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Measat 3a 91.5E 3643 H Sr 1556 "News 24" from Nepal is new FTA

Stream web link


Asiasat 5 3806 H Sr 7500 "Eye of Africa Highlights" Golf

Asiasat 5 3936 V SR 7200 "TFRE EP 572" Football show

Changes in the radio on TV PLUS

Intelsat 19 12286 H Sr 30000

These radio have begun , all are fta, as named on the transponder.

PMT PID: 5076, SID: 76 Apid 879 @ VOICE OF GREECE (TV PLUS)
PMT PID: 5077, SID: 77 Apid 880 @ GREEK DEYTERO (TV PLUS)
PMT PID: 5078, SID: 78 Apid 881 @ GREEK PROTO (TV PLUS)
PMT PID: 5079, SID: 79 Apid 882 @ GREEK SPORT (TV PLUS)
PMT PID: 5080, SID: 80 Apid 883 @ GREEK KOSMOS (TV PLUS)
PMT PID: 5081, SID: 81 Apid 884 @ GREEK TRITO (TV PLUS)

From my Email


From the Dish

Vinasat 1 132.0E 10968 H Fox Asia and Huong Dan TV have started on , Irdeto. Gem TV Asia and Warner TV Asia have left .
Vinasat 1 132.0E 11008 HHanoi TV 1, Huong Dan TV, SCTV 1/7/9/14/15/17 have started on , Irdeto. Huong Dan TV, HBO Asia, Disney Junior Asia, Animal Planet Southeast Asia, Discovery Channel Southeast Asia, VTV 2 and VTV 9 have left
Vinasat 1 132.0E 11472 H "SCJ TV Shopping, Lao Cai TV, Son La TV, Dien Bien TV, Quang Tri TV", Kon Tum TV and Phu Yen TV have started on , Fta Tay Ninh TV, Huong Dan TV and Binh Phuoc TV 2 have left

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3505 V JJ Channel and Nhang Channel have started on . Bluesky Channel and Sat TV are now encrypted. I Shopping has left.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3545 V "Variety Hit has replaced World Entertainment TV 42" on , BISS.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3805 H "Saam TV" has started on , Fta
Insat 4A 83.0E 3958 H "Satya TV" has started on , Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经101.4度轨道位置的中星9A号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-1、CCTV-2(户户通)等全组频道消失,设置12020 R 28800参数无效接收。 [2月16日]
东经101.4度轨道位置的中星9A号卫星Ku频段,测试-9A-高清1(户户通)等全组频道消失,设置11720 L 28800参数无效接收。 [2月16日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,Cartoon Kids、WSM(V2H)等5个频道新增,设置11600 H 30000参数免费接收。 [2月16日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,9XM(印度)频道新增,设置3805 H 28500参数有条件接收。 [2月16日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,News 24(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3644 H 1556参数免费接收。 [2月16日]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,ABS CBN、GMA 7(Cignal)频道加密,设置12310 V 29976参数有条件接收。 [2月16日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,TVD Momo(老挝)频道解密,设置10850 V 45000参数免费接收。 [2月16日]

东经65度轨道位置的Amos 4号卫星Ku频段,Sagarmatha(Dish Home)频道新增,设置10860 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [2月15日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,First India替换Assam Talks(印度)频道,设置4133 H 11888参数免费接收。 [2月15日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Care World、99 Percent(印度)等频道新增,设置3958 H 9500参数免费接收。 [2月15日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Live 24(印度)频道新增,设置3756 H 13333参数免费接收。 [2月15日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,TV 24替换Raftaar Media(印度)频道,设置3756 H 13333参数免费接收。 [2月15日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,TVNZ、RNZ(传送)频道加密,设置4146 V 5630参数有条件接收。 [2月15日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Music Masti替换MLQ Movies(巴基斯坦)频道,设置4146 H 5317参数免费接收。 [2月15日]

东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Music Indio、9X Jhakaas(印度)等6个频道新增,设置3805 H 28500参数免费接收。 [2月14日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星C频段,信吉卫视(标清)频道改格式,设置3740 V 33000参数免费接收。 [2月14日]

From cnsat

泰星5/6/8号(78.5°E)卫星,11600 H 30000一组新增Cartoon Kids、WSM等5个频道开锁播出。(2018-02-16)
印度Insat-4A(83.0°E)卫星,3805 H 28500一组新增9XM频道,锁码播出。(2018-02-16)
老挝1号(128.5°E)卫星,10850 V 45000一组T General 5开锁播出。(2018-02-16)
马星3号/3a(91.5°E)卫星,新增News 24频道,设置3644 H 1556开锁播出。(2018-02-16)
韩星5A号(113.0°E)卫星,12310 V 30000一组ABS-CBN、GAM 7恢复锁码播出。(2018-02-16)

韩星6/7号(116.0°E)卫星,12410 H 29590一组新增Drema UHD(4K)频点,锁码播出。(2018-02-15)
印度Insat-4A(83.0°E)卫星,4133 H 11888一组First India 、Citizen Voice News替换Transmedia News 、Aryan Nationa TV频道,开锁播出。(2018-02-15)
印度Insat-4A(83.0°E)卫星,3958 H 9500一组新增Care World 、Sadhna Plus News等频道,开锁播出。(2018-02-15)
印度Insat-4A(83.0°E)卫星,3756 H 13333一组TV24替换Raftaar Media频道,开锁播出。(2018-02-15)
印度Insat-4A(83.0°E)卫星,3756 H 13333一组一组新增Live 24频道,开锁播出。(2018-02-15)

印度Insat-4A(83.0°E)卫星,3805 H 28500一组新增9X Jhakaas等频道,开锁播出。(2018-02-14)
印度Insat-4A(83.0°E)卫星,3958 H 9500一组新增APN TV等6个频道,开锁播出。(2018-02-14)
亚洲7号(105.5°E)卫星,3760 H 26000一组新增Ahlebait TV频道,开锁播出。(2018-02-14)


Solar storm headed for Australia will light up the sky

From https://www.perthnow.com.au/technology/space/solar-storm-headed-for-australia-will-light-up-the-sky-ng-1bc64a2cfe311a912e22710719a90fcc

A GALACTIC force will strike Earth today as the Sun sends a stream of magnetic fields in our direction, an event which could turn out to be a treat for stargazers across Australia.

