when four music studios -- Universal Music Australia, Sony Music Entertainment Australia, Warner Music Australia, and J Albert & Son -- successfully blocked Kickass Torrents and its related proxy websites in April.

Rocket Lab clear on why first launch failed and confident to go again

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11899659

Rocket Lab successfully launched into space but not into orbit.

Rocket Lab has pinpointed the problem that meant its first Electron rocket was killed before it got to orbit but the company is confident the fault has been ironed out.

While it made it to space, the flight in May had to be terminated due to an independent contractor's ground equipment issue, rather than an issue with the rocket. Rocket Lab's internal investigation board has identified steps to correct the problem.

The rocket, named "It's a Test", was terminated due to a "data loss time out", which was caused by misconfiguration of telemetry equipment owned and operated by a third-party contractor at the launch from Rocket Lab's Launch Complex 1 on the Mahia Peninsula.

Four minutes into the flight, at an altitude of 224km, the equipment lost contact with the rocket temporarily and, according to standard operating procedures, range safety officials terminated the flight by cutting power to its engines. The rocket disintegrated as it fell back into the Earth's atmosphere in the Southern Ocean.

Data, including that from Rocket Lab's own telemetry equipment, confirmed the rocket was still following a nominal trajectory and the vehicle was performing as planned at the time of termination.

Rocket Lab chief executive Peter Beck said the company had demonstrated Electron was following its nominal trajectory and was on course to reach orbit.

"While it was disappointing to see the flight terminated in essence due to an incorrect tick box, we can say we tested nearly everything, including the flight termination system. We were delighted with the amount of data we were able to collect during an exceptional first test launch.''

The investigation involved the review of over 25,000 channels of data collected during the May 25 flight in addition to extensive testing at Rocket Lab facilities in California and in this country.

The telemetry data loss that led to the termination of the flight has been directly linked to a key piece of equipment responsible for translating radio signals into data used by safety officials to track the vehicle performance.

It was discovered a contractor failed to enable forward error correction on this third-party device causing extensive corruption of received position data.

Beck said the contractor would be involved in future launches.

''We're not going to throw our contractors under a bus. It's not our style.''

The failure was first indicated by the fact that Rocket Lab's own equipment did not suffer similar data loss during launch. Further confirmation of the cause was demonstrated when replaying raw radio-frequency data - recorded on launch day - through correctly configured equipment also resolved the problem.

"The call to terminate a launch would be tough for anyone, and we appreciated the professionalism of the flight safety officials involved," said Beck.

"The fix for the issue is simple and corrective procedures have been put in place to prevent a similar issue in future. No major changes to the Electron launch vehicle hardware have been required and the company has authorised the production of four additional launch vehicles as it prepares for commercial operations ahead of the test flight programme."

The New Zealand-founded and United States-registered company aims to deliver small satellites into space for a much lower price than existing operators and launch as quickly as once a week.

Rocket Lab's second Electron rocket, named "Still Testing", is undergoing final checks and preparations ahead of being shipped to Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 within the next two months.

There would be a third test launch - into Sun-synchronous orbit of between 300km and 500km above the Earth's surface - before the company could move into commercial missions, as early as by the end of this year.

Demand rising in Asia-Pacific for more powerful satellites

From http://thestar.com.my/business/business-news/2017/08/07/demand-rising-in-asiapacific-for-more-powerful-satellites/

SINGAPORE: The increasing need for observational activities among countries especially in the Asia-Pacific region has brought on the demand for more powerful and sensitive satellites.

French space transportation company Arianespace Singapore managing director Richard Bowles said the need for observational satellites was growing and countries such as Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore and Korea are very active on this front.

He said the earth was constantly changing with disasters – both man-made and natural as well as rapid developments have resulted in the need for map images to be updated.

Applications like Google Maps and Google Earth would be pretty much useless if the images are not updated from time to time, he added.

“The demand is also there in the civil area where government institutions are concerned and with islands appearing in the South China Sea as well, people would like to know what is going on there,” he said in a press briefing about the company’s services at a hotel here recently.

Bowles said the new wave of need for observational satellites in the region was growing compared to a decade ago.

He said about six of such satellites were launched for this purpose, a difference from some 10 years ago.

“When we first set up here in Singapore back in the 90s, there was a new wave of telecommunication satellites and observational satellites, launch mostly as piggy backs, are not even on our radar much,” said Bowles.

He added that the Indonesian market, the company’s largest in South-East Asia, was still mostly for commercial purpose like telecommunications.

Since Arianespace’s first mission for an Asian customer in 1981, the company has launched a total of 78 satellites for 17 customers from 10 countries in the Asia Pacific region.

The region is a core market for the company, said Arianespace’s sales and business development senior vice-president Jacques Breton, contributing significantly to 60% global market share for commercial launches.

This represents around 25% of the company’s global business, he said, adding that Arianespace is the choice launch service provider in the region and has launched first-ever satellites for customers in Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam.

“Last year and probably this year too, we are in the slow mode in terms of number of contracts expected to be signed in the telecommunications sector.

“There may be delayed decisions due to the uncertainty in the market and fierce competition between telecommunication companies,” said Breton.

The company has so far performed satellite launches for customers in Australia, India, Indonesia, Japan and South Korea over the past 12 months.

Moving forward, Arianespace is planning for 12 launches this year.

The company is a subsidiary of Airbus Safran Launchers which holds 74% of its share capital.

SSL-built BSat 4a Satellite Arrives in French Guiana

From http://www.satellitetoday.com/broadcasting/2017/08/07/ssl-built-bsat-4a-satellite-arrives-french-guiana/

Space Systems Loral (SSL) has delivered the BSat 4a satellite it designed and built for Broadcasting Satellite System Corporation (B-SAT), a broadcasting satellite operator in Japan, to the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. Arianespace will launch the satellite aboard an Ariane 5 launch vehicle, after which it will provide Direct-to-Home (DTH) television services in Japan.

Bsat 4a carries 24 Ku-band transponders and according to B-SAT will expand the availability of advanced television services such as High Definition (HD) and 4K/8K Ultra-HD. The satellite is based on the SSL 1300 platform, and has a lifespan of 15 years or longer.

B-SAT has started 4K/8K test broadcasting using its BSat 3 series and will provide new 4K/8K regular broadcasting services via BSat 4a in December.

SSL won the contract to build the BSat 4a satellite in June 2015.

CBS expands streaming services as earnings beat expectations

From http://in.reuters.com/article/cbs-corp-results-idINKBN1AN2LH

(Reuters) - CBS Corp (CBS.N) is taking its streaming service abroad and launching an online sports service to appeal to the growing number of viewers who prefer to watch their favourite shows online, executives said on Monday.

CBS, owner of the most-watched U.S. TV network, will launch its CBS All Access service internationally in the first half of next year, starting in Canada, the company said as part of second-quarter earnings.

The New York-based broadcaster is also planning to launch an online streaming sports service, which is yet to be named, announced CBS CEO Leslie Moonves on a post-earnings call. CBS shares rose 0.73 percent in extended trading.

CBS said it will have more than 4 million streaming subscribers between All Access and its Showtime streaming service by year-end. The company had previously said it was anticipating 8 million subscribers by 2020, a goal it now said is conservative.

Expanding its online streaming services is part of a push by CBS, whose shows include "The Big Bang Theory" and "Homeland," to decrease its reliance on advertising as more viewers go online.

CBS reported on Monday that 40 percent of its total revenue is from advertising, down from more than 70 percent 10 years ago.

"Our revenue is now faster growing and more reliable," Moonves said.

The New York-based broadcaster reported a bigger-than-expected profit and revenue for the second quarter, driven by higher content licensing and subscription fees.

Advertising sales rose 4.3 percent to $1.3 billion in the quarter from a year earlier, boosted by the broadcast of the NCAA basketball championship.

CBS, which owns cable channel Showtime and publishing house Simon & Schuster, said affiliate and subscription fees revenue – which includes revenue from cable TV operators and from its own streaming content – rose 15.7 percent in the quarter.

Content licensing and distribution revenues increased nearly 12 percent. CBS has signed content licensing deals with Hulu, Verizon Communications Inc (VZ.N), Alphabet Inc's Google (GOOGL.O) and AT&T Inc's (T.N) DirectTV Now.

By year-end, CBS expects its retransmission consent and reverse compensation, which is the revenue from distributors and broadcast affiliates, to exceed the halfway mark to its $2.5 billion revenue goal for 2020.

Excluding one-time items, CBS reported a profit of $1.04 per share, beating analysts' average estimate of 98 cents, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

CBS said revenue rose 9.4 percent to $3.26 billion.

Analysts on average had expected revenue of $3.09 billion.


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Thaicom 5 78.5E Bangkok Thonburi Channel on 3440 H is now in clear.

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东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,SBS(高清)等4个频道新增,设置12016 H 21300参数有条件接收。 [8月6日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,天映频道、Star Movies(老挝)等全组频道改频率,设置10850 V 45000参数免费接收。 [8月6日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,探索频道、HBO Red(老挝)等频道新增,设置10850 H 45000参数部分免费接收。 [8月6日]

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东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,News Flash(印度)频道消失,设置11735 H 44000参数无效接收。 [8月5日]
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东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Tochka TV(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置11732 V 43000参数无效接收。 [8月5日]
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东经159度轨道位置的ABS-6号卫星C频段,ABS Corp Video、Shop TV(ABS)频道新增,设置3660 V 30000参数免费接收。 [8月4日]
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东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段,FGTV Sat(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置12729 H 26400参数无效接收。 [8月3日]


Thaicom's Q2 profit plunges 63%, revenue drops nearly 14%

From https://www.telecompaper.com/news/thaicoms-q2-profit-plunges-63-revenue-drops-nearly-14--1206954

Asian satellite operator Thaicom’s total revenue for the second quarter of 2017 reached THB 2.5 billion, which represents a decline of 13.8 percent year-on-year. Net profit for the second quarter amounted to THB 216 million, down 63.5 percent from THB 591 million in the three months ended 30 June 2016. The drop was mainly generated by decreasing sales and service revenue from both satellite business and internet and media businesses, together with costs relating to the Thaicom 8 satellite.
Revenue from satellite and related services amounted to THB 1.5 billion in the second quarter, which represents a decline of 27 percent year-on-year. Revenue from internet and media services was THB 745 million, down 6.1 percent from the second quarter of 2016, negatively impacted by a revenue decrease from CS Loxinfo Plc (CSL), sales revenue from satellite receiver sets from Cambodian DTV Network (CDN), and sale and services revenue from DTV Service.

Thaicom's Lao Telecommunications (LTC) unit ended June with 2.048 million phone subscribers, slightly up from 2.045 million in June 2016, and claims a 55.7 percent mobile market share, up from 53.7 percent in the year-earlier period.

China: Tencent scores European football properties

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/08/04/china-tencent-scores-european-football-properties/

Sports fans in China can watch some of the best European football with Tencent Sports’ securing the live streaming rights for the Ligue 1 Conforama, Serie A TIM, FA Cup and the Scottish Premiership from sports media rights agency MP & Silva.

The non-exclusive new media rights cover mainland China for season 2017/18. The new deal will give sports fans the opportunity to watch five major European football propertiesincluding the UEFA Champions League and Bundesliga, live on Tencent Sports and across its platforms.

Fans can catch six Ligue 1 Conforama matches per round (228 matches in total per season), as well as all 10 Serie A TIM matches per round will be shown throughout the Italian football season. For the FA Cup, Tencent Sports will broadcast the Community Shield on August 6th, and 40 live matches from the 1st to 5th round, as well as all seven matches from the quarter-finals onwards. The agreement also includes coverage of the Scottish Premiership that comprises 55 live matches for the upcoming season.

Fans will also be able to watch highlight shows and review programmes. Tencent Sports will live-stream all matches and programmes across all platforms, including its website, Tencent Video app, Tencent Sports app, and Tencent news app.

8K eco-system makes progress

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/08/04/8k-eco-system-makes-progress/

While many of the world’s broadcasters and viewers are investing in 4K, the shift to 8K is also happening – at least in Japan. There, the plan is to capture and broadcast the 2020 Summer Olympics in 8K, and to broadcast the images to special locations and even homes equipped with 8K displays. Indeed, the displays themselves can now be bought – albeit at a price.

Chris Chinnock, a lead writer on specialty trade publication Display Daily, says that while the bandwidth demand will be huge for 8K, connectivity solutions are now emerging, and even single cable solutions.

“At CES 2017, the HDMI Forum announced the upcoming release of Version 2.1, which will offer support for higher data rates, dynamic metadata and improved audio signaling,” says Chinnock. “In terms of bandwidth, the data rate will rise from 18 Gb/s to 48 Gb/s using four lanes running at 12 Gb/s with 16/18 bit encoding that reduces the usable payload to 38.4 Gb/s. That’s a huge increase and is enough to support the signal above. Silicon to support this protocol is not yet available, but should be widely adopted by 2020.”

“HDMI 2.1 also supports Display Stream Compression (DSC), a light compression scheme (typically up to 3:1) also used in DisplayPort. This should allow 8K, 16-bit, 4:4:4 at 60 fps or 8K, 16-bit, 4:2:0 at 120 fps over the same four lanes,” he adds.

While not all the 8K connectivity has been implemented yet, give it a year or two, suggests Chinnock. “If that is not enough options and bandwidth, there is also a new interface being standardized by SMPTE called U-SDI. It is a 24-core multimode fiber that runs at a raw data rate of 240 Gbps (lower with error correction), and supports a maximum cable length of 100m.”

Time running out for DISH Network?

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/08/04/is-time-running-out-for-dish-network/

It doesn’t much matter how the numbers are dressed up, the net result of the USA’s second-largest DTH operator, DISH Network, during its second-quarter reported a decline of 196,000 subscribers in its results announcement on August 3rd.

DISH Network also had to report Q2 net income also fell a thumping 91 per cent (at $3,64 billion, vs $3.72 billion same period last year). The numbers were badly affected by the record $280 million penalty levied on DISH for unwarranted telemarketing calls.

Bad as the subscriber numbers are, they are an ‘improvement’ on the broadcaster’s Q2/2016 falls, of a net 281,000. Then, it was guesstimated that DISH had actually lost between 315,000-330,000 DTH subs. DISH, like other US and European pay-TV broadcasters, bundles its OTT subscribers (Sling TV) in with its DTH numbers. It is a similar picture at DirecTV, where its DirecTV Now OTT service reported it had 491,000 subs a few weeks ago, but that overall AT&T, its parent company, had lost a total of 199,000 subs during the quarter.

In Q2, DISH activated approximately 444,000 gross new pay-TV subscribers, compared to approximately 527,000 gross new pay-TV subscribers in the prior year’s second quarter.

As of June 30th 2017 DISH enjoyed a total (DTH plus Sling) subscriber base of 13.332 million, down from 13.593 million at the same time last year.

Pay-TV ARPU (per month) for Q2 totaled $87.25, compared to the year-ago period’s pay-TV ARPU of $89.98. Pay-TV subscriber churn rate was 1.59 (per month) percent versus 1.96 per cent for second quarter 2016.

For these slight improvements, the market was no doubt grateful. However, one analyst (Craig Moffett, from Moffett Nathanson, was not impressed. His comments were blunt, saying the satellite TV business is shrinking fast. “It is heavily indebted and its bonds trade above par.”

“By our estimate, DISH’s traditional satellite TV business is shrinking at a 9.1 per cent clip. (DISH’s overall reported subscriber numbers are inflated by the inclusion of Sling TV OTT subscribers, but those subscribers have almost no economic value, so let’s ignore them for now.) Its total service revenues are shrinking at 5.5 per cent,” says Moffett.

Moffett reminds investors that DISH’s debt burden is currently some $14.9 billion, and there could be further bad news ahead if DISH is unsuccessful in fighting another batch of illegal telemarketing allegations. DISH has set aside $296 million for these potential penalties, but the impact could be worse notably including penalties that could forbid DISH from accepting new subscribers from “a particular third-party retailer” as a consequence of the litigation.

Moffett, in his 10-page report on DISH concludes that time could be running out for DISH’s core business.

Israel plans to shut Al Jazeera operations

From https://www.echo.net.au/2017/08/israel-plans-shut-al-jazeera-operations/

Israel is planning to revoke the media credentials of Al Jazeera TV journalists, close its Jerusalem bureau and pull the Qatar-based station’s broadcasts from local cable and satellite providers, communications minister Ayoub Kara has announced.

But the closure doesn’t appear imminent and an Israeli official says a legal process is required to implement most of the proposed steps.

The move by Israel adds further pressure on Qatar, which has been involved in a dispute with four of its Arab neighbours.

The measures are intended to bolster Israel’s security and ‘to bring a situation that channels based in Israel will report objectively’, Kara said.

Al Jazeera says Kara’s comments are unsubstantiated and it will take legal action if Israel acts on its threat.

Journalists working for the pan-Arab station in Israel weren’t expecting imminent moves against them.

‘Al Jazeera Media Network denounces this decision, which comes in the context of a campaign that was initiated by a statement made earlier by Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu…’ Al Jazeera said in a statement late on Sunday.

Last month, Netanyahu said he would work on shutting down the network’s offices in Israel, accusing it of inciting violence in Jerusalem, including over an Old City site that is holy to both Muslims and Jews.

Kara said he will seek to have the accreditation of Al Jazeera’s around 30 journalists in Israel revoked. Cable and satellite providers have expressed their willingness to turn off its broadcasts, he said.

Kara added that he had asked internal security minister Gilad Erdan to use his powers to close the station’s offices in Israel, although a spokesman for Erdan said he doubted the minister had the authority to do so.

‘Our ministry is not the address. Try the police,’ spokesman Daniel Bar said.

Asked if shutting down Al Jazeera’s operations would make Israel appear to oppose freedom of the press, an official close to the prime minister said the country accepted diverse opinions but not incitement.

‘The prime minister is not too pleased with the constant incitement that you see and hear on Al Jazeera, a lot of it in Arabic. There is a lot being broadcast on that channel that is frankly dangerous,’ the official said.

‘There is no shortage of free speech in this country. There are plenty of dissenting voices. In democratic countries there are also things that are unacceptable, and a lot of what Al Jazeera is saying and broadcasting falls into that category.’

In his news conference, to which Al Jazeera was not invited, Kara said steps had to be taken against ‘media, which has been determined by almost all Arab countries to actually be a supporter of terror, and we know this for certain.’

‘We have identified media outlets that do not serve freedom of speech but endanger the security of Israel’s citizens, and the main instrument has been Al Jazeera,’ Kara said.

He was referring to recent violence in and around a Jerusalem site that is revered by Muslims and Jews in which six Palestinians and five Israelis, including two policemen, were killed.

Al Jazeera said in July that Israel was aligning itself with four Arab states – Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain – that have severed diplomatic and commercial ties with Qatar.

The Foreign Press Association in Israel criticised the planned moves.

Africa Has Entered The Space Race, With Ghana’s First Satellite Now Orbiting Earth

From http://malaysiandigest.com/world/691183-africa-has-entered-the-space-race-with-ghana-s-first-satellite-now-orbiting-earth.html

The GhanaSat-1―Ghana’s first satellite―began its orbit recently, with a little help from some friends.

The cubesat, built by a Ghanaian engineering team at All Nations University, was delivered to NASA’s International Space Station in June on a SpaceX rocket that took off from pad 39a at Kennedy Space Center, a NASA spokesperson confirmed.

The GhanaSat-1 deployed into orbit from the Center in July, and is now operational, according to project manager Richard Damoah, a Ghanaian professor and assistant research scientist at NASA.

“This particular satellite has two missions,” Damoah told TechCrunch. “It has cameras on board for detailed monitoring of the coastlines of Ghana. Then there’s an educational piece―we want to use it to integrate satellite technology into high school curriculum,” he said.

GhanaSat-1 will send a signal to a ground station at All Nations University’s Space Systems and Technology Laboratory. That’s where it was developed by a team of engineers that included Benjamin Bonsu, Ernest Teye Matey, and Joseph Quansah.

While Ghana’s president Nana Akufo-Addo applauded the launch and congratulated the team directly, the project did not receive official Ghanaian government support, according to Damoah. Instead, Japan’s national space agency, JAXA, provided the bulk of the resources and training to develop the satellite.

The GhanaSat-1 deployment marks increased interest and activity in Africa toward space exploration. Nigeria’s first cubesat launched on the same SpaceX mission. “Several nations, such as South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya and Ethiopia have space agencies. Angola announced its intention to launch a satellite over the coming year,” said Elsie Kanza, Head of Africa at the World Economic Forum.

She also pointed to Pan-African efforts to coordinate space efforts, such as the African Union’s African Space Policy and Strategy initiative―adopted last year―that prompted AU members states “to realize an African Outer space Programme, as one of the flagship programmes….of the AU Agenda.”

Damoah believes the GhanaSat-1 deployment could prompt Ghanaian government resources toward a second satellite project coordinated by All Nations University and the country’s Science Space and Technology Center. “After this launch, we now have the support of the president and cabinet support,” he said. “We are looking to develop a GhanaSat-2, with high resolution cameras, that could monitor things such as illegal mining, water use, and deforestation in the country.”


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"CCTN" is new FTA on Sid 2 Vpid 785 MPG2 Apid 786

Bad video on both it may have moved there from 3791 V

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东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Movies 24、Movies PK(巴基斯坦)等10个频道新增,设置3746 V 6250参数免费接收。 [8月4日]

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星C频段,Pinoy Extreme Local、CCTN(外语)频道新增,设置4130 V 3700参数免费接收。 [8月3日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,UMM TV、Time TV(泰国)频道新增,设置4120 H 30000参数免费接收。 [8月3日]
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'We are not going to sit and take it': Internet TV box seller defiant as Sky sues

From https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/95450190/sky-tv-says-kodi-box-problem-now-too-big-to-ignore

A Hamilton entrepreneur who says he has sold more than 8000 internet television boxes to Kiwi consumers says he is keen to have his day in court with Sky TV.

Krish Reddy's company My Box and another firm, Christchurch's FibreTV NZ, are both being sued by Sky TV, which says their devices are designed to help people illegally watch programmes, including those for which Sky has the New Zealand broadcasting rights.

Many internet users will have come across online advertisements for devices that promise free access to subscription television shows and movies.
Sky TV says Game of Thrones is among the programming that can be illegally watched for free using Kodi boxes.

Sky TV says Game of Thrones is among the programming that can be illegally watched for free using Kodi boxes.

Known as Android streaming media players or Kodi boxes – and costing upwards of $70 – these will generally come preloaded with software that points to foreign television streams.

Advertisements commonly state that they are legal but not liked by cable television companies, which Sky spokeswoman Kirsty Way said might be enough to set off some red flags with consumers.

The legality of media players and Kodi software is not in dispute, but Way said the issue was that the boxes were configured and promoted as a way for people to freely watch pay-TV programmes, including ones for which Sky had the New Zealand broadcasting rights.

"It is not like you are selling a generic laptop; they are coming preloaded with software that presents you with these illegal streams of content … which include live sport and the hottest TV shows."

My Box's devices helped people watch "premium drama" such as Game of Thrones and a cricket match between South Africa and New Zealand, Sky has alleged.

Reddy, who also runs a handyman business, said the initial $1.4m compensation being demanded by Sky could rise by millions by the time a judgment was reached.

"They have given us until September 24 to respond. We are not going to sit and take it.

"How many people can say they went up against a multimillion dollar giant like Sky?"

He believed Sky "didn't have a case" because the programmes streamed to its devices came from overseas and weren't owned or created by My Box, though he acknowledged its devices did make those streams easy to find.

"Their point of view is they own copyright and I'm destroying the market by giving people content for free.

"To me it is business; I have got something that is new … that's competition"

Even if My Box lost its case, "the devices we have sold here and internationally will still work the same", Reddy noted.

He believed the trigger for Sky's legal action had been a bulk email My Box sent to 50,000 people, which reached the inboxes of 50 Sky staff and directors.

"This was us promoting our product as being better than Sky."

Fibre TV NZ said in a statement that it had done nothing illegal and would also be contesting the action against it.

"Fibre TV believes that it is Sky's long-term goal to use these proceedings to change NZ law by using the courts as opposed to using Parliament to change the law," it said.

Way said the quality of illegal streams provided by Kodi boxes ranged from "clunky" – for example when programmes were being refilmed from a TV screen – to "really good".

Outside of sport, pretty much every show and movie was available, she said.

"Sport is more variable, depending on what software you've downloaded and the event," she said.

"It could be live and perfect or you may not find it or you may get a few seconds or it could look like rubbish."

But all of Sky's sports programming was "at risk", she said.

Way said it was not just television companies that were losing out, but programme makers and sports codes who weren't being paid for their work.

"Anyone selling these boxes are within our sights."

Consumers who had bought Kodi boxes were not on its radar "at the moment", Way said.

But Sky was watching developments in other countries, including Britain, where consumer prosecutions have been tipped.

"You have got to go after the big fish first. We'd rather educate the public first," Way said.

Way agreed legal action could become a game of wackamole. But the problem was "big and not going to go away", she said.

"Right now we are just focused on getting a ruling on the legality of these boxes."

Reddy said his company was making television fairer and programmes should not only be available "to the rich".

Way agreed consumers' views on the rights and wrongs might be influenced by perceptions that Sky's own service was expensive. "But that is not an excuse to steal it," she said.

Other than prosecuting distributors of Kodi boxes, another avenue would be for the Government to follow Australia and introduce site-blocking laws that could force internet providers to block access to websites streaming pirated content, Way said.

But she agreed that came with the risk that blocks could also be put on other internet content for other purposes.

"I can see the fine line there and how you wouldn't want too much interference," she said.

(Craig's comment, If the sellers want to stay legal. Why not just sell the box with the Kodi program installed, as by default it comes with no illegal addons. A piece of paper could be provided with instructions on where to find on youtube instructions on how to install special customized "Builds" for those that want to .)

Threat to Sky TV? Amazon could screen ABs tests

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11898871

A tech expert says Sky TV's days are numbered, as retail giant Amazon expands in the Pacific.

The multi-billion dollar company is set to open its first warehouse in Australia, and is a growing force in the online streaming market.

Amazon recently outbid Sky Sport in the UK for the broadcasting rights to the ATP tennis tour.

Gorilla Technology chief executive Paul Spain told Newstalk ZB's Mike Hosking Breakfast Amazon could potentially bid to broadcast the All Blacks.

He says Sky is lagging behind when it comes to online content, and other players are beginning to fill the void.

"Sky really haven't got their head around the future of what's happening," Spain said.

"Amazon has such deep pockets and right now they don't care about making any profits... they can buy up rights around the world and mess up their competition and they're quite happy because it extends their reach."

Spain said Amazon will be looking to extend their content offering on its broadcast platform.

Foxtel consolidation: Channel changes, staff departures

From https://www.mediaweek.com.au/foxtel-arts-consolidation-smooth/

Foxtel Arts and Foxtel Smooth to share broadcast signal

• Foxtel Arts and Foxtel Smooth to share broadcast signal
• Lifestyle YOU closing as programming moves to Lifestyle and Arena
• Around 12 staff depart after business review

Foxtel has announced that, from October, there will be scheduling changes to its linear channel lineup with Foxtel Arts and Foxtel Smooth channels sharing a broadcast signal and key Lifestyle YOU programming making the move to Lifestyle and Arena.

The announcements were accompanied by the departure of some key staff members, including programmers and creatives.

Effective October 11, both Foxtel Arts and Smooth will share the same broadcast signal, while still occupying two channel numbers (133 and 806). The two channels will be day-parted, with Smooth programming throughout the day and overnight from midnight to 6pm and Foxtel Arts content scheduled from 6pm to midnight, daily.

Lifestyle YOU will cease broadcasting with key programming moving to The Lifestyle Channel, Arena and On Demand.

“We have taken this decision because it makes a lot of sense both in financial terms and audience optimisation,” said Brian Walsh, Foxtel’s executive director of television.

“Foxtel Smooth’s peak audiences are in daytime, while for Arts, audiences tune in during the evening, so this is really about combining the best of both worlds for our customers. Yes, this is consolidation. However, as our television and video world continues to evolve, it is imperative we review every aspect of the business.

“Foxtel is in the business of curating and acquiring the best content across multi genres and creating strong super channels which serve a wide variety of tastes. The new Smooth/Arts combo and the streamlining of Lifestyle YOU are examples of that,” he said.

The change comes just one week after Foxtel Arts received the ASTRA Channel Achievement Award for its showcase of the arts, artists and their creative achievements.

Foxtel Smooth/Foxtel Arts will continue to be broadcast at two channel locations on the Foxtel platform, at both Channel 133 and Channel 806.

This change also means that, for the first time, Foxtel Arts will be available to all Foxtel customers, irrespective of their subscription package.

Sky (UK) introduces anti-churn loyalty programme

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/08/03/sky-introduces-anti-churn-loyalty-programme/

Having revealed in its Full Year results that on a 12-month rolling basis churn was 11.5 per cent, Sky has taken steps to address the problem, with the introduction of Sky VIP, which it describes as the first tenure-based loyalty programme in the TV and Broadband sector.

Sky foreshadowed the initiative in its results announcement, saying: “While churn remains at a level higher than we would like, we have a strong set of plans to address it. We’ve already seen an excellent response to our customer Christmas gifting campaign and we are now in the process of making our loyalty programme available for all customers in the UK and Ireland. We believe this programme will deliver tangible results by rewarding longevity in order to build even stronger customer relationships, learning from the success of our loyalty programme in Italy.”

The new loyalty programme will offer hundreds of thousands of free tickets to all customers, including top sports events such as the British Masters and the Premier League, exclusive preview screenings of the latest films and prize draws for money can’t buy experiences such as the chance to visit filming locations of Game of Thrones.

Customers who’ve been with Sky for longer will be able to access more benefits including a new preview channel Sky Atlantic VIP, the latest and best Sky technology with free set-up for Sky Fibre, free Sky Go Extra and free Sky Q set-up, as well as priority customer service.

“Sky has always been a customer led company and the launch of Sky VIP is about putting our existing customers first and showing we value their loyalty,” explained Stephen Van Rooyen, Sky’s UK and Ireland Chief Executive. “This isn’t about tactical deals or collecting points – it’s about offering genuine experiences and benefits we know our customers value and which only Sky can offer.”

“That’s why we are gathering every single ticket that we have from our sports partners and giving them to our customers, alongside free tickets to exclusive film previews and money can’t buy experiences. And for our most loyal customers, who we know want the latest kit and best possible service, we’ll be offering access to our best technology as well as priority customer service.”

“But it doesn’t stop there – this is only the beginning as Sky VIP will keep expanding, with more benefits and rewards to be added in the coming months.”

Sky VIP has been developed following extensive customer research and feedback, which revealed customers are looking for a variety of rewards. New customers want rewards based on experiences and Sky shows, while priority service and access to the latest technology is more appealing to those that have been with Sky for longer.

Sky VIP lives in the My Sky app which has been designed to offer each and every customer a direct and personalised experience with Sky, from accessing the loyalty programme right through to being able to instantly manage their accounts with up to date information and customer service.

Customers can join Sky VIP immediately by downloading the app to discover the exclusive range of personal rewards available to them. On joining, all customers can access their free Welcome Gift of a Sky Store movie and find out their membership tier, based on the length of time they’ve been with Sky.

The launch of Sky VIP is part of Sky’s commitment to giving customers great value. It follows the successful launch of Sky Italia’s loyalty programme and last year’s Christmas gift to UK customers, which gave Sky TV customers Sky Box Sets for three months or a Sky Store Buy & Keep voucher.


Small Changes in Intelsat 19 TV Plus Hevc channels

"H265 TEST 1" is now NTV Spor
"H265 TEST 2" is now RT
"H265 TEST 3" is now Pink Premium (720x288 resolution Horrible)
"H265 TEST 4" is now Pink Soap
"H265 TEST 5" is now black screen & audio in weird 720x288 resolution)

Apstar 7 76.5E 3780 V "TCL" started FTA Vpid 34 (H264) Apid 32 Sid 14
not sure on what channel this is but it appears to be some sort of Hindi? Song and dance Video loop?

From my Email


From the Dish

ChinaSat 11 98.0E 12500 V "Macau Lotus TV" is back on , Fta

G-Sat 15 93.5E 11510 H "Navgrah and Sahara One" have left .WION is now Fta.

Optus D1 160.0E Sky Box Sets has replaced The Zone on 12267 H and 12546 H, Videoguard. Jones! Too has started on 12608 H, Videoguard.

ABS 2 75.0E 11559 V "Pyatnitsa! International" has started on, Fta

From asiatvro site

东经140度轨道位置的快车AT2号卫星Ku频段,Telenovella替换Illusion+(俄罗斯)频道,设置12245 R 27500参数有条件接收。 [8月3日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,Channel One News(印度)频道重现,设置11590 H 30000参数免费接收。 [8月3日]
东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,TV 9替换Wesal TV(Skynindo)频道,设置3560 V 30000参数免费接收。 [8月3日]

东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Anione TV(SkyLife)频道新增,设置12330 H 29500参数有条件接收。 [8月2日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,KBS1替换CJB、TJB(SkyLife)频道,设置12330 H 29500参数有条件接收。 [8月2日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Sky Healing(SkyLife)频道重现,设置12490 H 29500参数有条件接收。 [8月2日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,SECO-1(测试)频道消失,设置3654 H 7124参数无效接收。 [8月2日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Channel 11(巴基斯坦)频道新增,设置3903 V 2960参数免费接收。 [8月2日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,On TV替换Sky TV(巴基斯坦)频道,设置4065 H 4296参数免费接收。 [8月2日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Television替换Uni TV(巴基斯坦)频道,设置4065 H 4296参数免费接收。 [8月2日]


Amazon tennis deal shocks pay-TV

From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/media/amazon-deal-shows-why-antisiphoning-should-be-reformed-paytv-industry/news-story/e77da350444bcfb66d0b5f0c516b615e

Local anti-siphoning laws governing broadcast of live sport “must be reformed” the pay-TV industry said in the wake of internet giant Amazon outbidding Sky UK to win exclusive ATP tour tennis rights.

​The tech giant bid about £10 million ($A17m) a year for a new package of TV rights to the ATP Masters 1000 and 500 tournaments from 2019.

Peter Tonagh, chief of Foxtel, said the move underlined why the anti-siphoning scheme no longer served its original purpose, and merely highlighted how the rules only applied to one company: Foxtel.

“Amazon’s move is yet another example that demonstrates that the Australian anti siphoning regime is completely out of date and must be reformed,” Mr Tonagh told The Australian.

“Under Australian law there is nothing to stop a huge international player like Amazon from buying exclusive rights to an event like the Australian Open Tennis Tournament. The law does not guarantee protection for consumers, it merely punishes one Australian company, Foxtel.

“Together with Fox Sports we have invested hundreds of millions to grow sports in Australia at all levels. The idea that government policy might advantage US multinationals with no links to Australia is a truly perverse outcome.”

The deal is yet more evidence of Amazon’s efforts to aggressively position itself as a premier source of entertainment content, according to TV executives, as it pursues plans to establish a full retail offering in Australia over the next few years.

Amazon is on a hiring spree in Australia with plans to fill 230 positions and build an editorial team. Current vacancies include managing editor and content roles.

But there are questions over how it pays tax as the Turnbull government seeks to clamp down on overseas based digital players like Netflix that pay minimal corporation tax despite racking up millions of Australian subscribers.

Tony Shepherd, chairman of the Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association and a former Business Council of Australia chairman, said: “In Australia, the key to people’s hearts is sport. Sport is our national religion. It would not be least bit surprising if Amazon is taking Australian sports rights seriously

“The anti-siphoning regime is anachronism in the modern environment. They are past their use-by date, and should be removed altogether. The ATP deal is an example to everybody of exactly where the world is heading.”

Anti-siphoning legislation prescribes which sporting events free-to-air television networks have first rights to bid on, but the scheme does not prevent internet and telecommunications companies from bidding before the Seven, Nine and Ten networks.

For example, the Australian Football League and National Rugby League grand finals are on the list and Foxtel is prevented from bidding for the events before the FTA broadcasters.

But, as it stands, Amazon, Google’s YouTube, Facebook, Netflix and Twitter could buy the rights to those events before the commercial networks, and potentially charge a subscription fee for online access.

There is no questions that telcos and pure-play digital players have a growing appetite for Australian sports rights and content.

Optus has invested heavily on exclusive sports content, with the $187 million three-year exclusive English Premier League deal its flagship offering.

Currently, tennis events on the Australian anti-siphoning list include the Australian Open; some Davis Cup matches involving Australia, and some Wimbledon and US Open men’s and women’s matches in the knockout stages.

Local rights to ATP matches acquired by Amazon are not on the anti-siphoning list. If Amazon acquired the Australian rights, currently held by Foxtel, it could charge viewers to watch them via a subscription to Amazon Prime, the company’s online video streaming service.

The nation’s future media laws will become clearer next week when the Senate and federal parliament returns from its midwinter break.

Foxtel is proposing to roll back the anti-siphoning scheme with the removal of some overseas based events, while leaving major top-tier events and individual matches untouched.

The UK deal is being hailed as a game-changer in the battle for sports rights, with digital companies like Amazon now entering the fray alongside the more traditional broadcasters.

Amazon has a deal with National Football League to stream 10 Thursday night games in the United States, but this is its first major live TV deal elsewhere in the world.

For media companies, Amazon is not a new phenomenon, but it is a growing threat. In the past four years Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has extended Amazon’s media interests beyond its core books and online retailing business to newspapers and video streaming.

In 2013, he bought The Washington Post for $US250m. In December 2016, Amazon ramped up Prime with an offering in Australia that increasingly competes with TV networks for consumer attention.

Behind the scenes Amazon has been expanding its presence in the ad business.

Speaking to The Australian this year, Sir Martin Sorrell, chief executive of British ad giant WPP, warned Amazon’s multibillion-dollar deal to take over Whole Foods Markets will up-end the advertising industry, a sector already under siege from Facebook and Google.

WWE & Foxtel Extend Programming Pact

From http://worldscreen.com/wwe-foxtel-extend-programming-pact/

WWE and Foxtel have extended their partnership into its 18th year with a new agreement to broadcast WWE programming live in Australia.

The deal covers WWE’s flagship shows Raw and SmackDown, as well as WWE pay-per-views, including WrestleMania and SummerSlam. Foxtel channel FOX8 airs Raw live at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays and SmackDown live at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays. Fans can order all WWE specials live on Foxtel pay-per-view channel Main Event, including WrestleMania, SummerSlam, Survivor Series and Royal Rumble. All programs will be available on demand.

“Foxtel is a long-time, valued partner who shares our vision and passion for engaging and entertaining our fans,” said Michelle Wilson, WWE’s chief revenue and marketing officer. “This agreement allows us to continue showcasing our unique blend of action-packed, family-friendly entertainment across Australia.”

“We are thrilled to extend our long-standing partnership with one of the biggest brands in entertainment,” said Stephen Baldwin, Foxtel’s director of channels. “WWE has such a passionate fan base in Australia, and Foxtel is pleased to bring this popular content to our customers.”

Sky lodges $1.47m legal claim against content streamer My Box

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11898029

Sky Television has launched a legal claim against Hamilton-based streaming company My Box, arguing for $1.47 million in lost revenue.

My Box sells a decoder which gives users access to Sky Television channels, Netflix, and international channels. The company sells the box for a one-off fee of $269.

A court date has not yet been set.

Founder Krish Reddy said My Box would fight the claim in the Hamilton High Court in what he expected would be a "prolonged" battle.

"Sky probably thinks we will go away but I believe we have the weight of public opinion behind us," Reddy said.

Sky TV alleged it had lost $1.47m in lost revenue and claims a further $570,000 per month from 14 July that My Box remains operating.

My Box maintained it was "completely legal" in its dealings.

"The service simply allows customers to access high-quality streams of their own accord. The fact that the box is set up to allow customers to find certain streams [does] not hold My Box accountable for what they may find," Reddy said.

The company advertises access to Sky TV channels on its website, which reads:


The company argued they were legally sound because the streams which My Box accessed were hosted through locations such as the UK.

Kirsty Way, spokeswoman for Sky TV, confirmed the legal action.

Way pointed out similar cases in the UK had been successful and that buyers should be aware the service could be shut down.

"Purchasers of boxes and software that promise access to content should be wary that their investment may effectively be for a very expensive paperweight if the services are shut down like we've seen in other countries," Way said.

(Craig's comment, the guy is a clown. As much we all love to bag SKY this guy was also providing access to an illegal IPTV subscription service for $25 a month. Also see Facebook group "issues with mybox nz" for some of the dodgy business he's been up to)

Tianzhou-1 releases satellite in orbit

From http://www.china.org.cn/china/2017-08/03/content_41338678.htm

China's first cargo spacecraft Tianzhou-1 has successfully released a tiny satellite while in orbit, CCTV reported.

China's first cargo spacecraft Tianzhou-1 blasts off from Wenchang Space Launch Center in South China's Hainan province, April 20, 2017. [Photo/Xinhua]

China's first cargo spacecraft Tianzhou-1 blasts off from Wenchang Space Launch Center in South China's Hainan province, April 20, 2017. [Photo/Xinhua]

It is the first time that a Chinese cargo spacecraft has successfully discharged a satellite after storing it for a long time. The Tianzhou-1 was launched into space with the CubeSat on board on April 20 and released it Tuesday, 104 days later.

Scientists have tested different kinds of discharge technology, such as the separation and unlocking and connectivity between the in-orbit launcher and the satellite.

CubeSat is an experimental satellite weighing less than 1 metric ton.

After flying with the Tiangong-2 space lab for about two months, Tianzhou-1 separated from the space lab and entered a stage of independent operation in June.

Tianzhou-1 is orbiting about 390 kilometers above Earth, conducting a variety of experiments.

The spacecraft will later carry out an automated fast-docking with Tiangong-2 and conduct the third refueling of the space lab.

Cable giants step up piracy battle by interrogating Montreal software developer and searching his home

From http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/tvaddons-piracy-rogers-bell-videotron-court-1.4231340

The whole experience was horrifying,’ TVAddons founder says of court-sanctioned search

Adam Lackman of Montreal is the defendant in a copyright infringement lawsuit filed by cable companies Bell, Rogers and Videotron.

Canadian cable companies have ratcheted up their war on piracy by launching a new legal battle. The effort has already seen Bell, Rogers and Quebecor's Videotron search a Montreal software developer's home and interrogate him for more than nine hours.

"The whole experience was horrifying," says Adam Lackman, founder of TVAddons and defendant in a copyright infringement lawsuit launched by the television giants. "It felt like the kind of thing you would have expected to have happened in the Soviet Union."

Telecoms and content creators Bell, Rogers and Videotron began their piracy battle last year by filing a lawsuit against Canadian dealers who sell "free TV" Android boxes — devices that can be used to stream pirated content.

Now the companies are also targeting Lackman and TVAddons — a library of hundreds of apps known as add-ons. Once downloaded on the Android box or a computer with added software, some of the add-ons — such as Exodus and 1Channel — allow people easy access to pirated movies, TV shows and even live television.

In their statement of claim filed in Federal Court on June 2, the plaintiffs allege that by developing and making TVAddons available to the public, Lackman contravened the Copyright Act.

The suit includes a long list of programming allegedly made freely available via TVAddons including Bell's Game of Thrones and Rogers' Sportsnet.

In his defence, Lackman argues TVAddons doesn't host pirated content but instead connects users to sources already available online, so it serves as nothing more than a search engine.

Home visit

On June 9, the telecoms got an Anton Piller order, a civil search warrant that gives a plaintiff access to a defendant's home, without notice, to search for and seize relevant evidence before it can be destroyed.

A Federal Court judge would later declare the Anton Piller order in this case "unlawful," but that was weeks after a group of men arrived at Lackman's door at 8 a.m. on June 12.

Lackman says the group included a bailiff, two computer technicians, an independent counsel and a lawyer representing Bell, Rogers and Videotron.

According to court documents, the group stayed for 16 hours and the plaintiffs' lawyer and independent counsel interrogated Lackman for more than nine hours. He was given a break for dinner and to speak to his lawyer, who was present.

Lackman was "not permitted to refuse to answer questions" and his lawyer wasn't permitted to counsel him in his answers.

"Any time I would question the process, they would threaten me with contempt of court proceedings," says Lackman.

Besides seizing personal items such as his computer and phone, Lackman says the plaintiffs' lawyer and independent counsel forced him to hand over passwords for his email and social media accounts.
Order 'null and void'

But on June 29, Lackman had reason to be hopeful he'd get his possessions back after a Federal Court judge declared the Anton Piller order "null and void" and that all seized items be returned.

According to court documents, the judge said the search was supposed to be conducted between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. but instead lasted until midnight.

The judge also said the defendant was treated unfairly during the interrogation and wasn't offered "any of the protections normally afforded to litigants in such circumstances."

He added that "the most egregious part of the questioning" was when the plaintiffs' lawyer asked Lackman to spill information about other people running operations similar to TVAddons.

TVAddons consists of a library of hundreds of apps known as add-ons, some of which can be used to stream pirated content. (TVAddons/Twitter)

The judge said the purpose of the order was to preserve existing evidence, not hunt for new evidence.

He also concluded that the plaintiffs' legal team used the order to try to shut down TVAddons.

"I am of the view that its true purpose was to destroy the livelihood of the defendant, deny him the financial resources to finance a defence to the claim made against him," the judge wrote.

"The defendant has demonstrated that he has an arguable case that he is not violating the [Copyright] Act," the judge continued, adding that by the plaintiffs' own estimate, only about one per cent of Lackman's add-ons were allegedly used to pirate content.
No returns

However, Lackman's belongings still haven't been returned. Nor can he access the TVAddons website or its social media accounts, which were also seized as part of the original order.

That's because Bell, Rogers and Videotron have appealed the court decision and a Federal Court of Appeal judge has ruled that until the appeal can be heard, Lackman will get nothing back.

The appeal judge said the issue isn't the fact the number of alleged copyright-infringing add-ons is small, but rather that TVAddons "targets a market of users seeking to knowingly access copyrighted materials without authorization."

HBO declares war on Game of Thrones pirates, but it may be a losing battle

The plaintiffs' law firm, Smart & Biggar, said it couldn't comment on the case at this point and that the appeal hearing will likely take place this fall.

As for Lackman, he plans to continue his defence. "At this point, there is no choice but to fight," he said in a written statement to CBC News.

To help pay the legal bills, he's trying to raise money on the fundraising site Indiegogo.

Lackman has also set up a new TVAddons website and Twitter account and tells CBC News his add-ons are still up and running.


Garage TV has left Sky NZ

Aussie Kodi TV Freeview addon (requires Australian I.P)


Some changes Intelsat 19 KU , note the HEVC channel may load as Radio services on non HEVC compatible receivers

12286 H Sr 30000 Fec 3/4

A Spor HD is FTA "H265 TEST 1" Sid 63 Vpid 563 HEVC Apid 866 (AAC-ADTS)

NTV Spor HD is FTA "H265 TEST 2" Sid 64 Vpid 564 HEVC Apid 867 (AAC-ADTS)

A Spor HD is FTA "H265 TEST 3" Sid 65 Vpid 565 HEVC Apid 868 (AAC-ADTS)
RT It is FTA "H265 TEST 4" Sid 66 Vpid 566 HEVC Apid 869 (AAC-ADTS)
Pink Soap It is FTA "H265 TEST 5" Sid 67 Vpid 567 HEVC Apid 870 (AAC-ADTS)

12526 H Sr 30000

24 Vesti is new FTA on "Free Slot 117" Sid 117 Vpid 617 (H264) Apid 917 (AAC-ADTS)

From my Email

From Owen (NZ)

With the new transmission of Maori TV on DTT channel; 38 many pubs and clubs have lost reception due to Sky using channel 38 as the default on their modulators. Change the modulator to another frequency to get things back.

(Craig's comment, or they could upgrade to digital modulators or use HDMI)

From the Dish

Intelsat 19 166.0E 12286 H "A Spor and Pink Soap" have started on , Fta
Intelsat 19 166.0E 12526 H 24 Vesti has started on , Fta.

ChinaSat 6B 115.5E 3520 V "Basketball Channel has replaced Lan Qiu" on , Tongfang.
ChinaSat 6B 115.5E 3520 V "Hunan Ping Yu" has started on , Tongfang.
ChinaSat 6B 115.5E 3920 H "Guoxue Channel has replaced Shuowen" on , encrypted.

Palapa D 113.0E 3460 H "The Matrix Garuda" mux has left .
Palapa D 113.0E 3627 H "Nada Madani TV has replaced Madani TV" on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 4080 H "Sinema Indonesia" is back on, Fta.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3750 V "Cinemachi Kids" is encrypted again.

ChinaSat 11 98.0E 12500 V "Saling Sapa TV, Emgy TV, Red Diamond, Black Diamond, Gold Diamond, Duta TV, Pres TV, TV Desa, TVRI Nasional, Space Toon, Sunna TV, Ladies Channel and Avava Bollywood have started on , Fta. TV 5, Holla, MNC Shop Channel 79, Otomoto Channel, Zing Asia, Ninmedia SatPlay, TV Mu, Macau Lotus TV, U Channel, Nusantara TV, Jak TV, Fashion TV Asia and Aljazeera English" have left.

Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 11213 V "KTRK, Madaniyat, Muzika, Balastan and El TR" have left.
Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 11097 H "5 Kanal, Piramida and Ilim Bilim" have started on , Fta.
Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 11252 H "Magna TV" has left .
Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 12513 V "Channel 17, Alif TV and Channel Binodon Bangla" have started on , Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Music F替换True Sports(印度)频道,设置3752 V 9300参数免费接收。 [8月1日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Mantavya News替换Xtra TV Promo(印度)频道,设置3732 V 7200参数免费接收。 [8月1日]
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,PassionX**、SCT(MPEG-4)等7个频道新增,设置11222 H 12000参数有条件接收。 [8月1日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Thai Station、Good TV(泰国)等频道消失,设置4040 V 30000参数无效接收。 [8月1日]
东经88度轨道位置的中新2号卫星C频段,信大电视(台湾)高清频道消失,设置3629 H 24700参数无效接收。 [8月1日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Thai Visions Channel替换Maxagro(泰国)频道,设置4040 V 30000参数免费接收。 [8月1日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Kaleidoskop TV(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置12153 V 45000参数免费接收。 [8月1日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Isaac TV(巴基斯坦)频道消失,设置3751 V 2333参数无效接收。 [8月1日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2A号卫星Ku频段,Game show(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置12533 V 45000参数无效接收。 [8月1日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,IN TV、TM TV(泰国)频道加密,设置4015 V 8333参数有条件接收。 [8月1日]

东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,SECO-1(测试)频道新增,设置3654 H 7124参数有条件接收。 [7月31日]
东经88度轨道位置的中新2号卫星C频段,东森亚洲(台湾)频道消失,设置3648 H 5000参数无效接收。 [7月31日]
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Channel 17、Alif TV(孟加拉)等4个频道新增,设置12513 V 17200参数免费接收。 [7月31日]
东经88度轨道位置的中新2号卫星Ku频段,中视新闻(高清)频道改格式,设置11668 H 30000参数免费接收。 [7月31日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,福州电视(中国)频道消失,设置3667 V 7119参数无效接收。 [7月31日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-1、Star Movies(老挝)等全组频道重现,设置10850 H 45000参数免费接收。 [7月30日]
东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,Fight Sports替换Fashion One(印尼)频道,设置3560 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [7月30日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,Eurosport(亚太)频道消失,设置11629 H 28800参数无效接收。 [7月30日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,DN9 AZ Shop替换VTV Huyndai(VTC)频道,设置11135 H 9600参数免费接收。 [7月30日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,MV Lao、Fiye(MPEG-4)等全组频道消失,设置11130 H 30000参数无效接收。 [7月30日]


ViaSat chosen for Australian SATCOM

From http://www.c4isrnet.com/c2-comms/satellites/2017/08/01/viasat-chosen-for-australian-satcom/

ViaSat has been selected by prime contractor Northrop Grumman to deliver a wideband SATCOM network management system to support home station and deployed forces of the Australian Defense Force.

ViaSat has been chosen by Northrop Grumman for an Australian satellite communications project.

ViaSat will support the Australian Defense Force’s Joint Project 2008 Phase 5B2, which aims to deploy an integrated wideband SATCOM system for the ADF. ViaSat will provide ground stations and dual-band Wideband Global SATCOM satellite earth terminals.

“Specifically under the 5B2 Program, prime contractor Northrop Grumman will work with ViaSat to deliver a satellite ground station at Kapooka Military Area, Wagga Wagga in New South Wales and a wideband SATCOM network management system to support home station and deployed forces,” according to a ViaSat news release.

“Since 2012, ViaSat has been working as the prime contractor for the nbn satellite service ground system, which is a very similar system to that required by the ADF,” said Colin Cooper, general manager for government and defense at ViaSat Australia.

SES suffers major satellite glitch

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/08/01/ses-suffers-major-satellite-glitch/

An aging SES satellite, NSS-806, has lost 12 transponders. It is the second major glitch to hit SES in barely a month. In mid-June AMC-9 was completely lost along with its 48 transponders.

This latest mishap mainly affects cable distribution in Latin America. NSS-806 operates from 47.5 degrees West. Remarkably, the satellite has been an outrageous success for SES, having been launched in February 1998 – and owned initially by Intelsat – and is now some 7 years beyond its designed life. The satellite was built by Lockheed-Martin.

SES revealed the problem on July 28th during its results announcement, and said its capacity loss would impact SES revenues to the tune of some €7 – €9 million. SES said that the impact from the lost capacity would by short.

The satellite was acquired by SES as part of its purchase of New Skies Satellite from Blackstone Group, a private equity investment company, for $1.16 billion in December 2005.

However, the loss or impact of the capacity on these two satellites is a worry. For example, the well-publicised failure of AMC-9 and it lost revenues of some €15-€18m and the less publicised problems on NSS-806 (representing a revenue loss of €7-€9 million) prompted Sami Kassab, a leading analyst at investment bank Exane/BNP-Paribas, suggesting that “30 per cent of all satellites on the SES fleet have encountered technical anomalies, the highest rate in the industry.” If correct, this is not the sort of performance reliability that would generate confidence in any business.

Sea Launch to be modernized for Russia's Soyuz-5 carrier rocket

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Sea_Launch_to_be_modernized_for_Russias_Soyuz_5_carrier_rocket_999.html

"We hope [to carry out first launches of Soyuz-5 by 2022] by modernizing the launch sites of Baikonur and modernizing the existing launch capabilities of the Sea Launch," Komarov said in an interview with Rossiya 24 channel.

The Sea Launch international spacecraft launch service will be modernized to be suited for launches of Soyuz-5 medium-launch carrier rocket, the director general of Russia's Roscosmos state space corporation, Igor Komarov, said on Saturday.

The Soyuz-5 is expected to deliver to orbit Russia's new Federation spacecraft, designed to deliver up to four people and cargo to the Moon and space stations in low Earth orbits. The first unmanned test flight of the Federation has been scheduled for 2022, while the maiden manned flight is expected in 2024.

"We hope [to carry out first launches of Soyuz-5 by 2022] by modernizing the launch sites of Baikonur and modernizing the existing launch capabilities of the Sea Launch," Komarov said in an interview with Rossiya 24 channel.

In June, the head of Russia's S.P. Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation (RSC) Energia, Vladimir Solntsev, said that Soyuz-5 launches would be integrated for the Sea Launch project, possibly followed by launches from the Vostochny Space Center in Russia's Far East.

Sea Launch was formed in 1995 as a consortium of four companies from Norway, Russia, Ukraine and the United States, and was managed by US aerospace giant Boeing.

The project aimed to use a floating launch site to place rockets on the equator - the best possible location for launch - which gives the rocket additional speed on lift-off thanks to centripetal force caused by Earth's rotation. The company was purchased by Russia's S7 Group in September 2016.

PSSI Global Services Achieves Record Multipath-Satellite-Transmission Speed for NASCAR Productions

From http://www.sportsvideo.org/2017/08/01/pssi-global-services-achieves-record-multipath-satellite-transmission-speed-for-nascar-productions/

PSSI Global Services successfully transmitted a 10-path, multiplexed, HD feed via satellite from Toledo, OH, to Charlotte, NC, and then back to Toledo in 1.09 seconds for NASCAR Productions. This unprecedented, low-latency transmission surpasses any known speeds previously achieved via satellite, according to PSSI.

Executed for NASCAR Productions for the live presentation of a recent ARCA Racing Series event, the transmission involved two satellite hops, production switching, two HD encode sessions and two HD decode sessions. To accomplish all of this while reducing latency, PSSI Global Services leveraged the latest encoding and decoding technology from Ericsson.

“This could be one of the most significant improvements in the technical development of at-home production services,” says Steve Stum, NASCAR’s Vice President of Operations and Technical Production. “Specifically for us, it clearly sets a strong foundation for the future of our at-home production events.”

The results of this two-way transmission show that PSSI Global Services can achieve a one-way transmission in less than 500 milliseconds. This includes the inherent delay of about 240 milliseconds that occurs in all satellite communications due to the distance of approximately 44,500 miles that a signal must travel to get from Earth to a satellite and back.

“Maximizing transmission throughput while lowering overall latency is the holy grail of live television transmission,” says Brian Nelles, PSSI Global Services’ Senior Vice President. “This transmission is a huge accomplishment because it not only proves that satellite can compete with fiber in terms of both reduced latency and multi-camera timing, but also means we are now able to provide a faster-than-ever solution for our clients.”

India looks to more launches with new facility from 2018

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/India_looks_to_more_launches_with_new_facility_from_2018_999.html

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will get a major capacity boost from early 2018 as an additional launch pad is fast nearing completion. With the new launch pad, ISRO can achieve its target of sending 12 rockets into space in a year from the seven at present.

Currently, Indian space scientists use two launch pads of the Indian satellite launching station located at Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota. "In addition to enabling a significant increase in the launch frequency from the existing two launch pads, the SVAB can also cater to the requirements of a third launch pad at Sriharikota in future," Jitendra Singh added.

"A second vehicle assembly building (SVAB) is being established at the Second Launch Pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota to overcome the limitation in the number of vehicles that can be assembled and integrated in a year, which is expected to be ready by the beginning of next year," Jitendra Singh, India's Minister of State for Space, said in the Rajya Sabha.

As the country needs more communication satellites, ISRO had asked the government for additional launch pad. In 2013, the government approved funds for a second vehicle assembly building.

With the increased frequency, ISRO can make more money from launching a service business which is expected to grow to at least $14.5 billion in the next decade. According to Euroconsult's latest report, over 6,200 small satellites are expected to be launched over the next 10 years.

"The total market value of these small satellites could reach $30.1 billion in the next 10 years, up from $8.9 billion over the previous decade," said Maxime Puteaux, Senior Consultant at Euroconsult and editor of the report.

ISRO has set a target to reduce the cost of a satellite launch manifold with the reusable rocket whose next phase of tests will begin in the next year.

Amazon Prime takes ATP tennis from Sky

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/08/01/amazon-prime-takes-atp-tennis-from-sky/

Amazon Prime has won the UK rights to the ATP World Tour from Sky. The deal will make Amazon Prime Video the home for practically all top men’s tennis other than the four grand slams.

Amazon has beaten Sky, whose five-year contract ends in 2018, with a bid thought to be worth as much as £10 million (€11.2m) a year. Sky, which is understood to have paid about £8m a year for its current deal, is not thought to have matched the amount it bid last time to try and secure the new deal.

The contract covers the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 and Masters 500 events from around the world, including tournaments in Monte Carlo, Madrid, Paris, Miami, Indian Wells and Shanghai.

Amazon’s move is its first major live TV sports rights deal outside the US and potentially. Sky and BT are preparing for the bidding to renew their £5.14bn Premier League rights early next year.


Sorry no Tuesday update


Sunday morning feeds

Asiasat 5 4174 H Sr 7200 "GCUK Enc5" Golf Daily hightlights show

Asiasat 5 3874 V Sr 7200 "World feed ETP"

Asiasat 5 3729 H Sr 14400 Fec 3/4
"world Feed"

"Unite Feed"

Asiasat 5 3916 H Sr 7200 "KT_SNG(3)_MAIN" unite concert

Asiasat 5 3867 H Sr 7500 "US Girls Champ PRI" Womans Golf

From my Email

From Owen

Asiasat 5 3760 H 26000 Lotus movie channel is reporting that their channel on the old frequency (3880 H 27500) will stop on 3 September 2017.


From the Dish

Palapa D 113.0E 4080 H "Light TV" has started on , Fta. Holla and Sinema Indonesia have left.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3769 H "Probashi Bangla TV" has left .

ABS 2 75.0E 12533 V U, Fashion TV Russia, Telekanal Nadezhda, TNT, LDPR TV, Krasnaya Liniya, Game Show, Konniy Mir, TV 3, Pyatnitsa!, TNT 4, Bolshaya Aziya, TRO, Telekanal Zvezda, InterAz, Telekanal 2x2 and Moy Mir have started on , Fta.

Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 11097 H KTRK Sport, Ala Too 24, Mir +4, KTRK, Madaniyat, Muzika, Balastan, El TR and NTS have started on , Fta.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3725 H "Travel & Tourism Channel" has started on , Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,Fight Sports替换Fashion One(印尼)频道,设置3560 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [7月30日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,Eurosport(亚太)频道消失,设置11629 H 28800参数无效接收。 [7月30日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,DN9 AZ Shop替换VTV Huyndai(VTC)频道,设置11135 H 9600参数免费接收。 [7月30日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,MV Lao、Fiye(MPEG-4)等全组频道消失,设置11130 H 30000参数无效接收。 [7月30日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Shalini Plus替换M K News(印度)频道,设置3805 H 28500参数免费接收。 [7月30日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,Cau Tho(VTC)频道消失,设置11088 V 28800参数无效接收。 [7月30日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Lumen Network(印尼)频道消失,设置4007 V 7890参数无效接收。 [7月30日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,OK Inaia替换LTV(印度)频道,设置3689 H 15000参数免费接收。 [7月30日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星C频段,满满通、K Plus 2(高清)频道加密,设置3435 V 9000参数有条件接收。 [7月30日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Cinemachi Kids(巴基斯坦)频道加密,设置3751 V 2333参数有条件接收。 [7月30日]

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,BBTV 7 HD(泰国)频道新增,设置11170 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [7月29日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,LNTV3(泰国)频道消失,设置11170 H 30000参数无效接收。 [7月29日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,Film 2、TCM(泰国)频道消失,设置12604 H 30000参数无效接收。 [7月29日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Bharat samachar(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3805 H 28500参数免费接收。 [7月29日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Network 10替换Ashirwad(MPEG-4)频道,设置3805 H 28500参数免费接收。 [7月29日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Zonet Zawlbuk(印度)频道消失,设置3949 H 3673参数无效接收。 [7月29日]
东经65度轨道位置的Amos 4号卫星Ku频段,Preview(尼泊尔)频道新增,设置10915 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [7月29日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Sahara One(印度)频道消失,设置11735 H 44000参数无效接收。 [7月29日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,Hua Hin World TV(泰国)频道解密,设置11680 H 30000参数免费接收。 [7月29日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Asean(菲律宾)频道新增,设置12531 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [7月29日]


AsiaSat 9 set for 28 September launch

From Press Release

Hong Kong, 31 July 2017 – AsiaSat 9, AsiaSat’s most powerful satellite, is set for launch on 28 September Moscow time 09:50pm (29 September Baikonur time 00:50am, Hong Kong time 02:50am) on a Proton M/Breeze M rocket from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan after being in storage at Space Systems Loral’s facility with its Pre-ship Review passed in April.

AsiaSat 9, Asia’s next generation satellite, will replace AsiaSat 4 at 122 degrees East longitude. Designed with innovative and cutting edge features, this new satellite will deliver significantly improved performance and higher efficiency for customers’ services.
New services on AsiaSat 9 include the world’s first dedicated Ku-band Myanmar beam and the new Ku-band Indonesia and Mongolia beams, in addition to two enhanced Ku-band beams serving Australasia and East Asia, and a C-band footprint that offers wider high-power coverage over Asia, Australasia and the Pacific region. AsiaSat 9’s five Ku-band beams are equipped with cross-strap beam switching capability to provide flexible coverage.
“We are excited to announce the launch date of the AsiaSat 9 mission following the long-awaited return of Proton’s service and its recent successful launch in June. With our newest satellite AsiaSat 9, we are primed to serve existing customers and new users as we reach a new milestone, presenting more cost-efficient opportunities, enhanced quality and faster services for applications through mobility, broadband data networks, and DTH services. As we have broadened our scope and innovated to provide advanced satellite solutions, we are confident in the opportunities satellite services create for future broadcasting and communications throughout the Asia-Pacific region,” said Andrew Jordan, President and Chief Executive Officer of AsiaSat.
Manufactured by Space Systems Loral, AsiaSat 9 is an SSL 1300E satellite equipped with 28 C-band and 32 Ku-band transponders, and a Ka-band payload. Unique features onboard the AsiaSat 9 spacecraft include the most powerful C-band TWTA at 110 watts, combined with special filter design to achieve higher bandwidth for higher throughput, an increase of 23% across wider coverage; fitted hall effect thrusters and star tracker to achieve higher stability and reliability in satellite operation, and better performance at the edge of beam coverage.

About AsiaSat

Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), the leading satellite operator in Asia, serves over two-thirds of the world's population with its six satellites, AsiaSat 3S, AsiaSat 4, AsiaSat 5, AsiaSat 6, AsiaSat 7 and AsiaSat 8. The AsiaSat satellite fleet serves both the broadcast and telecommunications industries. Over 700 television and radio channels are now delivered by the company's satellites offering access to more than 830 million TV households across the Asia-Pacific region. AsiaSat’s next satellite, AsiaSat 9 is planned to be launched in September 2017. AsiaSat is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Asia Satellite Telecommunications Holdings Limited, a company listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (Stock Code: 1135). For more information, please visit www.asiasat.com

Media Contacts:
Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited
Winnie Pang, Manager, Marketing Communications | Tel: (852) 2500 0880 | Email: wpang@asiasat.com

Australia’s Secret Military Base: The Pine Gap “Stealth” Anniversary Party

From http://www.globalresearch.ca/australia-secret-military-base-the-pine-gap-stealth-anniversary-party/5601636

It all happened without much fuss, since fuss was bound to be the enemy. Dignitaries, guests and various partners lined up for a gathering at Alice Springs in Australia’s Northern Territory on Saturday, commemorating the secret base’s half-century.

