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Page UPDATED 25/7/2017 11.50 P.M NZ


No update Tuesday


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

From my Email


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]


Foxtel ‘devastated’ over Game of Thrones streaming meltdown

From https://mumbrella.com.au/foxtel-devastated-game-thrones-streaming-meltdown-458576

Foxtel has apologised after its streaming services collapsed during one of its key days of the year, the premier of the new season of Game Of Thrones.

Foxtel Now launched under its new brand just a month ago, replacing Foxtel Play and the company’s previous failed joint venture with Seven West Media, Presto.

The seventh season of Game Of Thrones was a key part of Foxtel Now’s packaging strategy and marketing messages.

But as angry customers complained about being unable to watch, the company tonight issued an apology, saying it was “devastated”.

The company also appeared to blame the problem on global issues, rather than technical problems with its own infrastructure, although it did not go into details.

The statement said:

Game of Thrones Phenomenon Crash Sites Across the Globe!

Tonight’s global premiere of the new season of GAME OF THRONES has caused technical glitches around the world, with online sites crashing in the United States, Latin America and Australia.

The show’s producer and U.S. broadcaster, HBO, reported its technical systems could not cope and in Australia, the surge of demand for Foxtel’s recently launched online product, Foxtel Now, also experienced customer meltdown.

Foxtel spokesman, Bruce Meagher said tonight, “We are devastated that some customers experienced technical issues tonight. As was the case in the U.S. and Latin America, the unprecedented rush for a subscription just prior to the telecast, crashed the system. Foxtel engineers are working through the night to resolve the issue.

“It’s most unfortunate and we apologise to those affected. We are committed to resolving the technical faults immediately and together with our broadcast partners around the world, we are giving this the same degree of priority. We assure anyone impacted that they will be able to watch the first episode of Season 7 either On Demand or via one of our encore screenings throughout the week. We will continue to communicate with affected customers to ensure they are fully informed,” he said.

Foxtel also took a similar tack on Twitter, hinting that the problems had been “caused by tech glitches” in the episode which had been supplied by HBO.

AsiaSat refinances $220m

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/07/17/asiasat-refinances-220m/

AsiaSat of Hong Kong has refinanced $220 million (€192m) of long-term loans and revolving credit. The new facility replaces a $240 million borrowing already in place.

The borrowing has a 5-year term, which is the same as the previous borrowing negotiated in June 2015.

The new terms were negotiated with Cathay United Bank Co., Ltd., CTBC Bank Co., Ltd., DBS Bank Ltd., ING Bank N.V., Singapore Branch and Mega International Commercial Bank Co., Ltd. as mandated lead arrangers, certain financial institutions as lenders and DBS Bank Ltd., Hong Kong Branch as facility agent and as security agent.

AsiaSat says: “The purpose of the Refinancing Facilities is primarily to refinance the Dividend Facility and for the corporate funding requirements of the Company and its subsidiaries. The Refinancing Facilities are for a term of 5 years from the initial drawdown date of the Refinancing Facilities.”

Bangabandhu-1 satellite testing to be started from Sept: Tarana

From http://www.thedailystar.net/country/bangladesh-bangabandhu-1-satellite-testing-to-be-started-from-september-says-state-minister-telecommunication-tarana-halim-1433638

The Bangabandhu-1 satellite will be ready to start for testing operation from September, Tarana Halim, State Minister for Telecommunication, said today.

“Around 88 percent work of the satellite has already been completed. We hope that the launching of the Satellite will begin commercially from April next year,” the junior minister said while visiting one of the two ground handling stations of the project in Gazipur.

Tarana said the satellite will be prepared by November depending on weather and schedule of the USA launcher.

Earlier, the government decided to launch the satellite on December this year from Florida, USA, she said. The ground handling stations will be ready by October and then the testing operation will go on fully, she added.

Tarana today visited Gazipur to observe the progress of the project work while top officials and experts from French aerospace firm Thales Alenia Space were present at that time.

Thales Alenia Space manufacturing the satellite with a cost of at $248 million (Tk 1,959 crore), under an agreement with Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission which was signed in November 2015.

The total cost of the project is around Tk 2,967.95 crore. It might come down by a few hundred crores taka, said Tarana replying to a question.

Tarana said they have started a process to communicate with different local and foreign companies to sell the capacity of the Bangabandhu-1 satellite as government already decided to export half of its space.

The team got positive response from Indonesia and local companies’ also showing interests as well, said project related officials.

The cabinet already passed a proposal of forming a separate public limited company to look after all the issues of the broadcast satellite as the local partner of Thales Alenia Space for next three years.

The satellite is so far the most sophisticated technological project Bangladesh has ever undertaken and it will bring down the cost of television broadcasting one tenth down from the current costs, they also said.

Egypt bans beIN Sports

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/07/17/egypt-bans-bein-sports/

Egypt’s Competition Authority (ECA) has repeated that Qatar-based beIN Sports cannot operate or deliver its sports transmissions over Egypt.

Currently, Egypt is in a diplomatic dispute with Qatar, which has not helped the situation but in fact the problems with beIN Sports go back to the earlier part of the year, and concerns access to football for Egypt’s soccer fans.

beIN Sports hold the exclusive rights to the important Confederation of African Football (CAF) competition – and where Egypt tends to do well. Viewer access to the games are controlled by Cairo-based Cable Network Egypt (CNE) which collects subscriber fees on behalf of beIN Sport (and the other pay-TV operators transmitting over Egypt). CNE’s web-site is still offering beIN Sports access to subscribers (“76 channels for Eg. Pounds 228/month”).

The ECA has ruled that subscribers can get their money back from CNE as the relationship between CNE and beIN Sports is “null and void”, because beIN Sports has “violated Article 8 of the protection of competition law by engaging in monopolistic practices by being the only broadcast authority with the right to domestically broadcast the majority of football competitions”.

In other words, beIN Sports holds the exclusive rights.

The ECA added that was unfortunate that beIN Sports has ignored the complaint filed against it by the ECA in January and continues to pursue monopolistic practices that “harm Egyptian citizens.”

The ECA is alleging that the Confederation’s president, Issa Hayatou and the beIN Sports group of abusing their positions in granting Paris-based Lagardère Group broadcasting rights for African football competitions from 2017 to 2028 without opening up bidding for other companies.

ECA also says that beIN has switched services for Egyptian subscribers from Nilesat to the Qatari Es’Hail satellite in order to watch African football matches.

Twitter eyes US PGA streaming rights

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/07/17/twitter-eyes-us-pga-streaming-rights/

Twitter is in talks to stream the US PGA Championship after Sky lost its exclusive broadcast for the golf tournament, according to a report in the FT.

It comes as the social media service looks to grow its user base through live sports.

Recently Twitter has partnered with the All England Lawn Tennis Club to live stream its Wimbledon channel, although it also lost NFL streaming rights to Amazon.

Twitter also holds the rights to stream 31 smaller PGA tour golf tournaments around the world.


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Friday night feed

Intelsat 19 12610 V Sr 7000 "STS 9" League

GCN Started FTA in the mux on Asiasat 5 3840 H Sr 29720 8PSK Vpid 3922 (mpg2) Apid 3923 Sid 24

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ChinaSat 6B 115.5E 3740 V "CHC Action, CHC, China Movie, CHC HD and Lan Qiu" are encrypted again.
ChinaSat 6B 115.5E 3780 V "Flash TV, China Food TV, Vanguard 2 Badminton Channel, GTV 2 Qipai and CCTV 6" are encrypted again.

Palapa D 113.0E 3627 H "Madani TV" has started on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 3822 V "TV Edukasi" has started on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 3908 H "Ummat TV Quran" has started on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 4014 V "Nabawi TV" is back on , Fta.

Koreasat 5 113.0E 12365 V "FGTV" is Fta.
Koreasat 5 113.0E 12430 V "Net 25, Aksyon TV and Pinoy Xtreme Channel" have started on ,encrypted.
Koreasat 5 113.0E 12430 V "Fox Filipino, Fox Action Movies and Fox Sports 2 Asia" have left .
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AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3760 H "D Gold Plus and D News HD" have left again.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3940 V "Star Gold Select has started on , Videoguard. Star Movies Action and FX India" have left.

ABS 2 75.0E 11559 V "Telenovella" is now encrypted.
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东经140度轨道位置的快车AT2号卫星Ku频段,TNV Planeta(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置12245 R 27500参数无效接收。 [7月14日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,GCN(高清)频道新增,设置3840 H 29720参数免费接收。 [7月14日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Syfy Universal(MPEG-4)等频道消失,设置3720 H 29620参数无效接收。 [7月14日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Travel XP HD(高清)频道新增,设置11165 H 44000参数有条件接收。 [7月14日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Russian Extreme TV 4K(UHD)频道重现,设置11732 V 43000参数有条件接收。 [7月14日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AT2号卫星Ku频段,Kbcpyc(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置12380 L 27500参数有条件接收。 [7月14日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,SSFT(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3860 V 28100参数有条件接收。 [7月14日]

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,EVE、MUTV(泰国)等9个频道消失,设置12604 H 30000参数无效接收。 [7月13日]


Digital TV by December

From http://www.fbc.com.fj/fiji/52516/digital-tv-by-december---ag

Report by: Savaira Tabua

Satellite connectivity is vital for the rolling out of Digital Television therefore government has set aside $9million dollars for the building of towers and satellite space.

Communication Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says this is essential in connecting all Fijians irrespective of their geographical locations.

Opposition member Prem Singh sought clarification from the Economy Minister on the allocation of $2million dollars that was set aside for the implementation of analog to digital platforms.

“Is this the cost of consultancy or what the cost is for because the same program activity is in Seg 9, $8 million dollars for digital television roll out? The total allocation from analog to digital comes to 10 million dollars.”

“No the 2 million dollars as you know we have already allocated some of these money previously for the set of boxes as we have said that we are going to supply set of boxers to all those people that are below particular income level of 30,000 so all those Fijians who have earn less that 30,000 which essentially covers most of the people in the maritime areas we will actually subsidize set of boxes for them.”

Out of the six channels provided free to air two has been assigned to Fiji TV and FBCTV respectively, one to Mai TV and the sixth one is a dedicated parliamentary channel.

Digital television is expected to roll out in December.

AsiaSat and Globecast distribute Russian Language “RTR-Planeta Asia” on AsiaSat 5

From Press Release

Hong Kong, 14 July 2017 – Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), Asia’s leading satellite operator, and global media solutions provider Globecast, have reached an agreement to deliver “RTR-Planeta Asia” to viewers via AsiaSat 5. The deal continues expanding the exposure of Russian-language programming available in the Asia-Pacific region.

Russian television channel RTR-Planeta strengthens its reach across Asia through a new partnership with Globecast for content management services and AsiaSat for Asia’s most popular international satellite TV platform. An international service owned by the Russian state television and radio broadcaster VGTRK, RTR-Planeta Asia provides cultural and prime time news, sports, movies and documentary films.

The new agreement demonstrates AsiaSat 5’s extensive coverage and powerful penetration across Asia and Australasia are well recognised by international broadcasters. The satellite operator is gathering momentum in further expanding its Russian TV neighborhood, serving Russian-speaking viewers residing across the Asia-Pacific region.
Globecast is providing RTR-Planeta with complete distribution services to the channel via this deal, including across Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America, building upon Globecast and RTR’s longstanding relationship, which began in 2003.

Vladimir Zhdanov, Senior Legal Advisor Media at RTR-Planeta says: “With the sheer volume of programming we offer, we need technology partners that deliver faultless services, and there is no better choice for this project than Globecast and AsiaSat. Through our partnership with them, we can now deliver our content further across Asia, without hassle or worry.”

Biliana Pumpalovic, General Director at Globecast in Russia says: “We have a very well established relationship with AsiaSat and this deal is another example of the benefits to broadcasters that this brings. We also have significant reach across the Russian market, working with a variety of channels. We are very pleased to see this expand even further with our increased partnership with RTR-Planeta, providing it with great reach across Asia to Russians living there.”

Barrie Woolston, Chief Commercial Officer of AsiaSat, says: “Our ever strengthening partnership with Globecast continues to deliver quality solutions for broadcasters in the Asia-Pacific, and we are very pleased to once again expand our service to the Russian-speaking community across the region with the new delivery of RTR-Planeta Asia on AsiaSat 5.”

“RTR-Planeta” is available free to air on AsiaSat 5 with the following reception parameters:

Orbital Location: 100.5°E
Transponder: C6H
Downlink Frequency: 3840 MHz
Downlink Polarisation: Horizontal
Transmission Standard: DVB-S2
Compression Standard: MPEG-2
Modulation: 8PSK
Symbol Rate: 29.72 Msym/sec
FEC: 5/6
# # #

About RTR-Planeta

RTR-Planeta is the international service of VGTRK. RTR, a state-owned broadcaster in Russia, with more than 10-year history of international distribution all over the world. It is available throughout the world via satellite. RTR is concerned to deliver the favorite content from motherland to Russian viewers wherever they live to help them to be in touch with their original country and nationality. Being based on the most viewed channel in Russia in 2016, RTR-Planeta is attractive for Russian community all over the world as well as for people from all continents keen on the great Russian culture and for those who would love to learn the Russian language.

About Globecast

Globecast helps customers to manage their content and make it available wherever required, by anyone required. The company provides agile and seamless content acquisition, management and distribution services globally, constantly innovating and investing in new technologies to create customer-centric new services. Globecast has created the number one global hybrid fibre and satellite network for video contribution and distribution. It delivers any type of video service including: TV Everywhere OTT, satellite, cable, video-on-demand and CDN delivery using cloud-enabled media solutions. It supplies Content Acquisition, Aggregation and Distribution (CAAD) services to over 100 networks worldwide that are distributed via multiple platforms. The company remains the trusted partner for global coverage and international delivery of news, sports, and special events around the globe. Customers enjoy a seamless global experience from 12 interconnected Globecast-owned facilities, including Los Angeles, London, Singapore, Paris, Rome, and Johannesburg. www.globecast.com | LinkedIn | Twitter

About AsiaSat

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

Media Contacts:
RTR Planeta
Polina Ignatova, Distribution Manager | Email: pignatova@vgtrk.com

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

Bazeli Mbo | Tel: (33 1) 5595 2604 | Email: bazeli.mbo@globecast.com

Russia orbits forest fire monitoring satellite

From http://tass.com/science/956303

The satellite is designed to operate for at least five years in orbit

MOSCOW, July 14. /TASS/. The Kanopus-V-IK forest fire monitoring satellite has been delivered into the designated orbit, State Space Corporation Roscosmos reported on Friday.

"The space vehicle has successfully separated from the Fregat acceleration unit," Roscosmos said.

Specialists will shortly establish communication with the satellite and place it under control. After that, the space vehicle will undergo three-month flight tests. The first activations of the satellite’s equipment are scheduled for August.

The satellite has been manufactured by VNIIEM Corporation. The workability of the Kanopus satellite platform has been checked by the first Kanopus-V remote sensing satellite, which has been operating for several years in orbit, and by the same-type Belarussian space vehicle (abbreviated as the BKA).

After the tests are over, Russia’s various federal and regional executive bodies will start receiving information from the satellite, including the Emergencies Ministry of Russia, the Forestry Ministry, the Agriculture Ministry and the Federal Service for State Registration, Cadaster and Cartography.

The satellite can spot a presumed pocket of fire on an area of 5 x 5 meters while its field of view will reach 2,000 km. The satellite’s data processed by specialists of the Research Center for the Earth’s Operative Monitoring will be transmitted to the agencies concerned.

The satellite is designed to operate for at least five years in orbit. If the high-resolution infrared camera installed on the satellite proves its efficiency during the tests, it will be mounted on the next satellites of this series.

A Soyuz-2.1a carrier rocket with the Kanopus-V-IK satellite and 72 more mini-satellites blasted off from the Baikonur spaceport in Kazakhstan at 9:36 Moscow time.

Singapore developing space-based VHF communications for air traffic management

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Singapore_developing_space_based_VHF_communications_for_air_traffic_management_999.html

"CAAS is committed to continually investing in cutting edge and innovative solutions to ensure that we can safely support the growing air traffic in the region. With this collaboration, Singapore will be the first country in the world to move towards space-based VHF communications. This technology will enable CAAS to improve traffic throughput in the Singapore FIR, while enhancing safety and efficiency of ATM," said Mr Shum.

GomSpace together with The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), Singapore Technologies Electronics Limited (ST Electronics) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to explore the application and deployment of space-based Very High Frequency (VHF) communications for air traffic management (ATM) in and around the Singapore Flight Information Region (FIR).

The MOU was signed by Mr Kevin Shum, Director-General of CAAS, Mr Tang Kum Chuen, President of Satellite Systems Business, ST Electronics, and Mr Niels Buus, CEO of GomSpace, on the third day of the World Civil Aviation Chief Executives Programme (WCACEF) held at the Singapore Aviation Academy.

Space-based VHF communications represents the next level of communications capability, and will complement Singapore's existing ground-based equipment. It is a concept where VHF communications equipment are mounted onto a constellation of low-earth-orbit satellites to enable clear, cost-effective and real-time communications between air traffic controllers and pilots anywhere.[1]

The technology will improve safety and enable the safe reduction in separation between aircraft in airspace where ground-based VHF communications is currently not available, increasing ATM capacity and reducing delays for aircraft in turn.

This partnership brings together strong complementary capabilities. As the air navigation services provider for the Singapore FIR, CAAS has decades of experience managing air traffic flows.

ST Electronics has more than 45 years of experience in the design, development and integration of advanced electronics and communications systems including real-time mission critical command and control, air traffic management and simulation systems. GomSpace is a leading designer, integrator and manufacturer of high-end nanosatellites for customers in the academic, government and commercial markets.

"CAAS is committed to continually investing in cutting edge and innovative solutions to ensure that we can safely support the growing air traffic in the region. With this collaboration, Singapore will be the first country in the world to move towards space-based VHF communications. This technology will enable CAAS to improve traffic throughput in the Singapore FIR, while enhancing safety and efficiency of ATM," said Mr Shum.

"This MOU marks a significant step in exploring the application of space-based technology to enable smart air traffic operations. We are delighted to partner CAAS and GomSpace on this exciting endeavour.

"We will leverage our extensive domain knowledge and in-depth engineering capabilities in satellite and communications system design, as well as complex system integration knowhow to research into the development of the spaced-based VHF communications system.

"ST Electronics is committed to the continued development of innovative and smart technology to enhance ATM and equip air traffic controllers with state-of-the-art communication service for safer and more efficient flight operations," said Mr Tang.

"We are very happy to partner with ST Electronics and CAAS to develop a new innovative high value service based on our unique capabilities to deliver professional nanosatellite solutions for radio applications.

"The activities under this MOU is a natural continuation of our pioneering work in space-based ATM as we first demonstrated in 2013 and will bring about significant new opportunities for Air Navigation Service Providers and airlines to increase safety and ATM capacity while reducing operations costs," said Mr Buus.

Murdoch wants TataSky India stake

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/07/14/murdoch-wants-tatasky-india-stake/

Perhaps if 21st Century Fox’s bid to mop up Sky Europe fails, Rupert Murdoch will focus instead on India, where 21st Century Fox owns a 30 per cent stake in the TataSky joint-venture and DTH platform.

India’s Television Post is reporting that exploratory talks have been held between TataSky and Bharti Airtel’s DTH operation about a possible merger, or broader alliance.

However, there are many restrictions on foreign ownership, but various sources suggest that should an outline agreement be reached – and which would see 21st Century Fox take a larger slice of its TataSky joint venture, then the duo would seek Indian government approval for the end result.


Not much today

From my Email


From the Dish

KazSat 2 86.5E 11495 V Kazakstan, Balapan, Khabar, KazSport, Khabar 24, Astana TV and 7 Kanal are Fta.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3670 H "Somaliland National TV" has left .

From asiatvro site

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,Thai 3 HD、True4u(泰国)等3个频道新增,设置12604 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [7月13日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Bolshaya(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11559 V 22000参数免费接收。 [7月13日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Cinemachi Kids(MPEG-4)频道重现,设置3751 V 2333参数有条件接收。 [7月13日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Isaac TV替换AXN(MPEG-4)频道,设置3751 V 2333参数免费接收。 [7月13日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Cinemachi Kids(巴基斯坦)频道消失,设置3751 V 2333参数无效接收。 [7月13日]
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东经88度轨道位置的中新2号卫星Ku频段,原住民(高清)频道消失,设置11668 H 30000参数无效接收。 [7月13日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,Spike替换Nauka 2.0(俄罗斯)频道,设置11665 V 38400参数有条件接收。 [7月13日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,Zvezda替换Extreme Sports Channel(俄罗斯)频道,设置11665 V 38400参数有条件接收。 [7月13日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Sony Yay(MPEG-4)频道开播,设置4180 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [7月13日


Australian space agency a possibility as government launches industry review

From http://www.zdnet.com/article/australian-space-agency-a-possibility-as-government-launches-review-into-national-space-capability/

The aim of the review is to establish a long-term strategy to foster the growth of Australia's space industry.

The Australian federal government has announced that it will conduct a review into the nation's space industry with the goal of developing a 10-year plan to grow the sector and boost its global competitiveness.

A 10-person expert panel -- chaired by former CSIRO CEO Dr Megan Clark -- has been selected by the government to perform the review.

"This review is timely, given the current pace of change in the international space sector and advances in technologies that provide an environment that encourages commercial investment in space activities," said Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Arthur Sinodinos in a statement.

Sinodinos believes through developing the technical knowledge for the space sector, Australia will develop skills to grow other manufacturing industries.

"The government is ... planning and preparing for the next generation of civil space technologies and capabilities by putting in place the legislative and regulatory reforms and platforms aimed at simplifying regulatory arrangements, spurring innovation, and reducing barriers to participation in the space industry," a spokesperson from the office of the industry minister told ZDNet in June.

Fleet co-founder and CEO Flavia Tata Nardini, who has been selected as one of the members of the expert panel, said the announcement shows that the Australian government is "taking the potential of space more seriously".

"Currently, we're amazing at space research, but our commercial application of the sector needs work. This review is a huge step forward in achieving that goal, and we're thrilled it's happening," she added.

The review builds on the principles set out in Australia's Satellite Utilisation Policy (2013) and the findings from the recently completed review of the Space Activities Act 1998.

The industry minister said space legislation reform is currently underway to reflect technological advances and provide a regulatory environment that is "appropriately conducive to commercial investment in the space sector".

The review will examine Australia's current capability and areas of advantage, as well as the nation's level of regional engagement and international collaboration to identify future partnerships.

"Space has no borders, so a strategy that enables better international collaboration must be an outcome of the review. We also want more support for space-led innovation, be it satellites, rockets, or deep space exploration," Tata Nardini said.

"We believe the best way for us to achieve these things is through an Australian Space Agency."

According to the Space Industry Association of Australia (SIAA), Australia is one of only two OECD countries that do not have a space agency. SIAA claims the Australian space industry amounts to less than 1 percent of the global space economy, generating $3 billion to $4 billion in annual revenue.

Globally, the space sector has grown at a CAGR of 9.5 percent each year from the late 1990s to 2015.

Tata Nardini had previously penned an open letter to the Australian federal government, saying that the the next industrial revolution is going to start in space.

"Emerging space technologies and the data they return will usher in mass-scale efficiencies here on Earth, shifting industries like mining, logistics, technology, farming, mobility, connectivity, and environmental care, for good," Tata Nardini wrote in the letter.

Additionally, the review will examine risks and opportunities, including access to space data and associated infrastructure.

SIAA stated in a paper recently that Australia is a "passive consumer" of satellite data, relying heavily on international partnerships -- such as with Europe, Japan, and the US -- for purchasing the satellite data used by individuals and businesses every day, including for insurance assessment, managing natural disasters, and weather forecasting.

The SIAA argued that there is a "vital national interest" in maintaining the infrastructure, capabilities, and international relationships required to secure access to satellite data sources.

"A key issue in the development of our national space policy should therefore be the securing of long-term access for strategic purposes, preferably from Australian territory, to foreign-owned space-segment capabilities, both military and civil," the SIAA said.

"Furthermore, as the geopolitical environment changes, Australia needs to become a technology contributor to those partnerships, or it risks significantly rising costs or, even, loss of access ... Australia would also be well advised to consider ways to reduce its dependence on the traditional data sources, and consider its own national priorities in the development of new systems."

Tata Nardini said on Thursday that the review needs to consider how to nurture the next generation of space innovators.

"We'd also love to see space and the opportunities it will bring in the national STEM curriculum to inspire the next generation of space entrepreneurs and enthusiasts; this is critical if we are to thrive in the global space industry for years to come," she said.

"We need to create the foundations for our future generations to carry on, and improve on, the work that we're doing today."

The review is commencing later this month and is scheduled for completion by end of March 2018.

Australia 'freeloading' from other countries when it comes to satellite data, expert says

From link

Australia is bludging off the rest of the world when it comes to space.

That is the argument from proponents of Australia having its own space agency.

"We have to borrow our mate's car every time we want to go on a date," is one way of putting Australia's lack of its own satellite capability.

But many countries, including Australia, launch their satellites from French Guiana in South America rather than having a domestic capacity.

Andrew Dempster, director of the Centre for Space Engineering Research, is more concerned that Australia is "freeloading" when it comes to the data available from satellites.

He noted Australia used the data paid for by taxpayers of other countries to examine farmland and waterways and respond to natural disasters.

Professor Dempster said that while Australia had been accepting free data, countries like Algeria, Indonesia, Malaysia, Morocco, Nigeria and Singapore have started space programs to launch satellites.

He argued a domestic space agency could allow Australia to design specific research tasks rather than taking the "leftovers" from other countries.

He has advocated for a project to monitor soil moisture from space and said the cost could be recovered with only a small lift in farm productivity.

'Australia's involvement in space should be in niche areas'

A decade ago, a Senate committee explored whether Australia had become "lost in space", as it titled in its report.

Australian space agency on the cards

From http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-13/is-australia-freeloading-when-it-comes-to-satellite-data/8704628

Australia could soon have its own space agency, with the Government today announcing a review into Australia's space capabilities.

"The report does not propose to land an Australian citizen on Mars, although it would like to see an Australian contribution to such an international mission," it said.

"Rather, Australia's involvement in the space industry should be focused on niche areas."

The cross-party committee noted how much Australians rely on space technology for communications, navigation and vital services like weather forecasting.

But it also probed further, noting suggestions that the Indian Ocean off Western Australia is the ideal location for a "space elevator".

It described the elevator as a thin carbon nanotube connecting a barge to a space station to carry supplies.

"Construction could draw on the WA oil industry's expertise in constructing offshore platforms," it said, noting that NASA has been investigating the feasibility of the project.

The committee quoted both Frank Sinatra's song Fly Me to the Moon and Australian duo Savage Garden's tune To the Moon and Back as it wondered if Australia was a potential hub for space tourism.

Australian astronaut Andy Thomas told the committee that Australia was well placed, but it would not happen soon.

"Australia provides an ideal forum for many of these high altitude parabolic flights, which is what most of them are," he said.

"However, the market is still small, so I think it will be quite some time before it would be buoyant enough to have operations in Australia as well as the other planned operations — for example, that in New Mexico, that Richard Branson is supporting, and so on — but, ultimately, that could happen."

Professor Dempster has cited Dr Thomas as a reason for Australia to develop its own space agency.

He noted that an Australian wanting to become an astronaut must adopt the citizenship of another nation as Dr Thomas did when he became dual US and Australian citizen.

"Space seems to capture the public imagination in ways that most other science struggles to do," the Senate committee noted.

And to illustrate that enthusiasm, the committee's report is littered like space junk with song references beginning with Lou Reed's Satellite of Love as well as Elton John's Rocket Man and unsurprisingly David Bowie's Space Oddity.

"As the lyrics cited in the earlier chapters illustrated, space science has permeated popular culture in ways that other science does not," the committee said.

Foxtel Now hits PS4 just in time for Game of Thrones

From https://www.pcauthority.com.au/News/468289,foxtel-now-hits-ps4-just-in-time-for-game-of-thrones.aspx

Foxtel Now hits PS4 just in time for Game of Thrones

Winter is com- *tackled to the ground by angry sub-editor*

Foxtel has just launched its Foxtel Now service on PlayStation 4 - with a few days to spare before grit-fest fantasy Game of Thrones returns for its seventh season.

The app is available now from the PlayStation Store, for the PS4 or PS4 Pro, though you'll need to go to Foxtel Now's site to subscribe. You can start off with a free two-week trial, and after that you can pick from Foxtel Now's various content packs for $15 a month. Both the Drama and Pop packs feature Foxtel's Showcase channel - which is where Game of Thrones airs.

“We’re delighted to announce Foxtel Now as a new addition to the strong portfolio of video and TV services available on PlayStation 4,” said Patrick Lagana, Director of Marketing, Sony Interactive Entertainment Australia, in today's announcement. “The quality of content and convenience of Foxtel Now, paired with our brand new video interface, means there’s never been a better time to be entertained on PlayStation.”

Other packs are available from between $10 and $39 per month.

Ethiopia to launch satellite in two years-Official

From http://journalducameroun.com/en/ethiopia-to-launch-satellite-in-two-years-official/

Ethiopia is building a satellite to launch into orbit after two years, an official said on Thursday.Dr Engineer Getahun Mekurai, the country’s Minister of Science and the satellite, which is being built with the support of the Chinese government, weighs 65kgs.

In a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, the minister said the satellite will be placed into orbit at a height of up to 700 km above the surface.

He said Ethiopian engineers are participating in building the satellite which will be launched in 2019.

The satellite will be used for various purposes, for weather forecast and other related activities in particular, it was noted.

The meeting, which was conducted at the Prime Minister’s office, discussed collective works, legal frameworks, policies and strategies needed to advance the ongoing works in the satellite technology.

The country envisages supporting its national agendas that were designed to improve the livelihoods of its people based on space science and technology centered recommendations and researches.

UAE softens demands on Al Jazeera

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/07/13/uae-softens-demands-on-al-jazeera/

The United Arab Emirates is said to be softening its controversial demand that Qatar should close the Al Jazeera news channel.

According to a report in The Times, the US secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, has given his backing to Qatar, calling its refusal to accede to the demands “reasonable”. The newspaper quotes an interview with Noura al-Kaabi, the UAE Minister for the Federal National Council, who struggled to explain why the quartet of complaining channels had also demanded the closure of Al Jazeera English, whose professionalism she praised in contrast to the Arabic channel.

She also admitted that the UAE had backed off in its demands that Al Jazeera be closed, adding that there still must be a “fundamental” change and restructuring of the news channel.

“The staff at the channel can keep their jobs and Qatar can still fund a TV channel, but not one which provides a platform for extremists and where the English-language channel is a protective shield for the must more radical Arabic one,” she told The Times.

TV streaming apps to lose $550 million as millennials share passwords

From http://www.business-standard.com/article/international/tv-streaming-apps-to-lose-550-million-as-millennials-share-passwords-117071200341_1.html

Streaming networks may face pressure from investors to change course if new sign-ups slow down

More than one-fifth of young adults who stream shows like "Game of Thrones" or "Stranger Things" borrow passwords from people who do not live with them, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, a finding that suggests media companies are missing out on significant revenue as digital viewership explodes.

Twenty-one percent of streaming viewers ages 18 to 24 said they had accessed at least one digital video service such as Netflix Inc, HBO Now or Hulu by using log-in credentials from someone outside their household at some time. Overall, 12 percent of adults said they did the same thing.

Subscription revenue is likely to come under scrutiny starting next week when TV industry players begin reporting quarterly earnings. Netflix, the dominant streaming service, releases its results on Monday.

Up to now, Netflix and other streaming networks have accepted some password-sharing, but they may face pressure from investors to change course if new sign-ups slow substantially, Wall Street analysts said. Revenue growth at Netflix is projected to drop from 31 percent in this year's second quarter to 19 percent in the second quarter of next year, according to Thomson Reuters.

"If Netflix goes from a 30 per cent revenue growth story to a 10 percent story, there is absolutely going to be more focus on their leaving money on the table," said Justin Patterson, an analyst with Raymond James.

Netflix declined to comment.

Respondents to the Reuters/Ipsos survey said they borrow passwords to save money on video subscriptions, which can be cheap on their own but add up with multiple services.

Donielle Bradshaw, a live-in nanny in Smyrna, Georgia, said she uses her 28-year-old sister’s password for Hulu, and her 32-year-old brother’s password for Netflix.

"I feel like since we are family, it’s OK," said the 22-year-old Bradshaw, who estimates she watches four hours of shows on weeknights and 10 hours a day on weekends.

If companies cracked down on password sharing, Bradshaw said she would be willing to pay for her own Netflix subscription but is not sure about Hulu, which is owned by several media companies. "I binge a lot of shows on Netflix. I don’t think I could do without it," she said.

Companies say they accept some sharing as a way to promote their programming to potential customers, but they also take steps to curtail blatant freeloading.

Many networks limit the number of people who can watch programming at the same time. Netflix, for example, allows two to four simultaneous streams per subscription, depending on the plan, and charges more for the higher number of streams.

HBO, a unit of Time Warner Inc, actually encourages younger viewers to use its HBO Now and HBO Go services for free by offering it to about 100 U.S. colleges and universities.

"For us it’s more important that at that age where they are not financially independent quite yet, they are habituating to using the product to ultimately aspiring to becoming paid customers," Bernadette Aulestia, executive vice president of global distribution, said in an interview.

Netflix executives also have said they know some viewers share passwords.

"We could crack down on it, but you wouldn't suddenly turn all those folks to paid users," Netflix Chief Financial Officer David Wells said at a Goldman Sachs conference last September.

Missing a Chance

Industry analysts say companies are missing a chance to grow revenue. An analysis by Parks Associates estimated streaming providers will lose $550 million in 2019 from password sharing.

"There has been this kind of cavalier attitude about it," Parks Associates analyst Glenn Hower said. "It hasn't been a priority."

Companies could crack down if they want. Cisco Systems Inc, for example, sells products that can detect abnormal activity on an account such as an unusual time or place, said Conrad Clemson, Cisco's senior vice president and general manager of service provider platforms and applications.

Cisco's customers, which include streaming services and pay TV distributors, decide whether to use the information simply for monitoring or take additional steps such as sending a warning to account holders or shutting down an account, he said.

"A lot of service providers and content providers are very much in the experimental phase right now," he said.

Streaming providers say they do track account use but have provided few specifics.

The Reuters/Ipsos poll was conducted online in English throughout the United States from June 8 to June 26. It gathered responses from 4,453 adults, including 3,557 people who said they streamed video from their cable TV provider or from standalone services like Amazon Prime, Hulu or Netflix. The poll has a credibility interval, a measure of accuracy, of 2 percentage points.

Roku hits 15m monthly active accounts

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/07/13/roku-hits-15m-monthly-active-accounts/

Streaming platform specialist Roku has reached 15 million monthly active accounts as of June 30th 2017, growing 43 per cent over the same period of the prior year. Users streamed nearly 7 billion hours on the Roku platform in the first half of 2017, growing 61 percent over the same period of the prior year.

“Roku is the No. 1 TV streaming platform in the United States as measured by total hours streamed,” said Roku Founder and CEO Anthony Wood. “We are growing our active accounts by distributing our proprietary TV OS across a broad range of streaming devices with multiple price points and many new and highly rated Roku TV models from our TV brand partners.”

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

Zimbabwe DStv subs cannot pay fees

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/07/13/zimbabwe-dstv-subs-cannot-pay-fees/

A Zimbabwe bank doesn’t have sufficient foreign currency in order to pay South African-based Multichoice DTH broadcaster’s fees due from local subscribers.

Steward Bank, itself a subsidiary of cellular telco Econet Wireless, admits that it has run out of US dollars, the official currency of Zimbabwe.

In a statement, the bank said it was suspending payments to Multichoice, Africa’s largest pay-TV operator, which is extremely popular in Zimbabwe. “To assist in effective allocation of foreign currency reserves at this critical time, we would like to advise that with immediate effect, the bank has suspended DStv (digital satellite television) payments for all account classes (except premium subscribers),” the bank said.

It seems that despite around $600-$800 million in US dollars in circulation in the country, the physical cash is being horded by citizens as a hedge against inflation.

Zimbabwe has long suffered massive inflation on its own currency. Its own Zimbabwean dollar suffered hyper-inflation in the period 2006-2009, and which ended with bank notes ‘worth’ Z$100 trillion. The South African Rand, Euro, Indian Rupee, Pound Sterling, Botswana Pula, Japanese Yen, Australian Dollar and Chinese Yuan are all officially legal tender in the country – but it is US dollars that dominate trade. The worthless Zimbabwean dollar was demonetised in 2015.


The Philippines mux @ 159E 3619H -> moved to 3659H Sr 30000 however all the channels except for SHOP TV (FTA) and ABS Promo (FTA) have left

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From the Dish

KazSat 2 86.5E 11504 V "KTK, Perviy kanal Eurasia, Mir, 31 Kanal, NTK, STV and Almaty TV" are Fta.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3725 H "Tora TV and Disha TV" have left .

G-Sat 10 83.0E Several updates in Tata Sky.

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

From asiatvro site

东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Sony Yay(测试)频道加密,设置4180 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [7月12日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,美食星球替换东森幼幼(华人卫视)频道,设置12604 V 30000参数免费接收。 [7月12日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,东森亚洲(华人卫视)频道解密,设置12604 V 30000参数免费接收。 [7月12日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星Ku频段,中国国际(新华社)等全组频道改频率,设置12323 V 12000参数部分免费接收。 [7月12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)等全组频道解密,设置4011 V 10000参数免费接收。 [7月12日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,东森亚洲、东森幼幼(华人卫视)等3个频道加密,设置12604 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [7月12日]
东经88度轨道位置的中新2号卫星C频段,东森亚洲、东森幼幼(台湾)等3个频道加密,设置3648 H 5000参数有条件接收。 [7月12日]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,FGTV(高清)频道加密,设置12365 V 5065参数有条件接收。 [7月12日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星Ku频段,中国国际(新华社)等全组频道改频率,设置12323 V 7500参数部分免费接收。 [7月12日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,TNV Planeta(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置11605 V 43200参数无效接收。 [7月12日]

东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,E! Korea HD(高清)频道开播,设置3720 H 29620参数有条件接收。 [7月11日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,Test-208(测试)频道新增,设置12600 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [7月11日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-13替换电视报道-3(新华社)频道,设置12323 V 12000参数免费接收。 [7月11日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,Universal SD(Cignal)频道消失,设置11539 H 20000参数无效接收。 [7月11日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,香港卫视(香港)频道重现,设置12500 V 7200参数免费接收。 [7月11日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,NTV Mir(SatLink)频道消失,设置4000 H 28125参数无效接收。 [7月10日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,年代新闻替换Win综合台(环宇卫视)频道,设置12461 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [7月10日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,中天新闻替换华视(环宇卫视)频道,设置12461 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [7月10日]


TiVo renews IP licence deal with Foxtel

From http://www.televisionpost.com/news/tivo-renews-ip-licence-deal-with-foxtel/

MUMBAI: TiVo Corporation, a global leader in entertainment technology and audience insights, has signed a multi-year intellectual property (IP) licence renewal with Foxtel, Australia’s leading pay TV platform.

This agreement offers Foxtel ongoing access to TiVo’s industry-leading entertainment discovery patent portfolios.

“Our relationship with Foxtel demonstrates how pay TV providers around the world use TiVo’s intellectual property to reach consumers in more innovative ways. We are proud to continue working with Foxtel, one of Australia’s most innovative media companies, to enable the next-generation of entertainment discovery,” said Rovi Corporation (a TiVo company) EVP of intellectual property and licensing Samir Armaly.

TiVo has created market-leading technologies for the media and entertainment industry. TiVo’s innovative solutions touch practically every aspect of consumers’ day-to-day interaction with their entertainment, enabling customers to build customised, next-generation digital entertainment solutions for users around the globe.

Star Media’s Li TV to end broadcast on Oct 7

From http://www.thesundaily.my/news/2017/07/12/star-media%E2%80%99s-li-tv-end-broadcast-oct-7

PETALING JAYA: Star Media Group Bhd's Li TV will cease operation from October 7 due to losses incurred and headwinds in the media industry.

Li TV is engaged in the business of operating and distribution of an English language lifestyle television channel "Life Inspired" that broadcasts pan-regionally across Asia, which is also available on Astro Channel 728.

The group told Bursa Malaysia that its wholly-owned subsidiary Li TV Holdings Ltd and its wholly-owned subsidiaries namely Li TV International Ltd, Li TV Asia Pte Ltd and Li TV Asia Sdn Bhd will cease operations effective October 7.

Li TV incurred losses of US$1.62 million (RM6.96 million) for the financial year ended December 31, 2017.

With all broadcasting companies globally facing headwinds as well as digital disruption within the media industry, Star Media said it does not expect a turnaround of this segment.

"In view thereof, the board has decided to cease the business operations of Li TV Group to mitigate further losses," it explained.

Barring any unforeseen circumstances, the cessation is expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2017.

Star Media's share price was unchanged at RM2.37 today on some 98,400 shares done, giving it a market capitalisation of RM1.75 billion.

China makes quantum leap forward by 'teleporting' data from Tibet to satellite

From http://www.smh.com.au/technology/sci-tech/china-makes-quantum-leap-forward-by-teleporting-data-from-tibet-to-satellite-20170712-gx9t6q.html

A Chinese team has successfully "teleported" data from one elementary particle to another, something scientists say is yet more proof of Beijing 's burgeoning quantum capability.

The breakthrough gives China a significant edge in developing unbreakable codes in the cutting edge field of quantum cryptography.

The team that made the breakthrough works out of a base station in the snow-covered mountains of Tibet, 4500 metres above sea level.

The altitude allows the station to get as close as possible to a tiny Chinese satellite, Micius, orbiting high overhead.

Last month the scientists revealed that they could entangle particles 1200 kilometres apart. Now they've used the entanglement to send information between the two particles.

In a research paper submitted to the arXiv preprint server this month, the Chinese team said it developed pairs of quantum-entangled photons at the base station, before beaming one of the photons to the satellite via a laser.

The team on earth then measured their half of the pair.

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Due to the weird effects of quantum mechanics, the space-borne half was forced to take on the exact opposite state as the pair on earth – in effect instantly teleporting information from earth to space.

Albert Einstein called quantum entanglement "spooky", and for good reason.

Dr Ben Buchler, associate professor at the Australian National University, explains the phenomenon using two bowls of quantum-entangled Smarties.

In his example, two people pick Smarties from the bowls without looking at their colour.

The chance of the Smarties being orange or green or red is essentially random.

But as soon as one person looks at her Smartie, the other Smartie instantly changes to the exact opposite colour.

The principle is the same for entangled photons: one photon instantly reacts to interaction with its pair, despite the enormous distance separating them.

"Entanglement is basically the ultimate magic trick," Dr Buchler said.

They could be used for cryptography, Dr Buchler said. Should an enemy intercept a quantum-entangled photon, it would be unreadable until the sender chose to give it a message.

Sadly, while quantum teleportation is likely to be hugely useful in the future, "it's never going to be part of the city metro network", Dr Buchler said.

"This teleportation is teleportation of information, not things. That's an important distinction between the science-fiction sense."

KT Skylife launches LTE TV for cars, buses

From http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3035788&cloc=joongangdaily%7Chome%7Cnewslist1

KT Skylife, in partnership with KT, has announced a plan to tackle the interference frequently encountered on satellite TVs installed in vehicles.

The satellite broadcaster has joined forces with its mother company, mobile carrier KT, to resolve the problem using patented technologies on the back of fourth-generation long-term evolution connectivity.

Starting Wednesday, express buses, campers and SUVs subscribing to Skylife’s new service, dubbed Skylife LTE TV, will benefit from uninterrupted broadcasting of some 40 channels throughout a journey, technology that both companies claim is a world first.

Until now, Skylife’s vehicle TVs relied solely on the Mugunghwa 6 Satellite and were prone to disruption from poor weather conditions and vehicles entering tunnels.

“The rapid increase in the number of people camping and tourists means the demand for video content on the move has grown,” said Lee Han, managing director of KT Skylife, at a press conference on Wednesday at KT’s headquarters in Gwanghwamun, central Seoul.

Lee cited data from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, which showed that 5 million people went camping in Korea last year and the number of campers rose 20-fold from 346 in 2007 to 7,000 last year.

The number of users of KTX and SRT bullet trains also surged 22 percent in the past five years. In total there are 1.35 million vehicles that have the potential to either switch from the old service or newly subscribe, according to KT.

The uninterrupted service was made possible with several innovations. The satellite signal has been intentionally delayed by five seconds. This latency gives the set-top box more time to get rid of buffering. The satellite signal is also seamlessly converted to LTE in order to broadcast shows without any lag or interruption.

Users only need to install an antenna on the roof of the vehicle and place a set-top box and an LTE modem in the trunk. The antenna size has been reduced to one fifth of the current model, Lee noted.

The new service charges the same installation fee at 110,000 won ($96) and monthly fee of 15,000 won as before. From November a video on demand service will also be available with an additional charge of 3,000 won.

NTV-Plus starts satellite internet service

From http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2017/07/12/ntv-plus-starts-satellite-internet-service/

The Russian DTH platform NTV-Plus has begun to offer individuals and corporate customers a high-speed, two-way satellite internet service.

According to ComNews, the service is being provided in partnership with Eutelsat Networks, the Russian subsidiary of Eutelsat, and employing the Express-AMU1 satellite.

At present, it is available in the western part of the country.

Receiving the service requires the purchase of separate satellite equipment that costs just under R30,000 (€433).

Installation cost R5,000-7,000, with the subscription fee for individuals being from R275 to R14,000 a month, depending on the tariff chosen.

The service is expected to secure at least 5,000 subscribers in its first year of operation.

TMT Consulting estimates that up to 8 million homes in Russia could potentially be interested in receiving a satellite internet service

Israel questions new Amos satellite plan

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/07/11/israel-questions-new-amos-satellite-plan/

July 10th saw Israel’s parliamentary Science & Technology committee discuss the planned replacement for the lost Amos-6 satellite, dubbed Amos-8.

Spacecom, http://www.televisionpost.com/news/tivo-renews-ip-licence-deal-with-foxtel/the owners of the Amos fleet, have invited international manufacturers to build Amos-8. The Israel parliamentary committee discussed whether it would fund part or all of the new satellite, and to what extent there should be an Israeli governmental payload on the satellite for special military communications.

The head of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), Opher Doron, which in the past has been closely involved in the building of the Amos fleet, says that IAI’s planning teams have been broken up, acquisitions have stopped.

“We’re paying a lot of money to lease the satellite that replaced Amos-6. Unfortunately, an international bid has been announced for the Amos-8 satellite that will replace it, and an international company is likely to win, ending Israel’s ability to provide [independent] satellite communications,” he said.

Microsoft plans ‘White Space’ broadband strategy

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/07/12/109155/

Brad Smith, Microsoft’s President and Chief Legal Officer, has announced a strategy utilising so-called TV White Spaces spectrum – unused spectrum in the UHF television bands in the 600 MHz frequency range – to bring broadband to some 23.4 million Americans in rural areas currently unserved.

Speaking at a lunch sponsored by the Media Institute in Washington, D.C, Smith noted that currently, 34 million Americans still lack broadband Internet access, which is defined by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as a 25 Mbps connection. “Of these, 23.4 million live in rural parts of the US. People who live in these rural communities increasingly are unable to take advantage of the economic and educational opportunities enjoyed by their urban neighbours,” he said.

Thanks to recent advancements in technology, newly adopted standards, business model innovations and a growing demand for broadened cloud services, Smith suggested the time was right for the nation to set a clear and ambitious but achievable goal – to eliminate the rural broadband gap within the next five years by July 4th, 2022. “We believe the nation can bring broadband coverage to rural America in this timeframe, based on a new strategic approach that combines private sector capital investments focused on expanding broadband coverage through new technologies, coupled with targeted and affordable public-sector support,” he announced.

“Our call for a new strategy reflects in part our own experience as a company working around the world to make use of what’s called TV White Spaces spectrum. This is unused spectrum in the UHF television bands. This powerful bandwidth is in the 600 MHz frequency range and enables wireless signals to travel over hills and through buildings and trees. It’s why people could watch television programs in rural communities long before the advent of satellite television. Microsoft itself has considerable experience with this spectrum, having deployed 20 TV white spaces projects in 17 countries that have served 185,000 users,” he advised, noting that in 2010, the FCC adopted rules enabling the use of TV white spaces in the United States.

“It has taken years of additional work to put in place the building blocks needed for the use of this spectrum to scale in an affordable way. We and others have worked to perfect the hardware and software technology, develop industry-wide standards and innovate our way to a practical business model. These advances have now reached a critical threshold, however, and together with increasing demand for cloud services, the market is poised to accelerate – if we take the right steps,” he suggested.

According to Smith, one of the big benefits of this new approach is a dramatic reduction in the cost of bringing broadband rates to rural communities. By relying on this mixture of technologies, the total capital and initial operating cost to eliminate the rural broadband gap falls into a range of $8 to $12 billion, some 80 per cent less than the cost of using fibre cables alone, and over 50 per cent cheaper than the cost of current fixed wireless technology such as 4G.

Although Microsoft believes the private sector can play the leading role in closing the rural broadband gap, Smith said that the public sector also has a vital role to play, with three related governmental measures needed:

“First, the FCC needs to ensure the continued use of the spectrum needed for this mixed technology model. Specifically, it will be important for the FCC to ensure that three channels below 700 MHz are available for wireless use on an unlicensed basis in every market in the country, with additional TV white spaces available in smaller markets and rural areas. Among other things, this will help stimulate investment by hardware companies to produce the needed chips for new devices at a higher scale and lower cost.

Second, we believe that federal and state infrastructure investments should include targeted funds on a matching basis for the capital investments that will best expand coverage into rural areas that currently lack broadband access today. These funds should be made available for use by multiple technologies based on what is the most cost-effective in the region, including TV white spaces, fixed wireless and satellite usage. They should be awarded based on criteria that prioritises either accelerating broadband coverage or incentivising private sector investments in the communities where they are less likely to flow on their own.

Third, there is a need for improved data collection regarding rural broadband coverage. The FCC can help by accelerating its work to collect and report publicly on the state of broadband coverage in rural counties, thereby aiding policy makers and the private sector in making targeted investments.”

In conclusion, Smith said that as a country, the US should not settle for an outcome that leaves behind more than 23 million of its rural neighbours. “To the contrary, we can and should bring the benefits of broadband coverage to every corner of the nation.”

In response, NAB Executive Vice President of Communications Dennis Wharton, described it as “the height of arrogance” for Microsoft – a $540 billion company – to demand free, unlicensed spectrum after refusing to bid on broadcast TV airwaves in the recent FCC incentive auction. “Microsoft’s white space device development has been a well-documented, unmitigated failure. Policymakers should not be misled by slick Microsoft promises that threaten millions of viewers with loss of lifeline broadcast TV programming,” he warned.


Tuesday , no update


Monday morning feeds

Asiasat 5 3876 H Sr 7200 "TBS SNG" TBS Darwin bars then crocs, for EARTHLIVE

Asiasat 5 3885 H Sr 7200 "TBS SNG" Ants for Earthlive

Asiasat 5 3738 V Sr 7200 "Fi14" Boxing

Asiasat 5 3907 H Sr 7120 "Service-1" Golf Dubai Duty Free Irish Open
Asiasat 5 3936 V Sr 7120 "E-094" Billiards 3 Cushions World Cup 2017

Sunday feeds

87.5E 4025 H Sr 1200 "Trichy D S N G"
87.5E 4095 H Sr 1450 "ABNL 3271"

Asiasat 5 3927 V Sr 7500 "FIVB Volleyball World"
Asiasat 5 3936 V Sr 7120 "E-094" Billiards

Asiasat 5 4164 H Sr 6110 "Iraqia TV" Temp feed only?,

Saturday feeds

Asiasat 4 3916 H Sr 20000 "Enc9" "Enc10" "Enc11" unknown Biss encrypted
Asiasat 4 4050 H Sr 7120 "ENC1" Unknown Biss Encrypted
Asiasat 4 4174 H Sr 7120 "Service-1" Unknown Biss Encrypted

These are just for reference , yes Asiasat 4 cband does have feeds and might be worth a check. If I remember rightly the ENC-1 to 11 channel tags are sometimes seen on Asiasat 5 playing out Chinese Basketball.

From the Dish

AsiaSat 4 122.2E 4035 H "Zee Hiburan" has left .

Palapa D 113.0E 3460 H "MTV Live HD has replaced MTV South East Asia" on , ABV.
Palapa D 113.0E 3627 H "Akhyar TV and Family Channel Network" have left .
Palapa D 113.0E 4014 V "Nabawi TV" has left .
Palapa D 113.0E 4080 H "Smile Home Shopping" has started on , Fta.

Palapa D 113.0E 12710 H "Sinema Indonesia" has started on , Irdeto.

SES 9 108.2E The TVB Network Vision mux has left 12651 V.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3750 V "AXN Pakistan" has started on, Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3760 H "D Gold Plus and D News HD" have started on , Fta

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3960 H "TVE Internacional Asia" has left .

ChinaSat 9A 101.4E: ChinaSat 9A has arrived at 101.4 East.

ST 2 88.0E 3590 H SET Metro, SET International, SET Finance, MTV Taiwan, SET Taiwan and SET News have started on , Conax.

Insat 4A 83.0E 11630 H "Showcase 1, Ten 1 HD and CNBC TV 18 Prime HD" have started on , Videoguard.
Insat 4A 83.0E 11670 H "Star Movies India, HBO South Asia, Bindass Play, Discovery Science Southeast Asia, ETV Uttar Pradesh Uttarakhand, Zoom and Showcase HD 1" have started on , Videoguard.

G-Sat 10 83.0E 10970 V "Sony Yay!" has started on , Videoguard. Maharashtra 1, Sarv Dharam Sangam and Animax India have left.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3640 H "TV Oromiyaa" has left .

Intelsat 22 72.1E 3831 L "Aviation TV and Mbugi TV" have started on, Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,TVE(国际)频道消失,设置3960 H 30000参数无效接收。 [7月10日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Win综合台替换年代新闻(环宇卫视)频道,设置12461 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [7月10日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,E! Korea HD(测试)高清频道新增,设置3720 H 29620参数有条件接收。 [7月10日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,HBO HD(高清)频道加密,设置10970 V 32000参数有条件接收。 [7月10日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,Star Gold HD(高清)频道消失,设置11630 H 32000参数无效接收。 [7月10日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,Jewelry Channel、5 Plus(泰国)等3个频道消失,设置12687 V 30000参数无效接收。 [7月10日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,Ploen(泰国)频道新增,设置12687 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [7月10日]
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Nautlcal Channel(高清)频道消失,设置11600 H 18333参数无效接收。 [7月10日]
东经52.5度轨道位置的Al Yah 1号卫星Ku频段,Sat 7 Pars替换Homa TV(伊朗)频道,设置11958 V 27500参数免费接收。 [7月10日]

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,Maya、MRTV-4(泰国)等4个频道加密,设置12728 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [7月9日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,Docu Box替换24 Dok(俄罗斯)频道,设置11530 H 22250参数有条件接收。 [7月9日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Channel 11替换CH7(测试)频道,设置3903 V 2960参数免费接收。 [7月9日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,Naaptol Marathi(印度)等7个频道消失,设置11590 H 30000参数无效接收。 [7月8日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,Wion(印度)频道解密,设置11510 H 30000参数免费接收。 [7月8日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,Republic TV、SD to HD(印度)等8个频道消失,设置11470 H 30000参数无效接收。 [7月8日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,Test 7、Test 8(测试)等4个频道消失,设置11050 V 30000参数无效接收。 [7月8日]
东经115.5度轨道位置的中星6B号卫星C频段,休闲指南替换职业指南(鼎视传媒)频道,设置3640 V 27500参数有条件接收。 [7月8日]

东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Zee Salaam(印度)频道消失,设置3820 V 27500参数无效接收。 [7月8日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Life Time替换AFN Movies(环宇卫视)频道,设置12401 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [7月8日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Live Today(印度)频道消失,设置11856 H 44000参数无效接收。 [7月8日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,U(+7)、Teledom HD(俄罗斯)等频道重现,设置12093 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [7月8日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,9XO、Trace Sports Star(印度)等频道新增,设置11911 H 44000参数免费接收。 [7月8日]

东经183度轨道位置的新天9号卫星C频段,Canal 24 Horas(MPEG-4)频道等4个新增,设置4096 R 30000参数个别免费接收。 [7月7日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,TV Edukasi(印尼)频道新增,设置3820 V 4800参数免费接收。 [7月7日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,亚洲新闻、For Kids(缅甸)等4个频道加密,设置12468 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [7月7日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,国家地理野、Fox Sports(缅甸)等频道加密,设置3731 H 12500参数有条件接收。 [7月7日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,Test HD Channel(测试)高清频道新增,设置4120 H 30000参数免费接收。 [7月7日]


$223 million satellite station to enhance Australia’s border protection

From http://www.ibtimes.com.au/223-million-satellite-station-enhance-australias-border-protection-1556662

Birds sit on top of a satellite dish as heavy fog envelops the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida

A hi-tech $223 million satellite station is set to boost border protection operations to stop people smugglers sending boats to Australia. The new facility will be built in New South Wales.

The station will work alongside a similar facility in Western Australia to give the country’s defence force a clearer picture of what’s happening on the high seas. It will also provide satellite imagery to guide maritime patrols in the South China Sea.

Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne has revealed the new facility will be completed in four years. “The satellite ground station will enable deployed forces across the Pacific and Indian Ocean region to connect to Defence’s strategic information networks back in Australia,” Herald Sun quoted him as saying.

He added the project would not only help border protection patrols, but would also assist with disasters in the region. Its contract was awarded to Northrop Grumman Australia and also includes a new satellite network management system.

Pyne said the system would allow reduced operational response times for the establishment and restoration of satellite communications services. The satellite station will be constructed close to existing defence barracks in Kapooka in Wagga Wagga.

The facility, Pyne said, will be serviced by few maintenance personnel. It will be operated remotely.

The project is expected to be done by 2021. But first, it has to receive approval from the parliamentary works committee.

Australia’s defence force

The Turnbull government has recently announced $300 million worth of equipment to protect Australian soldiers against chemical, biological, nuclear and radiological weapons through suits, masks, detectors, decontamination systems and protection tents. Troops are also having access to warning software for overseas war zones.

Furthermore, the government has secured a $50 million research fund to probe how drones, robots and automated vehicles can help soldiers fight. The Defence Cooperative Research Centre will investigate various technologies, which include long-range drones for ocean surveillance as well as driverless vehicles to evacuate casualties and bring supplies to the battlefield.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull previously called on all countries to implement UN Security Council Resolutions against North Korea. Australia agreed to expanded autonomous sanctions against North Korea in response to its threatening behaviour, with Turnbull saying Australia supported defensive measures “required to respond to the threat posed by North Korean offensive missiles.” “Any escalation of regional tensions is entirely the responsibility of the North Korean regime, which continues to brazenly threaten regional and global peace,” he said.

Prime secures $223m acquisition, construction and support contract

From https://www.defenceconnect.com.au/intel-cyber/938-prime-secures-223-million-acquisition-construction-and-support-contract#!/ccomment-comment=268

Defence and one of Australia’s fastest growing primes have announced the signing of a $223 million contract to improve the Australian Defence Force’s communication through a defence satellite ground station.

Northrop Grumman Australia's joint bid with Viasat and Optus secured the contract, which will see the prime acquire, construct and support the satellite ground station in NSW's Kapooka Military Area in Wagga Wagga. The contract will also see the construction of a new satellite network management system.

The facility will work with a similar station in Western Australia and will also provide satellite imagery to guide Australian maritime patrols in the South China Sea.

Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne said the new station and its technology will play a vital role in defence and border protection, with potential to help deal with disasters in the region.

"The satellite ground station will enable deployed forces across the Pacific and Indian Ocean region to connect to Defence’s strategic information networks back in Australia," said Minister Pyne.

"The technology will assist border protection patrols and could even help deal with disasters in our region."

Minister for Defence Marise Payne said: "The system will enable reduced operational response times for establishing and restoring satellite communications services, significantly helping deployed forces."

Subject to parliamentary works committee approval, Australian company Hansen and Yuncken is set to start construction on the station later this year.

The project is part of JP 2008 Phase 5B2 to enable ADF personnel deployed across the Pacific and Indian Ocean region to connect to Defence's strategic information networks in Australia.

The JP 2008 Phase 5 project was created to provide capability originally planned for under the JP 2008 Phase 4 Next Generation SATCOM Capability project, a result of Phase 4 of the project being re-scoped to provide access to the wideband global satellite (WGS) capability.

Minister Pyne said once constructed the facility will be serviced by a small number of maintenance personnel and operated remotely.

The project is expected to be completed in mid-2021.

The $223 million contract is another victory for Northrop Grumman Australia, which recently opened a new repair facility at Royal Australian Air Force Base Edinburgh in South Australia and announced a $50 million investment in western Sydney with plans to establish an advanced defence electronics maintenance and sustainment centre.

Research: Australians embrace new content and platform options

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/07/10/research-australians-embrace-new-content-and-platform-options/

The Q1 (January-March) 2017 Australian Video Viewing Report – from audience research bodies Regional TAM, OzTAM and Nielsen – shows video viewing behaviour continues to shift with growing content, device and platform choices.

The report examines the times of day when Australians watch video as well as the amount of time they devote to doing so for a more complete perspective on changing viewing patterns.

For instance, at home – where most video viewing takes place – Australians have numerous options, and this encourages the cross-screen ‘spreading’ behaviour observed for several years.

That in turn contributes to the steady and gradual decline in the amount of time Australians spend watching live and time-shifted TV – particularly in the evenings, when people generally have the most available time.

Meanwhile, now-ubiquitous connected mobile devices allow people to consume video at different times of day, including when they are outside the home. For some people, this creates more time and opportunity to watch.

Despite unprecedented choice, on average across the total population TV remains the most-watched screen, and most Australians watch some broadcast TV (free-to-air and subscription channels) each week.

This edition of the Australian Video Viewing Report includes a spotlight on the new Total Grocery Shoppers demographic introduced at the start of the 2017 ratings year to reflect changing Australian household characteristics and better capture all grocery buyers in a home. Among other patterns, the data shows younger men make a significant contribution to household shopping.

•9 million Australians (83.7 per cent of the population in people metered markets) watch some broadcast TV (free-to-air and subscription channels) on in-home TV sets each week.
Reach is strong among all age groups. For example, across the day two thirds (65.6 per cent) of 18-24 year-olds – who are relatively light viewers compared to other age groups – watched broadcast TV weekly in Q1 2017.
In Q1 2017, Australians watched an average of 79 hours and 30 minutes (79:30) of broadcast TV on in-home TV sets per person each month:

•1 per cent (70:52) was watched live-to-air.
•9 per cent (7:04) was played back within seven days.
•9 per cent (1:33) was time-shifted between eight and 28 days of the original broadcast.
•As television sets become increasingly ‘smart’ and multi-functional, Australians are devoting a greater percentage of the time they use them for purposes other than watching live or playing back broadcast TV: ◦In Q1 2017, Australians spent 28 per cent of their time with their TV sets across the day doing something other than watching live or playing back broadcast TV within 28 days. In prime time, the proportion of this other TV screen use was 25 per cent.

•Even with extensive platform, content and device choice, Australians watch 2:39 of live and playback TV on in-home TV sets each day – 33 fewer minutes per day than they did six years ago (Q1 2011).

•Between 1 and 2 per cent of all broadcast TV content viewed each week takes place on connected devices.
•Device portability and the times at which people are available to watch influence viewing patterns: ◦All connected devices have an evening viewing peak.
◦There is more online viewing during the daytime at weekends compared to weekdays.
◦On weekdays catch up (video on demand) viewing on tablets picks up in the afternoon, coinciding with the end of the school day.
◦There is also a slight bump for catch up viewing on weekdays around lunchtime.
◦Catch up activity peaks later in the evenings than live streaming.
◦While live viewing on desktops and laptops builds through the day (as it does for other connected devices), live streaming on tablets and smartphones progressively builds to a peak later in the evening.
◦There is a clear weekday morning peak on smartphones and tablets for both live and catch up viewing.
◦On weekend mornings catch up on smartphones and tablets is more pronounced from early until mid-morning.

•Active online Australians aged 2+ who watch any video on a desktop or laptop spend on average 13:04 per month per viewer doing so.
Such viewing is highest among 18-24s (22:04) and lowest among people 65+ (6 hours).

•Online Australians aged 18+ who watch any video on a smartphone or tablet claim to spend 2:46 and 2:34, respectively, per person doing so each month.
18-24s say they watch the most video on smartphones (9:01 per month). 25-34s claim to watch the most on tablets (4:23).


The traditional weekly shop by a main grocery buyer is increasingly less typical. People now shop multiple times during the week, with those duties often shared between parents and other family members.

To reflect these changing behaviours and Australian household characteristics, OzTAM and Regional TAM introduced a new ‘Total Grocery Shoppers’ demographic at the start of the 2017 ratings year.

It joins the longstanding ‘Main Grocery Buyer’ demographic, and together these variables provide a more comprehensive picture of who shops and influences grocery purchasing decisions in Australian homes.

By broadening the definition of household shoppers, some patterns emerge:
•Compared to Main Grocery Buyers, Alternate Shoppers skew young (40.7 per cent of them are aged 18-39) and male (70 per cent are men).
•Compared to Main Grocery Buyers, Alternate Shoppers are more likely to be employed (67 per cent of them are) and live in dual income households (62 per cent do).
•Alternate Shoppers are relatively light TV viewers compared to Main Grocery Buyers, reflecting the demographic’s young male skew.
•As is the case among the general population, older Main Grocery Buyers and Alternate Shoppers watch more TV than their younger counterparts do.

“This Q1 2017 Australian Video Viewing Report is the natural evolution of the Australian Multi Screen Report, providing a simplified framework whilst maintaining the core measurement metrics of past reports,” advised Regional TAM Chairman and General Manager, Prime Television, Tony Hogarth. “With the increased viewing options and platforms available the in-home television set is still the most popular choice, with broadcast television reaching 83.7 per cent of Australians weekly. Regional Australians in particular spend just over 87 hours watching broadcast television on average each month, which is almost eight hours more than the national average.”

“As we move through 2017 we’ve continued to see growth of Australians aged 18-24 engaging with video content online,” noted Craig Johnson, Regional Managing Director, Media, Nielsen. “This is certainly reflected in video viewing on mobile devices with this group now spending more than nine hours a month watching video via a smartphone – making them the biggest consumers of mobile video content. Content providers and advertisers need to be flexible with their approaches in order to reach consumers where they are, and on any screen size they choose for that moment.”

“The Q1 2017 Australian Video Viewing Report confirms Australians’ huge appetite for video,” added OzTAM CEO Doug Peiffer “As people embrace device and platform choice, for some these new options actually create more time to stay up to date with their favourite TV programs or watch other video – for example, while commuting or taking a few minutes out during their lunch break. Although connected screens and endless content options contribute to the gradual decline in the time people spend watching live and time-shifted TV, particularly for younger viewers, nearly all Australians watch broadcast TV each week. On average across the total population TV remains the most-watched screen.”

ADDITIONAL findings: Q1 (January-March) 2017:
◦On average, Australian homes have 6.2 screens each (6.4 in Q1 2016).[i]

◦59 per cent of homes have PVRs; 17 per cent have two or more (Q1 2016: 58 per cent; 17 per cent).

◦38 per cent of homes have internet-capable TVs, whether connected or not (Q1 2016: 35 per cent).

Within those homes, 69 per cent of Internet-capable TVs are connected, equating to 26 per cent across all TV households.

◦49 per cent of homes have tablets (49 per cent in Q1 2016).

◦81 per cent of households have one or more smartphones (81 per cent in Q1 2016).

◦100 per cent of Australian television homes can access digital terrestrial television (DTT) channels.
◦97 per cent can do so on every household TV set.
◦96 per cent can receive high definition (HD) DTT broadcasts on all TV sets in the home.
◦Household Internet penetration is stable at 79 per cent.

Australia: nbn roll-out reaches halfway

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/07/10/australia-nbn-roll-out-reaches-halfway/

One in two Australians can now connect to the nbn network as the roll-out of the nation’s largest ever infrastructure project officially passed the halfway point.

More than 5.7 million homes and businesses are now able to order a service from their retailer as nbn continues to ramp-up the roll-out of the network by adding up to 100,000 new properties to its footprint each week.

The company has also highlighted its plans to begin further construction work across suburbs within the capital cities as well as outer metro regions such as Gold Coast, Gladstone, Bendigo, Port Macquarie and Geelong.