The ‘solar storm’ was created by a solar flare, which is a violent explosion of magnetic energy and coronal mass ejections in the Sun’s atmosphere.

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory Satellite captured a solar flare on the Sun releasing a coronal mass ejection around 8:25pm Eastern Time (12.30pm AEDT) on Sunday, and the particles are hurting toward Earth with an expected arrival either today or tomorrow.

Unique 3D model of the sun with surface activity and solar flares.

Depending on the strength of it, solar storms have potential to cause adverse effects in the atmosphere, including temporary power grid disruptions or satellite failures.

However, NOAA predicts this particular solar storm is a minor event and will only throw off positive effects, including breathtaking auroras splashing across the sky around the world.

North America is predicted to get the best view of colourful skies.

And for Aussies, the further south you are, the better the view.

Tasmanians were treated to a spectacular sight in 2001.

According to the Bureau’s Space Weather Services, a weak storm, like the one that is predicted for today, usually produces an aurora that is visible only from Tasmania.

The most extreme grade has potential to produce auroras as far north as Queensland.

The lower solar storm on the scale, called a ‘G1’, can cause slight impact on the operation of satellites and an aurora can be visible at high latitudes, while a ‘G5’, or extreme storm, can cause blackouts, interfere with radio broadcasts, disrupt GPS navigation and produce auroras that extend much further north and south of the poles.

Solar storms can be fairly common, with solar activity increasing every 11 years, NASA scientists say, and there’s an uptick in solar flares during these cycles.

Luckily Earth’s atmosphere and magnetic field keep us well-protected.

NBN joint committee extends investigation to business case, rural rollout

From http://www.zdnet.com/article/nbn-joint-committee-extends-investigation-to-business-case-rural-rollout/

The joint standing committee is now accepting submissions on NBN's long-term business case and the capacity and reliability of its regional and rural rollout across fixed-wireless and satellite.

After completing its initial report last year, the Joint Standing Committee on the National Broadband Network is now holding inquiries into NBN's business case as well as its rollout in regional and rural Australia.

As spotted by Computerworld, the committee is accepting submissions on both inquiries until March 29.

The business case inquiry is looking into NBN's long-term financial outlook, including forecasts on revenue; predictions out to 2040; "competitive risks" in the market; whether alternative pricing models will impact NBN's economics; and the possible future sale of NBN.

The rural and regional rollout inquiry, meanwhile, is investigating the "capacity and reliability" of the fixed-wireless, fixed-line, and satellite networks.

This includes the planning, mapping, and eligibility requirements for each network technology; service reliability and adequacy across fixed-wireless, fixed-line, and satellite; any future capacity issues; and broadband services provision by alternative fixed-wireless, fixed-line, and satellite providers.

The joint standing committee had in September recommended that NBN connect as many premises with its fibre-to-the-curb (FttC) and fibre-to-the-premises (FttP) networks as possible, with its final report making 23 recommendations in total.

"The committee recommends that the Australian government direct and enable NBN to complete as much as possible of the remaining fixed-line network using FttC at a minimum (or FttP), and require NBN to produce a costed plan and timetable under which that would be achieved," it said.

Following its series of hearings across Australia, the committee had also recommended that the government direct NBN to establish a regional support group for its rollout following concerns from Australia's states and territories that the "technically inferior" satellite service and "lower-grade" NBN services should be a "last resort" because they are a form of geographical-based discrimination.

Under NBN's current Corporate Plan, 1.9 million premises will be served by FttP and 1 million by FttC, while 4.6 million will have fibre to the node (FttN) or fibre to the basement (FttB), 3.1 million will have hybrid fibre-coaxial (HFC), and 1 million will have satellite or fixed-wireless.

In responding to the report earlier this year, however, the government rebuffed calls to use more fibre in its rollout.

"The government is disappointed that after considering 191 submissions, holding 15 public hearings, receiving testimony from 179 witnesses, and undertaking three site visits, the committee's majority report and recommendations indicates a failure to understand the fundamentals of the NBN," the government's response [PDF] to the Joint Standing Committee on the National Broadband Network's report said.

"The prominence given in the majority report of the committee to the stories of dissatisfied consumers distorts the perception of the success of the NBN."

The government similarly did not support the recommendations that a regional and remote reference group be established for NBN to consult on Sky Muster satellite changes, saying the recommendation was "based on the incorrect assumption by the committee that NBN does not consult with regional and remote Australians".

Another recommendation rejected by the government was to require NBN to explain why some premises had been changed from fixed-wireless to satellite; and to set a benchmark for Sky Muster data allowances with reference to data use on fixed-line networks.

On the basis that it is already working to do so, the government supported the recommendation that it commission an independent audit of NBN's long-term finances and business case.

Overall, the government said it was "disappointed" that the committee "failed to acknowledge the many government and industry measures already under way". These included encouraging telcos to work together on improving customer issues; NBN's own focus on improving customer experience; the broadband monitoring program; and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) speed guidelines.

The ACCC is meanwhile conducting its own NBN inquiry, looking into the appropriateness of the NBN wholesale service standard levels.

The consumer watchdog said it will be determining whether regulation of wholesale service standards, including resolutions for consumers when wholesale standards are not reached, is necessary in order to improve NBN customer experience.

