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Good news, Eutelsat-172b will finally launch on June 1st to 172E

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Apstar 6 134.0E 4039 H "Town TV" has started on , Fta

Palapa D 113.0E 4131 H "SCTV, Indosiar and O Channel" have started on , Fta.

Koreasat 5 113.0E 12365 V "FGTV" has started on , BISS.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3734 H "Little Champ and Theater" have started Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3734 H "Azad TV" has left .
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4070 H "G TV, FilmOne and Pak Plus" have started on , Fta

Horizons 2 84.8E 12080 H "Prodvizhenie" is Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12722 V "Apostle Mohlala TV" has started on , Fta.

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东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,亚洲美食(数码天空)频道改格式,设置12294 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [4月28日]
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东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,Saudi Quran、5 Plus(GMM Z)等频道新增,设置12687 V 30000参数免费接收。 [4月28日]
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东经125度轨道位置的中星6A号卫星C频段,贵州卫视、江西卫视(高清)等全组频道加密,设置3940 V 29500参数有条件接收。 [4月28日]
东经125度轨道位置的中星6A号卫星C频段,浙江卫视(高清)频道解密,设置4160 H 9578参数免费接收。 [4月28日]
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东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Janata(高清)频道新增,设置4030 H 1609参数免费接收。 [4月28日]


Australia: Court orders KickassTorrents site-blocking

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/04/28/australia-court-orders-kickasstorrents-site-blocking/

Australia’s Federal Court has handed down its judgment in Universal Music Australia & Ors v TPG & Ors (the KickassTorrents case). The case began in April 2016, when Universal, along with several other members of the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) and the Australasian music collecting society APRA|AMCOS, filed an application seeking to have access to KickassTorrents, the popular piracy website, blocked in Australia.

The KickassTorrents case is the third to be decided under s 115A of the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth), which was inserted into the Copyright Act by the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Act 2015. Section 115A allows a court to order a carriage service provider to block access to overseas websites that facilitate copyright infringement.

Universal Music sought the implementation of Domain Name System (DNS) blocking by the Respondent Internet Service Providers (ISPs), which include TPG, Optus, Telstra and Foxtel. The DNS blocking system was to be supported by a scheme to block ‘clone’ sites that use the KickassTorrents name, as well as proxy sites.

Although KickassTorrents was shut down in July 2016 when Artem Vaulin, the alleged owner of the website, was arrested in Poland and charged with criminal copyright infringement in the US, the Australian case against KickassTorrents nevertheless proceeded.

The Federal Court has ordered that:
•Access to the KickassTorrents “targeted online locations” be disabled for a period of three years;
•The respondents direct users seeking to access the “targeted online locations” to a webpage;
•The applicants establish and maintain a webpage explaining why access to the targeted online sites has been disabled; and
•Pay costs of A$50 (€34.38) for each DNS blocked and other costs as agreed or ordered.

KickassTorrents has already been blocked in several countries, including the UK, Ireland, Italy, Denmark, Belgium and Malaysia.

The Australian case comes shortly after the decisions in the SolarMovie and The Pirate Bay cases, which were handed down in December 2016. In a single judgment, the Federal Court ordered that SolarMovie and The Pirate Bay were to be blocked by ISPs for an initial period of three years, and that the applicants were to pay a portion of the ISPs’ compliance costs.

In light of the success of the SolarMovie and The Pirate Bay cases, in February 2017, media group Village Roadshow commenced a new application with the Federal Court, seeking to block access to 41 websites including WatchSeries, Putlocker and MegaShare.

Network will go to war with rival in bid to secure Test matches, one-day games and Twenty20s

From http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/network-will-go-to-war-with-rival-in-bid-to-secure-test-matches-oneday-games-and-twenty20s/news-story/15f46e084c064685f0e1697016bf53f1

CHANNEL Ten is hoping an audacious bid to steal international cricket will see rival Channel Nine caught out.

Buoyed by the runaway success of its Big Bash coverage, the network is now preparing to talk to Cricket Australia about securing the crown jewel in Nine’s sporting crown.

Ten chief executive Paul Anderson said his station will go to war with its archrival by bidding for the rights to international Test matches, one-day games and Twenty20s, along with the domestic Big Bash competition, for the 2018-2022 seasons.

“We will consider (bidding for) all forms of the game, I think what we have shown is that we can be a very valuable partner for Cricket Australia,” Mr Anderson told The Daily Telegraph.

The news will be a concern to Nine, which paid $500 million for its current deal and has broadcast Test cricket since 1977. It has come under fire in recent times for its tired commentary team, which lacks the energy of Big Bash counterparts such as Ricky Ponting and Mark Waugh.

“The way that we produce the Big Bash and the talent that we have attached to that production is something that is very difficult if not impossible to replace,” Mr ­Anderson said.

To make the deal work Ten could partner with Foxtel — half-owned by News Corp, publisher of The Daily Telegraph — in a TV content sharing deal similar to those already in place for Supercars and Formula 1.

Ten paid $100 million to secure the TV rights to the Big Bash for five years and it has flourished into a huge money spinner, last season drawing average TV audiences of 1.03 million per game.

Despite the recent Test series against South Africa and Pakistan attracting 14.8 million viewers, ­investment bank UBS believes Nine is losing $30-$40 million per year broadcasting the sport.

ViaSat & Eutelsat launches set for June 1

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/04/27/viasat-eutelsat-launches-set-for-june-1/

Arianespace is firmly getting back to work, and says that a much-delayed launch of a two satellites for ViaSat and Eutelsat, will go ahead on June 1st. The pair had initially been scheduled for launch this week, on April 25th, but the date had slipped because of region-wide strike in French Guiana which shut the spaceport for a month.

ViaSat-2 and Eutelsat-172b will be launched by Arianespace, but the delay means that potential subscribers to ViaSat’s expanded satellite-delivered broadband will not see much action until later this year.

And the satellite is needed. ViaSat-1, launched back in 2011, is full and enjoys some 700,000 residential broadband subscribers. The satellite also provides Direct-To-Seat connectivity to airline passengers on JetBlue, American Airlines and others.

ViaSat-2 will have double the capacity of ViaSat-1, and is promising higher download speeds and improved data caps. Its satellite footprint also embraces more of the USA plus Mexico, the Caribbean and other part of South America.

Eutelsat-172b is going to its Asia-Pacific location where one of its confirmed clients is Panasonic Avionics for its in-flight entertainment service.

ViaSat is also involved in a joint-venture with Paris-based Eutelsat targeting private users and businesses in Europe.

Asian eSports Channel Expands Reach

From http://worldscreen.com/tvasia/asian-esports-channel-expands-reach/

Astro has sealed new partnerships in Singapore, the Philippines and Indonesia to expand the reach of its eSports channel eGG Network, which was first unveiled at APOS last year.

The service is now available in six countries, with the new markets adding to its existing distribution in Australia, Brunei and Malaysia. The new partnerships were signed with Singtel in Singapore, Globe’s BEAM TV in the Philippines and Orange TV and Genflix in Indonesia.

Lee Choong Khay, VP of the sports business at Astro, noted, “eGG is off to a good start, and we expect it to play a pivotal role in driving expansion for us into new markets. We look forward to more on-ground events to strengthen our offerings for our partners in the region. In October 2016, we collaborated with PGL to bring CS:GO Minor Championship Asia to Malaysia. eSports transcends languages and borders hence opens up unique content creation and advertising opportunities.”

Jil Go, Globe’s VP of content, noted, “Last year, Globe Telecom in the Philippines cemented its partnership with Astro to distribute the Tribe app to give our customers a wider variety of content and this included access to eGG Network. Today, eGG Network is also available as a free-to-air DTT channel via the company’s digital broadcast television partner, BEAM TV. The eSports and gaming community in the Philippines continues to gain ground and we are thrilled with the opportunity to be able to provide these types of content to our customers, whether on their mobile or at the comfort of their homes. Through our original productions arm, Globe LIVE, we are also set to strengthen our events portfolio to give our customers more experiential events to enjoy their favorite content on a larger scale.”

Greeny S Dewayanti, CEO of Genflix, added, “As the first commercial OTT video service in Indonesia, Genflix is partnering with eGG Network to tap into the young millennials who loves eSports and watch videos. This partnership aims to grab millennials as our main target audience of Genflix, an affiliate of Orange TV.”

Astro, Turner form JV in Warner TV and co-production, distribution of Asian content

From http://english.astroawani.com/business-news/astro-turner-form-jv-warner-tv-and-co-production-distribution-asian-content-140798

Astro, Turner form JV in Warner TV and co-production, distribution of Asian content
Astro Malaysia Holdings Berhad (Astro) and Turner Asia Pacific are widening their collaboration including the formation of a joint-venture on Warner TV.

DENPASAR: Astro Malaysia Holdings Berhad (Astro) and Turner Asia Pacific are widening their collaboration including the formation of a joint-venture on Warner TV that comprises co-ownership, co-production of Asian content for global reach, distribution of Astro content, and carriage of the channel on Astro and Tribe.

Astro Chief Operating Officer Henry Tan said the company’s focus is to deepen their involvement in content creation and ownership, particularly in Asian IPs, which will be increasingly pivotal in a market that values strong differentiation.

“We believe these IPs anchor our value proposition, and are ultimately what customers want and are willing to pay for. We are enhancing the exportability of signature IPs, and are actively seeking distribution in multiple markets through partnerships, as well as our own platforms, such as Astro in Malaysia and Tribe in the region.

“To accelerate our efforts, we will partner and learn from our peers in the region. We are pleased to announce that we have entered into a strategic partnership with Turner to own verticals in Asian content.

“Together, we will explore opportunities to co-develop Asian content for global distribution and raise the bar for better quality Asian content. Additionally, this new venture will also enable us to participate in the revenue distribution generated from Warner TV in the region,” he said.

Currently available on 22 platforms in 15 countries across Asia Pacific, Warner TV is known for its strength in same-day programming with popular titles such as Good Behavior, Angie Tribeca, The Last Ship, Lethal Weapon, and an array of DC superhero shows such as DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, The Flash and iZombie.

Turner International Senior Vice President and Managing Director for North and Southeast Asia Pacific said the company is thrilled to announce that their pan-regional entertainment channel, Warner TV, will debut on Astro and Tribe.

“The launch is part of a strategic regional partnership that will see us working closely on the channel’s development and reflects both parties commitment to continued investment in content our customers love,” he said.

With a strong pipeline of premium and original content from both Warner Bros., the leading studio for top-rated TV series and blockbuster movies, and from Turner’s TNT and TBS networks, Warner TV will support Tribe and Astro with first-rate Hollywood content with long-tail library value.

Warner TV will be available on demand and on linear via Astro GO and Astro TV from May 1.

Iflix for MENA

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/04/27/iflix-for-mena/

Iflix, the SVoD service for emerging markets, announced the launch of its service in eight territories across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Consumers in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain, Lebanon, Egypt and Sudan can now sign up for a 30-day free trial, giving them unlimited access to thousands of TV shows, movies and more on every device they own, with no credit card required.

The announcement follows just one month after the company’s launch in Myanmar, its tenth market in Asia, solidifying iflix’s dominance over the region with over 6 billion minutes streamed across ten countries since first launching in Malaysia and the Philippines in mid-2015. With its MENA launch, iflix has established itself as the only international SVoD service with full-scale localised operations in each of its territories and a total global headcount of 700 staff across 24 offices worldwide, including new regional headquarters for MENA based in Dubai, UAE.

iflix Group Co-founder and CEO, Mark Britt commented: “Our launch in the Middle East and North Africa represents the incredible vision, hard work and sacrifice by everyone in the iflix team. To have grown from a small, but ambitious 20-person operation without a live service to launching a global business, in now our second region with eight new markets and 80 staff in MENA alone in less than two years, is a testament to that commitment. MENA is one of the fastest growing and most exciting online markets in the world with data savvy consumers who share a passion for entertainment. We are thrilled to make iflix’s world class service, premier digital experience and the most comprehensive selection of content available to them, as part of our mission to redefine entertainment in emerging markets.”

Gregg Daffner elected President of Asia Pacific Satellite Communications Council

From http://isleofman.com/News/details/82648/gregg-daffner-elected-president-of-asia-pacific-satellite-communications-council

Gregg Daffner, CEO of GapSat and a member of ManSat’s Board of Advisors, was elected and inaugurated as the President of the Asia Pacific Satellite Communications Council (APSCC) at the Council’s recent General Assembly.

The APSCC is one of Asia’s leading non-profit international associations, representing all sectors of satellite and space-related industry, including private and public companies, regional and government ministries and agencies, and academic and research entities. It works to promote communications and broadcasting via satellite as well as outer space activities in the Asia-Pacific for the socioeconomic and cultural welfare of the region.

As the main representative of APSCC, Gregg will be responsible for setting the policies and goals of APSCC in consultation with the APSCC Board of Directors, Vice Presidents and Executive Director.

Speaking at the General Assembly, Gregg said: ‘I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the members of the APSCC for your dedicated support to the organization. APSCC will continue to develop a variety of programs to make APSCC a more relevant organization to the satellite industry. APSCC will undertake the lead in the core activities to represent the APAC satellite industry including regulatory advocacy, especially in matters of preserving satellite spectrum, and in attracting our next generation of satellite professionals.’

Under the leadership of the new APSCC President and Board of Directors, APSCC will continue its role in promoting communications and broadcasting via satellite as well as outer space activities in the Asia-Pacific region as a collective voice.

ManSat Chair & CEO Chris Stott said: ‘We’re honored to have Gregg on our Board of Advisors. Having access to the insights of leaders of his vision, caliber, and experience and the others on our Advisory Board is invaluable to our work at ManSat on behalf of the Isle of Man. We know the APSCC is in firm hands with Gregg at the helm and we look forward to increasing the links in Asia under his guidance.’

GapSat is an innovative venture that leases or arranges for the lease of entire in-orbit satellites to satellite operators for use at their orbital slots for interim periods of time, generally until the operator launches its own custom-built satellite.

Gregg is also president of G3 Global Communications, a satellite consulting firm focused on strategic planning, business development, transactional and regulatory advice.

SpaceX demands FCC put OneWeb on hold

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/04/27/spacex-demands-fcc-put-oneweb-on-hold/

Elon Musk’s SpaceX rocket company, which also has plans afoot to build and launch its own ‘super-constellation of more than 7500 V-band satellites, is objecting to Jersey-based OneWeb and its potential financial partner SoftBank of Japan with their plans for its 648-satellite constellation.

SpaceX’s complaint is that the OneWeb/SoftBank financial structure is far from clear. SpaceX is asking for greater clarity on who is investing in the OneWeb/SoftBank scheme, and alleging that investors could possibly include Saudi Arabia. SpaceX says the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) should “defer consideration” of the OneWeb application for its orbital spectrum until the financial structure is made public.

OneWeb argues that the FCC’s regulations require for that any change of ownership status needs only to be made after – and not before – a transaction is completed.

Currently, what is known is that OneWeb’s main shareholders are telco giant Qualcomm (via its Qualcomm Global Trading of Singapore) with a 20.17 per cent stake, media conglomerate SoftBank Group of Japan (19.98 per cent), Airbus Group (13.34 per cent), 1110 Ventures LLC (based in Nevada and Florida) 11.84 per cent, and British Virgin Island’s-based Vieco Nominees (11.61 per cent).

The OneWeb/SoftBank pair are also in the process of merging with Intelsat, subject to acceptance by Intelsat’s bond-holders to a proposed re-financing of Intelsat’s debt.

TVPlayer on Roku

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/04/27/tvplayer-on-roku/

Roku, and TVPlayer have announced the availability of TVPlayer on Roku streaming players in the UK, making live TV accessible from all major broadcasters for the first time to Roku users. TVPlayer includes content from major broadcasters, such as BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Dave among others and can be added from the Movies & TV category in the Roku Channel Store.

“Roku users in the UK could already choose from an impressive line-up of 2,500+ streaming channels, including popular on demand and catch-up channels. With the addition of TVPlayer Roku users can now also watch live TV from major UK broadcasters on their Roku streaming player, combining all key entertainment sources on one device,” said Ed Lee, Vice President Content Acquisition at Roku.

“We are very excited to be launching on Roku streaming players in the UK,” said Frank Bowe, Chief Commercial Officer of TVPlayer. “Our presence on the Roku platform represents another significant step forward in TVPlayer’s distribution strategy, which is to make premium live TV, on demand and digital shows available within the TVPlayer app across all OTT platforms.”


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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 HD(高清)频道新增,设置3746 H 4610参数免费接收。 [4月27日]
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东经84.8度轨道位置的Horizons 2号卫星Ku频段,Baby TV HD、France 24(高清)等3个频道加密,设置11838 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [4月27日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Somaliland National TV(Shinsat)频道新增,设置3600 H 26667参数免费接收。 [4月27日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Diamond TV替换Channel 3(巴基斯坦)频道,设置4070 H 2960参数免费接收。 [4月27日]
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东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-4、CGTN Documentary(Cignal)频道消失,设置11598 H 20000参数无效接收。 [4月26日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Outdoor(高清)频道加密,


China to Launch First Teen-Made Satellite 'Shaoning Xing' in August

From http://www.chinatopix.com/articles/113774/20170426/china-launch-first-teen-made-satellite-shaoning-xing-august.htm

China will launch on August the first ever satellite developed under its Teen Satellite Project.

China will launch the first ever satellite developed under its Teen Satellite Project in August.(Photo : Getty Images)

China's first satellite developed by teenagers, dubbed as the Shaoning Xing, will be launched in August. The move is part of China's Teen Satellite Project that aims to engage the young generation in thinking about space, STEAM education, and satellite development.

The project was launched in April 2016 and has collected over 100,000 ideas from students in more than 1,000 primary and secondary schools in China. A number of applicants were picked and invited to design and develop the 2-Unit cubesat with the help of professional space scientists.

After the Shaoning Xing, which means 'Junior Sat' or 'Youth Sat,' is launched, the satellite will be opened to all primary and secondary schools, and teen education institutions in the country to be used in the educational fields of aerospace, space, and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics), the Global Times reported.

The project organizers, namely, the China Soong Ching-ling Foundation, China Association for Science and Technology, and Chinese Education Society, awarded students who have shown exemplary performances during the development process at a signing ceremony on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the Youth Sat will ride as a secondary payload on the Zangheng-1 mission (also called the China Seismo-Electromagnetic Satellite), which is scheduled to launch on August 16 aboard the Long March 2D rocket from Jiuquan.

The Zhangheng-1 is designed to stay in orbit for five years and monitor the electromagnetic situation of earthquakes with a magnitude record of above 6 in China and above 7 globally. The 730-kilogram satellite will also carry several instruments to detect high-energy particles, plasma, and electric and magnetic fields.

Arianespace confirms May 4 launch

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/04/26/arianespace-confirms-may-4-launch/

Arianespace has confirmed that normality is returning to its work schedules following the month-long strike in French Guiana. Arianespace says that – weather permitting – it will launch two satellites on May 4th on its Flight 236.

The two spacecraft: SGDC for VISIONA Tecnologia Espacial S.A. on behalf of the Brazilian operator Telebras S.A., and Koreasat-7 for South Korean operator ktsat. SGDC has a lift-off mass estimated at 5,735 kg. and is the mission’s upper passenger. Riding in the lower passenger position is Koreasat-7, with a mass at lift-off of approximately 3,680 kg.

Both satellites were built by Thales Alenia Space.

The Brazilian satellite will go to 116 degrees East, while Koreasat-7 will end up at 116 degrees East.

The satellites have been held safely at the spaceport since a planned launch on March 21st was abandoned because of the labour strikes and roadblocks in place in French Guiana.

Speedy resumption at French Guiana

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/04/25/speedy-resumption-at-french-guiana/

With the month-long labour strike now over the Kourou spaceport is getting back to normality. Two much delayed satellites could launch as soon as May 4th (on Arianespace Flight 236).

Arianespace said at the end of last week that it needed about 10 days to get the launch operation back into gear, and a May 4th launch for Brazil’s SGDC-1 and its co-passenger Koreasat-7 would fit into that timetable.

Brazil’s satellite is SGDC (Geostationary Satellite for Communications and Defence) is the first satellite for the operator Telebras to be launched by Arianespace, performed within the scope of a contract with SGDC prime contractor VISIONA Tecnologia Espacial S.A. The commercial portion of the satellite will help improve internet communications to 100 per cent of Brazil. It will be placed at 75 degrees West.

Korea-7 is the third Koreasat satellite to be launched by Arianespace for ktsat, following Koreasat-3 and Koreasat-6, launched in September 1999 and December 2010, respectively. ktsat, a wholly-owned subsidiary of KT Corp. – the largest telecom/media service provider in South Korea – is the country’s sole satellite service provider. Since the establishment of the Kumsan Satellite Center (Teleport) in 1970, ktsat has been the national leader in telecommunications and broadcasting services. It currently operates three satellites.

Koreasat-7 will provide a full range of video and data applications, including Internet access, DTH broadcasting , government communications and connectivity for VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) networks. It will be positioned at 116 degrees East.

Discovery signs two Asian deals

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/04/26/discovery-signs-two-asian-deals/

Discovery Networks Asia Pacific has announced two new partnerships across Asia, with VS Media – a MultiChannel Network (MCN) that super-serves digital natives in Greater China with more than 120 million subscribers and 320 million video views a month, and Tabilabo – a rapidly growing digital media businesses in Japan.

“These exciting digital-first initiatives are the first steps in Discovery’s long-term strategy to accelerate our growth in Asia with digital at the core,” said Arthur Bastings, President & Managing Director, Discovery Networks Asia Pacific. “We are deeply committed to engaging more viewers across more screens than ever before, building our presence on new platforms and attracting young passionate communities that advertisers want to reach with unique branded content opportunities through VS Media and Tabilabo’s extensive networks and strong base of millennial audiences.”

Tougher action against piracy to be positive for Astro

From http://www.theedgemarkets.com/article/tougher-action-against-piracy-be-positive-astro

Maintain outperform with an unchanged target price of RM3.22: According to various newspaper reports, police have arrested six men believed to be members of a syndicate that allegedly offered illegal cable television channels of Astro Malaysia Holdings Bhd at lower monthly subscription cost via online streaming and card sharing. In the raids, the police also seized various pieces of equipment believed to have been used for live streaming. Bukit Aman Commercial Crimes Investigation Department chief Datuk Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani said investigations revealed that the syndicate, believed to have been making profits of over RM900,000 per month, had been operating since 2015 with over 30,000 customers nationwide.

The syndicate had been selling the pirated box for RM150 and charging an annual subscription fee of RM350 (about RM30 per month) for offering pirated Astro channels and other channels, which caused Astro to suffer huge losses. The suspects had been remanded for three days to facilitate investigations under Section 41 of the Copyright Act 1987. They could be fined up to RM300,000 or jailed. Acryl Sani also stressed that subscribing to illegal cable television is also an offence under the Copyright Act 1987. He hopes the people will be more vigilant after this. We believe that tougher action to combat piracy should be positive for Astro.

Due to changes in the media landscape, consumers prefer to consume media through their digital devices. Other potential long-term risks likely to threaten Astro include local on-demand Internet streaming media. To address the threat, Astro has relaunched Astro GO to allow customers to watch Astro content on their mobile devices, collaborated with Amazon Web Services to provide personalised experiences for customers, and planned to expand its regional over-the-top services (Tribe) to increase its competitive advantage. Hence, we believe that any potential negative impact may not affect Astro significantly in the near future. — PublicInvest Research, April 25

CJEU: Multimedia player could breach copyright

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/04/26/106100/

The Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled that the sale of a multimedia player which enables films that are available illegally on the Internet to be viewed easily and for free on a television screen could constitute an infringement of copyright, suggesting that the temporary reproduction on a multimedia player of a copyright-protected work obtained by streaming is not exempt from the right of reproduction.

In a case brought by Dutch anti-piracy initiative Stichting Brein, the Court noted that a Mr Wullems sold, over the Internet, various models of a multimedia player under the name ‘filmspeler’. “That device acts as a medium between a source of audiovisual data and a television screen. On that player, Mr Wullems installed an open source software that enabled files to be played through a user-friendly interface, via structured menus. In addition, integrated into the player were add-ons available on the internet whose function is to retrieve the desired content from streaming websites and make it start playing, on a simple click, on the multimedia player connected to a television. Some of those internet sites give access to digital content with the consent of the right holders, whilst others give access without their consent. According to the advertising, the multimedia player made it possible, in particular, to watch on a television screen, easily and for free, audiovisual material available on the internet without the consent of the copyright holders,” advised the Court.

Stichting Brein asked the Rechtbank Midden-Nederland (District Court of Midden-Nederland, Netherlands) to order Mr Wullems to cease selling multimedia players or offers of hyperlinks that illegally give users access to protected works. Stichting Brein submitted that, by marketing that multimedia player, Mr Wullems had made a ‘communication to the public’ in breach of the Netherlands law on copyright which transposed Directive 2001/29. The Rechtbank Midden Nederland decided to refer a question to the Court of Justice on that subject.

In its judgment, the Court of Justice held that the sale of a multimedia player, such as the one in question, is a ‘communication to the public’, within the meaning of the directive.

The Court recalled, in that regard, its case-law according to which the aim of the directive is to establish a high level of protection for authors. The concept of ‘communication to the public’ must therefore be interpreted broadly. In addition, the Court has already held that the availability, on a website, of clickable links to protected works published without any access restrictions on another website offers users of the first website direct access to those works. That is also the case in respect of a sale of the multimedia player in question.

In the same way, Mr Wullems, in full knowledge of the consequences of his conduct, preinstalls, on the multimedia player add-ons that make it possible to have access to protected works and to watch those works on a television screen. Such actions are not to be confused with the mere provision of physical facilities, referred to in the directive. In that regard, it is clear from the observations submitted to the Court that streaming websites are not readily identifiable by the public and the majority of them change frequently.

The Court also observed that, according to the referring court, the multimedia player had been purchased by a fairly large number of people. Furthermore, the communication at issue covers all persons who could potentially acquire that media player and have an Internet connection. Thus, that communication is aimed at an indeterminate number of potential recipients and involves a large number of persons. In addition, the provision of the multimedia player is made with a view to making a profit, the price for the multimedia player being paid in particular to obtain direct access to protected works available on streaming websites without the consent of the copyright holders.

The Court also found that temporary acts of reproduction, on that multimedia player, of a copyright protected work obtained by streaming on a website belonging to a third party offering that work without the consent of the copyright holder, cannot be exempted from the right of reproduction.

Under the directive, an act of reproduction is only exempt from the right of reproduction if it satisfies five conditions, namely (1) the act is temporary, (2) it is transient or incidental, (3) it is an integral and technical part of a technological process, (4) the sole purpose of that process is to enable a transmission in a network between third parties by an intermediary or a lawful use of a work or subject matter, and (5) that act does not have any independent economic significance. Those conditions are cumulative in the sense that non-compliance with one of them will lead to the act of reproduction not being exempted. Furthermore, the exemption is to be applied only in certain special cases which do not impair the normal exploitation of the work or other subject matter and do not unreasonably prejudice the legitimate interests of the right holder.

In the present case and having regard, in particular, to the content of the advertising of the multimedia player and to the fact that the main attraction of that player for potential purchasers is the pre-installation of the add-ons concerned, the Court found that the purchaser of such a player accesses a free and unauthorised offer of protected works deliberately and in full knowledge of the circumstances.

Furthermore, acts of temporary reproduction, on the multimedia player in question, of copyright-protected works adversely affects the normal exploitation of those works and causes unreasonable prejudice to the legitimate interests of the copyright holders because it usually results in a diminution of the lawful transactions relating to those protected works.

A reference for a preliminary ruling allows the courts and tribunals of the Member States, in disputes which have been brought before them, to refer questions to the Court of Justice about the interpretation of European Union law or the validity of a European Union act. The Court of Justice does not decide the dispute itself. It is for the national court or tribunal to dispose of the case in accordance with the Court’s decision, which is similarly binding on other national courts or tribunals before which a similar issue is raised.

De Rosen to step down at Eutelsat

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/04/26/de-rosen-to-step-down-at-eutelsat/

Michel de Rosen, non-executive chairman of Eutelsat’s board, is stepping down. He joined Eutelsat as chief executive in 2009, and is being replaced by Dominique D’Hinnin.

D’Hinnin was Lagardère Co-managing Partner from 2010 to 2016. He holds advanced degrees from École normale supérieure and is Inspecteur des finances. He joined the Lagardère Group in 1990 as an advisor to Philippe Camus. He was then appointed as the Internal Audit Manager, Hachette Livre Finance Manager in 1993, and, in 1994 EVP at Grolier Inc. (Connecticut, USA). He was Lagardère CFO from 1998 to 2010. He is also a Board Member of PRISA, the Spanish media company.

The changeover will happen on November 8th.

D’Hinnin is already a Eutelsat board member in regard to the Fonds Stratégique de Participations (FSP) shareholder. Upon his appointment as chairman FSP will designate a new Board representative to replace D’Hinnin.

de Rosen, Eutelsat Chairman, commented: “It has been an honour since 2009 to have led and accompanied Eutelsat, an industry-leading enterprise and a reference for commitment, innovation and quality in the global industry of satellite operators. Following the transition with Rodolphe Belmer as CEO, I believe the time is right for me to retire as Chairman after the General Assembly of November 2017, and to pass the baton to Dominique D’Hinnin who is equipped with both the skills and depth of experience to steer the Board towards new development opportunities.”

Warner launching DC streaming service

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/04/26/warner-launching-dc-streaming-service/

DC Entertainment, the comic book giant that is home to the likes of Batman and Superman, is preparing to launch its own dedicated streaming service aided by Warner Bros, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The DC branded service is said to be launching with a Titans live-action show, as well as the third season of Young Justice. A pilot for Titans, which centres around characters including Robin, Flash and Supergirl, had been in the works at TNT before the network decided to kill the project unexpectedly.


Some Anzac Day feeds

Ch10 "Studio 10" feeds.
D2 12652V 7200 "TEN905"
D2 12680V 7200 "Service01"

D2 12545 H 6979 "ABC Uplink 1"
D2 12554 H 6979 "Tandberg Service - Melbourne
D2 12535 H ???? WA dawn service

D2 12491 H Sr 8570 "TVNZ ANZAC T2 Prim"

IS19 12441 V Sr 6999 "IP-UPLINKS.COM"

IS19 12551 V 3570 "A15K-1" "CH 9 Today Studio Feed"
IS19 12596 V 14000V MCPC 4 feeds - Individual Cameras back to studio

MX Australian addon for Kodi has been updated

From the Dish

Intelsat 19 166.0E 3799 V "Australia Plus TV Pacific" has left.
Intelsat 19 166.0E 3805 V "EM TV" is Fta again.

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3786 H "RTB 4 International" has left .

Horizons 2 84.8E 11800 H Tlum has started on , encrypted. Bridge TV Dance and Bridge TV Classic have left.

Express AM6 53.0E 12594 V "Mohabat TV" has started on Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-4、CGTN Documentary(Cignal)频道消失,设置11598 H 20000参数无效接收。 [4月26日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Outdoor(高清)频道加密,设置12401 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [4月26日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,亚洲美食(高清)频道加密,设置3880 V 29720参数有条件接收。 [4月26日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,Outdoor Channel(高清)频道加密,设置4120 V 29720参数有条件接收。 [4月26日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,亚洲美食(高清)频道解密,设置3880 V 29720参数免费接收。 [4月26日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,Outdoor Channel(高清)频道解密,设置4120 V 29720参数免费接收。 [4月26日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Asean替换Tag(菲律宾)频道,设置12531 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [4月26日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Fashion TV替换AFN Prime(环宇卫视)频道,设置12711 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [4月26日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,TV5 Monde、CCTV-4(Cignal)等4个频道新增,设置11598 H 20000参数有条件接收。 [4月26日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Outdoor/Viceland HD(环宇卫视)频道解密,设置12401 H 45000参数免费接收。 [4月26日]

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,Shop Channel(购物)频道解密,设置12728 V 30000参数免费接收。 [4月25日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,Fox Edu(4 Digital)频道解密,设置3731 H 12500参数免费接收。 [4月25日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,DNN(测试)频道新增,设置4054 H 13230参数免费接收。 [4月25日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,CH-50、No Name(Ddish TV)测试频道消失,设置12272 H 33333参数无效接收。 [4月25日]
东经84.8度轨道位置的Horizons 2号卫星Ku频段,Baby TV HD、France 24(高清)等3个频道解密,设置11838 V 45000参数免费接收。 [4月25日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,SMV Promo Channel(MPEG-4)频道加密,设置11165 H 44000参数有条件接收。 [4月25日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,SMV Channel Promo 3(MPEG-4)频道解密,设置11165 H 44000参数免费接收。 [4月25日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,No Name(Ddish TV)测试频道新增,设置12272 H 33333参数免费接收。 [4月25日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,WTV/Hit Varity(泰国)频道消失,设置3505 V 30000参数无效接收。 [4月25日]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,Channel UFX(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置4015 V 30000参数无效接收。 [4月25日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,O Channel(印尼)频道新增,设置4131 H 12250参数免费接收。 [4月25日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Shine Zavkhan(蒙古)频道解密,设置12272 H 33333参数免费接收。 [4月25日]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星C频段,4K-Sat 2(4K)频道重现,设置4120 H 29720参数免费接收。 [4月25日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,BBTV Channel 7 HD(高清)频道消失,设置3885 H 2900参数无效接收。 [4月25日]
东经84.8度轨道位置的Horizons 2号星Ku段,国家地理野生、Fox Thai HD(泰国)等全组频道加密,设置11838 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [4月25日]
东经84.8度轨道位置的Horizons 2号卫星Ku频段,Star Chinese Movies(泰国)等全组频道加密,设置11758 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [4月25日]


Sorry no news section


No update, Anzac Day


Sorry about the late update

There will be No update on Tuesday, due to Anzac day

From my Email


From the Dish

Intelsat 19 166.0E 3805 V "EM TV" is Fta
Intelsat 19 166.0E 3880 V "Fox Sports 2 Australia" has left .
Intelsat 19 166.0E 3880 V "RT English and NHK World TV are back on , Irdeto. Trace Urban, Trace Sport Stars, Fight Sports and Celestial Classic Movies" have left.

Thaicom 4 119.5E 11686 V "RCTI, MNC TV and Global TV" have left .

Palapa D 113.0E 3835 H "SCTV, Indosiar and O Channel" have started on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 3999 H "SCTV, Indosiar and O Channel "have left .

Palapa D 113.0E 12590 H "Lejel Home Shopping Live" has started on Fta

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3816 H "Kanak News" has left .

ST 2 88.0E 3546 V "EBC Yoyo" is back on , Fta. E! Asia & Pacific has left.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 4150 H "Peace TV English" has left .

From asiatvro site

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,Loso、Party、Travel(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置11680 H 30000参数免费接收。 [4月24日]
东经134度轨道位置的亚太6号卫星C频段,Town TV(高清)频道新增,设置4040 H 2800参数免费接收。 [4月24日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,France 24替换INTV(泰国)频道,设置3440 H 26666参数有条件接收。 [4月24日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,TV 5、Channel 7(高清)等4个频道改格式,设置4080 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [4月24日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,国家地理野生、Fox Thai HD(泰国)等全组频道解密,设置11838 V 45000参数免费接收。 [4月24日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,Animal Show、TV 5 HD(泰国)等全组频道解密,设置11758 V 45000参数免费接收。 [4月24日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Cartoon Club、Maya Channel(泰国)频道新增,设置3545 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [4月24日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Dopa Channel(泰国)频道开播,设置4006 V 1660参数免费接收。 [4月24日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,IN TV、TM TV(泰国)频道新增,设置4015 V 8333参数免费接收。 [4月24日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Good Living替换Good TV(泰国)频道,设置4040 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [4月24日]

东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Lord Buddha Sharnam、Zingaat(印度)频道开播,设置4054 H 13230参数免费接收。 [4月23日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,UBS、ETV(蒙古)等频道加密,设置12690 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [4月23日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Arirang HD(高清)频道加密,设置12410 H 29500参数有条件接收。 [4月23日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,Baby TV HD(HEVC)高清频道解密,设置11838 V 45000参数免费接收。 [4月23日]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,Hindu Dharmam(印度)频道新增,设置3845 V 28800参数免费接收。 [4月23日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,TV-11、Mongol(Ddish TV)等5个频道加密,设置12690 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [4月23日]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,Good News TV(印度)频道新增,设置3966 H 14400参数免费接收。 [4月23日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Arirang HD替换Sky Guide(韩国)频道,设置12410 H 29500参数免费接收。 [4月23日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,NHK World、Russia Today替换天映频道(MPEG-4)等频道,设置3880 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [4月23日]
东经183度轨道位置的新天9号卫星C频段,TV Wallis(外国)频道新增,设置3922 L 1120参数有条件接收。 [4月23日]

东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,Dong Nai 9替换VTV 7 HD(VTC)频道,设置11085 H 24000参数免费接收。 [4月22日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,Star Chinese Movies(高清)频道改格式,设置11758 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [4月22日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Shop Cj Tamil、Jai Paras TV(测试)频道新增,设置3790 H 7200参数免费接收。 [4月22日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,Fa Wan Mai、Cool Channel(泰国)频道新增,设置12604 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [4月22日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,MM HD、SBN(Ddish TV)等14个频道解密,设置12690 H 43200参数免费接收。 [4月22日]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星C频段,Yaslyk(土库曼斯坦)频道消失,设置3623 L 4285参数无效接收。 [4月22日]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星C频段,Turkmen Owazy(土库曼斯坦)频道消失,设置3613 R 4285参数无效接收。 [4月22日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,SMV Promo Channel(MPEG-4)频道解密,设置11165 H 44000参数免费接收。 [4月22日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,FightBOX、FilmBox(MPEG-4)等4个频道新增,设置11387 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [4月22日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,SMV Channel Promo 3(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置11165 H 44000参数有条件接收。 [4月22日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,Baby TV HD(高清)频道加密,设置11838 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [4月22日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Alif TV(孟加拉)频道新增,设置12482 H 4680参数免费接收。 [4月21日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,EMTV(巴布亚新几内亚)频道解密,设置3805 V 3960参数免费接收。 [4月21日]


Telstra plans to launch new Telstra TV device later this year

From https://mumbrella.com.au/telstra-plans-launch-new-telstra-tv-device-later-year-440222

Telstra is set to launch an updated version of its television streaming device Telstra TV, due to increasing popularity of its sporting apps.

According to an article published in The Australian, US streaming player Roku – which Telstra holds the exclusive rights to – will build specialised software and hardware for the new Telstra TV.

Similar to Apple TV, Roku currently produces puck-sized devices which enable users to stream movies, TV and other content in high-definition, directly to TV sets.

Set to launch at some stage this year, customers can also expect new content down the track.

Joe Pollard, Telstra marketing and media chief, told The Australian “some unique changes” would be made to the platform which would consist of bespoke software.

The current Telstra TV service allows customers to play subscription video on demand including Bigpond movies, Foxtel Play, Netflix, Stan, Yahoo!7, SBS On Demand, ABC iview, Tenplay, Nine Now and AFL and NRL sporting apps.

The Telstra TV device currently costs $109.

Telstra has been approached for comment.

Foxtel Play set to relaunch as Foxtel Now

From https://mumbrella.com.au/foxtel-play-set-relaunch-foxtel-now-440380

Foxtel is gearing up to get rid of its Foxtel Play brand and replace it with Foxtel Now, a revamped subscription video on demand service.

According to an article published in The Australian Financial Review, Foxtel Now will utilise a puck which can be plugged into televisions, allowing users to stream on demand, live and catch up content through the internet.

Foxtel Now is thought to also be able to host third-party apps such as Stan and Netflix.

Computers, mobiles, smart TVs, puck devices and computers will reportedly be able to stream Foxtel Now.

According to The Australian Financial Review, the new Foxtel Play is set to launch in the coming weeks.

Foxtel Play currently allows users to stream TV over the internet enabling consumers to watch on a range of different devices.

The current model lets subscription holders register up to three devices to their Foxtel Play account and watch two devices at the same time.

Foxtel’s joint venture with Seven West Media, Presto, was wound up this year after Foxtel took full control from SWM in October.

The decision forced the subscription television provider into the red.

Talking about the company’s on-demand and streaming offering last year, Foxtel CEO Peter Tonagh said Foxtel had a different offering to its competitors.

Arianespace to launch Horizons 3e satellite

From https://www.telecompaper.com/news/arianespace-to-launch-horizons-3e-satellite--1193286

Arianespace will launch Horizons 3e, a satellite belonging to the Horizons joint venture owned by Intelsat and Sky Perfect JSAT. Arianespace will orbit this Boeing-built payload in the launch period starting late 2018 on an Ariane 5 from the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana.
Horizons 3e will complete Intelsat’s global EpicNG network. The high-throughput satellite’s C-band and Ku-band transponders will provide 22 Gbps+ in growth capacity for aeronautical and maritime mobility applications spanning from Asia and the Pacific to North America. Horizons 3e is also expected to support further development of specialty networks for governments.

The Ariane 5 spacecraft will weigh 6.5 tonnes at liftoff.

(Craig's comment, going to 169E with C and KU)

Gazprom Agrees to a Capacity Contract for HorizonSat

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=1216033399

Gazprom Space Systems, a Russian satellite operator, and HorizonSat (United Arab Emirates), have finalized and signed a contract for use of Yamal-402 satellite capacity, coming to terms during the recent CABSAT 2017 that was conducted in Dubai.

The capacity leased by HorizonSat will provide Internet connectivity in the countries of Central and Eastern Africa (Congo DRC, CAR, Kenya, Tanzania and other countries). The southern beam of Yamal-402 satellite has a good coverage of this region and cross-straps with the European Beam, which allows the use of the HorizonSat teleport in Munich, which is connected to high-speed, Internet backbones.

Yamal-402 was launched on December 8, 2012, from Site 200/39 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The satellite was built for Russian concerns by Thales Alenia Space and is based on the Spacebus 4000C3 satellite bus

French Guiana strike ends

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/04/22/french-guiana-strike-ends/

The European spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, is getting back to work. The industrial action which had caused a near-complete month-long closedown of the region ended on April 21 when the French government and strike leaders signed an ‘Accord de Guyane’ agreement.

Officials at the spaceport, and from where Arianespace launch their rockets and satellites, say they are fully ready to re-start operations on 3 launch campaigns. The intention is to continue launching in May and June and to catch up lost time.

The first launch will be some 8 days after normality returns, and take two satellites (for South Korea and Brazil) into orbit. An SES-15 launch will follow, and the third campaign covers a dual launch of Eutelsat 172b and ViaSat of California’s ViaSat-2 craft. First will come the need to get conventional as well as spaceport supplies rolling and shipments – by sea and air – into French Guiana.

Stephane Israel, CEO at Arianespace, told French business newspaper Les Echos: “In the event of a restart on Monday, we will be able to meet our goal of 12 launches this year,” he said. We had planned six launches between the end of January and the end of April. We did three. But we did not have a planned launch from early May to late June. We should be able to take advantage of this available time on the base to complete the three deferred launches, and thus return to our original schedule.”

What is less than clear, however, are the losses – or delayed revenues – that have occurred. Israel addressed the point, saying: “It’s still too early to come up with a definitive figure, ” he says. This will depend in particular on our ability to meet our target of 12 launches, from which we have made commitments to our industrial partners on the basis. But the order of magnitude of the extra costs is about 500,000 euros per day for Arianespace and its partners. If we multiply this number by 30 days of [the strike], this gives an idea of ​​the extra costs.

RESEARCH: 5m Britons use pirated TV streaming services

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/04/24/research-5m-britons-use-pirated-tv-streaming-services/

Just shy of five million people in the UK use pirated TV streaming services, according to YouGov. The research firm’s new study, Illegal Streaming, suggests that 10 per cent of the population (around 4.9 million adults) currently have access to platforms such as ‘illegal’ Kodi boxes (i.e., those with software that has been changed with third-party add-ons providing access to pirated copies of content), Amazon Fire TV Chipped Sticks, and illegal streaming apps on smartphones and tablets.

The research highlights the scale of the challenge that pirated streaming pose to subscription services. Since they entered the mainstream around 12 months ago, paid-for TV providers have come under significant pressure with one in seven (17 per cent) users of the platforms – around 830,000 people – having already cancelled at least one subscription service. However, the number of subscriptions cancelled is likely to be lower given the discrepancy between households and individuals.

While YouGov started to see the damage this is causing to paid-for subscriptions – notably for sports and film channels – the indications are that this is just the beginning. Approaching a third (31 per cent) of those who use pirated streaming platforms but who have paid-for TV services believe they will cancel their subscriptions over the next 12 months. Not only are those currently using these services starting to end their subscriptions to paid-for TV services, but over six in ten (63 per cent) say they will recommend them to friends and family.

Furthermore, around 2.6 million non-users (6 per cent) expect to start accessing pirated streaming platforms in the future, with around 400,000 people looking to start using them within the next three months. Among this group, almost nine in ten (87 per cent) currently have a paid-for TV service. Half (49 per cent) of these customers would expect to cancel a television subscription within 12 months of getting a pirated device.

“Those who are not yet using the pirated platforms pose an even greater challenge to subscription services,” advises Russell Feldman, Director of Digital, Media and Technology. Such streaming services are seen as being of significant financial benefit to users. Nearing half (46 per cent) of those with access to one of the platforms think that their use has saved them money on film and TV viewing, with the average saving since they began their use being £212.

Alongside the short-term problem of cancelled subscriptions is a longer term one – namely, many of the people using pirated platforms are younger. Adoption of pirated platforms is especially high among millennials, with 18-34 year-olds accounting for 37 per cent of users (1.8 million people). “There is a real danger that having got used to getting TV services for free it will hard to convince them to pay in the future,” warns Feldman.

The study also includes findings from a series of focus groups YouGov ran both to explore the motivations of those who currently access the pirated platforms and the attitudes of those thinking of using them. They revealed that one felt that by using a pirate streaming platform they were not harming the industry as it already makes a lot of money. They stated that “ultimately the movie industry is booming…it is insignificant what they lose from streaming”.

Meanwhile, the price of subscriptions meant that some feel as though they aren’t getting value for money from pay-TV. One person thinking of abandoning their subscriptions in favour of using a pirated streaming platform had “mixed feelings” about the move as it would be “likely to increase prices for others.” However, they felt that sports streams are “ripping of the consumer and can see why people feel justified” in avoiding pay-TV services.

DoS plans to launch 3 satellites in H1 of FY18 to boost transponder capacity

From http://www.televisionpost.com/news/dos-plans-to-launch-3-satellites-in-h1-of-fy18-to-boost-transponder-capacity/

MUMBAI: After failing to meet the earlier deadline, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is planning to launch GSAT 11, 17 and 19 in the first half of the financial year, the Department of Space (DoS) told the parliamentary committee on science, technology, environment and forests.

The launch of these three communication satellites will help the government in providing more Ku-band transponders to the growing direct-to-home (DTH) industry.

Minister of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) Venkaiah Naidu recently said that there was a committed demand from the DTH service providers for 68 more transponders. The total satellite transponder capacity used by the DTH operators presently stands at 104 transponders.

ISRO was planning to launch GSAT 11 and GSAT 17 during the fourth quarter of 2016 onboard Ariane-5 Launch Vehicle, while GSAT 19 was scheduled to be launched during first quarter of 2017 by GSLV-Mk III-D1 Launcher from SDSC SHAR, Sriharikota.

The DoS had planned to launch 14 communication satellites during the 12th Plan period for (a) increasing the transponder capacity; (b) introducing new-generation broadband VSAT systems; (c) introduction of Ka-band systems; (d) building high-power S-band satellite mobile communications; and (e) introducing new-generation geo-imaging satellite.

However, the committee noted that the department could manage to launch only seven communication satellites, namely GSAT-10, GSAT-14, GSAT-16, GSAT-7, GSAT-6, GSAT-15 and GSAT-18, during the 12th Plan period.

The committee stated in the report that it was imperative that the department accordingly strategise its action plan so as to keep pace with the increasing demand for the transponders and achieve the targets set for the purpose in a time frame manner.

The department also informed the committee that the allocation made in budget estimate 2017–18 would be adequate to meet the programmatic requirements planned for 2017–18.

It further stated that approvals were being sought for new series of satellites, namely GSAT-20, GSAT-22/23/24, for which enhanced budgetary requirements would be projected at the RE stage.

Work on other ongoing missions such as GSAT 6A and INSAT 3DS would be carried out and would be realised beyond 2017–18. The department was also making progress in other missions like INSAT-3 series, INSAT-4 series and INSAT/GSAT follow-on missions, it said.

Satellites launched so far

a) GSAT-10 communication satellite with 12 Ku-band, 12 C-band and 6 Lower Extended C-band transponders and a GAGAN (GPS and GEO augmented navigation) payload was successfully launched on board Ariane-V from Kourou, French Guiana, on 29 September 2012. GSAT-10 spacecraft has augmented the INSAT/GSAT capacity with 30 transponders.

b) Launch of GSAT-14 communication satellite on board GSLV-D5 with indigenous cryogenic stage on 5 January 2014. GSAT-14 communication satellite has added 14 communication transponders (6 ext-C-band, 6 Ku-band and 2 Ka-band) to INSAT/GSAT capacity.

c) GSAT-16 communication satellite, carrying 48 communication transponders (24 Ku-band, 12 C-band and 12 Ext. C-band), was successfully launched using procured launch services on 7 December 2014. GSAT-16 has augmented the INSAT/GSAT system capacity for DTH, TV broadcasting, tele-communication, rural communications and other societal benefits. Besides, GSAT-7 communication satellite with UHF-band and S-band were launched for special users.

d) GSAT-6 communication satellite with five spot beams in S-band and a national beam in C-band was successfully launched on board GSLV-D6. One of the advanced features of GSAT-6 satellite is its S-Band Unfurlable Antenna of 6 m diameter—the largest satellite antenna realised by ISRO. This antenna is utilised for five spot beams over the Indian mainland. The spot beams exploit the frequency reuse scheme to increase frequency spectrum utilisation efficiency.

e) GSAT-15 communication satellite, carrying 24 communication transponders in Ku-band, as well as a GPS Aided GEO Augmented Navigation (GAGAN) payload, was successfully launched on 11 November 2015.

f) GSAT-18 communication satellite, carrying 48 communication transponders and Ku-band beacon, was successfully launched on 6 October 2016.


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Yamal 401 90.0E 3553 L Altyn Asyr, Türkmenistan Sport, Miras and Türkmenistan have left .

Intelsat 15 85.2E 12536 V "Kurai TV and Bashkirskoe Sputnikovoe TV" have started on , Fta.

Insat 4A 83.0E 4040 H "High News" has left .

Apstar 7 76.5E 3799 H "Rupashi Bangla TV" has left again.
Apstar 7 76.5E 3920 H "Sony Yay!" has started on , PowerVu.
Apstar 7 76.5E 4040 H "Bangla TV" has left .

ABS 2 75.0E 11559 V "World Business Channel" is back on , Fta.

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东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,TV5 Monde、Golf HD(环宇卫视)频道加密,设置12461 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [4月21日]
东经88度轨道位置的中新2号卫星C频段,Sports Illustrated 2替换E!(Skynindo)频道,设置3546 V 23333参数免费接收。 [4月21日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,UBS、Shuud HD(蒙古)等频道加密,设置12690 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [4月21日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,TV1、Vremya(蒙古)等频道加密,设置12629 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [4月21日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,World Business Channel(MPEG-4)频道重现,设置11559 V 22000参数免费接收。 [4月21日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,A2Z News(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置4040 H 7500参数无效接收。 [4月21日]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星C频段,Miras、TV 4(土库曼)等全组频道消失,设置3553 L 20000参数无效接收。 [4月21日]

东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Temporary Channel替换Fox Sports(MPEG-4)频道,设置3880 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [4月20日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,Hluttaw(4 Digital)频道解密,设置12520 V 30000参数免费接收。 [4月20日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,MTV替换Chaanel 6(菲律宾)频道,设置3717 H 7500参数有条件接收。 [4月20日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Fox Crime、国家地理悠人(STAR TV)频道消失,设置4000 H 29720参数无效接收。 [4月20日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Star world HD、Fox movies HD(STAR TV)频道新增,设置4000 H 29720参数有条件接收。 [4月20日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,卫视卡式台(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置4040 H 29720参数无效接收。 [4月20日]
东经56度轨道位置的快车AT1号卫星Ku频段,Home 4K(UHD)频道新增,设置12092 R 27500参数有条件接收。 [4月20日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Golf HD(环宇卫视)频道解密,设置12461 H 45000参数免费接收。 [4月20日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号星Ku段,Nick Jr、Sports Illustrated(台湾)频道新增,设置12281 H 15000参数免费接收。 [4月20日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AT2号卫星Ku频段,O!(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置12322 R 27500参数有条件接收。 [4月20日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AT2号卫星Ku频段,TNV Planeta(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置12245 R 27500参数有条件接收。 [4月20日]


Adhesive system to clean up space debris

From http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/04/21/adhesive-system-clean-space-debris

Japanese company Astroscale says it will debut its innovative cleaning system to remove debris of old satellites from space in 2019.

An innovative cleaning system that uses an adhesive compound to collect debris in space will debut in the first half of 2019, Singapore-based company Astroscale says.

The company is expected to launch its first trial mission, expected to last between six months to a year, to demonstrate its key technologies for future missions, and intends to set up a cleaning service by 2020, said a spokesperson of the company's development and production centre in Tokyo.

The system, brainchild of Nobu Okada, a Japanese entrepreneur and founder of Astroscale, comprises a satellite called the "mother" unit with six "child" units to collect the debris with the help of a special adhesive.

Once a reasonable amount of debris has magnetically attached itself to the devices, the "child" units will enter the earth's atmosphere and combust together.

The company said on Thursday the aim is to establish a clean-up system for space agencies and private operators to effectively remove debris of defunct satellites from space in the future.

There are more than 750,000 pieces of debris, each measuring at least one centimetre, in space, European Space Agency director-general Jan Worner said on Tuesday during the opening day of the seventh space debris conference that is being held until April 21 at its Darmstadt centre in Germany.

These pieces pose a serious threat as even a very small piece can severely damage an operational satellite and produce chain collisions, which may make mobile networks, television or meteorological forecasts non-functional.

The main space organisations, including the ESA and NASA, have not yet developed a proven technology to deal with the problem, prompting Okada to set up Astroscale four years ago.

Ultra HD first for NTV-Plus

From http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2017/04/20/ultra-hd-first-for-ntv-plus/

NTV-Plus has become the first DTH platform in Russia to offer Ultra HD services on a national basis.

Subscribers throughout the country can now watch the channels Fashion One (4K) and Home 4K in its basic package for no additional charge.

NTV-Plus began broadcasting in Ultra HD in the European part of Russia. It extended these broadcasts to the Far East of the country, and finally Siberia, this month.

This has been made possible by optimise the use of existing satellites and commissioning new ones.

It completed the transition to MPEG-4 in September 2016 and four months later secured the right to broadcast in the Far East using eight transponders on the Express-AT2 satellite at 140 degrees East and three more transponders on Express-AT1 at 56 degrees East.

Ultra HD cricket on Sky Sports (U.K)

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/04/20/ultra-hd-cricket-from-sky/

Sky Sports will show Test cricket in Ultra HD this summer when England take on South Africa in their Test series across July and August. In a world first for Test cricket, Sky Q customers in the UK and Ireland can look forward to every ball of the four-match series in Ultra HD.

The four Test matches against South Africa form part of Sky’s biggest ever summer of sport and will be shown exclusively live throughout July and August. The multi-camera coverage, available with Sky Q, will be supported by Ultra HD graphics, Hawkeye and enhanced statistical offerings.

“With Ultra HD, customers can enjoy the four Test matches, with four times better picture quality and four times greater clarity,” Bryan Henderson, Sky Sports Head of Cricket. “It is a first for Sky Sports and we can’t wait to bring you closer to the action, excitement and drama that the South Africa Test series will deliver this summer.”

Sky Sports has broadcast cricket since 1990 and the addition of Ultra HD viewing adds to a list of innovations that Sky has introduced over the years including stump microphones, interactivity, hi-motion replays, Hot Spot analysis, 3D, Sky Cart and Hawkeye.

Alongside Sky’s cricket in Ultra HD, Sky Q customers can continue to watch every F1 grand prix and 124 Premier League matches in Ultra HD throughout this season and next.

Further anti-piracy court success for DISH

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/04/21/further-anti-piracy-court-success-for-dish/

In another blow to peddlers of illicit video piracy services and a further success for US pay-TV operator DISH on the heels of forcing the closure of an illegal IPTV operation, the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia has ruled to shut down unauthorised digital streaming and distribution by the providers of the Shava and Cres TV set-top boxes and awarded more than $25 million (€23.32m) in damages.

“This decision reinforces the fact that services streaming video without copyright authorisation are blatant infringers and will be held accountable by the courts,” said Alex Fonoroff, senior corporate counsel at DISH. “Enforcement efforts are underway, and as ISPs terminate service to the Shava and Cres networks, we expect to see piracy on these boxes come to an end.”

“Perpetrators of pirate TV services think they can get away with it, but as this ruling proves, it’s only a matter of time before the law puts an end to illegal streaming schemes,” said Jaideep Janakiram, SVP International Business- Head of the Americas at Sony, whose subsidiary MSM Asia Ltd. was a plaintiff in the case. “The defendants deceived customers by illegally using our broadcast feed and logo, making the service look legitimate. Dealers and consumers must educate themselves on legal alternatives, otherwise, they will continue to waste their money on products that will become worthless.”

Filed in June 2015, the lawsuit brought claims for copyright infringement, trademark infringement and unfair competition by the makers of the Shava TV and Cres IPTV devices, which retransmitted Arabic and South Asian entertainment. The defendants profited by capturing live broadcast signals of protected channels, then transcoding those signals for Internet streaming. They then retransmitted the channels using a peer-to-peer network, in which users of the box inadvertently send content to other users.

In addition to the unauthorised transmission of video content, the providers of the Shava and Cres streaming services also unlawfully used logos and trademarks of the plaintiffs, giving the false impression that the service was legitimate.

The court awarded a total of $25,650,000 in damages to plaintiffs for unauthorised distribution of copyrighted works. Plaintiffs in the case include DISH Network L.L.C., Al Jazeera Media Network, Asia TV USA Ltd., B4U U.S., Inc., GEO USA LLC, Impress Telefilm, Inc., MBC FZ LLC, MSM Asia Ltd., Soundview Broadcasting LLC, Soundview ATN LLC, Star India Private Ltd. and Viacom18 Media Private Limited.

Following the ruling, the plaintiffs are working with ISPs, CDN’s and others to enforce the injunction.

“The outcome of these lawsuits is another important message that unlawful transmissions of copyrighted content will not be tolerated,” said Chris Kuelling, Executive Director of IBCAP, a coalition formed to prevent the unauthorised distribution of international television content. “These lawsuits once again demonstrate that content owners can successfully fight against digital streaming piracy to protect customers from unauthorised services,” Kuelling concluded.

Broadcast industry set to embrace ATSC 3.0

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/04/21/broadcast-industry-set-to-embrace-atsc-3-0/

More than 75 per cent of US broadcast industry executives say they are excited about next-generation broadcast standard ATSC 3.0, while more than 70 per cent reported that their station’s conversion is either unscheduled or more than two years away.

These results come from a survey of local broadcast television professionals fielded in January 2017 by advertising management technology provider WideOrbit.

The final report, ATSC 3.0 and The Future of Broadcasting: The Industry View, summarises the broadcast industry’s understanding of ATSC 3.0 and its potential benefits and costs. Respondents were sales, traffic, engineering and general business executives at station groups across the United States.

Among the survey’s key findings:
•Broadcasters are enthusiastic about ATSC 3.0 and most are taking steps to adopt it. More than 75 per cent of respondents said they are excited about ATSC 3.0. More than half said their station group is actively examining whether to make the transition.
•The broadcasting industry has not completely assessed the cost of ATSC 3.0. Respondents offered a wide range of predictions of the cost per station for ATSC 3.0 transition. Capital investment and operating costs remain a crucial area for media companies to understand before moving forward despite the findings of a recent BIA/Kelsey report that large and medium-sized markets stations can recoup ATSC 3.0-related incremental costs in three years.
•Broadcasters don’t have a complete picture yet of the technologies that need to be replaced or upgraded. Respondents do not have a clear idea yet of what technology upgrades will be required nor the software and business practices for accommodating an advanced interactive advertising business.
•For ATSC 3.0 to be successful, viewers need the industry to offer compelling reasons to make the switch. Respondents said that improvement in the audience experience, which was a key driver to the rapid consumer adoption of HDTV, is ATSC 3.0’s least important benefit. Perhaps as a result, more than half of broadcasters are concerned that consumers won’t purchase ATSC 3.0-compatible televisions.

“This survey shows that behind the broadcast industry’s enthusiasm for ATSC 3.0 and its promise of new advertising opportunities, broadcast executives are excited about the ability to deliver advanced advertising campaigns for their clients and nearly all of them understand its potential for opening new revenue streams and business models,” noted Mickey Wilson, chief marketing officer at WideOrbit.

“There are still a lot of unknown factors that broadcasters should approach in a thoughtful way, including identifying and satisfying requirements for new hardware, software, skills, and sales, traffic and billing processes.”

“We recommend that media companies carefully research the technical requirements for operating an ATSC 3.0-based advanced advertising business. They can start today by collaborating with their hardware and software vendors to define their group’s ATSC 3.0 strategy and how they can work together to realise it,” he recommended.

Chinese kids channel app launches in the US

From http://tbivision.com/news/2017/04/chinese-kids-channel-app-launches-us/742972/

Mandarin-language kids net Miao Mi has launched via a dedicated iOS app in North America.

The channel is operated by Celestial Tiger Entertainment, which is backed by Saban, Astro and Lionsgate.

It created its Chinese-language net in 2015 as a local alternative to the big three international kids services – Cartoon Network, Disney and Nickelodeon – and several rollouts took place last year.

The Miao Mi app is now available in the US and Canada, and gives consumers access to a 500-strong collection of videos including Pleasant Goat Fun Class an Star Babies.

Kids can also learn simple Mandarin phrases and words through Miao Mi Classroom, a series of vignettes teaching Mandarin through animated flash cards and songs.

“More people speak Chinese than any other language,” said Todd Miller, CEO of Celestial Tiger Entertainment.

“Miao Mi is the only app that offers the next generation a fully immersive Mandarin learning experience. Parents now have a tool to give their kids a head start in learning a language that is becoming increasingly important.”

China Central Television News and Documentary Programming Now Available in High Definition in the Americas via Intelsat 34

From Press Release

Intelsat and China Central Television extend partnership and distribute high definition content in the Americas

LUXEMBOURG--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I), operator of the world’s first Globalized Network and leader in integrated satellite communications, announced that it signed a multi-year agreement expanding its global relationship and leveraging IntelsatOne terrestrial fiber and teleport services to distribute five high definition (HD) channels for China Central Television (CCTV).

“As partners to CCTV for the last two decades, we are closely aligned with their strategy to broaden their audience base in the Americas and increase the availability of HD content to their programmers”
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Under the agreement, CCTV, the national broadcaster of the People’s Republic of China, expands its footprint in the Americas from its current bouquet on Intelsat 21 by distributing new HD channels on Intelsat 34. One of Intelsat’s premier distribution neighborhoods in the Americas, Intelsat 34, located at 304.5 degrees East, currently reaches more than 29 million cable subscribers and delivers distribution services for several premium and sports channels.

CCTV recently rebranded much of its channel line-up under the China Global Television Network (CGTN) moniker. As a result of the agreement, CCTV will expand its use of the HD format for its news and documentary style programming to viewers in the Americas. Three HD channels – CCTV-4, CGTN and CGTN Documentary – are available now on Intelsat 34. Two additional HD channels – CGTN-Français and CGTN Español – will also be deployed on Intelsat 34 in the future.

“CCTV came to Intelsat with a goal to build on our strong distribution in the Americas region by offering more high definition content to our loyal viewers,” said Chen Guang, Director of Master Control Department, Broadcast and Transmission Center, CCTV. “The high penetration of Intelsat 34 with distribution and DTH platforms in the region maximizes our ability to reach our audience with high quality programming.”

“As partners to CCTV for the last two decades, we are closely aligned with their strategy to broaden their audience base in the Americas and increase the availability of HD content to their programmers,” said Terry Bleakley, Intelsat’s Regional Vice President, Asia-Pacific. “Intelsat delivers a highly-penetrated distribution platform for CCTV, using teleports and managed services within our globalized network to provide maximum viewership for their programming. Our leading media neighborhoods distribute more channels to cable subscribers in the Americas than any other satellite operator.”

Supporting Resources:
• Intelsat Media Services: http://www.intelsat.com/solutions/media/
• Intelsat Video Neighborhoods: http://www.intelsat.com/solutions/media/distribution-solutions/video-neighborhoods/

About Intelsat

Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I) operates the world’s first Globalized Network, delivering high-quality, cost-effective video and broadband services anywhere in the world. Intelsat’s Globalized Network combines the world’s largest satellite backbone with terrestrial infrastructure, managed services and an open, interoperable architecture to enable customers to drive revenue and reach through a new generation of network services. Thousands of organizations serving billions of people worldwide rely on Intelsat to provide ubiquitous broadband connectivity, multi-format video broadcasting, secure satellite communications and seamless mobility services. The end result is an entirely new world, one that allows us to envision the impossible, connect without boundaries and transform the ways in which we live. For more information, visit www.intelsat.com.


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Satellite dishes reconnect Mosul to world

From http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2017/Apr-21/402710-satellite-dishes-reconnect-mosul-to-world.ashx

MOSUL, Iraq: Satellite dishes have been sprouting on the rooftops of east Mosul since it was retaken from Daesh (ISIS), who punished anyone caught with a dish with the lash. “Now we know what is happening in the world,” Mohammad Turki says as he installed one in the Al-Qahira district.

Since Iraqi forces ousted Daesh from the half of Mosul that lies east of the Tigris River, residents have rushed to buy dishes that the militants banned as they sought to isolate their self-declared “caliphate” from the outside world.

“Today there’s huge demand,” says Turki, who installs up to five dishes a day.

“People in Mosul were cut off from the world. We didn’t know what was happening around us.”

Today, the dishes have mushroomed on rooftops across the city’s east and residents have access to news from beyond Mosul once again.

Sarmad Raad, 26, of the eastern Shaqaq al-Khadra district, says residents took significant risks to stay in touch with the outside world, installing dishes on balconies and hiding them behind canvas screens.

“If they caught you, you’d get lashes,” he says.

Main roads in Mosul are still lined with piles of rusting dishes confiscated by the militants.

Alaa, a dish salesman, says the militants forced antenna shops to close the same way they banned anyone from carrying a mobile phone.

“They would search them to make sure they weren’t selling satellite dishes. They’d monitor people and whip or imprison them,” he says.

Daesh fighters also raided and set fire to the headquarters of local television station Mosuliya.

Residents say they are keen to watch the news and to track developments in west Mosul, where Iraqi forces are still battling to oust Daesh from its last major urban stronghold in Iraq.

Daesh seized Mosul in a lightening 2014 advance across swaths of Iraq and Syria, but today the group is on the retreat.

A relative of Raad says television news lets him track “which neighborhoods have been liberated so we can be reassured that our relatives there are safe.”

Others say they are after light relief, such as soap operas or this Sunday’s El Clasico derby between Spanish football giants Barcelona and Real Madrid.

“Television is entertaining, especially comedy programs,” Dalal, Raad’s sister, says. But she complains that frequent power cuts make it hard to watch TV for long.

In Al-Qahira, Turki gathers his tools and heads to the house of a family who recently returned after fleeing to Baghdad when the militants arrived in 2014.

He sets about making sure the dish on the roof is pointing in exactly the right direction before going downstairs to configure the TV.

People “can’t set up the dishes on their own, they need an engineer to do it, and there’s fierce competition,” he says.

In the house, family members smile as the screen lights up with Mosuliya, the local news channel now on the air again from outside Mosul. Turki says installing the dish cost just $8.

But Alaa says demand has not yet peaked. “Today, although business is good, it hasn’t yet reached a tenth of what it was before Daesh arrived. People still have very limited means.”



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Telstar 18 138.0E 3830 H "INC Radio DZEM 954" is Fta.
Telstar 18 138.0E GMA Life TV, GMA Pinoy TV Asia-Pacific and GMA News TV International have moved from 3735 H to 3840 H, PowerVu.

Palapa D 113.0E 3780 V "Lejel Home Shopping has replaced E! Asia & Pacific" on , Irdeto.
Palapa D 113.0E 12590 H "Egg Network, Lejel Home Shopping and SBS" In have started on ,Irdeto.
Palapa D 113.0E 12590 H "Space Shopping" has left
Palapa D 113.0E 12710 H "CGTN" has started on , Irdeto.

ChinaSat 10 110.5E 3818 V "Trading Day" has left .

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3960 H "Cartoon Network South East Asia and Cartoon Network Philippines" are back on , PowerVu.

Measat 3 91.5E 3724 V "Kapatid TV 5 and Aksyon TV International" are encrypted again.

Measat 3a 91.4E 4147 H "Pepsi MTV Indies and MTV HD+" are now encrypted.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3756 H "Kanak News" has started on , Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Star world HD、Fox movies HD(STAR TV)频道新增,设置4000 H 29720参数有条件接收。 [4月20日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,卫视卡式台(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置4040 H 29720参数无效接收。 [4月20日]
东经56度轨道位置的快车AT1号卫星Ku频段,Home 4K(UHD)频道新增,设置12092 R 27500参数有条件接收。 [4月20日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Golf HD(环宇卫视)频道解密,设置12461 H 45000参数免费接收。 [4月20日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号星Ku段,Nick Jr、Sports Illustrated(台湾)频道新增,设置12281 H 15000参数免费接收。 [4月20日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AT2号卫星Ku频段,O!(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置12322 R 27500参数有条件接收。 [4月20日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AT2号卫星Ku频段,TNV Planeta(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置12245 R 27500参数有条件接收。 [4月20日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AT2号卫星Ku频段,Home 4K(UHD)频道新增,设置12226 L 27500参数有条件接收。 [4月20日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,NHK World、TV5 Monde(环宇卫视)频道解密,设置12461 H 45000参数免费接收。 [4月20日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,True Sports(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置4184 V 21600参数免费接收。 [4月20日]


Australia returns to space with three mini satellites successfully launched to the Space Station

From http://www.smh.com.au/technology/sci-tech/australia-returns-to-space-with-three-mini-satellites-successfully-launched-to-the-space-station-20170419-gvnx2o.html

Australia has returned to space with the successful launch from Cape Canaveral on Wednesday morning of three locally designed and built research satellites bound for the International Space Station.

The three mini-research satellites will join a swarm of 36 other "cubesats" from 17 countries as part of the European-led QB50 project to study the thermosphere.

Australia's future is in space

The next space race has already begun with satellites smaller than a shoe box and three Australian universities are in it to win it.

Next month, those satellites will be shot out of the space station like planetary probes to collect information on space weather and the upper edges of the atmosphere.

"These are the first Australian satellites to go into space for 15 years," said Andrew Dempster, director of the Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research at the University of NSW.

An Atlas V rocket blasts off on Wednesday carrying three Australian designed mini-satellites.

The thermosphere is a little-understood layer of the atmosphere between 200 and 400 kilometres above the Earth's surface.

It forms the planet's front-line defence against cosmic rays, solar flare radiation and other unpredictable space weather that can cause GPS units to malfunction, cause power grid fluctuations or potentially trigger mass blackouts.

The cubesats weigh just 1.3 kilograms each, are about 60 centimetres in length and are built as stacked cubes, giving them their name. The satellites will orbit Earth through the thermosphere for between six and 12 months, sending back vital data before they burn up in the denser ionosphere at speeds of 25,000 km/h.

The three satellites include Inspire-2, a project led by University of Sydney professor in space physics, Iver Cairns. Professor Cairns was at Cape Canaveral for the launch.

"I've held Inspire-2 in my hands and built parts of it," Professor Cairns said. Inspire-2 will be launched into the atmosphere in May alongside 19 other mini satellites, including the SuSAT, which was designed at the University of Adelaide.

The other Australian-built cubesat is the UNSW-EC0. It will be launched from the space station in June to study the atomic composition of the thermosphere.

"This zone of the atmosphere is poorly understood and really hard to measure," said Elias Aboutanios, project leader of the UNSW project. "It's where much of the ultraviolet and X-ray radiation from the sun collides with Earth, influencing our weather, generating auroras and creating hazards that can affect power grids and communications.

"So it's really important we learn a lot more about it. The QB50 cubesats will probably tell us more than we've ever known about the thermosphere," he added.

Many in the scientific community hope this launch will boost proposals for Australia to have a space agency and help Australia gain a competitive advantage in developing the lower cost cubesats.

"It proves that, even with modest resources, Australians can be players in space industry and research," said Joon Wayn Cheong, a research associate at UNSW's school of electrical engineering and technical lead of the UNSW-EC0 cubesat.

"UNSW-EC0 and Inspire-2 prove we can devise and build space-ready hardware which can tolerate the punishing strain of blast-off and the harsh conditions of space."

Australia and Iceland are the only OECD countries without their own space agencies. Professor Dempster hopes this will change soon.

"This is an important milestone," he told the launch meeting for the combined Australian projects at the University of Sydney last year.

"There is no excuse not to have a space program when you're responsible for an eighth of the Earth's surface."

Rain fade should never be an issue on satellite: Clear Networks

From http://www.zdnet.com/article/rain-fade-should-never-be-an-issue-on-satellite-clear-networks/

To help users with issues, satellite RSPs have told the joint NBN committee that they would like greater visibility and diagnostics on Sky Muster connections.

By Chris Duckett | April 19, 2017 -- 06:49 GMT (16:49 AEST) | Topic: Networking

While retail service providers (RSPs) are not pleased at being unable to access consumer National Broadband Network (NBN) satellite hardware by design, the network should be able to handle weather conditions that lead to so-called rain fade, the Joint Standing Committee on the NBN has been told.

Speaking to the committee in Melbourne on Wednesday, Clear Networks CEO Rob van der End said that while the NBN's Sky Muster satellite service still has "lots of gremlins", the weather should not be one of them.

"People that all of a sudden find their modem starts blinking and doesn't connect, and I know I've heard people say 'Oh, it's raining', but reality is, as satellite operators, we've dealt with rain in Far North Queensland without any issue," he said.

"The design of the network is such that it can cope with things like rain -- it's just possibly incidental that something like that comes up, and yes, Ka-band is more prone to issues to do with rain -- but if they have done their job right, got the right antenna size, rain should never really be an issue, or clouds, or any of that."

