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Wednesday evening feed
Intelsat 19 4022 H Sr 4129 "IS-19 16C Slot C" AFC Soccer for TV5 Monde

The Word network is new testing loads as "TEST2" Vpid 2004 (MPG2) Apid 3004
Optus D2 12581 H Sr 22500 Fec 3/4 DVB-S QPSK

From my Email


From the Dish

ChinaSat 6A 125.0E 3820 V "Shandong TV and Hubei TV" are encrypted again.
ChinaSat 6A 125.0E 3857 V "Beijing TV and Beijing TV Documentary" are encrypted again.
ChinaSat 6A 125.0E 3889 V "Liaoning TV" is encrypted again.
ChinaSat 6A 125.0E 4040 H "Guangdong Satellite TV and Shenzhen Satellite TV" are encrypted again.

Palapa D 113.0E 3946 V "I Am Channel" has started on, Fta.

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 4040 H "Fox Asia" has left again.

SES 8 95.0E 11990 H "Hi TV" has started on , Conax. Ekhbariya TV has left.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3480 H "People TV and Dharma TV" have left .
Thaicom 5 78.5E 4040 V Maxagro TV has replaced Good TV on, BISS.

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

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3713 V "KBS World 24" has started on , Fta

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12522 V "Tehila TV" has left .

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3809 V "Zee Tamizh" has started on , Fta.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4013 H "R Plus Gold" has left .

From asiatvro site

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Firangi(印度)频道消失,设置11735 H 44000参数无效接收。 [9月20日]
东经65度轨道位置的Amos 4号卫星Ku频段,Star Bharat替换Life ok(MPEG-4)频道,设置10915 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [9月20日]
东经65度轨道位置的Amos 4号卫星Ku频段,Fight Sports(尼帕尔)频道新增,设置11236 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [9月20日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Kanal 10(亚洲)频道重现,设置12523 H 30000参数免费接收。 [9月20日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-13(新华社)频道解密,设置12323 V 12000参数免费接收。 [9月20日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,纬来戏剧替换东森戏剧(寰宇卫视)频道,设置12461 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [9月20日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,光影欧洲替换东森洋片(寰宇卫视)频道,设置12711 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [9月20日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,纬来电影替换东森电影(寰宇卫视)频道,设置12461 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [9月20日]
东经115.5度轨道位置的中星6B号卫星C频段,东南卫视(高清)频道加密,设置4070 H 9980参数有条件接收。 [9月20日]
东经125度轨道位置的中星6A号卫星C频段,深圳卫视(鼎视传媒)高清频道加密,设置4040 H 30600参数有条件接收。 [9月20日]

东经65度轨道位置的Amos 4号卫星Ku频段,DH Ramailo替换DH Entertainment(尼)频道,设置10915 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [9月19日]


NZ: Darcey appointed to SKY TV Board

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/09/19/mike-darcey-appointed-to-sky-tv-board/

New Zealand pay-TV operator SKY TV has announced the appointment of Mike Darcey as an independent director on the SKY Board.

Darcey has an extensive track record of strategy and delivery across television, publishing, telecoms and retail. A New Zealander, Darcey has lived and worked in the UK since 1989.

He spent 15 years at Sky UK, initially as Director of Strategy, then six years as Chief Operating Officer. Darcey played a prominent role in most of Sky’s major strategic decisions and its major commercial and regulatory dealings during this period.

From 2013 to 2015, Darcey was CEO of News UK, publishers of the Times, Sunday Times and Sun newspapers.

Since 2015, Darcey has provided strategic advisory services to media companies, including OSN, the main pay-TV business in the Middle East (based in Dubai) and Digea, the association of free broadcasters in Greece. Darcey has also advised on media issues in the UK, Germany, Russia and South Africa.

“Mike Darcey has a wealth of experience in the pay-TV, telecommunications and media markets,” commented SKY Chairman Peter Macourt. “Mike will make a valuable contribution to the SKY Board as we continue to strive to deliver the best premium content in the best possible ways to our customers. We are fortunate to have a New Zealander with Mike’s global experience and reputation joining the Board.”

Chinese company eyes development of reusable launch vehicle

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Chinese_company_eyes_development_of_reusable_launch_vehicle_999.html

In the Footsteps of SpaceX? New Line 1 Rocket being presented to the public. Image courtesy Link Space.

One of Chinese startups appears to be following in the footsteps of SpaceX as it has lately laid out its own project of reusable space launch system. Link Space, the country's first private rocket company, has recently presented the design of its New Line 1 (also known as Xin Gan Xian 1) launch vehicle, which could compete with SpaceX's Falcon 9 in the future.

Link Space uncovered the design and some basic technical parameters at a recent presentation. The images revealed to the public show that the first stage of the newly developed launcher could feature similar landing system that is used in SpaceX's flagship reusable Falcon 9 booster.

"SpaceX is very cool and Falcon 9 is extremely great, we take SpaceX as our goal and guider, because there are too many advantages for us to learn," Hu Zhenyu, founder and CEO of Link Space Aerospace Technology Inc., told Astrowatch.net.

New Line 1 is a Small Launch Vehicle (SLV) designed for microsatellite and nanosatellite launches. It will be capable of sending up to about 440 lbs. (200 kilograms) into a Sun-synchronous orbit (SSO) of 155 to 342 miles (250 to 550 kilometers).

New Line 1 will be a 66-feet (20.1-meter) tall two-stage liquid rocket with a diameter of 5.9 feet (1.8 meters). With a mass of about 33 metric tons at liftoff, the launcher will have a takeoff thrust of about 400 kN. The first stage of the vehicle will consist of four liquid oxygen/kerosene engines with gas generator cycle. Each single booster will have a thrust of 100 kN.

The most important feature of the New Line 1 rocket will be obviously the reusability of its first stage, like in Falcon 9 boosters. This could greatly lower the cost of one single orbital launch.

"The launch price is about 30 million yuan ($4.5 million) for each launch (with a totally new rocket), and this rocket will have an enhanced version with increased takeoff weight. By reusing the first stage of the rocket, the launch price will be reduced to about 15 million yuan ($2.25 million)," Hu revealed.

While the New Line 1 rocket will have only one reusable stage, the company thinks big and aims to develop also a second stage that could be reused after landing. Although it is a long-term goal, Hu hopes that it could implemented in the successors of the company's first launch vehicle.

"Perhaps the later version, such as New Line 2 or 3, will have such a capacity," Hu said.

Founded in 2014, Link Space is a Beijing-based startup with no government or military background. In July 2016, the company achieved rocket hover flight with a single vector-thrust-engine for the first time in China. The firm is currently developing key technology for space industry, including variable thrust liquid rocket engine, vertical takeoff, vertical landing (VTVL) rocket flight platform, flight control algorithm and control system, hover flight test process, servo actuator and many others.

Until September 2017, Link Space have developed three hover rockets, repeated flight test more than 200 times, accumulated a lot of experimental data and engineering experience. The company utilizes rocket flight test field which is located in Shandong Province covering 53,800 square feet (5,000 square meters) - the biggest commercial rocket test field in China for large thrust liquid engine and rocket flight test.

According to Hu, the development of the New Line 1 launch vehicle will consume about 300 million yuan ($45 million) and the maiden flight of the rocket could be conducted as soon as 2020.

"The first orbital flight of New Line 1 is planned in 2020, which is an optimistic estimation because we know it's hard, and we plan to develop most of the core technology all by ourselves, such as deep-variable-thrust liquid rocket engine, flight control system, landing systems and so on," Hu noted.

Link Space hopes that the New Line 1 rocket will attract the interest of commercial companies worldwide. The company also believes that the launch vehicle will also carry out some missions for the Chinese government.

So far, SpaceX is the only company to recover a rocket following an orbital launch. Few months ago, Elon Musk, founder and CEO of SpaceX, encouraged other companies to develop their own reusable orbital rockets. Now, Link Space's bold plans show that it could be only a matter of few years when SpaceX's monopoly in this field could be broken up.

"We also believe that a good technical trend should not belong to a single company, and Elon has said that the reusable rocket is certain to be more and more common. In fact, a lot of similar programs are very different in detail. Although it looks similar in appearance, if you want to make it really work, you must do everything from zero to design and manufacture the whole rocket," Hu concluded.

FOX+ launches in Taiwan

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/09/19/fox-launches-in-taiwan/

FOX Networks Group Asia has announced the launch of FOX+ in Taiwan. The streaming service offers a content library consisting of the latest TV series, first-run Hollywood blockbusters, hit Chinese movies, Asian series, variety shows, live sports and documentaries.

FOX+ is collaborating with Chunghwa Telecom, the largest telecom company in Taiwan, to launch the service in the region. The service boasts more than 10,000 hours of content and is accessible from any iOS and Android device, including Android TV, anytime and anywhere.

FOX+ viewers will have access to popular content from global movie studios and television channels as well as original FOX programming such as National Geographic original series, Diana: In Her Own Words. In addition, viewers can enjoy English Hollywood movies such as X-Men: Apocalypse, Trolls and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. What’s more, TV hit series including The Walking Dead Season 8 will be available on the same day as the global premier in the US in October. Viewers can also binge watch every season of popular FOX+ such as American Horror Story and Homeland.

Fans of Chinese and Asian entertainment can enjoy a series of specially curated shows including Korean dramas, Chinese variety shows, in-house variety shows and Chinese box office hits.

Sports fans in Taiwan can also enjoy a range of games either on the go on their mobile devices, or from the comfort of their own homes in front of their Android TV. October features the baseball playoffs with three major league games: CPBL, NPB and MLB.

Zubin Gandevia, President of FOX Networks Group Asia, said, “We have always been committed to bringing world-class entertainment to our viewers in Taiwan. The launch of FOX+ enables us to take that promise to the next level, bringing even more movies, series, sports and documentaries to viewers. With the anytime, anywhere streaming function, FOX+ is a game changer – offering viewers in Taiwan the ultimate upgrade to their entertainment experience.”

beIN MENA selects Irdeto CA solution

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/09/19/bein-mena-selects-irdeto-ca-solution/

Irdeto, a specialist in digital platform security, has announced details of a new three year deal with beIN, the dominant sports and entertainment broadcaster in the region. Building on a long term relationship with Irdeto, beIN will be using Irdeto’s world-leading Conditional Access Solution and security services for the delivery of live sports and entertainment content to customers across the region.

“As a growing brand providing premium content across the MENA region, it’s important that we work to secure the investment that we put into showing high-value live sports and entertainment content. In doing so, we can continue to focus on providing the best experience and the latest technology for our customers,” said Yousef Al-Obaidly, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, beIN Media Group.

“Live sports and entertainment are prime targets for online pirates, and beIN is committed to fighting piracy and protecting its business,” said Doug Lowther, CEO, Irdeto. “We applaud beIN’s proactive approach to anti-piracy and protecting high value content – particularly important for live sports with its high costs and extremely limited monetization window.”

Gogo Business Aviation goes global with High-Speed Satellite Connectivity Service

From http://www.arabianaerospace.aero/gogo-business-aviation-goes-global-with-high-speed-satellite-connectivity-service.html

Gogo Business Aviation is expanding its reach to become a global provider with the announcement of a high throughput satellite service for business aviation.

The new service will utilise Gogo’s existing Ku-band satellite network, the same trusted high capacity satellite network that is currently providing bandwidth for more than 550 commercial aviation aircraft across 10 airlines globally.

Gogo is currently bringing additional HTS (high throughput satellite) capacity online as part of its global satellite network, which will boost the performance of both its new business aviation Ku solution and its commercial aviation network solutions. Service is expected to be available in the second half of 2018.

“Gogo’s Ku satellite service will deliver a superior experience to anything else in the market today for anyone flying globally on business jets,” said Sergio Aguirre, senior vice president and general manager for Gogo Business Aviation. “Our customers’ hunger for data continues to increase and Gogo is ready to meet those needs on a global scale. While satellite networks used by competitors are designed and built for multiple markets including maritime, our network is designed for and fully dedicated to aviation, which will result in greater capacity and a better overall inflight Wi-Fi experience. And for those who fly internationally in and out of the U.S., Gogo Ku will be the perfect complement to the Gogo Biz 4G air-to-ground network – one comprehensive solution from one provider.”

The Gogo network can leverage an open ecosystem of more than 100 satellites for built-in redundancy. As demand for bandwidth increases, Gogo can leverage the growing network of Ku satellites to ensure customers can access increased capacity. And Gogo can add capacity more economically than other providers who can only add capacity by launching new satellites.

Gogo Ku will deliver reliable, redundant coverage around the globe with streaming-class internet, and service from takeoff to landing. It provides fast web browsing and other activities such as live streaming video and audio, on-demand movies, large file downloads, personal smartphone use, real-time data for cockpit apps, and remote diagnostics and support while in flight.

The primary components of the onboard system include a tail-mounted antenna, and hardware that is compatible with the Gogo AVANCE platform. With an open architecture that leverages current and future high throughput Ku satellites, Gogo Ku offers unrivaled adaptability to keep aircraft connected now and in the future.

TV5MONDE Rides the Intelsat Globalized Network for Le Tour du Monde de la Francophonie Broadcast

From http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170919006688/en/TV5MONDE-Rides-Intelsat-Globalized-Network-Le-Tour

Intelsat to provide seven satellites to enable the upcoming television special, spanning five continents, 23 destinations and multiple time zones

LUXEMBOURG--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I), operator of the world’s first Globalized Network and leader in integrated satellite communications and TV5MONDE, the France-based international television network, are partnering to broadcast Le Tour du Monde de la Francophonie [The Grand Tour of the World of Francophonie] on Sept. 21. The live, 24-hour television broadcast will feature interviews with French culture experts from five different continents, in 14 subtitled languages and multiple time zones, reaching approximately 318 million television households around the world.

“To effectively fulfill TV5MONDE’s vision to create and broadcast an event honoring French culture to audiences worldwide requires a flexible and reliable network infrastructure that has been tested and proven to reach global audiences”

The tour broadcast requires a complex global network infrastructure to support the contribution of live interviews from 23 different countries, 13 of which will be backhauled to the TV5MONDE broadcast center in Paris using seven Intelsat satellites: Galaxy 28, Intelsat 19, Intelsat 20, Intelsat 901, Intelsat 905, Intelsat 906 and Intelsat 33e. TV5MONDE will also use the IntelsatOne® network which includes IntelsatOne teleports and the IntelsatOne MPLS fiber network to complement the Intelsat satellites.

“Le Tour du Monde de la Francophonie requires an exceptional technical mechanism to bring in real-time interviews from different parts of the world to our millions of viewers,” said Yves Bigot, TV5MONDE CEO. “Effectively reaching a broad audience over 24 hours in multiple subtitled languages and time zones is not an easy task, and we are delighted to have a partner like Intelsat to help us flawlessly execute our plan. Intelsat’s global footprint and expertise in video contributions makes them the right partner to help achieve our goal to reach, educate and celebrate the vibrancy of French culture around the world.”

“To effectively fulfill TV5MONDE’s vision to create and broadcast an event honoring French culture to audiences worldwide requires a flexible and reliable network infrastructure that has been tested and proven to reach global audiences,” said Rhys Morgan, Intelsat’s Managing Director, Europe Sales. “The Le Tour du Monde de la Francophonie live broadcast will be a great demonstration of the depth and breadth of Intelsat’s globalized network and the outstanding media contribution services that are hosted on our global fleet.”


I've supplied some updates to Lyngsat RE: Optus C1 and D3. There are still a lot to check and update, i'm slowly going over them. The Foxtel ones are next

The TVB mux has left Intelsat 19 12686H as expected. They have moved to an IPTV service.


From my Email


From the Dish

Optus C1 156.0E 12369 V "Channel Nine Perth, Ishop TV, Racing.com, TVSN and Optus Business TV 1" have started on , Irdeto. Ten Perth and 4Me have left.
Optus C1 156.0E 12487 V "Win News Mackay Rock, Win News Bundaberg Sunshine Coast & Toowoomba, Win News Orange & Wagga Wagga, Win News Canberra, Win News Albury & Gippsland, Win News Bendigo, Win News Ballarat and Win News Tasmania" have started on , Irdeto.
Optus C1 156.0E 12567 V "NITV" has started on , Irdeto. SBS Viceland WA and SBS Tasmania have left.

Optus D3 156.0E 12136 V "SBS Food Network WA, Hillsong Channel, SBN International and TRT World have started on , encrypted. SBS WA, TVN and ABC News 24" have left.
Optus D3 156.0E 12177 V "ABC News 24 has started on , Fta. ABC 1 NSW, ABC 1 Victoria, ABC 1 Queensland, ABC 1 SA, ABC 1 NT, ABC 1 WA, ABC 2 South East and ABC Me" are Fta

Telkom 3S 118.0E 3540 H "ANTV" has left again.

Palapa D 113.0E 4100 V A "Matrix Garuda" mux has started on.

G-Sat 15 93.5E 11470 H "Vaani TV" has started on , Conax.
G-Sat 15 93.5E 11470 H "Naxatra News and MGK Naaptol Tamil" have left .
G-Sat 15 93.5E 11510 H "News 18 Kerala, Vedic and Dighvijay News 24x7" have started on , Conax.
G-Sat 15 93.5E 11510 H "Channel One News "has left .
G-Sat 15 93.5E 11590 H "Mi Marathi" has left.

G-Sat 15 93.5E 11550 V "Chardikla Time TV has started on , Fta RT Movies, Zee News and Manoranjan Movies" have left.
G-Sat 15 93.5E 11590 V "Swayam Prabha 33 has replaced Digi Shala" on , clear.

Insat 4A 83.0E 4054 H "R-Vision (not Rohingya Vision)" has started on , Fta.

ABS 2 75.0E 12533 V "Star TV, TM TV, TV 5, Channel 11, LCN TV, Royal HD, Mass TV and Olloo TV" have started on , encrypted.
ABS 2 75.0E 12587 V "Dream Box" has started on , encrypted.

NSS 12 57.0E 4095 R "Canal 24 Horas" is now encrypted.

From asiatvro site

东经65度轨道位置的Amos 4号卫星Ku频段,DH Cinema Ghar 2(尼帕尔)频道新增,设置11361 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [9月19日]
东经65度轨道位置的Amos 4号卫星Ku频段,Sony Ten 2 HD(高清)等2个频道新增,设置11361 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [9月19日]
东经65度轨道位置的Amos 4号卫星Ku频段,Star Bharat HD替换Life OK HD(高清)频道,设置11361 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [9月19日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2A号卫星Ku频段,Eagle News、Movie box(蒙古)等频道加密,设置12533 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [9月19日]

东经140度轨道位置的快车AT2号卫星Ku频段,STS(+7)、THT(+7)(测试)等22个频道新增,设置12188 L 30000参数免费接收。 [9月18日]
东经169度轨道位置的国际805号卫星C频段,Sky News(英国)等全组频道消失,设置4008 V 5000参数无效接收。 [9月18日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2A号卫星Ku频段,Doc Box、E Box、Dream Box(蒙古)频道解密,设置12558 V 43200参数免费接收。 [9月18日]


OONA partners with Telkom Indonesia

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/09/19/oona-partners-with-telkom-indonesia/

OONA, the company behind the OTT OONA Mobile App that can deliver content and live TV to millions of people in developing countries via 3G and 4G connectivity, has fulfilled a key milestone by signing a partnership with Telkom Indonesia.

Both companies share the vision and drive of offering high quality free entertainment to emerging markets including the 135,000,000 plus Indonesians who will be able to enjoy free mobile TV anytime, anywhere with OONA from December 2017.

Christophe Hochart, the CEO and founder of OONA, said that he hoped it would be a lifelong partnership, noting that this kind of co-operation could be a starting point leading to a more substantial partnership in the future. Hochart is confident that the sky is no longer the limit when it comes to the developing market, its rise in mobile entertainment, the very low cost of data, and his own strategies, suggesting that OONA is clearly the future of FTA on mobiles delivering precise advertising and increased advertising revenue.

OONA suggests it is fortunate to be in a unique position to offer developing countries’ telecom subscribers: the best of TV and VoD entertainment; free and instant access to both ad-supported and commercial-free current season shows from the largest US and European broadcast networks; live and on demand channels, acclaimed original series, films of all genres; upcoming locally produced content, premium library TV and movies, educational video content, interesting offers, promotions, and other mobile brand information that will be of personal benefit to them.

Telekom Austria inks APT Satellite deal

From https://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2017/09/15/telekom-austria-inks-apt-satellite-deal/

APT Satellite and Telekom Austria Group (TAG) have signed a satellite capacity agreement to broadcast channels from the APSTAR-7 satellite at 76.5 degrees East.

After a couple of months of test runs on APSTAR-7, a bouquet of 13 channels including a 4K channel using HEVC encoding started broadcasting on the satellite, being uplinked by Telekom Austria Group’s earth station Aflenz in the Styrian Alps.

Commenting on the development, Huang Baozhong, executive VP of APT Satellite, said: “APT Satellite is pleased to cooperate with TAG. And we are interested at broadcasting a 4K channel from one of our satellites. APT Satellite is expecting the cooperation can boost European TV’s viewership in Asia, meanwhile increase the popularity of 4K TV in this part of world”.

Stanislav Georgiev, head of media broadcasting, TAG, added: “We are excited to work with APT Satellite – the fastest growing satellite operator in Asia. With this unique cooperation, we have now built a bridge between Europe and Asia, aiding the European broadcasters to enter and pursue growth into the expansive Asian market. We are optimistic about the fast adoption of 4K content in Asia and proud to broadcast one of the first 4K channels for this territory.”

The TV platform is available throughout the Asia Pacific region, South Asia, Middle East, most part of Europe and Africa by its operation on the APSTAR-7 satellite.

Vietnam, Japan seal satellite data exchange deal

From http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/186676/vietnam--japan-seal-satellite-data-exchange-deal.html

The Vietnam National Space Centre under the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) signed an agreement on satellite data exchange in Hanoi on September 18.

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The pact aims to assist the DataCube programme in Vietnam, which is an earth-observation-satellite database used for the development of other applications to monitor paddies, forests and water quality.

The JAXA will provide its ScanSAR ALOS-2 images capturing the Vietnamese territory and research projects.

The two sides are also expected to expand cooperation in research and application through the use of earth observation (EO) products provided by satellite ALOS-2 and others as well as data available in DataCube.

ALOS stands for advanced land observing satellite, and its ScanSAR mode indicates a broad area with observation width of 350km or 490km, and resolution of 100m or 60m respectively.

Data transferred by the Japanese side will be added to the Vietnam DataCube.

The agreement is set to take effect immediately and last for two years.

Murdoch: ‘Sky deal good for UK’

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/09/18/murdoch-sky-deal-good-for-uk/

James Murdoch told the RTS Cambridge Convention that 21st Century Fox’s takeover of Sky would be a boost for Britain as it tackles Brexit.

The Fox CEO dwelt on the importance of scale in today’s media market and warned regulators should not block the €20 billion takeover of Sky. The bid has been referred to the Competition and Markets Authority on plurality and broadcasting standards grounds.

Murdoch said the deal and its inward investment was a positive signal for Britain and it would boost ‘soft power’ of the UK creative industry and prove UK was ‘open for business.’

“We’re eager to provide Sky with access to the resources, reach, and creative sparks needed to keep pace against a new breed of competitors that now include some of the largest companies in the world, but none of whom have the local depth of investment and commitment to the UK and to Europe,” claimed Murdoch.

At the end of a 24-week CMA review period culture secretary Karen Bradley will come to a final decision on whether the merger will proceed and any conditions that should apply.

Dish TV India Limited Selects Cardless Security from Verimatrix for Direct-to-Home Service Expansion

From http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/dish-tv-india-limited-selects-cardless-security-from-verimatrix-for-direct-to-home-service-expansion-300521017.html

VCAS for DVB Scales with Asia's Largest DTH Provider as it Continues to Pioneer Innovative Service Offerings

Verimatrix specializes in securing and enhancing revenue for multi-network, multi-screen digital TV services and is recognized as the global number one in revenue security for connected video devices. www.verimatrix.com (PRNewsfoto/Verimatrix)

AMSTERDAM, Sept. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- IBC 2017 (Booth #5.A59) – Verimatrix, the specialist in securing and enhancing revenue for network-connected devices, today announced that Dish TV India Limited has selected Verimatrix to provide cardless security for its direct-to-home (DTH) service offerings. DishTV is Asia's largest DTH video service provider and is the only DTH operator to operate through three satellites in space. The Verimatrix Video Content Authority System (VCAS™) for DVB was selected as one of its critical CAS partners for its future-proof approach to revenue security that can scale with the company as it continues to evolve business models and maintains its position as a market leader.

"Our infrastructural and technological edge allows us to continually develop new innovations and revolutionize our service offerings, so it has become crucial that our revenue security measures are robust yet flexible enough to keep pace," said Mr. V K Gupta, COO at DishTV.

Based on a single content authority approach, VCAS for DVB offers a modern approach to multi-device streaming as video service providers like DishTV redefine their pay-TV services. The solution is completely compliant to applicable DVB standards and pre-integrated with a broad range of partner headend and software systems. Additionally, its cardless set-top box client technology provides new, essential levels of security that would be virtually impossible to achieve with legacy systems.

"We are thrilled to support Asia's largest DTH provider as it continues to enhance its offerings and maintains its stance apart from competition in the region," said Steve Oetegenn, president of Verimatrix. "Dish TV has long-established itself as the pioneer in the Indian DTH broadcast industry, and VCAS for DVB is optimally designed to adapt to any scenario it may face as the Indian pay-TV industry continues to undergo rapid transformation. In essence, the security framework will never become obsolete."

Verimatrix will illustrate how security solutions are at the core of all key monetization strategies for the pay-TV and Internet video service at IBC 2017 (booth #5.A59). For additional information or to book an appointment with the team please visit www.verimatrix.com/ibc2017.

About DishTV India Limited
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Mnday morning feeds

Asiasat 5 3945 V Sr 7200 "NMS HD OU ENC 35" WTA Tennis

Asiasat 5 3734 H Sr 7120 "DSNG11" Gymnastics

Asiasat 5 3927 V Sr 7120 "AIMAG-TX18" A ceremony of some type?

Sunday feed log

Asiasat 5 3934 H Sr 7200 "1" motor race?

Asiasat 5 4076 H Sr 7120 "Service-1" Golf

Asiasat 5 4174 H Sr 7200 "Nameless" Japanese Soccer

D1 12698 V Sr 7500 Fec 3/4 DVB -S2 8PSK "IP-UPLINKS.COM" AFL

D2 12639 V Sr 15000 Fec 3/4 DVB-S2 "IP-UPLINKS.COM" Rugby League.
D2 12660 V Sr 7500 "TBS 7" Horses

Saturday feed log

Intelsat 19

12435 H Sr 15000 "Supercars media path 1" encrypted
12449 H Sr 7500 Fec 5/6 "supercars media path 2" encrypted
12458 H Sr 7500 Fec 5/6 "supercars Media Path 4.1" & "supercars Media Path 4.2" both are fta

12448 H Sr 3000 "Waicomm 1"

Asiasat 5 3747 V Sr 7200 "ONE Jakarta Main Feed" Fight promo card

Asiasat 5 3947 V Sr 7200 "One Jakarta Chinese Feed"

Asiasat 5 3865 V Sr 7200 "UKI-1490 ETP World Feed" Golf

Asiasat 5 3914 V Sr 7500 "HOL299 IMG WF" NBC golf feed

Asiasat 5 3925 H Sr 7120 "Service-1" Chinese awards show

From the Dish

From asiatvro site

东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Movie 2(孟加拉)频道新增,设置3799 H 4280参数免费接收。 [9月18日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,Sony One HD(高清)频道重现,设置4120 V 29720参数有条件接收。 [9月18日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,KBS World(高清)频道新增,设置12405 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [9月18日]

东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,Fox Sports 2(体育)频道解密,设置11105 V 45000参数免费接收。 [9月17日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2A号卫星Ku频段,Eagle News、Global TV(蒙古)等频道新增,设置12533 V 45000参数免费接收。 [9月17日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Channel I(高清)频道改格式,设置4034 H 4610参数免费接收。 [9月17日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,N News替换Message TV(巴基斯坦)频道,设置3902 V 2963参数免费接收。 [9月17日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Theater TV替换Movies Time(巴基斯坦)频道,设置3746 V 6520参数免费接收。 [9月17日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Sports Illustrated 1 HD(寰宇卫视)频道重现,设置12401 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [9月17日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,N News(巴基斯坦)频道消失,设置4070 H 2960参数无效接收。 [9月17日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Channel I(高清)频道改格式,设置4034 H 4610参数免费接收。 [9月17日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,N News替换Message TV(巴基斯坦)频道,设置3902 V 2963参数免费接收。 [9月17日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Theater TV替换Movies Time(巴基斯坦)频道,设置3746 V 6520参数免费接收。 [9月17日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Sports Illustrated 1 HD(寰宇卫视)频道重现,设置12401 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [9月17日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,N News(巴基斯坦)频道消失,设置4070 H 2960参数无效接收。 [9月17日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,N News(巴基斯坦)频道消失,设置4070 H 2960参数无效接收。 [9月17日]

东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星Ku频段,MTV Beats HD替换MTV Indies HD(高清)频道,设置12702 V 40700参数有条件接收。 [9月16日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星Ku频段,AsiaNet HD(高清)频道新增,设置12702 V 40700参数有条件接收。 [9月16日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,天映电影、国家地理(印尼)等全组频道消失,设置3460 H 29900参数无效接收。 [9月16日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Trans TV替换Da Vinci Learning(印尼)频道,设置3780 V 29900参数有条件接收。 [9月16日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Trans TV替换Channel News(印尼)频道,设置3780 V 29900参数有条件接收。 [9月16日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Fiji TV(测试)等全组频道消失,设置3800 V 7500参数无效接收。 [9月16日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,TLC(菲律宾)频道消失,设置3760 V 30000参数无效接收。 [9月16日]
东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,Liga Santander 3(菲律宾)频道加密,设置4076 V 22500参数有条件接收。 [9月16日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,SCJ Shoping替换Dong Nal 9(越南)频道,设置11085 H 24000参数免费接收。 [9月16日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Sports Illustrated 1(DISH-HD)频道新增,设置11101 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [9月16日]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,Service 12、Service 16(测试)等5个频道新增,设置3932 H 18330参数免费接收。 [9月16日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,KBSN Sports(高清)频道新增,设置11976 L 25000参数免费接收。 [9月16日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,频Zee Bihar Jharkhand(印度)道消失,设置3768 H 7500参数无效接收。 [9月16日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,Jim Jam(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置3870 H 11250参数无效接收。 [9月16日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,OU-1704(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3760 V 29700参数有条件接收。 [9月16日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Ten 2、Ten 3(印度)等4个频道消失,设置3712 H 14454参数无效接收。 [9月16日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,7XM、Joy TV(巴基斯坦)频道消失,设置3734 H 5777参数无效接收。 [9月16日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,国家地理、VTV 6(VTC)等频道加密,设置11085 H 24000参数有条件接收。 [9月16日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,动物星球、探索频道(VTC)等频道加密,设置11135 H 9600参数有条件接收。 [9月16日]


Sky Muster data increase in two weeks

From https://www.dailyexaminer.com.au/news/sky-muster-data-increase-two-weeks/3225116/

It's just two weeks until Sky Muster satellite users can receive 50 per cent more peak data and double their current off-peak data, Minister for Regional Communications Fiona Nash said today.

"People in rural and remote Australia asked us to break the data drought. Well the rain is about to start. I asked NBN to find a way and they have," Minister Nash said.

"From early October, NBN will allow Sky Muster retailers to sell far more data to users - 50 per cent more data at peak times and double the data at off peak times. Even better, I met with Sky Muster retailers recently and they agreed to pass the extra data on at almost no extra cost.

"This means we'd expect to see users receive 60 gigabytes of peak data a month for roughly $60, and $100 gigabytes of peak data a month for roughly $120. These plans also come with additional off-peak data. When you consider Sky Muster delivers broadband everywhere - from the outback to mountains and remote islands - it's pretty amazing. Of course, each Sky Muster connection is already subsidised thousands of dollars by the city profits of the NBN.

"I encourage Sky Muster users to speak to their retailers to get the best Sky Muster can offer. I also remind rural and remote Australians that NBN and I are still working hard to deliver them even more.

"Sky Muster outages were down 90 percent this April compared to last September, but there's always more to do. We won't stop working on this."

An extra 15GB of peak data would allow a student to download an additional 30 more hours of university lectures per month and spend an extra hour a day surfing the web. For streaming video content from providers like Netflix, customers could typically stream an extra 40 hours a month of standard definition content.

"Those who already have signed up should talk to their service provider for information on increasing the data on their plans. Those who aren't on a contract can contact their preferred provider to see the plans and pricing available to them."

Murdoch attempts to derail CBS deal for Ten

From http://tbivision.com/news/2017/09/murdoch-attempts-derail-cbs-deal-ten/793482/

Lachlan Murdoch isn’t giving up on Network Ten just yet.

While his brother James was playing politics in the UK over 21st Century Fox’s stuttering deal for Sky, Murdoch has launched a new bid to buy struggling Australian channel Network Ten.

Earlier this week, the Australian government relaxed rules that stopped Murdoch from owning a free-to-air channel due to his assets in pay TV (Foxtel, through News Corp) and radio.

Murdoch and another Ten shareholder, Bruce Gordon, have subsequently launched a new takeover bid for Ten. This is despite Ten administrator KordaMentha already accepting a deal for the broadcaster from Fox rival CBS Corp.

The new offer, made through Murdoch’s investment firm Illyria and Gordon’s Biketu, ups its offer to creditors from A$35 million to A$55 million.

“With the passage of the Media Reform Bill now assured, there are limited conditions to the revised proposal and a single execution path,” they wrote in a letter to the administrators.

Murdoch and Gordon, who removal of funding guarantees triggered events leading to Ten’s receivership, are offering A100¢ per share for continuing trade creditors and A5.75¢ to other creditors.

However, CBS is Ten’s biggest creditor. It is offering creditors, except for Murdoch’s Fox, a more generous exit package than the Ilyria/Birketu deal.

A second meeting with creditors could potentially entertain the bid, with KordaMentha seeking advice on whether it should change tack.

The bid has come after an August 24 bidding deadline, meaning it could be rejecting on that basis.

Warner TV expands in Asia

From http://www.c21media.net/warner-tv-expands-in-asia/

Warner TV hosts superhero shows including Supergirl

US giant Turner has expanded the reach of its series-focused channel Warner TV by partnering with Asian pay TV broadcaster Astro once again.

The general entertainment channel will launch on Astro’s regional OTT platform Tribe in Indonesia and the Philippines.

It follows Turner and Astro partnering earlier this year to launch Warner TV in Malaysia on pay TV and streaming app Astro Go.

Warner TV is home to DC superhero shows such as DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Arrow, Gotham, Supergirl, The Flash and iZombie, alongside comedy series such as The Big Bang Theory and Angie Tribeca and dramas Blindspot and The Last Ship. Big Bang Theory spin-off Young Sheldon will launch on September 26.

It will also air blockbuster movies from franchises such as The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and Batman, with other titles including Inception, Pacific Rim and Interstellar.

Vishal Dembla, Turner’s general manager for South-east Asia, said viewers will receive some of the shows “immediately after” they premiere in the US.

Tribe already features Turner’s Oh!K Channel, which specialises in Korean content. A monthly subscription to Tribe costs PHP69 (US$1.35) in the Philippines and RP15,000 (US$1.13) in Indonesia.

“Warner TV strengthens our proposition to be the destination for up-to-date and fresh content in the OTT space, while also bringing us closer to competitor offerings that have historically focused on Hollywood shows,” said Iskandar Samad, CEO of Tribe.

Last week Turner announced a partnership with pay TV operator Canal+ to launch Warner TV in France in mid-November.

Warner TV expands reach in Indonesia and Philippines

From https://www.rapidtvnews.com/2017091848872/warner-tv-expands-reach-in-indonesia-and-philippines.html#axzz4t142dF20

Turner’s general entertainment channel Warner TV has spread its footprint across Asia with launches on Astro’s regional over-the-top (OTT) platform Tribe in Indonesia and the Philippines.

tribe 18sep2017Warner TV is the home to a broad array of genres such as superhero shows DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Arrow, Gotham, Supergirl, The Flash and iZOMBIE; comedy series such as The Big Bang Theory and Angie Tribeca; dramas such as Blindspot and The Last Ship; and blockbuster movies from the biggest franchises such as The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and Batman; and the likes of Inception, Pacific Rim and Interstellar.

“Tribe users are already fans of Korean content including Oh!K Channel from Turner, and we’re excited to add on Warner TV to the platform, thus expanding the variety on offer,” commented Tribe chief executive officer Iskandar Samad. “Warner TV strengthens our proposition to be the destination for up-to-date and fresh content in the OTT space, while also bringing us closer to competitor offerings that have historically focused on Hollywood shows.”

Added Turner general manager for Southeast Asia, Vishal Dembla: “Tribe viewers will very quickly be given a front-row seat to some of the best Hollywood TV, immediately after their US premieres. The timing couldn’t be better – later this month and moving into October, the channel will be the ultimate destination for new and returning, same-day comedy, drama and action series.”

The deal comes just before the September 26 debut of Big Bang Theory spin-off Young Sheldon. It also follows a similar announcement from Warner TV in Asia earlier this year that it will be available on the Astro pay-TV platform, and on its Astro GO OTT streaming app in Malaysia.

China's BeiDou-3 satellites get new chips

From http://www.china.org.cn/china/2017-09/17/content_41600082.htm

A new chip for the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) was unveiled on Saturday by the Global Navigation Satellite System and Location Based Service (GNSS & LBS) Association of China (GLAC).

The chip supports the new generation of BeiDou-3 satellites for high-precision navigation and positioning. The positioning accuracy of the chip reaches the sub-meter level without ground-based augmentation.

The chip, developed by Shenzhen-based Allystar Technology, also has uses in unmanned driving systems, wearable devices, precision agriculture and smart logistics.

The value of the satellite navigation and LBS industry stood at 212 billion yuan (31 billion U.S. dollars) in 2016, up 22.1 percent from 2015, according to the GLAC. Core output totaled 80.8 billion yuan, 70 percent of which came from BDS.

Four BeiDou-3 satellites will be launched by the end of this year, and a complete global satellite navigation system in place around 2020, according Yang Changfeng, the system's chief designer.

The scale of the BDS industry will reach 240 billion yuan around 2020, said Yang.

Insight TV utilises Media Excel’s HERO 4K HEVC Decoder

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/09/17/insight-tv-utilises-media-excels-hero-4k-hevc-decoder/

Insight TV, a producer and broadcaster of adventure travel and extreme sports genres in 4K, has signed a content distribution contract with SK Broadband and is utilising Media Excel’s HERO 4K HEVC Decoder product for this deployment.

SK Broadband, the Seoul-based telco and one of the largest broadband operators in Korea, now distributes Insight TV’s popular 4K channel. Insight TV UHD is available on B tv UHD, SK Broadband’s IPTV platform and on OKSUSU, its OTT service. Hyung-hee Lee, CEO of SK Broadband, says, “As a major player in Korea’s telecoms market, we are used to delivering state-of-the-art services to our subscribers. Our viewers expect UHD programming that reflects their interests and aspirations and Insight TV brings new exciting international content and delivers on every level”.

“A key aspect of Insight TV’s competitive advantage is the Quality of Experience—both for our content and distribution. We have been deploying Media Excel’s HERO 4K Decoder for over a year now in several of our high profile services worldwide, and we are very pleased with its quality and reliability. For SK Broadband, we were also able to take advantage of HERO’s standards conversion feature in order to deliver our live content to multiple sites and markets, seamlessly,” says Rian Bester, CEO of Insight TV.

Media Excel’s HERO 4K Decoder was introduced 18 months ago at NAB 2016, and since then, it has been deployed in high profile events and 24×7 UHD services for telcos and satellite operators worldwide. Its unique features includes: HEVC Main 10 4:2:2 decoding for up to 120Mbits, proven compatibility with HEVC/AVC bitstreams from all major UHD encoder vendors, ad signaling, closed captioning, HDR-10 & HLG, frame rate up/down conversion, full-HD down-conversion and multi-track audio with Dolby Digital. Furthermore, the product’s versatility enables ingest from IP/GigE, DVB-ASI as well as native playout/playlist. It can also be utilized as a quad channel FHD HEVC/AVC Decoder.

“At Media Excel, our most precious asset is our customers, and we strive to contribute to their success. We are delighted to see Insight TV win yet another high-profile deployment, and we are pleased to be contributing to the quality, reliability, and richness of their offering. Our HERO 4K HEVC Decoder is a mature, versatile, and dependable product that our customers and partners entrust with their most valuable content and services,” shares Nikos Kyriopoulos, Product Director of Media Excel.

Growing space emerging for ‘middle ground’ pay TV offerings

From http://www.dihttp://www.china.org.cn/china/2017-09/17/content_41600082.htmgitaltveurope.net/745022/growing-space-emerging-for-middle-ground-pay-tv-offerings/

There is a growing space in the pay TV market for ‘middle ground’ players with relatively low-cost offerings, providing something more than free-to-air TV but less than a full pay TV service, according to Justin Hewelt, global director, Pay Media.

Speaking at the IBC conference in Amsterdam, Hewelt said that the price points for pay TV show growth in “the middle ground”. He pointed to the success of BT Vision and Yes TV by Fetch in Australia.

Major pay TV operators are also looking to move into the value market with the likes of Sky’s Now TV and Sky Ticket offerings, and Foxtel Now in Australia as well as Dish’s Sling TV, Hewelt pointed out.

Streaming services are now becoming the primary way of receiving TV in some households. Sky Q will launch a service with now dish next year and Sky has already launched an OTT TV service in Spain, he said.

Hewelt pointed to examples of companies targeting international markets with OTT offerings such as YouTube TV, Sling TV and Hulu. Sling, he said, had targeted diaspora and minority audiences with much more flexible pricing than cable.

YouTube TV , targeted at millennials, costs a hefty US$35 a month, but offers a range of unique features like a dynamic real time mosaic as well as Cloud DVR.

In France, Molotov has over a million subscribers with a mix of live free TV and paid for cloud DVR, upselling to an extended channel line up., with Cine+ and OCS available as premium options.

Hewelt said that people can now access a growing number of services over a growing range of devices. There is also a growing number of free as well as pay options, as evinced by the success of over-the-air TV in the US.

Pay TV operators have responded with a range of measures such as loyalty schemes and using data to better serve their customers, he said.

Air Force activates new satellites for tracking space objects

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Air_Force_activates_new_satellites_for_tracking_space_objects_999.html

The 1st Space Operations Squadron at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, has activated two satellites as part of their Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program.

The program is a network of satellites designed to track objects in orbit ranging from other satellites to space debris for U.S. Strategic Command. It first became operational in 2015.

"GSSAP 3 and 4 will significantly enhance our ability to characterize objects in geosynchronous orbit," Gen. Jay Raymond, commander of Air Force Space Command, said in a news release Wednesday. "This provides the awareness we need to successfully operate in space."

The system has the advantage of not being affected by weather that could limit ground-based monitoring systems. Its orbital vantage point allows it to it detect, track and classify orbital objects with a much higher degree of accuracy.

The program's primary mission is the detecting potential threats to military communications and reconnaissance satellites. An enemy could theoretically detonate a warhead in orbit that would effectively deny access to space with a debris cloud.

Early detection may enable to the Air Force and Navy to intercept the object using ground-based missiles like the SM-3 missile on Aegis destroyers and cruisers.

The U.S. military has demonstrated its anti-satellite capabilities in the past with the shoot-down of a Department of Defense satellite in 2008.

ISRO’s satellite launch arm’s international services to be treated as ‘exports’; will attract zero GST

From http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/science/satellites-launch-service-biz-to-get-zero-gst-rate/article9861601.ece

Domestic tax rate of 18% will be unchanged

The Goods and Services Tax Council will treat the international satellite launch services of Antrix Corporation (the commercial arm of the Indian Space Research Organisation) as export services and bringing it under zero tax rate.

Speaking at a ceremony to celebrate 25 years of Antrix, S Rakesh, Chairman and Managing Director, said: “The tax concession will definitely help us; the notification is yet to come out. But the domestic tax rate is unchanged and applicable at 18 per cent.”

The concession will give us greater opportunity to push some of the newer launches of vehicles such as GSLV (Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle).

“The delay in granting the export service status had raised some concerns because a lot of cheaper launch vehicles had been coming into the market.”

Now, Antrix will be the most cost effective satellite launcher, he said: “But with cheap vehicles coming into the market, we are bit concerned.

AS Kiran Kumar, Chairman, ISRO said: “We currently work with a lot of Indian industries. One of the things we require Antrix to do is to provide services to more international companies working in the space sector; that is where we want Antrix Corporation to enable the industry.”

He added: “We want to enable Indian industries to take a greater role in space business.”

Jamshyd Godrej, Managing Director of Godrej & Boyce, speaking about his association as a board member of Antrix, said only ISRO considers the private sector as a strategic partner.

K Radhakrishnan, former Chairman of Antrix, said: “The global space industry is valued at $260 billion; our share is 0.123 per cent of the global business. We need to grow at a faster pace. By 2020, we should aim to double our existing business. We should aim to reach 1 per cent of the global space market in absolute terms — that will be a significant achievement.”


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New services testing at 75E ABS2

I think its a Maldive channel

ABS 2 75E
3672 V Sr 1583 Fec 2/3 DVB-S2 QPSK
"Go Plus" sid 16 Vpid 33 (H264) Apid 34, test Colour bars at the moment
"Go tune (dhivehi)" sid 32 Vpid 49 (H264) Apid 50 Black screen currently

From my Email


From the Dish

LaoSat 1 128.5E 3503 V "Animax Asia, Kix, BeIn Sports 1 Thailand, BeIn Sports 2 Thailand, TV Lao, KBS World, AXN East Asia and Sony Channel Asia" have started on , Fta.
CCTV 4 Asia, CGTN, CGTN Documentary, CCTV Opera, CCTV Entertainment, TVS 2 Southern TV, Hunan TV World, Jiangsu TV International, Fujian Straits TV, Zhejiang Satellite TV International, China Yellow River TV, Xiamen Star TV China, Chongqing TV International, Tianjin TV World, China Movie, Sichuan TV International, Beijing TV International Channel, Anhui International Channel, Dragon TV North America, Guangxi International Channel, Shenzhen Satellite TV International, Taishan TV, Guangdong International TV, Henan TV International Channel, Yunnan International Channel and CCTV 13 have left.