"We are very concerned about the high number of complaints from consumers around poor customer experiences, particularly in relation to customers connecting to NBN services and having faults repaired," ACCC Chair Rod Sims said in November.

"Many of these complaints relate to matters set out in wholesale service level standards. We will examine whether the service levels that are currently in place are appropriate and effective."

NEW NZ Freeview TV Channel

From https://mediaweek.com.au/nz-media-news-february-16-2018/

Channel launch

At an Auckland media event this week, MediaWorks announced it will be launching a new lifestyle channel, ThreeLife.

Launching on April 15, ThreeLife is promising to take viewers to a lighter place with hit international shows including Married At First Sight USA, Restaurant Revolution and Bondi Vet.

Each night on ThreeLife will be themed – from all things food on Monday, to DIY Thursday, to romance reality on Friday.

MediaWorks’ chief content officer Andrew Szusterman (pictured above) said: “ThreeLife is where Kiwis will come to view programs that focus on their favourite pastimes. It’s a great opportunity for audiences to binge-watch television that they love, and for advertisers to meet Kiwis in their happy place.”


From http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU1802/S00226/mediaworks-new-channel-and-dancing-with-the-stars.htm

Launching on April 15th, ThreeLife is a new channel in the MediaWorks family that will take viewers to a lighter place with hit international shows including Married At First Sight USA, Restaurant Revolution and Bondi Vet.

Each night on ThreeLife will be themed, making it easy for Kiwis to tune in to the evenings that feature shows they love. From all things food on Monday, to D.I.Y Thursday, and romance reality on Friday, the channel is designed for its audience to escape the daily grind and embrace your not-so-guilty pleasures with ThreeLife.

MediaWorks’ Chief Content Officer, Andrew Szusterman, says ThreeLife is the perfect extension for the Three brand.

“ThreeLife is where Kiwis will come to view programmes that focus on their favourite pastimes. It’s a great opportunity for audiences to binge-watch television that they love, and for advertisers to meet Kiwis in their happy place.’”

Glen Kyne, MediaWorks’ Chief Commercial Officer believes ThreeLife will provide greater performance and optionality for our advertisers.

“MediaWorks is the 25-54 year-old audience company, and ThreeLife caters to a broad cross-section of preferred content for those viewers,” says Glen.

“We understand the genres, formats and programmes that this key audience loves, and we can leverage these insights across the MediaWorks portfolio of assets.”

ThreeLife will be available from April 15th on Freeview channel 11. Sky and Vodafone channels will be announced in due course. The Edge is moving up the dial to Freeview channel 14.

NZ Media Profile: Jason Foden, CEO Freeview NZ

From https://mediaweek.com.au/jason-foden-freeview-new-zealand-media/

New Zealand’s Freeview reflects a tight-knit free-to-air sector

Small and cooperative works well for Jason Foden, appointed chief executive of Freeview New Zealand in November at a time of rapid change for the free-to air sector.

With just six staff based at a small office in Freeman’s Bay near TVNZ, Freeview reflects a tight-knit free-to-air sector.

The dominant Freeview partner has tried unsuccessfully to convince others to sell up and give TVNZ a majority stake. To what end is unclear but many expect an alliance between TVNZ and Spark, the telco that owns the SVOD Lightbox – in large part a giveaway with Spark broadband.

Other partners – MediaWorks, Maori TV and Radio NZ – have resisted.

If RNZ was tempted, it will be glad it resisted with the surprise announcement the government is financing a new non-commercial TV network, RNZ +.

Other broadcaster non-partners such as Prime TV and Al Jazeera, ethnic and lifestyle channels are also on the platform. Free-to-air is a small sector in a tight media industry, and Foden says there are clear cost-saving benefits.

Foden started his broadcast career at Telecom (now Spark), once a key player in digital entertainment whose walled-garden approach came unstuck with the advent of smartphones.

From 2014 to 2017 he was general manager of On Demand at TVNZ. “I’m not a technologist, by any means. I’ve always worked on the commercial end,” he told Mediaweek.

Freeview is looking toward the marketing of a new set-top box recorder and is creating a one-stop catalogue of free-to-air on-demand content.

Smallness and a willingness to cooperate have been a boon for Kiwi digital, Foden said. “The three-year transition to analogue switch-off in December 2013 was incredibly smooth. Freeview was closely aligned with that – there was a common purpose.”

As NZ is relatively small, it has been easier for NZ broadcasters to work together. As a somewhat larger market, Australian partner channels were more inclined toward competition.

The upshot was that in New Zealand, people knew what Freeview was, but the struggle now is that consumers are less inclined to know everything that Freeview does.

The introduction of Freeview happened alongside persistent and trenchant criticism of Sky TV’s place in the unregulated market.

For some there was an overblown expectation that Freeview was a threat to Sky. Foden does not dismiss the idea of Freeview as an alternative to Sky and notes that the market is still divided between Freeview and Sky homes.

The upcoming relaunch of Freeview will include the new recorder set-top box. A single catalogue of on-demand offerings across channels similar to that offered by Netflix is going to make a huge difference, Foden said.

“We are keen to talk about distribution with telcos where we can bundle high speed internet. We already have a relationship with Lightbox, which will link with the new recorder.”

Sky TV was closely linked to Vodafone when they tried to merge but were knocked back by regulators. What about closer ties with Spark?

“Certainly, now there is no merger. Freeview is an open platform and we will welcome any service that makes sense and has content that is compelling.”

Lightbox (with subscribers who mostly get it for free as part of a Spark deal) has had quite a lot of success in the market. Lightbox is looking at pay-per-view as well.

“The core part of Freeview will always be free – live and catch-up. There will be services like Lightbox that you might be able to look at and then maybe pay channels. If there are ever pay channels, there will always be free stuff in front of the paywall,” Foden said.