When issues do crop up with the network, the satellite RSPs feel like message passers between NBN and customers, the committee was told.

"Under the Australian Broadband Guarantee, we had a direct relationship through to the installer," van der End said. "So we knew when they were arriving, or cancelling, or whatever. Now, we've got zero visibility, and when someone doesn't show or cancel, all we are is a messenger service; we can't determine what went wrong, or hold them accountable."

Chief executive officer of Activ8me, Tony Bundrock, said he would prefer to deal directly with the companies NBN has outsourced its managed network and installation services to -- Ericsson and Skybridge, respectively.

"With all respect to NBN, they have outsourced this sort of function to both those companies," Bundrock said. "So to streamline everything, I'd like more direct access into those companies."

Activ8me said last year the NBN installation process was an absolute bugbear, and had tripled the size of its call centres in response.

"The issues are so far removed from things that we can control as an RSP, because the NBN do all of the installs, and they sub-contract that to Ericsson, who then sub-contract that to Skybridge, and that communication about that installation process is done by those third parties," Activ8me general manager Ian Roberts said in September.

"[But] the first point of call for the customer when the install fails or the installer doesn't turn up, or things don't work, is to come back to us, and they might be things that we can't resolve."

Under previous Australian Broadband Guarantee arrangements, van der End said providers had access to a much higher level of diagnostic information than is available under the NBN regime.

"We had access to that modem, we could actually see signal levels, we could see a whole lot of information -- so for a customer call, we were able to log into that modem, see that information, and determine 'Oh, you've got an issue there, your dish has come out of alignment'," he said.

"That information is no longer available. As an RSP, you have to refer to NBN. Therefore, there is an extra step involved, NBN have maybe a 10-day turnaround -- so we are talking a very long time before they will come back to us with 'This is the issue'."

To help determine whether the matter needs to be escalated to NBN, the Clear Networks CEO said having read-only access to the customer's modem, which is handled by NBN, would be helpful.

"I think it would deal with a huge percentage of those more difficult cases, because they're the ones that take time to resolve," he said.

In a submission to the NBN committee, the Northern Territory government said NBN should remove its data cap on satellite services, move users onto fixed-wireless connections, and said satellite was not suited for the weather in the Top End.

"The nature of extreme weather conditions common within the Northern Territory, especially in the coastal regions, makes satellite unreliable due to rain fade and loss of signal," the submission said.

"In a natural disaster, satellite communications are likely to fail precisely at the time a community needs them the most."

Arianespace 2017 launch plans in tatters

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/04/19/arianespace-2017-launch-plans-in-tatters/

This past Easter weekend saw many of the informal roadblocks in French Guiana lifted so that residents could do some essential food shopping. But the barriers stayed firmly in place on the main road from the capital Cayenne to the French space centre at Kourou, forcing a total close-down of activities at the Arianespace launch site.

Arianespace has now lost a full month of work since the March 20th start of industrial action, and satellite launches due to take place in March and April have been wholly delayed. A pair of satellites (for South Korea and Brazil) saw their March 21st launch date scrubbed, while a Eutelsat craft (E-172B) has been returned to France for safekeeping. Other satellite launches (for ViaSat and SES) are also severely delayed.

French agency CNES (Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales) is responsible for the launch site and is headed by its president Jean-Yves Le Gall (who used to run Arianespace) and is on record as saying that it would take some 10 days to get the launch site back up and running, once the strike action is over.

Trade magazine Space Intel Report says that Arianespace had planned to handle six launch campaigns between January and April, and 12 launches this year overall. Indeed, May was always planned for zero launch activity but instead is seen as a ‘catch up’ month, if the strike can be brought to an end.

Arianespace’s CEO Stephane Israel has reportedly written to the four French parliamentarians responsible for French Guiana that 9,000 jobs in French Guiana are directly or indirectly dependent on the space centre.

A few days of industrial action can be managed by any organisation, but now the action is so severe that the insurance sector is becoming involved, and questions as to what sort of insurance cover Arianespace has in place for the consequential losses forced upon satellite owners by the strikes.

All involved are hoping that the industrial action will end this week.

Space debris problem getting worse, say scientists

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Space_debris_problem_getting_worse_say_scientists_999.html

Scientists sounded the alarm Tuesday over the problems posed to space missions from orbital junk -- the accumulating debris from mankind's six-decade exploration of the cosmos.

In less than a quarter of a century, the number of orbiting fragments large enough to destroy a spacecraft has more than doubled, a conference in Germany heard.

And the estimated tally of tiny objects -- which can harm or degrade spacecraft in the event of a collision, and are hard to track -- is now around 150 million.

"We are very much concerned," said Rolf Densing, director of operations at the European Space Agency (ESA), pleading for a worldwide effort to tackle the mess.

"This problem can only be solved globally."

Travelling at up to 28,000 kilometres (17,500 miles) per hour, even a minute object impacts with enough energy to damage the surface of a satellite or manned spacecraft.

In 1993, monitoring by ground-based radar showed there to be around 8,000 manmade objects in orbit that were larger than 10 centimetres (4.5 inches) across, a size big enough to inflict catastrophic damage, said Holger Krag, in charge of ESA's space debris office.

"Today, we find in space roughly 5,000 objects with sizes larger than 1 metre (3.25 feet), roughly 20,000 objects with sizes over 10 centimetres... and 750,000 'flying bullets' of around one centimetre (half an inch)," he said.

"For objects larger than one millimetre (0.04 inch), 150 million is our model estimate for that."

Risks of collision are statistically remote, but rise as litter increases and more satellites are deployed.

"The growth in the number of fragments has deviated from the linear trend in the past and has entered into the more feared exponential trend," Krag warned.

The conference in Darmstadt, whose opening was broadcast online, is the biggest-ever gathering dedicated to space debris.

Experts will spend four days discussing debris and measures to mitigate space litter such as by "de-orbiting" satellites after their working lives.

- Debris fields -

Krag pointed to two events that had badly worsened the problem, creating debris fields that may generate further junk as pieces smash into each other.

The second was in January 2007, when China tested an anti-satellite weapon on an old Fengyun weather satellite.

The other was in February 2009, when an Iridium telecoms satellite and Kosmos-2251, a Russian military satellite, accidentally collided.

With enough warning, satellites can shift position to avoid a collision, but this uses fuel and potentially shortens operational life.

ESA receives a high-risk collision alert every week on average for its 10 satellites in low-Earth orbit, Krag said. Each has to resort to "one or two" avoidance manoeuvres per year.

In a message from the International Space Station, French astronaut Thomas Pesquet said the station was shielded for objects up to 1 cm across.

The ISS often has to make manoeuvres to avoid debris, but needs 24 hours' warning to do this, using onboard thrusters, he said.

If there is less time, "our crew will have to close all the hatches and enter the safe haven which is our Soyuz spacecraft so that we can depart the ISS in the case of a collision," he said. "This has happened four times in the history of the ISS programme."

- Space junkyards -

Experts pointed to two once-pristine sites that have become worryingly cluttered since the space age dawned in 1957.

One is low Earth orbit -- generally defined as less than 2,000 kilometres (1,200 miles) from Earth -- which is used by satnav satellites, the ISS, China's manned missions and the Hubble telescope, among others.

The other is in geostationary orbit, a coveted zone 35,000 km (22,000 miles) away used by communications, weather and surveillance satellites that must maintain a fixed position relative to Earth.

The trash ranges from fuel tanks and Soviet-era nuclear-powered satellites, dripping sodium and potassium coolant from decrepit hulls, to nuts, bolts and tools dropped by spacewalking astronauts.

The items ironically include a 1.5-metre (five-feet) debris shield that floated off as it was being installed on the ISS on March 30. Lost in low orbit, the shield will eventually be plucked into Earth's atmosphere and burn up.

ABS Announces the Co-Branding of ABS-2A Capacity as MongolSat-1 Satellite

From press release

Mongolia Prime Minister witnesses the signing of Mongolsat-1 with ABS.

Ulaanbaatar, 19th April 2017 – ABS announces 12 x 27 MHz of payload on ABS-2A will be co-branded as the Mongolsat-1 satellite, dedicated to the Mongolia market.

In attendance at this historic event were Mr. Erdenebat Jargaltulga, Prime Minister of Mongolia and Mr. Enkhbold Miyegombo, Chairman of the State Great Hural (Parliament) of Mongolia. They accepted a token of appreciation from Mr. Tom Choi, CEO of ABS in honor of the event.

MongolSat-1 represents the country of Mongolia’s first co-branded satellite payload in its history. The 12×27 MHz channel satellite capacity of MongolSat-1 will be used exclusively to launch a free nationwide digital satellite TV service, telecommunications and broadband services. The new services will be available throughout the vast geography of Mongolia.

At the ceremony, ABS’ CEO Tom Choi said “ABS is especially honored and pleased to be able to co-brand part of the ABS-2A payload as MongolSat-1. ABS is very excited to be part of and assist in the dynamic growth of the Mongolian satellite market, as well as assist in its rural development in addressing the digital divide. Our goal is to deliver extremely affordable satellite services that benefit the entire society of Mongolia”.

Center – Mr. Erdenebat Jargaltulga, Prime Minister of Mongolia Right – Mr. Thomas Choi, Chief Executive Officer of ABS

About ABS

ABS is one of the fastest growing global satellite operators in the world. ABS offers a complete range of tailored solutions including broadcasting, data and telecommunication services to broadcasters, service providers, enterprises and government organizations.

ABS operates a fleet of satellites; ABS-2, ABS-2A, ABS-3A, ABS-4/Mobisat-1, ABS-6, and ABS-7. The satellite fleet covers over 93% of the world’s population across the Americas, Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, CIS and Russia.

Headquartered in Bermuda, ABS has offices in the United States, UAE, South Africa, and Asia. ABS is majority owned by funds managed by the European Private Equity firm Permira.

For more information, visit: www.absatellite.com

(Craig's comment, some other news reported this as Mongolia launching their own satellite. Which is nonsense its rebranding capacity on another satelllite, the beams are listed here Ku band , http://www.absatellite.com/satellite-fleet/?sat=abs2a )

DISH wins pirate IPTV court case​

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/04/19/dish-wins-pirate-iptv-court-case%e2%80%8b/

A US federal court has ruled that the owners of the Lool IPTV service unlawfully streamed international television channels to users in the United States in violation of rights held by pay-TV operator DISH.

As part of the ruling, the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas ordered a $1,050,000 (€980,000) judgement in favour of DISH from defendants Lool Tech Co., Limited and Shenzhen Bilinren Technology Co., Ltd., d/b/a Shenzhen Lool Tech Co., Ltd.

“DISH works diligently with international programmers to legally deliver their content to consumers in the United States,” said Alex Fonoroff, senior corporate counsel at DISH. “This judgment makes it clear that the courts will not stand by and allow unauthorised services like Lool to profit at the expense of consumers, programmers, and lawful providers.”

According to the court’s final judgement, the Lool defendants retransmitted channels in which DISH holds exclusive rights, and copyrighted works that air on those channels, to users of their Lool IPTV service. In doing so, the court held that Lool directly infringed DISH’s exclusive rights to distribute and publicly perform the works that air on the channels.

The court also found that Lool further violated DISH’s rights by using the Lool IPTV boxes to share pirated content between users, and that the Lool defendants encouraged this activity rather than taking simple steps to prevent it. As a result of the ruling, the Lool defendants and entities affiliated with them, including retailers and other sellers of the Lool IPTV device, are permanently enjoined from copying, retransmitting, distributing, and promoting channels in violation of DISH’s rights.

DISH confirmed that it is enforcing the order against retailers who sell the Lool IPTV box and similar devices, including working with local investigators to identify retailers who sell the Lool IPTV box. DISH is also enforcing the order against Internet Service Providers that support the defendants’ service, which will result in the partial or complete termination of the Lool IPTV service for users in the United States.

IPL 2017 Piracy

From indiantelevision.com

That the Indian Premier League has become one of the most valuable sports properties globally is a well-documented fact. The audience in India stays glued to its sets late into the night watching action between the various teams. Ditto with the audience in the UK, US, West Indies, Australia (where matches are watched in the wee hours of the morning).

And, even though the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has assigned the telecast rights for fat sums to broadcasters and streaming platforms in India and almost every major nation, the fact remains that piracy continues to dog the telecast of the IPL as well as most other major sport tournaments.

Anti-piracy UK-based company Friends MTS kept a tab on the first weekend (7-9 April) of the ongoing IPL 2017 tournament. And, alarmingly, it discovered that more than 1,700 unique URLs were telecasting IPL -- illegally. It also detected more than 211 unique servers, 122 pirate streams, 51 hosting sites,  and 23 infrastructure providers serving the 1,700 unique URLs.

To top it all, while one of the streams was delivering at 1080p, at least 16 of them were being delivered at 720p and 37 of them at 360p. While the first two could offer a near-HD experience on HD sets, the 360p streams could have been watched on tablets, phones and even SD sets comfortably.
Amongst the top infringing sites that turned up in the Friends MTS test trace: cast4u.tv, jazztv.co,  04stream.com,  darksideiptv.com,,,, aliez-player.gcdn.co,  fblive-a.akamaihd.net,  globiptv.com,  lightspeed.sytes.net , root-iptv.is-found.org, tv2iptv.com and webtv.ws.
Friends MTS executive vice-president global sales and marketing Paul Hastings says that piracy is bleeding the legitimate pay TV industry which has coughed up top dollar for the IPL rights. “These folks who are watching the IPL streams online on illegal sites or on IPTV platforms are avoiding paying the subscription fees to those who are telecasting legitimately. And this incidence is only rising,” says he.

His company has been working with satellite platform Sky in the UK and has embedded its ASiD security solution in nearly 10 million STBs.  ASiD uses a sophisticated but lightweight watermarking technology, coupled with Friends MTS’ global monitoring platform, to identify originating subscriber accounts that are being used to retransmit live channels and events.  The technology can be implemented without any changes to the video delivery infrastructure, and enables accounts to be identified and video access blocked within just minutes.
According to Paul, with sporting rights costs escalating, sports associations and bodies and broadcasters will perforce have to keep a strict watch on economic leakages by pirates in order to get the true value for the content.
Points out pay TV technology firm Castle Media executive director Vynsley Fernandes: “Finding potential illegal streams on the internet has been the crusade of most CAS/DRM providers and, with advanced techniques in forensic watermarking services, which can identify the source of an illegal stream in under five minutes, it is now being perfected to a fine art. Though, there are no absolute safeguards against a potential illegal streamer posting stream URLs on the internet, there are now excellent ones in finding the offender.”
Fernandes is assisting MTS Friends as it looks at providing security solutions to India’s bubbling with potential pay TV and streaming services segment.

“Pay TV, streaming and telco (via video) ARPUs in India can go up if piracy is checked,” says he. “If platforms and broadcasters realize more revenues they will be more open to paying higher fees to acquire rights for the various sports – like cricket, football, kabaddi -  that have established themselves  in the country as well as new sports that are emerging. It will lead to the development of a healthy sports broadcast and overall sports ecosystem."
Says a media observer: “In India, Sony Pictures Networks’ India is celebrating its 10th and possibly final year of telecasting the IPL as the new auctioning process for the next five years is on the anvil. Additionally, Hotstar.com has the digital streaming rights. Whoever bags the rights when the bidding ends later this year, will have to ensure every revenue leakage is blocked as the tussle to acquire the IPL is going to send prices to stratospheric heights never seen before. My bet is that the IPL could end up being the most valuable televised sports property ever.”

Says another tech consultant: “Monetisation is going to be crucial. Hence, the BCCI, the new rights owners and platforms will have to keep a track and block every pirated signal. In India, a lot of the viewing is going to be on the mobile, and that is where a low-pixel signal -- from a pirate -- can be watched reasonably clearly.”</p>
As they say, when the stakes are high, you cannot afford to leave any corner uncovered.

(Craig's comment, thanks for the handy list of site of where to watch the IPL...!)


Sorry for the late Wednesday update

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From the Dish

Intelsat 19 166.0E 3780 H "MTV Japan" has started on , Viaccess.
Intelsat 19 166.0E 3880 V "Sky News Sport" has started on , Irdeto.

Express AM5 140.0E Gubernia has moved from 3623 R to 3620 R, Fta.

Palapa D 113.0E 3984 H "Channel 5" has left .
Palapa D 113.0E 4007 V "M2 TV" has started on , Fta.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3699 V "Vision PK" has started on , Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3699 V "N TV" has left .
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3960 H "Cartoon Network South East Asia and Cartoon Network Philippines" have left

ChinaSat 11 98.0E 12500 V "Klik Music, TV 5, Holla, Avava Diamond TV, Ninmedia SatPlay, Rodja TV, Arek TV, ShE, Jak TV, Universitas Terbuka TV and Tribrata TV have started on , Fta. Swarna FMTV, Sahar Urdu, Creative Channel, Iqraa Africa & Europe, NHK World TV, TVRI Nasional, Ruai TV, TV Desa, K-Drama, RT English, DW English and Jawa Pos TV" have left.

G-Sat 15 93.5E Aljazeera English has started on 11470 H, Conax.
G-Sat 15 93.5E Channel One News on 11590 H is now in clear.
G-Sat 15 93.5E APN News has started on 11470 V, clear.

Yamal 401 90.0E 11501 V "UzReport TV" has left .

ST 2 88.0E 3546 V "Celestial Movies Indonesia has replaced Celestial Movies" on ,Fta

Insat 4A 83.0E 3725 H "Travel & Tourism Channel has replaced Top Blockbuster" on , Fta.
Insat 4A 83.0E 3805 H "Khabrain Abhi Tak" has started on , Fta
Insat 4A 83.0E 4040 H "A2Z News" has left.
Insat 4A 83.0E 4054 H "Multiplex has replaced Vision Siksha" on , clear.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 3731 H Many of the channels on are encrypted again.

Apstar 7 76.5E 12547 H "TV Varzish" has left .

ABS 2 75.0E 3740 V "K-Asia" is Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3900 H "Sony Six" is Fta
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4076 V "TRT World" has started on ,Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E Breakthru TV has started on 12602 V, Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,MBC TV、Muodu(MPEG-4)等3个频道新增,设置3894 H 13840参数免费接收。 [4月19日]

东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,VTV 4、VTV 2替换卫视电影(K+)等3个频道,设置11629 H 28800参数有条件接收。 [4月18日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,News 1(印度)频道开播,设置3742 V 7000参数免费接收。 [4月18日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,Kapatid TV 5、Aksyon TV(菲律宾)频道加密,设置3724 V 3030参数有条件接收。 [4月18日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Kix HD(高清)频道消失,设置3900 H 30000参数无效接收。 [4月18日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,MTV HD Plus、Pepsi MTV Indies(高清)频道加密,设置4147 H 7200参数有条件接收。 [4月18日]

东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,福州电视(中国)频道新增,设置3667 V 7119参数有条件接收。 [4月17日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,Fox Movies、Fox Sports(4 Digital)等频道加密,设置3731 H 12500参数有条件接收。 [4月17日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Fahhai TV替换Movie Hits(泰国)频道,设置4040 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [4月17日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,Fox Movies、Fox Sports(4 Digital)等频道加密,设置3731 H 12500参数有条件接收。 [4月17日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Fahhai TV替换Movie Hits(泰国)频道,设置4040 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [4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,My Cinema(高清)频道重现,设置3760 H 29720参数有条件接收。 [4月16日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,History HD(高清)频道消失,设置12560 V 22500参数无效接收。 [4月16日]
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Australia's back in the satellite business with a new launch

From http://www.econotimes.com/Australias-back-in-the-satellite-business-with-a-new-launch-646170

The first Australian-built satellites to be launched in 15 years are set to take off this week from Cape Canaveral in Florida.

Unlike the enormous satellites Australia uses for telecommunications, each of these new satellites is the size of a loaf of bread. But although small, they may provide a key step in enabling Australia’s entry into the global satellite market.

Three types of cubesats are the Australian contribution to the international QB50 mission, in which 36 satellites from different institutions around the world will carry instruments provided by the Von Karman Institute (VKI) to examine the lower thermosphere. This is a very interesting part of the atmosphere for several reasons, such as the way it disturbs GPS measurements.

The cubesats will be first delivered to the International Space Station, and then released into their orbits.

One of Australia’s entries in the cubesat race to space.

The three teams that developed the Australian cubesats are: one from UNSW, one collaboration between the University of Sydney, the Australian National University and UNSW, and one collaboration between the universities of Adelaide and South Australia.

Once the VKI instrument and support systems (power, communications, and so on) are installed, there is still room for the teams to install payloads of their own.

The UNSW cubesat, known as UNSW-EC0, is running four experiments including a GPS receiver, and two boards testing radiation-robust software and self-healing electronics. The fourth experiment is to test the satellite’s chassis, built using a 3D-printed material never before flown in space.

The launch is significant, not just because it is so long since Australia built satellites, but because it could be the start of something much bigger.

Small is good

Globally, the space industry had an estimated US$335 billion (AU$440 billion) turnover in 2015. It’s expected to reach US$1 trillion (AU$1.3 trillion) by 2030.

This is an innovation sector Australia cannot ignore, and small satellites – especially nano-satellites or cubesats – offer Australia a way in.

According to a report last month by Allied Market Research, the small satellite market is expected to be worth US$7 billion (AU$9.2 billion) by 2020, with a compound annual growth rate of about 20%.

Analyst Spaceworks said in February that by 2023, the requirement for launches in the 1kg to 50kg class will be 320 to 460 satellites per year, more than 70% of them for commercial purposes.

Another analyst Euroconsult last year said there would be more than 3,500 small satellite launches in the next decade, worth US$22 billion (AU$29 billion) with launch earnings of US$5.3 billion (AU$7 billion). That’s a 76% increase over the previous decade.

Australia in space

This disruption has the potential to be more important for Australia than for any other developed nation.

Australia is the largest economy in the world not to have a space agency, which I have highlighted before, and suggested ways forward. As a result, Australia has not developed a traditional space industry.

Exploiting cubesats offers an opportunity for Australia to participate in this industry, despite the absence of an agency.

In the same way that the success of Rocket Lab forced New Zealand to establish a space agency, Australia’s success with cubesats could finally see the establishment of an agency here.

A gathering of space minds

The launch of the QB50 cubesats has been delayed several times and is currently slated for 1am (AEST) on Wednesday April 19.

So by sheer coincidence it will coincide with a gathering in Sydney of the Australian cubesat community – CUBESAT 2017: Launching Cubesats for and from Australia – that will showcase some of the remarkable progress Australia has made in recent years.

This includes three cubesat missions that have constructed satellites – QB50 mentioned above, and a further two from the Defence Science and Technology Group: Biarri (two launches of one cubesat and three cubesats) and Buccaneer (one cubesat).

A large number of Australian start-ups are looking to operate in the global small satellite market.

Several companies are developing launch capability, including Gilmour Space Technologies in Queensland. Other companies are developing ground segment capability to help manage operational satellites including Saber Astronautics in Sydney. Some are developing cubesat components such as Obelisk Systems in Maitland, New South Wales.

Ambitiously, there are also companies looking to develop cubesat constellations, which are large numbers of satellites with orbits optimised for global coverage for a range of different applications. The Australian leader at present is Fleet from Adelaide.

Government interest

CUBESAT 2017 is the second workshop of its kind. When the first was run, two years ago, there was no way then to anticipate the huge leaps Australia has made in this niche area of space.

Recently, the Space Industry Association of Australia released a white paper calling for a space agency.

There was some encouragement for the community in the response from the federal Science Minister, Senator Arthur Sinodinos, to that call when he said:

I’m quite excited at the idea of us doing more in space.

So there is hope we may see some developments.

In terms of cubesats, it is with great excitement we look forward to where we’ll be in the next two years, when perhaps we can say, with Australian-made assets in space, that the Australian space industry has finally been established.

The ConversationAndrew Dempster is Director of the Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research at UNSW. He manages one of the teams that developed the cubesats mentioned and will host the workshop mentioned. He receives funding from the Australian Research Council.

Satellite swarms could increase space junk risk by 50 per cent

From https://www.newscientist.com/article/2128024-satellite-swarms-could-increase-space-junk-risk-by-50-per-cent/

Swarms of cheap “CubeSats” are currently being planned by companies who want to bring wireless internet access to every corner of the globe. But there’s nothing to stop these sprawling “megaconstellations”, which would include thousands of spacecraft, from colliding with other satellites and unleashing hazardous space debris in low Earth orbit.

Hugh Lewis at the University of Southampton in the UK has sounded the alarm about the risk of small satellite collision cascades before. That was in 2014, when 100 or so CubeSats were being launched per year.

Since then, a number of space-flight firms have announced plans to beam internet services around the globe from vast numbers of satellites, which would be known as megaconstellations. There are only 1300 working satellites in orbit now. But OneWeb, which hopes to launch in 2018, will need 648 satellites, Boeing plans a 2900-satellite fleet, and Samsung and SpaceX both plan 4000-strong swarms.

Now, Lewis and his colleagues have used a supercomputer to simulate 200 years of possible orbits for 300 different megaconstellation scenarios. Their results, revealed this week at a European Space Agency conference on space debris in Darmstadt, Germany, suggest a raft of new rules need hammering out to reduce debris risks.

The supercomputer revealed that megaconstellations boost the risks of a catastrophic collision – in which a satellite is completely destroyed – by 50 per cent.

Numbers are just one problem: the satellites required are usually small, mass-produced CubeSats that lack any motors or other ability to avoid collisions. One big fear is that debris fragments will collide with other spacecraft, causing a chain reaction known as Kessler syndrome, named after former NASA scientist Donald Kessler, who worked out the theory in 1978.

“Megaconstellations represent a unique problem, especially when comprised of CubeSats,” Kessler says. “Any benefit from the small CubeSat size is more than offset by their numbers. But also because of their small size they are more vulnerable to small debris – debris that is smaller than can be tracked by any network.”

Lewis and his colleagues call for space agencies, which regulate launches and debris mitigation measures, to bring dead satellites down sooner. Current rules order that satellites must de-orbit and burn up within 25 years after their mission ends, but that’s too long for megaconstellations, Lewis says.

The team also suggest mandating onboard propulsion systems for small satellites so they can avoid collisions and steer themselves into Earth’s atmosphere to de-orbit at the end of their lives. Making satellites smaller and lighter – to reduce collision energies – would help, too. The ESA conference will discuss these proposed measures, and others, this week.

Legally, the potential impact of megaconstellations on the orbital environment means their operators now need mandatory, rather than today’s non-binding and voluntary debris mitigation guidelines, says Christopher Newman, a space law specialist at Sunderland Law School in the UK.

“International treaties and national legislation need to impose duties on those engaged in space operations to embed more sustainable practices,” he says. “Legislators need to act to counter this growing threat to the space environment.”

Despite Fears, ABC Shuts Down Shortwave Broadcasts

From http://www.radioworld.com/global/0007/despite-fears-abc-shuts-down-shortwave-broadcasts/339517

The ABC has turned off its shortwave radio transmitters, leaving Australians in remote areas without easy access to lifeline radio

OTTAWA — On Jan. 31, state-owned Australian Broadcasting Corp. shut down its shortwave radio transmitters; ending both international broadcasts of Radio Australia and the ABC’s domestic service in Australia’s Northern Territory. The transmitters were located at ABC broadcasting facilities at Katherine, Tennant Creek, and Roe Creek (Alice Springs).

According to the ABC news release that announced the shutdown on Dec. 6 — less than two months before it took place — “The move is in line with the national broadcaster’s commitment to dispense with outdated technology and to expand its digital content offerings including DAB+ digital radio, online and mobile services, together with FM services for international audiences.”

The ABC is not alone in retreating from shortwave radio transmissions. As reported in the RWI August 2016 article, “The Evolution of Shortwave Radio” (http://www.radioworld.com/digital-radio/0014/the-evolution-of-shortwave-radio/338422), the BBC World Service and Voice of America have substantially reduced their international shortwave broadcasts, while Radio Canada International, Radio Netherlands, Swiss Radio International, and Radio Sweden International ceased shortwave broadcasts altogether.

The majority of ABC audiences in the Northern Territory currently access ABC services via AM and FM and all ABC radio and digital radio services are available on the Viewer Access Satellite Television (VAST) satellite service.” RWI requested an in-person interview with ABC for this article, but the request was denied.


Many listeners within the Northern Territory disagree with the ABC’s assertion that shortwave is no longer necessary.

The reason is that AM and FM services do not cover the entire area as shortwave did. Meanwhile, although the Australian government’s VAST satellite TV service is free to viewers who cannot access over-the-air digital television broadcasts, however, the receiving equipment costs hundreds of dollars more than a simple SW radio receiver — and is not practical for mobile Northern Australians who work outdoors. This impracticality was made clear in a Philip Somerville cartoon published by the ABC Friends Western Australia listener group. It shows a cowboy with a satellite dish mounted on his not-impressed horse’s head.

“Mark Crocombe with Thamarrurr Rangers in Wadeye on the territory’s northwest coast said his group would miss listening to ABC programs via shortwave radio while out in the field, and raised concern about access to emergency information,” reported the web site of The Australian newspaper. “Louise Bilato, executive officer with the NT Road Transport Association, said satellite services were inadequately tested on vehicles and could prove too expensive to install. ‘This would appear to be a decision made in haste, without sufficient consultation,’” Bilato said.

There is also concern that the shutdown of ABC’s international Radio Australia service will hurt Asia-Pacific nations who relied on this service as a trustworthy alternative to their own government-controlled media.

“As an example, in April 2009, after military chief Frank Bainimarama was reappointed as interim prime minister of Fiji and subsequently tightened media censorship, ABC increased its shortwave radio services targeting the region,” said Thomas Witherspoon, editor of the SWLing Post.


Money is the reason ABC decided to shut down its shortwave service to northern Australia and the world. At a time when funding is tight, the corporation decided that “the closure of shortwave radio transmission services will potentially allow for AU$1.9 million to be reinvested in expanded content and services,” said the ABC FAQ that accompanied the Dec. 6 shortwave shutdown announcements. “Part of this reinvestment includes improved FM broadcasting capabilities to some of the regions currently relying on shortwave. Domestically, the costs of transmission via shortwave radio will be reinvested in extending digital radio services into all eight capital cities.”

The ABC decided to reallocate shortwave-related funding because it believed the service didn’t have many listeners anymore. The key word here is “believed”: The corporation has publicly admitted that it did not have any actual audience numbers to base its decision on. According to an ABC news report, Garry Cratt of the SW receiver supplier Tecsun Radio Australia estimates that “5,000 people regularly use a shortwave in Australia and the Pacific to listen to ABC Radio.”

“Due to the nature of the technology and the remote locations of shortwave users, it is very difficult to ascertain with any precision the number of listeners who use the service,” said the ABC. “Expert opinion and observation estimates the number of users of the NT shortwave users to be minimal compared to other broadcast services ... There is no available data on audience numbers for the regions affected by the closure of ABC International services.”

The ABC’s position on shortwave listenership does not impress Alex Wake. He is a former ABC journalist who is now teaching journalism at RMIT University in Melbourne.

“The ABC has released very little survey data about who was listening to the shortwave services or where they were located,” said Wake. “It is known that shortwave radio-serviced Australians lived in rural and remote areas particularly in the far north of Queensland and the Northern Territory.”

“In recent years, the shortwave services were also tailored to Melanesian communities in PNG [Papua New Guinea], Solomon Islands and Vanuatu,” Wake continued. “I had a message once from a worker living with villagers on island in the remote islands of Vanuatu telling me that the villagers carefully saved their batteries so they could tune in for news bulletins from Radio Australia. Similarly I’ve had colleagues who were told that indigenous communities in northern Australia had been warned about cyclones (and were able to prepare) because they were able to listen to shortwave radio.”

Also unimpressed by the ABC’s decision to kill shortwave is Tracey Hayes. She is the chief executive of the Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association; the kind of people who need radio while on the move.

“People that live out in contracting camps or mustering stock camps or outstations, and even a lot of the people who live in the bush on cattle stations, spend probably 100 percent of their waking hours out on the land and have very minimal contact with other human beings,” Hayes told The Guardian newspaper. “You can imagine how isolating that would be without having access to the outside world via radio during the day while you’re out in the workplace. But I don’t think they (the ABC) took that into consideration.”

The ABC shortwave shutdown was decided upon without any consultation with the NTCA or other affected groups, Hayes added. “That in itself in this day and age shows a complete disregard and a level of arrogance that is not acceptable from a government-funded broadcaster,” she told The Guardian.


In a region where severe weather is a fact of life, the loss of ABC’s far-reaching, cheap-and-simple-to-receive SW service is of real concern to northern Australians and Radio Australia’s former international listeners.

“In Australia, the loss of SW-delivered weather bulletins will not be helpful during the cyclone season for those residents in isolated areas from Darwin to Perth,” said John Galt; noted shortwave listening hobbyist and author of the Shenandoah Shortwave Radio Central blog (http://johngaltfla.com/wordpress/voice-of-galt-shortwave-radio-central/). “Worse, if there is no cellphone service or local broadcast outlets, they will be dependent on receiving news about the Australia via Indonesian and Chinese broadcasters, along with what remains of the BBC Asian services broadcasting out of Singapore.”

“Beyond Australia it is a sad tale,” Galt continued. “Mariners will now have to switch to Radio New Zealand’s single shortwave transmitting outlet for news when they are within range of its lower powered broadcasts. The islanders of Polynesia and Micronesia, along with residents outside of the major cities in Papua New Guinea and Indonesia, are now also dependent on any news about Australia filtered from China, Japan, the limited BBC transmissions, and Radio New Zealand.”

The ABC has responded to such concerns by offering a range of SW alternatives. “During fire and flood activity, audiences could access the ABC’s emergency broadcast through AM, as well as content from the relevant emergency body,” said the Dec. 6 ABC FAQ. “Cyclone activity is usually coastal in nature, in which case audiences are covered by FM, maritime distress frequencies, and the ABC’s close working relationship with northern indigenous broadcasters — particularly in times of emergency broadcasting.”

“Many four-wheel drive and long distance truck drivers are equipped with comprehensive long-range radio and/or satellite phones — both of which are two-way in nature and therefore more useful in an emergency than SW’s one-way path,” the ABC FAQ added. “To prepare for emergency situations, audiences are encouraged to establish safety satellite phones and tracking devices. Impacted truck drivers and travel enthusiasts (for RVs and campervans) are encouraged to access local radio via VAST six-month licenses.”

To further address the concerns of those now without shortwave service, the ABC has also published a 13-page guide to alternative services entitled “ABC Remote Radio.” Available at http://about.abc.net.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Jan2017_ABC-Remote-Radio-Access-Guide.pdf, the guide includes satellite imagery-based coverage maps for the ABC’s AM and FM services; none of which come close to covering the area formerly covered by shortwave.

“Keeping in mind that the ABC’s mandate specifies accessibility to all Australians, their alternatives are not realistic nor accessible for those working and living in the Outback,” said SWLing Post’s Witherspoon. Meanwhile, “The ABC’s plan to donate VAST systems to the Royal Flying Doctor Service and 4WD Radio club bases with the idea that, in regions that now lack news service, emergency and warning messages can be rebroadcast ‘as required’ seems inadequate. In the past, the Northern Territory shortwave service served this function.”

Inadequate or not, the ABC’s shortwave services are now history; leaving northern Australians and the Pacific Islands who used to rely on Radio Australia for lifeline radio to cope as best they can. The closure happened despite the opposition stated above plus objections from some Australian politicians. Now that these shortwave transmitters are dark, it seems unlikely that they ever be turned on again — barring some subsequent disaster that tragically proves how much northern Australia needs shortwave radio.

With the loss of the ABC’s shortwave service, “Emergency service warning will be lost to rural and remote areas, and information will be cut to these people,” concluded Wake. “These are generally people who have little political power in Australia; particularly villagers in remote Melanesian islands. Australia has a responsibility as a good neighbor to provide these services.”

James Careless reports on the industry for Radio World from Ottawa, Ontario.

ISRO to launch South Asia Satellite on 5 May, Pakistan not on board

From http://www.livemint.com/Science/5SjIgAKkGD2b7bvDvxrX7J/ISRO-to-launch-South-Asia-Satellite-on-5-May-Pakistan-not.html

The launch of the South Asia satellite GSAT-9 is scheduled on board ISRO’s rocket GSLV-09 from Sriharikota spaceport

Hyderabad: India plans to launch on 5 May the ‘South Asia Satellite’ that will benefit all the countries in the region, except Pakistan which is not a part of the project.

“It’s going up in the first week of May,” Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman A.S. Kiran Kumar told PTI in a telephonic interview.

According to ISRO officials, the launch of this communication satellite (GSAT-9) is scheduled for 5 May on board the space agency’s rocket GSLV-09 from Sriharikota spaceport.

Kiran Kumar said the satellite, with a lift-off mass of 2,195 kg, would carry 12 ku-band transponders. “Pakistan is not included in that. They did not want (to be part of the project),” he said.

People aware of the matter said the satellite is designed for a mission life of more than 12 years. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had made an announcement about this satellite during the SAARC Summit in Kathmandu in 2014 calling it a “gift to India’s neighbours.” “It (name) was changed to this (South Asia Satellite) because of that only (Pakistan not being part of it),” Kiran Kumar said.

Earlier, it was named as ‘SAARC Satellite.’ “Basically, it (the satellite) is meant for providing communication and disaster support, connectivity among States (countries of South Asia region). It will provide a significant capability to each of these participating States in terms of DTH, certain VSAT capacity plus linking among the states for both disaster information transfer and also in terms of library type of things,” he said.

“So, there is a significant amount of inter-linking possible among the States (these countries),” Kiran Kumar said. According to ISRO officials, there is a potential for each participating country to use a dedicated transponder with a capacity of 36 to 54 Mhz for its own internal use. Each country would be responsible for content generation and its use, they said.

Rocket launch in 360° 3D

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/04/18/rocket-launch-in-360-3d/

On April 18th a giant Atlas-5 rocket will launch a scientific satellite from Cape Canaveral in Florida. This is something of a routine launch, but what makes this special is that the United Launch Alliance (ULA), which looks after the Atlas launches, is capturing the complete exercise in 360° 3D.

Users of Google’s 360-degree devices can download a live feed, which opens at 11.11am Eastern Daylight Time (16.11 BST, 17.11 Paris time). YouTube supports playback of 360-degree videos on computers using Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Opera browsers. Viewers may use the YouTube app to view the launch on a smart phone. Those who own virtual reality headsets will be able to look around and experience the view as if they were actually standing on the launch pad.

The Orbital-ATK satellite launch allows NASA and ULA to place the viewer safely at the base of the rocket when normally the typical viewing distance is many miles away.

Only 3% of MENA channels HD

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/04/13/only-3-of-mena-channels-using-high-def/

A report from speciality satellite channel facility business Noorsat, and following on from the recent CabSat show in Dubai, says that although 80 percent of viewers in the region are already equipped to receive High-Definition TV, the region is lagging behind the rest of the world. For example, of the 1,500 channels broadcasting in the region, less than 3 percent are doing so in HD with many broadcasters deterred by the cost of investing in more capacity, says Noorsat.

Noorsat, which mainly supplies leased capacity from the Nilesat/Eutelsat joint-positions of 7/8 degrees West as well as Arabsat’s Badr fleet at 25.5 degrees East., says that it was involved in many discussions at CabSat with potential clients looking to make the switch to HD.

Based in Bahrain and Amman, Jordan, Noorsat says it is now carrying more than 350 TV and radio channels,


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Easter break, back on Tuesday

Some of the missing channel on Optus D2 have returned , Press TV, Ifilm etc

Chinasat 16 has launched to 110.5E

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Stingray and Foxtel Extend Long-Term Distribution Agreement

From http://finance.yahoo.com/news/stingray-foxtel-extend-long-term-111500991.html

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Apr 13, 2017) - Stingray Digital Group Inc. (TSX:RAY.A)(TSX:RAY.B), a leading business-to-business multiplatform music services provider, today announced it has extended its exclusive distribution agreement with leading Australian pay TV provider, Foxtel.

Under the terms of the renewed agreement, Stingray - which acquired Digital Music Distribution Pty. Ltd. (DMD), one of Australia's most prominent digital music services providers, in December 2015 - will continue providing Foxtel with audio music channels on television in addition to new digital music services: the Stingray Music mobile app and web player, and background music for commercial clients (in-store music).

•Exclusive distribution agreement renewed for an additional five (5) years and three (3) months.
•In addition to the selection of audio music channels currently available on television, Foxtel residential subscribers will soon have access to the Stingray Music mobile app and web player.
•The Stingray Music mobile app and web player provide access to the same popular curated audio channels as are available on television.
•Through its commercial services division, Stingray Business, Stingray will provide Foxtel with background music services for commercial clients.


"We are extremely pleased with this expanded and renewed agreement which, in addition to consolidating our position in Australia as the top provider of digital music services for individuals and businesses, confirms our role as a strategic music partner for entertainment content providers," said Eric Boyko, President, Co-founder, and CEO of Stingray. "Today's announcement is a reflection of our commitment to the Australian market. We are happy to be working with Foxtel in our endeavor to bring the best curated music products to music fans in the region."

"Stingray's expertise in music content and delivery has become an integral part of Foxtel's industry leading entertainment offering," said Deanne Weir, Managing Director - Content Aggregation and Wholesale. "The addition of their digital music services for our residential and commercial customers adds even more value to a Foxtel subscription and helps us to effortlessly connect Australian's to the stories, and songs, they love."

China’s highest-capacity communications satellite launched into orbit

From https://spaceflightnow.com/2017/04/12/chinas-highest-capacity-communications-satellite-launched-into-orbit/

A Long March 3B rocket blasted off Wednesday with China’s Shijian 13/Chinasat 16 communications satellite. Credit: Xinhua

A Chinese Long March 3B rocket fired into space Wednesday with Shijian 13, also known as Chinasat 16, to deliver Internet connectivity to remote parts of China, airline travelers and high-speed trains.

The Shijian 13 satellite also has an experimental mission to test laser communications technology and electric thrusters to maintain its position in geostationary orbit.

The spacecraft — with a launch weight of approximately 10,100 pounds (4,600 kilograms) — took off at 1104 GMT (7:04 a.m. EDT; 7:04 p.m. Beijing time) Wednesday from the Xichang space center in southwestern China.

The 184-foot-tall (56-meter) Long March 3B rocket, boosted by four liquid-fueled strap-on engines, ascended into a cloudy sky over the Xichang space base nestled in a mountain valley in China’s Sichuan province, then turned east to send the Shijian 13 satellite into orbit.

After shedding its four boosters and hydrazine-burning first and second stages, the Long March 3B ignited its dual-nozzle YF-75 third stage engine, fueled by liquid hydrogen, to place the Shijian 13 satellite into a preliminary geostationary transfer orbit.

The mission aimed to release Shijian 13 into an elliptical, egg-shaped orbit with a high point nearly 22,300 miles (around 35,800 kilometers) above Earth, and a low point a few hundred miles up.

Amateur videos shared on social media showed Wednesday’s Long March 3B rocket launch from vantage points very close to the launch pad at Xichang.

The spacecraft carries a hybrid propulsion system, with a conventional liquid-fueled thruster to reshape its orbit over the equator and circularize its altitude at 22,300 miles, where Shijian 13 will fly around Earth at the same rate of the planet’s rotation.

More efficient electric thrusters will take over station-keeping duties once the satellite reaches its planned operating slot at 110.5 degrees east longitude, a position with constant views of China and the Asia-Pacific.

Manufactured by the China Academy of Space Technology, Shijian 13 is the first Chinese satellite to rely on electric thrusters, which were tested in orbit on an earlier Chinese demonstration craft. Communications satellites built in Russia, the United States and Europe have employed electric propulsion for station-keeping for years.

The electric propulsion system is more efficient and lighter than conventional rocket thrusters.

China’s state-run Xinhua news agency described Shijian 13 as the country’s first high-throughput satellite, a class of telecom relay spacecraft capable of delivering more bandwidth and capacity to end users by reusing frequency allocation and targeting high-demand regions with spot beams.

Xinhua reported that Shijian 13, designed for a 15-year lifetime, has a higher message capacity than the combined capacity of all of China’s previous communications satellites.

“The launch is a milestone for China’s communications satellite technology,” said Tian Yulong, chief engineer of the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence, in Xinhua’s report on Wednesday’s mission.

Shijian 13’s Ka-band communications payload can accommodate more than 20 gigabits per second of data throughout, according to China Great Wall Industry Corp., China’s commercial launch provider, which issued a statement after Wednesday’s launch.

Engineers will put Shijian 13 through tests to check the function of its broadband communications payload, an on-board laser link terminal, and its electric thrusters.

China Satcom will take over operations of the satellite, which it calls Chinasat 16, once the in-orbit testing is complete.

“The satellite is able to provide 26 user beams covering China and offshore areas, and will service for distance learning, medicine, internet access, airborne and maritime communications and emergency communications,” China Satcom said on its website.

Airbus and Intelsat General Partnership Means Greater Coverage and More Capacity in X-band and UHF

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Airbus_and_Intelsat_General_Partnership_Means_Greater_Coverage_and_More_Capacity_in_X_band_and_UHF_999.html

We have entered a strategic alliance with Airbus Defence and Space that will give our customers access to the X and UHF frequency bands using the Skynet satellite constellation, increasing our capabilities and services in the Asia Pacific region.

"This new partnership will enable Intelsat General to offer Skynet services to their already strong existing customer base," said Richard Franklin, head of secure communications at Airbus Defence and Space.

"The services will notably be using the newly relocated Skynet 5A satellite and enable users to operate in the Asia Pacific regions, and augment and complement their existing services."

The hardened Skynet fleet of seven satellites complements Intelsat EpicNG, our high-throughput satellite (HTS) platform.

Three of these HTS spacecraft, Intelsat 29e, 32e and 33e, are currently in service with the most advanced digital payload on a commercial spacecraft. The latest, Intelsat 33e, entered service on January 29 operating from 60 degrees East, extending Intelsat's high-throughput satellite services in C, Ku- and Ka-band to the Asia Pacific region, among other areas.

Airbus moved its Skynet 5A satellite from 6 degrees East to 95 degrees East to provide global X-band and UHF coverage in the Asia Pacific region. Skynet X-band coverage and services are now extended from 178 degrees West to 163 degrees East. Intelsat General is committed to always accommodating customer requirements, including purchasing third-party capacity when necessary.

X-band is a special frequency set aside for government and military use. Extremely low rates of atmospheric attenuation means that X-band SATCOM remains reliable in harsh weather conditions, even when using very small terminals.

X-band's position on the RF spectrum also allows for higher throughput, delivering more voice, data and imagery without the need for spread spectrum techniques.

Together, Intelsat General and Airbus will help augment the satellite capacity that is currently available in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region with highly resilient military satellite communication services.

It is well known that there is not as much capacity in APAC as there is in areas such as EMEA, and the global satellites operators do not have as much flexibility to respond to sudden increases in usage. Other SATCOM available in the region only offers fragmented spectrum and is owned wholly or partly by non-U.S. government agencies.

The theater of space is going through a period of transformation, and Intelsat General is committed to remaining the best possible resource for its government customers. Whether it requires third-party capacity, next-generation satellite performance or new approaches such as managed services, we'll always be there supporting the warfighter.

India: Hybrid STB from Airtel

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/04/13/india-hybrid-stb-from-airtel/

Airtel Digital TV, the DTH arm of Indian multiplay operator Bharti Airtel, has launched ‘Internet TV’ – India’s first hybrid STB, powered by Android TV, which brings the best of online content to the TV screen along with a bouquet of over 500 plus satellite TV channels.

Airtel ‘Internet TV’ transforms any TV into a Smart TV and enables users to switch seamlessly between online and linear TV content with a single device. With consumption of online content within Indian Homes increasing rapidly, Airtel ‘Internet TV’ will offer customers a superior experience by enabling them to enjoy their favourite content on the biggest screen in their Homes. Customers can now stream and cast their favourite content directly on to their TV as well download their favourite apps and play games. All of this along with the best satellite TV experience with 500 plus satellite TV channels offers the complete Home entertainment experience.

Sunil Taldar, CEO & Director – DTH, Bharti Airtel said: “Growing broadband penetration is driving the popularity of online content, particularly in urban homes, and with Airtel ‘Internet TV’ we are bringing world-class content from the web and much more to the TV screen. This latest innovation has been designed keeping in mind the needs of Indian homes and it bridges the gap between online and offline worlds to enable an end to end entertainment experience with the convenience of a single device. We will continue to add exciting content platforms to Airtel ‘Internet TV’ and invite customers to experience this innovative offering.”

Airtel ‘Internet TV’ comes preloaded with Netflix, YouTube, Google Play Music, Google Play Games, Airtel Movies and more. It also comes with access to Google Play Store that allows users to download their favourite apps, content and games on to their TV.

“India is one of the most important and vibrant countries in the world and we are delighted to be teaming up with Airtel to make it much easier for consumers to enjoy Netflix,” said Reed Hastings, Co-founder and CEO of Netflix. “In the months and years to come, we look forward to bringing our Indian members more compelling stories from all over the world, an ever-improving viewing experience and incredible joy.”

Airtel ‘Internet TV’ comes with inbuilt-Wi-Fi receiver, Bluetooth based remote control and is integrated with Google voice search feature. Customers can discover their favourite content by simply telling the remote and choose from a variety of content sources.

Airtel ‘Internet TV’ STB is 4K content ready and enables Live TV shows to be paused, recorded or even rewound. It also supports content via USB (external HD) and Bluetooth. Customers can also cast, mirror content from mobile devices, tablets and laptops on to the TV screen with Airtel ‘Internet TV’.

Gaming enthusiasts can make the most of the Internet TV with the best of gaming apps for an experience that is truly larger than life. Gamers can use physical game controllers, or even their smartphones as a game pad with Internet TV.

Airtel ‘Internet TV’ STB requires a broadband or a 4G hotspot connection with a minimum recommended speed of 4 Mbps for a smooth online experience. A regular Airtel Digital TV dish antenna will also be a part of the installation. Existing Airtel Digital TV customers can also upgrade their existing STBs to ‘Internet TV’ STB.

Airtel ‘Internet TV’ is priced at Rs. 4999/- (€72.85) with a three-month Digital TV subscription. Also, as limited period offer customers can pay Rs. 7999/- and get the Airtel Internet TV with one-year subscription.

Airtel has also rolled out bundled offers for its home broadband customers. ‘Internet TV’ Customers just need to register for myHOME on MyAirtel app and can avail upto 25GB additional data on their Airtel broadband account every month.

DTH operators require 68 additional transponders, says Venkaiah Naidu

From http://www.televisionpost.com/dth/dth-operators-require-68-additional-transponders-says-venkaiah-naidu/

MUMBAI: Direct-to-home (DTH) operators require 68 additional transponders to accommodate more television channels on their platform.

“As on date, there is a committed demand from the DTH service providers for 68 more transponders,” said Information and Broadcasting Minister Venkaiah Naidu.

The requirement of satellite transponder capacity for DTH services has been increasing with increase in demand for high-definition (HD) channels. Until 31 March 2017, the number of satellite transponders (36 MHz equivalent) in use for DTH stood at 104.

This is a jump from 87 transponders in use until 31 March 2016. The transponders in use for the previous three financial years oscillated between 73 in 2016 and 78 in 2016.

Venkaiah-Naidu1“As intimated by the Department of Space (DoS), the requirement of satellite transponder capacity for DTH services has been increasing with increase in demand for HD channels. The total satellite transponder capacity used by the DTH operators presently stands at 104 transponders,” said Naidu.

Providing the growth of usage of satellite transponders by DTH service providers in India over the last five years, Naidu informed the Lok Sabha that the demand had grown from 76 transponders in March 2013 to 104 in March 2017.

Naidu also said that the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) had on 29 March issued recommendations on infrastructure sharing in television broadcasting and distribution sector. The objectives of these recommendations were to enable a policy environment for facilitating sharing of infrastructure in the TV broadcasting and distribution sector on voluntary basis, the minister added.

Infrastructure sharing is expected to enhance available distribution network capacities, leading to reduction in capital and operative expenditure for the service providers, thus bringing down the price of broadcasting services to the subscribers. In addition, it would lower the entry barriers for new service providers and provide more space on broadcasting distribution networks for niche channels.

He also stated that the MIB had not received any proposal from DTH operators for sharing of satellite transponders and earth station facilities with other DTH players and distribution platforms.

Currently, all six DTH operators uplink the signals of TV channels to different satellites located at different orbital slots. The majority of channels transmitted by the DTH operators are replicated across multiple platforms.

This creates capacity constraints and a significant cost burden for each operator, making the service expensive. In this scenario, enabling sharing of infrastructure may address the issue of demand–supply mismatch of transponders, Naidu said.


The mux on 138E 3948 V 17600 tp:8B fec:3/4 is / was FTA Cinema World Movies etc

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Intelsat 19 166.0E 4180 H "ABS-CBN Sports+Action and Lifestyle Network" are encrypted again.

Palapa D 113.0E 3460 H "My Family has replaced Macau Lotus TV" on , ABV.
Palapa D 113.0E 3627 H "Akhyar TV" has started on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 3756 H "Horee!" has left again.
Palapa D 113.0E 3852 V "Tahfizh TV" has left.
Palapa D 113.0E 3953 V "SCTV, Indosiar, O Channel, ANTV, Trans TV, Metro TV, National Geographic Asia, Channel V International, Fox Sports Indonesia, Fox\ Movies Premium, Fox Indonesia and Cartoon Network South East Asia" have left .
Palapa D 113.0E 4052 H "Insan Qur'ani "has left .

ST 2 88.0E 3546 V "Haari Kids, Haari Drama, Haari Variety, Haari Movie and Kix" have started on, Fta. EBC Yoyo, ETTV Asia News, CTI TV Asia, CTV Classic, Phoenix Chinese Channel and CCTV 4 Asia have left again.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3920 H Animax India, AXN India, Sony Channel Asia, Gem TV Asia, AXN Taiwan, AXN East Asia, AXN Philippines, Animax Taiwan, Animax Asia, Animax Philippines and Sony Channel Philippines are still on , PowerVu.

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Nokia, nbn Australia explore ultra-broadband future

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/04/12/nokia-nbn-australia-explore-ultra-broadband-future/

Australia’s nbn [national broadband network] has successfully tested Nokia’s universal NG-PON fibre solution in Nokia’s Melbourne lab facility. The trial achieved aggregate broadband speeds of 102Gbps on a single fibre and demonstrated the dynamic provisioning of bandwidth to support surging data demand from residential and business customers.

Universal NG-PON converges TWDM-PON (also known as NG-PON2), XGS-PON and GPON technology on the same fibre, and provides a simple upgrade path from current fibre technology used in FTTP deployments.

Easily deployed as an overlay on existing fibre networks, TWDM-PON and XGS-PON can save the time and additional cost that typically comes with laying new fibre. TWDM-PON provides four or more wavelengths on a fibre, each capable of supporting asymmetrical or symmetrical bit rates of 2.5Gbps or 10Gbps for a total of 40Gbps. XGS-PON uses one wavelength to provide either 10Gbps symmetrical or asymmetrical bit rates.

nbn was able to trial the different PON technologies using Nokia’s universal next-generation PON solution. This included:
•TWDM-PON with 40Gbps symmetrical
•XGS-PON with 10Gbps symmetrical
•GPON with 2.5Gbps

Collectively, the technologies delivered download and upload speeds of more than 102Gbps aggregate over a single shared access fibre.

With the ability to significantly expand the data capacity delivered, TWDM-PON could allow customers to download a two-hour, 4K-quality video in seconds. With the use of advanced software, the technology can also enable the dynamic provision of data capacity on the network, giving operators such as nbn new options to flexibly meet changing user needs.

nbn continues to innovate and invest in technologies that will offer its business and residential customers the speed and quality of service required in the future. The successful test of TWDM-PON and XGS-PON is the latest in a number of trials nbn has conducted with Nokia across fibre and copper, including XG-FAST.

“Our successful trial of NG-PON2 technology with Nokia is another example of our ongoing commitment to continually develop the capabilities and speed of the nbn network,” noted Dennis Steiger, Chief Technology Officer of nbn. “While we continue to deploy the nbn network at pace with over two million end-users now receiving nbn services and nearly five million able to order a service, we also have a very sharp focus on the future. The NG-PON2 trials we have conducted with Nokia have shown us the huge potential this very exciting technology has in terms of helping us deliver on our future bandwidth and capacity requirements.”

“nbn is a valued and long-term customer, and we are committed to bringing our latest innovations to them and the country of Australia,” confirmed Ray Owen, head of Oceania at Nokia. “The trial of our universal NG-PON solution reflects that commitment, and demonstrates how we can help evolve nbn’s network now and in the long term to meet the increasing data demand of subscribers across the country.”

China preparing to launch Shijian-13 high-speed telecom satellite aboard Long March 3B

From http://www.spaceflightinsider.com/organizations/china-national-space-administration/china-preparing-launch-shijian-13-high-speed-telecom-satellite-aboard-long-march-3b/

China appears to be on the cusp of launching the Shijian-13 high-speed telecommunications satellite atop their heavy-lift Long March 3B rocket. Though no solid launch window has been announced, it has been reported that the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST) stated that April 2017 is the targeted timeframe, and data seems to be coalescing around an April 12, 2017, date.

As with other geosynchronous orbit-bound missions, it will launch from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwestern China.

High-speed communications for high-speed travelers

The new satellite will provide high-bandwidth – greater than 20 gigabits per second – communications and Internet service to China’s air and rail passengers, and will continue the trend of using domestically sourced hardware wherever possible.

The satellite, built on the indigenous DFH-3B spacecraft bus, is estimated to tip the scales at 10,141 pounds (4,600 kilograms), fully fueled. Shijian-13 will use an electric engine to boost its orbit to its slot 22,236 miles (35,786 kilometers) above the equator at 110.5 degrees East longitude. It marks the first Chinese satellite to use electric propulsion.

Beyond providing commercial telecommunications services, the satellite will also host experimental space-to-ground laser communication hardware.

Reliable rocket to take flight once more

China’s workhorse Long March 3B has been tapped to deliver the 4.6-metric-ton spacecraft to geosynchronous transfer orbit (GTO). The rocket has launched 38 times – notching 36 successes, 1 partial failure, and 1 total failure – across both its standard (3B) and enhanced (3B/E) configurations.

While it’s not clear which version of the 3B will be used for the mission, the 3B has not been used since the launch of twin BeiDou navigation satellites on July 25, 2015. The following 11 launches have all been on the Long March 3B/E variant.

The rocket is a three-stage launch vehicle, with four supplemental liquid-fueled strap-on boosters. Outfitted in the more likely enhanced configuration, the rocket is capable of lofting 12,100 pounds (5,500 kilograms) to GTO.

At liftoff, the first stage’s YF-21C engine and the supplemental power supplied by the single YF-25 on each of the four boosters provide 1,331,600 pounds-force (5,923.2 kilonewtons) of sea-level thrust. The boosters operate for 140 seconds, with the first stage lasting nearly 20 seconds longer.

The second stage is powered by a YF-24E propulsion package, consisting of a single YF-22E engine and four YF-23C vernier thrusters. In total, the YF-24E provides 177,419 pounds-force (789.2 kilonewtons) of thrust and operates for slightly more than three minutes.

Like its first stage and booster siblings, the second stage’s YF-24E burns a relatively inefficient mixture of nitrogen tetroxide and unsymmetrical dimethylhydrazine (UDMH).

The 3B/E’s third stage is outfitted with a single YF-75 engine, producing 37,850 pounds-force (167.17 kilonewtons) of vacuum thrust and burning a mixture of liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen. This stage can operate for nearly eight total minutes across two ignitions.

This will mark China’s fourth launch of this year (2017).

Long March 3B launches experimental ChinaSat-16 satellite

From https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2017/04/long-march-3b-chinasat-16-launch/

The Chinese returned to launch action with the lofting of a new experimental communications satellite from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center. The launch was conducted by the Long March 3B G2 ‘Chang Zheng-3B/G2’ (Y43) from the LC2 Launch Complex at the Sichuan province site, with T-0 noted as 11:02 UTC.

Chinese Launch:

The 4.6-tonne satellite was developed by the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST) and is based on the DFH-3B satellite platform. According to state media reports, the satellite will be named Shijian-13 during its test program phase, before being renamed ChinaSat 16 when it is transferred to China SatCom.

The new satellite will test a new electric propulsion system to be used for orbit raising and station keeping at a geosynchronous altitude. It also carries the first high-throughput satellite payload (HTS) developed by China.

The satellite features a Ka-band broadband communications system capable of transmitting 20 gigabytes of data per second, making it the most powerful communications satellite the nation has developed to date.

According to Wang Min, deputy head of the CAST’s Institute of Telecommunication Satellite, ChinaSat-16 will provide better access to the Internet on planes and high-speed trains, with the increase in satellite throughput provided by the new satellite that will be located at 110.5° East.

The satellite is able to provide 26 user beams covering China and offshore areas – allowing it to also cover airborne and maritime communications and emergency communications, using Ka-band satellite broadband and multimedia services.

With a lifetime of 15 years, the satellite will be operated by China Satcom.

The satellite will also conduct space-to-ground laser communications experiments.

The DFH-3 (Dongfanghong-3) platform is a medium-capacity telecommunications satellite platform designed and developed by CAST.

The platform can be used for multiple telecommunications payloads for providing a range of services, including fixed communication, international satellite communication, national and regional communication, wideband data communication, mobile communication and direct broadcast; military communication, spacecraft tracking and data relay.

It comprises six subsystems: control, power, propulsion, measurement & control, structure and thermal control subsystem. The platform configuration features module subdivision, which includes a communication module, propulsion module, service module and solar array.

The platform adopts three-axis stabilized attitude control mode, with solar array output power of 1.7 kw by the end of its design lifetime. Its mass is 2,100kg with payload capacity 220kg.

The DFH-3 satellite platform has been successfully applied in the Beidou navigation test satellite, and other satellites, all of which are currently operating normally.

During numerous flight missions, the maturity and reliability of the DFH-3 platform have been proved. Moreover, it has strong expansion capacity and can be upgraded to some space exploration missions, such as meteorological satellite and lunar resource satellite services.

Its onboard Ion thrusters are designed for a wide variety of missions.

These thrusters have high specific impulses, that is, ratio of thrust to the rate of propellant consumption, so they require significantly less propellant for a given mission than would be needed with chemical propulsion.

Ion propulsion is even considered to be mission enabling for some cases where sufficient chemical propellant cannot be carried on the spacecraft to accomplish the desired mission.

Launch vehicle and launch site:

To meet the demand of international satellite launch market, especially for high power and heavy communications satellites, the development of Long March-3B (Chang Zheng-3B) launch vehicle started in 1986 on the basis of the fight proven technology of Long March launch vehicles.

Developed from the Chang Zheng-3A, the Chang Zheng-3B is at the moment the most powerful launch vehicle on the Chinese space launch fleet.

The CZ-3B features enlarged launch propellant tanks, improved computer systems, a larger 4.2 meter diameter payload fairing and the addition of four strap-on boosters in the core stage that provide additional help during the first phase of the launch.

The rocket is capable of launching a 11,200 kg satellite to a low Earth orbit or a 5,100 kg cargo to a geosynchronous transfer orbit.

The CZ-3B/G2 (Enhanced Version) launch vehicle was developed from the CZ-3B with a lengthened first core stage and strap-on boosters, increasing the GTO capacity up to 5,500kg.

On May 14, 2007, the first flight of CZ-3B/G2 was performed successfully, accurately sending the NigcomSat-1 into pre-determined orbit. With the GTO launch capability of 5,500kg, CZ-3B/G2 is dedicated for launching heavy GEO communications satellite.

The rocket structure also combines all sub-systems together and is composed of four strap-on boosters, a first stage, a second stage, a third stage and payload fairing.

The first two stages, as well as the four strap-on boosters, use hypergolic (N2O4/UDMH) fuel while the third stage uses cryogenic (LOX/LH2) fuel. The total length of the CZ-3B is 54.838 meters, with a diameter of 3.35 meters on the core stage and 3.00 meters on the third stage.

On the first stage, the CZ-3B uses a YF-21C engine with a 2,961.6 kN thrust and a specific impulse of 2,556.5 Ns/kg. The first stage diameter is 3.35 m and the stage length is 23.272 m.

Each strap-on booster is equipped with a YF-25 engine with a 740.4 kN thrust and a specific impulse of 2,556.2 Ns/kg. The strap-on booster diameter is 2.25 m and the strap-on booster length is 15.326 m.

The second stage is equipped with a YF-24E (main engine – 742 kN / 2,922.57 Ns/kg; four vernier engines – 47.1 kN / 2,910.5 Ns/kg each). The second stage diameter is 3.35 m and the stage length is 12.920 m.

The third stage is equipped with a YF-75 engine developing 167.17 kN and with a specific impulse of 4,295 Ns/kg. The fairing diameter of the CZ-3B is 4.00 meters and has a length of 9.56 meters.

The CZ-3B can also use the new Yuanzheng-1 (“Expedition-1”) upper stage that uses a small thrust 6.5 kN engine burning UDMH/N2O4 with a specific impulse at 3,092 m/s.

The upper stage is able to conduct two burns, having a 6.5 hour lifetime and is capable of achieving a variety of orbits. This upper stage wasn’t used on this launch.

The typical flight sequence for the CZ-3B/G2 sees the launch pitching over 10 seconds after liftoff from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre. The boosters shutdown 2 minutes and 7 seconds after liftoff, with separation from the first stage one second later. First stage shutdown takes place at 1 minutes 25 seconds into the flight.

Separation between the first and second stage takes place at 1 minute 26 seconds, following fairing separation at T+3 minutes 35 seconds. Stage 2 main engine shutdown occurs 326 seconds into the flight, following by the shutdown of the vernier engines 15 seconds later.

Separation between the second and the third stage and the ignition of the third stage takes place one second after the shutdown of the vernier engines of the second stage. The first burn of the third stage will last for 4 minutes and 44 seconds.

After the end of the first burn of the third stage is followed by a coast phase that ends at T+20 minutes and 58 seconds with the third stage initiating its second burn. This will have a 179 seconds duration. After the end of the second burn of the third stage, the launcher initiates a 20 second velocity adjustment maneuver. Spacecraft separation usually takes place at T+25 minutes 38 seconds after launch.

The first launch from Xichang took place at 12:25 UTC on January 29, 1984, when the Chang Zheng-3 (Y-1) was launched the Shiyan Weixing (14670 1984-008A) communications satellite into orbit.

The Xichang Satellite Launch Centre is situated in the Sichuan Province, south-western China and is the country’s launch site for geosynchronous orbital launches.

Equipped with two launch pads (LC2 and LC3), the center has a dedicated railway and highway lead directly to the launch site.

The Command and Control Centre is located seven kilometers south-west of the launch pad, providing flight and safety control during launch rehearsal and launch.

The CZ-3B launch pad is located at 28.25 deg. N – 102.02 deg. E and at an elevation of 1,825 meters.

Other facilities on the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre are the Launch Control Centre, propellant fuelling systems, communications systems for launch command, telephone and data communications for users, and support equipment for meteorological monitoring and forecasting.

SAARC pay-TV market to reach $16bn

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/04/12/saarc-pay-tv-market-to-reach-16bn/

According to market research firm Dataxis, the major SAARC countries (India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka) plus Myanmar will see their pay-TV market doubled by 2021, to reach $16 billion (€15.09) compared to just $8 billion in 2016. Altogether these countries represent close to 25 per cent of the world population.

India is by far the biggest pay-TV market and accounts for 80 per cent of the region’s pay-TV revenues. In terms of pay-TV subscribers, India will reach 215 million subscribers in 2021 compared to 177 million in 2016.

Dataxis also predicts a double-digit growth in pay-TV revenues for all other countries. Bangladesh and Myanmar are going to enjoy the highest growth.

Total pay-TV subscriber will climb to 270 million in 2021 compared to 210 million in 2016

Lifespan of every fifth Russian satellite already over — Roscosmos

From http://tass.com/science/940827

More than 20% of spacecraft in the orbit operate longer than envisaged by their life expectancy

Russian space rocket center receives first tested engines for Soyuz spacecraft

MOSCOW, April 12. /TASS/. Every fifth Russian satellite currently in the orbit is operating beyond its expected life span, the head of Russia’s Roscosmos space corporation said in an interview with Russia’s Rossiiskaya Gazeta government daily Wednesday.

"More than 20% of spacecraft in the orbit operate longer than envisaged by their life expectancy," Igor Komarov said in an interview published on the Cosmonautics Day, marked on Wednesday.

According to the Roscosmos information and analysis center, the lifespan of more than half of all satellites in the Glonass naviagation system has already expired. Out of 24 navigational satellites currently in the orbit, 13 remain operational beyond their seven-year life span.

Milestone for SA's satellite industry

From http://www.itweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=160982

The South African satellite industry is taking another step forward as a player in the international arena with the launch of two locally built nanosatellites from Cape Canaveral in Florida within the next few days.

Two nanosatellites − ‘nSight1', designed and manufactured by Cape Town-based SCS Space, a member of the SCS Aerospace Group, and ‘ZA-Aerosat', designed and manufactured by CubeSpace of Stellenbosch University − are to be launched as part of a batch totalling 28 nanosatellites from 23 different countries.

The current information provided by ULA, the launch service provider, is that the Atlas V & Cygnus OA-7 launch is set for 18 April at 17:11 South African time (11:11am EDT), following a number of rescheduled events due to ground equipment readiness.

Their initial destination is the International Space Station (ISS), where they will be unloaded by the ISS crew and transferred to deployers with the help of robotic arms. The satellites will eventually be deployed into low-earth orbit over a period of 30 to 60 days as the ISS orbits the Earth.

The SCS Space nSight1 satellite project is a joint investment by SCS Aerospace Group and Pinkmatter Solutions, which supplied the ground segment software. The satellite was designed, integrated and tested by engineers from the Space Advisory Company and assembled in the clean room of NewSpace Systems, both part of the SCS Aerospace Group.

A key part of the mission of the satellite is to allow for the testing of the newly developed SCS Gecko Imager, as well as Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University's patented Radiation Mitigation VHDL Coding Technique.

The satellites are part of the QB50 project funded by the European Union and managed by the Von Karman Institute to conduct research in the lower thermosphere between 200km to 380km altitude.

The data collected from this experiment over a period of 18 months will be used to complement current atmospheric models, especially applicable to re-entry trajectories of spacecraft.

All the nanosatellites will eventually burn up at the end of their operational lifetimes.

"We are proud to be a part of an international space project of this magnitude. It affords us the opportunity to test the next-generation space camera technology which was uniquely developed by SCS Space and partners within industry development initiatives of the South African Department of Trade and Industry," says Hendrik Burger, CEO of SCS Space, primary contractor for the nSight1 nanosatellite.

"We are also looking forward to the next stage of this project, which encompasses operational aspects such as mission control and processing the data received from our satellite. This will be done through our Houwteq Ground Station near Grabouw in the Western Cape," says Burger.

SCS Space is a subsidiary of the SCS Aerospace Group, Africa's largest privately-owned satellite concern.

Other participants are Pinkmatter Solutions, Space Advisory Company, NewSpace Systems, Stellenbosch University, CubeSpace, Simera Technology Group, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and the Amateur Radio Society.

IBCAP, NAGRA ramp up anti-piracy fight

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/04/12/ibcap-nagra-ramp-up-anti-piracy-fight/

The International Broadcaster Coalition Against Piracy (IBCAP), an alliance of leading international broadcasters committed to combatting unauthorised streaming and distribution of international television content in the United States, and content protection and multiscreen television solutions NAGRA, have entered into an expanded agreement to bring a new generation of anti-piracy technology and services to broadcasters and distributors of international and multicultural content.

“While anti-piracy measures against mainstream content seem to be an increasing priority for distributors and content owners, no organisation was focused exclusively on protecting international and multicultural content. IBCAP was formed three years ago to fill this gap and has achieved significant success through its monitoring and takedown efforts,” said Chris Kuelling, Executive Director of IBCAP. “The expansion of our agreement with NAGRA will help us leverage the latest technologies and expertise in content protection and anti-piracy with the aim of putting pirates out of business and replacing them with legitimate providers.”

“NAGRA is constantly expanding its portfolio of content value protection technologies and services, and this contract marks a milestone in our commitment to support broadcasters and content creators in the protection of their content from piracy in foreign markets,” said Frederic Guitard, Vice President Media Security Services for NAGRA. “Developing automated, state-of-the-art tools to detect unauthorized streaming – especially on increasingly popular IPTV set-top boxes and Kodi add-ons – helps ensure we can take swift and decisive action against pirates and maintain the value of the services offered to IBCAP members.”

Since IBCAP’s collaboration with NAGRA in 2014, lawsuits supported by NAGRA, or related to foreign language anti-piracy initiatives, have resulted in federal courts in various states ordering providers and retailers of piracy services to cease their infringing activities and pay millions of dollars for violating IBCAP members’ copyrights.

As part of the expanded agreement, both IBCAP and NAGRA will implement various strategies focused on combatting the illegitimate use and distribution of international content in the United States. Activities on behalf of IBCAP include the establishment of a monitoring lab to monitor and detect unauthorised use of IBCAP member content and automated systems to monitor set-top boxes, websites, and other streaming platforms. NAGRA will detect servers providing IBCAP member content without authorisation, including both linear feeds and VoD content, and take actions to have that content removed. NAGRA will also provide on-the-ground investigation services and enhanced litigation support tools. Within the coming weeks, NAGRA’s investigation services will be focused on identifying retailers selling pirate services, educating them about the risks of selling those pirate services, and collecting evidence for future investigations and lawsuits.

Iran bans private TV channels

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/04/11/iran-bans-private-tv-channels/

The Iranian Parliament has voted against a draft bill that would authorize private broadcasting in the country, Mehr news agency reported April 9.

Iran’s only broadcasting organization, (Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting) has been the monopoly operator of television channels in Iran to date (and certainly since it emerged after the Islamic revolution of 1979), despite private demands for non-governmental channels to be authorized.

The bill that was rejected April 9 also included a proposal to turn the management of the IRIB over to a board of trustees. The IRIB chief is made through a direct decree by the Supreme Leader.

IRIB operates 12 domestic channels, 6 satellite TV channels and 30 provincial channels. It employs some 13,000 staff.

The draft bill had been introduced by the Hope Parliamentary Group, a reformist faction of the Parliament which was the hope of reform-minded voters who chose its members over a year ago.


Tuesday evening feed

Optus D1 12639 V 15000 swimming

Kodi plugin for Australian TV (needs VPN outside of Australia)


From my Email

From Malone

Intelsat 19 3880 V 30000

FTA this morning

Encrypted this evening.