LaoSat 1 128.5E "CCTV 4 Asia" has moved from 3582 H to 3673 H, Fta

Telkom 3S 118.0E 3454 H "ANTV" is still on , clear.
Telkom 3S 118.0E 3570 H "Temanggung TV" is back on, Fta.

Palapa D 113.0E 3780 V Trans 7 and Trans TV have started on , encrypted. Da Vinci Learning Asia and Channel NewsAsia have left.
Palapa D 113.0E 4014 H "Puldapii TV" has started on , Fta.

Koreasat 5 113.0E 12299 V "CGN TV, CGN TV Japan and CGN Korea" have started on , Fta.

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3980 V "Fox Sports Asia, Fox Movies Asia, National Geographic Channel HD Asia and Star World HD Asia" have left again.

NSS 6 95.0E Kashish News on 11090 H is now encrypted.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3805 H "India Crime" has started on , Fta.
Insat 4A 83.0E 4054 H "Rohingya Vision" has started on , Fta.

ABS 2 75.0E Pinoy Xtreme Channel and CCTN 47 have moved from 3791 V to 4128 V, Fta.

From asiatvro site

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Netflix doubles down on Australia

From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/technology/netflix-doubles-down-on-australia/news-story/b7b5f4a20f430cbe33e5cd68c3f8253f

Global media giant Netlix has highlighted the importance of investment in local Australian content, as it launched a new six hour drama series, Pine Gap.

The new show, a joint production between Netflix and the ABC, is an international political thriller set in and around the US/Australia joint defence facility situated in Central Australia, and will be made with support from the South Australian Film Corporation and the South Australian State Government.

It’s the latest of Netflix’s investments in Australian content including co-productions Glitch, Beat Bugs, Bottersnikes & Gumbles, Kazoops, Mako Mermaids: An H20 Adventure, White Rabbit Project and the upcoming Legend of Monkey.

Elizabeth Bradley, Netflix’s Vice President of Content, told The Australian Netflix believes investments in Australian productions are important to the company’s overall strategy.

“Netflix invests in Australia’s world-class production industry, and Pine Gap is the latest Australian story we’re bringing to a global audience,” Ms Bradley said.

Netflix said in a statement, “Set in the hidden world of intelligence, Pine Gap exposes the stress inflicted on nations and individuals when ultimate loyalty is under threat, and true motives endanger the famously strong American/Australian joint military alliance through conflicting interests, personal ideals … and one tragic mistake.”

The series will be produced by Lisa Scott and Felicity Packard, and executive produced by Screentime’s Bob Campbell, Rory Callaghan and Greg Haddrick, and the ABC’s Sally Riley and Kym Goldsworthy.

“Having an original series in production from global streaming giant Netflix in South Australia is testament to the strength of the screen sector here,” South Australia’s Minister for the Arts, Jack Snelling said.

“Pine Gap brings with it a multimillion-dollar investment in the state and significant job and career opportunities for our world-class crews, with nearly 100 local crew joining this production. Production of Pine Gap will take advantage of the wide range of exceptional locations South Australia has to offer.”

Late last year Foxtel chief Peter Tonagh said the pay-TV operator will have to shift how it spends its money to better compete with the likes of Netflix, investing more in local production.

“We believe strongly in local production and part of our shift is spending more money locally,” Mr Tonagh said.

It recently relaunched its branding and is offering all its channels over broadband, at lower prices.

Sky New Zealand Advances Multiscreen TV Experiences With Cisco Infinite Video Platform

From press release

AMSTERDAM, IBC, September 14, 2017 – Sky New Zealand, a leader in the New Zealand payTV market, is transforming its Pay TV operations with the Cisco® Infinite Video Platform. Taking its entertainment service to new levels, Sky will introduce multiscreen TV experiences that will reach its New Zealand subscribers via their phones, tablets and Internet connected set-top boxes/receivers.

On the horizon is the introduction of a Hybrid PVR solution with Kaon Hybrid DVR set-top boxes and Video-on-Demand over IP, extending to iOS and Android personal consumer devices. This will be the beginning of a multi-phase technology transformation project that enables Sky to utilize cloud technologies for the network operations and video delivery side, as well as the consumer side with new services like multiscreen Cloud DVR.

“The New Zealand Pay TV market is witnessing a lot of different players introducing multiscreen and OTT services, while a large population is still watching TV via satellite dishes,” said Julian Wheeler, chief products & technology officer, Sky New Zealand. “With our existing leadership position, Sky is uniquely positioned to bring these two segments together and offer a seamless experience that brings the best of the broadcast & IP world, and takes the TV experience to a whole new level. Cisco’s cloud-based SaaS delivery model combining broadcast and IP offered us the speed we needed to get new services to market.”

“While the bulk of the premium video today is over broadcast networks, the world is rapidly moving toward a new normal, where the future of video will be the IP network,” said Conrad Clemson, senior vice president and general manager, Service Provider Platforms and Applications, Cisco. “With the Infinite Video Platform, our vision is to make IP video match and exceed broadcast quality and reliability. Sky joins a growing global community of customers who are moving along with this vision.”

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AsiaSat planning small HTS satellite to cover China

From http://spacenews.com/asiasat-planning-small-hts-satellite-to-cover-china/

PARIS — Hong Kong-based fleet operator AsiaSat will soon order a “modest”-size high-throughput satellite (HTS) that will leverage the company’s access to the Chinese market, Barrie Woolston, AsiaSat’s chief commercial officer, said Sept. 14.

“We’ve looked long and hard at what we can use existing capacity for, and when we will make the leap into HTS,” Woolston said here at the World Satellite Business Week conference. “We are at that stage now where we are specifying a new satellite … that will hit the streets in 36 months time.”

Woolston said AsiaSat is in discussions with manufacturers about the new satellite, called AsiaSat-10, which will be in orbit by 2020. China will be a primary focus for the satellite.

“China as you know is an enormous market,” he said. “Our HTS strategy is around what we can do for the market in China.”

Woolston said China’s market access conditions create “a whole set of complexities” despite AsiaSat’s preexisting access. Inflight connectivity is and continues to be a driver of demand in China, he said.

AsiaSat wants AsiaSat-10 to be significantly more “flexible” in its ability to augment where capacity is directed based on changes in demand. “Long gone,” he said, are the days where fixed beams would be sufficient.

While AsiaSat-9 is a replacement for AsiaSat-4, Woolston said AsiaSat-10 will be a growth satellite. AsiaSat-10 could also pave the way for future HTS, he said.

“The ideas is we want to build a relatively modest-sized HTS satellite,” he said.”Once we’ve established and understand it, we hope to invest in a larger one.”

Woolston, having explained AsiaSat’s plans for geostationary HTS, said low-Earth orbit telecom satellites do bring “a new impetus to the market” for manufacturers and launch providers, but he doesn’t believe the constellations will ultimately be successful.

“There will be a lot of money made in the LEO market in the short term, certainly, but it won’t be the operators. There will be a lot of investment that goes in and they’ll struggle to make revenue. We are a naysayer in the LEO market,” he said.

Woolston said AsiaSat is competing against other satellite operators with HTS capacity now and is challenged by the bandwidth prices being offered. AsiaSat has small Ka-band payloads on AsiaSat-7, and the upcoming AsiaSat-9 satellite that launches Sept. 28 on an International Launch Services Proton rocket.

Astro records 35pct increase net profit in H1FY18

From http://english.astroawani.com/business-news/astro-records-35pct-increase-net-profit-h1fy18-155269

Astro records 35pct increase net profit in H1FY18
Going forward, Astro expects revenue growth in the immediate term to be underpinned by e-commerce, Adex, production revenues and NJOI.

KUALA LUMPUR: Astro Malaysia Holdings Berhad recorded a net profit of RM442 million for the first half of the 2018 financial year, a 35 percent increase from the same period last year.

However, revenue dropped two percent to RM2.75 billion.

H1FY18 revenue was lower primarily due to the end of a one-off sports channel sub-licensing, marginally lower contribution from subscriptions and e-commerce.

But this was partially mitigated by higher contribution from advertising revenue (adex), NJOI and production revenue.

Astro Group CEO Datuk Rohana Rozhan said diversified revenue streams across the TV, radio and digital platforms, adex and e-commerce continued to show resilience.

"Margins and profits in Q2FY18 benefited from lower cost to serve and one-off savings arising from content secured on more favourable terms.

"We continue to expand our reach by serving 5.3 million or 72 percent of Malaysian households and increase our customer engagement with the 21 million individuals in these homes," she said in a statement today.

She said Astro's home proposition achieved net growth of 288,000 driven primarily by NJOI net adds, and is on track for 90 percent reach within 5 years, reinforcing a strong base to serve.

"Our connected PVRs increased by 62 percent year-on-year to 639,000, with cumulatively 7.1 million on demand videos watched. We are also encouraged by the reduction in Pay TV churn with ARPU at RM100.8."

Rohana said the singular focus now is to expand Astro's household reach onto individual devices and developing meaningful personal relationships.

"Viewing across multiple screens and on demand consumption are gaining momentum. Astro GO grew its registered users to 1.3 million with an average of 235 minutes viewing time per week among active users," she said.

Meanwhile, Astro Chairman Tun Zaki Azmi said: "In a challenging market, Astro is focused on delivering sustainable growth over the long term. Our businesses continued to be cash generative and the Board is pleased to declare a second interim dividend of 3 sen per share."

Astro is committing significant resources in investing and building a second to none individual relationships both in Malaysia and ASEAN. The company is continuously enhancing and evolving its products, delivery networks and customer experience.

Its regional online video streaming service, Tribe has 1.9 million registered users in Indonesia, the Philippines and Singapore, and continues to gain steady traction with users watching 160 minutes of content weekly.

Tribe was also recently soft-launched in South Thailand, catering to the Malay speaking Thais by offering Astro’s own content in Malay dramas, variety shows and movies.

Go Shop, Astro's e-commerce service, has to date 1.2 million registered users in Malaysia and Singapore.

Go Shop continues to grow from strength to strength with live shows featuring key talents and branded content resonating with customers.

In addition, there has been an increasing number of customers shopping via the Go Shop app, which to date has garnered a total of 680,000 downloads.

Said Rohana: "We will continue to play and build on our strengths leveraging off new technologies to address a larger ASEAN market, thus delivering growth in reach and scale as an ASEAN digital-first content and consumer company, creating value for our shareholders."

SES showcases satellite delivery of VR content, HFR video and HDR10+ at IBC

From https://www.telecompaper.com/news/ses-showcases-satellite-delivery-of-vr-content-hfr-video-and-hdr10-at-ibc--1211993

Satellite operator SES will make a series of presentation at IBC 2017, with partners including the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute (HHI), LG and Samsung. The company’s video-centric business unit, SES Video, will showcase a live satellite delivery of VR content, captured using Fraunhofer HHI’s Omnicam-360 camera. The live transmission via an Astra satellite will feature video with a maximum resolution of 10K x 2K pixels. Visitors will be able to watch the content with VR headsets or through a flat screen displaying a 360-degree panoramic image.

The company will also give a demonstration of satellite broadcasting in the 100Hz High Frame Rate (HFR) Ultra HD standard with partners LG, Ateme, France Televisions and 4-Ever. The content will be displayed on LG’s OLED TV equipment through prototype HFR firmware.

A third live presentation, in partnership with Samsung, will show visitors the delivery of content featuring HDR10+ video technology, in what the company describes as the first live demonstration of the HDR10+ open standard via satellite.

ArianeGroup to supply from Boeing satellite with new generation of electric propulsion

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/ArianeGroup_to_supply_from_Boeing_satellite_with_new_generation_of_electric_propulsion_999.html

Boeing and the Orbital Propulsion section of ArianeGroup are jointly developing a next-generation ion propulsion system based on the dual-mode Radio Frequency Ion Thruster (RIT) 2X subsystem.

Germany via DLR's Space Administration and Spain via CDTI (Spanish Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology) are supporting the development through their respective contributions to the European Space Agency (ESA) "ARTES" (Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems) programme as well as the German national space program. The joint activity is combining Boeing's long-lasting operational heritage and ArianeGroup's expertise in RIT thruster technology design and development.

Thanks to its high-thrust mode for orbit-raising operations, the RIT thruster system will enable Boeing to increase payload mass while reducing time-to-orbit on its satellites. Boeing is using its experience in on-orbit electric propulsion operations to update its satellite architectures for integration of the advanced RIT propulsion system.

The RIT 2X subsystem comprises the thruster itself, a high-power processing unit and a radio frequency generator. The subsystem successfully passed its preliminary design review milestone in mid-2016 and is moving towards a critical design review.

"This new electrical propulsion product will extend ArianeGroup's product portfolio of highly-reliable satellite propulsion solutions and will underline our role as a 'one-stop-shop' provider for propulsion components, complete propulsion subsystems and associated launch services for satellite primes worldwide," explained Josef Koecher, Head of Orbital Propulsion at ArianeGroup.

ArianeGroup's Orbital Propulsion activity, based at Lampoldshausen, in Germany, contributes its propulsion equipment and subsystem design, manufacturing and test capabilities to this development. Until now around 350 satellites have been equipped with propulsion products from Lampoldshausen, such as telecom satellites, science missions including Rosetta, the space cargo ATV and the future European Service Module for Orion.

World’s first satellite industry forum launches

From https://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2017/09/14/worlds-first-satellite-industry-forum-launches/

The Satellite Evolution Group has today (September 14) at IBC announced the launch of the Satellite Industry Forum, an exclusive networking site dedicated to all things satellite.

Designed to be a one-stop, easy-access hub for social networking, staying on top of the latest news and trends and partaking in discussions on key topics, the forum will be an expansion to Satellite Evolution’s current satellite publications.

According to Richard Hooper, publisher at Satellite Evolution Group, “There is currently no secure forum dedicated exclusively to satellite executives and industry members, which is why the Satellite Industry Forum is so important.

“This site will allow those from big and small companies to meet, generate leads and share news, enhancing their contacts and knowledge.”

The top news stories and relevant events will be uploaded daily, as well as the latest technological developments in related fields, keeping members up to date from one central site. Members will be encouraged to participate in all areas, from posting questions, commenting on discussion threads, or sharing the latest case studies and research.

To ensure that the site is only used by those inside the satellite industry, Satellite Evolution will register each applicant to be certain they are relevant to the corresponding discussion groups.

Hooper continued: “We hope that members will enjoy using the forum and contribute to its growth in the coming months to create a community that all satellite insiders can consider a valuable resource”.

For more information about the forum, please visit: http://www.satellite-evolution.com/forum

TV5Monde expands in sub-Saharan Africa

From https://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2017/09/14/tv5monde-expands-in-sub-saharan-africa/

TV5Monde has signed a long-term distribution contract with SES to broadcast three FTA channels to French-speaking and Francophile viewers in sub-Saharan Africa.

It will use the SES-5 satellite to distribute its main channel TV5Monde Afrique, as well as the youth channel TiVi5Monde and the lifestyle channel TV5Monde Style HD.

SES-5 is located at 5 degrees East and provides optimal coverage for sub-Saharan Africa. It currently distributes over 500 local and international channels, 65 of which are in French.

Commenting on the agreement, Yves Bigot, DG of TV5Monde, said: “Thanks to Africa, the French language is being offered a new opportunity to broaden its reach, which is all the more decisive in a digital world where language is becoming increasingly important.

“This partnership with SES Video offers us ideal coverage to reach our numerous viewers and a recognised expertise to broadcast our three channels”.

Ferdinand Kayser, CEO of SES Video, added: “We are delighted to help TV5Monde extend the distribution of its channels across sub-Saharan Africa and, in our own way, contribute to the spread of the French language on this continent.

“TV5Monde’s decision demonstrates the quality of our infrastructure and assets in these countries. Thanks to its powerful and robust coverage, our SES-5 satellite will allow TV5Monde to distribute this new content offer in an optimal manner to cable and IP networks in the region, as well as reach the 3.8 million TV homes equipped with direct reception at 5 degrees East.”

PBS America now on Amazon UK

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/09/14/pbs-america-now-on-amazon-uk/

PBS America, the British TV channel from America’s Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), is launched PBS America On Demand as part of the Amazon Channels line-up in the UK.

The new, ad-free service from PBS America will give Amazon Prime members the chance to enjoy a wide spectrum of in-depth science, history and current affairs programming on demand including notable series like Ken Burns’s multi-award winning The Civil War – still the most watched TV series ever on American public television – and the Oscar-nominated feature documentary, Last Days in Vietnam, from American Experience.

Legendary filmmaker Ken Burns’s back catalogue of award-winning historical films will be available as part of the PBS America On Demand channel, including Prohibition, The Roosevelts: An Intimate History and The Dust Bowl, alongside other PBS documentaries, all accessible for the first time via the existing Prime Video app to watch anytime, anywhere through the Amazon Video app on smart TVs, iOs and Android mobile devices, Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire tablets and games consoles and through the web.

“We’re thrilled to be launching PBS America On Demand into the exciting OTT arena with Amazon Channels here in the UK. There are a lot of viewers out there without access to Freesat, Virgin or Sky who will now be able cherry-pick the best of the PBS America offerings to watch at their leisure. The online channel will include Ken Burns’s impressive back catalogue, which we expect will attract new fans after his latest epic The Vietnam War airs on BBC4 in a few weeks time,” says Richard Kingsbury, General Manager of PBS America.



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Sky Pacific offers 24 hours Christian channel

From http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=416384

VIEWERS of Sky Pacific will be able to watch award-winning Christian television network, Daystar, from tomorrow.

Daystar is a 24 hours and seven days a week network showcasing prominent international ministries such as Brian Houston @ Hillsong TV, Leading the way with Michael Youssef, The Gospel Truth with Andrew Wommack and the Potter's Touch with T.D. Jakes.

A media statement from Digicel Fiji states Daystar channel will replace Comedy Central on Channel 22 on Sky Pacific.

Japanese startup raises $7.3 million for smallsat antenna sharing service

From http://spacenews.com/japanese-startup-raises-7-3-million-for-smallsat-antenna-sharing-service/

Airbus Ventures led Infostellar's $7.3 million Series A with support from the Sony Innovation Fund, D4V, FreakOut Holdings, 500 Startups Japan, and Weru Investment. Credit: Infostellar.

PARIS — Infostellar, a Tokyo startup creating a service that lets smallsat operators tap into ground stations around the world, has raised $7.3 million from a team that includes the early-stage investor arms of Airbus and Sony.

Airbus Ventures led the 21-month-old company’s Series A capital raise, with the Sony Innovation Fund and four other Japanese investors — D4V, FreakOut Holdings, 500 Startups Japan, and Weru Investment contributing. Infostellar plans to use the money to launch a cloud-based satellite antenna-sharing platform called StellarStation next month, and to hire additional employees.

Infostellar’s service works by pooling idle time on established satellite operator’s ground station antennas into a network connected by a sharing module. Naomi Kurahara, Infostellar’s co-founder and chief executive, told SpaceNews the company has five partner stations to date, spread across Africa and Asia.

“Our partners, the antenna owners, most of them operate one to three satellites, and one satellite takes about one hour per day,” she said. “So on average, they are using their stations for two hours per day, and the rest they can provide to us.”

Infostellar joins a rising number of companies tailoring ground segment services for small satellite operators. Large Japanese satellite operator Sky Perfect Jsat partnered with Norwegian company Kongsberg Satellite Services in December to provide services for low-Earth orbit satellites. SSC in Sweden launched a smallsat-focused ground service in 2016 for operators to downlink large quantities of data and perform telemetry, tracking and command of their satellites. And in Italy, Milan-based Leaf Space is building out a network of global ground stations optimized for smallsats.

Kurahara said Infostellar will seek to offer lower prices to create a competitive advantage.

“In general, the market price for [X- and S-band] dish antennas is about $200 to $500 per pass. We will bring the price down. For ultra-high frequency there is no solid market price, but it seems $50 to $100 per pass is about average. And again we will bring prices down,” she said.

Over the next 12 months, Infostellar would like its network to encompass 20 partner ground stations, Kurahara said.

“For our near term goal, we want to have the largest ground station network in terms of the number of antenna sites,” she said.

Infostellar also plans to build 10 ground stations for research and development, she said.

Kurahara said Infostellar has raised $8.3 million total since formation. She described the mood amongst Japanese investors in putting capital into the space industry as improving, with large companies taking greater interest in the industry.

In a Sept. 13 statement, Infostellar’s new investors praised the company for its potential and vision.

“When we first met Kurahara-san and Ishigame-san, all they had was a deck and a crazy idea to build an Airbnb for satellite antennas,” James Riney, managing partner and head of 500 Startups Japan, said. “It’s amazing to see how far they’ve come with a small seed investment.”

Kurahara said most of Infostellar’s customers today are academic institutions performing scientific and remote sensing projects. In the future, the company’s customer mix should include more commercial constellations, she said.

DFL selects Nagra to fight illegal Bundesliga streaming

From https://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2017/09/13/dfl-selects-nagra-to-fight-illegal-bundesliga-streaming/

German football association Deutsche Fußball Liga (DFL) has selected Swiss content protection solutions provider Nagra as a partner in its fight against illegal content sharing of live Bundesliga matches over the internet.

As streaming piracy has grown exponentially in recent months, DFL has chosen to leverage Nagra’s anti-piracy services and global intelligence network to track, monitor and stop illicit sharing of first and second division Bundesliga matches for the 2017/18 season to protect the value of the championship for both DFL and DFL licensees around the world.

“Piracy today takes on many different forms, in particular with plug-and-play, Kodi add-on-based devices capable of streaming content to the big screen. A new approach is required to fight illegal online content distribution and return viewers to the legitimate video value chain,” said Frédéric Guitard, Vice President Anti-Piracy at Nagra.

“We are excited to partner with DFL and provide them with the latest tools and strategies to limit the impact of piracy on their business and preserve their content investment,” added Guitard. “Nagra’s unique combination of forensic watermarking, takedown capabilities, technical countermeasures, legal actions and global network provides DFL with the right foundation to beat piracy at its source.”

Nagra, part of Kudelski Group, will demonstrate its end-to-end content value protection solutions for pay-TV operators on any network and any device at IBC in Amsterdam on its stand 1.C81.

Bangabandhu-1 launch set for delay as Hurricane Irma hits Florida

From http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2017/09/13/bangabandhu-1-launch-set-for-delay-as-hurricane-irma-hits-florida

The launch of Bangladesh's first satellite, Bangabandhu-1, appears set for a delay due to the wretched condition of Hurricane Irma-hit Florida, Director of the satellite project Mohammad Mesbahuzzaman has said.

The hurricane hit the southeastern US state on Sunday leaving more than 3.4 million of its residents without electricity. Low-lying areas have gone under water there.

“The Cape Canaveral launch pad is currently inactive due to the adverse weather. It was due to launch satellites of South Korea and Bulgaria but those dates have been cancelled,” Mesbahuzzaman said on Wednesday.

Bangladesh was preparing for the launch of Bangabandhu-1 on Dec 16, the Victory Day, this year. It was due to be launched using SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket at the launch pad in Florida.

It takes two months to prepare the pad for launching any satellite using the SpaceX facility, Mesbahuzzaman said.

“The date previously fixed for Bangladesh now seems to be uncertain as schedule of two other satellites have been changed.”

The System Requirement Review and the Preliminary Design Review are done for project Bangabandhu-1 and constructions of engineering antenna, communication and service module are also done, he said.

Other tests related to the launch have been completed in the meantime, added the project director.

In July, State Minister for Posts and Telecommunications Tarana Halim visited the facility of Franco-Italian aerospace manufacturer Thales Alenia Space in France where the satellite is being built.

Upon finishing tests and review, the satellite would be taken to Cape Canaveral launch site via a special cargo plane.

Bangabandhu satellite received the green light at a cabinet meeting on Oct 21 in 2015. On Nov 11 that year, Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission or BTRC signed a loan deal worth Tk 20 billion with Thales Group to buy 'satellite system.'

It signed a Tk 4 billion loan deal with Hong Kong Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) in September last year for sending the satellite into orbit.

The satellite is expected to save Tk 14 million yearly that is currently spent on renting foreign satellites.

The satellite will contain 40 transponders; Bangladesh will use 20 and rent out the rest.

The two ground stations that will control the satellite will be built at Gazipur's Joydebpur and Rangamati's Betbunia on the land owned by BTCL or Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Limited.

Canada’s Telesat planning 290 satellites

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/09/13/canadas-telesat-planning-290-satellites/

Ottawa-based Telesat used Euroconsult’s Satellite Business Week to confirm that it now has plans to launch about 290 Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites.

CEO Dan Goldberg told delegates that under new FCC regulations Telesat was obliged to launch half of the new fleet, that was about 140 craft, within 6 years. The balance, once the second batch had been launched, would be in-orbit spares/replacements. Telesat had previously spoken of an initial fleet size of 117 satellites.

Telesat’s 1st prototype test LEO satellite would launch in November on an Arianespace Soyuz rocket. A second LEO prototype would also launch later this year. One is from Surrey Satellite Technology of the UK and the other from Space Systems/Loral.

The operator is on record as saying that it was continuing to invest in geostationary satellites and has two (Telstar-18 Vantage and Telstar-19 Vantage) from SS/L of California. Those are scheduled to launch in Q2/2018



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Telkom 3S 118.0E 4147 V "Net" has left again.

Palapa D 113.0E 4100 V "Net" has left .
Palapa D 113.0E 4148 V "Net" is back on , Fta.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3820 V "Zindagi" has left.

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3980 V Fox Movies Asia, National Geographic Channel HD Asia and Star World HD Asia have started on , Irdeto.
AsiaSat 5 100.5E 4040 H "Star Chinese Movies Legend" has left .

ABS 2 75.0E 3659 V "TV Filmy" has started on , Fta.

Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 12514 V "Channel 17, Music Bangla TV, Channel Binodon Bangla and MC" have left

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NBCUniversal unveils new SYFY brand identity

From https://mumbrella.com.au/nbcuniversal-unveils-new-syfy-brand-identity-471358

NBCUniversal International Networks has revealed a new brand identity for science fiction channel SYFY.

The new identity, which launches locally on Foxtel on September 17, aims to celebrate SYFY’s ‘renewed commitment’ to the genre and fandom.

SYFY’s brand refresh includes a new logo, as well as new designs and a new typeface across broadcast, digital and social.

The primary typeface is ‘Syfy Hero’.

The refreshed channel will include the premiere of The Shannara Chronicles: Season Two, Z Nation: Season Four, and Channel Zero: No End House.

Lee Raftery, chief marketing and content officer and managing director, UK & Emerging Markets, NBCU International, said the science fiction brand is hoping to create a “universe” for sci-fi fans to call home.

“SYFY puts fans at the centre of everything we do,” Raftery said.

“The new brand identity celebrates our commitment to the sci-fi genre and fandom at large – both on-air and across digital.”

Arqiva and AsiaSat extend lease for C and Ku-band capacity for content delivery in Asia Pacific

From Press Release

Hong Kong, 13 September 2017 – Arqiva, the UK’s leading communications infrastructure and media services company, has extended its lease for C and Ku-band capacity with Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), Asia’s leading satellite operator for sports content delivery across the Asia-Pacific.
The agreement will see Arqiva’s continued use of AsiaSat 5 to deliver a broad range of sporting events to Asian viewers, from football and cricket, to volleyball and tennis. The new agreement also provides Arqiva the option of using Ku-band capacity on AsiaSat 7, allowing additional flexibility in the deployment of smaller antennas for occasional use and live events.
Arqiva’s expanded collaboration with AsiaSat demonstrates AsiaSat’s capability in presenting a wide range of satellite capacity of the quality and penetration that meets clients’ distribution needs. AsiaSat’s ubiquitous coverage now plays an essential role in Arqiva’s global content delivery network.

David Crawford, Managing Director, Satellite and Media at Arqiva, said, “In addition to our continued commitment to provide services in the Asia-Pacific region, this lease extension with AsiaSat gives Arqiva and our customers true flexibility for future live events. Our on-going strategic partnership with AsiaSat reinforces our commitment to providing premium occasional use services in the market.”

Barrie Woolston, Chief Commercial Officer of AsiaSat said, “We are delighted to support Arqiva with an expanding range of high quality capacity, enabling Arqiva to enjoy great flexibility and efficiency for delivering the best possible content distribution solutions to their clients, alongside the benefits of AsiaSat satellites’ strong penetration in the Asian TV market.”
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About Arqiva

Arqiva is a leading UK communications infrastructure and media services provider dedicated to connecting people wherever they are through the delivery of TV, radio, mobile and the Internet of Things (IoT). We are an independent provider of telecom towers, with circa 8,000 active sites across Great Britain, and are also the only supplier of national terrestrial television and radio broadcasting services in the UK. Our advanced networks support the exponential growth of connected devices and the ever-increasing demand for data from smartphones to tablets, connected TVs, smart meters, cars and medical devices. For more information, news and insights from Arqiva, please visit the website at: www.arqiva.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 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:
Winnie Pang, Manager, Marketing Communications | Tel: (852) 2500 0880 | Email: wpang@asiasat.com
Tony Johnson, Media & PR Manager | Mobile: (41) 07773 045480 | Email: Tony.Johnson@arqiva.com

Harmonic, iKO Launch DTH Services in Asia and Latin America

From http://www.satellitetoday.com/broadcasting/2017/09/12/harmonic-iko-launch-dth-services-asia-latin-america/

Harmonic announced that iKO Media Group has deployed its media processing and delivery solution to expand the reach of iKO’s Direct-to-Home (DTH) satellite television services. By optimizing iKO Media Group’s available satellite bandwidth and improving video quality, Harmonic’s solution will make it easier for the service provider to penetrate new markets, iKO stated.

The number of DTH subscribers in Asia is set to nearly double between 2013 and 2018, reaching 110 million, according to a report from Media Partners Asia. Pay-TV is also growing in Latin America, with Dataxis predicting that the number of subscribers in the region will reach 73.7 million at the end of 2017, a rise of 3.4 percent compared with the previous year. Using Harmonic’s DTH media processing and delivery solution, iKO Media Group hopes to capitalize on the revenue opportunities in these regions.

According to Harmonic, iKO selected its solution due to its ultra-high-density architecture, which allows operators to deliver more channels at a lower cost.

BeiDou navigation to cover Belt and Road countries by 2018

From http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-09/13/c_136606478.htm

BEIJING, Sept. 13 (Xinhua) -- China's home-grown BeiDou Navigation Satellite System will cover countries and regions along the Belt and Road by 2018, said an official at the China National Space Administration (CNSA) Monday.

Wu Yanhua, deputy head of the CNSA, said the plan was based on the satellite system's improving regional services, which had been cooperating with various countries and regional organizations.

China now has 17 communication satellites in orbit, with nearly 300 transponders, and the country's satellite communication services cover over 30 countries and regions, said Wu, who is also deputy head of the State Administration for Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence.

Since the launch of APSTAR-9, one of China's advanced communication satellites in October 2015, China's satellite communication services have also covered most areas along the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, he said.

As China's leading satellite navigation system, BeiDou will see six to eight of its satellites sent into orbit in the second half of 2017 and is set to form a complete global satellite navigation system by 2020.

MIH to launch first satellite in Inmarsat-6 fleet

From https://www.telecompaper.com/news/mih-to-launch-first-satellite-in-inmarsat-6-fleet--1211490

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has been chosen to be the launch provider for the first satellite in the Inmarsat-6 fleet. The Inmarsat-6 F1 satellite is being constructed by Airbus Defence and Space and is scheduled for launch in 2020 using MHI’s H-IIA launch vehicle.
Inmarsat said that its sixth generation (I-6) fleet will be the first to feature dual-payload satellites, each supporting L-band and Ka-band services. They will support a new generation of capabilities, from advanced global safety services and very low cost mobile services to Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

The Ka-band payload will be added to Inmarsat’s Global Xpress (GX) constellation, which began delivering high-throughput broadband services worldwide in 2015. Inmarsat said it will decide on the launch partner for its second I-6 satellite in due course.

Apple TV 4K launched

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/09/13/apple-tv-4k-launched/

Amid the fanfare of the release of updated iPhones, Apple’s launch event also included the introduction of the new Apple TV 4K designed to deliver what the tech giant calls “a stunning cinematic experience at home”.

With Apple TV 4K, viewers can enjoy a growing selection of 4K HDR movies on iTunes. iTunes users will get automatic upgrades of HD titles in their existing iTunes library to 4K HDR versions when they become available. Apple TV 4K will also offer 4K HDR content from popular video services, including Netflix and Amazon Prime Video coming soon.

“Bring the magic of the cinema straight to your living room with the new Apple TV 4K,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “Customers will love watching stunning 4K HDR movies from an impressive catalogue on iTunes, while also getting automatic upgrades of 4K HDR movies already in their iTunes library and enjoying 4K content on services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, coming soon.”

4K & HDR
•Built on the A10X Fusion chip — the same chip that powers iPad Pro — the new Apple TV 4K delivers what Apple describes as “a vivid 4K HDR experience”.
•Support for both Dolby Vision and HDR10 ensures users can enjoy incredible-looking TV shows and movies on any HDR TV.
•Built-in high-performance 4K video scaler makes HD content look better than ever on a 4K TV.
•Always outputting to the highest resolution possible allows viewers to get the most out of their TV, whether it’s an older HDTV or the latest 4K Dolby Vision OLED.
•Automatic detection of a 4K TV’s capabilities optimise setup for the best quality picture.

Siri & the Apple TV App
•Siri and the Apple TV app are easy ways to find and play exactly what you want. The TV app brings all your favourite shows and movies together, and Siri makes it possible to search and access content across Apple TV using just your voice.
•The TV app supports over 60 services on Apple TV and iOS devices, with more being added all the time. Whether you’re at home or on the go, it’s easy to discover and watch TV shows and movies from multiple apps in one place.
•Siri is smart about 4K HDR, so it’s unbelievably simple to find movies and TV shows in the highest picture quality across your apps (e.g., ‘Show me movies in 4K’).
•Later this year, the TV app is making it easier than ever to watch and get updates about live sports just by saying ‘Watch the Warriors game or What’s the score of the Cubs game?’
•Sports fans in the US will be able to track their favourite teams and get on-screen notifications whenever they are playing, as well as see all the teams, leagues and sporting events currently playing through a dedicated Sports tab.
•Starting this month, the TV app will be available in Australia and Canada, in addition to the US. And, by the end of the year, it will expand to France, Germany, Norway, Sweden and the UK.

Apple TV at Home
•Users can share recent photos and videos from iPhone and iPad, including the best Memories, with friends and family on the biggest screen, with iCloud on Apple TV.
•It’s also simple to send movies, TV shows, home videos and photos from iPhone or iPad instantly to the TV using AirPlay from your iOS devices.
•With support for AirPlay 2, coming later this year, Apple TV can control multiple AirPlay 2-compatible speakers as well as home theatre speakers to create the ultimate home music experience.
•Apple TV goes beyond entertainment to help deliver on Apple’s vision of the smart home. Since Apple TV is always at home, it’s perfectly suited to act as a home hub for all of your HomeKit accessories, enabling remote access as well as automated control (e.g., automatically turning on the lights at sunset).

Pricing & Availability

Apple TV 4K starts at £179 (€199) for 32GB or £199 for 64GB, joining Apple TV (4th generation) 32GB at £149. Customers will be able to order both Apple TV 4K models beginning Friday, September 15th, with availability beginning Friday, September 22nd.

According critical information, analytics and solutions expert IHS Markit Apple has delivered a 4K-capable Apple TV on a timely basis, as the 4K ecosystem begins to accelerate thanks to limited-but-improving 4K content availability and rising 4K TV adoption. Additionally, the competition (namely Roku, Google, and Amazon) have launched a variety of 4K-capable products, with Roku already supporting 4K at 60 fps with HDR support. This move brings Apple to competitive parity in hardware, coordinated with 4K and HDR content availability from the iTunes store.

In value-added features, the new Apple TV’s gaming capabilities are considerably improved. Also, the ability to view and control HomeKit devices also was demonstrated, which may prove a differentiator over time if the HomeKit ecosystem’s adoption proves substantial.

The launch of the prior fourth-generation Apple TV did not generate the positive momentum needed to overtake the competition, with Apple’s current price positioning a competitive liability. Globally, Apple TV remains behind in shipments, facing steep competitive pressure in North America from Roku, Google, and Amazon, and globally from Google (with Roku and Amazon in select markets).

Today’s competitive landscape for Apple TV spans from $25 to $100 for basic streaming video enablement to 4K HDR 60fps support. Though some of Apple TV’s must-have unique appeals for iOS device owners previously were the integrated ability to view content stored on iPhones and perform screen mirroring via AirPlay, competitors all have some capability to provide similar functionality via additional apps either iOS-device-side or receiving-device-side. With iOS mirroring and media playback less of an exclusive hook for iOS device owners, the new Apple TV faces an uphill battle to regain lost ground against the competition due to a price/capability ratio that offers mostly feature parity at an 80 per cent to 100 per cent premium.

The caveat is the fourth/fifth generation Apple TVs’ collective differentiator – gaming. However, gaming as an added-value proposition with the prior model has not generated sufficient consumer response at the $149-199 price tiers to substantially advance the brand’s competitive position in the streaming video device market. Therefore, it is unlikely, with a new three-product lineup continuing to span $149-199, that the addition of 4K and HDR will motivate enough consumers to change Apple’s competitive standing.

This pricing-induced status quo is expected to be reinforced by competitors’ further drops in 4K streaming device pricing and new product introductions over the next several quarters. As a bellwether, grey-market generic Android set-top boxes capable of 4K at 60 fps are already less than $40 in China. 4K resolution rapidly has become table stakes, even for low-cost manufacturers and SoC providers. Competition and falling costs are expected to steadily whittle down the price premium able to be charged for 4K over the next year.

Apple TV 4K’s continued 80 per cent to 100 per cent premium over increasingly aggressive competition is expected to limit the new model’s available market to primarily aggressive adopters and the Apple product-faithful with higher amounts of disposable income. Without competitive price revisions over the next year, it is not expected to expand its appeal substantially beyond that base outside of sales generated from older-model Apple TV users’ replacement cycle over time.

According to IHS Markit, the new Apple TV 4K will still be financially successful within these confines, and will provide Apple ecosystem users with a well-integrated way to purchase and stream 4K and HDR content to their TV. However, it is not expected to be a game-changer in terms of Apple’s competitive fortunes against Roku, Google, and Amazon globally in annual shipments. The Apple TV 4K’s biggest impact will be due to the high profile of Apple itself – its launch is Apple’s formal endorsement of the 4K ecosystem, further speeding up the collective consumer and industry transition to 4K.



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ChinaSat 6A 125.0E 3820 V "Shandong TV and Hubei TV" on are Fta.
ChinaSat 6A 125.0E 3827 H "SChengdu Tianfu Food TV" has left.
ChinaSat 6A 125.0E 3857 V "Beijing TV and Beijing TV Documentary" FTA

ChinaSat 6A 125.0E 3889 V "Liaoning TV" is Fta.
ChinaSat 6A 125.0E 4040 H "Guangdong Satellite TV and Shenzhen Satellite TV" are Fta.

Telkom 3S 118.0E "MTA TV" has moved from 3440 H to 3556 H, Fta.

ChinaSat 6B 115.5E All channels in the Top TV muxes on 3600 V, 3640 V and 3680 V are Fta.

Palapa D 113.0E 3835 V "TV Edukasi" has left again.

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 12623 H "GTV" has started on , Fta.

ChinaSat 11 98.0E 12500 V "9 Net" has started on , Fta.

ABS 2 75.0E 3522 V "Max Muay Thai" has started on , Fta.

ABS 2 75.0E Klik Music has started on 11165 H and 12287 V, encrypted.
ABS 2 75.0E SBS In has left 11165 H and 12287 V again.
ABS 2 75.0E 12533 V "Suld TV" has left again.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3791 H "Sanskriti TV Channel, Vip News and Shop CJ Tamil" have left.
Intelsat 22 72.1E 3831 L "Baite TV" has started on, Fta. Family TV and KTN have left.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 11170 V "BBC World News Africa has replaced True African" on , Videoguard.

Intelsat 17 66.0E 3845 H "Sony Max UK and Sony ESPN" have left .
Intelsat 17 66.0E 3876 H "Swara Sagar" has started on , Fta.
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NSS 12 57.0E 3679 L "Fana TV" has started on , Fta.

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东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,History TV 18(孟加拉)频道消失,设置12468 V 45000参数无效接收。 [9月12日]

东经98度轨道位置的中星11号卫星Ku频段,红钻卫视、金钻卫视(印尼)等多个频道新增,设置12495 V 43200参数免费接收。 [9月11日]
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Australia's foreign affairs department seeks new satellite provider

From http://www.zdnet.com/article/australias-foreign-affairs-department-seeks-new-satellite-provider/

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is seeking a new supplier of core satellite equipment, core technical services, and 'value-added services' for its satellite communications solution.

Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has gone to tender for a new satellite equipment and services provider.

According to the request for tender documents, the contract would run for three years, with the potential of being extended for a further year.

The four categories of services and equipment being sought by DFAT are core satellite equipment; core satellite equipment -- modified; core technical services; and "value-added services".

Under the first category, DFAT said it needs both a linear and circular 1385-series Prodelin C-band 3.8m satellite antenna; half-aperture de-icing kits for Prodelin 1385/2385 satellite antennas capable of operating at either 120VAC or 240VAC; hot-dipped galvanised king post kit with rods and plates for Prodelin 1385/2385; hot-dipped galvanised non-penetrating satellite dish mounts for Prodelin 1385/2385; Comtech EF Data broadcast group satellite equipment comprising a CTOG-250 Optimiser, CDM-800 Transmitter, and CDD-880 receiver with all 12 demodulator channels; a Comtech EF Data CDM-840 satellite modem; and a Comtech EF Data LPOD (PS 1 and PS 2).

The second category lists a satellite outdoor unit contained within a weatherproof outdoor enclosure; a satellite indoor unit contained within a 1RU 19-inch rack enclosure; a lightning protection kit; an earthing kit; a two-channel Combiner/Divider assembly delivered in a 1RU 19-inch rack enclosure; hot-dipped galvanised adapter plates; and hot-dipped galvanised king posts modified in length including bracing.

DFAT is also after both a linear and circular Pre-Assembled Boom Arms (PABA) to suit Prodelin 1385/2385. The PABAs must be fitted with Comtech PS 1, 40W LPOD, LNB, C-band band-pass filter, rigid transmit waveguide, flexible transmit waveguide end to allow feed assembly rotation, F1 feed assembly, OMT, bird scarer, stainless steel mounting hardware, desiccant, stainless steel braid protected IF cables, control, and power cables and accessories.

Core technical services being sought by DFAT include structural engineering services by an accredited civil engineer; and repair, restoration, and calibration of all Comtech satellite electronic equipment.

DFAT's fourth category of value-added services includes the supply of free satellite equipment firmware upgrades; Prodelin 1385/2385 satellite dish installation equipment and tools; satellite spare parts and additional equipment; satellite test equipment such as a portable spectrum analyser, rack-mounted spectrum analyser (SED Decimator), satellite dish finders (Applied Instruments XR-3), and an inclinometer; coaxial and fibre cable assemblies; fixed-price per person training courses on DFAT satellite equipment; a 3.7-4m transportable C-band satellite antenna system; and experienced technical staff who can develop future satellite solutions.

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Lastly, DFAT said it is seeking the supply of outdoor/riser quality and armoured direct-bury 12-core hybrid fibre cable comprising six-core single mode OS2 9/125um and six-core multimode OM3 armoured in lengths of 10m increments up to 1,000m.

"The tenderer must be prepared to release to DFAT all necessary technical documentation required for an expert level of knowledge and understanding of each system component, including technical specifications, change management, routine tasks, and procedures," the documents added.

There will be an industry briefing on September 18, and the closing date for applications is October 10. DFAT said it anticipates awarding the deed of standing order in January 2018.

Australia's Department of Defence in June extended its satellite partnership with Optus for 10 years for AU$40 million to continue operating and maintaining the C1 satellite and its services.

"Optus will reconfigure the C1 satellite to operate in an inclined orbit to reduce on-board fuel usage and extend the life of the satellite as far as 2027," Defence Minister Marise Payne said.

The deal also came with the option to support other federal government agencies and international partners.

The Department of Defence and Optus had initially collaborated to fund, build, and launch the C1 satellite back in 2003, with Optus making use of the Ku-band and Defence making use of its Ka-band, UHF, and X-band frequencies for coverage across the APAC region. The contract was last extended in July 2015 for an undisclosed amount.

Communications service provider SpeedCast told ZDNet in April that it foresees satellite growth due to defence and military spending increases under governments throughout Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Europe.

The Australian government has been accelerating its military and defence satellite spending and will continue to do so, SpeedCast CEO Pierre-Jean Beylier told ZDNet.

Commercial satellite to link Latin America lifts off on Proton rocket

From https://spaceflightnow.com/2017/09/12/commercial-satellite-to-link-latin-america-lifts-off-on-proton-rocket/

A Russian Proton rocket hauled a U.S.-built, Spanish-owned communications satellite into orbit Monday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, kicking off a 15-year mission to relay video signals and broadband connectivity across a swath of Latin America from Mexico to Patagonia.

The 191-foot-tall (58-meter) launcher took off at 1923:41 GMT (3:23:41 p.m. EDT) Monday, or 1:23 a.m. local time Tuesday at Baikonur. After heading northeast from the barren spaceport on 2.5 million pounds of thrust, the Proton released its first stage around two minutes into the flight, and its second and third stages fired before deploying a Breeze M upper stage to begin another sequence of orbit-raising maneuvers.

The Breeze M main engine ignited around 11 minutes after liftoff to place the Amazonas 5 satellite into a preliminary low-altitude parking orbit. Four more Breeze M firings were supposed to maneuver the spacecraft into a higher orbit with an apogee, or high point, of of 21,925 miles (35,286 kilometers), a perigee, or low point, of 2,765 miles (4,450 kilometers), and an inclination of 22.9 degrees to the equator.

All five Breeze M engine burns were performed according to plan, according to International Launch Services, the Virginia-based company responsible for commercial Proton rocket missions. The Amazonas 5 satellite, owned by Madrid-based Hispasat, separated from the Breeze M upper stage at around 0435 GMT (12:35 a.m. EDT) Tuesday.