The Alice Spring News Online described it, not inaccurately, as a “stealth party”. The Convention Centre hosting the dinner was tight lipped throughout the week about the guest list. “Unfortunately the details of this weekend’s event are not available for public release.”[1] Not for residents in Alice Springs; not for the electors, or even the politicians. This would be an imperial, vetted affair.

A sense about how the base functions in a defiant limbo, one resistant to Australian sovereignty, can be gathered in various ways. The local federal member, Chansey Paech, whose constituency hosts the base, was not invited. Senator Nigel Scullion’s query about the exclusion of media from the event was rebuffed by the Defence department, with the Defence Minister keen to hold the line against her own colleague.[2]

The Institute for Aboriginal Development (IAD), charged with supplying the indigenous “welcome to country” gathering at such bashes, seemed less than pleased to supply details. When the intrepid Alice Springs News Online dared ask, the CEO Kerry Le Rossignol responded with a dismissive “No comment”.

On July 25, a Defence spokesperson insisted that,

“The Joint Defence Facility Pine Gap is proud to commemorate its 50th anniversary. However, celebrations are restricted to site personnel and invited guests only.”

Power without perusal; might, without scrutiny.

The Australian press corps haven been subjected to a drip feed process over the years about what, exactly takes place at the US base, hungrily consuming morsels like indigent urchins. This is a “joint” facility in name only, but it does have Australian personnel running the low-grade coffee errands. Vassals have their uses, and should be reminded of them.

The Nautilus Institute for Security and Instability has been keeping a keener eye than most on this, notably through the eagle-eyed Richard Tanter. In an introductory overview on Pine Gap, its ongoing, updated report on the base notes the following:

“Pine Gap is perhaps the most important United States intelligence facility outside that country, playing a vital role in the collection of a very wide range of signals intelligence, providing early warning ballistic missile launches, targeting of nuclear weapons, providing battlefield intelligence data for United States armed forces operating in Afghanistan and elsewhere (including previously in Iraq), critically supporting United States and Japanese missile defence, supporting arms control verification, and contributing targeting data to United States drone attacks.”[3]

The report pegs Pine Gap’s role to three operational functions, with the original one still being primary: a station for geosynchronous signals intelligence (SIGINT) satellites developed under the auspices of the Central Intelligence Agency. Originally, these were intended to focus on the testing of Soviet missiles. One estimate puts the number of radomes and satellite dishes at Pine Gap at 38.

The second features a function acquired in late 1999, when the base became a Relay Ground Station for detecting missile launches, including Overhead Persistent Infrared (OPIR) which now includes a Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS).

The third is its interception function (foreign satellite/communications satellite), acquired in the first decade of 2000. The Nautilus report notes that two 23-metre dishes appropriate for COMSAT SIGINT Development (Sigdev) were installed within the 30-metre radomes at the end of 1999 and early 2000.

All this cut, dried and smoked material conveys the relevance of Australia’s continued geographical role as a dry goods merchant for Washington. It supplies the isolation and the means for the US imperium as officials in Canberra keep mum about the sheer extent Pine Gap operates. It also supplies the bloodied hand that assists US-directed drone strikes in theatres where neither Washington nor Canberra are officially at war. Australia remains America’s glorified manservant.

These are just a few points that have galvanised a small but vocal movement insisting on the closure of the base. Protests have also centred on disrupting, to use the words of James Brennan from Disarm, “the activities of the US war machine in Australia and on Aboriginal land.”[4]

At various stages, prosecutions on charges of trespass under the Defence (Special Undertakings) Act 1952 have also been mounted, though the effort in 2007 was laughed out of court by the presiding judge, Daynor Trigg, who deemed the statute “a bit of nonsense”. The defendants were duly acquitted by the Northern Territory Criminal Appeals Court, who quashed attempts by prosecutors to seek a retrial.

As late as last year, six self-proclaimed “peace pilgrims” received the attention of authorities for sporting musical instruments and pictures depicting war casualties onto the base.[5] Their fate may be similar to those in 2007: to make the charges stick, evidence on the function of Pine Gap would have to be adduced. The veil would be lifted; secrecy would abate.

What is more pressing for the Canberra apparatchiks is what a base like Pine Gap does in the context of spats with other powers which Australia shares ties with. The China rise is particularly problematic, given the teeth-gnashing belligerence being shown over maritime disputes.

Even as Chinese nationals purchase Australian real estate, tremors between Washington and Beijing can be felt as the base celebrates its half-century. A happy birthday it would have been, but only for some.

ViaSat to deliver SATCOM equipment to ADF

From https://www.shephardmedia.com/news/digital-battlespace/viasat-deliver-satcom-equipment-adf/

ViaSat has been selected by Northrop Grumman as a partner in the delivery of a next-generation satellite communications (SATCOM) network to the Australian Defence Force (ADF), the company announced on 26 July.

Under Joint Project 2008 Phase 5B2 - a large multi-phase project to deploy an integrated wideband SATCOM system for the ADF - ViaSat will provide ground stations and dual-band Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) satellite earth terminals.

The ground station will be located at the Kapooka military area, Wagga Wagga in New South Wales.

Colin Cooper, general manager, government and defence, ViaSat Australia, said: ‘Since 2012, ViaSat has been working as the prime contractor for the nbn satellite service ground system, which is a very similar system to that required by the ADF.’

Northrop Grumman was selected to build the ground stations and network management systems - which will be integrated into the WGS constellation of highly capable, secure military communications satellites - earlier in July.

Crime pays for SBS as ‘the free Netflix’

From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/media/broadcast/crime-pays-for-sbs-as-the-free-netflix/news-story/286f463dfd04db88e2210a2f794777a4

Suddenly, as the digital streaming revolution has created what’s become known as “Peak TV”, SBS On Demand has become a major competitor to Foxtel, Netflix, Stan and the rest, to the chagrin of its competitors, chan­nel­ling its advertising profits into the acquisition of major new shows. Already dubbed by some “the free Netflix”, the streamer has experienced its best-­performing weeks on record, led by the exclusive Australian premiere of acclaimed dystopian drama The Handmaid’s Tale.

To build on this premium programming option, SBS ­recently launched Crime Time, complete seasons of exclusive international dramas that have been dropping every Thursday this month and continuing into September. Titles come from France, Spain, Sweden, Germany and, somewhat surpris­ingly, Canada, with the recent premiering of the snowbound hard-boiled cop procedural ­Cardinal. And classy it is, too.

“In a digitally led future, we are focused on delivering content accessible anytime across multiple devices, ensuring SBS On Demand remains Australia’s most distinctive streaming service, ” SBS On Demand general manager Abigail Thomas said on the release of the new shows.

There’s so much irony at work here, given SBS was once the channel we could never find on our remotes and we hated the subtitles when we finally arrived there. Now it’s a haven if you can’t afford Foxtel, and a refuge from the free-to-airs and their mendacious, mediocre reality formulas, and the vacuity of the other streamers once you have seen all their relatively sparse original content.

For years, SBS featured hard-boiled crime series and edgy dramas that were famous in Europe only to largely disappear on the public broadcaster, except for the rapt attention of hardcore fans of the novels on which they were largely based. Now the broadcaster has slowly created a streaming channel specialising in the best of international political skulduggery, crime and espionage, and all of them have a disconcerting sense of place.

It’s one of the main reasons we have become so committed to SBS On Demand. Anyone who devours crime fiction addictively knows that place is a crucial constituent in crime fiction, part of the visceral escapist fun of reading novels or watching TV’s proliferating dramas. And one of the reasons we keep coming back.

We now seem completely at home with subtitles, which have been with the cinematic industry since 1903’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin, in one form or another. And, as an audience, we finally seem willing to accept cultural and linguistic diversity not only as acceptable but as a desirable part of our viewing experience.

China drives APAC OTT TV and video boom

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/07/31/china-drives-apac-ott-tv-and-video-boom/

Asia Pacific OTT revenues from TV episodes and movies will reach $24.41 billion (€27.28bn) in 2022; triple the $8.27 billion recorded in 2016, according to analyst firm Digital TV Research. The total will increase by nearly $3 billion in 2017 alone.

China will command half of the OTT revenues for the 22 countries covered in the Asia Pacific OTT TV & Video Forecasts report by 2022; rising from just over a third of the 2016 total. China and Japan together will account for two-thirds of the region’s total revenues by 2022.

Advertising revenues on OTT sites and SVoD revenues are running neck-to-neck. SVoD will be the leader in 2017 and 2018, but AVoD will regain the crown from 2019. China will supply 61 per cent of the region’s AVoD revenues by 2022 – or $7.27 billion.

Asia Pacific SVoD revenues will climb from $3.388 billion in 2016 to $9.09 billion in 2022. China will overtake Japan to become the SVoD revenue leader in 2017.

Digital TV Research forecasts 234 million SVoD subs by 2022, up from 91 million in 2016. China will have 139 million SVoD subs (59 per cent of the region’s total) in 2022. India and Japan will together account for another 50 million, leaving only 44 million divided between the remaining 19 countries.

A quarter of the region’s TV households will subscribe to an SVoD package by 2022, up from just over a tenth at end-2016.

Thaicom Signs Telecom Service Deal with iSAT Africa

From https://www.developingtelecoms.com/tech/satellite-networks/7221-thaicom-signs-telecom-service-deal-with-isat-africa.html

iSAT Africa is providing a key East African customer fully managed satellite telecommunications services including satellite backup of its fibre network via a new agreement with Thaicom.

Under the agreement, Thaicom will provide Internet Protocol (IP) connectivity via the THAICOM 6 satellite in the case of fibre network outages. The full-time, managed service will enable iSAT Africa to provide their client with a fully redundant and highly available backup solution for the provision of uninterrupted broadband services.

Patompob (Nile) Suwansiri, Chief Commercial Officer at Thaicom, said: “We have seen an increase in the need for reliable and cost-effective satellite communications in Africa. Therefore, we intend to continue expanding our reach and providing our clients with the best possible solution for their business requirements.”

“ISAT is at the forefront of innovation, while offering flexible managed services across Africa and other parts of the world in the field of VSAT, Broadcasting, Voice, GSM Backhaul and Fibre. Data demand throughout the world is being driven by the increased popularity of connected devices—and Africa is going in the same direction. Satellite services are playing a key role in the development,” said Munish Sharma, Chief Operating Officer with iSAT Africa.

Sharma added: “Satellite is ideal to extend iSAT’s fibre network via Internet Protocol in Africa to places that are not connected to terrestrial networks”. Currently, the group’s fibre networks cover Africa, Europe, Asia and America.

The managed internet backbone and related services provided by Thaicom are based on a point-to-point satellite link between Thaicom’s designated teleport and our customer’s remote site, thus providing uninterrupted access to the network.

SpaceX valued at $21.2bn

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/07/31/spacex-valued-at-21-2bn/

SpaceX has just raised $351 million (in its Series H fund-raising operation) and this values the rocket business at an impressive $21.2 billion (€18.06bn), a significant 76 per cent increase in value since its previous round of cash-raising, back in 2015 when the business was valued at “just” $12 billion.

The details were published by Space Intel Report (SIR) and based on data from Equidate which permits shareholders to measure the value of their stakes in what are privately traded businesses.

SIR cautions on the valuation, which it states is “anyone’s guess” and reminding readers that whether shareholders would receive the $135 per share that the valuation represents is an unknown quantity, and a launch failure could impact that valuation.

Nevertheless, Elon Musk, SpaceX’s founder and main backer, has a certain profile and mostly favourable press. But SpaceX’s new valuation is about double that of its arch-rival Arianespace.


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update


Maori Television has started testing on DTT on their own mux testing in 1080 HD.Try a rescan if you don't see it

From my Email


From the Dish

ChinaSat 6B 115.5E 4040 H "CBN ITV" is back on , Irdeto.

AsiaSat 5 100.5E "SET News" has moved from 12353 H to 12356 H, Fta
AsiaSat 5 100.5E 12458 H "TVBS and TVBS News" have left.

From asiatvro site

东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,PPV SD(Cignal)频道重现,设置11656 H 18750参数有条件接收。 [7月28日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,DTV Dornogovi(Ddish TV)频道新增,设置12272 H 33333参数有条件接收。 [7月28日]
东经52.5度轨道位置的Al Yah 1号卫星Ku频段,IR TV RZ1替换Ava TV(伊朗)频道,设置11958 V 27500参数免费接收。 [7月28日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,QYOU替换CGTN Documentary(环宇卫视)频道,设置12711 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [7月28日]
东经52.5度轨道位置的Al Yah 1号卫星Ku频段,Hadi TV 1(外语)频道重现,设置12073 V 27500参数免费接收。 [7月28日]
东经52.5度轨道位置的Al Yah 1号卫星Ku频段,On TV、News One(MPEG-4)等全组频道消失,设置11862 H 27500参数无效接收。 [7月28日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,中国电影替换Smart(华人卫视)频道,设置12719 V 45000参数免费接收。 [7月28日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-9替换安徽卫视(华人卫视)频道,设置12521 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [7月28日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-娱乐替换龙华经典(华人卫视)频道,设置12719 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [7月28日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,中国电影替换陕西卫视(华人卫视)频道,设置12719 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [7月28日]

东经52.5度轨道位置的Al Yah 1号卫星Ku频段,Hadi TV6(伊朗)频道新增,设置11900 H 27500参数免费接收。 [7月27日]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,IBC 13替换Asian Food Channel(梦幻卫视)频道,设置12470 V 25600参数有条件接收。 [7月27日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,东森电影、光影欧洲(环宇卫视)等全组频道加密,设置12461 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [7月27日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,国家地理、探索频道(环宇卫视)等全组频道加密,设置12401 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [7月27日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,龙翔时代、天映经典(环宇卫视)等10个频道加密,设置12461 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [7月27日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,光影欧洲、凤凰中文(环宇卫视)等全组频道解密,设置12461 H 45000参数免费接收。 [7月27日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,CNN、DW(环宇卫视)等全组频道解密,设置12401 H 45000参数免费接收。 [7月27日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,V2H2、V2H30(测试)等30个频道新增,设置11600 H 30000参数免费接收。 [7月27日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Daati Ahsas TV(印度)频道消失,设置4184 V 21600参数无效接收。 [7月27日]

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Bangkok Thonburi Channel(泰国)频道解密,设置3440 H 26666参数免费接收。 [7月26日]


Iran Launches Satellite Into Space, Heightening Concerns About ICBM Program

From http://www.thetower.org/5262-iran-launches-satellite-into-space-heightening-concerns-about-icbm-program/

Iran successfully launched a rocket carrying a satellite into space, reviving concerns about its intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) program, Iranian state media reported on Thursday.

The launch of the “Simorgh” rocket was first reported by YJC.ir, a website linked to Iranian state television, the Associated Press reported. Critics “fear the same technology could be used to produce long-range missiles” capable of hitting the United States, the AP noted.

In an analysis written last year, arms control expert Jeffrey Lewis explained that the technology employed by Iran’s Simorgh rocket appears to be the same used in North Korea’s Unha SLV series, which the U.S. intelligence community has concluded “could be used for an ICBM-class vehicle” capable of carrying nuclear weapons to the U.S.

Last year, following the launch of two ballistic missiles, Brig. Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the Aerospace Division of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, boasted that Israel was within the range of Iran’s missiles. “The reason we designed our missiles with a range of 2000 km is to be able to hit our enemy the Zionist regime from a safe distance,” he said.

Iran has continued testing ballistic missiles since implementing the 2015 nuclear deal, in defiance of the United Nations Security Council resolution that formalized the accord. Under Security Council resolution 2231, Iran is “called upon not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology.”

The bipartisan Countering Iran’s Destabilizing Activities Act of 2017, which targets Iran’s non-nuclear aggression, passed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee 18 to 3 in May. The bill seeks to impose sanctions on Iran for its ballistic missile program, its support for terror, and its human rights violations.

Google studying 3.7-4.2 GHz band for variety of applications

From http://www.fiercewireless.com/wireless/google-studying-3-7-4-2-ghz-band-for-variety-applications

Google examined the FCC's database on ground satellite sites in the U.S. and found it gravely lacking in accuracy.

The 3.7-4.2 GHz band is substantially underused by the satellite industry and Google is studying how more intensively the band could be used for a variety of applications, including point-to-multipoint deployments.

“We think that point-to-multipoint could be deployed in the band very rapidly even given the existing fixed satellite service earth stations that exist in the band, and that the band could also be used for other things,” said Google’s Spectrum Engineering Lead Andrew Clegg during a Tuesday panel session hosted by the Open Technology Institute in Washington, D.C.

“One of the things to remember here is it’s 500 megahertz worth of spectrum in 3.7 to 4.2 GHz,” and to put that into perspective, that’s more bandwidth than the cellular, PCS, AWS-1, AWS-2, AWS-3, the 600 MHz and both 700 MHz bands combined, he said.

The topic of the panel was the 3.7-4.2 GHz band—one of the bands the FCC will consider at its open August meeting when it contemplates a Notice of Inquiry in several spectrum bands. The Broadband Access Coalition filed a petition for rulemaking with the FCC last month calling on the commission to authorize a new, licensed, point-to-multipoint (P2MP) fixed wireless service in the 3700-4200 MHz spectrum band, and several coalition members were represented on Tuesday’s panel.

RELATED: Mimosa, Cincinnati Bell among those pushing for new rules for 3.7-4.2 GHz band

And while the American Library Association may sound like an unlikely ally, panelist Ellen Satterwhite, policy fellow at the association, said broadband has become a mission-critical service for libraries across the country. There are 120,000 libraries in America—public, academic, law and schools—and what unites them all is broadband is mission-critical. “What used to be nice to have is now so integrated into how libraries serve their communities and also what people have come to expect” that the library association got involved and signed onto the Broadband Access Coalition’s petition.

But before anything gets done in the 3.7-4.2 GHz band, interest is very high in “cleaning up” the FCC’s database that is supposed to show where ground-based fixed satellite service (FSS) equipment is located and approved to operate. Google examined the database and found that 29% of the sites didn’t exist; however, that doesn’t include sites that may no longer be operational because the imaging technology doesn’t provide that level of detail.

“We think that one of the first steps to examining the use of 3.7 to 4.2 GHz would be a clean up of the database” and get an accurate picture of the satellite sites that exist and that really require protection, Clegg said.

As for protecting the satellite dishes, from Google’s experience designing a Spectrum Access System (SAS) and Environmental Sensing Capabilities (ESC) to deal with the military incumbents in the CBRS band, coming up with a system for 3.7-4.2 GHz would be far easier. In the 3.5 GHz CBRS band, the military’s radar along coastlines must be protected, but the military is never going to tell the spectrum administrators exactly where they’re located as that’s classified information. “We have to sense them and avoid them,” Clegg said. With the satellite dishes, their location can be known and thereby easier to protect in a spectrum sharing scenario.

Similar to the 3.5 GHz band, mobile operators could insist on long-term licensing scenarios for the 3.7-4.2 GHz band, but Jeff Kohler, co-founder of Rise Broadband, said he doesn’t think the mid-bands like 3-4 GHz are great for mobile operators.

“I think the mobile use for this band would be for urban hotspot" applications to address discreet capacity issues that operators are facing, rather than for carrying critical traffic, he said. Whereas in a fixed environment, it’s prime grade spectrum—there’s a lot of it available and it has the right propagation characteristics that it can be put to good use quickly.

Brian Hinman, CEO and co-founder of Mimosa Networks, said the concept of “flexible use” spectrum that has been talked about at the FCC for a while now is a “complete fallacy.” If the spectrum came up for auction, “they [wireless operators] would pay the big dollars” and use it for infill and providing better capacity in dense urban areas, but the economics don’t work out for a “flexible use.” Flexible use ultimately doesn’t happen because when operators pay that kind of money for the spectrum, they can’t afford to provide affordable service for consumers who need fixed access at home. And the U.S. would lose the opportunity to have a competitive market for fixed access if it were to go that route.

Of course, the satellite industry is very interested in protecting its incumbent users and that was not lost on the panelists. Kalpak Gude, president of the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance, said the satellite players are not going away, but their business is changing. While he believes global harmonization is important, trying to find more ways to share with incumbents is a much faster, more effective way of making spectrum more available and better utilized than trying to clear incumbents from a band.

A representative from ViaSat was in the audience and noted that ViaSat has been promoting shared spectrum for several years. But spectrum is clearly underutilized in not only satellite bands but in cellular and certain places in the Wi-Fi bands, he said, suggesting that the real solution to interference is cognitive radios that are smart enough to move to other bands when they need to avoid interference.

Sky’s “strong year” and 8% revenue growth

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/07/27/skys-strong-year-and-8-revenue-growth/

UK pay-TV giant Sky has reported a “strong year” and a 10 per cent increase in this year’s revenues, to £12.9 billion (€14.44bn), with Q4 operating profit up 8 per cent to £455 million.

Sky says that it has won 686,000 new customers (including Germany and Italy) and takes its subscriber total to 22.5 million, with 77,000 new subs in Q4. While just outside the 12-month results, Sky says it passed the 5 million threshold in Germany in July.

In the UK there are now more than 1 million homes with its latest Sky Q set-top box. Its Sky+Pro offering for Germany and Austria is reaching 460,000 homes.

ARPU for the UK is flat (£47 vs £47 last year) although ARPU for Germany/Austria fell from €35 to €34. Italy was flat at €42.

Churn is up, however. UK churn is 11.5 per cent (11.2 per cent last year), while Germany/Austria is up significantly at 12.6 per cent (9.9 per cent last year) although Italy has improved at 9.1 per cent (11.1 per cent last year).

Jeremy Darroch, group CEO, stated: “Sky’s growth and development has continued to be strong in 2017. We have driven a 10 per cent increase in revenue on a comparable 52 week basis to £12.9 billion despite market headwinds. Operating profit is excellent, down £97 million despite additional Premier League costs and investment in new businesses, with particularly strong results in Germany & Austria and Italy where operating profit increased by £115 million. As we exit a year of investment, we returned to profit growth in the fourth quarter with operating profit up 8 per cent and EPS up 19 per cent.”

“Looking ahead we have a strong set of growth plans for the year. We will be increasing investment in Sky originals by 25 per cent as we build on our track record for producing world-class entertainment. We will make the customer experience ever better as we roll out Sky Q to Italy, Germany and Austria while also launching Sky Q without the need for a satellite dish. We are creating 300 new technology roles to further enhance our capability to deploy in and out-of-home streaming platforms. Sky Mobile will continue to scale up as we take advantage of the headroom in our customer base and offer our customers more Sky products. Loyalty will be recognised and rewarded through a new tenure-based loyalty programme in the UK, building on the outstanding success of a similar programme in Italy. We will continue to identify opportunities to reach new customers through the recently launched new portfolio of channels and pricing to drive growth in Sky Sports UK and we intend to launch a simple and affordable OTT service in Spain. We will do all this while continuing to execute against our operating efficiency plans.”

Darroch’s statement added: “We enter 17/18 in a strong position with significant growth potential. Despite the broader consumer environment remaining uncertain, we are confident of delivering on the plans we’ve laid out as we continue to give our customers the best content, great products and industry leading service.”

“We have significant plans to further develop and improve the customer viewing experience in each of our territories. Today, we have announced that Sky Soundbox, our brand new all-in-one sound system for use with Sky Q, Sky+ and standalone TVs, will launch later this year to transform the TV sound experience for customers. We will introduce Sky Q into Italy and Germany & Austria later this year and will continue to enhance Sky Q features and functionality. We have a strong pipeline including voice control and greater personalisation, building Sky Q’s position as one of the world’s leading TV platforms. We will also launch our Sky TV service without the need for a satellite dish, opening up new headroom for growth by giving people who can’t or won’t have a dish on their property the Sky Q experience.”

Premier League awarded High Court Blocking Order

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/07/27/premier-league-awarded-high-court-blocking-order/

As part of its biggest ever crackdown on the illegal streaming of its content, the English Premier League has obtained a High Court Order that will require UK Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to block servers that are hosting illegal streams of its matches.

The Order – which will be in place for the entire 2017/18 Premier League season – will allow the League to further combat the sale and use of illicit streaming devices, including pre-loaded IPTV and so-called ‘Kodi’ boxes.

A similar Order was obtained for the final two months of the 2016/17 season and was highly effective, with more than 5,000 server IP addresses blocked that had previously been streaming illegal Premier League content.

The League’s anti-piracy efforts have also contributed to a range of prominent apps and add-ons being closed down as the law catches up with them, leading to consumers who have purchased illegal pre-loaded streaming devices being out of pocket.

“This blocking Order is a game-changer in our efforts to tackle the supply and use of illicit streams of our content,” said Premier League Director of Legal Services, Kevin Plumb. “It will allow us to quickly and effectively block and disrupt the illegal broadcast of Premier League football via any means, including so called ‘pre-loaded Kodi boxes’.”

“The protection of our copyright, and the investment made by our broadcast partners, is hugely important to the Premier League and the future health of English football. The ability that clubs have to develop and acquire talented players, to build and improve stadiums, and to support communities and schools is all predicated on being able to market, sell and protect commercial rights. We are pleased the Courts have recognised this with the granting of this significant blocking Order,” he concluded.

Trio jailed over illegal satellite TV boxes

From http://www.ecns.cn/2017/07-26/266726.shtml

Three men who made more than 12 million yuan ($1.8 million) by selling unlicensed set-top boxes to receive overseas TV signals have been jailed by the Minhang District People's Court.

Under Chinese law, use of overseas satellite signals must be licensed to allow censoring of content.

They were jailed between five years and six-years-and-nine-months and each was fined more than 200,000 yuan.

Two of the men, surnamed Wu and Wan, from Fujian Province, were coworkers. They started to sell set-top boxes in March, 2013. Wu provided funds, while Wan offered technical support.

The two found a factory to make the boxes and sold both online and offline. Before they were caught in January, 2016, they had made more than 8.6 million yuan, the court said.

The third man, Wang, from Wu's home town, joined the lucrative business in March, 2014.

He bought boxes from Wu and sold them on his store on popular online marketplace Taobao. He made about 3.5 million yuan and was caught in December, 2015.

Panasonic IFEC for Air China

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/07/26/panasonic-ifec-for-air-china/

Air China, the flag carrier and one of the major airlines of the People’s Republic of China, has selected in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) solutions from Panasonic Avionics for its fleet of Airbus A350 aircraft.

Under the terms of the agreement, Panasonic will provide its eX3 in-flight entertainment for 10 Air China A350 aircraft. The first of these aircraft will be delivered in December 2017. By selecting eX3, Air China will offer a unique passenger experience that includes audio and video on demand, a content library that can offer up to 300 movies, 200 TV shows, games, music, a moving map, and more.

Hideo Nakano, Chief Executive Officer of Panasonic Avionics Corporation, said: “We are honoured to partner with Air China on its A350 programme. Because the airline’s route structure includes very long flights to all seven continents, it needed an IFEC solution that would help keep passengers entertained and offer new opportunities for it to generate revenue. With eX3, Air China will offer its passengers a memorable experience that lets them watch movies and television, listen to music or connect to their favourite social media applications like WeChat. The reliability, performance and flexibility of eX3 and our connectivity service makes it an ideal choice for these aircraft.”


Sorry no Thursday update due to a lack of time. Back on Friday



From my Email


From the Dish

JCSAT 3A 128.0E 12733 H "Nat Geo Wild Japan" has left .

JCSAT 4B 124.0E 12343 H "InstrucTV" has left .
JCSAT 4B 124.0E 12373 H "Kayo Pops" has left .
JCSAT 4B 124.0E 12418 V "Victory Channel" has left .
JCSAT 4B 124.0E 12538 V "National Geographic Japan, Nat Geo Wild Japan and Japan Leisure Channel 682 HD" have started on , Multi.
JCSAT 4B 124.0E 12628 V "Music On! TV" has left .
JCSAT 4B 124.0E 12643 H "Fighting TV Samurai!" has started
JCSAT 4B 124.0E 12703 H "Live 530" has started on , Fta.
JCSAT 4B 124.0E 12703 H "DHC Theater" has left .
JCSAT 4B 124.0E 12718 V "Nihon Eiga Senmon Channel and Toei Channel" have started on ,Multi.
JCSAT 4B 124.0E 12733 H "Power Plat's" has started on , Multi.

Koreasat 5 113.0E 12470 V "IBC 13 has replaced Asian Food Channel" on , encrypted.

Palapa D 113.0E 3808 V "Sinema Indonesia" has left .
Palapa D 113.0E 3908 H "Ummat TV Quran" has left again.
Palapa D 113.0E 4080 H "Sinema Indonesia has replaced Lejel Home Shopping" on , Fta.

ChinaSat 10 110.5E 3560 V "Fight Sports has replaced Fashion Television Asia" on , encrypted.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3750 V "Isaac TV" has left again.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3902 V "Message TV" is back on , Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4155 H "Hum News" has left .
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3820 V "Zee Salaam" has left .
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3860 V "Star Sports First" has started on , Videoguard.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3902 V "Message TV" has left .
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4065 H "Uni TV" has left .

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3700 V "Kazakh TV" is back on , Fta.

G-Sat 15 93.5E 11050 V "Evergreen Classics" has started on , Conax.

ST 2 88.0E 3648 H "ETTV Asia, Asia Travel, EBC News (encrypted) and Food Planet" have started on , Fta.

Horizons 2 84.8E 12160 H "IQ Shop" has left .

Insat 4A 83.0E 3725 H "ABN Network" has left .
Insat 4A 83.0E 4133 H "Max Vision has replaced Lord Buddha TV" on , FTA

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3440 H "Bangkok Thonburi Channel and Thai CCTV" have started on, BISS.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 4120 H "55 Channel" has left .

Apstar 7 76.5E 3769 H "Zoom Vision" has left .
Apstar 7 76.5E 3920 H "Animax Asia" has left .

ABS 2 75.0E 3700 V "SET Metro, SET International and SET Finance" have left.
ABS 2 75.0E 3740 V "MTV Taiwan, SET Taiwan and SET News" have left .

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3712 H "Sony Ten 1, Ten Cricket, Sony Ten 2 and Sony Ten 3 have left . Ten Sports Pakistan" is now encrypted.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 3922 V "India TV" is encrypted again.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4182 H "Management Today" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12522 V "Last Hour Miracle TV" has left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12562 H "Fire TV and Temple TV have started on , clear. RLW TV, Olive TV, DD TV, Anointed TV, Smile TV and LM TV English" have left.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12602 V "WordBase TV and God's Chapel TV" have started on , Fta. StarCross BCS TV, Signs and Wonders TV and Lifewalk TV have left.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12682 V "Breakthru TV" has left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12682 H "Greater Life TV and Grace TV have started on , clear. Christ Power TV, Shiloh TV and ROV TV" have left.

Intelsat 17 66.0E 3876 H "Madhimugam TV" has started on , Fta.
Intelsat 17 66.0E 3876 H "Khoj India" has left .
Intelsat 17 66.0E 3932 H "Tora TV" has started on , Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,光影欧洲替换Cinemax Asia(环宇卫视)频道,设置12401 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [7月26日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,PPV SD(Cignal)频道消失,设置11656 H 18750参数无效接收。 [7月26日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,PPV HD(Cignal)频道消失,设置11627 H 20000参数无效接收。 [7月26日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Program 003、Program 006(菲律宾)等5个频道加密,设置4180 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [7月26日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Five HD(高清)频道重现,设置3585 V 30000参数免费接收。 [7月26日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,探索频道、TLC(菲律宾)高清频道新增,设置3760 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [7月26日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Golf HD(高清)频道消失,设置12461 H 45000参数无效接收。 [7月26日]
东经115.5度轨道位置的中星6B号卫星C频段,风云音乐、第一剧场(中数传媒)等频道加密,设置4060 V 27500参数有条件接收。 [7月26日]

东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,湖南国际、凤凰资讯(中文)等全组频道解密,设置10850 H 45000参数免费接收。 [7月25日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Zoom Vision(孟加拉)频道消失,设置3769 H 13333参数无效接收。 [7月25日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Zoom Vision(孟加拉)频道消失,设置3769 H 13333参数无效接收。 [7月25日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星C频段,满满通(老挝)等频道重现,设置3435 V 9000参数免费接收。 [7月25日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星C频段,CCTV-9、KBS World(老挝)等全组频道消失,设置3622 H 30000参数无效接收。 [7月25日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,TCL(测试)频道新增,设置3780 V 30000参数免费接收。 [7月25日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,天映频道、星河频道(老挝)等全组频道加密,设置10850 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [7月25日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Smart Movie & Music(泰国)频道加密,设置3480 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [7月25日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Bangkok Thonburi Channel替换France 24(泰国)频道,设置3440 H 26666参数有条件接收。 [7月25日]
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Magna TV(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置11251 H 1000参数无效接收。 [7月25日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,New Channel(泰国)频道消失,设置3520 H 28125参数无效接收。 [7月25日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Ten2 HD、Ten3 HD(高清)频道新增,设置3931 H 9600参数有条件接收。 [7月25日]


Speedcast buys UltiSat for $100m

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/07/25/speedcast-buys-ultisat-for-100m/

Fast-growing Australian satellite uplink and TV facilities company Speedcast is buying Maryland-based UltiSat for “up to $100 million” spread over two years. UltiSat has a teleport in Blaavand, Denmark.

The purchase price is based on the financial achievements of UltiSat this year and into 2018. The core price is $65 million, with additional potential payments of $20 million and $15 million, according to the company.

Speedcast was owned by AsiaSat of Hong Kong and spun off in an IPO in 2012.

UltiSat is a leading provider of remote communications and professional services to governments, in particular the US government, and to international government organizations (IGOs) and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). The acquisition strengthens Speedcast’s position in the government and NGO sectors, complementing Speedcast’s government activities in Australia, Asia, Europe and Latin America.

“The acquisition of UltiSat extends Speedcast’s position serving government and NGO customers, at a time when we expect government spending to rise. UltiSat has built a really strong reputation providing remote communications and professional services to key customers, such as the US government and IGOs,” said Speedcast CEO Pierre-Jean Beylier.

Speedcast bought Harris CapRock last year for $425 million in cash. The company’s aim is to be one of the ‘Top 5’ satellite service providers in the world.

Fetch TV to broadcast UFC in Australia

From https://www.mediaweek.com.au/fetch-tv-broadcast-ufc-australia/

Fetch offers subscribers UFC in 13-channel package

Fetch offering subscribers UFC in 13-channel package for $6 monthly plus PPV fights at $50 per event

UFC, the mixed martial arts organisation, and Fetch TV have announced a new broadcast partnership.

The partnership, which also allows Fetch to brand itself as the “Official Broadcaster of the UFC” in Australia, will launch in time for UFC 214: Cormier vs Jones 2 on Sunday July 30, available via the platform on pay-per-view.

Subscribers to Fetch will get live UFC event access and over 150 hours of UFC studio programming.

The sport remains on Fox Sports in Australia, which is also an “Official Broadcaster of the UFC”. Fox Sports maintains its content on its Fox Sports channels while PPV events continue to be available exclusively in licensed venues via Fox Sports and Foxtel will be continuing to offer UFC PPV events to residential customers too.

Joe Carr, UFC senior vice president, international and content, said: “We are excited to be in business with Fetch TV to grow our broadcast offering in Australia.

“Fetch’s sizeable subscriber base, along with its comprehensive network of ISP and retail partners, offers UFC a unique opportunity to extend our distribution footprint to reach new fans and continue the dramatic growth of UFC’s brand and the sport of MMA in Australia.”

Scott Lorson, CEO of Fetch TV, added: “We are extremely proud to welcome UFC to the Fetch family. Today’s announcement represents another major enhancement to our overall content offering, with more to come.

“Led by the phenomenal success of the UFC, the sport of MMA continues to grow in popularity and we are delighted to offer our subscribers an outstanding MMA offering in Australia, and to do so at unprecedented value.”

Under the deal, Fetch will offer subscribers access to numbered UFC pay-per-view events priced at $49.99 per event. UFC 214: Cormier vs Jones 2 on Sunday July 30 will feature three UFC championship title fights including the rematch between former Olympic wrestler Daniel Cormier and maligned MMA prodigy Jon “Bones” Jones, for the light heavyweight title.

UFC Fight Night events and preliminary bouts to numbered pay-per-view events will be offered via Fetch TV’s exclusive EDGEsport channel, supported by related magazine programming.

EDGEsport, which also includes the action sports Skate, Motocross, BMX, Ski and Snowboard, Rallycross and more, is available in the Fetch Vibe Pack of 13 channels for an affordable $6 per month.

Thaicom to Establish Pay-TV Platform in Laos

From http://www.satellitetoday.com/broadcasting/2017/07/24/thaicom-establish-pay-tv-platform-laos/

Thaicom has signed a transponder leasing agreement with MV International Company (MVI), a Thai broadcaster and Direct-to-Home (DTH) platform operator, to establish a pay-TV platform in Laos. Under the multi-year agreement, MVI has signed a contract for Ku-band capacity on the Thaicom 8 satellite.

According to Thaicom Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) Patompob (Nile) Suwansiri, satellite-enabled telecommunications infrastructure development is essential to the realization of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ (ASEAN) goal of economic integration.

With a total of 24 Ku-band transponders covering Thailand, South Asia, and Africa, Thaicom 8 is supporting the broadband industry’s high demand for capacity as it transitions from Standard Definition (SD) to High Definition (HD) to Ultra-HD. The satellite is co-located with Thaicom 5 and Thaicom 6 at 78.5 degrees east longitude.

MX1 Supported National Geographic’s ‘Earth Live’ Broadcast

From http://www.tvtechnology.com/news/0002/mx1-supported-national-geographics-earth-live-broadcast/281481

Provided live feeds from 10 different locations

GERMANY—Viewers of National Geographic’s “Earth Live” broadcast on July 9 got to go globe-trotting across the planet with the help of media services company MX1. The company did so by providing live satellite transmission and production support in 10 of the broadcast’s 28 locations around the world.

MX1 was set up at locations in Fiji, Australia, Ethiopia, Alaska, Brazil, Finland, Thailand and India. In addition, MX1 was also used by All Mobile Video/Chelsea Television Studios/AMV Gateway Teleport to transmit feeds from the remote locations to AMV’s studios in New York City for live studio integration with the broadcast.

With the help of partners like Telstra Broadcast Services, Mobilelinks, CAT Telecom, DSC, Planetcast, Videe, and JA Satellite, MX1 was able to streamline the real-time broadcast operations.

The 10 locations featured uplinks and flyaways to support National Geographic’s transmission requirements. Over the course of the event, more than 15 hours of test and live feeds were transmitted and seven feeds were statmuxed at MX1 facilities and delivered to AMV.

“Earth Live” aired on July 9.

Russian pay-TV market rises somewhat in Q2

From https://www.telecompaper.com/news/russian-pay-tv-market-rises-somewhat-in-q2--1205189

Russian pay-TV market totaled 41.65 million households at the end of June, according to a study from TelecomDaily agency. The increase totaled 270,000 households quarter-on-quarter. Penetration of pay-TV services amounted to 73 percent; the average ARPU was RUB 152.

Satellite-TV operator TricolorTV led the market with 12.21 million households in its subscriber base. Rostelecom followed with 9.55 million worth of customers. The numbers for operators Orion, ER-Telecom and MTS were 3 million, 2.97 million and 2.77 million, respectively. The top-5 operators held 73 percent of the market.

The most in-demand pay TV technology in Russia is satellite TV, according to Denis Kuskov, the CEO of TelecomDaily. Aside from the short-term reduction in satellite TV growth, the pay TV infrastructure in Russian regions is still underdeveloped. IPTV’s growth is very slow because main operators are not rushing to invest in regional infrastructure projects, except for Rostelecom.

Dangerous devices seized in anti-piracy raid

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/07/25/dangerous-devices-seized-in-anti-piracy-raid/

Trading standards officers in the inner-London Borough of Westminster have led a successful operation that seized a cache of potentially dangerous illegal TV streaming devices.

The joint operation between Westminster Trading Standards, National Crime Agency, the Government Agency Intelligence Network (GAIN) and with intellectual property protection organisation FACT (Federation Against Copyright Theft), seized more than 40 illegal streaming devices during the raid.

The TV streaming devices were being sold online using multiple accounts on a popular retail website. The device pages advertised their ability to watch copyrighted material for free. These streaming devices resemble other commercially available media players, but use illegal software to help users easily stream pay-for-view content such as TV show, channels, sports, and the latest films.

This investigation not only found that these devices provide illegal content, but also lack UK electrical safety measures making them potentially dangerous for users.

A 53-year-old man operating out of the W2 postcode was taken to Charing Cross Police Station and Trading Standards are investigating criminal charges under the Fraud Act and the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act.

“Stopping this individual may prevent the distribution of hundreds of these potentially dangerous devices across Westminster and the rest of the country,” noted Councillor Antonia Cox, Westminster Cabinet Member for Public Protection and Licensing. “This Westminster Trading Standards led operation would not have been possible without the cooperation of FACT and GAIN, and we will continue to work together to stamp out online piracy in the City. These illegal media players may look harmless but they operate outside all the regular safety checks, and could pose a risk of electrocution or fire. By buying these gadgets you may be cheating actors and creatives out of their earnings, and even worse you could cause an electrical fire in your own home.”

“This arrest is another step forward in disrupting the sale of illegal streaming devices,” declared Kieron Sharp CEO of FACT. “You may think there is nothing wrong with having one of these devices and streaming premium pay-for channels for free, such as live sports, however this is illegal and you are breaking the law. Don’t be fooled by devices that offer you the latest Hollywood films and premium pay-for-view sports for no charge – if you want to watch this kind of content we strongly advise you go directly to the official provider to ensure you don’t fall foul of the law.”

A GAIN spokesperson said: “Working in partnership, sharing intelligence lawfully and efficiently, the GAIN aims to ensure that government agencies along with Law Enforcement will help reduce serious and organised crime, in the most cost effective way. This action is an excellent example of adopting a multi-agency approach.”

Facebook acquires Source3 to combat video piracy

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/07/25/facebook-acquires-source3-to-combat-video-piracy/

In a move that will help it keep track of illegally-shared content on its platform, Facebook has acquired intellectual property start-up Source3.

Announcing the deal on its official website, Source3 founders Patrick F Sullivan, Benjamin Cockerham and Scott Sellwood, said: “Today, we wanted to let everyone know that we’ve decided to continue our journey with Facebook. We’re excited to bring our IP, trademark and copyright expertise to the team at Facebook and serve their global community of two billion people, who consume content, music, videos and other IP every day.”

The exact terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Source3 was initially a 3D printing rights management company, but expanded its scope to branded intellectual property that might have been stolen and shared on the Internet. In 2015, it raised more than $4 million in seed funding led by Contour Venture Partners.

Italy loses €1.2bn per year from piracy

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/07/25/italy-loses-e1-2bn-per-year-from-piracy/

The overall annual impact of film and TV piracy on the Italian economy is estimated at €1.2 million of lost revenue, resulting in an €427 million contraction of GDP and 6,540 lost jobs.

The figures are from research conducted by Ipsos and commissioned by the Italy’s Federation for the Protection of Audiovisual and Multimedia Content (FAPAV).

An estimated 39 per cent of Italians have, at least once in 2016, illegally watched movies, series or TV programmes, with nearly 669 million acts of piracy committed. The Italian digital pirate is typically male, self-employed and educated.

Movies are the most pirated content: by 33 per cent of the adult population, with more than 370 million acts of piracy (over half the estimated total). However, movie piracy has dropped by 4 per cent (from 37 per cent in 2010).

The piracy of TV series and TV programmes has, however, increased sharply: from 11 per cent from 13 per cent respectively in 2010 to 22 per cent and 19 per cent today.

Digital is the main type of piracy (33 per cent of the Italian population) and has grown over the past six years. This is especially true for movie piracy, which has seen a 78 per cent increase since 2010. During the same period, physical and indirect piracy dropped by 81 per cent and 50 per cent, respectively.

BitTorrent sites and Cyberlocker are the main tool for piracy, while IPTV streaming is still a marginal phenomenon.


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APSTAR7@76.5 East TP 4128 V Sr 4600 Fec 2/3 MPEG4 DVB S2 8psk
Nagorik TV HD is testing FTA Sid 1 Vpid 33 (H264) Apid 34

Monday feed

Asiasat 5 3936 V Sr 7500 8psk "Pol 068 T1" Mens Beach Volleyball USA vs Germany

Asiasat 5 3865 H Sr 3550 "Speedway SWE"

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Asiasat 5 3876 H Sr 7500 "LPGA Marathon PRi" Golf

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D1 12742 V Sr 7500, FTA AFl
D1 12634 V Sr 7200, FTA AFL
D1 12652 V Sr 7200, FTA AFL

Asiasat 5 3914V Sr 7120 "David 1" WTA Tennis

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From the Dish

JCSAT 2B 154.0E 12496 H Shinnyo-en is still on , Fta

Palapa D 113.0E 3988 H "TV Maubere" has started on , Fta.

ChinaSat 10 110.5E 3520 V "EBC Yoyo, ETTV Asia and ETTV Asia News" are now encrypted.
ChinaSat 10 110.5E 3560 V "Gem TV Asia and Zee Bioskop" are now encrypted.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3902 V "Diamond TV has replaced God Bless TV" on ,Fta

Insat 4A 83.0E 11010 H "Star Gold India and Movies OK" have left .

ABS 2 75.0E 11853 V "360°" has started on , encrypted.
ABS 2 75.0E 11913 V "Tvoy Dom" has started on encrypted.OTS has left.
ABS 2 75.0E 12153 V "Match! Arena" has started on , encrypted.

From asiatvro site

东经65度轨道位置的Amos 4号卫星Ku频段,DH Movie替换Plus Movie(MPEG-4)频道,设置10861 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [7月24日]
东经65度轨道位置的Amos 4号卫星Ku频段,Sony ESPN、Select 2 HD(Dish Home)频道新增,设置10790 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [7月24日]
东经65度轨道位置的Amos 4号卫星Ku频段,Select 1 HD替换FX HD(高清)频道,设置10736 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [7月24日]
东经65度轨道位置的Amos 4号卫星Ku频段,Sony Pix(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置10736 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [7月24日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,山西卫视、陕西卫视(数码天空)频道消失,设置12416 V 45000参数无效接收。 [7月24日]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,Madhimugam TV(印度)频道新增,设置3876 H 14300参数免费接收。 [7月24日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Hair Makeup(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置3740 V 30000参数无效接收。 [7月24日]

东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Kazakh TV(DVB-S2)频道重现,设置3700 V 30000参数免费接收。 [7月23日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星C频段,Lightning PUL、Pet Club TV HD(澳洲)等全组频道加密,设置3496 V 23260参数有条件接收。 [7月23日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Zee Zindagi(印度)频道消失,设置3820 V 27500参数无效接收。 [7月23日]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,Rujumargam TV替换Mu Odia TV(印度)频道,设置3894 H 13840参数免费接收。 [7月23日]

东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,Star Sports First替换Multiplex(印度)频道,设置11550 V 29500参数免费接收。 [7月22日]

东经57度轨道位置的新天12号卫星C频段,Canal 24 Horas(英语)频道新增,设置4096 R 30000参数免费接收。 [7月21日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,MBC Music替换Jeju MBC(SkyLife)频道,设置12290 H 29500参数有条件接收。 [7月21日]
东经84.8度轨道位置的Horizons 2号卫星Ku频段,Mir 24、Spas(俄罗斯)等4个频道解密,设置12160 H 28800参数免费接收。 [7月21日]
东经84.8度轨道位置的Horizons 2号卫星Ku频段,Samrujlok HD(HEVC)频道新增,设置11903 V 30000参数免费接收。 [7月21日]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,Tora TV(测试)频道新增,设置3932 H 18330参数免费接收。 [7月21日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Indosatpay(印尼)频道新增,设置3808 V 10000参数免费接收。 [7月21日]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星C频段,Perviy Obrazovatelniy(高清)频道改格式,设置3675 L 17500参数免费接收。 [7月21日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Kids Plus(SkyLife)频道新增,设置11785 L 21300参数有条件接收。 [7月21日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Thai CCTV替换Rainbow TV(泰国)频道,设置3440 H 26666参数有条件接收。 [7月21日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,MBC替换KBS TV 1(SkyLife)频道,设置11785 L 21300参数有条件接收。 [7月21日]


Scripps launches HGTV in South Korea

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/07/24/scripps-launches-hgtv-in-south-korea/

Scripps Networks Interactive has announced the continued expansion of global home and lifestyle channel HGTV in South Korea. Immediately available, HGTV has launched in HD on KT olleh tv as the first-ever regional channel dedicated exclusively to the growing home and lifestyle category in Korea.

“HGTV is highly regarded as the preeminent destination for home-related content around the globe, with the interest in and demand for such programming only continuing to grow,” said Leena Singarajah, Managing Director, Asia, Scripps Networks Interactive. “We have seen HGTV garnering great success in Asia and are confident that it will be welcomed by audiences in Korea.”

“Scripps Networks Interactive offers a robust lifestyle channel portfolio that have worldwide appeal. We are certain that the launch of HGTV on KT is a great way for Korean audiences to become familiar with the high quality and diverse lifestyle content that the channel has to offer,” added Ari Park, Head of Distribution at LYD Networks, who secured the carriage of the channel on the platform.

beIN Sports back on UAE screens

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/07/24/bein-sports-back-on-uae-screens/

July 22nd saw beIN Sports channels return to screens in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The channels have been dark since the June 5th diplomatic dispute started between the UAE and Saudi Arabia with fellow-Qatari broadcaster Al-Jazeera.

“We would like to advise that starting 22 July 2017, the BeIN package will be available to customers and normal charges will apply,” Etisalat told subscribers to its eLife TV package in message. “The provision of the BeIN package will be subject to an ongoing review,” the message added. Du, the UAE’s other telco-based pay-TV provider, put its BeIN channels back online at the same time.

However, while sports fans in the UAE are partially satisfied (the channels are still not on OSN, the main regional DTH operator) there is no sign of either Al Jazeera or the Baraem TV news channels reappearing anytime soon.

Intelsat joins anti-SpaceX satellite move

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/07/24/intelsat-joins-anti-spacex-satellite-move/

Intelsat wants US the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to block – at least for the time being – SpaceX’s plan to girdle the Earth with more than 4400 mini-satellites.

Intelsat has said to the FCC that the SpaceX scheme needs more study in order to check that its satellites would not interfere with those already orbiting and using the same frequencies as those proposed by SpaceX. In detail, Intelsat is arguing that it is far from clear that SpaceX’s plan to lower or switch off its transmissions when there is a risk of interference are adequate.

Intelsat’s letter to the FCC, states: “The [FCC] rules makes clear that experimental licences must operate solely on a secondary basis to licensed services. SpaceX, therefore, has the obligation to operate without causing interference to licensed or authorized services, such as the Ku-band services operated by Intelsat and others. SpaceX boldly claims ‘interference with other systems is very unlikely.’ Yet its confidentiality request masks so much material that it is impossible for any satellite operator to judge whether its operations can be protected, as required by [FCC rules]”.

Intelsat’s letter of objection further demands: “As a minimum, before Intelsat can assess the interference potential of the SpaceX MicroSats, it will need to know several additional, but withheld parameters. For example, it will need to understand the satellites’ beam width, orientation, off-axis gain, number of antennas, beam pointing and switching mechanism, whether the beams remain on even outside the range of the receiving station, and earth station azimuth and elevation angles when communicating with the satellites. Additionally, Intelsat will need to understand the satellite orbital parameters.”

Aerospace giant Boeing, as well as SES/O3b of Luxembourg are also objecting to SpaceX’s overall plan.

SpaceX is seeking approval to launch 1600 satellites within the 6-year FCC mandated time-frame, and is itself seeking permission to extend that 6-year obligation to complete its fleet.

Other would-be satellite operators are also objecting to SpaceX’s plans. For example, OneWeb, which has already started building its initial ‘pilot’ batch of satellites in Toulouse, France, is saying that some of SpaceX’s satellites would be travelling too closely to its own fleet and within 28 kilometers of OneWeb’s orbiters.

Intelsat, which a couple of months ago, had hoped to be merging with OneWeb, still has an investment stake in OneWeb.

Man arrested in illegal STB crackdown

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/07/24/man-arrested-in-illegal-stb-crackdown/

Police in the UK Midlands city of Derby have executed a warrant as part of a crackdown on devices that illegally stream subscription services, in a joint investigation with intellectual property protection organisation FACT (Federation Against Copyright Theft).

The warrant took place on Tuesday July 18th as part of ongoing work to stop the use of the illegal set-top boxes, which are tampered with to enable them to offer a range of premium subscription services such as Sky TV and BT Sport without paying for them.

A large amount of cash was seized during the warrant, along with various pieces of electronic equipment.

A 29-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of fraud, money laundering and copyright offences and has been released under investigation while inquiries continue.

“This collaboration between Derbyshire Police and FACT is another step forward in disrupting the sale of illegal streaming devices,” declared Kieron Sharp CEO of FACT. “People may think there is nothing wrong with having one of these devices and streaming premium pay-for channels for free, such as live sports. However, this is illegal and you would be breaking the law. Don’t be fooled by devices that offer you the latest Hollywood films and premium pay-for-view sports for no charge. If you want to watch this kind of content, we strongly advise you go directly to the official provider to ensure you don’t fall foul of the law,” he advised.

30 US pay-TV providers testing 4K delivery with SES

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/07/24/ultra-hd-gains-momentum-in-the-us/

With an additional nine TV operators joining SES’s Ultra HD trials, a total of 30 US pay-TV providers, with a combined audience of more than 10 million subscribers, are now testing SES’s 4K content delivery platform across their distribution networks.

The latest wave of pay-TV system operators to ink Ultra HD trial agreements with SES includes:

•Alliance Communications, an Internet, phone and cable TV operator serving subscribers in South Dakota and Minnesota;
•Cincinnati Bell, a leading telco in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky;
•Douglas County Community Network, an ultra-high-speed broadband and IPTV provider in the state of Washington;
•Hotwire, a national telecom provider;
•Midco, a regional provider of triple play services in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Kansas;
•Midwest Video Solutions (MVS), a multi-service provider in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois;
•Oneida Telephone Exchange, a triple play service provider operating in Oneida, Illinois and Rio, Illinois;
•Skitter TV, a national IPTV systems innovator; and
•South Dakota Networks (SDN), an enabler of IPTV for 19 telcos in South Dakota.

Among the 30 operators on SES’s 4K platform, three have already initiated commercial linear Ultra HD services in subscriber homes via SES’s end-to-end solution: Marquette-Adams Communications in Wisconsin, Highlands Cable Group in North Carolina, and, most recently, EPB Fiber Optics in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

SES’s all-in-one Ultra HD platform combines satellite distribution services, reception gear, and the world’s largest 4K Ultra HD channel line-up, featuring Fashion One 4K, Travelxp 4K, 4KUNIVERSE, NASA TV UHD, INSIGHT TV, UHD1, C4K360, Funbox UHD, Nature Relaxation 4K and SES’s UHD demonstration channel.

“The turnkey SES Ultra HD platform is home to some of the largest and smallest cable and IPTV providers in the region, who are leveraging the scalability and reliability of satellite to differentiate themselves in a competitive market with the ultimate television experience,” said Steve Corda, Vice President of Business Development at SES Video, SES’s global media business unit. “Momentum continues to build as SES accelerates the delivery and commercial availability of Ultra HD services throughout North America, and we expect more cable and IPTV providers to join the trio of operators who have already launched their commercial Ultra HD services using our platform.”

“Hotwire is well positioned to be the first to market with exciting new Ultra HD services later this year, as a result of our Ultra HD trials with SES,” said Jonathan Bullock, Vice President of Corporate Development and Government at Hotwire Communications. “The SES Ultra HD platform is easy and fast to deploy on our all-fibre network, allowing us to provide the best 4K channel line-up virtually overnight.”

“SES’s Ultra HD solution is tailor-made to meet our subscribers’ demand for the best television experience available and our strong desire to be among the first to market with the world’s leading 4K offering,” said Michael Agostinelli, CEO at Skitter. “Skitter now has a clear competitive advantage as we make an exciting leap toward a commercial launch of Ultra HD services in our customers’ homes.”


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update



From my Email


From the Dish

ABS 6 159.0E 3913 V Fix & Foxi, Rotana Music, Rotana Cinema and Al-Resalah have started on , Irdeto.

ChinaSat 6B 115.5E 4040 H "CBN ITV" has left

Apstar 7 76.5E 3769 H "Music Choice TV" has left .

Intelsat 17 66.0E 3894 H "Rujumargam TV" has started on , Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,MBC Music替换Jeju MBC(SkyLife)频道,设置12290 H 29500参数有条件接收。 [7月21日]
东经84.8度轨道位置的Horizons 2号卫星Ku频段,Mir 24、Spas(俄罗斯)等4个频道解密,设置12160 H 28800参数免费接收。 [7月21日]
东经84.8度轨道位置的Horizons 2号卫星Ku频段,Samrujlok HD(HEVC)频道新增,设置11903 V 30000参数免费接收。 [7月21日]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,Tora TV(测试)频道新增,设置3932 H 18330参数免费接收。 [7月21日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Indosatpay(印尼)频道新增,设置3808 V 10000参数免费接收。 [7月21日]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星C频段,Perviy Obrazovatelniy(高清)频道改格式,设置3675 L 17500参数免费接收。 [7月21日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Kids Plus(SkyLife)频道新增,设置11785 L 21300参数有条件接收。 [7月21日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Thai CCTV替换Rainbow TV(泰国)频道,设置3440 H 26666参数有条件接收。 [7月21日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,MBC替换KBS TV 1(SkyLife)频道,设置11785 L 21300参数有条件接收。 [7月21日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Animax(香港)频道消失,设置3920 H 28340参数无效接收。 [7月21日]


Brightcove brings TVNZ to Chromecast

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/07/21/brightcove-brings-tvnz-to-chromecast/

Brightcove, a global provider of cloud services for video, has enabled TVNZ, New Zealand’s leading free-to-air broadcaster, to launch its video streaming service on Google Chromecast.

“We want to make TVNZ the online destination of choice for New Zealanders for free long form video, so we’re investing to ensure we’re delivering the content and the user experience our viewers are looking for. Our viewers will now be able to watch their favourite shows on Chromecast with the same ease and superior experience as they would if watching it direct from their TV,” said Greg Montgomery, GM Technology at TVNZ. “The revamped TVNZ app brings together Live TV and OnDemand viewing. It’s now a single destination for our video content available across platforms and devices. Brightcove has been a critical part of making this possible.”

Malaysia: Chinese Super League goes OTT with Sportsfix

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/07/21/malaysia-chinese-super-league-goes-ott-with-sportsfix/

Sportsfix, the new Asean focused OTT live streaming sports platform, has acquired the rights to the Chinese Super League (CSL) in Malaysia.

Sportsfix delivers local, regional and international sports content to mobile devices.

“We are very excited to add the Chinese Super League as one of our key content partners. Our service is very focused on football fans and the CSL is one of the most exciting Leagues in the world right now. We could not have asked for a better way to kick off, then with a top of the table clash this weekend; Shanghai SIPG vs Guangzhou Evergrande. This match is about two big name Coaches with Andre Villas-Boas vs Felipe Scolari as well as Brazilian National Team players on both sites with Hulk, Oscar and Paulinho. I am thrilled to watch this match on our platform,” commented Marcus Luer, Executive Chairman of Sportsfix.

“Sportsfix delivers targeted live sports content to a broad range of Sports fans across the region. We want to become the go-to place for sports fans in Asean,” added Luer.

Cleanup Time: Russia Launches Satellite to Remove Space Junk from Orbit

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Cleanup_Time_Russia_Launches_Satellite_to_Remove_Space_Junk_from_Orbit_999.html

"The satellite will test aero-braking techniques that could be used in removing space junk from our planet's orbit," Yershov explained.

A new satellite developed by a group of students at the Moscow State University of Mechanical Engineering has been fitted with metallic reflectors and will be able to remove space junk circling the Earth. Radio Sputnik talked to the head of high technology developing at 12-Digital, Nikita Yershov. The probe is part of a flotilla of 73 artificial orbital bodies aboard the Soyuz rocket, which was launched last Friday.

When asked about the functions the new satellite, dubbed Mayak, and about the hopes and expectations regarding its launch and deployment, Nikita Yershov said there were some scientific goals and utilitarian ones too.

"The satellite will test aero-braking techniques that could be used in removing space junk from our planet's orbit," Yershov explained.

The space probe, whose name translates as "beacon," is expected to be one of the brightest objects in the sky. One downside of this could be the so-called "light pollution" of the sky though.

Yershov allayed these fears saying that the Mayak will certainly not be as bright as the sun or the moon - rather like stars, artificial satellites or other man-made objects circling our planet. Speaking about the future projects they have in mind, Nikita Yershov said that, apart from the aero-braking tests they are going to perform in orbit, they were now thinking about other useful things the Mayak could do in the future.

"Of course, we'll do something bigger, more exciting and more important things as we go," Yershov said.

Astronomers have solved the mystery of 'strange signals' that appeared to come from a star 11 light-years away

From https://www.businessinsider.com.au/ross-128-red-dwarf-radio-signals-not-extraterrestrials-2017-7?r=US&IR=T

The Arecibo Radio Telescope began collecting data for SETI in 1999.

Astronomers who detected “strange signals” that appeared to come from a small, dim star have finally gotten to the bottom of the mystery.

Researchers first picked up what they now call the “Weird!” signal on May 12 using the Arecibo Observatory, a huge radio telescope built inside of a Puerto Rican sinkhole. (It’s famous for appearing in the alien sci-fi movie “Contact”.)

The signals appeared to come from Ross 128, a red dwarf star located about 11 light-years from Earth. The star is about 2,800 times dimmer than the sun and not yet known to have any planets.

Abel Méndez, an astrobiologist at the University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo, told Business Insider on July 14 that the star was observed for 10 minutes, during which time the signal was picked up and observed to be “almost periodic.”

While Méndez and astronomers at the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute highly doubted that alien life was responsible, they wanted to be certain — so they began a new round Arecibo observations on Sunday, July 16.

The ‘Weird!’ signal detected by Arecibo Observatory.

The fresh data took nearly a week to download from Arecibo’s servers and analyse, and what they found won’t please any alien-hunting hopefuls.

“The best explanation is that the signals are transmissions from one or more geostationary satellites,” Méndez and his Arecibo colleagues wrote in a release provided to Business Insider.

Geostationary satellites orbit the Earth from about 22,236 miles high, which keeps them hovering over the same exact spot on the planet’s surface. At the same time, however, they can hover very close to stars that astronomers are studying for extended periods of time.

“This explains why the signals were within the satellite frequencies and only appeared and persisted in Ross 128; the star is close to the celestial equator where many geostationary satellites are placed,” the astronomers said.

The history behind the mystery

While Arecibo is known for its role in efforts to search for signals from aliens, it’s also great for looking at distant galaxies and pinging near-Earth asteroids.

Méndez always thought the signal was more likely from something humans put in space, and in particular a geostationary satellite (which turned out to be the case).

“The field of view of [Arecibo] is wide enough, so there is the possibility that the signals were caused not by the star but another object in the line of sight,” Méndez said, adding that “some communication satellites transmit in the frequencies we observed.”

What made this hunch hard to prove, however, was that he’d “never seen satellites emit bursts like that,” and called the signals “very peculiar” in a July 12 blog post.

At the time, one other leading explanation was a stellar flare, or outburst of energy from the star’s surface.

Such bursts from the sun travel at light-speed, emit powerful radio signals, and can disrupt satellites and communications on Earth, as well as endanger astronauts.

Solar flares can also be chased by a slower-moving yet more energetic coronal mass ejections: a flood of solar particles that can distort our planet’s magnetic field, generate geomagnetic storms, and cripple power grids and fry electronics.

A new look toward Ross 128

To see if the signals were still there, Arecibo stared down Ross 128 and its surroundings several times, gathering tens of gigabytes of new data.

The team found the signal again with Arecibo, along with other other institutions that had joined in: SETI Berkeley from the Green Bank Telescope and the SETI Institute’s Allen Telescope Array in California ATA.

Several antennas that are part of the Allen Telescope Array.

Once the data was downloaded and analysed, the Arecibo astronomers that they were “now confident about the source of the Weird! Signal”: geostationary satellites.

Méndez and his colleagues expect some people will be disappointed that the signal was humans and not aliens, but they said the team — and especially astronomy students — learned a lot by taking the mysterious result public.

“The lesson here is that we all need to continue exploring and sharing results openly,” they wrote in their post published Friday morning.

Seth Shostak, a senior astronomer at the SETI Institute, previously told Business Insider that the chances of “terrestrial interference” from human-made objects was high. “That’s really always been the case,” Shostak said.

While the “Weird!” signal will join other false alarms in the history books, Shostak said there still is one compelling signal from outer space that might come from aliens, and no one has figured out the origin of in decades.

“[T]he WOW signal,” Shostak said. “That one is still quite odd.”

Mishap threatens to delay launch of NASA communications satellite

From http://spacenews.com/mishap-threatens-to-delay-launch-of-nasa-communications-satellite/

TDRS-M is the third and final spacecraft in a series built by Boeing for NASA. The spacecraft provide S-, Ka- and Ku-band communications services for the International Space Station, Hubble Space Telescope, and other spacecraft in Earth orbit. Credit: NASA

WASHINGTON — NASA is continuing to investigate an incident during launch preparations for a communications satellite that threatens to delay its launch next month.

