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Page UPDATED 14/12/2017 9.30 P.M NZ


All the Tv Plus stuff is back on Intelsat 19 and their website is working again. Including the HD hevc FTA ones

Rocketlabs launch again, delayed to Friday

The Walesi tv service for Fiji has started

Eutelsat 172B @ 172E 3952 H Sr 7500 Fec 3/5 8psk DVB S2

Signal level 98% Quality %77 (10.4dB) (Perth 2.7M)

Service is Encrypted with Verimatrix 4 (buy a decoder via Fiji?)
Verimatrix, Inc. #4 @ CA_PID: 7501, SYSTEM_ID: 22020

Sid 100 Vpid 103 (H264) Apid 202 "FBC TV"
Sid 200 Vpid 202 (H264) Apid 205 "FBC Plus"
Sid 300 Vpid 3010 (H264) Apid 3009 "FBC 2"
Sid 1405 Vpid 1101 (H264) Apid 3002 "Fiji One"
Sid 1410 Vpid 4096 (H264) Apid none yet "Parliament Channel"
Sid 1505 Vpid 1507 (H264) Apid 3003 "Mai TV"
Sid 1510 Vpid 3005 (H264) Apid 3006 "Hope Channel"
Sid 2405 Vpid 2101 (H264) Apid 3001 "Channel 2"
Sid 4500 (data) OTA

Apstar 7 3780 V 30000 Lotus Macau TV started here, English movies in hd FTA.

Intelsat 19 12428 H Sr 4285 Fedc 2/3 "CHCH" Feed for NZ news

From my Email


From the Dish

From asiatvro site

东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,AXN HD(台湾)高清频道新增,设置3720 H 29620参数有条件接收。[12-14]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,RTL CBS Extreme(高清)等2个频道消失,设置3780 V 30000参数无效接收。[12-14]

东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,DDish Live(高清)频道加密,设置12629 H 43200参数有条件接收。[12-13]
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。[12-13]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2A号卫星Ku频段,Telekanal 360(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11045 H 44923参数免费接收。[12-13]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,AFN News、AFN Sports(AFN)等频道加密,设置12590 V 30000参数有条件接收。[12-13]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AT2号卫星Ku频段,Discount TV(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置12207 R 27500参数免费接收。[12-13]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,Billiards、Hwan Kyung(韩国)等频道加密,设置12603 H 17500参数有条件接收。[12-13]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,CGNTV 1、CGNTV 2、CGNTV 3(韩国)频道新增,设置12500 V 13020参数免费接收。[12-13]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,AFN Sports、AFN News(美国)等频道解密,设置12590 V 30000参数免费接收。[12-13]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲9号卫星Ku频段,东森电视(测试)高清频道新增,设置12378 V 7200参数免费接收。[12-13]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Eurosport News(高清)频道新增,设置4080 V 30000参数有条件接收。[12-13]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Inspira TV替换Bola(印尼)频道,设置3600 V 31000参数免费接收。[12-13]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,TVB 8、星河频道(高清)频道消失,设置4147 H 7200参数无效接收。[12-13]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,莲花卫视(高清)频道新增,设置3780 V 30000参数免费接收。[12-13]

From cnsat

亚太7号(76.5°E)卫星,3780 V 30000一组RTL CBS Extreme、RTL CBS Entertainment两个频道消失。(2017-12-14)

亚太V号(138.0°E)卫星,12630 H 43200一组DDISHLive频道恢复锁码播出。(2017-12-13)
亚太7号(76.5°E)卫星,3805 H 4800一组Gazi Satellite TV频道开锁播出。(2017-12-13)
ABS-2(75.0°E)卫星,11045 H 44923一组新增Telekanal 360频道,开锁播出。(2017-12-13)
(俄)快车AM5/AT2(140.0°E)卫星,12207 R 27500一组新增Discount TV频道,开锁播出。(2017-12-13)
国际19号(166.0°E)卫星,4080 V 30000一组新增欧洲体育新闻高清频道,锁码播出。(2017-12-13)
亚太7号(76.5°E)卫星,4155 H 7200一组香港无线8频道升级为高清格式,同星4147 H 7200组消失。(2017-12-13)
帕拉帕D(113.0°E)卫星,4014 H 7200一组Saling Sapa TV替换Puldapii TV,开锁播出,同组Peaee TV消失。(2017-12-13)
帕拉帕D(113.0°E)卫星,3600 V 30000一组Inspira TV替换Bola开锁播出。(2017-12-13)
亚太7号(76.5°E)卫星,3780 V 30000一组新增高清澳门莲花卫视,开锁播出。(2017-12-13)

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CASBAA calls for India broadcast policy reforms

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/12/13/casbaa-calls-for-india-broadcast-policy-reforms/

Speaking at the India Satcom 2017 forum in New Delhi, Joe Welch, Chairman of regional Pay-TV industry association CASBAA, applauded the Indian government’s emphasis on improving the ease of doing business in the country. A great deal of attention has been paid to the power and infrastructure sectors, Welch noted, but “the key to […] realisation of the Prime Minister’s vision of taking India up to a Top-50 ranking (in ease of doing business) lies in improving business conditions in other sectors of the economy”, specifically satellite communications and broadcasting.

Welch observed that the broadcasting sector is heavily dependent on satellite links, and that “the single most crucial measure the government could take … would be to create conducive conditions for both the satellite operators and the broadcasters to be able to enter into long-term service agreements”. (Currently, contracts for satellite capacity for DTH broadcasters are limited to a 3-year term by Indian government regulation.) “Striking long-term commercial deals in a marketplace that is less government-constrained would help increase business certainty for all the stakeholders”, he said.

Satellite services are also important to achieving the ‘Digital India’ dream – championed by Prime Minister Modi – as satellite services can help bring broadband and other related services to the hinterland of India, digitally connecting thousands of villages where cable or other modes of broadband delivery may pose logistic and financial challenges.

Welch also called for other reforms, including development of a private-sector Indian space industry, opening of the teleport industry to foreign direct investment, and establishment of clear timelines and benchmarks for licensing actions by government agencies.

Indian govt urged to allow DTH ops to strike long-term deals with satellite ops

From http://www.televisionpost.com/dth/indian-govt-urged-to-allow-dth-ops-to-strike-long-term-deals-with-satellite-ops/

MUMBAI: The Indian government has been urged to allow the direct to home (DTH) operators to strike long-term deals with satellite operators in order to increase business certainty.

Currently, contracts for satellite capacity for DTH broadcasters are limited to a 3-year term by Indian government regulation.

Speaking at the ‘India Satcom Forum’ in New Delhi, CASBAA Regional Pay-TV industry association Chairman Joe Welch commented that the key to India’s next jump in the rankings, and to the realisation of the Prime Minister’s vision of taking India up to a Top-50 ranking, lies in improving business conditions in other sectors of the economy specifically satellite communications and broadcasting.

Welch observed that the broadcasting sector is heavily dependent on satellite links, and that the single most crucial measure the government could take would be to create conducive conditions for both the satellite operators and the broadcasters to be able to enter into long-term service agreements.

He also noted that the current short-term contracting is not an ideal situation for anyone right from consumer to the service provider.

“If a satellite operator does take the risk to launch a new satellite, despite having only short-term customer assurances, the cost of the uncertainty is passed on to the customers. Indian DTH broadcasters pay more than they should, for long-term businesses,” he stated.

Satellite services are also important to achieving the ‘Digital India’ dream – championed by Prime Minister Modi – as satellite services can help bring broadband and other related services to the hinterland of India, digitally connecting thousands of villages where cable or other modes of broadband delivery may pose logistic and financial challenges.

He commented, “Local distribution can be handled by 5G terrestrial networks, but satellites will play a vital supporting role, just as satellites support 2G, 3G and 4G/LTE networks today. Satellites will help extend terrestrial 5G networks to places they would not otherwise reach, which are essential for a digitally inclusive society.”

Welch also called for other reforms, including the development of a private-sector Indian space industry, opening of the teleport industry to foreign direct investment, and establishment of clear timelines and benchmarks for licensing actions by government agencies.

On the issue of auctioning satellite spectrum meant for broadcasting, he said that there is ample economic and legal rationale, and global experience to back the present practice of allocating satellite spectrum rather than auctioning.

“Given the nascent level at which the commercial satellite industry in India exists, auctioning of spectrum would constitute a big blow to the prospects for the industry – and for its contribution to national development,” he averred.


TVplus on Intelsat 19 t.p have signal but no services loading, also their website is down. This doesn't look good!

Photo of the day a typical NZ backyard on a summers day. The dish is on Asiasat 7 @ 105.5E

From my Email


From the Dish

From asiatvro site

东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Geet TV HD(巴基斯坦)频道新增,设置4082 H 3185参数免费接收。[12-13]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Masala TV、HUM TV(MPEG-4)等全组频道消失,设置4155 H 9833参数无效接收。[12-13]
东经134度轨道位置的亚太6号卫星C频段,SEATV Cambodia(测试)频道新增,设置4161 H 2963参数免费接收。 [12月13日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Saling Sapa TV(测试)频道新增,设置4014 H 7200参数免费接收。 [12月13日]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,Reaper(AFN)频道加密,设置12590 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [12月13日]
东经114.5度轨道位置的韩星5A号卫星Ku频段,Shildeg Kino、Shine Kino(高清)等频道加密,设置11555 V 43200参数有条件接收。 [12月13日]
东经114.5度轨道位置的韩星5A号卫星Ku频段,Playboy TV(花花)高清频道加密,设置11613 V 43200参数有条件接收。 [12月13日]

东经84.8度轨道位置的Horizons 2号卫星Ku频段,国家地理野生、Fx HD(泰国)等全组频道加密,设置11838 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [12月12日]
东经84.8度轨道位置的Horizons 2号卫星Ku频段,卫视中文电影、PPTV(泰国)等全组频道加密,设置11758 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [12月12日]
东经114.5度轨道位置的韩星5A号卫星Ku频段,Playboy TV(花花)高清频道重现,设置11613 V 43200参数免费接收。 [12月12日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,ARY Family(巴基斯坦)频道开播,设置4060 V 26666参数免费接收。 [12月12日]
东经114.5度轨道位置的韩星5A号卫星Ku频段,Playboy TV(花花)等频道消失,设置11613 V 43200参数无效接收。 [12月12日]

From cnsat

亚洲7号(105.5°E)卫星,HUM TV、Masala TV等六个频道消失,设置4155 H 9833无信号。(2017-12-13)
韩星5A号(113.0°E)卫星,蒙古直播11613 V 43200一组花花频道恢复锁码播出。(2017-12-13)
韩星5号(113.0°E)卫星,12590 V 30000一组Reaper频道恢复锁码播出。(2017-12-13)

Horizons 2(84.9°E)卫星,11758 V 45000一组福克斯电影等恢复锁码播出。(2017-12-12)
Horizons 2(84.9°E)卫星,11838 V 45000一组国家地理野生高清频道等恢复锁码播出。(2017-12-12)


Hong Kong media giants push piracy block

From http://www.zdnet.com/article/hong-kong-media-giants-push-piracy-block/

TVBO Productions and TVB are seeking to have the Australian Federal Court order ISPs to block alleged copyright-infringing websites that are accessed via specific smart TV boxes and associated apps.

Two Hong Kong-based media broadcasters have begun proceedings to have the Australian Federal Court force internet service providers (ISPs) to block a series of alleged piracy websites.

TVBO Productions and Television Broadcasts (TVB), the world's largest producers of Chinese media content, are taking aim at proprietary smart TV boxes that, when connected to a TV and the internet, have specific apps that allow users to access allegedly copyright-infringing content including television, movie, and sporting streams.

According to counsel representing TVB and TVBO, the case is similar to previous site-block orders in that the box forms the role of the PC, and the apps on the box form the role of the browser -- except that these "browsers" cannot access any other content than alleged piracy websites.

In an application to therefore block the sites that facilitate the boxes using apps to access alleged infringing content, counsel explained that there are two to three sites per box and there are seven boxes being targeted.

TVB and TVBO operate a subscription TV service in Australia and have made "substantial" losses across their customer base as a result of piracy, counsel said, adding that the corporations were forced to close operations in the UK due to the same issue.

These boxes target non-English-speaking users, counsel added, with access to Chinese and Indian content, for instance.

Justice Nicholas noted that the case will hinge on whether the primary purpose of these boxes, apps, and websites is to facilitate the infringing of copyright. He set down the case for an additional case management hearing on February 2.

The Hong Kong case largely mirrors one brought by Roadshow Films last week, with Nicholas J suggesting that the hearings occur on consecutive days.

Roadshow -- which leads a group of film studios including Disney, Universal, Warner Bros, Twentieth Century Fox, and Paramount -- is similarly seeking to have an alleged piracy-facilitating streaming app and associated website blocked by Australia's ISPs, saying that smart TV boxes facilitate copyright infringement.

Cook, counsel for Roadshow, pointed towards the HD Subs app that can be used with the device, which facilitates streaming at a subscription cost of between $35 and $240.

The app itself isn't doing the streaming; it's an interface that allows the streaming to occur, Cook said. It enables access to live cable TV channels such as the BBC and on-demand content including TV series and movies, he claimed.

No ISPs were present for either proceedings after earlier this year establishing the procedure of not being present during piracy site-blocking hearings, although Roadshow was granted a "Christmas" directions hearing for Friday.

Previous site-blocking hearings have seen content owners successfully seek blocks against Kickass Torrents, the Pirate Bay, and more than 200 additional alleged piracy sites.

Under the initial ruling, rights holders are to pay a AU$50 fee per domain they want to block, with the websites to be blocked within 15 business days.

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

Why Rocket Lab's launch was aborted seconds before lift-off

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11958944

Rocket Lab says its launch yesterday was aborted due to rising liquid oxygen (LOx) temperatures feeding into one of the Electron's nine engines.

The launch attempt was aborted two seconds before lift-off from its range on Mahia Peninsula between Gisborne and Napier.

It says it will attempt to launch again tomorrow - after 2.30pm - and that the 17m rocket or pad equipment wasn't damaged.

The company said the slight LOx temperature increase was a result of a ''LOx chill-down bleed schedule'' that was not compatible with the warm weather.

Rocket Lab has modified the bleed schedule to ensure components are sufficiently chilled ahead of the new launch attempt tomorrow.

While the temperatures were within safe parameters for launch, Rocket Lab had set conservative parameters for test flights that led to the vehicle performing a safe auto-sequence abort.

Founder and chief executive Peter Beck said the rapid abort showed the advantage of electric-turbopump engine technology, which could shut down significantly faster than traditional turbopump engines.

"Electron performed as it should if it detects anything off-nominal during the auto-sequence and the electric turbopumps shut down in milliseconds.''

Some showers and cooler weather is forecast for Mahia tomorrow.

Rocket Lab has allowed for three test flights to reach its goal of deploying small satellites in orbit. In May it launched its first rocket into space but it was terminated before getting to orbit because of a communication glitch.

He said advanced systems could prevent a launch if any one of thousands of factors wasn't perfectly aligned.

Russian space agency blames satellite loss on programming error

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Russian_space_agency_blames_satellite_loss_on_programming_error_999.html

Russia's space agency on Tuesday blamed a failed satellite launch from its new cosmodrome on a programming error, prompting an angry response from the deputy prime minister in charge of space.

On November 28 Russia lost contact with its Meteor-M weather satellite after its launch from the new Vostochny cosmodrome -- only the second such launch since the facility opened in the country's far east last year.

The failure "exposed a hidden problem in the algorithm" that never manifested itself in similar launches, Roscosmos said in a statement, referring to the procedure the computers are programmed to follow.

Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who oversees the space industry, slammed the Roscosmos commission for failing to properly assign blame.

"The results of the Roscosmos commission cannot be considered fully objective as they do not answer the main question: how could such a mistake take place and who is responsible for it?" Rogozin said Tuesday, quoted by Interfax news agency.

Rogozin said a separate commission would be created to assess how effective Roscosmos has been.

"Its results will be shown to the country's leadership," Rogozin said.

Roscosmos said the commission looking into the incident found the upper-stage rocket that carries the payload to its final orbit behaved unpredictably after separating from the Soyuz carrier rocket.

"Unfortunately, we faced a problem which was not linked to quality or production, but to peculiarities of software that was first tested around 20 years ago," Roscosmos chief Igor Komarov told journalists, quoted by Interfax.

Vostochny spaceport was built to ease Russia's dependence on the Baikonur cosmodrome it rents from Kazakhstan and in a bid to revive an industry plagued by recent embarrassing failures.

The loss of the Russian weather satellite Meteor-M -- which went up along with 18 smaller satellites from companies and institutions in Russia, Japan, Norway, Sweden, the United States, Canada and Germany -- was the latest setback for the Russian space industry.

Independent space expert Vadim Lukashevich told AFP that Roscosmos was attempting to save face over what was in fact "incompetency and unprofessionalism."

"It is a blunder by the person who tweaked the algorithm... If the algorithm did not work, then it means this programme was not completely finished and did not take into account all the parameters of the Vostochny cosmodrome," said Lukashevich.

"According to them, it is not those who failed to check the algorithm in the current new conditions who are guilty -- but those who created it 20 years ago!" he added.

Komarov said the next launch from the Vostochny cosmodrome, scheduled for November 22, will be delayed, possibly to the end of January.

Arianespace orbits four Galileo satellites

From http://broadcastprome.com/news/arianespace-orbits-four-galileo-satellites/

Arianespace has successfully launched satellites 19, 20, 21 and 22 in the Galileo constellation, using an Ariane 5 heavy launcher on behalf of the European Commission (DG GROW) and under a contract with the European Space Agency (ESA).

This launch was the ninth from CSG for the Galileo satellite navigation system, and the second using the Ariane 5 ES version of this launch vehicle. Arianespace has now orbited a total of 22 Galileo satellites, using Soyuz and Ariane 5 launchers.

A last Ariane 5 ES will orbit four more Galileo satellites in 2018, then Ariane 6 will take over in 2020-2021.

This launch was the 11th and final of 2017 for Arianespace, and the sixth during the year for Ariane 5, which also marked the 82nd successful mission in a row for the heavylift launcher.

Galileo is Europe’s own global navigation satellite system (GNSS). Under civilian control, Galileo offers guaranteed high-precision positioning around the world.

Its initial services began in December 2016, allowing users equipped with Galileo-enabled devices to combine Galileo and GPS data for better positioning accuracy.

The complete Galileo constellation will comprise a total of 24 operational satellites (along with spares); 22 of these satellites have already been orbited by Arianespace.

Following today’s launch, the GSA (European GNSS Agency, in charge of managing and operating the EGNOS and Galileo satellite navigation systems for the European Union) will be responsible for operating these satellites as soon as they separate from the launcher. Satellite positioning operations and system operation will be carried out in conjunction with ESA.

Today’s launch was the second this year for the European Commission and ESA, coming after the successful Vega launch in March (VV09) on a Copernicus mission. It also is the 11th performed by Arianespace for the European Commission, and the 56th for ESA, using its complete family of launch vehicles: Ariane 5, Soyuz and Vega.

In September, the European Commission and ESA chose to continue deployment of Galileo satellites with two Ariane 62 launches, making them the first customers for Ariane 6 and clearly confirming their commitment to this next-generation heavy launcher – while also reaffirming, more strongly than ever, Arianespace’s mission of providing Europe with independent access to space.

Shortly after the announcement of the orbital injection of the four satellites, Stéphane Israël, Chief Executive Officer of Arianespace, said: “With this sixth successful Ariane 5 launch and the second mission for the European Commission and ESA this year, Arianespace is proud to guarantee Europe’s reliable and independent access to space.

“I would like to thank the European Union and, in particular, DG GROW, along with the European Space Agency – our direct customer on this launch – for continuing to trust us with their missions. This successful launch of four additional Galileo satellites marks our ninth mission for the constellation, which supports applications that will benefit the population at large, bringing the total to 22 satellites in orbit. A final Ariane 5 ES will embark four additional satellites in the summer of 2018, before Ariane 6 takes over from the end of 2020.”

PEMRA approves landing rights permission for foreign TV channels in sports, children categories

From https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2017/12/12/pemra-approves-landing-rights-permission-for-foreign-tv-channels-in-sports-children-categories/

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) on Tuesday approved the request of M/s INDIGO Entertainment (Pvt.) Ltd, Lahore with regard to grant of landing rights permission for the foreign satellite TV Channels “Fight Sports” in ‘Sports’ category and “DreamWorks Animation” in the children’s category.

The Authority also approved restoration of two Satellite TV Channels namely, “Business Plus” and “Zaiqa TV” which had earlier been suspended by the regulatory body due to the licensee’s failure to clear outstanding dues before the deadline. The channels were restored after the management agreed to pay off all the outstanding dues on time.

The Authority also discussed the various other cases of PEMRA pending in courts and appreciated PEMRA, its legal wing and the committee’s integrity and active role in pursuing these cases in a professional manner.

The meeting was attended by Member Punjab Ms Nargis Nasir, Member KP Ms Shaheen Habibullah, Federal Interior Secretary Mr Arshad Mirza and Federal Information Secretary Mr Ahmed Nawaz Khan Sukhera. PEMRA Chairman Mr Absar Alam presided over the authority meeting.

A notification was also shared by the body on Twitter.


Rocketlabs "test" launch scrubbed again!

some small changes Intelsat 19 12526 H , the HD Hevc channels have left and some sd channels appeared

Intelsat 20 3868 H Sr 14451 Ten1,Ten2,Ten3,Ten Cricket ME, Ten 3 Bengali are all fta at the moment, lots of cricket..

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From the Dish

Palapa D 113.0E 3627 H "Uzma Media TV Channel" has left again.

Koreasat 5 113.0E 12470 V "Shop TV has replaced Solar Sports" on, encrypted.

ChinaSat 11 98.0E 12500 V "MNC Shop Channel 79" has left .
ChinaSat 11 98.0E 12560 V "NHK World TV, NetViet, TV 5 Monde Asia, Lejel Home Shopping, FX Asia and Star Chinese Movies Legend" have started on , Fta. Macau Lotus TV and SBS Shop have left.

G-Sat 15 93.5E 11090 V "Wow Cinema has started on, Fta. Aastha Bhajan India" has left.

Horizons 2 84.8E All channels in the Good TV packages on 11758 V and 11838 V are Fta.

Insat 4A 83.0E 4054 H "Bhaskar News" has left again.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3545 V "42 World Entertainment TV has replaced Variety Hit" on , BISS.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3780 H "Zee Cinemalu" has started on, Conax.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4155 V "Zee Telugu and Zee Kannada" have started on , Conax.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12522 V "Harvest TV" has left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12522 H "JimJam Europe, Soweto TV and Star Gospel have started on , Conax. FilmBox Africa, Faith Life and DocuBox HD are now encrypted. Africanews" has left.

From asiatvro site

东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Ten 1、Ten 2(标清)等全组频道改格式,设置3869 H 14450参数免费接收。 [12月11日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,ZooMoo(高清)频道消失,设置3960 H 30000参数无效接收。 [12月11日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,TVB 8、星河频道(高清)频道新增,设置4147 H 7200参数有条件接收。 [12月11日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,Toon Toon、Local News 1(IPM)等5个频道消失,设置11640 H 30000参数无效接收。 [12月11日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,DD News、DD Sports(印度)等5个频道加密,设置11510 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [12月11日]
东经52.5度轨道位置的Al Yah 1号卫星Ku频段,MBC、MBC 2(阿联酋)等全组频道消失,设置11823 H 27500参数无效接收。 [12月11日]

From cnsat

韩星5A号(113.0°E)卫星,蒙古直播11613 V 43200一组花花频道消失。(2017-12-12)
SES-7/9(108.2°E)卫星,12531 V 30000一组新增SLTV菲律宾频道,锁码播出。(2017-12-12)
韩星5A号(113.0°E)卫星,蒙古直播11552 V 43200一组新增历史频道、国家地理等频道,开锁播出。(2017-12-12)

亚太V号(138.0°E)卫星,12629 H 43200一组DDISH Live开锁播出。(2017-12-11)
亚太V号(138.0°E)卫星,3872 H 6666一组GEM TV传送频道锁码播出。(2017-12-11)


Foxtel Now Streams to Apple TV with AirPlay

From https://www.pcworld.idg.com.au/article/631126/foxtel-now-streams-apple-tv-airplay/

Foxtel has announced that its Foxtel Now service is now streaming to Apple TV via the popular AirPlay feature.

From today, Foxtel Now subscribers with an Apple TV can download the Foxtel Now app onto their iPad or iPhone and AirPlay their favourite shows, movies or sporting events to the big screen.

In addition, Foxtel Now is now available to stream in HD on iPads and iPhones. The addition of the highly anticipated features comes just as the summer streaming season is set to take hold and brings another easy to use way to enjoy Foxtel Now live, On Demand and in HD.

The news follows the recent launch of Foxtel’s own Foxtel Now box; an affordable and easy to use device designed to stream Foxtel Now, and adds to the growing number of ways Foxtel Now subscribers can enjoy the best choice of the world’s biggest new shows, movies, live sport and complete seasons.

Boeing wants to help OneWeb satellite plans

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/12/11/boeing-wants-to-help-oneweb-satellite-plans/

Aerospace giant Boeing has formally applied to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to transfer one of its applications for a V-band satellite constellation to – until now – rival OneWeb, controlled by Greg Wyler.

OneWeb is planning to circle the planet with a mega-constellation of about 640 satellites, and to start services as soon as 2019, and working in the Ku-band about 1200 kms above the Earth. Japan’s SoftBank is a major investor in OneWeb, along with Qualcomm, Virgin Group, Intelsat, Coca-Cola and others. Airbus is already building the fleet’s initial ‘test’ satellites.

However, OneWeb – which started life as WorldVu, and registered in Jersey in the Channel Islands – also has FCC filings for another 1972 Ku-band satellites. However, what’s important in this suggested Boeing relationship is that OneWeb also has FCC filings in place for around 2000 satellites using the mostly unexploited V-band.

The Boeing news has them asking the FCC for permission to transfer a massive batch of 2956 satellites to a company (“SOM1101”) controlled by Mr Wyler. Boeing, in its filing, says it is not selling the rights attached to the FCC V-band filing to Wyler for a profit but simply wants its costs covered. “This amendment seeks to transfer the obligation to launch and operate the constellation to SOM1101, which is also well-qualified to bring the service to mass market,” says Boeing.

But to somewhat complicate the whole matter, Boeing is holding on to another FCC filing (made back in March 2017) that will also operate in the V-band. This particular filing is for a more modest 132 satellites.

Sony 8K gets closer

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/12/11/sony-8k-gets-closer/

NHK, Japan’s public broadcaster, is already making programmes in 8K (16-times the resolution of HDTV) in readiness for a launch of services later in 2018 and in general readiness for the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020.

Now it seems that electronics giant Sony is also preparing for 8K. The electronics giant has filed for an 8K-HDR trademark which covers Europe, the US and Japan.

Reported by Large Display Monitor (LDM), and first revealed in specialty publication FlatpanelHD, the trademark application went through in October and covers “Television receivers: LED displays”.

LDM suggests that the timing of the trademark application could suggest that Sony might have something up its (rather large sleeve) which it might reveal at the upcoming CES trade show in Las Vegas.

Crimestoppers targets illegal streaming devices

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/12/11/crimestoppers-targets-illegal-streaming-devices/

UK crime reporting and awareness initiative Crimestoppers has launched a campaign warning of the dangers of illegally modified streaming devices.

“Advances in technology have allowed us to enjoy on-screen entertainment in more ways than ever before, with ever increasing amounts of exciting and original content. However, some people are avoiding paying for this content by using modified streaming hardware devices, like a set-top box or stick, in conjunction with software such as illegal apps or add-ons, or illegal mobile apps which allow them to watch new movie releases, TV that hasn’t yet aired, and subscription sports channels for free,” it notes.

“Watching entertainment in this way might seem harmless, but it can expose children and young people to explicit advertisements and age inappropriate content because, unlike most legal sources, these devices, apps and add-ons have no effective parental controls,” it warns.

“Many people aren’t aware that devices pre-loaded to give access to pirated content are illegal and can also be a safety and security risk. Every time you choose to watch the films, sport and TV shows you love via these apps and add-ons or other illegal sources, you and your family could be exposed to pop-ups and malware, risking your personal details falling into the hands of criminals, and slowing down your devices,” it adds.

“We want to help keep you and your family safe, which is why we are seeking information on those people who are loading, advertising and selling these devices,” it explains.

“Illegal streams are a safety and security risk. When subscribing to content you could be giving real criminals your personal information; risking identity theft, your bank account being hacked and your online passwords being left unprotected. Testing of these devices also indicates that inferior components are often used which do not meet EU and UK safety standards,” it states.

The question of such devices’ legality, is not a grey area, according to Crimestoppers. “If you load-up, advertise, market, or sell dodgy streaming devices, you are committing a crime,” it asserts. “We want to raise awareness of the risks. We are not asking for personal information about those watching content using those types of devices, but we do want to make you aware that you are breaking the law if you stream content from illegal apps and add-ons. That said, please tell us about people who are advertising, selling, loading up or supplying dodgy devices – or are directing people to use them. Tell us what you know, not who you are. We won’t judge, just listen. Once you put down the phone or click send, that is the end of our communication,” it advises .

Crimestoppers has partnered with the UK’s Intellectual Property Office and other industry partners to help protect from the impact of illegal streaming.

Apple TV app for Europe

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/12/11/apple-tv-app-for-europe/

Apple’s app that aims to consolidate access to all a user’s television viewing in one place, offering searches and recommendations across multiple apps, has finally appeared in the UK and Europe. For almost a year, it has been a US exclusive.

As revealed by MacRumors, the app is now appearing on fourth and fifth-generation Apple TVs in Europe, as is the accompanying iOS app that lets you carry on watching on your phone and tablet, which replaces the Videos app.

The US version of the app covers some 60 separate services, and in the UK the selection includes BBC iPlayer, Channel 5, and ITV. At the moment there’s no Channel 4, and on both sides of the Atlantic, Netflix keeps its original shows in its own app. Amazon Prime Video is included in the Apple TV app, which itself only arrived on boxes during the past week after years of wrangling between Apple and Amazon.

Boomerang on Amazon Channels

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/12/12/115424/

Boomerang, the video streaming subscription service for families, kids and animation lovers is now available on Amazon Channels.

Amazon Prime members have the option to add the Boomerang channel subscription for $4.99 per month.

Boomerang provides access to timeless animation franchises from the Hanna-Barbera, Looney Tunes and MGM catalogs including Scooby-Doo, Tom & Jerry, Bugs Bunny, The Flintstones and The Jetsons; original series Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz and Wacky Races; and new seasons of fan-favorites New Looney Tunes, Bunnicula. Content is refreshed throughout each month


Intelsat 19 12526 H Sr 30000 update

"H265 TEST 11" Aljazera (in HD)
"H265 TEST 12" NTV spor (in HD)
"H265 TEST 13" RT (in HD)
"H265 TEST 14" A spor (in HD)

all FTA in 1080

Sunday feeds

Asiasat 5 3894 H Sr 7200 "Enc-6" ISU - Grand Prix of Figure Skating 2017
Asiasat 5 4160 H Sr 9500 "service 01" T2 Table Tennis

Intelsat 19 3729 H Sr 4935 Fec 3/4 "NBA Feed3 Main hawley/ABS DVB-S2 8PSK
Intelsat 19 3715 V Sr 5631 "TV" provider Tandberg Fec 3/4 QPSK DVBS Hong Kong Jockey Club, usually encrypted!

Asiasat 5 4071 H Sr 13333 "Enc-3 and Enc-4" not sure what this one was, lots of shots of shipping trucks?

Asiasat 5 3725 H Sr 7120 "ENC-5"with logos for Chinese tv coverage same as what is on the above feed, but with presenter

Asiasat 5 4174 H Sr 7200 "Riot Games China Feed" video gaming

Asiasat 5 3847 V Sr 7200 "iceice name" shot of a pool table?

Asiasat 5 3856 V Sr 7120 "Telemedia SNG" mens golf Joburg Open
Asiasat 5 4156 V Sr 7200 "CAT DSNG1" M-150 Cup, Thailand vs Japan Soccer

Asiasat 5 3925 H Sr 7120 "CAT DSNG1" One Championship Warriors of the world
Asiasat 5 3934 H Sr 7200 "CAT Service 3" One Championship Warriors of the world

Saturday feeds

Asiasat 5 4165 H Sr 7200 "OMEGA DXB LADIES MASTERS" Golf

Intelsat 19 12431 H Sr 7500 Fec 5/6 "STS 3 MMA" ACB 76 Fight

From the Dish

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3902 V "Heavens TV" has started on , Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4180 V "Ten Sports Pakistan" is back on , encrypted.

Palapa D 113.0E 3627 H "Madani TV and Uzma Media TV Channel" have started on , Fta.

Koreasat 5 113.0E 12310 V "TV 5, Fox Sports 3 Asia, Net 25, Sony Channel Asia, Lifetime Asia, ABS-CBN, GMA TV, GMA News TV, CNN Philippines, ABS-CBN Sports+Action, Fox Filipino, PBO, Cartoon Network Philippines, Travel Channel Asia, TLC Philippines and MTV Pinoy" have started on Fta.

Koreasat 5 113.0E 12645 V "TV 5 and CT" have left.

Insat 4A 83.0E 4181 H "Kolkata TV" has left .

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3505 V "I Shopping" has left .
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3585 V "MV TV 6 has replaced Fong Channel on , BISS. Major Channel Mix" is encrypted again.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 3920 H "Thai TV 5 HD1, NBT 2, Thai PBS and PPTV HD 36" have left .

Apstar 7 76.5E 12521 V "World TV" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 17 66.0E 3932 H "Tora TV and OK Music TV" have left .

From asiatvro site

东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,SCTV7 HD、SCTV9 HD替换VTV 1(VTC)等频道,设置11008 H 28800参数有条件接收。[12-10]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Maasranga TV(孟加拉)频道消失,设置3812 H 2200参数无效接收。[12-10]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Kantipur(标清)频道改格式,设置4056 H 3600参数免费接收。[12-10]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,Juvelirochka Moaa替换Ot i Do(俄罗斯)频道,设置12560 V 30000参数免费接收。[12-10]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Reserved替换Asean(Sky Direct)频道,设置12531 V 30000参数有条件接收。[12-10]
东经114.5度轨道位置的韩星5A号卫星Ku频段,TV9-2、Shine Kino(蒙古)等5个频道加密,设置11555 V 43200参数有条件接收。 [12月10日]
东经84.8度轨道位置的Horizons 2号卫星Ku频段,国家地理野生、Fx HD(高清)等全组频道解密,设置11838 V 45000参数免费接收。 [12月10日]
东经84.8度轨道位置的Horizons 2号卫星Ku频段,Zee Nung(泰国)等全组频道解密,设置11758 V 45000参数免费接收。 [12月10日]

东经84.8度轨道位置的Horizons 2号卫星Ku频段,Khong Dee、Mysci(泰国)等4个频道改频率,设置11758 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [12月9日]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,Dream TV(印度)频道新增,设置3980 V 7200参数免费接收。 [12月9日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Zee Telugu、Zee Kannada(印度)频道新增,设置4155 V 22500参数有条件接收。 [12月9日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Zee Cinemalu HD(印度)频道新增,设置3780 H 7500参数有条件接收。 [12月9日]
东经52.5度轨道位置的Al Yah 1号卫星Ku频段,Fashion one替换Nay Music TV(MPEG-4)频道,设置11900 H 27500参数免费接收。 [12月9日]
东经114.5度轨道位置的韩星5A号卫星Ku频段,Shine Kino(高清)等3个频道解密,设置11555 V 43200参数免费接收。 [12月9日]

东经114.5度轨道位置的韩星5A号卫星Ku频段,TV9-2、Shildeg Kino(蒙古)频道解密,设置11555 V 43200参数免费接收。 [12月8日]
东经114.5度轨道位置的韩星5A号卫星Ku频段,Shine Kino(高清)等3个频道加密,设置11555 V 43200参数有条件接收。 [12月8日]
东经114.5度轨道位置的韩星5A号卫星Ku频段,UBS(蒙古)频道解密,设置11495 V 43200参数免费接收。 [12月8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。 [12月8日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,大爱(数码天空)频道解密,设置12538 V 45000参数免费接收。 [12月8日]
东经84.8度轨道位置的Horizons 2号卫星Ku频段,Miracle(泰国)频道消失,设置11758 V 45000参数无效接收。 [12月8日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号星Ku段,东森电影、星河频道替换山东卫视(艺华卫视)等高清频道,设置12472 V 33500参数有条件接收。 [12月8日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,河南卫视、河北卫视替换凤凰资讯(艺华卫视)等频道,设置12354 V 43000参数有条件接收。 [12月8日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,翡翠卫星/凤凰香港(高清)频道改格式,设置12416 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [12月8日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,辽宁卫视替换凤凰香港(数码天空)等频道,设置12416 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [12月8日]

From cnsat

亚太VI号(134.0°E)卫星,4044 H 2800一组CTV8 HD频道开锁播出。(2017-12-10)
越星1/2号(132.0°E)卫星,11008 H 28800一组SCTV14 HD 、SCTV15 HD替换VTV 6 、VTV 9等频道,锁码播出。(2017-12-10)
老挝1号(128.5°E)卫星,10850 V 45000一组中央电视台电视剧频道等全组频道锁码播出。(2017-12-10)
SES-7/9(108.2°E)卫星,12531 V 30000一组Asean频道消失。(2017-12-10)
亚太7号(76.5°E)卫星,4056 H 3600一组Kantipur频道更改为标清格式,开锁播出。(2017-12-10)

Horizons 2(84.9°E)卫星,11758 V 45000一组卫视中文电影高清频道 等全组频道开锁播出。(2017-12-09)
Horizons 2(84.9°E)卫星,11838 V 45000一组国家地理野生高清频道 等全组频道开锁播出。(2017-12-09)
Horizons 2(84.9°E)卫星,Khong Dee、MYSCI等频道更改接收参数,设置11758 V 45000锁码播出。(2017-12-09)
国际20号(68.5°E)卫星,Z Living等全组改参数并新增Zee Cinemalu HD高清,设置参数3780 H 7500锁码播出。(2017-12-09)
国际20号(68.5°E)卫星,4155 V 22500一组新增Zee Telugu HD等二个高清,锁码播出。(2017-12-09)
Horizons 2(84.9°E)卫星,Khong Dee、MYSCI等频道更改接收参数,设置11758 V 45000锁码播出。(2017-12-09)
国际20号(68.5°E)卫星,Z Living等全组改参数并新增Zee Cinemalu HD高清,设置参数3780 H 7500锁码播出。(2017-12-09)
国际20号(68.5°E)卫星,4155 V 22500一组新增Zee Telugu HD等二个高清,锁码播出。(2017-12-09)
国际17号(66.0°E)卫星,3980 V 7200一组增Dream TV频道,开锁播出。(2017-12-09)

亚洲7号(105.5°E)卫星,4180 V 30000一组Ten TV 巴基斯坦 开播,锁码播出。(2017-12-08)
韩星5号(113.0°E)卫星,11555 V 43200一组Shine Kino HD、Ger Buliin Kino、Khuukhdiin Kino恢复锁码播出。(2017-12-08)
亚洲7号(105.5°E)卫星,3750 V 2333一组Cinemachi Kids频道锁码播出。(2017-12-08)
亚太V号(138.0°E)卫星,12354 V 43000一组河北卫视、安徽卫视替换东森电影等频道,锁码播出。(2017-12-08)
亚太V号(138.0°E)卫星,12472 V 33500一组东森电影HD、中天综合HD替换河北卫视等,锁码播出。(2017-12-08)

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Rocket Lab's launch from Mahia Peninsula 'scrubbed for today'

From https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/rocket-labs-launch-mahia-peninsula-scrubbed-today

The small-rocket startup Rocket Lab won't be launching its first customer payloads into orbit from the North Island's east coast today as the company had hoped.

"Still Testing launch attempt scrubbed for the day," the company tweeted a short time ago.

"Weather factors and orbital traffic mean opportunities for launch today are tight, so we'll try again tomorrow. Updates on new launch target to follow."

This morning Rocket Lab tweeted: "Conditions are looking good for a #StillTesting Electron launch attempt today. Launch could happen any time between 14:30 - 18:30 NZDT."

When it does happen, the launch will be again from its complex on the Mahia Peninsula, between Napier and Gisborne, and will carry Earth-imaging satellites from two companies - Planet and Spire.

Rocket Lab carried out its first test launch in May, as part of its Electron test programme.

While the rocket made it into space - capturing the world's attention - it failed to achieve orbit.
Rocket Lab successfully launched the rocket into space today after a long period of waiting.

When someone asked the company via Facebook when the next rocket was due to launch the reply was "before Santa clogs up the airspace".

China launches communication satellite for Algeria

From http://english.cctv.com/2017/12/11/ARTIQ8pl0fWJ9WZEKiGb3glw171211.shtml

XICHANG, Sichuan, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- China launched Algeria's first communication satellite, Alcomsat-1, into a preset orbit from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the southwestern province of Sichuan early Monday.

China launched Algeria

China launched Algeria's first communication satellite, Alcomsat-1, into a preset orbit from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the southwestern province of Sichuan early Monday, on Dec. 11, 2017. (Xinhua/Ju Zhenhua)

The satellite was the first cooperative project in aerospace industry between the two countries. It will be used by Algeria for broadcast and television, emergency communication, distance education, e-governance, enterprise communication, broadband access and satellite-based navigation.

The satellite was launched 40 minutes after midnight by a Chinese Long March-3B carrier rocket, making it the 258th flight mission for the Long March rocket family.

China turns space debris into in-orbit 'Internet of Things'

From https://telecom.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/china-turns-space-debris-into-in-orbit-internet-of-things/61990209

The rocket was discarded in space after sending a satellite into orbit, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

BEIJING: Chinese scientists have turned the final stage of a discarded launch rocket into a smart application programme by fitting it with intelligent chips, official media said here today.

A programme carried out by Shanghai-based Fudan University installed several intelligent chips on the final stage of the Long March 4C rocket, which sent the Fengyun-3D satellite into orbit in November.

The rocket was discarded in space after sending a satellite into orbit, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

Fudan University's Zheng Lirong, chief scientist of the programme, said discarded rocket sections during space launches constitute the largest percentage of space debris.

By installing multiple chip systems on the rocket, the team has established the initial stage of a space-based 'Internet of Things'.

He explained that the launch rocket will jettison a section when it runs out of propellant in order to decrease the mass, and the final stage of the rocket is delivered to the orbit along with the payload.

"With these intelligent chips attached, space debris can be transformed into a low-cost science experiment and communication platform," he said.

Zheng's team has taken two years to develop the functional modules and hardware to make the "nanosatellites," with each set of the functional modules weighing less than 30 grams.

The team has named the intelligent chip system "Xinyun," meaning cloud of chips.

'Internet of Things' solutions are already widely employed in daily life, ranging from wearable smart gadgets, and driverless vehicles to GPS-tracked cattle grazing.

Zheng said current applications experience common problems such as data congestion and slow transmission speeds, especially in remote and underserved regions. With the development of the space-based network, these areas could be better served.

"The system can connect space, air, ground and oceans at a low cost. It can also be seen as a useful trial in tackling the unresolved problem of dealing with space debris," Jin Yaqiu, a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and supervisor of the programme said.
Zheng said they are still testing the system's functions and analysing the tracking of orbiting debris.

French police halt Artv.Watch pirate

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/12/08/french-police-halt-artv-watch-pirate/

French police have arrested the individual – reportedly a 16-year-old schoolboy – behind illegal TV streaming website and mobile app Artv.Watch.

The site allowed users to watch 176 channels – many of them subscription channels – for free. This included content from Canal+, France Télévisions, TF1, M6, Paramount, Disney and Fox as well as various sport channels. The app had hundreds of thousands of users in France, as well as abroad as it also featured English and Japanese channels.

On Google Play Store, the app was downloaded around 800,000 times.

According to Alpa, the association that fights against audiovisual piracy, Canal+ and M6 are among channels that have already filed a lawsuit.

Registering C-band dishes a costly, cumbersome task for customers, SES says

From http://spacenews.com/registering-c-band-dishes-a-costly-cumbersome-task-for-customers-ses-says/

C-band dishes can cost over $1,000 for a voluntary registration process. Credit: russellstreet /Flickr (Creative Commons)

WASHINGTON — If the U.S. Federal Communications Commission wants a more accurate database of C-band satellite dishes, it should make the process of registering those dishes less expensive and time-consuming, fleet operator SES said Dec. 6.

In a letter recounting a Dec. 4, meeting between Luxembourg-based SES and representatives of the FCC, SES argued that its C-band customers have little incentive to register their dishes, since registration is a voluntary process that can cost over $1,000 per site.

The FCC is pushing for an updated registry of C-band users to better understand how the spectrum is used. That information would feed into an assessment of a large swath of “mid-band spectrum” that includes 3.7 to 4.2 GHz — the chunk of C-band available for satellite operators in the United States.

SES and competitor Intelsat account for more than 90 percent of the C-band spectrum rights over the United States, but lack accurate information on how many dishes their customers have deployed. Both companies say the FCC database’s 4,700 registered dishes vastly under-represents the true number of dishes in use.

Intelsat said Oct. 13 that one of its smaller customers has around 3,000 unlicensed dishes, meaning others have even more outside the FCC’s books. SES, in its letter, said “the American Cable Association has estimated that 90% of its members’ receive earth stations are unregistered, and if this rate is typical of C-band users, there could be more than 30,000 receive-only earth stations in total.”

Along with cost, SES said the only benefit C-band customers — who are typically television broadcasters — gain from registration is protection from subsequent C-band microwave links — a terrestrial telecommunications infrastructure with “extremely limited” use of C-band.

SES said it is trying both to ease the FCC process and encourage its customers to register their dishes.

“For example, SES has suggested that the Commission could undertake a two-step procedure, collecting basic location information first through a simplified online data entry process with no fee and subsequently conducting a more complete antenna registration, but with significant modifications to encourage participation,” SES wrote. “Specifically, SES has argued that the Commission should waive or significantly reduce the registration filing fee and eliminate the coordination requirement for receive-only earth stations.”

C-band customers have a greater motivation to register their dishes now that the FCC is actively considering using the band for fifth-generation (5G) cell phone networks. Mobile network operators have long sought after C-band spectrum to expand their networks, having already gained the lower portion of C-band from 3.4 to 3.6 GHz across most of the world. In the U.S., 3.4 to 3.7 GHz is prioritized for other users, giving domestic mobile operators reason to eye the remaining 500 MHz, and satellite operators a more vehement reason to defend a more limited resource.

SES and other satellite operators say C-band is relied upon heavily for its robustness — something Ku and Ka-band satellites cannot match. Emergency services also often use C-band thanks to the frequency’s ability to penetrate through rain storms.

Satellite operators say they cannot use the same C-band spectrum concurrently with mobile users because the cellular signals are stronger than satellite, drowning out satellite links with insurmountable interference. Intelsat and Intel, in response to the FCC’s mid-band notice of inquiry, submitted a proposal whereby satellite operators would voluntarily clear out portions of C-band in limited geographic areas for mobile 5G networks. Mobile network operators would have to financially compensate satellite operators for relocating customers who were using the needed C-band spectrum, along with other satellite operator expenses.

SES, the ally Intelsat needs most for the proposal, said it is “examining proposals in the record, including the framework suggested by Intelsat and Intel for a market-based solution, as well as brainstorming about other ideas that could preserve satellite access to C-band spectrum for highly reliable programming distribution services while accommodating expanded terrestrial use.”

On Nov. 15, SES said it was open to exploring Intelsat’s plan, but not opening the entire 500 MHz of C-band to mobile users.

“Due to its network design and planning, SES’s center-of-the arc cable neighborhood spacecraft are fully loaded, and SES does not have sufficient alternative C-band capacity elsewhere in its fleet with the 50-state coverage necessary for video distribution customers,” SES said in its Dec. 6 letter.

Fleet operators Eutelsat and Telesat, both of whom have C-band customers in the U.S., are still evaluating the Intelsat-Intel proposal.

US-funded media branded “foreign agents” by Russia

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/12/08/us-funded-media-branded-foreign-agents-by-russia/

Russian authorities have retaliated against the US requirement that RT (Russia Today) be registered as a ‘foreign agent’ within the USA, by enacting similar rules against two US-funded broadcasters.

Radio Liberty/Radio Free Europe and Voice of America (VOA) have been designated as “foreign agents”. Russia has made it clear that the move is in direct retaliation to the US treatment of Russia Today.

Russian parliamentarians say that the two radio services – both of which have bureaus in Moscow – are part of an alleged wider attempt by the ‘West’ to distort the truth of what is happening in Russia.

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty has 7 outlets in Russia, and all are included in the new designation.

Part of the consequences are that journalists from RFE/RL and VOA could be banned from entering the Duma parliament building in Moscow.

DVB plans Targeted Advertising spec

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/12/08/dvb-plans-targeted-advertising-spec/

Digital television standards body DVB is working on a specification to enable broadcasters to offer Targeted Advertising, with a view to having it operational in 2020.

Speaking at the Future TV Advertising Forum in London, Vincent Grivet, Co-Chair, DVB Targeted Advertising Study Mission Group, said that the DVB was establishing the DVB-CM-TA (Commercial Module – Targeted Advertising) to develop commercial requirements, which he expected to be in mid-2018.

Operators and service providers across cable, satellite, IPTV and terrestrial platforms would be invited to participate in the standardisation process, with close liaison with fellow standards initiative HbbTV, building on HbbTV assets and future developments. “Exact timings need to be agreed, but all efforts to make it quick will be made, with operational services in 2020,” he advised.

“Targeted advertising is a major market evolution,” he declared. “There will be positive implications for broadcasters if they retain control and leadership.”

SpaceX to Resume Launches From Rebuilt Pad

From http://www.ozarksfirst.com/news/spacex-to-resume-launches-from-rebuilt-pad/878328531

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- More than a year after a spectacular preflight explosion that destroyed a Falcon 9 rocket and its satellite payload, SpaceX has rebuilt, strengthened and modernized its heavily damaged launchpad in Cape Canaveral, Florida, and is on track to resume flights from launch complex 40 next week, officials said Friday.

John Muratore, the SpaceX manager in charge of restoring complex 40 to operational status, said the company spent about $50 million on the project, virtually rebuilding the pad from scratch with the emphasis on safety and efficiency.

"From the very start, after we kind of dusted off ourselves after the accident, we really looked at this as an opportunity to not only rebuild the pad, but to make it better," he told reporters. "Our focus has been to make it as safe and reliable as possible. The big thing about safety is, the safer the pad is, the more operationally efficient it is."

In the wake of the 2016 explosion at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, SpaceX rushed to complete already planned modifications to historic pad 39A at the nearby Kennedy Space Center, which the company operates under a lease with NASA, resuming flights last January.

So far this year, SpaceX has launched 16 successful missions in a row, 12 from pad 39A at the NASA spaceport and four from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

But with a $10 billion manifest, a backlog of satellites awaiting launch, upcoming piloted flights to the International Space Station and the maiden flight of a new heavy-lift rocket, SpaceX needs two operational Florida pads to meet its commitments.

And so, after months of work to repair, refurbish and upgrade pad 40 at Cape Canaveral, SpaceX plans to resume flights there on Tuesday with the launch of a previously flown Falcon 9 booster carrying an equally "flight proven" Dragon cargo ship loaded with supplies and equipment bound for the space station.

SpaceX engineers successfully test-fired the booster's first-stage engines at pad 40 earlier this week, clearing the way for launch at 11:46 a.m. EST (GMT-5) Tuesday. The first stage will attempt its second landing at Cape Canaveral after boosting the Dragon out of the lower atmosphere.

Five minutes before a pre-launch engine test-firing at pad 40 on Sept. 1, 2016, a Falcon 9 rocket suddenly exploded in an enormous fireball, destroying the rocket and its $200 million satellite payload and heavily damaging the launch complex.

Company officials later said the most likely scenario involved the catastrophic failure of a high-pressure helium tank immersed in the second stage's super-cold liquid-oxygen propellant. The rocket exploded without warning in a tremendous blast that destroyed the booster, its payload and the rocket's transporter erector. Numerous other pad systems were severely damaged.

In the wake of the failure, SpaceX changed a variety of procedures to prevent the conditions that led to the helium tank failure, and flights resumed on Jan. 14 with the successful launch of 10 Iridium NEXT satellite telephone relay stations from Vandenberg.

One month later, on Feb. 19, SpaceX launched its first mission from pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center. That same month, after extensive environmental assessments and cleanup, SpaceX began work in earnest to rebuild pad 40.

Muratore said SpaceX went to extraordinary lengths to reinforce pad systems to protect wiring, fluid lines and hydraulic systems, covering previously exposed components with concrete and moving other systems out of the blast danger area.

SpaceX assembles Falcon 9 rockets and attaches payloads in a nearby hangar. The rocket, mounted horizontally on a transporter-erector, is then hauled a short distance to the launch mount, and powerful hydraulic pistons rotate the booster to the vertical position for launch.

The new transporter erector has been beefed up to withstand higher winds; it features heavily reinforced cable ducts and is designed to rapidly retract well away from the rocket just after engine ignition to minimize damage and speed up turnaround. A similar transporter-erector is used at pad 39A.

In addition, the pad's water deluge system has been upgraded to minimize flame damage and improve cooling, permitting longer-duration engine test firings. So-called "doghouse" structures are now in place that close over the launch mounts as the rocket takes off, again, minimizing damage caused by the Falcon 9's exhaust.

"We certainly don't ever want a tragedy like that to happen again," Muratore said of the 2016 failure. "But right now, the only thing that's really exposed is the transporter-erector itself, which holds the rocket, and the equipment that's immediately next to it. All of the other support equipment has been moved out of the area where we saw blast damage."

In the coming weeks and months, SpaceX faces a daunting launch schedule. Along with a backlog of commercial and government payloads awaiting launch, the company also is working to develop a powerful heavy-lift version of the Falcon along with a piloted version of its Dragon spacecraft to carry astronauts to and from the space station.

SpaceX now plans to launch most of its East Coast commercial and government payloads from pad 40, using the Kennedy Space Center's pad 39A primarily for the Falcon Heavy and space station missions using piloted Dragons and upgraded cargo ships. SpaceX also is building a launch complex in Texas that will be used for commercial satellites.

The Falcon Heavy features three Falcon 9 first stages strapped together, generating more than five million pounds of thrust at liftoff. SpaceX originally hoped to launch the rocket on its maiden voyage by the end of the year, but officials now say the long-awaited flight will happen in early 2018.

The human-rated Dragon spacecraft atop "single-stick" Falcon 9 rockets using upgraded engines is scheduled to debut in the summer timeframe, with an unpiloted test flight followed by a second test flight with astronauts on board. If those flights go well, operational crew ferry missions will begin in 2019.

Boeing also is building an astronaut transport ship under a separate NASA contract. The CST-100 "Starliner" will launch atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket from pad 41 at Cape Canaveral.


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update


A few Friday feeds

Asiasat 5 3908 H Sr 9500 "Varsity Match" Cambridge vs Oxford rugby match

Asiasat 5 3856 V Sr 7120 "iveco encoder 2" Joburg Open 2018 Golf
Asiasat 5 4148 H Sr 9500 "Service 01" T2 Table Tennis
Asiasat 5 4174 H Sr 7200 "RUS-084" Ice Hockey
Asiasat 5 4165 H Sr 7200 "OMEGA DXB LADIES MASTERS" Golf Dubai Ladies Classic

Asiasat 5 3894 H Sr 7200 "ENC-6" Ice skating final

From my Email


From the Dish

LaoSat 1 128.5E CCTV 5 has left 3569 H again.

Palapa D 113.0E 4100 V Zing Asia, Macau Lotus TV and Arirang World have started on , ABV. Duck TV SD, English Club TV and Coop TV have left.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3745 V "Channel 4" has started on, Fta.

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 12323 V "Phoenix Chinese Channel has started on , encrypted. Xinhua News TV and CCTV 13" have left.

G-Sat 15 93.5E 11590 H "Zee Purvaiya has replaced Zee Bihar Jharkhand" on , Fta.

Measat 3a 91.4E 12476 V "Astro Cricket Plus" has started on , Videoguard.

Insat 4A 83.0E 4054 H "Bhaskar News" has started on , Fta.

ABS 2 75.0E 12555 H "Sahara One, Joo Music and Manoranjan TV" have started on , BISS.

ABS 2A 75.0E 11800 V "Telekanal Spas" is now encrypted.
ABS 2A 75.0E 11920 V "TV XXI, A2 and Moskva 24" have started on , encrypted.
ABS 2A 75.0E 11920 V "Moskva Telekanal" has left.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 4163 H "Zee Uttar Pradesh Uttarakhand" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 906 64.2E 4094 L "AFN Prime Atlantic"is now encrypted.

From asiatvro site

东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,Fox、TLC(菲律宾)等17个频道新增,设置12310 V 29975参数免费接收。[12-07]
东经114.5度轨道位置的韩星5A号卫星Ku频段,Boomerang(蒙古)频道重现,设置11555 V 43200参数免费接收。[12-07]
东经114.5度轨道位置的韩星5A号卫星Ku频段,Baby TV(高清)频道解密,设置11613 V 43200参数免费接收。[12-07]
东经114.5度轨道位置的韩星5A号卫星Ku频段,Test、Ch 3806(高清)等3个频道新增,设置11613 V 43200参数部分免费接收。[12-07]
东经114.5度轨道位置的韩星5A号卫星Ku频段,Adal Yavdalt、Shine Kino(蒙古)等频道解密,设置11555 V 43200参数免费接收。[12-07]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,世界电视(华人卫视)频道重现,设置12521 V 30000参数免费接收。[12-07]

东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Kantipur(高清)频道改格式,设置4056 H 3600参数免费接收。 [12月7日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Heavens TV(巴基斯坦)频道新增,设置3902 V 2963参数免费接收。 [12月7日]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,Reaper(AFN)频道解密,设置12590 V 30000参数免费接收。 [12月7日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Fuel TV HD(高清)频道消失,设置3960 H 30000参数无效接收。 [12月7日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星Ku频段,凤凰中文(高清)频道重现,设置12323 V 12000参数有条件接收。 [12月7日]
东经114.5度轨道位置的韩星5A号星Ku段,Ger Buiin Kino、Khuukhdiin Kino(蒙古)频道新增,设置11555 V 43200参数有条件接收。 [12月7日]
东经114.5度轨道位置的韩星5A号卫星Ku频段,Boomerang、Cartoon Network(蒙古)等频道消失,设置11555 V 43200参数无效接收。 [12月7日]
东经114.5度轨道位置的韩星5A号卫星Ku频段,Adal yavdalt(蒙古)频道新增,设置11555 V 43200参数有条件接收。 [12月7日]

From cnsat

国际20号(68.5°E)卫星,3790 H 7200一组VIP News频道消失。(2017-12-07)
亚太7号(76.5°E)卫星,12521 V 30000一组World TV频道开播,开锁播出。(2017-12-07)
帕拉帕D(113.0°E)卫星,3984 H 3636一组RTM Maubere频道消失。(2017-12-07)


Foxtel Now brings Closed Captions to Chrome and Safari browsers & iOS apps – Android coming some time

From https://ausdroid.net/2017/12/08/foxtel-now-brings-closed-captions-chrome-safari-browsers-ios-apps-android-coming-time/

Foxtel has today announced that they have begun making their content more accessible adding closed captions to their Foxtel Now streaming service.

Foxtel will offer closed captions on ‘selected programming’ to Foxtel Now, live and On Demand customers viewing content on their computers using Chrome and Safari browsers as well as iPhone and iPad users using the Foxtel apps. At this time, Foxtel has no time-frame for bringing closed captions to their customers using Android devices, but have said that they intend to target more devices.

The lack of closed captioning for Android customers, who currently make up 60% of the Australian mobile landscape according to Kantar WorldPanels latest figures, must have flown by Foxtel CEO Peter Tonagh who said

The launch of Foxtel Now made Foxtel available to more Australians than ever, but it’s equally important to make Foxtel more accessible to the thousands of Australians who are hearing impaired. While we’re proud of our history of bringing Closed Captions to our cable and satellite subscribers, we recognise the need to offer captioning across all of our platforms.

Australian regulatory requirements from the ACMA list the captioning requirement for broadcasters, with Foxtel saying that they have captioned 21% above their targets this financial year.

While Android users aren’t getting closed captions even on the Android TV box that Foxtel is using to push their Now streaming service, at least we can use it on Chrome on a desktop.

Indonesia's PSN to launch satellite for broadband services in 2018

From https://www.telecompaper.com/news/indonesias-psn-to-launch-satellite-for-broadband-services-in-2018--1223610

Pasifik Satelit Nusantara (PSN), a private company that provides satellite-based communications and information services in Indonesia, plans to launch a satellite called ‘PSN VI’ in 2018 to meet the increasing demand for broadband data services across the country, The Jakarta Post reports. According to PSN, the new satellite will be used to provide broadband services with minimum data transfer rates of 130 Gbps by 2022.
The PSN VI satellite will be developed by Space System/Loral, while Canada's export credit agency Export Development Canada (EDC) will provide financing for the project.

PSN is also developing other satellites, including the Palapa-N1 satellite, which is expected to launch operations in 2020, and the PSN VII satellite scheduled for launch in 2022.

Streaming devices seized in NI raids

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/12/08/streaming-devices-seized-in-ni-raids/

Detectives from Belfast Criminal Investigation Branch investigating organised criminality have carried out 18 searches across the Belfast, Derry/Londonderry, Dundonald and Banbridge areas of Northerm Island in conjunction with HMRC (Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs – a non-ministerial department of the UK Government responsible for the collection of taxes) and UK intellectual property protection organisation FACT (the Federation Against Copyright Theft).

During the searches over 8,000 cigarettes, 2.9 kgs of rolling tobacco, 232 cigars, 50 illegal streaming devices and approximately £5,000 in cash was seized.

Two men were arrested during the multi-agency operation. One 48-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud in the Galliagh area of Derry/Londonderry and has been bailed pending further enquiries. A 31-year-old man was arrested in the Dundonald area on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud and possessing articles for use in fraud is currently helping with police enquiries.

“The joint operation today is a further demonstration of our determination to tackle organised crime and those that gain from it,” declared Detective Inspector Natalie McNally.

“Buying cheap counterfeit goods, cigarettes or tobacco products, which have been purchased without the relevant duty being paid, or illegal streaming devices – all of which may appear to be bargains – means that revenue to the legitimate economy is lost. This criminal activity puts jobs at risk and, ultimately, in terms of duty evasion, means there is less money available to provide for our public services, like health and education.”

“There is also a wealth of evidence that shows money made from the sale of counterfeit goods is used to fund other forms of crime, so there really is no such thing as victimless crime. We all end up paying the price.”

“Many people view piracy as a victimless crime, however consumers need to realise that illegal streaming devices offering unlawful access to TV, sport and films threaten our creative industries and the 1.9 million people in the UK working in them,” warned Kieron Sharp, CEO of FACT.

“From sound engineers, costume designers, set carpenters and camera crew – hundreds of thousands of people’s jobs are directly affected each time TV, sport or films are pirated. There are also many risks facing the consumer that they may not be aware of. Not only is using a device to stream content without the right permissions or subscriptions breaking the law, but these devices pose a fire and electrical risk, as well as often exposing users to malware, viruses and explicit content.”

“Working together in partnership with other enforcement colleagues, we can target the criminal gangs who are stealing from the taxpayer, robbing public services and undermining legitimate, honest traders,” advised Steve Tracey, Assistant Director, Fraud Investigation Service, HMRC.

NBCUniversal channels join TVPlayer

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/12/07/nbcuniversal-channels-join-tvplayer/

NBCUniversal International Networks has announced the launch of its UK channels portfolio on TVPlayer. Universal Channel, E! Entertainment Television, SYFY and Movies 24 – branded as Christmas 24 until January 6th, 2018 – will be available on the service effective immediately.

“We are delighted to welcome NBCUniversal International Networks and its leading brands to the TVPlayer platform,“ commented Frank Bowe, Chief Commercial Officer TVPlayer. “With so many top shows available on Universal Channel, E! Entertainment Television, SYFY and Movies 24, TVPlayer subscribers now have even more choice to TV’s top entertainment anytime, anywhere”. “We are excited that our compelling portfolio of channel brands is joining TVPlayer,” commented Lee Raftery, MD UK & Emerging Markets and CMO & CCO NBCUniversal International. “We look forward to reaching even more UK viewers as Universal Channel, E! Entertainment Television, SYFY and Movies 24 are extended to the service, creating an even more appealing proposition for subscribers.”

Universal Channel, E! Entertainment Television, SYFY and Movies 24 join a host of other channels on TVPlayer including Lifetime, TLC, W, MTV, Discovery, GOLD and Comedy Central – all available from £5.99 per month.

Gyan Darshan available through communication satellite GSAT-10

From http://www.hindustantimes.com/education/gyan-darshan-available-through-communication-satellite-gsat-10/story-d1OxRXKlQZBpCKmx2u8WcJ.html

Ignou said on Thursday that the telecast of its educational broadcast channel Gyan Darshan is now available through ISRO’s advanced communication satellite GSAT-10.

The Indira Gandhi National Open University (Ignou) said on Thursday that the telecast of its educational broadcast channel Gyan Darshan is now available through Indian Space Research Organisation’s advanced communication satellite GSAT-10.

The acting vice-chancellor of the university, SB Arora, said the restart of Gyan Darshan was a major achievement and said he was hopeful that this endeavour will go a long way in improving the quality of higher education.

Gyan Darshan is an educational channel which carries programmes on Ignou’s courses, general awareness programmes, and interactive sessions with subject experts and scholars besides promoting nationalism, harmony and peace.

Its downlink frequency is 3831 Mhz with LNB frequency 5150 Mhz and the symbol rate is 7200 SPS with vertical polarity and ¾ FEC, the university said in a press release.

Kapil Kumar, director of Ignou’s Electronic Media Production Centre (EMPC), said the channel is available free of cost and it is a “must carry channel for all Cable/TV/ DTH and IPTV operators.”

Kumar added that these programmes are also beneficial for students of the formal education system and also available world over through webcasting from 11am to 5pm.

The schedule of the programmes, which are being telecast 24 hours, is available on the university’s website.


Wednesday feed
Asiasat 5 4165 H Sr 7000 "THE VOICE"

From my Email


From the Dish

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4180 V "Ten Sports Pakistan" has left again.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3585 V "Film Max, TVB Anywhere and Do Channel" have started on , BISS. Major Channel Mix and MV Lao HD are now Fta. E-San Banhouw and TVBL have left again.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3752 V "True Sports TV" has left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4184 V "Green TV" has left.

From asiatvro site

东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星Ku频段,凤凰中文(高清)频道消失,设置12323 V 12000参数无效接收。 [12月6日]
东经114.5度轨道位置的韩星5A号卫星Ku频段,Mongol Kino、Shine Kino(高清)频道加密,设置11555 V 43200参数有条件接收。 [12月6日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,广西卫视替换金鹰卡通(数码天空)频道,设置12416 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [12月6日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Channel 4(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3745 V 6520参数免费接收。 [12月6日]
东经114.5度轨道位置的韩星5A号卫星Ku频段,Mongol Kino、Shine Kino(高清)频道解密,设置11555 V 43200参数免费接收。 [12月6日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Fuel TV HD Encrypt(高清)频道新增,设置3960 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [12月6日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Bhaskar News(印度)频道新增,设置4054 H 13230参数免费接收。 [12月6日]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,Kerala Vision(印度)频道新增,设置3980 V 7200参数免费接收。 [12月6日]
东经114.5度轨道位置的韩星5A号卫星Ku频段,Baby TV(高清)频道解密,设置11613 V 43200参数免费接收。 [12月6日]

From cnsat

亚太7号(76.5°E)卫星,4056 H 3600一组Kantipur升级为高清格式,开锁播出。(2017-12-07)
亚洲7号(105.5°E)卫星,3902 V 2963 一组新增Heavens TV频道,开锁播出。(2017-12-07)
韩星5号(113.0°E)卫星,12590 V 30000一组Reaper频道开锁播出。(2017-12-07)
亚洲5号(100.5°E)卫星,12323 V 12000一组凤凰卫视中文高清频道恢复,锁码播出。(2017-12-07)
韩星5A号(113.0°E)卫星,11553 V 43200一组新增Adal yavdalt等频道,卡通东等频道消失。(2017-12-07)


ACCC approves Foxtel and Fox Sports merger

From http://www.skynews.com.au/business/business/federal/2017/12/07/accc-approves-foxtel-and-fox-sports-merger.html

The proposed merger between Foxtel and Fox Sports Australia won't be opposed by the consumer watchdog because it believes the deal will not reduce competition.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission says the commercial incentives of Foxtel, Fox Sports and their owners, News Corporation and Telstra, will not substantially change and the move is, therefore, unlikely to lessen competition.

Fox Sports is completely owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, while Telstra and News Corp currently share a 50-50 ownership of Foxtel.

The merger would leave News Corp with 65 per cent and Telstra with 35 per cent of a new company, which could be listed on the ASX following its expected completion in the first half of 2018.

ACCC chairman Rod Sims said the review of the merger, which began in October, focused on the acquisition of sporting content and considered the effect of the merger and related agreements by broadband and mobile providers.

Roadshow takes aim at HD Subs streaming app

From http://www.zdnet.com/article/roadshow-takes-aim-at-hd-subs-streaming-app/

Roadshow has been granted a 'Christmas' directions hearing next week for its fight against the HD Subs app and website on smart TVs to download content, which could potentially require IP-address rather than DNS blocking.

Roadshow Films is seeking to have an alleged piracy-facilitating streaming app and associated website blocked by Australia's internet service providers, with the content owner again taking action in the Federal Court of Australia.

During a case-management hearing on Thursday, Roadshow -- which leads a group of film studios including Disney, Universal, Warner Bros, Twentieth Century Fox, and Paramount -- extended its reach from alleged illegal torrenting and streaming websites to smart TV boxes, which it said are able to download copyright-infringing content.

Cook, counsel for Roadshow, pointed towards the HD Subs app that can be used with the device, which facilitates streaming at a subscription cost of between $35 and $240.

The app itself isn't doing the streaming; it's an interface that allows the streaming to occur, Cook said. It enables access to live cable TV channels such as the BBC and on-demand content including TV series and movies, he claimed.

Users cannot get to the streaming locations without using the app, according to Roadshow, as it targets online locations through HDSubs.com. The website was unavailable when checked this morning, with Cook saying the app can be updated to use various other websites.

As a result, unless DNS blocking against HDSubs.com is used in the immediate future, users will be able to update over to another system and website, after which IP-address blocking would be necessary, Cook argued, adding that there is "some urgency".

Previously, the court has allowed ISPs to implement DNS blocking or any alternative means rather than specifically ordering IP-address blocking.

"If that's what you want to do, then you'll have to amend the orders and let the parties know," Nicholas J said.

"It's only the former [DNS blocking] that carriage service providers have agreed to in the past."

Cook suggested injunctive relief "to cut off the flow and stem the bleed with domain name blocking to stop the punters from [switching services]" prior to receiving final relief.

While Nicholas J declined to set a hearing date for December, saying it "would not be appropriate" in circumstances where Roadshow has not yet presented its evidence, he did grant a directions hearing for December 15 "because it's Christmas".

Roadshow will use the opportunity to file its evidence and seek an early hearing, Cook said, adding that in the event of a hearing, Roadshow's submissions should only take an hour and a half.

No ISPs were present for the proceedings, telling Roadshow they did not intend to be involved as long as the case followed the same lines as previous cases. Counsel for Roadshow said TPG was served with orders but did not respond.

During a similar case earlier this year, ISPs established the procedure of not being present during piracy site-blocking hearings, although Justice Nicholas said they still needed to file a response.

Roadshow had filed its latest proceedings at the end of October.

Its latest case follows a successful judgment in August that saw another swathe of torrenting and streaming sites blocked under Australian law, including Demonoid, ExtraTorrent, LimeTorrents, MegaShare, Piratebay.to, and EZTV.

On the same day, Foxtel won a case to block 127 domain names associated with Yes Movies, Vumoo, Los Movies, Cartoon HD, Putlocker, Watch Series 1, Watch Series 2, Project - Free TV, ProjectFreeTV, Watch Episodes, Watch Episode Series, Watch TV Series, The Dare TV, Putlocker9.is, Putlocker9.com, 1337x, and Torlock.

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

Roadshow had additionally been successful in getting the Federal Court to order more than 50 ISPs to block the Pirate Bay, Torrentz, TorrentHound, IsoHunt, and SolarMovie and their related proxy sites at the end of 2016.

Under that ruling, rights holders are to pay a AU$50 fee per domain they want to block, with the websites to be blocked within 15 business days.

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

Foxtel adds AirPlay support to Foxtel Now

From https://www.finder.com.au/foxtel-adds-airplay-support-to-foxtel-now

Foxtel adds Apple TV streaming support plus HD on Apple iPad and iPhone.

Foxtel has announced that users of its Foxtel Now streaming service can now use Apple's AirPlay functionality to stream video content through Apple TV to a large screen.

Previously if you'd attempted AirPlay of Foxtel Now, the best result you might get would be an audio stream but nothing else, and all too often a simple failure to communicate at all.

Foxtel has also announced an update to its Foxtel Now iOS app that adds HD support for users viewing Foxtel Now content on iPads or iPhone devices, where previously that app only offered standard definition content.

You'll need to update the Foxtel Now app on your iOS device in order to gain access to both HD content and Airplay streaming functionality. However, there's still no sign of HD access for Android tablet users.

The move to allow Airplay is an interesting one in light of Foxtel's recent launch of its own Foxtel Now Box streaming device, although it's clearly a play to offer Foxtel Now on as many platforms as possible in order to generate subscriber numbers.

If you're an Apple TV owner, you've got a lot of streaming content to catch up on, with Amazon announcing this morning that it now has a dedicated Apple TV app for its Amazon Prime Video streaming service.

mu Space becomes first Thai startup to acquire satellite license

From https://www.bangkokpost.com/business/news/1373355/mu-space-becomes-first-thai-startup-to-acquire-satellite-license

mu Space becomes Thailand’s first space technology startup to operate a satellite service after the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission awarded a license for the company. The 15-year license covers the operation of a satellite and provision of satellite-based services until 2032.

Speaking on behalf of mu Space, Chief Technical Officer Samathorn Teankingkaeo said his team plans to differentiate mu Space from the others by providing satellite services that are affordable and easy to install. His team also promises fast customer support and nationwide coverage, including in rural communities.

“Rural communities are mostly thinly populated and far from big cities. That’s why only a few companies go there to build telecom infrastructures. To overcome these challenges and provide rural communities with broadband, using a satellite is the best alternative,” said Samathorn.

According to Thailand’s telecom industry database, nearly 12% or 8 million of the country’s 68 million population have access to broadband. While there is progress in recent years, there is a long way to go to fully make broadband accessible to all, including in rural communities.

“We want to help improve the quality of life. Through satellite, we can provide invaluable solutions to support the government’s Thailand 4.0 economic policy, and bridge the digital gap between urban and rural areas,” added Samathorn.

In September, mu Space had signed an agreement to support the Thai government to build a Digital Park and a learning academy for Internet of Things. The facilities will be built on a 960,000 sqm land in Chonburi, located within the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) zone.

The EEC zone will accommodate investments in 10 target industries: next-generation cars, smart electronics, medical and wellness tourism, agriculture and biotechnology, food innovation, robotics, logistics and aviation, biofuels and biochemicals, digital economy, and medical services. The economic zone is projected to generate new investment of up to THB 1.5 trillion within five years from both the government and private sectors.

With the space industry worldwide predicted to be worth USD 2.7 trillion (THB 88.2 trillion) in 30 years, mu Space is joining the space race with the launch of its own satellite in 2021. The company also plans to offer space tourism to customers in Asia over the next decade.

In September, mu Space became Blue Origin’s first Asian customer when it signed a deal to partner on a future satellite launch aboard their New Glenn orbital rocket.

Amagi launches its cloud-based TV delivery platform in the U.S.

From https://techcrunch.com/2017/12/05/amagi-launches-its-cloud-based-tv-delivery-platform-in-the-u-s/

Amagi, a startup trying to rethink the way TV broadcasters deliver their content, is launching in the United States.

As a TV viewer, you may not see any big issues with the current broadcast infrastructure, but Amagi says satellite delivery is expensive, time-consuming and limits a broadcaster’s ability to customize their content to different geographies.

In contrast, the startup’s Cloudport platform uses cloud infrastructure to deliver the same content. That means that as broadcasters expand globally, they don’t need any satellite or local hardware. It also allows them to create localized content and gives them a single dashboard where they can monitor all their different feeds.

Behind the scenes, Cloudport uses artificial intelligence to automate parts of the process, like detecting black frames. And it allows broadcaster to create their own on-demand streaming channels, too.

In the launch announcement, co-founder K.A. Srinivasan said the costs of traditional satellite playout are “unsustainable.”

“This model also prices out mid-sized broadcasters and content owners who want to launch their own channels,” Srinivasan said. “To navigate the environment, broadcasters and content owners need to leverage cloud technology to stay competitive.”

To be clear, Amagi offers satellite- and fiber-based delivery as well, though it emphasizes the cloud platform. It also combines different approaches, for example by using a hybrid strategy to help Dim Sum TV deliver regionalized feeds throughout South East Asia.

This also sounds like one of those “launches” that acknowledges something that’s already in-progress. Amagi was originally based in Bangalore, but it says it’s now headquartered in New York and also has an office in Los Angeles. And it’s already working with Vice Media and Turner Broadcasting — for example, Vice used the platform to launch new Viceland channel feeds in Africa, New Zealand and elsewhere.

LiveU highlights huge growth in live IP video traffic

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/12/06/liveu-highlights-huge-growth-in-live-ip-video-traffic/

LiveU has published new insights into the massive growth in live IP video traffic in the broadcast market, reflecting the transition away from traditional satellite transmission towards cellular. Based on data from LiveU’s global customer base (over 2,000 customers in over 100 countries), the findings reveal the full extent of the surge in demand for live content, geographical differences in video acquisition behavior, the move to HD and more.

According to LiveU’s internal report, data traffic for live video over IP has doubled over the last two years, with around 1.5 million live broadcasting hours delivered by LiveU in 2017. The average live stream per customer is 2.7 hours per day.

With the advances in HD video quality, HD 720/1080 video traffic now accounts for almost 80 per cent of all traffic delivered this year and there has been an increase of over 120 per cent in live HD sessions compared to 2016.

The length of video sessions has also increased with geographical differentiations worldwide. While the average broadcaster/content creator live session is 38 minutes, Western Europe and Africa show the longest average sessions at 46 minutes. In general, Africa has seen a move away from satellite to cellular bonding, with cellular often replacing satellite in some countries such as Ghana, Kenya and South Africa. This can be explained by the strength of the region’s 4G networks and the lower costs offered by cellular. Some broadcasters are also creating multi-camera productions using cellular transmission units.

LiveU’s data shows the reliability of bonded cellular with 79 per cent of all bonded video now delivered over cellular networks only (wired internet connection, WiFi and satellite accounting for the remaining share).

The worldwide average uplink speed for video acquisition has reached 4.5Mbps, with developed areas experiencing approximately 9Mbps on average.

Samuel Wasserman, LiveU’s CEO and co-founder, said, “What stands out in these findings is the transition away from traditional transmission methods to cellular bonding. This trend is gaining even greater traction with our LU600 4K HEVC solution offering broadcasters and other content creators unmatched quality and reliability.” Wasserman concluded, “We believe growth in 2018 will come from this transition, broadcast cloud services and HEVC. Bringing higher quality with even greater reliability to the market, HEVC enhances our technology’s use across multiple genres. We’re already seeing its use increase beyond news, with our global customers looking to deploy the LU600 HEVC solution for live sports and other vertical segments.”

Spat: YouTube app off Amazon devices

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/12/06/spat-youtube-app-off-amazon-devices/

A tit-for-tat row between tech giants has escalated with Google’s YouTube removing its app from Amazon’s Fire and Echo Show devices. The site can still be accessed via browsers on the devices.

Amazon said it hoped to resolve the issue with Google as soon as possible but claimed: “Amazon doesn’t carry Google products like Chromecast and Google Home, doesn’t make (its) Prime Video available for Google Cast users, and last month stopped selling some of (our sister company) Nest’s latest products… Given this lack of reciprocity, we are no longer supporting YouTube on Echo Show and Fire TV.”

Amazon added “Google is setting a disappointing precedent by selectively blocking customer access to an open website.”