World’s most powerful satellite will boost Asian maritime broadband

From http://www.marinemec.com/news/view,worlds-most-powerful-satellite-will-boost-asian-maritime-broadband_50824.htm

World’s most powerful satellite will boost Asian maritime broadband
SES-12 was having radio frequency tests at Airbus’ plant in France (credit: Riviera Maritime Media)

Asian shipping will get a broadband communications boost in the Year of the Dog when the world’s most powerful satellite is commissioned. Airbus Defence and Space has built and tested the SES-12 satellite, which was designed to expand Asian maritime broadband capabilities.

SES-12 is a new high throughput (HTS) satellite with electric power of up to 19 kW and 76 active transponders. It will be launched into a geostationary orbit location of 95˚ east to provide Ku-band wide beams and HTS spot beams in the Asia Pacific region. These will deliver fast broadband for shipping, cruise and offshore vessels in the Indian Ocean, South China and East China Seas.

This satellite is based on Airbus’ Eurostar E3000 platform with electric propulsion that enabled Airbus to include a higher dual payload, said Airbus SES satellite programme manager Eric Rouchouse.

SES-12 was having its final radio frequency tests when Marine Electronics & Communications visited Airbus’s Toulouse assembly plant on 13 February. Mr Rouchouse said that once these tests were completed, the satellite would be loaded into a specialised container, driven to Toulouse airport and loaded on a Russian heavy-lift aircraft for transportation to the launch site in Florida, USA. Both Airbus and SES expect the satellite will be launched by SpaceX on a Falcon 9 rocket in March this year.

SES-12 will provide Ku-band spot beams to shipping on around 20 of its 72 HTS Ku-band spot beam transponders, said SES manager for spacecraft programmes Elodie Viau. It will replace ageing satellite NSS-6 and boost coverage in Asia-Pacific by co-locating it with existing SES-8, she explained.

Speedcast to Provide Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines with More Bandwidth

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=425852983

Speedcast International Limited (ASX: SDA) has extended their relationship with the largest consumer of satellite bandwidth in the cruise industry, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines (RCCL), which will be further increasing the bandwidth delivered across 37 ships.

Speedcast’s experience with Royal Caribbean dates back to 2006, when the company installed RCCL’s first Ku-band VSAT antenna on board a vessel to satisfy peak seasonal communication demand in the Brazil region. The Speedcast network now delivers fully managed communications solutions and value-added services to 37 Royal Caribbean brand ships for shipboard administration, and guest and crew usage. Multiple antennas on each ship with seamless automatic failover between Ku- and C-and ensures high availability and Service Level Agreements (SLAs).

Guillermo Muniz, director, Network and Satellite Engineering, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, remarked that Speedcast has been an integral part of the company's long-standing efforts to implement the latest connectivity solutions that allow the firm to provide enhanced communications for everyone, from the guests onboard to employees onshore. The company is consistently raising the bar on ship innovation and increasing requirements, and Speedcast is there with us, collaborating to make certain that we have the infrastructure and support to deliver the best experience.

PJ Beylier, CEO, Speedcast, added that the company has a true partnership approach to the relationship with Royal Caribbean. As one of the largest cruise line brands in the world, and one of the company's largest customers, Royal Caribbean continues to trust the expertise of our firm in designing and deploying reliable solutions that connect their ships to shore and provide a premier onboard guest experience. Over the past 11 years, there has been tremendous growth in Royal Caribbean’s business, and Speedcast looka forward to helping them continue to develop their brands as they introduce new ships and look for innovative ways to enhance guest and crew experiences.
For more information about Speedcast’s capabilities for the cruise market, visit www.speedcast.com.
For information about Royal Caribbean cruises, visit www.royalcaribbean.com.

Last NASA Communications Satellite of its Kind Joins Fleet

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Last_NASA_Communications_Satellite_of_its_Kind_Joins_Fleet_999.html

NASA has begun operating the last satellite of its kind in the network that provides communications and tracking services to more than 40 NASA missions, including critical, real-time communication with the International Space Station. Following its August launch and a five-month period of in-orbit testing, the third-generation Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS), referred to as TDRS-M until this important milestone, was renamed TDRS-13, becoming the tenth operational satellite in the geosynchronous, space-based fleet.

"With TDRS-13's successful acceptance into the network, the fleet is fully replenished and set to continue carrying out its important mission through the mid-2020s," said Badri Younes, NASA's deputy associate administrator for Space Communications and Navigation at NASA Headquarters in Washington.

"Now, we have begun focusing on the next generation of near-Earth communications relay capabilities."

The 10 TDRS spacecraft comprise the space-based portion of the Space Network, relaying signals from low-Earth-orbiting missions with nearly 100 percent coverage.

"The acceptance of this final third-generation TDRS into the Space Network is the result of many years of dedication and hard work by the TDRS team," said Dave Littmann, the TDRS project manager at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

"As a result, critical space communication and tracking services that enable NASA human spaceflight and scientific discovery will continue well into the next decade."

TDRS-13 launched on Aug. 18, 2017, aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Built by Boeing in El Segundo, California, TDRS-13 and its nearly identical third-generation sister spacecraft are performing well. TDRS-K and -L launched in 2013 and 2014, respectively.

NASA established the TDRS project in 1973, and the first satellite launched 10 years later, providing NASA an exponential increase in data rates and contact time communicating with the space shuttle and other orbiting spacecraft, such as the Hubble Space Telescope. Since then, NASA has continued to expand the TDRS constellation and advance the spacecraft capabilities.

"NASA looks forward to the future, developing even better ways to meet missions' communications needs," said Younes.

"We will leverage NASA's success in optical communications and other innovative technologies, as well as significantly increase our partnership with industry, as we envision a shift to increased reliance on commercial networks for most, if not all, of our communications needs in the near-Earth environment."