In a July 20 statement, NASA said it and spacecraft manufacturer Boeing were reviewing plans to replace an omnidirectional S-band antenna on the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) M spacecraft. That antenna was apparently damaged July 14 during final closeout activities at an Astrotech Space Operations payload processing facility in Titusville, Florida.

TDRS-M was, at the time of the incident, being prepared for encapsulation into a payload fairing and installation onto a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket. That rocket is scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida, Aug. 3.

NASA, in both the July 20 update on the status of TDRS-M and the original July 15 statement about the processing incident, said that launch date remained under review. “An integrated launch team is assessing the Aug. 3 launch date,” NASA said in the July 20 statement, and did not state when a decision about either proceeding with or delaying the launch would be made.

NASA’s TDRS-M satellite being prepared for launch July 13, one day before the incident with the S-band omni antenna. Credit: NASA/Glenn Benson

Complicating that process is a separate and unrelated issue with ground support equipment for the spacecraft at the launch pad. NASA said it was “evaluating a possible electrostatic discharge event” affecting that equipment, but did not elaborate on the severity of the problem.

The TDRS-M satellite is equipped with two S-band omnidirectional antennas, located on the forward and aft sides of the spacecraft. Those antennas are used for tracking, telemetry and command of the satellite itself.

The geostationary orbit satellites are also equipped with two parabolic antennas for Ka-, Ku- and S-band communications, a phased-array antenna that supports multiple S-band users and a dedicated space-to-ground antenna. Those antennas support communications with the International Space Station, Hubble Space Telescope and other satellites in Earth orbit.

TDRS-M is the third and final satellite in a series built by Boeing under a NASA contract awarded in 2007. The contract originally included two satellites with options for two more. NASA executed the option for just one of the two additional satellites. TDRS-K, now known as TDRS-11, launched in January 2013 and TDRS-L, now TDRS-12, launched one year later.

IPTV Service Raided By Police & Shutdown, Operator Arrested

From https://torrentfreak.com/iptv-service-raided-by-police-shutdown-operator-arrested-170719/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

A UK-based IPTV service appears to have shut down as a result of police action. After doing business for two years, BulkyIPTV's service went dark yesterday. Shortly after the service's owner sent out an email saying that the ride was over. "Today I was arrested. Everything has been shut down," he said.

As torrents and regular streaming continue in the background, premium IPTV services are becoming increasingly popular.

Available for a few pounds, dollars or euros per month, these products offer a TV viewing service to rival and even beat those put out by the world’s leading entertainment distribution groups.

For an outlay of less than £8 in the UK, for example, it’s possible to receive more TV channels than Sky, Virgin and BT Sport have to offer – combined – and then much more on top.

The main providers (wholesalers, for want of a better term) cascade their products/channels down to smaller providers who act as retailers with direct contact with the public. These kinds of businesses are on the rise and often sell their products locally, via websites and social media, Facebook in particular.

Yesterday it appears that one of these ‘retailers’ found out what it’s like to be the low-hanging fruit in the piracy chain. During the course of the day, visitors to BulkyIPTV’s forums began complaining that the system had gone down.

“Is the bulkyiptv server down at the minute? If so can anyone tell me how long this is likely to take?” posted one.

“Yes mine is down too, v annoying. Also the website is redirecting to partycabs!” said another.

Indeed, the main website for BulkyIPTV had stopped offering various IPTV and similar TV-focused products and begun redirecting to a company offering a white London taxi cab experience for partygoers.

Questions on third-party forums went unanswered too.

“Hi guys, any one know what’s happened tonight? Facebook page gone,” a user asked.

A disappearing Facebook page in any ‘pirate’ setting is rarely a good sign. Many IPTV ‘companies’ use the social platform to interact with existing customers and generate new sales. When a page is deleted, many providers can do neither and that’s hardly compatible with good business.

But while the Facebook page may have been deleted, that didn’t happen before the owner of BulkyIPTV and other ‘Bulky’ branded services (including a hosting company and sites that sold other ‘unofficial’ TV products) had made a post detailing why there are problems. A post shared with TF by a member revealed all.

“Hi all. Today I was arrested. Everything has been shut down,” it read.

“They took everything – phone, laptop, PC and cash, as well as other stuff to gather evidence against me. I’m sorry it has come to this but i’m looking at a stretch inside.”

The Facebook post

The person, who is a regular poster to the Bulky Facebook page, has a name and credentials that match the WHOIS details on various ‘Bulky’ domains, plus matching photos posted elsewhere on social media, signed off with a note saying: “I’m not one to bullshit.”

With no announcement yet from the police, it’s unclear where the arrest took place but TF sources indicate the site owner is from the Derbyshire region of the UK. That was relatively easy to confirm using a number of publicly available sources.

Perhaps surprisingly, there appears to have been zero effort to stay anonymous online. The operator’s real name can be found across his business ventures ‘helpfully’ accompanied by detailed postings not only on Facebook but also Twitter and various image storage sites.

TorrentFreak’s requests for comment from the operator of the service remain unanswered.


New observations

ABS 6 @159E 3913 V Sr 8550 Fec 3/4 DVB-S2 8psk new channels (all are irdeto and encrypted [Irdeto] Irdeto - CA_system_ID 1552, CA_PID: 2100)

"my fix & Foxi" Sid 8050 Vpid 8052 (H264) Apid 8054 (Eng) 8055 (arab) 8056 (deu)
"Rotana Music" Sid 8060 Vpid 8062 (Mpeg2) Apid 8064 (Eng)
"Rotana Cinema" Sid 8070 Vpid 8072 (Mpeg2) Apid 8074 (Eng)
"Al Resala" Sid 8080 Vpid 8082 (Mpeg2) Apid 8084 (Eng)

It appears to be a copy of the mux on ABS2 @75E 3642V

Chinasat 6b @ 115.5E 4060V all chanels are still FTA, 3 of cthe channels were showing an overnight testcard so I didn't cap them.

CCTV Classic

CCTV Drama

CCTV Fashion Music

CCTV Golf and Tennis

CCTV Remembers past times Theater

CCTV Soccer


From the Dish

JCSAT 4B 124.0E 12530 H "Home and Living" has started on , Nagravision.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3750 V "Cinemachi Kids" is Fta.

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3700 V "Kazakh TV" has left .

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 12323 V "CCTV 13" is still on , Fta

ST 2 88.0E 12702 H "Videoland Sports and Videoland Max TV" are Fta.

ABS 2 75.0E 11559 V "Tochka Otryva" has started on , Fta

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3732 V "Mantavya News" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 17 66.0E 3932 H "OK Music TV" has started on , Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Tvoy Dom替换OTS(俄罗斯)频道,设置11913 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [7月20日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星C频段,Pet Club TV(澳洲)等全组频道解密,设置3496 V 23260参数免费接收。 [7月20日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Tochka TV(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置12153 V 45000参数免费接收。 [7月20日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Tochka Otriva(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11559 V 22000参数免费接收。 [7月20日]
东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,Gem TV、Z Bioskop(印尼)频道加密,设置3560 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [7月20日]
东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,东森亚洲、东森幼幼、东森新闻(印尼)频道加密,设置3520 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [7月20日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,Jack TV、ETC(菲律宾)等7个频道加密,设置4011 V 10000参数有条件接收。 [7月20日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,动物星球、CNN(环宇卫视)频道加密,设置12711 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [7月20日]

东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,Smart(华人卫视)频道解密,设置12719 V 45000参数免费接收。 [7月19日]


Government declines to explain Foxtel's $30m handout for sports broadcasting

From https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/jul/19/government-declines-to-explain-foxtels-30m-handout-for-sports-broadcasting

Department says there are no documents on grant announced in budget and minister only says it is part of media reform

The federal government has given Foxtel a $30m handout to boost its sports broadcasting but has declined to explain why the News Corp-owned pay TV company was singled out for largesse – or exactly how or where the money will be used.

In the May budget, Foxtel was gifted $30m over four years to “support the broadcast of underrepresented sports on subscription television, including women’s sports, niche sports, and sports with a high level of community involvement and participation”.

But there has been no further explanation from either Foxtel or the government about how the subscription broadcaster will use the funds over the next two years.

News Corp is a 'disgrace' and should not get hands on Ten, former manager says

A freedom of information request, submitted by the ABC, about the unusual budget deal came up with no answers.

The Department of Communications and the Arts told the ABC there were no documents associated with the grant.

The communications minister, Mitch Fifield, also declined to explain the deal on Wednesday, except to say it was part of the media reform package.

“This was a decision of government, announced in the budget as part of the media reform package,” a spokeswoman told Guardian Australia.

“The department’s FOI process is independent of the minister.”

Under the broadcasting and content reform package the government provided $36m over four years from 2017-18, including $30m for Foxtel.

The legal director for the department refused access to the ABC’s requested documents under subsection 24A(1) of the FOI Act because he was “satisfied that documents falling within the scope of your request do not exist”, according to Jon Faine’s ABC Melbourne Radio program.

The commercial free-to-air TV industry did not receive an equivalent gift but the government did abolish its licence fees in the May budget. The move, which saw broadcasting licence fees and datacasting charges abolished, will save them $130m and was welcomed by Nine, Ten and Seven.

Australian broadcasters call for bigger cut in licensing fees

Fifield said licence fees were being abolished because they were from an era when television had a mass audience.

“In today’s media environment, licence fees are a relic of a bygone age of regulation,” he said.

The media reform package also included changes to Australia’s anti-siphoning regime to reduce the size of the list. The scheme stops pay TV broadcasters such as Foxtel from buying the rights to sports events on the anti-siphoning list before free-to-air broadcasters have the opportunity to buy the rights.

Foxtel has been approached for comment.

Strong opposition for SpaceX ‘super-constellation’

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/07/19/strong-opposition-for-spacex-super-constellation/

Rocket company SpaceX wants to build a super-constellation of 4425 mini-satellites to girdle the planet and provide extra broadband bandwidth for billions of new, or under-served, consumers. But the company, led by billionaire Elon Musk, is hitting some powerful opposition, not least from aerospace giant Boeing, SES-backed O3b and would-be satellite rival OneWeb each of which have plans for their own super-constellations.

Trade journal Space Intel Report quotes a series of filings with the USA’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and citing objections to the SpaceX scheme and request for a waiver from the FCC which would extend the time limits currently in place upon SpaceX to launch and bring into use its system.

Normally, a business would have 6 years to – at least – get an initial number of satellites into orbit. SpaceX wants that timetable relaxed. SpaceX’s application to the FCC is to debut the fleet with 1600 satellites within 6 years, and to complete the system a little later.

The other objections tabled include concerns that SpaceX’s transmission frequencies could create interference.

AsiaSat and KBZ Gateway extend partnership for high speed connectivity services in Myanmar

From press release

Hong Kong, 20 July 2017 – Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat) and KBZ Gateway Company Limited (KBZ) have extended their partnership for KBZ’s expanding VSAT broadband services to clients across Myanmar.

KBZ has expanded its C-band and Ku-band capacity on AsiaSat 4 and AsiaSat 7 satellites to meet the growing demands from clients in the banking and finance, oil and gas industries for faster services and more cost-efficient connectivity. Since its launch of service on AsiaSat in 2016, KBZ has successfully expanded its high-speed broadband network connecting 300 remote sites across the country for KBZ Bank’s branch network connectivity and reliable 24-hour ATM service, as well as communications for remote oil and gas exploration sites.
With the expanded capacity, KBZ is able to offer advanced broadband services supporting up to 100 Mbps of throughput, while serving its clients with increased speed and reliability, enabling KBZ to further expand into the hospitality sector.

“AsiaSat has the best reputation for customer service and its powerful footprints perfectly match the requirements of our service portfolio that allow top quality service to be delivered to our customers with high uptimes on Ku-band even in the rain. We anticipate with the launch of AsiaSat 9 later this year, we and our clients will further benefit from its increased power and enhanced coverage to enjoy higher uptime and the fastest speed ever for our data networks across Myanmar,” said U Naing Tun Kyaw, Managing Director of KBZ Gateway Co. Ltd.
“Myanmar remains a key focus for growth in the Asia-Pacific region, and we are delighted to be contributing to the growth of the Myanmar economy through our partnership with KBZ. A successful partnership AsiaSat looks forward to growing,” said Barrie Woolston, Chief Commercial Officer of AsiaSat.
AsiaSat 9 is AsiaSat’s next generation satellite, planned to replace AsiaSat 4 at 122ºE. AsiaSat 9 carries the world’s first dedicated Myanmar Ku-band beam providing a downlink power up to 55 dBW that allows for smaller and less costly antennas for VSAT broadband and DTH services across the country, in addition to a C-band footprint that offers enhanced power and coverage across the Asia-Pacific region.
# # #

About KBZ Gateway Company Limited

KBZ Gateway Company Limited is a subsidiary of The Kanbawza (KBZ) Group of Companies, one of the largest privately-owned diversified group of companies in Myanmar. KBZ Gateway was developed to further extend the Group’s abilities through technology and maximise its ability to contribute to the industry and country. The company aims to be the provider of providers for the country, becoming an enabler for its partners to help them increase their service quality and options made available to the community. Its ecosystem of partners provides an end to end service ranging from international & national connectivity, supported by next generation VSAT capability, mobile rooftop antennas, carrier neutral POPs & DC, and a full range of professional services as an Oracle Gold partner. For more information, please visit www.kbzgateway.com

About AsiaSat

Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), the leading satellite operator in Asia, serves over two-thirds of the world's population with its six satellites, AsiaSat 3S, AsiaSat 4, AsiaSat 5, AsiaSat 6, AsiaSat 7 and AsiaSat 8. The AsiaSat satellite fleet serves both the broadcast and telecommunications industries. Over 700 television and radio channels are now delivered by the company's satellites offering access to more than 830 million TV households across the Asia-Pacific region. AsiaSat’s next satellite, AsiaSat 9 is planned to be launched in late 2017. AsiaSat is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Asia Satellite Telecommunications Holdings Limited, a company listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (Stock Code: 1135). For more information, please visit www.asiasat.com | LinkedIn | Facebook | Mobile App

Media Contacts:

Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited
Winnie Pang, Manager, Marketing Communications | Tel: (852) 2500 0880 | Email: wpang@asiasat.com

KBZ Gateway Company Limited
Aye Sandar Lwin, Head of Communications | Tel: (95) 09-788388372 | Email: ayesandar.lwin@kbzgateway.com

Discovery and Scripps talk merger again

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/07/19/discovery-and-scripps-talk-merger-again/

Not for the first time, but once again, Discovery Communications and Scripps Networks Interactive are talking about merging their broadcasting assets.

Although it is by no means certain that a deal will be consummated, the mere fact that the pair have reportedly come back to the negotiating table is indicative of a willingness to explore the possibility. The Wall Street Journal, without naming sources, suggests that other parties may be involved in the discussions and some reports say Viacom could be interested in the Scripps assets.

Washington-based Discovery Networks and Tennessee-based Scripps were last in this situation in 2014 when talk broke down with reports that the Scripps family trusts which control 92 per cent of the company was reluctant to seal the deal. Revenue at Scripps Networks Interactive was $3.4 billion last year.

The two outfits are broadcasting giants. Discovery is well known for its factual content, while Scripps Networks Interactive is a spin-off from the giant EW Scripps media conglomerate that owns newspapers, broadcast TV stations and radio networks and syndicates – amongst other assets – owns the copyrights to cartoon strips of Peanuts and Garfield which are distributed to newspapers around the world.

Scripps has also been expanding of late. It has launched new cable channels around the world which are heavily focused on food, lifestyle and travel.

Both Discovery and Scripps share prices rose July 18 in after hours trading on the news. Discovery rose 8.7 per cent, while Scripps rose a massive 12.5 pe cent. Discovery has a value of some $15 billion, while Scripps is valued at around $9 billion.

Research: Pay-TV piracy in 11.8m LatAm homes

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/07/19/research-pay-tv-piracy-in-11-8m-latam-homes/

According to research from consultancy firm Dataxis, pay-TV piracy reached 7 per cent of TV households in Latin America, with 11.8 million consumers. Dataxis suggests total illegal access to pay-TV could be positioned as the third largest player on the market, behind América Móvil and DirecTV.

However, Dataxis predicts that piracy will maintain a slight downward trend in the future. By 2022, the number of households having illegal access to pay-TV is expected to drop to 11.3 million.

Although analogue cable is historically recognised as the main culprit for such piracy, illegal opportunities on satellite technology are expected to dominate from 2020. The change in the trend is explained by the barrier imposed by the digitisation of cable TV networks.


Sorry for the late update

Chromecast Support has now been added to TVNZ Ondemand

Chinasat 6B @ 115.5E 4060 V Sr 27500 all the channels are currently FTA. Screenshots on Thursday

New stuff a scan way down the arc.

66E Intelsat 17
3966 H Sr 14397 8PSK "MEENAKSHI TV" is new Fta

3968 V Sr 8798 8PSK "Nameless 3968_4" is new Fta Ate TV?

From the Dish

ABS 6 159.0E 3659 H "Shop TV" has started on , Fta.

JCSAT 2B 154.0E 12403 H "Cable 4K" is still on , Fta.
JCSAT 2B 154.0E 12505 H "Worldmate" is still on , BISS.

JCSAT 4B 124.0E 12290 H "Berita Satu Sports, Boomerang South East Asia and Ginx eSports TV International" have left .
JCSAT 4B 124.0E 12490 H "HLN International and Motorvision TV" have left .
JCSAT 4B 124.0E 12530 H "Matahari Mall, Tru TV Asia and Outdoor Channel International" have left
JCSAT 4B 124.0E 12570 H "Now Baogu" has left .
JCSAT 4B 124.0E 12610 H "Siloam TV" has left .

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3930 H "Ten 2 and Ten 3" have started on, Videoguard.

Koreasat 6 116.0E 11785 L "CNTV History Drama and Inet-TV" have left .

Koreasat 5 113.0E 12470 V "Basketball TV has replaced Shop TV" , encrypted.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3734 H "M Multiplex" has started on , Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4065 H "Movie Box" has left .
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4070 H "N TV" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 4003 V "Shubh Cinema" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 11078 H "Rossiya 24 has replaced Rossiya 1" on , Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,YTN Life替换YTN Weather(SkyLife)频道,设置12490 H 29500参数有条件接收。 [7月19日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,KBS 1(SkyLife)频道新增,设置12370 H 29500参数有条件接收。 [7月19日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Kazakh TV(外语)频道消失,设置3700 V 30000参数无效接收。 [7月19日]
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Just one small step for Australia's space industry when a giant leap is needed

From https://phys.org/news/2017-07-small-australia-space-industry-giant.html

Just one small step for Australia's space industry when a giant leap is needed
Impression of one UNSW’s three miniature satellites launched into space this year. Credit: AAP Image/University of NSW

An expert review of the Australian space industry's capabilities to participate in a global market was announced last week by the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Arthur Sinodinos. He said the aim is to "develop a long-term plan to grow this important and exciting sector" and report in March 2018.

Interestingly, the words "space agency" do not appear in the announcement, but this was addressed later when the minister spoke to the media.

The space community had been expecting an announcement of this sort for some time. Many expected one to be made for maximum impact at or near the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) to be held in Adelaide in September, when Australia's space community will be on show to the world.

Another failure to launch

Many also expected that the announcement would be of the establishment of an agency, rather than yet another committee and review of the industry. There seems to be at least one of these every year, with the past year alone seeing the Space Activities Act review, the Space Industry Association of Australia (SIAA) white paper and the annual State of Space report.

That frustration was voiced by the Shadow Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Labor Senator Kim Carr, when he said Australia "desperately" needed to move towards having its own space agency.

This is a little rich, as Labor had the opportunity to go to the last election with a comprehensive space policy that included an agency, but failed to do so (like every major party). The 2016 NSW Labor Party Conference event asking if Australia should have a space program (at which I presented) did not lead to substantive action.

In commissioning a review that will not report until next March, the federal government has effectively ensured that there will be no Australian space policy of any merit to discuss at September's IAC conference.

Australia will not have a space agency, or even a plan for one, when the eyes of the space world are on us. When all that international attention has disappeared next year, the idea could be shelved yet again.

That all sounds rather negative, and may imply an expectation that nothing substantial will happen as a result of this new review.

I have been in the space sector in some capacity since the 1980s and, despite there being many strong reasons (at least 10) to support an agency, I've seen this type of thing happen over and over again without result.

Reasons to act now

But this time around there are real grounds to expect that things should be different. So what are they?

First, there is what you might call the "Rocket Lab" effect. When a company started preparing to launch rockets from New Zealand, the logical reaction from the government there was to create an agency, effectively trying to build an industry around this project. In other words, the innovators forced a response from government.

Arguably, this effect is stronger in Australia. Several startup companies are effectively putting the same type of pressure on the Australian government. Two that recently achieved early funding are Fleet in South Australia (doing the "internet of things" from space) and Gilmour Space Technologies in Queensland (launching small satellites). There are at least a dozen others.

Second, an Australian space agency makes more sense now than ever before, with the emergence of what has been called "Space 2.0". The old paradigm of big, expensive satellites and big, clunky agencies has been disrupted by easier access to space and the increasingly commercial use of space. Australia can leapfrog the old way of doing things, because most local start-ups are working on Space 2.0 applications.

The small satellite market causing this disruption is growing at more than 20% per year and will be worth about US$7 billion by 2020. Nanosatellites or "cubesats" are fundamental to this growth.

Recently, three cubesats deployed from the International Space Station were the first Australian-built satellites in 15 years. The story of my team establishing contact with two of them after they were initially silent was a great feat of engineering.

So Australia is already participating in Space 2.0 – we have active nano-satellites launched and innovative companies funded.

Third, the committee appointed by Sinodinos has a healthy number of members not aligned with traditional agency thinking. These include David Williams from CSIRO. He set up the UK agency, which is a good model for Australia to follow given it is focused on industry growth.

Also on the committee are local entrepreneurs Jason Held (Saber Astronautics) and Flavia Tata Nardini (Fleet), who run small companies with new approaches to space.

The absence of large multinationals has been lamented by some commentators, but not by me. The Communications Alliance is a voice for Australian's communications industry, including those involved in the satellite industry, and its chief executive John Stanton was quoted in a Communications Day newsletter saying the review was "remarkably light on industry participants".

In any case, large companies are represented by Michael Davis of the Space Industry Association of Australia (SIAA), which lists almost 400 Australian organisations as members.

Fourth, most of the case for an agency has already been made by the SIAA in its recent white paper. This does much of the new review committee's work for it, and allows it to use the time between now and March to try to define the role and structure that any agency will take.

Fifth, the current government has already shown a willingness to facilitate growth in the sector by reforming the Space Activities Act. Although the Act is primarily regulatory, and its reform is an exercise in removal of red tape, the move will genuinely make it easier to run space businesses in Australia.

Finally, this industry attracts innovators like almost no other - Elon Musk's efforts to get to Mars are only one high-profile example.

There is a groundswell of activity right here, right now, with a critical mass of brilliant young minds developing a 21st-century space industry, but needing supportive infrastructure to make it happen.

In other words, the environment and timing are right for the establishment of an Australian space agency. This review is just one small step towards that goal. At least it's in the right direction, but is it necessary at all?

With Labor's only complaint being that an agency is not being launched soon enough, bipartisanship on the issue seems assured. So why not take the giant leap?

Australian GPS technology successfully launched from ISS

From https://www.defenceconnect.com.au/intel-cyber/978-australian-gps-technology-successfully-launched-from-iss

Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group scientists working on a cube satellite.

Australia’s race to space has gained more traction, with the announcement of the deployment of the Biarri-Point cube satellite from the International Space Station.

Biarri-Point is a US satellite that, as part of its payload, has GPS technology developed by the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Sydney in partnership with Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group.

The Biarri-Point satellite, launched in April 2017 to the International Space Station, was recently deployed from the space station’s Nano Racks into its own orbit, which Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne said signified as a terrific milestone.

Minister Pyne said it carried the Namaru GPS technology, which is the first fully Australian and New Zealand developed global positioning system (GPS) payload for a cube-satellite.

"The Namuru GPS technology is on-orbit and is successfully functioning correctly providing significant research benefits," said Minister Pyne.

"It is conducting a range of experiments aimed at increasing our understanding of outer atmospheric effects on small satellites and improving our situational awareness of space."

The GPS payload was developed by UNSW in Sydney and the Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research, and the mission integration was organised by DST Group.

Minister Pyne said the successful on-orbit operation of the miniaturised GPS marks another point on Australia’s path of technological innovation in the growing space industry.

"The research and development program will help support industry jobs around the nation and in universities," the minister said.

"The 2016 Defence White Paper highlights the importance of space-based systems for information gathering, communications, navigation and surveillance for all ADF and coalition operations.

"Advances in small, low-cost space platforms provide a unique opportunity to support Australian Defence Force capabilities and to rejuvenate Australian space research."

This satellite milestone follows the Turnbull government's recently announced review of Australia’s space industry capability, which the government hopes will lead to a national strategy for the sector that reflects Australia’s national interests over the next decade, and align with Australian government priorities, including Defence.

"The government’s $1.6 billion investment in defence industry and innovation programs over the next decade will ensure that we invest in the industry we need to support our defence capability requirements and transition world leading Australian research, development and innovation into practical defence capability," Minister Pyne said.

That move has been criticised by the South Australia government, which has said it will push ahead with plans for its own local space industry because of federal government inaction.

"The Commonwealth government is moving too slowly to establish a national space agency," said SA's Minister for Defence Industries Martin Hamilton-Smith.

"The Coalition is moving at a snail’s pace. At this rate we’ll get to the moon one million years from now."

Have you seen the Mayak satellite?

From http://earthsky.org/space/mayak-bright-russian-satellite-july-august-2017

On July 14, an amateur group in Russia launched a small satellite called Mayak. They said it would become the “brightest shooting star” in the sky. Why’d they do it? Here’s how to look for it.

A team of young Russians – led by Moscow State Mechanical Engineering University (MAMI) – managed to raise more than $30,000 on Russian crowdfunding website Boomstarter, in order to launch their own small satellite. The satellite is called Mayak, which means beacon in English. It’s a cubesat, roughly the size of a loaf of bread. And it’s up there. Mayak went into space on July 14, 2017, as part of a secondary payload, launched on a Soyuz 2.1v vehicle from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. It’ll be orbiting Earth, about 370 miles (600 km) high, for the coming month. It’s supposed to be very, very bright, so bright that it would, supposedly, ruin night skies and threaten astronomy.

Satellite tracking websites like Heavens Above are already trying to follow it, hoping to offer information on Mayak’s passes over various parts of the world. Heavens Above commented:

A new small satellite has just been launched which will deploy a large reflector once in orbit and has the potential to be very bright. We now have a provisional orbit from Space-Track which you can use to generate predictions. Please note that the magnitude estimates are possibly very inaccurate until actual observations are reported.

Plus Mayak has its own app, available to those who back the project.

We haven’t heard yet from anyone who’s actually seen it.

How bright is Mayak? Brightness estimates have varied, but the idea was that it would be the brightest shooting star in the sky. Some estimated it would be nearly as bright as Venus, the sky’s brightest planet. Its brightness is part of its purpose, which is partly, simply, to inspire people. From Mayak’s website:

The main objective of the project is to make cosmonautics and space research poplar in Russia, as well as to make scientific and technical researches attractive to youth.

Question: Why did you build the satellite?

Answer: Everyone is used to think that flying into space is a privilege of state and military corporations. We wanted to prove that space is simpler and closer than it seems, and a team of enthusiasts can launch a satellite into space!

Mayak’s planned launch inspired controversy after this tweet on June 28 from Jonathan McDowell (@planet4589 on Twitter), an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. “As bright as magnitude -10” is on the extreme side of the predictions for Mayak’s brightness, by the way. That would make the satellite nearly as bright as a full moon! Here’s how to understand stellar magnitude.

The small satellite’s brightness is designed to come from a giant pyramid-shaped solar reflector, which would be unfurled once in space. This large light reflector might not be unfurled yet; we don’t know. The reflector is made of Mylar and is designed to span 170 square feet (16 square meters) and is reportedly 20 times thinner than human hair. Inspiration isn’t the satellite’s only purpose. The mission is also meant to act as a technology demonstration, to perform real-life tests on how to brake satellites in orbit and de-orbit them, without the need for a booster. And it’s meant to collect data about atmospheric density at high altitudes.

How can you see it? Here are those two things to try again.

First, Mayak has its own app, for project backers.

Second, check the website Heavens Above, which has a tracking page about Mayak. As of July 18, Heavens Above was still warning that its predictions might be inaccurate.

Now … who has seen it? If you do, let us know!

Astro brings eight dedicated channels for SEA Games 2017 coverage

From http://english.astroawani.com/sports-news/astro-brings-eight-dedicated-channels-sea-games-2017-coverage-149688

Astro will be providing Malaysians with a comprehensive coverage of the 29th SEA Games Kuala Lumpur 2017 (KL2017) on all screens from Aug 14. -Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR: Astro will be providing Malaysians with a comprehensive coverage of the 29th SEA Games Kuala Lumpur 2017 (KL2017) on all screens, including Astro Digital platform, starting August 14.

As an official broadcaster of the SEA Games, Astro provides four high definition (HD) channels (802, 803, 804, 805), and four additional exclusive channels through Astro GO and NJOI Now online app.

Astro vice president of sports business Lee Chong Kay said emphasizing on digital platform broadcast allows anyone, including Astro customers, to enjoy coverage via their devices.

"If you're on television, you need a set of decoders to allow you watch the match.

“What we do is that even if you have no decoder, you can download the app and enjoy all the coverage we broadcast,” said Chong Kay during a press conference at the launch of the SEA Games coverage at Bukit Jalil National Stadium, here, today.

The ceremony was officiated by Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar.

In his speech, Khairy Jamaluddin described the broadcast as the largest in the history of SEA Games.

Sky Sports (U.K) to replace numbered channels and slash prices in revamp

From https://www.theguardian.com/media/2017/jun/27/sky-sports-channels-prices-football-golf-cricket

Broadcaster to launch themed channels for football, golf and cricket, with cheapest package costing £18 a month

Sky is scrapping its numbered sports channels and replacing them with themed offerings focused on specific sports – led by football, golf and cricket – as it combats falling viewer numbers with a branding revamp and a cheaper viewing package.

The retirement of Sky Sports 1,2,3,4 and 5 and the introduction of a new package two-thirds cheaper than current prices represents a major shakeup of the strategy that has made Rupert Murdoch’s Sky a pay-TV powerhouse.

The new offering will result in the launch of themed channels, like Sky’s existing dedicated Formula One channel, for its top-flight sports including football – which will get two channels – golf and cricket. A new channel, Sky Sports Arena, will host other content including rugby and tennis.

A key part of the strategy is that it will let Sky entice new pay-TV subscribers reluctant to fork out up to £49.50 for its cheapest sports package. The new strategy will allow Sky to charge £18 for its cheapest package – although the whole Sky Sports bundle will remain a costly option.

The cost of sports rights has spiralled in recent years with Sky paying £4.2bn in its latest Premier League TV deal – 83% more than the previous deal and almost £11m per game – while viewing has dropped significantly.

Some analysts ascribe this drop to the rise in popularity of cheaper streaming services, such as Netflix and Amazon, which with prices starting at£8 a month may be creating an expectation among consumers that pay-TV should be cheaper.

“There are a range of reasons why Sky would be looking at such a big structural change to its pay-TV service,” said Richard Broughton, a director at Ampere Analysis.

“In part it could be a response to the ongoing question of viewing numbers to traditional pay-TV sport. There is also a demographic shift where people, especially younger groups, are reluctant to spend so much. Get reluctant to spend groups, such as millennials, in on cheap packages and look to up-sell at a later date.”

Sky has put the viewing dip over the past year down to airing more games per season, many of which feature less popular clubs, the relegation of clubs with relatively large fanbases such as Newcastle and Aston Villa, and the BBC’s live Rio Olympics coverage.

The move also ties into the aim of Jeremy Darroch, the Sky chief executive, to entice the 10m budget-conscious Freeview households to try pay-TV.

The company has been targeting viewers who don’t have pay-TV with cheap options such as its £9.99 Now TV set-top box.

Sky’s Now TV internet service, considered a response to the challenge posed by the arrival of Netflix, broke the monthly sports subscription model on which the company built its business over more than two decades, offering sports channels on a pay-as-you-go basis for the first time.

Now TV sports day passes have proved popular for fans looking to dip in for one-off big events (£7), but a one-off monthly pass at £34 remains a big outlay for those reluctant to sign up for traditional pay-TV packages.

“More and more Freeview households are starting to spend on pay-TV in some way, 45% take a subscription service but it is mostly Netflix or Amazon,” said Broughton. “Reducing the monthly TV package cost could also allow them to reduce the Now TV monthly pass cost to attract more occasional viewers without cannibalising the higher-value satellite TV base.”

Sky only added 40,000 subscribers in the UK in the three months to the end of March, compared with 70,000 in the same period last year.

Broughton also suggests that by having genre-themed sports channels each will effectively act as a “profit and loss” account for the popularity of each sport and therefore what the rights are really worth to Sky.

For example, tennis is not thought to have its own dedicated sports channel in the new set-up. It is understood that the TV rights tender for the US Open and ATP Tennis Tour has just been issued.

The new strategy could signal that Sky, which last year dropped its coverage of the US Open tennis tournament after 25 years, may have determined it will not look to offer a huge bid to renew the ATP Tennis Tour rights.

The Sky Sports Mix channel, which Sky uses to showcase sport to its wider subscriber base by offering it free to basic package holders, will be continued.

The overhaul of the sports strategy marks the latest move by the pay-TV giant to make its service as accessible and flexible as possible for viewers.

In January, the company said it is to make its full TV service of hundreds of channels available without the need for a satellite dish for the first time.

Sky said that it will launch a broadband-delivered TV service next year which will enable it to compete for 6m households of potential customers across Europe who cannot, or will not, have a satellite dish.

NASA's next-gen TDRS-M satellite is damaged, potentially pushing back launch

From http://appsforpcdaily.com/2017/07/nasas-next-gen-tdrs-m-satellite-is-damaged-potentially/

The antenna of NASA's TDRS-M communication satellite was damaged while it was being packed for launch. The Boeing-made TDRS-M satellite is supposed to launch August 3 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, but it's not yet clear whether the satellite will make that launch window.

The episode occurred Friday and was announced on the agency's website Saturday. No official word has been received if the launch date will be changed as of this writing. "The Centaur upper stage will be installed today atop the first stage".

"The mission team is developing a plan to assess flight acceptance and the schedule forward", the statement read.

Incident evaluation is underway by NASA and Boeing, the manufacturer of the satellite.

TDRS Deputy Project Manager Paul Buchanan takes you behind-the-scenes in the clean room where TDRS-M is undergoing final preparations and will be packed into its capsule for launch. The orbiting network links ground controllers with the International Space Station, the Hubble Space Telescope and other spacecraft.

ISRO Develops Ship-Based Antenna System to Track Satellite Launches

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/ISRO_Develops_Ship_Based_Antenna_System_to_Track_Satellite_Launches_999.html

ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC)'s 4.6-meter ship-borne antenna system has been built indigenously and consists of three-axis Antenna Mount, a Motion Simulator, Reflector and Feed, Servo Control Systems and RF Electronics.

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully designed and developed a ship-borne transportable antenna terminal to fulfill the telemetry tracking and command requirements for all satellites and launch vehicle missions.

ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC)'s 4.6-meter ship-borne antenna system has been built indigenously and consists of three-axis Antenna Mount, a Motion Simulator, Reflector and Feed, Servo Control Systems and RF Electronics.

It can be easily mounted on mobile telemetry, tracking and command (TTC) stations even in mid-sea wherein conventional ground station antenna will not be suitable. Moreover, the agency has done it in a cost-efficient manner and roped in industry support as well, as part of its policy to promote greater private sector participation in future projects.

Experts said the main reason to develop a ship-borne antenna system is to provide tracking and command support to deep space missions as ISRO is planning quite a few of them.

"A ship-borne tracking system was very much needed as ISRO is planning for deep space missions. In addition to being tracked by ground stations in India, the Mangalyaan mission was also tracked in the Asia-Pacific. As ISRO has planned deep space missions, including Chandrayaan and others, it will require the capability to track them beyond our territory and this is where this system will be used. As ISRO has already established a network of ground TTC stations, it already had the basic knowledge to build such a system," Dr Mayank Vahia, an astrophysicist from Mumbai-based Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, told Sputnik.

Bengaluru-based ISTRAC provides tracking support for all satellite and launch vehicle missions of the agency, including space operations support for Deep Space Missions.

Deep Space Missions require a large number of ground stations to provide TTC support. Some of these launches based on vehicle trajectory and visibility requirement require the TTC stations to be located in mid-sea wherein conventional ground station antennas are not handy.

ISTRAC worked on technical aspects and aimed at building a system comparable to internationally available systems. The system was tested and validated on a motion simulator. The final system check was done in a sea trial, successfully tracking PSLV-C38, located on Sagar Manjusha, a ship hired from the National Institute of Ocean Technology.

PSLV-C38 was launched on June 23 from the spaceport in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh, carrying the Cartosat-2 series satellite - a dedicated satellite for the defense forces - along with 30 nanosatellites as co-passengers.



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东经57度轨道位置的新天12号卫星C频段,MTN Info、Australia News(MPEG-4)等频道消失,设置4096 R 30000参数无效接收。 [7月17日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Zoopark(俄罗斯)频道加密,设置11530 V 22000参数有条件接收。 [7月17日]
东经134度轨道位置的亚太6号卫星C频段,TV-3(柬埔寨)频道改频率,设置3913 V 1200参数免费接收。 [7月17日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Shine Kino HD(高清)频道加密,设置12629 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [7月17日]

东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Shine Kino HD(Ddish TV)高清频道解密,设置12629 H 43200参数免费接收。 [7月16日]
东经57度轨道位置的新天12号卫星C频段,北京卫视、东方卫视(MPEG-4)等5个频道新增,设置4096 R 30000参数有条件接收。 [7月16日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,Jack TV、ETC(MPEG-4)等7个频道加密,设置4011 V 10000参数有条件接收。 [7月16日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,Top 2(马来西亚)频道新增,设置3703 H 2860参数有条件接收。 [7月16日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Cinemachi Kids(巴基斯坦)频道加密,设置3751 V 2333参数有条件接收。 [7月16日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,PAK Plus(巴基斯坦)频道解密,设置4070 H 2960参数免费接收。 [7月16日]

东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Duronto TV(孟加拉)频道消失,设置4065 H 4000参数无效接收。 [7月15日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Music Choice TV(以色列)频道消失,设置3769 H 13333参数无效接收。 [7月15日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Liga Santander(高清)频道消失,设置3840 H 29720参数无效接收。 [7月15日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,PAK Plus(巴基斯坦)频道加密,设置4070 H 2960参数有条件接收。 [7月15日]
东经52.5度轨道位置的Al Yah 1号卫星Ku频段,Hadi TV 1(外语)频道消失,设置12073 V 27500参数无效接收。 [7月15日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,GCN(标清)频道改格式,设置3840 H 29720参数免费接收。 [7月15日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Max Vision替换Lord Buddha(印度)频道,设置4133 H 11888参数免费接收。 [7月15日]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,ATE TV(测试)频道新增,设置3968 V 8800参数免费接收。 [7月15日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Cinemachi Kids(巴基斯坦)频道解密,设置3751 V 2333参数免费接收。 [7月15日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,天映经典、CCTV-5(DISH HD)等频道解密,设置11101 H 45000参数免费接收。 [7月15日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Big Asia替换Bolshaya(俄罗斯)频道,设置11559 V 22000参数免费接收。 [7月15日]


Foxtel ‘devastated’ over Game of Thrones streaming meltdown

From https://mumbrella.com.au/foxtel-devastated-game-thrones-streaming-meltdown-458576

Foxtel has apologised after its streaming services collapsed during one of its key days of the year, the premier of the new season of Game Of Thrones.

Foxtel Now launched under its new brand just a month ago, replacing Foxtel Play and the company’s previous failed joint venture with Seven West Media, Presto.

The seventh season of Game Of Thrones was a key part of Foxtel Now’s packaging strategy and marketing messages.

But as angry customers complained about being unable to watch, the company tonight issued an apology, saying it was “devastated”.

The company also appeared to blame the problem on global issues, rather than technical problems with its own infrastructure, although it did not go into details.

The statement said:

Game of Thrones Phenomenon Crash Sites Across the Globe!

Tonight’s global premiere of the new season of GAME OF THRONES has caused technical glitches around the world, with online sites crashing in the United States, Latin America and Australia.

The show’s producer and U.S. broadcaster, HBO, reported its technical systems could not cope and in Australia, the surge of demand for Foxtel’s recently launched online product, Foxtel Now, also experienced customer meltdown.

Foxtel spokesman, Bruce Meagher said tonight, “We are devastated that some customers experienced technical issues tonight. As was the case in the U.S. and Latin America, the unprecedented rush for a subscription just prior to the telecast, crashed the system. Foxtel engineers are working through the night to resolve the issue.

“It’s most unfortunate and we apologise to those affected. We are committed to resolving the technical faults immediately and together with our broadcast partners around the world, we are giving this the same degree of priority. We assure anyone impacted that they will be able to watch the first episode of Season 7 either On Demand or via one of our encore screenings throughout the week. We will continue to communicate with affected customers to ensure they are fully informed,” he said.

Foxtel also took a similar tack on Twitter, hinting that the problems had been “caused by tech glitches” in the episode which had been supplied by HBO.

AsiaSat refinances $220m

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/07/17/asiasat-refinances-220m/

AsiaSat of Hong Kong has refinanced $220 million (€192m) of long-term loans and revolving credit. The new facility replaces a $240 million borrowing already in place.

The borrowing has a 5-year term, which is the same as the previous borrowing negotiated in June 2015.

The new terms were negotiated with Cathay United Bank Co., Ltd., CTBC Bank Co., Ltd., DBS Bank Ltd., ING Bank N.V., Singapore Branch and Mega International Commercial Bank Co., Ltd. as mandated lead arrangers, certain financial institutions as lenders and DBS Bank Ltd., Hong Kong Branch as facility agent and as security agent.

AsiaSat says: “The purpose of the Refinancing Facilities is primarily to refinance the Dividend Facility and for the corporate funding requirements of the Company and its subsidiaries. The Refinancing Facilities are for a term of 5 years from the initial drawdown date of the Refinancing Facilities.”

Bangabandhu-1 satellite testing to be started from Sept: Tarana

From http://www.thedailystar.net/country/bangladesh-bangabandhu-1-satellite-testing-to-be-started-from-september-says-state-minister-telecommunication-tarana-halim-1433638

The Bangabandhu-1 satellite will be ready to start for testing operation from September, Tarana Halim, State Minister for Telecommunication, said today.

“Around 88 percent work of the satellite has already been completed. We hope that the launching of the Satellite will begin commercially from April next year,” the junior minister said while visiting one of the two ground handling stations of the project in Gazipur.

Tarana said the satellite will be prepared by November depending on weather and schedule of the USA launcher.

Earlier, the government decided to launch the satellite on December this year from Florida, USA, she said. The ground handling stations will be ready by October and then the testing operation will go on fully, she added.

Tarana today visited Gazipur to observe the progress of the project work while top officials and experts from French aerospace firm Thales Alenia Space were present at that time.

Thales Alenia Space manufacturing the satellite with a cost of at $248 million (Tk 1,959 crore), under an agreement with Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission which was signed in November 2015.

The total cost of the project is around Tk 2,967.95 crore. It might come down by a few hundred crores taka, said Tarana replying to a question.

Tarana said they have started a process to communicate with different local and foreign companies to sell the capacity of the Bangabandhu-1 satellite as government already decided to export half of its space.

The team got positive response from Indonesia and local companies’ also showing interests as well, said project related officials.

The cabinet already passed a proposal of forming a separate public limited company to look after all the issues of the broadcast satellite as the local partner of Thales Alenia Space for next three years.

The satellite is so far the most sophisticated technological project Bangladesh has ever undertaken and it will bring down the cost of television broadcasting one tenth down from the current costs, they also said.

Egypt bans beIN Sports

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/07/17/egypt-bans-bein-sports/

Egypt’s Competition Authority (ECA) has repeated that Qatar-based beIN Sports cannot operate or deliver its sports transmissions over Egypt.

Currently, Egypt is in a diplomatic dispute with Qatar, which has not helped the situation but in fact the problems with beIN Sports go back to the earlier part of the year, and concerns access to football for Egypt’s soccer fans.

beIN Sports hold the exclusive rights to the important Confederation of African Football (CAF) competition – and where Egypt tends to do well. Viewer access to the games are controlled by Cairo-based Cable Network Egypt (CNE) which collects subscriber fees on behalf of beIN Sport (and the other pay-TV operators transmitting over Egypt). CNE’s web-site is still offering beIN Sports access to subscribers (“76 channels for Eg. Pounds 228/month”).

The ECA has ruled that subscribers can get their money back from CNE as the relationship between CNE and beIN Sports is “null and void”, because beIN Sports has “violated Article 8 of the protection of competition law by engaging in monopolistic practices by being the only broadcast authority with the right to domestically broadcast the majority of football competitions”.

In other words, beIN Sports holds the exclusive rights.

The ECA added that was unfortunate that beIN Sports has ignored the complaint filed against it by the ECA in January and continues to pursue monopolistic practices that “harm Egyptian citizens.”

The ECA is alleging that the Confederation’s president, Issa Hayatou and the beIN Sports group of abusing their positions in granting Paris-based Lagardère Group broadcasting rights for African football competitions from 2017 to 2028 without opening up bidding for other companies.

ECA also says that beIN has switched services for Egyptian subscribers from Nilesat to the Qatari Es’Hail satellite in order to watch African football matches.

Twitter eyes US PGA streaming rights

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/07/17/twitter-eyes-us-pga-streaming-rights/

Twitter is in talks to stream the US PGA Championship after Sky lost its exclusive broadcast for the golf tournament, according to a report in the FT.

It comes as the social media service looks to grow its user base through live sports.

Recently Twitter has partnered with the All England Lawn Tennis Club to live stream its Wimbledon channel, although it also lost NFL streaming rights to Amazon.

Twitter also holds the rights to stream 31 smaller PGA tour golf tournaments around the world.


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update


Friday night feed

Intelsat 19 12610 V Sr 7000 "STS 9" League

GCN Started FTA in the mux on Asiasat 5 3840 H Sr 29720 8PSK Vpid 3922 (mpg2) Apid 3923 Sid 24

From my Email


From the Dish

ChinaSat 6B 115.5E 3740 V "CHC Action, CHC, China Movie, CHC HD and Lan Qiu" are encrypted again.
ChinaSat 6B 115.5E 3780 V "Flash TV, China Food TV, Vanguard 2 Badminton Channel, GTV 2 Qipai and CCTV 6" are encrypted again.

Palapa D 113.0E 3627 H "Madani TV" has started on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 3822 V "TV Edukasi" has started on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 3908 H "Ummat TV Quran" has started on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 4014 V "Nabawi TV" is back on , Fta.

Koreasat 5 113.0E 12365 V "FGTV" is Fta.
Koreasat 5 113.0E 12430 V "Net 25, Aksyon TV and Pinoy Xtreme Channel" have started on ,encrypted.
Koreasat 5 113.0E 12430 V "Fox Filipino, Fox Action Movies and Fox Sports 2 Asia" have left .
Koreasat 5 113.0E 12470 V "DZRH News TV, Light Network, CLTV 36, Shop TV and EWTN Asia-Pacific" have started on , encrypted.
Koreasat 5 113.0E 12470 V "Star World Philippines, National Geographic Philippines, Fox Movies Philippines, Basketball TV and Fox Sports Philippines" have left .

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3760 H "D Gold Plus and D News HD" have left again.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3940 V "Star Gold Select has started on , Videoguard. Star Movies Action and FX India" have left.

ABS 2 75.0E 11559 V "Telenovella" is now encrypted.
ABS 2 75.0E 11605 V "TNV Planeta" has left .

From asiatvro site

东经140度轨道位置的快车AT2号卫星Ku频段,TNV Planeta(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置12245 R 27500参数无效接收。 [7月14日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,GCN(高清)频道新增,设置3840 H 29720参数免费接收。 [7月14日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Syfy Universal(MPEG-4)等频道消失,设置3720 H 29620参数无效接收。 [7月14日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Travel XP HD(高清)频道新增,设置11165 H 44000参数有条件接收。 [7月14日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Russian Extreme TV 4K(UHD)频道重现,设置11732 V 43000参数有条件接收。 [7月14日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AT2号卫星Ku频段,Kbcpyc(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置12380 L 27500参数有条件接收。 [7月14日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,SSFT(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3860 V 28100参数有条件接收。 [7月14日]

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,EVE、MUTV(泰国)等9个频道消失,设置12604 H 30000参数无效接收。 [7月13日]


Digital TV by December

From http://www.fbc.com.fj/fiji/52516/digital-tv-by-december---ag

Report by: Savaira Tabua

Satellite connectivity is vital for the rolling out of Digital Television therefore government has set aside $9million dollars for the building of towers and satellite space.

Communication Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says this is essential in connecting all Fijians irrespective of their geographical locations.

Opposition member Prem Singh sought clarification from the Economy Minister on the allocation of $2million dollars that was set aside for the implementation of analog to digital platforms.

“Is this the cost of consultancy or what the cost is for because the same program activity is in Seg 9, $8 million dollars for digital television roll out? The total allocation from analog to digital comes to 10 million dollars.”

“No the 2 million dollars as you know we have already allocated some of these money previously for the set of boxes as we have said that we are going to supply set of boxers to all those people that are below particular income level of 30,000 so all those Fijians who have earn less that 30,000 which essentially covers most of the people in the maritime areas we will actually subsidize set of boxes for them.”

Out of the six channels provided free to air two has been assigned to Fiji TV and FBCTV respectively, one to Mai TV and the sixth one is a dedicated parliamentary channel.

Digital television is expected to roll out in December.

AsiaSat and Globecast distribute Russian Language “RTR-Planeta Asia” on AsiaSat 5

From Press Release

Hong Kong, 14 July 2017 – Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), Asia’s leading satellite operator, and global media solutions provider Globecast, have reached an agreement to deliver “RTR-Planeta Asia” to viewers via AsiaSat 5. The deal continues expanding the exposure of Russian-language programming available in the Asia-Pacific region.

Russian television channel RTR-Planeta strengthens its reach across Asia through a new partnership with Globecast for content management services and AsiaSat for Asia’s most popular international satellite TV platform. An international service owned by the Russian state television and radio broadcaster VGTRK, RTR-Planeta Asia provides cultural and prime time news, sports, movies and documentary films.

The new agreement demonstrates AsiaSat 5’s extensive coverage and powerful penetration across Asia and Australasia are well recognised by international broadcasters. The satellite operator is gathering momentum in further expanding its Russian TV neighborhood, serving Russian-speaking viewers residing across the Asia-Pacific region.
Globecast is providing RTR-Planeta with complete distribution services to the channel via this deal, including across Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America, building upon Globecast and RTR’s longstanding relationship, which began in 2003.

Vladimir Zhdanov, Senior Legal Advisor Media at RTR-Planeta says: “With the sheer volume of programming we offer, we need technology partners that deliver faultless services, and there is no better choice for this project than Globecast and AsiaSat. Through our partnership with them, we can now deliver our content further across Asia, without hassle or worry.”

Biliana Pumpalovic, General Director at Globecast in Russia says: “We have a very well established relationship with AsiaSat and this deal is another example of the benefits to broadcasters that this brings. We also have significant reach across the Russian market, working with a variety of channels. We are very pleased to see this expand even further with our increased partnership with RTR-Planeta, providing it with great reach across Asia to Russians living there.”

Barrie Woolston, Chief Commercial Officer of AsiaSat, says: “Our ever strengthening partnership with Globecast continues to deliver quality solutions for broadcasters in the Asia-Pacific, and we are very pleased to once again expand our service to the Russian-speaking community across the region with the new delivery of RTR-Planeta Asia on AsiaSat 5.”

“RTR-Planeta” is available free to air on AsiaSat 5 with the following reception parameters:

Orbital Location: 100.5°E
Transponder: C6H
Downlink Frequency: 3840 MHz
Downlink Polarisation: Horizontal
Transmission Standard: DVB-S2
Compression Standard: MPEG-2
Modulation: 8PSK
Symbol Rate: 29.72 Msym/sec
FEC: 5/6
# # #

About RTR-Planeta

RTR-Planeta is the international service of VGTRK. RTR, a state-owned broadcaster in Russia, with more than 10-year history of international distribution all over the world. It is available throughout the world via satellite. RTR is concerned to deliver the favorite content from motherland to Russian viewers wherever they live to help them to be in touch with their original country and nationality. Being based on the most viewed channel in Russia in 2016, RTR-Planeta is attractive for Russian community all over the world as well as for people from all continents keen on the great Russian culture and for those who would love to learn the Russian language.

About Globecast

Globecast helps customers to manage their content and make it available wherever required, by anyone required. The company provides agile and seamless content acquisition, management and distribution services globally, constantly innovating and investing in new technologies to create customer-centric new services. Globecast has created the number one global hybrid fibre and satellite network for video contribution and distribution. It delivers any type of video service including: TV Everywhere OTT, satellite, cable, video-on-demand and CDN delivery using cloud-enabled media solutions. It supplies Content Acquisition, Aggregation and Distribution (CAAD) services to over 100 networks worldwide that are distributed via multiple platforms. The company remains the trusted partner for global coverage and international delivery of news, sports, and special events around the globe. Customers enjoy a seamless global experience from 12 interconnected Globecast-owned facilities, including Los Angeles, London, Singapore, Paris, Rome, and Johannesburg. www.globecast.com | LinkedIn | Twitter

About AsiaSat

Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), the leading satellite operator in Asia, serves over two-thirds of the world's population with its six satellites, AsiaSat 3S, AsiaSat 4, AsiaSat 5, AsiaSat 6, AsiaSat 7 and AsiaSat 8. The AsiaSat satellite fleet serves both the broadcast and telecommunications industries. Over 700 television and radio channels are now delivered by the company's satellites offering access to more than 830 million TV households across the Asia-Pacific region. AsiaSat’s next satellite, AsiaSat 9 is planned to be launched in late 2017. AsiaSat is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Asia Satellite Telecommunications Holdings Limited, a company listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (Stock Code: 1135). For more information, please visit www.asiasat.com | LinkedIn | Facebook | Mobile App

Media Contacts:
RTR Planeta
Polina Ignatova, Distribution Manager | Email: pignatova@vgtrk.com

Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited
Winnie Pang, Manager, Marketing Communications | Tel: (852) 2500 0880 | Email: wpang@asiasat.com

Bazeli Mbo | Tel: (33 1) 5595 2604 | Email: bazeli.mbo@globecast.com

Russia orbits forest fire monitoring satellite

From http://tass.com/science/956303

The satellite is designed to operate for at least five years in orbit

MOSCOW, July 14. /TASS/. The Kanopus-V-IK forest fire monitoring satellite has been delivered into the designated orbit, State Space Corporation Roscosmos reported on Friday.

"The space vehicle has successfully separated from the Fregat acceleration unit," Roscosmos said.

Specialists will shortly establish communication with the satellite and place it under control. After that, the space vehicle will undergo three-month flight tests. The first activations of the satellite’s equipment are scheduled for August.

The satellite has been manufactured by VNIIEM Corporation. The workability of the Kanopus satellite platform has been checked by the first Kanopus-V remote sensing satellite, which has been operating for several years in orbit, and by the same-type Belarussian space vehicle (abbreviated as the BKA).

After the tests are over, Russia’s various federal and regional executive bodies will start receiving information from the satellite, including the Emergencies Ministry of Russia, the Forestry Ministry, the Agriculture Ministry and the Federal Service for State Registration, Cadaster and Cartography.

The satellite can spot a presumed pocket of fire on an area of 5 x 5 meters while its field of view will reach 2,000 km. The satellite’s data processed by specialists of the Research Center for the Earth’s Operative Monitoring will be transmitted to the agencies concerned.

The satellite is designed to operate for at least five years in orbit. If the high-resolution infrared camera installed on the satellite proves its efficiency during the tests, it will be mounted on the next satellites of this series.

A Soyuz-2.1a carrier rocket with the Kanopus-V-IK satellite and 72 more mini-satellites blasted off from the Baikonur spaceport in Kazakhstan at 9:36 Moscow time.

Singapore developing space-based VHF communications for air traffic management

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Singapore_developing_space_based_VHF_communications_for_air_traffic_management_999.html

"CAAS is committed to continually investing in cutting edge and innovative solutions to ensure that we can safely support the growing air traffic in the region. With this collaboration, Singapore will be the first country in the world to move towards space-based VHF communications. This technology will enable CAAS to improve traffic throughput in the Singapore FIR, while enhancing safety and efficiency of ATM," said Mr Shum.

GomSpace together with The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), Singapore Technologies Electronics Limited (ST Electronics) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to explore the application and deployment of space-based Very High Frequency (VHF) communications for air traffic management (ATM) in and around the Singapore Flight Information Region (FIR).

The MOU was signed by Mr Kevin Shum, Director-General of CAAS, Mr Tang Kum Chuen, President of Satellite Systems Business, ST Electronics, and Mr Niels Buus, CEO of GomSpace, on the third day of the World Civil Aviation Chief Executives Programme (WCACEF) held at the Singapore Aviation Academy.

Space-based VHF communications represents the next level of communications capability, and will complement Singapore's existing ground-based equipment. It is a concept where VHF communications equipment are mounted onto a constellation of low-earth-orbit satellites to enable clear, cost-effective and real-time communications between air traffic controllers and pilots anywhere.[1]

The technology will improve safety and enable the safe reduction in separation between aircraft in airspace where ground-based VHF communications is currently not available, increasing ATM capacity and reducing delays for aircraft in turn.

This partnership brings together strong complementary capabilities. As the air navigation services provider for the Singapore FIR, CAAS has decades of experience managing air traffic flows.

ST Electronics has more than 45 years of experience in the design, development and integration of advanced electronics and communications systems including real-time mission critical command and control, air traffic management and simulation systems. GomSpace is a leading designer, integrator and manufacturer of high-end nanosatellites for customers in the academic, government and commercial markets.

"CAAS is committed to continually investing in cutting edge and innovative solutions to ensure that we can safely support the growing air traffic in the region. With this collaboration, Singapore will be the first country in the world to move towards space-based VHF communications. This technology will enable CAAS to improve traffic throughput in the Singapore FIR, while enhancing safety and efficiency of ATM," said Mr Shum.

"This MOU marks a significant step in exploring the application of space-based technology to enable smart air traffic operations. We are delighted to partner CAAS and GomSpace on this exciting endeavour.

"We will leverage our extensive domain knowledge and in-depth engineering capabilities in satellite and communications system design, as well as complex system integration knowhow to research into the development of the spaced-based VHF communications system.

"ST Electronics is committed to the continued development of innovative and smart technology to enhance ATM and equip air traffic controllers with state-of-the-art communication service for safer and more efficient flight operations," said Mr Tang.

"We are very happy to partner with ST Electronics and CAAS to develop a new innovative high value service based on our unique capabilities to deliver professional nanosatellite solutions for radio applications.

"The activities under this MOU is a natural continuation of our pioneering work in space-based ATM as we first demonstrated in 2013 and will bring about significant new opportunities for Air Navigation Service Providers and airlines to increase safety and ATM capacity while reducing operations costs," said Mr Buus.

Murdoch wants TataSky India stake

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/07/14/murdoch-wants-tatasky-india-stake/

Perhaps if 21st Century Fox’s bid to mop up Sky Europe fails, Rupert Murdoch will focus instead on India, where 21st Century Fox owns a 30 per cent stake in the TataSky joint-venture and DTH platform.

India’s Television Post is reporting that exploratory talks have been held between TataSky and Bharti Airtel’s DTH operation about a possible merger, or broader alliance.

However, there are many restrictions on foreign ownership, but various sources suggest that should an outline agreement be reached – and which would see 21st Century Fox take a larger slice of its TataSky joint venture, then the duo would seek Indian government approval for the end result.


Not much today

From my Email


From the Dish

KazSat 2 86.5E 11495 V Kazakstan, Balapan, Khabar, KazSport, Khabar 24, Astana TV and 7 Kanal are Fta.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3670 H "Somaliland National TV" has left .

From asiatvro site

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,Thai 3 HD、True4u(泰国)等3个频道新增,设置12604 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [7月13日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Bolshaya(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11559 V 22000参数免费接收。 [7月13日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Cinemachi Kids(MPEG-4)频道重现,设置3751 V 2333参数有条件接收。 [7月13日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Isaac TV替换AXN(MPEG-4)频道,设置3751 V 2333参数免费接收。 [7月13日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Cinemachi Kids(巴基斯坦)频道消失,设置3751 V 2333参数无效接收。 [7月13日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,MTV Pinoy、TMC(菲律宾)等频道加密,设置3717 H 7500参数有条件接收。 [7月13日]
东经88度轨道位置的中新2号卫星Ku频段,原住民(高清)频道消失,设置11668 H 30000参数无效接收。 [7月13日]
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东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,Zvezda替换Extreme Sports Channel(俄罗斯)频道,设置11665 V 38400参数有条件接收。 [7月13日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Sony Yay(MPEG-4)频道开播,设置4180 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [7月13日


Australian space agency a possibility as government launches industry review

From http://www.zdnet.com/article/australian-space-agency-a-possibility-as-government-launches-review-into-national-space-capability/

The aim of the review is to establish a long-term strategy to foster the growth of Australia's space industry.

The Australian federal government has announced that it will conduct a review into the nation's space industry with the goal of developing a 10-year plan to grow the sector and boost its global competitiveness.

A 10-person expert panel -- chaired by former CSIRO CEO Dr Megan Clark -- has been selected by the government to perform the review.

"This review is timely, given the current pace of change in the international space sector and advances in technologies that provide an environment that encourages commercial investment in space activities," said Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Arthur Sinodinos in a statement.

Sinodinos believes through developing the technical knowledge for the space sector, Australia will develop skills to grow other manufacturing industries.

"The government is ... planning and preparing for the next generation of civil space technologies and capabilities by putting in place the legislative and regulatory reforms and platforms aimed at simplifying regulatory arrangements, spurring innovation, and reducing barriers to participation in the space industry," a spokesperson from the office of the industry minister told ZDNet in June.

Fleet co-founder and CEO Flavia Tata Nardini, who has been selected as one of the members of the expert panel, said the announcement shows that the Australian government is "taking the potential of space more seriously".

"Currently, we're amazing at space research, but our commercial application of the sector needs work. This review is a huge step forward in achieving that goal, and we're thrilled it's happening," she added.

The review builds on the principles set out in Australia's Satellite Utilisation Policy (2013) and the findings from the recently completed review of the Space Activities Act 1998.

The industry minister said space legislation reform is currently underway to reflect technological advances and provide a regulatory environment that is "appropriately conducive to commercial investment in the space sector".

The review will examine Australia's current capability and areas of advantage, as well as the nation's level of regional engagement and international collaboration to identify future partnerships.

"Space has no borders, so a strategy that enables better international collaboration must be an outcome of the review. We also want more support for space-led innovation, be it satellites, rockets, or deep space exploration," Tata Nardini said.

"We believe the best way for us to achieve these things is through an Australian Space Agency."

According to the Space Industry Association of Australia (SIAA), Australia is one of only two OECD countries that do not have a space agency. SIAA claims the Australian space industry amounts to less than 1 percent of the global space economy, generating $3 billion to $4 billion in annual revenue.

Globally, the space sector has grown at a CAGR of 9.5 percent each year from the late 1990s to 2015.

Tata Nardini had previously penned an open letter to the Australian federal government, saying that the the next industrial revolution is going to start in space.

"Emerging space technologies and the data they return will usher in mass-scale efficiencies here on Earth, shifting industries like mining, logistics, technology, farming, mobility, connectivity, and environmental care, for good," Tata Nardini wrote in the letter.

Additionally, the review will examine risks and opportunities, including access to space data and associated infrastructure.

SIAA stated in a paper recently that Australia is a "passive consumer" of satellite data, relying heavily on international partnerships -- such as with Europe, Japan, and the US -- for purchasing the satellite data used by individuals and businesses every day, including for insurance assessment, managing natural disasters, and weather forecasting.

The SIAA argued that there is a "vital national interest" in maintaining the infrastructure, capabilities, and international relationships required to secure access to satellite data sources.

"A key issue in the development of our national space policy should therefore be the securing of long-term access for strategic purposes, preferably from Australian territory, to foreign-owned space-segment capabilities, both military and civil," the SIAA said.

"Furthermore, as the geopolitical environment changes, Australia needs to become a technology contributor to those partnerships, or it risks significantly rising costs or, even, loss of access ... Australia would also be well advised to consider ways to reduce its dependence on the traditional data sources, and consider its own national priorities in the development of new systems."

Tata Nardini said on Thursday that the review needs to consider how to nurture the next generation of space innovators.

"We'd also love to see space and the opportunities it will bring in the national STEM curriculum to inspire the next generation of space entrepreneurs and enthusiasts; this is critical if we are to thrive in the global space industry for years to come," she said.

"We need to create the foundations for our future generations to carry on, and improve on, the work that we're doing today."

The review is commencing later this month and is scheduled for completion by end of March 2018.

Australia 'freeloading' from other countries when it comes to satellite data, expert says

From link

Australia is bludging off the rest of the world when it comes to space.

That is the argument from proponents of Australia having its own space agency.

"We have to borrow our mate's car every time we want to go on a date," is one way of putting Australia's lack of its own satellite capability.

But many countries, including Australia, launch their satellites from French Guiana in South America rather than having a domestic capacity.

Andrew Dempster, director of the Centre for Space Engineering Research, is more concerned that Australia is "freeloading" when it comes to the data available from satellites.

He noted Australia used the data paid for by taxpayers of other countries to examine farmland and waterways and respond to natural disasters.

