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Palapa D 113.0E 3474 H "TV Edukasi" has left again.
Palapa D 113.0E Coop TV on 4100 V is now in clear.

ChinaSat 11 98.0E 12560 V "Smile TV" has started on , Fta.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3725 H "Food Food" has left .
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Insat 4A 83.0E 4133 H "Dishum TV, 1st India and Transmedia Gujrati" have started on , Fta Max Vision, Awaaz India TV and Transmedia News have left.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 4040 V C Con Channel, Fahhai TV, Yateem TV, In TV and White Channel have started on , BISS. Thai Station TV, JJ Channel, Good Living Channel, Home Channel and Bangkok Thonburi Channel have left.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 3731 H "4 Edu" is now Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3868 V "Naaptol Kannada has replaced Gnext Discovery" on , Fta.

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东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,DM News+(巴基斯坦)频道新增,设置4065 H 4296参数免费接收。 [10月18日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,Erox、DocuBox(俄罗斯)等7个频道新增,设置12600 V 30000参数免费接收。 [10月18日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,Boomerang(Cignal)频道消失,设置11539 H 20000参数无效接收。 [10月18日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,EZ Mall(印度)频道解密,设置11130 V 30000参数免费接收。 [10月18日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,Times Now HD(高清)频道新增,设置11010 V 32000参数有条件接收。 [10月18日]

东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,PPV HD(Cignal)频道新增,设置11627 H 20000参数有条件接收。 [10月17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)频道加密,设置3690 V 11390参数有条件接收。 [10月17日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,亚洲美食、Food Network(高清)等频道重现,设置3920 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [10月17日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,News 18 Punjab替换ETV Haryana News(印度)频道,设置11130 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [10月17日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星Ku频段,M Tunes HD(高清)频道消失,设置12642 V 40700参数无效接收。 [10月17日]
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东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,Rocknova(马来西亚)频道消失,设置3884 H 7504参数无效接收。 [10月17日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Sky Direct FreeVi(菲律宾)频道新增,设置12531 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [10月17日]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星C频段,4K-Sat(4K)频道重现,设置4120 H 29720参数免费接收。 [10月17日]


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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Palapa D 113.0E 12710 H "You Man Cartoon Channel and Jiangsu TV" have started on, Irdeto.TVB 8 has left.

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3840 H "Katyusha" has started on Fta.

Measat 3 91.5E 11182 V "Kah Lai Toi" has left .

Thaicom 6 78.5E 12604 V "TV 3" has left . Lao Star, LNTV 3 and Lao Public Security TV are Fta.

Thaicom 8 78.5E 11170 H "CTN, My TV and BBTV Channel 7" have started on , BISS. Hunan TV and MWD have left.

Apstar 7 76.5E 4064 H "Duronto TV" has started on , BISS.

From asiatvro site

东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,G TV(巴基斯坦)频道消失,设置4070 H 2960参数无效接收。 [10月17日]

东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,Neo Prime、Zee Talkies(MPEG-4)等8个频道新增,设置11670 H 32000参数有条件接收。 [10月16日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,BBC World、Warner TV(MPEG-4)等8个频道新增,设置11630 H 32000参数有条件接收。 [10月16日]


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.


Vodafone NZ are re-launching their "Sky" OTT/ iptv service with new hardware, new functionality etc, see news section

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ABS 6 159E 3887 V Sr 6666 "TV5 SNG" Philippines with a sports show

Asiasat 5 3876 H Sr 7200 "SLRC 2" Asia rugby 7's

Asiasat 5 3916 H Sr 7200 "ktsat mp4 enc1" Womans golf

Asiasat 5 3914 V Sr 7120 "SECO-1" motor race, GSport

Asiasat 5 3716 H Sr 21595 Fec 3/5 Motor sports heaven! all fta, multiple cameras

ASTON Martin Racing 97 (Globecast)

INTER DIRTY (Globecast)

LSMR4 (Globecast)

TOYOTA 7 (Globecast)

HF2 + PIT REPORTER (Globecast)

HF1 + PIT REPORTER (Globecast)

AF CORSE 71 (Globecast)

PORSCHE2 (Globecast)

PORSCHE1 (Globecast)

TOYOTA 8 (Globecast)

DIRTY TOP FEED (Globecast)

TDS RACING 28 (Globecast)

Asiasat 5 3792 H "UKI-1487 ETP Italian Open World Feed" Mens Golf
Asiasat 5 3896 V Sr 7200 "APM 2017" Music concert show Indonesian?

Asiasat 5 4147 H Sr 7200 "GCUK Enc3" Motor sports DTM Hockenheim

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Optus D2 12634 V Sr 7500 Fec 3/4 DVb S2 8psk Horses
Optus D2 12643 V Sr 7500 Fec 3/4 DVB S2 8psk "008TBS - TVG HOST (Telstra Broadcast Services)" Horses
Optus D2 12652 V Sr 7500 Fec 3/4 DVB S2 8psk "008TBS - DR/COLOUR (Telstra Broadcast Services)" Horses
Optus D2 12661 V Sr 7500 Fec 5/6 DVB S2 8psk

Intelsat 19 12600 V Sr 7000 AUS vs NZ Netball setup feed..

Asiasat 5 3654 V Sr 7200 "BWF Junior Yogyakarta" Badminton

Asiasat 5 4174 H Sr 7200 "LA-ENC1-DRX365" The switch card
Asiasat 5 3792 H Sr 7200 "UKI-1487 ETP Italian Open World Feed" Mens golf

Asiasat 5 3896 V Sr 7200 "APM 2017"

Asiasat 5 3905 V Sr 7200 "PLP Bengaluru-2017 Main" Premiere League show

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Koreasat 5 113.0E CT has replaced Light Network on 12470 V, encrypted.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3689 H "Free TV" has started on , Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3712 V "Peace TV English and Peace TV Urdu" have left .
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AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3915 V "StarMax, Falak TV and Champion TV" are back on , Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4060 V "ARY Zauq" has left .
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AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4070 H "Paul TV" has started on , Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4082 H "On News" has started on ,Fta.

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3960 H "Fuel TV" is back on , Fta.

ChinaSat 11 98.0E 12560 V "Arirang World" has started on , Fta.
ChinaSat 11 98.0E 12560 V "Elshinta TV, Xing Kong China, Ruai TV, France 24 Français, Sun TV,Channel NewsAsia, CCTV 4 Asia, CGTN Documentary, Hunan TV, CCTV 10, CGTN, CCTV 12, Juce TV, Hillsong Channel, Macau Asia Satellite TV,Dragon TV, TV Maldives, CCTV 2, Channel V China, CCTV 7, CCTV 11 andCCTV 15 have started on, Fta.TV Tabalong, Duta TV, Trans 7, Kompas TV, Arek TV, DMI, Quran TV, TVRI Nasional, TV Desa, Net, Inspira TV, Rajawali TV, INews TV, Ladies Channel, TV BMW, Avava Bollywood, Black Diamond, Gold Diamond, Diamond TV, Red Diamond, ShE and TV Edukasi" have left again.

ChinaSat 11 98.0E 12560 VGolden Eagle Cartoon and Toonmax TV have started on , clear.

G-Sat 15 93.5E 11170 V "Vaa Movies" has left.
G-Sat 15 93.5E 11590 H "MNX" has started on , Conax.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3440 H "Kuru TV" is back on , Fta.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3520 H "Nhang Channel" has left.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3585 V "Major Channel Mix, 55 Channel, Thai Ban TV, E-San Banhouw, Muancheon TV 69, MGTV, Esan TV and Five HD" are now encrypted.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3640 H "ESTV and Universal TV" have left .

Thaicom 8 78.5E 11640 H "A Film and Kaset" have started on , Fta. I Shopping and Variety Two HD have left.

ABS 2 75.0E "Channel 8 International and TV Parlemen" have left 11165 H and 12287 V.

ABS 2A 75.0E 12533 V SBN TV, TV 10, Royal HD, Ekh Oron TV, Mass TV, Soyon Gegeeruulegch TV, Eco TV, NTV, Olloo TV, Shuud TV, 9 TV, ETV HD, Shop Mongolia, Trade TV, Ulzii TV and MNBA Sports have started on , ABV.
ABS 2A 75.0E 12587 V "Doc Box has started on , Fta. Trade TV, Like HDTV, Sch TV and OTV" have left again.

Intelsat 17 66.0E 3876 H "RTV and Shop 5" have started on , Fta. Shopping Zone and Madhimugam TV have left.
Intelsat 17 66.0E 3932 H "Yo TV" has started on , Fta.
Intelsat 17 66.0E 12614 V "RTN TV has replaced Goobjoog TV" on , Fta.

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东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,Zoom TV、CNN(MPEG-4)等8个频道新增,设置10970 V 32000参数有条件接收。 [10月16日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,国家地理野生、9XM(MPEG-4)等11个频道新增,设置11010 V 32000参数有条件接收。 [10月16日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,47 News替换HUM SUB TV(巴基斯坦)频道,设置4070 H 2960参数免费接收。 [10月16日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,喀秋莎(俄罗斯)频道开播,设置3840 H 29720参数免费接收。 [10月16日]

东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,NHK World TV HD(高清)频道加密,设置10910 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [10月15日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,TV 9(老挝)频道新增,设置10790 H 40000参数免费接收。 [10月15日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,NTV Cambodia替换CBTV 4(老挝)频道,设置10790 H 40000参数有条件接收。 [10月15日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,HBO HD、Cinemax(高清)等5个频道解密,设置10790 H 40000参数免费接收。 [10月15日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Reserved(测试)频道新增,设置12531 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [10月15日]

东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Shuud HD(蒙古)频道重现,设置12690 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [10月14日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,MNBA Sports替换ZA TV(蒙古)频道,设置12690 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [10月14日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2A号卫星Ku频段,SBN、TV 9(蒙古)等频道新增,设置12533 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [10月14日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,Eurosport(欧洲体育)等2个频道加密,设置12560 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [10月14日]

东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,M Tunes HD(测试)频道消失,设置3837 V 7200参数无效接收。 [10月13日]
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Vodafone and Sky TV team up for Vodafone TV

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11933467

Vodafone has announced a partnership with Sky TV which will enable a new, integrated TV experience.

The new service is cloud-based and connects multiple devices to free-to-air TV channels, movies and Netflix through a central box hub, similar to Apple TV.

Vodafone TV will include unlimited broadband, Sky TV and have the option to add on premium channels like Sky Sport and SoHo without the need for a satellite dish.

All free-to-air channels will be included as well as the streaming services of TVNZ OnDemand, ThreeNow and Netflix, if the customer has an account.

It will only be available to people with Fibre and FibreX connections.

Vodafone chief executive Russell Stanners said viewers would have the option to watch content on their television, then pick up their smartphone and continue to watch after they've left the house.

"Our customers on the fibre and mobile networks are big users of video and what this does is provide a very compelling, very easy to use, intuitive interface where you can bring together on the big screen, iPad or smartphone which makes for a user-friendly experience," Stanners said.

"People have been saying to us that they wanted to bring together their apps and various content under one solution and we're doing that."

A new catch-up feature will store content in a cloud-based service for three days so people can watch shows they missed without having to set up a recording feature.

Vodafone consumer director Matt Williams said there would also be more control over what and when TV was watched.

"Advances in technology create endless possibilities and make the future exciting. Vodafone TV is a new generation of TV service that will enable Kiwis to experience TV like never before," he said.

A year in the making, Stanners said the service will simplify viewing experiences.

"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."

He said 87 per cent of New Zealand homes would have fibre by 2022 and he hoped Vodafone TV would compel people to switch their broadband to fibre.
Sky TV CEO John Fellet, left, and Vodafone NZ CEO Russell Stanners today announced Vodafone TV.

"I am very hopeful this will give them a very big reason to move because the copper network is years and years old - it's really not the network to deliver video."

SKY chief executive John Fellet said Vodafone TV "is an exciting next step in our long-standing commercial relationship with Vodafone".

He said the partnership was the biggest project the two had worked on together, and had others in the pipeline.

"From Sky's vantage point, we think we have the best content and this is something we focus on greatly, but more and more it's about the user experience," Fellet said. "It's no longer 'what do I want to watch', it's 'where do I want to watch it, when do I want to watch it' and more importantly, 'what device do I want to use to watch it', so there are a lot of complicated solutions that we're able to wipe out with just this one deal."

FNZC research analyst and managing director Arie Dekker said the deal between Vodafone and Sky was expected.

"The market has been expecting the launch of Vodafone TV for some time, with Vodafone and Sky signalling the intent to launch an IPTV platform with the same broad features, back in June 2016 when they announced they would merge," Dekker said. "While the merger was not approved by the Commerce Commission, the commercial relationship between Sky and Vodafone remains strong and they have moved ahead with the product."

Dekker said he expects Sky will launch a product with similar features in the future.

Vodafone TV packages have yet to be announced but they will only be available with a 12 or 24 month Vodafone Unlimited Fibre or FibreX plans.

The price for Vodafone TV has not yet been announced, but it will be available before Christmas.

Vodafone TV - SKY and Vodafone's crack at the internet TV market

From http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/money/2017/10/vodafone-tv-sky-and-vodafone-s-crack-at-the-internet-tv-market.html

Vodafone TV launches soon. Credits: Supplied

Vodafone has revealed what it's calling a "world of entertainment that lets Kiwis experience television like never before" - a set-top box that allows viewers to stream SKY over the internet, without a satellite dish.

Vodafone TV will also let viewers watch free-to-air channels like Three, and other internet TV services such as Netflix, iHeartRadio and ThreeNow.

"For many people an average night's viewing now involves mucking around with different devices, apps and remotes," said Vodafone chief executive Russell Stanners.

"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."

The pricing and exact products in each package are yet to be settled. The basic package will include SKY Basic and unlimited broadband, with premium content like SoHo and SKY Movies available as add-ons.

At present the basic package for SKY costs $49.91 a month, while Vodafone's cheapest unlimited fibre plan starts at $90.99.

Netflix subscribers will still need to pay for a separate subscription - it's not included in the Vodafone TV price.

The new set-top boxes will allow recording on "unlimited" channels at the same time, with enough storage space for "hundreds of hours" of content.

But if you forget, some channels' content will be available for up to three days after they've gone to air, via the cloud. SKY and Vodafone have been contacted for details on which channels will and won't be available.

SKY lost almost 34,000 subscribers in the year to August, and saw its profit drop 21 percent, as viewers opt for cheaper options like Netflix. Shares in the company have almost halved in value in the past 12 months, dropping from $4.87 in October 2016 to $2.90 on Monday.

A full merger of the two companies was blocked by the Commerce Commission in February, saying it would hamper competitiveness and discourage broadband and mobile innovation.

SKY and Vodafone initially appealed the decision, but in June dropped the idea altogether.

New Zealand space industry prepares for blast off

From https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/97741414/new-zealand-space-industry-prepares-for-blast-off

If you were thinking of building a fortress on the moon or conducting military manoeuvres on any "celestial body" for that matter, think again.

Both will be prohibited when the Outer Space and High-altitudes Activities (OSHAA) Act comes into force on December 21.

The new law is just one of a number set to be introduced as New Zealand prepares to become a launchpad to outer space.

The launch and maiden flight of a battery-powered, 3-D printed rocket built by Rocket Lab at New Zealand's remote Mahia ...

The launch and maiden flight of a battery-powered, 3-D printed rocket built by Rocket Lab at New Zealand's remote Mahia Peninsula on May 25, 2017.

From December, Kiwis will also be outlawed from placing objects carrying nuclear weapons – or other weapons of mass destruction – into orbit, a move that could prevent would-be heroes saving humanity in the event of an apocalyptic asteroid heading for Earth.

The flurry of activity in space law is entirely down to Rocket Lab, founded by New Zealander Peter Beck. His company aims to get satellites into low orbit using its 17-metre carbon-fibre Electron rockets, at a price of about US$5 million (NZ$7 million) a launch.

Despite a communication issue forcing the company to abort its last test flight in May, Rocket Lab's next launch from the Māhia Peninsular is set for the next couple of months.

Beck insists it will be a test flight – the rocket has been named "Still Testing" – and its main purpose will be to "collect data".

The Electron rocket will be carrying a real cargo of four weather-mapping and ship-tracking satellites from paying customers, making it a commercial flight in all but name and (managed) expectations .

Success, Beck admits, would be to reach orbit and successfully deploy the payloads.

"Of course we want to go all the way, but to put that in context, it usually takes a country and a government a decade to put anything in orbit.

"If we are successful, we will only be the second private company to have done so in history," he says.

Despite claiming a two- to five-year technology advantage over its rival in its rockets, Beck indicates it is New Zealand's uncrowded airspace that could give Rocket Lab its long-term edge.

"We have a great head start but it is not really about the technology, and it's not about the vehicle. The choking point in the market is how frequently a company can launch.

"In order to launch a rocket you have to shut down all the airspace and all the marine space. You try and do that in Florida – it's just a really big deal."

Rocket Lab moved its headquarters to Los Angeles in 2013 to make it easier to raise venture capital, and for marketing and regulatory simplicity. Beck declines to say how much of the private company is still Kiwi-owned.

However, politicians and officials have been moving heaven and earth to assist the firm.

The OSHAA Act – passed in July – will provide a legal framework for space launches.

Rocket Lab will, for a short time, continue to operate under a commercial agreement with the Crown until it transitions to the new licensing regime established by the Act.


There is no equivalent of a road user charge, not even to cover the cost of the licensing regime.

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's (MBIE's) general manager of science and innovation, Peter Crabtree, says licence fees could come later, but they would be a "distraction" now given the economic benefits that should flow from the space launch industry.

There is also the question of who would be responsible if debris from an accident in space, say, shot down the US$35 billion International Space Station – third-party insurance if you like.

That was the scenario depicted in hit space film Gravity.

Crabtree says that under United Nations rules, New Zealand would be liable in all circumstances if damage was caused on the surface of the Earth or to an aircraft in flight, but only if fault was involved should damage occur in space.

"The OSHAA Act will allow the responsible minister to decide on a case-by-case basis when making a licensing decision what insurance requirements the commercial provider needs to meet to be allowed to conduct space activities," Crabtree explains.

But there appears to be no guarantee that will completely eliminate all risks for the public purse.

Neither – at least until Rocket Lab switches to the licensing regime set out in the OOSHA Act – will there be any requirement for third-party insurance for the satellites that it carries once they are in orbit.

Maria Pozza, a space law expert at law firm Lane Neave, says there is "liability in just about anything you do".

"Obviously, undertaking rocket launches and putting payloads in space there are going to be risks."

But she believed the flexible regime the Government had put in place was "very responsible" at the same time as being attractive to space firms.

For now, the eyes of businesspeople, officials and politicians are more on the prize.


A study commissioned by MBIE from Wellington consultants Sapere Research Group estimated that the launch industry could contribute between $600 million and $1.5b of "value-add" to the New Zealand economy over a 20-year period.

That is based on the assumption Rocket Lab could be conducting one launch every week.

If Sapere's estimate proves correct, space launches would still be eclipsed by the amount of money the country earns from onion exports ($116m last year).

However, Crabtree believes Sapere's estimate is now "phenomenally conservative" because of a growth in demand for satellite launches, for example, from communications companies building networks for the "internet of things".

Beck says that demand grew 270 per cent last year and its launch schedule is booked out for the next two years, during which time it plans to move from a launch a month to one a week.

Rockets or onions; there appears no doubt which industry politicians would most like to represent New Zealand on the world stage.

During the final debate on the OSHAA Bill in Parliament, Labour and National MPs competed for the credit of creating the environment for Rocket Lab's early successes.

Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges described being "elated, like so many New Zealanders" when he watched a Rocket Lab's test launch in May.

"It epitomised what this bill is about, and that is enabling New Zealand to bring its talents, skills, and technology to the world stage," he said.

Labour counterpart David Parker heaped on the feel-good factor, noting some of the technical capabilities behind Rocket Lab's rockets sprang out of the expertise Kiwi companies gained in carbon fibre materials during the America's Cup.

"That led to the growth and capability of one of the technologies that is now used by Rocket Lab to send these rockets into space."


National MP Shane Reti saw a "prestige effect" for the economy in having a space industry. Another obvious spin-off might be tourism.

A 2015 Cabinet paper said there was a possibility of an "increased number of international visitors to watch rocket launches leading to increased demand for accommodation and other services".

Most of the benefits are expected to accrue around the Māhia region, where Rocket Lab has its main launch site.

But Rocket Lab isn't rolling out the welcome mat to sightseers just yet.

It explains on its website that it wouldn't want spectators wasting their time during test launches because of the risk of cancellations.

"Safety requirements mean some areas at the end of the Mahia Peninsula will be closed to the public."

For those who want to visit Rocket Lab's facility, the firm says it is unable to host members of the public for tours and quickly goes on to warn that it "takes any instances of trespass seriously".

If that sounds a little "un-Kiwi", it is perhaps not Rocket Lab's fault.

As with New Zealand's much-lauded partnership with the Hollywood film industry, it is the United States that sets many of the rules for the game.


One of the more controversial clauses in the OSHAA Act allows the Government to declare a "debris protection area" if a launch fails and a rocket or satellite comes crashing down to earth, for example.

It is an offence – carrying a term of up to three month's imprisonment – under the Act to photograph or even sketch any debris inside such a zone.

That troubled the country's Media Freedom Committee, whose chairwoman Joanna Norris expressed concern about the impact that could have on the news media's ability to report on matters of significant public interest.

She envisaged a situation where space debris might land in a populated area, perhaps causing loss of life, and the media would be unable to film or photograph the event.

Green MP Gareth Hughes was placated when it emerged the clause was a condition of New Zealand's Technology Safeguards Agreement with the US.

The goal – albeit one that might seem to have already well and truly bolted given developments in North Korea – is to prevent information about ballistic missile technology falling into the wrong hands.

"If there was a rocket accident, this would, of course, be quite legitimately an issue of national interest where the media should be able to report," Hughes said.

"What we do not want to encourage though is the reporting of sensitive technologies that could help people do harm."

As with the issue surrounding accident indemnity, media freedom is one of the trade-offs involved in the space industry that officials hope will only ever exist on paper.

A more everyday conundrum is that the OSHAA Act requires the responsible minister for launch licences to determine whether they are in the national interest, taking into account national security, economic and other relevant considerations.

That could involve tricky decisions given satellites can have a dual use for civilian or military applications once in orbit.

First, though, Rocket Lab still has to prove it can get a rocket up there.

Eutelsat acquires Noorsat

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/13/eutelsat-acquires-noorsat/

Moving to consolidate its presence in the Middle East, Eutelsat has acquired Noorsat, one of the leading satellite service providers in the Middle East, from Bahrain’s Orbit Holding Group, in a deal valued at $75 million (€63.4m).

Established in 2004, Noorsat is the premier distributor of Eutelsat capacity in the Middle East, serving blue-chip customers and providing services for over 300 TV channels almost exclusively from Eutelsat’s market-leading Middle East and North Africa neighbourhoods at 7/8° West and 25.5° East.

The acquisition of Noorsat fits with Eutelsat’s broader strategy of streamlining distribution within selected core video neighbourhoods where it can create value. It will allow Eutelsat to strengthen the long term commercial development of its market-leading video positions in the Arabic world and increase its direct access to end-customers, facilitating stimulation of High Definition TV take-up and the upselling of incremental video services.

“Noorsat’s capabilities and market knowledge will further consolidate our longstanding position in the dynamic Middle East video market,” advised Michel Azibert, Eutelsat Chief Commercial and Development Officer. “By integrating Noorsat’s service platform and teams we are underlining our commitment to serving customers in one of the key markets within in our global footprint.”

Eutelsat has acquired 100 per cent of Noorsat for a consideration of $75 million, debt free and cash free. The acquisition will add upwards of $15 million to Eutelsat’s consolidated revenues on an annualised basis after the elimination of the capacity leased by Eutelsat from Noorsat. Its slightly dilutive impact on Eutelsat’s EBITDA margin will be absorbed within the current margin objectives.

ViaSat to hit Inmarsat with legal action

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/13/viasat-to-hit-inmarsat-with-legal-action/

The FT reports that satellite operator ViaSat of California will sue Inmarsat over what ViaSat describes as “blatant misuse of [satellite] spectrum, which must stop now”.

UK regulator Ofcom this week granted Inmarsat a licence to operate its system.

ViaCom already has legal actions in Germany, Belgium, Italy as well as with the European Court of Justice against Inmarsat, and Eutelsat and Panasonic Avionics are also involved in the actions against Inmarsat.

The FT says that Rick Baldridge is insisting that Inmarsat should either be compelled to comply with the original conditions of the license or else the spectrum should be retendered.

Inmarsat wants to use the spectrum for aircraft connectivity and has already signed up Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, BA, Singapore Airlines and AirAsia to its In Flight ‘GX Aviation’ services.

Frederik van Essen, head of Inmarsat Aviation, stated that ViaSat’s action is without merit

US spy satellite on secret mission blasts off aboard Atlas V carrier rocket

From http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/us-spy-satellite-secret-mission-blasts-off-aboard-atlas-v-carrier-rocket-1643259

The launch was for National Reconnaissance Office, which already maintains a fleet of spy satellites in the orbit.

After a series of delays, the US launched a spy satellite on a secret mission on 15 October, according to a report in CBS News.

The satellite, dubbed NROL-52, was carried into orbit on United Launch Alliance's (ULA) Atlas V rocket, which blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The launch was for National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), which already maintains a fleet of spy satellites in the orbit.

Just like previous payloads, the exact mission of the latest satellite also remains unclear. No details were released by ULA except that the mission is in support of national security.

ULA also ended video and commentary of the launch, five minutes after the blast-off at the request of its customer, CBS News reported.

The launch came after a series of delays for the NRO. The original lift-off date was 5 October, but inclement weather conditions due to Hurricane Irma and technical glitches — replacement of telemetry transmitter in the booster — pushed the launch timeline by 10 days. This was ULA's seventh successful launch of the year and second in three weeks for the intelligence agency. On 23 September, it launched spy satellite NROL-42 using another Atlas V vehicle.

"After recovering from Hurricane Irma that came through the area last month, and last week's weather challenges, the team found the right opportunity today to deliver this critical national asset to orbit," said Laura Maginnis, ULA vice president of Government Satellite Launch.

The Atlas V carrier rocket used for the latest mission included a 4m payload fairing (PLF) and two solid rocket boosters. The mission soared through the thick lower atmosphere and appeared to proceed normally towards the orbit as long as the commentary was on

Air quality-monitoring satellite in orbit

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Air_quality_monitoring_satellite_in_orbit_999.html

"Launching the sixth Sentinel satellite for the Copernicus programme is testament to the extensive competence we have here at ESA, from its moment of conception to well into operations," said ESA Director General Jan Woerner.

The first Copernicus mission dedicated to monitoring our atmosphere, Sentinel-5P, has been launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia. The 820 kg satellite was carried into orbit on a Rockot launcher at 09:27 GMT (11:27 CEST) today.

The first stage separated 2 min 16 sec after liftoff, followed by the fairing and second stage at 3 min 3 sec and 5 min 19 sec, respectively. The upper stage then fired twice, delivering Sentinel-5P to its final orbit 79 min after liftoff.

After separating from the upper stage, Sentinel-5P deployed its three solar panels and began communications with Earth. The first signal was received 93 min after launch as the satellite passed over the Kiruna station in Sweden.

Telemetry links, command and control were then established by controllers at ESA's operations centre in Darmstadt, Germany, allowing them to monitor the health of the satellite.

The launch and the early orbit phase will last three days, during which controllers will check the satellite's key systems and configure it for flight in space.

Following this, a commissioning phase will check all elements of the satellite's systems and the main instrument will be decontaminated. Once completed after a few weeks, the cooler door will be opened and the calibration and validation of Sentinel-5P's main Tropomi instrument will be performed.

The mission is expected to begin full operations six months from now.

"Launching the sixth Sentinel satellite for the Copernicus programme is testament to the extensive competence we have here at ESA, from its moment of conception to well into operations," said ESA Director General Jan Woerner.

"The Sentinel-5P satellite is now safely in orbit so it is up to our mission control teams to steer this mission into its operational life and maintain it for the next seven years or more."

Sentinel-5P - the P standing for Precursor - is the first Copernicus mission dedicated to monitoring our atmosphere.

The mission is one of six families of dedicated missions that make up the core of Europe's Copernicus environmental monitoring network. Copernicus relies on the Sentinels and contributing missions to provide data for monitoring the environment and supporting civil security activities. Sentinel-5P carries the state-of-the-art Tropomi to do just that.

Developed jointly by ESA and the Netherlands Space Office, Tropomi will map a multitude of trace gases such as nitrogen dioxide, ozone, formaldehyde, sulphur dioxide, methane, carbon monoxide and aerosols - all of which affect the air we breathe and therefore our health, and our climate.

Sentinel-5P was developed to reduce data gaps between the Envisat satellite - in particular the Sciamachy instrument - and the launch of Sentinel-5, and to complement the GOME-2 sensor on the MetOp satellite.

"Having Sentinel-5P in orbit will give us daily and global views at our atmosphere with a precision we never had before," said Josef Aschbacher, ESA's Director of Earth Observation Programmes.

"Our historic data records, together with the long-term perspective of the Copernicus satellite programme, opens the doors for generating datasets spanning decades - a prerequisite to understanding our ever-changing Earth. "

In the future, both the geostationary Sentinel-4 and polar-orbiting Sentinel-5 missions will monitor the composition of the atmosphere for Copernicus Atmosphere Services. Both missions will be carried on meteorological satellites operated by Eumetsat.

Until then, the Sentinel-5P mission will play a key role in monitoring and tracking air pollution.

Ready to assume control of Sentinel-5P

Paris (ESA) Oct 13, 2017 - Mission controllers completed a critical final rehearsal today, confirming that everything and everyone on ground are ready to take over control of Sentinel-5P in the harsh environment of space.

A 'team of teams' working at ESA's control centre in Darmstadt, Germany, today conducted a final rehearsal for this week's launch of Sentinel-5P.

They were joined by engineers working at ground stations on three continents and by teams responsible for the launcher and its payload in Plesetsk, Russia.

Sentinel-5P will be the first satellite dedicated to monitoring our atmosphere for Europe's ambitious Copernicus programme. It carries the Dutch-built, state-of-the-art Tropomi instrument to map a multitude of trace gases affecting the air we breathe, our health and our climate.

Expansion of the Sentinel fleet in orbit highlights the expertise of teams at ESA and their capability to fly 'constellation' missions, as Sentinel-5P will fly in tight coordination with the US Suomi-NPP mission.

Today's rehearsal capped off almost six months' intensive training for the 40 engineers and scientists working who will assume control of the satellite following lift off, set for 09:27 GMT (11:27 CEST) on Friday on a Rockot from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome.

All nominal

Following tradition, today's rehearsal simulated a normal launch, providing all teams with a final opportunity to repeat the actions they must perform for real on Friday, assuming all goes according to plan.

"This will be our sixth Sentinel satellite launch, but we can never take for granted that everything will function correctly," says Paolo Ferri, head of mission operations.

"Any satellite's hardware, software and systems are severely stressed during launch and the first hours in space, and there are always surprises - going to space is never routine.

"But our teams are the most experienced in Europe, very competent and well trained and I am confident they are ready to handle any contingency."

Practising for any event In today's rehearsal, the mission team worked 'on console' in the main control room, and were led through the countdown, the liftoff and the initial hours of flight, including receipt of the satellite's first signals from space.

The team included operations engineers, specialists working on tracking stations and the sophisticated 'ground segment' - the hardware and software used to control the satellite and distribute its data - and experts working in flight dynamics, software and networks, as well as simulation and training teams.

"We've practised every phase of the mission through 23 day-long simulation sessions, some in which everything went according to plan, and some in which unexpected anomalies or system failures occurred," says spacecraft operations manager Daniel Mesples.

For today's rehearsal, the real Sentinel-5P sitting on top of its rocket was connected to the mission control systems in Darmstadt via an umbilical data link, which will be dropped just minutes before liftoff.

In parallel, teams at the launch site went through all the operations they will have to perform on the day itself.

"This provided all teams involved with the maximum level of realism in this final rehearsal," says flight director Pier Paolo Emanuelli.

"We will now certify that mission control is ready to support the launch of Sentinel-5P on Friday." Critical moments

For the team at mission control, the most critical moment on Friday will occur some 14.5 minutes after Sentinel-5P separates from the rocket, starting its own free flight.

That's when the satellite will make its first call home, signalling via a ground station in Sweden that all is well and reporting its health and status.

Acquiring that signal is perhaps the most important moment in the intensive Launch and Early Orbit Phase, which will last three days and see the control team working in shifts around the clock.

These days will include a series of activities to verify the satellite's health, ensure it has solar power and full communications, activate systems like the startracker cameras and the GPS receiver for navigation, and ensure it is fully functional after its raucous ride into space.

If all goes well, the team will switch to normal daytime staffing, and move on to the next phase of the mission: commissioning Tropomi.

"I am very proud of everyone who has worked so hard to ensure that our teams, our systems and our centre are ready for Sentinel-5P launch," says Paolo.

"Next spring, we expect to launch the seventh satellite, Sentinel-3B, completing the first part of the Copernicus fleet in just 30 months, an impressive achievement in support of Europe."


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Horizons 2 84.8E 11758 V "Thai TV 5 HD1, New TV 18, Mono 29, One HD 31, Amarin 34 HD, BBTV Channel 7, PPTV HD 36, Thainess TV, Just for Fun, Fox Movies Asia, Samrujlok, Miracle, Mono Plus, Zee Nung, Animal Show HD, EuroNews English and Thairath TV 32" are now encrypted.
Horizons 2 84.8E 11838 V "Thai PBS, CAT Channel, MCOT HD, TV 3 HD 33, Fox Action Movies, Fox Crime Asia, FX Asia, Fox Family Movies, Fox Life Asia, Khongdee, Budsaba, Baby TV Asia, Samrujlok, Khongdee, MySci, MySci, Fox Thai, Nat Geo Wild Asia, NHK World TV and France 24 English" are now encrypted.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3440 H "Kuru TV" has left again.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 12479 H "Life Inspired" has left

ABS 2 75.0E 3700 V "Eleven Taiwan" has started on , Irdeto.

ABS 2 75.0E 11165 H "Arirang World" has left .

Intelsat 17 66.0E 3925 V "Surya Comedy has replaced Sun TV Rest of India" on , Irdeto.
Intelsat 17 66.0E 3932 H "Total TV and Chardikla Time TV" have started on , Fta. Madhimugam TV has left.

From asiatvro site

东经84.8度轨道位置的Horizons 2号卫星Ku频段,Workpoint TV、TV 5 HD(泰国)等4个频道消失,设置11758 V 45000参数无效接收。 [10月13日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,DGNTV替换Diamond TV(巴基斯坦)频道,设置3902 V 2963参数免费接收。 [10月13日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星Ku频段,TVB8 HD(传送)频道消失,设置12573 H 4285参数无效接收。 [10月13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)频道重现,设置3960 H 30000参数免费接收。 [10月13日]
东经128度轨道位置的日本通信3号卫星Ku频段,Green Channel(高清)频道重现,设置12718 V 23300参数免费接收。 [10月13日]

东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,MNX替换Movies Now 2(印度)频道,设置3802 H 10800参数有条件接收。 [10月12日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,Channel 7、MRTV-4(泰国)频道消失,设置12728 V 30000参数无效接收。 [10月12日]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,CGNTV 1、CGNTV 3(韩国)等全组频道改频率,设置12349 V 10740参数免费接收。 [10月12日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,Fox Sports 2(体育)频道加密,设置11105 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [10月12日]

东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Boom Music(印度)频道消失,设置3868 V 14400参数无效接收。 [10月11日]


ACCC launches inquiry into Foxtel-Fox Sports merger

From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/mergers-acquisitions/accc-launches-inquiry-into-foxtelfox-sports-merger/news-story/5be1c4b1f083c0266919d83a8bcea071

The ACCC has launched a formal inquiry into the proposed merger between Foxtel and Fox Sports which will give News Corp a 65 per cent stake in Foxtel.

News Corp presently owns Fox Sports and 50 per cent of Foxtel with Telstra.

The inquiry will consider the impact of the merger on the acquisition of sports content, the supply of telecommunications services and the supply of broadband services on fixed and mobile lines.

In a statement at the time of the merger, News Corp chief executive Robert Thomson said the media industry is becoming more complicated and competitive and Australia needs a strong platform for its sports and locally made programs.

“The new structure will simplify management control and ensure that the company is best placed to leverage the skills of its talented Australian employees and program makers,” he added.

The ACCC inquiry is timed for completion on December 7.

PNG TV to telecast Rugby League Pacific Tri-Nation Series

From http://news.pngfacts.com/2017/10/png-tv-to-telecast-rugby-league-pacific.html

ClickTV’s free to view channel PNGTV has been awarded the exclusive rights to broadcast the Tri-Nations Series between the LNG PNG Kumuls, Vodafone Fijian Bati and the Australian Kangaroos.
This means no other local broadcaster in PNG will be carrying the match except PNGTV.

The LNG PNG Kumuls will play the Fijian Bati and Australian Kangaroos this weekend in a historic tri-contest in Suva ahead of this year’s Rugby League World Cup.

• LNG PNG Kumuls vs Fijian Bati – 3pm
• LNG PNG Kumuls v Australian Kangaroos – 3.40pm
• Australian Kangaroos v Fiji – 4.20pm
The Tri-Nations series will be hosted at the ANZ stadium on October 14th, while the Rugby League World Cup will begin from October 27th to December 2nd.
The World Cup will be held in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.
PNGTV is only available on the ClickTV platform.

(Craig's comment, PNG TV usually FTA on Intelsat 19 & Eutelsat 172A Cband)

Google and other databases likely to make spectrum sharing easier

From http://www.fiercewireless.com/wireless/google-and-other-databases-likely-to-make-spectrum-sharing-easier

Mobile use of the 3.7-4.2 GHz band is currently more challenging than fixed use, according to Google and others.

Sharing spectrum is likely to get a whole lot easier thanks to the databases that Google and others are creating that show where nearly every building and tree in populated areas is located. This leads to better propagation models that show where available spectrum is located and where it can be shared.

Google, which benefits when more people have more and better access to the internet, is a big proponent of sharing spectrum. Google and Alphabet Access have been heavily involved in the 3.5 GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Services (CBRS) band, where the FCC is overseeing a three-tiered sharing paradigm. However, sharing spectrum could be a whole lot easier in other spectrum bands, according to Andrew Clegg, spectrum engineering lead at Alphabet Access.

The concept isn’t new; Google and its associates have previously talked about how the industry should evolve after the first-generation Spectrum Access System (SAS) is certified, which is something Google is working on with the FCC and others. The FCC is currently looking at how to manage spectrum in other bands, including 3.7-4.2 GHz and what’s being called the 6 GHz band.

In CBRS, the sharing with incumbents is primarily with the military ship-borne, high-powered radar, and they go out of their way to make sure no one knows where they are—that’s classified information, after all. CBRS spectrum administrators had to develop sensing technology to “sense” where they are.

But in the 3.7-4.2 GHz band, for example, the fixed satellite services (FSS) incumbents are relatively static in comparison; they’re not constantly moving around. In fact, once the FCC’s database on this fixed satellite dish equipment gets cleaned up, it would be comparatively easy to keep track of users in the band and thereby develop a centralized authorization mechanism to allow for sharing. A full-blown SAS wouldn’t even be required, and such a system could be set up far quicker than what’s being done at 3.5 GHz in the U.S.

Propagation models are getting more sophisticated all the time. Access and others have done their own propagation modeling that takes into account the amount of clutter, like foliage and buildings, that can cause signal degradation. With databases being developed by Google and others that show where nearly every building or tree is located in populated areas, "we can build sophisticated propagation models and get a more accurate picture to where spectrum is and where it can be shared,” Clegg told FierceWirelessTech.

Google and Alphabet Access are advocating that the FCC clean up the existing database of C-band FSS sites, then identify opportunities to share the C-band with point-to-point and point-to-multipoint broadband access for fixed broadband access (FBA) systems. Such systems have the potential to provide high-speed last-mile broadband to a neighborhood or rural area fairly quickly.

Given the relatively large number of incumbent receive-only earth stations, mobile use of the 3.7-4.2 GHz band is currently more challenging than fixed use, and getting the band ready for mobile communications will take considerably longer, according to Google and others.

“If you want to provide point-to-multipoint services, satellites could stay in the band but if you want to open it to mobile, you most likely would have to clear the satellite interests out of the band” because trying to coordinate the interference when you don’t know exactly where all your transmitters are would be very, very difficult, Clegg said. “We’ve looked at it and we don’t think you can provide [mobile] service in the band” without clearing out the satellite interests.

“We’re not against mobile in the band,” he added, but the faster way to market is with fixed wireless. And because of the amount of spectrum in the band, fixed wireless use today does not preclude mobile use as soon as satellite interests can be relocated.

Google/Alphabet Access is participating in studies looking at whether sharing could be done in the lower 6 GHz. Sharing is preferable to relocating incumbents, which takes a long time and is disruptive to the incumbents.

“We’re not trying to take spectrum away from those who are using it,” he said. “We’re just wondering if there’s a way that we could share the spectrum” and deploy unlicensed devices without causing interference with the incumbents.

Google acknowledges that it benefits when more people are using the internet. “We’re always happy to see more ways and easier ways for people to access the internet, so that’s why we’re interested in expanding broadband access opportunities,” particularly for unlicensed, he said.

(Craig's comment, stay the hell out of our Cband!)

Zattoo enters US market with Hotwire Communications

From https://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2017/10/12/zattoo-enters-us-market-with-hotwire-communications/

US telecommunications company Hotwire Communications has chosen the end-to-end platform developed by Swiss OTT and IPTV solutions provider Zattoo to introduce a new TV everywhere service.

Florida-based Hotwire Communications offers ISP services under its Fision brand to a large and growing number of communities and customers in Florida, Georgia, Pennsylvania and states along the Eastern seaboard.

The TV everywhere service will be launched in Q4 2017. In the initial phase, the focus will be on mobile devices with iOS, Android and Windows 10 operating systems as well as on a browser player for PC and Mac. Soon afterwards, the service will be extended to include streaming on various other devices.

Along with linear live TV and video-on-demand in SD, HD and Ultra HD quality, the service will offer interactive functions such as instant restart, time shift, catch-up TV and network DVR.

In Europe, Zattoo has been providing its fully hosted and managed end-to-end solution to telcos, cable and mobile network operators for several years. The Zattoo platform covers the whole chain from signal ingest to applications including content protection for efficient monetisation. With this scalable platform, the Zattoo TV Hub, operators do not have to invest in hardware or software for their own TV service.

For the market entry in the US, Zattoo will now deploy a central TV hub in the US as well. It will be hosted in Hotwire Communications’ co-location facility in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, forming the basis to serve additional operators in the Americas.

“Among all the solutions we looked at, Zattoo stood out with their experience and scale serving their millions of TV customers in Europe as well as with the support of a wide range of devices. A key deciding factor was the rich feature set that Zattoo’s TV-as-a-service platform supports out of the box,” said Emanuele Jones, Vice President of Engineering at Hotwire Communications.

Gernot Jaeger, Chief Officer B2B TV Solutions at Zattoo, added: “We are excited that Hotwire Communications is the first US service provider to count on Zattoo. The entry into the US market is a crucial step for Zattoo in our global expansion strategy and roadmap.”

Angola's First Satellite to Be Launched From Baikonur Spaceport Dec. 7

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Angolas_First_Satellite_to_Be_Launched_From_Baikonur_Spaceport_Dec__7_999.html

Rocket and Space Corporation Energia's General Designer Yevgeniy Mikrin said that a Ukrainian-made Zenit carrier rocket, loaded with the AngoSat-1 satellite, built at Angola's request, will be launched from the Baikonur spaceport in Kazakhstan on December 7.

Ukrainian-made Zenit carrier rocket, loaded with an AngoSat-1 satellite built at Angola's request will be launched from the Baikonur spaceport in Kazakhstan on December 7, Russia's Rocket and Space Corporation (RCS) Energia's General Designer Yevgeniy Mikrin told Sputnik on Monday.

The launch of Angola's first space vehicle has been postponed several times. Initially, it was planned that the satellite would be sent into orbit this summer, then the launch date was set for September,and was subsequently rescheduled for October, November and, finally, December.

"The launch of the AngoSat-1 satellite, which RSC Energia made in the interest of the Republic of Angola, is scheduled for December 7," Mikrin said.

The AngoSat-1 project has been underway since 2012. Within the program, a satellite equipped with a relay transmitter was built; next it is planned to send it to the orbit and simultaneously build on-ground communications infrastructure.

Europe set to launch atmosphere-probing satellite

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Europe_set_to_launch_atmosphere-probing_satellite_999.html

Europe is set to launch a satellite Friday dedicated to monitoring Earth's atmosphere, the protective layer that shields the planet from the sun's radiation, the European Space Agency said.

The Sentinel-5P orbiter will form part of Europe's Copernicus Earth monitoring project to track environmental damage and aid disaster relief operations.

It will contribute to warnings about eruptions of volcanic ash that can threaten aviation safety, and high levels of air pollution or skin-damaging UV radiation, the agency said.

"In addition, the measurements will improve our knowledge of important processes in the atmosphere related to the climate and to the formation of holes in the ozone layer," it said.

The satellite has a special instrument to map concentrations of gases that affect the air we breathe and the climate.

Launch is set for 0927 GMT on Friday from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia, and a final rehearsal was successfully concluded on Tuesday, the ESA said.

This will be the sixth satellite to join the Copernicus constellation. Others, launched since April 2014, monitor forest cover, and land and water pollution.

The programme is named for the 16th-century Polish astronomer who determined that the Earth orbited the sun, and not the other way round as convention had it at the time.

By mapping areas stricken by flood or earthquake, Copernicus will also help emergency teams identify worst-hit areas and locate passable roads, rail lines and bridges.

Murdoch survives as Sky chair

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/12/murdoch-re-appointed-to-sky-board/

James Murdoch has seen off a potential shareholder revolt to be reappointed to the Board of Sky plc at the company’s AGM. Shareholders had been urged to vote against his re-election as chair because of concerns about his independence. Institutional Shareholder Services, Glass Lewis and Pirc, which between them advise many of the world’s biggest institutions how to vote at annual meetings, called on investors to voice concerns on excessive pay and a lack of an independent chair at Sky.

Although the resolution to reappoint James Murdoch as a Director received the support of 78.04 per cent of the votes, the fact that 21.96 per cent voted against was noted by the Board, which also noted the significant vote against resolution 3, the Directors’ Remuneration Report, saying it would continue to engage with shareholders to understand their views as part of its ongoing programme of engagement.

Licensees fined for illegal Sky use

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/12/licensees-fined-for-illegal-sky-use/

Six licensees in the northwest of England have been found guilty of dishonest reception of a television transmission by showing Sky Sports to customers without a commercial agreement from Sky.

In the first of three cases, Janet Ferguson, Lisa Kaye and Arnold Martin of The Mayflower in Bootle, Merseyside, were found guilty in their absence of six offences and were each fined £750 (€837) per offence and ordered to pay £170 Victim Surcharge and costs of £779.77, totalling £5,449.77 each (a grand total of £16,349.31).

In a second case brought by UK intellectual property protection organisation FACT (Federation Against Copyright Theft), Carl Furlong and Peter Scully of the Park Hotel in Liverpool, Merseyside, were found guilty in their absence of four offences and were ordered to pay a combined total of £14,810 in fines and costs.

Most recently, Eric Hoyle of the Summit Pub in Heywood, was found guilty in his absence of three offences and was fined £2,000 per offence and ordered to pay £120 Victim Surcharge and costs of £2,116.80, totalling £8,236.80.

FACT brought the criminal prosecutions against the licensees for showing Sky Sports to customers without having valid commercial viewing agreements in place. Sky Sports is only available to licensed premises in the UK via a commercial viewing agreement from Sky Business. Licensees that show Sky broadcasts without a commercial viewing agreement risk similar action or even a criminal prosecution.

“These cases should send a clear warning to pub owners and licensees who show Sky broadcasts without a commercial subscription,” asserted 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.”

“This is the latest in a long line of criminal cases FACT has successfully prosecuted resulting in big fines, demonstrating the seriousness of fraudulently screening TV programmes,” added George Lawson, head of commercial piracy at Sky. “The law is clear – the only legal way to show Sky Sports programming in licensed premises in the UK is through a valid commercial viewing agreement with Sky.”

“We remain committed to visiting thousands of pubs, as well as investigating suppliers, to protect our customers and ensure they are not left short-changed by illegal activity. If you choose to televise content illegally then you run the very real risk of being caught and having legal action taken against you – the risks are not worth running”.

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.

NAB defends Next Gen TV

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/13/nab-defends-next-gen-tv/

The National Association of Broadcasters – the premier advocacy association for America’s broadcasters – has defended the future adoption and potential of the ATSC 3.0 ‘Next Gen TV’ broadcast transmission standard following comments by FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, who criticised the current proposal for voluntary adoption of the standard, suggesting that the Commission should take more time to consider the ramifications.

In a speech to the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, Rosenworcel admitted that there was a lot to be excited about with the new standard: Ultra High Definition picture quality and immersive audio, advanced emergency alerts, and innovative interactive services. “But I fear the agency is about to rush this standard to market without understanding the consequences for consumers,” she warned.

“This new standard is not backwards-compatible with current television devices. In the near term, with the standard voluntary, the cost of implementing it will be added to consumer cable and satellite bills. In the longer term, it means everyone will need to buy a new television set,” she suggested.

“This is not a great boon for consumers, it’s a tax on every household with a television. So it’s time for the Commission to go back to the drawing board and find a way to smooth the transition to this new standard in a way that better serves the public interest,” she concluded.

“Unfortunately, Commissioner Rosenworcel misunderstands the goals and asks of broadcasters,” responded NAB Executive Vice President of Communications Dennis Wharton. “We simply want to compete on equal footing with national wireless and pay-TV providers who routinely upgrade services in the telecom ecosystem.”

“NextGen TV will allow local TV stations – including our public TV brethren – the ability to offer ultra HDTV programming, emergency alerts that save lives, and live TV on mobile devices. This will be a free and local programming innovation that the FCC routinely supports, and that tens of millions of consumers will enjoy,” he asserted.

Doordarshan plans dual programming feed for DD Sports

From http://www.livemint.com/Consumer/P99Vv87Xz1rbUWL7o3LcwN/Doordarshan-plans-dual-programming-feed-for-DD-Sports.html

While DD Sports will air sporting events on terrestrial network and DD Free Dish, a separate feed with different programming will be aired on the channel carried by cable and private DTH platforms

The Supreme Court in August had upheld a Delhi high court ruling of 2015 and had said Prasar Bharati, which runs Doordarshan, can air the feed it gets from private sports broadcasters only on its terrestrial network and its own DTH platform, Free Dish and not on Doordarshan channels carried by cable and private DTH platforms.

New Delhi: State-owned broadcaster Doordarshan is planning to have a dual programming feed for its sports channel DD Sports, following the Supreme Court verdict in August, asking the broadcaster to stop airing the sporting events of national importance on cable and private direct-to-home (DTH) operators.

The Supreme Court in August had upheld a Delhi high court ruling of 2015 and had said Prasar Bharati, which runs Doordarshan, can air the feed it gets from private sports broadcasters only on its terrestrial network and its own DTH platform, Free Dish and not on Doordarshan channels carried by cable and private DTH platforms.

In the light of the verdict, Prasar Bharati has planned a series of changes in the way the sports programming is carried by Doordarshan channels until now.

Firstly, the public broadcaster has moved sports programming (the feed it gets from private broadcasters) from its flagship channel DD National to DD Sports. “All sporting events of national importance will be aired on DD Sports predominantly. We have started doing this with the (ongoing) U17 FIFA World Cup,” said Shashi Shekhar Vempati, chief executive officer at Prasar Bharati.

Secondly, the channel has planned dual feed for DD Sports. While DD Sports will now air the sporting events on terrestrial network and DD Free Dish, a separate feed with different programming will be aired on the channel carried by cable and private DTH platforms. “It looked like a setback but it is an opportunity for us. We won’t disrupt the programming of DD National. DD Sports will now get an identity and purpose which was long overdue,” Vempati added.

Under the Sports Broadcasting Signals (Mandatory Sharing with Prasar Bharati) Act, 2007, private broadcasters are obliged to share live broadcasting signals of sporting events of national importance with Prasar Bharati.

In two different gazette notifications, the information and broadcasting (I&B) ministry had defined cricket and non-cricket events of national importance.

All official one-day international, Twenty20 and test matches played by the Indian men’s cricket team, semi-finals and finals of the men’s World Cup and International Cricket Council Championship Trophy were named cricketing events of national importance.

Among non-cricket sporting events are Commonwealth Games, Asian Games, Summer and Special Olympics, Paralympics and certain tennis, hockey and football events.


Following on from Asiasat 9 going geostationary. Eutelsat 172B is also now geostationary at 172E. (See news for details)

Thursday evening feed

Intelsat 19 12432 H Sr 7500 Fec 5/6 "STS 3 NBL" NBL
Intelsat 19 12440 H Sr 7500 Fec 5/6 "STS 3" NBL
Intelsat 19 12447 H Sr 3750 Fec 5/6 "STS" NBL

Fuel HD is Back on Asiasat 5 same place as previously

Optus D2 12546 V Padre Pio TV has left

Wednesday night feeds

Intelsat 19 12436 H Sr 15000 DVB S2 8PSK Fec 3/4 "STS9" Soccer

Intelsat 19 12609 V Sr 7000 Fec 5/6 DVB S2 8PSK "STS 12 Enc/ Mod 1 (STS)" Australia VS NZ Netball

Asiasat 5 3927 V Sr 7120 "FFA Cup South Melbourne v Sydney FC" soccer

From my Email

From Asiasat

Asiasat 9 update

Hi Craig,

Below are beacon data for AsiaSat 9 at 122E:
4198.65 MHz / H
4199.65 MHz / H
12250.000 MHz / V (AUS)

Best regards
Winnie Pang

From the Dish

AsiaSat 9 122.0E AsiaSat 9 has arrived at 122 East.

Palapa D 113.0E 3474 H "TV Edukasi" has started on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 3808 V "Lejel Home Shopping Cicilan Tunai and Lejel Home Shopping Live" have left
Palapa D 113.0E 4014 H "Puldapii TV and Share Channel TV" are back on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 4014 H "Mensahe TV" has left.

ChinaSat 11 98.0E 12560 V TV Tabalong, Duta TV, Trans 7, Kompas TV, Arek TV, DMI, Quran TV, TVRI Nasional, TV Desa, Net, Inspira TV, Rajawali TV, INews TV, Ladies
Channel, TV BMW, Melayu Bagus Channel, Avava Bollywood, Black Diamond, Gold Diamond, Diamond TV, Red Diamond, Aljazeera English, Jak TV, O Channel, Isaac TV, Dubai Sports 3, Rai Italia Asia, Kungfu Satellite TV, TVE Internacional Asia, Lejel Home Shopping Live, K-Drama, ShE, Lejel Home Shopping Cicilan Tunai, Kazakh TV, Yemen TV, U Channel, Nabawi TV, Dubai TV, RTP Internacional Ásia, Macau Asia Satellite TV, Space Toon, Elshinta TV, TV Edukasi and Ruai TV have started on, Fta

Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 11222 H "Passione TV has replaced Passion XXX" on , Panaccess.

Intelsat 17 66.0E 3966 H "Interactive TV" has left.