ILS declared the launch a success in a press release issued Tuesday.

“It’s very rewarding to have launched Amazonas 5 for Hispasat after the first launch of Amazonas many years ago. We thank Hispasat, a true innovator in satellite communications services, for their continued confidence in ILS and the Proton launch vehicle,” said Kirk Pysher, president of ILS.

A Proton rocket lifts off Monday with the Amazonas 5 satellite. Credit: Roscosmos

Monday’s launch was the 415th flight of a Proton rocket since its debut in 1965, and the third Proton mission this year. Russia’s Khrunichev, the Proton/Breeze M’s prime contractor, owns ILS.

Built by Space Systems/Loral in Palo Alto, California, the 13,000 pound (5,900-kilogram) Amazonas 5 satellite will use its own engine to circularize its orbit nearly 22,300 miles over the equator in the next few weeks. At that altitude, Amazonas 5 will circle Earth at the same rate of the planet’s rotation, appearing to hover over a fixed location.

Amazonas 5 will slide into a parking slot in geostationary orbit at 61 degrees west longitude for a 15-year mission.

“The ILS Proton has proven to be a reliable launch vehicle for Hispasat,” said Carlos Espinós Gómez, Hispasat’s CEO, in a press release. “Thank you to the ILS, Khrunichev, SSL and Hispasat teams for their hard work and dedication. The success of Amazonas 5 allows us to expand our television and Internet service in Latin America and it will ensure a clear path for growth of our business.”

Amazonas 5’s 34 Ka-band spot beams and 24 Ku-band transponders will broadcast communications services to Hispasat customers in Brazil and other parts of Latin America.

The Amazonas 5 satellite’s Ku-band payload will offer 500 new TV channels, including 4K Ultra HD broadcasts, over Central and South America, according to a Hispasat press release.

The Ka-band spot beams will provide Internet connectivity to a half-million people, Hispasat said, and the satellite will also support wireless and cellular communications across Latin America, from Mexico to Patagonia.

“Latin America is a core focus of Hispasat’s history,” said Ignacio Sanchis, Hispasat’s chief commercial officer. “It is a market of 625 million people in which satellites are highly significant for telecommunications, and which offers many opportunities for an operator like Hispasat.

“Thanks to our know-how, the design of the Amazonas 5 satellite dedicated exclusively to Latin America, falls perfectly in line with the demands of this market, and will contribute to making the solutions and services we offer even more attractive.”

ILS and Khrunichev are preparing for another commercial Proton/Breeze M launch by the end of September.

Set for liftoff Sept. 28, the next Proton rocket will loft the AsiaSat 9 communications satellite, another SSL-built craft, into geostationary transfer orbit for AsiaSat of Hong Kong.

Half of Singaporeans admit to online piracy

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/09/12/half-of-singaporeans-admit-to-online-piracy/

Despite major growth in the number and range of legal online content choices available to them, recent studies have found Singaporeans to be among the top consumers of pirated online content around the world. A new consumer research study from research company Sycamore, revealed at an event sponsored by digital multichannel TV trade body CASBAA, further examined online piracy behaviour within Singapore and found several striking trends:
•Almost half the population admit to having engaged in online piracy, with 39 per cent stating they currently illegally stream or download movies, TV shows or live sports channels.
•Illicit Streaming Devices (TV boxes) are changing the face of piracy in Singapore, with 14 per cent of Singaporeans admitting to currently using an illicit streaming device.
•74 per cent of active pirates recognise that accessing pirated content puts them at greater risk of getting viruses, spyware and other malware. In fact, the risk of malware was the primary reason (40 per cent) cited by those who said they had stopped pirating for their change in behaviour, followed by recognition that there were now more legal options available (37 per cent).
•68 per cent of Singaporeans recognise that pirating movies, TV shows or sporting events is stealing or theft, with almost a third agreeing that blocking of sites which profit from pirated content would be the most effective means of reducing online piracy.

The Sycamore study combined qualitative and quantitative methodologies. This included a survey of 1,000 respondents in Singapore, weighted to be representative of the population, plus a further 300 users of illicit streaming devices, to better understand the details of their behaviours.

“The implications of these results are significant,” commented CASBAA’s Chief Policy Officer, John Medeiros. “Admitted usage of TV boxes which provide illegal access to TV series, movies and live sports events is much greater in Singapore than in other developed markets, such as the US and the UK. While these numbers are already concerning, they rely on the candour of respondents and undoubtedly underestimate the true scale of the problem.”

These findings point to an equally worrying trend in the Singaporean market. Despite the fact that two-thirds of Singaporeans agree that piracy is stealing, the study revealed that nearly three quarters of the population consider piracy to be a normal or typical behaviour.

The notion that piracy is something that everybody does nowadays turns it into a socially acceptable behaviour,” said Sycamore Research Director, Anna Meadows. “Numerous studies have shown that what we perceive others to be doing has a far stronger influence on our behaviour than what we know we ‘ought’ to do. People know that they shouldn’t really pirate, but they continue to do so because they believe those around them do as well. Interestingly, even among active pirates, almost a third agree that authorities should be able to take more action to deter piracy.”

Those Singaporeans who admitted to actively streaming or downloading pirated content admitted that the primary incentive behind their behaviour is that it costs nothing to pirate. An overwhelming 63 per cent of respondents answered that their decision to pirate was motivated by the desire to access content for free.

“On the other hand, there are few perceived downsides to piracy. Whilst the risk of devices being infected with viruses or malware is understood, it is underweighted. In the face of the benefit of free content, people appear to discount the risks, as the idea of getting something for nothing is so psychologically powerful,” noted Meadows.

SES orders 7 O3b ‘mPower’ satellites

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/09/11/ses-orders-7-o3b-mpower-satellites/

Satellite operator SES used the Euroconsult Satellite Business Week event to announce a major contract with Boeing to build seven “super-powered” craft as additional satellites for its O3b fleet.

According to SES these new satellites represent a “the beginning of a new era in global cloud-scale connectivity”. SES says the order represents a “rapidly expandable and highly scalable O3b mPOWER system will leverage innovative space and ground technologies, and enable SES Networks to deliver fully-managed services in the dynamic mobility, fixed data and government markets. O3b mPOWER is capable of delivering multiple terabits of throughput globally and is scheduled for launch starting in 2021.”

The new satellites will be medium earth orbit (MEO) craft, and the constellation will have 30,000 fully-shapeable and steerable beams that can be shifted and switched in real time to align with customers’ quickly changing growth opportunities, “making it the most bandwidth-efficient system ever”.

The SES MEO fleet of O3b craft already comprises 12 satellites with another eight planned for launch through 2018 and 2019.

Karim Michael Sabbagh, President and CEO of SES, said, “With the launch of O3b mPOWER, SES is opening a new era of connectivity, fundamentally transforming the role and capabilities of satellite. O3b mPOWER is a unique system with exponentially more power, performance and flexibility which sets the technology at the highest level, offering a visionary roadmap for next generation technology. We are leveraging the pole position we hold today by relying and building on the strengths of our existing O3b Medium Earth Orbit constellation. We are taking a long-term strategic commitment to further boost our capabilities, going beyond boundaries and redefining the frontiers of what satellite connectivity can accomplish. O3b mPOWER will be instrumental in empowering customers to massively scale up their businesses and capture new growth. This will enable us to further execute on our differentiated service offering and deliver profitable growth in line with SES’s financial framework.”

KT Skylife selects Alticast for OTT

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/09/12/kt-skylife-selects-alticast-for-ott/

Alticast has announced that KT Skylife, the largest satellite broadcasting operator in South Korea, has selected the Alticast Ambient TV platform as the foundation for TELEBEE, a new end-to-end turnkey OTT service that will provide a competitive edge against Netflix, Hulu and other SVoD services.

Ambient TV has been specifically designed to allow fully-featured OTT services that can attract subscribers and generate revenue across all device platforms by offering a full suite of capabilities for the management, delivery, experience and security of content. Cloud-based and available via a TV-as-a-Service (TVaaS) model, the new solution optimises flexibility while minimising initial pay-TV operator investment.

“KT Skylife has a long history of anticipating new trends and staying ahead of the technology curve,” said Joonhee Oh, Head of Alticast’s Cloud Business Unit. “By being first to market with Ambient TV, they rapidly and cost-effectively deliver a high-quality, highly-secure service that directly addresses the threat posed by SVoD providers.”

Netflix, Amazon expected to withdraw from Russia

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/09/11/netflix-expected-to-withdraw-from-russia/

Netflix and Amazon Prime Video will boost the Eastern European SVoD sector considerably. The Eastern Europe OTT TV & Video Forecasts report from Digital TV Research estimates that Netflix will have 3.43 million subscribers by 2022, nearly triple its 2016 result. Amazon Prime Video’s achievements will be less impressive, but will still have 1.12 million subscribers by 2022.

Simon Murray, Principal Analyst at Digital TV Research, said: “These numbers may seem modest, but they will be accomplished without any subscribers in Russia. The Russian regulator has recently introduced a 20 per cent foreign ownership equity limit on OTT platforms [with more than 100,000 subscribers]. We believe that this will force Netflix and Amazon Prime Video to abandon their standalone platforms. This is a major blow to their global ambitions.

“Instead, they are likely to license their original content to a local platform. Amediateka already brands itself “home of HBO”, so deals with other platforms are possible. Netflix has already done something similar in China with IQiyi.”

Excluding Russia’s 6.80 million SVoD subscribers by 2022, Netflix will control 35 per cent of SVoD subscribers in the remaining 21 countries. Amazon Prime Video will contribute a further 12 per cent.

Digital TV Research forecasts 16.5 million SVoD [subscription video on demand] subscribers across 22 Eastern European countries by 2022; quadruple the 4 million recorded by end-2016.

SVoD will become the region’s largest OTT revenue source in 2017. SVoD revenues will total $1,300 million by 2022 (57 per cent of total OTT revenues) – up from $190 million in 2016 (34 per cent of total OTT revenues).

OTT TV episode and movie revenues for 22 Eastern European countries will reach $2.23 billion in 2022; quadruple the $552 million recorded in 2016. Russia will account for 46 per cent of the region’s OTT revenues by 2022, with Poland generating a further 19 per cent.


Telkom 3S 3614 H Sr 3000 Fec 7/8 JAYA TV & Papua Channel are new to load on our monitoring dish in W.A, booming in %83 signal quality compared to low 50s of some others on Telkom 3S. Use this signal if you want to go looking for Telkom3S @ 118E

On 3448 H Sr 1650 "Paytren TV" also loaded

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Asiasat 5 4147 H Sr 7200 "First_service" 2017 China GT Race

Intelsat 19 12431 H Sr 7500 Fec 5/6 "STS 12 Enc/ Mod1" ASBK Australian Superbikes Championship

Saturday feed log

Asiasat 5 3856 V Sr 7200 "AFL"

Asiasat 5 3670 H Sr 7200 "Service-1" Ice Hockey

Asiasat 5 3916 H Sr 7200 "GRT-C2" Japanese soccer

Asiasat 5 4156 H Sr 7200 "HD ENC-2a" Japanese soccer
Asiasat 5 4165 H Sr 7200 "L.S. ENC2 HD" Japanese soccer

Asiasat 5 3925 H Sr 7120 "ETP WORLD FEED"

Intelsat 19 12609 V Sr 7000 "STS9" NRL

Optus D2 12660 V Sr 7500 "no name" Horses
Optus D2 12670 V Sr 7500 "008TBS - ENC2" Horses

Friday night feed

Asiasat 5 3936 V Sr 7120 "AFL For Arqiva" Aussie afl
Asiasat 5 4156 H Sr 7200 "GCUK Enc5" Presenter

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From the Dish

ABS 6 159.0E 3619 H ABS-CBN, People's TV, TV 5, GMA TV, CNN Philippines, GMA News TV, IBC 13, ETC, ABS-CBN Sports+Action, Net 25, 2nd Avenue, BEAM TV, UNTV, Aksyon TV and MTV Pinoy have started on , ABV.

Telkom 3S 118.0E 3570 H "Temanggung TV" has left again.

Palapa D 113.0E 3835 V "TV Edukasi" has started on , Fta.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3920 H "Fox Sports Asia and Fox Sports 2 Asia have started on , Irdeto. Fox Sports News Asia, Fox Sports Indonesia and Fox Sports Indonesia" have left.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3940 V "Star Gold HD India, Star Movies HD India, Star World HD India, Star Plus HD India and Star Bharat India" have left .
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4020 V "Star Suvarna" has started on , Videoguard.

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 4040 H "Fox Asia" has started on, Irdeto.

ChinaSat 11 98.0E 12500 V "Sunna TV" is back on , Fta.
ChinaSat 11 98.0E 12500 V "Hi-Indo! and Prambors Channel" have left.

G-Sat 15 93.5E 11470 V "Star Bharat India has replaced APN News" on , Fta.

Measat 3b 91.5E 12563 V "Trans 7" is Fta.
Measat 3b 91.5E 12683 V "Trans TV" is Fta.

Insat 4A 83.0E 4054 H "7N, Satya TV and Janataa TV" have left .

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3440 H "1618 Shop" has left .

ABS 2 75.0E SBS In has started on 11165 H and 12287 V, Fta.
ABS 2 75.0E 12153 V "Nano TV" has left .
ABS 2 75.0E 12227 H "E 24, Janasri News, Dabangg, Dhamaal, Dillagi, 9X Bajao, Maiboli,National Voice, Mastiii, Live India, Mi Marathi, 9XO, Anjan TV, Bhojpuri
Cinema, India Watch, 9XM, Kolkata TV, Mh 1 Music, Shraddha Mh One, 9X Jalwa, Assam Talks, Prabhatam News Raj, Channel Divya, Zonet, Jonack, Peace of Mind TV, Onkar Only Truth TV, Enterr 10, Dangal TV, Kalinga TV, Trace Urban Southeast Asia, DD News, DD Sports and DD National" have left

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东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,7XM(巴基斯坦)频道消失,设置3746 V 6520参数无效接收。 [9月10日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星C频段,MVTV Maldives(马尔代夫)等全组频道改频率,设置3671 V 1580参数免费接收。 [9月10日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,My TV(巴基斯坦)频道消失,设置3751 V 2333参数无效接收。 [9月10日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,R Vision(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置4054 H 13230参数免费接收。 [9月10日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2A号卫星Ku频段,CH-1、GTV(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置12589 V 45000参数部分免费接收。 [9月10日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,风云音乐(台亚卫星)频道加密,设置11101 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [9月10日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2A号卫星Ku频段,CH-1、GTV(MPEG-4)频道重现,设置12533 V 45000参数免费接收。 [9月10日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Klik Music(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置11165 H 44000参数有条件接收。 [9月10日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,东森洋片替换东森戏剧(DISH-HD)频道,设置11101 H 45000参数免费接收。 [9月10日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,东森戏剧替换东森洋片(DISH HD)等频道,设置11101 H 45000参数免费接收。 [9月10日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星C频段,CCTV-4(中国)频道重现,设置3582 H 5000参数免费接收。 [9月10日]

东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,India Crime(MPEG-4)频道开播,设置3805 H 28500参数免费接收。 [9月9日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星C频段,IBC 13(菲律宾)频道开播,设置3858 H 2500参数免费接收。 [9月9日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2A号卫星Ku频段,GTV、CH-1(MPEG-4)等全组频道消失,设置12533 V 45000参数无效接收。 [9月9日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,MCOT Family(泰国)频道新增,设置3520 H 28125参数有条件接收。 [9月9日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Sadhna、Disha Channel(MPEG-4)等5个频道消失,设置3725 H 26665参数无效接收。 [9月9日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Music Bangla TV(孟加拉)频道消失,设置3769 H 13333参数无效接收。 [9月9日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,风云音乐(台亚卫星)频道解密,设置11101 V 45000参数免费接收。 [9月9日]
东经84.8度轨道位置的Horizons 2号卫星Ku频段,MPEG-2 SD、H.264 HD(测试)频道消失,设置11838 V 45000参数无效接收。 [9月9日]
东经84.8度轨道位置的Horizons 2号卫星Ku频段,HEVC HD、H264 SD(测试)频道消失,设置11758 V 45000参数无效接收。 [9月9日]

东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,LGCC(韩国)频道加密,设置12352 H 3332参数有条件接收。 [9月8日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,世界地理、风云音乐(台亚卫星)频道新增,设置11101 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [9月8日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Honey(高清)频道新增,设置12690 H 29500参数有条件接收。 [9月8日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Deslgner(韩国)频道新增,设置12450 H 27489参数有条件接收。 [9月8日]
东经84.8度轨道位置的Horizons 2号卫星Ku频段,Fox Action Movies、Fox Movies(泰国)频道新增,设置11838 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [9月8日]
东经84.8度轨道位置的Horizons 2号卫星Ku频段,Just For Fun、Thainese TV(泰国)频道加密,设置11758 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [9月8日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Sports Illustrated 1、广西卫视(DISH-HD)等3个频道消失,设置11101 H 45000参数无效接收。 [9月8日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,广东珠江、广东体育(DISH-HD)频道新重现,设置11101 H 45000参数免费接收。 [9月8日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,东森超视替换民视(DISH-HD)频道,设置11101 H 45000参数免费接收。 [9月8日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-6、CCTV-8(DISH-HD)频道消失,设置11101 H 45000参数无效接收。 [9月8日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,SB(蒙古)频道消失,设置12690 H 43200参数无效接收。 [9月8日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-6、CCTV-8(台亚卫星)频道消失,设置11101 V 45000参数无效接收。 [9月8日]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,LGCC(传送)频道解密,设置12352 H 3332参数免费接收。 [9月8日]


Telkom 1 Satellite Service 100 Percent Recovered

From http://www.en.netralnews.com/news/business/read/11012/telkom.telkom.1.satellite.service.100.percent.recovered

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Telkom Indonesia owns Telkom 1 satellite has ensured that customer connectivity services have been 100 percent recovered in accordance with the target of September 10, 2017.

"Until 8pm tonight, Sunday (9/10/2017), the connectivity recovery position reached 14,689 sites or 98 percent of the total 15,019 sites so that on Monday (11/9/2017) at 12am the customer connectivity will 100 percent complete, " Telkom CEO Alex J Sinaga said, Sunday (9/10/2017) night, in a press conference at Graha Merah Putih Telkom Jakarta.

Sinaga said since September 7, 2017, the entire offices and ATMs network of the State Bank Association (Himbara) - such as Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI), Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI), Bank Mandiri and Bank Tabungan Negara (BTN) - has been 100 percent recovered following Telkom 1 Satellite anomaly.

According to him, the service recovery was completed thanks to support from various parties, including the Ministry of SOEs, Ministry of Communication and Informatics, Telecommunication Regulatory Authority, Bank Indonesia, Financial Services Authority, Indonesian Consumers Organization, National Military, customers and business partners, media and the Indonesian community.

"We especially express our appreciation to 2,195 Telkom officers who always stand by and work hard for 24/7," Sinaga added.

Of the total 15,019 customer service sites, there are 11,574 ATM service sites and 3,445 non-ATM services. To accelerate the recovery of a number of sites experiencing constraints during antenna repointing, Telkom uses 5 percent optic fiber network and uses a 14 percent machine to machine (M2M) network.

"Repointing is not a matter of shifting the VSAT direction according to the transponders used but rather on non-technician factors such as weather conditions and areas that are difficult to reach," he explained.

Repointing can actually be done no longer of 2-3 hours, but many areas that are difficult to reach may take 2-3 days, he said. One of the leading areas in Masalembo, though it was constrained by weather, the "black out" network did not occur there because it uses Telkom 3S satellite. The recovery of Papua’s Pani and Beras islands were also completed.

The CEO ensured that the measures taken by Telkom after the recovery will be the continuing the National Crisis Center function to monitor services to ensure stability and quality to customers.

Then return the temporary solution to the permanent solution, within two months and process the securing of the 108-degree east longitude to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) with the Ministry of Communication and Informatics.

BRI Has Fully Recovered Its Entire ATM Network

From http://www.en.netralnews.com/news/business/read/10953/bri.has.fully.recovered.its.entire.atm.network

BRI Has Fully Recovered Its Entire ATM Network (infoperbankan)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - State-owned banking company Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BBRI.JK), also known as BRI, reports that its entire work unit and automated teller machine (ATM) networks have fully recovered after reparations were made due to the interference of Telkom-1 Satellite.

"We have restored the entire networks affected by Telkom-1 satellite anomaly since the beginning of this week. Customers now have access to all BRI banking services," said Hari Siaga, Corporate Secretary of BRI in Jakarta on Sunday (9/10/ 2017).

Previously, due to disruption or anomaly on Telkom-1 satellite, 321 BRI ATMs and 124 BRI work units were disrupted.

After the anomaly, Hari said BRI migrated the affected network to BRI's satellite, BRIsat and prepared a support system to backup other networks. As a result, said Hari, within four working days the entire network of work units and ATMs BRI has been operating normally.

Hari said BRI did not suffer losses due to this incident. But it was admitted Hari, banking services to customers had been disrupted.

"In addition, customers do not have to worry because this incident does not interfere with the security of customer data," he said.

IP report highlights ‘Kodi’ box threat

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/09/08/ip-report-highlights-kodi-box-threat/

The annual IP crime and enforcement report: 2016 to 2017 from the UK’s Intellectual Property Office, which highlights current and emerging counterfeiting and piracy threats in the UK and overseas, suggests that one of the biggest challenges facing the pay-TV industry is the sale and use of illicit streaming devices, commonly known as set-top boxes, IPTV boxes or ‘Kodi’ boxes which, in their original form are legitimate.

Using an Internet connection, the device allows users to stream a wide range of content via a range of apps and add-ons – effectively turning the television into a smart TV. However, it is the use of third party unlicensed apps and add-ons that allow users to access copyright infringing material which turn the use from legal to illegal, notes Intellectual Property protection body FACT (Federation Against Copyright Theft).

Similarly, a report from the Industry Trust for IP Awareness suggests that 19 per cent of adults watch copyright-free material via such means. “Policing technological missuses and social media distribution requires investment, cooperation and, perhaps most importantly of all, raising the levels of awareness of the consequences of IP Crime amongst consumers and business people,” says the report.

Not long ago illegal streaming through Kodi Boxes was an ‘unknown’. Now, this technology updates copyright infringement by empowering TV viewers with the technology they need to subvert copyright law at the flick of a remote control. Statistics from Google, published in a report for the Industry Trust, show that the number of searches for Kodi Boxes in the UK had reached 206,000 per month by November 2016.

In the report’s Foreword, Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, notes that recently-commissioned research from the IPO estimates 15 per cent, approximately 6.7 million of UK Internet users, consumed at least one item of online content illegally during the three months prior to March 2013. Moreover, because technology has made copying easier – it can be done through set-top boxes, streaming unlicensed TV programmes in the living room.

Spacecom hits IAI with $138m claim

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/09/08/spacecom-hits-iai-with-138m-claim/

Israel’s Spacecom, which operates the ‘AMOS’ fleet of satellites, is suing Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) with a $138 million (€114.4m) compensation claim for its Amos-6 satellite lost in a catastrophic fire a year ago when the satellite was atop a SpaceX rocket being fueled.

In an announcement to the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange and the Israel Securities Authority, IAI said that the demand was part of the ongoing arbitration proceedings between the two companies. According to IAI, the demand alleges that Spacecom suffered damage totaling $138 million, plus interest, as a result of the alleged breach of IAI’s obligation to deliver a satellite on the stipulated date.

IAI, in its response to the proceedings, said: “IAI rejects the groundless allegations by Spacecom. The two companies have agreed on an arbitration proceeding concerning them. Given this proceeding, IAI was surprised by the statement of claim, in which Spacecom is demanding $138 million in compensation. IAI is astounded at the baseless arguments contained in the statement of claim, including the excessive amount, and rejects them completely. IAI will file its response accordingly.”

IAI had already received $170 million in insurance cover from the disaster, which it has transferred to Spacecom.

Enhanced NFL Game Pass for Europe

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/09/08/enhanced-nfl-game-pass-for-europe/

Ahead of the 2017 season, a newly enhanced NFL Game Pass subscription streaming service is rolling out across Europe. It will stream every NFL game live in HD with fully-integrated, real-time game data and statistics and new multi-stream capabilities that allow fans to watch on as many as five devices simultaneously. The new multi-stream option is one of dozens of enhancements and features created using extensive fan research and feedback for NFL Game Pass.

In addition to all the live action, fans will have access to the 24/7 home of the NFL, NFL Network, as well as NFL RedZone which brings fans live look-ins to every touchdown and all the big moments from every Sunday afternoon game across the NFL and hundreds of hours of on-demand shows, series and specials including the award-winning NFL Films productions A Football Life and Hard Knocks.

The service is available across many European countries and territories and is accessible via web, mobile web, all Apple and Android mobile devices, Google Chromecast, Apple TV and Xbox One. PS4 and Amazon Fire TV apps will also launch in September.

NFL Game Pass in Europe is licensed by OverTier; a joint venture between Bruin Sports Capital and WPP, in partnership with the NFL.

“NFL Game Pass has become the destination for our avid NFL fans outside the United States who look to connect with the sport they love when, how and where they want,” said Michael Markovich, Vice President of International Media & Business Development for the NFL. “Digital engagement – both streaming and on-demand – is a key connection point for the NFL and our fans and will become increasingly important as we look to grow the NFL fan base in Europe and beyond. We are excited to work with OverTier to take the Game Pass business to the next level.”

Selected Game Pass Europe features for 2017 include:

•Every NFL game live*, NFL Network, NFL RedZone and hundreds of on-demand shows series and specials such as Hard Knocksand A Football Life;
•New and improved Game in 40 – condensed 40-minute versions of every NFL game – plus coach’s films;
•Integrated data and stats, delivered in sync with live and on-demand video;
•Freedom to use up to 5 different devices simultaneously to access live games and streams (from one network);
•Full DVR – NFL fans can now go back in time at any moment, and re-watch key plays of the game, both during live broadcasts and on-demand;
•Live Interactive timeline on web and mobile, allowing fans to access key moments quickly and easily;
•Redesigned website and mobile app.


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Speedcast offers “TV on Demand”

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/09/07/speedcast-offers-tv-on-demand/

Australian-based, but increasingly operating globally, Speedcast specialises in supplying bandwidth to passengers and crew on cruise and ferry ships. Speedcast says it provides services to more than 10,000 vessels.

It has now unveiled ‘Speedcast TV on demand’ service, saying its solution allows passengers and crew to access a wide range of entertainment and information onboard any commercial vessel, cruise ship, ferry or offshore rig, and promises a simple user interface, installation and programming.

“Speedcast TV On Demand is comprised of a small set-top box that offers instant access to a large library of movies, TV shows, sports, news, games, music and informational content, and can be updated using a cloud-based login at any time. Speedcast TV On Demand also allows administrators to upload exclusive video content used for passenger and crew information, training and safety,” said the company.

“We are thrilled to bring the Speedcast TV On Demand solution to our customers,” said Steve Scraper, Speedcast’s product director for cruise and ferry. “This product is innovative and incredibly simple to use for both administrators and end users, and it allows our customers to supply a wide variety of entertainment content that onboard users would typically access at home. It is our goal to provide options for enriching the connectivity experience for everyone, and this product definitely achieves that, while also allowing companies to provide critical training and safety information to passengers and crew.”

Speedcast TV On Demand is one component of the new Speedcast Media Network, set to launch additional applications in coming months to enhance onboard entertainment and media content delivery and reliability.

Gregor Paul: Amazon and SKY may end up more as partners than enemies

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11919649

What appears to be an impending battle for New Zealand Rugby's broadcast rights may not in fact be that at all.

Existing rights holder Sky may not be about to face off directly with global giant Amazon to take hold of the All Blacks when negotiations for a new TV deal begin next year.

The future may be more about cooperation between the two companies rather than competition. Amazon and Sky may end up more as partners than enemies.

There is an unprecedented level of complexity attached to sporting rights broadcast deals given the changing consumption patterns and delivery methods.

The situation with rugby in this country is among the most complicated given the global popularity of the All Blacks; New Zealand's comparatively tiny population and the conglomerate nature of Super Rugby being owned by five separate countries.

Gone are the days when there was just one thing to sell - one owner of all the rights in all territories.

It doesn't work like that any more because the packages are sliced and diced to reflect the various content demands in different territories and the different platforms on which they can be consumed.

The fact that Amazon have honed into view in New Zealand by making an eight-part, in-depth documentary about the All Blacks, doesn't necessarily mean they are about to snaffle all the broadcast rights when the current deal with Sky expires in 2020.

Amazon have come in the front door in regard to their much-publicised documentary.

Agreement about doing it was reached with Sky's knowledge, input and blessing.

With NZR mediating, ground rules were laid down about what Amazon could and couldn't do to gain access to the All Blacks and Sky ostensibly said that as long as the filming didn't get in the way of match day coverage, then they were all for it.

Sky don't have the resources to make high-end content outside of live broadcasting so if Amazon do, and they can showcase the All Blacks to a global audience in a non-competing format, there is no threat to the New Zealand company.

The assumption would have to be made, though, that Amazon have agreed that Sky will have exclusive rights to air the content in New Zealand.

And this arrangement is potentially the blueprint for a future rugby broadcast rights arrangement. Simply put - Sky could retain their existing place as New Zealand's exclusive holder of rugby broadcast rights, with Amazon, or any other global entity, owning non-New Zealand rights to just the All Blacks.

It would be a smart deal for both companies and a winning option for New Zealand Rugby.

The latter will stipulate in any deal that all levels of the game - Mitre 10 Cup, women, sevens, Super Rugby and All Blacks - have to be broadcast.

Its estimated that the cost of having cameras and production capability at all these games is around $10million to $15million a year. But many of those games have limited audience appeal and therefore limited financial potential.

Sky own OSB, the company that specialises in outside broadcast productions and have a proven track record in delivering world class live broadcasts.

Amazon obviously have the money to build a similar competing company, but why bother? And even allowing for the fact that they work on the strategy of winning market share at any cost and then driving profitability later, it still wouldn't make sense for Amazon to get into the filming and production side of broadcasting.

And that's because it's unlikely in the extreme that they have any interest in anything other than the international rights to the All Blacks.

Sky can own the production, and all the rugby rights in New Zealand and clip the international rights ticket as the host broadcaster. It would be cheaper and more effective for Amazon to simply pay Sky to provide access to the broadcast.

Amazon can the use their global reach to then allow people all around the world to live stream All Blacks tests. That is surely the market they want because the size of it is potentially enormous.

Buried in NZR's annual report is the revelation that last year the All Blacks match against Ireland in Chicago was made available in territories which had no access to broadcast footage - essentially a handful of non-traditional rugby nations where the game has little footprint.

Almost 20,000 people paid to live stream the game, making NZR and presumably major media platforms, wonder what sort of returns could be generated if the same exclusive rights were offered to significant rugby territories such as the USA, Japan, France and the UK.

The logic of this scenario developing is hard to deny. NZR have long wanted to find a way to capitalise financially on the true value of the All Blacks brand.

Selling the non-New Zealand rights to Amazon would be the perfect way to do that and it comes with the enormous bonus that they can retain Sky as their local partner and honour their obligation to support and promote all levels of rugby.

Russian satellite grouping unaffected by solar flare — Defense Ministry

From http://tass.com/science/964551

The X9.3-class flare that occurred on the Sun on September 6 became the most powerful one since September 7, 2005

MOSCOW, September 7. /TASS/. A powerful solar flare that caused an auroral storm on the Earth left the Russian orbital satellite grouping unaffected, the Russian Defense Ministry told reporters on Thursday.

"The magnetic storm caused by the solar flare didn’t wield any undesirable impact on the Russian orbital satellite grouping and the ground-based elements of the orbital space control system," a spokesman for the ministry said.

The X9.3-class flare that occurred on the Sun on September 6 became the most powerful one since September 7, 2005. Russian space experts said it could bring about the failures of satellite technologies and systems, similar to the ones that had been registered in North America and Europe.

Warning also said the flare would cause a strong magnetic storm.

A Critical Time for Philippines' Pay TV Regulators and Political Leadership to Act

From http://en.acnnewswire.com/article.asp?art_id=38380

HONG KONG, Sept 7, 2017 - (ACN Newswire) - The Philippines pay TV and broadband markets have enjoyed significant growth over the past two years (delivering US $1.17 billion in 2016 revenue), according to regional industry body, CASBAA, in the latest of its regular "Philippines in View" (PiV) market overview reports and accompanying event, generously sponsored by SES and Vindicia, held in Manila last week.

The 2017 report paints a promising picture, identifying the market as buoyant, innovative and hungry. "The fast-evolving business environment for pay TV and broadband video is not being driven by 'standalone' pay TV services", said Virat Patel of Pioneer Consulting, who authored the new CASBAA report (available here http://bit.ly/2wJZqhs for download by CASBAA Members). According to the report, some 75% of new video connections within the Philippines are for broadband alone, or broadband bundled with pay TV, with room for growth as traditional pay TV services retain a penetration rate of just 14% of all TV households.

In a keynote Conversation, Carlo Katigbak, President and CEO of ABS-CBN Corporation, reinforced the innovative nature of initiatives taken by the industry to deliver the type of content consumers want, whether it be ultra-short form, international, "localised" international, or locally created.

Right now, the industry is seeing a melding of traditional pay TV with OTT TV, and other streams to deliver an ecosystem that enables consumers to access content whenever they want, while optimising the opportunities for driving up ARPU, advertising revenues, and fighting everyone's major competitor: piracy.

However, outdated pay TV regulations, on-going concerns about the delivery of long-haul c-band satellite services, and widespread piracy -- both online and through signal theft -- need to be addressed for the market to achieve its full potential:

"Traditional TV is still a heavily regulated industry, but both distributors of pirated content and OTT providers are subject to very little or no regulation. It is time to think about whether regulations for pay TV are out-of-date and need to be revised," said Katigbak.

At the same time, he emphasised the importance of developing partnerships to develop the online industry. "Affluent consumers access content on multiple channels," said Katigbak. "There is a need to focus more on creating content that is specifically meant to be distributed via online platforms, and to grow partnerships with telcos to achieve scale."

Meanwhile, Nikko Acosta, SVP Content Business Group of Globe Telecom, reinforced Katigbak's observation about cross-industry partnerships. "Bring the best practise of the telco rigour without throttling the creative to death," he said. "Deliver the right content, on the right device, with the right timing, at the right price. A single element of your business doesn't need to make money on its own. Instead, you should treat each piece as part of a larger value chain -- content drives subs, increases ARPU, and locks in consumers."

Customer retention was also highlighted by Michael Greco, VP of APAC, Vindicia, who cited research by Media Partners Asia suggesting that OTT platforms faced 100% subscriber churn every 18 months.

"Retention is becoming the new acquisition strategy in the OTT space," he said, "Once I get my subscribers, how do I keep them?"

Enhancing the consumer experience provided the opportunity for the Content Panel to express how varied is their approach to cater for the tastes of their consumers.

"What's really picking up now is the local content. There's also a demand for international content that is localized, i.e. dubbed into Tagalog," Guido Zaballero from Cignal said. However, Myleeta Aga emphasised BBC Worldwide's international appeal, "While there is a strong demand for local content, some content feels local everywhere in the world. We mostly focus on dubbing our content, instead of producing specific local content." Taking the middle road was Fox Network's Katrina Holigores, who said "Most of our content is international, because there is a strong demand for American programs. But we also produce local content using local talent." Lesley Lee from Disney was particularly bullish about their ubiquitous appeal, "The top 5 movies of all time in the Philippines are either Disney or Marvel (#1 Beauty and the Beast). In that sense, Disney really has it made."

OTT was clearly identified as a youthful and emerging sector, offering tremendous opportunity for growth, with companies experimenting on how to deliver the content, predominantly on mobile: "We originally tried to balance desktop and mobile, but then as we saw the usage was so heavily weighted towards mobile, we adapted and relaunched last year, with the aim to transition later to larger screens," stated Sheila Paul from HOOQ. Jack Lai at PCCW's Viu agreed, saying "Over 80% of our users use their mobile phones to stream PCCW content."

All the OTT panelists recognised OTT complements traditional distribution methods. "As the market becomes more affluent, people are starting to subscribe to multiple services based on what content they want to watch," said Sherwin dela Cruz, iflix. Meanwhile, Jerome Almirante of Sky Cable emphasized the need and opportunity to collaborate: "We see that partnerships with OTT providers and media companies are essential moving forward. The trick is identifying what types of partnerships will be mutually beneficial."

Benefits including, as Amagi's CTO and Co-Founder SriVidhya Srinivasan highlighted, an increase in subscriber and advertising revenues as the cloud becomes utilised to deliver OTT Linear channels and dynamic advertising.

The consumer experience was highlighted in the audience measurement panel, with industry leaders Neilsen and Kantar represented by Stuart Jamieson and Nick Burfitt, respectively. Both emphasized their companies' work toward including measurement of online video consumption. "We see digital as a natural progression from television, because it's video," Jamieson said. "The language we use to describe the viewer, the viability, the viewing time, it's all the same." Burfitt agreed, adding, "It's the natural evolution of the measurement industry, which is following the natural evolution of the TV industry."

Evolution was also a theme on the Pay-TV Operators panel, with March Ventosa at Sky Cable pointing to the company's recently-launched DTH service as a growth driver: "We have surpassed the 1 million subscriber mark, thanks to Sky direct. Our convergence strategy has helped us to greatly grow our subscriber base."

Likewise, Cignal's growth has been exceptional. "We've seen a remarkable growth in our subscriber base, as well as our revenue (by 20%) and our ARPU," said Jane Jiminez-Basas. She pointed out that this growth despite the constraint of "legacy" regulations. She believed Pay TV can achieve even further success when the regulators take the opportunity to level the playing field: "When it comes to content, we can't be as ambitious as OTT providers because we are subject to stricter regulations." Ventosa agreed, saying, "There is a real need for the regulators to review what are now dated regulatory rules. Right now, the OTT providers are having a free ride, but eventually the regulators will catch up."

Regulatory issues were also a key focus for the Satellite industry, particularly with the threat of enforced sharing of C-band spectrum with the mobile industry, a policy initiative that panellists agreed could be disastrous.

"If the satellite industry had alternative frequencies, it would consider moving, but C-band is ideal for our industry. There are, however, a tremendous number of viable frequency alternatives for the mobile industry," said Deepak Mathur, EVP of SES. Andrew Jordan, President and CEO of AsiaSat agreed, saying, "C-band should remain exclusively for satellites in the broadcast industry, and cannot be shared with mobile."

In a country numbering over 7,000 islands, accessing the consumers is still a challenge, and Thomas Choi of ABS stated that DTH still offers a solution. "In many emerging markets, including the Philippines, rural communities cannot access cable TV," he said. "DTH can solve this problem. As a result, the Philippines could contribute 5-7 million households for DTH services". That view was supported and enhanced by Andrew Jordan of AsiaSat, who reflected, "DTH paves the way to provide broadband to the same subscribers. With the advent of HTP satellite, broadband delivered by satellite could be delivered at same price as terrestrial broadband."

Piracy was a theme repeated throughout the event. Several speakers acknowledged that consumers in the Philippines can all too easily access pirated content via thumb drives, illegal set top boxes and other unregulated online sources.

"While innovative industry players are seeking to meet consumer demand for new ways of viewing TV and video content, the new internet delivered Over the Top (OTT) service providers are experiencing the paralyzing and growth-killing effects of online piracy, which they all agreed is the "biggest, and most unfair competitor within the Philippines video economy", said John Medeiros, CASBAA's Chief Policy Officer.

In conclusion, CASBAA CEO, Christopher Slaughter said "Our 2017 'Philippines in View' event was an excellent forum for the regional and local industry to meet and discuss the issues at hand. There's a great opportunity to be grasped, and it's time for Philippines regulators and industry leaders to take action."


CASBAA is the Asia Pacific region's largest non-profit media association, serving the multi-channel audio-visual content creation and distribution industry. Established in 1991, CASBAA has grown with the industry to include digital multichannel television, content, platforms, advertising, and video delivery. Encompassing some 500 million connections within a footprint across the region, CASBAA works to be the authoritative voice for multichannel TV; promoting even handed and market-friendly regulation, IP protection and revenue growth for subscription and advertising, while promoting global best practices. For more information, visit www.casbaa.com

Contact: CASBAA PR
Tel: +852 3929 1711
Email: pr@casbaa.com

Tricolor TV launches test of online TV service

From http://www.mipcom.com/?utm_source=dtve&utm_medium=barter_website&utm_campaign=mipcom2017_dtve_website

Russian pay TV operator Tricolor TV has launched its planned OTT TV service in test mode. The service will enable subscribers to access its services via the web as well as by satellite.

Tricolor TV said that the service would be available to five million homes by the end of the year, up from three million currently reachable. The service will be accessible via Tricolor TV’s satellite boxes that can be connected to the web, and access to it will require them to use their receiver.

The online TV service is currently operating in test mode, but will be made available free of charge to existing subscribers of the operator’s basic tier offering in the fourth quarter.

Tricolor said the number of hybrid satellite receivers that can access the online service would be expanded from 13 to 21 next year.

The operator is initially making 100 TV channels available on the platform free of charge, including a number of service previously only available for a subscription.

The service enables users to view Tricolor TV content at their dachas – provided they have access to an internet connection with speeds greater than 5Mbps – and in areas of their home without access to the satellite transmission, according to the operator.

The operator said it was negotiating for rights to expand the range of services available on the new service, either via a basic subscription of à la carte.


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AsiaSat announces new appointments

From Press Release

Hong Kong, 6 September 2017 – Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), Asia’s leading satellite operator announced new appointments across the company’s sales, business development and human resources teams, bringing in considerable talents and rich experience that allow for an increased focus on customer solutions, business growth and staff development.

New appointments include Laurent Tran Dien, Director of Sales Solutions; Fabien Robineau, Regional Director, EMEA; Lara Kwok, Director of Business Development and Mary Wong, Director of Human Resources.

Laurent Tran Dien will lead the sales solutions team to enhance the company’s outreach to customers with a more robust service and innovative satellite and media solutions. Laurent has 10 years of satellite engineering and sales experience to match customers’ requirement for relevant business and service solutions. Prior to AsiaSat, he has held various positions in teleport engineering and operations with a satellite company since 2008, and was pre-sales manager and director of sales and customer support for the Asian operation based in Singapore since 2013.

Fabien Robineau brings with him a wealth of sales and general management experience from his prior role at Arqiva and latterly Dock10 in both the broadcast and data sectors. Fabien will support and help drive market development initiatives and further strengthen the excellent relationships of AsiaSat’s existing customer base in the EMEA region.

Lara Kwok has joined as Director of Business Development, bringing more than 13 years of experience in private equity and investment banking. Prior to AsiaSat, Lara was employed by The Longreach Group between 2008 and 2015 as Principal of the Greater China investment team, and has held various positions in global investment banks in New York and Hong Kong.

Mary Wong, as Director of Human Resources, will be responsible for leading the HR team to provide services and support that further develop the talent pool, one of AsiaSat’s most valuable assets. Mary has 20 years of experience in the HR and administration practice at professional services firms as well as local investment bank.
On the new appointments, Andrew Jordan, President and Chief Executive Officer of AsiaSat said, “I’m delighted to welcome these new talents to align us further for both internal and external development. I believe their fresh perspectives will contribute to our business growth and to deliver even better services to our customers amid the excitement of the AsiaSat 9 launch end of this month.”
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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 Contact:
Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited
Winnie Pang, Manager, Marketing Communications | Tel: (852) 2500 0880 | Email: wpang@asiasat.com

StarWorld rebranding as Fox life

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/09/06/starworld-rebranding-as-fox-life/

Fox Networks Group Asia’s popular StarWorld is preparing to rebrand as Fox life.

The new look, to be unveiled on October 1st, will incorporate a new name, identity, brand tagline and logo designed to deliver an innovative and entertaining and commercial channel brand, with a programming mix designed to appeal to a broad cross section of females and to provide co-viewing opportunities.

In celebration of the rebrand and amplifying the new Turn On tagline, Fox life will launch a regional social media campaign, incorporating digital ads and a competition aimed at engaging with Fox life fans.

NeuLion powers Sky Sports Box Office OTT

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/09/07/neulion-powers-sky-sports-box-office-ott/

Live and on-demand digital video content technology product and service provider NeuLion is partnering with Sky Sports to power its Sky Sports Box Office OTT service. The NeuLion Digital Platform will power future, live pay-per-view events for Sky Sports Box Office.

“We’ve seen the work that NeuLion has done over many years for the English Football League, NBA, NFL, Eleven Sports Network, Euroleague Basketball, and others, and we are excited that our Sky Sports Box Office OTT service is being enabled by the NeuLion Digital Platform,” declared David Gibbs, Digital Director – Sky Sports & Sky News. “We believe that NeuLion plays an important role in ensuring the success of our live OTT service, and it’s an exciting addition to our content offering for fans in the UK and Ireland.”

The Sky Sports Box Office OTT service offers boxing fans in the UK and Ireland live premium boxing events that can be viewed via the NOW TV box, PC, mobile and tablet devices. Streaming replays of the live events are available on-demand for fans up to seven days later on the Sky Sports archive service.

As part of this new agreement and partnership, Sky Sports Box Office used the NeuLion Digital Platform to power the streaming of the August 26th Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor fight. Next up on the service, World Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua will defend his title against Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev on October28th.

“Sky Sports represents fantastic content for fans in the UK and Ireland,” said Roy Reichbach, NeuLion President and Chief Executive Officer. “As we continue our company’s expansion in Europe having Sky Sports as our partner in addition to our growing list of European customers that include EFL Digital (English Football League), Eleven Sports Network and others is very exciting.”

Roku launches The Roku Channel

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/09/07/roku-launches-the-roku-channel/

Streaming platform and device specialist Roku has launched The Roku Channel, a new streaming channel on the Roku platform specifically dedicated to giving customers free access to a collection of top films and more. Customers will enjoy award winners and big screen classics, whenever they want at no cost. There are no subscriptions, fees or logins required to access The Roku Channel – it is ad-supported and expected to have, on average, approximately half the advertising per programming hour as compared to traditional ad-supported linear TV.

“We’re always looking for ways to add value and make TV better for our customers,” said Rob Holmes, Vice President of Programming at Roku. “With The Roku Channel, we’re responding to consumer demand and helping content publishers deliver content through a new experience that makes finding free entertainment easy for our customers.”