From the Dish

Intelsat 19 166.0E 12557 H One America News Network, Cars TV, Comedy TV, Es TV, My Destination TV, ESPN Australia, ESPN 2 Australia, Fashion TV Asia, Havoc TV, Pursuit Channel, FightBox HD, DocuBox HD, 360 Tune Box, Fast & FunBox HD, FilmBox Arthouse, AWE International, Trace Sport Stars, Trace Urban, Bloomberg TV Asia, Motorvision TV, MTV Music Australia & New Zealand and MTV Dance have left .

Intelsat 19 166.0E 3829 H "CNN International Asia Pacific, HLN International and CNN Newsource Asia" have left .

Thaicom 4 119.5E 12688 V Hang Meas HDTV, D Cartoon, Thai PBS, Voice TV 21, CNC, PNN, Thai Channel 8, TV Lao, One TV Sabay, CTV 8, Workpoint 23, My TV, VTV 4, Zing Asia, SMM TV, CTN, TV 24, MSJ TV, Nation TV, Komsan TV, Bayon TV, Rasmey Hang Meas HDTV and Sabaidee TV 141 have started on .

SES 9 108.2E 12731 V CCTV 2/3/5/7/10/12/13/14, Hunan TV, Zhejiang Satellite TV, Shandong TV, Dragon TV, Jiangsu TV, Anhui TV, Guangxi TV, Guizhou TV, Shenzhen TV, CETV 1, Henan TV, Henan TV International Channel, Phoenix Chinese Channel, Phoenix InfoNews Channel, Macau Lotus TV and TVB 8 have started on , encrypted.

SES 8 95.0E 12170 H "CSN" has left .

Measat 3a 91.4E 3918 H "RTM TV 2 and RTM TVi" are Fta.

ST 2 88.0E 3546 V "Arirang World, CTI TV Asia, Bloomberg TV Asia, E! Asia & Pacific, CTV Classic, CCTV 4 Asia and Gem TV Asia" have started on, Fta.
ST 2 88.0E 3546 V "ETTV Asia News and Phoenix Chinese Channel have started on , clear. EBC News, Kix!" have left again.

Insat 4A 83.0E Colors Odia and Colors Gujarati have moved from 4005 H to 4078 H, Irdeto.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3769 H "Bangla Cinema" has left .
Apstar 7 76.5E 3799 H "Rupashi Bangla TV" has started on , Fta
Apstar 7 76.5E 3799 H "Channel S" is still on , Fta.

ABS 2 75.0E 11559 V "World Business Channel" has left

From asiatvro site

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东经88度轨道位置的中新2号卫星C频段,Haari Variety替换凤凰中文(Skynindo)频道,设置3547 V 23310参数免费接收。 [4月10日]
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Increasing fragmentation in streaming is the trend no viewer wants

From http://www.news.com.au/technology/home-entertainment/tv/increasing-fragmentation-in-streaming-is-the-trend-no-viewer-wants/news-story/668530275e2affcb3c7fbdae8e696bfa

FOR those who want everything they could possibly want to watch under one $10 umbrella, we’ve got some bad news for you.

Yet another streaming service has launched in Australia, signalling the increasing fragmentation of streaming and dashing any hopes that paying one subscription a month is going to be enough for the most voracious of viewers.

Love Nature is another niche service that has launched in Australia. As its name implies, it specialises in nature and wildlife documentaries. The service is from Blue Ant Media and Smithsonian Networks and costs $4.99 a month after the initial free one-month trial.

Love Nature claims to have the “world’s largest library” of 4K wildlife and nature docos and says a percentage of each subscription fee will be given to conservation projects including the Jane Goodall Institute. It also has a content partnership with WWF International.

Happily, Love Nature is available across a range of platforms at launch including iOS and Android apps which is compatible with Chromecast. It’s also on Xbox One, Nexus, Apple TV and a limited selection of smart TVs. You can download content on the mobile apps to watch offline, similar to functionality recently introduced by Netflix and Stan.

Nothing against Love Nature itself — it sounds great — and it’s actually launching with more than some its better-resourced rivals did in the past. For the most obsessive of nature enthusiasts, the service is a great option for their dedicated viewing needs, and cheaper than paying for similar channels through Foxtel* or Fetch.

But it does cement a market trend many streamers are greeting with apprehension.

In the past two years and change, Australians have been bombarded with myriad streaming services, led by American giant Netflix (from $8.99). Aussie player Stan ($10) is the next biggest in terms of content and profile while Amazon recently launched Prime Video ($8) and Foxtel revamped its Play service (from $10) after pulling the plug on Presto.

Then you have Hayu ($6), a reality TV platform for all your Kardashian and Vanderpump needs, and YouTube Red ($12) just kicked off.

Plus there are the likes of BigPond Movies, Dendy Direct and OzFlix who sell or rent movies and TV shows on a per item basis. And the beleaguered Quickflix is sputtering on its last breath somewhere out there.

Oh, and there’s still iTunes, Google Play and various online stores from Fetch, Xbox, PlayStation and more. And sports franchises who have their own channels and subscriptions.

Yeah, it’s exhausting.

If you actually signed up to all the subscription services’ bare minimum packages, you’re looking at $60 a month. Lord help your budget if you’re also a geo-dodger and paying for American services such as Hulu, CBS All-Access, HBO Now, Showtime or FilmStruck.

Watching everything you could possibly want is an expensive endeavour, not to mention a huge time-suck.

Netflix is increasingly moving to original content such as its new teen drama 13 Reasons Why.

And there’s nothing in the stars to suggest any consolidation of these services to create some kind of Spotify-esque catch-all for TV and film.

There will only be further fragmentation as the digital rights to shows are sold to different companies. The likes of Netflix, and to a lesser extent Amazon, have increasingly allowed rights to lapse, shifting its focus to original content which it can control the rights to in every market.

So, for the foreseeable future, be prepared to pay more and more for the TV and film you want to watch.

One year anniversary

From http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=396262

SKY Pacific celebrated its first anniversary yesterday with a new offer for its customers.

Digicel Fiji chief executive officer Darren McLean said they came up with Sky Lite which was an affordable solution of 13 channels for $29.95 monthly subscription for English and Hindi entertainment, sports, news, education and children's programs.

Mr McLean said this was the first time such a package was available here in Fiji.

"Based on initial feedback we feel this new offer is going to be incredibly popular and affordable for families across Fiji."

The Sky Lite package includes BBC, National Geographic Wild, NHK, Boomerang, Comedy Central, Life Time, TVWan, Paramount, Zee TV, B4U Movies, Set India, ESPN and Fight Sports.

"We have come a long way in our first year with Sky Pacific; from key improvements in our channel line-up, expanded payment outlets, a new set top box with enhanced functionality as well as our most recent innovative Triple Play Home Bundle."

The Sky Lite Offer is available to both new and existing customers.

Study: Android’s ‘pivotal role’ in future TV distribution

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/04/11/study-androids-pivotal-role-in-future-tv-distribution/

Findings from a global survey carried out by digital platform security specialist Irdeto and research and consultancy firm Ovum reveal that a majority of video service providers have either Android TV or Android Open Source Project (AOSP) on their technology road-maps.

Conducted in February 2017, the study, Is Android the future of the set-top box?, found that 72 per cent of respondents are considering Android implementations as a part of their set-top box (STB) strategies. In addition, 50 per cent of respondents see Android as being important for their goals within the next five years. The 300 TV industry professionals surveyed also identified a variety of benefits they perceive Android TV to offer, including the availability of new features and services, faster time-to-market, an attractive user interface and cost efficiencies. However, while a majority of respondents indicated a commitment to Android, only 54 per cent of video service providers are willing to pay more for Android chipsets than traditional chipsets with embedded middleware.

Features, specifically the ability for users to download additional apps, are the driving force leading Android implementations. Video service providers with more than one million subscribers (43 per cent) and those with less than one million subscribers (34 per cent) both said that this was the number one driver for adoption. However, despite service providers’ confidence in the benefits of Android TV, there remain significant concerns around piracy and cyberthreats. By allowing easy installations of other applications onto the STB, 43 per cent of respondents believe there will be an increased attack surface, while 41 per cent are concerned that their subscribers could install apps for illegal streaming.

“Video service providers are feeling pressure to continue to innovate their offerings to satisfy consumer demand for an optimal user experience,” said Frank Poppelsdorf, Director of Product Management, Irdeto. “These results indicate that Android TV is not only on pace to play a critical role in the future of TV distribution, but are essential for the industry to meet growing consumer demand for new and innovative services. However, the open nature of the technology brings up several security concerns, especially in regard to piracy. As the industry continues to shift toward more open platforms for the set-top box, it will be critical for video service providers to implement a robust 360-degree security approach to ensure their premium content is protected while optimizing flexibility and time to market.”

While many expect Android to dominate the TV landscape in the near future, the survey revealed that more education on the differences between Android platforms may be needed. Only 52 per cent of those surveyed understand the difference between Android TV and AOSP.

“Education on Android platforms is critical for video service providers to understand the capabilities, benefits and drawbacks of each technology in order to make the best strategic decision concerning their technology roadmap,” said Ed Barton, Practice Leader, TV, Ovum. “These types of insights identified in our survey with Irdeto are key to help pay TV operators, broadcasters and OTT streaming providers better anticipate the opportunities and challenges ahead. We were pleased to work with Irdeto on this survey of C-Level executives as well as professionals across multiple disciplines to identify Android strategies that will shape the pay TV market in the years ahead.”

As platforms such as Android TV become the new norm in the TV landscape, it will be important for operators to employ a holistic, 360-degree security approach to secure these next-generation devices, suggests Irdeto. Danish cable TV and broadband Internet services supplier Stofa recently selected Irdeto Cloaked CA to deliver content securely through its upcoming new Android set-top box. Not only will subscribers have the full range of Stofa services on the STB, they will also have direct access to the Google Play app store and to streaming services such as YouTube. Stofa intends to revolutionise the user experience with its new Android STB and with Irdeto’s latest renewable and cardless software security, any form of content delivered to customers will be robustly protected.

Spain: Successful raid on illegal IPTV operation

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/04/11/spain-successful-raid-on-illegal-iptv-operation/

The Spanish National Police and Europol have revealed the successful raid of one of the largest European illegal IPTV streaming businesses. In a collaborative operation with Europol, Eurojust, Spanish specialised computer crimes prosecutors, the English Premier League and digital platform security specialist Irdeto, 12 locations were raided in Spain and Bulgaria.

Dubbed ‘Operation Casper’, eight individuals were arrested for the illegal distribution of 1,000 pay-TV channels across two Internet Service Providers (ISPs) through the use of IPTV technology. The servers used to provide illegal access to the channels were shut down and numerous documents incriminating the individuals under investigation were also confiscated.

The investigation was initiated by the Premier League as part of a global effort to combat illegal online redistribution of its live broadcasts. Irdeto identified a Danish citizen residing in Spain who owned an ISP in Málaga used to illegally broadcast encrypted TV signals to thousands of consumers and businesses across Europe. It was discovered that this individual was the leader of a criminal organization that was able to provide a high-quality pirate service rivalling offerings from legal operators.

Operation Casper also uncovered another illegal organisation located in Silistra, Bulgaria that was operated by the same criminal network who had another internet provider in that location covering different European countries. Both the ISPs identified were legally established, performing legal activities while also exploiting their capacities to provide illegal services.

“These actions are just one part of the largest anti-piracy campaign the Premier League has conducted to protect its copyright,” said Kevin Plumb, Director of Legal Services, Premier League. “The raids in Spain and Bulgaria by the Spanish Police and law enforcement agencies are a clear indication that IPTV piracy will not be tolerated. Our model, like other sports and creative industries, is predicated on the ability to market and sell rights and protect our intellectual property. It is because of this that clubs can invest in and develop talented players, build world class stadiums, and support young people in schools and communities across the country.”

Engaged by the Premier League for piracy detection and investigative services, Irdeto’s team of experts worked closely with the Premier League, Spanish National Police and law enforcement agencies to gather information and evidence leading to the raid. This information resulted in the 12 simultaneous raids in Spain and Bulgaria, proving that both ISPs were illegally distributing pirated content. The disbanded criminal organisation also controlled three other entities that provided the content to its customers.

“The efforts of the Spanish Police and law enforcement to dismantle pirate organisations like this is critical in the fight against IPTV piracy,” said Mark Mulready, Senior Director, Cyber Services & Investigations at Irdeto. “We continue to support our customers, partners and law enforcement agencies to identify large-scale cross-border pirate networks and help combat piracy. By detecting, analysing, investigating and countering piracy, our collaborative efforts send a message to the pirate community that they will be found and brought to justice.”

Time for common sense with the satellite catalog

From http://www.thespacereview.com/article/3215/1

The US Air Force has been designated by the United Nations as the official keeper of the world’s catalog1 of satellites, but it could do a better job, especially if it would make more common sense decisions about what is released to the public.

It has been very obvious for a long time that many of the decisions that keep information hidden have been made arbitrarily and actually make it more difficult to do things like maintain the official Satellite Catalog.

First we should note that the US government has excellent reasons for hiding the missions of certain satellites and has legitimate reasons for not making our adversaries’ work easier by giving them information that they cannot easily get themselves. As a former Air Force Squadron Security Officer, I have been trained in the procedures for maintaining secrecy and I have some knowledge about why we would keep some information secret. One key concept is that the US government cannot confirm or deny reports in the media; the media does make mistakes and there is no need to correct those that help keep our operations secret.

Still, it has been very obvious for a long time that many of the decisions that keep information hidden have been made arbitrarily and actually make it more difficult to do things like maintain the official Satellite Catalog. Just in the last few days, General John Hyten, head of Strategic Command and former heas of the Air Force Space Command, said in a speech2 that “capabilities” were classified too high. Hopefully this is the beginning of some common sense in deciding what should be and should not be classified.

Types of satellites

The orbital parameters of many satellites are withheld from the general public. These parameters are normally given as Two Line Element sets, or TLEs. This format dates back to the early days when these orbital parameters were distributed on Hollerith cards: each card held one line of data. The Air Force center that maintains the Satellite Catalog was, until recently, the Joint Space Operations Center (JSpOC) in California. They just renamed it the 18 Space Control Squadron (SPCS), so I may use those two names interchangeably in this article. The organization has had a number of reorganizations over the last many years but apparently this time the Air Force just changed their name.

For the purposes of our discussion there are two levels of security that affect the kind of information that the Air Force releases. Some TLEs are classified as For Official Use Only. These satellites’ missions and general orbital parameters are neither Secret nor disguised. One example is the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP).3

The other level is satellites whose missions and orbits are actually classified, like various intelligence collection satellites. The US government legitimately should not identify which satellites have these intelligence collection missions and should not make the TLEs of recent satellites public. They also legitimately classify other objects that fly with them, such as upper stages. That helps hide which is the actual payload.

There are many satellites that have a Secret (or above) mission: photographic satellites, electronic intelligence satellites, etc. Let’s further separate these satellites by their orbits.

The low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites are mostly electro-optical and synthetic aperture radar imagery intelligence spacecraft. The military normally has an X-38B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV) in space as well, it has wings and a payload bay and is sort of like a small shuttle. A little higher up are satellites such as the NOSS (Naval Ocean Surveillance System), which are missions that (currently) have two satellites working together. As they orbit they pick up radio, radar, and other signals from below; the two satellites’ signals allow analysts to find the location of the emitter below.

There are many commercial (mainly optical) tracking systems today and there are lists of satellites that they are tracking that are not in the Satellite Catalog.

Another type of satellite is in an orbit that has a low perigee and a much higher apogee. This could be a satellite that is in an orbit that allows it to transfer a payload into a geosynchronous orbit. This is referred to as a geosynchronous transfer orbit (GTO) and is very eccentric. But something in GTO would have an inclination which is small, allowing the apogee to be near the geostationary orbit used by many communications and other satellites. But many of these eccentric orbits also have very high inclinations, which allows the satellite to dwell at apogee over the northern or southern polar regions. It is sort of like having a geosynchronous satellite that can observe the polar regions. The orbit is sometimes called a “Molniya” orbit after the Soviet satellite that popularized it.

Just for completeness, there are many military satellites that are not classified and their TLEs are openly distributed. For example the Global Positioning Satellites (GPS) or other similar satellites.

Tracking systems are no longer all owned by governments

We must remember that many countries have sophisticated satellite tracking systems today, including Russia and China. Now they do not have the coverage around the world that the US (and allied) system has, and so it is easier to “lose” some satellites. For many high-inclination, high-eccentricity satellites, the apogee is over Russia or China and so they can get some good tracking of them in a part of their orbits. But it would be hard for them to track those objects at perigee, and good tracking across the entire orbit makes it easier to generate accurate orbital parameters.

A significant recent change is the rapid growth of educational and commercial satellite tracking networks and alternative satellite catalogs. There are many commercial (mainly optical) tracking systems today and there are lists of satellites that they are tracking that are not in the Satellite Catalog.4 Increasingly, commercial operations such as the Commercial Space Operations Center (ComSpOC) can do many of the things that the 18 SPCS can do, and without many of the limitations that the military (such as classification) has. They can also track many classified satellites. From discussions with people who work with them, they know about the classified satellites, they track them, but they essentially pretend that they don’t know what they are. The commercial operators do tell the 18 SPCS about mistakes that the Air Force has made and apparently the Air Force does accept some corrections.

An alternative satellite catalog that is often more complete than the official one is maintained by Jonathan McDowell, who is also well known as the author of Jonathan’s Space Report. The absence of some orbital parameters in the official satellite catalog mostly serves to draw attention to them.

So why release these orbital parameters?

By releasing these orbital parameters, the Air Force could help themselves improve the quality of the Satellite Catalog. That catalog is adequate at best, and even I have corrected some satellite identifications in it. In 2014 they had ArduSat-1, ArduSat-X, and Pico-Dragon misidentified and I pointed this out; later they corrected them. Just getting this minor correction was a lot of work and also caused someone with a very thin skin to send me an email, so I have not tried to correct others. There have been lots of reports of other organizations pointing out errors that apparently have been corrected. Also a number of objects have been documented as reentering the atmosphere, and so are no longer in space, and yet the Satellite Catalog does not state that fact. That issue will be discussed later.

Having unavailable orbital parameters also appears to cause other government organizations to miss things. If something happens involving satellites where the orbital parameters are not available, apparently the event could be missed. One example is object number 22259, a payload deployed by the STS-53 shuttle mission. The orbital parameters for the upper stage also are not available, and it (object 22519) appears to have shed pieces. On that mission, the payload object number is 22518, and the name is given as USA 89. The Air Force maintained satellite catalog has eleven pieces of debris that have “International Designators” that indicate that they came off of object 22519. That should generate an entry in the NASA list of “breakups” and yet it is not there. The latest version of the NASA document is 20085 and the object numbers of those pieces indicate that they were shed well before that (certainly before July 5, 1997).

Similarly, object 20164 was another shuttle flight, and the associated payloads deployed are object 20167 and 20172. An associated upper stage is object 20344, so 20167 stayed in LEO for a while before boosting into a higher orbit—that is why the object number for the upper stage is higher. 20172 has since decayed and so must have been a smaller, secondary payload. After the upper stage delivered the payload to the Molniya orbit, it was cataloged as 20344 in very late November of 1989 and appears to have shed pieces before December 9, 1992. There is no entry for this in the NASA list of breakups and anomalous events.

So it might also help governmental agencies include important events in common reports. Certainly it has to be inconvenient to have both unclassified and classified lists of satellites. It must be more difficult to follow some of the classified satellites and so, when they shed pieces, they are not noticed.

Many objects should have their orbits released to improve safety when they reenter the atmosphere.

With the orbital descriptions, what could the community do? These example satellites are high-inclination, high-eccentricity objects, according to the amateurs who track them, and are hard to track most of the time. The 18 SPCS could release the orbital parameters without identifying the missions, and could have some very talented people potentially helping them. If someone looked for an object and it did not appear, they would likely inform the Air Force. If one shed pieces the community could alert NASA. These talented people would bring some “corporate knowledge” to the task.

Perhaps if the DMSP constellation’s orbits were more widely available, the NASA breakup list might be more complete. My earlier story here documents a number of times that the DMSP satellites have shed pieces, events that are not captured in the NASA list of events of that type (see “Satellite breakups and related events: a quick analysis”, The Space Review, January 23, 2017). NASA does capture similar events for the unclassified NOAA Polar Orbiting Environmental Satellite system.

And, last but not least, many objects should have their orbits released to improve safety when they reenter the atmosphere. When satellites reenter, they can drop significant pieces to the ground. The predicted impact point will always be imprecise but we can identify a track below the orbit where pieces may fall. One of the first such events I worked on as an Orbital Analyst was the reentry of Skylab. We sent many alerts about possible points where governments might expect falling debris

When objects for which the orbits are not released re-enter, the warnings about this event are absent. People on the ground do not get appropriate alerts about possible heavy items descending from above. These falling objects have not yet injured anyone, but the risk is not worth the marginal benefit to security, and more events like this will occur. The best documented reentry in this class was object 32707, International Designator 2008-010B, a Centaur upper stage that reentered in November of 2015, impacting in southeastern Spain.6 From exchanging email with the author of that report, Ted Molczan, just a small change in reentry location could have put those pieces onto inhabited areas. People could have been injured or killed for no increase in secrecy. Ted Molczan also details a similar event with object 35939, a Delta II upper stage that reentered over Mongolia.

When items like this decay from orbit, the Satellite Catalog is also often not updated: both object 35939 and object 32707 are not shown as decayed in spite of the fact that the Air Force has picked up pieces from one of those events in Mongolia. This adds more errors to an already flawed catalog.

And the Air Force is not always consistent: object 23098, International Designator 1994-026B, was a Centaur upper stage that decayed, and the Satellite Catalog shows that it decayed. The orbital parameters of this object and the associated payload have not been released; it seems that the rules for maintenance of the official Satellite Catalog have changed. How was this object different from the other two, or was it decayed by mistake?

Which orbits could be released?

Which satellites should have their orbital parameters released? First is the DMSP constellation: they were classified above the Secret level when it first started but, likely because the information was so valuable and the source of the information was so hard to conceal, their missions and orbits were declassified years ago. When I was an Orbital Analyst we distributed their TLEs in our unclassified sets and many of the older satellites are still in those sets. Sometime in 1990 the new satellites’ TLEs were assigned a status of For Official Use Only by someone. This accomplishes nothing since there is no way that an adversary could use these TLEs to conceal any operations from us—and the satellites are large and very easy to track. The DMSP program will also end in a few years when the final satellites fail.

Just in case they make even simple mistakes, let’s keep the very low altitude photographic reconnaissance satellites classified, even though they are easy to track and certainly everyone has acceptable orbital parameters for them.

Past and future OTV flights should be declassified as well: this object is so large that it is easily tracked. Next would be long-retired high-inclination, high-eccentricity objects—the US satellites that fly in Molniya orbits. Most of these are electronic intelligence satellites that gathered radio and radar signals from Soviet and Chinese sites that are at high latitude. The satellites’ missions would not need to be revealed, just their orbital parameters. These objects are in the Satellite Catalog right now but their orbital parameters are blank.

Geosynchronous satellites that are stationary could be released since their relative motion in relation to a ground site is low. When the lighting is good, an optical telescope can just sweep the Equatorial geosynchronous belt and see a number of satellites. Some of them do have some eccentricity and so appear to follow a figure-eight in the sky, yet they don’t stray far from the Equator. They really cannot hide.

The other ones

Which satellites might not have their orbital parameters released? We have to admit that every one of our reconnaissance satellites will be tracked, and there is no way to hide them. However, our adversaries may take precautions when a payload is in sight of their facilities. They could have easily mistaken an upper stage for a payload, and might take precautions at the wrong times. I was stationed at a Ballistic Missile Early Warning Station at Clear Air Force Station, Alaska, and have seen the radar returns from many objects in space. The return from almost all payloads stands out from the return from an upper stage, as the payload is far more stable. The return from the upper stage changes a lot more. But it is easy to misidentify the radar track (our radar operators frequently did) and our adversaries are likely to do that. If they had misidentified the payload and upper stage, let’s not tell them about that until the payload is retired.

Just in case they make even simple mistakes, let’s keep the very low altitude photographic reconnaissance satellites classified, even though they are easy to track and certainly everyone has acceptable orbital parameters for them. When these satellites correct their orbits they might be missed and it could take a few days to find them again. GTO or geosynchronous satellites orbits that change could also be concealed in the satellite catalog in case our adversaries lose them.


The author would like to thank Ted Molczan and Jonathan McDowell for their hard work and success in making more complete satellite information available to the public. Their innovative efforts have filled in many gaps in the Satellite Catalog and have explained a number of the events that affected many people on the ground.


Hope channel reported on 169E 3917 H 3333 fec:3/4

Unfortunatly we have lost a bunch of Channels on Optus D2 over the last few days, The line-up on D2 is looking pretty sad.

These channels have left! I hope this is just temporary or thyey have some replacements lined up

Jame-Jam TV Network
IFilm English
Press TV
RTS Satelit
Madani Channel English
Alkeraza TV,
Al Hayat 2
CNC World Chinese
CNC World English
Fashion Television Australia/New Zealand
Al Beshara TV

Skynindo Indonesian pay tv service has moved from Palapa to 88E now 3547 V 23310 fec:3/4. I will check this when the W.A dishis back in action

From my Email


From the Dish

Intelsat 19 166.0E 4180 H "ABS-CBN Sports+Action and Lifestyle Network" are Fta
Intelsat 19 166.0E 3880 V "EM TV has replaced Sky News Australia" on Fta.

Optus D2 152.0E 12519 V "Jame-Jam TV Network, IFilm English and Press TV" have left .
Optus D2 152.0E 12546 V "ERI TV 1, RTS Satelit, Madani Channel English and Alkeraza TV" have left
Optus D2 152.0E 12706 V "Al Hayat 2, CNC World Chinese, CNC World English and Fashion Television Australia/New Zealand" have left .
Optus D2 152.0E 12734 V "Al Beshara TV" has left .

Palapa D 113.0E 3756 H "Horee!" is now encrypted.

Palapa D 113.0E 3780 V "Aljazeera English and Channel NewsAsia have started on , Irdeto. TVB 8 and Xing Kong China" have left.
Palapa D 113.0E 3984 H "Channel 5 has replaced Solusi Sehat TV" on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 4007 V "GogoMall Home Shopping has replaced Lumen Network" on , Fta
Palapa D 113.0E 4080 H "IM Shopping Indonesia has replaced SBS" In on , Fta

ST 2 88.0E 3546 V Asia Travel, FTV, LTV Asia, EBC Yoyo, CTV, CTS, SET Taiwan, SETInternational, TVBS Entertainment Channel, FTV News, Global News, ETTV Asia, EBC News, Phoenix InfoNews Channel, Outdoor Channel International, Fashion One Asia, Asian Food Channel, Sports Illustrated, Sports Illustrated 2, AXN East Asia and Kix! have started on , Fta.
ST 2 88.0E 3662 H "ETTV Asia, EBC Yoyo, Asia Travel and EBC News" have started on , Fta

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3480 H "People TV, Dharma TV, Cartoon Club and Maya Channel SD" have started on , BISS.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3520 H "Thai Muslim TV" has left .
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3600 H "H Plus Channel" has left .

ABS 2 75.0E 3700 V "Da Ai 2" has started on , Fta. K-Asia, Taiwan Comprehensive Channel and JET TV have lef.
ABS 2 75.0E 3740 V "K-Asia and Taiwan Comprehensive Channel" have started on , Irdeto.

ABS 2 75.0E 12227 H "Onkar Only Truth TV" is back on , Fta.
ABS 2 75.0E 12524 H "Daystar TV" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 11170 V "True African has replaced E Nolly +" on , Videoguard.

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Australian university students to launch satellite in 2018

From http://www.southgatearc.org/news/2017/april/australian-university-students-to-launch-satellite-in-2018.htm#.WOtguWeB-Uk

Students at the University of Melbourne are well advanced on a program to build a nano-satellite, with the Wireless Institute of Australia assisting in the IARU frequency and other coordination processes.

Through the Melbourne Space Program (MSP) affiliated with the University of Melbourne, all is moving ahead for a hand-over of the nano-satellite in November and a launch as early as January 2018.

Funding comes from the University of Melbourne, while the Melbourne Space Program is an organisation that holds the licensing, and other matters related to the launch.

In a media release, the MSP revealed that plans are well under way with rideshare provider SpaceFlight with a contract signed for a November hand-off and its launch as early as January 2018. It has involved a group of ambitious students, seeking to understand and help redefine the Australian space sector through innovation in education, economics and policy, as well as engineering.

Australia is the only Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) nation without a space agency. In 1966, University of Melbourne students built Australia’s first satellite that was launched in 1970 as Australis Oscar 5 to be tracked by 200 radio amateurs in 27 different countries.

The Melbourne Space Program has about 70 active members who are students ranging from 1st year university to masters level and post-graduate.

The key objectives include being the first students to launch an Australian nano-satellite, create education, research in space, collaborate with academia and industry, and promote gender parity in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and Arts disciplines.

Work was continuing to launch Australia’s first nano-satellite and more news is expected in coming months.

NZCC hangs up on Sky Network TV merger

From https://www.intelligentinvestor.com.au/nzcc-hangs-up-on-sky-network-tv-merger-1863901

NZCC hangs up on Sky Network TV merger Facing growing threats, Sky Network Television (ASX:SKT) will likely appeal the rejection of its proposed merger with Vodafone New Zealand. by Jon Mills 10 Apr 2017 0 Sky Network Television (Sky, ASX: SKT), New Zealand’s largest pay-TV operator, is facing the same headwinds buffeting Foxtel and foreign cable-TV companies such as ESPN, owned by Disney (NYSE: DIS). Cord-cutting, unbundling and the rise of Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX), Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN), Stan, and even Google parent Alphabet’s (NASDAQ: GOOG) Youtube are all providing consumers with more viewing options at lower prices. Sky has responded by offering customers more flexible packages and cheaper options such as NEON and FAN PASS but these are less profitable than its traditional subscribers

Total subscribers have starting falling and, albeit to a lesser extent (so far), average revenue per subscriber (or ARPS) is also falling. Sky downgraded its estimated 2017 EBITDA to around NZ$278m in December 2016. Should this trend continue as I expect, with the cost of content – and in particular, sporting rights – continuing to increase, this has ominous ramifications for Sky’s bottom line. So on a standalone basis, at 6.2 times historical earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (or EBITDA) and a PER of 13, I’d steer clear. Proposed merger with Vodafone NZ But Sky’s Board has sensibly aimed to diversify by purchasing Vodafone New Zealand, the country’s largest mobile provider, with 2.4m customers, and second-largest broadband provider. Vodafone’s main attraction is exponentially increasing data use, either via mobile or fibre, while the combined entity will also be able to provide more attractive bundles – combined internet, TV and phone service – to its customers.

Sky will issue 405m shares to Vodafone’s parent and also NZ$1,250m in cash, meaning it will be paying around NZ$3.44bn on an enterprise value basis or 7.1 times estimated 2017 EBITDA. (The new shares have an assumed value of NZ$5.40 under the merger’s terms). Unfortunately, the New Zealand Commerce Commission (NZCC) has knocked back the deal, on the basis that it couldn’t be satisfied that the merger wouldn’t substantially lessen competition. Sky and Vodafone have taken legal action to preserve their right to appeal once the regulator releases its full reasoning. Sky shares shot up from NZ$4.47 to NZ$5.25 when the merger was announced in June 2016, but have since slipped back to NZ$3.88 on the rejection of the merger and further declines in subscriber numbers. In the price? With Sky shares falling to NZ$3.78 after the merger was rejected, it seems the market is assuming the merger won't go ahead. And as noted, I wouldn’t recommend owning it on a standalone basis. However, at current prices, Sky is effectively purchasing Vodafone NZ for around 5.8 times 2017 EBITDA.

The merged entity will trade at around 6.1 times estimated 2017 EBITDA of NZ$762m. By contrast, comparable stocks outside New Zealand sell for at least 7 times EBITDA. Moreover, while it always pays to be sceptical about estimated synergies, the NZ$0.52 per share in cost synergies from the merger appear to be achievable. Regulatory risk So if the NZCC’s decision is successfully appealed, then I’d expect a decent rise in Sky’s share price. Perhaps to NZ$4.40 – where they were trading before the merger was rejected – or even higher as investors acknowledge the benefits from the deal. Unfortunately, I can't estimate the chances of the merger ultimately being approved with any degree of accuracy. Each case is different and so historical rates at which NZCC decisions have successfully been appealed aren't much use. Making things even more difficult is that the NZCC hasn’t yet released the detailed reasoning behind its decision, which may show that its reasoning is incorrect and open to challenge. An intelligent speculation? This means any purchase now on the assumption that the merger goes ahead would amount to a speculation rather than an investment. However, while I'll pass, a little intelligent speculation may not necessarily be a bad thing. Perhaps comprising 1% of a portfolio at most, this may be a speculative opportunity for investors who clearly understand the risks and whose portfolios can cope if the speculation proves unsuccessful.

Mitsubishi Electric to Build New Satellite Production Facility

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Mitsubishi_Electric_to_Build_New_Satellite_Production_Facility_999.html

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation reports that it will invest approximately 11 billion yen to construct a new facility for the production of satellites at company's Kamakura Works in Kamakura, Japan.

Together with existing facilities, Mitsubishi Electric's production capacity will increase to 18 satellites in parallel, up from 10 in parallel at present, which will enable the company to satisfy growing demand for governmental satellites in Japan and commercial communication satellites worldwide. Mitsubishi Electric is targeting space-related revenue of 150 billion yen by 2021.

The new facility will increase production efficiency, shorten production time, reduce costs and elevate product quality for enhanced competitiveness. It will incorporate information technology based on Mitsubishi Electric's e-F@ctory solutions, which extract hidden benefits from existing resources through integrated automation to improve efficiencies, reduce costs and increasing overall productivity.

Mitsubishi Electric's long involvement with satellites includes the Himawari-7, -8 and -9 weather satellites, the Superbird-C2, Japan's first commercial communications satellite, QZS high-accuracy positioning satellite systems and the TURKSAT-4A and -4B satellites for Turksat A.S of Turkey.

The Japanese market for governmental satellites is expected to grow under the Japanese government's Basic Plan for Space Policy to develop satellites that support daily life, including for observations, communications and positioning, and to promote the commercial use of space for the enhancement of Japan's industrial and scientific infrastructure.

In the field of commercial communications satellites, which account for a steady global market, Mitsubishi Electric aims to enhance its position in this market with technologies cultivated for governmental satellites, such as next-generation engineering test satellites.

Mitsubishi Electric, a leading manufacturer for space research and development, has participated in the production of more than 500 domestic and international satellites as either the prime contractor or a major subcontractor. In 2000, the company became the first Japanese manufacturer capable of developing, designing, assembling and testing satellites at a single location.

The company's Kamakura Works is equipped with one of Japan's largest thermal-vacuum testing chambers, an acoustic test chamber and an antenna test range. To date, the works has produced 18 satellites, as well as electronic modules for the Japanese-driven H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV) for unmanned cargo resupply in outer space.

Mitsubishi Electric Chosen as Prime Contractor of Japanese Government's Engineering Test Satellite 9

From satnews

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation has been chosen by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) as the prime contractor for the Engineering Test Satellite 9 (ETS-9) scheduled to launch in 2021.

The ETS-9 will be the centerpiece of a project to develop an advanced satellite bus, or common model, for various high-throughput satellites (HTS) for communications. Mitsubishi Electric hopes to leverage the advanced technologies it cultivates for the ETS-9 to win contracts for two satellite systems per year in the global commercial market.

The new satellite bus will focus specifically on advanced communication needs:

+ Up to 25kW of power to support HTS communications

+ Light mass, all-electric bus system achieved with 6kW high-power Hall thrusters (Japan-made).

+ High-power Hall thrusters significantly shorten delivery of orbiting satellite compared to other manufacturer's 4.5kW-class electric-propulsion bus systems

+ The first Japanese geostationary satellite equipped with GPS receivers (Japan-made) for laborsaving autonomous orbital transfer and orbital maneuvering.

The Japanese government's Basic Plan for Space Policy has identified advanced technologies for communications and broadcasting satellites as crucial to Japan's security and global competitiveness in the space industry.

Next-generation technologies to be deployed in the ETS-9 are expected to be in demand in the global market and will help Japan advance its industrial and scientific technology infrastructure.

Mitsubishi Electric's existing DS2000 standard bus system, long proven in governmental and commercial satellites worldwide, is now facing intense competition in the market for new high-power, high-throughput communications satellites.

In response, Mitsubishi Electric has placed top priority on developing a world-class, 25kW-output, all-electric satellite bus system through the ETS-9 in collaboration with JAXA.

Mitsubishi Electric, a leading Japanese manufacturer in the field of space research and development, has helped to produce more than 500 domestic and international satellites as either the prime contractor or a major subcontractor.

In 2000, it became the first Japanese manufacturer capable of developing, designing, assembling and testing satellites at a single facility. The facility is part of the company's Kamakura Works, which boasts one of Japan's largest thermal vacuum testing chambers as well as an acoustic test chamber and an antenna test range.

Mitsubishi Electric raised its presence in the global satellite market when it was selected to supply the TURKSAT-4A and -4B satellites to Turksat A.S. in Turkey in March 2011. The two satellites were built with Mitsubishi Electric's DS2000 satellite platform, which combines high reliability and effective cost management.

In May 2011, Mitsubishi Electric delivered its ST-2 communications satellite into geostationary orbit for a joint venture between Singapore Telecommunications Limited and Taiwan-based Chunghwa Telecom Company Limited. In 2014, the company was awarded a contract to deliver the Es'hail 2 communications satellite to operator Qatar Satellite Company (Es'hailSat).

National satellite centre underpins Vietnam’s space industry

From http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/176249/national-satellite-centre-underpins-vietnam-s-space-industry.html

The Vietnam National Satellite Centre (VNSC) under the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology has recorded significant progress in developing human resources and operating satellite and space infrastructure projects.

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According to VNSC Director Pham Anh Tuan, the space industry in Vietnam has high demand for quality workers, but has faced a shortage in human resources for years due to a restricted number of educational facilities.

The VNSC, founded in 2011, has worked to tackle the issue. It has sent engineers to universities in Japan to learn about satellite technologies, while signing educational pacts on space science with three Vietnamese universities.

As a result, the centre has grown from an initial staff of 31 to 132, towards a goal of having 300 competent personnel by 2022.

It launched the Vinasat-1 and Vinasat-2 satellites into space in 2008 and 2012, and the remote-sensing VN Redsat-1 and micro satellite "PicoDragon" in 2013.

VNSC engineers joined their Japanese peers in researching and manufacturing the 50kg MicroDragon satellite, which is scheduled to be launched in 2018.

The MicroDragon aims to observe coastal areas of Vietnam to evaluate water quality, marine food resources and follow up on changes in coastal areas to inform the fish breeding sector.

Under the satellite development roadmap, Vietnam will also launch the LOTUSat-1 and LOTUSat-2 satellites, which were designed by Japanese experts and will be assembled and piloted by Vietnamese engineers, by 2019 and 2020, respectively.

These are expected to provide data, contributing to improving the efficiency of agricultural production and mitigating damage caused by natural disasters.

The VNSC is also working to build astronomical observatories in Nha Trang, central Khanh Hoa province, and Hoa Lac, Hanoi.


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We tested Qantas’ free inflight Wi-Fi (and the results were surprisingly good)

From http://www.techradar.com/news/we-tested-qantas-free-inflight-wi-fi-and-the-results-were-surprisingly-good

Stream Netflix, Stan and Foxtel for free at 30,000ft

It was mid-February when Qantas announced not only its partnership with streaming services Foxtel, Netflix and Spotify, but also its plans for providing high-speed Wi-Fi to its domestic passengers.

This was soon followed by a test flight with 140 of the national airline’s employees testing out the system and it came out with flying colours, reaching speeds of up to 12Mbps.

But after months of testing and an initial hiccup, which saw Qantas postpone the launch of it inflight Wi-Fi, the Flying Kangaroo is now well and truly ready to let domestic customers enjoy a world of entertainment.

Qantas today beat Virgin Australia by switching on Wi-Fi aboard a Boeing 737-800 that was chartered to fly Qantas chief Alan Joyce and the media on the inaugural public of the service.

“Inflight Wi-Fi has been on our wish list for quite a while, but the sheer size of Australia meant it was hard to offer a service that was fast and reliable,” said Joyce.

High-flying high speed internet

We were invited along for the ride to put the system through its paces and, like the aforementioned test flight, it was a success.

Initially, there was disappointment regarding connectivity, with the Wi-Fi constantly dropping out, but that was during taxiing, take off and the climb to cruising height. Once the seatbelt signs were switched off, they connection stabilised and it was smooth sailing from then on.

We streamed some videos on both Netflix and Stan (the latter partnered with Qantas in March) and, despite being warned that there was a latency of about 20 to 30 seconds, we found no buffering issues whatsoever.

We even managed to get some work done – catching up with emails and our colleagues on the ground.

Speed tests revealed that we consistently achieved over 12Mbps download speeds, which is way better than the Aussie average of 9.4Mbps.

How the Wi-Fi system works

Qantas’ inflight Wi-Fi uses the NBN Co’s two Sky Muster satellites stationed 36,000km above the Earth, orbiting at speeds of 28,000kph. Each satellite has 101 spot beams that pretty much cover the entirety of Australia.

Whenever someone accesses a web page, a signal is sent and received between the ground and the satellites. Though the satellites will prioritise internet use on the ground, there is sufficient bandwidth to cater to the high-fliers as well.

The Flying Kangaroo has partnered with ViaSat, a company that provides high-speed satellite broadband and secure networking systems, to provide connectivity between aircraft, satellites and the ground.

The Wi-Fi system’s hardware, installed by engineers in Brisbane, consists of a satellite antenna installed atop the aircraft and numerous wireless access points that deliver similar speeds throughout the plane. So no matter where you’re sitting, Qantas has made sure you can stream shows and movies or get some work done just as quickly as the next person.

And everything else you need to know

If you’re curious about the not-so-technical Wi-Fi info offered by Qantas, let’s start by telling you it’s absolutely free.

And as for the devices you can use – your smartphone, tablet or laptop (or all three) are just fine.

But, at present, it's just the one aircraft that’s internet-enabled and still in beta testing. So if you’re taking a Qantas flight between Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, look out for a plane with the tail number VH-XZB. If that's the flight you're on, you could enjoy your favourite shows and movies, watch sports, stream music or just stay in touch with folk on the ground while you cruise 30,000ft above sea level.

Qantas hopes to complete testing by the middle of this year, with a roll-out that will see 80 aircraft in its domestic fleet (Boeing 737s and Airbus A330s) internet-enabled by the end of 2018.

SES restructures with dedicated video and networks business lines

From https://www.rapidtvnews.com/2017040746797/ses-restructures-with-dedicated-video-and-networks-business-lines.html#axzz4dYZySnUd

SES 10 satellite HAfter making a series of refinancing moves and announcing changes in corporate strategy, leading satellite operator SES has now re-organised its go-to-market organisation model with the creation of two focused business units.

To be implemented during the course of 2017, the new SES Video and SES Networks will focus on the video- and data-centric segments in which the company operates. The intention is that the new corporate entity will gather all go-to-market capabilities and allow SES to deliver increasingly differentiated and essential satellite-enabled communication solutions to SES clients in the respective video and data-centric segments. SES Networks comprises the enterprise, mobility, and Government segments and integrates O3b Networks.

Current SES chief commercial officer of Ferdinand Kayser will now become SES Video chief executive officer while Steve Collar, currently O3b Networks chief executive has been appointed SES Networks CEO. Both will report to Karim Michel Sabbagh, president and chief executive officer of SES.

“This new market facing structure will enable SES to accelerate the execution of its market centric strategy and concentrate its differentiated capabilities within each community to best serve its customers globally,” said Romain Bausch, chairman of the SES board of directors. “Scaling up its essential capabilities, SES demonstrates strategic determination and foresight, bringing the best of SES to each and every client we serve around the world. The new operating model will allow SES to fully leverage the capabilities of its affiliates, MX1 and O3b, in which we have recently made significant investments, and make them a key enabler of our video and data-centric businesses, respectively. With Ferdinand and Steve, we have two of the most trusted and experienced leaders at the helm of the respective business units.”

Russian Glonass Monitoring Station to Open in Nicaragua Thursday

From https://sputniknews.com/science/201704071052381165-glonass-open-nicaragua/

Russia is opening a new Glonass satellite navigation tracking station in Nicaragua on Thursday, Nicaragua’s Vice President Rosario Murillo has announced.

The command and control post of GLONASS in the Titov Main Space Testing Center in Krasnoznamensk, the Moscow Region. (File)

Russia to Construct Glonass Satellite Navigation Station in Nicaragua
MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) – Head of Russia's space corporation Roscosmos Igor Komarov is currently on a visit in Nicaragua with a delegation.

Murillo said on Thursday that the opening of the Glonass monitoring station in Nicaragua would facilitate the prevention of national disasters in the future and will give an overall boost to the agricultural sector.

The Glonass project, which was launched in 1993, is considered to be Russia's answer to GPS (Global Positioning System).

The Glonass network currently consists of 27 satellites, including 24 operational, allowing real-time positioning and speed data for surface, sea and airborne objects around the globe.

2nd Michibiki satellite to improve Japan’s GPS accuracy

From http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201704060046.html

TSUKUBA, Ibaraki Prefecture--To boost the accuracy and reception of the existing GPS system for Japan, a new version of a satellite that will orbit directly over the Japanese archipelago has been unveiled.

Officials at the Tsukuba Space Center of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) here showed the Second Quasi-Zenith Satellite (QZS-2) Michibiki, literally meaning guidance or navigation, on April 5.

It is designed to boost the existing GPS and provide a better positioning reading for the people in Japan.

JAXA will send aloft three of the Michibiki satellite series by the end of fiscal 2017, and is scheduled to start full operation in fiscal 2018. The Second and Fourth Michibiki will be of the same model.

Michibiki satellites oscillate from the northern to southern hemisphere to remain in the same longitude as the Japanese islands. Their main advantage is that reception of signals from them are less susceptible to tall buildings and other obstacles when using smartphones or other devices on the ground.

With the use of a special signal receiver for Michibiki, the user's location can be pinpointed with a high degree of accuracy to within a few centimeters.

When the Second Michibiki goes up in space, with the First Michibiki already in operation, the duration that Japanese can access the highly accurate signals will almost double from the current six hours.

FilmOn X calls for ‘en banc’ rehearing

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/04/06/filmon-x-calls-for-en-banc-rehearing/

Ryan Baker, of Baker Marquart, the law firm acting for OTT streaming service FilmOn X, has filed a petition for rehearing en banc (a session in which a case is heard before all the judges of a court [before the entire bench] rather than by a panel of judges selected from them) in respect of the copyright case brought against it by the major US networks.

In March 2017, the networks secured a favourable appeals court decision in a case centring on alleged illegal online retransmission of their programmes. FOX, ABC, NBC, and CBS have argued against FilmOn X’s retransmission in the courts for close to five years.

FilmOn X contended that it was a cable system under the Copyright Act of 1976, and that it should be allowed to obtain a compulsory licence to retransmit the networks’ content. However, Circuit Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain ruled that: “FilmOn and other Internet-based retransmission services are neither clearly eligible nor clearly ineligible for the compulsory licence, noting that the Copyright Office says they are not eligible. Because the office’s views are persuasive, and because they are reasonable, we defer to them”.

The petition says that the panel deferred to the “informal and inconsistent policy views of the Copyright Office”, which had imposed extratextual limitations on the statutory ‘cable system’ definition.

It points out the Office’s interpretations of the Copyright Act are not supported by the plain text or any formal rulemaking – but also that the Office is part of the legislative branch and lacks the constitutional or statutory authority to decide the law.

The petition also contends that the decision threatens the emerging field of Internet-based broadcast television retransmissions which will lead to artificially-high cable TV costs, reduction of consumer choice and frustrate the promotion of broad public access to broadcast television that is in the government’s interest.


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Foxtel comes last in pay tv and streaming survey, Netflix wins

From http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/foxtel-comes-last-in-pay-tv-and-streaming-survey-netflix-wins-20170406-gvewlu.html

Australia's oldest and only subscription cable television service, Foxtel, is less popular than streaming services like Netflix and Stan, according to the latest survey by Canstar Blue.

Foxtel's three stars rank it fifth after Netflix (five stars), Fetch and Stan (both four stars), and Telstra's BigPond Movies (also three stars). It was the only pay TV service to get just three stars for "value for money" and "range of content".

Netflix's decade of streaming

It's now been 10 years since Netflix made its most important strategic shift away from mail-in DVDs and into Internet streaming.

Netflix was the only service to get five stars for "value for money", "ease of sign up", and "range of content". No one received five stars for "new release availability".

However, the star rankings did not take into account Foxtel's key differentiators - exclusive sports broadcast rights and high definition cable broadcasting.

"Foxtel is arguably the most premium pay TV service available in Australia, which is reflected by its prices," Canstar's research noted. The most expensive package cost $137 per month.

"If Foxtel has the deeds to a sport or show you like, you're probably going to sign up. Quality sports coverage is where Foxtel still has the edge over streaming sites like Netflix and Stan."

For years Foxtel was the only pay TV service in Australia, but the arrival of internet-based streaming has introduced several new challengers. Foxtel and Seven West Media launched a joint-venture streaming service called Presto to compete, but this was shut down at the start of 2017 due to poor subscription numbers.

Foxtel introduced its own streaming service in late 2013, called Foxtel Play, which costs from $10 to $69 for everything.

Netflix is still the king of Australia's streaming market.

The two independent and equipment-free services - Stan and Netflix - have no sports or linear television, just movies and multiple seasons of television shows.

Netflix's prices range from $9 to $15, while Stan costs a flat $10 for everything. Netflix is owned by its American parent, listed on the NASDAQ, while Stan is a joint venture between Nine Entertainment Company and Fairfax Media (publisher of The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald)

Fetch must be ordered through a partnered internet provider and comes with a set top box. Prices range from $6 per month to $35 for access to international soccer matches.

BigPond Movies is only available through Telstra and charges for each show or movie downloaded by the user. It received a higher ranking overall by beating Foxtel on "range of content", "new release availability", and "value for money".

HDTV Heading Into Solomon Islands Via Av-Comm

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=2017620356&menu=1

Av-Comm has signed a multi-year agreement to deliver HDTV content for Telekom Television in the Solomon Islands via Intelsat’s C Band capacity on IS-805 at 169 degrees East.

The project includes the use of several new complementary technologies to drive an unmatched level of bandwidth utilization, designed to maximize the number of television channels on the content delivery platform. Av-Comm also selected Novelsat’s NS series modems with NS4 waveform and DUET™ CEC™ (carrier-echo-cancellation) technology to provide a satellite link efficiently in excess of 4 bits per hertz, allowing for up to eight HD video circuits into the Solomon Islands and a single HD video circuit in return. Additionally, Av-Comm’s Pacific Content Delivery Platform uses HEVC video encoding to complement Novelsat’s advanced modem technology to provide a greater return on Telekom Television’s investment in satellite bandwidth on Intelsat 805.

The delivery of television content via satellite is a critical requirement for the Solomon Islands as satellite is the country's sole method of accessing the interconnected global community.

Intelsat-OneWeb Merger: Enhanced Connections for Government Users

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Intelsat_OneWeb_Merger_Enhanced_Connections_for_Government_Users_999.html

At the recent Satellite 2017 conference in Washington, DC, we heard a number of predictions - some of them perhaps literally "pie in the sky" - of how the half-dozen or so proposed low-earth orbit (LEO) constellations are going to change global communications.

But the most important project, and the one most experts consider the most viable, is that proposed by OneWeb. And from our perspective, because Intelsat and OneWeb have announced plans to merge, we believe this LEO constellation will greatly benefit IGC's customers.

OneWeb plans to launch 684 satellites that will circle the earth at an altitude of about 750 miles (1,200 km) to provide broadband service to users anywhere on the globe. OneWeb terminals and satellites will use the Ku-band frequency spectrum and will complement Intelsat's global fleet of geo-synchronous orbit (GEO) satellites.

Because the OneWeb satellites are in LEO orbit, far closer to earth than GEO spacecraft, users will be able to connect using very small terminals that are now in development. For our government customers, the combined Intelsat-OneWeb network will provide a wide range of new communications capabilities.

For example, the Army has announced plans to use technology to establish expeditionary command posts using Wi-Fi hotspots to communicate with soldiers and vehicles. With reach-back via the Intelsat-OneWeb network, these Army hotspots would have a global, quick deploy solution.

In any terrain, in any location, commanders and soldiers could establish Wi-Fi networks with Internet access. These networks could be scaled to suit the size of the tactical operation in the field.

Another possible application is OneWeb support to unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operations over the Arctic, an area recently opened to maritime lanes but beyond the reach of GEO satellites.

The Group III UAS, such as Insitu's ScanEagle, have flown in higher latitudes but have been limited to line-of-sight only. Group 4 and 5 UAS (Predator and Global Hawk) have also been limited by the look angle to GEO satellites in these higher latitudes.

OneWeb, with orbits crossing the polar caps, will be virtually overhead of these UAS, and the satellites' high throughput will support military operations, rescue assistance and general surveillance.

Humanitarian efforts in remote areas could also be enhanced by OneWeb's capabilities, either through the use of hotspots that broadcast Wi-Fi signals or through direct connections to the satellites themselves with small user terminals. Such networks could provide non-government organizations operating in austere environments the broadband connectivity they need to do their jobs.

First responders could also benefit from OneWeb connectivity. In the United States alone, there are an estimated 10,000 separate and incompatible land-mobile radio networks serving police, fire and other emergency responders. Congress has appropriated money to establish a nationwide wireless broadband network dedicated to public safety.

The network is years from completion and can only be used by devices with special chipsets in them. OneWeb offers an affordable alternative that would allow first responders to leverage existing devices and investments.

The operation of the OneWeb network is a couple of years away, but we are already planning how it will deliver needed communications to a range of government and civil agencies around the world.

YouTube TV goes live

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/04/06/youtube-tv-goes-live/

YouTube is launching its YouTube TV service in five US cities at a cost of $35 (€32.90) a month, which it points out is “less than half the average cost of cable”.

Suggesting in a Blog post that it is enabling TV fans to access the channels they care about, at a price they can afford, without all the commitments, equipment fees, and hassle, it describes YouTube TV as “live TV made for us”.

YouTube TV is launching in the nation’s largest metro areas—New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, and Philadelphia—with more US markets coming soon. “A YouTube TV membership is only $35 a month, less than half the average cost of cable,” says Andrew Jeon, Head Engineer for YouTube TV. “And there are no commitments; you can cancel anytime. We can’t wait for you to experience YouTube TV for yourself, so we’re giving you a free one month trial. We’ll also give you a complimentary Google Chromecast after your first month’s payment, while supplies last,” he advises.

A YouTube TV membership includes:
•Live TV streaming from ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, ESPN, Fox Sports Networks, Comcast SportsNet and dozens more. YouTube TV gives “the best of live TV, from must-see shows such as Empire, The Voice, The Big Bang Theory and Scandal, to the live sports from the NBA, MLB, NFL, and NCAA. “Based on where you live, you’ll get your local broadcast TV stations covering local sports and news. You’ll also get dozens of popular cable channels, including FX, USA, Disney Channel, Bravo, MSNBC, Fox News. And you can add Showtime or Fox Soccer Plus for an additional charge. In total, YouTube TV will give you more than 50 networks,” writes Jeon.
•A cloud DVR, with no storage limits. With YouTube TV, your cloud DVR can record as many shows as you want, simultaneously, without ever running out of storage. You can keep each of your recordings for nine months.
•TV when it matters, where it matters. You can watch YouTube TV on your phone, tablet or computer—and you can easily stream to your TV with a Google Chromecast or Chromecast built-in TV (we’ll be supporting even more connected TV devices later this year). And your cloud DVR goes with you, so you can stream your recordings on any device, whenever you want and wherever you go in the US.
•YouTube Red Originals. With a YouTube TV membership, you can watch all of our YouTube Red Original series and movies right in the new YouTube TV app.
•Six accounts included. You can share your YouTube TV membership with your family and roommates, and each account will receive its own unique recommendations and cloud DVR with no storage limits. Your household can watch up to three streams at a time.
•More networks coming soon. We’re excited to announce that AMC, BBC America, IFC, Sundance TV, WE tv, and BBC World News will be included soon at no additional charge. These networks will join Telemundo and others listed below as networks coming to YouTube TV soon after launch. This means you’ll be able to watch shows like The Walking Dead, Doctor Who, and your favourite telenovelas. And you’ll also be able to add Sundance Now or Shudder for an additional charge.

“To get started, check out tv.youtube.com today to start your free trial,” suggests Jeon.

I&B ministry calls for blocking of signals to Asia Broadcast Satellite

From http://www.livemint.com/Consumer/SwI8nnZS2iQQj0JS7ijTmO/IB-ministry-calls-for-blocking-of-signals-to-Asia-Broadcast.html

I&B ministry requests department of space to block signals of DTH service Asia Broadcast Satellite providing FTA channels in India without permission

New Delhi: The information and broadcasting (I&B) ministry has requested the department of space (DoS) to block the signals of an unauthorized direct-to-home service called Asia Broadcast Satellite (ABS) Ltd which is providing free-to-air (FTA) channels in India without permission from the ministry.

ABS Ltd is a global satellite operator headquartered in Bermuda. I&B ministry is the licensing authority for DTH broadcasting services in India.

In a written reply in Lok Sabha, minister of state for I&B Rajyavardhan Rathore said that after consulting with the ministry of home affairs, the I&B ministry has requested the DoS to block the signals.

“This ministry consulted ministry of home affairs on the issue of unauthorized DTH service of ABS from security angle and its implication from national security perspective. The ministry of home affairs mentioned that the transmission of DTH service by ABS is without any application to the I&B ministry and not in line with the guidelines of ministry of I&B,” Rathore said.

There are six private DTH firms: Zee group-owned Dish TV India Ltd, Reliance BIG TV Ltd, Tata Sky Ltd, Videocon d2h Ltd, Sun DirectTV Pvt. Ltd and Bharti Telemedia Ltd. State broadcaster Doordarshan also runs a DTH platform called DD Free Dish, the only FTA satellite television service in India.

This move comes in the backdrop of the Telecom Regulatory of Authority of India (Trai) and private satellite channels urging the ministry and Doordarshan to look into unauthorized DTH firms operating in the Indian market without any licence from the government.

Recently, Doordarshan had also announced its plans to encrypt FTA signals for DD Free Dish so that they cannot be stolen by unauthorized operators. The broadcaster has already floated a tender for offering “security-locked” set-top-boxes across the country and is in the process of evaluating the responses.

Encryption will also help DD Free Dish to identify its subscribers which currently go unmapped and in turn will benefit private channels in selling these subscription numbers to advertisers and improve their revenue.

Doordarshan DTH to encrypt free-to-air signals by April

From http://www.livemint.com/Consumer/Fwaee756qOKqZGXkvHDdBI/Doordarshan-DTH-to-encrypt-freetoair-signals-by-April.html

Doordarshan has already floated a tender for offering ‘security-locked’ set-top-boxes across the country and is in the process of evaluating the respo

Doordarshan Free Dish is also planning to add 24 new channels to the platform this year, taking the total channel count to 104. Photo: Hindustan Times

New Delhi: State broadcaster Doordarshan is planning to encrypt free-to-air (FTA) signals for its direct-to-home (DTH) platform DD Free Dish, starting April.

The broadcaster has already floated a tender for offering ‘security-locked’ set-top-boxes across the country and is in the process of evaluating the responses.

“We are in the process of bringing new technology. Currently, our set-top boxes are not encrypted. Therefore, the free-to-air signals can be decoded by other platforms easily,” said Supriya Sahu, director general at Doordarshan, adding that the new technology will help the broadcaster track the set-top boxes and subscribers.

DD Free Dish currently carries 80 channels including private entertainment channels like Star Utsav, Sony Pal, Viacom18’s Rishtey and Rishtey Cineplex as well as news channels like Aaj Tak, ABP News and News 24, among others.

Private television broadcasters on Free Dish will have a two-fold advantage with the DTH platform encrypting its signals.

Firstly, encryption means that Free Dish will be able to identify its subscribers which currently go unmapped. This will benefit private channels which can sell these subscription numbers to advertisers and improve their revenue.

Secondly, it means that signals of private broadcasters will not be stolen by unauthorized operators. An executive from one of the leading private broadcasters who declined to be named, said that it will be helpful for the channels if DD Free Dish signals are encrypted. “When private channels share sports-feeds with Doordarshan, unauthorized operators pirate the signals because these are unencrypted. Plus, the public broadcaster itself will be able to track the number of subscribers and set-top boxes seeded across the country,” the executive said.

DD Free Dish is also planning to add 24 new channels to the platform this year, taking the total channel count to 104. Free Dish currently has 25 Doordarshan channels, including the official Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha channels. The broadcaster is also hoping to set up a customer care service for DD Free Dish


Horee! TV is new FTA on Palapa details


livestream, I tested and it wasn't performing very well at all even with my fibre connection


113E Palapa D 3992 H Sr 1600 8psk DVB S2 "emtek 2 Mhz" FTA Vpid 2201 (H264) Apid 2202 Sid 1

From my Email


From the Dish

Palapa D 113.0E Horee! has started on 3756 H and 3993 H, Fta.

Palapa D 113.0E The Skynindo muxes have left 4100 V and 4140 V.
Palapa D 113.0E 12590 H "Jak TV has replaced Bloomberg TV Asia" on , Irdeto.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4020 V Star Maa, Star Sports Select HD1, Star Sports Select HD2, Star Gold Select, Star Movies Select, Maa Movies and Vijay Super on are encrypted again

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3960 H "RTR Planeta" has left .

Measat 3a 91.4E 3920 V "ITV Choice" has left .

Horizons 2 84.8E 12160 H "Tsargrad TV" is now encrypted.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3725 H "CBN News" has started on , Fta.
Insat 4A 83.0E 4054 H "Zingaat, Lord Buddha TV and Satya TV" have started on , Fta

Apstar 7 76.5E 3920 H "Animax India, AXN India, Sony Channel Asia, Gem TV Asia, AXN Taiwan, AXN East Asia, AXN Philippines, Animax Taiwan, Animax Asia, Animax
Philippines and Sony Channel Philippines" have left .

ABS 2 75.0E 11045 H "Olala" has left .
ABS 2 75.0E 11491 V "Tojikiston, TV Safina, TV Bahoriston and Jahonnamo" have left .

Intelsat 20 68.5E 11130 H "M-Net Family" has left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 11514 H "M-Net Movies Showcase South Africa and M-Net Edge South Africa" have left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 11594 H "M-Net Movies Showcase South Africa" has left.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 11674 H "M-Net Edge South Africa" has left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12602 V "Solomon TV" has left again.

From asiatvro site

东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-2、TVB8(MPEG-4)等全组频道频道加密,设置12731 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [4月5日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,华视、民视(Skynindo)等全组频道消失,设置4100 V 30000参数无效接收。 [4月5日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,甘肃卫视、华纳电视(MPEG-4)等全组频道加密,设置11101 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [4月5日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Uplex、ZAP、NXT(测试)频道新增,设置4034 H 20500参数免费接收。 [4月5日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Channel 5替换Solusi Sehat TV(印尼)频道,设置3984 H 3636参数免费接收。 [4月5日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Theater TV(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3734 H 5777参数免费接收。 [4月5日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,Zee Nung、Zee Hiburan(MPEG-4)等3个频道加密,设置3960 H 29700参数有条件接收。 [4月5日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,Zee Sine(MPEG-4)频道加密,设置3760 H 29720参数有条件接收。 [4月5日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-2、TVB8(MPEG-4)等全组频道解密,设置12731 V 30000参数免费接收。 [4月5日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,甘肃卫视、华纳电视(MPEG-4)等全组频道解密,设置11101 V 45000参数免费接收。 [4月5日]


Sky Muster: City drain on NBN satellites

From http://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/news/national/sky-muster-city-drain-on-nbn-satellites/news-story/6755e0bddedd7eed69ef442abbb39e41

New NBN Satelite Sky Muster™ II Launch. Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) launched its 2nd satelite, Sky Muster™ II from French Guiana at around 7.30am AEDT this morning. Sky Muster™ II will provide additional data capacity to support the delivery of the company’s world-leading satellite broadband service for around 400,000 homes and businesses in regional and remote Australia.

THE National Broadband Network’s fault-plagued Sky Muster satellite service is being pushed on to Melbourne residents, along with more than 4000 households and businesses in other capital cities.

While the two satellites were built to service rural and remote Australia, Department of Communications and the Arts documents show 4013 premises in capital city electorates have been told they will have to use the Sky Muster satellites to connect to the NBN.

In Melbourne, 743 households and businesses in Doncaster, Templestowe, Lyndhurst, Frankston, Tullamarine, Bayswater, Knoxfield and Eltham have been told they can connect only to Sky Muster.

The pattern of offering city households and businesses NBN satellite connections has been repeated in Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, Canberra, Darwin and Hobart.

NBN’s decision to connect urban premises to Sky Muster has upset the rural communities for whom Sky Muster was built, given the satellites’ limited data capacity.

Under the NBN’s current fair use policy, Sky Muster customers are restricted to an average monthly data ration of 55 gigabytes for downloads between 7am and 1am.

The Better Internet for Rural, Regional and Remote Australia lobby group has repeatedly called for rural customers’ data ration to be increased, rather than seeing other users come on board and risk reducing the satellites’ fut­ure capacity.

“We’re concerned about the large number of residences being placed on Sky Muster,” BIRRRA spokeswoman Kristy Sparrow said. “There is already a limited capacity on this service.”

An NBN spokeswoman said the Federal Government-owned corporation must take different factors into account when designing the network.

“There are some areas where getting a fixed line to particular premises is just far too expensive,” she said.

“We have to make decisions based on the best use of public expenditure. It is worth noting that while the AEC (Australian Electoral Commission) may denote some electorates as urban they can still ­contain non-urban regions.

“Also, 4000 premises is less than 1 per cent of the Sky Muster footprint.

“The vast majority of the 400,000 premises eligible for Sky Muster services are in ­regional and remote areas of the continent and offshore ­islands.”

The department documents even identified sites that would be connected to Sky Muster in the federal electorates of Melbourne Ports and Wills, which covers Brunswick, but the NBN spokeswoman said these nine premises were simply Sky Muster test sites.

Kourou space centre occupied by strikers

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/04/05/kourou-space-centre-occupied-by-strikers/

The strike at Arianespace’s Kourou spaceport in French Guiana has become even more bitter. Demonstrators gained access to a – normally – highly secure suite of offices and occupied the space centre’s main conference room, and refused to quit.

Moreover, the space centre’s director Guillaume Faure, could not muster up enough police to evict the 30 or so protesters. Local images show riot ‘police’ protecting the main gate. The French authorities also have units of the Foreign Legion standing by in French Guiana.

“We won’t move. The situation is stuck and Guiana is blocked. You are blocked. We want the billions we have asked for,” protest leader Manuel Jean-Baptiste told the director of the space centre, according to local reports. Another report quotes a protester saying: “As long as our demands are not met your rockets will not launch”.

The strike has now been in force since March 20, and badly damaging Arianespace’s launch schedule.

Elon Musk Says 'My Mind's Blown' After SpaceX Makes History By Relaunching A Recycled Rocket

From http://mstarsnews.musictimes.com/articles/126515/20170404/elon-musk-says-my-minds-blown-after-spacex-makes-history-by-relaunching-a-recycled-rocket.htm

Space X automated mission which is supposed to launch in March 2018 has been moved to 2020. It is said that NASA is going to help for the launching of the capsule and they are going to spend almost $30 Million.

Space X is an aerospace manufacturer and space transportation services founded by Elon Musk in 2002. The company launched its recycled SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on Thursday, which was recovered at a sea from its maiden flight last year.

SpaceX Falcon 9 launched a satellite into the orbit and eventually landed on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. This launch was special as it is the first time a rocket has been relaunched into space for the second time, Telegraph reported. Elon Musk's SpaceX created history by relaunching a recycled rocket into an orbit and also recovering it successfully in a great condition means the rocket can be sent again for the third mission.

SpaceX can now boast off its nine total successful landings. Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX said, "It's been 15 years to get to this point, it's taken us a long time, a lot of difficult steps along the way, but I'm just incredibly proud of the SpaceX for being able to achieve this incredible milestone in the history of space."

This relaunch was a critical milestone for SpaceX as the company is striving hard to make rockets usable since 2011. Since each rocket built to date can only be used once and they are disposed of once they are used for sending the satellite into the orbit. That means a single rocket that costs millions of dollars have to be rebuilt for every mission, The Verge reported.

SpaceX has finally found a way to reduce these costs and make a rocket that can be used more than once to send satellites into the orbit. With this launch, SpaceX has finally launched Falcon 9 again into the orbit which was launched initially in 2015. This time, Falcon 9 carried communications satellite for the company SES that will deliver communication services exclusively to Latin America.

Global-IP picks SpaceX to launch its Boeing-built satellite

From http://spacenews.com/global-ip-picks-spacex-to-launch-its-boeing-built-satellite/

Global-IP Cayman's first satellite is scheduled to launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9 in late 2018. Credit: SpaceX COLORADO SPRINGS — Global-IP Cayman, a Cayman Islands-based startup, has picked SpaceX to launch a high-throughput satellite it has under contract to Boeing. In an April 3 statement, Global-IP said the launch will take place in the last quarter of 2018 on a Falcon 9 rocket. “We are pleased to partner with Global-IP for this important mission,” SpaceX President and COO Gwynne Shotwell said in a written statement. “Once fully deployed, this satellite will expand Internet services across Sub-Saharan Africa, benefiting both consumers and businesses.”

Global-IP ordered GiSat-1, a 150-Gbps, Ka-band spot beam satellite from Boeing Satellite Systems International of El Segundo, California, in September. According to Boeing, the 702-model satellite’s digital payload will have twice as much capacity as previous digital payload designs. Global-IP CEO Bahram Pourmand, the former executive vice president and general manager of Hughes Network Systems’ international division, co-founded Global-IP in 2016 with Emil Youssefzadeh and Umar Javed of STM, a VSAT hardware manufacturer acquired in 2013 by EMC (which is now part of Global Eagle Entertainment).

GiSat-1 is scheduled to enter service in 2019. Global-IP says the satellite will operate with more than 10 gateways in Europe and multiple additional gateways within Africa. “We envision our investment in this project will increase the Internet penetration across the region and contribute significantly to the economic growth of all the countries we will serve,” Youssefzadeh, chief technology officer, said in a prepared statement. Global-IP is entering a crowded market that has more high-throughput capacity on the way. In addition to the many operators that already have capacity over Africa, Avanti’s Hylas-4, Yahsat’s Al Yah 3, Spacecom’s Amos-17 and Fibersat’s hosted payload Fibersat-1 are all expected to bring more Ka-band capacity to the continent before GiSat-1 is in orbit

NTV MIR expands across Europe with Globecast

From https://www.rapidtvnews.com/2017040446741/ntv-mir-expands-across-europe-with-globecast.html#axzz4dMigZE4h

NTV Broadcasting Company has selected media global solutions provider Globecast to manage the broadcast of the international version of its core channel to cable and DTH homes across Europe.

Pumpalovic 4 April 2017 Broadcasting in MPEG-2 SD, the NTV MIR TV channel offers a mix of news and documentaries, as well as entertainment content and sports. Globecast is providing fibre connectivity for NTV MIR TV via its backbone network for the channel to be delivered from Moscow to its Paris location, where the signals are then uplinked to Eutelsat’s HOTBIRD position at 13° East. NTV MIR TV will join a neighbourhood of 38 Russian-speaking channels, of which 28 are available free-to-air. Globecast already broadcasts Channel One and RTR PLANETA (Group VGTRK) and broadcasts NTV MIR across Asia via AsiaSat 5.

Commented general director of Globecast in Moscow Biliana Pumpalovic (pictured): “We’re delighted that NTV Group has once again called on us to distribute its content, this time across Europe. Eutelsat’s HOTBIRD neighbourhood, with its strong Russian line-up, was the obvious choice for us and makes it easy for NTV MIR to increase its cable and DTH audience across a vast footprint. This deal also illustrates what Globecast does best, which is deliver content to a new audience cost-effectively.”

Fashion TV launches FTV UHD

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/04/04/fashion-tv-launches-ftv-uhd/

Fashion TV has launched a dedicated Ultra High Definition channel, FTV UHD, on Eutelsat’s popular HOTBIRD neighbourhood. Fashion TV is leveraging HOTBIRD’s position to offer exclusive Ultra HD content to cable and IPTV networks across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

FTV UHD uses HEVC encoding with 10 bits of colour depth (one billion colours), at 50 frames per second. Building on the Fashion TV brand, Fashion TV says the new service is setting a new standard in fashion and lifestyle broadcasting through original programming on style and trends offered with exceptional image quality.

Speaking at MIPTV in Cannes, FTV UHD’s CEO, Michel Adam Lisowski, said that since the launch of the broadcaster’s first fashion-themed channel on a Eutelsat satellite in 1997, it had developed a “unique and comprehensive” brand with high-quality broadcasting at its core. “We made the leap to High Definition ten years after the launch of our first digital channel on Eutelsat’s fleet. In the year that we celebrate our 20th anniversary, we are excited to pursue our commitment to the highest quality of broadcasting standards through an Ultra HD channel offering Eutelsat’s HOTBIRD homes exceptional images of the latest fashion events from around the world,” he declared.

“The launch of FTV UHD three months ago is new evidence of the adoption of Ultra HD by content producers,” noted Michel Azibert, Eutelsat’s Chief Commercial and Development Officer. “Fashion TV’s trust in Eutelsat reflects our commitment to delivering service that guarantees viewers an enriched and unrivalled Ultra HD experience. We are proud to support this new venture and to join Fashion TV in accelerating FTV UHD’s distribution across the exceptional footprint of our HOTBIRD video neighbourhood.”

SES and Thales Unveil Next-Generation Capabilities Onboard SES-17

From Press Release From: SES

SES (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) and Thales Alenia Space (TAS) today announced the addition of a powerful Digital Transparent Processor (DTP) onboard the SES-17 satellite which will allow SES to offer its mobility customers extraordinary efficiency and unrivalled flexibility in bandwidth management capabilities.