From asiatvro site

东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,The Word Network替换Fuel TV HD(老挝)频道,设置10730 V 40000参数有条件接收。 [10月11日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,NHK World TV、TV Parlemen(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置11165 H 44000参数有条件接收。 [10月11日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Screen(高清)频道新增,设置11938 L 23800参数有条件接收。 [10月11日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,TM(蒙古)频道加密,设置12690 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [10月11日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Full Action替换MK Moves Kicker(巴基斯坦)频道,设置3746 V 6520参数免费接收。 [10月11日]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星C频段,4K-Sat(4K)频道消失,设置4120 H 29720参数无效接收。 [10月11日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,NHK World TV(高清)频道改频率,设置10910 H 45000参数免费接收。 [10月11日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Shildeg Kino替换Mongol Kino(蒙古)频道,设置12629 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [10月11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。 [10月11日]
东经83度轨道位置的G-Sat 10号卫星C频段,Gyan Darshan 1(印度)频道开播,设置3832 V 7200参数免费接收。 [10月11日]


Channel 4's Foreign-Language Drama Streamer Walter Presents to Launch in Australia

From http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/channel-4s-foreign-language-drama-streamer-walter-presents-launch-australia-1047729

Australian pay TV giant Foxtel, co-owned by News Corp and telecom firm Telstra, is the partner bringing the service to the country as of November.

U.K. TV company Channel 4's foreign-language drama streaming service Walter Presents, which earlier this year launched in the U.S., is coming to Australia.

Channel 4 has partnered with Australian pay TV giant Foxtel, co-owned by News Corp and telecom firm Telstra, to bring the service to the country as of Nov. 1.

The video on demand service will deliver top-rated, exclusive and original first-run drama series from around the world to Foxtel and Foxtel Now customers in the second stage of a planned global roll-out. Walter Presents is named after its curator and host Walter Iuzzolino, a passionate drama fan who hand picks each show.

Walter Presents series will premiere on Foxtel’s On Demand service and from mid-December, Foxtel drama channel Showcase will have a Friday night Walter Presents slot to feature some dramas. New release Walter Presents dramas will be added every month.

Foxtel plans to offer more than 150 hours of premium foreign-language drama in its first year, including Nordic thrillers and South American chillers.

The three series for the Australian launch of Walter Presents in November Locked Up, a Spanish drama set in a high-security women’s prison, Brazil's Merciless, in which a serial killer infiltrates the police to play a cat-and-mouse game with the forensic psychologist tasked with tracking him down, and Vanished by the Lake, a French Noir murder mystery.

Other series coming up include Fugitives from HBO Latin America, Mexican family crime saga Mr Avila and Belgian psychological thriller 13 Commandments.

Said Iuzzolino: "We’re proud to be partnering with Foxtel, Australia’s most prestigious home of premium scripted series. Australian audiences are some of the most forward thinking and sophisticated in the world. They have a hunger for compelling, quality international drama as demonstrated by the success of Nordic Noir here and we are thrilled to be able to broaden the scope and palette of the international drama offerings further with additions from countries as diverse as Mexico, Holland, Chile, Spain and Belgium."

Foxtel director of content Ross Crowley said: "Walter Presents brings an entirely new element to the Foxtel entertainment experience. Australia has one of the richest and most diverse audiences in the world, with many speaking languages other than English at home. In teaming with master curator Walter Iuzzolino, we’re genuinely excited to bring some of the boldest, most exciting, premium dramas from around the world to our On Demand catalogue."

Walter Presents launched in the U.K. on Channel 4’s on-demand service All 4 in January 2016.

Southern Phone and Optus partner up for NBN Sky Muster service

From https://www.arnnet.com.au/article/628534/southern-phone-optus-partner-up-nbn-sky-muster-service/

The new agreement sees Southern Phone acting as Optus’ partner of choice

Regional telco, Southern Phone, has partnered up with Optus to deliver what the companies claim is the first National Broadband Network (NBN) Sky Muster market offering from Optus Satellite.

Formed in 2002 after receiving $4.77 million in funding from the Australian Government’s Networking the Nation scheme, Southern Phone aims to deliver more affordable telecommunications services to regional communities.

Southern Phones, an unlisted public company in which only local councils can be shareholders, claims a national customer base, and more than 130 employees.

The new agreement sees Southern Phone acting as Optus’ partner of choice, with the reseller providing sales and marketing support to people living in regional areas of Australia.

“We are very pleased to be the preferred partner for Optus for NBN Sky Muster,” Southern Phone managing director, David Joss, said. “With only 80,000 of the NBN’s forecast of 240,000 Sky Muster satellite services connected to date, we look forward to offering our services across the country and making a real difference to the people in regional and rural Australia,” Joss said.

According to Optus Satellite vice president, Paul Sheridan, the combination of Optus Satellite and Southern Phone’s regional experience should count as a “win” for regional consumers.

“This new partnership will help us connect with even more regional customers and importantly, make sure that those customers are able to have the same level of support that a customer in a metro area would,” Sheridan said.

“We see this service as a viable and effective alternative to a traditional NBN connection. For some consumers, this will be the first time they’ve been able to connect to a broadband service,” he said.

The deal comes as the company behind the NBN, nbn, delivers new wholesale plans on the Sky Muster satellite service to more than 240,000 homes and businesses in regional and rural Australia that see greater data caps offered at no additional cost.

However, Minister for Regional Communications, Fiona Nash, said in July that the extra peak data will be passed on to customers “at very little extra cost”.

"A 100 gigabyte/month peak data plan would cost only slightly more than a 65 or 70 gigabyte/month plan costs now,” she said at the time. “This is fantastic news for the 76,000 Sky Muster users and those considering getting a service.”

Eutelsat 172B reaches geostationary orbit

From https://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2017/10/11/eutelsat-172b-reaches-geostationary-orbit/

The Eutelsat 172B spacecraft has now reached geostationary orbit, breaking the record for the fastest satellite electric orbit raising (EOR).

Eutelsat 172B was launched by Ariane 5 from Kourou, in French Guiana, on 1 June. The Airbus spacecraft control centre in Toulouse took control for early operations, initialisation, deployment of the solar array and electric propulsion arms, and completed initial testing prior to starting the Electric Orbit Raising phase on 8 June. During this four-month phase, electric thrusters smoothly and efficiently propelled the satellite to the targeted orbit, consuming almost six times less propellant mass than for a satellite with chemical propulsion.

Following completion of the payload in-orbit tests and drift to its operational location led by the Eutelsat team, Eutelsat 172B is scheduled to enter commercial service in November to provide enhanced telecommunications, in-flight broadband and broadcast services for the Asia-Pacific region. Its life span is expected to exceed 15 years thanks to electric propulsion for in-orbit raising and station-keeping.

“We are the first company to demonstrate full electric propulsion for satellites of this size and capacity, enabling their launch in the most cost-efficient manner. Furthermore, with our system design, operation strategy and the plasma thruster technology we implement, we have completed the fastest electric orbit raising ever from transfer to geostationary orbit, which will allow Eutelsat to put their electric satellite in service in a record time,” said Nicolas Chamussy, Head of Space Systems at Airbus.

Yohann Leroy, Eutelsat’s Chief Technical Officer, added: “Eutelsat 172B confirms the relevance of Eutelsat’s early adoption of electric propulsion technology to optimise capex. In combining electric propulsion, High Throughput capacity, robotic arms and 3D printing techniques, our new satellite also reflects Europe’s capability to push the envelope of innovation in order to increase the competitiveness of our business. We look forward to bringing Eutelsat 172B into service next month for our clients in the Asia-Pacific region.”

Eutelsat 172B combines 13 kW of payload power with a launch mass of only 3,550 kg, thanks to the latest EOR version of Airbus’ Eurostar E3000 platform.

MTS to switches DTH channels to another satellite

From https://www.telecompaper.com/news/mts-to-switches-dth-channels-to-another-satellite--1215459

Russian mobile operator MTS plans to switch all its satellite television channels to another satellite, reports Telesputnik.ru. They will be broadcast from the ABS-2A satellite instead of ABS-2 from 18 October. Subscribers will need to re-install software on their set-top boxes.

Both satellites are based at the same orbital position, 75 degrees East longitude.

Triple success for ‘pre-flown’ SpaceX

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/12/triple-success-for-pre-flown-spacex/

A flawless sunset launch by Elon Musk-backed SpaceX placed a heavyweight joint-venture Airbus-built SES/EchoStar satellite into geostationary orbit on Wednesday evening.

Some four minutes after launch, the already pre-flown first stage of the rocket landed on a floating barge (named ‘Of course I still love you’) some 600 kms downrange and off Florida’s East coast.

Wednesday’s launch was a record 15th Falcon 9 launch of the year, and the second in three days.

Just after midnight (GMT), SES confirmed it had received signals from the satellite. Viewers tuned to a special SpaceX channel could see the spacecraft separate – in orbit – from the rocket.

The pinpoint landing was the 18th successful recovery of a Falcon’s first stage.

SpaceX used the occasion to state that it was planning a total of 20-24 flights this year. The next is scheduled for later in October.

Martin Halliwell, Chief Technology Officer of SES, said: “The successful launch of SES-11 further strengthens the centre of SES’s North American orbital arc and enables us to continue to provide a premium C-band service to the leading cable operators across the US. We are also proud to launch on another SpaceX flight-proven Falcon 9 rocket and to continuously participate in innovative technology developments within the launch industry.”

Italian card-sharers risk jail

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/11/italian-card-sharers-risk-jail/

Italy’s Corte di Cassazione (Supreme Court) has sentenced a 52-year old Palermo man to four months imprisonment for using codes purchased from third parties to access the Sky Italia pay-TV platform.

Unsuccessfully, the defendant defended himself by claiming that he purchased the software for decoding codes on the web to justify the fact that “the smart card was never found at the time of his search”.

His appeal was deemed “inadmissible” and the 2016 conviction became final. He was also sentenced to paying €2,000 in fines.

In its ruling, the Court explained that card-sharing was decriminalised in 2000, but then became a crime again in 2003, following a legislative decree. What is significant in the ruling is that no longer is it just the person responsible for the distribution of access codes for profit affected by the law, but also everyone who watches encrypted TV channels without paying the fee, no matter the method used to circumvent signal protection, i.e., card sharing, codes purchased online or even exchanged with relatives.

Court Holds U.S. Retailer Accountable for Promoting Piracy by Selling IPTV Streaming Devices with Unauthorized Channels

From https://markets.ft.com/data/announce/detail?dockey=600-201710111305BIZWIRE_USPRX____BW6015-1

Court denies retailer’s attempt to use bankruptcy filing to skirt liability

Court instead ruled retailer must pay DISH, TVB, CCTV and CICC $4.4 million for copyright and trademark infringement

Ruling underscores accountability of all players involved in piracy and copyright infringement

ENGLEWOOD, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 11, 2017-- A bankruptcy court in Florida has ruled that Amit Bhalla, a retailer of IPTV streaming devices with unauthorized channels, cannot use a bankruptcy case to shield himself from monetary liability for copyright infringement.

In 2016, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California issued a permanent injunction halting the unlawful distribution of television content from programmers CCTV and TVB on TVpad devices. DISH Network, which has exclusive rights to distribute much of CCTV’s and TVB’s content in the United States (including through its Sling TV OTT service), and CICC, an affiliate of CCTV, were also plaintiffs in that underlying lawsuit, which began in 2015. The plaintiffs alleged that the manufacturers and distributors of the TVpad device set up a pirate broadcasting network designed to stream CCTV and TVB channels without authorization.

The court ordered manufacturers and distributors of TVpad to pay $55 million in damages to DISH, TVB, CCTV and CICC, and the injunction prohibited retailers from distributing, advertising, marketing or promoting TVpad and comparable devices that deliver CCTV’s or TVB’s copyrighted content.

Rather than accept responsibility for his actions, Amit Bhalla chose to file for bankruptcy in an attempt to avoid being held financially accountable. Citing Bhalla’s willful and malicious conduct, the plaintiffs filed a motion for summary judgment in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida. The court granted the motion, and Bhalla must now pay plaintiffs $4.4 million for copyright and trademark infringement.

“This ruling sends an important message to retailers who think they can get away with profiting off pirated content: you will eventually be held accountable, and a bankruptcy filing will not protect you,” said Samuel Tsang, vice president, Operations for TVB USA. “Our hope is that, as a result of this ruling, retailers will stop selling content obtained through illegal means and instead serve their customers with legal, reliable content and devices.”


TVB USA’s parent company is Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB), the largest and most popular producer of Cantonese-language television programming in the world. TVB USA also offers various TVB channels in Mandarin, Vietnamese and English to meet the different needs of Chinese-speaking viewers in the U.S. All the best programming from TVB that originally aired in Hong Kong and Taiwan is broadcast by TVB USA in the United States on more than 10 different channels. Visit www.tvbusa.com.

About China Central Television

China Central Television (CCTV) is the National Network of the People’s Republic of China and it is one of China’s most important news broadcast companies. Today, CCTV has become one of China’s most influential media outlets. Currently CCTV is distributing seven international channels in the U.S., which include Chinese, English and Spanish, covering almost every aspect of the Chinese social life. It is an important window for the world to find out more about China. CCTV is making efforts to become a global media network with increased international influence. Visit www.cctv.com.

About DISH

DISH Network Corp. (NASDAQ:DISH), through its subsidiaries, provides approximately 13.332 million pay-TV subscribers, as of June 30, 2017, with the highest-quality programming and technology with the most choices at the best value. DISH offers a high definition line-up with more than 200 national HD channels, the most international channels and award-winning HD and DVR technology. DISH Network Corporation is a Fortune 200 company. Visit www.dish.com.

Sling TV L.L.C., a subsidiary of DISH Network L.L.C., provides over-the-top television services, including general market, Latino and International live and on-demand programming. Sling TV is the number one live over-the-top service based on the number of OTT households as reported by comScore as of April 2017. It is available on smart televisions, tablets, game consoles, computers, smartphones and other streaming devices. Sling TV provides more than 300 channels in 22 languages, including Cantonese, Mandarin, Arabic and Punjabi. Visit www.Sling.com.

Vodafone India partners YuppTV to expand Play service

From http://telecom.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/vodafone-india-partners-yupp-tv-to-expand-play-service/61035087

The partnership will allow YuppTV to reach out to Vodafone’s wide customer base across the country.Danish Khan | ETTelecom | October 11, 2017, 14:05 IST

Vodafone India partners YuppTV to expand Play serviceNEW DELHI: Vodafone India has partnered with OTT streaming service YuppTV to expand its Vodafone Play service. With this partnership, Vodafone Play subscribers can now access an extensive basket of Live TV channels and movies by YuppTV.

The partnership will allow YuppTV to reach out to Vodafone’s wide customer base across the country.

Avneesh Khosla, Associate Director – Consumer Business, Vodafone India said, “With mobiles becoming the preferred screen for entertainment, the average time spent on smartphones daily is significantly higher than TV, demonstrating that the engagement levels provided by smartphones remain unparalleled. Our customers are constantly seeking enriching and diverse content options, especially regional content. Through our partnership with YuppTV, Vodafone Play subscribers get a wider choice of Live TV, popular movies & shows and access to an enriched regional content.”

Uday Reddy, Founder & CEO, YuppTV said, “We are excited to present Vodafone users with our extensive services and entertainment solutions."


Asiasat 5 3760 H Sr 27500 "OMAN TV HD" has started FTA, Sid 726 Vpid 131 (H264) Apid 231

Asiasat 5 3792 H Sr 7200 "Tour of Taihu" Cycling

Fuel TV has left Asiasat 5 3960 H

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Optus D2 12670v 7500 Socceroos

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AsiaSat broadcasts LaLiga TV on AsiaSat 5

From press release

Hong Kong, 10 October 2017 – Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), Asia’s leading satellite operator announced the addition of LaLiga TV to its strong sports channel lineup onto AsiaSat 5.

LaLiga, First Division Spanish Football, will reach viewers across the Asia-Pacific through a new partnership with channel broadcaster Mediapro, LaLiga TV's official producer, and AsiaSat for Asia’s most popular international satellite TV and sports content platform.

It is the first time LaLiga TV launches as a 24-hour distributed TV channel in Asia Pacific offering fully scripted programming dedicated to the football competition, in full HD. Commentaries of the channel will be available in English. LaLiga will also produce its first English-language live studio show, analysing the round of fixtures ahead before the first game of each week. This new arrangement demonstrates AsiaSat 5’s powerful penetration and excellent sports content neighbourhood, making it perfect for broadcasters and content owners to satisfy Asia’s insatiable demand for high quality football.

Barrie Woolston, Chief Commercial Officer of AsiaSat, said, “We are extremely thrilled to win this new collaboration, bringing the best of the Spanish football to the Asia-Pacific. Our ever strengthening bouquet of live sports content shows the unique qualities of AsiaSat 5 to serve Asian viewers with great choice of premium channels and exceptional TV viewing experience.”

LaLiga is one of the most followed sports competitions in the world, featuring Real Madrid and Barcelona, which have legions of fans across Asia, and stars such as Luis Suárez, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

About AsiaSat

Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), the leading satellite operator in Asia, serves over two-thirds of the world's population with its six satellites, AsiaSat 3S, AsiaSat 4, AsiaSat 5, AsiaSat 6, AsiaSat 7 and AsiaSat 8; and a new satellite, AsiaSat 9 successfully launched on 29 September 2017 to replace AsiaSat 4. 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:
Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited
Winnie Pang, Manager, Marketing Communications | Tel: (852) 2500 0880 | Email: wpang@asiasat.com

Sony acquires Cricket Australia media rights

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/10/sony-acquires-cricket-australia-media-rights/

Cricket Australia has secured a new broadcast and digital partner for India and the subcontinent. Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) has acquired the exclusive media rights for all men’s international matches played in Australia, beginning with the Magellan Ashes Series in November. The term of the deal is six years and will cover multiple Indian tours and visits by Pakistan, South Africa and the Ashes of 2021-22.

Separately, SPN has also acquired the exclusive broadcast and digital rights for women’s international cricket played in Australia, beginning with the Commonwealth Bank Ashes Series later this month, along with the KFC BBL and the Rebel WBBL. SPN will have extensive access to content from Cricket Australia’s archives and some original programming from the newly-created CA Productions team.

The agreement for the Indian subcontinent covers a number of countries, including Pakistan and Sri Lanka, and SPN will broadcast Australian cricket via its sports network of 11 channels.

The chief executive officer of Cricket Australia, James Sutherland, welcomed SPN as a partner of Australian cricket. “We are delighted to conclude this agreement with Sony. They understand the global value of Australian cricket.

“We’re also delighted with their support of our national women’s team, and the men’s and women’s Big Bash. Our summer of Big Bash will continue to expand and highlight the excitement and quality of our game. One of Australian cricket’s key strategies is to ensure it has a sustainable approach to investment, so that we can keep growing the game, and the six-year deal with SPN is part of that strategy.

NP Singh, the CEO of Sony Pictures Networks India, said: “SPN is committed to redefining the sports broadcasting landscape in the Indian subcontinent by curating a multi-sport culture. Our sports network comprising of 11 channels will offer something for everyone. Cricket enjoys a high viewership in India and with the acquisition of the media rights of Cricket Australia, we are ensuring that the viewer has continuous cricketing action, all through the year.”

“Ludicrous and Ridiculous” – CEOs React to Intelsat’s 5G Proposal

From http://www.satellitetoday.com/telecom/2017/10/10/ludicrous-ridiculous-ceos-react-intelsats-5g-proposal/

“Simply ludicrous and ridiculous” — Tom Choi, CEO of ABS and one of the most outspoken CEOs in the satellite industry, did not hold back when assessing Intelsat’s announcement last week to join forces with Intel to expand the use of 3700-4200 MHz C-band spectrum to terrestrial mobile services. If the proposal, made in response to a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) filed by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in August, is adopted, wireless operators would be able to leverage mid-band spectrum alongside satellite operators, who historically have resisted such sharing agreements due to concerns about interference.

Choi believes, first and foremost, that C-band or any other spectrum used in Geostationary Earth Orbits (GEO) does not belong to any satellite operator but rather by countries/administrations that are registered with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). “The orbital slot filings operated by Intelsat belongs to an intergovernmental organization called the International Telecommunications Satellite Organization (ITSO) and I highly doubt they would agree to this preposterous move,” he said.

Choi added that there are multiple countries including Papua New Guinea that allow a company like ABS to operate a C-band satellite, ABS 3A, which serves the Americas. Choi believes there would be three violations of the rules and rights as defined by the ITU regulations at this move: “First, Intelsat does not own any C-band spectrum rights either in GEO or for use in terrestrial,” he said. “Second, the ITU Radio Regulations does not allow individual countries to assign satellite C-band spectrum for use terrestrially by any individual country. If the FCC agrees with this they would be setting a dangerous precedent and all other countries would follow suit. The radio regulations created in the ITU and its legitimacy maybe completely decimated, threatening the existing C-band operations in every country around the world. This would destabilize the fundamental business that even Intelsat has on a global basis. Third, C-band rights are assigned to multiple administrations that serve the United States and I don’t believe any other party would agree to go along with it.”

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Can Intelsat Solve the Battle Over Spectrum for 5G?

AsiaSat CEO Also Speaks Out

Other CEOs, while maybe not as harsh in their assessments as Choi, are scratching their heads at Intelsat’s move. Andrew Jordan, CEO of AsiaSat, was also fairly withering in his assessment. “On face value, this was a unilateral decision by Intelsat, without prior consultation with other satellite operators, and is very divisive. Furthermore, I don’t agree with the premise that the C-band battle has been lost,” he told Via Satellite.

Jordan admits he was “very surprised” by Intelsat’s move and said this surprise has also come out in conversations he has had with other satellite operators. Jordan believes one of the great strengths of the satellite industry is how all of the operators, although fierce competitors, have banded together for the common interest of the industry to protect C-band resources, which are critical for lifeline services, television distribution and video contribution globally.

“We know that LTE and satellite cannot coexist in the 3.7 – 4.2 MHz band, so it is hard to see how carving out certain portions of this in cities can help the industry or our customers who depend on us for reliable and high quality service. The incompatibility of LTE/WiMax with satellite applications in the 3.7 – 4.2 MHz band has been demonstrated through numerous ITU studies and this view was also endorsed during the conclusion of the WRC-15. I’m also surprised because my understanding is that the frequencies do not belong to any individual operator or administrations, but rather a global resource administered by notifying authorities through the ITU,” he added.

While Jordan welcomes any constructive proposals to satisfy both the LTE and satellite industries, he doesn’t see how unilaterally withdrawing from C-band services in certain areas will achieve this, and therefore believes Intelsat’s move is bad for the satellite industry. “Doing this unilaterally outside the ITU process and without prior consultation with the satellite industry is a complete surprise to the industry. I also note that there are many other spectrum bands the 5G industry could apply for, and yet they continue to push for C-band, threatening multiple billions of dollars’ worth of investments,” he added.

Belmer Chimes In

Via Satellite also talked to Rodolphe Belmer, CEO of Eutelsat, the day after Intelsat’s surprise announcement. Belmer admitted that, at the moment, Eutelsat’s opinion is not fully shaped yet. “We read with surprise the announcement by Intelsat and still need to analyze all the possible consequences. We believe there are potentially both positive and negative consequences. We don’t have a spontaneous positive or negative reaction. It is a complex situation that we need to analyze deeper to see whether we think the net balance is positive or negative. It is a complex situation with many elements — regulatory, strategic, partnerships, etc. So we need to fully understand the precedent created by the Intelsat announcement,” he said.

When asked about his gut instinct on the situation, Belmer said that the jury is still out. “It might be positive, even though there are some risks associated with this. It came out totally by surprise to us. I don’t want to react by instinct,” he said.

Belmer says it will take one or two months for Eutelsat to have a considered opinion. The company aims to have discussions with stakeholders to understand what they think in their relevant geographies.

Situation Playing Out

Jordan himself does not believe Intelsat will find many satellite operator supporters in the satellite industry for this announcement, and he thinks most likely the 5G industry will not view it as going far enough, so the risk is that it satisfies nobody.

In terms of how this situation will play out, Jordan adds, “It’s hard to say. I would be surprised if the FCC were to allow Intelsat to effectively sell C-band to 5G in certain cities, and I don’t have enough detail to understand how Intelsat sees the use of C-band outside cities, but it does not seem to me to be a workable solution for either industry.”

Choi said the satellite industry will have to carefully examine if Intelsat is a willing participant and a partner in the ongoing protection of GEO frequencies and the ITU radio regulations process. “If this decision was made without ITSO’s approval, ITSO should examine this move carefully and understand its implications for its inter-governmental owners. Worst of all the potential fallouts, I am now seriously worried now that if the FCC takes this move seriously, other regulators in all the countries of the world will take notice and see if they should ‘nationalize’ the C-band spectrum. This is in fact what Intel [who is the leader in setting the 5G standards] would love to do,” he said.

Choi believes there could be far reaching consequences for the satellite industry as a result of Intelsat’s move. “I can almost guarantee they will be using this initiative to delegitimize the C-band operations for satellite everywhere in the world and they will point to the complicity of Intelsat in the United States to justify that C-band is not needed by the GEO operators. This would be truly a disaster for the Fixed Satellite Services (FSS) industry. Why couldn’t the brains at Intelsat not foresee that consequence? Did they never play chess?” he said.

10 More Aireon ADS-B Payloads are Now in Orbit

From http://www.aviationtoday.com/2017/10/10/10-aireon-ads-b-payloads-now-orbit/

Aireon has launched and deployed the third batch of 10 Iridium Next satellites with ADS-B payloads, the company said. The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

There are now 30 Aireon payloads in orbit, and the company has planned for 45 more. Subsequent launches are planned over the next 10 months. Aireon said it is on track to become “the first to provide global real-time air traffic surveillance and tracking” to service providers and stakeholders.

“Even with only a partial constellation in orbit, we’ve been able to start tracking flights that nobody has been able to fully track before,” said FlightAware CEO Daniel Baker. FlightAware has been teaming with Aireon since 2016 for a flight-tracking solution. “Each and every successful launch of Iridium Next satellites makes us more excited to be the first and only flight tracking service to offer 100% global coverage to airline customers and other partners like Sitaonair. Through our partnership with Aireon, we will be able to provide an unprecedented level of visibility and enable operators unparalleled control of their fleet.”

The Iridium Next satellite constellation, in its completion, is to consist of 66 low-Earth-orbit interconnected satellites. In total, 81 Iridium Next satellite are being built and all are to carry the Aireon payload. Completion is planned for mid-2018.

SpaceX Rocket Launch From Cape Canaveral On October 11, 2017

From http://space.brevardtimes.com/2017/10/spacex-rocket-launch-from-cape.html

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida -- The launch of the Falcon 9 rocket carrying an EchoStar 105/SES-11 communication satellite is scheduled to liftoff at 6:53 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Launch Weather 90% 'GO'

According to the latest forecast from the U.S. Air Force 45th Weather Squadron, there is a 90% chance of favorable weather for the launch. The primary concern is cumulus clouds.

Attempted Landing On Drone Ship

Following stage separation, the first stage of the Falcon 9 will attempt a landing on the “Of Course I Still Love You” drone ship.

But a successful landing after launch may be difficult because the Geo Stationary Transfer Orbit requires the first stage rocket to reach a significantly higher altitude than other recovered missions. This means that Falcon 9's first stage rocket will becoming down faster with less fuel to slow its descent than missions to lower orbits.

Third Launch Of 'Flight-Proven' (Reused) Falcon 9

This will be SpaceX's third launch of a reused first stage rocket. This Falcon 9 first stage rocket previously launched the CRS-10 mission to the International Space Station from Cape Canaveral, Florida on February 19, 2017.


EchoStar 105/SES-11, a high-powered hybrid Ku and C-band communications satellite, is a dual-mission satellite for US-based operator EchoStar and Luxembourg-based operator SES.

EchoStar 105/SES-11 provides EchoStar with 24 Ku-band transponders of 36 MHz, marketed as EchoStar 105, while it provides SES with a C-band payload of 24 transponders, marketed under the name SES-11. EchoStar 105/SES-11 replaces Ku-band capacity for AMC-15 and C-band capacity for AMC-18 at SES’ well-established 105 degrees West orbital slot.

EchoStar 105 was tailored to meet the Ku-band capacity needs of EchoStar’s enterprise, media and broadcast, and U.S. government service provider customers, offering coverage of the 50 U.S. states and expanded reach to the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean.

SES-11, designed to accelerate the development of SES’s U.S. prime video neighborhood and optimized for digital television delivery, joins SES-1 and SES-3 at the center of SES's robust North American orbital arc, which reaches more than a hundred million TV homes. It also replaces C-band capacity for AMC-18, which SES offers over North America, including Hawaii, Mexico and the Caribbean, empowering businesses and governments to capture new opportunities and expand their reach.


Asiasat 9 has arrived at 122E, that was fast! see news section for the details. I've asked Asiasat to supply some info as to when testing will take place and when services will shift to the new satellite.

From my Email

From Asiasat

Dear Sir/Madam,

AsiaSat announces the successful arrival of AsiaSat 9 at 122°E on 9 October 2017.

Please download the Press Release or visit the Mission Page

For enquiries about the launch or the services AsiaSat 9 will provide please feel free to contact me.

If you wish to unsubscribe to our press release mailing list, please send us an email titled "Unsubscribe AsiaSat Press Release" together with your email address.

Best Regards,

Winnie Pang
Manager | Marketing Communications, AsiaSat
T (852) 2500 0880

From the Dish

SES 9 108.2E 12401 H "DW English and I24 News English" have started on , Conax. DW Deutsch, AFN Movie and AFN News have left .
SES 9 108.2E 12461 H "My Cinema Europe, Classica Asia and Videoland Sports have started on Conax. Sundance Channel South East Asia" has left .
SES 9 108.2E 12711 H "Hits, Tru TV Asia, The Q You, Motorvision TV and Daystar TV" have started on , Conax.
SES 9 108.2E 12711 H "TeleNovela Channel, AFN Prime Pacific and Arirang World" have left

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4100 V "Barkat TV" has left .

BSAT 4A 104.0E BSAT 4A has arrived 104 East .

ST 2 88.0E 12702 H "Videoland Sports and Videoland Max TV" are now encrypted.

Insat 4A 83.0E 4054 H "Wow and Lifestyle Asia" have started on , Fta.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3480 H "VTV 1-9 and VTV 5 Tay Nam Bo" have left again.

ABS 2A 75.0E 12587 V "Trade TV and E Box" have started on, Fta. Dream Box, Like HDTV, Seven Channel, Sch TV and OTV are Fta.

ABS 2 75.0E TV Parlemen has started on 11165 H and 12287 V, encrypted.
ABS 2 75.0E 11733 V "Insight UHD" has started on , encrypted.
ABS 2 75.0E 12467 V "CTVN AKD Plus, PTV World, DD Bangla, Music Fatafati, DD National and Dhoom Music" have started on , Exset. Star Bharat India, Star Gold India, Channel V International, Star Plus India, Nat Geo Wild Asia and National Geographic Asia have left.
ABS 2A 75.0E 12653 V "Auto Plus" has started on , Irdeto.

Intelsat 17 66.0E 12585 V "Speda Channel" has started on Fta

From asiatvro site

东经84.8度轨道位置的Horizons 2号卫星Ku频段,New TV、Fox Movies HD(Freeview HD)等全组频道加密,设置11758 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [10月9日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,东森戏剧替换纬来戏剧(寰宇卫视)频道,设置12461 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [10月9日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,Dikij(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11387 V 30000参数免费接收。 [10月9日]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,TV 5 Kannada(印度)频道新增,设置3845 V 28800参数免费接收。 [10月9日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,SBS(高清)频道改格式,设置3808 V 10000参数免费接收。 [10月9日]


AsiaSat 9 has arrived at 122°E on 9 October 2017

From press release

Hong Kong, 9 October 2017 – Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), Asia’s leading satellite operator announced successful arrival of AsiaSat 9 at 122 degrees East on 9 October 2017, where it has commenced transmission and will maintain its operational position as replacement for AsiaSat 4.
AsiaSat 9 is AsiaSat’s most powerful satellite, which generates a total spacecraft power of 20,700 watts. This new generation satellite, based on the SSL 1300 platform, is designed to provide multiple C, Ku and Ka-Band payloads for direct-to-home (DTH) television broadcast, video distribution, VSAT broadband networks and mobility services.
“I am delighted to report the AsiaSat 9 launch mission has progressed according to plan, and that the efforts of our mission team have come to result in the successful positioning of our largest satellite ever, serving the Asia-Pacific for the next 15 years or more at the key orbital slot of 122 degrees East,” said Andrew Jordan, President and Chief Executive Officer of AsiaSat.

With cutting-edge features such as 110 watts C-band TWTA, special filter design, star tracker and hall-effect thrusters AsiaSat 9 is able to deliver an enhanced performance, higher efficiency and operational stability across a wider coverage of high growth markets in Asia. AsiaSat 9 has new Ku-band beams including the world’s first Ku-band Myanmar beam, dedicated Indonesia and Mongolia beams in addition to two enhanced Ku-band beams serving Australasia and East Asia, and an Asia-Pacific-wide C-band footprint.

About AsiaSat

Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), the leading satellite operator in Asia, serves over two-thirds of the world's population with its six operational satellites, AsiaSat 3S, AsiaSat 4, AsiaSat 5, AsiaSat 6, AsiaSat 7 and AsiaSat 8; and a new satellite, AsiaSat 9 successfully launched on 29 September 2017 to replace AsiaSat 4. 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:

Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited
Winnie Pang, Manager, Marketing Communications | Tel: (852) 2500 0880 | Email: wpang@asiasat.com
AsiaSat 9, AsiaSat’s most powerful satellite, successfully arrived at 122°E
on 9 October 2017 to serve the Asia-Pacific region

Foxtel revamps broadband pricing

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/09/foxtel-revamps-broadband-pricing/

Having recently expanded its availability of nbn (national broadband network) services Australian quad-play operator Foxtel has announced new pricing for its broadband bundling.

Existing customers can access Unlimited Broadband + Home Phone for A$75 (€50) per month, with no set-up fees on a 24 month contract. HD Platinum customers get the same for A$65 per month with no lock-in contract. For new customers who add an Entertainment pack on a 24 month plan, pricing starts at A$101 a month.

Foxtel recently expanded its availability of nbn services, to include access to Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC), alongside Fibre-to-the-Node (FTTN), Fibre-to-the-Building (FTTB) and Fibre-to-the-Premise (FTTP) serviceable areas across Australia.

“At Foxtel, we are passionate about entertainment whether you’re watching a live game or bingeing on The Walking Dead,” commented Peter Tonagh, Foxtel CEO. “That’s why we pride ourselves on being a Broadband provider where your service is specifically built for entertainment with nbn, unlimited streaming, a modem optimised for video, and HD certification from YouTube. We are also committed to our loyal customers, which is why we are offering our Platinum subscribers a compelling low price, we won’t charge any upfront fees, and they can enjoy the flexibility of a no lock-in contract.”

“With the addition of HFC, we have secured the most important broadband technologies and can now service over 92 per cent of Australian households with either ADSL or nbn connectivity. Our new pricing puts us in a very competitive position and whether you’re an existing Foxtel customer or new to our service, our bundles are exceptionally attractive.”

SpaceX launches 10 satellites for Iridium mobile network

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/SpaceX_launches_10_satellites_for_Iridium_mobile_network_999.html

SpaceX launched its Falcon 9 rocket on Monday carrying 10 satellites to bolster the global data communications network for Virginia-based company, Iridium.

The white rocket blasted off at 5:37 am (1237 GMT), before sunrise, from Vandenberg Air Force base in California.

About seven minutes after launch, the tall portion of the Falcon 9, known as the first stage, returned to Earth for an upright landing.

This part of the vehicle fired its rocket engines and made a controlled landing on a floating platform in the Pacific Ocean.

"A successful landing of the first stage," SpaceX commentator John Innsbrucker said on the company's live webcast, as applause erupted at SpaceX mission control in Hawthorne, California.

Grainy video showed the rocket standing upright in the predawn darkness on the droneship, named "Just Read the Instructions."

The landing was a success for SpaceX's ongoing effort to re-use expensive rocket parts instead of jettisoning them into the ocean after launch.

About an hour later, SpaceX confirmed that all the satellites were successfully deployed.

"We are 10 for 10," Innsbrucker said.

In total SpaceX, which is headed by billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, is launching a series of 75 satellites for Iridium's satellite constellation, Iridium NEXT by 2018.

Monday's launch was the third of eight planned for Iridium, as part of a $3 billion project to upgrade the company's global communications network.

China launches second remote-sensing satellite for Venezuela

From http://www.ecns.cn/2017/10-10/276421.shtml

China launched Venezuela's second remote-sensing satellite, VRSS-2, into space on Monday.

A Long March 2D carrier rocket blasted off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Northwest China at 12:13 pm to place the satellite into orbit, according to a news release from China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp, the major contractor for China's space programs.

It was the 252nd mission for the Long March rocket family.

Also known as Antonio Jose de Sucre, named after a Venezuelan independence leader, the satellite is the Latin American nation's third satellite. The previous two were also developed and launched by China.

Designed by China Academy of Space Technology in Beijing, a subsidiary of CASC, the VRSS-2 carries a panchromatic/multi-spectral high-resolution imager and an infrared camera, the release said. The satellite will be used for land resources inspection, environmental protection, disaster monitoring and relief, crop yield estimation and urban planning. It will help boost the nation's economy and improve the Venezuelan people's livelihood, the company said.

The project was launched in October 2014 after a contract was signed between the Venezuelan government and China Great Wall Industry Corp, a CASC branch that provides space collaboration service to foreign nations.

In October 2008, China used a Long March 3B to lift Venezuela's first satellite - the Venesat-1 communications satellite - into space from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Southwest China. That satellite was the first Chinese satellite used by a Latin American nation.

In September 2012, a Long March 2D rocket sent Venezuela's first remote-sensing satellite, the VRSS-1, into space from the Jiuquan center - the first time China had exported a remote-sensing satellite.

A statement from China Academy of Space Technology said VRSS-2 was designed based on its CAST2000 small satellite bus, which functions as a platform for holding other satellites, and has a life span of five years. It said compared with VRSS-1, the new one can take larger and clearer images of Earth.

The academy said about 30 Venezuelan satellite engineers took part in VRSS-2's development and production.

China has exported 14 satellites to 11 countries, including Bolivia, Nigeria and Laos.

Next year, Great Wall will launch Pakistan's first remote-sensing satellite, also developed by the China Academy of Space Technology, according to company managers.

JAXA launches Michibiki-4 satellite

From http://www.spaceflightinsider.com/organizations/jaxa/jaxa-launches-michibiki-4-satellite/

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched the Michibiki-4 satellite aboard an H-IIA rocket at 7:01 a.m. Japan Standard Time on Oct. 10 (6:01 p.m. EDT / 22:01 GMT Oct. 9), 2017, from the Tanegashima Space Center. The satellite is the fourth in the Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS), which is a satellite-based positioning system similar to the U.S. operated GPS.

The H-IIA’s liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen-consuming LE-7A main engine ignited a few seconds before the four solid rocket boosters, which quickly pushed the launch vehicle off the pad and out over the Pacific. Some 130 seconds into flight, one pair of boosters dropped off, followed a couple seconds later by the second pair. The first stage continued to burn for another 4.5 minutes before jettisoning.

About seven minutes after leaving Japan, the LE-5B upper stage engine, which also consumes liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen, ignited and burned for almost six minutes before shutting down. The upper stage and spacecraft remained in this parking orbit until a mission elapsed time of 24 minutes, 34 seconds. Then a second burn occurred, lasting for about three minutes, placing Michibiki-4 into an elliptical geosynchronous transfer orbit.

About 29 minutes after liftoff, the satellite was deployed. Michibiki-4 (QZS-4) will use its onboard propellant to transfer it into its slightly elliptical geosynchronous orbit of 20,267 by 24,202 miles (32,618 by 38,950 kilometers), inclined 41 degrees.

This was the 36th H-IIA vehicle to be launched and represents the fifth launch of an H-IIA rocket in 2017. Manufactured by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, the vehicle stands 174 feet (53 meters) tall and generates 1.7 million pounds-force (7,628 kilonewtons) of thrust at liftoff. The H-IIA rocket is the primary Japanese large-scale launch vehicle.

Michibiki-4 is the third QZSS satellite to be launched in 2017 and once operational will bring the constellation to its operating capacity of four until a planned expansion to seven satellites occurs around 2023. Once the four-satellite constellation becomes fully operational in 2018, at least 3 QZSS satellites will be visible in the Asia-Oceania regions at any given time.

QZSS can be integrated with GPS satellites to enable a higher level of precision than previously possible with fewer satellites in visible range. The QZSS constellation will trace out a figure-8 pattern over Japan, the Western Pacific, and Australia. It is expected that at least 8 satellites will be available at any given time when combining QZSS and GPS capabilities over Asia-Oceania. It will provide global positioning and timing services across frequencies ranging from 1575.42 MHz to 2 GHz.

FashionTV Presents New OTT and FashionFlix Products

From http://www.prnewswire.co.in/news-releases/fashiontv-presents-new-ott-and-fashionflix-products-650042653.html

MIPCOM, CANNES, France, October 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --

FashionTV is taking a giant leap forward by presenting its unique 12+ new FTV+ OTT channels and FashionFlix SVOD at stand number P-1.G74 at MIPCOM, Cannes 2017. The 20 years young global satellite TV network dedicated to lifestyle and fashion, launch its multi-content platforms FTV+ and FashionFlix, presenting significant amount of original and informative programming for the platforms of the next generation TVs.

Michel Adam, president of FashionTV group, invites the representatives of Telcos and OTT platforms, producers of smart TVs and smart screens, as well as potential strategic and financial investors to visit the FashionTV stand and the daily FashionTV events at Majestic Hotel Bar for a presentation of the unique products.

"FTV channels and VOD are now more engaging to our audience across all devices. The FTV+ platform presents 12+ visually stunning OTT streams on FTV+ cover all types of themes and can be received through satellite, IP or mobile application."

FashionFlix is a SVOD platform focusing on the must-watch cult fashion movies as "THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA", "YVES SAINT LAURENT", "COCO CHANEL", "DIOR AND I" and Fashion trend setting films as "MATRIX", "JAMES BOND - SKYFALL", "DREAMGIRLS", "CASABLANCA", and documentaries about the fashion industry and the iconic people behind the luxe of the world of fashion. The content on the platforms is available in SD, HD, UHD and VR and can be received on the Web, Apple Store, Google Play, AppleTV, AndroidTV, AmazonTV, Roku and on many OTT platforms.

FashionTV just launched two localized livestreams - FTV USA and FTV Brazil, broadcasting world class production, exclusive shows and the hottest up-and-coming fashion trends from USA and Brazil," commented the CEO of FTV.

The company is currently working on the launch of the FTV China, FTV India, FTV Indonesia, FTV Spain, FTV Japan, FTV Africa, etc. both in linear and SVOD formats by the end of the year.

At MIPCOM FTV+ content will be presented exclusively on LG OLED 4k HDR smart TVS.

For more company information, please visit: http://www.ftvott.com.

Media Contact:
Teresa Kirilova

Max Posch
Tel.: +43-664-3910205


Sunday feeds

Asiasat 5 3894 H Sr 7200 "CAT DSNG1" Gsports "GT500" motor racing (This was also playing out live on youtube live)

Asiasat 5 3856 V Sr 7200 "A- League Western Sydney v Perth Glory"

Asiasat 5 3847 V Sr 7120 "A-League Wellington v Adelaide Utd" soccer
Asiasat 5 4165 H Sr 7200 "nameless" Japanese soccer

Optus D2 12634 V Sr 7500 Fec 5/6 "STS 9 (STS)" YMF Australian Superbike Championship

Optus D2 12661 V Sr 7500 Fec 3/4 "009TBS - ENC1 (Telstra Broadcast Services)" Horses
Optus D2 12670 V Sr 7500 Fec 3/4 "TBS SNG (Telstra Broadcast Services)" Horses

Intelsat 19 scan done during Bathurst.

12436 H Sr 15000 Fec 3/4 DVB S2 8PSK "Supercars Media Path 1 (STS)" encrypted
12450 H Sr 7500 Fec 5/6 DVB S2 8PSK "Supercars Media Path 2 (STS)" encrypted
12459 H Sr 7500 Fec 5/6 DVB S2 8PSK "Supercars Media Path 4.1 (STS)" Fisheye cam FTA

12459 H Sr 7500 Fec 5/6 DVB S2 8PSK "Supercars Media Path 4.2 (STS)" Colour bars FTA

Asiasat 5 3936 V Sr 7500 Fec 5/6 "Supercars World Main" encrypted
Asiasat 5 3905 V Sr 7500 Fec 5/6 "Supercars Media Path 5" encrypted

Saturday feed

Intelsat 19 12452 V Sr 3750 5/6 "E Sports Bathurst" gamer event

Asiasat 5 3716 H Sr 7200 "WSHT ENC56" NHL U.S.A ice hockey

Chinasat 12 87.5E 3725 V 3599 "Domestic Cricket Chennai (TV)" Biss encrypted
Chinasat 12 87.5E 3729 V 3599 "DOMESTIC CRICKET 2017 (TV)" Biss encrypted

From my Email


From the Dish

Palapa D 113.0E 3600 V "My Family, My Cinema Asia and My Cinema"are now encrypted.

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

Measat 3a 91.4E 12396 H "My Cinema, My Cinema Asia and My Family" are now encrypted.

ST 2 88.0E 11672 V "Sarv Dharam Sangam has replaced NTV" on , encrypted.

Horizons 2 84.8E 11758 V "Thai TV 5 HD1, New TV 18, Workpoint 23, Mono 29, One HD 31, Amarin 34 HD, BBTV Channel 7, PPTV HD 36, Samrujlok, Animal Show HD and Thairath TV 32" are encrypted again.
Horizons 2 84.8E 11838 V "Thai PBS, CAT Channel, MCOT HD, TV 3 HD 33, Fox Action Movies, Fox Crime Asia, FX Asia, Fox Family Movies, Fox Life Asia, Khongdee, Baby TV Asia, Samrujlok, Khongdee, MySci, MySci, Fox Thai, Nat Geo Wild Asia, NHK World TV and France 24 English" are encrypted again.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3520 H "Maya 38" has left .

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3440 H "Kuru TV" has started on , Fta.

ABS 2 75.0E 3685 V "Clouds TV International" has started on , Fta.

ABS 2 75.0E 11489 V "Mir +4" has started on , Fta.

ABS 2A 75.0E 12533 V "ETV HD, Suld TV, Olloo TV and MNBA Sports" have left .
ABS 2A 75.0E 12587 V "HTV, Dream Box, Like HDTV, Seven Channel, Sch TV and OTV" have started on, ABV.

Intelsat 17 66.0E 11614 V "Speda Channel" has left .
Intelsat 17 66.0E 12614 V "Goobjoog TV" has started on , Fta.

From asiattvro site

东经128度轨道位置的日本通信3号卫星Ku频段,Mondo TV(高清)频道解密,设置12643 H 23303参数免费接收。 [10月8日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,Boomerang替换Outdoor Channel(MPEG-4)频道,设置11167 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [10月8日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,Globalnet替换NDTV Prime(MPEG-4)频道,设置11167 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [10月8日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2A号卫星Ku频段,HTV、News Channel(蒙古)频道新增,设置12588 V 45000参数免费接收。 [10月8日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AT2号卫星Ku频段,Home 4K(UHD)频道加密,设置12226 L 27500参数有条件接收。 [10月8日]
东经56度轨道位置的快车AT1号卫星Ku频段,Home 4K(UHD)频道加密,设置12092 R 27500参数有条件接收。 [10月8日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Malchin TV(蒙古)频道加密,设置12690 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [10月8日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Reserved替换NBA Premium HD(菲律宾)频道,设置12571 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [10月8日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,My Family、My Cinema(印尼)等3个频道加密,设置3600 V 31000参数有条件接收。 [10月8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、Fox Life(泰国)等全组频道解密,设置11838 V 45000参数免费接收。 [10月7日]
东经84.8度轨道位置的Horizons 2号卫星Ku频段,Star Chinese Movies(泰国)等全组频道解密,设置11758 V 45000参数免费接收。 [10月7日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2A号卫星Ku频段,Mir(+4h)(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11490 V 7500参数免费接收。 [10月7日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Karusel(Ddish TV)频道重现,设置12629 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [10月7日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,花花公子、MTV Live(Ddish TV)等频道加密,设置12272 H 33333参数有条件接收。 [10月7日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Kashmir TV替换Vojk TV(巴基斯坦)频道,设置3751 V 2333参数免费接收。 [10月7日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Karusel(蒙古)频道消失,设置12629 H 43200参数无效接收。 [10月7日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Shuud HD(高清)频道改格式,设置12690 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [10月7日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,VTV 5 KHome、VTV 1(越南)等全组频道消失,设置3480 H 19200参数无效接收。 [10月7日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Health、Playboy TV(蒙古)等全组频道解密,设置12272 H 33333参数免费接收。 [10月7日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Insight 4K(UHD)频道新增,设置11732 V 43000参数有条件接收。 [10月7日]

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2A号卫星Ku频段,Auto Plus(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置12653 V 44922参数有条件接收。 [10月6日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,NHK World TV(日本)频道消失,设置3880 H 27500参数无效接收。 [10月6日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,No Name(测试)频道新增,设置11627 H 20000参数有条件接收。 [10月6日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,PPV SD(点播)频道消失,设置11656 H 18750参数无效接收。 [10月6日]


Iridium’s third batch of new satellites set for Monday launch

From https://spaceflightnow.com/2017/10/08/iridiums-third-batch-of-new-satellites-set-for-monday-launch/

The third set of 10 Iridium Next communications satellites were prepared for launch at Vandenberg Air Force Base over the last month. Credit: Iridium

Ten new satellites for Iridium’s $3 billion next-generation communications network are set for launch Monday from California’s Central Coast aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

The mission’s Falcon 9 booster passed a pre-launch hold-down test firing Thursday, clearing the way for liftoff Monday at 5:37:24 a.m. PDT (8:37:24 a.m. EDT; 1237:24 GMT). The Falcon 9 has an instantaneous predawn launch opportunity Monday to deploy the Iridium satellites into orbit.

There is a 90 percent chance of favorable weather, according to the official launch weather outlook.

The 229-foot-tall (70-meter) rocket was rolled out to its launch pad over the weekend at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, and lifted vertical for final countdown preps.

The time of Monday’s launch was calculated to place the 10 Iridium spacecraft into Plane 4 of the company’s constellation, which is spread among six orbital planes, for a total of 66 operational satellites. Two previous deployments of Iridium’s new-generation satellites by SpaceX Falcon 9 rockets in January and June began refreshing the company’s fleet, replacing aging voice and data relay platforms launched in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Designed by Thales Alenia Space of France and built in Arizona in partnership with Orbital ATK, the Iridium Next satellites are mounted on a two-tier dispenser inside the Falcon 9’s payload shroud. The satellites, which each weigh 1,896 pounds (860 kilograms), will separate from the Falcon 9’s upper stage one at a time beginning around 57 minutes after liftoff.

Monday’s mission will give Iridium 30 new-generation satellites in orbit. Iridium ordered 81 Iridium Next spacecraft from Thales Alenia Space, and 75 of them have been assigned for launch on SpaceX Falcon 9 rockets.

Of the 20 Iridium Next satellites launched to date, 13 are already in service, and the other seven are drifting to their designated orbital planes, according to Jordan Hassin, an Iridium spokesperson.

All 10 satellites launching Monday will go into service in Plane 4 within a few weeks of their arrival in space, taking the slots of the spacecraft currently occupying the plane.

The Iridium fleet provides global coverage from polar orbits 485 miles (780 kilometers) high, employing inter-satellite links to relay voice and data messages between spacecraft, bouncing signals around the world via an interconnected communications web.

With 11 operational satellites spread among six orbital planes, the constellation is used by the U.S. military, oil and gas companies, aviation and maritime operators, and mining and construction contractors. Product distributors and transportation companies are also Iridium clients.

Iridium’s roster of subscribers totaled more than 900,000 at the end of June.

The new satellites will ensure Iridium’s network continues uninterrupted service, but new capabilities will come online as more spacecraft are launched. Iridium announced last week that one new service set to debut with the Iridium Next fleet has begun in-orbit testing.

The Iridium Certus offering will permit customers to transmit and receive higher-bandwidth messages, including high-definition video and Internet services. Designed for ships, airplanes and other users on-the-go, Iridium Certus will provide Iridium customers with up to 1.4 megabits per second of L-band connectivity, up from 128 kilobits per second available with the existing satellites.

“Iridium Certus is going to fundamentally change the status quo in satellite connectivity for aviation, maritime, land-mobile, Internet of Things and government users,” said Matt Desch, Iridium CEO. “Achieving this major milestone continues our momentum for our mission to introduce world-changing broadband services and applications designed to help our partners provide critical connectivity solutions, both standalone and in support of other broadband technologies.”

Connecting with ground terminals fastened to vessels, aircraft and land vehicles, Iridium Certus will offer a range of service, from relatively low-bandwidth, low-cost asset tracking, remote monitoring, and emergency communications up to higher-throughput HD video, Internet and telemedicine applications.

Piggyback payloads on the Iridium satellites launching Monday will help commercial companies track and stay in contact with airplanes and ships outside the reach of land-based radars.

All of the Iridium Next satellites host radio receivers for Aireon, an affiliate of Iridium established in partnership with air traffic control authorities in Canada, Ireland, Italy and Denmark.

Eight of the 10 satellites awaiting liftoff Monday carry ship tracking antennas for exactEarth, a Canadian company.

The Iridium Next satellites are manufactured in assembly line fashion in a specially-equipped clean room at Orbital ATK’s facility in Gilbert, Arizona. The factory can churn out up to five satellites per month.

“Our teams, not only in California, but also in Arizona and in Northern Virginia, have maintained a steady and impressive pace when it comes to pre-and-post launch operations,” Desch said in a statement. “We’re setting a new industry standard for satellite deployment, in terms of both time and efficiency. On our end, all systems are go for our coming predawn launch.”

SpaceX engineers will switch on the Falcon 9’s avionics and computers in the final hours of the countdown, and a poll of the launch team set for 4:24 a.m. PDT (7:24 a.m. EDT; 1124 GMT).

Filling of the Falcon 9 with super-chilled, densified RP-1 fuel should begin around three minutes later, according to SpaceX’s launch press kit. Cryogenic liquid oxygen is scheduled to be pumped aboard beginning at 5:02 a.m. PDT (8:02 a.m. EDT; 1202 GMT).

The rocket’s cold propellants will be flowed through the first stage engines beginning at about T-minus 7 minutes, chilling the propulsion system’s plumbing in preparation for ignition. In the final minute of the countdown, the Falcon 9’s propellant tanks will be pressurized for flight, and the rocket’s flight computer will begin automated preflight health checks.

The on-board computer will send the command to ignite the Falcon 9’s nine Merlin 1D main engines at T-minus 3 seconds, and hold-down clamps will release the rocket when the countdown clock hits zero.

The liquid-fueled rocket will head south from Vandenberg over the Pacific Ocean, passing the speed of sound within about a minute and climbing into the stratosphere before dropping its first stage at T+plus 2 minutes, 27 seconds.

The booster will pulse cold gas nitrogen thrusters to re-orient to fly tail first, then reignite a subset of its Merlin engines for a controlled descent toward a floating platform in the Pacific Ocean downrange from Vandenberg. The Falcon 9’s first stage will aim for touchdown on the barge around seven-and-a-half minutes into the mission.

Meanwhile, the Falcon 9’s upper stage will fire a single Merlin engine two times to inject the Iridium Next satellites into a circular 388-mile-high (625-kilometer) orbit inclined 86 degrees to the equator.

Separation of the 10 satellites will begin at T+plus 57 minutes, 6 seconds. One spacecraft is programmed to deploy from the Falcon 9’s upper stage approximately every 90 seconds.

Once clear of the rocket, the satellites will extend power-generating solar arrays and begin maneuvers to raise their orbits to reach the rest of the Iridium fleet 485 miles (780 kilometers) above Earth.

Monday’s flight is the first of two planned by SpaceX this week.

Crews at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida are readying another Falcon 9 rocket for liftoff Wednesday evening with a geostationary communications satellite for SES and EchoStar. That flight was slated to take off Saturday, but SpaceX delayed the launch to resolve a technical issue on the rocket.