“I’m proud to announce that one in two Australians are now able to enjoy the benefits of fast broadband by connecting to the nbn network through a retailer,” declared nbn’s Chief Executive Officer, Bill Morrow. “Nationwide access to fast broadband will become the platform to launch Australia into the next phase of its digital future – it will change what our jobs will look like, where we will live and how we fare on a global scale.”

“We are seeing great demand for fast broadband across the country – there are currently around three in four homes and businesses who have signed-up to services over the nbn network following the 18-month window they are provided to make the switch. Our team will continue to ramp-up the rollout of the network to help meet this demand in the coming months as we start further construction work across the capital cities and outer metro areas.”

“The rollout of the nbn network is one of the most complex and ambitious initiatives to be undertaken in any market across the world. We’re building a nationwide network that has the ability to deliver wholesale speeds which are currently around eight times faster than the average capacity available on the majority of Australia’s existing broadband services. Our team is on budget and ahead of schedule to connect millions of Australian homes and businesses in the next few years and ask for your patience as we make the transition from the old to the new network.”

“To ensure Australians get the best possible Internet experience, it’s important they understand the role of nbn as the access network connecting their homes and businesses to services provided by retailers. Speeds experienced over the nbn network are influenced by a range of factors such as the technology used to deliver the network as well as equipment quality, broadband plans, signal reception and the age of the smart devices being used to connect to the Internet.”

The roll-out of the nbn network is scheduled to be three quarters built by mid-2018 and complete by 2020.

Sky Sports channels revamp extends choice (U.K)

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/07/10/sky-sports-channels-revamp-extends-choice/

As anticipated, Sky Sports is expanding its service with 10 sports channels, aimed at giving customers more choice, at no extra cost.

The line-up will include new channels dedicated to some of the biggest sports and opens up new ways for customers to join Sky Sports, from as little as 60p (€0.68) a day. It will also offer a better digital experience on one Sky Sports app.

From 18th July, the Sky Sports package will include:
•10 sports channels – more than ever before, including:
•Dedicated channels for the Premier League, football, cricket, golf and F1
•Two channels, Sky Sports Action and Sky Sports Arena, offering rugby union, rugby league, boxing, netball, darts, NFL, tennis, WWE, GAA & much more
•Sky Sports Main Event channel hosting the biggest events in one place
•Sky Sports News and Sky Sports Mix for all Sky customers

The new package of ten channels and an unrivalled schedule of live sport is available for the same price (£27.50 per month), which will remain frozen for 12 months. Existing customers will receive the new Sky Sports package automatically and the new channels will replace the existing line-up.

For the first time, Sky Sports will also offer something for fans not looking for the full breadth of sports, but are interested in specific sports. The new line-up is designed to grow this customer base and offers flexibility to subscribe to individual channel packages at a new price. One channel pack will be available for just £18 per month, two for £22 and three for £26.

“We’re dedicating channels to some of our biggest sports, launching a new way to watch the best live action and offering even better digital products too,” explained Barney Francis, Managing Director of Sky Sports. “Sky Sports is giving customers even more choice and channels at the same price for another 12 months, while opening up new ways for sports fans to join. If you love Premier League, you can enjoy it for as little as 60p a day or you can have the full Sky Sports package for less than £1.”

“Sport has been a major part of Sky for 26 years and we’re improving our service even further, super-serving existing customers and providing flexibility to a whole new generation of sports fans,” added Stephen van Rooyen, Sky UK and Ireland Chief Executive. “We are making sport more accessible and offering even more choice; all part of our continued investment in offering Sky customers an unrivalled service.”

Viewers will enjoy a host of new programmes, including: a nightly Premier League debate show on Sky Sports Premier League; masterclasses and coaching clinics from some of the biggest names in sport including Shane Warne, Butch Harmon and Rob Key; live golf previews ahead of selected European and US events; and a host of new documentaries.

The full range of digital platforms are also being brought together onto one Sky Sports app to make it easier for customers to enjoy all their sports on the go.

In a related development, Sky’s subscription-free OTT service NOW TV announced that from the July 18th, its customers will enjoy the brand new Sky Sports channel line-up through its sport passes, similarly at no additional cost.

“We’re delighted to be adding the all new Sky Sports channels to NOW TV, even more sporting action on the same flexible and affordable passes,” commented Gidon Katz, Director of NOW TV said.

NOW TV Sky Sports Passes will remain the same price as they are today, offering flexibility and freedom for those who want to watch specific events on Sky Sports without a contract. A Day Pass is £6.99, a Week Pass is £10.99 and a Month Pass is £33.99


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update


Outage to NZ UHF / terrestrial transmission from midnight to 5am on MONDAY 10 JULY

Kordia will be updating transmitters across the North Island, which would cause a temporary outage to all broadcasts in East Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Palmerston North, Whanganui and Napier early Monday morning. The work has been scheduled to minimise disruption to viewers and once completed, it will increase broadcast bandwidth nationwide and enable Māori Television to broadcast high definition programming.

Thursday feeds

IS 19 12430 H Sr 3500 "VISLINK" TV3 (NewsHub) Americas Cup Feed FTA

D2 12464 H Sr 6670 "default" Americas cup parade. Nz beam
D2 12455 H Sr 5632 "aksng01" encrypted probably coverage of America's cup parade

AS5 3907 H Sr 7120 "Service-1" Golf

AS5 3934 H Sr 7500 "SCJDJ" Asian Basketball

From the Dish

Palapa D 113.0E 3960 H "Grace TV" has started on , Fta
Palapa D 113.0E 4052 H "Insan Qur'ani" has left .
Palapa D 113.0E 4080 H "Smile Home Shopping" has left .

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3760 H "Macau Lotus TV" has started on , Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4060 V "ARY World has replaced ARY Digital UK" on , Fta.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3725 H "Chardikla Time TV" has left .
Insat 4A 83.0E 3805 H "Network 10" has started on , Fta.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3545 V "MCU TV" has started on , BISS.

Apstar 7 76.5E Channel S has moved from 3799 H to 3692 H, clear.

ABS 2 75.0E 11559 V "TNV Planeta" has started on , Fta
ABS 2 75.0E 12153 V "Tochka TV" has started on , Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Cinema 1(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置3751 V 2333参数无效接收。 [7月6日]
东经52.5度轨道位置的Al Yah 1号卫星Ku频段,Kanal 20替换PNTV(伊朗)频道,设置11900 H 27500参数免费接收。 [7月6日]
东经52.5度轨道位置的Al Yah 1号卫星Ku频段,Tameshk TV、Max 1、Max 2(外语)频道新增,设置11958 V 27500参数免费接收。 [7月6日]
东经52.5度轨道位置的Al Yah 1号卫星Ku频段,Didgah TV、Max Action(伊朗)频道新增,设置11766 V 27500参数免费接收。 [7月6日]
东经52.5度轨道位置的Al Yah 1号卫星Ku频段,Iran International替换EuroNews(伊朗)频道,设置11996 V 27500参数免费接收。 [7月6日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,广东体育替换星河频道(台亚卫星)频道,设置11101 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [7月6日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,星河频道替换广东体育(台亚卫星)频道,设置11101 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [7月6日]
东经52.5度轨道位置的Al Yah 1号卫星Ku频段,Gem Drama(外语)频道开播,设置11881 V 27500参数免费接收。 [7月6日]

东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,RHTV(环宇卫视)频道改频率,设置12711 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [7月5日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Sony Yay(测试)频道重现,设置4180 V 30000参数免费接收。 [7月5日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,亚洲新闻、Waku Waku(缅甸)等4个频道解密,设置12468 V 45000参数免费接收。 [7月5日]
东经65度轨道位置的Amos 4号卫星Ku频段,Select 1替换Star Sports 4(尼泊尔)等频道,设置10790 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [7月5日]
东经65度轨道位置的Amos 4号卫星Ku频段,Dhamaal替换Mahuaa TV(尼泊尔)频道,设置10915 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [7月5日]
东经65度轨道位置的Amos 4号卫星Ku频段,Business Plus(尼泊尔)频道新增,设置11236 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [7月5日]
东经84.8度轨道位置的Horizons 2号卫星Ku频段,Doktor(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置12160 H 28800参数无效接收。 [7月5日]


TVNZ says Kiwis are treating Netflix like a pet, but they're not getting much in return

From https://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/tv-radio/94397251/tvnz-says-kiwis-are-treating-netflix-like-a-pet-but-theyre-not-getting-much-in-return

Netflix: "Everyone feels warm and fuzzy about it, but there aren't that many great shows."

A TVNZ executive says Netflix is like a pet that makes people feel warm and fuzzy, but lacks in quality programmes.

TVNZ's deputy director of content Andy Shaw said the rise of the global Streaming Video On Demand site has affected the television industry, but he considered it more of a fad.

Netflix delivers documentaries, TV shows and movies to its subscribers for at least $9.99 a month.

TVNZ's deputy director of content Andrew Shaw thinks Netflix is over-hyped by the media.

TVNZ's deputy director of content Andrew Shaw thinks Netflix is over-hyped by the media.

"At the moment I suspect people treat Netflix like a pet, it's nice to stroke and everyone feels warm and fuzzy about it, but you know there aren't that many great shows on Netflix, frankly," Shaw said.

"There are some that are good but it's a brand that is over-hyped by the media and frankly if you search for longer than four minutes there's actually not that much out there. So lets not get carried away."

Netflix arrived in New Zealand in 2015.

Since then, and in the space of just a few months, Kiwis found themselves with a smorgasbord of streaming video options, including Neon, Quickflix, Lightbox, ThreeNow and TVNZ on Demand, among others.

Netflix has over 100 million members world wide - but won't say how many of those are in New Zealand.

A spokesman said they did not give out "​regional numbers".

The company did not wish to respond to the attacks, but said prior to launching in New Zealand it had carried out "extensive research" to find out what types of content Kiwi audiences enjoy.

"Every day since launch they've learned more and more about local content preferences, resulting in a content library that is constantly evolving to meet local member's needs and wants".

He said Netflix would produce over 1000 hours of original content this year - up from 600 hours last year.

"We offer programs for tastes of our over 100 million members around the world so there is something for everyone.

"A number of Netflix originals have been shot in New Zealand – including Marco Polo, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, and the upcoming Legend of Monkey," the spokesman said.

But Shaw still questioned whether it was worth it.

"There's great drama and great comedy being produced across the world, 500 titles this year possibly," he said.

"Maybe 12 of them will be on Netflix.

"So let's not get seduced by the fact that Netflix is a ubiquitously available service at a reasonable price.

"You're still paying for it - would you pay $10 a month or $12 a month for twelve shows across the year? I'm not sure you would."

Netflix put down does arrogant broadcaster no favours

From https://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/tv-radio/94494360/netflix-put-down-does-arrogant-broadcaster-no-favours

If Netflix is a pet, it will become a beloved member of the family if it continues to produce shows like Stranger Things.

OPINION: A TVNZ executive's bizarre pot shots against competitor Netflix are as much an insult to consumers as they are to the online entertainment giant.

In the mind of the national broadcaster's deputy director of content Andy Shaw, we have been dazzled by a superficial sparkle that will soon fade out; duped by the gimmickry of quality, ad-free programming.

What's more, we've been foolish enough to want to pay for it and "binge-watch" for hours on end.

TVNZ's deputy director of content Shaw says TV viewers should not get carried away with Netflix's appeal. It's just a fad.

Shaw's claims this week that Netflix was "like a pet that makes people feel warm and fuzzy", only had three good shows and was overhyped, brought instant allusions to an old ostrich with its head in the sand, and triggered a landslide of criticism against the "reality" shows that had become TVNZ's bread and butter.

It's akin to a fast food restauranteur ranting against the attraction of fine-dining: You know all you really want is a cheeseburger!

It's difficult to establish where the arrogance ends and the delusion begins.

But squabbling over the quality and worthiness of content is beside the point. We all have different tastes, and TVNZ has always been about programming that could draw the largest audience.

It now caters to a wedge of the market that enjoys affordably-produced cooking shows, DIY, social experiments, and long-running, slow-burning soap operas.

But it is just a wedge, and TVNZ and its advertisers can either be comfortable with that, and watch its market share slowly diminish, or it can radically rethink its model – because that's where Netflix has changed the game. It's called audience-focused programming.

Time is precious. An increasing number of TV viewers would rather pay $12 a month for something they choose to watch, when they want to watch it, than get "whatever is on" for their NZ on Air tax money. It's less a fad, more a user-pays revolution.

Netflix subscribers fund the creation of costly dramatic and sitcom shows that the provider thinks will appeal to viewers – the very type of shows free-to-air TV gave up on years ago, often shunting to 2am or cancelling mid-season without explanation or apology.

Shaw is correct that TV viewers have been bewitched by Netflix's warm, fuzzy allure. A decade of contempt from public broadcasters will do that to you.

"Let's not get carried away," he says.

Sorry Andrew, but we were driven away. Time for you to cue up Goodnight Kiwi.

(Craig's comment, welcome to NZ, where every week you get 6 hours of months old Australian Masterchef dished up in the Primetime 7.30pm slot)

Chinese satellite Zhongxing-9A enters preset orbit

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Chinese_satellite_Zhongxing_9A_enters_preset_orbit_999.html

The communications satellite Zhongxing-9A has entered its preset orbit over two weeks after its launch on June 19.

Abnormal performance was identified during the third phase of the Long March-3B launch, which failed to deliver the satellite as planned.

The satellite conducted 10 orbit adjustments with its onboard thrusters and Wednesday reached its preset orbit at 101.4 degrees east longitude over the equator, according to China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) Thursday.

Currently, the satellite's systems are operational and the transponders are on, said the CASC, adding that a series of tests will be carried out.

Zhongxing-9A is the first Chinese-made satellite for live radio and television broadcasts.

An anomaly was found on the carrier rocket's rolling control thruster, part of the attitude control engine, during the third gliding phase, according to an investigation.

The rocket team has also completed a thorough technology analysis and expanded examinations.

Third time success for Intelsat 35e launch

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/07/06/third-time-success-for-intelsat-launch/

Two aborted launch attempts are bound to raise heart-rates and blood pressure, but SpaceX successfully sent a giant Intelsat (I-35e) satellite on its way to orbit at its third launch attempt.

The success meant a third launch for SpaceX in less than two weeks. SpaceX used an all-new rocket for the launch and the mission’s weight and target insertion into its geostationary transfer orbit meant that there was no surplus fuel left to attempt a post-launch landing. The rocket fell safely into the Atlantic after launch.

Intelsat, in its post-launch statement, confirmed that all was well with its ‘Epic’ satellite which will now journey to its orbital slot at 325.5 degrees East, where it will supply DTH signals (for Canal+) and bandwidth for the Americas, Caribbean, and provide links to Europe and Africa. It will replace Intelsat 903 when it arrives on station. I-903 will then be relocated to another position towards year-end.

“The successful launch of Intelsat 35e is a major milestone in our business plan for 2017, furthering the footprint and resilience of our Intelsat Epic infrastructure,” said Stephen Spengler, Chief Executive Officer, Intelsat. “With each Intelsat Epic launch, we advance our vision of creating a global, high performance for our customers that will unlock new growth opportunities in applications including mobility, wireless infrastructure and private data networks. As we further our innovations with respect to ground infrastructure and managed service offerings, like IntelsatOne Flex, we are transforming the role of satellite in the telecommunications landscape.”

Russia’s Channel 1 to launch in China

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/07/07/russias-channel-1-to-launch-in-china/

BBC Monitoring is reporting that Russia’s state-run Channel One TV and China Central Television (CCTV) have signed an agreement to launch the first Russian television channel in China.

The deal was sealed at the Russian-Chinese media forum held on July 4th as Chinese President Xi Jinping was visiting Moscow, Russian state-owned news agency TASS reported.

It was signed by Channel One chief Konstantin Ernst and the head of CTV-Satellite TV Program Co of China. According to Ernst, the channel called Katyusha will broadcast in Russian with Chinese subtitles. “Broadcasting will begin this year,” he told journalists.

“We moved rather quickly. We reached all agreements within two years and signed the distribution contract today. I think this is a pace that is fast on a titanic scale, ” Ernst said.

Margarita Simonyan, the editor-in-chief of another state-run Russian TV channel RT (also known as Russia Today) told the forum that it was necessary to increase the availability of Russian TV channels for Chinese audiences.

“Anyone in Russia can watch Chinese TV at any time. We are very hopeful that with increasing confidence and with such good proximity between our countries and our leaders this issue will be resolved and we will observe a significant increase in the possibility for the people of China to get acquainted with our media,” Simonyan said.

(Craig's comment, this may have been the reason for Rossiya 1 appearing on Asiasat 5 the other day?)

Hackers can now decrypt satellite phone calls in 'real time' within a fraction of a second

From link

Researchers have uncovered a new attack method that can make encryption used in satellite communications unsecure.

Hacking into a network
The new attack method shows how the security encryption used in satellite phones can be hacked(iStock)

A new attack method has reportedly been uncovered by Chinese researchers that allows satellite phone calls to be decrypted in "real time", in some cases, within just a fraction of a second.

The new attack method is based on previous research by German academicians in 2012 and shows how the encryption used in satellite phones can be undone.

The research focused on the GMR-2 algorithm that is commonly used by modern-day satellite phones, including Inmarsat, to encrypt voice calls in an attempt to prevent eavesdropping.

Rather than building on the German researchers' tactic of recovering the encryption key via a 'plaintext' attack, the Chinese researchers attempted to "reverse the encryption procedure to deduce the encryption-key from the output keystream directly".

The attack method helped researchers effectively reduce the search space for the 64-bit encryption key, which in turn made it easier to hunt for the decryption key, resulting in the encrypted data to be cracked within a fraction of a second.

"This again demonstrates that there exists serious security flaws in the GMR-2 cipher, and it is crucial for service providers to upgrade the cryptographic modules2 of the system in order to provide confidential communication," researchers said in their paper, which was published earlier in the week.

ZDNet reported that a spokesperson for Inmarsat said that the firm "immediately took action to address the potential security issue and this was fully addressed" back in 2012.

"We are entirely confident that the issue... has been completely resolved and that our satellite phones are secure," the spokesperson added.

"They seem to have optimized the 2012 attack so that it's much faster and requires only about a dozen bytes of 'known plaintext'," said Matthew Green, a cryptography teacher at Johns Hopkins University

Green added that the attack was "fast enough to allow key recovery (and decryption) in real time if one could get the known plaintext."

"From a scientific perspective, it's a big advance," Green said, adding that "from a practical perspective, it's unclear. So maybe don't trust satellite phone encryption. But I would have said the same thing in 2012."

HBO, Cinemax join Hulu

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/07/07/hbo-cinemax-join-hulu/

HBO has struck a deal with Hulu that will see its content and services offered as an add-on for the US streaming service.

HBO, along with Cinemax, can now be added to Hulu’s existing subscription. HBO will cost $15 (€13.14) per month and Cinemax will cost $10 per month, on top of Hulu’s subscription fees.

The deal comes just days ahead of the first episode of Game Of Thrones Season 7.

Consumers who add HBO to their Hulu subscription will have access to all the programming HBO Now subscribers have, meaning they can watch shows from the entire HBO back-catalogue.

DD Free Dish earns Rs85 crore in e-auction of channel slots

From http://www.livemint.com/Consumer/DyDy1ZVcbqfqZQmcSXXUVO/DD-Free-Dish-earns-Rs85-crore-in-eauction-of-channel-slots.html

Out of the total 11 slots put up for sale by DD Free Dish in the auction, three were for news and current affairs channels, while the rest for non-news channels

Nine channels have renewed their slots on DD Free Dish and will continue after the expiry of their respective annual agreements, says Doordarshan director general Supriya Sahu. Photo: Mint

New Delhi: State broadcaster Doordarshan’s free-to-air direct-to-home (DTH) platform DD Free Dish earned Rs85.10 crore in an e-auction held on Tuesday to award 11 channel slots to private broadcasters. This was the highest amount earned by Free Dish in an auction ever.

Out of the total 11 slots put up for sale in the auction, three were slated for news and current affairs channels, while the rest were for non-news channels.

“Nine channels have renewed their slots on DD Free Dish and will continue after the expiry of their respective annual agreements. Two new non-news and current affairs channels of Star India Private Limited, which were not on DD Free Dish earlier, have also succeeded in getting the slots,” said Supriya Sahu, director general at Doordarshan, in a statement.

Currently, DD Free Dish has 22 million subscribers, according to recent estimates from television viewership measurement agency Broadcast Audience Research Council (Barc) India, shared by Doordarshan. The platform carries 80 channels including private entertainment channels like Star Utsav, Sony Pal, Zee Anmol, Rishtey and news channels like Aaj Tak, ABP News and News 24.

This comes after DD’s failure to receive any applications in the last two out of three Free Dish auctions due to high reserve prices. In March, DD Free Dish nearly doubled its reserve prices for non-news channels to Rs8 crore, up from Rs4.8 crore. The reserve price for news and current affairs channels was fixed at Rs6.50 crore.

In the three auctions planned since March, DD had received no application in two auctions and had managed to earn only Rs24 crore in another.

An executive at one of the leading private broadcasters explained that broadcasters had no option but to spend a higher amount on Free Dish. “Private broadcasters had to go back to Free Dish to tap rural advertising and earn revenue,” the executive said.

“The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) is micro managing the sector and is favouring cable distribution platforms at the cost of broadcasters and consumers. Because of this, broadcasters are not able to monetize content properly through subscription revenue,” the executive added.

For the year 2016-17, Doordarshan recorded the highest-ever revenue from DD Free Dish at Rs264.17 crore, a 47% increase from a year ago. Free Dish had generated Rs180 crore in 2015-16


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Rossiya 1 HD appears to have left Asiasat 5, it only looked temporary.

Intelsat 19 4180 H 30000 new services in the Philippines mux, all encrypted except program 8
Program 003
Program 004
Program 005
Program 006
Program 007
Program 008 Oneseg

Some small changes Intelsat 19 KU TV Plus

1) HABER TURK (TV PLUS) 12286, H, 29993 Channel Name("TV2"=>"HABER TURK")
2) ULUSAL TV (TV PLUS) 12286, H, 29993 Channel Name("YILDIZ SPOR"=>"ULUSAL TV")

Test HD is new on Measat 3a 91.5E 4120 H Sr 30000

From my Email


From the Dish

G-Sat 15 93.5E 11470 H "Republic TV" has left .

G-Sat 10 83.0E 11010 V "Tata Sky Bangla Cinema ?, Star Plus HD India +1, Star Plus India +1, Star Gold HD India +1, Star Gold India +1, Sony BBC Earth, Multiplex, Swaraj Express SMBC, Lord Buddha TV, Zingaat, Republic TV, Hindi Khabar, Fashion TV India, Care World TV, Gulistan News, Dighvijay News 24x7, Surya Comedy and Ibaadat TV" have started on , Videoguard.

ABS 2 75.0E 11665 V "Telekanal Doktor has replaced 24 Doc" on , Irdeto.

From asiatvro site

东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Rossiya 1(高清)频道消失,设置3700 V 30000参数无效接收。 [7月5日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Program 003(MPEG-4)等6个频道新增,设置4180 H 30000参数免费接收。 [7月5日]
东经52.5度轨道位置的Al Yah 1号卫星Ku频段,Echorouk TV、Beur TV(伊朗)频道消失,设置11900 H 27500参数无效接收。 [7月5日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,Fox(福克斯)频道新增,设置12468 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [7月5日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,5 Special、Fox Movies(缅甸)频道解密,设置3731 H 12500参数免费接收。 [7月5日]
东经52.5度轨道位置的Al Yah 1号卫星Ku频段,Nay Music TV、Ayeneh TV(伊朗)等频道新增,设置11900 H 27500参数免费接收。 [7月4日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Cinemachi Kids(MPEG-4)频道解密,设置3751 V 2333参数免费接收。 [7月4日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Cinema 1替换Message TV(巴基斯坦)频道,设置3751 V 2333参数免费接收。 [7月4日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,DD Sports、Dangal(印度)等全组频道消失,设置12227 H 44000参数无效接收。 [7月4日]


Eutelsat/ViaSat/Panasonic case against Inmarsat

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/07/05/eutelsatviasatpanasonic-case-against-inmarsat/

The Official Journal of the European Union has published the legal action brought by two satellite operators (Eutelsat/ViaSat) and Panasonic Aviation against the European Commission in their dispute with Inmarsat. The three objectors are complaining that – in essence – Inmarsat ought not to have been licensed to operate in-flight services for a system that was supposed to be for mobile satellite services.

The first core element of the trio’s objections argues: “The Commission has unlawfully failed to decide that the use of 2 GHz mobile satellite service spectrum on a primarily terrestrial-based network constitutes a fundamental change in the use of the 2 GHz Band that is harmonised and tendered at EU level through a Union selection procedure. The Commission should have taken responsibility and acted to adopt a decision to prevent NRAs from authorising Inmarsat to use the 2 GHz Band primarily for Air-To-Ground purposes, instead of primarily for a mobile satellite services (‘MSS’) satellite network in accordance with the EU’s MSS decisions.”

The second argument alleges that the Commission has failed to take action to prevent the fragmentation of the Internal Market, and states: “The Commission has a duty to exercise its powers in order to prevent the risk of fragmentation of the internal market for pan-European mobile satellite services that provide universal connectivity, which would be caused if certain national regulatory authorities (‘NRAs’) decide — on their own motions — to allow a specific company to use the 2 GHz Band for a new purpose. Indeed, the failure to exercise this duty in response to the applicant’s request to act Letter and the requests for guidance by NRAs have increased the risk that some Member States authorise use of the 2 GHz Band for new purposes.”

Their third demand is that the Commission annuls its previous decision., saying: “The Commission’s decision […] should be annulled because the Commission erred in interpreting i) the provisions defining its powers in the area of the MSS spectrum harmonisation; ii) the scope of its duty to ensure full compliance with the general principles of EU public procurement law applicable to this case; iii) its duties to prevent divergence among the decisions adopted by Member States and ensure that the Internal Market for pan-European mobile satellite services that provide universal connectivity is not fragmented, and iv) the scope of its duty of sincere cooperation to assist Member States in carrying out the tasks that flow from the Treaties.”

GINX TV Expands Esports Channel to South Africa

From https://www.dexerto.com/news/2017/07/04/ginx-tv-expands-esports-channel-south-africa/

Announced on July 4th, 2017, GINX Esports TV has partnered with DStv, a television service in Sub-Saharan Africa, in order to bring esports entertainment to the mainstream.

Founded in August of 2008, GINX has become an international broadcaster of all things esports, currently producing numerous related programs in the UK, and a number of other territories.

As the market grows, more companies are allowing themselves to take a shot at gaming on a much larger scale. Content which was once brushed off by the major providers is now incredibly sought after for exclusive business deals. This is evident by the large volume of investment from both ITV and Sky.

In July, the service will make two Call of Duty World League competitions and the Overwatch Apex Final available to subscribers, amongst other programming.

Fans located in South Africa and the Sub-Sahara will now have better access to news, breakdowns, and live tournaments via the satellite package.

Official press release from the GINX website:

“From today, fans of esports will be able to keep up to date with all the latest news, views, reviews and live tournament action throughout South Africa with GINX Esports TV, the world’s largest esports TV channel.

GINX Esports TV – Channel 240 – is the place to go to for round-the-clock live tournaments, unique entertainment programming and esports news shows such as The Daily Download, This Week in Esports and The BRIDGE. In July alone the channel will feature live coverage of two COD World League tournaments, plus the OGN Overwatch Apex Final.

Having previously been available exclusively to DStv’s Now members on digital delivery, South African esports fans will now be able to access even more awesome esports action via their current satellite packages.

Get ready for the hugest competitions, exclusive African esports events and more on GINX Esports TV – DStv Channel 240.”

Egyptian content pirates sentenced

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/07/05/egyptian-content-pirates-sentenced/

Digital platform security specialist Irdeto and video entertainment services provider MultiChoice Africa Limited (MAL) have confirmed that three content pirates have been sentenced in Cairo, Egypt. The sentencing follows multiple piracy raids which uncovered a large cybercrime syndicate illegally offering premium content services. The three defendants were found guilty on all criminal charges and were each sentenced to a two-year jail term and a fine of £75,000 (€3,700).

The syndicate offered control word sharing equipment and illegal pirate subscriptions for sale, allowing 163,802 pirate viewers unauthorised access to content from a number of international broadcasters. The ruling follows extensive collaboration between Egyptian Cybercrime Police, MAL and Irdeto and marks the culmination of one of the largest investigations into an extensive control word sharing piracy network.

“Engaging in any form of piracy comes with consequences, and this ruling clearly indicates that piracy will not be tolerated,” declared Frikkie Jonker, General Manager, Africa Piracy Department, MultiChoice Africa. “These convictions are critical to sending a message to the pirate community that piracy is a serious offence that damages the media and entertainment industry. Our collaboration with Irdeto and the unbelievable support of the Egyptian Enforcement Authorities, without whom this would not have been possible, demonstrates the importance of working together to combat the growing problem of piracy.”

The initial investigations into suspects began through a partnership between MAL and Irdeto, before a joint criminal investigation referral was made to the Egypt Ministry of Internal Affairs. Raids were conducted that uncovered several electronic components, servers, almost 40 smartcards from multiple conditional access providers, several pirate decoders, smartcard readers and other related equipment typically used within a pirate control word sharing operation. Cash of over $220,000 was also seized during the raids. Further investigation uncovered over 5,000 advertisements for pirate devices on Alibaba B2B platforms.

“These convictions are a testament to the seriousness of the piracy offence and the commitment of law enforcement worldwide to crack down on these cybercrime networks,” said Rory O’Connor, Vice President of Cybersecurity Services, Irdeto. “Our partnership with MultiChoice Africa epitomises our commitment to content owners, rights holders and operators to combat smartcard sharing and other forms of piracy. We will continue to work closely with law enforcement around the globe to shut down criminal pirate networks and ensure that justice is served.”

Nigeria to offer 30 digital channels

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/07/05/nigeria-to-offer-30-digital-channels/

Nigeria’s Broadcasting Commission (NBC), despite a high degree of uncertainty as to when it will switch off its analogue transmissions, is preparing 30 channels for its Free TV digital bouquet.

Rotimi Salami, General Manager of Integrated Digital Services (ITS), talking to Nigeria’s Guardian newspaper, explained that ITS was already working with pay-TV operator StarTimes Group, and that the government was seeking to build out its digital transmission multiplexes and where 30 digital channels on Free TV would provide the start of the DTT system.

Salami said that there should be 20 national channels, six local and four regional channels, and that the NBC was in discussion with interested parties.

There would be considerable job opportunities, he said. “As the network expands, engineers and computer experts would be engaged to man the system. Content creation would increase necessitation opening for actors, producers, creative writer to fill the now available platform. Apps are to be developed for use on the Set Top Boxes, marketing of these STBs too are revenue generating concerns. Similarly, as the networking optimises, other value-added services would be explored.”

Conax and Nagra are working with the authorities on encryption. StarTimes already had some 4 million Conax decoders in use on its pay-TV system.

“Knowing Nigerians, our quest for things trending is almost insatiable,” Salami told The Guardian. “There is so much business for the pay-TV operators to thrive. Contents would be the draw and creating awareness would also be key, for example, StarTimes acquired rights to Bundesliga, Ligue1, Eredivisie ETC, but awareness of the presence of these properties is rather poor. Subscribers on their satellite services who are football fans are entertained round the clock on about six sport channels. The list is limitless and the cost is a bargain. Awareness is key for pay-TV the market is huge. They have the facilities and platform to create this awareness unlike in the Free TV. They are in charge of their destiny.”

“Nationwide coverage for StarTimes had already been achieved via their [satellite] operations. While I can’t speak for StarTimes, what I believe you have in mind is their DTT operations. The Free TV project will dovetail into total nationwide DTT network operations for both the National Television Authority’s Star network and the ITS given our strategic alliance.”

India’s TRAI disappointed by DTH numbers

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/07/05/indias-trai-disappointed-by-dth-numbers/

India’s Telecom Regulatory Authority (TRAI) has released its official DTH subscriber numbers for 2016 and they confirm earlier reports that growth is slowing.

However, the overall numbers are still substantial. TRAI says that 2016’s core DTH subscriber base grew from 84.8 million (end of 2015) to 97.05 million (December 31st 2016), an increase of 14.45 per cent. But strip out the ‘inactive’ numbers and count only ‘active’ subscribers and the numbers soften considerably, from 55.98 million at the end of 2015 to 62.65 million at the end of 2016, an increase of 11.91 per cent.

TRAI’s disappointment is down to India’s now widespread adoption of all-digital and addressable set-top boxes, and is echoed by the DTH industry which had expected to win a larger proportion of these digital homes. Some 42 million analogue cable homes were converted to digital during Phase IV of the nation’s digital switch-over.

Some 6.67 million net new DTH subscribers were added by operators with 4.65 million were mopped up by the sectors 3 larger operators (Airtel DTH, Dish TV and Videocon DTH).

More recent publicly-available data from listed companies shows that the decline in new subscribers continues. Just 532,000 net new additions were added during Q1 this year which is well down on the 1.709 million added during the same period in 2016.


Asiasat 5 3700 V Sr 30000 "EBU service 7" playing out Russian channel 1 in HD Vpid 407 (H264) Apid 4107 not the same as the Planeta version

Monday night feed

As 5 3945 V Sr 7200 "AFL" playing out highlights?

From my Email


From the Dish

ABS 6 159.0E CT, Solar Sports, Basketball TV, Jack TV, 2nd Avenue, ETC, NBA Premium TV and Shop TV have moved from 3639 V to 3619 H, PowerVu+.

Vinasat 2 131.8E 11050 V "Syfy Asia" has left .
Vinasat 2 131.8E 11630 V "Universal Channel Asia" has left .

JCSAT 4B 124.0E 12490 H "Universal Channel Asia" has left .
JCSAT 4B 124.0E 12570 H "Syfy Asia" has left .

Palapa D 113.0E Universal Channel Asia and Syfy Asia have left 3780 V and 12710 H.

SES 7 108.2E 2565 V "Syfy Asia" has left .
SES 7 108.2E 2595 V "Universal Channel Asia" has left .

SES 7 108.2E 11627 H "Universal Channel Asia" has left .

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3689 H "Live Today" has started on , Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3760 H "Sahar Urdu, D TV Gold and D TV" have left .
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3902 V "Message TV, God Bless TV and Barkat TV" have started on , Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4065 H "Mehak" has started on , Fta.

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 4040 H "Sophia TV Asia" has started on , Fta

Measat 3b 91.5E 12643 V "Syfy Asia" has left .
Measat 3b 91.5E 12683 H "Universal Channel Asia" has left

Insat 4A 83.0E 3805 H "Shop CJ Telugu" has started on , Fta.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3480 H "Shop & Show" has started on, BISS. R Film has left.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3520 H "MCOT Family, Wonder TV 47, Shop & Show and PB Channel" have started on , BISS. R Family and Maya Channel SD have left.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3545 V "Mongkol Channel" has left .
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3585 V "55 Channel and Thai Ban TV have started on , Fta. E-San Banhouw, Muancheon TV 69, MGTV and Esan TV are now Fta. Health & Family Channel, Cool Channel, Nhang Channel, Super Rich TV and Thairath TV 32" have left.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3720 H "Syfy Taiwan, Universal Channel Taiwan, Syfy Asia and Universal Channel Asia" have left.

Apstar 7 76.5E 11167 V "Universal Channel Asia" has left .

From asiatvro site

东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Grace TV(印尼)频道新增,设置3960 H 30000参数免费接收。 [7月4日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,MCOT替换Modernine TV(泰国)频道,设置3520 H 28125参数有条件接收。 [7月4日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,5 Movies(4 Digital)频道加密,设置12405 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [7月4日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,Channel 7 HD(高清)频道消失,设置12560 V 22500参数无效接收。 [7月4日]

东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Rossiya 1(高清)频道新增,设置3700 V 30000参数免费接收。 [7月3日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,华视替换中天新闻(环宇卫视)频道,设置12461 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [7月3日]


Parliament has passed the bill that sets up a legal framework for New Zealand's space industry.

From https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/new-legal-framework-nzs-space-industry

Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges says there are huge gains to be made.

"This is a significant and exciting piece of legislation," he said when he launched the third reading debate on the Outer Space and High-Altitude Activities Bill today.

"It creates opportunities for New Zealand to be part of a global space economy which will generate real economic benefits for New Zealanders."

Rocket Lab brought the space age to New Zealand with its Electron rocket, launched for the first time from Mahia Peninsula in May.

It's designed to put satellites in orbit, and it was a world first for a launch from a private pad.

The bill was passed unanimously.

"I firmly believe the new law strike a balance between encouraging space activity while minimising risks to public safety, national security and the environment," Mr Bridges said.

Qantas extending free on-board Wi-Fi to second aircraft

From http://www.zdnet.com/article/qantas-extending-free-on-board-wi-fi-to-second-aircraft/

Qantas has built out new ViaSat Wi-Fi technology onto a second domestic aircraft ahead of extending the service to an additional eight planes by the end of September.

Qantas has announced that it has kitted out a second domestic Boeing 737 aircraft with new Wi-Fi technology from partner ViaSat ahead of eight more gaining the equipment by the end of September.

ViaSat's new equipment, deployed on aircraft VH-XZC, will allow for faster speeds and more reliable connections, Qantas said -- although the free on-board Wi-Fi service will not be switched on until the end of September, as the newer technology must undergo additional testing.

By October, Qantas expects to have completed its testing phase and moved into a broad rollout of the service across its domestic aircraft.

Around 80 Boeing 737 and Airbus 330 aircraft are expected to be fitted out with the service by late 2018. Once the rollout is complete, around 15 million customers per year will experience the free on-board Wi-Fi.

According to Qantas, its Wi-Fi service has seen an average uptake per flight of 32 percent, and customer satisfaction of 88 percent.

Reliability is now standing at around 98 percent, with fewer dropouts than during its testing phase, and download speeds of more than 12Mbps.

Qantas had commercially launched its free in-flight Wi-Fi in beta mode on-board its Boeing 737 VH-XZB aircraft that travels between Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane in early April, with a series of live tests during its first flight seeing speeds between 2.57Mbps and 7.24Mbps download and 0.26Mbps and 0.61Mbps upload.

During initial testing in February, Qantas had connected 140 passengers with an average of 1.6 devices each to the Wi-Fi system at download speeds of between 7Mbps and 12Mbps.

Originally, Qantas was aiming to enable access speeds of up to 20Mbps per passenger, with ViaSat looking to provide a service-level guarantee to Qantas of 12Mbps at all times throughout the flight once the service leaves beta mode.

Qantas first partnered with satellite communications service provider ViaSat to deliver the Wi-Fi service using Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) Sky Muster satellite service in February last year. The service makes use of idle satellite capacity as the aircraft travels through Sky Muster's 101 Ka-band spot beams.

A satellite antenna will be mounted on top of each aircraft by Qantas engineers, along with several wireless access points, resulting in similar signal strength for all passengers no matter where they are seated on the plane.

Qantas has also partnered with Foxtel, Stan, Netflix, and Spotify to allow customers to stream content for free while in-flight.

The airline is also in discussions to bring the Wi-Fi service to its international fleet in future to enable all of its customers to access emails, streaming services, news, social media, and online browsing while on-board.

At the end of April, Virgin Australia similarly commenced a three-month trial of its on-board Wi-Fi service in partnership with connectivity company Gogo and satellite telecommunications provider Optus.

Optus' satellite division owns the highest number of satellites covering Australia and New Zealand, with five satellites in orbit providing coverage to the region.

Gogo, which also provides in-flight Wi-Fi between Australia and the United States on Delta Air Lines, will deliver simultaneous transmissions by making use of a dual antenna -- one for the forward link and one for the return link.

The trials will take place on board one of Virgin's Boeing 737-800 domestic aircraft, allowing customers to connect for free during the three-month period, but charging for the service thereafter.

ACCC to review Murdoch and Gordon’s plans to buy Ten

From https://mumbrella.com.au/accc-review-murdoch-gordons-plans-buy-ten-455964

The ACCC is to hold a review of Lachlan Murdoch and Bruce Gordon’s plan to work together on buying Ten.

The duo, who both own shares in the troubled network and are underwriting its $200m CommBank loan facility, announced last month that they planned to work together after the company’s board called in administrators.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission today said that it would be launching an “informal review” into competition issues around the plan.

The regulator has set a deadline of July 24 for submissions, and said it will give its views on the matter by August 24.

Unless media ownership laws change, Murdoch and Gordon would struggle to make the purchase. Gordon’s ownership of WIN would put him in breach of rules about reaching more than 75% of the population with a single TV network. And Murdoch would breach the two-out-of-three rule through ownership of News Corp’s newspapers, Nova’s radio stations, and the TV network.

The ACCC issued a statement saying:

The ACCC has been formally advised of the proposed transaction and has commenced a review.

The potential transaction would see Illyria Nominees Television Pty Limited and Birketu Pty Limited each directly or indirectly acquiring a 50% economic and voting interest in the shares in Ten or the assets or shares in the relevant Ten subsidiaries.

“While this transaction is dependent upon the passage of the media reform bill, it is appropriate that the ACCC begin its review of the proposed transaction that has been put to us by the parties,” ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said.

“The ACCC will assess the potential effect upon advertisers and upon competition within free-to-air television and between free-to-air television and Foxtel, particularly in relation to sport, given the holdings of the main players involved. However, an ACCC investigation does not mean that the transaction raises competition concerns, but that further consideration is required for the ACCC to reach a view.”

Receivers PPB Advisory are currently in the early stages of running either a sale or recapitalisation of the broadcaster.

Foxtel: Reaching for the Sky?

From https://www.intelligentinvestor.com.au/foxtel-reaching-for-the-sky-1870401

Fox’s takeover of Sky plc might indicate that Foxtel isn’t as much of a millstone around News Corp’s neck as you might think. by James Greenhalgh 04 Jul 2017 0 Last week, 21st Century Fox’s (Nasdaq: FOXA) £11.7bn takeover bid for British-based pay-television company Sky plc (LSE: SKY) hit another roadblock. The UK culture secretary Karen Bradley said she was likely to accept a recommendation that the Competition and Markets Authority conduct a six-month examination of the deal. Nevertheless, the takeover is likely to proceed eventually. It might even be approved soon if the Murdoch family show some deft footwork in their negotiations with the British government. Shareholders in 21st Century Fox’s Australian sister company News Corporation (ASX: NWS) may be wondering what this means for them – as well as News Corp’s 50% stake in Australian pay-television provider Foxtel (the other 50% is owned by Telstra (ASX: TLS)).

Pipe dream In their valuations of News Corp, some analysts now assume that Foxtel is worth virtually nothing. While content – such as sport and drama production – is still considered valuable, the ‘pipes’ that deliver content are labouring thanks to new competition. Netflix and Stan, which deliver content online, have quickly become the two main competitors to Foxtel in Australia. So why is Fox paying almost £12bn to buy the remaining 61% of Sky, which is also effectively a ‘pipe’? Well on a recent conference call, the company’s chief financial officer said that ‘all of a sudden, we get direct-to-consumer revenue from 22 million households’. If a direct relationship with 22m households is worth something, then surely Foxtel’s 2.8m subscribers also have value? Of course, many will argue Sky plc is a bigger, better business than Foxtel, and of course it is.

Sky operates across Europe, where there is arguably greater potential to boost pay television subscriber numbers. Sky can also afford to invest more producing original content and distribute it globally. These options aren’t available to Foxtel. But Foxtel is meeting the new competition head on. It is investing much more in producing original Australian content, and has unbundled its packages so that subscribers have much more choice about which channels they pay for. With Foxtel Now, you can now watch Game of Thrones on one of its entry-level subscriptions for $15 a month. Content is king Interestingly, News Corp is beefing up its content production business at the same time. The company’s Cable Network Programming division recently acquired the Australian News Channel (which owns Sky News). The division now produces news and sports content – through Fox Sports – which means its broadcasting content is growing rapidly.

While we prefer not to ascribe much value to Foxtel, it would be a mistake to write if off completely. If Sky plc is worth something to 21st Century Fox, then it’s likely that Foxtel is worth something to News Corp. In fact, we wouldn’t completely rule out News Corp buying some or all of Telstra’s 50% stake in Foxtel. What’s interesting is that greater competition, viewer fragmentation and the spiralling costs of sports rights are global phenomena for pay television providers. Yet they are not preventing 21st Century Fox – mainly a content producer – from coveting Sky. One thing is clear. A combination of News Corp’s content and Foxtel’s ‘pipe’ is probably more valuable than were the companies to be completely unrelated. Throw in the possibility that News Corp might somehow acquire Ten Network from administration, and you could have a formidable broadcasting business.

SpaceX scrubs Intelsat launch again

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/07/04/spacex-scrubs-intelsat-launch-again/

Rocket company SpaceX scrubbed its Monday evening launch of Intelsat’s 35e satellite. It was the second cancellation of the launch, and again the launch was aborted at the ten seconds to lift-off.

In a tweet, SpaceX said it was standing down for the day due to a violation of abort criteria, adding that the payload was in good health. It said the next launch opportunity will be on July 4th.

SpaceX shifted the launch time twice on Monday evening, from the initial 7.37 pm Florida-time to the final time of 8.35 pm because of weather anxieties. When the launch was finally scrubbed the company said it was standing down for the day, no doubt to allow technicians and engineers to get home for the July 4th holiday.

Nilesat enlists PCCW Global to deliver content

From https://www.rapidtvnews.com/2017070447866/nilesat-enlists-pccw-global-to-deliver-content.html#axzz4lrkjFzLr

PCCW Global is set to deliver TV channels to and from Egypt following a memorandum of intention between the Hong Kong communications company and Middle East satellite operator Nilesat.

Nilesat logo 4 July 2017The company will install its Global TV Network (GTVN) solution in Nilesat facilities to ensure TV and media content are delivered cost-effectively and reliably, to provide a better end-user viewing experience. The GTVN solution covers more than 90 countries via PCCW Global’s satellite network.

The alliance will utilise the satellite and teleport services of Nilesat along with PCCW Global’s telecommunications and media experience to ensure optimal GTVN delivery between Egypt and the rest of the world, the companies said.

“We are excited by this initiative which will allow us to explore mutually beneficial business opportunities between ourselves and Nilesat, said Sameh Sobhy, vice president of MENA, PCCW Global. “Nilesat has strong presence in video distribution leveraging many TV channels across the MENA region. And now, Nilesat will be able to expand its coverage into other parts of Africa and Middle East via PCCW Global’s specialised TV network reach. PCCW Global will also be able to utilise the Nilesat satellite fleet to deliver Asian TV channels into the Middle East region.”

Hamdy Monir, chief technical officer of Nilesat, added: “As we increase our collaboration with PCCW Global, we are excited by the opportunities created to deliver new international TV channels to the MENA region, as well as extending our own reach beyond [the] region. Regional users will also benefit from the availability of a variety of accelerated and diversified media formats.”

Over a third of Premier League fans watch illegally

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/07/04/over-a-third-of-premier-league-fans-watch-illegally/

More than a third of Premier League football fans say they regularly watch matches live online via unofficial streams, according to a survey carried out by ComRes and BBC 5 Live, the Corporation’s sport and news radio service.

The poll suggests that younger adults are those most likely to say they stream matches via unauthorised providers. Nearly a quarter of all fans surveyed regularly watch matches online via special technology, such as Kodi boxes.

According to the poll of 1,000 people for 5 live Daily:
•Nearly half of fans say they have streamed a match online through an unofficial provider – just over a third do so at least once a month and about one in five at least once a week.
•The main reasons include a friend/family member doing it and they just watch; the quality of the stream; and because sports TV packages are considered not good value for money.
•Just under a third of fans do not know whether it is illegal to stream live Premier League matches online from unofficial providers, but another third believe it is always illegal.

On March 8th 2017, an application for a Court Order, that will result in servers streaming unauthorised Premier League content being blocked, was heard and granted in the English High Court. The Premier League (PL) is currently engaged in a range of activity to protect its IP, and the significant investment made in the competition by UK live broadcast partners Sky Sports and BT Sport who paid a record £5.136 billion for the rights. This activity includes:
•Investigations and prosecution of suppliers of IPTV boxes that enable the broadcast of unauthorised PL content
•Legal actions against pubs and commercial premises that broadcast unauthorised PL content
•Court Orders and injunctions forcing ISPs to block certain websites and domains
•Shutting down illegal streams/cleaning sites of infringing material
•The PL has been involved in several recent successful actions that have resulted in custodial sentences, injunctions being granted against sellers and pubs, and significant costs awards

“The Premier League has been granted significant blocking remedies to further curtail the availability of illegal streams,” said a Premier League spokesman. “For the first time this will enable the Premier League to disrupt and prevent the illegal streaming of our matches via IPTV, so-called Kodi, boxes. The Order was granted under Section 97a of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act, and further demonstrates our intellectual property rights are protected by the law.”

“This will enable us to target the suppliers of illegal streams to IPTV boxes, and the Internet, in a proportionate and precise manner. We will continue working with ISPs, government and other sports content producers to protect consumers from illegitimate services that offer no recourse when services are removed, provide no parental controls and, in many instances, are provided by individuals involved in other criminal activity.”

“Fans should know that these pre-loaded boxes enable pirate broadcasts of Premier League football, and other popular content, and are illegal. People who supply them have been jailed or ordered to pay significant financial penalties. We are increasingly seeing prominent apps and add-ons being closed down as the law catches up with them, leading to consumers being out of pocket.”

“The Premier League will continue to protect its copyright, and the legitimate investment made by its broadcasting partners. Their contribution allows our clubs to develop and acquire players, invest in facilities and support the wider football pyramid and communities – all things that fans enjoy and society benefits from.”

On April 26, a ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union said that the temporary reproduction on a multimedia player of a copyright-protected work obtained by streaming was not exempt from the right of reproduction.

Among the survey’s findings:
•36 per cent of supporters said they streamed live Premier League matches online through an unofficial provider at least once a month, and 22 per cent at least once a week.
•47 per cent of fans have watched a match through an unofficial provider at least once in the past.
•Younger fans (aged 18-34) are considerably more likely than their older counterparts to say they stream live football matches online through an unofficial provider – 65 per cent do so at least once a month compared to 33 per cent of 35-54 year olds and 13 per cent of those aged 55+.
•Of those fans who stream matches illegally, the most popular reasons are because a friend/family member does it and they just watch (29 per cent); because the quality of online streaming is good (25 per cent) and because sports TV packages are not good value for money (24 per cent).
•12 per cent per cent of Premier League fans think it is legal to stream games online (not through an official provider), while 34 per cent think it is always illegal and 32 per cent don’t know; 4 per cent believe it is not breaking the law but Sky or BT could fine you if they find out, 7 per cent think it is sometimes illegal, and 10 per cent per believe it is legal to watch but illegal to upload a stream.

What the Cartosat-2E series satellite means for India

From http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/science/what-the-cartosat-2e-series-satellite-means-for-india/article19210022.ece

The Cartosat-2E can send 60-cm resolution pictures from an orbit 500 km above the earth.

The Cartosat-2E is the third Indian remote sensing (IRS) or earth observation satellite that can send 60-cm resolution pictures from an orbit 500 km above the earth.

Primarily it will provide useful space-based data for town planners, creators of urban infrastructure, for agriculture and project monitoring, and for decision makers in Smart City and AMRUTH projects, said a senior official of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).


There is a new mux on Optus D2 12581 H Sr 22500, a copy of the one on 12608H (more details, Tuesday)

The mux on ABS 6 159E 3639 V moved to 3619 H Sr 30000, due to the Fec 1/2 even out of official footprint it can still be received in Australia and New Zealand however its quite weak and does need a dish over 3M

Asiasat 5 4040 H Sr 29720 "Sophia TV Asia" is new Fta Sid 23 Vpid 3091 (H264) Apid 3092

Monday feed

AsiaSat 5 3927 V Sr 7500 "UKI-1324 Path 1" Beach Volleyball

AsiaSat 5 3716 H Sr 7200 "E72 EXTREME SAILING HD B" yacht racing

Sunday feeds

AsiaSat 5 3707 H Sr 7120 "srvice-1 " Chinese channel presenter GXTV

AsiaSat 5 4147 H Sr 6110 "GCUK Enc 11" presenter

AsiaSat 5 3876 H Sr 7200 "Air Race Budapest" Redbull Air race

D1 12652V Sr 7200 "7BCS Slot 2 QPSK Low Delay" Fight Feed

AsiaSat 5 4147 V Sr 7200 "Fi10 EVC" Fight event ?? russian?

Saturday feeds

AsiaSat 5 3925 H Sr 7200 "HD ENC-1a" J League soccer

AsiaSat 5 4156 H Sr 7200 "L.S. ENC2 HD" J league soccer
AsiaSat 5 4147 H Sr 7200 "Nameless" J league soccer

From the Dish

Intelsat 19 166.0E 12646 H "Alaraby TV 2" has left .

Express AM5 140.0E 11124 V "Mamont TV" has started on , Fta.

ChinaSat 6A 125.0E 3993 V "Anhui TV" is now encrypted.

Koreasat 5 113.0E 12470 V "DW Deutsch has replaced DW English" on , encrypted.

ChinaSat 10 110.5E 3560 V "Sony Channel Asia has replaced Animax Asia" on , encrypted.
ChinaSat 10 110.5E 3560 V "Zee Biosko"p has started on , Fta. Aljazeera English has left.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3777 H "ABP Asmita" is back on , Fta.
Insat 4A 83.0E 3805 H "Hindi Khabar and Bharat Samachar" have started on , Fta

G-Sat 10 83.0E 10970 V "HBN and Soham TV" have left .

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3520 H "R Family" has started on , BISS.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3805 H "Gazi TV" is Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12602 V WRM TV, Yeshua TV, KTV, Emmanuel Christian TV, Verbo Vivo TV, Lifewalk TV, TREM FITV and Bliss TV have started on , clear. AIT International has left.

From asiatvro site

东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,MTV替换亲子(数码天空)频道,设置12660 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [7月3日]
东经84.8度轨道位置的Horizons 2号卫星Ku频段,Euronews、Miracle(泰国)等4个频道加密,设置11758 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [7月3日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Aahmar Bangla TV、Dolphin TV(RRSat)频道消失,设置3769 H 13333参数无效接收。 [7月3日]
东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,江苏卫视(测试)频道重现,设置3807 H 4999参数免费接收。 [7月3日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,莲花卫视(澳门)频道新增,设置3760 H 26000参数免费接收。 [7月3日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,EWTN替换PPV SD(环宇卫视)频道,设置12711 H 45000参数免费接收。 [7月3日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,Nhan Dan(高清)频道改格式,设置11085 H 24000参数免费接收。 [7月3日]

东经159度轨道位置的ABS-6号卫星C频段,ABS Corp Video(宣传)、ETC(ABS)等全组频道改频率,设置3620 H 30000参数免费接收。 [7月2日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Nnews(巴基斯坦)频道新增,设置4070 H 2960参数免费接收。 [7月2日]
东经84.8度轨道位置的Horizons 2号卫星Ku频段,Dialogi o rybalke(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11760 H 28800参数有条件接收。 [7月2日]
东经84.8度轨道位置的Horizons 2号卫星Ku频段,Doktor(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置12120 H 28800参数有条件接收。 [7月2日]
东经84.8度轨道位置的Horizons 2号卫星Ku频段,Doktor替换24 Doc(俄罗斯)频道,设置12160 H 28800参数有条件接收。 [7月2日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AT2号卫星Ku频段,Doktor替换24 Doc(俄罗斯)频道,设置12322 R 27500参数有条件接收。 [7月2日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Sophia TV(MPEG-4)频道解密,设置4040 H 29720参数免费接收。 [7月2日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,PPV SD(环宇卫视)频道解密,设置12711 H 45000参数免费接收。 [7月2日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,PPV替换Super KBO(菲律宾)频道,设置12531 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [7月2日]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,RHTV等替换Star World(梦幻卫视)等频道,设置12470 V 25600参数有条件接收。 [7月2日]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,Net 25、Aksyon TV替换Fox(梦幻卫视)等频道,设置12430 V 25600参数有条件接收。 [7月2日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,香港卫视(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置12500 V 7200参数无效接收。 [7月2日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Doctor替换24 Dok(俄罗斯)频道,设置11665 V 44923参数有条件接收。 [7月2日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,TNV Planeta(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11559 V 22000参数免费接收。 [7月2日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,Universal SD(缅甸)频道消失,设置11167 V 45000参数无效接收。 [7月2日]

东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,Ca Nhac(越南)频道新增,设置11090 V 28800参数免费接收。 [7月1日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,东盟卫视、Thai Ban(泰国)等全组频道解密,设置3585 V 30000参数免费接收。 [7月1日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Suvarna HD(高清)频道重现,设置4020 V 28100参数有条件接收。 [7月1日]
东经83度轨道位置的G-Sat 10号卫星Ku频段,Classic Cinema NE(Tata Sky)等频道新增,设置10970 V 32720参数有条件接收。 [7月1日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,R Family(泰国)频道开播,设置3520 H 28125参数有条件接收。 [7月1日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,AMC Korea替换Sundance Channel(MPEG-4)频道,设置4000 H 29700参数有条件接收。 [7月1日]
东经83度轨道位置的G-Sat 10号卫星Ku频段,Tata Sky(4K)(UHD)频道消失,设置11050 V 32720参数无效接收。 [7月1日]
东经83度轨道位置的G-Sat 10号卫星Ku频段,Classroom、Star Plus HD(Tata Sky)等频道新增,设置11050 V 32720参数有条件接收。 [7月1日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Syfy HD、Unitel Classica HD(高清)频道消失,设置3720 H 29620参数无效接收。 [7月1日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Suvarna HD(高清)频道消失,设置4020 V 28100参数无效接收。 [7月1日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Suvarna HD(高清)频道解密,设置4020 V 28100参数免费接收。 [7月1日]
东经84.8度轨道位置的Horizons 2号卫星Ku频段,Miracle、Mono Plus(HEVC)频道新增,设置11758 V 45000参数免费接收。 [7月1日]

东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星C频段,满满通、Aniplus(老挝)等全组频道消失,设置3497 V 8975参数无效接收。 [6月30日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Sophia TV(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置4040 H 29720参数有条件接收。 [6月30日]


Foxtel KOs big fight Facebook pirates

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/07/03/foxtel-kos-big-fight-facebook-pirates/

Australian pay-TV operator Foxtel has acted quickly to shut down Facebook users who attempted to broadcast pirated versions of the world-title welterweight boxing bout between Australia’s Jeff Horn and Filipino title-holder Manny Pacquiao.

Foxtel’s Main Event channel held the broadcasting rights to the fight, charging customers A$59.95 to watch it, but shortly after the final bell, a number of streams appeared on Facebook, broadcasting it for free.

Foxtel says it was pleased that there were very few instances of people trying to stream the fight illegally and that all of these were quickly shut down by the operator or with assistance from Facebook.

“We will examine these cases and consider any further action, but no decision has been taken about that at this time. We are confident that Australians are becoming increasingly aware that illegal streaming of these events only hurts fans in the long term,” a Foxtel spokesman told news.com.au.

In February 2017, a Brisbane man faced legal action from Foxtel after streaming the Danny Green v Anthony Mundine fight live on Facebook. Darren Sharpe attracted more than 150,000 viewers to his Facebook live stream who thereby avoided the A$59.95 (€42.67) pay-per-view charge.

Foxtel identified his and other live Facebook streams, as well as pirate versions shared on YouTube and Periscope which enabled boxing fans to watch for free and cut them off.

Ultimately Foxtel backed down from taking legal action against Sharpe, deciding to “educate” him and other pirates on “the significant harm such actions bring to the production of local Australian content, including live sports”.

“We have given the individuals the opportunity to formally apologise via a public social media post, acknowledging the gravity of the situation, in the hopes that more people will learn that copyright theft is not a victimless crime and something that should be taken very seriously,” said Foxtel CEO Peter Tonagh.

Foxtel’s Main Event online stream a success: Coming to more PPV events & the Foxtel app soon

From http://eftm.com.au/2017/07/how-to-stream-the-pacquiao-vs-horn-fight-live-and-legally-tv-online-41015

A lesson learned and benefits gained.

On the weekend Foxtel dipped its toe in the water of a potential money making beast, and the feeling was good. As a result, access to online streams during future pay-per-view events looks likely.

The Pacquiao vs Horn fight was a global hit with some estimates putting it at 1 billion viewers. In Australia, as has been the case with these big events for many years, Main Event channel had the rights and were offering the broadcast for $59.95.

Learning from the dramas of the past when illegal online streams popped up, Foxtel tried something new this time round, and without much publicity, launched an online stream of the event – also pay-per-view.

Was it a success? A Foxtel spokesperson told EFTM “Yes, we’ve had a terrific reaction and are pleased with the results.”

To put that in perspective with the standard Main Event channel, Foxtel confirmed the numbers were impressive “With minimal promotion, close to 10 percent of the number of customers who viewed the MAIN EVENT viewed Sunday’s fight with our streamed internet offering via the pachorn.com.au website.”

Given that, it seems the concept has a strong future.

For those Foxtel subscribers who were not able to use the standard Foxtel App or Foxtel Now to access and subscribe to the stream, there’s good news there too – with a Foxtel Spokesperson confirming such; “In future we would like to make pay-per-view streams available in Foxtel Now and for Foxtel customers via the Foxtel App and are hoping to have this service available soon.”

Oh, and if you haven’t heard who won yet – no spoilers – great fight, doesn’t end in 60 seconds, and it’s available to stream for another day or so at the pachorn.com.au website (for the small price of $59.95!)

China heavy-lift carrier rocket launch fails: state media

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/China_heavy-lift_carrier_rocket_launch_fails_state_media_999.html

China on Sunday announced the launch of a powerful rocket designed to carry communication satellites into orbit had been "unsuccessful", in a glitch for the country's ambitious space programme.

The Long March-5 Y2, Beijing's second heavy-lift rocket, blasted off at 7:23 pm (1123 GMT) Sunday from the Wenchang Space Launch Center in the tropical island province of Hainan

"Abnormity was detected during the flight of the rocket," the Xinhua news agency reported.

"Further investigation will be carried out," the report added, without giving any further details.

Capable of carrying up to 25 tonnes, the Long March-5 Y2 had taken off with the Shijian-18 experimental communications satellite (7.5 tonnes), which it was supposed to put into orbit.

It said the satellite will operate on geosynchronous orbit and provide communications services over China's territory -- boosting internet access and providing access to more television channels.

China successfully launched the Long March-5 from the same Wenchang center in November 2016, which it said at the time was the most powerful launcher it had yet developed.

Beijing sees its multi-billion-dollar space programme as a symbol of its rise and of the Communist Party's success in turning around the fortunes of the once poverty-stricken nation.

Last month it successfully launched the Long March-4B, its first X-ray space telescope to study black holes, pulsars and gamma-ray bursts.

And in April, the country's first cargo spacecraft completed its docking with an orbiting space lab -- a key development toward China's goal of having its own crewed space station by 2022.

Intelsat launch scrubbed by SpaceX

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/07/03/intelsat-launch-scrubbed-by-spacex/

The countdown for the launch of Intelsat 35e was halted with just 9 seconds to go when a computer monitoring the Falcon 9 rocket’s guidance, navigation and control criteria aborted the launch. The launch was scheduled for the later afternoon of July at 07.36 Florida-time.

SpaceX says it is looking into the problem and has provisionally re-set the launch for the evening of July 3rd, at 7.37 Eastern Daylight Time (23.37 GMT).

Intelsat 35e is a giant of a spacecraft weighing 6761 kgs. Built by Boeing it is the heaviest-ever launched by SpaceX. This means that there will be no attempt to recover the rocket’s first stage on this launch.

APAC pay-TV: Innovation needed

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/07/03/apac-pay-tv-innovation-needed/

Service providers and content owners from the APAC region participating in the Pay-TV Innovation Forum 2017 have agreed that the pay-TV industry in the region is entering a transitional period during which operators will need to adapt their business models and technology platforms in order to thrive in the changing environment.

The Forum is a global research programme that examines the state of pay-TV innovations and strategies that will drive the next phase of growth for the industry, from content protection and multiscreen television solutions provider NAGRA, in partnership with international research and strategy consultancy MTM.

New offerings will have to reflect changing consumer demand for cheaper and more personalised content packages, including OTT services, to effectively expand the range of services at different price points. Delivery infrastructure and technology platforms across APAC will also become much more IP-based, with content being increasingly delivered via both fixed-line and mobile broadband networks. This need for change is being driven both by the persistent threat of content piracy and the increasing popularity of OTT services that are using aggressive pricing strategies to acquire customers.

Despite these challenges, pay-TV providers in Asia Pacific are investing in the future – continuing the steady roll-out of IP-connected set-top boxes (provided by 72 per cent of providers in 2017, up from 66 per cent in 2016), PVRs (63 per cent, up from 56 per cent), standalone OTT services (28 per cent, up from 23 per cent), and new adjacent services such as advanced advertising and Smart Home solutions (offered by 27 per cent, up from 16 per cent).

Industry experts highlight two urgent investment priorities that will help service providers to navigate the transforming video and TV services market:
•Concerted approach to tackling content piracy: to limit illegal access to content, operators are calling for content owners to take their own independent actions to monitor, track and stop the distribution of illegal content, and for industry strategies that would bring together pay-TV operators, ISPs, content owners and industry associations to work with regulators and governments to take further legal action.
•Development of more consumer-focused and diversified product portfolios by embracing new business models, operators can develop new packages and offerings that appeal to changing consumer tastes at a wider range of price points, including skinny bundles, personalised offerings, seamless multiscreen TV Everywhere services and smart home solutions. Operators also cited potential opportunities for growth through new business-to-business services, including harnessing data with new analytics tools to offer enriched data services and support targeted advertising.

“The pay-TV industry in Asia Pacific is going through a challenging, transitional period,” observed Jon Watts, Managing Partner, MTM. “Traditional pay-TV revenues in many advanced Asian markets are under pressure, while emerging markets are growing, but delivering low ARPUs. The industry is being increasingly disrupted by content piracy, especially around live sports, and impacted by low-cost OTT offerings, making it harder for pay-TV companies to invest with confidence. “Pay-TV service providers in Asia-Pacific need to take stronger action against piracy to secure their future, while maintaining investment in new services and innovation.”

“There is a strong call to action across the pay-TV industry in Asia-Pacific to respond to these growing challenges,” noted Simon Trudelle, Senior Director, Product Marketing, NAGRA. “Operators and content owners need to be innovative in how they transform their technology and business models to respond to these pressures,” said. “The Forum’s research highlights that service providers not only recognise the problems they face from content pirates, but want to see actions taken limiting illegal access to premium content to maintain revenue and ensure quality content continues to be created. By working in partnership with vendors, operators can be more agile and better adapt to the fast changing landscape.”

Govt set to open new company to operate Bangabandhu Satellite

From http://en.prothom-alo.com/science-technology/news/152741/Govt-set-to-open-new-company-to-operate

The cabinet on Monday approved a proposal for constitution of the Bangladesh Communication Satellite Company (BCSC) Limited to smoothly operate the country's first-ever Bangabandhu Satellite-1.

The approval came at the regular weekly cabinet meeting held at Bangladesh Secretariat with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.

Briefing reporters after the meeting, Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam said Bangladesh is going to join the Satellite Club very soon as the process for launching the country's first-ever satellite named "Bangabandhu Satellite-1" has almost been completed.

"The satellite will be launched into the space very soon, and to operate it, a decision to form a company has been made," he said.

Alam further said the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications placed the proposal for formation of the company following the suggestions of those who will locally operate the Bangabandhu Satellite-1.

The cabinet secretary said the name of the company will be Bangladesh Communication Satellite Company (BCSC) Limited.

"The company will be formed with the authorised capital of Tk 50 billion and it will have Tk 5 billion shares," he said, adding the price of each share will be Tk 10.

Alam said in the Memorandum of Article, a proposal has been made to form an 11-member committee for the company, and all of its members will be government employees.

He said the post and telecommunications secretary and the managing
director of the BCSC Ltd will act as the chairman and the member secretary of the company respectively.

The other directors of the company will be the additional secretary of the ministry of post and telecommunications, representatives of the ministries of finance, information and defence and a representative of the Armed Forces Division, the chairman of SPARSO, the DG of Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Ltd and two other persons to be nominated by the government, Alam said.

The day's cabinet meeting also gave the final approval to the draft of "The Seeds Law, 2017" to make the existing law more time befitting.

The cabinet secretary said the draft law was formulated translating the original Seed Ordinance of 1977 into Bangla as well as making necessary amendment to it as per the directives of the Appellate Division of Bangladesh Supreme Court that had earlier declared all martial law time ordinances illegal.