Professor Dempster said that while Australia had been accepting free data, countries like Algeria, Indonesia, Malaysia, Morocco, Nigeria and Singapore have started space programs to launch satellites.

He argued a domestic space agency could allow Australia to design specific research tasks rather than taking the "leftovers" from other countries.

He has advocated for a project to monitor soil moisture from space and said the cost could be recovered with only a small lift in farm productivity.

'Australia's involvement in space should be in niche areas'

A decade ago, a Senate committee explored whether Australia had become "lost in space", as it titled in its report.

Australian space agency on the cards

From http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-13/is-australia-freeloading-when-it-comes-to-satellite-data/8704628

Australia could soon have its own space agency, with the Government today announcing a review into Australia's space capabilities.

"The report does not propose to land an Australian citizen on Mars, although it would like to see an Australian contribution to such an international mission," it said.

"Rather, Australia's involvement in the space industry should be focused on niche areas."

The cross-party committee noted how much Australians rely on space technology for communications, navigation and vital services like weather forecasting.

But it also probed further, noting suggestions that the Indian Ocean off Western Australia is the ideal location for a "space elevator".

It described the elevator as a thin carbon nanotube connecting a barge to a space station to carry supplies.

"Construction could draw on the WA oil industry's expertise in constructing offshore platforms," it said, noting that NASA has been investigating the feasibility of the project.

The committee quoted both Frank Sinatra's song Fly Me to the Moon and Australian duo Savage Garden's tune To the Moon and Back as it wondered if Australia was a potential hub for space tourism.

Australian astronaut Andy Thomas told the committee that Australia was well placed, but it would not happen soon.

"Australia provides an ideal forum for many of these high altitude parabolic flights, which is what most of them are," he said.

"However, the market is still small, so I think it will be quite some time before it would be buoyant enough to have operations in Australia as well as the other planned operations — for example, that in New Mexico, that Richard Branson is supporting, and so on — but, ultimately, that could happen."

Professor Dempster has cited Dr Thomas as a reason for Australia to develop its own space agency.

He noted that an Australian wanting to become an astronaut must adopt the citizenship of another nation as Dr Thomas did when he became dual US and Australian citizen.

"Space seems to capture the public imagination in ways that most other science struggles to do," the Senate committee noted.

And to illustrate that enthusiasm, the committee's report is littered like space junk with song references beginning with Lou Reed's Satellite of Love as well as Elton John's Rocket Man and unsurprisingly David Bowie's Space Oddity.

"As the lyrics cited in the earlier chapters illustrated, space science has permeated popular culture in ways that other science does not," the committee said.

Foxtel Now hits PS4 just in time for Game of Thrones

From https://www.pcauthority.com.au/News/468289,foxtel-now-hits-ps4-just-in-time-for-game-of-thrones.aspx

Foxtel Now hits PS4 just in time for Game of Thrones

Winter is com- *tackled to the ground by angry sub-editor*

Foxtel has just launched its Foxtel Now service on PlayStation 4 - with a few days to spare before grit-fest fantasy Game of Thrones returns for its seventh season.

The app is available now from the PlayStation Store, for the PS4 or PS4 Pro, though you'll need to go to Foxtel Now's site to subscribe. You can start off with a free two-week trial, and after that you can pick from Foxtel Now's various content packs for $15 a month. Both the Drama and Pop packs feature Foxtel's Showcase channel - which is where Game of Thrones airs.

“We’re delighted to announce Foxtel Now as a new addition to the strong portfolio of video and TV services available on PlayStation 4,” said Patrick Lagana, Director of Marketing, Sony Interactive Entertainment Australia, in today's announcement. “The quality of content and convenience of Foxtel Now, paired with our brand new video interface, means there’s never been a better time to be entertained on PlayStation.”

Other packs are available from between $10 and $39 per month.

Ethiopia to launch satellite in two years-Official

From http://journalducameroun.com/en/ethiopia-to-launch-satellite-in-two-years-official/

Ethiopia is building a satellite to launch into orbit after two years, an official said on Thursday.Dr Engineer Getahun Mekurai, the country’s Minister of Science and the satellite, which is being built with the support of the Chinese government, weighs 65kgs.

In a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, the minister said the satellite will be placed into orbit at a height of up to 700 km above the surface.

He said Ethiopian engineers are participating in building the satellite which will be launched in 2019.

The satellite will be used for various purposes, for weather forecast and other related activities in particular, it was noted.

The meeting, which was conducted at the Prime Minister’s office, discussed collective works, legal frameworks, policies and strategies needed to advance the ongoing works in the satellite technology.

The country envisages supporting its national agendas that were designed to improve the livelihoods of its people based on space science and technology centered recommendations and researches.

UAE softens demands on Al Jazeera

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/07/13/uae-softens-demands-on-al-jazeera/

The United Arab Emirates is said to be softening its controversial demand that Qatar should close the Al Jazeera news channel.

According to a report in The Times, the US secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, has given his backing to Qatar, calling its refusal to accede to the demands “reasonable”. The newspaper quotes an interview with Noura al-Kaabi, the UAE Minister for the Federal National Council, who struggled to explain why the quartet of complaining channels had also demanded the closure of Al Jazeera English, whose professionalism she praised in contrast to the Arabic channel.

She also admitted that the UAE had backed off in its demands that Al Jazeera be closed, adding that there still must be a “fundamental” change and restructuring of the news channel.

“The staff at the channel can keep their jobs and Qatar can still fund a TV channel, but not one which provides a platform for extremists and where the English-language channel is a protective shield for the must more radical Arabic one,” she told The Times.

TV streaming apps to lose $550 million as millennials share passwords

From http://www.business-standard.com/article/international/tv-streaming-apps-to-lose-550-million-as-millennials-share-passwords-117071200341_1.html

Streaming networks may face pressure from investors to change course if new sign-ups slow down

More than one-fifth of young adults who stream shows like "Game of Thrones" or "Stranger Things" borrow passwords from people who do not live with them, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, a finding that suggests media companies are missing out on significant revenue as digital viewership explodes.

Twenty-one percent of streaming viewers ages 18 to 24 said they had accessed at least one digital video service such as Netflix Inc, HBO Now or Hulu by using log-in credentials from someone outside their household at some time. Overall, 12 percent of adults said they did the same thing.

Subscription revenue is likely to come under scrutiny starting next week when TV industry players begin reporting quarterly earnings. Netflix, the dominant streaming service, releases its results on Monday.

Up to now, Netflix and other streaming networks have accepted some password-sharing, but they may face pressure from investors to change course if new sign-ups slow substantially, Wall Street analysts said. Revenue growth at Netflix is projected to drop from 31 percent in this year's second quarter to 19 percent in the second quarter of next year, according to Thomson Reuters.

"If Netflix goes from a 30 per cent revenue growth story to a 10 percent story, there is absolutely going to be more focus on their leaving money on the table," said Justin Patterson, an analyst with Raymond James.

Netflix declined to comment.

Respondents to the Reuters/Ipsos survey said they borrow passwords to save money on video subscriptions, which can be cheap on their own but add up with multiple services.

Donielle Bradshaw, a live-in nanny in Smyrna, Georgia, said she uses her 28-year-old sister’s password for Hulu, and her 32-year-old brother’s password for Netflix.

"I feel like since we are family, it’s OK," said the 22-year-old Bradshaw, who estimates she watches four hours of shows on weeknights and 10 hours a day on weekends.

If companies cracked down on password sharing, Bradshaw said she would be willing to pay for her own Netflix subscription but is not sure about Hulu, which is owned by several media companies. "I binge a lot of shows on Netflix. I don’t think I could do without it," she said.

Companies say they accept some sharing as a way to promote their programming to potential customers, but they also take steps to curtail blatant freeloading.

Many networks limit the number of people who can watch programming at the same time. Netflix, for example, allows two to four simultaneous streams per subscription, depending on the plan, and charges more for the higher number of streams.

HBO, a unit of Time Warner Inc, actually encourages younger viewers to use its HBO Now and HBO Go services for free by offering it to about 100 U.S. colleges and universities.

"For us it’s more important that at that age where they are not financially independent quite yet, they are habituating to using the product to ultimately aspiring to becoming paid customers," Bernadette Aulestia, executive vice president of global distribution, said in an interview.

Netflix executives also have said they know some viewers share passwords.

"We could crack down on it, but you wouldn't suddenly turn all those folks to paid users," Netflix Chief Financial Officer David Wells said at a Goldman Sachs conference last September.

Missing a Chance

Industry analysts say companies are missing a chance to grow revenue. An analysis by Parks Associates estimated streaming providers will lose $550 million in 2019 from password sharing.

"There has been this kind of cavalier attitude about it," Parks Associates analyst Glenn Hower said. "It hasn't been a priority."

Companies could crack down if they want. Cisco Systems Inc, for example, sells products that can detect abnormal activity on an account such as an unusual time or place, said Conrad Clemson, Cisco's senior vice president and general manager of service provider platforms and applications.

Cisco's customers, which include streaming services and pay TV distributors, decide whether to use the information simply for monitoring or take additional steps such as sending a warning to account holders or shutting down an account, he said.

"A lot of service providers and content providers are very much in the experimental phase right now," he said.

Streaming providers say they do track account use but have provided few specifics.

The Reuters/Ipsos poll was conducted online in English throughout the United States from June 8 to June 26. It gathered responses from 4,453 adults, including 3,557 people who said they streamed video from their cable TV provider or from standalone services like Amazon Prime, Hulu or Netflix. The poll has a credibility interval, a measure of accuracy, of 2 percentage points.

Roku hits 15m monthly active accounts

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/07/13/roku-hits-15m-monthly-active-accounts/

Streaming platform specialist Roku has reached 15 million monthly active accounts as of June 30th 2017, growing 43 per cent over the same period of the prior year. Users streamed nearly 7 billion hours on the Roku platform in the first half of 2017, growing 61 percent over the same period of the prior year.

“Roku is the No. 1 TV streaming platform in the United States as measured by total hours streamed,” said Roku Founder and CEO Anthony Wood. “We are growing our active accounts by distributing our proprietary TV OS across a broad range of streaming devices with multiple price points and many new and highly rated Roku TV models from our TV brand partners.”

Roku offers a collection of 5,000 streaming channels with access to 500,000 movies and TV episodes in the US. Users can search and easily find content from more than 500 channels with unbiased results sorted by price.

Zimbabwe DStv subs cannot pay fees

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/07/13/zimbabwe-dstv-subs-cannot-pay-fees/

A Zimbabwe bank doesn’t have sufficient foreign currency in order to pay South African-based Multichoice DTH broadcaster’s fees due from local subscribers.

Steward Bank, itself a subsidiary of cellular telco Econet Wireless, admits that it has run out of US dollars, the official currency of Zimbabwe.

In a statement, the bank said it was suspending payments to Multichoice, Africa’s largest pay-TV operator, which is extremely popular in Zimbabwe. “To assist in effective allocation of foreign currency reserves at this critical time, we would like to advise that with immediate effect, the bank has suspended DStv (digital satellite television) payments for all account classes (except premium subscribers),” the bank said.

It seems that despite around $600-$800 million in US dollars in circulation in the country, the physical cash is being horded by citizens as a hedge against inflation.

Zimbabwe has long suffered massive inflation on its own currency. Its own Zimbabwean dollar suffered hyper-inflation in the period 2006-2009, and which ended with bank notes ‘worth’ Z$100 trillion. The South African Rand, Euro, Indian Rupee, Pound Sterling, Botswana Pula, Japanese Yen, Australian Dollar and Chinese Yuan are all officially legal tender in the country – but it is US dollars that dominate trade. The worthless Zimbabwean dollar was demonetised in 2015.


The Philippines mux @ 159E 3619H -> moved to 3659H Sr 30000 however all the channels except for SHOP TV (FTA) and ABS Promo (FTA) have left

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From the Dish

KazSat 2 86.5E 11504 V "KTK, Perviy kanal Eurasia, Mir, 31 Kanal, NTK, STV and Almaty TV" are Fta.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3725 H "Tora TV and Disha TV" have left .

G-Sat 10 83.0E Several updates in Tata Sky.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3720 H "E! Korea" has started on , PowerVu.

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东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Sony Yay(测试)频道加密,设置4180 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [7月12日]
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东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,东森亚洲、东森幼幼(华人卫视)等3个频道加密,设置12604 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [7月12日]
东经88度轨道位置的中新2号卫星C频段,东森亚洲、东森幼幼(台湾)等3个频道加密,设置3648 H 5000参数有条件接收。 [7月12日]
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东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星Ku频段,中国国际(新华社)等全组频道改频率,设置12323 V 7500参数部分免费接收。 [7月12日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,TNV Planeta(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置11605 V 43200参数无效接收。 [7月12日]

东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,E! Korea HD(高清)频道开播,设置3720 H 29620参数有条件接收。 [7月11日]
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东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-13替换电视报道-3(新华社)频道,设置12323 V 12000参数免费接收。 [7月11日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,Universal SD(Cignal)频道消失,设置11539 H 20000参数无效接收。 [7月11日]
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东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,NTV Mir(SatLink)频道消失,设置4000 H 28125参数无效接收。 [7月10日]
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东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,中天新闻替换华视(环宇卫视)频道,设置12461 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [7月10日]


TiVo renews IP licence deal with Foxtel

From http://www.televisionpost.com/news/tivo-renews-ip-licence-deal-with-foxtel/

MUMBAI: TiVo Corporation, a global leader in entertainment technology and audience insights, has signed a multi-year intellectual property (IP) licence renewal with Foxtel, Australia’s leading pay TV platform.

This agreement offers Foxtel ongoing access to TiVo’s industry-leading entertainment discovery patent portfolios.

“Our relationship with Foxtel demonstrates how pay TV providers around the world use TiVo’s intellectual property to reach consumers in more innovative ways. We are proud to continue working with Foxtel, one of Australia’s most innovative media companies, to enable the next-generation of entertainment discovery,” said Rovi Corporation (a TiVo company) EVP of intellectual property and licensing Samir Armaly.

TiVo has created market-leading technologies for the media and entertainment industry. TiVo’s innovative solutions touch practically every aspect of consumers’ day-to-day interaction with their entertainment, enabling customers to build customised, next-generation digital entertainment solutions for users around the globe.

Star Media’s Li TV to end broadcast on Oct 7

From http://www.thesundaily.my/news/2017/07/12/star-media%E2%80%99s-li-tv-end-broadcast-oct-7

PETALING JAYA: Star Media Group Bhd's Li TV will cease operation from October 7 due to losses incurred and headwinds in the media industry.

Li TV is engaged in the business of operating and distribution of an English language lifestyle television channel "Life Inspired" that broadcasts pan-regionally across Asia, which is also available on Astro Channel 728.

The group told Bursa Malaysia that its wholly-owned subsidiary Li TV Holdings Ltd and its wholly-owned subsidiaries namely Li TV International Ltd, Li TV Asia Pte Ltd and Li TV Asia Sdn Bhd will cease operations effective October 7.

Li TV incurred losses of US$1.62 million (RM6.96 million) for the financial year ended December 31, 2017.

With all broadcasting companies globally facing headwinds as well as digital disruption within the media industry, Star Media said it does not expect a turnaround of this segment.

"In view thereof, the board has decided to cease the business operations of Li TV Group to mitigate further losses," it explained.

Barring any unforeseen circumstances, the cessation is expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2017.

Star Media's share price was unchanged at RM2.37 today on some 98,400 shares done, giving it a market capitalisation of RM1.75 billion.

China makes quantum leap forward by 'teleporting' data from Tibet to satellite

From http://www.smh.com.au/technology/sci-tech/china-makes-quantum-leap-forward-by-teleporting-data-from-tibet-to-satellite-20170712-gx9t6q.html

A Chinese team has successfully "teleported" data from one elementary particle to another, something scientists say is yet more proof of Beijing 's burgeoning quantum capability.

The breakthrough gives China a significant edge in developing unbreakable codes in the cutting edge field of quantum cryptography.

The team that made the breakthrough works out of a base station in the snow-covered mountains of Tibet, 4500 metres above sea level.

The altitude allows the station to get as close as possible to a tiny Chinese satellite, Micius, orbiting high overhead.

Last month the scientists revealed that they could entangle particles 1200 kilometres apart. Now they've used the entanglement to send information between the two particles.

In a research paper submitted to the arXiv preprint server this month, the Chinese team said it developed pairs of quantum-entangled photons at the base station, before beaming one of the photons to the satellite via a laser.

The team on earth then measured their half of the pair.

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Due to the weird effects of quantum mechanics, the space-borne half was forced to take on the exact opposite state as the pair on earth – in effect instantly teleporting information from earth to space.

Albert Einstein called quantum entanglement "spooky", and for good reason.

Dr Ben Buchler, associate professor at the Australian National University, explains the phenomenon using two bowls of quantum-entangled Smarties.

In his example, two people pick Smarties from the bowls without looking at their colour.

The chance of the Smarties being orange or green or red is essentially random.

But as soon as one person looks at her Smartie, the other Smartie instantly changes to the exact opposite colour.

The principle is the same for entangled photons: one photon instantly reacts to interaction with its pair, despite the enormous distance separating them.

"Entanglement is basically the ultimate magic trick," Dr Buchler said.

They could be used for cryptography, Dr Buchler said. Should an enemy intercept a quantum-entangled photon, it would be unreadable until the sender chose to give it a message.

Sadly, while quantum teleportation is likely to be hugely useful in the future, "it's never going to be part of the city metro network", Dr Buchler said.

"This teleportation is teleportation of information, not things. That's an important distinction between the science-fiction sense."

KT Skylife launches LTE TV for cars, buses

From http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3035788&cloc=joongangdaily%7Chome%7Cnewslist1

KT Skylife, in partnership with KT, has announced a plan to tackle the interference frequently encountered on satellite TVs installed in vehicles.

The satellite broadcaster has joined forces with its mother company, mobile carrier KT, to resolve the problem using patented technologies on the back of fourth-generation long-term evolution connectivity.

Starting Wednesday, express buses, campers and SUVs subscribing to Skylife’s new service, dubbed Skylife LTE TV, will benefit from uninterrupted broadcasting of some 40 channels throughout a journey, technology that both companies claim is a world first.

Until now, Skylife’s vehicle TVs relied solely on the Mugunghwa 6 Satellite and were prone to disruption from poor weather conditions and vehicles entering tunnels.

“The rapid increase in the number of people camping and tourists means the demand for video content on the move has grown,” said Lee Han, managing director of KT Skylife, at a press conference on Wednesday at KT’s headquarters in Gwanghwamun, central Seoul.

Lee cited data from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, which showed that 5 million people went camping in Korea last year and the number of campers rose 20-fold from 346 in 2007 to 7,000 last year.

The number of users of KTX and SRT bullet trains also surged 22 percent in the past five years. In total there are 1.35 million vehicles that have the potential to either switch from the old service or newly subscribe, according to KT.

The uninterrupted service was made possible with several innovations. The satellite signal has been intentionally delayed by five seconds. This latency gives the set-top box more time to get rid of buffering. The satellite signal is also seamlessly converted to LTE in order to broadcast shows without any lag or interruption.

Users only need to install an antenna on the roof of the vehicle and place a set-top box and an LTE modem in the trunk. The antenna size has been reduced to one fifth of the current model, Lee noted.

The new service charges the same installation fee at 110,000 won ($96) and monthly fee of 15,000 won as before. From November a video on demand service will also be available with an additional charge of 3,000 won.

NTV-Plus starts satellite internet service

From http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2017/07/12/ntv-plus-starts-satellite-internet-service/

The Russian DTH platform NTV-Plus has begun to offer individuals and corporate customers a high-speed, two-way satellite internet service.

According to ComNews, the service is being provided in partnership with Eutelsat Networks, the Russian subsidiary of Eutelsat, and employing the Express-AMU1 satellite.

At present, it is available in the western part of the country.

Receiving the service requires the purchase of separate satellite equipment that costs just under R30,000 (€433).

Installation cost R5,000-7,000, with the subscription fee for individuals being from R275 to R14,000 a month, depending on the tariff chosen.

The service is expected to secure at least 5,000 subscribers in its first year of operation.

TMT Consulting estimates that up to 8 million homes in Russia could potentially be interested in receiving a satellite internet service

Israel questions new Amos satellite plan

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/07/11/israel-questions-new-amos-satellite-plan/

July 10th saw Israel’s parliamentary Science & Technology committee discuss the planned replacement for the lost Amos-6 satellite, dubbed Amos-8.

Spacecom, http://www.televisionpost.com/news/tivo-renews-ip-licence-deal-with-foxtel/the owners of the Amos fleet, have invited international manufacturers to build Amos-8. The Israel parliamentary committee discussed whether it would fund part or all of the new satellite, and to what extent there should be an Israeli governmental payload on the satellite for special military communications.

The head of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), Opher Doron, which in the past has been closely involved in the building of the Amos fleet, says that IAI’s planning teams have been broken up, acquisitions have stopped.

“We’re paying a lot of money to lease the satellite that replaced Amos-6. Unfortunately, an international bid has been announced for the Amos-8 satellite that will replace it, and an international company is likely to win, ending Israel’s ability to provide [independent] satellite communications,” he said.

Microsoft plans ‘White Space’ broadband strategy

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/07/12/109155/

Brad Smith, Microsoft’s President and Chief Legal Officer, has announced a strategy utilising so-called TV White Spaces spectrum – unused spectrum in the UHF television bands in the 600 MHz frequency range – to bring broadband to some 23.4 million Americans in rural areas currently unserved.

Speaking at a lunch sponsored by the Media Institute in Washington, D.C, Smith noted that currently, 34 million Americans still lack broadband Internet access, which is defined by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as a 25 Mbps connection. “Of these, 23.4 million live in rural parts of the US. People who live in these rural communities increasingly are unable to take advantage of the economic and educational opportunities enjoyed by their urban neighbours,” he said.

Thanks to recent advancements in technology, newly adopted standards, business model innovations and a growing demand for broadened cloud services, Smith suggested the time was right for the nation to set a clear and ambitious but achievable goal – to eliminate the rural broadband gap within the next five years by July 4th, 2022. “We believe the nation can bring broadband coverage to rural America in this timeframe, based on a new strategic approach that combines private sector capital investments focused on expanding broadband coverage through new technologies, coupled with targeted and affordable public-sector support,” he announced.

“Our call for a new strategy reflects in part our own experience as a company working around the world to make use of what’s called TV White Spaces spectrum. This is unused spectrum in the UHF television bands. This powerful bandwidth is in the 600 MHz frequency range and enables wireless signals to travel over hills and through buildings and trees. It’s why people could watch television programs in rural communities long before the advent of satellite television. Microsoft itself has considerable experience with this spectrum, having deployed 20 TV white spaces projects in 17 countries that have served 185,000 users,” he advised, noting that in 2010, the FCC adopted rules enabling the use of TV white spaces in the United States.

“It has taken years of additional work to put in place the building blocks needed for the use of this spectrum to scale in an affordable way. We and others have worked to perfect the hardware and software technology, develop industry-wide standards and innovate our way to a practical business model. These advances have now reached a critical threshold, however, and together with increasing demand for cloud services, the market is poised to accelerate – if we take the right steps,” he suggested.

According to Smith, one of the big benefits of this new approach is a dramatic reduction in the cost of bringing broadband rates to rural communities. By relying on this mixture of technologies, the total capital and initial operating cost to eliminate the rural broadband gap falls into a range of $8 to $12 billion, some 80 per cent less than the cost of using fibre cables alone, and over 50 per cent cheaper than the cost of current fixed wireless technology such as 4G.

Although Microsoft believes the private sector can play the leading role in closing the rural broadband gap, Smith said that the public sector also has a vital role to play, with three related governmental measures needed:

“First, the FCC needs to ensure the continued use of the spectrum needed for this mixed technology model. Specifically, it will be important for the FCC to ensure that three channels below 700 MHz are available for wireless use on an unlicensed basis in every market in the country, with additional TV white spaces available in smaller markets and rural areas. Among other things, this will help stimulate investment by hardware companies to produce the needed chips for new devices at a higher scale and lower cost.

Second, we believe that federal and state infrastructure investments should include targeted funds on a matching basis for the capital investments that will best expand coverage into rural areas that currently lack broadband access today. These funds should be made available for use by multiple technologies based on what is the most cost-effective in the region, including TV white spaces, fixed wireless and satellite usage. They should be awarded based on criteria that prioritises either accelerating broadband coverage or incentivising private sector investments in the communities where they are less likely to flow on their own.

Third, there is a need for improved data collection regarding rural broadband coverage. The FCC can help by accelerating its work to collect and report publicly on the state of broadband coverage in rural counties, thereby aiding policy makers and the private sector in making targeted investments.”

In conclusion, Smith said that as a country, the US should not settle for an outcome that leaves behind more than 23 million of its rural neighbours. “To the contrary, we can and should bring the benefits of broadband coverage to every corner of the nation.”

In response, NAB Executive Vice President of Communications Dennis Wharton, described it as “the height of arrogance” for Microsoft – a $540 billion company – to demand free, unlicensed spectrum after refusing to bid on broadcast TV airwaves in the recent FCC incentive auction. “Microsoft’s white space device development has been a well-documented, unmitigated failure. Policymakers should not be misled by slick Microsoft promises that threaten millions of viewers with loss of lifeline broadcast TV programming,” he warned.


Tuesday , no update


Monday morning feeds

Asiasat 5 3876 H Sr 7200 "TBS SNG" TBS Darwin bars then crocs, for EARTHLIVE

Asiasat 5 3885 H Sr 7200 "TBS SNG" Ants for Earthlive

Asiasat 5 3738 V Sr 7200 "Fi14" Boxing

Asiasat 5 3907 H Sr 7120 "Service-1" Golf Dubai Duty Free Irish Open
Asiasat 5 3936 V Sr 7120 "E-094" Billiards 3 Cushions World Cup 2017

Sunday feeds

87.5E 4025 H Sr 1200 "Trichy D S N G"
87.5E 4095 H Sr 1450 "ABNL 3271"

Asiasat 5 3927 V Sr 7500 "FIVB Volleyball World"
Asiasat 5 3936 V Sr 7120 "E-094" Billiards

Asiasat 5 4164 H Sr 6110 "Iraqia TV" Temp feed only?,

Saturday feeds

Asiasat 4 3916 H Sr 20000 "Enc9" "Enc10" "Enc11" unknown Biss encrypted
Asiasat 4 4050 H Sr 7120 "ENC1" Unknown Biss Encrypted
Asiasat 4 4174 H Sr 7120 "Service-1" Unknown Biss Encrypted

These are just for reference , yes Asiasat 4 cband does have feeds and might be worth a check. If I remember rightly the ENC-1 to 11 channel tags are sometimes seen on Asiasat 5 playing out Chinese Basketball.

From the Dish

AsiaSat 4 122.2E 4035 H "Zee Hiburan" has left .

Palapa D 113.0E 3460 H "MTV Live HD has replaced MTV South East Asia" on , ABV.
Palapa D 113.0E 3627 H "Akhyar TV and Family Channel Network" have left .
Palapa D 113.0E 4014 V "Nabawi TV" has left .
Palapa D 113.0E 4080 H "Smile Home Shopping" has started on , Fta.

Palapa D 113.0E 12710 H "Sinema Indonesia" has started on , Irdeto.

SES 9 108.2E The TVB Network Vision mux has left 12651 V.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3750 V "AXN Pakistan" has started on, Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3760 H "D Gold Plus and D News HD" have started on , Fta

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3960 H "TVE Internacional Asia" has left .

ChinaSat 9A 101.4E: ChinaSat 9A has arrived at 101.4 East.

ST 2 88.0E 3590 H SET Metro, SET International, SET Finance, MTV Taiwan, SET Taiwan and SET News have started on , Conax.

Insat 4A 83.0E 11630 H "Showcase 1, Ten 1 HD and CNBC TV 18 Prime HD" have started on , Videoguard.
Insat 4A 83.0E 11670 H "Star Movies India, HBO South Asia, Bindass Play, Discovery Science Southeast Asia, ETV Uttar Pradesh Uttarakhand, Zoom and Showcase HD 1" have started on , Videoguard.

G-Sat 10 83.0E 10970 V "Sony Yay!" has started on , Videoguard. Maharashtra 1, Sarv Dharam Sangam and Animax India have left.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3640 H "TV Oromiyaa" has left .

Intelsat 22 72.1E 3831 L "Aviation TV and Mbugi TV" have started on, Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,TVE(国际)频道消失,设置3960 H 30000参数无效接收。 [7月10日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Win综合台替换年代新闻(环宇卫视)频道,设置12461 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [7月10日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,E! Korea HD(测试)高清频道新增,设置3720 H 29620参数有条件接收。 [7月10日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,HBO HD(高清)频道加密,设置10970 V 32000参数有条件接收。 [7月10日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,Star Gold HD(高清)频道消失,设置11630 H 32000参数无效接收。 [7月10日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,Jewelry Channel、5 Plus(泰国)等3个频道消失,设置12687 V 30000参数无效接收。 [7月10日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,Ploen(泰国)频道新增,设置12687 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [7月10日]
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Nautlcal Channel(高清)频道消失,设置11600 H 18333参数无效接收。 [7月10日]
东经52.5度轨道位置的Al Yah 1号卫星Ku频段,Sat 7 Pars替换Homa TV(伊朗)频道,设置11958 V 27500参数免费接收。 [7月10日]

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,Maya、MRTV-4(泰国)等4个频道加密,设置12728 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [7月9日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,Docu Box替换24 Dok(俄罗斯)频道,设置11530 H 22250参数有条件接收。 [7月9日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Channel 11替换CH7(测试)频道,设置3903 V 2960参数免费接收。 [7月9日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,Naaptol Marathi(印度)等7个频道消失,设置11590 H 30000参数无效接收。 [7月8日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,Wion(印度)频道解密,设置11510 H 30000参数免费接收。 [7月8日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,Republic TV、SD to HD(印度)等8个频道消失,设置11470 H 30000参数无效接收。 [7月8日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,Test 7、Test 8(测试)等4个频道消失,设置11050 V 30000参数无效接收。 [7月8日]
东经115.5度轨道位置的中星6B号卫星C频段,休闲指南替换职业指南(鼎视传媒)频道,设置3640 V 27500参数有条件接收。 [7月8日]

东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Zee Salaam(印度)频道消失,设置3820 V 27500参数无效接收。 [7月8日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Life Time替换AFN Movies(环宇卫视)频道,设置12401 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [7月8日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Live Today(印度)频道消失,设置11856 H 44000参数无效接收。 [7月8日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,U(+7)、Teledom HD(俄罗斯)等频道重现,设置12093 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [7月8日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,9XO、Trace Sports Star(印度)等频道新增,设置11911 H 44000参数免费接收。 [7月8日]

东经183度轨道位置的新天9号卫星C频段,Canal 24 Horas(MPEG-4)频道等4个新增,设置4096 R 30000参数个别免费接收。 [7月7日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,TV Edukasi(印尼)频道新增,设置3820 V 4800参数免费接收。 [7月7日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,亚洲新闻、For Kids(缅甸)等4个频道加密,设置12468 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [7月7日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,国家地理野、Fox Sports(缅甸)等频道加密,设置3731 H 12500参数有条件接收。 [7月7日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,Test HD Channel(测试)高清频道新增,设置4120 H 30000参数免费接收。 [7月7日]


$223 million satellite station to enhance Australia’s border protection

From http://www.ibtimes.com.au/223-million-satellite-station-enhance-australias-border-protection-1556662

Birds sit on top of a satellite dish as heavy fog envelops the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida

A hi-tech $223 million satellite station is set to boost border protection operations to stop people smugglers sending boats to Australia. The new facility will be built in New South Wales.

The station will work alongside a similar facility in Western Australia to give the country’s defence force a clearer picture of what’s happening on the high seas. It will also provide satellite imagery to guide maritime patrols in the South China Sea.

Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne has revealed the new facility will be completed in four years. “The satellite ground station will enable deployed forces across the Pacific and Indian Ocean region to connect to Defence’s strategic information networks back in Australia,” Herald Sun quoted him as saying.

He added the project would not only help border protection patrols, but would also assist with disasters in the region. Its contract was awarded to Northrop Grumman Australia and also includes a new satellite network management system.

Pyne said the system would allow reduced operational response times for the establishment and restoration of satellite communications services. The satellite station will be constructed close to existing defence barracks in Kapooka in Wagga Wagga.

The facility, Pyne said, will be serviced by few maintenance personnel. It will be operated remotely.

The project is expected to be done by 2021. But first, it has to receive approval from the parliamentary works committee.

Australia’s defence force

The Turnbull government has recently announced $300 million worth of equipment to protect Australian soldiers against chemical, biological, nuclear and radiological weapons through suits, masks, detectors, decontamination systems and protection tents. Troops are also having access to warning software for overseas war zones.

Furthermore, the government has secured a $50 million research fund to probe how drones, robots and automated vehicles can help soldiers fight. The Defence Cooperative Research Centre will investigate various technologies, which include long-range drones for ocean surveillance as well as driverless vehicles to evacuate casualties and bring supplies to the battlefield.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull previously called on all countries to implement UN Security Council Resolutions against North Korea. Australia agreed to expanded autonomous sanctions against North Korea in response to its threatening behaviour, with Turnbull saying Australia supported defensive measures “required to respond to the threat posed by North Korean offensive missiles.” “Any escalation of regional tensions is entirely the responsibility of the North Korean regime, which continues to brazenly threaten regional and global peace,” he said.

Prime secures $223m acquisition, construction and support contract

From https://www.defenceconnect.com.au/intel-cyber/938-prime-secures-223-million-acquisition-construction-and-support-contract#!/ccomment-comment=268

Defence and one of Australia’s fastest growing primes have announced the signing of a $223 million contract to improve the Australian Defence Force’s communication through a defence satellite ground station.

Northrop Grumman Australia's joint bid with Viasat and Optus secured the contract, which will see the prime acquire, construct and support the satellite ground station in NSW's Kapooka Military Area in Wagga Wagga. The contract will also see the construction of a new satellite network management system.

The facility will work with a similar station in Western Australia and will also provide satellite imagery to guide Australian maritime patrols in the South China Sea.

Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne said the new station and its technology will play a vital role in defence and border protection, with potential to help deal with disasters in the region.

"The satellite ground station will enable deployed forces across the Pacific and Indian Ocean region to connect to Defence’s strategic information networks back in Australia," said Minister Pyne.

"The technology will assist border protection patrols and could even help deal with disasters in our region."

Minister for Defence Marise Payne said: "The system will enable reduced operational response times for establishing and restoring satellite communications services, significantly helping deployed forces."

Subject to parliamentary works committee approval, Australian company Hansen and Yuncken is set to start construction on the station later this year.

The project is part of JP 2008 Phase 5B2 to enable ADF personnel deployed across the Pacific and Indian Ocean region to connect to Defence's strategic information networks in Australia.

The JP 2008 Phase 5 project was created to provide capability originally planned for under the JP 2008 Phase 4 Next Generation SATCOM Capability project, a result of Phase 4 of the project being re-scoped to provide access to the wideband global satellite (WGS) capability.

Minister Pyne said once constructed the facility will be serviced by a small number of maintenance personnel and operated remotely.

The project is expected to be completed in mid-2021.

The $223 million contract is another victory for Northrop Grumman Australia, which recently opened a new repair facility at Royal Australian Air Force Base Edinburgh in South Australia and announced a $50 million investment in western Sydney with plans to establish an advanced defence electronics maintenance and sustainment centre.

Research: Australians embrace new content and platform options

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/07/10/research-australians-embrace-new-content-and-platform-options/

The Q1 (January-March) 2017 Australian Video Viewing Report – from audience research bodies Regional TAM, OzTAM and Nielsen – shows video viewing behaviour continues to shift with growing content, device and platform choices.

The report examines the times of day when Australians watch video as well as the amount of time they devote to doing so for a more complete perspective on changing viewing patterns.

For instance, at home – where most video viewing takes place – Australians have numerous options, and this encourages the cross-screen ‘spreading’ behaviour observed for several years.

That in turn contributes to the steady and gradual decline in the amount of time Australians spend watching live and time-shifted TV – particularly in the evenings, when people generally have the most available time.

Meanwhile, now-ubiquitous connected mobile devices allow people to consume video at different times of day, including when they are outside the home. For some people, this creates more time and opportunity to watch.

Despite unprecedented choice, on average across the total population TV remains the most-watched screen, and most Australians watch some broadcast TV (free-to-air and subscription channels) each week.

This edition of the Australian Video Viewing Report includes a spotlight on the new Total Grocery Shoppers demographic introduced at the start of the 2017 ratings year to reflect changing Australian household characteristics and better capture all grocery buyers in a home. Among other patterns, the data shows younger men make a significant contribution to household shopping.

•9 million Australians (83.7 per cent of the population in people metered markets) watch some broadcast TV (free-to-air and subscription channels) on in-home TV sets each week.
Reach is strong among all age groups. For example, across the day two thirds (65.6 per cent) of 18-24 year-olds – who are relatively light viewers compared to other age groups – watched broadcast TV weekly in Q1 2017.
In Q1 2017, Australians watched an average of 79 hours and 30 minutes (79:30) of broadcast TV on in-home TV sets per person each month:

•1 per cent (70:52) was watched live-to-air.
•9 per cent (7:04) was played back within seven days.
•9 per cent (1:33) was time-shifted between eight and 28 days of the original broadcast.
•As television sets become increasingly ‘smart’ and multi-functional, Australians are devoting a greater percentage of the time they use them for purposes other than watching live or playing back broadcast TV: ◦In Q1 2017, Australians spent 28 per cent of their time with their TV sets across the day doing something other than watching live or playing back broadcast TV within 28 days. In prime time, the proportion of this other TV screen use was 25 per cent.

•Even with extensive platform, content and device choice, Australians watch 2:39 of live and playback TV on in-home TV sets each day – 33 fewer minutes per day than they did six years ago (Q1 2011).

•Between 1 and 2 per cent of all broadcast TV content viewed each week takes place on connected devices.
•Device portability and the times at which people are available to watch influence viewing patterns: ◦All connected devices have an evening viewing peak.
◦There is more online viewing during the daytime at weekends compared to weekdays.
◦On weekdays catch up (video on demand) viewing on tablets picks up in the afternoon, coinciding with the end of the school day.
◦There is also a slight bump for catch up viewing on weekdays around lunchtime.
◦Catch up activity peaks later in the evenings than live streaming.
◦While live viewing on desktops and laptops builds through the day (as it does for other connected devices), live streaming on tablets and smartphones progressively builds to a peak later in the evening.
◦There is a clear weekday morning peak on smartphones and tablets for both live and catch up viewing.
◦On weekend mornings catch up on smartphones and tablets is more pronounced from early until mid-morning.

•Active online Australians aged 2+ who watch any video on a desktop or laptop spend on average 13:04 per month per viewer doing so.
Such viewing is highest among 18-24s (22:04) and lowest among people 65+ (6 hours).

•Online Australians aged 18+ who watch any video on a smartphone or tablet claim to spend 2:46 and 2:34, respectively, per person doing so each month.
18-24s say they watch the most video on smartphones (9:01 per month). 25-34s claim to watch the most on tablets (4:23).


The traditional weekly shop by a main grocery buyer is increasingly less typical. People now shop multiple times during the week, with those duties often shared between parents and other family members.

To reflect these changing behaviours and Australian household characteristics, OzTAM and Regional TAM introduced a new ‘Total Grocery Shoppers’ demographic at the start of the 2017 ratings year.

It joins the longstanding ‘Main Grocery Buyer’ demographic, and together these variables provide a more comprehensive picture of who shops and influences grocery purchasing decisions in Australian homes.

By broadening the definition of household shoppers, some patterns emerge:
•Compared to Main Grocery Buyers, Alternate Shoppers skew young (40.7 per cent of them are aged 18-39) and male (70 per cent are men).
•Compared to Main Grocery Buyers, Alternate Shoppers are more likely to be employed (67 per cent of them are) and live in dual income households (62 per cent do).
•Alternate Shoppers are relatively light TV viewers compared to Main Grocery Buyers, reflecting the demographic’s young male skew.
•As is the case among the general population, older Main Grocery Buyers and Alternate Shoppers watch more TV than their younger counterparts do.

“This Q1 2017 Australian Video Viewing Report is the natural evolution of the Australian Multi Screen Report, providing a simplified framework whilst maintaining the core measurement metrics of past reports,” advised Regional TAM Chairman and General Manager, Prime Television, Tony Hogarth. “With the increased viewing options and platforms available the in-home television set is still the most popular choice, with broadcast television reaching 83.7 per cent of Australians weekly. Regional Australians in particular spend just over 87 hours watching broadcast television on average each month, which is almost eight hours more than the national average.”

“As we move through 2017 we’ve continued to see growth of Australians aged 18-24 engaging with video content online,” noted Craig Johnson, Regional Managing Director, Media, Nielsen. “This is certainly reflected in video viewing on mobile devices with this group now spending more than nine hours a month watching video via a smartphone – making them the biggest consumers of mobile video content. Content providers and advertisers need to be flexible with their approaches in order to reach consumers where they are, and on any screen size they choose for that moment.”

“The Q1 2017 Australian Video Viewing Report confirms Australians’ huge appetite for video,” added OzTAM CEO Doug Peiffer “As people embrace device and platform choice, for some these new options actually create more time to stay up to date with their favourite TV programs or watch other video – for example, while commuting or taking a few minutes out during their lunch break. Although connected screens and endless content options contribute to the gradual decline in the time people spend watching live and time-shifted TV, particularly for younger viewers, nearly all Australians watch broadcast TV each week. On average across the total population TV remains the most-watched screen.”

ADDITIONAL findings: Q1 (January-March) 2017:
◦On average, Australian homes have 6.2 screens each (6.4 in Q1 2016).[i]

◦59 per cent of homes have PVRs; 17 per cent have two or more (Q1 2016: 58 per cent; 17 per cent).

◦38 per cent of homes have internet-capable TVs, whether connected or not (Q1 2016: 35 per cent).

Within those homes, 69 per cent of Internet-capable TVs are connected, equating to 26 per cent across all TV households.

◦49 per cent of homes have tablets (49 per cent in Q1 2016).

◦81 per cent of households have one or more smartphones (81 per cent in Q1 2016).

◦100 per cent of Australian television homes can access digital terrestrial television (DTT) channels.
◦97 per cent can do so on every household TV set.
◦96 per cent can receive high definition (HD) DTT broadcasts on all TV sets in the home.
◦Household Internet penetration is stable at 79 per cent.

Australia: nbn roll-out reaches halfway

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/07/10/australia-nbn-roll-out-reaches-halfway/

One in two Australians can now connect to the nbn network as the roll-out of the nation’s largest ever infrastructure project officially passed the halfway point.

More than 5.7 million homes and businesses are now able to order a service from their retailer as nbn continues to ramp-up the roll-out of the network by adding up to 100,000 new properties to its footprint each week.

The company has also highlighted its plans to begin further construction work across suburbs within the capital cities as well as outer metro regions such as Gold Coast, Gladstone, Bendigo, Port Macquarie and Geelong.

“I’m proud to announce that one in two Australians are now able to enjoy the benefits of fast broadband by connecting to the nbn network through a retailer,” declared nbn’s Chief Executive Officer, Bill Morrow. “Nationwide access to fast broadband will become the platform to launch Australia into the next phase of its digital future – it will change what our jobs will look like, where we will live and how we fare on a global scale.”

“We are seeing great demand for fast broadband across the country – there are currently around three in four homes and businesses who have signed-up to services over the nbn network following the 18-month window they are provided to make the switch. Our team will continue to ramp-up the rollout of the network to help meet this demand in the coming months as we start further construction work across the capital cities and outer metro areas.”

“The rollout of the nbn network is one of the most complex and ambitious initiatives to be undertaken in any market across the world. We’re building a nationwide network that has the ability to deliver wholesale speeds which are currently around eight times faster than the average capacity available on the majority of Australia’s existing broadband services. Our team is on budget and ahead of schedule to connect millions of Australian homes and businesses in the next few years and ask for your patience as we make the transition from the old to the new network.”

“To ensure Australians get the best possible Internet experience, it’s important they understand the role of nbn as the access network connecting their homes and businesses to services provided by retailers. Speeds experienced over the nbn network are influenced by a range of factors such as the technology used to deliver the network as well as equipment quality, broadband plans, signal reception and the age of the smart devices being used to connect to the Internet.”

The roll-out of the nbn network is scheduled to be three quarters built by mid-2018 and complete by 2020.

Sky Sports channels revamp extends choice (U.K)

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/07/10/sky-sports-channels-revamp-extends-choice/

As anticipated, Sky Sports is expanding its service with 10 sports channels, aimed at giving customers more choice, at no extra cost.

The line-up will include new channels dedicated to some of the biggest sports and opens up new ways for customers to join Sky Sports, from as little as 60p (€0.68) a day. It will also offer a better digital experience on one Sky Sports app.

From 18th July, the Sky Sports package will include:
•10 sports channels – more than ever before, including:
•Dedicated channels for the Premier League, football, cricket, golf and F1
•Two channels, Sky Sports Action and Sky Sports Arena, offering rugby union, rugby league, boxing, netball, darts, NFL, tennis, WWE, GAA & much more
•Sky Sports Main Event channel hosting the biggest events in one place
•Sky Sports News and Sky Sports Mix for all Sky customers

The new package of ten channels and an unrivalled schedule of live sport is available for the same price (£27.50 per month), which will remain frozen for 12 months. Existing customers will receive the new Sky Sports package automatically and the new channels will replace the existing line-up.

For the first time, Sky Sports will also offer something for fans not looking for the full breadth of sports, but are interested in specific sports. The new line-up is designed to grow this customer base and offers flexibility to subscribe to individual channel packages at a new price. One channel pack will be available for just £18 per month, two for £22 and three for £26.

“We’re dedicating channels to some of our biggest sports, launching a new way to watch the best live action and offering even better digital products too,” explained Barney Francis, Managing Director of Sky Sports. “Sky Sports is giving customers even more choice and channels at the same price for another 12 months, while opening up new ways for sports fans to join. If you love Premier League, you can enjoy it for as little as 60p a day or you can have the full Sky Sports package for less than £1.”

“Sport has been a major part of Sky for 26 years and we’re improving our service even further, super-serving existing customers and providing flexibility to a whole new generation of sports fans,” added Stephen van Rooyen, Sky UK and Ireland Chief Executive. “We are making sport more accessible and offering even more choice; all part of our continued investment in offering Sky customers an unrivalled service.”

Viewers will enjoy a host of new programmes, including: a nightly Premier League debate show on Sky Sports Premier League; masterclasses and coaching clinics from some of the biggest names in sport including Shane Warne, Butch Harmon and Rob Key; live golf previews ahead of selected European and US events; and a host of new documentaries.

The full range of digital platforms are also being brought together onto one Sky Sports app to make it easier for customers to enjoy all their sports on the go.

In a related development, Sky’s subscription-free OTT service NOW TV announced that from the July 18th, its customers will enjoy the brand new Sky Sports channel line-up through its sport passes, similarly at no additional cost.

“We’re delighted to be adding the all new Sky Sports channels to NOW TV, even more sporting action on the same flexible and affordable passes,” commented Gidon Katz, Director of NOW TV said.

NOW TV Sky Sports Passes will remain the same price as they are today, offering flexibility and freedom for those who want to watch specific events on Sky Sports without a contract. A Day Pass is £6.99, a Week Pass is £10.99 and a Month Pass is £33.99


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update


Outage to NZ UHF / terrestrial transmission from midnight to 5am on MONDAY 10 JULY

Kordia will be updating transmitters across the North Island, which would cause a temporary outage to all broadcasts in East Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Palmerston North, Whanganui and Napier early Monday morning. The work has been scheduled to minimise disruption to viewers and once completed, it will increase broadcast bandwidth nationwide and enable Māori Television to broadcast high definition programming.

Thursday feeds

IS 19 12430 H Sr 3500 "VISLINK" TV3 (NewsHub) Americas Cup Feed FTA

D2 12464 H Sr 6670 "default" Americas cup parade. Nz beam
D2 12455 H Sr 5632 "aksng01" encrypted probably coverage of America's cup parade

AS5 3907 H Sr 7120 "Service-1" Golf

AS5 3934 H Sr 7500 "SCJDJ" Asian Basketball

From the Dish

Palapa D 113.0E 3960 H "Grace TV" has started on , Fta
Palapa D 113.0E 4052 H "Insan Qur'ani" has left .
Palapa D 113.0E 4080 H "Smile Home Shopping" has left .

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3760 H "Macau Lotus TV" has started on , Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4060 V "ARY World has replaced ARY Digital UK" on , Fta.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3725 H "Chardikla Time TV" has left .
Insat 4A 83.0E 3805 H "Network 10" has started on , Fta.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3545 V "MCU TV" has started on , BISS.

Apstar 7 76.5E Channel S has moved from 3799 H to 3692 H, clear.

ABS 2 75.0E 11559 V "TNV Planeta" has started on , Fta
ABS 2 75.0E 12153 V "Tochka TV" has started on , Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Cinema 1(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置3751 V 2333参数无效接收。 [7月6日]
东经52.5度轨道位置的Al Yah 1号卫星Ku频段,Kanal 20替换PNTV(伊朗)频道,设置11900 H 27500参数免费接收。 [7月6日]
东经52.5度轨道位置的Al Yah 1号卫星Ku频段,Tameshk TV、Max 1、Max 2(外语)频道新增,设置11958 V 27500参数免费接收。 [7月6日]
东经52.5度轨道位置的Al Yah 1号卫星Ku频段,Didgah TV、Max Action(伊朗)频道新增,设置11766 V 27500参数免费接收。 [7月6日]
东经52.5度轨道位置的Al Yah 1号卫星Ku频段,Iran International替换EuroNews(伊朗)频道,设置11996 V 27500参数免费接收。 [7月6日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,广东体育替换星河频道(台亚卫星)频道,设置11101 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [7月6日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,星河频道替换广东体育(台亚卫星)频道,设置11101 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [7月6日]
东经52.5度轨道位置的Al Yah 1号卫星Ku频段,Gem Drama(外语)频道开播,设置11881 V 27500参数免费接收。 [7月6日]

东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,RHTV(环宇卫视)频道改频率,设置12711 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [7月5日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Sony Yay(测试)频道重现,设置4180 V 30000参数免费接收。 [7月5日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,亚洲新闻、Waku Waku(缅甸)等4个频道解密,设置12468 V 45000参数免费接收。 [7月5日]
东经65度轨道位置的Amos 4号卫星Ku频段,Select 1替换Star Sports 4(尼泊尔)等频道,设置10790 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [7月5日]
东经65度轨道位置的Amos 4号卫星Ku频段,Dhamaal替换Mahuaa TV(尼泊尔)频道,设置10915 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [7月5日]
东经65度轨道位置的Amos 4号卫星Ku频段,Business Plus(尼泊尔)频道新增,设置11236 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [7月5日]
东经84.8度轨道位置的Horizons 2号卫星Ku频段,Doktor(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置12160 H 28800参数无效接收。 [7月5日]


TVNZ says Kiwis are treating Netflix like a pet, but they're not getting much in return

From https://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/tv-radio/94397251/tvnz-says-kiwis-are-treating-netflix-like-a-pet-but-theyre-not-getting-much-in-return

Netflix: "Everyone feels warm and fuzzy about it, but there aren't that many great shows."

A TVNZ executive says Netflix is like a pet that makes people feel warm and fuzzy, but lacks in quality programmes.

TVNZ's deputy director of content Andy Shaw said the rise of the global Streaming Video On Demand site has affected the television industry, but he considered it more of a fad.

Netflix delivers documentaries, TV shows and movies to its subscribers for at least $9.99 a month.

TVNZ's deputy director of content Andrew Shaw thinks Netflix is over-hyped by the media.

TVNZ's deputy director of content Andrew Shaw thinks Netflix is over-hyped by the media.

"At the moment I suspect people treat Netflix like a pet, it's nice to stroke and everyone feels warm and fuzzy about it, but you know there aren't that many great shows on Netflix, frankly," Shaw said.

"There are some that are good but it's a brand that is over-hyped by the media and frankly if you search for longer than four minutes there's actually not that much out there. So lets not get carried away."

Netflix arrived in New Zealand in 2015.

Since then, and in the space of just a few months, Kiwis found themselves with a smorgasbord of streaming video options, including Neon, Quickflix, Lightbox, ThreeNow and TVNZ on Demand, among others.

Netflix has over 100 million members world wide - but won't say how many of those are in New Zealand.

A spokesman said they did not give out "​regional numbers".

The company did not wish to respond to the attacks, but said prior to launching in New Zealand it had carried out "extensive research" to find out what types of content Kiwi audiences enjoy.

"Every day since launch they've learned more and more about local content preferences, resulting in a content library that is constantly evolving to meet local member's needs and wants".

He said Netflix would produce over 1000 hours of original content this year - up from 600 hours last year.

"We offer programs for tastes of our over 100 million members around the world so there is something for everyone.

"A number of Netflix originals have been shot in New Zealand – including Marco Polo, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, and the upcoming Legend of Monkey," the spokesman said.

But Shaw still questioned whether it was worth it.

"There's great drama and great comedy being produced across the world, 500 titles this year possibly," he said.

"Maybe 12 of them will be on Netflix.

"So let's not get seduced by the fact that Netflix is a ubiquitously available service at a reasonable price.

"You're still paying for it - would you pay $10 a month or $12 a month for twelve shows across the year? I'm not sure you would."

Netflix put down does arrogant broadcaster no favours

From https://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/tv-radio/94494360/netflix-put-down-does-arrogant-broadcaster-no-favours

If Netflix is a pet, it will become a beloved member of the family if it continues to produce shows like Stranger Things.

OPINION: A TVNZ executive's bizarre pot shots against competitor Netflix are as much an insult to consumers as they are to the online entertainment giant.

In the mind of the national broadcaster's deputy director of content Andy Shaw, we have been dazzled by a superficial sparkle that will soon fade out; duped by the gimmickry of quality, ad-free programming.

What's more, we've been foolish enough to want to pay for it and "binge-watch" for hours on end.

TVNZ's deputy director of content Shaw says TV viewers should not get carried away with Netflix's appeal. It's just a fad.

Shaw's claims this week that Netflix was "like a pet that makes people feel warm and fuzzy", only had three good shows and was overhyped, brought instant allusions to an old ostrich with its head in the sand, and triggered a landslide of criticism against the "reality" shows that had become TVNZ's bread and butter.

It's akin to a fast food restauranteur ranting against the attraction of fine-dining: You know all you really want is a cheeseburger!

It's difficult to establish where the arrogance ends and the delusion begins.

But squabbling over the quality and worthiness of content is beside the point. We all have different tastes, and TVNZ has always been about programming that could draw the largest audience.

It now caters to a wedge of the market that enjoys affordably-produced cooking shows, DIY, social experiments, and long-running, slow-burning soap operas.

But it is just a wedge, and TVNZ and its advertisers can either be comfortable with that, and watch its market share slowly diminish, or it can radically rethink its model – because that's where Netflix has changed the game. It's called audience-focused programming.

Time is precious. An increasing number of TV viewers would rather pay $12 a month for something they choose to watch, when they want to watch it, than get "whatever is on" for their NZ on Air tax money. It's less a fad, more a user-pays revolution.

Netflix subscribers fund the creation of costly dramatic and sitcom shows that the provider thinks will appeal to viewers – the very type of shows free-to-air TV gave up on years ago, often shunting to 2am or cancelling mid-season without explanation or apology.

Shaw is correct that TV viewers have been bewitched by Netflix's warm, fuzzy allure. A decade of contempt from public broadcasters will do that to you.

"Let's not get carried away," he says.

Sorry Andrew, but we were driven away. Time for you to cue up Goodnight Kiwi.

(Craig's comment, welcome to NZ, where every week you get 6 hours of months old Australian Masterchef dished up in the Primetime 7.30pm slot)

Chinese satellite Zhongxing-9A enters preset orbit

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Chinese_satellite_Zhongxing_9A_enters_preset_orbit_999.html

The communications satellite Zhongxing-9A has entered its preset orbit over two weeks after its launch on June 19.

Abnormal performance was identified during the third phase of the Long March-3B launch, which failed to deliver the satellite as planned.

The satellite conducted 10 orbit adjustments with its onboard thrusters and Wednesday reached its preset orbit at 101.4 degrees east longitude over the equator, according to China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) Thursday.

Currently, the satellite's systems are operational and the transponders are on, said the CASC, adding that a series of tests will be carried out.

Zhongxing-9A is the first Chinese-made satellite for live radio and television broadcasts.

An anomaly was found on the carrier rocket's rolling control thruster, part of the attitude control engine, during the third gliding phase, according to an investigation.

The rocket team has also completed a thorough technology analysis and expanded examinations.

Third time success for Intelsat 35e launch

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/07/06/third-time-success-for-intelsat-launch/

Two aborted launch attempts are bound to raise heart-rates and blood pressure, but SpaceX successfully sent a giant Intelsat (I-35e) satellite on its way to orbit at its third launch attempt.

The success meant a third launch for SpaceX in less than two weeks. SpaceX used an all-new rocket for the launch and the mission’s weight and target insertion into its geostationary transfer orbit meant that there was no surplus fuel left to attempt a post-launch landing. The rocket fell safely into the Atlantic after launch.

Intelsat, in its post-launch statement, confirmed that all was well with its ‘Epic’ satellite which will now journey to its orbital slot at 325.5 degrees East, where it will supply DTH signals (for Canal+) and bandwidth for the Americas, Caribbean, and provide links to Europe and Africa. It will replace Intelsat 903 when it arrives on station. I-903 will then be relocated to another position towards year-end.

“The successful launch of Intelsat 35e is a major milestone in our business plan for 2017, furthering the footprint and resilience of our Intelsat Epic infrastructure,” said Stephen Spengler, Chief Executive Officer, Intelsat. “With each Intelsat Epic launch, we advance our vision of creating a global, high performance for our customers that will unlock new growth opportunities in applications including mobility, wireless infrastructure and private data networks. As we further our innovations with respect to ground infrastructure and managed service offerings, like IntelsatOne Flex, we are transforming the role of satellite in the telecommunications landscape.”

Russia’s Channel 1 to launch in China

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/07/07/russias-channel-1-to-launch-in-china/

BBC Monitoring is reporting that Russia’s state-run Channel One TV and China Central Television (CCTV) have signed an agreement to launch the first Russian television channel in China.

The deal was sealed at the Russian-Chinese media forum held on July 4th as Chinese President Xi Jinping was visiting Moscow, Russian state-owned news agency TASS reported.

It was signed by Channel One chief Konstantin Ernst and the head of CTV-Satellite TV Program Co of China. According to Ernst, the channel called Katyusha will broadcast in Russian with Chinese subtitles. “Broadcasting will begin this year,” he told journalists.

“We moved rather quickly. We reached all agreements within two years and signed the distribution contract today. I think this is a pace that is fast on a titanic scale, ” Ernst said.

Margarita Simonyan, the editor-in-chief of another state-run Russian TV channel RT (also known as Russia Today) told the forum that it was necessary to increase the availability of Russian TV channels for Chinese audiences.

“Anyone in Russia can watch Chinese TV at any time. We are very hopeful that with increasing confidence and with such good proximity between our countries and our leaders this issue will be resolved and we will observe a significant increase in the possibility for the people of China to get acquainted with our media,” Simonyan said.

(Craig's comment, this may have been the reason for Rossiya 1 appearing on Asiasat 5 the other day?)

Hackers can now decrypt satellite phone calls in 'real time' within a fraction of a second

From link

Researchers have uncovered a new attack method that can make encryption used in satellite communications unsecure.

Hacking into a network
The new attack method shows how the security encryption used in satellite phones can be hacked(iStock)

A new attack method has reportedly been uncovered by Chinese researchers that allows satellite phone calls to be decrypted in "real time", in some cases, within just a fraction of a second.

The new attack method is based on previous research by German academicians in 2012 and shows how the encryption used in satellite phones can be undone.

The research focused on the GMR-2 algorithm that is commonly used by modern-day satellite phones, including Inmarsat, to encrypt voice calls in an attempt to prevent eavesdropping.

Rather than building on the German researchers' tactic of recovering the encryption key via a 'plaintext' attack, the Chinese researchers attempted to "reverse the encryption procedure to deduce the encryption-key from the output keystream directly".

The attack method helped researchers effectively reduce the search space for the 64-bit encryption key, which in turn made it easier to hunt for the decryption key, resulting in the encrypted data to be cracked within a fraction of a second.

"This again demonstrates that there exists serious security flaws in the GMR-2 cipher, and it is crucial for service providers to upgrade the cryptographic modules2 of the system in order to provide confidential communication," researchers said in their paper, which was published earlier in the week.

ZDNet reported that a spokesperson for Inmarsat said that the firm "immediately took action to address the potential security issue and this was fully addressed" back in 2012.

"We are entirely confident that the issue... has been completely resolved and that our satellite phones are secure," the spokesperson added.

"They seem to have optimized the 2012 attack so that it's much faster and requires only about a dozen bytes of 'known plaintext'," said Matthew Green, a cryptography teacher at Johns Hopkins University

Green added that the attack was "fast enough to allow key recovery (and decryption) in real time if one could get the known plaintext."

"From a scientific perspective, it's a big advance," Green said, adding that "from a practical perspective, it's unclear. So maybe don't trust satellite phone encryption. But I would have said the same thing in 2012."

HBO, Cinemax join Hulu

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/07/07/hbo-cinemax-join-hulu/

HBO has struck a deal with Hulu that will see its content and services offered as an add-on for the US streaming service.

HBO, along with Cinemax, can now be added to Hulu’s existing subscription. HBO will cost $15 (€13.14) per month and Cinemax will cost $10 per month, on top of Hulu’s subscription fees.

The deal comes just days ahead of the first episode of Game Of Thrones Season 7.

Consumers who add HBO to their Hulu subscription will have access to all the programming HBO Now subscribers have, meaning they can watch shows from the entire HBO back-catalogue.

DD Free Dish earns Rs85 crore in e-auction of channel slots

From http://www.livemint.com/Consumer/DyDy1ZVcbqfqZQmcSXXUVO/DD-Free-Dish-earns-Rs85-crore-in-eauction-of-channel-slots.html

Out of the total 11 slots put up for sale by DD Free Dish in the auction, three were for news and current affairs channels, while the rest for non-news channels

Nine channels have renewed their slots on DD Free Dish and will continue after the expiry of their respective annual agreements, says Doordarshan director general Supriya Sahu. Photo: Mint

New Delhi: State broadcaster Doordarshan’s free-to-air direct-to-home (DTH) platform DD Free Dish earned Rs85.10 crore in an e-auction held on Tuesday to award 11 channel slots to private broadcasters. This was the highest amount earned by Free Dish in an auction ever.

Out of the total 11 slots put up for sale in the auction, three were slated for news and current affairs channels, while the rest were for non-news channels.

“Nine channels have renewed their slots on DD Free Dish and will continue after the expiry of their respective annual agreements. Two new non-news and current affairs channels of Star India Private Limited, which were not on DD Free Dish earlier, have also succeeded in getting the slots,” said Supriya Sahu, director general at Doordarshan, in a statement.

Currently, DD Free Dish has 22 million subscribers, according to recent estimates from television viewership measurement agency Broadcast Audience Research Council (Barc) India, shared by Doordarshan. The platform carries 80 channels including private entertainment channels like Star Utsav, Sony Pal, Zee Anmol, Rishtey and news channels like Aaj Tak, ABP News and News 24.

This comes after DD’s failure to receive any applications in the last two out of three Free Dish auctions due to high reserve prices. In March, DD Free Dish nearly doubled its reserve prices for non-news channels to Rs8 crore, up from Rs4.8 crore. The reserve price for news and current affairs channels was fixed at Rs6.50 crore.

In the three auctions planned since March, DD had received no application in two auctions and had managed to earn only Rs24 crore in another.

An executive at one of the leading private broadcasters explained that broadcasters had no option but to spend a higher amount on Free Dish. “Private broadcasters had to go back to Free Dish to tap rural advertising and earn revenue,” the executive said.

“The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) is micro managing the sector and is favouring cable distribution platforms at the cost of broadcasters and consumers. Because of this, broadcasters are not able to monetize content properly through subscription revenue,” the executive added.

For the year 2016-17, Doordarshan recorded the highest-ever revenue from DD Free Dish at Rs264.17 crore, a 47% increase from a year ago. Free Dish had generated Rs180 crore in 2015-16


No update


Rossiya 1 HD appears to have left Asiasat 5, it only looked temporary.

Intelsat 19 4180 H 30000 new services in the Philippines mux, all encrypted except program 8
Program 003
Program 004
Program 005
Program 006
Program 007
Program 008 Oneseg

Some small changes Intelsat 19 KU TV Plus

1) HABER TURK (TV PLUS) 12286, H, 29993 Channel Name("TV2"=>"HABER TURK")
2) ULUSAL TV (TV PLUS) 12286, H, 29993 Channel Name("YILDIZ SPOR"=>"ULUSAL TV")

Test HD is new on Measat 3a 91.5E 4120 H Sr 30000

From my Email


From the Dish

G-Sat 15 93.5E 11470 H "Republic TV" has left .

G-Sat 10 83.0E 11010 V "Tata Sky Bangla Cinema ?, Star Plus HD India +1, Star Plus India +1, Star Gold HD India +1, Star Gold India +1, Sony BBC Earth, Multiplex, Swaraj Express SMBC, Lord Buddha TV, Zingaat, Republic TV, Hindi Khabar, Fashion TV India, Care World TV, Gulistan News, Dighvijay News 24x7, Surya Comedy and Ibaadat TV" have started on , Videoguard.

ABS 2 75.0E 11665 V "Telekanal Doktor has replaced 24 Doc" on , Irdeto.