The Roku Channel will feature quality films such as Ali, The Karate Kid, Legally Blonde, and many others from leading studios including Lionsgate, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), Sony Pictures Entertainment and Warner Brothers among others. The Roku Channel will also help existing channel publishers drive additional viewership of their content on the Roku platform. Publishers participating include American Classics, Fandor, FilmRise, Nosey, OVGuide, Popcornflix, Vidmark, and YuYu; others are expected to be added over time.

“There is tremendous opportunity for our content to be viewed on the Roku platform,” said Danny Fisher, Chief Executive Officer at FilmRise. “Now with The Roku Channel launch, Roku is offering its customers even greater value by giving them free content while enabling publishers like us to benefit from simple discovery that drives greater engagement.”

Currently, the Roku platform in the US offers a collection of more than 5,000 channels with access to 500,000 movies and TV episodes. Additionally, users can easily search and find content from more than 500 channels with unbiased results sorted by price.

The Roku Channel will be available through a phased roll out over the coming weeks. Once available for their device, customers can easily add the channel from the Roku Channel Store and begin using for free.

EchoStar recovers lost satellite

From https://www.telecompaper.com/news/echostar-recovers-lost-satellite--1210892

EchoStar announced that the EchoStar III satellite has been recovered following the anomaly that occurred in late July and retired per the FCC regulations. The company tried to change the orbital position of the 20-year-old satellite and lost contact.

Manufacturer Lockheed Martin helped in recovering the device. A command and control link was reestablished and de-orbit maneuvers performed, EchoStar said. The satellite is now in a graveyard orbit more than 350 km above the geostationary arc with its fuel and pressurants depleted, batteries drained, and systems shut down.

The Ku-band BSS satellite provided coverage over the US and was a fully depreciated, non-revenue generating asset owned by EchoStar. Launched in 1997, EchoStar III exceeded its 15-year design life.


Chinasat 6B 115.5E
3600 V Sr 27500
3640 V Sr 27500
3680 V Sr 27500
are all FTA

Chinasat 6A 125E some of the usually Nagra encrypted HD Chinese channels are FTA

Beijing HD

Guangdong HD

Hubei HD

Shenzhen HD

Shandong HD

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From the Dish

Telkom 3S 118.0E 3415 H "CNN Indonesia" has started on , BISS.
Telkom 3S 118.0E 3604 H "Hope Channel Indonesia" has started on , Fta.
Telkom 3S 118.0E 4196 V "TVRI Kalteng" has started on , Fta.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3880 H "Macau Lotus TV" has left .

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3440 H "Chokdee TV" has started on, BISS.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3480 H "Shop & Show, Smart Movie & Music, PB Channel, NB TV, Thai Chaiyo, White Channel, @TV, Yateem TV, Umm TV, Time TV, Suwannabhumi Channel, Zabb Channel, Dee Dee TV and Movies Max" have left .

Thaicom 6 78.5E 3920 H "MCOT Family" has left .

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Australia facing 'urgency' on 5G spectrum bands: AMTA

From http://www.zdnet.com/article/australia-facing-urgency-on-5g-spectrum-bands-amta/

The allocation of millimetre-wave spectrum bands for 5G applications is an 'urgent' need in Australia, according to AMTA, which said the nation must keep up with the international community.

There is an "urgency" around setting aside 5G spectrum as it will be crucial in keeping up with an international community that is forging ahead with trials and pre-standardisation across the millimetre-wave (mmWave) band, the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) has said.

AMTA CEO Chris Althaus -- who was responsible for setting up Australia's industry 5G Group -- said the nation must keep pace by having its regulatory settings match the technology evolution.

"We see a lot of aspects already standardised in 2018, pre-standard activities are under way, and there's an urgency around this whole equation," Althaus said during the Australian Communications and Media Authority's (ACMA) Spectrum tune-up: Spectrum for 5G broadband in mmWave bands event on Tuesday.

"We're getting a lot of interest by end users and customers outside the sector; we need to be in a position as a nation to take early advantage of this.

"We are already a leading global nation in mobile terms, and there is some enormous productivity and competitiveness implications if we take this journey in a planned way, but a very deliberate way, to keep up."

According to Althaus, industry is going to be relying on mmWave spectrum -- which refers to bands above 24.25GHz -- to do a lot of "heavy lifting" in terms of the data it will be required to move, as well as enabling new mobile technologies such as network slicing, Massive Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO), HetNets, and beam forming.

"[5G is] relevant for virtually every industry," Althaus added.

AMTA engineer Juan Pablo Casetta said the regulatory development could be helped along by the Australian government through both domestic and international processes.

"We've got two separate processes here through which the Australian government and industry can aid the development of a regulatory environment that's amenable to the future of 5G millimetre-wave services," he said during the ACMA event.

"First is an international process supporting regulatory provisions, and encourage the development of 5G technology in key spectrum bands; and secondly, there's the domestic process in which spectrum policy and licensing frameworks support 5G millimetre-wave deployments in Australia."

The two processes must be separated or "decoupled", however, so that Australian support internationally for the band is not held back by it only being at a monitoring stage locally, AMTA said, as it pushed the ACMA to progress mmWave beyond initial investigation.

"AMTA wants to see the progression to the initial investigation stage now; obviously, we can't wait until WRC [World Radio Conference] '19, because by that stage ... the technology will likely be ready," he argued, saying that the government would then be rushing to allocate spectrum.

"This needs to progress now."

According to Casetta, the 24-27GHz and 37-43GHz mmWave spectrum bands are seeing a lot of international interest, with the 66-76GHz band also seeing a high level of trial activity worldwide.

"From an Australian perspective, what we're looking to do is maximise spectrum options for future 5G millimetre-wave networks as and when required ... support and encourage the development of device ecosystems at the higher end of the spectrum estimates," he explained.

"So we're talking about roughly 10GHz below 50GHz and 10GHz above, and then that translates to minimum notification targets of the 25GHz range, 37 to 43.5GHz, and 66 to 76GHz."

Daniel Mah, senior legal and regulatory counsel for SES Satellites, expressed "dismay" at some of the mmWave bands being considered, as many of the current high-throughput satellites make use of mmWave spectrum -- including the two National Broadband Network (NBN) satellites, which utilise the ka-band on 28GHz spectrum.

Instead of looking into the 28GHz band, in which satellite is "very heavily deployed" and is being avoided by the international community, or into the 37-52GHz band, for which nothing is yet deployed but some satellite companies have announced plans to launch in future, Mah said the ACMA should consider 26GHz, 32GHz, 66GHz, and 81GHz, as there is limited existing and planned usage by satellites across them, and they will be suitable for high-density indoor and outdoor 5G deployment scenarios.

According to Mah, satellite's potential role in 5G deployments also means it should not be shifted off the mmWave bands, because it can "play a role in helping mobile networks achieve latency of sub-1 millisecond".

"These frequency bands are very important to us," he added.

"It's not enough to just think of us as an incumbent that needs to be accommodated somewhere, or relocated somewhere, but to think actively and hard about how we fit and how we play a role in the 5G future."

Achieving such low latency will rely on satellite-utilising small cells for densification, with Mah pointing out that fibre and microwave backhaul cannot reach everywhere due to economic feasibility concerns.

"Satellite's ability to extend terrestrial networks is really essential for an inclusive digital society," he argued.

"There's a real risk if you just focus on terrestrial technologies that you end up having 5G and 4G, especially on mmWave bands, being something that simply provides broadband to those who already have it. In many parts of the world today, satellite helps extend these networks beyond their urban cores."

For its own part, the ACMA flagged that it is considering accelerating the process of examining mmWave bands to move onto the next part of the process.

The ACMA said it would consider feedback received during and following the tune-up, pointing out that it will be under "some pressure" after WRC19, as Europe has said 26GHz is a priority for 5G.

Telcos are already looking to use mmWave spectrum for 5G, with Telstra in February announcing a series of 5G new radio (NR) trials across Australia with Ericsson and Qualcomm.

The trials will have them make use of mmWave spectrum technologies at higher-frequency bands to increase network capacity and allow for multi-gigabit speeds across the 28GHz, 39GHz, and sub-6GHz spectrum bands, as well as MIMO antenna technology along with beam forming and beam tracking.

Tech giants Ericsson and IBM earlier this year also announced a "research breakthrough" in 5G network technology, saying a new silicon-based mmWave phased array integrated circuit could accelerate 5G uptake.

As part of their two-year collaboration on 5G, Ericsson and IBM developed an integrated circuit with a phased array antenna module that operates on the 28GHz spectrum band to be used in 5G base stations.

According to Ericsson and IBM, mmWave bands -- portions of the electromagnetic spectrum -- allow for speeds that are more than 10 times faster than the frequencies used currently for mobile devices.

Also working on 5G mmWave products and solutions under the assumption that they will be deployed globally are Intel, Samsung, Huawei, Qualcomm, ZTE, and Nokia.

The ACMA had said it was considering the use of mmWave bands for 5G when it released its five-year spectrum outlook (FYSO) and 12-month work plan in October last year.

"Enabling the next phase of mobile network development is likely to require the ACMA's attention in a number of areas," the FYSO said.

"From a spectrum perspective, 5G appears certain to use (though not exclusively) large contiguous bandwidths (hundreds of MHz or more) in millimetre-wave bands."

The ACMA is also looking into use of the 3.6GHz spectrum band for 5G, in July hosting an event where mobile carriers Telstra and Vodafone Australia found themselves at odds with incumbent users including satellite operators and wireless ISPs.

Midweek Fixture: If the Sky falls, what sports go with them?

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11918011

With dominant internet giants encroaching on existing TV networks, are players like Sky in danger of dying out?

As a bidding war looms for the only jewel in New Zealand's sport broadcasting crown - rugby - it is worth looking beyond the oval ball and into a crystal one to determine what it might mean for sport here.

If global online retail giant Amazon, or another cash-rich party such as Spark, does challenge Sky's monopoly on rugby it will become a spectator sport in itself. Those watching from the edge of their seats should be every other national sporting organisation (NSO) in the country.

One analyst spoken to by the Weekend Herald described the contest for rugby rights as nothing less than existential for Sky. Premium sports was the one trick Sky had that cheaper, more user-friendly streaming services such as Netflix and Lightbox didn't and rugby was by far the "stickiest" content within that.

So it's a big deal. Sky have for years been unchallenged mainly for the fact they were the only company with outside broadcast capability and they screen rugby particularly well (compare and contrast Sky's production to the first Bledisloe Cup test in Sydney and, even more laughably, the two tests in Chicago). If one of the world's richest companies was given time - and it appears they are being given time - there is no reason it can't purchase the equipment and hire the expertise.

But forget the logistics and how a deal might look and focus on the one thing nobody is talking about - all the other sports apart from rugby.

One high-profile sports administrator who spoke on the condition of anonymity said: "If Sky starts going south quickly you can forget about 1st XV rugby being broadcast, you can forget about domestic cricket, you can forget about hockey, you can forget about the NPC. All the small sports, forget about them."

The big sports won't be immune to significant downstream effects.

Take cricket. By our standards New Zealand Cricket is a robust organisation who use a broker, Pitch International, to sell broadcasting rights but even they would feel the reverberations of Sky exiting the market.

The telecast has become part of the rules of international cricket. It is an embedded part of the game. You need a minimum number of cameras and the right technology to service the Decision Review System.

It is not just a matter of having some dudes and dudesses in a Moon TV truck turn up and film the game.

Cricket is big enough to cope with the disruption of Sky leaving the market, you'd imagine, but what about all the other sports - swimming, kayaking, rowing and triathlon to name a few - who have come to rely on Sky for coverage between Olympic cycles?

Sky's commitment to these sports is often painted as benevolent but the sports are essentially giving them content "churn" for free. Still, they're expected to feel grateful.

In an email to NSOs prior to last year's Olympic Games, New Zealand Olympic Committee secretary-general Kereyn Smith included the following paragraph in a long note explaining why Sky were right and NZME* and Fairfax (Stuff) were wrong in a dispute that saw the latter two organisations hand back their accreditations.

"Many of your coaches and athletes will have received Olympic Solidarity scholarships over the years, as well as well as subsidies via the NZOC to attend the Olympic Games," Smith wrote. "Some 95% of all broadcast revenue from the IOC is returned to sports and athletes via Olympic Solidarity globally."

The subtext was clear for all those it was sent to: "Sky, not the digital publishers, are funding you, so sit down and be quiet."

In a Sky doomsday scenario all this changes. Sure, somebody will pick up the rights to the Olympics, but will anybody make a commitment to producing NSO pinnacle events, or screening world cups and world championships for what is, essentially, niche sports?

The sports themselves might stream on their websites, but that severely reduces their ability to be seen by new audiences.

In the past I have been accused of being a Sky apologist so let me qualify the above by saying that the broadcaster has made obvious strategic errors** that have placed them in this predicament. They deserve opprobrium for the unstable roll-out of SkyGo and Fan Pass has clearly been a PR nightmare.

You have every right to look at your monthly Sky bill and compare it to Netflix and go, "WTF?"

To save time, Herald TV critic Karl Puschmann sums up many of the frustrations in this piece.

When companies go from nothing to something big very quickly, there is also an inevitable amount of schadenfreude when they start struggling. I understand this.

It's your right to stand by and dance while Amazon starts digging Sky's grave, if that is what is about to happen, but just remember: this story has the potential to be about much, much more than how and where you will watch the national game.

* NZME owns the NZ Herald and nzherald.co.nz and several reporters here were directly affected by the dispute.

** This may sound self-serving, but one of Sky's biggest mistakes was not investing in sports journalism and a sports site. With their rights and access, Sky had the opportunity to completely "own" the NZ sports media and make themselves relevant Monday-Thursday as well as the weekends. I've never heard a convincing argument as to why they chose not to. To use a poker analogy, while non-rights holders were trying to make a hand holding 10-8 off-suited, Sky folded pocket aces before the flop.

(Craig's comment, I'm sick of them comparing SKY with Netflix, Linear TV vs VOD. Not even close to the same market)

SpaceX wins Kacific, Sky Perfect Jsat condosat launch, new or used rocket TBD

From http://spacenews.com/spacex-wins-kacific-sky-perfect-jsat-condosat-launch/

Kacific-1/JCSAT-18 is scheduled to launch in the second half of 2019.

WASHINGTON — Two Asia-Pacific-based satellite operators have agreed to launch a shared high-throughput satellite on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket during the second half of 2019, the companies said today.

The Kacific-1/JCSAT-18 “condosat” — a satellite that supports separate operator payloads on the same spacecraft bus — is currently under construction at Boeing Satellite Systems International.

It is the first satellite for Singaporean startup Kacific, which raised $147 million in 2016 and as of February had $434 million in pre-launch bandwidth contracts confirmed. Kacific-1’s 56 Ka-band spot beams will concentrate capacity on islands and geographically isolated areas of the Asia-Pacific — a market the company says is largely neglected by other operators.

In a Sept. 5 statement to SpaceNews, Kacific said the operator and Sky Perfect Jsat have yet to decide whether the launch will use a new or pre-flown Falcon 9.

“We have not yet made that decision, and will do so with our launch partners,” Kacific said.

Kacific says Kacific-1 will have “the most powerful signal level ever achieved in a commercial satellite in the South East Asia and Pacific regions.” To lay the groundwork for the new satellite, Kacific has been pooling Ku-band capacity from other satellites to provide an interim service with Australian teleport operator Av-Comm.

Sky Perfect Jsat of Tokyo will use its half of the satellite for HTS Ku- and Ka-band telecommunications services across the Asia-Pacific, including Russia’s Far East. JCSAT-18 will also support traditional wide-beam capacity over East Asia.

Sharing the spacecraft bus and launch lets Kacific and Sky Perfect Jsat split the cost for both, lowering the mission’s financial burden on each operator.

Last-second launch abort grounds two U.S.-built communications satellites

From https://spaceflightnow.com/2017/09/05/last-second-launch-abort-grounds-two-u-s-built-communications-satellites/

Exhaust from the Ariane 5’s Vulcain 2 main engine erupts from the flame trench at the ELA-3 launch pad at the Guiana Space Center, as birds scatter from the sound generated at ignition. Credit: Arianespace

An Ariane 5 countdown in French Guiana was aborted Tuesday with the European-made rocket’s main engine already running, postponing the launch of two commercial communications satellites until engineers can resolve the problem.

The rare last-second abort came at 2151 GMT (5:51 p.m. EDT; 6:51 p.m. French Guiana time) Tuesday as the Ariane 5’s Vulcain 2 main engine, a cryogenic powerplant consuming super-cold liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen, throttled up to full power.

Seven seconds were supposed to elapse before ignition of the Ariane 5’s two powerful side-mounted solid rocket boosters, an irreversible command that would have propelled the rocket airborne.

A computer-run health check into the readiness of the Vulcain 2 engine apparently turned up a problem, and the countdown was halted before the strap-on boosters fired.

It was the first time since March 2011 an Ariane 5 countdown was aborted after main engine start. On that mission, engineers replaced suspect actuators inside the Vulcain 2 engine and successfully launched the Ariane 5 rocket around three weeks later.

Didier Faivre, director of the Guiana Space Center for CNES, the French space agency, said the abort was triggered by the Ariane 5’s computers.

“There was a problem with the Vulcain engine, and we proceeded with an automatic stop of the launcher,” Faivre said. “There is no danger on the base either for people or infrastructure.”

The Ariane 5 launcher and the Intelsat 37e and BSAT 4a communications satellites inside its payload shroud were reported safe after the abort by Luce Fabreguettes, Arianespace’s executive vice president of missions, operations and purchasing.

“We had an aborted launch,” she said. “Everything is fine. The launcher, the satellites are OK. We will be analyzing the problem to be able to launch again as soon as possible. I would, of course, like to apologize to our customers for this delay.”

A view of the Vulcain 2 engine moments after ignition. Credit: Arianespace

Arianespace was gearing up for its ninth launch of the year, and the fifth using the Ariane 5 heavy-lifter.

“Data analysis is underway to determine the cause of the anomaly,” Arianespace said in a statement. “In parallel, the launcher will be transferred to the Final Assembly Building — where it will be returned to a flight-ready condition.”

The Ariane 5 will return to its assembly building, a cavernous structure 1.7 miles (2.7 kilometers) from the launch pad, for ground crews to reconnect umbilical lines between the rocket and its mobile platform. The umbilicals disconnected as planned in the final 10 seconds of the countdown, and they must be reinstalled manually.

The Intelsat 37e and BSAT 4a satellites will likely remain aboard the rocket during any repairs deemed necessary.

The 14,193-pound Intelsat 37e satellite, occupying the upper position in the Ariane 5’s dual-payload stack, will beam broadband, wireless communications, television and government services across the Americas, the Atlantic Ocean, Europe and the Middle East from a perch in geostationary orbit at 18 degrees west longitude. Made by Boeing in El Segundo, California, Intelsat 37e is the fifth Epic-series satellite launched for Intelsat.

BSAT 4a will provide HD, 4K and 8K Ultra HD television broadcasts over Japan for Broadcasting Satellite System Corp. The satellite was built by Space Systems/Loral in Palo Alto, California, and carries 24 Ku-band transponders.

SpaceX tests first stage of 'world's most powerful rocket'

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/SpaceX_tests_first_stage_of_worlds_most_powerful_rocket_999.html

SpaceX has completed testing of all three first-stage cores on its Falcon Heavy rocket. The company is preparing for the rocket's first flight test, scheduled for early November.

"Falcon Heavy's 3 first stage cores have all completed testing at our rocket development facility in McGregor, TX," the aerospace company announced on Twitter.

Falcon Heavy's 3 first stage cores have all completed testing at our rocket development facility in McGregor, September 2, 2017

SpaceX touts the Falcon Heavy as the "world's most powerful rocket."

"Falcon Heavy can lift more than twice the payload of the next closest operational vehicle, the Delta IV Heavy, at one-third the cost," the company claims on its website.

SpaceX expects the Falcon Heavy to eventually ferry crew and cargo between Earth and Mars.

The Falcon Heavy is essentially a trio of Falcon 9 cores bound together. The three rocket engines can generate 5 million pounds of thrust at liftoff -- equivalent to eighteen 747 aircraft.

"Only the Saturn V moon rocket, last flown in 1973, delivered more payload to orbit," according to SpaceX.

According to Fortune, one of the three cores included in the tests had previously powered a Falcon 9 rocket on a space station resupply mission. SpaceX remains committed to reusability as a strategy for dramatically reducing costs.

The company launched and landed a reusable rocket for the first time this year. All totaled, the company has executed controlled landings of 15 first-stage rockets.

Telkom restores 66 percent of ATM services

From http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/09/06/telkom-restores-66-of-atm-services.html

State-owned telecommunications company PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom) has already restored services for 66 percent of the ATMs managed by Bank Mandiri, Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI) and Bank Central Asia (BCA) that were affected by the Telkom 1 satellite disruption on Aug. 25.

"We set up a crisis center that works 24-7 on repositioning [satellite transceivers]. The Board of Directors directly heads the crisis center and we are supported by 466 engineers and 1,727 technicians," Telkom president director Alex Janangkih Sinaga said during Tuesday's press briefing in Jakarta.

Alex added that as of 10.00 a.m. on Sept. 5, the Telkom crisis team had repositioned 7,658 very small aperture terminals (VSATs) out of a total 11,574 VSAT ground stations for ATMs.

Before going offline, the Telkom 1 satellite network served 15,000 VSAT ground stations. The network service is currently being migrated to other satellites, including Telkom 2 and Telkom 3S.

The 18-year-old Telkom 1 went offline on Aug. 25, disrupting ATM services across the nation for a number of banks.

On Aug 30, US-based space debris tracking company ExoAnalytic Solutions said the satellite might have broken up, as a "large cloud of debris" was seen on the day Telkom 1 experienced the network disruption.

However, Alex said he was waiting for a report on Telkom 1's actual condition from Lockheed Martin, the satellite's manufacturer. "Lockheed Martin will give us their report later, we are still focusing on the migration of the service. In an accident, you have to think about the victim first," he said. (bbn)

CASBAA CEO stepping down

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/09/05/casbaa-ceo-stepping-down/

CASBAA has announced that following five years’ service as the Association’s Chief Executive Officer, Christopher Slaughter is to step down, effective December 31st. Slaughter will continue as CEO through the remainder of the year while a search is carried out for his successor.

“The Board deeply appreciates Chris’ stewardship of the Association over the past five years. He has spearheaded structural reform of the organisation, created new events, and delivered on CASBAA’s aim to represent, inform, and connect its membership. We are grateful for his service to the membership and the industry,” said Joe Welch, Chairman of CASBAA’s Board of Directors.

“It has been a tremendous privilege to work so closely with some of the most inspiring leaders of Asia’s multi-channel TV industry, both on the Board and among CASBAA’s members. In addition, it has been an honour to serve alongside the passionate and dedicated staff in the Executive Office. My time at CASBAA has given me a unique perspective on what has been a transformational period in the industry,” said Slaughter. “I want to express my deep appreciation to the Board for this fantastic opportunity over the past five years.”

Slaughter was appointed CEO of CASBAA in October 2012, and had previously served as Convention Director in 2004.

Intelsat delivers media distribution services for Indian Teleport Operator

From http://www.financial-news.co.uk/43231/2017/09/intelsat-delivers-media-distribution-services-for-india/

Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I), operator of the world´s first Globalized Network and provider of integrated satellite communications and LAMHAS, one of the fastest growing teleport operators in India, announced a multi-year agreement for satellite services supporting media distribution in India via the Intelsat 20 satellite, the company said.

LAMHAS is using a C-band Multiple Channels per Carrier broadcast platform on Intelsat 20, located at 68.5° East, to deliver broadcast services to new and emerging TV channels in the devotional, spiritual and patriotic genres as well as regional news programming. Under the previously announced agreement, LAMHAS increased its services commitment on Intelsat 20, while also renewing its previous agreement for an extended term.

Intelsat 20 provides high power distribution of video, voice and broadband services in Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Russia. The Intelsat 20 C-band video neighborhood provides premium programming that is carried by the top Indian cable multi-system and direct-to-home operators, reaching more than 100 million pay-tv subscribers across India. Intelsat´s video distribution service delivers programming to homes in India and across the Indian sub-continent, extending across Asia and Africa. Intelsat 20 and Intelsat 17 combined, delivers content from more than 400 TV channels, making Intelsat the largest media distribution satellite provider in the region.

BBC World News hops aboard SA’s OpenView HD

From https://www.rapidtvnews.com/2017090648696/bbc-world-news-hops-aboard-sa-s-openview-hd.html#axzz4rsw5S1lW

South Africa’s free-to-air (FTA) satellite platform OpenView HD has added BBC World News to its channel bouquet which now reaches almost one million homes.

bbc world news 6 Sept 2017BBC World News, which is now available on Platco Digital’s OpenView HD Channel 112, broadcasts to more than 433 million households globally in over 200 territories worldwide.

In South Africa, BBC World News is already carried on MultiChoice’s DStv, StarTimes South Africa and On Digital Media’s StarSat satellite pay-TV platforms. The channel offers audiences in-depth analysis of news around the globe. “The addition of a news channel speaks to the needs of our growing audience and we believe it will position OpenView HD as South Africa’s digital platform of choice,” says, Ziyanda Mngomezulu, GM of Channel Acquisitions, OpenView HD.

“BBC World News’ reputation for global breaking news is a huge drawcard for us and we’re delighted to be able to offer our viewers a window to the world of quality and integrity,” says Mngomezulu.

ETRI joins HEVC Advance

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/09/05/etri-joins-hevc-advance/

HEVC Advance, an independent licensing administrator, has confirmed that Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) of the Republic of Korea has become a Licensor of the HEVC Advance HEVC/H.265 Licensing Programme. As a Licensor, ETRI will make its essential patents available through the HEVC Advance patent pool, which provides a transparent and efficient licensing programme for HEVC/H.265 essential patents.

HEVC/H.265 offers the next generation video compression features needed to meet consumers’ immediate and rapidly growing demand for 4K video delivered seamlessly to screens ranging from the largest monitors to the smallest smart phones. ETRI is a world-wide research institute established in 1976 with over 2,000 employees and over 28,000 patents. ETRI’s mission is to make contributions to the Korean nation’s economic and social development through research, development and distribution of industrial core technologies in the field of Information, Communications, Electronics, Broadcasting and Convergence technologies.

“We are very pleased that ETRI has chosen to support our efforts at HEVC Advance to facilitate the efficient licensing of the HEVC/H.265 IP that makes 4K UHD technology possible,” said HEVC Advance CEO, Peter Moller. “Having the support of one of the world’s leading research institutes with important patented contributions to HEVC/H.265 technology will help eliminate HEVC/H.265 IP barriers and further accelerate 4K UHD adoption.”


Tuesday feed

Asiasat 5 4145 V sr 4936 "Xm-SNG1" Brics summit 2017

From the Dish

AsiaSat 4 122.2E 4035 H "Zee Hiburan" has started on , Tongfang.

Telkom 3S 118.0E 3540 H "ANTV" has started on , Fta.

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3980 V "Star Chinese Channel" has started on , Irdeto.Nat Geo People Asia, Fox Sports Thailand, Fox Crime HD Asia, Fox Movies
Asia and Star World HD Asia have left.

From asiatvro site

东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Janataa TV、Madras TV(MPEG-4)等3个频道消失,设置4054 H 13230参数无效接收。 [9月5日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Day & Night News(MPEG-4)频道重现,设置3725 H 26665参数免费接收。 [9月5日]
东经159度轨道位置的ABS-6号卫星C频段,2、12(菲律宾)等23个频道新增,设置3620 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [9月5日]

东经159度轨道位置的ABS-6号卫星C频段,Fox Sports HD(高清)频道新增,设置3980 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [9月4日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Pitara(MPEG-4)频道开播,设置3805 H 28500参数免费接收。 [9月4日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星Ku频段,电竞世界(高清)频道改频率,设置12623 H 2692参数免费接收。 [9月4日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Barkat TV(印度)频道消失,设置4100 V 29700参数无效接收。 [9月4日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,Sea TV、PNN(LaoSat)等7个频道新增,设置10790 H 40000参数免费接收。 [9月4日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,HBC(菲律宾)频道消失,设置3717 H 7500参数无效接收。 [9月4日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,All Access(英语)频道加密,设置3717 H 7500参数有条件接收。 [9月4日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,FMN替换Televiva Vision 2(高清)频道,设置4040 H 28600参数有条件接收。 [9月4日]
东经52.5度轨道位置的Al Yah 1号卫星Ku频段,Ai Hajj TV(伊朗)频道开播,设置11938 H 27500参数免费接收。 [9月4日]
东经52.5度轨道位置的Al Yah 1号卫星Ku频段,Nili TV(测试)频道新增,设置11766 V 27500参数免费接收。 [9月4日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星C频段,Nick Jr(MPEG-4)等全组频道消失,设置3505 V 11440参数无效接收。 [9月4日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,四川卫视(华人卫视)频道新增,设置12719 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [9月4日]


Telstra adds Foxtel to mobile plans, signs new telco exec

From http://www.zdnet.com/article/telstra-adds-foxtel-to-mobile-plans-signs-new-telco-exec/

Telstra has unveiled its new post-paid and prepaid mobile plan inclusions, adding Foxtel Now streaming packs and extra data, and also announced its new consumer and SMB executive.

Telstra has announced the addition of media content, streaming inclusions, and extra data to its post-paid and prepaid plans under a media partnership with Foxtel, also revealing a new group executive for its Consumer and Small Business segment.

Under the new post-paid inclusions with Foxtel, which Telstra co-owns, it is now offering customers 12 months of free access to content packs from the Foxtel Now streaming service.

Customers signing up for Telstra's AU$99 Go Mobile Plus and Go Mobile Swap Lease plans prior to December 25 will be given a 12-month subscription for one Foxtel Now starter pack, as well as 20GB of data per month.

Paying AU$129 per month will give customers 30GB of data and two Foxtel Now starter packs; AU$149 will provide three starter packs and 50GB of data; and AU$199 will provide 100GB of data and three starter packs.

The five packs to choose from are Pop, which includes entertainment, comedy, drama, and reality TV, as well as HBO dramas and Foxtel Originals; Drama, which includes BBC, HBO, and Foxtel Originals content; Docos, which includes the Discovery, Nat Geo, BBC, Crime and Investigation, and History content; Kids channels in a "safe" app; and Lifestyle, which includes content from food, homes, entertainment, and reality TV channels.

The post-paid plans also include unlimited Wi-Fi at the more than 1 million Telstra Air hotspots across the country, and data-free streaming on Apple Music and Telstra's AFL and NRL apps.

Telstra Media Group ED Michele Garra called the deals "the most generous data allowances ever", with Telstra saying it is part of becoming the "home of mobile entertainment in Australia".

"We've already established strong content partnerships with the AFL, NRL, Netball, and Apple Music to provide our customers with access to the best quality content," Garra said.

"This new partnership with Foxtel delivers further value to our customers all on Australia's fastest mobile network."

According to Telstra, video consumption now accounts for 38 percent of its mobile network usage -- up by 40 percent year on year -- and is forecast to rise to 75 percent of its mobile traffic within the next five years.

The Telstra TV mobile app will also allow for continuous streaming between home and mobile, with Telstra last month announcing the second iteration of its streaming device.

Telstra's prepaid plans have also been overhauled, with the telco adding a data bank capability to its Prepaid Extra plans. As a result, customers who recharge by AU$30 or more before their plan's expiry can now bank up to 50GB of unused data that has no expiry.

New customers who activate a AU$10 to AU$30 SIM starter kit by January 29 will also be given 5GB of data towards their data bank.

"Data bank is the next generation of our prepaid offers," Telstra Mobile Products ED Michael Simpson said.

"It combines the flexibility and great value of prepaid while letting our customers keep their unused data to stream the latest music and entertainment on their mobile, when they like."

Prepaid customers who recharge by AU$40 or more will also get unlimited international calls to Telstra's 10 standard countries, as well as to Vietnam, Pakistan, and Bangladesh until February 26.

Telstra last month announced its media revenue growing by 8.2 percent to AU$935 million during the FY17 financial year thanks to uptake of both the Telstra TV and Foxtel from Telstra. The latter made AU$777 million in revenue, growing by 8.1 percent due to 57,000 additional subscribers. There were 827,000 Telstra TV devices in the market as of June 30.

Optus is also focusing on media content, in July unveiling an entertainment partnership with National Geographic as part of what CEO Allen Lew told ZDNet is the telco's next move to become a "mobile-led multimedia service provider".

Lew had previously said that Optus is a unique position to be the first in Australia to take advantage of the convergence between telecommunications, media, and technology after beginning its self-described transformation into a multimedia company with the acquisition of the exclusive Australian broadcast rights for the English Premier League in 2015.

Sky TV shares drop to 18-year low

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11916804

The 7.5 per cent share price drop comes after a report that Amazon is likely to bid for rugby broadcast rights.

Sky Network Television shares dropped to their lowest level in more than 18 years after a report that global internet giant Amazon is making a play for New Zealand's rugby broadcasting rights, a key drawcard for the pay-TV operator.

The shares fell as low as $2.58, the lowest since January 1999 and before the merger with former cornerstone shareholder Independent Newspapers Ltd.

The stock was recently down 7.5 per cent, or 21 cents, to $5.59, on a day that holders lost the rights to a 12.5 cents-per-share dividend.

The Auckland-based company has been under pressure this year to address sinking subscriber numbers at a time when online streaming video offerings such as Netflix are seen as a cheaper alternative to Sky's service. One of the major pieces of value seen as protecting Sky's customer base has been its retention of rugby broadcast rights and a production team that would be hard to replicate.

The Herald reported this weekend that Amazon is likely to compete for the next round of rugby broadcast rights from 2021 via its Prime Video streaming service.

"There's continuing uncertainty over the long-term prospects for Sky TV," said Grant Williamson, a director at Hamilton Hindin Greene in Christchurch. "I think analysts have almost given up on them."

The stock is rated an average 'sell' based on six analyst recommendations compiled by Reuters, with a median price target of $2.99. While ownership of premium sporting content has been a boon for Sky it also proved an obstacle to its proposed merger with Vodafone New Zealand, a move it says is a response to the changing media environment.

The Commerce Commission eventually shot down the $3.44 billion deal on concerns that a combined group's premium sporting content could be bundled into a single mobile, landline, broadband and pay-TV offering, while the roll-out of the government-sponsored ultrafast broadband programme presented a "significant opportunity" to attract new customers with a larger bundle of services.

Sky and Vodafone had initially planned to appeal the decision, but have since given up on that and instead are looking at other ways they can leverage off each other's business, though they've yet to provide any public details.

Kacific selects SpaceX to provide launch service

From http://www.voxy.co.nz/business/5/292379

Fuseworks Media Fuseworks Media Tuesday, 5 September, 2017 - 11:08 Kacific-1 will bring fast, cost-effective internet service to South East Asia and the Pacific

Port Vila, Vanuatu- 5 September 2017 - Kacific Broadband Satellites Group (Kacific) has selected SpaceX as the launch provider for its Kacific-1 satellite, which is being built by The Boeing Company.

Kacific-1 will be launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9, a two-stage orbit-class rocket designed from the ground-up for maximum reliability and reusability.

"SpaceX has a breadth of vision that appeals to us," says Christian Patouraux, Kacific CEO. "The company is committed to changing the way people think about space and the possibilities it represents. Signing with SpaceX as our launch service provider is a major step towards delivering our own vision. We look forward to seeing Kacific-1 atop a Falcon 9 Rocket in 2019."

"SpaceX is proud to partner with Kacific on the milestone launch of the company’s first satellite, Kacific-1." said Gwynne Shotwell, President and COO of SpaceX. "We appreciate their confidence in our proven capabilities and look forward to delivering their satellite to orbit."

In February 2017 Kacific placed an order with The Boeing Company for the Kacific-1 satellite. Based on the reliable 702 satellite platform, Kacific-1 is designed to deliver high speed broadband via 56 narrow Ka-band beams, with the most powerful signal level ever achieved in a commercial satellite in the South East Asia and Pacific regions.

Bluesky, SES to bring satellite-based 4G+ to Cook Islands

From https://www.telecompaper.com/news/bluesky-ses-to-bring-satellite-based-4g-to-cook-islands--1210447

SES Networks has announced a contract with Bluesky Cook Islands to increase satellite capacity with a view to bringing 4G+ services to Rarotonga and Aitutaki, the two key cities of the island nation. The increased capacity delivered on SES Networks’ O3b Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) fleet will also allow the extension of 4G/LTE mobile backhaul services to the country’s outer islands as well as a faster and dedicated broadband service for the Cook Islands Ministry of Education, said SES.

The Cook Islands was the first market to use SES Networks’ O3b MEO satellite system back in 2014 to deliver 3G/ 4G services to the nation. The new agreement signed with SES Networks is part of a substantial network upgrade currently being implemented by Bluesky.

After the launch of the Soyuz rocket, Russia lost 9 satellites

From http://micetimes.asia/after-the-launch-of-the-soyuz-rocket-russia-lost-9-satellites/

Some satellites did not deploy solar panels, others were on an unplanned orbit.

Of the 73 satellites launched July 14 for Russian rocket Soyuz-2.1 a, four did not respond to the commands of the operators. Thus, the number of devices with which it has a different kind of problem has increased to nine.

We are talking about three kubath CICERO (Community Initiative for Cellular Earth Remote Observation) is a California-based company GeoOptics and one of the joint Ecuadorian-Russian scientific satellite, UTE-UESOR.

GeoOptics the source, who requested anonymity, refused further comment, citing company policy.

Specialist Fausto Rodrigo Freire Carrera, responsible for UTE-UESOR with the Ecuadorian side, told Space News that after July 30, ground services accept “sporadic fading signals”, which are impossible to decipher. The device is contacted with 15 to 30 July, the findings indicated a low charge its battery. Experts hope that the work UTE-UESOR will improve.

Previously, Space News reported that not communicate four Russian satellites: two cubita from Dauria Aerospace, student spark-MAI-85 (Moscow aviation Institute) and assembled on crowdfunding means lighthouse. It is also said that on unplanned orbits were a couple of American satellites: Lemur-2 (Spire Global) and Flock 2k (Planet Labs).

NAGRA supports StarHub IP transition

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/09/05/nagra-supports-starhub-ip-transition/

Content protection and multiscreen television solutions provider NAGRA has completed the end-to-end integration of Singapore operator StarHub’s multi-network pay-TV services into the operator’s brand new Hubtricity facility. As lead system integrator on the project, NAGRA delivered the seamless migration of the operator’s 280 channels spanning cable, IP and OTT networks into Hubtricity, marking StarHub’s transition to an IP infrastructure. The move also provides StarHub with the foundation to deliver the next generation of IP-enabled pay-TV services to its customers.

The new media headend boasts master control facilities and robust IP network systems designed by NAGRA to enable new capabilities for Singapore’s leading pay-TV service provider while reducing cost of ownership. NAGRA also provided consultancy and project management services in the design and installation of the facility.
“Hubtricity houses our converged command cockpit which delivers our vision of providing world-class services to our customers. A state-of-the-art facility, it also serves as the premier hub for emerging technologies and innovation in the region,” said Chong Siew Loong, Chief Technology Officer, StarHub. “As a longstanding partner, NAGRA was instrumental in bringing all the pieces together through their deep knowledge of pay-TV networks, their TV-centric system integration skills and vast network of partners.”

“We applaud StarHub in launching the Hubtricity facility and their commitment to delivering best-of-breed technologies and services to their customers,” said Stéphane Le Dreau, SVP Regional General Manager Asia-Pacific for NAGRA. “Hubtricity will be a center of excellence for innovation in the development and deployment of next generation pay-TV services. We are proud to support a project of this magnitude by providing StarHub with our expertise in headend, broadcast, streaming back-office and IP technologies to bring it to fruition. We look forward to supporting StarHub as they set the foundation for IP-enabled pay-TV services in Singapore.”
Since 2003, NAGRA has provided StarHub with an array of digital TV technologies ranging from content protection to set-top box software and user experience solutions. StarHub selected NAGRA as overall system integrator for Hubtricity in 2015. The project included the management of 20 different vendors providing products and services in satellite reception, baseband, compression, cable and IP distribution.

Hong Kong replaces BBC world radio with Chinese broadcaster

From http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41152231

The BBC service had been broadcast continually in Hong Kong for nearly 40 years

Hong Kong's public broadcaster has dropped a 24-hour BBC's World Service radio channel, and replaced it with Chinese state radio.

The Chinese station broadcasts mostly in Mandarin, not Cantonese which is used in Hong Kong.

The BBC service has been broadcast continually on Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) since 1978.

Critics say the change is evidence of the gradual encroachment of mainland Chinese state media into Hong Kong.

This, they say, is leading to increased censorship in the Chinese territory that was a British colony until 1997.

The BBC said it was "always disappointed when a service our listeners are used to changes".

But added that the World Service was "doing everything we can to ensure we continue to reach our audiences."

It also confirmed the BBC radio station would still be available to listeners overnight on RTHK and available 24 hours via the internet and on the Telstar 18 DTH satellite platform for people in Hong Kong with a domestic satellite dish.

An online petition signed by almost 1,000 people said the move would make the city "feel more parochial and inward-looking".

But a spokesperson for RTHK told Reuters that the decision was not influenced by politics, and that the adoption of China National Radio would enhance cultural exchanges.

It said the BBC channel would still be broadcast for eight hours overnight, and occasionally during weekends.

The BBC statement added that RTHK had also "agreed to consider including some BBC World Service English programmes in their daytime schedules".

London licensees fined for pirating Sky Sports

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/09/04/london-licensees-fined-for-pirating-sky-sports/

A licensee has been found guilty of three offences of dishonest reception of a television transmission by showing Sky Sports to customers without a commercial agreement from Sky.

Jagdish Karsan Devshi of the Moonbay Restaurant in Wembley, London, entered a plea of guilty to the charges and was fined £1,026 (€1,118) per offence and ordered to pay £102 Victim Surcharge and costs of £3,435, totalling £6,615.

intellectual property protection organisation FACT (Federation Against Copyright Theft) brought the criminal prosecution on August 29th 2017 at Willesden Magistrates Court against the licensee for showing Sky Sports to customers without having a valid commercial viewing agreement in place. Sky Sports is only available to licensed premises in the UK via a commercial viewing agreement from Sky Business.

In a separate case, two licensees of Greenesin Neasden, London, were convicted and fined a combined total of £22,498.80 for showing Sky Sports to customers without having a valid commercial viewing agreement in place.

Stephen Gerrard, Prosecuting Manager, FACT said: “These cases should send a clear warning to pub owners and licensees who show Sky broadcasts without a commercial subscription. If convicted, fines for this offence are unlimited and you may have to pay substantial legal costs, as well as putting yourself at risk of having your licence suspended or revoked.”

George Lawson, head of commercial piracy at Sky, said: “These are the latest in a long line of criminal cases FACT has successfully prosecuted resulting in big fines, demonstrating the seriousness of fraudulently screening TV programmes. The law is clear – the only legal way to show Sky Sports programming in licensed premises in the UK is through a valid commercial viewing agreement with Sky.”

“We remain committed to visiting thousands of pubs, as well as investigating suppliers, to protect our customers and ensure they are not left short-changed by illegal activity. If you choose to televise content illegally then you run the very real risk of being caught and having legal action taken against you – the risks are not worth running.”

These successful cases were prosecuted by FACT. Working with FACT forms a key part of Sky’s commitment to protecting pubs and clubs 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 year.

Star India pays over €2bn for IPL TV rights

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/09/04/star-india-pays-over-e2bn-for-ipl-tv-rights/

Star India has agreed to pay 163.48 bilion rupees (€2.15bn) for the TV and digital rights to Indian Premier League for the next five years, the country’s cricket board has confirmed.

Sony, the only other bidder for the TV rights, offered 110.5 billion rupees but lost out to Star’s consolidated offer for the global rights from 2018 to 2022. It means that, for the first time, the broadcast rights for a single IPL match are worth more than an India home international.

“We believe the IPL is a very powerful property, and we believe there is lots more value that can be created for fans of cricket on digital and TV,” commented Star India chief executive Uday Shankar. “India, cricket and IPL have changed dramatically since 2008, and this bid is a reflection of that.”


Monday morning Telkom 3S scan W.A 2.7m Dish

These services are loading and playing

3445 H Sr 3905 "First_service" TVRI %92 qual %52
3547 H Sr 6000 "TRANS7 DIGITAL" With color bars %95 qual %54
3587 H Sr 6000 "TRANS 7 TV HD" %95 qual %49
3622 H Sr 1200 "hcbn Indo" %89 qual %44
3773 H Sr 1500 "Rasil TV" %91 qual %48

Sunday afternoon feeds

D1 12697 V Sr 7500 Swan Districts vs West Perth , Footy

Sunday morning feeds

Asiasat 5 3716 H Sr 7200 "ETP WORLD FEED" Mens Golf
Asiasat 5 3896 V Sr 7200 "EVENT5-ENC-SP" U18 Worldcup Baseball

Asiasat 5 4094 H Sr 7200 "BEL0058 ENC-A" Soccer WES vs OHL

Friday night Telkom3S scan from Perth

3445 H sr 3905 DVB S qpsk 3/4 "First_service" TVRI
3454 H sr 3200 DVB S qpsk 3/4 "ANTV"
3547 H sr 6000 DVB S qpsk 3/4 "Trans 7 Digital"
3773 H sr 1500 DVB S qpsk 3/4 "Rasil TV" Vpid 512 MPG2 Apid 4112

Saturday morning feed

Asiasat 5 3896 V Sr 7200 "Events-enc-sp" Baseball

From my Email

From Syaugi Assegaf (Melbourne) via Facebook

16 Channels loading on Telkom 3S using 3.7M Orbitron dish

From Alek Zapara (W.A)

Managed to load a ch on Express AM33 @ 96.5e 3925r 4888. 1/2. Perviy Ch. now to try with a plate The 1/2 fec probably helped there were another 2 data service on there. Someone with a bigger dish may have more luck.

From RSM (NZ)

Review of the 3.5 GHz band

Management rights and spectrum licences in Crown management rights 3.5 GHz band will expire in October 2022. This band is anticipated to be one of the main bands for early deployment of 5G services.

Currently there is limited use of the band. Radio Spectrum Management has attempted to work with existing rights holders to reconfigure the band to make it more useable. Unfortunately, a consensus on re-planning the band could not be reached.