According to the new draft law, a 25-member National Seed Board would be constituted with Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture as its Chairman, while Director General (Seed Wing) under the Ministry of Agriculture would be its Member Secretary.

The board will sit in meeting in every six months while it can also meet before than six months if necessary, Alam said.
About the function of the Board, the cabinet secretary said it will mainly focus on the control of seed quality.

He, however, said details of the function of the Seed Board would be fixed after formulation of necessary rules.
Alam also said there will be a Seed Certification Agency that will give permission and licence for seed dealership.

Besides, there will be a post of Seed Inspector who will visit the markets to inspect seed quality and dealership licence.
The cabinet secretary said creating any obstacle by any dealer or seed user to accomplish the lawful responsibility of seed inspector would be considered as punishable offence.

For such offence, he said, the concerned dealer or person would be sentenced to three months imprisonment or be fined Taka 50,000 or both the punishment, he said.

Alam said the punishment would be doubled in case of repetition of the offence.
Besides, a provision has also been kept in the proposed law to operate mobile court for enforcement of the law.

About import of the seeds from abroad, he said, permission would not be given to import seeds unless the packaging label and standard marks are not proper in terms of their quality.

Ministers and state ministers attended the meeting while secretaries concerned were present.

Satellite communications system in the Arctic will cost 50 billion rubles

From http://arctic.ru/infrastructure/20170630/642872.html

Around 50 billion rubles will be needed to create a satellite communications system in the Arctic, Russian Deputy Minister of Communications and Mass Media Dmitry Alkhazov said during a meeting of the State Commission for Arctic Development, Interfax reported.

The meeting was held on June 29 on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg International Maritime Defense Show.

According to Mr. Alkhazov, four new highly elliptical orbit (HEO) satellites will be added to the existing group of geostationary satellites. The current satellites can only provide stable communication at up to 76 degree north latitude. The project is slated for implementation in 2019-2022, the deputy minister said.

Express-RV satellites, modified versions of which are already being used in the geostationary system, are to be used for this purpose. The Communications and Mass Media is studying the possibility of private investors taking part in the project, Alkhazov added.

The commission's previous session chaired by Rogozin was held in Sabetta (Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area) on June 14.

The State Commission for Arctic Development was established by the Russian Government in March 2015 under a presidential executive order.

Russia set to launch the brightest star satellite in just two weeks

From http://nation.com.pk/snippets/01-Jul-2017/russia-set-to-launch-the-brightest-star-satellite-in-just-two-weeks

RUSSIA-Russian scientists working on the Mayak satellite - which is set to be the brightest ‘star’ in the night sky - have announced that it is nearing completion.

Engineers have crowd-funded around $20,000 (£15,400), which is enough to build and test the satellite which is due to be launched in a fortnight.

Its designers say it could be used to combat space junk by using a parachute-like structure to lower the orbits of debris so they can burn up in Earth’s atmosphere.

However, some astronomers have slammed the creation, which is no larger than a rugby ball, calling it a ‘nonsense’ project that could ‘ruin’ dark skies for everyone.

Astronomers have slammed the Mayak satellite (pictured), which is no larger than a rugby ball, calling it a ‘nonsense’ project that could ‘ruin’ dark skies for everyone +8

Astronomers have slammed the Mayak satellite (pictured), which is no larger than a rugby ball, calling it a ‘nonsense’ project that could ‘ruin’ dark skies for everyone

Crowdfunding has become a popular way of raising money for space exploration projects in the last few years.

In 2013, the asteroid-mining company Planetary Resources raised more than $1.5 million (£1m) via the crowdfunding site Kickstarter to help develop its public-use Arkyd space telescope.

The company’s first space craft was successfully deployed from the International Space Station (ISS) last year.

Another Kickstarter campaign by a group called Lunar Mission One, aiming to send a robotic spacecraft to drill deep into the rocks near the moon’s south pole, received more than $1 million (£716,000) in pledges in 2014.

Called the ‘Mayak’ or ‘Beacon’, the satellite is set to outshine everything in the sky, apart from the sun, thanks to a giant reflective sheet of material.

The controversial satellite is due to be launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Friday 14 July.

Its the work of engineers from the University of Mechanical Engineering in Moscow.

‘We fight so hard for dark skies in and around our planet,’ Nick Howes, an astronomer and former deputy director of the Kielder Observatory in Northumberland, told IFLScience.

‘To see this being potentially ruined by some ridiculous crowdfunded nonsense makes my heart simply despair.’

The launch of Mayak is expected to be taken up in a Soyuz 2 rocket, with help from Roscosmos, the Russian space agency. The team is planning to place the spacecraft in a sun-synchronous orbit 370 miles (600km) above the ground.

Contact with AMC-9 re-established

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/07/03/contact-with-amc-9-re-established/

Satellite operator SES says that in the early hours of July 1st it re-established contact with its AMC-9 satellite, which suffered a “significant anomaly” on June 19th.

SES and the craft’s manufacturer are working around the clock to evaluate the satellite’s status and define what step must be taken.

SES also confirms tracking information received on June 29th which had suggested that at least two separate objects were located in the vicinity of AMC-9. “Their source has still to be determined. The new piece of information was included by Thales and SES in their investigations,” said the SES statement.

“All relevant operators and agencies are being kept informed and will receive regular updates from SES. The current assessment is that there is no risk of a collision with other active satellites. AMC-9 and its status continue being tracked by SES and agencies, including the Joint Space Operations Centre (JSpOC) and ExoAnalytic, a private firm and tracking service provider,” added SES.

“Since the incident on June 17th, AMC-9 has been slowly moving westwards with its payload disabled and not causing interference. A majority of traffic has been transferred to other SES satellites and SES is working on a long-term plan to minimize disruption to customers.”

ExoAnalytic Solutions says it has observed the satellite, using powerful ground-based telescopes.

Various theories – not supplied by SES – have been mooted, that the satellite is slowly spinning having been impacted by a micro-meteorite, or that perhaps an on-board battery or pressure vessel exploded and caused the problem. ExoAnalytic, which has not suggested a cause of the problem, focuses its business on tracking satellites and other large metallic debris objects in orbit and one of its key clients is the US Air Force.

Certainly, a video shot by ExoAnalytic on Friday night indicates the satellite is pulsing with light – suggesting its spinning status – as well as at least one object becoming detached from the body of the craft. This could be one of the satellite’s solar panels.

AMC-9 was launched in 2003. SES says that its clients have been moved to alternate satellites. SES had described whatever happened to AMC-9 as a “significant anomaly” and subsequent reports suggested that some type of energetic event had affected the satellite, which for ten days or more has been drifting safely at about 0.16 degrees per day.

The next steps, whatever the status of the satellite, are complex. If there is constant or even periodic communication with the satellite, then the prospects for sending it into a so-called ‘graveyard’ orbit some 300 kms above the important geostationary orbits occupied by dozens of communications satellites. However, few now think that the satellite can be rescued.


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update


Asteroid day live video broadcast (June 30th)


Thursday feed
AS 5 3700 V Sr 30000 "IMG Asia" was FTA showing Tennis

Thursday evening

AS 5 4165 H Sr 7200 "World feed ETP" Golf

AS 5 4174 H Sr 7200 "ktsat mp4 enc1" World Taekwando champs

AS 5 4148 H Sr 9500 "service 01" Table tennis

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Australian ISPs to block 128 domains linked to online piracy in Foxtel case

From http://www.zdnet.com/article/australian-isps-to-block-128-domains-linked-to-online-piracy-in-foxtel-case/

The pay TV provider has extended its list of targeted domain names to include an additional 73 domains associated with The Pirate Bay and Torrentz.

Pay TV provider Foxtel is looking to have an additional 73 domain names blocked by Australian internet service providers (ISPs) for engaging in or facilitating copyright infringement.

68 of these domain names belong to The Pirate Bay and five belong to Torrentz, bringing the total targeted domain names to 128.

Foxtel will serve its amended orders by the close of Thursday, and the 35 targeted ISPs will have 15 days to implement the DNS blocks.

During a case management hearing in the New South Wales Federal Court on Thursday morning, counsel representing Optus said the orders should also be "rectified" to accurately reflect its subsidiaries following a "corporate restructure", with an Optus spokesperson explaining to ZDNet shortly after that three of Optus' entities have been renamed and restructured into two entities.

Counsel representing Foxtel told presiding judge Justice Nicholas that during the previous case management hearing, Justice Burley thought it might be useful to have "some mechanism, more efficiently, no doubt, to join people or join parties and remove them as appropriate or substitute them".

"There has been correspondence going around and around for some months. We would like to come to some kind of landing point on that, where people make their positions clear by a certain point," Foxtel's counsel told Nicholas J.

Optus' counsel said once those amendments are made, it will consent to the orders, as will the other ISPs, who did not appear in court.

The News Corporation and Telstra joint-venture was among the first companies to take advantage of the amended copyright law, which legislated website blocking back in 2015.

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

Foxtel and Roadshow Films were successful last year in their concurrent pursuits to have websites such as The Pirate Bay, Torrentz, TorrentHound, IsoHunt, and SolarMovie blocked by more than 50 ISPs in Australia including Telstra, Optus, Vocus, and TPG.

Under that ruling, rights holders were to pay a AU$50 fee per domain they wanted to have blocked, with the block to remain intact for three years.

The pay TV provider confirmed last month that it was targeting an additional 17 websites with 127 URLs -- such as Yes Movies, Los Movies, Watch Series, and Project Free TV -- or five different types of piracy-infringing sites including search engines, peer-to-peer torrent sites, sites that link to other sites hosting copyright content, and sites that provide direct access to copyright content through streaming or direct downloads.

Foxtel also said at the time that "will be doing a tidy up of the application" closer to trial date to cover any proxy sites that have popped up or changed names and URLs.

Roadshow Films, which leads a group of film studios including Disney, Paramount, Twentieth Century Fox, Universal, and Warner Bros, presented its case last month to have additional websites linked to online piracy blocked by ISPs, with the original list of 41 websites proposed earlier this year to be extended to include additional spinoff websites.

In a case management hearing in May, counsel representing Roadshow referred to online piracy as a "constantly changing environment", adding that some of the targeted websites are no longer active or redirect users to new websites that look "substantially the same as the original website" but with a new logo slapped on.

Both Foxtel and Roadshow were told by their presiding judges that they will have to prove the sites in question had engaged in or facilitated copyright infringement, that the sites are hosted overseas, and that they have contacted the sites' owners.

Additionally, the companies were told to prove that the ISPs provide access to those sites and that they have ownership over the copyright content being infringed.

In April, the Australian Federal Court ruled in favour of Universal Music Australia to block Kickass Torrents and its related proxy websites via DNS blocking or any other means for disabling access to the online location.

Foxtel was, however, on the other side of this case as an ISP, along with TPG, Telstra, Optus, Virgin Mobile Australia, Vividwireless, Pacnet, Alphawest, and Uecomm.

TVNZ and Sky TV vie for America's Cup broadcast rights

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11883691

TVNZ says it will actively work to secure broadcast rights to the next America's Cup series. Sky TV says it hasn't made its mind up yet. Photo / AP

TVNZ says it will throw its hat in the ring for broadcast rights to the next America's Cup having been outbid this year by Sky TV.

TVNZ has had the rights for the past 25 years since New Zealand first competed but chief executive Kevin Kenrick said Sky had outbid them for this year's event.

"We were keen to participate this time round but when you have someone that can buy the pay rights and free to air rights, they typically can pay more," Kenrick said.

"The only disappointment is they don't make it available to all New Zealanders."

Sky TV chief executive John Fellet said the event had been made available on its free-to-air channel Prime, with a 90-minute delay.

He said the owners of the broadcast rights had approached Sky after they didn't receive an acceptable bid from TVNZ or Mediaworks.

"Originally they [spoke to us] and we passed," Fellet said.

"And then they came back and said look we're just not going to get the money we need out of New Zealand, would you be willing to re-engage, which we did.

"So they came up with the price and we negotiated settlement.

"It was apparent that no other bid was acceptable to them. We initially stayed out of the bidding part of it and just said 'look if you're not happy, come back and see us', which apparently they did."

Kenrick said the reality was that Sky was able to pay more for the rights.

According to Fellet the cost of the broadcast rights was less than what TVNZ had paid for its Survivor series and what MediaWorks had paid for the recent Bachelor series although he wouldn't disclose the figure.

"I don't begrudge that, and I'm not taking a shot at them," Fellet said.

"They're allowed to do that and it's their call but we shouldn't have to be penalised that we put a higher value on sporting events than reality TV."

Fellet said Sky TV had not made a decision on whether it would try to secure rights for the next Cup series in New Zealand, saying a decision would be made when more was known about when and where the event would take place.

Kenrick said TVNZ would "absolutely proactively engage" to secure the rights when the time was right.

"I think the teams and many of the sponsors and supporters would like to maximise the number of New Zealanders that see the event," Kenrick said.

"Effectively Sky is available in just under half of New Zealand households."

"New Zealand is a bit of an outlier in that we have a pay TV monopoly that also owns a free-to-air business and we have no anti-siphoning legislation," he said.

As the host of the next America's Cup, Team New Zealand hold the broadcasting rights and it will be up to them to negotiate who will screen the event, and whether to opt for a bidding process or make an offer to one broadcaster.

Thai PM urged to save satellite slots by fixing fee structure

From http://www.bangkokpost.com/business/telecom/1277475/pm-urged-to-save-satellite-slots-by-fixing-fee-structure

Paiboon: Struggling to reach agreement

Thaicom Plc, the country's sole satellite service provider, has urged Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to invoke the powerful Section 44 to resolve uncertainty around the satellite business's new fee structure.
Prolonged uncertainty could cause the country to lose its right to use two orbital slots at 119.5 and 78.5 degrees east. The slots are used by Thaicom 4 and Thaicom 5 satellites, respectively, under a concession from the Digital Economy and Society (DE) Ministry. This expires in 2021.
The company has since early last year been planning to hire foreign makers to build two new satellites. Thaicom 9 would replace Thaicom 4, with Thaicom 10 set to replace Thaicom 5 by 2019, said Thaicom chief executive Paiboon Panuwattanawong.
But the company suspended its plan later in 2016 after Deputy Prime Minister Prajin Juntong began studying ways of revamping the satellite industry's business structure.

ACM Prajin's move came after the cabinet said in 2016 that two more satellites -- Thaicom 7 and Thaicom 8 -- had to shift from the licensing system back to the concession format.
This would result in an annual concession fee of 20.5% for both, a sharp hike from the 5.75% fee that Thaicom now pays. If the company launches any new satellites they would also have to adhere to the new business structure.
The government said it wants the public to benefit more from the so-called space economy.

Thaicom operates three satellites under the concession system: broadband-run Thaicom 4, or iPSTAR, and broadcasting satellites Thaicom 5 and Thaicom 6.
In contrast, Thaicom 7 and Thaicom 8 operate under the single-licence scheme of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), which only requires a 5.75% fee.
Thaicom 7 was put into orbit in 2012 and began operating in 2014. Thaicom 8 was fired into orbit in May 2016.

Mr Paiboon said the company has been negotiating with government representatives since last year but agreement on the new operating fee structure has yet to be reached.
"It's impossible to launch Thaicom 9 by 2019 as originally planned because building a new satellite now requires a two-year process at least," he said.

Under current regulations, a satellite service provider must apply for an operating licence from the NBTC. Meanwhile, the DE Ministry has to work with the International Telecommunication Union to arrange its orbital slots.
"Orbital slots are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. This means once the ministry reserves one, the satellite must be launched on the allotted time," Mr Paiboon said.
Thaicom hopes the government will resolve the issue by early next year at the latest, he said. This would allow it to launch Thaicom 9 before the concessions on Thaicom 4 and Thaicom 5 expire in 2021.
"Satellite services could be part of the infrastructure backbone driving the government's digital economy policy," Mr Paiboon said.

Thaicom plans to allocate 30% of Thaicom 9's transponder capacity to CAT Telecom so it can provide services for the public, he added.
He said the uncertainty surrounding the new operating fee structure for satellites has already cost Thaicom one of its major prospective customers, Softbank.
Softbank rents 1.5 gigabytes of Thaicom 4's transponder capacity to provide mobile services in Japan. It appeared keen to rent 30% of Thaicom 9's transponder capacity earlier this year but cancelled the deal in April citing uncertainty about the satellite's launch.
Mr Paiboon said the 5.75% licensing fee may be the highest in the global satellite market.

ACM Prajin said earlier the government was mulling four alternative business structures for the satellite industry: a wholly state-owned formula; a shareholding structure under the terms of the 2013 Public-Private Joint Venture Act; a flexible public-private joint venture model; and a liberalised model with higher operating fees.

80th consecutive success for Ariane 5 with launch of Hellas Sat, Inmarsat and ISRO

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/80th_consecutive_success_for_Ariane_5_with_launch_of_Hellas_Sat_Inmarsat_and_ISRO_999.html

Arianespace has successfully launched the Hellas Sat 3-Inmarsat S EAN "condosat" - composed of two payloads for operators Hellas Sat and Inmarsat; as well as the GSAT-17 satellite for India's space agency, ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization).

The launch took place on Wednesday, June 28 at 6:15 p.m. (local time), from the Guiana Space Center (CSG), Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana (South America).

With this seventh launch of the year, and the fourth by Ariane 5 in 2017, Arianespace marks the 80th successful launch in a row by this heavy launcher.

Hellas Sat, a major satellite operator and subsidiary of Arabsat Group, provides communications services in Europe, the Middle East and South Africa.

The Hellas Sat 3 payload, the second for the operator Hellas Sat and the first to be orbited by Arianespace, will expand the company's business reach by providing direct-to-home (DTH) TV broadcast and telecommunications services, as well as the distribution of high-definition (HD) and ultra-high definition (UHD) video content in Europe, the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa.

These fixed satellite services (FSS) and broadcast satellite services (BSS) will include a cross-strap service between Europe and South Africa.

Arianespace has another Hellas Sat satellite - Hellas Sat 4 - in its order book. This spacecraft will further increase the operator's service availability.

Inmarsat S EAN is the ninth payload orbited by Arianespace for Inmarsat - a company specialized in global mobile satellite communications - since the launch of MARECS A in 1981.

The Inmarsat S EAN (European Aviation Network) payload comprises the space segment of a new hybrid system, integrating satellite-based services with a complementary ground network developed by Inmarsat's strategic partner Deutsche Telekom.

The EAN network, which will commence commercial services in the second half of 2017, will deliver a truly seamless inflight WiFi service for Europe's airlines and their passengers.

The International Airlines Group (IAG), is confirmed as the launch customer for the new service. IAG has begun equipping its aircraft and aims to have 90% of its short haul fleet complete by early 2019.

Arianespace, a partner of reference for ISRO since 1981
Following the launch of GSAT-18 on October 5, 2016, GSAT-17 is the 21st satellite orbited by Arianespace for the Indian space agency ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization). Arianespace has won nearly 90% of all Indian geostationary satellite launch contracts open to competitive bidding.

GSAT-17 will join ISRO's fleet of 17 operational telecommunications satellites. It will provide both fixed (FSS) and mobile (MSS) satellite services, and also handle data transmission and search and rescue (SAR) services.

It carries on ISRO's mission of using space to support the development of the Indian sub-continent by launching satellites of all types (Earth observation, telecommunications, educational program broadcasting, science, navigation, etc.).

Arianespace's order book includes another ISRO satellite to be launched: GSAT-11.

80th success in a row for Ariane 5

Today's Flight VA238 mission was the 80th successful Ariane 5 launch in a row, a string of successes that started in 2003. Over the last 14 years, the Ariane 5 launcher has orbited 160 satellites for both commercial and government customers, exceeding 677 metric tons.

This enviable track record reflects the exceptional reliability and availability of Arianespace's heavy-lift launcher, and confirms its status as the most reliable launcher on the commercial market today.

Including this mission, Arianespace has now carried out seven launches over a period of five months and a day in 2017, sending 10 satellites into geostationary transfer orbit (GTO) and one into a non-GTO orbit, with a cumulated payload weight of nearly 45 metric tons. Arianespace plans five more launches in 2017: three by Ariane 5 and two by the Vega light launcher.

Shortly after the announcement of the orbital injection of the two satellites, Stephane Israel, CEO of Arianespace, said: "Arianespace is proud to serve our European and Indian customers with this fourth successful Ariane 5 launch of the year. We are very honored to have earned the trust of Hellas Sat in launching the second satellite in its operational fleet; and Inmarsat, for whom this launch marks the ninth by Arianespace since 1981; and of course ISRO, the Indian space agency, for which we performed our 21st launch today. I also would like to thank our long-standing partner Thales Alenia Space, which built the Hellas Sat 3-Inmarsat S EAN "condosat."

"Today's launch was the 80th success in a row for Ariane 5 over a period of 14 years - an exceptional performance that anchors its position as the most reliable commercial launcher in the marketplace. I also would like to thank all our partners in this successful team effort: ArianeGroup and the entire European launcher industry for the exceptional reliability and availability of our heavy-lift launcher; ESA, for its critical support of the Ariane program; CNES/CSG, along with our ground segment companies and all staff at the space center. Finally, I would like to congratulate the teams at Arianespace, who are celebrating this evening our successful seventh launch of the year, and the 290th launch by the Arianespace launcher family."

The Hellas Sat 3-Inmarsat S EAN satellite was built by Thales Alenia Space in Cannes, southern France, using a Spacebus 4000 C4 platform.

The Hellas-Sat 3 payload will provide secure DTH TV broadcast and telecommunications services using 47 (BOL)/44(MOL) transponders in Ku band and one Ka-band transponder.

The Inmarsat S EAN payload, operating in S-band for Inmarsat S EAN, will provide communications services for in-flight connectivity via the European Aviation Network (EAN), which combines space and ground segments to provide robust and reliable high-speed services to European passengers.

Positioned at 39 East, its coverage zone spans Europe, the Middle East and sub-Saharan African regions.

The satellite had a liftoff mass of 5,780 kg., and it offers a design life exceeding 15 years.

The GSAT-17 satellite was built by ISRO/ISAC (ISRO Satellite Center) using a Standard I-3K platform. Its payload comprises C-band, Extended C-band and S-band transponders, as well as data relay and search and rescue (SAR) services in UHF band.

Positioned at 93.5 East, GSAT-17 will provide fixed and mobile communications services, data transmission and search and rescue (SAR) services for India, the Middle East and regions of Southeast Asia.

The satellite had a liftoff mass of 3,476 kg., and offers a design life of approximately 15 years.

Taiwan has developed its first-ever satellite and it has a launch date

From http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/2017/06/29/499087/taiwan-has.htm

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Formosat-5, the first satellite developed by Taiwan, is scheduled to be launched on Aug. 25 in California, it was announced on Thursday.

Chang Guey-shin (張桂祥), director-general of the National Space Organization, said the satellite has been developed in conjunction with local academic and industrial sectors.

It took six years, more than 50 teams and cost NT$5.659 billion (US$186.37 million) to develop the optical remote sensing satellite, which will continue the remote sensing mission of Formosat-2.

Chang said images taken by Formosat-5 will be used to guide disaster inspection and prevention, identify landslide prone areas, conduct environmental monitoring, academic research and international humanitarian relief work.

He noted that Formosat-2 played a major role in rescue and reconstruction efforts following Typhoon Morakot which devastated southern Taiwan in 2009 and the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

The 450-kg Formosat-5 will carry an atmospheric/ionospheric profiling scientific payload, which can be used to develop a weather model in space, monitor changes in plasma turbulence and study for potential changes in the ionosphere before earthquakes.

The launch of Formosat-5 was originally set for last year, but had to be pushed back several times after SpaceX, a U.S, company commissioned to conduct the launch, saw its Falcon 9 rocket and payload, the Amos-6 communications satellite, destroyed in an explosion last September, impacting the launch schedule of other satellites.

Formosat-2 , which conducted remote sensing imaging from May 2004, was decommissioned in mid-2016.

Since Taiwan started its space program in 1991, it has launched three satellites, the key parts of which were manufactured in other countries.

Formosat-1 was decommissioned in 2004 and weather satellite Formosat-3 remains in orbit.

SES and MDA Announce First Satellite Life Extension Agreement

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/SES_and_MDA_Announce_First_Satellite_Life_Extension_Agreement_999.html

SES to be first customer on refuelling spacecraft built by SSL- Credit: SSL

SES and MDA, a global communications and information company, has announced an agreement for an initial satellite life extension mission using an on-orbit refuelling vehicle being built by SSL, a US based subsidiary of MDA and a leading provider of innovative satellites and spacecraft systems.

SES will be the first commercial customer to benefit from the satellite refuelling service, and will be able to activate the service whenever required with minimal disruption to spacecraft operation. The agreement also includes an option for further life extension missions.

SES will work with a new venture, Space Infrastructure Services (SIS), which will commercialise sophisticated satellite servicing capabilities. SIS has contracted SSL to design and build the highly-capable satellite servicing spacecraft vehicle to meet the needs of the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)'s Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites (RSGS) programme, which is designed to inspect, repair, relocate and augment geosynchronous satellites and plans to include a refuelling payload to extend the life of satellites that are low on propellant.

"Satellite in-orbit servicing is of upmost importance to next-generation architectures for communications satellites. It enables satellite operators like us to have more flexibility in managing our fleet and meeting our customers' demands," said Martin Halliwell, Chief Technology Officer at SES.

"After witnessing the due diligence of SSL's and MDA's technical expertise, we are confident that its new venture is the best partner in the refuelling mission field, and will be able to help SES get more value out of an on-orbit satellite."

"As a pioneer in next-generation fleet capabilities, SES is clearly committed to improving the space and satellite ecosystem," said Howard L. Lance, President and CEO at MDA. "We are very pleased to have this refuelling contract with SES and are excited to provide them with more options in fleet management."

The satellite servicing spacecraft vehicle is planned for launch in 2021.

UN backs Al Jazeera

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/06/29/un-backs-al-jazeera/

David Kaye, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression, has come out firmly in support of Qatar-based (and funded) news channel Al Jazeera. Kaye, in a statement, says that demands to close the channel “represents a serious threat to media freedom if states, under the pretext of a diplomatic crisis, take measures to force the dismantling of Al Jazeera”.

Kaye’s statement called on “the international community to urge these governments not to pursue this demand against Qatar, to resist taking steps to censor media in their own territory and regionally, and to encourage support for independent media in the Middle East”.

Al Jazeera’s English-language MD, Giles Trendle, has also issued a statement in support of his own version of the channel, denouncing the demands by the Arab states as an attempt to suppress free expression. “We are stunned by the demand to close Al Jazeera,” Trendle said. “Of course, there has been talk about it in the past, but it is still a great shock and surprise to actually see it in writing. It’s as absurd as it would be for Germany to demand Britain to close the BBC.”

The BBC’s veteran reporter John Simpson (and World Affairs Editor at the BBC), in comments in the UK’s influential Press Gazette, said that the Saudi-led threat to Al Jazeera is “shocking and disturbing”. He added: “What’s being done to Al Jazeera is appalling. The idea of closing down one of the most energetic and intelligent voices in world broadcasting is really terrible.”

Worldwide Trouble for Free News Channels

From http://www.telesurtv.net/english/opinion/Worldwide-Trouble-for-Free-News-Channels-20170628-0022.html

Slowly the FTA channels are losing their market space with the aggression of online or internet television across the globe.

In the era of world wide web network, where consumers become habituate with free Whatsapp, Skype, e-mail and other net services, the news
becomes the victim of circumstance as only a few people today prefer to pay for the news that comes as the primary content of any print or electronic media outlets. While the newspapers around the world are increasing their prices, the free-to-air (FTA) satellite news channels continue feeding millions of television news consumers virtually for free.

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But slowly the FTA channels are losing their market space with the aggression of online or internet television across the globe. The digital distribution of television content through the internet emerges advantageous as it also carries other types of data which is not possible through the present terrestrial, cable or satellite television.

In India, as the satellite news channels in various regional languages are booming in the last few years, questions relating to their consistency and sustainability also become pressing. With a population of over one billion, India today supports more than 800 satellite television media outlets and most of them face the crisis of credibility.

According to the Union information & broadcasting ministry in New Delhi, nearly 400 privately owned news and current affairs channels, few more in waiting to get approval from the ministry, survive telecasting round the clock programs in different Indian languages including the English. Most of these channels are registered as FTA media outlets and nonetheless the news broadcasting industry in India is today a rupees 20 billion worth business (65 rupees = 1 USD).

As these news channels carry the FTA tag, they are not entitled to ask money from the viewers. This implies that the news and other programs, which are produced and telecast by these channels, mean for free consumption by the audience. The consumers have to pay only the distributors namely cable transmission agencies or direct-to-home (DTH) operators. The operating cost of FTA news channels is managed by the revenues generated from the advertisement. Sometimes, the channel managements may charge event organizers to facilitate live coverage.

Indirectly it indicates that the advertisers, not the viewers, here enjoy a say (influence) in the content of the FTA news channels irrespective of its merit and authenticity. So they have to depend on the viewer's points which can attract a high rate of advertisements. So it is well-taken that the excessive dependence on advertisement revenues can hardly help the FTA channels to pursue ethical, credible and impartial journalism.

India’s northeastern region inhabited by 60 million plus people hosts a number of privately owned satellite news channels namely NewsLive, DY365, Prag News, PratidinTime, AssamTalks, News18 and NewsTimeAssam with few entertainment and localized cable news channels. All these channels are FTA in nature, which beam news & other programs mostly in Assamese, English, Hindi along with few other regional languages.

“An FTA channel based in Guwahati has to pay around rupees two crores to cable network agencies every year for distributing the produced programs to the viewers. Similarly, the channel managements have to pay a similar (sometimes larger) amount of money to the privately owned DTH operators annually. The FTA channel owners are thus overburdened with expenditures ranging from production to distribution without getting contributions from the viewers,” said an editor of a Guwahati-based news channel.

However, the cable television operators’ association argued that they have legitimate right to receive money from the channel owners as carriage fee (or freight charge) every year. They even claimed that the carriage fee is lawful under the guidelines of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India and the Indian Union information & broadcasting ministry.

The cable operators also pointed out that they were running the business with a lot of market risk & mounting troubles. They expressed displeasure over the directive of Assam Power Distribution Company Limited to charge money regularly from the cable agencies against the use of electric poles on roadsides for laying their wires to the subscribers.

There is, however, no clarity on how much money a private DTH operator in India actually asks from the FTA channels. The satellite to home signal providers namely Dish TV, Tata Sky, Airtel Digital TV, Videocon D2H, Sun Direct, Reliance Digital TV and BIG TV actually select a bunch of channels with the motive of financial benefit. They hardly consider the commitment of the selected television channels to the subscribers.

The DTH operators in India today tap over 40 million active subscribers and the number is increasing slowly. With quality transmission, the DTH operators have empowered the subscribers to select their packages to many extent (unlike depending on the favour of cable operators in case of cable connection) and also the broadcasters to know the exact number of subscribers across the country, whereas the cable operators show lower number of subscribers to siphon away a good amount of subscription money.

In India, the private DTH services have already completed a decade, where Dish TV got the license from the Union government in 2003 to operate in the country. Initially concentrated on the rural markets, where the cable operators were not visible, the DTH operators slowly encroached into the cities.

By 2006, Tata Sky had joined in the competition with high-quality signal and some kinds of choice for the subscribers to select their channels. The rest of the DTH operators stepped into the business after 2008 to give a huge boost to the Indian television distribution market.

Meanwhile, taking advantage of the situation the FTA channel managements continue denying the basic minimum facilities, recommended by the country’s labor laws, to their employees including the journalists. Need not to mention that the privately owned channel employees across the country are still deprived of any statutory wage board benefits unlike their counterparts in the print media.

“Over 80 percent employed journalists of news channels have been compelled to perform their duties in a vulnerable atmosphere with lower wages, more than 8 hours working period in a day, without appropriate leave days & off-days, and with no facility for life & health insurance coverage,” pointed out Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA) adding that the news channels should also be placed under the purview of quasi-judicial body Press Council of India.

The JFA has been demanding due financial benefits to the television employees and also raising voices for reformation to the distribution system of local news channels. In a memorandum to the concerned ministry, the JFA argued that the monetary transaction between the channel owners and the cable network operators as well as the private DTH authorities should be made accountable under the country’s income tax laws.

In the case of the Prasar Bharati run Doordarshan channels and the DD Direct+, which is a free digital satellite arrangement to telecast videos and broadcast audio programs to the households, the finance is visibly supported by the Union government. Hence any tax paying Indian citizen has the legitimate right to make these channels accountable.

The JFA also raised voices for providing space to the free news channels in DD Direct+, which would reduce the distribution cost of these channels drastically. Moreover, to make these channels more sustainable & transparent, the JFA emphasized on re-registering of FTA channels as payable media outlets such that they can shift their dependence from advertisers to the contributing viewers.

But all along a real threat is looming large over the FTA news channels with the emergence of internet television that allows live television on a computer, tablet or smartphone. Identifying the probable change in the history of world media, the business high-profiles, as well as the global advertisers, start investing heavily in the new form of television, which is presently almost free for the viewers.

More and more people are now approaching an online version of news & other relevant contents. India is itself marching for 400 million internet consumers, most of them are mobile net users only (without having access to computers). The advantage of internet television helping the audience to get instant information about any shows makes all the difference, where the traditional television cannot provide such information even in need.

Now questions that being raised, before the internet television invades the global media space should the FTA channels change their registration as payable news channels simply to shift their dependence From the advertisers to the viewers. With a transparent and dedicated management, these news channels might function with the sustainable contributions from the audience to transform themselves into credible, pro-people and nationalistic media outlets.

Live cricket returns to BBC TV

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/06/30/live-cricket-returns-to-bbc-tv/

The BBC and the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have agreed a new five-year, strategic partnership that brings live cricket back to BBC TV for the first time in 21 years.

The deal, which runs from 2020 to 2024, sees the BBC become the exclusive, free-to-air home for cricket. Cricket will take centre stage across all BBC platforms to ensure the sport reaches the widest possible audience.

The deal involves live TV coverage of two England men’s international T20 matches, one England women’s T20 international plus live TV coverage of 10 men’s matches from the ECB’s New T20 competition, and up to eight live matches from the women’s T20 tournament including both Finals.

The BBC will also broadcast primetime TV highlights of England men’s home international matches. In total, there will be over 100 hours of cricket back on BBC TV from 2020.

“The BBC is delighted. And the public will be too,” commented Director General, Tony Hall. “It’s long been our ambition to bring live cricket back to BBC television. I’m thrilled to see that ambition realised. Cricket is an integral part of the British summer and the BBC will be putting its full weight behind the nation’s favourite summer sport. Our aim will be to make the new T20 competition a huge success. Existing cricket fans – and the millions more who will discover a new love of cricket – have a huge amount to look forward to.”

In addition, the BBC has retained exclusive, live national radio rights to English cricket, a fitting way to celebrate Test Match Special’s 60th birthday this year. The iconic and much-loved ’TMS’ will continue to deliver ball-by-ball commentary of all England men’s internationals alongside an expanded commitment to the women’s game.

The BBC has also re-secured an extensive package of digital clip rights to the English cricketing summer building on a service viewed more than 30 million times last year. Live audio commentaries from every match of the County cricket season will also be available on the BBC Sport website – almost 4000 hours per year.

Since its introduction by the ECB in 2003, T20 cricket has spread around the globe. The fast-paced thrill of the short form game coupled with the BBC’s wealth of experience in showcasing major sporting events ensures cricket fans can look forward to an innovative, fresh and exciting new viewing experience. The BBC’s coverage will have great cricket at the heart of great entertainment.

“This will lead to a step change in the BBC’s coverage of cricket across TV, radio and digital platforms,” suggested Barbara Slater, Director of BBC Sport. “We are extremely excited about what we have to offer by taking cricket to the widest possible audience and inspiring the next generation to pick up bat and ball. With 97 per cent of the UK population using the BBC every week, the potential for growing the game further is huge.”

“BBC are valuable long-term partners, bringing cricket to listeners, viewers and a new digital audience,” added Tom Harrison, Chief Executive Officer of ECB. “We are delighted they will go to another level with live coverage of International and domestic T20 – men’s and women’s – alongside prime-time highlights shows and a commitment to taking the game to even wider audiences.”

In 2016, the BBC accounted for a market-leading 41 per cent of TV sports audiences bringing the nation together around the biggest sporting events. International cricket will join an extensive sporting portfolio that includes the Olympic Games, the World Cup, European Football Championships, Match of the Day, Wimbledon, the FA Cup and the 6 Nations.

Sky secures England cricket deal

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/06/30/sky-secures-england-cricket-deal/

Sky Sports has agreed a new five-year partnership with the England & Wales Cricket Board that includes live rights to international and county cricket from 2020 – including every match from the new T20 competition – and what it describes as a “ground-breaking” commitment to drive participation and further interest in the game. Sky beat off reported interest from BT to secure the deal.

Taking its partnership with English cricket into its third decade, the deal will give customers more live cricket than ever before.

The agreement means that between now and 2024, Sky Sports will be the only place to watch live coverage of all England home Tests, ODIs and T20s, women’s matches and county cricket. Only on Sky Sports can fans watch all matches from the new eight-team T20 competition launching in 2020.

Following its hugely successful Sky Ride cycling initiative which created interest and participation amongst millions of people of all ages, Sky will also work with ECB to develop a new participation and engagement approach to help deliver the ECB’s ambitions to grow the game at all levels. Working with the game’s partners, including the BBC, will provide another opportunity to inspire more fans to enjoy the sport.

“At Sky Sports we love cricket and so do our customers,” declared Barney Francis, Managing Director of Sky Sports. “This is a ground-breaking agreement that represents a new and exciting approach to sports rights in this country. It extends our partnership with the game into a third decade and will see us work with the ECB to excite and engage cricket fans of all ages. We will continue to innovate in our coverage and make it accessible across our channels, products and services. And drawing on our experience of getting millions on their bikes with our successful eight-year Sky Ride initiative, we are committed to working with the ECB to help grow the game at all levels.”

“Sky Sports have offered a true partnership – more than a broadcast deal – with their shared vision for cricket,” added Tom Harrison, ECB Chief Executive Officer. “Their innovation and production standards are widely acclaimed. Here, they further increase their live commitment and have added bold ideas to drive engagement and to help to get a bat and ball in more hands.”

Last year Sky’s cricket coverage reached nearly 8 million viewers. As well as live match coverage that includes over 200 England matches home and abroad between now and 2024, Sky Sports will provide comprehensive coverage and support across its TV, mobile, digital and social platforms. This includes round-the-clock news, views and highlights on Sky Sports News HQ, skysports.com and Sky’s digital and social media outlets.

Alongside England home cricket for the next seven years, viewers can look forward to the new domestic T20 competition launching in 2020, NatWest T20 Blast, County Championship plus the women’s KIA Super League. The Sky Sports cricket schedule also includes England in ICC competitions until 2023 and upcoming tours to Sri Lanka, New Zealand, South Africa and West Indies. It lost out to BT for the rights to cover the prestigious Ashes series between Australia and England this winter and the telco had been expected to make a concerted effort to wrest further coverage from Sky.

Ad industry group launches anti-piracy app

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/06/28/ad-industry-group-launches-anti-piracy-app/

The Trustworthy Accountability Group (TAG), an advertising industry initiative to fight criminal activity in the digital advertising supply chain, has launched the TAG Pirate Mobile App Tool, a new shared resource to help members prevent their advertising from appearing on mobile apps that distribute pirated content, such as copyright-protected music, movies, TV shows, and games. At launch, the tool includes more than 8,000 apps that violate the intellectual property rights of content owners, and it will be updated with new pirate apps as they are identified and shared by TAG members and other supporting organisations.

“As user activity has shifted to the mobile world, so have the criminals who exploit it through mobile apps that distribute illegal pirated content and sell advertising against it,” said Mike Zaneis, CEO of TAG. “By sharing information about those illegal apps, TAG helps companies quickly identify and remove them from their supply chains, thus cutting off the flow of money to pirates and intellectual property thieves. As the sole Information Sharing and Analysis Organization for the digital advertising industry, TAG is uniquely positioned to serve in this important anti-piracy role.”

Mobile app piracy – or the placement of legitimate ads on illegitimate, infringing mobile apps – is a significant and growing problem in digital advertising. Once an app is made available on an app store, it can be downloaded broadly before it is removed due to copyright or trademark infringement. Such apps can continue to operate at scale even after removal from a store, and many generate revenue through advertisements.

TAG’s Pirate Mobile App Tool stems from the work of TAG’s Anti-Piracy Working Group, which has developed a set of best practices guidelines to help advertisers, agencies, and mobile ad tech intermediaries identify and filter out infringing mobile apps from their advertising inventory. Those guidelines also include the framework for companies to contribute to and use the TAG Pirate Mobile App Tool to identify and block infringing mobile apps.

TAG has been designated as the first and only Information Sharing and Analysis Organization (ISAO) for the digital advertising industry. As such, TAG serves as the industry’s lead information sharing organisation around threats, incidents, and best practices, particularly those related to ad-related malware, ad-supported piracy, ad fraud, and associated threats. Other information-sharing resources available to members include TAG’s Malware Threat Sharing Hub, Data Center IP List, and network of certified compliance officers at member companies.

“The tremendous growth in mobile apps that provide ready and legitimate access to movies and TV shows has been a boon for creators and the millions of men and women whose jobs depend on the creative industry,” noted Farnaz M. Alemi, Vice President, Global Content Protection Counsel at The Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. “However, even as more and more content is being consumed through mobile platforms, this creative marketplace is being threatened by a profusion of illicit mobile apps that distribute a vast range of pirated content globally. The initiative announced today provides a welcome new tool to help block the financial incentives for criminal enterprises that are turning a handsome profit from advertising on pirate mobile apps and large-scale pirate websites. The MPAA thanks the Trustworthy Accountability Group for its leadership in this effort.”

“As music listening on smartphones has exploded, so has the rise in mobile apps that specialize in scamming users and stealing from creators,” commented Victoria Sheckler, SVP, Deputy General Counsel, Recording Industry Association of America. “One recent study analysing this space found that 73 percent of respondents assume any music app offering downloads from an official app store is licensed by artists and rights holders. One of the best tools to address this scourge is the voluntary sharing of information among advertisers and other important stakeholders to ensure legitimate ads do not find their way on to these bad apps. We welcome this initiative and best practices guidelines and appreciate the work of TAG to keep the legitimate app marketplace a safe place where creativity can flourish.”

Second launch doubles number of Iridium NEXT satellites in orbit to 20

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Second_launch_doubles_number_of_Iridium_NEXT_satellites_in_orbit_to_20_999.html

Iridium Communications has reported a successful second launch of its next-generation network, Iridium NEXT. This payload of 10 satellites was deployed into low-Earth orbit, approximately one hour after a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off Sunday from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, at 1:25pm PDT (20:25 UTC).

With this launch complete, there are now 20 Iridium NEXT satellites in orbit, establishing the infrastructure for groundbreaking technologies such as Iridium Certus and Aireon's space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) aircraft tracking and surveillance service.

Iridium Certus is poised to disrupt industry norms by enabling truly global L-band satellite broadband speeds through smaller, more cost-effective antennas.

Since the successful January 14, 2017 launch, Iridium NEXT satellites have already been integrated into the operational constellation and are providing service. The first eight operational Iridium NEXT satellites are already providing superior call quality and faster data speeds with increased capacity to Iridium customers.

The two additional satellites from the first launch are continuing to drift to their operational orbital plane, where upon arrival they will begin providing service. Iridium NEXT satellites from the latest launch will be tested and integrated into the constellation over the coming weeks. Just as with the first launch, on-orbit testing and validation will be completed by the Iridium and Thales Alenia Space teams.

Five of the 10 satellites from this launch will be sent to adjacent orbits ("planes") to optimize the network deployment and ensure eleven operational satellites, and at least one in-orbit spare, are in each of Iridium's six polar orbiting planes following full deployment.

"Right now, it's two down with six more launches to go," said Matt Desch, chief executive officer, Iridium.

"Our operations team is eagerly awaiting this new batch of satellites and is ready to begin the testing and validation process. After several weeks of fine-tuning, the next set of 'slot swaps' will begin, bringing more Iridium NEXT satellites into operational service, and bringing us closer to an exciting new era for our network, company, and partners."

Among the many technologies enabled by Iridium NEXT is a unique hosted payload from Iridium's partner, Aireon, which will provide a real-time, global aircraft surveillance and tracking service. Today, air traffic controllers and aircraft operators face the problem of being unable to see the location of aircraft at all times, worldwide.

This is largely due to the lack of aircraft tracking infrastructure on the ground in remote regions and over the oceans. The AireonSM system is designed to solve this problem. To date, more than one billion aircraft position reports have been received by the first eight operational Aireon payloads, activated after the first Iridium NEXT launch this past January.

"Since first launch, our technology has exceeded all expectations," said Don Thoma, chief executive officer, Aireon.

"With just eight payloads, we have seen an incredible amount of data, from aircraft and vehicle antennas of both high and surprisingly low wattage. We've conducted flight tests with the FAA and NAV CANADA, which were designed to really push our system's limits, while also helping to fine-tune its capabilities. We're on a path to revolutionizing how the world sees the skies, and with each launch come one step closer to making it a global reality."

According to analyses conducted by the Flight Safety Foundation and Purdue University's School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, space-based ADS-B, utilized by the Aireon system, can increase safety while also reducing the environmental impact of the aviation industry.

Through a series of eight launches, SpaceX will deliver 75 Iridium NEXT satellites to low-Earth orbit, with 66 making up the operational constellation. In total, 81 new satellites are being built, with nine serving as on-orbit spares and six as ground spares.

The satellites were designed by Thales Alenia Space, which serves as system prime contractor, and are being integrated by Thales's subcontractor, Orbital ATK, at its Satellite Manufacturing Facility in Arizona. The production process features an 18-station, state-of-the-art assembly line system for all 81 Iridium NEXT satellites.

ISRO GSAT-17: India's communication satellite launched by Ariane-5 VA-238 rocket; 10 facts to know

From http://www.newsnation.in/science-news/isro-gsat-17-launched-10-facts-to-know-about-the-communication-satellite-article-175564.html

ISRO GSAT-17 satellite provides continuity of services on operational satellites in C-band, Extended C-band and S-bands, the space agency said. The GSAT-17 communication satellite is built on the indigenous I-3K extended bus.

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has achieved yet another milestone by successfully launching the GSAT-17 communication satellite, which blasted off from French Guiana. Ariane-5 VA-238 launched the GSAT-17, which weighs 3,477 kg, into space on June 28.

India’s latest communication satellite carries equipment for metrological data relay as well as satellite-based search and rescue services that was earlier provided by INSAT satellites.

ISRO GSAT-17 satellite provides continuity of services on operational satellites in C-band, Extended C-band and S-bands, the space agency said. The GSAT-17 communication satellite is built on the indigenous I-3K extended bus.

Here are some facts you should know about the ISRO’s GSAT-17 communication satellite:

1. The satellite carries payloads in Normal C-band, Extended C-band and S-band in order to provide various communication services.

2. The in-orbit operational life of the GSAT-17 satellite is about 15 years, according to ISRO.

3. Ariane-5 VA-238 launch vehicle launched the GSAT-17 into a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO). The Ariane 5 rockets are built under the authority of European Space Agency (ESA), and the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales. Ariane 5 rockets are used in heavy-lift launches.

4. The GSAT-17 will carry out satellite-based search and rescue services that were provided by INSAT satellites earlier.

5. Both the antenna reflectors and the two solar arrays of GSAT-17 will be deployed during the final stages. The satellite will then be placed in its final orbital configuration.

6. The GSAT-17 satellite orbited co-passenger Hellas Sat 3-Inmarsat S EAN for about 41 minutes and then was injected. The Hellas Sat 3-Inmarsat S EAN is a two-payload “condosat”. Thales Alenia Space for Hellas Sat and Inmarsat produces the Hellas Sat 3-Inmarsat S EAN.

ALSO READ | Communication satellite GSAT-17 successfully launched from French Guiana

7. The GSAT-17 launch was ISRO’s third satellite launch this month. It earlier launched first developmental flight of GSLV MkIII and PSLV C-38 missions.

8. GSAT-17 communication satellite is controlled by ISRO’s Master Control Facility (MCF) at Hassan.

9. GSAT-17 is ISRO’s 21st satellite to be launched by Arianespace.

10. GSAT-17 satellite will strengthen ISRO’s current group of 17 telecommunications satellites.


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SpaceX set to launch massive satellite on July 2nd: 3 flights in 9 days

From https://www.teslarati.com/spacex-intelsat-35e-launch-july-2/

SpaceX’s Next Launch is Still Nearly on Time in Spite of BulgariaSat-1 Delays

As first reported earlier this morning by James Dean of Florida Today and now officially confirmed by the launch customer Intelsat, SpaceX’s launch of Intelsat 35e has been scheduled for July 2nd at 4:36 p.m. PST.

A several day delay of the launch of BulgariaSat-1 from Monday to Friday of last week was logically assumed to mean that the launch of Intelsat 35e, previously scheduled for July 1st, would be delayed at least several days to allow for the necessary pad checks and repairs that occur after launches. In 2017, this pad flow has generally taken at least a full week, with a static fire occurring once the pad is ready, and a launch several days after that. Two weeks has so far been a relatively consistent minimum between launches from the same pad.

A launch from LC-39A on July 2nd would give SpaceX at most nine days from the launch of BulgariaSat-1 to ready the pad once more. Further, Intelsat 35e has a static fire scheduled as early as Thursday this week, six days after the pad’s previous successful launch. I previously wrote about SpaceX potentially conducting three separate missions within the course of two weeks and declared that such an accomplishment would be a massive accomplishment and proof of concept for some of SpaceX’s more lofty goals. Now it would appear that there is a possibility that SpaceX could launch three separate missions in as few as nine days.

Nine days is of course quite close to being a single week, and successfully pulling off what is now officially scheduled would lend unassailable credence to a previous SpaceX goal of regular, weekly cadence by 2019. In fact, three launches in nine days from two separate pads almost makes regular weekly launches from two separate pads appear imminently in reach for the company, possibly even earlier than 2019.

Intelsat 35e will become the largest communications satellite SpaceX has ever sent to orbit, weighing in at ~6000 kilograms. Designed to last at least 15 years in geostationary orbit, it is expected that SpaceX will attempt to place the satellite into a higher energy geostationary transfer orbit in order to reduce the amount of time it takes the commsat to reach its final planned orbit. This translates to an expendable Falcon 9 Full Thrust that will pushed close to its payload and orbit limits. While it is now somewhat sad to see a Falcon 9 first stage unable to attempt recovery, this will still be a thoroughly exciting launch, especially considering the impressive mass of the satellite.

Another successful recovery for 1029 on June 23, 2017. Note the dramatic lean and differing angles of the legs on the left, courtesy of a very hard landing. (SpaceX)

SpaceX’s constant iteration of Falcon 9 vehicles meant that Intelsat 35e did not have to wait for Falcon Heavy, as the current default version of the Falcon 9 (v1.2) has begun to overlap the original performance estimates for the first Falcon Heavy concept. Of note, the vehicles that launched last weekend have approximately double the lifting capacity of the original Falcon 9, which last flew in 2013.

The static fire for the launch of Iridium 35e is currently scheduled for this Thursday. Check back at Teslarati for confirmation of that test as we find ourselves once more just a handful of days away from yet another SpaceX launch.

Sky Sports (U.k) switches to themed channels

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/06/27/sky-sport-switches-to-themed-channels/

Sky is dumping numbered sports channels to be replaced with themed stations for specific sports beginning with football, golf and cricket. It hopes the move will stem falling sport ratings as it rebrands and introduces a cheaper package from £18 (€20).

In addition to the dedicated channels a new channel, Sky Sports Arena, will host other content including rugby and tennis.

The cost of sports rights has exploded in recent years with Sky paying £4.2 billion in its latest Premier League TV deal – 83 per cent more than the previous deal, but viewing has dropped significantly.

Sky has put the viewer loss over the past year down to airing more games per season, many of which feature less popular clubs, the relegation of clubs with relatively large fanbases such as Newcastle and Aston Villa, and the BBC’s live Rio Olympics coverage.

Sky added 40,000 subscribers in the UK in the three months to the end of March, compared with 70,000 in the same period last year.

The Sky Sports Mix channel, which Sky uses to showcase sport to its wider subscriber base by offering it free to basic package holders, will be continued.

Facebook to stream FOX Champions League coverage

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/06/28/facebook-to-stream-fox-champions-league-coverage/

US service FOX Sports is partnering with Facebook to stream UEFA Champions League matches via Facebook Live during the 2017-18 season.

Under the terms of the deal, FOX Sports will stream UEFA Champions League matches in the United States on the FOX Sports Facebook Page, and in Spanish on the FOX Deportes Facebook Page, beginning in September during group stage competition.

“Facebook is a social media powerhouse and a great partner to help us grow soccer in the United States,” said David Nathanson, Head of Business Operations, FOX Sports. “As people spend more and more time on mobile devices and social networks, offering matches on this platform is a natural extension. This year’s UEFA Champions League final saw 34 million people have 98 million interactions on Facebook, so we are thrilled to be able to offer top-notch content to their immense soccer community.”

The partnership is a first of its kind and includes two live matches per match day in the group stage, four ‘round of 16’ matches and four quarter-final matches. Some matches will be exclusive to Facebook and FOX Sports GO, while others will be simulcast on television. Half of these matches will be exhibited in English, while the other half will be exhibited in Spanish.

“The UEFA Champions League is one of the biggest football tournaments in the world, so we’re thrilled to partner with FOX Sports to deliver live matches to fans on Facebook in the US next season,” said Dan Reed, Head of Global Sports Partnerships, Facebook. “This collaboration unlocks new distribution for FOX, giving the network a national platform for matches that won’t always be televised. And with different matches broadcast in English and Spanish on Facebook, our community of fans will have plenty of action to cheer on and chat about once the group stage kicks off in September.

SES fills AMC-9 gap

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/06/27/ses-fills-amc-9-gap/

Satellite operator SES says it has completely restored service for all of its clients who used its AMC-9 satellite.

Communications with the satellite were lost on June 17th, but SES says the majority of its customers, including in-flight communications specialists Gogo, were speedily re-housed on alternate satellites by the following evening, June 18th.

However, SES is also moving “additional assets” to the AMC-9 location of 83 degrees West to continue the original satellite’s mission.

There’s no positive news on the recovery of SES-9. It is slowly drifting through space and poses no threat to satellites in its path. “SES continues to work with the manufacturer to identify the root cause of the anomaly, as well as any possible options to recover the spacecraft,” says a statement from SES.

“Thanks to the restoration plan, the potential impact on SES’s full year 2017 group revenue is expected to be lower than €20 million, which includes the potential reduction in available fleet transponders for future commercialisation. The one-off impairment charge is expected to be €38 million,” added the SES statement.

“SES wishes to thank all of its affected customers for their understanding and cooperation. In addition, SES wishes to thank the FCC for its support over the weekend, by providing the necessary approvals to help put in effect the needed solutions” said Martin Halliwell, SES CTO. “Beyond AMC-9 status, SES continues to work towards a long-term plan of capacity replacement.”

“The AMC-9 restoration strategy demonstrates one of the many benefits of working with a satellite operator with a large global fleet,” said Anand Chari, Gogo EVP/CTO. “All networks, satellite and terrestrial, can occasionally suffer such rare mishaps. SES’s ability to recover so quickly and effectively is a compelling testament to the size and flexibility of its fleet, the professionalism of its people, and the operational processes in place to ensure the resiliency needed to keep businesses, such as Gogo, running seamlessly.”

OneWeb opens satellite production line

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/06/27/oneweb-opens-satellite-production-line/

OneWeb Satellites has inaugurated its assembly line in Toulouse, the beating heart of Airbus’s manufacturing expertise, to begin end-to-end validation, testing, and integration of its first satellites set for launch in just over nine months.

OneWeb Satellites is a joint venture between OneWeb, a global communications company whose mission is to provide affordable Internet access to everyone on Earth, and Airbus Defence and Space with its first order to include the production of 900 communications satellites for OneWeb’s low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite fleet. The 4,600 square meters Toulouse facility will serve to validate the production methods necessary to manufacture high-performance satellites at a scale never achieved before, de-risk any potential issues, and lay the framework for the larger multi-line OneWeb Satellites factory near the Kennedy Space Center, Florida. The initial 10 pilot and Toulouse-built satellites, after having undergone a comprehensive set of tests, will become the first of OneWeb’s fleet.

“We have just about nine months until the first of our fleet launches into orbit,” said Greg Wyler, Founder and Chairman of OneWeb. “Then, if all goes well, we will begin the world’s largest launch campaign, sending new satellites up every 21 days, and building not just a fleet but a digital bridge to enable affordable broadband access for the billions of unconnected around the world.”

As well as building the fleet of satellites, OneWeb Satellites will provide customised versions of these ultra-high performance satellites, platforms and core technologies to Airbus to support their third party sales to other commercial and government operators globally. The mini-satellites, coming from the huge production line, will enable new cost and performance paradigms for those looking to benefit from the advantages satellites can bring to Earth observation, sensor and telecommunications markets.

“Providing global internet access with the OneWeb satellites is a daring mission, which we’re very excited to be a part of”, said Tom Enders, CEO of Airbus. “Airbus thrives on innovation and innovation is at the core of this joint endeavor with OneWeb. Never before have high quality satellites been produced at such little cost, at such a fast pace and in such high quantities. As such, OneWeb is truly a transformational project – not just for Airbus but for the space industry as a whole.”

The development of this facility has been supported by Bpifrance in the framework of the French PIA programme (Programme d’Investissements d’Avenir).

Dish Serves Up 4K-Capable Android TV Platform for Hotels

From http://www.multichannel.com/news/content/dish-serves-4k-capable-android-tv-platform-hotels/413729

Dish soft-launched hospitality-focused offering earlier this year

Following a recent soft-launch, Dish Network said it has commercially launched Evolve, a 4K-capable, Android TV-powered “set-back” box and interface that is tailored for hotels and other partners in the hospitality market.

Dish, which formally unveiled Evolve in tandem with this week’s HITEC Toronto show, said the new platform integrates regular TV with thousands of Android TV-optimized apps from Google Play.

The UI for Evolve also features a channel preview that enables a pop-up window of a live video, as well as a configuration tool that lets partners brand the UI, customize welcome channels, and pre-populate the box with certain apps. The system also clears a guest’s personal information when they check out.

Evolve, which works with Dish’s SMARTBOX SD/HD distribution system for hotels, also supports Chromecast built-in, an integrated system that lets users cast video and other content from their mobile devices to the TV, and also lets users listen to the TV with Bluetooth headsets.

Dish has not announced which of its hotel and hospitality partners are already using Evolve.

RELATED: AT&T Bows Chromecast-Supported Streaming Option for Hotels

“Today’s guest is used to a TV experience at home that combines their favorite streaming apps with linear, high-definition programming,” Alistair Chatwin, director of Dish Business, said in a statement. “With EVOLVE and SMARTBOX, all hotel operators can now deliver the intuitive and streamlined entertainment that guests have come to expect at home, while reducing costs, increasing performance and saving space across their properties.”

Dish’s new Air TV Player, an OTA/OTT combo device targeted to cord-cutters, is also powered by Android TV.

India's Answer to GPS Runs Into Serious Technical Failures

From http://www.gpsdaily.com/reports/Indias_Answer_to_GPS_Runs_Into_Serious_Technical_Failures_999.html

India's native navigation system has developed serious problems with four atomic clocks on the six satellites facing unexplained errors. With these, a total seven out of 21 clocks onboard have shown some difficulties.

Proper functioning of these clocks is crucial to provide accurate navigation to the Indian armed forces. Last year, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) accepted the problems with three atomic clocks onboard one of the satellites of Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS).

"The clocks are ticking well. It's not possible to share the technical details of mission management for important reasons. ISRO is adopting various strategies so that best results are obtained from its satellite systems," A.S. Kiran Kumar, Chairman, ISRO told IANS earlier this month. But sources said that more atomic clocks have faced difficulties in providing data which is likely to be compensated with the launch of a replacement satellite in near future.

IRNSS was launched as a more accurate navigation services compared to the US' GPS system over the Bay of Bengal, Southeast Asia, Indian Ocean, Middle East and African regions. India created its own navigation system in April 2016 with the successful launch of the last of its seven satellites of IRNSS.

The failure of three atomic clocks was not causing much worry to Indian scientists as they cited similar instance earlier this month in Europe, where three rubidium atomic clocks and six hydrogen maser clocks onboard Galileo failed.

Rubidium atomic clocks were manufactured by the Swiss company Spectracom. However, India's CSIR-NPL has developed and transferred the critical technology of Rubidium atomic clock for space applications to ISRO. A model has been developed at CSIR-NPL and is undergoing further developments at Satellite Applications Center before being integrated into the payload of the IRNSS.


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NBN to double Sky Muster download limits in bid to end rural 'data drought'

From http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-06-27/rural-nbn-users-told-to-expect-plans-with-higher-data-caps/8655718

Australians living in rural, regional and remote areas frustrated by download limits on the National Broadband Network's satellite service will soon be granted some relief.

NBN has announced it is doubling the maximum peak download allowance from 75 gigabytes per month to 150.

But the government-owned company warns there is not enough capacity on the two Sky Muster satellites for every connection to use that much.

NBN's Gavin Williams said the new wholesale plans will be available from October.

"What we've done is look at how our network has been performing in real-world conditions over its first year since launch," Mr Williams said.

"We've assessed that the network is actually capable of delivering more than we'd originally forecast."

He expects retail service providers to pass on the benefits.

"We've given [service providers] increased flexibility to double the maximum size plans and they'll then be able to launch a range of services — some smaller, some bigger — to achieve their average," he said.

Wholesale plans increase average downloads by up to 50 per cent

About 75,000 rural, regional and remote customers have signed up for a Sky Muster plan since it was activated in April 2016.

They receive a much lower download limit than people living in urban areas.

Each subscriber on the satellite service currently uses an average of about 27 gigabytes per month, a 12.5 per cent increase over the past six months.

The Sky Muster satellite designed to deliver broadband internet services to more than 200,000 rural and remote Australians.

The new wholesale plans mean the average download cap per user will increase from 30 gigabytes to 45.

Joanna Gibson from the Isolated Children's Parents' Association on Yudnapinna Station in South Australia said students can use data quickly, particularly those watching university lectures online.

"It's very important that [retail service providers] pass [the change] onto customers without increasing their costs too much," Ms Gibson said.

Users in the bush complain of 'data drought' and drop outs

But people in the bush are still reporting service reliability issues with NBN satellite internet.

Tracey Hayes, chief executive of the Northern Territory Cattlemen's Association, said connectivity in the bush continues to be a challenge.

"Unfortunately people out in the bush are still experiencing lengthy drop outs, connectivity challenges and inconsistency and lack of reliability with the product," she said.

She said there is a lack of equality between those in the bush and people living in urban areas.

"Part of the issue as we see itis the disconnect between what NBN are trying to do and the actual service that's provided by service providers," she said.

US company OneWeb received approval this week to deploy a global constellation of 720 satellites to provide fast internet.

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Mr Williams said the wholesaler will look at all the options.

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Flying Doctor to trial nbn's Sky Muster™ satellite

From https://mysunshinecoast.com.au/news/news-display/flying-doctor-to-trial-nbns-sky-muster-satellite,50097

nbn and the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (RFDS) have agreed terms to commence trial access to nbn's Sky Muster™ satellite service.

nbn and RFDS will test transportable Sky Muster™ units, initially in four RFDS aircraft and two road vehicles to support visiting primary health clinics, with trials to commence in September.

RFDS currently uses broadband where it is available in country Australia for delivering tele-health, managing patient records, and keeping medical teams in contact with patients, hospitals, and back to base operations.

RFDS CEO Martin Laverty said "Broadband coverage has been inadequate in the bush. Legacy services don't deliver sufficient speeds to the country, meaning health consumers and health providers can't depend on the internet for reliable health service delivery.

"If trialing nbn's Sky Muster™ satellites and antenna devices proves successful, RFDS will be gradually able to expand tele-health and online health management reliably across remote and country areas that currently miss out on workable broadband coverage," Mr Laverty said.

nbn Executive General Manager of Satellite Gavin Williams said the arrangement was a significant step forward in providing health services to the bush.

"nbn is pleased to be working with RFDS, an organisation which provides essential health and emergency services to remote Australia. nbn is excited to see its ground-breaking satellite technology being trialled by RFDS to assist in bridging the digital divide in remote Australia," Mr Williams said.

The trial will operate in country areas across all States and Territories (except the ACT).

All RFDS Bases across the nation will be given connections to nbn™ Sky Muster™ services. The trial will also test fitting a number of RFDS medical chests with Sky Muster™ services to assess uptake of video tele-health for remote residents who rely on the RFDS for their healthcare.

Additionally, a Wi-Fi hot-spot will be installed at a remote NSW airstrip used regularly by the RFDS. This hot-spot will provide RFDS pilots with access to weather and navigational support, and visiting RFDS medical teams with secure and usable broadband access.

If the trial is successful, RFDS anticipates incorporating access to Sky Muster™ service into its business as usual systems to support country Australians in getting access to health care. Results of the trial will be assessed in April of 2018.

Japan's satellites bring new auto farming, stock management era

From http://www.queenslandcountrylife.com.au/story/4753002/japans-satellites-bring-new-auto-farming-stock-management-era/?cs=4698

For decades Japan has given us the latest in high-technology advances from household appliances and office computer breakthroughs to industrial-scale electronics and robotics.

Now it agriculture’s turn.

From Central Queensland to Jerilderie in southern NSW, high-tech mega company, Hitachi, is trialling a range of different technologies enabling farmers to run driverless machinery or remotely calculate pasture and soil moisture conditions to make better grazing management decisions.

The Japanese technology giant, which reaps annual revenues of more than $148 billion from building everything from televisions and sound systems, to trains, power plants, construction machinery and information technology is taking artificial farm intelligence to a new level.

It’s one of many traditional high tech names now eager to use their know-how to diversify their core business strengths with a firm footprint in the paddock.

A new network of Japanese satellites over the Asia Pacific region promises to provide global positioning system (GPS) style technology capable of driving unmanned tractors and harvesters, guiding long-flight drones over crops and grazing properties and assisting decision making calculations.

By 2023 the satellite constellation providing geospatial and information algorithms to the region will expand from the current two spacecraft to seven, making it a powerful shared resource for host of industries, including farming.

Self-driving cars, freight trucks and delivery drones are among the many other likely users of the geolocation information transmitted by the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency-Mitsubishi satellites, which promise to significantly improve on the metre-plus accuracy of public GPS guidance directed from US satellites.

Hitachi is already working with agricultural machinery makers and their existing auto steer technology ahead of releasing its first stage QZSS guidance systems in Australia next April.

Latest tests on NSW irrigation farms and Queensland cane fields near Mackay have achieved tracking accuracy down to about two centimetres and maintained harvest height accuracy to eight centimetres.

The company is also promising unmanned drones will be able to fly for several hours, identifying and spot spraying woody weeds, or monitoring pasture biomass on pastoral properties on a daily basis.

While still relatively coy about the specific costs involved, the tech giant sees big opportunities to enhance farm management and agriculture supply chain efficiency.

Working in partnerships with numerous local research players, including the University of New England, Central Queensland University, University of Tasmania, Meat and Livestock Australia and the Bureau of Meteorology, it has established weather stations, soil moisture sensors, stock water monitors and walk-over stock weighing stations to support its drone and satellite imagery information on avocado farms and cattle stations, some of which carry about 32,000 head.

Its Hitachi Process Intelligence (HPI) system not only makes predictive decisions on grazing conditions and optimum livestock marketing options, it will alert landholders of fences needing urgent repair, including recommending materials for the task.

In the wake of Cyclone Debbie’s devastating landfall in Queensland in March and April Hitachi used imagery information combined with data collated by its HPI system to locate scattered livestock, identify flooded roads, fencelines and paddocks, and then directed stockmen, via safe routes, to recover lost cattle and make infrastructure repairs.

“It’s all about real time data analysis,” said Hitachi’s Australian-based senior business development manager, Derrick Thompson.

“The images and related information on the screen tell you what’s actually happening without the need to travel for hours to inspect stock, or watering points and grazing conditions.

“This is saving a hell of a lot of time and making management decision making much more timely and efficient.

“It’s going to help producers get cattle out of the paddock at the right time and off to the feedlot at a correct weight with a minimum amount of days wasted.”

Mr Thompson said although Hitachi’s Cyclone Debbie response work was only a demonstration of HPI’s disaster recovery capabilities, the producers involved were “very happy with the result”.