“This latest escalation in the ongoing battle for supremacy between two tech giants is spilling into the living room, with Google removing YouTube from Amazon devices due to Amazon’s continued refusal to have Google products on their all-consuming store, noted Clive Malcher, SVP Commercial at Piksel. “Viewers expect to be able to access the content that they like to watch on the device and at the time of their choosing. This convenience is paramount in today’s technology powered world, with consumers always looking for way to get a better, quicker experience that suits them best. It would seem that Google’s strategy here is to build pressure on Amazon by reducing the convenience that its customers currently enjoy, and make them jump through hoops to join users who watch one billion hours of YouTube content per day. Whether this strategy of restricting content access will impact the way that these brands deal with each other in their other battleground areas – such as hardware and devices – will be very interesting to watch.”

Meanwhile Amazon has announced the Prime Video app is available on Apple TV 4K and previous generations of Apple TV in over 100 countries.

“There is nothing that excites us more than delighting our customers, and we are thrilled for them to stream Prime Video on Apple TV,” said Mark Eamer, Vice President of Prime Video. “The app arrives just in time for the highly anticipated new season of The Grand Tour, which launches on December 8th, and Prime Video members streaming on the Apple TV 4K will have the exceptional viewing experience of 4K HDR.”

Streaming primary viewing method for 31% of US

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/12/06/streaming-primary-viewing-method-for-31-of-us/

Figures from financial services company Raymond James reveal that 31 per cent of Internet users polled in November named a streaming service such as Netflix or Hulu as their primary method of consuming video content.

That was up from just 24 per cent about a year ago. It was also a scant few percentage points behind the 35 per cent who named cable as their chief means of watching video.

But Raymond James also concluded that consumers are not really eliminating their cable subscriptions as much as “cord-shaving,” or reducing their cable packages to so-called skinny bundles that offer fewer channels at a reduced price.

Among the top reasons given by those who retained cable packages for traditional TV service were access to broadcast TV channels, sports content and premium channels.

On the other end, streaming’s success can pretty much be summed up in one word—Netflix. Over three-quarters (76 per cent) of respondents named Netflix as one of the services they would pay for if they had to choose just three, based on their current budget.

Netflix’s strategy of picking up the back catalogues of content studios at cut-rate prices is long gone, now that it’s demonstrated that even decades-old content can still have value in the digital era.

But the company’s pivot to creating its own original content appears to be working. According to data from RBC Capital Markets, 58 per cent of Netflix subscribers surveyed in November said the company’s original content influenced their decision to sign up.

Netflix appears to be doubling down on its originals strategy. In its Q3 earnings call, the company said it planned to spend $8 billion on content in 2018, hoping to increase the share of that type of material to half of its overall content library.

South Africa parliament urged to investigate MultiChoice

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/12/06/south-africa-parliament-urged-to-investigate-multichoice/

The alleged scandal in South Africa over pay-TV operator MultiChoice and whether it abused its influence with public broadcaster SABC has now reached the country’s parliamentarians.

The opposition Democratic Alliance is calling for a full parliamentary enquiry into the damaging allegations. Consumer organisation Corruption Watch is making similar demands, while the Competition Commission says it could review MultiChoice’s relationship with SABC.

MultiChoice itself, owned by conglomerate Naspers, has already mounted an internal investigation.

Prasar Bharati to focus on transitioning to digital terrestrial signals

From http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/prasar-bharati-to-focus-on-transitioning-to-digital-terrestrial-signals/article9983327.ece

Broadcaster may phase out analogue transmitters in 19 cities

As part of the transition to a digital network, Prasar Bharati is looking at phasing out analogue terrestrial signals in 19 cities by this month-end. The public broadcaster has also identified 44 additional cities where it will look at building digital infrastructure by installing digital transmitters.

Speaking on the sidelines of the CII Big Picture Summit, Shashi Shekhar Vempati, CEO, Prasar Bharati, said: “In India, so far we had been lagging in digital terrestrial broadcasting space. Prasar Bharati has made a beginning. Today, we have 19 cities where have rolled out digital terrestrial TV signals.” He said in the 19 cities where digital transmitters had been installed, analogue terrestrial signals would be switched off by this month-end.

Asked about expansion of digital terrestrial signals to other cities, Vempati said: “We have identified 44 cities for the next phase. We will focus on installing digital transmitters in these cities in the next couple of years.”

In September, the Prasar Bharati Board had approved the plans for phasing out analogue transmitters for terrestrial broadcast, a move that was considered to be long-pending.

Vempati also talked about the need for a credible global voice that tells India’s story to the rest of the world and represents India’s soft power. “We are already working in the direction. One of the things is that DD News is a bilingual channel and we would move in a direction where we would have a Hindi channel and English channel with a global focus,” he added.

The public broadcaster has already stated its plans to make DD India as its English news channel with a global focus catering to Indian and international viewers. Meanwhile, DD News, which is currently bilingual, is expected to be converted into a Hindi news channel.

Asked about the public broadcasters’ strategy for future auctions of slots on its free-to-air DTH platform Free Dish, Vempati said: “We are working on a new policy. Future auctions will be based on the new formula. We have engaged IIM-Ahemdabad for the same.”


A new version of VLC modified for those with satellite tuner cards, it enables playing the viewing of the Chinese AVS video format Channels at 115.5E and 125E.
Just extract it to a folder then set the external player source in your software (I used DVB Dream) to the folder with the new version in it.


From my Email


From the Dish

Palapa D 113.0E 3960 H "Animax Asia and Phoenix Chinese Channel" have left.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3689 H "India News Gujarati" has started on , Fta.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 4113 H "Telefishinka Caalamiga" has left .

From asiatvro site

东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Network 10(印度)频道消失,设置3805 H 28500参数无效接收。[12-06]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-4、山东卫视(MPEG-4)等频道改格式,设置12521 V 30000参数有条件接收。[12-06]

东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,TV 5、Cignal(标清)频道消失,设置12646 V 3320参数无效接收。[12-05]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,PPV SD(Cignal)频道重现,设置11656 H 18750参数有条件接收。[12-05]
东经114.5度轨道位置的韩星5A号卫星Ku频段,花花公子、Baby TV(蒙古)等全组频道重现,设置11613 V 43200参数免费接收。 [12月5日]
东经114.5度轨道位置的韩星5A号卫星Ku频段,花花、MTV(蒙古)等全组频道消失,设置11613 V 43200参数无效接收。 [12月5日]
东经114.5度轨道位置的韩星5A号卫星Ku频段,Playboy TV(花花)频道重现,设置11613 V 43200参数免费接收。 [12月5日]
东经114.5度轨道位置的韩星5A号卫星Ku频段,TV1(蒙古)频道加密,设置11555 V 43200参数有条件接收。 [12月5日]
东经114.5度轨道位置的韩星5A号卫星Ku频段,UBS-1(蒙古)频道加密,设置11495 V 43200参数有条件接收。 [12月5日]
东经114.5度轨道位置的韩星5A号卫星Ku频段,Nei Mongolia(蒙古)频道新增,设置11495 V 43200参数免费接收。 [12月5日]
东经114.5度轨道位置的韩星5A号卫星Ku频段,Baby TV(高清)频道加密,设置11613 V 43200参数有条件接收。 [12月5日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,Doo Channel替换Major Channel(老挝)频道,设置11600 H 30000参数免费接收。 [12月5日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,Fight Box(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置4120 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [12月5日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,动物星球、台视 HD(数码天空)等全组频道加密,设置12538 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [12月5日]

From cnsat

亚太7号(76.5°E)卫星,12522 V 30000一组国内频道全部转MPEG-4格式,依旧锁码播出。(2017-12-06)

泰星5/6号(78.5°E)卫星,11600 H 30000一组Doo Channel替换Major Channel,开锁播出。(2017-12-05)
韩星5号(113.0°E)卫星,11613 V 43200一组花花频道等全组频道恢复,开锁播出。(2017-12-05)
韩星5号(113.0°E)卫星,11613 V 43200一组花花频道等全组频道消失。(2017-12-05)
韩星5号(113.0°E)卫星,11493 V 43200一组UBS-1频道锁码播出。(2017-12-05)
泰星5/6号(78.5°E)卫星,11600 H 30000一组Doo Channel替换Major Channel,开锁播出。(2017-12-05)
马星3号/3a(91.5°E)卫星,4120 H 30000一组新增Fight Box频道,锁码播出。(2017-12-05)


Stuff Pix enters movie market, competing with iTunes and Google Play video

From https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/99461483/stuff-pix-enters-movie-market-striking-several-deals-with-hollywood-studios

Stuff Fibre has announced it will launch a new movie streaming service Stuff Pix early next year.

Internet provider Stuff Fibre is getting into the movie streaming business, offering a catalogue of about 600 movies that can be watched online for $1 to $7 each.

The streaming service, Stuff Pix, is testing its website and app platforms and will launch in early 2018.

Stuff Pix general manager Paddy Buckley said the movies were not exclusive to Stuff Pix, but its prices would be the cheapest on offer.

"With no joining fee and no ongoing subscription fees, Stuff Pix users will pay a one off price for the rental of each movie, and the cost we are going to be offering will be the lowest in the market."

Any internet user will be able to stream the movies, some of which are produced by Disney, Lionsgate, NbcUniversal​, Village Roadshow and Warner Brothers.

Stuff Pix will launch early next year with 600 Hollywood and locally produced movies.

Stuff Pix intended to serve the market previously served by video stores and would mostly compete with services such as iTunes​ and Google Play, he said.

Buckley said consumers may assume Stuff Pix was a play against Netflix​, but it was not.

"This is a direct replacement of the DVD store."

The supply of movies to the New Zealand market was undercatered for by other streaming services, Buckley said.

Stuff Pix gets access to movies at what would previously have been the point when they were released on DVD – typically three to four months after they first screen in cinemas.

Stuff Fibre managing director and Stuff Pix chairman Sam Morse said Stuff Pix would stick to movie content, but would consider adding long-form documentaries to its offerings.

Stuff Pix managing director Sam Morse and general manager Paddy Buckley struck content deals with Disney, Lionsgate, NbcUniversal​, Village Roadshow and Warner Brothers for the service.

It could eventually screen Stuff editorial content if it fitted its criteria.

Telecommunications Users Association of New Zealand chief executive Craig Young said local consumers would respond well to the new platform run by a trusted New Zealand brand.

It was an "interesting play" by Stuff Fibre, and could be a bit late to reach the market, he said.

"All the internet service providers are looking to evolve their offering to differentiate themselves."

However, Young said the pricing range and pay per movie model was competitive and would help Stuff Pix to secure a decent audience in a "tough market" against the big players iTunes and Google Play.

His organisation always welcomed well priced, high value content as it was a means to beat illegal downloading.

Telecommunications Users Association of New Zealand chief executive Craig Young says Stuff Pix will help to beat movie piracy.

Morse said Stuff captured one of New Zealand's largest online audiences and Stuff Fibre provided high quality, fast broadband to stream Stuff Pix content.

Stuff Pix was expected to help Stuff Fibre acquire and retain customers.

A "substantial amount" of money had been spent creating the service.

Stuff chief executive Sinead Boucher says Stuff Pix will help to fund its journalism.

He could not say how much had been spent on deals with production companies or on software development, citing commercial sensitivity.

Morse said Hollywood production studios agreeing to offer their content was a "real endorsement" for Stuff Pix.

"They have also seen that the DVD high street store has disappeared … And there is a gap there."

Stuff Pix struck the content deals by picking up rights previously owned by the New Zealand arm of Australian-based internet television firm Quickflix.

Stuff chief executive Sinead Boucher said Stuff Pix added to Fairfax New Zealand's variety of business ventures that aim to sustain the funding of its production of journalism.

"We are diversifying into a lot of different things that we think our audience is interested in. We know we cannot rely solely on print."

Stuff Fibre is a joint venture between Fairfax, and a business established by five former Vodafone and Sky TV executives.

Fairfax NZ is the owner of Neighbourly and publisher of Stuff, The Dominion Post, The Press, and the Sunday Star-Times.

ViaSat-2 Satellite Reaches Geostationary Orbit; Successfully Receives and Transmits First Data from Space

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/prnewswire-space-news.html?rkey=20171205LA62082&filter=1639

CARLSBAD, Calif., Dec. 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Viasat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT), a global communications company, announced today the ViaSat-2 satellite has successfully arrived in geostationary orbit at 69.9° west longitude, and has transitioned into orbit normal mode (earth pointing) with its reflector and radiator deployments now complete. The Company also confirmed the ViaSat-2 satellite has commenced in-orbit testing, including the key milestone of the first end-to-end system test, with the ViaSat-2 satellite transmitting and receiving data to and from the new Viasat ground segment.

ViaSat-2 was launched by Arianespace from Kourou, French Guiana, on June 1, 2017. The ViaSat-2 satellite employed a hybrid propulsion approach, using both traditional chemical as well as electric propulsion. The chemical propulsion subsystem was responsible for initial orbit raising and performed according to plan, setting the stage for the follow-on ascent to geostationary orbit using electric propulsion, which was completed last week. Viasat spacecraft partner, Boeing Satellite Systems International, controlled and monitored ViaSat-2 throughout the orbit raising process, flying the satellite from its Mission Control Center in El Segundo, California.

Following completion of the in-orbit tests, the ViaSat-2 satellite is scheduled to enter commercial service in February 2018, where it will enable the delivery of advanced residential, enterprise, government and in-flight internet services.

Successful Data Transmission from Space
Within days of reaching its geostationary orbit, the Viasat team was successfully transmitting data to and from the ViaSat-2 satellite, as well as streaming content providing an early demonstration of the satellite's power and flexibility. Watch the first few moments of contact here.

"This is a great achievement for the Viasat team, our customers and our partners," said Mark Dankberg, chairman and CEO, Viasat. "The ViaSat-2 system is the culmination of years of hard work and commitment to bringing a satellite platform to market that can deliver truly high-speed, high-quality broadband to many more people, and with a much greater geographic reach. We're another step closer to bringing the ViaSat-2 satellite into service."

About ViaSat-2
The ViaSat-2 satellite system is expected to significantly improve speeds, reduce costs and expand the footprint of broadband services across North America, Central America, the Caribbean and a portion of northern South America, as well as the primary aeronautical and maritime routes across the Atlantic Ocean between North America and Europe. ViaSat-2 is a geostationary satellite that operates in Ka-band frequencies. It was designed to offer high-capacity connectivity and wide coverage, with the flexibility to move capacity to where demand requires it. As compared to ViaSat-1, ViaSat-2 is expected to double the bandwidth, with more than 300 Gigabits per second (Gbps) of total network capacity, as well as provide seven times the broadband coverage.

About Viasat
Viasat is a global communications company that believes everyone and everything in the world can be connected. For more than 30 years, Viasat has helped shape how consumers, businesses, governments and militaries around the world communicate. Today, the Company is developing the ultimate global communications network to power high-quality, secure, affordable, fast connections to impact people's lives anywhere they are—on the ground, in the air or at sea. To learn more about Viasat, visit: www.viasat.com, go to Viasat's Corporate Blog, or follow the Company on social media at: Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter or YouTube.

KVH turns to Intelsat EpicNG to speed up maritime broadband service

From http://spacenews.com/5-markets-kvh-turns-to-intelsat-epicng-to-speed-up-maritime-broadband-service/

KVH Industries, a mobile satellite communications equipment and service provider, is preparing to offer broadband in early 2018 to commercial and private maritime customers through satellite fleet operator Intelsat’s EpicNG constellation.

With its new TracPhone V7-HTS terminals, KVH is promising customers peak speeds of 10 megabits per second for downloads and three megabits per second for uploads. KVH’s previous generation, TracPhone V7-IP, advertises peak speeds of three megabits per second for downloads and 512 kilobits per second for uploads.

The KVH-Intelsat partnership is the latest example of growing demand for satellite communications in the maritime market. Mariners rely on satellite links to share information on their vessel’s performance, communicate with family and friends, use the internet and access entertainment.

“All those things drive the demand for higher throughput,” said Randy Anders, Intelsat managing director of North American sales. “Customers request higher throughput and the minute they obtain it, they fill it up with traffic and look to do other things.”

KVH, for example, created IP-MobileCast, a service that enables customers to watch television shows, sporting events, news programs, movies, weather reports and other programming while at sea. Mariners need high-throughput connections in order to make phone calls and use the internet while downloading this type of multimedia content, Anders said.

Northern Sky Research, a market research and consulting firm based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, expects companies to earn more than $1 billion a year by 2026 leasing satellite capacity to maritime VSAT customers. In 2016, that market was worth $400 million, according to Northern Sky Research’s report Maritime Satcom Markets, 5th Edition published in July.

Before Intelsat launched its first EpicNG satellite in January 2016, company executives were showing KVH how the satellite’s spot beams would provide higher throughput service along major sea routes, including the Caribbean, Mediterranean and North Seas.

“We have a strong partnership with KVH,” Anders said. “They had the vision of what they wanted to provide customers. This partnership confirms the expectation we had for the EpicNG platform when we designed it and built it.”

Intelsat has five EpicNG satellites in orbit. The sixth EpicNG satellite, Horizons-3e, a joint venture with Asian satellite fleet operator Sky Perfect JSAT, is scheduled to launch in late 2018 and fill out the constellation’s global coverage, said Intelsat spokesman Jason Bates.

UHD HDR iPlayer for Blue Planet II

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/12/05/uhd-hdr-iplayer-for-blue-planet-ii/

Wildlife fans can watch Blue Planet II in the best quality ever shown on the BBC iPlayer from December 10th.

The full, seven-part series will be available on iPlayer in Ultra HD and High Dynamic Range (HDR) – the first time the BBC has streamed an episode or series in such high quality – on compatible TVs after the final episode airs on BBC One.

BBC iPlayer will also introduce a wider range of colours to the Ultra HD and HDR version. This means audiences can enjoy shades of colours never before seen in a BBC programme, bringing the spectacular animals, vibrant coral reefs and deep blue oceans of Blue Planet II to life like never before.

Audiences have been wowed by the landmark documentary series, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, which uses revolutionary camera techniques and technology to capture breath-taking scenes from oceans around the world. Now, the BBC is using three of the latest technologies to let audiences watch the stunning footage in unprecedented quality:

•Ultra HD programmes take advantage of higher resolution TVs so that audiences can watch scenes like the deadly Portuguese man o’war catch its prey in exceptional clarity
•HDR takes this further with greater detail in the shadows and dark areas of the picture, as well as more natural and brighter highlights and mirror-like reflections
•Wider range of colours are possible by making the most of a Wider Colour Gamut technology, meaning audiences can enjoy the most lifelike BBC TV show ever made

The BBC uses a type of HDR called Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG), invented by BBC Research & Development and Japanese broadcaster NHK. Because of the way HLG represents light, people can enjoy the most natural colours possible on their televisions at home, as if they were in the sea alongside the camera crew. It’s also is a significant step toward bringing more HDR programmes to more people, as it meets the complex needs of TV broadcasters, especially with live broadcasts.

“As the most watched programme of 2017, Blue Planet II has captured the hearts of the nation,” noted Charlotte Moore, Director of Content, BBC. “The series is a prime example of the world-class work of the BBC NHU documentary makers and I’m delighted that audiences will be able to watch the series in ground-breaking quality on BBC iPlayer.”

“The extra quality that Ultra HD, HDR and the wider range of colours brings to audiences is unparalleled,” added Matthew Postgate, Chief Technology and Product Officer, BBC Design & Engineering. “Blue Planet II is the first programme we’ve shown in such high quality and perfectly demonstrates how the BBC is pushing the boundaries of digital innovation. Making the full series available in Ultra HD and HDR on BBC iPlayer is the next step in reinventing the BBC for a new generation, and there’s not a better place to start than with the stunning Blue Planet II.”

The initiative is part of a trial helping the BBC refine how it makes, produces and distributes the next generation of high quality TV programmes.

Ergen quits as DISH CEO to concentrate on wireless

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/12/05/ergen-quits-as-dish-ceo-to-concentrate-on-wireless/

DISH Network Chairman Charlie Ergen has relinquished his post as Chief Executive Officer to devote more attention to the company’s emerging wireless business. The company has promoted Erik Carlson to President and CEO from his prior role as President and Chief Operating Officer (COO). Carlson will continue to report to Ergen.

Under Carlson’s leadership, the company will assume a group structure to more effectively organise the company’s operational and staff leadership to support DISH TV, Sling TV and the company’s wireless business.

“With more than 20 years’ experience at DISH, Erik brings a complete understanding of the business opportunities both DISH TV and Sling TV possess,” said Ergen. “I have every confidence that under Erik’s leadership our new organisational structure will deliver value for DISH TV and Sling TV and will aid our entry into wireless.”

Executives reporting to Carlson include:

•Brian Neylon, who will serve as executive vice president (EVP), Group President, DISH TV. Formerly EVP, Customer Acquisition and Retention, Neylon will have accountability for all aspects of the DISH TV group’s strategy and performance. Neylon will retain oversight of the company’s Customer Acquisition and Retention departments.
•Warren Schlichting, who will serve as EVP, Group President, Sling TV. Formerly EVP, Marketing, Programming and Media Sales, Schlichting will have accountability for all aspects of the Sling TV group’s strategy and performance. Schlichting will retain oversight of the DISH Media Sales and Programming departments.
•EVP John Swieringa, who succeeds Carlson as COO for DISH. In this capacity, Swieringa will oversee all operational departments supporting the company’s DISH TV, Sling TV and Wireless groups, including the company’s customer support centres, its in-home installation workforce and the company’s IT department.
•EVP and Chief Technology Officer Vivek Khemka, who joins Carlson’s leadership team. Khemka’s DISH Technologies organisation supports DISH TV, Sling TV, and the wireless business. The organisation is responsible for technology strategy, product management, engineering, product development, supply chain management, broadcast operations and OTT delivery.

In addition to restructuring the current executive team, the company has appointed Walmart veteran and human resources executive David Scott to the role of Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO). Scott will serve DISH as an EVP and will join DISH’s management committee in February, reporting to Carlson.

Tim Messner, EVP and General Counsel; Steve Swain, senior vice president (SVP) and Chief Financial Officer; and Robert Toevs, VP, Corporate Communications, will report to Carlson.

In addition to Carlson, Ergen’s direct reports will include Tom Cullen, EVP, Corporate Development; Bernie Han, EVP, Strategic Planning; and Jeff Blum, SVP, Public Policy and Government Affairs.

Discovery India to revamp its kids’ channel

From http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/companies/discovery-india-to-revamp-its-kids-channel/article9981818.ece

Sees big promise in digital space for creating, curating branded content

As Discovery India gears up to make its debut in the Hindi GEC (general entertainment channel) space, it is also eyeing a leadership position in the children’s entertainment genre. The broadcasting company will also make a strategic bet in the digital space.

Discovery Communications India, which aims to triple its revenues by 2020, will be launching its Hindi GEC, called Discovery Jeet, early next year. The broadcasting company, which has a strong viewership base in the top 20 million TV households with its infotainment and lifestyle channels, believes Discovery Jeet will help grow its presence in the next 100 million TV households in the country.

360-degree approach

Talking about the strategy for Discovery Kids, Karan Bajaj, Senior Vice-President and General Manager (South Asia), Discovery Communications India, said: “We are currently a niche player in the kids’ entertainment space. Our aim is to become one of the top three channels in this genre by the end of next year.”

“Kids are known to develop strong loyalties for IPs (characters) and then want a lot of content around those IPs. Keeping these insights in mind, we are working on revamping Discovery Kids with the launch of a brand new locally- produced IP, which will be launched with over 300 episodes. It will represent nearly 70 per cent of the total programming shown on the channel,” he added.

The broadcaster will follow a 360-degree approach for the revamp of the channel and leverage on synergies in merchandise as well as the gaming space.

“We don’t want to just grow by adding more noise on TV but in a purpose-led way. As part of this strategy, we are focusing on growing our presence in the next 100 million TV households with Discovery Jeet. We will also continue to strengthen our presence in the top 20 million households,” Bajaj said.

As far as its digital strategy is concerned, Discovery India will look at building community of viewers with a targeted approach.

“The digital space is very attractive for us considering genres, such as lifestyle and infotainment, have a strong digital viewership. We will create and curate branded content for digital audiences in genres that have passionate communities of viewers and focus on delivering this content through multiple delivery ecosystems,” Bajaj added.

The broadcasting network will look at launching smartphone-attuned branded content in genres such as military, outdoor, food, fashion, automobile.



From my Email


From the Dish

Koreasat 5 113.0E SBS has moved from 12452 H to 12514 H, Fta.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3520 H "Unity TV 54" has left .

Thaicom 8 78.5E 11600 H "Asian Mix Channel" is now encrypted.

ABS 2 75.0E 3740 V "Beautiful Life TV" is Fta

Intelsat 22 72.1E 3831 L "Sasa TV" has left again.

From asiatvro site

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东经114.5度轨道位置的韩星5A号卫星Ku频段,Playboy TV(花花)高清频道消失,设置11613 V 43200参数无效接收。[12-04]
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From cnsat

亚洲7号(105.5°E)卫星,3690 H 15000一组新增india news gujrat频道,开锁播出。(2017-12-04)
韩星5号(113.0°E)卫星,12646 V 3320一组CT频道消失。(2017-12-04)
韩星5号(113.0°E)卫星,11613 V 43200一组花花高清频道消失。(2017-12-04)
亚洲7号(105.5°E)卫星,3751 V 2333一组Sky Cinema替换Kashmir TV KCB,开锁播出。(2017)


WA’s New Norcia antenna now the ‘gate to space’ in search for life on Mars

From https://thewest.com.au/business/was-new-norcia-antenna-now-the-gate-to-space-in-search-for-life-on-mars-ng-b88612956z

A $40m antenna in WA could provide clues to Martian life and water on other planets

A 15-year-old antenna that sits in the middle of a wheatfield outside the sleepy, monastic town of New Norcia has a global — actually, make that galactic — importance that cannot be underestimated.

As you read this, the antenna is accepting data from ExoMars, a European Space Agency mission that is tasked with no less than looking for life on Mars.

When WestBusiness Insider visits the ESA’s facility,a series of graphs inside the antenna base indicate the spacecraft is doing OK as it attempts the yearlong process of aerobreaking on the Red Planet.

From next year, the spacecraft will relay information from its search for trace gas such as methane — which could indicate prior biological or geological activity — as it probes the possibility of Martian life and water.

Frankfurt-based Paulo Ferri, who heads up ESA’s mission operations department, waxes lyrical about the $40 million antenna, which sits about two clicks past the middle of nowhere, 130km north-east of Perth.

The New Norcia facility has been operating a spacecraft on the planet for the past 14 years.

“New Norcia is the gate to space,” says Dr Ferri during a tour of the complex.

“It was our first antenna and it keeps being the most fundamental one.

“It is the one with the heaviest use. We use it 20 hours a day. It’s amazing.

“We would like to expand the site. Maybe one day we can expand and have two of these.”

The New Norcia facility is no newcomer to Mars. It has been operating a spacecraft on the planet for the past 14 years, which is due to retire next year.

From October, the antenna will carry out a key role in an ESA mission to Mercury, and from 2022 it will operate a mission to Jupiter.

The facility’s impressive track record and Dr Ferri’s high praise make for a ringing endorsement of WA as it seeks to become the headquarters for the upcoming Australian Space Agency, though it is far from the only reason the State should be considered for the job.

Just about everyone agrees that it is hard to beat WA’s location when it comes to space science.

The State’s clear skies, remote location and dry climate reduce interference to optical and short wave radio communications.

Furthermore, all NASA and ESA rockets pass directly over WA in their trajectory from launch pads in America and South America.

Crucially, the spacecraft pass WA skies at the exact moment the launcher separates and drops the spacecraft into orbit, giving ground control time to detect and fix problems.

NASA’s satellites are about 3000km away in Canberra, which means communication kicks in about 15 minutes after the spacecraft drop into orbit when it is potentially too late to fix any problems.

For that reason, NASA sometimes hires the New Norcia facility to help its Canberra network track rockets launched from its famous Cape Canaveral facility in Florida.

“Everything happens over Western Australia,” says Dr Ferri.

Peter Quinn, executive director of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research, agrees with the sentiment, claiming that WA’s natural and acquired advantages make it the best pick as the headquarters for the new space agency, recently announced by the Federal Government.

Professor Quinn says another advantage is the State’s involvement in the global $2 billion Square Kilometre Array project.

The SKA project — half of which is being conducted in South Africa — is seeking to find out how the universe evolved in the billion years after the Big Bang by looking at the formation of the first stars, galaxies and black holes.

The ambitious project will even consider whether Einstein’s theory of relativity is correct and whether we are alone in the universe.

The SKA’s two low-array precursor telescopes — known as the Murchison Widefield Array and the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder — are currently operating from the Murchison because the area is regarded as the having the least radio interference of any region in the world.

“WA already has the capabilities that could be pulled together and grown into what could be a world-leading capability — a national industry with a WA focus.”

Professor Steven Tingay

Scientists are using these projects as practice ground for when they build the SKA telescope, which will be 3000 times more powerful than anything that exists today.

Professor Quinn says the significance and the opportunity that will flow from the project is on par with man’s first landing on the Moon.

“It is an Apollo moment — it really is,” Professor Quinn says.

“The size of the achievement of the Apollo program is very much the size of the achievement we are trying to achieve with the SKA.

“The scale of innovation and the technical advancement is like what they had to do for the Apollo program.

“To do that, we had to invent all kinds of new technology and new materials. To do SKA, we are going to have to do the same, particularly in data science.

“We are going to have to develop brand new algorithms, brand new technology and cheaper, faster systems that are a lot more economical.

“From a spin-off perspective, from the innovation perspective and from the human endeavour perspective, the SKA is the Apollo program.”

To this end, about $450 million has been invested in WA’s space industry since 2007, mostly by Federal governments.

All NASA and ESA rockets pass directly over WA in their trajectory from launch pads in America and South America.

The money has gone to develop new institutes, fibre optic links, solar and diesel power stations, supercomputers and telescopes required for the SKA project.

Professor Quinn says it has enhanced WA’s skill set in the sector, making it the undisputed leader in Australia’s space industry.

“And now based on that skill set, in radio astronomy and data science, we can actually leverage Australia into the space industry,” he says.

Professor Quinn believes the emerging field could give WA an economic boost, though he believes it will create “hundreds of highly skilled jobs, not thousands”.

“There are big opportunities to make money in space, particularly in the downlink area,” he says.

“Over the next 10 years there is going to be a huge increase in the number of satellites in the world.

“Every single one of those satellites, whether small or large, is going to need someone to receive the data they are sending to the ground. “There is no one else in this longitudinal zone, so there is a real commercial opportunity to do this.

“If you can imagine small home satellite dishes, but small farms of them, (operating) as a relatively small enterprise. There are lots of companies in Europe doing this, but no one is doing this in Australia.”

The ever-growing technology and skill set beg the question of how far Australia’s space efforts can advance. Will we, for example, ever launch our own spacecraft?

Professor Steven Tingay, deputy executive director of ICRAR and leader of the agency’s Curtin University node, says it is possible, but not necessarily desirable.

He says there are already numerous launch-capable nations in the world and increasing participation by the private sector, such as SpaceX.

“Do we really want to invest in what most of the world is already doing?” he says.

“Do we need to launch stuff or should we be focused on the science and engineering that’s in the interest of the nation, like putting the payloads on a space rocket and getting it into space?”

Professor Tingay will not wade into the debate about where the ASA should be headquartered, claiming it is important to first determine the scope of the agency.

Prof. Steven Tingay, executive director of the Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy.

But regardless of where it is based, he believes WA will punch above its weight in terms of carrying out activities for the agency, particularly because of its astronomical expertise through the SKA.

He says while astronomy and astrophysics are not the central elements of a traditional space agency, both the ESA and NASA are heavily involved in the fields because of the beneficial spin-offs from things such as telescope technology.

He says WA has a further advantage, given its expertise in developing drones, sensors and robotics for the harsh environments of the mining, oil and gas sectors, which he says can be adapted to space.

“In WA there is a huge number of start-up companies and small-to-medium enterprises that are highly relevant and could be very easily encouraged along that path via a space agency,” he says.

“We have companies that produce very sophisticated imaging payloads that go on drones that are used to do all sorts of monitoring of the terrain and remote sensing, which is exactly the sort of things you could do in space.”

He says a national agency will be able to pull together the many disparate but innovative projects in the field, such as the monitoring of space junk.

Space junk has been identified by some observers as big a problem as global warming.

Ample and growing debris floating around the universe is capable of destroying satellites worth hundreds of billions of dollars.

Even a small sliver of paint from a spacecraft can cause billions in damage when travelling at 8km a second.

To date, no country in the world has substantially exploited the commercial market for the monitoring of debris and then alerting companies to take evasive action to protect their assets.

Professor Tingay, who is leading a Curtin University group that is monitoring space junk through the MWA telescope, says Australia has the potential to corner this market if it joins forces with other local groups focused on the same goal.

The Defence sector is working on it in conjunction with the US Air Force in Exmouth, while a private local company is collaborating with global aerospace company Lockheed Martin, and the Australian National University has also made some strides in the field.

“Here is an example of a national capability that could be brought together very substantially, co-ordinated by a space agency, and funded to be a coherent activity that could be national in scope,” Professor Tingay says.

“WA already has the capabilities that could be pulled together and grown into what could be a world-leading capability — a national industry with a WA focus.”

State Science Minister Dave Kelly says WA’s 60-year experience in the space industry, and its relationship with NASA, ESA and Japan’s national space agency, make it the “perfect fit to be the home of the proposed national space agency”.

He says a WA-headquartered space agency would build on the State’s existing capabilities in radio astronomy, remote sensing and big data management.

European Space Agency delegates visit the satellite dish and facilities at New Norcia.

“The resources industry will remain a central part of the State’s economy but the space industry is one of many sectors where the Western Australian Government is looking to diversify and grow our economy and create jobs,” he says.

“Our existing strengths in resources actually bolsters our argument to take a key role in the national space agency, as there are overlaps when it comes to technology and automation, mapping, big data and project management.”

Liberal senator Linda Reynolds says the headquarters role will not be the biggest prize to emanate from the proposed space agency, claiming the real spoils will be in the level of activity delegated to each State.

Senator Reynolds was among a bipartisan delegation of key WA stakeholders, including Chief Scientist Peter Klinken, representatives from four universities and Mr Kelly, to lobby Canberra for WA to win a substantial share of the upcoming activities.

She notes tough competition from South Australia, home to the Woomera rocket range, and which is also angling to become a hub under the new space agency.

During the Cold War, Woomera had the second highest quantity and rate of rocket launches in the world after NASA facilities at Cape Canaveral, and the SA Government is fighting hard for its share of the upcoming work.

However, the Defence sector has shot down its importance in the space sector, stating in a recent report that the infrastructure to support a launch was decommissioned 40 years ago.

Senator Reynolds proposes that the best model for a space agency is to have substantial facilities across the country which focus on different areas of expertise.

Under this model, the head office agency would organise and fund the activities.

She would like to see WA get funding to set up something similar to America’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a NASA facility that combines research and business to carry out robotic space and Earth science missions.

Senator Reynolds says WA is not good at selling its own credentials in the field, despite a long and extensive involvement in space science.

WA’s fascination with all things space made headlines when residents turned on their lights and turned their torches skywards to greet astronaut John Glenn as he passed overhead in the Friendship 7 spacecraft in 1962, earning its moniker as the City of Light.

Since then, it has built up an impressive range of facilities to support the space sector.

This includes the WA Space Centre in Mingenew, which is used by the Swedish Space Corporation and Chinese interests, the Perth International Telecommunications Centre in Landsdale, which has hosted Japanese interests and the ESA, and the Learmonth Solar Observatory in Exmouth, which collaborates with the US Air Force.

Like many others in the field, she mentions WA’s mining sector as a useful sister sector.

“The other thing we are putting (to Canberra) very strongly is that the work that our universities and companies do in other areas, like oil and gas, a lot of those technologies are directly applicable to satellite technology and deep space exploration,” Senator Reynolds says.

“South Australia has the Woomera range for launching and testing, which clearly WA doesn’t have at the moment.

“We are not trying to compete with South Australia in that regard, but we are great at developing new technologies and operating in harsh environments.”

Australia: Inquiry into digital platforms

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/12/04/australia-inquiry-into-digital-platforms/

Australia’s Federal Government has formally directed the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) to commence an inquiry into digital platform providers such as Facebook and Google.

The ACCC’s inquiry will look at the effect that digital search engines, social media platforms and other digital content aggregation platforms are having on competition in media and advertising services markets.

“The ACCC goes into this inquiry with an open mind to and will study how digital platforms such as Facebook and Google operate to fully understand their influence in Australia,” commented ACCC Chairman Rod Sims.

“We will examine whether platforms are exercising market power in commercial dealings to the detriment of consumers, media content creators and advertisers. The ACCC will look closely at longer-term trends and the effect of technological change on competition in media and advertising. We will also consider the impact of information asymmetry between digital platform providers and advertisers and consumers.”

Advertising expenditure in print newspapers has been in decline for a number of years. Recent ACCC merger reviews have shown that most advertisers are spending less on print newspapers and finding alternative ways of reaching target audiences, including through digital media.

“As the media sector evolves, there are growing concerns that digital platforms are affecting traditional media’s ability to fund the development of content,” added Sims.

“Through our inquiry, the ACCC will look closely at the impact of digital platforms on the level of choice and quality of news and content being produced by Australian journalists.”

By holding an inquiry under Part VIIA of the Competition and Consumer Act (2010), the ACCC can use compulsory information gathering powers and hold hearings to assess the level of competition in a market.

“We are keen to hear the views of content creators, mainstream media outlets and smaller media operators, platform providers, advertisers, journalists, consumers and small business interest groups,” he advised.

The ACCC is expected to produce a preliminary report early December 2018, with a final report set for early June 2019.

Sky TV's demand to block websites unlikely to work

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11953556

The internet in 2017 is a very different beast to how lawyers envisage the network.

Even if internet providers went along with Sky TV's legal demands that they block specific sites that provide access to copyright infringing material, it's unlikely work.

Why? Because from a technical point of view, the internet in 2017 is a very different beast to how lawyers envisage the network.

The internet used to be, in very simple terms, a network over which hosts (that is, computers) communicated with each other.

That's the end-to-end principle of the internet, and you could block access to one bad corner of the network fairly easily.

Now though, asking ISPs to block bits of the internet where you think "pirate data" comes from is a fool's errand.

The internet is now massive and the traffic over it is mainly huge video files. This makes it difficult for computers to serve up content fast enough to internet subscribers requesting the material.

To fix this, intermediary networks in front of servers such as caches try to serve up large amounts of content from computers near users, over cheap national links that are faster than pricey overseas cable connections.

Then there are reverse proxies. If you look up where The Pirate Bay (thepiratebay.org) is hosted, you'll see it appears to be in Australia, in Megaport's data centre in Sydney.

Before anyone suggests that the police raid Megaport's data centre, that's not where The Pirate Bay lives.

Instead, The Pirate Bay uses Cloudflare, a global company that puts its high-performance and very resilient network in front customers' servers.

Each time you download a magnet link to torrent files from The Pirate Bay, Cloudflare's network handles it and passes on the request to servers that your computer cannot directly connect to.

This shields The Pirate Bay from hacking, denial of service attacks and being located. It's a fairly simple technique that works so well that our Government Communications Security Bureau spooks use a similar service for their website.

Should Sky TV ask Vocus, 2 Degrees, Spark and Vodafone to block Cloudflare then?
Umm, no. Cloudflare is a bit too big for that, and has important customers on its network.

There's no point in blocking the specific internet address on Cloudflare that leads to The Pirate Bay's servers either. Doing so would block innocent businesses that use the same IP address for ISP customers.

Sky TV's is demanding that internet providers block specific sites that provide access to copyright infringing material.

Sky TV could try to complain to Cloudflare to have The Pirate Bay and similar sites removed, just like Google is forced to take out from its index search results that lead to copyright infringing material, as dictated by the United States Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), if it hasn't already.

It's hard to imagine that Sky TV doesn't know this already, but on one level, letting slip the legal attack dogs on what appears to be a futile mission makes sense.

See, even with automated copyright infringement reporting systems sending in notifications by the billions to Google, people will still share content that's not theirs on the world's most efficient copying machine, the internet.

A real "nuclear option" is being developed by the European Union to deal with that issue however.

In a nutshell, the EU wants ISPs to filter their customers' connections to block them from uploading and sharing and posting copyright infringing material.

Great idea, isn't it? If people can't share copyrighted material, the infringement problem goes away, doesn't it? Only problem is, nobody knows how to do it technically.

ISPs and sites like YouTube and Facebook would have to install content recognition technology of some sort that would check and analyse users' data, in case it contains copyrighted material.

Billions of people's internet connections would need to be filtered, going through all their data just in case. This would amount to a massive invasion of privacy and as encryption has to be broken temporary for the inspection to work, a huge security risk.

Thing is, that site blocking and filtering are unlikely to work is neither here nor there.

The long-term strategy is to introduce such measures through legal means, which push up costs for ISPs that already struggle with unsustainably low margins per customer.

In that environment, only a few big providers will survive thanks to large customer volumes.

Eventually, it will create a small number of large, walled garden internets where approved content is served from within the network, and access to the outside world is limited.

China's internet already works like that, and Russia wants to put into place domain name system lookup technology for the two countries as well as for India, Brazil and South Africa, to control what websites users can access, from August next year.

We'll see where this ends but 2018 could be the year when the internet as we knew it goes away.

Fox launching National Geographic+ VoD service

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/12/04/fox-launching-national-geographicvod-service/

Fox Networks Group (FNG) Europe & Africa has unveiled a new non-linear service. Created by FNG Europe & Africa, National Geographic+ will provide exclusive access to the vast catalogue of National Geographic, with the award winning visual storytelling delivered through carefully curated topics.

Space, Egypt, World Cultures, Deep-sea Exploration and Human Body are just a few of the topics that will be available when the service debuts in 2018.

Utilising an innovative approach to content curation, National Geographic+ will also be a flexible platform, allowing the service to be timely and relevant in relation to current affairs and anniversaries. Constantly evolving, with new topics on a monthly basis, or in response to world events, National Geographic+ will provide viewers the opportunity to indulge in their interests and passions.

Through partnerships with black, a division of mobile operator Cell C, YouSee and the OTE Group for inclusion in COSMOTE TV, National Geographic+ will launch in South Africa, Denmark and Greece, with further deals to be announced in the new year.

“Consumers are at the heart of our non-linear services; people are used to marathon viewing for scripted, but there hasn’t been a simple and effective way to offer similar experiences within Factual,” said Jan Koeppen, President, Fox Networks Group, Europe & Africa. “At National Geographic, we are passionate about taking our viewers further, to encourage exploration and a better understanding of the world in which we all live. By introducing National Geographic+, we are combining our 129 years of visual storytelling with our rich history of product innovation to ensure that factual stands out in the on-demand world.”

Short form and 4K will also be an important part of the new service, along with the new scripted programmes such as MARS, The Long Road Home and the ten-time EMMY nominated Genius, starring Geoffrey Rush and directed by Ron Howard.

Integrated seamlessly into its MVPDs’ platforms, National Geographic+ has been designed to be available on the go, across multiple screens along with download for offline viewing capabilities.


ABC2 has re-branded to ABC Comedy/Kids

it updates on C1/D3 as follows

1) ABC COMEDY QLD (ABC) 11804, V, 30000 8PSK Channel Name("ABC2/KIDS QLD"=>"ABC COMEDY QLD")
2) ABC COMEDY NT (ABC) 11804, V, 30000 8PSK Channel Name("ABC2/KIDS NT"=>"ABC COMEDY NT")
3) ABC COMEDY SA (ABC) 11804, V, 30000 8PSK Channel Name("ABC2/KIDS SA"=>"ABC COMEDY SA")
4) ABCComedy/Kids (Foxtel) 12177, V, 27800 Channel Name("ABC2/ABCKIDS"=>"ABCComedy/Kids")
5) ABC COMEDY WA (ABC) 12647, V, 30000 8PSK Channel Name("ABC2/KIDS WA"=>"ABC COMEDY WA")
6) ABC COMEDY SE (ABC) 12647, V, 30000 8PSK Channel Name("ABC2/KIDS SE"=>"ABC COMEDY SE")

Monday feeds

Asiasat 5 3885 H Sr 7200 "SAILING"

Sunday Feeds

D2 12643 V Sr 22395 "IAC 17 Path 1" Encrypted probably I'm a Celeb
D2 12670 V Sr 7500 "TBS 7 (Telstra Broadcast Services)" at a racetrack

Saturday feeds

Asiasat 5 4147 V Sr 7200 "CAT DSNG1" AARG SS 600 Motorbikes

Asiasat 5 3670 H Sr 7200 Service-1" Golf

Intelsat 19 12609 V Sr 7000 Fec 5/6 Ashes Cricket

Asiasat 5 3729 H sr 14400 Golf from Japan

From my Emal


From the Dish

Palapa D 113.0E 3880 H "Channel E and Smile Home Shopping" have started on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 3997 H "Channel E and Smile Home Shopping" have left again.
Palapa D 113.0E 4014 H "Puldapii TV" has started on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 3627 H "Fodamara TV" has left again.
Palapa D 113.0E 3808 V "SBS Shop has replaced Lejel Home Shopping Live" on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 3880 H "Gem TV Asia" has left.
Palapa D 113.0E 3960 H "SBS In" has left again.
Palapa D 113.0E 4080 H "Metro TV" has started on ,Fta.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3745 V "House Full Action has replaced Movies Kicker" on , Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3745 V "VOJK" has started on , Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3890 V "Big Magic HD" is now encrypted.

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 12323 V "CCTV 13 has again replaced Zhejiang Satellite TV" on , BISS.

Express AM33 96.5E 3808 R TV Sever has left .
Express AM33 96.5E 4114 R "TRK Irkutsk" is Fta.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3805 H "Navgrah" has started on , Fta.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3585 V "MV Lao HD, E-San Banhouw and Five HD" have started on BISS. Asian Mix Channel, INM, Film Max and X2 Channel have left.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 4040 V "NB TV has left Maxagro TV" is now encrypted.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 4113 H "RTN TV" has started on , Fta

Intelsat 22 72.1E 3831 LI "nooro TV and Citizen TV" have started on , fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 11170 V "E Movies +" has started on , Videoguard.

Intelsat 33e 60.0E 3764 R "Spark TV" has started on , Fta.
Intelsat 33e 60.0E 3778 R "Channel 44 has replaced WBS TV" on, Fta.
Intelsat 33e 60.0E 3785 R "Ebru TV Africa" has started on , Fta.

From cnsat.net

亚洲7号(105.5°E)卫星,3751 V 2333一组Sky Cinema替换Kashmir TV KCB,开锁播出。(2017-12-04)
亚洲7号(105.5°E)卫星,3745 V 6520一组15 Channel替换15 News,开锁播出。(2017-12-04)
帕拉帕D(113.0°E)卫星,Channel E、Space Toon 3等全组频道消失,设置3997 H 12500无信号。(2017-12-04)
韩星5号(113.0°E)卫星,12365 V 5065一组FGTV HD频道锁码播出。(2017-12-04)

国际20号(68.5°E)卫星,3869 V 14400一组NT 1替换Naaptol Blue开锁播出。(2017-12-03)
越星1/2号(132.0°E)卫星,11008 H 28800一组SCTV 1 HD替换Giai Tri TV,锁码播出。(2017-12-03)
帕拉帕D(113.0°E)卫星,3810 V 10000一组新增SBS Shop频道,开锁播出。(2017-12-03)
亚洲7号(105.5°E)卫星,3745 V 6520一组新增Kashmir Vojk TV测试开锁播出。(2017-12-03)
越星1/2号(132.0°E)卫星,11134 H 9600一组VTV3替换THU NGHIEM 4,VTV6替换THU NGHIEM 5,锁码播出。(2017-12-03)
越星1/2号(132.0°E)卫星,11472 H 23200一组VTV1替换服务指南2,VTV2替换服务指南3频道,锁码播出。(2017-12-03)

中新二号(88.0°E)卫星, 美食星球、亚洲旅游等全组频道消失,设置3648 H 5000无信号。(2017-12-02)
韩星5号(113.0°E)卫星,12365 V 5065一组FGTV HD开锁播出。(2017-12-02)
ABS-2A(75.0°E)卫星,11800 V 45000一组Telekanal Spas频道锁码播出。(2017-12-02)
ABS-2A(75.0°E)卫星,11665 V 44923一组Multimuzyka替换Strana频道,锁码播出。(2017-12-02)

帕拉帕D(113.0°E)卫星,3880 H 29900一组新增Chaannel E等三个频道,开锁播出。(2017-12-01)
印度Insat-4A(83.0°E)卫星,3805 H 28500一组新增Shri Navgrah Channel,开锁播出。(2017-12-01)
亚洲7号(105.5°E)卫星,4065 H 4296一组CTV替换GR8 TV频道,开锁播出。(2017-12-01)
亚太V号(138.0°E)卫星,数码天空新增中视、民视、公视高清频道等24个频道,设置参数12537 V 45000开锁播出。(2017-12-01)
亚太V号(138.0°E)卫星,长城直播亚洲平台12537 V 41248一组信号消失。(2017-12-01)

From asiatro site

东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Kashmir Vojk TV替换New Service(测试)频道,设置3745 V 6520参数免费接收。 [12月3日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,Che(+7h)(俄罗斯)频道解密,设置11530 H 22250参数免费接收。 [12月3日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,VTV 1、VTV 2替换Thu Nghiem 2(VTC)等频道,设置11472 H 23200参数有条件接收。 [12月3日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,VTV 3、VTV 6替换Thu Nghiem 5(VTC)等频道,设置11135 H 9600参数有条件接收。 [12月3日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,民视 HD(数码天空)高清频道重现,设置12538 V 45000参数免费接收。 [12月3日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,民视 HD(数码天空)高清频道消失,设置12538 V 45000参数无效接收。 [12月3日]

东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Sulsel TV替换Na Channel(印尼)频道,设置11028 V 20200参数免费接收。[12-03]
东经88度轨道位置的中新2号卫星C频段,美食星球、亚洲旅游(台湾)等全组频道消失,设置3648 H 5000参数无效接收。[12-02]
东经114.5度轨道位置的韩星5A号卫星Ku频段,Playboy TV、Travel TV(Ddish TV)等45个频道新增,设置11613 V 43200参数免费接收。[12-02]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,HBO HD、AXN HD(缅甸)等全组频道消失,设置12560 V 22500参数无效接收。[12-02]
东经114.5度轨道位置的韩星5A号卫星Ku频段,CNN HD、国家地理野生(Ddish TV)等31个频道新增,设置11555 V 43200参数免费接收。[12-02]
东经114.5度轨道位置的韩星5A号卫星Ku频段,MNB、TV 5(Ddish TV)等43个频道新增,设置11495 V 43200参数免费接收。[12-02]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,FGTV(高清)频道解密,设置12365 V 5065参数免费接收。[12-02]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2A号卫星Ku频段,Telekanal Spas(俄罗斯)频道加密,设置11800 V 45000参数有条件接收。[12-02]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2A号卫星Ku频段,Multimuzyka替换Strana(俄罗斯)频道,设置11665 V 44923参数有条件接收。[12-02]

东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,大爱 HD替换大爱 2HD(数码天空)频道,设置12538 V 45000参数免费接收。[12-01]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号星C段,Channel E、Smile Home Shopping(印尼)等3个频道新增,设置3880 H 29900参数免费接收。[12-01]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Shri Navgrah Channel(印度)频道新增,设置3805 H 28500参数免费接收。[12-01]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星C频段,人间卫视(台亚卫星)频道解密,设置3740 V 33000参数免费接收。[12-01]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,CTV替换GR8 TV(巴基斯坦)频道,设置4065 H 4296参数免费接收。[12-01]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,台视 HD、动物星球(数码天空)等24个频道新增,设置12538 V 45000参数免费接收。[12-01]


Australia’s newest TV channel ABC Comedy starts tonight!

From https://www.mediaweek.com.au/abc-comedy-abc2-launch-tonightly-tom-ballard/

Australian TV’s only tonight show plus first episodes of five new and classic sitcoms

The much-anticipated rebranding of ABC2 happens on the evening of Monday December 4 as the channel that is known as ABC Kids during the day becomes ABC Comedy instead of ABC2 at 7.30pm.

The marquee program on the new channel is a new daily comedy show Tonightly with Tom Ballard.

However, before it screens at 9pm on day one, viewers will see a repeat episode of Spicks And Specks and then two repeat screenings – the first two episodes from season one – of Upper Middle Bogan.

The channel’s new tonight show will air at 9pm and stream also on iview, Facebook and YouTube.

Joining Ballard on Tonightly are reporters Greta Lee Jackson, Bridie Connell and Greg Larsen.

In a busy first episode, Ballard and his team tell Mediaweek they will be tackling Trump’s eating habits, Bitcoin, the Royal Commission, Barnaby’s win, George Christensen and his Bolt saga, the Don Burke controversy, Kwaussies and much more.

Following Tonightly on the first night of Comedy are the first two episodes of the British sitcom GameFace. Starring comedian Roisin Conaty, the six-part comedy series follows her character Marcella as she spiritedly crashes her way through life, assisted by her dubious life coach, best friends and ever-patient driving instructor. Conaty also wrote and executive produced the series.

The night continues after 10pm with episode one of the second season of the UK pop quiz Never Mind The Buzzcocks with a special appearance from David Hasselhoff.

The night ends with three back-to-back US sitcoms – all starting with their pilot episodes – The Office, 30 Rock and Parks And Recreation.

Optus Satellite adds 3 Angels Broadcasting Network to VAST offering

From https://www.telecompaper.com/news/optus-satellite-adds-3-angels-broadcasting-network-to-vast-offering--1222917

Optus Satellite has announced Christian lifestyle channel 3 Angels Broadcasting Network (3ABN) Australia will now broadcast on Aurora Digital reaching the VAST community (Viewer Access Service Television) of digital content viewers in remote areas throughout Australia. The VAST free-to-air direct-to-home satellite service was initiated by the Australian Government and is currently operated by Optus Satellite on the Optus Aurora Digital satellite platform. It provides digital television and radio to customers in rural and remote areas of Australia who are unable to receive standard terrestrial broadcasting services.

(Craig's comment, on C1 12647 V Sr 30000, encrypted for some stupid reason!!)

Foxtel locks NBN into troubled HFC network through Malcolm Turnbull's Telstra deal

From http://www.afr.com/technology/web/nbn/foxtel-locks-nbn-into-troubled-hfc-network-through-turnbulls-telstra-deal-20171203-gzxqk8

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull faces expensive embarrassment if NBN Co cannot rectify problems that have halted the rollout of the HFC network he championed, as the company confirmed taxpayers will be forced to pay to maintain it for Telstra to broadcast Foxtel, even if it is ditched from the NBN.

NBN chief executive Bill Morrow suddenly hit pause on the rollout of broadband delivered over pay television cables last week, due to mounting issues with service dropouts, delaying the roll out to an eventual 3 million metropolitan areas by an estimated six to nine months.

However, as Labor ups its campaign for NBN to drop HFC in favour of fibre to the curb technology, NBN confirmed to The Australian Financial Review that it is contractually bound to maintain the ailing network for as long as Telstra wants to keep using it for pay-TV transmission.

The problems with the HFC network are an unwelcome embarrassment to the Prime Minister as he faces ongoing speculation about his leadership of the Liberal Party.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is all smiles as NBN chief executive Bill Morrow shakes hands with then Telstra CEO David Thodey to seal the deal that saw HFC included in the NBN mix. Michele Mossop

In his time as opposition communications spokesman he regularly savaged the Labor government over its decision to pay Telstra and Optus to decommission HFC in favour of fibre, and quickly moved to renegotiate the multibillion-dollar contracts with the telcos to incorporate HFC when the Coalition won government.

While NBN and Communications Minister Mitch Fifield insist that the problems being experienced by HFC customers are not fatal for the rollout, sources close to the project told the Financial Review that there had been some attempts within NBN ranks to greatly diminish the use of the technology due to complications with the signals for some Foxtel channels interfering with NBN's broadband.

NBN has already dumped the HFC network acquired from Optus after finding it wasn't up to scratch, but Senator Fifield has said he is confident that Telstra's HFC is delivering 100Mbps (megabits per second) broadband speeds today on the NBN and would be delivering up to 1Gbps with planned upgrades.

NBN management rejects the idea that there is a problem with signal clashes over HFC and is understood to be working off the assumption that dropouts and inconsistent performance are caused simply by insufficient sealing on the cables, which it is going back to fix.

'Policy failure'

To switch away from HFC at this stage would be politically unpalatable for the government, and shadow Communications Minister Michelle Rowland said the government and NBN management were scrambling to appear to be fixing the problem to appease an increasingly restless population.

"NBN Co knew about the HFC problem back in 2015, this didn't just fall from the sky … At every juncture, NBN Co has put consumers last until the media shined the spotlight," Ms Rowland said.

"NBN executives can spin it however they want, or try to blame whoever they want, but this latest HFC debacle falls squarely at their feet. Turnbull owns the policy failure, and NBN have compounded it with implementation failures."

She said previous analysis signed off by the NBN board indicated the HFC delay could cost taxpayers between $420 and $790 million, in lost revenue, but declined to comment directly on whether Labor would scrap HFC entirely if it wins government.

Minister for Communications Mitch Fifield has said the current problems with the HFC networks can be fixed without problems.

Asked about the impact of the requirement for NBN to pay to maintain HFC for Telstra's Foxtel transmission, Ms Rowland said it was a result of the government's determination to shift policy after it was elected.

"One day the public will learn the true extent of the shambles and contracts that underpin Turnbull's multi-technology mix – and they will be shocked," she said.

"The situation is a shambles. It is nearly 2018 and Turnbull still can't make the technology work properly – and taxpayers are expected to wear the consequences."

Long-term HFC advocate

The Prime Minister's strident support for HFC being used ahead of fibre in areas where it was already laid, was a key aspect of his pitch to voters, who had previously been supportive of Labor's plan to deploy fibre to the premise across large parts of Australia.

In May 2012 he railed against the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's decision to allow the NBN under Labor to decommission Optus' HFC network, describing it as "baffling".

He said the Optus network – which has now been scrapped under his government – would have provided strong competition to a fibre to the premise network.

"Given that the HFC can be upgraded now to well over 100 megabits per second, given the utter absence of any applications which would require that speed now … the obvious conclusion is that in the here and now – here in Australia just as in every other comparable market – the HFC network is a powerful competitor with the NBN," Mr Turnbull said.

"We have the potential here at least of the Optus network being available to [provide very high-speed broadband] – not over all of Australia but over a large percentage of Australia."

Among numerous other speeches and media interviews since, Mr Turnbull has consistently suggested that Labor's previous NBN plan was mistakenly ditching HFC, which was already in good shape and ready to use.

"Those HFC networks are not only able to deliver very high speed broadband today of 100 megabits per second; but, as the NBN Co announced last week, by 2017, using the DOCSIS 3.1 technology, we will be delivering fibre-like speeds of one gigabit per second down and 100 megabits per second up," he told Parliament in March 2015.

"Our approach will enable us to deliver very fast broadband, in this case at extraordinary speeds, fibre equivalent speeds, much sooner, much cheaper and at much lower cost to customers."

Alexa and Echo will land in Australia and NZ in early 2018

From https://www.engadget.com/2017/11/30/amazon-alexa-echo-australia-new-zealand/

Alexa could land in time for Amazon.com's Australia launch.

Amazon just dropped its umpteenth Alexa skill, this time for Destiny 2 fans. Already in the tens of thousands, the digital assistant's tricks span shopping, news, smart home controls, pop trivia, kiddie pastimes, and now video games. But while a growing number of regions have access to Amazon's Echo family of smart speakers (including recent additions India and Japan), they're still missing in some spots. Now, it seems Alexa's global expansion is picking up speed, as the digital helper is (officially) heading Down Under. Amazon has announced that Alexa and Alexa-enabled devices will land in Australia and New Zealand in early 2018.

The Echo will be part of the launch, reports The Sydney Morning Herald -- although, Amazon is keeping mum about precise timing and the exact Echo devices it plans to release. We've reached out to the company for more details.

Upon arrival, Alexa will be greeted by the Google Home Mini, which landed in Australia late last month. Meaning, the smart speaker wars will officially heat up Down Under in the new year. The move is hardly surprising, considering Amazon.com is prepping for an imminent Australia launch -- although it clearly didn't happen by Black Friday, as anticipated.

Amazon is also buddying up with Kiwi and Aussie services on local Alexa skills. The new crop will mostly be made up of news and media outlets (according to The Australian), among them Sky News Australia, Fox Sports, Qantas, Dimmi, Coastalwatch, Air New Zealand, TVNZ, Newstalk ZB, and New Zealand Herald.

NZ First keen to back Spark-TVNZ bid for rugby rights

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11951615

NZFirst MP Clayton Mitchell submitted a private member's bill to Parliament aimed at amending the Broadcasting Act. Photo / George Novak

If a Spark-TVNZ consortium bids for rights to New Zealand Rugby's matches from 2020, they can expect support from at least one government coalition partner.

New Zealand First's manifesto includes a policy that games of national significance should be broadcast free-to-air.

They will struggle to make that a reality with many professional sports funded through broadcasting rights. Any successful bidder would either have to be recompensed for an estimated loss in subscriptions. Or anti-siphoning laws — like those used in Britain, Australia or India — would need instituting for designated games.

In March, New Zealand First MP Clayton Mitchell submitted a private member's bill to Parliament aimed at amending the Broadcasting Act to those ends.

National and Labour voted against the bill, which would have included free-to-air coverage of international rugby, league, netball, cricket, major events such as the Olympics and Commonwealth Games.

Mitchell has not given up.

"If TVNZ get together with a communication partner [such as Spark], then you'll have online streaming and free-to-air broadcasting which would be a win-win for the public.

"Digital platforms have got to be factored into play. So much is done from mobile devices these days," said Mitchell.

Sky Television hold the rights to all New Zealand and Sanzaar-based rugby competitions, from which NZ Rugby is estimated to receive $70 million annually.

Regardless of any party's intentions, the rugby rights market looks set for a restructure.

As the Herald on Sunday reported last week, "rugby maybe hasn't known such a world of opportunity since 1995 and the switch to professionalism".

The evolution in the way games are consumed means digital and television rights could be unbundled and Sky would struggle to dictate the same terms.

A Spark-TVNZ bid could lend traction to NZ First's idea.

"It's still a fair way off, but looks a good possibility," Mitchell said. "Anywhere you can take away the monopoly or duopolies that exist, and offer better opportunities for taxpayers as a whole, has got to be a good thing.

"I'm not anti-Sky. I have Sky myself and they do a great job, but we've got to ensure those who can't afford it still have access to the New Zealand sporting culture."

Sky use Prime for some of their sporting coverage, but those broadcasts tend to be delayed or punctuated by advertisement breaks.

Mitchell said the benefits of open access outweighed the costs.

"We've had free-to-air sport in the past and I think a big part of the obesity problem in this country is that kids feel disconnected from sport.

"Nothing's more empowering than seeing top sportspeople inspiring kids to get out and do the same.

"When you have low socioeconomic areas where people don't have access, we see participation rates drop drastically."

China launches land exploration satellite

From https://pakobserver.net/china-launches-land-exploration-satellite/

China launched a land exploration satellite into a preset orbit from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi Desert at 12:11 pm Sunday Beijing Time.
The satellite is mainly used for remote sensing exploration of land resources. A Long March-2D rocket carried the satellite into space. The launch was the 257th mission of the Long March rocket series.—Agencies

China launches remote sensing satellite

Our Correspondent Beijing China launched remote sensing satellites on a Long March-2C rocket from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China’s Sichuan Province. According to the Chinese media’s reports, the satellites has entered the preset orbit and the launching mission was proclaimed a success. The satellites will conduct electromagnetic probes…

China announces success in technology to refuel satellites in orbit

Changsha—China has successfully completed the in-space refuel of orbital satellites following last week’s launch of a new generation carrier rocket, the National University of Defense Technology announced on Thursday.

Back-up satellites: FG still in talks with China’s Eximbank over $550m loan

From https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/back-up-satellites-fg-still-in-talks-with-china-s-eximbank-over-550m-loan.html

The Federal Government is still in talks with China Eximbank over the $550 million loan for two back-up satellites, the Nigerian Communications Satellite limited (NIGCOMSAT) has said.

NIGCOMSAT, in a statement, said it was not true that the Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, had said the country opted out of the multi-million dollar loan deal.

The agency explained that the minister only made inference to the fact that Nigeria is seeking for the counterpart contribution of 15 per cent of an already negotiated loan where the Chinese Eximbank is providing 85 per cent, a statement that was misquoted to mean that Federal Government had withdrawn from the loan agreement.

The statement reads: “The attention of the Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited has been drawn to a statement credited to the Minister of Communications, Barr. Adebayo Shittu, in a media indicating that the Federal Government has opted out of the $550 million Chinese loan for the purpose of funding the procurement of two additional satellites, NigComSat 2 and NigComSat 3.

“After a careful consultation with the Hon. Minister on the media report, it was obviously clear that the remarks of the Hon. Minister were grossly misrepresented to mean that the Federal Government was opting out of the already signed framework agreement on NigComSat 2 and NigComSat 3.

“It is on record that the Hon. Minister led a high powered delegation to China for the negotiation of two additional satellites to guarantee the smooth, continuous and optimal business operations of NIGCOMSAT Ltd from the Chinese Eximbank. “This erroneous position canvassed by the media report will not only negate the spirit of the earlier stand of the minister, but a deliberate attempt to mislead and derail the laudable achievements of the Hon. Minister in the past two years.

“The minister only made inference to the fact that Nigeria is seeking for the counterpart contribution of 15 per cent of an already negotiated loan where the Chinese Eximbank is providing 85 per cent.

“The counterpart funding of 15% is open to Nigerian investors, especially the private sector to key into the funding arrangement to ensure that this transaction is fully consummated as soon as possible.

“We want to categorically state that government has not opted out of the arrangement with the Chinese Eximbank but are open to other investors in seeking the counterpart funding and general investments in this critical, fast growing capital intensive but viable sector, which will immensely contribute to the economical growth of Nigeria.”

Intelligence-gathering satellite deployed in orbit for Russian military

From https://spaceflightnow.com/2017/12/03/intelligence-gathering-satellite-deployed-in-orbit-for-russian-military/

A Russian military surveillance satellite designed to monitor adversaries’ radio signals successfully launched Saturday aboard a Soyuz rocket from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome.

The Lotos-S1 spy satellite lifted off on a Soyuz-2.1b rocket at 1043 GMT (5:43 a.m. EST) Saturday from Site 43 at Plesetsk, then turned northeast on a track over the Russian Arctic and Siberia, heading for a high-inclination orbit.

Liftoff from the snowy cosmodrome occurred at 1:43 p.m. Moscow time.

The Soyuz-2.1b rocket dropped its four strap-on kerosene-fueled boosters around two minutes into the flight, and the launcher’s core stage and third stage fired as planned to inject the Lotos-S1 spacecraft into an elliptical orbit.

Space surveillance radars operated by the U.S. military detected the satellite in an orbit with a perigee, or low point, of around 150 miles (243 kilometers) and a high point, or apogee, of 558 miles (898 kilometers), according to publicly available data. The satellite is in an orbit tilted 67.1 degrees to the equator.

A statement issued by the Russian Ministry of Defense on Saturday did not identify the spacecraft launched Saturday, but said the flight was successful and confirmed all systems on the satellite were functioning.

The satellite is officially named Kosmos 2524, keeping with the Russian military’s spacecraft naming scheme.

Analysts believe the satellite is the third in the Russian military’s series of Lotos electronic intelligence-gathering missions, following the launch of a Lotos test satellite in November 2009 and a follow-up launch of the first Lotos-S1 payload in December 2014. The 2009 and 2014 missions used Soyuz rockets launched from Plesetsk and released their satellites in the same orbit as Saturday’s flight.

The second Lotos-S1 satellite, like its predecessors, was built by KB Arsenal, a Russian military contractor in Saint Petersburg. According to the manufacturer, the Lotos-S1 satellites weigh around 13,000 pounds (6,000 kilograms) fully fueled at launch.

An on-board engine is expected to fire to place the Lotos-S1 spacecraft in a circular 560-mile-high (900-kilometer) orbit before the satellite enters service for the Russian military.

Saturday’s launch was the first for a Soyuz booster since a rocket failure Nov. 28 that led to the loss of 19 satellites, including a new Russian weather observatory. The doomed satellites lifted off on a Soyuz-2.1b rocket from the Vostochny Cosmodrome in Russia’s Far East, and the rocket’s Fregat upper stage likely succumbed to a guidance programming error around 10 minutes later.

Russian investigators looking into the accident exonerated the Soyuz rocket in the Nov. 28 failure, clearing the way for missions not relying on the Fregat upper stage to continue their launch campaigns

Voyager 1 satellite fires up after nearly 4 decades dormant

From http://www.fox9.com/news/voyager-1-satellite-fires-up-after-nearly-4-decades-dormant

The twin Voyager spacecraft are celebrating 40 years of continual operation in August and September 2017.Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

If you tried to start a car that's been sitting in a garage for decades, you might not expect the engine to respond. But a set of thrusters aboard the Voyager 1 spacecraft successfully fired up Wednesday after 37 years without use.

Voyager 1, NASA's farthest and fastest spacecraft, is the only human-made object in interstellar space, the environment between the stars. The spacecraft, which has been flying for 40 years, relies on small devices called thrusters to orient itself so it can communicate with Earth. These thrusters fire in tiny pulses, or "puffs," lasting mere milliseconds, to subtly rotate the spacecraft so that its antenna points at our planet. Now, the Voyager team is able to use a set of four backup thrusters, dormant since 1980.

"With these thrusters that are still functional after 37 years without use, we will be able to extend the life of the Voyager 1 spacecraft by two to three years," said Suzanne Dodd, project manager for Voyager at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California.

Since 2014, engineers have noticed that the thrusters Voyager 1 has been using to orient the spacecraft, called "attitude control thrusters," have been degrading. Over time, the thrusters require more puffs to give off the same amount of energy. At 13 billion miles from Earth, there's no mechanic shop nearby to get a tune-up.

The Voyager team assembled a group of propulsion experts at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, to study the problem. Chris Jones, Robert Shotwell, Carl Guernsey and Todd Barber analyzed options and predicted how the spacecraft would respond in different scenarios. They agreed on an unusual solution: Try giving the job of orientation to a set of thrusters that had been asleep for 37 years.

“The Voyager flight team dug up decades-old data and examined the software that was coded in an outdated assembler language, to make sure we could safely test the thrusters," said Jones, chief engineer at JPL.

In the early days of the mission, Voyager 1 flew by Jupiter, Saturn, and important moons of each. To accurately fly by and point the spacecraft's instruments at a smorgasbord of targets, engineers used "trajectory correction maneuver,” or TCM, thrusters that are identical in size and functionality to the attitude control thrusters, and are located on the back side of the spacecraft. But because Voyager 1's last planetary encounter was Saturn, the Voyager team hadn't needed to use the TCM thrusters since November 8, 1980. Back then, the TCM thrusters were used in a more continuous firing mode; they had never been used in the brief bursts necessary to orient the spacecraft.

All of Voyager's thrusters were developed by Aerojet Rocketdyne. The same kind of thruster, called the MR-103, flew on other NASA spacecraft as well, such as Cassini and Dawn.

On Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, Voyager engineers fired up the four TCM thrusters for the first time in 37 years and tested their ability to orient the spacecraft using 10-millisecond pulses. The team waited eagerly as the test results traveled through space, taking 19 hours and 35 minutes to reach an antenna in Goldstone, California, that is part of NASA's Deep Space Network.

Lo and behold, on Wednesday, Nov. 29, they learned the TCM thrusters worked perfectly -- and just as well as the attitude control thrusters.

“The Voyager team got more excited each time with each milestone in the thruster test. The mood was one of relief, joy and incredulity after witnessing these well-rested thrusters pick up the baton as if no time had passed at all," said Barber, a JPL propulsion engineer.

The plan going forward is to switch to the TCM thrusters in January. To make the change, Voyager has to turn on one heater per thruster, which requires power -- a limited resource for the aging mission. When there is no longer enough power to operate the heaters, the team will switch back to the attitude control thrusters.

The thruster test went so well, the team will likely do a similar test on the TCM thrusters for Voyager 2, the twin spacecraft of Voyager 1. The attitude control thrusters currently used for Voyager 2 are not yet as degraded as Voyager 1's, however.

Voyager 2 is also on course to enter interstellar space, likely within the next few years.

The Voyager spacecraft were built by JPL, which continues to operate both. JPL is a division of Caltech in Pasadena. The Voyager missions are a part of the NASA Heliophysics System Observatory, sponsored by the Heliophysics Division of the Science Mission Directorate in Washington.

This story is courtesy of NASA

iDirect DVB-S2X Network to be Employed by the DOZER-TELEPORT in Russia

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=1034888204

VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), has announced that AMTEL-SVYAZ Company will launch the first iDirect DVB-S2X network in Russia, using the company's iQ Series of remotes.

The network is expected to operate on as many as five geostationary satellites, providing coverage over the Russian Federation and parts of the adjacent seas and oceans, delivering cost-effective connectivity throughout the Russia region. AMTEL-SVYAZ will leverage their iDirect network to offer high-speed connectivity to a wide range of enterprise markets, such as Energy, Banking, Oil and Gas, and Maritime. This launch also enables the company to expand their territory and allows flexible pricing for their customers.

The DOZOR-TELEPORT, which is included in the group of Russian telecom companies AMTEL-SVYAZ.

iDirect’s next-generation DVB-S2X technology delivers revolutionary gains in performance and efficiencies, and will enable AMTEL-SVYAZ to scale their network efficiently and cost effectively. The iQ Desktop remotes are designed to meet the needs of networks within a wide range of performance scenarios and software licensing features, all based on a future-proof software-upgradeable design.

Igor Ilinchik, CEO of DOZOR-TELEPORT, which is included in the group of telecom companies AMTEL-SVYAZ, said that his firm noted major opportunity for growth throughout Russia and decided that iDirect’s DVB-S2X technology would provde the greatest opportunity to deliver a reliable, high-speed, cost-effective service. The selection of iDirect, according Ilinchik, was for their versatility, support, and the highly acclaimed performance of the iQ remote.

David Harrower, Senior Vice President of Global Sales at VT iDirect, added that Russia is a strategic market for iDirect and DVB-S2X delivers a major improvement in network performance and cost competitiveness and the company is pleased to help AMTEL-SVYAZ become first-in-market with a DVB-S2X service over the iDirect platform in Russia.

Your 4K TV might be outdated soon, with 10K capable HDMI 2.1 on the way

From http://www.livemint.com/Technology/feKpdauK83VOjCsQRlT4eM/Your-4K-TV-might-be-outdated-soon-with-10K-capable-HDMI-21.html

The latest HDMI spec will unlock higher resolution videos and games beyond 4K, but we don’t expect a mass adoption anytime soon

The coming of the new HDMI spec 2.1 is likely to take the experience to a whole new level.

When it comes to connecting your TV to a set top box, Blu-Ray player, Amazon Fire Stick or a gaming console, HDMI is the best connectivity option available. The coming of the new HDMI spec 2.1 is likely to take the experience to a whole new level.

It was announced way back in January at CES 2017 by the HDMI forum, the governing body comprising 83 tech companies responsible for the development of all specifications for HDMI cables and devices, and has been finally released for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to integrate it in their devices.

It introduces some major improvements over the predecessor, HDMI 2.0, such as improved bandwidth speed of 48Gbps, up from 18Gbps seen in the predecessor. It also supports videos and games at up to 10k resolution (10,328x7,760p) at 120fps. HDMI 2.0 supports 4k resolution (3,840x2,160p) at 60fps at most. This means games and videos with higher FPS (frames per second) and resolution will run and look a lot more detailed compared to HDMI 2.0. However, to take advantage of the 10k resolution, users will need the new 48G cables which support content streaming at a speed of up to 48Gbps.

The other advantage of the new spec is that it supports latest colour space standards with depth of up to 16-bit. HDMI 2.0 supports colour depth of up to 12-bit. This means each pixel packs in more colours than the predecessor. Combined with the Dynamic HDR support, this can deliver a richer experience for users.

The other advantage of the new spec over HDMI 2.0 is the new HDMI functionality called Game Mode VRR. It is the equivalent of Nvidia’s G-Sync technology for gaming monitors, and keeps the console and the TV screen in sync while rendering multiple frames, resulting in a more fluid gaming experience. It keeps stutters and issues like screen tearing in graphic intensive games at bay.

HDMI 2.1 also comes with eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel) support which supports most advanced audio formats such as Dolby Atmos and DTS X and provides a lossless audio experience compared to HDMI 2.0’s ARC feature.

Also, HDMI 2.1 is faster and will offer a richer gaming and video experience, but it doesn’t make your old cable or TV obsolete, yet.

The new spec will be backward compatible which means that a new device based on HDMI 2.1 spec will work without any hassle with devices based on the older HDMI 2.0 or HDMI 1.4 spec.

As for when you would be able to buy TVs that offer HDMI 2.1, chances are it should be sometime next year when TV makers refresh their line-ups. Whether up to 10K content arrives anytime soon, is anyone’s guess.

YahSat-3 and SES-14 readied for launch

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/12/01/yahsat-3-and-ses-14-readied-for-launch/

The Al Yah 3 satellite has been delivered to Arianespace’s French Guiana launch site. Built by Orbital ATK for owners Mubadala Development, Abu Dhabi’s strategic investment business.

Al Yah 3 (YahSat-3) carries 53 active Ka-band user beams. The Ka-band spot beams provide two-way communications services to facilitate high-speed delivery of data to end-user applications such as broadband Internet and corporate networking as well as IP backhaul for telecommunications service providers.

Al Yah 3 will provide its services to Africa and Brazil. Orbital ATK was selected by Yahsat to build Al Yah 3. The Al Yah 3 satellite design is based on Orbital ATK’s GEOStar-3 satellite platform, and was manufactured and tested at Orbital ATK’s satellite manufacturing facility in Dulles, Virginia.

The satellite will launch around January 23rd next year. Also on board the rocket will be SES-14, built by Airbus and which will serve Central and South America, the Caribbean, the North Atlantic and parts of Europe, and replacing the NSS-806 satellite.

YahSat-3 will be positioned at 20 degrees West and mainly serve the Brazilian market, while SES-14 will go to 47.5 degrees West.

SES badly needs its SES-14 craft on station because NSS-806 lost about one-third of its transponder capacity earlier this year.

Both satellites are ‘all-electric’ and will use on-board electric thrusters to reach orbit. The overall journey length after launch will be about 4-6 months.


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Amazon's Alexa is finally coming to Australia and New Zealand

From http://mashable.com/2017/11/30/amazon-alexa-echo-australia-new-zealand/#MFua03aqWaq1

It's not just Amazon itself that is yet to truly launch in Australia.

The company's Alexa-powered Echo devices are not currently available in Australia or New Zealand, either. But they're on their way, launching in both countries "early next year."

On Thursday, Amazon announced the coming of its hands-free Echo device, activated by smart voice assistant Alexa, to both countries in 2018.

Developers will be able to build localised voice experiences and embed uniquely Australian and New Zealand knowledge within Alexa with the expansion of the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) — a collection of self-service APIs — and the Alexa Voice Service (AVS).

You can expect pretty much the same product on shelves in countries like the U.S. and the UK.
Alexa will come embedded with skills from international companies with a local presence like Uber, Spotify, Philips Hue, LIFX and more.

In Australia, Alexa will utilise information from companies like Sky News Australia, Fox Sports, Qantas and Coastalwatch. Plus, Australian customers will be able to reserve restaurant tables through online platform Dimmi.

New Zealand developers include Air New Zealand, TVNZ and New Zealand Herald.

Plus, the launch will coincide with the arrival of Amazon Music Unlimited, set to launch in early 2018 in Australia, according to CNET.

Other than that, Aussie and Kiwi customers can expect pretty much the same product on shelves in countries like the U.S. and the UK. They'll be playing music, checking the weather, ordering pizza, getting news updates, adjusting their smart lighting, and setting the mood hands-free in no time.

“The customer response to Alexa and Echo has been incredibly positive, and we’re excited to make them available for our Australian and New Zealand customers early next year,” said Toni Reid, Vice President, Amazon Alexa in a statement.

The arrival of Alexa and Echo will come after Amazon's long-awaited launch in Australia — one that has kinda, sorta happened with a soft launch on Nov. 23, but is yet to be fully unleashed on the public.

They'll also find a direct competitor with the Google Home, already available in Australia and New Zealand. But with Alexa ready and able with 15,000 skills by now, it could prove a formidable opponent.