The Minister for Communications has decided not to make renewal offers to management rights holders and licensees in the 3.5 GHz band and to continue the current moratorium on issuing new spectrum licences in the Crown management rights in the band. This will allow full re-planning of the band to occur.

Consultation with industry on future uses for the 3.5 GHz band, its configuration and allocation will start in October 2017.

From the Dish

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Rugby battle brews as Sky faces Amazon

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11915194

• New Zealand Rugby expects Amazon to next year bid for broadcast rights
• Move follows documentary series by online giant on All Blacks
• Heavyweight competitor marks serious challenge to Sky's longstanding dominance

Rights bidding war would reshape country's sporting and broadcast landscapes, write Matt Nippert and Liam Napier.

In a move that threatens to reshape New Zealand's sporting and broadcast landscapes, New Zealand Rugby is expecting internet giant Amazon to throw its hat in the ring and compete for the next round of rugby broadcast rights.

Sanzaar's formal bidding process for rights to screen provincial, Super and test match rugby from 2021 is now slated to be under way by April next year, an earlier-than-usual start time to allow new overseas players - Amazon's Prime Video streaming service being the most notable - to address not-insubstantial infrastructural issues.

A source familiar with the internal workings of NZ Rugby said Amazon's interest had been obvious for at least a year: "I knew they were sniffing around, wanting to do a documentary, but clearly a bid for the broadcasting rights was in the background."

Given the sensitivity of these developments to the prospects of both NZ Rugby and incumbent broadcaster Sky Network Television, commercial confidentiality was invoked across the board in response to Weekend Herald questions this week.

Sky chief executive John Fellet described his relationship with the sporting organisation for which he held rights as "symbiotic", but declined to address the battle brewing with Amazon over rugby.

"Thank you for the opportunity, but I have learned over the years never to talk about current or future deals," he said.

Stacey Keller, a senior publication relations manager at Amazon's headquarters in Seattle, was similarly unwilling to discuss the matter publicly. "We don't have anything to provide for this story," she said.

New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew was also guarded. "Nothing more I can add," he said.

But an analysis of official company filings and interviews with financial analysts, broadcasters and NZ Rugby insiders has cast light on preparation for large-scale disruption to rugby and media markets.

What remains to be seen is whether rights are carved up between the incumbent and challengers; if Amazon want to cherry pick games initially rather than take on full-scale production, or even if NZ Rugby assume some production in-house to become a niche broadcaster.

News broke last month Amazon were in the process of filming an eight-part documentary on the All Blacks. Photo / Getty Images

While no formal bids have yet been registered with NZ Rugby, the early stages of a mutually beneficial relationship with Amazon have been forming for over a year.

News broke last month Amazon were in the process of filming an eight-part documentary on the All Blacks, scheduled to go to air next year. In isolation this project is intriguing but similar productions overseas have foreshadowed Amazon's entry into sports broadcasting markets.

Amazon commissioned similar documentaries on Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic - and then went on to purchase the UK rights for the ATP men's tennis world tour which features all top flight tournaments outside the four Grand Slams. Amazon easily outbid Sky UK and will pay around $18 million per year for these rights.

After producing documentaries on the Arizona Cardinals and Los Angeles Rams, Amazon then bought rights to screen 10 Thursday night NFL games this year for $69 million.

Market chatter continue to link Amazon with a bid for the English Premier League, a significantly more expensive proposition than rugby. Expects predict the presence of tech-firms and social media sites - Google, Apple, Facebook, Netflix, Twitter - alongside Amazon will drive the price of EPL rights - which doubled over three years - further through the roof.

More locally, Amazon soft-launched its Prime Video service in New Zealand in December, and filings with the Intellectual Property Office show at the same time it also registered trademarks for its brand here.

This week the company appointed a chief executive and leased warehouse space for a retail operation in Australia, and last year Bloomberg reported the company's video arm was sizing up professional rugby rights.

The battle ahead will invert Sky's traditional role as Goliath of the local media scene, with financial analysts saying the arrival of a well-funded competitor for rugby rights - suddenly casting the local pay TV operator as David - should spark alarm.

A research note by Forsyth Barr last month said a loss of rugby rights to Amazon would leave Sky facing "material headwind".

Amazon is owned and run by Jeff Bezos, the world's third-richest man, and the company has proved willing to spend heavily and run at a loss to establish a market presence in online retailing and, more recently, sports broadcasting.

Morningstar senior analyst Brian Han said the local market had yet to digest developments over the future of rugby rights. Sky had largely built its premium offerings around live sport - particularly rugby - as increased competition weakened its hold on movies, drama and children's television content.

"If you take [rugby] away from Sky you'd essentially have nothing left. It eliminates one of the key reasons people are willing to pay them so much," Han said.

Other analysts, speaking anonymously over concerns their working relationships with Sky could be damaged, went further.

The online giant is hiring tens of thousands to ramp up business that is set to squash many smaller retailers

One said the company had used sports rights as "anchor content in recent years to sustain heavy price increases" for consumers and a loss of rugby would "result in meaningful revenue deceleration".

Another couched the challenge faced by Sky as nothing less than existential. "Losing the rugby would be a step towards the end of Sky," he said. "Once you lose the rugby, you create a massive hole: About 70 per cent of subscribers take sport, and that's the stickiest part of their customer base."

A bidding war will work in NZ Rugby's favour as broadcasting rights accounts for around half of their annual revenue and funds everything from the grassroots to professional game.

The more revenue the governing body squeezes from the negotiation table, the more it has to throw at the country's best players. "That cash is needed to compete with French billionaires. That's the world we live in now," one NZ Rugby source said.

The last five-year Sanzaar agreement doubled in value - appreciating as fast as the Auckland real estate market - with Forsyth Barr estimating Sky now forks out around $60 million annually.

Despite myriad issues surrounding Super Rugby's reduction from 18 to 15 teams next year, the Sanzaar package is still considered premium content and there is wide expectation a new deal will follow the booming path of overseas rights and appreciate further.

"The last time there was some competitive tension. This time there will be a lot of competitive tension," one well-placed source said contrasting the 2014 deal with the one to be struck next year.

Any boost in NZ Rugby broadcasting revenue also directly benefits Sanzaar partners - Australia, South Africa and Argentina. While most rights are negotiated separately, with NZ Rugby conducting its own on behalf of Sanzaar, money is pooled and divided on an agreed formula.

Despite the scale of Amazon - it's the fourth-largest publicly-traded company on earth - victory in the Sanzaar bidding war is far from certain.

Sources noted Sky had a sizeable war chest of its own; the significant production commitment of rights-holders to film and broadcast local games each year; and whether New Zealand's internet infrastructure could cope with such a large shift to digital streaming.

Morningstar's Han said Sky generated hundreds of millions of dollars in cash each year and had access to considerable finance that meant it was far from unarmed.

"One thing they have going for them is the balance sheet is positive - they're keeping their powder dry. They're not going to give up without a fight," he said.

Singapore-based Tim Martin, chief executive of Coliseum Sports Management (CSM) - who sub-licence Sanzaar rights in Asia through the RugbyPass platform - said his firm had cast its eye over domestic rugby rights but expected Fellet to again play imposing aggressive defence in his role as incumbent.

"I think Sky will defend that position, and they would defend it to a point where it would make no sense for us to bid."

Martin said his own due diligence of the rugby rights - and teething problems from CSM's English football experiment Premier League Pass - had identified significant barriers to entry for digital players.

The Sanzaar rights come with a requirement to film and broadcast home provincial, Super and test rugby matches - a commitment of around 150 games annually. Martin said this added around $10m of costs on to broadcasters.

"It's expensive. And then you've got some games that very few people watch," he said.

Martin also said a digital player like Amazon would likely run into infrastructure issues, although the rolling-out of ultra-fast broadband would help to mitigate these.

"New Zealand internet - we learned from Premiere League Pass - is not good enough to run sports streaming to more than 70 per cent of the country. There's a lot of people who love rugby in rural areas where it won't work."

Martin said NZ Rugby had a stark, and finely-balanced decision on their hands. "Amazon could certainly offer a global footprint. But Sky do a very good job of it, and they're very committed to rugby and you kind of only get that from a New Zealand owner-operator."

The rapid appreciation of sports rights over the past decade had drawn concessions from within NZ Rugby that the days of live free-to-air broadcasts of live rugby competitions have long passed.

Recent financial results for TVNZ and MediaWorks suggest either broadcaster would need rugby rights to boost advertising revenue by an unrealistic one-third - or a massive capital injection from reluctant shareholders - just to cover costs.

"Free to air is out of this market," one industry source said.

The public's loss is NZ Rugby's gain. Ultimately the next broadcast agreement will almost certainly see the national game's coffers swell well beyond the $83 million already in the bank.

Price of the game

Sky's deal with Sanzaar for the New Zealand rights to rugby means - outside delayed coverage of test matches on Prime - it's very much pay to watch the All Blacks play.

A basic package with Sky Sports - offering far more than just oval-ball sports - starts at $79.81 a month and goes up from there.

Adding the specialist Rugby Channel takes the monthly bill to $88.62, while opting for a high definition feed stretches it further to $98.61.

For those wanting to avoid a set-top box, Sky recently repriced its FanPass streaming service and now charges $99.99 a month.

While there's no indication of what it might cost for similar content packages under Amazon, the structuring of rights deals internationally - which sees markets carved up and sold off to broadcasters - means it can be much cheaper to watch rugby if you happen to live or be travelling outside the home Sanzaar countries.

In Asia, for instance, RugbyPass offers online streaming of all Rugby Championship and Six Nations tests - and a suite of regional competitions - for only $27.85 a month.

Vietnam aims to design and launch satellite

From http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/185621/vietnam-aims-to-design-and-launch-satellite.html

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Pham Anh Tuan, general director of the Vietnam Space Center said at a technical handover ceremony at Nha Trang Observatory that Vietnam is going to launch satellites designed and made by Vietnamese.

According to Nguyen Duc Cuong, chair of the Vietnam Aerospace Association, there are two kinds of satellites Vietnam needs to launch – geostationary telecommunication satellite (aerial stations to relay telecommunications) and remote sensing satellites (that serve weather forecasting and environmental monitoring).

Vietnam created Pico Dragon, a tiny satellite with the weight of one kilogram, which was launched into orbit in a cooperation program with Japan. The satellite could fly for a certain time and transmit signals to Earth, which is an initial achievement for Vietnam.

The Vietnam Space Center, with support from Japan, is going to create nano satellites with the weight of 10 kilograms.

Vietnam created Pico Dragon, a tiny satellite with the weight of one kilogram, which was launched into orbit in a cooperation program with Japan. The satellite could fly for a certain time and transmit signals to Earth, which is an initial achievement for Vietnam.

Also under cooperation program with Japan, Vietnam will make MicroDragon satellite, 50 x 50 x 50 cm, weighing 50 kilograms. The bigger the satellites are, the more functions they can have and the longer they can ‘live’ in orbit.

MicroDragon will undertake the task of observing coastal waters to assess water quality, locate fisheries resources and monitor changes in coastal waters to serve the aquaculture sector.

For now, Vietnam is focusing on making LOTUSat-1 and LOTUSat-2 in accordance with advanced radar technology.

LOTUSat-1 weighs 600 kilos, or nearly 12 times heavier than MicroDragon, and has the size of 1.5m x 1.5m x 3m, which can exist in space for five years.

Using radar technology, it will be able to take pictures in all weather conditions and discover objects on the earth’s surface which have the size of one meter or bigger.

LOTUSat-2 will be made in Vietnam under the guidance of Japanese specialists.

“It will take 7-8 years to make LOTUSat-2, while LOTUSat-1 will be launched into orbit in one or two years,” Cuong said.

No country in the world makes all satellite components from A to Z. Satellite manufacturers collect separate components and accessories in the world market and integrate them. As for rockets to launch satellites, Vietnam has many options for leasing rockets from Russia, the US, UK, France, India and China.

The launching into orbit alone is a complicated procedure. While remote sensing satellites need to be launched to a height of 600 kilometers, telecommunication satellites are launched to a height of 36,000 kilometers.

Ariane 5 ready to launch Intelsat 37e and BSAT-4a

From http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2017/09/03/ariane-5-ready-to-launch-intelsat-37e-and-bsat-4a/

Arianespace’s fifth Ariane 5 mission of 2017 has been given the “green light” for liftoff on September 5.

The dual-satellite payload of Intelsat 37e and BSAT-4a is ready for launch.

With approval granted, Ariane 5 is cleared for its September 4 rollout from the Final Assembly Building to the ELA-3 launch zone. Liftoff will occur the following day during a 33-minute launch window that opens at 6:51 p.m. local time in French Guiana.

Total payload lift performance for next week’s liftoff is approximately 10,838 kg., with the Intelsat 37e and BSAT-4a satellites being deployed to geostationary transfer orbit during a flight lasting 47 minutes. The mission is designated Flight VA239 in Arianespace’s launcher family numbering system, signifying the 239th with an Ariane family vehicle.

Positioned in Ariane 5’s upper passenger position and encapsulated by the launcher’s ogive-shaped payload fairing, Intelsat 37e – produced by Boeing – is the next satellite in Intelsat’s high-throughput EpicNG series for launch.

Weighing an estimated 6,440 kg. at liftoff, the spacecraft will provide capacity for wireless backhaul, enterprise VSAT and mobility networks, carrying out its mission from a 342 degrees East orbital slot.

BSAT-4a – Flight VA239’s lower passenger, contained in Ariane 5’s SYLDA dispenser system – is being launched by Arianespace as part of a turnkey contract between Japan’s Broadcasting Satellite System Corporation (B-SAT) and U.S.-based satellite manufacturer SSL.

To be operated from an orbital position of 110 degrees East, this spacecraft will be used for Direct-To-Home (DTH) television relay in Japan, as well as to expand the availability of advanced television services (such as 4K/8K ultra-high definition TV). BSAT-4a will weight approximately 3,520 kg. at liftoff.

Freesat RFP to include HbbTV and UHD

From http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2017/08/31/freesat-rfp-to-include-hbbtv-and-uhd/

Freesat has issued a request for proposals for a next generation set-top box.

The free-to-air platform says the new product will give manufacturers a significant opportunity to develop a new range of innovative set-top-boxes at scale for subscription-free satellite TV customers across the UK.

The produchttp://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2017/09/03/ariane-5-ready-to-launch-intelsat-37e-and-bsat-4a/t requirements will be based on an open technical specification set by the Free TV Alliance, the collaboration between four major European digital satellite television broadcasters: Fransat (France), HD Plus (Germany), Tivusat (Italy) and Freesat (UK).

The boxes are required to be ready for ultra high definition television over encrypted broadcast and IP. Also featured is home multiscreen streaming allowing users to watch TV across multiple set-top-boxes in the home; additional tuners to help customers plan their recordings and avoid programme clashes; Fast channel change for better usability and supports for HbbTV 2.0.1 applications.

The UK is already moving towards the adoption of the HbbTV standard, the first elements of which appeared in the Freesat Freetime boxes.

Alistair Thom, Managing Director of Freesat said: “We’re thrilled to announce plans for Freesat’s next generation product. The requirements for our set-top box have been developed with the customer in mind and our aim is to continue to bring UK audiences the best subscription free TV service, and a fantastic alternative to Pay TV.

“Furthermore, developing an open technical specification signals our ongoing commitment to expand beyond the UK through our collaboration with the Free TV Alliance and partnerships with international TV companies through our Metaphor business.”

It’s anticipated that manufacturers will be brought on board by the autumn.

Roku files for $100m IPO

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/09/04/roku-files-for-100m-ipo/

Streaming device specialist Roku has filed for an Initial Public Offering, looking to raise up to $100 million (€84.3m). The company’s principal shareholders include Twenty-First Century Fox, Fidelity, and Menlo Ventures. The IPO will be underwritten by Morgan Stanley, Citigroup, Allen & Company, RBC Capital Markets, Needham & Company and William Blair.

In the Prospectus, Roku describes itself as having pioneered streaming to the TV. As of June 30th, 2017, it had 15.1 million active accounts, pointing out that in comparison the fourth largest multichannel video programming video distributor in the United States had approximately 13.3 million subscribers. “We believe all TV content will be available through streaming,” says the company.

Its users streamed more than 6.7 billion hours on the Roku platform in the six months ended June 30, 2017, 62 per cent growth from the six months ended June 30, 2016. According to Roku, TV streaming’s disruptive content distribution model is shifting billions of dollars of economic value.

According to Roku, content publishers and advertisers win with Roku because its large and growing user base simplifies their access to the fragmented and complex OTT market, with Roku providing them with direct to consumer engagement and monetisation opportunities, and that as a pure play, neutral TV streaming platform, it is better able to serve content publishers compared to other platforms that have diversified business operations and competitive content offerings.

In the six months ended June 30th, 2017, it generated revenue of $199.7 million, up 23 per cent from $162.3 million in the six months ended July 2, 2016. In fiscal 2016, it generated revenue of $398.6 million, up 25 per cent from $319.9 million in fiscal 2015. In fiscal 2016 its net loss was $42.8 million and its Adjusted EBITDA was $29.9 million.

In a covering note, president, chief executive officer and chairman Anthony Wood says “Our mission is to be the TV streaming platform that connects the entire TV ecosystem. We connect consumers with the content they love. We help content publishers find their audience and make money,” adding that he believes the TV ecosystem is at a tipping point, and that he couldn’t be more excited about what the next 15 years of transformation and disruption will bring.


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Optus Satellite extends services contract with Seven Network

From https://www.mediaweek.com.au/optus-satellite-seven-network-2017/

Optus Satellite has provided satellite broadcast support to Seven Network since 1986

Optus Satellite has extended its services contract with the Seven Network for transponder capacity on the Optus D1 satellite.

The financial terms of the contract re-sign are confidential. However, the term will extend to 2021 and capacity requirements expanded from 18MHz to 27MHz. Optus Satellite has provided satellite broadcast support to Seven Network since 1986.

Paul Sheridan, Optus Satellite Vice President, said, “The Optus-Seven Network satellite partnership has been one of our most enduring and trusted relationships. Our role to deliver critical broadcast support has been built over three decades of conviction and collaboration.

“We are thrilled to expand on our commitment to provide service quality excellence to the Seven Network.”

David Watts, Seven Network head of telecommunications and Infrastructure, said, “Seven is proud to continue this important relationship with Optus Satellite. This capacity not only provides critical back-up to our terrestrial services, it also enables quick and effective outside broadcasts for our 7news and 7sport teams. We are once again delighted to partner with the leading satellite provider in this region.”

Optus extends D1 satellite contract with Seven Network

From https://www.telecompaper.com/news/optus-extends-d1-satellite-contract-with-seven-network--1209777

Australia’s Optus Satellite has extended its services contract with Seven Network (Operations) for transponder capacity on the Optus D1 satellite. The financial terms of the contract re-sign are confidential, Optus said. The contract term will extend to 2021 and capacity requirements will be expanded from 18MHz to 27MHz.
Optus Satellite has provided satellite broadcast support to Seven Network since 1986. Optus enables Seven to move TV content between sites, deliver outside broadcast services and network resilience and continuity in the event of a terrestrial failure.

Big dishes band together

From http://www.marsdaily.com/reports/Big_dishes_band_together_999.html

Earlier this month, radio dishes from three deep-space networks combined to catch faint 'survival' whispers from one of ESA's Mars orbiters, underlining the value of international collaboration for exploring the Red Planet.

For the first time ever, deep-space ground stations from ESA, NASA and Russia's Roscosmos joined together, on 13 August, to receive ultra-faint signals from ESA's ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter, now circling Mars.

Engineers carefully designed the test to probe the limits of what their ground stations could achieve, and confirm that all three could catch signals from the orbiter should it ever switch itself into the low-power, minimal 'survival mode'.

This special mode can occur if a software or hardware glitch causes multiple onboard computer reboots.

The test took place just as Mars was moving from the opposite side of the Sun, where it is at its greatest distance from us.

This meant that ExoMars was more than 397 million km from the three dishes, a situation that occurs only every two years, when communications are at their most difficult.

Big Iron listens in
As expected, NASA's 70 m-diameter dish at Canberra, Australia, could receive the ultra-weak signals and transmit commands.

Likewise, ESA's 35 m antenna at New Norcia, Australia, picked up the call and demonstrated that it could also transmit commands to ExoMars - but only at 10 bits/s. This would be sufficient in an emergency to upload instructions to recover the craft.

In addition to the low rate, the New Norcia station used only its low-power amplifier to transmit, and there was poor weather over the station in Western Australia.

"If a problem is going to happen with our orbiter or, in future, our rover, at Mars, we want to have confidence that we can communicate even under the worst possible conditions of power and distance, and this test simulated that very well," says spacecraft operations manager Peter Schmitz.

Testing success
The real prize came with the Russian 64 m dish at Kalyazin, some 200 km north of Moscow. Originally designed as a radio telescope, it has been upgraded to support the ESA-Roscosmos ExoMars missions.

"Kalyazin was able to receive the signal, demonstrating that all three networks can support ExoMars under the worst-case scenario, when Mars is at its furthest distance and the signals are at their weakest," said Daniel Firre, ESA's ground station engineer responsible for cooperation with other agencies.

"And the test was all the more impressive given the extreme weakness of the signals. These had a power upon receipt at Earth some 1000 times less than we would receive from a typical mobile phone transmitting from the Moon."

In good shape
The test ensures that the three deep-space networks can support future exploration of Mars, including the ESA-Roscosmos ExoMars Rover and Surface Platform in 2020. ESA's Rover will be delivered to the surface by a Russian lander, which will then serve as a stationary science platform.

"Science data and onboard status information from the Russian surface platform, from the ESA rover or from either of ESA's Mars orbiters could be received via orbital relay by any of the three networks," adds Daniel.

The ExoMars orbiter also carries a robust, NASA-provided transponder that will allow it to relay data from any rover or lander on the surface back to Earth.

The test required a great deal of technical coordination between the three organisations as the orbiter team at ESA's mission control centre in Darmstadt, Germany, commanded the craft to mimic the survival mode.

"We had fantastic collaboration between us, NASA and the Russians," says Daniel. "This test has shown that we're all in pretty good shape to support ExoMars now and in the future."

Australia: Connected TV 35% of broadcaster online video

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/08/31/australia-connected-tv-35-of-broadcaster-online-video/

IAB Australia’s Video Council – the trade association for online advertising in Australia – has released the country’s first white paper on Connected TV (CTV) which reveals that CTV now accounts for up to 35 per cent of Australian broadcaster’s online video supply.

The study, Connected TV: The New Era of Television, examines why, despite CTV rapidly growing in scale, advertisers are yet fully to embrace it as an advertising platform. The white paper documents the opportunities and challenges CTV holds for the Australian media industry and aims to inspire advertisers on how best to use it with contributions from Adobe, Carat, MCN, Nine, Telstra TV, Tremor Video and Yahoo!7.

“Our CTV white paper offers a significant resource for both advertisers and publishers looking to understand and leverage the exponential rise of CTV viewing in Australia,” noted Vijay Solanki, CEO of IAB Australia. “Video is experiencing truly exponential growth with 82 per cent of Australians consuming digital video each month and broadcasters are telling us anecdotally that approximately a third of this consumption is via CTV/over-the-top content (OTT). Consequently, it isn’t surprising that savvy advertisers are becoming increasingly interested in the CTV proposition and a wide range of content providers are seeing the big screen opportunity.” He added, “We see Connected TV becoming one of the strongest opportunities for advertisers as the industry resolves some of the measurement issues.”

Exponential growth of Connected TV

Over a 15-month period, Connected TV streams have experienced explosive growth increasing by 351 per cent (January 2016 – March 2017) across the four major free to air broadcasters in Australia.

Beginning in January 2016, Smart TVs made up 42 per cent of CTV supply, OTT devices 48 per cent and gaming consoles 10 per cent. By March 2017, this had shifted, with Smart TVs comprising 26 per cent, OTT devices 68 per cent, and gaming consoles at 6 per cent.

CTV presents a highly scalable opportunity for advertisers

The data indicates a steady incline in the number of Australians watching TV via CTV. 2.9 billion ad opportunities across Australia’s main four free to air broadcasters’ CTV streams are expected in 2017, with further increase in 2018.

CTV capitalises on the engagement of the full TV screen experience with the advantage of consumer control over the journey. Consequently, a captive audience consuming content that they want, when they want it on a large screen, offers significant opportunity for advertising engagement. Connected TV also has the ability to provide data on behaviour as well as a range of targeting opportunities. This provides a big screen experience with the added benefits that are linked to a digital experience.

Key challenges for advertisers

Trying to measure behaviour across a range of different OTT devices (such as Apple TV and Chromecast), gaming consoles and smart TVs that all work in different and often proprietary ways is technically difficult and expensive to implement a market level solution.

Furthermore, CTV content includes a diverse range of stakeholders, traditional broadcasters, OTT providers, digital video content (e.g. YouTube) which means that a CTV measurement solution needs to be a collaborative process across a wide spectrum of the broadcast and digital media industry.

However, according to IAB Australia’s Director of Research Gai Le Roy, the data collated for this white paper, bringing together traditionally siloed CTV data, is a significant first step to developing more sophisticated data sets useful for the buying community and it provides input to future audience measurement solutions and products.

“Australia has been a leader in hybrid panel and census based digital media measurement for many years and this approach would provide both the detail on ‘how many’ and ‘who’ needed for a robust audience measurement system. Hopefully as an industry we can collaborate and address the technical challenges that still exist to bring this sort of data to market.”

Nathan Powell, Co-Chair of the IAB Video Council and Nine’s Director of Digital Sales Products and a key contributor to the white paper concluded, “Connected TV is poised to become an important advertising opportunity in Australia as it continues to attract engaged audiences at scale. Its strength, in that it combines elements of linear TV and digital, is also its key challenge. Existing methodologies used to measure audience and viewability are not yet suited to a CTV environment and will need to advance. The IAB Video Council looks forward to driving innovation and collaboration in the CTV measurement space.”

Disney output deal drags TVNZ profit down 89%

From http://tbivision.com/news/2017/08/disney-output-deal-drags-tvnz-profit-89/788622/

TVNZ has claimed its programming output deal with Disney is a key factor behind a whopping 89% drop in full-year profits.

Kevin KenrickThe New Zealand broadcaster reported that its deal with Disney was now “loss making”, and has booked a NZ$12.4 million (US$8.9 million) provision for the full year to recognise further forecasted losses.

Traditional US studio output deals have increasingly come under the spotlight, with many buyers and channels claiming they no longer offer good value for money.

In Australia, Network Ten’s deals with Fox and CBS were among the reasons given for the commercial broadcaster going into administration earlier this year. This week, it emerged CBS had converted debts owed to it as part of a deal to become Ten’s new parent.

Elsewhere, Nine Network ended its deal with Warner Bros. last year, claiming it would allow for “increased flexibility in relation to future content spend”.

TVNZ CEO today Kevin Kenrick (pictured) said 2017 had been “a year of big challenges, big projects and a few tough decisions”.

He pointed to grow in peak linear audience share and VOD service TVNZ OnDemand “delivering double-digit growth” in reach as successes.

“The other big focus for the year has been the significant steps taken to create a more sustainable future including redesigning the organisation structure, renegotiating core content agreements, and writing off unsustainable content and accommodation lease commitments,” added Kenrick.

“These actions will enable the business to confidently increase future year investments to accelerate digital growth.”

TVNZ chairman Therese Walsh said that, excluding the Disney contract costs, financial outcomes were “in line” with expectations.

Revenue declined 2.5% year-on-year and was NZ$316.5 million, while after-tax full-year profit fell nearly 90% from NZ$11.3 million a year ago to NZ$1.4 million.

TVNZ earlier this year saw Cate Slater replace Jeff Latch as director of content.

The broadcaster is currently subject to speculation that the New Zealand government will remove advertising from the commercially funded, public broadcaster.

Telkom Decommissions Broken Satellite

From http://jakartaglobe.id/business/telkom-decommissions-broken-satellite/

Jakarta. Telekomunikasi Indonesia, or Telkom, the country's largest telecommunications firm, announced on Wednesday (30/08) its decision to decommission the company's oldest satellite, Telkom-1, following a glitch that has disrupted banking operations across the country.

The satellite, which had run well beyond its operational age, handled data transmissions mainly for ATMs and bank branches across the country before it went offline last Friday.

"The latest results from an intensive investigation by Telkom with Lockheed Martin, as the manufacturer of Telkom 1, concluded that the satellite is beyond repair," Alex J. Sinaga, the president director of Telkom, said as quoted by Antaranews.com.

The decision affected Telkom's 63 clients, which used the satellite's 29 transponders to communicate with 15,000 sites across the country.

Alex said Telkom is working on recovering the conection at a pace of 1,000 sites per day by migrating the customers' links to other Telkom satellites. The company expects the migration process to finish on Sep. 10.

The company launched the Telkom-1 satellite on Aug. 13, 1999 and expected it to operate for 15 years. However, Telkom and Lockheed reviewed the satellite's operations between 2014 and 2016 and concluded that it was still capable to operate normally until 2019.

With the Telkom-1 now gone, pressure is mounting on the company to ensure that the satellite's replacement, the Telkom-4, will launch according to schedule in mid-2018, Alex said.

Telkom to replace troubled satellite in August 2018

From http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/08/31/telkom-to-replace-troubled-satellite-in-august-2018.html

Telkom to replace troubled satellite in August 2018

State-owned telecommunications company PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom Indonesia) plans to launch its Telkom 4 satellite in a year’s time to replace the troubled Telkom 1.

“We have signed a contract to launch the Telkom 4 satellite. It will be launched from the United States in August 2018,” said PT Telkom president director Alex J. Sinaga during a press conference with Communications and Information Minister Rudiantara in Jakarta on Wednesday.

Telkom 4 is manufactured by Space Systems Loral (SSL) and will be launched by SpaceX. It will have transponders for the domestic market and some to be marketed in India.

Alex said the name of the satellite was still tentative, as his company was still considering possible names. The satellite, which will be placed in orbit slot 108 BT, the current location of Telkom 1, will have a 15-year lifespan, similar to Telkom 1.

“Telkom will closely monitor the progress on Telkom 4 to make sure that the satellite will be launched as scheduled,” Alex said as reported by kompas.com.

Telkom 1 services went offline on Friday at 4:51 p.m. Jakarta time. The services of a number banks, such as Bank Central Asia (BCA) and Bank Mandiri, have been affected as they use Telkom 1 VSAT connection for their ATM and EDC machines.

Telkom began the migration on Saturday and expects to finish the process by Sept. 10. Telkom will also rent foreign-owned satellites to cover the services, because Telkom 2 and Telkom 3S can only cover 77 percent of Telkom 1's services. (bbn)

Kacific deploys satellite connections for Tour de Timor event

From https://www.telecompaper.com/news/kacific-deploys-satellite-connections-for-tour-de-timor-event--1209964

Noble Timor, organizer of 2017 Tour de Timor mountain bike race, has signed a broadband services agreement and Kacific Broadband Satellites Group (Kacific), the exclusive internet partner of the Tour de Timor and sponsor of a team in the 2017 event. The Tour runs from 19 to 23 September. Using its satellite service, Kacific will provide terminals and internet connectivity to the organisers and participants in the Tour de Timor for the duration of the event.
These will be used extensively in the race camps of Aileu and Maliana to support race management, website updates and communications, and uploads by media organisations that follow the Tour. In addition, a mobile unit will provide internet coverage along the daily stages allowing enhanced communications for medical support and media coverage in some of the most remote areas of Timor-Leste.

APT Satellite, weathering bandwidth glut, reports flat revenue, higher EBITDA

From https://www.spaceintelreport.com/apt-satellite-weathering-bandwidth-glut-reports-flat-revenue-higher-ebitda/

The Apstar-6C satellite, shown here during integration, is being built by China Great Wall Industry Corp. under a $180-million in-orbit delivery contract. It is scheduled for launch in mid-2018. Credit: APT Satellite Holdings

PARIS — Satellite fleet operator APT Satellite Holdings Ltd. reported flat revenue and profit for the first six months of 2017, with a dip in its fleet’s fill rate and continued downward pressure on bandwidth prices.

The company said it concluded a second tranche of investment in APT Mobile Satcom Ltd., a Chinese-owned company planning a fleet of three or four mobile Ku-/Ka-band mobile communications satellites in geostationary orbit.

Hong Kong-based APT Satellite Holdings has a 30% stake in APT Mobile. Investment as of June 30 totaled around $44 million. Its total investment, to retain its 30% share, is expected to be around $88 million at current exchange rates.

The APT Mobile venture is starting out with building the Apstar 6D satellite, with a late-2016 contract with China Great Wall Industry Corp. (CGWIC) of Beijing. The satellite is scheduled for launch in 2019.

The APT Mobile partners to date have not firmed up their initial latter of intent, which calls for a total investment of around 10 billion Chinese renminbi ($1.5 billion) in a four-satellite constellation.

APT officials in recent months have said they are still weighing whether to go all-in on the project.

APT currently operates four satellites over Asia, operating from four orbital positions.

Two satellites coming in 2018

In addition to Apstar 6D, it has two satellites on order — the C- and Ku-band Apstar 5C/Telstar 18 Vantage, being built in collaboration with Telesat of Canada and under construction by Space Systems Loral (SSL); and the Apstar 6C, being built by CGWIC and carrying C-, Ku- and Ka-band capacity. Both are scheduled for launch, by SpaceX’s Falcon 9 and China’s Long March rocket, respectively, in 2018.

APT said the 181 commercially available transponders it had as of June 30 were 68.4% full, down marginally the fill rate as of last Dec. 31. The company’s business is 66% data and 33% video.

In its presentation to shareholders, APT said maintaining a relatively high fill rate should help it weather the supply glut that it expects will continue throughout 2017.

“The oversupply situation of the global transponder market will continue,” APT said.

For the six months ending June 30, APT reported revenue of 598.9 million Hong Kong dollars, or $76.7 million, down slightly from a year ago. But EBITDA, or earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, was 84.3% of revenue, up from 82.7% last year.

KT Sat targets global maritime VSAT market, lines up big Japanese partner

From https://www.spaceintelreport.com/kt-sat-targets-global-maritime-vsat-market-lines-big-japanese-partner/

Hun’s Corp. President Myung-hoon Oh, left, nad KT Sat Sales Vice President Yang Sang-jin after signing a partnership agreement on maritime VSAT distribution in Japan. Korea’s KT Sat said it is breaking into this market by offering lower prices than the competition and expects to generate $27 million in annual revenue from 300 vessels by 2021. Credit: KT Sat

PARIS — Koreas’s KT Sat is targeting maritime VSAT as a major market opportunity in East Asia and on Aug. 30 secured a foothold with Hun’s Corp., which will be KT Sat’s maritime services distributor in Japan.

KT Sat said it will attempt to unseat Japanese telco KDDI and several well-established satellite maritime service providers by offering lower prices. The company is targeting annual revenue of $27 million from 300 ships in 2021.

Service on an undisclosed number of Hun’s Corp. ships — the company’s fleet is more than 900 vessels — will start in September, KT Sat said.

KT Sat operates four satellites in geostationary orbit, including the Koreasat-8, which is more widely known as ABS-2 and is co-owned with fleet operator ABS of Hong Kong and Bermuda.

KT Sat’s current maritime satellite communications business is focused in South Korea, which is less than half the size of the Japanese market of more than 4,000 vessels.

Koreasat 5 currently provides most of KT Sat’s maritime services in addition to capacity leased on satellites owned by third parties. The Koreasat-5A satellite, under construction by Thales Alenia Space of France and Italy, is scheduled for launch late this year by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. It will be stationed at 113 degrees east, where Koreasat 5 is now, and will have a dedicated maritime beam.

Koreasat-5A, with a dedicated beam for maritime connectivity services, is scheduled for launch aboard a SpaceX rocket later this year. Credit: KT Sat

KT Sat Chief Executive Won-sic Hahn said Japan is only the start. The Hun’s contract, he said, “expands the market of KT Sat, which was limited in Korea. Now KT Sat has entered the global MVSAT [maritime VSAT] market. This partnership is a stepping stone for KT Sat’s penetration of maritime VSAT markets around the world — in countries with successful maritime logistics industries such as Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong. We will lead the global MVSAT business.”

Intelsat IS-33 satellite suffers second on-board problem that threatens service life

From https://www.spaceintelreport.com/intelsat-33-satellite-suffers-second-board-problem-threatens-service-life/

Intelsat’s IS-33 satellite customer set includes aeronautical and maritime mobile communications service providers that can adapt to a satellite without north-south stationkeeping. But classic fixed telecommunications services are another story. Credit: Intelsat

PARIS — The Intelsat IS-33 satellite launched in August 2016, which took longer than expected to enter service because of a malfunction of its primary thruster engine, has suffered a second and potentially more serious anomaly, industry officials said.

The latest failure, which officials said has yet to be fully diagnosed, has resulted in an unusually large amount of propellant used during the satellite’s routine position-maintenance operations.

Specifically, IS-33 is using up more fuel than it should when it undertakes north-south stationkeeping maneuvers, which geostationary-orbit satellites conduct throughout their lives to keep themselves fully visible to fixed ground stations.

Industry officials said that while insurance underwriters have agreed to pay Intelsat’s claim for the thruster issue, some of them are hesitating to pay the claim as it results to the excess-fuel-use issue.

Not all underwriters accept Intelsat’s claim yet

Intelsat has filed a claim totaling $78 million to cover both problems and has begun to receive payment from underwriters. But several insurers are holding off payment until they get more information.

One industry official said the problem is that manufacturer Boeing Satellite Systems International has not produced a definitive failure analysis on either problem despite the passage of a year.

Intelsat 33e’s thruster failure slowed the satellite’s climb to circular geostationary orbit after the August 2016 launch. Instead of starting commercial service at 60 degrees east, with a broad footprint over Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Asia-Pacific and the Indian Ocean, commercial service began in late January.

Intelsat officials had said that the thruster failure had depleted the satellite’s store of on-board propellant, but not by much, and that any reduction in the planned 15-plus years of service life would be minimal.

Those calculations have now been sidelined with the latest problem.

Boeing declined to discuss the IS-33 issue.

Dianne J. VanBeber, Intelsat vice president for investor relations and communications, confirmed the attitude-control problem, and in a statement said Boeing had yet to determine a root cause for either problem.

“Intelsat’s insurance claim for Intelsat 33e covers two performance elements. The first has to do with a malfunction in the primary thruster that is used for orbit raising. The second has to do with a larger-than-expected propellant required to control the satellite attitude during the north/south station keeping maneuvers. “With respect to cause, there has been intensive, exhaustive technical investigation, but identification of cause is still incomplete.

“Discussions with the satellite’s insurers continue per our expectations,” Intelsat’s statement said.

Intelsat a key customer for satellite insurers

Intelsat is one of the satellite insurance industry’s biggest customers. At a time when satellite insurance is plentiful and historically inexpensive, underwriters’ tendency is to want to curry favor with clients of this size.

The fact that several have declined, so far, to pay Intelsat’s full claim is therefore unusual. One industry official said insurers are waiting for more information on the extent of the fuel depletion and its cause.

IS-33 is the second of seven Intelsat Epic HTS, or high-throughput, satellites. The first, IS-29e, was launched in January 2016. Three more — IS-32e, IS-33e and IS-35e — were launched between February and July of this year.

The fifth Epic, IS-37e, is scheduled for launch Sept. 5 on a European Ariane 5 rocket. All but IS-32e are Boeing 702 models. None of the others launched so far has shown issues with the thrusters.

Telecommunications satellite operators often stop maintaining their spacecraft on their north-south axis late in their service lives to preserve fuel and provide for additional years of operations.

The resulting orbit traces a figure-8 maneuver that makes services to fixed Earth antennas challenging but is fine for many mobility customers with antennas that track a satellite’s location.

IS-33e’s customer set includes aeronautical connectivity customers Gogo, Panasonic Avionics and Global Eagle Entertainment, as well as maritime connectivity service providers Speedcast and Marlink.

YouTube rolls out redesign

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/08/30/110980/

To mark 12 years since its launch, Google’s online video portal YouTube is undergoing a redesign – with a brand new logo – and adding a raft of new features. The updates will start rolling out effective immediately, with an onus to keep the YouTube brand legible across both desktop and mobile.

In a blog post, Neal Mohan, Chief Product Officer at YouTube, outlined the reasons for the redesign and what users can expect in the future: “When YouTube launched 12 years ago, it was a single website that supported one video format, 320×240 at 4:3 aspect ratio. Fast forward to today, and YouTube lets you watch any combination of SD, HD, 4K, 360, 3-D, and live video on nearly every device with an internet connection – from desktops to phones, tablets to TVs, game consoles, and even VR headsets. We’ve also introduced apps and services that give you new ways to watch and get even closer to the content and creators you love. Music fans, gamers, and TV lovers each have unique experiences specifically tailored for their favourite content with YouTube Music, YouTube Gaming and YouTube TV. For families looking for the best way to watch together, we launched the YouTube Kids app. And for fans who want an uninterrupted, ad-free experience, and exclusive original content from creators, there’s the YouTube Red membership. To put it simply, YouTube’s evolved … a lot. And we’re not even close to done. Over the last few months we’ve started releasing updates and will continue to throughout the rest of the year. When all is said and done, we’ll bring a new level of functionality and a more consistent look across our desktop and mobile experiences. Let’s start with the YouTube mobile app, which is getting a bunch of new features:

•Clean new design: We’ve made the header white to let content take the lead and moved the navigation tabs to the bottom of the app so they’re closer to your thumbs. We also added new Library and Account tabs that give you easy access to what you’re looking for.
•Videos that move with you: One of the things we’re working on is bringing gestures to YouTube. Earlier this year, we introduced a gesture that allows you to double tap on the left or right side of a video to fast forward or rewind 10 seconds. Give it a try! We already see billions of double taps per day. And I wanted to give you a sneak peek at another gesture I am really excited about. In the coming months, we’ll experiment with a feature that lets you jump between videos with a simple swipe of your hand: just swipe left to watch a previous video or swipe right to watch the next one.
•Watch at your own pace: Users love that they are able to speed up and slow down the playback of a video on desktop, and we’re excited to bring this feature to the mobile app today, so you can enjoy videos at whatever speed you prefer.
•Adapt to any video, beautifully: We’ve also been experimenting with new ways to display all videos in the best possible way. Soon, the YouTube player will seamlessly change shape to match the video format you’re watching, such as vertical, square or horizontal. That means you’ll always get the best viewing experience automatically – including vertical videos with no black bars on the sides!
•Browse and discover while you watch: We recently added a feature that lets you view a row of suggested videos while you’re watching in full screen. We’re also working on transforming the area below the player so you can browse videos in totally new ways.

Looking beyond the YouTube app, we’ve also been working on a new desktop design. And thanks to all the positive feedback, we’re now excited to make it available to all our users around the globe starting today! Our new look applies Material Design to YouTube and delivers a fresh, simple and intuitive user experience that lets content shine – because there’s nothing more important than the creators and videos we all love to watch. My favourite feature of this new desktop design is Dark Theme, which turns the background dark while you watch for a more cinematic look.

The bright red cherry on top of this update sundae is a refreshed YouTube Logo and YouTube Icon. Designed for our multi-screen world, the updated Logo combines a cleaned up version of the YouTube wordmark and Icon, creating a more flexible design that works better across a variety of devices, even on the tiniest screens. Why’s it more flexible? When room is limited (say on a smartphone) you can use the brightened up Icon as an abbreviated Logo, which will be seen more easily and read more clearly. You’ll see the new Logo and Icon roll out across mobile and desktop today, and across all our other apps and services soon.

We know this is a lot of change, but we want to make clear that there’s one thing that stays the same: YouTube’s mission. We’re here to give people a voice and show them the world – no matter what device they use.”

PSLV launch of navigation satellite fails

From http://spacenews.com/pslv-launch-of-navigation-satellite-fails/

File photo of a PSLV launch in June 2017. On an Aug. 31 launch, the rocket's payload fairing failed to separate, stranding the payload in a low orbit and preventing it from separating from the upper stage. Credit: ISRO

LOS ANGELES — An Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) failed to place a navigation satellite into its planned orbit Aug. 31 when the rocket’s payload fairing failed to deploy.

The PSLV, flying a mission designated PSLV-C39, lifted off on schedule at 9:30 a.m. Eastern from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre on the east coast of India. Initial phases of the launch appeared to go as planned, but observers noted that, as the flight progressed, the vehicle appeared to deviate from its planned trajectory according to telemetry displays shown during the webcast.

Launch controllers later confirmed that vehicle’s upper stage and payload, the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) 1H satellite, had reached a lower orbit than planned. The payload was in an orbit of 167 by 6,555 kilometers, while the planned transfer orbit for the mission was 284 by 20,650 kilometers.

A launch controller later confirmed that the rocket’s payload fairing, scheduled to separate 3 minutes and 23 seconds after liftoff during the operation of the rocket’s upper stage, had failed to do so. The additional mass of the payload fairing may account for the apparent underperformance of the PSLV’s upper stages, and would also prevent the satellite’s deployment regardless of orbit.

The Indian space agency ISRO did not immediately comment on the failure. An ISRO webcast of the launch abruptly ended shortly after the announcement of the failed payload fairing separation.

The failure is the first for the PSLV in 20 years. In September 1997, a PSLV launch placed the IRS-1D remote sensing satellite into a lower-than-planned orbit when the rocket’s fourth stage underperformed. The satellite was able to use its onboard propulsion to raise its orbit. The only total PSLV failure was rocket’s inaugural flight in September 1993, when it suffered an attitude control failure.

The failure would be a significant setback for India’s space program. The PSLV had become the workhorse for the program, launching a series of communications, remote sensing, navigation and science satellites. India had been working to increase the vehicle’s launch rate. The PSLV flew six times in 2016, and this was the third PSLV mission of 2017.

PSLV had also become a popular choice for small satellite developers, who took advantage of frequent launches to sun-synchronous orbits and excess capacity on those missions to fly as secondary payloads. A PSLV launch in February set a record for the most satellites on a single flight, with 104 payloads; all but three were cubesats provided by international customers.

The sole payload of this launch, IRNSS-1H, was intended to be a replacement for India’s first navigation satellite, IRNSS-1A, whose three onboard atomic clocks had failed. The overall IRNSS system provides position, navigation and timing data for India and the surrounding region.

India's eighth navigation satellite implodes on take off

From http://www.gulf-times.com/story/562252/India-s-eighth-navigation-satellite-implodes-on-ta

India's eighth navigation satellite imploded shortly after lift off on Thursday, state-run Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said.