He told a recent ANZ agribusiness delegation visit to Hitachi’s social innovation business base in Tokyo, HPI was even capable of scanning and translating handwritten livestock identification data from farm records for storage in cloud-based files making individual animal records electronically accessible and comparable.

“HPI compares what farmers are doing, or the performance of their livestock, with what’s going on around them, including global best practices.

“It’s always looking for a better way to do what you are doing today.”

SES Networks and Primacom to Deliver High Speed Broadband Connectivity to Vessels in Asia-Pacific

From Press Release

SES (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) announced today it has signed a multi-year agreement with leading Indonesian satellite communications provider Primacom (PT Primacom Interbuana). Primacom will use SES Networks’ Maritime+ service to deliver the highest levels of reliable high-speed broadband connectivity to vessels operating in Asia-Pacific region.

The innovative fully-managed service will enable Primacom to double broadband speeds for connecting vessels traversing international and domestic maritime routes within the Asia-Pacific region.

SES Networks’ Maritime+ service combines SES’s global ground and space infrastructure to deliver the highest levels of reliability and connectivity to vessels that are seeking connected and autonomous shipping operations.

“The managed Maritime+ service is an ideal fit for Primacom as it gives us the flexibility to allocate bandwidth based on the needs of our customers. The efficient use of capacity also allows our budget-conscious customers to run new applications for the first time. Thanks to this customised and cost-efficient service, we are now able to provide the reliable and seamless connectivity that vessels need while traversing across oceans,” said Rosjanto, Senior Vice President of Product Support Development Technical Division at Primacom.

Steve Collar, CEO at SES Networks, said, “Broadband satellite connectivity is critical to realising the potential of the growing maritime sector in Indonesia and Asia-Pacific. SES Networks’ Maritime+ service, coupled with an extensive global reach and ground network, enables Primacom to offer flexible, reliable connectivity services to its customers. The customisable and cost-effective platform makes access to high-speed connectivity at sea possible for local and international operators in the region, empowering them to tap the maritime market’s strong growth.”

For further information please contact:
Markus Payer
Corporate Communications & PR
Tel. +352 710 725 500

About SES

SES is the world-leading satellite operator and the first to deliver a differentiated and scalable GEO-MEO offering worldwide, with more than 50 satellites in Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) and 12 in Medium Earth Orbit (MEO). SES focuses on value-added, end-to-end solutions in four key market verticals (Video, Enterprise, Mobility and Government). It provides satellite communications services to broadcasters, content and internet service providers, mobile and fixed network operators, governments and institutions, and businesses worldwide. SES’s portfolio includes the ASTRA satellite system, which has the largest Direct-to-Home (DTH) television reach in Europe, and O3b Networks, a global managed data communications service provider. Another SES subsidiary, MX1, is a leading media service provider and offers a full suite of innovative digital video and media services. Further information available at: www.ses.com

Arianespace ready for double launch

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/06/26/arianespace-ready-for-double-launch/

June 28th will see Arianespace launch two satellites in a somewhat unusual set of circumstances. Weather permitting, the actual launch will take place from Kourou, French Guiana on June 28th.

But the mission is complex. The rocket will carry two satellites, but one of the satellites is a so-called ‘condominium’ craft which is two satellites in one. In fact, the HellasSat-3 portion is owned by Arabsat, which arguably makes the overall mission almost a ‘three in one’ set of obligations.

HellasSat-3 is half of a satellite, and where the rest of the satellite is owned by Inmarsat.

The second actual satellite is owned by India’s Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and dubbed GSAT-17.

HellasSat-3 will expand the overall DTH offering as well as backing up existing transmissions and provide telecom capacity. HellasSat says there is now extra bandwidth for HD and UHD channels and also serve the Middle East and sub-Saharan markets.

Inmarsat’s S-EAN (S-band and European Aviation Network) satellite will provide continent-wide coverage with S-band connectivity, and as part of Inmarsat’s obligations to the European Commission. The IUnmarsat craft will serve Mobile Satellite Services over Europe. HellasSat-3 and Inmarsat’s S-EAN will be placed at 39 degrees East.

However, Inmarsat’s plan is already subject to a legal challenge from Eutelsat and ViaSat of California who allege that Inmarsat is in breach of its license from the EU.

ISRO’s GSAT-17 will add to the operator’s existing fleet of 17 operational satellites, and will operate in C-band, as well as S-band.

The pre-launch readiness tests will take place on June 26th.

Iridium says newly launched satellites are functioning well

From http://normangeestar.net/2017/06/27/iridium-says-newly-launched-satellites-are-functioning-well/

Its mission was to put 10 satellites from Iridium into orbit.

Ten Iridium Communications satellites were launched on Sunday, forming part of the Iridium NEXT network meant to increase the range of aircraft tracking and surveillance for Iridium customers. Iridium developed new, smaller antennas in order to increase call quality and data speed. “Just like with the first batch of our payloads, we will go through a rigorous process of testing and validating each individual payload, pushing their limits to maximize operational effectiveness”.

Iridium Communications announced the successful second launch of its next-generation network, Iridium Next. The Aireon payloads, which were manufactured by Harris Corporation, will be hosted on all 81 Iridium NEXT satellites, 75 of which are scheduled for launch.

Those “slot swaps” consist of a new satellite replacing an older one. With this launch complete, there are now 20 Iridium NEXT satellites in orbit, establishing the infrastructure for technologies such as Iridium Certus and Aireon’s space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) aircraft tracking and surveillance service.

On-orbit validation will be performed by the Iridium and Thales Alenia Space teams.

Since the first successful launch in January, Aireon has activated 8 payloads and has received over one billion aircraft position reports. The boosters landed on SpaceX’s drone ship floating in the Pacific Ocean.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 on Friday launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla., and boosted a communications satellite for Bulgaria into orbit. Titanium fins were used on Sunday, as opposed to smaller and less durable aluminum fins used before.


TVNZ 1 and 2 have gone live with their offficial live streams see lower down the page for the stream links

Monday Feeds

Asiasat 5 4175 V Sr 4936 "WSHT ENC58" Kohler Grand Prix Indy cars

Asiasat 5 3927 V Sr 7120 "PATH1-A" Asian kick boxing

Asiasat 5 3700 V Sr 30000

AFP Asia

EBU service 6

are FTA

Saturday Feeds

D1 12652 V Sr 7200 "7BCM D1/T7 Slot 3" AFL
D1 12724 V Sr 7500 "STS 12 Enc/Mod 1" AFL
D1 12634 V Sr 7200 16APSK "7BCM D1/T7 Slot 1" AFL

Intelsat 19 12431 H Sr 7500 "STS 4" colour bars TVWAN Rugby

Asiasat 5 3926 V Sr 7200 "AFl Collingwood v Port Adelaide" AFL

Saturday morning

Asiasat 5 3716 H Sr 6110 "SECO-1" Chinese performers

Asiasat 5 3914 V Sr 7120 "nameless" Asian singer

Asiasat 5 3927 V Sr 7120 "WI v India Studio" Cricket presenter Sony

Asiasat 5 4094H Sr 7200 "1" Table Tennis CCTV5 China

Friday night

Intelsat 19 12430 H Sr 3500 Fec 3/4 DVBS "CHCH" fireworks
Intelsat 19 12610 V Sr 7000 "STS 6" NRL, Wests Tigers vs Gold Coast Titans

From my Email


From the Dish

ChinaSat 6A 125.0E 3827 H "Chengdu Tianfu Food TV" is encrypted again.

ChinaSat 6B 115.5E 4100 V "CHC HD, CHC and CCTV 6" are encrypted again.
ChinaSat 6B 115.5E The Top V muxes on 3600 V, 3640 V and 3680 V are now encrypted.

Palapa D 113.0E 3880 H "Gem TV Asia has replaced Universal Channel Asia" on , Tongfang.
Palapa D 113.0E 3984 H "Al-Iman TV" is back on , clear.
Palapa D 113.0E 4080 H "Holla" has left .

Insat 4A 83.0E 3777 H "ABP Asmita" has left again.
Insat 4A 83.0E 3805 H "Eyewitness News" has left .
Insat 4A 83.0E 3949 H "Zeal Sports & News has replaced Zonet Zawlbuk" on , Fta

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3520 H "Nhang Channel" has started on , BISS.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3585 V "Nhang Channel" has started on , BISS.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 3985 H "Thai PBS" has left again.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3812 H "Maasranga TV" is Fta again.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3752 V "True Sports TV" has started on , Fta. Aath has left.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 3791 H "Jai Paras TV" has started on , Fta.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4034 H "Nxt" has started on , Irdeto.

From asiatvro site

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Aktion(泰国)频道新增,设置3520 H 28125参数有条件接收。 [6月26日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,安徽卫视、凤凰资讯(长城亚洲)等全组频道解密,设置10730 V 40000参数免费接收。 [6月26日]

东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,KNN、TBC(韩国)频道新增,设置11862 L 23800参数有条件接收。 [6月25日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,MBC(韩国)频道新增,设置11747 L 23800参数有条件接收。 [6月25日]
东经84.8度轨道位置的Horizons 2号卫星Ku频段,Zee Nung、Euronews(HEVC)等3个频道新增,设置11758 V 45000参数免费接收。 [6月25日]

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,MV1、MV10(测试)等10个频道新增,设置3585 V 30000参数免费接收。 [6月24日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Gazi Satellite TV(孟加拉)频道解密,设置3805 H 4800参数免费接收。 [6月24日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,True Sports(印度)频道消失,设置4184 V 21600参数无效接收。 [6月24日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Neo Sports(印度)频道加密,设置3900 V 10370参数有条件接收。 [6月24日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Mvlao、Five(老挝)等全组频道消失,设置3433 V 7500参数无效接收。 [6月24日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,卡酷少儿替换TVB8(台亚卫星)频道,设置12731 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [6月24日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,南方卫视-2替换星河频道(台亚卫星)频道,设置11101 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [6月24日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星C频段,中国电影、CCTV-13(长城亚洲)等频道重现,设置3622 H 30000参数部分免费接收。 [6月24日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,World Business Channel、Teledom HD(高清)频道消失,设置12093 V 45000参数无效接收。 [6月24日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Disney Junior(韩国)高清频道新增,设置12650 H 29500参数有条件接收。 [6月24日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Kid Talk Talk(韩国)高清频道新增,设置11785 L 21300参数有条件接收。 [6月24日]

东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星C频段,云南国际、中国黄河(长城亚洲)等28个频道消失,设置3622 H 30000参数无效接收。 [6月23日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,广东体育替换Diva(DISH-HD)频道,设置11101 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [6月23日]
东经56度轨道位置的快车AT1号卫星Ku频段,8 Kanal(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置12130 R 27500参数无效接收。 [6月23日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,STS(+7h)、Home(+7h)(俄罗斯)频道加密,设置11530 H 22250参数有条件接收。 [6月23日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星C频段,Australia Channel News HD(MPEG-4)等7个频道新增,设置3496 V 23260参数部分免费接收。 [6月23日]
东经125度轨道位置的中星6A号卫星C频段,安徽卫视(高清)频道解密,设置3993 V 9578参数免费接收。 [6月23日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星C频段,云南国际、中国黄河(长城亚洲)等28个频道新增,设置3622 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [6月23日]

Stream Links

TVNZ 1 and 2 finally available via live streaming!

#EXTINF:-1,TVNZ 1 (Official Stream)
#EXTINF:-1,TVNZ 2 (Official Stream)


Australian cubesats lost in space found again with help from Dutch telescope, ham radio operators

From http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-06-26/australian-cubesats-lost-in-space-found-with-international-help/8651514

Imagine you've spent half a decade building satellites to study a little-known part of the Earth's atmosphere.

They're the first Australian-built satellites to go into space for more than a decade.

You watch them launch from Cape Canaveral in Florida with great fanfare.

They're deployed from the International Space Station in May.

Then … nothing. Radio silence.

Your efforts appear to have resulted in space junk — invisible, unresponsive bricks hurtling at 27,000km/hr, 400km above the Earth's surface.

But this is not a story about loss.

This is the remarkable tale of how a Dutch radio telescope, ham radio operators and engineers from the universities of New South Wales, Sydney and Australian National University brought two satellites back to life.

Failure at launch

Thirty-six tiny 'cubesats', about the size of a loaf of bread, formed part of an international swarm launched earlier this year.

But shortly after their release, three of the satellites from Australian universities were unresponsive.

They were supposed to transmit a beacon to say "I'm working" — but they were silent — and engineers in Australia could only check twice a day, when the satellites passed over their ground stations.

The engineers thought it could have been a battery issue.

While the satellites had solar panels, they thought they could be trapped in a vicious loop whereby they did not have enough power to deploy the antennas, but were constantly trying to extend them with the little charge they had accumulated.

The teams wrote commands ready to upload — but because the tiny satellites antennas did not extend, they needed a much bigger telescope.

"It meant that we had to speak a lot louder to them for the satellites to hear us, so we needed much more powerful ground stations than what we had here at UNSW and in Canberra at the ANU," deputy director of the Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research (ACSER) Elias Aboutanios said.

Dr Aboutanios tried to use equipment from the Defence Department, Optus, CSIRO and NASA, but no facilities that could broadcast at the right frequencies were available.

Sydney … we have a problem

Running out of options, a research associate from UNSW — Joon Wayn Cheong — used his amateur radio licence, calling for help from his worldwide network.

Incredibly, a Dutch sound technician responded — offering access to a 1950s-era restored 25-metre radio telescope.

"We had access to this old beautifully restored dish — the thing that would work for us — however, Jan [van Muijlwijk, the Dutch technician] works his nine-to-five job during the week, so he could only do this on Saturdays for us," Dr Aboutanious said.

Mr van Muijlwijk fired the commands — and miraculously, it worked.

But only for one of the cubesats.

"So we had to switch back to work out, is our satellite dead? Is it damaged? Is there another reason that we can't talk to it?" Dr Aboutanious said.

"We started wondering — is where we're pointing at the correct place?

"What happens is when these things start orbiting, they are tracked by NORAD (the North American Aerospace Defense Command).

"They track everything in the sky that is larger than a tennis ball … they tell us where they are in the sky."

So engineers continued to try to make contact with the other two satellites — again — getting nothing.

A Colorado mix-up

It turns out NORAD had mislabelled their cubesat.

All along, the engineers were pointing the antenna and trying to detect signals in the wrong place.

Dr Aboutanious believes NORAD had mixed up the labelling of the cubesats with another team's.

As soon as the Dutch dish pointed to what the NORAD data said was the University of Colorado's cubesat, it detected a weak signal that was clearly from the UNSW satellite.

"We [sent our signals to the other cubesat] on the next weekend — next Saturday, we had to wait — we uploaded the commands and they worked," he said.

"I'm not so much relieved, more ecstatic is the better word.

"We're over the Moon — the whole team is just very, very happy."

One more to go

However, the third Australian university cubesat remains unresponsive — and the engineers who brought the first two back to life are ready to offer their services if needed.

Of the 28 cubesats deployed in May, eight are not working.

Those that are responsive will now undergo a testing process before being commissioned later this year.

TVNZ Streaming Ahead

From Press Release: TVNZ

Monday, 26 June 2017, 1:46 pm

TVNZ Streaming Ahead

It’s easier than ever for Kiwis to watch TVNZ shows with today’s launch of a revamped tvnz.co.nz bringing together Live TV and OnDemand viewing.

TVNZ now live streams all its channels – giving viewers the option to view 1, 2 and DUKE on devices at the same time as on air broadcast – and offers local TV shows, Live sports, 1 NEWS, international dramas, box sets, movies and short form videos, all for free OnDemand.

“The big growth trends among New Zealand viewers are the demand for video and viewing on mobile devices, and we’re responding to this by bringing them together on tvnz.co.nz.” said TVNZ Chief Executive Kevin Kenrick.

“It’s all about giving viewers the choice and control – whether they want to watch broadcast TV, time shifted TV, TV streamed on a mobile device, Live or OnDemand,” he says.

Features of the new mobile optimised site include simplified navigation, a new video player and smarter integration for social feeds and content.

TVNZ is extending the amount of time its programmes are available online. “We’re giving people more time to watch episodes before they expire, more box sets and more stacking of episodes one after the other, so viewers can watch at their own pace,” says Kevin Kenrick.

Viewers can work their way through whole seasons of cutting edge dramas Clique and Cleverman (season 2 arrives 3 July), and all four feature length episodes of Oliver Stone’s The Putin Interviews – all new and exclusive to tvnz.co.nz.

TVNZ will be on more streaming devices with a Chromecast app set to launch next month, followed by an Apple TV app later this year, says TVNZ.


TVNZ is available on the following supported devices:
• Apple iPhone 4, 4S, 5, 5C, 5S, 6, 6 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus; Apple iPod Touch iOS9; Apple iPad 2, 3, 4, iPad Air, iPad Air 2; Apple iPad Mini, Mini 2, Mini 3, Mini 4 (iOS9 and above)
• Apple AirPlay
• Android devices including the Samsung Galaxy S7, Edge, and Tab A 10.1 (Android version 4.3 and above)
• Samsung 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 Smart TVs and selected models of Smart Blu-ray players and Smart Home Entertainment Systems
• FreeviewPlus TVs, set top boxes and MyFreeviewPlus Recorders
• Playstation3 & Playstation4
• Microsoft Surface and Mobile
• Xbox One

Coming soon: Chromecast (July).

TVNZ Live streams are available in high definition at 720p resolution.

NZ: SKY, Vodafone end merger agreement

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/06/26/nz-sky-and-vodafone-end-merger-agreement/

New Zealand pay-TV operator Sky Network Television and telco Vodafone Europe B.V.1, a wholly owned subsidiary of Vodafone Group Plc, have now decided to terminate the sale and purchase agreement in relation to the proposed merger of SKY and Vodafone New Zealand.

The parties have also decided to withdraw the appeal of the Commerce Commission decision regarding the proposed merger.

In a Statement, SKY and Vodafone New Zealand said they would continue to work together to strengthen their commercial relationship for the benefit of the customers and the shareholders of their respective organisations.

In June 2016, the pair announced their plan to merge, a move they said would create a leading integrated telecommunications and media group in New Zealand, with the combined group having the ability to offer New Zealand’s best entertainment content across all platforms and devices in a rapidly evolving media and telecommunications market.

In October 2106, however, New Zealand’s Commerce Commission sent a Letter of Unresolved Issues to the pair in relation to their proposed merger, suggesting it was not satisfied that the proposed merger will not have, or would not be likely to have, the effect of substantially lessening competition in the telecommunications and pay-TV services markets.

It sought further submissions from Sky and Vodafone on the specific areas of concern identified, including the ability of a merged Sky/Vodafone to use ownership of content – particularly live sports – to make buying Sky on a standalone basis less attractive than buying it in a bundle with Vodafone’s broadband and mobile services.

On February 23rd 2017, the Commerce Commission said it had declined to grant clearance for the proposed merger, suggesting that to clear the merger it would need to have been satisfied that it was unlikely to substantially lessen competition in any relevant market. ”Given we are not satisfied that we can say that competition is unlikely to be substantially lessened by the proposed merger, we must decline clearance,” it concluded.

The pair appealed that decision on March 22nd, subsequently amending it on May 18th. That appeal has now been withdrawn.

Sky promises no more post-haka advertising in Lions matches

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11881678

Angry reaction from rugby fans has forced a u-turn by Sky Television after they came under attack for screening a commercial between the end of the All Blacks haka and the kick-off of last night's first test against the British and Irish Lions.

Sky is now promising it won't go to ad-break again after the haka, during the rest of the Lions tour after it came under fire from irate fans on social media today.

A spokesperson said: "While last night's superb match was played live and uninterrupted on Sky Sport, you've told us you didn't like seeing an ad-break after the haka and before the match started".

"We hear you, and for the remaining matches of the Lions tour you won't see it again."

Annoyed viewers took to Facebook to complain about the inclusion of a lengthy ad for Sky's chief broadcast sponsor, a car manufacturer.

Many flooded onto the popular Veitchy on Sport page, run by Newstalk ZB sports personality Tony Veitch, to vent.

Veitch published a passionate post from Graeme Fisher as reflective of the reaction of fans on his page.

"I was happily watching the rugby tonight at home with my mum, dad, my partner and my 2-year-old son who is just starting to learn who the All Blacks are and their pre-match ritual the haka," he wrote.

"What really got my back up was the fact that straight after the haka you decided to throw a stupid ad on [...] .

"I'm probably not your target market for a car as I have a fantastic employer who provides a car for me, but let me tell you - I do not pay over $100 a month for you to cross into a ad after the All Blacks have just performed the most amazing haka in the first game against the Lions.

"Fill your boots at half time as I am probably heading to the fridge to quench my thirst, but I was very disappointed to see that you ruined my experience tonight by doing that.

"Please can you reconsider this for game number two and three."

Fisher was quickly supported by others.

Lomaks Tangihaere wrote: "totally agree with him there, was so off putting".

"No warning either! Just straight into a [...] ad that had no meaning what so ever to the game - it sucked."

"My dad thought someone sat on the remote and changed the channel, we all got up to look for the remote and just realised it was a stupid ad," Maria Poei responded.

And Robbie Lynne said he was at a packed club watching when the ad cut into the live coverage.

"The whole pub were booing when that [...] advert came on," he said.

"It was the speed at which they cut to the ad that annoyed me - major anticlimax."

The tactic follows overseas formats such as in Australia where ad-breaks are regularly inserted into game play.

Qatar ultimatum: “Close Al Jazeera”

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/06/23/qatar-ultimatum-close-al-jazeera%c2%9d/

Qatar has been given a 10-day ultimatum to close news channel Al Jazeera as part of a series of demands from Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the other Gulf states.

Kuwait, which is not involved in the dispute and is acting as middle man, delivered a list of demands to Qatar which include: Close the news channel, sever all its links to Iran and its ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, to close a Turkish military base in Qatar and to pay ‘compensation’ to Saudi Arabia.

The demands also call for Qatar to close the Al Jazeera affiliates, which is taken to mean its English and other language channels.

Qatar, via Al Jazeera, says it will not negotiate until Saudi Arabia lifts its blockade on the country.

SpaceX launch delivers Iridium satellites into orbit

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Successful_SpaceX_launch_delivers_satellites_into_orbit_999.html

The American company SpaceX on Sunday successfully placed 10 satellites for the communications company Iridium into orbit using a Falcon 9 rocket.

After launching as scheduled from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 1:25 pm local time (2025 GMT), the Falcon 9's first stage returned less than eight minutes after taking off.

As planned, it landed on a barge floating in the Pacific Ocean.

SpaceX has successfully landed multiple rockets on both land and water, as part of its effort to bring down the cost of space flight by re-using multimillion dollar components instead of jettisoning them in the ocean after launch.

It was the second series of Iridium satellites launched by SpaceX, after a set of 10 were delivered in January.

In total SpaceX, which is headed by billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, will launch a series of 75 satellites for Iridium's satellite constellation, Iridium NEXT by 2018.

The $3 billion project is a bid to upgrade the Virginia-based Iridium's global communications network.

Brexit could lose UK over 1000 TV channels

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/06/23/brexits-could-lose-uk-over-1000-tv-channels/

An Expert Media Partners (EMP) report has found that UK-based international broadcasters face very serious challenges in a post-Brexit world, and predicts that the consequent impact is likely to start being felt this summer. The UK is currently by far the biggest location in the EU for companies broadcasting television channels to other EU member states, but EMP research has identified that this preeminent position is now under threat.

Whilst it isn’t usual to think of television channels as a commodity which countries export, in the case of the UK, exporting television channels is a very substantial business. The report states that the UK has a large domestic broadcasting market, a stable andwell-respected regulatory regime, good access to highly-skilled workers,availability of excellent post-production facilities and a range of satellite uplinks and technical transmission providers. A large part of the business activity that this industry supports is currently pan-European.

In analysing the potential consequences of Brexit, EMP looked closely at the EU’s Country of Origin (COO) principle which is enshrined in the Audio-Visual Media Services Directive (AVMSD) and creates a common area for broadcasters. Most experts and industry leaders we have consulted agree that any form of Brexit which puts the UK outside the AVMSD licensing regime is likely to threaten the status of the UK as a major television industry hub. EMP predicts that potentially over a thousand channels will look to leave the UK and meet the COO requirements of an alternative EU member state.

EMP adds that it has found several countries already keen to attract broadcasters from the UK, and has also explored the potential for different options of satisfying the Country of Origin principle in those countries.

Speaking at the RTS London Conference in September 2016, Josh Berger, President & Managing Director, Warner Bros UK, Ireland & Spain, warned that a number of channels currently located and licensed in the UK may have to relocate to Europe following the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union.

“Many licensed services may have to move to Europe to continue to broadcast if a suitable licensing framework can’t be agreed.” he told delegates.

Europol, EUIPO call for concerted anti-piracy action

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/06/23/europol-euipo-call-for-concerted-anti-piracy-action/

Europol and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) have called for concerted, cross-border action in response to intellectual property crime. The call follows the publication of the 2017 Situation Report on Counterfeiting and Piracy in the European Union, a joint project between the two bodies.

The report establishes that organised criminal groups are involved in IP crime. It also finds that EU-based criminal gangs involved in distributing counterfeit goods rely predominantly on manufacturers based abroad, but then organise importation, transportation, storage and distribution of the counterfeit goods within the EU. The majority of counterfeit goods come from China: the development of the Silk Road and the corresponding increasing use of rail and maritime transport between China and the EU support also new threats in the IPR crime landscape.

According to Rob Wainwright, Europol’s Executive Director, intellectual property crime is extensive in the EU and carries very many adverse effects. “It harms our economies, generates enormous illicit profits for organised crime groups, and often causes direct physical harm to citizens in the form of the growing supply of fake health and safety goods. This report shines a light on the extent of this criminal phenomenon and calls for more concerted, cross-border action in response,” he noted.

Among the report’s conclusions was that piracy was an activity that would have to be monitored closely in the future. “The unauthorised online dissemination of protected content is a major concern. The illegal use of television broadcasts also poses a challenge. Fraud in this field is often also connected to acts of digital piracy,” it found.

“While digital piracy still exists in a physical form as illegal CDs and DVDs, the most prevalent current threat stems from the online dissemination of protected content. Well known acts of piracy on the open Internet include the sharing of protected content through BitTorrent networks, illegally facilitating downloading or streaming from central sources and (under certain conditions) illegally making links to IPR-protected content freely available without rights holder consent,” it noted.

“Television broadcasts using internet protocol television (IPTV) are digital and are available on a variety of platforms such as mobile phones, tablets, smart TVs and set-top boxes (STBs). In recent years, the use of STBs to access large numbers of television channels, films and other protected content has increased due to low prices, improving quality of services, reliability and user friendliness. The illegal servers are almost always hosted with companies based outside the jurisdiction of the countries targeted by the provider,” it advised.

According to the report, the number of operators providing illegal IPTV appears to be on the rise and this trend is expected to continue at an accelerated rate in the future.

In terms of financing the organised sharing of IPR-infringing digital content online, the report suggests that the main source of revenue for infringing web services continues to be derived from advertising, but illegal profits are also generated through subscription payments, payments per download and voluntary user donations. Altogether, 51 per cent of advertising on 280 suspected piracy websites available in Europe in the summer of 2015 were connected to various types of malware (malvertising) and 91 per cent of this publicity originated from only 10 advertising intermediaries. Furthermore, 41 per cent of the illegal websites identified were also engaged in further advertising fraud, such as stacked pixel stuffing.

Along with the perceived increase in the number of illegal websites, the report noted that legal sources providing access to digital content have also been increasing year by year, and such sites have evolved significantly, both in terms of the number of services that they offer, and the quality and variety of their content. “However, for many users, identifying whether a service is legal or not continues to be a challenge. It is known that some European Internet users continue to mistakenly take the fact that a digital content service is freely available online without the authorities having taken action as a sign that the service provides legal access to digital content,” it noted.

India launches PSLV rocket with 31 satellites

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/India_launches_PSLV_rocket_with_31_satellites_999.html

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) successfully launched on Friday PSLV-C38 rocket on a mission to send 31 satellites, including India's Cartosat 2 and NIUSAT satellites along with 29 foreign nano satellites, into orbit, ISRO said in a press release.

"India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, in its 40th flight (PSLV-C38), launched the 712 kg [0.7 tonnes] Cartosat-2 series satellite for earth observation and 30 co-passenger satellites together weighing about 243 kg [0.2 tonnes] at lift-off into a 505 km [313 mile] polar Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO)," ISRO said.

According to ISRO, the co-passenger satellites comprise 29 nano satellites from 14 countries namely, Austria, Belgium, Chile, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, the United Kingdom and the United States as well as one nano satellite from India.

Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi congratulated ISRO on the successful launch.

"Congratulations to ISRO on its 40th successful Polar satellite launch carrying 31 satellites from 15 countries. You make us proud!," Modi said on Twitter.

The Catrosat-2 series satellite was designed for the needs of the Indian military, and its launch will enhance country's aerial and detecting capabilities. The launch of international nano satellites is a part of ISRO commercial agreements with foreign customers.


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TVNZ acknowledges Netflix's influence on market with online revamp

From http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/94000336/tvnz-acknowledges-netflixs-influence-on-market-with-online-revamp

Television New Zealand will begin livestreaming channels 1 and 2 on Monday, so viewers can watch the channels from anywhere in New Zealand over the internet.

The state-owned broadcaster is also rehoming all its online services at a single website, tvnz.co.nz.

As well as providing access to the live streams of channels 1, 2 and Duke in the HD 720p format, the website will be the new home for "catch-up" service TVNZ Ondemand.

All of TVNZ's content will be able to be viewed live online.

TVNZ has already begun offering more of its programmes in a "box-set" format on the website.

"We have to acknowledge there is an influence like Netflix in the market," general manager of technology Greg Montgomery said.

TVNZ admits it needs a greater online presence in order to compete with the likes of Netflix.

TVNZ had previously livestreamed Duke, but not channels 1 and 2.

Montgomery said that next month TVNZ would add Chromecast support for its live steams and on-demand programming.

While less relevant for live TV, that feature should provide a cheap and easy way for viewers to watch on-demand programmes on television without having to plug a computer into their television.

Televisions don't require their own internet connection to use Chromecast but do require an HDMI port.

Montgomery said TVNZ was making the changes because more people wanted to watch TV wherever they were in their homes or, "depending on their mobile data plans", away from home on their mobiles.

"The restriction of having to be around a TV in the lounge is something people are increasingly questioning."

There were also opportunities for TVNZ to get a better understanding what individual viewers consumed, which was useful for marketing purposes, he said.

The broadcaster had no plans to axe or cut back on satellite or terrestrial television transmission, he said.

"If demand drops we could adjust how we invest in that infrastructure. But even if you have only a small percentage of the population requiring them you still need to have reasonably substantial investment," he said.

If people's internet connections were not good enough to support 720p streams, they would automatically drop back to a lower definition, he said.

US cloud technology company Akamai has attempted to quantify people's reaction to stuttering video streams.

It used facing-coding software and skins sensors to observe the physical responses of 1200 test subjects to different quality live streams.

Akamai said a single two-second period of buffering in a video clip lasting a minute resulted in a 16 per cent increase in "negative emotions" and 20 per cent decrease in engagement with the clip.

"This unique research shows there is no place for low-quality video in any streaming business model," its director of product marketing Ian Munford said.

ACMA mulls 5G future for 3.6GHz spectrum

From https://www.computerworld.com.au/article/621055/acma-mulls-5g-future-3-6ghz-spectrum/

Re-farming could begin this year, communications regulator says

The potential re-farming of spectrum in the 3.6GHz band for use in fixed and/or mobile broadband services could begin as soon as soon as Q4 2017, according to the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).

The communications regulator today released an options paper on the future use of 3.6GHz spectrum.

The ACMA said its current preferred option is to “establish arrangements optimised for wide-area broadband deployments (be they mobile or fixed)” over all the spectrum available in the band (125MHz — the band covers the 3575-3700 MHz frequency range). Spectrum licenses would be allocated via auction.

Current users of the spectrum, including satellite earth stations in metropolitan areas and point-to-multipoint users in regional areas, such as some wireless Internet service providers (WISPs), would be affected by changes to how the spectrum is allocated.

Spectrum in the 5.6GHz band would potentially be made available for WISPs and other point-to-multipoint users, the ACMA said. ‘Earth station protection zones’ could be established, allowing the ongoing use of 3.6GHz spectrum by satellite services.

Submissions to a prior ACMA consultation confirmed “previous strong indications that the 3.6 GHz band is of increasing interest for wide-area mobile and fixed broadband networks,” the options paper said.

“While clearly of interest from a purely network capacity perspective, the band has also been flagged as a potential option for early 5G use, bringing with it the possibility of new types of fixed or mobile broadband services,” the paper states.

“The nature of the band means that it has at times been referred to as a potential ‘coverage layer’, meaning its relatively robust propagation characteristics would complement those of the millimetre wave spectrum that has been the other focus of early interest for 5G services. Hence a reallocated 3.6 GHz band may become an important part of providing 5G services to both urban and regional areas.”

“In line with our established mobile broadband strategy, we want to make sure Australia is well placed to take advantage of the emergence of 5G technologies both in the cities and the regions,’ said the ACMA’s acting chairperson, Richard Bean.

“The ACMA acknowledges the strong interest in the 3.6 GHz band for 5G and other wide area broadband uses, while also recognising that there are existing services and licensees using these frequencies that want to continue operating.”

The regulator is accepting submissions on the options paper until 4 August. The document is available from the ACMA’s website.

Arianespace to orbit Airbus' upcoming constellation of observation satellites

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Arianespace_to_orbit_Airbus_upcoming_constellation_of_observation_satellites_999.html

Airbus Defence and Space and Arianespace has announced the signature of the launch services contract for the next generation of very-high-resolution optical observation satellites. Two VEGA C launchers will orbit the four satellites in this constellation from the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana, as from mid-2020. By delivering images of each point on the globe several times a day, these extremely-agile optical satellites will keep a close watch on our constantly-changing planet.

Airbus Defence and Space is the first commercial customer for the upcoming VEGA C launcher. This enhanced version of the VEGA lightweight vehicle, which continues its brilliant career with nine successful launches out of nine, is now under development with a first flight slated for mid-2019. Through this launch services contract, the higher-performance VEGA C version demonstrates that it provides a perfect launch solution for even the most advanced Earth observation satellites.

Above all, the contract reflects the continued confidence of Airbus Defence and Space, which was the first commercial customer for the original VEGA version in May 2013, with the launch of the VNREDSat-1 satellite for Vietnam. Since then, Airbus Defence and Space has chosen Arianespace for many other VEGA missions.

"We fully trust Arianespace to orbit our new constellation, which will bolster our service offering and expand our range of services," said Francois Lombard, head of the Intelligence Business Cluster at Airbus Defence and Space.

"Along with a new-generation ground segment offering multi-mission and massive image processing capacity, our constellation will greatly expand access to higher-precision and more detailed images of Earth."

"Arianespace is extremely proud to have won this first launch contract for the upcoming VEGA C launcher from our long-standing customer and partner, Airbus Defence and Space," said Chief Executive Officer Stephane Israel.

"We are highly honored by this expression of trust from Airbus Defence and Space. We also are delighted to kick off the VEGA C's commercial career with a contract reflecting Europe's continued leadership in very-high-resolution optical observation systems.

"This contract also is the latest mark of recognition of the quality and reliability of Arianespace's family of launchers. Our permanent commitment is our customer's satisfaction."

FCC grants OneWeb US market access

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/06/23/fcc-grants-oneweb-us-market-access/

The Federal Communications Commission has approved a request by WorldVu Satellites Limited, which does business as OneWeb, to access the United States satellite market. The action paves the way for OneWeb to provide broadband services using satellite technology that the FCC says holds unique promise to expand Internet access in remote and rural areas across the country.

This approval is the first of its kind for a new generation of large, non-geostationary-satellite orbit (NGSO), fixed-satellite service (FSS) systems. OneWeb proposes to access the US market for its global network of 720 low-Earth orbit satellites using the Ka (20/30 GHz) and Ku (11/14 GHz) frequency bands to provide global Internet connectivity. The satellite system will be authorised by the United Kingdom, but needs FCC approval to provide service in the US.

In order for large broadband network constellations to deliver services in the US, the FCC must approve their operations to ensure the satellite constellation does not cause interference to other users of the same spectrum and will operate in a way that manages the risk of collisions.

The Order and Declaratory Ruling adopted by the FCC outlines the conditions under which OneWeb will be permitted to provide service using its proposed NGSO FSS satellite constellation in the United States. As such, this FCC action provides a blueprint for the earth station licences that OneWeb, or its partners, will need to obtain before providing OneWeb’s proposed service in the United States.

OneWeb was the first of several entities to file a request seeking FCC authority to deploy a large constellation of NGSO FSS satellites to provide ubiquitous broadband services. The FCC is currently examining additional applications for the operation of NGSO FSS constellations, most of which include large numbers of satellites. The FCC says the action facilitates greater broadband offerings and competition in the United States.

OneWeb Satellites is a joint venture, equally owned by OneWeb and Airbus Defence and Space, to design and build the 900 satellites of the OneWeb constellation, which will offer high-speed Internet with global coverage.
OneWeb’s mission is to enable affordable Internet access for everyone, connect every school on Earth, and bridge the digital divide by 2027. OneWeb is building a communications network with a constellation of Low Earth Orbit satellites that will provide connectivity to billions of people around the world. It will transparently extend the networks of mobile operators and ISP’s to serve new coverage areas, bringing voice and data access to consumers, businesses, schools, healthcare institutions and other end users.

BBC fully backs Ultra HD, HDR

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/06/22/bbc-fully-backs-ultra-hd-hdr/

Andy Quested, the BBC’s HD & UHD Head of Technology, told delegates at the SES Ultra-HD conference in London that the broadcaster was fully behind UHD and the ‘Rec 2020’ standard which allows for High Dynamic Range images. “Everything we do today has to stand the test of time. Planet Earth 1, made some 11 years ago, is still being watched and is still selling [to overseas buyers]. We are investing in the very best images that can be generated, and also paying considerable attention to audio which is the cherry on the top.”

He explained how important it was that a single standard was employed so as not to disenfranchise existing viewers, and to avoid having to create multiple streams of video for those viewers. The BBC is behind its Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) transmission system, developed jointly by the BBC and NHK of Japan.

“All future commissions will be made in HLG (and PQ [Perceptual Quantiser] if needed by a co-production partner or overseas broadcaster) because we are an international broadcaster,” he added.

He noted that a lot of programmes are now made by independent production companies, including the new BBC Studios. “As far as independent production houses are concerned, their archive is their long-term pension! They also want to produce in the highest-possible standard. So we are seeing more and more UHD productions underway. Many are utilising high-quality cameras, but storing the rushes because the client doesn’t need UHD today. But they can go back to them later if there’s a market. I am confident that you will see more UHD especially in high-end drama and episodic series, provided we have the budget.”

Quested said that despite pressures – not least from the TV retail sector – there was not a single UHD channel available in the UK. I can watch UHD on Sky, but that is not a traditional linear channel. I could describe it as a ‘live on demand’ service. This is a great way of doing it because it helps with bandwidth demand. Once Sky gets its act together on HDR, then everyone can see the trials we have done via the BBC’s iPlayer and seen on a much greater range of displays. I would say that one of the reasons we have invested in Natural History productions [in UHD] is because we are good at it. But there are also some high-end dramas and drama series which should be available as many of them are potentially UHD. I am sure Sherlock has been shot on suitable cameras, same with Happy Valley, and there are others. Once there is a revenue stream it is going to happen. The next few years will be a mixed environment. There will be HD with HDR, UHD with HDR and there might even be some 8K floating around eventually. But there will not be a single, fixed service, the way we work today. It is all about the value of the programme, the longevity of the programme and it is common sense that where there’s a value [in adopting the technology] it will be used.”

Pubs fined for illegal Sky use

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/06/23/pubs-fined-for-illegal-sky-use/

Following successful legal action taken by Sky, licensees in the Scottish towns of Coatbridge and Doune have been found to be infringing Sky’s copyright by showing Sky Sports programming illegally in their premises.

Sky sought and was awarded permanent interdicts in the Court of Session, Edinburgh, which prevents the licensees and anyone acting on their behalf from infringing Sky’s copyright by showing Sky programming without the correct commercial licence. Each pub has been ordered to pay £10,000 (€11,356) in damages, as well as fund the placement of notices in local and trade publications advertising the ruling.

The pubs are:
•The Woodside, Coatbridge
•Red Lion, Doune

These successful cases come from Sky’s instruction to intellectual property experts from Burness Paull LLP and form a key part of Sky’s commitment to protecting pubs who invest in legitimate Sky Sports subscriptions. Sky is committed to visiting every licensed premises reported by other publicans and/or organisations for illegally showing Sky and has made arrangements to visit hundreds of pubs each week in towns and cities across the UK this season.

“Illegal broadcasting of sporting events is damaging to the pub industry which is why we’re committed to protecting Sky customers who are unfairly losing business due to this illegal activity,” confirmed George Lawson, Head of Commercial Piracy at Sky.

“These latest orders demonstrate how seriously the courts take piracy through the large penalty applied, but also through the order to fund advertising, which we hope will help to highlight the consequences of televising Sky’s content illegally.”

PSLV succesfully launches Cartosat-2 series,30 nano satellites

From http://www.india.com/news/agencies/pslv-succesfully-launches-cartosat-2-series30-nano-satellites-2262892/

Sriharikota (AP), Jun 23 (PTI) The Indian space agency ISRO today successfully launched its workhorse rocket PSLV carrying ‘eye in the sky’ Cartosat-2 series satellite — a dedicated satellite that will give defence surveillance a leg up — and 30 nano satellites into orbit.

The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, in its 40th flight (PSLV-C38), lifted off majestically from the first launch pad, Satish Dhawan Space Centre here at 9.29 am and injected the satellites into orbit about 27 minutes after lift off, amid applause from scientists.

The 44.4 metre tall PSLV-C38 carried the earth observation satellite — Cartosat-2 series satellite as the primary payload along with 30 co-passenger satellites totally weighing 955 kg.

With the launch of the third spacecraft in the Cartosat-2 series, India’s ‘eye in the sky’ is set to become sharper and wider.

The previous satellite in the series had a resolution of 0.8 metres and the images it took on India’s neighbourhood had helped New Delhi carry out surgical strikes on seven terror launch pads across the Line of Control last year, according to ISRO sources.

The latest remote sensing satellite has a resolution of 0.6 metres, which means it can spot even smaller objects.

“It can recognise objects within that square (0.6 m by 0.6 m)”, an ISRO official told PTI on condition of anonymity.

“Defence surveillance will get a leg-up. It can be used in identifying terrorist camps and bunkers… some formations,” the official said.

Once this satellite becomes operational, it would be “handed over” to the defence forces, which have their own “set up,” including ground-stations and trained manpower to access data, the official said.

PSLV-C38 is the 17th flight of PSLV XL configuration (with the use of solid strap-on motors).

The co-passenger satellites includes a nano satellite designed and developed by the Noorul Islam University in Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu.

The NIUSAT satellite would provide multi-spectral imagery for agricultural crop monitoring and disaster management support applications.

The other 29 nano satellites are from 14 countries– – Austria, Belgium, Chile, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

As the satellites were injected into orbit one by one, the scientists broke into cheers at the Mission Control Centre.

Lauding the scientists, ISRO chairman A S Kiran Kumar said the mission was successful.

“I congratulate the hardwork of the entire team, especially the Cartosat team. This particular mission has been successful, it has put all the satellites into the orbit,” he said.

The ISRO had on June 5 launched its most powerful and heaviest geostationary rocket carrying advanced communication satellite GSAT-19, weighing 3,136 kg, from the spaceport here. Every stage of the three-stage GSLV MkIII with indigenous cryogenic engine had performed well.

Kumar said the GSAT-19 has reached the designated location and all the payloads have been switched on and it has started performing.

He said a communication satellite would be launched on June 28 “which will add significant number of transponders to our capacity.”

“Our effort of continuing to provide increased earth observation, navigation as well as communication will continue and we have many more activities to be performed in the coming days,” he said.

The space agency said the 29 international customer Nano satellites are being launched as part of the commercial arrangements between Antrix Corporation Limited (Antrix), commercial arm of ISRO and international customers.

Cartosat-2 is a remote sensing satellite and it is similar in configuration to earlier satellites in the series with the objective of providing high-resolution scene specific spot imagery.

The imagery sent by the satellite would be useful for cartographic applications, urban and rural, coastal land use and regulation, utility management like road network monitoring, water distribution, creation of land use maps, change detection to bring out geographical and man-made features and various other land information system (LIS) as well as geographical information systems (GIS).

Earlier on February 15, ISRO scripted history when the PSLV-37 mission launched 104 satellites into orbit, including a Cartosat-2 series earth observation satellite.


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东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,CNTV替换JIBS(韩国)频道,设置12330 H 29500参数有条件接收。 [6月21日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,CNN US(韩国)频道新增,设置11938 L 23800参数有条件接收。 [6月21日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,CNN US(Skylife)频道消失,设置12650 H 29500参数无效接收。 [6月21日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,广东体育替换广东影视(DISH HD)频道,设置11101 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [6月21日]
东经115.5度轨道位置的中星6B号卫星C频段,高清电影、CCTV-6 HD(AVS+)等高清频道加密,设置4100 V 27500参数有条件接收。 [6月21]


Russia and Brazil may expand space cooperation — Putin

From http://tass.com/science/952649

Brazil is interested in expansion of GLONASS network on its territory

MOSCOW, June 21. /TASS/. Russia and Brazil are studying the possibilities of expanding their cooperation in the space sphere, Russian President Vladimir Putin said after negotiations with President of Brazil Michel Temer on Wednesday.

"A possibility is being studied for joint launches from the Brazilian cosmodrome and the joint production of small- and medium-class carrier rockets," Putin said.

One satellite bound to be launched for GLONASS system by end 2017

New GLONASS satellites will be transmitting encoded signal

GLONASS terrestrial station goes live in South Africa

Putin calls Brazil important partner in Latin America

Brazilian president hopes to strengthen partnership with Russia

Brazil and Russia to expand political dialogue — president

"There are ideas for developing cooperation in the sphere of the Earth’s remote probing," the Russian leader said, noting that Russia and Brazil were already closely cooperating in space exploration.

"An electro-optic complex has been opened on the territory of Brazil for detecting space debris and four ground-based stations of Russia’s Glonass global navigation system are in operation," Putin said.

The head of the Russian state also noted other possibilities for interaction in hi-tech spheres. "We consider as promising the work for the support of existing and the creation of new technological alliances," he said. "One of such alliances has been established by the Skolkovo [hi-tech hub] fund and the Brazilian Technopark innovation center," Putin said.

Temer expressed interest in expansion of the network of GLONASS stations on the territory of his country.

"We assessed positively the experience of creating the stations of the Russian GLONASS system in Brazil, and we, for our part, expressed interest in expanding the network of these stations," he said.

GLONASS is a space-based satellite navigation system. It provides an alternative to GPS and is the second navigational system in operation with global coverage and of comparable precision.

Currently, the GLONASS constellation consists of 27 satellites, of which 24 are operational (distributed in three orbital planes, with eight satellites per plane), one satellite in each plane is under the chief designer’s study, in-orbit spare and in the flight test phase.

New owner for Pittsburgh Teleport

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=1012747199&menu=1

The Pittsburgh Teleport, the Pittsburgh Videotec Center and 50 Uplink/Production Trucks Now Owned by PSSI Global Services

PSSI Global Services has acquired the Pittsburgh International Teleport — as of June 16, 2017, PSSI Global Services assumed full operation and control of the Pennsylvania-based satellite facility.

The teleport, which will now be called the PSSI International Teleport (PIT), features 50 Ku- and C-band antennas that facilitate transmissions to locations throughout the U.S. as well as Europe and Asia. The teleport also supports worldwide connectivity via fiber, IP, microwave and mobile uplink. With this transition, PSSI Global Services will continue to serve the teleport’s existing clients, and the majority of the teleport’s legacy staff will retain their positions.

Leveraging the PSSI International Teleport, PSSI Global Services will provide 24/7 support to clients across the globe, including DTH, uplink, downlink and turnaround services; disaster recovery; co-location and quality control engineering; and syndicated television programming distribution services.

Also included in the acquisition is the Pittsburgh Videotech Center, a state-of-the-art, full-service studio located in downtown Pittsburgh. The facility features a fully equipped multi-camera production studio and audio recording studio with domestic and international connectivity. From this facility, PSSI Global Services will provide videoconferencing, live network news inserts, remote production capabilities and webcasting services to clients around the world. In addition to the PSSI International Teleport, PSSI Global Services’ assets now include a fleet of more than 50 uplink/production trucks as well as international flyaway systems.

New satellite teleport for Dubai

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/06/21/new-satellite-teleport-for-dubai/

Emirates-based telco ‘du’ is to build a new satellite teleport for the region.

du says the new facility will cover some 75,000 sq metres of area and built away from the existing built-up area of Dubai. Sited in the Al Qudra region of Dubai, it is designed to accommodate up to 50 large antennas and has further room for expansion. du adds that the number of TV channels being uplinked by its current teleport has grown by 600 per cent since it started operations in 2004.

“In order for du to meet the growing requirements of customers in the region and internationally, we have come up with our new Teleport facility. Today, ours is the top ranked teleport in the MENA region and is already one of the top ten independent operators in the world. As broadcast requirements continue to proliferate, we will endeavour to innovate and offer our customers new broadcast solutions that will deliver on superior quality of service,” said Ahmed Al Muhaideb, VP/Broadcasting and IPTV Services.

The telco says the new facility will handle a complete suite transmission and broadcasting operations, including play-out.

U.K Freeview Explore boosts content search

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/06/21/freeview-explore-boosts-content-search/

UK free-to-air platform Freeview is launching Freeview Explore – a new feature that it says will ensure that users of its Freeview Play hybrid service get the most out of their TVs. Freeview Explore will demo core functionality, deliver the latest news on the Freeview channel line-up and provide a showcase of the day’s best on-demand programmes from the UK’s leading broadcasters.

Freeview Explore will roll out on Freeview Play TVs and set-top boxes during June 2017 and paves the way for Freeview to build a deeper relationship with viewers. Users can now search for programmes by genre or programme name. The service features a scrolling carousel of 10 genres with recommendations from Freeview Play’s supported broadcasters displaying in a new image-rich menu.

The specially curated content allows viewers to browse recommendations from BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4, Demand 5 and UKTV Play with more content being added as additional broadcasters join Freeview Play. Viewers can access the new feature via the apps page.

In the coming months, the Help and Alerts area will deliver instructional videos as well as news and information on platform updates. The new feature is the latest development for Freeview Play which launched in 2015 and has now become the most widely adopted catch-up service on televisions in the UK. Latest estimates suggest around 1.5 million Freeview Play devices have been sold.

“With more content than ever available, Freeview Explore creates an easy way for viewers to find the shows they love or discover new ones for the first time,” commented Guy North, Managing Director of Freeview. “With more product enhancements and new features in the pipeline, we’ll be providing a better service to our viewers, and our channel and TV manufacturing partners too. It’s an exciting time for Freeview Play.”

Technical development of Freeview Play, including product specification, is being led by Digital UK, the body which supports digital terrestrial TV in the UK and provides operational support for the Freeview DTT platform.


Fox Sports HD is new (irdeto) in the Fox mux
ABS6 159E 3980 V Sr 30000 on Vpid 4093 (H264) Apids 4094, 4095, 4096, 4097

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Palapa D 113.0E 3437 H "Indomaret Channel" has started on , Fta
Palapa D 113.0E 3984 H "Al-Iman TV" has left
Palapa D 113.0E 4100 V "The Matrix Garuda" mux has left .

Palapa D 113.0E 12590 H "Myx USA and ANC" have left .
Palapa D 113.0E 12710 H "TV Edukasi has replaced Lifestyle Network" on , Irdeto.

ChinaSat 10 110.5E 3520 V "CTI TV Asia, Da Ai TV, Arirang World, Bloomberg TV Asia and AXN East Asia" on are now encrypted.
ChinaSat 10 110.5E 3560 V "Animax Asia, Haari Drama, Haari Variety, Haari Movie, Haari Kids, Sports Illustrated 2, Discovery Channel Southeast Asia, Animal Planet Southeast Asia, TLC Southeast Asia, Asian Food Channel and Fashion One Asia" are now encrypted.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3769 H "Zoom Vision has replaced Neha TV" on , Fta.

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东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Jtbc 2、Skysports、O tvn(Skylife)频道消失,设置12330 H 29500参数无效接收。 [6月20日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,广东影视替换广东体育(DISH HD)频道,设置11101 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [6月20日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Spotv +替换MBC(高清)频道,设置12290 H 29500参数有条件接收。 [6月20日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Skysports替换MBC Music(Skylife)频道,设置11938 L 23800参数有条件接收。 [6月20日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Disney Channel、AXN HD(Skylife)频道消失,设置11938 L 23800参数无效接收。 [6月20日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Disney Channel(韩国)频道消失,设置11938 L 23800参数无效接收。 [6月20日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Lotte Home Shopping替换Anione(Skylife)频道,设置11862 L 23800参数有条件接收。 [6月20日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Skypetpark 替换Kids Talk Talk(Skylife)频道,设置11862 L 23800参数有条件接收。 [6月20日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,KBS TV 1、OUN(Skylife)频道消失,设置11862 L 23800参数无效接收。 [6月20日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,频道解密,设置11823 L 23800参数免费接收。 [6月20日]


TVNZ taps Telestream for media processing

From https://www.rapidtvnews.com/2017062047683/tvnz-taps-telestream-for-media-processing.html#axzz4kc7bTsX3

Bidding to improve broadcast efficiency, Kiki free-to-air (FTA) broadcaster Television New Zealand (TVNZ) is to deploy Telestream’s Vantage Media Processing Platform.

tvnz 20 june 2017TVNZ will install multiple nodes of Vantage Transcode Pro Connect with the Advanced Avid option, which enables delivery of files and metadata into Avid Interplay. Also, Vantage Array provides peer-to-peer system management with fail-over and CPU-aware load balancing. Telestream is working closely with regional channel partner, Auckland-based Amber Technology.

“Our partnership with Telestream sets us up to deliver content faster to our viewers,” explained Greg Montgomery, GM of technology at TVNZ. “At TVNZ, we have a range of first generation transcoding equipment from various vendors that are all at the end of their supported life. We needed to seed a new transcoding environment that can grow throughout our operations. Telestream’s Vantage offers us a cost-effective and elegant solution – one that offers the best architecture for future growth and supports our need to use 10-bit formats such as AVC-Intra.”

The first application of Vantage within TVNZ’s broadcast operations involves its news production workflows. Vantage will be used to ingest content from various external sources including field generated content received as files from LiveU enabled cameras, Aspera delivered material from journalist’s phones and agency feeds from Reuters. AP agency feeds will be accommodated in a future integration. Vantage will be used to ingest and transcode this time-critical content and place it as quickly as possible within their Avid Interplay production system.

A key advantage for TVNZ is the integration between Telestream Vantage and Avid workflows. “The tight integration between Vantage and Avid is important to us,” said Montgomery. “It allows us to reduce complexity within our ingest process thereby increasing efficiency and saving time in the news production process.”

Formosat-5 launch imminent

From http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2017/06/21/2003672985

SPACE RACE:After it enters orbit, the satellite is to be valuable for disaster relief and prevention, national security and international technological exchanges, an official said

Taiwan’s first domestically designed satellite, the Formosat-5, is scheduled for launch in late August, according to sources.

It is believed that Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp (SpaceX), the company contracted to launch it, will soon send official confirmation of the launch date to Taiwan, sources said.

The satellite cost about NT$3.7 billion (US$121.71 million) to make and is to embark on a five-year observation mission around Earth.

The satellite’s launch was initially scheduled for May 2015, but has been repeatedly delayed.

The satellite missed its latest launch date, in October last year, one month after a SpaceX rocket for an Israeli satellite exploded during a static test-fire, temporarily halting all launches.

After lifting the halt on missions this year, SpaceX informed the National Applied Research Laboratories (NARL) that Formosat-5 would launch in late August, and Taiwan should begin preparations, a source familiar with the project said.

Personnel involved in the project are under orders to clear their schedules for that period, the source added.

Taiwan is expecting to receive SpaceX’s confirmation for the launch date imminently because according to SpaceX’s schedule, Formosat-5 must be shipped to the US at least 40 days prior to its lift-off, another source said.

When asked for comment, NARL refused to confirm or deny the launch date, but said it will inform the public via the proper channels once it receives official notification from SpaceX.

The satellite is second on SpaceX’s launch schedule from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, after its launch later this month of Iridium NEXT satellites for Iridium Communications Inc.

Under the terms of its contract, SpaceX is allowed a six-month grace period for delays, after which it is obliged to pay 1.25 percent of the contract for each month of delays up to a maximum of eight months.

SpaceX’s six-month grace period finished in August last year.

National Space Organization Deputy Director-General Yu Shiann-jen (余憲政) said the agency is focused on launching Formosat-5 as soon as possible, and would address the issue of compensation at a later time.

The Falcon 9 rocket that is to deliver the Formosat-5 into orbit will have “Taiwan” printed on its side along with the names of governmental organizations and other groups involved in its launch, he said.

A painting submitted by a student at New Taipei City’s Chengong Elementary School, Chu Chia-yi (朱嘉尹), that features the Formosan blue magpie and Taipei 101 is also to be painted on Falcon 9 prior to the launch, Yu added.

After entering orbit, Formosat-5 is to pass over Taiwan once every two days, and the data it obtains will be valuable for scientific research, disaster prevention and relief, national security, environmental monitoring and international technological exchanges, he said.

India to launch 31 satellites on Friday

From https://thenorthlines.com/india-launch-31-satellites-friday/

India on Friday will launch its earth observation satellite Cartosat-2 series weighing 712 kg and 30 co-passenger satellites (29 foreign, one Indian) with its rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), the Indian space agency said on Tuesday.

According to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the PSLV rocket’s XL variant is expected to lift off on Friday morning at 9.29 am from the Sriharikota rocket port. The 30 satellites will together weigh 243 kg and the total weight of all the 31 satellites, including Cartosat, is about 955 kg, ISRO said.

The rocket will sling the satellites into a 505-km polar sun synchronous orbit (SSO).

The co-passenger satellites comprise 29 nano satellites from 14 countries — Austria, Belgium, Britain, Chile, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, and the US as well as one Indian nano satellite.

The 29 international customer nano satellites are being launched as part of the commercial arrangements between ISRO’s commercial arm, the Antrix Corporation Ltd and the international customers.

ISRO to launch Cartosat 2E satellite on board PSLV-C38 on June 23

From http://www.bgr.in/news/isro-to-launch-cartosat-2e-satellite-on-board-pslv-c38-on-june-23/

Cartosat-2E is an earth observation satellite.

India on Friday will launch its Earth observation satellite Cartosat-2 series weighing 712 kg and 30 co-passenger satellites (29 foreign, one Indian) with its rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), the Indian space agency said.

According to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the PSLV rocket’s XL variant is expected to lift off on Friday morning at 9.29 a.m. from the Sriharikota rocket port. The 30 satellites will together weigh 243 kg and the total weight of all the 31 satellites, including Cartosat, is about 955 kg, ISRO said.

The rocket will sling the satellites into a 505 km polar sun synchronous orbit (SSO). The co-passenger satellites comprise 29 nano satellites from 14 countries – Austria, Belgium, Britain, Chile, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, and the US as well as one Indian nanosatellite. ALOS READ: ISRO’s GSLV Mk-III: 6 lesser known facts about India’s heaviest rocket launch

The 29 international customer nanosatellites are being launched as part of the commercial arrangements between ISRO’s commercial arm, the Antrix Corporation Ltd and the international customers


Asiasat blog update


Sony Gem Indonesia replaced Skynindo info card on Chinasat 10 110.5E 3560V

Many of the channels in this PAY TV Cband service have already encrypted

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No Lyngsat

From asiatvro site

东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,AXN(韩国)频道消失,设置11938 L 23800参数无效接收。 [6月19日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Neo Sports(印度)频道加密,设置3900 V 10370参数有条件接收。 [6月19日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,MVLao、Five(老挝)等4个频道新增,设置11600 H 30000参数免费接收。 [6月19日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Mvlao、Five(老挝)等4个频道新增,设置3433 V 7500参数免费接收。 [6月19日]
东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,环宇新闻(Skynindo)频道解密,设置3520 V 30000参数免费接收。 [6月19日]
东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,阿里郎、大爱一台(印尼)等4个频道加密,设置3520 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [6月19日]


China’s new indigenous satellite fails to enter orbit

From http://www.financialexpress.com/world-news/chinas-new-indigenous-satellite-fails-to-enter-orbit/726611/

In a rare setback to China's ambitious space programme, the Communist giant's first indigenous communications satellite for live radio and TV broadcasts today failed to enter its preset orbit.

china satellitem satellite fails, indigenous satellite fails, China-made satellite, Zhongxing-9A, CASC

Abnormal performance was identified during the third phase of the rocket launch, according to the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC). (Representative image Reuters)

In a rare setback to China’s ambitious space programme, the Communist giant’s first indigenous communications satellite for live radio and TV broadcasts today failed to enter its preset orbit. With a takeoff weight of more than five tonnes, Zhongxing-9A was launched from the southwest Xichang Satellite Launch Centre today. Abnormal performance was identified during the third phase of the rocket launch, according to the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC). The exact reason for the failure of Zhongxing-9A, launched from the Long March-3B carrier rocket at 12:11 AM, is under investigation and related parties are taking measures to address the problem and send the satellite into the correct orbit, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

Zhongxing-9A is the first China-made satellite. The solar panels and communication antennae, however, have been deployed and the satellite system is operating under normal conditions, CASC said. The Long March-3B has been one of the main carrier rockets for China’s high-orbit launch missions. Zhongxing-9A is the first China-made satellite for live radio and television broadcasts.

Saudi Arabia promises 11 channels of sport

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/06/19/saudi-arabia-promises-11-channels-of-sport/

Saudi Arabia is looking to create a viable challenger to Qatar-based beIN Sports. Saudi Arabia’s chairman of the board of directors of Saudi media, Muflih Al Haftaa, stated that one channel would be launched next week in order to promote the network’s platform. “With the start of the new [football] season, there will be five more channels, the number will gradually increase to become 11.”

Local reports say that the first channel will launch on Arabsat “next week”, and would be free to air.

Bahrain’s Gulf News says Saudi Arabia is planning on cooperation with the major Arab sports alliances to end Qatari’s monopoly on broadcasting international sports competitions, including the football Champions League and the FIFA World Cup (2018-2022) competitions via its beIN sports channels.


Monday feeds

ABS 6 159E 3896 V Sr 4444 a feed unknown low signal breaking up Colour bars

Sunday feeds

Intelsat 19 12591 V Srt 6999 "STS2" feeding The Voice

Saturday feeds

Intelsat 19 12590 H 3750

Optus D1 12652 V Sr 7200 AFL

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ChinaSat 6B 115.5E 3520 V "China Movie, CHC Action, GTV 2 Qipai, Flash TV, Lan Qiu, China Food TVand Vanguard 2 Badminton Channel" have started on , Tongfang.
ChinaSat 6B 115.5E 4100 V "CHC HD, CHC and CCTV 6" have started on , Tongfang.

Palapa D 113.0E 3600 V "Klik Music" has started on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 3932 V "Space Drama" has started on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 3908 H "Ummat TV Quran" has left .
Palapa D 113.0E 4007 V "M2 TV" has left .

ChinaSat 10 110.5E 3520 V "AXN East Asia" has started on , Fta. FTV, SET Taiwan, SET International, CTS News, Celestial Movies Indonesia, Thrill and Kix are now encrypted.
ChinaSat 10 110.5E 3560 V "Rodja TV" has started on , Fta. AXN East Asia and TVRI Nasional have left .

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3760 H "Sahar Urdu and Sun TV" have started on , Fta.

Asiasat 5 100.5E 3794 H "Fashion TV Asia" has left .

SES 8 95.0E 12050 H "Isai Aruvi, Vasanth TV, Kalaignar TV, Sirippoli and Aljazeera English" are now encrypted.

Horizons 2 84.8E 12040 H "Luxury" has left .

Insat 4A 83.0E 3777 H "ABP Asmita" is back on , Fta.
Insat 4A 83.0E 3921 H "Lotus News" has started on , Fta.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3545 V "ME TV" has started on , BISS.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3585 V "Nhung Channel" has started on , BISS.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3740 V "Scoop Network" is encrypted again.
Apstar 7 76.5E 3769 H "Neha TV has replaced Zoom Vision" on , Fta.
Apstar 7 76.5E 3780 V "D Sport" is encrypted again.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3868 V "Boom Music" has left

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3919 H "Hungama TV" has left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 3922 H "Bindass and UTV Action" have left
Intelsat 20 68.5E 3930 H "Disney Channel India, Disney XD India, Disney Junior India, Bindass Play, UTV Movies and UTV Movies International" have left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 3936 V "Times Now 2" has left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4116 V "Prarthana Bhawan TV" has left again.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 11078 H "Rossiya 1 has replaced Rossiya 24" on , Fta.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12522 V "Number One TV, KTT TV, RLW TV and CFTV" have started on , Fta.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12562 H "Anointed TV and Smile TV have started on , Fta.God's Intervention TV" has left.

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东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,Fashion One、AFC(Skynindo)等7个频道加密,设置3560 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [6月19日]
东经88度轨道位置的中新2号卫星C频段,东森亚洲、亚洲旅游(台湾)等全组频道重现,设置3648 H 5000参数免费接收。 [6月19日]
东经88度轨道位置的中新2号卫星C频段,东森亚洲、亚洲旅游(台湾)等全组频道消失,设置3648 H 5000参数无效接收。 [6月19日]
东经134度轨道位置的亚太6号卫星C频段,点心卫视(中国)频道消失,设置3840 H 27500参数无效接收。 [6月19日]

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,SD154(测试)频道新增,设置3520 H 28125参数有条件接收。 [6月18日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Sahar TV(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置3760 H 26000参数无效接收。 [6月18日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Hindi Khabar替换9X Bajao(印度)等频道,设置3805 H 28500参数免费接收。 [6月18日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Zonet(印度)频道消失,设置3949 H 3673参数无效接收。 [6月18日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Zee Hindustan替换India 24x7(印度)频道,设置3976 H 3200参数免费接收。 [6月18日]

东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,VTV Hyundai替换SCJ TV(MPEG-4)频道,设置11008 H 28800参数免费接收。 [6月17日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Maasranga TV(孟加拉)频道加密,设置3812 H 2200参数有条件接收。 [6月17日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Channel 9(高清)频道改格式,设置3794 H 4444参数免费接收。 [6月17日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,Fashion One(4K)频道消失,设置3920 V 30000参数无效接收。 [6月17日]
东经65度轨道位置的Amos 4号卫星Ku频段,Nepal TV、Star Plus HD(尼泊尔)等全组频道消失,设置10710 V 45000参数无效接收。 [6月17日]
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Australia’s satellite capabilities get $500m investment

From https://www.defenceconnect.com.au/intel-cyber/839-australia-s-satellite-capabilities-get-500-million-investment

The Turnbull government has announced a $500 million investment to improve Australia’s space-based intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities to support Australian Defence Force operations at home and around the world.

The $500 million investment will improve the Department of Defence's access to commercial satellites to provide information to government agencies.

Minister for Defence Marise Payne and Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne said this information will be used to support Australia’s defence priorities, including defence operations, border protection and humanitarian missions.

Minister Payne said that Defence Project 799 was introduced in the 2016 Defence White Paper to enhance Australia’s geospatial-intelligence capabilities.

Phase 1 of the project will provide Australia with direct and more timely access to commercial imaging satellites to support a wide range of Defence and national security activities.

"Defence’s enhanced access to these satellites will increase Australia’s capacity to maintain surveillance and improve situational awareness for the Australian Defence Force and other national security agencies through the provision of high-quality imagery," Minister Payne said.

"This means imagery from high-end commercial satellites, now in orbit, will be integrated directly into the Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation’s imagery dissemination systems, reducing the time it will take for satellite imagery to get to a member of the ADF or the officers of Australia’s national security agencies."

Minister Pyne said these contracting arrangements will provide improved value for money for the Australian government when accessing commercial imagery.

The minister also said the investment will immediately create 22 new jobs in Defence and industry across Australia in direct support of the establishment and maintenance of the capability, with many others created in the supply chain as the project matures.

"The Turnbull government is committed to maximising Australian industry content, with this project forecasting over $144 million to be spent in Australia, creating jobs and generating economic growth," Minister Pyne said.

"Australian industry will benefit with around $14 million spent locally to build the ground infrastructure to collect imagery from commercial satellites."