This week’s failed Russian rocket had a pretty bad programming error

From https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/11/this-weeks-failed-russian-rocket-had-a-pretty-bad-programming-error/

Enlarge / A Soyuz 2.1b rocket booster carrying the Meteor M2-1 meteorological satellite and 18 small satellites launched from the Vostochny Cosmodrome on Tuesday.

On Tuesday morning, a Russian rocket failed to properly deploy the 19 satellites it was carrying into orbit. Instead of boosting its payload, the Soyuz 2.1b rocket's Fregat upper stage fired in the wrong direction, sending the statellites on a suborbital trajectory instead, burning them up in Earth's atmosphere.

Now, we may know why. According to normally reliable Russian Space Web, a programming error caused the Fregat upper stage, which is the spacecraft on top of the rocket that deploys satellites, to be unable to orient itself. Specifically, the site reports, the Fregat's flight control system did not have the correct settings for a mission launching from the country's new Vostochny cosmodrome. It evidently was still programmed for Baikonur, or one of Russia's other spaceports capable of launching the workhorse Soyuz vehicle.

Essentially, then, after the Fregat vehicle separated from the Soyuz rocket, it was unable to find its correct orientation. Therefore, when the Fregat first fired its engines to boost the satellites into orbit, it was still trying to correct this orientation—and was in fact aimed downward toward Earth. This set the spacecraft on its fatal trajectory into the planet's atmosphere.

State news sources report that the Russian government has established an accident commission to formally look into the causes of Tuesday's failed launch, which will include representatives from Roscosmos and key aerospace industry officials in the country. The commission was to complete its work by the middle of December.

Tuesday's launch attempt was only the second launch from Russia's important new spaceport, the oft-delayed Vostochny Cosmodrome in far eastern Russia. The first launch of a Soyuz 2.1a rocket in April 2016 went off smoothly, but now more than a year and a half has passed since then. This was the first launch of the newer Soyuz 2.1b rocket and the first to use the Fregat upper stage.

Google: We could do more on piracy

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/11/30/google-we-could-do-more-on-piracy/

Matt Brittin, President of EMEA Business & Operations, Google, has admitted that the web giant could do more in its efforts to combat breaches of copyright on its YouTube platform.

Speaking at a Royal Television Society Event in London, Brittin, noted that there had never been a better time to build an audience. “There’s three and a half billion people online; five billion online in 2020, and you can reach all of those people frictionlessly. That’s an enormous opportunity.”

He suggested that Google was regulated, but not in the same way as newspapers or TV. “I think that’s appropriate … we do have laws and responsibilities that we comply with. When we have interaction with government, I think they are really constructive when they say: ‘Hey, we read in the Daily Mail that … What actually is going on here?’. You get the chance to take them through ‘This is how it actually works’. That’s really helpful.”

As an example of how Google worked with government, Brittin said that copyright on YouTube was something that everyone worried about. “We listened hard to the industry and government and we built Content ID, which is extremely popular. I’m sure we could always improve it, but it’s a good example of how working with industry, how we can protect rights under existing regulations, but with new technology, allow content creators to do new things; allow fans to have new experiences, and create something that is taking us forwards. There’s a model for doing that well. I’m sure that we’ll continue to have to answer questions. All I ask is that we get chance to answer the questions. If we’re wrong, and we can improve, we want to engage in the debate.”

Discussing Google’s efforts to move people away from pirated content, Brittin said “Combatting bad acts and piracy is obviously very important to us. What we do with Content ID to stop people pirating content against the wishes of the content creator. On search, we do a similar thing, which is when we have something notified to us as pirated content, we demote or remove the source from the search in music and video. These are the key ways we try to combat people finding pirated content.”

He admitted that across the entire Internet, which Google tried to index, it was difficult to know that something has arisen that someone owns the rights to, but that when notified that this was the case, it would take action. “The music industry has been quite tough with us on this. They’d like us proactively to know this stuff. It’s just not possible in this industry. What we’ve tried to do is build tools that allow them to do that at scale easily and that work all together … I’m sure there are places where we could do better. There are teams and millions of dollars invested in this.”

CJEU: Cloud programmes must have copyright authorisation

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/11/30/cjeu-cloud-programmes-must-have-copyright-authorisation/

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has ruled in the case of VCAST Limited v RTI SpA that the making available of copies of television programmes saved in the cloud must be authorised by the holder of the copyright or related rights, as the service constitutes a retransmission of the programmes concerned.

VCAST is a company incorporated under UK law which makes available to its customers via the Internet a remote video recording system for terrestrial programmes of Italian television organisations, among which are those of RTI (Reti Televisive Italiane). The customer selects a programme and a time slot. The system operated by VCAST then picks up the television signal using its own antennas and records the time slot for the selected programme in the cloud data storage space indicated by the user, thereby making the copy of the programmes broadcast available to the customer via the Internet.

VCAST had sought a declaration from the Tribunale ordinario di Torino (District Court, Turin, Italy) of the lawfulness of its activities. To that end, it invoked the private copying exception, according to which the authorisation of the copyright owner or holder of related rights is not necessary in respect of reproductions on any medium made by a natural person for private use and for ends that are neither directly nor indirectly commercial, on condition that the rightholders receive fair compensation1.

Turin District Court, following an application for interim measures submitted by RTI, provisionally prohibited VCAST from pursuing its activity. In that context, before delivering its ultimate decision, it decided to submit questions to the Court of Justice for a preliminary ruling asking, in essence, whether VCAST’s service, provided without the consent of the copyright owner or holder of related rights, is compatible with the Copyright Directive.

In the November 29th judgement, the Court finds that the service provided by VCAST has a dual functionality, consisting in ensuring both the reproduction and the making available of protected works.

To the extent that the service offered by VCAST consists in the making available of protected works, it falls within communication to the public. In that regard, the Court recalls that, according to the directive, any communication to the public, including the making available of a protected work or subject-matter, requires the rightholder’s consent, given that the right of communication of works to the public should be understood, in a broad sense, as covering any transmission or retransmission of a work to the public by wire or wireless means, including broadcasting.

The Court takes the view that the original transmission made by the broadcasting organisation, on the one hand, and that made by VCAST, on the other, are made under specific technical conditions, using a different means of transmission for the protected works, and each is intended for its public.

The Court concludes that the (re)transmission made by VCAST constitutes a communication to a different public from that of the original transmission and must therefore receive the consent of the copyright owner or holder of related rights. Accordingly, such a remote recording service cannot fall within the private copying exception.

A reference for a preliminary ruling allows the courts and tribunals of the Member States, in disputes which have been brought before them, to refer questions to the Court of Justice about the interpretation of European Union law or the validity of a European Union act. The Court of Justice does not decide the dispute itself. It is for the national court or tribunal to dispose of the case in accordance with the Court’s decision, which is similarly binding on other national courts or tribunals before which a similar issue is raised.

Licensee fined for illegal Sky Sports screening

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/11/30/licensee-fined-for-illegal-sky-sports-screening/

A licensee in the Merseyside area of northwest England has been found guilty of two offences of dishonest reception of a television transmission by showing Sky Sports football matches to customers without a commercial agreement from Sky.

Sam Tate, designated premises supervisor of the Queens Hotel, Bootle, was found guilty in his absence of two offences and was fined £2,500 (€2,835) per offence and ordered to pay £170 Victim Surcharge and prosecution costs of £10,230.90, bringing the total figure in fines and costs to £15,400.90.

UK intellectual property protection body FACT (Federation Against Copyright Theft) brought the criminal prosecution on November 27th 2017 at Sefton Magistrates Court against the licensee for showing Sky Sports to customers without having valid commercial viewing agreements in place. Sky Sports is only available to licensed premises in the UK via a commercial viewing agreement from Sky Business. Licensees that show Sky broadcasts without a commercial viewing agreement risk similar action or even a criminal prosecution.

“These cases should send a clear warning to pub owners and licensees who show Sky broadcasts without a commercial subscription,” noted Stephen Gerrard, Prosecuting Manager, FACT. “If convicted, fines for this offence are unlimited and you may have to pay substantial legal costs, as well as putting yourself at risk of having your licence suspended or revoked.”

George Lawson, head of commercial piracy at Sky, added: “We take piracy very seriously and remain committed to protecting our legitimate Sky customers who are unfairly losing business due to this illegal activity. Those licensees who choose to televise content illegally should be aware that they are at high risk of being caught and face substantial penalties and a criminal conviction. The only legal way to show Sky Sports programming in licensed premises in the UK is via a commercial viewing agreement from Sky.”

This prosecution was brought by FACT. Working with FACT forms a key part of Sky’s commitment to protecting pubs and clubs who invest in legitimate Sky Sports subscriptions. Sky is committed to visiting every licensed premises reported by other publicans and/or organisations for illegally showing Sky and has made arrangements to visit hundreds of pubs each week in towns and cities across the UK this year.


Latest scan of Optus D1

Scan done in Perth with 85cm (ignore data at top of the image it was on 160E Optus D1 not D2) as you can see the DVB S muxes of SBS have left and the 2 big fat carriers of ABC and SBS are in the middle. No these signal are not strong enough on an 85CM in Perth , to play. Also you will need a receiver that supports MIS multistream format. An UltraPlus X-1000HD+ is confirmed as being compatible.

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From the Dish

Telstar 18 138.0E 12272 H "Health Channel, OTV, Lkha TV and Like HDTV" have started on encrypted.

AsiaSat 9 122.0E AsiaSat 9 has replaced Asiasat 4 at 122 East.

Measat 3b 91.5E 12603 H "SBS In" has started on , Irdeto.

Measat 3a 91.4E 12396 H "Da Vinci Learning Asia" has started on , encrypted.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3840 V "MV Lao HD, Five HD and MV TV 6" have started on , Fta.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 12355 V "Thai TV 5 HD1, NBT 2, MCOT HD, One HD 31, Thairath TV 32, TV 3 HD 33 and Amarin 34 HD" have started on , BISS.

Thaicom 8 78.5E 11600 H "MV Lao HD, Five HD and MV TV 6" have started on , Fta

From Cnsat

亚洲7号(105.5°E)卫星,3745 V 6520一组新增Cinema 1频道消失。(2017-11-30)
亚太V号(138.0°E)卫星,蒙古直播12630 H 43200一组Shildeg Kino频道升级为高清格式,锁码播出。(2017-11-30)
亚洲7号(105.5°E)卫星,3745 V 6520一组新增Cinema 1频道,开锁播出。(2017-11-30)
帕拉帕D(113.0°E)卫星,3960 H 30000一组新增HBO,HBO Hits等19个频道,部分开锁播出。(2017-11-30)
老挝1号(128.5°E)卫星,10790 H 40000一组除OneTV Sabay 1频道外恢复锁码播出。(2017-11-30)

老挝1号(128.5°E)卫星,10790 H 40000一组HBO HD等25个频道开锁播出。(2017-11-29)
泰星8号(78.5°E)卫星,11170 H 30000一组新增LNTV 1和Quran TV 两个频道,开锁播出。(2017-11-29)
亚太V号(138.0°E)卫星,12272 H 33333一组DSB Dornogovi替换DBS Turshilt频道,锁码播出。(2017-11-29)
中星10号(110.5°E)卫星,4076 V 22500一组Liga Santander2锁码播出。(2017-11-29)
SES-7/9(108.2°E)卫星,11101 V 45000一组宁夏卫视恢复,锁码播出,同组IPTV3+、IPTV5+等频道消失。(2017-11-29)

From asiatvro site

东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,TFC替换Delta 1(传送)等3个频道,设置4180 H 30000参数免费接收。 [11月30日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Cinema 1(巴基斯坦)频道消失,设置3745 V 6520参数无效接收。 [11月30日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Shildeg Kino(高清)频道改格式,设置12629 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [11月30日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Cinema 1(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3745 V 6520参数免费接收。 [11月30日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,凤凰中文、Animax、SBS In(印尼)频道消失,设置3960 H 30000参数无效接收。 [11月30日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Cartoon Kids、WSM TV(泰国)等频道新增,设置3840 V 12500参数免费接收。 [11月30日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,HBO、MTV(印尼)等19个频道改频率,设置3960 H 30000参数部分免费接收。 [11月30日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,CTN、My TV(老挝)等频道加密,设置10790 H 40000参数有条件接收。 [11月30日]
东经180度轨道位置的国际18号卫星C频段,AFN Movie、Hot AC(AFN)等全组频道改频率,设置3753 R 30000参数部分免费接收。 [11月30日]

东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,HBO HD、ETC(老挝)等25歌频道解密,设置10790 H 40000参数免费接收。 [11月29日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,DSB Dornogovi替换DBS Turshilt(蒙古)频道,设置12272 H 33333参数有条件接收。 [11月29日]
东经110.5度轨道中星10号星C段,Liga Santander 1、Liga Santander 2(高清)频道加密,设置4076 V 22500参数有条件接收。 [11月29日]


Australia’s Buccaneer satellite launched into orbit

From https://www.airforce-technology.com/news/australias-buccaneer-satellite-launched-orbit/

Australian Minister for Defence Marise Payne has announced that the Buccaneer cube satellite has been successfully launched into orbit.

The miniature satellite was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, US, on a Delta-II rocket.

Communication with the satellite has already been established, Payne stated.

The satellite was developed by the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) and the University of New South Wales to support the country’s Over-the-Horizon radar capability.

Payne said: “Small, low-cost satellites like Buccaneer provide a unique opportunity to support Australian Defence Force capabilities and to rejuvenate Australian space research.

“Small, low-cost satellites like Buccaneer provide a unique opportunity to support Australian Defence Force capabilities and to rejuvenate Australian space research.”

“Buccaneer is designed to improve understanding of the outer atmosphere, in particular the Ionosphere, which plays a key role in Australia’s world-leading Over-the-Horizon radar capability.”

The satellite will be used to test key technologies in preparation for the calibration of the Jindalee Over-the-Horizon Operational Radar Network.

Payne added: “The government will invest significantly in space-related projects for defence over the next two decades and it has made a commitment to establish a national space agency to drive Australia’s involvement in space.”

Last year, Buccaneer underwent tests that simulated the harsh environment of space.

According to the 2016 Defence White Paper, space research and space-based systems play a key role in Australia’s defence capability and national security.

Turner to launch three new channels in Japan

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/11/28/turner-to-launch-three-new-channels-in-japan/

Turner Japan will launch three new channels in January 2018 on dTV Channel, the streaming service from NTT Docomo.

It will be the first time that the Boomerang brand is available in Japan, and marks the introduction of two brand new services: Mondo Mah-jong TV and Tabi Tele. They join Turner’s portfolio of channels already available in Japan, including Cartoon Network, Mondo TV, TABI Channel and CNN International.

Tom Perry, General Manager of Turner Japan, said: “The launch of the three new channels with our partner NTT Docomo enables Turner to continue growing audiences in this very important market. Subscribers of dTV Channel will be able to experience a variety of unique local programming, as well as some of the world’s most popular international animation localized for Japanese families.”

Boomerang, Turner’s second flagship global kids channel, will debut with a host of new, premium animated series many with characters that are already household names in Japan. Alongside the likes of Scooby-Doo and Looney Tunes, the reboot of the Hanna-Barbera classic Wacky Races is set to make its national premiere on the channel.

Mondo Mah-Jong TV – as its name suggests – will present programming dedicated to the hugely popular game, including the highly-rated Mondo Mah-jong Pro League competition with its celebrity professionals. Tabi Tele’s original local travel and documentary-style content will spotlight popular tourist locations in Japan as well as in Europe and Hawaii.

Bangabandhu satellite set for launch in March 2018

From https://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2017/11/29/bangabandhu-satellite-set-for-launch-in-march-2018-btrc

Bangladesh is set to launch its first satellite, Bangabandhu-1, in March next year, the telecom regulator has said.

Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission plans to use the launch pad in Florida for the satellite, BTRC Chairman Shahjahan Mahmood said at a media briefing in Dhaka on Wednesday.

“We have visited the facility of aerospace manufacturer Thales Alenia Space in France where the satellite is being built. The construction work is done,” he said.

Bangladesh was preparing for the launch of the satellite on Dec 16, Victory Day, but it became uncertain after the schedule of two other satellites was changed due to hurricane Irma that hit Florida in September.

It takes two months to prepare the pad for launching any satellite out of the SpaceX facility in Florida.

The Bangabandhu satellite received the green light at a cabinet meeting in 2015. BTRC signed a loan deal worth Tk 20 billion with Thales Group to buy 'satellite systems.'

It signed a Tk 4 billion loan deal with HSBC in September last year for sending the satellite into orbit.

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

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

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

Russia Just Lost a Brand New Satellite After Mystery Glitch During Rocket Launch

From https://uk.news.yahoo.com/russia-just-lost-brand-satellite-125551641.html

The launch of Russia’s newest satellite—its second ever from a multibillion-dollar spaceport unveiled last year—has failed to reach target orbit, state news agency Itar-Tass reports.

The exact fate of the satellite launched in the early hours of Tuesday morning is unclear but the Russian space agency Roscosmos confirmed by noon local time that they are not receiving signal from Meteor-M 2-1. Mission control is investigating the reason for that but reports from sources within the agency, speaking on the condition of anonymity, suggest the rocket went awry.

One industry source told the Interfax news agency that it appears the upper segment of the rocket carrying the Russian satellite did not release it effectively into orbit and may have sunk in the Atlantic Ocean. Another similar source told Itar-Tass that the upper stage of the rocket may have exploded as soon as the engine, meant to carry the satellite into orbit, switched on. "It is not clear at the moment what exactly happened," the source said, wondering if the signal to release the satellite faltered or there was an issue with the Fregat booster. Officially the agency has left open the possibility that the satellite is in orbit but simply the wrong orbit.

The Kremlin made it clear that the Russian government is awaiting information on the likely mishap but has no information.

“I do not think that there is detailed information about what happened and for what reason,” Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin told Interfax.

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The satellite was intended to spend five years in orbit, collecting imagery and data for Russia’s state-run weather agency, Roshydromet. It is the main one of 19 satellites, most of which are smaller, flying on the same rocket from the spaceport in Russia's Amur region on Tuesday.

The botched satellite launch follows the maiden launch of a spacecraft from Russia’s newly unveiled Vostochny cosmodrome, which Putin has hailed as Russia’s biggest building projects. The spaceport is located in eastern Russia and seeks to reduce Moscow’s dependence on the Baikonur Cosmodrome in neighboring Kazakhstan, developed when the two ex-Soviet states were bound by one space program.

The Souyz-2 spacecraft with Meteor-M satellite and 18 additional small satellites launches from Russia's new Vostochny cosmodrome, near the town of Tsiolkovsky in Amur region, Russia November 28. Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters

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The first launch last year occurred with a slight but very public delay due to a malfunctioning cable and the attending Putin scolded officials to do better. Overall the success of the launch was a welcome success for Russia’s space sector after multiple funding cuts and other difficulties, curbing the capabilities of the once great space power.

Although hugely successful in setting milestones in space exploration during the Cold War, Moscow’s space ambitions today are much more impressive at the planning stages than at the execution.

Russian scientists are currently aiming to send a robot into space over the next decade, potentially piloting the country’s next spacecraft toward the international space station.

Soyuz satellites feared lost in launch failure

From http://spacenews.com/soyuz-satellites-feared-lost-in-launch-failure/

WASHINGTON — Nineteen satellites launched on a Soyuz rocket Nov. 28 are now widely assumed to be lost, with one of the companies involved in the mission stating that the launch was a failure.

The Soyuz-2.1b rocket lifted off from the Vostochny Cosmodrome in Russia’s Far East early Nov. 28. After initial reports of a successful launch, the Russian state space corporation Roscosmos said it could not contact the vehicle’s primary payload, the Meteor-M No.2-1 weather satellite, because it was not in its planned orbit.

Neither Roscosmos nor Glavkosmos, the company that arranged the launch of 18 secondary payloads on this mission, have provided further updates. However, Canadian satellite operator Telesat, which had a prototype satellite on the rocket, said later Nov. 28 that the launch had failed.

“Telesat learned this morning that the Soyuz 2 launch vehicle that was to place 19 spacecraft into orbit, including Telesat’s first Phase 1 LEO satellite, has failed,” the company said in a brief statement.

The satellite was one of two ordered by Telesat to demonstrate its planned low Earth orbit broadband constellation. The satellite lost on the Soyuz was built by the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies Space Flight Laboratory in partnership with Space Systems Loral.

A second satellite, built by British company Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd., is scheduled to launch on the return-to-flight mission of India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, now expected in late December or early January. This failure, Telesat said, did not impact its long-term constellation plans.

“Notwithstanding this failure, Telesat’s plans to develop a state-of-the-art, high capacity LEO constellation that will deliver transformative, low latency, fiber-like broadband to commercial and government users worldwide, remain on track,” the company said in its statement.

Other customers of the launch have refrained from commenting on the apparent launch failure to date. Nick Allain, spokesman for Spire, which had 10 of its ship-tracking and weather data cubesats on the Soyuz, told SpaceNews Nov. 28 that the company would not comment on the launch until Russian officials “have completed their own investigation.”

He added, though, that Spire has a diversified launch strategy, minimizing the effect of this failure. That includes three launches planned in December and a deployment of satellites from the International Space Station next week.

Two other companies with satellites on the Soyuz mission — Astro Digital, with two Earth imaging cubesats, and Astroscale, with an orbital debris measurement small satellite — did not respond to requests for comment Nov. 28 on the status of their spacecraft.

CASBAA Announces a New CEO ... He has Impressive Cable Network Experience

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=1895706037

A new year will launch a new head of CASBAA.

The association announced, Louis Boswell, a senior media and digital business leader in Asia, has been appointed Chief Executive Officer, of CASBAA, the Association. Boswell will begin his tenure on January 1, 2018, succeeding outgoing CEO Christopher Slaughter.

Louis Boswell will be the CEO of CASBAA.

As CEO for CASBAA, Boswell will serve as the content distribution industry’s leading advocate with industry leaders and policymakers throughout Asia-Pacific. In addition to driving the programs and initiatives of the Association, Boswell will work with business heads of the member organizations to shape positively the increasingly rapid evolution of the industry in the region.

Boswell’s background in Asia includes senior positions at Discovery, ESPN Star Sports, BBC, AETN All Asia Networks and, most recently, as the General Manager, Asia for Da Vinci. His experience includes leading businesses in Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and all of the major markets in southeast Asia.

Joe Welch, Chair of the CASBAA Board of Directors and Senior Vice President, 21st Century Fox said that Louis is one of the most well respected senior commercial executives in the content distribution industry in Asia, and that CASBAA is proud to have him leading the Association. Louis’s track record of leadership and insight make him an ideal fit to work strategically with in-country business and government leaders to address the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead as the industry continues to invest, innovate and evolve at an unprecedented pace.

Boswell commented that he is thrilled to be joining CASBAA, and that the industry is changing and it is paramount that its representative body keeps up and is reflective of those changes. He believes the need for CASBAA is greater now than it ever has been and he looks forward to making sure that they lead the industry from the front as they confront those changes.

Henry Tan of ASTRO who worked closely with Boswell on the AETN All Asia Networks joint venture added that Louis is a true professional, able to listen, rationalize differing viewpoints and then drive execution. Boswell will make an excellent head of the Association.

Boswell is an Oxford University graduate and speaks Mandarin and is proficient in Cantonese and Japanese.

Established in 1991, CASBAA is the Association for digital multichannel TV, content, platforms, advertising and video delivery across a variety of geographic markets throughout the Asia-Pacific. CASBAA’s members reach over 500 million connections within a regional footprint ranging from China to Australasia, Japan to Pakistan.

The CASBAA mission is to promote industry growth in the region. In so doing, it seeks to:

Exchange stores race to have decoders ready for AFN’s switch to HD

From https://www.stripes.com/news/exchange-stores-race-to-have-decoders-ready-for-afn-s-switch-to-hd-1.499806

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — New decoder boxes needed by many subscribers to continue watching the American Forces Network as it transitions to high-definition TV hadn’t reached shelves at some overseas bases Tuesday, but officials said most viewers should have time to make the switch without interruption.

About 20,000 of the 70,000 decoder boxes in use cannot receive the new digital signal, which was slated to begin broadcasting in the Pacific region overnight Tuesday.

The Atlantic and Indian Ocean regions are to follow on Dec. 5, with Europe, the Americas, Southwest Asia and Africa to transition on Dec. 12.

“In most cases, decoders will be available for customers several days in advance” of the switch to high definition, said Jason Moore, chief of telecommunications outside the continental U.S. for the Army and Air Force Exchange Service.

“Consistent with those dates, decoder availability from the Exchange will be staggered, with the decoders available first in (the Pacific) and then Europe,” Moore said in an email to Stars and Stripes.

But employees at two overseas Exchange stores said the new decoders were not on store shelves yet. At the Exchange at Yokota Air Base in Japan on Monday, a customer service representative said the store still hadn’t received the new decoders, suggesting customers could purchase a new decoder online and wait about a month to receive them.

At the Ramstein Air Base Exchange store, customers are being told they can preregister for a new decoder online at shopmyexchange.com. Power Zone employees said Tuesday that the devices should arrive by mid-December but did not have an exact date.

This Scientific Atlanta decoder is one of the older American Forces Network receivers that will have to be replaced as AFN upgrades its broadcast signal to a digital format.

As to why Exchange employees in Japan and Germany said otherwise, Moore had an explanation: AAFES sent out an updated message internally to stores in the Pacific on Monday, “so word may just now be getting out.”

“The decoder deliveries are staggered to match AFN’s transition schedule and because the new units will not work pre-transition,” Moore added.

AFN decoders, he said, have been allocated and distributed to the Pacific in line with the AFN signal transition. Japan stores already have or are receiving the decoders now, Moore said Tuesday, and South Korea stores will receive the decoders on Wednesday. AAFES expects decoders to be available in Europe stores by Dec. 12, Moore added.

AFN officials said earlier this year that most subscribers use the Cisco D9865, which with some setting changes is compatible with HD programming. Older decoders must be replaced, or “you will not get anything” once the signal is upgraded, Col. Dave Honchul, of American Forces Radio and Television Service — AFN’s parent — said earlier this year.

For military and civilian households off base, a decoder is needed to receive and unscramble the AFN signal, which is relayed via satellite from the AFN Broadcast Center in California. The signal is encoded to prevent piracy.

Honchul said this week that AFN is receiving authentication requests from the new decoder in Asia, “which tells me decoders are hitting the streets.”

“We do not anticipate any gaps in availability of the new decoder,” he said. “While AFN does not control supply channels, we have partnered closely with AAFES throughout this process to ensure the new boxes will be available in a timely manner.”

The conversion to all-digital means improved picture and sound quality for most AFN viewers worldwide.

The signal is decoded and piped via cable to on-base locations. HD won’t be available in all areas, as some installations don’t have the cable infrastructure needed to distribute the HD signal.

AAFES is selling a new digital decoder with many new features, such as a digital video recorder for recording AFN shows, to support AFN’s transition to HD. Though the AFN7500HD is a significant upgrade in capability, according to AAFES, the unit will be $229, more than $100 less than the Cisco. The new decoders will also be available for rent at $11 a month, about $7 a month cheaper than the older model.

“The race to get the decoders to the viewers has indeed been a tight one but successful,” Moore said. “This has been a very complex project with many moving pieces, but we’re in the home stretch.”

Viewers won’t have to adjust their satellite dishes because of the transition to HD. Minor changes, however, will need to be made to decoder settings. A step-by-step instruction guide for both the Cisco and the new model will be available at www.myafn.net/afnhd.

All AFN satellite radio and television services in a transitioning region will be off the air for about two hours while the equipment is reconfigured, AFN officials said. The switch will be made during overnight hours in each region.

SES-11/EchoStar 105 get to work

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/11/29/ses-11-echostar-105-get-to-work/

A so-called ‘condominium’ dual-mission satellite owned by EchoStar and SES has reached its 105 degree West operating position, and is ‘open’ for business, says the two organisations.

EchoStar 105/SES-11 is a high-powered, hybrid Ku and C-band communications satellite for EchoStar and SES with a 24×36 Ku-band payload, marketed by EchoStar as EchoStar 105, and a 24×36 MHz C-band payload marketed by SES under the name SES-11. Built by Airbus Defence and Space, the satellite is based on the Eurostar E3000 platform.

EchoStar 105’s Ku-band capacity replaces the capacity that EchoStar previously offered via the AMC-15 satellite and includes seven transponders of incremental capacity, providing expanded coverage for customer applications including video distribution, data communications and backhaul services.

“EchoStar 105 provides coverage of the 50 U.S. states and offers increased reach to the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean,” said Anders Johnson, chief strategy officer of EchoStar and president of EchoStar Satellite Services. “We are excited to be able to offer the tailored Ku-band capacity of this high-powered satellite to our current and prospective customers in the enterprise, media and broadcast, and U.S. government service provider markets.”

The EchoStar 105/SES-11 satellite was launched on October 11 at 6:53 PM EDT aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 vehicle from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This is the second time SES has launched on a flight-proven Falcon 9 rocket, and is SES’s fourth launch with SpaceX. The high-powered communications satellite built by Airbus replaces C-band capacity for AMC-18 and Ku-band capacity for AMC-15 at the 105 degrees West orbital slot.

SES-11 is designed to accelerate the development of the US Prime video neighbourhood and the delivery of HD and ultra-HD channels. It offers comprehensive coverage over North America, including Hawaii, Mexico and the Caribbean. The satellite’s C-band capacity is optimised for digital television delivery, and will join SES-1 and SES-3 at the centre of SES’s North American orbital arc which reaches more than 100 million TV homes and has 100 per cent penetration in the US.

RCom to sell DTH arm Reliance BIG TV to reduce debt

From http://www.ibtimes.co.in/rcom-sell-dth-arm-reliance-big-tv-reduce-debt-751230

The company said that following the change of ownership, services to its 1.2 million subscribers and continuity for about 500 employees of Reliance BIG TV won't be interrupted in any manner.

Reliance Communications Chairman Anil Ambani. REUTERS/Shailesh AndradeReuters

Anil Ambani-led Reliance Communications (RCom) is the news for quite some time now, but for all wrong reasons. In the latest development, the debt-ridden company said that it is all set to sell its direct-to-home (DTH) subsidiary Reliance BIG TV to Pantel Technologies and Veecon Media and Television.

Reliance Communications has entered into an agreement where the companies will acquire the entire shareholding of Reliance BIG TV with business on an "as-is, where-is" basis, according to a filing on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).

The company further said that, following the change of ownership, services to its 1.2 million subscribers and continuity for about 500 employees of Reliance BIG TV, won't be interrupted in any manner.

"The transaction will help reduce the liability of unsecured creditors, benefitting all stakeholders, including lenders and shareholders of RCom. The transaction is in consonance with RCom's stated objective to focus on B2B businesses," said the statement.

The Anil Ambani-owned company has the smallest market share (2 percent) in the DTH space, according to a report released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).

RCom's move has been primarily triggered for two reasons — one, debt mounted and was affecting the company's operation, second consolidation in the DTH industry. Last year November, Dish TV announced the merger of its business with Videocon d2h.

"The DTH market is at most a three-four player market. Having said that, the consolidation and sale of assets is a combination of market share consolidation and difficulties in funding the growth capital needed to sustain the businesses in the long run. Overall, DTH has a positive outlook in the long run and there is a merit in consolidation in terms of synergy of resources," Girish Menon, partner, media and entertainment at consulting firm KPMG told the business daily Mint.

Speaking on the acquisition, Vijender Singh, Chairman & Managing Director, Pantel Technologies said, "Pantel Technologies is a young Information technology and communication devices company, selling innovative Tablet PC(s) under the brand name of Penta T-Pad in the Indian, South-East Asian, GCC and African markets.

Earlier this week, China Development Bank filed insolvency case against the company under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC). The Chinese lender lent close to Rs 11,570 crore ($1.78 billion) to RCom. The bank filed the insolvency petition before the Mumbai bench of the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT).


Sky NZ wants NZ isps to filter / blacklist certain web sites, the same as has happened already in Australia and the U.K to slowdown "piracy". A bit of special piracy news roundup today in the news section. Kodi in particular is getting a lot of attention

I've added satellite updates from the Chinese CNSAT.net website, their daily updates contain a few extra observations that other sites don't list. Yes they are in Chinese however its usually easy enough to make sense of, or you can paste into google translate if necessary

Palapa D 113E 3627 H Sr 17986 Fec 5/6 Skylive and "Live tv" are new fta

From my Email


From the Dish

Intelsat 19 166.0E 3780 H "MTV Classic Australia" is Fta.

(Craig's comment, I see it was also added on D1 Sky NZ in my daily scan)

Telkom 3S 118.0E 3623 V "TVRI Aceh" has left.

Palapa D 113.0E 3750 H "Channel E and Smile Home Shopping" have left .
Palapa D 113.0E 3955 V "Rajawali TV" has left again.

SES 7 108.2E 2535 V SET International, The Indonesia Channel, RTL CBS Entertainment, Asia Travel, ETTV Asia News, KBS World, ETTV Asia and Home Living have left.
SES 7 108.2E 2565 H "Celestial Movies Indonesia" has left .
SES 7 108.2E 2565 V "Star Chinese Movies Legend" has started on , Videoguard.
SES 7 108.2E 2595 V "Star Chinese Movies South East Asia" has started on , Videoguard.
SES 7 108.2E 2595 V "Discovery Kids Southeast Asia, TV Citra Indonesia Terampil and Indovision VOD 2" have left .
SES 7 108.2E 2625 V "TLC Southeast Asia" has started on , Videoguard.
SES 7 108.2E 2625 V "MNC World News and Formosa Indo" have left .
SES 7 108.2E 2655 H "Celestial Movies Indonesia" has started on , Videoguard.
SES 7 108.2E 2655 H "AMC Asia, CTV, CTS, Global News, CTV Classic, Damai TV, Da Ai TV, CTI TV Asia, FTV and Bimbel Channel" have left .

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4065 H "Bolo News has replaced On TV" on , Fta
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4070 H "Star Movies Action and Star World India" have started on Fta. Life News has left again.

ST 2 88.0E 3648 H "Food Planet and Smart" have started on , Fta.

Insat 4A 83.0E 4133 H "Aryan TV National" has started on , Fta.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3440 H "TVD Momo" is Fta.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3600 H "TV 24" has left .
Thaicom 5 78.5E 4040 V "Maxagro TV and CAT Channel" are Fta.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 3894 H "Dr TV" has started on , Fta.
Thaicom 6 78.5E 4120 H "Cartoon Club and TV D have started on , BISS. Miracle and GangCartoon Channel" have left.

ABS 2 75.0E 12287 V "Inahealth TV" has started on , encrypted.
ABS 2 75.0E 12524 H "Apostolic Oneness Network" has started on , Fta
ABS 2 75.0E 3740 V "Much TV, Azio TV, Unique Satellite TV and Beautiful Life TV" have started on, Irdeto.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3809 V "Zee Tamizh" is now encrypted.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4116 V "Prarthana Bhawan TV" has left again.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4163 H "Zee Salaam" is back on , Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12522 H FilmBox Africa, Faith Life, ST Rise, Fox Life Africa, Star SA Music, Onse TV, 1KZN TV, DocuBox HD, African Movie Channel, Star Zone, Fine Living, Fox Sports 2 Africa, Eurosport News Europe, BBC World News Africa, CGTN and Star Music have started on .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12562 H "TREM FITV" has started on , Fta. Zoe TV has left.

From Cnsat

SES-7/9(108.2°E)卫星,11101 V 45000一组宁夏卫视恢复,锁码播出,同组IPTV3+、IPTV5+等频道消失。(2017-11-29)
亚太V号(138.0°E)卫星,数码天空12416 V 45000一组广东卫视替换珠江台,锁码播出。(2017-11-29)
亚洲7号(105.5°E)卫星,4065 H 4294一组改为Global Pashto替换MLQ Movies开锁播出。(2017-11-29)
泰星5/6号(78.5°E)卫星,12354 V 30000一组新增TV 5 HD、NBT HD等10个高清频道,锁码播出。(2017-11-29)
帕拉帕D(113.0°E)卫星,新增Metro TV HD频道,设置3745 H 4000开锁播出。(2017-11-29)

帕拉帕D(113.0°E)卫星,3627 H 17985一组新增Skylive TV频道,开锁播出。(2017-11-28)
泰星5/6号(78.5°E)卫星,3840 V 12500一组新增Mvlao、Five、CH 6三个频道,开锁播出。(2017-11-28)
印度Insat-4A(83.0°E)卫星,4134 H 11888一组新增Aryan Nationa TV,开锁播出。(2017-11-28)
韩星5号(113.0°E)卫星,12646 V 3320一组新增CT频道,开锁播出。(2017-11-28)
亚太V号(138.0°E)卫星,数码天空12660 V 45000一组新增信大高清频道,开锁播出。(2017-11-28)
SES-7/9(108.2°E)卫星,11100 V 45000一组新增IPTV6+、IPTV5+等四套节目,锁码播出。(2017-11-28)
亚洲7号(105.5°E)卫星,4070 H 2963一组Movies Now替换卫视合家欢,依旧开锁播出。(2017-11-28)
韩星5号(113.0°E)卫星,AFN Prime Atlantic等频道更改符号率,设置参数12590 V 30000部分频道开锁播出。(2017-11-28)
亚洲6号(120.0°E)卫星,上海文广互动电视3900 H 29500、4180 H 29500等四组参数信号恢复,锁码播出。(2017-11-28)
中星6A(125.0°E)卫星,上海文广互动电视3700 V 29500、3900 V 9580等四组参数信号消失。(2017-11-28)

From asiatvro site

东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-13替换浙江卫视(中国)频道,设置12323 V 12000参数有条件接收。[11-29]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,宁夏卫视(台亚卫星)频道重现,设置11101 V 45000参数有条件接收。[11-29]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-3、CCTV-5(台亚卫星)等频道消失,设置11101 V 45000参数无效接收。[11-29]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Global Pashto替换MLQ Movies(巴基斯坦)频道,设置4065 H 4296参数免费接收。[11-29]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,TV 5 HD、NBT HD(高清)等7个频道新增,设置12355 V 30000参数有条件接收。[11-29]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星Ku频段,浙江卫视替换CCTV-13(高清)频道,设置12323 V 12000参数免费接收。[11-29]

东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Skylive TV(印尼)频道新增,设置3627 H 17986参数免费接收。[11-28]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,MV Lao、Five、Channel 6(泰国)频道新增,设置3840 V 12500参数免费接收。[11-28]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Aryan Nationa TV(印度)频道新增,设置4133 H 11888参数免费接收。[11-28]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-13(中国)频道加密,设置12323 V 12000参数有条件接收。[11-28]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,CT(标清)频道新增,设置12646 V 3320参数免费接收。[11-28]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,信大电视(数码天空)高清频道新增,设置12660 V 45000参数免费接收。[11-28]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,AFN Movie、AFN Sports(高清)等全组频道改格式,设置12590 V 30000参数部分免费接收。[11-28]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-3、CCTV-6、CCTV-5(台亚卫星)频道新增,设置11101 V 45000参数有条件接收。[11-28]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Movies Now替换Star World(巴基斯坦)频道,设置4070 H 2963参数免费接收。[11-28]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,AFN News(高清)频道加密,设置12590 V 30000参数有条件接收。[11-28]
东经125度轨道位置的中星6A号卫星C频段,河南卫视替换吉林卫视(AVS+)高清频道,设置3940 V 29500参数有条件接收。[11-28]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,DDish Live(高清)频道加密,设置12629 H 43200参数有条件接收。[11-28]

东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Nautical Channel HD(高清)频道新增,设置11222 H 12000参数免费接收。 [11月27日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2A号卫星Ku频段,TNV Planeta、Big Asia(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置11559 V 22000参数无效接收。 [11月27日]
东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,Liga Santander 1(4:2:2)高清频道加密,设置4076 V 22500参数有条件接收。 [11月27日]


Australia's Got a Golden G'day Celebrating 50th Anniversary of Launch of First Satellite

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=1590588657

WRESAT made Australia the seventh nation to have a satellite in space and just the third country to launch its own satellite from its own territory – thanks to a little help from its friends.

It was launched from Woomera on November 29, 1967, at a time when the rocket test range in outback South Australia was a global hub for space research and home to thousands of British, American and Australian military personnel and civilians.

However, without the generosity of the United States and the quick work of scientists from the Adelaide-based Weapons Research Establishment (WRE) and the University of Adelaide, the project would have never left the ground.

Scientists work on Australia's first satellite, WRESAT, in 1967.

The United States Defence Department brought 10 Redstone rockets to Woomera in the 1960s – nine for use in the SPARTA testing program and a spare. The Redstone started life as an American intermediate-range ballistic missile but it had also been used as the basis for America’s first satellite launcher, Explorer One.

Respected Australian space historian Kerrie Dougherty said that by the time they realised the spare rocket would not be needed because the other nine all worked, Redstone had been superseded as an operational missile so the Americans weren’t particularly interested in taking it home with them.

“The suggestion came about – and it’s not entirely clear if it was the Australians or the Americans who voiced the idea – that if there was this spare Redstone why don’t the Americans give it to Australia to be used as a satellite launcher,” Dr Dougherty said.

“A formal offer was made just before Christmas 1966 and the Americans also added that if Australia could develop its satellite before they went back to the United States at the end of 1967, they would do the launch program as the final part of the SPARTA program.

“That was something the Australians jumped at because it made the whole launch part of it a lot easier but it meant that WRESAT had to be designed, built, tested and ready for launch in 11 months so it was quite a significant achievement on Australia’s part even to get the satellite ready within that pretty short period of time.”

Woomera Prohibited Area, Australian Government Department of Defense.

Because of the short time frame, the WRE and University of Adelaide decided to use the satellite to extend the upper atmosphere research it had been conducting with its sounding rockets.

Weighing 45kg, WRESAT completed 642 orbits and transmitted scientific information for 73 of these to tracking and research stations around the world. It re-entered the earth’s atmosphere and was destroyed by the resultant high temperature on 10 January 1968 over the Atlantic Ocean west of Ireland.

“It sent back quite a bit of good data on the different characteristics of the upper atmosphere and it correlated really well with the data they were getting from the sounding rocket program,” Dr Dougherty said.

“None of it was earth shattering but it provided a lot of good data that corresponded with the sounding rocket program and it added to the broader knowledge of the conditions of the upper atmosphere and the bottom end of space.

“It demonstrated Australia had the capability technically and scientifically for developing a working satellite.”

The WRESAT project was led by Bryan Rofe from the WRE and Professor John Henry Carver, who was Elder Professor and Head of Physics at the University of Adelaide.

It has been a big year for the space industry in South Australia with the state’s capital Adelaide hosting the 68th International Astronautical Congress in September where it was announced that Australia would form its own space agency. It is also the 70thanniversary of the establishment of the Woomera test range and township 500km north of Adelaide.

South Australia has used the new focus on space to establish a Space Industry Centre to coordinate space-related businesses and to administer a AUD$1 million a year incubator and accelerator program for new space startups.

University of Adelaide Interim Vice-Chancellor Professor Mike Brooks said the building and successful launch of WRESAT in such a limited timeframe was “an incredible feat”.

A University of Adelaide-built satellite was launched by NASA from Cape Canaveral in Florida – one of three miniaturised ‘cubesats’.

“Today the University stands ready to contribute to what we believe will be a rapidly developing space industry in Australia, under its new national space agency,” Professor Brooks said.

“We are very proud to have educated former NASA astronaut, Dr Andy Thomas, AO, and we continue to produce highly talented graduates in aerospace and other engineering, as well as generating leading-edge research in areas from aeronautics and high-pressure combustion, through to new developments in space surveillance and space law.”

Earlier this year, a University of Adelaide-built satellite, shown on the right, was launched by NASA from Cape Canaveral in Florida – one of three miniaturised ‘cubesats’ developed in Australia and the first Australian-built satellites launched in 15 years.

Fetch TV Waging War On Aussie Pirates

From https://www.channelnews.com.au/fetch-tv-waging-war-on-aussie-pirates/

Australian IPTV provider Fetch TV is partnering with the Australian Screen Association (ASA) to stop online piracy and will focus on pirate set top boxes.

The partnership was made earlier this week.

The ASA says it is aiming to block these illegal devices through the Federal Court and has already filed a court action.

Scott Lorson CEO at Fetch TV says every company is impacted by online piracy, “There is no one in the business that is not impacted whether you are Apple, Foxtel or Stan. Initially our focus was on the foreign language market where the prevalence of pirate set top boxes is universal. Now we are seeing an acceleration with products such as the Kodi boxes that come installed with access to pirated content. We see piracy as a significant issue in Australia which has the highest rate of illegal downloads per capita in the world.”

Lorson, says “Fetch TV is a strong supporter of the ASA initiatives designed to address the piracy epidemic in Australia, and welcomes the opportunity to contribute as an Associate Member. We are keen to do our part in supporting the creative industry, we see the ASA is at the forefront of the piracy defence and we are excited to have the opportunity to lend our support.”

The ASA has been working tirelessly to block online pirates in Australia with several of its members behind the blocking of Pirate Bay and other sites in Australia.

The ASA has been running since 2004 representing the film and TV content and distribution industry in Australia. Its aim is to support, protect and promote safe and legal consumption of movie and TV content across all platforms.

Sky Television claims win in piracy fight securing interim injunction

From https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/99370235/sky-television-claims-win-in-piracy-fight-securing-interim-injunction?cid=facebook.post.99370235

It has been a big day for Sky in its battle to protect its programming from piracy, with one court injunction secured and a plan to issue another revealed.

Sky Television says it has secured an interim injunction against a Christchurch company which it accuses of selling devices that help people access television programming without paying.

The win comes on the same day that a separate, wider war of words has broken out over a plan by Sky to force the country's top internet providers to block access to websites hosting pirated television content.

Sky TV launched legal action earlier this year against two companies – Hamilton-based My Box and Christchurch company FibreTV NZ – which it said were selling devices designed to help people illegally watch programmes, including those for which Sky has the New Zealand broadcasting rights.

Both companies sell Android media players, commonly referred to as Kodi boxes, which cost upwards of $70 and often come pre-loaded with software that points to foreign television streams.

Tens of thousands of the devices are believed to have been bought by New Zealanders from both local and overseas online suppliers.

The court case against My Box has been pushed back until March next year, according to Sky.

But spokeswoman Kirsty Way said it had secured an interim injunction on Wednesday from Christchurch District Court against FibreTV on the terms Sky had sought and with costs awarded to Sky.

The written judgment was due to be issued shortly, she said.

Way said internet streaming devices "pre-loaded with piracy software" were "one of the most damaging forms of piracy" as they promised New Zealanders "lots of content that the promoter doesn't have the rights to".

"The distributors pay nothing to the creators of the movies, TV and sport content, and simply cream off their fee, often in the hundreds of dollars," she said.

Way said a short written decision from the court was expected to be issued soon. "The court will liaise with Sky and Fibre TV lawyers to allocate a fixture for the summary judgement application in 2018," she said.

FibreTV has been contacted for comment.

A message on its phone number said a court had ordered it to cease trading until the Friday just passed, when it expected its case against Sky would "come to a head".

But Way said her understanding was that FibreTV's earlier decision to cease trading had been a voluntary one, pending the injunction ruling on Wednesday.

The phone message said FibreTV could not answer calls before last Friday but that it planned to be back afterwards.

A war of words broke out on Wednesday between Sky and the country's fourth largest telecommunications provider, Vocus, after Sky signalled it would apply for an injunction forcing Vocus, Spark, Vodafone and 2degrees to block their customers from accessing websites which Sky TV accuses of piracy.

Way said Sky intended to file that injunction application with the High Court in Auckland "shortly".

Pay television companies overseas have experienced success clamping down on the distribution of "pre-loaded" Kodi devices through the courts.

But non-profit society InternetNZ said Sky's separate attempt to force internet providers to block access to websites was "extreme" and unprecedented in New Zealand and "worked against the very nature of the internet".

A report by United States researcher Sandvine published at the start of the month said the live streaming of pirated television material using devices such as Kodi boxes and purpose-made set-top boxes was a "multi-billion dollar problem" for pay-TV companies and the telecommunications industry.

About 6.5 per cent of North American households accessed "paid pirate TV services" each month, it said.

Many pirated television services streamed programming to consumers' devices "24x7", whether they were watching or not, resulting in huge amounts of phantom traffic crossing networks, it said.

Sky TV plan to get pirated material blocked on internet 'obviously bonkers', Vocus says video

From https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/99348528/internet-provider-says-sky-tv-is-attempting-to-censor-the-internet

A "site blocking injunction" sought by Sky has been likened to North Korea by one internet provider.

Sky Television is seeking the right to force the country's top internet providers to block access to websites hosting pirated material.

InternetNZ chief executive Jordan Carter said the move was "an extreme step" that was unprecedented in New Zealand.

Taryn Hamilton, consumer manager of Vocus New Zealand, which owns the Slingshot and Orcon internet brands, said Sky's demand was "something you would expect in North Korea, not in New Zealand".

"It isn't our job to police the internet and it sure as hell isn't Sky's either. All sites should be equal and open," he said.

Sky TV has drawn up an application for a "site blocking injunction" to Auckland High Court, under which it would name offending websites, which it would then expect internet providers would block within 10 days of a request being made.

Spokeswoman Kirsty Way clarified it was draft injunction which it hoped to file with the court "shortly". It had provided copies to the telecommunications companies "as a courtesy", she said.

It would target websites "solely created to offer pirated content like Pirate Bay and Putlocker", she said. "This is not a complete list, but it will be a small number and we'd ask for an option to apply via the courts for additional sites as needed."

The draft injunction can be read here


Hamilton said Sky was "essentially saying that they want the ability to censor any content at any time".

"It could be YouTube, Facebook – anything."

That demand was "obviously bonkers", he said.

Vocus said Sky's demand to "censor" websites was astounding.

Vocus had never blocked any content, other than malware and internet traffic associated with "denial of service" attacks on websites, he said.

"First of all we wouldn't do it. Secondly, it is not practical."

Way objected to Hamilton's comparison with North Korea, saying 42 countries, including Britain and Australia, had laws that enabled site-blocking requests.

"If anything New Zealand is lagging behind in our legal protection for content creators and legitimate content businesses," she said.

Sky was not taking it upon itself to make censorship calls, she said.

"We are talking about websites that are designed for no other purpose than to illegally pirate content."

Way said Sky was proposing to follow "a thorough and careful legal process" which involved seeking a court order under the Copyright Act that required internet providers to block specified infringing sites.

Vocus' censorship claim demonstrated that Vocus was "out of touch with what is happening around the world, not to mention that they seem to be wanting to align their brand with pirates who steal content", she said.

Sky chief executive John Fellet wrote in the company's last annual report in August that piracy had become Sky's "biggest competitor".

He made the comment in the wake of revealing that Sky had lost nearly 34,000 satellite subscribers in the year to June.

"The big problem is the increasing ease by which pirated content is accessible," he said then.

"Devices preloaded with piracy software enable users to access pirated content stored on servers overseas, from the comfort of their living room."

Carter said InternetNZ had always been opposed to site-blocking.

Site blocking "works against the very nature of the internet" and was easily evaded by people with the right skills or tools, he said.

"If blocking is ordered, it risks driving content piracy further underground. This could well end up making the issues that Sky are facing even harder to police in the future."

Carter said InternetNZ was seeking legal advice on whether the court had the ability to agree to Sky's demand.

"Parliament has never signalled an intention to allow this when it has considered these matters, and if site blocking was to be introduced it should only happen after a broad public debate establishes it is unavoidable, and a parliamentary mandate is given," he said.

Sky TV likely faces 'significant and costly' High Court battle

From https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/99377579/sky-tv-likely-faces-significant-and-costly-high-court-battle

There could be a risk "over-blocking" of internet sites, if Sky's draft injunction is granted.

OPINION The internet has become Sky's biggest competitor, according to chief executive John Fellet.

Many other media companies and content creators would echo that view. Protecting copyright in our high-speed, always-connected and always-evolving world is a real and complex problem.

Let's start with some key points.

Firstly, copyright itself is not a bad thing. On the contrary, it is vital for modern society. Its purpose is to protect content creators large and small, and encourage people to invest time and money to create and distribute new content.

Would as many high quality films or TV series be made, or songs or stories written, if the finished products couldn't be legally protected from piracy?

Would there be as much coverage of news and sporting events – and money flowing back through licensing rights – if there was no means of preventing illegal live streaming?

Secondly, there is no question that many websites are facilitating blatantly illegal downloads or live streams of copyright-protected content.

It is likely that Sky could successfully sue the operators of those websites, if the operators could be identified and brought within a relevant jurisdiction (much easier said than done).

Thirdly, courts in Australia, the UK and elsewhere have granted injunctions to force internet providers to block specific websites that provide infringing content, and New Zealand courts will do the same in appropriate circumstances.

However, things quickly get less clear when a plaintiff targets those who "enable or facilitate" piracy.

For example, could a provider of VPN (virtual private network) software or a proxy – common internet tools – be said to be "enabling or facilitating" illegal copying, just because some people use those legitimate technologies to access pirated content?

And are internet providers themselves "enabling or facilitating" illegal conduct by not blocking access to sites that do "enable or facilitate" such conduct?

While these issues are not new – for example, the film industry famously lost an effort in the 1980s to hold manufacturers of video recorders liable for enabling illegal copying by end users – the advent of the modern internet adds much more complexity and nuance.

Sky's draft injunction, if actually granted, would effectively grant Sky the standing power to block most New Zealanders from accessing any website it deems to be "enabling or facilitating" copyright infringement of a target website.

This is more expansive than obtaining a court order to block specific websites based on specific facts.

Sky's injunction actually admits there would be a risk of "over-blocking", yet offers scant procedure for handling such situations.

Significantly, it also offers no detail on how it proposes to address technologies such as VPNs and proxies, or apps that (it may be alleged) "enable" piracy, which will be the inevitable response (by some) to any attempt by internet providers to block access.

Sky will also have to get around provisions of the Copyright Act specifically intended to protect internet providers.

These were inserted in recent years to limit internet providers from being caught up as "piggy in the middle" in disputes between their users and copyright holders.

If a court did grant an unduly broad injunction, it may prompt a legislative response restoring and enhancing protection for internet providers.

For these reasons, Sky may be hoping to obtain a consent arrangement where the internet providers voluntarily agree to a specific website-blocking regime.

The alternative – assuming Sky proceeds with its application – will likely be a significant and costly High Court battle.

Even if an injunction is granted, it will only be as effective as its ability to be practically enforced. The ever-evolving internet makes this very difficult, but it may buy Sky more time.

Guy Burgess is a partner with Clendons Barristers & Solicitors in Auckland with expertise in IT/IP matters, and is on the Auckland Committee of IT Professionals New Zealand.

Telcos shouldn't have to 'police the internet': Spark

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11949503

It is not the role of telcos to "police the internet", Spark says as Sky TV asks the country's internet providers to block access to websites which infringe on its copyright content.

The pay television provider has submitted a letter to the country's major internet service providers (ISPs) asking them to block access to certain pirate websites, which it hopes to file to the High Court shortly.

Spark said in a statement that the company understood the desire of content owners to protect their legal position when it came to copyright of content.

"We have some sympathy for this given we invest tens of millions of dollars into content ourselves through Lightbox. However, we don't think it should be the role of ISPs to become the 'police of the internet' on behalf of other parties," the Spark statement said.

"The only exception we have made to date on this is the Internal Affairs Digital Child Exploitation Filtering System, which blocks websites that host child sexual abuse images - and clear instances of phishing. In both of these cases we act due to the substantial harm caused by such activities."

Vocus Group, which runs Orcon, Slingshot and Flip, has labelled Sky's proposal "gross censorship and a breach of net neutrality".

"Sky, via its lawyers, requested that the TV company pick and choose the websites Kiwis can access via Spark, Vocus, Vodafone and 2degrees networks," Vocus consumer general manager Taryn Hamilton said.

"The request is in direct opposition to the idea that the internet is a free and open resource which should be accessed without censorship."

A spokeswoman for Sky, however, said the pay TV operator wasn't making "censorship" call itself. It said Vocus was misrepresenting the situation.

"We are proposing to follow a thorough and careful legal process, which involves seeking a court order under the Copyright Act that requires ISPs to block specified infringing sites," she said.

"We are talking about websites that are designed for no other purpose than to illegally pirate content. This is not about a 'breach of equality and freedom of information' – it's about calling out pirate sites who pay nothing to the creators of movies, TV and sport content and simply steal it for their own gain.

"Vocus' claims that we're attempting censorship are nonsense, and demonstrate that Vocus is out of touch with what is happening around the world – not to mention that they seem to be wanting to align their brand with pirates who steal content."

Sky has sent draft court documents to Spark, Vodafone, Vocus and 2degrees that it intends to file with the High Court and would seek orders that internet companies block access to certain websites within 10 days.

The websites are not named in the documents.

"Sky has paid the films' copyright owners substantial amounts for the exclusive right to show the films in New Zealand on television, computers and other devices," the document says.

"The respondents are telecommunications companies who offer internet services to the public. Together, the ISPs account for around 90 per cent of all internet service accounts in New Zealand. By accessing the internet using accounts provided by the ISPs, users can access [the target websites]."

Vocus alludes to torrent site the Pirate Bay, which it said was being accessed by far fewer New Zealanders since the introduction of pay services like Netflix, iTunes and Spotify.

"Sky's call that sites be blacklisted on their say-so is dinosaur behaviour, something you would expect in North Korea, not in New Zealand. It isn't our job to police the internet and it sure as hell isn't Sky's either. All sites should be equal and open," Hamilton said.

"The fact that Sky has made this request to New Zealand's main telco providers in this day and age is frankly astounding."

ACE and CAP Shut Down Aussie Pirate IPTV Operation

From https://torrentfreak.com/ace-and-cap-shut-down-aussie-pirate-iptv-operation-171128/

The Alliance For Creativity and Entertainment and the Coalition Against Piracy have teamed up to shut down an illicit IPTV operation in Australia. The company allegedly sold devices bundled with a 12-month subscription to pirated movies, TV shows, and sports but under pressure, agreed to close down.

Instead of companies like the MPAA, Amazon, Netflix, CBS, HBO, BBC, Sky, CBS, Foxtel, and Village Roadshow tackling piracy completely solo, this year they teamed up to form the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE).

This massive collaboration of 30 companies represents a new front in the fight against piracy, with global players publicly cooperating to tackle the phenomenon in all its forms.

The same is true of CASBAA‘s Coalition Against Piracy (CAP), a separate anti-piracy collective which to some extent shares the same members as ACE but with a sharp of focus on Asia.

This morning the groups announced the results of a joint investigation in Australia which targeted a large supplier of illicit IPTV devices. These small set-top boxes, which come in several forms, are often configured to receive programming from unauthorized sources. In this particular case, they came pre-loaded to play pirated movies, television shows, sports programming, plus other content.

The Melbourne-based company targeted by ACE and CAP allegedly sold these devices in Asia for many years. The company demanded AUS$400 (US$305) per IPTV unit and bundled each with a year’s subscription to pirated TV channels and on-demand movies from the US, EU, India and South East Asia markets.

In the past, companies operating in these areas have often been met with overwhelming force including criminal action, but ACE and CAP appear to have reached an agreement with the company and its owner, even going as far as keeping their names out of the press.

In return, the company has agreed to measures which will prevent people who have already invested in these boxes being able to access ACE and CAP content going forward. That is likely to result in a whole bunch of irritated customers.

“The film and television industry has made significant investments to provide audiences with access to creative content how, where, and when they want it,” says ACE spokesperson Zoe Thorogood.

“ACE and CAP members initiated this investigation as part of a comprehensive global approach to protect the legal marketplace for creative content, reduce online piracy, and bolster a creative economy that supports millions of workers. This latest action was part of a series of global actions to address the growth of illegal and unsafe piracy devices and apps.”

Neil Gane, General Manager of the CASBAA Coalition Against Piracy (CAP), also weighed in with what are now becoming industry-standard warnings of losses to content makers and supposed risks to consumers.

“These little black boxes are now beginning to dominate the piracy ecosystem, causing significant damage to all sectors of the content industry, from producers to telecommunication platforms,” Gane said.

“They also pose a risk to consumers who face a well-documented increase in exposure to malware. The surge in availability of these illicit streaming devices is an international issue that requires a coordinated effort between industry and government. This will be the first of many disruption and enforcement initiatives on which CAP, ACE, and other industry associations will be collaborating together.”

In September, TF revealed the secret agreement behind the ACE initiative, noting how the group’s founding members are required to commit $5m each annually to the project. The remaining 21 companies on the coalition’s Executive Committee put in $200,000 each.

While today’s IPTV announcement was very public, ACE has already been flexing its muscles behind the scenes. Earlier this month we reported on several cases where UK-based Kodi addon developers were approached by the anti-piracy group and warned to shut down – or else.

While all complied, each was warned not to reveal the terms of their agreement with ACE. This means that the legal basis for its threats remains shrouded in mystery. That being said, it’s likely that several European Court of Justice decisions earlier in the year played a key role.

Online piracy device heightens anxiety in Hollywood and Silicon Valley

From https://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/99267951/online-piracy-device-heightens-anxiety-in-hollywood-and-silicon-valley

Devices like TickBox TV can be used to access movies such as War for the Planet of the Apes before they're legally available for home viewing.

Piracy has long been a scourge of Hollywood, but the emerging technology has heightened anxieties about the industry's vulnerability to copyright theft.

TickBox represents a new and growing type of copyright theft that uses streaming devices and apps to make piracy as easy and normal-seeming as watching movies through Apple TV or Roku.

The devices, which are listed at about US$150, come with instructions to load software "add-ons" created by third-party developers that allow users to stream video from the web free.

TickBox TV is owned by Jeffrey and Carrla Goldstein. A lawsuit accuses their company of being one of the most prominent and fastest-growing facilitators of online piracy. TickBox TV sells set-top boxes that promise free streaming of movies and television shows.

The couple and their startup have drawn the attention of major Hollywood studios and their streaming rivals. Eight entertainment companies - Universal, Columbia, Disney, 20th Century Fox, Paramount, Warner Bros, Amazon and Netflix - joined to sue TickBox for copyright infringement last month, asking the court to shut the company down.

TickBox TV's promise of free content is an attractive draw, luring half a million visitors a month, according to the complaint.

The suit is the first legal action by Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment, a newly formed coalition of international studios, television networks and online video giants that have joined forces to combat piracy globally. For damages, they are seeking all of TickBox's profits and up to US$150,000 per infringed work.

Neither the company nor the Goldsteins responded to requests for comment. They have not yet filed a response to the lawsuit.

TickBox relies on software called Kodi, an open-source media player that developers can modify with apps for watching films and TV. Kodi technology itself, which is maintained by software engineers who work voluntarily, is legal and has legitimate uses, experts said. Some people use it as a convenient way to access content from licensed sources.

But the technology also makes it vastly easier for consumers to watch stolen movies, TV shows and sports. A TickBox device, which connects to a TV, directs people to load software add-ons that allow users to search for movies and television programs online and watch them without paying. The add-ons scrape video content from websites to stream video, including live TV and sports, from the internet without authorisation.

Kodi-based piracy is a growing threat. Worldwide, experts estimate, up to 30 million people have used add-ons to watch unlicensed content.

Pre-loaded boxes are easily found on sites including EBay and Facebook's marketplace, for as little as US$40 each, mostly sold by individual small-timers working out of their homes and marketing their devices as "fully loaded" or "jail-broken". Bigger sites sell them for more than US$200.

Because it is less cumbersome than traditional pirate sites such as the Pirate Bay, set-top box piracy also tends to attract older users and families, intellectual property experts said. It even looks more legitimate than typical infringing sites, with a user interface that resembles Netflix or Hulu.

The suit against TickBox is part of a wider crackdown on Kodi-powered piracy by the studios and streaming services. Software developers recently shut down multiple sites that provided illegal add-ons after receiving a letter from the anti-piracy group representing the studios and streamers.

Last year, a man in Britain named Terry O'Reilly was sentenced to four years in prison for selling set-top boxes modified for copyright theft.

Users can "plug the TickBox TV into your current television and enjoy unlimited access to all the hottest TV shows, Hollywood blockbusters and live sporting events in one convenient little device ... absolutely free," the company's website said, according to the complaint. "TickBox TV searches the internet where it will locate and stream virtually any television show, Hollywood movie or live sports event you want to watch ... without you having to worry about paying rental fees or monthly subscriptions."

Customers can use remote controls or keypads to search for movie titles by name. A search for 20th Century Fox's movie War for the Planet of the Apes found 44 results for the big-budget film on various sites in September, when the film was not available for legal home viewing, the studios' lawyers wrote. The user then picks which version to watch.

TickBox has recently toned down some of the marketing language on its website that advertises free access to content. Instead, the website now emphasises its user friendliness and versatility.

The bottom of the site now includes a disclaimer: "TickBox TV should not be utilised to download or stream any copyrighted content without permission from the copyright holder."

Consumer group warns of pirated content risk

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/11/29/consumer-group-warns-of-pirated-content-risk/

US consumer-orientated coalition the Digital Citizens Alliance has launched new efforts to educate law enforcement, regulators, and parents about the dangers of pirated content, releasing a new video demonstrating the potential dangers of pirated movies and television shows that gets into peoples’ homes.

According to the Alliance, the rise of illegal streaming devices (ISDs) has made it easier than ever for kids to get access to illicit videos (including child pornography) and unlicensed content which is often loaded with malware that infects our electronic devices.

The video, Protect Your Data from Digital Pirating Devices and Apps, can be found on the Digital Citizens website and YouTube page.

This new educational effort comes as increasingly more ISDs – including Kodi boxes with unauthorised addons – find their way into the homes of unsuspecting consumers. Toronto-based tech company Sandvine reports that six per cent of North American households have a ‘Kodi’ device configured to access unlicensed content.

Earlier in November 2017, TVAddons (a popular library well-known for linking Kodi pirates to a wide range of unauthorised apps) claimed that millions of consumers are using ‘jailbroken’ Apple TV 2 devices with a huge security flaw which puts them at greater risk for spam, DDoS attacks, malware and access to child pornography. Apple TV 2 devices are popular with Kodi pirates. A jailbroken device can access unauthorised apps, but also lose some of the security protections created by Apple.

“There is nothing on jailbroken equipment to protect your kids from illicit and/or malicious material,” said Digital Citizens Alliance Executive Director Tom Galvin. “Pornography lives right next to popular movies. There is nothing distinguishing whether the content comes from a licensed provider or if it is stolen and laced with malware. Once that material comes in to your home and infects your devices, it’s not easy to clear it out.”

Some consumers have bought ISDs from stores and websites that also sell legitimate streaming devices, with no idea what kind of content is on those boxes they’ve brought home.

Galvin called on federal and state regulators to join with Attorneys General from more than two dozen states who have taped commercials running on television and social media asking citizens to be more alert and vigilant regarding pirated materials.

“More than half of the States’ Attorneys General and the Federal Trade Commission are telling consumers ‘beware of pirated content,’” Galvin said. “We’ve seen a lot of progress in 2017, but the bad actors are evolving even faster. Criminals will always look for new ways to funnel illegal and illicit content and they’ll target our most naïve and innocent people to be their audience. We need to let consumers know there are more options for legal and safe content than ever before. With awareness of the dangers, we believe consumers will shop for safer entertainment options.”

(Craig's comment, the media continue to ramp it up with the scaremongering around ISD -illicit-streaming-devices-)


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Intelsat 19 166.0E 3760 V "Food TV and Living Channel" have started on, PowerVu.

Telstar 18 138.0E 12272 H Nutag 21, Travel Channel Asia, FYI Asia, Crime + Investigation Asia, KBS World, MTV South East Asia, WakuWaku Japan and Playboy TV Asia have started on , encrypted.

LaoSat 1 128.5E 3569 H "CCTV 5" has started on , Fta.

Palapa D 113.0E Metro TV has moved from 3758 H to 3744 H, Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 3750 H "Smile Home Shopping" has started on , Fta. Space Drama has left.
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Palapa D 113.0E 3997 H "Smile Home Shopping" has started on , Fta. Space Drama has left again.

ChinaSat 10 110.5E 3560 V "Sansha TV has replaced Rodja TV" on , Fta.

SES 9 108.2E 11028 V "Sulsel TV has replaced Na Channel" on , Fta.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4180 V "Ten Sports Pakistan" has started on , encrypted.

ChinaSat 12 87.5E Republic TV has started on 4006 H, Irdeto.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 4040 V "Suwannabhumi Channel" has started on , BISS.

ABS 2A 75.0E 12160 V "Centralnoe TV" has started on , Fta.

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G-Sat 10 83.0E 3885 V "DD Sports has replaced DD India" on , Fta.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 3758 H Horn Cable TV, Universal TV, Kalsan TV, Puntland TV and Somaliland National TV have left .

ABS 2A 75.0E 12533 V "Shuud TV, E Box, Asian Box, Movie Box, Dream Box and MNBA Sports" have left .
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东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Channel E(印尼)等全组频道改频率,设置3997 H 12500参数免费接收。[11-27]

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东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,MTV Classic(音乐)频道解密,设置3780 H 30000参数免费接收。 [11月25日]
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东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,宁夏卫视替换CCTV-6(台亚卫星)频道,设置11101 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [11月25日]
东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,Liga Santander 1(4:2:2)高清频道加密,设置4076 V 22500参数有条件接收。 [11月25日]

东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,BBC World News(英国)频道加密,设置3940 H 27690参数有条件接收。 [11月24日]
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NBN halts HFC rollout 'effective immediately' as issues mount

From http://www.afr.com/technology/web/nbn/nbn-halts-hfc-rollout-effective-immediately-as-issues-mount-20171127-gztg2i

NBN is immediately halting the rollout of super-fast broadband delivered over pay television cables due to mounting issues with service dropouts, which could see $120 million of Telstra's earnings in 2017-18 kicked further down the road.

NBN chief executive Bill Morrow said poor experience with the hybrid fibre-coaxial rollout, which currently provides cable internet and Foxtel, resulted from the lower frequency band NBN was using.

Those customers slated to be connected to the National Broadband Network via HFC technology, but are not yet connected, will face a delay of six-to-nine months before they will be able to get NBN.

NBN will process orders which have come in for another two weeks.

"There are many things we cannot control with the customer experience, but that which we can, we want to do something about," Mr Morrow said.

"NBN is willing to put its actions ahead of words."

Mr Morrow said NBN chose to halt the HFC rollout "effective immediately" instead of connecting more customers and letting the problems compound even further. He said he remained confident in the technology's ability to deliver fast speeds to end-users.

NBN will revisit the entire HFC network to fix the issues, starting with those areas already connected on the service, then going over those which are being planned before they are allowed to switch over onto the NBN.

Around 3 million premises are earmarked for HFC and there are 370,000 active NBN connections on the network today.

Mr Morrow said there is "no risk at all of us dumping the HFC network". The current HFC footprint consists of cables formerly owned by Telstra. NBN dumped Optus' HFC network of which the government owned company paid the telco $800 million for in 2011.

Ultimately, the cost of upgrading Optus' HFC network was seen as too expensive and NBN opted instead for fibre-to-the-curb, where fibre cables are run to the front of a house and a copper wire takes the connection the remainder of the way to the premise.

Mr Morrow said it was only a minority of customers experiencing dropouts, however when pressed how the numbers of consumers impacted, the NBN boss could not answer.

Telstra, in response to NBN's announcement, said it would be looking at its full-year financial guidance.

"Telstra will assess the effect of today's announcement in conjunction with the NBN Corporate Plan 2018 on its outlook for FY18 and advise the market once that assessment is complete. The delay in the NBN rollout will delay a proportion of the payments to Telstra from NBN into future periods."

Telstra shares finished down 0.6 per cent at $3.46 on Monday.

Citibank analyst David Kaynes estimates the delay in Telstra's payments from NBN, if it lasts nine months, will cut earnings per share by approximately 3 per cent in 2017-18 and 2018-19, with corresponding upgradeds to later years as a result of the delayed payments coming through later.

Telstra will make an estimated $4 billion in reported net profit in 2017-18, of which 3 per cent is roughly $120 million.

"Telstra will now need to stretch its new dividend policy to the limit in order to pay 22¢ in FY18 in our view," Mr Kaynes said in a note to clients.

"Telstra's new dividend policy is to pay out 70-90 per cent of core earnings as well as 75 per cent of the net one-off NBN payments over the rollout period. While this policy clearly has enough flexibility to maintain the 22¢ dividend payment, the delay means that there is an increased risk that Telstra needs to borrow more to pay its special dividends in advance of the funds being received from NBN Co."

Mr Kaynes noted that while NBN's delay pushes out its payments to Telstra, the earnings the telco makes on its copper network, which has better margins and it also sells on a wholesale basis, are a plus.

"It does also have the benefit of maintaining those impacted households on the copper network for longer, and the corresponding margin boost that comes with delaying the switch to NBN," he said.

"Unfortunately this benefit is less significant given that the HFC network is entirely in metro areas, where Telstra's retail market share is much lower. The benefit of a NBN delay would be much more significant if it was to impact regional areas."

Labor communications spokeswoman Michelle Rowland said NBN's announcement raises more questions than answers.

"Is NBN seriously telling the Australian taxpayer they have been deploying a HFC network that is not fit for purpose?" she said.

"The HFC debacle is unravelling before our very eyes."

Communications Minister Mitch Fifield said NBN was acting to improve user experience and the government's priority remains making sure all customers get world class broadband.

"HFC remains an important part of the NBN multi-technology mix, capable of delivering 100Mbps (megabits per second) broadband speeds today and up to 1Gbps with planned upgrades," Senator Fifield said.

"As part of today's announcement, NBN will upgrade physical network components to help provide a better user experience. NBN had always planned to conduct this network optimisation - the company is simply bringing it forward. This change will not affect the overall timing of the NBN rollout, which remains on track for completion in 2020 - six to eight years sooner than would have been the case under Labor, and at $30 billion less cost."

SBS World Movies switches to Foxtel on Demand

From https://mumbrella.com.au/486071-486071

The SBS World Movies subscription channel will cease to be a stand-alone channel from February and shift to Foxtel On Demand, the broadcaster has announced.

The announcement;

SBS World Movies switches linear channel for dedicated offering on Foxtel On Demand

SBS today announced that from 1 February 2018, the iconic World Movies subscription channel will switch from a Foxtel linear channel to be hosted on Foxtel On Demand, with a weekly movie slot on the pay TV provider’s Foxtel Movies Masterpiece channel.

For more than 22 years, World Movies has showcased the best in international cinema, bringing Australians a diverse selection of award-winning favourites and acclaimed new releases from across the globe, in more than 200 languages.

Hosted as a dedicated film collection on Foxtel On Demand, World Movies will showcase a selection of quality international titles, giving subscribers the freedom to watch at their convenience. World Movies will also continue on Stan, in a renewal of SBS’s agreement with the streaming platform.

Chris Keely, General Manager, SBS Subscription TV said: “SBS is pleased that World Movies will continue as a key film destination on Foxtel On Demand, giving viewers the flexibility to watch some of the best films from across the world anytime, anywhere and on a device of their choice.”

World Movies will move from a linear channel to Foxtel On Demand from 1 February 2018. The World Movies weekly movie slot will air on the Foxtel Movies Masterpiece channel from 3 January 2018.

Source: From an SBS media release

First UNSW CubeSat launched into orbit

From https://www.itnews.com.au/news/first-unsw-cubesat-launched-into-orbit-478479

Five more have been funded.

The University of New South Wales Canberra has successfully launched its first CubeSat into orbit, currently testing the satellite ahead of its full operation next year.

Named Buccaneer, the miniature CubeSat was developed by UNSW Canberra and the Defence Science Technology Group, and was launched from the United States Air Force Vanderberg base in California.

Buccaneer will be used to calibrate Australia's Jindalee long-range over the horizon radar, and to predict the orbits of "space junk" and other objects flying over the Earth.

“Being able to avoid collisions in space is essential if we are to safeguard the space-based technologies upon which society depend," UNSW Canberra space director Professor Russell Boyce said in a statement.

"Our CubeSats will play an important role in gathering data for this research, among other outcomes such as demonstrating space-based capability ranging from remote sensing to ultra-secure quantum communications."

The UNSW Canberra CubeSat is the first of five funded satellites, and another three in development, in the university's flagship space program established with a $10 million internal investment.

Some 40 space engineers, scientists and PhD students work within the program.

Australia joined the international CubeSat QB50 project last year, along with 19 European countries as well as Canada and the United States.

Miniature single-unit CubeSats measure 100 x 100 x 113.5 millimetres and weigh no more than 1.33 kilograms. They can be combined into double and triple units.

A total of 36 CubeSats have been launched into orbit this year by the QB50 project for atmospheric research purposes, with Australia contributing three of the craft.

Viewing rugby set for change

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11947988

Significant change is coming in New Zealand's rugby rights broadcast market when a new deal begins in 2020.

There will be new broadcast players, new ways of consuming games, new markets to sell into and, as will be revealed in a few weeks when Sanzaar announces its strategic long-term vision for Southern Hemisphere rugby, potentially new competition formats. There will also be a new season structure, with the June test window shifting to July.

Rugby maybe hasn't known such a world of opportunity since 1995 and the switch to professionalism. Top of the list to come out well is the rugby consumer.

Sky, which has exclusively owned the rights to the All Blacks since 1996, is paying an estimated $70 million a year and as such has been largely allowed to dictate terms.

A significant amount of revenue also comes from having sold the rights to the UK, so the evening kick-offs are designed as much to harness an audience there as in New Zealand.

Playing at 7.30pm in the depth of the South Island winter has made going to the game a trial in endurance and if there is one change looming that will be universally welcomed, it is the potential return to occasional afternoon kickoffs post 2019.

The balance may change and for the first time in the past 20 years, the fam experience will be given more thought and attention.

And what is expected to drive this change is a fragmentation of the broadcast rights; a proliferation of choice, not so much in the breadth of different broadcasters with rights, but in the probable array of packages.

For now, Sky own the rights to everything in New Zealand. In the next deal, New Zealand Rugby may look to sell in bundles.

There will be rights for TV and rights for digital and perhaps they will be sold to separate bidders or perhaps one company will put enough on the table to buy the lot.

Consumers will be able to buy a streaming package for one-off tests or a series, or still commit to a monthly subscription with a TV broadcaster, most likely Sky. And that remains the unknown about the next deal: will Sky be willing to dig deep and pay to buy everything as they previously have or will they stick to the TV rights and allow a new player to take control of the digital market?

"In every sales process, we have looked to compartmentalise, to sell parcels of our content," says NZR chief executive Steve Tew.

"But in the end, the key broadcasters have said 'here is the price for all of it', so we have tended to keep them as a whole package. That might change in the future."

If that is the case, there will be unprecedented choice and flexibility and moving into the personalised media age could mean NZR won't be so beholden to one broadcaster trying to maximise their audience.

So unquestionably fans are looking at a more appealing future, as is NZR because the bidding process is going to be genuinely competitive for the first time since 1995.

Amazon are hovering as a genuine bidder, as are Spark in conjunction with TVNZ and presumably Google, Netflix and Facebook will at least give consideration to bidding.

"In terms of the evolution of the game and the way we are able to connect with our fans, we are in rapidly changing times," says Tew.

"People are consuming content differently already, so what 2020 signals for us is another cycle of our content sales process, so that is going to be clearly informed by the rapidly evolving technology and the appetite people have for content.

"Every market is a little bit different but we have a premium product, and then within that, we have one of the premium teams [All Blacks], so that is a huge advantage for us.

"The documentary that will come out next year, that Amazon are now carefully crafting, will take the All Blacks story to a whole load of markets we have never been before.

"And, yes, we will be able to take live games of rugby and archival footage to all sorts of markets because of the advent of technology."

Tew isn't getting carried away, however. He feels that while the ability to stream games in far flung corners of the globe on hand-held devices will be there, that doesn't mean the All Blacks will be raking it in come the next broadcast deal.

"Just because the content is easier to get doesn't mean fans in new markets will say they are going to have it. We still have to sell them the story of the All Blacks and New Zealand, and turn fans into consumers. That is still part of the process. The technology, though, is going to be a great enabler."

As a sign of things to come perhaps, NZR reached agreement with Sky on this tour of Europe to live stream the games against the Barbarians and French XV.

The uptake is believed to have been low, largely because one game was played in the middle of the night in New Zealand and the other early on a Wednesday morning. The pricing of $25 per game may also have been prohibitive. However, the point of the exercise, though, was not to assess demand but to see whether the technology worked.

On that front, they delivered, but it is hard to assess NZR's confidence that if post 2019, there are significant numbers of New Zealanders looking to stream All Blacks tests, there is the broadband capacity to cope.