From asiatvro site

东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Rossiya 1(高清)频道消失,设置3700 V 30000参数无效接收。 [7月5日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Program 003(MPEG-4)等6个频道新增,设置4180 H 30000参数免费接收。 [7月5日]
东经52.5度轨道位置的Al Yah 1号卫星Ku频段,Echorouk TV、Beur TV(伊朗)频道消失,设置11900 H 27500参数无效接收。 [7月5日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,Fox(福克斯)频道新增,设置12468 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [7月5日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,5 Special、Fox Movies(缅甸)频道解密,设置3731 H 12500参数免费接收。 [7月5日]
东经52.5度轨道位置的Al Yah 1号卫星Ku频段,Nay Music TV、Ayeneh TV(伊朗)等频道新增,设置11900 H 27500参数免费接收。 [7月4日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Cinemachi Kids(MPEG-4)频道解密,设置3751 V 2333参数免费接收。 [7月4日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Cinema 1替换Message TV(巴基斯坦)频道,设置3751 V 2333参数免费接收。 [7月4日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,DD Sports、Dangal(印度)等全组频道消失,设置12227 H 44000参数无效接收。 [7月4日]


Eutelsat/ViaSat/Panasonic case against Inmarsat

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/07/05/eutelsatviasatpanasonic-case-against-inmarsat/

The Official Journal of the European Union has published the legal action brought by two satellite operators (Eutelsat/ViaSat) and Panasonic Aviation against the European Commission in their dispute with Inmarsat. The three objectors are complaining that – in essence – Inmarsat ought not to have been licensed to operate in-flight services for a system that was supposed to be for mobile satellite services.

The first core element of the trio’s objections argues: “The Commission has unlawfully failed to decide that the use of 2 GHz mobile satellite service spectrum on a primarily terrestrial-based network constitutes a fundamental change in the use of the 2 GHz Band that is harmonised and tendered at EU level through a Union selection procedure. The Commission should have taken responsibility and acted to adopt a decision to prevent NRAs from authorising Inmarsat to use the 2 GHz Band primarily for Air-To-Ground purposes, instead of primarily for a mobile satellite services (‘MSS’) satellite network in accordance with the EU’s MSS decisions.”

The second argument alleges that the Commission has failed to take action to prevent the fragmentation of the Internal Market, and states: “The Commission has a duty to exercise its powers in order to prevent the risk of fragmentation of the internal market for pan-European mobile satellite services that provide universal connectivity, which would be caused if certain national regulatory authorities (‘NRAs’) decide — on their own motions — to allow a specific company to use the 2 GHz Band for a new purpose. Indeed, the failure to exercise this duty in response to the applicant’s request to act Letter and the requests for guidance by NRAs have increased the risk that some Member States authorise use of the 2 GHz Band for new purposes.”

Their third demand is that the Commission annuls its previous decision., saying: “The Commission’s decision […] should be annulled because the Commission erred in interpreting i) the provisions defining its powers in the area of the MSS spectrum harmonisation; ii) the scope of its duty to ensure full compliance with the general principles of EU public procurement law applicable to this case; iii) its duties to prevent divergence among the decisions adopted by Member States and ensure that the Internal Market for pan-European mobile satellite services that provide universal connectivity is not fragmented, and iv) the scope of its duty of sincere cooperation to assist Member States in carrying out the tasks that flow from the Treaties.”

GINX TV Expands Esports Channel to South Africa

From https://www.dexerto.com/news/2017/07/04/ginx-tv-expands-esports-channel-south-africa/

Announced on July 4th, 2017, GINX Esports TV has partnered with DStv, a television service in Sub-Saharan Africa, in order to bring esports entertainment to the mainstream.

Founded in August of 2008, GINX has become an international broadcaster of all things esports, currently producing numerous related programs in the UK, and a number of other territories.

As the market grows, more companies are allowing themselves to take a shot at gaming on a much larger scale. Content which was once brushed off by the major providers is now incredibly sought after for exclusive business deals. This is evident by the large volume of investment from both ITV and Sky.

In July, the service will make two Call of Duty World League competitions and the Overwatch Apex Final available to subscribers, amongst other programming.

Fans located in South Africa and the Sub-Sahara will now have better access to news, breakdowns, and live tournaments via the satellite package.

Official press release from the GINX website:

“From today, fans of esports will be able to keep up to date with all the latest news, views, reviews and live tournament action throughout South Africa with GINX Esports TV, the world’s largest esports TV channel.

GINX Esports TV – Channel 240 – is the place to go to for round-the-clock live tournaments, unique entertainment programming and esports news shows such as The Daily Download, This Week in Esports and The BRIDGE. In July alone the channel will feature live coverage of two COD World League tournaments, plus the OGN Overwatch Apex Final.

Having previously been available exclusively to DStv’s Now members on digital delivery, South African esports fans will now be able to access even more awesome esports action via their current satellite packages.

Get ready for the hugest competitions, exclusive African esports events and more on GINX Esports TV – DStv Channel 240.”

Egyptian content pirates sentenced

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/07/05/egyptian-content-pirates-sentenced/

Digital platform security specialist Irdeto and video entertainment services provider MultiChoice Africa Limited (MAL) have confirmed that three content pirates have been sentenced in Cairo, Egypt. The sentencing follows multiple piracy raids which uncovered a large cybercrime syndicate illegally offering premium content services. The three defendants were found guilty on all criminal charges and were each sentenced to a two-year jail term and a fine of £75,000 (€3,700).

The syndicate offered control word sharing equipment and illegal pirate subscriptions for sale, allowing 163,802 pirate viewers unauthorised access to content from a number of international broadcasters. The ruling follows extensive collaboration between Egyptian Cybercrime Police, MAL and Irdeto and marks the culmination of one of the largest investigations into an extensive control word sharing piracy network.

“Engaging in any form of piracy comes with consequences, and this ruling clearly indicates that piracy will not be tolerated,” declared Frikkie Jonker, General Manager, Africa Piracy Department, MultiChoice Africa. “These convictions are critical to sending a message to the pirate community that piracy is a serious offence that damages the media and entertainment industry. Our collaboration with Irdeto and the unbelievable support of the Egyptian Enforcement Authorities, without whom this would not have been possible, demonstrates the importance of working together to combat the growing problem of piracy.”

The initial investigations into suspects began through a partnership between MAL and Irdeto, before a joint criminal investigation referral was made to the Egypt Ministry of Internal Affairs. Raids were conducted that uncovered several electronic components, servers, almost 40 smartcards from multiple conditional access providers, several pirate decoders, smartcard readers and other related equipment typically used within a pirate control word sharing operation. Cash of over $220,000 was also seized during the raids. Further investigation uncovered over 5,000 advertisements for pirate devices on Alibaba B2B platforms.

“These convictions are a testament to the seriousness of the piracy offence and the commitment of law enforcement worldwide to crack down on these cybercrime networks,” said Rory O’Connor, Vice President of Cybersecurity Services, Irdeto. “Our partnership with MultiChoice Africa epitomises our commitment to content owners, rights holders and operators to combat smartcard sharing and other forms of piracy. We will continue to work closely with law enforcement around the globe to shut down criminal pirate networks and ensure that justice is served.”

Nigeria to offer 30 digital channels

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/07/05/nigeria-to-offer-30-digital-channels/

Nigeria’s Broadcasting Commission (NBC), despite a high degree of uncertainty as to when it will switch off its analogue transmissions, is preparing 30 channels for its Free TV digital bouquet.

Rotimi Salami, General Manager of Integrated Digital Services (ITS), talking to Nigeria’s Guardian newspaper, explained that ITS was already working with pay-TV operator StarTimes Group, and that the government was seeking to build out its digital transmission multiplexes and where 30 digital channels on Free TV would provide the start of the DTT system.

Salami said that there should be 20 national channels, six local and four regional channels, and that the NBC was in discussion with interested parties.

There would be considerable job opportunities, he said. “As the network expands, engineers and computer experts would be engaged to man the system. Content creation would increase necessitation opening for actors, producers, creative writer to fill the now available platform. Apps are to be developed for use on the Set Top Boxes, marketing of these STBs too are revenue generating concerns. Similarly, as the networking optimises, other value-added services would be explored.”

Conax and Nagra are working with the authorities on encryption. StarTimes already had some 4 million Conax decoders in use on its pay-TV system.

“Knowing Nigerians, our quest for things trending is almost insatiable,” Salami told The Guardian. “There is so much business for the pay-TV operators to thrive. Contents would be the draw and creating awareness would also be key, for example, StarTimes acquired rights to Bundesliga, Ligue1, Eredivisie ETC, but awareness of the presence of these properties is rather poor. Subscribers on their satellite services who are football fans are entertained round the clock on about six sport channels. The list is limitless and the cost is a bargain. Awareness is key for pay-TV the market is huge. They have the facilities and platform to create this awareness unlike in the Free TV. They are in charge of their destiny.”

“Nationwide coverage for StarTimes had already been achieved via their [satellite] operations. While I can’t speak for StarTimes, what I believe you have in mind is their DTT operations. The Free TV project will dovetail into total nationwide DTT network operations for both the National Television Authority’s Star network and the ITS given our strategic alliance.”

India’s TRAI disappointed by DTH numbers

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/07/05/indias-trai-disappointed-by-dth-numbers/

India’s Telecom Regulatory Authority (TRAI) has released its official DTH subscriber numbers for 2016 and they confirm earlier reports that growth is slowing.

However, the overall numbers are still substantial. TRAI says that 2016’s core DTH subscriber base grew from 84.8 million (end of 2015) to 97.05 million (December 31st 2016), an increase of 14.45 per cent. But strip out the ‘inactive’ numbers and count only ‘active’ subscribers and the numbers soften considerably, from 55.98 million at the end of 2015 to 62.65 million at the end of 2016, an increase of 11.91 per cent.

TRAI’s disappointment is down to India’s now widespread adoption of all-digital and addressable set-top boxes, and is echoed by the DTH industry which had expected to win a larger proportion of these digital homes. Some 42 million analogue cable homes were converted to digital during Phase IV of the nation’s digital switch-over.

Some 6.67 million net new DTH subscribers were added by operators with 4.65 million were mopped up by the sectors 3 larger operators (Airtel DTH, Dish TV and Videocon DTH).

More recent publicly-available data from listed companies shows that the decline in new subscribers continues. Just 532,000 net new additions were added during Q1 this year which is well down on the 1.709 million added during the same period in 2016.


Asiasat 5 3700 V Sr 30000 "EBU service 7" playing out Russian channel 1 in HD Vpid 407 (H264) Apid 4107 not the same as the Planeta version

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As 5 3945 V Sr 7200 "AFL" playing out highlights?

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Parliament has passed the bill that sets up a legal framework for New Zealand's space industry.

From https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/new-legal-framework-nzs-space-industry

Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges says there are huge gains to be made.

"This is a significant and exciting piece of legislation," he said when he launched the third reading debate on the Outer Space and High-Altitude Activities Bill today.

"It creates opportunities for New Zealand to be part of a global space economy which will generate real economic benefits for New Zealanders."

Rocket Lab brought the space age to New Zealand with its Electron rocket, launched for the first time from Mahia Peninsula in May.

It's designed to put satellites in orbit, and it was a world first for a launch from a private pad.

The bill was passed unanimously.

"I firmly believe the new law strike a balance between encouraging space activity while minimising risks to public safety, national security and the environment," Mr Bridges said.

Qantas extending free on-board Wi-Fi to second aircraft

From http://www.zdnet.com/article/qantas-extending-free-on-board-wi-fi-to-second-aircraft/

Qantas has built out new ViaSat Wi-Fi technology onto a second domestic aircraft ahead of extending the service to an additional eight planes by the end of September.

Qantas has announced that it has kitted out a second domestic Boeing 737 aircraft with new Wi-Fi technology from partner ViaSat ahead of eight more gaining the equipment by the end of September.

ViaSat's new equipment, deployed on aircraft VH-XZC, will allow for faster speeds and more reliable connections, Qantas said -- although the free on-board Wi-Fi service will not be switched on until the end of September, as the newer technology must undergo additional testing.

By October, Qantas expects to have completed its testing phase and moved into a broad rollout of the service across its domestic aircraft.

Around 80 Boeing 737 and Airbus 330 aircraft are expected to be fitted out with the service by late 2018. Once the rollout is complete, around 15 million customers per year will experience the free on-board Wi-Fi.

According to Qantas, its Wi-Fi service has seen an average uptake per flight of 32 percent, and customer satisfaction of 88 percent.

Reliability is now standing at around 98 percent, with fewer dropouts than during its testing phase, and download speeds of more than 12Mbps.

Qantas had commercially launched its free in-flight Wi-Fi in beta mode on-board its Boeing 737 VH-XZB aircraft that travels between Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane in early April, with a series of live tests during its first flight seeing speeds between 2.57Mbps and 7.24Mbps download and 0.26Mbps and 0.61Mbps upload.

During initial testing in February, Qantas had connected 140 passengers with an average of 1.6 devices each to the Wi-Fi system at download speeds of between 7Mbps and 12Mbps.

Originally, Qantas was aiming to enable access speeds of up to 20Mbps per passenger, with ViaSat looking to provide a service-level guarantee to Qantas of 12Mbps at all times throughout the flight once the service leaves beta mode.

Qantas first partnered with satellite communications service provider ViaSat to deliver the Wi-Fi service using Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) Sky Muster satellite service in February last year. The service makes use of idle satellite capacity as the aircraft travels through Sky Muster's 101 Ka-band spot beams.

A satellite antenna will be mounted on top of each aircraft by Qantas engineers, along with several wireless access points, resulting in similar signal strength for all passengers no matter where they are seated on the plane.

Qantas has also partnered with Foxtel, Stan, Netflix, and Spotify to allow customers to stream content for free while in-flight.

The airline is also in discussions to bring the Wi-Fi service to its international fleet in future to enable all of its customers to access emails, streaming services, news, social media, and online browsing while on-board.

At the end of April, Virgin Australia similarly commenced a three-month trial of its on-board Wi-Fi service in partnership with connectivity company Gogo and satellite telecommunications provider Optus.

Optus' satellite division owns the highest number of satellites covering Australia and New Zealand, with five satellites in orbit providing coverage to the region.

Gogo, which also provides in-flight Wi-Fi between Australia and the United States on Delta Air Lines, will deliver simultaneous transmissions by making use of a dual antenna -- one for the forward link and one for the return link.

The trials will take place on board one of Virgin's Boeing 737-800 domestic aircraft, allowing customers to connect for free during the three-month period, but charging for the service thereafter.

ACCC to review Murdoch and Gordon’s plans to buy Ten

From https://mumbrella.com.au/accc-review-murdoch-gordons-plans-buy-ten-455964

The ACCC is to hold a review of Lachlan Murdoch and Bruce Gordon’s plan to work together on buying Ten.

The duo, who both own shares in the troubled network and are underwriting its $200m CommBank loan facility, announced last month that they planned to work together after the company’s board called in administrators.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission today said that it would be launching an “informal review” into competition issues around the plan.

The regulator has set a deadline of July 24 for submissions, and said it will give its views on the matter by August 24.

Unless media ownership laws change, Murdoch and Gordon would struggle to make the purchase. Gordon’s ownership of WIN would put him in breach of rules about reaching more than 75% of the population with a single TV network. And Murdoch would breach the two-out-of-three rule through ownership of News Corp’s newspapers, Nova’s radio stations, and the TV network.

The ACCC issued a statement saying:

The ACCC has been formally advised of the proposed transaction and has commenced a review.

The potential transaction would see Illyria Nominees Television Pty Limited and Birketu Pty Limited each directly or indirectly acquiring a 50% economic and voting interest in the shares in Ten or the assets or shares in the relevant Ten subsidiaries.

“While this transaction is dependent upon the passage of the media reform bill, it is appropriate that the ACCC begin its review of the proposed transaction that has been put to us by the parties,” ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said.

“The ACCC will assess the potential effect upon advertisers and upon competition within free-to-air television and between free-to-air television and Foxtel, particularly in relation to sport, given the holdings of the main players involved. However, an ACCC investigation does not mean that the transaction raises competition concerns, but that further consideration is required for the ACCC to reach a view.”

Receivers PPB Advisory are currently in the early stages of running either a sale or recapitalisation of the broadcaster.

Foxtel: Reaching for the Sky?

From https://www.intelligentinvestor.com.au/foxtel-reaching-for-the-sky-1870401

Fox’s takeover of Sky plc might indicate that Foxtel isn’t as much of a millstone around News Corp’s neck as you might think. by James Greenhalgh 04 Jul 2017 0 Last week, 21st Century Fox’s (Nasdaq: FOXA) £11.7bn takeover bid for British-based pay-television company Sky plc (LSE: SKY) hit another roadblock. The UK culture secretary Karen Bradley said she was likely to accept a recommendation that the Competition and Markets Authority conduct a six-month examination of the deal. Nevertheless, the takeover is likely to proceed eventually. It might even be approved soon if the Murdoch family show some deft footwork in their negotiations with the British government. Shareholders in 21st Century Fox’s Australian sister company News Corporation (ASX: NWS) may be wondering what this means for them – as well as News Corp’s 50% stake in Australian pay-television provider Foxtel (the other 50% is owned by Telstra (ASX: TLS)).

Pipe dream In their valuations of News Corp, some analysts now assume that Foxtel is worth virtually nothing. While content – such as sport and drama production – is still considered valuable, the ‘pipes’ that deliver content are labouring thanks to new competition. Netflix and Stan, which deliver content online, have quickly become the two main competitors to Foxtel in Australia. So why is Fox paying almost £12bn to buy the remaining 61% of Sky, which is also effectively a ‘pipe’? Well on a recent conference call, the company’s chief financial officer said that ‘all of a sudden, we get direct-to-consumer revenue from 22 million households’. If a direct relationship with 22m households is worth something, then surely Foxtel’s 2.8m subscribers also have value? Of course, many will argue Sky plc is a bigger, better business than Foxtel, and of course it is.

Sky operates across Europe, where there is arguably greater potential to boost pay television subscriber numbers. Sky can also afford to invest more producing original content and distribute it globally. These options aren’t available to Foxtel. But Foxtel is meeting the new competition head on. It is investing much more in producing original Australian content, and has unbundled its packages so that subscribers have much more choice about which channels they pay for. With Foxtel Now, you can now watch Game of Thrones on one of its entry-level subscriptions for $15 a month. Content is king Interestingly, News Corp is beefing up its content production business at the same time. The company’s Cable Network Programming division recently acquired the Australian News Channel (which owns Sky News). The division now produces news and sports content – through Fox Sports – which means its broadcasting content is growing rapidly.

While we prefer not to ascribe much value to Foxtel, it would be a mistake to write if off completely. If Sky plc is worth something to 21st Century Fox, then it’s likely that Foxtel is worth something to News Corp. In fact, we wouldn’t completely rule out News Corp buying some or all of Telstra’s 50% stake in Foxtel. What’s interesting is that greater competition, viewer fragmentation and the spiralling costs of sports rights are global phenomena for pay television providers. Yet they are not preventing 21st Century Fox – mainly a content producer – from coveting Sky. One thing is clear. A combination of News Corp’s content and Foxtel’s ‘pipe’ is probably more valuable than were the companies to be completely unrelated. Throw in the possibility that News Corp might somehow acquire Ten Network from administration, and you could have a formidable broadcasting business.

SpaceX scrubs Intelsat launch again

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/07/04/spacex-scrubs-intelsat-launch-again/

Rocket company SpaceX scrubbed its Monday evening launch of Intelsat’s 35e satellite. It was the second cancellation of the launch, and again the launch was aborted at the ten seconds to lift-off.

In a tweet, SpaceX said it was standing down for the day due to a violation of abort criteria, adding that the payload was in good health. It said the next launch opportunity will be on July 4th.

SpaceX shifted the launch time twice on Monday evening, from the initial 7.37 pm Florida-time to the final time of 8.35 pm because of weather anxieties. When the launch was finally scrubbed the company said it was standing down for the day, no doubt to allow technicians and engineers to get home for the July 4th holiday.

Nilesat enlists PCCW Global to deliver content

From https://www.rapidtvnews.com/2017070447866/nilesat-enlists-pccw-global-to-deliver-content.html#axzz4lrkjFzLr

PCCW Global is set to deliver TV channels to and from Egypt following a memorandum of intention between the Hong Kong communications company and Middle East satellite operator Nilesat.

Nilesat logo 4 July 2017The company will install its Global TV Network (GTVN) solution in Nilesat facilities to ensure TV and media content are delivered cost-effectively and reliably, to provide a better end-user viewing experience. The GTVN solution covers more than 90 countries via PCCW Global’s satellite network.

The alliance will utilise the satellite and teleport services of Nilesat along with PCCW Global’s telecommunications and media experience to ensure optimal GTVN delivery between Egypt and the rest of the world, the companies said.

“We are excited by this initiative which will allow us to explore mutually beneficial business opportunities between ourselves and Nilesat, said Sameh Sobhy, vice president of MENA, PCCW Global. “Nilesat has strong presence in video distribution leveraging many TV channels across the MENA region. And now, Nilesat will be able to expand its coverage into other parts of Africa and Middle East via PCCW Global’s specialised TV network reach. PCCW Global will also be able to utilise the Nilesat satellite fleet to deliver Asian TV channels into the Middle East region.”

Hamdy Monir, chief technical officer of Nilesat, added: “As we increase our collaboration with PCCW Global, we are excited by the opportunities created to deliver new international TV channels to the MENA region, as well as extending our own reach beyond [the] region. Regional users will also benefit from the availability of a variety of accelerated and diversified media formats.”

Over a third of Premier League fans watch illegally

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/07/04/over-a-third-of-premier-league-fans-watch-illegally/

More than a third of Premier League football fans say they regularly watch matches live online via unofficial streams, according to a survey carried out by ComRes and BBC 5 Live, the Corporation’s sport and news radio service.

The poll suggests that younger adults are those most likely to say they stream matches via unauthorised providers. Nearly a quarter of all fans surveyed regularly watch matches online via special technology, such as Kodi boxes.

According to the poll of 1,000 people for 5 live Daily:
•Nearly half of fans say they have streamed a match online through an unofficial provider – just over a third do so at least once a month and about one in five at least once a week.
•The main reasons include a friend/family member doing it and they just watch; the quality of the stream; and because sports TV packages are considered not good value for money.
•Just under a third of fans do not know whether it is illegal to stream live Premier League matches online from unofficial providers, but another third believe it is always illegal.

On March 8th 2017, an application for a Court Order, that will result in servers streaming unauthorised Premier League content being blocked, was heard and granted in the English High Court. The Premier League (PL) is currently engaged in a range of activity to protect its IP, and the significant investment made in the competition by UK live broadcast partners Sky Sports and BT Sport who paid a record £5.136 billion for the rights. This activity includes:
•Investigations and prosecution of suppliers of IPTV boxes that enable the broadcast of unauthorised PL content
•Legal actions against pubs and commercial premises that broadcast unauthorised PL content
•Court Orders and injunctions forcing ISPs to block certain websites and domains
•Shutting down illegal streams/cleaning sites of infringing material
•The PL has been involved in several recent successful actions that have resulted in custodial sentences, injunctions being granted against sellers and pubs, and significant costs awards

“The Premier League has been granted significant blocking remedies to further curtail the availability of illegal streams,” said a Premier League spokesman. “For the first time this will enable the Premier League to disrupt and prevent the illegal streaming of our matches via IPTV, so-called Kodi, boxes. The Order was granted under Section 97a of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act, and further demonstrates our intellectual property rights are protected by the law.”

“This will enable us to target the suppliers of illegal streams to IPTV boxes, and the Internet, in a proportionate and precise manner. We will continue working with ISPs, government and other sports content producers to protect consumers from illegitimate services that offer no recourse when services are removed, provide no parental controls and, in many instances, are provided by individuals involved in other criminal activity.”

“Fans should know that these pre-loaded boxes enable pirate broadcasts of Premier League football, and other popular content, and are illegal. People who supply them have been jailed or ordered to pay significant financial penalties. We are increasingly seeing prominent apps and add-ons being closed down as the law catches up with them, leading to consumers being out of pocket.”

“The Premier League will continue to protect its copyright, and the legitimate investment made by its broadcasting partners. Their contribution allows our clubs to develop and acquire players, invest in facilities and support the wider football pyramid and communities – all things that fans enjoy and society benefits from.”

On April 26, a ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union said that the temporary reproduction on a multimedia player of a copyright-protected work obtained by streaming was not exempt from the right of reproduction.

Among the survey’s findings:
•36 per cent of supporters said they streamed live Premier League matches online through an unofficial provider at least once a month, and 22 per cent at least once a week.
•47 per cent of fans have watched a match through an unofficial provider at least once in the past.
•Younger fans (aged 18-34) are considerably more likely than their older counterparts to say they stream live football matches online through an unofficial provider – 65 per cent do so at least once a month compared to 33 per cent of 35-54 year olds and 13 per cent of those aged 55+.
•Of those fans who stream matches illegally, the most popular reasons are because a friend/family member does it and they just watch (29 per cent); because the quality of online streaming is good (25 per cent) and because sports TV packages are not good value for money (24 per cent).
•12 per cent per cent of Premier League fans think it is legal to stream games online (not through an official provider), while 34 per cent think it is always illegal and 32 per cent don’t know; 4 per cent believe it is not breaking the law but Sky or BT could fine you if they find out, 7 per cent think it is sometimes illegal, and 10 per cent per believe it is legal to watch but illegal to upload a stream.

What the Cartosat-2E series satellite means for India

From http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/science/what-the-cartosat-2e-series-satellite-means-for-india/article19210022.ece

The Cartosat-2E can send 60-cm resolution pictures from an orbit 500 km above the earth.

The Cartosat-2E is the third Indian remote sensing (IRS) or earth observation satellite that can send 60-cm resolution pictures from an orbit 500 km above the earth.

Primarily it will provide useful space-based data for town planners, creators of urban infrastructure, for agriculture and project monitoring, and for decision makers in Smart City and AMRUTH projects, said a senior official of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).


There is a new mux on Optus D2 12581 H Sr 22500, a copy of the one on 12608H (more details, Tuesday)

The mux on ABS 6 159E 3639 V moved to 3619 H Sr 30000, due to the Fec 1/2 even out of official footprint it can still be received in Australia and New Zealand however its quite weak and does need a dish over 3M

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Sunday feeds

AsiaSat 5 3707 H Sr 7120 "srvice-1 " Chinese channel presenter GXTV

AsiaSat 5 4147 H Sr 6110 "GCUK Enc 11" presenter

AsiaSat 5 3876 H Sr 7200 "Air Race Budapest" Redbull Air race

D1 12652V Sr 7200 "7BCS Slot 2 QPSK Low Delay" Fight Feed

AsiaSat 5 4147 V Sr 7200 "Fi10 EVC" Fight event ?? russian?

Saturday feeds

AsiaSat 5 3925 H Sr 7200 "HD ENC-1a" J League soccer

AsiaSat 5 4156 H Sr 7200 "L.S. ENC2 HD" J league soccer
AsiaSat 5 4147 H Sr 7200 "Nameless" J league soccer

From the Dish

Intelsat 19 166.0E 12646 H "Alaraby TV 2" has left .

Express AM5 140.0E 11124 V "Mamont TV" has started on , Fta.

ChinaSat 6A 125.0E 3993 V "Anhui TV" is now encrypted.

Koreasat 5 113.0E 12470 V "DW Deutsch has replaced DW English" on , encrypted.

ChinaSat 10 110.5E 3560 V "Sony Channel Asia has replaced Animax Asia" on , encrypted.
ChinaSat 10 110.5E 3560 V "Zee Biosko"p has started on , Fta. Aljazeera English has left.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3777 H "ABP Asmita" is back on , Fta.
Insat 4A 83.0E 3805 H "Hindi Khabar and Bharat Samachar" have started on , Fta

G-Sat 10 83.0E 10970 V "HBN and Soham TV" have left .

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3520 H "R Family" has started on , BISS.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3805 H "Gazi TV" is Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12602 V WRM TV, Yeshua TV, KTV, Emmanuel Christian TV, Verbo Vivo TV, Lifewalk TV, TREM FITV and Bliss TV have started on , clear. AIT International has left.

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东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,MTV替换亲子(数码天空)频道,设置12660 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [7月3日]
东经84.8度轨道位置的Horizons 2号卫星Ku频段,Euronews、Miracle(泰国)等4个频道加密,设置11758 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [7月3日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Aahmar Bangla TV、Dolphin TV(RRSat)频道消失,设置3769 H 13333参数无效接收。 [7月3日]
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东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,莲花卫视(澳门)频道新增,设置3760 H 26000参数免费接收。 [7月3日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,EWTN替换PPV SD(环宇卫视)频道,设置12711 H 45000参数免费接收。 [7月3日]
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东经159度轨道位置的ABS-6号卫星C频段,ABS Corp Video(宣传)、ETC(ABS)等全组频道改频率,设置3620 H 30000参数免费接收。 [7月2日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Nnews(巴基斯坦)频道新增,设置4070 H 2960参数免费接收。 [7月2日]
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东经84.8度轨道位置的Horizons 2号卫星Ku频段,Doktor(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置12120 H 28800参数有条件接收。 [7月2日]
东经84.8度轨道位置的Horizons 2号卫星Ku频段,Doktor替换24 Doc(俄罗斯)频道,设置12160 H 28800参数有条件接收。 [7月2日]
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东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Sophia TV(MPEG-4)频道解密,设置4040 H 29720参数免费接收。 [7月2日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,PPV SD(环宇卫视)频道解密,设置12711 H 45000参数免费接收。 [7月2日]
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Foxtel KOs big fight Facebook pirates

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/07/03/foxtel-kos-big-fight-facebook-pirates/

Australian pay-TV operator Foxtel has acted quickly to shut down Facebook users who attempted to broadcast pirated versions of the world-title welterweight boxing bout between Australia’s Jeff Horn and Filipino title-holder Manny Pacquiao.

Foxtel’s Main Event channel held the broadcasting rights to the fight, charging customers A$59.95 to watch it, but shortly after the final bell, a number of streams appeared on Facebook, broadcasting it for free.

Foxtel says it was pleased that there were very few instances of people trying to stream the fight illegally and that all of these were quickly shut down by the operator or with assistance from Facebook.

“We will examine these cases and consider any further action, but no decision has been taken about that at this time. We are confident that Australians are becoming increasingly aware that illegal streaming of these events only hurts fans in the long term,” a Foxtel spokesman told news.com.au.

In February 2017, a Brisbane man faced legal action from Foxtel after streaming the Danny Green v Anthony Mundine fight live on Facebook. Darren Sharpe attracted more than 150,000 viewers to his Facebook live stream who thereby avoided the A$59.95 (€42.67) pay-per-view charge.

Foxtel identified his and other live Facebook streams, as well as pirate versions shared on YouTube and Periscope which enabled boxing fans to watch for free and cut them off.

Ultimately Foxtel backed down from taking legal action against Sharpe, deciding to “educate” him and other pirates on “the significant harm such actions bring to the production of local Australian content, including live sports”.

“We have given the individuals the opportunity to formally apologise via a public social media post, acknowledging the gravity of the situation, in the hopes that more people will learn that copyright theft is not a victimless crime and something that should be taken very seriously,” said Foxtel CEO Peter Tonagh.

Foxtel’s Main Event online stream a success: Coming to more PPV events & the Foxtel app soon

From http://eftm.com.au/2017/07/how-to-stream-the-pacquiao-vs-horn-fight-live-and-legally-tv-online-41015

A lesson learned and benefits gained.

On the weekend Foxtel dipped its toe in the water of a potential money making beast, and the feeling was good. As a result, access to online streams during future pay-per-view events looks likely.

The Pacquiao vs Horn fight was a global hit with some estimates putting it at 1 billion viewers. In Australia, as has been the case with these big events for many years, Main Event channel had the rights and were offering the broadcast for $59.95.

Learning from the dramas of the past when illegal online streams popped up, Foxtel tried something new this time round, and without much publicity, launched an online stream of the event – also pay-per-view.

Was it a success? A Foxtel spokesperson told EFTM “Yes, we’ve had a terrific reaction and are pleased with the results.”

To put that in perspective with the standard Main Event channel, Foxtel confirmed the numbers were impressive “With minimal promotion, close to 10 percent of the number of customers who viewed the MAIN EVENT viewed Sunday’s fight with our streamed internet offering via the pachorn.com.au website.”

Given that, it seems the concept has a strong future.

For those Foxtel subscribers who were not able to use the standard Foxtel App or Foxtel Now to access and subscribe to the stream, there’s good news there too – with a Foxtel Spokesperson confirming such; “In future we would like to make pay-per-view streams available in Foxtel Now and for Foxtel customers via the Foxtel App and are hoping to have this service available soon.”

Oh, and if you haven’t heard who won yet – no spoilers – great fight, doesn’t end in 60 seconds, and it’s available to stream for another day or so at the pachorn.com.au website (for the small price of $59.95!)

China heavy-lift carrier rocket launch fails: state media

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/China_heavy-lift_carrier_rocket_launch_fails_state_media_999.html

China on Sunday announced the launch of a powerful rocket designed to carry communication satellites into orbit had been "unsuccessful", in a glitch for the country's ambitious space programme.

The Long March-5 Y2, Beijing's second heavy-lift rocket, blasted off at 7:23 pm (1123 GMT) Sunday from the Wenchang Space Launch Center in the tropical island province of Hainan

"Abnormity was detected during the flight of the rocket," the Xinhua news agency reported.

"Further investigation will be carried out," the report added, without giving any further details.

Capable of carrying up to 25 tonnes, the Long March-5 Y2 had taken off with the Shijian-18 experimental communications satellite (7.5 tonnes), which it was supposed to put into orbit.

It said the satellite will operate on geosynchronous orbit and provide communications services over China's territory -- boosting internet access and providing access to more television channels.

China successfully launched the Long March-5 from the same Wenchang center in November 2016, which it said at the time was the most powerful launcher it had yet developed.

Beijing sees its multi-billion-dollar space programme as a symbol of its rise and of the Communist Party's success in turning around the fortunes of the once poverty-stricken nation.

Last month it successfully launched the Long March-4B, its first X-ray space telescope to study black holes, pulsars and gamma-ray bursts.

And in April, the country's first cargo spacecraft completed its docking with an orbiting space lab -- a key development toward China's goal of having its own crewed space station by 2022.

Intelsat launch scrubbed by SpaceX

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/07/03/intelsat-launch-scrubbed-by-spacex/

The countdown for the launch of Intelsat 35e was halted with just 9 seconds to go when a computer monitoring the Falcon 9 rocket’s guidance, navigation and control criteria aborted the launch. The launch was scheduled for the later afternoon of July at 07.36 Florida-time.

SpaceX says it is looking into the problem and has provisionally re-set the launch for the evening of July 3rd, at 7.37 Eastern Daylight Time (23.37 GMT).

Intelsat 35e is a giant of a spacecraft weighing 6761 kgs. Built by Boeing it is the heaviest-ever launched by SpaceX. This means that there will be no attempt to recover the rocket’s first stage on this launch.

APAC pay-TV: Innovation needed

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/07/03/apac-pay-tv-innovation-needed/

Service providers and content owners from the APAC region participating in the Pay-TV Innovation Forum 2017 have agreed that the pay-TV industry in the region is entering a transitional period during which operators will need to adapt their business models and technology platforms in order to thrive in the changing environment.

The Forum is a global research programme that examines the state of pay-TV innovations and strategies that will drive the next phase of growth for the industry, from content protection and multiscreen television solutions provider NAGRA, in partnership with international research and strategy consultancy MTM.

New offerings will have to reflect changing consumer demand for cheaper and more personalised content packages, including OTT services, to effectively expand the range of services at different price points. Delivery infrastructure and technology platforms across APAC will also become much more IP-based, with content being increasingly delivered via both fixed-line and mobile broadband networks. This need for change is being driven both by the persistent threat of content piracy and the increasing popularity of OTT services that are using aggressive pricing strategies to acquire customers.

Despite these challenges, pay-TV providers in Asia Pacific are investing in the future – continuing the steady roll-out of IP-connected set-top boxes (provided by 72 per cent of providers in 2017, up from 66 per cent in 2016), PVRs (63 per cent, up from 56 per cent), standalone OTT services (28 per cent, up from 23 per cent), and new adjacent services such as advanced advertising and Smart Home solutions (offered by 27 per cent, up from 16 per cent).

Industry experts highlight two urgent investment priorities that will help service providers to navigate the transforming video and TV services market:
•Concerted approach to tackling content piracy: to limit illegal access to content, operators are calling for content owners to take their own independent actions to monitor, track and stop the distribution of illegal content, and for industry strategies that would bring together pay-TV operators, ISPs, content owners and industry associations to work with regulators and governments to take further legal action.
•Development of more consumer-focused and diversified product portfolios by embracing new business models, operators can develop new packages and offerings that appeal to changing consumer tastes at a wider range of price points, including skinny bundles, personalised offerings, seamless multiscreen TV Everywhere services and smart home solutions. Operators also cited potential opportunities for growth through new business-to-business services, including harnessing data with new analytics tools to offer enriched data services and support targeted advertising.

“The pay-TV industry in Asia Pacific is going through a challenging, transitional period,” observed Jon Watts, Managing Partner, MTM. “Traditional pay-TV revenues in many advanced Asian markets are under pressure, while emerging markets are growing, but delivering low ARPUs. The industry is being increasingly disrupted by content piracy, especially around live sports, and impacted by low-cost OTT offerings, making it harder for pay-TV companies to invest with confidence. “Pay-TV service providers in Asia-Pacific need to take stronger action against piracy to secure their future, while maintaining investment in new services and innovation.”

“There is a strong call to action across the pay-TV industry in Asia-Pacific to respond to these growing challenges,” noted Simon Trudelle, Senior Director, Product Marketing, NAGRA. “Operators and content owners need to be innovative in how they transform their technology and business models to respond to these pressures,” said. “The Forum’s research highlights that service providers not only recognise the problems they face from content pirates, but want to see actions taken limiting illegal access to premium content to maintain revenue and ensure quality content continues to be created. By working in partnership with vendors, operators can be more agile and better adapt to the fast changing landscape.”

Govt set to open new company to operate Bangabandhu Satellite

From http://en.prothom-alo.com/science-technology/news/152741/Govt-set-to-open-new-company-to-operate

The cabinet on Monday approved a proposal for constitution of the Bangladesh Communication Satellite Company (BCSC) Limited to smoothly operate the country's first-ever Bangabandhu Satellite-1.

The approval came at the regular weekly cabinet meeting held at Bangladesh Secretariat with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.

Briefing reporters after the meeting, Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam said Bangladesh is going to join the Satellite Club very soon as the process for launching the country's first-ever satellite named "Bangabandhu Satellite-1" has almost been completed.

"The satellite will be launched into the space very soon, and to operate it, a decision to form a company has been made," he said.

Alam further said the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications placed the proposal for formation of the company following the suggestions of those who will locally operate the Bangabandhu Satellite-1.

The cabinet secretary said the name of the company will be Bangladesh Communication Satellite Company (BCSC) Limited.

"The company will be formed with the authorised capital of Tk 50 billion and it will have Tk 5 billion shares," he said, adding the price of each share will be Tk 10.

Alam said in the Memorandum of Article, a proposal has been made to form an 11-member committee for the company, and all of its members will be government employees.

He said the post and telecommunications secretary and the managing
director of the BCSC Ltd will act as the chairman and the member secretary of the company respectively.

The other directors of the company will be the additional secretary of the ministry of post and telecommunications, representatives of the ministries of finance, information and defence and a representative of the Armed Forces Division, the chairman of SPARSO, the DG of Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Ltd and two other persons to be nominated by the government, Alam said.

The day's cabinet meeting also gave the final approval to the draft of "The Seeds Law, 2017" to make the existing law more time befitting.

The cabinet secretary said the draft law was formulated translating the original Seed Ordinance of 1977 into Bangla as well as making necessary amendment to it as per the directives of the Appellate Division of Bangladesh Supreme Court that had earlier declared all martial law time ordinances illegal.

According to the new draft law, a 25-member National Seed Board would be constituted with Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture as its Chairman, while Director General (Seed Wing) under the Ministry of Agriculture would be its Member Secretary.

The board will sit in meeting in every six months while it can also meet before than six months if necessary, Alam said.
About the function of the Board, the cabinet secretary said it will mainly focus on the control of seed quality.

He, however, said details of the function of the Seed Board would be fixed after formulation of necessary rules.
Alam also said there will be a Seed Certification Agency that will give permission and licence for seed dealership.

Besides, there will be a post of Seed Inspector who will visit the markets to inspect seed quality and dealership licence.
The cabinet secretary said creating any obstacle by any dealer or seed user to accomplish the lawful responsibility of seed inspector would be considered as punishable offence.

For such offence, he said, the concerned dealer or person would be sentenced to three months imprisonment or be fined Taka 50,000 or both the punishment, he said.

Alam said the punishment would be doubled in case of repetition of the offence.
Besides, a provision has also been kept in the proposed law to operate mobile court for enforcement of the law.

About import of the seeds from abroad, he said, permission would not be given to import seeds unless the packaging label and standard marks are not proper in terms of their quality.

Ministers and state ministers attended the meeting while secretaries concerned were present.

Satellite communications system in the Arctic will cost 50 billion rubles

From http://arctic.ru/infrastructure/20170630/642872.html

Around 50 billion rubles will be needed to create a satellite communications system in the Arctic, Russian Deputy Minister of Communications and Mass Media Dmitry Alkhazov said during a meeting of the State Commission for Arctic Development, Interfax reported.

The meeting was held on June 29 on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg International Maritime Defense Show.

According to Mr. Alkhazov, four new highly elliptical orbit (HEO) satellites will be added to the existing group of geostationary satellites. The current satellites can only provide stable communication at up to 76 degree north latitude. The project is slated for implementation in 2019-2022, the deputy minister said.

Express-RV satellites, modified versions of which are already being used in the geostationary system, are to be used for this purpose. The Communications and Mass Media is studying the possibility of private investors taking part in the project, Alkhazov added.

The commission's previous session chaired by Rogozin was held in Sabetta (Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area) on June 14.

The State Commission for Arctic Development was established by the Russian Government in March 2015 under a presidential executive order.

Russia set to launch the brightest star satellite in just two weeks

From http://nation.com.pk/snippets/01-Jul-2017/russia-set-to-launch-the-brightest-star-satellite-in-just-two-weeks

RUSSIA-Russian scientists working on the Mayak satellite - which is set to be the brightest ‘star’ in the night sky - have announced that it is nearing completion.

Engineers have crowd-funded around $20,000 (£15,400), which is enough to build and test the satellite which is due to be launched in a fortnight.

Its designers say it could be used to combat space junk by using a parachute-like structure to lower the orbits of debris so they can burn up in Earth’s atmosphere.

However, some astronomers have slammed the creation, which is no larger than a rugby ball, calling it a ‘nonsense’ project that could ‘ruin’ dark skies for everyone.

Astronomers have slammed the Mayak satellite (pictured), which is no larger than a rugby ball, calling it a ‘nonsense’ project that could ‘ruin’ dark skies for everyone +8

Astronomers have slammed the Mayak satellite (pictured), which is no larger than a rugby ball, calling it a ‘nonsense’ project that could ‘ruin’ dark skies for everyone

Crowdfunding has become a popular way of raising money for space exploration projects in the last few years.

In 2013, the asteroid-mining company Planetary Resources raised more than $1.5 million (£1m) via the crowdfunding site Kickstarter to help develop its public-use Arkyd space telescope.

The company’s first space craft was successfully deployed from the International Space Station (ISS) last year.

Another Kickstarter campaign by a group called Lunar Mission One, aiming to send a robotic spacecraft to drill deep into the rocks near the moon’s south pole, received more than $1 million (£716,000) in pledges in 2014.

Called the ‘Mayak’ or ‘Beacon’, the satellite is set to outshine everything in the sky, apart from the sun, thanks to a giant reflective sheet of material.

The controversial satellite is due to be launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Friday 14 July.

Its the work of engineers from the University of Mechanical Engineering in Moscow.

‘We fight so hard for dark skies in and around our planet,’ Nick Howes, an astronomer and former deputy director of the Kielder Observatory in Northumberland, told IFLScience.

‘To see this being potentially ruined by some ridiculous crowdfunded nonsense makes my heart simply despair.’

The launch of Mayak is expected to be taken up in a Soyuz 2 rocket, with help from Roscosmos, the Russian space agency. The team is planning to place the spacecraft in a sun-synchronous orbit 370 miles (600km) above the ground.

Contact with AMC-9 re-established

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/07/03/contact-with-amc-9-re-established/

Satellite operator SES says that in the early hours of July 1st it re-established contact with its AMC-9 satellite, which suffered a “significant anomaly” on June 19th.

SES and the craft’s manufacturer are working around the clock to evaluate the satellite’s status and define what step must be taken.

SES also confirms tracking information received on June 29th which had suggested that at least two separate objects were located in the vicinity of AMC-9. “Their source has still to be determined. The new piece of information was included by Thales and SES in their investigations,” said the SES statement.

“All relevant operators and agencies are being kept informed and will receive regular updates from SES. The current assessment is that there is no risk of a collision with other active satellites. AMC-9 and its status continue being tracked by SES and agencies, including the Joint Space Operations Centre (JSpOC) and ExoAnalytic, a private firm and tracking service provider,” added SES.

“Since the incident on June 17th, AMC-9 has been slowly moving westwards with its payload disabled and not causing interference. A majority of traffic has been transferred to other SES satellites and SES is working on a long-term plan to minimize disruption to customers.”

ExoAnalytic Solutions says it has observed the satellite, using powerful ground-based telescopes.

Various theories – not supplied by SES – have been mooted, that the satellite is slowly spinning having been impacted by a micro-meteorite, or that perhaps an on-board battery or pressure vessel exploded and caused the problem. ExoAnalytic, which has not suggested a cause of the problem, focuses its business on tracking satellites and other large metallic debris objects in orbit and one of its key clients is the US Air Force.

Certainly, a video shot by ExoAnalytic on Friday night indicates the satellite is pulsing with light – suggesting its spinning status – as well as at least one object becoming detached from the body of the craft. This could be one of the satellite’s solar panels.

AMC-9 was launched in 2003. SES says that its clients have been moved to alternate satellites. SES had described whatever happened to AMC-9 as a “significant anomaly” and subsequent reports suggested that some type of energetic event had affected the satellite, which for ten days or more has been drifting safely at about 0.16 degrees per day.

The next steps, whatever the status of the satellite, are complex. If there is constant or even periodic communication with the satellite, then the prospects for sending it into a so-called ‘graveyard’ orbit some 300 kms above the important geostationary orbits occupied by dozens of communications satellites. However, few now think that the satellite can be rescued.


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update


Asteroid day live video broadcast (June 30th)


Thursday feed
AS 5 3700 V Sr 30000 "IMG Asia" was FTA showing Tennis

Thursday evening

AS 5 4165 H Sr 7200 "World feed ETP" Golf

AS 5 4174 H Sr 7200 "ktsat mp4 enc1" World Taekwando champs

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东经108.2度SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Sports Illustrated 3替换Kalaignar(DISH HD)频道,设置12281 H 15000参数免费接收。 [6月30日]
东经108.2度轨道SES 9号星Ku段,Kalaignar替换Sports Illustrated 3(DISH HD)频道,设置12281 H 15000参数免费接收。 [6月30日]
东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,Z Bioskop替换Al Jazeera(Skynindo)等频道,设置3560 V 30000参数免费接收。 [6月30日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,东森幼幼替换炫动卡通(台亚卫星)频道,设置11101 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [6月29日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Movie Choice(韩国)高清频道新增,设置12330 H 29500参数有条件接收。 [6月29日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Ddish Live(Ddish TV)高清频道加密,设置12629 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [6月29日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Suvarna HD(高清)频道新增,设置4020 V 28100参数有条件接收。 [6月29日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星C频段,CinemaWorld、Aniplus(老挝)频道新增,设置3497 V 8975参数有条件接收。 [6月29日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Ddish Live(Ddish TV)高清频道解密,设置12629 H 43200参数免费接收。 [6月29日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,凤凰资讯、江苏卫视(长城亚洲)等全组频道加密,设置10730 V 40000参数有条件接收。 [6月29日]
东经103度轨道位置的快车AM3号卫星Ku频段,8 kanal(+7)(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置11605 V 34425参数无效接收。 [6月29日]

东经84.8度轨道位置的Horizons 2号卫星Ku频段,Channel News(泰国)频道消失,设置11758 V 45000参数无效接收。 [6月28日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Star Sports Select 2替换FX(STAR TV)频道,设置3940 V 28100参数有条件接收。 [6月28日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Star World、Fox Sports(STAR TV)等4个频道消失,设置3840 H 29720参数无效接收。 [6月28日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,STV替换Star Action(巴基斯坦)频道,设置4146 H 5317参数免费接收。 [6月28日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Samachar India(印度)频道重现,设置3689 H 15000参数免费接收。 [6月28日]


Australian ISPs to block 128 domains linked to online piracy in Foxtel case

From http://www.zdnet.com/article/australian-isps-to-block-128-domains-linked-to-online-piracy-in-foxtel-case/

The pay TV provider has extended its list of targeted domain names to include an additional 73 domains associated with The Pirate Bay and Torrentz.

Pay TV provider Foxtel is looking to have an additional 73 domain names blocked by Australian internet service providers (ISPs) for engaging in or facilitating copyright infringement.

68 of these domain names belong to The Pirate Bay and five belong to Torrentz, bringing the total targeted domain names to 128.

Foxtel will serve its amended orders by the close of Thursday, and the 35 targeted ISPs will have 15 days to implement the DNS blocks.

During a case management hearing in the New South Wales Federal Court on Thursday morning, counsel representing Optus said the orders should also be "rectified" to accurately reflect its subsidiaries following a "corporate restructure", with an Optus spokesperson explaining to ZDNet shortly after that three of Optus' entities have been renamed and restructured into two entities.

Counsel representing Foxtel told presiding judge Justice Nicholas that during the previous case management hearing, Justice Burley thought it might be useful to have "some mechanism, more efficiently, no doubt, to join people or join parties and remove them as appropriate or substitute them".

"There has been correspondence going around and around for some months. We would like to come to some kind of landing point on that, where people make their positions clear by a certain point," Foxtel's counsel told Nicholas J.

Optus' counsel said once those amendments are made, it will consent to the orders, as will the other ISPs, who did not appear in court.

The News Corporation and Telstra joint-venture was among the first companies to take advantage of the amended copyright law, which legislated website blocking back in 2015.

Under the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Act 2015, which passed both houses of Parliament in mid-2015, content rights holders can obtain a court order to block websites hosted overseas that are believed to exist for the primary purpose of infringing or facilitating infringement of copyright under Section 115A.

Foxtel and Roadshow Films were successful last year in their concurrent pursuits to have websites such as The Pirate Bay, Torrentz, TorrentHound, IsoHunt, and SolarMovie blocked by more than 50 ISPs in Australia including Telstra, Optus, Vocus, and TPG.

Under that ruling, rights holders were to pay a AU$50 fee per domain they wanted to have blocked, with the block to remain intact for three years.

The pay TV provider confirmed last month that it was targeting an additional 17 websites with 127 URLs -- such as Yes Movies, Los Movies, Watch Series, and Project Free TV -- or five different types of piracy-infringing sites including search engines, peer-to-peer torrent sites, sites that link to other sites hosting copyright content, and sites that provide direct access to copyright content through streaming or direct downloads.

Foxtel also said at the time that "will be doing a tidy up of the application" closer to trial date to cover any proxy sites that have popped up or changed names and URLs.

Roadshow Films, which leads a group of film studios including Disney, Paramount, Twentieth Century Fox, Universal, and Warner Bros, presented its case last month to have additional websites linked to online piracy blocked by ISPs, with the original list of 41 websites proposed earlier this year to be extended to include additional spinoff websites.

In a case management hearing in May, counsel representing Roadshow referred to online piracy as a "constantly changing environment", adding that some of the targeted websites are no longer active or redirect users to new websites that look "substantially the same as the original website" but with a new logo slapped on.

Both Foxtel and Roadshow were told by their presiding judges that they will have to prove the sites in question had engaged in or facilitated copyright infringement, that the sites are hosted overseas, and that they have contacted the sites' owners.

Additionally, the companies were told to prove that the ISPs provide access to those sites and that they have ownership over the copyright content being infringed.

In April, the Australian Federal Court ruled in favour of Universal Music Australia to block Kickass Torrents and its related proxy websites via DNS blocking or any other means for disabling access to the online location.

Foxtel was, however, on the other side of this case as an ISP, along with TPG, Telstra, Optus, Virgin Mobile Australia, Vividwireless, Pacnet, Alphawest, and Uecomm.

TVNZ and Sky TV vie for America's Cup broadcast rights

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11883691

TVNZ says it will actively work to secure broadcast rights to the next America's Cup series. Sky TV says it hasn't made its mind up yet. Photo / AP

TVNZ says it will throw its hat in the ring for broadcast rights to the next America's Cup having been outbid this year by Sky TV.

TVNZ has had the rights for the past 25 years since New Zealand first competed but chief executive Kevin Kenrick said Sky had outbid them for this year's event.

"We were keen to participate this time round but when you have someone that can buy the pay rights and free to air rights, they typically can pay more," Kenrick said.

"The only disappointment is they don't make it available to all New Zealanders."

Sky TV chief executive John Fellet said the event had been made available on its free-to-air channel Prime, with a 90-minute delay.

He said the owners of the broadcast rights had approached Sky after they didn't receive an acceptable bid from TVNZ or Mediaworks.

"Originally they [spoke to us] and we passed," Fellet said.

"And then they came back and said look we're just not going to get the money we need out of New Zealand, would you be willing to re-engage, which we did.

"So they came up with the price and we negotiated settlement.

"It was apparent that no other bid was acceptable to them. We initially stayed out of the bidding part of it and just said 'look if you're not happy, come back and see us', which apparently they did."

Kenrick said the reality was that Sky was able to pay more for the rights.

According to Fellet the cost of the broadcast rights was less than what TVNZ had paid for its Survivor series and what MediaWorks had paid for the recent Bachelor series although he wouldn't disclose the figure.

"I don't begrudge that, and I'm not taking a shot at them," Fellet said.

"They're allowed to do that and it's their call but we shouldn't have to be penalised that we put a higher value on sporting events than reality TV."

Fellet said Sky TV had not made a decision on whether it would try to secure rights for the next Cup series in New Zealand, saying a decision would be made when more was known about when and where the event would take place.

Kenrick said TVNZ would "absolutely proactively engage" to secure the rights when the time was right.

"I think the teams and many of the sponsors and supporters would like to maximise the number of New Zealanders that see the event," Kenrick said.

"Effectively Sky is available in just under half of New Zealand households."

"New Zealand is a bit of an outlier in that we have a pay TV monopoly that also owns a free-to-air business and we have no anti-siphoning legislation," he said.

As the host of the next America's Cup, Team New Zealand hold the broadcasting rights and it will be up to them to negotiate who will screen the event, and whether to opt for a bidding process or make an offer to one broadcaster.

Thai PM urged to save satellite slots by fixing fee structure

From http://www.bangkokpost.com/business/telecom/1277475/pm-urged-to-save-satellite-slots-by-fixing-fee-structure

Paiboon: Struggling to reach agreement

Thaicom Plc, the country's sole satellite service provider, has urged Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to invoke the powerful Section 44 to resolve uncertainty around the satellite business's new fee structure.
Prolonged uncertainty could cause the country to lose its right to use two orbital slots at 119.5 and 78.5 degrees east. The slots are used by Thaicom 4 and Thaicom 5 satellites, respectively, under a concession from the Digital Economy and Society (DE) Ministry. This expires in 2021.
The company has since early last year been planning to hire foreign makers to build two new satellites. Thaicom 9 would replace Thaicom 4, with Thaicom 10 set to replace Thaicom 5 by 2019, said Thaicom chief executive Paiboon Panuwattanawong.
But the company suspended its plan later in 2016 after Deputy Prime Minister Prajin Juntong began studying ways of revamping the satellite industry's business structure.

ACM Prajin's move came after the cabinet said in 2016 that two more satellites -- Thaicom 7 and Thaicom 8 -- had to shift from the licensing system back to the concession format.
This would result in an annual concession fee of 20.5% for both, a sharp hike from the 5.75% fee that Thaicom now pays. If the company launches any new satellites they would also have to adhere to the new business structure.
The government said it wants the public to benefit more from the so-called space economy.

Thaicom operates three satellites under the concession system: broadband-run Thaicom 4, or iPSTAR, and broadcasting satellites Thaicom 5 and Thaicom 6.
In contrast, Thaicom 7 and Thaicom 8 operate under the single-licence scheme of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), which only requires a 5.75% fee.
Thaicom 7 was put into orbit in 2012 and began operating in 2014. Thaicom 8 was fired into orbit in May 2016.

Mr Paiboon said the company has been negotiating with government representatives since last year but agreement on the new operating fee structure has yet to be reached.
"It's impossible to launch Thaicom 9 by 2019 as originally planned because building a new satellite now requires a two-year process at least," he said.

Under current regulations, a satellite service provider must apply for an operating licence from the NBTC. Meanwhile, the DE Ministry has to work with the International Telecommunication Union to arrange its orbital slots.
"Orbital slots are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. This means once the ministry reserves one, the satellite must be launched on the allotted time," Mr Paiboon said.
Thaicom hopes the government will resolve the issue by early next year at the latest, he said. This would allow it to launch Thaicom 9 before the concessions on Thaicom 4 and Thaicom 5 expire in 2021.
"Satellite services could be part of the infrastructure backbone driving the government's digital economy policy," Mr Paiboon said.

Thaicom plans to allocate 30% of Thaicom 9's transponder capacity to CAT Telecom so it can provide services for the public, he added.
He said the uncertainty surrounding the new operating fee structure for satellites has already cost Thaicom one of its major prospective customers, Softbank.
Softbank rents 1.5 gigabytes of Thaicom 4's transponder capacity to provide mobile services in Japan. It appeared keen to rent 30% of Thaicom 9's transponder capacity earlier this year but cancelled the deal in April citing uncertainty about the satellite's launch.
Mr Paiboon said the 5.75% licensing fee may be the highest in the global satellite market.

ACM Prajin said earlier the government was mulling four alternative business structures for the satellite industry: a wholly state-owned formula; a shareholding structure under the terms of the 2013 Public-Private Joint Venture Act; a flexible public-private joint venture model; and a liberalised model with higher operating fees.

80th consecutive success for Ariane 5 with launch of Hellas Sat, Inmarsat and ISRO

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/80th_consecutive_success_for_Ariane_5_with_launch_of_Hellas_Sat_Inmarsat_and_ISRO_999.html

Arianespace has successfully launched the Hellas Sat 3-Inmarsat S EAN "condosat" - composed of two payloads for operators Hellas Sat and Inmarsat; as well as the GSAT-17 satellite for India's space agency, ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization).

The launch took place on Wednesday, June 28 at 6:15 p.m. (local time), from the Guiana Space Center (CSG), Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana (South America).

With this seventh launch of the year, and the fourth by Ariane 5 in 2017, Arianespace marks the 80th successful launch in a row by this heavy launcher.

Hellas Sat, a major satellite operator and subsidiary of Arabsat Group, provides communications services in Europe, the Middle East and South Africa.

The Hellas Sat 3 payload, the second for the operator Hellas Sat and the first to be orbited by Arianespace, will expand the company's business reach by providing direct-to-home (DTH) TV broadcast and telecommunications services, as well as the distribution of high-definition (HD) and ultra-high definition (UHD) video content in Europe, the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa.

These fixed satellite services (FSS) and broadcast satellite services (BSS) will include a cross-strap service between Europe and South Africa.

Arianespace has another Hellas Sat satellite - Hellas Sat 4 - in its order book. This spacecraft will further increase the operator's service availability.

Inmarsat S EAN is the ninth payload orbited by Arianespace for Inmarsat - a company specialized in global mobile satellite communications - since the launch of MARECS A in 1981.

The Inmarsat S EAN (European Aviation Network) payload comprises the space segment of a new hybrid system, integrating satellite-based services with a complementary ground network developed by Inmarsat's strategic partner Deutsche Telekom.

The EAN network, which will commence commercial services in the second half of 2017, will deliver a truly seamless inflight WiFi service for Europe's airlines and their passengers.

The International Airlines Group (IAG), is confirmed as the launch customer for the new service. IAG has begun equipping its aircraft and aims to have 90% of its short haul fleet complete by early 2019.

Arianespace, a partner of reference for ISRO since 1981
Following the launch of GSAT-18 on October 5, 2016, GSAT-17 is the 21st satellite orbited by Arianespace for the Indian space agency ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization). Arianespace has won nearly 90% of all Indian geostationary satellite launch contracts open to competitive bidding.

GSAT-17 will join ISRO's fleet of 17 operational telecommunications satellites. It will provide both fixed (FSS) and mobile (MSS) satellite services, and also handle data transmission and search and rescue (SAR) services.

It carries on ISRO's mission of using space to support the development of the Indian sub-continent by launching satellites of all types (Earth observation, telecommunications, educational program broadcasting, science, navigation, etc.).

Arianespace's order book includes another ISRO satellite to be launched: GSAT-11.

80th success in a row for Ariane 5

Today's Flight VA238 mission was the 80th successful Ariane 5 launch in a row, a string of successes that started in 2003. Over the last 14 years, the Ariane 5 launcher has orbited 160 satellites for both commercial and government customers, exceeding 677 metric tons.

This enviable track record reflects the exceptional reliability and availability of Arianespace's heavy-lift launcher, and confirms its status as the most reliable launcher on the commercial market today.

Including this mission, Arianespace has now carried out seven launches over a period of five months and a day in 2017, sending 10 satellites into geostationary transfer orbit (GTO) and one into a non-GTO orbit, with a cumulated payload weight of nearly 45 metric tons. Arianespace plans five more launches in 2017: three by Ariane 5 and two by the Vega light launcher.

Shortly after the announcement of the orbital injection of the two satellites, Stephane Israel, CEO of Arianespace, said: "Arianespace is proud to serve our European and Indian customers with this fourth successful Ariane 5 launch of the year. We are very honored to have earned the trust of Hellas Sat in launching the second satellite in its operational fleet; and Inmarsat, for whom this launch marks the ninth by Arianespace since 1981; and of course ISRO, the Indian space agency, for which we performed our 21st launch today. I also would like to thank our long-standing partner Thales Alenia Space, which built the Hellas Sat 3-Inmarsat S EAN "condosat."

"Today's launch was the 80th success in a row for Ariane 5 over a period of 14 years - an exceptional performance that anchors its position as the most reliable commercial launcher in the marketplace. I also would like to thank all our partners in this successful team effort: ArianeGroup and the entire European launcher industry for the exceptional reliability and availability of our heavy-lift launcher; ESA, for its critical support of the Ariane program; CNES/CSG, along with our ground segment companies and all staff at the space center. Finally, I would like to congratulate the teams at Arianespace, who are celebrating this evening our successful seventh launch of the year, and the 290th launch by the Arianespace launcher family."

The Hellas Sat 3-Inmarsat S EAN satellite was built by Thales Alenia Space in Cannes, southern France, using a Spacebus 4000 C4 platform.

The Hellas-Sat 3 payload will provide secure DTH TV broadcast and telecommunications services using 47 (BOL)/44(MOL) transponders in Ku band and one Ka-band transponder.

The Inmarsat S EAN payload, operating in S-band for Inmarsat S EAN, will provide communications services for in-flight connectivity via the European Aviation Network (EAN), which combines space and ground segments to provide robust and reliable high-speed services to European passengers.

Positioned at 39 East, its coverage zone spans Europe, the Middle East and sub-Saharan African regions.

The satellite had a liftoff mass of 5,780 kg., and it offers a design life exceeding 15 years.

The GSAT-17 satellite was built by ISRO/ISAC (ISRO Satellite Center) using a Standard I-3K platform. Its payload comprises C-band, Extended C-band and S-band transponders, as well as data relay and search and rescue (SAR) services in UHF band.

Positioned at 93.5 East, GSAT-17 will provide fixed and mobile communications services, data transmission and search and rescue (SAR) services for India, the Middle East and regions of Southeast Asia.

The satellite had a liftoff mass of 3,476 kg., and offers a design life of approximately 15 years.

Taiwan has developed its first-ever satellite and it has a launch date

From http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/2017/06/29/499087/taiwan-has.htm

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Formosat-5, the first satellite developed by Taiwan, is scheduled to be launched on Aug. 25 in California, it was announced on Thursday.

Chang Guey-shin (張桂祥), director-general of the National Space Organization, said the satellite has been developed in conjunction with local academic and industrial sectors.

It took six years, more than 50 teams and cost NT$5.659 billion (US$186.37 million) to develop the optical remote sensing satellite, which will continue the remote sensing mission of Formosat-2.

Chang said images taken by Formosat-5 will be used to guide disaster inspection and prevention, identify landslide prone areas, conduct environmental monitoring, academic research and international humanitarian relief work.

He noted that Formosat-2 played a major role in rescue and reconstruction efforts following Typhoon Morakot which devastated southern Taiwan in 2009 and the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

The 450-kg Formosat-5 will carry an atmospheric/ionospheric profiling scientific payload, which can be used to develop a weather model in space, monitor changes in plasma turbulence and study for potential changes in the ionosphere before earthquakes.

The launch of Formosat-5 was originally set for last year, but had to be pushed back several times after SpaceX, a U.S, company commissioned to conduct the launch, saw its Falcon 9 rocket and payload, the Amos-6 communications satellite, destroyed in an explosion last September, impacting the launch schedule of other satellites.

Formosat-2 , which conducted remote sensing imaging from May 2004, was decommissioned in mid-2016.

Since Taiwan started its space program in 1991, it has launched three satellites, the key parts of which were manufactured in other countries.

Formosat-1 was decommissioned in 2004 and weather satellite Formosat-3 remains in orbit.