A total of $130 million will be spent on support contracts over the 13-year life of the project, providing commercial opportunities for Australian companies – including in the Northern Territory and South Australia.

This investment will also create opportunities for Australian companies interested in satellite technology and imagery analysis.

This latest investment in Australia's satellite capabilities comes after Minister Payne announced the extension of the Department of Defence’s C1 satellite partnership with Optus and after BAE Systems Australia secured a $30 million contract to deliver a major capability improvement to the Royal Australian Navy with the upgrade of maritime satellite communications terminals.

Telstra to maintain Foxtel content

From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/media/telstra-to-maintain-foxtel-content/news-story/c7a06f4d77069f0f9c28166bd0c6c7ee

Telstra chairman John Mullen says the company remains is looking at a structural solution with Foxtel. Picture: Renee Nowytarger

Telstra chairman John Mullen has vowed his company will maintain its access to Foxtel’s content under a new ownership structure for the pay-TV group, which is expected to see the telco retain a significant cornerstone interest in the company.

In the wake of Foxtel’s move last week to relaunch its subscription video on-demand service under the name Foxtel Now, with a new operating interface, Mr Mullen said Telstra was “very committed” to Foxtel but remained open to selling down its interest as part of a repositioning of the pay-TV group.

Telstra has a 50 per cent stake in Foxtel, while the other half of the company is owned by News Corporation, publisher of The Australian.

“We are very committed. And whatever ultimate structural solution ends up being the appro­priate one, it will not prejudice our access to content. We will work together on content. That is the key,’’ Mr Mullen told The Aust­ralian.

“You don’t strictly have to own it all. I don’t see Telstra wanting to buy a Time Warner or something like that. But you have to have access to (Foxtel content), whether it is by joint venture, association, or whatever it is. That is going to be increasingly important.”

While he declined to comment on the specific negotiations between Telstra, Foxtel, News and the News-owned sports programming business Fox Sports, it is understood all the parties have abandoned plans for a float of Foxtel on the Australian Securities Exchange or an outright sale of Telstra’s interest in the pay-TV company.

Last year Telstra was considering a selldown of its Foxtel interest in an initial public offering that would have seen Telstra hold on to 19 per cent, News Corp 51 per cent and a free float of 30 per cent.

But the float was delayed by volatile equity markets and Telstra is said to be resolved to “re­positioning” the ownership of Foxtel and Fox Sports, which could be completed by the end of the year. “It is a really interesting space, every carrier realises you must have access to content and the method of delivery is changing rapidly,” Mr Mullen said of the burgeoning market for internet streaming.

“The relationship with News is very good. We do need to address how we compete jointly in that market going forward and we are working pretty hard on that.”

Foxtel axed Presto, its loss-making video on demand co-­venture with Seven West Media, in January after it failed to gain traction with viewers against rivals such as Netflix and Fairfax Media and Nine Entertainment-backed Stan.

Telstra plans this year to launch a new version of its popular television streaming device, Telstra TV, featuring unique hardware and software custom-built by US-based video streaming device maker Roku.

Telstra remains bullish on Foxtel but the telco and the pay-TV operator could butt heads this year as Foxtel readies plans to release its own puck-style streaming device that could be a potential competitor to Telstra TV.

Foxtel has plans to launch its device in two stages.

The first will hit the market as early as July and hook into fixed-line broadband connections to offer consumers access to its Foxtel Play streaming service. It also will aggregate other streaming apps including free-to-air catch-up services and potentially streaming video services such as Stan and Netflix.

The second stage of the launch will happen early next year with the introduction of a more ­sophisticated device that will be equipped with a free-to-air ­broadcast tuner and be able to connect through satellite internet services. The respective strategies of Foxtel and Telstra in the popular streaming market are believed to have led to tension between the partners, but Mr Mullen downplayed any current issues. “I am not aware of any great difficulties,” he said.

“Partners sometimes have different objectives but that doesn’t hold us back.

“We are very keen on positioning Foxtel for the next 20 years. The threats are the Amazons and others, they are not another local cable operator.”

At the end of March, Foxtel had 2.8 million subscribers but its household penetration in Australia has been stuck at 30 per cent for several years.

Revenue at the pay-TV operator dropped 2.2 per cent to $1.62 billion in the six months to December 31 as total subscriber numbers fell 2.1 per cent to 2.822 million.

Telstra’s “Foxtel by Telstra” service, however, has been sold more aggressively than the telco’s self-branded streaming device. The importance of resold Foxtel services to Telstra’s revenues showed in first-half results that saw a 9.7 per cent increase to $522 million as the company added 88,000 new Foxtel services.

Those Foxtel bundles added $390m in revenue (an increase of 11.4 per cent) for the half, meaning that sales of the pay-TV service now account for 75 per cent of the telco’s total media revenue.

The telco giant now has 748,000 customers who subscribe to Foxtel through Telstra.

Long March 3B launches Zhongxing-9A satellite, fate uncertain

From http://www.spaceflightinsider.com/organizations/china-national-space-administration/long-march-3b-launches-zhongxing-9a-satellite-fate-uncertain/

A Chinese Long March 3B rocket lifted off at 12:12 EDT (16:12 GMT) June 18, 2017, from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southern China to deliver the Zhongxing-9A indigenous television satellite to geosynchronous transfer orbit (GTO). Since the launch, however, there has been no official word the mission was successful.

China is usually tight-lipped about its rocket launches, but confirmation of a successful Zhongxing-9A deployment was expected within an hour, according to the GBTimes. This has led some to speculate the mission might not have been a success.

The last time one of the country’s rockets had a failure was in September 2016. During the flight of a Long March 4C rocket, the third stage underperformed, preventing the Gaofen-10 satellite from reaching orbit.

The Zhongxing-9A mission utilized China’s workhorse carrier rocket outfitted in its ‘enhanced’ configuration. It was the country’s seventh launch of 2017.


When the countdown reached zero, the rocket’s four YF-25 booster engines and the core stage’s lone YF-21C engine ignited in a cloud of nitrogen tetroxide and unsymmetrical dimethylhydrazine byproducts. The 185-foot (56.3-meter) tall Long March 3B/E heavy-lift rocket leapt off the pad at Xichang’s Launch Complex 3 and climbed spaceward.

The five engines produced a combined 1.3 million pounds (5,923.2 kilonewtons) of sea-level thrust, easily enough to lift the rocket and payload off the pad.

Having consumed their hypergolic propellants, the four strap-on boosters separated from the core stage 2 minutes, 20 seconds after liftoff and later impacted the ground several hundred miles from the launch site. Twenty seconds later, with its job complete, the first stage separated as the second stage’s YF-24E propulsion cluster, consisting of a single YF-22E engine and four YF-23C vernier thrusters, ignited.

If all went according to plan, the rocket’s second stage (or third, depending on how the boosters are classified) fired its YF-22E engine while still attached to the core stage in an operation known as “hot staging.” This negates the need for stage separation motors, reducing both the weight of the vehicle and the complexity of the staging process.

Consuming the same propellants as the first stage, the second stage was expected to have burned through its 108,900 pounds (49,400 kilograms) of fuel in just over three minutes.

Orbital insertion

Since there has been no official report of a successful mission, it is unclear if the satellite reached orbit, or was deployed into a lower than planned orbit. If the mission was successful, some six minutes after leaving Xichang, the third stage’s liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen consuming YF-75 engine would have ignited.

On a nominal flight path, the third stage would have entered into an initial low-Earth orbit before later re-igniting to deliver the satellite into GTO. There, the spacecraft would have detached from the rocket to begin its mission.

Zhongxing-9A is expected to use its onboard propulsion system to raise its orbit to settle in its geostationary slot some 22,300 miles (35,800 kilometers) above the equator at 92.2 degrees East longitude. Once there, the satellite will provide direct-to-home television services to Chinese customers.

If the satellite ended up in a lower than planned orbit, however, more of its onboard propellant would be required to raise it up into a geostationary orbit. This could potentially shorten its expected 15-year lifespan.

SES Transfers Capacity from AMC-9 Satellite Following Significant Anomaly

From http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170618005124/en/SES-Transfers-Capacity-AMC-9-Satellite-Significant-Anomaly

Prompt transfer of capacity designed to minimise disruption to customers

LUXEMBOURG--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SES (Euronext Paris:SESG) (LuxX:SESG) announced that, following a significant anomaly, the company is in the process of transferring capacity from its AMC-9 satellite.

The incident was noted on the morning of Saturday, 17 June 2017. SES has taken immediate action in contacting all customers and is working to transfer services to alternative satellite capacity in order to minimise disruption.

AMC-9 provided Ku-band and C-band coverage over the U.S. and Mexico. The satellite was manufactured by Alcatel/Thales and was launched in 2003.

SES is working closely with the manufacturer to establish the cause of the anomaly and is evaluating all satellite recovery options. The full impact of the anomaly is still being assessed.

In the event that the spacecraft cannot be recovered, the potential impact on SES’s full year 2017 group revenue could be up to EUR 20 million. In this event, it would also be expected to result in a one-off impairment charge of EUR 38 million.

DTH operators present list of concerns to TRAI

From http://www.televisionpost.com/dth/dth-operators-present-list-of-concerns-to-trai/

MUMBAI: Over-the-top (OTT) platforms, DD Freedish, satellite crunch and the licensing process are some of the concerns that direct-to-home (DTH) operators have.

Videocon d2h has called upon the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to regulate the over-the-top (OTT) video delivery platforms like Hotstar, Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.

Videocon d2h has noted that the OTT services are un-regulated as they don’t need a licence to operate, nor pay licence fee. They are also exempt from paying entertainment taxes unlike other TV distribution platforms.

In its submission on the pre-consultation paper ‘Ease of doing business in broadcasting sector’, Videocon d2h remarked that OTT players do not have to invest much compared to traditional distribution platforms.

The DTH operator also said that the availability of same content on OTT platforms throws open the possibility of piracy since most of the OTT platforms are available for free. This, it averred, would hurt the monetisation prospects of distribution platforms like DTH.

Videocon d2h said that while broadcasters charge for content from DTH platforms, the same content is available freely on OTT platforms. This will result in revenue cannibalisation.

The DTH operator also urged TRAI to create a level playing field with respect to DD’s free DTH service Freedish.

The DTH operator submitted that the allocation of broadcasting spectrum must be provided under a single window so as to cut down on unnecessary expenses and streamline the process for the same.

Tata Sky in its submission also highlighted the need for a single-window structure as the whole process of starting DTH operations beginning from the receipt of the frequency allotment letter until the receipt of the final uplinking permission takes approximately six months.

Videocon d2h further submitted that the DTH operators must be allowed to use disaster recovery/backup head-end simultaneously in an active mode. This demand was backed up by Dish TV, which stated that the DTH operators are allowed to use the DR sites simultaneously in usual course of operation, thus reducing burden on primary head-end.

According to Videocon d2h, the services from the DR site (secondary head-end) will result in saving in the CAPEX and OPEX along with several advantages without compromising either on the quality of the programme.

Videocon d2h has also submitted that DTH operators should be allowed to provide radio services without any payment obligation.

Dish TV and Tata Sky said that the NOCC and WPC charges paid by DTH operators should be rationalised. Both WPC and NOCC charge a substantial amount (NOCC – Rs 60,000 per MHz per annum and WPC Rs 90,000 per MHz per annum) for providing various clearances and ultimately the permission to broadcast.

Tata Sky noted that the activity done by WPC and NOCC is administrative in nature and is in regard to processing of various permissions. Such administrative charges should be a nominal amount which would cover the costs incurred by the respective departments for providing the clearances.

Dish TV noted that the objective of paying charges to NOCC is to monitor the transmissions of DTH operators. However, NOCC has no role where the transmissions are done through foreign satellites; therefore, NOCC charges should be done away with since most DTH operators are using foreign satellites.

Tata Sky submitted that a valid licence-holder should not need to repeatedly approach various licensing/regulatory bodies for additional permissions for providing services within the scope of the licence.

It further noted that the appointment of directors gets delayed due to the delay in getting security clearance. The DTH operator also requested TRAI to modify the current policy of obtaining clearance to allow for the immediate appointment of the personnel.

The DTH operator said that the quarterly PMR must be completely done away with or at least reviewed and simplified.

It also requested the sector regulator to proactively recommend to the relevant regulatory bodies and government departments to extend digital incentive and discount schemes to the DTH operators.

Dish TV submitted that the DTH operators must be allowed to directly enter into commercial negotiations with foreign satellite operators without having to go through Antrix Corporation.

Reliance Digital TV suggested that the technical interoperability clause in the licence agreement should be replaced with commercial interoperability. This will reduce cost of STBs by $2 to $5 and will also result in huge forex savings both for the nation and for the operator.

It further stated that Article 10 in DTH licence needs to be amended so that interactive services using satellite return path in DTH can be deployed.


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NBN considering deploying third satellite

From http://www.zdnet.com/article/nbn-considering-deploying-third-satellite/

NBN is looking into deploying a third satellite, leasing capacity from third-party satellites, improving its satellite technology, or building more towers in an effort to improve its satellite service.

NBN CEO Bill Morrow and Communications Minister Mitch Fifield during Senate Estimates

National Broadband Network (NBN) CEO Bill Morrow has said the company is looking into several options to improve its satellite connections following widespread complaints about congestion and slow speeds.

In response to requests from Communications Minister Mitch Fifield and Regional Communications Minister Fiona Nash to improve the Sky Muster satellite service, Morrow said NBN is considering deploying a third satellite, piggybacking off a third-party satellite, building more towers, or improving the tech on its existing two satellites.

"[A third satellite] is one of the options that we are looking at to satisfy Minister Fifield and Minister Nash's requests," Morrow told Senate Estimates.

"We will look at enhancing the existing technology with the two satellites that are up there today; we will look at a third satellite to see if that's feasible; we will look at other satellites that are third party that will be up in the sky that maybe we can leverage those satellites to get more capacity; we will look at getting some other towers to relieve the congestion of the satellite beams that are coming down.

"There's nothing that is sacred here. We are looking at anything and everything that might be feasible to offer more capacity."

Sky Muster has been subject to widespread criticism, with the federal opposition party last month saying the satellite service should be subject to an independent expert review, as the installation issues, data caps, outages, and lack of transparency between NBN and its retail service providers (RSPs) need to be examined.

This was despite Labor being responsible for ordering NBN's two Ka-band satellites, which were labelled as unnecessary "Rolls-Royce" satellites by then-opposition communications leader Malcolm Turnbull, who has since revised his opinion to "world class".

Under NBN's 2017 Corporate Plan, between 200,000 and 250,000 premises will receive a satellite connection, although 400,000 premises are eligible, with customers capped from using more than 150GB per month -- separated into 75GB off peak between 1am and 7am and 75GB on peak, with 50GB extra for distance education students, and has a maximum download speed of 25Mbps -- and on 25Mbps maximum speeds.

Australia's states and territories have similarly criticised the satellite service, with the South Australian government saying Sky Muster should be a "last resort" because it is a form of geographical-based discrimination; the Queensland government arguing that use of "lower-grade" NBN services for those living in regional and remote areas of Australia is unacceptable and inequitable; and the Northern Territory government slamming the "technically inferior" satellite service.

In January, NBN revealed that there had been 31,007 reschedules of Sky Muster service installations between April 2016 until October, caused mainly by technician issues, customer issues, weather, network issues, and non-standard installations.

The average closure time for complaints was 21.4 days during October last year, with 520 complaints between April and October.

According to satellite RSP Clear Networks, these complaints are exacerbated by the lack of information on connectivity issues given by NBN to RSPs, which leaves customers at the mercy of NBN's 10-day turnaround.

Morrow said on Thursday that in total, NBN missed 82,552 appointments in 2016.

Service class zero

Labor has also criticised Morrow's responses in Senate Estimates this week on premises that have been classified as being "service class zero" -- premises that cannot connect despite the rest of their region being able to order NBN services.

"We let the retailers know which homes are not ready for service," Morrow said, adding that as the wholesaler, NBN does not contact the consumer directly. Consumers could also check their forecast connectivity timeframe by using NBN's online address checker, he said.

While it could take up to two years for such service class zero premises to be connected, it is a 6.5-month wait on average, Morrow said.

"It could be a year, it could be two years, the point is that not every home is going to get done overnight, but all homes will be done by the year 2020," Morrow told Senate Estimates on Thursday.

"It's really unfortunate that if somebody has a complex area, that requires this to be toward the end of the build. It is what it is, but again everybody will get taken care of by the year 2020."

Shadow Communications Minister Stephen Jones, however, criticised NBN for not notifying customers when their premises have technical obstacles preventing them from being connected.

"In Senate Estimates last night, NBN CEO Mr Bill Morrow said that NBN doesn't tell customers about this but relies on customers using their website's address checker. As a result, nobody is taking responsibility for being honest with these customers and telling them that they are in a different situation that requires detailed work," Jones said on Friday.

"These customers, known to NBN as "Service Class 0", are growing in number, and this month there are around 200,000 premises left behind."

Chinese satellite beats distance record for quantum entanglement

From https://www.newscientist.com/article/2134843-chinese-satellite-beats-distance-record-for-quantum-entanglement/

Micius satellite

Quantum satellite Micius has sent entangled photons to ground stations on Earth

Lesszthan a year after they launched the world’s only quantum communications satellite, Chinese researchers have for the first time ever sent entangled photons from space to ground stations on Earth.

“This is the first step towards worldwide secure quantum communications, and maybe even a quantum internet,” says Anton Zeilinger, an expert on quantum physics at the University of Vienna in Austria.

One of the building blocks of a secure quantum network is the ability to exchange entangled photons between two parties. When a pair of photons are entangled particles, measuring one instantly influences the state of the other, regardless of the distance between them.

To create a cryptographic key, the two parties, say Alice and Bob, use the results of a series of measurements on pairs of entangled photons. The key can then be used to encrypt messages that are sent over a regular channel. The duo can also detect the presence of an intruder who tries to intercept and retransmit the entangled photons, because doing this destroys the entanglement.

Last year, researchers in China established a record separation between Alice and Bob: entangled photons were exchanged over a distance of 404 kilometres using non-commercial, high-quality optical fibre.

Entangled light

Now, entanglement has been preserved in pairs of photons sent by the Chinese satellite Micius to ground stations separated by 1203 kilometres — a new record.

“It took us almost 14 years to manage this achievement,” says Jian-Wei Pan of the University of Science and Technology of China in Hefei.

They first had to ensure that their source of entangled photons would survive the rigours of a launch and that the entangled photons wouldn’t be destroyed while traveling through about 10 kilometres of lower atmosphere, which is thick and turbulent. After successful ground-based tests of these technologies, such as using small telescopes to focus the photons to distant receivers, in August 2016 China launched Micius into orbit at an altitude of about 500 kilometres so it would take the same path over China at the same time each night.

The next challenge was for ground stations to track the fast-moving satellite, and establish optical links to receive entangled photons. Three optical telescopes in Delingha in Tibet, and Lijiang and Nanshan in north-west China locked on to the satellite, which appeared briefly overhead once every night.

The ground stations used adaptive optics — which is technology that can measure the turbulence of Earth’s atmosphere in real time and cancel out its blurring effects. They also used technology to filter out moonlight and light pollution from cities, to reduce the noise in the optical link to the satellite.

For every pass of the satellite over China, which happened at night for about 275 seconds, it had to establish two such downlinks simultaneously, either between Delingha and Lijiang (1203 kilometres apart) or Delingha and Nanshan (1120 kilometres apart).

If we were to use optical fibres to distribute pairs of entangled photon pairs on Earth over 1200 kilometres, the loss of signal strength with distance means that we could only transmit one pair per second.

The Chinese satellite smashed that barrier. “We have already improved the distribution efficiency by 12 orders of magnitude over former technologies,” says Pan.

Next up, daytime

Zeilinger is impressed. “It’s a very important achievement,” he says. “It proves that China is really able to master the technology, particularly the technology to follow a satellite optically and have the downlinks.”

Pan says that the next step is to operate during the daytime, which means coping with far more light pollution from the sun, which can destroy the entanglement, and also to send satellites into higher orbits so that they are visible for longer durations. “Then it will be really a useful and radical system for secure quantum communications,” says Pan.

The team also tested the fundamentals of quantum mechanics. Einstein had argued that since quantum mechanics allows for entanglement, which he derided as “spooky action at a distance”, it must be an incomplete theory and that there must be an underlying reality to explain such weirdness. But the tests done on the entangled photons between the pairs of ground stations showed that quantum weirdness is real and cannot be explained by any Einsteinian notions of hidden reality.

China Launches Satellites Carrying Amateur Radio Transponders

From http://www.arrl.org/news/china-launches-satellites-carrying-amateur-radio-transponders

China's CAMSAT has announced that two Amateur Radio payloads piggybacked on the optical remote-sensing microsatellites OVS-1A and OVS-1B were launched on June 15 from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. The primary launch mission is a hard X-ray modulation telescope satellite (HXMT). The Amateur Radio payloads are designated CAS-4A and CAS-4B.

CAS-4A (call sign BJ1SK) carries an inverting U/V inverting transponder, with a CW telemetry beacon at 145.888 MHz and 4.8 kb GMSK telemetry at 145.835 MHz. The transponder uplink is 435.220 MHz; the downlink is 145.870 MHz.

CAS-4B (call sign: BJ1SL) carries an essentially identical inverting U/V linear transponder, with a CW telemetry beacon at 145.910 MHz and GMSK telemetry at 145.890 MHz. The transponder uplink is 435.280 MHz; the downlink is 145.925 MHz MHz.

“The frequencies of transponders are center frequencies, and uplinks/downlinks are both 20 kHz wide,” CAMSAT’s Alan Kung, BA1DU, explained. “The transponders are linear and good for SSB/CW operation.”

Both CAS-4A and CAS-4B are equipped with quarter-wave monopole antennas for VHF and UHF

Researchers discover shortcut to satellite-based quantum encryption network

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Researchers_discover_shortcut_to_satellite_based_quantum_encryption_network_999.html

From the ground, researchers measured laser signals that originated from a satellite and traveled through Earth's gravitational potential and the turbulent atmosphere. The successful characterization of quantum features under such conditions is a precondition for the implementation of a global quantum communication network using satellites that would link metropolitan area quantum networks on the ground.

In a new study, researchers demonstrate ground-based measurements of quantum states sent by a laser aboard a satellite 38,000 kilometers above Earth. This is the first time that quantum states have been measured so carefully from so far away.

"We were quite surprised by how well the quantum states survived traveling through the atmospheric turbulence to a ground station," said Christoph Marquardt from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Germany.

"The paper demonstrates that technology on satellites, already space-proof against severe environmental tests, can be used to achieve quantum-limited measurements, thus making a satellite quantum communication network possible. This greatly cuts down on development time, meaning it could be possible to have such a system as soon as five years from now."

A satellite-based quantum-based encryption network would provide an extremely secure way to encrypt data sent over long distances. Developing such a system in just five years is an extremely fast timeline since most satellites require around 10 years of development. Normally, every component - from computers to screws - must be tested and approved to work in the harsh environmental conditions of space and must survive the gravitational changes experienced during the launch.

Marquardt and his colleagues from the division of Gerd Leuchs at the Max Planck Institute in Erlangen report their new research in Optica, The Optical Society's journal for high impact research.

Using light to keep data safe
Today, text messages, banking transactions and health information are all encrypted with techniques based on mathematical algorithms. This approach works because it is extremely difficult to figure out the exact algorithm used to encrypt a given piece of data. However, experts believe that computers powerful enough to crack these encryption codes are likely to be available in the next 10 to 20 years.

The looming security threat has placed more attention on implementing stronger encryption techniques such as quantum key distribution. Rather than relying on math, quantum key distribution uses properties of light particles known as quantum states to encode and send the key needed to decrypt encoded data.

If someone tries to measure the light particles to steal the key, it changes the particles' behavior in a way that alerts the intended communicating parties that the key has been compromised and should not be used. The fact that this system detects eavesdropping means that secure communication is guaranteed.

Although methods for quantum encryption have been in development for more than a decade, they don't work over long distances because residual light losses in optical fibers used for telecommunications networks on the ground degrade the sensitive quantum signals.

Quantum signals cannot be also regenerated without altering their properties by suing optical amplifiers as it is done for classical optical data. For this reason, there has been a recent push to develop a satellite-based quantum communication network to link ground-based quantum encryption networks located in different metropolitan areas, countries and continents.

Although the new findings showed that quantum communication satellite networks do not need to be designed from scratch, Marquardt notes that it will still take 5 to 10 years to convert ground based systems to quantum-based encryption to communicate quantum states with the satellites.

Measuring quantum states
For the experiments, Marquardt's team worked closely with satellite telecommunications company Tesat-Spacecom GmbH and the German Space Administration. The German Space Administration previously contracted with Tesat-Spacecom on behalf of the German Ministry of Economics and Energy to develop an optical communications technology for satellites.

This technology is now being used commercially in space by laser communication terminals onboard Copernicus - the European Union's Earth Observation Programme - and by SpaceDataHighway, the European data relay satellite system.

It turned out that this satellite optical communications technology works much like the quantum key distribution method developed at the Max Planck Institute. Thus, the researchers decided to see if it was possible to measure quantum states encoded in a laser beam sent from one of the satellites already in space.

In 2015 and the beginning of 2016, the team made these measurements from a ground-based station at the Teide Observatory in Tenerife, Spain. They created quantum states in a range where the satellite normally does not operate and were able to make quantum-limited measurements from the ground.

"From our measurements, we could deduce that the light traveling down to Earth is very well suited to be operated as a quantum key distribution network," Marquardt said. "We were surprised because the system was not built for this. The engineers had done an excellent job at optimizing the entire system."

The researchers are now working with Tesat-Spacecom and others in the space industry to design an upgraded system based on the hardware already used in space. This will require upgrading the laser communication design, incorporating a quantum-based random number generator to create the random keys and integrating post processing of the keys.

"There is serious interest from the space industry and other organizations to implement our scientific findings," said Marquardt. "We, as fundamental scientists, are now working with engineers to create the best system and ensure no detail is overlooked."

British Hacker Pleads Guilty to Hacking US Military Satellite Phone And Messaging System

From https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/british-hacker-pleads-guilty-to-hacking-us-military-satellite-phone-and-messaging-system

A 25-year-old broke into a DoD satellite communication system and doxed around 800 Department of Defense employees.

A British man has pleaded guilty to hacking into a US Department of Defense system stealing data from around 30,000 satellite phones, UK authorities announced on Thursday.

Sean Caffrey, a 25-year-old from the outskirts of Birmingham, admitted to breaking into a US military communications system on June 15, 2014, stealing "hundreds of user accounts." The hacker stole "ranks, usernames and email addresses of more than 800 users of a satellite communications system, as well as of about 30,000 satellite phones," according to a press release by the National Crime Agency, or NCA.

"No one should think that cyber crime is victimless or that they can get away with it," NCA's investigations manager Janey Young was quoted as saying.

In the indictment, the NCA said the hacker broke into the Enhanced Mobile Satellite System Short Burst Data System of the United States Department of Defense. In the press release, the agency did not provide any details into how Caffrey was caught. It only said that agents found the hack originated from his internet connection, and then found the stolen data on his computer after a "forensic examination."

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Caffrey was arrested in March of 2015, according to the NCA. At the time, the NCA said a hacker stole data from "an international satellite message dissemination system", the Enhanced Mobile Satellite Services, which is used by the the Pentagon to communicate with employees around the world via email or phone.

The hacker then allegedly claimed the attack with a message on the text-sharing site Pastebin, according to the NCA.

"We smite the Lizards, LizardSquad your time is near," the message read, according to the NCA. The hacker appeared to taunt the infamous hacking group Lizard Squad, notorious for targeting Xbox Live and other online gaming services. "We're in your bases, we control your satellites. The missiles shall rein [sic] upon thy who claim alliance, watch your heads, ** T-47:59:59 until lift off."

The message, or a copy of it, appears to be still up. The author of the message claimed to be affiliated with ISIS, and shared a few screenshots to prove his feat. The screenshots show full names, phone numbers, email addresses and usernames of servicemen.

Caffrey's intrusion caused $628,000 in damages, the DoD said. The hacker pleaded guilty to one offense under the UK's anti-hacking law, the Computer Misuse Act. The FBI and the Department of Defense collaborated in the investigation, according to the NCA's press release.

The NCA did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The FBI and the DoD also did not immediately get back to Motherboard's request for more information on the case.


Thursday feed

Intelsat 19 12592 v Sr 7000 NRL football show

Screenshots taken from the Ten sports channels Intelsat 20 when they were FTA the other day (Yes they show a LOT of cricket). They are changing their branding soon..

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Seven to launch new catch-up platform

From http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2017/06/seven-to-launch-new-catch-up-platform.html

Seven will launch a new online platform offering long form catch-up TV content within six months.

It will replace Yahoo7’s Plus7 offering, which launched in 2010.

The new platform will be fully owned by Seven West Media.

The move comes at a time when Verizon completes its acquisition of Yahoo Inc., to be rebranded as Oath, and Yahoo chief executive Marissa Mayer announced her resignation in the US. Seven West Media and AOL/Verizon will continue to invest in the Yahoo7 joint venture in Australia.

Kurt Burnette, Chief Revenue Officer for Seven West Media, said “Our JV partners own and operate one of the world’s largest digital advertising businesses and we look forward to driving home this leadership in local and global best content, technology and innovation.

“Australia’s number one television network will now be even more seamlessly connected and sold with the number one commercial catch up TV service delivering the most effective ‘total video’ results for advertisers.

“The Seven team will continue its selling across all screens as has been the case for sport, sponsorship and integration and that will now extend and apply to all long form Seven content online.”

Trudeau under pressure to reject China bid for satellite firm

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Trudeau_under_pressure_to_reject_China_bid_for_satellite_firm_999.html

Pressure ratcheted up Tuesday on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government to effectively deny a Chinese firm's purchase of Canadian satellite communications company Norsat, over national security concerns.

Its purchase by Hytera Communications was approved earlier this month, after a routine security analysis.

But since then, opposition parties, two former Canadian spy masters and a US congressional commission have raised concerns over the sale, which was put on hold Monday after a US hedge fund came forward with an unsolicited rival bid.

The purchase of Norsat became the main topic of discussion in parliament over the past week, culminating Tuesday with Trudeau himself rejecting criticism about his government's handling of the case and refusing to back down.

"Our national security experts assessed the deal and the technology, and concluded there were no national security concerns," he said. "We always follow the advice of our security experts on these matters.

"On top of that," he added, "we do consult with our allies, and in this case, directly consulted with the United States on this situation."

Opposition parties accused the Trudeau government of fast-tracking approvals in order to curry favor with Beijing as Ottawa looks to expand trade with China.

They called for a more thorough national security review on the impacts of the transfer of Norsat's technologies outside Canada.

"How can the prime minister claim there were no national security concerns when there has been no national security review?" asked New Democratic Party leader Thomas Mulcair, accusing Trudeau of "trying to invent a new category of careful assessment."

Beijing has said it regards national security reviews as a form of protectionism.

On Monday, the head of the congressional US-China Economic and Security Review Commission told The Globe and Mail newspaper that "Canada's approval of the sale of Norsat to a Chinese entity raises significant national-security concerns for the United States as the company is a supplier to our military.

"Canada may be willing to jeopardize its own security interests to gain favor with China," he said, adding it should not put the security of its ally at risk in the process.

Norsat's customers include the US, Irish, Scandinavian and Taiwanese militaries, NATO, aircraft manufacturer Boeing, and media firms Reuters, The Associated Press and Fox News.

At the same time, Norsat's board has asked Hytera to match an US$11.50 per share bid by Privet Fund Management of Atlanta or it will accept Privet's offer.

Eutelsat accuses Inmarsat of distorting competition

From http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2017/06/14/eutelsat-accuses-inmarsat-of-distorting-competition/

Rodolphe Belmer, CEO of Eutelsat, has denounced certain practices of its competitor Inmarsat, claiming it uses illegal practices providing broadband connection services on board of aircrafts.

According to Fabienne Schmidt in Les Echos Inmarsat is not playing the game by its rules. Inmarsat is deploying the ATG system bringing Wi-Fi into airplanes mostly by land-based terminals, using frequencies that have been allocated to a completely different purpose, which leads to a ‘distortion of competition,’ according to Belmer.

The band of frequencies in question is the S-band (which goes from 2 to 4 Gigahertz) that Inmarsat was awarded by the European Commission in 2009. It was originally intended to introduce satellite services in Europe, bringing broadband services to 50% of the population. For Belmer, Inmarsat makes it a ‘perverted use’ by using it, with its partner Deutsche Telekom, to bring Wi-Fi into airplanes.

Eutelsat says it has joined with its partner ViaSat into proceedings before the European Union Court of Justice. It is also in talks with with national regulators, such as Arcep in France and Ofcom in Great Britain.

Last week the two companies announced that they signed a new service contract with SAS, who will be equipping its short and medium-haul fleet to offer on-board Wi-Fi speeds of at least 12 Mbps and higher.

ViaSat will be the prime contractor to the airline, making available its vertically-integrated in-flight Internet system, inclusive of providing Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs); wireless IFE system support; passenger-facing access portals; and an end-to-end service that will leverage connectivity from Eutelsat. The connectivity service uses KA-SAT, Eutelsat’s high-capacity Ka-band broadband satellite whose service area spans Europe and the Mediterranean Basin.

Astro 'doesn't know anything' about Reliance Digital TV purchase talk

From http://www.theedgemarkets.com/article/astro-doesnt-know-anything-about-reliance-digital-tv-purchase-talk

KUALA LUMPUR (June 15): Astro Malaysia Holdings Bhd says it "does not know anything" about talk that the company is considering buying into India's direct-to-home business operator Reliance Digital TV.

"I read about it in the newspaper," chief executive officer Datuk Rohana Rozhan told reporters after the pay TV service provider's annual general meeting. "But as a matter of principle, we don't comment on rumours."

Pressed on whether Astro is denying that it is in talks with Reliance Digital TV, Rohana said: "I don't know anything about it and I am the CEO of this company."

The Times of India newspaper, quoting sources, reported earlier this month that Astro was performing a due diligence to buy into Reliance Digital TV, an entity under Reliance Communications, which is controlled by Indian tycoon Anil Ambani.

Asked about Astro's outlook for this year, Rohana said it is anticipating "strong" prospects. The group is cautiously optimistic amid the "formidably challenging operating environment", she said.

Outdoor Sportsman Group Launches SVOD Service MyOutdoorTV

From http://www.multichannel.com/news/content/outdoor-sportsman-group-launches-svod-service-myoutdoortv/413448

MOTV available for $9.99 per month or $99.99 per year

Outdoor Sportsman Group announced the launch of MyOutdoorTV (MOTV), a subscription video-on-demand service aimed at outdoor lifestyle fans.

MOTV is available at $9.99 monthly or $99.99 annually.

The global service can be found online and in Apple and Android app stores, with plans in the works for further service on Roku, Apple TV and smart TVs.

“Outdoor Sportsman Group is the exclusive aggregator of the best global, outdoor lifestyle programming on the planet,” said Jim Liberatore, CEO and president of Outdoor Sportsman Group Networks. “With MOTV, we are now able to engage our incomparable assets and showcase the best-in-class producers, television talent, writers, print publications and original programming as a one-stop-shop solution for enthusiasts around the world.”

MOTV offers outdoor and lifestyle content—ranging from hunting and fishing to how-to and educational videos—as well as TV shows from Outdoor Channel, Sportsman Channel and World Fishing Network.

World View Is Taking A KFC Chicken Sandwich To The 'Edge Of Space'

From https://www.forbes.com/sites/alexknapp/2017/06/13/world-view-is-taking-a-kfc-chicken-sandwich-to-the-edge-of-space/#2c0eb59e5f7d

Arizona-based World View, a startup aimed at stratospheric exploration, has announced that it's partnering with KFC to send a Zinger chicken sandwich nearly 75,000 feet up into the stratosphere - high enough to see the curvature of the Earth. This will be the first multi-day mission of the company's Stratollite system, in what CTO Taber MacCallum described as a "shakedown cruise" for the platform's system.

Although not quite taking a chicken sandwich to space, as KFC's website and advertising are saying, World View CEO Jane Poynter described the mission as going to "the edge of space." Up in the stratosphere, she says, you can get a good view of the Earth and the environment is in some ways "space-like."

On board the Stratollite system will be an HD video link system, allowing for video from the flight to be downloaded to Earth. The chicken sandwich will be enclosed in what KFC described as a "bucket satellite," modeled after the buckets the company's fried chicken comes in. Over the course of the mission, KFC will be doing a number of things to engage with its customers, including displaying tweets on the "bucket satellite" and dropping coupons on mini-parachutes from the Stratollite.

The Stratollite system is comprised of a large balloon, solar panels for power, and the vehicle itself, which houses payloads and contains the communications equipment. The system can be steered in the stratosphere using a parafoil. Once the system is fully tested and ready for launch, it's capable of carrying loads up to 300 pounds, and could carry multiple playloads at once.

This isn't World View's first Stratollite mission, but it's important for several reasons, according to MacCallum. It's the first mission to include all of the Stratollite systems, as well as the first mission to last multiple days. Additionally, the data gathered from this flight will help the company on future flights. That's meaningful to the company because according to Poynter, World View's "manifest is filling very quickly."

That increased demand highlights the benefit of KFC's sponsorship to World View. Although neither KFC nor World View would disclose the specific amount KFC was paying World View, the company did say that it was enough to cover the costs of the test flight. It also, adds Poynter, serves as a marketing opportunity for World View.

"When KFC first brought this to us we all had a good chuckle," she said. "But when we thought about it, we decided it was incredibly cool."

"If you can fly a chicken sandwich to the edge of space," she added."It demonstrates that you can really fly almost anything."

There are a number of different applications for these kind of stratospheric missions, from remote sensing to internet communications to scientific research. Right now, missions to the stratosphere can be limited because although balloon flights aren't new, they tend to not be very maneuverable and are limited in capability. Advances in technology, say MacCallum, have made their vehicle much more versatile.

The company wouldn't disclose specific pricing for Stratollite missions, in part, Poynter says, because it is very variable depending on the mission. However, she said, Stratollite missions start out at only "tens of thousands of dollars" and compared to the nearest competitive analogue, high-altitude drone flights, World View's missions are an "order of magnitude" less expensive.

(Craig's comment, come on...this can't be real..April fools day has been and gone!!!)



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Ten: free-to-air network’s boulevard of broken dreams

From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/media/broadcast/ten-freetoair-networks-boulevard-of-broken-dreams/news-story/07d3f4be4616d234efd245c5efbe70df

Channel Ten has always been the worst house on the free-to-air broadcasting street in Australia.

The problem for Australia’s third television network, which was placed into administration yesterday after a half-year loss of $232 million, is that the neighbourhood has gone rapidly downhill.

For most of its life, Ten has struggled to carve out a viable market against strong competition from Seven, Nine and the ­government-funded ABC.

Free-to-air TV has been challenged by the rise of pay-television in Australia, led by Foxtel.

And now it is struggling against a new wave: internet and mobile phone television and streaming companies such as Netflix and Stan.

Apart from a few brief purple patches — from about 2003 to 2005 when it seemed Ten had found a niche pitching itself to younger Australians — backers of the network have had a constant struggle to make money out of it.

The network has been a boulevard of broken dreams, a financially disastrous tar baby, for a string of some of Australia’s most powerful business names — from Frank Lowy and his then adviser David Gonski, to Bruce Gordon, and Lachlan Murdoch, James Packer and Gina Rinehart.

As yesterday’s move shows, Ten continues to prove the theory of US billionaire investor Warren Buffett: “When a management with a reputation for brilliance tackles a business with a reputation for bad economics, it is the reputation of the business that ­remains intact.”

Just about the only ones who seem to have done well out of Ten have been News Corporation chairman Rupert Murdoch, who famously conducted an astute negotiation at News’s Holt Street headquarters in early 1987 with his partner, TNT founder Sir Peter Abeles, with a too eager, media-struck Frank Lowy.

The shopping centre magnate eagerly paid up $842m for two Channel Ten stations and a grab bag of other smaller media assets, celebrating the deal with a dinner at his house in Sydney’s elite Point Piper.

That deal was a high-water mark for Ten’s exiting owners and a low point for its buyers.

“We might have bought the worst house in the street but it is still a very good house,” Northern Star chairman Bruce Gordon ­declared at the time when he and Lowy bought Ten from Murdoch and Abeles.

“We have been looking for a cash flow business and there is a good cash flow in television,” ­adviser Gonski enthused.

“But we are somewhat humbled at the task that is before us.”

They were indeed humbled as they would learn all too painfully.

Westfield was hit by the stock market crash of 1987, which saw it sell the bulk of the Ten network to a consortium led by businessman Charles Curran and former ABC journalist Steve Cosser in 1989.

From its beginning in 1964, Ten was the new kid on the television block in Australia.

Bruce Gyngell famously became the first man to appear on Australian television with the launch of the Nine Network in time for the 1956 Olympics.

For the next few years there were only Nine and Seven in the free-to-air market in Australia as well as the ABC.

Many have argued there had never really been a sustainable market niche for a third network in Australia.

A third licence was granted to United Telecasters in 1963. It started with a station in Melbourne, which launched in 1964 and later in Sydney. The stations were owned by the Ansett group.

The network became known for shows such as Young Talent Time and the risqué Number 96, which pushed out the boundaries of Australian television.

In the 1970s, Rupert Murdoch moved in, buying a 46 per cent stake in Ten Sydney in 1977 and then picking up control of Channel Ten Melbourne in 1979.

The starting gun for change came in 1985 when Murdoch took out American citizenship to become an owner of a US television network. Then treasurer Paul Keating’s new cross media ownership laws, which declared that a media owner could be either “prince of print” of a “queen of the screen” were also set to shake up media ownership.

Foreign ownership laws forced Murdoch to sell, which he did with the famous Lowy deal to Northern Star, which was controlled by Lowy’s Westfield.

But the economic times were against them. The Australian economy fell into recession and the network struggled.

Westpac famously moved to put the network in receivership back in the dark days of 1990.

The network’s financial issues have prompted an ongoing series of changes in ownership as each optimistic buyer hits the harsh economic reality of owning ­Australia’s third television network.

In 1992, Ten’s flagship stations were sold to Canadian-based ­Canwest media group controlled by Izzy Asper.

Its ownership temporarily ­stable, Ten began to gain ground.

In 2001, Ten launched reality show Big Brother and then reality singing contest show Australian Idol. In 2004, the network’s youth-oriented focus seemed to be working as Ten, based in its Pyrmont bunker in inner-city Sydney, pulled ahead of the Seven Network and finished up second ­behind market leader Nine.

But Canwest was having problems in several countries.

In 2009, the Canadian media group sold its 50 per cent stake in Ten for $680m to help pay down its debt load, filing for protection of its creditors soon after.

Despite its questionable economics, Ten continued to attract the attention of media investors who felt they had the wherewithal to make it financially viable.

James Packer appeared to have walked away from television when he sold his stake in the Nine Network to private equity group CVC Asia in 2008 and 2009 in deals worth more than $5 billion.

But, it seems, he was unable to resist the lure of owning a television network, buying 18 per cent of Ten in late 2010.

As he did in the failed One.Tel, he brought his friend Lachlan Murdoch into the deal, selling half of his stake to Murdoch, who bought in through his private company Illyria. Together they were determined to do what it took to make the struggling network viable.

While Bruce Gordon has ­remained a longtime shareholder in the business, with about 15 per cent, Packer and Murdoch also brought in Gina Rinehart and Kerry Stokes to help provide more finance. Unrelenting pressure to make the network work saw Ten go through a string of chief ­executives in quick succession (at one point the count was up to five in six years) as the tycoons looked for a superman with the magic elixir.

The network has done well in parts. The purchase of the rights to the Big Bash T20 cricket and other sports rights deals saw it carve out a small niche in the sports rights market while enduring reality cooking franchise MasterChef has also done well.

But as the economics of free-to-air TV in Australia across the board have deteriorated in the face of new competition, the third network’s losses ­mounted.

In June 2015, Foxtel, jointly owned by News and Telstra, bought a 14 per cent share in the network. Lachlan Murdoch is co-chairman of News Corp, publisher of The Australian. Foxtel is half-owned by News Corp.

This year has seen ongoing ­negotiations over Ten’s future.

Yesterday Ten stopped trading after Lachlan Murdoch and Bruce Gordon said they would no longer back the network’s plans to ­refinance a $250m loan.

The move comes as the federal government is now considering moves to unwind the cross-media ownership rules laid down by Keating in 1986.

Ten’s financial demise will put further pressure on the government to pass the laws to free up a market where once great media names are struggling for their ­financial future.

The starting gun for a new round of assets sales in the Australian media landscape has been fired and the dancing is only just beginning.

Network Ten pays for past errors, tough times

From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/media/network-ten-pays-for-past-errors-tough-times/news-story/d1caff717ff0d4dab05ebb783c0eb9cf

TV continues to be a profitable, cash-generative industry, but viewing habits are changing fast in the broadband era.

Streaming services such as Netflix, Foxtel Now, Stan and Amazon Prime Video are luring some of the best content and viewers from traditional broadcast networks.

Now the most anticipated drama shows and movies are as likely to be shown first on a recently rebooted Foxtel Now as they are on commercial TV.

Costs are another problem. Embattled free-to-air network Ten’s expenses jumped 7.4 per cent to $349.4 million in the six months to February 28. But ­advertising revenue grew only 2.1 per cent to $341.4m in the five capital cities.

Tepid conditions in the ad market are weighing on Ten. Online media has fractured audiences, and Facebook and Google now aggressively compete for market share with domestic players outside the regulatory framework, but with the benefit of far larger budgets.

New figures in the ­Interactive Advertising Bureau’s year-end report for 2016 showed Google and Facebook took 90 per cent of the ad revenue growth.

But these trends are not new. So what prompted directors to ask for trading to be halted yesterday morning after shareholders Lachlan Murdoch and Bruce Gordon decided against supporting a new $250m loan to the broadcaster?

Ten’s ratings and revenue began spiralling down in the noughties. Current Fairfax Media chairman Nick Falloon was at the helm when a series of ­strategic decisions saw Ten pay over the odds for sporting rights and high-priced content from Hollywood studios.

In 2010, Ten ran so far off course that gaming mogul James Packer and Mr Murdoch saw an opportunity to take control and prevent it from crashing.

Much has changed since Falloon saddled Ten with unsustainable costs. In the intervening years, the media environment has been up-ended and reshaped by digital insurgents.

It is now clear that lower ratings are the new normal in the TV industry, a realisation that is reflected in the valuations of broadcasters around the world.

For successive management teams at Ten, this has made the uphill task even harder.
Still, Ten has made progress of sorts during a turbulent period for the network. The broadcaster of I’m A ­Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here!, MasterChef and the Big Bash pushed its share of the metro­politan ad market 1.8 per cent higher in the recent half on the back of ratings gains in younger ­demographics favoured by advertisers.

Where to next? While no one close to refinancing talks believes Ten will be shut down, the company faces potential administration if it can’t secure a new source of funding.

That’s not as bad it sounds. Such a move would put the broadcaster in a stronger position to extract itself from onerous contracts with CBS and 21st Century Fox.

Restructuring specialist KordaMentha is working closing with Ten’s board of directors. It’s notable that Ten has also drafted in investment bank Moelis, which worked on a $3.4 billion restructuring of the Nine Network’s debt in 2013.

This has prompted some observers to question whether a debt for equity swap could be on the cards for Ten.

This could enable some of the shareholders to privatise Ten, introduce a new corporate strategy and rebuild the company away from the scrutiny of being publicly traded.

Foxtel debuts in-app messaging chat to improve customer service

From https://www.cmo.com.au/article/620577/foxtel-debuts-in-app-messaging-chat-improve-customer-service/

Pay TV giant now allows customers to use its MyFoxtel app to chat to customer service agents in real time

Foxtel customers are now able to talk to customer service agents via their mobile app in real time following the pay TV’s rollout of in-app messaging technology.

Foxtel has integrated LivePerson’s in-app mobile messaging tool, LiveEngage, into the MyFoxtel app, in what it claims is an Australian first providing enterprise in-app messaging at scale for customer communications.

Consumers are connected to the customer service team by clicking on a feedback button inside the app, and can access a range of features including push notifications and alerts. In a statement, Foxtel head of digital sales and service, Alisha Bailey, said embracing the new technology was part of wider efforts to streamline the way customer interact with the brand across multiple platforms.

“Simplifying customer communications is an essential part of how Foxtel is able to quickly and accurately provide the best support possible,” she said. “ With so much of today’s communication happening via messaging on mobile devices, it’s a logical progression to enable customers to interact with Foxtel in the same way they would friends and family.”

LivePerson regional VP for APAC, Steven Fitzjohn, said the technology allowed customer service agents to handle multiple enquiries simultaneously, and also gave Foxtel the opportunity to monitor customer sentiment in real time and respond. At the same time, consumers can use the app to refer back to conversations with the service team.

“Customers benefit from the ability to message over time with a specific and consistent customer service team member with all conversations recorded in a single point, eliminating the need for customers to describe their issue over and over again,” he said.

Foxtel revamped its MyFoxtel app in January, introducing the ability to view billing and payment history, make bill payments, upgrade packages, order main Events programs, track usage, view up to 14 days of programming information and record recording functionality for IQ and MyStar boxes. The company claims it’s had 490,000 app downloads and 90,000 in-app customer messages sent through the app since its launch.

LivePerson’s customer base in Australia also includes Westpac, Commonwealth Bank, Medibank, Qantas, Bupa and Adobe.

Sydney-based retailer, CostumeBox, is another brand that’s employed LivePerson's chat technology to help process customer queries faster, and claims to have seen conversions rise by more than 25 per cent as a result.

Sky closes The Zone TV channel

From http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/tv-radio/93628182/sky-closes-the-zone-tv-channel

Grimm is one of the shows on The Zone that will be over for fans when the channel closes.

Grimm is one of the shows on The Zone that will be over for fans when the channel closes.

Sky has called time for its sci-fi channel, The Zone.

Broadcast on Sky channel nine, The Zone was launched in November 2014. Back then, Sky entertainment head Karen Bieleski​ said "this is the channel that many of our viewers have literally been clamouring for." The Zone was to screen anything that could feature at Comic-Con, but that brief would come to an end on June 30 as Sky axed the channel.

The channel's manager, Chris Philpott tweeted the news saying Sky had decided to "close down my beloved channel". He also posted this gif:

A Sky spokesperson said via a statement that the broadcaster would launch a new channel called Sky Box Sets.

Sky's new entertainment manager, Travis Dunbar, said the channel would feature "cutting edge drama and comedy".

"Programming will include exclusive first-run drama series such as Bellevue starring Anna Paquin, American Gothic starring Antony Starr and Mary Kills People starring Jay Ryan – iconic Kiwi actors making it big in Hollywood."

The spokesperson said programming carried by The Zone would continue to be broadcast on other Sky channels

(Craig's comment, i've never watched this channel, but they are actually replacing it with 2 channels. Jones!too which is also new will also screen some of the content.)

Permira secures $280m ABS refinancing

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/06/13/permira-secures-280m-abs-refinancing/

Asia Broadcast Satellite (ABS), majority owned by private equity investment company Permira since 2010, has been refinanced by Permira.

ABS had been up for sale since May last year. Permira acquired ABS in 2010, paying about $242 million for the Hong Kong-based (but Bermuda headquartered) satellite operator. Its satellite operational base is at Subic Bay in the Philippines.

The refinancing sees an overall $280 million borrowed from 14 lenders. $250 million is in the form of a 5-year term loan, while the remaining $30 million is in revolving credit.

ABS has very much been on an expansionist trail, with a recent DTH service deal with Ghana’s Ziptv.

Astro wants to exit NDTV Good Times, makes offer to NDTV to buy out its 49% stake

From http://www.televisionpost.com/special-reports/astro-wants-to-exit-ndtv-good-times-makes-offer-to-ndtv-to-buy-out-its-49-stake/

MUMBAI: Malaysia-based Astro wants to exit NDTV Lifestyle Holdings, the company which runs lifestyle channel NDTV Good Times.

Astro has asked NDTV to buy out its 49% stake in NDTV Lifestyle Holdings, an investment it had made in 2010 for $40 million.

NDTV, however, has declined to exercise the option to buy back Astro’s stake. The offer was made by Astro on 2 June.

Astro owns 49% stake in NDTV Lifestyle through South Asia Creative Assets. The remaining stake is held by NDTV.

NDTV said its board has approved the decision by NDTV Networks, a subsidiary of the company, not to exercise the option to purchase 49% stake held by South Asia Creative Assets in NDTV Lifestyle Holdings.

“The offer was made by Astro vide transfer notice dated 2 June 2017, pursuant to the terms of the subscription and shareholders agreement earlier entered among the company, Networks, LS Holdco, NDTV Lifestyle Ltd, Astro, Astro Overseas Ltd and Astro All Asia Entertainment Networks Ltd,” NDTV said.

Astro also owns 20 per cent in Sun Group-owned direct-to-home (DTH) platform Sun Direct. It is in talks with Anil Ambani’s debt-ridden telecom company Reliance Communications to acquire the latter’s DTH company Reliance Digital TV.

Astro’s investment in NDTV Lifestyle was recently in the news when the BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy had accused NDTV of ‘money laundering’. Swamy had alleged that NDTV’s subsidiary NDTV Networks had $50 million in 2007, which is also the period in which the Aircel–Maxis scam had happened.

As per Swamy’s allegation, the Aircel–Maxis scam relates to the quid pro quo in which Sun TV Network promoter Kalanithi Maran’s brother Dayanidhi Maran had as telecom minister forced Chinnakannan Sivasankaran to part with 74% stake in Aircel to Maxis Communications. Astro, which owns Maxis Communications, in turn invested in Sun Group’s DTH company Sun Direct allegedly as a quid pro quo.

Describing Swamy’s allegation as a ‘blatant lie’, NDTV had said that Astro had invested $40 million for the stake in NDTV’s lifestyle business in 2010.

“This was bona fide FDI made after getting Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) and Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) permissions of the sort that is actively encouraged by the current government. Astro still holds the shares. It was disclosed to all authorities and to the stock exchanges. There is no question of any ‘money laundering’. Nor has the Enforcement Directorate ever made such an allegation to NDTV,” the news broadcaster had said.

Astro’s investment in NDTV Lifestyle was examined by the tax department, which passed a ‘clean order’, thereby accepting the investment as genuine. NDTV further clarified that the enforcement directorate “has not slapped any fine of Rs 2,030 crore on NDTV”.

NDTV also dismissed Swamy’s allegation that most of the people named as ‘directors’ of NDTV Networks Plc were not directors.

“NDTV Networks Plc was a genuine company. All investments in it were genuine investments after taking requisite approvals including from the FIPB,” NDTV said. The news broadcaster further explained that Fuse Media “is not an NDTV company and belongs to a very well-respected private equity investor who is still an investor in NDTV Networks as well as in other Indian media companies”.

Earlier, in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Swamy had sought a probe by the CBI against NDTV. He had also asked for a separate probe by the ED into the allegations of money laundering.

“The TV channel’s top people should be therefore questioned initially by the CBI to find on whose behest the money came to them in the Aircel–Maxis deal, which deal prima facie was illegally approved by former Finance Minister P Chidambaram,” Swamy had said in his letter.

Saudi bans beIN Sports viewing

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/06/13/saudi-bans-bein-sport-viewing/

Qatar-based beIN Sports is suffering much the same fate as its sister Al Jazeera news channel as part of the fall-out of the diplomatic row between Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

Reuters is quoting Saudi Arabia’s state press agency saying that the Kingdom has banned the import and sale of beIN Sports digital set-top boxes, and prohibited the renewal – or sale of new subscriptions to the sports services.

Saudi Arabia’s General Commission for Audiovisual Media, in a statement, said it was acting out of “concern for the rights of its citizens and residents” without elaborating any further. However, the Reuters report says that viewers with current subscriptions would not be affected.

beIN operates a portfolio of sports channels and is owned by beIN Media Group. The company was spun off from Al Jazeera in December 2013.

Entertainment giants form anti-piracy alliance

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/06/13/entertainment-giants-form-anti-piracy-alliance/

Thirty leading content creators and on-demand entertainment companies from around the world have launched the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE), a global coalition dedicated to protecting the dynamic legal market for creative content and reducing online piracy.

The worldwide members of ACE are Amazon, AMC Networks, BBC Worldwide, Bell Canada and Bell Media, Canal+ Group, CBS Corporation, Constantin Film, Foxtel, Grupo Globo, HBO, Hulu, Lionsgate, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), Millennium Media, NBCUniversal, Netflix, Paramount Pictures, SF Studios, Sky, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Star India, Studio Babelsberg, STX Entertainment, Telemundo, Televisa, Twentieth Century Fox, Univision Communications Inc., Village Roadshow, The Walt Disney Company, and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

According to the Alliance, in recent years, the legal marketplace for creative content has grown exponentially, as film and television companies have invested heavily in digital distribution models. There are now more than 480 online services worldwide available for consumers to watch films and television programmes legally on demand.

The Alliance notes that this “tremendous” growth of creativity also drives the economy. In the United States alone, the creative sector adds over $1.2 trillion to the economy and supports more than 5.5 million direct jobs each year.

However, as more creative content moves online, piracy poses a continuing threat to creators, consumers, and the economy. Films and television shows can often be found on pirate sites within days – and in many cases hours – of release. Last year, there were an estimated 5.4 billion downloads of pirated wide release films and primetime television and VoD shows using peer-to-peer protocols worldwide. There were also an estimated 21.4 billion total visits to streaming piracy sites worldwide across both desktops and mobile devices in 2016.

The Alliance says that piracy also puts consumers at risk. One in three pirate sites target consumers with malware that can lead to a range of problems including identify theft and financial loss, according to a December 2015 report by Digital Citizens Alliance.

By bringing together global creative companies producing all forms of content, ACE will expand ongoing, cooperative efforts to reduce the prevalence of online piracy. ACE will draw upon the global antipiracy resources of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) in concert with the internal antipiracy expertise of the ACE coalition members. Specifically, ACE will conduct research, work closely with law enforcement to curtail illegal pirate enterprises, file civil litigation, forge cooperative relationships with existing national content protection organisations, and pursue voluntary agreements with responsible parties across the internet ecosystem.

“BBC Worldwide invests in, commercialises, and showcases content from the BBC around the world and champions British creativity globally,” commented Martyn Freeman, General Counsel, BBC Worldwide. “It is the lifeblood of our business and we must ensure that we do all we can to secure and protect it from theft and illegal distribution. The ACE initiative is hugely important at a time when content consumption habits are rapidly shifting and methods of piracy are becoming more and more sophisticated.”

“Global piracy is not just a concern for one studio or creator, it undermines the foundation of the entire global entertainment sector,” asserted Senator Chris Dodd, Chairman and CEO, MPAA. “Meeting the challenges ahead will require more voices, greater collaboration, new ideas, and increased resources. ACE, with its broad coalition of creators from around the world, is designed, specifically, to leverage the best possible resources to reduce piracy. For decades, the MPAA has been the gold standard for antipiracy enforcement. We are proud to provide the MPAA’s worldwide antipiracy resources and the deep expertise of our antipiracy unit to support ACE and all its initiatives.”

“Collaboration, through bodies such as ACE, is critical in tackling this issue because piracy is illegal, unreliable, and risky,” added Andrew Griffith, Group COO, Sky.

ISPs may have to block Pirate Bay

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/06/14/ecj-isps-may-have-to-block-pirate-bay/

Sweden based Pirate Bay may have to amend its file-sharing after Europe’s supreme court said it may be breaking copyright rules by helping users download films, TV shows and music for free.

The Luxembourg-based Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) said Pirate Bay’s role as a host meant it may be liable for web piracy. It had been asked for an opinion by a Dutch Court considering a case brought by the Dutch copyright group Stichting Brein.

“Making available and managing an online platform for sharing copyright-protected works, such as ‘The Pirate Bay,’ may constitute an infringement of copyright,” judges said.”Even if the works in question are placed online by the users of the online sharing platform, the operators of that platform play an essential role in making those works available,” they said.

Stichting Brein had asked ISPs XS4LL and Ziggo, which is owned by Liberty Global , to block Pirate Bay. If the Dutch Court now rules with the copyright body, all Dutch ISPs will be affected.


Sorry no update on Tuesday


Note the feeds published on apsattv are Free to air! no codes, no biss # help, no hacks were used to view.

Monday morning feeds

Asiasat 5 4147 H Sr 7200 "GCA HD ENC-1" WCQ Soccer Macedonia vs Spain

Asiasat 5 4156 H Sr 7200 "GCA HD MP4 ENC-2" WCQ Soccer Serbia vs Wales

Asiasat 5 3914 V Sr 7120 "arqiva HD6" PSA Dubai World Series Squash

Asiasat 5 3876 H Sr 7500 "LPGA MANULIFE" Womans Golf

Sunday feeds

Intelsat 19 12450 H Sr 7200 "Waicomm 1" What Next show for TVNZ

Asiasat 5 4156 H Sr 7200 "GCA HD MP4 ENC-2" Soccer Ger vs SMR

Saturday feeds

Intelsat 19 12437 H Sr 15000 NRL Penrith v Raiders
Intelsat 19 12430 H Sr 3600 SES Feed

Optus D1 12634 V Sr 7200 16APSK, AFL Feed FTA

From my Email

From Robert

Hi Craig , hows it going , are you able to put this on your website please, selling one of my spectrums


Cheers Robert

From the Dish

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3689 H "India News Punjab" has started on , Fta.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3725 H "Whistle TV and Gulistan News" have left .
Insat 4A 83.0E 3777 H "ABP Asmita" is back on , Fta.
Insat 4A 83.0E 3805 H "ETV Gujarati News and ETV Odia News" have left.
Insat 4A 83.0E 4054 H "Arihant TV" has left .

Apstar 7 76.5E 3780 V "D Sport" is Fta.
Apstar 7 76.5E 3805 H "Gazi TV" is now encrypted.
Apstar 7 76.5E 3812 H "Maasranga TV" is now encrypted.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3712 H "Ten 1, Ten Cricket, Ten 2, Ten Sports Pakistan and Ten 3" are Fta.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4163 H "Zee Salaam" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 11003 HLas Estrellas Europa has started on , Fta.

From asiatvro site

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东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Super Action替换Screen(Skylife)频道,设置12530 H 27489参数有条件接收。 [6月10日]
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Stream Links

Some legit streams to add to your .m3u playlists.

#EXTINF:-1,The Weather Channel

#EXTINF:-1,Fox News Talk Radio


Government urged to watch this space

From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/government-urged-to-watch-this-space/news-story/93f99871bc4db95d5e251d205f77cff3

Two of Australia’s leading satellite firms are leading calls for the ­creation of an Australian space agency, with Speedcast and Fleet declaring the time is right for the government to back the fast-growing industry.

The ASX-listed Speedcast is the world’s biggest satellite ser­vices provider and chief executive Pierre-Jean Beylier said currently Australia is one of only two OECD countries that do not have a space agency.

Our current activity amounts to less than 1 per cent of the global space economy, he says, and it’s time we took the next step.

“Space is the next frontier. It will be important economically, politically, and militarily to have space capabilities, and I think it’s time for Australia to consider it,” Mr Beylier told The Australian.

“Australia with its talent, its universities, and its engineers that come out of the country has a real role to play in the space sector.

“Speedcast is one of the largest buyers of commercial capacity in the world and we’d be very happy to help.”

Mr Beylier said it would be a weakness to rely on other countries’ capabilities, given space is becoming more relevant on a number of fronts.

“It’s an area that deserves the government’s attention,” he said.

“The government has already started investing in this space through the NBN with two satellites, and this would be taking that to the next level.”

He said until now the only Australian initiatives in the space arena originated from private ­investment, which limited their impact.

Reversing those trends can’t be done without the government’s commitment, hence the necessity for Australia to consider such a project.

“The demand for manufacturing and launching capacities, as well as satellite services, is obvious, and the return on investment in that sector is high,” he said.

“For every dollar invested by the US government into the NASA, studies estimate the return on investment to be between $US7 and $US14. “

Key innovations such as re­usable rockets and constant optimisation of the equipment used are reducing the costs of launch dramatically.

The CEO, who has led the company since 2004, said a space agency would also attract experts to Australia, and enable the development of future talent in this country, which would allow it to become a leader in the satellite ­industry.

“Our current tertiary education in this sector is limited, and most of the talent we do create usually moves to the US, France or Germany to work in more powerful companies and on more challenging projects,” he said.

“The value of scientific assets, data and expertise we can generate can’t be ignored.”

Speedcast, which has about 1200 employees, provides satellite communications to Border Force’s patrol boats and provides wire­less and 4G services to Christmas Island.

Mr Beylier’s comments were echoed by Fleet chief executive Flavia Tata Nardini.

Fleet is a nano-satellite start-up that recently raised $5 million in a Series A round from Blackbird Ventures and Atlassian co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes, and is planning to launch its first nano-satellite next year.

“I really believe a national space agency would provide the kind of support, regulation and ecosystem that now is missing in Australia,” Ms Tata Nardini, a space engineer, told The ­Australian.

“I come from a background working in Europe for quite a while so I do have an idea of what a space agency can do for a ­country.”

Ms Tata Nardini said New Zealand’s government heavily supports its space start-ups, such as Rocket Lab, which provides ­rocket launch services for companies such as Fleet.

“We could be way more competitive,” she said.

“Our company will soon have many employees and I want us to stay here.”

A spokesman for the Minister for Industry Innovation and Science Arthur Sinodinos said, “the Commonwealth Government is in the process of assessing our national space policy and the opportunities that the continuing development of the space industry provides for Australia. “

Crisis for Network Ten as financial backers say ‘no’

From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/media/broadcast/crisis-for-network-ten-as-financial-backers-say-no/news-story/aa980fafc11ecf606bb2b3c278adc756

Ten Network is facing the prospect of being placed into ­voluntary administration if a $200 million loan cannot be refinanced after three high-profile backers decided against supporting a new funding deal.

The free-to-air television broadcaster is expected to issue a statement to the ASX this morning to update investors over its ­finances.

It is understood that Ten shareholders Lachlan Murdoch, Bruce Gordon and James Packer have decided against guaranteeing a new $250m loan to replace the existing $200m overdraft, which needs to be repaid to Commonwealth Bank in ­December.

Ten is Australia’s third-placed commercial network with hit shows such as MasterChef, The Bachelor and sports ­franchises such as Big Bash cricket, but hopes that it can ­secure new funding faded at the weekend.

Ten did not respond to a ­request for comment last night. The statement to the ASX is ­expected to provide an update following a recent review of the business.

It is believed the shareholders feel the broadcaster is facing dim prospects in a changing media landscape and there is little chance ­of a powerful economic bounce.

Mr Murdoch is co-chairman of News Corp, publisher of The Australian; Mr Gordon is the owner of regional TV network WIN Corp, and Mr Packer is Crown Resorts’ majority shareholder.

Mr Gordon is Ten’s largest shareholder with 15 per cent. Mr Murdoch and Mr Packer both own 7.7 per cent each.

While it was known that Mr Packer was not prepared to again throw his support behind the company, as he reorganises his own gaming business interests, Mr Murdoch and Mr Gordon’s intentions were less clear until now.

Among Ten’s other shareholders is pay-TV operator Foxtel, which is half-owned by News Corp. Foxtel owns a 13.9 per cent stake in Ten.

While no one believes administrators will begin the process of shutting down the company, the decision taken by the three shareholders does leave Ten’s advisers looking for refinancing from other parties.

Administration would put Ten in a stronger position to renegotiate onerous programming contracts with two US studios: CBS and 21st Century Fox.

At Ten’s recent half-year ­results, the company admitted it may not be able to carry on as a going concern after posting a $232.2m loss.

TV continues to be a profitable, cash-generative industry, but habits are changing among viewers in an era of fast broadband.

Streaming services such as Netflix, Foxtel Now, Stan and Amazon Prime are luring some of the best content and viewers from traditional broadcast TV networks.

Now, the most anticipated drama shows and movies are as likely to be shown first on Foxtel Now as they are on commercial TV.

Ten’s costs jumped 7.4 per cent to $349.4m in the six months to February 28, but TV revenue grew only 2.1 per cent to $341.4m in the metropolitan ad market.

Tepid conditions in the ad market are also weighing down on Ten. Online media has fractured audiences, and international media players now aggressively compete for market share with domestic players outside of the regulatory framework, but with the benefit of far larger ­budgets.

New figures in the ­Interactive Advertising Bureau’s year-end report for 2016 showed that ­Google and Facebook took 90 per cent of the ad revenue growth.

Still, Ten has made headway during a turbulent period for the network.