The All Blacks remain the people's team and there is an acknowledgement that free-to-air broadcasting plays a significant role in bolstering the profile of rugby and inspiring young people to play the game.

Australia have maybe learned that the hard way, and there could well be a link between the demise of the game across the Tasman and their long-term lack of free-to-air coverage of Super Rugby.

The prospect of a Spark/TVNZ joint bid will carry appeal beyond the dollars attached to it.

Negotiations for the next broadcast rights are due to start some time next year and if Tew seems fairly relaxed, it is because he knows the future has never looked so bright.

AsiaSat 9 fully operational at 122ºE

From press release

Hong Kong, 27 November 2017 – AsiaSat 9, the most powerful member of the AsiaSat fleet, is fully operational at 122 degrees East following successful migration of all services from AsiaSat 4, delivering enhanced power, greater bandwidth and improved efficiency to customers for advanced DTH, TV distribution, VSAT broadband and mobility services across the Asia-Pacific.

“Our brand new AsiaSat 9 now carries the most powerful and widest C-band coverage, and multiple dedicated Ku-band beams over key Asian markets at our prime orbital slot of 122 degrees East,” said Andrew Jordan, President and Chief Executive Officer of AsiaSat. “We are extremely pleased that with AsiaSat 9’s innovative features and significant enhancements in power and coverage, we are making a positive step forward in providing more cost efficient and higher quality services to our customers with even better entertainment, information and communication services across the region.”

The new AsiaSat 9 features significant upgrades, including Asia’s highest powered 110 watt C-band amplifiers, special filter design, star tracker and hall-effect thrusters that generate higher efficiency, enhanced stability and reliability in network operations. In addition, AsiaSat 9’s three new Ku-band Myanmar, Indonesia and Mongolia beams, and two enhanced Ku-band beams serving Australasia and East Asia provide high downlink power up to 55 dBW that allows use of small antennas for more cost effective roll out of customers’ networks.
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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 seven satellites, AsiaSat 3S, AsiaSat 4, AsiaSat 5, AsiaSat 6, AsiaSat 7, AsiaSat 8 and the new AsiaSat 9. The AsiaSat satellite fleet serves both the broadcast and telecommunications industries. Over 600 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 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 | Twitter | Mobile App

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

AsiaSat 9 is equipped with multiple C, Ku and Ka-band payloads, serving Asia-Pacific with enhanced power, efficiency and flexibility
Watch AsiaSat 9 video: http://www.asiasat.com/news/video

Indonesia's Top Telecom Acquires Malaysian Satellite Company

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=391610948#

JAKARTA —Telekomunikasi Indonesia, the country's largest telecommunications company, announced on Friday it has agreed to acquire a maximum stake of 70% in Malaysian satellite company TS Global Network for 108.5 million ringgit ($26 million).

TSGN is the largest provider for VSAT — very small aperture terminal — services, a satellite communications system for home and business users in Malaysia.

The company's corporate customers are found in the plantation, mining, government and banking sectors. It has affiliates in Brunei and Myanmar, Telekomunikasi, or better known as Telkom, said in a press release.

The agreement was signed by TSGN and Telkom's subsidiary, Telekomunikasi Indonesia International, or Telin. The acquisition is subject to regulatory approval.

State-owned Telkom leads Indonesia's mobile telecommunications market with some 190 million subscribers, and is aiming to become a regional data hub. In 2016, Telin finished a 20,000-sq.-meter data center in Singapore.

Telkom's director for wholesale and international service, Abdus Somad Arief, said the synergy with TSGN is part of Telkom's strategy to expand its satellite business.

Telkom currently has three satellites in orbit and is planning to send a fourth next year. Apart from supporting its own networks, Telkom has been renting transponders on its satellites to corporate customers in Indonesia, including banks and television networks.

"This synergy will further pave the way for Telkom to achieve our aspiration to become a major player in the satellite business, in line with the company's strategic goal to become one of the top three satellite service providers in Asia."

Telin's president, Faizal R. Djoemadi, said that to support the cross-border satellite business, it needs an experienced partner that already has a presence in the regional market, hence the decision to acquire the Malaysian company, with which it has been partnering since 2010.

"The TSGN acquisition is also in line with Telin's vision to become a global digital hub," Djoemadi said. "The corporate action is expected to give added value to Telin in terms of accessing the regional enterprise market, especially in Malaysia, Brunei and Myanmar."

Sri Lanka Heading into Space with First Satellite by 2020

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=294399506

Sri Lanka will enter the satellite technology era by sending the nation's first nano technology satellite into space by 2020, according to Sri Lanka's state media and reported by Xinhua.

The Arthur C. Clarke Institute, Sri Lanka's state institute for Research and Development, specializing in several areas including information technology, space technologies, robotics and other related fields of modern technologies, signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Russia to strengthen Sri Lanka's satellite technology.

Director General of the institute, Sanath Panawennage, said following the signing of the MoU that the Samara Aeronautics University of Russia had agreed to provide nanosatellite technology to help Sri Lanka to station such satellites in space. Accordingly, Sri Lanka would start producing its first ever nano satellite in 2018. Thereafter, Sri Lanka will enter the satellite technology era by sending its first nano technology satellite into space in 2020.

Pushpakumara said a nanosatellite is a tiny electronic system about one to 10 kg in weight that will orbit the Earth in an attitude of about 400 to 500 km and can be used for communication photography, obtaining climatic data, as well as data needed in agricultural cultivation, tsunami warnings and receiving data on ship and boat positions.

Three Chinese military surveillance satellites successfully launched

From https://spaceflightnow.com/2017/11/26/three-chinese-military-surveillance-satellites-successfully-launched/

A Long March 2C rocket lifted off Friday with three Yaogan 30-02 satellites. Credit: Xinhua

A Chinese rocket placed three experimental military surveillance satellites in orbit Friday, the second set of related triplets launched in less than two months.

The satellites lifted off aboard a Long March 2C rocket from the Xichang launch base in southwest China’s Sichuan province at 1810 GMT (1:10 p.m. EST) Friday, according to the state-run Xinhua news agency.

Liftoff occurred at 2:10 a.m. Saturday Beijing time.

The two-stage Long March 2C booster deployed the three Yaogan 30-02 spacecraft in an orbit around 370 miles (600 kilometers) above Earth, inclined 35 degrees to the equator, according to tracking data released by the U.S. military.

Chinese officials declared the launch a success.

The circumstances of Friday’s launch match another Chinese mission Sept. 29, in which a Long March 2C rocket placed three satellites into the same type of orbit. The satellites launched Friday were injected in an orbit with a track around 120 degrees west of the Yaogan 30-01 trio launched in September.

State media reported the satellites will be used for electromagnetic observations and other experiments.

The Yaogan series of satellites are believed to be operated by the Chinese military for intelligence-gathering purposes.

Some analysts suggested the satellite triplets launched Sept. 29 and on Friday could be testing new electronic eavesdropping equipment or helping the Chinese military track U.S. and other foreign naval deployments.

These Chinese military has another satellite named Yaogan 30, which analysts believe is an optical spy craft in a polar orbit.

The Yaogan 30-01 and 30-02 satellite groups were built by the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Micro-satellite Innovation, according to Xinhua.

A third Yaogan 30 triplet is expected to launch in early 2018.

Friday’s launch marked the 14th Chinese space launch attempt of the year. Thirteen of the missions successfully reached orbit.

China's GPS network Beidou joins global rescue data network

From http://www.gpsdaily.com/reports/Chinas_GPS_network_Beidou_joins_global_rescue_data_network_999.html

China's domestically developed navigation satellite system Beidou has been included in a global network that collects and distributes data for search and rescue missions, the Ministry of Transport said on Thursday.

Beidou will be part of the International Cospas-Sarsat Programme, a nonprofit, intergovernmental and humanitarian cooperative with 44 members, including the United States, Canada, Russia and China.

The inclusion comes after a ministry delegation submitted the Chinese system's technology and launch plan for search and rescue to the program during the 31st Cospas-Sarsat Council meeting in late October in Montreal, Canada.

"The move will enhance Beidou's global capability to search for and rescue people in distress, showing China has carried out its responsibilities in global humanitarianism in accordance with international conventions," Wu Chungeng, a ministry spokesman, said at a news conference on Thursday.

"It also supports Beidou's global development, promoting the system's international influence and power in the field of satellite navigation," he said.

Beidou is the world's fourth navigation satellite system, following US-based GPS, Russia's GLONASS and the European Union's Galileo.

"China has mastered the core technology of space payload and ground systems for search and rescue satellite systems. It is time to research and develop the self-controlled search and rescue system with Beidou," Wu said.

The International Cospas-Sarsat Programme is a satellite-based search and rescue distress alert detection and information distribution system best known for detecting and locating emergency beacons activated by aircraft, ships and hikers in distress.

It aims to "provide accurate, timely and reliable distress alerts and location data to help search and rescue authorities assist people in distress". It uses the GPS, GLONASS and Galileo systems for its missions.

China has been striving to promote Beidou to more international organizations to expand the space network's use overseas, according to Ran Chengqi, director of the China Satellite Navigation Office.

He said China has begun to collaborate with GPS, GLONASS and Galileo on frequency coordination and ground applications.

"Beidou-based products are being used in more than 30 nations. Next, we will give the system global coverage and improve its stability and reliability. In addition, more efforts will be made to develop ground applications," he said.

Twenty-nine satellites have been launched for the Beidou network, the first in 2000 and the most recent in November. The system began providing positioning, navigation, timing and messaging services to civilian users in China and parts of the Asia-Pacific region in December 2012.

Beidou has acquired a great number of users in China. Most of the shared bicycles in Chinese cities now employ Beidou-based positioning services; more than 4 million taxis, long-distance buses and cargo trucks nationwide have been equipped with Beidou devices; and about 40 percent of smartphones in the Chinese market are able to access the services.

Licensees fined for Sky (U.K) copyright infringement

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/11/24/licensees-fined-for-sky-copyright-infringement/

Following successful legal action taken by Sky, the licensees of three premises in the North and Midlands regions of England have been found to be infringing Sky’s copyright by showing Sky Sports without having the required commercial agreements.

Gail Asquith of Travellers Rest, Bradford and James McKeever of Winning Post, Worcester both had previous criminal convictions for screening Sky Sports without the correct commercial agreements and as a result of civil proceedings in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court have been ordered to pay damages and legal costs. Asquith was ordered to pay a total of £22,159 (€24,889) and McKeever was ordered to pay a total of £19,716. James Keogh, licensee of Keogh’s Irish Bar, Nottingham was also found to have infringed copyright and ordered to pay a total figure of £21,400 in damages and costs.

“Orders like these demonstrate the seriousness of screening Sky Sports without the required commercial licences,” comented George Lawson, head of commercial piracy at Sky. “It is damaging to the industry, and those licensees who choose to show content in this way should be aware that they are at a high risk of being caught and facing substantial penalties.”

“Our customers are very important to us and we will not hesitate in taking action against pubs who continue to screen Sky Sports fraudulently, ensuring that the thousands of the law-abiding pubs and clubs who pay for legitimate commercial Sky subscriptions are not short changed.”

These successful cases come from Sky’s instruction of London-based law firm Russell-Cooke LLP and form a key part of its 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 more than 700 pubs each week in towns and cities across the UK during the 2017/18 football season.


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update


Good news for those in Fiji, the islands, or anyone in the footprint of the new Eutelsat 172B. The Fiji "Walesi" digital tv service will expand coverage by starting a Cband broadcast at 172E. See news section for furthur details.

Apstar 6 134E 3840 H SR 27500 "HKS TV" the mpg2 sd version has left

Thursday feeds

Asiasat 5 4148 H Sr 7100 Emirates Australia Open golf
Asiasat 5 4147 H Sr 7200 "YLE" Russian ice Hockey

From my Email


From the Dish

Vinasat 1 132.0E 10968 H "Nhan Dan TV, V News, Vinh Long TV 1 and Vinh Long TV 2" have started on , Fta.

Vinasat 1 132.0E 11085 H "VTC HD 3 and Star Movies HD have left Quang Tri TV, SCJ TV Shopping, Dien Bien TV, VTV 8, Kon Tum TV, V News, Nam Dinh TV, Nhan Dan TV, Giai Tri TV, Phu Tho TV and Hanoi TV 2" have left .
Vinasat 1 132.0E 11135 H "VTC 1, VTC 2, VTC 4, VTC 5, VTC 6, VTC 8, VTC 9, NetViet, VTC 12, VTC 13, VTC 14 and VTC 16" have started on , Fta Cinemax Asia, Bloomberg TV Asia, AZ Shop and An Ninh TV have left.

Palapa D 113.0E 3750 H "Channel E" has started on , Fta.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3750 V "Cinemachi Kids" is Fta Life News has left.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3880 H "Sun TV" has left .
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4065 H "DM News+ and See TV" have started on , Fta. Uni TV has left.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4070 H "Life News has replaced Arcana HD" on , Fta

ChinaSat 11 98.0E 12500 V "GTV, RCTI and MNC TV" have started on , Fta

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3505 V "I Shopping" has started on, BISS.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 4040 V "TV Market and Thai Muslim TV have started on , BISS. Thai Visions Channel, Thai Muslim TV and KM Channel" have left.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 4113 H "KG Channel" has started on , Fta

Thaicom 8 78.5E 11600 H Major Channel Mix, Asian Mix Channel, Cartoon Kids, 55 Channel, CNS, Discovery Food Travel, Dragon Channel, Fong Channel, Horror Channel, INM, Non Stop Channel, Oscars Channel, Thai Ban TV, Parata Channel, Film Max, Seoul Channel, TVBL, Muancheon TV 69, WSM TV, MGTV, Esan TV, X2 Channel, MV TV Family and Major Channel Asian have started on , BISS.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3692 H "Channel S" has left
Apstar 7 76.5E 3812 H "Maasranga TV" has started on Fta.
Apstar 7 76.5E 3831 H "CCTV 4 Asia, CGTN, CGTN Russkij and CGTN Arabic" have left .
Apstar 7 76.5E 3920 H "Sony Yay!" has left .

ABS 2 75.0E 3632 H "Star World India" has left.
ABS 2 75.0E 3658 H "Star Plus Southeast Asia" has left .

Intelsat 22 72.1E 3831 L "Sasa TV" has started on Fta. KBC Channel 1 has left.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12522 H "Africanews" has started on , Conax.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12682 V Miracle Channel, Fire TV and Untouchable TV have started on , Fta
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12682 H "I am that I am TV" has started on , Fta. MSG TV has left again.

From asiatvro site

东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,BBC World News(亚太)频道解密,设置3940 H 27690参数免费接收。[11-24]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Big Magic HD(高清)频道加密,设置3891 V 11838参数有条件接收。[11-24]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,World TV替换UB6060(测试)频道,设置12521 V 30000参数免费接收。[11-23]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Nutag 21(蒙古)频道加密,设置12272 H 33333参数有条件接收。 [11月23日]
东经134度轨道位置的亚太6号卫星C频段,香港卫视(标清)频道消失,设置3840 H 27500参数无效接收。 [11月23日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Star Cinema替换Filmon TV(巴基斯坦)频道,设置3915 V 7260参数免费接收。 [11月23日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Fyi、C&I(蒙古)频道加密,设置12272 H 33333参数有条件接收。 [11月23日]

东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,BBS(蒙古)频道重现,设置12690 H 43200参数免费接收。 [11月22日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,SB(蒙古)频道解密,设置12690 H 43200参数免费接收。 [11月22日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星C频段,CCTV-5(MPEG-4)频道重现,设置3569 H 5000参数免费接收。 [11月22日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Ten(巴基斯坦)测试频道新增,设置4180 V 30000参数免费接收。 [11月22日]
东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,三沙卫视替换Sunnah TV(Skynindo)频道,设置3560 V 30000参数免费接收。 [11月22日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,黑龙江卫视替换中天亚洲(艺华卫视)高清频道,设置12472 V 33500参数有条件接收。 [11月22日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,BBS(蒙古)频道消失,设置12690 H 43200参数无效接收。 [11月22日]


Fijian Government Selects EUTELSAT 172B for Providing Universal Television Access

From Press Release

Walesi, the Fijian Government’s Digital Television infrastructure management company, has signed a multi-year agreement with Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL) that will for the first time expand free-to-air television throughout Fiji. The agreement covers C-band capacity on the EUTELSAT 172B satellite to complement terrestrial coverage of the Walesi digital television platform.

Eutelsat’s new, all-electric satellite, now in full commercial service, will allow Walesi to provide digital free-to-air television via a Direct-to-Home (DTH) platform that will serve even the most remote, deep rural, and maritime areas of Fiji located beyond range of terrestrial networks. The platform will initially provide access to six digital free-to-air channels - with capacity to further expand - that will be accessible via a set-top box. Walesi will announce details regarding the DTH roll-out and Government-subsidised boxes in the coming weeks.

"This universal satellite coverage will be transformational for Fiji in three ways: it will provide better access to information to all Fijians, especially those in remote, deep rural, and maritime communities; it will further Fiji’s standing as an international telecommunications hub for the entire Pacific region; and it will fortify the climate resilience of our infrastructure,” said Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Fijian Attorney-General and Minister for Communications. "This is just the beginning; going forward, our partnership with Eutelsat will allow the Government to fulfil our vision of providing video, data, and voice access to every community in Fiji.”

Michel Azibert, Eutelsat’s Chief Commercial and Development Officer, added: "This agreement reflects not only the value of our new EUTELSAT 172B satellite in complex geographies such as Fiji, but also the immediate impact of satellite broadcasting for nationwide coverage of digital TV. We are delighted to be working with Walesi to promote access to free-to-air television for all and to be part of the effort to bridge the digital divide.”

About Walesi
Walesi is a 100% government owned digital television infrastructure management company. Tasked with providing a nationwide digital television platform and associated infrastructure, Walesi is installing over 17 major communications and broadcast sites around Fiji which will be managed on a neutral host model. These major sites will be complemented by micro sites in remote and maritime regions that will be supported by bidirectional satellite capacity to expand data, video, and voice connectivity to previously unserved communities.

About Eutelsat Communications

Founded in 1977, Eutelsat Communications is one of the world's leading satellite operators. With a global fleet of satellites and associated ground infrastructure, Eutelsat enables clients across Video, Data, Government, Fixed and Mobile Broadband markets to communicate effectively to their customers, irrespective of their location. Over 6,600 television channels operated by leading media groups are broadcast by Eutelsat to one billion viewers equipped for DTH reception or connected to terrestrial networks. Headquartered in Paris, with offices and teleports around the globe, Eutelsat assembles 1,000 men and women from 32 countries who are dedicated to delivering the highest quality of service. Eutelsat Communications is listed on the Euronext Paris Stock Exchange (ticker: ETL).

(Craig's comment, I expect quite a few STB will make their way into New Zealand and Australia)

Tilt for RWC rights could mean all games shown free-to-air, says academic video

From https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/99186865/tilt-for-rwc-rights-could-mean-all-games-shown-freetoair-says-academic

As Spark and TVNZ look to launch a bid for All Blacks games, Sky may just have to up its game.

A successful bid by Spark and Television New Zealand for the 2019 Rugby World Cup would mean more games would be shown free-to-air and would please the Government.

Spark and TVNZ are understood to have agreed to put in a joint bid for the broadcasting rights to the RWC in Japan in a deal that would leave Sky Television in the cold.

Auckland University of Technology media expert Professor Wayne Hope believed Spark would be interested both in streaming the RWC live over the internet and making highlights available on mobile devices.

The Rugby World Cup will be an expensive prize for the company or companies that win the NZ broadcast rights.

An industry source suggested the rights could cost upwards of $20 million, but cautioned that was just an estimate.

"TVNZ wouldn't have a chance if it was by itself. The fact Spark is involved evens-up the ball game," Hope said.

He forecast people would be able to see all the games on TVNZ if the joint bid won.

If Sky won the rights, it would only put "as little as it could get away with" on its free-to-air channel, Prime, he said.

Hope said there was "no question" Spark and TVNZ's chances of securing the RWC rights had improved under the new Government – given it was more likely to be supportive of TVNZ contributing to a credible bid.

But he said it was impossible to say whether it might have encouraged the approach.

NZ First leader Winston Peters had been "strong" on attempting to get more sports broadcast free-to-air, he said.

"I think he would quite like the idea."

Prior to the election, NZ First MP Clayton Mitchell attempted to get a private member's bill through Parliament.

It would have required the Broadcasting Commission to ensure "games of national significance" including All Blacks tests, All Whites matches and the Olympics were broadcast live on a free-to air channel.

TVNZ spokeswoman Georgie Hills said its policy remained not to comment on whether it was bidding for rights.

Spark spokesman Andrew Pirie indicated on Thursday that it did still have an interest in sports rights after axing its Lightbox Sports joint venture last year, but again declined further comment.

Sky TV spokeswoman Melodie Robinson has said competing bids for sports rights are nothing unusual.

TVNZ Renews FIA Formula E Championship Deal

From Press Release

TVNZ is bringing sports fans the world’s first fully-electric single-seater racing series, the FIA Formula E Championship, again for the 2017/18 season.

Following the success of the 2016/17 season with viewers, TVNZ has renewed its agreement with the electric street racing series. The renewal ensures local audiences will be able to follow New Zealander Mitch Evans, as he vies for his first podium finish with Panasonic Jaguar Racing this season.

To be broadcast across TVNZ 1, TVNZ DUKE and TVNZ OnDemand, Formula E forms part of TVNZ’s ongoing commitment to free-to-air sporting events.

Cate Slater, TVNZ Director of Content said “We know that New Zealanders are passionate about live sport and we’re excited to bring racing fans the Formula E championship again this year - fully free-to-air. Formula E is fast becoming the biggest motorsport championship in the world. With New Zealand driver Mitch Evans behind the wheel, viewers will have more reason than ever to get behind this future-focused sport.”

The first two rounds of the 2017/18 season will air on TVNZ 1 and DUKE on December 2 and 3. Racing will continue in prime time and day time slots on DUKE. TVNZ OnDemand will live stream races and also host additional highlights and content, showcasing a cross-platform commitment to Formula E.

Ali Russell, Formula E Director of Media & Business Development, said “Formula E is a truly international and accessible championship, reaching fans on a global scale - including the most ardent followers in New Zealand. Just weeks after Jaguar announced Mitch Evans will partner Formula E champion Nelson Piquet Jr. - we’re delighted to renew our partnership with TVNZ. We look forward to continue bringing fans the excitement and exhilaration of electric street racing for this coming season.”

Mitch Evans, Panasonic Jaguar Racing driver, said “It’s fantastic to see my home nation getting behind Formula E. It’s growing quickly, and it's great that New Zealand will be able to get behind the sport and the Panasonic Jaguar Racing team. I’m really excited to get back on the grid for the season-opener in Hong Kong later this year and hope New Zealand will be supporting.”

Panasonic introduces giant leap in inflight connectivity as EUTELSAT 172B enters service

From https://www.traveldailynews.com/post/panasonic-introduces-giant-leap-in-inflight-connectivity-as-eutelsat-172b-enters-service

Step change with introduction of first High Throughput Satellite over Asia. Satellite and new modem support speeds of 250 Mpbs.

LAKE FOREST, CALIF. - Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic), a world leader in inflight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC), introduced a major advance in inflight connectivity with the entry into service of its first High Throughput Satellite (HTS) capacity over the Pacific Ocean.

The EUTELSAT 172B satellite, which launched in June, is operated by Eutelsat Communications. Leveraging its unique design, Panasonic will deliver greatly enhanced inflight broadband connectivity, live television and mobile phone services to aircraft flying high traffic routes across the Asia Pacific region spanning the West coast of North America to Asia, and down to Australia and the Pacific islands.

High Throughput Satellites use a combination of spot beams and high-level frequency re-use to provide much improved economics, more bandwidth and faster data speeds as passengers browse the internet and benefit from other online services, and airlines increasingly utilize connectivity for operational purposes. They also use a broad overlay beam, which is used to economically deliver up to nine channels of live television to passengers in flight.

Panasonic is layering HTS capacity over key air traffic areas across its global satellite network, ensuring it can meet the growing connectivity demands of airlines and their passengers. It will continue to introduce high throughput satellites in every region of the world.

In addition to this support for airlines and their passengers, Panasonic subsidiary, ITC Global, which leverages the Panasonic broadband network to deliver connectivity to its energy, maritime and enterprise customers, will also benefit from the new satellite's significant HTS advancements and enhanced coverage provided through multiple widebeam footprints.

Maritime operators will now have improved coverage and availability across key Asia Pacific shipping routes using the powerful EUTELSAT 172B, with the faster data speeds enabling Asia's continued growth in the global maritime sector. Oil and gas exploration customers across the region will also benefit from the new cost-effective HTS service for secure broadband networking to deliver more efficient operations and enhanced crew welfare solutions.

Hideo Nakano, Chief Executive Officer of Panasonic Avionics Corp., said: "Today is a milestone event for Panasonic Avionics and our customers as we introduce a paradigm shift in inflight connectivity.

"Our service to the mobility market in Asia continues to grow exponentially. For the first time ever, airlines and passengers will reap the benefits of Ku-band HTS technology as they fly across the Pacific as well as up and down the coast of Asia into areas across Oceania. We are very excited to add this significant improvement to our global network and look forward to unveiling the new passenger experience and operational efficiency capabilities that are only possible with this truly unique satellite."

Rodolphe Belmer, Eutelsat CEO, added: "EUTELSAT 172B's entry into service is a milestone in the journey we've traveled with Panasonic since they shared with us their roadmap of connectivity requirements in Asia-Pacific. We're proud to see our all-electric satellite get to work for a major client, delivering uniquely-designed capacity for in-flight and maritime connectivity and also ready to serve corporate network, cellular backhaul, video and government markets. From its strategic location at 172° East, EUTELSAT 172B is now open for business over land and sea from Alaska to Australia."

EUTELSAT 172B is the first HTS to use a multi-port amplifier, which allows power to be dynamically moved among the HTS beams to meet demand. This ability for the HTS beams to "follow" aircraft and other mobile users enabling Panasonic to better meet customer demand and cost-effectively ensure consistently high levels of service in a way that other service providers cannot match.

The entry into service of EUTELSAT 172B coincides with the introduction of Panasonic's new BC-03 modem, developed in conjunction with Newtec, which also caters for future demand by supporting speeds of up to 250 Mbps to aircraft. This includes three demodulators for seamless beam switching and simultaneous data and video reception.

Today, over 1,800 aircraft flying routes all around the world use Panasonic's global high-speed inflight connectivity service. The company expects more than 10,000 aircraft expected to be connected to its world-class global high-speed communications network by 2025.

Russian Government proposes to create global satellite communications network worth $4.5bn

From https://en.crimerussia.com/financialcrimes/government-proposed-to-create-global-satellite-communications-network-worth-4-5bn/

It is assumed that the development and allocation of funding for GMISS will begin in 2018, and the first prototypes should appear by 2020.⁠

Within the framework of the Digital Economy program, the Russian Government was proposed to create a Global Multifunctional Infocommunication Satellite System (GMISS). The cost of the system is estimated at 299 billion rubles ($4.5bn), RBC writes with reference to a copy of the plan.

It is assumed that the development and allocation of funding for GMISS will begin in 2018, and the first prototypes should appear by 2020.

One of the developers of the project, whose name RBC does not disclose, said that it was a "hybrid network of satellite and cellular communications." They want to launch a bunch of satellites into low orbit, which will ensure signal reception on the entire territory of the Earth.

Officially representatives of Roscosmos and Vnesheconombank (which will decide on financing) declined to comment on the establishment of GMISS.

The description of GMISS is similar to the system created by the start-up OneWeb with the support of Qualcomm and Virgin. It plans to launch into Earth's orbit 648 satellites (with further expansion to 2.5 thousand) for Internet global signal. So far no satellite has been launched, but the creation of the group is planned to be completed by 2019.

The program Digital Economy was preliminarily approved in the summer of 2017 for the development of areas related to data processing and transmission. Final plans should be agreed by the Government in December 2017.

Rostelecom plans to launch group of satellites to back federal digital economy scheme

From https://www.telecompaper.com/news/rostelecom-plans-to-launch-group-of-satellites-to-back-federal-digital-economy-scheme--1221780

Russian national operator Rostelecom has proposed to launch a group of satellites to support the federal 'Digital Economy' programme, reports Tdaily.ru. It estimates that total expenditure for the deployment of the digital infrastructure for this purpose will be RUB 427 billion over three years, of which RUB 98.6 billion would come from the federal budget.

Rostelecom has proposed to allocate 70 percent of the total sum for the launch of the satellite group with global coverage. Of the sum, RUB 53.6 billion would be spent on connecting remote areas, schools, medical establishments and state institutions to the internet.

SSTL to Build Video Earth Observation Satellites for Earth-i

From http://www.satellitetoday.com/newspace/2017/11/22/sstl-build-video-earth-observation-satellites-earth/

British startup Earth–i announced that it has ordered the first five satellites from Surrey Satellite Technology (SSTL) for its new Earth Observation (EO) constellation. Earth-i plans to deploy the first constellation able to provide full-color video from orbit.

According to Earth-i, the constellation’s capabilities include the provision of high-frame rate images with resolutions better than 1 meter for any location on Earth; the ability to film moving objects such as vehicles, vessels and aircraft in Ultra High-Definition (Ultra-HD) color video; rapid tasking of satellites to take images or video; and fast data download within minutes of acquisition.

Footage recorded by Earth-i’s fleet of satellites will be available for analysis within minutes of being taken, the company stated, and will improve decision-making and response times in a variety of scenarios from change detection and object identification to disaster response and infrastructure monitoring.

The creation of Earth-i’s constellation starts with the imminent launch of its preproduction prototype satellite, which was also designed and manufactured in partnership with SSTL. This prototype will demonstrate and prove technology and processes for the future constellation including tasking, data downlinks to ground stations, image quality and video from space. Earth-i plans to launch the first five SSTL satellites in 2019.

The origin of Earth-i’s constellation lies in the Carbonite 1 technology demonstrator satellite launched by SSTL in July 2015. The batch of production satellites ordered by Earth-i will be based on the second prototype satellite about to be launched into orbit, but will incorporate significant additional enhancements already in development by SSTL for Earth-i.


Sorry no Thursday update, back on Friday


Food TV and the Living channel from NZ have both started broadcasts on Intelsat 19 after testing over the past few weeks. Details are

on the existing t.p , Intelsat 19 3760 V Sr 30000 DVB-S2 8psk

"Food Channel New Zealand" Vpid 4200 (H264) Apid 4201 Sid 342 has started, Power vu Encrypted, the video is SD
"Living Channel New Zealand" Vpid 4300 (H264) Apid 4301 Sid 343 has started, Power vu Encrypted, the video is SD

The new Eutelsat 172B is now active at 172E , no new channels have been observed as yet.

A scan from Perth on a 2.7M solid dish using a TBS Tuner card and EBSpro software gave the following signals

3706 V Sr 960 Auto Auto DVB-S2 OFF 0.35 Normal ACM 0.000 1.295 12.6 -39 MIS: 1, BER: 0.0000000

3726 V Sr 9785 32 APSK 3/4 DVB-S2 ON 0.20 Normal ACM 36.400 11.743 12.1 -37 MIS: 1, BER: 0.0000000
3870 V Sr 7780 16 APSK 2/3 DVB-S2 ON 0.20 Normal ACM 20.591 9.335 10.8 -35 MIS: 1, BER: 0.0000000
3878 V Sr 2000 Auto Auto DVB-S2 OFF 0.35 Normal ACM 0.000 2.699 10.6 -34 MIS: 1, BER: 0.0000000
3891 V Sr 13160 16 APSK 3/4 DVB-S2 ON 0.20 Normal ACM 39.217 15.792 13.2 -34 MIS: 1, BER: 0.0000000
4159 V Sr 5000 8 PSK 5/6 DVB-S2 ON 0.25 Normal CCM 12.390 6.248 14.0 -40 MIS: 0, BER: 0.0000000

3887 H Sr 4480 QPSK 4/5 DVB-S2 ON 0.20 Normal ACM 7.119 5.379 12.0 -40 MIS: 1, BER: 0.0000000
3916 H Sr 3330 QPSK 3/4 DVB-S Auto 0.35 Normal CCM 4.602 4.494 15.5 -42 MIS: 0, BER: 0.0000000
4195 H Sr 400 QPSK 3/4 DVB-S Auto 0.35 Normal CCM 0.553 0.539 11.3 -40 MIS: 0, BER: 0.0000000
4196 H Sr 1414 8PSK 3/4 DVB-S2 OFF 0.25 Normal CCM 3.152 1.768 17.7 -40 MIS: 0, BER: 0.0000000

Wednesday morning feed

Asiasat 5 3927 V Sr 7120 "FFA Cup Sydney FC v Adelaide Utd" Soccer

Tuesday Night feed

Intelsat 19 12600 V Sr 6110 "NEWS SNP912" Reporter getting prepped for a cross
Intelsat 19 12610 V Sr 7000 "STS 12" T20 Aus vs England Womans Cricket

From my Email

From David S

Channel 9 mux on Intelsat 19 observed to be dropping in signal every evening around 7.pm until 7a.m

(Craig's comment, someone else has also reported this in the past week....I hope Intelsat 19 isn't having more power issues...)

From the Dish

From asiatvro site

东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,Sports Illustrated 3(高清)频道消失,设置4000 H 29700参数无效接收。 [11月21日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Test(测试)高清频道重现,设置12272 H 33333参数免费接收。 [11月21日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Filmon TV替换Star Cinema(巴基斯坦)频道,设置3915 V 7260参数免费接收。 [11月21日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,CNN、AXN HD(Sky Direct)等全组频道加密,设置12571 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [11月21日]

东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Mubu TV、Sanskriti TV(印度)频道消失,设置3790 H 7200参数无效接收。 [11月20日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Living Rootz、Z Living(印度)等3个频道新增,设置3780 H 7500参数有条件接收。 [11月20日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Food Channel、Living Channel(Discovery Asia)频道开播,设置3760 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [11月20日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Malchin TV(蒙古)频道解密,设置12690 H 43200参数免费接收。 [11月20日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2A号卫星Ku频段,Sahara One、Joo Music(标清)等3个频道新增,设置12552 H 16854参数有条件接收。 [11月20日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,UB6060(华人卫视)测试频道新增,设置12521 V 30000参数免费接收。 [11月20日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,TV 9(蒙古)频道加密,设置12629 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [11月20日]


Spark and TVNZ tipped to bid for rugby rights

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11946689

A Spark and TVNZ consortium could bid for rights to New Zealand Rugby fixtures when they are renewed after the 2020 season.

The Herald understands the two companies are discussing the matter, but it is uncertain how much of the annual provincial, Super and test match calendar would be involved in any bid.

Sources suggested it was "no secret" this was part of a long-term agenda. An initial package could come in the form of a bid for the 2019 Rugby World Cup rights.

Sky Television currently hold the rights to all New Zealand and SANZAAR-based competitions, from which NZR is estimated to earn $60-70 million annually.

NZR also signed a four-year deal with Vodafone as a digital platform in May. At the time chief executive Steve Tew said "this is not a rights deal, this is a commercial arrangement that we have with a technology provider".

A proposed merger between Sky and Vodafone was declined by the Commerce Commission this year.

NZR's bargaining power will increase if Spark and TVNZ come to the negotiating table, especially if conglomerate Amazon remain interested via their Prime Video streaming service.

In September, the Weekend Herald reported the bidding process would start earlier than usual - in April next year - so Amazon could address infrastructural issues like New Zealand's broadband speed.

The story suggested rights could be divvied between Sky and any challengers, meaning Amazon could cherry-pick games rather than take on full-scale production, or NZR could produce some elements in-house.

The most recent research from investment broking firm Forsyth Barr suggested Sky "faces considerable disruptive forces with escalating competition for both audiences and content. We expect a slow medium-term revenue bleed from subscriber attrition, customers trimming bundles and declining advertising revenue, with higher content costs a material longer-term threat".

If Spark and TVNZ mounted a challenge it could expect to find favour within the coalition government.

New Zealand First's manifesto includes a policy that games of national significance be broadcast free-to-air.

The concern about making that a reality is many professional sports are funded through broadcasting rights. Any successful bidder would need recompensing for any estimated loss in revenue if legislation is put in place to guarantee free-to-air coverage.

Using sport to win an audience share and advertising revenue can work well for free-to-air television networks. As an example, Channel Nine have created an annual cash cow in Australia through their international cricket coverage, albeit to a bigger population.

From a digital platform perspective, Spark can take heart that BT (formerly British Telecommunications PLC) has acquired the rights to the 2017-18 Ashes.

On the flipside, if Sky were to lose premium content such as rugby rights, the loss in subscribers could have a compounding effect on delivering profit to shareholders.

However, Sky still appear to be the company best-resourced to broadcast local rugby matches through their production arm and their intimate knowledge of the New Zealand live sports broadcasting scene.

Eutelsat all-electric 172B satellite goes into service

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/11/21/eutelsat-all-electric-172b-satellite-goes-into-service/

Eutelsat Communications’ all-electric Eutelsat 172B satellite that went into full commercial service on November 21sr is now offering greatly enhanced flexibility, power and connectivity for users in a vast region stretching from the West coast of the Americas to Asia, Oceania and across the Pacific.

The transfer of services to Eutelsat 172B from Eutelsat 172A was completed seamlessly in a series of overnight manoeuvres, releasing Eutelsat 172A for an alternative orbital position to serve customers in the Asia-Pacific region.

Launched in June this year, Eutelsat 172B is fastest satellite to reach geostationary orbit using electric propulsion (in only four months) and the first optimised for in-flight connectivity across the Pacific. Its innovative High Throughput payload, consisting of 11 spotbeams, will transform efficiency by enabling power to be dynamically allocated as aircraft fly high traffic routes in the Asia Pacific region. This step change will allow Panasonic, the major client of the HTS payload, to better meet passenger demand and cost-effectively ensure consistently high levels of service to airlines.

In addition to the HTS payload, Eutelsat 172B significantly increases regular bandwidth at the 172° East position, with C-band capacity as well as flexible Ku-band capacity spread across five interconnecting Widebeam service areas. Beyond maritime, video, enterprise, cellular backhaul and government services, the Ku-band capacity will serve as an overlay to economically deliver live television to passengers in flight.

Rodolphe Belmer, Eutelsat CEO, said: “As Eutelsat 172B begins commercial activity that will stretch into the 2030s, this is a key moment to thank the men and women at Eutelsat and our colleagues at Airbus for collaborating passionately on a programme that sets a new industry standard. In addition to taking our 172° East location to a new level of performance for clients in the Asia-Pacific, Eutelsat 172B further validates the value of electric propulsion for high-capacity satellites that are core to providing cost-competitive services in the telecoms marketplace.”

Sky Perfect JSAT Corporation Agrees with KVH to New Generation Maritime Broadband Service

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=1964784978

The following formal announcement came from Sky Perfect JSAT Corporation signed agreements to deliver new-generation maritime broadband service with KVH.

SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation (Head Office: Minato-ku, Tokyo; Representative Director, President & Chief Executive Office: Shinji Takada; SJC) announces that SJC and KVH Industries, Inc (Head Office: Middletown RI; Chief Executive Officer: Martin A. Kits van Heyningen; KVH) have concluded agreements to deliver new-generation maritime broadband service.

In order to meet ever-growing demand for maritime broadband as well as to get ready for the new era of Ship-IoT, SJC plans to launch a maritime broadband service enhanced from SJC’s current service “OceanBB”. KVH is a leading manufacturer providing SJC with key equipment for “OceanBB” and SJC’s valued roaming partner to complement the satellite coverage for “OceanBB”. SJC and KVH have agreed to continue its partnership in providing new-generation maritime broadband service.

SJC new-generation maritime broadband service, which will be launched in early 2018, will achieve the maximum data speed of 10Mbps shore to ship, and 3Mbps ship to shore, which is faster than ever. In addition, SJC is considering to apply its High Throughput Satellite to the new network, introducing new service menus such as customized plans, management tools and value added services.

Entering into these agreements with KVH enables SJC to accelerate its development and provision of new-generation maritime broadband service that will meet customers’ satisfaction ever than before.

DVB Oks latest UHD specs

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/11/20/dvb-oks-latest-uhdtv-specs/

At the 87th meeting of the DVB Steering Board (SB) important revisions and updates for three DVB specifications were approved. This development marks the completion of the current generation of specifications for Ultra High Definition Television – DVB UHD-1.

DVB UHD-1 covers elements for the improvement of video and audio quality for broadcast TV services. In addition to UHD (4K) resolution and a wider colour space, these elements include High Dynamic Range (HDR) for increased contrast ratios, Higher Frame Rates (HFR) for sharper images of moving objects, and Next Generation Audio (NGA) for the support of object- or scene-based audio schemes. The revisions and updates pertain to DVB-DASH, audiovisual coding and bitmapped subtitles.

The revision of ETSI TS 103 285, the DVB MPEG-DASH Profile for Transport of DVB Services over IP Based Networks, was approved. It adds the following new features: the provision of live text messages and slideshows for use with Hybrid Digital Radio; support for linking interactive applications to broadcast services delivered by DVB-DASH; HDR; HFR; NGA.

Also approved were amendments to TS 101 154, the DVB video and audio coding specification. The amended specification contains H.264/AVC and HEVC video conformance points for use with MPEG DASH. These are aligned with the broadcast codec conformance points, supporting a similar feature set, but take into account the specific requirements of adaptive bitrate delivery over IP-based networks.

Lastly, amendments to DVB Subtitling Systems (ETSI EN 300 743) were approved. These add explicit support of subtitling for UHD TV services, as defined in ETSI TS 101 154 and ETSI EN 300 468. The latest revision introduces technical extensions specifically for progressive-scan subtitle object coding and the capability to provide the subtitle CLUT (Color Look-Up Table) for colour systems other than ITU-R BT.601. The new progressive-scan subtitle object coding allows subtitles to be converted from suitably coded PNG files. The bitmap-based subtitle specification is complemented by TTML-based subtitle specification, draft EN 303 560, which was approved by the SB in July 2017.

According to Peter MacAvock, DVB Chairman, UHD is a key part of many broadcasters’ portfolios. “DVB has worked tirelessly to finalise a comprehensive set of specifications for UHD. While work continues, DVB is certain that broadcasters can confidently implement UHD on the basis of its specifications,” he added.

UK IPO issues Kodi box guidance

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/11/21/uk-ipo-issues-kodi-box-guidance/

The UK’s Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has issued guidance on illicit streaming devices (ISDs) aimed at helping consumers understand why so called ‘Kodi’ and other illegal IPTV set-top boxes and sticks should be avoided.

It tables five frequently asked questions, setting out its advice as follows:

1.What is ‘illicit streaming’ and what devices are commonly used?

Illicit streaming is the watching of content without the copyright owner’s permission by any means, not just via hardware devices. This could be using a smart TV, laptop or mobile phone.

Illicit streaming devices are physical boxes that are connected to your TV or USB sticks that plug into the TV such as adapted Amazon Fire sticks and so called ‘Kodi’ boxes or Android TV boxes.

These devices are legal when used to watch legitimate, free to air, content. They become illegal once they are adapted to stream illicit content, for example TV programmes, films and subscription sports channels without paying the appropriate subscriptions.

Adapting a streaming device to view illicit content usually requires loading of software add-ons or extensions. Illicit streaming can also be facilitated by using certain apps on smartphones and tablets.

2.How do you identify an illicit streaming device?

If you are watching television programmes, films or sporting events where you would normally be paying to view them and you have not paid, you are likely to be using an illicit streaming device (ISD) or app. This could include a film recently released in the cinema, a sporting event that is being broadcast by BT Sport or a television programme, like Game of Thrones, that is only available on Sky.

These devices are often purchased online and described as ‘Fully Loaded, Jail Broken, Plug and Play or Subscription Gift’. They are described using these terms to show that they have been adapted and are functioning as an illicit streaming device.

In some cases, consumers buy devices and subsequently add the software, this also makes it an illicit streaming device.

3.Why you should not buy these devices?

These devices often lack parental controls. Using them could expose children or young people to explicit or age inappropriate content.

Another important reason for consumers to avoid purchasing these streaming devices is from an electrical safety point of view. Where devices and their power cables have been tested, some have failed EU safety standards and have the potential to present a real danger to the public, causing a fire in your home or premises.

The creative industries in the UK is a very important sector. It provides employment for more than 1.9 million people and contributes £84.1 billion [€95bn) to our economy. Using illicit streaming devices is illegal. If you are not paying for this content you are depriving industry of the revenue it needs to fund the next generation of TV programmes, films and sporting events we all enjoy. Instead it provides funds for the organised criminals who sell or adapt these illicit devices.

4.What should you do if you already have an ISD?

These devices can be used legally by removing the software. If you are unsure get advice to help you use the device legally. If you wish to watch content that’s only available via subscription, such as sports, you should approach the relevant provider to find out about legal ways to watch.

5.Where can you report sellers of ISDs?

If you see these devices being offered for sale, tell Crimestoppers exactly what you know and they will pass this on to the appropriate organisation for investigation. All information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

5.Where to get further advice?

Citizens Advice provides free, confidential and independent advice.

Get it Right from a Genuine Site helps you get the music, TV, films, games, books, newspapers, magazines and sport that you love from genuine services.

Agorateka is a Pan-European portal of the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), offering searches through national-level portals that link to sites for music, film and television, e-books, video games and sports events.

(Craig's comment, Android Set top devices with Kodi on them will dissapear, about the same time they get around to shutting down Youtube...!)

Licensee guilty of further Sky copyright breach

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/11/21/licensee-guilty-of-further-sky-copyright-breach/

Following successful legal action taken by Sky, pub licensee Robert Stewart of the Village Inn in Edinburgh has been found in contempt of court and in breach of interdict for infringing Sky’s copyright and showing Sky Sports programming in the premises on a second occasion, without a commercial contract with Sky.

The ruling follows an earlier action in June 2016 against Stewart where he was ordered to pay Sky a total of £15,000 and Sky was awarded a perpetual interdict in the Court of Session, Edinburgh. This prevented him from infringing Sky’s copyright and showing Sky programming without the correct commercial licence. Stewart has now been issued with a court fine of £3,500 (€3,950), for the breach of interdict, and also ordered to pay a proportion of the costs of the action which amount to over £25,000.

Sky brought civil proceedings against the licensee for infringing its copyright by showing Sky Sports to customers without having a valid commercial viewing agreement in place. Sky Sports is only available to licensed premises in the UK via a commercial viewing agreement directly from Sky Business. Licensees that show Sky broadcasts without a commercial viewing agreement risk similar action or even a criminal prosecution. The judge described the evidence given by Sky’s witnesses to be “clear and cogent” and found that they “corroborated” each other in this court case.

“It is very important to us that the thousands of pubs and clubs who pay for legitimate commercial Sky subscriptions are not being short changed,” remarked George Lawson, head of commercial piracy at Sky.” As this case highlights, we remain committed to ensuring premises are adhering to copyright law, including those where interdicts have been obtained to make sure court orders are being complied with. If we receive evidence that court orders are being ignored, we will not hesitate in taking the necessary legal action to protect our valued, law abiding customers.”

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 more than 700 pubs each week in towns and cities across the UK this football season.


Sorry no update catching up on other things


Sunday feeds

Asiasat 5 4147 V Sr 7200 "Nameless" might be Japan Baseball

Asiasat 5 4165 H Sr 7200 "nameless" Asian Soccer

Asiasat 5 4076 H Sr 7200 "WORLD FEED" Mens Golf DP World Tour

Asiasat 5 4067 H Sr 7200 "1" Chinese Boxing channel feed with adverts

Asiasat 5 3926 V Sr 7120 "OUTV" PSA World Squash

Asiasat 5 3792 H Sr 7200 "CTM001" Macau G.P

Asiasat 5 3744 V Sr 7200 "A league" Soccer

Asiasat 5 3735 V Sr 7200 "CHINA OPEN 2017" Badminton, says biss but is in fact FTA

Intelsat 19 12610 V Sr 7000 Women's T20 Cricket Aus vs Eng

Saturday feeds

Intelsat 19 12600 V Sr 7200 Fec 5/6 "STS 3" Telethon

Intelsat 19 12610 V Sr 7200 Fec 5/6
Sunsupercam 1
Sunsupercam 2

Saturday morning feeds

Asiasat 5 3792 H Sr 5120 "Unit201" Asian Basketball

Asiasat 5 3735 V Sr 7200 "CHINA OPEN 2017" BWF Badminton

Asiasat 5 3707 H Sr 7200 "nameless" Japan Baseball

Asiasat 5 3685 H Sr 7200 "World Feed" DP World Tour Championship Golf

From my Email


From the Dish

Express AM5 140.0E 11665 V Investigation Discovery Rossiya has replaced Investigation Discovery Xtra on , encrypted.

Express AT2 140.0E 12226 L "Stingray Festival 4K" has started on , Viaccess.
Express AT2 140.0E 12322 R Investigation Discovery Rossiya has replaced Investigation Discovery Xtra on , Viaccess.

Apstar 6 134.0E TV 3 has moved from 3913 V to 3919 V, Fta.

Vinasat 1 132.0E 3547 V "HTV 7 and HTV 9" are back on , Fta.

Vinasat 1 132.0E 11008 H Phu Tho TV, An Ninh TV, Huong Dan TV, SaoNam Shopping, Fox Movies Asia, Max by HBO, AZ Shop and Giai Tri TV have started on , Fta. VTV 1 is now encrypted. VTC 1, VTC 2, VTC 4, VTC 5, VTC 6, VTC 8, VTC 9, NetViet, VTC 12, VTC 14, VTC 16, SCTV 10, Hanoi TV 1 and Star Movies Vietnam have left.

Koreasat 7 116.0E 12598 V "TVOne, Trans 7, SCTV, Trans TV, TVRI Nasional and Metro TV" have started on Fta
Koreasat 7 116.0E 12598 V "Dwipantara TV" has started on , Fta.

Palapa D 113.0E 3600 V "Da Vinci Learning Asia" has started on , encrypted.
Palapa D 113.0E 3627 H "Akhyar TV" has left again.
Palapa D 113.0E 3997 H "Space Drama and Channel E" have started on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 4014 V "Layar Desa TV, ShE and Nabawi TV" are back on, Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 4080 H "Al-Manar TV" is back on, Fta.

Koreasat 5 113.0E 12430 V Zee Sine has started on , encrypted.
Koreasat 5 113.0E 12470 V "EWTN Asia-Pacific" has left .
Koreasat 5 113.0E 12645 V "TV 5" has started on , Fta.

ChinaSat 11 98.0E 12560 V Fox Sports 3 Asia has started on , StarGuide.

Measat 3a 91.4E 4164 H "LoveWorld Asia" has left .

Yamal 401 90.0E 11565 V "Studiya Fakt" has started on again, Fta.

Horizons 2 84.8E 12040 H Investigation Discovery Rossiya has replaced Investigation Discovery Xtra on , encrypted.

G-Sat 10 83.0E 11050 V Win TV, Sai TV, Nxt, Divyavani TV, HMTV, Indradhanu, Manoranjan Movies, Khushboo TV, Aastha Bhajan India, Vedic, Total TV, News India 24x7,
Khabrain Abhi Tak, HNN 24x7, Bharat Samachar, Jai Paras TV, SVBC 2, Dishum TV, & privé HD, Living Foodz, Tez, Star Plus Repeats, Tata Sky Cooking and Zee TV Repeats have started on, Videoguard. Tata Sky 4K has left.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3545 V "NBT 2" has started on , BISS.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3625 V "PPTV HD 36, Thai TV 5 HD1 and Thai PBS" have started on, BISS.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 4013 V "CAT Channel has started on , Fta. ChalermKrung TV" has left.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3920 V "Star Plus India, & TV, Sony Max 2, Star Gold Select, Star Sports 1, Disney Channel India, Cartoon Network India, Nick Jr India, Disney Junior India, Discovery Channel India, Animal Planet India, TLC India, Gemini Movies, Gemini Music, ETV Telugu, Surya Music, NDTV Good Times, UTV Movies, Tarang TV, Tarang Music, SET India, Epic, Sony Ten 2, HBO Asia, AXN India, Zoom, Sony Mix, Colors Kannada, Zee Yuva, Comedy Central India, Maa Movies, Asianet Movies, Star Maa, Surya TV, Zee Studio, ETV Telangana, 9X Tashan, Z ETC Bollywood, Zee Café, DSport, Star Utsav, Hungama TV, Star Movies India, Discovery Science India, History TV 18, Star Movies HD India, Star Plus HD India, National Geographic India, Star Gold HD India, Star Movies Select, Sony ESPN, Zee Telugu, Nat Geo People Asia, 9X Jalwa, 9X Jhakaas, Kiran TV, Movies OK, Star Sports 4 and ETV Odia News" have started on , Nagravision.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 4120 V "DD Punjabi, Udaya TV, Zee Kannada, DD Bangla, DD Bharati, DD Bihar, DD Chandana, DD Girnar, DD India, DD Kashir, DD Malayalam, DD Madhya Pradesh, DD National, DD News, DD North-East, DD Odia, DD Podhigai, Republic TV, Sony BBC Earth, IBN Lokmat, Star Vijay India, ETV Abhiruchi, DD Sports, DD Uttar Pradesh, DD Urdu, Romedy Now, Lok Sabha TV, Rajya Sabha TV, DD Kisan, Colors Bangla, Colors Gujarati, Aath, Colors Marathi, Jalsha Movies, ET Now, News 18 India, Sanskar TV, Zee Business, CNN International South Asia, Zee Punjab Haryana Himachal, Zee 24 Ghanta, ABP News India, Star Pravah, Star Sports 1, Sony Max India, Star Jalsha, Sony Six, ABP Ananda, Zee Kalinga, ABP Majha, B4U Movies India, Zee Marathi, Zee Bangla Cinema, Movies Now, ETV Cinema, Adithya TV, India TV, Asianet, India News and News X" have started on Nagravision.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 4120 H "K Wave" has started on ,Fta.

Thaicom 8 78.5E 11170 H "Umm TV" has started on, Fta.
Thaicom 8 78.5E 11560 H TV 24 has started on , BISS. Tiger Shopping TV, TVK and Bayon TV have left.
Thaicom 8 78.5E 11640 H "Toon Toon, Beauty Club HD 47, Line Thai and Kaset" have left .
Thaicom 8 78.5E 11680 H "Chaiyaphum Channel" has left .

ABS 2 75.0E 3659 V "BTV Business, AP1 TV, TV Today and TV Filmy" have left.

ABS 2A 75.0E 12040 V "Investigation Discovery Rossiya has replaced Investigation Discovery Xtra" on , encrypted.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3732 V "Sinema" has left
Intelsat 20 68.5E 3791 H "Mubu TV" has left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4163 H "Zee Salaam" has left .

Intelsat 20 68.5E 11170 V "Deen TV and Inspiration TV" have left.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 11474 V "E TV Africa "has started on , Videoguard.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12522 H "Star Sports Life and CGTN Documentary" have started on , encrypted.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12638 H "ACBN Music" has started on , Fta.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12638 H "ACBN Movie" has started on, Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Malchin(蒙古)频道重现,设置12690 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [11月20日]

东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Malchin(蒙古)频道消失,设置12690 H 43200参数无效接收。 [11月19日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,SPS Sport(高清)频道加密,设置12629 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [11月19日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,FYI、C&I(蒙古)频道解密,设置12270 H 2400参数免费接收。 [11月19日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2A号卫星Ku频段,MNB(高清)频道解密,设置12533 V 45000参数免费接收。 [11月19日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,BTV National(孟加拉)频道解密,设置3690 V 11390参数免费接收。 [11月19日]

东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,高清探索、艺华影视(艺华卫视)等频道加密,设置12472 V 33500参数有条件接收。 [11月18日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Duronto TV(高清)频道加密,设置4065 H 4000参数有条件接收。 [11月18日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,MV Lao、Five、Channel 6(泰国)频道消失,设置3840 V 16666参数无效接收。 [11月18日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,Kwave Asan Story Channel(泰国)频道开播,设置4120 H 30000参数免费接收。 [11月18日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Pijar TV替换Malakoot Shine TV(印尼)频道,设置3932 V 15800参数免费接收。 [11月18日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Fatafati(印度)频道消失,设置4184 V 21600参数无效接收。 [11月18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。 [11月18日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,东森亚洲新闻(标清)频道消失,设置12660 V 45000参数无效接收。 [11月18日]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,TV 5、Cignal(标清)频道新增,设置12646 V 3320参数免费接收。 [11月18日]

东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,ETC替换EWTN(梦幻卫视)频道,设置12470 V 25600参数有条件接收。 [11月17日]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,Zee Sine替换ETC(梦幻卫视)频道,设置12430 V 25600参数有条件接收。 [11月17日]
东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段,CGNTV 1、CGNTV 3(韩国)等3个频道新增,设置12514 V 10740参数免费接收。 [11月17日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,高清探索、天华综合(艺华卫视)等全组频道解密,设置12472 V 33500参数免费接收。 [11月17日]


TV Plus Renews Commitment for Satellite Distribution Services on Premier Video Neighborhood Intelsat 19

From Press Release

Luxembourg, 19 November 2017 – Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I), operator of the world’s first Globalized Network and leader in integrated satellite communications, confirmed a multi-year satellite services agreement on Intelsat 19 with TV Plus, a Direct-to-Home television provider servicing diverse communities in Australia.

Under the previously referenced renewal agreement, TV Plus will use Ku-band satellite services on Intelsat 19 to deliver global content to local viewers in Australia and New Zealand. Located at 166° East, Intelsat 19 is a premier video neighborhood, reaching more than 37 million pay-tv subscribers. Intelsat is a leading DTH provider in the Asia-Pacific region, distributing content for media customers in Australia, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, French Polynesia and New Caledonia.

“Intelsat’s satellite services give us the foundation we need to innovate and stay ahead of our competitors by using the latest technologies to deliver the best viewing experience for our customers,” said John Jeremic, Director at TV Plus. “We have worked with Intelsat for more than 10 years and have seen firsthand how its world-class video neighborhood has helped expand our audience reach. We’re able to cost-efficiently add more channels to the platform and deliver more programming to our viewers while maintaining the same amount of satellite bandwidth.”

“There is a lot of opportunity for diverse programming in the Asia-Pacific region, and consumers are demanding quicker access and more viewing options,” said Terry Bleakley, Intelsat’s Managing Director, Asia-Pacific Sales. “Working with TV Plus and building upon the strong relationship we’ve established over the past several years has given us a greater understanding of the demand and the type of cost-effective satellite services it needs to reach a broader audience, with more high-quality programming options.”

Supporting Resources:
•Intelsat Media Services: http://www.intelsat.com/solutions/media

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.

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Media contact:
Shannon N. Booker
Corporate Communications Manager

A newly launched satellite promises to improve weather warnings

From http://www.post-gazette.com/news/science/2017/11/19/A-newly-launched-satellite-promises-to-improve-weather-warnings/stories/201711190167

A rocket carrying a weather satellite was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., on Saturday, with plans to put the satellite in a polar orbit to help improve weather forecasting and hurricane tracking.

The Delta II rocket carried the Joint Polar Satellite System-1, the first in a new series of polar-orbiting satellites.

About 63 minutes after liftoff, the JPSS-1 satellite had deployed its solar arrays and was operating on its own power, NASA reported. It will be operational in three months, after its instruments have been tested, NASA said.

Unlike geostationary satellites, which stay in a fixed position above Earth, the JPSS satellites will be in a north-south orbit above both poles as the planet spins beneath. NASA said the JPSS-1 will be in an orbit with a 1:30 p.m. “local time of ascending node,” meaning every time it crosses the equator, it will be 1:30 p.m. on the ground below it.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the JPSS satellites will cross the equator 14 times each day, providing data for forecasting and delivering observations during hurricanes, tornadoes and blizzards. They will also monitor droughts, fires, poor air quality and harmful coastal waters, NOAA said.

The satellites will download their data to stations in the Arctic and Antarctic.

Comcast eyeing Fox deal?

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/11/17/comcast-eyeing-fox-deal/

Following the news that Disney had held talks regarding the potential acquisition of 21st Century Fox’s major television and movie production assets, reports have emerged that US media giant Comcast has approached Murdoch-family controlled Fox about a possible deal to obtain more shows to compete against disruptive online streaming giants such as Netflix and Amazon.

The approach by Comcast was first reported by the Murdoch-controlled The Wall Street Journal and confirmed by CNBC, owned by Comcast. US telco Verizon Communications is also interested in buying parts of Fox, according to Dow Jones.

Lachlan Murdoch, co-executive chairman of 21st Century Fox, speaking on 21st Century Fox’s Q1 2018 Earnings Call November 8th, played down the notion that the company was seeking to sell parts of its business to Disney, suggesting instead that Fox had the required scale.

“We have always been asset builders,” he averred. “We operate these businesses to build them and to grow, and we will continue to do that.” He also addressed the company’s size and ability to compete with giants such Comcast and AT&T. “There is a lot of talk about the growing importance of scale in the media industry. Let me be very clear. Fox has the required scale to continue to both execute on our growth strategy and deliver returns to our shareholders,” he declared.

At the close of trading in the US on November 16th, Fox had a market value of $53.8 billion (€45.6bn). Comcast’s market value stood at $173.3 billion.

Is 21st Century Fox in play? Absolutely. Who’s playing who is a more complicated question. Two weeks ago the news was of discussions with Disney about selling TV assets. Now Comcast is named as a possible buyer in the Murdoch press – that’s not a leak that’s a release…..

Old Rivals India, China Nurture New Rivalry in Satellite Launch Business

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Old_Rivals_India_China_Nurture_New_Rivalry_in_Satellite_Launch_Business_999.html

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has said that it is working to bring down the cost of launching satellites to one-tenth of the current cost. The statement comes in the aftermath of the Chinese state-owned space agency, China Aerospace Science and Technological Corporation's (CASC) claim that it was "ready to provide cheaper and faster low-earth orbit rocket launches" and "the price could be as low as $5,000 per kilogram and the pre-launch preparation would only need a week." The comments came from CASC's vice-president Yang Baohua during a conference in Beijing last week.

ISRO, which has recently made rapid strides in the cost-effective launching of satellites for other countries, including a record launch of 104 satellites at one go, is competing with the likes of CASC and others in creating a niche for itself on the global market.

"We are quite competitive. At this moment, India is quite competitive with regard to prevailing global launch costs. So far, India has launched 209 satellites of nano, micro, mini, and standard size for 28 countries. There is a global move to reduce the cost of access to space to the tune of one-tenth of the prevailing one. India is also working towards that.

"India is developing reusable launch vehicles. We have successfully tested a mission - RLV-TD and Scanjet -TD - in that direction, with TD standing for a technology demonstrator. Efforts are being made for the full-fledged development of such systems," Deviprasad Karnik, spokesperson, ISRO was quoted as saying by the Hindustan Times.

The size of the global space launch industry is estimated to be worth $336 billion, with all major players eyeing a share in the pie. In recent years, ISRO's cost-effective pricing and its high success rate, particularly in launching small satellites, has helped it build a rapport with foreign clients. ISRO reportedly charged an average $3 million per satellite between 2013 and 2015.

Arianespace's rocket costs about $100 million after subsidies, while SpaceX reportedly charges $60 million. The United Launch Alliance - a joint venture of Lockheed Martin and Boeing that provides services to the US government - reportedly charges between $14,000 a kilogram to $20,000 a kilogram. SpaceX, however, plans to bring down the costs to about $2,500 a kilogram with its partially reusable rockets.

So far, ISRO has done launches for 28 countries, including Germany, Canada, the Netherlands and Israel. Experts say the cost-effectiveness of ISRO's satellite launches has been appreciated across the globe.

"There is a high probability of overall costs coming down in the future with ISRO aiming to create an ecosystem where the bulk of supplies and parts will be provided by private players. Many of these technologies will be applied in other aspects and with the scale of production aimed at, better optimization of resources will happen.

"But, let's be clear these will happen in other countries as well. So what is now working in ISRO's favor currently is greater transparency and better communication with clients," Group Captain Ajey Lele, (Retd.) and Senior Fellow, at the Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses told Sputnik.

While China's space program is more advanced with six manned space missions, the country keeps tracking the commercial aspect of India's space program.

"India's successful launch of a record-breaking 104 satellites into orbit could serve as a wake-up call for China's commercial space industry and there are a number of lessons for the country to learn," China's state-run Global Times wrote after ISRO broke the Russian record for launching the highest number of satellites at one go in February.


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update


Intelsat 19 updates

12525 H Sr 30000
"Free Slot 127" has RT Fta
"Free Slot 128" has O2TV Fta
"Free Slot 129" black screen
"Free Slot 130" Pink music 2? Fta
"Free Slot 131" Chile TV Fta
"Free Slot 132" Pink is Fta
"Free Slot 133" PTC 1 is Fta
"Free Slot 134" Pink Soap is Fta
"Free Slot 135" Pink Premium is Fta
"Free Slot 136" PRVA 1 is FtA
"Free Slot 137" TVE? is Fta
"Free Slot 138" 24H is Fta
"Free Slot 139" Telesur is Fta
"Free Slot 140" OBN is Fta
"Free Slot 141" 4E is Fta

Friday evening feed

Asiasat 5 3792 H SR 7200 "CTM001" WTCC Motor race

Friday morning feed

Asiasat 5 4147 V Sr 7200 "Nameless" Japan Baseball

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From the Dish

LaoSat 1 128.5E 3503 V VTV 1, Dubai Sports 3, CGTN Documentary, Channel NewsAsia, CCTV 4 Asia, CCTV Entertainment, Saudi TV, KBS World, Fuel TV, Zhejiang
Satellite TV International, TV Lao, China Movie, Sun TV, Aljazeera English, Ahlebait TV Networks, NHK World TV, CBeebies Asia, BBC EarthAsia, AXN East Asia, CGTN and B4U Music India have left again.

LaoSat 1 128.5E 3569 H "CCTV 4 Asia" has left again.

Palapa D 113.0E 3627 H "Akhyar TV has replaced Madina TV" on ,Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 3808 V "ICTA TV" is still on , Fta.

G-Sat 17 93.5E G-Sat 17 has replaced Insat 4B.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3949 H "Jano Duniya" has left .

Thaicom 6 78.5E 12557 V Fox Movies Asia and Channel 7 have started on , Fta. KBS World and History Asia have left.

Thaicom 8 78.5E 11640 H "Toon Toon" is now encrypted.

ABS 2 75.0E 3618 V "Apostolic Oneness Network" has started on , Fta
ABS 2 75.0E 3818 V "EATV 5" has left again.

ABS 2A 75.0E 12100 V "Gulli Girl, Russkij Extrem and TV Sale" have started on Fta.
ABS 2A 75.0E 12160 V "Gulli Girl" has started on , Fta.
ABS 2A 75.0E 12533 VParliament TV, Ulzii TV, Sch TV, E Box, MNB, VTV HD, TV 25 and Suld TVhave started on, ABV. SBN TV, Mass TV and 9 TV have left.

ABS 2A 75.0E 12587 V Doc Box, Malchin TV, Seven Channel, Molor HD, NTV, Mongolian News Channel, SBN TV, 9 TV, OTV, Like HDTV and Action Hollywood Movies have started on , ABV. UBS has left.

Intelsat 33e 60.0E 11558 V "GlobalStar TV and Hard Life have left .

From asiatvro site

东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,test channel(测试)频道新增,设置4120 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [11月17日]
东经103度轨道位置的快车AM3号卫星Ku频段,Discount TV(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11605 V 34425参数免费接收。 [11月17日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,TV 9(蒙古)频道解密,设置12690 H 43200参数免费接收。 [11月17日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,动物星球、国家地理(蒙古)等频道加密,设置12629 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [11月17日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Baby TV(高清)频道加密,设置12272 H 33333参数有条件接收。 [11月17日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Baby TV(高清)频道改格式,设置12272 H 33333参数免费接收。 [11月17日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,国家地理、动物星球(Ddish TV)等全组频道解密,设置12629 H 43200参数免费接收。 [11月17日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,DW、BBC World News(Ddish TV)等频道加密,设置12272 H 33333参数有条件接收。 [11月17日]

东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Fashion TV(高清)频道解密,设置3740 V 30000参数免费接收。 [11月16日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AT2号卫星Ku频段,Festival(4K)(UHD)频道新增,设置12226 L 27500参数有条件接收。 [11月16日]
东经56度轨道位置的快车AT1号卫星Ku频段,Festival(4K)(UHD)频道新增,设置12092 R 27500参数有条件接收。 [11月16日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,MV Lao、Five、Channel 6(泰国)频道新增,设置3840 V 16666参数免费接收。 [11月16日]
东经180度轨道国际18号卫星C频段,AFN Prime、AFN Sports(MPEG-4)等全组频道改频率,设置4174 L 11000参数有条件接收。 [11月16日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Travel TV、DW(Ddish TV)等频道解密,设置12272 H 33333参数免费接收。 [11月16日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Like TV、Bayankhongor TV(Ddish TV)频道加密,设置12272 H 33333参数有条件接收。 [11月16日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,BBC World News、Like TV(Ddish TV)等3个频道解密,设置12272 H 33333参数免费接收。 [11月16日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,JJ Channel、Thai Visions Channel(泰国)频道消失,设置4040 V 30000参数无效接收。 [11月16日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Film Max替换E San Banhouw(泰国)频道,设置3585 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [11月16日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,IMC(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置4000 H 29700参数有条件接收。 [11月16日]


NASA launch of NOAA weather satellite rescheduled for Nov 18

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/NASA_launch_of_NOAA_weather_satellite_rescheduled_for_Nov_18_999.html

The launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta II carrying the NOAA Joint Polar Satellite System-1, or JPSS-1, has been rescheduled for 1:47 a.m. PST (4:47 a.m. EST), Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, from Space Launch Complex-2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

The launch of the Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1) satellite, the first in a new series of four highly advanced National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) polar-orbiting satellites, now is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 18, from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

Liftoff aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket from Space Launch Complex 2 is targeted for 4:47 a.m. EST (1:47 a.m. PST).

NASA TV launch coverage begins at 4:15 a.m. and will conclude after the deployment of four small satellite missions, called CubeSats, which will accompany JPSS-1 as payload on the Delta II rocket. There is no planned post-launch news conference. A post-launch news release will be issued as soon as the state-of-health of the spacecraft is verified.

JPSS represents significant technological and scientific advancements in observations used for severe weather prediction and environmental monitoring. JPSS is a collaborative effort between NOAA and NASA. The JPSS system will help increase weather forecast accuracy from three to seven days.

Audio only of the news conferences and launch coverage will be carried on the NASA "V" circuits, which may be accessed by dialing 321-867-1220, -1240, -1260 or -7135. On launch day, "mission audio," the launch conductor's countdown activities without NASA TV launch commentary, will be carried on 321-867-7135.

Additional launch day coverage will be available on NASA.gov. Coverage will include live streaming and blog updates beginning at 4:15 a.m. as countdown milestones occur. You can follow countdown coverage on our launch blog at https://blogs.nasa.gov/jpss

SES says ‘yes, maybe’ to Intelsat C-band proposal; Eutelsat, Speedcast want seat at table

From by Peter B. de Selding | Nov 17, 2017

A Charter Communications antenna in New York City. Credit: Jim Henderson

The EchoStar 105/SES-11 satellite is SES’s latest C-band capacity addition over North America. SES said it would take “billions” of dollars of investment, including new satellites, to accommodate the Intelsat/Intel proposal for satellite-terrestrial C-band sharing. Credit: Airbus

WASHINGTON — Satellite fleet operator SES has tentatively endorsed an Intelsat-Intel proposal to permit terrestrial-mobile networks to use, in selected U.S. metropolitan areas, C-band radio spectrum now reserved for satellites in return for a reimbursement of costs to be negotiated on a case-by-case basis.

But SES warned that the deal would cost “billions of dollars” to clear the spectrum, including not only in rearranging its network of Earth stations, but also in launching new satellites that would be necessary to make the frequencies available to the terrestrial operators.

SES set other conditions for the deal, which Intelsat and Intel proposed to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in early October.

Paris-based Eutelsat, which has secured landing rights to U.S. territory in C-band, told the FCC that its main concern is that an Intelsat-SES decision would not leave consideration for Eutelsat’s interests. Hong Kong-based Speedcast, a major satellite services provider, said it too wanted a say in how an eventual deal was structured.

“Eutelsat operates a U.S.-licensed satellite with C-band coverage, Eutelsat 172A, but it provides partial CONUS coverage. Other Eutelsat satellites do provide full C-band CONUS coverage, but are not U.S. licensed. Thus, Eutelsat may potentially be excluded from the proposed definition of “primarily affected FSS satellite operators,” Eutelsat said in its Nov. 15 submission to the FCC.

SES’s acceptance of the proposal is crucial for Intelsat. The two fleet operators together combine for 80% or more of the C-band satellite transmissions in the United States, and both are licensed by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Intelsat’s basic idea is that the two of them, plus other satellite operators such as Paris-based Eutelsat that have C-band business in the United States, would agree to incur the costs of clearing C-band spectrum between 3.7 and 4.2 GHz in selected metropolitan areas where 5G terrestrial networks are most likely to be put into operation.

In what Intelsat and Intel call a “market-based solution,” the terrestrial networks would reimburse the satellite operators for their costs, plus an additional fee, to be able to deploy their networks in the affected spectrum.

Many in the satellite sector have reacted negatively to the Intelsat-Intel initiative, perhaps in part because Intelsat and Intel made their FCC filing without extensive consultations with others in the satellite sector.

During the VSAT Congress here Nov. 15 organized by the Comsys consultancy and the Global VSAT Forum, officials expressed the concern that it would be used to buttress 5G wireless attempts to take C-band from the satellite sector in other parts of the world, a “contagion” effect that some industry officials said justified opposing the deal.

For SES, any sharing would require new satellites

In its Nov. 15 statement to the FCC, SES said:

“SES is open to exploring any approach that meets two essential criteria:

“First, it must create appropriate financial incentive mechanisms to justify the multibillion-dollar costs and significant technical challenges of making a limited portion of the C-band downlink spectrum available for terrestrial 5G operation. Second, it must ensure that SES can continue to deliver high quality services to its customers without the threat of disruptive interference.”

Intelsat has said it may need to rearrange its orbital infrastructure to make room for the terrestrial operators in C-band, even though the terrestrial services would only be for major metropolitan areas.

SES goes further, saying that Given high utilization rates for its satellites at the center of the U.S. geostationary-orbit arc, “freeing up even a limited amount of spectrum would be complex, extremely costly, and difficult.

“Indeed, in order to maintain service to customers in such a scenario, SES would need to deploy more satellites with C-band capacity, at a cost ranging from $150 million to $250 million in capital expenditure per satellite. Addition of those satellites will be paired with a necessary reconfiguration of the associated ground network that will require further significant investments.”

Like Eutelsat, Speedcast does not want an Intelsat-SES agreement to ride roughshod over other parties’ interests.

“More disturbing, the proposal suggests that “primarily affected C-band satellite operators” be tasked with negotiating on behalf of the entire satellite industry. Excluded from this definition are a large number of C-band Earth station operators, service providers, and end-user customers, as well as many C-band satellite operators that do not hold FCC satellite licenses with full CONUS coverage, all of whom have a direct and substantial interest in any spectrum access arrangement negotiated with terrestrial wireless interests. These additional industry participants, including Speedcast, must be included in the development of any C-band spectrum access arrangement submitted to the Commission for its consideration,” Speedcast said.

Globecast selects Mediaproxy

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/11/16/globecast-selects-mediaproxy/

Mediaproxy, a provider of software-based IP broadcast solutions for compliance, monitoring and analysis, has announced that Globecast, the global solutions provider for media, has chosen its LogServer software solution for its London and Singapore facilities.

Globecast helps customers to manage their content and make it available wherever required, by anyone required. The company provides agile and seamless content acquisition, media management, VoD logistics, OTT and distribution services globally, constantly innovating and investing in new technologies to create customer-centric new services. With points of presence in the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Africa Globecast is relied upon by content owners of all sizes around the world.

Globecast’s facilities can ingest broadcast feeds from satellite, digital terrestrial television, and IP networks for aggregating, processing, and delivering live and file-based content around the world. LogServer, Mediaproxy’s software-based broadcast and IP monitoring solution, provides real-time compliance monitoring, reporting, and incidence management. Using Mediaproxy’s LogServer software suite, Globecast is able to ensure full compliance with local broadcast regulations including loudness, subtitling, and closed captioning. The LogServer solution was installed at Globecast’s London facilities by Mediaproxy’s UK based partner, Polar Graphics.

“With Mediaproxy we can ensure the highest level of regulatory compliance and quality control possible for our customer,” said Sylvain Merle, CTO of Globecast. “As content delivery and consumption becomes increasingly multi-screen and multi-format, the agility provided by the LogServer software suite will allow us to stay one step ahead of evolving viewer trends.”

“We are very pleased that Globecast has chosen our software based solution as we know how seriously they take broadcast compliance and quality assurance,” said Mark Horchler, VP of Global Marketing at Mediaproxy. “We are looking forward to working with the UK team and continue to deliver the most reliable and advanced solution.”

FCC approves Next Gen TV plan

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/11/17/fcc-approves-next-gen-tv-plan/

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved (in a 3:2 vote) voluntary use by broadcasters of the new ATSC 3.0 advanced TV transmission scheme for the USA. The FCC, in its decision, has opened the starting gate for the USA’s next broadcasting standard for FTA terrestrial stations.

In essence, the FCC ruling permits TV stations in the US to run VoD services with a broadband return path as well as supply Ultra HD 4K services.

However, the new standard is not backward-compatible, so it will require consumers to buy into the revolution with new displays (or converter boxes) sets and broadcasters will be required to simulcast in the existing ATSC 1.0 standard if they choose to adopt ATSC 3.0. Stations can team up with other broadcasters in the local market, with one station delivering the 1.0 signals and the other the new ATSC 3.0 signals.

But one of the FCC commissioners who voted against the scheme said there was a real risk of a digital divide in the US. “Next-Gen supporters tell us not to worry, viewers can continue to receive the existing 1.0 signal, and for five years after this Order appears in our Federal Register, that signal will be ‘substantially similar’,” said Mignon Clyburn. “Five years after this Order appears in our Federal Register, that requirement sunsets. Translation: that mandate goes away. They no longer have to send you that signal. Now late yesterday, the Chairman’s Office revised the Order to include an exception to this requirement. Without a requirement to make programming substantially similar, broadcasters are free to create two different tiers of television. Why is that problematic? Why am I uneasy? This could actually create an unacceptable, unjustified and unwanted digital television divide for those with limited financial means.”

On a more positive note, a statement from electronics giant LG, said: “This is a seminal moment for Next Gen TV,” declared Dr. Jong G. Kim, SVP/ at LG Electronics, which developed core technologies behind the ATSC 3.0 next-generation broadcast standard. “FCC approval of the flexible, extensible new ATSC 3.0 standard will unleash an innovation revolution, marrying broadband and broadcasting to deliver a range of new services for consumers,” said Kim, who also serves as President of the Zenith R&D Lab.

LG drew parallels between today’s FCC action and the Commission’s adoption of the original digital TV broadcast standard (ATSC 1.0) on Christmas Eve 1996, which laid the foundation for ubiquitous digital HDTV transmission and robust business throughout the television industry. “Regulations adopted by the FCC usher in another exciting new era for broadcasters and manufacturers and especially for American TV viewers,” said John I. Taylor, SVP/public affairs, LG Electronics USA.

Gordon Smith, President and CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), said: “Two decades ago, the FCC blessed the transition from analogue to digital television, which ushered in the broadcast-led era of HDTV that dazzled consumers and was the envy of the technology world. Today, the Commission endorses Next Gen TV, which marks the beginning of a reinvention of free and local broadcast television in America.”

“Next Gen TV will provide tens of millions of viewers with ultra HDTV, live and local mobile TV on smartphones, emergency alerting that could save countless lives, and interactive advertising that will drive jobs and commerce in local communities. This is game-changing technology for broadcasting and our viewers, and we thank the visionary leadership of FCC chairman Pai and his colleagues for their support.”

NAB, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), America’s Public Television Stations (APTS) and the Advanced Warning and Response Network (AWARN) Alliance filed a joint petition in April 2017 with the FCC requesting local TV stations and TV receiver manufacturers be permitted to adopt the new over-the-air broadcast transmission standard on a voluntary, market-driven basis.

Amazon ditches cable bundle plans

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/11/16/amazon-ditches-cable-bundle-plans/

Amazon has axed plans to launch an online streaming service bundling US broadcast and cable networks because it believes it cannot make enough money on such a service, according to a Reuters report.

The online retail giant has also been unable to convince key broadcast and basic cable networks to join its a la carte Amazon Channels service, the report said, and has backed away from talks with them.