SES-17’s next-generation fully digital payload has been jointly optimised by SES and Thales Alenia Space over the past year, making the satellite even more attractive to customers in the highly competitive mobility market, as well as other fast growing enterprise markets. SES-17, which was procured in September 2016, will cover North America, South America, Central America, the Caribbean and the Atlantic Ocean, and is expected to be delivered in 2020.

Equipped with close to 200 spot beams of mixed sizes, the fully digital SES-17 spacecraft will provide mobility customers with an unsurpassed ability to efficiently and flexibly modify their networks in real time in response to changing bandwidth demands, either on a daily schedule or in response to unanticipated changes such as weather. This harmonisation of management of services and optimisation of service quality will enable customers to deliver high-speed broadband in a more efficient and cost effective manner.

Other added capabilities made possible by the addition of the SpaceFlexTM DTP are:

•Improved ability for SES and its customers to implement mesh, broadcast, and multicast network configurations;
•Improved efficiency in throughput and bandwidth use resulting in greater price competitiveness; and
•New redundancy features that will deliver reliable and robust networks that are essential in today’s highly competitive markets.

Through the DTP-enhanced satellite, SES-17’s anchor customer, Thales InFlyt Experience, will enjoy enhanced flexibility and efficiency to deliver industry-leading speed and capacity to support passengers’ growing connectivity demands.

“Consumption of data has evolved dramatically over the years and will continue to do so. Our first geostationary Ka-band satellite with this next generation DTP is a keystone in SES’s unique satellite architecture. It is designed to provide unrivalled flexibility in terms of capacity allocation so that our customers’ connectivity needs of tomorrow are fulfilled,” said Martin Halliwell, Chief Technology Officer at SES. “Through Thales Alenia Space’s expertise, we are excited to be providing a satellite that will deliver seamless connectivity of unmatched performance for our customers.”

“Thales Alenia Space is proud of SES’s decision to embark its latest SpaceFlexTM VHTS DTP onboard SES-17 which will bring highly valuable benefits to this powerful, fully flexible mission,” said Bertrand Maureau, EVP Telecom at Thales Alenia Space. “Thales Alenia Space is pursuing the development of efficient and innovative space solutions to serve the market needs of high-speed broadband services.”

“Thales FlytLIVE connectivity solution offers the most advanced and efficient aeronautical solution available in the Americas,” Dominique Giannoni, CEO at Thales InFlyt Experience. “Adding the latest generation processor onboard SES-17 dramatically increases FlytLIVE’s coverage, capacity, and redundancy, enabling Thales to provide the connected inflight experience that our customers and their passengers expect, today and well into the future. With FlytLIVE, passengers will enjoy full internet connectivity, including the ability to stream internet services for video, games, social media and live television, creating an immersive and engaging experience in the air.”

For further information please contact:

Markus Payer
Corporate Communications
Tel. +352 710 725 500

Press Contacts- Thales Alenia Space:
Sandrine Bielecki
Tel: +33 (0)4 92 92 70 94

Chrystelle Dugimont
Tel: +33 (0)4 92 92 74 06


A few new channels.

Asiasat 7 4180 V Sr 30000 Sony Ten 1 HD and Ten Golf have started (both are Powervu encrypted now)

Sony Ten 1 HD


Asiasat 7 4065 H Sr 4296 "UNI TV" has started FTA

Asiasat 7 3689 H Sr 15000 "Free tv test" has started Fta

Asiasat 7 3734 H Sr 5777 Fec 3/4 Qpsk a new t.p all are FTA with a new mux of 8 FTA Pakistan channels

From my Email


From the Dish

Intelsat 19 166.0E 3880 V "PNG TV and NBC TV" have started on Fta.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3734 H "Naaptol Shopping, 7XM, Classic Cinema, Movies Kicker, Movies PK, G55 and Joy TV" have started on , Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3750 V "MyTV has replaced Z Action HD" on , Fta.

Thaicom 4 119.5E 10978 V TV 3 SD 28, TV 3 HD 33, Amarin 34 HD, ETV, GMM 25, MCOT HD 30, Mono 29, NBT 2, One HD 31, PPTV HD 36, Thai PBS, Thairath TV 32, TNN 24, True 4U, Thai TV 5 HD1 and Workpoint 23 have started on , BISS.
Thaicom 4 119.5E 11592 V "CTB" has left .
Thaicom 4 119.5E 11600 V "TV Lao" has started on , Fta.
Thaicom 4 119.5E 11618 V "OBEC Channel" has started on , BISS.

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3840 H "RTR Planeta Asia" has started on, Fta.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 12313 V "Jewelry Channel" has started on , BISS.

ABS 2 75.0E 12153 V "Boutique TV and Vitrina TV" have started on , Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 11170 V "E Extra has replaced E Kasi +" on , Videoguard.

NSS 12 57.0E 4095 R MTN Worldwide TV mux has started on , PowerVu.

From asiatvro site

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Box TV(俄罗斯)频道加密,设置11913 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [4月4日]
东经56度轨道位置的快车AT1号卫星Ku频段,O!(俄罗斯)频道加密,设置12130 R 27500参数有条件接收。 [4月4日]
东经103度轨道位置的快车AM3号卫星Ku频段,O!(俄罗斯)频道加密,设置11605 V 34425参数有条件接收。 [4月4日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AT2号卫星Ku频段,O!(俄罗斯)频道加密,设置12207 R 27500参数有条件接收。 [4月4日]

东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Horee! TV(高清)频道新增,设置3993 H 1600参数免费接收。 [4月3日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Times Now HD(高清)频道新增,设置4104 V 7200参数有条件接收。 [4月3日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Free TV替换Behze(印度)频道,设置3689 H 15000参数免费接收。 [4月3日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Junior替换Movies One(巴基斯坦)频道,设置4165 H 5040参数免费接收。 [4月3日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,UNI TV(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置4065 H 4296参数免费接收。 [4月3日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Sony Ten 1 HD、Sony Ten Golf HD(高清)频道新增,设置4180 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [4月3日]


Eutelsat satellite returned to factory as French Guiana unrest continues

From http://spacenews.com/eutelsat-satellite-returned-to-factory-as-french-guiana-unrest-continues/

COLORADO SPRINGS — Protests roiling the South American home of Europe’s primary spaceport prompted Airbus Defence and Space to send Europe’s first high-power, all-electric satellite back to France until Arianespace resumes launching.

Airbus flew the Eutelsat-172b satellite to Cayenne, French Guiana last last month in anticipation of its upcoming launch.

But Arianespace has suspended launches from the Guiana Space Centre as labor strikes and civil protests have spread throughout the French overseas department, blocking roads and disrupting normal commerce.

“We decided with Airbus that under the circumstances it was best to bring [Eutelsat-172b] back to Toulouse,” Eutelsat spokeswoman Vanessa O’Connor told SpaceNews April 3. “It is now stored at Airbus and we are waiting for a new launch date from Arianespace.”

Airbus Defence and Space spokesperson Ralph Heinrich said Eutelsat-172b arrived back in Toulouse, France, March 30.

Protests that began in late March over working and living conditions prevented Arianespace from moving its Ariane 5 rocket to the launch zone in advance of a March 21 launch of Brazil’s SGDC satellite and KT Corporation’s Koreasat-7 satellite. After calling two 24-hour delays, Arianespace stood down March 23 without setting a new date for flight VA236.

Eutelsat-172b is next in line for an Ariane 5 launch.

CNES’s Joel Barre declined to comment on the state of affairs at the spaceport.

According to France 24, activists in French Guiana are demanding 2.5 billion euros ($2.7 billion) from France, having rejected a 1.085 billion-euro aid package over the weekend. French Guiana has a population of about 250,000.

Unrest in the French territory is now compounding launch delays for Arianespace, which has 12 launches to complete this year.

For Eutelsat, the delays are likely to push back the expected in service date for Eutelsat-172b, a satellite the operator ordered ahead of its original schedule thanks to the backing of Panasonic Avionics as an anchor customer for in-flight connectivity in the Asia Pacific. Eutelsat-172b is a tri-band satellite the operator ordered in June 2014 as an early follow on for Eutelsat-172A.

As an all-electric satellite, O’Connor said Eutelsat-172b is expected to require four months of orbit raising to get from its drop-off point to its geostationary orbit some 36,000 kilometers above the equator.

Arianespace, however, could trim Eutelsat-172b’s transit time by delivering an exemplary launch.

Eutelsat’s first all-electric satellite, the Boeing-built Eutelsat 115 West B, entered service a month early thanks to an extremely accurate SpaceX Falcon 9 launch.

Japan: Fully UHD by 2025

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/04/03/japan-fully-uhd-by-2025/

Japanese TV households will be fully UHD by 2025, according to Masayuki Suga, Deputy Director, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.

Delivering a Keynote address on ‘Japan’s Road Map for 4K Ultra HD and Beyond’ at MIPTV’s Sony 4K Ultra HD Theatre, Suga told delegates that in 2012, a study group had been on the advancement of broadcasting services, leading to the creation of the Road Map in 2013. “In Japan, public and private sectors are working together to promote 4K and 8K. We have formulated the Road Map as a common goal for the stakeholders such as broadcasters and equipment manufacturers and government.”

Follow-up meeting held by the Ministry had seen two revisions to the Road Map, with the latest version setting 2020 as the target year for the promotion of 4K and 8K as Japan will be hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games that year. “We hope the enthusiasm for the Olympics and Paralympics will be shared nationwide through 4K and 8K broadcasting.”

Towards that 2020 target, the Ministry had planned a number of steps, such as in test broadcasts of 4K in 2014 via cable, satellite and IPTV, with full broadcasts the following year. “In 2016 there were test broadcasts via a major satellite which is widely spread, with a large number of viewers,” he advised, adding that 2018 would see a full service available. “So far, 4K and 8K promotion has progressed in accordance with the Road Map,” he added.

Suggesting that this was this represented a major progress since the last MIPTV, Suga reported that in January 2016, 19 channels, operated by 11 broadcasters, had been licensed to commence commercial broadcasting in 4K from December 2018. “Free-to-air channels will be offered. The launch of full broadcasts will be a big step towards our goal in 2020.”

He said that promotion of 4K and 8K was recognised as one of the most important topics for Japanese economic growth. “So, the promotion was incorporated into the national growth plan called the Japan Revitalisation Strategy. In that strategy, it is stated that approximately 50 per cent of households in Japan will watch through 4K and 8K in 2020. The government will promote 4K and 8K by starting broadcasts by satellite in 2018. The penetration rate was set as a target, with 100 per cent in 2025.”

He said that to reach the 2020 target, the Ministry was focusing on raising awareness among people. “The start of full commercial satellite broadcasting in December next year will enhance the spread of the 4K system,” he predicted, adding that before that, viewers needed to be provided with comprehensive information on 4K and 8K to avoid confusion. One of the concerns is that viewers may need to purchase new equipment in order to enjoy 4K services, such as monitors, tuners and antenna, set-top box.

Accordingly, the Ministry was planning to set up a forum involving broadcasters, manufacturers and retailers to share information and discuss the awareness strategy.

Friend MTS joins beIN in anti-piracy fight

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/04/03/friend-mts-joins-bein-in-anti-piracy-fight/

Premium sports broadcaster beIN is tackling the threat from digital piracy to its pay-TV business head-on, by deploying the live watermarking service from platform, channel and content protection services provider Friend MTS.

Friend MTS is providing its live watermarking anti-piracy service ASiD (Advanced Subscriber Identification) to protect all beIN channels on the broadcaster’s OTT platform throughout the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). beIN is joining a number of tier 1 broadcasters using the Friend MTS’s ASiD service to make it the most widely-deployed and actively-used digital watermarking system in the world.

http://advanced-television.com/2017/04/03/friend-mts-joins-bein-in-anti-piracy-fight/ASiD uses a sophisticated but lightweight watermarking technology to identify originating subscriber accounts that are being used to retransmit live channels and events. The technology can be implemented without any changes to the video delivery infrastructure, and enables accounts to be identified and video access blocked within just minutes.

For beIN, the technology means that it can identify individual subscribers that are stealing and retransmitting their content, and shut them down.

“beIN recognises that piracy is a real and costly threat to its pay-TV business and has contracted us to deploy our ASiD services to protect their channels across the beIN OTT platform in MENA,” explained Jonathan Friend, CEO, Friend. “With the proliferation of OTT platforms, broadcasters need an anti-piracy solution that can fit both broadcast and OTT. ASiD is a true step change in the fight against video piracy, with a simple and easy to install robust content protection technology that will wipe out OTT and broadcast piracy 100 per cent of the time. Our watermarking system is now the most widely used in the world, as we continue to roll out the service with some of the world’s biggest broadcasting platforms.”

“Piracy in MENA impacts pay TV industry immensely,” advised Mohammad Al Subaie, Executive Director of Commercial Affairs at beIN. “Piracy causes millions of dollars of losses to organisations, governments and deprives legitimate industries like regional content creators from return on their investments. By deploying latest technological means, beIN wants to ensure that our eco-system in the region grows.”

Bangladesh to launch first-ever satellite in Dec Join our daily free Newsletter

From http://menafn.com/1095367107/Bangladesh-to-launch-first-ever-satellite-in-Dec

(MENAFN - Gulf Times) Work on Bangladesh's first-ever satellite project, Bangabandhu Satellite-1, is going on in full swing, aiming to be launched on the country's Victory Day on December 16.

Sources at the posts and telecommunications ministry said yesterday that 55% work on the Bangabandhu Satellite-1 has been completed.
Once launched, the Bangabandhu Satellite-1 will provide 40 different types of services. It is expected to bring revolutionary changes in telecommunications and broadcast services, the sources said.

The satellite with a capacity of 1,600 megahertz will have 40 transponders and the physical equipment of the space capsule that measures the capacity. Half of the capacity will be reserved for the country while the rest will be rented out.

In 2008, the Bangladesh Telecommunication and Regulatory Commission (BTRC) completed the primary works, including the submission of electronic filing to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), for launching the satellite.

The government has taken the most sophisticated technological project involving 29.69bn taka with a view to reducing dependence on foreign countries.
State Minister for Posts and Communications Tarana Halim said, 'Work on Bangabandhu Satellite-1 is progressing fast for launching it on the Victory Day next. Pime Minister Sheikh Hasina is likely to go to the USA for launching the satellite.

Former posts and telecommunications secretary Faizur Rahman Chowdhury said, 'Once the satellite is launched, the country's telecommunication sector will be able to move competitively with developed nations. The government is giving priority to quick implementation of the project.
Project director Abdur Razzak said, 'The construction work of two ground control stations in Gazipur and Betbunia are going on in full swing. We hope the work will be completed in time.
Besides, the work for procuring equipment for the ground control station is underway, he said.
According to the sources, work on satellite is going on under the facility of Thales Alenia Space of Cannes and Toulouse. Thales Alenia Space is in charge of the design, production, testing and the delivery in orbit.

Bangabandhu Satellite-1 will be launched using vehicle SpaceX and Falcon 9 of the United States from the Cape Carnival launch pad. An agreement has already been signed between SpaceX, the USA and Launch Service Agreement of Thales.
On September 9, 2016, an agreement of 157mn euro (equivalent to 14bn taka) with HSBC was signed for financing the project.

ISRO Beams in Private Firm to Make Two Satellites for Navigation

From http://www.gpsdaily.com/reports/ISRO_Beams_in_Private_Firm_to_Make_Two_Satellites_for_Navigation_999.html

"All major countries like the US, Russia and others have gone through a similar phase where public-private sector partnership creates an ecosystem driving entrepreneurship and job growth. Many of the technologies and experience in assembling will be used in other spheres and applied in product creation and differentiation," Vahia told Sputnik.

In a first, ISRO, India's space research agency, has hired a private company to build two large satellites for India's navigation system. The private firm will initially undergo a rigorous development process under ISRO for at least six months.

Alpha Design Technologies, the private company which will build the satellites, is an INR 4 billion defense equipment supplier.

This is part of the Indian Space Research Organization's (ISRO) strategy to expand and augment private sector participation in the multi-billion dollar satellite industry. In the short term, private sector participation is expected to lessen the burden on ISRO and in the medium- to long-term drive innovation and job creation.

India needs around 17 satellites every year for meteorological forecasts, communication and other purposes. The larger, and more complex, satellites that are capable of multi-tasking, can weigh 1.5 tons and above. Given its current capacity, ISRO alone cannot meet the target. It needs two satellites on stand-by mode should something go wrong with its seven satellites in orbit.

"I think the requirement we are foreseeing is nearly 16 to 17 satellites per year that we have to make. So it is a really, really, quantum jump," Dr M. Annadurai, Director of the ISRO Satellite Center, told the media.

The development has been encouraging and will create a situation where the private sector will take the lead in future and ISRO will just mentor multiple stakeholders, says Dr Mayank N. Vahia of Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research.

"While it's been going on for some time, ISRO expanding its engagement and awarding sub-contracts to Indian private sector players is an encouraging development. The most significant part is that catering to ISRO's demands will drive technological innovation, entrepreneurship, and lead to new avenues of job creation.

"All major countries like the US, Russia and others have gone through a similar phase where public-private sector partnership creates an ecosystem driving entrepreneurship and job growth. Many of the technologies and experience in assembling will be used in other spheres and applied in product creation and differentiation," Vahia told Sputnik.

With increased engagement, the Indian private sector can overcome skill and resources gap in the future, Vahia adds.

ISRO captured global attention in February by releasing a record 104 satellites into space, many of which belonged to other countries.


Finally back after a bit of a break, due to my PC needing a repair it had to be shipped back to Auckland for a power supply replacement as it is still under warrenty.

This update will just be trying to catch up on a few things.

Some of the info may be a little stale

172E Eutelsat 172A 4174 V Sr 1000 tagged as "First_service" is PNG TV FTA S2-8psk Fec 2/3 Sid 1 Tid 4096 Vpid 512 (H264) Apid 4112 (English)

NBC (Kundo 2) has also started on 4196 H Sr 1415 Fec 3/4

Sunday evening feeds

Asiasat 5 3707 H Sr 7210 "service-1" Horse racing

Asiasat 5 3716 H Sr 7210 "SCJDJ" same racing as above
Asiasat 5 3905 V Sr 7120 "DSI" showing FTA AFL

Asiasat 5 3936 V Sr 7200 "ABL Semi Finals" Asian basketball
Asiasat 5 4174 H Sr 7500 "service-1" Running race

D1 12643 V Sr 7200 Fec 3/4 "7 BCS Slot 2 QPSK Low Delay" 7 news
D1 12661 V Sr 7200 FEc 2/3 "ATN snv-2" Presenter outside a Stadium

Some early Sunday feeds

Asiasat 5 3725 H Sr 7500 "LPGA Emek" Womans Golf

Asiasat 5 3840 H Sr 29713 Fec 5/6 8psk "RTR Planeta Asia" FTA Sid 38 Vpid 3842 (mpg2) Apid 3843 544x576 res
Asiasat 5 3876 H Sr 7200 "Enc 7" World figure skating
Asiasat 5 4076 H Sr 7200 "service 01" Asian soccer

From my Email


From the Dish

this is a catchup some of the past weeks lyngsat updates

Eutelsat 172A 172.0E 4174 V "PNG TV" has started on Fta.
Eutelsat 172A 172.0E 4196 H NBC TV has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 805 169.0E 4008 V "Premier League TV and Australia Channel News" are encrypted again.

Intelsat 19 166.0E 3799 V "Australia Plus TV Pacific" has started on , BISS.
Intelsat 19 166.0E 3880 V "Hope Channel International" has left .
Intelsat 19 166.0E 4040 V "Discovery Kids Philippines" has left .

ABS 6 159.0E 3897 VSports 5 on is Fta

Telkom 3S Telkom 3S has left 135.5 East, moving west.

ChinaSat 6B 115.5E 3780 V "Win TV" has left .

Palapa D 113.0E 3460 H "Sony One and Macau Lotus TV have started on , ABV. Zee Hiburan and Pentas Film Indonesia" have left.
Palapa D 113.0E 3780 V "E! Asia & Pacific has replaced Outdoor Channel International" on , Irdeto.
Palapa D 113.0E 3808 V "SBS In has replaced K-Drama" on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 3984 H "TV Maubere" has started on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 4080 H "SBS In has replaced IM Shopping Indonesia" on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 4100 V "SET Taiwan" has started on , Fta. CTV Classic has left

Palapa D 113.0E 12590 H "Outdoor Channel International" has left .

BSAT 3A 110.0E 12034 R NHK General TV, NHK Educational TV, NTV, TV Asahi, TBS, TV Tokyo and Fuji TV have left .

SES 9 108.2E 11026 V Trans TV, TVOne and SCTV have started on , Fta. TV Polri, RCTI, MNC TV, INews TV, Pesona TV and Global TV have left.

Telkom 1 108.0E 3768 H "GMN" has started on , Fta.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3689 H "Gulistan News" has started on , Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3940 V "Fox Crime India" has left .
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3960 H "Boomerang Australia" is back on , PowerVu.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4060 V "Nickelodeon Pakistan, ARY Zauq, ARY Digital UK, ARY Digital UAE, ARY News UK & Europe and ARY Digital USA" are Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4060 V "HBO Pakistan" is Fta.

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3960 H "I24 News Arabic" has left

SES 8 95.0E 12050 H "Aljazeera English" has started on , Fta.
SES 8 95.0E 12050 H "PTC Chakde" has left .
SES 8 95.0E 12050 H "Isai Aruvi, Vasanth TV, Kalaignar TV and Sirippoli" have started on , Fta.

NSS 6 95.0E 11090 H "Channel Divya, Kaatyayani TV, Disha TV and Kashish News have started on , Fta. Zee Punjab Haryana Himachal" has left.
NSS 6 95.0E 12647 V "Z ETC Bollywood" has started on ,Fta.
NSS 6 95.0E 12647 H "AFN Movie, AFN Sports, AFN Prime Atlantic, AFN Spectrum, AFN Prime Pacific, AFN News, AFN Prime Korea and AFN Family" have left .
NSS 6 95.0E 12729 V "Zee Tamizh" has started on , Fta

Insat 4B 93.5E 4020 H DD Jalpaiguri has started on , Fta.
G-Sat 15 93.5E 11050 V "Dish Box Office Premier, Shop CJ, News Live, Naaptol Bangla, Alankar TV and Movie on Demand 1/2" are encrypted again.
G-Sat 15 93.5E 11050 V "Shalom TV India, Bhakthi TV, Public TV and Music Fatafati have started on , clear. Dish Box Office Premier, Shop CJ, News Live, Naaptol Bangla, Alankar TV and Movie on Demand 1/2" are Fta.
G-Sat 15 93.5E 11050 V "Shalom TV India, Bhakthi TV, Public TV and Music Fatafati "on are now encrypted.
G-Sat 15 93.5E 11130 V "Raj Digital Plus, BTVi, Nick Jr India, Disney Junior India, R Plus, Tez, DD India, Andy Haryana, ETV Life, Tollywood, BTV News, Sangeet
Bhojpuri, Jinvani Channel, Channel WIN, ETV Haryana, Chintu TV, Khushi, News 18 Assam & North-East, Jonack and IBC 24" have started on , Conax.
G-Sat 15 93.5E 11470 H Fashion TV India, ABN, V6 News and Subhavaartha TV have started on Conax. Dhoom Music has left.
G-Sat 15 93.5E 11470 V "Australia Plus TV India" has left .
G-Sat 15 93.5E 11510 H "News 7 Tamil, ETV Kannada News, Raj Musix Kannada, Aalami Samay, FYI TV 18, Colors Super, WION, Zee Cinemalu, ETV Odia News, Assam Talks, Navgrah, Nepal 1, Dhoom Music, France 24 English, Kaumudy TV, Janam TV, Sanskriti TV Channel, Ramdhenu, Jai Maharashtra and Sahara One have started on , Conax. Zee 24 Ghanta, Zee Madya Pradesh Chhattisgarh, Zee 24 Taas, Sadhna Plus and Den Snapdeal TV-Shop" have left.
G-Sat 15 93.5E 11550 V "DD National has replaced India News" on , Fta.
G-Sat 15 93.5E 11550 V "ETV Uttar Pradesh Uttarakhand has replaced Chitrapat Marathi" on , Fta.
Measat 3 91.5E 3840 V "BBC Entertainment Asia" has left .
Measat 3 91.5E 3920 V "Gem TV Asia" has left .
Measat 3 91.5E 3920 V "Mezzo Live HD Asie" has left .
Measat 3 91.5E 4004 V "CNN Philippines" is now encrypted.

Measat 3 91.5E 11142 V "Astro First SD 6 has replaced Astro Best SD 5" on , Videoguard.
Measat 3 91.5E 11602 V "Astro Best 467" has started on , Videoguard.
Measat 3 91.5E 11682 V "Astro Best SD 11" has started on , Videoguard.

Measat 3b 91.5E The Astro muxes have left 10732 V, 10812 V and 10892 V.Astro PPV Movies HD 498 has started on 10852 V, Videoguard.

Measat 3a 91.4E 3960 H Zee Phim has replaced Zee Hiburan on , Conax.

Yamal 401 90.0E 11485 V "Yamal TV Nadym, Yamal TV Tarko-Sale and Yamal TV Salekhard" have started on , Fta.
Yamal 401 90.0E 11531 V "Yamal TV" has left .
Yamal 401 90.0E 11668 H "World Fashion Channel Russia and Tri Angela" have left .

Horizons 2 84.8E 11960 H Nashe TV on is now encrypted.
Horizons 2 84.8E 12080 H "Sinema has replaced Park Razvlicenii" on , encrypted.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3725 H "CBN News" has left .
Insat 4A 83.0E 3725 H "Jai Kisan News" has started on , clear.
Insat 4A 83.0E 3756 H "Planet News" has started on , Fta.
Insat 4A 83.0E 3756 H "Raftaar Media" has left .
Insat 4A 83.0E 3805 H "Onkar Only Truth TV" has left .
Insat 4A 83.0E 3949 H "Bangla Time TV" has left .

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3505 V "Thai Life TV E47 and Best Channel 97" have left .
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3545 V "Money Channel" has left .
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3585 V "Five Channel" has left .

Thaicom 5 78.5E 12272 H "Shop Ch has started on , encrypted. TGN Ku" has left.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 12313 V "Fan TV" has started on , BISS. Fan Music, MV Lao TV, Esan TV, Five Channel and MV TV Channel have left.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 12313 H "Celestial Classic Movies Thailand and Asian Food Channel" have started on , encrypted.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 12313 H "TCM Asia, Chic Channel, Block A, MTV Thailand, TVB Xing He, NHK World TV and True Hay Ha" have left .
Thaicom 5 78.5E 12355 H "True Explore Wild and True Spark Jump" have started on , encrypted. MV TV Family has left .
Thaicom 5 78.5E 12438 H "Reality Channel and AMC Asia" have left .
Thaicom 5 78.5E 12562 H "T Sports Channel, TNN 2 and True Spark Play" have started on , encrypted.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 12562 H "Sky Theater, Food Network Asia, Home & Food Channel and Siamsport Live" have left .

Thaicom 6 78.5E 12405 V "Star Chinese Movies HD South East Asia" has started on , Conax.
Thaicom 6 78.5E 12405 V "Fox Sports News Asia" has left.
Thaicom 6 78.5E 12467 V "Nat Geo People Asia" has started on , Conax.
Thaicom 6 78.5E 12521 V "Mahar Bawd"i has left .
Thaicom 6 78.5E 12604 V "Mahar TV has started on , BISS. Ani Lava, View World and MWD Movies" have left.
Thaicom 6 78.5E 12604 V "TVD Momo" has started on , BISS.
Thaicom 6 78.5E 12728 V "AEC, Channel 7, MRTV 4, Miracle, MRTV Entertainment, MWD Documentary,PSI Saradee, MWD Music, MN TV, 5 Plus, Channel 9 and Mahar TV have left MWD, Democratic Voice of Burma TV and PSI Saradee" are now encrypted.
Thaicom 6 78.5E Almost all channels in the 4 Digital muxes on 12405 V, 12467 V and 12521 V are encrypted again.
Thaicom 6 78.5E 12557 V "Fox Family Movies, KBS World and History Asia" on are encrypted again.

Thaicom 8 78.5E 11170 H "Mahar TV (Fta) and Hunan TV (BISS) have started . Democratic Voice of Burma TV is now encrypted.
Thaicom 8 78.5E 11170 H "5 Plus, MN TV, Channel 9, MWD, MWD Music, MWD Movies and MWD Varity" have started on , BISS.
Thaicom 8 78.5E 11170 H "MRTV Entertainment" has started on , BISS.
Thaicom 8 78.5E 11560 H "TVK and Bayon TV" have started on, BISS.
Thaicom 8 78.5E 11640 H "I Shopping" has started on , Fta
Thaicom 8 78.5E 11640 H "Skyworld 1/2, SkyAsia and Work Shop" have started on , BISS.
Thaicom 8 78.5E 11640 H "IPM Sport 1, IPM Fashion, IPM Party, Travel Channel HD and Loso have started on , BISS. MCOT HD, PPTV HD 36, World Movies HD and Asia Movie HD" have left.
Thaicom 8 78.5E 11680 H "Real Stories, IPM Sport 2 and Pattanee Channel" have started View World, Bangkok Channel, Sawasdee Sayhi, IPM Show 3, Trang Channel, Ani Lava, Chaiyaphum Channel, Kanchanaburi Channel and Line Thai have started on , BISS.

Apstar 7 76.5E 10973 V "Crime + Investigation Asia" has left .
Apstar 7 76.5E 11105 V "Sky Net Sports Plus and Money Channel have started on , Tongfang.Sports Illustrated" has left.
Apstar 7 76.5E 11167 V "BBC Earth Asia has started on , Tongfag, ITV Choice, BBC Entertainment Asia and H2 Asia" have left .

ABS 2 75.0E 11165 H "NDTV Good Times, Channel 8 International, Music Channel, Rotana Music, K-Drama, Rotana Cinema, You Man Cartoon Channel, Jiangsu TV, Pulse, Action Hollywood Movies, TV Edukasi, Universitas Terbuka TV, Jawa Pos TV, Toonmax TV, Space Toon, Ahsan TV, TV MUI, Nabawi TV, TV Mu, Al-Resalah, Arirang World, NDTV 24x7, TRT World, SBN, Channel NewsAsia, CTI TV Asia, Dubai Sports 3 and Quran TV have started on , encrypted. Phoenix InfoNews Channel, Phoenix Chinese Channel, Qur'an Hedayah Indonesia, Elshinta TV, Space Shopping, INTV, DW English, O Channel, Papua TV, NHK World TV and BBC World News Asia Pacific" have left.

ABS 2 75.0E 12227 H "Enterr 10" is back on , Fta R-Vision, Raftaar Media and M Tunes have left.
ABS 2 75.0E 12227 H "Onkar Only Truth TV" has left .
ABS 2 75.0E 12227 H "9X Bajao" has started on , Fta. Housefull Movies has left again.
ABS 2 75.0E 12467 V "Sonic Nickelodeon" has started on , Exset.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3809 V "Zee Bangla and Zee 24 Hour Business" have started on , Conax. WION has left.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 3828 V "Jan TV, Suddi TV and Jan TV Plus" have started on , Fta .Maha Bodhi Channel has left.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 3836 V "M Tunes" has left again.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4117 H "Samaa TV" has left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4184 V "Naaptol Malayalam" has started on , Fta. Best Deal TV has left.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12522 V "Harvest Broadcasting Network" has left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12522 V "Last Hour Miracle TV" has started on , Fta. Charis TV and The Word TV have left.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12562 H "Rivers of Living Waters TV" has started on , Fta.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12602 V "El TV" has left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12602 V "New Voice Christian TV and Solomon TV" have started on , Fta.Jesus TV has left.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12682 H "Victory TV and Impact TV Network" have started on , Fta. KCG TV has left.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12722 V "Apostle Mohlala TV" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 17 66.0E 3845 V "Sai TV" has started on , Fta.
Intelsat 17 66.0E 3885 V "Surya Action, Sun Action, Gemini Action and Suriyan TV" have left.
Intelsat 17 66.0E 3984 H "Media One Gulf, Animal Planet HD World India and TLC HD World India" have left .

Intelsat 33e 60.0E 12067 V L!fe 78 has started on, Fta.

Intelsat 904 Intelsat 904 has left 60 East, moving west.

From asiatvro site

These are catchups yes there is a 1 week gap.

东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,RTR Planeta(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置3960 H 30000参数无效接收。 [4月2日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,RTR Planeta(俄罗斯)频道开播,设置3840 H 29720参数免费接收。 [4月2日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Vision PK替NTV(印度)换频道,设置3700 V 4166参数免费接收。 [4月2日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AT2号卫星Ku频段,Perviy kanal、Rossiya 1、NTV(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置12380 L 27500参数有条件接收。 [4月2日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Star Movies Select HD(高清)等全组频道加密,设置4020 V 28100参数有条件接收。 [4月2日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,TV Safina、Jahonnamo(塔吉克斯坦)等全组频道消失,设置11492 V 4650参数无效接收。 [4月2日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,MBN+替换国家地理悠人(高清)频道,设置12330 H 29500参数有条件接收。 [4月2日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,My Cinema(高清)频道消失,设置12530 H 27489参数无效接收。 [4月2日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Behze(测试)频道新增,设置3690 V 11390参数免费接收。 [4月2日]

东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Maa HD、Vijay Super(STAR TV)等全组频道解密,设置4020 V 28100参数免费接收。 [4月1日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,MBN+替换国家地理悠人(高清)频道,设置12330 H 29500参数有条件接收。 [4月2日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,My Cinema(高清)频道消失,设置12530 H 27489参数无效接收。 [4月2日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Behze(测试)频道新增,设置3690 V 11390参数免费接收。 [4月2日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Maa HD、Vijay Super(STAR TV)等全组频道解密,设置4020 V 28100参数免费接收。 [4月1日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,People TV、Dhama TV(泰国)等7个频道新增,设置3480 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [4月1日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,美食星球/知识频道替换东森幼幼(华人卫视)频道,设置12719 V 45000参数免费接收。 [4月1日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,ABP Asmita(印度)频道解密,设置3777 H 10900参数免费接收。 [4月1日]
东经88度轨道位置的中新2号卫星C频段,亚洲旅游、东森亚洲(MPEG-4)等4个频道新增,设置3663 H 5000参数免费接收。 [4月1日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,DCI 2、DCI 3(测试)等3个频道新增,设置3438 H 1798参数免费接收。 [4月1日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,东森亚洲新闻、东森幼幼替换东森新闻(华人卫视)等频道,设置12604 V 30000参数免费接收。 [4月1日]

东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,RTR Planeta(测试)频道新增,设置3840 H 29720参数免费接收。 [3月31日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Nickelodeon(巴基斯坦)等全组频道解密,设置4060 V 26666参数免费接收。 [3月31日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Butik TV(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置12153 V 45000参数免费接收。 [3月31日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Cartoon Network替换民视新闻(数码天空)频道,设置12294 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [3月31日]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星C频段,4K-Sat、4K-Sat 2(4K)频道重现,设置4120 H 29720参数免费接收。 [3月31日]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星Ku频段,中天新闻(传送)(高清)频道新增,设置12359 V 2400参数有条件接收。 [3月31日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,Bac Ninh(高清)频道改格式,设置11472 H 23200参数免费接收。 [3月31日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AT2号卫星Ku频段,Fashion One TV 4K(UHD)频道重现,设置12226 L 27500参数有条件接收。 [3月31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。 [3月31日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,ARY Digital UAE(巴基斯坦)频道解密,设置4060 V 26666参数免费接收。 [3月31日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,PNG TV、NBC Png替换Al Jazeera(MPEG-4)等频道,设置3880 V 30000参数免费接收。 [3月31日]

东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,Zee Bioscope、Zee Nung(MPEG-4)等3个频道解密,设置3960 H 29700参数免费接收。 [3月30日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,Zee Sine(MPEG-4)频道解密,设置3760 H 29720参数免费接收。 [3月30日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,My Zen TV(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置11165 H 44000参数有条件接收。 [3月30日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Colors Oriya、Colors Guirati(MPEG-4)频道开播,设置4080 H 3500参数免费接收。 [3月30日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,ABS Cbn HD1(高清)频道新增,设置4180 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [3月30日]

东经66度国际17号卫星C频段,Surya TV HD、Udaya TV HD替换Sun Action(高清)等频道,设置3885 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [3月19日]
东经52.5度轨道位置的Y1A号卫星Ku频段,EBC 1(外语)频道消失,设置11900 H 27500参数无效接收。 [3月19日]
东经52.5度轨道位置的Y1A号卫星Ku频段,GEM Film、GEM Tech(阿联酋)等10个频道新增,设置12111 V 27500参数免费接收。 [3月19日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,View World、Ani Lava(泰国)频道加密,设置11679 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [3月19日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,Star Gold HD(高清)频道新增,设置11630 H 32000参数有条件接收。 [3月19日]
东经56度轨道位置的快车AT1号卫星Ku频段,TTC(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置12130 R 27500参数免费接收。 [3月19日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,天映频道、凤凰资讯(老挝)等全组频道解密,设置10850 H 45000参数免费接收。 [3月19日]
东经56度轨道位置的快车AT1号卫星Ku频段,Kinopokaz promo(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置12149 L 27500参数免费接收。 [3月19日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Hluttaw 1、Hluttaw 2(传送)频道消失,设置4175 H 2500参数无效接收。 [3月19日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Bangla TV(孟加拉)频道消失,设置4040 H 4610参数无效接收。 [3月19日]

东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,Astro Awani(马来西亚)频道消失,设置3424 V 2500参数无效接收。 [3月18日]
东经159度轨道位置的ABS-6号卫星C频段,ETC、Jack CT(ABS)等全组频道改频率,设置3639 V 36000参数免费接收。 [3月18日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,Sony Gem(高清)频道加密,设置10968 H 28800参数有条件接收。 [3月18日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,Max By HBO HD替换Cinemax HD(高清)频道,设置11260 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [3月18日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,VOD Channel(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置3880 V 30000参数无效接收。 [3月18日]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,Surya Movies替换Kiran TV(印度)频道,设置3885 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [3月18日]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,Surya Comedy替换Sun TV Rest of India(MPEG-4)频道,设置3925 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [3月18日]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星Ku频段,Yamal Region(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置11531 V 4280参数无效接收。 [3月18日]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星Ku频段,UzReport TV(乌兹别克)频道消失,设置11505 V 3800参数无效接收。 [3月18日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Australia Plus(BISS)频道新增,设置3800 V 7500参数有条件接收。 [3月18日]

东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星Ku频段,GTRK Yamal(+2h)(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置11580 H 20000参数无效接收。 [3月17日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,ANT Th、Hng Dn Kh(越南)频道解密,设置11260 V 30000参数免费接收。 [3月17日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,BBC earth HD(高清)频道新增,设置11670 H 32000参数有条件接收。 [3月17日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,CNN HD(高清)频道加密,设置4005 V 5000参数有条件接收。 [3月17日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,Diva替换VTC(越南)频道,设置11220 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [3月17日]

东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,BBC CBeebies(标清)频道消失,设置3840 V 29720参数无效接收。 [3月16日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Shop CJ替换Rose TV(印度)频道,设置3805 H 28500参数免费接收。 [3月16日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AT2号卫星Ku频段,Birdge TV替换Russian Music Box HD(MPEG-4)频道,设置12207 R 27500参数免费接收。 [3月16日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Aquarium HD替换PPV(高清)频道,设置12571 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [3月16日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Bharat Samachar、Wellness(印度)频道消失,设置3920 H 13000参数无效接收。 [3月16日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Xyz(印度)频道消失,设置3949 H 3673参数无效接收。 [3月16日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Zonet替换Time TV(印度)频道,设置3949 H 3673参数免费接收。 [3月16日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Andy Haryana(印度)频道开播,设置4054 H 13230参数免费接收。 [3月16日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Janataa TV替换Music Xperss(印度)频道,设置4054 H 13230参数免费接收。 [3月16日]
东经103度轨道位置的快车AM3号卫星Ku频段,Birdge TV替换Russian Music Box HD(俄罗斯)频道,设置11605 V 34425参数免费接收。 [3月16日]

东经108度轨道位置的电信1号卫星C频段,GMN TV(印尼)等2个频道新增,设置3770 H 4600参数免费接收。 [3月15日]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星C频段,World Feed(传送)频道新增,设置3890 H 12000参数有条件接收。 [3月15日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,Sky Racing 2(赛马)频道解密,设置3814 V 6660参数免费接收。 [3月15日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Action Hollywood Movie、Pulse(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置11165 H 44000参数有条件接收。 [3月15日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,中国汽车(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置12500 V 7200参数免费接收。 [3月15日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,Sky Net Pay Pe替换Skynet PPV(Sky Net)频道,设置11010 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [3月15日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,PPV替换Reserved(菲律宾)频道,设置12531 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [3月15日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,PPV替换Aquarium HD(高清)频道,设置12571 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [3月15日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,BBC Entertainment(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置3840 V 29720参数无效接收。 [3月15日]

东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,中国教育台、深圳卫视(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置12731 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [3月14日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Enterr10(印度)频道重现,设置12227 H 44000参数免费接收。 [3月14日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,2nd Avenue、CLTV 36替换Jack TV(Cignal)等频道,设置11598 H 20000参数有条件接收。 [3月14日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Sky Guide替换BBC Earth HD(高清)频道,设置12410 H 29500参数免费接收。 [3月14日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,Reserved Channel(Cignal)频道新增,设置11539 H 20000参数有条件接收。 [3月14日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,No Name(测试)频道消失,设置11510 H 20000参数无效接收。 [3月14日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,国家地理替换NBA(Cignal)频道,设置11481 H 18750参数有条件接收。 [3月14日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,O Shopping(Cignal)频道新增,设置11481 H 18750参数有条件接收。 [3月14日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,GEM TV(高清)频道消失,设置3920 V 29720参数无效接收。 [3月14日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,MWD Movie、5 Plus(IPM)等6个频道新增,设置11170 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [3月14日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,H Plus Channel(泰国)频道消失,设置3600 H 26667参数无效接收。 [3月14日]

东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,RTVM HD(高清)频道新增,设置3998 V 3750参数免费接收。 [3月13日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,CNN替换HBO Hits(Cignal)频道,设置11685 H 18750参数有条件接收。 [3月13日]

东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,NBC TV(MPEG-4)频道解密,设置3784 V 1464参数免费接收。 [3月12日]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,Animal Planet、TLC(高清)等频道消失,设置3984 H 14400参数无效接收。 [3月12日]

东经52.5度轨道位置的Y1A号卫星Ku频段,4 Music TV(外语)频道消失,设置11996 V 27500参数无效接收。 [3月11日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Discovery Kids(菲律宾)频道消失,设置4040 V 30000参数无效接收。 [3月11日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Republic TV(测试)频道新增,设置3790 H 7200参数免费接收。 [3月11日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,Pratiin Time、GemPora(印度)等3个频道消失,设置11470 H 30000参数无效接收。 [3月11日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,Fashion TV、V6 News(印度)等5个频道新增,设置11470 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [3月11日]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,SAI TV(印度)频道新增,设置3845 V 28800参数免费接收。 [3月11日]

东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,Maiboli、SVBC(印度)等4个频道新增,设置11590 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [3月10日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,Nagrah TV、Napal 1(印度)等4个频道消失,设置11590 H 30000参数无效接收。 [3月10日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2A号卫星Ku频段,Test(测试)频道消失,设置12558 V 43200参数无效接收。 [3月10日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,NDTV GT、NDTV 24x7(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置11165 H 44000参数有条件接收。 [3月10日]
东经52.5度轨道位置的Y1A号卫星Ku频段,GEM Promo(阿联酋)频道新增,设置12111 V 27500参数免费接收。 [3月10日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星C频段,Gubernia(俄罗斯)频道改频率,设置3623 R 1999参数免费接收。 [3月10日]
东经169度轨道位置的国际805号卫星C频段,Sky News(英国)等全组频道加密,设置4008 V 5000参数有条件接收。 [3月10日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,BBC Earth HD替换Animax HD(高清)频道,设置12410 H 29500参数免费接收。 [3月10日]

东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,生命电视(Cignal)频道消失,设置11539 H 20000参数无效接收。 [3月9日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,2nd Avenue(Cignal)频道新增,设置11539 H 20000参数有条件接收。 [3月9日]

东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,中国国际广播(广播)频道改频率,设置4083 V 3550参数免费接收。 [3月8日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,M Channel等替换TVN(缅甸)等频道,设置11105 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [3月8日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Life News替换Life TV(巴基斯坦)频道,设置3751 V 2333参数免费接收。 [3月8日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Filmi Dunya替换Z Action(巴基斯坦)频道,设置3751 V 2333参数免费接收。 [3月8日]
东经52.5度轨道位置的Y1A号卫星Ku频段,Gem Drama(测试)频道新增,设置11881 V 27500参数免费接收。 [3月7日]

东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Cineplex HD、HNN 24x7(印度)等频道新增,设置3868 V 14400参数部分免费接收。 [3月7日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,CNN HD(菲律宾)(高清)频道新增,设置4005 V 5000参数免费接收。 [3月7日]
东经52.5度轨道位置的Y1A号卫星Ku频段,Youth HD(高清)频道新增,设置12034 V 27500参数免费接收。 [3月7日]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,TV Chosun(韩国)频道消失,设置12530 H 26000参数无效接收。 [3月7日]

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Aussie viewers love TV on their terms

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/04/03/aussie-viewers-love-tv-on-their-terms/

Australians’ love affair with TV continues, streaming an unprecedented 1.2 billion minutes of catch-up and live streaming TV in the past month, according to the latest OzTAM VPM 28 Day Rolling Report.

In addition, 5.14 million Australians – the highest-ever number – are streaming Free Video on Demand (FVoD) content, eclipsing 3.53 million for Subscription Video on Demand (SVoD).

Strong content across tenplay, 9Now, PLUS7, ABC iview and SBS on Demand has driven the increase, particularly Seven Network’s My Kitchen Rules, Nine Network’s Married at First Sight, Network Ten’s Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix, SBS’s Vikings, and ABC iview’s Newton’s Law.

The results also reflect the success of free-to-air TV innovations such as the Freeview FV mobile app and FreeviewPlus, allowing Australians to watch catch-up TV anywhere, anytime.

Freeview CEO Elizabeth Ross said people are increasingly focused on convenience and flexibility and how they watch TV is no exception. “We’ve seen a big appetite for our streaming products that give viewers access to the best of TV, for free, on whatever device they choose. This time 10 years ago, Australian viewers only had access to five free-to-air channels, whereas today we have more than 25. TV is everywhere and any time, and with streaming services supplementing traditional TV viewing, it looks certain that we have entered a golden era of TV.”

“It’s great to see such significant growth in catch-up TV consumption, which by and large has been in addition to traditional TV consumption. Australians are still watching, on average, 2 hours and 39 minutes of broadcast television on their TV each day,” advised Ross.

Freeview is the free digital television service in Australia which delivers clever, easy-to-use digital products so Australians can watch their favourite TV programmes, anywhere, anytime.

Launched in November 2016, Freeview FV delivers live streaming from 20 free-to-air TV channels and catch-up content from all networks with just one click. FreeviewPlus is a hybrid TV service which gives Australians access to all available catch-up TV programmes in one place, on their TV.

China + Thaicom working with Measat and SES

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/04/03/china-thaicom-working-with-measat-and-ses/

Beijing Star Time Telecommunications Technology has emerged as the ‘secret’ business linked with Thailand’s Thaicom to build two giant communications satellites, and perhaps a new LEO constellation.

One satellite is already being built by China’s Great Wall Industry Corp (CGWIC) and scheduled for launch in late 2019.

CGWIC is one of Beijing Star Times (BST) owners, and trade magazine Space Intel News is reporting that BST has made approaches to a number of ‘Western’ companies including ViaSat of California and Hughes Network Systems on potential cooperation and specific technical advice.

BST is also reportedly working with satellite operators Measat of Malaysia and SES of Luxembourg, although Space Intel says it is not yet clear what the level of cooperation might be.

Thaicom’s relationship with BST already extends to a $208 million order for a Ka-band satellite, which is wholly pre-sold in terms of its in-orbit capacity to the Chinese. BST specifically says: “[the satellite] will be completed its (Ka) network coverage in 2019 in Southeast Asia, Indochina Peninsula and China Mainland, two satellites’ total capacity are up to 120Gbps. BST has reached technical cooperation intention with international satellite industry’s giants such as ViaSat, Hughes and SES. BST will provide users with the best quality broadband Internet experience. At present, BST had completed its international layout in Thailand, Malaysia, Australia, Philippines, Korea, the United States of America, Hong Kong and other countries and areas.”

Optus introduces Yes TV by Fetch Multiroom

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/04/03/optus-introduces-yes-tv-by-fetch-multiroom/

Australian triple play operator Optus is boosting its fixed offering with the launch of new broadband plans and Yes TV by Fetch Multiroom.

According to Ben White, Managing Director of Marketing and Product at Optus, whether customers want a simple bundle with unlimited data for endless browsing, loads of entertainment, or a bundle that fits their business needs, Optus has a new broadband plan to suit them.”

New and recontracting customers can now choose from Optus’ latest range of fixed broadband plans including:
•The Optus $60 Plan (minimum total cost of A$1,440 (€1,026) over 24 months) which comes with a fixed phone line and unlimited data for customers who want a broadband plan for everyday Internet use
•The Optus $80 Plan (minimum total cost of A$1,920 over 24 months) for entertainment lovers which includes unlimited data, a fixed phone line, Optus Sports, a Yes TV by Fetch Mighty set-top box and a Yes TV by Fetch Channel Pack
•The Office $80 Plan (minimum total cost of $1,920 over 24 months) for small and medium business customers which includes unlimited data, a fixed phone line and a $360 Smart Shop voucher to spend on business applications

“These plans give customers the flexibility to choose the inclusions they pay for based on their needs. Customers who want to use their fixed phone line for calls can add unlimited local and national calls; unlimited calls to Australian mobiles; or international call packs for an additional monthly fee,” said White.

Optus has introduced Yes TV by Fetch Multiroom for eligible fixed customers who want to watch their favourite Yes TV by Fetch content on different televisions at the same time.

Households can watch Yes TV content on up to three televisions by attaching multiple Yes TV by Fetch Mini, Mighty or Gen-2 devices to a single account. Mini and Mighty services are available on month-to-month pricing for $10 or $15 respectively.

“Multiroom is the perfect solution for keeping the whole household happy. Mum and Dad can relax in the living room with their favourite sitcoms while the kids are watching Disney Channel or Nickelodeon in their bedrooms,” advised White.

Japan considering development of hack-proof satellite system

From https://www.postguam.com/the_globe/philippines_asia/japan-considering-development-of-hack-proof-satellite-system/article_b9038102-176a-11e7-be0e-f322c8733327.html

TOKYO – Japan's Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry is considering a plan to develop a communications system to prevent cyber-attacks that target satellites.

The system will feature dynamic encryption of data transfers between satellites and their terrestrial stations, making it more difficult to decode such data even when it is intercepted by unauthorized parties.

With the proposed plan, the government aims to establish a secure communications network that is unique to Japan, for domestic security purposes and to spur investment in the private-sector aerospace industry.

The system will be designed to transmit codes using lasers and code generators installed on satellites.

Led by the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology under the jurisdiction of the ministry, the project – combining government, industry and academic institutions – aims to commercialize the system in five to 10 years.

The ministry will include the project in the government's space-related proposals to be decided this spring. Related expenses are expected to be included in the budget plan for fiscal 2018.

Other than for military satellites and others with big budgets, countermeasures against cyber-attacks on satellites have been progressing slowly.

The United States found that some of its satellites had been hacked, resulting in data theft, while in other cases control of its Earth observation satellites was disrupted.

In 2014, a U.S. weather monitoring network was disrupted and rendered unusable for a period of time.

Satellites send data to terrestrial base stations using radio waves. The data is vulnerable to unauthorized interception by third parties due to the wide transmission area inherent in satellite broadcasting.

Vulnerability remains even for encrypted data as the encryption algorithms are set before the satellite is launched.

Hackers who are able to decode the encrypted data can stage cyber-attacks on satellites and may even be able to manipulate its control or intercept data. Furthermore, many satellites have no form of data encryption.

To address this problem, the ministry will install a code generator on satellites so the device can dynamically encrypt data.

The dynamic codes will be sent to the ground base station using light beams. As the encryption is dynamic, it is more difficult for hackers to decode data even if they are able to intercept transmissions.

The code generator is a cube, approximately 10 centimeters on each side - small enough to be installed on a microsatellite being developed by a start-up firm, which is approximately 30-40 centimeters on each side.

In 2015, the aerospace industry's global market was valued at about 22 trillion yen, nearly double the figure of 10 years earlier. It is highly likely that more satellite-related businesses will be launched.

The communications ministry aims to have an advantage in the industry by developing a secure communications system that companies will be able to use at a low cost.

Japanese networks in streaming pact

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/04/03/japanese-networks-in-streaming-pact/

Japan’s major commercial television networks have agreed to develop jointly a system that will enable simultaneous broadcasting of broadcast TV content via IP.

Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, TV Asahi, TV Tokyo and Fuji Television Network have agreed in principle to invest in a joint venture established by Nippon Television Network and Internet Service Provider Internet Initiative Japan (IIJ). The joint venture, JOCDN, will be 20 per cent owned by IIJ. The remaining 80 per cent stake will be equally divided among the five broadcasters.

Content delivery network JOCDN is developing a proprietary system to enable real time streaming of TV broadcasts over the Internet with image quality comparable to that offered by free-to-air linear TV services.

Initially, the partners would use JOCDN’s system to stream content offered by the Japanese version of premium entertainment streaming service Hulu, as well as by TVer, a portal site that offers viewing of programmes already screened by the main networks. Ultimately, JOCDN intends to offer 4K Ultra-High Definition streaming.

Kazakhstan satellite problem

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/03/31/kazakhstan-satellite-problem/

Kazakhstan has been plunged into partial TV darkness with the apparent failure of KazSat-2. A report from BBC Monitoring (March 31st) says that a number of telecommunications operators have stopped working in Kazakhstan due to an emergency situation related to the KazSat-2 space satellite, according to the press service of the Kazakh Ministry of Defence and Aerospace Industries (MDAI.

“An emergency situation related to the KazSat-2 space satellite was [originally] reported at 0822 on 21 March. Thirteen communications operators and television and radio broadcasters in the Republic of Kazakhstan had used the resources of the KazSat-2 space satellite by 31 March. Their work has currently been suspended,” the ministry’s press service said.

Russian-built KazSat-2 is Kazakhstan’s second communications satellite used by many of the country’s telecommunications operators and television broadcasters. It was launched in July 2011 after the similar KazSat-1 communications satellite was lost shortly after going out of control as a result of a computer glitch in 2008.

“Specialists from the republic’s centre of space communications are currently carrying out measures to return the operation of the satellite and the work of networks of communications operators and television and radio broadcasters back to a normal situation as soon as possible,” says the report.

Kazakhstan is also using KazSat-3 telecommunications satellite, which was launched in April 2014. KazSat-3 is also used by telecommunications operators, television broadcasters and providers of high-speed Internet in Kazakhstan and neighbouring countries.

When checked by the BBC Monitoring at 0830 GMT, March 31st, Kazakhstan’s national TV channel Khabar was available via satellite in Tashkent.

Hong Kong’s APT in Chinese satellite j-v

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/03/30/hong-kongs-apt-in-chinese-satellite-j-v/

APT Satellite Holdings of Hong Kong says it will invest US$86 million in a new joint venture satellite with China. The satellite, APSTAR-6D is to be built and launched by China and is designed to operate in Ku and Ka-band over the Asia-Pacific region. APT will own 30 per cent of the new satellite.

Reports suggest that the satellite is to be the first of what may end up being a global constellation supplying mobile broadband connectivity for aircraft, marine and land-based mobile markets.

The satellite is due for launch in 2019.

APT, in a report in trade mag Space Intel Report, say that the expansion of their commitment would be taken on a satellite-by-satellite basis.

In the year to December 31st 2016 APOT reported revenues of $158 million, up 3 per cent on the 2015 position.

APT has two other satellites under procurement: Apstar-5C being built by Space Systems/Loral, and which is itself a joint-venture craft with Telesat of Canada. APT owns 57.47 per cent of Apstar-5C. The other satellite is being built in China as Apstar-6C. Both satellites are due for launch in H1/2018

China BeiDou navigation satellite system to expand to other Asian markets

From http://tech.firstpost.com/news-analysis/china-beidou-navigation-satellite-system-to-expand-to-other-asian-markets-369927.html

China’s home-grown BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) will expand its cooperation to Thailand and Sri Lanka, and then to the entire Southeast Asia to go global, its operator has said.

Du Li, general manager of Wuhan Optics Valley BeiDou Holding Group Co., said his company will continue to explore models for scientific and technical cooperation on BDS, including the joint construction of base stations, joint technical development and research, personnel training and exchanges, Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday.

Wuhan Optics Valley BeiDou established the first batch of three overseas Continuously Operating Reference Stations (CORS) and its networking for BDS in Chonburi province in Thailand in December 2013.

It is also planning to build a China-Asean science and technology city in Thailand for promoting BDS applications.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) consists of 10 countries, including Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.

Wuhan Optics Valley BeiDou will cooperate with Sri Lankan authorities to develop at least 10 CORS in the South Asian country for such applications as land surveying and mapping, ocean fishery and disaster warning, Du said.

The establishment of CORS in Thailand and Sri Lanka will extend the BDS coverage at least 3,000 km more towards Southeast Asia and South Asia, Du said.

Wuhan Optics Valley BeiDou is in charge of the operations and services of BDS, a GPS-like global positioning system.

By the end of 2016, BDS already had a constellation of 32 satellites.

“Our priority is to expand BDS from China to the frontline of the Belt and Road Initiative, and Optics Valley BeiDou is a pioneer,” Li said.

China-made smartphones, such as Huawei smartphones, will be good platforms for BDS to go overseas as they carry Chinese chips, Li said.

Double success for SpaceX

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/03/31/double-success-for-spacex-3/

Martin Halliwell, CTO at satellite operator SES of Luxembourg, summed up a very successful launch of his SES-10 satellite by SpaceX on March 30th, saying: “People said we were taking a huge risk. I always said: ‘We’re not!’. We had access to information that gave us confidence.”

That confidence, and SpaceX’s skillset, is now very apparent to the rest of the world. Not only did a ‘pre-flown’ (SES described it as “flight proven”) Falcon 9 rocket from SpaceX deliver a flawless launch for the satellite, but a few minutes later, the SpaceX team executed a perfect landing on its drone barge patiently waiting on the Atlantic Ocean a few hundred miles downrange. This means that the rocket’s valuable first stage can be re-used again.

Indeed, Halliwell, speaking at the launch told journalists that SES had three more rocket launches coming up with SpaceX, and that SES might use pre-flown rockets on two of them.

Halliwell could well have been speaking with an eye on future financial savings for SES. Launching a satellite takes up to 25-30 per cent of SES’s total capital expenditure. Saving 5 or 10 percent of a launch cost flows straight to SES’s bottom line. Equity analysts suggest that SES paid only $30-$40 million for the launch of SES-10, about half the normal cost. That’s an enormous saving.

SES-10 was built by Airbus and will be placed at 67 degrees West. “With a Ku-band payload of 55 36MHz transponder equivalents, of which 27 are incremental, the multi-mission spacecraft is the first SES satellite wholly dedicated to providing service to Latin America. SES-10’s high-powered beams will augment its capabilities across the region, providing direct-to-home broadcasting, enterprise and mobility services, said SES.

“We are thrilled to have achieved the successful launch of a flight proven Falcon 9. This is an historic milestone on the path to complete and rapid reusability,” said Gwynne Shotwell, President and COO at SpaceX “We are pleased to have accomplished this milestone with SES, which has been a strong supporter of SpaceX and innovation over the years.”

Amazon Bans Sales of “Pirate” Media Players, Will Destroy Them


Amazon is taking a tough stance against vendors who sell fully-loaded Kodi boxes and other "pirate" media players through its platform. The store now explicitly bans media players that "promote" or "suggest" the facilitation of piracy. Sellers who violate this policy, of which there are still a few around, risk having their inventory destroyed.

Streaming piracy is on the rise with popular media player Kodi at the center of attention.

While Kodi itself is a neutral platform, millions of people use third-party add-ons to turn it into the ultimate pirate machine.

In some cases, the pirate add-ons are put onto the devices by vendors, who sell these “fully-loaded” boxes through their own stores or marketplaces such as Amazon. While Amazon has never explicitly allowed the sale of copyright-infringing devices, they are not hard to find in its store.

This is a thorn in the side of major copyright holders, who have repeatedly complained about fully-loaded boxes.

Amazon appears to be well aware of the controversy, as it recently published an updated policy clarifying that pirate media players are not permitted on the platform. Merely ‘suggesting’ that devices can be used for infringing purposes is enough to have them delisted.

“Products offered for sale on Amazon should not promote, suggest the facilitation of, or actively enable the infringement of or unauthorized access to digital media or other protected content. Any streaming media player or other device that violates this policy is prohibited from sale on Amazon,” the company writes.

Amazon states that it is up to the vendor to determine whether their products meet these standards. Those who still cross the line are in for an unpleasant and costly surprise. Amazon states that it will destroy the devices without reimbursement.

“If you sell these products, we may immediately suspend or terminate your selling privileges and destroy inventory in our fulfillment centers without reimbursement,” Amazon writes.

In addition, if there’s proof that the vendors were engaging in illegal activity, any pending payments may be withheld or forfeited under the policy.

While the announcement was published without fanfare, it hasn’t gone unnoticed. Anti-piracy company Irdeto, which works with several major copyright holders on pirate streaming box cases, sees the new policy as a breakthrough.

“This first of its kind preventative measure aims to minimize the pirates’ promotional reach. It’s a policy I hope the other e-Commerce sites will emulate,”‎ Mark Mulready, Senior Director Cyber Services and Investigations at Irdeto, notes.

Despite Amazon’s strong language the site still features many devices marketed as fully-loaded streaming media players. Some, including the one below, even use pirate sources such as Icefilms, Primewire and the Genesis Kodi add-on to market their products.

According to Irdeto, the media player software itself is not at fault. In a way, they are a victim of the pirates too, much like copyright holders. The pirate sources and the rogue vendors are the ones that create and maintain the problem.

This is also reflected in the legal cases that have been launched thus far over the misuse of Kodi players. Both in the UK and the Netherlands, test cases against sellers of “fully-loaded” devices are aiming to stop the phenomenon.

In the United States, the problem is also on the radar now. MPAA boss Chris Dodd recently said that finding a solution to the illegal use of Kodi is one of the main piracy questions the industry currently faces, so it’s likely that more enforcement actions will follow.


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Thaicom 4 119.5E 11675 V "Hidup TV" has started on , Latens.
Thaicom 4 119.5E 11686 V Rajawali TV, Kompas TV, Metro TV, RCTI, Trans TV, TVOne, SCTV, Net, ANTV, MNC TV, Indosiar, Trans TV, TVRI Papua and Global TV have started on , Fta.

ChinaSat 6B 115.5E 4135 H "Shenzhen TV" has started on , Fta

Palapa D 113.0E 3460 H "Reformed 21" has started on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 3808 V "Universitas Terbuka TV and Lejel Home Shopping" have left .
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Palapa D 113.0E 4100 V "AMC Asia" has left .
Palapa D 113.0E 4140 V "Sports Illustrated 3 has replaced Zee Bioskop" on , encrypted.

Koreasat 5 113.0E 12430 V "Channel NewsAsia, 2nd Avenue and ETC" have started on , encrypted. Cartoon Network Philippines and CNN International Asia Pacific have left.

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AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3980 V Star Chinese Movies Legend has replaced Star World Vietnam on ,Irdeto.
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Intelsat 20 68.5E 12562 H "The Word TV and Charis TV have started on , Fta. DNC TV and Determination TV" have left.
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China to launch 6-8 latest navigation satellites in 2017

From http://english.cctv.com/2017/03/07/ARTIPni4V8DIFtITKFG4garw170307.shtml

BEIJING, March 6 (Xinhua) -- China plans to launch six to eight BeiDou-3 satellites in 2017, according to a senior designer of the satellite navigation system.

It is part of a plan to put 35 BeiDou satellites into space to form an orbiting satellite network and offer worldwide navigation services by 2020, said Yang Yuanxi, deputy chief designer of the BeiDou satellite navigation system, on Monday.

Yang was speaking on the sidelines of the fifth session of the 12th Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee, of which he is a member.

Compared to earlier generation products, the BeiDou-3 is able to cover a wider range and has a longer lifespan of 12 years, according to Bao Weimin, another CPPCC National Committee member and an official with China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation.

Named after the Chines name for the Big Dipper constellation, the BeiDou system is designed to offer an alternative to GPS.

A government white paper published in December said China expects to provide basic services to limited clients in 2018 and expand to all clients with more accurate and reliable services through better ground- and satellite-based systems by 2020.

China has already sent 22 BeiDou satellites into space.

Yang said the launches this year will feature two satellites on a single carrier rocket.

Iridium Safety Voice Communications Installs Surge Past 500 Aircraft

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Iridium_Safety_Voice_Communications_Installs_Surge_Past_500_Aircraft_999.html

Iridium Communications Inc. reports that its Safety Voice service, which is used for air traffic communications, has been adopted by more than 500 aircraft as of February 2017. The Iridium Safety Voice service provides aircraft operators with an alternative to existing HF radio systems, replacing them with a secure satellite-based option for long-range communications.

In August of 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) distributed an 'Information for Operators' (InFO) notice, alerting aircraft operators of the modifications required to comply with Policy Letter-106 which outlines how aircraft may operate with one HF radio and one satellite communications (SATCOM) platform over the West Atlantic Routing System (WATRS). The Iridium Safety Voice service features a dialing system requiring multiple user authentication steps for in-flight communications in addition to a call priority system, ensuring urgent communications are not interrupted.

Over the past few years Iridium has seen substantial adoption of its aviation services with more than a 100 percent increase in active airframes using the Safety Voice service between 2015 and 2017.

The ability to add a satellite system using the Iridium network as an alternative to a second HF system has several benefits, including lower power requirements, lighter-weight equipment, and better quality and coverage, resulting in increased efficiency and fuel economy.

"With more than 500 active air transport aircraft around the globe having already adopted Iridium's Safety Voice service, we know that the industry is hungry for this technology," said Brian Pemberton, vice president and general manager, aviation at Iridium.

"With the launch of Iridium NEXT and Iridium CertusSM products, aircraft operators will soon have access to high quality, global and cost-effective satcom solutions, with unparalleled performance, that will positively impact their bottom lines."

Pemberton continued, "The Iridium Safety Voice service adds elements of safety, security and efficiency that are not available with traditional, high-frequency systems. Adding Safety Voice to the existing FANS 1/A data capability enables a full suite of long-range flightdeck safety communications for efficient and cost-effective air traffic control. The rapid adoption we're seeing by the industry is a testament to its value."

Iridium is currently launching Iridium NEXT, the company's next-generation global satellite constellation. All existing Iridium aviation services, including the Safety Voice service are compatible with the new constellation. The first 10 Iridium NEXT satellites were launched into low-Earth-orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on January 14, 2017.

Seven additional SpaceX launches are scheduled to take place over the next 12 to 15 months, delivering a total of 75 Iridium NEXT satellites to orbit, including the second launch now targeted for mid-June 2017. In total, the operational Iridium NEXT constellation will consist of 66 satellites with nine satellites serving as on-orbit spares.

Europe launches new £95m Earth observation satellite

From https://stv.tv/news/international/1382441-europe-launches-new-95m-earth-observation-satellite/

Sentinel 2B joins Sentinel 2A in providing images of land, oceans and waterways.

Europe has launched a fifth Sentinel Earth observation satellite that will monitor the earth by providing images of land, oceans and waterways as part of its multi-billion-euro Copernicus program.

The Sentinel 2B will play a leading role as part of a system of satellites in the world's most ambitious Earth observation programme.

The satellite was launched on a Vega rocket from the European Space Agency (Esa) base at Kourou, French Guiana at 8:49 p.m. EST (0149 GMT on Tuesday).

The £95 million spacecraft will join its twin Sentinel-2A which has been in orbit since 2015.

Its task will be to take high-resolution, colour and infrared images for a wide number of environmental projects including crop forecasting and monitoring natural disasters.

The Vega rocket carrying Sentinel-2B in its mobile gantry at Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana.

Both satellites will orbit the planet at a height of 488 miles, on opposite sides of the Earth.

Every five days the spacecrafts will cover all of the earth's surfaces providing more up-to-date images and information than ever before.

This will enable it to study the health of crops and forests, track the growth of cities, and detect the effects of changing land use and global warming on the Earth's vegetation.

Sentinel 2B will also be used to monitor natural disasters caused by floods, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, and support humanitarian relief efforts.

Over the next seven years Copernicus, which includes several Sentinel missions, will cost an estimated £3.7 billion.

The programme is expected to return at least 10 times that figure to the EU economy, even though its treasure trove of data is being offered completely free to companies, governments and institutions around the world.

Sentinel 2 complements but outperforms the US Landsat series of satellites that has been the prime provider of Earth observation data since 1972.

Landsat 8, the latest satellite, can "see" only eight colours and has a resolution of 30 metres compared with Sentinel 2's ten.

Working on its own, Landsat offers a global view of the world every 16 days instead of five.

Josef Aschbacher, director of Earth observation programmes at Esa, said:"For the first time we (Europe) are leading the global monitoring aspect of space. There's nothing comparable in America, in Japan, in Russia, in India.

Between them the satellites will generate 1.6 terabytes of compressed raw image data daily.

The total amount of data available from Copernicus is astounding. Even before the launch of Sentinel 2B, around 21 petabytes of data had been downloaded from the system. A petabyte is equal to a thousand million million bytes.

"This is a high number, maybe difficult to imagine," said Mr Aschbacher.He added that each day Copernicus was producing more data than all the photos and movies uploaded on Facebook.

Other Sentinel missions, some yet to be launched, will collect data on the oceans, atmosphere and climate.

Card-sharing fraudster sentenced

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/03/07/card-sharing-fraudster-sentenced/

A man from the Scottish town of Belshill in Scotland has been sentenced to unpaid community work by a Sheriff Court after pleading guilty to four charges of fraud, and offences under the Copyright Designs Patents Act 1988.

Following a multi-agency operation involving Police Scotland, intellectual property protection organisation FACT (Federation Against Copyright Theft), Sky, Virgin Media and other agencies in 2014, Gavin Gray was arrested for fraudulent activity in what is commonly known in the industry as ‘card sharing’.

This is the first conviction of its type in Scotland. This cyber-enabled crime allows protected encrypted television broadcasts to be viewed without a valid subscription to the broadcast provider.

Gray advertised his criminal business on dedicated card sharing websites and forums, supplying unlawful access to homes across Scotland.

When officers searched his home in Mossend, Belshill they seized £44,500 (€51,444) hidden in a safe in the loft. Police were also able to later seize £80,000 from his bank account.

Sheriff Thomas Millar decided not to send Gray to prison and instead gave him an electronic tag and ordered him .to do unpaid community work.

Chief Inspector Mark Leonard, the lead for counterfeit and intellectual property for Police Scotland said, “Officers conducted an operation in conjunction with a number of agencies including FACT, at the home address of Gavin Gray where they seized computer equipment and large sums of cash.”

“The subsequent investigation revealed that Mr Gray was the lynchpin in large-scale, organised illegal activity known in the industry as ‘card sharing’ with clients across the UK and internationally, serviced by his online website from his Bellshill base. This activity allows people to electronically purchase command lines to data held on computer servers that provides them with access to premium digital broadcast channels.”

“Although people may think that this will have little impact on major broadcasters, make no mistake, the amount of money being lost is on a large scale. It’s obviously very tempting for people to think they are getting a bargain but it’s important to remember that there are organised criminals behind these fraudulent schemes, often supporting and funding other more serious crime, such as human trafficking and drugs, so people need to be aware of that. Purchasing a ‘so-called bargain’ may lead to a visit from the police at your door so think twice before saying yes,” he warned.

“Officers working at the Scottish Crime Campus and the Scottish Anti Illicit Trade Group (SAITG) recognise that organised criminals are diversifying into products and commodities where there is perceived less risk. Police Scotland will continue to work in partnership with private industry and specialists to deter global crime trends that are harming our communities,” he confirmed.

Kieron Sharp, Director General of FACT, said “Whether it’s card sharing or IPTV set-top boxes, allowing access to premium pay-for TV without the proper licence is illegal. FACT takes this criminality very seriously and will continue to work with Police Scotland and our members including BT Sport, the Premier League, Sky and Virgin Media to ensure that this illegal activity is disrupted.”

£250K fine in ‘Kodi box’ case

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/03/07/250k-fine-in-kodi-box-case/

A man in the northeast England city of Hartlepool who sold illegal Internet TV boxes that allowed pubs and clubs to screen pay-to-view TV free of charge has received a suspended prison sentence and been ordered to pay £250,000 (€289,000).

Malcolm Mayes received a ten-month prison sentence suspended for one year when he appeared at Teesside Crown Court Monday March 6th and admitted breaching the Copyright, Designs & Patents Act 1988 by advertising and selling adapted IPTV boxes.

He was also ordered to pay costs of £170,000 and a Proceeds of Crime Order was made against him for a further £80,000.

IPTV boxes – sometimes called ‘Android’ boxes or ‘Kodi’ boxes – allow users to watch television and movies streamed via the Internet. The boxes themselves are not illegal, but when modified can be used to view content freely that should otherwise be paid for, including live sport and new movies. A box modified in this way is often described as being ‘fully loaded’.

Mayes was prosecuted by Hartlepool Borough Council’s Trading Standards department following a lengthy international investigation by the National Trading Standards North East Enforcement Team.

He was found to have been selling IPTV boxes to pubs and clubs around the country for around £1000 each, targeting them through adverts in a national magazine which claimed his devices were ‘100% legal’. Following a test purchase, a suspect device was analysed and found to have been adapted.

“The cost of this case has been significant to Mr Mayes,” stated Ian Harrison, Trading Standards & Licensing Manager for Hartlepool Borough Council. “In pleading guilty, he has accepted that it is illegal to sell a device that allows the free viewing of pay-to-view television. This is common sense and should be obvious to anyone. Mr Mayes should not be seen as a Robin Hood-type character. In selling these devices he wasn’t stealing from the rich to help the poor. He was stealing to make himself richer,” declared Harrison.

“In addition, many of the pubs and clubs that bought his devices lost significant amounts of money when they failed to operate as promised.”

“Trading Standards will continue to target those traders and individuals who make their living from selling counterfeit goods or in other ways allow intellectual property to be stolen.”