The broadcaster of I’m A ­Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here! pushed its share of the metro­politan ad market 1.8 per cent higher in the half on the back of ratings gains in younger ­demographics favoured by advertisers. Restructuring firm KordaMentha has been working with Ten’s board.

Investment bank Moelis, which worked with hedge funds on the recapitalisation of Nine Entertainment Co in 2013, was also recently drafted in. The involvement of Moelis has prompted some bankers to question whether a debt for equity swap could be on the cards for Ten.

Abu Dhabi issues 120 warnings over satellite dish violations

From http://www.thenational.ae/abu-dhabi-issues-120-warnings-over-satellite-dish-violations

ABU DHABI // Abu Dhabi Municipality has issued 120 warnings to building owners for violating rules about installing satellite dishes.

The municipality said on Monday that it had carried out an inspection campaign to curtail the installation of satellite dishes on rooftops and balconies.

A building can have only four central satellite dishes installed on its rooftop, according to municipal regulations. Satellite dishes also cannot be installed on balconies or facades.

The municipality described the high number of dishes haphazardly placed on rooftops as an "eyesore" that hampers periodic maintenance work.

They also make it difficult to deliver relief equipment to rooftops in emergencies, the municipality said

Tribe expands into Singapore

From https://www.digitalnewsasia.com/business/tribe-expands-singapore

TRIBE, the Astro Malaysia owned online video service provider, available in Indonesia and the Philippines, announces its third market, Singapore in partnership with Singtel, Singapore’s largest telecommunications company.

Singtel’s OTT video portal app – Cast – will carry Tribe’s on-demand content via the Aneka Plus pack, which features Malay programmes from various content providers, including Astro Malaysia.

Tribe’s content strategy is to curate content offerings tailored to each individual market.

Tribe, through its standalone app in Indonesia and Philippines offers a range of live and on demand content across live sports, Korean drama, Anime, eSports, and Asian movies.

In Singapore, Tribe aims to fulfil the current unmet demand for Malay content in the digital space.

“Our approach to every market is unique and this partnership with Singtel is a landmark first for Tribe as we explore different GTM models,” said Tribe Limited chief executive officer Iskandar Samad.

“Singtel is the market leader in mobile with a strong Malay base across prepaid and postpaid segments. Astro, on the other hand, is unrivalled in its production of premium original Malay content. Singtel’s Cast will be an effective channel to connect a strong customer base with relevant quality content.

“Singapore is a well-developed and exciting Asian market with robust monetisation opportunities and we look forward to leveraging this as a learning opportunity to gain better understanding of market dynamics before we consider launching a standalone OTT product as we have done in other markets."

In conjunction with the fasting month, Tribe will release several Ramadan specials including ‘Imam Mudaku Romantik’, ‘Tolong Aku Nak Puasa’ and ‘Resepi Memikat Suami’. ‘Hero Seorang Cinderella’ featuring Fattah Amin and Fazura will also be available on Cast.

Other highlights include Malay dramas and telemovies such as ‘Suri Hati Mr. Pilot’, ‘Bukan Kerana Aku Tak Cinta’ and ‘Cinta Paling Agung’ featuring celebrities Aaron Aziz, Neelofa, Sharnaaz Ahmad, Nelydia Senrose and more.

Other genres offered include variety, lifestyle programmes and catch up of live programmes.

Tribe is available on the Aneka Plus pack via the Cast app for a monthly subscription of S$7.90 with a 12-month contract. At launch, Singtel is offering three months’ free subscription with the 12-month contract.

B&R satellite alliance launched

From http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1051328.shtml

Move set to offer boost for homegrown BeiDou system

A model of China's BeiDou Satellite Navigation System on display during the 20th China Beijing International High-tech Expo in Beijing on June 8 Photo: CFP

As part of the goal to provide basic services to regions along the route of the Belt and Road (B&R) initiative, China unveiled the B&R Satellite Application Alliance to foster successful applications and proliferation of its homegrown BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) at an industry seminar in Beijing on Monday.

China will launch six to eight satellites to form a global network in the second half of this year and accomplish the launch of 18 satellites by around 2018 to serve countries along the B&R initiative, according to a White Paper for the development of the BDS published in June 16, 2016.

The alliance was set up under the guidance of the International Cooperation Centre of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), with about 40 founding members.

The NDRC is the nation's top economic planning agency.

"The setting up of the alliance will allow the industry to tap the resources of China's international capacity cooperation mechanism and gain access to the project database, so we can study these potential projects and think of ways to apply the BDS," Fan Jingsheng, deputy secretary general of the Global Navigation Satellite System and Location-based Services Association of China (GLAC), told the Global Times Monday.

"The alliance will consolidate resources from related sectors, provide spatial-temporal information, and facilitate the construction and improve the operating efficiency of the projects in B&R international corridors and sea routes," Fan said.

In concrete terms, the BDS will facilitate the building of transportation infrastructure, international transportation, informatization of seaborne logistics, security of oil and gas pipelines, and the construction of cross-border power transmission and fiber optic networks.

High hopes

China's satellite navigation industry has high hopes for the BDS, and many experts believe that it can be the third "national business card," following China's successful development of high-speed trains and homegrown nuclear technology.

Initiated in 1994, the BDS project equals the US-developed Global Positioning System (GPS) in terms of precision performance, and is even slightly better in the Asia-Pacific region.

However, China's late start - some 20 years after the US version - means that the user base and brand recognition is well behind that of GPS, according to experts.

User base and customer demand is vital for the development of the BDS because it will push the scientists and engineers to improve the system, Fan said.

Xie Yangjun, an NDRC official involved with fostering international cooperation in the B&R regions, told the Global Times Monday that many companies that have already expanded overseas and are in the NDRC database for international capacity cooperation will be the customers that use it, and this will help the system.

"Yes, some countries have geopolitical concerns. But some trust China's offering. They are becoming the first customers for the BDS," Xie said.

Currently, the BDS has already expanded its services to Pakistan, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Nepal, Malaysia, Brunei, Myanmar, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and Egypt, according to a document provided by Fan.

Policy support

In October 2016, the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence and the NDRC jointly issued a guideline policy on speeding up the building of a B&R spatial-temporal information corridor.

The policy encouraged private capital to participate in the B&R spatial-temporal information corridor and called for central and local fiscal support for eligible projects.

The financial sources for it include the Silk Road Fund and a number of international funds, as well as credit from policy banks such as the China Development Bank. The policy also called for a study into setting up an application fund for such a corridor in a market-orientated fashion. "The stage has been set up, and now what matters is that we propose to do something. Once we start doing something, financial support will follow," Fan said.


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"Foxtel Now" may be smoke and mirrors, but it's a smart move

From http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/foxtel-now-may-be-smoke-and-mirrors-but-its-a-smart-move-20170607-gwmui8

Kudos to Foxtel, which generated significant coverage with the announcement that it has given its streaming service, Foxtel Play, something that television viewers are all too familiar with: a makeover. Media attention and presumably curious consumer eyes were drawn to the launch of Foxtel Now, which promised no end of "re" words, including re-vamped and re-energised. If you apply a little perspective, however, there's another one that's applicable: repeated.

Foxtel Now's selling point is that it delivers via online streaming, as opposed to Foxtel's traditional satellite dishes and cable boxes, a flexible selection of content at budget prices without set-up costs. There are five monthly starter packs to choose from, including Lifestyle, Docos and Kids at $10 each, plus Pop (which mixes comedy and drama) and Drama at $15 each. You need at least one of those to access the premium packages, which are Movies at $20 and Sport at $29.

Compare that to the announcement just last October, also delivered by Foxtel chief executive Peter Tonagh, that come December 2016 and the looming end of the Presto streaming service (which was co-owned by Foxtel and Seven West Media), Foxtel Play would be reworked. Lifestyle, Documentary, and Kids packages at $10 each, with two drama options at $15 each. Lifestyle was $20 and Sports $25. Even Foxtel Now's bonus of charging $25 for Pop and Drama instead of the combined $30, was on offer last year at exactly the same price.

This is some first-rate smoke and mirrors work by Foxtel, and all credit to them. They had to get in front of the idea that compared to streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Stan (which is 50 per cent owned by Fairfax Media), they've become a legacy company vulnerable to disruption. Foxtel Now is at the forefront of a marketing push which promises that Foxtel is for everyone, especially Millennials whose viewing pleasure is delivered through Wi-Fi and a laptop.

But moving the Foxtel logo from uppercase to lowercase lettering will only take you so far. When Foxtel launched 22 years ago, alongside a competitor it ultimately bested after great ructions in Optus Vision, it was a revolutionary prospect; the idea of dozens of channels, many of them specialised, was a sea change for audiences that had long lived with five free to air television networks. I remember getting Foxtel hooked up at my new Melbourne home in 2001 – the choice was dizzying.

Now Foxtel is the establishment, and it has the status and costs to match that role. It has maintained a penetration level of roughly 30 per cent in the Australian market for several years now, giving it 2.8 million subscribers. The pillars of its programming – live Australian sport, high-end drama from the likes of HBO, moves, lifestyle programming, and original local productions – basically deliver close to everything you could want in one package.

Putting aside the numerous package deals involving internet access, subscribing to the full breadth Foxtel as a premium (i.e. traditional) cable or satellite customer will cost $135 a month for the programming. Taking up all seven packages on Foxtel Now to get the equivalent online will see you billed $104 a month. Foxtel wants to separate those two groups because they need to avoid cannibalising their customer base through users renouncing their set-top boxes in favour of a cheaper browser window.

What would be radical, but untenable, is Foxtel embracing the growth of cord-cutting, and offering their channels, or at least their exclusive content, on an individual basis, so that if you want just two channels – say Fox Footy for AFL, Showcase for Game of Thrones – you could get that, presumably for a few dollars each. Foxtel can never get too far away from the subscription model. They have to offer a lot, and charge a commensurate amount, as opposed to letting customers pick the eyes out.

Foxtel is getting on the front foot with an Apple TV-style streaming device to be launched in the second half of the year. It will reportedly support Netflix and Stan accounts, which is the right move given that Foxtel has to acknowledge that they're running a different business model and have demands and outlays, such as local commissioned content, that Netflix, for example, doesn't pay any heed to.

Foxtel might have found a way to satisfy, or at least quiet down, Australia's numerous Game of Thrones devotees, who previously railed against having to subscribe to see their favourite show. When season seven of the fantasy blockbuster arrives in five weeks they'll be able to pay $15 a month to see it. But the broader question of who will prosper and who will fall away in the struggle between free to air networks, Foxtel's pay TV, and the streaming services hasn't been clarified, let alone resolved. Winter, however, is definitely coming.

Eutelsat 172B begins ascent to geo

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/06/09/eutelsat-172b-begins-ascent-to-geo/

Launched June 2nd by an Ariane 5 rocket, the Eutelsat 172B satellite has entered a new phase of its journey in space with the initiation of the ascent to geostationary orbit. The first European high power electric satellite, built by Airbus, will take approximately four months to complete the climb to 172° East, monitored by Eutelsat and Airbus from Toulouse using a dedicated network of stations located around the planet. Eutelsat’s new satellite is scheduled to enter into service in the fourth quarter of this year.

Since launch, Eutelsat 172B has undergone a series of critical manoeuvres that include positioning of electric propulsion motors attached to robotic arms in preparation for orbit-raising, and the full deployment of solar panels to generate power during this phase.

Eutelsat 172B will deliver increased capacity for fast-growing applications that include in-flight and maritime connectivity, cellular backhaul, corporate networks, video and government services. It will be located at 172° East, a key neighbourhood providing exceptional Asia-Pacific reach over land and sea, from Alaska to Australia. Designed to replace Eutelsat 172A, it will provide increased capacity, more power and improved coverage via C and Ku-band payloads connected to a range of service areas. Following the transfer of traffic to the new satellite Eutelsat 172A will continue commercial service at another orbital position.

Rodolphe Belmer, CEO of Eutelsat, said: “A week since launch, Eutelsat 172B has passed the critical stages of its deployment before embarking on the ascent to geo. This complex process reflects meticulous preparation by Eutelsat and Airbus teams who have worked hand in hand on a ground-breaking satellite programme customised for Asia-Pacific markets.”

Astro looks to buy Reliance Digital TV

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/06/09/astro-looks-to-buy-reliance-digital-tv/

Malaysia’s DTH pay-TV broadcaster Astro is reportedly looking to acquire India’s Reliance Digital TV.

The Times of India is quoting sources saying that the plan is part of Anil Ambani’s wish to reduce debt in his Reliance Communications telco.

The newspaper is reporting that Astro Malaysia Holdings is currently undertaking due diligence examinations of Reliance Digital TV. Astro already holds a 20 per cent stake in Sun Direct, a smaller Indian DTH operator.

Thaicom, Huawei, Starcor Media embark on OTT project

From https://www.rapidtvnews.com/2017060847535/thaicom-huawei-starcor-media-embark-on-ott-project.html#axzz4jKzrAtKd

Asian satellite operator Thaicom has joined forces with Huawei and Starcor Media to develop an over-the-top (OTT) video platform in Thailand.

thaicom logo 8 June 2017The platform will provide TV streaming and video-on-demand (VOD) services, and will be available for the country’s enterprise, education, government and telecommunications sectors.

“We are confident that the partnership with Huawei and Starcor will enable us to continue to provide the satellite capacity needed to fuel the new digital TV ecosystem. The OTT platform represents a new service for Thaicom; it will complement our existing satellite platform and carry it into the new digital era,” said Patompob Suwansiri, chief commercial officer, Thaicom.

Robin Lu, director of enterprise business, Huawei Technologies (Thailand), added: “This partnership with Thaicom and Starcor is an example of Huawei’s determination to champion OTT –as-a-services on a worldwide scale. Satellite technology serves as an enabler to unlock the digital ecosystem for new market opportunities such as OTT.

Our goal is to equip our customers with the advanced industrial cloud and big data technologies, to provide a powerful, best-in-class OTTaaS platform, which combines fast speed and rich media resources with the renowned reliability of Thaicom’s satellite technology.”

Starcor’s president and CEO Ivan Zhang also expressed his pride at being involved in the project, saying it would enable Starcor “to deliver an unparalleled new entertainment experience” in Thailand.

According to a memorandum of understanding (MOU), Thaicom will provide the satellite network connectivity and data centre services for the other two. Huawei will provide the infrastructure as a service (IaaS) while Starcor will contribute the OTT as a service (aaS) platforms and integrate third-party media and content management systems.

Kazakhstan to launch KazSat-2R satellite in 2023

From https://www.telecompaper.com/news/kazakhstan-to-launch-kazsat-2r-satellite-in-2023--1198953

Kazakhstan plans to launch its new telecommunications satellite KazSat-2R by 2023, reports Profit.kz citing Baybut Atamkulov, the minister for the military and space industry. Kazakhstan currently owns two telecom satellites, KazSat2 and KazSat3. The new KazSat-2R satellite will replace KazSat-2.

Russian rocket returns to service with launch of US satellite

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Russian_rocket_returns_to_service_with_launch_of_US_satellite_999.html

Russia on Thursday sent into space a Proton rocket carrying a US telecom satellite, Echostar-21, the first launch in a year after an engine glitch sparked a probe into manufacturing flaws.

"The Proton-M was successfully launched at 6:45 am (0345 GMT)," from the Baikonur cosmodrome in southern Kazakhstan, the Russian space agency Roscosmos said.

"All the phases went off as scheduled," a statement said.

The Proton-M is the largest Russian carrier rocket and has been used since 1965. But it grounded Proton launches in June last year after a series of embarrassing setbacks.

Echostar-21 will provide telecommunications services in Europe and is set to be put into orbit at 1258 GMT, Roscosmos said.

Thales wins $130m deal from Inmarsat to build new communication satellite

From http://www.aerospace-technology.com/news/newsthales-wins-130m-deal-from-inmarsat-to-build-new-communication-satellite-5837037

The Thales Alenia Space joint venture (JV) between Thales and Leonardo has entered a $130m deal with Inmarsat to build a new Global Xpress (GX) communication satellite.

Once built, the very high-throughput satellite (VHTS) is scheduled to be launched by 2019 to offer services across the Middle East, Europe and the Indian subcontinent.

Forming a part of Inmarsat’s existing GX high-speed global broadband network, the new satellite will be equipped with 72 Ka-band beams.

Thales will use its Spacebus B2 enhanced platform to build the satellite, which will have a lifespan of16 years.

The GX satellite will weigh less than 4t at launch and offer a payload power of 6.8kW.

"With this new satellite, Inmarsat will broaden its footprint, deliver significant resources for broadband services and set a new benchmark for flexibility in high throughput satellites.”

Following the launch of the new satellite, Inmarsat will be able to extend its GX aviation service for Qatar Airways in-flight connectivity (IFC) requirements.

Delivered over the Ka-band spectrum, Inmarsat’s GX service is developed and optimised for mobility services.

Thales Alenia Space telecommunication business line vice-president Bertrand Maureau said: “Thales Alenia Space is proud to partner with Inmarsat to create an advanced satellite, which will provide additional capacity to support growing demand for aviation passenger Wi-Fi services across the EMEA and Indian subcontinent.

“The global, mobile broadband satellite network operated by Inmarsat incorporates satellites with the latest very high-throughput satellite technology. With this new satellite, Inmarsat will broaden its footprint, deliver significant resources for broadband services and set a new benchmark for flexibility in high throughput satellites.”

Last month, the JV announced that it would supply its Argos Neo instrument for the nano-satellite demonstrator Argos Neo on a Generic Economical and Light Satellite (Angels).

Developed by Thales Alenia Space in collaboration with Syrlinks, Argos Neo is a miniaturised data collection instrument that is capable of demonstrating the operational capability of a complex miniaturised instrument

India's first solar satellite television service brings "magic" to villages

From http://in.reuters.com/article/india-entertainment-solar-idINKBN18Z24E

NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - An Indian social business has launched the country's first solar satellite television service, bringing clean energy powered entertainment to households and businesses through a pay-as-you-go payment scheme.

Simpa Networks, which began operations in 2011, is one of thousands of social enterprises in India tapping into the renewable energy market in a country where one-fifth of the 1.3 billion population has no access to electricity.

With the majority of those without power from poor communities in countryside, the company focuses on selling solar powered products such as LED lights, phone charging points and fans on financing to rural homes and shops in northern India.

"We see a tremendous opportunity in rural areas where demand for energy is growing even faster than supply," said Simpa Network CEO Piyush Mathur in a statement.

"Rooftop solar has a role to play in both off-grid and on-grid areas. In many cases it's the fastest and least expensive way to get power into the homes and businesses in rural areas."

"Simpa Magic TV" provides over 100 satellite channels with content ranging from comedy and entertainment to news, movies and music, and costs 25,000 rupees ($390) - the same as a non-solar equivalent.

The system, which includes an 80 W solar panel, 20" energy efficient LED television, battery, solar charge controller, is available on a repayment plan of up to 36 months. Interest applies but the company declined to provide approximate rates.

Customers make an initial payment to have the system installed then use a pay-as-you-go model for the electricity. The payments contribute to total cost and, once fully paid, the customer owns the system and the electricity is free.

The service, which was launched on Wednesday, has around 350 customers so far in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.

Simpa uses its "SmartPanel" technology which enables remote monitoring and control of the rooftop solar panel. Customers prepay for the energy and the SmartPanel delivers power until the prepaid credits expire and the customer must then recharge.

The company said the payment plan is effective as such technology would be unaffordable for most rural families. With no credit history, most are considered "unbankable" and would not be able to access loans easily, it said.

Given solar television service is new and few know how to use and maintain it, the company said, Simpa has trained rural solar technicians who are responsible for installation, after sale services and monthly collection of payments.


The Ten mux on Intelsat 20 3712 H 14454 tp:1L fec:3/4 is currently FTA (usually Conax) screencaps on Friday

Thursday morning feed
D1, 12652 V, 7200, FTA.. Service name: WEATHER 1

An update at 159E

ABS 6 159E 3980 V Sr 30000 DVB S2 8psk

Sid 4050 "FOX HD" H264 Vpid 4053 Apid 4054,4055 Irdeto 1552 (0x0610)
Sid 4060 "NGC HD" H264 Vpid 4063 Apid 4064,4065,4066 Irdeto
Sid 4070 "Fox Movies Premium HD" H264 Vpid 4073 Apid 4074,4075,4076 Irdeto
Sid 4080 "Star World HD" H264 Vpid 4083 Apid 4084,4085 Irdeto

Dsport on Apstar 7 76.5E 3780 V Sr 30000 was / is FTA

From my Email


From the Dish

G-Sat 15 93.5E 11470 H "Republic TV" has started on , Conax.
G-Sat 15 93.5E 11590 H "Devi Channel" has left.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3740 V "Scoop Network" is now encrypted.
Apstar 7 76.5E 3793 H "Channel 9" is Fta

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3742 V "Food Food" is now encrypted.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4116 V "Prarthana Bhawan TV" has started on , Fta
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4184 V "Tunes 6" has left .

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东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,HGTV(高清)频道改格式,设置12430 V 22425参数有条件接收。 [6月8日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,动物星球替换纬来电影(数码天空)频道,设置12294 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [6月8日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,亚洲美食替换Travel(数码天空)高清频道,设置12430 V 22425参数有条件接收。 [6月8日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,探索频道替换纬来综合(数码天空)频道,设置12294 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [6月8日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Test(测试)高清频道消失,设置12690 H 43200参数无效接收。 [6月8日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,TV5 Monde、Al Jazeera(Ddish TV)频道消失,设置12272 H 33333参数无效接收。 [6月8日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Test(高清)频道新增,设置12272 H 33333参数有条件接收。 [6月8日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Test(测试)频道新增,设置12690 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [6月8日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Ten Sports、Ten 2(印度)等全组频道解密,设置3712 H 14454参数免费接收。 [6月8日]
东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,民视、三立台湾、三立国际(Skynindo)频道加密,设置3520 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [6月8日]

东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,City Channel(蒙古)频道加密,设置12690 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [6月7日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星C频段,TV-E(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3980 H 2583参数免费接收。 [6月7日]
东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,AXN(Skynindo)频道改频率,设置3520 V 30000参数免费接收。 [6月7日]
东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,Skynindo Info(Skynindo)频道改频率,设置3560 V 30000参数免费接收。 [6月7日]

东经88度轨道位置的中新2号卫星C频段,三立都会、三立国际(高清)等全组频道改频率,设置3590 H 36000参数有条件接收。 [6月6日]
东经88度轨道位置的中新2号卫星C频段,亚洲旅游、东森幼幼(台湾)等全组频道消失,设置3662 H 5000参数无效接收。 [6月6日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,Ot i Do(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置12600 V 30000参数无效接收。 [6月6日]
东经84.8度轨道位置的Horizons 2号卫星Ku频段,Ot i Do(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置11960 H 28800参数无效接收。 [6月6日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,Top(菲律宾)频道加密,设置3710 H 2860参数有条件接收。 [6月6日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,D Sport(高清)频道解密,设置3780 V 30000参数免费接收。 [6月6日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,CAT Channei HD(高清)频道新增,设置4040 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [6月6日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,CH 6替换MVTV(泰国)频道,设置4064 V 5000参数免费接收。 [6月6日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,Maya(泰国)频道解密,设置12728 V 30000参数免费接收。 [6月6日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,ZEE Salaam(印度)频道新增,设置4165 H 7500参数免费接收。 [6月6日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Neo Sports(印度)频道加密,设置3900 V 10370参数有条件接收。 [6月6日]


Foxtel Now Is The Shake-Up That Foxtel Has Needed For Years

From https://www.lifehacker.com.au/2017/06/foxtel-now-is-the-shake-up-that-foxtel-has-needed-for-years/

Overnight, Foxtel gave its streaming video service a new name. The prices are the same, and for now there are no new gadgets or hardware to tempt you with. But this is just the first step in a huge transformation in the way Foxtel works and how it sits in Australia's media landscape.

Foxtel Now is, at its core, a re-branding of the company's existing products, but it's also so much more — it's the first sign we've seen of a serious commitment to the way Australia watches its TV shows and movies in 2017 and beyond.

Foxtel Now is the new name for Foxtel Play, the IPTV live and streaming video on demand platform you've been able to use on your iPhone, Android, PC, games console and smart TV for a while now. It's the same service that itself got a shake-up late last year. And its prices stay the same — a $10 entry price for a basic kids or lifestyle package, $15 for drama or Pop (with HBO programming like Game of Thrones), and up to $29 if you want live streaming sport.

And Foxtel's traditional subscribers will still access their cable or satellite TV service through an iQ3 box, with the same features and channel choices — although a hardware upgrade and software updates fixes the troubled roll-out that set-top box has had. Fundamentally, the same Foxtel services that already exist will continue to exist without any significant changes.

But Foxtel, to its credit, realises that Australians are watching TV differently now. The last few years of Netflix and Stan show that users that might not have paid for content at all are willing to pay a small amount — $10 or $15 a month — for a slate of quality programming. And Foxtel is quality, it says — it had 98 of last year's 100 top-rated movies in its catalogue, where its competitors had no more than 30.

Foxtel Now is Foxtel's attempt to appeal to the masses in the same way that Netflix and Stan have. It wants to be friendly and approachable, where before it freely admits it's seemed masculine and arrogant. It wants to be the premium provider of entertainment content to Australians, but not just the cashed-up ones that have been subscribing to cable for a decade — a group that represents over half of the 40 per cent of Australians that do subscribe, a massively loyal customer base.

To that end, Foxtel is launching a new IPTV-only streaming box later this year, at around a $99 price point. Competing with the Chromecast Ultra, the Foxtel Now box will have access to whatever Now package a customer signs up to, as well as any compatible Google Play Store app — since it's built on the Android TV program. It'll also have Chromecast functionality and a TV tuner built in, and Foxtel obviously wants it to be a one-stop shop for Foxtel Now customers — and customers of its competitors — to watch streaming TV.

And Foxtel is finally transitioning that streaming TV to HD, catching up with Netflix and Stan. It's only 720p, but it's a big jump from the existing non-HD service. Chromecast support is coming to the Foxtel Now app, and more devices can be registered and streamed to at once (5 devices, 2 simultaneous — from the previous 3 and 1). Crucially, it also has the hook of also offering linear, live TV programming for sports and news, which its competitors can't.

Foxtel's biggest change in its 22 years is only just starting, and it won't be visible for a few days at least — not even to the customers that already subscribe. But it's a change that's been overdue for a long time, and it makes us actively care about Foxtel in a way we haven't for a while.

Now is the time for re-branded Foxtel Play

From https://www.rapidtvnews.com/2017060747512/now-is-the-time-for-re-branded-foxtel-play.html#axzz4jKzrAtKd

Australian pay-TV operator Foxtel has revamped its IP-delivered subscription TV service Foxtel Play, renaming the improved service Foxtel Now.

FoxtelNowLaunch PeterTonagh 7 June 2017Available from 7 June, the service offers flexible bundles with no set-up costs or long contracts, and provides HD streaming on PCs and Macs via the Google Chrome browser, Telstra TV and Chromecast. It also offers a new user interface plus the ability to stream Foxtel Now to TV screens via Google Chromecast.

“Over the past few months we’ve introduced some fantastic new changes to our subscription streaming service including lowering the entry point to $10 per month and launching on Telstra TV. As part of the evolution of our streaming service, we felt the time was perfect to relaunch the service as Foxtel Now,” said Peter Tonagh (pictured), CEO, Foxtel.

“Foxtel Now represents our most flexible and affordable entertainment service and brings with it HD streaming, a great new look and feel and the freedom to jump in and out based on your viewing preferences.”

Foxtel Now offers five entry-level packs including Drama and Pop packs, with content such as HBO’s Game of Thrones, priced at A$15 per month each or $25 for both. Lifestyle, Docos and Kids packs are available at $10 per month each.

Foxtel said HD functionality will be available on additional devices in the coming months, but until then other devices, including PlayStation 3 & 4, Xbox One and select smart TVs are able to stream Foxtel content in SD via the Foxtel Play app.

At launch there will be over 16,000 titles in the video-on-demand (VOD) library, with half of them currently in HD.

Study proves viability of quantum satellite communications

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Study_proves_viability_of_quantum_satellite_communications_999.html

Researchers in Canada have taken a significant step towards enabling secure quantum communication via moving satellites, as announced by the Canadian Government in April 2017.

Their study, published in the new journal Quantum Science and Technology, demonstrates the first quantum key distribution transmissions from a ground transmitter to a quantum payload on a moving aircraft.

To ensure the tests were a valuable proof of concept for the anticipated satellite mission, the team at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) and Department of Physics and Astronomy of University of Waterloo, Ontario, designed their prototype receiver to consist of components compatible with the size and operating environment restrictions of a micro satellite.

Lead author Christopher Pugh, said: "Quantum key distribution (QKD) establishes cryptographic keys between two distant parties in a way that is cryptanalytically unbreakable. Ground based QKD systems use optical fibre links, and are limited to distances of a few hundred kilometres due to absorption losses, which get exponentially worse as the distance increases."

"Free space links have been shown to work over ground with varying distances, both in stationary and moving tests. But despite losses due to geometric effects scaling quadratically with distance, the addition of atmospheric absorption and turbulence and the need to have clear line of sight mean terrestrial free-space transmissions are also limited to a few hundred kilometres. Satellite based system expand quantum communication to a global scale."

To test their system, the team used the Twin Otter aircraft of the National Research Council to carry out 14 passes over their ground transmitting station at varying distances, achieving a quantum signal link for seven passes, and a secret key extraction for six of the seven successful passes.

Principle Investigator Professor Thomas Jennewein, said: "This is an extremely important step which took almost eight years of preparation. It finally demonstrates our technology is viable.

"We achieved optical links at similar angular rates to those of low-Earth-orbit satellites, and for some passes of the aircraft over the ground station, links were established within 10 seconds of position data transmission. We saw link times of a few minutes and received quantum bit error rates typically between three and five per cent, generating secure keys up to 868 kb in length.

"We have proved the concept, and our results provide a blueprint for future satellite missions to build upon, just in time for the announcement of a quantum satellite mission by the Canadian Government ," said Jennewein.


Sorry no Wednesday update


"The Zone" Scifi channel is leaving SKY NZ at the end of the month, "Jones too" will replace it

ABS 6 159E 3980 V Sr 30000 8psk DVb S2 looks like a mux with 4 fox channels , irdeto encrypted

Tuesday Feeds

Asiasat 5 3936 V Sr 7120 "nmx134631Arqiva - Spanish Baskeball" Basket playoffs

Monday Feeds

D2 12323 V Sr 3499 "IP Uplinks.com" W.A concert
IS 19 12611 V Sr 6110 "LK3 NNN911" Bars 4:2:2

Asiasat 5 3725 H Sr 7120 "nmx134556Arqiva - Madrid to London (Sp" Basketball

Asiasat 5 3936 V 7120 "D-4131 DSSD ITTF Slot1" Table Tennis


Asiasat 5 4165 V Sr 7200 "Fi17 GNVE" Americas cup yacht race FTA

IS 19 12432 H Sr 7500 "STS 10 PNG QRL" FTA
IS 19 12570 H & 12579H, Sr 7200, FTA - both carriers are being used for Red Bull Pylon racing

Saturday feeds

IS 19 12610 V Sr 7000 "netball"
IS 19 12570 H 7200 "redbull air race"
D1 12724 V Sr 7500 "AFL"

From my Email


From the Dish

NSS 9 177.0W 4099 R "RTL International" has left .

Intelsat 19 166.0E 3747 H "TFC USA West, TFC Middle East, Lifestyle Network, TFC Asia-Pacific, ANC, Cinema One Global, ABS-CBN Sports+Action, Myx USA, Pay Per View on TFC and DZMM TeleRadyo" are now encrypted.

Express AT2 140.0E Telekanal O! has started on 12207 R, Irdeto.

Palapa D 113.0E Macau Lotus TV and Arirang World have started on 3460 H and 4100 V, ABV. Galaxy and Pelangi have left 3460 H and 4100 V.

ChinaSat 10 110.5E 3520 V "Arirang World" is back on , Fta CTS, FTV News, Phoenix InfoNews Channel, Phoenix Chinese Channel and CCTV 4 Asia are now encrypted.
ChinaSat 10 110.5E 3560 V "Wesal TV" is back on , Fta.

Express AM3 103.0E 11606 V "1 Krim" has started on , Fta.

Insat 4A 83.0E 4054 H "DNN Channel 29 and Bhakti Sagar 2" have started on , Fta.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3740 V "Duck TV SD (Conax) and Scoop Network (clear)" have started on .

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3742 V "Food Food" has started on , Fta.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 3893 V "Club TV" has started on , Fta

Intelsat 33e 60.0E 11672 V "Prima TV and Kiss TV" have started on , Fta.

NSS 12 57.0E 4095 R "RTL International" has left .

From asiatvro site

东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,India News HD(高清)频道消失,设置3689 H 15000参数无效接收。 [6月5日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,India News Punjab(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3689 H 15000参数免费接收。 [6月5日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,PPV HD(Cignal)频道新增,设置11627 H 20000参数有条件接收。 [6月5日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,MME Selenge(蒙古)频道消失,设置12272 H 33333参数无效接收。 [6月5日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Neo Sports(印度)频道解密,设置3900 V 10370参数免费接收。 [6月5日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,1618(标清)频道改格式,设置3440 H 26666参数有条件接收。 [6月5日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,1 TV(泰国)频道重现,设置3520 H 28125参数有条件接收。 [6月5日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,MME Selenge(Ddish TV)频道新增,设置12272 H 33333参数有条件接收。 [6月5日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,Republic TV(印度)频道新增,设置11470 H 30000参数免费接收。 [6月5日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,KBS World 24(韩国)频道新增,设置3715 V 2800参数免费接收。 [6月5日]

东经84.8度轨道位置的Horizons 2号卫星Ku频段,Perekhodi na HD(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置12160 H 28800参数有条件接收。 [6月4日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,Ot i Do(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置12560 V 30000参数免费接收。 [6月4日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,Perekhodi na HD(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置12560 V 30000参数无效接收。 [6月4日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,Luxury(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置11387 V 30000参数无效接收。 [6月4日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Total TV Rajasthan(印度)频道新增,设置3742 V 7000参数免费接收。 [6月4日]

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Live Today(印度)频道新增,设置11735 H 44000参数免费接收。 [6月3日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Tsoglog TV Dundg(Ddish TV)频道新增,设置12272 H 33333参数有条件接收。 [6月3日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Australia Plus替换NBCPNG(MPEG-4)频道,设置3880 V 30000参数免费接收。 [6月3日]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,Star Vijay Suoer(印度)频道消失,设置3980 V 7160参数无效接收。 [6月3日]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,Chardikla Time TV(印度)频道开播,设置3932 H 18330参数免费接收。 [6月3日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Tune 6(印度)频道消失,设置4184 V 21600参数无效接收。 [6月3日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,NXT(印度)频道加密,设置4034 H 20500参数有条件接收。 [6月3日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Australia Plus(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3880 V 30000参数免费接收。 [6月3日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,TFC Na、TFC Au(菲律宾)等全组频道加密,设置3748 H 11200参数有条件接收。 [6月3日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Sky TV替换IIK(巴基斯坦)频道,设置4065 H 4296参数免费接收。 [6月3日]

东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,Love World TV(高清)频道消失,设置4164 H 20640参数无效接收。 [6月2日]


Foxtel ups ante in broadcast streaming wars

From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/media/broadcast/foxtel-ups-ante-in-broadcast-streaming-wars/news-story/c4554421988e2d454c67f3a99e8061b4

Foxtel is getting a radical corporate makeover, and offering all its channels over broadband at lower prices in a bid to win more customers as the pay-TV provider locks horns with Netflix.

The broadcaster, once an ­expensive and aspirational brand, is being repositioned to reflect the introduction of cheaper subscription packages that don’t require a cable or satellite connection.

Foxtel chief executive Peter Tonagh said the move heralded the “biggest strategic shift in the 22-year history of Foxtel”.

The move, which includes a ­redesigned logo, is another sign that Foxtel is realigning itself to compete with younger rivals from the world of technology, including Netflix, Amazon, and Stan.

Shareholders in Foxtel, a joint venture between News Corp, publisher of The Australian, and Telstra, have given the strategy their full backing, Mr Tonagh said.

“We will spend over $1 billion more in the next five years than we had in our original plans a year or so ago,’’ he said. “That’s a sign not only of the recognition of the need for transformation within the business, but also recognition of the support of our shareholders and belief in what we’re doing as a business.”

Mr Tonagh said he was aiming a new internet-TV based service called Foxtel Now at the two million Australian households using streaming services like Netflix. He said it was the first time the company had been able to offer low-priced, flexible bundles with no set up costs and the ability to cancel at any time.

Foxtel already offers an on-­demand streaming service called Foxtel Play, enabling customers to watch TV on different devices around the home, but this offers only a limited number of channels at higher price points. Foxtel Play will be replaced by Foxtel Now, ­effective today.

Enhancements include high-definition streaming and the ability to stream to the big screen in the living room as Foxtel continues a long-term drive towards making its content available anytime, anywhere, on all platforms.

In a frank assessment of the task facing Foxtel, Mr Tonagh estimated half of Foxtel’s 2.9 million customers “have been with us 10 years or more”, and household penetration has been “stuck” at 30 per cent for several years.

“We think it’s probably time we changed that. We want to transform our business from being known as the pay-TV provider for the premium segment to become known as the premium entertainment provider for all Australians,” Mr Tonagh said.

Subscribers to Foxtel Now will be able to watch premium drama programming such as the anticipated seventh season of Game of Thrones for $15 a month.

Foxtel Now offers five entry level packs to match viewers’ interests including drama and pop packs priced at $15 a month each or $25 for both. Lifestyle, documentaries and kids packs are available at $10 a month each.

Foxtel Now’s movies pack will be priced at $20 a month in addition to an entry-level pack. The sports pack is available for an extra $29 a month.

On the brand refresh, Mr Tonagh said Foxtel is seen as “quite aggressive, arrogant, and elitist”.

To change perceptions, Mark Buckman, Foxtel’s managing ­director, customer and retail, has devised a nationwide marketing campaign that kicks off on ­Sunday.

“We believe that the great content we have from Australia and around the world shouldn’t be reserved for the right of the privileged few, but should be available for everyone,” Mr Buckman said.

“We don’t think there’s any better way to receive high-quality, high-definition content.

“It’s reliable, always on, never fails and you don’t pay for the bandwidth.”

Foxtel will launch an Android TV-powered device later this year for their Foxtel Now service

From http://ausdroid.net/2017/06/06/foxtel-will-launch-android-tv-powered-device-now-service-later-year/

Update: The Foxtel puck appears very similar in looks and from the sound of it specs, to the Technicolor Skipper.

As part of their launch of the Foxtel Now service, the big news for Android fans is that an Android TV powered ‘Puck’ will be launching in the second half of the year.

While the device is still a while away from completion it’s said to be the power house to showcase Foxtel Now, with the price expected to be around the $100 mark. In addition to Foxtel Now, the device will also offer access to Android TV apps through Google Play, and access to the usual Android TV functions such as YouTube, Google Play Movies & TV and more. It will also include a remote control with Play, Pause, D-pad selector and Home buttons.

Foxtel is also apparently courting other SVOD players in the Australian market, though apparently won’t name names as to who they’re talking to. As an Android TV device though, there are options to install Netflix, Stan and the Prime 7 Android TV app from the Play Store, and it will also act as a Chromecast receiver for any Chromecast enabled apps such as Nine Jump In and the ABC i-view app.

Whether the Foxtel Now Android TV app on the Puck is made available to other Android TV devices such as the Sony Bravia and TCL TV’s now on the Australian market or the now EOL Nexus Player is unclear, but we’ll be sure to look into any modifications needed to expand availability once it arrives in the market.

The device will apparently support 4K resolution streaming, allowing for the possibility of Netflix and Stan 4K streaming, however the Foxtel Now stream is only in 720p HD resolution for now.

Free-to-Air content will also be available through an aerial connection on the back of the device, and Foxtel has spoken about bringing live channels for sport and news.

As pointed out above, the Foxtel Puck appears to be based on the Technicolor Skipper, a third-party device already powering PayTV solutions in both Latvia and Italy. The Technicolor Skipper offers many of the functions listed by Foxtel – 4K capability, Live TV services etc. The full list of features for the Skipper includes:
•Out of the box industrial design
•Android TV certified
•OTT and Live TV services with optional Broadcast TV services
•4K Ultra HD: HEVC/VP9 Ultra HD 2160p/60 video
•Wireless Connectivity: Dual band IEEE 802.11n 2.4 GHz (2×2) and IEEE 802.11ac 5 GHz (2×2) interfaces
•Media sharing functions using a USB 3.0 port for plugging of HDD
•Enhanced user experience with 3D graphics
•Future-proof quad core CPU ready for gaming services
•Bluetooth Low Energy remote with voice control

We’ve been speaking with Foxtel about more details on the Foxtel Puck, which will launch later this year and we’ll be sure to let you know as soon as we have more information

Australia proposes broadcast and content reform package

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/06/05/australia-proposes-broadcast-and-content-reform-package/

Australia’s Government has announced a comprehensive package of reforms that it says will improve the sustainability of Australia’s free-to-air broadcasting sector, protect children from exposure to gambling advertising and support the creation of high quality Australian content. Other elements of the package include adjustments to the ‘anti-siphoning’ regime, aimed at giving free-to-air broadcasters a chance to show major events, abolition of outdated media ownership rules and providing funding to support under-represented sports on pay-TV.

According to the Government, legislative reform is needed to ensure the ongoing viability of Australian broadcasters. The past decade has seen the growth of online service providers challenging the traditional business model of Australian broadcasters for audiences and advertising revenue. Australian audiences now have more viewing opportunities than ever, being able to select from multiple services including free-to-air television, pay-TV, catch up TV, streaming services, subscription video on demand and user generated video. This has led to a fragmentation of audiences the erosion of advertising revenue for commercial broadcasters as they compete with online content providers.

The Government has developed a reform package that it says acknowledges the growing commercial pressure on Australia’s free-to-air broadcasters and also their important role in providing Australian content that both informs and reflects Australian cultural life.

To assist broadcasters to compete in the modern media environment, the Government will abolish broadcasting licence fees and introduce a price for the use of broadcast spectrum that more accurately reflects its use. Spectrum is essential to a digitally networked economy and a major contributor to Australia’s economic and social wellbeing. It is critical infrastructure enabling production for industrial, commercial, educational and other social services. The move to a spectrum price for broadcasters recognises the value of this important resource.

The package also includes further restrictions on gambling advertising and promotions during live sports programmes to reduce the exposure of children to gambling. The new restrictions will prohibit all gambling promotions from five minutes before the scheduled start of play in all live sports broadcasts to five minutes after the conclusion of play or to 8:30 pm. Importantly, the restrictions will apply to commercial television, commercial radio, subscription television, the Special Broadcasting Service, online services, including ‘catch up’ services, and live online streaming that are aimed at Australian audiences.

The new restrictions will establish a clear and practical ‘safe zone’ on any platform for children watching or listening to sport, which will be straightforward for parents and carers to observe. The Government’s intention is that the reforms will be given effect via changes to the various broadcast industry Codes of Practice.

According to the Government, reducing gambling advertising in this way has widespread community support, based on concern that exposing children to gambling advertising (such as sports betting) could position gambling as a normal part of the sports viewing experience. The reforms will reduce the exposure of children to gambling advertising while ensuring that Australian broadcasters have continued access to an important revenue stream.

In a globally connected, on-demand world the Government says that it is vital that Australian stories are told and are heard by Australians, in particular its children, and across the world. Many of the current production and distribution incentives introduced to support this content were developed more than a decade ago and do not fully reflect changing consumption patterns, methods of delivery or business models.

As part of the package the Department of Communications and the Arts, the Australian Communications and Media Authority, and Screen Australia will undertake a joint review of the support measures in place for producing and delivering Australian and children’s screen content, to determine if these remain fit for purpose in the new multi-platform environment that has emerged since these measures were established. A key objective of the review will be to ensure that Australia’s screen industry is positioned to continue to provide quality Australian and children’s content across the range of platforms and services now enjoyed by domestic audiences.

The reform package will also amend Australia’s anti-siphoning scheme to remove outdated and redundant provisions and streamline the anti-siphoning list. These changes will enable the scheme to operate more effectively in a digital media environment while ensuring that events of national and cultural significance continue to be available on free-to-air television.

The changes include removing the rule that prevents free-to-air broadcasters from televising events on their digital multichannels only. This rule was put in place prior to the widespread adoption of digital TV, when digital multichannels were not widely available to the community.

The reform package will also reduce the scope of the list to encourage increased competition between subscription broadcasters and free-to-air television for the rights to air programmes.

The package will also provide more opportunities for subscription broadcasters to acquire event rights by increasing the time out from broadcast that events will be removed from the list from 12 to 26 weeks.

The reform package will provide additional funding of A$30 million (€20m) over four years to subscription television to increase coverage of sports that receive low or no broadcast exposure. These include women’s sports, niche sports, and sports that command high levels of community involvement and participation.

The funding will enable the development of new relationships between sporting bodies and an established sports broadcaster, increasing the exposure of these sports to Australian audiences. This initiative will build on and harness subscription television’s strengths in sports broadcasting through its linear and on-demand subscription television services.

The Government says it is pursuing the most significant reforms to Australia’s media laws in a generation, supporting the viability of its local organisations as they face increasing global competition in a rapidly changing digital landscape.

The Government says that overall, the package will strengthen Australian broadcasters, enabling them to invest in their businesses and better compete with online content providers. The underlying objective of this integrated package is the need to ensure ongoing investment in, and access to, high quality Australian content and the support of Australia’s broadcasting sector that delivers it.

The Government intends to progress the Broadcast and Content Reform Package via an integrated legislative package. The Government thanks the broadcasting sectors for its constructive cooperation and assistance during the development of these reforms.

Media giants ready to fight for Tabcorp’s Sky Racing

From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/dataroom/media-giants-ready-to-fight-for-tabcorps-sky-racing/news-story/7b9bc8b8bf28ae87ec9d4be78be4365e

Billionaire media baron Kerry Stokes, listed telecommunications giant Telstra and pay-TV provider Foxtel are lining up to buy Sky Racing should Tabcorp embark on a sale.

Apparently, the three media and telco heavyweights have all registered their interest in acquiring the Australian telecaster of thoroughbred, harness and greyhound racing in what is an indication that it will be hotly sought after should it be placed on the block by Tabcorp and its adviser UBS.

Sky Racing is back in the spotlight with suggestions that owner Tabcorp may have to sell the broadcaster to see its $11 billion merger with Tatts Group proceed.

The competition tribunal will rule on the merger on June 13 and some are betting the deal will be blocked after the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission last week recommended that the deal should not proceed due to competition concerns following a series of courtroom hearings into the merger.

Stokes is eager to wade into the gaming industry, with Seven West Media, which he chairs, having appointed Crown deputy chairman John Alexander to the board.

Many believe he will be the buyer of the West Australian TAB once the state opts to forge ahead with its privatisation, and on those grounds, would be keen to buy Sky Racing as well should it be on offer, backing both into his existing media business.

Telstra, meanwhile, is a 50 per cent owner of Foxtel and has Telstra TV, and market analysts believe that it would be an interested buyer of Sky Racing as it remains in search of opportunities to grow its customer base by packaging up streaming content.

Compelling synergies would also exist between Sky Racing and Foxtel, which is half-owned by News Corporation, publisher of The Australian.

Some sources say that should Tabcorp be forced to sell Sky Racing to get its Tatts merger across the line, it would likely be more willing to walk away from the carefully planned $11bn transaction than part with the multichannel broadcaster, which telecasts more than 80,000 races annually.

Tabcorp secured the asset in 2004 as part of its takeover of Tab Limited — formerly the NSW government-owned totaliser.

With Sky Racing, Stokes would emerge as a major competitor and the merits of the deal would be counter productive.

There is mounting speculation that Tatts Group’s Maxgaming monitoring business in NSW may need to also be sold should the competition tribunal allow the Tatts-Tabcorp merger to go ahead when it hands down its decision next week.

Some estimate that operation could be worth at least $600 million and would be attractive to infrastructure buyers, given that it clips the ticket on almost every gaming group in NSW.

Already, Tatts, advised by Goldman Sachs, has sold its Queensland monitoring business Odyssey Gaming Services to Australian National Hotels for $130m on the back of ACCC concerns.}

Consumers of illegal TV services in Asia start to lose their connections after crackdown

From http://english.astroawani.com/malaysia-news/consumers-illegal-tv-services-asia-start-lose-their-connections-after-crackdown-145227

An estimated 50,000 consumers in Singapore, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Indonesia and other places, all have lost their service, despite having pre-paid substantial amounts for -Expat.tv- services. - Photo for illustration purpose

KUALA LUMPUR: Asian regional pay-TV association CASBAA applauded recent police actions in Thailand and Malaysia, which resulted in take downs and arrests of operators of illicit streaming devices (ISD) networks.

In a statement issued by CASBAA, police estimated that 30,000 consumers in Malaysia were receiving service from a syndicate illegally re-transmitting programming from Astro channels.

Six men were arrested in raids in Kuala Lumpur and Johor.

“The criminal syndicates selling ISDs have defrauded many consumers into believing their services were legitimate.

“They are not. And anyone buying an illicit IPTV box takes the risk of losing their money without a warning when the network is taken down,” said CASBAA Chief Policy Officer John Medeiros.

Meanwhile, its CEO Christopher Slaughter said, the television industry, including leading distribution companies like Astro, PCCW, and True Visions – are determined to keep up enforcement actions against ISD networks.

“It’s important for consumers to understand that if a bouquet of TV programming offered on a box seems 'too good to be true', then it probably is not legitimate.

“Money invested in an ISD is at risk of loss at any time,” he said.

Consumers also risked infection with malware when they attach ISDs, with their dodgy apps, to home networks, warned Medeiros.

Apart from the crackdown in Thailand and Malaysia, an estimated 50,000 consumers in Singapore, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Indonesia and other places, all have lost their service, despite having pre-paid substantial amounts for “Expat.tv” services.

Due to this, tens of thousands of consumers of illegal TV services in Asia have lost their connections in recent weeks, as enforcement action against networks operating through ISDs picks up speed.

Dish Network Sues ‘ZemTV’ and ‘TV Addons’ For Copyright Infringement

From https://torrentfreak.com/dish-network-sues-zemtv-and-tv-addons-for-copyright-infringement-170605/

American satellite and broadcast provider Dish Network has filed a lawsuit against Kodi add-on ZemTV and TVAddons.ag, the largest add-on library. The complaint accuses ZemTV of direct copyright infringement of various TV channels. TVAddons is liable for distributing the addon in question, according to the complaint.

More and more people are starting to use Kodi-powered set-top boxes to stream video content to their TVs.

While Kodi itself is a neutral platform, third-party add-ons can turn it into the ultimate pirate machine, providing access to movies, TV-shows and IPTV channels.

These add-ons are direct competition for traditional broadcast providers, such as Dish Network in the United States, which filed a lawsuit in a Texas federal court late last week.

The complaint lists the add-on ZemTV as the prime target. The service in question allows users to watch a variety of Dish channels, without permission.

“The ZemTV service is retransmitting these channels over the Internet to end-users that download the ZemTV add-on for the Kodi media player, which is available for download at the websites www.tvaddons.ag and www.tvaddons.org,” Dish’s lawyers write.

The TVAddons platform, which hosts hundreds of unofficial Kodi add-ons including ZemTV, is also listed as a defendant. According to Dish, TVAddons plays an important role in the distribution of the infringing add-on.

The ZemTV operator, who is only known as “Shani” and “Shani_08,” used the TVAddons platform to share and promote its service while asking for donations, the complaint alleges.

“Website Operators have actual or constructive knowledge of this infringing activity and materially contribute to that activity by providing the forum where the ZemTV add-on can be downloaded and soliciting and accepting donations from ZemTV users,” Dish writes.

“But for the availability of the ZemTV add-on at www.tvaddons.ag or www.tvaddons.org, most if not all of Developer’s distribution and/or public performance would not occur,” the complaint adds.

Dish claims that it sent numerous takedown requests to Internet service providers associated with the ZemTV service, but the developer has continued to offer the add-on, circumventing any countermeasures.

With the lawsuit, the broadcast provider holds ZemTV accountable for direct copyright infringement, demanding $150,000 per infringement in damages. TVAddons is accused of contributory and vicarious copyright infringement and also faces statutory damages.

TorrentFreak spoke to a representative from TVAddons, who wasn’t aware of the lawsuit. Dish has not contacted them directly with any takedown requests, he says.

“This is the first we’ve heard of this lawsuit. No one ever sent us any type of takedown or DMCA notice or even tried to contact us prior, they could have easily done so through our contact page or site emails,” TVAddons informs us.

TVAddons says that the ZemTV add-on was already removed prior to the lawsuit due to a technical issue, and it won’t return.

“The Zem addon was actually removed from our addon library and community tools weeks ago due to a completely unrelated technical issue. I have already spoken to the developer, and he has since deleted the Zem addon entirely,” the TVAddons representative says.

Also, shortly after we started to inquire about the lawsuit, the ZemTV add-on appears to have shut down completely. Developer “Shani” says it became too popular to maintain, but the legal threat likely played a role as well.

The lawsuit against ZemTV and TVAddons is the first of its kind in the United States. As such, it will be closely watched by other rightsholders, add-on developers, and platforms similar to TVAddons that distribute software.

Ergen’s Dish Network facing $280m telemarketing fine

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/06/06/ergens-dish-network-facing-280m-telemarketing-fine/

Pay-TV operator Dish Network has been ordered to pay fines and damages totalling $280 million (€249m) as penalties over its extensive use of illegal ‘telemarketing’ methods to promote its DTH services.

Illinois, US District Judge Sue Myerscough ruled that “millions and millions” of such calls had been made, and the fines are reported to be the highest-ever in such cases.

Judge Myerscough awarded $168 million to be paid to the US government, and $112 million to be shared between California, North Caroline, Ohio and Illinois. The judge said she was aware, and rejected, Dish’s arguments that it was short of cash.

Dish Network had previously settled lawsuits with 46 US states over misuse of telemarketing.

Dish, in statement, said it rejected the findings and would appeal.

India successfully fires heaviest launch vehicle

From http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/india-successfully-fires-heaviest-launch-vehicle/article18726733.ece

GSLV MkIII-D1 places heaviest satellite GSAT-19 into orbit

India on Monday leapfrogged into a select group of nations having their own indigenous cryogenic engine technology, when the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched its heaviest launch vehicle, GSLV MkIII-D1, and placed the country’s heaviest satellite till date, GSAT-19, into a precise orbit.

The rocket lifted off from the second launch pad into clear blue skies at 5.28 p.m., and soared above the moon which was rising in the evening, leaving a plume of smoke, a bright orange light shining below the rocket as the cryogenic engine fired up and took the rocket on its intended path.

The GSAT-19, a communication satellite, expected to enhance India’s communication infrastructure, was placed into a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO), 16 minutes after launch, with a perigee (closest point to Earth) 170 km and apogee (farthest point from Earth) 35,975 km. It will take about two to three weeks to be placed in its intended orbit.

The satellite weighs 3,136 kg. This successful launch will enable India to launch 4-tonne class satellites from India. These were earlier launched from launch pads abroad.

The cryogenic engine, which ignited roughly about 5 minutes after lift-off, and was firing for 640 seconds, “was a culmination of large amounts of work done over decades,” A.S. Kiran Kumar, Chairman, ISRO, told a press conference after the launch.

Russian design

ISRO has been trying to master development of an indigenous cryogenic for decades and has used indigenous cryogenic engines on earlier GSLV flights but modelled mainly on Russian design.

On this GSLV, no technological element was borrowed or adapted from any other space organisation, Somanath S., Director, Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre (LPSC), ISRO, said.

“The cryo stage is a complex technology. We were making it for the first time; we faced no serious test failures or problems. That is a world record,” he said, adding that despite limited resources, “it is a marvel that we were able to achieve this.”

When the indigenous cryogenic engine started firing, the mood at Mission Control was “upbeat,” Mr. Kiran Kumar said. He said the engine was being tested and perfected since December 2014.

“More than 199 tests were done since December 2014. The entire team was confident,” the Chairman said, however adding that “there were some butterflies in the stomach.”

Business opportunities

The GSAT-19 carries a Ka/Ku-band high throughput communication transponders. It also carries a Geostationary Radiation Spectrometer (GRASP) payload to monitor and study the nature of charged particles and the influence of space radiation on satellites and their electronic components, according to ISRO. “The spacecraft will open up a lot of new vistas in the field of Internet connectivity, broadband connectivity,” P.K. Gupta, project director, said.

The successful launch of the GSLV MkIII- D1 also opens up business opportunities for ISRO. “Definitely the credibility of the system goes up and customers will have greater confidence,” Mr. Kiran Kumar said, adding that it would reduce insurance premiums. “As far as Mk III is concerned, we are planning two launches every year,” he said.

More in the pipeline

Two launches are coming up, which will however, happen from Ariane in French Guiana. The first one scheduled for June 28, will be the GSAT 18, a 3.3 tonne satellite, and the second one will be a 5.8 tonne satellite.

Work is on to launch two approved missions — Aditya-L1 and Chandrayaan-II — in the next two years, Mr. Kiran Kumar said. “Chandrayaan will be [launched] in the first quarter of next year, and Aditya… around 2018-19.” The ‘Aditya-L1’ will be placed in the halo orbit around the ‘Lagrangian point of the Sun-Earth system, according to ISRO.

ISRO's GSLV MK-III: What this launch means for India? Know all about Rs 300 crore heaviest rocket and GSAT-19 satellite

From http://www.newsnation.in/science-news/isro-gslv-mk-iii-launch-why-is-it-crucial-for-india-know-all-about-gsat-19-satellite-and-rs-300-crore-rocket-in-10-points-article-173247.html

In a historic moment for India, ISRO’s heaviest and most powerful rocket lift off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on Monday at 5.28 PM. It then placed the heaviest GSAT-19 satellite into the orbit after a flight of 16 minutes and 20 seconds.

The Indian Research Space Organisation (ISRO) has spread its wings and is flying high yet again with the successful launch of GSLV MK-III rocket that carried and injected the GSAT-19 communication satellite into the orbit on Monday. In a historic moment for India, ISRO’s heaviest and most powerful rocket lift off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on Monday at 5.28 PM. It then placed the heaviest GSAT-19 satellite into the orbit after a flight of 16 minutes and 20 seconds.

Here is everything you need to know about the GSLV-Mk III rocket and why this launch is crucial for India:

1. The GSLV MK-III carried the GSAT-19 communications satellite wighing 3,136 kilograms, the heaviest to be lifted by an Indian rocket. The GSLV MK-III took the satellite to an altitude around 179 km above the Earth after a flight of 16 minutes and 20 seconds.

2. The Rs 300 crore GSLV MK-III rocket was developed after an intensive research of 15 long years. The rocket weighs 4,000 kg and stands 43.43 meters tall.

3. Till now, India had to rely on foreign launchers for the launch of communication satellites that weigh beyond 2.3 tonnes. Now, with this launch, India has proved that it can launch satellites weighing four-tonne on its own rocket. It doesn’t have to pay huge amounts of money to foreign space agencies for the launch of heavy satellites.

4. ISRO has sought Rs 12,500 crore from the Centre for its mission to send humans in space. Once approved, it will take ISRO roughly 7 years to achieve this mission. ISRO has already developed critical technologies for a manned space mission.

5. The GSAT-19 satellite could be the first to provide internet services using a space-based platform hence the launch can prove to be revolutionary for ISRO.

ALSO READ: Video | ISRO's GSLV Mk-III rocket successfully injects GSAT-19 satellite into orbit; proud moment for India

6. For the first time ever, indigenously-built Lithium-ion batteries will power the GSAT-19, which can later be used to power electric vehicles like cars and buses.

7. GSAT-19 has a life span of 10 years. It is a multi-beam satellite that carries Ka and Ku band forward and return link transponders and geostationary radiation spectrometer.

8. The purpose is to study and monitor the nature of the charged particles and influence of space radiation on spacecraft and electronic components.

9. The GSLV Mark-III rocket will also feature advanced spacecraft technologies including bus subsystem experiments in electrical propulsion system, indigenous Li-ion battery and indigenous bus bars for power distribution, among others.

10. A ‘game-changer’ mission, the GSLV Mark-III rocket will allow ISRO to launch heavier communications spacecraft to geostationary orbits of 36,000 km.


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Eutelsat 172B ! has launched

From my Email

From George Georgy

Fashion TV back on Asiasat 5 3794 H 4640

From the Dish

Vinasat 1 132.0E VTV 9 on 3590 V is Fta (and others see update yesterday)

LaoSat 1 128.5E 3670 H "CCTV 4 Asia" has started on , Fta.

ChinaSat 6B 115.5E All channels in the Top TV package are now Fta.
ChinaSat 6B 115.5E 3640 V "CNR Mall" has started on , Fta.
ChinaSat 6B 115.5E 3640 V "Chengdu Tianfu Food TV" is back on , Fta
ChinaSat 6B 115.5E 3680 V "World Economy Channel" has started on , Fta.
ChinaSat 6B 115.5E 3680 V "Dox TV" is back on, Fta.
ChinaSat 6B 115.5E 3680 V "Trading Day" has left .

Palapa D 113.0E 3984 H "Al-Iman TV" has started on , Fta
Palapa D 113.0E 4080 H "Holla" has started on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 4100 V A Matrix Garuda mux has started on .

Telkom 1 108.0E 3812 H "Papua Channel" has started on , Fta.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3699 V "Vision PK and Eternal Life TV Network" have left .
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4065 H "Mehak" has left .

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4070 H "Pak Plus has started on , Fta. G TV" has left.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3777 H "ABP Asmita" has left .

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Ten secures A-League simulcast TV rights deal

From http://www.adnews.com.au/news/ten-secures-a-league-simulcast-tv-rights-deal

Network Ten has secured simulcast rights for the A-League and Socceroos matches next season. The deal, which is an on-sell from Fox Sports, will involve one A-League match each round on Saturday evening on Ten One using Fox Sports coverage.

In December, Fox Sports and News Corp secured a $346 million broadcast rights deal to broadcast all A-League, Socceroos, Matildas, W-League and FFA Cup games over the next six years - the largest single sports rights deal involving football in this country.

It ends months of speculation about which broadcaster would pick up the free-to-air portion of A-League rights and also ends SBS's tenure covering the competition. Harvey Norman has come on board as a sponsor of Ten's Saturday Night coverage.

For Ten, it's another live sports asset that it can broadcast without footing the bill for production costs as Fox Sports will be producing the coverage with their commentary team of Simon Hill, Robbie Slater, Andy Harper, Mark Bosnich, Adam Peacock and Tara Rushton.

It is also another sign of the close working relationship that Ten and Foxtel have forged in recent times. Foxtel has a 15% stake in Ten and there is speculation one of its part owner, News Corp, could secure a larger interest in the business if the government's media reforms package passes.

For football, the deal ensures that at least one game each round is on free-to-air television, which is important to help the code grow its supporter base and commercial viability.

“This is a win for football fans and an opportunity for us to showcase our game on a commercial network with a recent history of successfully covering major sport,” FFA chief executive David Gallop said.

“We will take the biggest matches of the Hyundai A League - such as the Saturday night derbies - into every household in Australia live for the first time.

“It is part of the overall broadcast deal with Fox Sports and means that we will be working with them to drive interest and subscriptions to their ‘all games live’ coverage of the Hyundai A-League.”

SBS used to be known as the home of football and its gradual departure from the sport in recent years will leave many fans disappointed, but the network was only showing Saturday night games on its secondary channel SBS2 and more recently on SBS Viceland.

Aside from the grand final, its ratings on SBS have been below what football chiefs would have expected given that the sport has more registered club players than any other code in this country.

This year's A-League grand final between Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory attracted an average metro audience of 254,000 on SBS and 275,000 on Fox Sports, with 460,000 tuning in to watch the Sky Blues hold aloft the trophy.

Regular season matches, depending on which teams are playing, have had ratings well under 100,000 this season on SBS.

“From October this year, 27 home and away Harvey Norman Saturday Night football matches and five Finals – plus Socceroos matches from next year – will have a new home on free-to-air television,” Ten chief executive Paul Anderson said.

“We will provide a consistent timeslot on One for 30 weeks of the year, promoting the Hyundai A-League and its best game each week to all of Australia.

“We are looking forward to working with Fox Sports and Football Federation Australia to broadcast the A-League to our viewers live on One and live streamed on tenplay,” he said.

Foxtel targets 17 piracy sites in Federal Court

From http://www.zdnet.com/article/foxtel-targets-17-piracy-sites-in-federal-court/

Foxtel is seeking a court-ordered block on an additional 17 piracy websites with 127 URLs following the decisions to block The Pirate Bay and Kickass Torrents, among others.

Pay TV provider Foxtel is seeking an order for internet service providers (ISPs) to block another series of alleged foreign copyright-infringing websites through the Federal Court of Australia following its success last year in blocking The Pirate Bay.

During a case management hearing in the Federal Court on Friday morning, Foxtel said it is targeting 17 websites with 127 URLs, or five different types of piracy-infringing sites, although it "will be doing a tidy up of the application" closer to trial date to cover any proxy sites that have cropped up or changed names and URLs, for instance.

Justice Burley said Foxtel will need to provide an exhaustive list of the target online locations, and will still have to prove the essential elements of copyright infringement; that the ISPs provide access to those sites; and that Foxtel has ownership over the copyright content being infringed.

"It can't be assumed that it will simply be accepted that copyright ownership is there," Burley J said, adding that Foxtel needs to establish all of this in a pleading.

"We don't want any ambiguity as to whether the applicant is the copyright owner, or the exclusive licensee, or some hybrid.

"Until you expose all of those elements, it's not entirely clear."

Burley J also explained that he did not want to use a court computer during evidence due to "all of the difficulties associated with that", with counsel for Foxtel suggesting pre-recording a video of a witness going through the sites while providing commentary rather than doing a live demonstration of the sites in court.

According to Burley J, such a demonstration should not take more than 15 minutes anyway.

Foxtel had last month launched its new case to block piracy-linked sites including Yes Movies, Los Movies, Watch Series, and Project Free TV.

According to Justice Burley, the hearing should take only half a day. It is set to take place on August 8.

Australia's ISPs did not show up to the case management hearing on Friday, and would also be absent during a hearing due to a precedent set during the original case of Foxtel and Roadshow, 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, Paramount, Twentieth Century Fox, Universal, and Warner Bros, last month said it is targeting four types of piracy websites, including search engines, peer-to-peer torrent sites, sites that link to other sites hosting copyright content, and sites that provide direct access to copyright content through streaming or direct downloads.

Setting the trend for what will likely be the future of any similar proceeding, the ISPs said they do not intend to appear in court for the second Roadshow matter, although the latter will similarly still have to prove that the 41 sites in question are hosted overseas; have been contacted by the rights holder; and exist for the primary purpose of infringing or facilitating infringement of copyright.

Foxtel was, however, on the other side of a similar court case in its capacity as an ISP earlier this year 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.

ISPs Foxtel, TPG, Telstra, Optus, Virgin Mobile Australia, Vividwireless, Pacnet, Alphawest, and Uecomm were ordered to take "reasonable steps" to block Kickass Torrents, Justice Burley said at the time, via DNS blocking or any alternative means for disabling access to the online location.

Burley J added that Universal must provide a landing page for any users attempting to reach Kickass Torrents, and within five business days must notify the ISPs of the URL for this landing page.

The block will remain in force for three years, at a cost to the rights holders of AU$50 per domain block.

Website blocking was legislated under the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Act 2015, 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.

Ad-free content for kids to go online

From Mediawatch, 5:11 pm on 1 June 2017

A publicly-funded online platform for commercial-free children’s programmes and content will launch in 2018. Mediawatch says it's a response to modern kids' new media habits, but also our broadcasters’ lack of interest in their youngest viewers - and it won’t reach all Kiwi kids.

A new publicly-funded online platform for children’s programmes and multimedia content has been announced by the government and its broadcasting funding agency NZ on Air.

The service for children aged five to nine will be ad-free but may have commercial sponsors.

Its charter of principles released by NZ On Air says the yet-to-be named site can also have “appropriate sponsorship, where TVNZ and NZ On Air agree”.

State-owned TVNZ will create the platform with $1.5 million from NZ on Air to go live in March 2018. Local content for the site funded by NZ On Air will be supplemented with content from overseas.

The website will be overseen by an advisory panel including Janette Howe of the New Zealand Children's Screen Trust. The group formed after TVNZ’s non-commercial channel closed in 2011 to push for a permanent home for children’s television.