Intelsat 19 update

12285 H Sr 30000

H265 Test 1 "NTV Spor" is fta (Hevc)
H265 Test 2 "ATV" is fta (Hevc)
H265 Test 3 "France 24" is fta (Hevc)
H265 Test 4 "RT" is fta (Hevc)
H265 Test 5 "Pink Reality" is fta (Hevc)

12525 H Sr 30000

H265 Test 11 "NTV Spor" is fta (Hevc)
H265 Test 14 "ATV" is fta (Hevc)

Some feeds seen this afternoon

D2 12634 V Sr "WRC Oz1" encrypted
D2 12670 V Sr 6666 "Peru Main CK" Encrypted
D2 12679 V Sr 6670 "SNGTV02" an outdoor scene

From my Email


From the Dish

LaoSat 1 128.5E 3569 H "CCTV 4 Asia has replaced CCTV 5" on , Fta.

Telkom 3S 118.0E 3529 H "DMC TV" has left again.

Palapa D 113.0E 4049 V "TV 9 Nusantara" has left again.
Palapa D 113.0E 4100 V "Coop TV" is now encrypted.

Yamal 401 90.0E SBN Global has replaced SBN Russia on 10972 H and 11668 H, Fta.
Yamal 401 90.0E 11565 V "Studiya Fakt" has left .

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12634 V "France 24 English" has started on ,Fta
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12638 H "Foursquare TV" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 17 66.0E 12614 V "Dalkom TV has replaced RTN TV" on , Fta.

From asiatvro site

No update


Australia: Content theft remains static

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/11/16/114388/

New, independent research commissioned by anti-piracy organisation Creative Content Australia (CCA) shows the growth of online screen content theft has been arrested and remains static, with 21 per cent of adults 18–64 admitting some form of piracy.

CCA Executive Director Lori Flekser released the organisation’s ninth wave of independent research to delegates at the Screen Producers’ Association’s annual Screen Forever conference in Melbourne.

Flekser told delegates that she believes a combination of factors contributed to there being no increase in piracy levels since CCA’s 2016 research – amongst them an increase in subscriptions to streaming services, the presence of site blocks and the prevalence of malware.

Flekser said it was encouraging that the research shows that the majority of pirates have experienced a blocked site when searching for pirated content. “Our research was conducted between September 14 to 19 so it is too early to measure the response to the latest site blocks as the Federal Court ruling, ordering 59 site blocks, did not commence until mid-September. The CCA data only provides a preliminary snapshot of the impact of the blocks. Prior to this only five sites had been blocked. We know from other research that site blocking is effective, and our research confirms that most pirates have encountered a site block,” advised Flekser.

She said the Australian Incopro study (May 2017) – based on the five sites blocked in December-February – shows combined usage of the blocked sites and associated proxies decreased by 59.6 per cent since blocking began in September 2016, a finding consistent with usage patterns in other countries.

The CCA research showed that search engines, such as Google, are most mentioned by adults as the means to find illegal content online, and can facilitate new means to reach alternate infringing sites and proxies when users encounter blocked sites. The study also found that after reaching a blocked site, whilst half of Australians are turning to a legal source to access the same content, 77 per cent of adults and 74 per cent of teens are searching for an alternative infringing site for the same content.

CCA Chairman Graham Burke said it is time the tech giant stepped up and stopped facilitating large scale theft of people’s creative work. “Site blocking works and we have shut the front door of the department store by removing the big sign ‘Free Stolen Goods’. But as the processes to remove ‘mirror’ sites (same car different number plates) are slow, search engines are blatantly thumbing their noses at Australian law and courts by leading people to the back door,” he claimed.

“All you have to do is Google ‘PIR’ and Google auto complete comes up with ‘Pirate Bay proxies’. Google can address this as they have done in other areas and if they don’t they are demonstrating only an interest in luring traffic to their advertising model business. It is time for the tech giant to deliver on their public position of ‘Google is up for working with content owners to fight piracy’. It would be tragic if an overseas monopoly that doesn’t pay tax in our country cost Australians their jobs by its facilitation of large-scale theft,” he declared.

Burke also said that in addition to Australian jobs and livelihoods being under threat, so are Australian stories. “Australian films, and the telling of Australian stories, are part of who we are. My generation was defined by movies like Gallipoli, Storm Boy and Breaker Morant just as Lion, Happy Feet and Red Dog have influenced new generations.”

Creative Content Australia’s recent ‘Price of Piracy’ consumer campaign drew attention to the link between malware and piracy. Numerous international studies have confirmed that link, showing how infringing video streaming has become the number one method to propagate malware on the Internet.

The new research from CCA confirms that amongst persistent pirates, 47 per cent of teens and 59 per cent of adults have contracted a virus or malware by clicking on an ad or pop-up, or from streaming or downloading movies or TV from a pirate site.

Flekser also told delegates that this wave of research had investigated the use of set-top boxes and infringing apps for the first time and found they are ‘piracy’s new frontier’.

Set-top boxes and their software are not illegal. They allow viewers to watch online services on their TV sets including legal services such as Netflix. However, apps can be downloaded that allow ‘add-ons’ to seek out unlicensed content and deliver pirated movies and TV shows with ease.

Of the 31 per cent of Australians aged 12-64 who watch movies or TV shows through a set-top box, CCA research shows one in four teens uses infringing content apps to access pirated content. Amongst adults, that figure is one in five. Use of set-top boxes has been shown to compromise subscriptions to legitimate services.

Flekser said that in terms of attitudes to piracy, the latest study recorded the highest number ever of Australians to agree piracy is stealing/theft (74 per cent of adults and teens) with the majority (68 per cent of teens and 65 per cent of adults) acknowledging that piracy damages the livelihoods and jobs of those working in the film and television industries.

Freeview Announces Jason Foden as CEO

From Press Release

PRESS RELEASE | Thursday 16th November, 2017

Freeview has formally appointed Jason Foden as Chief Executive Officer after serving several months as Acting General Manager.

Prior to taking up his role at Freeview, Foden was the General Manager of OnDemand at TVNZ for over three years. During his time there he led the business growth and commercial performance of OnDemand. He also spent several years at Telecom (now Spark), most recently as Head of Voice, Messaging and Media Product Management.

Freeview Chairman Alan Withrington says that Foden has already made a significant impact in his time spent as Acting General Manager and was proven as the best choice for the CEO role through an extensive search and selection process.

“Jason came to us with a great understanding of the business already, coupled with a solid appreciation of the role Freeview plays in New Zealand’s TV landscape by providing great content, free for all Kiwis to enjoy Live, On Demand and to record. He has a clear and compelling vision for Freeview and we’re all very excited about the changes Jason will be overseeing and driving over the coming months, and into 2018.”

Jason commented, “There’s a lot in the pipeline, so it’s a great time to have joined Freeview. I’m thrilled to have been given the opportunity to drive new brand and technology advancements that will benefit all Kiwi viewers”.
“I’m looking forward to working all Freeview stakeholders including broadcasters, manufacturers, retailers and installers to further develop our offer,” he added.


China Expected to Complete First Sea Launch for Commercial Payloads in 2018

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/China_Expected_to_Complete_First_Sea_Launch_for_Commercial_Payloads_in_2018_999.html

China is expected to complete its first sea launch for commercial payloads in 2018, said Yang Baohua, vice general manager of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASTC).

Yang made the remarks at an annual academic conference on space science held from November 1 to 2 in Beijing. The service will also be provided in other regions in addition to its four major sites in Jiuquan, Taiyuan, Xichang, and Wenchang, Yang noted.

At the conference, Yang introduced the company's experience, competence, and advantages, as well as its on-going commercial aerospace programs, and also evaluated the prospects of the commercial space industry.

"CASTC is dedicated to offering various commercial launching solutions to meet the market demands of low cost and fast preparation," Yang said.

Key technological tests will be conducted for the sea launch of the Long-march rocket family this year, according to Tang Yagang, deputy director of carrier rocket development at the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology.

The commercial service is expected to be available for international users in 2018. By then, the Long-march rockets will be able to send 500-kilogram satellites to an altitude of 500 kilometers above Earth, at an inclination of 0-10 degrees.

In recent years, with the growing demand for launching near-equatorial and low-inclination satellites from countries near the equator, sea launch service has become an area of fierce competition among space powers.

Thaicom launches Loox TV platform

From https://www.bangkokpost.com/business/telecom/1360551/thaicom-launches-loox-tv-platform

Integrated content app offered to viewers

The sole satellite service provider Thaicom yesterday launched Loox TV, an integrated TV content digital platform via mobile application, in a bid to revitalise the TV broadcasting ecosystem in the country.

Mr Paiboon says the more TV channels on Loox TV platform, the easier it is to improve the industry's ecosystem. Tawatchai Kemgumnerd

The Loox TV app was designed to make viewing easier for both real-time and on-demand programmes, including terrestrial digital TV channels, cable and satellite TV via set-top boxes.

Thaicom will also periodically report the viewing rate for all TV channels on the platform, categorised by screen type. The report should be a new benchmark for Thai TV ratings, offering a more precise indicator for advertisers.

"Consumers, TV channels, TV producers, content providers and advertising agencies can benefit from Loox TV application," said Paiboon Panuwattanawong, Thaicom's chief executive.

Mr Paiboon said apart from the increasing popularity of viewing video-on-demand via video-sharing sites, many factors weakening the TV industry in the country include too many TV channels, difficulties in viewing interesting TV programmes and the mismatch between on-air programme timing and viewing availability.

Thaicom developed Loox TV as a hub for TV content. The application can be downloaded for free on both iOS and Android platforms.

After downloading the application, users will see TV contents categorised by types such as news, variety programmes, entertainment, sports and soap operas. The application allow users to search for programmes with keywords.

Additionally, users who want to see programmes on TV screens at home can use "smart remote", a function that will automatically switch broadcasting from mobile devices to big screens through satellite TV set-top boxes. The application will also support Google Chromecast dongle, allowing users who are not satellite TV subscribers to watch TV shows and films on the big screen.

Mr Paiboon said as of today there are 50 TV channels available in the Loox TV platform, and the company encourages all TV channels to join the platform.

"No matter how the world changes, TV content is still the best, the most credible and the most accessible to all targeted audiences. The more TV channels in the Loox TV platform, the easier it will be to improve the industry's ecosystem," he said.

Mr Paiboon said Thaicom will not directly benefit from the Loox TV platform. On contrary, the platform directly benefits all existing TV channels in the ecosystem as it will be a powerful alternative for viewers to access TV programmes.

Thaicom senior vice-president of media business Ekachai Phakdurong said Thaicom targets for 300,000 users to download the application by the end of 2018.

The company has also developed and installed data analysis software supporting the Loox TV app to recommend programmes or TV channels to users that suit their tastes.

The software will also analyse viewers' watching time and behaviours, and deliver the data to all TV channels on the Loox platform.

"It will work as new benchmark of TV ratings indicator, with more precise results than the existing ones run by big market research agencies," Mr Ekachai said.

SportsFix & Accedo tie up for live OTT sports feeds

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/iworld/over-the-top-services/sportsfix-accedo-tie-up-for-live-ott-sports-feeds-171115

MUMBAI: Accedo has tied up with SportsFix to deliver dedicated OTT sports live streaming service in the ASEAN region. SportsFix has also selected the Brightcove Live platform to deliver premier live and VOD local sports content across the region.

SportsFix, launched in Malaysia in August 2017, is ASEAN’s first OTT platform that delivers live and VOD sports content, with a focus on live streaming as a premium offering. The platform was conceptualised and launched to serve a large untapped niche segment of overseas foreign workers in the region.

SportsFix streams popular local, regional and international sports content on its platform and works closely with Telecommunication operators across the region to deliver the content directly to millions of mobile devices.

SportsFix CEO Carl Kirchhoff comented, “Accedo’s platform and excellent team helped us launch in record time with all Telcos in Malaysia and allows us to aggressively roll-out localised services in ASEAN in 2018. Accedo’s proven expertise in this region and agile development of a suite of customisable products were the main reason for choosing Accedo.”

Accedo CEO Michael Lantz added, “Sports entertainment is one of the key drivers for video services and innovation across the globe. The mix of live and VOD sports content from both regional and international matches are likely to prove extremely popular amongst consumers.”

SportsFix is currently available via mobile web and by Q1 2018 can be expected on iOS and Android, SportsFix is using Accedo One Inisght to analyse usage and engagement metrics across those platforms.

Report: Illicit streaming devices pose safety risk

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/11/16/report-illicit-streaming-devices-pose-safety-risk/

A series of product safety tests on popular illicit streaming devices entering the UK have found that 100 per cent fail to meet national electrical safety regulations. The findings are a result of a joint initiative between UK intellectual property protection organisation FACT (Federation Against Copyright Theft) and safety awareness body Electrical Safety First which examined the electrical safety of a number of devices.

The news is all the more significant as the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) estimates that more than one million of these illegal devices have been sold in the UK in the last two years, representing a significant risk to the general public.

None of the illicit streaming devices that were tested had been supplied, designed or manufactured in accordance with the principal elements of the safety objectives given in Schedule 1 of the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994.

“This year consumers thinking about buying an illegal streaming device for Christmas need to know that by plugging them into their TV they could be potentially be putting themselves, their home and their family at risk,” warned Steve Curtler, Product Safety Manager at Electrical Safety First. “We urge anyone with one of these devices to unplug it and stop using it immediately. Not only are these devices breaking the law, but they could be putting your loved ones at risk.”

In June 2017, the EU issued a recall notice for the OTT TV Box 4K, a Chinese-made ‘Kodi box’ citing a serious risk of electric shock, calling for owners of the box to stop using it immediately. The devices in question had faulty power supply units which didn’t comply with Europe’s Low Voltage Directive, meaning users were at risk from touching live components.

“The fact that so many illegal streaming devices have all failed to meet UK safety standards is shocking,” remarked Kieron Sharp, Director General of FACT. “Alongside the risks of exposing your home network to damaging malware and your children to inappropriate content, it should now be clear that the dangers these illegal devices pose far outweigh any benefit of buying them. We believe hundreds of thousands of illicit streaming devices were sold between Black Friday and Christmas last year. This year, if you want to safely and reliably enjoy premium sports, TV or films go directly to the official provider,” he advised.

According to the par. the only way to guarantee that a product is safe is to buy a known brand product direct from a reputable manufacturer. It is impossible to tell from the outside whether a modified IPTV box is electrically safe. To stay safe, once you receive any electrical product, make sure you carry out the following checks:
•Markings – look for the manufacturer’s brand name or logo, model and batch mark number. Check that there is a CE mark and that the output voltage and current ratings marked on the charge match your electrical device.
•Pin plugs – that they plug in easily to the socket and there is at least 9.5mm between the edge of the pins and the edge of the charger
•Warnings and instructions – it has all the necessary instructions for use and adequate warnings.

UK and European law is clear on the illegality of selling and using modified fully-loaded IPTV boxes. A number of sellers of these boxes have recently been sentenced and in April 2017 the European Court of Justice ruled that using one of these devices to watch or stream copyrighted content is breaking the law.

(Craig's comment, the U.K media are trying their best to negate the effect of these multimedia "Kodi" devices. There is also currently a huge crackdown on locating and threatening creators of Kodi illegal content addons)


Intelsat 19 changes.

Intelsat 19 12525 H Sr 30000
"Free slot 118" has NTV spor FTA
"Free slot 119" has ATV Turkey FTA
"Free slot 120" has France 24 FTA
"Free slot 127" has RT FTA

also it looks like the HEVC test channels no longer have video

Wednesday morning feeds

Asiasat 5 4067 H Sr 7200 "CHN vs col" soccer

Asiasat 5 3907 H Sr 7200 "TXP C8H CH-1" Cam vs Jor AFC Soccer

Asiasat 5 3874 V Sr 7400 "First_servvice" Feed via NHK Japan via Philippines

Asiasat 5 3792 H Sr 7200 "service-1" Ice Hockey

From my Email


From the Dish

Optus D2 152.0E 12706 V "Almagd TV has replaced G Sat" on, Fta.

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3980 V "Star Movies Vietnam" has left .

ChinaSat 11 98.0E 12500 V "MNC Shop Channel 79" has started on , Fta.

Insat 4B 93.5E 4150 H "RTA" has started on , Fta.

Measat 3 91.5E 3796 V "BTV Business, AP1 TV, TV Today and TV Filmy" have started on , Fta.

Measat 3a 91.4E 4000 H "RTL CBS Entertainment, RTL CBS Extreme and RTL CBS Entertainment Philippines have started on , Irdeto. Sports Illustrated 3" has left.
Measat 3a 91.4E 4040 H "Fashion One Asia" is Fta.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3833 H "Gyan Darshan 1/2" have left again.

Thaicom 5 78.5E Gyan Darshan 1, Sun Life, Gemini News, ETV Andhra Pradesh, Gemini Life, Kushi TV, Maa Music, Star Suvarna Plus, Sun News, Sun Music,
ETV Madhya Pradesh Chhattisgarh, ETV Uttar Pradesh Uttarakhand, ETV Plus, ETV Gujarati News, India Today, DD Rajasthan, DD Sahyadri, DD Saptagiri, Gemini Comedy, ETV Urdu, Kochu TV, Tez, Odisha TV, Jaya Plus, ETV Rajasthan, Fashion TV India, ETV Bihar Jharkhand, Zee Anmol, Udaya News, Chintu TV, ETV Kannada News, Star Suvarna, Zee Tamizh, Aaj Tak, Zee News, Zee Bangla, CNBC TV 18, Colors Odia, J Movie, ETV Bangla News, Zee Hindustan, CNBC Awaaz, CNBC Bajar, CNBC TV 18, Times Now, Alankar TV, ABP Asmita, Colors, Sony SAB TV India, Sony Six, Disney XD India, Nick Jr India, Sony Yay!, VH1 India, News 18 Punjab & Haryana & Himachal Pradesh, Sun TV, KTV, NDTV India, NDTV Profit, Gemini TV, Asianet Plus, MTV Beats, Prarthana TV, Jaya Max, DD Yadagiri, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 3 and Star Sports Select HD1 have started on 3800 V, Nagravision.

Intelsat 17 66.0E 3845 H Sony Six, SET Asia, Sony Pix and AXN India have left .

Intelsat 17 66.0E 3876 H "Orange TV India" has started on , Fta. No. 1 News and NRS Royal TV have left.
Intelsat 17 66.0E 3885 V "Surya Movies has replaced Kiran TV" on , Irdeto.
Intelsat 17 66.0E 3894 H "Mahua+, MBC TV and ATV" have started on , Fta.
Intelsat 17 66.0ETora TV and OK Music TV are back on 3932 H, FTA.

From asiatvro site

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2A号卫星Ku频段,360°Novosti、Soyuz(俄罗斯)等4个频道新增,设置12160 V 45000参数免费接收。 [11月14日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Fashion TV(亚洲)高清频道加密,设置3740 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [11月14日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2A号卫星Ku频段,TV Sale、Gulli Girl(MPEG-4)等3个频道新增,设置12100 V 45000参数免费接收。 [11月14日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,东森新闻替换东森电影(寰宇卫视)频道,设置12461 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [11月14日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星C频段,CCTV-4(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置3569 H 5000参数无效接收。 [11月14日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,BBC World News、Australia+(传送)频道新增,设置4013 H 7500参数有条件接收。 [11月14日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Zee Up Uttarakha(印度)频道新增,设置4165 H 7500参数免费接收。 [11月14日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星C频段,AON(标清)频道新增,设置3617 V 29000参数免费接收。 [11月14日]
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Irdeto, Foxtel extend security partnership

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/11/14/irdeto-foxtel-extend-security-partnership/

Digital platform security specialist Irdeto has extended its long-standing security partnership with Foxtel, Australia’s leading pay-TV operator, with the aim of providing Foxtel with a reliable and stable security partner that will ensure premium content is securely delivered across any device, minimising revenue leakage from all forms of piracy.

Irdeto Cloaked CA will now securely deliver content through Foxtel’s latest fleet of set-top boxes (STBs). Irdeto also secures the distribution of content across devices supported by Foxtel’s streaming service, Foxtel Now.

“Foxtel is committed to offering our customers a premium entertainment experience,” said Mike Ivanchenko, Group Director, Product Design & Development, Foxtel. “Our innovative streaming services and set-top boxes further differentiate our offerings by providing our subscribers with highly advanced features, such as programme start-over and content discovery along with access to the best live sports, new movies, new shows and complete seasons, live and on demand. Our security partnership with Irdeto enables us to securely deliver all of this premium content to our cable and satellite subscribers, allowing us to focus on growing our business.”

“Operators are facing more challenges than ever as they manage new technology implementations, combat piracy and address consumer demand for high-quality, multiscreen experiences,” added Doug Lowther, CEO, Irdeto. “Irdeto’s unique, 360 security strategy allows us to protect all assets across the content value chain. As Foxtel’s security partner, we continuously evolve content protection strategies to stay one step ahead of new threats, allowing Foxtel to securely develop new business models to address consumer demand.”

Govt will not sell TVNZ, but 'explore all options'

From https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/343857/govt-will-not-sell-tvnz-but-explore-all-options

Broadcasting Minister Clare Curran is alarmed the previous government did nothing to address TVNZ's declining revenue, despite being warned about it by officials earlier this year, she says.

Treasury provided a report to ministers in February saying under current settings the broadcaster's revenue and profitability was in a long-term decline and officials did not see that improving.

The statement is part of an Official Information Act response posted on the Treasury website.

"Although TVNZ is looking for opportunities to further reduce its costs, the company has advised in its most recent quarterly report that some form of structural intervention will be required for long-term sustainability.

"This means that without structural change, ministers would eventually need to provide ongoing operating funding for TVNZ to continue broadcasting."

It also suggested the highest value commercial option for the shareholders of TVNZ would be to sell the company.

Former Finance Minister Steven Joyce, who was presented with the report when in government, said the main point Treasury made that all traditional media was in decline was a valid one.

He said the National-led government did not believe selling off TVNZ was the answer.

"We took the view that TVNZ had life left in it in terms of its traditional model provided it develops the online content, but there's no doubt that the old model of controlling distribution in the form of free-to-air television channels is changing.

"As we all know we are dealing with online content. That has implications for the provision of content, who gets to distribute it, who gets to control it and while for the most part that is good it does bring challenging situations to organisations like TVNZ."

However, Ms Curran said the government had been left with an organisation that had been neglected and had no ministerial oversight.

"I feel some alarm at the strategic challenges that the previous government was aware of and did nothing about.

"[We'll be] seeking some urgent advice from Treasury and we'll be wanting to explore a full range of options from talking to officials and also the board of TVNZ as to approach its strategic challenges.

"There's no doubt that this is a challenging environment for all media, but to have that advice provided to government and - it appears - it was pretty much ignored, is somewhat alarming."

Ms Curran said the government would not sell TVNZ.

In a written statement, TVNZ said its market was being fundamentally disrupted by global competitors, advances in technology and the changing viewing habits of New Zealanders.

"The big focus last year was creating a more sustainable future, including redesigning TVNZ's organisation structure, renegotiating core content agreements, and writing off unsustainable content and accommodation lease commitments.

"This frees us up to put more investment across all screens in local content - our sustainable point of difference - and to accelerate growth in our online business.

"The 2017 financial year started with accelerated declines in the TV advertising market and ended with TVNZ delivering year-on-year growth in TV revenue.

"TVNZ is actively exploring potential growth opportunities and will continue to consult with its new ministers on these matters."

China launches new meteorological satellite

From http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/world/china-launches-new-meteorological-satellite/497993.html

China launched a new meteorological satellite, Fengyun-3D on Wednesday, authorities said.

The satellite was launched at 2.35 a.m., from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre in Shanxi province, reports Xinhua news agency.

A Long March-4C rocket carried the satellite into space.

Fengyun-3D is one of China’s second-generation of Polar-Orbiting Meteorological Satellites, which can provide global three dimensional all-weather and multi-spectral remote sensing images.

The satellite will form a network with the Fengyun-3C satellite, which was launched into space in September 2013, to improve the accuracy of atmospheric sounding and enhance the monitoring of greenhouse gases. The network will help China’s disaster relief work.

The Fengyun-3D and the Long March-4C rocket were developed by Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology under China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation.

The launch was the 254th mission of the Long March rocket series.

New communications satellite company awaits approval

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/New_communications_satellite_company_awaits_approval_999.html

China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp, a major space contractor, is considering the establishment of a satellite company to tap the space-based communications market, according to a project insider.

Tan Qianhong, Party chief of China Space Sanjiang Group, a CASIC subsidiary in Hubei province, said Sanjiang has submitted a plan on the proposed satellite firm to CASIC and is waiting for approval.

The new entity would focus mainly on the research, development and launch of small satellites that would operate in low orbit and provide narrowband communications service, Tan told China Daily in an exclusive interview. Tan spoke on the sidelines of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, to which he is a delegate.

"General Secretary Xi Jinping has stressed that China's modernization drive will not succeed without the completion of informatization," he said. "Space-based infrastructure is a pillar of the information industry. The new company would be tasked with forming a satellite constellation to boost space-based communications."

Informatization is the development of an information-based economy.

The network would offer coverage to users at sea or in remote regions that have poor access to ground-based communications services, according to Tan. He said the proposed firm would have a team of satellite designers but would procure others' satellites if they have better cost-performance ratios.

Tan said Sanjiang also would continue to improve the capabilities of its Kuaizhou-series carrier rockets, a major product of the company, and use them to acquire more commercial space contracts.

In China, the commercial space industry generally includes development and production of spacecraft not sponsored by the government as well as non-State launch activities. While China has a long history of space exploration, commercial involvement in space is a new idea that is gaining popularity among State-owned space contractors and private enterprises in the wake of the country's rocketing demand for space-based services.

"We will strive to reduce our rockets' costs and to strengthen their capacities. We will also introduce private capital and partners in the rockets' production to optimize the outsourcing and marketing work," he said.

Sanjiang began to develop Kuaizhou-series solid-fuel rockets in 2009 in hopes of presenting a low-cost, quick-response rocket family to the commercial launch market. It has launched three of the rockets-two Kuaizhou 1 models and one Kuaizhou 1A.

In 2018, Sanjiang plans to launch four Kuaizhou 1A rockets within one week. Each will lift a remote-sensing satellite into orbit for a client. The missions are expected to set a world record for launch frequency for a single model of carrier rocket, the company said.

A new-generation rocket, the Kuaizhou 11, is being tested and will make its first flight next year, sending six satellites into orbit, according to Sanjiang.

The Kuaizhou 11 will have a liftoff weight of 78 tons and will be capable of placing a payload of 1 metric ton into a sun-synchronous orbit at an altitude of 700 kilometers, or a 1.5-ton payload into a low-Earth orbit.

8K tuner production samples ready for Olympics

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/11/14/8k-tuner-production-samples-ready-for-olympics/

SiTune Corp, which specialises in semiconductor tuners for next-generation TV, says it now has production samples of its devices ready for 8K broadcasting. The tuners will be on show at InterBEE (November 15th – 17th) Makuhari Messe Convention Center, Tokyo.

Its model STN6528 can handle the new Advanced Wide Band Digital Satellite Broadcasting Standard ISDB-S3 (Integrated Services Digital Broadcasting for Satellite, 3rd generation, ARIB STD-B44) needed for Japan’s Super HiVision 8K broadcasting system, which is being introduced next year in readiness for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

In addition to supporting Japan’s new 8K TV satellite standard, the STN6528 is two tuners in one as it supports the traditional ISDB-T / J.83 QAM terrestrial / cable service alongside ISDB-S BS / CS digital Full HD and 4K satellite broadcasts as well. SiTune says it is the only company to support both satellite and terrestrial / cable RF inputs while concurrently tuning both signals and providing both satellite and terrestrial / cable outputs at the same time.

California-headquartered SiTune’s statement says: “The STN6528 makes it possible for a television’s Time-Shift TV feature to support 8K content as well as legacy Full HD and 4K content. As host country of the 2020 Olympics, Japan’s broadcast industry is preparing transmission of 8K programming over satellite systems, driving demand of new 8K televisions. Additionally, Blu-ray recorders will also be equipped with 8K tuners giving customers simultaneous ability to record multiple 8K, 4K and Full HD videos on their recorders. A 3T/3S (3 Terrestrial and 3 Satellite) tuner module using the STN6528 lets consumers record multiple programs from their favourite broadcast TV channels over a 1 week rolling window, including 8K content, for viewing on new 8K TVs. Time-Shift TV plus the STN6528 allows consumers more time to watch their favourite TV shows without having to specifically record individual shows or a channel dedicated to 8K content.”

“SiTune’s STN6528 Tuner plus Socionext’s SC1501A Demodulator is the best solution for 8K TV designs in Japan,” said Kenichi Katada, Socionext Marketing Manager. “With the release of production samples, SiTune and Socionext are ready to support TV manufacturers, Blu-ray recorder makers, Set Top Boxes, and module producers as new products capable of receiving 8K satellite broadcast are designed and developed for production.”

SiTune says full production of the tuner will commence in Q2/2018.

Eutelsat: Satellite TV in 94% of MENA homes

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/11/14/eutelsat-satellite-tv-in-94-of-mena-homes/

Eutelsat Communications has presented the results of its survey on TV trends across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) at the ASBU BroadcastPro Selevision Summit in Dubai.

Satellite: the preferred digital video infrastructure across Middle East and North Africa

Satellite TV reception in the MENA region has continued to increase its market-share compared to terrestrial and IPTV, and now reaches into 59 million homes. This represents 94 per cent of the 62.2 million TV homes in 14 Arab-speaking countries, up from 92 per cent only 12 months ago.

Eutelsat 7/8° West neighbourhood: first choice for multi-channel viewing

Eutelsat’s 7/8° West neighbourhood has further reinforced its pole position, with reach into 56.2 million homes in 14 Arab countries, up 3.1 million homes in only one year. The attraction of 7/8° West for 95 per cent of the satellite homes in the region is driven by an exceptional line-up of over 1,200 Arabic and international channels, with a high diversity of free-to-air content and exclusivity (55 per cent of exclusive channels). This latest audience growth also reflects the expanding offer of HD content at 7/8° West, up 34 per cent in 12 months to 179 channels (15 per cent of channels).

10 million new HD-equipped homes in 12 months

The pace of adoption of HD is accelerating in the MENA region, with HD-equipped homes now reaching 28.2 million, up from 17.7 million in 12 months and representing 46 per cent of TV homes. This percentage is even more significant at the Eutelsat/Nilesat 7/8° West neighbourhood where 66 per cent of homes own HD displays.

Michel Azibert, Eutelsat Chief Commercial and Development Officer, commented on the figures: “Our 2017 survey confirms the dominance of satellite as the preferred digital infrastructure across the Middle East and North Africa and highlights key trends, notably the increasing significance of High Definition broadcasting. It also confirms the 7/8 ° West neighbourhood as the prime gateway for broadcasters, reaching into over 56 million homes from Morocco to the Gulf States. In addition to this capability, our complementary HOTBIRD neighbourhood broadcasts almost 80 Arabic channels, making it a compelling neighbourhood for reaching into millions of homes across Europe as well as in the Middle East and North Africa.”



From my Email

From Alek (Perth)

Signal report 2.7M SOLID DISH, Perth, W.A

Laosat 1 @128.5E 3567 H Sr 5000 "CCTV 4" Level %94 Quality %57

3503 V not loading here

From the Dish

Telkom 3S 118.0E "TVRI Jambi" has moved from 3408 H to 3404 H, Fta.
Telkom 3S 118.0E "PayTren TV" has moved from 3450 H to 3448 H, Fta.
Telkom 3S 118.0E 3608 V "TV 9 Nusantara" has left .
Telkom 3S 118.0E "Hope Channel Indonesia" has moved from 3604 H to 3951 V, Fta.

Palapa D 113.0E 3627 H "Madani TV" has started on, Fta.
Palapa D 113.0EI Am Channel has left 3750 H.
Palapa D 113.0EICTA TV has left 3808 V again.
Palapa D 113.0ETV 9 Nusantara has started on 3815 V, clear.
Palapa D 113.0EPijar TV has replaced Malakoot Shine TV on 3932 V, clear.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3505 V "Kuru TV" has left .
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3585 V "Five HD" has left .

Thaicom 5 78.5E 4094 V "TVK" has started on, Fta.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 4096 V "Kaset Ramruay Channel and 13 Siam Thai" have left .

ABS 2 75.0E 3632 H "CinemaWorld, Toonami Asia, Discovery HD World India and Fox Life India" have started on , Tongfang.
ABS 2 75.0E 3658 H "Bloomberg TV Asia, RTR Planeta Asia, Channel NewsAsia, Star Vijay India, Star Sports Select HD2 and HGTV Asia" have started on, Tongfang.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3780 H "Living Rootz, Living Travelz and Z Living Asia" have started on , Conax.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 3868 V "NT 1 and Sadhna Aryan" have started on , Fta. Naaptol Blue has left.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12682 H "MSG TV has started on , Fta. Liberty TV" has left.

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NBN looking into 1Tbps satellites

From http://www.zdnet.com/article/nbn-looking-into-1tbps-satellites/

NBN is 'closely' watching improvements in satellite technology and capacity, with CEO Bill Morrow pointing towards terabit-per-second satellites being built by others.

Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) is looking into the utilisation of satellites with 1Tbps capacity as consumer demand for bandwidth increases, CEO Bill Morrow has told ZDNet.

Speaking during NBN's first-quarter financial results call, Morrow said NBN has many options for evolving its network, with the company still seeing satellite as its best solution for providing connectivity to those living in regional and rural Australia.

"When we think about those people in the very remote parts of the country, we still do not see other technologies than satellite as the most optimal solution, so we stay on top of the current developments of technology that are satellite related," Morrow told ZDNet.

"For example, we know that there are terabit-per-second-capability satellites that are being built and planned to be deployed in a similar geostationary orbit path as what we have for our satellites, so we try to examine at what point would we think that consumer demand would be necessary to justify deploying those other satellites.

"There's been no decision to go forward, but we watch it closely."

In August, Morrow had told ZDNet that NBN is looking into deploying a third satellite, piggybacking off existing satellites, building out additional fixed-wireless towers in order to relieve congestion, and improving the tech on its existing two satellites.

On Tuesday, he said NBN is focused on overall improvements to customer experience, and is working with retail service providers (RSPs) across solutions for when a consumer is connected; improving their services once connected; and solutions for when a consumer experiences a service fault.

"To support our RSPs and a better experience when end users are getting connected to the network, we are first completing all civil works ahead of declaring a home ready to connect, which will reduce the time between order and install. Second, we're altering the way NBN, the RSP, and our field contractors interface between ourselves and with the end users to better manage home appointments. And third, we are changing the way we case manage the more complex installations and focus on the backlog," Morrow explained during the results call.

"To support our RSPs in a better experience when our end users have already been connected, we are first reviewing our pricing to drive higher speeds with less congestion. Second, we are introducing analytical tools to help NBN and the RSPs isolate causes of speed performance, and third, we are educating end users on how to optimise their home environment.

"And finally, to support our RSPs in delivering a better experience when a service needs repair, we are first introducing new processes and better tools to quicker isolate problems. Second, we are working with our field contractors to be sure they have the adequate tools, training, and resources needed to be able to address the workload. And third, we are improving our service portal performance for the RSPs to gain access to NBN-related information."

Morrow added that it will "take months" to iron out these issues.

NBN had last month responded to the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO) annual report revealing that consumer complaints had more than doubled by pointing to its initiatives for improved installation training, advanced fault detection, case management with retailers, and a national awareness campaign on speeds and packages.

It had also added that the TIO's report did not "distinguish between complaints that are the responsibility of NBN to resolve and those that are the responsibility of the retail service provider to resolve".

Speaking on Tuesday, Morrow said that over the last quarter, complaints about NBN to the TIO have already declined by 26 percent in regards to services, and declined by 33 percent for missed appointments.

Morrow's comments follow the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) announcing earlier this month that it will be conducting a public inquiry into NBN's wholesale service standard levels to determine whether regulation is required, after saying in its Communications Sector Market Study: Draft report [PDF] that "immediate measures" are needed to address dissatisfaction.

For the quarter ended September 30, NBN announced a AU$1.4 billion net loss and earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortisaition (EBITDA) of negative AU$778 million.

Revenue was up by 124 percent to AU$405 million, with 520,000 end users added during the quarter for 6.4 million premises ready for service and 6.1 million ready to connect.

Morrow called it "a strong quarter that substantially extends the rollout", with 55 percent of the nation now able to connect. Fibre-to-the-node (FttN) users now exceed fibre-to-the-premises (FttP) users for the first time, something with which Shadow Communications Minister Michelle Rowland took issue.

"Over the past 12 months, 1 million new services have been activated on fibre to the node -- more than all the other NBN technologies put together," Rowland said.

"Yet the flatlining revenue figures show consumers are giving copper a thumbs down."

Despite her statement, NBN clocked revenue growth across all technologies during the quarter, bringing in AU$106 million from FttP, AU$99 million from FttN, AU$19 million from hybrid fibre-coaxial (HFC), and AU$16 million from fixed-wireless.

Average revenue per user (ARPU) stayed stagnant, at AU$43, though CFO Stephen Rue said NBN still anticipates ARPU growth in future.

NBN also made AU$124 million from connectivity virtual circuit (CVC)/network-network interface (NNI) revenue, with Morrow telling ZDNet that NBN will announce the outcome of its CVC discussions with RSPs in December and saying it would be "premature" to discuss it prior to then.

While customers remained mostly on the 25/5Mbps speed tier again, Rue also said that data consumption has continued -- "and, as designed, has been offset by a reduction in CVC unit cost through the dimension-based pricing regime".

On its fixed-line networks, 52 percent are on the 25/5Mbps speed tier; 76 percent of fixed-wireless users are on 25/5Mbps; and 66 percent of satellite users are on 25/5Mbps.

Just 13 percent of fixed-line customers have chosen the 100/40Mbps speed, the same percentage as this time last year.

NBN's capex saw it spend AU$17 million on satellite during the quarter; AU$80 million on fixed-wireless after acquiring 43 wireless sites and integrating 61 base stations; AU$365 million on HFC; AU$78 million on fibre to the curb (FttC); AU$458 million on FttN; AU$127 million on its transit network due to increased data demand and a network increasing in size; and AU$95 million on FttP.

In terms of opex, AU$681 million was spent on subscriber costs during the quarter, which Morrow said primarily relates to migrating customers from Optus and Telstra over to the NBN.

The cost per premises (CPP) for building the network has declined over fixed-wireless and FttP premises, but increased for FttN and HFC, NBN added.

FttP brownfields had a AU$4,397 CPP during the quarter, AU$2,314 CPP for FttP greenfields, AU$2,215 CPP for FttN, AU$2,267 CPP for HFC, and AU$3,549 CPP for fixed-wireless.

NBN has now run out of equity funding after receiving that last AU$2 billion during the quarter, Rue said, and has transitioned to using the government's AU$20 billion loan facility from September onwards.

Rocket Lab counts down to second launch on Mahia Peninsula

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11943729

Rocket Lab has moved its second Electron launch vehicle to Mahia as it prepares for a second launch.

The rocket has been moved from Auckland to Launch Complex 1 on Mahia Peninsula, where pre-flight checks will take place.

The company says test window dates were expected to be announced in "coming weeks".'

Rocket Lab's first launch in May was successful and the Electron got to space but didn't make it to orbit after range safety officials had to kill the flight.

The rocket, named "It's a Test", was terminated due to a "data loss time out", which was caused by misconfiguration of telemetry equipment owned and operated by a third-party contractor.

Four minutes into the flight, at an altitude of 224km, the equipment lost contact with the rocket temporarily and, according to standard operating procedures, range safety officials terminated the flight by cutting power to its engines.

The rocket disintegrated as it fell back into the Earth's atmosphere in the Southern Ocean.

Rocket Lab founder and CEO Peter Beck said today the second rocket "Still Testing" was performing well through rigorous acceptance tests and the team is focused on final flight preparations.

"It's a great feeling to have another rocket on the pad. To be preparing for a second flight just months after an inaugural test is unprecedented for a new launch vehicle. It's a testament to Electron's robust design and the hard-working team behind it," Beck said.

Improved weather and natural disaster prediction, internet from space and real-time crop monitoring are just a fraction of the benefits of more frequent and cost-effective access to low Earth orbit.

"Still Testing" will carry an Earth-imaging Dove satellite for Planet and Lemur-2 satellites for Spire for weather mapping and ship traffic tracking.

Electron will go through a series of final checks and tests in the coming weeks before a yet-to-be-announced launch window opens.

As the flight is still a test, Rocket Lab anticipates several scrubs, or "postponements", during the second test flight attempt.

The New Zealand-founded company aims to put small satellites into space at a fraction the cost of established rivals. The uncrowded skies above Mahia make rapid repeat launches more viable than in other parts of the world.

The company has its headquarters in Los Angeles and is mainly funded by investors including Khosla Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners, DCVC (Data Collective), Lockheed Martin and Promus Ventures.

Rocket Lab will be carrying satellites from firm that has helped watch North Korea

From https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/98874755/rocket-lab-will-be-carrying-satellites-from-firm-that-has-helped-watch-north-korea

A Planet Labs' Dove satellite - similar to the one that will be launched from the Mahia Peninsular in December - took this picture of the General Machine Plant in Kaechon, North Korea, in 2016.

Kiwi space company Rocket Lab expects to make its first attempt to put satellites into space in December.

The Auckland firm has moved an Electron rocket to its launch site on the Māhia Peninsula, to begin pre-flight checks for what could be its first real mission.

The 23-metre carbon-fire rocket will be carrying four satellites from two paying customers which Rocket Lab will attempt to put into low orbit, though Rocket Lab spokeswoman Morgan Bailey is describing it as "definitely still a test flight".

Planet Labs lost 26 satellites when an Antares launch vehicle exploded shortly after take-off in 2014, and will be hoping for better luck on board NZ's Rocket Lab.

Two of the shoe-boxed-sized satellites are owned by United States company Planet Labs, which has already put about 200 satellites into space.

Its satellites, which it calls "Doves", are low-cost devices containing a telescope and camera that are used for visual imagery and to detect changing land use.

Although Planet Lab's biggest customers are in agriculture, it also markets its services to defence and intelligence agencies.

Images from one its Doves were used by US-South Korean academic institute 38 North to analyse the deteriorating condition of North Korea's Mount Mantap nuclear test facility and were circulated in the media in September.

The other two satellites on board the Electron launch vehicle are owned by fellow-American satellite operator Spire Global which specialises in tracking ships and aircraft.

Rocket Lab's first Electron test flight had to be aborted in May before the rocket reached orbit because of a ground communication glitch.

Neither company is putting too many eggs into a basket with the Electron test launch.

Planet Labs lost 26 of its satellites when an Antares launch vehicle also carrying supplies to the International Space Station exploded in 2014, but said that was not a catastrophe for it.

Spire says it has the capacity to manufacture two of its satellites in a week.

Bailey said Rocket Lab might have a clearer idea of the window for the Electron launch in a couple of weeks.

"It will be before the end of the year, but we are still working through the exact timing."

Bailey said the use to which Planet Labs' satellites were put was not its domain. "They are just earth-imaging satellites and as a payload they are approved by the New Zealand government."

CASBAA announces new Board of Directors

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/11/13/casbaa-announces-new-board-of-directors/

CASBAA, Asia’s largest non-profit media association serving the multi-channel audio-visual content creation and distribution industry, has announced the election of several new Directors to its Board, and the return of a number of long-serving Directors.

Following its AGM on November 8th, first-time Directors elected were James Ross (Lightning International), Belinda Lui (Time Warner), and Desmond Chan (TVB). Also re-elected to the Board were previous Directors Joe Welch (21st Century Fox), Andrew Jordan (AsiaSat), Ricky Ow (Turner Asia Pacific), and Amit Malhotra (The Walt Disney Company).

They join existing Directors Todd Miller (Celestial Tiger Entertainment), Andrew Stott (CMS Asia), Marcel Fenez (Fenez Media), Rohit D’Silva (FOX Networks Group Asia), and Alexandre Muller (TV5MONDE) to form the 2017-18 CASBAA Board of Directors.

“CASBAA is fortunate to have such an excellent group of subscription TV industry executives willing to serve on the Association’s Board”, said Board Chairman Joe Welch. “We are deeply appreciative of the long and committed service of our out-going Directors, and thank them tremendously. At the same time, we offer a heartfelt welcome to our new Directors, and look forward to working together with them to lead the Association for the benefit of CASBAA’s members and the industry as a whole”.

Japan to try again with world’s smallest satellite-carrying rocket

From https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/11/13/national/science-health/japan-try-worlds-smallest-satellite-carrying-rocket/#.WgqBnGesWUk

The space agency will try once again in December to launch the world’s smallest rocket capable of placing a satellite in orbit after the initial attempt failed in January.

The rocket, measuring 10 meters long and 50 cm in diameter, will carry a “micro-mini” satellite weighing about 3 kg developed by the University of Tokyo to collect imagery of the Earth’s surface.

The launch scheduled for Dec. 25 will feature the fifth rocket in the SS-520 series.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is hoping small rockets made with commercially available components at low cost will help fuel the growing global demand for micro-mini satellites.

JAXA used components found in home electronics and smartphones for the rocket, which is about the size of a utility pole.

The three-stage rocket is scheduled to lift off from the Uchinoura Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture between 10 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.

JAXA launched the No. 4 vehicle on Jan. 15 but was forced to have it plunge into the sea shortly after liftoff due to a communications problem. The agency determined that vibrations during the liftoff caused a short circuit, leading to loss of power at its data transmitter.

The agency said it has reinforced protection for electric cables used in the No. 5 vehicle to prevent a short circuit. It has also introduced steps to reduce vibrations during the upcoming liftoff.

Spain: 7 football piracy arrests

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/11/13/spain-7-football-piracy-arrests/

Seven people have been arrested across Spain for the illegal broadcasting of football matches, offering the pirated content in different formats: direct download, streaming and P2P distribution.

The arrests were carried out in an operation undertaken by Spain’s Policía Nacional (National Police) in Madrid, Alicante, Albacete, Antequera (Málaga) and in the Valencian cities of Gandía and Xátiva.

The investigation began in 2016 as a result of a complaint signed by the legal representative of the Liga Nacional de Fútbol Profesional (National League of Professional Football) against different websites, for providing indiscriminately in exchange for an economic consideration public access to football matches over which La Liga holds, exclusively, exploitation rights. Broadcasting of such matches is made under a payment service and on a conditional access basis, restricted to be viewed only by the subscribers who have paid to see them.

The first investigations led to the discovery of a total of 13 web pages used to commit the acts of piracy. The portals offered ordered lists of links or links that allowed viewing of the matches.

Access to the matches was widely available to the majority of Internet users, ordered by time and by championships. They also obtained economic benefits by the insertion of advertising in those pages.

The websites were hosted on servers located in France, Spain, the United States and Canada, to try to make it difficult to locate them. They used companies that offer intermediation and server anonymisation services, thus facilitating their impunity. The content was offered in direct download, streaming or in P2P distribution pages, which allowed a greater diffusion.

Similarly, the name of a well-known website, closed in October 2016 as a result of an earlier operation carried out by the National Police, was used in these pages as a claim to attract more users from all over the world and thus increase its economic benefit.

In order to collect the effects and evidence of the crime, agents carried out eight house searches in the cities of Madrid, Alicante, Albacete, in the Valencian municipalities of Xátiva, Villalonga and Gandía and in the town of Campillos (Málaga).

These actions progressed when those responsible were working on the web pages under investigation, which allowed investigators to verify, in situ, the commission of the crime and collect multiple physical, digital and documentary evidence of the illicit gains obtained as a result.

Thanks to the operation, seven people were arrested, with access to seven infringing web domains and three bank accounts, where the proceeds of the criminal activity were deposited, being blocked. It is estimated that they could have obtained an economic benefit of approximately €1.4 million, both for the inclusion of advertising in the investigated portals and for television distribution with payment by subscription.

The investigation continues with the analysis of the multitude of effects obtained, with further arrests and site-blocking requests not ruled out.

Pakistan TV mulls DTH launch plans

From https://www.rapidtvnews.com/2017111349650/pakistan-tv-mulls-dth-launch-plans.html#axzz4yNjmypVX

State broadcaster Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV) has been told by the Government to prepare for the launch of direct-to-home (DTH) television services.

Marriyum Aurangzeb Pakistan minister 13 Nov 2017Minister of State for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage, Marriyum Aurangzeb (pictured), has directed the PTV to initiate work immediately to provide “state of the art, affordable, uninterrupted and quality services”.

Plans to launch a DTH service in Pakistan are part of the policy of the present PML-N Government to change the digital landscape of the country which also includes the introduction of 4G and 5G mobile technology, she added.

Detailed proposals for the introduction of DTH services are expected from PTV within seven days. Aurangzeb also called for the best available technology for the provision of high quality services on a par with international platforms, with the “utmost consideration” given to ensuring transparency in the entire process.

In early 2017, three licences to private operators to launch DTH TV services in Pakistan were declared null and void after legal concerns over PEMRA’s eligibility guidelines.


AFN Changes for the Asia Pacific Region

This guide contains the Cisco 9865 decoder settings changes for the November 14, 2017 transition to the latest digital transmission technology on the Pacific Direct-to-Sailor (DTS) service. If you receive the three-channel DTS programming service and live within the area identified in the map below, you will need to update your decoder settings in order to get the improved AFN signal. Refer to page two and three for the decoder settings for AFN customers in the area below.
Date: November 14, 2017
Time: 0000-0200, 14 Nov, Japan Standard Time (commonly referred to as Japan/Korea Time or JKT)
1500-1700, 13 Nov, GMT
0700-0900, 13 Nov, Pacific Time Zone

Guides for the region are as below


settings for their decoders


Optus D2 12706 V Sr 22500 "Almagd tv" is new fta, sid 14 Vpid 1660 (mpg2) Apid 1620 (replaced G-Sat)

Webstream Raw stream url

Sunday Feeds

ABS6 159E 3896 V Sr 6666 Fec 3/4 Provider ESPN 5
"FULL FEED 1" shot of an airport awaiting arrival
"FULL FEED 2" asean summit card

Asiasat 5 3914 V Sr 7500 "RLWC" Ireland vs Wales, note was FTA then $ when game started

D2 12634 V Sr 7500 "TBS SNG" Ashes Cricket
D2 12652 V Sr 7500 "TBS SNG" Horse racing
D2 12661 V Sr 7500 "009TBS - WARREN RACES" Horse racing
D2 12670 V Sr 7500 "TBS 7" Harness racing.

Intelsat 19 12450 H Sr 7500 "STS9" Hockey

Saturday Feeds

Intelsat 19 12431 H Sr 7500 "RLWC MAIN STS-8" Samoa vs Scotland

Intelsat 19 12450 H Sr 7500 "STS 9" Hockey

D2 12675 V Sr 15000 "TBS SNG" Fec 5/6 DVB-S2 8PSK From a Basketball court
D2 12634 V Sr 7500 "TBS SNG" Ashes Women's Cricket

Asiasat 5 3934 H Sr 7200 "SPRINTER 4 ENC 1" PGA Nedbank Golf

Asiasat 5 3867 H Sr 7500 "AusXOpen Day 1"

Asiasat 5 4147 H Sr 7200 "Nameless" VTV Vietnam Apec

Asiasat 5 3916 H Sr 7500 "Adhoc Enc 16" Channel 7 Horse racing

Asiasat 5 3725 H Sr 22500
"Feed-1" basketball USA PAC 12
"Feed-2" a countdown

Asiasat 5 3876 H Sr 7500 "Tour of Hainan" Bluebay LPGA Golf

Asiasat 5 3894 H Sr 7200 "Enc 13" Figure skating
Asiasat 5 3914 V Sr 7200 "Enc-5" Chinese coverage PAC12 Basketball

Asiasat 5 4071 H Sr 15000 "ww golf 2" Women's Golf

From my Email

From Daeng Effendi (Sydney)

Laosat @ 128.5E reception report
14.2 FT, Perfect Ten Satellite Dish

3503 V sr 30000 signal 71 % CN 10 db, BER 0.0
3568 H sr 5000 signal 61, SQ 9.5 db and BER 0.0

From Syaugi Assegaf (Melbourne)

Laosat @ 128.5E reception report

3.7M Dish
3503 V sr 30000 Fec 2/3 DVB S2 8PSK on receiver signal Level %92 Quality %66\

From the Dish

Optus D1 160.0E 12532 H "SBS Viceland Victoria, SBS Food Network Victoria, SBS Victoria, SBS Viceland WA, SBS Food Network WA, SBS WA, SBS Viceland Tasmania, SBS Food Network Tasmania, SBS Tasmania, SBS Viceland NSW, SBS Food Network NSW, SBS NSW, SBS Viceland Queensland, SBS Food Network Queensland, SBS Queensland, SBS Viceland SA, SBS Food Network SA and SBS SA" have started on , Fta, multistream.

Express AM5 140.0E 10981 V "TV AIST" is Fta

LaoSat 1 128.5E 3569 H "CCTV 5 has replaced Warner TV Asia" on , Fta.
LaoSat 1 128.5E 3503 V VTV 1, Dubai Sports 3, CGTN Documentary, Channel NewsAsia, CCTV 4 Asia, CCTV Entertainment, Saudi TV, KBS World, Fuel TV, Zhejiang Satellite TV International, TV Lao, China Movie, Sun TV, Aljazeera English, Ahlebait TV Networks, NHK World TV, CBeebies Asia, BBC Earth Asia, AXN East Asia, CGTN and B4U Music India have started on , Fta.

Telkom 3S 118.0E 3529 H "DMC TV" has started on, Fta.

Palapa D 113.0E 4014 H "Puldapii TV" has left

ChinaSat 10 110.5E 3560 V "Asian Food Channel" is encrypted again.

SES 7 108.2E 11539 H Universal Channel Philippines has started on , encrypted.

SES 9 108.2E 11028 V "Na Channel and TVOne" have started on , Fta.
SES 9 108.2E 12531 V "Sky Direct Pay-Per-View Channel" has started on , Verimatrix. Star Cinema has left.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3745 V "15 News" has started on , Fta. Joy TV has left.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3760 H "48 News" has started on , Fta.

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3960 H "Luxe TV" is now encrypted.

ChinaSat 11 98.0E 12500 V "Melayu Bagus" Channel has left .
ChinaSat 11 98.0E 12560 V "Fox Sports 3 Asia" has left again.
ChinaSat 11 98.0E 12560 V "Fox Life Asia, Star Chinese Movies South East Asia and National Geographic Asia" have left again.
ChinaSat 11 98.0E 12560 V "Fashion TV Asia" has started on, Fta

Measat 3 91.5E 12316 H A Sun Direct mux has started , Irdeto.

ST 2 88.0E 3590 H "SET Taiwan, SET Metro, SET News, SET Finance, MTV Taiwan and SET International" are encrypted again.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3520 H "Nhang Channel" has started on, BISS.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3545 V "Thai CCTV" has left .
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3585 V "Asian Mix Channel, Cartoon Kids, CNS, Discovery Food Travel Channel, Dragon Channel, Fong Channel, Horror Channel, INM, Non Stop Channel, Oscars Channel, Parata Channel, Film Max, Seoul Channel, TVBL, WSM TV, X2 Channel, MV TV Family and Major Channel Asian have started on , Fta. E-San Banhouw and Wish Channel" have left.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3955 V "TV 3 HD 33" has started on, Fta.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 4113 H "Eryal TV, ESTV, Goobjoog TV, SBS TV and Telefishinka Caalamiga" have started on , Fta.

Apstar 7 76.5E Maasranga TV has moved from 3812 H to 4070 H, Fta.

Apstar 7 76.5E 12719 V "BBC World News Asia Pacific and Jiangsu Satellite TV" have left .

ABS 2 75.0E 3505 V "Nick Jr Asia, Trace Sport Stars and Trace Urban Southeast Asia" have left .
ABS 2 75.0E 3632 H "Sun TV" has started on, Tongfang.
ABS 2 75.0E 3658 H "YES" has started on , Tongfang.
ABS 2 75.0E 3818 V "EATV 5" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 22 72.1E 3724 L "Sayare TV, GBS, Pwani TV, Kyeni TV, Baite TV and KTN News" have left .

Intelsat 20 68.5E 4116 V "Prarthana Bhawan TV" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12522 V "Harvest TV" has started on, Fta. Miracle Channel has left again.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12522 V "Kingdom Life Network" has left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12682 V "Rhema TV, Kingdom Life Network and Signs and Wonders TV" have started on , Fta.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12682 H "Fire TV" has left again.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12722 V "MSG TV" has left .

Intelsat 17 66.0E 3876 H "Express TV" has left .
Intelsat 17 66.0E 3932 H "India Watch, Tora TV and OK Music TV" have left .
Intelsat 17 66.0E 3966 H "Polimer Kannada" has left .

From asiatvro site

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星C频段,AP1 HD、TV Today(MPEG-4)等全组频道消失,设置3659 V 9170参数无效接收。 [11月13日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,AXN HD替换prome(VTC)频道,设置10968 H 28800参数有条件接收。 [11月13日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Bt Ban Terng Th替换Maya(泰国)频道,设置3520 H 28125参数免费接收。 [11月13日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,AXN HD、History HD(Sky Direct)等全组频道解密,设置12571 V 30000参数免费接收。 [11月13日]
东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,Nick替换TV 9(Skynindo)频道,设置3560 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [11月13日]
东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,Liga Santander 1(4:2:2)高清等3个频道解密,设置4076 V 22500参数免费接收。 [11月13日]
东经118度轨道位置的电信3S号卫星C频段,TVRI Kalteng(印尼)频道新增,设置4196 V 3000参数免费接收。 [11月13日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Peace TV(高清)等全组频道消失,设置3712 V 9000参数无效接收。 [11月12日]
东经172度轨道位置的欧星172A号卫星C频段,Sky News、PLTV(BISS)等全组频道加密,设置4160 V 5000参数有条件接收。 [11月12日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星C频段,CCTV-4替换CCTV-5(MPEG-4)频道,设置3569 H 5000参数免费接收。 [11月12日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Life Inspired、My Kids(印尼)频道消失,设置3880 H 30000参数无效接收。 [11月12日]

东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,BTV、TV Filmy(马来亚)等5个频道新增,设置3795 V 9790参数免费接收。 [11月11日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,重庆卫视、CCTV-14替换频CCTV-3(台亚卫星)等道,设置12731 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [11月11日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,天津卫视、CCTV-7替换CCTV-6(台亚卫星)等频道,设置11101 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [11月11日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,星空卫视、MTV替换CCTV-6(艺华卫视)等频道,设置12354 V 43000参数有条件接收。 [11月11日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,重庆卫视、天津卫视替换CCTV-5(数码天空)等频道,设置12416 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [11月11日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Big Magic HD(高清)频道改格式,设置3891 V 11838参数免费接收。 [11月11日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Fox Movies Premium HD(高清)等5个频道消失,设置3980 V 29720参数无效接收。 [11月11日]
东经115.5度轨道位置的中星6B号卫星C频段,城市建设(中数传媒)频道消失,设置4020 V 27500参数无效接收。 [11月11日]
东经134度轨道位置的亚太6号卫星C频段,TV-3(柬埔寨)等全组频道改频率,设置3918 V 1200参数免费接收。 [11月11日]

东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Disney Junior(东南亚)测试频道解密,设置3880 H 30000参数免费接收。 [11月10日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2A号卫星Ku频段,Action Hollywood Movies(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置12588 V 45000参数免费接收。 [11月10日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-娱乐替换CCTV-3、5、6、8(华人卫视)等频道,设置12719 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [11月10日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,纬来体育、Nick Jr(台湾)等全组频道消失,设置12281 H 45000参数无效接收。 [11月10日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-3、CCTV-5替换辽宁卫视(华人卫视)等频道,设置12719 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [11月10日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Peaee TV、For rent(印尼)频道消失,设置4014 H 7200参数无效接收。 [11月10日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,Thu Nghiem 4、Thu Nghiem 5(越南)频道解密,设置11135 H 9600参数免费接收。 [11月10日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,Thu Nghiem 2(越南)频道解密,设置11472 H 23200参数免费接收。 [11月10日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,NT 3替换Naaptol Malayalam(印度)频道,设置4184 V 21600参数免费接收。 [11月10日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Asian Mix Channel替换MV2(泰国)频道,设置3585 V 30000参数免费接收。 [11月10日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Top Blockbuster(印度)频道消失,设置3725 H 26665参数无效接收。 [11月10日]

东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Test(蒙古)频道消失,设置12272 H 33333参数无效接收。 [11月9日]


News Corp Q1 2017/18 results: Aust news digital subs grow, Foxtel revenue & subs dip

From http://www.mediaweek.com.au/news-corp-q1-2017-18-results/

The highlights were revenues of $2.06 billion, a 5% increase on last year

News Corp reported its first quarter results for 2017/2018 at the end of last week.

The highlights were revenues of $2.06 billion, a 5% increase compared to $1.97 billion in the prior year. [All amounts US$]

Net income was $87 million compared to nil in the prior year.

Total segment EBITDA was $249 million compared to $130 million in the prior year.

Reported revenue and segment EBITDA growth in every segment.

Commenting on the results, chief executive Robert Thomson said:

“In the first quarter, revenues and Segment EBITDA increased across every segment of our business, in particular, in digital real estate services, which have become core to our character and are on track for significant growth in coming quarters.

“We have reason for optimism about the future of our premium media businesses in light of the profound changes agreed by Google in the ranking of news content. These changes follow almost a decade of campaigning by News Corp, which led the world in understanding the threat to and the opportunities for quality journalism in the digital age. We are continuing our discussions with both Google and Facebook about further facilitating subscriptions and the sharing of permissioned personal data.”

Closing digital subscribers at News Corp Australia’s mastheads as of September 30, 2017 were 375,400 (including ARM), compared to 283,100 in the prior year.

Foxtel revenues decreased 2% due to lower subscription revenues, partially offset by higher pay-per-view revenue. Foxtel’s total closing subscribers were more than 2.8 million as of September 30, 2017, which was lower than the prior year, primarily due to the shutdown of Presto and the winding down of Telstra’s T-box. Total subscribers improved compared to the prior quarter due to the launch of Foxtel Now.

Australia launches regional SBAS positioning trial

From https://www.spatialsource.com.au/uncategorized/australia-launches-regional-sbas-positioning-trial

The Federal Government has announced a two-year trial of a new Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS) for the Australasian region on Thursday, supported by an investment of $12 million in federal funds, and a further $2 million from the New Zealand government.

The trial will be the first in the world to test the Precise Point Positioning (PPP) technique’s integration in an SBAS service, and will be managed by the Australia and New Zealand CRC for Spatial Information (CRCSI), in partnership with satellite communications company Inmarsat, technology firm GMV and security giant Lockheed Martin. Land Information New Zealand (LINZ), the government department responsible for mapping landscapes and charting New Zealand waters, will oversee the New Zealand’s involvement in the project.

Businesses and organisations from ten industry sectors including agriculture, aviation, construction, consumer, maritime, rail, road, resources, spatial and utilities will also participate, with over 30 specific projects anticipated. The trial is intended to test the performance of the technology directly across industries; current industry-specific requirements and how they interact with the technology, and future industry-specific innovations that may leverage the technology. The outcome of the trial will in part determine if Australia and New Zealand should develop an operational SBAS.

SBAS is a form of GNSS augmentation — techniques to extend and improve the accuracy, reliability or availability of GNSS systems. SBAS systems use additional satellite-broadcast messages, typically utilising ground stations at surveyed points to record measurements from GNSS satellites, their signals and environmental factors that could impact them. Messages containing these data are created from these measurements that are sent to the SBAS satellites, and then broadcast to end users to improve GNSS capabilities.

Matt Canavan, Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, formally launched the trial last Thursday at CQUniversity Australia, one of the first industry participants to sign on.

“We know that working closely with industries like agriculture is the key to understanding what Australia can gain from investing in technologies that may improve positioning accuracy from the current five to 10 metres down to less than 10 centimetres,” he said.

“For example, one of the projects will be examining the potential of ‘fenceless farming’ for strip grazing, while another will be looking at how crop health can be improved through more precise irrigation, fertiliser use and pest control.”

This trial will utilise the national GNSS system operated by Geoscience Australia, taking data from the AuScope GNSS array and providing it to a computation unit running GMV software, also based at Geoscience Australia. Corrections will be sent to the Lockheed Martin facility at Uralla, NSW, and then uploaded to the Inmarsat 4F1 satellite. The 4F1 satellite, orbiting at 143.5 degrees longitude, will broadcast the corrections over the Australasian region.

The three SBAS technologies to be tested are:

Single frequency service SBAS

Single frequency is equivalent to WAAS (USA SBAS) and EGNOS (Europe SBAS). This technology will improve positioning of stand-alone GPS from 5 metre accuracy to better than 1 metre accuracy.

Dual frequency/Multiple Constellation SBAS

Dual frequency is sometimes referred to as the ‘next generation’ SBAS, and will exploit the recent development of a civil frequency, known as L5 for GPS and E5a for Galileo. This capability will demonstrate significant performance improvements over single frequency SBAS, particularly in regions with dynamic ionosphere.

Precise Point Positioning (PPP)

PPP provides highly accurately position solutions, with accuracy better than 10 centimetres.

Australian GPS users should be able to track the SBAS signals from their devices and see improved positioning accuracy, however the SBAS test-bed will not be certified for safety-of-life use.

Michelle Landry, Member for Capricornia, warned the Rockhampton public that a component of the CQUniversity Australia ‘virtual fencing’ project may appear a little odd.

“You may start seeing cattle and sheep with special collars in Rockhampton and Longreach. The CQUniversity-led project is testing the construction of ‘virtual fencing’ for strip grazing, and looking at how the precise tracking of livestock can be used for early disease detection and more efficient breeding programs,” she said.

“It all sounds a bit technical but what we’re really talking about is potentially increasing production and lowering costs for farmers.”

Driverless cars and autonomous transport are another industry that has been identified to be participating in the trial, and is one of the sectors that GMV operates in.

Joint international operation against online piracy

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/11/13/joint-international-operation-against-online-piracy/

An international joint operation against online piracy criminal groups supported by Eurojust – the EU’s Judicial Cooperation Unit which supports judicial coordination and cooperation between national authorities – has resulted in two arrests, one of which was based on a European Arrest Warrant, 73 searches and the seizure of several websites, servers, computers and electronic evidence.

The joint operations were co-led by units specialised in cybercrime at the offices of the prosecutors general of Frankfurt am Main and of Dresden, as well as the State Criminal Police of Hesse and Saxony, with the assistance of the German Federal Criminal Police. The operations were carried out in close cooperation with the judicial and law enforcement authorities of France, the Netherlands, Spain, Canada, San Marino and Switzerland.

The international joint operation is the result of the investigations conducted in Germany against criminal networks suspected of managing the Internet-based download portals www.usenetrevolution.info, www.town.ag and www.usenet-town.com, which illegally offered licensed or copyrighted materials (such as films, TV shows, software, computer games, music, e-books and e-papers), without paying the required fees to licence or copyright owners.

In total, the download portals provided illegal access to approximately 2 million links to licensed or copyrighted materials. The owners of the platforms managed to make an illicit profit of several million Euros, and this copyright infringement created damages of approximately €7.5 million.

Through a coordination centre established at its premises in The Hague, Eurojust supported the international joint operations and ensured the transmission and execution of European Investigation Orders, rogatory letters and a European Arrest Warrant, as well as the swift exchange of operational information collected on the ground among all the judicial and law enforcement authorities involved.

Smart TVs and STBs fuel Android TV expansion

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/11/10/smart-tv-and-stbs-fuel-android-tv-expansion/

Google could gain increased clout in the pay-TV market as interest from operators in Android TV picks up and creates a resulting surge in shipments of Android TV STBS, accoridng to a report from S&P Global Market Intelligence.

Operators launched many Android TV STB trial deployments in 2016 and 2017 and many OEMs are beginning to offer devices with the operating system, or OS. Smart televisions and STBs are expected to be the two dominant product categories for Android TV through the end of the forecast period. Worldwide shipments of all Android TV devices, including STBs and smart televisions, are projected to increase from 7.6 million in 2016 to 40.1 million in 2021.

Android TV was not the first OS for the living room released by Google. Google originally launched Google TV in 2010 to widespread criticism, often being labeled as too complex and better suited to a personal computer-type of environment. By 2013, though there were still a few products shipping, it was clear that OEMs had given up on the OS. Kagan, a media research group within S&P Global Market Intelligence, estimates that Google TV-based device shipments totaled only 600,000 units during the three years it was available.

In order to further its aim of conquering the living room, Google made another attempt in mid-2013 with the Chromecast. Chromecast has proved immensely more popular than the original Google TV platform, selling 17 million units in its first two years. Chromecast runs on a simplified version of Chrome OS, but relies on an external Android device for processing and content, serving merely as a conduit to the television for those devices.

Android TV was released in June 2014 as a replacement for the by-then defunct Google TV platform. Google TV had failed to take off and Android TV was Google’s (now Alphabet) second crack at an OS for the living room. Unlike Google TV, Android TV is based on the Android mobile OS, making it much easier for developers to port apps from the mobile version of Android to Android TV.

Consumer electronics, or CE, vendors choosing to use Android for their products gain the advantage of an ecosystem that is supported by a huge number of developers without the development costs. Additionally, the operating system is upgraded at a regular cadence, and security updates come as needed. Tradeoffs abound of course. Losing control of the OS means that any potential revenue generated by the OS, notably revenue from advertising, viewership data and app stores, is lost as well.

Android TV recently added new features as part of the 6.0 update released earlier this year. As part of the upgrade, support for Google’s home automation platform, Google Assistant, was added, allowing the platform to include the television as part of its toolset. Using Google Assistant, one can change what is playing on the television, power it on and off, view security cameras, and potentially more as new devices and abilities are added to the Google Assistant ecosystem.

Android TV can be found almost primarily in devices that can connect to a television as well as televisions themselves. This currently includes set top boxes, streaming media players, and micro game consoles. Tablets have also been seen with Android TV, though those are being phased out.

Set Top Boxes

Android TV has been succeeding most recently in the STB market due to the increased flexibility that operators are finding in its operator tier. Unlike regular Android TV released to other devices, the operator tier allows pay-TV providers to customise the look and feel of the OS to a minor degree. Operators still have to deal with the pros and cons of an open ecosystem like Android TV, but are now able to put their content front and centre.

The advantages to using Android TV are numerous, says S&P Global. It gives operators the flexibility to offer popular OTT apps like Netflix and Hulu, as well as the other apps that are found in the Google Play store. Other popular types found on Android TV include gaming, social media and weather apps. Importantly, Android TV also allows for integration with the most popular mobile OS in the world. Smartphones and tablets with Android can stream video and photos to as well as control an Android TV device.

Disadvantages to using Android TV are still present, and more significant in the STB market than other CE device types. Using Android TV could cannibalise revenue for VoD services, even if there is a profit sharing agreement with Google. It can also be an invitation for users to trial other operators’ OTT services found in the Google Play store. And finally, the integration with Google Assistant could cannibalise revenue from home automation/security services already offered by the operator in favor of cheaper services offered by Google’s own Nest division.

Some notable movement in the STB market was seen this year. Both DISH and DirecTV, major satellite providers in the US announced Android TV boxes in 2017, Bouygues Telecom announced a new 4K Android TV box to be released in 2018 to supplement the one it released in 2015 and NTT DoCoMo announced an Android TV-powered box for its IPTV service to be released in 2018. Initially, most Android TV deployments were by smaller IPTV (and some cable) companies in Europe and parts of Asia. This seems to be changing though, as operators in North America begin to look at Android TV as a legitimate competitor to Comcast’s RDK. Those companies may be anticipating a more competitive pay TV landscape in the near future, where operators are able to serve customers outside of their traditional footprint via multichannel video programming distributor, or MVPD, services. In that scenario, being entirely dependent on an organisation controlled by a direct competitor would not be the best situation for those operators.

Accordingly S&P’s forecast shows tremendous growth for the Android TV-powered STB market. Unit shipments are expected to grow from 1.2 million in 2016 to nearly 12 million in 2021. However, revenue will lag as the ASPs for these devices are below $100. Revenue in this segment should grow from $97 million in 2016 to $730 million in 2021.

Smart Televisions

Smart televisions are expected to be the primary driver of the Android TV market. More manufacturers are beginning to look at and release Android TV-powered smart televisions. Skyworth (Toshiba), TCL and Bang & Olufsen have released Android TV models in 2017 and S&P Global expects smaller manufacturers to also pick up support in the near future. The two biggest players in the smart television market, LG and Samsung, will continue to rely on their own operating systems and most likely would not consider using Android TV in a smart television. These two and others, like Vizio, are eschewing Android TV because they wish to control the OS in order to collect viewership information, generate ad sales and/or enable other revenue generating business ideas.

Android TV is expected to see competition from Roku and Amazon in this segment as both companies have a smart television OS. Both the Roku and Amazon platforms are trying to garner support from the same manufacturers as Android TV. Roku and Amazon’s platforms are expected to find a following, though S&P Global expects manufacturers supporting these platforms to also support Android TV. S&P Global expects Google’s combination of mobile and home ecosystems may prove to be more compelling in the long run. Tighter integration between these ecosystems will become a key selling point for the respective devices using them (smart televisions, smartphones, security cameras, etc.) resulting in increased sales.

Android TV smart televisions are expected to increase as the OS becomes popular in the consumer market. In 2016 S&P Global estimates that 4.2 per cent of smart televisions shipped with Android TV, with that number forecasted to grow to 13.3 per cent in 2021. Unit shipments are expected to increase from 5.5 million to 27 million during that same timeframe. The installed base should reach 80.3 million by 2021, rapidly increasing from 14.6 million in 2017 because of the long replacement cycles of televisions.

Other Product Segments

Android streaming media players (SMPs) failed to gain much traction in the market, as there has been a dearth of devices and those that do appear are often overpriced. Xiaomi, though, has released this year a new 4K Android TV SMP that is priced at $69 in the US. This device is proving to be a bit more popular than the previous devices released by Sony and Google and should help drive unit shipments upward in the near term.

Overall shipments of Android TV-powered SMPs are expected to more than double from 2016 to 2017 on the sales of Xiaomi’s device alone. In total, roughly 932,000 SMPs are expected to be shipped in 2017. Looking ahead though, SMPs should decline slightly through the forecast period, as the overall popularity of the devices begins to wane.

Micro game consoles, such as NVIDIA’s Shield TV console, are continuing to ship as well. S&P Global expects that this market may be upended by the proliferation of other Android TV devices, as they will also be able to play games with a connected controller. Shipments are expected to decline to 225,000 by 2021, down from roughly 525,000 in 2017.

At one point, Android TV was considered a viable option as a tablet OS for pay TV operators who wished to deploy tablets as viewing devices for content on their platforms. After a few trials by operators like AT&T and the recent decline in the overall tablet market, it appears that these devices no longer are viable. Other devices featuring Android TV may pop up on the market during the forecast period. The most likely device is a streaming media stick. Android TV devices run better on higher end quad-core processors, which are not currently able to run (reliably) in the constrained environment the stick form factor requires. S&P Global expects this may no longer be an issue at some point toward the latter half of the forecast and thus S&P Global may see one or two streaming media sticks with Android TV at that point.

ESPN Plus standalone service will start streaming in spring 2018

From https://www.engadget.com/2017/11/10/espn-plus-streaming-spring-2018/

There's no pricing yet and it's not clear if it'll be available to cord-cutters.

After purchasing streaming company BamTech for $1.58 billion, Disney said it would offer content via its own on-demand service, rather than going through Netflix. That's not just going to be Star Wars, Marvel and other movie content, but sports from ESPN, too. During its earnings call yesterday, Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed that ESPN's streaming service would be called ESPN Plus (ESPN+) and launch in the spring of 2018.

"The product will be accessible through a new and fully redesigned ESPN app, which will allow users to access sports scores and highlights, stream our channels on an authenticated basis and subscribe to ESPN+ for additional sports coverage, including thousands of live sporting events," Iger said. "This one app [will offer] sports fans far more than they can get on any other app, website or channel."

It's not clear whether the service will be offered by itself to cord-cutters or require a cable TV package. ESPN previously said that consumers would be able to purchase packages for individual sports, however. Iger didn't reveal any pricing, but suggested that since it would have less volume that streaming services like Netflix or Hulu Plus, "the pricing will reflect that."

Ironically, ESPN will lay off more than 100 staff after the US Thanksgiving, according to Sports Illustrated. That will reportedly include on-air talent, producers, executives and digital tech staff. In 2015, the company laid off around 300 employees, representing about five percent of its workers. Despite that, Iger said yesterday that ESPN never "lost confidence in ESPN," and plans to launch a new morning program on the regular cable channel.


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The Foxtel Now Box is very un-Foxtel... in a good way

From https://www.cnet.com/au/news/twitter-280-character-tweets-donald-trump/

Who'd have thought: a Foxtel box that lets you stream over the internet and watch competitor services, all without signing up for a two-year contract.

With a 10 centimetre footprint, the Foxtel Now Box is decidedly smaller than Foxtel's regular iQ set-top boxes.

Foxtel is looking decidedly un-Foxtelish these days. Pay TV without the cable. Playing nice with other streaming services. A Foxtel box that doesn't really look like a Foxtel box.

The company Wednesday announced the launch of the Foxtel Now Box -- a set-top puck created for Foxtel's pay-by-the-month streaming service, Foxtel Now, a puck which supports other streaming services and catch-up TV.

Launching Friday for AU$99, the creatively-named Foxtel Now Box lets you navigate through live Foxtel channels, on-demand shows and movies as well as curated carousels dedicated to things like New Releases or the Best of HBO. The puck also lets you access apps downloaded from Android TV -- including subscription video on demand (SVOD) apps and free-to-air catch-up TV apps -- as well as live TV.

The puck still works without a Foxtel Now subscription, but you'll want to be a subscriber to get the most out of it (you can subscribe month-by-month).

Here's the basic spec rundown:
•Supports up to 4K video (though Foxtel Now only streams up to Full HD)

•Runs Android TV (Android Nougat)

•Built-in free-to-air tuner

•4K Chromecast support

•Google Play app for downloading movies and TV shows
•8GB on-board flash storage

•Infrared/Bluetooth remote control

•802.11ac Wi-Fi

•HDMI 2.0, Ethernet and Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity

•Voice support in remote (though no voice capability at search)

The big drawback? You can get the Stan app from launch, but there are no Netflix or Amazon Prime Video apps. According to Foxtel CEO Peter Tonagh, Foxtel is in talks with Netflix but it's up to individual services to make their apps available for the box on the Android TV store.

"The only barrier to us carrying Netflix, is Netflix," he said.

Another drawback? Unlike the recently launched Telstra TV 2, there's no universal search, meaning you have to dive into individual apps to find particular titles. Foxtel says its working on this feature.

The home screen of the Foxtel Now Box shows Foxtel content and competitor apps.


Still, the Foxtel Now Box marks a decided shift for Foxtel and one that puts it in direct competition with the likes of the Apple TV and Telstra's new Telstra TV 2 (Telstra owns 50 percent of Foxtel and the two have had a reasonably cosy relationship).

It's also a sign of just how much Foxtel has pivoted its strategy toward IPTV, or content delivered over the internet rather than cable. While the company might have been slow to shift away from its cable roots, there's no doubt it's seen the writing on the wall as Netflix has spread its tentacles across Australia.

Part of that shift came when Foxtel shuttered its Presto streaming service and went all in on Foxtel Now. The rebranded subscription video on-demand service lets users choose channel packs to build up a pay TV-like stable of channels and on-demand content.

Now, Foxtel seems to be creating the hardware to back up what many Australians are thinking: We don't mind paying, just give us easy access to content when we want it.

Let's just hope Netflix comes on board soon.

Australia: Foxtel unveils Now box

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/11/08/australia-foxtel-unveils-now-box/

Foxtel has unveiled its new Foxtel Now box. The plug-in-and-play box delivers seamless access to an line-up of programming, streamed instantly, live or on demand. Foxtel favourites available to stream on the Foxtel Now box, with a Foxtel Now subscription, include Love It or List It Australia, A Place to Call Home, Gogglebox Australia, plus international hits Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Outlander, Shameless and all the most popular titles from powerhouses HBO, Disney, the BBC and more.

The box features built-in Chromecast functionality allowing viewers to ‘cast’ movies, music and photos from Android or iOS mobile devices, PCs or Macs straight to their TV. The Foxtel Now box offers customers access to a world of content, games, music and apps from the Google Play store as well as the ability to stream at 4K quality with compatible apps.