Toby Harris, Chair of National Trading Standards, said: “Mr Mayes knowingly sold these illegal boxes which breached copyright law, misleading small businesses by falsely claiming that these devices were legal. I hope this conviction sends a clear message that criminal activity doesn’t pay.”

“I would also warn any person or business selling or operating such a device that they are in breach of copyright law. National Trading Standards will continue to protect legitimate business and pursue those who breach copyright in this way.”

Kieron Sharp, Director General of intellectual property protection organisation FACT (Federation Against Copyright Theft), added: “Today’s sentencing sends out a strong message to anyone involved in the sale of illegal IPTV boxes that crime certainly does not pay.”

“Pre-configured TV set-top devices allowing access to premium pay-for channels without a legitimate subscription are illegal and we would like to thank Hartlepool Trading Standards for their action on this case following a referral from the Premier League and FACT.”

“FACT will continue to work with our members, Trading Standards and police across the country to combat the sale of these illegal devices, which are starving our creative industries and the UK Economy.”

Netflix may come direct to your home

From http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/companies/netflix-may-come-direct-to-your-home/articleshow/57489268.cms

"Netflix is the first player to sign the agreement with Videocon d2h for these connected STBs. This box will be similar to an Apple TV."

MUMBAI: Netflix has entered into a first of its kind partnership with direct-to-home (DTH) player Videocon d2h in India that will allow the global over-the-top (OTT) player to offer its service via latter's soon-to-be-launched integrated set-top-boxes (STBs).

Videocon d2h is currently testing its next generation connected STBs, which it plans to launch in the market in two months. The connected box will have pre-installed OTT and utility applications a user can access with existing broadband or Wi-Fi-connection on their TV sets.

"Netflix is the first player to sign the agreement with Videocon d2h for these connected STBs. This box will be similar to an Apple TV, but with both - linear and non-linear content with specially curated apps," a highly placed source in the company told ET.
Videocon d2h has already started the integration, and as part of the deal, the new remotes will have a special Netflix button.
Unlike in the West, where consumption of Netflix is predominantly on connected television sets, low penetration of broadband and connected devices has restricted OTT consumption to small screens in India, especially mobile devices.

Todd Yellin, VP of Product at Netflix had recently told ET that while globally about two-thirds of all hours of streaming are on a TV; India is one of the only three places where Netflix' consumption is more on the phones and tablets than TV.

Industry experts feel that the move is pretty much in sync with what all DTH players have been trying to do - to offer services in addition to the traditional TV. "This will differentiate Videocon d2h from existing cable TV and also other DTH players," said Girish Menon, director - media & entertainment at consulting firm KPMG India.

It is a good fit for both the brands as for DTH player it will mean a new revenue stream and greater engagement with his subscriber. For OTT player, it will mean reduction in customer acquisition cost and more ways to push content, said Menon. "For OTT players, the biggest challenges are discovery of content and reaching out to customer."

"It is good for OTT companies, which can grow their subscriber base faster and DTH players, who can grow their average revenue per user (ARPUs)," said Ashish Pherwani, head - advisory, media and entertainment, at consulting firm EY.

People with direct knowledge of the development told ET that Videocon d2h will offer the new box at Rs 2,490 for existing customers, while new customers will have to shell out Rs 3,490. The new STBs will also have Hotstar and Sony Liv, while talks are on with Viacom18 to get its service Voot on the platform. Videocon d2h has also partnered with BookMyShow and Zomato for the ticket booking and food delivery services, via DTH.

When contacted, a Hotstar spokesperson said "We are actively sought by local and international players to make Hotstar available on their connected devices... We will continue to be open to partnerships that expand choices for consumers and expand the reach of our service."


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OTT set to take off on Qantas

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/03/03/ott-set-to-take-off-on-qantas/

As Qantas rolls out nbn in the sky, passengers will also soon have access to Netflix, Spotify and Foxtel. Roy Morgan Research reveals how many Qantas flyers already subscribe to any of the three new in-flight entertainment providers—and how many could soon be tempted by a free trial.

Nearly 4.3 million Australians aged 14+ (22 per cent) take at least one domestic flight with Qantas during the year. Roy Morgan’s latest consumer research found that 87 per cent of Qantas passengers own a smartphone and 76 per cent own a tablet computer – both above the national ownership rates of 80 per cent and 65 per cent respectively.

However, while these millions of passengers will likely be carrying a compatible device on board, only 60 per cent currently use any of the three new in-flight entertainment providers Foxtel, Netflix, Spotify.

33 per cent of Qantas domestic flyers watched Foxtel in the last four weeks, including its streaming options Go and Play, while 32 per cent watched Netflix, and 22 per cent listened to Spotify.

According to Norman Morris, Industry Communications Director, Roy Morgan Research, the agreement between Qantas and entertainment providers Netflix, Spotify and Foxtel is a win for the airline, the providers, and passengers. “While six in 10 Qantas domestic passengers will soon be able to log in and start watching and listening in the air, the other four in 10 don’t currently use any of the soon-to-be-available entertainment services—and so could well be tempted to sign up to a free trial (or two or three) the next time they fly,” he noted. “For the three providers, an in-flight presence will not only satisfy their existing customers, but also be the perfect opportunity to persuade others to give it a go.”

“Netflix and Spotify will be promoted to around 2.9 million and 3.3 million potential new sign-ups respectively—over 90 per cent of whom own a mobile or tablet. Although their one-month free trials are the same deals as what’s on offer on the ground, airline passengers should represent a rather more captive audience.”

“There’s perhaps an extra benefit to Foxtel. A third of Qantas domestic passengers already have Foxtel, but only around one in six of these subscribers watch it via mobile streaming. This means that Foxtel’s three-day usage offer will not only reach up to 2.8 million non-subscribers on Qantas flights, it will also serve to promote its mobile streaming platforms to another 1.1 million subscribers who don’t currently utilise them.”

“Readership of Qantas Magazine has remained stable over the last few years, even though more passengers are carrying a mobile or tablet. Airline magazines seem to be a core part of the flying experience; however, it will be interesting to see if on-board media consumption charges with the advent of WiFi and streaming services that passengers may already use on the ground.”

Satellite Solutions Worldwide to buy Australian and Norwegian assets for £1.8m

From http://www.lse.co.uk/sharecast-news-article.asp?ArticleCode=25634717&ArticleHeadline=Satellite_Solutions_Worldwide_to_buy_Australian_and_Norwegian_assets_for_18m

(ShareCast News) - Broadband provider Satellite Solutions Worldwide Group is to buy BorderNET Internet in Australia and the customer bases of NextNet and AS Distriktsnett in Norway all for a combined £1.8m in cash and shares, bringing an additional 5,500 customers in total.

The acquisitions are part of the company's roll-up strategy as it will integrate BorderNET's operations into the existing Australian business Skymesh and NextNet and AS Distriktsnett will be integrated into its existing Norwegian hub, Breiband.

BorderNET is a specialist broadband provider to farming and remote communities and the Australian government, through NBN Co, will continue to invest in its SkyMuster satellites which will provide increased access to satellite broadband services.

The BorderNet acquisition is subject to consent from NBN Co, the Australian government's broadband provider, and the company will pay AU$1,85m (£115m) in total comprising of an initial payment of AU$1.43m (£894,577), including a retention amount of AU$200,000 (£124,300) and the balance of AU$413,125 (£256,759) will be paid in shares.

BorderNET recorded a loss of AU$26,804 (£16,554) in 2015 although it has an annualised revenue run rate of over £1m and the company expects BorderNET to be profitable under ownership.

Meanhile, for NextNet the company will pay 5,04m Norwegian kroner (£489,486) and a further 200,000 kroner (£19,424) for stock and certain infrastructure assets.

NextNet also reported a loss of 1,53m kroner (£148,215) in 2015 and has an annualised revenue run rate of about £800,000.

For AS Distriktsnett the company will pay 832,500 kroner in cash (£80,852) for the customer base, and the overall consideration is subject to adjustment in cash in respect of final customer numbers at completion of the acquisition.

Chief executive Andrew Walwyn said: "These are the first three acquisitions of 2017, which significantly strengthen our position in these key regions. Having established strong hubs in Norway and Australia last year, we can now readily acquire sub-scale, local businesses and rapidly turn them into profitable assets by integrating them onto our global platform.

"We continue to grow user numbers and revenues in these territories and to actively pursue acquisition opportunities, in line with our global strategy, as we continue our consolidation of last mile broadband across Europe and Australasia."

Shares in Satellite Solutions were down 0.11% to 8.86p at 0857 GMT.

China launches spy satellite

From http://www.brecorder.com/2017/03/04/338348

On Friday, China just launched an experimental reconnaissance satellite called TK-1 and got it successfully into orbit.

The satellite was carried by the KT-2 rocket and took off in the early hours of Thursday from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch centre located in the Gobi desert region of north-western China.

According to Chinese media, the spy- satellite will be used for remote sensing, telecommunications and experiments in mini-satellite-based technologies. The KT-2 rocket is one of five carrier systems in China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp (CASIC)'s commercial space plan said the officials.

Kodi Box BAN - Using your Kodi Box could soon be ILLEGAL, and this is why

From http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/science-technology/774697/Kodi-Box-UK-Download-Ban

USING a Kodi Box could soon be illegal, following a fresh round of discussions from the UK's Intellectual Property Office about how best to tackle copyright and fraud caused by these hugely-popular streaming boxes.

Watching video on a Kodi Box could soon be illegal, following a change to the law

Following a growing number of complaints from right-holders and broadcasters, the UK's Intellectual Property Office, or IPO, is purportedly holding a number of meetings to decide whether the law needs to be changed to tackle the popularity of Kodi boxes.

There have already been a number of arrests due to Kodi boxes in the UK.

Five people accused of selling illegally modified versions of the popular set-top boxes were taken into custody last month after a series of early morning raids.

Cases are pending, but there is clearly a focus on these boxes.

For those who do not know, Kodi is an open-source media player that's available to install on a range of devices.

The software was previously known as XBMC, or Xbox Media Centre, since that was the only hardware is was designed to run on.

But that has changed over the years, as the media player evolved, thanks to hundreds of coders across the globe tinkering with the software.

Since it first launched back in 2003, Kodi has been shaped by some 500 developers and 200 translators.

And now the open-source media player runs on a whole host of different devices. In fact, some estimates place 20 million devices in use in the UK at the moment.

In a nutshell, it turns any desktop computer, server, smartphone, tablet or set-top box into a media player able to stream files from the internet, your home network or local HDD storage. Unlike the Apple TV, Google ChromeCast or others, the Kodi media player is not restricted by licensing agreements, or a curated app store.

That means Kodi users can download a plethora of community-built apps, that might not be approved under the guidelines that govern the Apple App Store, Google Play Store, and others.

The Kodi software itself is perfectly legal, however, it does allow users to install additional applications that allow them to access copyrighted material – uploaded, shared or streamed from other users across the globe.

However the problem with Kodi is that content is illegally taken from content providers like Sky Sports, Sky Cinema, Netflix, BBC Worldwide and others.

Those who use the Kodi platform to access this material would be taking a serious risk.

Obviously accessing the material in this manner is illegal.

One problem viewers who use the Kodi platform face is, unlike the carefully-curated Apple App Store or Google Play Store, it might not always be clear where the content is coming from – or whether it has been legally obtained.

The Kodi media player lets you stream from local, or networked storage, as well as online sources

It’s these methods to access copyrighted material for free that the Intellectual Property Office wants to put a stop to.

The IPO has called a consultation and is asking for input from a number of groups with experience of investigating and prosecuting offences related to these streaming devices, often dubbed Fully-Loaded Kodi Boxes when being sold on online marketplaces or auction websites, TorrentFreak has reported.

Anyone with relevant information for the UK Intellectual Property Office is also welcome to participate in the consultation.

In a post about its consultation about Kodi Boxes, the IPO writes: “Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) boxes (also known as set-top boxes, Android TV boxes or Kodi boxes) are small plug and play media servers, originally designed to allow consumers to stream legitimate content (locally stored or legal online content).

“Despite the legitimate use of this equipment, software is widely available (illicit Kodi extensions being the best known) which connect the boxes to illegal content through streaming websites, file lockers and BitTorrent trackers.”

Without any Add-Ons, the Kodi software is a little barebones

According to the UK Intellectual Property Office, the proliferation of devices with the required software preinstalled – sold at relatively low prices online – has triggered to a sharp increase in use from consumers.

This recent change has riled copyright owners and those whose business relies on the official, paid-for distribution of copyrighted content.

“Broadcasters and content owners have voiced concerns that, although a range of existing legislation applies to the sale and use of these devices (as well as the provision of illicit content streams), the legal framework does not provide sufficient tools to tackle this growing threat,” the IPO adds.

Technology blog TorrentFreak notes that, from the information made available by the Intellectual Property Office so far, it seems likely the UK government will tighten-up a number of strands of legislation that could be applied to these devices, including their advertising, sale, supply, and use at home.

The consultation will close on April 7th 2017.

To be clear, the sale of “fully loaded” Kodi boxes is illegal.

These are set-top boxes that already ship with – not only the basic, barebones Kodi open-source software – but a number of popular Add-Ons that allow access to content sellers think you'll want.

These community-built Add-Ons often promise free access to copyrighted material via unofficial plug-ins that make services like Sky Sports free and can even stream 3pm Premier League kick-offs.

Speaking about the five arrests made in the UK back in February, director general of Fact Kieron Sharp said: "These arrest should send out a clear warning to anyone involved in the sale and distribution of illegal set-top boxes.

"Set-top boxes loaded with apps and add-ons allowing access to copyright infringing material are very much illegal and anyone involved in selling these boxes should not be surprised to receive a knock on the door."

FACT has started to crack down on the modified Kodi players following complaints from content providers including Sky, BT Sport, Virgin Media and the Premier League.

The Federation Against Copyright Theft, FACT, claims that some people may have made as much as £250,000 shifting dodgy Kodi boxes via social media, online forums and their own websites.

It is illegal to watch any copyrighted material – that you would usually have to pay to access – for free.

That applies to torrent websites, streaming Add-Ons on your Kodi box and more.

From September 1st 2016, you also need a TV Licence to watch or download any programmes on demand, as well as live on services like BBC iPlayer.

BT retains Euro football rights for £394m

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/03/06/bt-retains-euro-football-rights-for-394m/

BT Sport will remain the exclusive UK home of all UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League football. Following a competitive auction process, BT has secured the rights until the end of the 2020/21 season that for the first time brings together exclusivity across all live games, highlights and in-match clips of both competitions. BT will pay around £394 million (€456m) each year for the rights. BT currently pays around £299 million a season for the live rights. It secured the non-exclusive clips rights in a separate deal shared with News UK.

The UEFA Champions League is set to be even stronger from 2018/19, with a minimum of four participating teams now guaranteed from each of England, Spain, Germany and Italy, resulting in more games between the top European teams. Fans will also be able to enjoy UEFA Champions League ‘double header’ nights, as live matches will kick off at both 6pm and 8pm during the Group Stage.

BT will continue to show UEFA matches using the latest broadcast innovation and technology, with games made available in 4K ultra high definition with Dolby Atmos sound, and via the BT Sport App.

BT will enhance its social media coverage to reach new audiences, by making clips, weekly highlights, UEFA’s magazine show, and both finals available for free on social media. BT streamed both finals last year on YouTube for the first time, taking the number of people who watched BT’s live coverage of the finals to more than twelve million. The company will also seek to bring the best of the action to its large mobile customer base.

“We are delighted to have renewed these rights,” declared John Petter, Consumer CEO at BT. “The UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League are two of the best competitions in the world and we would like to thank UEFA for choosing us as their exclusive broadcast partner in the UK. The UEFA Champions League is due to get even stronger and we are delighted that fans will be able to enjoy two live matches a night for the first time.”

Guy Laurent Epstein, UEFA marketing director, said: “UEFA is delighted to have extended the relationship with BT Sport for a further three seasons, taking our partnership to 2021. BT Sport has proved to be an innovative broadcast partner, pushing the boundaries and covering the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League in new ways. BT have delivered strong audiences in the UK and we are excited about their future plans for the use of social media which will engage a growing fanbase that consumes sport in different ways.”

BT says it has made top tier sport far more affordable in the UK in recent years. BT TV customers can access all of the action on BT Sport from just £3.50 a month and the company has also made its channels available to customers of EE.

Following the acquisition of EE last year which more than doubled BT’s marketable customer base, BT says it is in a strong position to monetise this investment through subscription, wholesale, commercial, and advertising revenues.

According to Paolo Pescatore, Vice President, Multiplay and Media, CCS Insight, this was a “must-win” rights auction for BT and it means that it is here to compete with Sky for the long-haul. “Last time round, BT was a challenger, but now it has grown to be a strong player in sports TV rights. It is driving innovation with 4K and Dolby Atmos as well in other areas and has brought some great programming like the Champions league goals show,” he noted.

“With this latest move, the company can continue to be innovative, however, there will be ongoing concerns on whether this cost will be passed onto consumers. Worryingly for consumers, the escalating cost of premium content rights means that we will probably have to fork out more money, which may drive some to watch via illegal streams,” he warned.

64% drop in pirate site advertising

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/03/03/64-drop-in-pirate-site-advertising/

A UK police operation that disrupts illegal websites providing access to films, TV, books, music and games has seen major success. The City of London Police’s Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) launched Operation Creative and the Infringing Website List (IWL) in 2013 to tackle the funding of illegal streaming websites that adversely impact on the UK’s creative industries.

Research has now shown that in the past twelve months there has been a 64 per cent decrease in advertising from the UK’s top ad spending companies on copyright infringing websites.

The research was conducted by whiteBULLET, a global data company with brand safety solutions providing transparency on digital advertising on IP infringing websites.

This means more revenue to the UK’s creative industries in which hundreds of thousands of people rely on for employment.

Reducing advertising on illegal sites is one of the key aims of Operation Creative as it is one of the main generators of criminal profits. A report by the Digital Citizens Alliance estimated that in 2013, piracy websites generated $227 million (€215m) from advertising.

According to PIPCU, the appearance of adverts from established brands on illegal websites lends sites a look of legitimacy. Accordingly, a decrease in advertising from reputable brands will help consumers realise these sites are neither official nor legal.

PIPCU is a specialist national police unit dedicated to protecting UK industries that produce legitimate, high quality, physical goods and online digital content from intellectual property crime, based within the Economic Crime Directorate of the City of London Police, the National Policing Lead for Fraud. The operationally independent unit launched in September 2013 is funded by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) until 2017.

Through the introduction of the IWL, the City of London Police unit has been able to disrupt advertising revenues on illegal websites across the globe with the co-operation of the advertising industry including brands and organisations involved in the sale and trading of digital advertising.

The IWL is an online portal providing the digital advertising sector with an up-to-date list of copyright infringing sites, identified by the creative industries, evidenced and verified by PIPCU, so that advertisers, agencies and other intermediaries can cease advert placement on these illegal websites.

“This shows the great impact our work has on protecting the creative industries in the UK and across the world,” declared DCI Pete Ratcliffe, head of the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit. “Operation Creative is about taking away the revenue that these criminals use to undermine one of the most important industries to the UK economy. In the coming year, we will be stepping up our work in this area and these results not only show the great work of my team but also the great cooperation shown by brands and advertising agencies we work with.”

Jo Johnson MP, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation said: “Illegal streaming websites have a negative impact on the UK’s creative industries. The advertising that appears on them is a misleading attempt to legitimise these criminal operations. that means both consumers and creators ultimately lose out.”

“The naming and shaming of infringing websites sends a clear message: criminal activity will not be tolerated. PIPCU and their enforcement partners will continue to track down, de-legitimise and disrupt advertising revenues on these infringing sites.”

“I commend PIPCU and their partners for these continued efforts to disrupt funding of illegal streaming sites by dramatically reducing rates of advertising that appear on them.”

Kieron Sharp, Director General of FACT, said that following the money and disrupting advertising on infringing websites was vital to tackling online piracy. “These illegal websites are making substantial amounts of money, depriving legitimate businesses from their well-deserved revenue and in turn stifling creativity and starving the UK economy.”

“These latest figures prove how successful Operation Creative is and FACT is proud to be a partner of such a great multi-agency initiative, which was the first of its kind in the world.”

The figure of 64 per cent was based on comparing 205 websites on the Infringing Website List in both January 2016 and January 2017.

India cancels 13 TV broadcast licences

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/03/03/india-cancels-13-tv-broadcast-licences/

India’s Ministry of Information & Broadcasting cancelled the licences of 13 channels in January, as well as banning the transmission of one channel for violating its programme code.

The 13 channels taken down include Triveni Media, Neon Solution, Pompash Fiscal Services, New Delhi TV and Satlon Enterprise. Triveni Media suffered lost licences for 7 of its channels, five of which were News channels.

New Delhi TV’s lost licences include Granada TV and Trace Sports TV. Granada TV is a general entertainment channel owned by the UK’s ITV while Trace Sports Star (earlier Trace Sports HD) is a sports lifestyle channel. The two channels were launched in 2012.

The channel subjected to a 30-day ban (to run from April 15th to May 14th) is Sandesh News, which was found to have transmitted “nude visuals” of actors captured at a 5-star hotel party.

India now has a total of 889 permitted private TV channels.


EBS Pro satellite scaning software is now freeware. If you have a satellite tuner card in your pc this is a great tool for scanning for signals and investigating non standard stuff.

get it from the website http://ebspro.net/

EBSpro v16 has been released …and now, it is freeware!
You can use it without any limit. Everywhere.

The things have been changed, so, I decided that this is the way to go now.
Your license key will still work in old versions, but after v16 (included) you don’t need to register it. It simply will work.

Not so much changes this time, but well, it includes great fixes and improvements … and also, a new feature that is in my to-do list looooong time ago.

Maybe you’re asking yourself why EBSpro is freeware now …
The main reason is time. I don’t have the free time that I had before, so I can’t offer the kind of support and updates like I did over the years …
So, to reduce costs and time that I need to dedicate to this, I removed SatFeeds and DVBHispano and also, the support and updates speed of EBSpro.
Doing this, now I can make EBSpro free of charge.
As you may know, this means less support and less updates. The donators have been enjoyined of this over the years, but the new users doesn’t have this now, at least not like the costumers.

Making the EBSpro project alive is what it matters now. I fight for it.

Now is freeware (all features unlocked)
Auto dish adjustment (beta) feature in positioner console
Fixes and improvements.


SatFeeds removed from EBSpro.

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AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3915 V "Entertainment Plus has replaced D TV" on , Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4065 H "Movie Box" has started on , Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4165 H" Junior TV" has left .

Measat 3a 91.4E 4000 H "Sports Illustrated 3" is now encrypted.
Measat 3a 91.4E 4147 H "MTV HD+" has started on , Fta.

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

Apstar 7 76.5E 3740 V "Fashion TV Europe" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3974 V Discovery Turbo India, Animal Planet India, Discovery Channel India, TLC India, Discovery Science India, Discovery Channel Tamil Nadu, Discovery Kids India and Investigation Discovery India have left .

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东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,Shop Channel、AEC(泰国)等频道加密,设置12728 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [3月3日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,Film 2 HD替换HBO Family(泰国)频道,设置12604 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [3月3日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,Film 2 HD替换探索科学(高清)频道,设置12604 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [3月3日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,DEMO Channel HD替换True4u(高清)频道,设置12657 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [3月3日]

东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,东森幼幼替换东森超视(DISH-HD)频道,设置11101 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [3月2日]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,ETC替换CNN(梦幻卫视)频道,设置12430 V 25600参数有条件接收。 [3月2日]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,亚洲新闻替换Cartoon Network(梦幻卫视)频道,设置12430 V 25600参数有条件接收。 [3月2日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,Work Shop HD(高清)频道解密,设置11639 H 30000参数免费接收。 [3月2日]
东经103度轨道位置的快车AM3号卫星Ku频段,Poehali!替换TTC(MPEG-4)频道,设置11605 V 34425参数免费接收。 [3月2日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,AXN HD(泰国)频道新增,设置12521 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [3月2日]

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Intelsat 19 12609 V Sr 7000 "STS NNA HD 2017" NRL The Footy show?

Asiasat 5 3707 H Sr 7120 "DSNG3-A" Soccer Sel vs Ked

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东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Sony Trai(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置3900 H 22222参数无效接收。 [3月2日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Kantipur Gold(尼泊尔)频道消失,设置4056 H 3600参数无效接收。 [3月2日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,Fan Music(泰国)频道加密,设置4120 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [3月2日]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,Onkar Only Truth(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3932 H 18330参数免费接收。 [3月2日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Draham Sangeet替换Naaptol(印度)频道,设置4184 V 21600参数免费接收。 [3月2日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Bangla Times(印度)频道新增,设置4012 H 7200参数免费接收。 [3月2日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,INTV(泰国)频道加密,设置3440 H 26666参数有条件接收。 [3月2日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Thaicom HD 3(高清)频道重现,设置3625 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [3月2日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Zee Q(印度)频道消失,设置4155 V 22500参数无效接收。 [3月2日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Junior、Bela Negara(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置11165 H 44000参数无效接收。 [3月2日]


TiVo issues death warrant for Aussie personal video recorders

From http://www.smh.com.au/technology/gadgets-on-the-go/tivo-issues-death-warrant-for-aussie-personal-video-recorders-20170302-guotfg.html

After years of uncertainty Australian TiVos will lose access to the TV guide after October, leaving thousands of lounge rooms in the lurch.

The Australian TiVo service has been plagued by Electronic Program Guide outages in recent months, leaving owners unable to schedule recordings or automatically record their favourite shows. Now TiVo's Australian backer Hybrid TV (initially bankrolled by the Seven Network) intends to pull the plug on the EPG on October 31, permanently crippling the set-top boxes in Australia and New Zealand.

Time is running short for Australian TiVos as Hybrid TV prepares to pull the plug,

These TiVo recorders download their TV guide directly from Hybrid TV, rather than extracting the guide from the free-to-air broadcast signal. Access to this custom guide makes TiVos more reliable but in return leaves the set-top boxes completely reliant on the download service.

Without the downloaded guide, TiVo owners will still be able to watch free-to-air digital TV channels and manually press record, but the box won't know which program it's recording or when the program starts and finishes – basically leaving you with the functionality of an old VCR. TiVo owners will also be able to watch old recordings still stored on the TiVo's hard drive.

The old TiVo models sold in Australia from 2008 to 2013, which were never updated with newer streaming-enabled models from the US.

The Australian TiVo service was launched with great fanfare in 2008, in time for the Beijing Olympics, but was hampered by a high $699 price tag. TiVo boxes are cheaper in the US but users are required to pay a monthly subscription fee. In an age when Foxtel and Optus' pay TV networks were the country's only subscription content services, local retailers felt that Australians were not prepared to pay ongoing montly fees to watch free-to-air television.

TiVo's famed ad-skipping features were also disabled in Australia at the insistence of free-to-air lobby group Freeview, which has had several failed attempts at launching its own personal video recorders.

The Australian TiVo service has been in limbo since the video recorders disappeared from the retail shelves in 2013. Hybrid TV stopped answering the phone but Seven initially refused to concede that the Australian TiVo operations had gone into hibernation.

The experience of other countries made it clear that the Electronic Program Guide would eventually be discontinued, although UK TiVo owners were granted a 10-year stay of execution on the EPG after the boxes were withdrawn from sale in 2002.

The TiVo's reliable program guide and easy to use menus has gained it a loyal following in Australia – with faithful users hoping in vain that the US parent company would revive the local service and release the new generation of US TiVos which support Netflix and other streaming services. There were rumours for a while that the US giant would intervene but they dried up after Australia's analogue switch off and streaming video explosion.

Hybrid TV "discourages" the use of Australian TiVos after October and is offering a $100 trade-in deal on a Fetch TV Mighty recorder, currently Australia's closest equivalent to a TiVo which supports modern streaming services. To take advantage of the deal, available via Harvey Norman, the trade-in TiVo must have connected to the EPG download service in the last six months as of yesterday – meaning old TiVos which have been sitting idle for several years won't be eligible.

To be honest, it's a $100 discount on the Fetch TV Mighty's $399 RRP and Harvey Norman has had the box on special at around $300 a few times in the last year, I bought one for my mother-in-law just after Christmas for $299 after she grew tired of the TiVo EPG outages.

Australian TiVo owners have known for years that their set-top box was living on borrowed time, but many homes will still struggle with the change. With the death of TiVo, which device will take pride of place in your lounge room?

The (NZ) TiVo Service is Coming to an End

From Tivo

We are sad to report that we reach the end of our TiVo license this year and the TiVo Service is coming to an end in New Zealand on 31 October 2017.

The TiVo Service is what delivers electronic programming guide data to your TiVo device each day, so without it, there will be no electronic programming guide and TiVo recording features such as Season Pass and WishList will stop working. For more information on what will and will not work after 31 October see "What does this mean for you and your TiVo after 31 October?"

We thank you for your support.

What does the end of the TiVo Service mean for you and your TiVo after 31 October?

TiVo End of Service

The TiVo Service is what delivers electronic programming guide data to your TiVo device each day, so without it, there will be no electronic programming guide after 7 days, and the following features will stop working:

Season Pass recording functionality;
WishList recording functionality;
TiVo Suggestions recording functionality;
TiVo Genie remote scheduling functionality.

If you are using your TiVo device with an old analogue TV to convert and receive digital channels, this will still work, and you will still be able to record items manually if you know the start and approximate end time for each program, but it will be a lot more difficult to do without the Electronic Programming Guide.

Finally, you won’t be able to run a Guided Setup or Clear & Delete on your device, as it will not be able to get past the network connection step. We do not recommend running your TiVo beyond the life of the TiVo Service, as only minimal features will be available for use.

Airways NZ satellite tracking trial could cut risk of a repeat of MH370 disappearance tragedy

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11810648

Airways will trial a satellite system that continually tracks planes across vast ocean areas, cutting the risk of an aircraft vanishing as Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 did nearly three years ago.

The new system will give air traffic controllers another layer of surveillance but it doesn't guarantee against the possibility of someone aboard the plane disabling equipment to prevent tracking.

Airways is working with United States firm Aireon which has launched 10 of a constellation of 66 satellites in near space which will start sending test data back to the New Zealand air traffic controller from June.

Airways' chief operating officer Pauline Lamb said the state-owned enterprise would examine what the data from the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) system meant for airline customers and their passengers.

"Instead of having data and surveillance from hilltop sites you've got satellites going around the world and feeding information from the top down which gives us a good picture of where aircraft are," she said.

"At the moment we've got a really good picture of domestic traffic and in and out of local airports but we're trying to fine-tune the arrival times of international traffic and avoid congestion at Auckland especially with that growth."

The technology would have safety benefits too.

Three years ago next week MH370 with 239 people aboard went missing on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. One theory is that its transmitting equipment was deliberately disabled and the plane changed course and crashed in the Southern Indian Ocean after controllers lost contact with it.

Malaysia, military agencies deliberately withholding radar data that could help find MH370

Lamb said in Airways' 30 million square kilometres of airspace there were already layers of tracking that minimises such an occurrence. Aircraft communicate with controllers on the ground and their airline through a datalink system or voice calls every eight minutes (nearly half the international minimum interval).

Controllers also knew where the aircraft was meant to be through plotting and when the next communication was due.

"We've got massive amounts of alerts and bits and pieces if that doesn't happen," said Lamb.

"You can never say never but the amount of systems we have in place puts us in quite a different place to MH370."

But even the ADSB transponder could be turned off and those on the ground potentially oblivious, she said.

Aireon expects to have all its satellites launched - via Elon Musk's Space X rockets - by the first quarter of next year, providing total coverage of the globe. It will receive signals every one to eight seconds from all equipped planes.

Most planes are equipped with the transmitting technology.

Lamb said Airways should have a clear picture of the use of the system within 18 months of the trial starting.

Nearly 2 in 5 Kiwis have SVoD

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/03/01/nearly-2-in-5-kiwis-have-svod/

Nearly 2 in 5 Kiwis now have SVoD – and 1 in 10 already have at least two services in the home,

Over a million New Zealanders now have Netflix—but Lightbox is the faster growing SVoD provider in the country, Roy Morgan Research shows.

By the end of 2016, an estimated 1,066,000 New Zealanders aged 14+ subscribed to Netflix—up 56 per cent compared with 684,000 in December 2015.

However the number of Kiwis with Lightbox more than doubled over the period, from 285,000 to 630,000.

Of course, the SVoD market isn’t a zero-sum game. What at first seems like a never-ending catalogue might seem a tad incomplete after a few months of binge-watching. At the end of 2015, only 108,000 Kiwis had both Netflix and Lightbox; a year later this had more than tripled to 337,000.

Between them, Neon and Quickflix only reached around 127,000 Kiwis in the December 2016 quarter. Altogether 1.4 million Kiwis aged 14+ (37 per cent) have one or more of these four SVoD services in the home, up from 900,000 at the close of 2015. Over one in four subscribers now have two or more of these SVoD services in the home, up from one in six a year earlier.

Classified US satellite launched from California

From http://www.redwoodtimes.com/general-news/20170301/classified-us-satellite-launched-from-california

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — A rocket carrying a classified U.S. satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office has been launched from California.

The Atlas 5 rocket lifted off at 9:49 a.m. Wednesday and roared away into a clear sky over Vandenberg Air Force Base.

All systems were going well when the launch webcast concluded about five minutes into the flight, as is customary during such missions.

The satellite dubbed NROL-79 is described only as a national security payload for the NRO.

The once-secret office operates an array of intelligence-gathering satellites.

The launch was conducted by United Launch Alliance, a joint venture of Lockheed Martin and Boeing, and the Air Force's 30th Space Wing.

YouTube Made `Big Mistake' Omitting CNN From Bundle, Turner Says

From https://www.bloombergquint.com/technology/2017/03/01/youtube-made-big-mistake-omitting-cnn-from-bundle-turner-says

(Bloomberg) -- YouTube made a “big mistake” by leaving CNN, TNT and TBS out of its new $35-a-month online TV service, the head of those networks said Wednesday.

“It’s hard to imagine an attractive package without Turner,” John Martin, chief executive officer of the Time Warner Inc. cable division, said in an interview, citing the company’s entertainment, sports, news and children’s programming.
YouTube, owned by Google, on Tuesday became the latest company to unveil a so-called “skinny bundle, ” a slimmed-down live online TV service with fewer channels at a lower price. While other such offerings -- AT&T Inc.’s DirecTV Now, Sony PlayStation Vue and Dish Network Corp.’s Sling TV -- have included Turner channels, YouTube is the first to launch without them.

Executive at media companies see new online TV services as a way to recapture consumers who have dropped their pay-TV service or never signed up at all. While the new services are offsetting some subscriber losses, Martin predicted they are going to struggle.

“They are all having a difficult time putting together optimal packages,” he said, adding that Turner is open to joining YouTube’s service. “Our strategy is still the same. We want to be in as many packages as possible.”

Media companies have built their businesses on two revenue sources: advertising and fees from pay-TV providers. They typically require cable and satellite systems to carry all of their channels, not just the most popular ones. That’s forced new TV services to be selective about which networks they carry to keep prices down. The three other skinny bundles in the market have about 2 million U.S. subscribers, Martin said recently.

AT&T Inc., which owns DirecTV and is the largest U.S. pay-TV provider, has agreed to buy Time Warner Inc. for $85.4 billion.

YouTube Assortment

YouTube will deliver an assortment of major television channels for $35 a month, starting sometime mid-June or sooner. Subscribers to YouTube TV will be able to watch the top four broadcast networks -- ABC, NBC, Fox and CBS -- and 35 or so of their cable channels, including ESPN, Disney Channel, MSNBC, National Geographic and Fox News.

YouTube subscribers won’t be able to watch anything from Viacom Inc. (Comedy Central, MTV), Discovery Communications Inc. (Discovery, Animal Planet), AMC Networks Inc., A+E Networks (History, A&E), or Turner, to name a few.

Replicating the entire cable-TV bundle would have been too costly, says Susan Wojcicki, chief executive officer of YouTube. Instead, her team targeted a selection of channels that would deliver the essential elements -- particularly live sports.

UK broadcasters win TVCatchup copyright ruling

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/03/02/uk-broadcasters-win-tvcatchup-copyright-ruling/

Legislation in EU member states should not state that broadcast copyright is not infringed when it is immediately retransmitted by cable where it was initially broadcast, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has ruled in the latest move in a dispute between UK free-to-air commercial broadcasters ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5, and UK-based streaming service TVCatchup (TVC).

The broadcasters had claimed that TVC infringed their copyright by allowing the ‘live’ streaming of their broadcasts free of charge, suing TVC in the English High Court, contending that UK law prevents such a communication of works to the public.

The court referred a request for a preliminary ruling concerning the interpretation of the concept of ‘communication to the public’ in article 3(1) of Directive 2001/29 to the CJEU, which affirmed that online streaming was a “communication to the public”.

Subsequently, the High Court ruled that TVC had infringed the broadcasters’ copyright, but that it could rely on a defence under section 73 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 which covers ‘Reception and re-transmission of wireless broadcast by cable’. In response, the broadcasters appealed to the English Court of Appeal, challenging the section 73 defence.

The Court of Appeal stayed the appeal pending a further reference to the CJEU.

The CJEU found that, as regards the objective of Directive 2001/29, the principal objective of that directive is to establish a high level of protection of authors, allowing them to obtain an appropriate reward for the use of their works, including on the occasion of communication to the public In the present case, and that it was “common ground” that the retransmission at issue in the main proceedings does not fall within the scope of any of the exceptions and limitations set out exhaustively in Article 5 of Directive 2001/29.

In conclusion, the CJEU said the concept of ‘access to cable of broadcasting services’, must be interpreted as not covering, and not permitting, national legislation which provides that copyright is not infringed in the case of the immediate retransmission by cable, including, where relevant, via the Internet, in the area of initial broadcast, of works broadcast on television channels subject to public service obligations.

The broadcasters said they were delighted that the European court had ruled that their channels should not be retransmitted online or on cable without authorisation, suggesting that the finding recognised the vital importance of IP protection in maximising investment in original UK TV content and preventing “free-riding”.

The broadcasters noted that the government has already confirmed that section 73 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 is no longer relevant and will be repealed as part of the Digital Economy Bill 2016-17. The government recently published its response to a technical consultation it held on the transitional arrangements that would apply following the repeal of that section of the Act.

“Following this judgment, we now look forward to its immediate removal, as the government has promised to Parliament,” they concluded.


The Sky operated "Igloo" DVB T2 terrestrial service has switched off as planned. The decoders have been firmware updated to turn them into Freeview friendly units

Wednesday feeds

IS19 12432 H Sr 7500 "STS10" NBL

D1 12701 V Sr 15000 Fec 3/4 DVB S2 8psk "STS 6" Surfing

Asiasat 5 3936 V Sr 7120 "PSA Squash"

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东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,AMC(Cignal)频道改频率,设置11510 H 20000参数有条件接收。 [3月1日]
东经115.5度轨道位置的中星6B号卫星C频段,深圳卫视(中国)频道重现,设置4137 H 4340参数免费接收。 [3月1日]
东经115.5度轨道位置的中星6B号卫星C频段,欧洲足球(华诚数字)频道消失,设置3780 V 27500参数无效接收。 [3月1日]

东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星Ku频段,Moy Mir、Russian FTA(俄罗斯)等全组频道消失,设置10911 V 6172参数无效接收。 [2月28日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的印星4B号卫星C频段,DDK Lmphal(印度)频道新增,设置4110 H 4250参数免费接收。 [2月28日]
东经169度轨道位置的国际805号卫星C频段,Sky News(英国)等全组频道解密,设置4008 V 5000参数免费接收。 [2月28日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,国家地理悠人(STAR TV)频道消失,设置3780 V 29720参数无效接收。 [2月28日]

东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Turbo、动物星球(MPEG-4)等全组频道消失,设置3974 V 19850参数无效接收。 [2月27日]


V-Nova compression demo by Thaicom for 4K/8K

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/02/28/v-nova-compression-demo-by-thaicom-for-4k8k/

V-Nova’s Perseus compression system is being used by satellite operator Thaicom in a special demonstration to clients at a workshop on how broadcasters could move into 4K and 8K transmissions.

Thaicom is using Perseus to show UHD distribution of premium sports over satellite “at a revolutionary low data rate,” according to a press statement. “The breakthrough achievement will allow sports services to deliver UHD sports content more effectively and cost-efficiently,” adds the release.

The solution will be part of a workshop on ‘4K/8K TV broadcasting and production equipment’ organised by Office of The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), Thailand and Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC), Japan, on February 28th at Century Park Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand.

GomSpace to supply 3 satellites for Sky and Space Global constellation

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/GomSpace_selected_for_the_delivery_of_a_constellation_of_satellites_to_Sky_and_Space_Global_999.html

GomSpace ApS a subsidiary of GS Sweden AB has been selected by and has entered into a procurement contract with the UK company Sky and Space Global (UK) Ltd. to develop and deliver a constellation of satellites within a 4 year period.

The first delivery of satellites will be in 2018. The revenue will be distributed over the term of the agreement. The total value of this order is depending on several options including development, services and choice of satellites and will therefore range between approximately EUR 35.0 and 55.0 million.

"GomSpace is extremely excited to be part of this ground-breaking project from Sky and Space Global (UK) Ltd. With this project, we believe that Sky and Space Global, seconded by GomSpace, is on the verge of a breakthrough for nanosatellites in the professional low-earth orbit satellite business," says Niels Buus, CEO of GomSpace.

"We are getting very close to the launch of our first 3 Diamonds mission, to which GomSpace is already a key supplier, and our goal is to build a communication network based on a constellation of nanosatellites.

"This contract with GomSpace is another step towards a commercial, revenue generating service. We are very happy to continue working with GomSpace which have proven their value and capabilities," says Meir Moalem, CEO of Sky and Space Global Ltd.

SoftBank drives Intelsat, OneWeb merger

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/02/28/softbank-seeks-intelsat-and-oneweb-merger/

Japan’s telco giant SoftBank is the catalyst in bringing together old-established Intelsat and embryonic satellite operator OneWeb, into a merger.

In essence, the agreement sees SoftBank inject $1.7 billion (€1.6bn) of new equity into debt-heavy Intelsat. At the end of 2016, SoftBank invested $1 billion into Jersey, Channel Islands-based OneWeb. Intelsat was already a minor investor in OneWeb.

“The debt exchange offers, announced today, together with the proceeds of the SoftBank investment are intended to reduce Intelsat’s debt by approximately $3.6 billion, assuming the minimum level of participation in the debt exchange offers is achieved. Either party can terminate the agreement and SoftBank can terminate its investment if the debt exchange offers have not been successfully completed within 90 days of the date of the agreement,” said a joint statement.

Stephen Spengler, CEO at Intelsat, said, “We believe that combining Intelsat with OneWeb will create an industry leader unique in its ability to provide affordable broadband anywhere in the world. As an early equity investor in OneWeb, we recognized a network that was a complement to our next-generation Intelsat EpicNG fleet and a fit with our long-term strategy. By merging OneWeb’s LEO satellite constellation and innovative technology with our global scale, terrestrial infrastructure and GEO satellite network, we will create advanced solutions that address the need for ubiquitous broadband. The transaction, including SoftBank’s investment, will significantly strengthen Intelsat’s capital structure and accelerate our ability to unlock new applications, such as connected vehicles, as well as advanced services for our existing customers in the enterprise, wireless infrastructure, mobility, media and government sectors, while also reducing execution and other risks.”

Greg Wyler, Founder and Executive Chairman of OneWeb, said: “OneWeb has made incredible technical progress over the past year, and has itself attracted significant investment from SoftBank. With SoftBank’s support we will build the world’s first truly global broadband company, accelerating our mission of bridging the digital divide by connecting the four billion people without access today. While there are numerous growth paths available to OneWeb, we are very excited at the prospect of working with Intelsat on this shared objective.”

Masayoshi Son, Chairman/CEO of SoftBank, said: “We are in the midst of a technological revolution and, provided we receive the necessary cooperation from Intelsat bondholders, we welcome the opportunity to support OneWeb as it creates the foundation for next-generation global internet services anywhere on the planet. This combination is consistent with SoftBank’s strategy of investing in disruptive, foundational technologies that are building the infrastructure for tomorrow, and this proposal offers a win-win opportunity to accelerate OneWeb’s mission while enhancing the Intelsat balance sheet.”

Intelsat also confirmed its Q4 and full-year results on February 28th. Q4 revenues were $550.7 million. Full-year 2016 revenues were $2.188 billion. Contracted backlog was $8.7 billion.

Before the deal was confirmed, investment bank Exane/BNP-Paribas said such a move would alleviate balance sheet pressure on Intelsat and improve the competitiveness of Intelsat-OneWeb in the Data, Mobility and Government business. “The competitive benefits of the Intelsat-OneWeb merger might be strongest in the Data and Government business where OneWeb innovative technology might generate lower price points and a competitive edge. On the other hand, the Trump administration plans for a $54 billion increase in the US defense budget (the highest in a decade) might prove a more important driving force for Eutelsat and SES government businesses if actually enacted.”

The bank also asks: “We also question the appeal of such merger from the OneWeb side. While benefits for a troubled Intelsat are clear, the benefits of this merger for OneWeb are less straightforward. OneWeb claims to be the disruptor in the Space economy with an innovative technology. So the need to merge with yesterday’s leader [Intelsat] is unclear.”

YouTube TV Unveiled With ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC

From http://www.broadcastingcable.com/news/currency/youtube-tv-unveiled-abc-cbs-fox-and-nbc/163686

Service features live streaming plus cloud-based DVR for $35

YouTube Tuesday unveiled its virtual MVPD service, dubbed YouTube TV.

At $35 a month, all of the major broadcast networks are represented.

The service also provides a cloud DVR with unlimited storage.

Subscribers will be able to watch all of the original programming on the YouTube Red subscription service.

Each membership comes with six accounts, each with its own recommendations and personal DVR. Up to three streams can be watched at the same time.

YouTube said the new service will be available soon in the largest U.S. markets and quickly expand to cover more cities across the country.

In addition to the broadcast networks, YouTube TV includes dozens of cable channels, such as ESPN, USA, FX, Disney Channel, MSNBC, Fox News, Sprout, E! and Bravo--all owned by media companies that own broadcasters. Also included are the Fox and Comcast regional sports networks.

Among the programmers not included at launch are Turner, AMC, Scripps and Viacom.

Analyst Rich Greenfield notes that NFL games will be viewable on TV and PC, but not on mobile. Also that ad-skipping is permitted on DVR content.

YouTube TV will compete against both established pay-TV distributors and a group of new virtual multichannel video programming distributors that have sprung up in the past year.

Those include Dish Network's Sling TV, Sony's PlayStation Vue and AT&T's DirecTV Now. Hulu is supposed to come out with its live streaming service shortly as well.

For programmers, the rise of virtual MVPDs has been seen as a way to alleviate the drop in traditional pay-TV subscribers. That drop has in turn cut into the growth of distribution revenues for cable networks.

Most of these new distributors are offering a smaller bundle of channels. That has sometimes been referred to as a skinny bundle or a core bundle. And being included at the right price has been the focus of negotiations between programmers and distributors for the past year.

The lower-priced offerings are designed to primarily attract young consumers who have either cut the cord or are cord never, who have never had a pay-TV subscription.

“YouTube TV will provide an opportunity to reach a young, mobile-first audience with an attractive multichannel offering,” said Justin Connolly, executive VP of affiliate sales and marketing, Disney and ESPN Media Networks. “By seamlessly integrating live event programming with on-demand content, we are able to deliver a unique video experience that appeals to those not currently in the pay TV universe.”

CBS has its own subscription streaming service, CBS All Access but has been eager to get its contient distributed on these newer platforms as well.

“YouTube’s new live TV service will enhance what is already a terrific platform,” said Ray Hopkins, President, Television Networks Distribution, CBS Corporation. “We’re pleased that CBS -- the most-watched network – will be an important part of it, and we look forward to expanding our partnership in the years to come.”

CBS has not yet come to an agreement to put its programming DirecTV Now.

“Joining the YouTube platform is an exciting step forward for us," said

The lower-priced offerings are designed to primarily attract young consumers who have either cut the cord or are cord never, who have never had a pay-TV subscription.

“YouTube TV will provide an opportunity to reach a young, mobile-first audience with an attractive multichannel offering,” said Justin Connolly, executive VP of affiliate sales and marketing, Disney and ESPN Media Networks. “By seamlessly integrating live event programming with on-demand content, we are able to deliver a unique video experience that appeals to those not currently in the pay TV universe.”

CBS has its own subscription streaming service, CBS All Access but has been eager to get its contient distributed on these newer platforms as well.

“YouTube’s new live TV service will enhance what is already a terrific platform,” said Ray Hopkins, President, Television Networks Distribution, CBS Corporation. “We’re pleased that CBS -- the most-watched network – will be an important part of it, and we look forward to expanding our partnership in the years to come.”

CBS has not yet come to an agreement to put its programming DirecTV Now.

“Joining the YouTube platform is an exciting step forward for us," said Freddy Flaxman, COO at The Weather Channel. "We created Local Now to give modern audiences the targeted news, weather, traffic, and lifestyle content they’re looking for on a platform that’s familiar to them. It’s great to be working with a company that shares our desire to innovate and create content that truly meets young people’s needs.”

Rupert Murdoch’s Sky bid could soon face UK investigation

From https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/feb/28/murdoch-sky-bid-uk-takeover-ofcom-21st-century-fox-eu

Culture secretary expected to refer takeover to Ofcom after 21st Century Fox formally notifies EU competition regulator

Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox is expected to formally notify the European competition regulator of its £11.7bn takeover offer for Sky later this week, after which the UK culture secretary will have to decide whether to launch an investigation into the extent of Murdoch’s control of UK media.

From the point the European commission makes Fox’s bid notification public, Karen Bradley will have 10 working days to decide whether to issue a public interest intervention notice, or PIIN.

Bradley will have to examine what concerns, if any, are raised by the deal and she will look at areas including the potential concentration of media power and whether there needs to be a test to determine whether Fox is committed to the required editorial standards, such as accuracy and impartial news coverage.

Sky takeover deal – all you need to know

Fox’s deal to snap up the 61% of Sky it does not already own will give Murdoch control of Sky News and pay-TV operations in the UK, Germany, Austria and Italy.

His ownership of UK news media also includes the Times, the Sunday Times and the Sun as well as radio group TalkSport, which he controls through a separate company, News Corp.

Given the level of opposition to Murdoch’s first bid for Sky in 2011, which was eventually abandoned because of the fallout from the phone-hacking scandal that was engulfing his UK newspapers, Bradley is expected to refer the deal to media regulator Ofcom.

If asked, Ofcom will carry out a public interest test on the deal, reporting back within 40 days. If there are no concerns, Bradley must clear the bid.

If Ofcom raises concerns, however, she must decide whether to accept an undertaking from Fox to address them. In 2011, Murdoch’s bid for Sky resulted in a deal to spin off Sky News to quell media plurality issues before the takeover was abandoned.

Murdoch’s son James, now chief executive of Fox and chairman of Sky, has already said he does not believe any “meaningful concessions” will need to be made to authorities this time round.

European regulators have up to 25 days to look at competition issues but are almost certain to clear the takeover as they previously gave the greenlight to the original bid late in 2010, as well as Sky’s 2014 £7bn deal to buy its sister operations in Germany and Italy.

In a submission to Bradley on Tuesday, the Media Reform Coalition and online activist network Avaaz called for Murdoch’s Sky bid to be rejected on competition grounds alone.

The campaigners published new reseach which they claimed showed that the overall market shares of both Murdoch-owned newspapers as well as Sky remain “materially unchanged” since 2011, when media regulator Ofcom raised concerns about the previous takeover bid.

Justin Schlosberg, chair of the coalition, said the situation in terms of media competition was “definitely no better than last time and probably worse”.

In support he cited the fact that the Sun’s audience reach had increased after the removal of the paywall for its digital content despite declining print circulation; the increased reach for Sky television services through digital services such as Youtube; and research from Cardiff university last year that the newspapers had a disproportionate impact on broadcasters.

Cardiff University research on coverage of the 2015 general election “demonstrates the influence of national newspapers – and News UK titles in particular – over the issue agenda of broadcasters including the BBC”, it said.

An Ofcom investigation found in 2012 that Sky remained a “fit and proper” owner of a broadcast licence, despite the phone-hacking affair that embroiled its then parent company. However, it published a scathing assessment of James Murdoch – then the chief executive of his father’s UK newspaper group and chairman of Sky – finding that his conduct repeatedly fell short of the standards expected.

Ofcom has the right at any stage to launch a new investigation. However, the regulator has had a chance to air any concerns about James Murdoch and Sky since it was announced he was returning as chairman in January.

In October, he had to rely on the support of Fox, Sky’s largest shareholder, to win approval for his return after more than 50% of independent shareholders voted against his reappointment.

Ed Miliband asks Ofcom for inquiry into Rupert Murdoch Sky bid

Rupert Murdoch’s last bid brought together an unlikely alliance of media groups to oppose the deal including BT, the BBC, Channel 4 and the publishers of the Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph and Guardian.

So far, only a number of Fox and Sky’s pay-TV rivals have said that they intend to voice their opposition to the alleged dominance the deal will give Murdoch bidding for top-flight sport, movies and TV shows.

Fox could make formal notification to the the European commission as soon as Thursday, which happens to coincide with James Murdoch speaking at the annual Enders Analysis media and telecoms conference in London, although it could slip into next week.

Fox and Sky declined to comment.

Sony India completes phase 1 of TEN Sports acquisition

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/02/28/sony-india-completes-phase-1-of-ten-sports-acquisition/

Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) and its affiliates have completed the first phase of a two-phase acquisition of the TEN Sports Network from Zee Entertainment Enterprises (ZEE) and its subsidiaries.

Following the completion of this phase of the acquisition, SPN’s cluster of nine sports channels will now include: Sony SIX, Sony Six HD, Sony ESPN, Sony ESPN HD, TEN 1, TEN 1 HD, TEN 2, TEN 3, and TEN Golf HD

Certain other operations and assets will be included in the final phase of the acquisition, subject to certain closing conditions, which is expected to be completed in the next few months.

NP Singh, CEO, Sony Pictures Networks India, commented: “I am delighted that the teams from SPN and ZEE have completed this core phase of the transaction in good time. SPN is now equipped, better than ever, to offer its viewers premium sporting content with a sports portfolio that includes every major sport and many international as well as domestic leagues. We are now stepping into the integration process to facilitate a seamless transition.”



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NBN rural customers lose satellite connection, technicians forced to turn it off and on again

From http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-28/nbn-rural-customers-lose-satellite-connection-to-internet/8310170

The Sky Muster satellite designed to deliver broadband internet services to more than 200,000 rural and remote Australians.

A failure of the National Broadband Network (NBN) Sky Muster satellite left about 65,000 consumers across regional and remote Australia without internet access for about two hours last night.

The problem occurred just a day before tonight's decommissioning of the NBN's Interim Satellite Service (ISS), which Sky Muster is replacing.

NBN Queensland spokeswoman Kylie Lindsay told the ABC reliability was an ongoing issue with Sky Muster and that NBN was investigating what caused the latest failure, which happened about 6:00pm.

"Our priority, of course, is to always get people back online as quickly as possible," she said.

"There is no problem with the satellite — it was a technical issue on the ground.

"We've done all sorts of things like a number of different upgrades and the feedback we are getting from consumers is the reliability is improving."

Internet services resumed after technicians in Melbourne shut down and restarted the system.

Consumer advocate Kristy Sparrow said reliability is a huge issue with Sky Muster and it has to be sorted.

"Every outage causes great angst in the bush," she said.

"Some people are hanging off switching to Sky Muster because they're worried about reliability, but they really need to put that aside because they will have no connection as of tonight.

"I know of people who tried to connect to Sky Muster in 2015 who are still not connected due to the cancellation of up to 10 planned installations."

Ms Sparrow said the NBN had made great efforts in recent months using helicopters to connect people in the Kimberly and other remote areas, but the wet season had made it difficult.

The Sky Muster satellite services about 240,000 people, including anyone with no access to fixed-wire or fixed-line services, which can also include people living on the fringe of urban areas.

About 40,000 people across the nation have moved from ISS to Sky Muster or other technologies.

The NBN said there were several hundred people who had not yet switched over or made other arrangements, who will have no internet service from tomorrow.

Sky & Space nano-satellites ready for landmark launch

From https://thewest.com.au/business/public-companies/sky-space-nano-satellites-ready-for-landmark-launch-ng-b88400144z

ASX-listed Sky and Space Global have hit another major milestone in the countdown to the launch of its "3 Diamonds" nano-satellites project after they were designated ready for launch following the completion of final testing in Europe.

The company said on Monday that its first three nano-satellites received the designation from the Perth-based company's construction partner, Danish nano-satellite producer Gomspace, who were responsible for integration and verification testing on the miniature satellite devices.

In the update, Sky and Space said that with final testing now complete, the "3 Diamonds" nano-satellites would be transported to Innovative Space Logistics’ facilities in the Netherlands where they would be integrated into their "Quadpack" launch pod.

Innovative Space Logistics are a world leader in small satellite launch integration and they have already headed-up 12 previous successful missions on the Indian Space Research Organisation's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, which earlier this month completed a world record launch of 104 satellites.

This is the same launch vehicle that will catapult Sky and Space Global’s nano-satellites into space in the second quarter of this year.

Sky and Space Global CEO Meir Moalem said: "Achieving Ready for Launch designation for our nano-satellites is a substantial milestone for Sky and Space Global. I am very happy we have met every milestone we have set for ourselves.”

"With the testing and construction of our 3 Diamonds nano-satellites complete, we look forward to launching our 3 Diamonds aboard the ISRO's PSLV for our first commercial inflight demonstration."

The milestone launch is a key part of the company’s plan to launch up to 200 nano-satellites into orbit from mid-2018. The company’s miniature satellite technology, which is much smaller and cheaper but just as effective as traditional satellites, will target industries such as shipping and aviation and regional areas that are currently poorly serviced by existing telco players.

Earlier this month, the company received a boost after signing a deal with the US Department of Defence for the provision of space situational awareness services to ensure the safety of the company’s nano-satellites whilst in space.

Sentinel-2B satellite ready for launch from Kourou

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Sentinel_2B_satellite_ready_for_launch_from_Kourou_999.html

The telescope structures and the mirrors are made of silicon carbide, which provides very high optical stability and minimizes any thermo-elastic deformation to give an excellent geometric image which is unprecedented in this category of optical imagers.

Sentinel-2B, Europe's next Copernicus satellite is being readied by engineers from Airbus for a 7 March 2017 lift-off from Kourou, French Guiana. Sentinel-2B will be the fifth satellite of Europe's environmental monitoring programme Copernicus to be launched. Copernicus is an operational programme led by the European Commission (EC) in partnership with the European Space Agency (ESA). The Copernicus Sentinels supply remote sensing data of the Earth to deliver key operational services related to environment and security.

"Sentinel-2B is the next important milestone in Europe's Copernicus programme for which Airbus is a key contributor. With two highly sophisticated satellites the Sentinel-2 mission will reach its full capability," said Nicolas Chamussy, Head of Space Systems at Airbus, "and the wide ranging user community will get more "colourful" data in near real-time."

Offering 'colour vision' for the Copernicus programme, Sentinel-2 delivers optical images from the visible to short-wave infrared range of the electromagnetic spectrum. From an altitude of 786 kilometres the 1.1 ton satellites provide images in 13 spectral bands with a resolution of 10, 20 or 60 metres and a uniquely large swath width of 290 km. The optical design of the Multi Spectral Instruments (MSI) has been optimised to achieve state-of-the-art imaging quality across its very wide field of view.

The telescope structures and the mirrors are made of silicon carbide, which provides very high optical stability and minimizes any thermo-elastic deformation to give an excellent geometric image which is unprecedented in this category of optical imagers.

The data gathered are used for monitoring land use and changes, soil sealing, land management, agriculture, forestry, natural disasters (floods, forest fires, landslides, erosion) and to assist humanitarian aid missions. Environmental observation in coastal areas likewise forms part of these activities, as does glacier, ice and snow monitoring.

The Sentinel-2 mission is based on a constellation of two identical satellites in the same orbit, 180 apart for optimal coverage and data delivery. The satellites are orbiting the Earth every 100 minutes covering all Earth's land surfaces, large islands, inland and coastal waters every five days. Sentinel-2A, which is identical in design, was launched on 23 June 2015.

The Sentinel-2 mission has been made possible thanks to the close collaboration between ESA, the European Commission, industry, service providers and data users. Its development has involved more than 40 companies, led by Airbus in Germany for the satellites and Airbus in France for the multispectral instruments, while Airbus in Spain is responsible for the mechanical satellite structure.

The mission has been supported by the French space agency CNES to provide expertise in image processing and calibration, and by the German Aerospace Center DLR that provided the laser communication payload, developed by Tesat Spacecom, a subsidiary of Airbus in Germany. This piece of technology allows the Sentinel-2 satellites to transmit data via laser to satellites in geostationary orbit carrying the European Data Relay System (EDRS) developed by Airbus for ESA. This SpaceDataHighway allows large volumes of data to be relayed very quickly so that information can be even more readily available for users.

As of February 2017, a total of 63,981users self-registered on the Sentinels Scientific Data Hub. About 484,000 products are available for download, with a total volume of 585 TB. Overall, a total volume of 2.74 petabytes has been downloaded by the user communities.

Copernicus EO Program
Copernicus is the most ambitious Earth observation programme to date. It will provide accurate, timely and easily accessible information to improve the management of the environment, understand and mitigate the effects of climate change and ensure civil security. This initiative is headed by the European Commission (EC) in partnership with the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Environment Agency (EEA).

ESA is responsible for the coordination of the space component of the programme and coordinating the delivery of data from more than 30 contributing satellites and operates - in tandem with Eumetsat - the Sentinel satellites while the EEA is responsible for data from airborne and ground sensors. The EC, acting on behalf of the European Union, is responsible for the overall initiative, setting requirements and managing the services.

The Sentinel satellites
ESA is developing seven Sentinel missions specifically for Copernicus, the first of which - Sentinel-1A with a radar instrument built by Airbus - was launched in April 2014. The Sentinels provide a unique set of observations, which started with the all-weather, day and night radar images from Sentinel-1, and continue with optical images from Sentinel-2.

Airbus is core partner in the Copernicus Programme leading 5 of 7 Copernicus Missions as Prime Contractor: Sentinel-2, -4, -5P, -5, -6 and contributes significantly to Sentinel-1 (Radar-Instrument) and Sentinel-3 (MWR-Instrument).

Ergen to buy Inmarsat?

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/02/27/ergen-to-buy-inmarsat/

London-based satellite operator Inmarsat is again being talked about as a take-over target. The Financial Times reported that Inmarsat could be a target for EchoStar.

This time it is Charlie Ergen, founder of Dish Network and the EchoStar technology company who seems to have started the rumour mill. The FT reports that Ergen discussed possible industry consolidation, and various banks have specifically highlighted Inmarsat as a possible target for Ergen.

The FT said: “Analysts have long identified Inmarsat as a potential target for EchoStar, as the companies’ spectrum licences could dovetail to create a global hybrid mobile-and-satellite network.”

Analysts at Macquarie bank said that EchoStar could afford to pay “well above” £10 per share for Inmarsat.

Israel's Spacecom begins operating Amos-7 satellite

From http://www.businessinsider.com/r-israels-spacecom-begins-operating-amos-7-satellite-2017-2/?r=AU&IR=T

JERUSALEM, Feb 27 (Reuters) - Israel's Space Communications has begun operating a new communications satellite, Amos-7, it said on Monday, a major milestone after it lost two satellites in the past two years.

Amos-7 will replace the aging Amos-2 and provide service to clients in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. This was one of the tasks meant to be carried out by the Amos-6 satellite that was destroyed last September in Florida when a SpaceX launcher exploded.

Spacecom had lost contact with another of its satellites in 2015.

Amos-7 is the first addition to Spacecom's fleet since the Florida explosion. It has been in orbit since 2014 and was obtained in an agreement with Asia Satellite Telecommunications Holdings at a cost of $22 million a year for four years, with an option to extend for an additional year.

"The satellite is a key element in expanding our multi-regional growth patterns and enhancing the array of communications – broadcast, broadband and data – that we can provide," said senior vice president of sales Jacob Keret.

Spacecom has also announced it was buying a satellite from Boeing Satellite Systems International for $161 million.

Israel's Eurocom Holdings owns 64 percent of Spacecom, whose shares were up 2.7 percent in afternoon trading in Tel Aviv but are down some 37 percent since Amos-6 was destroyed.

Facebook video app for Samsung Smart TVs

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/02/28/facebook-video-app-for-samsung-smart-tvs/

Samsung Electronics has confirmed that the new Facebook video app for TV is available on Samsung Smart TVs, including its 2017 QLED TV lineup and the app will be available on all of its 2015, 2016, 2017 Smart TV models. Samsung is the only TV manufacturer that will support the app at its launch, which it claims further solidifies its role as the global leader in TV.

“It is a pleasure to bring the world’s social network to Samsung Smart TV users, as well as continue to see the value of Samsung Smart TV, as a platform, growing,” said Sangsook Han, Vice President of the Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. “We will continue in our innovation on various fronts, including technologies and partnerships, to make sure our consumers can enjoy a wider variety of services.”

The new Facebook video app for TV is a new way to enjoy Facebook videos on a bigger screen. Through the app, users can watch videos shared by friends or Pages they follow, top live videos from around the world, and recommended videos based on their interests.

To access the app, users can simply log into their Samsung Smart Hub and download the application. Following a prompt for a one-time Facebook login, they can begin enjoying and discovering new content.

Earlier in 2017, Samsung announced its elevated Smart TV offerings, which focus on a unified, simple user experience tailored to address consumer pain points. With the new features, users will be able to control all devices connected to their TV via one source, the Samsung One Remote. Additionally, users can now enjoy their favourite live TV programmes and video-on-demand services directly on TV with a simple click on Smart View mobile app.

This enhanced Smart Hub platform was rolled out on the company’s new QLED TV lineup at CES 2017. Among its features, the QLED TV lineup includes dramatically-revamped colour performance, and was the first technology in the world to be verified by one of Europe’s largest technical-scientific associations Verband der Elektrotechnik (VDE) for reproducing 100 per cent colour volume.


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Nine steps up bid for ODI, Test, BBL cricket rights

From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/media/nine-steps-up-bid-for-odi-test-bbl-cricket-rights/news-story/d26ede375e395af4427c5787a9af92a1

Cricket Australia’s dream of a ­billion-dollar television rights payday remains on track as the Nine Network throws its hat in the ring for the first time to buy all of the sport’s television rights.

“Cricket is an important foundation of Nine’s business and it gives us a great revenue platform over summer,” Nine chief executive Hugh Marks said.

“Would we like to have all of cricket? Of course we would. We think the Big Bash has been a great innovation by Cricket Australia and certainly young audiences are engaging with that format.”

But any deal by Nine to secure all forms of cricket is predicated on the sport’s administrators making changes to the schedule as part of a radical shake-up to reflect the stunning ascent of the Big Bash League. The Big Bash will expand to 40 games next summer and Cricket Australia plans to expand the format to 60 matches by 2019 with the tournament stretching into February.

A formal tender process could begin within months, sources said, once Cricket Australia attains full clarity of the new structure of Test and one-day international cricket. The International Cricket Council is expected to formalise a new structure in April, triggering discussions over the local TV rights earlier than an expected October start date. A spokesman for Cricket Australia declined to comment.

Nine paid nearly $100 million a year to secure the rights from 2013 to 2018, after stumping up $45 million annually under the previous deal. “How we go about that (attaining those rights) will be very important for the future cost profile of the business. I just want to restate that our intention is … not to prejudice our shareholders by ramping up costs,” Mr Marks said. “We must invest in these key sports on the basis of a profitable outcome.”

With Australia’s T20 side missing star players like David Warner and Steve Smith due to the tour of India, last week’s international T20 series in Melbourne and Adelaide against Sri Lanka was effectively contested by an Australian B-team.

A late February start created a significant break from the typical end of the cricket season, and resulted in the series being pitted against big ratings franchises My Kitchen Rules and I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here!

The series attracted big crowds, but ratings on Nine’s primary channel collapsed. For the first match on Friday February 17, which Sri Lanka won by five ­wickets, the audience plunged by 47 per cent, from 1.3 million viewers a year ago when Australia played India to 672,658 viewers in the five capital cities, according to OzTAM data.

The drop was less severe but still alarming for the second match on Sunday February 19, which Sri Lanka won by two ­wickets. Nine drew an audience of 698,006 viewers, a drop of 29 per cent from 989,082 viewers.

Australia won the third match on Wednesday, February 22 by 41 runs but Nine’s audience declined by 41 per cent to 591,333 viewers, down from one million viewers.

Cricket Australia bosses are about to embark on negotiations with the three main commercial networks Seven, Nine and Ten, and pay-TV providers Fox Sports and Foxtel. The current five-year $590m deal — including Ten’s payments of $20m a year for the Big Bash League — expires at the end of next summer.

With the NRL and AFL rights increasing by 70 per cent last year, cricket administrators hold lofty ambitions of breaking the $1bn mark.

The Big Bash League is expected to yield $40m-$60m a year in the new deal.

Spark offers free Netflix to customers

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11808209

Spark New Zealand has signed a partnership with video streaming service Netflix, in a bid to become a major entertainment provider.

The telco said the exclusive deal would give Spark broadband customers a subscription to Netflix's Standard plan for one year when they sign up to a 24-month Unlimited Data broadband plan.

This is the first time that Netflix has partnered with broadband in New Zealand.

The deal comes after competitor Vodafone's proposed merger with Sky Television was declined by the Commerce Commission last week. The Commission said a merger would stifle competition, especially with its premium sports content.

Forsyth Barr analyst Blair Galpin said the deal was likely a response to this.

"I suspect given the time of the deal and the announcement, this was in preparation of a potential approval by the Commerce Commission of the proposed merger," Galpin said.

"These sorts of deals typically are effective at two things: churn reduction, so holding your customers for longer, but also how you compete," he said.

"It is an advance for Spark over Vodafone but then it will be about how Vodafone responds to this, whether with a price discount or other offers."

According to Galpin, Netflix had always been a better option long-term for Spark compared with Lightbox, with the deal being tipped to happen last week.

"They'll be looking at what they plan to do with Lightbox going forward, Spark have confirmed they are still going to make the Lightbox investment ... but it's hard to know what that means [long-term]."

Spark New Zealand has signed a partnership with video streaming service Netflix, in a bid to become a major entertainment provider.

A Vodafone spokesperson said the deal was not unexpected, and Netflix worked with all telco providers.

It said Vodafone had previously offered customers a similar deal with Netflix, and currently offered deals with Sky TV.

Jason Paris, chief executive for Spark Home Mobile and Business, said by offering Netflix and its own streaming service Lightbox, it could offer customers a wider range.

"We know that our customers love Netflix and Lightbox," Paris said.

"We've just announced that Lightbox is now approaching 250,000 subscribers and we already see the popularity of Netflix in New Zealand. Around a third of the data over our broadband network on an average evening is customers streaming Netflix and Lightbox."

Paris said the announcement was a step towards Spark being the "go-to" destination for media and entertainment.

Spark chief executive Simon Moutter said the move was consistent with the company's media strategy.

"It is also consistent with our shift towards becoming a digital services provider, rather than just a traditional telco," Moutter said.

"We're growing our platform approach with a range of providers, providing a mix of digital tools to support our customers' lives."

Spark customers can get the Netflix Standard plan, which is usually $14.99 per month, for 12 months with any 24-month unlimited data broadband plan.

A Spark ADSL/VDSL/fibre unlimited plan costs $94.99 per month with no landline or $104.99 with a landline.

Sky TV's shares fell to their lowest level since mid-2009 last week, after the proposed merger with Vodafone's New Zealand business was rejected.

The announcement wiped almost $300 million off Sky TV's market value on February 23 and the shares closed last Friday at $3.77.

Spark shares ended trading last week at $3.56, the highest in almost two weeks.

Sky TV hits out at Spark-Netflix deal

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11808450

Sky Television chief executive John Fellet has hit out at Spark signing a deal with Netflix after it had played a part in "blocking" his company's merger with Vodafone.

Spark New Zealand today said it would be offering a free subscription to Netflix for a year when customers signed up to a 24-month unlimited data broadband plan, in a bid to become a major player in the entertainment space.

The deal comes after competitor Vodafone's proposed merger with Sky Television was declined by the Commerce Commission last week.

The regulator said a merger would stifle competition, especially with its premium sports content, however Fellet said this was not accurate.

"Sport is far from the only highly desirable content," Fellet said.

"Right now television series are the best we've ever seen, with premium drama attracting huge audiences and viewership worldwide. This is exactly the kind of move we anticipated in our dealings with the Commerce Commission."

"I would imagine Spark are feeling pretty chuffed at their part in blocking our merger and then being able to announce a deal like this," he said. "The irony is there for all to see."

A spokesperson for Spark said the commission was aware of its plans to partner with Netflix, and so made its decision on a "fully informed basis".

"In Thursday's ruling, the Commerce Commission highlighted that it was Sky's exclusive control of premium sports content rights that was problematic for New Zealand consumers - not general entertainment content," a spokesperson said.

"Spark's partnership with Netflix doesn't stop customers from accessing Netflix or other services directly," she said.

Spark New Zealand has signed a partnership with video streaming service Netflix, in a bid to become a major entertainment provider.

"We've put together a wholesale deal with a global content provider that makes economic sense for both parties - and as we've said before, we'd love the opportunity to do something similar with Sky in relation to sports content."

A Vodafone spokesperson said the deal was not unexpected, and Netflix worked with all telco providers.

It said Vodafone had previously offered customers a similar deal with Netflix, and currently offered deals with Sky TV.

Spark chief executive Simon Moutter said the move was consistent with the company's media strategy, and its branching out from being a traditional telco.

He said the company was growing its platform with a range of providers, including its own service Lightbox.

Forsyth Barr analyst Blair Galpin said partnering with Netflix was a good long-term move by the telco.

"It was always the view that Netflix long-term would have been the better option," Galpin said.

"Initially if the timing had worked, Spark may have considered doing a deal with them from day one rather than with Lightbox but the timing didn't work. The fact it's happened isn't a surprise but the exact timing of when this might happen was always a bit unclear."

Galpin said such deals were typically effective at reducing customer churn as well as offering a better proposition than competitors.

He said given the timing of the deal, it was likely that it had been set up in preparation for potential approval by the Commerce Commission.

"It is an advance for Spark over Vodafone but then it will be about how Vodafone responds to this, whether with a price discount or other offers," Galpin said.