“A digital home for local content will give our children a trusted space they can call their own," says Ms Howe.

Why now?

The new online service is designed to complement programmes on free-to-air TV funded by NZ On Air.

Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry said in a statement NZ On Air would commission content through its September funding round and was about to start working with children’s content producers for new material.

NZ On Air chief executive Jane Wrightson said this was “a timely and crucial intervention for children’s media in New Zealand”.

New Zealand On Air has a statutory responsibility to provide for children and has spent about $15m a year on children's programmes in recent years. But it cannot force broadcasters to air them and some free-to-air TV channels have turned away from shows for kids.

Viewers lost Kidzone when commercial-free TVNZ 6 closed in 2011. NZ On Air reviewed its strategy in 2015 after warning that broadcasters’ support for local kids' TV “could not be taken for granted”.

A major outlet was lost in 2016 when MediaWorks turned FOUR into reality channel Bravo and some publicly-funded programmes were launched online-only on TVNZ’s on-demand service.

This led to complaints that families without broadband were missing out.

"The digital divide may be closing but it still exists. Kids have a right to media that informs them and educates them about their world," Janette Howe told Mediawatch in 2016.

"When you have an anchor channel you can develop that, and parents and kids know where to find it. We don't have that public space any more. That's why NZ On Air has put the call out to commercial companies to build something online," she told Mediawatch last year.

Is online the answer?

The charter for the new online service says:

“Children have a right to accessible and diverse local media which is made specifically for them.”

But NZ On Air’s own research shows a substantial proportion of families can't easily access an online video service.

A survey of 700 children in 2015 found children’s online time was growing but the survey also found only 77 percent of homes had broadband while 98 percent had TV in 2014.

"TV is still the dominant screen in New Zealand children's lives,” said Colmar Brunton's report, while "on-demand sites are rarely used by 6-14 year olds on a daily basis".

A TV channel for children didn't feature as an option in the discussion paper NZOA put out last year.

In Australia, the public broadcaster ABC operates two children's channels, both of which have interactive websites and on-demand platforms for the content.

Successful launch for Eutelsat 172B

From http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2017/06/02/successful-launch-for-eutelsat-172b/

On its sixth successful launch during the first half of 2017, Arianespace set a new heavy-lift record tonight with Ariane 5 in delivering the ViaSat-2 and Eutelsat 172B telecommunications satellites to geostationary transfer orbit with flight VA237.

“With this new mission, Arianespace once again demonstrates the availability and versatility of its launch vehicle family for customers,” explained Arianespace CEO Stéphane Israël. “For the third time this year and the 79th time in a row, Ariane 5 performed flawlessly. Well done! Congratulations to all!”

As the 118th Airbus-produced satellite orbited by Arianespace from Kourou, Franch Guyana, Eutelsat 172B uses the Eurostar E3000 EOR (Electric Orbit Raising) platform – becoming the first all-electric telecommunications satellite orbited by an Ariane 5.

Yohann Leroy, Eutelsat’s Chief Technical Officer and Deputy CEO, said that Flight VA237 demonstrated Arianespace’s ability to “efficiently and competitively place very powerful electric propulsion satellites into orbit” with Ariane 5.

Eutelsat 172B will deliver increased capacity for fast-growing applications that include in-flight and maritime connectivity, cellular backhaul, corporate networks, video and government services. It will be located at 172° East, a key neighbourhood providing exceptional Asia-Pacific reach over land and sea, from Alaska to Australia.

Designed to replace Eutelsat 172A, it will provide increased capacity, more power and improved coverage via C and Ku-band payloads connected to a range of service areas. Following the transfer of traffic to the new satellite Eutelsat 172A will continue commercial service at another orbital position.

Eutelsat 172B also features a new Ku-band multi-beam payload delivering 1.8 Gbps of throughput to serve the world’s fastest-growing region for air traffic. The Asia Pacific represents the largest opportunity for in-flight entertainment and connectivity services, with over 8,000 aircraft to be delivered to the region by 2034.

The customised High Throughput payload on Eutelsat 172B will be a major growth platform for in-flight connectivity, notably Panasonic Avionics Corporation, one of the suppliers of in-flight entertainment and connectivity services for commercial airlines. Eleven elliptical beams will enable Panasonic to bridge the West coast of North America to Asia, and down to Australia, supporting rapid air traffic growth in the region and surges in bandwidth use across densely used flight paths. Panasonic will also use the satellite’s widebeam Ku-band coverage as an overlay to deliver live TV to aircraft.

Eutelsat signs new launch contract with Arianespace

From http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2017/06/02/eutelsat-signs-new-launch-contract-with-arianespace/

Following the launch of the Eutelsat 172B satellite, Eutelsat Communications has announced a new launch services contract with Arianespace.

The Arianespace order book now includes three future launches for Eutelsat in addition to the 32 Eutelsat satellites already launched by the European launch services provider over more than 30 years for one of the world’s leading satellite operators.

Of the three satellites to be launched, Eutelsat 7C (built by SSL) will be orbited in 2018, followed in 2019 by Eutelsat Quantum built by Airbus and the high throughput satellite built by Thales.

“Following today’s historic Ariane launch of Europe’s first high-power all-electric satellite, we are proud to once again team up with Arianespace, a long-standing partner and a leader in Europe’s vibrant space industry,” commented Rodolphe Belmer, CEO of Eutelsat.

“The technological diversity of the three new satellites entrusted to Arianespace is a compelling reflection of our commitment to innovation for the greater benefit of our customers, and to maintaining our competitiveness.”

Stéphane Israël, CEO of Arianespace, added: “This latest contract bolsters Eutelsat’s position as a benchmark customer of Europe’s heavy launcher, since Ariane 5 will launch three satellites for the European operator in 2018 and 2019. Our hope is that Ariane 6 will subsequently take over so that we can help Eutelsat meet its objectives even more efficiently.”

Mongolia to send first satellite off to space on June 4

From http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-06/02/c_136335433.htm

ULAN BATOR, June 2 (Xinhua) -- Named after Mongolia's endangered gobi bear Mazaalai, Mongolia's first satellite will be sent to space on June 4.

The satellite will accompany the "SpaceX Falcon 9" rocket at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida through a project supported by UNESCO and Japan.

The Joint Global Multi-Nation Birds Satellite is a cross-border interdisciplinary satellite project for non-space-faring nations, aimed at supporting developing countries to build and launch their first satellite.

During this two-year project, 15 students from participating countries including Mongolia, Ghana, Japan, Bangladesh and Nigeria shall design, develop and operate five units of identical 1U CubeStats, a type of miniaturized satellite for space research.

Mongolia can contact the satellite being sent off 400 km away from the earth 5-6 times a day.

Having a satellite brings many advantages, such as the ability to conduct independent space studies, capture the geographic picture of a country, develop more accurate maps, and better prevent natural disasters, the Deputy Prime Minister and head of emergency affairs of Mongolia Khurelsukh Ukhnaa said.

The team members shared their plan to launch the second satellite in 2019. Although the Mazaalai satellite was supposed to be sent to space on June 2, the flight was postponed due to rain.


Eutelsat 172B for 172E launching in a few hours!

Go here for the coverage


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Defence extends Optus satellite deal for $40m, ten more years

From https://www.itnews.com.au/news/defence-extends-optus-satellite-deal-for-40m-ten-more-years-463776

Telco to give C1 longer lifespan.

The Defence department will pay Optus a further $40 million over the next ten years to keep using the telco's C1 satellite.

Its existing contract with Optus was due to end in 2020 when the satellite went end-of-life, but Optus has agreed to reconfigure the C1 to operate in an "inclined orbit to reduce on board fuel usage", thereby extending its end-of-life to 2027.

Optus has provided satellite services to Defence since 2003 when the telco and the agency jointly launched the C1 from French Guiana.

“The extended use of Optus C1 will preserve Australia’s orbital filing precedence and options to place future satellite communications capabilities within the region,” Defence Minister Marise Payne said in a statement.

“The agreement assists Defence and the government to preserve Australia’s right to continue to operate in the radiofrequency spectrum from space until such a time as government elects an alternative course of action."

The $40 million contract cost will cover the preparation of ground infrastructure within Optus facilities in NSW and WA, as well as operating and sustainment costs.

All-electric satellites are ushering in zippier in-flight internet access

From https://www.cio.co.nz/article/620120/all-electric-satellites-ushering-zippier-in-flight-internet-access/

Pushing satellites around using electrical, rather than chemical, thrusters saves weight, leaving room aboard for more powerful communications systems

All-electric satellites are changing the way airline passengers access the internet.

Like a Tesla in space, an all-electric satellite uses electric propulsion to climb from transfer orbit to geostationary orbit and to maintain its position on station, instead of the chemical rockets used by traditional satellites.

Such satellites still need a traditional launcher burning solid or liquid fuel for the brute-force task of getting them into space, but the delicate work of positioning the satellite is done electrically.

Without the need to carry vast quantities of chemical fuel, all-electric satellites can be up to 40 percent lighter at launch.

That gives their operators the option of using a smaller, cheaper launch vehicle -- or of tacking on extra communications equipment to deliver more power or operate in more frequency bands.

Whatever option the operator chooses, airline passengers jonesing for in-flight internet access benefit, as the service can be cheaper, faster, or available in more places.

Boeing has been building all-electric satellites for a couple of years, but now a European company, Airbus Defense and Space, is getting in on the game.

The first Airbus-built all-electric satellite, Eutelsat 172B, is scheduled for launch late on June 1. It will take off from Kourou in French Guiana aboard an Ariane 5 launch vehicle. The same launcher will also carry ViaSat 2, a conventionally powered broadband communications satellite built by Boeing.

Once lofted into its transfer orbit by the Ariane 5, Eutelsat 172B will turn on its electric motors and start the slow climb to geostationary orbit over Asia. ViaSat 2, meanwhile, will light up its rockets for a somewhat faster journey to an orbital slot over the Americas.

While Eutelsat 172B carries no combustible fuel, it does still carry some expendable reaction mass -- something to sling out the back in order to push itself forward through the vacuum of space. It will use xenon gas, splitting it into positive and negative ions and accelerating these to high speeds using an electric field.

The use of xenon ion propulsion systems (XIPS, pronounced "zips") to move a satellite up into geostationary orbit is relatively new. Most still use chemical thrusters ejecting burning gases for that task, although there are plenty of satellites using XIPS to remain on station. The electric propulsion system draws its power from the satellite's solar panels but, even if the satellite still has power, once its xenon reaction mass is used up it will slowly drift off station and it will be time to launch a replacement.

So what does all this mean for airline passengers?

Lots more internet capacity, for one thing. One of the three communications packages Eutelsat 172B will carry is the high-throughput service that will be operated by Panasonic Avionics. That company will its 11 spot beams with a capacity of 1.8Gbps to deliver in-flight entertainment and connectivity to commercial airlines across the Pacific Ocean.

The satellite's manufacturer, Airbus, is also building other all-electric satellites that will be able to carry even bigger communications packages, promising still more bandwidth to come.

Japan puts 2nd satellite into orbit to enhance GPS

From https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20170601/p2g/00m/0dm/029000c

An H-2A rocket carrying the Michibiki 2 satellite, part of Japan's Quasi-Zenith satellite navigation system, lifts off from the Tanegashima Space Center in Minamitane, Kagoshima Prefecture, on June 1, 2017. (Mainichi)

TANEGASHIMA, Japan (Kyodo) -- Japan put a second satellite into orbit Thursday to enhance the precision of its global positioning system used in smartphones and car navigation equipment.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. launched an H-2A rocket carrying the government's quasi-zenith satellite Michibiki No. 2 at 9:17 a.m. from the Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture, southwestern Japan.

Michibiki satellites are used to determine locations of objects on Earth. The Japanese government said it is planning to launch two more of the satellites later this year to further upgrade the GPS system.

The newly launched satellite will work in tandem with the first Michibiki satellite in quasi-zenith orbits at an altitude of 33,000 to 39,000 kilometers and complement a U.S. satellite network that Japan had previously fully depended on.

Michibiki No. 1, launched in 2010, is currently working with the U.S. satellite network, but radio waves from those satellites are sometimes blocked by skyscrapers and mountains and GPS may display locations that are several meters away from actual positions.

The Japanese government plans to provide more precise GPS services from fiscal 2018 once all four satellites are in orbit, a government official said.

By that time, the margin of error would be reduced to 1 meter from the current several meters with a device that can receive data from the Michibiki satellites. With a special receiver, the margin could be further narrowed to as little as 6 centimeters.

Japan aims to increase the number of satellites in orbit to seven in fiscal 2023.

Once the "Japanese GPS" is completed, smartphone users will be able to receive more accurate information on locations shown in their map apps. The total cost of developing and producing the three new Michibiki satellites stands at about 90 billion yen ($811 million).

Upgraded GPS data could also be used for assisting self-driving cars, unmanned operations of tractors and other heavy machines that require precise coordinates for agriculture and civil engineering. The data are also expected to help locate children and the elderly.

Intelsat terminates merger plan with OneWeb

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/06/01/intelsat-terminates-merger-plan-with-oneweb/

As anticipated, the proposed merger between Intelsat and Jersey-based satellite constellation OneWeb has been pulled.

Intelsat, in a statement issued early on June 1st, said that not enough of its bond-holders had agreed the terms of the SoftBank-enabled financial restructuring to make the scheme work. Intelsat needed an 85 per cent acceptance level of the new terms on offer, and by the midnight May 31st deadline acceptance levels were short of this amount.

Intelsat’s president/CEO Stephen Spengler, said he was disappointed by the result. “There were many stakeholders’ interests that needed to be satisfied in this complex transaction. We are disappointed that our bondholders were unwilling to accept the terms of the exchange offers presented over the course of this process.”

However, as expected, he outlined that a relationship would continue with OneWeb. “Even without a merger of our companies, the pre-existing commercial agreement among Intelsat, OneWeb and SoftBank will continue. Under this agreement, we plan to jointly develop integrated solutions utilizing both of our fleets and to act as a sub-distributor to SoftBank for the attractive application segments of mobility, energy, government, and connected car. As we create integrated services for these applications, we expect to accelerate and enhance our goal of unlocking new and larger opportunities in the communications landscape. We remain focused on achieving our operating priorities for 2017, including the continued commercialization of our Intelsat Epic high throughput satellite services.”

What will now interest the market is whether Japan’s SoftBank introduces another satellite operator – perhaps without the massive debt burden being carried by Intelsat, to replace Intelsat and merge with OneWeb.


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Fashion TV mux update
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ChinaSat 10 110.5E 3560 V "Indosiar and ANTV" are Fta again.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3734 H "Theater" has left.
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Airbus selects new Skynet 5 channel partner

From https://www.shephardmedia.com/news/digital-battlespace/airbus-selects-planetcomm-channel-partner/

Airbus Defence and Space has selected Planet Communications Asia Public (PlanetComm) as its newest channel partner for Skynet 5 military satellite communication services, the company announced on 24 May.

The company has also expanded its partnership with Hong Kong-based Speedcast, so that both Planet Communications and Speedcast will provide Skynet X-band and Ultra High Frequency (UHF) services as part of their satellite communications portfolios.

The partnership with Speedcast, which has been providing tactical secure communications services to the Australian and New Zealand governments since September 2016, has now been extended to cover customers in the Philippines. Speedcast also manages the Asia anchor station facility for the Skynet 5A military satellite based in Adelaide, Australia, on behalf of Airbus.

The newly signed partnership with PlanetComm covers Thailand.

In order to deliver highly resilient Skynet military satellite communication services, Airbus has been developing new partnerships with different service providers. Since the move of its Skynet 5A satellite from 6° East to 95° East in September 2015 to provide global X-band and UHF coverage, Airbus has signed ten channel partner agreements with companies in the Asia Pacific region and the US.

18% of global TV homes receive FTA satellite

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/05/31/18-of-global-tv-homes-receive-fta-satellite/

According to Dataxis research, 314 million of TV households now receive TV signals via Free-to-Air satellite, which represents 18 per cent of the worldwide TV households. FTA satellite distribution is becoming more and more important and Dataxis forecasts that this ratio will reach 20 per cent in 2021.

The penetration rate for FTA DTH varies from regions, for instance, it is almost inexistent in North America. Moreover, FTA DTH distribution in Latin America is limited to Brazil with 21 per cent of the TV households.

On the other hand, in Europe, FTA DTH distribution depends on the countries: Germany leads with 34 per cent of the TV households, followed by Ukraine with 26 per cent, Ireland with 16 per cent and Italy with 15 per cent.

In the Middle-East (including Turkey), DTH satellite distribution is the most common way to receive TV and 65 per cent of TV households receive TV via FTA DTH. In this region, there is a wide offer of free channels (more than 1000) which are distributed via FTA DTH. Consequently, there is no room for the development of DTT distribution.

According to Dataxis, FTA satellite distribution is important in Asia, with 64 per cent of the TV households in Thailand, followed by Japan with 37 per cent, China with 25 per cent and India amounts to 12 per cent. In China, there is a governmental programme for isolated zones that explains the importance of FTA DTH in the region.

Japan to Launch Second GPS Satellite for Improved Accuracy

From http://www.en.netralnews.com/news/currentnews/read/6547/japan.to.launch.second.gps.satellite.for.improved.accuracy

Japan aims to have seven Michibiki GPS satellites in orbit by fiscal 2023. (Image courtesy of JAXA)

TOKYO, NETRALNEWS.COM - Japan will launch Thursday its second satellite for a GPS system designed to bring hyper-accurate location data, moving closer to a technology that offers applications in national security, autonomous driving and other services.

The quazi-zenith Michibiki No. 2 satellite, a joint effort of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, is scheduled to blast off at 9:17 a.m. local time.

Launchpad preparations for the Michibiki's launch vehicle, the H-IIA, were underway Tuesday at JAXA's Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture. A further two Michibiki satellites are planned for launch this fiscal year, and one is already in orbit.

The Michibiki satellites send signals to Earth to determine the receiver's location. Their quasi-zenith orbits will keep one of them over Japan at all times, providing a top-down view unobstructed by tall buildings or mountains.

Metropolitan or mountainous areas can reduce GPS accuracy by as much as 10 meters, but together with Michibiki satellites and ground-based facilities, the error can be reduced to 6cm. The high accuracy system could be in place as early as next spring.

This precision raises numerous possibilities for new technologies and services. With an eye to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, research is underway on guide robots that can help orient lost foreigners. Other promising fields include unmanned seed-planting agricultural machinery, nimbler autonomous driving and package delivery by drone.

Japan's government is working on a plan to have seven Michibiki satellites in orbit by fiscal 2023, hoping to wean off its reliance on American satellites with its own national location information system.

American GPS satellites originally served military purposes, such as tracking troop deployment. With location information becoming ever more important in national security, and indispensable in everyday life, China, Europe and other regions are moving to create their own satellite-based location-tracking programs.

ITV Choice goes on-demand with Astro

From https://www.c21media.net/itv-choice-goes-on-demand-with-astro/

ITV Choice, the UK broadcaster’s entertainment network for Asia, the Middle East and Africa, is making dramas including Poldark and Victoria available on-demand in Malaysia for the first time.

ITV Choice will offer S1-2 of BBC period drama Poldark

Building on its existing carriage deal with local media group Astro, complete box sets of ITV Choice’s ‘best of British’ series will be offered to customers as an extension to their subscriptions.

Seasons one and two of BBC drama Poldark, made by ITV-owned Mammoth Screen, plus the first run and upcoming second season of Victoria will be among the shows available. These join seven seasons of crime drama Vera; four of Inspector Morse spin-off Endeavour; Egyptian drama Tutankhamun, starring Sam Neill and Max Irons; and others.

All will be offered as part of the Astro GO TV Everywhere service, which the Malaysian media firm is growing.

“This is just the start of our British series line-up and we are delighted to be working with ITV Choice on this initial selection,” said Astro VP of content Agnes Rozario.

Irdeto, Verimatrix join SAT>IP Alliance

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/05/31/irdeto-verimatrix-join-satip-alliance/

The SAT>IP Alliance, a non-profit organisation responsible for defining marketing and technology strategies related to the SAT>IP standard, has announced that Irdeto and Verimatrix have joined the Alliance. Both companies will strengthen the group’s work in the area of content security.

“With the integration of CAS-to-DRM solutions into the SAT>IP standard we are making it much easier for pay-TV operators to take live broadcast television content onto in-home IP networks”, said Thomas Wrede, President of the SAT>IP Alliance, “and we invite manufacturers of SAT>IP equipment to support our efforts and to join the Alliance.”

British company comes up with satellite network to take HD images, videos of Earth

From http://zeenews.india.com/space/british-company-comes-up-with-satellite-network-to-take-hd-images-videos-of-earth-2010724.html

A prototype spacecraft is set to be launched later this year for testing. Five more such platforms will follow in 2019.

British company comes up with satellite network to take HD images, videos of Earth

New Delhi: A British company has planned to come up a network of satellites that can take high definition images and videos of Earth from space.

A prototype spacecraft is set to be launched later this year for testing. Five more such platforms will follow in 2019.

The train of satellites will deliver rapid, high- resolution imagery of the planet in still and video formats.

At best resolution, the images will capture features just under a metre across.

The images would enable 3D models of the ground to be constructed, and videos could be used to track moving objects such as cars and other vehicles, according to UK-based company Earth-i.

UK-based manufacturer Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) has developed a new class of Earth observation spacecraft codenamed Carbonite.

The first in this series was built in just six months and was launched in 2015. The lessons learned from that experience were then applied to the new satellite of the Earth-i constellation.

"We worked on Carbonite-1 with SSTL and studied the performance to help develop the technology for Carbonite-2 which we will be calling EiX2," said Richard Blain, CEO of Earth-i.

"As for the constellation, we will launch that in batches of five," Blain told 'BBC News'.


No Tuesday update


TVB Mux to leave KU band Intelsat 19 (Translated from Chinese via their website)

From July 1, 2017, the Australian TVB TV signal will be transmitted from the satellite to the network transmission, the existing satellite equipment will not be able to receive our TV service.

If you have internet access in your home, please change your existing satellite TV to TVB Anywhere HD TV as soon as possible. After completing and submitting the online registration form, our customer service team will contact you later. For inquiries, please call (02) 8281 6898.

Weekend feeds


Asiasat 5 3716 H Sr 7200 "ETP WORLD" Golf FTA

Asiasat 5 3894 H Sr 7120 "Telecity Encoder 5" Football FTA

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3907 H Sr 7120 "FA_CUP_FINAL_2017"

Saturday feeds

Asiasat 5 3876 H Sr 7500 8psk "LPGA Volvik Pri" Womans golf FTA

Optus D2 12539 H Sr 6978 ABC's link 2 footage from Kuta
Optus D2 12545 H Sr 6980 Ladies Netball, Swifts Vs Firebirds

Intelsat 19 12438 H Sr 15000 "STS12 Enc/Mod 1" HD, GC SUNS Vs Melb

ChinaSat 6A 125.0E 3827 H "Chengdu Tianfu Food TV" is Fta.

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Telstar 18 138.0E 3830 H "INC Radio DZEM 954" is now encrypted.

ChinaSat 6A 125.0E 3827 H "Chengdu Tianfu Food TV" is Fta.

ChinaSat 10 110.5E Indosiar and ANTV on 3560 V are now encrypted.

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3700 V "TVE Internacional Asia" has started on , Fta.

SES 8 95.0E 11990 H "Ekhbariya TV has replaced Saudi 2" on , Conax.

Measat 3a 91.4E Fashion One 4K and Insight UHD have left 3920 V again.

Thaicom 8 78.5E 11640 H "Beauty Club HD 47 and WorkShop TV" have started on , Fta.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3720 H Diva 2 has left.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3766 V "Arihant TV" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12522 V "Rivers of Living Waters T"V has left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12562 H "God's Intervention TV" has started on, Fta
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12602 V "TTVM TV" has started on , Fta.One Touch TV and Push TV have left.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12682 V "Breakthru TV" has started on ,Fta
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12682 H "Christ Power TV, Last Hour Miracle TV, Charis TV, The Word TV and ROV TV" have started on, Fta.Victory TV and Good News TV have left.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12722 V "Apostle Mohlala TV" has left .

Intelsat 17 66.0E 3876 H "Gyana Yogi" has started on , Fta.
Intelsat 17 66.0E 4015 V "Channel UFX" has left .

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东经84.8度轨道位置的Horizons 2号卫星Ku频段,TV 5 HD、Thairath HD(泰国)等频道消失,设置11758 V 45000参数无效接收。 [5月28日]

东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,澳门卫视替换澳亚卫视(艺华卫视)频道,设置12354 V 43000参数有条件接收。 [5月27日]
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东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Pet Club TV(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置11165 H 44000参数有条件接收。 [5月27日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,凤凰资讯、金鹰卡通(长城亚洲)等频道加密,设置10730 V 40000参数有条件接收。 [5月27日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,Test Channel(测试)频道消失,设置11539 H 20000参数无效接收。 [5月26日]


Free kick for Ten coverage as ABC likely to be booted

From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/media/free-kick-for-ten-coverage-as-abc-likely-to-be-booted/news-story/c2d43cf3e958b3e422cfb9e04d76a6c1

Ten Network is poised to snatch A-League and Socceroos matches from SBS if no more bidders come forward before a formal deadline this week, dealing a blow to the ABC’s hopes of gaining the television rights.

While Football Federation Australia and its adviser Adara Partner held talks with the ABC, it’s understood soccer administrators will knock back the public broadcaster’s bid.

It’s believed Seven West Media, Nine Entertainment Company, and SBS have not yet lodged an official bid with the FFA. The deadline falls on Wednesday.

The FFA is also set to reject other bids for rights. At least one telco is said to have expressed interest in buying streaming rights. The FFA declined to comment.

Pay-TV sports programming network Fox Sports has already signed a record six-year $346 million deal to broadcast matches on Foxtel from next season.

Under this deal, the free-to-air rights and Socceroos rights revert to Fox Sports for an extra $2m to $4m per year if the FFA does not sell the package to any other broadcaster. This allows Fox Sports to onsell the free-to-air rights to another broadcaster as it currently does with Nine and ­Socceroos matches.

It’s believed a deal is in place for Ten to pick up the rights in time for the 2017-18 season, which kicks off in October.

Foxtel, jointly owned by News Corp and Telstra, owns 13.91 per cent of Ten. Fox Sports is wholly owned by News Corp, publisher of The Australian.

News of the development comes after the ABC came under heavy criticism last week thanks to its calamitous coverage of a friendly match between A-League champions Sydney FC and ­English Premier League club ­Liverpool. The ABC’s broadcast, described by viewers as excruciating and embarrassing, prompted the FFA to express its disappointment in a statement.

“Like many fans, FFA is disappointed with some aspects of the ABC’s broadcast of the Sydney FC v Liverpool FC match last night,” the governing body said via its Twitter account. “Pre-game, half-time & post-game coverage wasn’t to standard expected by @FFA & football fans. We’ve made that point to ABC management.”

Although the FFA’s administrators are angry about the broadcast, which included a tacky whiteboard with cut-outs of players instead of graphic overlays, peculiar interviews and sound problems, sources insisted administrators had already made up their minds about the future of the free-to-air rights. For Ten, winning the rights is a major boost for the network after a recent uptick in ratings was overshadowed by a high-profile refinancing of the company’s $200m loan and disappointing half-year results.

A-league matches on Saturday evening are likely to be aired on Ten’s multichannels, taking the game to a potential new audience.

The three main commercial networks will now focus on broadcast rights for cricket.

A formal tender process is ­expected to start in the coming months, with the Big Bash League set to attract strong interest from all the broadcasters.

It comes after the AFL signed a $2.508 billion agreement with Seven, Foxtel and Telstra for six years, and the NRL clinched a $1.8bn five-year TV agreement with Nine, Fox Sports and Telstra.

The boom in sports rights ­reflects shifts in the TV industry as viewers watch more programs on demand, skipping ads.

Chromecast and HD coming to Foxtel Play

From http://eftm.com.au/2017/05/exclusive-chromecast-and-hd-coming-to-foxtel-play-39779

Foxtel ramping up their streaming product in June relaunch

After quietly announcing the removal a bunch of channels from the Foxtel Play streaming TV platform effective June, it seems more changes are coming and these may be met with a smile by many long suffering Foxtel Play customers.

As we foreshadowed in our reporting of the “farewell” of some 19 channels from the service effective early June, there is about to be some good news. Foxtel has scheduled an announcement event on June the 6th, but EFTM can report that both HD and Chromecast support appear certain in the new and updated Foxtel Play service.

EFTM has read the new customer Terms and Conditions for the Foxtel Play service which are “effective 7 June 2017” which reference these two significant changes.

On Chromecast – the T&C’s state “Except for a Chromecast stream, you can only use a Registered Device to access the Foxtel Play Service via its own downloaded and installed Foxtel Play Services Application.”

This is a huge leap forward, with Foxtel seemingly protecting it’s Cable and Satellite business by not allowing the use of the streaming service on a big screen or in great quality, which is where HD comes in.

Those same updated Terms and Conditions reference HD also: “In addition, there may be some technical limitations for customers who chose to access the Foxtel Play Service via older Devices. These limitations include the inability to use trick play functionality (such as pause, rewind, fast forward etc) on streamed programs and the unavailability of HD on all Devices”

While minor, the addition of HD and Chromecast to the terms and conditions is a clear sign of a change to the service, and we expect full details will be revealed in a little over a week from now.

Of course, Foxtel Play is available on a range of devices including mobile and tablet, but also on many other devices like Smart TVs, Games Consoles and Telstra TV (Which has already begun using HD streams for some channels)

The updated T&C’s do not give any indication that the service will radically change, with references to the existing packs and requirement to buy an entry pack before additional packs still in place.

We’ll know more in a little over a week – but for now, it seems a good move.

No satellite launches for M’sia this year, says Arianespace

From http://www.theborneopost.com/2017/05/29/no-satellite-launches-for-msia-this-year-says-arianespace/

Senior Malaysian government and private sector officials, key Measat business partners and Measat staff taking a group photo prior to the launch of MEASAT-3b (in the background).

SINGAPORE: There will be no satellite launches for Malaysia this year, said French-based leading commercial satellite launch firm, Arianespace S.A.

Arianespace Managing Director for ASEAN countries Richard Bowles said although the company had planned 12 launches for this year, Malaysia had launched the Measat-3b, the largest Malaysian satellite ever launched three years ago, and thus would not be part of the company’s launch plans this year.

The RM1.1 billion satellite was the third Measat satellite launched by Arianespace after Measat-1 and Measat-2 in 1996.

Speaking at a media conference on May 23, Bowles said the digitisation of media had opened up the possibility of Internet broadcasting, going beyond established methods to reach viewers.

“Broadcasting companies are having to face the challenge of coping with this rapidly changing method,” he said, but declined to elaborate whether Arianespace had made any suggestion to Astro Malaysia Holdings Bhd, the only Malaysian direct broadcast satellite provider.

Bowles said Arianespace was well prepared for the rapidly changing nature of the satellite market, with an increasing number of customers looking at launching broadband and earth observation satellite into low earth orbits and medium earth orbits.

Arianespace’s order book, at present, stood at 4.9 billion euros (1 euro=RM4.767) for 51 launches for 28 customers, worldwide. – Bernama

China launches satellite navigation, positioning system

From http://www.dnaindia.com/technology/report-china-launches-satellite-navigation-positioning-system-2453635

The newly-launched navigation and positioning system will provide speedy, accurate positioning services to transportation, emergency medical rescue and city planning.

China on Sunday launched a national satellite navigation and positioning system which will provide positioning service to transportation, emergency medical rescue and city planning and management. It is the largest in the country and boasts the widest coverage, officials said.

Li Weisen, deputy director of the National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geo-information, said that the system consists of 2,700 base stations, a national database centre and 30 provincial level database centres.

The system, featuring faster speed, higher accuracy and wider coverage, will be compatible with other satellite navigation systems, such as the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System and Global Position System (GPS), Li said.

According to the administration, the system is able to provide positioning service to transportation, emergency medical rescue and city planning and management.

Wang Li, chairman of China Satellite Navigation System Committee China's GPS is expected to be ready by 2020 with constellation of satellites. He said China will launch some 18 Beidou navigation satellites by 2018. Six to eight Beidou satellites will be sent into orbit in the second half this year. Till last year China had a constellation of 32 satellites for the navigation system.

Beidou satellite navigation system can provide services for countries along the Belt and Road Initiative by 2018, state-run Xinhua news agency quoted Wang as saying.

By 2020, the Beidou satellites will form a complete global satellite navigation system, Wang added.

Bngabandhu satellite to go commercial in June next year, says Tarana

From http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2017/05/29/bngabandhu-satellite-to-go-commercial-in-june-next-year-says-tarana

The commercial operation of Bangabandhu satellite will start in June next year after the launch in December this year, State Minister for Post and Telecommunications Tarana Halim has said.

She spoke at a press conference on the progress of the launch at the secretariat on Monday.

“We are certain that the launch will take place in the first or last week of December. It will be able to start the commercial operation in June, 2018,” she said.

She said in case of any problem the launch might be deferred to January. “There will be no problem if the weather remains calm in Florida in the US in December.”

The satellite will have 40 transponders. Bangladesh will use 20 of those for its own and the rest will be rented. The government hopes to save $14 million annually on rent the country is now paying to foreign satellites.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina wants to share the joy of sending Bangladesh’s first satellite into space with people through video conferencing from her residence, the Ganabhaban, Tarana said.

The final countdown will begin in Bangladesh a week before the launch which will be broadcast live, she said.

The December schedule for the launch using SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket was announced earlier.

State Minister Tarana recently visited the facility of Franco-Italian aerospace manufacturer Thales Alenia Space in France where the satellite is being built.

Tarana said some tests on initial performance, vacuum, final performance, and final preparation would be conducted before the launch.

“They (Thales Alenia Space) said it would be possible to finish the end-to-end test in the first week of December,” she added.

Satellite spat over alleged O3b “service outages”

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/05/26/satellite-spat-over-alleged-o3b-service-outages/

On May 19th Hong Kong-based satellite operator ABS announced that it had signed a “strategic partnership” with “one of the largest telecommunications operators in SE Asia” to supply 500 MHz of capacity on its ABS-2 craft at 75 degrees East.

So far, so routine. Except within the announcement was the phrase that the new partner had previously been using a non-GEO solution in Ka-band…[and] ”who could no longer tolerate the frequent outages and downtimes” associated with the Ka-band supplier.

That supplier is now known to be SES-owned O3b, but the argument between O3b and ABS was initiated at the CASBAA session at the CommunicAsia show in Singapore on May 22nd, when ABS CEO Tom Choi specifically addressed the reliability issue with Low Earth orbiting satellites, and O3b in particular. Choi recognised that ‘rain fade’ was a problem with Ka-band.

O3b’s CEO Steve Collar (and now running SES Networks operation) flatly denied losing the East Timor-based customer. Quoted by trade mag Space Intel Report, Collar said that 12 out of the 13 original clients signed had upgraded their capacity and demand over the past year, and that significant growth (“of near 70 percent”) in demand could be expected this year.

FTV starts seven free 4K UHD channels over India

From https://ultra.news/t-t/31481/ftv-starts-seven-free-4k-uhd-channels-india

Fashion TV has kicked off the 4K revolution in India by starting to transmit seven Ultra-HD television channels into the country and surrounding regions.

These are the first free 4K channels that can be accessed from India easily.

Each frame in a UHD video contains 8 mln dots, compared to 2 mln in Full HD and 0.4 mln in standard definition transmission.

Before this, the only other free UHD channel that could be watched in India was the NASA channel, which contains largely scientific content.

All these free 4K channels in India can be watched only using a set-top-box that supports ‘C Band’ frequencies and a dish antenna that is at least 4-6 feet in diameter.

NASA’s channel is available from the Asiasat 4 satellite, which is placed above the Pacific Ocean on India’s East.

In contrast, the seven new FTV channels are being beamed from Apstar 7 satellite, which is placed right over India, making it likely that these channels could be watched with even a 4.0-4.5 feet dish, especially in Southern areas like Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

The seven channels cater to different areas of fashion, such as photoshoots, films, make-up, men’s fashion, ‘midnite secrets’ and events.

The channels utilize the latest video compression technology called HEVC or H.265 to reduce the amount of bandwidth needed for transmitting UHD content.

At present, no Indian DTH or satellite operator uses HEVC, which reduces bandwidth requirements by about 40-45% compared to MPEG-4. Nearly all transmission in India occurs in either the MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 standard.

On the downside, this also means that the new channels cannot be watched using most of the satellite receivers and set-top-boxes available in the market today.

4K satellite receivers with HEVC support currently costs around Rs 4,500 in India, compared with just Rs 1,000-1,300 for HD receivers with MPEG-4 support.

However, cheaper HEVC models with 4K support can be purchased from international e-commerce websites.

The new FTV channels can be received in India, Pakistan, China, the entire Middle East, East Africa and South East Asia.

Adjacent regions like Russia, rest of Africa, Europe and Australia can also receive them by using a larger dish antenna (see picture).

While C Band channels used to be very popular in India up till about ten years ago, the explosion of Ku-band services has diminished their appeal.

C Band transmissions have the advantage of covering very large areas — such as the whole of Asia and Africa — with one beam, while Ku-band services typically cover only a specific region such as South Asia or China.

However, Ku Band signals can be received using a 2-feet antenna, while C-band requires a 4-feet antenna when the signals are very powerful, and 5-8 feet in most other cases.

Footprint of Apstar-7 | source:Apt Satellite

Most of the Ku-band channels in India are encrypted and users require smartcards from companies such as Tata Sky and Dish TV to watch these services.

Some Ku band services, like ‘Free Dish’ offered by DD and by ABS, are transmitted without encryption and can be watched free of cost.

In contrast, a larger proportion of C Band channels are available free of cost and un-encrypted, but the number of C-band channels available from one single location tends to be around 40-100, while a single satellite often transmits 500-1000 channels in Ku band.

(Craig's comment , on Apstar 7 3740 Sr 30000 8psk DVB S2 and the report is completely WRONG, yes there are 7 channels however only the one is UHD the rest are plain old SD!)


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update


Not much to end the week

Kodi v 17.3 Stable is out

VLC 2.26 Media player is out (update if you are on 2.24 or lower)
If you do screen capping from .ts recordings there is a fix in it to correct the aspect ratio issues of captured images

Chinasat 10 115.5E 3600 V 27500、3640 V 27500、3680 V 27500 were / are all fta

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NBN Co may lift Sky Muster's fair use limit

From https://www.itnews.com.au/news/nbn-co-may-lift-sky-musters-fair-use-limit-463147

Review underway.

NBN Co is “quietly confident” that it will be able to lift the average peak hour usage limit on its Sky Muster satellite service.

Chief customer officer John Simon told senate estimates last night that bringing the second Sky Muster satellite online in early May – and stabilisation of performance issues that have plagued the service in recent months – meant it could now consider a change to its fair use policy.

Retail service providers (RSPs) currently have to limit their customers’ peak hour usage to 30GB of downloads and 5GB of uploads in a rolling four-week period.

Simon said a review was currently underway into “spectral efficiency and all other aspects in terms of data distribution” over the Sky Muster service.

“As a result of that we’ll see whether we can actually expand those data allowances,” he said.

“Sky Muster II doubles the capacity of what was currently available but it’s needed to connect the expected take-up of around 60 percent of the 410,000 odd premises [in line to be serviced by the satellite service].

“What we’re reviewing is whether with that capacity and the current performance we can release more and upgrade the fair use policy.

“Without the second satellite, the fair use policy would have been a 20GB average cap; [having] it pushed that up to 30GB. We’re now reviewing the 30GB to see if we can make it broader.”

The 30GB download is an average across all of an RSP’s Sky Muster customers. Within that, it was possible for some customers to use more or less, as long as the RSP as a whole stayed under quota.

Across the entire installed base of Sky Muster customers, the average monthly usage is now approximately 23GB a month.

Simon said NBN Co planned to introduce business-grade services on Sky Muster sometime in calendar year 2018.

He also provided a brief update on the experimental in-flight wi-fi service underpinned by Sky Muster, which is being trialled by Qantas after some early hiccups.

“We expect the Qantas trial to finish around the third quarter of this calendar year,” Simon said.

“It uses very little data; on the average beam, under two percent [of available capacity, and] it peaks at very different times [to residential users].”


Rocket Lab have finally launched their test rocket!!

Video of the launch here (paste link into VLC or any other player)

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Rocket Lab: We have lift-off! History made as Electron launches successfully from Mahia

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11862250

Rocket Lab engineers have started poring over data from a historic space launch from the Mahia Peninsula that took the company a leap towards competing in the multi-billion satellite industry.

Lift-off at 4.20pm today was the first orbital-class rocket launched from a private launch site in the world

New Zealand has become the 11th country with potential to launch cargo into space, joining superpowers and tech heavyweights. The Government has hailed the lift-off as major milestone for the country's space industry.

The rocket took three minutes to reach space - outer space starts at 100km above the earth's surface - with a "great" first stage burn, stage separation, second stage ignition and fairing separation, but it didn't complete its planned mission.

"We didn't quite reach orbit and we'll be investigating why, however reaching space in our first test puts us in an incredibly strong position to accelerate the commercial phase of our programme," said founder and chief executive Peter Beck.

"We're one of a few companies to ever develop a rocket from scratch and we did it in under four years. To get as far as we did on the first test flight doesn't often happen," he said.

"It was a beautiful mission to watch."

Successful launch for first test rocket on the Mahia Peninsula

Rocket Lab's Electron rocket at the launch site on the Mahia Peninsula.

He gave the flight a "10 our of 10" and a big party was planned tonight at the company's operations base near Auckland Airport. It is registered in the United States where it also has operations.

During the next few weeks, Rocket Lab's engineers in Los Angeles and Auckland will work through the 25,000 data channels that were collected during the flight and results will be used to improve the vehicle's performance for two further tests.

Beck said the company had done more ground testing than was usually done and it had paid off with yesterday's flight.

"New Zealand has genuinely joined the space industry for here on."

The 17m tall rocket - with a silver fern on its nose and a US flag near its tail - lifted slowly from the launch pad before accelerating and was packing an estimated one million horsepower.

Forty-year-old Beck is a hands-on engineer, he was raised in Invercargill and founded Rocket Lab in 2006.

The Electron is made entirely of carbon-composite material and is designed to carry payloads of 225kg to an elliptical orbit and up to 150kg to a nominal 500km Sun-synchronous, low Earth orbit.

Three planned launches earlier this week were scrubbed.

Last year, the United States-based Space Foundation estimated the space economy was worth close to $400b a year but Rocket Lab - which has been hit by delays - approaches the small satellite market just as it is becoming increasingly crowded by other private players.

Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges has hailed the launch as the first visible sign of a space industry in New Zealand.

Rocket Lab and all New Zealanders could be proud of it, he said.

"New Zealand is now one of 11 countries able to launch satellites into space from their own territory and the first to launch from a fully private orbital launch range."

While it can draw on up to $25m of government funding over five years, Rocket Lab's main backers include US companies Kholsa Ventures, Beesemer Venture Partners, Data Collective, Promus Ventures, Lockheed Martin and Stephen Tindall's K1W1.

The Budget has set aside $15m over the next four years to fund the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's part in New Zealand's burgeoning space programme.

Dr George Sowers, an independent consultant, former chief scientist and vice-president of United Launch Alliance, a joint venture of Lockheed Martin and Boeing, said before the launch that it was a sign of the vibrancy of the commercial space sector at the present time.

"It is another entrant into the small payload launch market which has been tough for commercial companies to succeed in. It certainly represents a first for New Zealand."

He said while Rocket Lab had some interesting technology, such as the electric pump-driven engine and embraced the state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies, the small payload launch market made it extremely difficult for commercial companies to make a profit.

Rocket Lab Launches Its First Rocket Into Space

From https://www.forbes.com/sites/alexknapp/2017/05/25/rocket-lab-launches-its-first-rocket-into-space/#3934eefd7d65

Rocket Lab Electron Rocket lifting off from its launch complex in New Zealand

The commercial space race is heating up again as startup Rocket Lab successfully launched its first Electron rocket (named "It's A Test"), successfully made it into space. This is the first of three test launches the company has planned this year, with an eye to delivering customer payloads into space before 2018.

"It has been an incredible day and I’m immensely proud of our talented team," Rocket Lab founder and CEO Peter Beck said in a statement. "We’re one of a few companies to ever develop a rocket from scratch and we did it in under four years. We’ve worked tirelessly to get to this point."

Most of the flight looked pretty smooth - the two-stage rocket did successfully achieve separation, and the second stage engines fired. However, although the rocket made it into space, it didn't reach the company's intended target.

"We didn’t quite reach orbit and we’ll be investigating why, however reaching space in our first test puts us in an incredibly strong position to accelerate the commercial phase of our program, deliver our customers to orbit and make space open for business," Beck said in a statement.

The data gathered during the test flight should help the company figure out how to get there next time, and the company's set up to iterate quickly. Rocket Lab uses 3D-printing as part of their engine manufacturing process, and their rocket designs are geared towards simplicity, with an aim to scale so that mass production of their rockets is possible.

Rocket Lab was founded in 2006. Its based in Los Angeles, but it's launch complex is a custom-built spot in New Zealand. The company has decided to launch from New Zealand because they ultimately intend to launch a rocket a week, and there are a variety of reasons that make New Zealand attractive for handling that kind of launch cadence.

The company's raised $148 million so far and is valued at over $1 billion. The money has gone into developing both the rocket and launch complex. In terms of customer base, Rocket Lab is focused on small to mid-sized satellites - Electron can deliver payloads of up to 225kg to orbit. It's not competing for large telecommunications satellites or government payloads that are the bread and butter of companies such as SpaceX, United Launch Alliance or Arianespace. The company has already signed agreements with NASA, Planet, and Moon Express to deliver payloads into orbit. It's also sold an entire launch to Spaceflight Industries, which brokers satellite launches for smaller companies.

This is the second successful test launch for a small-satellite focused startup so far this month. On May 3, space startup Vector had its first successful test flight, although unlike Rocket Lab's, Vector's rocket didn't make it into space. Vector sent out a statement to the press congratulating Rocket Lab on the launch.

"On behalf of myself and Vector, I would like to personally congratulate Rocket Lab’s CEO Peter Beck and the entire team at Rocket Lab for a job superbly done," Vector CEO Jim Cantrell said in the statement. "We personally know how tough it is to build and fly these rockets, and are proud to welcome Rocket Lab into the micro launcher industry where together we will radically alter the way space is accessed and change the fundamental assumptions of space flight economics."

The focus of both companies on the small satellite market could mark a big change for that industry. (Although the two companies aren't quite competitors - Vector is targeting companies with smaller payloads than Rocket Lab.) Right now, companies building smaller satellites have to hitch rides with other, larger payloads in order to be able to afford getting it into space. (A SpaceX Falcon 9 launch costs over $60 million, for example.) And while hitching a ride might be cheaper than paying for a Rocket Lab launch, the downside is that companies have to wait months or even years for their satellites to make it to orbit. Companies like Vector and Rocket Lab enable companies to get small satellites to space on their own timetable, allowing them to start generating revenue at a quicker pace.

It's hard to say now how big the potential market is, but several small satellite companies have already hit the scene, including Planet, which has over 100 satellites in orbit taking images of the Earth's surface, and Spire, which has satellites in orbit tracking maritime shipments and monitoring weather. And Beck is committed to meeting the needs of this market.

"We’re committed to making space accessible and this is a phenomenal milestone in that journey," he said in a statement. "The applications doing this will open up are endless."

Launch of Aussie satellites could mark a re-entry for space industry

From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/launch-of-aussie-satellites-could-mark-a-reentry-for-space-industry/news-story/1a9c860c7faff8d33c4bbe07fd09ace9

Two Australian-built research satellites — the first in 15 years — have this afternoon been launched into the atmosphere about 380km above Earth’s surface.

The lunch box-sized satellites, about 1.3kg each, are among a swarm being released from the International Space Station. Their mission is to collect the most extensive measurements ever taken of the lower thermosphere, a little known region of Earth’s outer atmosphere which plays a vital role in communications and helps shield the planet from solar radiation.

Australia has contributed three satellites to the European-funded project. They were built by universities in Sydney, Canberra and South Australia, with dozens of students lending a hand.

Space engineers at the University of NSW will attempt to establish contact with their satellite, dubbed UNSW-ECO, as it passes over Sydney at 4:21pm.

UNSW-ECO, built by UNSW’s Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research, will study the atomic composition of the thermosphere. The other two satellites were built by the universities of Sydney, Adelaide and South Australia, with UNSW and the Australian National University also assisting.

The trio were delivered to the space station in April, in a rocket launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida.

Academics say Australia’s involvement in the project could help reboot a once flourishing space industry that declined in the middle of last century. They say a switch to miniature satellites has transformed space science, making it far cheaper to do cutting edge research.

Satellites to provide digital TV services

From http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=401894

FIJI'S switch from analogue TV services to digital will begin this December.

And on Tuesday, Parliament was told by Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum that satellites would be used to provide digital TV services to the most remote parts of Fiji.

"We have parts of Viti Levu even which don't get terrestrial coverage. We intend to cover all those areas through satellites," Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said in a ministerial statement. He also assured Fijians that access would remain free and Fijians would also be allowed to use the internet via the satellite services.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said 4000 people in Suva, Nadi and parts of Lautoka were using the digital TV platform on a trial basis with the full rollout around Fiji at the end of the year. He said 10,800 people in Fiji qualified under Government's subsidy of Walesi set top box. Walesi would also set up 17 new transmitter sites across Fiji to ensure full coverage.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said when the digital platform was fully operational, it would also attract other television providers.

The switch from analogue to digital would be over by July, next year.

Russia's military satellite delivered into orbit

From http://tass.com/science/947576

The Soyuz-2.1b rocket was launched from the Plesetsk spaceport on May 25

Soyuz carrier rocket with military satellite launched from Russian spaceport

A military satellite launched from the Plesetsk spaceport in northern Russia’s Archangelsk Region earlier on Thursday has been successfully delivered into the designated orbit, the Defense Ministry said.

"The launch of the carrier rocket and delivery of the spacecraft into the orbit took place as scheduled," a ministry official told reporters.

The Soyuz-2.1b rocket was launched from the Plesetsk spaceport at 9:34 Moscow time (06:34 GMT) on Thursday. The Fregat upper stage delivered the space vehicle into the estimated orbit.

China, Arab countries sign satellite navigation declaration

From http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-05/24/c_136311779.htm

SHANGHAI, May 24 (Xinhua) -- A declaration on BeiDou cooperation between China and Arab countries was signed Wednesday, helping Arab countries benefit from China's BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS).

China's self-developed BDS is compatible with other satellite navigation systems and aims to provide services to Belt and Road countries and regions from the end of 2018, completing deployment of 35-satellite constellation around 2020 to provide global services.

"The declaration will provide policy support for satellite navigation cooperation on both sides," said Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Zhang Ming at the first forum on BDS cooperation between China and Arab countries.

Zhang expressed his hope that with the aid of delegates a "space silk road" could soon be built to help China-Arab cooperation.

Wang Li, chairman of the China Satellite Navigation System Committee, said that based on present cooperation and the needs of Arab countries, both sides agreed to boost major project cooperation and conduct joint research on satellite navigation application in fields, including intelligent transportation, land mapping, precision agriculture and public security.

The forum also featured training sessions on the BDS.

A second forum on BDS cooperation between China and Arab countries will be held in an Arab country in 2019.

Proposed in 2013, the Belt and Road Initiative, comprising the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, aims to build a trade and infrastructure network connecting Asia with Europe and Africa along and beyond ancient trade routes.

Arianespace builds for dual launch

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/05/24/arianespace-builds-for-dual-launch/

The spaceport at French Guiana is extremely busy catching up on the ‘lost’ 40 days of the May strike throughout the region with preparation for an important dual payload of satellites due for launch next month.

An Ariane 5, dubbed Flight VA238, is taking shape for a scheduled June 28th lift-off with a dual-satellite payload: the Hellas-Sat 3/Inmarsat S multi-mission relay satellite for Inmarsat and Arabsat-owned Hellas-Sat; and the Indian Space Research Organisation’s GSAT-17 communications spacecraft.

Arianespace is targeting a total of 12 missions in 2017 utilizing its family of the heavy-lift Ariane 5, medium-lift Soyuz and light-lift Vega. So far in 2017, the launch services company, despite the strikes, has performed five flights from the Spaceport: two each with Ariane 5 and Soyuz, along with one Vega mission.

FACT welcomes Facebook streaming device ban

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/05/25/fact-welcomes-facebook-streaming-device-ban/

UK intellectual property protection organisation FACT (Federation Against Copyright Theft) has welcomed the recent move by Facebook to update its Commerce Policy to ban the sale of illicit streaming devices from its site.

According to the site,items, products or services sold on Facebook must comply with its Community Standards, as well as the Commerce Policies, with ‘Products or items that facilitate or encourage unauthorised access to digital media’ listed among 13 categories.

“It is great to see Facebook follow the likes of Amazon and eBay in making changes to their policies to prohibit the sale of illicit streaming devices on their platforms,” declared Kieron Sharp, Chief Executive of FACT.

“These days social media sites are more than just a place to share photos and comments with friends and family. Unfortunately, the fast-paced development of these sites is being exploited by opportunists for criminal activity which needs to be disrupted. One of FACT’s priorities is combatting the sale of these illegal devices, which affects not only all of our members and clients but the creative industries as a whole.”

“Recent rulings have clarified that selling a device pre-configured to access copyrighted material is illegal and that consumers watching content via these devices without a legitimate subscription are also breaking the law,” he advised.


Rocket labs launch has been delayed AGAIN

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Australia’s military including commercial capacity in its satellite communications plans

From http://spacenews.com/australias-military-including-commercial-capacity-in-its-satellite-communications-plans/

Australia relies heavily on the U.S.-led WGS constellation for military satellite communications, such as the WGS-6 satellite above (which Australia financed), but wants to include commercial satcom in its future plans. Credit: Boeing. SINGAPORE —

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) is planning to include commercial satellites as a necessary part of its communications architecture in the future, a defense official said May 15. Group Captain Patrick Del Guidice, the ADF’s Chief Information Office Group director for J6 Capability Coordination, said that long-term planning for commercial satcom has not traditionally been the case, but will be for the agency’s future satcom plans, which start in 2019. Del Guidice said Australia has about 507 million Australian dollars ($337 million) budgeted under JP 2008 for defense satellite communications between 2016 and 2019. Despite its name, JP 2008 is an almost three-decade-old umbrella program for Australia’s military satellite communications. From 2019 on, a new program called JP 9102 takes over until 2029, with 2 to 3 billion Australian dollars. Del Guidice described ADF’s spending on commercial satellite communications, or comsatcom, as largely an afterthought in the past, but said that won’t be the case going forward.

“We consider that commercial satcom capabilities will always be something we need moving forward,” he said. “So whatever we do, we are still going to have a requirement for commercial satcom capabilities moving into the future no matter what. It will be an important part of where we go.” Australia leans heavily on on the U.S. Wideband Global Satcom (WGS) military satellite network for the bulk of its defense communications. In 2006, Australia funded the production of WGS-6, which launched in August 2013. Del Guidice said that gave Australia about 2.4 gigahertz of “assured access” to WGS X- and Ka-band capacity. A memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the U.S. and Australia, signed in November 2007, forms the basis of a WGS sharing agreement that stretches to September 2029.

Australia also relies on the Optus C1 satellite, an ultra-high frequency (UHF) hosted payload on Intelsat 22, and capacity from Inmarsat, ViaSat and SpeedCast, according to Del Guidice’s presentation. But even with WGS as a long-term resource, Del Guidice said the ADF wants greater resiliency and redundancy, which means using a “hybrid solution” of satellite assets that ranges “anywhere from pure ownership, to leasing arrangements, to hosted payloads, to MOUs.” “What we are trying to do is include consideration of commercial satcom moving forward as part of what JP 9102 would do,” he said, adding that this would help address rising bandwidth needs of the Royal Australian Air Force in particular. A final roadmap hasn’t been laid out yet, he said. Unfinished business Del Guidice said that a pair of WGS ground stations under the JP 2008 program that are four years behind schedule are finally coming around to completion.

The ADF contracted with BAE Systems in 2009 to build two anchor gateways, one at Harman, Southern New South Wales, known as Satellite Ground Station-East, and another in Geraldton, Western Australia, designated Satellite Ground Station-West (SGS-West). However, the contractor ran into issues that resulted in cost increases and schedule delays. In 2015, Australia’s Defence Materiel Organisation put the gateways on a national “Projects of Concern” list, placing greater scrutiny on the project. Del Guidice said the ADF is now expecting initial operating capability “around the end of this year” for SGS-West, followed by SGS-East “somewhere around the early 2020s.” Additionally, he said ADF is moving SGS-East from Harman to Kapooka, located in New South Wales between Melbourne and Sydney. Del Guidice added that Australia has another MOU with the U.S. to support a second gateway at Geraldton, which would also go live around the turn of the decade

Amazon Prime To Deliver Live TV Channels

From https://www.channelnews.com.au/amazon-prime-to-deliver-live-tv-channels/

Amazon who recently rolled out their Amazon Prime content delivery service in Australia is set to also deliver live television channels for an extra fee.

Users will be able to subscribe to popular channels such as Discovery and Eurosport individually, without paying for a bundle of channels.

The only problem is that Amazon Prime in Australia is expensive and lacks the content that Netflix offers.

Until now, Prime Video has offered only on-demand films and TV shows in Australia and even those are limited.

But one analyst said the launch line-up of channels was “not immediately desirable” and would struggle to attract TV customers.

“Amazon launched a similar thing in the US, and the big selling point was that you could get HBO and Showtime programmes, all under one umbrella,” said Tom Harrington, an analyst at Enders.

“That’s not going to happen in Australia as HBO and Showtime are locked down by Foxtel , at least for now, and will hold on to them aggressively” said one expert.

Viewers will be able to stream free-to-air channels

In the UK ITV will offer an ad-free version of its streaming service and access to its free channels – such ITV 2 and ITV Be – for a monthly fee of £3.99.

It’s not known whether Australians will be able to access UK news services such as ITV.

“This is a starting point,” said Alex Green, managing director of Amazon Video.

“We’re offering linear TV channels where it makes sense. We have a good spread of big partners and I’m sure that will only grow.”

As well as the traditional television channels, viewers will be able to pay for curated “channels” of programmes to stream on-demand, such as the Yoga Anytime Channel, and Horse & Country Play, which is billed as the “home of equestrianism”.

“The core of the experience on Prime Video is on-demand streaming, and that will still be the core of the experience,” said Mr Green.

Difficult market

Mr Harrington said it would be difficult for streaming services to offer traditional television services at a competitive price.

“In the US, YouTube, Amazon, Apple and Facebook have been vocal about getting TV bundles together, but YouTube is the only one to have done it so far,” he told the BBC.

“It’s very hard to build from all these different suppliers and put these channels together at a price that is compatible to a cable offering.”

Mr Green said Amazon wanted to offer customers more flexibility, by letting them subscribe to individual channels.

“Often people say they are subscribed to a big TV package but don’t watch a lot of the channels,” he told the BBC.

“Now people can try it out, pick and choose, and cancel at any time.”

SES Networks and Patrakom Enhance Connectivity in Indonesian Waters

From Press Release

LUXEMBOURG–(BUSINESS WIRE)–SES (Euronext Paris:SESG) (LuxX:SESG) and Patrakom, a leading provider of telecommunications and network solutions in Indonesia, announced today a partnership to provide seamless, high-speed connectivity to passenger vessels and oil barges traversing domestic routes in Indonesia.

As part of a multi-year agreement, SES Networks and Patrakom will be providing connectivity for over 80 vessels via SES-9 located at 108.2 degrees East. SES-9 is SES’s largest satellite for Asia-Pacific, and has a powerful mobility beam to provide coverage for vessels sailing across the East Indian Ocean.

The newly-created highly customer focused data division SES Networks is leveraging the extensive infrastructure, networks and operations to better meet the distinct needs of SES’s customers. The SES Networks business unit allows SES to deliver increasingly differentiated satellite-enabled solutions for data-centric segments, one of them being Mobility.

“At Patrakom, we provide daily connectivity to hundreds of vessels sailing across the Indonesian waters. Today, many of these vessels are limited by the level of connectivity due to the high entry barriers to get access to satellite communications. SES-9’s high-power mobility beam delivers seamless and reliable coverage over high-traffic domestic routes, enabling a cost-effective usage of bandwidth for our maritime customers,” says Endi Fitri, Director of Business Development at Patrakom.

Steve Collar, Chief Executive Officer at SES Networks, said, “We recognise a growing need for easily customisable and scalable connectivity solutions for the evolving maritime market. We are continuously enhancing our mobility capabilities with this in mind, and are pleased to support Patrakom with tailored bandwidth and coverage, offering them the flexibility to cater for the diverse connectivity needs of their maritime customers. The capacity provided by SES-9, with its dedicated mobility beam for maritime communications, is also well-suited for comprehensive coverage over Indonesian waters.”

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Singtel launches Malay language OTT video service

From https://www.telecompaper.com/news/singtel-launches-malay-language-ott-video-service--1197052

Singapore operator Singtel has launched a streaming service for Malaysian customers. Media Prima’s tonton service is based on Singtel’s video streaming app dubbed ‘Cast’. The OTT video service is available on Cast’s Aneka Plus pack. Together with its current offering of Astro Ria and Astro Prima Malay channels on Singtel TV’s Inspirasi packs, Singtel an array of Malay entertainment content to viewers in Singapore.

Exclusively available outside Malaysia for the first time, Tonton on Cast will offer over 23,000 hours of Malay entertainment content, including programmes from TV3, TV9 and tonton originals. Singtel customers can watch Malaysian dramas up to 6 months ahead of the television broadcast in Malaysia, and also catch live events such as Anugerah Bintang Popular Berita Harian (ABPBH), and top-rated dramas such as Ku Kirim Cinta (starring Ayda Jebat and Redza Rosli).

In addition to Aneka Plus, Cast offers Partner Apps, Viu Premium and Fox+, as well as Variety Plus, Asian Plus and Sports Plus packs. Together, Cast streams premium OTT Korean, Asian, English and Malay-language, and sports content. For a limited time, customers who purchase any Cast pack on a 12-month subscription will receive the first three months free of charge.

Aneka Plus is available on Cast at a special introductory offer of SGD 7.90 per month with the first three months free (applicable with the 12-month contract). To subscribe to Aneka Plus on Cast, customers can visit a Singtel shop, Singtel Exclusive Retailers, or sign up online.


Rocket labs Test launch is delayed until Wednesday (Hopefully)

A new FTA Cband platform is to start on ABS 6 @ 159E (see news section)

From my Email


From the Dish

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3890 V "Big Ganga Talkies has replaced Big Gaurav" on, Fta
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4000 H "Star World HD Asia and Fox Movies Premium" have started on Irdeto. Fox Crime Asia and Nat Geo People Asia have left.

Intelsat 15 85.2E 12515 V "Kurai TV and Bashkirskoe Sputnikovoe TV" have left .
Intelsat 15 85.2E 12520 V "Fox Russia, Fox Life Russia, Nat Geo Wild Russia and National Geographic Russia" have started on , Irdeto.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3805 H "Naaptol and Shop CJ Telugu" have left .
Insat 4A 83.0E 3921 H "Zee Bihar Jharkhand" has started on , Fta Wellness and Zee Purvaiya have left.
Insat 4A 83.0E 3936 H "Rose TV" has started on , Fta.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3480 H "Cartoon Club and Maya Channel SD" have left .

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3900 H "Sony Six" is now encrypted.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12562 H "Olive TV, God's Intervention TV promo, Untouchable TV, DD TV and Success TV have started on , Fta. The Word TV and Charis TV" have left.

Palapa D 113.0E 4147 V The"Matrix Garuda" mux has left again.

ChinaSat 10 110.5E Asia Travel, CTI TV Asia, LTV Drama, EBC Yoyo, CTV, CTS, FTV, SET Taiwan, SET International, Da Ai TV, Zhejiang Satellite TV, Hunan TV,
CTS News, FTV News, Global News, ETTV Asia, ETTV Asia News, Phoenix InfoNews Channel, Phoenix Chinese Channel, CCTV 4 Asia, Outdoor Channel International, Arirang World, Bloomberg TV Asia, Celestial Movies Indonesia, Thrill, Kix and MTV Taiwan have moved from 3620 H to 3520 V, Fta.

ChinaSat 10 110.5E AXN East Asia, Animax Asia, Haari Drama, Haari Variety, Haari Movie, Haari Kids, Sports Illustrated 2, Discovery Channel Southeast Asia, Animal Planet Southeast Asia, TLC Southeast Asia, Asian Food Channel, Fashion One Asia, More TV, Insan TV, Wesal TV, Sunna TV, Quran TV, Aljazeera English, TVRI Nasional, Kompas TV, TVOne, Metro TV, SCTV, Indosiar, Trans TV, Trans 7, ANTV and Net have moved from 3580 H to 3560 V,Fta.

Yamal 401 90.0E 3613 L "Türkmen Owazy" has left .
Yamal 401 90.0E 3623 L "Yaslyk" has left .
Yamal 401 90.0E 10910 V "Moy Mir and 8 Kanal Krasnoyarsk" have left .

Insat 4A 83.0E 3725 H "Maharashtra 1 and Aryan" have started on, Fta Travel & Tourism Channel, Rujumargam TV, CBN News and Network 10 have left.
Insat 4A 83.0E 3756 H "1 Yes TV has replaced Planet News" on , Fta.
Insat 4A 83.0E 3777 H "ABP Asmita" is Fta.
Insat 4A 83.0E 4005 H "ETV Gujarati News and ETV Odia News" have started on, Irdeto.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3780 V "Eternal Life TV Network" has left.
Apstar 7 76.5E 3848 V "Majlis TV" has left .
Apstar 7 76.5E 4040 H "Bangla TV" has started on , Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星Ku频段,Shanson TV、Tochka TV(俄罗斯)等全组频道消失,设置12648 V 26471参数无效接收。 [5月23日]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星Ku频段,TNT(+4h)、NTV(+3h)(俄罗斯)等全组频道消失,设置12612 V 26471参数无效接收。 [5月23日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,国家地理野生、国家地理野生HD(俄罗斯)频道加密,设置12520 V 22915参数有条件接收。 [5月23日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Ddish Live(蒙古)频道加密,设置12629 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [5月23日]
东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,中视、Outdoor(Skynindo)频道加密,设置3520 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [5月23日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,AXN、Star World(环宇卫视)等9个频道解密,设置12461 H 45000参数免费接收。 [5月23日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Smart TV(蒙古)频道重现,设置12690 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [5月23日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Movies Time替换Theater TV(巴基斯坦)频道,设置3734 H 5777参数免费接收。 [5月23日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Rose TV替换A2Z Doc(MPEG-4)频道,设置3936 H 10100参数免费接收。 [5月23日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,国家地理野生、国家地理野生HD(俄罗斯)频道解密,设置12520 V 22915参数免费接收。 [5月23日]


Foxtel to expand NBN footprint

From https://mumbrella.com.au/foxtel-expand-nbn-footprint-446614

Foxtel has expanded availability of its NBN services.

The announcement:

Foxtel today announced that it has expanded availability of its nbnTM services for premises in Fibre to the Node (FTTN) and Fibre-to-the-Building (FTTB) serviceable areas across Australia. The move follows Foxtel’s recent arrival on the nbnTM for Fibre-to-the-Premise (FTTP) areas. Today’s news means more customers than ever can enjoy Foxtel’s high performance broadband, purpose built for entertainment.

Australia’s continued hunger for broadband data usage is being driven by widespread video streaming, a growing number of connected devices and more data-demanding applications. At the same time, customers expect an improved broadband experience so they can access their data and stream their content when and how they want.

Foxtel Broadband puts entertainment at its core and has been recognised by YouTube+ as offering a superior HD experience for video streaming. Foxtel’s nbnTM expansion reinforces Foxtel’s leadership in addressing the increased needs of today’s connected households.

Mark Buckman, Foxtel’s Managing Director, Customer and Retail, said, “The way people interact online and watch streamed entertainment is changing rapidly. Fast and reliable broadband is an essential ingredient for Australia’s connected homes. Foxtel Broadband’s arrival in FTTN and FTTB serviceable areas increases our reach to more Australians than ever before. Foxtel’s nbnTM offering, combined with our premium movies, TV and sport bundles provides an unrivalled experience featuring the ultimate combination of world-class programming and high performance internet.”