Eutelsat on track for better 2018-19

From https://advanced-television.com/2018/02/16/eutelsat-on-track-for-better-2018-19/

At first sight, Eutelsat’s half-year results (to December 31st) are poor, with revenues of €697 million being down 5.7 per cent on the same period last year and on like-for-like trading. The poor numbers extend to Eutelsat’s usually buoyant backlog of contracts in place, but this has tumbled 11.4 per cent (from €5.3 billion to €4.7 billion) which is something of a worry.

Eutelsat’s channel count grew impressively to 6,810, up 7.4 per cent. But video revenue fell 1.2 per cent and thus proving that the price/channel is falling. Eutelsat’s channel growth was flowing from its MENA region, and in particular its acquisition of Noorsat last year.

But CEO Rodolphe Belmer, in his commentary, says that while first-half results were in line with expectations, “with the decline in revenues mostly reflecting, as in the Q1, an unfavourable comparison basis in FY 2017. Profitability was robust, with the EBITDA margin gaining 0.5 points at constant currency to stand at 78.4 per cent, reflecting stronger than expected delivery on the Leap cost savings plan; and we generated an 8 per cent rise in discretionary free cash flow at constant currency, supported by highly effective capex containment.”

Eutelsat’s ‘Leap’ programme is looking across the group at cost savings and trimming costs and expenditure and was ahead of targeted savings.

Belmer added: “The first half also saw a solid commercial performance, notably in Video and Government services, as well as the entry into service of Eutelsat 172B, both of which will support revenues in the Second Half. The integration of Noorsat, acquired to optimise Video distribution in the MENA region, is progressing smoothly. Looking ahead to the remainder of the year, all elements of our financial objectives are confirmed.”

And prospects for the latter half of this calendar year – and H1 2019 for Eutelsat – are looking much better:
•Positive outcome of Video contract renewals, notably with Cyfrowy Polsat at the HOTBIRD position
•Capacity contract at the 5° West orbital position with SFR-Altice for the distribution of c. 20 HD channels
•Favourable outcome of US Government Autumn renewals with a rate of almost 95 per cent in value (versus 85 per cent in Spring 2017 and 90 per cent in Autumn 2016).
•Incremental business secured in Government services at 174° East

At December 31st 2017, the total number of channels broadcast by Eutelsat satellites stood at 6,810 up 7.4 per cent year-on-year. HD penetration continued to increase, standing at 1,275 channels versus 997 a year earlier (+28 per cent), implying a penetration rate of 18.7 per cent compared to 15.7 per cent a year earlier.

Operational transponders grew by 90 to 1,416 helped by the entry into service of Eutelsat craft at 117 West B and 172B. Fill rate declined slightly from 70.9 per cent last year to 67 per cent at December 31st.

A note from Exane/BNPP said: “Management has confirmed its -1 per cent to -2 per cent FY revenue outlook. Given the -5.7 per cent reported in H1, this implies a return to growth in H2 18. We expect this to be driven by improving Video trends and Mobility. Management also guided for less capex spending than initially forecast in the current fiscal year (although long term guidance is unchanged).”

ZEEL launches new digital entertainment platform ZEE5

From http://www.zeebiz.com/companies/news-zeel-launches-new-digital-entertainment-platform-zee5-37239

Zee Entertainment Enterprises (ZEEL) today announced the launch of ZEE5, a comprehensive digital entertainment platform for language content.

The platform will offer Indian and international movies and TV shows, music, live TV, and health and lifestyle content across 12 languages.

Amit Goenka, Chief Executive Officer of ZEE International and Z5 Global, announced the launch of the new digital entertainment platform.

Beginning today, ZEE5 will be the one-stop digital destination for ZEE Entertainment, a global Media and Entertainment powerhouse, Zee Entertainment Enterprises said in a statement.

ZEE5 addresses the entertainment demands of a new India that is increasingly digital savvy and globally connected, yet fundamentally rooted in its culture.

With ‘Language’ as the core proposition embodied across the entire content and user experience, ZEE5 truly caters to an India without boundaries, the statement said.

“With the launch of ZEE5 we see ourselves catapulting into the next phase of growth,” said Amit Goenka, CEO of ZEE International and Z5 Global.

“Digital will play a critical role in fuelling growth and we wanted to ensure that we had a strong offering and presence in the (digital content) space. As a global content company, our biggest strength is how well we understand our consumers and translate this into content they love," Goenka said.

“To us, ZEE5 is the platform on which this content will be readily available to the world. Every aspect of ZEE5 is based on our deep understanding of our consumers and their local ecosystem. ZEE5, while phenomenally easy to use, banks on superbly sophisticated technology to create this ease. It is both local and global at the same time and we know it is going to change the way you watch content.”

“The launch of ZEE5 further strengthens us as a media and entertainment powerhouse. A blend of unrivalled content offering and robust technology are the foundation of this all-new digital offering from our end. We have invested immense amount of time and energy in creating and acquiring rich and engaging content for ZEE5, which I’m sure will be cherished by our viewers across the nation and worldwide” said Punit Goenka, MD & CEO of Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd.

Zee5 Features

Zee5 offers content across genres in any of 12 languages: English, Hindi, Bengali, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Marathi, Oriya, Bhojpuri, Gujarati and Punjabi.
ZEE5 offers viewers a completely integrated entertainment offering with both On-Demand and Live TV.
It comes packed with 1,00,000 hours of On Demand content, including exclusive Originals, Indian and international Movies and TV Shows, Music, and Health and Lifestyle videos across languages.
The ZEE5 App can be downloaded from Google Play Store and iOS App Store. Also available at www.zee5.com, as a Progressive Web App (PWA), and on Android TVs, and Amazon Fire TV Stick. ZEE5 also supports Chromecast.
The viewers who opt for a subscription pack will get access to the entire library of content at a special launch offer price of Rs 99 per month instead of the actual monthly pack price of Rs 150.