Foxtel CEO Peter Tonagh said, “After the success of Foxtel Now, we’re delighted to lift the lid on our incredible new Foxtel Now box. The sneak peek we shared at the Foxtel Now launch a few months ago created a huge amount of buzz and we are excited to announce the box’s arrival so quickly. Foxtel Now has already proven to be a hit with customers, offering the most flexible and affordable way to experience the best choice in live sport, new movies, TV and complete seasons. With today’s launch, that experience gets even better.”

“For the first time, Australians can watch Foxtel on their TV with a Foxtel-designed set-top box that is completely powered by the Internet offering a no lock-in contract, affordable and flexible way to see Foxtel’s exclusive content both locally produced and from the world’s best entertainment brands. Self-installation is easy removing the need for a technician. Simply bring the box home and sign up to Foxtel Now to start watching,” Tonagh concluded.

Foxtel Now Box rocks, runs 4K Android 8.0, even plays Stan, curated Android apps

From https://www.itwire.com/entertainment/80711-video-launch-foxtel-now-box-rocks,-runs-4k-uhd-android-8-0-even-plays-stan,-curated-android-apps.html

Foxtel shocks with its new $99 Android-powered Box, designed to be "an affordable and easy-to-use device designed to stream the best choice of the world’s biggest new shows, live sport and complete seasons to consumers’ TVs".

Looking like a half-height Google Home speaker yet complete with remote control and built-in Chromecast, Foxtel describes its new IPTV and antenna-powered free-to-air TV not as featuring "a compact and sleek design and delivering seamless access to an incredible line-up of programming, streamed instantly, live or on demand".

There's apparently no universal search — yet — as per the new Telstra TV 2, and while voice commands are available, and there's even a microphone in the remote control, voice control is yet to be activated.

There's also no 4K programming from Foxtel as yet – the company says it is looking into it and isn't ready to announce anything yet, but with YouTube and other 4K sources, the Foxtel Now box is clearly preparing for the future when Foxtel offers 4K programming, too.

To use the Foxtel Now box, you naturally need a Foxtel Now subscription which is separate to your standard Foxtel IQ, IQ2 or IQ3 subscription.

However, if you have a Foxtel Now subscription for your smartphone or tablet, or you select a subscription, then depending on the packages you choose to pay for on a monthly basis, you can stream pretty much everything Foxtel offers, including Love It or List It Australia, A Place to Call Home, Gogglebox Australia, plus international hits Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Outlander, Shameless and all the most popular titles from powerhouses HBO, Disney, the BBC and more.

As Foxtel describes it, its new box is "a simple plug-and-play device that provides access to Foxtel Now in HD along with free-to-air channels via a built-in free-to-air tuner#. It also includes access to SVOD app Stan (separate Stan subscription required) as well as free-to-air streaming apps, ABC iview, PLUS7 and tenplay".

For those wondering, "HD is only available on the Foxtel Now Box, PC/Mac via Google Chrome browser, Telstra TV and Chromecast. Not all services/programmes available in HD. HD not available on mobile/tablet".

Here's the full video of today's Foxtel Now launch, including the Foxtel Now reveal, and some of the stats of Gogglebox on-stage to entertain us, and the handing out of some Foxtel Now boxes to the media, although all attendees at the event today received a Foxtel Now box to take home – the rest of the article including tech specs are listed below.

So, what else do we need to know?

Well, we're told the box features "built-in Chromecast functionality allowing viewers to ‘cast’ movies, music and photos from Android or iOS mobile devices, PCs or Macs straight to their TV".

There's also "access to a world of content, games, music and apps from the Google Play store as well as the ability to stream at 4K quality with compatible apps", which includes Foxtel competitor Stan, with even Foxtel in talks with Netflix for Netflix to be available on the Foxtel set top box as an app!

Foxtel chief executive Peter Tonagh set the tone, and said: “After the success of Foxtel Now, we’re delighted to lift the lid on our incredible new Foxtel Now box. The sneak peek we shared at the Foxtel Now launch a few months ago created a huge amount of buzz and we are excited to announce the box’s arrival so quickly. Foxtel Now has already proven to be a hit with customers, offering the most flexible and affordable way to experience the best choice in live sport, new movies, TV and complete seasons. With today’s launch, that experience gets even better.

“For the first time, Australians can watch Foxtel on their TV with a Foxtel designed set top box that is completely powered by the internet offering a no lock-in contract, affordable and flexible way to see Foxtel’s exclusive content both locally produced and from the world’s best entertainment brands. Self-installation is easy removing the need for a technician. Simply bring the box home and sign up to Foxtel Now to start watching.”

Available to purchase for $99 starting 10 November, the Foxtel Now box "can be ordered directly from Foxtel http://www.foxtelnow.com.au or via Foxtel’s eBay store, and will be available from other outlets in the near future".

As Foxtel Now reminds us, this is Foxtel’s "SVOD service, offering an affordable and flexible way to sign up and stream Foxtel, instantly, in HD, live and on demand. Foxtel Now features flexible bundles so customers can sign up to Foxtel’s incredible content with the ability to cancel at any time".

There are "five entry-level packs to match viewers’ interests including Drama and Pop packs priced at $15 per month each or $25 for both. Lifestyle, Docos and Kids packs are available at $10 per month each".

Foxtel Now’s Movies pack "is available for $20 per month in addition to an entry level pack and the Sports pack is available for an extra $29* per month, meaning Sports lovers can now get access to Foxtel’s incredible sports programming for a little as $39 per month and movies for as little as $30 per month".

New Foxtel Now subscribers can access a two-week free trial.

Foxtel Now box Technical Data Sheet
VIDEO: 4KP60 UHD 10-bit HEVC (SD or HD, up to 1920 x 1080; 4K P50/60 UHD up to 3840 x 2160)
OUTPUT: Video - HDMI Tx 2.0 with HDCP2.2; Audio - SPDIF
INTERFACES: DVB-T, USB 3.0, Bluetooth 4.1, 802.11 ac WiFi 2.4 Ghz / 5 Ghz
WEIGHT: 0.270 Kg
DIMENSIONS: 104 (bottom) x 83 (top) x 72 (height) mm Remote control
DIMENSIONS: 145 x 44 x 14mm
INTERFACES: 13 Keys - Power, Mute, D-pad (up/down/left/right/OK), Back, Home, play/pause, Search, Volume up, Volume down
ACCESSORIES: 2 x AAA batteries

System requirements
An Internet connection is required to access Foxtel Now, the Google Play Store and to set up and use the Foxtel Now box.
A Foxtel Now account is required to set up and access the box and a Foxtel Now subscription is required to watch Foxtel content. To create a Foxtel Now account, click here.
A Google account is required to download apps from the Google Play Store.
Free-to-air channel viewing requires a TV aerial to be connected to the Foxtel Now box.

Local network forges new partnership

From http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=422949

A LOCAL television network has forged its partnership with the largest Christian television network in the world, Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) in its effort to boost its program content.

Mai TV, one of the major free to air commercial television networks in Fiji, made the partnership known on Sunday, which will see an injection of programs that "reinforce wholesome, positive, family values that are particularly important and applicable".

Company chief executive officer Raijeli Vulaono said this was part of their continuous effort to distinguish Mai TV as a home for unique and compelling programs.

"These new programs build on the pathway that Mai TV has embarked on, providing our viewers enriching programs that all Fijians can enjoy as a family," she said.

The new changes to content are also understood to be part of Mai TV's new ownership with shares being acquired by local church, the New Methodist Christian Fellowship.

The new program line-up further builds on existing programs that Mai TV will continue to show, the company assured in a statement.

"Mai TV is gearing itself up for the Walesi digital platform roll-out in December and committed to providing alternative wholesome family and local sports content," Mrs Vulaono said.

"As Fiji continues its migration from analogue to digital (Walesi) which places Mai TV on a level playing field alongside the other two TV broadcasters, Mai TV envisions greater shows and programs that our viewers can look forward to."

Sling TV on Samsung Smart TVs

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/11/08/sling-tv-on-samsung-smart-tvs/

Sling TV has become the first live and on-demand over-the-top (OTT) service available on select Samsung Smart TVs. The launch of Sling TV on this new platform enables Sling TV to expand its position in device compatibility, currently supporting other platforms that include tablets, game consoles, computers, smartphones, streaming devices and other smart televisions.

“With football season in full swing, we know our customers want to catch every play on the biggest screen possible,” said Jimshade Chaudhari, vice president of product management, Sling TV. “Integrating Sling TV into select Samsung TVs creates a seamless experience for millions of Samsung customers, so they can watch their favourite team without the hassle of installing additional equipment, additional remotes or switching inputs.”

“Integrating Sling TV into our line of Smart TVs helps simplify live TV for our customers,” added Salek Brodsky, Vice President of Content and Services for Samsung Electronics. “As viewers continue to embrace streaming live TV via apps, Sling TV is an obvious win for those who want to truly personalise their entertainment experience for the best value.”

Sling TV is now available on Samsung’s 2016 line of Smart TVs, and will roll out to additional models in the future.

Current Sling TV subscribers can log in to their accounts on Internet-connected compatible Samsung Smart TVs. New customers may sign up for Sling TV directly within the app on Samsung Smart TVs.

Telesat receives “global rights” for LEO satellite system

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/11/08/telesat-receives-global-rights-for-leo-satellite-system/

Canadian satellite operator Telesat says it has received approvals from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to use about 4 GHz of Ka-band spectrum for its proposed Low Earth Orbiting satellite system.

Telesat, in a statement, said its new satellites will enable and accelerate the world’s digital transformation by providing high-performing, cost-effective, fibre-like broadband anywhere in the world for business, government and individual users.

Space Systems/Loral has delivered the first of a pair of ‘Phase 1’ test satellites to the Vostochny Cosmodrome in Eastern Russia where it will launch aboard a Soyuz-2 vehicle provided by Glavkosmos.

Telesat says that its initial 120 satellites will be in place by 2021. The operator says it is considering expanding its constellation beyond the initial deployment.

A rival proposal from OneWeb was approved in June.

CASBAA Convention 2017 - Day 1 Wrap-up

From http://www.menafn.com/1096055868/CASBAA-Convention-2017---Day-1-Wrap-up

(MENAFN Editorial) MACAU, Nov 7, 2017-(ACN Newswire)-The CASBAA Convention 2017 in Macau kicked off this morning with welcoming remarks from Joe Welch, CASBAA Board Chairman and SVP Public Affairs Asia, 21st Century Fox, during which he highlighted the association's escalating efforts to curb the on-going regional revenue leakage caused by piracy.

"Most importantly", said Welch, "CASBAA recently launched the Coalition Against Piracy, funded by 18 of the region's content players and distribution partners".

In the meantime, CASBAA CEO Christopher Slaughter, emphasised the yet to be fully-realised digital dividends for the Asia Pacific. Additional points made by speakers during the opening conference sessions to the 400 media executives, regulators and government officials, participating in the event, reinforced that CASBAA and its Members are meeting the opportunities presented by the Asian markets for new audiences, new technologies, new business models and new content.

According to CASBAA, TV production quality is soaring across Asia. Audiences are engaging with our Members' products as never before. New ways of video distribution such as Over-the-Top (OTT) broadband services are reaching millions of additional customers across a CASBAA footprint that reaches from India and Pakistan to Japan and Korea, from China and Mongolia to Australia and New Zealand.

Operator workshops and conference sessions such as "New Ecosystems: Myanmar & Cambodia" and "OTT in China" showcased the plus side, while digital negatives were highlighted during sessions such as "Under Attack" and "the ISD Battle", as well as clear-eyed examinations of the India market and new content offerings both domestic and international.

A few other "Quotable Quotes" heard during Day One of the CASBAA Convention 2017 in Macau.

Opening Keynote:
New Wine, New Bottles: Henry Tan, COO Astro: "We need to expand beyond our domestic market, it would be foolhardy to be satisfied, with 75% of Malaysian Households. The way the world is going, is mergers, acquisitions, and partnerships."

"Last year at the CASBAA Conventions I met with Group M's Irwin Gotlieb; he told me 'Bet on transactions'. Since we have 75% market share, how to do that? Home shopping, eCommerce. We have to see ourselves as a consumer care company, our biggest asset is our customer base."

On Piracy:
Kevin Plumb, Premier League: "In the past 18 months the illegal broadcasting of live Premier League matches in pubs in the UK has been decimated."

Matthew Hibbert, Sky UK: "Site-blocking has moved the goalposts significantly. In the UK you cannot watch pirated live Premier League content any more."

Kieron Sharp, Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT): "The most successful thing we've done to combat piracy has been to undertake criminal prosecutions against ISD piracy. Everyone is pleading guilty to these offences."

Ros Lynch, UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO)
"The UKIPO provides intelligence and evidence to industry and the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) in London who then take enforcement actions. We first heard about the issues with ISDs from TVB in Hong Kong and we then consulted the UK rights holders who responded that it wasn't a problem. Two years later the issue just exploded."

"While the UK works to update its legislation, we can't wait for the new legislation to take enforcement actions and we rely heavily on 'conspiracy to defraud' charges, and have successfully prosecuted a number of ISD retailers."

"The cat is out of the bag. I would encourage any government to reach out to the search engines, if they're interested in collaborating on similar measures."

Some Advice to Asian governments
"It's a matter of initiative, evidence, and political will. Always start with the evidence and to obtain strong evidence you must work with the rights holders making it easier to show the government that this is a problem, and convince them to contribute to taking meaningful enforcement actions."

On New Content New Platforms:
Hosi Simon, VICE Media: "The business isn't in some regional office where people send out emails, it's about local offices building local content."

"What VICEice trades in is being able to identify emerging trends - artists, music, movements - that young people care about. We trade on an understanding about cultural diversity and nuance, and we don't believe there is just one global lens, the excitement is about the local story."

On Security:
Mallory Delaporte-Bernues, TV5Monde: "Media companies, do not have the same security measures, as the financial industry which makes them low-hanging fruit for hackers... You know that black screen you never want to see in your office? When we turned our network back on, that's what happened... You shouldn't let your company do anything new until you've covered security."

Matt Polins, CMS: "It's not a question of if it will happen, but when it will happen. The key is how you respond to it when it happens... You shouldn't be afraid of adopting new technologies, but be aware of the risks involved and plan accordingly."

The Death Of Television?:
Sam Scott: The Promotion Fix @ The Drum: "As Ad Contrarian Bob Hoffman said, we need to counter the falsehood that TV is dying by pointing out that it's having babies."

"Marketers are not normal people. We love social media, but most people do not. 93% of marketers are on LinkedIn. Among everyone else, it's 14%. 81% of marketers use Twitter. Everyone else, 22%."

"The marketing industry has its own 'fake news' problem. Too many marketers - especially in digital marketing - accept what is said in our industry's echo chamber without thinking critically or asking for evidence."

"Don't let those who are biased towards digital mediums and tactics frame the debate."

On C-band and Satellite:
Huang Baozhong, APT Satellite: "With complementary OTT services, we add value instead of lowering prices."

"If other countries will follow [the US/FCC]: Japan, Europe, Australia, Korea and others... this will completely destroy the broadcasting industry in C-band."

Raymond Chow, ABS: "C-band is a precious resource, not only for broadcast, but also mission-critical for military applications."

Greg Armshaw, BrightCove: "Really start understanding your customer base is the essential to selling OTT.... Even though there are free offers, not everyone is signing up to it, so personalised offers, being flexible about bundling and looking at marketing partnerships are key..."

Rohit d'Silva, Fox Network Group: "Data science is now front and centre for a multitude of industries. In the media industry the sooner they understand that data science is a huge part their operations, then they won't get left behind."

Uday Sodh: Sony India: "There is a huge mindset change required, when you move from traditional broadcast business, to digital platforms. You have to deal with the huge explosion of data that you develop."

In addition to the CASBAA Convention 2017 business sessions, "Desperate for Love", produced by Yomiuri Telecast and broadcast by NIPPON TV of Japan, was announced as the winner of the CASBAA/ABU UNICEF Child Rights Award 2017 for the best children's television programming and coverage of children's issues produced in the Asia Pacific.

Day 2 of the Casbaa Convention 2017 in Macau, audience and speakers will reconvene at 9.00am at the Ball Room, Studio City. We look forward to seeing you.

CASBAA would like to thank CASBAA Convention 2017's Supporting Sponsor, TRT World, along with our other Sponsors: 21st Century Fox, ABS, Amagi, APT Satellite, ARRIS, AsiaSat, Australia Channel, Brightcove, Cisco, CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang, Deutsche Welle, The Walt Disney Company, FashionTV, FOX Networks Group, France 24, Friend MTS, Google, Intelsat, INVIDI Technologies, Irdeto, Leyard, Lightning International, MEASAT, MPP Global, NAGRA, SES, True Visions, Turner Asia Pacific, TV5MONDE, Viaccess-Orca, Vindicia and Viu.

We would also like to thank CASBAA Patrons: A+E Networks, Astro, BAM Asia Entertainment Network, BBC Worldwide, Celestial Tiger, Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific, HBO Asia, NBCUniversal International Networks, PwC, Scripps Networks Interactive Asia-Pacific, Star India, and Viacom International Media Networks.


Established in 1991, CASBAA is the association for digital multichannel TV, content, platforms, advertising and video delivery across a variety of geographic markets throughout the Asia-Pacific. CASBAA's members reach over 500 million connections within a regional footprint ranging from China to Australasia, Japan to Pakistan. For more information, visit .

Contact: CASBAA Tel: +852 2854 9913

RSCC, Chronosat expand cooperation on use of Express-AM7 satellite

From https://www.telecompaper.com/news/rscc-chronosat-expand-cooperation-on-use-of-express-am7-satellite--1219400

Russian state-owned satellite operator RSCC has signed a new cooperation agreement with the operator Chronosat GmbH. The contract stipulates increased use of RSCC's Express-AM7 satellite capacity by the European company.

RSCC and Chronosat started cooperating earlier this year, Chronosat began using the capacity of the Express-AM7 satellite to provide services in the countries of the Middle East. The new strategic agreement worth more than USD 14 million over the next five years has been reached on the use of the RSCC spacecraft capacity.

Morocco successfully launches the Mohammed VI-A, an Earth observation satellite

From http://www.firstpost.com/tech/news-analysis/morocco-successfully-launches-the-mohammed-vi-a-an-earth-observation-satellite-4200101.html

Morocco has successfully launched an earth observation satellite, the European consortium Arianespace announced on 8 November.

Vega lifts off for its 11th successful mission (VV11) from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana with the MOHAMMED VI–A satellite. Image Credits: P. Piron / ESA / CNES / Arianespace

Dubbed "Mohammed VI-A", the satellite was launched by Arianespace's Vega rocket from French Guyana Space Centre on 7 November at 10.42 p.m. local time in Kourou (1.42 a.m. GMT Wednesday), according to a statement by the consortium.

The Mohammed VI-A satellite is an Earth observation satellite built for the Kingdom of Morocco by Thales Alenia Space as system prime contractor and Airbus as co-prime. The three-axis stabilized satellite weighed approximately 1,110 kg at launch.

It will be used for mapping and land surveying activities, regional development, agricultural monitoring, the prevention and management of natural disasters, monitoring changes in the environment and desertification, as well as border and coastal surveillance, said Arianespace.

The consortium added that it was the 11th consecutive successful launch of a Vega rocket since 2012. Thales Alenia Space supplied the payload, including the optical instruments, the image transmission subsystem and the ground segment for image processing and production.

Airbus was in charge of its integration, as well as supplying the platform and the ground segment for mission planning and satellite control. The Mohammed VI-A is the 150th satellite built by Thales Alenia Space to be launched by Arianespace, which has 15 more satellites from this manufacturer in its order book.

The space imagery, operated from Morocco, will play a key role in the implementation of national strategies for socio-economic development, especially those relating to the agricultural sector which constitutes one of the main pillars of the Moroccan economy.

The satellite will also help in land management, through effective control of housing and buildings, as well as tighter monitoring of slum eradication, the statement said.It will also help Morocco better manage water resources and prospect underground water.

Sky News closure risk

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/11/08/sky-news-closure-risk/

Sky is warning UK competition regulators that it could shut down Sky News if 21st Century Fox’s proposed takeover of the broadcaster is not approved.

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is undertaking a six-month investigation into 21st Century Fox’s proposed takeover of Sky. Karen Bradley, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, referred the deal to the CMA on public interest grounds. The CMA is examining how the deal would impact media plurality and broadcasting standards in the UK.

In response to an Issues Statement published by the CMA on October 10th 2017, made in conjunction with Sky’s Initial Submission of October 4th 2017, Sky said: “The CMA should not simply assume the “continued provision of Sky News” and its current contribution to plurality, ‘absent the Transaction’. Sky would likely be prompted to review the position in the event that the continued provision of Sky News in its current form unduly impeded merger and/or other corporate opportunities available in relation to Sky’s broader business, such as the Transaction – in particular having regard to any views expressed by shareholders regarding the denial of such opportunities.”

Sky also suggested that the regulator place less weight on its evaluation of other 21st Century Fox properties that are not in the UK.


Tuesday feed report

Optus D2 12660 V Sr 7500 "TBS7" Melbourne Cup day
Optus D2 12679 V Sr 7500 "Telstra Broadcast services" Cup day coverage for Ch 7

From my Email

From Chris kenny (Vic, S.A)

Found 7 Indonesian channels, not sure what satellite at 116 degrees Ku band 12598 V 45000 2/3 8psk

The 11 channels load up with names as shown in photo (Dtv1 DTV2 etc, but only 6 have pictures - TV one, trans7, trans TV, tvri, metro TV, O TV. Crazy scan shows 8.5Db Snr, Tbs6983 - L85 Q68

Using 2.4M dish

From the Dish

LaoSat 1 128.5E 3503 V "VTV 1, CGTN Documentary, Channel NewsAsia, CCTV 4 Asia, CCTV Entertainment, Saudi TV, KBS World, Fuel TV, Zhejiang
Satellite TV International, TV Lao, China Movie, Aljazeera English, NHK World TV, CBeebies Asia, BBC Earth Asia, AXN East Asia, CGTN and B4U Music India" have started on , Fta.

Telkom 3S 118.0E 3533 H "TVRI Kaltim" has started on, Fta.

Palapa D 113.0E 3822 V "TV Edukasi" has left .
Palapa D 113.0E 3996 H S"pace Drama and I Am Channel" have left again.
Palapa D 113.0E 4007 V "I Am Channel" has left .
Palapa D 113.0E 4049 V "TV 9 Nusantara" has started on , Fta.

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3799 H TDM Macau Satélite has left .

ChinaSat 10 110.5E 3520 V "Arirang World" has left .
ChinaSat 10 110.5E 3560 V "Sony One Indonesia, Animax Asia and Nickelodeon Indonesia have started on, ABV. Asian Food Channel is now Fta. Sony Channel Asia and TV 9 Nusantara" have left.

ChinaSat 11 98.0E 12500 V "Arek TV" has started on , Fta. Nabawi TV has left.
ChinaSat 11 98.0E 12560 V SBS Shop, Fox Life Asia and National Geographic Asia have started on , Fta NHK World TV, RT English and Lejel Home Shopping have left.
ChinaSat 11 98.0E 12560 V Star Chinese Movies South East Asia and Fox Family Movies have started on , StarGuide.
ChinaSat 11 98.0E 12560 V "Fox Sports Asia" has started on , encrypted.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3725 H "Sadhna Bangla" has started on , Fta.
Insat 4A 83.0E 3805 H "INH" has started on , clear.
Insat 4A 83.0E 3833 H "Gyan Darshan 1/2" have started on , Fta.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3520 H "Maya 38" has started on , Fta.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 12467 V "Fox Asia" has started on , Conax.

Thaicom 8 78.5E 11640 H Toon Toon and Line Thai have started on , clear.
Thaicom 8 78.5E 11680 H HuaHin World has started on , BISS. Pattanee Channel has left.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3769 H "World Music" has left .

Apstar 7 76.5E 12719 V "Guangdong Satellite TV" has started on , Betacrypt. Global Business and TVS 2 Southern TV have left.

Intelsat 22 72.1E 3724 L "KTN News, NTV, Heritage TV, Kameme TV and Y254" have started on, Fta.

Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 11222 H "Evil Angel TV, Dusk TV Europe, SCT Asia, Cento X Cento TV, Sexto Senso, Passione TV and Pink' o TV" have left .

Intelsat 20 68.5E 4163 H "EZMall has replaced Zee 24 Hour Business" on, Fta.

NSS 12 57.0E 4095 R Dragon TV, Jiangsu TV, Hunan TV, Beijing TV, Zhejiang TV, China Movie and CCTV Entertainment have left .

From asiatvro site

东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,湖南国际、CCTV-3(老挝)等5个频道加密,设置10850 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [11月8日]

东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,中国电影、宁夏卫视(台亚卫星)等4个测试频道消失,设置11101 V 45000参数无效接收。 [11月7日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星C频段,AXN、中国电影替换江苏国际(老挝)等频道,设置3503 V 30000参数免费接收。 [11月7日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星C频段,CCTV-5(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置3569 H 5000参数无效接收。 [11月7日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-5、CCTV-3替换云南卫视(台亚卫星)等频道,设置12731 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [11月7日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-6、CCTV-8替换风云音乐(台亚卫星)等频道,设置11101 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [11月7日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,Myanmar Movies(泰国)频道新增,设置12728 V 30000参数免费接收。 [11月7日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星Ku频段,华丽台(Astro)频道加密,设置10812 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [11月7日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Asean替换Reserved(菲律宾)频道,设置12531 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [11月7日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Luxe TV(高清)频道加密,设置3960 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [11月7日]

东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,DDish Live(蒙古)频道消失,设置12629 H 43200参数无效接收。 [11月6日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星C频段,CCTV-5替换Warner TV(MPEG-4)频道,设置3569 H 5000参数免费接收。 [11月6日]
经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,15 News替换7XM(巴基斯坦)频道,设置3746 V 6520参数免费接收。 [11月6日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-6替换天津卫视(数码天空)频道,设置12416 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [11月6日]


China launches two BeiDou-3 navigation satellites on single carrier rocket

From http://www.gpsdaily.com/reports/China_launches_two_BeiDou_3_navigation_satellites_on_single_carrier_rocket_999.html

All the BeiDou satellites currently in space were sent up from Xichang Satellite Launch Center, said Lin Yunan, head of the human resources department of the center.

China launched two BeiDou-3 satellites into space via a single carrier rocket to support its global navigation and positioning network at 7:45 p.m. Sunday.

The satellites were aboard a Long March-3B carrier rocket which took off from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the southwestern province of Sichuan.

This is the first two BeiDou-3 satellites launched by China, as its self-developed BeiDou Navigation Satellite System officially began to expand into a global network.

Named after the Chinese term for the plough or the Big Dipper constellation, the BeiDou project was formally initiated in 1994. It began to serve China in 2000 and the Asia-Pacific region at the end of 2012.

China plans to building BeiDou into a global positioning and navigation system by around 2020, making it the third country in the world after the United States and Russia to operate its own navigation system.

Compared to earlier generation satellites, the BeiDou-3 is able to send signals that are better compatible with other satellite navigation systems and provide satellite-based augmentation, as well as search and rescue services in accordance with international standards.

"New technology has significantly improved the performance of the BeiDou-3, with the signal accuracy in space higher than half a meter while its positioning accuracy has reached 2.5 to five meters, said Yang Changfeng, chief designer of the BeiDou system.

China plans to launch 18 BeiDou-3 satellites around the end of 2018 to expand the BeiDou services to the countries along the Belt and Road routes.

By around 2020, when the system goes global, it will have more than 30 satellites.

"Launches featuring two or more satellites on a single carrier rocket will be conducted regularly," said Ye Chengmin, deputy chief designer of the Long March-3A carrier rocket.

All the BeiDou satellites currently in space were sent up from Xichang Satellite Launch Center, said Lin Yunan, head of the human resources department of the center.

The BeiDou-3 satellites and the carrier rocket were developed by China Academy of Space Technology and China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology, respectively

Intelsat, Coca-Cola African broadband partnership

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/11/07/intelsat-coca-cola-african-broadband-partnership/

Satellite giant Intelsat has linked with soft-drinks company Coca-Cola to promote satellite-delivered Wi-fi and broadband services across Africa.

Intelsat and Coca-Cola have an interest through OneWeb (both are investors in OneWeb) which is planning to girdle the Earth with a mega-constellation of low orbiting satellites. Services, via OneWeb, should be available by 2019.

The Intelsat/Coke link “will support both companies’ future business plans and also their mutual efforts to promote sustainable development, especially in underserved communities,” said a press statement.

The Coca-Cola Company says it is already working in developing communities around the world to foster sustainable development activity like supporting clean water and sanitation services as well as economic empowerment for women. Under the new partnership, Intelsat will work with The Coca-Cola Company to establish Wi-Fi access at certain retail facilities in rural areas, enabling personal and commercial connectivity for citizens.

“Satellite connectivity is the easiest way to deliver Internet services to the most people in the shortest possible time frame in infrastructure-poor rural and remote areas,” said Jean-Philippe Gillet, Intelsat’s VP/GM of Broadband. “Our fleet innovations, including our Intelsat Epic high-performance satellites, make access to broadband satellite services easier, and the work Coca-Cola is doing in local communities around the world fits perfectly with our vision to remove the digital divide often found in remote areas. With the inherent advantages that satellite provides in terms of reach and scalability, we provide a solution in delivering the benefits of internet access to hundreds of communities around the world in a quick, cost-efficient manner.”

Southeast Asia: Coalition Against Piracy unveiled

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/11/07/southeast-asia-coalition-against-piracy-unveiled/

Members and supporters of the newly-established Coalition Against Piracy gathered at the annual CASBAA Convention in Macau on November 7th to mark the initiation of joint work in southeast Asia against Illicit Streaming Devices (ISDs) and the app networks that underpin them.

In toasting the launch, Birathon Kasemsri, Chief Commercial Officer, True Visions Group, described piracy as “an international issue that cannot be dealt with by a single entity or country alone. It cannot be dealt with by a single platform alone. It must be a coordinated, integrated effort. We need to create an environment where we can grow and prosper. I invite you to put all your efforts together to make CAP the new initiative in the region a huge success – because we can only prosper from CAP’s success,” he added.

The Coalition, which brings together a wide range of content providers and major pay-TV platform operators, was established by multichannel video Association CASBAA to provide a vehicle for cooperation in copyright and anti-fraud enforcement against the small streaming devices which media publications have described as ‘the little black box(es) which took over piracy’. The illicit TV boxes have become a major drag on both traditional pay-TV and ‘new media’ OTT markets in Asia; a recent market survey reported that 14 per cent of consumers in Singapore, for example, admit to regularly using an ISD. And those numbers are believed to be growing.

“The driving force behind establishment of CAP is the need for united, collective action by all branches of the video industry,” said CASBAA Chief Policy Officer John Medeiros. “Sports, films, TV series, international as well as local content – everyone trying to deliver quality content to the public is threatened by the inundation of ISD boxes and apps from commercial piracy syndicates. CAP aims to bring all these stakeholders together, and work in parallel with other similar coalitions around the world.”

In outlining CAP’s key priorities, Neil Gane, CAP General Manager, said that two immediate priorities would be the disruption of the ISD ecosystem at its source and enhanced intermediary engagement with both eCommerce platforms and financial processors to disrupt transactions at the point of sale. “Disrupting illicit commercial transactions is a key component of any anti-piracy strategy,” he added.

Reliance DTH gets a life-line

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/11/07/reliance-dth-gets-a-life-line/

India’s Reliance Big digital TV operation has changed its mind to close its service, and instead signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Delhi-based Veecon Media & Television. The agreement sees Reliance sell its DTH operation to Veecon.

Reliance had said that it would close its DTH service on November 18th, timed when its licence to operate expires.

Local reports say that Veecom will buy all the shares of the Reliance DTH operation, and is expected to pay Reliance’s obligations to its broadcast content suppliers, who have long-overdue claims on the business.

Reliance has some 1.2 million subscribers.


Sorry no Tuesday update , due to power outage. Back on Wednesday


Sorry for a lack of screencaps, the remote pc is having some issues

Monday morning feeds

Asiasat 5 3894 H Sr 7200 "Service 01" T10 Cricket League player draft for the new Arab Emirates league

Asiasat 5 3876 H Sr 7200 "SES BEL095 ENC-A" Lie vs OHL football

Saturday feeds

Intelsat 19 12431 H Sr 7500 "STS1" - RLWC England v Lebanon

Optus D1 12667 V Sr 15000 WNBL Basketball

Optus D2 12638 V Sr 15000 4:2:2 chroma.. TBS (Telstra Broadcasting Services) SNG colour bars

Saturday morning feeds

Asiasat 5 4165 H Sr 7200 "SNG1 Chain B" Ladies Open Golf

Asiasat 5 3856 V Sr 7120 "One YGN Chinese" its ONE Championship fighting, with Chinese graphics

From my Email


From the Dish

LaoSat 1 128.5E 3569 H "Warner TV Asia" has left again.

LaoSat 1 128.5E 10790 H "HBO Asia and HBO Hits" have started on , encrypted.

Koreasat 6 116.0E 11823 L "Kids TV" has left .

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

SES 9 108.2E 11028 V "Net, Indosiar, SCTV, Kompas TV and INews TV have started on , Fta. TV Polri and Dwipantara TV" have left.
SES 9 108.2E 11028 V "TVOne" has left .

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4070 H "47 News" has started on , Fta.

Measat 3a 91.4E 12396 V "Fox Sports 3 Malaysia" has started on, Videoguard.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3805 H "India Crime" has left .

Thaicom 5 78.5E 4160 V "Sony Pal, NDTV 24x7, Raj TV, Udaya Comedy, Udaya Movies, Udaya Music, Zee 24 Taas, Jaya TV, Zee TV India, Star Bharat India, Baby TV Asia, Pogo, Star Sports 2, Discovery Kids India, Star Sports Select HD1, Fox Life Asia, Maa Gold, Warner TV Asia, Colors Infinity, Sony Max India, Star Sports 3, MTV India and Channel V India have started on, Nagravision.
Fan TV, Bang Channel, GTH On Air, Money Channel, GCJ O Shopping, Reality Channel, True Plookpanya, True Select, MCU TV, TV Market and Bluesky Channel" have left.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 4160 V "Sony Ten 3, & pictures, Zee Cinema Asia, B4U Music India, Big Magic, 9XM, 9XO, Sony Ten 1, Sonic Nickelodeon, Star Gold India, Nat Geo Music, Fox Life Asia, Nat Geo Wild Asia, Discovery Channel India, ETV Life, Discovery Turbo India, Sony ESPN, Bindass, UTV Action, Living Foodz, Zee Cinemalu, Rishtey Asia, Kanak News, Mega TV, Colors Super, Zee Talkies, Animal Planet India, Colors, Discovery Channel India, Star Maa and Star Bharat India" have started on , Nagravision.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 12521 V "History HD Asia" has started on , Conax.

ABS 2 75.0E 3632 H "B4U Music India and Warner TV Asia" have started on , Tongfang. M Tunes, Y One TV and Sony Ten 1 HD have left.
ABS 2 75.0E 3658 H "Fox Crime Asia, Star Sports Select HD1 and Sony Ten 1" have started on Tongfang. Boomerang Asia and Star Sports 1 Tamil have left.
ABS 2 75.0E 3753 V "Clouds TV International" has left again.

ABS 2 75.0E 11165 H The SMV FreeSat TV mux has left .

Intelsat 20 68.5E 4126 H "Bindass Play" has left .

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12522 V "Miracle Channel" has started on , Fta. Number One TV, ACBN Africa and Smile TV have left.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12602 V "Exousia TV" has started on , Fta. WordBase TV, Emmanuel Christian TV and Spirit Revelation TV have left.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12682 H "Fire TV, GBN TV and Good News Network TV" have started on, Fta. Fano TV and Charis TV have left.

From asiatvro site

东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-3、5、6、8替换重庆卫视(数码天空)等频道,设置12416 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [11月6日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-9、松视-4替换贵州卫视(华人卫视)等频道,设置12719 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [11月6日]

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2A号卫星Ku频段,MNB 2、HTV(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置12588 V 45000参数无效接收。 [11月5日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,ANTV、NET TV(ABS)等全组频道消失,设置11165 H 44000参数无效接收。 [11月5日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Duronto TV(孟加拉)频道新增,设置12405 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [11月5日]
东经88度轨道位置的中新2号卫星C频段,三立财经、三立都会(高清)等全组频道解密,设置3590 H 36000参数免费接收。 [11月5日]

东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Bolo News替换On TV(巴基斯坦)频道,设置4065 H 4296参数免费接收。 [11月4日]
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Piracy drop boosts Australia home video consumption

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/11/06/australia-home-video-consumption-benefits-from-drop-in-piracy/

Consumer data released from the Australian Home Entertainment Distributors Association (AHEDA) indicates that in-home consumption of video has benefited from industry efforts to combat film and TV piracy.

New research by GfK shows that in Q3 2017 (July – September), just 16 per cent of Australians claimed to have watched pirated content in the previous month, which is down from 21 per cent in Q3 2016.

AHEDA attributes this success to a combination of the recent site blocking cases against major film piracy sites, the launch of the Brian Brown-led campaign on TV and in Cinema alerting consumers to the perils of piracy sites, as well as easily accessible and reasonably priced legitimate content.

“What is most exciting is that we are starting to see a correlation between a drop in piracy and an increase in legitimate consumption,” noted AHEDA CEO Simon Bush. “Whilst this is early days in terms of seeing the effect of recent site blocks and the consumer campaign, it appears the measures are working, alongside easy access to legal services and content.

The GfK data for Q3 showed that in the past year, the proportion of the population to view SVoD has grown 29 per cent, purchasers of digital copies of films (electronic sell through or EST) grew 22 per cent whilst download to rent was flat (VoD).

“This initial data is very encouraging and as we do more research into the efficacy of site blocking, we hope to demonstrate that it is an effective solution,” added Bush.

Digital home entertainment film and TV sales in Australia reached a record A$206 million in 2016, with 2017 on track to beat that number with year to date sales through to July reaching A$117.3 million.

Digital movie consumption remains very healthy with double digit growth; however, digital TV has seen consumption shift to SVoD platforms such as Stan and Netflix.

AHEDA says it is important that there is a viable and healthy film and TV sector in Australia, both for telling Australian stories as well as for employment and its economic contribution. Respecting and protecting copyright is important. It notes that a PwC report released in October 2017 showed that in 2015-16, using ABS data, Australia’s copyright industries:
•Generated economic value of A$122.8 billion (€80.89bn) which makes the sector larger than manufacturing, health care and mining;
•Employed over 1 million people; and
•Generated A$6.5 billion in exports.

Broadcasters tuning out of television

From http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/mediawatch/audio/2018619332/broadcasters-tuning-out-of-television

You can now get the shows you want from our biggest TV broadcasters without tuning in to them - or even owning a TV set. This week’s All Blacks games are available live online (legally) without a subscription to Sky Sports. What does the rise of TV on-demand mean for broadcast television as we know it?

When Ken Burns' 10-part series The Vietnam War screened in US last month, The New York Times told its readers: "It will break your heart and win your mind." The series has been sold to 82 countries and it was good news for history fans when TVNZ acquired it for New Zealand.

But you won’t see it on TVNZ1 playing out over 10 weeks late at night - all 18 hours of The Vietnam War are available online at TVNZ on Demand instead.

And there’s plenty more where that came from.

“Four times more content will be made available to viewers on-demand and we’ve added an additional 400 hours of content this month alone," TVNZ chief executive Kevin Kenrick said recently when announcing the broadcaster's programmes for 2018.

Two weeks ago, telco Vodafone launched Vodafone TV, which brings together Sky TV, free-to-air channels and online video on demand (VOD) services such as Netflix in one cloud-based digital system.

Sky TV and New Zealand Rugby struck a deal to offer live pay-per-view streams of the All Blacks and Māori All Blacks matches this weekend and next weekend on the website AllBlacksTV.com.

As if to hammer home its 'in the new, out with the old' digital strategy, Sky TV scrapped its DVDs by mail service Fatso last month. Its customer base had been decimated by online video on demand services like Lightbox and Netflix.

And back in July, TVNZ began live streaming all three of its TV channels - TVNZ 1, 2 and Duke.

All these might seem like small technological tweaks, but they are also signs of a fundamental shift.

You no longer need to tune into a broadcast signal to see New Zealand’s most popular channels from our biggest TV broadcasters - and you don’t even need a TV set any more.

Live All Blacks games this week are available for the first time online (legally) without a subscription to Sky Sports.

Tech commentator Peter Griffin said all this called into question the the lifespan of broadcast TV as we know it today - especially on Freeview, the government-backed platform for free-to-air digital TV.

"In the next ten years, are we going to need all that infrastructure beaming Freeview around the country when internet connectivity is getting to the point where you can do this over the internet no problem?" he said on Newstalk ZB in July.

But Freeview is getting with the digital programme too.

It is planning a new Freeview On Demand platform offering New Zealand broadcasters’ live channels alongside their video on-demand content. Freeview is also promising international on-demand content that's not available on TV here.

"The change we are all facing in broadcasting is people adopting new ways of listening and viewing on mobile devices. They want to get their transmission not over airwaves but though their internet connection," Freeview general manager Jason Foden told Mediawatch.

"In a big concession by the major broadcasters, they've put their brands aside and we're creating a single catalogue on Freeview on Demand. You'll see 7 Days next to My Kitchen Rules next to The Block, next to Hunting Aotearoa," said Mr Foden, who joined Freeview this year from TVNZ where he was the head of TVNZ On Demand.

"It'll just be about the content. It reflects what the viewers think. They say, 'I'm a real fan of 7 Days but I'm not necessarily a fan of TV3. I'm not going to sit down and watch TV1, but I do want to watch Country Calendar,'" he said.

So does this mean that TV channels as we know them - so aggressively promoted and branded by the broadcasters - are actually on the way out? In the near future, will we be choosing from streams of online content and and programs available on-demand?

"There is a place for broadcast TV and a curated "lean-back" experience. If you're just choosing between different shows it's a very 'lean-forward' experience. Also there's the tyranny of choice. You have to ask yourself: 'What should I be watching'?," Mr Foden said.

"People will dip in and out of other services but they will still want to watch the six o'clock news. You can't watch the final of The Block anywhere other than live on Mediaworks' channel Three.

"But Freeview is an open access platform and we want to take this to the next level. We would be looking for the most popular video-on-demand services to come on board," he said.

Which ones?

"I can't tell you but you can imagine that the most popular services are YouTube, Netflix and Lightbox and those are the sorts of services we're looking at."

Hosting international VOD services, and pay-TV and subscription-based services will be a big departure.

Freeview was set up as a joint venture of the free-to-air NZ broadcasters with backing from the government so viewers could continue to get existing and new TV channels for free after the digital switch-over.

Is it in the interests of New Zealand's free-to-air broadcasters to have rivals for eyeballs on the platform they control?

"They acknowledge that people are increasingly using alternatives and they don't have a monopoly on content," Mr Foden said.

"It would be folly to pretend the likes of Netflix and Lightbox don't exist - it's up to them to lift their game and perform on this platform and the platform has to remain relevant as one place.

"The heart of Freeview is always going to be live free-to-air TV, but it's an open-access platform. If you want to buy these services, why should we stand in your way?"

Dejero Unveils New HEVC Products to Improve Live Picture Quality

From http://www.satellitetoday.com/broadcasting/2017/11/03/dejero-unveils-new-hevc-products-improve-live-picture-

Dejero announced the addition of two new products to support High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) (H.265) encoding and decoding. According to Dejero, its PathWay and WayPoint products enable the use of HEVC video compression in support of remote and mobile broadcasting, a feature that is particularly relevant to on-location teams working with limited bandwidth.

The 1U PathWay is designed for installation in vehicles or fixed locations, Dejero stated. It’s available in two different configurations: an Ethernet configuration that includes two Ethernet ports for satellite — Ku- and Ka-band, Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN) — or wired IP network connectivity; and an Ethernet and cellular configuration offering up to six cellular connections.

PathWay supports both HEVC and Advanced Video Coding (AVC) (H.264) encoding, providing automatic detection and immediate backwards compatibility with existing or legacy AVC-based Dejero receivers. The encoder/transmitter, which contains internal Wi-Fi, is also compatible with the recently launched Dejero CellSat blended cellular and satellite solution.

WayPoint is a four output 1U receiver that supports HEVC decodes to Serial Digital Interface (SDI) or IP (MPEG-TS over IP) playout workflows. It also supports AVC decoding of feeds from legacy transmitters. It comes with dual redundant power supplies and Redundant Array of Independent Disk (RAID) storage capabilities. “We’re leveraging the efficiencies of HEVC while applying novel techniques such as real-time adaptive bitrate control and our unique auto-transport technology where resolution can be changed on the fly, within the transmission,” said Bill Nardi, vice president of broadcast integration and global support at Dejero. “Using HEVC, Dejero can enable video transmission with as little bandwidth as 1 Mbps, or even less, and still deliver good picture quality.”

China launches two Beidou satellites in return to flight for Long March 3B rocket

From https://gbtimes.com/china-launches-two-beidou-satellites-in-return-to-flight-for-long-march-3b-rocket

China is planning a new Long March 5 rocket launch following July failure

China on Sunday added two more satellites to its Beidou navigation and positioning system following the launch of a Long March 3B rocket from Xichang launch centre.

The launch vehicle lifted off from Xichang in the hills of southwestern Sichuan Province at 11:45 UTC (19:45 Beijing time), with the satellites inserted into preset medium Earth orbits by a Yuanzheng-1 upper stage.

With no launch coverage, the first indications of liftoff came from Chinese social media channels, including amateur footage.

Launch success was confirmed by Chinese state media just over four hours after liftoff. The satellites - originally intended for launch in July - will become the 21st and 22nd operational satellites in the Beidou project, which when complete provide will provide China with its own global navigation and positioning satellite system.

China launches two Beidou-3 navigation satellites on Long March 3B carrier rocket

This was the first launch for the Long March 3B since a partial failure of the rocket in June. The issue meant the Zhongxing-9A telecommunication satellite found itself in a much lower than intended orbit and needed to use its own propulsion – intended for station-keeping - to perform 10 orbit adjustments to reach its intended geostationary orbit at an altitude of 36,000 km above the equator. This reduced the satellite’s lifetime from a designed 15 years to around just five years.

The failure of the second heavy-lift Long March 5 launch vehicle in July then brought a halt to all Chinese launches for nearly three months.

Having restarted space launches with of a trio of Yaogan-30 reconnaissance satellites in late September and a remote sensing satellite for Venezuela last month, China’s space launch teams could see a hectic finish to the year.
The Long March 5 (Y2) rocket lifts off from Wenchang at 19:23:23 local time on July 2, 2017.

The Long March 5 (Y2) rocket lifts off from Wenchang at 19:23:23 local time on July 2, 2017. CNS
China's space activities in 2017

This was China’s 11th launch of the year, including nine of various Long March rockets, developed by the main contractor for the space programme, the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), and two solid rocket launches by a ‘sister’ state-owned enterprise, CASIC, the country’s main missile maker.

China has now launched 253 Long March rockets, with the first taking place on April 24, 1970. Of these, 239 have been successful, with eight failures and six partial failures, bringing a success rate of 94.5 percent.

This was the 41st launch of a Long March 3B, the first of which resulted in catastrophe in February 1996.

China had aimed to launch around 30 times in 2017 before the two above failures brought a halt to activity. SpaceX, a private American company, may now launch as many or perhaps more times than China this year, after quickly and successfully bouncing back from a catastrophic ‘fast fire’ on the pad last September. The same day, China suffered the loss of its Gaofen-10 remote sensing satellite, grounding the Long March 4C carrier rocket.

The major success for China in 2017 has been the launch of its first cargo spacecraft, Tianzhou-1, which trialled three rendezvous and docking procedures followed by orbital refuelling tests with Tiangong-2. This marks a major milestone in plans for the country to establish its own large, modular space station.

China's Beidou navigation system

Beidou is China’s alternative to America's GPS, Russia’s GLONASS and Europe’s Galileo positioning and navigation satellite systems.

Named after the Chinese term for the ‘plough’ or ‘Big Dipper’ constellation, the project was formally started in 1994, some 20 years after GPS. It is claimed the newer system will far exceed the accuracy of GPS.

Lei Fanpei, chairman of CASC, said at the recently concluded 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, that, "More groups of Beidou-3 satellites will be sent into space starting from this November, and the basic construction of the Beidou Navigation Satellite System will be completed by the end of next year," he said.
A Beidou satellite inside the payload fairing ready for stacking at Xichang in 2016.

A Beidou satellite inside the payload fairing ready for stacking at Xichang in 2016. CASC

The Beidou-3 satellites launched today will help take China's indigenous Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), similar to the US' GPS, Russia's GLONASS and Europe's Galileo constellations, from regional coverage to providing services globally.

The construction of the 35-satellite navigation system – with five in geosynchronous orbit, three in inclined geosynchronous orbits, and 27 in lower, medium Earth orbits - is to be completed by 2020, Lei added.

Wu Yanhua, deputy head of the China National Space Administration (CNSA), said earlier in the year that China plans to cover all countries along the Belt and Road initiative – Chinese President Xi Jinping’s signature grand project - with its homegrown Beidou navigation system by 2018.

By establishing its own constellation of GNSS satellites, the Chinese government aims to cut previous reliance on American GPS services that would not be available to the People's Liberation Army in the event of conflict, such as targeting, positioning and locating, and synchronising operations.

As well as seeing the breaking of its dependency on American GPS services as a national security imperative, Chinese authorities have stated that Beidou, or BDS, is designed to meet economic and social development requirements and boost the country’s IT applications and hi-tech sectors.

Just like other GNSS, Beidou has many civil applications, such as navigation for shipping, air and road traffic for vehicles and users carrying receivers in devices like navigators and smartphones, as well as mapping and surveying, and other applications.

Beidou satellites are based on DFH-3 satellite buses developed by the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST), a subsidiary of CASC. Another, the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT), is the developer of the Long March 3B rocket used for launches. The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) also has institutes involved in the Beidou satellite project.b

Intelsat insurance claim set for arbitration

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/11/06/intelsat-insurance-claim-set-for-arbitration/

Intelsat had problems with an on-board thruster on its I-33e satellite, launched in August 2016. The satellite should have been on station and earning its keep in Q4 last year.

However, the thruster failure meant a longer journey time to orbit and the craft didn’t enter service until the end of January 2017.

Back in February Intelsat’s president and CEO Steve Spengler said the delay in entering service was minimal. Nevertheless, there would have been a financial impact on lost revenues for Intelsat, and perhaps more importantly the use of precious fuel to get the satellite to orbit meant that the craft’s anticipated service life was cut by around 18 months. It was said at the time that this element alone could see Intelsat justifiably claim around 10 percent loss of service, or around $40 million, from its insurers.

Intelsat I-33e operates from 60 degrees East, and serves Africa, Europe, the Mid-East and parts of Asia.

A report in Satellite Finance says that Intelsat’s claim is understood to have entered arbitration in order for both parties to resolve their different estimates on the value of the claim.

Singapore extends DSO deadline

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/11/06/singapore-extends-dso-deadline/

Singapore households will now have one more year to switch to Digital TV (DTV). The cessation of analogue TV broadcast has been shifted from end-2017 to December 31st 2018 to allow more time for households to switch over to DTV.

In addition, the Infocommunications Media Development Authority (IMDA) – which develops and regulates the converging infocomm and media sectors – is studying enhancements to the DTV Assistance Scheme (DTVAS) with a view to assisting more HDB Singaporean households with the switchover.

The announcements were made by Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Communications and Information, in a written parliamentary response.

Commercial broadcaster Mediacorp will continue to broadcast in both analogue and digital formats until December 31st 2018. From January 1st 2019, broadcast free-to-air TV programmes will only be shown in digital format.

According to the IMDA, some three in four Singapore households are already receiving DTV either over the air, or through their pay-TV subscription. To facilitate the switch over to DTV and ensure that more Singaporeans receive adequate assistance to switch over to DTV, IMDA is studying enhancements to the DTVAS and will announce the enhancements early next year. The DTVAS provides households with a free digital set-top box, indoor antenna and installation. Households who qualify under the current DTVAS criteria can continue to apply to receive assistance.

To help viewers determine whether they will be affected by the analogue TV switch-off, all analogue TV channels will now automatically include an ‘Analogue’ channel logo on the top right hand corner of the TV screen. Households who see this channel logo will need to switch over to DTV to continue watching Mediacorp TV channels from January 1st 2019.

IMDA and Mediacorp have also launched a dedicated DTV microsite with a simple two-step guide (‘Check and Connect’) on how to receive DTV signals. Members of the public may also call Mediacorp for general and technical enquiries.

Singapore’s switch to DTV involves the adoption of the DVB-T2 broadcasting standard, in tandem with the global trend to enhance TV viewing experience.

Singapore’s switch to DTV also frees up scarce radio frequency spectrum, which will be used to provide better quality and higher mobile broadband speeds, ultimately improving end-user experience.

Kenya to ban import of ‘old’ STBs

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/11/06/kenya-to-ban-import-of-old-stbs/

Kenya’s Communications Authority (CA) says it will ban the important of so-called ‘first generation’ digital decoders from January 1st 2018.

A statement on the CA’s website says specifically that TV decoders for the GoTv, Zuku, Startimes, DStv and Bamba services will not be permitted.

“The importation into Kenya of cable or satellite receivers/decoders that do not comply with the said digital video broadcasting, second generation terrestrial or satellite specifications shall not be permitted from January 1, 2018,” the statement said.

The key phrase here is ‘second generation’. The government is keen to see superior decoder boxes introduced with capability for Internet access and be fitted with an Ethernet port.


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update


Friday evening feed
Intelsat 19 12432 H Sr 7499 Aus V France league

Friday morning feeds

Asiasat 5 3908 H Sr 9500 "Service 01" T2 Table Tennis

Asiasat 5 3927 V Sr 7200 "ALkASS SNG-1" PSA World Tour Squash

Thursday feed

Asiasat 5 3934 H Sr 7200 "nameless" Mens Golf

From my Email


From the Dish

There hasnt been any Lyngsat updates since the 26th I guess he's on a break

From asiatvro site

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Myriota brings satellite IoT to regional Australia

From http://www.zdnet.com/article/myriota-brings-satellite-iot-to-regional-australia/

Myriota has said it will connect IoT devices with low earth orbit satellites for a lower cost and longer battery life than traditional satellite solutions, with its commercial product launching next year.

Internet of Things (IoT) technology startup Myriota claims to have solved the satellite connectivity challenges of access, scale, battery life, and cost to provide links for devices in regional areas of Australia.

Based in South Australia, Myriota spent seven years on research and development for a transmitter product, holding 17 patents on the technology.

It plans to launch its commercial "direct-to-orbit connectivity solution" for IoT in 2018.

Speaking during the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) RadComms 2017 conference in Sydney, Myriota CEO Alex Grant said his company is already trialling its solution across livestock and water monitoring in agriculture, as well as asset tracking, marine science, defence, vessel tracking, and utilities in areas outside of cellular coverage, such as in Arthur River and Armidale.

Myriota is also eyeing a future in commercial fishing monitoring, Grant said, with governments moving to mandate tracking to ensure compliance with licensing and sustainable fishing practices.

At present, there is no affordable way to track the millions of fishing vessels in maritime areas, he said, with Myriota's solution possibly providing the answer to this.

Myriota's current-generation technology allows for a four-year battery life of IoT devices using two AA batteries; scales to hundreds of millions of connections; and offers a tenfold cost reduction from traditional satellite offerings to "reduce the bar for getting into space", the chief executive said.

It also currently has GPS on board, but Grant said the company is now working on equipping geolocation without needing this. The advantage, he said, would be the removal of a power-hungry chip from IoT devices, further improving cost and battery life.

Grant also explained how Myriota has worked to ensure the security of its system.

"We had to really work very hard to solve a problem not just of data payload encryption -- that's fairly straightforward -- the real challenge is the authentication and privacy aspects of the link so that you can't, for example, have an attacker getting home metadata attacks on your IoT system," Grant said.

"For example, counting how many things you have or being able to tell where all your things are. Even if they don't know what the actual sensory [data is], there's a lot of commercial information in perhaps the population of your deployment."

Calling its solution the "holy grail for remote IoT" in a blog post, Myriota said its low-cost transmitters, which send small packets of data to low earth orbit nano-satellites, remove the requirement for infrastructure and backhaul on the ground.

Nano-satellites are being launched in increasing numbers, with ASX-listed Sky and Space Global (SAS) one such company looking to build a wholesale narrowband low-cost voice and data network through the provision of satellite services.

It will sell nano-satellite connectivity to telco providers throughout equatorial Asia, South America, Central America, and Africa, as well as to shipping companies and airliners operating in those areas.

SAS completed in-orbit testing of its first three nano-satellites in August, and is aiming to have 200 nano-satellites in orbit by 2020, purchasing four dedicated missions from Virgin Galactic to launch these mini satellites into space on its vehicle LauncherOne.

Thaicom's Q3 revenue plunges 17%

From https://www.telecompaper.com/news/thaicoms-q3-revenue-plunges-17--1218699

Asian satellite operator Thaicom saw its consolidated revenue from sales of goods and rendering of services reach THB 2.31 billion in the third quarter of 2017, which represents a decline of 17.2 percent from THB 2.7 billion in the year-earlier period. The revenue decrease was mainly due to a drop in revenue from satellite and related services, particularly from the decrease of Thaicom 4 broadband service revenue in Australia and Thailand, as well as a decrease in value added services on conventional satellites following a slowing trend in the Thai broadcasting industry, the company said.
Compared to the previous quarter, consolidated revenue from sales of goods and rendering of services increased by 1.1 percent from THB 2.28 billion, mainly due to increased revenue generated by adjusting sales strategy to focus on potential markets for broadcasting.

Thaicom’s internet and media subsidiary CS LoxInfo (CSL) saw continued growth in internet data center (IDC) services with a 17.6 percent increase in number of subscribers at the end of the third quarter, compared to the same quarter of the previous year. The number of Condominium Broadband subscribers of at the end of this year’s third quarter also grew to 19,413 subscribers from 3,079 subscribers in September 2016.

Lao Telecommunications (LTC), Thaicom’s telephone operation in Lao PDR, ended the third quarter with a total of 2 million phone subscribers and claims a 56.9 percent mobile market share, up from 53.8 percent at the end of September 2016. LTC’s revenue also continued to increase, mainly boosted by data revenue from both mobile and internet SIM, parent company Thaicom also reported.

China aerospace giant working on satellite clusters for global communications

From http://www.ecns.cn/2017/11-03/279494.shtml

China's giant State-owned aerospace company is eyeing the commercial end of the industry, with the idea of setting up a satellite company that can create a global Internet of Things (IoT).

Tan Qianhong, head of Sanjiang Space Industry Group, a China Aerospace Science & Industry Corporation (CASIC) subsidiary research institute in Hubei Province, said that the new company will be in charge of a small low-earth-orbit satellite to form a group of satellites for narrow-band communications and improving communication in remote areas and at sea, according to a CASIC statement sent to the Global Times on Thursday.

"The small low-earth-orbit satellite constellations allow for Internet access and communications everywhere on the planet, including airplanes and ocean-going ships," said Wang Yanan, chief editor of Aerospace Knowledge magazine.

Tan explained that researchers will have their own satellite design team and will buy satellites from outside, while the institute said that it already handed over a company plan to CASIC and is waiting for the results.

CASIC is the country's largest tactical and air defense missile manufacturer and therefore, the commercial end of the aerospace business is a new field.

"CASIC already has advanced rocket and missile technology and it is just taking one step further in exploring the satellite market, which could bring market value and greater use of their missile and rocket technology," said Wang.

A first Xingyun satellite project, developed by the CASIC research institute, was successfully sent aloft in January, China News Service reported.

This Xingyun project bears some similarities with the new company proposal because it also contained plans for narrow-band satellite constellations, China News Service reported.

Network receipt terminals can be embedded in a number of devices for the global mobile IoT, or existing smart phones to allow users to send or receive text messages from any location.

In March, CASIC announced plans for a network of 156 mini-satellites for greater global broadband coverage. It will be China's first low-orbiting satellite network, about 1,000 kilometers above the earth, as part of a wider commercial space development project, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

Plans call for sending the first satellite aloft before 2018, and four more by 2020, for a constellation. By the end of the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-25), all 156 satellites will be in operation, said Xinhua.

The institute also said that it had developed the country's first reflection-control equipment for the satellites, for optical communications by changing a laser's direction and to point it at another satellite, without changing the satellite's position.

Initial Signals Received From Six Small Satellites Built by SSL for Planet

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Initial_Signals_Received_From_Six_Small_Satellites_Built_by_SSL_for_Planet_999.html

SSL, a business unit of Maxar Technologies (formerly MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.) reports that six satellites it built for Planet's SkySat Earth observation constellation launched yesterday and made initial contact with ground stations according to plan.

The satellites were launched aboard a Minotaur-C rocket from the Vandenberg Air Force Base, and will begin sending their first images early next week.

"SSL takes an innovative approach to small satellite manufacturing, and leverages its agile commercial production capabilities to serve both communications and Earth observation markets," said Dario Zamarian, group president of SSL.

"It has been a pleasure for SSL to work with the Planet team, and to help support its growing capabilities. Congratulations to all who made the launch a success."

Called SkySat 8 through 13, the six satellites, which double Planet's high resolution imaging and change detection capabilities, provide information that can simplify and speed critical decision-making processes for its customers. The SkySat constellation now includes ten satellites built at the SSL smallsat manufacturing facility in Palo Alto, Calif., where eight additional SkySats remain in production.

"We were pleased to inherit a strong and reliable engineering and manufacturing partner when we acquired the SkySat business," said Chester Gilmore, vice president of manufacturing at Planet.

"Working together, SSL has helped us to expand our fleet, increasing our ability to provide timely insights from any location in the world."

Pay TV’s Piracy Pain: 6.5% of North American Households Stream Illegal Services, Study Finds

From http://variety.com/2017/digital/news/pay-tv-piracy-illegal-services-north-america-households-1202604375/

Add piracy to the factors inflicting woe on the traditional pay-TV ecosystem: About 6.5% of all households in North America access illegal television-streaming services each month, according to a new study.

Illegal TV-streaming outfits may generate upwards of $840 million in fees from consumers who pay for their services, which average around $10 per month, according to the study by bandwidth-management systems vendor Sandvine. The company said it collected the data for the study from North American wireline broadband service provider customers. According to Sandvine, it examined the activity of dozens of illegal TV-streaming sites that charge for access, including Germany-based NecroIPTV.

The 6.5% usage rate of illicit TV-streaming services suggest potential lost revenue of $4.2 billion for traditional cable, satellite and telco TV providers, per Sandvine’s estimates (using $50 per month as an approximation for the price of pay-television service). Of course, there’s no guarantee that consumers who are tapping cheap piracy services would fork over money for legit pay-TV or over-the-top services.

D-BOOK 10 defines UK TV requirements

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/11/03/d-book-10-defines-uk-tv-requirements/

The DTG, the UK’s collaboration centre for innovation in digital media technology, has published its D-Book 10, the industry-determined, next-generation, universally-deployed specification which supports future interactive services and enables the continuing transition towards HbbTV.

Whereas D-Book 9 introduced HbbTV references for Freeview Play at the MHEG to HbbTV transition which included the introduction of support for HEVC and HDR for IP delivered services, D-Book 10 continues to support the development of HD products and services with the introduction of Single Frequency Network (SFN) support for the migration of COM 7&8 T2 multiplexes into the 700 MHz band.

An IP Software Upgrade Option has been included in response to the requirements of manufacturers handling software upgrades to today’s complex TVs, avoiding the need for SSU Broadcast updates.

“The DTG team thanks all of our Members whose hard work has contributed to D-Book 10,” commented Richard Lindsay-Davies, CEO of the DTG said. “Open, democratic and supportive of public policy, the DTG’s D-Book is continually updated and peer-reviewed by industry experts, to help drive the UK TV market towards innovation and deliver real economic value in our industry. It stipulates the specifications for every new TV and digital terrestrial television (DTT) receiver in the UK and protects both viewer and industry. We’ve been driving industry collaboration for more than twenty years and I’d like to thank the industry for its continued support and commitment to ensuring innovation and development which delivers a great experience for consumers.”

“The HbbTV association would like to congratulate DTG on the publication of D-Book 10 and its continued support for HbbTV 2.0.1,” declared Dr Klaus Illgner, Chair of the HbbTV Association. “We believe the planned development of a code of practice for the implementation of interactive services will greatly benefit the quality of HbbTV services in the UK and beyond.”

“Arqiva welcomes this latest edition of the D-Book which continues to support the ongoing development of the DTT platform and which will help to ensure that it retains its position as the most popular TV viewing platform in the UK, installed in every TV set sold and used by over 19 million households,” added Laurie Patten, Director of Strategy & Ventures – Terrestrial Broadcast Arqiva, commented:

“The D-Book has been at the heart of Freeview’s success in the UK for many years,” noted Guy North, Managing Director, Freeview. “All devices conforming to the new edition, and using the Freeview brand, will automatically reassure consumers that they are purchasing a high-quality product which will deliver the very best viewing experience.”

“D-Book 10 covers a range of new topics and continues to support all UK DTT-based platforms including Freeview Play, Freeview HD, YouView, EETV, Now TV and the UK DSAT platform, Freesat, as well as several international adaptations,” advised Peter Seller, Associate Director, Broadcast at the DTG added. “DTT delivers to the largest viewing audience and remains fundamental to the distribution of content and entertainment.”

“The industry’s not-for-profit test centre, DTG Testing, continues to offer conformance tests and testing services in support of Freeview HD, Freeview Play and HbbTV. D-Book 10 Conformance Tests will be available in April 2018. We will continue our work to ensure European harmonisation wherever possible, while meeting the needs of the dynamic and successful UK TV market.”

The DTG has published and maintained the D-Book since 1996 and it updates the specification annually to keep apace of the development of UK DTT.

Resolution revolution rolls on

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/29/resolution-revolution-rolls-on/

4K UHD is technology that has developed in an asymmetric manner – which is typical. It will soon be impossible to buy a non-UHD large-scale TV, and penetration around the world is accelerating, led by China where six competing makers are driving low cost supply.

This means a market ready to watch 4K – and a market of consumers wondering why there isn’t more (any?) 4K content on their 4K set. The answer is lowering the cost and increasing the availability of the means of capture and transmission to match that of the TV sets.

According the participants at the Sony 4K UHD Theatre at MIPCOM – many of whom were interviewed by advanced-television.tv – progress is mixed. 4K cameras are now affordable and readily available all over the world. There are complaints of a ‘razor blade’ culture with cameras ‘cheap’ but the multiple cards required to store footage in the field very expensive, but the direction of travel is good.

The weak link, several said, is now in workflow with entry to mid-level machinery still slow to market and the problem is compounded by the looming demand for HDR, but no standard. The pieces will come together but a serious catch-up so that all segments are in step is needed in order that 4K’s credibility with the consumer is maintained.

Meantime, while 4K charges on, NHK brought 8K to the market and I chaired a press conference to announce to their intention to bring OB trucks to Europe and actively seek co-pros. NHK are unabashed evangelists for 8K and intend to launch full 4K and 8K channels in December next year – hence the need for more content.

But does the world need 8K? For certain it is stunning; the clarity of the resolution is such that you can literally see more of the object in front of the lens than you can see with your naked eye. But you get that effect by sitting surprisingly close to an 85 inch screen. This makes it impractical for the majority of homes, not just because of the size but because the weight of screens doesn’t elevate in proportion to size but multiplies. Some say an 85 inch screen plus the three people it would take to lift into place will exceed the floor loading of most European homes.

NHK is hoping to see the successful development of roll up screens for the home and meantime sees many applications for 8K in public spaces and across industry and medicine. When you the resolution so high that you can see the platelets in the circulation flow of a mouse, you can see why.


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Fox Cancels Content Supply Deal With Australia's Network Ten

From http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/fox-cancels-content-supply-deal-australias-network-ten-1053215

'The Simpsons' will disappear from Australian free-to-air TV network Ten after 25 years.

The end of the $289 million contract, which covers such shows as 'The Simpsons' and 'Modern Family,' comes as CBS moves closer to full ownership of the network.

CBS Corp. is moving closer to full ownership of Australian broadcaster Ten Network, but 21st Century Fox, co-chaired by former Ten chair Lachlan Murdoch, will no longer be supplying its shows to the country's third-ranked TV network.

Ten confirmed that Fox has canceled all its content supply contracts with the network, meaning shows like The Simpsons, This Is Us and Modern Family, as well as older shows like Mash and Futurama, will no longer appear on Ten or its digital channels Eleven and One. Ten had been the home of The Simpsons for a quarter of a century, and the hit animation had once been Ten's most popular imported show, although in recent years it had only aired on Ten's digital channel, Eleven.

In a statement to the Australian Securities Exchange, Ten’s receiver, Korda Mentha, said that Fox had "issued a letter of termination in resepct of the Fox Output License Agreement." Fox will reportedly receive a one-off payment of $2.6 million (AUS$3.4 million) to reclaim debts on a content deal that was previously valued at $289 million with nearly two years to run.

Fox verbally told Ten in mid-October that it would likely cancel its program supply agreement, but negotiations continued. That followed CBS' success in becoming the preferred bidder for Ten, beating Ten shareholders Lachlan Murdoch and Bruce Gordon to a takeover deal.

The development comes just two weeks before Ten is due to hold its upfront presentation to advertisers and media, in which it will outline its programming plans for 2018. It also comes days after Australia’s Foreign Investment Review Board approved the CBS takeover.

It is unclear if Ten rivals, namely the Seven and Nine networks, will take any of Fox’s programming. Foxtel, owned by News Corp, has pay TV rights to the bulk of Fox programming down under.

A spokeswoman for Nine previously told local media: "We would not be doing an overall deal with Fox. We might want to buy one of their shows, but our focus is very much on local content."

Separately, a NSW Supreme Court hearing, which is expected to ratify CBS’s takeover of Ten, was adjourned Tuesday to give three minor shareholders more time to challenge an expert assessment of the value of their stakes as "worthless."

Ten’s auditor KPMG told the court earlier this month that Ten’s shares were worthless with the value of Ten's business operations outweighed by debt on its outstanding content contracts with CBS and Fox.

Speedcast Secures Multi-Year Contract to Provide Mission-Critical Remote Communication Services to Australian Antarctic Research Stations

From http://www.cellular-news.com/story/Operators/74788.php

Speedcast International Limited (ASX SDA), the world's most trusted provider of highly reliable, fully managed, remote communication and IT solutions, has been awarded a multi year, multimillion dollar contract with an Australian government department conducting world class scientific and environmental research in Antarctica. Speedcast will provide the Australian Antarctic program with mission critical and life saving communications to the outside world.

"Being chosen to provide communications in Antarctica is both an honor and a testament to Speedcast's commitment to supporting the Australian government and enabling leading-edge research," said Pierre-Jean Beylier, CEO, Speedcast. "Our team of highly qualified engineers is proud to provide 24/7 support and solutions to enable individuals in these remote and harsh locations to communicate with the outside world for day-to-day communication and in the event they need emergency assistance. This win is an example of the increase in government spending in satellite communications and Speedcast's ability to grow market share as the government segment continues to expand."

Speedcast will provide VSAT bandwidth, equipment and installation including training, antenna upgrades and repositioning, and network optimization. Speedcast will also provide additional support to other scientific users such as Geoscience Australia at the three Australian Antarctic research stations, Mawson, Casey and Davis, as well as the base on Macquarie Island. With the updates Speedcast is making to the satellite links, the research program will have four times more throughput than it had with their previous provider once installations are completed in January 2018.

While there may be up to 120 people on each research station in the summer, during the harsh winters of Antarctica when travel to the icy continent is not possible, the population of each research station is much smaller and satellite communication is their only link to the outside world. The reliability of these links is essential for the well-being of wintering expeditioners and enables telemedicine support if required.

Vodafone reveals price for new TV, internet offering

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11939265

Vodafone has unveiled the pricing of its Vodafone TV internet package.

From tomorrow, the telecommunications provider will offer unlimited Fibre or FibreX Vodafone TV plans for $139.99 per month, on a 12- or 24-month term.

Vodafone TV, which is only available for those with fibre, is a cloud-based service connecting multiple devices to free-to-air TV channels, movies and other services such as Netflix through a central box hub, similar to Apple TV.

The Vodafone TV bundle deal is $60 more, per month, than a standard unlimited fibre internet package with Vodafone.

The company said it intended to expand the range of channels and evolve the functionality of the service over time.

Last month Sky chief executive John Fellet said the content deal with Vodafone was an exciting step in its relationship with the telco.

Fellet said the partnership was the biggest project the two companies had worked on together, and had others in the pipeline.

Vodafone consumer director Matt Williams said the entertainment service had received great feedback.

"We've been blown away by the response from customers who have seen Vodafone TV in action and instantly get how much better television watching can be," Williams said.

FNZC research analyst and managing director Arie Dekker said he expected Sky to launch a product with similar features in the future.

Craig Young, chief executive of the Telecommunications Users Association of New Zealand (TUANZ) said the individual features bundled together in the Vodafone TV package worked out to be about the same if they were purchased separately.

"It's not that you're getting a super, super deal but it is definitely all in one place, and you're paying about the right amount," Young said.

"I think the thing it brings [to the market] is putting it all in one place, and we're seeing this increasingly from retail service providers - they're trying to bring media together with their telco services because there's nothing else that differentiates them."

Young said the offering wasn't much different to the functionalities offered through a smart TV, such as shortcuts to OnDemand and Netflix apps.

"For people who want simplicity and are happy to sign up to Vodafone, this isn't a bad way to go, but if you want to have flexibility of who your service provider is going to be then the advances seen in smart TVs is a good option."

He said he expected the service to be "relatively well-received".

Vodafone TV allows users to switch between viewing on their smartphone, tablets and the TV, and the ability to control what is being watched remotely.

Kiwis set to enter a world of entertainment with Vodafone TV

From Press Release: Vodafone

Wednesday, 1 November 2017, 10:43 am

Kiwis set to enter a world of entertainment with Vodafone TV

From tomorrow, Kiwis will be able to experience the future of television – with Vodafone TV consoles available to take home, plug in and open up a world of entertainment like never before.

Vodafone TV gives you freedom and control over your favourite content by bringing SKY TV, free-to-air and a range of popular online and app-based entertainment together in one easy to use system.

“We’ve been blown away by the response we’ve had from customers who have seen Vodafone TV in action and instantly get how much better television watching can be,” said Vodafone Consumer Director, Matt Williams.

“Vodafone TV simplifies everything for the customer by delivering a fantastic range of local and international content, all in one place and with simple features to make viewing easy.”

It features catch-up functionality that is delivered direct from the cloud so customers can watch lots of the shows they’ve missed over the last three days.

And in a world where mobility is everything, Vodafone TV gives viewers the option to switch seamlessly between their smartphone, tablet and television. With some of the content – viewers have the ability to stop what they’re watching on TV, pick it up on their smart phone, and continue watching after they’ve left the house.

From tomorrow, Kiwis can sign up to our Vodafone unlimited Fibre or FibreX plan with SKY Basic and Vodafone TV from just $139.99 per month on a 12 and 24 month term.

In addition to unlimited broadband and SKY Basic, the Vodafone TV packages will include all free-to-air channels such as TVNZ 1 and TVNZ 2, THREE, Bravo, Prime, Maori Television and Television 33 – and access to premium subscription applications like Netflix*, and TVNZ OnDemand, ThreeNow, YouTube, iHeartRadio, WatchMe and Love Nature 4K.

Customers will have the option to add on premium content choices like SKY Sport, SoHo and SKY Movies, and with Vodafone TV, they won’t require a SKY satellite dish.

Matt concluded, “We are thrilled to be partnering with SKY and our other content partners to offer their massive range of entertainment across our innovative digital platform. We’re calling on everyone who has yet to try Vodafone TV to head into one of our stores and experience the magic for themselves.”

Over time Vodafone expects to expand content channels and evolving functionality will make the experience even more diverse and user-friendly for customers.

Sky Pacific fails it's customers: Council

From http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=422149

SKY Pacific continues to fail its customers as consumers pay money for the service but in return get poor to no coverage and unsatisfactory customer services.

This was said by Consumer Council of Fiji chief executive officer Premila Kumar today in relation to complaints raised by consumers on the sun outage disrupting the Sony channel on Sky Pacific.

Ms Kumar said Digicel needed to give their customers an explanation as to why the sun outage only affected the Sony Channel and not the other channels.

"The Council fails to understand why only Sony channel and not the other channels are affected," she said.

"Explanations given by Digicel to the Council on the issue are not satisfactory."

A sun outage is an interruption in satellite signals caused by interference from solar radiation. The interference is caused when the sun is in direct line with a communication satellite and the sun's radiation overwhelms the satellite signal.

SpaceX launches Korean satellite, sticks rocket landing

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/SpaceX_launches_Korean_satellite_sticks_rocket_landing_999.html

SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket Monday carrying a South Korean communications satellite to boost broadband coverage for southeast Asia and the Middle East, and stuck its 19th rocket landing in two years.

The tall, white rocket roared into the blue sky over Cape Canaveral, Florida at 3:34 pm (1934 GMT), propelling Koreasat-5A toward a geostationary orbit some 22,000 miles (36,000 kilometers) from Earth.

The satellite is designed to replace an earlier version, called Koreasat 5, which launched in 2006. The satellite was successfully deployed, SpaceX confirmed about 45 minutes after lauch.

Minutes after launch, the rocket separated and the tall portion, called the first stage, fired its engines and maneuvered its grid fins to guide itself back to an upright landing on an ocean platform.

Less than nine minutes after takeoff, the scorched rocket touched down on a droneship marked with an X and labeled "Of Course I Still Love You."

"A little toasty but the Stage 1 is certainly still intact on the droneship," said a SpaceX commentator, as video images showed the rocket standing upright on the platform.

Monday's launch marked the 16th for SpaceX so far this year.

Headed by space enthusiast and solar energy entrepreneur Elon Musk, SpaceX is working on re-using rocket parts after launch -- rather than jettisoning them into the ocean as is the typical practice.

So far, the company has managed to land 12 rockets on ocean platforms and seven on solid ground.

The goal is to save money and eventually bring down the cost of space travel.

Russia may be building a nuclear-powered satellite that could fire lasers to charge spacecrafts

From http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/russia-may-be-building-nuclear-powered-satellite-that-could-fire-lasers-charge-spacecrafts-1645275

According to reports, KB Arsenal is expected to present a blueprint for this technology by 2018.

Roscosmos, the Russian space agency has reportedly made a contract with KB Arsenal, a research facility based out of St. Petersburg to build a nuclear-powered satellite. The satellite is also touted to have a laser system that can recharge other satellites and even spacecraft in orbit.

The project was reportedly revealed when KB Arsenal was roped in to study the "space nuclear power plant". An RT report says the space agency is eyeing a nuclear reactor with a power output of between 100 kW and 1,000 kW. The report adds that it will also have a laser beam that can power other satellites.

Using lasers to power and recharge is a concept that has been around for some time now, notes Popular Mechanics.

Small, electrical powered drones, for example, were charged mid-air in a demonstration by Lockheed Martin. They were able to charge a drone using focused laser beams pointed at a photovoltaic cell attached to the wing of the aircraft.

KB Arsenal is reportedly expected to present a blueprint for this technology by 2018. This includes technical specs as well as possible orbits where this space nuclear power plant can be deployed.

The RT report mentions that both the US and Russia tested nuclear options for space flight in the past, but the then USSR studied it in more detail, using it in over 30 missions. KB Arsenal was also the maker of the Topaz reactor, which was apparently tested on two thermionic converters –a device that under high temperature, inside a vacuum tube, converts heat into electricity– on satellites in the 1980's.

Russia is also working on a nuclear propulsion system for space, noted the report. It could be used for deep space missions. Orbital satellites, however, are better off using solar panels to power them, noted the report, that could mean this project could end up as a proof of concept rather than an actual working model.

IBTimes UK could not independently verify this news, but if Roscosmos is able to pull this off, it could be the first nuclear-powered satellite in space since the USSR launched one in 1988.

What Ever Happened to Sea Launch?

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/What_Ever_Happened_to_Sea_Launch_999.html

Rumors about the future of Sea Launch are frequently aired, and media reports indicated that the floating launch platform was to be sold this year, probably to Russian investors.

Bethesda, MD (SPX) Oct 31, 2017 Sea Launch was a unique space launch system intended to be an attractive way to launch geostationary earth orbit (GEO) satellites. It was developed as a multinational endeavor that uses a mobile maritime launch platform for equatorial launches of commercial payloads on a specialized Zenit-3SL launch system.