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update


ABC mux update, new details.

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Optus D1 160.0E 12470 H ABC News 24, ABC 2 NSW, ABC Me NSW, ABC 1 NSW, ABC 2 SA, ABC Me SA, ABC 1 SA, ABC 2 NT, ABC Me NT, ABC 1 NT, ABC 2 WA, ABC Me WA, ABC 1 WA, ABC 2 Victoria, ABC Me Victoria, ABC 1 Victoria, ABC 2 Queensland, ABC Me Queensland and ABC 1 Queensland have started on , multistream, Fta.

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Space nerds followed their dream and built Australia’s first satellite

From http://www.news.com.au/national/victoria/space-nerds-who-dared-to-dream/news-story/ec2b0437c32464f4c34b8d6e81969fcaffffff

AUSTRALIA’S first satellite was built and launched by a group of space nerds at Melbourne University 50 years ago. It’s a story of youthful conviction and straight out crazy.

IN 1957, the former Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1, humanity’s first artificial satellite.

The launch began the space age as countries around the world raced to be the next to get a human-made object into orbit.

But the satellite also inspired a generation of kids whose horizons suddenly expanded beyond earth’s atmosphere.

For Owen Mace, an 11-year-old boy about to start boarding school in Geelong, it sparked an obsession that would lead him to join the Melbourne University Astronautical Society (MUAS), and eventually, to building and launching Australia’s first satellite.

“I was a complete nerd. But I arrived at university and there was a group of people who were just as absorbed,” the now Dr Owen Mace says.

Dr Mace was one of a group of 20 University of Melbourne students who met weekly as MUAS to discuss satellites, antennas, electronics and all things space.

“We’d discovered how to listen to various satellites and receive weather pictures on behalf of the Bureau of Meteorology.

“When someone asked, ‘Why not build our own satellite?’, we thought sure, why not.”

The fact that no one in Australia had made a satellite, let alone launched one, wasn’t an issue.

Told by the “grown-ups” that it couldn’t be done, the group did what all young 22 and 23-year-olds do — they ignored them.

“People we talked to all scoffed at us, they thought we were ridiculous,” says Richard Tonkin, another student who was involved in the project.

“When asked if it was an official project we happily replied no — we were just doing it, and we did.”

Realising there was no point simply building a satellite, it needed to be launched, the group wrote to one of two countries that had successfully launched satellites at that time — America.

“Australia had not demonstrated a satellite launching capability at that stage and the only countries that had launched satellites were the Soviet Union and America,” says Dr Mace.

“Obviously, the ‘baddies’ were not a consideration, even if we could speak their language, so an American launch was the only feasible option.”

Fortunately, the California-based Orbiting Satellite Carrying Amateur Radio (OSCAR) organisation had already flown three satellites and was embarking on its fourth. They were happy to help.

“They replied to us and said if we built it, they’d try to launch it. And that’s all we needed, we went ahead immediately,” Mr Tonkin says.

But the project needed a name. And in 1965, Project Australis was born with its headquarters in the rooftop garret of the Natural Philosophy building in the University of Melbourne and a postal address care of the Student’s Union.

With virtually no budget, it was time to get this “harebrained” idea off the ground.

“Everything had to be donated, so Richard and I undertook a publicity campaign in the press, radio and television,” Dr Mace says.

But even so, resources were limited, so the group improvised.

“An oven in students’ digs was used for the high temperature tests and we still wonder if the Glaciology Department was aware that its freezer was purloined to check its operation at low temperatures,” Mr Tonkin says.

“Long before rules and regulations were developed in regards to flying balloons in commercial air space, we launched weather balloons from the roof of the Old Physics building to test transmitters, a command system and telemetry.”

By mid-1967 Australis had been built and tested.

Dr Mace, Mr Tonkin and fellow undergraduate student Paul Dunn boarded a plane for a long flight to California.

“Once there were met with incredible hospitality and saw amazing technology sites including the Apollo modules being made and the first manned one,” says Dr Mace.

Despite the welcome, Australis wasn’t launched.

After laying dormant in a garage for over a year, in late 1968 a group at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Centre in Washington DC adopted Australis.

“We were back! Despite being in the midst of the Apollo moon landings in 1969, NASA management agreed to launch Australis. It helped that many of those managers were also amateur radio operators and had briefly read about the story of Australis,” Dr Mace says.

After this renewed interest, things sped up. The batteries in Australis were refurbished and tested to ensure it would survive the launch and it was ready to go.

On Friday, January 23, 1970, at 11.31am California time, Australis was launched as a secondary payload on a Delta rocket from Vandenberg air force Base.

“It came up over the horizon, we were waiting and waiting and suddenly, it was there, it was working. We did it,” Mr Tonkin says.

“In orbit, our baby became Australis OSCAR 5, or AO5 for short.”

Australis OSCAR 5, the first student-built satellite, operated successfully and orbited for over six weeks until the batteries exhausted.

One member of the team continued working with AMSAT, the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation and built a complex command system that continues to operate today — the longest-surviving earth satellite command system, amateur or professional.

“A little part of the University of Melbourne is still circling overhead every couple of hours and will continue to do so for another hundred thousand years, give or take a few,” Dr Mace says.

Dr Owen Mace’s new book, Australis OSCAR 5: The Story of how Melbourne University Students Built Australia’s First Satellite, is available through ATF Press, atfpress.com.

Holly Bennett is a University of Melbourne media adviser. First published on pursuit.unimelb.edu.au

The Struggle for C-Band Has Raged for Years – From our Archive

From http://www.satellitetoday.com/telecom/2017/10/05/struggle-c-band-raged-years/

Intelsat made waves this week with its proposal to jointly use C-band spectrum alongside terrestrial wireless operators. Ten years ago, the issue looked quite different. In this article from our archives, we discussed the issue with execs from Intelsat, SES, AsiaSat, and ABS. The battle over mid-band spectrum has raged for years; — but is there a light at the end of the tunnel? This story was originally published in the August 2007 issue of Via Satellite.

Satellite operators have faced spectrum battles in the past, but with huge and hungry telecommunications firms lobbying to gain more access to C-band for their next-generation wireless services, satellite players may face their toughest spectrum fight yet. With a key International Telecommunications Union (ITU) meeting set to begin later this year, satellite operators and their customers are in a race against time to put together compelling arguments to make sure C-band spectrum remains reserved for satellite services and is not lost to a powerful and well-financed competitor.

The fight over C-band spectrum is bringing out strong feelings from many in the satellite industry, with some believing this battle cannot be lost due to the dollars at stake as well as the importance of C-band for delivering services in many parts of the globe. “Major terrestrial-wireless interests are lobbying for C-band spectrum to be reallocated for next-generation broadband wireless access and IMT 2000 services to the exclusion of satellite services,” says David Hartshorn, secretary general, Global VSAT Forum. “If these efforts are successful it would represent a loss of billions of dollars per year and a severe blow to the millions of users that have come to depend upon C-band satellite services throughout the world. … Not to put too fine a point on it, but for many users preservation of the band for delivery of satellite services is literally a matter of life and death.”

Understanding the Value

The ITU will be taking up the C-band issue at the World Radiocommunication Conference, which is scheduled to begin in October in Geneva. Agenda item 1.4, will cover identification of future spectrum for development of wireless services, generically known as international mobile telecommunications (IMT). The terrestrial operators want more access to extended C-band frequencies ranging from 3.4 gigahertz to 3.7 gigahertz, and providing them access could interfere with satellite services that are provided using the entire C-band spectrum.

This is a dual threat to the satellite industry, says Kalpak Gude, vice president for regulatory affairs at Intelsat. “You have the WiMax group which is concentrating on the 3.4-to-3.6 gigahertz band, or the lower portion of C-band. The second group is called the IMT, and this is fourth-generation wireless. They are looking more aggressively at the entire 3.4-to-4.2 band.”

Fast Forward 10 Years

Technology has moved very quickly in the past 10 years. A lot has changed and the spectrum discussion has taken a new turn: Intelsat is proposing to expand the use of C-band spectrum to terrestrial mobile services. Could this work? Read our latest article on the topic below:

Can Intelsat Solve the Battle Over Spectrum for 5G?

Robert Bednarek, CEO of SES New Skies, says the threat to satellite players is “pretty significant,” and that satellite’s arguments about the importance of C-band spectrum potentially are being hampered by misperceptions. Correcting these misperceptions is vital ahead of the ITU meeting. “First, there is the notion that for some reason the C-band is underutilized or unused, which is absolutely incorrect,” he says. “Second, there is the perception that IMT and WiMax are vitally needed services for which there are no other alternatives at this point. The third misperception is how the spectrum process works and how regulators weigh the relative merits of the competing claims for the spectrum. What appears to be happening is that there is a vendor-manufacturer dominated coalition pushing WiMax and IMT without really defining the business models that would be used and the customers that they would be addressing and how they would even work.”

Satellite players have invested heavily in to provide services using C-band spectrum. “There are more than 160 satellites that use C-band. That is a $40 billion-plus investment in capital,” says Bednarek. “I don’t know the exact revenue figures across the industry or the hundreds of million of user involved, but every cable TV household in [the United States] is receiving some portion of its programming via C-band satellite. Most cable systems around the world receive some portion of their video programming via C-band. That is only the beginning. You have the interconnections and GSM trunking. Disruption of this global activity must be part of the discussion about the speculative future services promised by others.”

If access to parts of the C-band spectrum were lost, many of those investments would simply be lost as well. “C-band has been an essential part of the Asian satellite industry for the last 30 years contributing a considerable percentage of its revenue,” says AsiaSat CEO Peter Jackson. “AsiaSat, like most Asian satellite operators, would be significantly negatively affected if the C-band frequency became unusable. Satellites are currently built to last 15 years, and we have no ability to change the frequency once they are launched. So if the frequency was reallocated, the industry would end up with billions of dollars worth of equipment in the air not producing revenue.”

Understanding the importance of these issues beyond the simple value of the satellites and resulting business also is vital to satellite’s argument, says Gude. “We want to make sure that governments and industry understand the value of the services currently provided in C-band,” he says. “Video distribution is one of them but not the only one by any means. In many parts of the world the cellular networks do not work if you lose C-band. VSAT networks for business transactions are often riding over C-band services as well. That is why we are trying to inform customers of the scale and scope of the services in C-band. We have suggested to governments that given the value and critical nature of the satellite C-band services they will either have to locate a different frequency band for IMT [and] WiMax services or find a new telecommunications network that can provide services currently operating in the C-band. With respect to the latter, we do not believe that either the network or technology exists to provide these services cost effectively in an alternative manner to current satellite C-band.”

IMT and WiMax players going after this portion of spectrum is the equivalent of satellite players going after spectrum which is traditionally used for pure wireless services, says Bednarek. “Terrestrial equipment manufacturers and operators aspire to offer new services which may have value but essentially they want satellite spectrum that is being used for valuable services and simply wish to place their own services there,” he says. “The equivalent would be the satellite industry saying we prefer to keep analog transmissions and thus we need yet more spectrum and thus would like the 3G band allocated to satellite.”

The Potential Losers

While the satellite industry itself has much to lose if the C-band spectrum is reallocated, the loss of services supplied via this spectrum would have an impact on lives around the globe. “There are hundreds of applications which are supported by C-band satellites,” says Bednarek. “Many of these have vital economic roles. For someone to come along and say that terrestrial residential broadband access using an unproven business model where other technological alternatives are well embedded trumps all of those services, it is just not appropriate.”

In places such as Asia, satellite-based C-band services play a vital role, says Gude. “I think there is a growing understanding of the importance of C-band services to them, particularly when it comes to high rain zone areas or areas which require much broader coverage in terms of land mass,” he says. “You just cannot provide these services cost-effectively in any other band or in any other way than using satellite services for those applications. In high rain zones, C-band tends to be largely impervious to rain fade, making this band the most reliable for service distribution. The large beam coverages also allow for the extension of telecommunications networks to rural and low population density areas in a way that other technologies cannot.”

Tom Choi, CEO of Asia Broadcast Satellite (ABS) also sees potential catastrophe in the Asia-Pacific region if access to the spectrum is lost. ABS operates 28 C-band transponders over the region, which represents more than 60 percent of the company’s capacity. “We are deeply concerned about the use of WiMax in the C-band spectrum,” he says. “ABS, like any other satellite operators in the Indian Ocean and Asia-Pacific region, would be severely impacted if all of the C-band capacity would not be usable for our customers.”

While ABS and other satellite players would be hurt, Choi also believes many other industries in Asia would suffer. “The loss of C-band for satellite communications would impact a much bigger set of industries, including the GSM-cellular operators, telecommunications companies that use satellites for backhaul communications or fiber back-up services, and, most importantly, cable television broadcasters who require reliable means of delivering their signals to systems without being impacted by rain fade,” he says. “The total cost to the global economy would be in untold billions. It would affect almost everyone in the region where C-band is vital to television broadcasting and mobile communications.”

There also would be huge ramifications for populations in Latin America and Africa if satellite players’ arguments ultimately fall on deaf ears. “In recent years, some of the largest deployments of VSAT services have been for users in developing countries,” he says. “For example, more than 125,000 university students in Brazil are being educated right now via satellite. The African Virtual University links more than a dozen academic institutions across the continent. Many thousands of primary and secondary students are being educated via satellite throughout Mexico at more than 60,000 locations.

Governments in these regions also are using C-band satellite services to implement a broad range of programs such as telehealth, rural telecenters, cyber cafes, post offices, air traffic control, small and medium enterprises, oil and gas concerns, mining, forestry, banking and other financial services, says Hartshorn. “The very fabric of society in developing countries is being enabled by these satellite services,” he says.

Strong Arguments

While sheer strength and size gives the telcos an advantage in the debate over which provider should have access to the spectrum, momentum for satellite’s arguments seems to be finding favor. While he admits there is still a lot of “uncertainty” regarding this issue, Hartshorn believes there is a growing realization of the importance of satellite as regards C-band. “In the Americas, for example, there is a growing list of nations that have officially confirmed their support for C-band satellite services,” he says. “In Asia, national administrations such as India, Pakistan and Malaysia have postponed implementation of spectrum reallocations that would have adversely impacted on C-band satellite services. The Arab region is also strongly against interruption of C-band satellite services, and in Africa — where Nigcomsat, the region’s first indigenous C-band satellite program, was launched a few weeks ago — policy makers and regulators have elevated this matter on their agenda.”

However, the threat is not going to go away. “Terrestrial-wireless interests will continue to use their muscle to try to gain access to the spectrum,” says Hartshorn. “These are some of the largest telecom companies in the world, some of which have been lobbying governments in developing countries for at least five years. Our organization was fighting against these efforts in developing countries as far back as 2001. The fight isn’t finished.”

The satellite industry can improve its position by making more efficient use of the C-band spectrum, says Danny Lau, assistant director, operations for the Office of the Telecommunications Authority, the telecoms regulator of Hong Kong. “While many satellite players have been deploying spectrum efficient technologies in order to increase the capacity to be carried in their satellite transponders, the satellite users in many countries are reluctant to cooperate,” he says. “Most of them are still using analog receiving terminals because analog systems are much cheaper. This does not make efficient use of radio spectrum in the C-band. It is unlikely these users will automatically switch to use digital systems if they can still continuously receive satellite TV programmes in analog form. Thus, it seems that there is room for improving the efficiency in the use of the spectrum in the C-band.

“If the spectrum policy of a country is to ensure efficient use of spectrum, and if satellite players have not maximized spectrum efficiency in the C-band, the country will certainly support the allocation of some spectrum in the C-band to telecom players,” says Lau. “However, in many developing countries, satellite services are wholly or partially state-owned. The loss of spectrum in the C-band for satellite services may have financial implication. They may have additional consideration in casting a vote on such decision.”

After a slow start in rallying much of the industry to action, satellite players now believe they have many compelling arguments to allow them to hang onto this part of C-band spectrum, but the concern that they will not remains high even though the industry’s message is becoming more widely known. Kenneth Carrigan, senior systems engineer, U.S. Navy believes the financial “muscle” of WiMax and IMT players could play a role here. “Commerce seems to be playing a major role in selling of spectrum,” he says. “While commercial markets for WiMax are feasting on new spectrum for new markets. The ITU is bent on selling more and more spectrum for broadband wireless access. It is our intent to try to steer ITU out of C-band and to show why C-band is not optimal for IMT or IMT advanced.”

While the financial strength of the terrestrial players is considerable, some in the satellite arena are surprised that the debate has come this far. “I appreciate the complex issues faced by governments in allocating spectrum, but to allocate to WiMax a frequency which in a large numbers of countries is currently being used by satellites for essential services does not make sense,” says Jackson.

While the telcos may have a financial advantage, the satellite players have the technical advantage, says Robert Ames, CEO of the Satellite Users Interference Reduction Group. “It seems that the WiMax issue is driven forward with a focus on the financial rewards without taking into consideration the technical concerns,” he says. “For the satellite community, however, we have to keep our focus on the technical concerns. That’s the only way to ensure that our industry doesn’t fall into financial disaster.”

If the decision comes down to precedent, that technical argument should work in favor of the satellite industry, says Scott Calder, CEO of Mainstream Data. “I am very concerned by the proposed changes to the rules at the next WRC,” he says. “It is a well-established precedent that new applications are not permitted to interfere with currently licensed applications, or to drive them off the air when they provide critical human and financial services. This is especially true when those applications include transmission of financial markets’ data, telemedicine applications for healthcare providers and disaster recovery communications for distressed communities and regions. If broadband wireless is granted portions of the C and extended-C-bands, organizations and millions of individuals may suffer real economic harm … likely measured in billions of dollars.”

While the concerns are real, Christopher Baugh, CEO of NSR, believes that satellite services are so entrenched in the spectrum that the industry is not likely to see an ITU decision along the lines of some of the doomsday scenarios. “C-band is to satellite what fixed-line telephony is to telcos,” he says “Even if it is 40 years old, we still use it everyday and are not about to throw it out, or in the case of landline, cut it just because we have a cell phone.

“WiMax offers both threats and opportunities to the satellite industry, and it is incumbent that telcos, cellular companies, wireless ISPs and satellite players jointly seek solutions to interference issues,” says Baugh. “… Citizens in Latin America, Africa and Asia would have a hard time connecting to the World Wide Web, completing cellular phone calls abroad or to other countries, or talking on the fixed line phone to their families overseas. This is, of course, the worst case scenario and unlikely for all C-band spectrum users.”

Bottom Line

The events of the next several months are likely to have huge ramifications on the global satellite industry, as many in the satellite industry have spelled out the importance of satellite “winning” this battle. Losing even a portion of C-band spectrum to other telecommunications providers is not an option, and if that were to happen, there would be no silver lining. Satellite operators in Asia and Africa would have their business plans hugely impacted, and users who rely on satellites for communication and vital services could find they are no longer able to access to such services. The issue expands far beyond a simple telecoms versus satellite debate.

Arabsat buoyant despite satellite piracy

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/06/arabsat-buoyant-despite-satellite-piracy/

Khalid Balkheyour, president & CEO of Saudi Arabia-based satellite operator Arabsat, told delegates to its 9th Customer Forum in Salalah, Oman, that the operator was in extremely healthy state despite the problems created by satellite signal piracy and the consequent loss of advertising revenues.

Arabsat, the world’s 6th largest operator, confirmed that it will be launching two satellites next year (Arabsat 6A and HellasSat-4) and that by the end of next year it will be operating 10 satellites in orbit.

Arabsat is now carrying some 170 HDTV channels, and the introduction of West and East beams is allowing broadcasters to target specific channels into North African markets, as distinct to those targeting the Arabian Gulf regions. “This makes transmission rights easier to manage,” he said.

But he also explained that Arabsat’s new generation of satellites would make satellite piracy (by channels stealing content from legitimate right’s holders) and signal jamming.

Arabsat saw a signing ceremony with the BBC for capacity for its News channels at 26 degrees East.

Arabsat saw a new chairman appointed earlier this year with rumours that a new CEO would follow. That has not happened, and Balkheyour spoke of a buoyant market with expansion over Europe (helped by its ownership of HellasSat) and a new high-capacity project for 44.5 degrees East.

In market starved for orders, Airbus selected to build 2 Turksat GEO satellites

From https://www.spaceintelreport.com/market-starved-orders-airbus-selected-build-2-turksat-geo-satellites/

Turkish Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communication Minister Ahmet Arslan said Airbus Defence and Space had won the long drawn-out bidding to build the Turksat 5A and 5B telecommunications satellites — assuming the two sides agree on price. Credit: Anatolia News Agency

LOS ANGELES — The Turkish government has selected Airbus Defense and Space to build two telecommunications satellites after a long international bidding process, Turkish MInister for Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications Ahmet Arslan said Oct. 6.

In most cases, the selection of a winning bid is all but certain to result in a signed contract shortly thereafter. But the Turkish government has a reputation to be a particularly demanding customer, and Arelan said negotiations on contract price had not yet been concluded.

The discussions are likely to be all the more complicated insofar as Turkey set a requirement that at least 25% of the value of Turksat 5B be given to Turkish industry.

But in a year that so far has witnessed only a handful of commercial geostationary-satellite contracts, the Turkish order stands out alongside the SES order for seven medium-orbit satellites from Boeing, and EchoStar/Hughes’s order of a Jupiter 3 consumer broadband satellite from SSL.

Turksat Chief Executive Cenk Sen told the World Satellite Business Conference on Sept. 11 that the Turksat 5B program is viewed as a warm-up exercise for the Turksat 6A, intended to be Turkey’s first domestically built telecommunications spacecraft.

Sen said the goal is to have all three satellites in orbit by 2020. Turkey’s rights some of the Ku-band spectrum the satellites will use end in mid-2021, he said, which is one reason Turksat authorities are in a hurry to launch.

Creating a domestic satellite industrial base

Turkish authorities view a domestic satellite industry — or at least an industry capable of manufacturing satellite components for other prime contractors — as a way of stimulating Turkey’s technology center.

Arslan said Turkey’s goal is to have 10 operational satellites in orbit by 2023, and to place Turkey among the world’s top-10 satellite fleet operators in terms of revenue. Sen said Turksat revenue, in what he conceded was a rough economic climate in the past year, nonetheless grew by 12% in 2016.

The Turkish government has budgeted about 600 million Turkish lira for the Turksat 6A program.

Turksat had a long relationship with Franco-Italian satellite builder Thales Alenia Space, and selected Mitsubishii Electric of Tokyo for the Turksat 4A and 4B satellites. It was a major win for Melco.

Once able to present itself to its neighbors as the sole nation capable of offering satellite connectivity, Turkey is now one of several nations in the region with its own spacecraft. Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan all placed satellites into orbit in recent years.

Sen said Turkey nonetheless hoped to position itself as a regional producer of satellite components for the major international prime contractors, much as it produces aircraft parts for Boeing.


A copy of Asiasat 5 3799 H "TDM Macau satellite" has started on 3785 H all details are the same. I guess it may be moving here.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3769 H Sr 13330 loads as "Priyo TV" playing Priyo Cinema, FTA Sid 4 Vpid 2004 (Mpg2) Fta Apid 3004

Thursday morning feed

Asiasat 5 4156 H Sr 7200 "GCUK Enc 9" Card for motor sport program playout

Asiasat 5 3916 H Sr 7200 "Si Chuan Telecom-1" Some car race? for Gsports China

Asiasat 5 4147 H Sr 7200 "RTBHD SUKMAINDERA" parade of some type for RTB Brunei?

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From the Dish

SES 9 108.2E 12531 V "ABS-CBN Regional Channel, Tag and Star Cinema" have started on, Verimatrix. UEFA A has left .
SES 9 108.2E 12571 V "Sky Freeview, ETC and The Aquarium Channel" have started on , Verimatrix. UEFA B has left.

Horizons 2 84.8E 11758 V Thainess TV, Just for Fun, Star Chinese Movies South East Asia, Fox Movies Asia, Miracle, Mono Plus, Zee Nung and EuroNews English have started on , Fta. Thai TV 5 HD1, New TV 18, Workpoint 23, Mono 29, One HD 31, Amarin 34 HD, BBTV Channel 7, PPTV HD 36, Samrujlok, Animal Show HD and
Thairath TV 32 are Fta TNN 24, Bright TV 20, Nation TV, True 4U, GMM 25 and Now 26 have left.

Horizons 2 84.8E 11838 V "CAT Channel, Fox Action Movies, Fox Crime Asia, FX Asia, Fox Family Movies, Star World HD Asia, Baby TV Asia, Fox Thai, Nat Geo Wild Asia, NHK World TV and France 24 English have started on , Fta. Thai PBS, MCOT HD, TV 3 HD 33, Khongdee, Budsaba and MySci are now Fta.
Thai Parliament TV, TV 3 Family 13, MCOT Family, MV TV Family, Thai TV 7, Spring News 19, Voice TV 21, Thai Channel 8, TV 3 SD 28, NBT 2, Moment, B-xcite and Hotel & Restaurant" have left.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 3731 H "Fox Sports News Asia" has left .
Thaicom 6 78.5E 4120 H "Health & Family" has started on BISS.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3769 H "P Cinema" has started on , Fta. Aamar Bangla has left.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3768 H "Living Foodz" has started on , Conax.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4116 V "Mahua+ and Manoranjan Movies" have left again.

Intelsat 17 66.0E 3845 V "TV 5 Kannada" has started on , Fta.

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东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,Hau Giang(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置11088 V 28800参数免费接收。 [10月3日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Kuru(泰国)频道新增,设置3440 H 26666参数免费接收。 [10月3日]
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东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,Vinh Long 1等替换VTV 7 HD(越南)等频道,设置11085 H 24000参数免费接收。 [10月3日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Alekhbariyah TV(阿拉伯语)频道重现,设置3820 V 27500参数免费接收。 [10月3日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Daystar TV替换Arirang(寰宇卫视)频道,设置12711 H 45000参数免费接收。 [10月3日]
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东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,天映经典、龙祥时代(DISH HD)等全组频道消失,设置11101 H 45000参数无效接收。 [10月3日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,东森幼幼(国际)高清频道新增,设置12660 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [10月3日]


Sky Muster: Bush internet users welcome satellite data increase

From http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2017-10-03/skymuster-data-allwoance-increase-welcome/9012242

Data allowances for Sky Muster satellite users doubled on Sunday and the increase is more than welcome in the bush.

The NBN announced back in June that the maximum data allowance would be increased to 300 gigabytes per month on the Sky Muster satellite service and the allowance for peak use would also double to 150GB per month.

The news was welcomed by those that had been lobbying for an end to the data drought in the bush and who had argued for years the data limits on the NBN satellite services were far too low, unreliable and too expensive.

Kristy Sparrow, a spokesperson for lobby Group Better Internet for Rural Regional and Remote Australia (BIRRR) said Sunday felt like Christmas had come early.

"It was wonderful to log on to see all the data there. I didn't tell my kids!" she said.

"It's a huge step in the right direction.

"It means that I can update apps, etcetera, whereas before we waited until we could get free Wi-Fi at a motel or McDonalds to update laptops and phones.

"It means we won't have a fear of being be shaped every month, which is a nightmare when you trying to conduct business and have kids home from school because the service is essentially unusable."

'You get what you pay for'

Ms Sparrow said nine of the 11 retail providers had released plans which included the new data allowance.

Sky Muster may not fix 'data drought'

A survey found NBN's Sky Muster service will not keep up with the demand for data in the bush.

"If you were on a high end plan, like 70-75GB of peak data previously, you will be able to access that 300GB, or you can upgrade your plan," she said.

On the question of cost, Ms Sparrow said it was like buying shoes — you get what you pay for.

"The cost averages at about $80 a month. The plan stays the same but you get increased data," she said.

"If you want to access a higher plan then you would have to pay more."

BIRRR has been lobbying not only for increased data allowance but also reduced data charges, improved customer service and reliability.

Ms Sparrow said there had been some improvement but the data drought was not over.

Parliamentary report recommends increased limits

The next big challenge according to Ms Sparrow will be the Federal Government response to the Joint Standing Committee report on the NBN roll-out.

The Committee report was handed down on Friday and has made 23 recommendations.

BIRRR welcomed recommendations that would see the establishment of a Rural and Regional Reference group and for Sky Muster data limits to be linked to the average Australian fixed line data use.

"We are vey appreciative of the increase in data now, but with the rate that Australia's data usage grows we really need to have that benchmarked to average Australian use, so it grows," she said.

"Essentially, Australian data usage is growing by 33 per cent a year.

"If we look at this Sky Muster announcement [of 300GB] being a one off, then that is not going to grow with Australians' usage needs."

Ms Sparrow said to meet the increasing demand for data in the bush there would need to an increase in fixed line wireless services.

"We are working with the NBN and the Government to do things like alleviating the pressure on the satellite and there are many ways to do that," she said.

"[One way is] by extending fixed wireless towers to areas that have a lot of Sky Muster users."

The question then becomes who pays?

TV networks accused of trying to abandon multicultural and regional Australia

From https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2017/oct/04/tv-networks-accused-of-trying-to-abandon-children-multicultural-and-regional-australia

Producers say sweeping changes sought by Free TV lobby would undermine social cohesion and be ‘a recipe for disaster’

Seven, Nine and Ten want the children’s TV quota dropped and the drama quota watered down. Photograph: Eyebyte/Alamy

Producers have accused the powerful commercial television networks of wanting to abandon children, multicultural Australia and regional viewers in an angry response to the Free TV submission to the government’s Australian content review.

The Free TV lobby is pushing for sweeping changes to the Australian content rules which ensure they broadcast original local drama and children’s programming in return for access to the broadcasting spectrum.

Networks Seven, Nine and Ten want the children’s quota dropped altogether and the drama quota watered down, a move that producers say would result in less Australian drama being produced for free-to-air audiences.

The networks want to be able to buy dramas which have already aired on Foxtel, for example, and have them counted in their original drama quota because it is cheaper to buy a show than to make it from scratch.

“This would be a recipe for disaster for the entire sector and also undermine social cohesion that broadcasting offers our community,” said the chief executive of Screen Producers Australia, Matthew Deaner.

“Broadcasters have significant influence in Australia’s national discourse and for this reason all broadcasters must embrace all parts of our community and deliver a service that is responsive to the many and varied needs of all Australians.

“Commercial television is a public service using a public asset but in its submission these broadcasters want to be excluded from delivering content specifically for children, multicultural or regional Australians as well as reducing the hours of drama they broadcast to Australians.”

In the Free TV submission the networks say all children’s television and multicultural content should be the responsibility of the public broadcasters and they no longer want to cater to sections of the population who provide a low return on investment.

Drama, preschool and children’s television do not attract the lucrative advertising dollars the networks earn from reality television hits such as My Kitchen Rules and sport.

The Free TV submission also calls for financial support from the government for in-house production, in the form of grants from Screen Australia and tax breaks available to the independent sector only. The government funds film and television projects through grants to independent producers who then make programs for the commercial networks.

But some dramas are made in-house, particularly at the Seven network, which makes Home and Away and other programs. Neighbours, on the other hand, is made by the independent producer Fremantle Media for the Ten network.

“Despite arguing for increased support from the taxpayer they are seeking to disengage in different ways with a third of Australians that don’t speak English at home; or the 20% of Australians that are under 14 that deserve targeted age-appropriate content; or the third of Australians who live in regional Australia; and reduce what is a critical mass of drama production that ensures our creative industry survives,” Deaner said.

Giving the networks access to Screen Australia funding and tax breaks would reduce diversity and hand them all the power, Deaner said.

“The key to quality and diverse Australian content is a diversity of suppliers competing on a level playing field for access to audiences,” he said. “But what we are seeing is increasingly vertically integrated broadcasters and contracting terms that demand more for less from producers.

“If this is left unchecked, there will be six content suppliers, all with their headquarters a few kilometres from the Sydney CBD. This will hurt diversity of supply, diversity of content and Australian audiences.”

After intense lobbying the Coalition this year abolished the licence fees paid by the networks, effectively handing them an additional $130m a year. As part of the deal it controversially gave $30m to Foxtel for women’s sport without releasing any further detail.

“The broadcasters have significant market power and the government, through abolishing broadcast licence fees and freeing up media ownership laws, has handed the broadcasters even more market power,” Deaner said.

“This is not a bad thing necessarily; we need strong broadcasters. But there’s a market failure for producers and the question is how the broadcasters’ competitive advantage is used and to what end.

“Just remember, they make private profits off a public asset – the spectrum. In its submission, Free TV is asking for further reduced competition by taking ABC and SBS out of the market and accessing greater taxpayer money at the expense of the small businesses that create screen content.”

Free TV wants to drop children’s TV altogether and argues that children watch reality shows such as MasterChef in greater numbers than they do shows which are made for them.

“The commercial broadcasters’ approach to their responsibilities to Australian children is a moral hazard where the Australian public bears the cost,” Deaner said.

“Initial audience numbers might be low because the broadcasters haven’t committed to the content either by programming on multi-channels and not investing in promotion.”

SSL-built direct broadcasting satellite for B-SAT begins post-launch maneuvers according to plan

From http://business.itbusinessnet.com/article/SSL-built-direct-broadcasting-satellite-for-B-SAT-begins-post-launch-maneuvers-according-to-plan-5168831

PALO ALTO, Calif., Oct. 2, 2017 /CNW/ -�SSL, a leading provider of innovative satellites and spacecraft systems, today announced that the BSAT-4a satellite, designed and built for Broadcasting Satellite System Corporation (B-SAT), a leading broadcast satellite operator in Japan, was launched on Friday and is successfully performing post-launch maneuvers according to plan. The satellite deployed its solar arrays on schedule following its launch aboard an Ariane 5 launch vehicle from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana and it has begun firing its main thruster�to propel toward its final geostationary orbit. The satellite will be used for Direct-to-Home (DTH) television service in Japan.

"SSL would like to thank B-SAT, for placing its trust in our ability to provide a highly optimized satellite that will serve the demand for next-generation services in Japan," said Dario Zamarian, group president of SSL. "It has been a pleasure to work together with the B-SAT and Arianespace teams on this launch, which marks our first satellite for B-SAT and our fourth satellite for the Japanese market in recent years. We look forward to many more opportunities to help B-SAT maintain and expand its fleet."

SSL is providing B-SAT with delivery-on-orbit service and is on track for early hand over. The satellite is a high-performance broadcasting satellite equipped with 24 Ku-band transponders. From its location at 110 degrees East Longitude, it will expand the availability of advanced television services such as high definition and 4K/8K ultra-high definition.

"We are very pleased that SSL expects to deliver BSAT-4a on-orbit ahead of schedule," said Takashi Yabashi, president and chief executive officer of B-SAT. "SSL is an innovative and reliable partner that incorporates advanced manufacturing practices that streamline production. With this satellite, we will now be able to provide viewers all over Japan with high definition and 4K/8K ultra-high definition broadcasting for the highest quality direct-to-home service."

B-SAT plans to use the satellite to provide 4K/8K broadcasting for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympic games in 2020.� The satellite is based on the highly reliable SSL 1300 platform, which provides the flexibility to support a broad range of applications and technology advances. It is designed to provide service for 15 years or longer.

Please visit SSL's new website which reflects the company's broad capabilities as a provider of integrated space technologies and systems.

About B-SAT

B-SAT is a unique operator of broadcasting satellites in the 12GHz BSS band for Japan. The company was established in April 1993 and is located in Tokyo, Japan. Since then, B-SAT which is owned 49.9%, by NHK, the�Japan�Broadcasting Corporation, has worked toward providing stable satellite operations and continuity of broadcasting services. B-SAT currently owns and manages three satellites, BSAT-3a, BSAT-3b and BSAT-3c, for BSS service which are currently providing 2K broadcasting service. The number of BSS Digital Broadcasting Receivers is now over 140 million in Japan. B-SAT has started 4K/8K test broadcasting via the BSAT-3 series and plans to provide new service, 4K/8K regular broadcasting service via the BSAT-4a satellite in December 2018.

About SSL

Space Systems Loral (SSL), based in Palo Alto, California, is a leading provider of advanced spacecraft systems, with broad expertise to support commercial and government satellite operators and innovative space missions. The company designs and manufactures spacecraft for services such as direct-to-home television, video content distribution, broadband internet, mobile communications, in-orbit servicing, space exploration, and Earth observation. As a Silicon Valley innovator for 60 years, SSL's advanced product line includes state-of-the-art small satellites, and sophisticated robotics and autonomous solutions for remote operations.� SSL is a subsidiary of SSL MDA Holdings, Inc., a U.S. operating company.� For more information, visit www.sslmda.com.

About SSL MDA Holdings

SSL MDA Holdings is a wholly owned subsidiary of MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA) and serves as the operating company for all MDA businesses. SSL MDA Holdings is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

About MDA

MDA is a global communications and information company providing operational solutions to commercial and government organizations worldwide. MDA's business is focused on markets and customers with strong repeat business potential, primarily in the Communications sector and the Surveillance and Intelligence sector. In addition, the Company conducts a significant amount of advanced technology development. �MDA's established global customer base is served by more than 4,800 employees operating from 15�locations in the United States, Canada, and internationally. The Company's common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol TSX:MDA. For more information, visit www.mdacorporation.com.


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China builds world's first space-ground integrated quantum communication network

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/China_builds_worlds_first_space_ground_integrated_quantum_communication_network_999.html

The first quantum-safe video conference was held between President Chunli Bai of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing and President Anton Zeilinger of the Austria Academy of Sciences in Vienna, as the first real-world demonstration of intercontinental quantum communication on September 29th.

Private and secure communications are fundamental human needs. In particular, with the exponential growth of Internet use and e-commerce, it is of paramount importance to establish a secure network with global protection of data. Traditional public key cryptography usually relies on the perceived computational intractability of certain mathematical functions. In contrast, quantum key distribution (QKD) uses individual light quanta (single photon) in quantum superposition states to guarantee unconditional security between distant parties.

Previously, the quantum communication distance had been limited to a few hundred kilometers, due to the channel loss of fibers or terrestrial free space. A promising solution to this problem is exploiting satellite and space-based link, which can conveniently connect two remote points on the Earth with greatly reduced channel loss because most of the photons' propagation path is in empty space with negligible loss and decoherence.

A cross-disciplinary multi-institutional team of scientists from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, led by Professor Jian-Wei Pan, has spent more than ten years in developing a sophisticated satellite, named Micius, dedicated for quantum science experiments (for the project timeline, see Appendix), which was successfully launched on 16th August 2016, from Jiuquan, China, orbiting at an altitude of ~500 km .

The satellite is equipped with three payloads: a decoy-state QKD transmitter, an entangled-photon source, and a quantum teleportation receiver and analyzer. Five ground stations are built in China to cooperate with the Micius satellite, located in Xinglong (near Beijing, 40 degrees 23'45.12''N, 117 degrees 34'38.85''E, altitude 890m), Nanshan (near Urumqi, 43 degrees 28'31.66''N, 87 degrees 10'36.07''E, altitude 2028m), Delingha (37 degrees 22'44.43''N, 97 degrees 43'37.01"E, altitude 3153m), Lijiang (26 degrees 41'38.15''N, 100 degrees 1'45.55''E, altitude 3233m), and Ngari in Tibet (32 degrees 19'30.07''N, 80 degrees 1'34.18''E, altitude 5047m).

Within a year after the launch, three key milestones that will be central to a global-scale quantum internet have been achieved: satellite-to-ground decoy-state QKD with kHz rate over a distance of ~1200 km (Liao et al. 2017, Nature 549, 43); satellite-based entanglement distribution to two locations on the Earth separated by ~1200 km and Bell test (Yin et al. 2017, Science 356, 1140), and ground-to-satellite quantum teleportation (Ren et al. 2017, Nature 549, 70). The effective link efficiencies in the satellite-based QKD were measured to be ~20 orders of magnitudes larger than direct transmission through optical fibers at the same length at 1200 km.

The satellite-based QKD has now been combined with metropolitan quantum networks, in which fibers are used to efficiently and conveniently to connect many users inside a city with a distance scale of ~100 km. For example, the Xinglong station has now been connected to the metropolitan multi-node quantum network in Beijing via optical fibers.

Very recently, the largest fiber-based quantum communication backbone has been built in China by Professor Pan's team, linking Beijing to Shanghai (going through Jinan and Hefei, and 32 trustful relays) with a fiber length of 2000 km. The backbone uses decoy-state protocol QKD and achieves an all-pass secure key rate of 20 kbps. It is on trial for real-world applications by government, banks, securities and insurance companies.

The Micius satellite can be further exploited as a trustful relay to conveniently connect any two points on the earth for high-security key exchange. Early this year, the Chinese team has implemented satellite-to-ground QKD in Xinglong. After that, the secure keys were stored in the satellite for 2 hours until it reached Nanshan station near Urumqi, by a distance of ~2500 km from Beijing. By performing another QKD between the satellite and Nanshan station, and using one-time-pad encoding, secure key between Xinglong and Nanshan were then established.

To test the robustness and versatility of the Micius, QKD from the satellite to Graz ground station near Vienna has also been carried out successfully this June, as a collaboration between Professor Pan and Professor Anton Zeilinger's group. Upon request, future similar experiments are also planned between China and Singapore, Italy, Germany, and Russia.

Sputnik, the tiny sphere that launched the space race

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Sputnik_the_tiny_sphere_that_launched_the_space_race_999.html

When the Soviet Union launched the first artificial satellite 60 years ago, it marked both the beginning of space exploration and the start of a race between Moscow and Washington.

Sputnik, the tiny silver sphere with four spider leg-like antennae, showed off Soviet technological prowess.

But German scientists -- who had worked on Adolf Hitler's rocket projects and brought to the USSR after the war -- were the ones who stood at the forefront of space achievement.

The founder of the Soviet space programme, Sergei Korolyov, worked with German scientists and fragments of the German FAU rocket to develop a new military missile, said Nikolai Shiganov, one of the scientists behind Soviet rocket R-7 which put Sputnik into orbit.

"The Korolyov bureau had to create an intercontinental rocket capable of carrying a hydrogen bomb to any point on the planet," Shiganov, now aged 97, told AFP in an interview.

As he worked for the military, Korolyov -- who spent six years in the Gulag -- dreamt of space conquest. But time was running out: one of the principal German engineers, Wernher von Braun, was already working for the Americans.

After three years of work and three rocket accidents, the fourth R-7 with a dummy warhead successfully hit its target in Kamchatka, in the Far East, in August 1957. The test was hailed as successful although the rocket head disintegrated in flight.

Creating a new rocket head would take six months, much too long as the Soviets wanted to pre-empt the launch of a US satellite in 1958. So Korolyov suggested creating a simple satellite made of two hemispheres containing sensors, a radio and a battery pack.

In just two months, the apparatus measuring 58 centimetres (22 inches) in diameter and weighing 83.6 kilogrammes (184 pounds) was ready, remembered Shiganov, whose lab created the aluminium alloy and came up with a new welding technique used to make the Sputnik and the R-7.

- 'A tiny dot' -

Though the satellite captured imaginations, with radio amateurs tuning in around the world to hear its simple calls, Sputnik was secondary to its inventors, Shiganov said.

"The most important thing was that it proved the effectiveness of the R-7 rocket."

The secrecy around the project meant Shiganov didn't learn of the actual launch until he heard on the radio that the first Earth satellite was put in orbit on October 4, 1957 from a testing range in Kazakhstan, the future Baikonur cosmodrome.

On a sunny October Sunday, Shiganov was able to see the glint of Sputnik with his naked eye.

"It was a tiny dot which shone in the sun because of its glossy surface," he said.

Sputnik was in orbit for 92 days, making 1,440 circles around Earth, before losing speed and burning up in the atmosphere. Several replicas are now on show in museums.

Shiganov's colleague Eduard Bolotov, 84, actually saw Sputnik as a young rocket trajectory engineer of 24, even gaining access to the depot where the rocket stood during final preparations.

The miniscule satellite sat atop the rocket and Bolotov, with other young specialists, patted the rocket's side and signed his name on the inside of the nozzle.

"I watched the actual launch through a gap from my post," Bolotov said.

Although workers were summoned to the launchpad with secret letters, crowds of people also turned up, he said. "Their relatives had told them about the launch."

"Only at 3 am we found out that Sputnik was in orbit, and radios all over the world started to register its beeps."

"Then we went back to our dorms and drank pure alcohol for victory of our rocket," he said.

Two fishermen fined for owning illegal satellite dish

From http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/10/04/watching-tv-proves-costly-two-fishermen-fined-for-owning-illegal-satellite-dish/

TAIPING: Two fishermen pleaded guilty at the Sessions Court here to owning and using illegal satellite television equipment at their homes in Kuala Kurau, near here.

Ong Leng Soo, 48, and Teoh Tian Sim, 52, are the first to be charged in Perak with the offence.

Sessions Court judge Rohaida Ishak fined each of them RM4,000, in default two months’ jail. They paid the fine.

Both were charged with the offence under the Multimedia and Communications Regulations (Technical Standard) 2000.

They committed the offence on July 29, 2015, at 10.45am and 11.40am respectively.

The illegal equipment included an unbranded decoder, a low-noise block downconverter (LNB) and one satellite dish each.

The police together with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission, seized the equipment during a raid on July 29, 2015.

Teoh purchased the equipment for RM700 in 2012 to watch programmes from Taiwan, while Ong purchased his for RM500 in 2013 to watch programmes from China.

The offence is punishable with a fine of not more than RM100,000, a maximum jail sentence of six months or both.

MCMC prosecuting officer Norhani Mohd Adzhar requested for a deterrent sentence.

She said that the two were the first to be charged with the offence in the state while there was another similar case in Kajang, Selangor.

“Such equipment can cause frequency disturbances as they are not certified by Sirim (Scientific and Industrial Research Institute of Malaysia) and not according to our standards,” she said.

During mitigation, Ong said he had installed the equipment for his mother to watch programmes from China.

“Please give me a minimum fine as I am married, with three children,” he said.

Teoh said he was unable to watch any of the programmes because the equipment did not function properly.

“I am only watching programmes offered by Astro,” he said.

Another man, Khoo Teng Chooi, 49, was supposed to be charged with the same offence, but he failed to turn up in court.

Rohaida set Nov 14 as the mention date.

SES cautious on C-band suggestions

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/04/ses-cautious-on-c-band-suggestions/

September 2nd saw Intelsat say that, with Intel, it had applied to the FCC for some key changes in use of its C-band frequencies. Intelsat says that it could release certain regional C-band frequencies in order to help spur 5G usage. Intelsat would auction access to these frequencies.

SES of Luxembourg says – in effect – ‘not so fast’. SES could be a significant financial beneficiary of any changes to its C-band frequency rights.

“All plans to change the use of C-band have far reaching consequences on hundreds of established services and millions of end users in the US,” said a formal statement from SES.

“We have invested billions of dollars into C-band space capacity over decades, and our customers have invested hundreds of millions in ground infrastructure and earth stations on top. Even if we are open to use parts of the spectrum differently, any plan to change this highly efficient ecosystem and let terrestrial wireless systems enter risks to cause massive disruptions and substantial cost and therefore needs the most careful analysis.”

Intelsat yesterday added to its detail, saying: “If the proposal is adopted, wireless operators would be able to access new ‘mid-band’ spectrum that would help accelerate the introduction of 5G services, benefiting American consumers. Satellite users would continue to operate in the band with certainty of continued high quality for C-band video distribution and data networks.”

Intelsat/Intel’s proposal would see satellite operators “work cooperatively” with cellular operators to identify those regions where C-band spectrum could be best utilised.

(Craig's comment, leave OUR Cband alone you Bastards!)

SpaceX and OneWeb broadband satellites raise fears about space debris

From https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/10/spacex-and-oneweb-broadband-satellites-raise-fears-about-space-debris/

Senators warn of “cascade” of collisions, ask FCC to work with NASA and FAA.

Thousands of new satellites are expected to be launched into low-Earth orbit in the coming years to provide high-speed broadband, and the projects have caused concern for experts and government officials who worry about a worsening space debris problem.

As the Federal Communications Commission considers satellite applications from SpaceX, OneWeb, Boeing, and others, two US senators asked the FCC to coordinate with other agencies to prevent space debris.

"As the Commission considers multiple requests for new LEO [low-Earth orbit] satellite constellations, we ask that you formally coordinate with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to establish an interagency working group on space debris and to develop a comprehensive domestic policy on space debris mitigation," Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) told FCC Chairman Ajit Pai in a letter this week.

Today, there are more than 1,400 operational satellites orbiting the Earth, among more than 4,000 overall, including those that are no longer operating. SpaceX alone plans a launch of 4,425 operational satellites between 2019 and 2024 at low-Earth altitudes ranging from 1,110km to 1,325km, as well as an additional 7,500 satellites operating even closer to the ground. OneWeb wants to launch 720 satellites and has already received a key approval from the FCC. Boeing has proposed a constellation of 1,396 to 2,956 satellites. SpaceX, OneWeb, and Boeing have all described plans for minimizing space debris in filings with the FCC.

Potential “cascade” of collisions

Booker and Sullivan didn't mention any particular companies but laid out several reasons for concern in their letter to Pai:

As you may know, the US Department of Defense Space Surveillance Network currently tracks nearly 22,000 pieces of orbital debris, defined as man-made objects in Earth's orbit that no longer serve a useful purpose. This figure does not include hundreds of thousands of pieces of debris smaller than 10cm that are also orbiting the Earth. Collisions with debris as small as 10cm can catastrophically damage satellites, and debris as small as 1cm can disable spacecraft. Each collision exponentially increases the likelihood of another collision, creating a potential cascade that could severely inhibit future telecommunications, national security, and other space-based activity in the LEO environment.

In the last decade, two major satellite collisions dramatically increased the amount of fragmented debris currently in orbit. Model predictions suggest that, even with nearly full compliance with existing mitigation measures, LEO space debris is expected to grow by an average of 30 percent in the next 200 years. A number of national and international studies have concluded that orbital debris may have already reached a tipping point.

Companies operating satellite broadband networks need spectrum licenses from the FCC, which imposes conditions on the use of radio frequencies to prevent systems from interfering with each other. But the FCC review process also considers space-debris mitigation.

Since the constellations under consideration today could dramatically increase the number of satellites in low-Earth orbits, the senators reminded the FCC "of the United States' obligation to ensure that any licensed system will not operate near other systems in a way that could potentially create new space debris, endanger national and international assets, and threaten our future access to space." The senators also pointed out that NASA "is conducting an internal parametric study on large constellations" and urged the FCC to use recommendations and best practices from this study to inform future satellite permitting decisions.

Nonetheless, the senators said they are "extremely excited" about the potential of low-Earth satellites providing high-speed broadband to rural and underserved Americans.

We asked the FCC for comment on the senators' letter today and will provide an update if we get one.

“No one’s ever done this”

Concerns about launching thousands of satellites into low-Earth orbits are legitimate in part because "this is new, and no one's ever done this kind of large constellation before," Brian Weeden, a space-debris researcher and director of program planning for the Secure World Foundation, told Ars today. "We probably don't understand all of the challenges and all of the implications."

The senators' recommendations are good ones, he said. "Because this is new, they want to make sure the experts at the FCC are talking to experts at FAA and NASA," Weeden said. But these are interim steps. In the long run, the US government should modernize its licensing system and determine which agency is best suited for overseeing space traffic management, he said. Today, several agencies have responsibility in this area.

Traditionally, communications satellites are in geostationary orbits about 36,000km above the equator, Weeden said. At that altitude, the satellites are "up there pretty much forever," he said.

The good news with low-Earth orbit satellites is that they will—eventually—get pulled out of orbit by natural causes even if they aren't intentionally brought back to Earth. "In low-Earth orbit, there is this atmospheric drag that, over time, pulls stuff out of orbit and causes it to reenter the atmosphere," Weeden said.

The bad news is that "there is already a lot of debris in low-Earth orbit," he said. "If it's already really crowded, you don't want to put several thousand more satellites in there. They're high enough that, if you left them to natural decay, it would take a couple centuries, maybe, for them to come down."

International standards call for satellites to be taken out of orbit 25 years after their end-of-life date. Weeden says that he and other experts believe the 25-year standard should be shortened, as it was developed in the early 2000s, before massive growth in satellites was envisioned.

"There is a growing concern among scientists that [the 25-year standard] is not good enough," he said. Moreover, "aside from that 25-year standard, there is not really much other regulation or oversight of this stuff."

SpaceX, OneWeb, and Boeing describe debris plans

One big question is what happens if a satellite dies early. OneWeb plans to launch satellites into an "interim orbit" of around 500km where they can be tested and brought back to Earth easily if they don't work, Weeden said.

But at 1,100km, "you can't pull out a credit card and hire someone to get a tow truck in space to get your dead satellite and bring it down," he said. Still, the problem might be solvable eventually, as some companies are doing research and development aimed at retrieving dead satellites, he said.

SpaceX told the FCC that it will "implement an operations plan for the orderly de-orbit of satellites nearing the end of their useful lives (roughly five to seven years) at a rate far faster than is required under international standards." SpaceX satellites "will de-orbit by propulsively moving to a disposal orbit from which they will reenter the Earth's atmosphere within approximately one year after completion of their mission."

That's the plan for SpaceX satellites between 1,110km to 1,325km.

Separately, for SpaceX's very low-Earth orbit (VLEO) satellites operating at altitudes of 335km to 346km, "normal operations should not generate any debris," the company said. But if any problems arise in the VLEO satellites, "atmospheric drag will ensure that such debris will quickly disintegrate in the atmosphere and pose no further danger to space operations."

OneWeb told the FCC that its satellites are designed for mission lives of at least five years, and "the post-mission disposal operation is anticipated to take less than one year." OneWeb also said it has designed its satellite network to avoid collisions with space stations and debris, and that OneWeb "will actively and regularly screen for conjunctions between its own satellites and other objects in the Joint Space Operations Center's ('JSpOC') published catalog."

What about the possibility of a OneWeb satellite hitting something else and becoming another piece of debris?

"The risk of a OneWeb satellite becoming a source of debris by collisions with small debris causing a loss of control and preventing post-mission disposal has been assessed and determined to be compliant with NASA's Technical Standard, which requires this probability to be <0.01," OneWeb said.

Boeing told the FCC that each satellite would need to perform 3.3 "collision avoidance maneuvers" each year. The probability of a failed Boeing satellite is less than one percent, the company also said:

Boeing used NASA Orbital Debris Program Office Debris Assessment Software ("DAS") to calculate the probable orbital debris impact rate with a failed vehicle for objects that are larger than 10 centimeters. In the unlikely event of a one-percent failure rate of Boeing's 2,956 vehicles, it is estimated that the probability of impact with any of the failed vehicles is 0.00268 per year, or less than 2.7 percent per decade.

Satellites have exciting broadband potential

Low-Earth orbit satellites are exciting for broadband deployment because they could provide latencies similar to wired cable services, making for a much faster and smoother Internet experience than traditional satellite networks. This is particularly important in rural areas where cable and fiber providers haven't built modern infrastructure. In addition to low latencies of about 25ms, SpaceX claims its satellites will deliver gigabit speeds.

But full commercial deployment will take at least a few years, and the question of space debris will play no small role in the launch preparations.

"We are extremely excited by the unique potential for these proposed satellite constellations to connect rural and underserved American populations to the Internet," Booker and Sullivan told the FCC. "However, swift action to mitigate the collision risk associated with a growing number of constellations is critical to ensuring the long-term sustainability of our space environment."

MPAA warns of emerging Kodi threat

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/04/mpaa-warns-of-emerging-kodi-threat/

Charles Rivkin, CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), has warned US trade representatives of what he describes as an emerging global threat of streaming piracy which is enabled by piracy devices preloaded with software to illicitly stream movies and television programming, posing a “significant and evolving challenge”.

In formal comments submitted to the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) on the world’s most notorious markets for content theft, Rivkin said: “An emerging global threat is streaming piracy which is enabled by piracy devices preloaded with software to illicitly stream movies and television programming and a burgeoning ecosystem of infringing add-ons. The most popular software is an open source media player software, Kodi. Although Kodi is not itself unlawful, and does not host or link to unlicensed content, it can be easily configured to direct consumers toward unlicensed films and television shows,” he advised.