The IRNSS-1H satellite had been expected to join seven others in the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) to take the country a step further to developing its own global positioning system.

"Satellite got separated internally but it imploded within the heat shield, in the fourth stage itself," ISRO Chairman A.S. Kiran Kumar told reporters in a televised news conference.

The heat shield is meant to protect the satellite from the heat generated by the friction against atmosphere during take-off. Once a satellite is placed into orbit, it is expected to separate and fall off.

The IRNSS-1H satellite had been released from the Sriharikota Space Centre in southern India.
IRNSS helps navigate the country's aerial and marine routes, as well as aid disaster management and vehicle tracking up to 1,500 kilometres around the mainland.
However, India lags behind the United States' GPS, Russia's GLONASS, Europe's Galileo and China's Beidou systems that have dozens of satellites to provide information across the globe.


Sorry this is a bit of a rushed update

Some stuff from Palapa that loaded yesterday on Perth W.A 2.7M solid dish

3750 H Sr 13000 Qpsk Fec 3/4 "I am Channel" Fta

3821 V Sr 4799 "TV Edukasi"

3824 H Sr 3200 "ANTV"

3911 H Sr 2000 "SNG Makasar" playing out Metro news?

Some more DX on Telkom 3S received on Perth Dish. Note that a scan this evening didn't load them .

3417 H Sr 6000 "trans TV HD"

3445 H Sr 3905 "First_service" showing TVRI and what looks like a breakfast type show

Here is a bandscan done via EBSpro software

From my Email


From the Dish

Telkom 3S 118.0E 3417 H "Trans TV" has started on , Fta
Telkom 3S 118.0E 3440 H "MTA TV" has started on , Fta.
Telkom 3S 118.0E 3600 H "TV Mu" has started on , Fta.
Telkom 3S 118.0E 3609 V "TV 9 Nusantara" has started on, Fta.
Telkom 3S 118.0E "KBS World Indonesia has replaced KBS World "on 3766 H, encrypted.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E "Gold and Cine PK" have started on 3734 H and 3745 V, Fta

Insat 4A 83.0E 3805 H "Pitaara" has started on , Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2A号卫星Ku频段,Suld TV替换ETV(DTV)频道,设置12533 V 45000参数免费接收。 [8月30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)等全组频道解密,设置12711 H 45000参数免费接收。 [8月30日]
东经118度轨道位置的电信3S号卫星C频段,RCTI Jawa Timur(测试)频道新增,设置4085 V 6500参数免费接收。 [8月30日]
东经118度轨道位置的电信3S号卫星C频段,CNN HD(测试)高清频道新增,设置3417 H 6000参数有条件接收。 [8月30日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2A号卫星Ku频段,ETV替换Suld TV HD(俄罗斯)频道,设置12533 V 45000参数免费接收。 [8月30日]
东经118度轨道位置的电信3S号卫星C频段,TV Timor Leste(东帝汶)频道新增,设置4192 V 4285参数免费接收。
东经118度轨道位置的电信3S号卫星C频段,GMN TV(印尼)等一组频道新增,设置4185 V 4600参数免费接收。 [8月30日]

东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Prime World替换Jan TV(巴基斯坦)频道,设置4065 H 4296参数免费接收。 [8月29日]



From Press Release

AsiaSat’s most powerful satellite designed with enhanced quality and reliability
for DTH, television, VSAT broadband and mobility services

PALO ALTO, Calif./Hong Kong – 30 August 2017 — Asia Satellite Telecommunications Co. Ltd. (AsiaSat), Asia’s leading satellite operator and Space Systems Loral (SSL), a leading provider of innovative satellites and spacecraft systems today announced that the high performance AsiaSat 9 satellite has arrived at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, where it will be launched aboard a Proton Breeze M vehicle provided by International Launch Services (ILS). AsiaSat 9, a replacement satellite for AsiaSat 4 at 122 degrees East, provides wider high-power C-band coverage and additional Ku-band capacity for new markets including Myanmar and Indonesia for direct-to-home (DTH) television broadcast, video distribution, VSAT broadband networks and mobility services across the Asia-Pacific region.

“AsiaSat and SSL have a history of working together closely to broaden the availability of high quality satellite service in the Asia-Pacific region,” said Dario Zamarian, Group President of SSL. “AsiaSat 9 incorporates multiple technology advances that pack more power, bandwidth, and flexibility into the satellite for the improved coverage and higher communication rates that AsiaSat needs to meet market demand. With the satellite now in Baikonur, we look forward to working with both AsiaSat and ILS to prepare it for launch.”
“We are committed to providing high quality service to both our existing customers and new users as we reach a new milestone for higher-performance, higher-efficiency and greater flexibility with our new AsiaSat 9,” said Andrew Jordan, President and Chief Executive Officer of AsiaSat. “SSL has been a reliable and innovative manufacturing partner in the development of our fleet, and we look forward to the upcoming launch.”
AsiaSat 9 is AsiaSat’s most powerful satellite, designed to deliver significantly improved power and higher bandwidth usage to generate higher efficiency for customers’ services. This is enabled by innovative and unique features including Asia’s highest powered 110 watts C-band TWTA, special filter design to achieve higher throughput up to 23% enhancement across wide C-band coverage, star tracker onboard the spacecraft for higher pointing accuracy, along with hall effect thrusters to provide higher stability and more efficient satellite operation.

With 32 Ku- and 28 C-band transponders, and a regional Ka-band payload, AsiaSat 9 carries the world’s first dedicated Ku-band Myanmar beam, new high-powered Ku-band beams for Indonesia and Mongolia, in addition to two enhanced Ku-band beams serving Australasia and East Asia. These five Ku-band beams are equipped with cross-strap beam switching capability to provide flexible coverage.
AsiaSat 9 is the fifth satellite that SSL has provided to AsiaSat. Based on the SSL 1300 platform, the satellite is designed to provide service for 15 years or more. The satellite is currently planned for launch on 28 September Moscow time 09:50pm (29 September Baikonur time 00:50am, Hong Kong time 02:50am).
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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

About SSL
Space Systems Loral (SSL), based in Palo Alto, California, is a leading provider of advanced spacecraft systems, with broad expertise to support commercial and government satellite operators and innovative space missions. The company designs and manufactures spacecraft for services such as direct-to-home television, video content distribution, broadband internet, mobile communications, in-orbit servicing, space exploration, and Earth observation. As a Silicon Valley innovator for 60 years, SSL’s advanced product line includes state-of-the-art small satellites, and sophisticated robotics and autonomous solutions for remote operations. SSL is a subsidiary of SSL MDA Holdings, Inc., a U.S. operating company. For more information, visit www.sslmda.com.
About SSL MDA Holdings
SSL MDA Holdings is a wholly owned subsidiary of MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA) and serves as the operating company for all MDA businesses. SSL MDA Holdings is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

About MDA
MDA is a global communications and information company providing operational solutions to commercial and government organizations worldwide. MDA’s business is focused on markets and customers with strong repeat business potential, primarily in the Communications sector and the Surveillance and Intelligence sector. In addition, the Company conducts a significant amount of advanced technology development. MDA’s established global customer base is served by more than 4,800 employees operating from 15 locations in the United States, Canada, and internationally. The Company’s common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol TSX:MDA. For more information, visit www.mdacorporation.com.
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Media Contacts:
Winnie Pang | Tel: (852) 2500 0880 | Email: wpang@asiasat.com
Wendy Lewis | Tel: 1 (650) 852-5188 | Email: Wendy.Lewis@sslmda.com

Sky Drops Fox News in U.K.

From http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/fox-news-stops-airing-uk-1033601

"It averages only a few thousand viewers across the day in the U.K.," says 21st Century Fox. "We have concluded that it is not in our commercial interest to continue providing Fox News in the U.K."

21st Century Fox has decided to stop airing Fox News in the U.K., ending a long-running carriage deal in Britain with pay TV giant Sky.

"21st Century Fox has decided to cease providing a feed of Fox News Channel in the U.K.," the conglomerate said. "Fox News is focused on the U.S. market and designed for a U.S. audience and, accordingly, it averages only a few thousand viewers across the day in the U.K."

It added: "We have concluded that it is not in our commercial interest to continue providing Fox News in the U.K." A Fox representative said the news network's U.K. feed came to an end Tuesday afternoon.

"21st Century Fox has decided they will no longer broadcast Fox News in the U.K.," a Sky representative said. "Sky's customers can still enjoy a wide range of dedicated national and international news channels."

Fox owns a 39 percent stake in Sky, whose current agreement to carry Fox News was due to expire at the end of this year, according to sources. Industry observers said most viewers of Fox News in the U.K. seemed to be American tourists or industry folks with an interest in the channel, while local news junkies are seen as mostly watching the BBC, ITV, Sky News and other British networks.

One analyst said he understands that Fox News wasn't making money from the U.K. feed, which was only available on Sky, but no other pay TV operators.

The news of Fox News ending its run in Britain comes as U.K. culture secretary Karen Bradley is set to unveil her final verdict on whether to ask Britain's competition regulator to launch a more in-depth investigation into Fox's plan to take over the remaining 61 percent of pay TV giant Sky, which it doesn't own yet.

Fox News has been in the spotlight over the past year as U.K. media regulator Ofcom looking into various complaints against the channel and making some rulings against it.

Despite its low ratings in the U.K., Fox News' reporting has often generated headlines. In 2015, an on-air guest suggested that the English city of Birmingham was a "no-go zone" for non-Muslims, a comment that was met with widespread ridicule across the U.K. and was later found to be in breach of Ofcom's broadcasting code.


Sorry for such a late update, lots of things needed checking.

Asiasat 7 105.5E 3725 H Sr 8164 Fec 2/3 DVB-S2 8PSK new mux

"ABP NEWS" Sid 1 Vpid 51 (H264) Apid 52 (eng) FTA
"ABP ANANDA" Sid 3 Vpid 71 (H264) Apid 72 (eng) Irdeto encrypted
"ABP MAJHA" Sid 4 Vpid 81 (H264) Apid 82 (eng) Irdeto encrypted
"ABP ASMITA" Sid 5 Vpid 91 (H264) Apid 92 (eng) FTA

Abp News

Asiasat 7 105.5E 3627 H Sr 6500 Fec 2/3 DVB-S2 QPSK loads as "CNAI 1080 50i" it is Channel News Asia FTA in HD
Sid 1 Vpid 1160 (H264) Apid 1120 (Eng) Provider MediaCorp Pte Ltd

Telkom 3S 118E scan 28/08/17 from Perth using 2.7M dish

TVRI Jambi on 3403 H loads and plays

Telkom 3 118.0E 1180 TBS 6983 DVBS/S2 Tuner A 3403 Horizontal 2999.332 QPSK 3/4 DVB-S Auto 0.35 Normal CCM 4.146 4.049 7.0 -50 MIS: 0, BER: 0.0000000, Time to lock: 815 ms 28-Aug-17 11:57:21 PM
Telkom 3 118.0E 1180 TBS 6983 DVBS/S2 Tuner A 3717 Horizontal 25194.288 8PSK 2/3 DVB-S2 ON 0.20 Normal ACM 49.909 30.233 2.6 -45 MIS: 1, BER: 0.0000000, Time to lock: 693 ms 28-Aug-17 11:57:21 PM
Telkom 3 118.0E 1180 TBS 6983 DVBS/S2 Tuner A 3791 Horizontal 14996.787 8PSK 5/6 DVB-S2 OFF 0.20 Normal ACM 37.175 17.996 3.4 -45 MIS: 0, BER: 0.0000000, Time to lock: 404 ms 28-Aug-17 11:57:21 PM
Telkom 3 118.0E 1180 TBS 6983 DVBS/S2 Tuner A 3827 Horizontal 904.054 QPSK 3/4 DVB-S Auto 0.35 Normal CCM 1.250 1.220 4.6 -46 MIS: 0, BER: 0.0000000, Time to lock: 821 ms 28-Aug-17 11:57:21 PM
Telkom 3 118.0E 1180 TBS 6983 DVBS/S2 Tuner A 3833 Horizontal 999.804 QPSK 2/3 DVB-S2 ON 0.20 Normal ACM 1.322 1.199 3.9 -46 MIS: 1, BER: 0.0000000, Time to lock: 1604 ms 28-Aug-17 11:57:21 PM
Telkom 3 118.0E 1180 TBS 6983 DVBS/S2 Tuner A 3943 Horizontal 1666.296 QPSK 2/3 DVB-S2 ON 0.35 Normal ACM 2.204 2.249 1.7 -47 MIS: 0, BER: 0.0031620, Time to lock: 609 ms 28-Aug-17 11:57:21 PM
Telkom 3 118.0E 1180 TBS 6983 DVBS/S2 Tuner A 3786 Vertical 15996.451 8PSK 8/9 DVB-S2 OFF 0.20 Normal ACM 42.341 19.195 4.5 -48 MIS: 0, BER: 0.0000000, Time to lock: 351 ms 28-Aug-17 11:57:21 PM
Telkom 3 118.0E 1180 TBS 6983 DVBS/S2 Tuner A 3836 Vertical 3499.275 QPSK 1/2 DVB-S2 OFF 0.20 Normal ACM 3.461 4.199 1.1 -49 MIS: 0, BER: 0.0000000, Time to lock: 491 ms 28-Aug-17 11:57:21 PM

From my Email


From the Dish

Intelsat 19 166.0E 12613 H "Global Buddhist Network has replaced Dhamma Media Channel Asia" on , Fta

ChinaSat 6A 125.0E The SiTV package has started on 3900 V, 4020 V and 4180 H.

Palapa D 113.0E Trans TV has moved from 4000 H to 3991 H, Fta
Palapa D 113.0E Trans 7 has moved from 4100 V to 4085 V, Fta
Palapa D 113.0E Net has started on 4100 V, Fta.

AsiaSat 6/Thaicom 7 120.0E The SiTV package has left 3900 H, 3927 H, 4140 H and 4180 H.

Telkom 3S 118.0E 3404 H "TVRI Jambi" has started on, Fta.
Telkom 3S 118.0E 3587 H "Trans TV" has started on , Fta.
Telkom 3S 118.0E 3595 H "Trans 7" has started on , Fta.
Telkom 3S 118.0E 3766 H "KBS World" has started on , Fta.
Telkom 3S 118.0E 3967 H "PayTren TV" has started on , Fta.
Telkom 3S 118.0E 4100 V "TVRI Aceh" has started on , Fta.
Telkom 3S 118.0E 4185 V "GMN" has started on, Fta
Telkom 3S 118.0E 4192 V "TV Timor Leste" has started on , Fta.

Telkom 1 108.0E "TV 9 Nusantara" has left 3553 H.
Telkom 1 108.0E "Space Shopping and Space Toon" have left 3732 H.
Telkom 1 108.0E "HCBN Indonesia" has left 3736 H.
Telkom 1 108.0E "TVRI Jambi" has left 3743 H.
Telkom 1 108.0E "DMC TV" has left 3756 H again.
Telkom 1 108.0E "Temanggung TV" has left 3760 H again.
Telkom 1 108.0E "GMN" has left 3768 H.
Telkom 1 108.0E "TV Timor Leste" has left 3775 H.
Telkom 1 108.0E "TV Mu" has left 3783 H.
Telkom 1 108.0E "TV MUI" has left 3793 H.
Telkom 1 108.0E "TVRI Papua" has left 3798 H.
Telkom 1 108.0E "TVRI Kalteng" has left 3802 H.
Telkom 1 108.0E "Papua Channel and Jaya TV" have left 3812 H.
Telkom 1 108.0E "TVRI Kaltim" has left 3816 H.
Telkom 1 108.0E "Hope Channel Indonesia" has left 3832 H.
Telkom 1 108.0E "TVRI Aceh" has left 3872 H.
Telkom 1 108.0E "PayTren TV" has left 3916 H.
Telkom 1 108.0E "MTA TV" has left 3920 H.
Telkom 1 108.0E "Rasil TV" has left 3947 H.
Telkom 1 108.0E "KBS World Indonesia" has left 3970 H.
Telkom 1 108.0E "Trans 7" has left 3990 H.
Telkom 1 108.0E "ANTV" has left 4014 H.
Telkom 1 108.0E "Trans TV" has left 4084 H.
Telkom 1 108.0E "CNN Indonesia" has left 4116 H.
Telkom 1 108.0E "Net" has left 4128 H and 4134 H.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3627 H "Channel NewsAsia" has started on , Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3725 H "ABP News India, ABP Ananda, ABP Majha and ABP Asmita" have started on, Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E "Classic Cinema and Movies PK" have left 3734 H and 3745 V.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3750 V "MyTV" has started on , Fta.

NSS 6 95.0E 11635 H "Global Buddhist Network has replaced Dhamma Media Channel" on , Fta

G-Sat 15 93.5E 11510 V "Maha Cartoon TV, News State and Zee News" have started on , Fta.
G-Sat 15 93.5E 11510 V "DW English and Chardikla Time TV" have left .
G-Sat 15 93.5E 11550 V "Star Sports First" has started on , Fta.
G-Sat 15 93.5E 11550 V "Multiplex" has left .

ABS 2 75.0E 3659 V "BTV Business and TV Today" have started on , Fta.

ABS 2 75.0E 12467 V "Z ETC Bollywood has replaced Zee Salaam" on , Exset.
ABS 2 75.0E 12533 V "Suld TV" has started on , Fta

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3809 V "Zee 24 Hour Business" has left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 3930 H "Ten Cricket" has started on , Videoguard.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4184 V "Music Fatafati" has started on , Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2A号卫星Ku频段,U TV(0h)(DTV)频道消失,设置12533 V 45000参数无效接收。 [8月29日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Z ETC Bollywood替换Zee Salaam频道,设置12468 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [8月29日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Star Bharat替换Life OK(MPEG-4)频道,设置3980 V 28100参数有条件接收。 [8月29日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,Astro Ria、Astro Prima(马来西亚)等频道重现,设置3727 H 9833参数有条件接收。 [8月29日]
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3734 H 5777参数免费接收。 [8月29日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,东森电影、东森幼幼(高清)等频道改格式,设置12660 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [8月29日]
东经52.5度轨道位置的Al Yah 1号卫星Ku频段,Movie Star(伊朗)频道新增,设置11958 V 27500参数免费接收。 [8月29日]
东经52.5度轨道位置的Al Yah 1号卫星Ku频段,HOT Plus替换Pink 2(伊朗)频道,设置11900 H 27500参数免费接收。 [8月29日]
东经115.5度轨道位置的中星6B号卫星C频段,CCTV-6、新动漫(华诚数字)等全组频道消失,设置3780 V 27500参数无效接收。 [8月29日]
东经115.5度轨道位置的中星6B号卫星C频段,动作电影、中国电影(华诚数字)等全组频道消失,设置3520 V 27500参数无效接收。 [8月29日]

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2A号卫星Ku频段,Suld TV HD替换了ETV HD(高清)频道,设置12533 V 45000参数免费接收。 [8月28日]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星Ku频段,Nadym、Region(俄罗斯)等全组频道消失,设置11485 V 11850参数无效接收。 [8月28日]
东经118度轨道位置的Telkom 3S号卫星C频段,Trans TV(印尼)频道新增,设置3587 H 6000参数免费接收。 [8月28日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Aist Mongolia(蒙古)频道消失,设置12272 H 33333参数无效接收。 [8月28日]

东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Channel News Asia(高清)频道新增,设置3627 H 6500参数免费接收。 [8月27日]
东经52.5度轨道位置的Al Yah 1号卫星Ku频段,God TV(宗教)频道新增,设置11996 V 27500参数免费接收。 [8月27日]


Satellite fleet to offer 'free IoT connectivity'

From https://www.iothub.com.au/news/satellite-fleet-to-offer-free-iot-connectivity-471948

Adelaide startup aims to build network of 100 satellites.

Fleet Space is planning to launch a network of 100 low-earth-orbit satellites to create a global network that can gather data from sensors almost anywhere in the world – at zero data cost.

The Adelaide-based startup secured series funding of $5 million in April this year, which will enable it to launch its first two satellites early in 2018, and is now looking to raise a further round to fund the launch of additional satellites.

Rather than charging for data the company’s revenue will come from selling chipsets that can be embedded into what it hopes will be millions of sensors, and from the sale of the gateway devices that will gather data from sensors in the surrounding area and relay the data to the satellites.

Company co-founder Flavia Tata Nardini told IoT Hub that data costs limited the application of current satellite technologies to IoT.

“We have been looking at IoT for many years and we see that connectivity costs can be prohibitive for big deployments,” Tata Nardini said. “We are working with some customers in South America where the charge is $1 per device per month. That is prohibitive when you want to monitor 10,000 cows.

“If we build a system where the cost of the data is zero then more sensors will be deployed. So we decided to offer an end-to-end solution: we have created chipsets for embedding in sensors.”

The chipsets will communicate with the intermediate satellite gateway using a proprietary wireless technology.

“All the computational power will be in the gateway device. It will be low-powered and plug and play. It will be similar to others but designed for what we need,” she said.

“We are still working on the end-to-end architecture, looking at what part we will own and what part we will partner with someone else for – there are some big names on the table.”

She said the Fleet Space was running trials around the world with a gateway communicating to an existing satellite. “We are running all kinds of applications. We cannot name anything yet but we will go public in September or October.”

Similarly, Tata Nardini declined to provide details of the wireless technology that will link gateways to sensors, the cost of the chipsets themselves or data rates, but she said: “End users struggle with small packets, so we want to extend this and give them flexibility.”

“We need long distances and non-line of sight,” she added. “This is why we decided to do something ourselves. The range from the base station is something we are still working on.”

Fleet Space’s plan is to have a network of 100 satellites, five each in 20 low earth orbits by 2020 or 2021, depending on how fast it can secure launch services and about 12 ground stations.

The satellites will take data from the ground stations and hold it until they come within sight of a ground station – communication in the reverse direction will also be possible.

Tata Nardini said this configuration would give the company coverage of about 95 percent of countries and the latency – the length of time a satellite will have to hold data before it sees a ground station would be sufficiently small for most applications.

DigitalGlobe Delivers WorldView-4 High-Resolution Satellite Imagery to Power PSMA Australia’s Continent-scale Mapping Initiative

From http://news.sys-con.com/node/4146106

DigitalGlobe, Inc. (NYSE: DGI), the global leader in Earth imagery and information about our changing planet, today announced that it has delivered high-accuracy, high-resolution imagery from its WorldView-4 satellite to PSMA Australia to further build out Geoscape®, a digital representation of the Australian continent’s built environment.

PSMA Australia offers national geospatial datasets derived from authoritative sources to support a range of public and private business solutions and is among the first commercial customers to leverage WorldView-4 imagery. PSMA Australia is using DigitalGlobe’s unrivaled satellite imagery to create valuable location and built environment information for an estimated 20 million buildings across Australia, including features such as building footprints and heights, rooftop materials, solar panels, and swimming pools.

“Having access to precise information about the built environment is critical for a number of industries in Australia including insurance, urban planning, emergency management and business intelligence,” said Dan Paull, PSMA Australia’s Chief Executive Officer. “WorldView-4 delivers increased capacity for very high quality satellite imagery collection over Australia, supporting a more complete annual refresh of Geoscape data, particularly land cover, elevation, and tree and building heights, to meet the needs of our customers.”

WorldView-4 satellite imagery will be available to all commercial customers beginning on August 31. WorldView-4 joined WorldView-3 as the world’s highest-resolution commercial imaging satellites and began serving its first direct access customer in February. The satellite doubles DigitalGlobe’s capacity to collect 30 cm commercial satellite imagery.

“By adding WorldView-4’s high-accuracy, 30 cm imagery to our 100-petabyte, time-lapse image library, DigitalGlobe is making more imagery available to cover the areas that matter to customers,” said Amy Minnick, DigitalGlobe SVP and General Manager of Commercial Imagery. “Our high-quality imagery is a powerful enabler for numerous global transformations, such as the development of 5G networks and autonomous vehicles, unlocking insights and delivering actionable intelligence that allow customers to make decisions with confidence.”

Leading up to the commercial launch of WorldView-4 products, numerous partners, customers and ecosystem vendors tested the imagery in their workflows. PCI Geomatics was among the prominent software vendors to receive early imagery samples.

“PCI Geomatics has worked with early samples of WorldView-4 imagery provided by DigitalGlobe. Not only was the quality of WorldView-4 imagery excellent, as we have come to expect from DigitalGlobe, but we also found that the integration with our desktop and large volume image processing systems was seamless,” said David Piekny, Product Marketing Manager at PCI Geomatics. “This is great news for our customers who will soon be using WorldView-4 imagery to continue to produce high-quality products and perform advanced analysis for their end users.”

To learn more about the commercial availability of DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-4 imagery, please register for the webinar that will take place today at 8 a.m. PT/11 a.m. ET.

About DigitalGlobe

DigitalGlobe is a leading provider of commercial high-resolution Earth observation and advanced geospatial solutions that help decision makers better understand our changing planet in order to save lives, resources and time. Sourced from the world's leading constellation, our imagery solutions deliver unmatched coverage and capacity to meet our customers' most demanding mission requirements. Each day customers in defense and intelligence, public safety, civil agencies, map making and analysis, environmental monitoring, oil and gas exploration, infrastructure management, navigation technology, and providers of location-based services depend on DigitalGlobe data, information, technology and expertise to gain actionable insight.

Indonesian Lenders Work to Contain Nationwide Satellite Error

From http://jakartaglobe.id/business/indonesian-lenders-work-contain-nationwide-satellite-error/

Jakarta. Commercial banks currently affected by the Telkom-1 satellite glitch, which first appeared on Friday (25/08), have taken measures to increase services to customers, with one bank even offering free cash withdrawals.

Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI), a state-controlled lender, is among the least impacted banks of the glitch, as it operates its own satellite.

"But we still apologize to our customers for the inconvenience because over the weekend there were 321 BRI ATM units and 124 BRI working units affected by the Telkom-1 problem," Indra Utoyo, BRI's digital banking and strategy director, said in a statement on Monday.

According to Indra, BRI has largely managed to contain the problem, as only 195 BRI ATM units are still inoperable. BRI currently services 24,802 ATMs at locations across the archipelago.

"Every network affected by the problem will be migrated as soon as possible to BRISat as the main network and the backup to another network," Indra said, referring to the bank's telecommunication satellite launched in June last year and which connects more than 10,000 BRI branches across the country.

The Telkom-1 glitch has also affected nearly 100 Bank Tabungan Negara (BTN) ATMs across the country. BTN, the country's largest mortgage provider, has so far remained mostly unaffected by the glitch because it moved its network to 4G.

"We want speed the recovery to service our customers," said Agus Susanto, BTN's corporate secretary.

The glitch also affected the biggest lenders by assets in the country, including Bank Mandiri, Bank Negara Indonesia and Bank Central Asia.

Bank Central Asia (BCA) is currently offering free cash withdrawals for its customers from any ATM until the glitch is resolved. Normally, a customer has to pay a Rp 7,500 ($0.56) each time he or she takes cash from a different bank's ATM.

"But it's only for cash withdrawals. Other services, such as balance checking and transfers, will still be charged because the customers can use the Internet or mobile banking," BCA president director Jahja Setiaatmadja said, as quoted by Antaranews.com.

Jahja said the typical Rp 7,500 fees will be credited back to customers' accounts at the end of the month. The lender has prepared up to Rp 70 billion to cover the inter-bank cash withdrawal costs.

BCA will migrate about 3,700 ATM units to the Telkom-3S satellite and about 2,000 ATM units to the Apstar satellite.

Indonesia's Financial Services Authority, or OJK, acknowledged but played down the impact of the glitch, saying it only affected ATM units in a few areas.

OJK and Bank Indonesia are continuing to coordinate with Telekomunikasi Indonesia, the satellite's operator, to resolve the problem.

"Customers are advised to confirm to their bank's call center in the case of a problem [...] do not easily believe misleading news," said Anto Prabowo, the acting deputy commissioner of strategic management and logistics at OJK

SES swaps 2 satellite launch vehicles

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/08/29/ses-swaps-2-satellite-launch-vehicles/

SES says it is to change launch vehicles and launch slots for its SES-12 and SES-14 satellites.

Under the new agreements, SES-12 will be launched on a Falcon 9 vehicle from SpaceX in Q1 2018 while SES-14 will be launched on an Ariane 5 rocket, also in Q1 2018.

SES says the swap of launches will enable the operator to improve service quality and continuity for its customers. Both SES-12 and SES-14 are using electric propulsion for orbit-raising and will enter into service some four to six months after launch.

The original expectation was for SES-12 to be launched during Q4 2017 by Arianspace, while SES-14 was booked to launch later in 2017, which then slipped to Spring 2018, aboard a SpaceX rocket.

SES-14, manufactured by Airbus Defense and Space, will be positioned at the 47.5 degrees West orbital slot. The C-band payload of SES-14 will replace NSS-806 and will support SES’s cable neighbourhood in Latin America. The Ku-band payload augments the Ku-band capacity on NSS-806 with wide beams and high throughput spot beams covering the Americas and the North Atlantic Region.

The Ku-band spot beams will allow SES to support the increasing demand for aeronautical and maritime mobility applications, cellular backhaul, broadband delivery, and VSAT services for enterprise and government segments. The Ku-band wide beams are designed to provide video and data services in Latin America, the Caribbean, and across the North Atlantic. SES-14 also carries the Global-Scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) as a hosted payload for NASA.

SES-12, a very large satellite also manufactured by Airbus Defense and Space, will be positioned at 95 degrees East. The satellite will expand SES’s capabilities to provide direct-to-home (DTH) broadcasting, VSAT, Mobility and HTS data connectivity services in the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region, including rapidly growing markets such as India and Indonesia. The satellite will replace NSS-6 at this location and will be co-located with SES-8. As the largest satellite ever built for SES, SES-12 is capable of supporting requirements in multiple verticals from Cyprus in the West to Japan in the East, and from Russia in the North to Australia in the South.

Mayweather vs McGregor: 239 illegal streams

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/08/29/mayweather-vs-mcgregor-239-illegal-streams/

The Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor boxing match was not the only competition generating attention this past weekend. Data from digital platform security specialist Irdeto indicates that piracy continues to be a tough contender. Irdeto identified 239 streams that illegally redistributed the bout. Of those streams, 67 were provided via traditional pirate streaming websites.

Underscoring the growth of streaming capabilities on social media, Irdeto also found that pirates exploited multiple channels, including Facebook, YouTube, Periscope, Twitch and others to redistribute this premier boxing event illegally.

Irdeto found that 165 social media streams offered the Mayweather vs. McGregor fight illegally, with six streams available via illicit streaming plugins for the popular media player platform, Kodi. These 239 streams are estimated to have reached approximately 2,930,598 viewers. With both boxing and UFC fans eager to see this matchup, pirates capitalised on consumer demand to provide multiple illegal viewing options for this premier live sports event and reap the profit for themselves.

According to Irdeto, what made this fight unique was that it was the first of its kind to be available to stream live online and it combined two huge viewer audiences: boxing and UFC. While content availability is key, it may have also inadvertently caused some consumers to choose an illegal service over a legitimate service due to confusion and clever marketing. Irdeto has seen an increase in pirates creating professional websites, technology and services, fooling some consumers into thinking they are accessing a legal service.

However, not all of the consumers who chose an illegal viewing option did so unknowingly. Irdeto’s recent Global Consumer Piracy Survey of more than 25,000 adults across 30 countries found that 52 per cent of consumers around the globe knowingly watch pirated video content. With operators and content owners charging as much as $99.95 to watch the fight in the US, compared to only £19.95 in the UK and €24.95 in McGregor’s home country of Ireland, these piracy numbers clearly indicate that consumers may seek illegal means to watch marquee events such as Mayweather vs. McGregor without paying.

Irdeto suggests that with pirates functioning more like full-fledged businesses, criminals are doing market research and are aware that consumers are craving this type of live sports content. In just one day in the week leading up to the bout, Irdeto identified 42 advertisements for illicit streaming devices offering Mayweather vs. McGregor on e-commerce websites, including Amazon, eBay and Alibaba. According to Irdeto, this clearly points to how business-savvy pirates have become, creating a formidable foe for legitimate service providers. Irdeto works on an ongoing basis with sites such as Alibaba to remove advertisements of this nature.

“Live sports are a cornerstone of global piracy, with thousands of sites providing illegal content attracting millions of viewers,” said Rory O’Connor, Senior Vice President of Cybersecurity Services, Irdeto. “When combatting live sports piracy, speed in disrupting piracy is essential. This is especially the case with premium events like this past weekend’s Mayweather vs. McGregor boxing match. The most effective strategy is an intelligence-driven approach with a 360-degree view of piracy. By identifying and stopping pirate streams in real-time through specialised knowledge and technology, content owners and operators are able to protect revenue and deliver a greater user experience.”

Chile to strengthen laws against pirate STBs

From https://www.rapidtvnews.com/2017082948585/chile-to-strengthen-laws-against-pirate-stbs.html#axzz4rAHkFQ3X

Chile’s Senate has sanctioned an amendment to the country’s telecom law to establish stronger rules against illegal satellite set-top boxes (STBs).

senado chile 29 august 2017According to the Senate, nearly $70 million per year is lost in Chile due to pirate satellite TV, as there are around 300,000 pirate subscribers which watch pay-TV signals through illegal STBs.

“The bill aims to fine anybody importing, commercialising or installing any kind of technology that enables users to intercept satellite signals,” said senator Juan Pablo Letelier, president of the telecoms commission.

Therefore, if the bill is finally passed, any illegal pay-TV activity – concerning both hardware and software - would be prosecuted. “We intend to establish the legal instruments to go after those making business with illegal importation and distribution of technology that is used to break the market rules,” added the senator.

According to the latest figures published by Chile’s Cámara Nacional de Comercio, piracy is positioned as the fifth largest pay-TV operator in the market.


Telkom 1 @ 108E bites the dust causing disruption across Indonesia, See news.

The big Sunday fight event was seen FTA on EMTV Intelsat 19 Cband, TVOne Indonesia and a few other places, without people needing to go to some dodgy site to watch it.

New @ 125E all these mux moved here from 120E, they are encrypted

3900 V 9578 "channel MAX-HD"
4060 V 29500 "XFC-HD, Cartoon-HD, Game-HD"
3700 V 29500 "News Real-HD, Channel Joy-HD, Great Sports-HD"
4020 V 29500 "Channel LAN-HD, Channel Young-HD, City Play -HD"

Monday morning feed

Asiasat 5 3733 H Sr 7500 "LPGA PRI" Canadian Pacific Ladies PGA Golf

Sunday Feeds

Intelsat 19 12436 H Sr 15000 ESPN Collage Football from Sydney
Intelsat 19 12454 H Sr 15000 ESPN Collage Football
Intelsat 19 12496 H Sr 3749 "STS 4"
Intelsat 19 12551 V Sr 3750 "A15K-1" Mayweather v McGregor boxing from Las Vegas
Intelsat 19 12592 H Sr 7500 "STS 3-PNG A" Rugby League for TVWAN
Intelsat 19 12592 V Sr 6110 "LK3 NNN911"
Intelsat 19 12601 V Sr 6999 "STS 10"
Intelsat 19 12610 V Sr 6999 "STS 1"

Saturday night feeds

Asiasat 5 3916 H Sr 7200 "L.S. ENC2 HD" J-League
Asiasat 5 4067 H Sr 7200 "ETP WORLD FEED" European Tour Golf
Asiasat 5 4165 H Sr 7200 "Nameless" J-League
Asiasat 5 4174 H Sr 7200 "HD ENC-1a" J-League
Asiasat 5 3654 H Sr 7200 "Service-1" Chinese martial arts Faith Fight

From my Email


From the Dish

LaoSat 1 128.5E 3435 V "BeIn Sports 1/2 Thailand" have started on , ABV.
LaoSat 1 128.5E 3503 V "CCTV 4 Asia, CGTN, CGTN Documentary, CCTV Opera, CCTV Entertainment, TVS 2 Southern TV, Hunan TV World, Jiangsu TV International, Fujian Straits TV, Zhejiang Satellite TV International, China Yellow River TV, Xiamen Star TV China, Chongqing TV International, Tianjin TV World, China Movie, Sichuan TV International, Beijing TV International Channel, Anhui International Channel, Dragon TV North America, Guangxi International Channel, Shenzhen Satellite TV International, Taishan TV, Guangdong International TV, Henan TV International Channel, Yunnan International Channel and CCTV 13 have started on , Irdeto. Animax Asia, Kix and TV Lao" have left again.

ChinaSat 6B 115.5E 3780 V The CHC mux has left

Palapa D 113.0E 3826 H "ANTV" has started on, Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 4000 H "Trans TV" has started on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 4100 V "Trans 7" has started on , Fta.

Measat 3 91.5E 3814 V "Sky Racing 1" is Fta

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3545 V "Dharma TV and People TV" have started on , BISS.

From asiatvro site

东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Ddish Live(Ddish TV)频道消失,设置12629 H 43200参数无效接收。 [8月27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)频道加密,设置3805 H 4800参数有条件接收。 [8月27日]
东经101.4度轨道位置的中星9A号卫星Ku频段,宁夏少儿、三沙卫视(户户通)等全组测试频道消失,设置11860 R 28800参数无效接收。 [8月27日]
东经101.4度轨道位置的中星9A号卫星Ku频段,贵州经济、贵州公共(户户通)测试频道消失,设置11960 L 28800参数无效接收。 [8月27日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Gem替换Universal Channel(印尼)频道,设置3880 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [8月27日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Trans TV(印尼)频道新增,设置3991 H 3000参数免费接收。 [8月27日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Lejel Home Shopping替换E! Ent(印尼)频道,设置3780 V 29900参数有条件接收。 [8月27日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Smile Home Shopping替换Cahaya TV Banten(印尼)频道,设置3932 V 15800参数免费接收。 [8月27日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Trans 7(印尼)频道新增,设置4085 V 4800参数免费接收。 [8月27日]
东经125度轨道位置的中星6A号卫星C频段,美食天府(鼎视传媒)频道消失,设置3827 H 6222参数无效接收。 [8月27日]

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,White Channel、IN TV(泰国)频道新增,设置4040 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [8月26日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Liga、Movie Central(MPEG-4)等频道新增,设置4180 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [8月26日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,V2H2、V2H10(老挝)等频道消失,设置11600 H 30000参数无效接收。 [8月26日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Australia Plus(澳洲)频道重现,设置3800 V 7500参数有条件接收。 [8月26日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,ESPN替换Temporary Channel(体育)频道,设置3880 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [8月26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4个频道加密,设置4180 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [8月26日]
东经108度轨道位置的电信1号卫星C频段,Trans TV 1(印尼)频道新增,设置4001 H 3000参数免费接收。 [8月26日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,SKYN、TVRI替换HMTV(东南亚运动会)等频道,设置3860 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [8月26日]

东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,SCC HD替换Fox Sports HD(亚洲)高清频道,设置3980 V 29720参数有条件接收。 [8月25日]
东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,Liga Santander 2(高清)频道加密,设置4076 V 22500参数有条件接收。 [8月25日]


US broadcaster CBS to buy Ten Network

From https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/business/companies/us-company-cbs-to-buy-ten-network-20170828-gy5doc.html

New York-listed CBS will buy Network Ten from administrators KordaMentha and receivers PPB Advisory in a deal that sees three banks repaid and three billionaires compensated, but leaves nothing to tens of thousands of shareholders, it emerged on Monday morning

The deal also means Lachlan Murdoch and Bruce Gordon have failed in their attempt to buy the network. Both billionaires were shareholders and had also guaranteed a bank loan to keep the network afloat.

CBS will refinance Ten's existing debt, including a loan from Commonwealth Bank and guarantor fees of about $33 million owed to James Packer, Mr Murdoch and Mr Gordon, and will implement a deed of company arrangement, according to KordaMentha. Creditors will be given the chance to vote on the deal at the second creditors' meeting.

Secured loans include at least $98 million to Commonwealth Bank, $841,000 to Westpac and $640,000 to ANZ Bank, according to a list of creditors. This means CBS will take over Ten for about $123 million.

Rupert Murdoch, co-chairman and founder of Twenty-First Century Fox Inc., left, and Lachlan Murdoch, co-chairman of Twenty-First Century Fox Inc., arrive for a morning session during the Allen & Co. Media and Technology Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, U.S., on Wednesday, July 8, 2015. Billionaires, chief executive officers, and leaders from the technology, media, and finance industries gather this week at the Idaho mountain resort conference hosted by investment banking firm Allen & Co. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg *** Local Caption *** Rupert Murdoch; Lachlan Murdoch

However, shareholders will receive nothing, with PPB Advisory confirming the deal includes CBS delisting Ten from the sharemarket.

Apart from the three guarantors, major shareholders include Foxtel with 13.9 per cent of shares, Gina Rinehart with 8.2 per cent, and Seven Group Holding's subsidiary Network Investment Holdings with 3 per cent.

"CBS will acquire 100 per cent of the shares in Network Ten," a PPB spokesman said.

"This process requires demonstrating that the shares are worthless given the quantum of the secured and unsecured claims. In such a scenario where creditors are not being repaid in full it would mean that existing shareholders would not receive any return."

CBS will also provide "immediate financial support to ensure continuity of operations" at Ten.

CBS will also launch "CBS All Access" in Australia, its subscription video on demand service, it announced.

Leslie "Les" Moonves, president and chief executive officer of CBS Corp., speaks to the media as he arrives for the Allen & Co. Media and Technology Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, U.S., on Tuesday, July 5, 2016. Billionaires, chief executive officers, and leaders from the technology, media, and finance industries gather this week at the Idaho mountain resort conference hosted by investment banking firm Allen & Co. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

The strategy for Les Moonves is clear. He sent some of his top executives to Australia last month to look at the business.

CBS submitted an $843 million claim during the administration process, believed to be the balance that Ten owed it for a programming rights contract.

CBS already has a 33 per cent stake in digital channel Eleven. This deal will see it take over Ten's digital terrestrial channel, One, Eleven and TenPlay.

"Network Ten is a prime broadcasting asset with over half a century of experience and brand equity in Australia," Leslie Moonves, chairman and chief executive of CBS Corporation, said.

"We have been able to acquire it at a valuation that gives us confidence we will grow this asset by applying our programming expertise in a market with which we are already familiar."

Ten's chief executive Paul Anderson said CBS and Ten have had a strong relationship for a number of years.

"We are very excited about further developing that relationship with CBS as an owner and strength that they will provide to the company at this critical time," Mr Anderson said.

President and chief executive of CBS Studios International Armando Nunez said Ten and CBS "have enjoyed a close working relationship for nearly two decades, and now CBS will continue to provide Network Ten with access to the very best in US content".

"We also look forward to working with the outstanding team at Network Ten to enhance and expand on its great legacy of Australian news, drama, reality and sports programming. This acquisition not only presents CBS with considerable broadcasting opportunities in Australia, but also allows for further multi-platform distribution and growth."

And is a blow to Foxtel's subscription television service, CBS's internet-based All Access service includes rights to stream such as some of America's National Football League (NFL) games, college football, college basketball and major golf tournaments.

Network Ten receiver and PPB Advisory partner Christopher Hill, said: "Network Ten has played a significant role in Australia's media landscape over many decades, and the sale of the business to CBS will allow the iconic broadcaster to move into a new chapter on a strong and stable footing."

Disruption unleashes on Australia’s TV industry

From https://www.mybusiness.com.au/disruption/3270-disruption-unleashes-on-australia-s-tv-industry

Australian television is in for a massive shake up in the near future following news American media giant CBS has purchased Channel 10.

In a statement to the ASX, Ten Network Holdings said it had entered into “binding transaction documents” for CBS to acquire the struggling broadcaster, for an undisclosed sum.

It comes after Channel 10 was placed in voluntary administration in mid-June.

CBS, a major broadcaster and content producer in the US, has supplied the network with US programs for almost 20 years. Yet the acquisition of Ten allows it to launch foreign service offerings and delivery methods into Australia and shake up the dynamic of Australia’s three commercial broadcasters.

“This acquisition not only presents CBS with considerable broadcasting opportunities in Australia, but also allows for further multi-platform distribution and growth,” CBS Studios International president Armando Nunez said.

Among that multi-platform distribution will be the launch of its digital subscription video-on demand service, called CBS All Access.

Optus Eyes Expansion Of Cricket Broadcast Rights

From news

Australia’s second-largest telco is reportedly looking to expand its cricket broadcast rights, with Network Ten’s Big Bash League (BBL) the big drawcard.

Cricket Australia has had informal talks with a number of parties around broadcast rights, with Optus being one of them, according to sources of The Australian Financial Review.

The AFR’s sources noted that a decision has not yet been made, with Optus needing to win over parent company Singtel before any deal could be done. Furthermore, any bid by the telco will be centred around how may how many subscribers it expects to add.

The AFR understands that the BBL rights – which are currently held by Ten on a $20 million-per-year contract – are what Optus is most keen on.

Problem is, the free-to-air networks are the only parties that Cricket Australia is interested in selling the BBL rights exclusively to, according to sources of the Fairfax masthead.

But, the AFR believes Cricket Australia might be happy to let subscription players like Optus or Foxtel have some BBL matches, but only if the deal also had a sizeable free-to-air TV component.

If any sort of deal involving Optus came about, it wouldn’t be the telco’s first foray into the cricketing landscape, having signed a multimillion-dollar sponsorship package with Cricket Australia to become its mobile streaming partner in 2015.

Optus Sport also has the rights to air classic cricket matches.

The telco shocked many two years ago when it amped up its sport coverage by shelling out $50 million to broadcast the English Premier League in Australia.

People who used a Kodi Box to watch illegal pirate streams of the Mayweather and McGregor fight could be in BIG trouble

From https://www.thesun.ie/tech/1457114/people-who-used-a-kodi-box-to-watch-illegal-pirate-streams-of-the-mayweather-and-mcgregor-fight-could-be-in-big-trouble/

Mysterious watermark found on fight streams might spell bad news for people who didn't pay to see the match.

IF YOU were one of the millions of people illegally streaming the Mayweather and McGregor fight, you might have noticed mystery codes appearing during the broadcast.

While the watermarked code wasn’t visible during the entire action, eagle-eyed sleuths noticed it would appear when the camera was focusing on people in each corner, news.com.au reports.

The code, a combination of letters and numbers, stayed the same throughout the broadcast of the highly anticipated fight.