Spark would be operating Netflix alongside its other video streaming service Lightbox, although Galpin said it was difficult to know what this would mean for Lightbox long-term.

Jason Paris, chief executive for Spark Home Mobile and Business, said by offering Netflix and its own streaming service Lightbox, it could offer customers a wider range.

"We know that our customers love Netflix and Lightbox," Paris said.

"We've just announced that Lightbox is now approaching 250,000 subscribers and we already see the popularity of Netflix in New Zealand.

Around a third of the data over our broadband network on an average evening is customers streaming Netflix and Lightbox."

Spark customers can get the Netflix Standard plan, which is usually $14.99 per month, for 12 months with any 24-month unlimited data broadband plan.

A Spark ADSL/VDSL/fibre unlimited plan costs $94.99 per month with no landline or $104.99 with a landline.

Sky TV's shares fell to their lowest level since mid-2009 last week, after the proposed merger with Vodafone's New Zealand business was rejected.

The announcement wiped almost $300 million off Sky TV's market value on February 23 and the shares closed last Friday at $3.77.

Spark shares ended trading last week at $3.56, the highest in almost two weeks.

Rocket to haul commercial satellites

From http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2017-02/27/content_28354164.htm

China's biggest manufacturer of carrier rockets will soon begin to develop the next-generation Long March 8 medium-lift carrier rocket to meet the demands of commercial launch service, according to a senior manager.

Li Tongyu, head of carrier rocket development at the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology, told China Daily that the Long March 8 will have a modular design and will use engines that have been used by the Long March 5 and Long March 7, both new rockets developed by the academy.

"Its core stage will be based on those used by the Long March 7 and Long March 3A, and it will have two solid-propelled boosters that are 2 meters in diameter," he said. "We will spend up to three years on its development and if everything goes well, its maiden flight will take place by the end of 2018."

Long March 8 will be capable of sending a payload of about 4.5 metric tons to a sun-synchronous orbit, or 2.5 tons to geosynchronous transfer orbit, he said. In a sun-synchronous orbit, a satellite circles the Earth at the same rate that the Earth orbits the sun, whereas with a geosynchronous orbit, the satellite matches the rotation of the Earth.

Li said use of the Long March 8 will extensively reduce the launch costs of low- and middle-orbit satellites, giving it bright prospects in the commercial launch market.

Researchers at the academy are currently developing the latest variant of the Long March 5 heavy-lift carrier rocket. It will be tasked with placing the core module of the country's space station into orbit in 2018, he noted.

China plans to put a manned space station into service around 2022. It will consist of three parts — a core module attached to two space labs, each of which weigh about 20 tons. The facility is expected to be the world's only space station after the planned retirement of the International Space Station in 2024.

The first model in the country's heavy-lift rocket family, the 57-meter-tall Long March 5, made its maiden flight in November. It is China's mightiest carrier rocket and one of the world's most powerful launch vehicles currently in operation.

The second launch of the Long March 5 will be made in June to lift a large communications satellite into space. Before the end of 2017, China will conduct the rocket's third mission, sending the Chang'e 5 lunar probe to the moon, according to Li.

The China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology also has opened preliminary research on a super-heavy rocket that will have a takeoff weight of 3,000 tons and can transport a 140-ton payload into low Earth orbit.

If research and development go well, the super-heavy rocket will carry out its first flight around 2030, allowing China to land astronauts on the moon, and to send and retrieve Mars probes, designers at the academy said.

UK consults on ‘Kodi box’ legislation

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/02/27/uk-consults-on-kodi-box-legislation/

The UK’s Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is calling for views on whether there is any need for legislative change to deal with the issue of illicit IPTV streaming devices.

According to the IPO, the use of IPTV boxes to access illegal content appears to have increased in recent months.

Such boxes were originally designed to allow consumers to stream legitimate content (locally stored or legal online content). Despite the legitimate use of this equipment, software is widely available (illicit Kodi extensions being the best known) which connect the boxes to illegal content through streaming websites, file lockers and BitTorrent trackers.

Configuring IPTV boxes in this way allows the consumer to easily access subscription TV, sports and films for the one-off price of a box (usually £40 [€47.21] to £50). It is claimed that the ease of use of these boxes, the wide range of illicit content available and the fact they are freely available from a number of well-known online retailers as well as physical stores, has led to a sharp rise in their use by consumers.

Broadcasters and content owners have voiced concerns that, although a range of existing legislation applies to the sale and use of these devices (as well as the provision of illicit content streams), the legal framework does not provide sufficient tools to tackle this growing threat.

The government is keen to understand where further action might be necessary to address this problem. The IPO is therefore seeking views from those with knowledge and experience in dealing with IPTV boxes.

The consultation finishes on April 7th 2017.


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Av-Comm Completes IPTV Project for Queensland University of Technology

From http://www.satellitetoday.com/telecom/2017/02/23/av-comm-completes-iptv-project-queensland-university-technology/

Av-Comm has announced the successful completion of its latest satellite communications project in Brisbane on behalf of the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). The university engaged Av-Comm through a competitive tender process to design and install an Internet Protocol (IP) TV solution to distribute a range of foreign language and local television and radio programming throughout their Kelvin Grove and Gardens Point campuses.

The project called for the reception of foreign language TV from three satellites combined with reception of local terrestrial programing received from nearby Mount Coot-tha. The channels were received and processed with two separate IPTV headends due to the terrestrial and satellite antennas being installed on separate buildings. The PBI headends were linked together via the University’s existing IT infrastructure, which also provided the primary distribution path for the IPTV system with students accessing the services via a web-based interface and video player.

One of the challenges presented by the project was the limited roof space available to install the 2.4m C-band satellite dishes required to receive the foreign language content. The project scope called for reception of three satellites: Asiasat-5, Asiasat-7, and Chinasat-6B, with roof space only available for two satellite dishes. To overcome this, Av-Comm fitted one of the satellite dishes with its dual satellite reception feedhorn, allowing one dish to simultaneously receive Asiasat-5 and 7, allowing all three satellites to be received with just two satellite dishes.

Av-Comm also deployed several Cloudtron High Layers for Satellite (HLS) set top boxes to display the IP distributed content on the University’s existing TV, video monitor, and projector based display systems via a HD Multimedia Interface (HDMI) connection.

Sky CEO plans to stay in role

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11806926

Sky TV boss John Fellet says the failure of his company's plan to merge with Vodafone does not impact on his future.

The Commerce Commission yesterday rejected Sky's and Vodafone's merger proposal, citing Sky's exclusive rights to premium sports content which it said would cause people to switch from rival telcos, thus reducing competition in telecommunications markets.

Sky's share price closed down 13.1 per cent on the news, and was this afternoon at $3.80.

Sky has also been struggling to shore-up its subscriber base as consumers turn to alternatives like Netflix and Lightbox.

Business and technology commentator Paul Spain said he wouldn't be surprised to see some changes at the top levels of Sky's leadership, such as Fellet who has been chief executive since 2001.

On Radio New Zealand this morning, Fellet said the commission's decision did not impact on his future at Sky TV.

He said he enjoyed his role, which he carried out at the behest of shareholders, and has worked for Sky for 26 years.

"So I want the best for Sky no matter what happens."

Commerce Commission chair Mark Berry said the merger would likely have been allowed to go ahead had it not been for Sky's access to premium sports content.

"Given the merged entity's ability to leverage its premium live sports content, we cannot rule out the real chance that demand for its offers would attract a large number of non-Vodafone customers," he said.

This was also against a backdrop of the fibre broadband network being rolled out, making it an opportune time for the merged entity to attract customers with new offers, Berry said.

"If significant switching occurred, the merged entity could, in time, have the ability to price less advantageously than without the merger or to reduce the quality of its service."

It is still possible the decision could be appealed to the High Court, and Vodafone said in a statement following the decision that it would "consider all courses of action".

Vodafone debuts 4K channels and VoD

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/02/23/vodafone-debuts-4k-channels-and-vod/

Vodafone Spain is launching a new 4K TV service with 5 TV channels (10 by year end ) and VoD content for subscribers with convergent packages, like Vodafone One.

The five new channels are Odisea 4K, Festival 4K, FunBox UHD, Insight TV and Slow Channel – and one 4K transmission of the best football match of La Liga every week.

The company will be the first in the country to offer 4K VoD content with 850 titles including films, TV series and documentaries.

Vodafone is also offering access to over 20,000 products in their integrated services (including TV channels, videoclub, HBO and Netflix) allowing its subscribers to pause live TV, watch catch-up content from the last 7 days and record up to 350 hours in the cloud.

Vodafone Spain has currently 1.2 million TV subscribers.


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Sky-Vodafone merger quashed

From https://www.crikey.com.au/2017/02/23/nz-commerce-commission-kills-sky-news-vodafone-deal/

NZ regulators have blocked the proposed NZ$3.4 billion merger between Sky TV, the country’s dominant pay TV group, and Vodafone NZ because of worries that the deal would restrict and reduce competition — a decision that raises question marks for Fairfax Media’s move to sell off its Kiwi newspapers and websites. The Commerce Commission statement came before the start of trading on the NZ stock exchange. When it opened Sky shares lost more than 17% of their value in the first minutes, or more than NZ$240 million.

NZ’s competition overseer left little room for Sky or Vodafone to rework the bid at a later date. Seeing that had declined to do that after the commission had first raised extensive objections last October, there is no chance of a new bid being crafted. Had the merger been allowed, Britain’s Vodafone would have taken a 51% share of the merged firm and grabbed NZ$1.25 billion in cash. The decision raises doubts over the proposed creation of a newspaper monopoly through the merger of Fairfax Media’s NZ papers into NZME, the listed radio and print rump of APN News and Media. A decision from the Commerce Commission is expected next month.

But the rejection means Sky TV will remain a standalone business for now, and may have to pursue other avenues to stave off competition from emerging rivals such as Netflix. That competition, and the loss of subscribers because of rising costs and too much “choice” (too many unwatched channels), has damaged Sky TV’s finances and subscriber numbers, especially in the past year. The Vodafone deal was designed to stop that by providing a potentially larger base of possible new subscribers.

On Wednesday Sky TV, after 18 months of weakening returns, said its profits for the December half year plunged by 32% in fact to NZ$58 million on a 3.7% slide in revenue to NZ$458 million (and Sky’s biggest asset is the exclusive deal it has to broadcast All Black games). The company said total subscriber numbers fell from 852,679 to 816,135 in the six months to December 31.(In Australia, Foxtel lost around 100,000 subscribers in the six months to December). Sky is now facing a declining future and its one that sends a big warning to the much larger Foxtel in Australia, which is facing similar pressures from jaded subscribers and rising competition. But Foxtel can’t merge with either Telstra or News Corp, its owners, because neither wants such a deal (or in the case of News, can afford it). The big hope was that Telstra would float part of its stake, leaving news Corp in de facto control but the sudden slump in the six months to December in earnings, subscriber numbers and now a weak outlook, but that float is no longer an option.

Sky Sport biggest barrier to merger - Commerce Commission

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11805885

The merger Vodafone NZ and Sky TV were seeking would likely have gone ahead had it not been for Sky's premium sport content, the Commerce Commission said after declining the proposal today.

About half of all households in New Zealand had Sky TV and a large number of those were Sky Sport customers, Commission chair Dr Mark Berry said.

"Given the merged entity's ability to leverage its premium live sports content, we cannot rule out the real chance that demand for its offers would attract a large number of non-Vodafone customers.

"The central question that we considered in this case was whether the merged entity would be able to leverage Sky's premium sports content to such an extent that over time it would reduce competition in the telecommunications markets, being broadband and mobile," he said.

"There is, as you would expect, a very significant consumer segment for whom Sky Sport is a must-have."

He added: "Sky Sport has all the important content that is the glue to which New Zealanders are attached -- rugby, cricket and so on."

To clear the merger, the Commission would need to have been satisfied that it was unlikely to substantially lessen competition in any of the relevant markets, Berry said.

"The evidence before us suggests that the potential popularity of the merged entity's offers could result in competitors losing or failing to achieve scale to the point that they would reduce investment or innovation in broadband and mobile markets in the future.

"In particular, we have concerns that this could impact the competitiveness of key third players in these markets such as 2degrees and Vocus."

This was also against a backdrop of fibre being rolled out, making it an opportune time for the merged entity to entice consumers with new offers, Berry said.

"If significant switching occurred, the merged entity could, in time, have the ability to price less advantageously than without the merger or to reduce the quality of its service."

In a press conference following the decision, Berry said that 65 submissions were made on the proposed merger - the most that the Commission had ever received on a proposed merger.

He acknowledged that the deal could have produced competition in the short term, but in the long term, "our concern is that rivals might not be able to match the merged entity's offers".

Sky TV chief executive John Fellet said in a statement to the NZX that the Commission's decision was disappointing.

"This is a very disappointing conclusion to a merger we saw as enhancing New Zealand's communications and media landscape. From here we will continue to strive to deliver innovative ways to curate and deliver entertainment to all of New Zealand."

Vodafone New Zealand chief executive Russell Stanners said in a statement that the company would carefully review the Commission's decision and consider all courses of action.

"We are disappointed the Commerce Commission was unable to see the numerous benefits this merger brings to New Zealanders," he said.

Spark regulatory affairs general manager John Wesley-Smith said the Commission's decision was a big positive for Kiwi consumers.

"The lack of modern on-demand options for how New Zealand sports fans can access 'must-watch' premium sports content today, which would have been exacerbated by the merger, meant the merger was not in the best interests of consumers and so we believe the decision to decline was the right one."

Spark and several other telcos would welcome the opportunity to bundle on-demand versions of Sky's sports content with their mobile and broadband services.

Business and technology commentator Paul Spain said Sky had the most to lose as a result of the Commission's decision as the company seeks to shore-up its dwindling customer base.

He suspected Sky would consider becoming an internet service provider or telco in its own right.

"Whether they would establish that directly or whether they would be looking at an acquisition such as 2Degrees," he said, adding that such an acquisition would likely not face such a strong backlash given 2Degrees' smaller market share compared with Vodafone's dominance.

At the very least, he said Sky needed to move away from its traditional set-top box focus and move to a fully digitised operation that would allow customers to access its content through an app.

"It's a pretty messy offering I would say from Sky at the moment," he said.

Sky would also need to bring down its pricing, Spain said.

Sky TV shares hammered, down 17 per cent

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11806024

Sky TV's shares were hammered when trading opened on the New Zealand stock exchange this morning, with investors wiping $293 million off the value of the pay-TV provider after this morning's rejection of its proposed merger with Vodafone.

Sky TV shares traded at $3.60 at 10am this morning, down 75 cents per share or 17 per cent, on last night's closing price, to hit their lowest level since mid-2009.

"This is a very disappointing conclusion to a merger we saw as enhancing New Zealand's communications and media landscape," said Sky's chief executive, John Fellet, who hinted this may be the end of the road for the current merger plan, despite options existing for judicial review.

"From here we will continue to strive to deliver innovative ways to curate and deliver entertainment to all of New Zealand."

Vodafone New Zealand's chief executive, Russell Stanners, issued a single sentence quote on the decision: "We are disappointed the Commerce Commission was unable to see the numerous benefits this merger brings to New Zealanders."

A key opponent of the proposal, Vodafone's chief rival Spark New Zealand, welcomed the decision and challenged Sky to develop a "vibrant wholesale market" for its premium sports content, which the competition watchdog decided was too dominated by Sky TV to allow a merger with Vodafone to proceed because it threatened to stifle competition in the telecommunications market for services such as broadband and mobile telephony.

Spark's share price rose at the open by 2 per cent to $3.56.

"This decision recognises that the sports content market in New Zealand needs to catch up with consumer reality, as it has in many other markets around the world. Increasingly, consumers are demanding greater choice and flexibility as to how they access premium content. Today's decision is a welcome step in the right direction," said Spark's general manager of regulatory affairs, John Wesley-Smith.

"The lack of modern on-demand options for how New Zealand sports fans can access 'must-watch' premium sports content today, which would have been exacerbated by the merger, meant the merger was not in the best interests of consumers and so we believe the decision to decline was the right one.

Sky Sport biggest barrier to merger - Commerce Commission

Given live sport is Sky's main selling point it should be expected that the company will fight even harder to maintain its grip on it, Hamish Fletcher writes. Photo / Brett Phibbs
Hamish Fletcher: No hope Sky will loosen sports grip after merger declined

"The lack of a meaningful wholesale market today for Sky's sports content means we and other mobile and broadband providers have been held back from offering our customers new ways to watch sports content in ways that are already the norm elsewhere in the world. That wholesale market would not have developed at all had the merger gone ahead, but will and must develop now."

Internet NZ, representing internet service providers and users, said it had been concerned the proposed merger could raise "network neutrality" issues that could damage competition for telephony, internet and television services.

"Kiwi consumers could have been the losers from the deal," said chief executive Jordan Carter.

"Sky and Vodafone, absent this merger, will be competitors in the ever-changing markets for communications markets."

Among telcos most likely to suffer anti-competitive effects was 2degrees, the country's third largest mobile network operator. Its chief executive, Stewart Sherriff, welcomed the commission's decision.

"The Commission has recognised that competition is still developing, and that the impact of competition from companies such as 2degrees can be reduced over time if monopolies are created," he said.

Sky to dust off 'plan B' after merger rejected

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11806431

John Fellet says Sky Television will now dust off its "plan B" after the Commerce Commission rejected its proposed merger with Vodafone.

However, the Sky boss doesn't think the company will strike out on its own in the telco market as Vodafone and Spark are too big to take on.

The commission today rejected Sky's and Vodafone's merger proposal.

The regulator said that Sky's exclusive rights to premium sports content would cause people to switch from rival telcos, thus reducing competition in telecommunications markets.

Sky's share price closed down 13.1 per cent on the news, at $3.78.

Speaking to Larry Williams Drive on Newstalk ZB, Fellet said he was "incredibly disappointed" with the decision.

He said it was odd that similar deals were happening around the world but weren't allowed in New Zealand.

He believed scuppering the merger would "hold up innovation" and that Sky had held back plans it would have otherwise acted on.

"You always have a plan b so we have to dust that off," Fellet said.

Asked about the possibility of appealing the commission's ruling, he said the company would keep its options open.

He said Sky could do a better job of providing a combined internet TV and satellite TV service and would always have some version of the latter because up to 15 per cent of New Zealanders are unlikely to get access to fast broadband.

Asked if Sky would eventually move into the telco market by itself, Fellet told Williams:

"I don't think [we] do by ourselves..Vodafone and Spark are just too big for us to take them on so I'd rather work with all telecommunications partners as opposed to get into that business...I'd rather be real good at what we do."

Sky needs to reinvent itself: experts

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11806236

Sky TV will need to change the way it operates if it wants to remain competitive following its failed attempt to merge with Vodafone, analysts say.

Investors wiped $293 million off the value of the pay-TV provider after the Commerce Commission's rejection of the proposed merger on Thursday morning.

The company also has a declining customer base, with 816,135 subscribers as at December 31, down 44,310 from the same time the previous year.

The merger would have enabled the Vodafone-Sky company to offer enticing bundles of Vodafone's internet and mobile services along with Sky TV.

But the commission found that Sky's exclusive rights to premium sports content would cause people to switch from rival telcos, thus reducing competition in telecommunications markets.

Business and technology commentator Paul Spain said Sky had the most to lose as a result of the decision, and it would need to change tack in order to stay competitive.

He suspected Sky would consider becoming an internet service provider or telco in its own right.

"Whether they would establish that directly or whether they would be looking at an acquisition such as 2Degrees," he said, adding that such an acquisition would likely not face such a strong backlash given 2Degrees' smaller market share compared with Vodafone's dominance.

At the very least, Spain said Sky needed to move away from its traditional set-top box focus and move to a fully-digitised operation that would allow customers to access its content through apps.

"It's a pretty messy offering, I would say, from Sky at the moment," he said.

Spain said he wouldn't be surprised to see some changes at the top levels of Sky's leadership team, such as chief executive John Fellet who has been in the role since 2001.

The company would also need to bring down its pricing.

Telecommunications Users Association of New Zealand chief executive Craig Young said Sky would need to find a plan B, particularly before its exclusive rights to broadcast live Super and international rugby in New Zealand expired in 2020.

"There is no guarantee that they will keep those rights," Young said. "If you look at the example of sports such as major league baseball and basketball in the United States, they're finding different ways of getting content to people rather than the traditional means of using television. So they've got this content which they've paid for which they need to leverage," he said.

"They'll certainly be needing to sit back and figure out, 'Well what is our competitive advantage going forward and how are we going to leverage what we've got?'"

Commerce Commission chair Mark Berry said the merger would likely have been allowed to go ahead had it not been for Sky's access to premium sports content.

"Given the merged entity's ability to leverage its premium live sports content, we cannot rule out the real chance that demand for its offers would attract a large number of non-
Vodafone customers," he said.

This was also against a backdrop of the fibre broadband network being rolled out, making it an opportune time for the merged entity to attract customers with new offers, Berry said.

"If significant switching occurred, the merged entity could, in time, have the ability to price less advantageously than without the merger or to reduce the quality of its service."

It is still possible the decision could be appealed to the High Court, and Vodafone said in a statement following the decision that it would "consider all courses of action".

"We are disappointed the Commerce Commission was unable to see the numerous benefits this merger brings to New Zealanders," said chief executive Russell Stanners.

Sky TV chief executive John Fellet said in a statement to the NZX that the decision was a disappointing conclusion to a merger he thought would enhance New Zealand's communications and media landscape.

"From here we will continue to strive to deliver innovative ways to curate and deliver entertainment to all of New Zealand."

(Craig's comment, Time to take you retirement John Fellet)

Rejecting Sky/Vodafone merger a 'free hit' for competition watchdog

From http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/89712513/rejecting-skyvodafone-merger-a-free-hit-for-competition-watchdog

Sky TV's proposed merger with Vodafone NZ has been torpedoed by the country's competition watchdog.

OPINION: New Zealand's Commerce Commission has often been portrayed as a bit of soft touch when compared to, say, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

So it should be thankful that Sky Television's proposed merger with Vodafone presented it with a rare opportunity to show it is not a rubber stamp.

The commission's decision last April to approve Z Energy's $785 million acquisition of Caltex-owner Cheron is looking highly suspect.

Z Energy shares have soared and consumers are scratching their heads as to why petrol costs 10 per cent less in some provincial towns than in the major centres.

READ MORE: Competition watchdog rejects Sky TV, Vodafone NZ merger

Discount and loyalty schemes have proliferated that appear the very embodiment of using confusion as a marketing tool.

Energy Minister Judith Collins sealed the commission's humiliation this month by having its sometime rival, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, launch an inquiry into petrol pricing.

To make matters worse, the commission next month faces a genuinely difficult dilemma over whether to approve Fairfax New Zealand's planned merger with NZME.

Being able to say "no" to the Sky and Vodafone merger amounted to a free hit, and its intention to decline the merger on the terms presented was signalled very clearly in October.

The commission has rightly judged that little good could come of allowing one large player in the newly-competitive and delicately balanced broadband and mobile markets, Vodafone, to leverage off Sky's premium sports monopoly.

There is little downside to the regulator sinking the merger.

Sky TV chief executive John Fellet​ has already signalled a legal challenge is unlikely.

The company may face an uncertain future because of changing technology and business models.

But its business is based on amortising its fixed programming costs over its customer base.

That means it has little choice but to suck up the commission's decision and soldier on much as before.

It is the commission's job to regulate markets, not keep individual companies in business. Sky is in essence just a distributor of content, and were it to gracefully wither away over the next 10 or 20 years, TV entertainment would still be produced and sports matches played and filmed.

If there is a downside for consumers, it is that Sky might cut back on the satellite capacity it buys on Optus' satellite network when the companies' existing agreement is due for renewal in 2019.

That could mean fewer TV channels for the 15 per cent of households in rural New Zealand who will continue to rely on satellite broadcasts for many years to come. But that risk is at this stage pretty speculative.

At least in the case of Z Energy, you could argue that the Caltex acquisition benefited New Zealand investors in the firm, such as the Super Fund.

Given the Government has a weak track record tackling greenhouse gas emissions, you could even argue that having artificially high petrol prices balances a ledger somewhat. (Disclosure: I walk to work).

In contrast, I believe the real winners from the Sky/Vodafone NZ merger would have been Vodafone in Britain, rather than Sky shareholders. Sky investors may see shares in their company hammered today.

But I believe they would have seen the vast bulk of Sky's profits siphoned off to Britain in fees and interest payments had the merger proceeded.

The Fairfax and NZME is merger is different to Sky's in that those companies are producers of "content" - mainstream news reports - many of which (arguably) no-one else may provide if they proved non-viable.

Fairfax Media chief executive Greg Hywood is not I think bluffing when he said Fairfax would move quickly to "consolidate products" (read for that, axe regional papers, for example) if its merger is declined.

But there is no denying that there are genuine questions relating to media diversity if the media merger is approved. No-one should be arguing the commission's ruling ought to be an easy decision.

The nub is that the commission should enjoy a day in the sun, as it won't get easier than this.

Intouch wants regulatory issues of Thaicom cleared up by Q2

From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/news/business/corporate/30306982

INTOUCH HOLDINGS’ Thaicom and the Digital Economy and Society Ministry should completely clear up regulatory issues by next quarter so that Thaicom will know if it can go ahead with the launch its Thaicom 9 broadband satellite, Philip Chen Chong Tan, chief executive officer of Intouch, said yesterday.

Otherwise Thaicom might lease transponder capacity from other satellites to continue providing satellite services.

Thaicom, 41.1 per cent owned by Intouch, has been talking with the ministry for more than two years about the ministry’s proposal to bring the company’s Thaicom 7 and 8 broadcasting satellites under its concession regime as part of its reform of the satellite service industry.

The two satellites currently operate under the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commis-sion’s licensing regime.

A ministry source has said the National Space Affairs Committee had asked the ministry to resolve their dispute first before the company could proceed with orbiting Thaicom 9, also known as IPSTAR 2.

Thaicom has counter-proposed joining with CAT Telecom to develop Thaicom 9 at a cost of about US$250 million (Bt8.8 billion).

Tan acknowledged that Thaicom was in talks with CAT on the possible partnership.

If Thaicom fails to reach a conclusion with the ministry on Thaicoms 7 and 8, the company might opt to lease capacity from other satellite operators, instead of launching Thaicom 9, to serve demand of satellite services in Asean, he added.

Thaicom has also proposed to the ministry that it would allow the government to use one transponder from each of its existing licensed satellites and also its future licensed satellites free of charge for the rest of their lifespans.

It also proposed that the Thaicom 4 (IPSTAR) broadband satellite and the Thaicom 5 and 6 broadcasting satellites, which operate under the ministry’s concession, would continue paying the annual concession fee from the expiration of the concession in 2021 until the end of their lifespans.

The annual concession fee it offers to pay in this case is the same as it will pay to the ministry from this year until 2021, which is 22.5 per cent of its gross revenue.

The concessions for Thaicoms 4 and 5 will end at the same time in 2021, while in theory their lifespans will run to 2021 or later.

The concession for Thaicom 6 runs until 2021 but its lifespan will continue for a further eight years.

The ministry commissioned Chula Unisearch to study how to reform the satellite service industry. The study recommended bringing Thaicom’s two licensed satellites – 7 and 8 – back under the ministry’s concession regime. Both satellites will be under a concession until it expires in 2021.

The ministry has overseen the satellite industry through granting concessions before the NBTC got off the ground in 2000 and granted licences for Thaicoms 7 and 8.

This has led to redundancy in overseeing the satellite industry.

Intouch has allocated a budget of Bt250 million for research and development in telecommunications and technology as part of its exploration of new business opportunities.

It will also inject Bt200 million into its venture capital fund InVent to support four new promising companies this year.

Backhauling Work for NovelSat in Asia

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=1074608462

NovelSat has been selected as the primary modem technology provider to support one of Asia's largest satellite mobile operators for a satellite backhaul network.

The initial deal includes approximately 30 NovelSat NS3000 Professional High-Data Rate Satellite Modems, each running NovelSat NS3, the 3rd generation satellite transmission waveform from NovelSat, as well as IP acceleration and optimization technologies. The operator was seeking a solution to replace their existing E3 architecture for Ethernet IP transmission over mobile.

The desired solution needed to offer the highest possible spectral efficiency without sacrificing link quality or reliability, and which would deliver the best ROI for a network that reaches beyond urban centers into numerous outlying remote locations. NovelSat NS3 and the various optimization, IP acceleration and redundancy technologies from NovelSat were key factors in the operator’s decision.

NovelSat NS3 is an optional software package available in all NovelSat satellite modems, modulators and demodulators, which also support and are backward compatible with all industry standards, including DVB-S, DVB-S2 and DVB-S2X. NovelSat NS3 can boost capacity by up to 40 percent compared with DVB-S2, the current industry standard, without increasing bandwidth demand.

The combined TCP acceleration and optimization solution, integrated into the NovelSat NS3000 modem, completely fills data link capacity and compensates for satellite delay. Additional features, proven to enable modem traffic to exceed link bandwidth capacity, include header and payload compression, byte caching for dramatic data reduction on multi-pass traffic, Web object caching to improve Web surfing performance and advanced cellular compression (ACC) to support 2.5G, 3G and 4G backhaul links. This is a hardware and software option that uses advanced TCP/IP acceleration algorithms based on the Space Communications Protocol Specification (SCPS).


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Fashion Television launches in Australia and New Zealand

From http://www.voxy.co.nz/entertainment/5/273444

Delivering fashion content from all over the world to audiences throughout Asia Pacific since 1999, Fashion Television is proud to announce the launch of its linear satellite channel in Australia and New Zealand. This allows audiences in the region to access its popular programming 24 hours per day, 7 days a week.

London-based "Fashion Television International Limited" chose Optus D2 at orbital position 152.0E with a footprint reaching Australia and New Zealand. The channel's launch will commence January 2017.

Fashion Television caters to fashionable and stylish audiences with content covering the very latest fashion, entertainment, lifestyle news and events. Delivering a strong portfolio of original programmes, Australian and New Zealand's designers, stylists and models are also featured in the channel's schedule.

"With Australia and New Zealand being one of the important destinations for lifestyle, fashion and travel, we have been covering content from regional events such as Melbourne Fashion Festival, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia, Sydney Fashion Festival and more," expresses Fashion Television's Chief Operation Officer, Mr. Gleb Livshitz, "We are looking forward to more future collaborations with the local fashion and entertainment industry in the region to be featured on the channel for worldwide audiences."

The channel will debut with fashion-packed reality competition series Design Genius Season 2 showcasing up and coming designers Jack Leeson from Melbourne and Australian-Vietnamese designer Tung Fu. Top Australian talent agency Vivien Models, who shares the spotlight with the fashion industry's best, will be featured on Agencies Season 2.

For more information about Fashion Television, visit http://fashion.tv/.

(Craig's comment, looks like they were a little late in getting started)

Sky TV first-half profit falls 32pc as programme costs rise, subscribers fall

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11805231

Sky TV's subscriber numbers fell 5.2 per cent in the six months ended December 31.

Sky Network Television, which is awaiting a decision from the Commerce Commission on a proposed merger with Vodafone New Zealand, posted a 32 per cent drop in first-half profit as content costs increased, and revenue and subscriber numbers fell.

Profit slid to $59.3 million, or 15.24 cents per share, in the six months ended December 31, from $87.1m, or 22.38 cents, in the year earlier period, the Auckland-based company said in a statement. Revenue dropped 3.7 per cent to $458.2m while operating expenses gained 4.6 per cent to $308.3m.

Sky TV reiterated its forecast for earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation for the year ending June 30, 2017, to be 5 per cent to 7 per cent below the $296m forecast it gave last June, compared with ebitda of $325m last year. The company said today that ebitda in the first half of its financial year fell 17 per cent to $149.9m.

The pay-TV operator is looking to team up with telecommunications company Vodafone as it faces increased rivalry from online streaming video services such as Netflix and Spark New Zealand's Lightbox offering. Still, it retains rugby rights, which are seen as a linchpin in securing domestic viewers. Its costs to secure programming rights jumped 12 per cent to $181.6m in the first half, mostly due to higher costs to secure rugby rights and the 2016 Summer Olympics, while subscriber numbers fell 5.2 per cent to 816,135.

"This digital disruption has ... brought a massive increase in the supply of additional viewing options for consumers and spending options for advertisers. Yet without much increase in overall demand," said Sky TV chief executive John Fellet. "Since Sky has the lion's share of the New Zealand subscription television customers, it faces the biggest challenges."

The Commerce Commission is scheduled to release its decision on the merger tomorrow, and Fellet said that the regulator's decision will have a greater long-term impact on the value of a shareholder's investment in the company than today 's first-half earnings release.

Sky TV will pay a dividend of 15 cents per share on February 22, unchanged from the year earlier period.

Its shares last traded at $4.47, and have gained 8.3 pe rcent the past year.

TVNZ posts 6.2pc decline in first-half earnings, ad revenue falls

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11805474

The new TVNZ Breakfast Lineup. TVNZ posted a 6.2 per cent decline in first-half earnings as advertising revenue fell faster than operating costs.

Television New Zealand posted a 6.2 per cent decline in first-half earnings as advertising revenue fell faster than operating costs, which the state-owned broadcaster said was a creditable performance in a declining TV market.

Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, amortisation and changes in the value of financial instruments fell to $26.7 million from $28.5m a year earlier, the Auckland-based company said in a statement. Advertising revenue fell 5 per cent, or about $8.7m, to $159m while operating expenses dropped 5.4 per cent, or $8.1m, to $142m.

Chief executive Kevin Kenrick said TVNZ had outperformed the broader TV market by increasing its audience and revenue share in what he said was a period of unprecedented change for the media industry. New Zealand's television advertising revenue market fell by 8.4 percent in the first half.

The first-half performance gave him confidence TVNZ would achieve the full-year target set out in its 2017 statement of performance expectations, which the broadcaster's board is required to provide for its government shareholders.

That document shows an earnings before interest and tax target for the year ending June 30 of $9m, almost half of the $22.6m it achieved in 2016. It didn't give a projection for total shareholder returns for the 2017 year, having recorded a 31 per cent decline last year. Its return on programme investment, or operating margin, is projected to slip to 40.7 per cent from 42.4 per cent.

Kenrick said free-to-air television "continues to provide unrivalled daily reach compared to other media options" but increasingly audiences were "showing up online". TVNZ is planning to launch a new website shortly, offering live TV and on-demand viewing, it said.

"While the ongoing fragmentation of viewing audiences will continue to impact free-to-air audiences we expect the second half of the financial year will bring some certainty around the local market structure as the outcomes in relation to the mergers between Sky/Vodafone and NZME/Fairfax are determined," Kenrick said.

The Commerce Commission is scheduled to hold a briefing tomorrow morning on the Sky-Vodafone proposal.

BBC Earth readies India debut

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/02/21/bbc-earth-readies-its-india-debut/

March 6th will see the launch of the latest BBC channel to be exported to the sub-continent. BBC Earth, with the strap-line ‘Feel Alive’, is launching under Sony’s overall umbrella (Sony owns 74 perncent of the joint venture, with BBC Worldwide owning the balance).

Sony Pictures Networks India president Rohit Gupta says he is confident that the new channel will shake up the ‘general entertainment’ segment, helped by the BBC’s huge back library of high-quality programming.

The channel will compete with the likes of Discovery, Nat-Geo and History TV18. While the BBC launch means that its competitor channels will no longer have access to new licensing deals for content, it also comes when its competitors are also raising their local game. For example, Discovery is creating some 200 hours of local content this year. History TV18 is doing much the same as part of its drive towards localisation.


Good news for the region with the announcment of Jcsat 18 / Kacific-1! with KU & Ka band for the Pacific region

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Boeing Builds for SKY Perfect JSAT and Kacific Broadband Satellites

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=692671167

The largest satellite operator in Asia happens to be SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation with a fleet of 18 satellites and is Japan's only provider of multi-channel payTV broadcasting and SATCOM services.

Now the company and Kacific Broadband Satellites have procured JCSAT-18, a High Throughput Satellite (HTS) based on the Boeing 702 platform. The satellite will address a variety of increasing demands in the mobility and broadband market for SKY Perfect JSAT and a Kacific-1 high-speed Ka-band satellite payload for broadband Internet services to a number of countries in Southeast Asia.

To be built by Boeing, JCSAT-18 will carry a Ku and Ka-band HTS mission over Asia Pacific including Far East Russia as well as a traditional wide-beam mission over East Asia, in response to not only mobility and broadband demands but also government and cellular backhaul demands. The satellite is a condominium satellite shared with Kacific Broadband Satellites Pte. Ltd (Kacific), a Singapore-based satellite operator, that will operate Ka-band HTS satellite broadband services under the satellite name Kacific-1.

“This satellite will be a significant addition to Horizons 3e, another HTS satellite under construction.” Shinji Takada, President & CEO of SJC stated. “With this JCSAT-18, we are excited to continue serving our valued customers in various sectors by thriving in the region where market dynamics are changing rapidly.”

JCSAT-18/Kacific-1 is scheduled to launch in 2019. Since the 1980s, Boeing has built 10 satellites for the JSAT Corporation and Space Communications Corporation, both now part of SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation.

Kacific buying new satellite from Boeing

From http://www.itwire.com/strategy/76953-kacific-buying-new-satellite-from-boeing.html

Kacific Broadband Satellites has ordered its Kacific-1 satellite from Boeing after a successful US147 million capital raising from Australian retail investors to fund the satellite purchase as well as launch services, ground systems and all other project costs.

The Singapore-based satellite operator says to secure the funding it has signed 15 managed bandwidth wholesale agreements in 14 different countries for a total value of US$434 million.

The new satellite is based on the Boeing 702 satellite platform and will be shared with JCSAT-18, ordered by SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation.

The company says the satellite is designed to deliver uncontended broadband throughput via 57 Ka-band narrow beams, each having a capacity up to 1.25Gbps, with the highest signal power ever achieved in the region.

The beams are selectively tailored to cover precise pockets of demand in a geographically dispersed footprint of 20 Pacific and South East Asian nations and strategic positioning of the beams has enabled Kacific to sell capacity in 51 out of 57 beams so far, through take-or-pay contracts, with most beams exceeding 70 percent firm capacity bookings and several being almost saturated.

Christian Patouraux, Kacific CEO, says Kacific selected the Boeing 702 because it is a reliable High-Throughput Satellite platform delivering strong economics and a consistent high-quality connectivity across all service beams.

“We do pure play broadband. We focus on direct-to-premise. We precisely place capacity where it is most needed precisely place capacity. This will yield price points that will unleash internet participation and usage. With the launch of Kacific-1, in 2019, people in areas currently lacking affordable high speed internet will be able to access online education, healthcare and public services, and grow their local economies. Delivering internet speeds over 100 Mbps on low cost, small form factor terminals, will help connect the dots of South East Asia and the Pacific to the digital world.”

“Boeing is pleased Kacific has chosen our flight-proven scalable 702 satellite for its next-generation broadband satellite service,” said Mark Spiwak, president of Boeing Satellite Systems International.

“The capability and performance of the Boeing 702 satellite will enable Kacific to meet increasing demands for connectivity in the Asia-Pacific region, reaching new and underserved markets with reliable and cost-effective satellite internet services.”

“Driven by its entrepreneurial culture and early sales success in Asia-Pacific, Kacific is now expanding its model to other regions with plans for follow-on satellites,” Patouraux said.

NZ government contributes AU$2m to join Geoscience Australia's positioning project

From http://www.zdnet.com/article/nz-government-contributes-au2m-to-join-geoscience-australias-positioning-project/

The funding will be used to trial Satellite Based Augmentation System technology to improve the accuracy of positioning in Australasia.

The New Zealand government has made a AU$2 million contribution to help Australia improve the accuracy of satellite positioning technology in the region.

It is expected that the AU$2 million will be used to trial Satellite Based Augmentation System (SBAS) technology over two years, and will also see Land Information New Zealand; the New Zealand Transport Agency; the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment; the Ministry of Transport; and New Zealand Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI) work with Geoscience Australia, which has been charged with overseeing the project on behalf of the Australian government.

The funding from New Zealand follows the AU$12 million injection from the Australian government last month, awarded to help bolster the technology that it expects will provide benefits for many industries in the region, including transport, agriculture, construction, and resource management.

It was announced last week that United States defence giant Lockheed Martin, alongside Inmarsat and GMV, will be partaking in trials of the SBAS technology. The global giants will be testing two new satellite positioning technologies -- "next generation" SBAS and Precise Point Positioning -- which Geoscience Australia said provides positioning accuracy of several decimetres and five centimetres, respectively.

Currently, Australia relies on the Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) of other countries including the United States' Global Positioning System (GPS); however, these international systems typically give Australians positioning accuracy of five to 10 metres.

The SBAS test bed will also utilise existing national GNSS infrastructure developed by AuScope as part of the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy.

According to the government, the widespread adoption of improved positioning technology has the potential to generate upwards of AU$73 billion of value to Australia by 2030.

"From using Google Maps on your smartphone to emergency management and farming, most Australians use and benefit from positioning technology every day without realising it," Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester and Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matthew Canavan said in a joint statement.

In March, Geoscience Australia and the CRCSI will call for organisations from a number of industries including agriculture, aviation, construction, mining, maritime, road, spatial, and utilities to participate in the test bed.

The announcement comes after the Australian and New Zealand governments signed a treaty-level Science, Research, and Innovation Cooperation Agreement on Friday that will see both countries work together to tackle chronic disease and advance general health care, in addition to improving the accuracy and availability of GPS signals.

"This is the first treaty of its kind between our countries. It formalises what has been a naturally close and enduring partnership," said recently appointed Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Senator Arthur Sinodinos. "More importantly, it recognises the immense economic and social potential that merging our efforts and resources can bring to the region."

World's eye on NZ space industry progress

From https://www.odt.co.nz/regions/central-otago/worlds-eye-nz-space-industry-progress

Clyde Space business development manager Robin Sampson (left) and Centre for Space Science Technology establishment group member Jared Lewis hold a model CubeSat in Alexandra yesterday. PHOTO: JONO EDWARDS (FEB 16)
New Zealand's space industry is attracting international attention, according to a Scottish manufacturer of tiny cost-effective space satellites.

Robin Sampson, from Glasgow-based Clyde Space, was in Alexandra last week speaking to members of the Centre for Space Science Technology's (CSST) establishment group.

Mr Sampson said Clyde Space was one of the first companies to design and produce CubeSat technology when it was founded in 2005 and wanted to build on its relationship with the Alexandra-based centre for potential future collaboration.

At their smallest the instruments are 10cm10cm11.35cm and could be made for as little as $100,000, rather than traditional larger satellites that could cost up to $US20 million.

In November, $14.7 million of government funding was announced for the centre, which will use space-based measurements to aid New Zealand industries and eventually build and launch the country's first satellites.

Its opening date is planned for July 1.

Mr Sampson said CubeSats were a rapidly growing market.

Last week, 104 satellites were launched from India, in what its space agency claimed was the largest number ever launched simultaneously, and 96 of those were CubeSats, he said.

Mr Sampson's two-week trip was sponsored by the British High Commission to discuss technology and collaboration with New Zealand's space industry.

He also visited Auckland University and Rocket Lab in Auckland.

Clyde Space was involved in building Scotland's first satellite a few years ago, he said.

"So it will be awesome when New Zealand does the same.

"From my perspective there are a lot of similar needs that we have at home in Scotland in terms of access to space data. We're interested in trying to build that bridge.''

New Zealand's movements towards space technology and research had "definitely attracted a lot of attention internationally'', he said.

CSST establishment team member Jared Lewis said the centre's primary interest in CubeSat technology was around its low barrier of entry.

"It allows us to get into that industry. We also want to build that national capacity to launch them. No-one has built that operational capacity here yet.''

Bodeker Scientific director Greg Bodeker visited Clyde Space during the CSST proposal phase and the establishment group wanted to maintain that relationship, he said.

"We're looking to learn from everyone else about what worked for them.''

The centre would likely not launch satellites for another 18 months, but it would build and design them before that.

Thaicom 9 at risk of being scrapped in licence fee row

From http://www.bangkokpost.com/tech/local-news/1202101/thaicom-9-at-risk-of-being-scrapped-in-licence-fee-row

Thaicom Plc says it may ditch plans to launch the Thaicom 9 satellite if the government forces the country's sole satellite service provider to pay extra charges above the current annual licence fee.

The company is also seeking diversification into non-satellite, high-growth businesses to offset shrinking revenue from traditional satellite services, said chief financial officer Vuthi Asvasermcharoen.

"We might seek other alternatives, instead of launching our own satellite, if we cannot get approval from the Digital Economy and Society (DE) Ministry by year-end," he said.

The alternatives include either renting a coordinated orbital slot from satellite operators in other countries or finding a foreign strategic partner to co-provide services on the partner's satellite.

Several potential customers have expressed interested in renting Thaicom 9 on a long-term contract basis, said Mr Vuthi.

The government has given the DE Ministry by March to settle Thaicom's compensation case for its two licence-based satellites, Thaicom 7 and 8.

The DE Ministry and Thaicom are in talks for setting a new fee structure for the industry governing new satellites such as Thaicom 9, which is expected to be launched into orbit in 2019.

The government wants Thaicom to pay an annual concession fee of 20.5% of total revenue for its latest two satellites (Thaicom 7 and 8), a sharp increase from the 5.75% it currently pays under the licensing system.

Patompob Suwansiri, chief commercial officer of Thaicom, said the current license fee of 5.75% is already quite high when compared with neighbouring countries at over 1%.

"It's impossible for us to return to a concession fee of 22.5% now that competition in the satellite business is more intense in the liberalised era," he said.

Mr Vuthi said Thaicom is expected to see flat revenue growth this year due mainly to the expiry of a contract with the Australian government to rent Thaicom's broadband satellite on its national broadband network, the termination of another contract with TOT Plc on a broadband satellite rental agreement and the shutdown of operations and services of pay-TV operator CTH.

Wilailuck Chulewatanakul, permanent secretary of the DE Ministry, said the ministry's working panel for space policy development expects to settle the compensation payment issue for Thaicom 7 and 8 by March.

The panel will submit its conclusions to the DE Minister for consideration, which would then be sent to the cabinet for approval, she said.

Thaicom holds a satellite concession under the Information and Communication Technology Ministry (the former name of the DE Ministry). The concession is due to expire in 2021.

Thaicom operates three satellites under a concession regime: Thaicom 4 or iPSTAR, a broadband satellite; Thaicom 5 and Thaicom 6, both of which are broadcasting satellites.

Thaicom 7 was launched into orbit in 2012 and has operated since 2014. Thaicom 8 was launched into orbit in May 2016. These two satellites operate under a single licence from the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission, which requires only 5.75% license fee payment to NBTC.

"Thaicom 7 and 8 must return to the old concession system instead of the licensing regime," said Ms Wilailuck.

Next Step, Fox Networks launch ‘Good TV’ pay TV

From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/news/Startup_and_IT/30306634

NEXT STEP Television and Fox Networks yesterday jointly announced a satellite pay-TV service called Good TV, aiming to lure customers with an affordable package of Bt300 a month.

It is Next Step’s latest move of to tap into the satellite-platform pay-TV market, which has an estimated 2 million subscribers among the country’s 23 million households.

Amornphat Chomrat, managing director of Next Step, said the company saw a huge opportunity in Thailand’s satellite pay-TV market. Satellite networks have wide coverage at relatively low cost, while there is no pay-TV service provider for the middle-mass market with good content at an affordable price, where Good TV is positioning itself.

“The main target market is Bangkok and large cities nationwide,” Amornphat said.

The company’s key business strategy is to get households that already have a Ku-band satellite dish, which number around 6 million, to subscribe to Good TV. The programmes are broadcast via the Intelsat network to its encrypted set-top box. Existing Ku-band satellite dishes can be easily converted to work with the Good TV set-top box by adding some equipment, which is provided by the company.

By the end of 2017, the company aims to have between 50,000 a|nd 100,000 subscribers, before jumping to between 200,000 and 300,000 subscribers in 2018, and 400,000-500,000 in 2019.

Amornphat said the company would spend Bt30 million on marketing this year. At first it will mainly target households that already have a compatible dish, and will later aim to recruit new audiences that have never had a satellite-TV dish.

Good TV is a rebranding of FreeView HD, which began offering a satellite TV service two years ago. Around 100,000 users could be migrated to Good TV through an incentive package.

Good TV offers two packages, called Silver and Gold. The Silver package has no monthly fee; subscribers just pay a one-time service fee for the satellite dish and set-top box. Meanwhile the Gold package costs Bt300 per month on top of the first-time fee.

The first-time service fee is Bt2,990 for users who already have a satellite dish, and Bt3,990 for the whole set of satellite dish and set-top box.

During the promotion period, all prices will be discounted by Bt400. In addition, the Bt300 Gold package fee will be waived for three months.

Amornphat believes that customers will subscribe to pay TV if it offers good content. He said Good TV was designed with three good things: good content, good signal, and good price.

At its launch, 24 of Good TV’s 57 channels are in full high-definition format. Customers will get content from Fox Networks included Fox Thai HD, Fox Family Movie HD, Fox Crime HD, FX HD, Star World HD, Star Chinese Movies HD, Nat Geo Wild HD, and Baby TV HD, as well as documentary channels from Next Step such as MySci HD, NHK World, and Franc 24.

“The official full content from Fox Networks will start on March 1. We will add more high-definition channels by June to bring the total number of HD channels to 50, up from 24 HD channels at the first launch,” Amornphat said.

MR Rujayarak Abhakorn, vice president and territory head of |Fox Networks Group (Thailand), said Fox also saw a good opportunity in satellite pay TV in Thailand, especially when partnering with Next Step to provide content for Good TV subscribers.

China to launch first high-throughput communications satellite in April

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/China_to_launch_first_high_throughput_communications_satellite_in_April_999.html

Shijian-18 will be put into orbit by a Long March-5 carrier rocket in June, and will test the DFH-5 satellite platform.

China plans to launch Shijian-13, its first high-throughput communications satellite, in April, the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST) said Friday.

The 4.6-tonne satellite, with a message capacity of more than 20 GB, will be carried into orbit by a Long March-3B carrier rocket, according to the CAST.

An increase in satellite throughput will provide better access to the Internet on planes and high-speed trains, said Wang Min, deputy head of the CAST's Institute of Telecommunication Satellite.

For the first time, a large number of domestic components have been used on a communications satellite with an orbital life of 15 years, Wang said. It is also the first time electric propulsion has been used on a Chinese satellite.

Shijian-13 has been transported to the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province. After completing in-orbit technical tests, it will be designated as Zhongxing-16.

In 2017, China plans to launch six communications satellites, including Shijian-13 and Shijian-18.

Shijian-18 will be put into orbit by a Long March-5 carrier rocket in June, and will test the DFH-5 satellite platform, Wang said.

India's satellite launch ramps up space race but China ahead in Space technology: Chinese Media

From http://www.newsnation.in/science-news/india-s-satellite-launch-ramps-up-space-race-but-china-ahead-in-space-technology-chinese-media-article-162034.html

Chinese officials said on Monday that India has done a better job than China in prompting low cost satellite launch technology which could prompt Beijing to fast-track commercialization of its rockets laucnhes to compete in the world's growing satellite market.

India's satellite launch ramps up space race but China ahead in Space technology: Chinese Media

India's recent record satellite launch has recieved praises from all across the world including neighbouring country China.

Chinese officials said on Monday that India has done a better job than China in prompting low cost satellite launch technology which could prompt Beijing to fast-track commercialisation of its rockets laucnhes to compete in the world's growing satellite market.

"The launch indicated that India can send commercial satellites into space at lower costs, giving the country's competitiveness in the global race for the burgeoning commercial space businesses," Global Times quoted Zhang Yonghe, director with the new technology department of the Shanghai Engineering Centre for Microsatellites.

"In 2014, India became the fourth country to successfully send a spacecraft to orbit Mars, signalling a regional rivalry with China which suffered a failure in its Mars mission in 2012," a Global Times report said.

While praising the record launch as "India's triumph", it said "with respect to the research and development of both military and commercial rocket launch services, India lags behind China, the US and Russia".

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Wednesday launched record 104 satellites from its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle.

Hughes India looks to invest $500M to set up satellite systems

From http://tech.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/corporate/hughes-india-looks-to-invest-500m-to-set-up-satellite-systems/57242998

Hughes India is willing to invest up to $500 million in India to set up satellite systems that could help in areas such as education and healthcare by reducing the cost of high-speed broadband Internet connectivity.

Last year, the government gave in-principle approval for ground segment of a GSAT-11 spacecraft.

Last year, the government gave in-principle approval for ground segment of a GSAT-11 spacecraft.
Satellite communications company Hughes India is willing to invest up to $500 million (approx 3,350 crore) in India to set up satellite systems that could help in areas such as education and healthcare by reducing the cost of high-speed broadband Internet connectivity.

“The market for satcom (satellite communications) is the one that cannot be served by WiFi. Even in developed countries like the US, about 10% of households will never have access through terrestrial technology like fibre or wireless...This last 10% unserved or underserved we've been trying to develop technology using satcom to serve this population,“ Pradman Kaul, president of Hughes Network Systems told ET.

The high cost of satellite broadband is seen as an impediment to adoption, but prices could come down if private players are allowed to set up satellites, taking the load off the sole supplierthe Department of Space.

“Economically, we have been charging customers a base rate of $50-60 a month and this provides a certain number of gigabits and capacity, pretty comparable to terrestrial technologies,“ Kaul said.

Another hurdle to the large scale adoption of the technology in India has been the lack of implementation of the satcom policy, which has been in place since the year 2000, but has not granted approval to any private player so far.

“The policy isn't a hurdle as both the FDI and the Satcom policy allows Indian registered companies with FDI to establish and operate satellites in India. A company interested in setting up a satellite system must also obtain permission from the Department of Space. However, till date, no one has been granted permission under this policy but we are hopeful our proposal will be favourably considered,“ said Kaul.

Hughes India looks to invest $500M to set up satellite systems
Last year, the government gave in-principle approval for the ground segment of a GSAT-11 spacecraft at a cost of Rs 1,117 crore, which can be used for services such as broadband and VSATs, especially in rural areas. The satellite is targeted for launch this year.

Indian Space Research Organisation chairman AS Kiran Kumar said last year that India's space capacity of 34 working satellites is barely half of what the country needs and is severely limited to meet increasing demands from the Centre.

It is here that players like Hughes see an opportunity for themselves. Department of Space, which gives permissions for satellite communications operations, is also an operator of satcom services, could be one of the reasons why permissions under the policy have been approved slowly.


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东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,NewsTime 24x7(MPEG-4)频道开播,设置3756 H 13333参数免费接收。 [2月19日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,King TV替换Azad TV(巴基斯坦)频道,设置4146 H 5317参数免费接收。 [2月19日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Aath(印度)频道解密,设置3752 V 9300参数免费接收。 [2月19日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,龙祥时代、凤凰香港(MPEG-4)等4个频道消失,设置12731 V 30000参数无效接收。 [2月19日]
东经38度轨道位置的巴星1R号卫星C频段,Bol News HD(巴基斯坦)等全组频道改频率,设置3787 H 29500参数免费接收。 [2月19日]

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Cartoon(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置11559 V 22000参数无效接收。 [2月18日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,NBT 2(泰国)频道新增,设置4002 V 2020参数有条件接收。 [2月18日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Apostolic Oneness Network(RRSat)频道消失,设置3769 H 13333参数无效接收。 [2月18日]

东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,宣传(高清)频道新增,设置3700 V 30000参数免费接收。 [2月17日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Royal、Shuud HD(高清)频道改格式,设置12690 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [2月17日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的印星4B号卫星C频段,DD North East(印度)等2个频道新增,设置3850 H 4250参数免费接收。 [2月17日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Tehelka News替换E News(印度)频道,设置3700 V 4166参数免费接收。 [2月17日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,SCM Legend HD(高清)频道新增,设置3980 V 29720参数有条件接收。 [2月17日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Sony BBC Earth(标清)频道新增,设置4180 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [2月17日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Prabhatam News频道RT Movies(印度)新增,设置4040 H 7500参数免费接收。 [2月17日]
东经83度位置印星4A号星C频段,Naxatra News、Multiplex替换Vision TV Shiksha(印度)等频道,设置4054 H 13230参数免费接收。 [2月17日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,D Gold+、D Lite(GlobeCast)频道开播,设置3760 H 26000参数免费接收。 [2月17日]


Telstra learns from Optus EPL mistakes as streaming content battle heats up

From http://www.afr.com/technology/afr20techtelstravsoptusstreaming--20170217-guftjv

Telstra chief executive Andy Penn has pledged to avoid Optus' controversial English Premier League football strategy of forcing fans to become telecommunications customers to watch its coverage, as it ups the ante on streaming content as a competitive weapon.

Telstra and Optus are increasingly turning to TV-style content as a way to differentiate their services, with sports rights the most high profile example, but Mr Penn said this didn't mean that fans should be held to ransom and made to switch long term contracts in order to watch their favourite sports.

Telstra's media revenue was a bright spot in an underwhelming half yearly results announcement last week, with its Telstra TV, BigPond Movies and sport and music subscriptions performing strongly. It has digital rights to AFL, NRL and Australian netball, whereas Optus has invested heavily to secure the rights to the exclusive rights to the EPL and some digital-only Australian cricket rights.

Optus has refused to disclose the number of people watching its football coverage, but it has struggled badly to capture the affections of local fans since it controversially decided to lock out millions of Australian by insisting that only customers on either a home broadband or postpaid Optus mobile account could access its coverage.

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Mr Penn told The Australian Financial Review that as Telstra secured content, it would make it free to Telstra customers, while charging customers of other telcos to watch its coverage.

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"I am not going to create a system where I block access to great content, which I know is really important to Australians, just because they are not a Telstra customer," Mr Penn said.

"Of course we make it more attractive if you are a Telstra customer by making it free and unmetered data, but we don't stop AFL fans from getting access to the content if they are not our customers, our approach is different to theirs [Optus] and it is certainly a point of difference for us."

Mr Penn said the importance of sports rights, and streaming services such as Netflix, Stan and Foxtel Play was growing considerably, and now represented the biggest driver of traffic on its networks.

He said consumers could expect to see more content deals appear as part of bundled packages as the National Broadband Network means it is no longer able to compete for home internet customers based on the superior quality of its network infrastructure.

"Customers want to watch what they want, where they want and at the time they want. Really the only things that are getting watched live now are sport and news, everything else is streamed and downloaded," Mr Penn said.

"Therefore the relationship between media and telecommunications has become more intimate as a consequence and it makes a lot of sense for us to look to bundle in the best content."

Optus has consistently defended its controversial approach to its EPL rights after spending a staggering $63 million a year for three years to show the competition in Australia, saying it has been vindicated by increased subscriber numbers.

However fans have been dismayed by regular technical problems and delays with its live coverage, bizarre editorial decisions that give away the results of matches before viewers can watch them on its apps and the fact that a large proportion of matches are not available on-demand.

Media reports late last year suggested that Australian viewing figures for the EPL were down since Optus took over the rights from Foxtel. For live coverage in the small hours of the morning, Foxtel achieved figures of over 100,000 for the most popular games last season, but Optus refused to tell The Financial Review if it was keeping pace.

When asked why it continued to display photographs of goal scorers from matches on the homepage of its apps, despite fans complaining that it ruins the experience of trying to watch matches "as live" on demand, an Optus spokeswoman said it was a deliberate editorial decision made by "experienced editorial staff who are football fans."

"Every Goal From Overnight is one of the most popular sections of the Optus Sports app. Our experienced content producers have taken an editorial decision to include imagery that excites and engages fans and as a result this is some of the most consumed content on Optus Sport," the spokeswoman said.

Spark's legal fight against Sky/Vodafone

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11804082

Spark New Zealand is seeking a court order for a short-term pause if the proposed Sky TV/Vodafone NZ merger gets the green light from the Commerce Commission.

In a statement to the NZX today, Spark said it are seeking a court ruling for a stay in the event the Commerce Commission clears the merger this week.

The move comes after Sky TV last week said it won't delay a planned merger with Vodafone New Zealand for a few days to allow for appeals if the deal gets regulatory approval next week.

The Commerce Commission is scheduled to make a decision on the deal on February 23, with the companies set to create the country's largest telecommunications and media group, with Sky TV buying Vodafone NZ for $3.44 billion, funded by a payment of $1.25b in cash and the issue of new Sky TV shares at a price of $5.40 per share. Vodafone becomes a 51 percent majority shareholder in Sky TV, in what amounts to a reverse takeover. The pay-TV operator will borrow $1.8b from Vodafone to fund the purchase, repay existing debt and use for working capital.

Spark's general manager of regulatory affairs John Wesley-Smith said a short pause would provide "breathing space" to assess legal options and background on the decision.

"This is a question of natural justice: to allow Sky and Vodafone to push ahead with the merger without this breathing space would likely mean the merger would already have been effected, and be difficult to unwind, before opposing parties have had a chance to view the detailed reasoning underlying the Commission's decision," he said.

Wesley-Smith said Spark was among other parties who wrote to Sky and Vodafone last week asking for a voluntary agree to a pause in the event the merger gets clearance.

"Sky and Vodafone rejected our requests, so we feel we are left with no choice but to seek a High Court ruling on the matter," he said.

Simon Moutter, chief executive, said Spark objects to the merger on the grounds that it would restrict access to popular sports coverage, and that an effective wholesale regime is necessary to prevent the monopoly position shifting into another market, he said.

"With the merger approved, we think New Zealanders will have fewer choices on how to consume the sport they want available from one company," Moutter said. "If the merger's not approved, then Sky will be highly incentivised to work with all broadband companies to produce a range of sporting products and bundles that can be delivered in a new way across everyone's services and New Zealanders will be far better off and so will Sky in our view," Moutter said.

A meeting is scheduled with at the High Court in Auckland at 10am on Wednesday

Eutelsat: 1,000 HD channels

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/02/20/eutelsat-1000-hd-channels/

Satellite operator Eutelsat has reached the symbolic landmark of 1,000 High Definition channels with the launch at Eutelsat’s HOTBIRD neighbourhood of CGTN HD, the news and current affairs channel of China’s CCTV media organisation, marking its first foray into HDTV in Europe. The 240 HD channels launched in 2016 equal the total number launched during the previous two years.

The upwards curve of HD take-up was particularly strong at Eutelsat’s flagship HOTBIRD position where HD channels increased by 25 per cent to 250, now accounting for almost one in four channels in the HOTBIRD line-up. This dynamic is driven by three key trends:

•Progressive HD adoption by public broadcasters including RAI that has transitioned nine channels to HD and CCTV that launched three channels
•New premium pay-TV content in flagship platforms including Sky Italia, Polsat, nc+ and Nova
•A wave of new free-to-air channels that include Euronews HD and Al Jazeera English

With almost 150 HD channels (up 40 per cent in one year), of which 100 are exclusive, the 7/8° West position hosted by Eutelsat and Nilesat satellites leads the transition to HD in the Middle East and North Africa. Free-to-air channels in HD now outnumber pay, with strong brands launched exclusively at this neighbourhood including five channels launched by Kuwait TV and Echourouk News HD, the 24/7 Algerian news channel.

Eutelsat satellites at 36° East that serve Russian and African markets clocked 14 additional HD channels over the last 12 months, rising to 114 HD channels. Russia’s leading NTV+ and Tricolor platforms each broadcast around 40 channels, to which can be added 32 HD channels broadcast to homes in Siberia from 56° East. In Africa, MultiChoice Africa and Zap are in the vanguard of HD, broadcasting 16 and 17 channels respectively and underscoring the trend towards higher resolution in Africa’s TV market.

“2016 marked a tipping point for High Definition TV across our portfolio of video neighbourhoods, culminating in a new landmark of 1,000 channels, many of which are exclusive to Eutelsat,” noted Michel Azibert, Commercial and Development Director at Eutelsat. “We are fully equipped to accommodate this accelerating pace and to work closely with broadcasters as they transition to an enhanced viewing experience,” he added.

Rights holders, search engines partner to combat piracy

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/02/20/rights-holders-search-engines-partner-to-combat-piracy/

A first-of-its kind initiative aimed at reducing the availability of infringing content accessed through online search has been agreed in the UK between representatives of rights holders (BPI, Motion Picture Association and Alliance for Intellectual Property representing a wide range of rights holders); and major search engines (Google and Bing).

Following a Government-chaired series of roundtables, a voluntary code of practice will kick-start collaboration between the parties to demote links to websites that are dedicated to infringing content for consumers in the UK. The code will accelerate the demotion of illegal sites following notices from rights holders, and establishes ongoing technical consultation, increased co-operation and information sharing to develop and improve on the process. It will also enable new practices to be adopted where needed.

The parties want to work together toward ensuring consumers have easy access to legal content and are not being inadvertently led to the infringing websites which proliferate online and risk to expose them to malware. A core aim is to ensure that users who are looking for legitimate content are much less likely to get presented with links to infringing content. There will also be collaboration to improve autocomplete suggestions which can lead users to infringing search results.

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has led the discussions, with the assistance of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). Ofcom has supported the discussions by examining in detail the way that search results are presented to internet users, and the group has explored possible techniques and metrics that can help UK consumers avoid illegitimate content more easily.

This agreement will run in parallel with existing anti-piracy measures aimed at reducing online infringement. These include court-ordered site blocking, work with brands to reducing advertising on illegal sites and the Get it Right from a Genuine Site consumer education campaign, which encourages fans to value the creative process and directs them to legal sources of content.

“Successful and dynamic online innovation requires an ecosystem that works for everyone – users, technology companies, and artists and creators,” declared Geoff Taylor, Chief Executive BPI and BRIT Awards. “BPI has long campaigned for search engines to do more to ensure fans are directed to legal sources for music or other entertainment. There is much work still to do to achieve this. The Code will not be a silver bullet fix, but it will mean that illegal sites are demoted more quickly from search results and that fans searching for music are more likely to find a fair site.”

“This initiative is a world-first. We are grateful for the support from UK Government both for this code and for the “Get It Right” campaign that encourages fans to support the artists they love. We look forward to working with Google, Microsoft and our partners across the creative industries to build a safer, better online environment for creators and fans.”

“Pirate websites are currently much too easy to find via search, so we appreciate the parties’ willingness to try to improve that situation,” commented Stan McCoy, President & Managing Director, Motion Picture Association EMEA. “We look forward to working on this initiative alongside many other approaches to fighting online piracy, such as the ‘Get it Right’ campaign that aims to help educate consumers about the many ways to enjoy film and television content legally and at the time of their choosing. We are grateful for the Government’s involvement and support on this issue.”

“The Alliance has been present throughout the discussions and has consistently made the case for a collaborative process that works for all rights holders and creators and starts to help the UK’s intellectual property generators to promote and sell their works without unfair competition,” stated Eddy Leviten, Director General, Alliance for IP. “Whilst there is still a lot of work ahead I would like to thank Ministers, past and present, and officials at the IPO, DCMS and Ofcom for their help in getting us to this crucial stage.”

Research from the IPO found that 15 per cent of Internet users – 6.7 UK Internet users – are still accessing copyright infringing content. The three-month period from March to May 2016 saw copies of films, TV programmes and music tracks accessed 24 million, 27 million and 78 million times respectively from illegal sources online.

Since 2011, when it began its programme of notifications to search engines to remove links to infringing content in their search results, the BPI has sent over 450 million notices to Microsoft’s Bing (183,333,358) and Google (274,807,342) combined. Such notices are critical for removal of infringing content, and will continue to play a critical role in the parties’ efforts to demote content.

Premier League piracy crackdown

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/02/17/premier-league-piracy-crackdown/

Three suppliers of pre-loaded IPTV boxes that facilitate mass piracy of Premier League football broadcasts have been ordered to pay a total of £267,000 (€311,230) by the Courts for infringing copyright.

The three sellers of pre-loaded IPTV boxes ordered to pay costs are:

•Football for Pubs Limited (based in Liverpool) was ordered by the High Court to cease the sale of the illegal devices and pay costs of £90,000;
•Pub Entertainment Systems (based in Royston, Hertfordshire) was ordered by the High Court to cease the sale of the illegal devices and pay costs of £77,000;
•Neosat was ordered to cease the sale of the illegal devices and pay costs totalling £100,000.

In a statement, Neosat said it recommended landlords to opt for Sky and/or BT to ensure that they were fully-compliant with all copyright laws. “Lastly, Neosat urges traders to take notice of the new laws and to withdraw their services rather than placing landlords at risk of prosecution,” it added.

These actions are part of a wide-ranging and sustained Premier League campaign to protect its copyright, the investment in its rights from Sky and BT and the benefits they bring across English football and beyond, and support the individuals and pubs that broadcast our matches the right way.

The High Court injunctions and orders to pay costs for the three suppliers follow a case in December 2016 that saw a seller of similar devices jailed for four years.

The Premier League also supported UK intellectual property protection body FACT (Federation Against Copyright Theft) in its recent raids of several IPTV box suppliers across the North-West of England that led to five people being arrested.

The focus of the Premier League’s protection of its copyright is not only sellers of IPTV boxes but also pubs that ignore warnings and broadcast matches on unauthorised foreign channels.

Pubs from Liverpool, London and Croydon are among 10 that have paid a total of £93,000 in costs for infringing copyright with unauthorised broadcasts of Premier League football.

A Premier League Spokesman said the actions were part of the largest anti-piracy campaign the Premier League has conducted to protect its copyright, and the investment from its UK live broadcasters Sky Sports and BT Sport.

“Like other sports and creative industries our model is predicated on the ability to market and sell rights and protect our intellectual property. It is because of this that clubs can invest in and develop talented players, build world class stadiums, and support young people in schools and communities across the country – all things that fans enjoy and wider society benefits from,” he added.

“These injunctions and costs orders, and the recent supplier of IPTV boxes sent to jail for four years, provide further evidence to consumers and the pub trade that the sale of these devices is illegal,” he concluded.

The latest pubs are:
1.Lord Warden, Liverpool – ordered by the High Court to pay £20,000 in costs
2.Old Fox and Hounds, Croydon – agreed to pay £5,300 in costs
3.Sandpiper, Washington – ordered by the High Court to pay at least £15,000 in costs
4.New Inn, Romford – agreed to pay £8,200 in costs
5.Prince of Wales, London – ordered by the High Court to pay £11,000 in costs
6.Fox and Hounds, Reading – agreed to pay £8,800 in costs
7.New Inn, Shipley – agreed to pay £5,100 in costs
8.Glebe Sports Club, Whickham – agreed to pay £7,900 in costs
9.Pride of Pimlico, London – agreed to pay £5,400 in costs
10.The New Inn, Maidenhead – agreed to pay £6,000 in costs


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update


The Shopping channel has left Freeview NZ (Optus D1)

New stuff Apstar 7 76.5E 3740V 30000 DVB S2 8PSK Fec 3/4

Sid 1 Vpid 500 (H264) Apid 700 (AAC ADTS) "1" showing Fashion TV HD version FTA

Sid 3578 Vpid 2470 (H264) Apid 2471 "Fashion TV" SD version FTA

Sid 1102 Vpid 121 (Hevc) Apid 122 (eng AAC ADTS) "FTVUHD.COM" Showing Fashion TV UHD FTA

Friday feeds

Asiasat 5 3700 V Sr 30000 "BEVRT09" NATO feeds

Asiasat 5 3707 H Sr 7120 "WSHT E56" Ice Hockey Highlights

Asiasat 5 3725 H Sr 7200 "enc10" Ice Skating

From my Email


From the Dish

Palapa D 113.0E 3627 H "Madani TV" is back on , Fta. Akhyar TV has left again.
Palapa D 113.0E 4014 V "Layar Desa TV" has started on , Fta.

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 4148 V "Macau Satellite TV, Macau Asia Satellite TV and Kungfu Satellite TV" have left .

Measat 3 91.5E 3814 V "Sky Racing 1" is now encrypted.

Measat 3a 91.4E 4147 H "Pepsi MTV Indies" is Fta.

Horizons 2 84.8E 11920 H El TR has left .

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3505 V "Variety Hit" has left .
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3585 V MV TV Channel, Five Channel, Major Channel Asian and Modern India TV have left.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 3800 H "ChalermKrung TV" has started on , BISS.
Thaicom 6 78.5E 4120 H "Zee Nung" has started on , Fta.

ABS 2 75.0E 11853 V "World Fashion Channel Russia" has started on , Fta.
ABS 2 75.0E 11913 V "Shopping Live" is now encrypted.
ABS 2 75.0E 12153 V "Shop & Show" is now encrypted.
ABS 2 75.0E 12524 H "Apostolic Oneness Network" has left .

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3791 H "Mubu TV" has started on , Fta

From asiatvro site

东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星Ku频段,中天新闻(高清)频道消失,设置12511 V 2400参数无效接收。 [2月17日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,国家地理悠人(高清)频道新增,设置3840 H 29720参数有条件接收。 [2月17日]
东经38度轨道位置的巴星1R号卫星C频段,Oxygen TV(巴基斯坦)等频道消失,设置3818 V 6200参数无效接收。 [2月17日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Food Network(高清)频道改格式,设置12629 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [2月17日]

东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,Test CA1、Test CA2(测试)频道消失,设置11758 V 45000参数无效接收。 [2月16日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-4、天津卫视(高清)频道改格式,设置11101 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [2月16日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Kids(印度)频道开播,设置12482 H 4680参数免费接收。 [2月16日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Travel TV(高清)频道改格式,设置12272 H 33333参数有条件接收。 [2月16日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Zee Cafe(高清)频道加密,设置4088 V 4650参数有条件接收。 [2月16日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,ETV Erdenet Turs(蒙古)等2个频道加密,设置12272 H 33333参数有条件接收。 [2月16日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,HBO Hits、CNN(MPEG-4)等全组频道加密,设置3880 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [2月16日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Fashion TV UHD(4K)频道新增,设置3740 V 30000参数免费接收。 [2月16日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Nomin Erdenet Tu(Ddish TV)等2个频道新增,设置12272 H 33333参数免费接收。 [2月16日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星C频段,台湾综合台、凯亚电视(台亚卫星)等3个频道消失,设置3700 V 33000参数无效接收。 [2月16日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Xyz(印度)频道新增,设置3949 H 3673参数免费接收。 [2月16日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,Sony Gem(高清)频道新增,设置4120 V 29720参数有条件接收。 [2月16日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Bangladesh Channel(RRSat Global)频道新增,设置3769 H 13333参数免费接收。 [2月16日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Fashion TV(法国)等2个频道新增,设置3740 V 30000参数免费接收。 [2月16日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,Work Shop HD(高清)频道加密,设置11639 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [2月16日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,Zee Nung替换T News TV(泰国)频道,设置4120 H 30000参数免费接收。 [2月16日]


AFL Live's 7-inch streaming puts Foxtel first, fans second

From https://www.cnet.com/au/news/afl-live-app-small-screen-telstra-broadcast-rights/

A byzantine division of streaming rights has limited the AFL Live app to a 7-inch screen for live matches, with "big screen" rights still owned by Foxtel and Channel Seven.