“Websites enable one-click installation of modified software onto set-top boxes or other Internet-connected devices. This modified software taps into an ecosystem of infringing content add-ons and portals to illicitly stream movies and television programming live or ‘on demand’, he noted.

“There are more than 750 websites offering infringing devices or software. Moreover, vendors online and in malls, markets and trade shows market ‘fully loaded’ devices that are preconfigured to access unlicensed content, further reducing the complexity of accessing pirated works. The rapid growth of this problem is startling – six per cent of North American households have a device with Kodi software configured to access pirated content and of the 38 million active Kodi users globally, 26 million use piracy add-on repository tvaddons.ag. Tvaddons.ag is currently offline,” he added.

In the filing, Rivkin noted that the American film and television industry contributes significantly to the US economy, supporting two million American jobs and registering a positive services trade surplus of $13.3 billion (€11.3bn). “This economic activity is increasingly linked to the legal digital marketplace for creative content, which now consists of more than 460 unique platforms and services across the globe,” he advised. “However, online content theft undermines the economic success of film and television, threatens the livelihoods of millions of creators, and harms consumers by spreading viruses and malware,” he warned, suggesting that, in particular, streaming device piracy poses a significant and evolving challenge.

PSA Renews Broadcast Deals With Astro, MNC Sports and Sony Ten

From https://psaworldtour.com/news/view/5039/psa-renews-broadcast-deals-with-astro-mnc-sports-and-sony-ten

The Professional Squash Association (PSA) is pleased to announce the renewal of its broadcast deal with Astro Malaysia Holdings Berhad (Astro) as the Official Malaysian Broadcast Partner of the PSA World Tour until 2021.

Astro is a Malaysian and ASEAN consumer-first company in the Digital, TV, Radio and eCommerce space, serving 21 million individuals in over 5 million homes, with the renewal between Astro and the PSA reached in conjunction with Broadreach Media.

The PSA have also renewed broadcast deals with MNC Sports in Indonesia and Sony Ten in the Indian sub-continent as the global reach of the PSA World Tour continues to grow, with an extensive list of Asia-Pacific broadcast partners also including DAZN (Japan), Fox Sports Australia, Sky New Zealand, PCCW / Now TV (Hong Kong), Truevisions (Thailand) and Eleven Sports (Singapore & Taiwan).

“We have enjoyed working with Astro over the past seven years and are delighted to renew our partnership with them to ensure that squash retains a strong presence across Malaysia over the coming years and Astro’s coverage will continue to broadcast the best action from the PSA World Tour to millions of people across the country.” said PSA Chief Executive Alex Gough.

“Malaysia has a thriving squash scene and boasts one of the sport’s greatest ever players, [eight-time World Champion] Nicol David, while up-and-coming players such as 2016 Men's World Junior Champion Eain Yow Ng and Sivasangari Subramaniam, who helped Malaysia to second place in the Women's World Junior Team Championships earlier this year, look set to be at the forefront of a new generation of Malaysian talent coming through the ranks.”

Astro’s Vice President of Sports Business, Lee Choong Khay, said: “With the renewal of our long-term broadcast partnership with the PSA, squash fans in Malaysia can look forward to extensive coverage of the sport at the highest quality on TV and on mobile devices via Astro Go.

“Malaysia has a fantastic history in squash and we are thrilled to broadcast the country's top squash players from the sport's biggest tournaments. We are confident that the new generation of Malaysian squash players will make a great impact over the coming years as the sport strives for future Olympic recognition.”

About Astro Malaysia Holdings Bhd
Astro Malaysia Holdings Berhad (Astro) is a Malaysian and ASEAN consumer-first company in the Digital, TV, Radio and eCommerce space.
It is Malaysia’s No. 1 online media company with 6.7 million unique visitors per month across the digital platforms of its entertainment and lifestyle brands. The company serves 21 million individuals in 5.3 million households, or 72% of Malaysian households, who are able to watch Astro content on all screens and on demand, be it TV, laptop, tablet and phone.
NJOI, the company’s subscription-free TV service, offers all Malaysians free access to 28 TV and 20 radio channels on TV and mobile devices. With its subscription-free model, NJOI has been well-received and will continue to drive the company’s market reach.
Astro Radio includes Malaysia’s highest rated stations across key languages and there are available on both terrestrial and digital channels, reaching 16 million weekly listeners.
Astro holds the distinction of the ‘Gold’ award in the Media and Entertainment category at the Putra Brand Awards for 7 consecutive years from 2010 to 2016, including the ‘Brand of the Year’ award in 2012, the ‘Brand Icon’ award in 2013 and the ‘Malaysian Marketer of the Year’ award in 2016. Astro Kasih is the company’s CSR arm, whose award winning programmes have been recognised for its innovation and life-changing impact on the community it aspires to serve.


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Intelsat 20 68.5E 4182 H "Management Today" is now encrypted.

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东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Al Ekhbaria(Jordan Media City)频道新增,设置3760 H 27500参数免费接收。 [10月2日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,Shop Channel(泰国)频道解密,设置12728 V 30000参数免费接收。 [10月2日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Arra TV(印度)频道开播,设置3816 H 3625参数免费接收。 [10月2日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Movie 2(孟加拉)频道消失,设置3695 H 4800参数无效接收。 [10月2日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,喀秋莎(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置3840 H 29720参数无效接收。 [10月2日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Channel News(高清)频道改频率,设置3735 H 6500参数免费接收。 [10月2日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Russian Extreme TV(4K)(UHD)频道消失,设置11732 V 43000参数无效接收。 [10月2日]
东经92.2度轨道位置的中星9号卫星Ku频段,黑龙江卫视(高清)频道新增,设置11860 R 28800参数有条件接收。 [10月2日]
东经92.2度轨道位置的中星9号卫星Ku频段,河北卫视(户户通三代)频道新增,设置11810 R 43200参数有条件接收。 [10月2日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,My Cinema、My Family(MPEG-4)等频道新增,设置3600 V 31000参数免费接收。 [10月2日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Online TV(RRSat Global)频道新增,设置3769 H 13333参数免费接收。 [10月2日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Fox Life(印度版)频道解密,设置3780 V 29720参数免费接收。 [10月2日]


Fetch’s growth spurt outpaces Foxtel and Stan

From https://www.if.com.au/fetchs-growth-spurt-outpaces-foxtel-stan/

Pay TV wholesaler Fetch is now adding on average more than 20,000 new customers each month, reaping the benefits of the broadband bundling wars as telcos compete for market share as the NBN continues to roll out.

That is a faster growth rate than Foxtel, which reported a 2 per cent decline in cable and satellite subscribers last financial year, and Stan, which gained about 90,000 subs from February through August.

Majority-owned by Malaysia’s Astro Overseas Limited, Fetch raked in $130 million in revenues in the past financial year and will be cash flow positive in the second half of the 2018 fiscal year.

Fetch has more than 600,000 subscribers, bundled with four of the top six ISPs: Optus, iiNet, Dodo and iPrimus.

“The NBN creates a huge opportunity for Fetch bundling, with 5.4 million households expected to migrate to the NBN in the next 24 months,” Fetch CEO Scott Lorson tells IF.

“The product is strong, our content offering continues to improve and our ISP partners are now bundling aggressively as part of their broadband land grabs. Also Fetch is investing heavily in our own marketing to drive brand awareness, understanding and consideration.

“Fetch is also seeing strong sales in retail through Harvey Norman, JB Hi-Fi, The Good Guys and Bing Lee.”

About 50 per cent of customers subscribe to the linear channels packs. Lorson is very happy with the take-up for the four “skinny” channel packs, each priced at $6 per month, which launched in February.

Demand is roughly equal between the Knowledge (17 channels), Vibe (13) and Variety (9) packs, followed by Kids (10). The Ultimate pack, which encompasses all packs and costs $20 per month, is proving popular with young families.

Both Netflix and Stan are carried on the Fetch platform. Lorson describes the Netflix take-up as phenomenal and is encouraged by growing demand for Stan and Hayu.

Fetch offers more than 7,000 movies to rent or buy and about 200 TV shows (seasons or episodes) including Game of Thrones, The Handmaid’s Tale, The Walking Dead, Outlander and Big Little Lies.

“The three week window for movie purchase (electronic sell through) is proving quite successful as people are encouraged to shift from rental to ownership,” he said.

“Overall we are tracking toward more than 2 million annual movie transactions, rental and purchase combined, with both transaction types growing strongly.”

Customers typically watch on average four hours of content each day on their Fetch STBs, with around 80 per cent of that live viewing of free-to-air and subscription channels.

Subscribers record on average 120 shows per month and view more than 40. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the most popular playback series are those that are the highest-rated, with a slight skew towards drama, kids and reality.

Customers also get the FTA channels’ catch-up services plus YouTube and the option to buy six ethnic packs totalling 73 channels: Mandarin, Cantonese, Italian, Korean, Pinoy, Hindi/Punjabi/Urdu.

Bathurst 1000: FOX Vision App returns with enhancements, new features for 2017

From https://www.foxsports.com.au/motorsport/supercars/bathurst-1000/bathurst-1000-fox-vision-app-returns-with-enhancements-new-features-for-2017/news-story/bb7d8bb5c15a786a8a31a713f2b0a850

Jessica Yates with the new FOX Vision App, enhanced and upgraded for the 2017 Bathurst 1000.Jessica Yates with the new FOX Vision App, enhanced and upgraded for the 2017 Bathurst 1000.Source: FOX SPORTS

FOX SPORTS’ popular FOX Vision App, powered by Supercheap Auto, is back, with a number of enhancements and new features set to deliver Supercars fans the best second screen experience for this year’s Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

The new and improved app will offer Supercars fans the chance to experience The Great Race like never before, with two 180 degree cameras delivering a LIVE video stream from inside Pit Lane and on top of the mountain, during every session.

The cameras will offer a fresh perspective, allowing fans to experience the drama and excitement of the pits and the exhilaration as the high performance Supercars speed down the mountain.

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Fans will also be able to track the position of the top ten drivers on the track, through an interactive 3D replica map of Mount Panorama.

Not only that, but with fully integrated live track data and cockpit telemetry, Supercars fans will be able to follow the drivers’ lap times and stay across key information including speed, acceleration, braking and gear selection.

The 3D map will allow you to track the top 10 drivers.The 3D map will allow you to track the top 10 drivers.Source: FOX SPORTS
FOX Vision includes 3D Play, a fun racing game that gives fans the chance to drive their very own Supercar on a virtual Bathurst track. This year, drivers will be able to challenge their friends by uploading their best time to social media.

A third section of the app, ‘The Vault’, houses a selection of videos featuring some of Bathurst’s biggest moments, plus users can access 360 degree VR camera footage featuring behind the scenes videos and Hot Laps from the roof of the Supercars.

FOX SPORTS’ Head of Innovation, Todd Procter, said: “FOX Vision is about giving Supercars fans the ultimate companion app for the biggest race of the season. The app will compliment the broadcast by delivering all of the key information and statistics while viewers watch the race on TV. The live 180 degree camera will let fans taste the adrenaline of Pit Lane and watch from the top of the mountain. And with features like our 3D interactive map and driver race statistics, the app is the ultimate Bathurst 1000 second screen experience.”

In addition to 360 degree videos (above), you can watch live 180 degree cameras perched trackside exclusively in the FOX Vision App.In addition to 360 degree videos (above), you can watch live 180 degree cameras perched trackside exclusively in the FOX Vision App.Source: FOX SPORTS
FOX SPORTS’ presenter, Jessica Yates said: “Bathurst is one of my favourite races on the Supercars calendar. It’s non-stop action and this year’s race will have the extra intensity of a close championship battle between Jamie Whincup and Scott McLaughlin; one mistake and it could be game over for either drivers. It really is all on the line in 2017. And between our 24/7 dedicated Bathurst channel and the new FOX Vision App, fans will be able to experience the Great Race like never before.”

FOX SPORTS’ dedicated 24/7 Bathurst channel is up and running on FOX SPORTS 506, with classic races and a number of entertainment programs including the all new Bathurst Top 10 Shootout and Bathurst Heroes & Legends, plus Inside Supercars, Supercars Life and Pit Lane LIVE capturing all of the build-up and excitement ahead of the big race.

The on-track action launches from 7.15am EDT on Thursday, with every session LIVE in HD, plus continuous coverage of the qualifying sessions and Race 20 broadcast across the weekend.

Mark Skaife and Neil Crompton return to call the action, while Russell Ingall and Yates analyse the action and all the big talking points across the weekend.

Australia’s number one multi-sport website, foxsports.com.au will also be the destination to follow the action online, with a dedicated Bathurst page featuring the latest news, highlights, and race information.

FOX SPORTS is exclusively available on Foxtel.

The price of a NZ First coalition: Free-to-air sport?

From http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/election/2017/10/the-price-of-a-nz-first-coalition-free-sport.html

Newshub can reveal yet another likely price of getting a coaltion deal with New Zealand First - free-to-air sport.

In a previously unaired interview, Winston Peters promised the policy would be a "non-negotiable" in return for his support in Government.

While the monarch-maker is staying quiet on what he'll press for in coalition talks, a previously unaired interview with Mr Peters at the Karaka sales in January this year suggests free-to-air sport is likely to be a non-negotiable demand.

Mr Peters insisted the policy would be implemented and said he didn't make promises he couldn't keep.

"I'm not going to say we're going to try and implement it - we will implement it," Mr Peters told Newshub.

"The fact is we don't go around making promises that we don't keep.

"There's about 1.2 million people who can't afford Sky. They're the mothers and fathers who put kids on sports fields all around this country."

When asked whether the policy was a bottom line, Mr Peters said he wasn't talking about bottom lines, but would stick to his word.

"Everybody who's dealing with Winston Peters and NZ First knows we intend, as in the past, to keep our word, so they should stop humbugging around."

Mr Peters is a sports lover from way back. He even put on a "media manager" hat, so he could be part of 2015's Parliamentary Rugby World Cup.

While the Parliamentary Cup doesn't make the cut for the NZ First's 'Games of National Significance' broadcasting policy, the actual Rugby World Cup would, along with domestic rugby tests, all 'significant' cricket, netball, soccer, tennis, basketball and rugby league matches, both the summer and winter Olympics, the Commonwealth Games and, of course, the NZ Trots.

The obvious catch is that sports like rugby may not be able to sell broadcast rights for as much and would have less income to pay players.

New Zealand First put up a private member's Bill on the policy this year, but it was voted down by both National and Labour.

"No Government is going to take roughly $125 million - the sporting rights income - away from sports in New Zealand," said Labour's spokesperson for sport and recreation Trevor Mallard at the time

But despite their earlier opposition, neither Labour or National would rule it out today.

Sky TV issued a statement warning of the costs involved in producing live sport and of the funding sports would miss out on if competition for rights was taken away.

(Craig's comment, I'm not sure what the fuss is about as Prime already show all the rugby FTA on a 80 minute delay and they won't put delayed domestic games in primetime as it just doesnt rate. I can't see them bothering with screening a 5 day cricket test match.)

Intelsat suggests ‘transferring’ C-band capacity to 5G

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/03/intelsat-suggests-transferring-c-band-capacity-to-5g/

Satellite giant Intelsat says it is working with Intel and is prepared – for cash – to cede some of its allocated C-band spectrum for use by wireless operators. The move is expected to financially benefit Intelsat and potentially other satellite players.

The move sees Intelsat and Intel proposing to the USA’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that the 3700-4200 MHz band, currently the sole preserve of satellite, be accessible by wireless operators and thus “help accelerate the introduction of 5G services, benefitting American consumers”.

Intelsat and Intel have proposed a market-based approach that will make available the necessary radio spectrum beginning approximately one-to-three years following FCC adoption – far faster than if the FCC had to impose new regulations impacting a wide variety of communications companies that include incumbent satellite and fixed terrestrial operators, mobile network providers and television broadcasters,” says Intelsat.

“Terrestrial mobile companies or other interested parties will be given the opportunity to use the spectrum they need by reaching commercial agreements with the current holders of the spectrum rights, satellite licensees, such as Intelsat.”

Intelsat explains why this is necessary, saying: “Facilitating access to mobile broadband spectrum is one of the great public policy challenges facing the FCC. C-band spectrum in 3700-4200 MHz, is currently used by satellite operators to enable all of the major broadcasters and media companies to deliver television content to millions of viewers across the United States. It is also used for telecommunications infrastructure, certain governmental aeronautical applications and private data networks in the United States.”

“Intelsat believes that joint use in the same frequency by both mobile and satellite services involves complex technical issues that could result in impairment of the satellite signals and unless carefully coordinated, this could mean interruptions to the TV broadcasts enjoyed by hundreds of millions of Americans.”

“The FCC has already indicated that it would like for new spectrum to be enabled to support mobile services. However, based on past experience of new spectrum rulings which took over a decade, it could take many years for the FCC to bring about a reallocation of spectrum because it will be opposed and litigated by those whose commercial interests could be damaged. Our market-based proposal provides an accelerated solution.”

This move helps explain the extremely positive share price movements for Intelsat these past weeks.

iN DEMAND selects Globecast

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/03/in-demand-selects-globecast/

Globecast, the global solutions provider for media, is providing iN DEMAND, a distributor of transactional entertainment to MVPDs, with fibre and uplink disaster recovery (DR) services, including playout and PPV services for iN DEMAND’s live content and event channels.

iN DEMAND’s Chief Technology Officer John Vartanian commented, “We evaluated the market carefully for this project, and Globecast was chosen for its expertise in content delivery and excellent technical infrastructure at its Los Angeles facility. The combination of its Media Factory solution, cable satellite distribution and extensive fiber network infrastructure was the best fit for our disaster recovery needs. We are confident that Globecast is the ideal back-up service to safely automate and manage our PPV channels if the need arises.”
Under this disaster recovery agreement, Globecast will provide continuous channel origination and uplink services of select PPV channels for AMC-11/3 and SES-3/13 satellite transponders, as well as terrestrial connectivity of three multiplexes from iN DEMAND’s primary origination facility for uplink to AMC-11/3, SES-3/8 and SES-3/13 satellites.}


There are a lot of "test" channels from Pakistan running on Asiasat 7. I've neglected to post about them as they seem to change by the day and are out of date by the time the site update is done. As I write there is a change it looks like the mux has moved from 3734 H Sr 5777 Fec 3/4 to 3745 V Sr 6519

Monday feed

Asiasat 5 4085 H Sr 7200 "UKI-1490 ETP World Feed" Golf
Asiasat 5 4067 H Sr 7120 "F267/1/FEED 1" Horse race presentation from France?

Sunday feeds

Asiasat 5 3867 H Sr 7200 "G23 Via 1" Thai fight Barcelona

Asiasat 5 3934 H 7200 "nameless" Topking World series Kick Boxing

Asiasat 5 4147 H Sr 7200 "UKI-1490 ETP World Feed" Golf
Asiasat 5 4151 V Sr 4936 "Nameless" Presenter

Intelsat 19 3707 V Sr 7200 "PARIS-NMS` HD" Top14 French Rugby

Saturday feeds

Asiasat 5 3936 V Sr 7200 Adelaide vs Richmond AFL match

D2 12661 V Sr 7500 "001TBS - ENC 1" Horses
D2 12679 V Sr 7200 "WAICOMM 1" NZ Golf

From my Email


From the Dish

Optus D3 156.0E 11845 H "BeIn Sports 2/3 Australia, Chelsea TV, LFC TV, MUTV and Foxtel More Movies" have started on , encrypted.
Optus D3 156.0E 11886 H "FX Australia +2, MTV Dance and MUTV" have started on , encrypted.
Optus D3 156.0E 11928 H "Foxtel Action Movies +2 and Syfy Australia +2" have started on, encrypted. Disney Junior Australia has left
Optus D3 156.0E 11970 H "Foxtel Family Movies +2 and A&E Australia +2" have started on ,encrypted. SoHo +2 has left.

Express AT2 140.0E 12245 R "CBS Drama Europe" has left

Vinasat 1 132.0E 11589 H HTV 7, Today TV, Cartoon Network Vietnam, Bong Da TV, SCTV Phim tong hop, The Thao TV, VTV 8, HBO Asia and Star Movies Vietnam have started on , encrypted. SCTV 5, VTC 7, Diva Asia, V News, Eurosport News Asia and SCTV 2 have left.

ChinaSat 6A 125.0E 4040 H "Guangdong Satellite TV" is Fta again.

Palapa D 113.0E 3758 H "Metro TV" has started on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 3780 V "ANTV has replaced Fashion One Asia" on , Irdeto.
Palapa D 113.0E 3843 V "ANTV" has started on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 4014 H "Flat Earth 101 Channel has replaced Share Channel TV" on , Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3810 H "Jaag TV" is back on, Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经84.8度轨道位置的Horizons 2号卫星Ku频段,Izvestiya TV(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11760 H 28800参数有条件接收。 [10月1日]
东经84.8度轨道位置的Horizons 2号卫星Ku频段,Dikiy替换Ohota i Rybalka(俄罗斯)频道,设置11920 H 28800参数免费接收。 [10月1日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Drama PK替换Multiplex(巴基斯坦)频道,设置3746 V 6520参数免费接收。 [10月1日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Fox life替换Star World(寰宇卫视)频道,设置12401 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [10月1日]
东经84.8度轨道位置的Horizons 2号卫星Ku频段,Fox Life替换Star World(英语)频道,设置11838 V 45000参数免费接收。 [10月1日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Film One、PAK Plus(巴基斯坦)频道重现,设置4070 H 2960参数免费接收。 [10月1日]

东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,Star Bharat替换APN News(印度)频道,设置11470 V 29500参数免费接收。 [9月30日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,Republic TV(MPEG-4)频道解密,设置11130 V 30000参数免费接收。 [9月30日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,EZ Mall(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置11130 V 30000参数免费接收。 [9月30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)等全组频道解密,设置11838 V 45000参数免费接收。 [9月30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)等全组频道解密,设置11758 V 45000参数免费接收。 [9月30日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星Ku频段,中国国际、CCTV-13(新华社)等频道重现,设置12323 V 12000参数部分免费接收。 [9月30日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,DD India、HEVC Test 2(印度)频道新增,设置10970 V 32000参数有条件接收。 [9月30日]
东经101.4度轨道位置的中星9A号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-3、CCTV-15(户户通)等全组频道改频率,设置11800 R 28800参数有条件接收。 [9月30日]
东经101.4度轨道位置的中星9A号卫星Ku频段,内蒙古少儿、宁夏公共(户户通)等全组频道改频率,设置11820 L 28800参数有条件接收。 [9月30日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,PAK Plus、Film One(巴基斯坦)频道消失,设置4070 H 2960参数无效接收。 [9月30日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,Zee Punjabi、HEVC Test 1(印度)频道新增,设置11010 V 32000参数有条件接收。 [9月30日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,ABP Ananada、UTV Movies(印度)频道新增,设置11670 H 32000参数有条件接收。 [9月30日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,Star Bharat HD替换life OK HD(高清)频道,设置11630 H 32000参数有条件接收。 [9月30日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,Star Jalsa、Prive HD(印度)等3个频道新增,设置11630 H 32000参数有条件接收。 [9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、Kix HD(老挝)等频道加密,设置10730 V 40000参数有条件接收。 [9月30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。 [9月30日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星Ku频段,中国国际(新华社)等全组频道消失,设置12323 V 12000参数无效接收。 [9月30日]
东经84.8度轨道位置的Horizons 2号卫星Ku频段,Zee Nung(HEVC)频道解密,设置11758 V 45000参数免费接收。 [9月30日]


Free-to-air Formula 1 coverage slashed

From https://www.speedcafe.com/2017/09/29/free-air-formula-1-coverage-slashed/

The Australian Grand Prix is likely to be the only F1 event on free-to-air television next year

The Australian Grand Prix will be the only Formula 1 event broadcast live on free-to-air television in Australia under a new agreement beginning with immediate effect.

Pay television network Foxtel has confirmed that it will continue to televise every F1 practice, qualifying and race ad-break free next year and will show the remaining six races of the current F1 season exclusively live.

Network 10 had originally been scheduled to broadcast three of those races, that being this weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix, the Mexican Grand Prix and the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix season finale.

The arrangement was part of a deal, signed in 2015, to air 10 of the season’s 21 races live on the station.

The Australian Grand Prix, which is included on the anti siphoning list, will remain on Network 10, who has struck a new two-year deal.

It has since been confirmed that the network will show highlights from each F1 race for the remainder of this season and next on its sister ONE channel on Mondays.

The move arrives while the troubled Network 10 is in the process of a takeover by American media organisation CBS, having been placed into administration earlier this year.

“Fox Sports will ensure Formula 1 fans in Australia can continue to watch every practice, qualifying and race live,” said Fox Sports CEO Patrick Delany.

“And from next season, we will be able to deliver even better coverage with no ad-breaks during racing for every race on the F1 calendar including the Australian Grand Prix.

“Fox Sports will be the only place to see the Malaysia Grand Prix live.”

Network 10 will continue as the free-to-air home of Supercars and MotoGP for the remainder of the season, with its 2017 programming schedule unchanged at this stage.

Network Ten Chief Executive Officer, Paul Anderson, said: “The Australian Grand Prix is an iconic sporting event and we are delighted that it will remain on TEN.

“Network Ten remains the free-to-air television home of motorsport. Our line-up includes the Supercars Championship, including the Supercars Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, the MotoGP World Championship and the motorsport destination show RPM.”

AsiaSat 9 moves towards slot in geostationary orbit

From https://www.rapidtvnews.com/2017100249050/asiasat-9-moves-towards-slot-in-geostationary-orbit.html#axzz4uMaHY7rZ

AsiaSat 9 has successfully separated from the upper stage of the Proton Breeze M launch vehicle, and its north solar array has been successfully deployed, its operator has announced.

AsiaSat 9 launch 2 October 2017AsiaSat acquired the first signals from its latest satellite in Hong Kong almost eight hours after its launch from Baikonur in Kazakhstan at 2.52am Hong Kong time on 29 September and the craft is now moving to its 122° East longitude slot in geostationary orbit. In-orbit testing will follow, before the satellite begins commercial service, delivering direct-to-home (DTH) television services, video distribution and VSAT broadband networks.

“We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks and gratitude to the mission teams of our long-time partners - Space Systems Loral, ILS and Khrunichev - for their dedication and professionalism in making today’s launch a huge success. We are eager to see our customers and Asia Pacific benefit from the quality and reliability of service AsiaSat 9 will make available,” said Andrew Jordan, president and CEO of AsiaSat. This next generation satellite, based on the SSL 1300 platform, will replace AsiaSat 4 and provide multiple C, Ku and Ka-Band payloads.

AsiaSat 9 will also offer new coverage for high growth markets in Asia, including the world’s first dedicated Ku-band Myanmar beam, and high-power Ku-band beams for Indonesia and Mongolia. Two enhanced Ku-band beams will serve Australasia and East Asia, and a wide C-band footprint will offer improved power over Asia, Australasia and the Pacific region.

SSL-Built Satellite for AsiaSat Begins Post-Launch Maneuvers According to Plan

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/SSL_Built_Satellite_for_AsiaSat_Begins_Post_Launch_Maneuvers_According_to_Plan_999.html

AsiaSat 9 in Launch Configuration at SSL Spacecraft Manufacturing Facility in Palo Alto, Calif. Image courtesy SSL. For a larger version of this image please go here.

Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), Asia's leading satellite operator and SSL, a leading provider of innovative satellites and spacecraft systems, has announced that the high performance AsiaSat 9 satellite was launched on 29 September Baikonur time (28 September US time) and is successfully performing post-launch maneuvers according to plan.

The satellite deployed its solar arrays on schedule following its launch aboard a Proton Breeze M vehicle provided by International Launch Services (ILS). It will begin firing its main thruster on 30 September Hong Kong time (29 September US time) to propel toward its final geostationary orbit. AsiaSat 9 provides high-power C-band coverage and additional Ku-band capacity for direct-to-home (DTH) television broadcast, video distribution, VSAT broadband networks and mobility services across the Asia-Pacific region.

"It has been our pleasure to work closely with the AsiaSat team to develop this innovative spacecraft," said Dario Zamarian, Group President of SSL. "I would like to thank and congratulate the teams at AsiaSat, ILS and SSL for making the launch of AsiaSat 9 a success."

AsiaSat 9 is the fifth and most powerful satellite that SSL has provided to AsiaSat, and it will help AsiaSat meet the continued growth in demand for both broadcast, communications and connectivity in the region. It incorporates numerous technology advances for higher power, more efficiency and flexibility, and additional capacity that will drive advanced services for AsiaSat's customers.

"AsiaSat 9 expands our reach into new markets with excellent power and coverage, and helps us broaden and add even more value to the services we can provide to our customers," said Andrew Jordan, President and Chief Executive Officer of AsiaSat. "SSL is a trusted and reliable partner in innovating and advancing the capability of our satellite fleet and our collaboration on AsiaSat 9 has resulted in a satellite that provides much faster communication rates and greater efficiency and flexibility than AsiaSat 4, which it is replacing."

AsiaSat 9 is equipped with multiple C, Ku and Ka-band payloads that provide coverage including the world's first dedicated Ku-band Myanmar beam, new high-powered Ku-band beams for Indonesia and Mongolia, and two enhanced Ku-band beams serving Australasia and East Asia, as well as a wider high-power C-band global beam. It will replace AsiaSat 4 at 122 degrees East and is built on the SSL 1300 platform, and designed to provide service for 15 years or more.

Ariane 5 rocket puts satellites into orbit on second attempt

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Ariane_5_rocket_puts_satellites_into_orbit_on_second_attempt_999.html

An Ariane 5 rocket put two commercial satellites into orbit after an initial attempt was aborted earlier this month, operator Arianespace said early Saturday.

The rocket launched successfully from the Kourou Space Centre in French Guiana on Friday, carrying the Intelsat 37e and the BSAT-4a satellites into space, Arianespace said.

The launch had initially been set for September 5 but was aborted in the final countdown as the main engine was being ignited for lift-off due to an "anomaly on the launcher," Arianespace said.

The last time an Ariane 5 lift-off was aborted at ignition was in March 2011.

Friday's launch was the fifth Ariane 5 rocket mission this year, and the ninth successful launch by Arianespace.

It saw the Intelsat 37e, which weighs around 6.5 tonnes, separating from the rocket just under 30 minutes after liftoff.

And the BSAT-4a satellite, which weighs around 3.5 tonnes, was placed in orbit a little more than 47 minutes after taking off from the French overseas territory in South America.

Intelsat 37e is a high-speed satellite built by Boeing that will offer high-performance telecoms services while BSAT-4a is a satellite for Japan's Broadcasting Satellite System Corp.

Kourou is Europe's spaceport in South America and Arianespace is a launch operator which puts satellites into orbit for the European Commission and European Space Agency.

Guiana, which is home to some 250,000 people, has been administered as a French region since the end of the 18th century.

Intelsat launches 37e satellite, expanding EpicNG network

From https://www.globaltelecomsbusiness.com/article/b1504g1zqlb6pv/intelsat-launches-37e-satellite-expanding-epicng-network

Intelsat launches its 37e satellite providing additional throughput to support various applications in the Americas, Africa and Europe.

Intelsat has announced the successful launch of its 37e satellite aboard the Ariane 5 launch vehicle from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana.

Lift off took place at 5:56 pm EDT and, with a confirmed signal acquisition, the 37e satellite separated from the rocket’s upper stage at 6:25 pm EDT.

Speaking on the successful launch Stephen Spengler, CEO of Intelsat, said: “Intelsat 37e is a powerful addition to our award-winning Intelsat EpicNG network. It brings new technology and resilience as we continue to deploy the first, all-digital, high-throughput satellite system.”

The Intelsat 37e is the first all-digital satellite to offer full, high-resolution interconnectivity between C, Ku and Ka spectrum bands for use in wireless backhaul, enterprise, government and mobility networks. The C-band offers a mix of high-power spot and wide beams, to deliver additional services and improved throughput. The Ku- and Ka-band steerable beams will increase network access and support high-demand areas for government and commercial mobile applications. Additionally, the Intelsat 37e satellite improves the resiliency of IntelsatOne Flex, its wholesale service, by bringing additional throughput to support enterprise, broadband, government and mobile applications in the Americas, Africa and Europe.

Spengler said: “Intelsat 37e features enhanced power sharing technology and steerable beams, which bring additional flexibility to meeting regional and application requirements over the life of the satellite. Intelsat 37e reflects our multi-band, open architecture philosophy. Our overarching goal is to offer satellite services that unlock high-demand applications such as mobility and wireless infrastructure, supporting the growth of our customers.”

The Intelsat 37e was manufactured by Boeing and, of the entire Intelsat EpicNG network fleet, has the highest throughput and features technology that enables power to be shared between shaped, fixed and steerable spot beams at Ku-band. Companies such as Speedcast, Omni-Access Algeria Telecom and TIM Brazil will be among the first customers to deploy services on Intelsat 37e.

Intelsat recently announced its partnership with Etisalat in which it will help the help to upgrade Etisalat’s network using its 33e high-throughput satellite.

End of KODI? Crackdown ramps up as ’bounty hunters’ tracking piracy law breakers

From http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/science-technology/857651/Kodi-add-ons-crackdown-piracy-laws-Bitcoin-bounty-hunters-torrents

KODI users have been warned that ‘bounty hunters’ are tracking down people who break strict piracy laws in return for a Bitcoin reward.

Kodi fans have been put on alert about ‘bounty hunters’ who are being rewarded with Bitcoin to hunt down and expose those who break piracy laws.

The Kodi surge continues without any sign of stopping, as users continue to ditch paid TV services for the online player.

Research has suggested Kodi - which offers access to thousands of channels - is being used in more than five million British homes.

Kodi software is not illegal, but developers can produce third-party add-ons that provide free access to pirated and illegal content.

It's these illegal add-ons that are being targeted by ISPs, government agencies, broadcasters and rights holders.

And now content producers are enlisting a novel way to tackle the growing problem of online piracy.

‘Bitcoin bounties’ are being offered in exchange for help tracking down online pirates.

TorrentFreak revealed the new way anti-piracy organisations are trying to entice the public to help them stop those who break piracy laws.

The way it works is content producers can create unique, identifying watermarks.

These are then added to movies, eBooks or other digital files before they are circulated.

When these get leaked to the public, bounty hunters can use the watermark to claim their Bitcoin reward and alert the copyright owner.

This helps spot leaks early and also identify the source of the leak, according to TorrentFreak.

The technology for these watermarks is owned by South African firm Custos, who are already working with a number of copyright holders.

They have recently announced a new partnership with book publisher Erudition Digital.

Unique watermarks are added to their eBooks, and if the copyrighted material gets leaked it will be up to bounty hunters to spot these identifying marks.

Custos and Erudition Digital are being helped in their efforts by anti-piracy outfit Digimarc.

The companies said: “The Custos approach is revolutionary in that it attacks the economy of piracy by targeting uploaders rather than downloaders, turning downloaders into an early detection network.

“The result is pirates turn to one another, sowing seeds of distrust amongst their communities.”

Only a selection number of bounty hunters are involved currently, but the reward scheme will be opened up to the general public in the near future.

The Bitcoin bounties vary in size - for an advanced copy of a movie it can be anything between $10 (£7.40) and $50 (£37).

For more sensitive content though the bounty can be $100 (£74) or more.

Kodi users warned about 'Bitcoin bounty hunters

Custos COO Fred Lutz said: “We can also adjust the bounty over time based on the customer’s needs.

“A low quality screener that was very sensitive prior to cinematic release dies bit require as large a bounty after cam-rips become available.”

Once the bounty system becomes available to the public, it will pose a serious obstacle to online pirates.

A number of torrent websites have already closed up shop this year amid harsher penalties for online piracy and other damaging external factors.

Just a few months ago, one popular torrent site - TorrentHound - shut down citing a lack in revenue as one of the main reasons.

While other popular torrent websites like Kickass Torrents, ExtraTorrent and Torrentz.eu have all shut down.

Kodi project lead Martijn Kaijser has revealed his team is looking to bring Digital Rights Management (DRM) to the platform to entice legitimate sources of copyrighted content to Kodi. If the plan works, here are some of the best movies, live sports and video games we'd love to see make the jump to Kodi

The penalties for online piracy have also become more severe this year thanks to the Digital Economy Act becoming law.

The new law raised the maximum possible sentence for online copyright infringement offences from two to 10 years.

The maximum sentence will only apply to people who commit serious copyright crimes, such as distributing content.

Torrent websites will also have to deal with the upcoming ad blocker that is coming to Google Chrome, the world’s most popular browser.

Adverts that will be affected are those which don’t fall within the “better ads standards” including pop-up ads.

The upcoming Google Chrome ad blocker is expected to have a big effect on torrent sites and the revenue they bring in.

The owner of one torrent site, who did not want to be named, told TorrentFreak that the Google Chrome ad blocker could signal the end of torrents.

They said: “The torrent site economy is in a bad state. Profits are very low. Profits are f***** compared to previous years.

“Chrome’s ad-blocker will kill torrent sites. If they don’t at least cover their costs, no one is going to use money out of his pocket to keep them alive.

“I won’t be able to do so at least.”

The ‘Bitcoin bounty hunters’ just add to the growing list of threats torrent websites and online pirates are having to face.

Whether they can continue to operate in the face of so many external pressures remains to be seen.

(Craig's comment, Chromes addblocker will make zero difference. Some sites are already testing Bitcoin miner based funding. You will need to click a button and donate 60 seconds of your cpu time Before your downloads start up. See coinhive.com as an example of web based bitcoin mining)

EFF: Kodi lawsuits “abusive”

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/02/eff-kodi-lawsuits-abusive/

Advocacy body the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) – which defends civil liberties in the digital world – has described recent initiatives by copyright enforcement bodies against preconfigured Kodi boxes as “abusive”, suggesting that courts should reject such expansions of copyright liability.

In a Deeplinks Blog Post, The War on General-Purpose Computing Turns on the Streaming Media Box Community, Jeremy Malcolm and Mitch Stoltz note that for most of the lifetime of Kodi since its release as XMBC in 2002, it was an obscure piece of free software that geeks used to manage their home media collections. “But in the past few years, the sale of preconfigured Kodi boxes, and the availability of a range of plugins providing access to streaming media, has seen the software’s popularity balloon—and made it the latest target of Hollywood’s copyright enforcement juggernaut,” they advise.

“We’ve seen this in the appearance of streaming media boxes as an enforcement priority in the US Trade Representative’s Special 301 Report, in proposals for new legislation targeting the sale of ‘illicit’ media boxes, and in lawsuits that have been brought on both sides of the Atlantic to address the ‘problem’ that media boxes running Kodi, like any Web browser, can be used to access media streams that were not authorised by the copyright holder. We’ve also seen it in the big TV networks’ vehement, sometimes disingenuous opposition to the US law and regulations that mandate effective competition in the cable set-top box market,” they contend.

According to the pair, the difficulty facing the titans of TV is that since neither those who sell Kodi boxes, nor those who write or host add-ons for the software, are engaging in any unauthorised copying by doing so, cases targeting these parties have to rely on other legal theories. “So far, several legal theories have been used; one in Europe against sellers of Kodi boxes, one in Canada against the owner of the popular Kodi add-on repository TVAddons, and two in the United States against TVAddons and a plugin developer,” they report.

In Europe, the case Stichting Brein v Jack Frederik Wullems (Filmspeler) was brought against a seller of Kodi boxes that came pre-installed with third-party plugins that were configured to access copyright-infringing streams. Malcolm and Stoltz say that although the seller was not engaged in any unauthorised reproduction of copyright works himself, the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled in April 2017 that because the boxes were configured with plugins that linked to copyright-infringing content, the defendant was infringing the copyright holder’s exclusive power to control “communication to the public” of a copyright work.

“The finding that the seller had engaged in a ‘communication to the public’ is, to be charitable, a stretch; especially because recital 27 of Europe’s Copyright Directive states that “the mere provision of physical facilities for enabling or making a communication does not in itself amount to a communication’,” they suggest. “As best as we can explain it, the court reasoned that the provision of the pre-configured Kodi boxes was, in practical terms, a necessary step enabling end users to access the copyright-infringing steams, since these streams were not readily accessible other than by use of Kodi configured with a plugin to access them. The judgment built upon an earlier bad decision that outlawed merely hyperlinking to copyright-infringing content if the party who posted the link knew that the content was infringing; and that they would be presumed to have such knowledge if the hyperlink was posted for financial gain,” they add.

The second legal theory that has been used against the Kodi community is that helping people get add-ons that can infringe copyright amounts to an inducement or authorisation of users’ copyright infringements. This claim has been used to bring complaints and threats against add-on developers, resulting in several of them shutting down, and also forms the basis of a lawsuit against the host of a repository of such add-ons, TVAddons, brought by Canadian telecommunications companies Bell, Videotron, Rogers and TVA.

They contend that it is “undisputed” that the vast majority of the Kodi add-ons hosted at TVAddons were not infringing. “Although some add-ons facilitate the users’ access to copyright-infringing streams, there is a strong case that no wrong has been committed by TVAddons for merely hosting them online for download. Canadian law, like American law, provides web hosts with a ‘safe harbor’ making them ‘exempt from liability when they act strictly as intermediaries in communication, caching and hosting activities’, they say, arguing that the lawsuit against TVAddons seeks to skirt that important protection by arguing that by merely hosting, distributing and promoting Kodi add-ons, the TVAddons administrator is liable for inducing or authorising copyright infringements later committed using those add-ons. “This argument, were it to succeed, would create new uncertainty and risk for distributors of any software that could be used to engage in copyright infringement,” they warn.

In conclusion, Malcolm and Stoltz suggest that the lawsuits by big TV incumbents seem to have a few goals: to expand the scope of secondary copyright infringement yet again, to force major Kodi add-on distributors off of the Internet, and to smear and discourage open source, freely configurable media players by focusing on the few bad actors in that ecosystem. “The courts should reject these expansions of copyright liability, and TV networks should not target neutral platforms and technologies for abusive lawsuits,” they declare.

Roku reveals new streaming players, OS8

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/02/roku-reveals-new-streaming-players-os8/

Fresh from a successful IPO, streaming platform and device specialist Roku has announced five new streaming players which it says will give people who enjoy TV better ways to connect to the streaming entertainment they love.

The new line-up includes a range of player models that Roku says offer better performance, improved wireless reception, new convenience features and greater value than ever before. Starting at just $29.99 (€25.50) MSRP, Roku says the new more powerful Roku Express makes HD streaming easy while those who want Roku’s ultimate player can get the new lower-priced $99.99 MSRP Roku Ultra. In addition, the company unveiled the newest version of its operating system, Roku OS 8.

“Our new streaming player line up provides performance, price and features to meet our users’ needs so they can sit back, relax and enjoy their TV viewing experience even more,” said Chas Smith, general manager of Roku TVs and players. “Consumers will love our new sleek Roku Streaming Stick+ with an innovative advanced wireless receiver that gives up to four times the wireless range and a remote that controls TV volume and power. It makes 4K and HDR streaming simple.”

Roku Express and Roku Express+:
Great for those who are looking to stream to the TV for the first time or extend their Roku OS experience to other TVs in the home.

The Roku Express+ is great for classic TVs. It offers the same streaming experience, with options to connect via HDMI or composite A/V ports (red/yellow/white jacks).

Roku Streaming Stick and Roku Streaming Stick+:
Small, powerful and portable for those who are on the move or want their streaming player hidden behind their TV. Features quad-core processor and 802.11 AC dual-band MIMO wireless. Now comes with a voice remote that includes TV power and volume buttons that can control compatible TV models and the Roku Streaming Stick together.

Roku Streaming Stick+ boasts exceptional wireless performance with its advanced wireless receiver that is innovatively built into the power cord. This new model offers up to four times the wireless range than the 2016 Roku Streaming Stick to minimize buffering. It combines brilliant 4K Ultra HD and HDR picture quality with the portability of the popular stick form factor.

Roku Ultra:
Roku’s most powerful and feature-packed player offers our best wireless performance and can stream HD, 4K and 4K HDR with up to 60 fps. The Roku Ultra features an ethernet port for wired connectivity and a micro SD slot to help speed up streaming channel load times.

The Roku platform provides streamers with access to 500,000 movies and TV episodes plus more than 5,000 channels. The Roku Channel, which launched just weeks ago, features hundreds of Hollywood hits and more with no fees, subscriptions or logins required.

The new line of streaming players will be available for pre-order immediately from Roku, Walmart, Best Buy, Amazon and other retailers; and is expected to be in stores around October 8th. Roku Express+ is available exclusively at Walmart beginning October 8th. Customers who purchase a new Roku player will receive a $10 Vudu credit towards a rental or purchase.

Roku OS 8, also unveiled by the company, delivers enhanced features that add convenience and value to a Roku TV user’s streaming experience. With a focus on bridging the gap between free, local broadcast TV received via HDTV antennas and streaming, the company unveiled several new Roku TV features, including a Smart Guide that shows over-the-air (OTA) broadcast TV and streaming options to help customers search for, find and discover entertainment. Other new features included in the update allow for easier search and voice control, such as enhanced voice commands allowing a user to launch streaming channels, switch inputs or control their Roku TV; TV Everywhere (TVE) single sign-on to eliminate having to enter login credentials multiple times; an updated 4K Spotlight Channel and more.

“At Roku, we love TV and we’re focused on making it better for everyone,” said Ilya Asnis, senior vice president of Roku OS at Roku. “Roku OS 8 delivers on our key pillars of ease, content and value. These new features make the entertainment experience more enjoyable for our customers, while solving some of the biggest pain points when watching TV today.”

•Smart Guide: An electronic programme guide for Roku TVs that seamlessly integrates information for local broadcast TV via an antenna with streaming options allowing customers to search for, find and discover entertainment. The guide provides programme information for local antenna broadcast TV channels from seven days in the past to up to 14 days in the future. Smart Guide also integrates the More Ways to Watch feature so users can see additional streaming options, such as: watch a movie or show from the beginning, see more episodes or browse similar entertainment. Over time, Smart Guide will even identify favourite broadcast channels available over-the-air by placing most viewed channels at the top of the programme guide.
•Roku Search for Over-the-Air Content: Local antenna broadcast TV options are now included in Roku Search results for Roku TV customers who use a TV antenna to receive free local broadcast TV. Roku search already spans across 500+ streaming channels and now, when a TV antenna is connected, will include results for local broadcast TV along with streaming options sorted by what is free or lowest cost for the viewer. Users can also search for antenna TV content via the Roku mobile app.
•Voice Control: Roku TVs now feature voice controls to make it easy to switch inputs, tune to a local antenna broadcast channel, launch a streaming channel and more. Voice controls for Roku TVs can be used via enhanced remotes with the microphone button or through the free Roku mobile app for iOS and Android mobile devices.
•Private Listening for Over-the-Air Content: Roku TV users with an antenna connected to their TV can now use private listening to hear audio for local antenna broadcast content either using their mobile device via the Roku mobile app or through the headphone jack on the remote control on select Roku TV models. This feature is also available for streaming.
•Fast TV Start: Allows a Roku TV to start quickly and launch a streaming or antenna TV channel in seconds simply using a voice command. For example, a user can say ‘launch Hulu’and the TV will turn on and open the Hulu streaming channel. Or, if they say, ‘tune to ABC’, the TV will turn on and tune to the local ABC station if an antenna is connected to the Roku TV.

•Enhanced Voice Features: Voice search now includes natural language understanding and can search for movies, shows, actors and directors, or even launch streaming channels, in a more conversational tone. For example, a user can say things such as, ‘show me movies with Tom Hanks’, ‘launch Hulu’, or even more detailed searches such as ‘show me comedies with Will Ferrell’.
•TV Everywhere Single Sign-On: TVE single sign-on, available for pay-TV customers, eliminates the need to log in to TVE channels repeatedly. Customers who subscribe to Dish, Cox, AT&T and hundreds of other providers will enjoy the convenience of single sign-on when using 30 TVE channels. More providers are expected to be added to the feature over time.
•4K Spotlight Channel Update: The redesigned Roku 4K Spotlight Channel makes it easier than ever to find 4K, HDR and Dolby Vision content available on the Roku platform for players and TVs that support these standards. The 4K Spotlight Channel now features a new navigation menu to help users quickly select the type of content they wish to view, inclusion of more content categories to easily browse by genre, and the option to choose from multiple streaming channels if a movie or show is available from more than one provider.

In addition, a variety of other enhancements and bug fixes were also included.

Roku OS 8 will begin rolling out to Roku players in early October, and Roku TV models beginning in November. The software update is expected to rollout to all Roku devices by the end of the year.


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update


AsiaSat 9 is up and away!! replacing Asiasat4 @ 122.2E with C and Ku and KA band! see news section

Friday feeds

Intelsat 19 12454 H Sr 15000 AFL Grand parade
Intelsat 19 12438 H Sr 15000 FOXTEL AFL360 FTA

Optus D2 12675 V Sr 15000 "TBS SNG" Footy in 4:2:2

Optus D1 12652 V Sr 7200 seven news sports cross for AFL

(Thanks guys on Facebook Feeds group)

From my Email


From the Dish

Eutelsat 172A 172.0E 4160 V "Australia Channel News has replaced Sky News Australia" on , BISS. Premier League TV is now encrypted.

Optus D3 156.0E 11720 H "Binge" has started on , encrypted.

Vinasat 1 132.0E 11549 H "O2TV" has started on , encrypted.

Telkom 3S 118.0E 12560 H "Bioskop Indonesia and Khazanah" have started on again, Irdeto.

ABS 2 75.0E 3672 V "Go Plus" has started on , Fta.

ABS 2 75.0E 12407 V "KBS World" is now encrypted.

ABS 2 75.0E 12467 V "VoA TV Asia, Sangeet Bangla and CGTN have started on , Exset. Star Sports 1, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 Tamil and Star Jalsha" have left.

ABS 2A 75.0E 12533 V "Royal HD and Mass TV" have left again.
ABS 2A 75.0E 12587 V "E Box, Dream Box, MNB, Like HDTV, Malchin TV, Suld TV, 9 TV, Molor HD, Soyon Gegeeruulegch TV, OTV and Nutag 21" have left again.

From asiatvro site

东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,EZ Shop(Cignal)频道新增,设置11627 H 20000参数有条件接收。 [9月29日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,AN TV替换Festival(印尼)频道,设置3780 V 29720参数有条件接收。 [9月29日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,VTV Hyundai(越南)频道新增,设置11088 V 28800参数免费接收。 [9月29日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,TVB 8(高清)频道加密,设置4155 H 7200参数有条件接收。 [9月29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5个频道新增,设置10790 H 40000参数免费接收。 [9月29日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,BHR TV(测试)频道新增,设置12272 H 33333参数免费接收。 [9月29日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2A号卫星Ku频段,Doc Box(蒙古)频道解密,设置12588 V 45000参数免费接收。 [9月29日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2A号卫星Ku频段,E Box、MNB(蒙古)等频道消失,设置12588 V 45000参数无效接收。 [9月29日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,F-Mem、Fashion Weeks(时装)等频道消失,设置3740 V 30000参数无效接收。 [9月29日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Ru TV、国家地理(俄罗斯)等全组频道消失,设置11045 H 44923参数无效接收。 [9月29日]


Successful lift-off of AsiaSat 9

From press release

AsiaSat’s most powerful satellite launched for Asia-Pacific
with enhanced power, efficiency and flexibility

Hong Kong, 29 September 2017 – Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), Asia’s leading satellite operator announced successful lift-off of AsiaSat 9, the company’s most powerful and advanced communications satellite on 29 September at Baikonur time 00:52 a.m. (02:52 a.m. Hong Kong Time). It is the 5th AsiaSat satellite built by SSL and the 5th launch collaboration with ILS’s Proton Breeze M rocket.
AsiaSat acquired the first signals from the satellite in Hong Kong 7 hours, 54 minutes after the launch, and approximately 9 hours, 13 minutes after lift-off, the AsiaSat 9 spacecraft successfully separated from the upper stage of the launch vehicle. AsiaSat 9 is now moving to its operational position in a Geostationary Orbit, where in-orbit testing will be carried out over the few weeks before it begins commercial service.

“We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks and gratitude to the mission teams of our long-time partners - Space Systems Loral, ILS and Khrunichev for their dedication and professionalism in making today’s launch a huge success. We are eager to see our customers and Asia-Pacific benefit from the quality and reliability of service AsiaSat 9 will make available,” said Andrew Jordan, President and Chief Executive Officer of AsiaSat.
This next generation satellite, based on the SSL 1300 platform, is designed to replace AsiaSat 4 and to provide multiple C, Ku and Ka-Band payloads for direct-to-home (DTH) television broadcast, video distribution, VSAT broadband networks and mobility services at 122 degrees East longitude. With innovative and cutting-edge features such as Asia’s highest powered 110 watts C-band TWTA, special filter design, star tracker and hall effect thrusters, AsiaSat 9 is able to deliver enhanced performance, higher efficiency and operational stability.

AsiaSat 9 will also offer brand new coverage for high growth markets in Asia, including the world’s first dedicated Ku-band Myanmar beam, high-power Ku-band beams for Indonesia and Mongolia, in addition to two enhanced Ku-band beams serving Australasia and East Asia, and a wide C-band footprint that offers significantly improved power over Asia, Australasia and the Pacific region.
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About AsiaSat

Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), the leading satellite operator in Asia, serves over two-thirds of the world's population with its six satellites, AsiaSat 3S, AsiaSat 4, AsiaSat 5, AsiaSat 6, AsiaSat 7 and AsiaSat 8. The AsiaSat satellite fleet serves both the broadcast and telecommunications industries. Over 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’s new satellite, AsiaSat 9, was successfully launched on 29 September 2017 to replace AsiaSat 4. 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:
Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited
Winnie Pang, Manager, Marketing Communications | Tel: (852) 2500 0880 | Email: wpang@asiasat.com

AsiaSat 9, AsiaSat’s most powerful satellite, successfully lifted off from Baikonur on 29 September 2017

More photos: http://www.asiasat.com/news/photo-gallery

AsiaSat 9 video: http://www.asiasat.com/news/video

AsiaSat 9 launch mission webpage: http://www.asiasat.com/asiasat-9-launch

Formula 1 TV rights shift to Foxtel from Ten

From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/media/formula-1-tv-rights-shift-to-foxtel-from-ten/news-story/586b94892be2db7015dec86723be4e2f

Foxtel and Fox Sports have scored a major coup by securing exclusive broadcast rights to Formula 1 racing from Ten Network, Media can reveal.

It is understood the pay-TV operator will air the entire current season from this Sunday with every race, qualifying and practice session set to be shown live and in high definition.

Ten has only retained the rights to the Australian Grand Prix, which will be simulcast by Foxtel as an ad-free broadcast.

Iconic races on the F1 calendar — including the Monaco Grand Prix and British Grand Prix at Silverstone — will only be available to watch on Foxtel.

A new deal will take effect this weekend with the Malaysian Grand Prix immediately switching to the pay-TV platform. Industry sources said an announcement will be made tonight.

Under the existing arrangements, signed in 2015, Ten had exclusive rights to 10 out of 21 races, but the broadcaster is dropping the contract to slice costs from its programming budget.

A bid by US entertainment giant CBS to take over Ten was recently approved by creditors and staff after the media company was placed into receivership.

But rival joint bid partners Bruce Gordon, owner of Ten’s regional affiliate WIN Corporation, and Lachlan Murdoch, co-chairman of News Corp, publisher of The Australian, are understood to be awaiting an independent expert report due to be filed with the corporate regulator on October 10 before deciding ­whether to block the transfer to CBS.

It comes as News Corp and Telstra pursue plans to combine Foxtel and Fox Sports into a sports and entertainment pay-TV player ahead of a stock market float.

While no deal has been finalised yet, the two sides have kicked off talks and sought regulatory approval. They hope to get a green light by March 2018.