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2018 to see high intensity launches as China's aerospace industry steps up a gear

From http://www.ecns.cn/2018/02-14/292730.shtml

China prepares to take aerospace industry to next level in 2018

The year 2018 will witness more China-made satellites being sent into space with greater frequency, which will incentivize China to produce more rockets effectively and also show the strength of China's aerospace industry, experts said.

From January 12 to February 12, China sent four BeiDou satellites into space. The Long March-3B carrier rocket took off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center carrying twin satellites, which are coded as the 26th and 27th satellites in the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS), on January 12 and another two satellites on February 12, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

The four satellites form a network with two previously launched BeiDou-3 satellites.

Monday's was the seventh successful launch in 2018 and marked the full implementation of China's BDS project, which will help promote the Belt and Road initiative, Zhang Jinrong, deputy chief designer of the Long March 3A rocket, told the Global Times.

"The Monday launch was arranged ahead of the Chinese Lunar New Year since we have intensive launch missions in 2018, and it also meets the requirement of implementing the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System project," Zhang said, adding that the successful launch could also be regarded as a gift to the country, the Communist Party of China and the Chinese people.

Greater frequency

"The launch missions have gone from dozens times a year to more than 30 times a year as China has steadily promoted major aerospace projects, including manned space flights, and the BDS project, and there have been more launch missions of commercial satellites," Zhang noted.

There will be 10 launch missions for the BDS project, 14 for the Long March 3A series, and the intensive launching will be a challenge for China's aerospace industry, including the production of rockets and ensuring their quality, Zhang said.

Due to the launch schedule of 2018, many of the staff have to stay at the Xichang Launch center for nearly a year, Cen Zheng, rocket system commander-in-chief of the Long March 3A rocket mission, told the Global Times.

"It's our responsibility to ensure the rockets are of high quality and that they launch successfully. Successful launches have become the belief of our team. Every success will promote faster and better development," Cen said.

In order to keep up with the high intensity of the launch missions, Cen's team has worked to generalize the rocket components and assemble them for different launch missions, Cen introduced.

"The aerospace industry is high risk. Although China's Long March rocket family have maintained a relatively high success rate, high intensity launches demand higher quality. And an accident in one launch will affect the whole industry. That's why it's our mission to ensure quality," Zhang said.

Zhang said that more launch missions bring pressure as well as an incentive to enhance research and development in the aerospace industry, forcing China to pursue effectiveness as well as quality at the same time.

Zhang also said that high intensity launches also demonstrate the prosperous development of China's aerospace industry, showing that Chinese technology has been enhanced and the aerospace industry is making more contributions to national defense, economic prosperity and social development.

In response to the heated discussions on the successful launch of the Space X Falcon Heavy among Chinese netizens, Zhang sent congratulations, saying that it was a major event in U.S. aerospace history and the quick development of SpaceX has been very enlightening for other countries.

China is actively conducting research into heavy rockets and has made periodic achievements on certain key technologies, which has laid the foundation for future moon landing missions and deep space exploration, Zhang said.

Combined efforts

Most of the 2018 launch missions will take place at the Xichang Launch Center, which the Global Times visited on February 9.

The command and control center is the size of a cinema and divided into a projected display area, working area and guest area.

Hu Jie, an engineer from the launch center, told the Global Times that they deal with launching data and information in the center, while experts also make key decisions there.

Wang Sheng, another engineer from the center, told the Global Times that the Xichang center was linked with monitoring systems in other locations days before the launch.

In addition to efforts made by research and development staff, people in other positions at the center also make their own various contributions.

Yao Xiaobing, who is responsible for supervising the fuel pipes and sending fuel to the rockets, insists on checking the pipes every day to prevent any accidents.

"The amount of fuel used during the intensive launching period was double the usual. No matter what my position is, I just want to fulfill my duty and not delay the launch," Yao said.

China's Navigation Satellites Cover Nearly 30 Countries Including Pakistan

From https://www.urdupoint.com/en/world/chinas-navigation-satellites-cover-nearly-30-260433.html

China's domestically developed Beidou Navigation Satellite System, by now, has covered nearly 30 countries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative, including Pakistan, Egypt and Indonesia, the office noted

BEIJING, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 13th Feb, 2018 ):China's domestically developed Beidou Navigation Satellite System, by now, has covered nearly 30 countries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative, including Pakistan, Egypt and Indonesia, the office noted.

China launched a pair of navigation satellites yesterday afternoon, moving closer to building a global network. The 28th and 29th satellites in the domestically developed Beidou Navigation Satellite System, one of the nation's largest space programs, were lifted atop a Long March 3B carrier rocket at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center.

They are the fifth and sixth in the third-generation of Beidou satellite. They will conduct in-orbit tests and then be connected with the previous four third-generation Beidou satellites, said a statement from the China Satellite Navigation Office.

In November, the first two third-generation Beidou satellites were launched at the Xichang center. In January, another two were lifted at the same center. Beidou is the world's fourth space-based navigation system, following GPS by the United States, GLONASS by Russia and Galileo by the European Union.

Since 2000, when the first Beidou satellite was placed in space, 33 satellites have been launched for the network. The Beidou system began providing positioning, navigation, timing and message services to civilian users in China and parts of the Asia-Pacific region in December 2012.

By the end of this year, 18 third-generation Beidou satellites would be placed into orbit and they will work with the earlier generations to cover all nations involved in the Belt and Road Initiative, the satellite office said.

The Belt and Road Initiative, a far-reaching development plan proposed by President Xi Jinping in 2013, refers to the Silk Road Economic Belt, which will link China with Europe through Central and Western Asia, and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, which stretches from southern China to Southeast Asia and farther to Africa.