If you're an AFL Live subscriber, get used to the small screen. Due to a careful division of rights between Seven, Foxtel and Telstra, AFL Live app users are limited to a screen size of 7 inches for every live match, even if they're streaming on a larger device.

As the 2017 season kicked off with a Collingwood vs. Essendon practice match on Thursday night, irate fans took to Twitter to vent. Photos started to pour in of the game streaming on tablet screens of a small image surrounded by a black border.

The AFL responded to its fans, some of whom assumed the sizable black borders were a technical fault, by confirming that the live-streamed picture size was capped at 7 inches due to the new broadcast agreement which will run from 2017 to 2022.

The six-year, AU$2.5 billion deal brokered in 2015 divided the broadcast rights between Foxtel, Channel Seven and Telstra. Under the deal, Channel Seven has HD free-to-air broadcast rights, Foxtel holds TV broadcast rights for every match and Telstra retains rights for all hand-held devices, IPTV and the club digital network.

"With the AFL and NRL we have the exclusive standalone mobile rights, which enables us to have a screen size of 7 inches up to a total screen size of 12 inches, so basically on the iPad Pro. Obviously the big screen rights are with Foxtel and Fox Sports," said Joe Pollard, Telstra's group executive and chief marketing officer, in a briefing earlier this week.

The problem was in the fine print.

From the AFL Live app's terms of service:

Telstra's agreement with the AFL restricts the display of live match videos to the a [sic] 7 inch screen size. Match highlights and match replays are available for viewing in full screen size 12 hours after the match conclusion.

While Telstra, and by extension the AFL app, can broadcast in up to 12 inches, the app was limited to 7 inches for any live broadcast. That 12-inch screen size comes into play 12 hours after the live broadcast for on-demand content and replays. The AFL Live app is free to Telstra customers, but it'll otherwise run subscribers at least AU$4.99 for a weekly pass.

A Telstra spokesperson confirmed that "live match video on mobiles and tablets will be a maximum of seven inches diagonally. There is no restriction on the image size for match replays and highlights 12 hours after the match conclusion. For the 2017 season, Telstra mobile customers get free premium access to watch every AFL game live and data-free. Image sizes appearing on mobiles and tablets is included in the terms of use on the AFL live official app."

The iOS app has also blocked Airplay mirroring, so there's no streaming from your iPad to TV for the big-screen experience, which would put it firmly under the purview of Foxtel, who hold "big-screen" broadcast rights. This season's matches will also be available for stream on Foxtel's Go and Play apps with no screen size restrictions.

The division of rights draws firm lines between mobile and traditional broadcast, with Seven and Foxtel clinging to the rights to show games on your TV. With Telstra recently pushing its mobile sport offerings and Foxtel's tumultuous time with sport rights in 2016, the squeeze is on.

AFL did not respond to request for comment.

Sky-Vodafone merger decision looms

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11802542

Vodafone and Sky are due to discover in days whether they will be allowed to join forces and create a formidable pay TV and telco provider.

New Zealand's competition regulator has been wading through hundreds of pages of arguments on the deal, which would combine Vodafone's mobile and fixed telecommunication networks with Sky's dominant position in the pay TV market.

If approved by the Commerce Commission, the merger would mean the combined business could offer consumers enticing bundles of Sky TV and Vodafone's internet and mobile services.

However, those opposed to the deal believe it will reduce competition in the telco market, which is not allowed under the Commerce Act.

The merger would see Sky TV buy Vodafone NZ for $3.44 billion, funded by a payment of $1.25b in cash and the issue of new Sky TV shares at a price of $5.40 per share. Vodafone would in turn become a 51 per cent majority shareholder in Sky TV, in what amounts to a reverse takeover.

Sky would then borrow $1.8b from Vodafone to fund the purchase, repay existing debt and for working capital.

Vodafone chief executive Russell Stanners would head the merged business.

The Commission released a letter in November which raised concerns about the merger, and the potential for competition issues in the telco market.

The new company would have substantial market power by virtue of its portfolio content, which included rights to live rugby, the commission said.

The merger would also make buying Sky on a standalone basis relatively less attractive than buying it in a bundle, resulting in customers switching from rival telcos.

The commission was further concerned that rivals would not be able to offer bundles that included Sky.

"As a result of the above, one or more rivals may lose customers to such an extent that they no longer provide an effective constraint in a telecommunications market, allowing the merged entity to profitably raise prices of a telecommunications service above levels that would prevail in the counter-factual," the regulator said.

In response, Vodafone said the commission's concerns were unfounded, arguing that the merger would need to result in "monumental change" in telecommunications markets to risk substantially lessening competition.

It said New Zealand's telecommunications markets were highly competitive, and adding Sky TV into the mix would not substantially drive the uptake of broadband or mobile services.

"Even if this were the case, the merged entity will (and will be incentivised to) offer wholesale Sky and retail standalone Sky," Vodafone said.

"Existing and potential market participants will not, in any case, be driven below competitive scale. The market will remain as competitive as ever."

It further pointed out that other telcos also sold broadband packages, such as Spark offering Lightbox and Spotify, and Trustpower's electricity bundles.

In its response, Sky argued that rival telecommunications companies would provide an effective competitive constraint on the merged entity.

"The Commission's theory of harm, under which the merged entity drives so many customers away from rival telecommunications providers that they are no longer able to provide an effective constraint on the merged entity, does not hold," the company said.

It added that it would continue to have incentives to sell its pay TV service as a standalone product.

"However, even putting those incentives aside, rival telecommunications providers do not, and will not, need access to the premium live sports rights held by Sky in order to effectively compete in New Zealand's telecommunications markets," the company said.

"Any changes in New Zealand's telecommunications market shares that could result from the proposed transaction will not be of a magnitude that could be described as a substantial lessening of competition."

Spark and 2Degrees have formally opposed the merger, saying the deal would adversely affect consumers as a result of creating a company willing and able to use premium live sports content to stifle competition.

Concerns have also been raised by TVNZ, the Telecommunications Users Association of New Zealand, InternetNZ, Trustpower and others.

Earlier this week, Spark, Trustpower and InternetNZ asked the firms to hold off completing the merger for a few days, should they gain the Commerce Commission's approval. They wanted time to weigh up the decision and lodge an appeal.

Spark chief executive Simon Moutter said if the deal was approved, it would have "a profound impact on the industry structure and industry playing field" and would warrant a "meaningful" response.

Sky rejected the request, saying it did not see "any proper basis for seeking an interim stay from the courts".

"Sky has full confidence in the New Zealand Commerce Commission and its processes," Sky said. "In the event the NZCC provides clearance in respect of the proposed merger, Sky intends to proceed to completion in an orderly manner upon satisfaction or waiver of any outstanding conditions."

The Commission is expected to release its decision on Thursday.

The issues

What the Commerce Commission needs to assess:
• Is the merger likely to substantially reduce competition in a market?
• Would the merged business be able to raise prices or reduce quality?
• Would the merged entity be able to render its rivals less able to compete?

• 2016 revenue: $1.96 billion
• More than 3000 staff

• 2016 revenue: $929 million
• About 1500 staff

Rocket Lab's big leap: Test vehicle moved to launch site on Mahia Peninsula

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11801629

Rocket Lab's first Electron vehicle has arrived at its launch site south of Gisborne in what the New Zealand company says is an important milestone for the space industry.

The historic test launch will take place in ''the coming months'', dependent on equipment testing and weather on the Mahia Peninsula.

Pre-flight checks would now start on the 17m tall rocket - with a call sign chosen by staff: ''It's a Test.''

"It's an important milestone for our team and for the space industry, both in New Zealand and globally. In past, it's been countries that go to space, not companies," said Peter Beck, Rocket Lab founder and chief executive.

''I'm immensely proud of the team it's a great effort by a group of incredible people."

The rocket was taken by truck in two climate-controlled containers to the Mahia Peninsula from Rocket Lab's manufacturing base near Auckland Airport. Launch Complex 1 is at the tip of the peninsula, about 90km south of Gisborne.

The launch will be the first orbital launch attempt from New Zealand. It is the first of three planned test launches before Rocket Lab begins providing customers commercial satellite launches.

Launch windows of several days will be announced but Rocket Lab is worried sightseers may be disappointed if launches are postponed or scrubbed due to weather or technical modifications to the vehicle.

"We understand the desire everyone has to get out there and watch," said Beck. "History has shown with any test launch programme that there is a likelihood of scrubs. We value everyone's time, and wouldn't want people waiting around for us."

The rocket makes use of new technologies such as including 3D printing of engine parts and carbon-composite structures similar to that in the fuselages of new-generation aircraft.

Customers wil pay about $6.8 million per launch - relatively inexpensive by international standards - made possible by frequent missions and a cheaper launch vehicle.

Sparse air traffic around Mahia, where the only regular international flight is a LATAM airlines Dreamliner heading for Chile and back, means clearing air space is not a major issue compared to launch sites in other countries.

"Since we commenced this project three years ago, our team has accomplished an incredible amount - the vehicle has gone through rigorous qualification and acceptance testing and we've pushed the limits of many technologies,'' said Beck.

Rocket Lab will use Electron to launch satellites used to house imaging and communications technologies. Rocket Lab's customers use these satellites to provide services including optimised crop monitoring, improved weather reporting, Internet from space, natural disaster prediction, up-to-date maritime data and search-and-rescue services.

Customers signed to fly on Electron include Nasa, Planet, Spire and Moon Express.

The vehicle is capable of delivering payloads of up to 150kg to a 500km sun-synchronous orbit; the target range for the high-growth constellation-satellite market.

Rocket Lab was founded in 2006 by Peter Beck and in 2009 launched Atea 1 - the first rocket to reach space from the Southern Hemisphere.

The company has its registered headquarters in Los Angeles.

The New Zealand government has invested $25m over five years, with backing also from Sir Stephen Tindall's K1W1 Ltd, and also massive Silicon Valley funding and support from Lockheed Martin.

Rocket law could stop you taking photos if a rocket crashes

From http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/89223394/rocket-lab-wants-to-stop-you-taking-photos-if-rocket-crashes

Rocket Lab chief executive Peter Beck told the select committee hearing last week that a ban on recording a rocket crash protects his company's intellectual property rights.

New Zealand is one step closer to entering the space race, but a proposed new law to regulate rocket launches could spell a leap backward for freedom of information, opponents say.

A clause in the Outer Space and High-altitude Activities Bill would make it an offence to take a photo or make any record of a space craft that crashes. Government approval would be needed to take photos or record what happened.

Head of Journalism at Massey University James Hollings said: "It's a completely ludicrous clause because what it means is, if some company screws up and is careless and drops something on a city, we're not allowed to talk about it. It's just silly."

Rocket Lab completed qualification and acceptance testing of the first stage booster of the Electron launch vehicle in December 2016.

Hollings said the law would violate the public's right to freedom of publication and tarnish New Zealand's reputation as a free country.

"You wouldn't get the same thing through the US because it would violate the first amendment. The public have the right, defined by our courts, to take a photo of something in a public place," he said.

"For the Government to violate that to protect companies is completely outrageous."

The Law Society and Media Freedom Committee both submitted objections to the clause on the grounds it is inconsistent with the New Zealand Bill of Rights, which protects the right to freedom of expression.

The bill, which is currently before a select committee, could stop the public and the media making any record of rocket debris crashing to earth.

Submission on the bill were heard by a parliamentary select committee last week.

Newspaper Publishers Association editorial director Rick Neville helped draft a submission against the clause.

Neville said a media blackout on space technology falling from the sky was draconian and ludicrous.

"If something large falls out of the sky and lands somewhere, it's news," he said.

"Just imagine what could happen with a rocket landing in Queen Street, [Auckland] and the idea that the minister can declare that area to be a debris recovery site and then make an offence of someone making a sketch, or taking a photograph, or recording what's happened. [The clause is] quite wide and could include news reports.

Minister for communication, economic development, and transport Simon Bridges wouldn't comment on the controversial clause.

"It's an infringement on the freedom of information. The public will want to know what happened.

"We don't think it's healthy for that clause to remain in the bill, it's impractical and not realistic," Neville said.

But the chief executive of New Zealand space company Rocket Lab Peter Beck told the select committee that the clause was needed to protect his company's intellectual property rights and comply with international non-proliferation agreements of rocket technology.

"The technologies used to create a rocket can be copied to create a missile. As a result, the New Zealand and international governments enforce measures to prevent people from being able to copy these technologies.

"What might be a benign photo of a rocket crash could show the inner workings of a turbo pump, which could provide valuable information for other folk with less good intent," Beck said.

Rocket Lab can launch rockets under an interim contract, signed by Government last year.

Beck was asked by Labour MP David Cunliffe why a space craft crash was not the same as a car crash.

"Because with a traffic crash, there's a lot of cars and a lot of people who know how to make cars. There's a very select group of people that are able to develop technology for space launch vehicles," Beck said.

"All I'm saying is we don't want our competitors seeing the internal workings of our propulsion systems."

Minister for communication, economic development, and transport Simon Bridges refused to comment on the bill while it was before the select committee.

"It's important the committee can hear and consider any submissions on the bill and report back to Parliament," a spokeswoman said in a written statement.

RTL International” to discontinue transmission as of May 31st 2017

From Press Release

Cologne, 15.02.17: The Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland is terminating operation of its pay TV channel RTL International

The final transmission day for the linear offering will be May 31st 2017. The channel and its programme, aimed at a German-speaking audience and tourists overseas, was launched at the beginning of 2016. The programme can be received via platforms (satellite, cable, IPTV, OTT) in such places as the USA, Canada, South Africa, Australia, among others. It can also be received on a host of cruise ships, as well worldwide via livestream per App (Android/iOS) for tablets and Smartphones and online. The international channel of the Mediengruppe RTL features current RTL content in HD quality.

Stefan Sporn, Senior Vice President International Distribution remarked: We very much regret the discontinuation of this channel. Although we quickly managed to achieve reasonable international distribution, the number of subscribers did not develop as positively as hoped, making it not possible to operate profitably in the foreseeable future. Initial analyses clearly indicate that the success of internationally operating pirate platforms which illegally stream the transmission signals of a host of German broadcasters free-of-charge on the internet is playing a critical role in this development.

After discontinuation of the linear signal of RTL International, the Mediengruppe RTL intends to proceed making its content available to Germans overseas via OTT offerings in future. Corresponding options are currently under consideration.

For any questions, please contact:

Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland
Corporate communications
Konstantin von Stechow
E-Mail: konstantin.vonstechow@mediengruppe-rtl.de
Tel: 0049 221 456 74239

Further Information:
Mediengruppe RTL-Press Site (in german)


Konstantin von Stechow
+49 221 456-74239

Motorvision launches streaming service on Amazon

From http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2017/02/16/motorvision-launches-streaming-service-on-amazon/

German TV production company Motorvision Group expands its international distribution by launching a newly developed on-demand subscription service on Amazon Channels.

Amazon Prime members in the US have unlimited access to a collection of car programmes, documentaries and lifestyle formats from Motorvision TV, the Munich-based company’s pay-TV channel for car and motor sports fans.

After making its programmes available on its linear channel on traditional pay-TV platforms in 40 countries on four continents, Motorvision Group increasingly targets the growing OTT and on-demand subscription markets.

With the Motorvision TV branded on-demand subscription streaming service on Amazon Channels, the company brings its automotive content to US motor enthusiasts for the first time.

Starting today, Amazon Prime members can subscribe to the service for $2.99 per month after a 7-day free trial. New episodes and shows will be added on a regular basis.

“Making Motorvision TV available on Amazon Channels underlines our commitment to bring one of Europe’s largest catalogues of automotive content to a worldwide audience,” said Motorvision CEO Raimund Köhler. “We’re excited that tens of millions of Amazon Prime members can now enjoy our high-quality shows and explore the fun, fast and fabulous world of cars, bikes and motoring with us.”

Philippines selects Japanese ISDB for digital transition

From http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2017/02/15/philippines-selects-japanese-isdb-for-digital-transition/

The incorporation of an emergency warning system was the deciding factor in the Philippines’ selection of Japan’s ISDB-T as its new terrestrial broadcasting system.

Announcing the decision at the country’s Digital TV Summit, the Department of Information and Communications Technology cited 2013’s Typhoon Yolanda and a 7.2 magnitude earthquake later that same year, as reasons why a faster information distribution system was needed.

Both disasters claimed many hundred lives.

The Emergency Warning Broadcast System (EWBS) complements the efforts of the authorities by allowing users to receive early warnings and real time information during earthquakes, typhoons, and other calamities.

“Digital TV is an inevitable technology that we must embrace. It was developed specifically to enhance aside from the normal viewing experience of the people but [also] for us to attain real time information that affects our lives,” said James Santiago, Consultant to the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) on the DTTB Migration Plan.

DICT said EWBS had already proven itself in a disaster-prone country such as Japan.

“The bottom line is that the government will have the facility now to deliver this kind of urgent and pressing information to the people,” added Santiago.

The Philippines introduced analogue TV in 1953 using the US NTSC system and has maintained the same system ever since.


No update, back Friday


Telkom 3S has launched, going to 118E with mostly coverage for Indonesia. Those in Northern parts of Australia may get some signal from it.

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Qantas launches inflight BYOD on demand

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/02/15/qantas-launches-inflight-byod-on-demand/

Qantas customers on WiFi enabled domestic flights will be able to watch their favourite shows, avoid missing out on live sport and listen to almost any song they like, with Foxtel, Netflix and Spotify coming on board to provide content in 2017.

With speeds up to 10 times faster than conventional inflight WiFi, Qantas will offer customers video and audio streaming when the service is switched on its first domestic aircraft later in February 2017. The rest of the airline’s fleet of domestic Boeing 737 and Airbus A330 aircraft will follow from mid-2017 onwards.

The faster connection speeds – which enable streaming – are made possible through the nbn Sky Muster satellite service and represents a significant upgrade over older satellite technology accessed by most airlines around the world. The service uses idle data capacity, with the signal reaching the aircraft as it flies through the satellite’s 101 spot beams across Australia.

Qantas Group Executive of Brand, Marketing and Corporate Affairs, Olivia Wirth, said that fast, free Internet would open up a huge range of options for customers inflight. “We know that email, online shopping and general web browsing will be popular uses when we switch on WiFi, but what a lot of people relish about flying is being able to catch up on their favourite TV shows or watch movies they didn’t get to see at the cinema,” she suggested. “Foxtel and Netflix both have huge catalogues that are expanding all the time, so there will be no shortage of entertainment on board.”

“The usage data from the collection of albums we already have on our aircraft shows that music is a great way for passengers to relax as they watch the world fly by. Spotify will open this up so you can listen to virtually any song you like,” she added.

While Foxtel, Netflix and Spotify are all paid subscription services, they will offer free access to Qantas customers on and off the aircraft for between three days and one month after their Qantas flight. Specifically:
•Foxtel will offer three days’ free access to its Foxtel app every time a customer flies, allowing customers to stream live sports, news and TV shows as well as its full range of on-demand content. No sign-up to a subscription is required.
•Netflix will offer new customers access to the entire Netflix service as part of a 30-day free trial. Existing Netflix members only need to log in to continue watching at no extra charge.
•Spotify will offer a 30-day free trial of its Premium music service, which has no ads, shuffle play and unlimited skips.

Customers will log on to the Qantas inflight WiFi via their own devices, and will be greeted by a landing page with a range of options. As well as links to access Netflix, Spotify and Foxtel, this page will feature real-time flight data; hotel, restaurant and transport options at your destination; the latest weather; and personalised information linked to your itinerary and Frequent Flyer account. Streaming of Sky News Australia will also be available.

Qantas is in discussion with a range of content partners on ways to improve the on-board experience using Wi-Fi.

In November 2016, Qantas installed ViaSat satellite-receiving equipment on its first 737 to be WiFi enabled. Hardware and software testing is underway on this aircraft, ahead of the service being switched on for customers soon.

Brian Walsh, Executive Director of Television at Foxtel said: “We are delighted to be able to extend our partnership with Qantas to support this great new service for passengers. With access to Foxtel both while flying and on the ground afterwards, Qantas passengers will enjoy some of the best live and on-demand content that Foxtel has to offer.”

“Qantas passengers will also have access to Foxtel’s deep and extensive library of new and returning signature drama and entertainment programming. In February and March alone these include HBO’s highly anticipated new drama Big Little Lies, staring Nicole Kidman and Reece Witherspoon, The Walking Dead, Call the Midwife, The Real Housewives of Sydney, Selling Houses Australia, The Flash, Arrow, Divorce, The Mick, Gogglebox and much more, plus all past episodes of blockbusters such as Game of Thrones.”

“Qantas is at the forefront of providing free and fast inflight WiFi to their Australian customers,” said Bill Holmes, Netflix’s global head of business development. “Now passengers can settle in and enjoy The Crown, Black Mirror and more shows and movies on their own devices, whenever they want.”

“Travel is an experience made better with music and at 40,000 feet music fans will now be able to access all their favourite Spotify playlists or discover a world of music from our catalogue of over 30 million tracks,” said Kate Vale, Managing Director at Spotify Australia & New Zealand. “We are excited to be working with Qantas on innovating and enhancing the customer experience in-flight by offering access to Spotify’s award-winning service on WiFi enabled Qantas flights,” she added.

Company merges 4G and satellites to bring reliable communications to the outback

From http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-15/satellite-and-4g-brings-reliable-communications-to-bush/8272388

Mobile service provider Pivotel Group is building custom-designed mobile network bases using 4G and satellite connectivity for use on pastoral stations, mine sites and oil and gas projects.

Called the ecoSphere, it offers secure point-to-point voice, video, tracking and monitoring connections.

Remote communications have been a bugbear for rural communities and industries that often struggle just to get enough connection to send or receive a mobile phone call.

Despite the launch of the Federal Government's Sky Muster satellite, communities also suffer from download speeds so slow they make normal business operations almost impossible.

Now they face the possibility of losing the only reliable communications systems many of them have, the landline phone.

The Productivity Commission has recommended the Federal Government save money by removing the current requirement to provide basic telephones, a move angrily received in the bush.

Pivotal chief executive Peter Bolger said providing a better alternative to landlines was one of the opportunities ecoSphere could provide.

Voice services part of new network

Typically, the Universal Service Obligation (the legislation on landlines) was for voice services only.

"But voice services absolutely run over the network we've developed, which incorporates 4G networks," Mr Bolger said.

"4G networks are designed for much higher speed anyway, so it's a very simple service to run voice with that."

Many rural and remote areas are the home of farms, pastoral stations and mining companies that have become so frustrated with the communications systems on offer they have been jerry-rigging their own systems.

The vexed issue of internet speed, mobile phones and loss of landlines may be addressed with new trial.

Making remote communications work

Mr Bolger said marrying the 4G network with custom-built base stations meant high-speed ability for a large number of applications.

"It provides complete communications, particularly around machine to machine, such as on mine sites and other remote industrial sites, but there is also a lot of voice and video applications that will be picked up as well," he said.

"Prior to launch of 4G, the mobile phone networks were built up around voice services first.

"With the emergence of 4G, it's built around data first, so voice goes over the top of the data network very easily.

"And in development is another standard piece that supports very, very low power and also have very long life batteries.

"That's best for sensors, so the machine to machine [data] business that's coming about."

Role for NBN

Another service that has yet to live up to its promise, particularly for the rural sector, is the National Broadband Network (NBN).

However, Mr Bolger said the NBN was also an enabler of the system, as much as a dedicated satellite.

"The NBN entitles all farm owners, all properties, who have NBN connection to the home," he said

"But that doesn't provide mobile phone coverage on their properties; their workplace is out on the farm, not necessarily in their homes.

"So we use that NBN to connect to the mobile base stations [purpose-built on properties], which will provide complete coverage at high speed.

"But it's also for low speed, low power if for example you want to carry out simple tasks like monitoring water levels or soil quality."

Communications systems in modern agriculture

Farmers and pastoralists have been using telemetry for some time, being able to open and close gates, measure water and other comparatively simple tasks.

"A lot of it has been happening around UHF [shortwave radios] and it's very specific," Mr Bolger said.

"We're talking about bringing high speed voice, video, data, onto a single terminal where your iPad and mobile phone will work."

Mr Bolger said asset optimisation was a big aim.

"I see in the future every single piece of livestock — cattle or sheep or goats — could potentially be tracked, and their own biometric conditions monitored so that you can say, maximise growth rate, minimise animal loss through theft, death and poor feed.

"Cattle farmers spend a very large amount of time simply going around making sure they've got decent water, decent food supply and they need to do it regularly.

"That is incredibly time consuming and it could be done via this system with simple monitoring and video cameras."

Indonesia launches Telkom 3S satellite successfully

From http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/02/15/indonesia-launches-telkom-3s-satellitesuccessfully-.html

The Indonesia’s biggest telecommunication company Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom) has successfully launched its Telkom 3S satellite from Arianespace’s spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, at 6.39 p.m. on February 14 local time or Wednesday at 4.39 am Jakarta time.

The US$215 million worth satellite carries 24 C-band, eight extended C-band, and 10 Ku-band transponders, which intends to provide high-definition television services, faster mobile communications and Internet applications across the sprawling archipelago of over than 17,000 islands.

"With Telkom 3S, Telkom will have a total of three satellites. The launching intends to increase the coverage since Telkom 1 and Telkom 2 has the same coverage with Telkom 3S. The reason is that our capacity is not enough; we still rent [transponders] from other countries,” Telkom’s president director Alex J. Sinaga said, adding that the satellite will first travel to 135.5 degrees east for testing purposes; then it will reach the final orbital position at 118 degrees east.

Top executives from PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia including president director Alex J. Sinaga (center), chief technology officer Abdus Somad Arief (second from right) and satellite project head Tonda Priyanto (right) pose after the successful launch of Telkom 3S on Tuesday. The satellite was launched according to plan at 6.39 p.m. from Kourou, French Guiana.(JP/Winny Tang)

Arianespace has successfully orbited two satellites: Telkom 3s for Telkom Indonesia, together with SKY Brasil-1 for the operator AT&T/ DirectTV.

“Arianespace is delighted to announce that SKY Brasil-1 and Telkom 3s have been separated as planned on the targeted geostationary orbit,” Stéphane Israël is the Chairman and CEO of Arianespace said in the satellite viewing site named Jupiter control room on Tuesday night local time.

Replacing the position of Telkom 2, the Telkom 3S, which has a lifespan of 17 years, will cover Indonesia and a part of neighboring Malaysia.

Apart from Indonesia, other countries, such as Brazil, Mexico and other South American countries, have also launched their satellites from the country

India puts record 104 satellites into orbit

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/ISRO_Creates_World_Record_PSLV_Takes_Off_With_104_Satellites_999.html

India successfully put a record 104 satellites from a single rocket into orbit on Wednesday in the latest triumph for its famously frugal space programme.

Celebrations erupted among scientists at the southern spaceport of Sriharikota as the head of India's Space Research Organisation (ISRO) announced all the satellites had been ejected as planned.

"My hearty congratulations to the ISRO team for this success," the agency's director Kiran Kumar told those gathered in an observatory to track the progress of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV).

Prime Minister Narendra Modi immediately congratulated the scientists for the successful launch which smashes a record previously held by Russia.

"This remarkable feat ... is yet another proud moment for our space scientific community and the nation," Modi wrote on Twitter.

The rocket took off at 9:28am (0358 GMT) and cruised at a speed of 27,000 kilometres (16,777 miles) per hour, ejecting all the 104 satellites into orbit in around 30 minutes, according to ISRO.

The rocket's main cargo was a 714 kilogram (1,574 pounds) satellite for Earth observation but it was also loaded with 103 smaller "nano satellites", weighing a combined 664 kilograms. The smallest weighed only 1.1 kilogram.

Nearly all of the nano satellites are from other countries, including Israel, Kazakhstan, Switzerland and 96 from the United States.

Around 90 of the satellites are from a San Francisco-based company, Planet Inc. each weighing around 4.5 kilograms that will send Earth images from space.

Only three satellites belonged to India.

World record
Scientists sat transfixed as they watched the progress of the rocket on monitors until the last payload was ejected, and then began punching the air in triumph and hugging each other.

This was PSLV's 39th succesful mission, known as India's space workhorse. In 2015, it carried 23 satellites to space.

The launch means India now holds the record for launching the most satellites in one go, surpassing Russia which launched 39 satellites in a single mission in June 2014.

And it is another feather in the cap for ISRO which sent an unmanned rocket to orbit Mars in 2013 at a cost of just $73 million, compared with NASA's Maven Mars mission which had a $671 million price tag.

ISRO is also mulling the idea of missions to Jupiter and Venus.

The business of putting commercial satellites into space for a fee is growing as phone, Internet and other companies, as well as countries, seek greater and more high-tech communications.

India has carved out a reputation as a reliable low-cost option, relying in part on its famed skill of "jugaad" -- creating a cheap alternative solution.

Experts say much of its credibility stems from India's successful launch of the Mars orbiter, which gave it an edge over its rivals in the space race.

"India is proving to be a very viable option because of the cost and the reliability factor," said Ajay Lele, a senior fellow at the Delhi-based Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses.

"India has been doing these launches successfully and has established itself as a very reliable player."

Mathieu J Weiss, a liaison officer for France's CNES national space agency who is currently in India, said ISRO had pulled off a major feat.

"It's a great technical challenge to launch so many satellites at once into orbit on the right trajectory so that they don't make contact with each other," he told AFP.

Weiss said India had become a major player in the space race by making itself so competitive with its low costs and by working with private companies which are space specialists.

"India has become a space power in its own right in recent years," he added.

Last June, India set a national record after it successfully launched a rocket carrying 20 satellites, including 13 from the US.

Modi has often hailed India's budget space technology, quipping in 2014 that a rocket that launched four foreign satellites into orbit had cost less to make than Hollywood film "Gravity".


Tuesday feeds

Asiasat 5 3700 V Sr 30000 "ebu service 2" not sure what this is, big brother show? Playing out the same as on 4089H

Asiasat 5 4089 H Sr 4936 "globo international"

Asiasat 5 4165 H Sr 7200 "enc-5" Chinese Concert

From my Email


From the Dish

From asiatvro site

东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Asian TV(高清)频道消失,设置3760 H 4440参数无效接收。 [2月14日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Shop & Show(俄罗斯)频道加密,设置12153 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [2月14日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Shopping Live(俄罗斯)频道加密,设置11913 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [2月14日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Message TV替换Sabzbaat TV(巴基斯坦)频道,设置3751 V 2333参数免费接收。 [2月14日]

东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,D TV替换Ala!(巴基斯坦)频道,设置3913 V 7260参数免费接收。 [2月13日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Transmedia News(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置4133 H 11888参数免费接收。 [2月13日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,MTV HD Plus(高清)等全组频道解密,设置4147 H 7200参数免费接收。 [2月13日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,Work Shop HD(高清)频道新增,设置11639 H 30000参数免费接收。 [2月13日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Bizz News替换India Crime(印度)频道,设置3805 H 28500参数免费接收。 [2月13日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星C频段,GMA Life TV、GMA Pinoy TV(菲律宾)等3个频道新增,设置3840 H 4444参数有条件接收。 [2月13]


Geoscience Australia collaborates on research with Inmarsat

From http://www.itwire.com/strategy/76861-goescience-australia-collaborates-on-research-with-inmarsat.html

Inmarsat and federal government agency, Geoscience Australia, are collaborating on research aimed at achieving enhanced positioning accuracy and integrity by augmenting signals from multiple Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) over Australia.

The project, which is scheduled to run for two years, will see Inmarsat — a global mobile satellite communications provider — deploying the transponder on-board its L-band Asia Pacific (APAC) Region satellite, Inmarsat-4 F1 (I-4 F1), to provide the space component of the Second Generation Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS) Testbed.

The UK-based Inmarsat will join in the collaborative project Lockheed Martin who will provide systems integration expertise, along with the radio frequency uplink station and GMV (Spain), one of the leading suppliers of satellite ground segment equipment, who will be responsible for the provision of magicSBAS – a state-of-the-art, multi-constellation, operational SBAS-processors to generate the GNSS augmentation message.

Claudio Soddu, Inmarsat vice-president for Navigation and Special Projects, says GNSS signals are critical tools for industries requiring exact precision and high confidence.

Soddu says, for the first time, the project will demonstrate how the use of signals from multiple GNSS, i.e. GPS and Galileo, and SBAS signals broadcast on dual frequencies (GPS L1 and L5), can achieve enhanced navigation performance in terms of user positioning integrity and accuracy.

While basic global navigation satellite system signals are sufficient for some civilian user applications for timing, positioning and navigation purposes, Inmarsat says further augmentation is required to meet more exacting requirements and the second generation SBAS will provide this accuracy and integrity.

The Navigation Payload on Inmarsat’s I-4 F1 satellite is a dual-channel bent-pipe transponder, which provides mobile users with two SBAS navigation signals at both GPS L1 and L5 frequencies. The I-4 F1 satellite was the first to be launched carrying a transponder capable of broadcasting SBAS signals at both GPS L1 and L5 frequencies.

“Being part of this innovative research project is testament to our important heritage on satellite navigation matters,” Soddu says.

“A second-generation SBAS testbed is a natural continuation of the concept of augmenting satellite navigation systems with a separate satellite data and ranging channel that we helped pioneer. Having previously been involved in testbeds and operational systems in other regions of the world, this collaboration showcases our capabilities in the Asia-Pacific region and potentially opens the door to further research and development projects in the future.”

Telkom’s $250m satellite to better connect Indonesia’s islands

From http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/02/14/telkoms-250m-satellite-to-better-connect-indonesias-islands.html

Close to the equator, French Guiana, a scarcely populated country with only 158,000 inhabitants, is regarded as an ideal place to launch satellites. Mostly covered by equatorial forest, the South American country provides a stable climate, as well as invulnerability to earthquakes and hurricanes. Lying just over 500 km north of the equator, Kourou provides an advantage for satellite launches, because the earth’s spinning boosts the propulsion of the rocket taking the satellite into space.

In this part of Guiana, where a joint French and European spaceport has been built, Indonesia’s biggest telecommunication company Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom) is set to release its latest satellite into space early in the morning of Feb. 15, Jakarta time. Called the Telkom 3S, the firm’s third satellite, which costs up to Rp 3.33 trillion (US$250 million), will provide high-definition television services, faster mobile communications and internet applications across the sprawling Indonesian archipelago of more than 17,000 islands, reaching primarily to the most remote areas.

This will be enabled by new technology, high-frequency Kuband transponders, which will cut installation time and allow faster connections.

“Unlike Telkom 1 and Telkom 2 Telkom 3S has Ku-band. The benefit is that the dishes [needed to receive signals] are smaller,” Telkom satellite project head Tonda Priyanto said on Sunday in Kourou.

Indonesia has long struggled with poor information and communication technology infrastructure despite the fact that many of its citizens are already highly tech-savvy.

The current administration kicked off late last year its ambitious Palapa Ring project in a bid to connect all areas nationwide through its fiber-optic network.

However, only around one third of Indonesia’s area can be covered by terrestrial communications systems, leaving the rest to be linked through satellite systems.

A McKinsey report released last September revealed that Indonesia could realize growth of an estimated 10 percent in the gross domestic product (GDP), equivalent to $150 billion, by 2025.

“The need for satellite technology is absolute in Indonesia. Meanwhile, the supply is still low,” Telkom chief technology officer Abdus Somad Arief recently said.

Overall, the Telkom 3S satellite will carry 49 transponders, adding to the 140 transponders that Telkom currently operates through its two orbiting satellites.

Satellite builder Thales Alenia Space has handled the design, testing and in-orbit delivery of the satellite, while the satellite launch company Arianespace will be in charge of releasing the satellite into space.

During the planned launch, Telkom 3S will be positioned at 118 degrees east, to replace Telkom 2. Telkom 2, which still has a life span of about four years, will be moved to another orbital position.

In response to the satellite launch, Communications and Information Minister Rudiantara said the Telkom 3S satellite would definitely help meet the demand for better network quality in Indonesia.

“I think that even if the government begins launching its own satellites, we will still be at a deficit even up to the year 2023,” he said. “What the government can do in the meantime is to give satellite lending rights to local companies to avoid dependence on foreign ones.”

DISH confirms 4K Planet Earth II

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/02/14/dish-confirms-4k-uhd-planet-earth-ii/

Following advanced-television.com’s report that US pay-TV operator DirecTV is to broadcast a range of programming in 4K, satellite platform DISH TV has confirmed it is to deliver live natural history series, Planet Earth II in the format.

The series will simulcast on BBC America, AMC and SundanceTV on February 18th with subsequent episodes airing on BBCA every Saturday night. DISH says its 4K broadcast offers an unrivalled level of clarity to its Hopper 3 customers.

DISH is also offering an exclusive free preview of BBC America, from February 14th through March 30th, giving customers access to Planet Earth II in both 4K and HD at no extra cost.

“It’s been more than 10 years since the world was first wowed by the original Planet Earth, and the second instalment promises to deliver unmatched detail in crystal clear 4K resolution,” said Vivek Khemka, DISH executive vice president and chief technology officer. “We’ve heard our customers ask for more 4K content, so we’re making every effort to deliver this programming to households as its availability grows.”

“The breath-taking visuals in Planet Earth II are nothing short of astounding,” declared Sarah Barnett, BBCA President. “We are delighted to partner with DISH in bringing audiences this ground-breaking series in 4K, allowing viewers to get even closer to some of Earth’s most incredible creatures and gorgeous landscapes.”

The series will air on consecutive Saturdays from February 18 through March 25 in 4K on DISH channel 540, and in HD on BBCA channel 135. Planet Earth II is available to DISH customers with a Hopper 3 and 4K TV.

In August 2016, DISH delivered NBC’s coverage of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad from Rio de Janeiro in 4K, with coverage made available on one-day delay.

Countdown for ISRO's record 104 satellites launch begins

From http://www.oneindia.com/india/countdown-for-isros-record-104-satellites-launch-begins-2347501.html

The satellites will be carried by ISRO's workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-C37.

Chennai, Feb 14: The 28-hour countdown for the launch of a record 104 satellites by India on board a single PSLV rocket from the spaceport of Sriharikota commenced on Tuesday.

India will become the first country to script history if it succeeds in launching the 104 satellites in a single rocket. The countdown for the launch of PSLV-C37/Cartosat2 series satellite mission began at 5:28 am soon after the mission readiness review committee and launch authorisation board gave its approval for lift off, Indian Space Research Organisation said.

Scientists have commenced filling of the propellant for the rocket, it said.

The space agency's trusted workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C37, on its 39th mission, would launch a record 104 satellites belonging to international customers. What is significant about the launch is the number of satellites carried by a rocket.

Compared to successful launch by the Russian Space Agency launching 37 satellites in one go, India will become the first country to script history if it succeeds in launching 104 satellites in a single rocket. It will also be ISRO's second successful attempt after launching 23 satellites in one go in June 2015.

PSLV will first launch the 714 kg CARTOSAT-2 series satellite for earth observation and then inject 103 co-passenger satellites, together weighing about 664 kg at lift-off into polar Sun Synchronous Orbit, about 520 km from Earth.

ISRO scientists have used the XL Variant earlier used in the ambitious Chandrayaan and during the Mars Orbiter Mission. Of 101 co-passenger satellites, 96 belong to USA, five from International customers of ISRO -- Israel, Kazakhstan, Netherlands, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, respectively.

Two other Indian nano satellites, totally weighing about 1,378 kg, will also be in the rocket. The nano-satellites belonging to international customers are being launched as part of the arrangement by Antrix Corporation Ltd, the commercial arm of the ISRO.

Cartosat-2 Series, which is the primary satellite, will be similar to the earlier four satellites in Cartosat-2 Series. After coming into operation, it will provide remote sensing services. Images sent by it will be useful for coastal land use and regulation, road network monitoring, distribution of water and creation of land use maps, among others. Cartosat-2 Series has a mission life of five years.

The two Indian Nano-satellites INS-1A and INS-1B were developed as co-passenger satellites to accompany bigger satellites on PSLV. The primary objective of INS is to provide an opportunity for ISRO technology demonstration payloads and provide a standard bus for launch on demand services.

INS-1A carries Surface Bidirectional Reflectance Distribution Function Radiometer and INS-1B caries Earth Exosphere Lyman Alpha Analyser as payloads.

88 satellites being launched will image the entire Earth daily

From https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/02/13/88-satellites-being-launched-will-image-the-entire-earth-daily/21712844/

This Valentine's Day the planet Earth is getting a present.

San Francisco based imaging startup, Planet, is launching 88 satellites into orbit.

These satellites gather information by photographing the planet daily so that people can see the changes that are happening throughout the planet and react to them.

The 88 satellites will be their largest fleet ever launched, but they won't be alone. They're being launched in an Indian PSLV rocket along with 15 additional satellites not belonging to Planet.

If the launch is successful Planet will operate more satellites than any other company in the world with 143.

The launch will also mean Planet can image the entire earth daily, whereas right now they're only imaging about a third of the earth daily.

The launch is taking place in India on Valentine's Day.

Hotstar, powered by Akamai, establishes high online viewership during India-England series

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/iworld/video-on-demand/hotstar-powered-by-akamai-establishes-high-online-viewership-during-india-england-series-170213

MUMBAI: Hotstar, one of India’s leading premium video streaming platform, leveraged Akamai Technologies, Inc., a global leader in content delivery network (CDN) services, to establish several new online viewership records on its platform for live sporting events during the recently concluded India-England series. On the second One-Day International (ODI) held on the 19thof January, more than 25 million users watched the match on the platform, accounting for a majority of the Internet traffic from India on that day. The viewership peaked at more than 3 million concurrent viewers on the platform during the final T20 match of the England series, establishing a new high in the Asia Pacific region.

India’s emergence as the world’s second largest smartphone market[2] is reflected in the dramatic growth in traffic witnessed by Hotstar, backed by Akamai’s Intelligent Platform, which saw more than 75 percent of viewers streaming the match from mobile networks.

Hotstar, an Akamai customer since its launch in February 2015, delivers millions of hours of sporting and general entertainment content backed by Akamai’s Media Delivery Solutions every week.

"We are seeing dramatic growth in our viewership every month, including in cricket. As millions of new users embrace Hotstar as a way of life, the platform is seeing new highs in sports viewership as well. As data costs fall dramatically, and users increasingly look to their mobile as the primary screen, we are starting to see the emergence of Hotstar as the primary destination in cities with more than a million in population. This trend will accelerate in the next few months, especially during IPL, and we rely on Akamai’s solutions to ensure that we are able to scale in line with this vertical growth in demand,” said Ajit Mohan, CEO, Hotstar.

“Globally, the smartphone is becoming a key instrument to viewing live sporting events. We saw a significant majority of users accessing content via mobile for this ODI between India and England, making it the largest audience for a sporting event on the Akamai Platform, in Asia. Hotstar is truly leading the change in this paradigm shift in India, and we are proud to partner with Hotstar to bring new features and innovations to provide an unparalleled end user experience,” said Parimal Pandya, Vice President, Media, APJ, Akamai Technologies.

As the Internet becomes faster and more accessible in India, brands can expect app downloads and usage to surge. Per a recently released App Annie report[3], Android users in India spent close to 150 billion hours on apps in 2016, leading app usage in the world. Indian users also downloaded apps over six billion times, surpassing America, the previous world leader.


Monday feed

Asiasat 5 4150 H Sr 15000 "Grammys" (MPEG4/HD/FTA
Asiasat 5 4170 H Sr 14240 "Bafta" (MPEG4/HD/FTA
Asiasat 5 3934 H Sr 7200 "enc ou 7 paris-nms 3" Rugby FTA France vs Scotland

Sunday feeds

D1 12661 V Sr 7200 "default" Channel 7 news reporter

A few Saturday feeds

Asiasat 5 3876 H Sr 7200 "service 01" Red bull race?

D2 12575 V Sr 15000 FTA AFL Feed

IS 19 12431 H Sr 7500 "sts 12 enc/ Mod 1" Basketball
IS 19 12438 H Sr 3749 "sts 12 enc/ Mod 3" Basketball
IS 19 12440 V Sr 7500 "nitro athletics"
IS 19 12449 H Sr 7500 "sts6" Basketball

Friday night feed

Asiasat 5 3945 V Sr 7200 "A" Marybank Golf

From my Email


From the Dish

ABS 6 159.0E 3639 V CT, Solar Sports, Basketball TV, Jack TV, 2nd Avenue, ETC, NBA Premium TV and Shop TV have started on .

Palapa D 113.0E 3627 H "Akhyar TV" is back on , Fta

Measat 3 91.5E 11562 V "ITV Choice" has left .

ChinaSat 11 98.0E 12450 V TV Desa, Saluran Musik Indonesia, Klik Music, Metro TV, INews TV,TVOne, TV BMW, Indosiar, DC 7, Trans TV, MNC Shop Channel 79, SCTV, Hola Home Shopping, ANTV, Kitanesia TV, Otomoto Channel, Creative Channel, Trans 7, Pres TV, Kompas TV, DMI, Quran TV, Arek TV, Net, Inspira TV, TVRI Nasional, Melayu Bagus Channel, Prambors Channel, Hi-Indo!, Nusantara TV, TV Tabalong, JTV, Saluran Film Indonesia and DW have left again.

Apstar 7 76.5E 4075 H "Deepto TV" is now encrypted.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12522 V "Untouchable TV and New Generation TV" have started on , Fta. One Touch TV has left.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12562 H "LM TV English" has started on ,Fta CT Live! Beats and Fire TV have left.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12602 V "Push TV" has started on , Fta. Adonai TV has left.

Intelsat 17 66.0E 3876 H "Khoj India has replaced 6 TV Telangana" on , Fta.

Intelsat 33e 60.0E 3778 R "TV West, BBS TV, Life TV, UBC TV, NBS TV, Urban TV, Bukedde TV 1 and WBS TV" have started on , Fta.
Intelsat 33e 60.0E 3785 R "NTV, K24, Inooro TV, KTN News, Kass TV and GBS" have started on Fta.

Intelsat 33e 60.0E 11078 V "BTV, Nova TV, BNT 1, BNT 2, BNT HD and Bulgaria On Air" have started on , Fta

Intelsat 904 60.0E Channels TV has moved from 3729 R to 3737 R, Fta.
Intelsat 904 60.0E The Nigerian mux have moved from 3744 R to 3751 R.
Intelsat 904 60.0E NTV Uganda has moved from 3756 R to 3764 R, Fta.
Intelsat 904 60.0E Swazi TV has moved from 3759 R to 3767 R, Fta.
Intelsat 904 60.0E NBS TV, Bukedde TV 1 and WBS TV have left 3768 R.
Intelsat 904 60.0E ZNBC TV 1 and ZNBC TV 2 have moved from 3765 R to 3772 R, Fta.
Intelsat 904 60.0E K24, KBC Channel 1, NTV, Kiss TV and QTV have left 3775 R.

From asiatvro site

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,Cable TV、Ayutaya(IPM)等频道消失,设置11679 H 30000参数无效接收。 [2月12日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,DVB(IPM)频道加密,设置11170 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [2月12日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,Bayon TV、TVK(泰国)频道加密,设置11560 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [2月12日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,MV LAO、O Shopping(泰国)频道消失,设置11560 H 30000参数无效接收。 [2月12日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,PPTV HD、Test Live HD(高清)频道消失,设置11639 H 30000参数无效接收。 [2月12日]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星C频段,4K-Sat 2(4K)频道重现,设置4120 H 29720参数免费接收。 [2月12日]

东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,Sky Racing 1(MPEG-4)频道加密,设置3814 V 6660参数有条件接收。 [2月11日]
东经95度轨道位置新天6号星Ku段,Zee Punjab Haryana、Zee Rajasthan News(印度)频道消失,设置11090 H 30000参数无效接收。 [2月11日]
东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段,D Sport(Dish TV)频道新增,设置11090 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [2月11日]
东经65度轨道位置的Amos 4号卫星Ku频段,DH Sports HD替换Plus Movie HD(Dish Home)频道,设置11361 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [2月11日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,channel music、凤凰资讯(MPEG-4)等频道新增,设置11165 H 44000参数有条件接收。 [2月11日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,Test(测试)频道新增,设置11130 V 30000参数免费接收。 [2月11日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Ruai TV(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置11165 H 44000参数免费接收。 [2月11日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,News Live、24 Ghanta(印度)等频道新增,设置11050 V 30000参数免费接收。 [2月11日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,24 Ghanta、News Live(印度)等频道消失,设置11510 H 30000参数无效接收。 [2月11日]
东经103度轨道位置的快车AM3号卫星Ku频段,Rossia 24(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置11605 V 34425参数无效接收。 [2月11日]

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2A号卫星Ku频段,Test(测试)频道新增,设置12558 V 43200参数免费接收。 [2月10日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,凤凰卫视、凤凰资讯(老挝)等37个频道解密,设置10730 V 40000参数免费接收。 [2月10日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,星河频道、凤凰中文(老挝)等全组频道消失,设置10850 H 45000参数无效接收。 [2月10日]
东经93.5度轨道位置G-Sat 15号星Ku段,Movies Now HD、Colors Kannada (高清)频道新增,设置11670 H 32000参数有条件接收。 [2月10日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,Life Ok HD(高清)频道新增,设置11630 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [2月10日]


Foxtel CEO: ‘Piracy a scourge’

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/02/13/foxtel-ceo-piracy-a-scourge/

In the aftermath of its exclusive pay-per view coverage of a top boxing bout being illegally streamed on social media platforms, Peter Tonagh, CEO of Australian pay-TV operator Foxtel, has delivered a strong condemnation of content piracy. He also confirmed that in this instance, with the co-operation of the alleged infringers, Foxtel would not be launching legal proceedings, but use the episode to help educate the public instead.

Writing an opinion piece in the Herald Sun, Tonagh describes piracy as “a scourge”, suggesting it damages industries, puts live sports and events at risk and threatens thousands of jobs.

“It is no less of a crime than stealing a loaf of bread from a supermarket or sneaking into a movie theatre or a concert without paying. Yet, as a nation, Australians are among the worst offenders in the world,” he bemoans.

“At Foxtel, we have long focused on combating piracy. The first wave was the bloke at the pub selling pirated smart cards and set-top boxes. We worked hard to address that. The second wave was pirate sites such as The Pirate Bay and the bit torrent sites that encourage illegal sharing. We finally saw some progress with the recently passed site-blocking legislation having its first impact late last year,” he notes.

“But now we are dealing with a third, and potentially most concerning, wave: illegally streaming video on social media platforms. Rest assured we will work even harder to address this piracy before it gets out of control. The illegal streaming of the Mundine v Green fight nine days ago was a wake-up call. It was the first time that Foxtel had experienced piracy of a live event on a mass scale,” he advises.

According to Tonagh, there are a number of disturbing aspects to the illegal streaming of the fight. “The first is the basic moral question: why did the individuals involved think it was legitimate to do it in the first place and, just as bad, why did so many others, including politicians and media organisations, call them heroes,” he wonders.

“If someone had bought a ticket to the fight and forged multiple copies so their mates could get in, would they have been praised or called out for what they are,” he adds. “Illegally streaming copyright material is theft, regardless of whether you think it’s reasonably priced or not,” he avers.

“The second concern is the sheer short-sightedness of this attitude. Such events are hugely expensive to stage. The overwhelming majority of the charge goes to the boxers, to covering their fees, the cost of staging the event on the ground and the significant cost of a high-quality broadcast,” he advises.

“If people give the event away free, promoters have less money to cover their costs and are less likely to stage big fights in the future. For boxing fans, that logic should be obvious and very worrying. The same is true for other sports where broadcasting rights fees are the major source of funding to support everything from juniors in local clubs to elite-level competition and international tours,” he says.

“That is why at Foxtel we take illegal streaming of any copyright material seriously and we make no apology for taking a firm stance to enforce our rights. Since the fight, we have been working with Facebook to ensure the Facebook Live steaming feature is not used for illegal purposes at any future Foxtel events. Similarly, we continue to engage with other social media platforms. Of course, there are some salient lessons for us. We acknowledge that we must always try to make content available in a timely fashion, at accessible prices and on as many devices as possible. We have made huge advances on each of those aspects through no-contract offers and lower entry prices and will continue to invest in this area, including for our Main Event broadcasts and other pay-per-view content,” he confirms.

“In this case, we have made the decision not to launch legal proceedings against the two main offenders. They have agreed to publicly acknowledge that what they did was wrong and undertake not to do anything similar in future. This was the first time we have experienced such an incident at this scale and, even though they were both on notice that the broadcast was for private viewing only and not to be shared, we have decided that it is better to use this episode to help educate the public rather than punish individuals who have done the wrong thing,” he states.

“If we are to sustain our business, maintain great sport and continue to invest in other great Australian content, we must continue to educate the public on the consequences of piracy and be willing to enforce our legal rights. We remain fully prepared to do so in the future,” he concludes.

In a separate interview with The Australian, Tonagh revealed that Foxtel and Facebook have been developing a new tool designed to put a stop similar infringements.

“We are working on a new tool with Facebook that will allow us to upload a large stream of our events to Facebook headquarters where it can be tracked,” he said. “If that content is matched on users’ accounts where it’s being streamed without our authorisation then Facebook will alert us and pull it down. Our issue is that there were 22 live streams we identified of that fight. But we know of other cases in other markets where there were several thousand streams.”

“This is a major problem and so we are working with Facebook to put a stop to it. We are sure the tool will do what it says, but we are not confident of it working 100 per cent because in this game we have to increasingly play catch-up with the pirates,” he admitted.

Telkom 3S set to launch on Valentine’s Day

From http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/02/13/telkom-3s-set-to-launch-on-valentines-day.html

The Telkom 3S communications satellite is set to launch on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, between 6:39 p.m. to 8:05 p.m., local time, from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, South America.

A week before lift-off, a number of top executives from Telkom together with employees of satellite launcher Arianespace conducted rehearsals and a launch readiness review to make sure that the satellite was ready to go.

“They have reviewed all the small details. So if anything [unexpected] happens, it is beyond our control,” Telkom chief technology officer Abdus Somad Arief said on Sunday night in Kourou.

Telkom said weather conditions were crucial for determining whether to launch the satellite or postpone the event.

“Actually, rain is fine. But problems occur if there is thunder or [cumulonimbus] cloud. Just like an airplane, if the clouds are intolerable, the launch will be postponed,” Telkom’s satellite project head, Tonda Priyanto, said.

Before stationing itself at 118 degrees east, the Telkom 3S satellite will first reach 135.5 degrees east for testing purposes.

Telkom 3S is fitted with 24 C-band transponders, eight extended C-band transponders and 10 Ku-band transponders. (bbn)

MPs demand Murdoch ‘fit and proper’ test

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/02/10/mps-demand-murdoch-fit-and-proper-test/

james-murdochOfcom is facing calls from a cross-party group of MPs to launch an immediate review of whether James Murdoch meets the “fit and proper” test to hold a UK broadcasting licence. Murdoch is CEO of 21st Century Fox, which has made a £11.7 billion (€13.7bn) bid for full control of Sky UK.

Organised by the former Labour leader Ed Miliband, the group has written to Sharon White, chief of Ofcom, saying there is an “unanswerable case” to open a review into whether Murdoch would pass the “fit and proper” test to be granted a broadcast licence.

Ofcom said: “We can confirm that we have received the letter, and we will consider its contents carefully.” The move comes as Fox races to make a formal notification to European competition authorities of its intention to buy the 61 per cent of the UK-based broadcaster it does not already own. Once the commission is notified, culture secretary Karen Bradley must decide whether to refer the £10.75-a-share deal to the UK competition authorities and Ofcom on the grounds of media plurality.

Miliband, an outspoken critic of the Murdoch family, writes that the regulator should investigate whether Murdoch would pass the watchdog’s test. “In the light of the real prospect of full ownership of Sky by the Murdochs, there is an urgency about these inquiries beginning straight away”.

“Clearly the bid would not be allowed to proceed by the shareholders if you were to rule that 100 per cent ownership by the Murdochs would make Sky unfit and improper to hold a licence.”

In a 2012 review, Ofcom concluded that Murdoch’s conduct at News International — the previous parent company for his family’s UK newspaper interests — “repeatedly fell short of the conduct expected of him as a chief executive officer and chairman”. But it concluded despite the phone hacking scandal at News International, there was insufficient evidence to conclude that James Murdoch “deliberately engaged in any wrongdoing”.

4K/UHD Fox Sports for DirecTV

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/02/13/4kuhd-fox-sports-for-directv/

The number of 4K/Ultra-HDTV broadcasts on DirecTV continues to grow. A couple of weeks ago, NBC Sports started broadcasting 4K football matches from England’s Premier League. NBC Sports will continue to cover English football for the rest of this season in Ultra-HD with additional coverage of La Liga and other key sporting fixtures.

Pay-TV broadcaster DirecTV will this weekend start showing the BBC’s Planet Earth II (February 18th at 9pm on Channel 104) in UHD, as well as a full portfolio of sports, including NBA games, College Basketball and Golf.

Indeed, Fox Sports says its California-Stanford basketball games will be the first of its telecasts to be showcased in 4K, and will be followed by regular 4K/UHD transmissions. DirecTV is promising NASCAR races, and Major League Baseball.


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update


A few feeds seen late Thursday night

Asiasat 5 3885 H Sr 7500 "Nitro Athletics" coverage with Channel 7

Asiasat 5 3936 V Sr 7120 "DSI" showing Football review?

From my Email


From the Dish

Intelsat 19 166.0E 3780 H "MTV Classic Australia" has started on , Viaccess.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3840 H "Nat Geo Wild Asia, National Geographic Asia, FX Asia and Fox Sports Thailand" have left .
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3880 H "Sahar Urdu" has left .
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4146 H "Star Action has replaced S TV" on ,Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4165 H "Sargam TV" has started on , Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4180 V "Sony BBC Earth has replaced SET India" Powervu encrypted.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3828 V "Jan TV and Jan TV Plus" have left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 3836 V "M Tunes and Bhakti Sagar" have left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4116 V "Prarthana Bhawan TV" has left .
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From asiatvro site

东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Test(测试)频道重现,设置3940 V 28100参数有条件接收。 [2月10日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Chokdee TV、Chic Station(泰国)频道消失,设置4015 V 8333参数无效接收。 [2月10日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Sabzbaat TV替换Message TV(巴基斯坦)频道,设置3751 V 2333参数免费接收。 [2月10日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Dolphin TV(RRSat)频道新增,设置3769 H 13333参数免费接收。 [2月10日]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星Ku频段,World Fashion(俄罗斯)(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置11670 H 14400参数无效接收。 [2月10日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,NVK Sakha(俄罗斯)频道解密,设置11124 V 3618参数免费接收。 [2月9日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Soyuz替换Union(俄罗斯)频道,设置11913 V 45000参数免费接收。 [2月9日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Russian FTA(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11605 V 43200参数有条件接收。 [2月9日]


The men who used Facebook Live to broadcast the Mundine-Green fight apologise

From http://www.news.com.au/technology/online/piracy/one-of-the-men-who-used-facebook-live-to-broadcast-the-mundinegreen-fight-apologises/news-story/15022660815dde538b6a8615505662af

THE two men at the centre of the Danny Green-Anthony Mundine streaming scandal have taken to Facebook to apologise for their role in illegally broadcasting the fight last Friday.

Darren Sharpe was one of a number of people facing fines of up to $60,000 or five years jail for using Facebook Live to stream the $59.95 pay-per-view to hundreds of thousands of viewers.

Foxtel announced it would take appropriate action against the streamers and Mr Sharpe today posted a public apology on Facebook.

“Last Friday I streamed Foxtel’s broadcast of Mundine v Green 2 fight via my Facebook page to thousands of people. I know that this was illegal and the wrong thing to do,” he wrote.

“Foxtel and the event promoters invested hundreds of thousands of dollars to produce the fight and to broadcast it. I unreservedly apologise to Anthony Mundine and Danny Green, to the boxing community, to Foxtel, to the event promoters and to everyone out there who did the right thing and paid to view the fight. It was wrong and I apologise.”

Facebook user Darren Sharpe has apologised on social media for streaming the fight.

At the time of writing this story, the post had been received over 380 likes and been shared 16 times.

The post had also attracted 189 comments, with a number of users supporting his decision to admit he was in the wrong.

“Good on you mate. Hopefully this will put things right with Foxtel and you can move on with your life. May you never pay for another beer,” wrote one Facebook user.

Facebook user Brett Hevers also broadcast the fight over the social media platform and posted a similar apology to Facebook this afternoon.

“I unreservedly apologise to Anthony Mundine and Danny Green, to the boxing community, to Foxtel, to the event promoters and to everyone out there who did the right thing and paid to view the fight. It was piracy, and I’m sorry,” he wrote.

Foxtel confirmed it had been in touch with Mr Sharpe and Mr Hevers following last weekend’s illegal Facebook Live stream to express its great disappointment with their unlawful activities.

“Rather than immediately taking legal action, as a first step we want to take the opportunity to educate both of them about the significant harm such actions bring to the production of local Australian content, including live sports,” a Foxtel spokeman told news.com.au

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

The spokesman added the effects of breaching content copyright was more widespread than people might expect.

“Illegal streaming and file sharing of any kind impacts not only the viability of the entire content industry, but also the thousands of people employed by it, including athletes, actors, technicians, editors, caterers, set designers and more, who depend on copyright laws being respected in order to protect their livelihood,” he said.

“In addition, if revenue opportunities are undermined sports fans will suffer as sports presenters and promoters will have difficulty affording the costs of staging these fights and other events.”

Foxtel has asked any funds raised in response to the Mundine-Green live stream be donated to The Clontarf Foundation.

(Craig's comment, so Foxtel bullied them into making a "fake" apology....)

Foxtel Loses Millions After Shutting Down Presto

From http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2017/02/foxtel-loses-millions-after-shutting-down-presto/

New Corp writes down value of Foxtel

$27 million net loss and a value write-down of $297 million. Losses were blamed on Foxtel's decision to turf Presto last year and increasing competition in the pay-TV space. Here are the details.

News Corp owns half of Foxtel; Telstra owns the other half. Today, News Corp released its financial results for the second quarter of its financial year, which showed that the group lost $287 million.

"This quarter's results were impacted by non-cash charges because of a change in the carrying value of Foxtel and an impairment of the print-related fixed assets at our Australian newspaper business," according to News Corp.

News Corp wrote down the value of its 50% stake in Foxtel by $297 million. According to News Corp:

"As a result of Foxtel’s performance in the first half of fiscal 2017, the competitive operating environment in the Australian pay-TV market and management’s revised projections, the [News Corp] determined that the fair value of its investment in Foxtel declined below its $US1.4 billion carrying value to $US1.2 billion."

Foxtel's net loss for the last six months of 2016 was $27 million. News Corp said the loss was a result of "Foxtel management’s decision to cease Presto operations in January 2017".

The move to shutdown Presto was announced in October 2016. Presto was Australia's third most popular subscription video streaming service. The problem was Foxtel had released its own digital streaming services including Foxtel Play and Foxtel Go, which left no room for Presto.

At the time, Foxtel said: "All Presto entitlements will be honoured; should any promotional entitlements remain after 31 January, Presto customers will be offered appropriate alternative content."

Despite trying to keep up with the times with a rejig of the Foxtel Play subscription pricing structure, Foxtel as a company continues to face stiff competition in the form of Netflix, Stan and now Amazon Prime Video.

Foxtel's subscriber numbers at the end of 2016 was over 2.8 million.

USD to AUD conversion rates in this article are accurate as of February 10, 2017.

Telstra CMO claims ‘quality network’ will avoid Optus EPL-style lag

From https://mumbrella.com.au/telstra-cmo-claims-quality-network-will-avoid-optus-epl-style-lag-425602

Telstra is starting a new push on its digital sports rights, with a new campaign set to launch this weekend, pushing its overhauled apps for AFL, NRL and the upcoming Netball Super League.

The telco’s head of media and marketing Joe Pollard played down concerns over lag on the live streams which has blighted the enjoyment of Optus’ English Premier League offering for some customers, many of which had to take out a new plan with the network in order to access the package

Pollard told Mumbrella at a launch event in Sydney: “You need to have a quality network to have a quality experience.”

She added: “We have a slightly different strategy to Optus as we have the rights but any Australian can buy them. If you’re a non-Telstra customer you can buy a weekly, monthly or annual pass. If you’re a Telstra customer, it’s included in your plan because we believe in access for all.

“I can’t speak on behalf of Optus but we believe from a network quality perspective, whether that’s speed or coverage or reliability as it relates to drop-outs, that we’re a superior network. So we don’t find we have those issues because of the quality of the network.”

Pollard said the strategy of offering all three apps free of charge to Telstra customers on the right plans as well as data-free streaming had proven beneficial in terms of customer acquisition, and retaining existing customers on higher value plans, but declined to give specific numbers.

Pollard was quick to hose down questions on whether the improved mobile experiences could be seen as a rival for Fox Sports and, by extension Foxtel, of which Telstra owns 50%.

“Really the best way to watch sport is broadcast in HD on a big screen, and you get that with Foxtel,” she said.

“But from a mobile perspective, when you can’t be near a big screen you have it on your mobile. With our relationship with Fox Sports and us owning the mobile rights we feel like we’re in the ecosystem of being a Telstra customer you can get the best of both worlds if you want it in the home. And with Foxtel you get access to go, and so we see it as complementary.”

Asked if the company was looking at other sporting rights to add to the suite Pollard said “not at the moment”, adding: “We’re always looking at what our customers want. You’ve got the cricket rights coming up in the next year, the FFA has just been finalised and then you’ve got tennis – which is more of a free-to-air sport.

“So we look at it if it’s beneficial for Telstra. If you can access it for free somewhere else, is it what we want? But we’re always on the look out for new content deals.”

Pollard said niche sports could also be of interest, pointing to the niche apps the company has launched on its Telstra TV platform such as Indian content and plans for Mandarin language content.

All three apps enjoyed a soft launch last week, with Pollard saying even without promotion they had enjoyed a 350% uptake in downloads.

The company has engaged global experts who worked on codes such as the NFL and NRL in the US to help deliver the new experiences, with specific club apps allowing fans to tailor their content.

The AFL app has had the most work, with new features like an augmented reality photo booth that allows fans to pose themselves in different situations with their team, and “augmented ringtones”.

Speaking at the launch event, Gillon McLachlan, AFL CEO, said fans had turned to the app outside of the stadiums after many had to be turned away from the first match of the AFL’s new women’s competition over the weekend, with 2.6m minutes of AFLW content streamed over the weekend.

Netball has also had an overhaul with a simplified experience and a Telstra TV app allowing fans to watch two live games a week through the connected device. Nine Network will show the other two matches live, and will provide the production for the Telstra TV games.

The smartphone app will also be able to be played on TV screens via AirPlay and Chromecast.

NRL has also had “120 improvements to the ease of finding content” for fans, according to executive director of Telstra Media Michelle Garra.

She said: “An important use case for our apps is when people are actually at the game or on the couch – a lot of people tracking trends and player stats during the game.”

Garra added: “Nobody wants a generic version of content on the apps, so we have developed tailored club experiences for each of the apps.”

All apps will carry official sponsor advertising for each of the codes.

Spain: Premier League pirate raid success

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/02/09/spain-premier-league-pirate-raid-success/

Spain’s Cuerpo Nacional de Policía (National Police Force) has successfully raided a store in a shopping centre in the Málaga resort of Calahonda, owned by an ISP suspected of hosting a large-scale illegal IPTV streaming business, thanks to a collaborative effort with Premier League and content security specialist Irdeto.

Investigations revealed that the ISP in question, known as ‘Y Internet’, was being run by two UK citizens and providing unauthorised online subscription services featuring more than 100 international pay TV channels, including Premier League matches.

At the time of the raid, five of the company’s 10 employees were present, including the system administrator who was in was in charge of the operation of the servers used to provide illegal access to the channels, an IT technician in charge of preparing the illicit devices and three sales managers.

Y-Internet sold illegal IPTV service packages with annual contracts to the large foreign population in the Málaga region, including hotels, pubs, neighbourhoods and individuals. This included reception devices that were adapted to receive decrypted pay TV signals without authorisation. An Irdeto investigator told the Police that he went to the store in the shopping centre where the employees showed him the device and services available. The representative supplied as evidence the reception device and a premium subscription purchased for €450 from the store.

The investigation was initiated by the Premier League as part of a global crack down on illegal online redistribution of its live broadcasts. Engaged by the Premier League for piracy detection and investigative services, Irdeto’s team of experts worked closely with the Cuerpo Nacional de Policía to gather information and evidence leading to the raid.

“The raids conducted by the Spanish authorities, supported in this case by Irdeto’s expertise, are a positive example of law enforcement taking seriously piracy and IP infringement,” declared Premier League Director of Legal Services, Kevin Plumb. “This approach is essential for organisations like the Premier League – and other creative industries – as our model is predicated on the ability to market and sell rights and protect intellectual property. It is because of this that clubs can invest in star players and managers, and world class stadiums – the very things fans enjoy about our competition.”

“These raids follow a recent case we brought in the UK that saw a supplier of IPTV devices which enable mass piracy of Premier League football sent to prison for four years. It was the first case of its type and the fact police, both in the UK and in Spain, are now targeting and arresting others selling similar devices is further evidence for consumers that they are illegal,” he added.

Once sufficient evidence of illicit activity was found, the store in Malaga was raided by the Police. While entering the premises, the agents were confronted with strong security measures inside including a surveillance system that allowed the owners to supervise the employees from the UK, where they are currently living. The raid alerted the owners who tried remotely to delete and destroy files, payment transactions and clients’ records. However, the quick and effective actions of the Police prevented this from happening.

“We are grateful to the Spanish Police for their support and decisive action against IPTV piracy,” said Mark Mulready, Senior Director, Cyber Services and Investigations at Irdeto. “We will continue to work closely with our customers, partners and law enforcement agencies to detect, analyse, investigate and counter all types of piracy affecting on-demand and live real-time content. This is a growing problem affecting content owners, broadcasters and operators across the world. Efforts like this are more critical than ever and set an example that piracy will not be tolerated,” he stated.

Luojia-1A satellite built to observe ground light

From http://www.ecns.cn/2017/02-10/244797.shtml

China has become most lighted nation in Asia, signaling its growth, expert says

China will this year launch the country's first remote-sensing satellite dedicated to observing ground light at night, according to designers.

The Luojia-1A, a 10-kilogram mini satellite, is being developed by scientists at Wuhan University in Hubei province and will carry a highly sensitive night light camera with a 100-meter ground image resolution, Li Deren, chief scientist of the project, told China News Service on Wednesday.

Li, a professor of remote-sensing surveys at the university and an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said that the satellite will be capable of detecting large lighted structures on the ground within its designated observation area, such as bridges over the Yangtze River. He added that images taken by Luojia-1A will be clearer than those by United States-developed satellites.

Luojia-1A will be used to help economic planners and analysts with their research and to provide data to policymakers when they determine overseas trade measures, Li said.

Wuhan University is also working with China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp to design the Luojia-1B, a remote-sensing radar satellite, and plans to send it into orbit in 2019, the report said.

Pang Zhihao, executive editor-in-chief of Space International magazine, said on Thursday that China now has no satellite that was specifically designed to take night images of ground structures.

"Now we have satellites that have infrared imagers or synthetic aperture radars to obtain images of landscapes or buildings. Compared with them, the Luojia-1A's camera is specifically developed to capture lighted objects at night, so it is very sensitive to light," he said.

Pang added that images and data generated by Luojia satellites will be useful for provincial and city officials to monitor local economies and to improve their development planning.

Li Xi, a researcher at the State Key Laboratory of Information Engineering in Surveying, Mapping and Remote Sensing in Wuhan, who is taking part in the development of Luojia satellites, said the project team has vast experience in researching lighted objects.

Its members have used images of lighted structures in Syria and Iraq to discover refugee movements and changes of battlefields. They have also analyzed the concentrations of lighted structures in Asia over the past 20 years.

The research concluded that China gradually became the most lighted nation of those surveyed, a visual representation of the continuous growth of China's economy, he said.

DTH STBs: Interoperability to be ensured with MeiTY & BIS help

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/dth/dth-services/dth-stbs-interoperability-to-be-ensured-with-meity-bis-help-170210

NEW DELHI: The information and broadcasting ministry has decided to refer to the electronics and information technology ministry and the Bureau of Indian Standards the issue of ensuring interoperability of set-top boxes for the direct to home industry.

Minister of State for I and B Rajyavardhan Rathore told the Parliament that the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) had on 23 July 2014 recommended replacement of license condition at clause 7.1 of the existing DTH guidelines.

The clause stipulates that “The Open Architecture (Non-proprietary) Set Top Box (STB), which will ensure technical compatibility and effective interoperability among different DTH service providers shall have such specifications as laid down by the Government from time to time” and TRAI in its recommendations on “Issues relating to New DTH Licenses” wanted the clause to read: “The STB offered by a DTH service provider shall have such specifications as laid down by the BIS from time to time.”

TRAI further recommended that BIS should come out with updated specifications for STBs from time to time and while doing so, BIS shall consult TRAI and that the license conditions should mandate the licensee to comply with the tariff order/scheme prescribed by TRAI for commercial interoperability.

As reported in mid-December 2016, the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) had failed to come out with specifications with regard to interoperability of STBs (set-top boxes) meant for DTH (direct-to-home) platforms.

An information and broadcasting ministry source was answering a question by indiantelevision.com in response to a reply in the Parliament.

The minister had said the ministry had accepted recommendations of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) that it should work with the BIS and the Department of Electronics and IT to ensure such set-top boxes.


Thursday feed

Asiasat 5 4173 H Sr 6111 "standard 9 MHZ 4 x Audio" a nice little city backdrop

From my Email


From the Dish

Insat 4A 83.0E 3805 H "Bizz News" has started on , Fta.
Insat 4A 83.0E 4133 H "Transmedia News" has started on , Fta.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3440 H "Rainbow TV" has left again.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3480 H "Smart Movie & Music" has started on ,Fta

Apstar 7 76.5E 3780 V "D Sport" has started on , PowerVu.