There has been no explanation about the source or meaning of the unusual watermark, although it could spell bad news for those illegally broadcasting the fight.

The most likely explanation for the code is that it had been embedded into streams by a broadcaster licensed to show the fight as a method to track those illegally sharing the fight or using devices like the Kodi Box to watch it.

“[It could allow the broadcaster] to track the illicit stream back to a subscriber and/or a set-top box tied to a particular account,” TorrentFreak explained.

“Since that subscriber has then re-streamed that content back online illegally, the code would act as a homing beacon and could spell bad news for the individual involved.”

While it would be a strange decision to embed a visual watermark given the plethora of invisible tracking options available to broadcasters, it could have been a tactic used to simply scare those illegally watching the broadcast.

A Kodi box is a TV box which has a Kodi app which lets you stream films and sports for free

There is also the possibility the codes were put on the broadcast by someone in the illicit streaming market.

“Pirate streams are vulnerable to being ‘stolen’ in much the same way that official streams are, so it’s possible that a provider wanted to keep tabs on where its streams were ending up,” TorrentFreak added.

Facebook played a role in facilitating illegal broadcasts of the fight using its Live feature, with streams attracting tens of thousands of viewers.

Earlier this year, two Australian men were facing fines of up to $60,000 (£37,000) or five years jail for using Facebook Live to stream the Danny Green-Anthony Mundine pay-per-view to hundreds of thousands of viewers.

TORRENT, OR NOT TORRENT? Kodi box users could face up to TEN years in jail thanks to controversial new law

One of the men responsible, Darren Sharpe, was forced to post a public apology to avoid legal action.

“Last Friday I streamed Foxtel’s broadcast of Mundine v Green 2 fight via my Facebook page to thousands of people. I know that this was illegal and the wrong thing to do,” he wrote.

“Foxtel and the event promoters invested hundreds of thousands of dollars to produce the fight and to broadcast it. I unreservedly apologise to Anthony Mundine and Danny Green, to the boxing community, to Foxtel, to the event promoters and to everyone out there who did the right thing and paid to view the fight. It was wrong and I apologise.”

Facebook user Brett Hevers also broadcast the fight over the social media platform and posted a similar apology to Facebook.

“I unreservedly apologise to Anthony Mundine and Danny Green, to the boxing community, to Foxtel, to the event promoters and to everyone out there who did the right thing and paid to view the fight. It was piracy, and I’m sorry,” he wrote.

At the time of the broadcast, Foxtel said the effects of breaching content copyright was more widespread than people might expect.

“Illegal streaming and file sharing of any kind impacts not only the viability of the entire content industry, but also the thousands of people employed by it, including athletes, actors, technicians, editors, caterers, set designers and more, who depend on copyright laws being respected in order to protect their livelihood,” a Foxtel spokesman said.

“In addition, if revenue opportunities are undermined sports fans will suffer as sports presenters and promoters will have difficulty affording the costs of staging these fights and other events.”

A Kodi crackdown is underway in the UK with free stream fans warned they’re being watched by a team of lawyers.

This article originally appeared on news.com.au.

PT Telkom scrambles to repoint customer dishes after Telkom-1 antenna problem

From https://www.spaceintelreport.com/pt-telkom-scrambles-repoint-customer-dishes-telkom-1-antenna-problem/

An unexplained antenna problem on PT Telkom’s Telkom-1 satellite on Aug 25 will force the repointing of 15,000 satellite dishes, mainly enterprise VSATs. Credit: PT Telkom

PARIS — Indonesian satellite fleet operator PT Telkom on Aug. 28 said it expected to migrate most of its Telkom-1 satellite customers to the company’s other satellites within days following an Aug. 25 antenna-pointing anomaly on Telkom-1.

PT Telkom issued an apology to Telkom-1 customers, who faced a sudden communications outage on Aug. 25 after the antenna issue.

It was not immediately clear from the company’s statements whether the problem was caused by an issue on board the Lockheed Martin-built satellite or could be traced to operator error.

But Telkom referenced an in-orbit insurance policy it had on the satellite, which would suggest a problem unrelated to any operator activity at the time of the outage.

The company said it had more than 12,000 VSAT dishes pointed to Telkom-1, plus about 3,000 dishes serving other communications needs, and that many would be helped with repointing their gear to the Telkom-2 or Telkom-3S satellites.

Given the number of sites, it will not be until mid-September before the entire customer set is transferred.

Telkom-1 operates from 108 degrees east in geostationary orbit and was launched in 1999. PT Telkom officials have said the satellite should be able to operate until 2019. A Telkom-4 satellite, which is planned to replace Telkom-1, is under construction at Space Systems/Loral SSL and scheduled for launch in late 2018.

(Craig's comment, a scan today from Perth using a 2.7M revealed TVRi Jambi FTA playing @ 118E 3403 H Sr 3000 Fec 3/4 QPSK, plus a number of data type carriers have a look there other services may load. A scan log will be posted Tuesday)

Overage Telkom 1 shuts down, disrupts banking services

From http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/08/28/overage-telkom-1-shuts-down-disrupts-banking-services.html

The Telkom 1 satellite of state-owned telecommunications company PT Telkom Indonesia (Telkom) had already passed its 15-year lifespan when it suddenly went offline on Friday.

The troubled satellite, launched on Aug. 4, 1999, is currently 18 years old.

Telkom 1 went offline on Friday at 4:51 p.m. Jakarta time, disrupting the services of several banks such as Bank Central Asia (BCA) and Bank Mandiri that use the Telkom 1 VSAT connection for their ATM and EDC machines.

Telkom is currently migrating the services to its Telkom 2 and Telkom 3S satellites. Telkom president director Alex Janangkih Sinaga said the total loss caused by the incident was still being calculated.

Alex said that the last check on the satellite in 2016 indicated it would be operational until 2019.

"We conducted a general check in 2014 and 2016, and the result was that Telkom 1 still had enough fuel to support its operation until 2019," Alex told a press conference on Monday in Jakarta.

He added that the satellite was insured with state-owned insurance firm Jasindo. (bbn)

ATMs go down in Indonesia after satellite problems

From http://westoverreview.com/2017/08/28/atms-go-down-in-indonesia-after-satellite-problems/

Customers use ATMs inside Bank Mandiri’s headquarters in Jakarta on July 25, 2016. (Reuters photo)

JAKARTA – Thousands of ATMs and electronic card payment machines in Indonesia went offline over the weekend, and it might take two more weeks before full service is restored, after an outage from a satellite belonging to state-controlled telcom giant PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom).

Around 15,000 ground sites across Indonesia were affected by the problem on the ‘Telkom-1’ satellite, whose service is used by government agencies, banks, broadcasters and other corporations, Telkom president director Alex Sinaga told reporters on Monday.

A shift in the direction of the satellite’s antenna, which was first detected last Friday, had disrupted connectivity.

Bank Central Asia (BCA), Indonesia’s largest bank by market value, had around 5,700 of its ATMs affected by the outage, or 30% of the total operated by the bank, BCA chief executive Jahja Setiaatmadja told reporters. The internet connection in some remote BCA branches were also affected, he said.

State-controlled Bank Rakyat Indonesia said around 300 of its ATMs were affected, but some had since been restored.

Some shoppers in Jakarta said stores could not process credit card payments using EDC (electronic data capture) machines over the weekend, while Twitter users complained about a number of ATMs that were not online yet on Monday.

According to central bank data, there are more than 100,000 ATM machines in Indonesia.

“Our estimation is by September 10, all (connections to) 15,000 sites would be recovered,” Sinaga said. Up to Monday, around 17% of the connections had been restored, he added, by shifting connections to other satellites and adjusting the direction of ground antennae.

Telkom is shifting its connection from Telkom-1 to two other satellites owned by the company and other satellites owned by foreign companies which cover Indonesia.

Telkom-1, which was launched in 1999, has a design lifetime of 15 years, but according to a 2016 review and consultation with its maker Lockheed Martin it could operate normally up to 2019.

“We do not rule out the possibility that we will no longer use Telkom-1. We will decide in the next few days,” Sinaga said, adding that the company may use the orbit slot of Telkom-1 for its fourth satellite scheduled to be launched mid 2018.

Telkom-1 contributes 0.6% of Telkom’s total revenue, the company said.


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Globecast provides 4K feeds for the Opening and Closing ceremonies of 29th Summer Universiade Taipei 2017 Available free to air in Asia via AsiaSat 5

From Press Release

Hong Kong/Paris, 25 August 2017 — Globecast, the global solutions provider for media, has been chosen to broadcast the Opening and Closing ceremonies of the 29th Summer Universiade Taipei 2017, being held in Taipei, Taiwan. The signals, being broadcast in 4K UHD HEVC format, are available in Asia via AsiaSat 5, Europe via Eutelsat, and North & South America via Intelsat 34. With this transmission, Globecast’s expertise in UHD transmission has been extended to the Asia region with new UHD-capable SNG, a UHD-trained crew and UHD-ready MCR at Singapore.

The 29th Summer Universiade, running from the 19th to 30th of August, is an international sporting and cultural event staged biennially. The Universiade includes 21 competitive sports as well as one demonstration sport throughout 12 days of competition, attended by talented youth athletes from around the world.
Amos Lim, Senior Director of Sales at Globecast commented, “The vividness of 4K production and the brilliance of the definition truly represent the passion, vitality, hope and confidence of this generation. It’s an honour to be trusted by broadcasters with the delivery of such an important event, as they know there will be absolutely no compromise on quality.”

Barrie Woolston, Chief Commercial Officer at AsiaSat said, “We highly appreciate our longstanding relationship with Globecast, who are experts in delivering true value to their clients and their audiences. Partnering with them will further build upon our strength in delivering high-quality leading-edge 4K live sports coverage.”

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 110 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

Press contact:
Bazeli Mbo | Tel: (33 1) 5595 2604 | Email: bazeli.mbo@globecast.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 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, www.asiasat.com | LinkedIn | Facebook | Mobile App

Press contact:
Winnie Pang | Tel: (852) 2500 0880 | Email: wpang@asiasat.com

SpaceX launches Taiwan's first home-built satellite

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/SpaceX_launches_Taiwans_first_home_built_satellite_999.html

About 10 minutes after launch, SpaceX confirmed that FORMOSAT-5 had been successfully deployed into orbit.

SpaceX on Thursday launched the first satellite designed and built entirely in Taiwan, a spacecraft that aims to boost disaster forecasts and mapping, environmental observation and space research.

The satellite, called FORMOSAT-5, weighs nearly 1,000 pounds (450 kilograms) and blasted off atop a Falcon 9 rocket at 11:51 am (1851 GMT).

"Falcon 9 has lifted off," SpaceX engineer Lauren Lyons said as the rocket soared into the sky over the launch pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, leaving billowing clouds of smoke in its wake.

About 10 minutes after launch, SpaceX confirmed that FORMOSAT-5 had been successfully deployed into orbit.

The satellite is designed to operate for five years, and will orbit the Earth once every 100 minutes.

Its predecessor, FORMOSAT-2, was decommissioned last year after 12 years, a lifespan in which it mapped a series of major disasters in parts of Asia and Africa.

It, too, had been designed to operate for just five years.

Continuing its effort to re-use expensive rocket components instead of jettisoning them into the ocean after each launch, SpaceX managed to land the first stage of the Falcon 9 on a platform floating in the Pacific Ocean.

"This is the 15th successful landing of a Falcon 9," Lyons said on the live webcast, as cheers erupted at SpaceX mission control in Hawthorne, California.

After separating from the second stage of the rocket, the taller, first stage portion powered its engines and made a controlled return to Earth.

Cameras mounted on the rocket showed it touch down, upright, on a drone ship named "Just Read the Instructions."

SpaceX plans to haul the rocket back to land and refurbish it so it can be used in a future launch.

NeuLion to stream Mayweather vs McGregor

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/08/24/neulion-to-stream-mayweather-vs-mcgregor/

NeuLion, a technology product and service provider specialising in the broadcasting of live and on-demand digital video content, will live stream the Floyd Mayweather vs Connor McGregor fight for several global rights holders, including UFC, Sky Sports, Sky New Zealand and Eleven Sports Network. Each of these global rights holders will be using the NeuLion Digital Platform for the live streaming of the four-fight Showtime PPV event, taking place on August 26th in Las Vegas.

This once-in-a-lifetime event brings together the worlds of boxing and MMA and has captured the imagination of sports fans throughout the globe from the initial announcement of the world tour and now leading up to fight night.

The NeuLion Digital Platform will be handling the authentication and purchasing of the PPV as fans visit each of the four services, including UFC.TV, Sky Sports Box Office, Sky Fan Pass and the Eleven Sports Network’s OTT service. NeuLion will also ensure that each of these services delivers the fight into each of the rights holders’ respective licensed territories.

“These partners recognise the value of our depth of global experience and continued focus on delivering outstanding quality,” said Roy Reichbach, President and CEO of NeuLion. “To be working with four fantastic NeuLion partners for the streaming, purchasing, and fan experience for one of the largest online events of the year, is very exciting for us.”

NeuLion has also designed and developed the consumer experience that UFC, Sky Sports, Sky New Zealand and Eleven Sports Network fans will interact with as they watch the live streaming of the fight on web, mobile, tablet and other connected devices.

UFC is offering the fight to fans through UFC.TV, Sky Sports is offering the live fight as part of their Sky Box Office service, Sky New Zealand is offering the fight on Sky Fan Pass and Eleven Sports Network is offering the fight through their digital service. NeuLion will be delivering and monitoring the live event from its technical operations centres located in New York and London

Licensees convicted for Sky Sports piracy

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/08/24/licensees-convicted-for-sky-sports-piracy/

Two London licensees have been found guilty of four offences each of dishonest reception of a television transmission by showing Sky Sports to customers without a commercial agreement from Sky.

Timothy Sheahan and Seamus Fogarty of Greenes in Neasden, were found guilty in their absence of four offences and were each fined £2,500 (€2,715) per offence and ordered to pay £170 Victim Surcharge and costs of £1,079.40, totalling £11,249.40 each (a grand total of £22,498.80).

UK intellectual property protection organisation FACT (Federation Against Copyright Theft) brought the criminal prosecutions against the licensees for showing Sky Sports to customers without having valid commercial viewing agreements in place. Sky Sports is only available to licensed premises in the UK via a commercial viewing agreement from Sky Business. Licensees that show Sky broadcasts without a commercial viewing agreement risk similar action or even a criminal prosecution.

“These cases should send a clear warning to pub owners and licensees who show Sky broadcasts without a commercial subscription,” commented Stephen Gerrard, Prosecuting Manager.

“If convicted, fines for this offence are unlimited and you may have to pay substantial legal costs, as well as putting yourself at risk of having your licence suspended or revoked.”

“This is the latest in a long line of criminal cases FACT has successfully prosecuted resulting in big fines, demonstrating the seriousness of fraudulently screening TV programmes,” advised George Lawson, head of commercial piracy at Sky. “The law is clear – the only legal way to show Sky Sports programming in licensed premises in the UK is through a valid commercial viewing agreement with Sky.”

“We remain committed to visiting thousands of pubs, as well as investigating suppliers, to protect our customers and ensure they are not left short-changed by illegal activity. If you choose to televise content illegally then you run the very real risk of being caught and having legal action taken against you – the risks are not worth running,”

This successful case was prosecuted by FACT. Working with FACT forms a key part of Sky’s commitment to protecting pubs and clubs 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 year.

BT to show live UHD rugby at IBC

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/08/25/bt-to-show-live-uhd-rugby-at-ibc/

BT Media and Broadcast, the digital media and broadcast solutions arm of the telco, is to broadcast live coverage of two Aviva Rugby Union Championship matches in UHD at broadcast technology show IBC over the weekend of September 16-17, using the latest High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) equipment from NTT Electronics, supplied by its UK partner, Garland, as well as BT Media and Broadcast’s most-advanced hybrid fibre/satellite UHD links truck.

The matches kick off at 4 p.m. CET, with delegates able to view the coverage on BT Media and Broadcast’s Stand (O.D02). The match on Saturday is Leicester Tigers vs. Gloucester, with Sunday’s game featuring Wasps vs. Harlequins.

Facebook to stream US College Football

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/08/25/facebook-to-stream-us-college-football/

Facebook has struck a deal with digital sports network Stadium that will see the social networking company live-stream 15 US College Football games this season starting next week.

The agreement gives Facebook exclusive rights to show six Mountain West games and nine Conference USA games. The games will not be televised.

Facebook also recently reached a deal to stream Champions League matches, and also shows games from Liga MX, Mexico’s top soccer league. It has streamed Major League Baseball and NBA games in the past, but did not have exclusive rights to those.

ESPN Player streams new College Football season

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/08/25/espn-player-streams-new-college-football-season/

ESPN Player will bring coverage of the 2017 NCAA College Football season to fans across the EMEA region, anytime, anywhere. The live and on-demand sports streaming service will give viewers the opportunity to watch more than 600 college football games on their desktops, iPads and mobile phones.

The College Football Season kicks off on August 26th as no14-ranked Stanford play Rice in Australia. The first Saturday of the season, September 2nd, sees 29 games available to watch live, including a host of major clashes.

Alongside the extensive schedule of games featuring the biggest teams in US college football, ESPN Player lets subscribers follow the news, discussions and debate surrounding College Football direct from the US with 24/7 simulcasts of three ESPN TV networks.

NCAA College Football is available as part of ESPN Player’s NCAA College Pass, with monthly passes available for £19.99 and annual subscriptions – which include access to more than 5,000 college sports events throughout the year – for £109.99. All NCAA passes come with a 7-day free trial.

India to Launch Satellite Next Week to Fix Malfunctioning Navigation System

From https://sputniknews.com/asia/201708251056790340-india-satellite-launch/

India is launching a new satellite IRNSS-1H next week to replace the malfunctioning IRNSS-1A. IRNSS-1A, a component of India’s very own global positioning system (NavIC), had developed a glitch after its three rubidium atomic clocks had stopped functioning earlier this year.

New Delhi (Sputnik) – The Indian regional navigational satellite system (IRNSS) with the operational name of NavIC, will be joined by an eighth satellite IRNSS-1H which will serve as a backup for IRNSS-1A on 31st August. IRNSS offers services like terrestrial and marine navigation, disaster management, vehicle tracking and fleet management, navigation aide for hikers and travelers, visual and voice navigation for drivers.

"PSLV-C39/IRNSS-1H Mission is scheduled to be launched on August 31 at 18:59 Hrs from SDSC SHAR (Satish Dhawan Space Centre), Sriharikota," read a statement of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).

The spacecraft weighs over 1,400 kg and has been built and tested by ISRO along with a consortium of six small and medium industries.

ISRO had launched seven satellites — IRNSS-1G on April 28, 2016, IRNSS-1F (March 10, 2016), IRNSS-1E (January 20, 2016), IRNSS-1D (March 28, 2015), IRNSS-1C (October 16, 2014), IRNSS-1B (April 4, 2014) and IRNSS-1A on July 1, 2013.

"The upcoming launch is a replacement for the malfunctioning IRNSS 1A, which has become ineffective due to malfunctioning of clocks by a European supplier. Two satellites were kept as a replacement by ISRO, if something goes wrong in other seven satellites. These are all part of the NavIC project, which is aimed at developing reliable indigenous satellite navigation capabilities rather than depend on global systems like the Global Positioning System of the US, the Russian GLONASS, the European Galileo and the Chinese Beidou. There is also a possibility that India may share the system with other South Asian nations as well," Group Captain Ajey Lele (Retd.), Senior Fellow of the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses and Head of its Centre for Strategic Technologies, told Sputnik.

ISRO has claimed that NavIC IS way more accurate than foreign competitors and intends to offer navigation system for commercial purpose next year onwards. NavIC will provide standard positioning service to all users, including mobile service providers, with a position accuracy of 5 meters. The GPS, on the other hand, has a position accuracy of 20-30 meters.


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Copyright Tribunal resolves Foxtel licensing dispute as online viewing goes mainstream

From https://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=fad46b84-0fa4-47ec-92d9-3f7ed0a63cfb

The latest decision by the Copyright Tribunal of Australia in the dispute between the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA) and Foxtel provides valuable insight into how Australian copyright law is adapting to the changing ways Australians consume content, particularly in relation to streaming services.

Background of the dispute between the PPCA and Foxtel

The PPCA is a body representing copyright owners of sound recordings which licenses the recordings for use by, for example, television stations, and then distributes fees derived from these licenses to the copyright owners. Foxtel, an Australian subscription pay television provider, had a licence with the PPCA that dated back to 2001 and covered all uses of recorded music on Foxtel.

The PPCA sought the Copyright Tribunal's approval for a new licensing scheme with Foxtel, as the Tribunal has the authority to modify a scheme if it believes it to be reasonable to do so. The PPCA claimed that the 2001 rates were unfair, while Foxtel resisted the licence fee increase under the new scheme. Crucially, the parties differed on whether the licence, which was entered into before the advent of consumer streaming, allowed Foxtel to stream the sound recordings through its online service, Foxtel Now.

13 May 2016 Copyright Tribunal decision

The Tribunal handed down its primary decision on 13 May 2016, in which it relevantly found that both the 2001 scheme and the new scheme proposed by the PPCA allowed Foxtel to broadcast the sound recordings over the Internet.

The Tribunal also found that a licence fee increase was justified on the basis that Foxtel was using a large amount of the PPCA's catalogue and was doing so more frequently due to its online service. The PPCA sought, and the Tribunal agreed, that the increased fee should be calculated by reference to Foxtel's revenue, rather than its subscriber numbers.

21 July 2017 Copyright Tribunal decision

The recent decision resolved several of the remaining issues between the parties.

Most relevantly, the PPCA resisted Foxtel's claim that users of its streaming service should be permitted to keep a copy of any program in which a licenced sound recording was used. This seems to go towards the possibility of Foxtel offering a DVR-style recording service by which users can record streamed content; however no such service is currently offered by Foxtel.

The Copyright Tribunal found that Foxtel users should be permitted to temporarily store recordings, provided that these recordings are only watchable once. This would, for example, allow users to stream content over a Wi-Fi network and then watch it later when they are without an internet connection.

Similarly the PPCA claimed that users of Foxtel's on-demand service should only be permitted to store content if the content had already been, or would shortly be, broadcast on Foxtel's regular television service. Foxtel also resisted the PPCA's proposed cap of 12 months on any such storage.

The Tribunal found that there was no reason to restrict storage to programs aired on Foxtel's regular television service, or to restrict storage to 12 months, provided again that any stored content could only be watched once.

Legal issues involving streaming content

The issues considered by the Tribunal, and in particular the somewhat restrictive requirement that stored recordings can only be watched once, are representative of the challenges posed by streaming content in relation to copyright.

For example, the website Twitch, where users livestream footage which is often accompanied by music, allows users to store recordings of their content, however as of 2014, the site runs all recordings through an audio recognition system which scans for copyright sound recordings and automatically mutes portions of any video which contain such a recording.

Such a system does not appear to have been considered by Australian services, however it is one potential way of addressing these legal issues, albeit at the cost of user experience.

The rise in popularity of so-called "Kodi Boxes" demonstrates another challenge posed by streaming content. The Android set-top boxes contain the Kodi media streaming platform which, with certain add-ons, may be used to illegally stream copyrighted material.

Authorities around the world have been cracking down on such boxes, with certain add-ons being shut down and shipments of Kodi Boxes being seized in the UK in the wake of a recent EU Court of Justice ruling that anyone who uses a media player to stream copyrighted content is breaking the law.

The basis for the Court of Justice decision was that "temporary files" generated by the process of streaming are not exempt from copyright laws, as the user is "reproducing" the work, even if this reproduction is only temporary.

Current state in Australia

The Court of Justice decision is not binding in Australia, and our courts have yet to directly address the issues posed by streaming illegal content in the context of the Australian Copyright Act.

However the Copyright Tribunal's recent decision involving the PPCA and Foxtel shows that Australian authorities are starting to grapple with these issues, particularly in differentiating between rights in relation to live broadcasts and rights in relation to the storage of copyright material.

As more and more Australians start to consume media via streaming and on-demand services such as Netflix, Foxtel Now, and Stan, these questions have significant practical ramifications, particularly in relation to the ability for consumers to download content and watch it later from local storage, for example while on public transport without Wi-Fi access.

Australia: nbn hits 6m Ready for Service

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/08/23/australia-nbn-hits-6m-ready-for-service/

Australia’s national broadband network (nbn) has reached another significant rollout milestone with six million homes and businesses now able to connect to fast broadband from their preferred Internet provider over the nbn network.

The company’s goal is to provide universal high-speed wholesale access and connect eight million homes and businesses by 2020 in partnership with industry.

The Fibre-to-the-Node (FTTN) and Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC) deployments are driving the increased rollout pace with the two technologies now serving more than half of the six million premises able to connect to retail services on the nbn network.

The nbn network is being deployed faster than ever with an average of close to 100,000 premises made serviceable per week over the last three months.

Activations are also increasing with 2.7 million premises now accessing retail services over the nbn network, with around 40,000 new premises signing up with Internet providers each week.

The network is more than halfway built today and is scheduled to be three quarters built by mid-2018 and complete by 2020.

“The pace and scale of this project is unparalleled anywhere in the world and this latest milestone – six million ready for service – is testament to this fact,” declared nbn Chief Executive Officer, Bill Morrow.

“Very few operators have built a network as fast as we are building the nbn with more than 1.1 million premises made serviceable over the last three months. We are extremely proud of everyone who has helped us to this point.

“The last three years have been dedicated to getting the network on track for a 2020 delivery. We won’t be taking our foot off the pedal until we are done, but our focus on the actual end user experience is more important than ever as we work with industry to connect the country at scale.

“The numbers and the momentum are important but contented end users are the key to success and we have every intention of delivering on our plan of connecting eight million happy homes and businesses by 2020.”

Sky TV investigating how it came to block Twitter users

From https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/96060737/sky-tv-investigating-how-it-came-to-block-twitter-users

Sky TV is hitting the off switch on critics, some Twitter users believe.

Sky Television is investigating how it came to block a number of people from following the company on Twitter, insisting it doesn't have a policy of censoring its critics.

Auckland software developer Cyris Cloete believed he had been blocked from following Sky on Twitter because he shared a link to a Stuff story on Sky's annual result on Tuesday.

The story reported Sky's profit drop and its loss of 33,800 satellite-television subscribers.

National Business Review journalist Chris Keall also indicated the NBR had been blocked from following Sky, questioning on Twitter why it had been blocked.

Sky spokeswoman Leanne Carpenter said it was in "no way" Sky's policy to block users or companies on social media in this manner.

"We don't censor social media unless community guidelines are breached, which they of course weren't in this case.

"Our social media team unblocked the accounts in question as soon as they realised. They aren't sure how they came to be blocked – we are investigating."

Keall tweeted he was happy to accept the block on NBR was a mistake "or a junior staffer going off the reservation", saying he had always found Sky executives happy to discuss criticism.

Sky TV chief executive John Fellet took aim at the "newspaper industry" on Tuesday accusing it of biased reporting on the company, while criticising news media companies for engaging in what he described as a subtle form of piracy.

Sky is suing Stuff publisher Fairfax NZ, MediaWorks, NZME and Television New Zealand over alleged copyright infringement over their use of Sky Sports clips in their sports coverage.

The lawsuit, which the media companies are defending, is regarded as a test case for "fair dealing" exemptions in the Copyright Act.

Cloete said he had been a critic of Sky on Twitter but said the retweet of Stuff's news report was his only recent tweet about the company.

"I must admit I have poked fun at them for quite a while back, because the general consensus is they don't listen to consumers.

"I am outspoken on Twitter but I don't usually get blocked."

His main criticism of Sky was its pricing and the deals it gave new customers, which he said was a "kick in the butt" to its longstanding customers.

Fellet indicated on Tuesday that Sky would pull back from offering aggressive discounts to new subscribers while not raising its prices this year.

Doubts over Sky's long-term strategy

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11908839

Sky TV's 21 per cent profit drop was better than the market was expecting, but there are still doubts over its long-term strategy, says a senior economic analyst.

The pay TV operator released its full-year results yesterday, showing a net profit of $116.3 million, down from $147.1m the previous year.

Sky's total revenue dropped to $893.5m from $928.2m the previous year. Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (ebitda) was $292.3m, down from $325.3m the previous year.

Morningstar senior equity analyst Brian Han said despite the lower profit it was "quite a solid result".

"Considering the circumstances, the ebitda number exceeded market expectation, mainly due to performance on the cost side," Han said.

Sky TV's share price closed down 10c yesterday at $3.08.

"I think [the] stock price reaction was mostly due to the cut in dividends and what that signals to the market in terms of what the future might hold because essentially they're just keeping the powder dry and seeing how they're going to respond to this escalating competition," Han said.

"On the one hand, traditional pay TV, even though it is starting to struggle and losing subscribers, is still Sky's cash cow and they need to somehow figure out a way of milking that cow for as long as possible while at the same time responding to these new products and new delivery channels." Should an overseas giant like Amazon try to buy rights to content like All Blacks rugby that would be a huge blow for the company. Rights to rugby broadcasting will be up for grabs again in 2020.

"That's the one strength that Sky has and in fact it's such a strength that it was one of the reasons that the Commerce Commission decided to reject the [merger] deal with Vodafone," Han said.

The pay-TV operator faces increased rivalry from online streaming video services such as Netflix which has seen its subscriber base come under pressure while its programming costs continue to rise. Its costs to secure programming rights increased 5.6 per cent to $349.4m in the latest year, equating to 39.1 per cent of revenue from 35.7 per cent of revenue a year earlier.

Its total subscriber base dropped, from 852,679 in June 2016 to 824,782 this year.

Technology commentator Paul Spain, chief executive of Gorilla Technology, said it would be interesting to see what the company can put in place with Vodafone.

"They talk up the possibility of people continuing to watch linear pay TV but my view is that's going to keep dropping off for them," Spain said.

Some customers felt that they were paying too much "so if people feel they have other options they will take them", he said.

Sky's chief executive of 17 years John Fellet focused on the positives in the annual result.

He "took delight" that the churn numbers were going down, cashflow was up and while it had lost satellite subscribers, much of these had been made up for through its add-on services like Neon and Fan Pass.

"Keep in mind that we're probably ... in the most competitive disruption that the world has ever seen, especially traditional media," Fellet said.

"As if Amazon and Netflix TV wasn't enough, now Apple TV have decided they're going to go in the content game."

Despite the failed Vodafone merger attempt, Sky was continuing to work with the telco and the country could expect some new initiatives from the pair.

Fellet acknowledged Sky could not compete with the likes of Netflix when it came to price but said its points of difference included rights to premium sports content and first-run movies.

He said he wished to remain as chief executive so long as the board and shareholders wanted him in the role.

China: Tencent scores NFL streaming deal

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/08/23/china-tencent-scores-nfl-streaming-deal/

The National Football League (NFL) and Tencent have announced a three-year partnership to make Tencent Sports the exclusive live digital streaming media partner of the NFL in China.

Under terms of the agreement, Tencent will air live and on-demand select preseason games, all Thursday Night Football, Sunday Night Football and Monday Night Football games, as well as select Sunday afternoon games, the playoffs, the Pro Bowl and the Super Bowl for the 2017, 2018 and 2019 seasons. The partnership also features other expanded footage and programming rights, such as the NFL Draft, NFL Combine, and NFL Game Day, as well as programming such as NFL Hard Knocks and A Football Life, further bolstering Tencent’s non-game NFL content.

NFL live games and content will be available for fans to access through Tencent’s NFL sections on both mobile and desktop terminals including Tencent Sports, QQ.com, Tencent Video, Kuai Bao, Penguin Live, Tencent Sports app, Tencent Video app, Tencent News app, as well as its social networking services, QQ and WeChat.

“We are very excited about the NFL’s future in China and proud of our partnership with Tencent,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “We are confident that this agreement will provide our growing number of Chinese fans with a better viewing experience and more opportunities for engagement with the NFL than ever before.”

Young cord-cutters concerned about OTT costs, but willing to pay

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/08/23/young-cord-cutters-concerned-about-ott-costs-but-willing-to-pay/

Younger viewers in the US think they’re paying too much for streaming services — but they’re still willing to sign up if they want to watch a particular show.

That could be good news for the Walt Disney Company, which earlier this month said it would launch ESPN-and Disney-branded streaming services, pulling some of its own programmes from Netflix. This move “ultimately gives us much greater control of our own destiny,” Disney CEO Bob Iger said.

According to a recent Morning Consult poll, 36 per cent of the key 18- to 29-year-old demographic said they were likely to subscribe to the new Disney streaming service, which would feature new releases such as Toy Story 4 and the sequel to Frozen, along with a library of older Disney films. That compares to 23 per cent of the population as a whole. (The survey asked only about the Disney-branded service and not the ESPN offering.)

Of those youngest respondents who would subscribe to the Disney service, more than half (58 per cent) said they would use it in addition to other streaming options, versus 34 per cent of millennials who said it would replace another service.

Overall, 55 per cent of 18- to 29-year-olds said they were willing to subscribe to a streaming service to watch a particular show and also praised the ability to watch their preferred shows and movies. But millennials also expressed frustration with the proliferation of streaming services, which include Netflix and CBS All Access.

More than half (57 per cent) of millennials said they agreed with the statement that there are too many streaming services, and 73 per cent of them said they wished all of the shows they wanted to see were available on a single service.

Forty-two per cent of millennials also thought they were paying too much for streaming services, even though most of them, or 54 per cent, subscribed to only one or two streaming services, and 26 per cent don’t spend any money on their subscriptions.

Jim O’Neill, a media consultant and analyst at Ooyala, a video-focused data company, said in an interview that the increasing number of companies offering streaming to consumers does not necessarily mean there’s a “streaming bubble” waiting to burst. But the number of options could show there’s space for these subscription services to find a niche, such as Disney is proposing — a particularly good move for the company given recent declines in viewership for ESPN.

If the standard paid television subscription runs consumers roughly $100, they’re likely to look at the options they have for various streaming services and realize how much more they can get for the same price, he said.

The survey showed most Americans spend $10 or less on streaming services a month, while millennials are likely to spend slightly more, with 21 per cent of them spending from $11 to $20 a month. But even among the younger cohort, 11 per cent spend $21 to $30 a month on streaming, and 17 per cent spend more than that.

O’Neill likened cable’s waning popularity among young people to that of newspapers, at risk of becoming irrelevant if the model writ large doesn’t change. That’s because millennials and their younger counterparts are “so used to exploring for content on their own,” they’re not amenable to cable’s one-size-fits-all package.

Netflix remains the dominant streaming service, with 52 per cent of all respondents and 67 per cent of millennials saying they currently subscribe to it. Amazon Prime video came in second, pulling in 26 per cent of Americans and 28 per cent of young people.

YouTube TV fell to third place, attracting 15 per cent of all Americans. It tied for third with Hulu without live television among millennials, with 23 per cent.

Cable, for its part, is still prevalent in people’s television rotation, as 71 per cent of people said they subscribe to a cable or satellite service, although that number drops 21 per centage points among 18- to 29-year-old respondents.

The poll surveyed 2,201 Americans from August 10-14 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2 per centage points.

The numbers reflect a trend detailed in a March survey, in which Morning Consult data showed people aren’t watching any less television — they’re just increasingly choosing streaming services. At the time, 29 per cent of young people said they were exclusively using streaming services to watch television, a larger share than of any other age group, and 54 per cent of millennials said they turned to streaming more than traditional cable.

New cardless Conax CAM released

From http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2017/08/22/new-cardless-conax-ca-released/

A new cardless conditional access module that embeds Conax content protection has been released by SmarDTV.

The Kudekski company says the product will provide the market with a highly secure cardless solution utilising a unique combination of hardware and software security resulting in a high level of protection not available in pure software solutions.

SmarDTV chief executive Pascal Lenoir said: “SmarDTV is pleased to be the first to provide a Conax Cardless CAM – a result of close collaboration with Conax for developing an innovative new product that contributes to reducing cost without compromising on security.”

SmarCAM-5.0 includes an innovative plastic casing designed by the SmarDTV Design Studio to accommodate a wide range of colours and textures providing pay-TV operators and distributors with a broad spectrum of branding options for the retail market.

The of module is upgradable to the latest CI Plus ECP specification, designed to secure premium content on 4K/HDR.


Sky NZ lose satellite subscribers (as expected) (see news) . What happened to the decoder swapout and upgrade to DVB S2 on all transponders? it should be completed by now. They are dragging the chain a bit on things!

Sky TV video report

SKY NZ 2017 Financial report available here



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News Corp, Telstra to merge Foxtel, Fox Sports into new company

From https://www.itwire.com/business-technology/79568-news-corp,-telstra-to-merge-foxtel,-fox-sports-into-new-company.html

News Corp and Telstra have inked an agreement to merge Foxtel and Fox Sports into one new company.

The deal is still subject to the conclusion of the agreement and regulatory review, but when completed News will own 65% of the shareholding in the new entity and Telstra, which will dilute its shareholding in Foxtel, will have 35% of the shares.

Under the agreement News gets to appoint the chairman of the new company as well as the board and senior executives and Telstra will appoint the remaining directors.

Telstra CEO Andy Penn says the binding process agreement with News Corp, when completed, would create Australia’s “most dynamic and innovative provider of premium sports and entertainment”.

“You’ve heard me say many times before that demand for media continues to grow. More people are watching more content or more devices every day of the week. And that’s clearly being enabled by the digital world in which we live today,” Penn said.

“And that’s obviously also being delivered over Telstra’s network,” Penn said, adding that Telstra’s investment in Foxtel is very important and the company is committed to the investment.

Penn said Telstra looked towards moving the new entity to ultimately a position where it could be floated and separately listed through an IPO.

News Corp CEO Robert Thomson is reported as saying 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 the company’s assets.

“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 programs.”

Penn said, importantly, Telstra will continue with its arrangements where the telco was the key distributor of Foxtel products and services and also “where we continue to provide Foxtel with telecommunication services as well, and these are an important strategic element of the transaction for us”.

“In fact, you can see in many of our offerings today, we have great media products, such as our AFL and our NRL apps, as I mentioned yesterday. We’ve got now more than 1.4 million users of those apps.

“Telstra TV – again another demonstration of how we’re integrating media into our premium services for our customers, and so this is a really important and exciting announcement that we made last night in conjunction with News because whilst media continues to grow, the impact of digital – the digital world in which we’re living in and the amount of media that’s coming over IP - means that Foxtel needs to adapt its business model to be able to deliver its content through an IP world as well as through a broadcast world as well.”

Telecoms analyst and industry commentator Paul Budde said the announcement of the proposed merger of Foxtel with Fox Sport Australia, combined with Telstra’s agreement to dilute its shareholding in the pay TV operator, “paves the way for the end of the Foxtel war between News Corp Australia (formerly News Limited) and Telstra”.

“The decline in revenue and subscriber numbers will most certainly have provided News Corp with the ammunition it needed to break the stranglehold that Telstra has held over Foxtel for more than 20 years.

“When the service was launched in 1995 Telstra secured a 50% shareholding, aimed purely at defending its telecommunications business against Rupert Murdoch’s News Limited. Telstra was very much afraid that News Limited would use the pay TV operation to get a foothold in the telecoms market and as such become a fierce competitor to the incumbent telecoms company. The telco never had the intention of making Foxtel a success story,” Budde observed.

“So the battle is over. Telstra has been able to keep News Corp successfully out of its market. This purely defensive strategy has worked and, beyond its sport segment, Foxtel has been mortally wounded.”

Australian Defense signs $100 million deal for high-res satellite imagery

From http://spatialsource.com.au/remote-sensing/australian-defense-signs-100-million-deal-high-res-satellite-imagery

A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying the WorldView-4 spacecraft lifts off. DigitalGlobe owns WorldView-4 and will provide Australia with the world’s highest resolution satellite imagery under a new 4-year contract. Photo credit: ULA.

True to its word, the Australian government has started ploughing money into its surveillance capabilities with a new $83 million USD ($104 AUD) contract with DigitalGlobe. The agreement will give the Department of Defense (DoD) access to all of DigitalGlobe’s satellite imagery, which spans 16 years, through a Direct Access Program (DAP) contract.

DigitalGlobe currently provides high-resolution imagery to Australia via SecureWatch, a cloud-based portal to access DigitalGlobe’s satellite constellation. Since the announcement of the new satellite imagery budget in June of this year, speculation was rife that either DigitalGlobe or Airbus would provide the service. The four-year contract, beginning in January 2018, will allow the Australian government to access the commercial satellite imaging constellation to support its objectives in defense, border protection, and humanitarian missions.

As a DAP partner, the DoD will be able to directly task and download imagery in real-time to its ground station from all five DigitalGlobe satellites—including WorldView-4, launched in November 2016, and WorldView-3, launched in August 2014, which are the world’s two highest-resolution commercial satellites.

These satellites were only launched after the US lifted its ban in 2014 which prohibited image resolution greater than 50 cm to appear in online mapping and navigation websites like Google. At 31 cm resolution, the satellites gave the government concerns about security and privacy. In addition to their high resolution of visible light, the satellites also provide super spectral images of visible-to near-infrared and shortwave infrared light.

Ground system support will be provided by MDA, which includes tasking, reception and precision processing of imagery from the satellite constellation. VIASAT will provide the ground antenna systems that will enable direct tasking and downlink capabilities.

In the Australian government’s June announcement, they also alluded to the possibility of allowing commercial access to the imagery. Such high-resolution images would have applications in a number of industries critical to Australia’s economy, including:

– Mapping
– Land Classifications
– Disaster Preparedness/Response
– Feature Extraction/Change Detection
– Soil/Vegetative Analysis
– Geology: Oil & Gas, Mining
– Environmental Monitoring
– Bathymetry/Coastal Applications

Australians desperately need high-resolution satellite imagery in order to progress the country’s primary industries. If the government does provide civilian access, the data will no doubt be taken up with zeal.|

What is Pine Gap? New Snowden leak exposes Australian spy hub aiding US drone strikes

From http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/what-pine-gap-new-snowden-leak-exposes-australian-spy-hub-aiding-us-drone-strikes-1635799

The facility - codenamed 'Rainfall' - reportedly uses satellites to aid US military missions.

A secretive facility located near a remote town in Australia's Northern Territory has been exposed as a crucial cog in the global surveillance apparatus, deploying cutting-edge satellite technology to covertly monitor wireless communications and aid US military missions.

The data siphoned from satellites is used to provide intelligence reports to the armed forces which can then locate targets and potentially kill them from the skies using drones, according to a probe by The Intercept and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (19 August).

The investigation was based on documents from inside the US National Security Agency (NSA), leaked by former analyst Edward Snowden back in 2013.

The classified files contained references to the facility, which was codenamed "Rainfall" but is formally known as the Joint Defence Facility Pine Gap.

On the surface, according to the NSA documents, the compound's aim is to "support the national security of both the US and Australia" by "verifying arms control and disarmament agreements and monitoring military development." In reality, its remit is far broader in scope.

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) report on the fresh revelations detailed one NSA file about a Pine Gap "site profile" which noted that it "detects, collects, records, processes, analyses and reports" on everything from surface-to-air missiles to anti-aircraft artillery.

The topic of sharing data linked to drone strikes was slammed by Emily Howie, a research director at the Human Rights Law Centre.

"Australia, in so far as it is locating suspects that the US targets, is assisting the US. So it could be liable for any crimes committed by the US, in terms of aiding and assisting in that," she said. "The question then is: is the killing that's done by the United States a war crime or not?"

The Intercept reported that the base has been used as a "command post" for missions using "geosynchronous" satellites – meaning they transmit data from high orbit. One mission pilfered communications from China, South Asia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and more.

"Pine Gap literally hardwires us into the activities of the American military and in some cases, that means we will cop the consequences, like it or not," Richard Tanter, a professor at the University of Melbourne who has previously studied Pine Gap, told The Intercept.

He specifically called out recent escalation in tension between the US and North Korea.

"Pine Gap will be contributing hugely in real-time to those operations, as well as in preparation for them," Tanter asserted.

"So whether or not the Australian government thinks that an attack on North Korea is either justified, or a wise and sensible move, we will be part of that."

"We'll be culpable in the terms of the consequences," he added.

It's not surprising that Australia is working closely with its American counterparts to help conduct surveillance across the globe. It is, after all, a key member of the "Five Eyes" alliance – alongside the UK, US, New Zealand and Canada – which openly shares covert intelligence reports.

Reporting on the Snowden documents has shown how the NSA has similar bases scattered across the world – including the UK. Last year, The Intercept revealed that a base in North Yorkshire was being used to facilitate "capture-kill operations" in the Middle East and North Africa.

(Craig's comment, who didn't know all this already? Hi Pinegap and Waihopai guys!)

Sky TV loses 33,880 satellite subscribers

From https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/96015124/sky-tv-loses-33880-satellite-subscribers

Sky TV's profits and revenues are down in a year that saw its proposed merger with Vodafone NZ fall apart.

Sky TV's profits and revenues are down in a year that saw its proposed merger with Vodafone NZ fall apart.

Sky TV is refusing to press the panic button despite seeing its annual profits drop by a fifth and the loss of almost 34,000 satellite subscribers.

While Sky was clear that "video-on-demand" rather than "linear" broadcast television was the future, "now was not the time for a massive conversion of its core business", chief executive John Fellet said.

Sky has seen growing competition from the likes of Netflix, and broker Forsyth Barr forecast this month that Amazon could seek to wrestle the online rights to All Blacks tests and Super Rugby away from Sky to add to its Amazon Prime Video service.

But a significant number of Sky's customers still relied on its satellite-delivered service, Fellet told investors in a note accompanying its annual results.

In a surprise move in May, Sky axed daily and weekly passes for its Fan Pass internet sports TV service.

Sky saw almost 34,000 satellite subscribers walk away.

But Fellet said it was embracing video-on-demand more than "any other New Zealand media firm", pointing for example to a feature that lets MySky boxes down programmes over customers' home wi-fi connections.

The pay-TV company reported a 21 per cent drop in its net profit to $116 million for the year to June, with revenues down almost 4 per cent to $893m.

Its number of satellite TV subscribers dropped to 705,652 at the end of June, down 33,800 over the year.

Despite the growth in competition from Netflix, Spark's Lightbox service and Amazon Prime Video, Fellet said "piracy" was Sky's biggest competitor.

"The big problem is the increasing ease by which pirated content is accessible," he said.

He noted Sky was taking legal action against two distributors of Kodi media players which are believed to be used by tens of thousands of New Zealand households to access premium programming for free.