Foxtel is jointly owned by News Corp, and Telstra, while Fox Sports is wholly owned by News.

ILS Proton launches Asiasat 9 satellite for Asiasat

From https://www.telecompaper.com/news/ils-proton-launches-asiasat-9-satellite-for-asiasat--1213993

International Launch Services (ILS) carried the AsiaSat 9 satellite into orbit on 29 September on an ILS Proton for Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company (AsiaSat) of Hong Kong. This was the 3rd commercial mission of the year for ILS and the 96th ILS Proton launch overall. The satellite was built by SSL (Space Systems Loral).

The Proton M launch vehicle, using a 5-burn Breeze M mission design, lifted off from Pad 39 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 00:52 a.m. local time with the AsiaSat 9 satellite on board. Separation of the AsiaSat 9 satellite occurred as planned, 9 hours, 13 minutes after lift-off. This was the 416th launch for Proton since its maiden flight in 1965. The Proton Breeze M vehicle is developed and built by Khrunichev Space Center of Moscow.

ILS said AsiaSat 9 will provide enhanced performance, higher efficiency and greater flexibility for DTH, video distribution, VSAT broadband and mobility services. AsiaSat 9 is a replacement satellite for AsiaSat 4 at 122°E with multiple C, Ku and Ka-band payloads. It carries what ILS calls the world’s first dedicated Ku-band Myanmar beam, new Ku-band beams for Indonesia and Mongolia, in addition to two enhanced Ku-band beams serving Australasia and East Asia and a wider high-power C-band coverage across the Asia-Pacific region. The five Ku band beams onboard AsiaSat 9 are equipped with cross-strap beam switching capability to provide flexible coverage.

Russian booster rocket launches commercial satellite

From http://www.njherald.com/article/20170928/AP/309289646#/

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian Proton-M booster rocket carrying a U.S.-built commercial satellite has had a successful liftoff from Kazakhstan.

The Proton-M blasted off as scheduled on Thursday from the Baikonur launch facility that Russia leases in southern Kazakhstan, taking the AsiaSat 9 telecommunications satellite into space. The satellite is owned by Hong Kong-based AsiaSat.

The launch follows several other successful Proton launches this year after a yearlong break that resulted from a flawed launch in June 2016. A probe spotted manufacturing flaws in the Proton's engines, prompting the Russian space agency to ground the rocket so the engines could be reproduced.

Russia's space program relies on the Proton-M for most commercial satellite launches in the competitive global launch market.

New Zealand opens first rocket launch site

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/New_Zealand_opens_first_rocket_launch_site_999.html

The New Zealand Space Agency will be capitalizing on Rocket Lab launches to help build New Zealand's capacity and expertise in all manner of space-related activities and will support the strategic opportunities that are likely to flow, Joyce said.

New Zealand Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce on Wednesday opened New Zealand's first orbital launch site, Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1, on the Mahia Peninsula on the North Island's east coast.

Joyce congratulated Rocket Lab's chief executive and founder Peter Beck and his team "who have worked hard to achieve this," saying in a statement that "it is their innovation and perseverance that has made this day possible."

Joyce said that he was "looking forward to the first launches from Mahia expected later this year, with more to come next year when Rocket Lab launches with commercial payloads."

"Rocketlab is just one of the most visible of hundreds of new generation kiwi hi-tech companies that are rapidly growing high-value exports and leading New Zealand into a hi-tech future," he said.

Rocket Lab is an American company with a New Zealand subsidiary and it was founded in 2006 by New Zealander Peter Beck, the company's CEO and CTO.

Rocket Lab will be a catalyst for other space-related activity in New Zealand, the minister said.

New Zealand is establishing a world-leading regulatory regime to be managed by a new national space agency, located within the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, Joyce said.

"The new agency has been very busy not only supporting Rocket Lab to navigate the regulatory environment, but also putting in place the foundations for an internationally credible, competitive and well-connected New Zealand-based space industry," he added.

The New Zealand Space Agency will be capitalizing on Rocket Lab launches to help build New Zealand's capacity and expertise in all manner of space-related activities and will support the strategic opportunities that are likely to flow, Joyce said.

Long March-2 rocket carries three satellites into space

From http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1068855.shtml

China launched three remote sensing satellites Friday on a Long March-2C rocket from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Southwest China's Sichuan Province.

The Yaogan-30 01 satellites will conduct electromagnetic probes and other experiments. The satellites were developed by the Micro Satellite Innovation and Research Institute under the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Xu Qin, deputy chief designer of the Long March-2C rocket, told the China Central Television that Long March-2C rockets play an important role in commercial space missions before a new generation of carrier rockets could replace the ones that rely on conventional fuels.

Xu said the next step would be to improve the Long March-2C's carrying capacity, increase the production efficiency and shorten the preparation time for rocket launch.

"Our goal is to fulfill our customer's launch demand within 12 months from the time a request is filed," Xu said.

By 2020, Long March-2C will complete more than 30 launches and commercial missions would account for about 25 percent of them, Xu noted.

The launch is the 251st mission of the Long March rocket family. In July, a Long March-5 rocket, carrying an experimental communications satellite, failed shortly after launch.

Travelxp 4K launching on Eutelsat

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/09/29/travelxp-4k-launching-on-eutelsat/

Travelxp 4K is going live with a full transmission service on October 1st on Eutelsat’s ‘hot bird’ satellite. The launch means that viewers of suitable 4K displays will be able to view Travelxp’s impressive – and mostly High Dynamic Range – output.

Travelxp 4K has been gathering travel and tourism footage and programming for the past two years. Travelxp 4K will be available in English, Spanish Polish, Serbian, Croatian and Dutch in the coming months. Localisation in other languages will shortly be announced. The channel will initially feature 100 hours of world class travel programmes filmed across the world with multicultural hosts. The 4K version of the Travelxp brand follows the success of Travelxp HD that offers 100 per cent of originally-produced premium travel and lifestyle programming distributed to over 50 million homes globally.

Now encrypted, Travelxp 4K is encoded in HEVC, at 50 frames per second (50p), with 10 bits of colour depth (1 billion colours), in the BT2020 colour space, and High Dynamic Range (HDR) with the Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) standard developed by the BBC and NHK that creates richer and more dynamic images by increasing the contrast ratio between the lightest and darkest areas of the screen and expanding the volume of colours displayed. The HLG standard enables Standard Dynamic Range (SDR) TV sets to display an Ultra HD image (in SDR mode).

Travelxp 4K CEO, Prashant Chothani, commented: “We started the test feed on Eutelsat’s HOTBIRD neighbourhood at the beginning of the year and kept it Free-to-Air to enable operators and hardware vendors to access an HLG HDR content feed. As the world’s first 4K HDR channel, we are extremely grateful to all partners, vendors and stakeholders who have made this happen. Quality is at the forefront of Travelxp 4K and viewers are going to love the quality of content that we have produced.”

BT to broadcast live from space

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/09/29/bt-to-broadcast-live-from-space/

BT will be delivering a live broadcast link between London and the International Space Station (ISS), allowing visitors at the New Scientist Live event to interact with Italian European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Paolo Nespoli.

BT’s media and broadcast division is working with the European Space Agency to provide the live broadcast technology, allowing visitors to the event at London’s ExCeL showcase to watch the astronaut live as he orbits 250 miles above the earth, as part of a five month mission on board the ISS.

BT’s bespoke Outside Broadcast (OB) truck, coupled with the iconic BT Tower, will enable the broadcast from space to happen. The specialist, high-capacity vehicle is key to the monitoring and pre-production of the link. It is capable of receiving multiple HD and UHD feeds simultaneously, ensuring a high-quality viewing and listening experience.

The video and audio of Paolo, picked up by the camera at the ISS, will start its journey to the UK via three satellites orbiting 36,000km from Earth, known as the Tracking and Data Relay System (TDRS). These satellites will transmit the footage to the Johnson Space Centre TV facility where they will then enter the Encompass Atlanta broadcast hub for connectivity to London over a fibre-optic global network. When it reaches London, the TV signal will convert from US TV standards to UK standards and be presented to BT’s Facility Line switch in BT Tower. The signal is then encoded and compressed to 90Mbps across the local fibre circuit to the ExCeL centre, decoded back to a HD signal at 1.485Gbps by the BT OB truck and presented to the on-site production vehicle for delivery to the New Scientist Live main theatre.

Mark Wilson-Dunn, vice president of BT Media & Broadcast, said: “This is an unusual but exciting ask for us, and a bit of a technical challenge given the route the feed takes via multiple satellites from space back to the UK. A stellar effort from our team, coupled with the very best broadcasting equipment and our world-class fibre network, will offer today’s visitors the chance to interact with Paolo on his mission.”

SES boosts sat-based WiFi to cruise ships

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/09/29/ses-boosts-sat-based-wifi-to-cruise-ships/

A modern cruise liner can have as many as 6,000 passengers, plus crew, and is in essence a small town on the water. Carnival Corporation, the world’s largest leisure travel company, says it has contracted with MedallionNet, a “game-changing” connectivity service enabled by SES Networks. “MedallionNet will provide guests with easy-to-access Wi-Fi that features exceptional speeds and bandwidth, pervasive stateroom signal strength and unprecedented service consistency,” says the company.

SES Networks is providing the bandwidth to the service. SES is using both its Geo fleet and Mid-Earth orbiting fleet of O3b satellites to provide seamless connectivity to passengers.

This innovative service is also enabled by hardware and software shipboard technology advances associated with Carnival Corporation’s proprietary O·C·E·A·N Experience Platform.

“Staying connected is inextricably linked to our daily life experiences and that now extends to the vacation experience, even when sailing in the middle of the sea,” said John Padgett, chief experience and innovation officer for Carnival Corporation. “MedallionNet will set the new standard for Wi-Fi service at sea and we look forward to rolling it out to our guests. Our top priority is doing everything we can to exceed guest expectations, and by listening closely to our guests, we know Wi-Fi connectivity is important to many of our guests. For guests who want to disconnect, they are free to do so. But for those who want to stay connected, MedallionNet will make it easy for them – and that includes being able to easily send photos, videos and messages letting everyone know they are having a fabulous vacation.”


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Asiasat 5 4156 H Sr 7200 "RUS-084" Ice hockey
Asiasat 5 4165 H Sr 7200 "LA-ENC1-DRX365" talking head

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Optus D3 156.0E 11762 H Fox Sports More, Sky News Business Channel, BBC First Australia, Disney XD Australia and Foxtel Disney Movies have started on , encrypted.
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Palapa D 113.0E 3750 H "Space Drama" has started on , Fta.
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Palapa D 113.0E 3932 V "Qur'an Hedayah Indonesia has replaced Al-Quran Hedayah" on , Fta.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3690 V "BTV" is Fta

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Sky TV's exodus tough to stop, but 'greed' is not the problem

From https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/97333437/sky-tvs-exodus-tough-to-stop-but-a-fresh-attitude-could-slow-it-down

Sky TV needs to learn to press the right buttons with customers, if it is not to see more fall offside.

OPINION: Sky Television shareholders will be in a sour mood when they meet in Auckland for its annual meeting on October 29.

Sky shares have fallen 40 per cent since the company's last annual meeting and there seems little the company can do to get out of its current pickle.

"Greed" is not the big problem.

Sky's 705,000 satellite subscribers spend an average of $83 a month on its service, while the company made a pre-tax profit of $167m last year.

Even if Sky decided to make no profit, it would still need to charge an average of nearly $64 a month – more than four times the price of Netflix or Lightbox.

Because of Sky Sports, Sky spends roughly $38 a month per customer on content.

If Sky can't beat the Netflixes of this world, why not join them?

Added to that is the expense of its satellite and set-top box infrastructure, a cost that internet television providers don't face.

So if it can't beat the Netflixes of this world, why not join them?

Chief executive John Fellet is testing an internet-only version of Sky that would look much like its satellite service, but without the set-top box.

But the business can't adopt a Netflix-like business model because it can't dump satellite transmission.

Many Sky customers value the hassle-free experience it provides and I'm one of them.

Freeview tells me I "might" get its HD service in my wind-tunnel valley in Wellington if I put up a high aerial, but I'd worry about it ending up in South America.

I'm content to pay $39 a month for Sky Basic and a MySky box after a $10 Vodafone discount, given I can turn on (at extra cost) SoHo when Silicon Valley is playing, or Sky Sports if the Wellington Phoenix get on a winning streak and I can't be bothered walking to the stadium.

Sports fans in rural New Zealand with poor internet connections may be reliant on satellite broadcasts for at least the next decade.

Whether one home or a million are picking up a satellite signal, the cost of providing it is the same and needs to be spread among Sky's customer base somehow.

And so we face a continuing decline in Sky's traditional business as young and urban customers with good internet access desert it for streaming services.

That will leave a shrinking group of Kiwis to foot the bill for Sky's fixed costs until the whole model unravels.

Sky TV boss John Fellet says the loss of 33,800 satellite subscribers shows customers don't feel trapped.

This year, Sky announced the loss of 33,880 satellite subscribers and the worry at the AGM will be that it has little in train to stop that exodus accelerating over the coming year.

About all customers can look forward to is stable pricing and an improved internet-delivered electronic programming guide (EPG) that will be rolled out over the next six to 18 months.

That should make it easier to browse and discover Sky's on-demand content.

Improving its track record executing technical advances isn't the only thing Sky needs to do to slow its slide.

It must also tackle head-on the resentment that is amplifying the difficulties it is facing with its value proposition.

Sky Sports is the main reason Sky's content costs are much higher than those of its online competitors

Sky Sports is the main reason Sky's content costs are much higher than those of its online competitors

Talking after Sky delivered its annual results last month, Fellet disagreed customers felt "trapped" by Sky, but added "I wish they did".

"They may state that they do, but the disconnects have proven otherwise," he explained.

Full marks for honesty, but that hints at a dangerous psychology.

Sky should reconsider the axing of its Fan Pass daily and weekly passes for Sky Sports, which provided a safety value for people's frustration with its stranglehold over key sports.

It is past time for Sky to make it as easy for customers to turn off extra channels and services through their remote control as it is to sign up to them.

Sky is no longer a monopoly in quite the way it was and should get ahead of the curve adapting to its new status by accepting its custom will be more fluid.

Realistically there is only so much Sky can do to provide better value to customers.

But, with more imagination and technological investment, there are promotions it could consider to offer more for the same price, while minimising the cannibalisation of its revenues.

In the long run, neither Sky nor Netflix may offer the best model for video distribution. Both rely heavily on a system of exclusive distribution rights which it will not be in consumers' or programmers-makers' interests to retain forever, in an increasingly fragmented market.

But Sky needs to hang on to as much as its legacy business for as long as it can, to give it time to forge new partnerships – perhaps with the likes of Amazon – that could see it retain a reduced place in the value chain.

It's a familiar challenge in the media industry. Sky will find it easier to face if a decent chunk of its remaining customers actually want it to succeed.

Measat Satellite scraps RM702mil contract with Astro

From http://www.thestar.com.my/business/business-news/2017/09/27/measat-satellite-scraps-rm702mil-contract-with-astro/

Astro expects no operational impact from the contract termination, saying there is sufficient capacity and redundancy is available across its existing leased transponders from current satellites.

KUALA LUMPUR: Commercial satellite operator Measat Satellite Systems Sdn Bhd (MSS) has scrapped a US$166.4mil (RM702.4mil) agreement to supply back-up transponder capacity to Astro Malaysia Holdings

Bhd’s TV services and radio broadcasting arm.

MSS, which inked a conditional agreement with Astro’s unit Measat Broadcast Network Systems Sdn Bhd (MBNS) in May 2013 to supply the capacity, aborted the deal through a “no-fault terminating event,” Astro told Bursa Malaysia.

The capacity was to come from six Ku-band transponders on the to-be-launched Measat-3c (M3c) satellite. MSS has the right to abort the deal if the satellite was not launched by Nov 15, 2016, and it wasn’t.

Following that, MSS has terminated its satellite agreements to procure M3c.

Astro said no penalties were due under such event and no payment had been made under the supply of transponder capacity agreement.

The proposed utilisation was intended to act as back-up capacity if the M3b satellite failed to launch and start operations in 2014 or if there was a breakdown in any of the Astro group’s Ku-band transponders on other satellites.

Under the agreement, MBNS would utilise transponder capacity of six Ku-band transponders on the M3c satellite in tranches over a 15-year period.

The annual fee per Ku-band transponder would be US$1.8mil for the first two years, US$2mil for the next four years, and US$2.2mil for the rest of the contract period. Hence the total fee would be US$166.4mil.

MSS’ ultimate holding company is MAI Holdings Sdn Bhd. T. Ananda Krishnan, who is Astro’s substantial shareholder through Usaha Tegas Sdn Bhd, controls MAI.

Effect of termination

“The board is of the view that there is no financial or operational impact to the company from this termination as sufficient capacity and redundancy is available across its existing leased transponders from current satellites especially as technology advancement has enabled efficient utilisation of existing transponders,” Astro said.

Nonetheless, it said, MBNS was in discussions on additional satellite and/or transponder capacity required for the longer term.

Broadcasters welcome EC online piracy pledge

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/09/28/broadcasters-welcome-ec-online-piracy-pledge/

The Association of Commercial Television in Europe (ACT) welcomed the publication of the European Commission’s Communication Tackling Illegal Content Online: Towards an enhanced responsibility of online platforms. The Communication’s self-regulatory approach involves online platforms taking greater responsibility for removing illegal content uploaded by users.

The Communication is clear that violations of intellectual property – primarily copyright – are one of the illegal practices which must be tackled. As part of the ongoing reform of the Copyright Directive, the Commission has also proposed that some online platforms should be responsible for either seeking copyright licences or removing unlicensed works.

According to the ACT, these reforms are necessary and entirely consistent with existing case law and legislation. ACT has consistently supported action to address the harm caused by unlawful online hosting of TV programmes and films.

“Illegal online versions destroy the financial value of TV and film productions and ultimately lead to less content for audiences to enjoy,” declared Agnieszka Horak, ACT’s Director of Legal and Public Affairs. “The Commission’s ambitions for the Digital Single Market will only be met if it tackles this destruction of value in the audio-visual sector. Respect for intellectual property rights is one of the standard rules of business. Until now, modest attempts to ease online platforms into taking greater responsibility for the content they host have been unfairly criticised.”

“Commercial broadcasters are encouraged that intellectual property violations are now among the issues the Commission says online platforms must address. Today’s Communication complements the legislative proposals already under negotiation to clarify the responsibility of online platforms as part of reforms to the Copyright Directive. Both initiatives need to be pursued in parallel.”

“The EU is taking increasingly confident steps to get online platforms playing by the same rules as everyone else. The Commission has set out today an initial list of practical measures that responsible platforms must now take. Clear requirements for platform responsibility will benefit all Europeans,” she concluded.

Amazon debuts $70 4K HDR Fire TV

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/09/28/amazon-debuts-4k-uhd-hdr-fire-tv/

In a move that massively undercuts rival Apple’s similar product launched in mid-September and priced at $179 (€153) for 32GB of storage, and $199 for 64GB, Amazon has announced the all-new Fire TV featuring Ultra HD, High Dynamic Range (HDR), and Alexa Voice Remote for just $69.99. Forty per cent more powerful than Fire TV Stick, the next generation of Amazon Fire TV works seamlessly with Ultra HD or HDR compatible TVs.

“The all-new Fire TV delivers a great entertainment experience with the best picture quality on a Fire TV, 4K Ultra HD, HDR, and an unbeatable selection of content – all at an affordable price,” said Marc Whitten, Vice President, Amazon Fire TV. “With Alexa, the new Fire TV makes it easier to navigate content and discover great movies and TV shows, all by using your voice.”

The all-new Amazon Fire TV is available for pre-order from www.amazon.com/firetv and will begin shipping to US customers on October 25th.

Amazon also introduced the all-new Echo with improved sound and a new design for $99.99; the all-new Echo Plus with a built-in smart home hub for $149.99; and the all-new Echo Spot which features a stylish, compact design with a screen for $129.99.

Alongside its new Echo product line, the new Fire TV model is smaller and lighter than the previous version, and is now in a dongle form factor, according to critical information, analytics and solutions source IHS Markit. The product is powered over Micro-USB and incorporates 2GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity, and an Amlogic S905Z SoC with four 1.5 Ghz ARM Cortex A53 cores and Mali 450 MP3 GPU. It will ship with Fire OS 6, based on Android 7.1 Nougat.

In terms of new capabilities, the new Fire TV supports 4K, 60 fps video with HDR (HDR10 but not Dolby Vision), and Dolby Atmos audio output. As with the previous model, a mic-equipped Bluetooth voice remote for search and Alexa input is also included.


The new Fire TV’s hardware specification, a 2GB RAM-equipped Amlogic S905-based platform, is roughly the same as what is currently within some Android TV STBs such as the Xiaomi Mi Box 4K, Telebee’s Mi Box by KT SkyLife in South Korea, and Foxconn’s Bandott STB in Taiwan. Amlogic’s S905 and S912 platforms are popular in low-cost, moderate-performance use cases, and are particularly prominent within China’s low-cost gray-market Android STB sector. “In terms of performance, the new Fire TV device is notably slower in graphics/gaming performance than the PowerVR GPU-equipped 2nd-gen Fire TV that it replaces, falling in between the aforementioned and the current Fire TV Stick in GPU capabilities,” said Paul Erickson, senior research analyst for service provider technology at IHS Markit.

Amazon opted for the quad-core S905 instead of Amlogic’s octa-core S912 that primarily delivers better gaming performance over the S905. The implications are dual, the first being that Amazon’s focus was in delivering core capabilities while reducing cost substantially at the expense of gaming performance. This seems driven by increasing competition at sub-$99 in the OTT device market from both Google and Roku. “The second implication is that gaming performance and, by extension, gaming itself did not prove enough of a collective demand driver to warrant priority in this new third-generation Fire TV,” continued Erickson. “If true, it is a troubling market dynamic for the new Apple TV 4K to face, given that high-quality gaming is one of the product’s value-added propositions justifying its price premium.”

Amazon’s updated Fire TV brings needed upgrades in capability as Roku and Google have upped the competitive velocity for streaming devices at the sub-$100 and sub-$80 price bands. 4K with HDR support is now considered baseline for anything not considered an entry-level budget device. Dolby Atmos support is not a strong demand driver as a competitive differentiator yet, but may be over time as content providers roll out premium content over the next two years.

For Google, the new Fire TV further underscores price-related positioning issues with Chromecast Ultra, a dongle incapable of standalone operation priced at parity with fully-standalone 4K products from Amazon and Roku, according to Erickson. Similar positioning issues exist for the entry-level Chromecast.

For Roku, Amazon’s offering sits squarely between its Premiere and Premiere+ offerings in price, and offers HDR with the addition of Atmos and the Alexa virtual assistant for $20 less than the Premiere+. It is anticipated that the new Fire TV will be a substantive competitive threat to both of Roku’s sub-$100 4K SKUs due to Alexa’s current momentum, despite Roku’s advantages in both content availability and cross-source universal content search. The addition of Echo Dot within a $79 bundle will be a difficult proposition for Roku to compellingly counter with the $89 Premiere+ and $99 Ultra.

“More significantly, it creates a particularly large competitive chasm for the new Apple TV 4K to cross in markets where the two products will compete head-to-head,” said Erickson. With Siri and HomeKit capabilities notably behind Alexa in both smart home functionality as well as marketing/awareness momentum, and the new Apple TV offering HDR and 4K capability at over 2.5 times the cost of Fire TV, Apple is anticipated to face considerable difficulties in growing the Apple TV available market beyond the core iOS userbase.”

One of the original Sputnik-1 prototypes sells for nearly $850k

From https://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/sputnik-1-bonhams-auction/

1958 launch of Sputnik-1 represented a turning point in the Soviet Union's Cold War with the U.S.

One of the few surviving Soviet Sputniks created during Russia’s Cold War space race with the United States sold at auction at Bonhams for $847,500 on Wednesday, September 27. The piece sold was a full-scale vintage test model of the Sputnik-1 satellite, built at the S. P. Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia in 1957, sometime prior to the launch of the Sputnik-1. This model was originally constructed for electromagnetic compatibility and electromagnetic interference testing.

Sputnik-1 was a turning point in the space race. When it launched into Earth’s orbit on October 4, 1957, it was a propaganda exercise designed to showcase Russia’s technological superiority over the U.S. Sputnik-1 was visible around the globe and anyone with a shortwave receiver was able to pick up its signal. What followed was a crisis for the United States, since the successful launch of Sputnik also demonstrated that the Soviets had the technological capabilities to launch a nuclear mission at America.

Ultimately, Sputnik galvanized America’s interest in regaining its lost edge in the space race. On January 31, 1958, the United States launched its first satellite, the Explorer I. Later that year, Congress passed the National Aeronautics and Space Act, which created NASA. A few years later, newly elected President John F. Kennedy pledged to citizens of the U.S. that America would send man to the Moon before the 1960s were out. In other words, this prototype is a pretty darn crucial part of 20th century world history.

The vintage test model was part of the Bonhams auction house’s Air and Space Sale. It comprised the test model of the Sputnik-1 satellite, an aluminum sphere with four spring-mounted external antennae; live transmitter; modern 12 volt power supply; manganese brass stand; and an original Tesla Maj 620A broadcast receiver. Altogether, the satellite and its stand weigh around 100 pounds and stand 78 inches in height.

It was previously a part of a collection belonging to Heinz Miller of Austria. Bonhams did not reveal the identity of the new buyer, other than to tell Digital Trends that it was a telephone bidder. The original estimated asking price for the lot was $100,000 to $150,000. A similar Sputnik replica sold by Bonhams for $269,000 in 2016.

Other highlights of the auction included $50,000 for a Neil Armstrong Apollo-era training glove, $25,000 for a Soviet LK-3 Lunar Lander model, and $25,000 for a Russian KHOLOD 5D67 HFL rocket engine.

AirAsia Group Selects GX Aviation as Inmarsat’s Birds Reach Orbital Perches

From https://apex.aero/2017/09/27/airasia-gx-inmarsat-satellites

Otto Gergye, vice-president, Asia Pacific, Inmarsat (left) and Benyamin Ismail, chief executive officer, AirAsia X (right) at APEX EXPO. Image: Vance Walstra

AirAsia Group announced today that it has selected Inmarsat’s GX Aviation to provide airborne broadband. Covering 120 existing aircraft along with future additions to the fleet, the service will be operational in early 2018.

“Why we chose Inmarsat is because the name stands for itself. We believe that this is the right partner for us, long term,” Benyamin Ismail, AirAsia X CEO, told APEX Media at APEX EXPO in Long Beach today.

“We believe that this is the right partner for us, long term.” – Benyamin Ismail, AirAsia X CEO

Launched in May, Inmarsat’s I-5 F4 Ka-band satellite is now in operational testing in geostationary orbit (GEO), and all systems are functioning as expected, according to Frederik Van Essen, senior vice-president, Strategy and Business Development at Inmarsat.

This fourth satellite will add extra capacity to the GX Aviation constellation and is planned to be fully operational early next year, initially serving Europe and the Middle East.

Inmarsat S, the satellite component of the European Aviation Network, has also reached GEO and is in testing phase. The S-band bird will work in concert with Deutsche Telekom’s complementary ground component to provide connectivity over Europe.

Inmarsat has selected Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ H-IIA booster to launch the first of the Inmarsat I-6 series of dual-payload L-band and Ka-band satellites, in 2020.

The next-generation satellite, built by Airbus Defence and Space, will feature six steerable Ka-band beams, adding even more capacity to GX service. The I-6s L-band payload will replace services from older satellites that are reaching the end of operational life.

Indian satellite broadband could become cheap next year as capacity doubles

From https://ultra.news/s-e/33508/indian-satellite-broadband-become-cheap-next-year-capacity-doubles

India is likely to see a massive increase in the amount of satellite broadband connectivity, including that for hand-held devices, over the coming months with the operationalization of three new satellites, AS Kiran Kumar, secretary to the department of space said.

At present, almost all the bandwidth on India’s 15 satellites are presently in the broadcasting oriented bands of C and Ku, and are used for direct to home and other broadcasting purposes. A limited amount of spectrum is used by ATMs and OB vans.

Marking a change, in June this year, the Indian Space Research Organization or ISRO launched the GSAT-19 satellite, the first one with a Ka band transponder.

Unlike C-band (3.7 GHz to 6.5 GHz) and Ku band (11.7 – 14.5 GHz), Ka band (26.5–40) is not usually used for broadcasting services such as DTH as the beams can be easily cut off by clouds.

Instead, it is used for providing non-critical broadband coverage, especially in areas where cloud coverage is thin, such as central and western India.

India has not focused on the satellite broadband so far because of the extreme demand from the broadcasting industry.

With most broadcasters having found decent amounts of capacity, it is now focusing on broadband application, including on hand-held devices.

“Next year beginning, we are going to have GSAT 20 and following, GSAT 29, which will give us almost 100 Gbps capacity,” he said.

100 GBPS means 1 lakh individual connections of 1 Mbps.

This will be used to connect remote areas still untouched by the Internet because of the challenges involved in taking telecom connectivity to the places.

Besides this, satellite broadband will also come in hand for providing Internet service for those on the move.

It can even be used to provide backhaul connectivity to remote 4G telecom towers which cannot be connected using fiber.

A single satellite being launched early next year alone will add 16 Gbps to India’s total satellite broadband capacity, Kumar added.

This is being achieved by not just tapping into the Ka band, but also going even higher to the Q/V bands.

Another strategy being used is to restrict the size of satellite beam so that it doesn’t spread over the entire country, but can be confined to a few districts. This allows the same frequency to be reused for another beam that is focused on other districts.

At present, said Kumar, the highest number of beams over India from a single satellite is eight. “Early next year, we will have a satellite with 16-beams and two polarizations, giving a 32-beam system capable of providing up to 16 Gbps of capacity,” he said.

The second big advancement will be in reducing the size of receiving equipment.

At present, satellite dishes used for the purpose — such as those on top of ATMs — are a few feet in size. This makes such systems difficult to be used by expedition teams and others on foot.

Kumar said the size of the receiving equipment can be reduced if one increases the size of the transmitting antenna on the satellite.

“One satellite going up later this year will have a six-meter antenna and we are working on a 12-meter diameter antenna so that it is possible for us to carry small handheld devices and get the broadband signals anywhere in the country,” he said.

Finally, said Kumar, ISRO is also starting experiments on low-earth satellites. Traditional satellites are placed at a distance of about 42,000 km from the earth’s surface, while low-earth satellites are placed within a few hundred km.

This, said Kumar, will make satellite communications faster and reduce the delay that can be seen in TV broadcasts, where an anchor speaks to a guest in a remote location.


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Labor wants review of Conrovian NBN satellite service it created

From http://www.zdnet.com/article/labor-wants-review-of-conrovian-nbn-satellite-service-it-created/

Try as it might, Labor cannot rewrite history and escape its responsibility for the NBN satellite service.

For all of the stockpiles of ammunition to attack Malcolm Turnbull and Mitch Fifield for ruining the NBN since 2013, crippling the satellite service is not one of them, but Labor has decided it is worth a go.

Under the watchful eye of former Communications Minister and Labor powerbroker Senator Stephen Conroy, the Australian government penned a AU$620 million satellite deal which then-Shadow Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull said was a Rolls-Royce approach to providing satellite services to remote regions.

It is also worth noting that at the time, in typical overreaching fashion, Turnbull also said there was enough capacity on existing commercial satellites to cater for regional Australia.

Fast forward to 2017, and the pair of Sky Muster satellites are serving the nation and NBN is now thinking about launching a third to help resolve some of the issues with the service.

Make no mistake, some form of satellite service has been baked into the NBN since that April day in 2009 that turned the communications industry in Australia on its head, and Sky Muster is the one footprint most resembling its original Labor blueprint.

Nevertheless, in the wake of ongoing complaints about the satellite service such as rain fade, Labor Shadow Minister For Regional Communications Stephen Jones has called for an independent expert to review the NBN satellite service.

"Increased data limits is a welcomed concession, but the Turnbull government must now address the issues around installation failures and reliability of service," Jones said.

"We know that reliable satellite broadband is vital for rural, regional, and remote Australia."

The Labor-purchased satellites that Jones is claiming are unreliable are also the same satellites that are causing problems with the removal of the telecommunications Universal Service Obligation, since they are not capable of providing voice services without a high level of latency.

Regardless of which party was in power, the problems with the satellite service would have materialised.

If Labor wants to have an expert go through the ticking time bombs planted into the NBN when it was in power, then it should begin by calling for someone to review the CVC pricing structure, an economic and political problem that is holding back the NBN more than the multi-technology mix is.

Long-time CVC critic Bevan Slattery pointed out last year that the economics of the NBN are such that it would soon be cheaper to route data internationally than to a domestic NBN point of interconnect (POI).

"The CVC charge congestion tax is galactically stupid pricing," Slattery said at the time.

"The cost of international capacity, I think, is going to remain cheaper than the CVC charges. So international capacity for the next five years or 10 years is going to be cheaper than the CVC charges ... there is no way it should be cheaper to get connected from next door to the POI next door than it should be to go trans-continental. That's just crazy."

By contrast, Shadow Communications Minister Michelle Rowland said last week that the CVC and access virtual circuit (AVC) was well suited for a full fibre network.

"One feature of the [AVC and CVC] pricing design is it provides scope for differentiation whilst creating a framework where competition can cater for affordable, entry-level prices," she said. "This approach has merit if the underlying economics are sound, and consumers have good information."

Once the CVC review is complete, Jones could then call for review into why the NBN was kept off budget by Conroy and Rudd, and how Labor baked in the consumer buck passing that we are seeing today.

For the more conservative-leaning watchers who would enjoy the schadenfreude of rehashing NBN history, don't worry; there will be plenty of spare crow to be eaten once the Coalition next loses power -- no one walks away from the NBN without blame.

CSIRO’s $10m new satellite play

From http://www.innovationaus.com/2017/09/CSIROs-10m-new-satellite-play

CSIRO has signed on to a world-class satellite research program that will deliver new data to local companies and governments and put the agency at the “forefront of Australia’s civilian space science sector”.

The agency signed an agreement with UK-based Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) to gain a 10 per cent share of the “tasking and acquisition” of its new NovaSAR-S satellite, in a deal worth $10.45 million over seven years.

The NovaSAR-S is a small radar satellite that provides high resolution images of anywhere on earth from space which can be taken day or night and through cloud cover, making it especially useful in tropical and cloud or smoke-effected areas.

The satellite’s payload is to be supplied by Airbus UK, while its Australian operations would be managed in the space program of CSIRO’s Astronomy and Space Science Group.

Through the investment, CSIRO will direct the satellite over Australia, and select the images it takes, download and process that data and then release it to the wider research community.

Industry Minister Arthur Sinodinos – who is currently on extended sick leave, said in a statement that the new deal would drive innovation and economic growth.

“This agreement … will help CSIRO lead our nation’s development in the technical and analytical capability of modelling, monitoring and analysing our natural resource management and approaches to infrastructure,” Senator Sinodinos said.

“This will also lead to better and more informed support for policy and decision-making and, ultimately, our economic development as a nation.”

The NovaSAR satellite will launch by the end of the year. The CSIRO plans to put out a call for proposals for where to position the satellite, with only one condition: the results must be made public.

Executive director of Digital, National Facilities and Collections at CSIRO Dr David Williams said this will serve as an experiment of sorts to test this new technology and its usefulness in Australia.

“This is a research experiment over four or five years so the community can learn and understand how to use the data. Then we’ll make the decision about what we’ll do longer-term, on whether it’s got legs in terms of operational systems in Australia,” Dr Williams told InnovationAus.com.

“The technology we’re going to use allows all of the community to be involved, to build up the experience of the value of this type of data in very specific applications,” he said.

The satellite has a number of very practical applications in Australia, he said, including rapid natural disaster identification, monitoring bushfires, improving infrastructure and agriculture mapping in Northern Australia, monitoring crops and detecting illegal deforestation.

All this is made possible by the satellite being able to capture images any time, in any conditions, Dr Williams said.

“It’s a good way to get good experience of it in the community and allow people to address very specific applications for it, all the way from tropical forest monitoring through to water level monitoring and natural disasters,” he said,

“These are things where cloud and smoke are a problem, and this will let you get a clear picture of what’s happening on the ground.”

Dr Williams said one possible project that would demonstrate the NovaSAR capabilities would be in gaining imagery of specific parts in the cycle of crop growth. This would require data to be gathered at specific times, regardless of the conditions or cloud cover.

The satellite technology is also able to closely monitor coastal waters, which should interest the federal government and the department of immigration and border protection.

The satellite will be launched long before Australia’s space agency is created, but its results could help to inform the body on whether it’s worth making a bigger investment in the satellite technology, he said.

“It will inform the space agency, which will get money and look at whether to build any technology. This will inform if this is an area to look at or think about,” Dr Williams said.

SSTL commercial director Luis Gomes said the NovaSAR satellite will be especially useful in a country like Australia.

“Our partnership on the NovaSAR mission with CSIRO will greatly enhance Australia’s sovereign earth observation capability. The NovaSAR-S technology enables data collection 24-7, regardless of daylight or weather conditions, which is particularly important for this continent with an area with a tropical climate and a large coastline territory,” Mr Gomes said.

“We look forward to working with CSIRO as one of our key partners over the next seven years to provide cutting-edge geospatial data for Australia’s benefit.”

Satellite Brings Australia's Solar Car World Championship To Global Stage

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Satellite_Brings_Australias_Solar_Car_World_Championship_To_Global_Stage_999.html

The Network Innovations MAVERICK VSAT service is a unique way of delivering satellite communications, offering customers reliable, flexible, customized solutions with higher bandwidth at guaranteed throughputs.

Satellite will be used to live stream interviews and backhaul action video clips of the Punch Powertrain Solar Team as they compete in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge - a 3,000 km solar car race across the Australian outback from October 8, 2017 to October 12, 2017 - with Newtec, Network Innovations, VRT Sandbox and Pacific Life Media announcing their collaboration for the event.

"At previous editions of the race, communication with our fans in Belgium was limited to providing small video clips", said Thierry Garritsen, spokesperson at the Punch Powertrain Solar Team.

"Transmission of these clips was a very time-consuming process, as it included driving up to 150 km away to find a broadband connection. This year, we were looking for a solution that allows us to be in live contact with our home base without too much hassle." Garritsen continued.

"Thanks to the IP satellite solution provided by Newtec, Network Innovations, Pacific Live Media and VRT Sandbox, we can now go online and live stream on Facebook from wherever we are, daily. We can take ad hoc questions from our audience, on top of providing additional action clips for delayed viewing. We invite everybody to join us on www.facebook.com/solarteam.be."

Network Innovations, a global satellite communications solution integrator, will provide its MAVERICK service, powered by Newtec Dialog, to the Punch Powertrain Solar Team, enabling the crew to broadcast daily overviews of their journey from Darwin to Adelaide.

The MAVERICK VSAT service is a unique way of delivering satellite communications, offering customers reliable, flexible, customized solutions with higher bandwidth at guaranteed throughputs.

MAVERICK is powered by the Newtec Dialog multiservice platform, which features Newtec's unique, award-winning, dynamic Mx-DMA bandwidth allocation technology. Newtec will also be responsible for project management.

VRT Sandbox will provide the technology that allows the Punch Powertrain Solar Team to broadcast a multicam "report of the day" via Facebook Livestream and will support media coverage in the lead-up.

Pacific Live Media, based in Australia, offers a full range of equipment and services to acquire content right across the media spectrum, from live breaking news, to local sports and events. A local Pacific Live Media crew will accompany the Punch Powertrain Solar Team through the Australian desert and assist with all media coverage.

"For events like the solar car world championship, satellite is the only way to deliver the connectivity which enables everyday communication which we now take for granted," said Hans Masart, Market Director of Broadcast at Newtec.

"We are delighted to bring together all the companies taking part to provide a solution which will allow the Punch Powertrain Solar Team to share this unique experience with their fans, friends, families and their partners when it happens, wherever it happens."

"Working together with Newtec, we have been able to provide a solution which ideally fits the needs of the Punch Powertrain Solar Team, regardless of the remote location of the race," said John Stoltz, Vice President, Global Enterprise and Media at Network Innovations.

"By relying on Network Innovations' world-spanning hybrid terrestrial/satellite network, including an IP solution such as Newtec Dialog, the crew will benefit from on-demand bandwidth and reliable connectivity, enabling seamless live streaming, as well as any general broadband application."

"We are honored to be a part of this project and are excited to witness this collaboration come to life at the upcoming Bridgestone World Solar Challenge," said Karel De Bondt, Open Innovation Manager at VRT Sandbox.

"Acting as a matchmaker for the project, VRT Sandbox brought together a team of technology partners that will enable the Belgian Solar Team to produce a daily, live, multicam talk show in the middle of the Australian desert on Facebook and other streaming platforms, using a very small crew and the latest cutting-edge IP over satellite technologies and live streaming solutions."

"The challenge to deliver the connectivity needed for reliable IP video streaming, especially in this remote environment, is significant. The solution we have designed with our partners gives us the confidence we will succeed, and that we can overcome any challenges along the way," added Chris Dredge, Managing Director at Pacific Live Media.

Rocket Lab’s second test flight in a few weeks will carry four orbital satellites

From https://www.cnbc.com/2017/09/26/rocket-labs-second-test-flight-in-a-few-weeks-will-carry-four-orbital-satellites.html

Rocket Lab's Electron vehicle inaugural test flight from the Mahia Peninsula in New Zealand on May 25, 2017.

Space company Rocket Lab announced plans Tuesday for the second of three test flights.

Final vehicle tests begin next month, the New Zealand-based company said. The window for the launch from Rocket Lab's complex on New Zealand's Mahia Peninsula will open a few weeks after completion of the tests, it said.

The mission involves deploying four small satellites from private companies Planet Labs and Spire.

In its inaugural launch on May 25, Rocket Lab's Electron vehicle failed to reach orbit. CEO Peter Beck said problems involving "third-party error" have been fixed and no major change was made to Electron's hardware.

"We're eager to test the next crucial step — payload deployment," Beck said in a statement.

This would be the first test of its orbital deployment systems, which Beck called "a significant milestone for the Electron program."

Planet Labs senior director Mike Safyan said his company was excited "to quite literally be riding the leading edge." Spire CEO Peter Platzer called the rapid preparations key to the success of his company and Rocket Lab.

Planet Lab's two Dove satellites will be used for Earth imagining, and Spire's Lemur-2 satellites are intended for mapping weather and tracking ships.

Rocket Lab's second test comes at a critical time. It has contracted to launch five Electron rockets for lunar mining company Moon Express as early as next spring.

TVNZ’s new content plans

From Press Release

Big on local, big on audiences, bigger OnDemand: sizing up TVNZ’s new content plans

Be watching for big local event television, a doubling down on TVNZ’s commitment to new audiences and a quadrupling of its OnDemand offering, says TVNZ announcing its content plans for the year ahead.

“Every day over two million New Zealanders choose to watch TVNZ content – it’s what drives us,” says Chief Executive Kevin Kenrick.

Size matters. "To be a sustainable player in this business we need to reach a critical mass of New Zealanders,” he says. “We believe that people will always need to be informed about what’s happening in their world and will always want to be entertained. The great thing for consumers is there’s never been more content available or more devices and platforms to view it on. It’s sharpened our focus for the year ahead so we continue to deliver the moments that matter to New Zealanders.”

TVNZ’s three key priorities for the year ahead are investing in local content, new viewers and OnDemand, he says.

“We know viewers want to see the best of global and local content and we’ll continue to offer the best of both but with a stronger emphasis on unique local content that we know viewers love to watch.

“We’re doubling down on our commitment to attract new audiences. This time last year we talked about our New Blood initiatives, geared towards non-traditional TV viewers. We’re placing a big bet on Re:, our socially driven news voice, and will continue to foster new talent and innovative short-form multimedia content made available where viewers choose to watch.”

TVNZ will accelerate its online development to expand the content offering and enhance the digital viewing experience, he says. “We’ll be quadrupling our OnDemand content offering and enhancing the user experience with features like content recommendations, auto play and enhanced search functionality,” he says.
A lot of great content is coming to a screen near you, Director of Content Cate Slater says: “Local is at the heart of TVNZ’s offering. Viewers can expect bold, new local content including Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi’s new comedy Paranormal Unit, and new series Project Runway NZ, which will celebrate our world-class fashion designers and unearth a new sartorial star.

TVNZ will be the first to bring rebooted fantasy series The Legend of Monkey to New Zealand audiences. Plus, there’s Heartbreak Island, where 20 Kiwi singles will battle it out for a partner and a $100,000 prize.”
These are joined by new factual series Cold Case, which looks at New Zealand’s most intriguing unsolved crimes, deeply personal stories about extraordinary Kiwis in I Am; and Nigel Latta’s new series, The Curious Mind.

Returning local favourites include Shortland Street, Country Calendar, Survivor NZ, My Kitchen Rules NZ, First Dates NZ, The Big Ward, Karena and Kasey’s Kitchen Diplomacy, Coast New Zealand, another season of Sunday Theatre and Police Ten 7.

There’s also a raft of new initiatives hitting our screens. “Our New Blood content initiatives are attracting new viewers and supporting local up-and-coming producers, directors, writers, filmmakers, comedians and actors,” Slater says.

“Auckland-based filmmakers Ashleigh Reid and Isla Macleod won TVNZ’s inaugural New Blood Web Series Competition with their pilot, Oddly Even. They’ll receive $100,000 from TVNZ and NZ On Air to create a full series that will screen on TVNZ OnDemand.”

TVNZ is also launching an ad-free, safe online environment to host children’s multi-media content with NZ On Air in 2018. “The continued support of NZ On Air and the local production community helps us get a lot of amazing and diverse local content out to over two million New Zealanders a day.

“News and current affairs remains the cornerstone of TVNZ 1’s content offering,” Slater continues. “The agenda-setting 1 NEWS team is New Zealand’s most watched news with nearly 1 million Kiwis tuning in to watch daily.

“TVNZ is excited to deliver coverage of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. New Zealanders love live sport and we’re preparing to bring viewers the most extensive free to air coverage of a Commonwealth Games in New Zealand history,” she says.

TVNZ will complement its local content offering with the best in international content from the world’s biggest studios.

“One series I’m particularly excited about is the big, beautifully filmed drama about a British army unit fighting a Yemeni insurgency in the Middle East in the ‘60s, The Last Post. It will be exclusive to OnDemand,” says Slater.

“Across both our on air and online platforms, we’ll be showing the new Will & Grace, Young Sheldon(which shows us Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory’s childhood in Texas) and Reverie, a new virtual reality thriller. As well as our swathe of OnDemand exclusives, we’re now buying extended online rights to the full series that we have on air. Rather than people getting the traditional 30 days to catch up on their favourite broadcast show, they’ll have access to the entire broadcast of the series and in many cases much longer. Online is a big part of our future. Four times more content will be made available to viewers OnDemand and we’ve added an additional 400 hours of content this month alone.”

Fiji TV opens new office

From http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=417902

Fiji TV staff members pose for a group shot inside their studio during the opening of their new office. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU+ Enlarge this image

Fiji TV staff members pose for a group shot inside their studio during the opening of their new office. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

THE country's oldest television broadcasting company marked a new era in its 23-year history with the opening of their new office at Brown St in Toorak, Suva.

Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum officiated at the opening with invited guests, clients, partners and executives of Fiji TV and its board members.

This is after the public listed company relocated to the new site from its long-time home at Gorrie St in Suva's central business district.

Fiji TV chief executive officer Karen Lobendahn said the relocation to their new home was at a very crucial time where they turned a new leaf in their financial year.

AsiaSat 9 Set for Launch from Baikonur on September 29

From Press Release

Hong Kong, 26 September 2017 – AsiaSat 9, the most powerful satellite from Asia Satellite Telecommunications Co. Ltd. (AsiaSat), Asia’s leading satellite operator is set for launch at 00:52:16 Baikonur time on September 29 (02:52:16 Hong Kong Time September 29; 18:52:16 GMT September 28) by an ILS Proton Breeze M rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.

This next generation satellite, based on the SSL 1300 platform, is designed to replace AsiaSat 4 and to provide multiple C, Ku and Ka-Band payloads for direct-to-home (DTH) television broadcast, video distribution, VSAT broadband networks and mobility services at 122 degrees East longitude. With innovative and cutting-edge features such as Asia’s highest powered 110 watts C-band TWTA, special filter design, star tracker and hall effect thrusters, AsiaSat 9 is able to deliver enhanced performance, higher efficiency and operational stability.

AsiaSat 9 will also offer brand new coverage for high growth markets in Asia, including the world’s first dedicated Ku-band Myanmar beam, high-power Ku-band beams for Indonesia and Mongolia, in addition to two enhanced Ku-band beams serving Australasia and East Asia, and a wide C-band footprint that offers significantly improved power over Asia, Australasia and the Pacific region.

The mission is performed by the Proton Breeze M rocket from launch pad 39 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The first three stages of the Proton will use a standard ascent profile to place the orbital unit (Breeze M upper stage and the AsiaSat 9 satellite) into a sub-orbital trajectory. From this point in the mission, the Breeze M will perform planned mission maneuvers to advance the orbital unit first to a nearly circular parking orbit, then to an intermediate orbit, followed by a transfer orbit, and finally to a geosynchronous transfer orbit. Separation of the AsiaSat 9 satellite is scheduled to occur approximately 9 hours, 13 minutes after lift-off.
Live broadcast of the AsiaSat 9 launch will be available on 29 September (local Baikonur time) on:

Satellite: AsiaSat 5 C-band

Orbital Location: 100.5 degrees East
Transponder: C3H
Downlink Frequency: 3717 MHz
Polarisation: Horizontal
Compression and Video Format: MPEG-4, DVB-S2
Symbol Rate: 4.9373 Msym/sec
Modulation: 8PSK
FEC: 3/4

Live broadcast will begin approximately 30 minutes before lift-off.

Live webcast of the launch at http://asiasat9.imgondemand.com/ or http://www.asiasat.com/asiasat-9-launch will begin approximately at 00:30 Baikonur time on September 29 (02:30 Hong Kong Time September 29; 18:30 GMT September 28)
For launch status updates, follow us on www.asiasat.com | LinkedIn | Facebook | Twitter | Mobile App
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About AsiaSat

Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), the leading satellite operator in Asia, serves over two-thirds of the world's population with its six satellites, AsiaSat 3S, AsiaSat 4, AsiaSat 5, AsiaSat 6, AsiaSat 7 and AsiaSat 8. The AsiaSat satellite fleet serves both the broadcast and telecommunications industries. 700 television and radio channels are now delivered by the company's satellites offering access to more than 830 million TV households across the Asia-Pacific region. AsiaSat 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:
Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited
Winnie Pang, Manager, Marketing Communications | Tel: (852) 2500 0880 | Email: wpang@asiasat.com

AsiaSat and MMB Deliver ‘Sophia TV Asia’ to Asia-Pacific on AsiaSat 5

From Press Release

Hong Kong, 27 September 2017 – Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), Asia’s leading satellite operator has been selected by global satellite service provider Milano Media Broadcast (MMB) and its client ‘Sophia TV Asia’ to broadcast into the Asia-Pacific region on AsiaSat 5.
‘Sophia TV Asia’ is a new, independent, non-profit radio and television station that has enjoyed great popularity in Europe, Africa and South America. With its service commencing free to air on AsiaSat 5 in C-band, ‘Sophia TV Asia’ has gained access to a massive audience of more than 800 million households via terrestrial networks, pay TV platforms or direct home reception in Asia and Australasia.

MMB is supported by AsiaSat’s satellite capacity and distribution, enabling audiences in the Asia-Pacific to enjoy ‘Sophia TV Asia’, which features ethically-oriented roundtable discussions and talks, vegetarian cooking classes, children’s programs, nature documentaries, as well as readings, meditation, relaxation music and classical concerts.

“Our program content deals with the most diverse spheres of life from the perspective of high ethical moral, given for the peoples of all cultures. We are very pleased to have first-rate distribution service from MMB and AsiaSat, making our content widely accessible by TV networks and audiences across the Asia-Pacific,” Stefano Delù, Legal Representative of Sophia TV Asia.

“We are excited to have partnered AsiaSat to bring Sophia TV Asia’s high value program content to Asia. We look forward to helping Sophia TV Asia grow their viewership further with AsiaSat 5’s unique advantage in neighbourhood and penetration,” Luca Bondini, Chief Executive Officer of MMB.

“We are very happy to be able to work with MMB to launch Sophia TV Asia in Asia, bringing fresh content to viewers, and remain encouraged by AsiaSat 5’s ability to draw new global satellite service partner like MMB, serving international broadcasters exceptional coverage and expansive penetration,” said Barrie Woolston, Chief Commercial Officer of AsiaSat.

‘Sophia TV Asia’ is available free-to-air on AsiaSat 5 with the following reception parameters:

Orbital Location: 100.5°E
Transponder: C11H
Downlink Frequency: 4040 MHz
Downlink Polarization: Horizontal
Transmission Standard: DVB-S2
Compression Standard: MPEG-4
Modulation: 8PSK
Symbol Rate: 29.72 Msym/sec
FEC: 5/6

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About Milano Media Broadcast

Milano Media Broadcast (MMB) is a global satellite service provider offering a wide range of services with its core business in the development and distribution of satellite internet broadband. Thanks to our Milano teleport hub facility based in Lacchiarella (Southern Milan's region), MMB has access to all major European, Middle-East, Far East, Trans-Atlantic and African satellites. For more information, please visit http://www.mmbtv.net/
About Sophia TV
Radio Santec – Sophia TV is a free and independent radio and television station that was founded in 1999 in Germany. The programs are aired in several languages all over the world via Satellite and IPTV - and are also offered to all interested radios and televisions free of charge. For more information, please visit www.sophiatv.de

About AsiaSat
Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), the leading satellite operator in Asia, serves over two-thirds of the world's population with its six satellites, AsiaSat 3S, AsiaSat 4, AsiaSat 5, AsiaSat 6, AsiaSat 7 and AsiaSat 8. The AsiaSat satellite fleet serves both the broadcast and telecommunications industries. 700 television and radio channels are now delivered by the company's satellites offering access to more than 830 million TV households across the Asia-Pacific region. AsiaSat’s next satellite, AsiaSat 9 is planned to be launched on 29 September 2017. AsiaSat is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Asia Satellite Telecommunications Holdings Limited, a company listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (Stock Code: 1135). For more information, please visit www.asiasat.com | LinkedIn | Facebook | Twitter | Mobile App

Media Contacts:
Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited
Winnie Pang, Manager, Marketing Communications | Tel: + 852 2500 0880 | Email: wpang@asiasat.com
Luca Bondini, CEO | Tel: + 39 3355377348
Sophia TV
Dr. A. Stefano Delù | Tel: + 49 9391-504731 | Email: info@sophiatv.de

Global pay-TV subs reached 1.05bn in Q2

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/09/26/global-pay-tv-subs-reached-1-05bn-in-q2/

According to the latest data published by Dataxis for the second quarter of 2017, the global pay-TV subscribers reached 1.05 billion after crossing the one billion marks for the year ending 2016. Based on Dataxis quarterly pay-TV subscriber data, 60 million pay-TV subscribers were added between the second quarter of 2016 and the second quarter of 2017 reaching 1.05 billion subscribers.

Most of the growth is coming from IPTV and linear OTT with quarter on quarter growth of 24 per cent and 44 per cent respectively, although Linear OTT is growing but it represents only 1 per cent of the total pay-TV market globally. Cable TV is showing a negative growth while DTH and DTT are stagnant.

Asia-Pacific with 8 per cent quarter on quarter growth, is among the highest growing pay-TV market in terms of subscribers, especially China and India together have contributed 48 per cent of the pay-TV subscribers out of total global numbers for the second quarter of 2017. Apart from North America showing negative growth, all other regions have grown modestly between Q2 2016 and Q2 2017, showing a growth rate of 1 per cent to 4 per cent quarter on quarter for pay-TV subscribers.