The initiative is estimated to benefit about 4.4 billion people in 65 nations, according to the government. By now, Beidou has covered nearly 30 countries involved in the initiative, including Pakistan, Egypt and Indonesia, the office noted.

In 2019 and 2020, China will send six third-generation Beidou satellites into medium Earth orbits, three to inclined geosynchronous satellite orbits and two to geostationary orbits. According to plans from the satellite office, the network will be made up of 35 satellites before the end of 2020-several now in orbit will be decommissioned by then-to give Beidou global coverage.

Satellite broadband seller's legal appeal knocked back by court

From https://www.arnnet.com.au/article/633373/satellite-broadband-seller-legal-appeal-knocked-back-by-court/

Court finds in favour of local internet services provider

An appeal by satellite broadband service provider, Ipstar Australia, to fight a decision by the NSW Supreme Court ruling that it pay internet service provider, APS Satellite (also known as SkyMesh), millions of dollars in damages has been knocked back.

The satellite telecommunications provider, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Thai satellite operator, Thaicom, applied mid-last year to appeal the original decision handed down by the court on 22 December 2016.

The original case revolved around an agreement struck between SkyMesh and Ipstar in 2007, in which Ipstar sold bandwidth to SkyMesh at a price per megabytes per second (Mbps) per month.

The agreement was varied on three occasions. The first, in 2008 by a document described as the “First Addendum”, the second, by an agreement reached some time in May 2010 varying the price payable for the services, and the third, by a document executed on 27 April 2011 described as the “Second Addendum”.

The Second Addendum increased the price payable for bandwidth to $2,933 per Mbps per month. SkyMesh paid that amount for bandwidth from 1 March 2011 to 31 July 2016, according to court documents.

SkyMesh claimed, however, that the price increase insisted upon by Ipstar in the Second Addendum involved conduct which was allegedly unconscionable, in contravention of the Australian Consumer Law at the time.

SkyMesh claimed that it suffered loss and damage as a result. It claimed as damages the difference between the price it paid for bandwidth immediately prior to 1 March 2011 and the price it paid thereafter. Alternatively, it sought that the Second Addendum be varied to provide for the payment of the pre-existing price.

Court documents indicate that SkyMesh also claimed that the equipment supplied by Ipstar was allegedly defective and not fit for the purpose for which customers required the equipment.

It was alleged that two defects affecting the proprietary user terminal (UT) needed to be installed to connect premises to the satellite that were supplied to SkyMesh between 2009 and 2011, had what was referred to as “the water ingress problem” and “the firmware problem”.

Broadband wholesaler to fight Sydney telco over costly court ruling
The case, which was heard by NSW Supreme Court judge, Justice Nigel Rein, saw the broadband wholesaler ordered to pay SkyMesh millions of dollars in damages over a number of claims made against it by the local ISP.

The primary judge hearing the original case found in favour of SkyMesh, giving judgment in favour of SkyMesh in respect of an unconscionability claim in the amount of $3,482,367, together with pre-judgment interest in an amount of $856,074.49.

He also gave judgment in favour of SkyMesh in a defective goods claim in the amount of $1,837,792, together with pre-judgment interest in an amount of $779,602.08 on that claim, according to court documents.

Ipstar Australia appealed against the orders.

Now, the NSW Supreme Court has dismissed the current appeal by Ipstar Australia, ordering the company to pay for APS Satellite’s costs related to the appeal.

However, Ipstar Australia was given permission by the court to amend its notice of appeal in terms of the draft amended notice of appeal dated 30 August 2017.

“First, in an appeal challenging the evaluative conclusion of the primary judge that Ipstar's conduct was unconscionable contrary to the Australian Consumer Law, there is no escape from a close consideration of the facts,” Supreme Court judge, JA Leeming, said in a decision handed down on 14 February.

“The impression from the documents is that Ipstar appears to have taken quite extreme steps to prolong the claims adjudication process. And at the same time as Ipstar was refusing to pay any claims, which on its case were incorporated into the increased price charged to SkyMesh, Ipstar insisted on SkyMesh paying the increase immediately.

“All this took place in circumstances where SkyMesh was effectively locked in to dealing with Ipstar, because SkyMesh could only change supplier at a cost of tens of millions of dollars in replacing equipment which could only be used for the Ipstar service,” Leeming said.

SpaceX readies two broadband satellites

From https://advanced-television.com/2018/02/13/spacex-readies-two-broadband-satellites/

Following on from last week’s Falcon Heavy launch, SpaceX is making final preparations for the launch on February 17th for the first pair of prototype satellites for Elon Musk’s giant “Starlink” constellation of broadband satellites.

These first two, dubbed Microsat 2a and 2b, will be orbited on a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

These two small satellites will be secondary cargo on the launch. The main passenger is a Spanish Earth observation satellite.

SpaceX will use the small prototypes to test transmission and signal relay characteristics.

Air Force to acquire new jam-resistant GPS satellites

From http://spacenews.com/air-force-to-acquire-new-jam-resistant-gps-satellites/

Air Force Secretary Wilson: “The GPS 3 that we are moving toward is intended to be able to operate in a contested environment."

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon plans to spend $2 billion over the next five years on a new constellation of Global Positioning System satellites that will be hardened to withstand electronic interference from hostile nations.

In a solicitation for bids posted Feb. 13, the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center announced it will “conduct a full and open competition” for the production of 22 GPS 3 satellites starting in fiscal year 2019.

The Air Force already has ordered 10 GPS 3 satellites from Lockheed Martin Corp. The new program that is now getting underway is to acquire an improved version of the satellite, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson told reporters on Tuesday.

“The GPS 3 that we are moving toward is more jam-resistant, and it is intended to be able to operate in a contested environment,” Wilson said.