SES and MDA Announce First Satellite Life Extension Agreement

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/SES_and_MDA_Announce_First_Satellite_Life_Extension_Agreement_999.html

SES to be first customer on refuelling spacecraft built by SSL- Credit: SSL

SES and MDA, a global communications and information company, has announced an agreement for an initial satellite life extension mission using an on-orbit refuelling vehicle being built by SSL, a US based subsidiary of MDA and a leading provider of innovative satellites and spacecraft systems.

SES will be the first commercial customer to benefit from the satellite refuelling service, and will be able to activate the service whenever required with minimal disruption to spacecraft operation. The agreement also includes an option for further life extension missions.

SES will work with a new venture, Space Infrastructure Services (SIS), which will commercialise sophisticated satellite servicing capabilities. SIS has contracted SSL to design and build the highly-capable satellite servicing spacecraft vehicle to meet the needs of the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)'s Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites (RSGS) programme, which is designed to inspect, repair, relocate and augment geosynchronous satellites and plans to include a refuelling payload to extend the life of satellites that are low on propellant.

"Satellite in-orbit servicing is of upmost importance to next-generation architectures for communications satellites. It enables satellite operators like us to have more flexibility in managing our fleet and meeting our customers' demands," said Martin Halliwell, Chief Technology Officer at SES.

"After witnessing the due diligence of SSL's and MDA's technical expertise, we are confident that its new venture is the best partner in the refuelling mission field, and will be able to help SES get more value out of an on-orbit satellite."

"As a pioneer in next-generation fleet capabilities, SES is clearly committed to improving the space and satellite ecosystem," said Howard L. Lance, President and CEO at MDA. "We are very pleased to have this refuelling contract with SES and are excited to provide them with more options in fleet management."

The satellite servicing spacecraft vehicle is planned for launch in 2021.

UN backs Al Jazeera

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/06/29/un-backs-al-jazeera/

David Kaye, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression, has come out firmly in support of Qatar-based (and funded) news channel Al Jazeera. Kaye, in a statement, says that demands to close the channel “represents a serious threat to media freedom if states, under the pretext of a diplomatic crisis, take measures to force the dismantling of Al Jazeera”.

Kaye’s statement called on “the international community to urge these governments not to pursue this demand against Qatar, to resist taking steps to censor media in their own territory and regionally, and to encourage support for independent media in the Middle East”.

Al Jazeera’s English-language MD, Giles Trendle, has also issued a statement in support of his own version of the channel, denouncing the demands by the Arab states as an attempt to suppress free expression. “We are stunned by the demand to close Al Jazeera,” Trendle said. “Of course, there has been talk about it in the past, but it is still a great shock and surprise to actually see it in writing. It’s as absurd as it would be for Germany to demand Britain to close the BBC.”

The BBC’s veteran reporter John Simpson (and World Affairs Editor at the BBC), in comments in the UK’s influential Press Gazette, said that the Saudi-led threat to Al Jazeera is “shocking and disturbing”. He added: “What’s being done to Al Jazeera is appalling. The idea of closing down one of the most energetic and intelligent voices in world broadcasting is really terrible.”

Worldwide Trouble for Free News Channels

From http://www.telesurtv.net/english/opinion/Worldwide-Trouble-for-Free-News-Channels-20170628-0022.html

Slowly the FTA channels are losing their market space with the aggression of online or internet television across the globe.

In the era of world wide web network, where consumers become habituate with free Whatsapp, Skype, e-mail and other net services, the news
becomes the victim of circumstance as only a few people today prefer to pay for the news that comes as the primary content of any print or electronic media outlets. While the newspapers around the world are increasing their prices, the free-to-air (FTA) satellite news channels continue feeding millions of television news consumers virtually for free.

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But slowly the FTA channels are losing their market space with the aggression of online or internet television across the globe. The digital distribution of television content through the internet emerges advantageous as it also carries other types of data which is not possible through the present terrestrial, cable or satellite television.

In India, as the satellite news channels in various regional languages are booming in the last few years, questions relating to their consistency and sustainability also become pressing. With a population of over one billion, India today supports more than 800 satellite television media outlets and most of them face the crisis of credibility.

According to the Union information & broadcasting ministry in New Delhi, nearly 400 privately owned news and current affairs channels, few more in waiting to get approval from the ministry, survive telecasting round the clock programs in different Indian languages including the English. Most of these channels are registered as FTA media outlets and nonetheless the news broadcasting industry in India is today a rupees 20 billion worth business (65 rupees = 1 USD).

As these news channels carry the FTA tag, they are not entitled to ask money from the viewers. This implies that the news and other programs, which are produced and telecast by these channels, mean for free consumption by the audience. The consumers have to pay only the distributors namely cable transmission agencies or direct-to-home (DTH) operators. The operating cost of FTA news channels is managed by the revenues generated from the advertisement. Sometimes, the channel managements may charge event organizers to facilitate live coverage.

Indirectly it indicates that the advertisers, not the viewers, here enjoy a say (influence) in the content of the FTA news channels irrespective of its merit and authenticity. So they have to depend on the viewer's points which can attract a high rate of advertisements. So it is well-taken that the excessive dependence on advertisement revenues can hardly help the FTA channels to pursue ethical, credible and impartial journalism.

India’s northeastern region inhabited by 60 million plus people hosts a number of privately owned satellite news channels namely NewsLive, DY365, Prag News, PratidinTime, AssamTalks, News18 and NewsTimeAssam with few entertainment and localized cable news channels. All these channels are FTA in nature, which beam news & other programs mostly in Assamese, English, Hindi along with few other regional languages.

“An FTA channel based in Guwahati has to pay around rupees two crores to cable network agencies every year for distributing the produced programs to the viewers. Similarly, the channel managements have to pay a similar (sometimes larger) amount of money to the privately owned DTH operators annually. The FTA channel owners are thus overburdened with expenditures ranging from production to distribution without getting contributions from the viewers,” said an editor of a Guwahati-based news channel.

However, the cable television operators’ association argued that they have legitimate right to receive money from the channel owners as carriage fee (or freight charge) every year. They even claimed that the carriage fee is lawful under the guidelines of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India and the Indian Union information & broadcasting ministry.

The cable operators also pointed out that they were running the business with a lot of market risk & mounting troubles. They expressed displeasure over the directive of Assam Power Distribution Company Limited to charge money regularly from the cable agencies against the use of electric poles on roadsides for laying their wires to the subscribers.

There is, however, no clarity on how much money a private DTH operator in India actually asks from the FTA channels. The satellite to home signal providers namely Dish TV, Tata Sky, Airtel Digital TV, Videocon D2H, Sun Direct, Reliance Digital TV and BIG TV actually select a bunch of channels with the motive of financial benefit. They hardly consider the commitment of the selected television channels to the subscribers.

The DTH operators in India today tap over 40 million active subscribers and the number is increasing slowly. With quality transmission, the DTH operators have empowered the subscribers to select their packages to many extent (unlike depending on the favour of cable operators in case of cable connection) and also the broadcasters to know the exact number of subscribers across the country, whereas the cable operators show lower number of subscribers to siphon away a good amount of subscription money.

In India, the private DTH services have already completed a decade, where Dish TV got the license from the Union government in 2003 to operate in the country. Initially concentrated on the rural markets, where the cable operators were not visible, the DTH operators slowly encroached into the cities.

By 2006, Tata Sky had joined in the competition with high-quality signal and some kinds of choice for the subscribers to select their channels. The rest of the DTH operators stepped into the business after 2008 to give a huge boost to the Indian television distribution market.

Meanwhile, taking advantage of the situation the FTA channel managements continue denying the basic minimum facilities, recommended by the country’s labor laws, to their employees including the journalists. Need not to mention that the privately owned channel employees across the country are still deprived of any statutory wage board benefits unlike their counterparts in the print media.

“Over 80 percent employed journalists of news channels have been compelled to perform their duties in a vulnerable atmosphere with lower wages, more than 8 hours working period in a day, without appropriate leave days & off-days, and with no facility for life & health insurance coverage,” pointed out Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA) adding that the news channels should also be placed under the purview of quasi-judicial body Press Council of India.

The JFA has been demanding due financial benefits to the television employees and also raising voices for reformation to the distribution system of local news channels. In a memorandum to the concerned ministry, the JFA argued that the monetary transaction between the channel owners and the cable network operators as well as the private DTH authorities should be made accountable under the country’s income tax laws.

In the case of the Prasar Bharati run Doordarshan channels and the DD Direct+, which is a free digital satellite arrangement to telecast videos and broadcast audio programs to the households, the finance is visibly supported by the Union government. Hence any tax paying Indian citizen has the legitimate right to make these channels accountable.

The JFA also raised voices for providing space to the free news channels in DD Direct+, which would reduce the distribution cost of these channels drastically. Moreover, to make these channels more sustainable & transparent, the JFA emphasized on re-registering of FTA channels as payable media outlets such that they can shift their dependence from advertisers to the contributing viewers.

But all along a real threat is looming large over the FTA news channels with the emergence of internet television that allows live television on a computer, tablet or smartphone. Identifying the probable change in the history of world media, the business high-profiles, as well as the global advertisers, start investing heavily in the new form of television, which is presently almost free for the viewers.

More and more people are now approaching an online version of news & other relevant contents. India is itself marching for 400 million internet consumers, most of them are mobile net users only (without having access to computers). The advantage of internet television helping the audience to get instant information about any shows makes all the difference, where the traditional television cannot provide such information even in need.

Now questions that being raised, before the internet television invades the global media space should the FTA channels change their registration as payable news channels simply to shift their dependence From the advertisers to the viewers. With a transparent and dedicated management, these news channels might function with the sustainable contributions from the audience to transform themselves into credible, pro-people and nationalistic media outlets.

Live cricket returns to BBC TV

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/06/30/live-cricket-returns-to-bbc-tv/

The BBC and the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have agreed a new five-year, strategic partnership that brings live cricket back to BBC TV for the first time in 21 years.

The deal, which runs from 2020 to 2024, sees the BBC become the exclusive, free-to-air home for cricket. Cricket will take centre stage across all BBC platforms to ensure the sport reaches the widest possible audience.

The deal involves live TV coverage of two England men’s international T20 matches, one England women’s T20 international plus live TV coverage of 10 men’s matches from the ECB’s New T20 competition, and up to eight live matches from the women’s T20 tournament including both Finals.

The BBC will also broadcast primetime TV highlights of England men’s home international matches. In total, there will be over 100 hours of cricket back on BBC TV from 2020.

“The BBC is delighted. And the public will be too,” commented Director General, Tony Hall. “It’s long been our ambition to bring live cricket back to BBC television. I’m thrilled to see that ambition realised. Cricket is an integral part of the British summer and the BBC will be putting its full weight behind the nation’s favourite summer sport. Our aim will be to make the new T20 competition a huge success. Existing cricket fans – and the millions more who will discover a new love of cricket – have a huge amount to look forward to.”

In addition, the BBC has retained exclusive, live national radio rights to English cricket, a fitting way to celebrate Test Match Special’s 60th birthday this year. The iconic and much-loved ’TMS’ will continue to deliver ball-by-ball commentary of all England men’s internationals alongside an expanded commitment to the women’s game.

The BBC has also re-secured an extensive package of digital clip rights to the English cricketing summer building on a service viewed more than 30 million times last year. Live audio commentaries from every match of the County cricket season will also be available on the BBC Sport website – almost 4000 hours per year.

Since its introduction by the ECB in 2003, T20 cricket has spread around the globe. The fast-paced thrill of the short form game coupled with the BBC’s wealth of experience in showcasing major sporting events ensures cricket fans can look forward to an innovative, fresh and exciting new viewing experience. The BBC’s coverage will have great cricket at the heart of great entertainment.

“This will lead to a step change in the BBC’s coverage of cricket across TV, radio and digital platforms,” suggested Barbara Slater, Director of BBC Sport. “We are extremely excited about what we have to offer by taking cricket to the widest possible audience and inspiring the next generation to pick up bat and ball. With 97 per cent of the UK population using the BBC every week, the potential for growing the game further is huge.”

“BBC are valuable long-term partners, bringing cricket to listeners, viewers and a new digital audience,” added Tom Harrison, Chief Executive Officer of ECB. “We are delighted they will go to another level with live coverage of International and domestic T20 – men’s and women’s – alongside prime-time highlights shows and a commitment to taking the game to even wider audiences.”

In 2016, the BBC accounted for a market-leading 41 per cent of TV sports audiences bringing the nation together around the biggest sporting events. International cricket will join an extensive sporting portfolio that includes the Olympic Games, the World Cup, European Football Championships, Match of the Day, Wimbledon, the FA Cup and the 6 Nations.

Sky secures England cricket deal

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/06/30/sky-secures-england-cricket-deal/

Sky Sports has agreed a new five-year partnership with the England & Wales Cricket Board that includes live rights to international and county cricket from 2020 – including every match from the new T20 competition – and what it describes as a “ground-breaking” commitment to drive participation and further interest in the game. Sky beat off reported interest from BT to secure the deal.

Taking its partnership with English cricket into its third decade, the deal will give customers more live cricket than ever before.

The agreement means that between now and 2024, Sky Sports will be the only place to watch live coverage of all England home Tests, ODIs and T20s, women’s matches and county cricket. Only on Sky Sports can fans watch all matches from the new eight-team T20 competition launching in 2020.

Following its hugely successful Sky Ride cycling initiative which created interest and participation amongst millions of people of all ages, Sky will also work with ECB to develop a new participation and engagement approach to help deliver the ECB’s ambitions to grow the game at all levels. Working with the game’s partners, including the BBC, will provide another opportunity to inspire more fans to enjoy the sport.

“At Sky Sports we love cricket and so do our customers,” declared Barney Francis, Managing Director of Sky Sports. “This is a ground-breaking agreement that represents a new and exciting approach to sports rights in this country. It extends our partnership with the game into a third decade and will see us work with the ECB to excite and engage cricket fans of all ages. We will continue to innovate in our coverage and make it accessible across our channels, products and services. And drawing on our experience of getting millions on their bikes with our successful eight-year Sky Ride initiative, we are committed to working with the ECB to help grow the game at all levels.”

“Sky Sports have offered a true partnership – more than a broadcast deal – with their shared vision for cricket,” added Tom Harrison, ECB Chief Executive Officer. “Their innovation and production standards are widely acclaimed. Here, they further increase their live commitment and have added bold ideas to drive engagement and to help to get a bat and ball in more hands.”

Last year Sky’s cricket coverage reached nearly 8 million viewers. As well as live match coverage that includes over 200 England matches home and abroad between now and 2024, Sky Sports will provide comprehensive coverage and support across its TV, mobile, digital and social platforms. This includes round-the-clock news, views and highlights on Sky Sports News HQ, skysports.com and Sky’s digital and social media outlets.

Alongside England home cricket for the next seven years, viewers can look forward to the new domestic T20 competition launching in 2020, NatWest T20 Blast, County Championship plus the women’s KIA Super League. The Sky Sports cricket schedule also includes England in ICC competitions until 2023 and upcoming tours to Sri Lanka, New Zealand, South Africa and West Indies. It lost out to BT for the rights to cover the prestigious Ashes series between Australia and England this winter and the telco had been expected to make a concerted effort to wrest further coverage from Sky.

Ad industry group launches anti-piracy app

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/06/28/ad-industry-group-launches-anti-piracy-app/

The Trustworthy Accountability Group (TAG), an advertising industry initiative to fight criminal activity in the digital advertising supply chain, has launched the TAG Pirate Mobile App Tool, a new shared resource to help members prevent their advertising from appearing on mobile apps that distribute pirated content, such as copyright-protected music, movies, TV shows, and games. At launch, the tool includes more than 8,000 apps that violate the intellectual property rights of content owners, and it will be updated with new pirate apps as they are identified and shared by TAG members and other supporting organisations.

“As user activity has shifted to the mobile world, so have the criminals who exploit it through mobile apps that distribute illegal pirated content and sell advertising against it,” said Mike Zaneis, CEO of TAG. “By sharing information about those illegal apps, TAG helps companies quickly identify and remove them from their supply chains, thus cutting off the flow of money to pirates and intellectual property thieves. As the sole Information Sharing and Analysis Organization for the digital advertising industry, TAG is uniquely positioned to serve in this important anti-piracy role.”

Mobile app piracy – or the placement of legitimate ads on illegitimate, infringing mobile apps – is a significant and growing problem in digital advertising. Once an app is made available on an app store, it can be downloaded broadly before it is removed due to copyright or trademark infringement. Such apps can continue to operate at scale even after removal from a store, and many generate revenue through advertisements.

TAG’s Pirate Mobile App Tool stems from the work of TAG’s Anti-Piracy Working Group, which has developed a set of best practices guidelines to help advertisers, agencies, and mobile ad tech intermediaries identify and filter out infringing mobile apps from their advertising inventory. Those guidelines also include the framework for companies to contribute to and use the TAG Pirate Mobile App Tool to identify and block infringing mobile apps.

TAG has been designated as the first and only Information Sharing and Analysis Organization (ISAO) for the digital advertising industry. As such, TAG serves as the industry’s lead information sharing organisation around threats, incidents, and best practices, particularly those related to ad-related malware, ad-supported piracy, ad fraud, and associated threats. Other information-sharing resources available to members include TAG’s Malware Threat Sharing Hub, Data Center IP List, and network of certified compliance officers at member companies.

“The tremendous growth in mobile apps that provide ready and legitimate access to movies and TV shows has been a boon for creators and the millions of men and women whose jobs depend on the creative industry,” noted Farnaz M. Alemi, Vice President, Global Content Protection Counsel at The Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. “However, even as more and more content is being consumed through mobile platforms, this creative marketplace is being threatened by a profusion of illicit mobile apps that distribute a vast range of pirated content globally. The initiative announced today provides a welcome new tool to help block the financial incentives for criminal enterprises that are turning a handsome profit from advertising on pirate mobile apps and large-scale pirate websites. The MPAA thanks the Trustworthy Accountability Group for its leadership in this effort.”

“As music listening on smartphones has exploded, so has the rise in mobile apps that specialize in scamming users and stealing from creators,” commented Victoria Sheckler, SVP, Deputy General Counsel, Recording Industry Association of America. “One recent study analysing this space found that 73 percent of respondents assume any music app offering downloads from an official app store is licensed by artists and rights holders. One of the best tools to address this scourge is the voluntary sharing of information among advertisers and other important stakeholders to ensure legitimate ads do not find their way on to these bad apps. We welcome this initiative and best practices guidelines and appreciate the work of TAG to keep the legitimate app marketplace a safe place where creativity can flourish.”

Second launch doubles number of Iridium NEXT satellites in orbit to 20

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Second_launch_doubles_number_of_Iridium_NEXT_satellites_in_orbit_to_20_999.html

Iridium Communications has reported a successful second launch of its next-generation network, Iridium NEXT. This payload of 10 satellites was deployed into low-Earth orbit, approximately one hour after a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off Sunday from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, at 1:25pm PDT (20:25 UTC).

With this launch complete, there are now 20 Iridium NEXT satellites in orbit, establishing the infrastructure for groundbreaking technologies such as Iridium Certus and Aireon's space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) aircraft tracking and surveillance service.

Iridium Certus is poised to disrupt industry norms by enabling truly global L-band satellite broadband speeds through smaller, more cost-effective antennas.

Since the successful January 14, 2017 launch, Iridium NEXT satellites have already been integrated into the operational constellation and are providing service. The first eight operational Iridium NEXT satellites are already providing superior call quality and faster data speeds with increased capacity to Iridium customers.

The two additional satellites from the first launch are continuing to drift to their operational orbital plane, where upon arrival they will begin providing service. Iridium NEXT satellites from the latest launch will be tested and integrated into the constellation over the coming weeks. Just as with the first launch, on-orbit testing and validation will be completed by the Iridium and Thales Alenia Space teams.

Five of the 10 satellites from this launch will be sent to adjacent orbits ("planes") to optimize the network deployment and ensure eleven operational satellites, and at least one in-orbit spare, are in each of Iridium's six polar orbiting planes following full deployment.

"Right now, it's two down with six more launches to go," said Matt Desch, chief executive officer, Iridium.

"Our operations team is eagerly awaiting this new batch of satellites and is ready to begin the testing and validation process. After several weeks of fine-tuning, the next set of 'slot swaps' will begin, bringing more Iridium NEXT satellites into operational service, and bringing us closer to an exciting new era for our network, company, and partners."

Among the many technologies enabled by Iridium NEXT is a unique hosted payload from Iridium's partner, Aireon, which will provide a real-time, global aircraft surveillance and tracking service. Today, air traffic controllers and aircraft operators face the problem of being unable to see the location of aircraft at all times, worldwide.

This is largely due to the lack of aircraft tracking infrastructure on the ground in remote regions and over the oceans. The AireonSM system is designed to solve this problem. To date, more than one billion aircraft position reports have been received by the first eight operational Aireon payloads, activated after the first Iridium NEXT launch this past January.

"Since first launch, our technology has exceeded all expectations," said Don Thoma, chief executive officer, Aireon.

"With just eight payloads, we have seen an incredible amount of data, from aircraft and vehicle antennas of both high and surprisingly low wattage. We've conducted flight tests with the FAA and NAV CANADA, which were designed to really push our system's limits, while also helping to fine-tune its capabilities. We're on a path to revolutionizing how the world sees the skies, and with each launch come one step closer to making it a global reality."

According to analyses conducted by the Flight Safety Foundation and Purdue University's School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, space-based ADS-B, utilized by the Aireon system, can increase safety while also reducing the environmental impact of the aviation industry.

Through a series of eight launches, SpaceX will deliver 75 Iridium NEXT satellites to low-Earth orbit, with 66 making up the operational constellation. In total, 81 new satellites are being built, with nine serving as on-orbit spares and six as ground spares.

The satellites were designed by Thales Alenia Space, which serves as system prime contractor, and are being integrated by Thales's subcontractor, Orbital ATK, at its Satellite Manufacturing Facility in Arizona. The production process features an 18-station, state-of-the-art assembly line system for all 81 Iridium NEXT satellites.

ISRO GSAT-17: India's communication satellite launched by Ariane-5 VA-238 rocket; 10 facts to know

From http://www.newsnation.in/science-news/isro-gsat-17-launched-10-facts-to-know-about-the-communication-satellite-article-175564.html

ISRO GSAT-17 satellite provides continuity of services on operational satellites in C-band, Extended C-band and S-bands, the space agency said. The GSAT-17 communication satellite is built on the indigenous I-3K extended bus.

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has achieved yet another milestone by successfully launching the GSAT-17 communication satellite, which blasted off from French Guiana. Ariane-5 VA-238 launched the GSAT-17, which weighs 3,477 kg, into space on June 28.

India’s latest communication satellite carries equipment for metrological data relay as well as satellite-based search and rescue services that was earlier provided by INSAT satellites.

ISRO GSAT-17 satellite provides continuity of services on operational satellites in C-band, Extended C-band and S-bands, the space agency said. The GSAT-17 communication satellite is built on the indigenous I-3K extended bus.

Here are some facts you should know about the ISRO’s GSAT-17 communication satellite:

1. The satellite carries payloads in Normal C-band, Extended C-band and S-band in order to provide various communication services.

2. The in-orbit operational life of the GSAT-17 satellite is about 15 years, according to ISRO.

3. Ariane-5 VA-238 launch vehicle launched the GSAT-17 into a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO). The Ariane 5 rockets are built under the authority of European Space Agency (ESA), and the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales. Ariane 5 rockets are used in heavy-lift launches.

4. The GSAT-17 will carry out satellite-based search and rescue services that were provided by INSAT satellites earlier.

5. Both the antenna reflectors and the two solar arrays of GSAT-17 will be deployed during the final stages. The satellite will then be placed in its final orbital configuration.

6. The GSAT-17 satellite orbited co-passenger Hellas Sat 3-Inmarsat S EAN for about 41 minutes and then was injected. The Hellas Sat 3-Inmarsat S EAN is a two-payload “condosat”. Thales Alenia Space for Hellas Sat and Inmarsat produces the Hellas Sat 3-Inmarsat S EAN.

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7. The GSAT-17 launch was ISRO’s third satellite launch this month. It earlier launched first developmental flight of GSLV MkIII and PSLV C-38 missions.

8. GSAT-17 communication satellite is controlled by ISRO’s Master Control Facility (MCF) at Hassan.

9. GSAT-17 is ISRO’s 21st satellite to be launched by Arianespace.

10. GSAT-17 satellite will strengthen ISRO’s current group of 17 telecommunications satellites.


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SpaceX set to launch massive satellite on July 2nd: 3 flights in 9 days

From https://www.teslarati.com/spacex-intelsat-35e-launch-july-2/

SpaceX’s Next Launch is Still Nearly on Time in Spite of BulgariaSat-1 Delays

As first reported earlier this morning by James Dean of Florida Today and now officially confirmed by the launch customer Intelsat, SpaceX’s launch of Intelsat 35e has been scheduled for July 2nd at 4:36 p.m. PST.

A several day delay of the launch of BulgariaSat-1 from Monday to Friday of last week was logically assumed to mean that the launch of Intelsat 35e, previously scheduled for July 1st, would be delayed at least several days to allow for the necessary pad checks and repairs that occur after launches. In 2017, this pad flow has generally taken at least a full week, with a static fire occurring once the pad is ready, and a launch several days after that. Two weeks has so far been a relatively consistent minimum between launches from the same pad.

A launch from LC-39A on July 2nd would give SpaceX at most nine days from the launch of BulgariaSat-1 to ready the pad once more. Further, Intelsat 35e has a static fire scheduled as early as Thursday this week, six days after the pad’s previous successful launch. I previously wrote about SpaceX potentially conducting three separate missions within the course of two weeks and declared that such an accomplishment would be a massive accomplishment and proof of concept for some of SpaceX’s more lofty goals. Now it would appear that there is a possibility that SpaceX could launch three separate missions in as few as nine days.

Nine days is of course quite close to being a single week, and successfully pulling off what is now officially scheduled would lend unassailable credence to a previous SpaceX goal of regular, weekly cadence by 2019. In fact, three launches in nine days from two separate pads almost makes regular weekly launches from two separate pads appear imminently in reach for the company, possibly even earlier than 2019.

Intelsat 35e will become the largest communications satellite SpaceX has ever sent to orbit, weighing in at ~6000 kilograms. Designed to last at least 15 years in geostationary orbit, it is expected that SpaceX will attempt to place the satellite into a higher energy geostationary transfer orbit in order to reduce the amount of time it takes the commsat to reach its final planned orbit. This translates to an expendable Falcon 9 Full Thrust that will pushed close to its payload and orbit limits. While it is now somewhat sad to see a Falcon 9 first stage unable to attempt recovery, this will still be a thoroughly exciting launch, especially considering the impressive mass of the satellite.

Another successful recovery for 1029 on June 23, 2017. Note the dramatic lean and differing angles of the legs on the left, courtesy of a very hard landing. (SpaceX)

SpaceX’s constant iteration of Falcon 9 vehicles meant that Intelsat 35e did not have to wait for Falcon Heavy, as the current default version of the Falcon 9 (v1.2) has begun to overlap the original performance estimates for the first Falcon Heavy concept. Of note, the vehicles that launched last weekend have approximately double the lifting capacity of the original Falcon 9, which last flew in 2013.

The static fire for the launch of Iridium 35e is currently scheduled for this Thursday. Check back at Teslarati for confirmation of that test as we find ourselves once more just a handful of days away from yet another SpaceX launch.

Sky Sports (U.k) switches to themed channels

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/06/27/sky-sport-switches-to-themed-channels/

Sky is dumping numbered sports channels to be replaced with themed stations for specific sports beginning with football, golf and cricket. It hopes the move will stem falling sport ratings as it rebrands and introduces a cheaper package from £18 (€20).

In addition to the dedicated channels a new channel, Sky Sports Arena, will host other content including rugby and tennis.

The cost of sports rights has exploded in recent years with Sky paying £4.2 billion in its latest Premier League TV deal – 83 per cent more than the previous deal, but viewing has dropped significantly.

Sky has put the viewer loss over the past year down to airing more games per season, many of which feature less popular clubs, the relegation of clubs with relatively large fanbases such as Newcastle and Aston Villa, and the BBC’s live Rio Olympics coverage.

Sky added 40,000 subscribers in the UK in the three months to the end of March, compared with 70,000 in the same period last year.

The Sky Sports Mix channel, which Sky uses to showcase sport to its wider subscriber base by offering it free to basic package holders, will be continued.

Facebook to stream FOX Champions League coverage

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/06/28/facebook-to-stream-fox-champions-league-coverage/

US service FOX Sports is partnering with Facebook to stream UEFA Champions League matches via Facebook Live during the 2017-18 season.

Under the terms of the deal, FOX Sports will stream UEFA Champions League matches in the United States on the FOX Sports Facebook Page, and in Spanish on the FOX Deportes Facebook Page, beginning in September during group stage competition.

“Facebook is a social media powerhouse and a great partner to help us grow soccer in the United States,” said David Nathanson, Head of Business Operations, FOX Sports. “As people spend more and more time on mobile devices and social networks, offering matches on this platform is a natural extension. This year’s UEFA Champions League final saw 34 million people have 98 million interactions on Facebook, so we are thrilled to be able to offer top-notch content to their immense soccer community.”

The partnership is a first of its kind and includes two live matches per match day in the group stage, four ‘round of 16’ matches and four quarter-final matches. Some matches will be exclusive to Facebook and FOX Sports GO, while others will be simulcast on television. Half of these matches will be exhibited in English, while the other half will be exhibited in Spanish.

“The UEFA Champions League is one of the biggest football tournaments in the world, so we’re thrilled to partner with FOX Sports to deliver live matches to fans on Facebook in the US next season,” said Dan Reed, Head of Global Sports Partnerships, Facebook. “This collaboration unlocks new distribution for FOX, giving the network a national platform for matches that won’t always be televised. And with different matches broadcast in English and Spanish on Facebook, our community of fans will have plenty of action to cheer on and chat about once the group stage kicks off in September.

SES fills AMC-9 gap

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/06/27/ses-fills-amc-9-gap/

Satellite operator SES says it has completely restored service for all of its clients who used its AMC-9 satellite.

Communications with the satellite were lost on June 17th, but SES says the majority of its customers, including in-flight communications specialists Gogo, were speedily re-housed on alternate satellites by the following evening, June 18th.

However, SES is also moving “additional assets” to the AMC-9 location of 83 degrees West to continue the original satellite’s mission.

There’s no positive news on the recovery of SES-9. It is slowly drifting through space and poses no threat to satellites in its path. “SES continues to work with the manufacturer to identify the root cause of the anomaly, as well as any possible options to recover the spacecraft,” says a statement from SES.

“Thanks to the restoration plan, the potential impact on SES’s full year 2017 group revenue is expected to be lower than €20 million, which includes the potential reduction in available fleet transponders for future commercialisation. The one-off impairment charge is expected to be €38 million,” added the SES statement.

“SES wishes to thank all of its affected customers for their understanding and cooperation. In addition, SES wishes to thank the FCC for its support over the weekend, by providing the necessary approvals to help put in effect the needed solutions” said Martin Halliwell, SES CTO. “Beyond AMC-9 status, SES continues to work towards a long-term plan of capacity replacement.”

“The AMC-9 restoration strategy demonstrates one of the many benefits of working with a satellite operator with a large global fleet,” said Anand Chari, Gogo EVP/CTO. “All networks, satellite and terrestrial, can occasionally suffer such rare mishaps. SES’s ability to recover so quickly and effectively is a compelling testament to the size and flexibility of its fleet, the professionalism of its people, and the operational processes in place to ensure the resiliency needed to keep businesses, such as Gogo, running seamlessly.”

OneWeb opens satellite production line

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/06/27/oneweb-opens-satellite-production-line/

OneWeb Satellites has inaugurated its assembly line in Toulouse, the beating heart of Airbus’s manufacturing expertise, to begin end-to-end validation, testing, and integration of its first satellites set for launch in just over nine months.

OneWeb Satellites is a joint venture between OneWeb, a global communications company whose mission is to provide affordable Internet access to everyone on Earth, and Airbus Defence and Space with its first order to include the production of 900 communications satellites for OneWeb’s low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite fleet. The 4,600 square meters Toulouse facility will serve to validate the production methods necessary to manufacture high-performance satellites at a scale never achieved before, de-risk any potential issues, and lay the framework for the larger multi-line OneWeb Satellites factory near the Kennedy Space Center, Florida. The initial 10 pilot and Toulouse-built satellites, after having undergone a comprehensive set of tests, will become the first of OneWeb’s fleet.

“We have just about nine months until the first of our fleet launches into orbit,” said Greg Wyler, Founder and Chairman of OneWeb. “Then, if all goes well, we will begin the world’s largest launch campaign, sending new satellites up every 21 days, and building not just a fleet but a digital bridge to enable affordable broadband access for the billions of unconnected around the world.”

As well as building the fleet of satellites, OneWeb Satellites will provide customised versions of these ultra-high performance satellites, platforms and core technologies to Airbus to support their third party sales to other commercial and government operators globally. The mini-satellites, coming from the huge production line, will enable new cost and performance paradigms for those looking to benefit from the advantages satellites can bring to Earth observation, sensor and telecommunications markets.

“Providing global internet access with the OneWeb satellites is a daring mission, which we’re very excited to be a part of”, said Tom Enders, CEO of Airbus. “Airbus thrives on innovation and innovation is at the core of this joint endeavor with OneWeb. Never before have high quality satellites been produced at such little cost, at such a fast pace and in such high quantities. As such, OneWeb is truly a transformational project – not just for Airbus but for the space industry as a whole.”

The development of this facility has been supported by Bpifrance in the framework of the French PIA programme (Programme d’Investissements d’Avenir).

Dish Serves Up 4K-Capable Android TV Platform for Hotels

From http://www.multichannel.com/news/content/dish-serves-4k-capable-android-tv-platform-hotels/413729

Dish soft-launched hospitality-focused offering earlier this year

Following a recent soft-launch, Dish Network said it has commercially launched Evolve, a 4K-capable, Android TV-powered “set-back” box and interface that is tailored for hotels and other partners in the hospitality market.

Dish, which formally unveiled Evolve in tandem with this week’s HITEC Toronto show, said the new platform integrates regular TV with thousands of Android TV-optimized apps from Google Play.

The UI for Evolve also features a channel preview that enables a pop-up window of a live video, as well as a configuration tool that lets partners brand the UI, customize welcome channels, and pre-populate the box with certain apps. The system also clears a guest’s personal information when they check out.

Evolve, which works with Dish’s SMARTBOX SD/HD distribution system for hotels, also supports Chromecast built-in, an integrated system that lets users cast video and other content from their mobile devices to the TV, and also lets users listen to the TV with Bluetooth headsets.

Dish has not announced which of its hotel and hospitality partners are already using Evolve.

RELATED: AT&T Bows Chromecast-Supported Streaming Option for Hotels

“Today’s guest is used to a TV experience at home that combines their favorite streaming apps with linear, high-definition programming,” Alistair Chatwin, director of Dish Business, said in a statement. “With EVOLVE and SMARTBOX, all hotel operators can now deliver the intuitive and streamlined entertainment that guests have come to expect at home, while reducing costs, increasing performance and saving space across their properties.”

Dish’s new Air TV Player, an OTA/OTT combo device targeted to cord-cutters, is also powered by Android TV.

India's Answer to GPS Runs Into Serious Technical Failures

From http://www.gpsdaily.com/reports/Indias_Answer_to_GPS_Runs_Into_Serious_Technical_Failures_999.html

India's native navigation system has developed serious problems with four atomic clocks on the six satellites facing unexplained errors. With these, a total seven out of 21 clocks onboard have shown some difficulties.

Proper functioning of these clocks is crucial to provide accurate navigation to the Indian armed forces. Last year, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) accepted the problems with three atomic clocks onboard one of the satellites of Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS).

"The clocks are ticking well. It's not possible to share the technical details of mission management for important reasons. ISRO is adopting various strategies so that best results are obtained from its satellite systems," A.S. Kiran Kumar, Chairman, ISRO told IANS earlier this month. But sources said that more atomic clocks have faced difficulties in providing data which is likely to be compensated with the launch of a replacement satellite in near future.

IRNSS was launched as a more accurate navigation services compared to the US' GPS system over the Bay of Bengal, Southeast Asia, Indian Ocean, Middle East and African regions. India created its own navigation system in April 2016 with the successful launch of the last of its seven satellites of IRNSS.

The failure of three atomic clocks was not causing much worry to Indian scientists as they cited similar instance earlier this month in Europe, where three rubidium atomic clocks and six hydrogen maser clocks onboard Galileo failed.

Rubidium atomic clocks were manufactured by the Swiss company Spectracom. However, India's CSIR-NPL has developed and transferred the critical technology of Rubidium atomic clock for space applications to ISRO. A model has been developed at CSIR-NPL and is undergoing further developments at Satellite Applications Center before being integrated into the payload of the IRNSS.


Tuesday Feeds

Asiasat 5 4156 H Sr 7200 "service 01" table tennis.

We are all familiar with Chinese Clones here!! but that looks rediculous!

ABS 6 159E 3887 V Sr 6666 "Sports 5" PSL

ABS 6 159E 3896 V Sr 4444 "nameless" Press conference being setup

Monday night Feeds

D1 12643 V Sr 7200 Fec 4/5 S2 QPSK "perth bucky sen-914" presenter

Asiasat 5 4193 V Sr 4936 "Service-1" Asian presenter

From my Email


From the Dish

From asiatvro site

东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Reserved(测试)替换Fashion TV(环宇卫视)频道,设置12711 H 45000参数免费接收。 [6月26日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Education TV、MM(标清)频道改格式,设置12690 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [6月26日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星C频段,CCTV-4(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置3670 V 10000参数无效接收。 [6月26日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Mongol Kino(标清)频道改格式,设置12629 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [6月26日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星C频段,满满通(老挝)频道改格式,设置3497 V 8975参数免费接收。 [6月26日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,R Family(测试)频道新增,设置3520 H 28125参数有条件接收。 [6月26日]


NBN to double Sky Muster download limits in bid to end rural 'data drought'

From http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-06-27/rural-nbn-users-told-to-expect-plans-with-higher-data-caps/8655718

Australians living in rural, regional and remote areas frustrated by download limits on the National Broadband Network's satellite service will soon be granted some relief.

NBN has announced it is doubling the maximum peak download allowance from 75 gigabytes per month to 150.

But the government-owned company warns there is not enough capacity on the two Sky Muster satellites for every connection to use that much.

NBN's Gavin Williams said the new wholesale plans will be available from October.

"What we've done is look at how our network has been performing in real-world conditions over its first year since launch," Mr Williams said.

"We've assessed that the network is actually capable of delivering more than we'd originally forecast."

He expects retail service providers to pass on the benefits.

"We've given [service providers] increased flexibility to double the maximum size plans and they'll then be able to launch a range of services — some smaller, some bigger — to achieve their average," he said.

Wholesale plans increase average downloads by up to 50 per cent

About 75,000 rural, regional and remote customers have signed up for a Sky Muster plan since it was activated in April 2016.

They receive a much lower download limit than people living in urban areas.

Each subscriber on the satellite service currently uses an average of about 27 gigabytes per month, a 12.5 per cent increase over the past six months.

The Sky Muster satellite designed to deliver broadband internet services to more than 200,000 rural and remote Australians.

The new wholesale plans mean the average download cap per user will increase from 30 gigabytes to 45.

Joanna Gibson from the Isolated Children's Parents' Association on Yudnapinna Station in South Australia said students can use data quickly, particularly those watching university lectures online.

"It's very important that [retail service providers] pass [the change] onto customers without increasing their costs too much," Ms Gibson said.

Users in the bush complain of 'data drought' and drop outs

But people in the bush are still reporting service reliability issues with NBN satellite internet.

Tracey Hayes, chief executive of the Northern Territory Cattlemen's Association, said connectivity in the bush continues to be a challenge.

"Unfortunately people out in the bush are still experiencing lengthy drop outs, connectivity challenges and inconsistency and lack of reliability with the product," she said.

She said there is a lack of equality between those in the bush and people living in urban areas.

"Part of the issue as we see itis the disconnect between what NBN are trying to do and the actual service that's provided by service providers," she said.

US company OneWeb received approval this week to deploy a global constellation of 720 satellites to provide fast internet.

The satellites will operate closer to Earth, meaning the response time, or latency, is much quicker than traditional satellite internet.

Mr Williams said the wholesaler will look at all the options.

"These constellations could be attractive and I hope for customers in the bush that they do launch," he said.

"But hope is not a tactic and what we have today is some state-of-the-art satellites."

Flying Doctor to trial nbn's Sky Muster™ satellite

From https://mysunshinecoast.com.au/news/news-display/flying-doctor-to-trial-nbns-sky-muster-satellite,50097

nbn and the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (RFDS) have agreed terms to commence trial access to nbn's Sky Muster™ satellite service.

nbn and RFDS will test transportable Sky Muster™ units, initially in four RFDS aircraft and two road vehicles to support visiting primary health clinics, with trials to commence in September.

RFDS currently uses broadband where it is available in country Australia for delivering tele-health, managing patient records, and keeping medical teams in contact with patients, hospitals, and back to base operations.

RFDS CEO Martin Laverty said "Broadband coverage has been inadequate in the bush. Legacy services don't deliver sufficient speeds to the country, meaning health consumers and health providers can't depend on the internet for reliable health service delivery.

"If trialing nbn's Sky Muster™ satellites and antenna devices proves successful, RFDS will be gradually able to expand tele-health and online health management reliably across remote and country areas that currently miss out on workable broadband coverage," Mr Laverty said.

nbn Executive General Manager of Satellite Gavin Williams said the arrangement was a significant step forward in providing health services to the bush.

"nbn is pleased to be working with RFDS, an organisation which provides essential health and emergency services to remote Australia. nbn is excited to see its ground-breaking satellite technology being trialled by RFDS to assist in bridging the digital divide in remote Australia," Mr Williams said.

The trial will operate in country areas across all States and Territories (except the ACT).

All RFDS Bases across the nation will be given connections to nbn™ Sky Muster™ services. The trial will also test fitting a number of RFDS medical chests with Sky Muster™ services to assess uptake of video tele-health for remote residents who rely on the RFDS for their healthcare.

Additionally, a Wi-Fi hot-spot will be installed at a remote NSW airstrip used regularly by the RFDS. This hot-spot will provide RFDS pilots with access to weather and navigational support, and visiting RFDS medical teams with secure and usable broadband access.

If the trial is successful, RFDS anticipates incorporating access to Sky Muster™ service into its business as usual systems to support country Australians in getting access to health care. Results of the trial will be assessed in April of 2018.

Japan's satellites bring new auto farming, stock management era

From http://www.queenslandcountrylife.com.au/story/4753002/japans-satellites-bring-new-auto-farming-stock-management-era/?cs=4698

For decades Japan has given us the latest in high-technology advances from household appliances and office computer breakthroughs to industrial-scale electronics and robotics.

Now it agriculture’s turn.

From Central Queensland to Jerilderie in southern NSW, high-tech mega company, Hitachi, is trialling a range of different technologies enabling farmers to run driverless machinery or remotely calculate pasture and soil moisture conditions to make better grazing management decisions.

The Japanese technology giant, which reaps annual revenues of more than $148 billion from building everything from televisions and sound systems, to trains, power plants, construction machinery and information technology is taking artificial farm intelligence to a new level.

It’s one of many traditional high tech names now eager to use their know-how to diversify their core business strengths with a firm footprint in the paddock.

A new network of Japanese satellites over the Asia Pacific region promises to provide global positioning system (GPS) style technology capable of driving unmanned tractors and harvesters, guiding long-flight drones over crops and grazing properties and assisting decision making calculations.

By 2023 the satellite constellation providing geospatial and information algorithms to the region will expand from the current two spacecraft to seven, making it a powerful shared resource for host of industries, including farming.

Self-driving cars, freight trucks and delivery drones are among the many other likely users of the geolocation information transmitted by the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency-Mitsubishi satellites, which promise to significantly improve on the metre-plus accuracy of public GPS guidance directed from US satellites.

Hitachi is already working with agricultural machinery makers and their existing auto steer technology ahead of releasing its first stage QZSS guidance systems in Australia next April.

Latest tests on NSW irrigation farms and Queensland cane fields near Mackay have achieved tracking accuracy down to about two centimetres and maintained harvest height accuracy to eight centimetres.

The company is also promising unmanned drones will be able to fly for several hours, identifying and spot spraying woody weeds, or monitoring pasture biomass on pastoral properties on a daily basis.

While still relatively coy about the specific costs involved, the tech giant sees big opportunities to enhance farm management and agriculture supply chain efficiency.

Working in partnerships with numerous local research players, including the University of New England, Central Queensland University, University of Tasmania, Meat and Livestock Australia and the Bureau of Meteorology, it has established weather stations, soil moisture sensors, stock water monitors and walk-over stock weighing stations to support its drone and satellite imagery information on avocado farms and cattle stations, some of which carry about 32,000 head.

Its Hitachi Process Intelligence (HPI) system not only makes predictive decisions on grazing conditions and optimum livestock marketing options, it will alert landholders of fences needing urgent repair, including recommending materials for the task.

In the wake of Cyclone Debbie’s devastating landfall in Queensland in March and April Hitachi used imagery information combined with data collated by its HPI system to locate scattered livestock, identify flooded roads, fencelines and paddocks, and then directed stockmen, via safe routes, to recover lost cattle and make infrastructure repairs.

“It’s all about real time data analysis,” said Hitachi’s Australian-based senior business development manager, Derrick Thompson.

“The images and related information on the screen tell you what’s actually happening without the need to travel for hours to inspect stock, or watering points and grazing conditions.

“This is saving a hell of a lot of time and making management decision making much more timely and efficient.

“It’s going to help producers get cattle out of the paddock at the right time and off to the feedlot at a correct weight with a minimum amount of days wasted.”

Mr Thompson said although Hitachi’s Cyclone Debbie response work was only a demonstration of HPI’s disaster recovery capabilities, the producers involved were “very happy with the result”.

He told a recent ANZ agribusiness delegation visit to Hitachi’s social innovation business base in Tokyo, HPI was even capable of scanning and translating handwritten livestock identification data from farm records for storage in cloud-based files making individual animal records electronically accessible and comparable.

“HPI compares what farmers are doing, or the performance of their livestock, with what’s going on around them, including global best practices.

“It’s always looking for a better way to do what you are doing today.”

SES Networks and Primacom to Deliver High Speed Broadband Connectivity to Vessels in Asia-Pacific

From Press Release

SES (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) announced today it has signed a multi-year agreement with leading Indonesian satellite communications provider Primacom (PT Primacom Interbuana). Primacom will use SES Networks’ Maritime+ service to deliver the highest levels of reliable high-speed broadband connectivity to vessels operating in Asia-Pacific region.

The innovative fully-managed service will enable Primacom to double broadband speeds for connecting vessels traversing international and domestic maritime routes within the Asia-Pacific region.

SES Networks’ Maritime+ service combines SES’s global ground and space infrastructure to deliver the highest levels of reliability and connectivity to vessels that are seeking connected and autonomous shipping operations.

“The managed Maritime+ service is an ideal fit for Primacom as it gives us the flexibility to allocate bandwidth based on the needs of our customers. The efficient use of capacity also allows our budget-conscious customers to run new applications for the first time. Thanks to this customised and cost-efficient service, we are now able to provide the reliable and seamless connectivity that vessels need while traversing across oceans,” said Rosjanto, Senior Vice President of Product Support Development Technical Division at Primacom.

Steve Collar, CEO at SES Networks, said, “Broadband satellite connectivity is critical to realising the potential of the growing maritime sector in Indonesia and Asia-Pacific. SES Networks’ Maritime+ service, coupled with an extensive global reach and ground network, enables Primacom to offer flexible, reliable connectivity services to its customers. The customisable and cost-effective platform makes access to high-speed connectivity at sea possible for local and international operators in the region, empowering them to tap the maritime market’s strong growth.”

For further information please contact:
Markus Payer
Corporate Communications & PR
Tel. +352 710 725 500

About SES

SES is the world-leading satellite operator and the first to deliver a differentiated and scalable GEO-MEO offering worldwide, with more than 50 satellites in Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) and 12 in Medium Earth Orbit (MEO). SES focuses on value-added, end-to-end solutions in four key market verticals (Video, Enterprise, Mobility and Government). It provides satellite communications services to broadcasters, content and internet service providers, mobile and fixed network operators, governments and institutions, and businesses worldwide. SES’s portfolio includes the ASTRA satellite system, which has the largest Direct-to-Home (DTH) television reach in Europe, and O3b Networks, a global managed data communications service provider. Another SES subsidiary, MX1, is a leading media service provider and offers a full suite of innovative digital video and media services. Further information available at: www.ses.com

Arianespace ready for double launch

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/06/26/arianespace-ready-for-double-launch/

June 28th will see Arianespace launch two satellites in a somewhat unusual set of circumstances. Weather permitting, the actual launch will take place from Kourou, French Guiana on June 28th.

But the mission is complex. The rocket will carry two satellites, but one of the satellites is a so-called ‘condominium’ craft which is two satellites in one. In fact, the HellasSat-3 portion is owned by Arabsat, which arguably makes the overall mission almost a ‘three in one’ set of obligations.

HellasSat-3 is half of a satellite, and where the rest of the satellite is owned by Inmarsat.

The second actual satellite is owned by India’s Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and dubbed GSAT-17.

HellasSat-3 will expand the overall DTH offering as well as backing up existing transmissions and provide telecom capacity. HellasSat says there is now extra bandwidth for HD and UHD channels and also serve the Middle East and sub-Saharan markets.

Inmarsat’s S-EAN (S-band and European Aviation Network) satellite will provide continent-wide coverage with S-band connectivity, and as part of Inmarsat’s obligations to the European Commission. The IUnmarsat craft will serve Mobile Satellite Services over Europe. HellasSat-3 and Inmarsat’s S-EAN will be placed at 39 degrees East.

However, Inmarsat’s plan is already subject to a legal challenge from Eutelsat and ViaSat of California who allege that Inmarsat is in breach of its license from the EU.

ISRO’s GSAT-17 will add to the operator’s existing fleet of 17 operational satellites, and will operate in C-band, as well as S-band.

The pre-launch readiness tests will take place on June 26th.

Iridium says newly launched satellites are functioning well

From http://normangeestar.net/2017/06/27/iridium-says-newly-launched-satellites-are-functioning-well/

Its mission was to put 10 satellites from Iridium into orbit.

Ten Iridium Communications satellites were launched on Sunday, forming part of the Iridium NEXT network meant to increase the range of aircraft tracking and surveillance for Iridium customers. Iridium developed new, smaller antennas in order to increase call quality and data speed. “Just like with the first batch of our payloads, we will go through a rigorous process of testing and validating each individual payload, pushing their limits to maximize operational effectiveness”.

Iridium Communications announced the successful second launch of its next-generation network, Iridium Next. The Aireon payloads, which were manufactured by Harris Corporation, will be hosted on all 81 Iridium NEXT satellites, 75 of which are scheduled for launch.

Those “slot swaps” consist of a new satellite replacing an older one. With this launch complete, there are now 20 Iridium NEXT satellites in orbit, establishing the infrastructure for technologies such as Iridium Certus and Aireon’s space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) aircraft tracking and surveillance service.

On-orbit validation will be performed by the Iridium and Thales Alenia Space teams.

Since the first successful launch in January, Aireon has activated 8 payloads and has received over one billion aircraft position reports. The boosters landed on SpaceX’s drone ship floating in the Pacific Ocean.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 on Friday launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla., and boosted a communications satellite for Bulgaria into orbit. Titanium fins were used on Sunday, as opposed to smaller and less durable aluminum fins used before.


TVNZ 1 and 2 have gone live with their offficial live streams see lower down the page for the stream links

Monday Feeds

Asiasat 5 4175 V Sr 4936 "WSHT ENC58" Kohler Grand Prix Indy cars

Asiasat 5 3927 V Sr 7120 "PATH1-A" Asian kick boxing

Asiasat 5 3700 V Sr 30000

AFP Asia

EBU service 6

are FTA

Saturday Feeds

D1 12652 V Sr 7200 "7BCM D1/T7 Slot 3" AFL
D1 12724 V Sr 7500 "STS 12 Enc/Mod 1" AFL
D1 12634 V Sr 7200 16APSK "7BCM D1/T7 Slot 1" AFL

Intelsat 19 12431 H Sr 7500 "STS 4" colour bars TVWAN Rugby

Asiasat 5 3926 V Sr 7200 "AFl Collingwood v Port Adelaide" AFL

Saturday morning

Asiasat 5 3716 H Sr 6110 "SECO-1" Chinese performers

Asiasat 5 3914 V Sr 7120 "nameless" Asian singer

Asiasat 5 3927 V Sr 7120 "WI v India Studio" Cricket presenter Sony

Asiasat 5 4094H Sr 7200 "1" Table Tennis CCTV5 China

Friday night

Intelsat 19 12430 H Sr 3500 Fec 3/4 DVBS "CHCH" fireworks
Intelsat 19 12610 V Sr 7000 "STS 6" NRL, Wests Tigers vs Gold Coast Titans

From my Email


From the Dish

ChinaSat 6A 125.0E 3827 H "Chengdu Tianfu Food TV" is encrypted again.

ChinaSat 6B 115.5E 4100 V "CHC HD, CHC and CCTV 6" are encrypted again.
ChinaSat 6B 115.5E The Top V muxes on 3600 V, 3640 V and 3680 V are now encrypted.

Palapa D 113.0E 3880 H "Gem TV Asia has replaced Universal Channel Asia" on , Tongfang.
Palapa D 113.0E 3984 H "Al-Iman TV" is back on , clear.
Palapa D 113.0E 4080 H "Holla" has left .

Insat 4A 83.0E 3777 H "ABP Asmita" has left again.
Insat 4A 83.0E 3805 H "Eyewitness News" has left .
Insat 4A 83.0E 3949 H "Zeal Sports & News has replaced Zonet Zawlbuk" on , Fta

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3520 H "Nhang Channel" has started on , BISS.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3585 V "Nhang Channel" has started on , BISS.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 3985 H "Thai PBS" has left again.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3812 H "Maasranga TV" is Fta again.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3752 V "True Sports TV" has started on , Fta. Aath has left.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 3791 H "Jai Paras TV" has started on , Fta.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4034 H "Nxt" has started on , Irdeto.

From asiatvro site

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Aktion(泰国)频道新增,设置3520 H 28125参数有条件接收。 [6月26日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,安徽卫视、凤凰资讯(长城亚洲)等全组频道解密,设置10730 V 40000参数免费接收。 [6月26日]

东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,KNN、TBC(韩国)频道新增,设置11862 L 23800参数有条件接收。 [6月25日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,MBC(韩国)频道新增,设置11747 L 23800参数有条件接收。 [6月25日]
东经84.8度轨道位置的Horizons 2号卫星Ku频段,Zee Nung、Euronews(HEVC)等3个频道新增,设置11758 V 45000参数免费接收。 [6月25日]

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,MV1、MV10(测试)等10个频道新增,设置3585 V 30000参数免费接收。 [6月24日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Gazi Satellite TV(孟加拉)频道解密,设置3805 H 4800参数免费接收。 [6月24日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,True Sports(印度)频道消失,设置4184 V 21600参数无效接收。 [6月24日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Neo Sports(印度)频道加密,设置3900 V 10370参数有条件接收。 [6月24日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Mvlao、Five(老挝)等全组频道消失,设置3433 V 7500参数无效接收。 [6月24日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,卡酷少儿替换TVB8(台亚卫星)频道,设置12731 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [6月24日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,南方卫视-2替换星河频道(台亚卫星)频道,设置11101 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [6月24日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星C频段,中国电影、CCTV-13(长城亚洲)等频道重现,设置3622 H 30000参数部分免费接收。 [6月24日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,World Business Channel、Teledom HD(高清)频道消失,设置12093 V 45000参数无效接收。 [6月24日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Disney Junior(韩国)高清频道新增,设置12650 H 29500参数有条件接收。 [6月24日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Kid Talk Talk(韩国)高清频道新增,设置11785 L 21300参数有条件接收。 [6月24日]

东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星C频段,云南国际、中国黄河(长城亚洲)等28个频道消失,设置3622 H 30000参数无效接收。 [6月23日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,广东体育替换Diva(DISH-HD)频道,设置11101 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [6月23日]
东经56度轨道位置的快车AT1号卫星Ku频段,8 Kanal(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置12130 R 27500参数无效接收。 [6月23日]
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Australian cubesats lost in space found again with help from Dutch telescope, ham radio operators

From http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-06-26/australian-cubesats-lost-in-space-found-with-international-help/8651514

Imagine you've spent half a decade building satellites to study a little-known part of the Earth's atmosphere.

They're the first Australian-built satellites to go into space for more than a decade.

You watch them launch from Cape Canaveral in Florida with great fanfare.

They're deployed from the International Space Station in May.

Then … nothing. Radio silence.

Your efforts appear to have resulted in space junk — invisible, unresponsive bricks hurtling at 27,000km/hr, 400km above the Earth's surface.

But this is not a story about loss.

This is the remarkable tale of how a Dutch radio telescope, ham radio operators and engineers from the universities of New South Wales, Sydney and Australian National University brought two satellites back to life.

Failure at launch

Thirty-six tiny 'cubesats', about the size of a loaf of bread, formed part of an international swarm launched earlier this year.

But shortly after their release, three of the satellites from Australian universities were unresponsive.

They were supposed to transmit a beacon to say "I'm working" — but they were silent — and engineers in Australia could only check twice a day, when the satellites passed over their ground stations.

The engineers thought it could have been a battery issue.

While the satellites had solar panels, they thought they could be trapped in a vicious loop whereby they did not have enough power to deploy the antennas, but were constantly trying to extend them with the little charge they had accumulated.

The teams wrote commands ready to upload — but because the tiny satellites antennas did not extend, they needed a much bigger telescope.

"It meant that we had to speak a lot louder to them for the satellites to hear us, so we needed much more powerful ground stations than what we had here at UNSW and in Canberra at the ANU," deputy director of the Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research (ACSER) Elias Aboutanios said.

Dr Aboutanios tried to use equipment from the Defence Department, Optus, CSIRO and NASA, but no facilities that could broadcast at the right frequencies were available.

Sydney … we have a problem

Running out of options, a research associate from UNSW — Joon Wayn Cheong — used his amateur radio licence, calling for help from his worldwide network.

Incredibly, a Dutch sound technician responded — offering access to a 1950s-era restored 25-metre radio telescope.

"We had access to this old beautifully restored dish — the thing that would work for us — however, Jan [van Muijlwijk, the Dutch technician] works his nine-to-five job during the week, so he could only do this on Saturdays for us," Dr Aboutanious said.

Mr van Muijlwijk fired the commands — and miraculously, it worked.

But only for one of the cubesats.

"So we had to switch back to work out, is our satellite dead? Is it damaged? Is there another reason that we can't talk to it?" Dr Aboutanious said.

"We started wondering — is where we're pointing at the correct place?

"What happens is when these things start orbiting, they are tracked by NORAD (the North American Aerospace Defense Command).

"They track everything in the sky that is larger than a tennis ball … they tell us where they are in the sky."

So engineers continued to try to make contact with the other two satellites — again — getting nothing.

A Colorado mix-up

It turns out NORAD had mislabelled their cubesat.

All along, the engineers were pointing the antenna and trying to detect signals in the wrong place.

Dr Aboutanious believes NORAD had mixed up the labelling of the cubesats with another team's.

As soon as the Dutch dish pointed to what the NORAD data said was the University of Colorado's cubesat, it detected a weak signal that was clearly from the UNSW satellite.

"We [sent our signals to the other cubesat] on the next weekend — next Saturday, we had to wait — we uploaded the commands and they worked," he said.

"I'm not so much relieved, more ecstatic is the better word.

"We're over the Moon — the whole team is just very, very happy."

One more to go

However, the third Australian university cubesat remains unresponsive — and the engineers who brought the first two back to life are ready to offer their services if needed.

Of the 28 cubesats deployed in May, eight are not working.

Those that are responsive will now undergo a testing process before being commissioned later this year.

TVNZ Streaming Ahead

From Press Release: TVNZ

Monday, 26 June 2017, 1:46 pm

TVNZ Streaming Ahead

It’s easier than ever for Kiwis to watch TVNZ shows with today’s launch of a revamped tvnz.co.nz bringing together Live TV and OnDemand viewing.

TVNZ now live streams all its channels – giving viewers the option to view 1, 2 and DUKE on devices at the same time as on air broadcast – and offers local TV shows, Live sports, 1 NEWS, international dramas, box sets, movies and short form videos, all for free OnDemand.

“The big growth trends among New Zealand viewers are the demand for video and viewing on mobile devices, and we’re responding to this by bringing them together on tvnz.co.nz.” said TVNZ Chief Executive Kevin Kenrick.

“It’s all about giving viewers the choice and control – whether they want to watch broadcast TV, time shifted TV, TV streamed on a mobile device, Live or OnDemand,” he says.

Features of the new mobile optimised site include simplified navigation, a new video player and smarter integration for social feeds and content.

TVNZ is extending the amount of time its programmes are available online. “We’re giving people more time to watch episodes before they expire, more box sets and more stacking of episodes one after the other, so viewers can watch at their own pace,” says Kevin Kenrick.

Viewers can work their way through whole seasons of cutting edge dramas Clique and Cleverman (season 2 arrives 3 July), and all four feature length episodes of Oliver Stone’s The Putin Interviews – all new and exclusive to tvnz.co.nz.

TVNZ will be on more streaming devices with a Chromecast app set to launch next month, followed by an Apple TV app later this year, says TVNZ.


TVNZ is available on the following supported devices:
• Apple iPhone 4, 4S, 5, 5C, 5S, 6, 6 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus; Apple iPod Touch iOS9; Apple iPad 2, 3, 4, iPad Air, iPad Air 2; Apple iPad Mini, Mini 2, Mini 3, Mini 4 (iOS9 and above)
• Apple AirPlay
• Android devices including the Samsung Galaxy S7, Edge, and Tab A 10.1 (Android version 4.3 and above)
• Samsung 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 Smart TVs and selected models of Smart Blu-ray players and Smart Home Entertainment Systems
• FreeviewPlus TVs, set top boxes and MyFreeviewPlus Recorders
• Playstation3 & Playstation4
• Microsoft Surface and Mobile
• Xbox One

Coming soon: Chromecast (July).

TVNZ Live streams are available in high definition at 720p resolution.

NZ: SKY, Vodafone end merger agreement

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/06/26/nz-sky-and-vodafone-end-merger-agreement/

New Zealand pay-TV operator Sky Network Television and telco Vodafone Europe B.V.1, a wholly owned subsidiary of Vodafone Group Plc, have now decided to terminate the sale and purchase agreement in relation to the proposed merger of SKY and Vodafone New Zealand.

The parties have also decided to withdraw the appeal of the Commerce Commission decision regarding the proposed merger.

In a Statement, SKY and Vodafone New Zealand said they would continue to work together to strengthen their commercial relationship for the benefit of the customers and the shareholders of their respective organisations.

In June 2016, the pair announced their plan to merge, a move they said would create a leading integrated telecommunications and media group in New Zealand, with the combined group having the ability to offer New Zealand’s best entertainment content across all platforms and devices in a rapidly evolving media and telecommunications market.

In October 2106, however, New Zealand’s Commerce Commission sent a Letter of Unresolved Issues to the pair in relation to their proposed merger, suggesting it was not satisfied that the proposed merger will not have, or would not be likely to have, the effect of substantially lessening competition in the telecommunications and pay-TV services markets.

It sought further submissions from Sky and Vodafone on the specific areas of concern identified, including the ability of a merged Sky/Vodafone to use ownership of content – particularly live sports – to make buying Sky on a standalone basis less attractive than buying it in a bundle with Vodafone’s broadband and mobile services.

On February 23rd 2017, the Commerce Commission said it had declined to grant clearance for the proposed merger, suggesting that to clear the merger it would need to have been satisfied that it was unlikely to substantially lessen competition in any relevant market. ”Given we are not satisfied that we can say that competition is unlikely to be substantially lessened by the proposed merger, we must decline clearance,” it concluded.

The pair appealed that decision on March 22nd, subsequently amending it on May 18th. That appeal has now been withdrawn.

Sky promises no more post-haka advertising in Lions matches

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11881678

Angry reaction from rugby fans has forced a u-turn by Sky Television after they came under attack for screening a commercial between the end of the All Blacks haka and the kick-off of last night's first test against the British and Irish Lions.

Sky is now promising it won't go to ad-break again after the haka, during the rest of the Lions tour after it came under fire from irate fans on social media today.

A spokesperson said: "While last night's superb match was played live and uninterrupted on Sky Sport, you've told us you didn't like seeing an ad-break after the haka and before the match started".

"We hear you, and for the remaining matches of the Lions tour you won't see it again."

Annoyed viewers took to Facebook to complain about the inclusion of a lengthy ad for Sky's chief broadcast sponsor, a car manufacturer.

Many flooded onto the popular Veitchy on Sport page, run by Newstalk ZB sports personality Tony Veitch, to vent.

Veitch published a passionate post from Graeme Fisher as reflective of the reaction of fans on his page.

"I was happily watching the rugby tonight at home with my mum, dad, my partner and my 2-year-old son who is just starting to learn who the All Blacks are and their pre-match ritual the haka," he wrote.

"What really got my back up was the fact that straight after the haka you decided to throw a stupid ad on [...] .

"I'm probably not your target market for a car as I have a fantastic employer who provides a car for me, but let me tell you - I do not pay over $100 a month for you to cross into a ad after the All Blacks have just performed the most amazing haka in the first game against the Lions.

"Fill your boots at half time as I am probably heading to the fridge to quench my thirst, but I was very disappointed to see that you ruined my experience tonight by doing that.

"Please can you reconsider this for game number two and three."

Fisher was quickly supported by others.