Star India warns local pirates

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/09/26/star-india-warns-local-pirates/

21st Century Fox-backed Star India paid a $2.55 billion fortune to secure exclusive coverage of India’s Premiere League cricket matches. It also had the sense to secure those rights with a Supreme Court Order ruling forbidding re-transmission of cricket’s live feed by the national Doordarshan public broadcaster.

Now Star India is enforcing those rights with a ‘cease and desist’ letter addressed to the nation’s hundreds of cable operators and DTH players. “By this notice, private cable and satellite operators (Cable/ DTH I IPTV /HITS) are hereby cautioned to refrain from re-transmitting the live feed of the said series’ in violation of SIPL’s rights, directions of Prasar Bharati as contained in the scroll, and of the judgment,” Star said in the notice.

The Supreme Court Order, obtained in August, says the feeds: “cannot be re-transmitted by private cable and satellite operators (cable, DTH, IPTV or HITS) despite the fact that DD channels have to be mandatorily carried by all distribution platforms under the Cable TV Act.

There were many cases last week when this ruling was ignored.


Tuesday , no update


Sunday feeds

Intelsat 19 3707 V Sr 5632 "TV3 Boxing Test" Parker Fury fight, via Sky Arena NZ ugly SD video

Asiasat 5 3928 V Sr 7200 "Arqiva HD11" Parker fight

Asiasat 5 3885 H Sr 7200 "DSNG91 MOD1" Taekwando

Asiasat 5 3874 V Sr 7200 "NYC545 ENC-426" from the U.N?

Asiasat 5 3747 VC Sr 7500 "ENC-6" M1 Challenge 83 fight event

Intelsat 19 3707 V Sr 7200 "PARIS-NMS1 HD" Top 14 club rugby (provider Arqiva)

Saturday feeds

Asiasat 5 3865 H Sr 7200 "Scjd" Fiba basketball
Asiasat 5 3867 H Sr 7200 "Super 8 Basketball PathA" Chinese Basketball
Asiasat 5 4165 H Sr 7200 "GCUK Enc9" with a nice testcard

NZ election Feeds

Intelsat 19 12434 H Sr 9500 "progr.1" & "progr.2"
Intelsat 19 12447 H Sr 3500 "chch"

Asiasat 5 3645 H Sr 7200 "nameless" China boxing
Asiasat 5 3685 H Sr 7200 "RUS 047" The usual on this tag ICE Hockey
Asiasat 5 3894 H Sr 7120 "Super 8 Basketball PathA" Asian basketball
Asiasat 5 3907 H Sr 7120 "Nameless" Japanese Soccer
Asiasat 5 3925 H Sr 7120 "scjd" Chinese Basketball
Asiasat 5 4067 H Sr 7200 "world MAIN" Portugal masters golf

Asiasat 5 4145 V Sr 4936 "D 4061 "MPEG_4_16_HD_420" Presenter
Asiasat 5 4147 H Sr 7200 "GCUK Enc2" Card/ test loop"
Asiasat 5 4156 H Sr 7200 "L.S. ENC2 HD" Japanese soccer

From my Email


From the Dish

Intelsat 19 166.0E Australia Plus TV Asia has moved from 3799 V to 4011 H, BISS.

Optus D3 156.0E 11804 V "ABC 1 SA, ABC 2 SA, ABC Me SA, ABC 1 NT, ABC 2 NT, ABC Me NT and ICTV" have started on , Irdeto.
Optus D3 156.0E 11845 V "NHK World TV, RT English, Daystar TV and Sky Thoroughbred Central" have started on , encrypted.
Optus D3 156.0E 11886 V "SBS SA, SBS Viceland SA, SBS WA, SBS Viceland WA, SBS Tasmania, SBS NT and SBS Viceland NT" have started on , Irdeto.
Optus D3 156.0E 11928 V "TAB Trackside 2 and SBS Victoria" have started on , Irdeto. SBS NSW and SBS Tasmania have left.

Optus D2 152.0E 12581 H "The Word Network" has started on , Fta

Vinasat 1 132.0E 10968 H "Quoc Hoi TV, Gem TV Asia and Warner TV Asia" have started on , Fta.
Vinasat 1 132.0E 10968 H "VTC HD The Thao" has left .
Vinasat 1 132.0E 11085 H "Quang Tri TV, SCJ TV Shopping, Dien Bien TV, Kon Tum TV, V News, NamDinh TV, VTV 7 and Phu Tho TV" have started on , Fta.
Vinasat 1 132.0E 11085 H "Quoc Hoi TV, SCTV 15, TTXVN, KBS World, HTVC Phim, Star World HD Asia and Yeah 1 TV" have left .

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

Telkom 3S 118.0E 3454 H "ANTV" has left again.
Telkom 3S 118.0E 3540 H "ANTV" is back on , Fta.
Telkom 3S 118.0E TVRI Aceh has moved from 4100 V to 3623 V, Fta.

Palapa D 113.0E 3460 H "Matrix Shop and Reformed 21" have left .
Palapa D 113.0E 3908 H "Ummat TV" has left .

SES 9 108.2E 11026 V "TV Polri, Trans 7, ANTV and TVRI Nasional have started on , Fta. Indosiar, SCTV and PNN" have left.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3750 V "VOJK has replaced MyTV" on , Fta
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3880 H "Hadi TV 1" has started on , Fta.

Horizons 2 84.8E 12160 H "Galaxy onis" now encrypted.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3725 H "Travel & Tourism Channel" has left .
Insat 4A 83.0E 3949 H "Jano Duniya" has started on , Fta

Thaicom 5 78.5E 12272 H "D Channel" has started on , BISS. Shop Ch has left.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 12313 V "Tiger Shopping TV and Fan Music" have started on , BISS.Fan TV and D Channel have left.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3799 H "Channel S" has started on , Fta.

ABS 2 75.0E 3659 V "AP1 TV" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3810 H "Jaag TV" has left .

Intelsat 17 66.0E 3968 V "Media One Life has replaced Media One" , Fta.
Intelsat 17 66.0E 4006 H "Studio One" has started on , Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Promo(宣传)等频道消失,设置3460 H 29900参数无效接收。 [9月23日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Mjasti(巴基斯坦)频道消失,设置4065 H 4296参数无效接收。 [9月23日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Cartoon Network替换TCM(澳洲)频道,设置3960 H 27500参数有条件接收。 [9月23日]

东经52.5度轨道位置的Al Yah 1号卫星Ku频段,Mava TV(土耳其)频道新增,设置11900 H 27500参数免费接收。 [9月22日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,中天亚洲替换黑龙江卫视(艺华卫视)频道,设置12472 V 33500参数有条件接收。 [9月22日]
东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段,HD Lcn Change、Colors Otriya(印度)频道消失,设置11090 H 30000参数无效接收。 [9月22日]
东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段,Kairali TV、Divya TV(印度)等4个频道新增,设置11090 H 30000参数免费接收。 [9月22日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星Ku频段,Sun TV等替换Movies OK(MPEG-4)等频道,设置11010 H 27500参数有条件接收。 [9月22日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星Ku频段,Channel 100 Platinum(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置11010 H 27500参数有条件接收。 [9月22日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星Ku频段,电竞世界(高清)频道改频率,设置12620 H 4285参数免费接收。 [9月22日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,阳光卫视、澳门莲花(汉语)频道消失,设置3880 H 27500参数无效接收。 [9月22日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,中天亚洲替换黑龙江卫视(艺华卫视)频道,设置12472 V 33500参数有条件接收。 [9月22日]
东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段,HD Lcn Change、Colors Otriya(印度)频道消失,设置11090 H 30000参数无效接收。 [9月22日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,东盟卫视、MV6(泰国)等频道加密,设置3585 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [9月22日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Wion(印度)频道解密,设置4165 H 7500参数免费接收。 [9月22日]
东经52.5度轨道位置的Al Yah 1号卫星Ku频段,GEM Culture、GEM History(阿联酋)等7个频道消失,设置12111 V 27500参数无效接收。 [9月22日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,东森电影替换纬来电影(寰宇卫视)频道,设置12461 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [9月22日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,东森洋片替换光影欧洲(寰宇卫视)频道,设置12711 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [9月22日]


Australia to create national space agency

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Australia_to_create_national_space_agency_999.html

Australia on Monday committed to creating a national space agency as it looks to cash in on the lucrative and fast-evolving astronautical sector.

The announcement came at a week-long Adelaide space conference attended by the world's top scientists and experts including SpaceX chief Elon Musk.

It brings Canberra -- which already has significant involvement in national and international space activities -- into line with most other developed nations, which already have dedicated agencies to help coordinate the industry and shape development.

"The global space industry is growing rapidly and it's crucial that Australia is part of this growth," acting science minister Michaelia Cash said in statement.

"A national space agency will ensure we have a strategic long-term plan that supports the development and application of space technologies and grows our domestic space industry."

According to the government, the global space sector -- encompassing innovation, defence, and telecommunications -- has been growing annually since the late 1990s at almost 10 percent, driving revenue each year of US$323 billion.

Thousands of the world's top scientists and space experts are attending the week-long International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide.

SpaceX chief Musk is set to give an update on his ambitious vision of establishing a Mars colony.

Also among those presenting is defence giant Lockheed Martin, which is working with NASA on plans to reach the Red Planet.

Australia's commitment to an agency follows the government in July ordering a review of the country's space industry capability, with a fuller strategy to underpin the work of the new body to be unveiled next year.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Australia launching its first satellite, the only country at the time to achieve the feat after the United States and Russia.

It has played a vital part in many space missions in the decades since then, with its Deep Space Communication Complex outside Canberra one of only three sites in the world capable of tracking NASA's deep space assets.

From the outback to outer space: A brief history of Australia's space program

From https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/act/from-the-outback-to-outer-space-a-brief-history-of-australias-space-program-20170925-gyo8ge.html

Australia leapt out of the space race starting blocks in 1967, becoming just the third nation in the world to build and launch its own satellite.

Fifty years later, it lags behind countries such as Kazakhstan, Bolivia and Peru as one of the only developed economies without a national space agency.

The federal government's announcement on Monday to establish such a body was met with enthusiasm and excitement.

But those familiar with Australia's space industry also wondered why the move had taken quite so long.

Earth scientist and ANU Future Fellow Dr Penny King said creating a national space organisation was an exciting and "obvious move".

"There are so many good reasons for having a national space agency," she said.

"For example, when NASA and the European Space Agency get together and plan for the future, we can now, through our agency, have a seat at the table and make those partnerships formally.

"I'm absolutely excited, it's a really welcome announcement."

The WRESAT satellite that was launched into the Earth's orbit from Woomera, South Australia, in November 1967.

One of Australia's first forays into space came in November 1967, with the launch of the WRESAT satellite at the Woomera test range in outback South Australia.

In doing so it laid claim to being just the third nation to build and launch a satellite on its own soil, following in the footsteps of the United States and the Soviet Union at the height of the Space Race.

Astrophysicist Dr Brad Tucker is optimistic about the newly announced Australian Space Agency. Photo: Sitthixay Ditthavong

WRESAT – or the Weapons Research Establishment Satellite – weighed 45 kilograms and circled the Earth 642 times before burning-up in the atmosphere somewhere over Ireland, according to the Department of Defence.

"The project aimed to improve the understanding of the effect of the upper atmosphere on climate and weather and assist the United States in obtaining physical data for research programs," said the department.

"Such was the interest in space technology that the WRESAT prototype was exhibited in Parliament House, Canberra, and at the London Trade Fair in 1968."

Astronomer Dr Alan Duffy from Melbourne's Swinburne University of Technology said it was fitting the space agency announcement had been made 50 years since the Woomera launch.

"This marks 50 years since Australia built and launched its first satellite, putting us third in the world at the time behind the US and the USSR," he said.

"We have a great legacy, and I guess the polite way of putting it is that, sometimes it takes time to get things right."

From such promising beginnings, Australia now finds itself behind an eclectic list of countries with long-established national space agencies.

Peru established theirs in 1974, Kazakhstan followed in the early 1990s and Bolivia came to the table relatively late in 2012.

Alongside Iceland, Australia is the only other country in the OECD without a national space organisation.

A report prepared for the Australian government in 1998 suggested the country's space industry had "failed to flourish" because there was no significant domestic space program.

"Given our history of involvement in British and later European space programs, as well as a continuing support role in NASA activities, one might have expected that Australia would have moved beyond its peripheral role," technology advisor Matthew James wrote.

"However, successive governments only committed small funds towards a space program and its high technology industries, and might be said to have regarded space as a high-risk arena and Cold War relic."

That is not to say the Australian space industry has been neglected in the five decades that followed the Woomera launch.

There are pockets of technical excellence in areas such as remote sensing, satellite communication and navigation, and the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex is one of NASA's three major tracking stations worldwide.

Nor is the establishment of a national space agency a novel idea.

The Hawke government established the Australian Space Office in 1987 and the Coalition floated a proposal for a national space agency in 1996.

Dr Duffy said the difference with the recent announcement was that individual states and territories had forced the government's hand.

"Either way the effort of the state governments to create a hub for space economic activities has resulted in this nationwide effort and that can only be good for us all," he said.

Australia's space industry is estimated to employ between 9,500 and 11,500 people and thought to be worth as much as $4 billion per year, according to a 2016 review by Asia Pacific Aerospace Consultants.

With concerted effort it was easy to imagine this $4 billion doubling in a relatively short period of time, Dr Duffy added.

"The space economy is worth $420 billion each year globally, and is growing faster than China. This is a sector we want to be involved in."

Astronomer Dr Michael Brown from Monash University was excited by the announcement but eager to see a bit more flesh on the bones.

"We still need the details, but I'm optimistic that Australia can develop its own satellites and be partners – rather than bystanders – in multi-national space projects," he said.

A reference group led by former CSIRO chief Dr Megan Clark has been tasked with developing a charter for the agency, due to be released in March next year.

Professor Simon Driver from the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research said the whole of Australia stood to gain from the initiative.

"The specific charter and details are now in the hands of the Megan Clark review, which will deliver its report in March 2018," he said.

"The expectation is that every state has the capacity to both contribute and benefit enormously from this action."

Telstra’s big bet on sports streaming

From https://mumbrella.com.au/telstras-big-bet-on-sports-streaming-473003

Telstra is banking on its sports offerings to drive its streaming strategy, with the company announcing last week it had passed the millionth subscriber to its AFL streaming service, says Telstra’s Michele Garra.

Garra, the company’s executive director of media, told Mumbrella how the telco is looking at growing subscriber numbers as part of its push into streaming content aimed at commuters and sports fans. “We’re starting to get some scale with the new strategy,” she said.

Michele Garra, Telstra’s executive director of media

Coupled with the AFL numbers, which are up 72% year on year, Telstra’s NRL subscriber figures have increased 35%, giving the company more than 1.5 million subscribers across the two codes.

“We’re now at more than 50% higher than our internal business targets for Live Pass apps this year,” said Garra who will be speaking at the Mumbrella Entertainment Marketing Summit in November.

The sports push is part of Telstra’s broader strategy that sees the company focusing on streaming services aimed at commuters and workers on breaks, as much as sports fans who can’t get to a TV to watch their games.

“We’ve found more than 67% of Australians are now streaming content. Not just sport, but general content. More than 50% of people are planning their day around when they watch the content they love,” she said.

Garra puts the company’s streaming growth down to the network investments made in recently years and currently 38% of Telstra’s data traffic is streaming and is growing at 40% year on year. However, Telstra Media’s contribution to the company’s bottom line remains small, with the division contributing just $974 million of the last year’s $27bn revenue.

A bigger challenge to Telstra in the streaming market are the major US services although Garra sees them more as allies than competitors, telling Mumbrella: “Partners like Netflix, Foxtel Now, Amazon and Youtube are crucial in Telstra’s strategy to become the home of mobile entertainment in Australia.

“We offer Australia’s best Universal Search on Telstra TV and the Telstra TV mobile app, which includes a click through to the provider, enabling our customer’s easy access to the very best entertainment content available”.

Looking towards the future Garra, sees esports as a growing area for subscribers but points out more traditional sports such as racing remains popular while entertainment and cultural content will remain the big content drivers.

“With the streaming revolution well underway, Aussies are more invested in entertainment than ever before,” Garra concluded.

Sky New Zealand inks exclusive content deal with Warner Bros

From link

Sky New Zealand has announced it is now the home of DC Series, following an exclusive first run content deal with Warner Bros International Television Distribution. The agreement will see all new seasons of The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, plus Shameless US and Supernatural, move from TVNZ to Sky where they will premiere across a number of linear channels as well as being available for catch-up on Sky Go and Sky On Demand. New seasons will also be available to all customers who subscribe to streaming service Neon.

Earlier seasons of these titles will also be available for customers to view on Sky On Demand and Neon. Under the terms of the agreement, new seasons of Arrow will also be available exclusively to Sky customers who will be able to view on both Sky and Sky On Demand.

China's new-generation weather satellite put into service

From http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1068071.shtml

Fengyun-4A satellite, the first of China's second-generation geostationary orbiting weather satellites, was put into operation Monday, said the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence.

Tests on the satellite platform, payload and ground application system have been completed during its in-orbit operation, the administration said in a statement.

The satellite has helped improve the country's weather and climate forecasts, and test results during its in-orbit operation have met targets, it said.

Its successful operation enables China to become a leader in developing geostationary orbiting weather satellites, according to the statement.

The satellite was launched from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province on Dec. 11, 2016.

Delayed Intelsat launch set for Sept 29

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/09/25/delayed-intelsat-launch-set-for-sept-29/

Arianespace says it has rescheduled the cancelled launch of the dual payload of Intelsat 37e and BSAT 4a satellites to a target date of September 29th.

The initial launch was aborted at the very last second on September 5th at the Kourou launch facility when an anomaly was sensed in one of the giant rocket’s two solid-propellant boosters.

Arianespace says it has since identified and replaced the electrical equipment and undertaken all of the related checks verifying Ariane 5 for launch again.

ULA ATLAS successfully places NROL-42 classified satellite into the orbit

From https://www.pc-tablet.co.in/ula-atlas-successfully-places-nrol-42-classified-satellite-orbit/66796/

The Atlas V 541 rocket of the United Launch Alliance (ULA) has successfully lifted off from the Launch Complex 3 at the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, carrying a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office. The payload consisted of a NROL-42 classified satellite that was successfully placed in the orbit by the Atlas V rocket. Although there was only 60 percent chance of favorable weather condition at T-minus zero, still the conditions were acceptable, and the NROL-42 was launched on scheduled time.

On September 23, at the launching time, the Atlas V rocket produced around 2.4 million pounds-force of thrust for the lift up thus lighting up the night sky over California. The rocket reached the Mach 1 stage in just 34 seconds. Eileen Drake, the CEO and President of Aerojet Rocketdyne, said that they were delighted to continue delivering world-class propulsion systems for their warfighters both at home as well as overseas. For them, reliability is the strong suit of their products, and they are looking forward to supporting future missions that are targeted towards ensuring both security of the nation as well as its allied forces.

Jerry Tarnacki, Senior Vice President of the Space Systems Business Unit at Aerojet Rocketdyne told that the success of the launch and the flawless performance of their propulsion systems reflected the continued dedication and professionalism of everybody working at Aerojet Rocketdyne. As usual, the launch coverage ended before the completion of the flight, which is a trademark of the NRO launches.

The NROL-42 classified payload, rumored to be a signal collecting surveillance satellite, Trumpet Follow in 2, and a Space-Based Infrared System Highly Elliptical Orbit (HEO-4) which was the secondary instrument package of the spacecraft, both of them were deployed successfully, as informed by the ULA. Laura Maginnis, ULA vice president of Government Satellite Launch, congratulated the entire team for overcoming multiple challenges that came all through the launch campaign including the effects of Irma and also the replacement of a first stage battery. The current NROL-42 launch was the 6th one from ULA in 2017, and also the 25th launch supporting the National Reconnaissance Office. Also, it was for the 73rd time that the highly capable Atlas V booster was used.

Sputnik-1 replica used to test the real thing goes under the hammer

From https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/09/24/sputnik_1_replica_auction/

If you've got a lazy US$100k to $150k, a piece of history can be yours on Wednesday

A replica of Sputnik-1 used to test the real thing's performance goes to auction this week.

Auction house Bonhams has listed the proto-satellite for sale at its Air and Space Sale this coming Wednesday.

Expected to fetch between US$100,000 and $150,000, the replica is billed as a “test model of the Sputnik-1 satellite, one of only a few made to test ground Electromagnetic Compatibility and Electromagnetic Interference testing.” This one was made by “OKб-1], the Experimental Design Bureau-1 factory, also known as the S. P. Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia”, the sale note say.

Sputnik-1 was the first artificial satellite launched by humanity. It went into orbit on October 4, 1957 and while it lacked any sensors, it did include a radio. Measuring the strength of broadcasts gave scientists a chance to understand more about Earth's atmosphere, as did observations of the R-7 Semyorka rocket that lifted Sputnik-1 into orbit.

But the satellite's real significance was geopolitical, as it demonstrated that the Soviet Union was more technologically advanced than the United States. By 1957 both nations had substantial nuclear arsenals. Achieving orbital flight meant the Soviet Union had a way of deploying those nuclear weapons the United States could not match or counter.

The “space race” followed, with both nations trying to outdo the other. Just four years later, in 1961, president Kennedy set the US the goal of reaching the moon. The rest, as they say, is history. And while that history has its roots in conflict and space remains of enormous strategic significance, space programs from many nations now also conduct scientific endeavours that expand our knowledge of the universe while also showcasing human ingenuity.

Whoever buys the Sputnik-1 replica will therefore acquire a remarkable piece of technology, but also a remarkable symbol that catalysed the last 60 years of human history.

(Craig's comment, that things going straight to the pool room!)

‘HD for all’ from DishTV

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/09/25/hd-for-all-from-dishtv/

Indian DTH pay-TV service DishTV has launched an initiative to offer HD access for all its users, with the goal of making the HD viewing experience mainstream and accessible to all users across India. All subscriber set-top boxes are now HD-enabled.

“HD space has been fast evolving, making significant in-roads into Indian households,” noted Anil Dua, Group Chief Executive Officer, DishTV. “With a sharp focus on HD, this move aims at bridging the gap between the SD and HD subscribers and taking away the inhibitions involved in switching from SD to HD. Our endeavour is to increase affinity with our audiences by providing them HD viewing experience. This launch of ‘HD for all initiative’ and also the new DishNXT HD STB will lead to a rapid rise in HD consumption. It will also encourage subsequent upgradation to full HD experience, thereby expanding overall HD viewership and boosting our revenues.”

DishTV sees a potential of having 25 million to 30 million HD subscribers in the next five to six years. There are currently 12.8 million HD households in India.


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update


Sorry no time for an update , back Monday


Thursday night feeds

Asiasat 5 3867 H Sr 7200 "Super 8 Basketball Path A"

Asiasat 5 4067 H 7200 "world MAIN" some scenic shots and bar tone

Asiasat 5 4145 V Sr 4936 "Fi01 ILJCS" Israel channel 2 but appears to be a feed only

"L-bird 1" is back, Intelsat 19 12551 V Sr 3750

Via Facebook 8.pm NZ

Optus D2 feed log

12633 V Sr 7000, FTA.. "Tony Robbins Path 1"
12643 V Sr 7000, FTA..
12670 V Sr 7000, FTA..
12679 V Sr 7000, FTA..

From my Email


From the Dish

Telkom 3S 118.0E MTA TV has moved from 3556 H to 3567 H, clear.

Palapa D 113.0E 3910 H "Ummat TV" has started on, Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 4014 V "Layar Desa TV and Polisi TV" have started on , Fta.

Koreasat 5 113.0E 12470 V "Aksyon TV has replaced IBC 13" on , encrypted.

Measat 3 91.5E 12683 H "Naaptol Green" has started on , Nagravision.

Intelsat 15 85.2E 12560 V "Juvelirochka has replaced Ot i do" on ,Fta .

NSS 6 95.0E The AVG package has left 11542 V and 11676 V.
NSS 6 95.0E 11605 H "CGN TV" has started on , Fta.

ABS 2 75.0E 12533 V "C1, Eagle News, Mongol TV, TV 8, UBS, Bloomberg TV Mongolia, Global TV, NTN, Asian Box, Movie Box, ETV HD and MNBA Sports" have started on , encrypted.
ABS 2 75.0E 12587 V "E Box, MNB, Like HDTV, Malchin TV, Suld TV, 9 TV, Molor HD, Soyon Gegeeruulegch TV, OTV and Nutag 21" have started on , encrypted.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3742 V "News 1 India, ANM News and Disha TV" have started on , Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,探索频道(菲律宾)频道消失,设置3760 V 30000参数无效接收。 [9月21日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Alekhbariyah TV(Arabsat)频道消失,设置3820 V 27500参数无效接收。 [9月21日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,公视替换年代新闻(寰宇卫视)频道,设置12461 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [9月21日]
东经101.4度轨道位置的中星9A号卫星Ku频段,贵州经济、贵州公共(户户通)等频道重现,设置11960 L 28800参数有条件接收。 [9月21日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,东森亚洲(数码天空)频道新增,设置12660 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [9月21日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,东森财经新闻(数码天空)高清频道消失,设置12660 V 45000参数无效接收。 [9月21日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,东森新闻(数码天空)高清频道消失,设置12660 V 45000参数无效接收。 [9月21日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Cjrama PK替换Theater TV(巴基斯坦)频道,设置3734 H 5777参数免费接收。 [9月21日]

东经52.5度轨道位置的Al Yah 1号卫星Ku频段,8XM、Kay 2(巴基斯坦)等全组频道重现,设置11861 H 27500参数免费接收。 [9月20日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Movie 2、Channel S(孟加拉)频道改频率,设置3695 H 4800参数免费接收。 [9月20日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星C频段,Go Plus替换MVTV(马尔代夫)频道,设置3671 V 1580参数免费接收。 [9月20日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星C频段,Sungu TV(马尔代夫)频道消失,设置3671 V 1580参数无效接收。 [9月20日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,云南卫视替换民视(DISH-HD)频道,设置11101 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [9月20日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-15替换东森洋片(DISH-HD)频道,设置11101 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [9月20日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,四川卫视等替换东森戏剧(DISH-HD)等频道,设置11101 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [9月20日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,优漫卡通替换东森幼幼(DISH HD)频道,设置11101 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [9月20日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,甘肃卫视替换东森综合(DISH-HD)频道,设置11101 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [9月20日]


NBN Co finally reveals satellite users who will lose ADSL

From https://www.itnews.com.au/news/nbn-co-finally-reveals-satellite-users-who-will-lose-adsl-473766

Options still being weighed up.

NBN Co has identified 1500 premises in the satellite and fixed wireless footprints that will have their ADSL services cut off due to a “rare circumstance” with the network’s design.

The company said the approximate figure of 1500 premises was current as of August 2017, though it did not indicate whether it expected the figure to rise as rollout volumes peak this year and next.

The disclosure of the number is an about-turn by NBN Co, which had earlier refused to reveal how many premises with existing ADSL connections would be only offered satellite services in future.

Most premises in NBN’s fixed wireless and satellite footprints will still have the option of ADSL services, as these do not have to be switched off and migrated to the NBN.

However, for the 1500 premises identified by NBN Co, they are likely to end up with only a satellite connection – with the alternative being mobile broadband from another telco, assuming they are within a coverage area.

CEO Bill Morrow told a parliamentary committee in August of a “very unique, rare circumstance” where some premises in fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) areas were on copper loops that were too long to support 25 Mbps and were, therefore, likely to get satellite.

“It meets the statement of expectation requirements and it can have 25 Mbps capability,” Morrow said.

But because they were located just outside an FTTN area, they would be unable to keep their existing ADSL connections due to the potential for them interfering with the nearby VDSL lines.

“Where a premises that is located outside the fixed line footprint is currently serviced from a pillar that is being jumpered to an NBN node… they receive fixed wireless or satellite even though they may have an existing ADSL service,” NBN Co said this week.

Morrow said that while the “majority” of the 400,000 premises in the Sky Muster footprint could “elect to stay on ADSL through the Telstra network if it’s available, these few will not be able to”.

“That's where we are looking to see if that's reasonable and fair, and what the other options are," he said.

Premises within FTTN boundaries have 18 months to switch across from their old ADSL services, which are then disconnected.

Within that 18 months there is a “co-existence period” where a mix of ADSL and VDSL services are active, but performance of the VDSL is degraded.

NBN Co has previously made it clear that a user's current connection to the internet is no indication of what they will receive under the NBN model.

This has seen many towns serviced by ADSL put into NBN's fixed wireless footprint, although the migration rules mean that ADSL remains an option for these users for as long as Telstra keeps this portion of its copper network on.

SA creates new space industry centre as Premier urges PM to announce national agency

From http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-21/sa-premier-urges-pm-to-announce-space-agency/8968852

The South Australian Government says it wants to capitalise on the fast-growing multi-billion dollar business around space, announcing the creation of a South Australian Space Industry Centre.

The Government said the centre (SASIC) would help to fuel space industry innovation, encourage start-ups and create high-tech jobs.

The announcement comes ahead of the International Astronautical Congress which is being held in Adelaide next week, with some of the largest space agencies and companies — including NASA and SpaceX — to be in attendance.

"We know that the space industry in this country and around the world is growing at about three times the rate of growth [of] the rest of the growth in the world economy," Premier Jay Weatherill said.

"The eyes of the world will be on South Australia next week."

The congress is expected to attract 3,500 delegates from across the world, including some very high-profile guests.

"At the end of the week, we'll also hear from Elon Musk. He'll update [us] in relation to his Mars program," the Premier said.

SASIC will be run alongside Defence SA, and the State Government hopes it will soon be part of a national space agency.

The centre will provide grants of $1 million per year to develop local space businesses, and encourage research and development.

As part of this week's cabinet reshuffle, the Government created an expanded portfolio to include both Defence and Space Industries.

Mr Weatherill acknowledged the "important connection" between "our defence industries and space industries", but also outlined the benefits for the local economy.

"It's not just about rockets and astronauts," he said.

"All of those things can provide incredibly important things for terrestrial uses."

Mr Weatherill said data that would be useful to farmers was one such use, and was also talking up the state's history in rocketry and satellites.

"South Australia 50 years ago launched its first rocket from the Woomera rocket range," he said.

"We're one of the first three countries in the world to launch a satellite from its own territory."

Momentum builds for Australian space agency

South Australia and the ACT have joined forces to spearhead a campaign to develop a national space agency, signing a memorandum of understanding in August.

The NT and WA Governments have also expressed an interest to sign up.

Mr Weatherill has also acknowledged rumours the Prime Minister may be a surprise at next week's conference, and said that might be a good sign of an imminent announcement.

"We've written to the Prime Minister to create a national space agency … we're encouraging him to make an announcement to that end," Mr Weatherill said.

"There has been some speculation of the Prime Minister himself turning up. He'd be very welcome.

"You'd imagine he's not going to turn up to say very little."

Despite prominent calls from scientists, including Adelaide-born astronaut Dr Andrew Thomas, a federal review into a proposal to develop an Australian Space Agency isn't expected back for at least six months.

"The review should now focus on the shape and form of that agency," Mr Weatherill said.

The Premier said he hoped the creation of SASIC, and the MOU between SA and the ACT, would show the Commonwealth the state was serious about conquering the cosmos.

"We want to put a tangible investment in place so we can say, with some credibility, we want to be your partner in the establishment of a national space agency," he said.

Australia relies on data from Earth observation satellites, but our access is high risk

From http://www.menafn.com/1095884026/Australia-relies-on-data-from-Earth-observation-satellites-but-our-access-is-high-risk

(MENAFN - The Conversation) This article is part of a series Australia's place in space, where we'll explore the strengths and weaknesses, along with the past, present and the future of Australia's space presence and activities.

Rockets, astronomy and humans on Mars: there's a lot of about space and what new discoveries might come if Australia's federal government commits to .

But one space industry is often left out of the conversation: Earth observation (EO).

EO refers to the collection of information about Earth, and delivery of useful data for human activities. For Australia, the minimum economic impact of EO from space-borne sensors alone is approximately .

And yet seems to be that the provision of EO resources will come from other countries' investments, or commercial partners.

This means the extensive Commonwealth-state-local on access to EO services remains .

What is EO (Earth observation)?

You've almost certainly relied on EO at some point already today.
The wide range of government, industry and societal uses of Earth observation in Australia. Australian Earth Observation Community Coordination Plan 2026
EO describes the activities used to gather data about the Earth from satellites, aircraft, remotely piloted systems and other platforms. It delivers information for our daily weather and oceanographic forecasts, disaster management systems, water and power supply, infrastructure monitoring, mining, agricultural production, environmental monitoring and more.

Global positioning and navigation, communications and information derived from satellites looking at, and away from Earth are referred to as ' space activities.

'Upstream' activities are the industries building infrastructure (satellites, sensors), launch vehicles and ground facilities for operating space-based equipment. , countries such as Russia focus on building, launching and operating satellites and space craft. Others (such as Canada, Italy, UK) target developing industries and government activities that use these services. The US and China maintain a balance.
Components of Australia's Earth-observation space capabilities (click to zoom for a clearer view) , Author provided Australia spends very little on space
Although we rely so heavily on downstream space activities in our economic and other operations, Australia invests very little in space: only 0.003% of GDP, according to 2014 figures.

Other countries have taken very proactive roles in enabling these industries to develop. Most government space agencies around the world invest 11% to 51% of their funds for developing EO capacity. These investments allow industries and government to build downstream applications and services from secure 24/7 satellite data streams.

Historically, Australia has invested heavily in research and research infrastructure to produce world leading capabilities in the science of , .

In EO there are no comparable national programs or infrastructure, nor have we contributed to international capability at the same levels as these areas. This seems strange given:

our world leading status in applied research and extensive government use of these data as fully operational essential and critical information streams
all of the reports requesting increases in cite our reliance on EO as essential, but then don't present paths forward for it
there are now a number of well established and growing small companies focused on delivering essential environmental, agricultural, grazing, energy supply and infrastructure monitoring services using EO, and

we have a well organised EO community across research, industry and government, with .
Example of an information delivery service built from Earth observation data streams to deliver property level information to graziers and others land-holders (click to zoom for a clearer view). P Tickle, FarmMap4D, Author provided Building Australia's EO capacity
EO plays a vital role in many aspects of Australian life. Australia's state and Commonwealth agencies, along with research institutions and industry have already built essential tools to routinely deliver satellite images in a form that can be developed further by private industry and delivered as services.

But our lack of a coordinating space agency adds a layer of fragility to vital EO operations as they currently stand.

This places a very large amount of Commonwealth, state and local government activity, economic activity and essential infrastructure at risk, as .

Our federal government started to address the problem with its , and will hopefully build on this following the current rounds of extensive consultation for the .

Although our private EO upstream and downstream industry capabilities are currently small, they are world leading, and if they were enabled with government-industry support in a way that the , the / and do, we could build this sector.

If Australia is to realistically participate in the 'Space 2.0' economy, we need to act now and set clear goals for the next five, ten and 20 years. EO can be a pillar for this activity, enabling significant expansion of our upstream and downstream industries. This generates jobs and growth and addresses national security concerns.

That should be a win for all sectors in Australia – and we can finally give back and participate globally in space.

Data sources for figure 'Proportion of space budget spent on different capacities': ; ESA - and ; ; PDF report on .

Saphina Ho joins AsiaSat as new General Counsel

From Press Release

Hong Kong, 21 September 2017 – Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), announced today the appointment of its new General Counsel, Saphina Ho.

Succeeding Catherine Chang, Saphina will be a member of the management team, overseeing all legal affairs of the company.
“We welcome Saphina to AsiaSat with much enthusiasm, as her expertise and substantial legal experience will contribute to the company’s continued success. I am confident that Saphina will succeed in maintaining the company’s stature and reputation as the leading satellite operator in Asia,” said Andrew Jordan, President and Chief Executive Officer of AsiaSat.

“I would also like to thank Catherine Chang for over 23 years of outstanding and dedicated service to AsiaSat. Catherine has been a very strong leader, and one who has set up AsiaSat’s legal department and since 1994 led a professional team in making a hugely positive contribution to the continued growth of the company. I wish her all the best for her next chapter,” he added.

“I am delighted to begin this new role, especially while joining during the upcoming launch of the company’s most powerful satellite, AsiaSat 9. I look forward to working closely with each department to help drive the growth and distinction of the company,” said Saphina Ho, General Counsel of AsiaSat.
Saphina Ho has more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, specialising in regional and corporate legal matters. Prior to joining AsiaSat, she was the Assistant General Counsel of Pacnet Global, and also worked for New World Mobility and Global One as in-house lawyer. She is a qualified solicitor in Hong Kong, and England and Wales, and has Bachelor’s Degree in Arts and Postgraduate Certificate in Laws from the University of Hong Kong and a Bachelor’s Degree in Laws from the Manchester Metropolitan University.
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About AsiaSat

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

Media Contact:

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

SpaceX’s worldwide satellite broadband network may have a name: Starlink

From https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/09/spacex-seeks-starlink-trademark-for-its-satellite-broadband-network/

Low-latency, gigabit network inches closer to commercialization.

SpaceX has filed trademark applications for the word "Starlink" to describe its planned satellite broadband network.

SpaceX filed applications with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on August 21 to have Starlink trademarked for "wireless broadband communication services," "high-speed wireless Internet access," and other services related to its upcoming satellite network.

The trademark applications were surfaced by a user on Reddit and then made the rounds in news articles. SpaceX is also seeking an additional trademark on "SpaceX" specifically for the satellite network, in addition to the SpaceX trademarks it already owns for aerospace launch vehicles, rockets, and services for launching payloads into space.

With latency as low as 25ms, SpaceX to launch broadband satellites in 2019

A trademark search on the USPTO site for SpaceX turns up trademarks for other well-known SpaceX projects, including "Hyperloop," Dragon," and "Falcon," but it doesn't turn up any other possible names for the satellite broadband network.

We asked SpaceX today whether Starlink will definitely be the name of its upcoming broadband service and whether it has any update on when the service will launch. We'll update this story if we get a response.

Cable-like latencies

Previously, SpaceX has said its satellites will provide gigabit speeds at latencies of around 25ms. Those latencies are about as low as cable Internet service; typically, that wouldn't be possible with satellites, but SpaceX plans to use low-Earth orbits.

SpaceX VP of satellite government affairs Patricia Cooper described the company's broadband plans in a Senate Commerce Committee hearing in May. She said that SpaceX will begin testing the satellites within months and launch one prototype before the end of this year.

The launch of 4,425 operational satellites is slated to begin in 2019 with the system reaching full capacity in 2024.

SpaceX has also proposed an additional 7,500 satellites operating even closer to the ground, saying that this will boost capacity and reduce latency in heavily populated areas. But Cooper offered no specific timeline for this part of the project during the May hearing.

SpaceX is not the only company seeking to build a low-Earth, high-capacity satellite broadband network. A company called OneWeb was the first to seek Federal Communications Commission approval for such a system, and it received a key approval in June. OneWeb, which intends to use 720 satellites, is planning to start offering broadband services in Alaska as early as 2019. Another company called LeoSat says it is launching up to 108 low-Earth-orbit satellites.

Bulgaria Sat Wins "Newcomer Satellite Operator of the Year" for 2017

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Bulgaria_Sat_Wins_Newcomer_Satellite_Operator_of_the_Year_for_2017_999.html

BulgariaSat-1 will provide direct-to-home television (DTH) and data communications services on the Balkans and other European regions. It is suitable for 4G LTE network at 1800 MHz. In addition to television and communication services, BulgariaSat-1 can be used in force majeure - accidents due to natural disasters - earthquakes, storms, floods when land-based networks are not working.

Bulgaria Sat, Bulgaria's sole satellite operator and the country's innovator in space industry, was awarded "Newcomer Satellite Operator of the Year" for 2017 during the 14th Annual Awards for Excellence in Satellite Communications which took place as part of the Summit for Satellite Financing, the main event of the annual World Satellite Business Week 2017. The ceremony took place on September 13 in Paris, France.

"This award is a great honour for Bulgaria and Bulgaria Sat. We pioneered with BulgariaSat-1 project 10 years ago and today we are proud to step up as a part of the European satellite operators family. BulgariaSat-1 opens the path for the development of the Bulgarian space and satellite industry, expanding the nation's reach and reinforcing our position as a satellite operator in Central and Eastern Europe, fuelling our regional growth", said Maxim Zayakov, CEO of Bulgaria Sat.

The Annual Awards for Excellence in Satellite Communications recognized Bulgaria Sat and its management for their outstanding accomplishment in the satellite sector, praising the company's efforts and hard work that led to Bulgaria Sat's status as an active operator following the successful launch of BulgariaSat-1, the first Bulgarian geostationary communication satellite, in June 2017.

The award ceremony for the 14th Awards for Excellence in Satellite Communications took place during the official luncheon hosted by The Boeing Company at the Westin Hotel, Paris.

The winner in the category was chosen by a panel of industry experts from Euroconsult, SpaceNews, and SatelliteFinance who assess candidates using rigorous qualitative and quantitative criteria. A number of key performance indicators and strategic initiatives are taken into account as part of the evaluation process.

BulgariaSat-1 will provide direct-to-home television (DTH) and data communications services on the Balkans and other European regions. It is suitable for 4G LTE network at 1800 MHz. In addition to television and communication services, BulgariaSat-1 can be used in force majeure - accidents due to natural disasters - earthquakes, storms, floods when land-based networks are not working.

Hulu’s UX, Live TV (beta) on Roku

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/09/21/hulus-ux-live-tv-beta-on-roku/

Hulu’s new experience and Live TV (beta) service are now available on Roku Ultra, Roku Premiere+, Roku Premiere, Roku Express, Roku Express+, Roku Streaming Stick (3600), Roku 4, Roku 3 and Roku TVs. The revamped interface and option to subscribe to the Live TV plan gives users the power to surface all their favourite TV in one place. Support for additional Roku devices is expected to come soon.

Writing in the Roku blog, Ziba Kaboli-Gerbrands, Director of Content Acquisition, describes the new Hulu experience as even more personalised, making it easier to watch what you love across all Hulu plans. “Roku users can create personal profiles to pick your favourite TV shows, networks and movies. The more you watch, the more Hulu will tailor the experience to your liking,” she advises.

“Roku users with the new experience can now subscribe to Hulu with Live TV (beta) plan. Subscribers to this plan can enjoy live and on-demand programming from more than 50 popular sports, news, entertainment, kids channels as well as local broadcast channels in many cities — plus Hulu’s entire premium streaming library with limited commercials — all for just $39.99 [€33.32] per month. This includes 50 hours of Cloud DVR recording storage, up to six individual profiles and two simultaneous streams per account, with options to upgrade to an enhanced Cloud DVR with 200 hours of storage and unlimited in-home concurrent screens,” she notes.


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

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

From my Email


From the Dish

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


NZ: Darcey appointed to SKY TV Board

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chinese company eyes development of reusable launch vehicle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FOX+ launches in Taiwan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

beIN MENA selects Irdeto CA solution

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From asiatvro site

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

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


OONA partners with Telkom Indonesia

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

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

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

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

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

Telekom Austria inks APT Satellite deal

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vietnam, Japan seal satellite data exchange deal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Murdoch: ‘Sky deal good for UK’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About DishTV India Limited
Dish TV is Asia Pacific's largest direct-to-home (DTH) company and part of the Essel Group. Dish TV has on its platform more than 622 channels & services including 39 audio channels and over 66 HD channels & services. Dish TV leverages multiple satellite platforms including NSS-6, Asiasat 5, SES-8 and GSAT-15 which makes its total bandwidth capacity equal 864 MHz, amongst the largest held by any DTH player in the country. The Company has a vast distribution network of over 2,108 distributors & over 290,180 dealers that span across 9,291 towns in the country. Dish TV has thirteen 24* 7 call centres catering to 11 different languages to take care of subscriber requirement at any point in time. For more information on the company, please visit www.dishtv.in

About Verimatrix

Verimatrix specializes in securing and enhancing revenue for network-connected devices and services around the world and is recognized as the global number one in revenue security for IP-based video services. The award-winning and independently audited Verimatrix Video Content Authority System (VCAS™) family of solutions enables next-generation video service providers to cost-effectively extend their networks and enable new business models. The company has continued its technical innovation by offering the world's only globally interconnected revenue security platform, Verspective™ Intelligence Center, for automated system optimization and data collection/analytics, and Vtegrity™, advanced security that addresses IoT threats and service lifecycle management.

Its unmatched partner ecosystem enables Verimatrix to provide unique business value beyond security as service providers introduce new applications that leverage the proliferation of connected devices. Verimatrix is an ISO 9001:2008 certified company. For more information, please visit www.verimatrix.com, our Pay TV Views blog and follow us @verimatrixinc, Facebook and LinkedIn to join the conversation.

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东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,KBS World(高清)频道新增,设置12405 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [9月18日]

东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,Fox Sports 2(体育)频道解密,设置11105 V 45000参数免费接收。 [9月17日]
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东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Sports Illustrated 1 HD(寰宇卫视)频道重现,设置12401 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [9月17日]
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东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Channel I(高清)频道改格式,设置4034 H 4610参数免费接收。 [9月17日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,N News替换Message TV(巴基斯坦)频道,设置3902 V 2963参数免费接收。 [9月17日]
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东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星Ku频段,MTV Beats HD替换MTV Indies HD(高清)频道,设置12702 V 40700参数有条件接收。 [9月16日]
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Sky Muster data increase in two weeks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Murdoch attempts to derail CBS deal for Ten

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Warner TV expands in Asia

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

Warner TV hosts superhero shows including Supergirl

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Warner TV expands reach in Indonesia and Philippines

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

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

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

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

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

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

China's BeiDou-3 satellites get new chips

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Growing space emerging for ‘middle ground’ pay TV offerings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Air Force activates new satellites for tracking space objects

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Domestic tax rate of 18% will be unchanged

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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New services testing at 75E ABS2

I think its a Maldive channel

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

From my Email


From the Dish

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From asiatvro site

东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,Liga Santander 1(菲律宾)等3个频道重现,设置4076 V 22500参数部分免费接收。 [9月15日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Day Star替换Comedy Central(斐济)频道,设置3920 V 28800参数免费接收。 [9月15日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Star Sports 2(中国版)频道重现,设置3920 H 29720参数有条件接收。 [9月15日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Hadi TV 1(测试)频道消失,设置3760 H 26000参数无效接收。 [9月15日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Fiji TV(测试)等4个频道新增,设置4013 H 7500参数免费接收。 [9月15日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,国家地理、MTV(印尼)等全组频道重现,设置4100 V 29900参数有条件接收。 [9月15日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2A号卫星Ku频段,MNB、Like(蒙古)频道新增,设置12588 V 45000参数大部免费接收。 [9月15日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星C频段,AXN、Kix(老挝)等频道重现,设置3503 V 30000参数免费接收。 [9月15日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星C频段,One TV 6、ETV(老挝)等15个频道消失,设置3503 V 30000参数无效接收。 [9月15日]

东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Hadi TV 1(测试)频道新增,设置3760 H 26000参数免费接收。 [9月14日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星C频段,Animax、Kix(高清)等频道消失,设置3503 V 30000参数无效接收。 [9月14日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Naaptol Malayalam替换Draham Sangeet(印度)频道,设置4184 V 21600参数免费接收。 [9月14日
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Hadi TV 1(测试)频道新增,设置3760 H 26000参数免费接收。[9月14日]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,SSS TV(印度)频道新增,设置3894 H 13840参数免费接收。 [9月14日]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星C频段,河南城市之声(河南广播网)等频道重现,设置4157 H 2170参数免费接收。 [9月14日]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,Tora TV(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3932 H 18330参数免费接收。 [9月14日]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星C频段,河南城市之声(中国)等全组频道消失,设置4157 H 2170参数无效接收。 [9月14日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星C频段,NTV、ETV(老挝)等15个频道新增,设置3503 V 30000参数免费接收。 [9月14日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星C频段,Animax、Kix(高清)等频道消失,设置3503 V 30000参数无效接收。 [9月14日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Naaptol Malayalam替换Draham Sangeet(印度)频道,设置4184 V 21600参数免费接收。 [9月14日]


Netflix doubles down on Australia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From press release

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

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

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

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

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AsiaSat planning small HTS satellite to cover China

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Astro records 35pct increase net profit in H1FY18

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

World’s first satellite industry forum launches

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TV5Monde expands in sub-Saharan Africa

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PBS America now on Amazon UK

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

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

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

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

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



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Sky Pacific offers 24 hours Christian channel

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

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

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

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

Japanese startup raises $7.3 million for smallsat antenna sharing service

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DFL selects Nagra to fight illegal Bundesliga streaming

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Canada’s Telesat planning 290 satellites

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

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

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

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

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



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NBCUniversal unveils new SYFY brand identity

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

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

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

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

The primary typeface is ‘Syfy Hero’.

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

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

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

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

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

From Press Release

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

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

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

Arqiva is a leading UK communications infrastructure and media services provider dedicated to connecting people wherever they are through the delivery of TV, radio, mobile and the Internet of Things (IoT). We are an independent provider of telecom towers, with circa 8,000 active sites across Great Britain, and are also the only supplier of national terrestrial television and radio broadcasting services in the UK. Our advanced networks support the exponential growth of connected devices and the ever-increasing demand for data from smartphones to tablets, connected TVs, smart meters, cars and medical devices. For more information, news and insights from Arqiva, please visit the website at: www.arqiva.com

About AsiaSat

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

Media Contacts:
Winnie Pang, Manager, Marketing Communications | Tel: (852) 2500 0880 | Email: wpang@asiasat.com
Tony Johnson, Media & PR Manager | Mobile: (41) 07773 045480 | Email: Tony.Johnson@arqiva.com

Harmonic, iKO Launch DTH Services in Asia and Latin America

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

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

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

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

BeiDou navigation to cover Belt and Road countries by 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

MIH to launch first satellite in Inmarsat-6 fleet

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

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

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

Apple TV 4K launched

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pricing & Availability

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3791 H "Sanskriti TV Channel, Vip News and Shop CJ Tamil" have left.
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Intelsat 20 68.5E 11170 V "BBC World News Africa has replaced True African" on , Videoguard.

Intelsat 17 66.0E 3845 H "Sony Max UK and Sony ESPN" have left .
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东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Prive HD(高清)频道新增,设置3820 V 27500参数有条件接收。 [9月12日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,阳光卫视、澳门莲花(香港)频道消失,设置3880 H 27500参数无效接收。 [9月12日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,阳光卫视、澳门莲花(香港)频道消失,设置3880 H 27500参数无效接收。 [9月12日]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星Ku频段,Tazovsky、Mujy TV(俄罗斯)等频道重现,设置11485 V 11850参数免费接收。 [9月12日]
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东经56度轨道位置的快车AT1号卫星Ku频段,Bridge TV Russkiy Hit替换Rusong TV(俄罗斯)频道,设置12169 R 27500参数有条件接收。 [9月12日]
东经84.8度轨道位置的Horizons 2号卫星Ku频段,Bridge TV Russkiy Hit替换Rusong TV(俄罗斯)频道,设置11760 H 28800参数有条件接收。 [9月12日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AT2号卫星Ku频段,Bridge TV Russkiy Hit替换Rusong TV(俄罗斯)频道,设置12303 L 27500参数有条件接收。 [9月12日]
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东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,History TV 18(孟加拉)频道消失,设置12468 V 45000参数无效接收。 [9月12日]

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Australia's foreign affairs department seeks new satellite provider

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Commercial satellite to link Latin America lifts off on Proton rocket

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Half of Singaporeans admit to online piracy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SES orders 7 O3b ‘mPower’ satellites

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

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

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

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

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

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

KT Skylife selects Alticast for OTT

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

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

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

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

Netflix, Amazon expected to withdraw from Russia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Asiasat 5 3925 H Sr 7120 "ETP WORLD FEED"

Intelsat 19 12609 V Sr 7000 "STS9" NRL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,东森洋片替换东森戏剧(DISH-HD)频道,设置11101 H 45000参数免费接收。 [9月10日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,东森戏剧替换东森洋片(DISH HD)等频道,设置11101 H 45000参数免费接收。 [9月10日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星C频段,CCTV-4(中国)频道重现,设置3582 H 5000参数免费接收。 [9月10日]

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

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


Telkom 1 Satellite Service 100 Percent Recovered

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BRI Has Fully Recovered Its Entire ATM Network

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

BRI Has Fully Recovered Its Entire ATM Network (infoperbankan)

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

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

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

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

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

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

IP report highlights ‘Kodi’ box threat

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

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

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

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

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

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

Spacecom hits IAI with $138m claim

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

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

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

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

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

Enhanced NFL Game Pass for Europe

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

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

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

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

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

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

Selected Game Pass Europe features for 2017 include:

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


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172E 4159 Sr 5000 Fec 5/6 8psk "adhoc, PLTV and Australia news channel have started here, they are currently FTA (expected to revert to BISS).

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东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,云南卫视、炫动卡通替换CCTV-5(台亚卫星)等频道,设置12731 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [9月8日]
东经92.2度轨道位置的中星9号Ku段,内蒙古新闻广播、内蒙古蒙语广播(户户通)等8个频道新增,设置11940 R 28800参数有条件接收。 [9月8日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,炫动卡通、云南卫视替换CCTV-3(DISH HD)等频道,设置11101 H 45000参数免费接收。 [9月8日]

东经159度轨道位置的ABS-6号卫星C频段,Barke(外国)频道新增,设置3620 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [9月7日]
东经172度轨道位置的欧星172A号卫星C频段,Sky News、PLTV(英语)等3个频道新增,设置4160 V 5000参数免费接收。 [9月7日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2A号卫星Ku频段,GTV、CH-1(MPEG-4)等40个频道新增,设置12533 V 45000参数部分免费接收。 [9月7日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2A号卫星Ku频段,U TV(0h)、Suld TV(DTV)频道消失,设置12533 V 45000参数无效接收。 [9月7日]
东经84.8度轨道位置的Horizons 2号卫星Ku频段,H.264 HD(测试)频道新增,设置11838 V 45000参数免费接收。 [9月7日]
东经84.8度轨道位置的Horizons 2号卫星Ku频段,HEVC HD、H264 SD(测试)等8个频道新增,设置11903 V 30000参数免费接收。 [9月7日]
东经84.8度轨道位置的Horizons 2号卫星Ku频段,H264 SD(测试)频道新增,设置11758 V 45000参数免费接收。 [9月7日]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星C频段,4K-Sat 2(高清)频道消失,设置4120 H 29720参数无效接收。 [9月7日]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星C频段,4K-Sat 2(高清)频道重现,设置4120 H 29720参数免费接收。 [9月7日]


Speedcast offers “TV on Demand”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Russian satellite grouping unaffected by solar flare — Defense Ministry

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Tricolor TV launches test of online TV service

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


ABS 2 @ 75E 3522 V Sr 2749 Fec 3/4 "MAX Muaythai" Vpid 201 (FTA) HEVC Apid 301 Sid 1
Provider says "ABI"

Signal is very weak on 2.7M

From my Email


From the Dish

Palapa D 113.0E 3750 H "I Am Channel" is back on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 4074 V "Net" has left again.
Palapa D 113.0E Net has started on 4147 V and 4154 V, Fta.

Koreasat 5 113.0E 12430 V "Jack TV has replaced Aksyon TV" on , encrypted.
Koreasat 5 113.0E 12470 V "Solar Sports has replaced DZRH News TV" on, encrypted.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3840 H Fox Crime HD Asia, Nat Geo People Asia and FX Philippines have started on , Irdeto. Star World Asia, Fox Movies Asia, Fox Sports Asia, Fox Sports 3 Asia and Fox Sports 2 Asia have left.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3725 H "Divyavani TV and Sadhna Bangla" have left .
Insat 4A 83.0E 3805 H "Ashirwad" has started on, Fta.

ABS 2 75.0E 3817 V "Clouds TV International and Clouds TV Rwanda" have started on , Fta.