Foxtel offers a range of nbnTM and ADSL broadband and home phone bundles, which are designed to deliver fast and easy streaming to multiple devices throughout customers’ homes. New customers can sign up to a 200GB per month broadband plan bundled with home phone and TV, starting from as little as $101 per month on a 24-month plan. Foxtel is also offering its unlimited broadband bundle starting from $111* per month with no set-up costs* for a limited time.

Existing Foxtel TV customers can add a 200GB per month Foxtel Broadband and Home Phone bundle to their TV package for only $75= extra per month on a 24-month plan. For a limited time, existing TV customers can add an unlimited Foxtel Broadband and Home Phone bundle to their TV package for only $85^ extra per month on a 24-month plan with no broadband set-up costs.

Foxtel’s ADSL broadband bundles are ‘nbnTM ready1’, meaning current and new customers on Foxtel

ADSL broadband plans today will be able to easily switch their service to the nbnTM network without needing to recontract, once the nbnTM from Foxtel service becomes available at their home.

Foxtel’s broadband bundles feature:

•Unrivalled content – Foxtel Broadband is bundled with Foxtel TV packages and our internet-ready set-top boxes to provide access to the best live sport, new movies, shows and complete seasons, live and on demand;

•Fast internet speeds# with the 25 Mbps download and 5 Mbps upload speed tier included in all unlimited data plans;

•No data download limits for Foxtel content, including Foxtel On Demand3 or the Foxtel Go app3 when connected to Foxtel Broadband at home;

•The Foxtel WiFi modem designed for fast WiFi speeds#, great in-home coverage and easy streaming to multiple devices in your home, free on a 24-month contract;

•YouTube HD verified+ video streaming for less buffering and superior HD quality;

•Unlimited standard local calls2 included in all broadband bundles and unlimited standard national calls2 also included in the unlimited broadband bundles;

•Easy management of all Foxtel services with the convenience of a single bill, one contract and 24/7 technical support

Source: Foxtel

Rocket Lab hoping for third time lucky with test launch

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11861622

Rocket Lab hopes potential risky weather will clear later Wednesday and its test launch can lift off.

The planned launch was scrubbed today because of the risk of "triboelectrification" which can damage a rockets systems.

Rocket Lab founder and chief executive Peter Beck said it was a common reason for launches being scrubbed overseas.

"If the cloud is below -10degC there's a possibility of ice particles and if we travel through that cloud at greater than 3000 feet per second then we can generate a static charge and that's enough to cause damage to the electronics of the vehicle," he said.

Forecasters said there was a possible window later in the day for high cloud clearing.

However, wind could also be at the upper limit during the launch window between 1pm and 5pm.

A MetService scientist was working with Rocket Lab's own weather team and feeding real time data and forecasting to mission control in Auckland - where Beck is.

"He's giving us a reasonable probability of launch tomorrow. If we get to point later on in the morning or afternoon and the violations look like they're going to be 90 per cent or more then we'll have to wait for a better day," he said.

"It's a very structured programme - there's no point in pushing the envelope at such an early stage. We always said we'll go when we're ready. We're ready but the weather's not.

The first possible launch was scrubbed on Monday because of high winds.

It's the final countdown for historic Kiwi space rocket

Prime Minister Bill English is excited for the first test launch for Rocket Lab this week

If Rocket Lab succeeds, this will be the first rocket launched into space from New Zealand, making joining 10 other countries that have.

The Science Media Centre has asked international experts about what makes the Electron rocket different and where the company sits in the independent space market.

One, Professor Martin Barstow of the University of Leicester and director of the Leicester Institute of Space and Earth Observation, said Rocket Lab was part of the new spirit of commercial enterprise around low-cost access to space.

Elon Musk's Space-X was a prime example.

"In the current context Rocket Lab are not so well advanced, as they have yet to carry out their first launch. Also, their 225kg payload mass is rather smaller than other capabilities," he said.

"However, I think there will be a growing need for launch capability for lower mass satellites like this to build satellite constellations. So, if successful, they will be well-placed to support and exploit that market."

He said it was not clear how the business model functions because he did not know the pricing structure but Rocket Lab was hitting an emerging market.

On technology used, he said the use of 3-D printing techniques to produce key components was very novel and likely to lower production costs, giving the company a pricing edge and could help with reliability.

There were no particular advantages for launching from New Zealand.

"In fact the best launch sites are closer to the equator to get the maximum advantage from the Earth's rotation. So, this is more about developing independent capability, so that the country does not have to rely on launch services from elsewhere," said Barstow.

"There is a similar issue in the UK where our government is keen to develop launch site opportunities. It's actually more difficult here due to the proximity of Europe. From New Zealand, you can launch safely over the Pacific."

He said it was "a very exciting project, but getting into space is hard and success is not guaranteed".

AsiaSat launches mobile app

From Press Release

Hong Kong, 23 May 2017 – Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), Asia’s
leading satellite operator, launches its first mobile application that offers unique features and functions
for iOS or Android smartphone users.

Practical and interactive functions in the app include:
 AsiaSat Satellite Finder – camera and GPS assisted tool to locate AsiaSat satellites
 Uplink Calculator – tool to calculate uplink power of the TV network designed on AsiaSat satellites
 Downlink Calculator – tool to calculate TVRO size of the TV network designed on AsiaSat
 Sun Outage Calculator – get information on sun outage occurrence time and duration
 AsiaSat Satellite Footprints – all about AsiaSat fleet’s performance across Asia Pacific
The platform also offers users convenient access to the latest news, events, services and TV channel
reception information of AsiaSat.

“Mobile applications are undoubtedly the new wave of business applications. We are very excited to
release AsiaSat’s first mobile application, and see it our latest initiative to get closer to our customers
and users, by providing them the best access to our latest information, some useful tools that will benefit
their use of AsiaSat services. Our ultimate goal is to ever improve our services bringing them the best
possible customer and user experience,” commented Barrie Woolston, Chief Commercial Officer at


# # #
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

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

Intelsat and Telkom Join Forces at 157° East to Expand Broadband Connectivity across Indonesia

From http://www.cellular-news.com/story/Operators/69546.php

Intelsat S.A. (NYSE I), operator of the world's first Globalized Network and leader in integrated satellite communications, and PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia, Tbk (PT Telkom), Indonesia's largest satellite telecommunications services company, announced today they have entered into a collaboration agreement designed to provide options as the companies explore new opportunities to serve a region with expansive needs for broadband connectivity.

Under the new, multi-year agreement, Telkom has relocated the Telkom-2 satellite to Intelsat's 157° East orbital location, where it will be co-located with Intelsat 5. This move allows Telkom to efficiently manage its satellite fleet while expanding its use of Intelsat services to complement PT Telkom's network. The two satellite operators will also analyze the potential to expand services at 157° East.

"In a country such as Indonesia, satellite services are critical to meeting our customers' increasing demands for data and video content, regardless of location," said Abdus Somad Arief, Director of Wholesale and International Service Telkom. "By collaborating with Intelsat, we can leverage our collective broadband expertise to support and spur economic growth across Indonesia as well as enhance the lives of millions of citizens within the country."

"Our collaboration with Telkom demonstrates the value we place on working with other satellite operators to optimize the potential of our services in the region," said Jay Yass, Vice President, Business Development, Intelsat. "As our Intelsat EpicNG high throughput satellites are introduced to the Asia region, with Intelsat 33e currently in service and Horizons 3e late next year, collaborations such as this are essential to bringing the best solutions to the region. We look forward to working with PT Telkom as we explore opportunities to optimize our respective fleets in the region."

About Intelsat

Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I) operates the world's first Globalized Network, delivering high-quality, cost-effective video and broadband services anywhere in the world. Intelsat's Globalized Network combines the world's largest satellite backbone with terrestrial infrastructure, managed services and an open, interoperable architecture to enable customers to drive revenue and reach through a new generation of network services. Thousands of organizations serving billions of people worldwide rely on Intelsat to provide ubiquitous broadband connectivity, multi-format video broadcasting, secure satellite communications and seamless mobility services. The end result is an entirely new world, one that allows us to envision the impossible, connect without boundaries and transform the ways in which we live. For more information, visit www.intelsat.com.

About Telkom Indonesia

Telkom Group is a state-owned telecommunications enterprise as well as telecommunications and network service providers in Indonesia. Telkom Group serves millions of customers throughout Indonesia with a complete range of telecommunications services that includes fixed wireline and fixed wireless connections, mobile communications, networking, and interconnection services as well as Internet and data communication services. Telkom Group also provides various services in the field of information, media and edutainment, including cloud-based and server-based managed services, e-Payment services and IT enabler, e-Commerce and other portal services. For more information, please visit our website at http://www.telkom.co.id/en/.

Intelsat, Globecast take TRT World into Americas and Asia

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/05/23/intelsat-globecast-take-trt-world-into-americas-and-asia/

Intelsat has announced that Globecast signed a multi-year agreement with the company to distribute the English version of TRT World in HD format to cable outlets in Asia and the Americas via the Intelsat 20 and Intelsat 21 satellites using IntelsatOne terrestrial fiber and teleport services.

Globecast is expanding its longstanding relationship with Intelsat to distribute TRT World content to Asia and Latin America on Intelsat’s highly penetrated video neighborhoods. Intelsat 20, located at 68.5 East degrees, is the leading distribution and Direct-to-Home distribution platform serving Africa and the Indian Ocean region. Intelsat 21, located at 302 degrees East, is one of four satellites comprising Intelsat’s powerful video neighborhoods serving the Latin America region.

“It is our goal to provide our customers with efficient distribution into new growth markets around the world. Intelsat’s globalised network, and its highly penetrated video neighborhoods, provide maximum viewers for our content owners,” said Philippe Bernard, CEO at Globecast.

Deputy Director General of TRT Ibrahim Eren stated that it is important for TRT World to be available on Intelsat 20 and 21. “Intelsat is renowned for its advanced fleet of satellites and overall expertise in the business. Through their help, coupled with sophisticated technology from Globecast, we’re delighted to expand TRT World to millions of viewers across the Americas and Asia.”

“A valued partner, Globecast’s relationship with Intelsat spans many years and many continents,” said Rhys Morgan, Intelsat’s Managing Director, Europe. “We continue to invest in our media neighborhoods to ensure that we can support the growth of customers, such as Globecast and TRT World, who distribute new high definition programming around the world. We welcome TRT World to the Intelsat network and the nearly 5,000 channels we deliver globally.”

Thaicom unveils new RAN optimiser series

From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/news/business/corporate/30316073

Satellite operator Thaicom on Tuesday announced the introduction of a series of radio access network (RAN) optimisers that it says allows satellite service providers to cost-effectively optimise high-throughout 4G/LTE (long-term evolution technology) data and voice traffic to unserved and underserved areas using a single-box solution.

Thaicom is one of the leading providers of cellular backhaul over satellite service to mobile network operators (MNOs) in Asia Pacific.

With the introduction of the RAN optimisers NITRO30 and NITRO100, Thaicom is rounding out its end-to-end cellular backhaul service portfolio.

Patompob Suwansiri, chief commercial officer of Thaicom, said that cellular backhaul has been a market of high growth for Thaicom customers across Asia Pacific.

The CCO said the company’s IPSTAR broadband satellite system in combination with its customised solutions on an end-to-end basis has allowed cellular operators expand their service coverage area and increase subscribers cost-effectively in the past.

The NITRO30 is available now, while the NITRO100 will be available in the third quarter.

CASBAA: “Satellite competition is fierce”

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/05/23/casbaa-satellite-competition-is-fierce/

“There have been more dramatic changes in the global satellite industry in the past two years than we have been seen in the last twenty-five,” said Steve Collar, CEO of SES Networks, speaking at the close of the CASBAA Satellite Industry Forum 2017 in Singapore.

That comment summarised nine hours of insights, statements and data downloads testing the temperature of the Asian satellite market at CASBAA’s 17th annual meeting of satellite executives, engineers and investors.

“This has been an energising, challenging day which laid out the immediate and long-term opportunities and challenges for the satellite sector in Asia in terms of both commercial and technical issues,” said CASBAA CEO, Christopher Slaughter. “We have been given a lot to think about. Innovation at every level must be at the heart of all our businesses.”

According to keynote speaker Andrew Jordan, CEO of regional operator AsiaSat, video distribution via satellite represents some 70 per cent of revenues for most GEO satellite operators in the region with Ultra High Definition and 4K services “all the rage” despite representing a less than 20 per cent transition from Standard Definition services in Asia. “Mobility and broadband are the latest must-have applications, driving HTS (High Throughput Satellites) which is a maturing technology with enormous promise,”

The potential benefits and disadvantages of HTS and “cut-throat” competition were an overarching theme of the conference, which also covered such items as in-flight connectivity, maritime services, reusable launch vehicles, flat panel antennas, new satellite manufacturing processes and the on-going promise of the satellite market in India.

Key quotes from the event:

From the Operators
•There are 600 million households out there without TV. The opportunity for satellite remains enormous – Tom Choi, ABS
•When the millennials start families they are like the rest of US. They slump back on their settees – Andrew Jordan, AsiaSat
•If we don’t play in the 5G space other technologies will take over for sure – Deepak Mather, SES

From the Manufacturers
•Our customers are increasingly asking for Flexible, Refreshable, Blended Constellations that will last forever. It’s all over the map – Dawn Harms, Boeing Satellite
•Manufacturers also need to help with the ground segment – Tony Colucci, VP Sales, SSL
•From GEO to LEO . . . It’s a cultural difference – Tony Colucci, SSL
•To provide for the “extended life” of a satellites (maybe to match the life of a co-located satellite) GEO manufacturers need agree on a standardized USB for in-orbit connectivity – Olivier Guilbert, Thales Alenia
•Now we must be “Datacentric”, Tony Colucci, SSL

From the Customers
•We are now entering uncharted territory – Chris Baugh, Northern Sky Research
•Competition is fierce – PJ Beylier, Speedcast
•Consolidation is coming, but it must be at the operator level – Deepakajit Singh, Encompass Media
•Transponder costs may yet fall by 30%-40% — Deepak Singh, Encompass

•HTS is the thing — Tony Colucci, SSL
•It’s not just about providing highest throughput, it’s about jointly driving the ecosystem to make it more efficient – Elias Zaccack, SES

On Flat Panels
•We need multi frequency, multi-beam spectrum. The ability to switch between Ka to KU via LEO or GEO is crucial — John Finney, Isotropic
•It’s more complicated than almost anybody thought a few years ago – Susan Bull, Comsys
•People aren’t going to buy a flat-panel antenna just because it’s pretty! — Alvaro Sanchez, Intergrasys

The Launch Panel
•Our objective is to relaunch the rocket after one hour — Jonathan Hofeller, SpaceX
•Launch, Re-fuel and re-launch — Jonathan Hofeller, SpaceX
•They say there will be 24,000 LEO launches in the next while. What about space junk? – Peter Jackson, PJ Square
•Less price, more performance! That is what we will deliver ,– Tom Carroll, ILS International

On India
•Digitise, digitise, digitise! But when can we monetise? – Ashok Mansukhani, Hinduja Media
•India is a country where stats barely make sense — Ashok Mansukhani
•The DTH industry will remain a volume-led market for the next five years – Vivek Couto, MPA

MLS adds three new international broadcast partners in India, Honduras and New Zealand

From https://www.lagalaxy.com/post/2017/05/19/mls-adds-three-new-international-broadcast-partners-india-honduras-and-new-zealand

Major League Soccer (MLS) announced today new television agreements across three continents. These new deals will add MLS programming in India, Honduras and New Zealand.
•Global map and a list of all MLS players by birthplace, please click here.

In South Asia, MLS has partnered with India’s DSport to broadcast five MLS regular season matches per week, select MLS Cup Playoff games and MLS Cup. DSport is a premium sports channel in India launched by Discovery Communications, which also owns MLS’ pan-European broadcast partner Eurosport.

In Central America, MLS announced a new partnership with Honduras’ R-Media to televise one live regular season match per week, the MLS All-Star Game; the MLS Cup Playoff games and MLS Cup. The matches will be broadcast on Canal 11. Demand for MLS in the Central American country is higher than ever due to the number of Honduran national team stars on different MLS clubs, including Romell Quioto and Alberth Elis (Houston Dynamo) and Roger Espinoza (Sporting KC), and the growing familiarity with MLS clubs as they participate in CONCACAF competitions.

In Oceania, MLS’ broadcast partner is Television New Zealand, more commonly referred to as TVNZ Duke. The network will broadcast at least one live MLS regular season matches per week; the MLS All-Star Game, select MLS Cup Playoff games and MLS Cup.

In all, MLS is distributed in more than 170 countries and territories around the world. As part of MLS’ continued focus to bring the League to more fans around the world and grow as a global media property, MLS’ international broadcast portfolio now includes: Sky Sports in the United Kingdom, pan-European broadcaster Eurosport, Globosat in Brazil, Abu Dhabi Media in the Middle East and North Africa, beIN SPORTS across Southeast Asia and Australia, FOX Sports Latin America and FOX Sports Africa, Sportcast in Taiwan, StarHub in Singapore, Fuji TV in Japan, R-Media in Honduras, DSport in India, TVNZ Duke in New Zealand, together with ESPN for select games across their international platforms. Domestic partnerships with ESPN, FOX, Univision, TSN and TVA Sports provide broadcasts of MLS games throughout the United States and Canada.

Amazon’s ‘live TV’ plans for Europe

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/05/23/amazons-live-tv-plans-for-europe/

Amazon has quietly been assembling live TV channels to offer as à la carte options to its Amazon Prime Video service. The service, launching in UK, Germany and Austria echoes that launched in the US in 2015.

Amazon’s new platform, which is being delivered through the existing Prime Video app, allows customers to select from more than 40 on-demand TV channels. These include ITV, Discovery, Eurosport, MGM and Amazon’s own curated Bollywood channel Heera. Discovery is providing the best-known pay-TV channels to the service, offering Eurosport for £6.99 (€8.1) a month and Discovery Channel for £4.99 a month. The UK service will include about 40 channels those in Germany and Austria 25 each.

“Amazon launched a similar thing in the US, and the big selling point was that you could get HBO and Showtime programmes, all under one umbrella,” said Tom Harrington, an analyst at Enders, talking to the BBC. “That’s not going to happen here. Sky have HBO and Showtime locked down, at least for now, and will hold on to them aggressively.

Analysts at investment bank Exane/BNP-Paribas stated: “The Channels service has already launched in the US, and provides access to HBO, Showtime and Cinemax – a more appealing list of headliners than the UK version. This is a small positive for ITV and negative for Sky. The larger worry for European broadcasters will be if Amazon now follows up their more ambitious North American move into live sport. Last week Amazon announced a deal last month to stream 10 of the NFL’s Thursday Night Football games while Twitter now broadcasts some golf and women’s basketball and Facebook streams MLB. Amazon has already got Bundesliga audio internet rights and will start live-streaming the French Open via Eurosport but further expansion into European premium sports content by any of the Google/Facebook/Amazon/Netflix will be taken negatively for broadcasters.”

As far as the impact on Sky’s satellite service, the bank said: “This is also likely to add to the negative sentiment on Eutelsat and SES as it raises the risk of technological substitution. Given its focus on Western Europe and the US, SES seems most exposed. Note however, that it is consistent with our long term view that terrestrial broadband and satellite are likely to end up as the two main broadcasting infrastructures for live channels. Not only are satellites likely to be required to cover white spaces, but we also believe it is in broadcasters’ economic interest to maintain two competing distribution platforms.”

Paolo Pescatore, Director, Multiplay and Media at CCS Insight, commented: “A highly disruptive move and one that threatens Sky’s dominance in the pay TV market both in the UK and Germany. Beyond free to air services, the addition of Discovery’s channels is hugely significant. This is the first time that its channels have been made available outside of the Sky universe and out of a bundle. In our opinion, this will force many households to think twice about their pay TV subscription and cut the cord as we’ve seen in the US. Especially if Amazon will add more live TV such as sports in the future.”

“This latest announcement aligns with one of our CCS Insight predictions: that the move to Internet delivery of TV programming will see a return to large bundles of content. There’s been a rush toward online video services and so-called “skinny” bundles, accompanied by a proliferation of separate apps for each provider. But in reality, customers will not want to sign up to numerous services, receive more bills and be forced to open several apps to find the content they want. In our view, the disparate and disjointed nature of these apps will lead frustrated customers to reengage with big content bundles delivered over Internet connections. Video is proving to be a battle ground for all Web providers as underlined by recent announcements.”

Ipstar taps Hughes for broadband project in India

From https://www.telecompaper.com/news/ipstar-taps-hughes-for-broadband-project-in-india--1196931

Ipstar International, an Asia-Pacific telecommunications company and subsidiary of satellite operator Thaicom, has selected the Jupiter System from Hughes Network Systems to extend the reach of broadband throughout India. Ipstar will operate the Jupiter System over the Thaicom 4 high-throughput satellite (HTS) in India, enabling government-owned service provider Bharat Sanchar Nigam (BSNL) to offer fixed and mobile services as part of the government’s ‘Digital India’ initiative, extending broadband to rural and urban areas across the country.

According to Hughes, new Jupiter-powered services will be five times faster than any satellite internet access currently available in India, offering speeds up to 100 Mbps. It will also be the first deployment of the DVB-S2X standard in India.

Pakistan's Supernet launches services on Intelsat satellite

From https://www.telecompaper.com/news/pakistans-supernet-launches-services-on-intelsat-satellite--1196924

Supernet, a Pakistani satellite network service provider and systems integrator, is introducing new services provided via the Intelsat 33e satellite. Supernet will commit to the Intelsat EpicNG platform, migrated networks onto Intelsat 33e. Intelsat 33e, operating from 60° East, delivers enterprise-grade broadband services to fixed and mobile network operators, aeronautical and maritime mobility service providers, and government customers to the Asia-Pacific region as well as Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Mediterranean and Indian Ocean regions.

Russia to operate 15 Earth observation satellites by 2020

From http://tass.com/science/946948

This measure will allow making a survey of Russia and the entire globe, the head of the Russian state said

SOCHI, May 22. /TASS/. The number of Earth observation satellites is set to be no less than 15 by 2020, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting on the space sector’s development on Monday.

"As is known, in this sphere Russia has indisputable advantages and we need to maximally use them. First of all, the orbital remote sensing satellite grouping needs to be built up," the Russian president said.

"By 2020, it should comprise no less than 15 satellites," Putin said.

This measure will allow making a survey of Russia and the entire globe, the head of the Russian state said.

Putin said that the technology of the Earth’s remote sensing was widely used throughout the world. The Russian leader urged to use it more broadly in Russia as well as it would also help strengthen national security, develop the economy and the social sphere and raise the quality of state governance.

As the Russian leader said, the data obtained through the Earth’s remote sensing were extremely important for such sectors as construction, infrastructure, forestry, agriculture, the environment, meteorology, mineral resources extraction, the prevention and the elimination of the consequences of emergency situations.

OneWeb on track for its first satellites to be operational in under a year

From http://www.fiercewireless.com/wireless/oneweb-track-for-its-first-satellites-to-be-operational-less-than-one-year

OneWeb aims to bridge the digital divide, providing internet service to remote and rural areas.

OneWeb representatives recently called on staff in the International Bureau’s Satellite Division at the FCC to reinforce previous comments filed with the commission and provide an update on OneWeb’s ambitious plans to launch a satellite constellation.

OneWeb emphasized the immediacy of its plans: In less than one year, it anticipates its first satellites will be in orbit and operational, according to an ex parte filing (PDF). The company expects these efforts to result in a constellation that will serve as a critical component of the FCC-led efforts to bridge the digital divide in the U.S.

By way of example, OneWeb said that starting in 2019, it will enable high-speed access for all of Alaska where homes, tribal health centers and tens of thousands of residents are without adequate broadband access. Within its first two years of service, OneWeb plans to make significant progress toward closing the digital divide in the U.S.

OneWeb explained that its first satellites are currently set to be launched in March 2018. These satellites will be manufactured at the OneWeb facility in Toulouse, France, where the final assembly line is being inaugurated next month. OneWeb’s second and third final assembly lines will be located at OneWeb’s new state-of-the-art satellite facility in Exploration Park, Florida, which is currently under construction.

While the company wants to connect the under-served or unconnected around the world, it’s also going to be in a position to supply backhaul for millions of small cells that are part of the cellular industry’s densification plans leading up to and in 5G. OneWeb Founder and Executive Chairman Greg Wyler told FierceWirelessTech back in March that telecom operators are one of OneWeb’s primary customer bases and it has designed its systems to be fully compatible and integrated with cellular networks, including as they move to 5G.

While Qualcomm is an investor in OneWeb, it’s also been working closely with OneWeb, supplying what the company considers a chipset that’s truly revolutionary for the satellite industry and very much a part of how it’s going to be able to make the whole system work affordably. Wyler has said previously that the hardest part of OneWeb’s system is done by Qualcomm on the chipset side.

During Mobile World Congress 2017, Intelsat and OneWeb announced their merger and a new cash infusion from SoftBank. The combined entity promises to deliver a robust technology roadmap for customers in wireless, mobility and government sectors, as well as media and enterprise segments.

Last week, Reuters reported that OneWeb increased its merger proposal for Intelsat by offering Intelsat's creditors a smaller discount for their bonds than it had before. Bondholders have until May 31 to decide whether to accept the new deal.


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Rocket Lab countdown: High winds delay launch

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11801629

Rocket Lab has delayed for a day the start of a launch-attempt window to send its Electron rocket into space from its base in Mahia on the East Coast.

It says high winds on the peninsula have forced it to have another go tomorrow.

The company has said weather and other technical factors will dictate whether the test launch can be attempted and what one local described as a nasty southerly blew through at the weekend and will hang around early today.

The wind is forecast to be blowing from the southwest and more an 20km/h from the southwest this morning.

Rocket Lab has scheduled a road closure on the route running to the test site from 9am this morning to 8pm tonight but this is now scheduled for tomorrow.

There are more than 700 permanent residents on the peninsula between Gisborne and Wairoa and one of them, Joe Hedley, said last night the weather had been rough over the weekend with strong, cold southerlies and a big swell running.

"It's pretty quiet at the moment. We're all waiting for the first launch. There's been a couple of people who have said they want to be here to see a bit of history," he said.

There were about 40 Rocket Lab staff on the launch pad site at the southern tip of the peninsula. The site was chosen by the New Zealand-founded company for its southeasterly aspect and because it is so remote and private.

Rocket Lab says it will release footage of the launch - if it is successful.

With more than 10 tonnes of a liquid oxygen-kerosene fuel mix a catastrophic failure would be dramatic.

Rocket Lab says it has three test launches planned before carrying commercial cargo of small satellites into low Earth orbit more frequently than its competitors and more easily from a test site with little aviation activity around it.

The only regular international flight in the vicinity is a LATAM airlines Dreamliner heading for Chile and back, means clearing air space is not a major issue compared with launch sites in other countries.

The launch timeline is lengthy, with a lift off about six hours after the road is closed, pushing it into the mid-afternoon.

Rocket Lab says launch postponements or scrubs were common and should be expected.

Hedley said he had been advised it would be difficult to get a glimpse of the rocket, even from the peninsula. After a slow lift off to clear the portable tower, the rocket would accelerate to a maximum speed of 27,000km/h, meaning it may only be visible from a good spot for about nine seconds, he said.

The project has attracted criticism, including from some who have questioned the Government's funding of up to $25 million and from Greenpeace, which has raised concerns about the environmental impact of parts of the rocket falling into the sea.

Hedley said while there were a "couple of antis" among locals the vast majority supported the project.

Some locals had got jobs building roads and providing houses to rent.

Customers signed to fly on Electron include Nasa, Planet, Spire and Moon Express.

The vehicle is capable of delivering payloads of up to 150kg to a 500km sun-synchronous orbit; the target range for the high-growth constellation-satellite market.

Rocket Lab was founded in 2006 by Peter Beck.

The company has its registered headquarters in Los Angeles.

Besides the Government, Rocket Lab also has backing from Sir Stephen Tindall's K1W1 Ltd, massive Silicon Valley funding and support from American global aerospace company Lockheed Martin.

Vodafone announced as new sponsor for New Zealand Rugby

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11860934

Vodafone joining forces with the All Blacks should make Sky Television nervous.

The telco has inked a four-year agreement with New Zealand Rugby where it will be an official sponsor of the national team and also power a new All Blacks app.

The app, due to launch during next months's Lions tour, will give fans who go to live games the ability to watch tries, highlights and alternative live footage from different camera angles.

It's becoming increasingly popular for sporting organisations to launch their own smartphone apps - Rio Olympics developed one to stream highlights during last year's games, as did the Americas Cup organisers in San Francisco.

It's a smart move from New Zealand Rugby and shows it is making an effort to take care of fans who stump up for test-match tickets.

The deal should also be good for Vodafone, aligning the mobile and broadband provider with one of New Zealand's most powerful brands.

The new app will no doubt also consume a fair whack of mobile data, which will benefit both Vodafone and its competitors.

However, the four-year Vodafone agreement isn't such good news for the Sky.

While the pay-TV provider has the broadcast rights for test rugby tied up until 2020, closer ties between New Zealand Rugby and a telco should ring some alarm bells.

That's because by the time those rights expire, close to 75 per cent of the country will be able to access fibre internet that's easily quick enough to stream live sports. A rights-holder like New Zealand Rugby doesn't need to partner with a traditional broadcaster to reach fans and could instead work with a telco to distribute it directly to homes and pubs across big parts of the country.

New Zealand Rugby would need to weigh up whether the cost of doing so - including the loss of guaranteed revenue in what Sky pays for broadcast rights - is worth it.

Sky also has production expertise and equipment that New Zealand Rugby would need to bring in-house or pay someone else to handle.

But if the new app and Vodafone relationship gets off to a racing start, it should make the rights negotiation process very interesting.

NZ Rugby boss Steve Tew on new deal - Sky have nothing to worry about

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11860978

New Zealand Rugby boss Steve Tew says his organisation's new four-year deal with Vodafone will help them prepare for the future, but insists broadcast partner Sky Television have nothing to worry about.

The current five-year Sky deal, said to be worth $70m a year to NZ Rugby, runs out in 2020, and should the broadcaster be part of the bidding process for the next one, Tew's organisation will now likely to be in a position to drive a far harder bargain, or simply go it alone and transmit direct to rugby fans.

One of the positives of the deal espoused by Tew today is the fact that the All Blacks app has been upgraded significantly - in partnership with Vodafone - and that spectators at matches, starting with the British and Irish Lions tour which starts next month, will be able to watch highlights and "alternative live footage from multiple different camera angles" on their phones and devices.

That will mean heavily upgraded wifi capacity for New Zealand stadiums - something that Vodafone should be able to help with. The fact that the telecommunications is an international organisation also provides the potential for New Zealand Rugby to reach overseas subscribers should they wish.

Asked how the deal could affect NZ Rugby's broadcasting future, Tew said: "This is not a rights deal, this is a commercial arrangement that we have with a technology provider, but there's no doubt that the way content is broadcast and consumed is changing virtually day and so for us to be in a partnership with someone at the leading edge of that stuff is helpful, it will help us be better prepared, but we're not committing to anything at this stage because that next negotiation is a long way away."

However, Tew was eager to reassure Sky, too, when asked how the deal would affect NZ Rugby's relationship with the broadcaster. Significantly, the proposed merger between Sky and Vodafone was declined by the Commerce Commission recently.

"There's nothing in here that would worry Sky," Tew said. "They already have, as you can probably work out, a very close working relationship with Vodafone. I talked to John Fellet as recently as this afternoon and he's very happy that our partnership with Vodafone is taking an extra step forward because he already has a strong one [with them]."

All Blacks fans could have new ways to follow their team. Photo / Photosport

By the time Sky's rights deal expires, close to 75 per cent of the country will be able to access fibre internet that's easily quick enough to stream live sports.

When contacted for comment, a Sky spokeswoman said the new app was no cause for concern. Rather, it was "another great use of the content we produce".

She said Sky played a massive role in terms of the production of live sports broadcasts and the company expected more announcements such as this in the near future.

When pressed on NZ Rugby "entering into Sky's territory", Tew said: "There's nothing that we've agreed with Vodafone that we haven't got the rights to do. We just haven't had the partner to do it [with]. And that will include a pretty significant upgrade of wifi around stadiums because there's not much point having the hardware if you haven't got the bandwidth or whatever the technical term is."

Vodafone will launch a "Rugby Road Trip" next week ahead of the British and Irish Lions tour which kicks off in Whangarei on June 3. The first of three tests is at Eden Park on June 24. The company will also provide wifi and other "interactive experiences" at fanzones in Wellington and Auckland.

Tew added: "We want to offer rugby fans the ultimate experience. This partnership with Vodafone means local rugby fans will have access to in-stadium technology that is at the forefront of what is available around the world to watch the game. It is an incredibly exciting development.

"This is a great partnership for New Zealand Rugby in terms of where we want to take the game. It is important to us that we move with the times and offer a world leading fan experience, and in this day and age that means integrating innovative technology into our fan offering."

Asia Broadcast Satellite (ABS) and the SOLAR Group will launch a new DTH service in the Philippines

From press release

Bermuda and Hong Kong, 22nd May 2017 – ABS, a leading satellite operator and the SOLAR Group, one of the largest content providers in the Philippines have formed a joint venture partnership to launch the first nationwide Free-to-View Direct-to-Home (DTH) television service in the Philippines.

The new service will be available on C-band via the ABS-6 satellite covering the Philippines. Unlike most Ku-band DTH services, the C-band service will not be susceptible to rain degradation. The free-to-view platform is scheduled to launch in Q3 2017 and will host a bouquet of 40-50 high quality domestic and international channels. Content will include different genres of programming from general entertainment, music, movies, sports, lifestyle, infotainment, children’s and local content. Unlike other pay TV services, consumers in the Philippines will only need to make a one-time purchase of an affordable DTH kit which includes a small parabolic antenna and decoder set-top-box (STB), and will be able to enjoy an array of digital quality and compelling programming with no monthly fees.

“We are very excited to announce this joint collaboration with the SOLAR Group to launch a Free-to-View DTH service in the Philippines. The SOLAR Group is one of the most highly respected broadcast and media companies in the Philippines. This is a perfect strategic partnership with each party bringing unique strengths and experience to drive the success of this platform,” said CEO of ABS Tom Choi. “For the first time in the Philippines, everyone will be able to afford high quality television programming for free, including consumers living in the rural areas and outlying islands.”

SOLAR Group President and CEO Wilson Y. Tieng said, “ABS’ comprehensive understanding of this business was a key factor in our decision to work together and launch this platform in the Philippines. With their extensive experience on launching and operating similar DTH services in other markets like in Indonesia, they were able to bring their expertise in designing and operating the platform. This allowed us to focus on programming, marketing and distribution, rather than technical operations.”

About ABS

ABS is one of the fastest growing global satellite operators in the world. ABS offers a complete range of tailored solutions including broadcasting, data and telecommunication services to broadcasters, service providers, enterprises and government organizations.

ABS operates a fleet of satellites: ABS-2, ABS-2A, ABS-3, ABS-3A, ABS-4/Mobisat-1, ABS-6, and ABS-7. The satellite fleet covers over 93% of the world’s population across the Americas, Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, CIS and Russia.

Headquartered in Bermuda, ABS has offices in the United States, UAE, South Africa and Asia. ABS is majority owned by funds managed by the European Private Equity firm Permira.

For more information, visit: www.absatellite.com


Solar Entertainment Corporation is the largest content provider and channel operator in Southeast Asia. It is committed to elevating the network to a global standard and maintaining Solar as a leader and innovator in the industry. Until today, Solar continues to widen its programming to meet the demands of emerging audiences.

For more details, log on to http://solarentertainmentcorp.com/.

AsiaSat 9 ready for shipment Hong Kong

From media release , 22 May 2017

Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat) achieved critical milestone of the AsiaSat 9 program with the successful conclusion of the Satellite Pre-Ship Review (SPSR) meeting with Space Systems Loral (SSL) on 7 April 2017. Both AsiaSat and SSL agreed that AsiaSat 9 is ready for shipment to the launch site as soon as required.

During the meeting, performance data of the spacecraft was critically reviewed, deep dived into each subsystem. Launch mission and in-orbit-test were also on the agenda.
“We are pleased to achieve this key milestone with our largest-ever satellite ready to be shipped to the Baikonur launch site,” said Andrew Jordan, President and Chief Executive Officer of AsiaSat. “AsiaSat 9’s additional capacity and high performance coverage will provide the path for our continued growth and ever better service to our customers.”
AsiaSat 9 is a replacement satellite for AsiaSat 4 at 122 degrees East longitude. AsiaSat 9 is a SSL 1300E satellite equipped with 28 C-band and 32 Ku-band transponders, and a Ka-band payload.

The satellite will provide enhanced C-band coverage over Asia, Australasia and the Pacific region, as well as customised Ku-band beams for Australasia, East Asia, Indonesia, Myanmar and Mongolia. AsiaSat 9 will be launched by an ILS Proton Breeze M launch vehicle from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

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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 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

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

IPTV Providers Counter Premier League Piracy Blocks

From https://torrentfreak.com/iptv-providers-counter-premier-league-piracy-blocks-170520/

The Premier League and its anti-piracy partners have begun blocking some illicit IPTV streams in the UK after obtaining a High Court injunction earlier this year. However, providers are already countering the efforts in various ways, including tweaks to their Kodi addons.

In the UK, top tier football is handled by The Premier League and its broadcasting partners Sky and BT Sport. All are facing problems with Internet piracy.

In a nutshell, official subscriptions are far from cheap, so people are always on the lookout for more affordable alternatives. As a result, large numbers of fans are turning to piracy-enabled set-top boxes for their fix.

These devices, often running Kodi with third-party addons, not only provide free or cheap football streams but also enable fans to watch matches at 3pm on Saturdays, a time traditionally covered by the blackout.

To mitigate this threat, earlier this year the Premier League obtained a rather special High Court injunction.

While similar in its aims to earlier orders targeting torrent sites including The Pirate Bay, this injunction enables the Premier League to act quickly, forcing local ISPs such as Sky, BT, and Virgin to block football streams in real-time.

“This will enable us to target the suppliers of illegal streams to IPTV boxes, and the internet, in a proportionate and precise manner,” the Premier League said at the time.

Ever since the injunction was issued, TF has monitored for signs that it has been achieving its stated aim of stopping or at least reducing stream availability. Based on information obtained from several popular IPTV suppliers, after several weeks we have concluded that Premier League streams are still easy to find, with some conditions.

HD sources for games across all Sky channels are commonplace on paid services, with SD sources available for free. High-quality streams have been consistently available on Saturday afternoons for the sensitive 3pm kick-off, with little to no interference or signs of disruption.

Of course, the Internet is a very big place, so it is certainly possible that disruption has been experienced by users elsewhere. However, what we do know is that some IPTV providers have been working behind the scenes to keep their services going.

According to a low-level contact at one IPTV provider who demanded total anonymity, servers used by his ‘company’ (he uses the term loosely) have seen their loads drop unexpectedly during match times, an indication that ISPs might be targeting their customers with blocks.

A re-seller for another well-known provider told TF that some intermittent disruption had been felt but that it was “being handled” as and when it “becomes a problem.” Complaint levels from customers are not yet considered a concern, he added.

That the Premier League’s efforts are having at least some effect doesn’t appear to be in doubt, but it’s pretty difficult to find evidence in public. That being said, an IPTV provider whose identity we were asked to conceal has taken more easily spotted measures.

After Premier League matches got underway this past Tuesday night, the provider in question launched a new beta service in its Kodi addon. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it allows users to cycle through proxy servers in order to bypass blocks put in place by ISPs on behalf of the Premier League.

Embedded proxy service in Kodi

As seen from the image above, the beta unblocking service is accessible via the service’s Kodi addon and requires no special skills to operate. Simply clicking on the “Find a Proxy to Use” menu item opens up the page below.

The servers used to bypass the blocks

Once a working proxy is found, access to the streams is facilitated indirectly, thereby evading the Premier League’s attempts at blocking IP addresses at the UK’s ISPs. Once that’s achieved, the list of streams is accessible again.

Sky Sports streams ready, in HD

The use of proxies for this kind of traffic is of interest, at least as far as the injunction goes.

What we know already is that the Premier League only has permission to block servers if it “reasonably believes” they have the “sole or predominant purpose of enabling or facilitating access to infringing streams of Premier League match footage.”

If any server “is being used for any other substantial purpose”, the football organization cannot block it, meaning that non-dedicated or multi-function proxies cannot be blocked by ISPs, legally at least.

On Thursday evening, however, a TF source monitoring a popular IPTV provider using proxies reported that the match between Southampton and Manchester United suddenly became blocked. Whether that was due to Premier League action is unclear but by using a VPN, usual service was restored.

The use of VPNs with IPTV services raises other issues, however. All Premier League blockades can be circumvented with the use of a VPN but many IPTV providers are known for being intolerant of them, since they can also be used by restreamers to ‘pirate’ their service.

The Premier League injunction came into force on March 18, 2017, and will run out this weekend when the football season ends.

It’s reasonable to presume that the period will have been used for testing and that the Premier League will be back in court again this year seeking a further injunction for the new season starting in August. Expect it to be more effective than it has been thus far.

DISH Now on Amazon Fire TV

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/05/22/dish-now-on-amazon-fire-tv/

DISH extended its DISH Anywhere app experience to customers’ big screen televisions through Amazon Fire TV products. This marks the first time customers can use a media player to seamlessly access DISH Anywhere on any TV with an HDMI input, either at home or on the go.

“While DISH Anywhere has historically been embraced on mobile devices, users are now getting even more of what they want – their DISH subscription on any TV at no extra cost”

DISH Anywhere gives Hopper customers in the US the ability to watch 100 per cent of their live and recorded content, plus thousands of on-demand titles, from any location on Internet-connected mobile devices, including smart phones, tablets and computers, and now televisions.

“While DISH Anywhere has historically been embraced on mobile devices, users are now getting even more of what they want – their DISH subscription on any TV at no extra cost,” said Niraj Desai, DISH vice president of product management. “DISH Anywhere on Fire TV is an excellent value that further brings choice and flexibility to our customers’ television experience.”

Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick are the first media players to offer DISH Anywhere. DISH customers with an Internet-connected Hopper 3, Hopper 2 or a first-generation Hopper connected to a Sling Adapter have access to live, recorded and on-demand content on DISH Anywhere. Customers with VIP receivers may use DISH Anywhere to watch on-demand titles.


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update


A very small update to finish the week

New whitepaper from Asiasat
Adjacent Satellite Interference (ASI) - Effects and Causes on Ku-band DTH Network
http://www.asiasat.com/whitepaper/form.php?filename=adjacent-satellite-interference-asiasat.pdf&topic=the file

From my Email


From the Dish

no Lyngsat

From asiatvro site

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东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,动物星球(Skynindo)等全组频道改频率,设置3560 V 30000参数免费接收。 [5月19日]
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东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,动物星球(Skynindo)等全组频道改频率,设置3560 V 27000参数免费接收。 [5月19日]
东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,华视、中视(Skynindo)等全组频道改频率,设置3520 V 27000参数免费接收。 [5月19日]
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东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Nusantara TV替换Elshinta TV(印尼)频道,设置4080 H 28125参数免费接收。 [5月19日]

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IP Backbone Connectivity for Large Asian Telecom Operator Won by ABS

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=624440964

ABS now has a strategic partnership with one of the largest telecommunications operators in southeast Asia for the delivery of 500 Mbps of IP backbone services on ABS-2 at 75 degrees East.

Tom Choi, the company's CEO, stated that ABS is proud to be awarded this contract with one of the largest telecom operators in Southeast Asia for expansion IP backbone capacity. At half a gigabit per second, this contract represents a significant milestone for ABS for the delivery of GEO-based connectivity services. This partner had previously been using a non-GEO Ka-band solution.

He continued that ABS had heard numerous complaints from end-users in the market who could no longer tolerate the frequent outages and downtimes associated with non-GEO Ka-band backbone networks. ABS has the experience and a proven track record of delivering reliable, multi-gigabits of capacity to customers in the Asia Pacific to Africa regions. Despite all the recent LEO/MEO & Ka/V-band buzz in the market, ABS continues to demonstrate that traditional GEO-based C- and Ku-band services provide the necessary high capacity delivered at affordable pricing with simple and low-cost user terminals. ABS expects to win many more contracts for replacement and expansion capacity from dissatisfied customers of the NGSO hype.|

(Craig's comment, good old Cband!)

Mysterious Russian 'killer satellites' spring back to life after two years of inactivity, and we have no idea why

From http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4522768/Russian-satellites-spring-life-two-years.html

A trio of satellites launched between 2013 and 2015 previously raised concerns
The craft had lain dormant but have been spotted making unusual manoeuvres
One of the objects passed within 1,200 metres of a Chinese satellite in April
Experts fear they could be prototypes for next generation of space weapons

Russia could be preparing for a space war after reactivating a group of satellites that military observers believed were inoperative.

The objects first attracted attention for their unusual manoeuvrability which led some to suspect they were weapons, but they appeared to lay dormant for almost two years.

Now the spacecraft have sprung back into action, raising concerns that the Kremlin is stepping up its space race.

Mysterious Russian 'killer satellites', including Komsos-2504 (pictured at launch), have shown the first signs of life since 2015. The craft passed within 1,183 metres of a defunct Chinese weather satellite, extremely close in astronomical terms (Stock image)


Three Russian satellites first caught the attention of armed forces in the west after they were spotted making a series of similar nimble manoeuvres.

The trio of craft, which were launched between 2013 and 2015, were smuggled into space under the cover of routine launches of communications satellites.

Experts speculated that they were built for combat or spying, and could be prototypes for a next generation of space weapons.

The nimble vehicles, dubbed Kosmos-2491, -2499 and -2504, seemed to become inactive and remained so for almost two years.

Back in March, Komsos-2504 suddenly resumed its manoeuvres, showing the first signs of life since October 2015.

Last month the craft passed within 1,183 metres of a defunct Chinese weather satellite, extremely close in astronomical terms.

The agile craft, dubbed Kosmos-2491, -2499 and -2504, were smuggled into space under the cover of the routine launch of communications satellites.

In March, Komsos-2504 suddenly resumed its manoeuvres, showing the first signs of life since October 2015.

Last month the craft passed within 1,183 metres of a defunct Chinese weather satellite, extremely close in astronomical terms.

And Kosmos-2499 was also seen undertaking some strange movements of its own in recent months.

Dr Laura Grego, a space expert with the Massachusetts-based Union of Concerned Scientists, said in an interview with The Daily Beast: 'I do find it very interesting that the satellite would go dormant for two years and then come back to life to manoeuvre.

'One strategy to keep satellites stealthy is to pretend they are debris, i.e. not to have them manoeuvre at all at first, and then come to life later.

'To be confident this works, you might want to be able to test if your equipment works after being idle for months or years.'

The trio of craft, which were launched between 2013 and 2015, caught the attention of armed forces in the west after they were spotted making a series of similar nimble manoeuvres.

MTS to start rental fee for satellite TV CPE

From https://www.telecompaper.com/news/mts-to-start-rental-fee-for-satellite-tv-cpe--1196617

Russian mobile operator MTS plans to rent satellite TV end-user devices to its customers, reports Comnews.ru. Monthly rental will cost RUB 250.

The operator currently sells the devices to subscribers, and the cost of the end-user package varies from RUB 1,500 to RUB 1,700. Monthly subscriptions of satellite-TV services from MTS cost RUB 140, or RUB 100 when paying on an annual basis.

Users of Smart packages from the operator will pay the rental fee only, with no subscription rate.

The satellite-TV subscriber base of the operator currently totals around 100,000, according to data from TMT Consulting



From my Email

From Alek (W.A)

Chinasat 10 @ 110.5E 112 FTA channel loading
"skynindo" service
Strong signals 2.7m dish

From the Dish

From asiatvro site

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东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Tuv TV Tuv Aimag替换CH-24(Ddish TV)频道,设置12272 H 33333参数有条件接收。 [5月18日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星Ku频段,民视、民视台湾(传送)等全组频道消失,设置12291 H 6047参数无效接收。 [5月18日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星Ku频段,民视、民视新闻(传送)等4个频道新增,设置12291 H 6047参数免费接收。 [5月18日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,Fox、国家地理HD(俄罗斯)等8个频道新增,设置12520 V 22915参数有条件接收。 [5月18日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,CH-24(Ddish TV)频道新增,设置12272 H 33333参数免费接收。 [5月18日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,广东影视、中国电影(艺华卫视)等全组频道加密,设置12354 V 43000参数有条件接收。 [5月18日]

东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,动物星球、AXN(印尼)等全组频道改频率,设置3560 V 30000参数免费接收。 [5月17日]
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东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,中天亚洲、湖南卫视(Skynindo)等全组频道改频率,设置3923 H 30000参数免费接收。 [5月17日]
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东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Bashkirskoe Sputnikovoe TV(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11913 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [5月16日]
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东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,AXN、动物星球(Skynindo)等28个频道新增,设置3580 H 30000参数免费接收。 [5月16日]
东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,天映频道、中天亚洲(Skynindo)等31个频道新增,设置3620 H 30000参数免费接收。 [5月16日]
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Rocket Lab Plans First Test Flight Of Satellite Launch Rocket

From http://www.socaltech.com/rocket_lab_plans_first_test_flight_of_satellite_launch_rocket/s-0070442.html

Rocket Lab, a Huntington Beach-based startup developing launch rockets, is hoping to join SpaceX as the second, venture-backed rocket developer in Southern California to reach space with a launch on May 22nd. Rocket Lab--which is venture backed by Khosla Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners, Data Collective, Promus Ventures, Lockheed Martin and K1W1--said it is targeting a 10-day, launch attempt window from May 22, for its first launch attempt of its Electron rocket. Rocket Lab, which is led by Peter Beck, started developing its rockets in 2006. Rocket Lab said its first launch, with the mission name of "It's a Test", will take place from a launch site on the Mahia Peninsula of New Zealand. Unlike SpaceX, Rocket Lab's rockets are specifically geared towards small satellite payloads, with a carbon composite rocket designed to carry up to 225kg payloads for elliptical orbit, and 150kg with a 500km sun synchronous low earth orbit (LEO).

Indosat, PSN buy Palapa-N1 satellite from Chinese company

From http://www.antaranews.com/en/news/110966/indosat-psn-buy-palapa-n1-satellite-from-chinese-company

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Telecommunications provider PT Indosat, also known as Indosat Ooredoo, and satellite communication service provider PT Pasifik Satelit Nusantara (PSN) signed a satellite purchase agreement with Chinese satellite producer China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC) in Jakarta, Wednesday.

Both the Indonesian companies, who purchased the satellite under the joint venture company PT Palapa Satelit Nusa Sejahtera (PSNS), signed a US$220 million-contract on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Satellite Communications System International Conference (APSAT) 2017, in the presence of Communications and Information Minister Rudiantara.

Alexander Rusli, President Director and CEO of Indonesia Ooredoo, said the Palapa-N1 satellite would replace the Palapa-D and would be positioned in the orbital slot of 113 degrees east longitude.

"This is the fourth satellite to be launched in the slot. We expect a replacement in 2020, so the services provided to our customers will run smoothly," he explained.

Palapa-N1 satellite will optimize the existing spectrum resources to provide broadcast and broadband services throughout Indonesia, using the new High Throughput Satellite (HTS) technology.

The purchase of the new satellite also confirmed the companys commitment to accelerate its broadband penetration in the country.

"Our target is to ensure that all existing customers receive streamline services, as we use the HTS technology to be part of the broadband solution in Indonesia," Rusli stressed.

The purchasing contract that has been signed will cover the cost of the construction, insurance and satellite launch, which is scheduled before July 2020.

Minister Rudiantara remarked the Palapa-N1 satellite would help improve telecommunication infrastructure in the archipelago.

Adi Rahman Adiwoso, CEO of Pasifik Satellite Nusantara, stated it would solve the digital gap among the various regions in Indonesia.

China to build and launch Palapa-N1 telecommunications satellite for Indonesia

From http://gbtimes.com/china/china-build-and-launch-palapa-n1-telecommunications-satellite-indonesia

The China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC) today signed a contract to construct the Palapa-N1 telecommunications satellite for Indonesia, with launch to follow in 2020.

Palapa-N1 will be a high-throughput satellite (HTS) based on the Dongfanghong-4E satellite bus and launched by a Long March 3B rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in China's Sichuan province.

The deal between CGWIC, a CASC subsidiary, and Palapa Satelit Nusa Sejahtera (PSNS), a joint venture of PT Indosat Tbk (Indosat Ooredoo) and PT Pasifik Satelit Nusantara (PSN) was signed in Jakarta on May 17, 2017.

According to the contract, CGWIC will provide the clients with the satellite, launch services, ground systems, insurance and finance support. The Ku band HTS satellite will be used to provide broadband services to Indonesia.

The satellite will be manufactured by the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST), a subsidiary of the China Aerospace Science and Technology corporation (CASC), the main contractor for the Chinese space programme.

Palapa-N1 will be placed at 113 degrees East in geostationary orbit, around 36,000 kilometres above the Earth, and will replace the Palapa-D satellite.

A Chinese Long March 3B rocket launched the Palapa D satellite in August 2009, but a failure with the third stage of the rocket meant the satellite, manufactured by Thales Alenia Space, needed to use its own propellant to reach the intended orbit, at a cost of a third of the Palapa D's 15 operational lifetime.

CGWIC also states a framework agreement for the PSN-VII satellite was also signed by PSN during the signing ceremony.

China last month launched its first HTS satellite, Shijian-13/Zhongxing-16, capable of around 20Gbps, and will next month launch Shijian-18, capable of around 70Gbps.

International launches

According to a CGWIC statement, the company has provided international commercial launch services 55 times for more than 20 countries or regions, including 12 international piggyback launches.

The company has also completed eight international projects involving DFH-4 communications satellites, including NigcomSat-1, VeneSat-1, PakSat-1R and NigcomSat-1R and TKSAT-1.

More recently, late 2015 saw the launch of Laosat-1 for Laos, followed by Belintersat-1 for Belarus in January 2016.

Belintersat-1, based on the DFH-4 satellite bus, inside the payload fairing ahead of launch.
Above: Belintersat-1 loaded into the rocket payload fairing ahead of launch.

International contracted satellite launches by China that could go ahead in 2017 are Alcomsat-1 for Algeria, EgyptSat II, VRSS-2 for Venezuela, and SaudiSAT-5B.

China is aiming to supply at least 10 percent of the world's satellites by 2020, according to Yuan Minhui, director of the Beijing Institute of Space Science and Technology Information.

Bangkok: Brits arrested for illegal Premier League streaming

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/05/17/bangkok-brits-arrested-for-illegal-premier-league-streaming/

Two British men have been arrested in Bangkok having been accused of selling online access to illegally streamed football matches.

A complaint from the Premier League to local authorities is said to have led to the arrests. The two men, named as William Lloyd and William Robinson, are accused of causing damages worth over £2.2 million to the broadcast rights holders. A third man, who is Thai, was also arrested and named as Supatra Raksasat.

Agents for the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) also seized nine computer servers, nine computers, 49 set-top boxes and three mobile phones. The three men allegedly sold illegal broadcasts of Premier League games on the 365sport.tv website, which is currently offline.

Russia’s Soyuz carrier rocket with communications satellite blasts off from French Guiana

From http://tass.com/science/946505

The launch was planned several times this year but was delayed due to protests that swept French Guiana

PARIS, May 18. /TASS/. A Russian Soyuz carrier rocket with a SES-15 geostationary communications satellite has been successfully launched from the Kourou spaceport in French Guiana.

The Russian carrier rocket blasted off at 13:56 Paris time. The satellite owned by the company SES is equipped with a fully electric propulsion system.

Strike postpones launch of Russia's Soyuz rocket from space site in French Guiana

The launch of the Soyuz carrier rocket from the Kourou spaceport was planned several times this year but was delayed due to protests that swept French Guiana.

The SES-15 satellite is designed to provide telecoms services to residents of North America, and also for VSAT networks, marine and air transport in the Pacific region. It was built on the basis of the newest space platform Boeing 702SP.

Electricity is supplied by two wings of solar panels and accumulator batteries. The platform uses the XIPS fully electrical propulsion unit with xenon as the propellant.

All of the satellite’s orbital maneuvers and position adjustments are made with the help of this propulsion unit, without using chemical rocket propellant. The satellite has a service life of 15 years.

Free VoD from Pluto TV

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/05/17/free-vod-from-pluto-tv/

American free Internet television service Pluto TV has launched its free VoD offering. This new feature adds to the 100+ curated channels enjoyed by more than 6 million Pluto TV viewers each month.

As with Pluto TV’s lean-back television channels, the VoD offering is powered by premium content partnerships with major networks, studios, and digital media brands. Premium content providers such as Lionsgate, MGM, and Warner Bros., among others, will power the new VoD offering with content that includes 1000s of hit movies and TV shows. Pluto TV viewers will have free access to movies such as MGM’s Silence of the Lambs, The Usual Suspects, Species 1, 2, and 3 and Paramount Pictures’ Vanilla Sky, as well as complete TV shows such as Lionsgate’s ALF, and Warner Bros’ The Ben Stiller Show and Super Fun Night whenever they want.

“We are always striving to deliver the best curated entertainment offerings to our viewers,” said Tom Ryan, CEO of Pluto TV. “Over six million viewers enjoy our lean-back offering of more than 100 live, interest-based channels. We’re excited to give them even more ways to enjoy the content they love, and now they can pick specific movies and TV shows to watch on demand. Both options are curated and completely free.”

In addition to 100+ channels of programming, viewers can now enjoy the Video on Demand offering by accessing Pluto TV in the living room (Amazon’s Fire TV, Roku, Android TV, Chromecast, Smart TVs including Vizio, Hisense, and Sony, and gaming consoles such as PS4), on the go (apps for iOS, Android, and Amazon), at their fingertips on PC and Mac, or on the web at www.Pluto.TV.

Pluto TV has also announced new partnerships including content from Lionsgate, Warner Bros., MGM, CNBC, Great Big Story, Hearst Entertainment, Al Jazeera Entertainment, The Orchard, Defy Media, Machinima, Studio71, Tastemade, and others. These are in addition to content deals already in place with providers such as Paramount Pictures, Fremantle, Endemol Shine International, Yahoo!, CNBC, Cheddar, and Mashable.

Google’s Android TV Gets New User Interface With Better Content Recommendations

From http://variety.com/2017/digital/news/google-android-tv-ui-1202431034/

Google publicly unveiled the next version of Android TV, its smart TV operating system, during its Google I/O Developer Conference in Mountain View, Calif., Wednesday. With this update, which is scheduled to be rolled out in conjunction with the next version of Android later this year, Android TV devices will get a completely revamped user interface that puts a much bigger emphasis on content recommendations.

Google had first introduced Android TV in 2014, and the optics of the platform had remained more or less the same since. Existing Android TV devices have a home screen that features one row of content recommendations from a variety of apps and services, and otherwise a bunch of shortcuts to different apps.

Now, Google is splitting up these recommendations by service, meaning that Netflix, YouTube and other apps on the platform automatically get their own row, or channel, as Google officially calls it.

Within that channel, publishers can surface TV shows, movies and other content based on their own priorities, and for example either highlight new content or redirect users to things they have been watching. “Oftentimes, these services know the user much better than Android TV does,” said Android TV Director Sascha Prueter in an interview with Variety.

Publishers can also opt to give users the choice to install multiple channels, and for example build separate recommendation rows for live and on-demand content. And users can always decide to remove a channel, or further customize the Android TV launch screen.

Prueter said that Google’s eventual goal with this channel model was to replace the traditional TV guide, and give users quicker access to the content they want. To that effect, Google also introduced a quick launch row of apps for users who prefer the Netflix interface over their smart TV menus. Another row offers direct access to recently-watched shows, targeting binge watchers who are looking to quickly jump to the next episode after turning on the TV set.

Android TV was a bit slow to take off after its original introduction in 2014, and some efforts to launch Android TV-based streaming boxes failed. Razer for example quickly discontinued its Android TV box, and Google stopped selling its Nexus Player some time ago.

However, Prueter said that the platform has been seeing growing momentum in recent months, thanks in part to a number of partnerships with pay TV operators. In fact, he said that the majority of Android TV devices now have some kind of live TV input, meaning they’re smart TVs or pay TV boxes. “We are not just a OTT platform,” Prueter said.

Google hasn’t released any absolute numbers for Android TV, but Android Engineering VP Dave Burke said Wednesday that the platform now sees one million new device activations every two months.

Europe agrees content portability rules

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/05/18/europe-agrees-content-portability-rules/

EU citizens with subscriptions for online films and TV will soon be able to access their content while temporarily in another EU country, following a vote in the European Parliament.

The new rules approved by the Parliament – and previously agreed with Council negotiators in February 2017 – will remove restrictions so that EU citizens can use online services such as Netflix, HBO Go, Amazon Prime, Spotify, Deezer while in another EU country for holidays, studies or business.

The rules cover:
•access to online subscription content while in another EU-country
•checks on permanent residence of the user to avoid copyright breaches
•safeguards for users’ data protection and privacy

Citizens visiting another EU country are often prevented from accessing online content such as films, TV series, music, games, or sporting events, which they have paid for in their home country. The new rules were adopted by 586 votes to 34, with 8 abstentions.

Residence check and data protection

Online content service providers may take ‘effective and reasonable’ measures to verify that the subscriber has not permanently moved to another EU country as required copyright licenses may differ between countries. A list of permissible methods for verification purposes includes identity cards, payment details, public tax information, postal address details or IP address checks. Service providers must ensure that any processing of personal data is proportionate and must introduce safeguards, especially for IP address checks.

The new rules will only apply to online fee-based services but providers of free services can also make their content portable EU-wide provided they comply with the requirements relating to residency checks.

“European citizens have been waiting for these new rules, which represent a step towards a common digital market,” declared Jean-Marie Cavada (ALDE, FR), the ‘rapporteur’ responsible for guding the legislation through Parliament. “The new rules increase mobility and successfully offer portability to users of European online content, without affecting copyright,” he added.

Vice-President for the Digital Single Market, Andrus Ansip, welcomed the vote and thanked Cavada for his work in achieving the outcome and looked forward to final approval by Member States in the coming weeks.

“The rules voted today mean that, as of the beginning of next year, people who have subscribed to their favourite series, music and sports events at home will be able to enjoy them when they travel in the European Union,” he declared.

“Combined with the end of roaming charges, it means that watching films or listening to music while on holiday abroad will not bring any additional costs to people who use mobile networks. This is an important step in breaking down barriers in the Digital Single Market. We now need agreements on our other proposals to modernise EU copyright rules and ensure wider access to creative content across borders and fairer rules for creators. I rely on the European Parliament and Member States to make swift progress to make this happen,” he concluded.

Next steps

The draft law still needs to be formally approved by the EU Council of Ministers. Member states will have nine months from the date of entry into force of the regulation to bring the new rules into force.

The Association of Commercial Television in Europe (ACT) has welcomed the European Parliament’s adoption of the proposal, but expressed concern at the SatCab (Broadcasters regulation) which it claimed would limit the possibility of these same services to invest in and acquire content.


Sorry no Wednesday update, I need to catch up on some things


Sorry about the delayed updates lately.

Skynindo started at 110.5E 3620 H 30000 (reports welcome)

From my Email


From the Dish

Intelsat 19 166.0E 3799 V "Australia Plus TV Asia" has started on , BISS.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3505 V "I Shopping has replaced Sat TV" on , BISS.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3545 V "Cartoon Club and Maya Channel SD" have started on , BISS.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3569 H "NTV Kohalpur" has started on , Fta.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3585 V "Sexy Channel" has started on , BISS. Nhang Channel and Muancheon TV 69 have left.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 4064 V "MV TV Channel and Five HD have started on , Fta. Next Movies and Next Music" have left.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 4113 H "Kalsan TV, Somaliland National TV and STN" have started on , Fta.

ABS 2 75.0E 3642 V Fix & Foxi, Rotana Music, Rotana Cinema and Al-Resalah have started on , Irdeto.

From asiatvro site

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,TV Mu、NET TV(ABS)等4个频道新增,设置11165 H 44000参数有条件接收。 [5月16日]
东经88度轨道位置的中新2号卫星C频段,亚洲旅游、东森幼幼(Skynindo)等全组频道消失,设置3662 H 5000参数无效接收。 [5月16日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,India TV(印度)频道解密,设置3922 V 7000参数免费接收。 [5月16日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Perviy kanal(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11853 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [5月16日]
东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,AXN、动物星球(Skynindo)等28个频道新增,设置3580 H 30000参数免费接收。 [5月16日]
东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,天映频道、中天亚洲(Skynindo)等31个频道新增,设置3620 H 30000参数免费接收。 [5月16日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Prosveshchenie、LDPR TV(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11913 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [5月16日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,World Business Channel(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置11473 V 22500参数无效接收。 [5月16日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Telekanal 2x2(+5)(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置11853 V 45000参数无效接收。 [5月16日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Eternal Life TV、Vision PK(印度)频道消失,设置3700 V 4166参数无效接收。 [5月16日]

Stream Links

Updated links for NHK World.

#EXTINF:-1,NHK World (720HD)
#EXTINF:-1,NHK World (SD)


Foxtel slashes channel lineup for Foxtel Play subscribers

From http://eftm.com.au/2017/05/foxtel-slashes-channel-lineup-for-foxtel-play-subscribers-39467

same price - less channels?

Foxtel have announced via their consumer forums an upcoming change to their channel lineup for the internet streaming service Foxtel Play.

As of June 5th the following channels will be “farewelled”: BoxSets, 13th Street, Binge, Syfy, Discovery Science, Animal Planet, Lifestyle You, Style, World Movies, CNN, Smooth, BBC World News, CNBC, Max, CMC, Eurosport News, Foxtel Arts, MTV Music and MTV Dance.

According to Foxtel, depending on which subscription pack you have, you may still be able to watch the programs on BoxSets and Binge via the on demand service.

The changes affect almost all channel packs.

Kids and Sport packs are unchanged as best we can tell.

Still no word on a HD streaming upgrade for the service across all platforms either.

Hard to imagine Foxtel would be making these changes without some positive news to come, it could be that HD is the offsetting feature here.

Russia plans to end dependence on U.S. satellites for communication with ISS

From http://spacenews.com/russia-plans-to-end-dependence-on-u-s-satellites-for-communication-with-iss/

Russia plans to end its dependence on U.S. satellites for communications with the International Space Station.

Currently, the Russian segment of the station is in direct contact with Russian controllers only when the station is passing over Russian ground stations, relying the rest of the time on NASA satellite links.

The head of the Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems company said that Ku-band links between the Russian segment and the Luch family of relay satellites should be in place by the end of this year. [TASS]

SpaceX launched an Inmarsat communications satellite Monday evening. The Falcon 9 rocket lifted off on schedule at 7:21 p.m. Eastern from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center and deployed the Inmarsat 5 F4 satellite into geostationary transfer orbit 32 minutes later. The satellite, weighing more than 6,000 kilograms, is the heaviest geostationary satellite launched by the Falcon 9 to date, and that payload prevented SpaceX from attempting a landing of the first stage. Inmarsat will likely use the satellite initially to provide additional service over Europe, but its long-term plans remain to be determined. [SpaceNews]

A Maryland senator said Monday he’ll work to preserve NASA programs in his state threatened with cuts. At a Maryland Space Business Roundtable luncheon, Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) said he and other members of the state’s congressional delegation would work to preserve Earth science and satellite-servicing programs at the Goddard Space Flight Center facing cuts in the administration’s proposed 2018 budget. Cardin said they are stepping up for such efforts that in the past had been handled by the now-retired Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), who was a leading appropriator. [SpaceNews]

Japan is considering adding satellites to a domestic navigation system to serve as a backup to GPS. Current plans for the Quasi-Zenith Satellite System call for four satellites that would augment the GPS system to improve the accuracy of navigation data in Japan. Col. Shinichiro Tsui, a counsellor in Japan’s Cabinet Office, said the government is considering three additional satellites for the system to ensure that Japan would have a satellite navigation capability even in the absence of GPS. [SpaceNews]

“Resiliency” is not a line item in military space budgets but rather an overarching approach, Pentagon officials say. At a recent Washington Space Business Roundtable, they said that efforts to improve the resiliency of space systems go beyond new programs to include changes in operations, tactics and policy. They did note that there will be funding for efforts to improve resiliency, including work on both satellites and ground systems. [SpaceNews]

A startup company plans to fly cremated remains on an upcoming Falcon 9 launch. Elysium Space said Tuesday it will fly its Elysium Star 2 cubesat on dedicated SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket rideshare mission slated for 2018. Elysium Space flies small amounts of cremated remains on spacecraft that remain in orbit for a few years before reentering. The company’s first satellite was lost in the failure of a Super Strypi rocket in 2015.

The former chief technology officer of