Lomaks Tangihaere wrote: "totally agree with him there, was so off putting".

"No warning either! Just straight into a [...] ad that had no meaning what so ever to the game - it sucked."

"My dad thought someone sat on the remote and changed the channel, we all got up to look for the remote and just realised it was a stupid ad," Maria Poei responded.

And Robbie Lynne said he was at a packed club watching when the ad cut into the live coverage.

"The whole pub were booing when that [...] advert came on," he said.

"It was the speed at which they cut to the ad that annoyed me - major anticlimax."

The tactic follows overseas formats such as in Australia where ad-breaks are regularly inserted into game play.

Qatar ultimatum: “Close Al Jazeera”

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/06/23/qatar-ultimatum-close-al-jazeera%c2%9d/

Qatar has been given a 10-day ultimatum to close news channel Al Jazeera as part of a series of demands from Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the other Gulf states.

Kuwait, which is not involved in the dispute and is acting as middle man, delivered a list of demands to Qatar which include: Close the news channel, sever all its links to Iran and its ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, to close a Turkish military base in Qatar and to pay ‘compensation’ to Saudi Arabia.

The demands also call for Qatar to close the Al Jazeera affiliates, which is taken to mean its English and other language channels.

Qatar, via Al Jazeera, says it will not negotiate until Saudi Arabia lifts its blockade on the country.

SpaceX launch delivers Iridium satellites into orbit

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Successful_SpaceX_launch_delivers_satellites_into_orbit_999.html

The American company SpaceX on Sunday successfully placed 10 satellites for the communications company Iridium into orbit using a Falcon 9 rocket.

After launching as scheduled from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 1:25 pm local time (2025 GMT), the Falcon 9's first stage returned less than eight minutes after taking off.

As planned, it landed on a barge floating in the Pacific Ocean.

SpaceX has successfully landed multiple rockets on both land and water, as part of its effort to bring down the cost of space flight by re-using multimillion dollar components instead of jettisoning them in the ocean after launch.

It was the second series of Iridium satellites launched by SpaceX, after a set of 10 were delivered in January.

In total SpaceX, which is headed by billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, will launch a series of 75 satellites for Iridium's satellite constellation, Iridium NEXT by 2018.

The $3 billion project is a bid to upgrade the Virginia-based Iridium's global communications network.

Brexit could lose UK over 1000 TV channels

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/06/23/brexits-could-lose-uk-over-1000-tv-channels/

An Expert Media Partners (EMP) report has found that UK-based international broadcasters face very serious challenges in a post-Brexit world, and predicts that the consequent impact is likely to start being felt this summer. The UK is currently by far the biggest location in the EU for companies broadcasting television channels to other EU member states, but EMP research has identified that this preeminent position is now under threat.

Whilst it isn’t usual to think of television channels as a commodity which countries export, in the case of the UK, exporting television channels is a very substantial business. The report states that the UK has a large domestic broadcasting market, a stable andwell-respected regulatory regime, good access to highly-skilled workers,availability of excellent post-production facilities and a range of satellite uplinks and technical transmission providers. A large part of the business activity that this industry supports is currently pan-European.

In analysing the potential consequences of Brexit, EMP looked closely at the EU’s Country of Origin (COO) principle which is enshrined in the Audio-Visual Media Services Directive (AVMSD) and creates a common area for broadcasters. Most experts and industry leaders we have consulted agree that any form of Brexit which puts the UK outside the AVMSD licensing regime is likely to threaten the status of the UK as a major television industry hub. EMP predicts that potentially over a thousand channels will look to leave the UK and meet the COO requirements of an alternative EU member state.

EMP adds that it has found several countries already keen to attract broadcasters from the UK, and has also explored the potential for different options of satisfying the Country of Origin principle in those countries.

Speaking at the RTS London Conference in September 2016, Josh Berger, President & Managing Director, Warner Bros UK, Ireland & Spain, warned that a number of channels currently located and licensed in the UK may have to relocate to Europe following the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union.

“Many licensed services may have to move to Europe to continue to broadcast if a suitable licensing framework can’t be agreed.” he told delegates.

Europol, EUIPO call for concerted anti-piracy action

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/06/23/europol-euipo-call-for-concerted-anti-piracy-action/

Europol and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) have called for concerted, cross-border action in response to intellectual property crime. The call follows the publication of the 2017 Situation Report on Counterfeiting and Piracy in the European Union, a joint project between the two bodies.

The report establishes that organised criminal groups are involved in IP crime. It also finds that EU-based criminal gangs involved in distributing counterfeit goods rely predominantly on manufacturers based abroad, but then organise importation, transportation, storage and distribution of the counterfeit goods within the EU. The majority of counterfeit goods come from China: the development of the Silk Road and the corresponding increasing use of rail and maritime transport between China and the EU support also new threats in the IPR crime landscape.

According to Rob Wainwright, Europol’s Executive Director, intellectual property crime is extensive in the EU and carries very many adverse effects. “It harms our economies, generates enormous illicit profits for organised crime groups, and often causes direct physical harm to citizens in the form of the growing supply of fake health and safety goods. This report shines a light on the extent of this criminal phenomenon and calls for more concerted, cross-border action in response,” he noted.

Among the report’s conclusions was that piracy was an activity that would have to be monitored closely in the future. “The unauthorised online dissemination of protected content is a major concern. The illegal use of television broadcasts also poses a challenge. Fraud in this field is often also connected to acts of digital piracy,” it found.

“While digital piracy still exists in a physical form as illegal CDs and DVDs, the most prevalent current threat stems from the online dissemination of protected content. Well known acts of piracy on the open Internet include the sharing of protected content through BitTorrent networks, illegally facilitating downloading or streaming from central sources and (under certain conditions) illegally making links to IPR-protected content freely available without rights holder consent,” it noted.

“Television broadcasts using internet protocol television (IPTV) are digital and are available on a variety of platforms such as mobile phones, tablets, smart TVs and set-top boxes (STBs). In recent years, the use of STBs to access large numbers of television channels, films and other protected content has increased due to low prices, improving quality of services, reliability and user friendliness. The illegal servers are almost always hosted with companies based outside the jurisdiction of the countries targeted by the provider,” it advised.

According to the report, the number of operators providing illegal IPTV appears to be on the rise and this trend is expected to continue at an accelerated rate in the future.

In terms of financing the organised sharing of IPR-infringing digital content online, the report suggests that the main source of revenue for infringing web services continues to be derived from advertising, but illegal profits are also generated through subscription payments, payments per download and voluntary user donations. Altogether, 51 per cent of advertising on 280 suspected piracy websites available in Europe in the summer of 2015 were connected to various types of malware (malvertising) and 91 per cent of this publicity originated from only 10 advertising intermediaries. Furthermore, 41 per cent of the illegal websites identified were also engaged in further advertising fraud, such as stacked pixel stuffing.

Along with the perceived increase in the number of illegal websites, the report noted that legal sources providing access to digital content have also been increasing year by year, and such sites have evolved significantly, both in terms of the number of services that they offer, and the quality and variety of their content. “However, for many users, identifying whether a service is legal or not continues to be a challenge. It is known that some European Internet users continue to mistakenly take the fact that a digital content service is freely available online without the authorities having taken action as a sign that the service provides legal access to digital content,” it noted.

India launches PSLV rocket with 31 satellites

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/India_launches_PSLV_rocket_with_31_satellites_999.html

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) successfully launched on Friday PSLV-C38 rocket on a mission to send 31 satellites, including India's Cartosat 2 and NIUSAT satellites along with 29 foreign nano satellites, into orbit, ISRO said in a press release.

"India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, in its 40th flight (PSLV-C38), launched the 712 kg [0.7 tonnes] Cartosat-2 series satellite for earth observation and 30 co-passenger satellites together weighing about 243 kg [0.2 tonnes] at lift-off into a 505 km [313 mile] polar Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO)," ISRO said.

According to ISRO, the co-passenger satellites comprise 29 nano satellites from 14 countries namely, Austria, Belgium, Chile, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, the United Kingdom and the United States as well as one nano satellite from India.

Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi congratulated ISRO on the successful launch.

"Congratulations to ISRO on its 40th successful Polar satellite launch carrying 31 satellites from 15 countries. You make us proud!," Modi said on Twitter.

The Catrosat-2 series satellite was designed for the needs of the Indian military, and its launch will enhance country's aerial and detecting capabilities. The launch of international nano satellites is a part of ISRO commercial agreements with foreign customers.


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TVNZ acknowledges Netflix's influence on market with online revamp

From http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/94000336/tvnz-acknowledges-netflixs-influence-on-market-with-online-revamp

Television New Zealand will begin livestreaming channels 1 and 2 on Monday, so viewers can watch the channels from anywhere in New Zealand over the internet.

The state-owned broadcaster is also rehoming all its online services at a single website, tvnz.co.nz.

As well as providing access to the live streams of channels 1, 2 and Duke in the HD 720p format, the website will be the new home for "catch-up" service TVNZ Ondemand.

All of TVNZ's content will be able to be viewed live online.

TVNZ has already begun offering more of its programmes in a "box-set" format on the website.

"We have to acknowledge there is an influence like Netflix in the market," general manager of technology Greg Montgomery said.

TVNZ admits it needs a greater online presence in order to compete with the likes of Netflix.

TVNZ had previously livestreamed Duke, but not channels 1 and 2.

Montgomery said that next month TVNZ would add Chromecast support for its live steams and on-demand programming.

While less relevant for live TV, that feature should provide a cheap and easy way for viewers to watch on-demand programmes on television without having to plug a computer into their television.

Televisions don't require their own internet connection to use Chromecast but do require an HDMI port.

Montgomery said TVNZ was making the changes because more people wanted to watch TV wherever they were in their homes or, "depending on their mobile data plans", away from home on their mobiles.

"The restriction of having to be around a TV in the lounge is something people are increasingly questioning."

There were also opportunities for TVNZ to get a better understanding what individual viewers consumed, which was useful for marketing purposes, he said.

The broadcaster had no plans to axe or cut back on satellite or terrestrial television transmission, he said.

"If demand drops we could adjust how we invest in that infrastructure. But even if you have only a small percentage of the population requiring them you still need to have reasonably substantial investment," he said.

If people's internet connections were not good enough to support 720p streams, they would automatically drop back to a lower definition, he said.

US cloud technology company Akamai has attempted to quantify people's reaction to stuttering video streams.

It used facing-coding software and skins sensors to observe the physical responses of 1200 test subjects to different quality live streams.

Akamai said a single two-second period of buffering in a video clip lasting a minute resulted in a 16 per cent increase in "negative emotions" and 20 per cent decrease in engagement with the clip.

"This unique research shows there is no place for low-quality video in any streaming business model," its director of product marketing Ian Munford said.

ACMA mulls 5G future for 3.6GHz spectrum

From https://www.computerworld.com.au/article/621055/acma-mulls-5g-future-3-6ghz-spectrum/

Re-farming could begin this year, communications regulator says

The potential re-farming of spectrum in the 3.6GHz band for use in fixed and/or mobile broadband services could begin as soon as soon as Q4 2017, according to the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).

The communications regulator today released an options paper on the future use of 3.6GHz spectrum.

The ACMA said its current preferred option is to “establish arrangements optimised for wide-area broadband deployments (be they mobile or fixed)” over all the spectrum available in the band (125MHz — the band covers the 3575-3700 MHz frequency range). Spectrum licenses would be allocated via auction.

Current users of the spectrum, including satellite earth stations in metropolitan areas and point-to-multipoint users in regional areas, such as some wireless Internet service providers (WISPs), would be affected by changes to how the spectrum is allocated.

Spectrum in the 5.6GHz band would potentially be made available for WISPs and other point-to-multipoint users, the ACMA said. ‘Earth station protection zones’ could be established, allowing the ongoing use of 3.6GHz spectrum by satellite services.

Submissions to a prior ACMA consultation confirmed “previous strong indications that the 3.6 GHz band is of increasing interest for wide-area mobile and fixed broadband networks,” the options paper said.

“While clearly of interest from a purely network capacity perspective, the band has also been flagged as a potential option for early 5G use, bringing with it the possibility of new types of fixed or mobile broadband services,” the paper states.

“The nature of the band means that it has at times been referred to as a potential ‘coverage layer’, meaning its relatively robust propagation characteristics would complement those of the millimetre wave spectrum that has been the other focus of early interest for 5G services. Hence a reallocated 3.6 GHz band may become an important part of providing 5G services to both urban and regional areas.”

“In line with our established mobile broadband strategy, we want to make sure Australia is well placed to take advantage of the emergence of 5G technologies both in the cities and the regions,’ said the ACMA’s acting chairperson, Richard Bean.

“The ACMA acknowledges the strong interest in the 3.6 GHz band for 5G and other wide area broadband uses, while also recognising that there are existing services and licensees using these frequencies that want to continue operating.”

The regulator is accepting submissions on the options paper until 4 August. The document is available from the ACMA’s website.

Arianespace to orbit Airbus' upcoming constellation of observation satellites

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Arianespace_to_orbit_Airbus_upcoming_constellation_of_observation_satellites_999.html

Airbus Defence and Space and Arianespace has announced the signature of the launch services contract for the next generation of very-high-resolution optical observation satellites. Two VEGA C launchers will orbit the four satellites in this constellation from the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana, as from mid-2020. By delivering images of each point on the globe several times a day, these extremely-agile optical satellites will keep a close watch on our constantly-changing planet.

Airbus Defence and Space is the first commercial customer for the upcoming VEGA C launcher. This enhanced version of the VEGA lightweight vehicle, which continues its brilliant career with nine successful launches out of nine, is now under development with a first flight slated for mid-2019. Through this launch services contract, the higher-performance VEGA C version demonstrates that it provides a perfect launch solution for even the most advanced Earth observation satellites.

Above all, the contract reflects the continued confidence of Airbus Defence and Space, which was the first commercial customer for the original VEGA version in May 2013, with the launch of the VNREDSat-1 satellite for Vietnam. Since then, Airbus Defence and Space has chosen Arianespace for many other VEGA missions.

"We fully trust Arianespace to orbit our new constellation, which will bolster our service offering and expand our range of services," said Francois Lombard, head of the Intelligence Business Cluster at Airbus Defence and Space.

"Along with a new-generation ground segment offering multi-mission and massive image processing capacity, our constellation will greatly expand access to higher-precision and more detailed images of Earth."

"Arianespace is extremely proud to have won this first launch contract for the upcoming VEGA C launcher from our long-standing customer and partner, Airbus Defence and Space," said Chief Executive Officer Stephane Israel.

"We are highly honored by this expression of trust from Airbus Defence and Space. We also are delighted to kick off the VEGA C's commercial career with a contract reflecting Europe's continued leadership in very-high-resolution optical observation systems.

"This contract also is the latest mark of recognition of the quality and reliability of Arianespace's family of launchers. Our permanent commitment is our customer's satisfaction."

FCC grants OneWeb US market access

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/06/23/fcc-grants-oneweb-us-market-access/

The Federal Communications Commission has approved a request by WorldVu Satellites Limited, which does business as OneWeb, to access the United States satellite market. The action paves the way for OneWeb to provide broadband services using satellite technology that the FCC says holds unique promise to expand Internet access in remote and rural areas across the country.

This approval is the first of its kind for a new generation of large, non-geostationary-satellite orbit (NGSO), fixed-satellite service (FSS) systems. OneWeb proposes to access the US market for its global network of 720 low-Earth orbit satellites using the Ka (20/30 GHz) and Ku (11/14 GHz) frequency bands to provide global Internet connectivity. The satellite system will be authorised by the United Kingdom, but needs FCC approval to provide service in the US.

In order for large broadband network constellations to deliver services in the US, the FCC must approve their operations to ensure the satellite constellation does not cause interference to other users of the same spectrum and will operate in a way that manages the risk of collisions.

The Order and Declaratory Ruling adopted by the FCC outlines the conditions under which OneWeb will be permitted to provide service using its proposed NGSO FSS satellite constellation in the United States. As such, this FCC action provides a blueprint for the earth station licences that OneWeb, or its partners, will need to obtain before providing OneWeb’s proposed service in the United States.

OneWeb was the first of several entities to file a request seeking FCC authority to deploy a large constellation of NGSO FSS satellites to provide ubiquitous broadband services. The FCC is currently examining additional applications for the operation of NGSO FSS constellations, most of which include large numbers of satellites. The FCC says the action facilitates greater broadband offerings and competition in the United States.

OneWeb Satellites is a joint venture, equally owned by OneWeb and Airbus Defence and Space, to design and build the 900 satellites of the OneWeb constellation, which will offer high-speed Internet with global coverage.
OneWeb’s mission is to enable affordable Internet access for everyone, connect every school on Earth, and bridge the digital divide by 2027. OneWeb is building a communications network with a constellation of Low Earth Orbit satellites that will provide connectivity to billions of people around the world. It will transparently extend the networks of mobile operators and ISP’s to serve new coverage areas, bringing voice and data access to consumers, businesses, schools, healthcare institutions and other end users.

BBC fully backs Ultra HD, HDR

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/06/22/bbc-fully-backs-ultra-hd-hdr/

Andy Quested, the BBC’s HD & UHD Head of Technology, told delegates at the SES Ultra-HD conference in London that the broadcaster was fully behind UHD and the ‘Rec 2020’ standard which allows for High Dynamic Range images. “Everything we do today has to stand the test of time. Planet Earth 1, made some 11 years ago, is still being watched and is still selling [to overseas buyers]. We are investing in the very best images that can be generated, and also paying considerable attention to audio which is the cherry on the top.”

He explained how important it was that a single standard was employed so as not to disenfranchise existing viewers, and to avoid having to create multiple streams of video for those viewers. The BBC is behind its Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) transmission system, developed jointly by the BBC and NHK of Japan.

“All future commissions will be made in HLG (and PQ [Perceptual Quantiser] if needed by a co-production partner or overseas broadcaster) because we are an international broadcaster,” he added.

He noted that a lot of programmes are now made by independent production companies, including the new BBC Studios. “As far as independent production houses are concerned, their archive is their long-term pension! They also want to produce in the highest-possible standard. So we are seeing more and more UHD productions underway. Many are utilising high-quality cameras, but storing the rushes because the client doesn’t need UHD today. But they can go back to them later if there’s a market. I am confident that you will see more UHD especially in high-end drama and episodic series, provided we have the budget.”

Quested said that despite pressures – not least from the TV retail sector – there was not a single UHD channel available in the UK. I can watch UHD on Sky, but that is not a traditional linear channel. I could describe it as a ‘live on demand’ service. This is a great way of doing it because it helps with bandwidth demand. Once Sky gets its act together on HDR, then everyone can see the trials we have done via the BBC’s iPlayer and seen on a much greater range of displays. I would say that one of the reasons we have invested in Natural History productions [in UHD] is because we are good at it. But there are also some high-end dramas and drama series which should be available as many of them are potentially UHD. I am sure Sherlock has been shot on suitable cameras, same with Happy Valley, and there are others. Once there is a revenue stream it is going to happen. The next few years will be a mixed environment. There will be HD with HDR, UHD with HDR and there might even be some 8K floating around eventually. But there will not be a single, fixed service, the way we work today. It is all about the value of the programme, the longevity of the programme and it is common sense that where there’s a value [in adopting the technology] it will be used.”

Pubs fined for illegal Sky use

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/06/23/pubs-fined-for-illegal-sky-use/

Following successful legal action taken by Sky, licensees in the Scottish towns of Coatbridge and Doune have been found to be infringing Sky’s copyright by showing Sky Sports programming illegally in their premises.

Sky sought and was awarded permanent interdicts in the Court of Session, Edinburgh, which prevents the licensees and anyone acting on their behalf from infringing Sky’s copyright by showing Sky programming without the correct commercial licence. Each pub has been ordered to pay £10,000 (€11,356) in damages, as well as fund the placement of notices in local and trade publications advertising the ruling.

The pubs are:
•The Woodside, Coatbridge
•Red Lion, Doune

These successful cases come from Sky’s instruction to intellectual property experts from Burness Paull LLP and form a key part of Sky’s commitment to protecting pubs who invest in legitimate Sky Sports subscriptions. Sky is committed to visiting every licensed premises reported by other publicans and/or organisations for illegally showing Sky and has made arrangements to visit hundreds of pubs each week in towns and cities across the UK this season.

“Illegal broadcasting of sporting events is damaging to the pub industry which is why we’re committed to protecting Sky customers who are unfairly losing business due to this illegal activity,” confirmed George Lawson, Head of Commercial Piracy at Sky.

“These latest orders demonstrate how seriously the courts take piracy through the large penalty applied, but also through the order to fund advertising, which we hope will help to highlight the consequences of televising Sky’s content illegally.”

PSLV succesfully launches Cartosat-2 series,30 nano satellites

From http://www.india.com/news/agencies/pslv-succesfully-launches-cartosat-2-series30-nano-satellites-2262892/

Sriharikota (AP), Jun 23 (PTI) The Indian space agency ISRO today successfully launched its workhorse rocket PSLV carrying ‘eye in the sky’ Cartosat-2 series satellite — a dedicated satellite that will give defence surveillance a leg up — and 30 nano satellites into orbit.

The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, in its 40th flight (PSLV-C38), lifted off majestically from the first launch pad, Satish Dhawan Space Centre here at 9.29 am and injected the satellites into orbit about 27 minutes after lift off, amid applause from scientists.

The 44.4 metre tall PSLV-C38 carried the earth observation satellite — Cartosat-2 series satellite as the primary payload along with 30 co-passenger satellites totally weighing 955 kg.

With the launch of the third spacecraft in the Cartosat-2 series, India’s ‘eye in the sky’ is set to become sharper and wider.

The previous satellite in the series had a resolution of 0.8 metres and the images it took on India’s neighbourhood had helped New Delhi carry out surgical strikes on seven terror launch pads across the Line of Control last year, according to ISRO sources.

The latest remote sensing satellite has a resolution of 0.6 metres, which means it can spot even smaller objects.

“It can recognise objects within that square (0.6 m by 0.6 m)”, an ISRO official told PTI on condition of anonymity.

“Defence surveillance will get a leg-up. It can be used in identifying terrorist camps and bunkers… some formations,” the official said.

Once this satellite becomes operational, it would be “handed over” to the defence forces, which have their own “set up,” including ground-stations and trained manpower to access data, the official said.

PSLV-C38 is the 17th flight of PSLV XL configuration (with the use of solid strap-on motors).

The co-passenger satellites includes a nano satellite designed and developed by the Noorul Islam University in Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu.

The NIUSAT satellite would provide multi-spectral imagery for agricultural crop monitoring and disaster management support applications.

The other 29 nano satellites are from 14 countries– – Austria, Belgium, Chile, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

As the satellites were injected into orbit one by one, the scientists broke into cheers at the Mission Control Centre.

Lauding the scientists, ISRO chairman A S Kiran Kumar said the mission was successful.

“I congratulate the hardwork of the entire team, especially the Cartosat team. This particular mission has been successful, it has put all the satellites into the orbit,” he said.

The ISRO had on June 5 launched its most powerful and heaviest geostationary rocket carrying advanced communication satellite GSAT-19, weighing 3,136 kg, from the spaceport here. Every stage of the three-stage GSLV MkIII with indigenous cryogenic engine had performed well.

Kumar said the GSAT-19 has reached the designated location and all the payloads have been switched on and it has started performing.

He said a communication satellite would be launched on June 28 “which will add significant number of transponders to our capacity.”

“Our effort of continuing to provide increased earth observation, navigation as well as communication will continue and we have many more activities to be performed in the coming days,” he said.

The space agency said the 29 international customer Nano satellites are being launched as part of the commercial arrangements between Antrix Corporation Limited (Antrix), commercial arm of ISRO and international customers.

Cartosat-2 is a remote sensing satellite and it is similar in configuration to earlier satellites in the series with the objective of providing high-resolution scene specific spot imagery.

The imagery sent by the satellite would be useful for cartographic applications, urban and rural, coastal land use and regulation, utility management like road network monitoring, water distribution, creation of land use maps, change detection to bring out geographical and man-made features and various other land information system (LIS) as well as geographical information systems (GIS).

Earlier on February 15, ISRO scripted history when the PSLV-37 mission launched 104 satellites into orbit, including a Cartosat-2 series earth observation satellite.


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Russia and Brazil may expand space cooperation — Putin

From http://tass.com/science/952649

Brazil is interested in expansion of GLONASS network on its territory

MOSCOW, June 21. /TASS/. Russia and Brazil are studying the possibilities of expanding their cooperation in the space sphere, Russian President Vladimir Putin said after negotiations with President of Brazil Michel Temer on Wednesday.

"A possibility is being studied for joint launches from the Brazilian cosmodrome and the joint production of small- and medium-class carrier rockets," Putin said.

One satellite bound to be launched for GLONASS system by end 2017

New GLONASS satellites will be transmitting encoded signal

GLONASS terrestrial station goes live in South Africa

Putin calls Brazil important partner in Latin America

Brazilian president hopes to strengthen partnership with Russia

Brazil and Russia to expand political dialogue — president

"There are ideas for developing cooperation in the sphere of the Earth’s remote probing," the Russian leader said, noting that Russia and Brazil were already closely cooperating in space exploration.

"An electro-optic complex has been opened on the territory of Brazil for detecting space debris and four ground-based stations of Russia’s Glonass global navigation system are in operation," Putin said.

The head of the Russian state also noted other possibilities for interaction in hi-tech spheres. "We consider as promising the work for the support of existing and the creation of new technological alliances," he said. "One of such alliances has been established by the Skolkovo [hi-tech hub] fund and the Brazilian Technopark innovation center," Putin said.

Temer expressed interest in expansion of the network of GLONASS stations on the territory of his country.

"We assessed positively the experience of creating the stations of the Russian GLONASS system in Brazil, and we, for our part, expressed interest in expanding the network of these stations," he said.

GLONASS is a space-based satellite navigation system. It provides an alternative to GPS and is the second navigational system in operation with global coverage and of comparable precision.

Currently, the GLONASS constellation consists of 27 satellites, of which 24 are operational (distributed in three orbital planes, with eight satellites per plane), one satellite in each plane is under the chief designer’s study, in-orbit spare and in the flight test phase.

New owner for Pittsburgh Teleport

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=1012747199&menu=1

The Pittsburgh Teleport, the Pittsburgh Videotec Center and 50 Uplink/Production Trucks Now Owned by PSSI Global Services

PSSI Global Services has acquired the Pittsburgh International Teleport — as of June 16, 2017, PSSI Global Services assumed full operation and control of the Pennsylvania-based satellite facility.

The teleport, which will now be called the PSSI International Teleport (PIT), features 50 Ku- and C-band antennas that facilitate transmissions to locations throughout the U.S. as well as Europe and Asia. The teleport also supports worldwide connectivity via fiber, IP, microwave and mobile uplink. With this transition, PSSI Global Services will continue to serve the teleport’s existing clients, and the majority of the teleport’s legacy staff will retain their positions.

Leveraging the PSSI International Teleport, PSSI Global Services will provide 24/7 support to clients across the globe, including DTH, uplink, downlink and turnaround services; disaster recovery; co-location and quality control engineering; and syndicated television programming distribution services.

Also included in the acquisition is the Pittsburgh Videotech Center, a state-of-the-art, full-service studio located in downtown Pittsburgh. The facility features a fully equipped multi-camera production studio and audio recording studio with domestic and international connectivity. From this facility, PSSI Global Services will provide videoconferencing, live network news inserts, remote production capabilities and webcasting services to clients around the world. In addition to the PSSI International Teleport, PSSI Global Services’ assets now include a fleet of more than 50 uplink/production trucks as well as international flyaway systems.

New satellite teleport for Dubai

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/06/21/new-satellite-teleport-for-dubai/

Emirates-based telco ‘du’ is to build a new satellite teleport for the region.

du says the new facility will cover some 75,000 sq metres of area and built away from the existing built-up area of Dubai. Sited in the Al Qudra region of Dubai, it is designed to accommodate up to 50 large antennas and has further room for expansion. du adds that the number of TV channels being uplinked by its current teleport has grown by 600 per cent since it started operations in 2004.

“In order for du to meet the growing requirements of customers in the region and internationally, we have come up with our new Teleport facility. Today, ours is the top ranked teleport in the MENA region and is already one of the top ten independent operators in the world. As broadcast requirements continue to proliferate, we will endeavour to innovate and offer our customers new broadcast solutions that will deliver on superior quality of service,” said Ahmed Al Muhaideb, VP/Broadcasting and IPTV Services.

The telco says the new facility will handle a complete suite transmission and broadcasting operations, including play-out.

U.K Freeview Explore boosts content search

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/06/21/freeview-explore-boosts-content-search/

UK free-to-air platform Freeview is launching Freeview Explore – a new feature that it says will ensure that users of its Freeview Play hybrid service get the most out of their TVs. Freeview Explore will demo core functionality, deliver the latest news on the Freeview channel line-up and provide a showcase of the day’s best on-demand programmes from the UK’s leading broadcasters.

Freeview Explore will roll out on Freeview Play TVs and set-top boxes during June 2017 and paves the way for Freeview to build a deeper relationship with viewers. Users can now search for programmes by genre or programme name. The service features a scrolling carousel of 10 genres with recommendations from Freeview Play’s supported broadcasters displaying in a new image-rich menu.

The specially curated content allows viewers to browse recommendations from BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4, Demand 5 and UKTV Play with more content being added as additional broadcasters join Freeview Play. Viewers can access the new feature via the apps page.

In the coming months, the Help and Alerts area will deliver instructional videos as well as news and information on platform updates. The new feature is the latest development for Freeview Play which launched in 2015 and has now become the most widely adopted catch-up service on televisions in the UK. Latest estimates suggest around 1.5 million Freeview Play devices have been sold.

“With more content than ever available, Freeview Explore creates an easy way for viewers to find the shows they love or discover new ones for the first time,” commented Guy North, Managing Director of Freeview. “With more product enhancements and new features in the pipeline, we’ll be providing a better service to our viewers, and our channel and TV manufacturing partners too. It’s an exciting time for Freeview Play.”

Technical development of Freeview Play, including product specification, is being led by Digital UK, the body which supports digital terrestrial TV in the UK and provides operational support for the Freeview DTT platform.


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TVNZ taps Telestream for media processing

From https://www.rapidtvnews.com/2017062047683/tvnz-taps-telestream-for-media-processing.html#axzz4kc7bTsX3

Bidding to improve broadcast efficiency, Kiki free-to-air (FTA) broadcaster Television New Zealand (TVNZ) is to deploy Telestream’s Vantage Media Processing Platform.

tvnz 20 june 2017TVNZ will install multiple nodes of Vantage Transcode Pro Connect with the Advanced Avid option, which enables delivery of files and metadata into Avid Interplay. Also, Vantage Array provides peer-to-peer system management with fail-over and CPU-aware load balancing. Telestream is working closely with regional channel partner, Auckland-based Amber Technology.

“Our partnership with Telestream sets us up to deliver content faster to our viewers,” explained Greg Montgomery, GM of technology at TVNZ. “At TVNZ, we have a range of first generation transcoding equipment from various vendors that are all at the end of their supported life. We needed to seed a new transcoding environment that can grow throughout our operations. Telestream’s Vantage offers us a cost-effective and elegant solution – one that offers the best architecture for future growth and supports our need to use 10-bit formats such as AVC-Intra.”

The first application of Vantage within TVNZ’s broadcast operations involves its news production workflows. Vantage will be used to ingest content from various external sources including field generated content received as files from LiveU enabled cameras, Aspera delivered material from journalist’s phones and agency feeds from Reuters. AP agency feeds will be accommodated in a future integration. Vantage will be used to ingest and transcode this time-critical content and place it as quickly as possible within their Avid Interplay production system.

A key advantage for TVNZ is the integration between Telestream Vantage and Avid workflows. “The tight integration between Vantage and Avid is important to us,” said Montgomery. “It allows us to reduce complexity within our ingest process thereby increasing efficiency and saving time in the news production process.”

Formosat-5 launch imminent

From http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2017/06/21/2003672985

SPACE RACE:After it enters orbit, the satellite is to be valuable for disaster relief and prevention, national security and international technological exchanges, an official said

Taiwan’s first domestically designed satellite, the Formosat-5, is scheduled for launch in late August, according to sources.

It is believed that Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp (SpaceX), the company contracted to launch it, will soon send official confirmation of the launch date to Taiwan, sources said.

The satellite cost about NT$3.7 billion (US$121.71 million) to make and is to embark on a five-year observation mission around Earth.

The satellite’s launch was initially scheduled for May 2015, but has been repeatedly delayed.

The satellite missed its latest launch date, in October last year, one month after a SpaceX rocket for an Israeli satellite exploded during a static test-fire, temporarily halting all launches.

After lifting the halt on missions this year, SpaceX informed the National Applied Research Laboratories (NARL) that Formosat-5 would launch in late August, and Taiwan should begin preparations, a source familiar with the project said.

Personnel involved in the project are under orders to clear their schedules for that period, the source added.

Taiwan is expecting to receive SpaceX’s confirmation for the launch date imminently because according to SpaceX’s schedule, Formosat-5 must be shipped to the US at least 40 days prior to its lift-off, another source said.

When asked for comment, NARL refused to confirm or deny the launch date, but said it will inform the public via the proper channels once it receives official notification from SpaceX.

The satellite is second on SpaceX’s launch schedule from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, after its launch later this month of Iridium NEXT satellites for Iridium Communications Inc.

Under the terms of its contract, SpaceX is allowed a six-month grace period for delays, after which it is obliged to pay 1.25 percent of the contract for each month of delays up to a maximum of eight months.

SpaceX’s six-month grace period finished in August last year.

National Space Organization Deputy Director-General Yu Shiann-jen (余憲政) said the agency is focused on launching Formosat-5 as soon as possible, and would address the issue of compensation at a later time.

The Falcon 9 rocket that is to deliver the Formosat-5 into orbit will have “Taiwan” printed on its side along with the names of governmental organizations and other groups involved in its launch, he said.

A painting submitted by a student at New Taipei City’s Chengong Elementary School, Chu Chia-yi (朱嘉尹), that features the Formosan blue magpie and Taipei 101 is also to be painted on Falcon 9 prior to the launch, Yu added.

After entering orbit, Formosat-5 is to pass over Taiwan once every two days, and the data it obtains will be valuable for scientific research, disaster prevention and relief, national security, environmental monitoring and international technological exchanges, he said.

India to launch 31 satellites on Friday

From https://thenorthlines.com/india-launch-31-satellites-friday/

India on Friday will launch its earth observation satellite Cartosat-2 series weighing 712 kg and 30 co-passenger satellites (29 foreign, one Indian) with its rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), the Indian space agency said on Tuesday.

According to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the PSLV rocket’s XL variant is expected to lift off on Friday morning at 9.29 am from the Sriharikota rocket port. The 30 satellites will together weigh 243 kg and the total weight of all the 31 satellites, including Cartosat, is about 955 kg, ISRO said.

The rocket will sling the satellites into a 505-km polar sun synchronous orbit (SSO).

The co-passenger satellites comprise 29 nano satellites from 14 countries — Austria, Belgium, Britain, Chile, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, and the US as well as one Indian nano satellite.

The 29 international customer nano satellites are being launched as part of the commercial arrangements between ISRO’s commercial arm, the Antrix Corporation Ltd and the international customers.

ISRO to launch Cartosat 2E satellite on board PSLV-C38 on June 23

From http://www.bgr.in/news/isro-to-launch-cartosat-2e-satellite-on-board-pslv-c38-on-june-23/

Cartosat-2E is an earth observation satellite.

India on Friday will launch its Earth observation satellite Cartosat-2 series weighing 712 kg and 30 co-passenger satellites (29 foreign, one Indian) with its rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), the Indian space agency said.

According to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the PSLV rocket’s XL variant is expected to lift off on Friday morning at 9.29 a.m. from the Sriharikota rocket port. The 30 satellites will together weigh 243 kg and the total weight of all the 31 satellites, including Cartosat, is about 955 kg, ISRO said.

The rocket will sling the satellites into a 505 km polar sun synchronous orbit (SSO). The co-passenger satellites comprise 29 nano satellites from 14 countries – Austria, Belgium, Britain, Chile, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, and the US as well as one Indian nanosatellite. ALOS READ: ISRO’s GSLV Mk-III: 6 lesser known facts about India’s heaviest rocket launch

The 29 international customer nanosatellites are being launched as part of the commercial arrangements between ISRO’s commercial arm, the Antrix Corporation Ltd and the international customers


Asiasat blog update


Sony Gem Indonesia replaced Skynindo info card on Chinasat 10 110.5E 3560V

Many of the channels in this PAY TV Cband service have already encrypted

From my Email


From the Dish

No Lyngsat

From asiatvro site

东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,AXN(韩国)频道消失,设置11938 L 23800参数无效接收。 [6月19日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Neo Sports(印度)频道加密,设置3900 V 10370参数有条件接收。 [6月19日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,MVLao、Five(老挝)等4个频道新增,设置11600 H 30000参数免费接收。 [6月19日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Mvlao、Five(老挝)等4个频道新增,设置3433 V 7500参数免费接收。 [6月19日]
东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,环宇新闻(Skynindo)频道解密,设置3520 V 30000参数免费接收。 [6月19日]
东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,阿里郎、大爱一台(印尼)等4个频道加密,设置3520 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [6月19日]


China’s new indigenous satellite fails to enter orbit

From http://www.financialexpress.com/world-news/chinas-new-indigenous-satellite-fails-to-enter-orbit/726611/

In a rare setback to China's ambitious space programme, the Communist giant's first indigenous communications satellite for live radio and TV broadcasts today failed to enter its preset orbit.

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Abnormal performance was identified during the third phase of the rocket launch, according to the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC). (Representative image Reuters)

In a rare setback to China’s ambitious space programme, the Communist giant’s first indigenous communications satellite for live radio and TV broadcasts today failed to enter its preset orbit. With a takeoff weight of more than five tonnes, Zhongxing-9A was launched from the southwest Xichang Satellite Launch Centre today. Abnormal performance was identified during the third phase of the rocket launch, according to the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC). The exact reason for the failure of Zhongxing-9A, launched from the Long March-3B carrier rocket at 12:11 AM, is under investigation and related parties are taking measures to address the problem and send the satellite into the correct orbit, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

Zhongxing-9A is the first China-made satellite. The solar panels and communication antennae, however, have been deployed and the satellite system is operating under normal conditions, CASC said. The Long March-3B has been one of the main carrier rockets for China’s high-orbit launch missions. Zhongxing-9A is the first China-made satellite for live radio and television broadcasts.

Saudi Arabia promises 11 channels of sport

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/06/19/saudi-arabia-promises-11-channels-of-sport/

Saudi Arabia is looking to create a viable challenger to Qatar-based beIN Sports. Saudi Arabia’s chairman of the board of directors of Saudi media, Muflih Al Haftaa, stated that one channel would be launched next week in order to promote the network’s platform. “With the start of the new [football] season, there will be five more channels, the number will gradually increase to become 11.”

Local reports say that the first channel will launch on Arabsat “next week”, and would be free to air.

Bahrain’s Gulf News says Saudi Arabia is planning on cooperation with the major Arab sports alliances to end Qatari’s monopoly on broadcasting international sports competitions, including the football Champions League and the FIFA World Cup (2018-2022) competitions via its beIN sports channels.


Monday feeds

ABS 6 159E 3896 V Sr 4444 a feed unknown low signal breaking up Colour bars

Sunday feeds

Intelsat 19 12591 V Srt 6999 "STS2" feeding The Voice

Saturday feeds

Intelsat 19 12590 H 3750

Optus D1 12652 V Sr 7200 AFL

From my Email


From the Dish

ChinaSat 6B 115.5E 3520 V "China Movie, CHC Action, GTV 2 Qipai, Flash TV, Lan Qiu, China Food TVand Vanguard 2 Badminton Channel" have started on , Tongfang.
ChinaSat 6B 115.5E 4100 V "CHC HD, CHC and CCTV 6" have started on , Tongfang.

Palapa D 113.0E 3600 V "Klik Music" has started on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 3932 V "Space Drama" has started on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 3908 H "Ummat TV Quran" has left .
Palapa D 113.0E 4007 V "M2 TV" has left .

ChinaSat 10 110.5E 3520 V "AXN East Asia" has started on , Fta. FTV, SET Taiwan, SET International, CTS News, Celestial Movies Indonesia, Thrill and Kix are now encrypted.
ChinaSat 10 110.5E 3560 V "Rodja TV" has started on , Fta. AXN East Asia and TVRI Nasional have left .

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3760 H "Sahar Urdu and Sun TV" have started on , Fta.

Asiasat 5 100.5E 3794 H "Fashion TV Asia" has left .

SES 8 95.0E 12050 H "Isai Aruvi, Vasanth TV, Kalaignar TV, Sirippoli and Aljazeera English" are now encrypted.

Horizons 2 84.8E 12040 H "Luxury" has left .

Insat 4A 83.0E 3777 H "ABP Asmita" is back on , Fta.
Insat 4A 83.0E 3921 H "Lotus News" has started on , Fta.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3545 V "ME TV" has started on , BISS.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3585 V "Nhung Channel" has started on , BISS.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3740 V "Scoop Network" is encrypted again.
Apstar 7 76.5E 3769 H "Neha TV has replaced Zoom Vision" on , Fta.
Apstar 7 76.5E 3780 V "D Sport" is encrypted again.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3868 V "Boom Music" has left

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3919 H "Hungama TV" has left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 3922 H "Bindass and UTV Action" have left
Intelsat 20 68.5E 3930 H "Disney Channel India, Disney XD India, Disney Junior India, Bindass Play, UTV Movies and UTV Movies International" have left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 3936 V "Times Now 2" has left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4116 V "Prarthana Bhawan TV" has left again.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 11078 H "Rossiya 1 has replaced Rossiya 24" on , Fta.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12522 V "Number One TV, KTT TV, RLW TV and CFTV" have started on , Fta.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12562 H "Anointed TV and Smile TV have started on , Fta.God's Intervention TV" has left.

From asiatvro site

东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,Fashion One、AFC(Skynindo)等7个频道加密,设置3560 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [6月19日]
东经88度轨道位置的中新2号卫星C频段,东森亚洲、亚洲旅游(台湾)等全组频道重现,设置3648 H 5000参数免费接收。 [6月19日]
东经88度轨道位置的中新2号卫星C频段,东森亚洲、亚洲旅游(台湾)等全组频道消失,设置3648 H 5000参数无效接收。 [6月19日]
东经134度轨道位置的亚太6号卫星C频段,点心卫视(中国)频道消失,设置3840 H 27500参数无效接收。 [6月19日]

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,SD154(测试)频道新增,设置3520 H 28125参数有条件接收。 [6月18日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Sahar TV(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置3760 H 26000参数无效接收。 [6月18日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Hindi Khabar替换9X Bajao(印度)等频道,设置3805 H 28500参数免费接收。 [6月18日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Zonet(印度)频道消失,设置3949 H 3673参数无效接收。 [6月18日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Zee Hindustan替换India 24x7(印度)频道,设置3976 H 3200参数免费接收。 [6月18日]

东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,VTV Hyundai替换SCJ TV(MPEG-4)频道,设置11008 H 28800参数免费接收。 [6月17日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Maasranga TV(孟加拉)频道加密,设置3812 H 2200参数有条件接收。 [6月17日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Channel 9(高清)频道改格式,设置3794 H 4444参数免费接收。 [6月17日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,Fashion One(4K)频道消失,设置3920 V 30000参数无效接收。 [6月17日]
东经65度轨道位置的Amos 4号卫星Ku频段,Nepal TV、Star Plus HD(尼泊尔)等全组频道消失,设置10710 V 45000参数无效接收。 [6月17日]
东经65度轨道位置的Amos 4号卫星Ku频段,Scene Movie、T Tunes HD(尼泊尔)频道消失,设置10861 V 45000参数无效接收。 [6月17日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Samachar India(印度)频道消失,设置3689 H 15000参数无效接收。 [6月17日]
东经65度轨道位置的Amos 4号卫星Ku频段,Star Sports 4 HD(高清)频道消失,设置10790 V 45000参数无效接收。 [6月17日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,5 Movies(缅甸)频道解密,设置12405 V 45000参数免费接收。 [6月17日]
东经65度轨道位置的Amos 4号卫星Ku频段,M Tunes(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置10736 V 45000参数无效接收。 [6月17日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Star Gold Select(STAR TV)频道新增,设置3940 V 28100参数有条件接收。 [6月17日]

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Australia’s satellite capabilities get $500m investment

From https://www.defenceconnect.com.au/intel-cyber/839-australia-s-satellite-capabilities-get-500-million-investment

The Turnbull government has announced a $500 million investment to improve Australia’s space-based intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities to support Australian Defence Force operations at home and around the world.

The $500 million investment will improve the Department of Defence's access to commercial satellites to provide information to government agencies.

Minister for Defence Marise Payne and Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne said this information will be used to support Australia’s defence priorities, including defence operations, border protection and humanitarian missions.

Minister Payne said that Defence Project 799 was introduced in the 2016 Defence White Paper to enhance Australia’s geospatial-intelligence capabilities.

Phase 1 of the project will provide Australia with direct and more timely access to commercial imaging satellites to support a wide range of Defence and national security activities.

"Defence’s enhanced access to these satellites will increase Australia’s capacity to maintain surveillance and improve situational awareness for the Australian Defence Force and other national security agencies through the provision of high-quality imagery," Minister Payne said.

"This means imagery from high-end commercial satellites, now in orbit, will be integrated directly into the Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation’s imagery dissemination systems, reducing the time it will take for satellite imagery to get to a member of the ADF or the officers of Australia’s national security agencies."

Minister Pyne said these contracting arrangements will provide improved value for money for the Australian government when accessing commercial imagery.

The minister also said the investment will immediately create 22 new jobs in Defence and industry across Australia in direct support of the establishment and maintenance of the capability, with many others created in the supply chain as the project matures.

"The Turnbull government is committed to maximising Australian industry content, with this project forecasting over $144 million to be spent in Australia, creating jobs and generating economic growth," Minister Pyne said.

"Australian industry will benefit with around $14 million spent locally to build the ground infrastructure to collect imagery from commercial satellites."

A total of $130 million will be spent on support contracts over the 13-year life of the project, providing commercial opportunities for Australian companies – including in the Northern Territory and South Australia.

This investment will also create opportunities for Australian companies interested in satellite technology and imagery analysis.

This latest investment in Australia's satellite capabilities comes after Minister Payne announced the extension of the Department of Defence’s C1 satellite partnership with Optus and after BAE Systems Australia secured a $30 million contract to deliver a major capability improvement to the Royal Australian Navy with the upgrade of maritime satellite communications terminals.

Telstra to maintain Foxtel content

From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/media/telstra-to-maintain-foxtel-content/news-story/c7a06f4d77069f0f9c28166bd0c6c7ee

Telstra chairman John Mullen says the company remains is looking at a structural solution with Foxtel. Picture: Renee Nowytarger

Telstra chairman John Mullen has vowed his company will maintain its access to Foxtel’s content under a new ownership structure for the pay-TV group, which is expected to see the telco retain a significant cornerstone interest in the company.

In the wake of Foxtel’s move last week to relaunch its subscription video on-demand service under the name Foxtel Now, with a new operating interface, Mr Mullen said Telstra was “very committed” to Foxtel but remained open to selling down its interest as part of a repositioning of the pay-TV group.

Telstra has a 50 per cent stake in Foxtel, while the other half of the company is owned by News Corporation, publisher of The Australian.

“We are very committed. And whatever ultimate structural solution ends up being the appro­priate one, it will not prejudice our access to content. We will work together on content. That is the key,’’ Mr Mullen told The Aust­ralian.

“You don’t strictly have to own it all. I don’t see Telstra wanting to buy a Time Warner or something like that. But you have to have access to (Foxtel content), whether it is by joint venture, association, or whatever it is. That is going to be increasingly important.”

While he declined to comment on the specific negotiations between Telstra, Foxtel, News and the News-owned sports programming business Fox Sports, it is understood all the parties have abandoned plans for a float of Foxtel on the Australian Securities Exchange or an outright sale of Telstra’s interest in the pay-TV company.

Last year Telstra was considering a selldown of its Foxtel interest in an initial public offering that would have seen Telstra hold on to 19 per cent, News Corp 51 per cent and a free float of 30 per cent.

But the float was delayed by volatile equity markets and Telstra is said to be resolved to “re­positioning” the ownership of Foxtel and Fox Sports, which could be completed by the end of the year. “It is a really interesting space, every carrier realises you must have access to content and the method of delivery is changing rapidly,” Mr Mullen said of the burgeoning market for internet streaming.

“The relationship with News is very good. We do need to address how we compete jointly in that market going forward and we are working pretty hard on that.”

Foxtel axed Presto, its loss-making video on demand co-­venture with Seven West Media, in January after it failed to gain traction with viewers against rivals such as Netflix and Fairfax Media and Nine Entertainment-backed Stan.

Telstra plans this year to launch a new version of its popular television streaming device, Telstra TV, featuring unique hardware and software custom-built by US-based video streaming device maker Roku.

Telstra remains bullish on Foxtel but the telco and the pay-TV operator could butt heads this year as Foxtel readies plans to release its own puck-style streaming device that could be a potential competitor to Telstra TV.

Foxtel has plans to launch its device in two stages.

The first will hit the market as early as July and hook into fixed-line broadband connections to offer consumers access to its Foxtel Play streaming service. It also will aggregate other streaming apps including free-to-air catch-up services and potentially streaming video services such as Stan and Netflix.

The second stage of the launch will happen early next year with the introduction of a more ­sophisticated device that will be equipped with a free-to-air ­broadcast tuner and be able to connect through satellite internet services. The respective strategies of Foxtel and Telstra in the popular streaming market are believed to have led to tension between the partners, but Mr Mullen downplayed any current issues. “I am not aware of any great difficulties,” he said.

“Partners sometimes have different objectives but that doesn’t hold us back.

“We are very keen on positioning Foxtel for the next 20 years. The threats are the Amazons and others, they are not another local cable operator.”

At the end of March, Foxtel had 2.8 million subscribers but its household penetration in Australia has been stuck at 30 per cent for several years.

Revenue at the pay-TV operator dropped 2.2 per cent to $1.62 billion in the six months to December 31 as total subscriber numbers fell 2.1 per cent to 2.822 million.

Telstra’s “Foxtel by Telstra” service, however, has been sold more aggressively than the telco’s self-branded streaming device. The importance of resold Foxtel services to Telstra’s revenues showed in first-half results that saw a 9.7 per cent increase to $522 million as the company added 88,000 new Foxtel services.

Those Foxtel bundles added $390m in revenue (an increase of 11.4 per cent) for the half, meaning that sales of the pay-TV service now account for 75 per cent of the telco’s total media revenue.

The telco giant now has 748,000 customers who subscribe to Foxtel through Telstra.

Long March 3B launches Zhongxing-9A satellite, fate uncertain

From http://www.spaceflightinsider.com/organizations/china-national-space-administration/long-march-3b-launches-zhongxing-9a-satellite-fate-uncertain/

A Chinese Long March 3B rocket lifted off at 12:12 EDT (16:12 GMT) June 18, 2017, from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southern China to deliver the Zhongxing-9A indigenous television satellite to geosynchronous transfer orbit (GTO). Since the launch, however, there has been no official word the mission was successful.

China is usually tight-lipped about its rocket launches, but confirmation of a successful Zhongxing-9A deployment was expected within an hour, according to the GBTimes. This has led some to speculate the mission might not have been a success.

The last time one of the country’s rockets had a failure was in September 2016. During the flight of a Long March 4C rocket, the third stage underperformed, preventing the Gaofen-10 satellite from reaching orbit.

The Zhongxing-9A mission utilized China’s workhorse carrier rocket outfitted in its ‘enhanced’ configuration. It was the country’s seventh launch of 2017.


When the countdown reached zero, the rocket’s four YF-25 booster engines and the core stage’s lone YF-21C engine ignited in a cloud of nitrogen tetroxide and unsymmetrical dimethylhydrazine byproducts. The 185-foot (56.3-meter) tall Long March 3B/E heavy-lift rocket leapt off the pad at Xichang’s Launch Complex 3 and climbed spaceward.

The five engines produced a combined 1.3 million pounds (5,923.2 kilonewtons) of sea-level thrust, easily enough to lift the rocket and payload off the pad.

Having consumed their hypergolic propellants, the four strap-on boosters separated from the core stage 2 minutes, 20 seconds after liftoff and later impacted the ground several hundred miles from the launch site. Twenty seconds later, with its job complete, the first stage separated as the second stage’s YF-24E propulsion cluster, consisting of a single YF-22E engine and four YF-23C vernier thrusters, ignited.

If all went according to plan, the rocket’s second stage (or third, depending on how the boosters are classified) fired its YF-22E engine while still attached to the core stage in an operation known as “hot staging.” This negates the need for stage separation motors, reducing both the weight of the vehicle and the complexity of the staging process.

Consuming the same propellants as the first stage, the second stage was expected to have burned through its 108,900 pounds (49,400 kilograms) of fuel in just over three minutes.

Orbital insertion

Since there has been no official report of a successful mission, it is unclear if the satellite reached orbit, or was deployed into a lower than planned orbit. If the mission was successful, some six minutes after leaving Xichang, the third stage’s liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen consuming YF-75 engine would have ignited.

On a nominal flight path, the third stage would have entered into an initial low-Earth orbit before later re-igniting to deliver the satellite into GTO. There, the spacecraft would have detached from the rocket to begin its mission.

Zhongxing-9A is expected to use its onboard propulsion system to raise its orbit to settle in its geostationary slot some 22,300 miles (35,800 kilometers) above the equator at 92.2 degrees East longitude. Once there, the satellite will provide direct-to-home television services to Chinese customers.

If the satellite ended up in a lower than planned orbit, however, more of its onboard propellant would be required to raise it up into a geostationary orbit. This could potentially shorten its expected 15-year lifespan.

SES Transfers Capacity from AMC-9 Satellite Following Significant Anomaly

From http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170618005124/en/SES-Transfers-Capacity-AMC-9-Satellite-Significant-Anomaly

Prompt transfer of capacity designed to minimise disruption to customers

LUXEMBOURG--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SES (Euronext Paris:SESG) (LuxX:SESG) announced that, following a significant anomaly, the company is in the process of transferring capacity from its AMC-9 satellite.

The incident was noted on the morning of Saturday, 17 June 2017. SES has taken immediate action in contacting all customers and is working to transfer services to alternative satellite capacity in order to minimise disruption.

AMC-9 provided Ku-band and C-band coverage over the U.S. and Mexico. The satellite was manufactured by Alcatel/Thales and was launched in 2003.

SES is working closely with the manufacturer to establish the cause of the anomaly and is evaluating all satellite recovery options. The full impact of the anomaly is still being assessed.

In the event that the spacecraft cannot be recovered, the potential impact on SES’s full year 2017 group revenue could be up to EUR 20 million. In this event, it would also be expected to result in a one-off impairment charge of EUR 38 million.

DTH operators present list of concerns to TRAI

From http://www.televisionpost.com/dth/dth-operators-present-list-of-concerns-to-trai/

MUMBAI: Over-the-top (OTT) platforms, DD Freedish, satellite crunch and the licensing process are some of the concerns that direct-to-home (DTH) operators have.

Videocon d2h has called upon the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to regulate the over-the-top (OTT) video delivery platforms like Hotstar, Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.

Videocon d2h has noted that the OTT services are un-regulated as they don’t need a licence to operate, nor pay licence fee. They are also exempt from paying entertainment taxes unlike other TV distribution platforms.

In its submission on the pre-consultation paper ‘Ease of doing business in broadcasting sector’, Videocon d2h remarked that OTT players do not have to invest much compared to traditional distribution platforms.

The DTH operator also said that the availability of same content on OTT platforms throws open the possibility of piracy since most of the OTT platforms are available for free. This, it averred, would hurt the monetisation prospects of distribution platforms like DTH.

Videocon d2h said that while broadcasters charge for content from DTH platforms, the same content is available freely on OTT platforms. This will result in revenue cannibalisation.

The DTH operator also urged TRAI to create a level playing field with respect to DD’s free DTH service Freedish.

The DTH operator submitted that the allocation of broadcasting spectrum must be provided under a single window so as to cut down on unnecessary expenses and streamline the process for the same.

Tata Sky in its submission also highlighted the need for a single-window structure as the whole process of starting DTH operations beginning from the receipt of the frequency allotment letter until the receipt of the final uplinking permission takes approximately six months.

Videocon d2h further submitted that the DTH operators must be allowed to use disaster recovery/backup head-end simultaneously in an active mode. This demand was backed up by Dish TV, which stated that the DTH operators are allowed to use the DR sites simultaneously in usual course of operation, thus reducing burden on primary head-end.

According to Videocon d2h, the services from the DR site (secondary head-end) will result in saving in the CAPEX and OPEX along with several advantages without compromising either on the quality of the programme.

Videocon d2h has also submitted that DTH operators should be allowed to provide radio services without any payment obligation.

Dish TV and Tata Sky said that the NOCC and WPC charges paid by DTH operators should be rationalised. Both WPC and NOCC charge a substantial amount (NOCC – Rs 60,000 per MHz per annum and WPC Rs 90,000 per MHz per annum) for providing various clearances and ultimately the permission to broadcast.

Tata Sky noted that the activity done by WPC and NOCC is administrative in nature and is in regard to processing of various permissions. Such administrative charges should be a nominal amount which would cover the costs incurred by the respective departments for providing the clearances.

Dish TV noted that the objective of paying charges to NOCC is to monitor the transmissions of DTH operators. However, NOCC has no role where the transmissions are done through foreign satellites; therefore, NOCC charges should be done away with since most DTH operators are using foreign satellites.

Tata Sky submitted that a valid licence-holder should not need to repeatedly approach various licensing/regulatory bodies for additional permissions for providing services within the scope of the licence.

It further noted that the appointment of directors gets delayed due to the delay in getting security clearance. The DTH operator also requested TRAI to modify the current policy of obtaining clearance to allow for the immediate appointment of the personnel.

The DTH operator said that the quarterly PMR must be completely done away with or at least reviewed and simplified.

It also requested the sector regulator to proactively recommend to the relevant regulatory bodies and government departments to extend digital incentive and discount schemes to the DTH operators.

Dish TV submitted that the DTH operators must be allowed to directly enter into commercial negotiations with foreign satellite operators without having to go through Antrix Corporation.

Reliance Digital TV suggested that the technical interoperability clause in the licence agreement should be replaced with commercial interoperability. This will reduce cost of STBs by $2 to $5 and will also result in huge forex savings both for the nation and for the operator.

It further stated that Article 10 in DTH licence needs to be amended so that interactive services using satellite return path in DTH can be deployed.


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update


Sorry about the late update

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From the Dish

No Lyngsat

From asiatvro site

东经57度轨道位置的新天12号卫星C频段,Australia News(MPEG-4)等3个频道新增,设置4096 R 30000参数有条件接收。 [6月16日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Neo Sports(印度)频道解密,设置3900 V 10370参数免费接收。 [6月16日]

东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,凤凰资讯、CGTN(老挝)等频道加密,设置10730 V 40000参数有条件接收。 [6月15日]

Stream Links

I ripped these directly from Bloombergs site , so all are legit

#EXTINF:-1,Bloomberg TV Australia
#EXTINF:-1,Bloomberg TV Asia Pacific
#EXTINF:-1,Bloomberg TV U.K
#EXTINF:-1,Bloomberg TV U.S

alt Bloomberg aus


NBN considering deploying third satellite

From http://www.zdnet.com/article/nbn-considering-deploying-third-satellite/

NBN is looking into deploying a third satellite, leasing capacity from third-party satellites, improving its satellite technology, or building more towers in an effort to improve its satellite service.

NBN CEO Bill Morrow and Communications Minister Mitch Fifield during Senate Estimates

National Broadband Network (NBN) CEO Bill Morrow has said the company is looking into several options to improve its satellite connections following widespread complaints about congestion and slow speeds.

In response to requests from Communications Minister Mitch Fifield and Regional Communications Minister Fiona Nash to improve the Sky Muster satellite service, Morrow said NBN is considering deploying a third satellite, piggybacking off a third-party satellite, building more towers, or improving the tech on its existing two satellites.

"[A third satellite] is one of the options that we are looking at to satisfy Minister Fifield and Minister Nash's requests," Morrow told Senate Estimates.

"We will look at enhancing the existing technology with the two satellites that are up there today; we will look at a third satellite to see if that's feasible; we will look at other satellites that are third party that will be up in the sky that maybe we can leverage those satellites to get more capacity; we will look at getting some other towers to relieve the congestion of the satellite beams that are coming down.

"There's nothing that is sacred here. We are looking at anything and everything that might be feasible to offer more capacity."

Sky Muster has been subject to widespread criticism, with the federal opposition party last month saying the satellite service should be subject to an independent expert review, as the installation issues, data caps, outages, and lack of transparency between NBN and its retail service providers (RSPs) need to be examined.

This was despite Labor being responsible for ordering NBN's two Ka-band satellites, which were labelled as unnecessary "Rolls-Royce" satellites by then-opposition communications leader Malcolm Turnbull, who has since revised his opinion to "world class".

Under NBN's 2017 Corporate Plan, between 200,000 and 250,000 premises will receive a satellite connection, although 400,000 premises are eligible, with customers capped from using more than 150GB per month -- separated into 75GB off peak between 1am and 7am and 75GB on peak, with 50GB extra for distance education students, and has a maximum download speed of 25Mbps -- and on 25Mbps maximum speeds.

Australia's states and territories have similarly criticised the satellite service, with the South Australian government saying Sky Muster should be a "last resort" because it is a form of geographical-based discrimination; the Queensland government arguing that use of "lower-grade" NBN services for those living in regional and remote areas of Australia is unacceptable and inequitable; and the Northern Territory government slamming the "technically inferior" satellite service.

In January, NBN revealed that there had been 31,007 reschedules of Sky Muster service installations between April 2016 until October, caused mainly by technician issues, customer issues, weather, network issues, and non-standard installations.

The average closure time for complaints was 21.4 days during October last year, with 520 complaints between April and October.

According to satellite RSP Clear Networks, these complaints are exacerbated by the lack of information on connectivity issues given by NBN to RSPs, which leaves customers at the mercy of NBN's 10-day turnaround.

Morrow said on Thursday that in total, NBN missed 82,552 appointments in 2016.

Service class zero

Labor has also criticised Morrow's responses in Senate Estimates this week on premises that have been classified as being "service class zero" -- premises that cannot connect despite the rest of their region being able to order NBN services.

"We let the retailers know which homes are not ready for service," Morrow said, adding that as the wholesaler, NBN does not contact the consumer directly. Consumers could also check their forecast connectivity timeframe by using NBN's online address checker, he said.

While it could take up to two years for such service class zero premises to be connected, it is a 6.5-month wait on average, Morrow said.

"It could be a year, it could be two years, the point is that not every home is going to get done overnight, but all homes will be done by the year 2020," Morrow told Senate Estimates on Thursday.

"It's really unfortunate that if somebody has a complex area, that requires this to be toward the end of the build. It is what it is, but again everybody will get taken care of by the year 2020."

Shadow Communications Minister Stephen Jones, however, criticised NBN for not notifying customers when their premises have technical obstacles preventing them from being connected.

"In Senate Estimates last night, NBN CEO Mr Bill Morrow said that NBN doesn't tell customers about this but relies on customers using their website's address checker. As a result, nobody is taking responsibility for being honest with these customers and telling them that they are in a different situation that requires detailed work," Jones said on Friday.

"These customers, known to NBN as "Service Class 0", are growing in number, and this month there are around 200,000 premises left behind."

Chinese satellite beats distance record for quantum entanglement

From https://www.newscientist.com/article/2134843-chinese-satellite-beats-distance-record-for-quantum-entanglement/

Micius satellite

Quantum satellite Micius has sent entangled photons to ground stations on Earth

Lesszthan a year after they launched the world’s only quantum communications satellite, Chinese researchers have for the first time ever sent entangled photons from space to ground stations on Earth.

“This is the first step towards worldwide secure quantum communications, and maybe even a quantum internet,” says Anton Zeilinger, an expert on quantum physics at the University of Vienna in Austria.

One of the building blocks of a secure quantum network is the ability to exchange entangled photons between two parties. When a pair of photons are entangled particles, measuring one instantly influences the state of the other, regardless of the distance between them.

To create a cryptographic key, the two parties, say Alice and Bob, use the results of a series of measurements on pairs of entangled photons. The key can then be used to encrypt messages that are sent over a regular channel. The duo can also detect the presence of an intruder who tries to intercept and retransmit the entangled photons, because doing this destroys the entanglement.

Last year, researchers in China established a record separation between Alice and Bob: entangled photons were exchanged over a distance of 404 kilometres using non-commercial, high-quality optical fibre.

Entangled light

Now, entanglement has been preserved in pairs of photons sent by the Chinese satellite Micius to ground stations separated by 1203 kilometres — a new record.

“It took us almost 14 years to manage this achievement,” says Jian-Wei Pan of the University of Science and Technology of China in Hefei.

They first had to ensure that their source of entangled photons would survive the rigours of a launch and that the entangled photons wouldn’t be destroyed while traveling through about 10 kilometres of lower atmosphere, which is thick and turbulent. After successful ground-based tests of these technologies, such as using small telescopes to focus the photons to distant receivers, in August 2016 China launched Micius into orbit at an altitude of about 500 kilometres so it would take the same path over China at the same time each night.

The next challenge was for ground stations to track the fast-moving satellite, and establish optical links to receive entangled photons. Three optical telescopes in Delingha in Tibet, and Lijiang and Nanshan in north-west China locked on to the satellite, which appeared briefly overhead once every night.

The ground stations used adaptive optics — which is technology that can measure the turbulence of Earth’s atmosphere in real time and cancel out its blurring effects. They also used technology to filter out moonlight and light pollution from cities, to reduce the noise in the optical link to the satellite.