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东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Channel S(孟加拉)频道消失,设置3693 H 9230参数无效接收。 [9月7日]
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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。 [9月7日]

东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Fox Sports等替换国家地理悠人(高清)等频道,设置3980 V 29720参数有条件接收。 [9月6日]
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东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,UBS、MM(Ddish TV)频道解密,设置12690 H 43200参数免费接收。 [9月6日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星Ku频段,三立新闻(台湾)频道重现,设置12354 H 3300参数免费接收。 [9月6日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,PSI(测试)道新增,设置3440 H 26666参数有条件接收。 [9月6日]


AsiaSat announces new appointments

From Press Release

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

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

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

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

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

Mary Wong, as Director of Human Resources, will be responsible for leading the HR team to provide services and support that further develop the talent pool, one of AsiaSat’s most valuable assets. Mary has 20 years of experience in the HR and administration practice at professional services firms as well as local investment bank.
On the new appointments, Andrew Jordan, President and Chief Executive Officer of AsiaSat said, “I’m delighted to welcome these new talents to align us further for both internal and external development. I believe their fresh perspectives will contribute to our business growth and to deliver even better services to our customers amid the excitement of the AsiaSat 9 launch end of this month.”
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About AsiaSat

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

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

StarWorld rebranding as Fox life

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

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

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

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

NeuLion powers Sky Sports Box Office OTT

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

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

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

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

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

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

Roku launches The Roku Channel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EchoStar recovers lost satellite

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

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

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

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


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

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

Beijing HD

Guangdong HD

Hubei HD

Shenzhen HD

Shandong HD

From my Email


From the Dish

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

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

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

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

From asiatvro site

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,1618 HD(高清)频道消失,设置3440 H 26666参数无效接收。 [9月6日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Fix & Foxy(测试)频道消失,设置3746 V 6520参数无效接收。 [9月6日]
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东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星Ku频段,三立新闻(台湾)频道消失,设置12354 H 3300参数无效接收。 [9月6日]
东经125度轨道位置的中星6A号卫星C频段,辽宁卫视(鼎视传媒)高清频道解密,设置3889 V 9988参数免费接收。 [9月6日]
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东经125度轨道位置的中星6A号卫星C频段,北京卫视、北京纪实(鼎视传媒)高清频道解密,设置3857 V 25000参数免费接收。 [9月6日]

东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,Sony Channel(高清)频道新增,设置10730 V 40000参数有条件接收。 [9月5日]
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Australia facing 'urgency' on 5G spectrum bands: AMTA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"This needs to progress now."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Telkom restores 66 percent of ATM services

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CASBAA CEO stepping down

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

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

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

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

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

Intelsat delivers media distribution services for Indian Teleport Operator

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

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

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

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

BBC World News hops aboard SA’s OpenView HD

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

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

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

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

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

ETRI joins HEVC Advance

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

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

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

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


Tuesday feed

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From the Dish

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

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

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

From asiatvro site

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

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


Telstra adds Foxtel to mobile plans, signs new telco exec

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"It combines the flexibility and great value of prepaid while letting our customers keep their unused data to stream the latest music and entertainment on their mobile, when they like."

Prepaid customers who recharge by AU$40 or more will also get unlimited international calls to Telstra's 10 standard countries, as well as to Vietnam, Pakistan, and Bangladesh until February 26.

Telstra last month announced its media revenue growing by 8.2 percent to AU$935 million during the FY17 financial year thanks to uptake of both the Telstra TV and Foxtel from Telstra. The latter made AU$777 million in revenue, growing by 8.1 percent due to 57,000 additional subscribers. There were 827,000 Telstra TV devices in the market as of June 30.

Optus is also focusing on media content, in July unveiling an entertainment partnership with National Geographic as part of what CEO Allen Lew told ZDNet is the telco's next move to become a "mobile-led multimedia service provider".

Lew had previously said that Optus is a unique position to be the first in Australia to take advantage of the convergence between telecommunications, media, and technology after beginning its self-described transformation into a multimedia company with the acquisition of the exclusive Australian broadcast rights for the English Premier League in 2015.

Sky TV shares drop to 18-year low

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11916804

The 7.5 per cent share price drop comes after a report that Amazon is likely to bid for rugby broadcast rights.

Sky Network Television shares dropped to their lowest level in more than 18 years after a report that global internet giant Amazon is making a play for New Zealand's rugby broadcasting rights, a key drawcard for the pay-TV operator.

The shares fell as low as $2.58, the lowest since January 1999 and before the merger with former cornerstone shareholder Independent Newspapers Ltd.

The stock was recently down 7.5 per cent, or 21 cents, to $5.59, on a day that holders lost the rights to a 12.5 cents-per-share dividend.

The Auckland-based company has been under pressure this year to address sinking subscriber numbers at a time when online streaming video offerings such as Netflix are seen as a cheaper alternative to Sky's service. One of the major pieces of value seen as protecting Sky's customer base has been its retention of rugby broadcast rights and a production team that would be hard to replicate.

The Herald reported this weekend that Amazon is likely to compete for the next round of rugby broadcast rights from 2021 via its Prime Video streaming service.

"There's continuing uncertainty over the long-term prospects for Sky TV," said Grant Williamson, a director at Hamilton Hindin Greene in Christchurch. "I think analysts have almost given up on them."

The stock is rated an average 'sell' based on six analyst recommendations compiled by Reuters, with a median price target of $2.99. While ownership of premium sporting content has been a boon for Sky it also proved an obstacle to its proposed merger with Vodafone New Zealand, a move it says is a response to the changing media environment.

The Commerce Commission eventually shot down the $3.44 billion deal on concerns that a combined group's premium sporting content could be bundled into a single mobile, landline, broadband and pay-TV offering, while the roll-out of the government-sponsored ultrafast broadband programme presented a "significant opportunity" to attract new customers with a larger bundle of services.

Sky and Vodafone had initially planned to appeal the decision, but have since given up on that and instead are looking at other ways they can leverage off each other's business, though they've yet to provide any public details.

Kacific selects SpaceX to provide launch service

From http://www.voxy.co.nz/business/5/292379

Fuseworks Media Fuseworks Media Tuesday, 5 September, 2017 - 11:08 Kacific-1 will bring fast, cost-effective internet service to South East Asia and the Pacific

Port Vila, Vanuatu- 5 September 2017 - Kacific Broadband Satellites Group (Kacific) has selected SpaceX as the launch provider for its Kacific-1 satellite, which is being built by The Boeing Company.

Kacific-1 will be launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9, a two-stage orbit-class rocket designed from the ground-up for maximum reliability and reusability.

"SpaceX has a breadth of vision that appeals to us," says Christian Patouraux, Kacific CEO. "The company is committed to changing the way people think about space and the possibilities it represents. Signing with SpaceX as our launch service provider is a major step towards delivering our own vision. We look forward to seeing Kacific-1 atop a Falcon 9 Rocket in 2019."

"SpaceX is proud to partner with Kacific on the milestone launch of the company’s first satellite, Kacific-1." said Gwynne Shotwell, President and COO of SpaceX. "We appreciate their confidence in our proven capabilities and look forward to delivering their satellite to orbit."

In February 2017 Kacific placed an order with The Boeing Company for the Kacific-1 satellite. Based on the reliable 702 satellite platform, Kacific-1 is designed to deliver high speed broadband via 56 narrow Ka-band beams, with the most powerful signal level ever achieved in a commercial satellite in the South East Asia and Pacific regions.

Bluesky, SES to bring satellite-based 4G+ to Cook Islands

From https://www.telecompaper.com/news/bluesky-ses-to-bring-satellite-based-4g-to-cook-islands--1210447

SES Networks has announced a contract with Bluesky Cook Islands to increase satellite capacity with a view to bringing 4G+ services to Rarotonga and Aitutaki, the two key cities of the island nation. The increased capacity delivered on SES Networks’ O3b Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) fleet will also allow the extension of 4G/LTE mobile backhaul services to the country’s outer islands as well as a faster and dedicated broadband service for the Cook Islands Ministry of Education, said SES.

The Cook Islands was the first market to use SES Networks’ O3b MEO satellite system back in 2014 to deliver 3G/ 4G services to the nation. The new agreement signed with SES Networks is part of a substantial network upgrade currently being implemented by Bluesky.

After the launch of the Soyuz rocket, Russia lost 9 satellites

From http://micetimes.asia/after-the-launch-of-the-soyuz-rocket-russia-lost-9-satellites/

Some satellites did not deploy solar panels, others were on an unplanned orbit.

Of the 73 satellites launched July 14 for Russian rocket Soyuz-2.1 a, four did not respond to the commands of the operators. Thus, the number of devices with which it has a different kind of problem has increased to nine.

We are talking about three kubath CICERO (Community Initiative for Cellular Earth Remote Observation) is a California-based company GeoOptics and one of the joint Ecuadorian-Russian scientific satellite, UTE-UESOR.

GeoOptics the source, who requested anonymity, refused further comment, citing company policy.

Specialist Fausto Rodrigo Freire Carrera, responsible for UTE-UESOR with the Ecuadorian side, told Space News that after July 30, ground services accept “sporadic fading signals”, which are impossible to decipher. The device is contacted with 15 to 30 July, the findings indicated a low charge its battery. Experts hope that the work UTE-UESOR will improve.

Previously, Space News reported that not communicate four Russian satellites: two cubita from Dauria Aerospace, student spark-MAI-85 (Moscow aviation Institute) and assembled on crowdfunding means lighthouse. It is also said that on unplanned orbits were a couple of American satellites: Lemur-2 (Spire Global) and Flock 2k (Planet Labs).

NAGRA supports StarHub IP transition

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/09/05/nagra-supports-starhub-ip-transition/

Content protection and multiscreen television solutions provider NAGRA has completed the end-to-end integration of Singapore operator StarHub’s multi-network pay-TV services into the operator’s brand new Hubtricity facility. As lead system integrator on the project, NAGRA delivered the seamless migration of the operator’s 280 channels spanning cable, IP and OTT networks into Hubtricity, marking StarHub’s transition to an IP infrastructure. The move also provides StarHub with the foundation to deliver the next generation of IP-enabled pay-TV services to its customers.

The new media headend boasts master control facilities and robust IP network systems designed by NAGRA to enable new capabilities for Singapore’s leading pay-TV service provider while reducing cost of ownership. NAGRA also provided consultancy and project management services in the design and installation of the facility.
“Hubtricity houses our converged command cockpit which delivers our vision of providing world-class services to our customers. A state-of-the-art facility, it also serves as the premier hub for emerging technologies and innovation in the region,” said Chong Siew Loong, Chief Technology Officer, StarHub. “As a longstanding partner, NAGRA was instrumental in bringing all the pieces together through their deep knowledge of pay-TV networks, their TV-centric system integration skills and vast network of partners.”

“We applaud StarHub in launching the Hubtricity facility and their commitment to delivering best-of-breed technologies and services to their customers,” said Stéphane Le Dreau, SVP Regional General Manager Asia-Pacific for NAGRA. “Hubtricity will be a center of excellence for innovation in the development and deployment of next generation pay-TV services. We are proud to support a project of this magnitude by providing StarHub with our expertise in headend, broadcast, streaming back-office and IP technologies to bring it to fruition. We look forward to supporting StarHub as they set the foundation for IP-enabled pay-TV services in Singapore.”
Since 2003, NAGRA has provided StarHub with an array of digital TV technologies ranging from content protection to set-top box software and user experience solutions. StarHub selected NAGRA as overall system integrator for Hubtricity in 2015. The project included the management of 20 different vendors providing products and services in satellite reception, baseband, compression, cable and IP distribution.

Hong Kong replaces BBC world radio with Chinese broadcaster

From http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41152231

The BBC service had been broadcast continually in Hong Kong for nearly 40 years

Hong Kong's public broadcaster has dropped a 24-hour BBC's World Service radio channel, and replaced it with Chinese state radio.

The Chinese station broadcasts mostly in Mandarin, not Cantonese which is used in Hong Kong.

The BBC service has been broadcast continually on Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) since 1978.

Critics say the change is evidence of the gradual encroachment of mainland Chinese state media into Hong Kong.

This, they say, is leading to increased censorship in the Chinese territory that was a British colony until 1997.

The BBC said it was "always disappointed when a service our listeners are used to changes".

But added that the World Service was "doing everything we can to ensure we continue to reach our audiences."

It also confirmed the BBC radio station would still be available to listeners overnight on RTHK and available 24 hours via the internet and on the Telstar 18 DTH satellite platform for people in Hong Kong with a domestic satellite dish.

An online petition signed by almost 1,000 people said the move would make the city "feel more parochial and inward-looking".

But a spokesperson for RTHK told Reuters that the decision was not influenced by politics, and that the adoption of China National Radio would enhance cultural exchanges.

It said the BBC channel would still be broadcast for eight hours overnight, and occasionally during weekends.

The BBC statement added that RTHK had also "agreed to consider including some BBC World Service English programmes in their daytime schedules".

London licensees fined for pirating Sky Sports

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/09/04/london-licensees-fined-for-pirating-sky-sports/

A licensee has been found guilty of three offences of dishonest reception of a television transmission by showing Sky Sports to customers without a commercial agreement from Sky.

Jagdish Karsan Devshi of the Moonbay Restaurant in Wembley, London, entered a plea of guilty to the charges and was fined £1,026 (€1,118) per offence and ordered to pay £102 Victim Surcharge and costs of £3,435, totalling £6,615.

intellectual property protection organisation FACT (Federation Against Copyright Theft) brought the criminal prosecution on August 29th 2017 at Willesden Magistrates Court against the licensee for showing Sky Sports to customers without having a valid commercial viewing agreement in place. Sky Sports is only available to licensed premises in the UK via a commercial viewing agreement from Sky Business.

In a separate case, two licensees of Greenesin Neasden, London, were convicted and fined a combined total of £22,498.80 for showing Sky Sports to customers without having a valid commercial viewing agreement in place.

Stephen Gerrard, Prosecuting Manager, FACT said: “These cases should send a clear warning to pub owners and licensees who show Sky broadcasts without a commercial subscription. If convicted, fines for this offence are unlimited and you may have to pay substantial legal costs, as well as putting yourself at risk of having your licence suspended or revoked.”

George Lawson, head of commercial piracy at Sky, said: “These are the latest in a long line of criminal cases FACT has successfully prosecuted resulting in big fines, demonstrating the seriousness of fraudulently screening TV programmes. The law is clear – the only legal way to show Sky Sports programming in licensed premises in the UK is through a valid commercial viewing agreement with Sky.”

“We remain committed to visiting thousands of pubs, as well as investigating suppliers, to protect our customers and ensure they are not left short-changed by illegal activity. If you choose to televise content illegally then you run the very real risk of being caught and having legal action taken against you – the risks are not worth running.”

These successful cases were prosecuted by FACT. Working with FACT forms a key part of Sky’s commitment to protecting pubs and clubs who invest in legitimate Sky Sports subscriptions. Sky is committed to visiting every licensed premises reported by other publicans and/or organisations for illegally showing Sky and has made arrangements to visit hundreds of pubs each week in towns and cities across the UK this year.

Star India pays over €2bn for IPL TV rights

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/09/04/star-india-pays-over-e2bn-for-ipl-tv-rights/

Star India has agreed to pay 163.48 bilion rupees (€2.15bn) for the TV and digital rights to Indian Premier League for the next five years, the country’s cricket board has confirmed.

Sony, the only other bidder for the TV rights, offered 110.5 billion rupees but lost out to Star’s consolidated offer for the global rights from 2018 to 2022. It means that, for the first time, the broadcast rights for a single IPL match are worth more than an India home international.

“We believe the IPL is a very powerful property, and we believe there is lots more value that can be created for fans of cricket on digital and TV,” commented Star India chief executive Uday Shankar. “India, cricket and IPL have changed dramatically since 2008, and this bid is a reflection of that.”


Monday morning Telkom 3S scan W.A 2.7m Dish

These services are loading and playing

3445 H Sr 3905 "First_service" TVRI %92 qual %52
3547 H Sr 6000 "TRANS7 DIGITAL" With color bars %95 qual %54
3587 H Sr 6000 "TRANS 7 TV HD" %95 qual %49
3622 H Sr 1200 "hcbn Indo" %89 qual %44
3773 H Sr 1500 "Rasil TV" %91 qual %48

Sunday afternoon feeds

D1 12697 V Sr 7500 Swan Districts vs West Perth , Footy

Sunday morning feeds

Asiasat 5 3716 H Sr 7200 "ETP WORLD FEED" Mens Golf
Asiasat 5 3896 V Sr 7200 "EVENT5-ENC-SP" U18 Worldcup Baseball

Asiasat 5 4094 H Sr 7200 "BEL0058 ENC-A" Soccer WES vs OHL

Friday night Telkom3S scan from Perth

3445 H sr 3905 DVB S qpsk 3/4 "First_service" TVRI
3454 H sr 3200 DVB S qpsk 3/4 "ANTV"
3547 H sr 6000 DVB S qpsk 3/4 "Trans 7 Digital"
3773 H sr 1500 DVB S qpsk 3/4 "Rasil TV" Vpid 512 MPG2 Apid 4112

Saturday morning feed

Asiasat 5 3896 V Sr 7200 "Events-enc-sp" Baseball

From my Email

From Syaugi Assegaf (Melbourne) via Facebook

16 Channels loading on Telkom 3S using 3.7M Orbitron dish

From Alek Zapara (W.A)

Managed to load a ch on Express AM33 @ 96.5e 3925r 4888. 1/2. Perviy Ch. now to try with a plate The 1/2 fec probably helped there were another 2 data service on there. Someone with a bigger dish may have more luck.

From RSM (NZ)

Review of the 3.5 GHz band

Management rights and spectrum licences in Crown management rights 3.5 GHz band will expire in October 2022. This band is anticipated to be one of the main bands for early deployment of 5G services.

Currently there is limited use of the band. Radio Spectrum Management has attempted to work with existing rights holders to reconfigure the band to make it more useable. Unfortunately, a consensus on re-planning the band could not be reached.

The Minister for Communications has decided not to make renewal offers to management rights holders and licensees in the 3.5 GHz band and to continue the current moratorium on issuing new spectrum licences in the Crown management rights in the band. This will allow full re-planning of the band to occur.

Consultation with industry on future uses for the 3.5 GHz band, its configuration and allocation will start in October 2017.

From the Dish

Telkom 3S 118.0E 3417 H "Trans TV" has left again.
Telkom 3S 118.0E 3453 H "ANTV" has started on , Fta
Telkom 3S 118.0E 3464 H "DMC TV" has started on, Fta.
Telkom 3S 118.0E 3547 H "Trans 7" has started on , Fta
Telkom 3S 118.0E 3570 H "Temanggung TV" has started on, Fta.
Telkom 3S 118.0E 3575 H "TV MUI" has started on , Fta.
Telkom 3S 118.0E 3595 H "Trans 7" has left again.
Telkom 3S 118.0E 3622 H "CBN Indonesia" has started on, Fta.
Telkom 3S 118.0E 3766 H "KBS World Indonesia" on is encrypted again.
Telkom 3S 118.0E 3773 H "Rasil TV" has started on , Fta.

Palapa D 113.0E 3750 H "I Am Channel" has left again.
Palapa D 113.0E 3792 H "TV Edukasi" has started on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 4074 V "Net" has started on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 4085 V "Trans 7" has left again.

ChinaSat 10 110.5E 3560 V "TV 9 Nusantara has replaced Wesal TV" on , Fta.

Telkom 1 has left 108 East, moving west.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3627 H "Channel NewsAsia" has left again.

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 12323 V "CCTV 13" is Fta

G-Sat 15 93.5E 11630 H "Travel XP HD" has started on , Irdeto.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3520 H "Wonder TV 47 and @TV have started on, BISS. Variety Hit" has left again.

From asiatvro site

东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Joy TV(巴基斯坦)频道消失,设置3746 V 6520参数无效接收。 [9月3日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Yateem TV替换BTU Channel(泰国)频道,设置4040 V 30000参数免费接收。 [9月3日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,辽宁卫视替换Sports Illustrated(华卫)频道,设置12719 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [9月3日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,广东体育、广东珠江(DISH-HD)频道消失,设置11101 H 45000参数无效接收。 [9月3日]
东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,Liga Santander 1(MPEG-4)频道解密,设置4076 V 22500参数免费接收。 [9月3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。 [9月3日]

东经159度轨道位置的ABS-6号卫星C频段,Shop TV(ABS)频道消失,设置3660 V 30000参数无效接收。 [9月2日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星C频段,VTV 6(越南)频道解密,设置3590 V 19200参数免费接收。 [9月2日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星Ku频段,电竞世界(中国)频道新增,设置12621 H 4465参数免费接收。 [9月2日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,东森新闻(高清)频道解密,设置12660 V 45000参数免费接收。 [9月2日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Ashirwad(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3805 H 28500参数免费接收。 [9月2日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,Hua Hin World TV(泰国)频道加密,设置11680 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [9月2日]

东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Living Foodz HD(测试)频道新增,设置3768 H 7500参数免费接收。 [9月1日]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星C频段,4K-Sat 2(4K)频道消失,设置4120 H 29720参数无效接收。 [9月1日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Ddish Live(蒙古)频道重现,设置12629 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [9月1日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Fatafati(印度)频道开播,设置4184 V 21600参数免费接收。 [9月1日]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星C频段,4K-Sat 2(高清)频道重现,设置4120 H 29720参数免费接收。 [9月1日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,喀秋莎(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置3840 H 29720参数免费接收。 [9月1日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Net(印尼)频道新增,设置4075 V 6000参数免费接收。 [9月1日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,凤凰资讯、AXN(老挝)等全组频道解密,设置10730 V 40000参数免费接收。 [9月1日]


Rugby battle brews as Sky faces Amazon

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11915194

• New Zealand Rugby expects Amazon to next year bid for broadcast rights
• Move follows documentary series by online giant on All Blacks
• Heavyweight competitor marks serious challenge to Sky's longstanding dominance

Rights bidding war would reshape country's sporting and broadcast landscapes, write Matt Nippert and Liam Napier.

In a move that threatens to reshape New Zealand's sporting and broadcast landscapes, New Zealand Rugby is expecting internet giant Amazon to throw its hat in the ring and compete for the next round of rugby broadcast rights.

Sanzaar's formal bidding process for rights to screen provincial, Super and test match rugby from 2021 is now slated to be under way by April next year, an earlier-than-usual start time to allow new overseas players - Amazon's Prime Video streaming service being the most notable - to address not-insubstantial infrastructural issues.

A source familiar with the internal workings of NZ Rugby said Amazon's interest had been obvious for at least a year: "I knew they were sniffing around, wanting to do a documentary, but clearly a bid for the broadcasting rights was in the background."

Given the sensitivity of these developments to the prospects of both NZ Rugby and incumbent broadcaster Sky Network Television, commercial confidentiality was invoked across the board in response to Weekend Herald questions this week.

Sky chief executive John Fellet described his relationship with the sporting organisation for which he held rights as "symbiotic", but declined to address the battle brewing with Amazon over rugby.

"Thank you for the opportunity, but I have learned over the years never to talk about current or future deals," he said.

Stacey Keller, a senior publication relations manager at Amazon's headquarters in Seattle, was similarly unwilling to discuss the matter publicly. "We don't have anything to provide for this story," she said.

New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew was also guarded. "Nothing more I can add," he said.

But an analysis of official company filings and interviews with financial analysts, broadcasters and NZ Rugby insiders has cast light on preparation for large-scale disruption to rugby and media markets.

What remains to be seen is whether rights are carved up between the incumbent and challengers; if Amazon want to cherry pick games initially rather than take on full-scale production, or even if NZ Rugby assume some production in-house to become a niche broadcaster.

News broke last month Amazon were in the process of filming an eight-part documentary on the All Blacks. Photo / Getty Images

While no formal bids have yet been registered with NZ Rugby, the early stages of a mutually beneficial relationship with Amazon have been forming for over a year.

News broke last month Amazon were in the process of filming an eight-part documentary on the All Blacks, scheduled to go to air next year. In isolation this project is intriguing but similar productions overseas have foreshadowed Amazon's entry into sports broadcasting markets.

Amazon commissioned similar documentaries on Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic - and then went on to purchase the UK rights for the ATP men's tennis world tour which features all top flight tournaments outside the four Grand Slams. Amazon easily outbid Sky UK and will pay around $18 million per year for these rights.

After producing documentaries on the Arizona Cardinals and Los Angeles Rams, Amazon then bought rights to screen 10 Thursday night NFL games this year for $69 million.

Market chatter continue to link Amazon with a bid for the English Premier League, a significantly more expensive proposition than rugby. Expects predict the presence of tech-firms and social media sites - Google, Apple, Facebook, Netflix, Twitter - alongside Amazon will drive the price of EPL rights - which doubled over three years - further through the roof.

More locally, Amazon soft-launched its Prime Video service in New Zealand in December, and filings with the Intellectual Property Office show at the same time it also registered trademarks for its brand here.

This week the company appointed a chief executive and leased warehouse space for a retail operation in Australia, and last year Bloomberg reported the company's video arm was sizing up professional rugby rights.

The battle ahead will invert Sky's traditional role as Goliath of the local media scene, with financial analysts saying the arrival of a well-funded competitor for rugby rights - suddenly casting the local pay TV operator as David - should spark alarm.

A research note by Forsyth Barr last month said a loss of rugby rights to Amazon would leave Sky facing "material headwind".

Amazon is owned and run by Jeff Bezos, the world's third-richest man, and the company has proved willing to spend heavily and run at a loss to establish a market presence in online retailing and, more recently, sports broadcasting.

Morningstar senior analyst Brian Han said the local market had yet to digest developments over the future of rugby rights. Sky had largely built its premium offerings around live sport - particularly rugby - as increased competition weakened its hold on movies, drama and children's television content.

"If you take [rugby] away from Sky you'd essentially have nothing left. It eliminates one of the key reasons people are willing to pay them so much," Han said.

Other analysts, speaking anonymously over concerns their working relationships with Sky could be damaged, went further.

The online giant is hiring tens of thousands to ramp up business that is set to squash many smaller retailers

One said the company had used sports rights as "anchor content in recent years to sustain heavy price increases" for consumers and a loss of rugby would "result in meaningful revenue deceleration".

Another couched the challenge faced by Sky as nothing less than existential. "Losing the rugby would be a step towards the end of Sky," he said. "Once you lose the rugby, you create a massive hole: About 70 per cent of subscribers take sport, and that's the stickiest part of their customer base."

A bidding war will work in NZ Rugby's favour as broadcasting rights accounts for around half of their annual revenue and funds everything from the grassroots to professional game.

The more revenue the governing body squeezes from the negotiation table, the more it has to throw at the country's best players. "That cash is needed to compete with French billionaires. That's the world we live in now," one NZ Rugby source said.

The last five-year Sanzaar agreement doubled in value - appreciating as fast as the Auckland real estate market - with Forsyth Barr estimating Sky now forks out around $60 million annually.

Despite myriad issues surrounding Super Rugby's reduction from 18 to 15 teams next year, the Sanzaar package is still considered premium content and there is wide expectation a new deal will follow the booming path of overseas rights and appreciate further.

"The last time there was some competitive tension. This time there will be a lot of competitive tension," one well-placed source said contrasting the 2014 deal with the one to be struck next year.

Any boost in NZ Rugby broadcasting revenue also directly benefits Sanzaar partners - Australia, South Africa and Argentina. While most rights are negotiated separately, with NZ Rugby conducting its own on behalf of Sanzaar, money is pooled and divided on an agreed formula.

Despite the scale of Amazon - it's the fourth-largest publicly-traded company on earth - victory in the Sanzaar bidding war is far from certain.

Sources noted Sky had a sizeable war chest of its own; the significant production commitment of rights-holders to film and broadcast local games each year; and whether New Zealand's internet infrastructure could cope with such a large shift to digital streaming.

Morningstar's Han said Sky generated hundreds of millions of dollars in cash each year and had access to considerable finance that meant it was far from unarmed.

"One thing they have going for them is the balance sheet is positive - they're keeping their powder dry. They're not going to give up without a fight," he said.

Singapore-based Tim Martin, chief executive of Coliseum Sports Management (CSM) - who sub-licence Sanzaar rights in Asia through the RugbyPass platform - said his firm had cast its eye over domestic rugby rights but expected Fellet to again play imposing aggressive defence in his role as incumbent.

"I think Sky will defend that position, and they would defend it to a point where it would make no sense for us to bid."

Martin said his own due diligence of the rugby rights - and teething problems from CSM's English football experiment Premier League Pass - had identified significant barriers to entry for digital players.

The Sanzaar rights come with a requirement to film and broadcast home provincial, Super and test rugby matches - a commitment of around 150 games annually. Martin said this added around $10m of costs on to broadcasters.

"It's expensive. And then you've got some games that very few people watch," he said.

Martin also said a digital player like Amazon would likely run into infrastructure issues, although the rolling-out of ultra-fast broadband would help to mitigate these.

"New Zealand internet - we learned from Premiere League Pass - is not good enough to run sports streaming to more than 70 per cent of the country. There's a lot of people who love rugby in rural areas where it won't work."

Martin said NZ Rugby had a stark, and finely-balanced decision on their hands. "Amazon could certainly offer a global footprint. But Sky do a very good job of it, and they're very committed to rugby and you kind of only get that from a New Zealand owner-operator."

The rapid appreciation of sports rights over the past decade had drawn concessions from within NZ Rugby that the days of live free-to-air broadcasts of live rugby competitions have long passed.

Recent financial results for TVNZ and MediaWorks suggest either broadcaster would need rugby rights to boost advertising revenue by an unrealistic one-third - or a massive capital injection from reluctant shareholders - just to cover costs.

"Free to air is out of this market," one industry source said.

The public's loss is NZ Rugby's gain. Ultimately the next broadcast agreement will almost certainly see the national game's coffers swell well beyond the $83 million already in the bank.

Price of the game

Sky's deal with Sanzaar for the New Zealand rights to rugby means - outside delayed coverage of test matches on Prime - it's very much pay to watch the All Blacks play.

A basic package with Sky Sports - offering far more than just oval-ball sports - starts at $79.81 a month and goes up from there.

Adding the specialist Rugby Channel takes the monthly bill to $88.62, while opting for a high definition feed stretches it further to $98.61.

For those wanting to avoid a set-top box, Sky recently repriced its FanPass streaming service and now charges $99.99 a month.

While there's no indication of what it might cost for similar content packages under Amazon, the structuring of rights deals internationally - which sees markets carved up and sold off to broadcasters - means it can be much cheaper to watch rugby if you happen to live or be travelling outside the home Sanzaar countries.

In Asia, for instance, RugbyPass offers online streaming of all Rugby Championship and Six Nations tests - and a suite of regional competitions - for only $27.85 a month.

Vietnam aims to design and launch satellite

From http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/185621/vietnam-aims-to-design-and-launch-satellite.html

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Pham Anh Tuan, general director of the Vietnam Space Center said at a technical handover ceremony at Nha Trang Observatory that Vietnam is going to launch satellites designed and made by Vietnamese.

According to Nguyen Duc Cuong, chair of the Vietnam Aerospace Association, there are two kinds of satellites Vietnam needs to launch – geostationary telecommunication satellite (aerial stations to relay telecommunications) and remote sensing satellites (that serve weather forecasting and environmental monitoring).

Vietnam created Pico Dragon, a tiny satellite with the weight of one kilogram, which was launched into orbit in a cooperation program with Japan. The satellite could fly for a certain time and transmit signals to Earth, which is an initial achievement for Vietnam.

The Vietnam Space Center, with support from Japan, is going to create nano satellites with the weight of 10 kilograms.

Vietnam created Pico Dragon, a tiny satellite with the weight of one kilogram, which was launched into orbit in a cooperation program with Japan. The satellite could fly for a certain time and transmit signals to Earth, which is an initial achievement for Vietnam.

Also under cooperation program with Japan, Vietnam will make MicroDragon satellite, 50 x 50 x 50 cm, weighing 50 kilograms. The bigger the satellites are, the more functions they can have and the longer they can ‘live’ in orbit.

MicroDragon will undertake the task of observing coastal waters to assess water quality, locate fisheries resources and monitor changes in coastal waters to serve the aquaculture sector.

For now, Vietnam is focusing on making LOTUSat-1 and LOTUSat-2 in accordance with advanced radar technology.

LOTUSat-1 weighs 600 kilos, or nearly 12 times heavier than MicroDragon, and has the size of 1.5m x 1.5m x 3m, which can exist in space for five years.

Using radar technology, it will be able to take pictures in all weather conditions and discover objects on the earth’s surface which have the size of one meter or bigger.

LOTUSat-2 will be made in Vietnam under the guidance of Japanese specialists.

“It will take 7-8 years to make LOTUSat-2, while LOTUSat-1 will be launched into orbit in one or two years,” Cuong said.

No country in the world makes all satellite components from A to Z. Satellite manufacturers collect separate components and accessories in the world market and integrate them. As for rockets to launch satellites, Vietnam has many options for leasing rockets from Russia, the US, UK, France, India and China.

The launching into orbit alone is a complicated procedure. While remote sensing satellites need to be launched to a height of 600 kilometers, telecommunication satellites are launched to a height of 36,000 kilometers.

Ariane 5 ready to launch Intelsat 37e and BSAT-4a

From http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2017/09/03/ariane-5-ready-to-launch-intelsat-37e-and-bsat-4a/

Arianespace’s fifth Ariane 5 mission of 2017 has been given the “green light” for liftoff on September 5.

The dual-satellite payload of Intelsat 37e and BSAT-4a is ready for launch.

With approval granted, Ariane 5 is cleared for its September 4 rollout from the Final Assembly Building to the ELA-3 launch zone. Liftoff will occur the following day during a 33-minute launch window that opens at 6:51 p.m. local time in French Guiana.

Total payload lift performance for next week’s liftoff is approximately 10,838 kg., with the Intelsat 37e and BSAT-4a satellites being deployed to geostationary transfer orbit during a flight lasting 47 minutes. The mission is designated Flight VA239 in Arianespace’s launcher family numbering system, signifying the 239th with an Ariane family vehicle.

Positioned in Ariane 5’s upper passenger position and encapsulated by the launcher’s ogive-shaped payload fairing, Intelsat 37e – produced by Boeing – is the next satellite in Intelsat’s high-throughput EpicNG series for launch.

Weighing an estimated 6,440 kg. at liftoff, the spacecraft will provide capacity for wireless backhaul, enterprise VSAT and mobility networks, carrying out its mission from a 342 degrees East orbital slot.

BSAT-4a – Flight VA239’s lower passenger, contained in Ariane 5’s SYLDA dispenser system – is being launched by Arianespace as part of a turnkey contract between Japan’s Broadcasting Satellite System Corporation (B-SAT) and U.S.-based satellite manufacturer SSL.

To be operated from an orbital position of 110 degrees East, this spacecraft will be used for Direct-To-Home (DTH) television relay in Japan, as well as to expand the availability of advanced television services (such as 4K/8K ultra-high definition TV). BSAT-4a will weight approximately 3,520 kg. at liftoff.

Freesat RFP to include HbbTV and UHD

From http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2017/08/31/freesat-rfp-to-include-hbbtv-and-uhd/

Freesat has issued a request for proposals for a next generation set-top box.

The free-to-air platform says the new product will give manufacturers a significant opportunity to develop a new range of innovative set-top-boxes at scale for subscription-free satellite TV customers across the UK.

The produchttp://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2017/09/03/ariane-5-ready-to-launch-intelsat-37e-and-bsat-4a/t requirements will be based on an open technical specification set by the Free TV Alliance, the collaboration between four major European digital satellite television broadcasters: Fransat (France), HD Plus (Germany), Tivusat (Italy) and Freesat (UK).

The boxes are required to be ready for ultra high definition television over encrypted broadcast and IP. Also featured is home multiscreen streaming allowing users to watch TV across multiple set-top-boxes in the home; additional tuners to help customers plan their recordings and avoid programme clashes; Fast channel change for better usability and supports for HbbTV 2.0.1 applications.

The UK is already moving towards the adoption of the HbbTV standard, the first elements of which appeared in the Freesat Freetime boxes.

Alistair Thom, Managing Director of Freesat said: “We’re thrilled to announce plans for Freesat’s next generation product. The requirements for our set-top box have been developed with the customer in mind and our aim is to continue to bring UK audiences the best subscription free TV service, and a fantastic alternative to Pay TV.

“Furthermore, developing an open technical specification signals our ongoing commitment to expand beyond the UK through our collaboration with the Free TV Alliance and partnerships with international TV companies through our Metaphor business.”

It’s anticipated that manufacturers will be brought on board by the autumn.

Roku files for $100m IPO

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/09/04/roku-files-for-100m-ipo/

Streaming device specialist Roku has filed for an Initial Public Offering, looking to raise up to $100 million (€84.3m). The company’s principal shareholders include Twenty-First Century Fox, Fidelity, and Menlo Ventures. The IPO will be underwritten by Morgan Stanley, Citigroup, Allen & Company, RBC Capital Markets, Needham & Company and William Blair.

In the Prospectus, Roku describes itself as having pioneered streaming to the TV. As of June 30th, 2017, it had 15.1 million active accounts, pointing out that in comparison the fourth largest multichannel video programming video distributor in the United States had approximately 13.3 million subscribers. “We believe all TV content will be available through streaming,” says the company.

Its users streamed more than 6.7 billion hours on the Roku platform in the six months ended June 30, 2017, 62 per cent growth from the six months ended June 30, 2016. According to Roku, TV streaming’s disruptive content distribution model is shifting billions of dollars of economic value.

According to Roku, content publishers and advertisers win with Roku because its large and growing user base simplifies their access to the fragmented and complex OTT market, with Roku providing them with direct to consumer engagement and monetisation opportunities, and that as a pure play, neutral TV streaming platform, it is better able to serve content publishers compared to other platforms that have diversified business operations and competitive content offerings.

In the six months ended June 30th, 2017, it generated revenue of $199.7 million, up 23 per cent from $162.3 million in the six months ended July 2, 2016. In fiscal 2016, it generated revenue of $398.6 million, up 25 per cent from $319.9 million in fiscal 2015. In fiscal 2016 its net loss was $42.8 million and its Adjusted EBITDA was $29.9 million.

In a covering note, president, chief executive officer and chairman Anthony Wood says “Our mission is to be the TV streaming platform that connects the entire TV ecosystem. We connect consumers with the content they love. We help content publishers find their audience and make money,” adding that he believes the TV ecosystem is at a tipping point, and that he couldn’t be more excited about what the next 15 years of transformation and disruption will bring.


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Optus Satellite extends services contract with Seven Network

From https://www.mediaweek.com.au/optus-satellite-seven-network-2017/

Optus Satellite has provided satellite broadcast support to Seven Network since 1986

Optus Satellite has extended its services contract with the Seven Network for transponder capacity on the Optus D1 satellite.

The financial terms of the contract re-sign are confidential. However, the term will extend to 2021 and capacity requirements expanded from 18MHz to 27MHz. Optus Satellite has provided satellite broadcast support to Seven Network since 1986.

Paul Sheridan, Optus Satellite Vice President, said, “The Optus-Seven Network satellite partnership has been one of our most enduring and trusted relationships. Our role to deliver critical broadcast support has been built over three decades of conviction and collaboration.

“We are thrilled to expand on our commitment to provide service quality excellence to the Seven Network.”

David Watts, Seven Network head of telecommunications and Infrastructure, said, “Seven is proud to continue this important relationship with Optus Satellite. This capacity not only provides critical back-up to our terrestrial services, it also enables quick and effective outside broadcasts for our 7news and 7sport teams. We are once again delighted to partner with the leading satellite provider in this region.”

Optus extends D1 satellite contract with Seven Network

From https://www.telecompaper.com/news/optus-extends-d1-satellite-contract-with-seven-network--1209777

Australia’s Optus Satellite has extended its services contract with Seven Network (Operations) for transponder capacity on the Optus D1 satellite. The financial terms of the contract re-sign are confidential, Optus said. The contract term will extend to 2021 and capacity requirements will be expanded from 18MHz to 27MHz.
Optus Satellite has provided satellite broadcast support to Seven Network since 1986. Optus enables Seven to move TV content between sites, deliver outside broadcast services and network resilience and continuity in the event of a terrestrial failure.

Big dishes band together

From http://www.marsdaily.com/reports/Big_dishes_band_together_999.html

Earlier this month, radio dishes from three deep-space networks combined to catch faint 'survival' whispers from one of ESA's Mars orbiters, underlining the value of international collaboration for exploring the Red Planet.

For the first time ever, deep-space ground stations from ESA, NASA and Russia's Roscosmos joined together, on 13 August, to receive ultra-faint signals from ESA's ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter, now circling Mars.

Engineers carefully designed the test to probe the limits of what their ground stations could achieve, and confirm that all three could catch signals from the orbiter should it ever switch itself into the low-power, minimal 'survival mode'.

This special mode can occur if a software or hardware glitch causes multiple onboard computer reboots.

The test took place just as Mars was moving from the opposite side of the Sun, where it is at its greatest distance from us.

This meant that ExoMars was more than 397 million km from the three dishes, a situation that occurs only every two years, when communications are at their most difficult.

Big Iron listens in
As expected, NASA's 70 m-diameter dish at Canberra, Australia, could receive the ultra-weak signals and transmit commands.

Likewise, ESA's 35 m antenna at New Norcia, Australia, picked up the call and demonstrated that it could also transmit commands to ExoMars - but only at 10 bits/s. This would be sufficient in an emergency to upload instructions to recover the craft.

In addition to the low rate, the New Norcia station used only its low-power amplifier to transmit, and there was poor weather over the station in Western Australia.

"If a problem is going to happen with our orbiter or, in future, our rover, at Mars, we want to have confidence that we can communicate even under the worst possible conditions of power and distance, and this test simulated that very well," says spacecraft operations manager Peter Schmitz.

Testing success
The real prize came with the Russian 64 m dish at Kalyazin, some 200 km north of Moscow. Originally designed as a radio telescope, it has been upgraded to support the ESA-Roscosmos ExoMars missions.

"Kalyazin was able to receive the signal, demonstrating that all three networks can support ExoMars under the worst-case scenario, when Mars is at its furthest distance and the signals are at their weakest," said Daniel Firre, ESA's ground station engineer responsible for cooperation with other agencies.

"And the test was all the more impressive given the extreme weakness of the signals. These had a power upon receipt at Earth some 1000 times less than we would receive from a typical mobile phone transmitting from the Moon."

In good shape
The test ensures that the three deep-space networks can support future exploration of Mars, including the ESA-Roscosmos ExoMars Rover and Surface Platform in 2020. ESA's Rover will be delivered to the surface by a Russian lander, which will then serve as a stationary science platform.

"Science data and onboard status information from the Russian surface platform, from the ESA rover or from either of ESA's Mars orbiters could be received via orbital relay by any of the three networks," adds Daniel.

The ExoMars orbiter also carries a robust, NASA-provided transponder that will allow it to relay data from any rover or lander on the surface back to Earth.

The test required a great deal of technical coordination between the three organisations as the orbiter team at ESA's mission control centre in Darmstadt, Germany, commanded the craft to mimic the survival mode.

"We had fantastic collaboration between us, NASA and the Russians," says Daniel. "This test has shown that we're all in pretty good shape to support ExoMars now and in the future."

Australia: Connected TV 35% of broadcaster online video

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/08/31/australia-connected-tv-35-of-broadcaster-online-video/

IAB Australia’s Video Council – the trade association for online advertising in Australia – has released the country’s first white paper on Connected TV (CTV) which reveals that CTV now accounts for up to 35 per cent of Australian broadcaster’s online video supply.

The study, Connected TV: The New Era of Television, examines why, despite CTV rapidly growing in scale, advertisers are yet fully to embrace it as an advertising platform. The white paper documents the opportunities and challenges CTV holds for the Australian media industry and aims to inspire advertisers on how best to use it with contributions from Adobe, Carat, MCN, Nine, Telstra TV, Tremor Video and Yahoo!7.

“Our CTV white paper offers a significant resource for both advertisers and publishers looking to understand and leverage the exponential rise of CTV viewing in Australia,” noted Vijay Solanki, CEO of IAB Australia. “Video is experiencing truly exponential growth with 82 per cent of Australians consuming digital video each month and broadcasters are telling us anecdotally that approximately a third of this consumption is via CTV/over-the-top content (OTT). Consequently, it isn’t surprising that savvy advertisers are becoming increasingly interested in the CTV proposition and a wide range of content providers are seeing the big screen opportunity.” He added, “We see Connected TV becoming one of the strongest opportunities for advertisers as the industry resolves some of the measurement issues.”

Exponential growth of Connected TV

Over a 15-month period, Connected TV streams have experienced explosive growth increasing by 351 per cent (January 2016 – March 2017) across the four major free to air broadcasters in Australia.

Beginning in January 2016, Smart TVs made up 42 per cent of CTV supply, OTT devices 48 per cent and gaming consoles 10 per cent. By March 2017, this had shifted, with Smart TVs comprising 26 per cent, OTT devices 68 per cent, and gaming consoles at 6 per cent.

CTV presents a highly scalable opportunity for advertisers

The data indicates a steady incline in the number of Australians watching TV via CTV. 2.9 billion ad opportunities across Australia’s main four free to air broadcasters’ CTV streams are expected in 2017, with further increase in 2018.

CTV capitalises on the engagement of the full TV screen experience with the advantage of consumer control over the journey. Consequently, a captive audience consuming content that they want, when they want it on a large screen, offers significant opportunity for advertising engagement. Connected TV also has the ability to provide data on behaviour as well as a range of targeting opportunities. This provides a big screen experience with the added benefits that are linked to a digital experience.

Key challenges for advertisers

Trying to measure behaviour across a range of different OTT devices (such as Apple TV and Chromecast), gaming consoles and smart TVs that all work in different and often proprietary ways is technically difficult and expensive to implement a market level solution.

Furthermore, CTV content includes a diverse range of stakeholders, traditional broadcasters, OTT providers, digital video content (e.g. YouTube) which means that a CTV measurement solution needs to be a collaborative process across a wide spectrum of the broadcast and digital media industry.

However, according to IAB Australia’s Director of Research Gai Le Roy, the data collated for this white paper, bringing together traditionally siloed CTV data, is a significant first step to developing more sophisticated data sets useful for the buying community and it provides input to future audience measurement solutions and products.

“Australia has been a leader in hybrid panel and census based digital media measurement for many years and this approach would provide both the detail on ‘how many’ and ‘who’ needed for a robust audience measurement system. Hopefully as an industry we can collaborate and address the technical challenges that still exist to bring this sort of data to market.”

Nathan Powell, Co-Chair of the IAB Video Council and Nine’s Director of Digital Sales Products and a key contributor to the white paper concluded, “Connected TV is poised to become an important advertising opportunity in Australia as it continues to attract engaged audiences at scale. Its strength, in that it combines elements of linear TV and digital, is also its key challenge. Existing methodologies used to measure audience and viewability are not yet suited to a CTV environment and will need to advance. The IAB Video Council looks forward to driving innovation and collaboration in the CTV measurement space.”

Disney output deal drags TVNZ profit down 89%

From http://tbivision.com/news/2017/08/disney-output-deal-drags-tvnz-profit-89/788622/

TVNZ has claimed its programming output deal with Disney is a key factor behind a whopping 89% drop in full-year profits.

Kevin KenrickThe New Zealand broadcaster reported that its deal with Disney was now “loss making”, and has booked a NZ$12.4 million (US$8.9 million) provision for the full year to recognise further forecasted losses.

Traditional US studio output deals have increasingly come under the spotlight, with many buyers and channels claiming they no longer offer good value for money.

In Australia, Network Ten’s deals with Fox and CBS were among the reasons given for the commercial broadcaster going into administration earlier this year. This week, it emerged CBS had converted debts owed to it as part of a deal to become Ten’s new parent.

Elsewhere, Nine Network ended its deal with Warner Bros. last year, claiming it would allow for “increased flexibility in relation to future content spend”.

TVNZ CEO today Kevin Kenrick (pictured) said 2017 had been “a year of big challenges, big projects and a few tough decisions”.

He pointed to grow in peak linear audience share and VOD service TVNZ OnDemand “delivering double-digit growth” in reach as successes.

“The other big focus for the year has been the significant steps taken to create a more sustainable future including redesigning the organisation structure, renegotiating core content agreements, and writing off unsustainable content and accommodation lease commitments,” added Kenrick.

“These actions will enable the business to confidently increase future year investments to accelerate digital growth.”

TVNZ chairman Therese Walsh said that, excluding the Disney contract costs, financial outcomes were “in line” with expectations.

Revenue declined 2.5% year-on-year and was NZ$316.5 million, while after-tax full-year profit fell nearly 90% from NZ$11.3 million a year ago to NZ$1.4 million.

TVNZ earlier this year saw Cate Slater replace Jeff Latch as director of content.

The broadcaster is currently subject to speculation that the New Zealand government will remove advertising from the commercially funded, public broadcaster.

Telkom Decommissions Broken Satellite

From http://jakartaglobe.id/business/telkom-decommissions-broken-satellite/

Jakarta. Telekomunikasi Indonesia, or Telkom, the country's largest telecommunications firm, announced on Wednesday (30/08) its decision to decommission the company's oldest satellite, Telkom-1, following a glitch that has disrupted banking operations across the country.

The satellite, which had run well beyond its operational age, handled data transmissions mainly for ATMs and bank branches across the country before it went offline last Friday.

"The latest results from an intensive investigation by Telkom with Lockheed Martin, as the manufacturer of Telkom 1, concluded that the satellite is beyond repair," Alex J. Sinaga, the president director of Telkom, said as quoted by Antaranews.com.

The decision affected Telkom's 63 clients, which used the satellite's 29 transponders to communicate with 15,000 sites across the country.

Alex said Telkom is working on recovering the conection at a pace of 1,000 sites per day by migrating the customers' links to other Telkom satellites. The company expects the migration process to finish on Sep. 10.

The company launched the Telkom-1 satellite on Aug. 13, 1999 and expected it to operate for 15 years. However, Telkom and Lockheed reviewed the satellite's operations between 2014 and 2016 and concluded that it was still capable to operate normally until 2019.

With the Telkom-1 now gone, pressure is mounting on the company to ensure that the satellite's replacement, the Telkom-4, will launch according to schedule in mid-2018, Alex said.

Telkom to replace troubled satellite in August 2018

From http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/08/31/telkom-to-replace-troubled-satellite-in-august-2018.html

Telkom to replace troubled satellite in August 2018

State-owned telecommunications company PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom Indonesia) plans to launch its Telkom 4 satellite in a year’s time to replace the troubled Telkom 1.

“We have signed a contract to launch the Telkom 4 satellite. It will be launched from the United States in August 2018,” said PT Telkom president director Alex J. Sinaga during a press conference with Communications and Information Minister Rudiantara in Jakarta on Wednesday.

Telkom 4 is manufactured by Space Systems Loral (SSL) and will be launched by SpaceX. It will have transponders for the domestic market and some to be marketed in India.

Alex said the name of the satellite was still tentative, as his company was still considering possible names. The satellite, which will be placed in orbit slot 108 BT, the current location of Telkom 1, will have a 15-year lifespan, similar to Telkom 1.

“Telkom will closely monitor the progress on Telkom 4 to make sure that the satellite will be launched as scheduled,” Alex said as reported by kompas.com.

Telkom 1 services went offline on Friday at 4:51 p.m. Jakarta time. The services of a number banks, such as Bank Central Asia (BCA) and Bank Mandiri, have been affected as they use Telkom 1 VSAT connection for their ATM and EDC machines.

Telkom began the migration on Saturday and expects to finish the process by Sept. 10. Telkom will also rent foreign-owned satellites to cover the services, because Telkom 2 and Telkom 3S can only cover 77 percent of Telkom 1's services. (bbn)

Kacific deploys satellite connections for Tour de Timor event

From https://www.telecompaper.com/news/kacific-deploys-satellite-connections-for-tour-de-timor-event--1209964

Noble Timor, organizer of 2017 Tour de Timor mountain bike race, has signed a broadband services agreement and Kacific Broadband Satellites Group (Kacific), the exclusive internet partner of the Tour de Timor and sponsor of a team in the 2017 event. The Tour runs from 19 to 23 September. Using its satellite service, Kacific will provide terminals and internet connectivity to the organisers and participants in the Tour de Timor for the duration of the event.
These will be used extensively in the race camps of Aileu and Maliana to support race management, website updates and communications, and uploads by media organisations that follow the Tour. In addition, a mobile unit will provide internet coverage along the daily stages allowing enhanced communications for medical support and media coverage in some of the most remote areas of Timor-Leste.

APT Satellite, weathering bandwidth glut, reports flat revenue, higher EBITDA

From https://www.spaceintelreport.com/apt-satellite-weathering-bandwidth-glut-reports-flat-revenue-higher-ebitda/

The Apstar-6C satellite, shown here during integration, is being built by China Great Wall Industry Corp. under a $180-million in-orbit delivery contract. It is scheduled for launch in mid-2018. Credit: APT Satellite Holdings

PARIS — Satellite fleet operator APT Satellite Holdings Ltd. reported flat revenue and profit for the first six months of 2017, with a dip in its fleet’s fill rate and continued downward pressure on bandwidth prices.

The company said it concluded a second tranche of investment in APT Mobile Satcom Ltd., a Chinese-owned company planning a fleet of three or four mobile Ku-/Ka-band mobile communications satellites in geostationary orbit.

Hong Kong-based APT Satellite Holdings has a 30% stake in APT Mobile. Investment as of June 30 totaled around $44 million. Its total investment, to retain its 30% share, is expected to be around $88 million at current exchange rates.

The APT Mobile venture is starting out with building the Apstar 6D satellite, with a late-2016 contract with China Great Wall Industry Corp. (CGWIC) of Beijing. The satellite is scheduled for launch in 2019.

The APT Mobile partners to date have not firmed up their initial latter of intent, which calls for a total investment of around 10 billion Chinese renminbi ($1.5 billion) in a four-satellite constellation.

APT officials in recent months have said they are still weighing whether to go all-in on the project.

APT currently operates four satellites over Asia, operating from four orbital positions.

Two satellites coming in 2018

In addition to Apstar 6D, it has two satellites on order — the C- and Ku-band Apstar 5C/Telstar 18 Vantage, being built in collaboration with Telesat of Canada and under construction by Space Systems Loral (SSL); and the Apstar 6C, being built by CGWIC and carrying C-, Ku- and Ka-band capacity. Both are scheduled for launch, by SpaceX’s Falcon 9 and China’s Long March rocket, respectively, in 2018.

APT said the 181 commercially available transponders it had as of June 30 were 68.4% full, down marginally the fill rate as of last Dec. 31. The company’s business is 66% data and 33% video.

In its presentation to shareholders, APT said maintaining a relatively high fill rate should help it weather the supply glut that it expects will continue throughout 2017.

“The oversupply situation of the global transponder market will continue,” APT said.

For the six months ending June 30, APT reported revenue of 598.9 million Hong Kong dollars, or $76.7 million, down slightly from a year ago. But EBITDA, or earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, was 84.3% of revenue, up from 82.7% last year.

KT Sat targets global maritime VSAT market, lines up big Japanese partner

From https://www.spaceintelreport.com/kt-sat-targets-global-maritime-vsat-market-lines-big-japanese-partner/

Hun’s Corp. President Myung-hoon Oh, left, nad KT Sat Sales Vice President Yang Sang-jin after signing a partnership agreement on maritime VSAT distribution in Japan. Korea’s KT Sat said it is breaking into this market by offering lower prices than the competition and expects to generate $27 million in annual revenue from 300 vessels by 2021. Credit: KT Sat

PARIS — Koreas’s KT Sat is targeting maritime VSAT as a major market opportunity in East Asia and on Aug. 30 secured a foothold with Hun’s Corp., which will be KT Sat’s maritime services distributor in Japan.

KT Sat said it will attempt to unseat Japanese telco KDDI and several well-established satellite maritime service providers by offering lower prices. The company is targeting annual revenue of $27 million from 300 ships in 2021.