The first launch took place in March 1999 with launches occurring occasionally for the next 15 years. A total of 36 attempts produced 32 complete successes and one partial success.

Almost all payloads were communications satellites intended for geostationary transfer orbit (GTO). Customers included EchoStar, DirecTV, XM Satellite Radio, PanAmSat, and Thuraya. Launch vehicle assembly and payload integration were done on a special-purpose ship, Sea Launch Commander, in Long Beach Harbor, California.

Before leaving the harbor, an assembled vehicle was placed on top of a self-propelled seagoing platform, Ocean Odyssey, and both the ship and platform steamed to an equatorial launch location on the Pacific Ocean, south of Hawai'i.

A sea-based launch system means launches can be made from the optimum position on Earth's surface for geostationary satellites. This situation leads to increased payload capacity and reduced per-kg launch costs compared to other launch-site locations. Furthermore, satellites boosted by Sea Launch experienced extended life on-station due to lower propellant expenditures upon final GEO injection.

Unfortunately, due to financial and geopolitical complications, in 2014, Sea Launch had to mothball both ship and platform, and stop operations.

Looking back to 1995, Sea Launch was originally established as a consortium of four companies from Norway, Russia, Ukraine and U.S. It was managed by Boeing and based in Long Beach, CA. Operations were carried out by participants from the shareholder companies.

Normal operations took place for 10 years, but in 2009, the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Nevertheless, Sea Launch claimed it would continue normal business operations after filing for reorganization. However, about a year later, Energia, a 25% owner, announced a plan to acquire controlling interest in the company. One result of this was the introduction of land-based launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in early 2011. Sea-based launches were to resume later that year.

Sea Launch did emerge from bankruptcy in October 2010 as Energia Overseas Limited, a Russian corporation. Boeing and other U.S. companies did retain minority shares. However, in 2013, Boeing sued the Russian Energia and two Ukrainian partners, claiming the companies refused to pay more than $350 million following the joint venture's bankruptcy filing in 2009.

Jumping to mid-2014, following the Russian military intervention in Ukraine, a number of Russian media reports indicated Sea Launch might mothball the Odyssey launch platform. These claims were denied. Nevertheless, in August 2014, Sea Launch reduced staff and stopped operations, because they had no launches scheduled until late 2015. In fact, its last launch was in May of 2014.

Rumors about the future of Sea Launch are frequently aired, and media reports indicated that the floating launch platform was to be sold this year, probably to Russian investors.

Another double success for SpaceX

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/31/another-double-success-for-spacex-2/

SpaceX achieved another text-book rocket launch and subsequent landing on the afternoon of October 30th. SpaceX launched Koreasat-5A into its geostationary transfer orbit at 3.34pm Florida time.

A few minutes after launch the 1st stage separated from the satellite and its protective faring, re-started its engines and manoeuvred its guidance grid fins to bring itself back to an upright landing onto its floating ocean barge at 3.43pm just 9 minutes after the lift-off.

The launch was SpaceX’s 16th this year, a record for the company. SpaceX managed 3 launches during October.

Korteasat-5A will boost TV signals and connectivity over parts of Asia, Africa and reaching as far as Australia.

YouTube unveils TV app

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/31/youtube-tv-app-for-tvs/

YouTube has unveiled its new YouTube TV app, built for TV devices.

Writing in the YouTube blog, Okalo Ikhena, YouTube TV Product Manager, notes that since the launch of YouTube TV in April, users have streamed live sports, local and national news, and can’t-miss shows on their phones, tablets and computers. “We know you love watching TV content on, well, your TV. In fact, over half the time spent watching YouTube TV is consumed through Chromecast on the big screen. And members who stream with a Chromecast are highly engaged, watching over four hours a day on the weekends with football season back in full swing,” he observes.

“So today we’re excited to unveil the new YouTube TV app built for TV devices. In the next few days, you’ll be able to stream live TV through the new YouTube TV app on Android TV devices including NVIDIA SHIELD and TVs with Android TV built-in, such as Sony, as well as on the Xbox One family of devices (Xbox One, Xbox One S, and soon Xbox One X),” he advises.

“In the coming weeks we’ll be launching the new app on Smart TVs, such as LG, Samsung, Sony, along with Apple TV. We also recently expanded our TV device support by launching voice commands with Google Home paired with Chromecast. If you love the simplicity of finding your favourite content on the mobile app, you’ll be happy to know you’ll still find our signature tabs on the TV app as well–home, live and library. Finding, playing, and recording your favourite live TV is as simple as before,” he says.

New on the TV app:
•Control your live TV experience with your TV’s remote control or game controller.
•For a more cinematic look, we made the background dark on your TVs.
•A new Live guide made for your big screen, so you can get a sneak-peek at what’s airing soon.
•Never miss the action with our background playback experience built for your big screen.
•Easily pick up where you left off on another device when you get home.

YouTube TV is now available in all top 50 metro areas, covering over two-thirds of the US. “We’re expanding quickly, so visit tv.youtube.com and sign up to be notified when we launch in your market,” he advises.

Star to launch Kannada sports channel on 16 Nov; Channel V to be discontinued

From http://www.televisionpost.com/television/star-to-launch-kannada-sports-channel-on-16-nov-channel-v-to-be-discontinued/

MUMBAI: After launching regional sports channels in Hindi and Tamil, Star India is all set to launch Star Sports 1 Kannada on 16 November. The Kannada sports channels will replace the broadcaster’s Hindi music channel, Channel V, which will be discontinued from the same date.

“The viewers are informed that “Channel V” will be available as “Star Sports 1 Kannada” with effect from November 16, 2017,” Star India said in a public notice.

Star Sports 1 Kannada’s launch coincides with Indian Super League (ISL) season 4, which kicks-off on 17 November. The league featuring 10 teams will be the first longer season with 95 games.

Like its other regional siblings, Star Sports 1 Kannada will be the home of India cricket and local leagues like Pro Kabaddi, ISL and Karnataka Premier League (KPL), the local version of Indian Premier League (IPL). The broadcaster is also in the process of acquiring local properties for the new channel.

“We are going step by step. Our Tamil channel has been a huge success which is why we are launching a second regional channel in South. Star Sports 1 Kannada will also have a local flavour to it in terms of content and programming,” a Star India official told TelevisionPost.com on condition of anonymity.

Star had launched its first regional sports channel in 2013 with the launch of Star Sports 3, which was re-branded Star Sports 1 Hindi in May. Subsequently, it shuttered Star Sports 4 to launch Star Sports 1 Tamil on 28 May.

In fact, the broadcaster had in 2015 procured 10 TV channel licences from the ministry of information and broadcasting (MIB) to launch regional sports channels in Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, Bengali and Malayalam in standard definition (SD) as well as high definition (HD).

It utilised three licences to launch Star Sports Select HD1, Star Sports Select HD2, and Star Gold Select HD and surrendered seven licences namely Star Sports Bengali, Star Sports Malayalam, Star Sports Malayalam HD, Star Sports Tamil, Star Sports Tamil HD, Star Sports Telugu and Star Sports Telugu HD.

In May, Star also launched Star Sports Select 1 and 2 by discontinuing Star Sports HD 4 and FX.

Star India has long been a champion of broadcasting live sports in regional languages to increase sports viewing in the country.

In fact, talking to TelevisionPost.com in 2013, Star India’s Sanjay Gupta had said that a big part of Star’s cricket journey will lie in language feeds. “In the coming two years we are looking at channels in Tamil, Bengali, Marathi, and Kannada,” Gupta had said.

Endgame for Channel V

November 16 will also mark the end of Star’s experiments with Channel V. The broadcaster has repeatedly changed the positioning of the channel from a music channel to a youth GEC and back to being a music channel. However, the channel has constantly failed to deliver the viewership that is required to sustain a channel.

Channel V started off as a music channel. However, it started shedding its music content beginning 2009. In 2012, it positioned itself as a youth GEC with fiction content as its USP. In 2016, it again went back to music. Under the new avatar, Channel V aired a mix of Indian and international music videos.

What also didn’t work in favour of Channel V is that the music genre is highly fragmented with well-entrenched players like Mastiii, B4U Music, Sony Mix and 9XM who have built a loyal audience base among music lovers. The youth GEC, on the other hand, is a category has a very small ad pie.


Tuesday, no update


Sunday feeds

Asiasat 5 4094 H Sr 7200 "IBF_MACAO_PathA" Boxing FTA

Saturday feeds

Optus D2 12653 V Sr 7199 Asia Pacific amateur championship Golf
Optus D2 12663 V Sr 7500 horses

Intelsat 19 12441 H Sr 7500, NBL
Intelsat 19 12450 H Sr 7500, NBL

Intelsat 19 12450 H Sr 7200 "Waicomm 1" H Downs 500 motor sports feed

Asiasat 5 100.5E 4148 H 7500 "L. PARK" Linkin Park and Frends - In Honor of Chester Bennington

Saturday morning feeds

Asiasat 5 4094 H Sr 7200 "IBF_Macao_PathA" Boxing

Asiasat 5 3925 H Sr 7200 "Service-1" Ice Hockey
Asiasat 5 3896 V Sr 7200 "S League" Football Singapore league

From the Dish

From asiatvro site

东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Iconcerts替换东森电影(寰宇卫视)频道,设置12461 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [10月30日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,4cbc4dac2e2b(台亚卫星)频道新增,设置11101 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [10月30日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,北京国际、东方国际、安徽卫视(老挝)频道加密,设置10850 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [10月30日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,DDish Live(Ddish TV)高清频道解密,设置12629 H 43200参数免费接收。 [10月30日]

东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,凤凰资讯、test(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置10910 H 45000参数无效接收。 [10月29日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-5、MRTV、VTV 1(MPEG-4)频道加密,设置10910 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [10月29日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,丝路电视、TV 9(老挝)频道消失,设置10790 H 40000参数无效接收。 [10月29日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-4、浙江国际(MPEG-4)等9个频道加密,设置10850 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [10月29日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,One TV Sabay(柬埔寨)频道解密,设置10790 H 40000参数免费接收。 [10月29日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,VTC 6(MPEG-4)频道解密,设置11008 H 28800参数免费接收。 [10月29日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,INH 24X7替换India Crime(MPEG-4)频道,设置3805 H 28500参数免费接收。 [10月29日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,MNC Channel(印尼)频道新增,设置3831 H 2000参数免费接收。 [10月29日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,ef6b4dac2e2b(台亚卫星)等3个频道新增,设置11101 V 45000参数部分免费接收。 [10月29日]

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2A号卫星Ku频段,Big Asia、TNV Planeta(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11490 V 7500参数免费接收。 [10月28日]

东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,澳广视(澳门)频道消失,设置3800 H 3255参数无效接收。 [10月27日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,FOX Thai(高清)频道改格式,设置10790 H 40000参数有条件接收。 [10月27日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,VSE1705、VSE1706(测试)频道新增,设置4000 H 29700参数有条件接收。 [10月27日]


New $99 Foxtel Puck Coming Next Week, Stan But, No Netflix

From https://www.channelnews.com.au/new-99-foxtel-puck-coming-next-week-stan-but-no-netflix/

Foxtel is set to launch their new $99 Puck streaming box next week.

The device which has Stan but no Netflix content after Foxtel refused to include a Netflix button on the remote and app is designed to give consumers access to Foxtel basic services.

ChannelNews understands that the 4K device which is made by Technicolour will only be available to purchase via the Foxtel Now web site.

Retailers such as JB Hi Fi, The Good Guys and Harvey Norman who currently sell access to the iQ3 box will not get the box due to “slim margins” according to one insider.

Technicolour claim that the box will deliver advanced services such as HEVC, Ultra HD 4K, multi-screen, or wireless video streaming.

The device will also offer immediate access to the Foxtel Now platform, as well as access to the Google Play store and YouTube.

The Technicolour Puck Set To Be Adopted by Foxtel

Currently Foxtel is working with a major set top box supplier to deliver a new iQ4 box in 2018.

The new Foxtel Puck will deliver premium 4K Ultra HD Over-The-Top and linear TV services as well as Android TV capability.

It supports Ultra HD broadcast services with up to 3840×2160 video resolutions.

All content can be decoded at up to 60 frames per second (fps) for a smoother and more realistic reproduction of movement.

Technicolour claim that the dual band, IEEE 802.11ac 2×2 wireless technology, in the device provides end-users the freedom to place their TVs and video devices almost anywhere in the home.

The platform benefits from a powerful quad core processor that is ideal for high CPU demanding services such as gaming.


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
Foxtel is banking on the Puck delivering increased subscriber numbers to the basic system with users then paying additional fees for services such as Fox Sport, movies and premium content.

SpaceX goes for a record 16th launch

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/30/spacex-goes-for-a-record-16th-launch/

This evening (October 30th) SpaceX will launch KoreaSat 5A, its 16th launch of the year to date, and all executed with flawless precision from the launch pad to the floating barges when the Falcon 9’s 1st stages were due for recovery.

The launch window opens at 3.34pm (Florida time) from the Kennedy Space Centre. However, the year is far from over and it is likely that at least two and probably three launches will be squeezed into the final two months of the year. This would take the year’s total to at least 19 missions which is more than SpaceX managed in the combined 2014, 2015 and 2016 tally.

Moreover, SpaceX officials told the US Senate’s Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee on October 25th that it would start launching OneWeb’s initial demo-satellites into orbit within the next few months. These are ‘test and validation’ flights for the small Low Earth Orbiting craft. The real constellation won’t start launching until 2019.

Arianespace to launch Inmarsat's fifth Global Xpress satellite

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Arianespace_to_launch_Inmarsats_fifth_Global_Xpress_satellite_999.html

Arianespace and Inmarsat have announced the signature of the launch contract for Inmarsat's Global Xpress-5 (GX-5) very high throughput communications satellite.

The satellite will be orbited by an Ariane 5 heavy-lift launcher from the Guiana Space Center, Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana (South America) during the second half of 2019.

A very high throughput satellite (V-HTS), GX-5 will offer services covering the Middle East, Europe and the Indian sub-continent.

The payload will be fully integrated into Inmarsat's current GX high-speed network.

Inmarsat's GX-5 satellite is based on Thales Alenia Space's upgraded Spacebus 4000 B2 platform.

GX-5 features a design life of 16 years and will weigh about four metric tons at launch, with a payload rated at approximately 6.8 kW of electrical power.

Commenting on this latest contract, Arianespace Chief Executive Officer Stephane Israel said: "With this new launch contract, we are very proud to continue our partnership with Inmarsat that dates back to 1981. We are honored to have been selected for the 10th time by Inmarsat for the launch of the very high throughput satellite GX-5, only four months after we successfully launched the Hellas Sat 3-Inmarsat S EAN " condosat " with an Ariane 5.

"This renewed trust demonstrates the outstanding performance and reliability of our heavy-weight Ariane 5 launch vehicle, as well as its ability to respond to new broadband and in-flight connectivity demands today, even before the arrival of our new Ariane 6 heavy-lift launcher."

Satellite broadband with no 'blind spot'

From http://www.dailyexpress.com.my/news.cfm?NewsID=120749

Kota Kinabalu: Satellite beamed broadband coverage over Malaysia is available today, even in the most remote and isolated areas and islands, with "no blind spot" or receivership lag as experienced in Astro services during thunderstorms.
The management of Lautan Variasi Sdn Bhd, a Malaysian Bumiputera company headquartered in Cyberjaya, revealed to Daily Express that their firm is already in operation, even in Sabah, with clients like government agency SLDB and others and many plantation companies in the rural and remote areas.

"Nowadays mobile communications are an important part of daily life for government agencies or the private sector. Because of this interest in the case of these communications needs, satellite communications still remains the best choice to provide a continuous connection.

"We offer nationwide satellite broadband coverage for our Internet data as well as fast and reliable broadband Internet service to our customers. Our coverage includes all terrestrial, coastal, island and offshore area," said Its Managing Director Syed Nasir Hussin Syed Peer.

So confident is Syed Nasir of his company's expertise using Measat-5 and IPSTAR-1 satellites that his message was "Choose your broadband provider very carefully.""We are on mission to connect the world by making the Internet accessible, affordable and secured to everyone, everywhere and anytime.

We will do this by deploying technologies that overcome the traditional telecom challenges.

We also will advance satellite, wireless, cloud and security technologies that enable us to securely deliver terabytes of data volume in real-time from space," he said.

"A satellite in the geo synchronous orbit can cover around 33 per cent of the earth's surface and can provide connectivity to any region covered by it. A satellite can also focus on a particular high-density region and multiple satellites can work together to provide global coverage. This is very useful for remote locations like rural areas, ships and coastal regions, hills, etc. where there is limited or no terrestrial connectivity.

"In order to ensure our customers continue to enjoy the best quality service using our system, we provide an excellent technical team for you. Our technical support team will always be ready to support whenever you need around the clock. Just give us a call and we will assist you until your problem is solved."

Lautan Variasi is not competing in the urban areas with Telekom or other telcos deep into fibre optic cabling and other mode of telecommunication transmissions, although in future it can bid for telco spectrum and perform as well if not better than the other existing players.

Lautan Variasi is specialising in satellite broadband outreach, especially in rural locations throughout Malaysia, with future market development prospects in areas like Indo China to Timor Leste.

A regional satellite system beams cover 22 countries throughout the Asia-Pacific Rim, with Ku-Band (84 Spot Beams, 3 Shaped Beams, and 7 Regional Broadcast Beams) and Ka-Band (18 Feeder Beams & Gateways).

Incorporated in August 2015, Lautan Variasi claims to offer the cheapest broadband service package price and affordable on the market to all customers via their satellite technology with a variety of service packages to meet the demands and needs of its customers.

Customers simply choose the service package that corresponds to the current needs and financial provisions, and Lautan Variasi is also able to provide customised service packages according to customer requirements, but it is subject to certain terms and conditions.

Lautan Variasi aims to be a leader in providing and offering efficient and cost-effective solutions to entire world, and employing innovative and state-of-the-art technologies to exceed expectations.

It is positioned as a company specialising in the provision of IP telecommunications solutions.

Through strategic alliances with its international principals, the company has evolved to become a specialist in providing sophisticated state-of-the-art All IP based and industry leading telecommunications solutions, including in various projects under Managed Services, Satellite Networks and Mobile Data. - David Thien

North Korea vows to launch more satellites despite international opposition

From http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/north-korea-vows-launch-more-satellites-despite-international-opposition-1645132

The Kim Jong-un regime is widely suspected to be covertly using its satellite programme to develop its ballistic missile operations.

North Korea has pledged to launch more satellites into space, with the country laying out a detailed multi-year programme. Pyongyang said it would not hesitate to press ahead with its plans since a sovereign state has every right to frame its own policies.

Tensions have been escalating in the Korean Peninsula, with the North repeatedly improving its nuclear and missile capabilities with little regard to global calls to scale down the programmes.

The reclusive Kim Jong-un regime is officially banned from conducting nuclear and ballistic missile tests. However, the diplomatically-isolated nation hardly pays any attention to UN regulations.

"It is a global trend that a country seeks economic growth with the space programme," said the country's major mouthpiece Rodong Sinmun, revealing that Kim's regime has put in place a five-year space development programme.

The commentary carried by the North Korean daily claimed that an ambitious satellite communication system, which will be operational by June 2019, will help contribute to "economic development, including geostationary satellites, and people's lives".

"Some countries have manipulated UN sanctions resolutions against us and hindered the sovereign country's space development. It is not a tolerable act," it added.

It is widely suspected that the North is covertly using its satellite programme to develop its ballistic missile operations due to the similarity in rocket technology involved in sending satellites to space and launching long-range missiles.

However, the country argues that its satellites are meant for civilian purposes only.

Pyongyang has so far launched two satellites – the Kwangmyongsong-1 (Bright Star-1) and Kwangmyongsong-4 – under the name which refers to the former leader Kim Jong-il. While the first launch took place in August 1998, the second one was carried out in February 2016.

Italy’s RAI plans English-language channel

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/27/italys-rai-plans-english-language-channel/

Italy’s RAI is planning to launch its first English-language TV channel in 2018.

The initiative comes courtesy of the new Service Contract whose draft has been adopted by the Italian public broadcaster, following negotiations with the Ministry of Economic Development.

According to daily La Repubblica, the new 24-hour channel will be distributed globally and will present Italy to a foreign audience. The schedule will include news bulletins, documentaries and sports programmes.

RAI will also have to buy more original programming from independent producers, for a total of €2 million in 2018 (€3 million from 2019 and increasing in the following years).

In addition, RAI will have to make available, in the name of ‘technological neutrality’, all its TV channels to satellite broadcasters such as Sky Italia. The pay-TV platform will have to pay a fee for the broadcasting of the public service channels.

RAI will have to free up the 700 MHz band by 2022, currently used to transmit some of its main terrestrial TV channels, for mobile telephony and Internet services. Other obligations include the subtitling of at least 80 per cent of TV programmes and the elimination of advertising on children’s’ content.

The Service Contract should enter into force in January 2018 and will be valid for five years.

Meanwhile, RAI reported a 3.8 per cent drop in TV licence fee revenues in the first half of 2017, to €35.4 million. In the same period, ad revenues were down by 8.2 per cent, to €30.6 million.

Analyst: Online piracy losses to hit $52bn

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/30/analyst-online-piracy-losses-to-hit-52bn/

Revenues lost to online piracy will nearly double between 2016 and 2022 to $51.6 billion (€44.5bn), according to the Online TV Piracy Forecasts report from Digital TV Research. Covering 138 countries, these forecasts include revenues lost to TV episodes and movies – but not other sectors such as sports or pay-TV.

“Piracy will never be eradicated,” declared Simon Murray, Principal Analyst at Digital TV Research. “However, it is not all bad news. Piracy growth rates will decelerate as more effective government action is taken and as the benefits of legal choices become more apparent.”

“Legitimate revenues from OTT TV episodes and movie overtook online piracy losses as far back as 2013. The gap between the two measures is widening,” he advised.

Asia Pacific will become the largest region for online piracy in 2018 – overtaking North America. Asia Pacific’s piracy losses will double between 2016 and 2022 to nearly $20 billion.

Online TV piracy is spreading worldwide. The top five countries represented 63 per cent of the 2016 total, but this proportion will fall to 55 per cent by 2022. Eight countries will record revenue losses of more than $1 billion in 2022 – double the 2016 count.

The US will remain the largest country by piracy losses, with $11.6 billion forecast by 2022. However, this is ‘only’ up by $2.6 billion or 30 per cent on 2016.

China has taken measures to combat piracy, but it is still a major problem. Its revenue losses will climb by $5.5 billion between 2016 and 2022 to $9.8 billion. However, China’s gap between legitimate revenues versus piracy losses will improve from a deficit of $1.2 billion in 2016 to a surplus of $2.4 billion in 2022.

The problem will not be dealt with as effectively elsewhere. India will climb from eighth in the 2016 rankings ($700 million losses) to third in 2022 ($3.1 billion losses). Brazil will add $1.1 billion in losses over the same period.

Top five countries by online TV and movie revenues lost to piracy

($ million)

Ranking Country 2016 Ranking Country 2022
1 USA 8,943 1 USA 11,583
2 China 4,236 2 China 9,778
3 Brazil 1,486 3 India 3,078
4 United Kingdom 1,097 4 Brazil 2,584
5 South Korea 948 5 Mexico 1,576

Source: Digital TV Research

Tata Sky offers Reliance DTH consumers migration deal, Dish TV too in play

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/dth/dth-operator/tata-sky-offers-reliance-dth-consumers-migration-deal-dish-tv-too-in-play-171027

MUMBAI: Tata Sky reportedly is offering consumers of Reliance Digital TV a limited time offer till middle of November 2017 to migrate to its platform at no extra cost. Reason: Reliance is not renewing its DTH licence that expires in November 2017.

Though no official confirmations are forthcoming from any of the companies involved, a message being flashed on TV sets of consumers of Reliance Digital TV informs people to call a designated number or give a missed-call after which the consumer receives a call back from its new DTH service provider.

The message mentions a number 9237092370 that has to be called. When the number was called by this reporter, a recorded message said, “Thank you for showing interest in Tata Sky. We will get in touch with you within 72 hours.”

According to a possible deal hammered out between the two companies, Tata Sky will offer to Reliance consumers a mechanism involving installation of free STBs and dish antennas for a painless migration in an offer that is valid till 18 November 2017.

Tata Sky is also promising the approximately one million Reliance Digital TV consumers --- mostly pre-paid --- their Reliance credit money will be transferred to the new Tata Sky accounts.

However, industry sources indicated that India’s first private sector DTH operator Dish TV too has, reportedly, told its distributors that any Reliance Digital TV consumer who has not migrated to a competitor’s platform should be targeted for acquisition after paying that consumer a one-time fee of approximately Rs. 1,000. Dish TV is in the process of amalgamating the ops of Videocon d2h DTH with itself pending some regulatory clearances.

Few days back Reliance Communications, parent of Reliance Digital TV, had informed Bombay Stock Exchange: “DTH operation is a non-core business of the company provided through Reliance BigTV Limited (RBTV), a subsidiary of the Company. RBTV’s DTH license is expiring by end of November 2017and the company is currently working with three leading DTH operators for seamless migration of customers to enjoy uninterrupted services”.

Whether some regulatory clearances by other satellite TV operators in India need to be taken for customer acquisition of soon-to-be-shuttered DTH ops of Reliance is not yet clear.

When indiantelevision.com had got in touch with regulator TRAI and Ministry of Information and Broadcasting last week, officials at both the organizations said they were unaware of Reliance Digital TV’s future plans and also the reason as to why it was not renewing its DTH licence as no official communications had been received by them till then.


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update


Friday feeds

Intelsat 19 12432 H 7499 Aus v England league, 1st game of the Rugby League World Cup

Optus D2 12653 V Sr 7200 Asia Pacific amateur championship Golf

Asiasat 5 3865 V Sr 7200 "MCUK Enc 8" Golf

Asiasat 5 3925 H Sr 7200 "Singtel TEST" The Thai King's Funeral coverage, also live on ALL Thai channels

From my Email


From the Dish

Palapa D 113.0E MNC Channel has moved from 4172 V to 3831 H, Fta.

SES 7 108.2E 11481 H "O Shopping" has started on , encrypted.

SES 7 108.2E 11539 H "Shop TV, BBC World News South Asia, FX Philippines and BBC Earth Asia" have started on , encrypted.
SES 7 108.2E 11598 H "Fox Crime Asia, CGTN and CGTN Documentary" have started on , encrypted.
SES 7 108.2E 11598 H "DMAX Southeast Asia" has left .
SES 7 108.2E 11627 H "KBS World, Ez Shop, TV 5 Monde Asia and France 24 English" have started on , encrypted.Fox Crime HD Asia has left .

AsiaSat 5 100.5E "Kazakh TV" has moved from 3700 V to 4040 H, Fta.

ChinaSat 11 98.0E 12560 V Fox Movies Asia, Fox Action Movies and Fox Sports 2 Asia are back on , ABV.

Apstar 7 76.5E 12521 V "CCTV 2" has left .

ABS 2 75.0E 3496 V "Australia Channel News, Australia Channel Sport, Australia Channel Business and Pet Club TV" have started on , Irdeto.
ABS 2 75.0E 3685 V "Clouds TV International" has left .
ABS 2 75.0E 3818 V "Clouds TV International and Clouds TV Rwanda" have started on , Fta.
ABS 2 75.0E 4005 H "TV E" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12682 V "Number One TV and Charis TV" have started on , Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,B TV(泰国)频道解密,设置11480 H 30000参数免费接收。 [10月27日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Living Channel、Food Channel(测试)频道新增,设置3760 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [10月27日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Kix HD(传送)频道重现,设置3900 H 30000参数免费接收。 [10月27日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Soyon Gegeeruuleg(蒙古)频道重现,设置12690 H 43200参数免费接收。 [10月27日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,Star Sports 2(MPEG-4)频道改频率,设置10910 H 45000参数免费接收。 [10月27日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-高尔夫.网球(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置10910 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [10月27日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Cinemax替换光影欧洲(寰宇卫视)频道,设置12401 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [10月27日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,I24 News(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置10730 V 40000参数无效接收。 [10月27日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,Lao Sat(老挝)频道新增,设置10730 V 40000参数免费接收。 [10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、CCTV-3(MPEG-4)频道加密,设置10850 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [10月27日]


NBN Co to deploy G.fast from 2018

From https://www.telecomasia.net/content/nbn-co-deploy-gfast-2018

Australia's NBN Co, the state-owned company building the national broadband network, has revealed it will deploy the G.fast copper acceleration technology on its network from 2018.

The company will adopt G.fast for the fibre-to-the-building and fibre-to-the-curb components of its networks to provide an upgrade path for these users to ultra-fast speeds.

G.fast and the more advanced XG FAST can accelerate the speeds of VDSL lines to fibre-like speeds. XG FAST can deliver speeds of up to 1Gbps depending on the condition and length of the copper last mile.

NBN Co said its trials of the technology in 2015 achieved speeds of 600Mbps over a 20 year old stretch of 100 meter coper cabling. But the average age of a copper connection in Australia is 35 years.

“Adding G.fast to the toolkit for the FTTC and FTTB networks will allow us to deliver ultra-fast services faster and more cost effectively than if we had to deliver them on a full FTTP connection,” NBN Co chief strategy officer JB Rousselot said.

The NBN project as envisioned by the previous labor government would have delivered FTTP connections to 93% of Australian premises, with fixed wireless and satellite technologies reaching the remaining 7%. But this plan was controversially scrapped by the current government in favor of a multi-technology mix of FTTP, FTTN, FTTC, HFC, fixed wireless and satellite.

“Our FTTP and HFC end-users already have the technology to support Gigabit services and adding G.fast over FTTC provides the upgrade path for our FTTN end users to ultimately receive Gigabit speeds too,” Rousselot continued.

Thaicom, govt start dispute over Thaicom 7, Thaicom 8 satellites

From https://www.telecompaper.com/news/thaicom-govt-start-dispute-over-thaicom-7-thaicom-8-satellites--1217655

Thaicom has announced that it has received a letter from the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society stating that Thaicom 7 and Thaicom 8 satellites were the satellites under the Operating Agreement on Domestic Communication Satellite dated 11 September 1991 between Intouch, which is a major shareholder of the company holding 41.14 percent, and the Ministry. Intouch established the company to operate works under this agreement. In this regard, the letter from the Ministry stated a request for the full compliance with the agreement on an urgent basis; e.g. transfer of ownership and delivery of assets, procurement of the backup satellite(s), payment of overdue revenue sharing, and property insurance.
Thaicom claims that the two satellites were not the satellites under the agreement as the procedures of Thaicom 7 and Thaicom 8 satellites fell under the scope of license received from the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission. Moreover, Thaicom says it has fully complied with the terms and conditions of the Agreement and has not proceeded with any operations against or violating the Agreement.

Therefore, Thaicom reports it has a different opinion from the Ministry on Thaicom 7 and Thaicom 8 satellites. Thaicom plans to submit to an arbitrator the dispute for further settlement.

Major satellite stocks hammered

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/27/major-satellite-stocks-hammered/

The ‘big three’ satellite operators, Intelsat, SES and Eutelsat have all suffered massive falls in their share prices.

Intelsat’s tumbled 19.36 per cent in late-afternoon trading on October 26th (by $1.15 to $4.79) and at one point the share price hit $4.44 (€3.82).

Eutelsat’s fall from grace was even more dramatic, crashing 14 per cent in early trading on the Paris exchange, falling €3.24 to €19.97 in early trading in October 27th.

SES of Luxembourg also saw a severe fall on October 27th from an already depressed price of €16.68 to a 5-year ‘low’ point of just €14.49.

The problems for each of the three giant operators can be summed up as one of ‘confidence’ in their future business models.

Intelsat’s upside: “Let’s talk C-band”

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/27/intelsats-upside-lets-talk-c-band/

A 75-minute analyst call from Intelsat CEO Steve Spengler on Octber 26th covered all the operator’s bases, but the questioners kept returning to the vexed topic of Intelsat (and Intel’s) hopes to see some of Intelsat’s C-band frequencies over the US reallocated for 5G usage.

The news that this revolutionary concept even exists has helped propel Intelsat’s share price these past few weeks from a typical $3 a share to – at one stage – more than $6. Investors are betting that the Federal Communications Commission will – one day in the future – permit Intelsat to free up this capacity and lease the bandwidth to spectrum-hungry telcos for huge sums of money.

Giles Thorne, equity analyst at Investment bank Jefferies, accurately summed up the position, saying: “The C-band exposition on the call was useful but incidental to what will be a long and drawn upside (if any upside at all).”

Thorne continued: “As the first set of results since Intelsat announced its C-band sharing plans, there was inevitably a huge amount of focus on this topic: we are still very early in the process, hard to talk definitively to any scenario; the FCC received 80 submissions to its July Notice of Inquiry – there is a final submission date on 15 November – precedent suggests that any rulemaking would be 2 years at the earliest; Intelsat’s plan would not in any way compromise current revenue; this proactive approach is not an implicit statement on the future of cable head-end distribution in the US (“there are 5,000 head-ends, we’re successfully renewing with customers, this will be a distribution neighbourhood for the foreseeable future”) – indeed, an aspect of the plan is to get investment certainty around this application; management believes it has a creative and pragmatic solution to meet all stakeholders needs, and in a way that all precedent attempts to reallocate satellite spectrum lack; on its rights to monetise spectrum it doesn’t own.”

Spengler explained this by saying: “We’ve been allocated rights for decades now, we are not selling the spectrum, we are making arrangements for joint use, we’ve made billions of dollars of investment in this orbital arc and we may have to relocate earth stations and invest in new types of satellites.”

Thorne added: “The latter comment implying that the initial revenue opportunity would be compensation for investments – management not keen to be drawn on the scope to lease the spectrum post re-banding of traffic (though in our view, that must surely be the endgame); and that the plan would be a US application, not global.”

Intelsat’s share price tumbled 23 per cent on October 26th

Spengler defends Intelsat-Intel C-band proposal as a U.S.-only solution

From http://spacenews.com/spengler-defends-intelsat-intel-c-band-proposal-as-a-u-s-only-solution/

WASHINGTON — Intelsat CEO Stephen Spengler defended Intelsat’s joint proposal with Intel for ceeding certain satellite spectrum to the wireless industry for 5G services, telling investors Oct. 26 that the controversial C-band proposition is not intended as a solution for clearing congested airwaves outside the U.S.

In a quarterly earnings call with investors, Spengler said the proposal — one of around 80 now under review at the U.S. Federal Communications Commission — was forged with Intel out of recognition that the U.S. is moving with considerable momentum to repurpose the prized satellite spectrum and shows no sign of changing course.

Consequently, Intelsat sees its compromise as the best way for satellite interests to avoid getting “run over by the 5G train,” as then-FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler put it bluntly last year.

“We view this as a U.S.-specific situation, and a U.S. specific issue to be addressed, and that is how we are pursuing it,” Spengler explained. “We do not believe this is necessarily applicable globally.”

Intelsat’s proposal has so far received mixed responses, with the FCC saying it is of interest, and satellite operators either deferring opinions or expressing concern about the overarching ramifications. That other governments around the world will model their own individual solutions to the C-band conundrum on what the U.S. does is among operator concerns.

Spengler said other countries have more room to expand 4G and 5G networks without taking C-band away from satellite operators. Additionally, C-band plays a larger role in extending telecom networks internationally, compared to in the U.S. where it is primarily used for television content distribution, he said.

Spengler said Intelsat still views itself as a “vigorous defender of C-band globally,” and hasn’t broken ranks with the rest of the satellite industry on opposing simultaneous use of C-band by satellite and terrestrial operators. Such dual use would cause intolerable levels of interference, the satellite industry believes.

“That is the motivation for what we are doing. We think that as this is better understood, it will be appreciated that this is a proactive approach to avoid what could be a very unnattractive situation creating risk and interference into our media customer’s businesses and transmissions,” he said.

Epic revenues top $1 billion, but still growing slow

Discussing Intelsat’s financial performance for July, August and September, Spengler said the operator’s Epic high-throughput satellites have accumulated over $1 billion in customer commitments, though capacity sales on the second such satellite continue to progress slower than anticipated.

Spengler’s mention of Epic’s backlog provided a rare glimpse into the quantity of capacity sales for the U.S. and Luxembourg-based company. Intelsat doesn’t disclose the fill rate on Epic satellites, of which five are now in orbit constituting around 40 percent of the capacity in the company’s entire fleet of roughly 50 geostationary satellites. High-throughput satellites (HTS) use smaller beams and frequency reuse to increase the amount of capacity they can carry compared to traditional wide-beam satellites. Intelsat’s total backlog stood at $7.9 billion as of Sept. 30, down from $8.2 billion at the end of the previous quarter. Epic HTS customers now account for more than an eighth of Intelsat’s backlog.

The rest of Intelsat’s non-Epic fleet has an average fill rate of 78 percent.

Spengler said Epic is growing and gaining customers, but that the slower than desired rate of customer gain for Intelsat-33e continues to stem from mobile network operators with lengthy decision making.

“We don’t see this as a matter of losing business but as a matter of timing going forward,” he said.

Jacques Kerrest, Intelsat’s chief financial officer, said the company has gained $28 million so far from an insurance claim on Intelsat-33, which suffered two propulsion issues — one on the primary thruster to reach orbit and another with its station-keeping system. The company is seeking $78 million in insurance for the defects, which are projected to reduced the satellite’s intended service life by 3.5 years. “We continue to discuss this with the insurers,” he said.

Intelsat reported a net loss of $30.4 million on $538.8 million in third quarter revenue. Due to slow Epic capacity sales, the company anticipates generating hitting the low end of its revenue guidance for the full year, which forecasts between $2.15 billion and $2.18 billion.

Japan to launch climate research satellite in December

From https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2017/10/62bfcbc0712c-japan-to-launch-climate-research-satellite-in-december.html

TOKYO − Japan will launch a climate research satellite in December to analyze and forecast global warming-linked environmental changes, the science ministry said Friday.

The satellite, named Shikisai, will be placed in orbit 800 kilometers above the ground from where it will conduct long-term monitoring of cloud cover, levels of dust and aerosols in the atmosphere as well as ocean color, vegetation, snow and ice cover on the earth's surface.

Its launch, planned for Dec. 23, is intended to improve the accuracy of global warming forecasting and to help tackle associated problems, according to the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.

The Shikisai satellite will be carried by an H-2A rocket from the Tanegashima Space Center in southwestern Japan together with a low-altitude test satellite, which will travel in an orbit with an altitude lower than 300 kilometers, it said.

The Super Low Altitude Test Satellite, named Tsubame, is equipped with an ion engine which will be assessed for its ability to maintain speed and altitude in low orbit. The lower orbit has been undeveloped and is yet to be fully utilized by satellites, according to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.

While traveling in a low orbit brings benefits such as the ability to capture high resolution observations for optical images, the Tsubame will be exposed to atmospheric drag approximately 1,000 times greater than that of most earth observation satellites at an altitude of 600 km to 800 km, the space agency said.|

Tom Choi resigns as ABS chief executive

From https://www.spaceintelreport.com/tom-choi-resigns-abs-chief-executive/

PARIS — Tom Choi, one of the most outspoken satellite-industry officials in recent years as chief executive of fleet operator ABS, on Oct. 27 said he is leaving the company.

“It’s time for me to move on to other interesting projects,” Choi said, adding that he will continue to sit on Hong Kong- and Bermuda-based ABS’s board of directors.

“I believe that after PanAmSat, ABS was one of the very few companies which were privately owned to reach a status of global satellite operator, with customers and operations on every continent in the world,” Choi said in a message announcing his departure.

“We began with buying existing in-orbit satellites. Then we raised over $200M in condosat financing to build ABS-2, and then we shocked the world by building all-electric satellites which [were] dual-stacked (ABS-2A and ABS-3A) on a Falcon-9. We serve now over 1,000 television stations and provide Gigabits of IP transit. I thank all our customers, partners, vendors, employees and investors that have made ABS what it is today.”

ABS’s owner, private-equity investor Permira, put the company up for sale over a year ago but was asking too high a price in the view of several prospective strategic buyers. It was unclear if Choi’s departure signaled an imminent sale of ABS or was related to a management shakeup or simply to Choi’s decision to change jobs.

Choi did not immediately respond to questions about his next move, but in the past several years he has been the straw the stirs the drink in the commercial satellite sector’s soul-searching about its future in an HTS, data-centric, 5G-on-the-horizon world.

Choi has maintained that satellite television broadcasting still has many years of profitable business ahead of it, especially in the developing world.

Satellite fleet operators chasing growth airline in-flight connectivity or low-orbiting broadband satellite constellations are on a fool’s errand, he said. These business will become commoditized, sapping resources from the main broadcast business where satellite strength is strongest.

Choi has also been a pointed critic of the so-called mega-constellations of broadband satellites not only for their business model — he thinks they’ll all fail — but also for the threat they pose in creating huge amounts of space debris.

In the colorful language that has set him apart from just about every other satellite industry executive, Choi has warned of a “zombie satellite apocalypse as low-cost spacecraft built for constellations fail and then pollute their orbit with debris and with broadcast signals that will interfere with the core business of satellite fleets in geostationary orbit.

Choi said he would attempt to organize Asian governments to force operators of constellations to switch off their signals as they fly over the territory of governments who do not want their service and do not want to risk interference with geostationary-satellite signals.

More recently, he said the major satellite fleet operators are acting like “colonial imperialists” in their occupation of geostationary-orbit slots and spectrum, to the detriment of developing countries. While most industry observers dismissed his remarks — “That’s Tom, over the top as usual,” said one — no one could ignore him.

Fines for illegal Sky Sports streamers

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/26/fines-for-illegal-sky-sports-streamers/

A judgment has been obtained in the High Court of England and Wales against a Sky customer who had been streaming Sky Sports content illegally online.

Yusuf Mohammed, of Bristol in the west of England, has been ordered to pay legal costs of over £16,000 (€17,945, and to disclose details about the money he made and people he colluded with. As well as the costs bill, Mohammed will have to pay Sky damages.

“This is the latest action taken in the ongoing crackdown on illegal digital piracy,” noted Kieron Sharp, CEO of UK intellectual property protection organisation FACT (Federation Against Copyright Theft). “It should now be crystal clear to anyone thinking of pirating or watching a pirated stream that this is not a grey area and that it is illegal.”

In a similar recent case, an individual admitted guilt, provided a written apology to Sky and agreed to pay substantial legal costs for sharing the Joshua vs Klitschko fight on Facebook – the stream was viewed by around 600,000 people.

“This should serve as a warning to others – whether it’s a copyright infringing website, a ‘fully-loaded’ streaming device or an illegal stream on social media, it is still piracy and breaking the law,” added Sharp.

The cases follow the landmark cases involving Brian Thompson and Julian Allen, who were sentenced for selling illicit streaming devices pre-configured to allow illegal access to premium content. Allen was handed a 21-month suspended sentence and Thompson an 18-month suspended sentence.

The judge stated “Not only have the courts in this country ruled as such, but Europe also has ruled that such devices are illegal. Ignorance of the law is no excuse and indeed you’ve had the good sense to plead guilty. The temptation for anyone buying these things is they save a good deal of money. Those who lawfully have to pay £50 or more to Sky or BT subscriptions I think are done a disservice by people like you and those who buy these devices in an attempt to get around their obligation to pay lawfully for access to this material. As has been rightly said, it isn’t a victimless crime. It has knock-on effects. The fact that these are global companies who are the losers eventually does not mean that these are trivial offences or ones which have no consequences.”

“If anyone was under any illusion as to whether such devices as these, fully loaded Kodi boxes, were illegal or not, they can no longer be in any such doubt.

“I’ve come to the conclusion that in all the circumstances an immediate custodial sentence is not called for. But as a warning to others in future, they may not be so lucky.”

In July 2017 a pirate app store operator was jailed for criminal copyright infringement and sentenced to 16 months in prison, while in March, the English Premier League secured a critical court order to tackle rights-infringing video streams in the UK.

FIFA confirms UHD HDR World Cup

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/25/fifa-confirms-uhd-hdr-world-cup/

Football’s governing body FIFA has confirmed that the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia will see all matches produced in UHD/HDR, with VR and 360° VoD part of the overall production plan.

Suggesting that FIFA TV has a “proud legacy” of pioneering new broadcast technology to ensure that football fans around the world can enjoy the best quality sports coverage, FIFA says the next tournament will be no different, with FIFA “pushing the boundaries of sports broadcast”.

“In an effort to remain at the forefront of the industry, all sixty-four matches will be produced in Ultra High Definition with High Dynamic Range for the first time ever. Thanks to a hybrid UHD/HDR/1080p setup multiple choice of video formats will be available (1080i, 1080p or UHD HDR) at the back of one single production chain,” says FIFA.

“The use of progressive scanning as a baseline production format and HDR will guarantee improved image quality for all media rights licensees, regardless of their delivery format,” it advises.

Thirty-seven cameras, of which eight with UHD/HDR and 1080p/SDR dual output, and another eight with 1080p/HDR and 1080p/SDR dual output, will cover every match. A further eight Super-slow-motion and two Ultra-motion cameras, a cable-cam and a cineflex heli-cam, will ensure high-class pictures will be available from every angle in each stadium.

“The UHD programme will benefit from its own wider-framed main camera along with the addition of immersive audio, offering the UHD/HDR viewer a far richer experience than ever before,” advises FIFA.

Building on the success of the multimedia production at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, the digital production and services offering will now be an integrated part of the overall production plan. Fans will also be able to follow the matches in Virtual Reality (VR). “Available as a live experience and as 360° VoD, this new feature will put the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia into the heart of digital innovation,” concludes FIFA.

FCC to consider making 1,700 MHz of high-band spectrum available

From http://www.fiercewireless.com/wireless/fcc-to-consider-making-1-700-mhz-high-band-spectrum-available

The commission will consider spectrum bands above 24 GHz at its next open meeting in November.

The FCC at its next open meeting will consider an order that would make available a whopping 1,700 MHz of additional high-frequency spectrum for flexible terrestrial wireless use and provide 4 gigahertz for core satellite use. The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 16.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said in a blog post that the decision to make more spectrum available would build on the 11 gigahertz of spectrum that the FCC made available for flexible terrestrial wireless use last year and would be a major marker in the United States' efforts to lead the world in 5G innovation.

RELATED: FCC OKs sweeping Spectrum Frontiers rules to open up nearly 11 GHz of spectrum

Recent filings in the commission’s proceeding on spectrum bands above 24 GHz indicate the tensions remain high between the terrestrial wireless industry and the satellite industry. Nearly a dozen proposed satellite constellations or projects are before the commission with far more ambitious plans than previous years. Not all of them are expected to come to fruition, but many satellite proponents believe 5G services also must include satellites.

In an Oct. 25 ex parte filing (PDF), T-Mobile USA blasted the satellite industry for seeking additional spectrum and proposing limitations for use of spectrum for mobile broadband. But perhaps even daunting is the notion that satellite companies could get access to spectrum without paying for it.

“Unlike terrestrial providers of broadband services, they [satellite companies] object to participating in auctions to secure spectrum rights. But dedicating spectrum for only one type of mobile broadband—satellite mobile broadband—is poor spectrum management,” T-Mobile wrote.

Verizon is also urging the FCC to reject efforts by the satellite industry to dismantle key aspects of the proposed rules, which would have a detrimental impact on 5G deployment. Verizon argued that the Spectrum Frontiers Order provided satellite companies with a “windfall” by creating interference zones around grandfathered and new earth stations under particular conditions.

A group of eight satellite companies, including Boeing, OneWeb and Hughes, submitted a revised proposal (PDF) on Oct. 19 saying they think it addresses concerns raised by terrestrial interests throughout the proceeding and strikes a fair and spectrally efficient balance between the needs of Fixed Satellite Service (FSS) and Upper Microwave Flexible Use Service (UMFUS) operators in the 28 and 39 GHz bands and provides a framework that is suitable for sharing in the 47 GHz and 50 GHz bands.

RELATED: ViaSat, Intelsat, OneWeb cite access to spectrum as big concern

Lawmakers during a U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation hearing on Oct. 25 acknowledged the rift between the satellite and terrestrial wireless industry as they questioned satellite executives about their businesses and outlook for the future. There was general agreement among the satellite industry executives that spectrum sharing is do-able.

OneWeb founder and executive chairman Greg Wyler said spectrum certainty is the No. 1 concern and that nobody should play around with spectrum as it’s the very foundation of people’s businesses. “If you went to Verizon and said ‘we’re thinking about taking back the 700 MHz, the 1.9, maybe’ … it would just halt investment overnight. Don’t play with spectrum,” he said. “This stuff that we’re doing takes seven years to build and tens of billions of dollars to do it at the scale we’re talking about.”


Thursday feeds

Optus D2 12652 V Sr 7200 "IMG GOLF MAIN"

Intelsat 19 12609 V Sr 7000 Aussie Womens Cricket

Asiasat 5 3907 H Sr 7200 "Signet KBC1" showing KBC 1 Kenya

Asiasat 5 3707 H Sr 7000 "PACTV LA ENC4" operation

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From the Dish

Apstar 6 134.0E 3732 V "CCTV 4 Europe and Henan TV Satellite" have started on , Irdeto.

Koreasat 6 116.0E 11747 L "CJ O Shopping +, Arirang Korea and YTN Science" have left.
Koreasat 6 116.0E 11862 L "Eurosport 1 Asia" has left
Koreasat 6 116.0E 11938 L "Disney Channel Korea and MBC Music" have left .

ChinaSat 11 98.0E 12560 V "Fox Movies Asia, Fox Action Movies and Fox Sports 2 Asia" have left again.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 12604 V "Myanmar Movies" has started on , Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2A号卫星Ku频段,Dream Box、E Box(蒙古)等频道消失,设置12588 V 45000参数无效接收。 [10月25日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,B TV(泰国)频道加密,设置11480 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [10月25日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,For Rent替换Mensrhe TV(传送)频道,设置4014 H 7200参数免费接收。 [10月25日]


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From my Email


From the Dish

Palapa D 113.0E 4172 V "MNC Channel" has started on , Fta.

ChinaSat 11 98.0E 12560 V "Fox Movies Asia, Fox Action Movies and Fox Sports 2 Asia" have started on, Fta.

ChinaSat 11 98.0E 12560 V "K-Drama" has started on , Fta.

Measat 3 91.5E 11182 V "Astro Best SD 4" has started on, Videoguard.
Measat 3 91.5E 11682 V "Astro Best SD 11" has started on , Videoguard.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 12604 V "55 Channel, MWD Movies, TV 3 and Cool Channel have started on, BISS. 1618 Shop and MWD Documentary" have left.

Intelsat 22 72.1E 3831 L "KTN News, Inooro TV, Hope Channel Africa, Hope TV and Weru TV have started on , Fta. Sayare TV" has left.

Intelsat 17 66.0E 3876 H "Khoj India" has started on , Fta

From asiatvro site

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,Beauty Clup、A Flim(高清)等频道加密,设置11640 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [10月25日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,陕西卫视(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置10910 H 45000参数无效接收。 [10月25日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,凤凰资讯替换山东卫视(MPEG-4)频道,设置10850 V 45000参数免费接收。 [10月25日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,VTV 1、MRTV(老挝)等频道解密,设置10910 H 45000参数免费接收。 [10月25日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,Five HD、55 Channel(老挝)等全组频道消失,设置11600 H 30000参数无效接收。 [10月25日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Movies(MPEG-4)频道重现,设置4070 H 2960参数免费接收。 [10月25日]

东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-3、CCTV-8(汉语)频道解密,设置10850 V 45000参数免费接收。 [10月24日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,B TV(MPEG-4)频道解密,设置11480 H 30000参数免费接收。 [10月24日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,湖南国际(老挝)频道解密,设置10850 V 45000参数免费接收。 [10月24日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,浙江国际(高清)频道改格式,设置10850 V 45000参数免费接收。 [10月24日]


La Liga: ‘A global entertainment brand’

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/25/113433/

According to Javier Tebas, president of Spain’s premier football tournament La Liga, the league is more than just a football competition, and is now a global entertainment company, akin to a Disney or Warner Bros.

Speaking at the Sportel Media and Marketing Convention in Monaco, Tebas told delegates that the league had been working on creating a structure like Disney or Warner Bros. “We want to convey to our fans that La Liga is a lot more than just great football matches. We are producing entertainment.”

According to Tebas, the high production value of La Liga live matches makes this possible, who advised that effort had gone in to improving the strength of the brand. “Our games are like a good movie plot. But we also needed better décor, so we have been investing in aerial cameras and steadicams. We have also extended the entertainment beyond the game itself, with more interviews and more content during the week.”

Tebas noted that digital is playing a big part in this strategy, advising that La Liga had brought in people from outside the world of football who understand platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Netflix. “They know how to convey messages through digital and get people interested in our content.”

La Liga’s business plan aims to see all teams within La Liga secure resources to grow – not just the famous global clubs. “We want to give teams the income they need to grow and create new stars. That is how we will compete with other global brands like the English Premier League and Formula One.”

Tebas noted that La Liga was investing considerably to combat piracy. “Piracy is impossible to avoid. They just steal the product. We’re investing huge amounts in technology, legal actions and lobbying,” he advised. “It’s obscene the sums that are being earned by the pirates.”

Technological co-operation meant that it was possible to see who was pirating the broadcasts. “We can delete these. We have global co-operation in our efforts. Social networks are working with us. Google is co-operating. Three years ago, we would not have known the answer to the problem. We absolutely have to eliminate piracy and stop people taking our content away for free.”

UEFA eyes online coverage

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/24/uefa-eyes-online-coverage/

Following similar comments made by Ed Woodward, the Vice-Chairman of Manchester United Football Club in respect of English Premier League rights, and those made by F1 commercial MD Sean Bratches, Guy-Laurent Epstein, Marketing Director at European Football governing body UEFA, has admitted that online concerns such as Amazon and Facebook may become active in bidding for rights for UEFA competitions, both at club and country level.

Speaking at the Sportel Sports Marketing and Media convention in Monaco, Epstein accepted that UEFA’s handling of rights had evolved over the years, particularly in respect of its premier club-based tournament, the Champions League, which, in a number of major territories, had moved from FTA to a mixed FTA/pay-TV structure or solely pay-TV.

As such, he felt that of major online players, it was more likely to be an Amazon, with its freemium pay structure, than a Facebook, with an ad-supported free model, that was likely to be the more successful, but in general terms, he would “absolutely not rule out” their involvement in future bidding rounds.

UEFA is introducing a new national team competition, the UEFA Nations League – which starts in September 2018.

Philippines to launch new satellite in 2018

From https://www.untvweb.com/news/philippines-launch-new-satellite-2018/

MANILA, Philippines — In 2017, the first Filipino-made microsatellite Diwata 1 was launched in Japan. It is now being used to take pictures of Earth.

By mid-2018, the Philippines is again set to launch into space its second microsatellite Diwata 2.

The satellite was developed within a year by seven Filipino scholars.

According to the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), the Diwata 2, which passes through the Philippines twice a day, can be used for a duration of up 12 to 18 months.

It has the size of a big balikbayan box with four cameras that can take pictures and provide details of anything with a size of three meters.

This is an improved version with some capacity for communication, it’s like a radio and of course better cameras in place,” said DOST Sec. Fortunato de la Peña

Diwata 2 can be used for the analysis of climate and weather in the country, and for national security purposes like conducting surveillance in the West Philippine Sea.

It can also monitor incidents of forest fires and drought in particular areas.

The DOST said that the government can save a huge amount of money by using the said satellite than buying from materials taken by the satellites of foreign countries or private firms.

The agency cites as an example a satellite image of the aftermath of typhoon Yolanda in 2013 which the government bought for P56-million.

A bill seeking the creation of a Philippine Space Agency is now in Congress.

Under the proposal, the DOST is tasked to train about 800 people for the said program.

The DOST has a proposed budget of P21.8 billion for next year.

MENA anti-piracy group closes 30 channels

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/25/mena-anti-piracy-group-closes-30-channels/

Dubai-based MENA Broadcast Anti-Piracy Coalition says it has successfully seen 30 Arabic and ‘Western’ regular pirate channels closed and a further 26 to cut back on their theft of pirated material.

These are instances where channels steal the legitimate content – often sports or movies – owned by established broadcasters.

A meeting of the coalition at IBC re-stated its intention to remain vigilant and to expand its focus to IPTV and OTT pirated transmissions. Guillaume Forbin, OSN Head of Platform & Content Security, unveiled research showing IPTV piracy was still growing heavily.

The organisation’s web-site lists the infringing channels, mostly movie services and many uplinked by Noorsat, the facility company recently bought by Eutelsat.

Azerbaijan's second geostationary satellite nearly complete

From http://www.menafn.com/1095983733/Azerbaijans-second-geostationary-satellite-nearly-complete

Construction of Azerspace-2/Intelsat-38, Azerbaijan's second geostationary satellite, has been completed by 90 percent, a source in the Azerbaijani satellite communications market told Trend.

According to the source, it is planned to complete the remainder of the work within the next four months.

"The construction work will be completed in January 2018," the source said. "The launch of the satellite is scheduled for the first half of 2018."

France's Arianespace company, which earlier launched the first Azerspace/Africasat-1a satellite (46 degrees east longitude), will launch the second satellite into orbit.

According to the message of ELA-3 (launch complex located at the Kourou Space Center in French Guiana), the launch of the Ariane 5 ECA rocket with the VA-242 mission aboard with the Azerspace-2/Intelsat-38 satellite is scheduled for the first quarter of 2018.

The main advantage of the Ariane 5 ECA launcher is its ability to deliver a payload of 10 tons into orbit. Unlike other launchers, the Ariane 5 ECA is capable of bringing into orbit two satellites at once.

In addition to Azerbaijan's Azerspace-2/Intelsat-38 satellite, the Ariane 5 ECA rocket will also launch the Avanti Communications HYLAS 4 satellite into orbit.

The second Azerspace-2/Intelsat-38 satellite will be placed into geostationary orbit 45 degrees east longitude. Its service zone will include the countries of Europe, Central and South Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

The satellite is being manufactured by Space Systems Loral (SSL), a subsidiary of Canada's MDA, The SSL also acts as a provider of satellite control systems.

The second satellite is being built on the SSL 1300 spacecraft platform, which is used to create medium- and heavy-lift geostationary and highly elliptical telecommunications satellites.

Azerspace-2/Intelsat-38 satellite will be equipped with Ku-band transponders and is intended for providing digital broadcasting services, data transmission, etc. The life span of the satellite in orbit will be 15 years.

The second satellite of Azerbaijan will also support the DTH (Direct-to-Home) satellite broadcasting platform, which will contribute to the emergence of DTH operators in Azerbaijan.

SES works with Google’s ‘Project Loon’

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/24/ses-works-with-googles-project-loon/

Satellite operator SES is working with Google’s experimental stratospheric balloon system, ‘Project Loon’, to bring telephone and broadband connectivity back to hurricane ravaged Puerto Rico.

‘Project Loon’, in this case, sees very high-altitude balloons used over Puerto Rico and SES-backed O3b’s FastConnect satellite terminals for further links into the world’s telecoms systems.

“Our thoughts are with those whose lives have been impacted by this devastating hurricane,” said Steve Collar, CEO of SES Networks. “Access to connectivity is crucial in getting those affected the information and help they need after a natural disaster. We are really pleased to be working with [Project Loon’] and their other partners to deploy high-performance connectivity to Puerto Rico and to play a part in the island’s restoration efforts.”

However, initial reports from the Caribbean island show that the high-altitude balloons are being badly affected by winds, and snapshots of the balloons aerial movements (from FlightRadar24) show considerable variations and commensurate challenges in making use of the balloons.

Intelsat is also working with local officials on the island, and in the region generally, to supply satellite connectivity and in particular with Liberty Global’s local cable system.

DirecTV to Launch Android TV-Based OTT Set-Top Box (EXCLUSIVE)

From http://variety.com/2017/digital/news/directv-ott-android-tv-1202597926/

AT&T’s DirecTV is getting ready to embrace internet-based content delivery beyond its DirecTV Now service: The company is about to introduce a new TV set-top box that’s based on Google’s Android TV platform and ditches satellite connectivity for over-the-top streaming, according to a new FCC filing.

The new device, which goes by the model number C71KW-400, is being described by these documents as “the new AT&T/DirecTV Wireless 4K OTT Client.” A user manual published as part of the filings specifies that the device won’t be able to interact with any of DirecTV’s existing Genie hardware, and hints at a future hardware product called HS27.

Helpfully, the manual also supplies a definition of OTT as “the delivery of video via the internet directly into user-connected devices, allowing access to services anywhere, anytime, on any device.”

The manual also reveals that the set-top will shop with a voice remote with integrated touch pad, and photos show that it has Ethernet, digital audio, HDMI and USB ports, but no antenna connectivity — meaning that any and all programming will indeed come over the internet.

The manual also reveals that the device is based on Google’s Android TV platform, and a screenshot shows images of Google’s YouTube and Google Play Movies services running on the device. There’s also access to Google’s Play store, which presumably means that consumers will be able to install Netflix, HBO Now, Hulu and other video apps as well.

AT&T has long hinted at plans to eventually embrace online video delivery for its TV services, and the company has been selling its internet-based DirecTV Now service to consumers for about a year now. However, the new hardware doesn’t feature any DirecTV Now branding, but instead just uses the DirecTV brand. This means that it will likely be made available to new or existing subscribers of AT&Ts or DirecTV’s traditional TV service.

There is no word when AT&T is looking to ship this new hardware, or officially launch OTT-based video delivery. However, the timing of the filing suggests that the company may unveil the service soon, with CES 2018 being a likely venue for such an announcement.

AT&T didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Reliance to close DTH service?

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/24/reliance-to-close-dth-service/

The Anil Ambani-backed Reliance Digital DTH service over India is widely reported to be about to close. A notice in Hindi to subscribers has been published in some Indian newspapers, and saying that the service will cease on November 18th. This notice has not been confirmed.

The reports come amidst numerous stories of financial pressures at Reliance Communications, and there are stories that Ericsson, amongst others have started insolvency proceedings against Reliance.

On September 27th Sony Pictures issued a “disconnection” notice against Reliance alleging non-payment of fees.


The satellite tracking site is listing Eutelsat 172B @ 176E not 172E, it may have been parked there for testing.

Monday feeds

Asiasat 5 3792 H Sr 7200 "UKI-1490 Golf Channel" mens golf

Asiasat 5 3914 V Sr 7120 "ARQ NST HD 1" ATP Tennis

Asiasat 5 3927 V Sr 7120 "Arqiva Enc 7" European basketball

Asiasat 5 3935 H sr 4936 "arqiva hd3" fta Wembley stadium it says on screen korean comms?

Asiasat 5 3876 H sr 7200 "ses bel095 enc-a" football KFCO BW vs OH Leuven

Sunday feeds

Asisaat 5 3945 V Sr 7120 "DNK37 ENC1" BWF Badminton

Asiasat 5 3905 V Sr 6110 "SD ENC-B" Singapore Turf Club Races

Asiasat 5 3876 H Sr 7500 "enc_1" Swinging Skirts LPGA golf

Asiasat 5 3847 V Sr 7200 "NBL Ill v Bris" NBL

Optus D2 12679 V Sr 7500 "TBS SNG" Trotts

Intelsat 19 12609 V Sr 7000 "STS NNA HD 2017" Womans Cricket

Eutelsat 172E 3908 H Sr 6667 "canal - 13" Nicaragua vs Taiwan Baseball feed

Asiasat 5 3914 V Sr 7120 "Arqiva HD2" Opening ceremony ? ATP250 test video?

Saturday evening feeds

Asiasat 5 3934 H Sr 7200 "service-1" Ice Hockey

Asiasat 5 3867 H Sr 7200 "Enc 12" Figure Skating 2017 Rostelecom cup

Asiasat 5 3652 H Sr 8278 "Nameless 1 and Nameless2 " Chinese presenter

Asiasat 5 3716 H Sr 7120 "Service-1" Cycling
Asiasat 5 4089 H Sr 15000 "First_service" Womans Golf
Asiasat 5 3876 H Sr 7500 "enc_1" Womans Golf
Asiasat 5 3916 H Sr 7200 "HD ENC-2a" Japanese soccer
Asiasat 5 3925 H Sr 7200 "L.S. ENC2 HD" Japanese Soccer
Asiasat 5 4147 H Sr 7200 "HD ENC-3a" Japanese soccer
Asiasat 5 4165 H Sr 7200 "nameless" Japanese soccer same as above

Saturday morning feeds

Asiasat 5 3847 V Sr 7120 "NBL Perth V Melbourne" NBL

Asiasat 5 3867 H Sr 7200 "ENC 12" Figure skating
Asiasat 5 4147 H Sr 7200 "UKI-1490 ETP World Feed" Golf

From my Email


From the Dish

Optus D2 152.0E 12546 V "ANB" has started on , Fta.

Telstar 18 138.0E 3856 H "IBC 13" has started on , Fta.

LaoSat 1 128.5E 3569 H "Warner TV Asia" has started on, Fta.

Palapa D 113.0E 3600 V "Bola Indonesia and Nova Channel" have left .

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3690 V "BTV" is now encrypted.

ChinaSat 11 98.0E 12500 V "Tribrata TV" is Fta.
ChinaSat 11 98.0E 12500 V "Black Diamond" has started on , Fta.
ChinaSat 11 98.0E 12560 V "Antara TV, EuroNews English, France 24 English, NHK World TV, TV Edukasi, Universitas Terbuka TV and Lejel Home Shopping have started on, Fta. TV 5 Monde Asia, O Channel, Isaac TV, Dubai Sports 3, Rai Italia Asia, Kungfu Satellite TV, TVE Internacional Asia, Lejel Home Shopping Live, K-Drama, Elshinta TV, Lejel Home Shopping Cicilan Tunai, MTA 1, Yemen TV, U Channel, Nabawi TV, Dubai TV, RTP Internacional Ásia, Xing Kong China, Ruai TV, France 24 Français, Sun TV, CGTN Documentary, Hunan TV, CCTV 10, Golden Eagle Cartoon, CGTN, CCTV 12, Juce TV, Smile TV, Hillsong Channel, Macau Asia Satellite TV, Toonmax TV, Dragon TV, TV Maldives, CCTV 2, CCTV 7, CCTV 11 and CCTV 15" have left again.
G-Sat 15 93.5E 11090 V "Wow Cinema" has left .
G-Sat 15 93.5E 11550 H "Vyas Higher Education Channel" has started on , Fta.
G-Sat 15 93.5E 11630 H "Star Jalsha, Zee Bangla, DD Madhya Pradesh, WB India, BBC World News South Asia, Sonic Nickelodeon, Sony Yay!, WION and & privé HD" have started on , Irdeto.
G-Sat 15 93.5E 11630 V "DD Sports and DD Urdu" are Fta.
G-Sat 15 93.5E 11670 H "ABP Ananda, Zee Talkies, Naaptol Telugu, MGK Naaptol Tamil, Neo Sports,Neo Prime, NDTV India, Sony Ten 2 and Sony Max 2" have started on , Irdeto.
G-Sat 15 93.5E 11670 V "Digi Shala" has started on , Fta
G-Sat 15 93.5E 11470 H "Channel Divya, Disha TV and Tele One (Conax)" have started on , Fta.Vaani TV is now Fta
G-Sat 15 93.5E 11510 H "DD National, DD News, DD Sports, DD Kashir, DD Girnar, NDTV Profit, NDTV Prime, Bindass, STV Haryana News, Investigation Discovery India, Epic, Baby TV Asia, Paras TV, Naaptol Blue, Kashish News and Sonic Nickelodeon have started on Fta. News 7 Tamil, ETV Kannada News, Raj Musix Kannada, Aalami Samay, FYI TV 18, Colors Super, WION, Zee Cinemalu, ETV Odia News, Assam Talks, Nepal 1, Dhoom Music, France 24 English, Kaumudy TV, Janam TV, Sanskriti TV Channel, Ramdhenu, Jai Maharashtra, Gemporia, News 18 Kerala, Vedic and Dighvijay News 24x7" have left.

Measat 3 91.5E 3920 V "Asian Food Channel, Food Network Asia, Travel Channel Asia, HGTV Asia and Da Vinci Learning Asia" have started on , Irdeto.

Measat 3a 91.4E 12396 H "Bola Indonesia and Nova Channel" have left .

Yamal 401 90.0E 3837 L "TV 3, Pyatnitsa!, TNT, Shop 24 and Telekanal Zvezda" have left.

Horizons 2 84.8E 11920 H "Chuvash En" has started on , encrypted.
Horizons 2 84.8E 11760 H "Volga" has started on , encrypted. Izvestia TV is now encrypted.
Horizons 2 84.8E 11920 H "Dikiy" has started on , Fta.
Horizons 2 84.8E 12040 H "Bum TV and Spike TV Rossiya" have started on, Fta.
Horizons 2 84.8E 12160 H "Rubl" has left .

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3600 H "TV D" has left.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3769 H "Channel 50" has started on , Fta.

Apstar 7 76.5E 11167 V "Diva Asia" is back on , Tongfang.

ABS 2 75.0E 3772 V "IBC 13" has left .

ABS 2 75.0E 12407 V "Duronto TV" has started on, Exset.

ABS 2/2A 75.0E 11489 V "Mir 24" has started on , Fta

Intelsat 22 72.1E 3962 L "EBC 2" has started on , Fta

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12562 H "Aflame TV and Fano TV" have started on ,Fta. God with us TV, Western Cape TV, The Triumphant and Rhema TV have left.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12562 H A Gloria Divina TV has started on , Fta.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12722 V "Rising Sun TV" has started on , Fta.

NSS 12 57.0E 4095 R "Canal 24 Horas" is Fta

From asiatvro site

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。 [10月24日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Soyon Gegeeruuleg(蒙古)频道消失,设置12690 H 43200参数无效接收。 [10月24日]
东经134度轨道位置的亚太6号卫星C频段,湖南卫视、CCTV-4(高清)频道新增,设置3730 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [10月24日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,Aksyon TV替换no name(Cignal)频道,设置11627 H 20000参数有条件接收。 [10月24日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Cartoon Network(亚洲)频道加密,设置12629 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [10月24日]

东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,KBSN Sports(高清)频道消失,设置11976 H 25000参数无效接收。 [10月23日]
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Passione TV替换Passion xxx(MPEG-4)频道,设置11222 H 12000参数有条件接收。 [10月23日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,深圳体育健康、深圳电视剧(艺华卫视)频道解密,设置12354 V 43000参数免费接收。 [10月23日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Cartoon Network(卡通)频道解密,设置12629 H 43200参数免费接收。 [10月23日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,TVD Momo 2(泰国)频道解密,设置3440 H 26666参数免费接收。 [10月23日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,Juan Sports(Cignal)频道消失,设置11510 H 20000参数无效接收。 [10月23日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,国家地理、有线电影一台(香港有线)等全组频道加密,设置12598 V 43000参数有条件接收。 [10月23日]

东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星C频段,WBTV(华纳电视)频道新增,设置3568 H 5000参数免费接收。 [10月22日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,欢乐台、百厌妹(CR)等三个频道消失,设置12598 V 43000参数无效接收。 [10月22日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,财经资讯(香港有线)高清频道新增,设置12598 V 43000参数免费接收。 [10月22日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,足球台、国家地理(香港有线)等全组频道解密,设置12598 V 43000参数免费接收。 [10月22日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,Thai Nguyen(高清)频道改格式,设置11472 H 23200参数免费接收。 [10月22日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,HBO HD、HBO Hits(老挝)等频道加密,设置10790 H 40000参数有条件接收。 [10月22日]

东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,华视替换纬来体育(寰宇卫视)频道,设置12461 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [10月21日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Zee TV(亚太)频道消失,设置3820 V 27500参数无效接收。 [10月21日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,湖南卫视、CCTV-2(台亚卫星)等全组频道加密,设置12731 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [10月21日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,凤凰中文、凤凰香港(台亚卫星)等全组频道加密,设置11101 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [10月21日]

东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,Kuraj TV(俄罗斯)等全组频道消失,设置12515 V 3353参数无效接收。 [10月20日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,凤凰香港、凤凰中文(高清)频道改格式,设置11101 V 45000参数免费接收。 [10月20日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,风云音乐、华纳电视(南星)等全组频道解密,设置11101 V 45000参数免费接收。 [10月20日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,凤凰资讯、CCTV-8(南星)等全组频道解密,设置12731 V 30000参数免费接收。 [10月20日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,山东卫视替换凤凰资讯(老挝)频道,设置10850 V 45000参数免费接收。 [10月20日]

东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星C频段,TV 3(+2h)、Shop 24(俄罗斯)等全组频道消失,设置3837 L 14815参数无效接收。 [10月19日]


Telstra offers better streaming with new TV box

From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/life/personal-technology/telstra-offers-better-streaming-with-new-tv-box/news-story/83d699c507f2d833cfe01771eda6755d

Telstra's TV Mark II offers more up-to-date features for streaming services.

Telstra today released a new version of Telstra TV, two years after its first box came to market.

Telstra TV Mark 1 wasn’t feature rich. It used an already obsolete version of the US-developed Roku TV box and wasn’t designed for early-adopters of high technology. That didn’t stop it selling in bucketloads.

Telstra says it sold more than one million Telstra TV boxes over the two years, outstripping sales of Apple TV and Google Chromecast in Australia.

The second version Telstra TV offers more up-to-date features. It has a free-to-air TV tuner, supports 4K resolution streaming media with high dynamic range, and has a universal search feature.

In a single query you can search free-to-air TV, catch-up TV and streaming services.

Search for the US series Friends and it will display any upcoming episodes listed on the free-to-air TV guide, on catch-up TV and Friends’ episodes available on Netflix and BigPond TV.

Away from home you can search the same content on an app, save the results and select to watch that media on your TV or phone when you get home.

Telstra’s TV menu and app features a live TV carousel which shows content currently broadcasting on live TV, and separate row carousels for latest content by other providers.

There’s a free-to-air program guide and notifications and reminders of programs you have earmarked to watch.

Apart from free-to-air TV, there’s the five standard catch-up services: ABC iView, SBS On Demand, +7, 9 NOW and Tenplay. The streaming services include Netflix, BigPond Movies, Stan, Foxtel Now and reality TV streaming service Hayu. It offers access to more than 150 reality TV shows.

The app includes a virtual remote control and there are dedicated buttons for Netflix and Foxtel.

You can access other apps such as YouTube, Roku Media Player and TED video podcasts.

Telstra TV 2 uses the high efficiency video codec (HEVC) to encode media and save bandwidth. Telstra says 80pc of its movies had been encoded with HEVC.

You can create notifications to remind you of upcoming programs.

Telstra TV 2 doesn’t let you record TV, but Telstra argues that’s less necessary now with the availability of catch-up TV services.

You need to keep your original TV remote for controlling the volume and at this stage there is no voice control. Amazon Prime Video isn’t available at launch.

Telstra says it is releasing version 2 of Telstra TV at a time Australian viewing habits are at a tipping point with viewers becoming streamers.

It developed a universal search as 65 per cent of viewers became frustrated trying to find what to watch. Of those frustrated, 69 per cent would turn their TVs off, Telstra says.

Telstra TV 2 will be available from next Tuesday (October 31) as part of Telstra’s great value bundle for $99, or outright for $192 or $8 per month.

You need to be a Telstra customer on its broadband, NBN or wireless services though.

All functionality except free-to-air TV is disabled if you use it with another provider.

Telstra TV version 1 users can upgrade the user interface software to version 2, but their unit still won’t be capable of watching free-to-air content. Telstra is offering a hardware upgrade option for those with version 1 units on contract.

The Australian telco is the first to use Roku’s 4K streaming box with free-to-air capability.

Telstra launches second-gen Telstra TV

From http://www.zdnet.com/article/telstra-launches-second-gen-telstra-tv/

Telstra's second-generation Telstra TV has a free-to-air tuner, HEVC, a quad-core processor, and 4K UHD support, and is included in all AU$99 and above broadband bundles.

Telstra has launched the second iteration of its Telstra TV media streaming box, announcing that it has "united" search functions across free-to-air (FTA), subscription TV, and on-demand streaming services, with the box launching on October 31.

The newest Telstra TV, made by Roku, has an FTA tuner; high-efficiency video codec (HEVC) support; a quad-core MStar processor; 2GB of DRAM; 512MB of additional storage; 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi support; 2160p 4K UHD with HDR support; and HDMI 2.0.

The box will be included in Telstra's AU$99 home broadband bundles, or is available for purchase for AU$192.

Telstra's executive director of media Michele Garra said it was designed to save customers from having to switch between content services and devices. Users can therefore use the search function to trawl all five Australian catch-up services of ABC iView, SBS On Demand, Plus7, 9Now, and Tenplay, plus streaming services Netflix, Stan, BigPond Movies, and Foxtel Now, and all free-to-air channels. Hayu will also be added at the end of October.

"Once users have found what they are looking for, the new Telstra TV will take users straight to the content using deep-linking technology," Telstra explained.

The Telstra TV mobile app now also allows customers to search for and play content through their mobile device, and to use it as a remote for the Telstra TV. The app also includes a notifications centre for reminders, an electronic program guide, and the ability to make lists for future viewing.

"We know that the high-quality digital experiences we are providing to more Australians will continue to differentiate and drive value for our mobile and broadband customers," Garra said.

"Our partnership with Roku, a pioneer of streaming to the TV, has made the new Telstra TV possible. Roku and Telstra have worked together to custom build the device and bring this brilliant experience to Australia."

She added that Telstra is already looking into voice activation, personalised recommendations, and partnering with more content providers in future.

Telstra is also allowing customers to add charges for the Foxtel Now and Netflix streaming services to their Telstra bill.

According to Telstra CEO Andy Penn, the launch is part of the telco's vision to be a "world-class technology company".

"Telstra TV is a perfect example of how we can build software and service layers on top of our leading networks to provide new value and differentiated experiences for our customers," Penn said.

Penn had in August announced the launch of the second Telstra TV after launching the original Telstra TV in October 2015.

"We're about to dial it up again," Penn said at the time, detailing that the Telstra TV would include all streaming and catch-up TV services along with a linked mobile app, making it "a real Australian first".

"Access to the best content is critically important to us as demand for media continues to grow. At the same time, the media market is changing with new participants and increased competition," Telstra added at the time.

The first Telstra TV was the fastest-selling streaming device in Australia, Garra said on Monday, exceeding the Google Chromecast and Apple TV in sales.

Telstra in August announced its media revenue growing by 8.2 percent to AU$935 million during the FY17 financial year thanks to uptake of both the Telstra TV and Foxtel from Telstra. The latter made AU$777 million in revenue, growing by 8.1 percent due to 57,000 additional subscribers. There were 827,000 Telstra TV devices in the market as of June 30.

Telstra has been putting greater emphasis on the availability of media streaming services to win and retain customers, last month announcing the inclusion of Foxtel packages in its post-paid mobile plans.

Telstra is offering customers 12 months of free access to content packs from the Foxtel Now streaming service: Paying AU$129 per month will give customers 30GB of data and two Foxtel Now starter packs; AU$149 will provide three starter packs and 50GB of data; and AU$199 will provide 100GB of data and three starter packs.

The post-paid plans also include data-free streaming of Telstra's AFL and NRL apps.

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

Rival telco Optus is also focusing on media content, in July unveiling an entertainment partnership with National Geographic as part of what CEO Allen Lew told ZDNet is the telco's next move to become a "mobile-led multimedia service provider".

Lew had previously said that Optus is a unique position to be the first in Australia to take advantage of the convergence between telecommunications, media, and technology after beginning its self-described transformation into a multimedia company with the acquisition of the exclusive Australian broadcast rights for the English Premier League in 2015.

Not far from Australia lies the space cemetery where satellites go to die

From http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/space/not-far-from-australia-lies-the-space-cemetery-where-satellites-go-to-die/news-story/8b8426d8f9fd97fc93c85f365004c383

KNOWN as the oceanic pole of inaccessibility, this remote stretch of the Pacific Ocean is home to the world’s “spacecraft cemetery”.

IT’S considered the most remote place on Earth and for that very reason it is home to what NASA calls the world’s “spacecraft cemetery”.

You may know of it as Point Nemo which is Latin for “no one”, or by it’s official name: The oceanic pole of inaccessibility. Sitting in the Pacific Ocean, the watery location earns the title for being the furthest point from land on our planet.

And that’s precisely why space agencies around the world like to use it as a final resting place for a myriad of spacecraft that once orbited above us.

At about 2400km from any spot of land, it’s “pretty much the farthest place from any human civilisation you can find,” NASA says.

Basically, you can aim to crash satellites and other space objects over the location without any danger of hitting anybody, or anything.