For every pass of the satellite over China, which happened at night for about 275 seconds, it had to establish two such downlinks simultaneously, either between Delingha and Lijiang (1203 kilometres apart) or Delingha and Nanshan (1120 kilometres apart).

If we were to use optical fibres to distribute pairs of entangled photon pairs on Earth over 1200 kilometres, the loss of signal strength with distance means that we could only transmit one pair per second.

The Chinese satellite smashed that barrier. “We have already improved the distribution efficiency by 12 orders of magnitude over former technologies,” says Pan.

Next up, daytime

Zeilinger is impressed. “It’s a very important achievement,” he says. “It proves that China is really able to master the technology, particularly the technology to follow a satellite optically and have the downlinks.”

Pan says that the next step is to operate during the daytime, which means coping with far more light pollution from the sun, which can destroy the entanglement, and also to send satellites into higher orbits so that they are visible for longer durations. “Then it will be really a useful and radical system for secure quantum communications,” says Pan.

The team also tested the fundamentals of quantum mechanics. Einstein had argued that since quantum mechanics allows for entanglement, which he derided as “spooky action at a distance”, it must be an incomplete theory and that there must be an underlying reality to explain such weirdness. But the tests done on the entangled photons between the pairs of ground stations showed that quantum weirdness is real and cannot be explained by any Einsteinian notions of hidden reality.

China Launches Satellites Carrying Amateur Radio Transponders

From http://www.arrl.org/news/china-launches-satellites-carrying-amateur-radio-transponders

China's CAMSAT has announced that two Amateur Radio payloads piggybacked on the optical remote-sensing microsatellites OVS-1A and OVS-1B were launched on June 15 from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. The primary launch mission is a hard X-ray modulation telescope satellite (HXMT). The Amateur Radio payloads are designated CAS-4A and CAS-4B.

CAS-4A (call sign BJ1SK) carries an inverting U/V inverting transponder, with a CW telemetry beacon at 145.888 MHz and 4.8 kb GMSK telemetry at 145.835 MHz. The transponder uplink is 435.220 MHz; the downlink is 145.870 MHz.

CAS-4B (call sign: BJ1SL) carries an essentially identical inverting U/V linear transponder, with a CW telemetry beacon at 145.910 MHz and GMSK telemetry at 145.890 MHz. The transponder uplink is 435.280 MHz; the downlink is 145.925 MHz MHz.

“The frequencies of transponders are center frequencies, and uplinks/downlinks are both 20 kHz wide,” CAMSAT’s Alan Kung, BA1DU, explained. “The transponders are linear and good for SSB/CW operation.”

Both CAS-4A and CAS-4B are equipped with quarter-wave monopole antennas for VHF and UHF

Researchers discover shortcut to satellite-based quantum encryption network

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Researchers_discover_shortcut_to_satellite_based_quantum_encryption_network_999.html

From the ground, researchers measured laser signals that originated from a satellite and traveled through Earth's gravitational potential and the turbulent atmosphere. The successful characterization of quantum features under such conditions is a precondition for the implementation of a global quantum communication network using satellites that would link metropolitan area quantum networks on the ground.

In a new study, researchers demonstrate ground-based measurements of quantum states sent by a laser aboard a satellite 38,000 kilometers above Earth. This is the first time that quantum states have been measured so carefully from so far away.

"We were quite surprised by how well the quantum states survived traveling through the atmospheric turbulence to a ground station," said Christoph Marquardt from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Germany.

"The paper demonstrates that technology on satellites, already space-proof against severe environmental tests, can be used to achieve quantum-limited measurements, thus making a satellite quantum communication network possible. This greatly cuts down on development time, meaning it could be possible to have such a system as soon as five years from now."

A satellite-based quantum-based encryption network would provide an extremely secure way to encrypt data sent over long distances. Developing such a system in just five years is an extremely fast timeline since most satellites require around 10 years of development. Normally, every component - from computers to screws - must be tested and approved to work in the harsh environmental conditions of space and must survive the gravitational changes experienced during the launch.

Marquardt and his colleagues from the division of Gerd Leuchs at the Max Planck Institute in Erlangen report their new research in Optica, The Optical Society's journal for high impact research.

Using light to keep data safe
Today, text messages, banking transactions and health information are all encrypted with techniques based on mathematical algorithms. This approach works because it is extremely difficult to figure out the exact algorithm used to encrypt a given piece of data. However, experts believe that computers powerful enough to crack these encryption codes are likely to be available in the next 10 to 20 years.

The looming security threat has placed more attention on implementing stronger encryption techniques such as quantum key distribution. Rather than relying on math, quantum key distribution uses properties of light particles known as quantum states to encode and send the key needed to decrypt encoded data.

If someone tries to measure the light particles to steal the key, it changes the particles' behavior in a way that alerts the intended communicating parties that the key has been compromised and should not be used. The fact that this system detects eavesdropping means that secure communication is guaranteed.

Although methods for quantum encryption have been in development for more than a decade, they don't work over long distances because residual light losses in optical fibers used for telecommunications networks on the ground degrade the sensitive quantum signals.

Quantum signals cannot be also regenerated without altering their properties by suing optical amplifiers as it is done for classical optical data. For this reason, there has been a recent push to develop a satellite-based quantum communication network to link ground-based quantum encryption networks located in different metropolitan areas, countries and continents.

Although the new findings showed that quantum communication satellite networks do not need to be designed from scratch, Marquardt notes that it will still take 5 to 10 years to convert ground based systems to quantum-based encryption to communicate quantum states with the satellites.

Measuring quantum states
For the experiments, Marquardt's team worked closely with satellite telecommunications company Tesat-Spacecom GmbH and the German Space Administration. The German Space Administration previously contracted with Tesat-Spacecom on behalf of the German Ministry of Economics and Energy to develop an optical communications technology for satellites.

This technology is now being used commercially in space by laser communication terminals onboard Copernicus - the European Union's Earth Observation Programme - and by SpaceDataHighway, the European data relay satellite system.

It turned out that this satellite optical communications technology works much like the quantum key distribution method developed at the Max Planck Institute. Thus, the researchers decided to see if it was possible to measure quantum states encoded in a laser beam sent from one of the satellites already in space.

In 2015 and the beginning of 2016, the team made these measurements from a ground-based station at the Teide Observatory in Tenerife, Spain. They created quantum states in a range where the satellite normally does not operate and were able to make quantum-limited measurements from the ground.

"From our measurements, we could deduce that the light traveling down to Earth is very well suited to be operated as a quantum key distribution network," Marquardt said. "We were surprised because the system was not built for this. The engineers had done an excellent job at optimizing the entire system."

The researchers are now working with Tesat-Spacecom and others in the space industry to design an upgraded system based on the hardware already used in space. This will require upgrading the laser communication design, incorporating a quantum-based random number generator to create the random keys and integrating post processing of the keys.

"There is serious interest from the space industry and other organizations to implement our scientific findings," said Marquardt. "We, as fundamental scientists, are now working with engineers to create the best system and ensure no detail is overlooked."

British Hacker Pleads Guilty to Hacking US Military Satellite Phone And Messaging System

From https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/british-hacker-pleads-guilty-to-hacking-us-military-satellite-phone-and-messaging-system

A 25-year-old broke into a DoD satellite communication system and doxed around 800 Department of Defense employees.

A British man has pleaded guilty to hacking into a US Department of Defense system stealing data from around 30,000 satellite phones, UK authorities announced on Thursday.

Sean Caffrey, a 25-year-old from the outskirts of Birmingham, admitted to breaking into a US military communications system on June 15, 2014, stealing "hundreds of user accounts." The hacker stole "ranks, usernames and email addresses of more than 800 users of a satellite communications system, as well as of about 30,000 satellite phones," according to a press release by the National Crime Agency, or NCA.

"No one should think that cyber crime is victimless or that they can get away with it," NCA's investigations manager Janey Young was quoted as saying.

In the indictment, the NCA said the hacker broke into the Enhanced Mobile Satellite System Short Burst Data System of the United States Department of Defense. In the press release, the agency did not provide any details into how Caffrey was caught. It only said that agents found the hack originated from his internet connection, and then found the stolen data on his computer after a "forensic examination."

Got a tip? You can reach this reporter on Signal at +1 917 2571382, or email with lorenzo@motherboard.tv

Caffrey was arrested in March of 2015, according to the NCA. At the time, the NCA said a hacker stole data from "an international satellite message dissemination system", the Enhanced Mobile Satellite Services, which is used by the the Pentagon to communicate with employees around the world via email or phone.

The hacker then allegedly claimed the attack with a message on the text-sharing site Pastebin, according to the NCA.

"We smite the Lizards, LizardSquad your time is near," the message read, according to the NCA. The hacker appeared to taunt the infamous hacking group Lizard Squad, notorious for targeting Xbox Live and other online gaming services. "We're in your bases, we control your satellites. The missiles shall rein [sic] upon thy who claim alliance, watch your heads, ** T-47:59:59 until lift off."

The message, or a copy of it, appears to be still up. The author of the message claimed to be affiliated with ISIS, and shared a few screenshots to prove his feat. The screenshots show full names, phone numbers, email addresses and usernames of servicemen.

Caffrey's intrusion caused $628,000 in damages, the DoD said. The hacker pleaded guilty to one offense under the UK's anti-hacking law, the Computer Misuse Act. The FBI and the Department of Defense collaborated in the investigation, according to the NCA's press release.

The NCA did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The FBI and the DoD also did not immediately get back to Motherboard's request for more information on the case.


Thursday feed

Intelsat 19 12592 v Sr 7000 NRL football show

Screenshots taken from the Ten sports channels Intelsat 20 when they were FTA the other day (Yes they show a LOT of cricket). They are changing their branding soon..

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From the Dish

Koreasat 5 113.0E 12358 V "YTN" has left again.
Koreasat 5 113.0E 12470 V "Fox Movies Philippines" has started on , encrypted.

SES 7 108.2E 11481 H Fox Movies Philippines has replaced Star Movies Philippines

Telkom 1 108.0E 4092 H "TV Mandiri Papua" has left .

ABS 2 75.0E 3978 V "Fox Movies Philippines has replaced Star Movies Philippines" , Irdeto.
ABS 2 75.0E 3995 H "TV E" has left

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东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Star Sports 2(体育)频道消失,设置3920 H 29720参数无效接收。 [6月15日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Fox Sports 3(标清)频道消失,设置3840 H 29720参数无效接收。 [6月15日]
东经115.5度轨道位置的中星6B号卫星C频段,先锋乒羽、CHC动作电影(华诚数字)等频道新增,设置3520 V 27500参数有条件接收。 [6月15日]
东经115.5度轨道位置的中星6B号卫星C频段,CHC高清电影、CHC家庭影院(高清)等3个频道新增,设置4100 V 27500参数部分免费接收。 [6月15日]
东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,Gem TV(亚洲)替换Skynindo Info(Skynindo)频道,设置3560 V 30000参数免费接收。 [6月15日]
东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,AXN、中天亚洲(Skynindo)频道加密,设置3520 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [6月15日]
东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,Animax、动物星球(Skynindo)等4个频道加密,设置3560 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [6月15日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Barkat TV(巴基斯坦)频道新增,设置3903 V 2960参数免费接收。 [6月15日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,东森洋片、探索科学(环宇卫视)等频道加密,设置12711 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [6月15日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Cinemax Asia、CNN(环宇卫视)等频道加密,设置12401 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [6月15日]


Seven to launch new catch-up platform

From http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2017/06/seven-to-launch-new-catch-up-platform.html

Seven will launch a new online platform offering long form catch-up TV content within six months.

It will replace Yahoo7’s Plus7 offering, which launched in 2010.

The new platform will be fully owned by Seven West Media.

The move comes at a time when Verizon completes its acquisition of Yahoo Inc., to be rebranded as Oath, and Yahoo chief executive Marissa Mayer announced her resignation in the US. Seven West Media and AOL/Verizon will continue to invest in the Yahoo7 joint venture in Australia.

Kurt Burnette, Chief Revenue Officer for Seven West Media, said “Our JV partners own and operate one of the world’s largest digital advertising businesses and we look forward to driving home this leadership in local and global best content, technology and innovation.

“Australia’s number one television network will now be even more seamlessly connected and sold with the number one commercial catch up TV service delivering the most effective ‘total video’ results for advertisers.

“The Seven team will continue its selling across all screens as has been the case for sport, sponsorship and integration and that will now extend and apply to all long form Seven content online.”

Trudeau under pressure to reject China bid for satellite firm

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Trudeau_under_pressure_to_reject_China_bid_for_satellite_firm_999.html

Pressure ratcheted up Tuesday on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government to effectively deny a Chinese firm's purchase of Canadian satellite communications company Norsat, over national security concerns.

Its purchase by Hytera Communications was approved earlier this month, after a routine security analysis.

But since then, opposition parties, two former Canadian spy masters and a US congressional commission have raised concerns over the sale, which was put on hold Monday after a US hedge fund came forward with an unsolicited rival bid.

The purchase of Norsat became the main topic of discussion in parliament over the past week, culminating Tuesday with Trudeau himself rejecting criticism about his government's handling of the case and refusing to back down.

"Our national security experts assessed the deal and the technology, and concluded there were no national security concerns," he said. "We always follow the advice of our security experts on these matters.

"On top of that," he added, "we do consult with our allies, and in this case, directly consulted with the United States on this situation."

Opposition parties accused the Trudeau government of fast-tracking approvals in order to curry favor with Beijing as Ottawa looks to expand trade with China.

They called for a more thorough national security review on the impacts of the transfer of Norsat's technologies outside Canada.

"How can the prime minister claim there were no national security concerns when there has been no national security review?" asked New Democratic Party leader Thomas Mulcair, accusing Trudeau of "trying to invent a new category of careful assessment."

Beijing has said it regards national security reviews as a form of protectionism.

On Monday, the head of the congressional US-China Economic and Security Review Commission told The Globe and Mail newspaper that "Canada's approval of the sale of Norsat to a Chinese entity raises significant national-security concerns for the United States as the company is a supplier to our military.

"Canada may be willing to jeopardize its own security interests to gain favor with China," he said, adding it should not put the security of its ally at risk in the process.

Norsat's customers include the US, Irish, Scandinavian and Taiwanese militaries, NATO, aircraft manufacturer Boeing, and media firms Reuters, The Associated Press and Fox News.

At the same time, Norsat's board has asked Hytera to match an US$11.50 per share bid by Privet Fund Management of Atlanta or it will accept Privet's offer.

Eutelsat accuses Inmarsat of distorting competition

From http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2017/06/14/eutelsat-accuses-inmarsat-of-distorting-competition/

Rodolphe Belmer, CEO of Eutelsat, has denounced certain practices of its competitor Inmarsat, claiming it uses illegal practices providing broadband connection services on board of aircrafts.

According to Fabienne Schmidt in Les Echos Inmarsat is not playing the game by its rules. Inmarsat is deploying the ATG system bringing Wi-Fi into airplanes mostly by land-based terminals, using frequencies that have been allocated to a completely different purpose, which leads to a ‘distortion of competition,’ according to Belmer.

The band of frequencies in question is the S-band (which goes from 2 to 4 Gigahertz) that Inmarsat was awarded by the European Commission in 2009. It was originally intended to introduce satellite services in Europe, bringing broadband services to 50% of the population. For Belmer, Inmarsat makes it a ‘perverted use’ by using it, with its partner Deutsche Telekom, to bring Wi-Fi into airplanes.

Eutelsat says it has joined with its partner ViaSat into proceedings before the European Union Court of Justice. It is also in talks with with national regulators, such as Arcep in France and Ofcom in Great Britain.

Last week the two companies announced that they signed a new service contract with SAS, who will be equipping its short and medium-haul fleet to offer on-board Wi-Fi speeds of at least 12 Mbps and higher.

ViaSat will be the prime contractor to the airline, making available its vertically-integrated in-flight Internet system, inclusive of providing Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs); wireless IFE system support; passenger-facing access portals; and an end-to-end service that will leverage connectivity from Eutelsat. The connectivity service uses KA-SAT, Eutelsat’s high-capacity Ka-band broadband satellite whose service area spans Europe and the Mediterranean Basin.

Astro 'doesn't know anything' about Reliance Digital TV purchase talk

From http://www.theedgemarkets.com/article/astro-doesnt-know-anything-about-reliance-digital-tv-purchase-talk

KUALA LUMPUR (June 15): Astro Malaysia Holdings Bhd says it "does not know anything" about talk that the company is considering buying into India's direct-to-home business operator Reliance Digital TV.

"I read about it in the newspaper," chief executive officer Datuk Rohana Rozhan told reporters after the pay TV service provider's annual general meeting. "But as a matter of principle, we don't comment on rumours."

Pressed on whether Astro is denying that it is in talks with Reliance Digital TV, Rohana said: "I don't know anything about it and I am the CEO of this company."

The Times of India newspaper, quoting sources, reported earlier this month that Astro was performing a due diligence to buy into Reliance Digital TV, an entity under Reliance Communications, which is controlled by Indian tycoon Anil Ambani.

Asked about Astro's outlook for this year, Rohana said it is anticipating "strong" prospects. The group is cautiously optimistic amid the "formidably challenging operating environment", she said.

Outdoor Sportsman Group Launches SVOD Service MyOutdoorTV

From http://www.multichannel.com/news/content/outdoor-sportsman-group-launches-svod-service-myoutdoortv/413448

MOTV available for $9.99 per month or $99.99 per year

Outdoor Sportsman Group announced the launch of MyOutdoorTV (MOTV), a subscription video-on-demand service aimed at outdoor lifestyle fans.

MOTV is available at $9.99 monthly or $99.99 annually.

The global service can be found online and in Apple and Android app stores, with plans in the works for further service on Roku, Apple TV and smart TVs.

“Outdoor Sportsman Group is the exclusive aggregator of the best global, outdoor lifestyle programming on the planet,” said Jim Liberatore, CEO and president of Outdoor Sportsman Group Networks. “With MOTV, we are now able to engage our incomparable assets and showcase the best-in-class producers, television talent, writers, print publications and original programming as a one-stop-shop solution for enthusiasts around the world.”

MOTV offers outdoor and lifestyle content—ranging from hunting and fishing to how-to and educational videos—as well as TV shows from Outdoor Channel, Sportsman Channel and World Fishing Network.

World View Is Taking A KFC Chicken Sandwich To The 'Edge Of Space'

From https://www.forbes.com/sites/alexknapp/2017/06/13/world-view-is-taking-a-kfc-chicken-sandwich-to-the-edge-of-space/#2c0eb59e5f7d

Arizona-based World View, a startup aimed at stratospheric exploration, has announced that it's partnering with KFC to send a Zinger chicken sandwich nearly 75,000 feet up into the stratosphere - high enough to see the curvature of the Earth. This will be the first multi-day mission of the company's Stratollite system, in what CTO Taber MacCallum described as a "shakedown cruise" for the platform's system.

Although not quite taking a chicken sandwich to space, as KFC's website and advertising are saying, World View CEO Jane Poynter described the mission as going to "the edge of space." Up in the stratosphere, she says, you can get a good view of the Earth and the environment is in some ways "space-like."

On board the Stratollite system will be an HD video link system, allowing for video from the flight to be downloaded to Earth. The chicken sandwich will be enclosed in what KFC described as a "bucket satellite," modeled after the buckets the company's fried chicken comes in. Over the course of the mission, KFC will be doing a number of things to engage with its customers, including displaying tweets on the "bucket satellite" and dropping coupons on mini-parachutes from the Stratollite.

The Stratollite system is comprised of a large balloon, solar panels for power, and the vehicle itself, which houses payloads and contains the communications equipment. The system can be steered in the stratosphere using a parafoil. Once the system is fully tested and ready for launch, it's capable of carrying loads up to 300 pounds, and could carry multiple playloads at once.

This isn't World View's first Stratollite mission, but it's important for several reasons, according to MacCallum. It's the first mission to include all of the Stratollite systems, as well as the first mission to last multiple days. Additionally, the data gathered from this flight will help the company on future flights. That's meaningful to the company because according to Poynter, World View's "manifest is filling very quickly."

That increased demand highlights the benefit of KFC's sponsorship to World View. Although neither KFC nor World View would disclose the specific amount KFC was paying World View, the company did say that it was enough to cover the costs of the test flight. It also, adds Poynter, serves as a marketing opportunity for World View.

"When KFC first brought this to us we all had a good chuckle," she said. "But when we thought about it, we decided it was incredibly cool."

"If you can fly a chicken sandwich to the edge of space," she added."It demonstrates that you can really fly almost anything."

There are a number of different applications for these kind of stratospheric missions, from remote sensing to internet communications to scientific research. Right now, missions to the stratosphere can be limited because although balloon flights aren't new, they tend to not be very maneuverable and are limited in capability. Advances in technology, say MacCallum, have made their vehicle much more versatile.

The company wouldn't disclose specific pricing for Stratollite missions, in part, Poynter says, because it is very variable depending on the mission. However, she said, Stratollite missions start out at only "tens of thousands of dollars" and compared to the nearest competitive analogue, high-altitude drone flights, World View's missions are an "order of magnitude" less expensive.

(Craig's comment, come on...this can't be real..April fools day has been and gone!!!)



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Ten: free-to-air network’s boulevard of broken dreams

From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/media/broadcast/ten-freetoair-networks-boulevard-of-broken-dreams/news-story/07d3f4be4616d234efd245c5efbe70df

Channel Ten has always been the worst house on the free-to-air broadcasting street in Australia.

The problem for Australia’s third television network, which was placed into administration yesterday after a half-year loss of $232 million, is that the neighbourhood has gone rapidly downhill.

For most of its life, Ten has struggled to carve out a viable market against strong competition from Seven, Nine and the ­government-funded ABC.

Free-to-air TV has been challenged by the rise of pay-television in Australia, led by Foxtel.

And now it is struggling against a new wave: internet and mobile phone television and streaming companies such as Netflix and Stan.

Apart from a few brief purple patches — from about 2003 to 2005 when it seemed Ten had found a niche pitching itself to younger Australians — backers of the network have had a constant struggle to make money out of it.

The network has been a boulevard of broken dreams, a financially disastrous tar baby, for a string of some of Australia’s most powerful business names — from Frank Lowy and his then adviser David Gonski, to Bruce Gordon, and Lachlan Murdoch, James Packer and Gina Rinehart.

As yesterday’s move shows, Ten continues to prove the theory of US billionaire investor Warren Buffett: “When a management with a reputation for brilliance tackles a business with a reputation for bad economics, it is the reputation of the business that ­remains intact.”

Just about the only ones who seem to have done well out of Ten have been News Corporation chairman Rupert Murdoch, who famously conducted an astute negotiation at News’s Holt Street headquarters in early 1987 with his partner, TNT founder Sir Peter Abeles, with a too eager, media-struck Frank Lowy.

The shopping centre magnate eagerly paid up $842m for two Channel Ten stations and a grab bag of other smaller media assets, celebrating the deal with a dinner at his house in Sydney’s elite Point Piper.

That deal was a high-water mark for Ten’s exiting owners and a low point for its buyers.

“We might have bought the worst house in the street but it is still a very good house,” Northern Star chairman Bruce Gordon ­declared at the time when he and Lowy bought Ten from Murdoch and Abeles.

“We have been looking for a cash flow business and there is a good cash flow in television,” ­adviser Gonski enthused.

“But we are somewhat humbled at the task that is before us.”

They were indeed humbled as they would learn all too painfully.

Westfield was hit by the stock market crash of 1987, which saw it sell the bulk of the Ten network to a consortium led by businessman Charles Curran and former ABC journalist Steve Cosser in 1989.

From its beginning in 1964, Ten was the new kid on the television block in Australia.

Bruce Gyngell famously became the first man to appear on Australian television with the launch of the Nine Network in time for the 1956 Olympics.

For the next few years there were only Nine and Seven in the free-to-air market in Australia as well as the ABC.

Many have argued there had never really been a sustainable market niche for a third network in Australia.

A third licence was granted to United Telecasters in 1963. It started with a station in Melbourne, which launched in 1964 and later in Sydney. The stations were owned by the Ansett group.

The network became known for shows such as Young Talent Time and the risqué Number 96, which pushed out the boundaries of Australian television.

In the 1970s, Rupert Murdoch moved in, buying a 46 per cent stake in Ten Sydney in 1977 and then picking up control of Channel Ten Melbourne in 1979.

The starting gun for change came in 1985 when Murdoch took out American citizenship to become an owner of a US television network. Then treasurer Paul Keating’s new cross media ownership laws, which declared that a media owner could be either “prince of print” of a “queen of the screen” were also set to shake up media ownership.

Foreign ownership laws forced Murdoch to sell, which he did with the famous Lowy deal to Northern Star, which was controlled by Lowy’s Westfield.

But the economic times were against them. The Australian economy fell into recession and the network struggled.

Westpac famously moved to put the network in receivership back in the dark days of 1990.

The network’s financial issues have prompted an ongoing series of changes in ownership as each optimistic buyer hits the harsh economic reality of owning ­Australia’s third television network.

In 1992, Ten’s flagship stations were sold to Canadian-based ­Canwest media group controlled by Izzy Asper.

Its ownership temporarily ­stable, Ten began to gain ground.

In 2001, Ten launched reality show Big Brother and then reality singing contest show Australian Idol. In 2004, the network’s youth-oriented focus seemed to be working as Ten, based in its Pyrmont bunker in inner-city Sydney, pulled ahead of the Seven Network and finished up second ­behind market leader Nine.

But Canwest was having problems in several countries.

In 2009, the Canadian media group sold its 50 per cent stake in Ten for $680m to help pay down its debt load, filing for protection of its creditors soon after.

Despite its questionable economics, Ten continued to attract the attention of media investors who felt they had the wherewithal to make it financially viable.

James Packer appeared to have walked away from television when he sold his stake in the Nine Network to private equity group CVC Asia in 2008 and 2009 in deals worth more than $5 billion.

But, it seems, he was unable to resist the lure of owning a television network, buying 18 per cent of Ten in late 2010.

As he did in the failed One.Tel, he brought his friend Lachlan Murdoch into the deal, selling half of his stake to Murdoch, who bought in through his private company Illyria. Together they were determined to do what it took to make the struggling network viable.

While Bruce Gordon has ­remained a longtime shareholder in the business, with about 15 per cent, Packer and Murdoch also brought in Gina Rinehart and Kerry Stokes to help provide more finance. Unrelenting pressure to make the network work saw Ten go through a string of chief ­executives in quick succession (at one point the count was up to five in six years) as the tycoons looked for a superman with the magic elixir.

The network has done well in parts. The purchase of the rights to the Big Bash T20 cricket and other sports rights deals saw it carve out a small niche in the sports rights market while enduring reality cooking franchise MasterChef has also done well.

But as the economics of free-to-air TV in Australia across the board have deteriorated in the face of new competition, the third network’s losses ­mounted.

In June 2015, Foxtel, jointly owned by News and Telstra, bought a 14 per cent share in the network. Lachlan Murdoch is co-chairman of News Corp, publisher of The Australian. Foxtel is half-owned by News Corp.

This year has seen ongoing ­negotiations over Ten’s future.

Yesterday Ten stopped trading after Lachlan Murdoch and Bruce Gordon said they would no longer back the network’s plans to ­refinance a $250m loan.

The move comes as the federal government is now considering moves to unwind the cross-media ownership rules laid down by Keating in 1986.

Ten’s financial demise will put further pressure on the government to pass the laws to free up a market where once great media names are struggling for their ­financial future.

The starting gun for a new round of assets sales in the Australian media landscape has been fired and the dancing is only just beginning.

Network Ten pays for past errors, tough times

From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/media/network-ten-pays-for-past-errors-tough-times/news-story/d1caff717ff0d4dab05ebb783c0eb9cf

TV continues to be a profitable, cash-generative industry, but viewing habits are changing fast in the broadband era.

Streaming services such as Netflix, Foxtel Now, Stan and Amazon Prime Video are luring some of the best content and viewers from traditional broadcast networks.

Now the most anticipated drama shows and movies are as likely to be shown first on a recently rebooted Foxtel Now as they are on commercial TV.

Costs are another problem. Embattled free-to-air network Ten’s expenses jumped 7.4 per cent to $349.4 million in the six months to February 28. But ­advertising revenue grew only 2.1 per cent to $341.4m in the five capital cities.

Tepid conditions in the ad market are weighing on Ten. Online media has fractured audiences, and Facebook and Google now aggressively compete for market share with domestic players outside the regulatory framework, but with the benefit of far larger budgets.

New figures in the ­Interactive Advertising Bureau’s year-end report for 2016 showed Google and Facebook took 90 per cent of the ad revenue growth.

But these trends are not new. So what prompted directors to ask for trading to be halted yesterday morning after shareholders Lachlan Murdoch and Bruce Gordon decided against supporting a new $250m loan to the broadcaster?

Ten’s ratings and revenue began spiralling down in the noughties. Current Fairfax Media chairman Nick Falloon was at the helm when a series of ­strategic decisions saw Ten pay over the odds for sporting rights and high-priced content from Hollywood studios.

In 2010, Ten ran so far off course that gaming mogul James Packer and Mr Murdoch saw an opportunity to take control and prevent it from crashing.

Much has changed since Falloon saddled Ten with unsustainable costs. In the intervening years, the media environment has been up-ended and reshaped by digital insurgents.

It is now clear that lower ratings are the new normal in the TV industry, a realisation that is reflected in the valuations of broadcasters around the world.

For successive management teams at Ten, this has made the uphill task even harder.
Still, Ten has made progress of sorts during a turbulent period for the network. The broadcaster of I’m A ­Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here!, MasterChef and the Big Bash pushed its share of the metro­politan ad market 1.8 per cent higher in the recent half on the back of ratings gains in younger ­demographics favoured by advertisers.

Where to next? While no one close to refinancing talks believes Ten will be shut down, the company faces potential administration if it can’t secure a new source of funding.

That’s not as bad it sounds. Such a move would put the broadcaster in a stronger position to extract itself from onerous contracts with CBS and 21st Century Fox.

Restructuring specialist KordaMentha is working closing with Ten’s board of directors. It’s notable that Ten has also drafted in investment bank Moelis, which worked on a $3.4 billion restructuring of the Nine Network’s debt in 2013.

This has prompted some observers to question whether a debt for equity swap could be on the cards for Ten.

This could enable some of the shareholders to privatise Ten, introduce a new corporate strategy and rebuild the company away from the scrutiny of being publicly traded.

Foxtel debuts in-app messaging chat to improve customer service

From https://www.cmo.com.au/article/620577/foxtel-debuts-in-app-messaging-chat-improve-customer-service/

Pay TV giant now allows customers to use its MyFoxtel app to chat to customer service agents in real time

Foxtel customers are now able to talk to customer service agents via their mobile app in real time following the pay TV’s rollout of in-app messaging technology.

Foxtel has integrated LivePerson’s in-app mobile messaging tool, LiveEngage, into the MyFoxtel app, in what it claims is an Australian first providing enterprise in-app messaging at scale for customer communications.

Consumers are connected to the customer service team by clicking on a feedback button inside the app, and can access a range of features including push notifications and alerts. In a statement, Foxtel head of digital sales and service, Alisha Bailey, said embracing the new technology was part of wider efforts to streamline the way customer interact with the brand across multiple platforms.

“Simplifying customer communications is an essential part of how Foxtel is able to quickly and accurately provide the best support possible,” she said. “ With so much of today’s communication happening via messaging on mobile devices, it’s a logical progression to enable customers to interact with Foxtel in the same way they would friends and family.”

LivePerson regional VP for APAC, Steven Fitzjohn, said the technology allowed customer service agents to handle multiple enquiries simultaneously, and also gave Foxtel the opportunity to monitor customer sentiment in real time and respond. At the same time, consumers can use the app to refer back to conversations with the service team.

“Customers benefit from the ability to message over time with a specific and consistent customer service team member with all conversations recorded in a single point, eliminating the need for customers to describe their issue over and over again,” he said.

Foxtel revamped its MyFoxtel app in January, introducing the ability to view billing and payment history, make bill payments, upgrade packages, order main Events programs, track usage, view up to 14 days of programming information and record recording functionality for IQ and MyStar boxes. The company claims it’s had 490,000 app downloads and 90,000 in-app customer messages sent through the app since its launch.

LivePerson’s customer base in Australia also includes Westpac, Commonwealth Bank, Medibank, Qantas, Bupa and Adobe.

Sydney-based retailer, CostumeBox, is another brand that’s employed LivePerson's chat technology to help process customer queries faster, and claims to have seen conversions rise by more than 25 per cent as a result.

Sky closes The Zone TV channel

From http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/tv-radio/93628182/sky-closes-the-zone-tv-channel

Grimm is one of the shows on The Zone that will be over for fans when the channel closes.

Grimm is one of the shows on The Zone that will be over for fans when the channel closes.

Sky has called time for its sci-fi channel, The Zone.

Broadcast on Sky channel nine, The Zone was launched in November 2014. Back then, Sky entertainment head Karen Bieleski​ said "this is the channel that many of our viewers have literally been clamouring for." The Zone was to screen anything that could feature at Comic-Con, but that brief would come to an end on June 30 as Sky axed the channel.

The channel's manager, Chris Philpott tweeted the news saying Sky had decided to "close down my beloved channel". He also posted this gif:

A Sky spokesperson said via a statement that the broadcaster would launch a new channel called Sky Box Sets.

Sky's new entertainment manager, Travis Dunbar, said the channel would feature "cutting edge drama and comedy".

"Programming will include exclusive first-run drama series such as Bellevue starring Anna Paquin, American Gothic starring Antony Starr and Mary Kills People starring Jay Ryan – iconic Kiwi actors making it big in Hollywood."

The spokesperson said programming carried by The Zone would continue to be broadcast on other Sky channels

(Craig's comment, i've never watched this channel, but they are actually replacing it with 2 channels. Jones!too which is also new will also screen some of the content.)

Permira secures $280m ABS refinancing

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/06/13/permira-secures-280m-abs-refinancing/

Asia Broadcast Satellite (ABS), majority owned by private equity investment company Permira since 2010, has been refinanced by Permira.

ABS had been up for sale since May last year. Permira acquired ABS in 2010, paying about $242 million for the Hong Kong-based (but Bermuda headquartered) satellite operator. Its satellite operational base is at Subic Bay in the Philippines.

The refinancing sees an overall $280 million borrowed from 14 lenders. $250 million is in the form of a 5-year term loan, while the remaining $30 million is in revolving credit.

ABS has very much been on an expansionist trail, with a recent DTH service deal with Ghana’s Ziptv.

Astro wants to exit NDTV Good Times, makes offer to NDTV to buy out its 49% stake

From http://www.televisionpost.com/special-reports/astro-wants-to-exit-ndtv-good-times-makes-offer-to-ndtv-to-buy-out-its-49-stake/

MUMBAI: Malaysia-based Astro wants to exit NDTV Lifestyle Holdings, the company which runs lifestyle channel NDTV Good Times.

Astro has asked NDTV to buy out its 49% stake in NDTV Lifestyle Holdings, an investment it had made in 2010 for $40 million.

NDTV, however, has declined to exercise the option to buy back Astro’s stake. The offer was made by Astro on 2 June.

Astro owns 49% stake in NDTV Lifestyle through South Asia Creative Assets. The remaining stake is held by NDTV.

NDTV said its board has approved the decision by NDTV Networks, a subsidiary of the company, not to exercise the option to purchase 49% stake held by South Asia Creative Assets in NDTV Lifestyle Holdings.

“The offer was made by Astro vide transfer notice dated 2 June 2017, pursuant to the terms of the subscription and shareholders agreement earlier entered among the company, Networks, LS Holdco, NDTV Lifestyle Ltd, Astro, Astro Overseas Ltd and Astro All Asia Entertainment Networks Ltd,” NDTV said.

Astro also owns 20 per cent in Sun Group-owned direct-to-home (DTH) platform Sun Direct. It is in talks with Anil Ambani’s debt-ridden telecom company Reliance Communications to acquire the latter’s DTH company Reliance Digital TV.

Astro’s investment in NDTV Lifestyle was recently in the news when the BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy had accused NDTV of ‘money laundering’. Swamy had alleged that NDTV’s subsidiary NDTV Networks had $50 million in 2007, which is also the period in which the Aircel–Maxis scam had happened.

As per Swamy’s allegation, the Aircel–Maxis scam relates to the quid pro quo in which Sun TV Network promoter Kalanithi Maran’s brother Dayanidhi Maran had as telecom minister forced Chinnakannan Sivasankaran to part with 74% stake in Aircel to Maxis Communications. Astro, which owns Maxis Communications, in turn invested in Sun Group’s DTH company Sun Direct allegedly as a quid pro quo.

Describing Swamy’s allegation as a ‘blatant lie’, NDTV had said that Astro had invested $40 million for the stake in NDTV’s lifestyle business in 2010.

“This was bona fide FDI made after getting Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) and Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) permissions of the sort that is actively encouraged by the current government. Astro still holds the shares. It was disclosed to all authorities and to the stock exchanges. There is no question of any ‘money laundering’. Nor has the Enforcement Directorate ever made such an allegation to NDTV,” the news broadcaster had said.

Astro’s investment in NDTV Lifestyle was examined by the tax department, which passed a ‘clean order’, thereby accepting the investment as genuine. NDTV further clarified that the enforcement directorate “has not slapped any fine of Rs 2,030 crore on NDTV”.

NDTV also dismissed Swamy’s allegation that most of the people named as ‘directors’ of NDTV Networks Plc were not directors.

“NDTV Networks Plc was a genuine company. All investments in it were genuine investments after taking requisite approvals including from the FIPB,” NDTV said. The news broadcaster further explained that Fuse Media “is not an NDTV company and belongs to a very well-respected private equity investor who is still an investor in NDTV Networks as well as in other Indian media companies”.

Earlier, in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Swamy had sought a probe by the CBI against NDTV. He had also asked for a separate probe by the ED into the allegations of money laundering.

“The TV channel’s top people should be therefore questioned initially by the CBI to find on whose behest the money came to them in the Aircel–Maxis deal, which deal prima facie was illegally approved by former Finance Minister P Chidambaram,” Swamy had said in his letter.

Saudi bans beIN Sports viewing

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/06/13/saudi-bans-bein-sport-viewing/

Qatar-based beIN Sports is suffering much the same fate as its sister Al Jazeera news channel as part of the fall-out of the diplomatic row between Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

Reuters is quoting Saudi Arabia’s state press agency saying that the Kingdom has banned the import and sale of beIN Sports digital set-top boxes, and prohibited the renewal – or sale of new subscriptions to the sports services.

Saudi Arabia’s General Commission for Audiovisual Media, in a statement, said it was acting out of “concern for the rights of its citizens and residents” without elaborating any further. However, the Reuters report says that viewers with current subscriptions would not be affected.

beIN operates a portfolio of sports channels and is owned by beIN Media Group. The company was spun off from Al Jazeera in December 2013.

Entertainment giants form anti-piracy alliance

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/06/13/entertainment-giants-form-anti-piracy-alliance/

Thirty leading content creators and on-demand entertainment companies from around the world have launched the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE), a global coalition dedicated to protecting the dynamic legal market for creative content and reducing online piracy.

The worldwide members of ACE are Amazon, AMC Networks, BBC Worldwide, Bell Canada and Bell Media, Canal+ Group, CBS Corporation, Constantin Film, Foxtel, Grupo Globo, HBO, Hulu, Lionsgate, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), Millennium Media, NBCUniversal, Netflix, Paramount Pictures, SF Studios, Sky, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Star India, Studio Babelsberg, STX Entertainment, Telemundo, Televisa, Twentieth Century Fox, Univision Communications Inc., Village Roadshow, The Walt Disney Company, and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

According to the Alliance, in recent years, the legal marketplace for creative content has grown exponentially, as film and television companies have invested heavily in digital distribution models. There are now more than 480 online services worldwide available for consumers to watch films and television programmes legally on demand.

The Alliance notes that this “tremendous” growth of creativity also drives the economy. In the United States alone, the creative sector adds over $1.2 trillion to the economy and supports more than 5.5 million direct jobs each year.

However, as more creative content moves online, piracy poses a continuing threat to creators, consumers, and the economy. Films and television shows can often be found on pirate sites within days – and in many cases hours – of release. Last year, there were an estimated 5.4 billion downloads of pirated wide release films and primetime television and VoD shows using peer-to-peer protocols worldwide. There were also an estimated 21.4 billion total visits to streaming piracy sites worldwide across both desktops and mobile devices in 2016.

The Alliance says that piracy also puts consumers at risk. One in three pirate sites target consumers with malware that can lead to a range of problems including identify theft and financial loss, according to a December 2015 report by Digital Citizens Alliance.

By bringing together global creative companies producing all forms of content, ACE will expand ongoing, cooperative efforts to reduce the prevalence of online piracy. ACE will draw upon the global antipiracy resources of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) in concert with the internal antipiracy expertise of the ACE coalition members. Specifically, ACE will conduct research, work closely with law enforcement to curtail illegal pirate enterprises, file civil litigation, forge cooperative relationships with existing national content protection organisations, and pursue voluntary agreements with responsible parties across the internet ecosystem.

“BBC Worldwide invests in, commercialises, and showcases content from the BBC around the world and champions British creativity globally,” commented Martyn Freeman, General Counsel, BBC Worldwide. “It is the lifeblood of our business and we must ensure that we do all we can to secure and protect it from theft and illegal distribution. The ACE initiative is hugely important at a time when content consumption habits are rapidly shifting and methods of piracy are becoming more and more sophisticated.”

“Global piracy is not just a concern for one studio or creator, it undermines the foundation of the entire global entertainment sector,” asserted Senator Chris Dodd, Chairman and CEO, MPAA. “Meeting the challenges ahead will require more voices, greater collaboration, new ideas, and increased resources. ACE, with its broad coalition of creators from around the world, is designed, specifically, to leverage the best possible resources to reduce piracy. For decades, the MPAA has been the gold standard for antipiracy enforcement. We are proud to provide the MPAA’s worldwide antipiracy resources and the deep expertise of our antipiracy unit to support ACE and all its initiatives.”

“Collaboration, through bodies such as ACE, is critical in tackling this issue because piracy is illegal, unreliable, and risky,” added Andrew Griffith, Group COO, Sky.

ISPs may have to block Pirate Bay

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/06/14/ecj-isps-may-have-to-block-pirate-bay/

Sweden based Pirate Bay may have to amend its file-sharing after Europe’s supreme court said it may be breaking copyright rules by helping users download films, TV shows and music for free.

The Luxembourg-based Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) said Pirate Bay’s role as a host meant it may be liable for web piracy. It had been asked for an opinion by a Dutch Court considering a case brought by the Dutch copyright group Stichting Brein.

“Making available and managing an online platform for sharing copyright-protected works, such as ‘The Pirate Bay,’ may constitute an infringement of copyright,” judges said.”Even if the works in question are placed online by the users of the online sharing platform, the operators of that platform play an essential role in making those works available,” they said.

Stichting Brein had asked ISPs XS4LL and Ziggo, which is owned by Liberty Global , to block Pirate Bay. If the Dutch Court now rules with the copyright body, all Dutch ISPs will be affected.


Sorry no update on Tuesday


Note the feeds published on apsattv are Free to air! no codes, no biss # help, no hacks were used to view.

Monday morning feeds

Asiasat 5 4147 H Sr 7200 "GCA HD ENC-1" WCQ Soccer Macedonia vs Spain

Asiasat 5 4156 H Sr 7200 "GCA HD MP4 ENC-2" WCQ Soccer Serbia vs Wales

Asiasat 5 3914 V Sr 7120 "arqiva HD6" PSA Dubai World Series Squash

Asiasat 5 3876 H Sr 7500 "LPGA MANULIFE" Womans Golf

Sunday feeds

Intelsat 19 12450 H Sr 7200 "Waicomm 1" What Next show for TVNZ

Asiasat 5 4156 H Sr 7200 "GCA HD MP4 ENC-2" Soccer Ger vs SMR

Saturday feeds

Intelsat 19 12437 H Sr 15000 NRL Penrith v Raiders
Intelsat 19 12430 H Sr 3600 SES Feed

Optus D1 12634 V Sr 7200 16APSK, AFL Feed FTA

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From Robert

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Cheers Robert

From the Dish

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3689 H "India News Punjab" has started on , Fta.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3725 H "Whistle TV and Gulistan News" have left .
Insat 4A 83.0E 3777 H "ABP Asmita" is back on , Fta.
Insat 4A 83.0E 3805 H "ETV Gujarati News and ETV Odia News" have left.
Insat 4A 83.0E 4054 H "Arihant TV" has left .

Apstar 7 76.5E 3780 V "D Sport" is Fta.
Apstar 7 76.5E 3805 H "Gazi TV" is now encrypted.
Apstar 7 76.5E 3812 H "Maasranga TV" is now encrypted.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3712 H "Ten 1, Ten Cricket, Ten 2, Ten Sports Pakistan and Ten 3" are Fta.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4163 H "Zee Salaam" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 11003 HLas Estrellas Europa has started on , Fta.

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Government urged to watch this space

From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/government-urged-to-watch-this-space/news-story/93f99871bc4db95d5e251d205f77cff3

Two of Australia’s leading satellite firms are leading calls for the ­creation of an Australian space agency, with Speedcast and Fleet declaring the time is right for the government to back the fast-growing industry.

The ASX-listed Speedcast is the world’s biggest satellite ser­vices provider and chief executive Pierre-Jean Beylier said currently Australia is one of only two OECD countries that do not have a space agency.

Our current activity amounts to less than 1 per cent of the global space economy, he says, and it’s time we took the next step.

“Space is the next frontier. It will be important economically, politically, and militarily to have space capabilities, and I think it’s time for Australia to consider it,” Mr Beylier told The Australian.

“Australia with its talent, its universities, and its engineers that come out of the country has a real role to play in the space sector.

“Speedcast is one of the largest buyers of commercial capacity in the world and we’d be very happy to help.”

Mr Beylier said it would be a weakness to rely on other countries’ capabilities, given space is becoming more relevant on a number of fronts.

“It’s an area that deserves the government’s attention,” he said.

“The government has already started investing in this space through the NBN with two satellites, and this would be taking that to the next level.”

He said until now the only Australian initiatives in the space arena originated from private ­investment, which limited their impact.

Reversing those trends can’t be done without the government’s commitment, hence the necessity for Australia to consider such a project.

“The demand for manufacturing and launching capacities, as well as satellite services, is obvious, and the return on investment in that sector is high,” he said.

“For every dollar invested by the US government into the NASA, studies estimate the return on investment to be between $US7 and $US14. “

Key innovations such as re­usable rockets and constant optimisation of the equipment used are reducing the costs of launch dramatically.

The CEO, who has led the company since 2004, said a space agency would also attract experts to Australia, and enable the development of future talent in this country, which would allow it to become a leader in the satellite ­industry.

“Our current tertiary education in this sector is limited, and most of the talent we do create usually moves to the US, France or Germany to work in more powerful companies and on more challenging projects,” he said.

“The value of scientific assets, data and expertise we can generate can’t be ignored.”

Speedcast, which has about 1200 employees, provides satellite communications to Border Force’s patrol boats and provides wire­less and 4G services to Christmas Island.

Mr Beylier’s comments were echoed by Fleet chief executive Flavia Tata Nardini.

Fleet is a nano-satellite start-up that recently raised $5 million in a Series A round from Blackbird Ventures and Atlassian co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes, and is planning to launch its first nano-satellite next year.

“I really believe a national space agency would provide the kind of support, regulation and ecosystem that now is missing in Australia,” Ms Tata Nardini, a space engineer, told The ­Australian.

“I come from a background working in Europe for quite a while so I do have an idea of what a space agency can do for a ­country.”

Ms Tata Nardini said New Zealand’s government heavily supports its space start-ups, such as Rocket Lab, which provides ­rocket launch services for companies such as Fleet.

“We could be way more competitive,” she said.

“Our company will soon have many employees and I want us to stay here.”

A spokesman for the Minister for Industry Innovation and Science Arthur Sinodinos said, “the Commonwealth Government is in the process of assessing our national space policy and the opportunities that the continuing development of the space industry provides for Australia. “

Crisis for Network Ten as financial backers say ‘no’

From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/media/broadcast/crisis-for-network-ten-as-financial-backers-say-no/news-story/aa980fafc11ecf606bb2b3c278adc756

Ten Network is facing the prospect of being placed into ­voluntary administration if a $200 million loan cannot be refinanced after three high-profile backers decided against supporting a new funding deal.

The free-to-air television broadcaster is expected to issue a statement to the ASX this morning to update investors over its ­finances.

It is understood that Ten shareholders Lachlan Murdoch, Bruce Gordon and James Packer have decided against guaranteeing a new $250m loan to replace the existing $200m overdraft, which needs to be repaid to Commonwealth Bank in ­December.

Ten is Australia’s third-placed commercial network with hit shows such as MasterChef, The Bachelor and sports ­franchises such as Big Bash cricket, but hopes that it can ­secure new funding faded at the weekend.

Ten did not respond to a ­request for comment last night. The statement to the ASX is ­expected to provide an update following a recent review of the business.

It is believed the shareholders feel the broadcaster is facing dim prospects in a changing media landscape and there is little chance ­of a powerful economic bounce.

Mr Murdoch is co-chairman of News Corp, publisher of The Australian; Mr Gordon is the owner of regional TV network WIN Corp, and Mr Packer is Crown Resorts’ majority shareholder.

Mr Gordon is Ten’s largest shareholder with 15 per cent. Mr Murdoch and Mr Packer both own 7.7 per cent each.

While it was known that Mr Packer was not prepared to again throw his support behind the company, as he reorganises his own gaming business interests, Mr Murdoch and Mr Gordon’s intentions were less clear until now.

Among Ten’s other shareholders is pay-TV operator Foxtel, which is half-owned by News Corp. Foxtel owns a 13.9 per cent stake in Ten.

While no one believes administrators will begin the process of shutting down the company, the decision taken by the three shareholders does leave Ten’s advisers looking for refinancing from other parties.

Administration would put Ten in a stronger position to renegotiate onerous programming contracts with two US studios: CBS and 21st Century Fox.

At Ten’s recent half-year ­results, the company admitted it may not be able to carry on as a going concern after posting a $232.2m loss.

TV continues to be a profitable, cash-generative industry, but habits are changing among viewers in an era of fast broadband.

Streaming services such as Netflix, Foxtel Now, Stan and Amazon Prime are luring some of the best content and viewers from traditional broadcast TV networks.

Now, the most anticipated drama shows and movies are as likely to be shown first on Foxtel Now as they are on commercial TV.

Ten’s costs jumped 7.4 per cent to $349.4m in the six months to February 28, but TV revenue grew only 2.1 per cent to $341.4m in the metropolitan ad market.

Tepid conditions in the ad market are also weighing down on Ten. Online media has fractured audiences, and international media players now aggressively compete for market share with domestic players outside of the regulatory framework, but with the benefit of far larger ­budgets.

New figures in the ­Interactive Advertising Bureau’s year-end report for 2016 showed that ­Google and Facebook took 90 per cent of the ad revenue growth.

Still, Ten has made headway during a turbulent period for the network.

The broadcaster of I’m A ­Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here! pushed its share of the metro­politan ad market 1.8 per cent higher in the half on the back of ratings gains in younger ­demographics favoured by advertisers. Restructuring firm KordaMentha has been working with Ten’s board.

Investment bank Moelis, which worked with hedge funds on the recapitalisation of Nine Entertainment Co in 2013, was also recently drafted in. The involvement of Moelis has prompted some bankers to question whether a debt for equity swap could be on the cards for Ten.

Abu Dhabi issues 120 warnings over satellite dish violations

From http://www.thenational.ae/abu-dhabi-issues-120-warnings-over-satellite-dish-violations

ABU DHABI // Abu Dhabi Municipality has issued 120 warnings to building owners for violating rules about installing satellite dishes.

The municipality said on Monday that it had carried out an inspection campaign to curtail the installation of satellite dishes on rooftops and balconies.

A building can have only four central satellite dishes installed on its rooftop, according to municipal regulations. Satellite dishes also cannot be installed on balconies or facades.

The municipality described the high number of dishes haphazardly placed on rooftops as an "eyesore" that hampers periodic maintenance work.

They also make it difficult to deliver relief equipment to rooftops in emergencies, the municipality said

Tribe expands into Singapore

From https://www.digitalnewsasia.com/business/tribe-expands-singapore

TRIBE, the Astro Malaysia owned online video service provider, available in Indonesia and the Philippines, announces its third market, Singapore in partnership with Singtel, Singapore’s largest telecommunications company.

Singtel’s OTT video portal app – Cast – will carry Tribe’s on-demand content via the Aneka Plus pack, which features Malay programmes from various content providers, including Astro Malaysia.

Tribe’s content strategy is to curate content offerings tailored to each individual market.

Tribe, through its standalone app in Indonesia and Philippines offers a range of live and on demand content across live sports, Korean drama, Anime, eSports, and Asian movies.

In Singapore, Tribe aims to fulfil the current unmet demand for Malay content in the digital space.

“Our approach to every market is unique and this partnership with Singtel is a landmark first for Tribe as we explore different GTM models,” said Tribe Limited chief executive officer Iskandar Samad.

“Singtel is the market leader in mobile with a strong Malay base across prepaid and postpaid segments. Astro, on the other hand, is unrivalled in its production of premium original Malay content. Singtel’s Cast will be an effective channel to connect a strong customer base with relevant quality content.

“Singapore is a well-developed and exciting Asian market with robust monetisation opportunities and we look forward to leveraging this as a learning opportunity to gain better understanding of market dynamics before we consider launching a standalone OTT product as we have done in other markets."

In conjunction with the fasting month, Tribe will release several Ramadan specials including ‘Imam Mudaku Romantik’, ‘Tolong Aku Nak Puasa’ and ‘Resepi Memikat Suami’. ‘Hero Seorang Cinderella’ featuring Fattah Amin and Fazura will also be available on Cast.

Other highlights include Malay dramas and telemovies such as ‘Suri Hati Mr. Pilot’, ‘Bukan Kerana Aku Tak Cinta’ and ‘Cinta Paling Agung’ featuring celebrities Aaron Aziz, Neelofa, Sharnaaz Ahmad, Nelydia Senrose and more.

Other genres offered include variety, lifestyle programmes and catch up of live programmes.

Tribe is available on the Aneka Plus pack via the Cast app for a monthly subscription of S$7.90 with a 12-month contract. At launch, Singtel is offering three months’ free subscription with the 12-month contract.

B&R satellite alliance launched

From http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1051328.shtml

Move set to offer boost for homegrown BeiDou system

A model of China's BeiDou Satellite Navigation System on display during the 20th China Beijing International High-tech Expo in Beijing on June 8 Photo: CFP

As part of the goal to provide basic services to regions along the route of the Belt and Road (B&R) initiative, China unveiled the B&R Satellite Application Alliance to foster successful applications and proliferation of its homegrown BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) at an industry seminar in Beijing on Monday.

China will launch six to eight satellites to form a global network in the second half of this year and accomplish the launch of 18 satellites by around 2018 to serve countries along the B&R initiative, according to a White Paper for the development of the BDS published in June 16, 2016.

The alliance was set up under the guidance of the International Cooperation Centre of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), with about 40 founding members.

The NDRC is the nation's top economic planning agency.

"The setting up of the alliance will allow the industry to tap the resources of China's international capacity cooperation mechanism and gain access to the project database, so we can study these potential projects and think of ways to apply the BDS," Fan Jingsheng, deputy secretary general of the Global Navigation Satellite System and Location-based Services Association of China (GLAC), told the Global Times Monday.

"The alliance will consolidate resources from related sectors, provide spatial-temporal information, and facilitate the construction and improve the operating efficiency of the projects in B&R international corridors and sea routes," Fan said.

In concrete terms, the BDS will facilitate the building of transportation infrastructure, international transportation, informatization of seaborne logistics, security of oil and gas pipelines, and the construction of cross-border power transmission and fiber optic networks.

High hopes

China's satellite navigation industry has high hopes for the BDS, and many experts believe that it can be the third "national business card," following China's successful development of high-speed trains and homegrown nuclear technology.

Initiated in 1994, the BDS project equals the US-developed Global Positioning System (GPS) in terms of precision performance, and is even slightly better in the Asia-Pacific region.

However, China's late start - some 20 years after the US version - means that the user base and brand recognition is well behind that of GPS, according to experts.

User base and customer demand is vital for the development of the BDS because it will push the scientists and engineers to improve the system, Fan said.

Xie Yangjun, an NDRC official involved with fostering international cooperation in the B&R regions, told the Global Times Monday that many companies that have already expanded overseas and are in the NDRC database for international capacity cooperation will be the customers that use it, and this will help the system.

"Yes, some countries have geopolitical concerns. But some trust China's offering. They are becoming the first customers for the BDS," Xie said.

Currently, the BDS has already expanded its services to Pakistan, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Nepal, Malaysia, Brunei, Myanmar, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and Egypt, according to a document provided by Fan.

Policy support

In October 2016, the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence and the NDRC jointly issued a guideline policy on speeding up the building of a B&R spatial-temporal information corridor.

The policy encouraged private capital to participate in the B&R spatial-temporal information corridor and called for central and local fiscal support for eligible projects.

The financial sources for it include the Silk Road Fund and a number of international funds, as well as credit from policy banks such as the China Development Bank. The policy also called for a study into setting up an application fund for such a corridor in a market-orientated fashion. "The stage has been set up, and now what matters is that we propose to do something. Once we start doing something, financial support will follow," Fan said.


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update



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东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Neo Sports(印度)频道解密,设置3900 V 10370参数免费接收。 [6月8日]
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"Foxtel Now" may be smoke and mirrors, but it's a smart move

From http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/foxtel-now-may-be-smoke-and-mirrors-but-its-a-smart-move-20170607-gwmui8

Kudos to Foxtel, which generated significant coverage with the announcement that it has given its streaming service, Foxtel Play, something that television viewers are all too familiar with: a makeover. Media attention and presumably curious consumer eyes were drawn to the launch of Foxtel Now, which promised no end of "re" words, including re-vamped and re-energised. If you apply a little perspective, however, there's another one that's applicable: repeated.

Foxtel Now's selling point is that it delivers via online streaming, as opposed to Foxtel's traditional satellite dishes and cable boxes, a flexible selection of content at budget prices without set-up costs. There are five monthly starter packs to choose from, including Lifestyle, Docos and Kids at $10 each, plus Pop (which mixes comedy and drama) and Drama at $15 each. You need at least one of those to access the premium packages, which are Movies at $20 and Sport at $29.

Compare that to the announcement just last October, also delivered by Foxtel chief executive Peter Tonagh, that come December 2016 and the looming end of the Presto streaming service (which was co-owned by Foxtel and Seven West Media), Foxtel Play would be reworked. Lifestyle, Documentary, and Kids packages at $10 each, with two drama options at $15 each. Lifestyle was $20 and Sports $25. Even Foxtel Now's bonus of charging $25 for Pop and Drama instead of the combined $30, was on offer last year at exactly the same price.

This is some first-rate smoke and mirrors work by Foxtel, and all credit to them. They had to get in front of the idea that compared to streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Stan (which is 50 per cent owned by Fairfax Media), they've become a legacy company vulnerable to disruption. Foxtel Now is at the forefront of a marketing push which promises that Foxtel is for everyone, especially Millennials whose viewing pleasure is delivered through Wi-Fi and a laptop.

But moving the Foxtel logo from uppercase to lowercase lettering will only take you so far. When Foxtel launched 22 years ago, alongside a competitor it ultimately bested after great ructions in Optus Vision, it was a revolutionary prospect; the idea of dozens of channels, many of them specialised, was a sea change for audiences that had long lived with five free to air television networks. I remember getting Foxtel hooked up at my new Melbourne home in 2001 – the choice was dizzying.

Now Foxtel is the establishment, and it has the status and costs to match that role. It has maintained a penetration level of roughly 30 per cent in the Australian market for several years now, giving it 2.8 million subscribers. The pillars of its programming – live Australian sport, high-end drama from the likes of HBO, moves, lifestyle programming, and original local productions – basically deliver close to everything you could want in one package.

Putting aside the numerous package deals involving internet access, subscribing to the full breadth Foxtel as a premium (i.e. traditional) cable or satellite customer will cost $135 a month for the programming. Taking up all seven packages on Foxtel Now to get the equivalent online will see you billed $104 a month. Foxtel wants to separate those two groups because they need to avoid cannibalising their customer base through users renouncing their set-top boxes in favour of a cheaper browser window.

What would be radical, but untenable, is Foxtel embracing the growth of cord-cutting, and offering their channels, or at least their exclusive content, on an individual basis, so that if you want just two channels – say Fox Footy for AFL, Showcase for Game of Thrones – you could get that, presumably for a few dollars each. Foxtel can never get too far away from the subscription model. They have to offer a lot, and charge a commensurate amount, as opposed to letting customers pick the eyes out.

Foxtel is getting on the front foot with an Apple TV-style streaming device to be launched in the second half of the year. It will reportedly support Netflix and Stan accounts, which is the right move given that Foxtel has to acknowledge that they're running a different business model and have demands and outlays, such as local commissioned content, that Netflix, for example, doesn't pay any heed to.

Foxtel might have found a way to satisfy, or at least quiet down, Australia's numerous Game of Thrones devotees, who previously railed against having to subscribe to see their favourite show. When season seven of the fantasy blockbuster arrives in five weeks they'll be able to pay $15 a month to see it. But the broader question of who will prosper and who will fall away in the struggle between free to air networks, Foxtel's pay TV, and the streaming services hasn't been clarified, let alone resolved. Winter, however, is definitely coming.

Eutelsat 172B begins ascent to geo

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/06/09/eutelsat-172b-begins-ascent-to-geo/

Launched June 2nd by an Ariane 5 rocket, the Eutelsat 172B satellite has entered a new phase of its journey in space with the initiation of the ascent to geostationary orbit. The first European high power electric satellite, built by Airbus, will take approximately four months to complete the climb to 172° East, monitored by Eutelsat and Airbus from Toulouse using a dedicated network of stations located around the planet. Eutelsat’s new satellite is scheduled to enter into service in the fourth quarter of this year.

Since launch, Eutelsat 172B has undergone a series of critical manoeuvres that include positioning of electric propulsion motors attached to robotic arms in preparation for orbit-raising, and the full deployment of solar panels to generate power during this phase.

Eutelsat 172B will deliver increased capacity for fast-growing applications that include in-flight and maritime connectivity, cellular backhaul, corporate networks, video and government services. It will be located at 172° East, a key neighbourhood providing exceptional Asia-Pacific reach over land and sea, from Alaska to Australia. Designed to replace Eutelsat 172A, it will provide increased capacity, more power and improved coverage via C and Ku-band payloads connected to a range of service areas. Following the transfer of traffic to the new satellite Eutelsat 172A will continue commercial service at another orbital position.

Rodolphe Belmer, CEO of Eutelsat, said: “A week since launch, Eutelsat 172B has passed the critical stages of its deployment before embarking on the ascent to geo. This complex process reflects meticulous preparation by Eutelsat and Airbus teams who have worked hand in hand on a ground-breaking satellite programme customised for Asia-Pacific markets.”

Astro looks to buy Reliance Digital TV

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/06/09/astro-looks-to-buy-reliance-digital-tv/

Malaysia’s DTH pay-TV broadcaster Astro is reportedly looking to acquire India’s Reliance Digital TV.

The Times of India is quoting sources saying that the plan is part of Anil Ambani’s wish to reduce debt in his Reliance Communications telco.

The newspaper is reporting that Astro Malaysia Holdings is currently undertaking due diligence examinations of Reliance Digital TV. Astro already holds a 20 per cent stake in Sun Direct, a smaller Indian DTH operator.

Thaicom, Huawei, Starcor Media embark on OTT project

From https://www.rapidtvnews.com/2017060847535/thaicom-huawei-starcor-media-embark-on-ott-project.html#axzz4jKzrAtKd

Asian satellite operator Thaicom has joined forces with Huawei and Starcor Media to develop an over-the-top (OTT) video platform in Thailand.

thaicom logo 8 June 2017The platform will provide TV streaming and video-on-demand (VOD) services, and will be available for the country’s enterprise, education, government and telecommunications sectors.

“We are confident that the partnership with Huawei and Starcor will enable us to continue to provide the satellite capacity needed to fuel the new digital TV ecosystem. The OTT platform represents a new service for Thaicom; it will complement our existing satellite platform and carry it into the new digital era,” said Patompob Suwansiri, chief commercial officer, Thaicom.

Robin Lu, director of enterprise business, Huawei Technologies (Thailand), added: “This partnership with Thaicom and Starcor is an example of Huawei’s determination to champion OTT –as-a-services on a worldwide scale. Satellite technology serves as an enabler to unlock the digital ecosystem for new market opportunities such as OTT.

Our goal is to equip our customers with the advanced industrial cloud and big data technologies, to provide a powerful, best-in-class OTTaaS platform, which combines fast speed and rich media resources with the renowned reliability of Thaicom’s satellite technology.”

Starcor’s president and CEO Ivan Zhang also expressed his pride at being involved in the project, saying it would enable Starcor “to deliver an unparalleled new entertainment experience” in Thailand.

According to a memorandum of understanding (MOU), Thaicom will provide the satellite network connectivity and data centre services for the other two. Huawei will provide the infrastructure as a service (IaaS) while Starcor will contribute the OTT as a service (aaS) platforms and integrate third-party media and content management systems.

Kazakhstan to launch KazSat-2R satellite in 2023

From https://www.telecompaper.com/news/kazakhstan-to-launch-kazsat-2r-satellite-in-2023--1198953

Kazakhstan plans to launch its new telecommunications satellite KazSat-2R by 2023, reports Profit.kz citing Baybut Atamkulov, the minister for the military and space industry. Kazakhstan currently owns two telecom satellites, KazSat2 and KazSat3. The new KazSat-2R satellite will replace KazSat-2.

Russian rocket returns to serv