Service on an undisclosed number of Hun’s Corp. ships — the company’s fleet is more than 900 vessels — will start in September, KT Sat said.

KT Sat operates four satellites in geostationary orbit, including the Koreasat-8, which is more widely known as ABS-2 and is co-owned with fleet operator ABS of Hong Kong and Bermuda.

KT Sat’s current maritime satellite communications business is focused in South Korea, which is less than half the size of the Japanese market of more than 4,000 vessels.

Koreasat 5 currently provides most of KT Sat’s maritime services in addition to capacity leased on satellites owned by third parties. The Koreasat-5A satellite, under construction by Thales Alenia Space of France and Italy, is scheduled for launch late this year by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. It will be stationed at 113 degrees east, where Koreasat 5 is now, and will have a dedicated maritime beam.

Koreasat-5A, with a dedicated beam for maritime connectivity services, is scheduled for launch aboard a SpaceX rocket later this year. Credit: KT Sat

KT Sat Chief Executive Won-sic Hahn said Japan is only the start. The Hun’s contract, he said, “expands the market of KT Sat, which was limited in Korea. Now KT Sat has entered the global MVSAT [maritime VSAT] market. This partnership is a stepping stone for KT Sat’s penetration of maritime VSAT markets around the world — in countries with successful maritime logistics industries such as Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong. We will lead the global MVSAT business.”

Intelsat IS-33 satellite suffers second on-board problem that threatens service life

From https://www.spaceintelreport.com/intelsat-33-satellite-suffers-second-board-problem-threatens-service-life/

Intelsat’s IS-33 satellite customer set includes aeronautical and maritime mobile communications service providers that can adapt to a satellite without north-south stationkeeping. But classic fixed telecommunications services are another story. Credit: Intelsat

PARIS — The Intelsat IS-33 satellite launched in August 2016, which took longer than expected to enter service because of a malfunction of its primary thruster engine, has suffered a second and potentially more serious anomaly, industry officials said.

The latest failure, which officials said has yet to be fully diagnosed, has resulted in an unusually large amount of propellant used during the satellite’s routine position-maintenance operations.

Specifically, IS-33 is using up more fuel than it should when it undertakes north-south stationkeeping maneuvers, which geostationary-orbit satellites conduct throughout their lives to keep themselves fully visible to fixed ground stations.

Industry officials said that while insurance underwriters have agreed to pay Intelsat’s claim for the thruster issue, some of them are hesitating to pay the claim as it results to the excess-fuel-use issue.

Not all underwriters accept Intelsat’s claim yet

Intelsat has filed a claim totaling $78 million to cover both problems and has begun to receive payment from underwriters. But several insurers are holding off payment until they get more information.

One industry official said the problem is that manufacturer Boeing Satellite Systems International has not produced a definitive failure analysis on either problem despite the passage of a year.

Intelsat 33e’s thruster failure slowed the satellite’s climb to circular geostationary orbit after the August 2016 launch. Instead of starting commercial service at 60 degrees east, with a broad footprint over Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Asia-Pacific and the Indian Ocean, commercial service began in late January.

Intelsat officials had said that the thruster failure had depleted the satellite’s store of on-board propellant, but not by much, and that any reduction in the planned 15-plus years of service life would be minimal.

Those calculations have now been sidelined with the latest problem.

Boeing declined to discuss the IS-33 issue.

Dianne J. VanBeber, Intelsat vice president for investor relations and communications, confirmed the attitude-control problem, and in a statement said Boeing had yet to determine a root cause for either problem.

“Intelsat’s insurance claim for Intelsat 33e covers two performance elements. The first has to do with a malfunction in the primary thruster that is used for orbit raising. The second has to do with a larger-than-expected propellant required to control the satellite attitude during the north/south station keeping maneuvers. “With respect to cause, there has been intensive, exhaustive technical investigation, but identification of cause is still incomplete.

“Discussions with the satellite’s insurers continue per our expectations,” Intelsat’s statement said.

Intelsat a key customer for satellite insurers

Intelsat is one of the satellite insurance industry’s biggest customers. At a time when satellite insurance is plentiful and historically inexpensive, underwriters’ tendency is to want to curry favor with clients of this size.

The fact that several have declined, so far, to pay Intelsat’s full claim is therefore unusual. One industry official said insurers are waiting for more information on the extent of the fuel depletion and its cause.

IS-33 is the second of seven Intelsat Epic HTS, or high-throughput, satellites. The first, IS-29e, was launched in January 2016. Three more — IS-32e, IS-33e and IS-35e — were launched between February and July of this year.

The fifth Epic, IS-37e, is scheduled for launch Sept. 5 on a European Ariane 5 rocket. All but IS-32e are Boeing 702 models. None of the others launched so far has shown issues with the thrusters.

Telecommunications satellite operators often stop maintaining their spacecraft on their north-south axis late in their service lives to preserve fuel and provide for additional years of operations.

The resulting orbit traces a figure-8 maneuver that makes services to fixed Earth antennas challenging but is fine for many mobility customers with antennas that track a satellite’s location.

IS-33e’s customer set includes aeronautical connectivity customers Gogo, Panasonic Avionics and Global Eagle Entertainment, as well as maritime connectivity service providers Speedcast and Marlink.

YouTube rolls out redesign

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/08/30/110980/

To mark 12 years since its launch, Google’s online video portal YouTube is undergoing a redesign – with a brand new logo – and adding a raft of new features. The updates will start rolling out effective immediately, with an onus to keep the YouTube brand legible across both desktop and mobile.

In a blog post, Neal Mohan, Chief Product Officer at YouTube, outlined the reasons for the redesign and what users can expect in the future: “When YouTube launched 12 years ago, it was a single website that supported one video format, 320×240 at 4:3 aspect ratio. Fast forward to today, and YouTube lets you watch any combination of SD, HD, 4K, 360, 3-D, and live video on nearly every device with an internet connection – from desktops to phones, tablets to TVs, game consoles, and even VR headsets. We’ve also introduced apps and services that give you new ways to watch and get even closer to the content and creators you love. Music fans, gamers, and TV lovers each have unique experiences specifically tailored for their favourite content with YouTube Music, YouTube Gaming and YouTube TV. For families looking for the best way to watch together, we launched the YouTube Kids app. And for fans who want an uninterrupted, ad-free experience, and exclusive original content from creators, there’s the YouTube Red membership. To put it simply, YouTube’s evolved … a lot. And we’re not even close to done. Over the last few months we’ve started releasing updates and will continue to throughout the rest of the year. When all is said and done, we’ll bring a new level of functionality and a more consistent look across our desktop and mobile experiences. Let’s start with the YouTube mobile app, which is getting a bunch of new features:

•Clean new design: We’ve made the header white to let content take the lead and moved the navigation tabs to the bottom of the app so they’re closer to your thumbs. We also added new Library and Account tabs that give you easy access to what you’re looking for.
•Videos that move with you: One of the things we’re working on is bringing gestures to YouTube. Earlier this year, we introduced a gesture that allows you to double tap on the left or right side of a video to fast forward or rewind 10 seconds. Give it a try! We already see billions of double taps per day. And I wanted to give you a sneak peek at another gesture I am really excited about. In the coming months, we’ll experiment with a feature that lets you jump between videos with a simple swipe of your hand: just swipe left to watch a previous video or swipe right to watch the next one.
•Watch at your own pace: Users love that they are able to speed up and slow down the playback of a video on desktop, and we’re excited to bring this feature to the mobile app today, so you can enjoy videos at whatever speed you prefer.
•Adapt to any video, beautifully: We’ve also been experimenting with new ways to display all videos in the best possible way. Soon, the YouTube player will seamlessly change shape to match the video format you’re watching, such as vertical, square or horizontal. That means you’ll always get the best viewing experience automatically – including vertical videos with no black bars on the sides!
•Browse and discover while you watch: We recently added a feature that lets you view a row of suggested videos while you’re watching in full screen. We’re also working on transforming the area below the player so you can browse videos in totally new ways.

Looking beyond the YouTube app, we’ve also been working on a new desktop design. And thanks to all the positive feedback, we’re now excited to make it available to all our users around the globe starting today! Our new look applies Material Design to YouTube and delivers a fresh, simple and intuitive user experience that lets content shine – because there’s nothing more important than the creators and videos we all love to watch. My favourite feature of this new desktop design is Dark Theme, which turns the background dark while you watch for a more cinematic look.

The bright red cherry on top of this update sundae is a refreshed YouTube Logo and YouTube Icon. Designed for our multi-screen world, the updated Logo combines a cleaned up version of the YouTube wordmark and Icon, creating a more flexible design that works better across a variety of devices, even on the tiniest screens. Why’s it more flexible? When room is limited (say on a smartphone) you can use the brightened up Icon as an abbreviated Logo, which will be seen more easily and read more clearly. You’ll see the new Logo and Icon roll out across mobile and desktop today, and across all our other apps and services soon.

We know this is a lot of change, but we want to make clear that there’s one thing that stays the same: YouTube’s mission. We’re here to give people a voice and show them the world – no matter what device they use.”

PSLV launch of navigation satellite fails

From http://spacenews.com/pslv-launch-of-navigation-satellite-fails/

File photo of a PSLV launch in June 2017. On an Aug. 31 launch, the rocket's payload fairing failed to separate, stranding the payload in a low orbit and preventing it from separating from the upper stage. Credit: ISRO

LOS ANGELES — An Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) failed to place a navigation satellite into its planned orbit Aug. 31 when the rocket’s payload fairing failed to deploy.

The PSLV, flying a mission designated PSLV-C39, lifted off on schedule at 9:30 a.m. Eastern from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre on the east coast of India. Initial phases of the launch appeared to go as planned, but observers noted that, as the flight progressed, the vehicle appeared to deviate from its planned trajectory according to telemetry displays shown during the webcast.

Launch controllers later confirmed that vehicle’s upper stage and payload, the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) 1H satellite, had reached a lower orbit than planned. The payload was in an orbit of 167 by 6,555 kilometers, while the planned transfer orbit for the mission was 284 by 20,650 kilometers.

A launch controller later confirmed that the rocket’s payload fairing, scheduled to separate 3 minutes and 23 seconds after liftoff during the operation of the rocket’s upper stage, had failed to do so. The additional mass of the payload fairing may account for the apparent underperformance of the PSLV’s upper stages, and would also prevent the satellite’s deployment regardless of orbit.

The Indian space agency ISRO did not immediately comment on the failure. An ISRO webcast of the launch abruptly ended shortly after the announcement of the failed payload fairing separation.

The failure is the first for the PSLV in 20 years. In September 1997, a PSLV launch placed the IRS-1D remote sensing satellite into a lower-than-planned orbit when the rocket’s fourth stage underperformed. The satellite was able to use its onboard propulsion to raise its orbit. The only total PSLV failure was rocket’s inaugural flight in September 1993, when it suffered an attitude control failure.

The failure would be a significant setback for India’s space program. The PSLV had become the workhorse for the program, launching a series of communications, remote sensing, navigation and science satellites. India had been working to increase the vehicle’s launch rate. The PSLV flew six times in 2016, and this was the third PSLV mission of 2017.

PSLV had also become a popular choice for small satellite developers, who took advantage of frequent launches to sun-synchronous orbits and excess capacity on those missions to fly as secondary payloads. A PSLV launch in February set a record for the most satellites on a single flight, with 104 payloads; all but three were cubesats provided by international customers.

The sole payload of this launch, IRNSS-1H, was intended to be a replacement for India’s first navigation satellite, IRNSS-1A, whose three onboard atomic clocks had failed. The overall IRNSS system provides position, navigation and timing data for India and the surrounding region.

India's eighth navigation satellite implodes on take off

From http://www.gulf-times.com/story/562252/India-s-eighth-navigation-satellite-implodes-on-ta

India's eighth navigation satellite imploded shortly after lift off on Thursday, state-run Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said.

The IRNSS-1H satellite had been expected to join seven others in the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) to take the country a step further to developing its own global positioning system.

"Satellite got separated internally but it imploded within the heat shield, in the fourth stage itself," ISRO Chairman A.S. Kiran Kumar told reporters in a televised news conference.

The heat shield is meant to protect the satellite from the heat generated by the friction against atmosphere during take-off. Once a satellite is placed into orbit, it is expected to separate and fall off.

The IRNSS-1H satellite had been released from the Sriharikota Space Centre in southern India.
IRNSS helps navigate the country's aerial and marine routes, as well as aid disaster management and vehicle tracking up to 1,500 kilometres around the mainland.
However, India lags behind the United States' GPS, Russia's GLONASS, Europe's Galileo and China's Beidou systems that have dozens of satellites to provide information across the globe.


Sorry this is a bit of a rushed update

Some stuff from Palapa that loaded yesterday on Perth W.A 2.7M solid dish

3750 H Sr 13000 Qpsk Fec 3/4 "I am Channel" Fta

3821 V Sr 4799 "TV Edukasi"

3824 H Sr 3200 "ANTV"

3911 H Sr 2000 "SNG Makasar" playing out Metro news?

Some more DX on Telkom 3S received on Perth Dish. Note that a scan this evening didn't load them .

3417 H Sr 6000 "trans TV HD"

3445 H Sr 3905 "First_service" showing TVRI and what looks like a breakfast type show

Here is a bandscan done via EBSpro software

From my Email


From the Dish

Telkom 3S 118.0E 3417 H "Trans TV" has started on , Fta
Telkom 3S 118.0E 3440 H "MTA TV" has started on , Fta.
Telkom 3S 118.0E 3600 H "TV Mu" has started on , Fta.
Telkom 3S 118.0E 3609 V "TV 9 Nusantara" has started on, Fta.
Telkom 3S 118.0E "KBS World Indonesia has replaced KBS World "on 3766 H, encrypted.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E "Gold and Cine PK" have started on 3734 H and 3745 V, Fta

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

From asiatvro site

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2A号卫星Ku频段,Suld TV替换ETV(DTV)频道,设置12533 V 45000参数免费接收。 [8月30日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,东森洋片、探索科学(环宇卫视)等全组频道解密,设置12711 H 45000参数免费接收。 [8月30日]
东经118度轨道位置的电信3S号卫星C频段,RCTI Jawa Timur(测试)频道新增,设置4085 V 6500参数免费接收。 [8月30日]
东经118度轨道位置的电信3S号卫星C频段,CNN HD(测试)高清频道新增,设置3417 H 6000参数有条件接收。 [8月30日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2A号卫星Ku频段,ETV替换Suld TV HD(俄罗斯)频道,设置12533 V 45000参数免费接收。 [8月30日]
东经118度轨道位置的电信3S号卫星C频段,TV Timor Leste(东帝汶)频道新增,设置4192 V 4285参数免费接收。
东经118度轨道位置的电信3S号卫星C频段,GMN TV(印尼)等一组频道新增,设置4185 V 4600参数免费接收。 [8月30日]

东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Prime World替换Jan TV(巴基斯坦)频道,设置4065 H 4296参数免费接收。 [8月29日]



From Press Release

AsiaSat’s most powerful satellite designed with enhanced quality and reliability
for DTH, television, VSAT broadband and mobility services

PALO ALTO, Calif./Hong Kong – 30 August 2017 — Asia Satellite Telecommunications Co. Ltd. (AsiaSat), Asia’s leading satellite operator and Space Systems Loral (SSL), a leading provider of innovative satellites and spacecraft systems today announced that the high performance AsiaSat 9 satellite has arrived at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, where it will be launched aboard a Proton Breeze M vehicle provided by International Launch Services (ILS). AsiaSat 9, a replacement satellite for AsiaSat 4 at 122 degrees East, provides wider high-power C-band coverage and additional Ku-band capacity for new markets including Myanmar and Indonesia for direct-to-home (DTH) television broadcast, video distribution, VSAT broadband networks and mobility services across the Asia-Pacific region.

“AsiaSat and SSL have a history of working together closely to broaden the availability of high quality satellite service in the Asia-Pacific region,” said Dario Zamarian, Group President of SSL. “AsiaSat 9 incorporates multiple technology advances that pack more power, bandwidth, and flexibility into the satellite for the improved coverage and higher communication rates that AsiaSat needs to meet market demand. With the satellite now in Baikonur, we look forward to working with both AsiaSat and ILS to prepare it for launch.”
“We are committed to providing high quality service to both our existing customers and new users as we reach a new milestone for higher-performance, higher-efficiency and greater flexibility with our new AsiaSat 9,” said Andrew Jordan, President and Chief Executive Officer of AsiaSat. “SSL has been a reliable and innovative manufacturing partner in the development of our fleet, and we look forward to the upcoming launch.”
AsiaSat 9 is AsiaSat’s most powerful satellite, designed to deliver significantly improved power and higher bandwidth usage to generate higher efficiency for customers’ services. This is enabled by innovative and unique features including Asia’s highest powered 110 watts C-band TWTA, special filter design to achieve higher throughput up to 23% enhancement across wide C-band coverage, star tracker onboard the spacecraft for higher pointing accuracy, along with hall effect thrusters to provide higher stability and more efficient satellite operation.

With 32 Ku- and 28 C-band transponders, and a regional Ka-band payload, AsiaSat 9 carries the world’s first dedicated Ku-band Myanmar beam, new high-powered Ku-band beams for Indonesia and Mongolia, in addition to two enhanced Ku-band beams serving Australasia and East Asia. These five Ku-band beams are equipped with cross-strap beam switching capability to provide flexible coverage.
AsiaSat 9 is the fifth satellite that SSL has provided to AsiaSat. Based on the SSL 1300 platform, the satellite is designed to provide service for 15 years or more. The satellite is currently planned for launch on 28 September Moscow time 09:50pm (29 September Baikonur time 00:50am, Hong Kong time 02:50am).
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About AsiaSat

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

About SSL
Space Systems Loral (SSL), based in Palo Alto, California, is a leading provider of advanced spacecraft systems, with broad expertise to support commercial and government satellite operators and innovative space missions. The company designs and manufactures spacecraft for services such as direct-to-home television, video content distribution, broadband internet, mobile communications, in-orbit servicing, space exploration, and Earth observation. As a Silicon Valley innovator for 60 years, SSL’s advanced product line includes state-of-the-art small satellites, and sophisticated robotics and autonomous solutions for remote operations. SSL is a subsidiary of SSL MDA Holdings, Inc., a U.S. operating company. For more information, visit www.sslmda.com.
About SSL MDA Holdings
SSL MDA Holdings is a wholly owned subsidiary of MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA) and serves as the operating company for all MDA businesses. SSL MDA Holdings is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

About MDA
MDA is a global communications and information company providing operational solutions to commercial and government organizations worldwide. MDA’s business is focused on markets and customers with strong repeat business potential, primarily in the Communications sector and the Surveillance and Intelligence sector. In addition, the Company conducts a significant amount of advanced technology development. MDA’s established global customer base is served by more than 4,800 employees operating from 15 locations in the United States, Canada, and internationally. The Company’s common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol TSX:MDA. For more information, visit www.mdacorporation.com.
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Media Contacts:
Winnie Pang | Tel: (852) 2500 0880 | Email: wpang@asiasat.com
Wendy Lewis | Tel: 1 (650) 852-5188 | Email: Wendy.Lewis@sslmda.com

Sky Drops Fox News in U.K.

From http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/fox-news-stops-airing-uk-1033601

"It averages only a few thousand viewers across the day in the U.K.," says 21st Century Fox. "We have concluded that it is not in our commercial interest to continue providing Fox News in the U.K."

21st Century Fox has decided to stop airing Fox News in the U.K., ending a long-running carriage deal in Britain with pay TV giant Sky.

"21st Century Fox has decided to cease providing a feed of Fox News Channel in the U.K.," the conglomerate said. "Fox News is focused on the U.S. market and designed for a U.S. audience and, accordingly, it averages only a few thousand viewers across the day in the U.K."

It added: "We have concluded that it is not in our commercial interest to continue providing Fox News in the U.K." A Fox representative said the news network's U.K. feed came to an end Tuesday afternoon.

"21st Century Fox has decided they will no longer broadcast Fox News in the U.K.," a Sky representative said. "Sky's customers can still enjoy a wide range of dedicated national and international news channels."

Fox owns a 39 percent stake in Sky, whose current agreement to carry Fox News was due to expire at the end of this year, according to sources. Industry observers said most viewers of Fox News in the U.K. seemed to be American tourists or industry folks with an interest in the channel, while local news junkies are seen as mostly watching the BBC, ITV, Sky News and other British networks.

One analyst said he understands that Fox News wasn't making money from the U.K. feed, which was only available on Sky, but no other pay TV operators.

The news of Fox News ending its run in Britain comes as U.K. culture secretary Karen Bradley is set to unveil her final verdict on whether to ask Britain's competition regulator to launch a more in-depth investigation into Fox's plan to take over the remaining 61 percent of pay TV giant Sky, which it doesn't own yet.

Fox News has been in the spotlight over the past year as U.K. media regulator Ofcom looking into various complaints against the channel and making some rulings against it.

Despite its low ratings in the U.K., Fox News' reporting has often generated headlines. In 2015, an on-air guest suggested that the English city of Birmingham was a "no-go zone" for non-Muslims, a comment that was met with widespread ridicule across the U.K. and was later found to be in breach of Ofcom's broadcasting code.


Sorry for such a late update, lots of things needed checking.

Asiasat 7 105.5E 3725 H Sr 8164 Fec 2/3 DVB-S2 8PSK new mux

"ABP NEWS" Sid 1 Vpid 51 (H264) Apid 52 (eng) FTA
"ABP ANANDA" Sid 3 Vpid 71 (H264) Apid 72 (eng) Irdeto encrypted
"ABP MAJHA" Sid 4 Vpid 81 (H264) Apid 82 (eng) Irdeto encrypted
"ABP ASMITA" Sid 5 Vpid 91 (H264) Apid 92 (eng) FTA

Abp News

Asiasat 7 105.5E 3627 H Sr 6500 Fec 2/3 DVB-S2 QPSK loads as "CNAI 1080 50i" it is Channel News Asia FTA in HD
Sid 1 Vpid 1160 (H264) Apid 1120 (Eng) Provider MediaCorp Pte Ltd

Telkom 3S 118E scan 28/08/17 from Perth using 2.7M dish

TVRI Jambi on 3403 H loads and plays

Telkom 3 118.0E 1180 TBS 6983 DVBS/S2 Tuner A 3403 Horizontal 2999.332 QPSK 3/4 DVB-S Auto 0.35 Normal CCM 4.146 4.049 7.0 -50 MIS: 0, BER: 0.0000000, Time to lock: 815 ms 28-Aug-17 11:57:21 PM
Telkom 3 118.0E 1180 TBS 6983 DVBS/S2 Tuner A 3717 Horizontal 25194.288 8PSK 2/3 DVB-S2 ON 0.20 Normal ACM 49.909 30.233 2.6 -45 MIS: 1, BER: 0.0000000, Time to lock: 693 ms 28-Aug-17 11:57:21 PM
Telkom 3 118.0E 1180 TBS 6983 DVBS/S2 Tuner A 3791 Horizontal 14996.787 8PSK 5/6 DVB-S2 OFF 0.20 Normal ACM 37.175 17.996 3.4 -45 MIS: 0, BER: 0.0000000, Time to lock: 404 ms 28-Aug-17 11:57:21 PM
Telkom 3 118.0E 1180 TBS 6983 DVBS/S2 Tuner A 3827 Horizontal 904.054 QPSK 3/4 DVB-S Auto 0.35 Normal CCM 1.250 1.220 4.6 -46 MIS: 0, BER: 0.0000000, Time to lock: 821 ms 28-Aug-17 11:57:21 PM
Telkom 3 118.0E 1180 TBS 6983 DVBS/S2 Tuner A 3833 Horizontal 999.804 QPSK 2/3 DVB-S2 ON 0.20 Normal ACM 1.322 1.199 3.9 -46 MIS: 1, BER: 0.0000000, Time to lock: 1604 ms 28-Aug-17 11:57:21 PM
Telkom 3 118.0E 1180 TBS 6983 DVBS/S2 Tuner A 3943 Horizontal 1666.296 QPSK 2/3 DVB-S2 ON 0.35 Normal ACM 2.204 2.249 1.7 -47 MIS: 0, BER: 0.0031620, Time to lock: 609 ms 28-Aug-17 11:57:21 PM
Telkom 3 118.0E 1180 TBS 6983 DVBS/S2 Tuner A 3786 Vertical 15996.451 8PSK 8/9 DVB-S2 OFF 0.20 Normal ACM 42.341 19.195 4.5 -48 MIS: 0, BER: 0.0000000, Time to lock: 351 ms 28-Aug-17 11:57:21 PM
Telkom 3 118.0E 1180 TBS 6983 DVBS/S2 Tuner A 3836 Vertical 3499.275 QPSK 1/2 DVB-S2 OFF 0.20 Normal ACM 3.461 4.199 1.1 -49 MIS: 0, BER: 0.0000000, Time to lock: 491 ms 28-Aug-17 11:57:21 PM

From my Email


From the Dish

Intelsat 19 166.0E 12613 H "Global Buddhist Network has replaced Dhamma Media Channel Asia" on , Fta

ChinaSat 6A 125.0E The SiTV package has started on 3900 V, 4020 V and 4180 H.

Palapa D 113.0E Trans TV has moved from 4000 H to 3991 H, Fta
Palapa D 113.0E Trans 7 has moved from 4100 V to 4085 V, Fta
Palapa D 113.0E Net has started on 4100 V, Fta.

AsiaSat 6/Thaicom 7 120.0E The SiTV package has left 3900 H, 3927 H, 4140 H and 4180 H.

Telkom 3S 118.0E 3404 H "TVRI Jambi" has started on, Fta.
Telkom 3S 118.0E 3587 H "Trans TV" has started on , Fta.
Telkom 3S 118.0E 3595 H "Trans 7" has started on , Fta.
Telkom 3S 118.0E 3766 H "KBS World" has started on , Fta.
Telkom 3S 118.0E 3967 H "PayTren TV" has started on , Fta.
Telkom 3S 118.0E 4100 V "TVRI Aceh" has started on , Fta.
Telkom 3S 118.0E 4185 V "GMN" has started on, Fta
Telkom 3S 118.0E 4192 V "TV Timor Leste" has started on , Fta.

Telkom 1 108.0E "TV 9 Nusantara" has left 3553 H.
Telkom 1 108.0E "Space Shopping and Space Toon" have left 3732 H.
Telkom 1 108.0E "HCBN Indonesia" has left 3736 H.
Telkom 1 108.0E "TVRI Jambi" has left 3743 H.
Telkom 1 108.0E "DMC TV" has left 3756 H again.
Telkom 1 108.0E "Temanggung TV" has left 3760 H again.
Telkom 1 108.0E "GMN" has left 3768 H.
Telkom 1 108.0E "TV Timor Leste" has left 3775 H.
Telkom 1 108.0E "TV Mu" has left 3783 H.
Telkom 1 108.0E "TV MUI" has left 3793 H.
Telkom 1 108.0E "TVRI Papua" has left 3798 H.
Telkom 1 108.0E "TVRI Kalteng" has left 3802 H.
Telkom 1 108.0E "Papua Channel and Jaya TV" have left 3812 H.
Telkom 1 108.0E "TVRI Kaltim" has left 3816 H.
Telkom 1 108.0E "Hope Channel Indonesia" has left 3832 H.
Telkom 1 108.0E "TVRI Aceh" has left 3872 H.
Telkom 1 108.0E "PayTren TV" has left 3916 H.
Telkom 1 108.0E "MTA TV" has left 3920 H.
Telkom 1 108.0E "Rasil TV" has left 3947 H.
Telkom 1 108.0E "KBS World Indonesia" has left 3970 H.
Telkom 1 108.0E "Trans 7" has left 3990 H.
Telkom 1 108.0E "ANTV" has left 4014 H.
Telkom 1 108.0E "Trans TV" has left 4084 H.
Telkom 1 108.0E "CNN Indonesia" has left 4116 H.
Telkom 1 108.0E "Net" has left 4128 H and 4134 H.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3627 H "Channel NewsAsia" has started on , Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3725 H "ABP News India, ABP Ananda, ABP Majha and ABP Asmita" have started on, Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E "Classic Cinema and Movies PK" have left 3734 H and 3745 V.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3750 V "MyTV" has started on , Fta.

NSS 6 95.0E 11635 H "Global Buddhist Network has replaced Dhamma Media Channel" on , Fta

G-Sat 15 93.5E 11510 V "Maha Cartoon TV, News State and Zee News" have started on , Fta.
G-Sat 15 93.5E 11510 V "DW English and Chardikla Time TV" have left .
G-Sat 15 93.5E 11550 V "Star Sports First" has started on , Fta.
G-Sat 15 93.5E 11550 V "Multiplex" has left .

ABS 2 75.0E 3659 V "BTV Business and TV Today" have started on , Fta.

ABS 2 75.0E 12467 V "Z ETC Bollywood has replaced Zee Salaam" on , Exset.
ABS 2 75.0E 12533 V "Suld TV" has started on , Fta

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3809 V "Zee 24 Hour Business" has left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 3930 H "Ten Cricket" has started on , Videoguard.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4184 V "Music Fatafati" has started on , Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2A号卫星Ku频段,U TV(0h)(DTV)频道消失,设置12533 V 45000参数无效接收。 [8月29日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Z ETC Bollywood替换Zee Salaam频道,设置12468 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [8月29日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Star Bharat替换Life OK(MPEG-4)频道,设置3980 V 28100参数有条件接收。 [8月29日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,Astro Ria、Astro Prima(马来西亚)等频道重现,设置3727 H 9833参数有条件接收。 [8月29日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Cine PK替换Movies PK(巴基斯坦)频道,设置3734 H 5777参数免费接收。 [8月29日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,东森电影、东森幼幼(高清)等频道改格式,设置12660 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [8月29日]
东经52.5度轨道位置的Al Yah 1号卫星Ku频段,Movie Star(伊朗)频道新增,设置11958 V 27500参数免费接收。 [8月29日]
东经52.5度轨道位置的Al Yah 1号卫星Ku频段,HOT Plus替换Pink 2(伊朗)频道,设置11900 H 27500参数免费接收。 [8月29日]
东经115.5度轨道位置的中星6B号卫星C频段,CCTV-6、新动漫(华诚数字)等全组频道消失,设置3780 V 27500参数无效接收。 [8月29日]
东经115.5度轨道位置的中星6B号卫星C频段,动作电影、中国电影(华诚数字)等全组频道消失,设置3520 V 27500参数无效接收。 [8月29日]

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2A号卫星Ku频段,Suld TV HD替换了ETV HD(高清)频道,设置12533 V 45000参数免费接收。 [8月28日]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星Ku频段,Nadym、Region(俄罗斯)等全组频道消失,设置11485 V 11850参数无效接收。 [8月28日]
东经118度轨道位置的Telkom 3S号卫星C频段,Trans TV(印尼)频道新增,设置3587 H 6000参数免费接收。 [8月28日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Aist Mongolia(蒙古)频道消失,设置12272 H 33333参数无效接收。 [8月28日]

东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Channel News Asia(高清)频道新增,设置3627 H 6500参数免费接收。 [8月27日]
东经52.5度轨道位置的Al Yah 1号卫星Ku频段,God TV(宗教)频道新增,设置11996 V 27500参数免费接收。 [8月27日]


Satellite fleet to offer 'free IoT connectivity'

From https://www.iothub.com.au/news/satellite-fleet-to-offer-free-iot-connectivity-471948

Adelaide startup aims to build network of 100 satellites.

Fleet Space is planning to launch a network of 100 low-earth-orbit satellites to create a global network that can gather data from sensors almost anywhere in the world – at zero data cost.

The Adelaide-based startup secured series funding of $5 million in April this year, which will enable it to launch its first two satellites early in 2018, and is now looking to raise a further round to fund the launch of additional satellites.

Rather than charging for data the company’s revenue will come from selling chipsets that can be embedded into what it hopes will be millions of sensors, and from the sale of the gateway devices that will gather data from sensors in the surrounding area and relay the data to the satellites.

Company co-founder Flavia Tata Nardini told IoT Hub that data costs limited the application of current satellite technologies to IoT.

“We have been looking at IoT for many years and we see that connectivity costs can be prohibitive for big deployments,” Tata Nardini said. “We are working with some customers in South America where the charge is $1 per device per month. That is prohibitive when you want to monitor 10,000 cows.

“If we build a system where the cost of the data is zero then more sensors will be deployed. So we decided to offer an end-to-end solution: we have created chipsets for embedding in sensors.”

The chipsets will communicate with the intermediate satellite gateway using a proprietary wireless technology.

“All the computational power will be in the gateway device. It will be low-powered and plug and play. It will be similar to others but designed for what we need,” she said.

“We are still working on the end-to-end architecture, looking at what part we will own and what part we will partner with someone else for – there are some big names on the table.”

She said the Fleet Space was running trials around the world with a gateway communicating to an existing satellite. “We are running all kinds of applications. We cannot name anything yet but we will go public in September or October.”

Similarly, Tata Nardini declined to provide details of the wireless technology that will link gateways to sensors, the cost of the chipsets themselves or data rates, but she said: “End users struggle with small packets, so we want to extend this and give them flexibility.”

“We need long distances and non-line of sight,” she added. “This is why we decided to do something ourselves. The range from the base station is something we are still working on.”

Fleet Space’s plan is to have a network of 100 satellites, five each in 20 low earth orbits by 2020 or 2021, depending on how fast it can secure launch services and about 12 ground stations.

The satellites will take data from the ground stations and hold it until they come within sight of a ground station – communication in the reverse direction will also be possible.

Tata Nardini said this configuration would give the company coverage of about 95 percent of countries and the latency – the length of time a satellite will have to hold data before it sees a ground station would be sufficiently small for most applications.

DigitalGlobe Delivers WorldView-4 High-Resolution Satellite Imagery to Power PSMA Australia’s Continent-scale Mapping Initiative

From http://news.sys-con.com/node/4146106

DigitalGlobe, Inc. (NYSE: DGI), the global leader in Earth imagery and information about our changing planet, today announced that it has delivered high-accuracy, high-resolution imagery from its WorldView-4 satellite to PSMA Australia to further build out Geoscape®, a digital representation of the Australian continent’s built environment.

PSMA Australia offers national geospatial datasets derived from authoritative sources to support a range of public and private business solutions and is among the first commercial customers to leverage WorldView-4 imagery. PSMA Australia is using DigitalGlobe’s unrivaled satellite imagery to create valuable location and built environment information for an estimated 20 million buildings across Australia, including features such as building footprints and heights, rooftop materials, solar panels, and swimming pools.

“Having access to precise information about the built environment is critical for a number of industries in Australia including insurance, urban planning, emergency management and business intelligence,” said Dan Paull, PSMA Australia’s Chief Executive Officer. “WorldView-4 delivers increased capacity for very high quality satellite imagery collection over Australia, supporting a more complete annual refresh of Geoscape data, particularly land cover, elevation, and tree and building heights, to meet the needs of our customers.”

WorldView-4 satellite imagery will be available to all commercial customers beginning on August 31. WorldView-4 joined WorldView-3 as the world’s highest-resolution commercial imaging satellites and began serving its first direct access customer in February. The satellite doubles DigitalGlobe’s capacity to collect 30 cm commercial satellite imagery.

“By adding WorldView-4’s high-accuracy, 30 cm imagery to our 100-petabyte, time-lapse image library, DigitalGlobe is making more imagery available to cover the areas that matter to customers,” said Amy Minnick, DigitalGlobe SVP and General Manager of Commercial Imagery. “Our high-quality imagery is a powerful enabler for numerous global transformations, such as the development of 5G networks and autonomous vehicles, unlocking insights and delivering actionable intelligence that allow customers to make decisions with confidence.”

Leading up to the commercial launch of WorldView-4 products, numerous partners, customers and ecosystem vendors tested the imagery in their workflows. PCI Geomatics was among the prominent software vendors to receive early imagery samples.

“PCI Geomatics has worked with early samples of WorldView-4 imagery provided by DigitalGlobe. Not only was the quality of WorldView-4 imagery excellent, as we have come to expect from DigitalGlobe, but we also found that the integration with our desktop and large volume image processing systems was seamless,” said David Piekny, Product Marketing Manager at PCI Geomatics. “This is great news for our customers who will soon be using WorldView-4 imagery to continue to produce high-quality products and perform advanced analysis for their end users.”

To learn more about the commercial availability of DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-4 imagery, please register for the webinar that will take place today at 8 a.m. PT/11 a.m. ET.

About DigitalGlobe

DigitalGlobe is a leading provider of commercial high-resolution Earth observation and advanced geospatial solutions that help decision makers better understand our changing planet in order to save lives, resources and time. Sourced from the world's leading constellation, our imagery solutions deliver unmatched coverage and capacity to meet our customers' most demanding mission requirements. Each day customers in defense and intelligence, public safety, civil agencies, map making and analysis, environmental monitoring, oil and gas exploration, infrastructure management, navigation technology, and providers of location-based services depend on DigitalGlobe data, information, technology and expertise to gain actionable insight.

Indonesian Lenders Work to Contain Nationwide Satellite Error

From http://jakartaglobe.id/business/indonesian-lenders-work-contain-nationwide-satellite-error/

Jakarta. Commercial banks currently affected by the Telkom-1 satellite glitch, which first appeared on Friday (25/08), have taken measures to increase services to customers, with one bank even offering free cash withdrawals.

Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI), a state-controlled lender, is among the least impacted banks of the glitch, as it operates its own satellite.

"But we still apologize to our customers for the inconvenience because over the weekend there were 321 BRI ATM units and 124 BRI working units affected by the Telkom-1 problem," Indra Utoyo, BRI's digital banking and strategy director, said in a statement on Monday.

According to Indra, BRI has largely managed to contain the problem, as only 195 BRI ATM units are still inoperable. BRI currently services 24,802 ATMs at locations across the archipelago.

"Every network affected by the problem will be migrated as soon as possible to BRISat as the main network and the backup to another network," Indra said, referring to the bank's telecommunication satellite launched in June last year and which connects more than 10,000 BRI branches across the country.

The Telkom-1 glitch has also affected nearly 100 Bank Tabungan Negara (BTN) ATMs across the country. BTN, the country's largest mortgage provider, has so far remained mostly unaffected by the glitch because it moved its network to 4G.

"We want speed the recovery to service our customers," said Agus Susanto, BTN's corporate secretary.

The glitch also affected the biggest lenders by assets in the country, including Bank Mandiri, Bank Negara Indonesia and Bank Central Asia.

Bank Central Asia (BCA) is currently offering free cash withdrawals for its customers from any ATM until the glitch is resolved. Normally, a customer has to pay a Rp 7,500 ($0.56) each time he or she takes cash from a different bank's ATM.

"But it's only for cash withdrawals. Other services, such as balance checking and transfers, will still be charged because the customers can use the Internet or mobile banking," BCA president director Jahja Setiaatmadja said, as quoted by Antaranews.com.

Jahja said the typical Rp 7,500 fees will be credited back to customers' accounts at the end of the month. The lender has prepared up to Rp 70 billion to cover the inter-bank cash withdrawal costs.

BCA will migrate about 3,700 ATM units to the Telkom-3S satellite and about 2,000 ATM units to the Apstar satellite.

Indonesia's Financial Services Authority, or OJK, acknowledged but played down the impact of the glitch, saying it only affected ATM units in a few areas.

OJK and Bank Indonesia are continuing to coordinate with Telekomunikasi Indonesia, the satellite's operator, to resolve the problem.

"Customers are advised to confirm to their bank's call center in the case of a problem [...] do not easily believe misleading news," said Anto Prabowo, the acting deputy commissioner of strategic management and logistics at OJK

SES swaps 2 satellite launch vehicles

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/08/29/ses-swaps-2-satellite-launch-vehicles/

SES says it is to change launch vehicles and launch slots for its SES-12 and SES-14 satellites.

Under the new agreements, SES-12 will be launched on a Falcon 9 vehicle from SpaceX in Q1 2018 while SES-14 will be launched on an Ariane 5 rocket, also in Q1 2018.

SES says the swap of launches will enable the operator to improve service quality and continuity for its customers. Both SES-12 and SES-14 are using electric propulsion for orbit-raising and will enter into service some four to six months after launch.

The original expectation was for SES-12 to be launched during Q4 2017 by Arianspace, while SES-14 was booked to launch later in 2017, which then slipped to Spring 2018, aboard a SpaceX rocket.

SES-14, manufactured by Airbus Defense and Space, will be positioned at the 47.5 degrees West orbital slot. The C-band payload of SES-14 will replace NSS-806 and will support SES’s cable neighbourhood in Latin America. The Ku-band payload augments the Ku-band capacity on NSS-806 with wide beams and high throughput spot beams covering the Americas and the North Atlantic Region.

The Ku-band spot beams will allow SES to support the increasing demand for aeronautical and maritime mobility applications, cellular backhaul, broadband delivery, and VSAT services for enterprise and government segments. The Ku-band wide beams are designed to provide video and data services in Latin America, the Caribbean, and across the North Atlantic. SES-14 also carries the Global-Scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) as a hosted payload for NASA.

SES-12, a very large satellite also manufactured by Airbus Defense and Space, will be positioned at 95 degrees East. The satellite will expand SES’s capabilities to provide direct-to-home (DTH) broadcasting, VSAT, Mobility and HTS data connectivity services in the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region, including rapidly growing markets such as India and Indonesia. The satellite will replace NSS-6 at this location and will be co-located with SES-8. As the largest satellite ever built for SES, SES-12 is capable of supporting requirements in multiple verticals from Cyprus in the West to Japan in the East, and from Russia in the North to Australia in the South.

Mayweather vs McGregor: 239 illegal streams

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/08/29/mayweather-vs-mcgregor-239-illegal-streams/

The Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor boxing match was not the only competition generating attention this past weekend. Data from digital platform security specialist Irdeto indicates that piracy continues to be a tough contender. Irdeto identified 239 streams that illegally redistributed the bout. Of those streams, 67 were provided via traditional pirate streaming websites.

Underscoring the growth of streaming capabilities on social media, Irdeto also found that pirates exploited multiple channels, including Facebook, YouTube, Periscope, Twitch and others to redistribute this premier boxing event illegally.

Irdeto found that 165 social media streams offered the Mayweather vs. McGregor fight illegally, with six streams available via illicit streaming plugins for the popular media player platform, Kodi. These 239 streams are estimated to have reached approximately 2,930,598 viewers. With both boxing and UFC fans eager to see this matchup, pirates capitalised on consumer demand to provide multiple illegal viewing options for this premier live sports event and reap the profit for themselves.

According to Irdeto, what made this fight unique was that it was the first of its kind to be available to stream live online and it combined two huge viewer audiences: boxing and UFC. While content availability is key, it may have also inadvertently caused some consumers to choose an illegal service over a legitimate service due to confusion and clever marketing. Irdeto has seen an increase in pirates creating professional websites, technology and services, fooling some consumers into thinking they are accessing a legal service.

However, not all of the consumers who chose an illegal viewing option did so unknowingly. Irdeto’s recent Global Consumer Piracy Survey of more than 25,000 adults across 30 countries found that 52 per cent of consumers around the globe knowingly watch pirated video content. With operators and content owners charging as much as $99.95 to watch the fight in the US, compared to only £19.95 in the UK and €24.95 in McGregor’s home country of Ireland, these piracy numbers clearly indicate that consumers may seek illegal means to watch marquee events such as Mayweather vs. McGregor without paying.

Irdeto suggests that with pirates functioning more like full-fledged businesses, criminals are doing market research and are aware that consumers are craving this type of live sports content. In just one day in the week leading up to the bout, Irdeto identified 42 advertisements for illicit streaming devices offering Mayweather vs. McGregor on e-commerce websites, including Amazon, eBay and Alibaba. According to Irdeto, this clearly points to how business-savvy pirates have become, creating a formidable foe for legitimate service providers. Irdeto works on an ongoing basis with sites such as Alibaba to remove advertisements of this nature.

“Live sports are a cornerstone of global piracy, with thousands of sites providing illegal content attracting millions of viewers,” said Rory O’Connor, Senior Vice President of Cybersecurity Services, Irdeto. “When combatting live sports piracy, speed in disrupting piracy is essential. This is especially the case with premium events like this past weekend’s Mayweather vs. McGregor boxing match. The most effective strategy is an intelligence-driven approach with a 360-degree view of piracy. By identifying and stopping pirate streams in real-time through specialised knowledge and technology, content owners and operators are able to protect revenue and deliver a greater user experience.”

Chile to strengthen laws against pirate STBs

From https://www.rapidtvnews.com/2017082948585/chile-to-strengthen-laws-against-pirate-stbs.html#axzz4rAHkFQ3X

Chile’s Senate has sanctioned an amendment to the country’s telecom law to establish stronger rules against illegal satellite set-top boxes (STBs).

senado chile 29 august 2017According to the Senate, nearly $70 million per year is lost in Chile due to pirate satellite TV, as there are around 300,000 pirate subscribers which watch pay-TV signals through illegal STBs.

“The bill aims to fine anybody importing, commercialising or installing any kind of technology that enables users to intercept satellite signals,” said senator Juan Pablo Letelier, president of the telecoms commission.

Therefore, if the bill is finally passed, any illegal pay-TV activity – concerning both hardware and software - would be prosecuted. “We intend to establish the legal instruments to go after those making business with illegal importation and distribution of technology that is used to break the market rules,” added the senator.

According to the latest figures published by Chile’s Cámara Nacional de Comercio, piracy is positioned as the fifth largest pay-TV operator in the market.


Telkom 1 @ 108E bites the dust causing disruption across Indonesia, See news.

The big Sunday fight event was seen FTA on EMTV Intelsat 19 Cband, TVOne Indonesia and a few other places, without people needing to go to some dodgy site to watch it.

New @ 125E all these mux moved here from 120E, they are encrypted

3900 V 9578 "channel MAX-HD"
4060 V 29500 "XFC-HD, Cartoon-HD, Game-HD"
3700 V 29500 "News Real-HD, Channel Joy-HD, Great Sports-HD"
4020 V 29500 "Channel LAN-HD, Channel Young-HD, City Play -HD"

Monday morning feed

Asiasat 5 3733 H Sr 7500 "LPGA PRI" Canadian Pacific Ladies PGA Golf

Sunday Feeds

Intelsat 19 12436 H Sr 15000 ESPN Collage Football from Sydney
Intelsat 19 12454 H Sr 15000 ESPN Collage Football
Intelsat 19 12496 H Sr 3749 "STS 4"
Intelsat 19 12551 V Sr 3750 "A15K-1" Mayweather v McGregor boxing from Las Vegas
Intelsat 19 12592 H Sr 7500 "STS 3-PNG A" Rugby League for TVWAN
Intelsat 19 12592 V Sr 6110 "LK3 NNN911"
Intelsat 19 12601 V Sr 6999 "STS 10"
Intelsat 19 12610 V Sr 6999 "STS 1"

Saturday night feeds

Asiasat 5 3916 H Sr 7200 "L.S. ENC2 HD" J-League
Asiasat 5 4067 H Sr 7200 "ETP WORLD FEED" European Tour Golf
Asiasat 5 4165 H Sr 7200 "Nameless" J-League
Asiasat 5 4174 H Sr 7200 "HD ENC-1a" J-League
Asiasat 5 3654 H Sr 7200 "Service-1" Chinese martial arts Faith Fight

From my Email


From the Dish

LaoSat 1 128.5E 3435 V "BeIn Sports 1/2 Thailand" have started on , ABV.
LaoSat 1 128.5E 3503 V "CCTV 4 Asia, CGTN, CGTN Documentary, CCTV Opera, CCTV Entertainment, TVS 2 Southern TV, Hunan TV World, Jiangsu TV International, Fujian Straits TV, Zhejiang Satellite TV International, China Yellow River TV, Xiamen Star TV China, Chongqing TV International, Tianjin TV World, China Movie, Sichuan TV International, Beijing TV International Channel, Anhui International Channel, Dragon TV North America, Guangxi International Channel, Shenzhen Satellite TV International, Taishan TV, Guangdong International TV, Henan TV International Channel, Yunnan International Channel and CCTV 13 have started on , Irdeto. Animax Asia, Kix and TV Lao" have left again.

ChinaSat 6B 115.5E 3780 V The CHC mux has left

Palapa D 113.0E 3826 H "ANTV" has started on, Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 4000 H "Trans TV" has started on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 4100 V "Trans 7" has started on , Fta.

Measat 3 91.5E 3814 V "Sky Racing 1" is Fta

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3545 V "Dharma TV and People TV" have started on , BISS.

From asiatvro site

东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Ddish Live(Ddish TV)频道消失,设置12629 H 43200参数无效接收。 [8月27日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Gazi Satellite TV(孟加拉)频道加密,设置3805 H 4800参数有条件接收。 [8月27日]
东经101.4度轨道位置的中星9A号卫星Ku频段,宁夏少儿、三沙卫视(户户通)等全组测试频道消失,设置11860 R 28800参数无效接收。 [8月27日]
东经101.4度轨道位置的中星9A号卫星Ku频段,贵州经济、贵州公共(户户通)测试频道消失,设置11960 L 28800参数无效接收。 [8月27日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Gem替换Universal Channel(印尼)频道,设置3880 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [8月27日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Trans TV(印尼)频道新增,设置3991 H 3000参数免费接收。 [8月27日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Lejel Home Shopping替换E! Ent(印尼)频道,设置3780 V 29900参数有条件接收。 [8月27日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Smile Home Shopping替换Cahaya TV Banten(印尼)频道,设置3932 V 15800参数免费接收。 [8月27日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Trans 7(印尼)频道新增,设置4085 V 4800参数免费接收。 [8月27日]
东经125度轨道位置的中星6A号卫星C频段,美食天府(鼎视传媒)频道消失,设置3827 H 6222参数无效接收。 [8月27日]

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,White Channel、IN TV(泰国)频道新增,设置4040 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [8月26日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Liga、Movie Central(MPEG-4)等频道新增,设置4180 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [8月26日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,V2H2、V2H10(老挝)等频道消失,设置11600 H 30000参数无效接收。 [8月26日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Australia Plus(澳洲)频道重现,设置3800 V 7500参数有条件接收。 [8月26日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,ESPN替换Temporary Channel(体育)频道,设置3880 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [8月26日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Cine Mo!、KBO(菲律宾)等4个频道加密,设置4180 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [8月26日]
东经108度轨道位置的电信1号卫星C频段,Trans TV 1(印尼)频道新增,设置4001 H 3000参数免费接收。 [8月26日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,SKYN、TVRI替换HMTV(东南亚运动会)等频道,设置3860 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [8月26日]

东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,SCC HD替换Fox Sports HD(亚洲)高清频道,设置3980 V 29720参数有条件接收。 [8月25日]
东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,Liga Santander 2(高清)频道加密,设置4076 V 22500参数有条件接收。 [8月25日]


US broadcaster CBS to buy Ten Network

From https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/business/companies/us-company-cbs-to-buy-ten-network-20170828-gy5doc.html

New York-listed CBS will buy Network Ten from administrators KordaMentha and receivers PPB Advisory in a deal that sees three banks repaid and three billionaires compensated, but leaves nothing to tens of thousands of shareholders, it emerged on Monday morning

The deal also means Lachlan Murdoch and Bruce Gordon have failed in their attempt to buy the network. Both billionaires were shareholders and had also guaranteed a bank loan to keep the network afloat.

CBS will refinance Ten's existing debt, including a loan from Commonwealth Bank and guarantor fees of about $33 million owed to James Packer, Mr Murdoch and Mr Gordon, and will implement a deed of company arrangement, according to KordaMentha. Creditors will be given the chance to vote on the deal at the second creditors' meeting.

Secured loans include at least $98 million to Commonwealth Bank, $841,000 to Westpac and $640,000 to ANZ Bank, according to a list of creditors. This means CBS will take over Ten for about $123 million.

Rupert Murdoch, co-chairman and founder of Twenty-First Century Fox Inc., left, and Lachlan Murdoch, co-chairman of Twenty-First Century Fox Inc., arrive for a morning session during the Allen & Co. Media and Technology Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, U.S., on Wednesday, July 8, 2015. Billionaires, chief executive officers, and leaders from the technology, media, and finance industries gather this week at the Idaho mountain resort conference hosted by investment banking firm Allen & Co. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg *** Local Caption *** Rupert Murdoch; Lachlan Murdoch

However, shareholders will receive nothing, with PPB Advisory confirming the deal includes CBS delisting Ten from the sharemarket.

Apart from the three guarantors, major shareholders include Foxtel with 13.9 per cent of shares, Gina Rinehart with 8.2 per cent, and Seven Group Holding's subsidiary Network Investment Holdings with 3 per cent.

"CBS will acquire 100 per cent of the shares in Network Ten," a PPB spokesman said.

"This process requires demonstrating that the shares are worthless given the quantum of the secured and unsecured claims. In such a scenario where creditors are not being repaid in full it would mean that existing shareholders would not receive any return."

CBS will also provide "immediate financial support to ensure continuity of operations" at Ten.

CBS will also launch "CBS All Access" in Australia, its subscription video on demand service, it announced.

Leslie "Les" Moonves, president and chief executive officer of CBS Corp., speaks to the media as he arrives for the Allen &amp; Co. Media and Technology Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, U.S., on Tuesday, July 5, 2016. Billionaires, chief executive officers, and leaders from the technology, media, and finance industries gather this week at the Idaho mountain resort conference hosted by investment banking firm Allen &amp; Co. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

The strategy for Les Moonves is clear. He sent some of his top executives to Australia last month to look at the business.

CBS submitted an $843 million claim during the administration process, believed to be the balance that Ten owed it for a programming rights contract.

CBS already has a 33 per cent stake in digital channel Eleven. This deal will see it take over Ten's digital terrestrial channel, One, Eleven and TenPlay.

"Network Ten is a prime broadcasting asset with over half a century of experience and brand equity in Australia," Leslie Moonves, chairman and chief executive of CBS Corporation, said.

"We have been able to acquire it at a valuation that gives us confidence we will grow this asset by applying our programming expertise in a market with which we are already familiar."

Ten's chief executive Paul Anderson said CBS and Ten have had a strong relationship for a number of years.

"We are very excited about further developing that relationship with CBS as an owner and strength that they will provide to the company at this critical time," Mr Anderson said.

President and chief executive of CBS Studios International Armando Nunez said Ten and CBS "have enjoyed a close working relationship for nearly two decades, and now CBS will continue to provide Network Ten with access to the very best in US content".

"We also look forward to working with the outstanding team at Network Ten to enhance and expand on its great legacy of Australian news, drama, reality and sports programming. This acquisition not only presents CBS with considerable broadcasting opportunities in Australia, but also allows for further multi-platform distribution and growth."

And is a blow to Foxtel's subscription television service, CBS's internet-based All Access service includes rights to stream such as some of America's National Football League (NFL) games, college football, college basketball and major golf tournaments.

Network Ten receiver and PPB Advisory partner Christopher Hill, said: "Network Ten has played a significant role in Australia's media landscape over many decades, and the sale of the business to CBS will allow the iconic broadcaster to move into a new chapter on a strong and stable footing."

Disruption unleashes on Australia’s TV industry

From https://www.mybusiness.com.au/disruption/3270-disruption-unleashes-on-australia-s-tv-industry

Australian television is in for a massive shake up in the near future following news American media giant CBS has purchased Channel 10.

In a statement to the ASX, Ten Network Holdings said it had entered into “binding transaction documents” for CBS to acquire the struggling broadcaster, for an undisclosed sum.

It comes after Channel 10 was placed in voluntary administration in mid-June.

CBS, a major broadcaster and content producer in the US, has supplied the network with US programs for almost 20 years. Yet the acquisition of Ten allows it to launch foreign service offerings and delivery methods into Australia and shake up the dynamic of Australia’s three commercial broadcasters.

“This acquisition not only presents CBS with considerable broadcasting opportunities in Australia, but also allows for further multi-platform distribution and growth,” CBS Studios International president Armando Nunez said.

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