When the International Space Station gets decommissioned in the coming decades, Point Nemo is where it will go to die. If all goes according to plan, it will rest about 4km below the waves, where few fish swim.

Between 1971 and mid-2016, space agencies all over the world dumped at least 260 spacecrafts into the region, according to Popular Science. And that number has risen significantly in the last few years.

The Russians are actually the biggest dumpers of spacecraft in the area including the country’s former space station, Mir, that was deorbited in 2001 and sent to the underwater cemetery after spending 15 years in space.

Not all spacecrafts end up in a watery grave in the vast stretch of the South Pacific Ocean. Many smaller satellites don’t make it because the heat from the friction of the air burns up the satellite as it falls toward Earth at thousands of kilometres an hour.

Alternatively, objects in very high orbit often use their last bit of fuel to blast themselves farther into space, where they can drift through the cosmos without posing a threat.

The real problem is when we lose control of our celestial vehicles — which has recently occurred with China’s first space laboratory, the Tiangong-1.

Launched in September 2011 it served as a base for space experiments and hosted two three-person crews. But in September last year, Chinese officials said they had lost control of the space lab and expected it to crash into Earth between now and April 2018.

China claims the 10-metre longship, which weighs 8500kg, will likely burn up during its re-entry to Earth but others have expressed doubt about the claim, prompting concern over the site of a potential crash landing.


Space graveyards like Point Nemo can act like a safety net for space objects that don’t burn up entirely upon crashing back to Earth — something which is more important than ever as scientists work to clean up the junkyard sitting hundreds of kilometres above us.

In May, global scientists gathered in Canberra to brainstorm a solution to the growing amount of space junk that litters low Earth orbit.

Space has become so crowded with old defunct satellites, spent rocket parts and other man-made waste that a disastrous collision that damages valuable infrastructure is fast becoming inevitable, scientists fear.

Every time we watch TV, use GPS or check the weather, we are relying on satellite technology. The problem is as we keep sending them up there, the eventual pile of orbiting junk gets bigger. Some predictions claim space could become unusable in as little as 20 years.

It’s estimated that as many as 170 million pieces of debris are circling the Earth at speeds in excess of 27,000km/h. The most worrying part is we only know where 22,000 of them are — putting $900 billion worth of satellites and space infrastructure at risk.

The CEO of Canberra’s Space Environment Research Centre (SERC), Ben Greene, said the lack of data on space junk was a major concern.

“There is so much debris that it is colliding with itself, and creating more debris. A catastrophic avalanche of collisions which could quickly destroy all orbiting satellites is now possible,” he said.

A robust tracking system remains a top priority for researchers tackling the issue.

Astronomers hope that laser technology, which is used to track space debris, can also prove useful in eradicating some of the smaller pieces by being used to gently push bits of space junk, causing them fall back to Earth more rapidly and burn up in the atmosphere.

NZ First policy for free-to-air All Blacks tests a no-go under coalition agreement

From https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/98137677/nz-first-policy-for-freetoair-all-blacks-tests-a-nogo-under-coalition-agreement

New Zealanders may not have minded not having free-to-air All Blacks' tests, following their shock loss to the Wallabies ...

New Zealanders may not have minded not having free-to-air All Blacks' tests, following their shock loss to the Wallabies Sunday night.

Labour has ruled no-deal on the possibility of free-to-air All Blacks' tests, or other major national sporting events.

NZ First leader Winston Peters earlier in the year said a law-change to provide free-to-air rugby would be the price of NZ First's support in forming a government, though it's one National is believed to have also refused to bend on.

Labour has moved to scotch any anticipation the policy might be written into the final agreement, following comments from NZ First sports and recreation spokesperson Clayton Mitchell that it was "still on the table".

A spokesman for Prime Minister-elect Jacinda Ardern has confirmed it was not in the agreement.

NZ First hierarchy had spoken to Mitchell about the interview he gave to Newstalk ZB's Tony Veitch. However, most of the on-air discussion actually centred on a private member's bill Mitchell had drawn in the last Parliamentary term.

Both National and Labour voted against his Broadcasting Amendment Bill which would have ensured international rugby, league, netball and Olympic games can be watched by all New Zealanders.

Mitchell said in the interview on Saturday it was discussed in coalition talks, and the prospect of Kiwis getting free-to-air access to significant sporting games was still on the table.

A spokeswoman for NZ First said the party would be making no further comment on policies until the coalition agreement had been released. That was expected to be Tuesday.

Sky TV has seen its annual profits drop by a fifth and the loss of almost 34,000 satellite subscribers, as the popularity of paid online subscriptions to sites like Netflix and Lightbox continues to soar.

In May this year, Sky stripped the options for daily or weekly passes for specific sporting events under its Fan Pass service.

Fan Pass had become a tempting option for occasional sports fans who wanted to "mix and match" free-to-air television and streaming entertainment.

And this month, Sky and Rugby NZ announced a deal to livestream some of the All Blacks' matches on their northern hemisphere end of year tour.

New Zealand-based fans could purchase the livestream for $24.99 for each All Blacks match and $14.99 for each NZ Māori match.

Prior to the campaign trail, NZ First leader Winston Peters has described free-to-air sport as a "Kiwi birthright", but 1.1 million New Zealand homes did not have Sky and greater access would encourage more physical activity and participation in sport at the grassroots.

China Digital turfed off NYSE

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/20/china-digital-turfed-off-nyse/

China Digital TV Holdings, a conditional access/smart card supplier in China, has lost its listing on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).

The company, founded in 2004, had earlier been told that its listing was at risk because its capitalisation had fallen below the $15 million threshold for 30 consecutive trading days.

China Digital had appealed the decision to a committee made up of NYSE directors on October 12th. Nut says that the appeal was unsuccessful.

China Digital says that trading in its shares, now delisted on the NYSE, will continue to be available via the ‘Over The Counter’ (OTC) system and listed as STVVY. “The Company remains committed to continued transparent communications with its shareholders,” said a note from the company.

China’s precision navigation system to use 30 satellites

BeiDou-3 will be able to achieve accuracy 'within millimeters', 10 times as precise as GPS, according to previous media reports

From http://www.atimes.com/article/chinas-precision-navigation-system-use-30-satellites/

China is building a military-grade navigation system called BeiDou-3 that will have global coverage through more than 30 satellites, according to an academic speaking on the sidelines of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China.

In 1995, China started to develop its first BeiDou Navigation Satellite System as an alternative to the Global Positioning System in use by the United States, Dr Wang Feixue, a professor at the College of Electronic Science and Engineering, National University of Defense Technology, said at a media briefing on Sunday evening.

“Our satellite program kicked off 20 years later than foreign countries’. We have not yet achieved full global coverage at the moment,” Wang said. “There is still a long way for us to go.”

As China only had the resources to launch six satellites two decades ago, its scientists could only use two satellites to track an object, he said. However, they faced a problem with “fast capture”, a key technology for navigation, he said.

“At that time, my team and I were interested in taking the challenge, and finally tackled the problem by using some new technologies,” he said. Based on their achievements, China now has BeiDou-2, which can connect to more than 10 satellites, and is developing BeiDou-3, he said.

“Even if our satellite system can achieve full global coverage by 2020, we should not slow down, as technology is improving every day,” he said. His team will continue to help equip the People’s Liberation Army with new technologies.

Born in 1971, Wang was granted admission to the National University of Defense Technology in 1988 and gained a PhD in 1998. He is the leader of the research team that developed China’s second-generation satellite system, BeiDou-2.

BeiDou, which literally means “Northern Dipper”, the Chinese name for the constellation known in the West as the Big Dipper or the Plow, is a huge engineering project jointly established by hundreds of government departments, and it has already been applied for civilian uses, Wang said.

Previous media reports said BeiDou-3 would be able to achieve an accuracy “within millimeters”, 10 times as precise as GPS.

China will continue to increase the quality and efficiency of its army in order to achieve basic automation by 2020, President Xi Jinping said in his opening speech at the 19th Party Congress last Wednesday. It will upgrade its army and weapons to achieve basic modernization of its national defense by 2035, he said.

By the middle of this century, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) will become a leading army in the world, he said.

At the same media briefing where Wang spoke, Liu Fang, a staff officer of the Office for International Military Cooperation of the Central Military Commission, said that over the past five years during Xi’s first term in office, the PLA’s “circle of friends” had been growing.

“We have established military relations with many foreign powers and also developed different kinds of military cooperation with our neighboring countries,” she said.

The PLA has been proactively contributing to the United Nations’ peacekeeping actions and setting up information-exchange channels with other countries, Liu said.

Myanmar to launch satellite in 2019

From https://www.mmtimes.com/news/myanmar-launch-satellite-2019.html

Myanmar has planned to launch its own satellite system MyanmarSat-2 in June in 2019, official Global New Light of Myanmar reported on Saturday. To establish state-owned satellite system, the three ways — Condosat which is to lease the use of satellite transponder of another country, joint ownership system and total ownership system — are needed to be done, Vice President U Myint Swe told a coordination meeting of the steering committee in Nay Pyi Taw.

The MyanmarSat-2 will be used on joint ownership system while the MyanmarSat-1 is currently used on lease system.

The project will cost about US$155.7 million. The Vice President urged the committee to put the Indefeasible Right of Use (IRU) of the transponder as an unchangeable provision in the contract. The vice president also called on the ministries which are currently working for MyanmarSat-1 using the foreign satellite to hire Myanmar Sat-2 after their contracts with foreign firms expire.

F1 plans OTT service for 2018

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/23/f1-plans-ott-service-for-2018/

Formula 1 has revealed plans to launch an online live streaming service in 2018 as it reviews its digital and broadcast strategies.

While the sport, under the previous management of Bernie Ecclestone, was wary of embracing new platform technology, new owner Liberty Media is keen to exploit digital opportunities, with a live streaming service from races set to be rolled out for the start of next season.

F1’s commercial chief Sean Bratches has admitted the sport needs to provide an ‘over the top’ offering if it was going to attract bigger future audiences. “We have an obligation to our fans, quite candidly, to ensure that they are able to access our content in any means they want,” he told Autosport F1 writer Jonathan Noble. “We would be derelict if we pursued a path for anything other than that.”

According to Bratches, the aim is to create platforms in the direct-to-consumer arena that engage fans and leverage F1’s assets – whether they are live races, archival or data.

The live OTT offerings will only be available in markets without pre-exiting television deals that have guaranteed exclusivity.

Kodi box seller avoids jail

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/23/kodi-box-seller-avoids-jail/

A man who sold Kodi TV boxes which allowed viewers to watch subscription sport and movie channels for free has been given a suspended jail term.

Brian Thompson, 55 from Middlesborough, had denied breaking the law by selling the Kodi boxes, setting up the prospect of a landmark trial. But appearing at Teesside Crown Court he changed his plea to guilty.

Thompson was given an 18-month prison sentence, suspended for two years. He admitted one count of selling and one count of advertising devices “designed, produced or adapted for the purpose of enabling or facilitating the circumvention of effective technological measures”.

The court heard Thompson had been selling “fully loaded” Kodi boxes – ones that had been installed with third-party add-ons that can access pirate content. He had previously claimed the law was a “grey area” and said he wanted to know whether he was “doing anything illegal”.

Thompson had sold an estimated 400 boxes, earning him about £40,000, and losses to Sky were an estimated £200,000 in subscriptions.

Judge Peter Armstrong said there could be no doubt now about the legality of the fully loaded boxes.

“Those who lawfully have to pay £50 a month or more on Sky or BT subscriptions, are done a disservice by people like you and those who buy these devices,” he said.

He said he was suspending Thompson’s jail sentence but others in the future may not be so fortunate.


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Telstra offers AFL app refunds: ACCC

From http://www.zdnet.com/article/telstra-offers-afl-app-refunds-accc/

Following concerns from the ACCC that Telstra did not clearly notify customers after restricting the viewing size of its live AFL streaming app, the telco is offering refunds to some customers.

Telstra has told the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) that it will be refunding some subscribers of its AFL Live Pass app, after changing its policy on the size of the viewing screens available on tablets amid concerns of not disclosing this change to customers.

During the 2016 season, Telstra had allowed customers to live stream AFL matches in full-screen size on their tablets; however, in 2017, it began restricting the viewing size to 7 inches.

According to the ACCC, however, the AFL Live Pass app was still being advertised on the AFL website with images of matches appearing full-screen on tablets.

"Prompted by the ACCC concerns", the watchdog said, Telstra in August began offering refunds to customers who were annual subscribers to the AFL app on January 31, 2017, and who had downloaded the app on a tablet.

"The ACCC was concerned that footy fans may have subscribed or renewed subscriptions to the AFL Live Pass thinking that they could continue watching live AFL matches in full-screen on a tablet, when this was not the case," ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said.

"Some footy fans were locked into a Telstra subscription before the screen size restriction took effect. When businesses make changes to the subscription terms of goods or services, customers should be clearly notified of the change so people are able to make an informed decision about whether to continue their subscription."

Telstra has been putting greater emphasis on the availability of sports and media streaming services to win and retain customers, last month announcing the inclusion of Foxtel packages in its post-paid mobile plans.

Telstra is offering customers 12 months of free access to content packs from the Foxtel Now streaming service: Paying AU$129 per month will give customers 30GB of data and two Foxtel Now starter packs; AU$149 will provide three starter packs and 50GB of data; and AU$199 will provide 100GB of data and three starter packs.

The post-paid plans also include data-free streaming of Telstra's AFL and NRL apps.

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

"We've already established strong content partnerships with the AFL, NRL, Netball, and Apple Music to provide our customers with access to the best quality content," Garra said, referring to the telco purchasing the five-year broadcast rights for the Australian netball league back in May 2016.

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

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

"We're about to dial it up again," Telstra CEO Andy Penn said, detailing that the Telstra TV 2 will include all streaming and catch-up TV services along with a linked mobile app, making it "a real Australian first".

"Access to the best content is critically important to us as demand for media continues to grow. At the same time, the media market is changing with new participants and increased competition," Telstra added.

Telstra in August announced its media revenue growing by 8.2 percent to AU$935 million during the FY17 financial year thanks to uptake of both the Telstra TV and Foxtel from Telstra. The latter made AU$777 million in revenue, growing by 8.1 percent due to 57,000 additional subscribers. There were 827,000 Telstra TV devices in the market as of June 30.

Optus is also focusing on media content, in July unveiling an entertainment partnership with National Geographic as part of what CEO Allen Lew told ZDNet is the telco's next move to become a "mobile-led multimedia service provider".

Lew had previously said that Optus is a unique position to be the first in Australia to take advantage of the convergence between telecommunications, media, and technology after beginning its self-described transformation into a multimedia company with the acquisition of the exclusive Australian broadcast rights for the English Premier League in 2015.

All Blacks matches to be livestreamed

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11935256

New Zealand Rugby (NZR) and SKY will partner to livestream the All Blacks upcoming matches against the UK Barbarians and a France XV and the Maori All Blacks matches against Canada and the French Barbarians, in a move designed to grow the global fan base for the teams in black.

The partnership will see all four games livestreamed as pay-per-view events on AllBlacksTV.com and will be available to both international and New Zealand based fans.

The livestream will be available on all modern web and mobile browsers delivered in HD quality, depending on the viewer's bandwidth. Those who arrive late to the livestream, will have the ability to rewind to the beginning of the game at any time.

SKY and Fan Pass subscribers will still be able to watch all these games, plus the Tests from the Vista 2017 All Blacks Northern Tour, through their normal subscription.

SKY will provide the broadcast feeds including SKY match commentary for the livestream service.

"We are excited to be working with SKY to provide international and New Zealand-based fans the opportunity to watch the All Blacks and Maori All Blacks across a range of platforms and viewing options including AllBlacksTV video on demand," said NZR Chief Executive Steve Tew.

"SKY remains the home of live rugby in New Zealand, and the only place you can watch every All Blacks match live across the season. This includes the three All Blacks Tests coming up on the Vista 2017 All Blacks Northern Tour in November against France, Scotland and Wales.

"The livestream is a significant opportunity for us to use the latest streaming technology to grow the All Blacks global fanbase. There are over seven million allblacks.com and social media followers that live outside New Zealand so there is a real opening to engage these fans and grow our brand and following internationally by extending our broadcast options.

"With the broadcast environment rapidly evolving it's great to be partnering with SKY to try out new things. The livestream will take SKY's world class rugby production and commentary and use the All Blacks global channels to broadcast to more fans via the rapidly expanding on-demand streaming option," Tew said.

New Zealand-based fans can purchase the livestream for selected individual matches on AllBlacksTV.com for NZD $24.99 per All Blacks match and NZD $14.99 for each Maori All Blacks match. The matches can be watched live or on-demand after the event.

SKY subscribers can watch the four games live on SKY, delayed on Prime, and also available on SKY Go. Fan Pass customers can watch all matches live with their monthly subscription - which is NZD $99 for all seven All Blacks and Maori All Blacks matches in November (plus all the other sport broadcasted on SKY Sport 1-4 that month)

The four selected matches will be live streamed internationally on AllBlacksTV to over 150 countries featuring SKY's expert commentary team and analysis.

Dates and times of livestreamed matches (Note: all times are local to where match is located)

UK Barbarians vs All Blacks
Match taking place Saturday 4 November 2017 at Twickenham, London, Kick off 3pm GMT

French XV vs All Blacks
Match taking place Tuesday 14 November 2017 at Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon, France, Kick off 6.55pm CET

Canada vs Maori All Blacks
Match taking place Friday 3 November 2017 at BC Place Stadium, Vancouver, Canada, Kick off 7pm PDT

French Barbarians vs Maori All Blacks
Match taking place Friday 10 November 2017 in Bordeaux, France Kick off 9pm CET

(Craig's comment, or use a vpn and use rugbypass.com and get the whole months games for $20...)

New era for public broadcasting anticipated

From https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/98106536/new-era-for-public-broadcasting-anticipated

Public broadcasting appears set for a boost.

Public broadcasting is to benefit from a Labour-NZFirst-Green government, a lobby group says, and it is not too concerned which of the plans proposed by Labour and NZ First is taken forward.

Labour's election policy was to boost Radio New Zealand's role in the media market and pay for it to launch a television channel.

The party's broadcasting spokeswoman, Clare Curran, said prior to the election that would likely see Radio NZ get the bulk of an additional $38 million a year that Labour would allocate to public broadcasting.

NZ First proposed removing all advertising from Television New Zealand's TVNZ 1 channel and funding it instead from an increase in the Telecommunications Development Levy.

The levy, which is currently paid by phone companies, would be extended to commercial broadcasters and internet-television companies such as Netflix under its policy.

Myles Thomas, director of Better Public Media, previously known as the Coalition for Better Broadcasting, said Labour's and NZ First's policies were "essentially quite similar".

Both aimed to create a non-commercial public service media platform that included at least one television channel, he said.

But the lobby group had preferred NZ First's policy because it included "sustainable and arm's length funding for media".

Thomas said he looked forward to an improvement after "nine years of slow destruction of public broadcasting and media in New Zealand".

"While the National government has overseen the closure of TVNZ 7, loss of quality television documentaries, evening current affairs plus much more, and the slow strangulation of Radio New Zealand and NZ on Air – the new government marks a turning point," he said.

Fairfax NZ chief executive Sinead Boucher said before the election that it was "great that Labour recognises the importance of high-quality journalism to a sound democracy".

But she questioned its approach of "piling more money into state-owned media" and its plans to turn Radio NZ into a "super-media platform and broadcaster".

Fairfax NZ owns Stuff and newspapers including The Dominion Post, The Sunday Star-Times and The Press.

Boucher advocated putting any extra funding into a publicly-contestable fund that all independent media companies could access.

Another media industry source questioned the wisdom of "further fragmenting audiences" with the launch of a new free-to-air channel, given the declining levels of profitability in the industry.

Prime Minister designate Jacinda Ardern has yet to confirm who her broadcasting minister will be.

Curran who has also acted as spokeswoman for the party on broadcasting, communications and information technology issues has been appointed to the Cabinet.

Plans for satellite in the works yet again

From http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/plans-satellite-works-yet-again

One of Cambodia’s largest conglomerates is reviving plans for the Kingdom’s first communications satellite, with hopes of launching by 2021 with assistance from China.

Im Vutha, spokesman for the Telecommunication Regulator of Cambodia, said tycoon Kith Meng’s Royal Group will spend a year conducting a feasibility study before beginning work on the satellite. Royal Group has partnered with state-owned China Great Wall Industry Corporation, which helped Laos launch its first satellite in 2015.

“It will take a lot of time – seven years by international standards,” Vutha said. “But this company said they may take three years only because they have experience with Laos already.”

Prime Minister Hun Sen has pushed for a Cambodian-owned satellite for years. Royal Blue Skies, a subsidiary of Royal Group, received a concession from the government to launch Cambodia’s first satellite in 2011, but the project never took off.

In 2015, the premier announced a plan to launch a satellite surveillance system to monitor the country’s borders. Last year, he again proposed a Cambodia-owned satellite to deliver high-speed internet.

Vutha said the government wants to invest in satellites as an alternative to a fibre-optic cable to increase broadband penetration in urban and rural areas of the Kingdom.

However, satellites “can have other purposes, like for the Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Land Management, Ministry of Interior, and for security and defence”, he said.

Vutha said the costs had yet to be finalised or approved, but he estimated them to reach $150 million.

Google says a third of C-band dishes registered with the FCC aren’t used

From http://spacenews.com/google-says-a-third-of-c-band-dishes-registered-with-the-fcc-arent-used/

Lots of C-band satellite dishes are unregistered, but of those that are registered with the FCC, up to a third don't exist or aren't used, according to Google. Credit: russellstreet /Flickr (Creative Commons)

WASHINGTON — Earth-observation data shows that one in three C-band satellite dishes registered with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission either don’t exist or aren’t in use, a spectrum official at Google said last week.

The number of unregistered C-band dishes dwarfs that of registered dishes, according to fleet operator Intelsat, but the paucity of hard data on how heavily C-band is truly used is a recognized irritation to the FCC and other telecom regulatory agencies.

Presenting information that could factor heavily into the commission’s decision-making on how to expand the use of C-band, Andrew Clegg, spectrum engineering lead at Google, said Oct. 13 that the company found numerous dishes were absent at database-listed coordinates, either having been removed or having never existed in the first place.

“We looked at all 4,700 registered earth stations using Google Earth imagery and found in 29 percent of the cases, the registered dishes aren’t even there,” Clegg said at the Americas Spectrum Management Conference here. “If we looked at historical imagery, we could see that in some cases those dishes used to be there and were taken out, with the registration never taken off the books. In some cases we saw that the dishes never existed at all, but they are still on the books.”

When factoring in the 29 percent missing “plus probably a greater percentage that aren’t operating anymore, roughly a third of the registrations are not active,” he said, based on Google research. “We think the database really needs to be cleaned up.”

Speaking on the same panel, Hazem Moakkit, Intelsat’s vice president of corporate and spectrum strategy, said recent discussions with a small broadcaster revealed that that customer had more than half as many unregistered C-band dishes for their customers alone than the FCC has in all of the agency’s records.

“Only one of our customers told us that they have 3,000 earth stations that are not registered,” he said. “They are one of the smaller broadcasters and they don’t deal with registration. We have to factor that into the equation.”

By that metric, Intelsat customers alone have multiple times what the FCC has documented in C-band dishes. Competitor SES also has a large C-band customer base in the United States, and other operators have a smaller but not inconsequential presence.

Moakkit said the onus remains on customers and not satellite operators to register terminals and keep that information fresh. Thousands of receive-only satellite dishes stay unregistered because the FCC allows it, he said. Nevertheless, that Intelsat-customer discussion meant to better gauge how many dishes are in use provided a vague proxy as to the decisively larger fraction of unregistered dishes.

Unreliable data on how many C-band terminals are active has been a sticking point with regulators in the U.S. and internationally as they try to gauge how heavily the satellite industry truly relies on spectrum. In an Oct. 13 speech at the conference, FCC commissioner Michael O’Rielly said he wants the agency to ensure “updated and complete information about incumbent operations is in the FCC databases.”

“At a minimum, the commission needs a better understanding of the current number of C-band earth stations in existence. This is the only means the commission has to truly evaluate current use and protection mechanisms to the extent that they are necessary,” he said.

Satellite operators say their customers — particularly broadcasters with receive-only C-band dishes — often don’t register their dishes, and that enforcing registrations is beyond operators’ control. Without those numbers, the satellite industry has argued that its use of C-band is substantially greater than what’s accounted for by regulators, but hasn’t been able to back those claims with numbers.

Space-based imagery could, ironically, force satellite operators to address the dearth of information more seriously.

The FCC is evaluating ways to let mobile communications companies use C-band, especially for 5G, the fifth generation of mobile networks. Moakkit said each new technology generation — be it 3G, 4G or now 5G — has grown into a “crescendo of repeated attempts to repurpose C-band.”

Sensing the crescendo growing louder than before, Intelsat teamed up with Intel to submit a proposal that would have satellite operators clear C-band in part or in full around metropolitan areas in exchange for financial compensation from mobile users. Several other satellite operators have either deferred opinions or publicly spoken against the idea.

Google is also a critic of Intelsat and Intel’s proposal. Clegg said Google doubts Intelsat’s timeline — that industry-led spectrum clearing could open up C-band in one to three years — and would rather support an approach that first uses the band for fixed broadband access. Mobile user access would come later, he said.

Moakkit said Google’s plan would only muddy the situation by introducing a second incumbent ahead of mobile operators that would then both demand protection.

“For us in the satellite industry, particularly for Intelsat as the largest holder of C-band rights for satellite around the globe, the most important objective is to ensure that we can protect our customers and protect the services that we provide,” he said.

Qatar’s Emir denounces “unjust siege” over beIN Sport

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/20/qatars-emir-denounces-unjust-siege-over-bein-sport/

Qatar’s Emir, Sheikh Tamim Al Thani, speaking in Indonesia where he is currently on a visit, was highly critical of the recent move by Egypt to further escalate the already wounding diplomatic row with Qatar.

Egypt, along with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE have already cut all diplomatic and trade links with Qatar. On October 17th it emerged that Egypt had alleged that beIN Sport was involved in “monopolistic” practices and had repeatedly violated Egypt’s competition laws.

Saudi Arabia and Egypt are still demanding that Al Jazeera be closed down. Al Jazeera is best described as a ‘sister’ broadcaster to beIN Sport in Qatar

Could SpaceX herald a $1 trillion a year space business?

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/19/inside-satellite-could-spacex-herald-a-1-trillion-a-year-space-business/

A thought-provoking feature in Fortune magazine suggests that the world might be on the cusp of a new clutch of space pioneers. It says that the likes of Elon Musk (SpaceX), Amazon’s Jeff Bezos (Blue Origin rockets) as well as cash from Bill Gates (Microsoft), Google’s Sergey Brin and even Virgin’s Richard Branson could all be the forerunners of a new ‘space age’.

Musk is backing interplanetary travel with his Falcon ‘BFR’, which is his cheeky way of saying that it’s a really big rocket. Destined for Mars, few today believe that Musk’s suggestion of getting from the USA to Australia in under an hour is wholly realistic despite the theoretical possibility! After all, the truth currently is that the journey would actually have to be from a rocket launch site in the US to a landing site in Australia, or the UK, or wherever. And that means quite a few political challenges as well as environmental and logistical obstacles to be overcome. But never say never where Musk is concerned.

Much more likely is a true revolution in how Space is used, for low-cost and ubiquitous broadband everywhere, with commensurate benefits for a dozen players, not least Bill Gates, Google and the rest.

Whether Greg Wyler’s OneWeb and his 4,000 or so low Earth orbiting satellites will kick-start this revolution is still to be seen, but SES-backed O3b is already winning new clients and rapidly expanding demand for broadband in some far-off and underserved countries and territories. The fact that its greatest success happens to be cruise ship passengers is neither here or there. Those 6,000 passengers plus crew are busy creating new demand for Facebook, Snapchat, the latest sports scores and non-stop video.

Fortune quotes an analysis from investment bank Morgan Stanley which talks of dramatic expansion in e-commerce and digital advertising, and also suggests that Elon Musk’s currently privately-held SpaceX business could be worth $50 billion in a public float.

Fortune also specifically highlights some major defence aerospace businesses as worth an investment, as well as established players such as SES and Boeing as well as the established ‘new age’ operators such as Facebook, Google and Amazon as likely beneficiaries.


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Sky TV down nearly 28,000 subscribers

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11934722

SKY TV's annual profits are down a fifth.

Sky TV lost 27,897 subscribers in the 2017 financial year, it was announced ahead of the company's annual general meeting today.

In the chairman's address, released to the NZX ahead of the 2pm AGM, Peter Macourt said the subscriber story was a mixed one with average monthly revenue per subscriber increased 19 cents to $78.82 and gross churn reduced 1.6 per cent to 15.9 per cent.

The drop in subscribers means the pay TV service has 824,782 people signed up to the television provider.

"Your board recognises the importance of dividends to shareholders, and was disappointed to reduce the final dividend, but while we continue to operate in a rapidly changing and uncertain media environment, we will be considering diverting funds from dividends further towards debt reduction," the address said.

It said that Sky's board and management team had a placed a huge focus on the eventually unsuccessful bid to merge with Vodafone New Zealand.

"Having heavily focused on the transaction for an extended period of time and the
considerable investment in working toward a merger, there was a sense of disappointment at the outcome.

"However, this was just one strategic option for Sky and we have now turned our focus to
alternative means to attract and maintain customers of video entertainment."

The year saw Sky's revenue decrease 3.7 per cent to $893.5 million from $928.2m in the previous period, according to the address.

Operating expenses were flat at $601.2m and net profit declined 20.9 per cent
to $116.3m. This included the $2.1m in expenses related to the acquisition of Vodafone NZ.

Earnings before interest, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) was $292.3m. A final dividend of 12.5 cents per share, and a total dividend of 27.5 cents per share for the year was announced.

Programming costs increased by $18.3m to 39.1 per cent of revenue.

"The Rio Olympics, a full year of the new more expensive SANZAR rugby contract, return of US PGA golf, Lions Tour, America's Cup, On Demand content and new channel Viceland all contributed to the increase."

Freeview launches set to transform TV

From Press Release: FreeView

Thursday, 19 October 2017, 11:24 am

Freeview launches set to transform TV

PRESS RELEASE | Thursday 19th October, 2017

Freeview has today announced the launch of an innovative new high-end recorder and a new Freeview On Demand platform combining Live TV and On Demand services on Smart TVs and set top boxes.

Expected to be in store in Q1 2018, the premium recorder – produced by local company Dish TV – will be the first device to combine Freeview Live TV, Freeview On Demand and Freeview Record capabilities in one beautifully-designed unit, compatible with both UHF aerial and satellite dish.

The new Freeview recorder will not only give viewers On Demand content from Māori Television, TVNZ OnDemand and ThreeNow, it will also enable access to a range of popular local and international third-party video on demand (VOD) apps, making it a true one-stop shop for Kiwis’ entertainment needs.

Beyond this the recorder provides viewers with access to the Freeview TV Guide, ability to ‘live pause’, record live TV and play back stored content via an intuitive user interface. A new mobile app will also provide access to the Guide and allow the user to set recordings remotely.

Recently appointed CEO, Jason Foden, says Freeview hopes the recorder’s launch will be welcomed by Kiwi viewers, particularly those impacted by TiVo’s exit from the New Zealand market later this month, and those looking for alternatives to expensive subscription services.

“There’s a great deal of change currently playing out across New Zealand’s TV landscape – viewers have more choice than ever. Freeview is offering viewers access to local and international VOD content on their terms while also keeping live TV at the heart of the viewing experience.

“Everything about the design of the new recorder is intended to deliver the content viewers want, where and when they want it. Combining the Live TV, On Demand and Record capabilities in one device is a big part of that – as is our decision to partner with external VOD services to make accessing content outside of the Freeview library even easier,” Foden concludes.

Freeview will also soon be launching a seamless new Freeview On Demand platform – which will replace the existing FreeviewPlus service and will be rolled out over the next three months.

While FreeviewPlus has been popular with viewers wanting access to the TV Guide and On Demand services, the fragmented nature of content delivery through various network streaming apps made it difficult to use.

In a truly viewer-centric approach, the new Freeview On Demand platform will feature a single application combining all broadcaster content in one simple-to-use interface for both content discovery and streaming.

The new Freeview On Demand platform will be available across all new and existing smart TVs released since 2015, HbbTV-capable set top boxes and recorders connected to both broadband internet and a TV antenna (satellite dish or UHF aerial).

For viewers with only a broadband connection, Freeview On Demand will also be available as a Smart TV app on selected Smart TV brands.

And yes, as with everything offered by Freeview, the new Freeview On Demand and the full suite of Freeview features built into the new recorder are free to access.

Arqiva powers Fox Asia 4K F1

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/18/arqiva-powers-fox-asia-4k-f1/

International satellite and media services provider Arqiva is partnering with FOX Networks Group (FNG) Asia to deliver a 4K content stream of the 2017 FIA Formula One World Championship – the first time FNG Asia has streamed 4K content to viewers across the region.

Arqiva will provide its streaming services for the remaining four races of the Formula One season – taking place in the US, Mexico, Brazil and Abu Dhabi – having already delivered live 4K streaming of the Singapore, Malaysian and Japanese Grands Prix.

The partnership will see Arqiva utilise its fibre infrastructure to pick-up live 4K content from Sky and take responsibility for transcoding and delivery into FNG Asia’s channel delivery network via a combination of traditional and cloud based services.

It is the latest project in a four-year relationship between Arqiva and FNG Asia, which has seen them working together on the delivery of content for channels in Singapore.

“We are thrilled to be working with a broadcaster like FNG Asia on a spectacle as prestigious as Formula One, and it is a fantastic reflection of Arqiva’s growing presence in the Asian market,” declared Chris Walder, Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific at Arqiva.

“FNG Asia shares our values in terms of providing the most efficient, stimulating viewing experiences to its customers, and we are looking forward to developing this relationship.”

“Arqiva’s managed IP streaming service leverages a combination of traditional services and cloud delivery mechanisms to provide the very best occupational and commercial proposition to our customers,” added Alex Pannell, Director of Media Services at Arqiva. “It is for this reason that tier 1 global broadcasters and content owners, such as FNG Asia, are leveraging our media hub to deliver services to their audiences around the world.”

“Having worked together with Arqiva for more than four years, we are confident in its ability to provide reliable, high quality services for our channels, no matter the requirement,” averred Jeroen Roeper, Vice President of Broadcast Technical Operations ‎at FOX Networks Group Asia.

“FNG Asia has a growing base of customers who are passionate about sports and programming, so when the prospect of delivering our very first 4K stream for this year’s Grand Prix races arose, there was no question that Arqiva would be the right partner for the job. We’re excited to be extending our relationship with Arqiva into this new territory, bringing our viewers the live 4K Formula One coverage they deserve – and are incredibly pleased with the results so far.”

New crackdown on organised crime in Asia could be the death of your Kodi stream

From https://tech.thaivisa.com/new-crackdown-organised-crime-asia-death-kodi-stream/25075/

It could soon be much harder to watch sports, TV shows and movies via a Kodi box.

A newly formed coalition of the some of the world’s largest entertainment organisations and content creators have joined forces to tackle illegal streaming online through so called ‘fully loaded Kodi boxes’.

The Kodi boxes, which are referred to as illicit streaming devices (ISDs) within the industry, allow users to stream live sports and TV shows for free. But the content is ripped from the likes of HBO, the Premier League and Astro, among others.

Now the newly formed Coalition Against Piracy (CAP) says it will tackle illegally piracy and is focussing its efforts in Asia, where it claims highly organized transnational crime syndicates are responsible for the sale and distribution of the content through illegal streaming boxes, which are then sold around the world.

The ‘Kodi boxes’ have nothing to do with the Kodi organisation, who make the Kodi software which is designed to be used to allow people to easily manage their own library of multimedia content.

However, because of its open source nature, third parties use the software to create add-ons that enable users to illegally access copyrighted content through the streaming boxes.

Torrent Freak reports that CAP is made up of many of the entertainment channels which broadcast in Thailand and throughout Southeast Asia, including Disney, Fox, HBO Asia, NBCUniversal, Premier League, Turner Asia-Pacific, A&E Networks, Astro, BBC Worldwide, TV5MONDE and others.

Neil Gane, formerly of the Hong Kong Police who has been hired by CAP as its general manager, reportedly told Indian Television: “The prevalence of ISDs across Asia is staggering. The criminals who operate the ISD networks and the pirate websites are profiting from the hard work of talented creators, seriously damaging the legitimate content ecosystem as well as exposing consumers to dangerous malware”.

“This is a highly organized transnational crime with criminal syndicates profiting enormously at the expense of consumers as well as content creators,” Gane added

If CAP succeeds in putting a halt to the illegal streaming channels and operations in Southeast Asia then repercussions will almost certainly be felt in Thailand, where the boxes have become popular with expats who use them to watch TV from their home country, as well as live sports, without having to pay a subscription fee.

The news comes after it was also revealed earlier this week that a number of major Hollywood studios have teamed up with streaming giants Netflix and Amazon to launch a joint lawsuit against a company in the US which distributes a Kodi powered streaming box called Tick Box, the Hollywood Reporter said.

Qatar hit by Egypt in beIN Sports row

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/19/qatar-hit-by-egypt-in-bein-sports-row/

The diplomatic problems between Saudi Arabia, Egypt and other Gulf states and Qatar has escalated and now threatens the TV output from Qatar-based beIN Sports.

October 18 saw Egypt’s prosecutor-general name and refer Nasser Al-Khelaifi, beIN Media Group’s CEO (and president of football club Paris Saint Germain) to Egypt’s Commercial Court and alleging “monopolistic practices” and repeated violations of Egypt’s competition laws.

The allegations come down to beIN’s cutting of transmissions to Cairo-based Nilesat and switching satellites to that of Qatari-owned Es’HailSat, and thus “forcing” viewers who wanted to see all-important football games which beIN hold broadcasting rights to.

Al Ahram, Egypt’s semi-official newspaper, reports that the charges allege that this switching of satellites could lead to Nilesat losing viewers (and subscribers to Orbit-Showtime Network/OSN) and forcing viewers to pay for entertainment and sports that they may not be interested in.

Not helping are criminal charges laid before a Swiss court a week ago also involving Al-Khelaifi and beIN alleging that beIN made bribery payments to FIFA officials in order to secure World Cup exclusive TV coverage. The investigation concerns alleged bribes offered to former FIFA secretary-general Jerome Valcke to award 2026 and 2030 World Cup rights to the beIN Media Group, according to the office of Switzerland’s attorney-general.

Al-Khelaifi confirmed October 18th that he is set to speak to Swiss officials on October 25th.

Last week, the Paris offices of beIN Sports were raided and searched, along with other offices in Greece, Italy and Spain.

Ruptly launches new streaming platform

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/18/ruptly-launches-new-streaming-platform/

Global news agency Ruptly has announced the launch of its video streaming platform which offers global live events with the ability to broadcast directly to social media.

The new platform – Ruptly Live – gives anyone the chance to stream professional live video content from around the world, allowing broadcasters and vloggers alike, to stream live video quickly and easily.

Commenting at the launch of the new platform, CEO of Ruptly Dinara Toktosunova said: “Live transmissions are the optimal content for our clients because they allow audiences to be fully immersed in any given moment, as if they were actually there, watching breaking news and viral stories as they happen – in both traditional and 360 formats. Live streaming allows for maximum audience engagement. What Ruptly has done is develop a break-through approach for live streams, never attempted by any other video agency. Ruptly Live is a two-in-one product. We are pushing the boundaries of accessibility by offering premium content that anyone and everyone can post on social media via an easy-to-embed live streaming solution.”

The process removes the need for specialist technology, coding or expertise – all users need to do is sign in, select an event and click to stream. Live video can be streamed directly to social media such as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Periscope, as well as delivered through CDNs to native players – giving users the freedom to embed custom adverts. Up to eight lives can be broadcasted directly to social media simultaneously.

Ruptly Live will also offer users access to 360 degree video content and drone footage, available in 4K.

Roku launches new devices in LatAm, Canada

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/18/roku-launches-new-devices-in-latam-canada/

Roku is making its streaming platform available to consumers and content publishers in Argentina, Central America, Chile, Colombia and Peru. The company unveiled two players that will come to market in the coming weeks – the Roku Express+ which for HD streaming, and the Roku Streaming Stick+ capable of streaming HD, 4K and 4K HDR at up to 60 fps.

“Streaming is gaining popularity quickly around the world, and in particular, in Latin America because it allows consumers to watch TV on their terms. To meet the demand, we are launching our affordable and easy to use streaming players in various countries in Latin America,” said Chas Smith, general manager of Roku TVs and players. “The Roku Express+ is one of our most popular streaming players, and is a great starting point for first time streamers because it works with virtually any TV. We’re also delivering our all-new Roku Streaming Stick+ that provides a cutting-edge streaming experience on both HD and 4K TVs.”

Roku has also announced that it is launching the new Roku Express in Canada. Consumers in Canada can access 4,000+ streaming channels, including 150,000 movies and TV episodes.



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Vodafone TV — television in the cloud

From https://billbennett.co.nz/vodafone-tv-fibre/

Vodafone TV You need a fast fibre connection to use the new-look Vodafone TV. Less than 100Mbps won’t cut it. That means a UFB connection or Vodafone’s own FibreX alternative.

You also need a Vodafone broadband account. The service is company exclusive. CEO Russell Stanners says he hopes customers who like the look of Vodafone TV will reward his company with their business.

Vodafone has offered a TV service for some time. Its 2013 earlier incarnation was, in effect, a version of Sky TV’s My Box reworked for the internet.

The new version is something else. The hardware is a puck-sized box packaged with a remote control. In some ways it is like Apple TV.

It’s not about the hardware

There’s not much to the hardware because there doesn’t need to be much. The cloud does all the heavy lifting. An Amazon server stores all TV shows, movies and other video. It could be in Australia, but it could be anywhere in the world.

Cloud storage has the vast catalogue of material and the user’s own saved program choices.

There are also mobile clients for phones and tablets. Stanners says, you might be sitting at home watching the All Blacks test on a large screen before going on a trip.

When your taxi arrives, you can press pause on the big display. Load yourself in the car and resume watching the game from the point where you stopped en route to the airport. Pause again, dump your bags and find a seat in the lounge before getting back to watching the game on your tablet.

Stanners says the experience is seamless and brings all the screens together. Vodafone wasn’t able to show the hand-off at the Auckland event to show off the product. Yet staff were able to show how well Vodafone TV works on big screens and on mobiles. It is impressive and like all impressive technology has a faint whiff of magic about it.

Reverse electronic programme guide

Using the cloud has other advantages. There’s no likelihood of running out of local storage. And there’s a powerful reverse electronic programme guide.

This makes it easy to find the shows you want. One neat twist is you can use your mobile phone to cue big screen content. It’s a form of on-demand programming. Armed with the reverse programme guide, you can search back through the last week or so to find shows that you may have missed. The actual timespan wasn’t discussed.

Vodafone TV uses the company’s proprietary intellectual property. The company has a similar product in parts of Europe. Stanners says there has been a huge amount of local input into the service on sale here. Not least, is the work clearing the rights with content owners to build the reverse electronic programme guide.

Vodafone TV: made for Sky merger

The TV-as-a-service product was already in the pipeline when Vodafone planned to merge with Sky. It shows what Vodafone was able to bring to the party. Sky, meanwhile, owns the bulk of content. It will all be there on Vodafone TV, but it’s isn’t an exclusive relationship. The device is able to run apps and from day one there will be Netflix, YouTube and content from Mediaworks. TVNZ will join them soon after.

Vodafone was coy about the precise launch date and the cost. Stanners says it will be soon. There was a whisper at the event that soon means the next week or two. We could have the new Vodafone TV before we have a government.

He wouldn’t talk prices, but Stanners says they will be competitive. Again, the word around the event is that it won’t be expensive. There will be add-ons, some premium content and extras like Netflix subscriptions. At this stage customers will have to buy Netflix themselves, but Vodafone may yet offer it.

Party-on dudes

It doesn’t stop there. Stanners says one advantage of Vodafone’s approach is it makes distribution easy for smaller content providers. He says that means we could see the emergence of Wayne’s World-like niche channels.

The event made it clear there is still a strong relationship between Vodafone and Sky. Vodafone TV delivers most of what a merged operation could have achieved. It does so without causing regulatory ripples. There is no legal compulsion for Sky to offer the same content to other broadband suppliers.

Vodafone TV puts the company in a strong competitive position. It should be able to grow its share of the broadband market. Yet even with stellar growth it will struggle to match Sky’s satellite reach. It goes places fibre doesn’t.

Fibre is important to Vodafone TV. You need a solid, fast, reliable connection for it to work.

Chorus and the other fibre companies have graphs that show how fibre uptake took-off. It happened first when Spark introduced Lightbox. Then, again, when Netflix opened in New Zealand. There were two clear inflection points.

Inflection point

It wasn’t only uptake. The graphs also showing how much data users download. These also turned corners at the inflection moments. Expect a similar effect as Vodafone TV kicks in.

Close Vodafone watchers may have spotted a theme with the company in recent months. Vodafone group product director Sally Fuller was in town earlier this year. The main thrust of her presentation was that we’re moving to: “Everything-as-a-service”. She says the ownership of things is on the way out, instead we buy outcomes.

This is something you could miss in Vodafone’s TV announcement. Yes, it is a flash new product. It has the capacity to delight customers and win business from rivals.

At the same time it is another step closer to “everything-as-a-service”. This is the future world Vodafone refers to in its advertising. Vodafone TV is more than a product, it is a strategy.

Op-Ed | Intelsat’s Myopia on C-band

From http://spacenews.com/op-ed-intelsats-myopia-on-c-band/

The recent proposal made by Intelsat and Intel in response to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) request for proposals on how the satellite industry and the mobile networks can coexist took many of us by surprise. Intelsat until recently has been a fervent champion of the protection of C-band for priority use by satellite operations. For them to propose to vacate C-band antennas from major urban centers to remote areas in exchange to be financially compensated by mobile operators may seem to be astute from some perspectives in the short term but it may also bring down its own and the rest of the satellite operator business interests around the globe.

During the last World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) , satellite operators and the majority of countries successfully held back forces behind mobile operators to preserve C-band and 28 GHz from being assigned to mobile services. Certainly the FCC was one of the most vocal opponents to the conclusion of the WRC 2015 and it continues to be very critical of the satellite industry in disagreeing with its proposal to reassign C-band and 28 GHz to mobility applications. Its chairman recently even threatened to abandon the United Nations International Telecommunication Union (ITU) altogether to make its own direction if its decisions are not followed at the ITU. The opponents of this position, including Intelsat till recently, made it very clear that C-band is the lifeline frequency of choice for many countries and operators for mission critical applications such as communications and television broadcasting services. A significant portion of the $16 billion annual Fixed Satellite Services (FSS) revenues come from C-band services. Despite its usage decline in the U.S. and Europe, C-band contracts represent a significant portion of the backlog for many satellite operators including Intelsat. This is why I find Intelsat’s motives even more puzzling because of the global ramifications which could follow if the FCC would move forward with this proposal. It risks not only its own survival but also the financial stability of our entire FSS industry.

We should begin with the larger question: does Intelsat or any other GEO C-band operator own any part of C-band frequencies used in their respective GEO orbits for terrestrial use? ITU radio regulations state that satellite frequencies belong to administrations or countries where the filings are made so as long those rules are followed. These rules are made and agreed by all the members of the ITU and from time to time are newly created or amended as the members see fit during the World Radiocommunication Conferences, with the next one to be held, WRC 2019. the ITU radio regulations currently state that the standard C-band today has a priority for Space-to-Earth and Earth-to-Space in the 3.7 to 4.2 GHz and 5.9 to 6.4 GHz respectively. These regulations allow point-to-point microwave use of C-band terrestrially so as long as they protect satellite operations. This is a position agreed by all the countries to follow. The right of use of these satellite C-band frequencies belong to the countries and administrations, not the satellite operators themselves. In the case of Intelsat, I believe most of their GEO orbit frequencies belong to the FCC and the International Telecommunications Satellite Organization, ITSO. I don’t know if ITSO itself had agreed with this proposal, but if Intelsat did this without consulting with ITSO, they may have offered to trade something which they don’t own.

Beyond the ownership of the spectrum issue, there is a bigger implication to this proposed step which may severely backfire on Intelsat and the rest of the FSS industry. No administration till today, outside the ITU process, has unilaterally decided to change the ITU regulations and assign terrestrial mobile services to be priority in C-band. If the FCC follows through with this recommendation unilaterally, it could set a dangerous precedent. As I have described in an earlier publication, the United States and the FCC happens to be one of the five countries that occupy 90 percent of global C- and Ku-band orbital slots. Its satellite operators who operate under its filings, including Intelsat, enjoy the benefits derived from years of frequency priority all over the world, including countries that depend upon satellite operating in C-band, including those in South America, Africa, Asia and the Pacific Islands. If the FCC sets the precedent that any one country can unilaterally declare national sovereignty (meaning make its own rules) over satellite C-band, why couldn’t every other nation follow suit? If every nation from Mexico to Mauritius to Malaysia can declare standard C-band is up for grabs for terrestrial use, what would happen to Intelsat’s business let alone the business of SES, Eutelsat, Telesat and every other satellite operator global and regional?

If many other nations decided to follow ‘nationalising’ C-band spectrum and turned it over to their own mobile operators, Intelsat could quickly find that they could no longer carry C-band services for its customers for many parts of the world. As such they could lose billions of dollars of backlog and they will find it much more challenging to service their debts. Moreover what entity would be 100 percent motivated to make sure this happens exactly in every country? It would be the company that is trying to set the next generation 5G mobile standard, Intel of course. The very entity that Intelsat is supposedly teaming up with in the U.S. would use this as precedence to go to each and every country to “nationalize” C-band to the very detriment of Intelsat and, sadly, the rest of the FSS industry. Intelsat may try to argue they would need to be compensated by any other foreign government to give up “their” C-band, but their shouts and cries could seriously fall to deaf ears because there is no guarantee that mobile operators in the U.S. or any other country in the world would agree to compensate satellite operators to use the satellite C-band frequencies.

An avalanche starts with a snow flake, and if Intelsat’s proposal starts the toppling of the dominos, no one will know how this will end for themselves and the rest of the satellite industry because we cannot fathom where it would end: it may not just end with C-band but continue onto Ku- and Ka-band as well. When I grew up I played a lot of chess — of course I was not an expert but I learned very early that every move has a consequence and one must plan not the very next move but the multiple moves in advance if you are to have a chance at success. Intelsat has by making this proposal now created the possibility that our C-band antennas can somehow be migrated away from our cable TV customers for the benefit of the mobile industry. In their myopic search for short term cash, they may have set in motion actions and consequences which undermines one of the pillars of their assets, their global satellite C-band priority (as well as everyone else’s) in 40-plus orbital slots around the world. By teaming up with Intel, one of our industry’s biggest nemeses, Intelsat may have opened the cage and let in a tiger to our midst who will take this opportunity to undermine satellite C-band on a global scale. Let’s hope that all the sheep in the cage survive this mistake, including the one that let the tiger in. The rest of the FSS industry must continue to do everything in their power to protect the priority use of satellite allocated C-band for not only our own interests but the interests of our customers who are depending on us for their future operations. Finally with all due respect, we should ask all regulatory bodies to preserve the legitimacy of the ITU process and as such if there are to be any changes in the current regulations we should discourage any unilateral changes on a national basis and agree to do them collectively in the next WRC 2019.

Tom Choi is the co-founder and chief executive of satellite telecommunications operator ABS.

Russia increases Glonass orbital grouping to 24 satellites

From http://tass.com/science/971132

Tthe Glonass orbital grouping has again been increased to its standard number

MOSCOW, October 17. /TASS/. Russia has started using the Glonass-M No. 52 navigation satellite produced by the Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems Company pursuant to its designation, the press office of State Space Corporation Roscosmos reported on Tuesday.

"With the launch of the Glonass-M No. 52 satellite into operation, the Glonass orbital grouping has again been increased to its standard number of 24 space vehicles," the Roscosmos press office said.

The Glonass-M No. 52 satellite orbited on September 22, 2017, has been accepted for operation following the results of checks into its functioning in flight conditions. It will be used instead of a satellite that had worked in the orbital grouping 1.5 times longer than the guaranteed service life.

Cambodia aims to launch its first satellite in 3 years

From https://www.telecomasia.net/content/cambodia-aims-launch-its-first-satellite-3-years

The Cambodian government plans to launch its first communications satellite by as early as 2021, and will conduct a feasibility study within a year.

The satellite project is projected to cost around $150 million and the satellite will have a lifespan of seven years, the Bangkok Post reported, citing comments from an official at the Telecom Regulator of Cambodia (TRC).

TRC and the Ministry of Post and Telecom have partnered with Royal Blue Skies and Beijing-based China Great Wall Industry Corporation, and these partnerships are expected to allow Cambodia to launch a satellite within three years, compared to the standard of seven, the official said.

China Great Wall Industry Corporation already has experience launching a satellite in Laos and will be able to take this experience to the Cambodian project.

The feasibility study will be used to gauge the potential demand for satellite services and determine how much the government should invest in the project.

In March, a new subsea cable was launched connecting Cambodia with Malaysia and Thailand. The 1,300km Malaysia-Cambodia-Thailand (MCT) cable system was built by a joint venture between Cambodia's EZECOM, Telekom Malaysia and Symphony Communication of Thailand.

Sky Germany and Italy UHD next year

From advanced television.com

Gary Davey, MD Content Europe for Sky, told delegates attending his keynote speech in the Sony UHD Theatre at MIPCOM that Ultra HD has been a big success in the UK, and that Germany and Italy will follow with a Sky Q proposition in the next year.

Davey said UHD was in the top three reasons for people upgrading to Sky Q, which costs an extra £12 (€13.50) a month and that Sky UK had made over 1,000 hours of 4K content so far. “Our concern, particularly with live football was handling the data – it is amazing how quickly this has been overcome, we recently did a live music festival and there will be much more of that kind of event television to come.”

He confirmed there will an increased budget for UHD (non-sport) original content next year across all genres and commented that the incremental cost of producing in UHD had fallen very fast and was continuing to fall. Davey said all UHD content was being graded for HDR and all versions were being tested in the lab.

Samsung invests in Pluto TV

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/17/samsung-invests-in-pluto-tv/

Pluto TV, the free Internet television service in the US, has received $5 million in funding from Samsung Venture Investment Corporation, the venture capital arm of the Samsung Group, with participation from other investors totalling $8.3 million. The funding will be used to further expand Pluto TV’s product, content and marketing efforts.

“Samsung is the global leader in the TV market, changing the way people experience entertainment through constant innovation,” said Tom Ryan, CEO of Pluto TV. “Their investment in Pluto TV is a great vote of confidence in our mission to bring free Internet television to consumers everywhere.”

“Pluto TV is the leading free Internet TV service in America and we see huge potential for the company as they scale their cutting edge offering to viewers around the world,” said Jihong Kim with Samsung Venture Investment Corporation.”

OSN launches anti-piracy game

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/17/osn-launches-anti-piracy-game/

Middle East pay-TV operator OSN and Dubai Customs have launched what they say is the world’s first Content Protection virtual reality (VR) game at KidZania Dubai to boost awareness of the threats of content theft.

The 60 second game, Copycat Combat, is a collaboration between the pair, who have a strong partnership in combating the import of illegal satellite and IPTV devices as well as championing intellectual property rights (IPR.)

Copycat Combat is aimed at children between the ages of 5 and 12 and will be available to play at mall stands and other public spaces across the region managed by OSN. The game will also be toured in UAE schools by Dubai Customs as part of its ongoing educational initiatives to raise awareness of the importance of protecting IPR.

In ‘matrix-style’ world content thieves zap OSN’s precious collection of movies, TV series, kids shows and sports events with powerful laser rays. The game player must ‘shield’ the collection with armoured gloves during an adrenaline-accelerating and pulsating assault that requires fast reflexes and accuracy.

“This is super exciting for us at OSN, to be first in the world to launch a content protection game that helps children to understand the massive threats that the entertainment industry faces from content theft,” commented Sophie Moloney, Chief Legal Officer, OSN. “What’s more, the game is a lot of fun and children can hopefully come away with the thought that content is really precious and worth protecting.”

“This initiative uses virtual reality and is based on the latest advanced applications in the field,” advised Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, Director of Dubai Customs. “The result is Copycat Combat, which will not only raise awareness about the importance of Intellectual Property but will also help kids innovate. This initiative is one of many steps we have taken following the vision and directives of our wise leadership. We are happy to have partnered with OSN to come up with this innovative product.”

“The entertainment industry’s biggest problem is piracy. Illegal theft of content is the biggest danger of the future of creative industries across the world. Here in the Middle East, we suffer from it,” said OSN CEO Martin Stewart, at the game’s launch.

“The impact is many tens of millions, if not billions, of dollars on a global basis. The threat of piracy is on recorded music, films, TV shows and video games. Anything that people can put online is capable of being stolen. And let’s not forget illegal satellite boxes and illegal streaming. There are all sorts of different ways that content can be stolen.”

“Pirated material is a not victimless crime. The Middle East region as a whole is losing hundreds of millions,” Stewart said.

“It is not about just downloading the content and it is not hurting anybody. It is hurting too many people whose jobs depend upon creating the content. If we do not make sure that people are fairly rewarded, then there will not be that content in the future, so it is important to pass a message on about the importance of content and intellectual property and that’s why we are targeting the youth through a game called Copycat Combat.”

“What we are trying to do today with Copycat Combat is to explain to people the consequences of piracy. When a player wins the game, it says thanks for your actions because you managed to beat the pirates. That’s the whole message. It is about linking the consequences of people’s actions to the entertainment that they enjoy,” Stewart explained.

“Those people working in the industry are earning their living from it. They have a job to do, which is creating stuff that people want to enjoy. If we do not find find ways that reward people for their job, then there is no great content for the future and that’s the central message behind Copycat Combat.”

“The Government and concerned entities stand against illegal activity whenever we see it. Most of this illegal activity is run by organised criminal gangs. This is not somebody just doing something for fun,” stressed Stewart. “These are organised criminal enterprises who are profiting from the theft of this great content. So we make sure that we crack down on them wherever possible.”

“A production of educational materials, such as Copycat Combat, lets people understand the consequences of their actions. But we also provide content at affordable prices. There is no need to steal when there are affordable alternatives through OSN for a very small amount of money.”

“I do understand the temptation when someone advertises a movie for $100 when there is a free alternative. However, when a movie for $3 or $4, then really there is not much incentive for somebody to steal it. That what my organisation is trying to do, giving people the legal, affordable, safe alternative.”

Conservative estimates put the loss of revenue to the entertainment industries in the MENA region as a result of content theft as being between US$500 million and US$1.2 billion per year.


Asiasat 5 3840 H Sr 29715 it loads as "Katyusha" it has been there for weeks but seem to have started now. A Russian channel aimeed at viewers in China

SBS Technical Information for Television and Radio


Please be advised that SBS is transitioning from the DVB-S to DVB-S2 transmission standard for its satellite distribution signal carried on Optus D1. The retransmission DTV facilities which are taking input from Optus D1 for SBS will have to upgrade their satellite receivers to be able to receive the SBS DVB-S2 input signal.

Refer to the table below for DVB-S2 satellite receiver input parameters:

Service Satellite Current Current Frequency (GHz) New Frequency(GHz) New
Modulation/FEC Symbol
SBS_NSW Optus D1 12.389125 12.532300 13 16APSK 3/4 47300 134
SBS_QLD Optus D1 12.407000 12.532300 13 16APSK 2/3 47300 135
SBS_SA Optus D1 12.424875 12.532300 13 16APSK 5/6 47300 136
SBS_TAS Optus D1 12.362375 12.532300 13 16APSK 5/6 47300 133
SBS_VIC Optus D1 12.326625 12.532300 13 16APSK 5/6 47300 131
SBS_WA Optus D1 12.344500 12.532300 13 16APSK 3/4 47300 132

Dual Illumination from 30 October 2017

Dual Illumination to 24 November 2017

Downlink Frequency
12.532300 GHz (Optus D1 Transponder 13)
Symbol Rate
47.3 MSymbols/

The DVB-S2 transition will occur from the date specified above. Dual illumination (both DVB-S and DVB-S2) will be available until 24 November 2017. This should provide enough time for your service provider, to schedule a visit to your retransmission site and upgrade the satellite receiver and input the parameters as indicated above.

Please be aware that after the end of the dual illumination period indicated above, the current DVB-S signal input will no longer be available. Without a signal the transmitter will automatically switch off and the Free to Air SBS DTV service will become unavailable in the area.

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Gatr to Provide Satcom Solutions for New Zealand Defense Force

From http://www.satellitetoday.com/publications/st/2017/10/16/gatr-provide-satcom-solutions-new-zealand-defense-force/

Cubic Corporation subsidiary Gatr Technologies has won an order worth more than $5 million to provide satellite communication solutions for the New Zealand Defense Force (NZDF). Cubic will supply 2.4-meter inflatable satellite antennas with supporting hardware, spares and new equipment training for the NZDF Network Enabled Army (NEA) program. In addition to a multi-year support contract, Cubic will deliver and integrate an iDirect-based, Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA) network within the NZDF’s existing and future hub infrastructure.

According to NZDF, the NEA program improves its ability to support deployed land forces by enhancing its battlefield’s Command and Control System, Communications and Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) sensor systems. By closely examining how the NZDF communicates across coalition operations, the NEA program works to advance communication capabilities for future deployments in the South Pacific and high-intensity environments.

“Gatr’s satcom is expected to provide the New Zealand Army with a communications solution that meets its tactical requirements and enhance the command and control capabilities of its forces when deployed on operations. Work is expected to commence soon to integrate Gatr into the New Zealand Defense Information Environment,” said Major Gen. Peter Kelly, New Zealand Chief of Army.

Fiji TV: On Way Back As Free-To-Air

From http://fijisun.com.fj/2017/10/17/fiji-tv-on-way-back-as-free-to-air/

Fiji TV’s financial year has been a remarkable one despite the slow start.

The remarks were made by Fiji TV chief executive officer Karen Lobendahn yesterday during the Annual General Meeting at the Tanoa Plaza Hotel.

In the previous year, the Fiji TV Group had recorded a net loss of $668,124.

However, the Group bounced back and recorded a consolidated net profit after tax of $575,134 for the year ending 30th June 2017.

This is a growth of a 168 per cent in comparison to the financial year ending 30 June 2016.

Following the sale of Media Niugini Limited and Sky TV, the Group has focused heavily on its original broadcast business which is the Free-To-Air business.

The year’s success was greatly attributed to the Group’s advertisers, sponsors and dedicated team, according to Mrs Lobendahn.

After taking up her new role as chief executive officer of the company early this year, Mrs Lobendahn said the major challenge she faced was finding the means to turn things around positively which she is grateful that she was able to accomplish with the support of her staff, management and directors.

“When I took over, there was a task given to us because there was already a registered loss for the organisation.

“But fortunately we managed to turn this around positively by relooking at our strategies and that is something that the management aggressively did.

“We looked at our products, services and overall package.

“For us, it was working closely with our advertisers and stakeholders to see how we can fit into their plan and get them on board.

She said the Group’s focus was on understanding their customers, relooking at their brands and discovering ways on how the synergies can work for both the Group and customer to go to the next level.

“The way forward is to grow each brand to new heights by enhancing and nurturing each of our brands even further and more uniquely.

“There have been core areas that had to be relooked at,” she added.

What’s your message to the shareholders?

With the new path and growth that we are currently doing, it is all positive.

For Fiji TV, it is onwards and upwards form here. There is more content, Fiji TV is a brand that evolved over time and will continue to evolve,” said Mrs Lobendahn.

East and West Malaysia Gain Enhanced Mobile Broadband with SES Networks and CompuDyne

From http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20171016006356/en/East-West-Malaysia-Gain-Enhanced-Mobile-Broadband

CompuDyne to provide affordable and reliable cellular backhaul services to extend the coverage to rural areas of Malaysia via SES-9

East and West Malaysia Gain Enhanced Mobile Broadband with SES Networks and CompuDyne (Photo: Business Wire)

LUXEMBOURG--(BUSINESS WIRE)--CompuDyne, a leading telecommunications solutions provider in Malaysia, is partnering with SES Networks to bring high quality and cost-effective cellular backhaul service to both East and West Malaysia and its surrounding islands.

SES announced that CompuDyne has signed a multi-year, multi-transponder agreement to lease Ku-band capacity on SES-9, SES’s largest satellite dedicated to serve Asia-Pacific, for its customer Digi, the country’s leading mobile network operator.

Making a shift from a C-band to Ku-band system, CompuDyne can now deliver more cost-effective and reliable satellite connectivity, enabling Digi to extend its cellular network to underserved consumers residing in rural areas and in the far reaches of Malaysia. At the same time, Digi also plans to use the capacity to introduce mobile broadband services and packages for an increasingly connected population.

“Providing affordable and reliable mobile services is a must to stand out amid a competitive operating environment. In the eastern and western parts of Malaysia, there is incredible growth in mobile broadband usage today from both business and consumers. Utilising Ku-band capacity on SES-9, our customers have the opportunity to tap into this rising demand and offer improved services and greater value for end-users,” said Dato’ Mohd Hanafiah A Jalil, Managing Director at CompuDyne.

“With SES-9’s high-powered and comprehensive Ku-band coverage over Malaysia, the satellite is ideal for providing cellular backhaul services. We are proud to partner with CompuDyne to not only expand its reach to deliver unmatched coverage within the country, but also to transform its mobile services with greater reliability and affordability for their customers’ and consumers’ connectivity needs,” said Imran Malik, Vice President, Fixed Data, Asia-Pacific at SES Networks.

“Here come the UHD channels”

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/16/here-come-the-uhd-channels/

The MIPCOM UHD showcase in Cannes opened October 16th with a strong update from Eutelsat on the growing health of the Ultra-HD market.

Claudia Vaccarone, Eutelsat’s director/Global Market Research, said that there are now overall 99 UHD channels or services available to viewers, and using data from its own research and that of Lyngsat, said that 41 of these (up from 30 a year ago), representing 68 (52 a year ago) different feeds, were on satellite and a further 56 (30 a year ago) were on IPTV, cable and streaming services. Two channels were broadcasting terrestrially. All data is current as at the end of September.

Eutelsat is carrying 32 per cent of these channels for broadcasters such as SPI/FunBox, TravelXP 4K, Fashion One 4K, Digiturk, AT2, Insight-TV, FranSat UHD, ARTE, Rai 4K and others.

Vacaronne explained that of growing importance to UHD’s expansion were luxury 5* hotels and where the high0end hospitality industry were enthusiastic supporters of UHD. She gave as an example the French ACCOR hotel group which had set aside €225 million for technology improvements to its hotels over the next four years, and which include upgrades to its in-room TV systems.

NHK promises “world’s first” 8K channel

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/16/nhk-promises-worlds-first-8k-channel/

Executives from Japanese public broadcaster NHK told delegates at the MIPCOM UHD event in Cannes on October 16th that it was making a variety of programming in 8K ‘Super Hi-Vision’ as well as increasing its investment in 4K content.

Senior producer/Global content development, Yukari Hayashi told delegates that in December 2018 NHK will launch the world’s first 8K channel to complement the 4K channel over Japan. “Our 4K channel will screen 18 hours of content a day and the 8K channel and 12 hours and 10 minutes of content a day. That’s a major commitment, so we need to create many different kinds of 8K/4K programming to be ready for this massive task. 8K and 4K each has its own respective and 4K’s advantages combine high-resolution with mobility, so it is well-suited for live coverage of sports events for example, while 8K technology allows us to create a new type of astonishing ultra-high high-definition, wide-angle content.”

“Each channel presents its own challenges and we would like to work with producers from across the world to produce programmes that utilise these strengths,” she added.

NHK showcased a 60-minute factual documentary on the Yellowstone National Park in 8K (down-converted to 4K). The show includes aerial shots of a pack of wolves in quite spectacular footage with a clarity of detail that ‘ordinary’ TV cannot match. Senior producer Jun Ochiai also highlighted a project ‘Tokyo by Night’ captured in 8K and High Dynamic Range, as well as a 90-minute ballet at the famous Marinsky Theatre which was filmed in 22.2 channel sound.

“The ballet’s producer was amazed at the final result, saying a theatre-goer could never see this sort of detail even if sat in the best seat in the house!”, said Ochiai.

Hiroyasu Masuda, a senior manager/broadcasting technology at NHK, told delegates that the scope of 8K was far more than beautiful programmes and showed delegates microscopically filmed blood-flow through a mouse and heralded 8K’s use in medicine.

Asia: Coalition Against Piracy targets ISDs

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/16/asia-coalition-against-piracy-targets-isds/

Asian Pay-TV industry trade body CASBAA has announced the formation of the Coalition Against Piracy (CAP), a major initiative to coordinate industry resources in the fight against rampant content theft. It also announced the appointment of Neil Gane, an industry veteran in content protection, as the General Manager of CAP. Gane will direct CAP enforcement actions to disrupt, diminish and dismantle pirate enterprises across the region.

The Coalition Against Piracy includes leading video content creators and distributors in Asia. Members are: beIN Sports, CASBAA, The Walt Disney Company, Fox Networks Group, HBO Asia, NBCUniversal, Premier League, Turner Asia-Pacific, A&E Networks, Astro, BBC Worldwide, Media Partners Asia, National Basketball Association, PCCW Media, Sony Pictures Television Networks Asia, True Visions, TV5MONDE, and Viacom International Media Networks.

“One of CASBAA’s primary missions is to bring our members together to join the global fight against content theft,” explained John Medeiros, Chief Policy Officer at CASBAA. “That’s what we are doing in establishing the CAP. CAP will focus on addressing the growing threat of illicit streaming devices (ISDs) and apps, which facilitate massive piracy of movies, sports, TV series and other creative video content. This does great harm to the content creation and distribution industries in Asia, as well as the millions of people who work in the creative economy around the world.”

“The Asia Pacific region has some of the worst rates of online piracy in the world,” said Gane. Formerly with the Hong Kong Police, he has worked on content protection issues for more than a dozen years. He noted that the unprecedented growth in delivery of legal creative content over global broadband networks is being undermined by a surge in the sale of TV boxes with pre-loaded infringing applications.

Online video and broadband distribution has the potential to be a massive economic growth engine in Asia with analysts forecasting market growth of more than 20 per cent over the next five years, benefiting consumers and creators of quality video content within Asia and around the world. But this growth potential is threatened by piracy.

In the past two years, there have been many new roll-outs of online content services across the Asia Pacific region, by existing players as well as new ones. Unfortunately, the likelihood of success for legitimate online content suppliers is severely reduced by online access to pirated content, resulting in the expectation of many consumers to get ‘something for nothing’.

“The prevalence of ISDs across Asia is staggering. The criminals who operate the ISD networks and the pirate websites are profiting from the hard work of talented creators, seriously damaging the legitimate content ecosystem as well as exposing consumers to dangerous malware,” said Gane.

“Current legal frameworks are not adequate to handle this newly-enabled crime,” said Medeiros. “Consumers are offered huge content bundles from overseas, as if they were legal. But receiving stolen content is wrong, and the fundamental purpose of an ISD network – with an innocent-looking box as its home node – is to monetise this redistribution of content without any recompense to those who worked to produce it.”

“This is a highly organised transnational crime, with criminal syndicates profiting enormously at the expense of consumers as well as content creators,” agreed Gane.

Mitigating the piracy threat requires international cooperation, added Medeiros, and CASBAA has established CAP to provide added support for the content and distribution companies in the world-wide fight against piracy. CAP intends to join hands with similar initiatives under way in other parts of the world, including with the newly-formed Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE) and in Europe where a separate coalition of broadcasters and content creators initiated by BBC and the Motion Picture Association has made great strides in information sharing and coordination.

“We are excited about the launch of CAP in Asia to enhance collaboration between different segments of the industry – distributors, aggregators and creators – and to complement the other country specific and global initiatives in place and starting to show results. Collaboration is key and we look forward to the success of this new programme” remarked CASBAA CEO Christopher Slaughter.

CAP will be officially launched at the forthcoming CASBAA Convention 2017, November 6th-8th, as a highlight of its robust Policy & Anti-Piracy conference track.

Intelsat C-band proposal gets cautious welcome from FCC

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/16/intelsat-c-band-proposal-gets-cautious-welcome-from-fcc/

The joint Intelsat-Intel proposal to free up C-band spectrum in certain congested urban areas in the US has received a warm response from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). FCC commissioner Michel O’Rielly told delegates to the Americas Spectrum Management Conference that the idea was very beneficial and would be examined closely.

While not wholly endorsing the concept his comments were seen as being favourably inclined because it represented two important players in the market coming together with a solution that could help the roll out of 5G services over the US.

However, the deal is far from done with most other satellite players objecting strongly to C-band spectrum being used for 5G.

O’Rielly addressed this very point, telling delegates that he was not interested in disrupting their operations.

SES, like Intelsat is a major operator of C-band capacity over the US, was extremely cautious on the scheme while ABS and AsiaSat were near-dismissive. SES, in its statement last week, said: “The C-band in the US has been and remains critical to country-wide content distribution and data services for decades. Hundreds of customers and millions of consumers rely on satellite C-band, in cable and live broadcasting, in rural broadband and emergency, maritime, government and military connectivity. SES and others have invested billions of dollars in C-band satellite capacity, and our customers have expended tens of millions for the complementary ground equipment. Both have formed a very efficient and powerful ecosystem. We have to preserve the value of this system, protect the use of satellite C-band and prevent disruption of any kind. As a leading satellite operator we see it as our duty to monitor closely any initiative to change the current framework and the impact this would have on us and on the ecosystem. We are therefore analyzing carefully proposals from the Intel/ Intelsat consortium and others and need to understand the details, implications and consequences of these plans. Our overriding concern is to be able to continue to fulfill and protect our own and our customers’ current and future needs.”

Meet the Geek Who Tracks Rogue Satellites With Coat Hangers

From https://www.wired.com/story/meet-the-geek-who-tracks-rogue-satellites-with-coat-hangers/

Every 95 minutes, the Chinese satellite Zhuhai-1 02 makes a full pass around the planet, its solar-panel arms extending from its boxy body as it observes Earth. Sometimes, its path takes it over Pueblo, Colorado. There, more than 300 miles below, Mike Coletta’s receiving station can pick up Zhuhai’s transmissions. Because as sophisticated as space technology is, the terrestrial tech necessary to make contact with celestial satellites is surprisingly low. Coletta just has four TV antennas—the kind that look like 2-D pine trees—each pointed in a cardinal direction. They’re bolted into place along garage beams, a patio post, and the rooftop of his house.

Inside his home office, on Tuesday, Coletta waits for Zhuhai's signals to appear. He sits in front of a laptop and an iPad, a big shelved monitor hovering above. Coletta has, since 2012, spent his free time eavesdropping on the sky, picking up satellite signals—signals that, for the most part, were never meant for him. He’s listened in with an antenna made of coat-hangers and moulding. He's done it with a rabbit-ear antenna, and with wire taped to yard-sticks. And now, he primarily does it with his quartet of TV antennas—the fanciest setup he's ever had, and still a steal at around $300.

Turning to the iPad, he watches an icon that shows Zhuhai's path across a digital globe. It hops its way in discrete digital steps across a red ellipse that delineates his antenna's field of view. He fiddles with the laptop's settings, adjusting the displayed frequency range and the volume. Soon, a staccato leitmotif comes from the speakers, accompanied by little line segments on the screen—the kinds of data he sonifies, then posts to Twitter and, in earlier days, to his website www.gosatwatch.com, like little space symphonies. This signal looks and sounds like Morse code.

“That’s the beacon,” he explains.

But soon the signal has faded out, as Zhuhai-1 02 passes beyond the domain of Coletta’s detector. He looks over and smiles from inside his beard, then looks back down to see whether another sat might soon pass over.

Coletta is exactly the person you’d expect to build a satellite detector out of Walmart parts. He's worked on space launches and missile warnings, systems that track stuff with big radar systems and radio dishes. He's worked support for Cheyenne Mountain, that impenetrable cave-city for space surveillance. And in his off-hours, he was a HAM radio guy.

While lots of hamateurs are in it for the conversation, Coletta was never so keen on “talking to a bunch of people who talk about their radios all the time.” He mostly wanted to see how far away he could broadcast and receive. So when he discovered he could receive signals from beyond Earth itself, that was the direction he went. Up.

The first hint came from the Space Fence, an Air Force radar system built to detect and track satellites. He first read about it in technical manuals at work around 2012, then started researching online. The fence's transmitters beamed up radio waves that spread into a fan shape, blanketing the continental US in a kind of radio force-field. When an object encountered the radio waves, its body reflected them back to the ground, where six receiving stations picked them up.

Coletta wondered if he could build his own receiving station, and pick up pings himself. After all, a radio antenna is a radio antenna, whether you're getting "How's it going, KM0MMM?" from Michigan or "beeeeeeeep" reflecting off a Lockheed Martin creation. He knew all he needed was wire, cut to the correct lengths—exact fractions of the main radio wavelengths. So he snipped some coat hangers, bent them straight, taped them to a piece of wooden moulding, and mounted the strange spear on a tripod. He added an amplifier and a receiver, which boost and digitize the radio waves, and hooked the antenna into his computer.

In mid 2012, he turned it on.

"Son of a gun,” he recalls thinking. “I’m getting signal.”

Soon, he became obsessed with getting those pingbacks to pour into his antenna. Near the beginning of 2013, he went live with a website—then www.satwatch.org—where he uploaded data.

At one point, he had observations for 150 satellites. He sonified their signals, turning the frequencies he received into notes human ears can hear. He liked to catch the military’s secret space shuttle, which sounded like a video game monster in agony. He liked the International Space Station, aurally analogous to a UFO dropping a bomb nearly to the ground and then tractor-beaming it back up just in time. He liked the non-secret shuttle, and the Chinese space station. And then there was the North Korean satellite Kwangmyŏngsŏng-3 Unit 2, a kind of shy bird.

Coletta seems to like seeing things he’s not necessarily supposed to. Radio waves from space objects are, in some ways, the great equalizer: What comes down from the sky belongs to anyone who can find it, and anyone with some coat-hangers and a computer could. But one day, Coletta's collection of reflections stopped growing.

On September 1, 2013, he sat waiting for the ISS. But when the appointed time came, his plots just scrolled through static. “Hey, where’s the space station?” he thought. Then, as more nothing showed up, he thought, “Hey, where’s everything?”

“It happened,” he said on his webcast Space Gab. “It finally happened.” The Air Force had powered down the Space Fence, to save millions after sequestration. The agency is building a next-generation fence, slated for initial on-switch in 2018. But it will transmit at too high a frequency for a setup like Coletta's.

“It was the worst day,” he says.

But Coletta didn't give up his hobby. He made a receiving antenna out of rabbit-ears, and later installed his current setup of four antennas. With these, he gets the direct transmissions from satellites, not just their reflections. Together, his antennaed view spans nearly the whole sky above his house, and a North Korean satellite—Kwangmyŏngsŏng-4—is about to come into view.

It seems to be an Earth observation satellite, possibly able to broadcast propaganda/patriotic songs. Coletta’s antenna should be to hear that hypothetical music—and he has tried and tried to catch the sat's signals since 2016. He tries again today. “Wouldn’t that be cool if it came on?” he says. But NADA.

Oh well. One of the things he likes most these days, anyway, is searching for satellites no one officially cares about anymore. They are the ghosts of the Space Age, technically mere space junk. But a satellite operator's trash is a satellite hunter's treasure.

On a whiteboard to Coletta's left is a list of antiques, their frequencies and launch years scrawled beside them. NOAA-9—"probably the most musical satellite up there,” which sounds like your drunk uncle whistling—is one of his favorites.

About a third of the way down one column is a sat called LES-1, which Lincoln Labs had abandoned by 1967, and which the iPad says will soon fly over. LES-1 was silent for decades, but in 2013, another amateur discovered that it transmitted whenever its solar panels met sunlight. Coletta saw it too, and has gone back and back, fascinated by its resilience. But not long ago, it disappeared.

He readies the computer interface anyway, hopeful. Maybe today is the day. We wait.

But LES-1 passes over silently. It cannot talk to Coletta, and Coletta has never been able to talk to it. Almost everything is like this: a one-sided conversation, from space to his setup to him.

He switches from the disappointing live screen to an old recording from July. It's astronauts, he says, talking down to Earth.

At first there’s just static. Then, a voice fades in and out. Colored bands accompany each half-sentence: “Too awesome to imagine…help humanity explore and evolve.”

“You can hear them on the TV all the time,” Coletta says. But it’s different when you can hear them through TV antennas you tweaked to provide a different kind of entertainment.


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