ABS 2 75.0E 11559 V "World Business Channel" has started on , Fta.
ABS 2 75.0E 11733 V "Telekanal Spas" has left .
ABS 2 75.0E 11793 V "Telekanal Spas" has started on , Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,Telekanal Aist(俄罗斯)频道解密,设置10981 V 44948参数免费接收。 [2月9日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AT2号卫星Ku频段,Muzika(俄罗斯)频道解密,设置12207 R 27500参数免费接收。 [2月9日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,频Top Shop TV(俄罗斯)道解密,设置11665 V 38400参数免费接收。 [2月9日]
东经98度轨道位置的中星11号卫星Ku频段,NHK World、澳门莲花(NinMedia)等全组频道消失,设置12450 V 43200参数无效接收。 [2月9日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Watan TV替换Sabzbaat TV(巴基斯坦)频道,设置3751 V 2333参数免费接收。 [2月9日]

东经124度轨道位置的日本通信4B号卫星Ku频段,CH 72(宣传)频道消失,设置12447 V 21100参数无效接收。 [2月8日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,K Pop替换CH Music(MPEG-4)频道,设置3810 V 10000参数免费接收。 [2月8日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Smile Shopping替换Metro Shopping TV(印尼)频道,设置4080 H 28125参数免费接收。 [2月8日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,Motor Sport TV替换Kuru(IPM)频道,设置11679 H 30000参数免费接收。 [2月8日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,Hunan TV(IPM)频道新增,设置11170 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [2月8日]


Australia’s nbn reaches 4m homes

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/02/09/australias-nbn-reaches-4m-homes/

Australia’s national broadband network (nbn) has reached a significant roll-out milestone, with four million premises now Ready for Service (RFS). This landmark means that the nbn network is now available to more than one third of all Australian premises.

By the end of December 2014 nbn had made 778,824 premises RFS. In the following two years, a further 3.22 million premises have been made RFS.

In the last two years nbn, has launched four technologies: FTTB, FTTN, HFC and Sky Muster satellite broadband. FTTN is the driving force behind the increased pace of the build thanks to the very fast pace with which it can be designed and deployed with well over 1 million FTTN premises already RFS.

nbn Chief Network Engineering Officer Peter Ryan described reaching four million premises RFS as “a great achievement” and a testament to the hard work of its people and delivery partners. “We now have the flexibility and the right technologies in place to design and build the network at the speed and scale needed to reach our end goal by 2020. With these four million premises our halfway built milestone comes into focus – we are expecting to reach this around the middle of the year.”

By 2020, nbn’s goal is for all Australians to have access to the nbn network, with a forecast 11.9 million premises RFS and 8 million premises activated on the network.

RSCC agrees schedule for new Express satellites

From https://www.telecompaper.com/news/rscc-agrees-schedule-for-new-express-satellites--1182826

Russian state-owned satellite operator RSCC has held a meeting on the Express-80 and Express-103 satellites.

The meeting was chaired by Igor Chursin, deputy head of the state communications agency Rossvyaz. The agenda included building, testing and commissioning of the Express-80 and Express-103 communications and broadcasting satellites. Based on the meeting results, the Master Schedule was approved of the planned efforts.

The project to build the Express-80 and Express-103 spacecraft began in late December 2016 after the coming into force of a contract between RSCC and Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems (ISS).

The launch of the Express-80 and Express-103 satellites is planned for the third quarter of 2019. Due to the time needed for the delta injection and flight testing, the satellites are scheduled to be commissioned at the end of the first quarter of 2020.

Russian pay TV operators launching Ultra HD TV services

From http://www.digitaltveurope.net/657811/russian-pay-tv-operators-launching-ultra-hd-tv-services/

MTS in satellite TV marketing push

NTV+ UHD TVRussian pay TV operators NTV+ and MTS have separately unveiled plans to develop 4K Ultra HD TV services.

NTV+ plans to launch a service comprising three channels, available throughout the Russian Federation, in the next couple of months. The services will be available in the operator’s basic package at no extra cost.

NTV+ CEO Mikhail Demin told attendees at the CSTB conference in Moscow this week that the service would initially be available in western and central Siberia from March, extending to the Far East of the country in April and European Russia in May.

NTV+ plans to use the Express-AMU1, Express-AT1 and Express-AT2 satellites to extend the reach of the service across the entire country.

The operator’s move into UHD TV follows its decision to extend its satellite service to the Far East of the country for the first time. The broadcaster will begin selling its offering in this part of Russia in April via Express-AT2 at 140° East.

In addition to the Ultra HD announcement, NTV+ has now said that the package for the Far East region will comprise over 130 channels, including 15 movie services, eight premium SuperSport channels, and nine kids services.

MTS meanwhile has already kicked off with its first 4K Ultra HD TV broadcast. The operator launched a test broadcast of the Russian Extreme channel, which airs a mix of extreme sports content, on its satellite platform yesterday.

Content is encoded in the HEVC format and the broadcast is available to all MTS satellite customers with the appropriate equipment, including an Ultra HD TV and CAM module.

MTS’s satellite project chief Alexey Ivanov said that the company was working proactively to introduce new TV formats and hailed the Ultra HD TV broadcast as “an important step” for the operator.

Russia’s satellite pay TV frontrunner, Tricolor TV, started broadcasting in Ultra HD as early as November 2015, but only in the European apart of the country. The operator’s Ultra HD offering comprises TERN’s Insight UHD, an Ultra HD version of Fashion One and Russian Extreme.

Five arrests in 'fully loaded' Kodi streaming box raids

From http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-38906561

Some traders advertise set-top boxes that can access subscription content for free

Five people have been arrested, accused of selling set-top boxes modified to stream subscription football matches, television channels and films for free.

The sale of so-called "fully loaded Kodi boxes" has been called a "top priority" by the Federation Against Copyright Theft (Fact).

The five traders were arrested in early morning raids.

Fact said it believed the suspects had made in the region of £250,000 selling the devices online.

Kodi is free software built by volunteers to bring videos, music, games and photographs together in one easy-to-use application.

Some shops sell legal set-top boxes and TV sticks, often called Kodi boxes, preloaded with the software.

The developers behind Kodi say their software does not contain any content of its own and is designed to play legally owned media or content "freely available" on the internet.

Kodi software turns compatible devices into a "media centre" and is not illegal

However, the software can be modified with third-party add-ons that provide access to pirated copies of films and TV series, or free access to subscription television channels.

The sale of these so-called "fully loaded" boxes is currently the subject of a legal test.

The five arrests were made in Bolton, Bootle, Cheadle, Manchester and Rhyl.

Kieron Sharp, director general of Fact, said the arrests "should send out a clear warning to anyone involved in the sale and distribution of illegal set-top boxes".

"Set-top boxes loaded with apps and add-ons allowing access to copyright infringing material are very much illegal and anyone involved in selling these boxes should not be surprised to receive a knock on the door," he said.

Fact said it had co-ordinated its "day of action" on behalf of the Premier League and subscription television providers BT, Sky and Virgin Media.

The five have been released on bail following questioning.

Globecast provides complete contribution and distribution services for the Total Africa Cup of Nations

From http://www.screenafrica.com/page/news/tv-and-video-production-technology/1661753-Globecast-provides-complete-contribution-and-distribution-services-for-the-Total-Africa-Cup-of-Nations#.WJw_3meB-Uk

From 14 January to 5 February, Globecast, ensured the successful international coverage of the Total African Cup of Nations 2017 from Gabon. Globecast provided a full HD contribution and distribution service for African, European and Asian broadcasters as well as an IP platform.

To cover this major event in the international football calendar, in which 16 African national teams participated, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and Lagardère Sports (leader in the management of African marketing and audiovisual rights) enlisted Globecast for its technical and strategic know-how. More than 15 major broadcasters from Europe, Africa and Asia covered the event taking the Globecast live feeds. During the tournament, many additional African channels also provided coverage depending on who was playing.

Globecast provided uplinks and contribution (primary and backup sources) by deploying two flyaway antennas (C- and Ku-band) in each of the four official tournament stadiums. To do this, Globecast managed the shipping and local logistics for nine HD satellite broadcast antenna kits representing a total of six tons of equipment.

In Gabon, Globecast provided a team of engineers and a global coordinator from Globecast Reportage and its Nairobi subsidiary. In its Parisian facility (Paris-Archives/Serte), a dedicated team supervised and coordinated contribution links and international distribution for each match. Globecast also provided two commentator posts (both French) and handled the insertion of sponsors’ graphical elements to enrich the live broadcasts from its Paris MCR.

In addition to broadcast distribution, Globecast also operated a video file distribution platform, which provided the rights holders with about thirty minutes of new material per day, divided into a dozen targeted sections, as well as the live streaming of the games for exclusive Lagardère Sports editorials requirements.

Michele Gosetti, EVP Sales France, said, “It was with great enthusiasm that Globecast ensured the very successful transmission of the 31st edition of the 2017 Total Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon. We transmitted 180 hours of live HD programming plus a hundred hours of private signals. We not only ensured the contribution and distribution of the main signal through six C and Ku-band satellites, but also provided the IP and content enrichment solutions that are now a common part of the coverage of major events. This important project is another example of how Globecast continues to develop its range of services to support its customers in the face of market changes, from and to any place in the world.”

Azercosmos makes $50 million income from Azerspace-1

From http://www.azernews.az/business/108640.html

Azercosmos Company, the only satellite operator in the Caucasus, has revealed the revenue volume from the country’s first telecommunications satellite Azerspace-1.

The company’s income exceeded $50 million since the launch of Azerspace-1 into orbit. To date, 78 percent of Azerspace-1 resources are commercialized, and annual sales growth of the satellite resources is projected, Azerkosmos told Trend on February 8.

The satellite was set at the orbital position of 46 degrees East longitude on February 8, 2013. Currently, service area of Azerspace-1 includes several countries in Europe, Caucasus, Central Asia, Middle East and Africa.

“Four years have passed since the launch of Azerbaijan’s first telecommunications satellite into orbit,” Azercosmos said, adding that during these years, Azerspace-1 was able to attract potential customers and make its orbital position recognizable.

The company mentioned that the satellite will begin to recoup the investment after eight years of operation in orbit.

Currently, Azercosmos provides services to broadcasters, government agencies, and telecommunications companies of 19 countries, namely Malaysia, Russia, Germany, Ukraine, Egypt, Georgia, UAE, Turkey, Lebanon, Cameroon, Great Britain, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Estonia, Belarus, etc. Since 2014, all Azerbaijani TV and radio channels began broadcasting via Azerspace-1 satellite.

Currently, Azerspace-1 broadcasts 30 television and 17 radio channels.

The launch of the second telecommunications satellite Azerspace-2 is scheduled for this year. It will be placed at orbital position of 45 degrees East longitude.

The service area of Azerspace-2 will cover the countries of Europe, Central and South-East Asia, Middle East and Africa. The new satellite will further ensure the sustainability of the work, and will expand coverage of services.


Intelsat 19 12557 H 15000 is back to encrypted after being FTA for several months

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AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3627 H Shamshad TV has left .
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3780 V Nat Geo People Asia has left .
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3890 V "Big Gaurav and Big Magic Punjab" are Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3915 V "A TV and Jet TV" have started on , Fta
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4020 V "Star Movies Select" has started on , Videoguard.

Measat 3 91.5E 10982 V "Astro Best SD 12" has started on , Videoguard.
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Intelsat 20 68.5E 12602 V "Verge TV has started on ,Fta. DBN World TV" has left.

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Stan to stream Cartoon Network in Australia

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/02/07/stan-to-stream-cartoon-network-in-australia/

Australian streaming service Stan has agreed a content deal with Turner’s Cartoon Network.

Cartoon Network is the most popular kids channel in the Asia-Pacific region, and Stan subscribers will now have access to its huge range of series. The partnership between the two entertainment brands will also see the premiere of the eighth and final season of pop-culture hit, Regular Show, first and exclusively in Australia this April on Stan. New seasons of Adventure Time and The Powerpuff Girls will also premiere at the same time as they air on Cartoon Network.

“As the leading local streaming service, Stan is the perfect partner for Cartoon Network to showcase our amazing line-up of content. From Regular Show to Adventure Time, The Powerpuff Girls to Steven Universe, the arrangement further expands the reach of our uniquely entertaining children’s series across Australia,” said Robi Stanton, General Manager of Turner Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Territories.”

IPSTAR, Reachnet partner on NZ satellite broadband launch

From http://www.itwire.com/resellers/76749-ipstar,-reachnet-partner-on-nz-satellite-broadband-launch.html

New Zealand satellite broadband provider, IPSTAR, has partnered with Australian reseller, Reachnet, to deliver IPSTAR retail satellite broadband to more than 35,000 regional and rural homes across New Zealand.

Under the deal, Reachnet also offers complementary RBI plans as part of its portfolio of services and is currently creating the next generation services to deliver faster satellite connection speed for these regional areas.

“Our focus on entering the New Zealand market is to connect rural and regional New Zealand to broadband via their satellite dishes,“ says Reachnet general manager Chris Ockwell.

“For many who already have existing satellites installed, through this partnership we have been able to offer an affordable bring your own equipment (BYOE) plan from NZ$29 a month.

“Many rural homes are using patchy mobile broadband or don’t have Internet access at all. We believe this package will be a game changer for many families, in particular farmers and business owners.”

Ockwell says the aim of the partnership with IPSTAR is to “make a difference for rural and regional New Zealanders. We believe everyone has a right to decent metro comparable broadband services”.

So long TV3, MediaWorks announces new channel name

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=11796942

MediaWorks has just announced the end of its flagship TV3 brand. And they are not mucking about.

Tonight, at midnight, TV3 gets renamed as Three and undergoes a complete image overhaul.

In a statement Andrew Szusterman, MediaWorks Chief Content Officer, said, "After nearly 15 years, what we have no longer reflects our channel."

As well as the new channel name MediaWorks also unveiled Three's new mathematically inspired "visual identity", which encompasses a new brightly coloured logo and multi-platform branding.

Szusterman called the new look, "vibrant, playful and inspiring".

Chief Marketing Officer Andy Brown also commented on Three's new look.

"It's an entire world for our content to live in, one that reflects who and what we are. We're a channel that entertains and informs Kiwis with the best local talent and content."

While the station has been rebranded and refreshed a couple of times over the years, this is the first major departure from the TV3 name it has carried since launching 28 years ago in 1989.

It is not the first bold move by MediaWorks. In January last year the company canned its established 3 News brand to launch the Newshub banner.

Three's new look extends to its streaming VOD service ThreeNow as well as its new website ThreeNow.co.nz, which features on-demand programming, TV guides and extra content.

AsiaSat extends occasional use service agreement with Globecast

From Press Release

Hong Kong, 7 February 2017 – Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), Asia’s leading satellite operator, has extended an occasional use (OU) service agreement with Globecast, the global solutions provider for media.
As a longtime customer of AsiaSat, Globecast’s affiliates in Asia, Europe and from around the world use the comprehensive C and Ku-band capacity across AsiaSat’s fleet for the distribution of news content and sports events for their clients who are major international broadcast networks and premium sports right holders.
AsiaSat 5’s strong penetration into the Asian TV market and wide global C-band footprint make it the most popular satellite for OU service in the region, serving the entire Asia-Pacific in a single beam. The service provides Globecast unmatched coverage of live sports including the AFC soccer events, golf tournaments, Asian Beach Games, Baseball World Cup as well as broadcasting live news events such as the ASEAN summit.

AsiaSat has maintained a close partnership with Globecast for over 15 years, with AsiaSat 5 providing a primarily HD delivery of OU service to its customers, alongside transmission solutions from Globecast such as its one-stop service that offers global coverage for SNG and turnaround capabilities for TV distribution service.
Francis Rolland, EVP Satellites & Strategic Projects of Globecast, said, “There is a trend to deliver bigger and better coverage of large events each year. And Globecast confirms once again its role as a key player for the transmission and distribution of the world’s greatest sporting events by renewing our partnership with AsiaSat to keep providing a one-stop service including satellite capacity and uplinking over Asia.”
Barrie Woolston, Chief Commercial Officer of AsiaSat, said, “I am very pleased that Globecast has chosen AsiaSat as a long-term partner to provide high-quality, tailored broadcast and content delivery solutions to its clients. I look forward to bringing even more value to this strong partnership that enables excellent distribution of content across the Asia Pacific.”
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About Globecast

Part of the Orange Group, Globecast provides agile and seamless content acquisition, management and distribution services globally. The company constantly innovates in an evolving IP-centric environment to provide reliable and secure customer solutions. Globecast has created the number one global hybrid fiber and satellite network for video contribution and distribution. This network enables multiplatform delivery including TV Everywhere OTT, satellite, cable, video on demand, CDN delivery as well as cloud-enabled media services. The company remains the trusted partner for coverage and international delivery of news, sports, and special events around the globe. Customers enjoy a seamless global experience on the ground from 12 interconnected Globecast owned facilities, including Los Angeles, London, Singapore, Paris, Rome, and Johannesburg. www.globecast.com

About AsiaSat

Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), the leading satellite operator in Asia, serves over two-thirds of the world's population with its six satellites, AsiaSat 3S, AsiaSat 4, AsiaSat 5, AsiaSat 6, AsiaSat 7 and AsiaSat 8. The AsiaSat satellite fleet serves both the broadcast and telecommunications industries. Over 700 television and radio channels are now delivered by the company's satellites offering access to more than 830 million TV households across the Asia-Pacific region. AsiaSat’s next satellite, AsiaSat 9 is planned to be launched in Q2 2017. AsiaSat is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Asia Satellite Telecommunications Holdings Limited, a company listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (Stock Code: 1135). For more information, please visit www.asiasat.com

Media Contacts:
Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited
Winnie Pang, Manager, Marketing Communications
Tel: (852) 2500 0880
Email: wpang@asiasat.com
Bazeli Mbo
Tel: (33 1) 5595 2604
Email: bazeli.mbo@globecast.com

How Telkom‘s 3S Satellite Contributes to Indonesia‘s Economy

From http://www.en.netralnews.com/news/business/read/1239/how.telkom...s.3s.satellite.contributes.to.indonesia...s.economy

Thales Alenia Space Builds Telkom-3S for Indonesian Operator (SpaceNews)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - The launch of Indonesian Telkom 3S satellite, scheduled on Feb 15 at the Guinea Space Center, Kourou, Guinea, France, is viewed to have a positive impact on the country's economy, notably the tourism sector.

"I appreciate the launch of Telkom 3S satellite, because it becomes the solution to the development of national tourism. Hopefully, the launch will run smoothly," Tourism Minister Arief Yahya said in Jakarta on Tuesday.

According to Yahya, Indonesia is geographically an island country with thousands of islands, which has a tourism potential but cannot be maximally accessed by telecommunications infrastructure and Internet.

"With increasingly wider Internet access across the country, the tourism sector, particularly the development of the 10 primary tourism destinations, could be boosted from now as the fourth biggest foreign exchange contributor to the national economy," noted Yahya.

In the meantime, Telkoms Director of Network and IT Solution, Abdus Somad Arief, said on Monday last week that all the preparations are already on schedule. "Until now, all the preparations are on schedule," Arief said on the sidelines of the pre-launch at the Telkoms master control station, Bogor, West Java.

According to him, Telkom 3S satellite will occupy an orbital slot of 118 degrees east longitude at above Kalimantan, which is occupied by Telkom 2. With the active period of the satellite being about 15 years since its launch, Telkom 3S has a capacity of 49 transponders, comprising of 24 transponders of C-Band (24 TPE), 8 transponders extended of C-Band (12 TPE) and 10 Ku-band transponders (13 TPE).

Telkom 3S is manufactured by Thales Alenia Space (TAS) of France, launched with the Ariane 5 ECA rocket VA235 owned by Arianspace Europa."Telkom 3S will replace Telkom 1, which will expire in 2018," Somad noted.

Telkom 3S satellite will be launched with an investment of around US$300 million, which will function to improve and expand the scope of telecommunications services, especially in remote areas that cannot be traversed by the optical cable.

"It provides communication services with higher bit-rate, resulting in better quality of communication. Thus, the television broadcast, mobile communications services and broadband Internet can reach all areas of Indonesia, Southeast Asia and some East Asian states," Somad explained.

He added that with Telkom 3S satellite, the telecommunications company will have three active satellites in orbit, namely Telkom 1, Telkom 2 and Telkom 3S. Meanwhile, Project Head of Telkom Indonesia, Tonda Priyanto, said the operation of 3S Telkom is expected to reduce dependence on foreign satellites.

According to Tonda, currently, two-thirds of Indonesian areas cannot be reached by terrestrial communication systems, while satellites are helpful to address the disparity of access to information in the country.

Towards the launch, Telkom is inviting 250 students to explore the master control station in Cibinong, Bogor, to learn more about satellites. The students have an opportunity to conduct studies on aerospace using virtual reality video 360.

Intelsat undecided on insurance claim as second Epic satellite enters service

From http://spacenews.com/intelsat-undecided-on-insurance-claim-as-second-epic-satellite-enters-service/

Intelsat has yet to gauge whether the impact of a thruster malfunction on its second high-throughput satellite, Intelsat 33e, warrants involving insurers. Credit: Intelsat.

WASHINGTON — Satellite operator Intelsat’s second high-throughput satellite, Intelsat 33e, entered service Jan. 29 after a protracted journey to orbit caused by a thruster malfunction, but the company has not yet decided if it will file an insurance claim.

Intelsat 33e launched Aug. 24 aboard an Arianespace Ariane 5 rocket, and was originally due to begin commercial operations during the fourth quarter of 2016, but the company discovered that the satellite’s primary thruster would not be able to lift it to its intended orbital slot. Using a backup system, the Boeing-built satellite completed orbit raising in December, and began in-orbit testing. The extra time needed for the orbit raising shifted the satellite’s in-service date into 2017.

Stephen Spengler, Intelsat’s CEO, said in September that the effect of the thruster malfunction on Intelsat 33e’s lifespan was minimal. However, the operator is still deciding whether the impact is substantial enough to file a claim with insurers. Dianne VanBeber, Intelsat’s vice president of investor relations and communications, told SpaceNews Feb. 3 the operator is “still working through the analysis” on the satellite.

Insurance officials have said in the past that Intelsat 33e’s thruster issue could shave up to 18 months off the satellite’s life, which would make Intelsat eligible to file an insurance claim worth up to $40 million for a 10 percent loss of service.

Intelsat 33e carries C and Ku-band high-throughput capacity, covering Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Asia from 60 degrees east. The satellite follows Intelsat 29e, the operator’s first EpicNG HTS satellite, which launched in January 2016 over the Americas and North Atlantic Ocean region.

Intelsat has three more EpicNG-series HTS satellites planned to launch in 2017 — Intelsat 32e, Intelsat 35e and Intelsat 37e — followed by Horizons 3e, a joint satellite with Japan-based Sky Perfect JSAT, to complete global HTS coverage in 2018.

Russia: 87% think sharing pirate content is legal

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/02/07/survey-most-russians-unaware-of-piracy-consequences/

Findings from an online consumer survey from digital platform security specialist Irdeto suggest that 87 per cent of Russian consumers polled believe that producing or sharing pirated video content is not against the law and 66 per cent think that streaming or downloading pirate content is also legal. This is in stark contrast to the reality, which is that unauthorised copying, broadcasting, distribution or reproduction of copyrighted material, including audio-visual content, is unlawful in Russia as it is in most countries of the world.

The online research was conducted in partnership with YouGov and polled 1,005 Russian adults aged 18+.

This pervasive misconception by Russian consumers is a likely contributor to the escalating piracy situation in the region, where the survey also found that over half of respondents (57 per cent) said that they actively watch pirated content. In addition, nearly a quarter (22 per cent) of those surveyed are watching pirated content at least once a week or more.

Despite being told that pirating video content results in studios losing money, which affects both the quality and amount of investment in new movies and TV shows, almost half (48 per cent) of those surveyed said it would have no impact on their illegal video consumption. In fact, only 12 per cent of consumers said it makes them want to stop watching pirated content completely, after discovering this fact. This highlights how many consumers do not fully appreciate the negative impact that piracy has on the creation of new, innovative entertainment.

“There is an immediate need for all of us in the media business to educate consumers on the legality and issues surrounding piracy, and how they put the entire entertainment ecosystem and themselves at risk,” said Natalya Romanova, Regional Director, Russia and CIS, Irdeto. “If the harmful implications of piracy are not fully realised, consumer attitudes and behaviour will not change. Piracy impacts the ability of entertainment providers to invest in new TV shows or movies. This directly results in consumers having less choice of content to watch in the future. On a consumer level, when you are accessing content from a peer-to-peer site or streaming site, you are opening yourself up to malware and also funding the criminal networks that rely on online piracy as a large money generator in their portfolio.”

When it comes to the most popular pirated content, the survey found that 38 per cent of consumers who watch pirated content prefer to pirate movies that are currently being shown in the cinema. In addition, 21 per cent of consumers are most interested in pirating a TV series. In Russia, live sports, OTT original content from Netflix, Hulu and others are not as popular, with all three categories being preferred by fewer than 6 per cent of respondents. In terms of methods used to watch or access pirated content, 75 per cent of consumers who watch pirated content watch it on their laptop or computer most often rather than their tablet (5 per cent) or smartphone (4 per cent Android, 1 per cent Apple iOS).

“Education is a vital part of every anti-piracy strategy, but, to prevent these numbers from growing, studios, operators and rights holders are also introducing more robust content protection strategies,” said Rory O’Connor, Vice President of Services, Irdeto. “Implementing a comprehensive, 360-degree anti-piracy strategy, with solutions like watermarking, forensics and online piracy detection, is essential in fighting the war against pirates,” he concluded.

Terahertz wireless could make spaceborne satellite links as fast as fiber-optic links

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Terahertz_wireless_could_make_spaceborne_satellite_links_as_fast_as_fiber_optic_links_999.html

Terahertz wireless links to spaceborne satellites could make gigabit-per-second connection speeds available to anyone anytime, anywhere on the face of the earth, on the ground or in flight. Image courtesy Fujishima et al. (Hiroshima University).

Hiroshima University, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, and Panasonic Corporation announced the development of a terahertz (THz) transmitter capable of transmitting digital data at a rate exceeding 100 gigabits (= 0.1 terabit) per second over a single channel using the 300-GHz band.

This technology enables data rates 10 times or more faster than that offered by the fifth-generation mobile networks (5G), expected to appear around 2020. Details of the technology will be presented at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) 2017 to be held from February 5 to February 9 in San Francisco, California.

The THz band is a new and vast frequency resource expected to be used for future ultrahigh-speed wireless communications. The research group has developed a transmitter that achieves a communication speed of 105 gigabits per second using the frequency range from 290 GHz to 315 GHz.

This range of frequencies are currently unallocated but fall within the frequency range from 275 GHz to 450 GHz, whose usage is to be discussed at the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) 2019 under the International Telecommunication Union Radiocommunication Section (ITU-R). Last year, the group demonstrated that the speed of a wireless link in the 300-GHz band could be greatly enhanced by using quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM).

This year, they showed six times higher per-channel data rate, exceeding 100 gigabits per second for the first time as an integrated-circuit-based transmitter. At this data rate, the whole content on a DVD (digital versatile disk) can be transferred in a fraction of a second.

"This year, we developed a transmitter with 10 times higher transmission power than the previous version's. This made the per-channel data rate above 100 Gbit/s at 300 GHz possible," said Prof. Minoru Fujishima, Graduate School of Advanced Sciences of Matter, Hiroshima University.

"We usually talk about wireless data rates in megabits per second or gigabits per second. But we are now approaching terabits per second using a plain simple single communication channel. Fiber optics realized ultrahigh-speed wired links, and wireless links have been left far behind. Terahertz could offer ultrahigh-speed links to satellites as well, which can only be wireless.

"That could, in turn, significantly boost in-flight network connection speeds, for example. Other possible applications include fast download from contents servers to mobile devices and ultrafast wireless links between base stations," said Prof. Fujishima.

"Another, completely new possibility offered by terahertz wireless is high-data-rate minimum-latency communications. Optical fibers are made of glass and the speed of light slows down in fibers. That makes fiber optics inadequate for applications requiring real-time responses.

Today, you must make a choice between 'high data rate' (fiber optics) and 'minimum latency' (microwave links). You can't have them both. But with terahertz wireless, we could have light-speed minimum-latency links supporting fiber-optic data rates," he added. The research group plans to further develop 300-GHz ultrahigh-speed wireless circuits.

Zee launches Telugu movie channel in US

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/02/07/zee-launches-telugu-movie-channel-in-us/

Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL) has launched its Telugu movie channel, Zee Cinemalu on Dish and Sling TV in the US as a part of the Telugu pack. This launch brings the total tally of ZEE channels in the US to 37, making ZEE the biggest multi-cultural broadcaster in the US.

Speaking on the latest addition to the ZEE bouquet, Sameer Targe, Business Head – ZEE Americas said, “Movies are an integral part of the lives of the Telugu audience and the stars of Telugu cinema are worshipped as demigods. The Telugu community in the USA is close to half a million strong and is growing at more than 10 per cent every year. With the positioning of ‘Dil Pai Super Hit’, Zee Cinemalu offers a wide variety of movies from different genres with an aim to win the hearts of the Telugu audience.”

Tata distributes MotoGP, WorldSBK

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/02/07/tata-distributes-motogp-worldsbk/

Tata Communications has been selected by Dorna Sports as the exclusive video distribution partner for the FIM MotoGP World Championship and Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK). Tata Communications will distribute the motorcycle road racing action from five continents to over 80 media partners, reaching over 200 million households, using its global superfast fibre and satellite network.

“This partnership with Tata Communications represents a new, exciting step in how we manage the distribution of each race to our broadcast partners worldwide,” said Manel Arroyo, Managing Director, Media and Communications Area at Dorna. “We will use the company’s global media, connectivity and cloud capabilities to bring together the different parts of our broadcast operations. This, coupled with Tata Communications’ experience in the high-pressure world of motorsports, will strengthen our ability to give MotoGP and WorldSBK fans the high-quality, exhilarating viewing experiences they crave.”

Zee set to launch channel in France with dubbed/sub-titled content

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/gecs/zee-set-to-launch-channel-in-france-with-dubbed/sub-titled-content-170208

NEW DELHI: Zee TV, which has among the largest number of Indian channels being telecast in foreign languages in different countries, is shortly launching a channel in France.

Zee founder and Rajya Sabha (Upper House of Parliament) Member of Parliament Subhash Chandra told indiantelevision.com that the group, which had recently launched a channel in Germany, Zee One Germany, is aiming to launch in France to expand reach and target the Indian programme loving French and people of South Asian origin.

“The French channel could be launched within six months or so,” he added without giving a fixed time frame or outlining whether the channel may also at some point of time carry original French content.

Zee, which through a plethora of TV channels (some of which are dubbed in local languages in various countries) was already reaching 200 million viewers overseas, aims “to increase that reach to 500 million”. Speaking on the sidelines of the SATCAB meet organized here by the All India Dish Antenna Aavishkaar Sangh here yesterday, Chandra said that France was until now receiving the channel launched by the group for the United Kingdom.

Zee at present has channels in foreign languages running in UAE/KSA (Arab), Russia, Fiji, Australia, New Zealand, Africa/Mauritius, the Caribbean, United States, Canada and Brazil.

According to Chandra, content from Hollywood dominates the world and it earns 65 per cent from overseas markets, while only 35 per cent from within the US market. “India with its content of feature films and appealing television programmes can also make a mark overseas,” he added.

While pointing out that in the international market, Zee had “successfully” taken popular domestic content in the original as well as repurposed form to focus not just on the South Asian diaspora, but on a wider cross section of global audiences, Zee Entertainment Enterprises MD and Chandra’s elder son Punit Goenka had said in the company’s annual report for FY 2015-16, “This strategy is working for beyond boundaries and being true to our philosophy of `The World is My Family’. Our popular channels in this context like Zee World, Zee Aflam and Zee Magic have witnessed substantial viewership growth in their respective markets. ZEEL expanded its reach to the Asia Pacific region through channels like Zee Bioskop and Zee Nung.”

Zee Bioskop reaches approximately two million homes in Indonesia and Zee Nung caters to about 2.5 million homes in Thailand.

Launched in April, 2015 as a GEC pay channel for the local Indonesian audience, Zee Hiburan, for example, is completely dubbed in Bahasa Indonesia and is also available in Hindi. Zee Sine, a 24/7 Bollywood movie channel, customised and packaged for local audiences, was launched in the Philippines in April 2016.


Intelsat 8/805 @ 169E 4008 V Sr 5000 current listing

"HD Adhoc 1" (Biss) sid 257 Vpid 258 Apid 259
"PLTV" (Biss) Sid 513 Vpid 514 Apid 515
"sky news" Fta showing Australia Channel sid 769 Vpid 770 Apid 771

ABS 6 @ 159E 3639 V Sr 31072 Fec 1/2 there is new mux here
a repeat of a Philippines mux from Measat mostly Powervu but shop tv is FTA

2nd Ave
Jack CT
Jack TV
NBA Premium
Shop TV
Solar Sports
Mom's FM Radio

Sports 5 is also loading on 3888V Sr 8331 but biss encrypted

Intelsat 20 68.5E 4117 H Sr 3333 "Samaa TV" is New FTA Sid 1 Vpid 49 (mpg2) Apid 60

Monday feeds

Asiasat 5 3874 V Sr 7120 "encoder 7" basketball Spain

Sunday feeds

Asiasat 5 3907 H Sr 7200 "service-1" Asean basketball league

Asiasat 5 3925 H Sr 7500 "enc14" Soccer FTA Kob vs ?
Asiasat 5 3885 H Sr 7500 "sts 9" nitro track and field for channel 7 OZ FTA

Optus D2 12634 V Sr 7500 "Telstra broadcast services" Horses
Optus D2 12652 V Sr 7500 "default" not sure
Optus D2 12661 V Sr 7500 "tbs7"cycling
Optus D2 12670 V Sr 7500 "tbs sng" at the races
Optus D2 12679 V Sr 7500 "tbs 3" more horse racing
Optus D2 12597 V Sr 7498 Bathurst race seen testing but Encrypted during race

Saturday Feeds

IS 19 12440 H Sr 7500 "sts 6" NBL
IS19 12459 H Sr 7200 "STS10 Summer Surf A"
IS19 12454 H Sr 15000 FTA card Tasa Sanfl
IS 19 12454 V Sr 15000 "sts 12 enc/ mod 1" unknown encrypted

Asiasat 5 4165 H Sr 7250 "rus-048" ice hockey fta
Asiasat 5 3745 V Sr 7200 "world feed" Emirates golf Fta
Asiasat 5 3685 H Sr 7120 "sansha-tv" Asian Boxing FTA

From my Email


From the Dish

Intelsat 805 169.0E 4008 V "Australia Channel News" is Fta.

Intelsat 19 166.0E 12646 H "Alaraby TV 2" has started on , Fta.

Optus D1 160.0E 12519 H "Prime Plus 1" has started on , Fta.

JCSAT 4B 124.0E 12463 H {"J Sports 4, Discovery Channel Japan, LaLa TV, Movie Plus, TBS Channel 2, Gaora Sports, Fuji TV Next, Space Shower TV, Super! Drama TVand Nihon Eiga Senmon Channel" have started on PowerVu.

Palapa D 113.0E 3627 H Antara TV is back on , Fta. Akhyar TV has left again.

Telkom 1 108.0E 4117 H "CNN Indonesia" is now encrypted.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4146 H "As News" has started on , Fta.

ChinaSat 11 98.0E 12450 V TV Desa, Saluran Musik Indonesia, Klik Music, Metro TV, INews TV, TVOne, TV BMW, Indosiar, DC 7, Trans TV, MNC Shop Channel 79, SCTV,
Hola Home Shopping, ANTV, Kitanesia TV, Otomoto Channel, Creative Channel, Trans 7, Pres TV, Kompas TV, DMI, Quran TV, Arek TV, Net, Inspira TV, TVRI Nasional, Melayu Bagus Channel, Prambors Channel, Hi-Indo!, Nusantara TV, TV Tabalong, JTV, Saluran Film Indonesia and DW have started on .

Measat 3 91.5E 3840 V "ITV Choice" has started on , Irdeto.

Measat 3a 91.4E 12396 H "Duck TV SD and My Kids" have started on , Conax.

ST 2 88.0E 11633 H "Hakka TV, Congressional Channel 1/2 have started on , Fta. Taiwan Indigenous TV and CTS" have left.
ST 2 88.0E 11633 H "Taiwan Indigenous TV has replaced Hakka TV" on , Fta.
ST 2 88.0E 12516 H "Good TV, Buddha Compassion TV Station, Da Ai TV and Life TV" have left .
ST 2 88.0E 12702 H "Videoland Sports and Videoland Max TV" have started on , Conax.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3600 H "Wish Channel" has started on , BISS.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 3800 H "Money Channel" has started on , BISS.

Thaicom 8 78.5E 11170 H Jewelry Channel has left .

ABS 2 75.0E 11045 H "NTV Serial, NTV Styl and NTV Pravo" are now encrypted.
ABS 2 75.0E 11473 V "TNT 4 and Konniy Mir" have started on , Fta.
ABS 2 75.0E 11605 V "KinoSat" has started on, Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 4117 H Samaa TV has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 904 60.0E 11583 V "GlobalStar TV and Hard Life" are still Fta.
Intelsat 904 60.0E 11622 V "Armenia 1 TV, Shoghakat TV, Armenia TV Satellite, Shant TV, H2, Kentron TV, Yerkir Media TV and RTR Planeta" are still on , BISS.

Intelsat 33e 60.0E 11504 V "L!fe 78" has started on , Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Russkij Extreme Ultra HD(高清)频道新增,设置11732 V 43000参数有条件接收。 [2月7日]
东经124度轨道位置的日本通信4B号卫星Ku频段,GSTV、QVC(高清)等3个频道新增,设置12688 V 23303参数免费接收。 [2月7日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,World Business Channel(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11559 V 22000参数免费接收。 [2月7日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,Kuru(测试)高清频道新增,设置11679 H 30000参数免费接收。 [2月7日]
东经38度轨道位置的巴星1R号卫星C频段,Azadi(测试)频道消失,设置4154 V 6666参数无效接收。 [2月7日]
东经124度轨道位置的日本通信4B号卫星Ku频段,CH 71、CH 72(宣传)频道新增,设置12447 V 21100参数免费接收。 [2月7日]

东经38度轨道位置的巴星1R号卫星C频段,Channel Five(巴基斯坦)频道新增,设置3979 V 3255参数免费接收。 [2月6日]
东经124度轨道位置的日本通信4B号卫星Ku频段,探索频道、Movie Plus(高清)等频道新增,设置12463 H 23000参数有条件接收。 [2月6日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星C频段,好莱坞电影、MTV(台亚卫星)等频道加密,设置3740 V 33000参数有条件接收。 [2月6日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星C频段,三立都会、三立国际(台亚卫星)等频道加密,设置3700 V 33000参数有条件接收。 [2月6日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Live TV(印尼)频道新增,设置3627 H 17986参数免费接收。 [2月6日]

东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,国家地理、Fox(MPEG-4)等全组频道消失,设置3954 V 6100参数无效接收。 [2月5日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,天映频道、国家地理(印尼)等全组频道加密,设置3960 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [2月5日]
东经108度轨道位置的电信1号卫星C频段,CNN HD(印尼)高清频道加密,设置4117 H 3000参数有条件接收。 [2月5日]
东经159度轨道位置的ABS-6号卫星C频段,NBA Premium TV(MPEG-4)等8个频道新增,设置3639 V 31080参数有条件接收。 [2月5日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,天映频道、国家地理(印尼)等全组频道解密,设置3960 H 30000参数免费接收。 [2月5日]
东经38度轨道位置的巴星1R号卫星C频段,Gawahi TV(巴基斯坦)频道新增,设置4037 V 4800参数免费接收。 [2月5日]
东经38度轨道位置的巴星1R号卫星C频段,HD Service 3(测试)频道新增,设置3787 H 12800参数免费接收。 [2月5日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,Test(测试)频道消失,设置4002 V 5000参数无效接收。 [2月5日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,Telekanal Aist(俄罗斯)频道加密,设置10981 V 44948参数有条件接收。 [2月5日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,BBC World News替换NHK World(MPEG-4)频道,设置3880 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [2月5日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Metro Shopping TV替换Jak TV(印尼)频道,设置4080 H 28125参数免费接收。 [2月5日]

东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Sony Gem替换SCTV(印尼)频道,设置3780 V 29900参数有条件接收。 [2月4日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Wesal TV、Insan TV(印尼)等频道重现,设置4053 H 3333参数免费接收。 [2月4日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Eve(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置3880 H 30000参数无效接收。 [2月4日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Cinema One Global(菲律宾)频道新增,设置4180 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [2月4日]
东经65度轨道位置的Amos 4号卫星Ku频段,Zee Cinema(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置11236 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [2月4日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,Setanta TV HD(高清)频道加密,设置4120 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [2月4日]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星Ku频段,8 Kanal(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11305 V 30000参数免费接收。 [2月4日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,PBA Rush替换Toonami(Cignal)频道,设置11656 H 18750参数有条件接收。 [2月4日]

东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,艺华影视、天华综艺(艺华卫视)等频道加密,设置12472 V 33500参数有条件接收。 [2月3日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-1、东森电影(艺华卫视)等全组频道加密,设置12354 V 43000参数有条件接收。 [2月3日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,RHTV(环宇卫视)频道加密,设置12401 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [2月3日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,Australia Pluus TV替换天映(cignal)频道,设置11627 H 20000参数有条件接收。 [2月3日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,BeIN Sports HD 3(高清)等3个频道消失,设置3720 H 27500参数无效接收。 [2月3日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Channel Nine BD(孟加拉)频道改格式,设置3794 H 4444参数免费接收。 [2月3日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,Toonami(Cignal)频道重现,设置11656 H 18750参数有条件接收。 [2月3日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,BeIN Sports HD 3(高清)等3个频道新增,设置3720 H 27500参数有条件接收。 [2月3日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,Reserve TS3(测试)频道重现,设置11685 H 18750参数有条件接收。 [2月3日]


Last minute scramble as families face loss of internet connection

From http://www.katherinetimes.com.au/story/4452414/satellite-switch-off-imminent/

With less than a month to go before the Interim Satellite Service makes its last internet transmission, installers, customers and lobby groups have hit the afterburners.

Communications networks around the country are flooding email and social media feeds with a last-minute campaign to contact an estimated 1500 customers yet to be connected to the new Sky Muster internet service.

One of those waiting is Kimberley cattle producer Anne Maree Huey.

After applying to be migrated across to Sky Muster in June 2016 but being “bumped back” to September, November, December, February and then March 30, before being given a new connection date of March 1, she has no confidence she’ll be connected up before her existing internet connection is lost.

Her frustration at the prospect of having no internet for a month boiled over on the Better Internet for Rural Regional and Remote Australia Facebook page at the end of January.

“Considering our connection date has been postponed four times since November, I have little faith that the March date will go ahead either.

“I am just wondering if anyone else is in the same position, as I am about to start lobbying anyone who will listen (and no doubt quite a few who won't).”

Living 3.5 hours from Broome at Dampier Downs and with the wet season making access problematic, Anne-Marie is facing the prospect of not being able to track cyclones, nor being able to access market information as the cattle muster begins.

“My 15-year-old niece is looking at starting Year 11 with no internet – what other kids have to do that,” she asked.

“We’ve invested in InReach for staff working for us, so they can send emergency messages. It sends an email but without internet, we’re in the dark.

“This is putting lives at risk.”

Nbn co’s Queensland corporate affairs manager Kylie Lindsay has since said a helicopter install was planned for next week.

“This order has previously been identified as being located in an area known to have periodic access issues due to weather. For example the last appointment for this site had to be rescheduled due to weather.

“We’re actually doing quite a few by chopper. We are just doing what we need to do to get into some of the most remote, and difficult to reach places in Australia.”

Kylie also said reschedules were down to “resource availability”.

According to retail service provider SkyMesh CEO Paul Rees, the installation delays were not down to his company or nbn co, but were an installer issue.

He also commented to Anne Marie that his company had highlighted the problem to nbn co, and he suspected “they will realise the seriousness of the situation and will pull out all stops to get you connected by the deadline”.

One of the most galling things for Anne-Maree was that neighbours 20km away had been connected last year, meaning that an installer would have driven past their turnoff.

“This just seems to be inept,” she said.

According to Kylie, as satellite customers apply for their service at their discretion and with their service provider, nbn does not control the locations of the rollout for satellite as they are lodged in the system.

“For ISS migration, where we had not received orders at all, we undertook a pre-installation campaign where we did batch installations for areas where we were in control of the process.”

She said that even with the “proactive effort” put in to contact all ISS users, some had left it to the last minute to order a Sky Muster service.

“However, this number is small in comparison to overall number of people who were on the ISS.”

BIRRR is urging even people who hope to secure a fixed wireless service in future to apply for Sky Muster in the meantime.

“You will NOT have an internet connection past February 28, unless you do this,” spokeswoman Kristy Sparrow said. “At a later point in time you will be able to switch to fixed wireless/fibre as planned.”

She also urged current ISS users who have made an informed decision to use an alternate service to nbn Sky Muster, to also inform their ISS provider of their decision urgently.

“This will ensure you are removed from the list of people nbn is trying to contact but will also stop your provider billing you for your ISS service.

BIRRR believes that ISS providers are contacting customers regarding the looming deadline, but fears that many are not fully aware of the implications it might make on internet services and connectivity.

“It can take some time for applications to be processed and installers to actually physically get to customer locations to install the new Sky Muster satellite dishes - we urge everyone affected to immediately get the ball rolling with their application underway,” Kristy said.

Green v Mundine: How two blokes outsmarted Foxtel and why it should get on board

From http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-05/how-two-blokes-outsmarted-foxtel/8241800

Brett Hevers and Darren Sharpe are either copyright thieves who deserve to face up to five years' jail or "deadset f***ing legends".

It depends who you ask.

Between them on Friday night they racked up close to 300,000 viewers within a matter of minutes, streaming the blockbuster pay-per-view Mundine v Green boxing match on Facebook Live.

It was as simple as pointing their phones at the TV and pressing the live stream button on their Facebook accounts.

The intense publicity surrounding the fight, combined with the fact it was somewhat inaccessible (requiring a Foxtel subscription) and rather expensive ($59.95 per household, over and above subscription fees), ensured their Facebook feeds quickly went ballistic.

I must admit, I was one of those participating in what Foxtel management sees as theft.

I checked into Facebook and there it was at the top of my feed urging me to watch a live feed from a bloke named Brett Hevers. So I clicked.

To be honest, I was only mildly interested in the fight.

What was truly gripping was the hilarious stream of comments and emojis rolling across the screen and the spectacle of something going truly viral, in real time.

At first, 100 people per second were joining the crime scene. Then 1,000 every few seconds.

As the viewership ticked over 100,000, some people even started posting ads in the comments feed.

Foxtel remotely turned off Brett's subscription, but within minutes another feed started up from another Robin Hood acolyte named Darren Sharpe.

He clocked up well over 150,000 viewers.

Incredibly, someone from Foxtel tracked him down, called his phone and threatened him with legal action (on speaker phone).

Eventually Darren capitulated and turned off his Facebook stream.

It felt like the corporate equivalent of a little Dutch boy putting his finger in the dyke.

Before long, dozens of others stepped in, streaming the match on Periscope and YouTube as well.

Foxtel is promising to take legal action.

Foxtel chief executive Peter Tonagh said: "It's very clear to us that he knew that what he was doing was illegal. We advised him that what he was doing was illegal."

But claims that live streaming threaten the sustainability of the industry are wrong. The real threat to the viability of any industry is a company's inability to adapt to technology and keep up with the demands of its users.

Consumers these days insist on instant access.

If it's not easy to buy, and relatively cheap, technology allows them to go elsewhere.

Just a few years ago, there were shops that sold CDs. "Imagine that!", we'll tell our grandkids.

To buy a music single these days, you simply hold your phone to a speaker, say "Siri, what's this?" and up pops the song, the artist, the album and the option to download it instantly for $1.99.

Despite predictions of the music industry's imminent demise at the hands of piracy, it's still going strong because it viewed a potential problem as a new market and adapted.

The fact that Australia ranks as the worst for piracy of hit TV shows like Game of Thrones isn't our convict roots showing through.

It's due to the fact the only legal way to watch the show is to sign a lengthy subscription with the rights holder, Foxtel.

Of course that's going to send people elsewhere to find it, legal or not.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was dead right when he talked about the need for us all to be agile.

It may not have won him any votes in North Queensland, but he was right to say "there has never been a more exciting time to be an Australian".

Companies can either get on board, or be slowly ground down by "legends" like Brett, Darren and their 300,000 new best friends.

Danny Green vs Anthony Mundine live streamers will face legal action from Foxtel

From http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-04/green-v-mundine-live-streamers-warned-to-brace-for-legal-action/8241276

Foxtel boss Peter Tonagh has confirmed the pay TV provider will launch legal action against people who streamed the Danny Green versus Anthony Mundine boxing bout on social media.

Key points:
•Thousands of people watched Danny Green take on Anthony Mundine for free
•Foxtel was charging customers $59.95 to watch the much-anticipated bout
•However, several fight fans streamed the broadcast on Facebook

One lawyer said people who live-streamed the event on Facebook could face fines of up to $60,000 or five years in prison.

The bout between the two veteran fighters was billed as the most anticipated in Australian history, with 28,000 fans at Adelaide Oval watching Green claim a controversial win.

Foxtel was charging customers nearly $60 to watch the fight on its Main Event channel.

Streams of the bout and undercard, which included rugby star Quade Cooper, on Facebook attracted hundreds of thousands of viewers and angered the event's promoter.

Brisbane man Darren Sharpe said he received a call from a Foxtel representative, asking him to stop his bootleg broadcast, and a recording of their conversation was uploaded to YouTube.

Mr Sharpe has started a Go Fund Me page saying: "Please donate in case I end up getting sued."

Mr Tonagh, Foxtel's chief executive, confirmed the broadcaster would take legal action against the people who initiated the Facebook videos

"It's very clear to us that he knew that what he was doing was illegal. We advised him that what he was doing was illegal," he said.

"We stopped the streaming of the content to his set-top box on the basis that it contravened the terms of use of his residential subscriber agreement."

'People are stealing off us'

One of the fight's promoters, Justin Manolikos — a long-time friend of Green — blasted people watching the fight for free.

"It's stealing. It's no different to video piracy or music piracy," he said.

"What it's showing, whether it's Facebook or Twitter or whatever is that the pay-per-view model has major issues from a piracy point of view.

"Companies like Facebook need to have good, hard look at themselves. They don't care. They're getting something because other people are stealing off us."

Mr Sharpe's tense exchange with a Foxtel representative came during the sixth fight on the card, between Cooper and Jack McInnes.

Darren: "Sorry mate, I just had to chuck that on mute. So you want me to turn off my Foxtel because I can't stream it?"

Rep: "No. I want you to stop streaming it on Facebook. Just keep watching the fight at home, there's no dramas with that. Just don't stream it on Facebook."

Darren: "Mate, I've got 78,000 viewers here that aren't going to be happy with you. I just don't see why it's [not] legal. I'm not doing anything wrong, mate. What can you do to me?"

Rep: "It's a criminal offence against the copyright act, mate. We've got technical protection methods inside the box so exactly this thing can't happen."

Darren: "Bullsh*t."

Rep: "It's against the copyright act of Australia mate."

Darren: "Unbelievable."

Streams drew more than 150,000

Another man who streamed the bout, Brett Hevers, said he had not done anything wrong.

"I streamed the Mundine and Green fight mainly just so a few mates could watch it. A few people couldn't afford the fee or didn't have Foxtel so I just thought I'd put it up for them," he said.

"All of a sudden 153,000 people I think at the peak were watching it."

Sara Delpopolo, a lawyer specialising in social media who founded the International Social Media Association last year, said the streams could have denied Foxtel millions of dollars.

"This sort of issue raises some massive gaps in the protection mechanisms provided by social media platforms," she said.

"This is something that arises out of social media platforms and the new technologies they are introducing.

"Up until now we've seen bit-sized personal videos and showing of third-party content but not to the extent of this. I'm surprised it hasn't happened sooner."

Fox Sports launches international AFL streaming product

From https://mumbrella.com.au/fox-sports-launches-international-sports-streaming-product-424411

Just days after Foxtel made headlines for cutting the feeds of subscribers who live streamed the Danny Green versus Anthony Mundine fight to non-paying Facebook viewers – raising questions about the future of live streaming and content piracy – Fox Sports Australia has announced a new international sports’ streaming product, while Foxtel has launched a new sport promo bundle.

The Watch AFL service will be the network’s first direct-to-consumer international streaming product.


The move marks Fox Sports’ first foray into international distribution and “will also provide a blueprint to explore similar opportunities with rights holders across the company’s full suite of sports”, a statement from the network said.

The platform is a “ground-breaking streaming service”, the statement said, featuring every AFL game in addition to all associated AFL entertainment shows. The content will be available internationally, both live and on demand, “boosting the reach and taking AFL to a whole new audience”.

The network also announced it will continue to push into new markets next year as part of its deal to represent AFL as the sports’ sales agent for international broadcast rights from 2018.

Fox Sports CEO, Patrick Delany, said the Watch AFL Service will extend the sport’s growing reach across multiple platforms.

“The new Watch AFL Service will share our love of AFL with fans around the world.

“Australians travelling or living overseas won’t miss a minute of their team live in action, plus new fans will be able to learn more about the players and the game with all of Fox Sports’ award-winning programs delivering the best insight and analysis.

“The new partnership will help grow the game globally, taking AFL to more markets, across more platforms and reaching more fans than ever before.”

Today also saw the announcement of a new “unprecedented” offer from Foxtel, which features the subscription TV service’s sport and entertainment packs, with a special 200GB broadband bundle for $99 per month on a 12-month plan.


Foxtel said the offer is a celebration of the second anniversary of “launching broadband services that are purpose-built for entertainment”.

The offer features 12 sports channels, including Fox Sports 1-5, Fox Footy, beIn Sports 1-3, ESPN 1-2 and Eurosport, enabling subscribers to “catch every round live and ad-break free during play across NRL and AFL, as well as every race, practice and qualifying session live of Formula 1 and Supercars”.

In addition, the plan includes access to the NRL-focused Fox League channel, set to launch February 27.

The entertainment side of the bundle includes 45 channels, such as Fox 8, UKTV, Arena, Lifestyle and National Geographic.

The offer, according to Foxtel CEO, Peter Tonagh, is unique in the market and “couldn’t come at a better time”.

“Foxtel’s Sports, Entertainment and Broadband bundle represents incredible value for sports fans and broadband users,” he said.

“Entertainment continues to be a major differentiator among broadband providers and I believe our special sport and broadband bundle is unmatched in terms of breadth and quality of Australian and global sport. It couldn’t come at a better time for sports fans as we get ready to kick off the 2017 winter sports season.”

Both announcements come at what some see as a tipping point for subscription-based television sport viewing.

Australia: Most Netflix subs watching less commercial TV

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/02/07/australia-most-netflix-subs-watching-less-commercial-tv/

With Netflix series The Crown crowned Best Drama at the Golden Globe Awards, Roy Morgan Research reveals how many Australians have a subscription at home, how much commercial television they still watch, and why audience engagement will become the metric that matters for the broadcast networks.

One in four Australian homes now have a Netflix subscription, Roy Morgan’s latest data to the end of 2016 shows. An estimated 5,862,000 Australians aged 14+ (29.5 per cent) now have access to the Subscription Video on Demand (SVoD) service (via 2,268,000 household subscriptions).

Netflix subscribers watch less commercial TV than others—but this is not simply because they have now have SVoD in the home. Many subscribers were already commercial TV, which was a driving reason to subscribe in the first place.

Among today’s Netflix subscribers, 18 per cent still watch a Heavy amount of commercial television (classified as more than three hours on a normal weekday), and another 20 per cent watch a Medium amount of two to three hours. 42 per cent watch less than two hours’ worth, and the remaining 20 per cent say they don’t watch any at all on a regular Monday to Friday.

Of course, a majority of seven in 10 Australians don’t have Netflix in the home. Among them, 27 per cent are Heavy Commercial TV viewers, 21 per cent are Medium, 37 per cent are Light and only 16 per cent watch none on a typical weekday.

“Netflix finished 2016 in almost 2.3 million Australian homes,” advised Michele Levine, CEO, Roy Morgan Research. “Commercial TV networks (and their advertisers) are right to be concerned about the popularity of SVoD, and how much attention it will ‘steal’ from free-to-air television.”

“Many Netflix subscribers, especially in the early days, weren’t big viewers of commercial TV—so the industry wasn’t necessarily losing audiences it had to begin with. Heavy commercial TV viewers remain the least likely to have Netflix—however subscriptions among this group have grown over 50 per cent in 2016, faster than any other viewing segment.”

“Free-to-air networks, industry bodies and advertisers must now pay closer attention to SVoD subscription rates and usage habits among their heaviest viewers.”

“One core issue will be how heavy commercial TV viewers use Netflix, and other SVoD services such as Stan, if and when they do subscribe. Will it be only for a weekly movie, a series binge-viewed over a weekend, or become the first port of call every time the TV is turned on?”

“In large part, this will all come down to viewers’ engagement with particular TV shows. Roy Morgan measures how much of each show’s audience loves it, especially chooses to watch, has a household member in control of the remote, or is tuned in only because there’s nothing else on. As SVoD grows (and offers award-winning ‘must-see’ new shows such as The Crown), networks and advertisers won’t be able to rely on reaching unengaged viewers.”

“The time is now to start focusing on audience engagement. Multiple broadcast channels, live streaming and catch-up platforms should give the commercial TV networks the ability to offer highly engaging programming to all different segments, keeping them tuned in and upholding free-to-air as the go-to at-home entertainment option,” she suggested.

Japan's troubled 'space junk' mission fails

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Japans_troubled_space_junk_mission_fails_999.html

An experimental Japanese mission to clear 'space junk' or rubbish from the Earth's orbit has ended in failure, officials said Monday, in an embarassment for Tokyo.

Over 100 million pieces of garbage are thought to be whizzing around the planet, including cast-off equipment from old satellites and bits of rocket, which experts say could pose risks for future space exploration.

Scientists at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) were trying to test an electrodynamic 'tether' -- created with the help of a fishing net company -- to slow down the orbiting rubbish and bring it into a lower orbit.

The hope was that the clutter -- built up after more than five decades of human space exploration -- would eventually enter the Earth's atmosphere and burn up harmlessly before it had a chance to crash into the planet.

The 700-metre (2,300-foot) long tether -- made from thin wires of stainless steel and aluminium -- was due to be extended out from a cargo ship launched in December carrying supplies for astronauts at the International Space Station.

Problems arose quickly, however, and technicians tried for days to remedy the situation but only had a one-week window to carry out the mission before the vessel reentered the Earth's atmosphere before dawn on Monday.

"We believe the tether did not get released", leading researcher Koichi Inoue told reporters.

"It is certainly disappointing that we ended the mission without completing one of the main objectives," he said.

The disappointment is the latest failure to hit JAXA and comes just weeks after the agency had to abort a mission that sought to use a mini-rocket to send a satellite into orbit.

The agency also abandoned a pricey ultra-high-tech satellite launched in February last year to search for X-rays emanating from black holes and galaxy clusters after losing contact with the spacecraft.

Thaicom appoints Chinveeraphan as chief strategy officer

From https://www.telecompaper.com/news/thaicom-appoints-chinveeraphan-as-chief-strategy-officer--1182466

Asian satellite operator Thaicom has appointed Supoj Chinveeraphan as its chief strategy officer. In his new position, Chinveeraphan will lead the growth of Thaicom as an Asian brand, including the company's marketplace strategy, market positioning, partnerships and operations. Chinveeraphan recently joined Thaicom after serving as director and GM of Ipstar Australia and New Zealand from 2009 to 2015.

Italian police bust pay-TV piracy ring

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/02/06/italian-police-bust-pay-tv-piracy-ring-2/

Italy’s Guardia di Finanza (Financial Police) has busted a pay-TV piracy ring in Naples, seizing €76,000 in transmission equipment, including smart cards, decoders and PCs.

The pirates, equipped with decoders and cards from pay-TV operators Sky Italia and Mediaset Premium, decoded premium content such as movies and live football and retransmitted it in real-time online.

Viewers subscribing to the service were charged a flat annual rate of €70, corresponding to just over 10 per cent of the full and legal subscription to the pay-TV offer.

According to the Guardia di Finanza, the transmission centre was handled by an Italian living in Switzerland but based in the Naples suburb of Scampia. The venture provided an annual subscription to live channels, as well as a package of on demand content, similar to that offered by the pay-TV broadcasters.

Among the material seized, the police found dozens of photocopies of ID cards of people totally unaware of the operation.

The four people arrested risk imprisonment of up to four years and a fine of €15,000.

DSport, Discovery's expansion into under-served areas beyond factual

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/sports/dsport-discoverys-expansion-into-under-served-areas-beyond-factual-170206

MUMBAI: After dividing its offering into two verticals- female & family entertainment product and real world entertainment product- Discovery Networks has now entered the sports genre with its latest offering. Priced at Rs 12.6 on reference interconnect offer (RIO), and Rs 32 for the high-definition version, DSport provides access to unmatched live sporting action from around the world. With an aim to provide 4000+ hours of live content annually, DSport will air international sports properties ranging from horse racing to football, motorsports, rugby and cycling. Targeted at the passionate community of sports lovers, the channel will offer a daily dose of 10+ hours of live content for viewers across the country.

The channel went live on 6 February and reached about 35 million households.

In this fast evolving digital space where more and more digital platforms are providing live coverage of several sports events, Discovery Networks, in the current scenario, does not see owning a digital platform as the best profitable business in India. Though, it is entering the digital space with its remarkable IPs which they are licensing across multiple digital Over-The-Top (OTT) platforms.

“The only thing we are not entering right now as is our own platform because I don’t think the economics of it are suitable for every broadcaster. Going on hypothesis, I think that owning a digital platform might not be the best profitable business in India because the consumer acquisition cost is very high and the retention rates of the platforms are very low. It’s the easiest thing to launch a technological platform with content offering but acquiring people to sign in on the platform is a high end cost. 80 per cent of the subscribers are out of the platform in a month. They have no stickiness to the platform. So, we will create remarkable IPs like we have for sports and then decide whether to sign exclusive deals with the existing platforms or to distribute it across a range of digital platforms. Whatever makes the best financial sense. Our push for digital is very aggressive,” said Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific senior vice president and general manager Karan Bajaj.

He further added, “I think that we should possess content that is so remarkable that every network wants to own it, which is much more profitable business rather than owning your own platform. We are acquiring linear and digital rights for every property. We are creating digital brands with digital native players which we will be licensing through multiple platforms. My objective is to serve the digital consumers; the consumers who are looking at things digitally. And launching a digital platform is subscale for us.”

Former MD of ESPN Star and former CEO of Dish TV India R.C. Venkateish will be working closely with DSport especially in areas related to content acquisition for the channel.

The channel will be a part of the sports tier via a subscription model on both DTH and cable in both HD and SD. It has already partnered with Hathway and bunch of other cable platforms and are in talks with several DTH players. “The channel will be distributed in the same way as our other channels,” added Bajaj.

Bajaj also opined that the channel has received very strong response from the advertisers. In its initial phase, the channel does not plan to have any advertisements to hit the scale and distribution for a lucrative business of its advertisers.

The network is marketing the channel thoughtfully. It is promoting the channel community wise rather than massively. “It is best to target specific communities to market the channel rather than doing one or two big promotional activities,” added Bajaj.

DSport redefines sports coverage in India with a wide repertoire of exciting properties from across the world of sports. These will initially include:

· Horse Racing: exclusive rights to telecast daily live racing from the best of UK and Irish tracks totaling over 7000 races/ year

· Football: Brazilian League, Chinese Super League, Portuguese League, Major League Soccer (USA)

· Golf: British Open (The Open Championship), US Open, PGA Championship, LPGA

· Motorsports: NASCAR, FIA World Rallycross Championship

· Rugby: 6 Nations Rugby

· Cycling: Tour de France (a property of Eurosport)

DSport is in advanced negotiations for selected high quality cricket events to add to the above-mentioned portfolio.

The other channels of the network, Discovery, Science, Turbo, Animal Planet, TLC, ID, Kids, will perceive a complete change in its look and feel starting with Discovery channel by June end followed by the rest. It plans to have 200 hours of original localized content not limited to infotainment but diversifying into other genres like crime, adventure, automation, etc. The key focus, apart from localisation and number of hours, will be on the nature of storytelling.


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Kodi version 17 has been released. You can get it from the downloads section

For those on android devices you need to be on Android o.s 5.1 or higher to run version 17

Friday feeds

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John Drinnan: Lightbox staying, says Spark

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11793631

Spark is standing by its subscription video on demand service, Lightbox, amid speculation that it has also signed a deal with Netflix.

An industry source suggests the two services might run in tandem, with Netflix offered as part of a Spark package, and Lightbox given free to customers.

Spark spokesman Richard Llewellyn says the company does not comment on market speculation or rumours.

"We are absolutely committed to Lightbox and customer numbers are growing well," he says. "It's an important part of our media offering and our investment will be increasing, not decreasing."

This is a pivotal point in pay TV, with Vodafone waiting for the Commerce Commission to decide on its planned merger with Sky TV.

Llewellyn says there is no prospect that Netflix will replace Lightbox, noting an increase in the number of subscribers. However, it is not clear how much of this is due to Spark extending its offer of free Lightbox for broadband customers.

Spark will release its half year results on February 16.

By press time, Netflix had not offered any comment.

Sky vs Winston

Since it began in 1989, Sky TV has put a lot of effort into fighting and winning political battles so it can stay unregulated.

This year, however, it will have Winston Peters on its back.

A member's bill from NZ First's Clayton Mitchell calls for sports events of national significance to be set aside for free to air TV channels. This is often known as "anti-siphoning" legislation.

At the heart of Sky's success is its dominance of sports, which it uses to persuade fans to buy a basic Sky package.

So Sky cannot afford to let the bill gain headway in an election year, challenging that long-established dominance.

The bill is expected to go to its first reading in the next two months. Few observers expect it to result in free to air winning preferential rights to major sports events. But debate on the topic - and the fact that New Zealanders often have to pay to watch the All Blacks play - might provide bad publicity for Sky and good publicity for NZ First.

The Greens have supported the first reading of the bill, while Labour has not declared its position.

Two nationally significant sporting events will be on Sky during the time the bill could be in the news.

The America's Cup runs from May 26 to June 27 and the Lions rugby tour from June 3 to July 8.

New Zealand Rugby is likely to be a key supporter for Sky in the event that there is public demand for NZ First's anti-siphoning rules.

So are the other premium sports codes: cricket, league and netball.

New Zealand Rugby would argue that they need the revenue from pay TV to survive, and anti-siphoning rules would not work. The organisation's chairman, Brent Impey, says he will gladly testify to such rules not working.

Impey, a former chief executive of TV3 owner MediaWorks, says the All Blacks could not afford to retain talent if pay TV revenue were diminished.

He says comparisons with other countries which have anti-siphoning laws are not valid, because of New Zealand's small size.

Uphill push

TVNZ chief executive Kevin Kenrick says the push for anti-siphoning rules will be an uphill task.

He insists that anti-siphoning moves need not hit sports bodies, because they could still enjoy the revenue from other media such as streaming.

"The future for small countries is multiple monetisation streams of content," says Kenrick. "In this country, rugby has the ability to go direct with over the top streaming and to sell the rights for pay TV and free to air.

"I would be surprised if they could not generate healthy returns from exploiting these fully.

"If it were live, there would be increased value to a free to air player," says Kenrick, who notes that high participation and viewing levels make sport commercially viable for free to air TV.

So how come the sporting codes don't agree?

Kenrick says that comes down to the codes being "comfortable" after years of dealing with Sky TV.

Saving sport

Over the years, Sky has made assiduous efforts to convince MPs that any anti-siphoning rules would be a very bad idea, and damage sport.

Arguably, the most effective lobbying has been Sky's sponsorship of the parliamentary rugby team.

Sky TV chief executive John Fellet says the anti-siphoning argument resurfaces every two or three years.

Fellet questions whether free to air TV would play sports events even if Sky was shut out.

TVNZ says it attempted to get rights to the America's Cup in Bermuda, but was outbid by Sky.

Big events often require a free to air broadcaster, and in that case Sky uses Prime TV to provide delayed cover.

Free to air's problems go back to 2006, when the Commerce Commission allowed Sky to buy Prime TV.

That purchase allowed Sky to take up free to air rights and use them to offer delayed coverage, keeping the rights out of reach of the rest of the market.

Expect more from Sky Pacific, says McLean

From http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=387801

EXPECT bigger and better things from Sky Pacific, says Digicel Fiji CEO Darren McLean.

He said in the 11 months that the mobile telecommunications player has run the television entertainment service, there had seen an increase in subscriptions.

"It's almost been a year that we've had this business and it's been very hard work but it's also been incredibly fun and we've really enjoyed getting into the TV business," he said.

"And if you look at what we've done with Sky Pacific in bringing in broadband internet, mobile and television, the response to that has been extremely strong.

"We are now into the thousands of customers who have taken home our Triple Play bundle.

"So for less than $80, you get the highest data bundle available from Unwired, you get unlimited free calls for the entire family through Digicel and you get 25 channels on Sky Pacific.

"It's an amazing offer and we are extremely happy that a lot of customers have seen the benefits and taken up the offer."

Mr McLean said Digicel was not resting on its laurels in terms of Sky Pacific and there were plans to improve on the service.

"It's gone really well and the next step for us is to improve it even further.

"And this includes simplifying the processes around activating it and keeping it going.

"So we're not finished yet with Sky Pacific."

Space officials weigh up joint investmen

From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/news/business/corporate/30305500

THE NATIONAL Space Affairs Committee will today consider a proposal by Thaicom to seek possible joint investment with CAT Telecom to develop the Thaicom 9 broadband satellite.

A panel of CAT, the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society and the Defence Ministry will submit to the committee its study on whether the country needs to develop its own communications satellite, including Thaicom’s proposal for a partnership with CAT.

Prajin Juntong, committee chairman, said this week that the meeting would not make any decision on the Thaicom proposal but would seek to first decide whether the country needs to develop its own communications satellite.

If the satellite were deemed needed, the government would need to work out whether to develop it on its own or seek a partner.

The meeting might decide that the country should not develop its own satellite due to its lack of experience in the satellite operation field, said Prajin, who is also a deputy prime minister.

Earlier, a Digital Economy Ministry source said Thaicom proposed to CAT that they invest at the ratio of 70:30 to develop the Thaicom 9 project.

This fits well with the government’s plan to have its own state satellite.

Prajin said Thaicom has proposed several partnership options. If CAT and Thaicom finally agree to enter into a joint investment, they will still need time to discuss the plan in greater detail, so their partnership is unlikely to happen soon.

If CAT and Thaicom could join forces, it would benefit the country in terms of disaster prevention, public use and commercial benefit.

The other point in the Thaicom proposal to the ministry is that it would allow the government to use one transponder from each of its existing licensed satellites, Thaicom 7 and 8, and also its future licensed satellites for free for the rest of their lifespans.

Prajin said the space committee would have to consider first the economic value of accepting this offer and the list of state agencies to be granted use of the offered transponders.

Thaicom also proposed that for the Thaicom 4 (IPSTAR), Thaicom 5 and Thaicom 6 satellites, which operate under the ministry’s concession, it would continue paying the annual concession fee from the end of the concession in 2021 until the end of their lifespans.

The annual concession fee it offers to pay in this case is the same as it will pay to the ministry from this year until the end of the concession in 2021, which is 22.5 per cent of its gross revenue.

The concessions for the Thaicom 4 and 5 satellites will end at the same time in 2021, while in theory their lifespans will run to 2021 or later.

The concession for Thaicom 6 expires in 2021 but its lifespan will continue for eight years after that.

The ministry has engaged Chula Unisearch to study how to reform the satellite service industry.

The study advised the ministry to bring Thaicom’s two licensed satellites – Thaicom 7 and 8 – back under the ministry’s concession regime. Both satellites will be under a concession until it expires in 2021.

RSCC sees rise in revenues

From http://www.digitaltveurope.net/655611/rscc-sees-rise-in-revenues/

Russian satellite operator RSCC saw its full-year revenues rise by 24% in 2016, turning in RUB11.4 billion (€175 million).

The RSCC fleet now comprises 12 communication and broadcasting satellites positioned along the GEO orbital arc from 14° West to 145° East.

The operator also brought into service Express-AMU1, a new satellite serving European Russia, in February last year.

RSCC also instructed ISS Reshetnev and Thales Alenia Space to begin building the Express-80 and Express-103 satellites for launch in 2019.

The year saw RSCC strike agreements with state broadcasting outfit RTRS for services to provide digital packages containing 20 mandatory nationwide TV channels and three mandatory nationwide radio channels.

RSCC said that international revenues now accounted for 40% of its revenues, driven by commercial activity, with an entry into the Latin American market in 2016, where the company said it ihad received initial orders, and an expansion of its customer base in South Africa.

The operator said it had also secured significant additional mobile, broadband and maritime business.

Sony BBC Earth gets regulatory approval, to launch in India soon

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/factual-documentary/sony-bbc-earth-gets-regulatory-approval-to-launch-in-india-soon-170202


MUMBAI: Sony Pictures Network's much-awaited channel -- Sony BBC Earth -- is all set to launch in India. The network has received regulatory approvals for the launch of Sony BBC Earth.

“We have received regulatory approval for the launch of Sony BBC Earth, in both SD and HD. We are now gearing up for the launch of these channels and will announce a launch date soon," said a spokesperson from the network.

The new channel will showcase the work of the world’s foremost factual film-makers as it takes the audience on a journey of discovery. From the smallest creature under the microscope to the limitless expanses of space, the channel will bring viewers face to face with heart-pounding action, mind-blowing ideas and the wonders of being human.

The Sony BBC Earth channels will be available in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.


Thursday feeds

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D2 - 12672 V Sr 7500 horses

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Intelsat 33e 60.0E 11522 V "Nika TV" has started on , Fta.

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东经56度轨道位置的快车AT1号卫星Ku频段,O!(俄罗斯)频道解密,设置12130 R 27500参数免费接收。 [2月2日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AT2号卫星Ku频段,O!(俄罗斯)频道解密,设置12207 R 27500参数免费接收。 [2月2日]
东经103度轨道位置的快车AM3号卫星Ku频段,O!(俄罗斯)频道解密,设置11605 V 34425参数免费接收。 [2月2日]

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Wish Channel(泰国)频道新增,设置3600 H 26667参数有条件接收。 [2月1日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Smart Movie & Music替换Wish Chennel(泰国)频道,设置3480 H 30000参数免费接收。 [2月1日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,D Gold+ (测试)频道新增,设置3760 H 26000参数免费接e