He also criticised the news media for "taking clips of the best parts" of Sky Sports and publishing them online.

Stuff publisher Fairfax NZ, MediaWorks, NZME and Television New Zealand are defending a lawsuit from Sky TV over their use of sport clips which they say is allowed under the "fair use" provisions of the Copyright Act that relate to news reporting.

The Commerce Commission this year refused clearance for Sky TV to merge with Vodafone New Zealand.

But in one possible silver-lining for Sky, Spark chief executive Simon Moutter signalled on Friday that Sky's decision to drop a High Court appeal against the commission's ruling opened the door to a new relationship.

"Prior to the merger we never really saw ourselves as a competitor of Sky. We only went into full-on competition when they announced they were going to combine with our main rival," Moutter said.

"Now that is not happening, we would like to work with them."

Moutter said Spark was "clearly not that keen on the old set-top-box thinking".

"But Sky has got some great content and we would like to work with them on building their market for that in on-demand app-delivered services that we have some very good capability in," he said.

Sky has also signalled that it will seek to deepen its partnership with Vodafone, outside of the scrapped merger.

It has not ruled out a partnership with Amazon, as an alternative to any battle between the companies for future online sports rights.

Sky shares were trading down 1.6 per cent at $3.13 at 11am, having fallen by 30 per cent over the course of the year.

Vodafone NZ on Monday reported a profit of $40 million for the year to March, turning around a $18m loss.

The bulk of Vodafone's profit boost was thanks to a $35m drop in finance costs that followed a move by its British parent to inject more equity into the company and to reduce the interest rate the subsidiary has to pay on internal company loans.

Vodafone denied the financing changes were in response to pressure from Inland Revenue and the tax department itself has declined to comment.

Sky TV profit down 21 per cent; 27,897 subscribers exit

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11908543

Sky TV's profit dropped 20.9 per cent in the year to the end of June.

The pay TV company released its full-year results today, which showed a net profit of more than $116.3 million, down from $147.1m the previous year.

Chief executive John Fellet pointed to Sky's failed attempt to merge with Vodafone New Zealand, which was rejected by the Commerce Commission this year.

"I will not waste time lamenting over what I think was a flawed decision by the Commerce Commission," he said, adding that attempting to appeal the decision would be "torturous".

"However, as time went by it became apparent that we could action many of the opportunities and synergies through commercial agreements without the escalating costs of a merger. Some of these are in the market now, and you will see further proof points of the closer working relationship in the foreseeable future."

Sky's total revenue dropped to $893.5m from $928.2m on the same period last year.

Its total subscriber base also dropped, from 852,679 in June 2016 to 824,782 this year.

Its revenue decline resulted from a 1.9 per cent decrease in residential digital Sky earnings ($157.2m from $160.3m in 2016), a 4.2 decrease from MySky ($567.9m down from $592.8m) and 3.7 per cent decrease in "other" subscription revenue ($82.2m to $79.3m).

Advertising revenue dropped 8 per cent and "installation and other revenue" 17 per cent.

Fellet said despite the internet opening numerous new business models for accessing content, traditional linear viewing was still the most dominant way people watched television and would remain so for some years.

"But what we are witnessing is a transition, and at Sky we are clear that VOD [video on demand] is the future. It is already the most disrupting force in television viewing.

"While now is not the time for a massive conversion of our core business, as a significant number of our customers still rely on our satellite-delivered service for their sports, news and entertainment, we are embracing the opportunity to compete in new media models."

He added that "piracy" had become Sky's biggest competitor and the company had been playing a "cat and mouse" game with pirates since the start of pay television.

"However, theft of service has become more sophisticated and commonplace at the same time. The big problem is the increasing ease by which pirated content is accessible."

He said there was also a trend of news media taking clips of the best parts of Sky Sport content and placing them on their websites.

"They do this without any compensation to the sporting codes or Sky," Fellet said.

Sky TV looks to improved 'on demand' experience to keep customers loyal

From https://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/business/96031668/Sky-TV-looks-to-improved-on-demand-experience-to-keep-customers-loyal

Sky will spend less on content after a costly year in 2016-17 but hopes new on-demand features will keep customers happy.

Sky boss John Fellet saw the company's shares slip to a 14-year low after a loss of 33,800 satellite customers.

Sky Television hopes a software upgrade coming first to about half of its satellite television customers will improve their experience of its "on demand" service.

Sky appears under pressure to improve its proposition to customers after reporting the loss of 33,800 of its 739,352 satellite subscribers and a 21 per cent drop in profit during the year to June. The result sent its shares down 3 per cent to a new 14-year low of $3.08.

The software upgrade, which chief executive John Fellet hoped to start trialling at his home next week, should first be available to about 350,000 subscribers with newer MySky boxes.

If the upgrade is approved, it will let customers discover and watch programmes "on demand" more easily, by providing an internet-based electronic programming guide more akin to Netflix's guide.

​"We could have user profiles and recommendation engines," Fellet said.

The other half of Sky's satellite customer base with older set-top boxes would need to wait for a new decoder developed in conjunction with Vodafone to get the features, Fellet said.

Sky was reluctant to roll-out those out until they could also provide support for "ultra HD" 4K broadcasts, which might not be before the second half of next year, he said.

Sky began providing set-top boxes that could download programmes "on demand" via customers' home wi-fi networks in 2015, recognising more viewers wanted to "binge view" series in the way they watched boxed-set DVDs.

But Fellet said only about half of its boxes had been connected to the internet.

They were being used to watch about 772,000 programmes on-demand each month, Sky revealed in its annual accounts.

That suggests the average Sky satellite customer is only downloading one programme to their set-top box to watch on-demand each month.

Fellet denied that was disappointing, saying research suggested people only spent three hours a week watching Netflix, and noting Sky customers would often record programmes to their decoder's hard drive instead, which was another form of "on demand" viewing.

First NZ Capital research head Arie Dekker said improving the accessibility of its video-on-demand content should help Sky retain customers "as would a set-top box that let customers access the cloud for content across their devices".

Fellet said Sky was evaluating a new version of Sky that could provide a similar experience to its satellite service but without any set-top box.

"One of the things we are working on is making the whole Sky Television an app, so it would look just like you had the decoder, but all internet delivered."

Fellet confirmed there would be no price rise for Sky customers this year, but said he wanted to rein back "aggressive" discounts to new customers.

Sky revealed almost half of customers who had been with it for less than 12 months were "churning" off Sky within the year, with longer standing customers much less likely to flick the switch.

Fellet said Sky planned to cut its content costs by 5 per cent in the year to June.

While it may save some money by virtue of having fewer subscribers, the drop also reflects an expected tail-off in major non-annual sporting events in the wake of the Summer Olympics and the Lions' tour.

While Sky was clear that "video-on-demand" rather than "linear" broadcast television was the future, "now was not the time for a massive conversion of its core business", Fellet said.

Preparations advance for Intelsat and BSat launch

From http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2017/08/21/preparations-advance-for-intelsat-and-bsat-launch/

The Ariane 5 for Arianespace’s ninth flight in 2017 is being readied for a September 5 liftoff from the Spaceport.

The launcher’s two satellite passengers – Intelsat’s Intelsat 37e and BSAT-4a for SSL on behalf of Japan’s Broadcasting Satellite System Corporation (B-SAT) – continue their final checkout at the French Guiana facility.

Following its build-up in the Launcher Integration Building, the Ariane 5 has been moved to the Final Assembly Building for the upcoming installation of Intelsat 37e and BSAT-4a – which are now undergoing their own checkout processes in separate halls of the Spaceport’s S5 payload preparation facility.

The upcoming mission to geostationary transfer orbit is designated Flight VA239 in Arianespace’s numbering system, and will mark the 239th launch of an Ariane vehicle since the European launcher series entered service in 1979.

Built by Boeing using a 702MP spacecraft platform, Intelsat 37e is the next satellite in Intelsat’s high-throughput EpicNG series for launch.

It also will be the fourth EpicNG spacecraft orbited by Arianespace to date (following Ariane 5 missions with Intelsat 29e and Intelsat 33e in January and August 2016, respectively, plus last February’s heavy-lift flight that lofted Sky Brasil-1/Intelsat 32e).

Operating in the C, Ku and Ka frequency bands, the spacecraft will provide capacity for wireless backhaul, enterprise VSAT and mobility networks. Intelsat 37e, which is to carry out its mission from a 342 degrees East orbital slot, will weigh approximately 6,440 kg. at liftoff.

Arianespace is launching Flight VA239’s co-passenger, BSAT-4a, as part of a turnkey contract between B-SAT and US-based satellite manufacturer SSL. To be operated from an orbital position of 110 degrees East, this spacecraft will be used for DTH television relay in Japan and to expand the availability of advanced television services, such as 4K/8K ultra-high definition TV.

BSAT-4a is based on the SSL 1300 satellite platform and is fitted with 24 Ku-band transponders. It will weigh approximately 3,520 kg. at liftoff, with a design life that exceeds 15 years.

AsiaSat optimistic on satellite-TV market and HTS threat, settles Indian tax overhang

From https://www.spaceintelreport.com/asiasat-optimistic-satellite-tv-market-hts-threat-settles-indian-tax-overhang/

WHITEFISH, Montana — Satellite fleet operator AsiaSat on Aug. 17 reported stable revenue and backlog for the first six months of 2017, saying its core satellite-television market will grow with the deployment of high-definition television.

Hong Kong-based AsiaSat also said it had resolved a long-standing dispute with India’s tax authorities over a 10% withholding tax on revenue generated in India, a subject that has preoccupied many fleet operators for at least five years.

Partial resolution of Indian tax liability issue

The most contentious issue was the Indian parliament’s decision in 2012 to change the tax code retroactively to 1997/1998. AsiaSat and other operators, as well as the Cable and Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia (CASBAA), had challenged the law’s fairness.

With interest and late-payment penalty charges mounting each year, and the continued importance of the Indian market to many non-Indian satellite operators, pressure was on companies like AsiaSat to find a resolution.

AsiaSat agreed to pay 193 million Hong Kong dollars ($24.7 million) to cover 16 years of tax liabilities, to 2012/2013, in return for India’s agreeing to waive interest and penalty charges. AsiaSat also agreed to drop all its appeals of the tax decision for those years, but remains free to appeal future years’ levies.

For the first half of 2017, AsiaSat estimates its tax liability in India will be 31 million Hong Kong dollars, compared to 6 million Hong Kong dollars for the same period in 2016.

Revenue and backlog stable for H1 2017

The payment of the Indian tax bill, coupled with foreign-currency effects in the first six months of 2017, lowered AsiaSat’s profit for the first six months of 2017 by 28%, to 180 million Hong Kong dollars.

Revenue for the period was stable at 642 million Hong Kong dollars, as was backlog, which stood at 4.08 billion Hong Kong dollars at June 30.

AsiaSat said the fill rate on its five in-orbit satellites was 73% on June 30, compared to 67% a year earlier. Last year’s fill rate did not include the 24 Ku-band transponders leased, starting in February, to Amos-Spacecom of Israel.

Spacecom has leased the entire Ku-band capacity of the Amos-8 satellite and moved it to 4 degrees west under a lease scheduled to run at least four years and resulting in $22 million in annual revenue for AsiaSat.

AsiaSat-9, built by Space Systems Loral (SSL) and scheduled for launch in late September aboard an International Launch Services Proton-M rocket, will add 28 C-band, 32 Ku-band and a Ka-band payload to AsiaSat’s inventory. It will replace the AsiaSat-4 satellite at 122 degrees east and will add dedicated beams for television markets in Myanmar and Indonesia.

AsiaSat Chief Executive Andrew Jordan, a veteran of Paris-based Eutelsat who assumed his current post earlier this year, has said the company’s core television market remains healthy despite the bandwidth overcrowding in Asia and the pressure on prices.

Asia remains the world’s most competitive regional market for selling satellite bandwidth. But AsiaSat, one of the region’s largest fleet operators, says the 5%+ GDP growth in China, India Indonesia, Vietnam and other nations, and the uptake of bandwidth-hungry Ultra-High-Definition television, should provide for a 2% average annual growth in transponder demand in the region through 2025. Credit: AsiaSat

Market assessments have concluded that only 20% of Asia’s pay-television audience has moved to high-definition television from standard-definition format, compared to 70% in the United States and Brazil, leaving ample room for growth.

AsiaSat has also begun broadcasts in ultra-high-definition format and hopes demand will accelerate with the 2020 Olympic Games in Japan.

Separating myth from reality of HTS in Asia

In a filing with the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, AsiaSat said pricing remains under pressure in part from customer confusion about the potential of high-throughput0satellite (HTS).

HTS satellites feature small spot beams allowing frequency reuse that results in much higher overall throughput per satellite and much lower per-megahertz costs.

HTS capacity is not considered a threat to the satellite television business but it has made wide-beam satellites less competitive in the market for data services including cellular backhaul and both aeronautical and maritime mobile communications.

AsiaSat Chairman Ju Wei Min, in a statement on the financial results, suggested HTS’s potential is exaggerated by some customers.

“For the data market, there is the expectation that the new HTS will lower the price for satellite capacity,” Wu said. “[E]ven though this ubiquitous coverage from HTS satellites does not yet exist in our markets, it is affecting our customers’ perceptions on pricing levels.

“The fact that HTS technology … is not suitable for all applications or services has led to ongoing misconceptions as to future pricing levels,” Wu said.

AsiaSat is considering its own Ka-band HTS satellite for data and mobility applications, and said it is already the largest provider of satellite bandwidth to China’s aviation connectivity market.

The company said it is in the “advanced planning stage” for an HTS spacecraft. Jordan suggested in June that a decision may be made late this year.

AsiaSat said that given the spotty quality of many terrestrial wireless networks in Asia, over-the-top (OTT) video is not yet a competitive threat.

Russia inks deal to launch two South Korean satellites on Soyuz rocket

From http://tass.com/science/961166

The Soyuz-2.1a will be used as a carrier rocket for both missions

MOSCOW, August 21. /TASS/.Glavcosmos and Glavcosmos Launch Services have inked the first contract with the Korea Aerospace Research Institute to launch the Soyuz-2 carrier rocket with two South Korean satellites, the company told TASS.

"The Soyuz-2.1a will be used as a carrier rocket for both missions, with the Fregat upper stage. Along with the CAS500-1 and CAS500-2 satellites, two launches will send two payloads into orbit," the report says.

Glavcosmos and Glavcosmos Launch Services signed a contract with the Korea Aerospace Research Institute to launch the CAS500-1 space vehicle on August 17, and a similar contract to launch the CAS500-2 was signed with the Korea Aerospace Industries on August 18. A joint team of Glavcosmos and Glavcosmos Launch Services prepared a proposal for a launch service contest for two South Korean space vehicles in February 2017.

Russia to create highly elliptical orbit segment for Glonass satellite navigation system

According to the Russian companies, the CAS500-1 and CAS500-2 space vehicles are Earth-observation models that will picture the Earth in panchromatic and multispectral modes with the use of the AEISS-C (Advanced Earth Imaging Sensor System) payload.

Glavcosmos is an affiliate of the Roscosmos state corporation which aims to advance the products and services of Russian aerospace companies to the global market, as well as manage complex international projects. Glavcosmos has concluded 120 international contracts in more than 30 years of its existence.

Glavcosmos Launch Services was established by Roscosmos’ decision to commercialize launch services and is the launch provider entitled to sign commercial contracts for launching space vehicles from Russian cosmodromes with the use of the Soyuz-2 carrier rockets.

The Korea Aerospace Research Institute is South Korea’s leading space exploration company. The Korea Aerospace Industries is the leading plane and helicopter producer in South Korea. The company was also assigned to manufacture the CAS500-2 satellite.

Russia “must cut launch costs”

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/08/22/russia-must-cut-launch-costs/

Russian news agency TASS is reporting that the nation’s deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin has called for lower costs for its rocket launches.

Russian scientists must respond in an “asymmetrical” way to their US counterparts – in particular SpaceX – who have developed technologies for returning launch vehicle first stages to the launch site, he said. In this respect, Rogozin called American developments a “costly history.”

“This is a debatable idea, but it has been publicly varnished and needs our response,” he said. “Only one response is possible here: to make the production and launch parts as cheap as possible, make our prices for launch services on the commercial market not heavy, but lower than the Americans have, no matter how hard they try.”

The deputy prime minister believes that Russia should use all possibilities to make its launches cheaper than American ones by applying technologies and cost-reduction approaches. “Then we will defend this market and will be making good money for the country,” Rogozin added.

Earlier, Director General of the Energomash scientific production association Igor Arbuzov said that the new Russian Soyuz-5 carrier rocket must be competitive in its price with the American Falcon-9 rocket produced by SpaceX. This task was set before the designers, he is quoted as saying.


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Telkom 1 108.0E 3756 H "DMC TV" has started on , Fta.
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ChinaSat 11 98.0E 12500 V Fakta TV, Global TV, RCTI and MNC TV have started on Fta. Tribrata TV is also Fta. Emgy TV, TVRI Nasional, Space Toon and ShE have left.

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Apstar 7 76.5E 3769 H "Music Bangla TV" is back on, Fta.

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Australia: ‘Biggest-ever’ anti-piracy campaign

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/08/21/australia-biggest-ever-anti-piracy-campaign/

Creative Content Australia (CCA), an industry organisation committed to raising awareness about the value of copyright and the impact of content theft on the screen industries, has launched Australia’s biggest ever anti-piracy consumer campaign.

The launch follows the ruling by the Hon. Justice John Nicholas ordering ISPs to block 42 websites found to be primarily engaged in facilitating access to copyright-infringing content (Roadshow Films Pty Ltd & Others).

Orders were also made, in a separate case lodged by Foxtel in the Federal Court, to block a further 17 infringing websites.

Since the first site-blocking orders were made in December 2016, the Federal Court has ordered 65 piracy sites to be blocked, and over 340 domains.

The CCA says the court decision validates the creative industry’s contention that pirate sites infringe copyright and negatively impact copyright holders’ ability to recoup their investment in film and television content.

CCA’s new industry campaign – ‘The Price of Piracy’ – alerts consumers to the increased online risks posed by streaming or downloading pirated content from the remaining sites.

Content links on infringing sites have become the number one method of propagating malware on the internet, with one in three sites exposing users to malicious software that can steal personal information such as addresses, bank details, credit cards and passwords, and facilitate identity theft.

Ransomware – spreading globally in pandemic proportions – can lock a computer and encrypt files so they become inaccessible until a ransom is paid. Research also shows nearly 40 per cent of Android VPNs – often used by pirates to circumvent blocks to access pirate sites – are affected by malware.

The campaign is unprecedented in its scale, coverage and industry support, involving the production, distribution, exhibition, television and online sectors. Two TV spots featuring leading Australian actor Bryan Brown – a 30-second and a 15-second version – will screen in most cinemas, with significant presence on free-to-air and subscription television and on selected websites.

Creative Content Australia’s 2016 research reveals that, despite the proliferation of legal content options, 21 per cent of Australians aged 18-64 admit to pirating content at least once monthly. The level of piracy amongst 12-17s is at 26 per cent while the number of Australians aged 12-13 who stream or download from pirate sites has increased significantly: from 14 per cent in 2014 to 23 per cent in 2016.

Graham Burke, Chairman of Creative Content Australia, has applauded the latest Federal Court judgement, noting that site-blocking has been very effectively implemented around the world and proven to reduce the theft of screen content as well as increase the use of legal sites. “The thieves who run pirate sites contribute nothing to Australia – they employ no-one and pay no taxes here. Of the enormous profits they earn, not one cent goes back to the original creators of the content,” he added.

An Incopro study of the site blocks already introduced into Australia after the December 2016 and February 2017 Federal Court decisions has shown a 71.7 per cent decrease in the overall usage of the blocked sites. This finding is consistent with usage patterns identified in other countries where usage decreased by around 70 per cent initially.

“We are proud to bring this new campaign to Australians,” declared Lori Flekser, Creative Content Australia’s Executive Director. “Consumers, often unwittingly, bear significant costs of illegal streaming – not only will they suffer from diminishing investment in the content they love to consume but pirate sites are amongst the most hazardous places on the internet.”

In ‘The Price of Piracy’ spots, Bryan Brown draws attention to the high price consumers might pay by compromising their personal data when accessing screen content from online pirate sites and reminds Australians they can watch films and TV shows legally – on the big screen, on high quality DVDs, pay TV or online.

“We are honoured Bryan Brown agreed to work with us on this campaign and hope it will lead to a reduction in piracy rates in Australia,” said Burke. “He is supported by numerous producers, directors, writers, actors and the thousands of industry professionals who believe that piracy undermines their ability to develop sustainable careers.”

Foxtel and Roadshow win bid to block over 50 piracy sites

From https://www.cnet.com/au/news/foxtel-roadshow-court-win-block-piracy-sites-australia-putlocker-watch-series-torrents/

The Federal Court has ordered Australian ISPs to block more than 200 separate domains, but some of those sites are already on the move.

Australians will soon face roadblocks when they try to access a raft of piracy sites.

Accessing pirate sites on the internet just got that little bit harder in Australia.

In two concurrent cases brought by Foxtel and Roadshow Films against Australia's biggest internet service providers, the Federal Court of Australia has ordered ISPs to block access to more than 50 pirate sites within three weeks.

The total block list from both rights holders includes 66 separately-listed websites, though many of them (including sites like Putlocker) appear under the same name with different URLs. In total, 209 domains (many of them URLs that differ by just a few letters or numbers) are set to be blocked.

But in a sign of just how difficult site-blocking is, a number of those sites have already moved themselves.

Foxtel brought its case in May as part of a long-running battle against pirate sites, which has played out in the courts in recent months under the government's anti-piracy site-blocking legislation.

Last year, Foxtel and Roadshow jointly won a bid to block The Pirate Bay, alongside other torrenting sites. In April this year, the Federal Court also ordered Aussie ISPs to block torrenting site Kickass Torrents (though in that case, Foxtel appeared in the case as a responding ISP, thanks to its double-threat role as content producer and internet provider).

Today's decision is another step forward for rights holders, not just Foxtel and Roadshow, who have long been pushing to cut off supply for Australia's pirating habit.

The Federal Court has given ISPs -- including iiNet, TPG, Telstra, Optus, Virgin Mobile and Dodo -- 15 business days to take "reasonable steps" to disable the online locations. The sites can be blocked using DNS blocking, IP address blocking or rerouting or URL blocking. However a number of the domains listed in the court ruling have already disappeared, with the URLs now redirecting to web hosting pages from GoDaddy.

Foxtel CEO Peter Tonagh welcomed the court order, saying it was another "critical step" in combating the piracy that undermines Australia's creative industry.

"The Government's passage of the site blocking legislation, and the Court's continued willingness to impose site blocking orders, illustrates the gravity of the threat and the concern we should all have about protecting the hard work of the actors, writers, directors and production teams involved in creating the programming we all love," Tonagh wrote in an emailed statement.

"We will continue to do our part in shedding light on the seriousness of intellectual property theft, while simultaneously helping to ensure our content is available quickly, easily and at a price that suits their budgets."

Australia: Freeview campaign highlights mobility

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/08/21/australia-freeview-campaign-highlights-mobility/

Australia’s free-to-air DTT platform Freeview has launched a new TV campaign, the third in the series starring the popular Freeman family and their neighbours, the Joneses.

The first spot, Freemans On The Go, demonstrates how easy it is to watch live and catch up TV wherever you are, on whichever device you choose via a Freeview FV app.

Launched in 2016, Freeview FV is a world-first collaboration between FTA networks on a mobile-first app, allowing Australian viewers to watch live streaming and catch-up content from all free-to-air networks on the go.

The new spot is the first in a campaign of five TVCs due to roll out nationally over the next 12 months. Subsequent executions will also focus on the upgraded Freeview Plus platform, with the intuitive My TV function. Freeview Plus is the first service in the world to aggregate all free-to-air on-demand services into one application.

In this latest campaign, Freeview has again collaborated with Jungle, led by director Al Morrow, who has lent a deft touch to the humorous spots.

“The latest OzTam data shows that Australians downloaded 1.5 billion minutes of live catch up and live stream content last month. Freeview is committed to developing products that allow Australians a seamless viewing experience, no matter where or how they want to watch their TV programmes,” said Freeview CEO Liz Ross.

“Apparently, 40 per cent of Australians take their mobile into the bathroom with them, so making a campaign based on a mobile-first product really lets us have some fun with the Freemans,” she added.

Tech giants, telcos are biggest threat to live sport on FTA TV

From http://www.adnews.com.au/opinion/tech-giants-telcos-are-biggest-threat-to-live-sport-on-fta-tv

Many Australian sports fans probably don’t realise just how lucky we are to have so much high quality live sport on free-to-air television.

We are so spoilt for choice that many take it for granted Bruce McAvaney will always be on hand to sprinkle a little ‘special’ dust to key moments and leave no stat unturned during Seven’s excellent coverage of the AFL grand final.

Each year there are must watch events on free-to-air TV, such as State of Origin, AFL and NRL finals, the Australian Open and the Australian F1. Everyone knows our summer doesn't follow a calendar, it officially starts when Nine’s iconic WWOS commentary team calls the first ball in the Brisbane test.

Commercial TV networks, particularly Nine and Seven, have played a critical role helping sports reach new audiences, growing fanbases and unlocking commercial opportunities as well as entrenching great sporting moments in our culture and national psyche.

Conversely, live sport is extremely valuable to commercial FTA TV networks, attracting their largest live TV audiences each year and proving a magnet for advertisers and commercial partners.

But this partnership is under threat like never before.

In most other comparable markets, sports broadcasting rights have been too valuable for ad-funded free-to-air players to play more than a bit part role. In fact nearly all of the world’s largest sports leagues have been the domain of wealthy Pay TV companies and, more recently, telcos and internet providers.

New market players, including global tech giant Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Twitter, are starting to shake-up sports rights in the US and UK, and will soon be turning their attentions to smaller but important regional markets like Australia for new content.

And here’s the clincher – the laws that have provided protection against Foxtel from monopolising sports rights in Australia do not cover these internet behemoths.

Anti-siphoning laws were designed to prevent the major sporting leagues and events from being controlled by Foxtel, allowing Seven, Nine and Ten to carve out FTA rights packages ahead of the Pay TV rival.

Although there are valid arguments about the laws being anti-competitive, it has created a dynamic where competitors co-exist in relative harmony, aside from the odd ‘no ads’ vs ‘no pay’ marketing spat.

The anti-siphoning laws were drafted in the 90s, prior to the internet age. They do not apply to global internet giants, which have much deeper pockets than Foxtel and could radically shake-up the space.

Optus sewing the seeds

Last year Optus signaled a major shift in sports broadcasting rights when it outbid Fox Sports to secure the English Premier League for $60 million per season.

This had a direct impact on Fox Sports, which had been the home of Premier League for many years. The pay TV operator responded by moving quickly to replenish its football stocks with European leagues on BeIN Sports, Premier League club TV channels and a hefty extension of its A-League package.

The broader significance of Optus Sport’s arrival is that it is the first major entrant to the Australian sports broadcasting market since Foxtel launched.

Optus delivers content via the internet, which means it doesn’t have the same anti-siphoning restrictions that shackled Foxtel, and the telco will be circling other sports properties.

An even larger threat to local sports broadcasters are the global technology giants Amazon, Facebook, Apple, Twitter and Netflix.

To date these companies have mostly focused on digital rights deals, most notably Twitter’s NFL rights, but have signaled their intentions for much bigger prizes.

Earlier this month, Amazon outbid Sky to secure ATP Tennis broadcast rights and is rumoured to be circling the UK’s biggest sports broadcasting – the English Premier League.

A Citi analyst told The Guardian Amazon’s involvement in a bidding war would force Sky to pay a premium of 40% to 45%, the equivalent of £1.8 billion for three years.

BT's aggression on Premier League rights has already caused them to inflate by 70% in the past two auctions, with Sky forced to pay 83% more to secure the prime games in the last bidding war.

Sports rights spiral

The inflation of sports rights is the real killer for TV networks that are hamstrung by advertising revenue as their major source of revenue.

Last week, Seven West Media boss Tim Worner cautioned that the rising cost of sports rights is getting to a point where it is no longer commercially viable for ad-funded broadcasters in current market conditions.

The point was illustrated by the performance of Seven’s Rio Olympic Games coverage, which failed to meet revenue forecasts. The business has also had to find $30 million in savings to offset the new AFL rights fees.

Unless the situation changes, it appears Seven’s capacity to commercialise elite sport is limited and may have already reached a peak.

Seven’s gloomy predicament is in sharp contrast to sports rights inflation. The new AFL rights deal which kicked in this year and will run to 2022, was 67% lift per season, netting the sport $418 million per year rather than $250 million.

Big Bash League sports rights, currently held by Ten, are predicted to increase from $20 million each year to $50 million to $60 million.

Worner pointed out this trend is not sustainable for free-to-air broadcasters and if internet giants enter the fray it will escalate even further.

According to The Australian, Telstra, Foxtel and Fox Sports chiefs realise the challenge ahead and are merging operations and floating part of the business to allow it to raise more capital for the battle that lies ahead. Fox Sports owner News Corp floated BSkyB in the 90s and is well aware of what will required as it has gone through similar battles in the UK with Sky.

This doesn’t mean a complete departure for FTA players. Their reach is still hugely valuable to sports codes and it would be a huge risk to compromise that while viewing habits for the majority of Australians are still dominated by television. There’s also years of goodwill and sports production expertise they currently offer that none of the global tech giants currently have in their locker.

But change is inevitable Australians are going to have to get used to less sport on the box for free. As Worner points out, sports rights on FTA are at a tipping point, and it's global tech giants that are likely push them over the edge.

$575,134 profits for television company

From http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=413118

FIJI Television Ltd released its audited annual report for the year ended June 30, 2017, in a market announcement made through the South Pacific Stock Exchange (SPSE) on Wednesday.

The highlight of the company's performance during the year was that it recorded a group consolidated net profit after tax of $575,134, compared with a net loss of $668,124 recorded the previous year.

The holding company also made a net profit after tax of $341,224 compared with $9.0 million profit in the previous year, which was mainly because of the sale of its Papua New Guinea operations, Media Niugini Ltd (MNL).

Fiji TV chairman Bob Lyon said he was pleased that the company recorded a positive result despite the slow start to the year and the challenges faced.

"Following the sale of MNL and Sky TV, Fiji TV focused heavily on its original broadcast business which is the free-to-air business. The current environment is very competitive and ever-changing, given the vast options our viewers now have in terms of viewing content and also content made available to them through the use of online demand viewing, which is now available," Mr Lyon said.

He said with the new strategies now aligned the company aimed to achieve higher profits in the upcoming year.

Meanwhile, chief executive officer Karen Lobendahn said the company performed very well under the competitive business environment they operated in.

"We aim to achieve more positive results in the upcoming year and would like to thank our viewers and advertisers for their continued support."

Air routes adjusted to protect FAST radio telescope

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Air_routes_adjusted_to_protect_FAST_radio_telescope_999.html

Nearly 10,000 residents within five kilometers of the telescope have been relocated. Visitors should also hand in their digital devices before sightseeing.

The Civil Aviation Administration of China has adjusted air routes around the world's largest radio telescope in southwestern province of Guizhou to protect the electromagnetic environment.

The Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST), which was put into use in September 2016 to probe space for the faintest signs of life, is sensitive to any electromagnetic interference.

The aviation authority has set up two restricted flight zones in the area, canceled two routes, and added or adjusted three other routes.

The single-dish telescope, with a diameter of half a kilometer, is located in Dawodang depression, a natural karst basin in Pingtang, once an impoverished area in mountainous Guizhou.

Nearly 10,000 residents within five kilometers of the telescope have been relocated. Visitors should also hand in their digital devices before sightseeing

Japan launches satellite for better GPS system

From http://www.gpsdaily.com/reports/Japan_launches_satellite_for_better_GPS_system_999.html

Japan on Saturday launched the third satellite in its effort to build a homegrown geolocation system aimed at improving the accuracy of car navigation systems and smartphone maps to mere centimetres.

An H-IIA rocket blasted off at about 2:30 pm (0530 GMT) from the Tanegashima space centre in southern Japan, according to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

The rocket successfully released the "Michibiki" No.3 satellite about 30 minutes after launching.

"The rocket flew as planned, and the agency confirmed that the Michibiki No.3 was released with no abnormalities 28 minutes and 37 seconds after the launch," an official statement said.

The launch was initially scheduled last week but was postponed due to a technical glitch.

Satellite geolocation systems, initially designed for the US military, now power countless civilian applications, from car navigation to internet browsing on mobile phones.

Japan relies on the US-operated Global Positioning System (GPS). Saturday's launch was part of a broader plan to build a domestic version with four satellites focusing on the country and wider region.

The first satellite was put into orbit in 2010 and the second was launched in June.

The fourth is to be launched by March 2018 to start up the service.

The Japan-built system will still need to operate in tandem with GPS.

Though GPS is widely used in Japan, having supplementary satellites is important in a country where mountainous terrain and high buildings may interfere with its signals.

Michibiki, meaning "guidance" in Japanese, will cover the Asia-Oceania region and is intended for civilian use.

Japan plans to boost the number of its satellites in orbit to seven by around 2023

NASA launches latest TDRS communications satellite

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/NASA_launches_latest_TDRS_communications_satellite_999.html

"The TDRS fleet is a critical connection delivering science and human spaceflight data to those who can use it here on Earth," said Dave Littmann, the TDRS project manager at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. "TDRS-M will expand the capabilities and extend the lifespan of the Space Network, allowing us to continue receiving and transmitting mission data well into the next decade."

NASA's Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-M (TDRS-M), which is the third and final in a series of next generation communications satellites, has successfully been placed into orbit following separation from an United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket. TDRS-M launched Friday at 8:29 a.m. EDT from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Ground controllers report the satellite is in good health at the start of a four-month checkout in space by its manufacturer, Boeing. NASA will conduct additional tests before putting TDRS-M into service early next year.

When ready, TDRS-M will become part of NASA's Space Network providing navigation and high-data-rate communications to the International Space Station, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, rockets and a host of other spacecraft.

"The TDRS fleet is a critical connection delivering science and human spaceflight data to those who can use it here on Earth," said Dave Littmann, the TDRS project manager at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

"TDRS-M will expand the capabilities and extend the lifespan of the Space Network, allowing us to continue receiving and transmitting mission data well into the next decade."

The mission of the TDRS project, established in 1973, is to develop, launch and deliver data communications relay spacecraft to support NASA's Space Network, which provides high-data-rate communications and accurate navigation.

The TDRS-M spacecraft is effectively identical - in both function and performance - to the TDRS-K and -L spacecraft launched in 2013 and 2014, respectively.

The TDRS fleet began operating during the space shuttle era with the launch of TDRS-1 in 1983. Of the TDRS spacecraft launched to date, only two have been retired and five of the nine operational satellites have exceeded their design life and continue to provide essential communications and navigation services.

Boeing conducted spacecraft integration and testing earlier this year at its satellite factory in El Segundo, California. After testing and confirming the spacecraft was ready for shipment, launch processing began following TDRS-M's arrival in Florida June 23.

NASA's Space Communications and Navigation program, known as SCaN, is part of the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate at the agency's Headquarters in Washington, and is responsible for the Space Network.

The TDRS project office at Goddard manages the TDRS development program. Management of the launch service for TDRS-M is the responsibility of NASA's Launch Services Program based at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. ULA provided the Atlas V rocket launch service.

YouTube TV available in 50% of US

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/08/18/youtube-tv-available-in-50-of-us/

Google has announced that its YouTube TV is now available in 50 per cent of US homes, thanks to a rollout to 14 new markets.

The company has revealed it also plans to move into 17 more major metros in the weeks ahead, as it continues its march towards nationwide coverage. YouTube TV costs $35 per month, and includes OTT access to nearly 50 networks, including broadcast networks, cable TV, and, in select markets, local sports.

YouTube said it now leads its live TV streaming competitors in carrying the most local broadcast stations in the markets where YouTube TV is available.

YouTube TV’s service is now available in the new markets of Baltimore, Boston, Cincinnati, Columbus, OH, Jacksonville-Brunswick, Las Vegas, Louisville, Memphis, Nashville, Pittsburgh, San Antonio, Seattle-Tacoma, Tampa-St. Petersburg-Sarasota and West Palm Beach-Ft. Pierce.

It will soon be launching in Austin, Birmingham, Cleveland-Akron, Denver, Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Creek, Greensboro-High Point-Winston Salem, Harrisburg-Lancaster-Lebanon-York, Hartford-New Haven, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News, Oklahoma City, Raleigh-Durham, Salt Lake City, San Diego and St. Louis.

Before the expansion, the service was available in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Houston, Atlanta, Phoenix, Detroit, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, Charlotte and Dallas-Fort Worth.


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update


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
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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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From the Dish

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.

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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

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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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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/.

Trademarks: All WWE programming, talent names, images, likenesses, slogans, wrestling moves, trademarks, logos and copyrights are the exclusive property of WWE and its subsidiaries. All other trademarks, logos and copyrights are the property of their respective owners.

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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东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,C Dishum替换Max Vision(印度)频道,设置4133 H 11888参数免费接收。 [8月13日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Music PK替换G55 Television(巴基斯坦)频道,设置3746 V 6520参数免费接收。 [8月13日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Music PK替换G55 Television(巴基斯坦)频道,设置3734 H 5777参数免费接收。 [8月13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。 [8月13日]
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东经52.5度轨道位置的Al Yah 1号卫星Ku频段,Hadi TV 6(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置11900 H 27500参数无效接收。 [8月13日]

东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星Ku频段,Millet(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置11481 H 4027参数无效接收。 [8月12日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Fix & Foxy(HEVC)频道新增,设置3746 V 6250参数免费接收。 [8月12日]
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东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,亚洲美食、Travel Channel HD(高清)等频道消失,设置3920 V 30000参数无效接收。 [8月11日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,亚洲美食、Travel Channel HD(高清)等频道新增,设置3920 V 30000参数免费接收。 [8月11日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,TVE替换NHK World(环宇卫视)频道,设置12401 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [8月11日]

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

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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.


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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]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,Thaicom 3、Thaicom 4替换TVK(泰国)等频道,设置11560 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [8月9日]
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]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,Top 2(菲律宾)频道新增,设置3710 H 2860参数有条件接收。 [8月9日]

东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,梨园频道(DISH-HD)频道重现,设置11101 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [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]


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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Wednesday evening feed

Asiasat 5 4156 H Sr 7200 "Globecast 1" Africa politics related

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AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3750 V "Praise TV" has started Fta

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3860 V "Star Sports Select HD1" has started on , Videoguard. FX India has left.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3940 V "Star Sports Select HD2" has started on , Videoguard.

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.


Many of the Philippines Channel on Intelsat 19 4180 H Sr 30000 are fta, and it looks to me like they are duplicating the PowerVU channels, with Verimatrix encryption ready for a changover once the cable and satellite operators have the newer decoders.

Intelsat 19 12286 H Sr 30000
H265 TEST1 - H265 TEST 8 are all still active testing in HEVC FTA with "Pink channels"

Tuesday morning feed

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Asiasat 5 3927 V Sr 7120 "AFL HL" AFL Highlights

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Measat 3 91.5E The Astro muxes have left 11102 H and 11102 V.
Measat 3 91.5E 11522 V Astro Best SD 4 has left .
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Intelsat 15 85.2E 12520 V "Fox Russia, Fox Life Russia, Nat Geo Wild Russia and National Geographic Russia" have left .

Horizons 2 84.8E 11760 H "Pes i Ko and Rubl" have started on, Fta.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3936 H "Channel 2" has left .

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Thaicom 5 78.5E 3585 V "Five HD" has started on , Fta.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 4120 H "Umm TV and Time TV" have started on , Fta.

Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 12514 V "MC" has started on , Fta.

Express AM6 53.0E 12594 V "4U TV" has started on Fta. Kalemeh TV and Khatereh TV have left.

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东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Joomasti替换Movie Box TV(MPEG-4)频道,设置4065 H 4296参数免费接收。 [8月8日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,Lao 1、Lao Pstv HD替换Warner TV(老挝)等频道,设置10790 H 40000参数免费接收。 [8月8日]
东经115.5度轨道位置的中星6B号卫星C频段,宝贝家(中数传媒)频道消失,设置4020 V 27500参数无效接收。 [8月8日]

东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,Russia Today(老挝)频道新增,设置10910 H 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,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]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,DM Digital替换Television(MPEG-4)频道,设置4065 H 4296参数免费接收。 [8月7日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,CNN(菲律宾)频道新增,设置4004 V 5000参数有条件接收。 [8月7日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,Thaicom 2(测试)频道解密,设置11560 H 30000参数免费接收。 [8月7日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,Five HD、55Channel(老挝)频道解密,设置11600 H 30000参数免费接收。 [8月7日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星Ku频段,Sony Max HD(高清)频道新增,设置12523 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [8月7日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,TCL(测试)频道消失,设置3780 V 30000参数无效接收。 [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'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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"Pinoy extreme local" is new FTA on Sid 1 Vpid 769 MPG2 Apid 770
"CCTN" is new FTA on Sid 2 Vpid 785 MPG2 Apid 786

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

Friday afternoon feed

ABS 6 159E 3896 V Sr 4444 "nameless" showing a static shot.

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东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Movie Max替换Naaptol Shopping(巴基斯坦)频道,设置3734 H 5777参数免费接收。 [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?

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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

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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

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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.


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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.

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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



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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.

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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"

Sunday feeds

Asiasat 5 3876 H Sr 7500 "LPGA Marathon PRi" Golf

Saturday feeds

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]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星C频段,KBS World、CCTV-4(长城亚洲)等7个频道新增,设置3622 H 30000参数免费接收。 [7月19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-3(长城亚洲)等全组频道消失,设置3622 H 30000参数无效接收。 [7月19日]
东经115.5度轨道位置的中星6B号卫星C频段,第一剧场、怀旧剧场(中数传媒)等全组频道解密,设置4060 V 27500参数免费接收。 [7月19日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,动物星球、东森洋片(环宇卫视)等全组频道解密,设置12711 H 45000参数免费接收。 [7月19日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,GCN(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置12500 V 7200参数免费接收。 [7月19日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,Jack TV、Solar Sports(菲律宾)等全组频道解密,设置4011 V 10000参数免费接收。 [7月19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)频道重现,设置3751 V 2333参数免费接收。 [7月19日]


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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Superbird B2 162.0E 12676 H "Event Channel and Seiryo Channel 1/2" have left.

JCSAT 2B 154.0E 12403 H "Cable 4K" has left .
JCSAT 2B 154.0E Worldmate has left 12505 H.

Palapa D 113.0E 4014 H "Akhyar TV" has started on , Fta.

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 4000 H "NTV Mir" has left

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 12323 V "CCTV 13" has left .

NSS 12 57.0E 4095 R Sky News Australia, TVE Internacional Asia, Canal 24 Horas, Sky News Business Channel, CCTV 4 Asia, Dragon TV, Jiangsu TV, Hunan TV, Beijing TV, Zhejiang TV, China Movie and CCTV Entertainment have started on , PowerVu. Prime Australia has left.

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东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,天津卫视、山西卫视替换CCTV-3(数码天空)等频道,设置12416 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [7月18日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,MTV、深圳体育替换CCTV-3(艺华卫视)等频道,设置12354 V 43000参数有条件接收。 [7月18日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,龙华经典、陕西卫视替换CCTV-3(艺华卫视)等频道,设置12719 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [7月18日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,Hua Hin World TV替换Nakon(泰国)频道,设置11680 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [7月18日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,国家地理、天映电影(印尼)等频道新增,设置4100 V 29900参数部分免费接收。 [7月18日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Movie Box TV(巴基斯坦)频道消失,设置4065 H 4296参数无效接收。 [7月18日]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,Meenakshi TV(印度)频道重现,设置3966 H 14400参数免费接收。 [7月18日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Onm News替换Total TV Rajasthan(印度)频道,设置3742 V 7000参数免费接收。 [7月18日]
东经88度轨道位置的中新2号卫星Ku频段,纬来育乐、纬来体育(中华电信)频道解密,设置12702 H 20000参数免费接收。 [7月18日]
东经115.5度轨道位置的中星6B号卫星C频段,CCTV-6 HD、高清电影(AVS+)高清等频道加密,设置4100 V 27500参数有条件接收。 [7月18日]


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All channels on D2 12581 H Except for God Australia have left!

68.5E 4003V Sr 7200 "SHUBH CINEMA" is new FTA Vpid 601 (H264) Apid 602 Sid 600

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ABS 6 159.0E 3619 H CT, Solar Sports, Basketball TV, Jack TV, 2nd Avenue, ETC and NBA Premium TV have left again.

Koreasat 5 113.0E 12365 V "FGTV" is encrypted again.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3734 H "Little Champ" has left .
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3750 V "Cinemachi Kids" is back on , Cryptoguard.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3750 V "AXN Pakistan" has left.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4000 H "Fox Sports Asia" has left .

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3840 H "GCN Korea" has started on , Fta.

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 12323 V "CCTV 13" is Fta.

G-Sat 17 93.5E G-Sat 17 has arrived at 93.5 East.

Measat 3a 91.4E 4000 H "Sundance Channel East Asia and AMC Asia" have left.

KazSat 2 86.5E 11495 V "Kazakstan, Balapan, Khabar, KazSport, Khabar 24, Astana TV and 7 Kanal" are encrypted again.
KazSat 2 86.5E 11504 V "KTK, Perviy kanal Eurasia, Mir, 31 Kanal, NTK, STV and Almaty TV" are encrypted again.

ABS 2 75.0E 11559 V "Bolshaya Aziya" has started on , Fta.

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东经56度轨道位置的快车AT1号卫星Ku频段,Perviy Crimea、Crimea 24(测试)频道新增,设置12207 R 27500参数免费接收。 [7月17日]
东经183度轨道位置的新天9号卫星C频段,CCTV-4(汉语)频道新增,设置4096 R 30000参数有条件接收。 [7月17日]
东经56度轨道位置的快车AT1号卫星Ku频段,Nano、Iskushenie(Tricolor TV)等4个频道消失,设置12149 L 27500参数无效接收。 [7月17日]
东经57度轨道位置的新天12号卫星C频段,CCTV-4、CCTV-娱乐(MPEG-4)等频道新增,设置4096 R 30000参数有条件接收。 [7月17日]
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]