A production contract to build GPS satellites is considered one of the most lucrative opportunities today in the military space world. A 22-vehicle deal could be worth as much as $10 billion. Lockheed Martin will likely be challenged by competitors like Boeing and Northrop Grumman. Proposals are due April 16.

The Pentagon’s new budget request includes $451.9 million in research, development, testing and evaluation funding in fiscal year 2019, and projects spending about $2 billion on GPS 3 through the next five years.

The $451.9 million would cover design and engineering work and pay for the first two space vehicles. The remaining satellites will use procurement funding. The first vehicle of the new GPS 3 would be delivered in 2026. This is considered a “new start” program, rather than a continuation of the existing GPS 3 line.

In the 2019 budget, the Air Force slashed funding for GPS 3 procurement by more than $700 million and shifted most of that money to the RDT&E account to start a new program.

The GPS constellation is one of the Air Force’s proudest achievements. Wilson noted that 40 airmen in Colorado Springs, Colorado, provide GPS positioning, navigation and timing for a billion users worldwide. There are now 31 GPS 2 satellites on orbit that will be in operation until at least 2021. The Air Force is about to start launching the 10 GPS 3 satellites that Lockheed Martin is producing to replace aging GPS 2 vehicles. The first GPS 3 was declared “available for launch” in September and is expected to go into orbit in March 2018 aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

Wilson said the Air Force is motivated to move ahead with this new constellation amid growing concerns that nations like China are developing electronic weapons to jam or interfere with GPS signals.

“Our pacing threat is China,” she said, “because of the pace of their modernization.”

She mentioned that China in 2007 demonstrated it could shoot down a weather satellite and it is “public knowledge that they can jam satellites,” Wilson said. “All those things are an obvious awareness of American dominance in space. I cannot think of a military mission that doesn’t depend on space. Our potential adversaries know it, and we need to protect those vital assets.”

Sky and BT pay £4.5bn for EPL rights

From https://advanced-television.com/2018/02/13/sky-and-bt-pay-4-5bn-for-epl-rights/

Sky and BT Sport have agreed to pay £4.464 billion (€5bn) for Premier League games for three seasons from 2019-20. Five of seven live packages have been awarded, with bidding for the remaining two ongoing.

Interest from “multiple bidders” remains, the Premier League said – there had been speculation FAANG (Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, Google) companies could have entered the bidding process.

BT Sport has won the rights to broadcast 32 matches per season on Saturdays at 12:30 – a TV slot it currently holds. Sky Sports is to broadcast 128 games per season, including 32 matches on Saturdays at 17:30.

“We are extremely pleased that BT and Sky continue to view the Premier League and our clubs as such an important part of their offering,” Premier League Executive Chairman Richard Scudamore said.

“Both broadcasters are fantastic partners for the Premier League and have a track record of making our competition available to fans across the country through their high-quality and innovative programming.

“To have achieved this investment with two packages of live rights remaining to sell is an outcome that is testament to the excellent football competition delivered by the clubs.

“It provides them with certainty and will underpin their continued efforts to put on the most compelling football, invest sustainably in all areas, and use their popularity and reach to have a positive impact on the sport and beyond.

“We will now continue the sales process to deliver the best possible outcome for the remaining packages of rights in the UK and throughout the rest of the world.”

Sky said it had chosen to pay £1.193 billion per annum under the terms of the new deal, down £199 million per annum, a 16 per cent cost reduction per game versus the current agreement.

Sky has acquired the following rights between 2019/20 and 2021/22:

• The biggest head to heads with every weekend ‘first pick’ and 14 ‘second picks’

• The best slots including Saturday tea time matches, Super Sunday, Monday Night Football and Friday Night Football

• For the first time, Saturday evening matches

Sky says the agreement strengthens its position as the best provider of the broadest range of content, which includes ten channels of sport covering live Premier League, English Football League, Scottish Football, exclusive coverage of Formula 1 from 2019 to 2024, plus England cricket through to 2024.

Stephen van Rooyen, Sky’s UK Chief Executive, said: “We continue to invest in content that our customers value and which complements our strategy to broaden our offer. Not only do we remain the home of Premier League football but also the home of top quality drama, entertainment, comedy and other sports. Our disciplined approach means we continue to have the flexibility to invest in each of these areas as we choose, underlining our position as Europe’s largest investor in content.”

Barney Francis, Managing Director of Sky Sports added: “Sky Sports customers will continue to enjoy unrivalled Premier League coverage through to 2022 with 128 live matches a season from next year – more than ever before – including the key head to heads in the best slots and, of course, analysis from the biggest names in football.

“This comes on the back of recent renewals for EFL, ECB and exclusivity for F1, all of which will be available to our customers until 2024.”

BT said it had remained financially disciplined during the auction process and remains in a strong position to make a return on its investment through subscription, wholesale, commercial and advertising revenues, especially following the acquisition of EE, which more than doubled BT’s customer base.

BT recently agreed a multi-year agency deal to market and sell Sky’s NOW TV service to BT customers, which includes Sky Sports, from early 2019.

Marc Allera, chief executive of BT’s Consumer division, said: “The Premier League is undoubtedly the most competitive and exciting domestic league in the world, so we’re delighted that our customers will be able to continue enjoying Saturday games on BT Sport.

The Premier League is a big part of our live sport line-up, which includes the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League, the Emirates FA Cup, MotoGP, boxing, Aviva Premiership rugby and European Rugby Champions Cup.”

“BT Sport is enjoyed by over five million households and pubs and clubs across the UK. We are excited about the opportunity to bring this great content to even more TV and mobile customers as we pursue our strategy of being the best provider of converged network services in the UK.”

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.

The channels are available via BT TV and the BT Sport App, to EE customers, on the Sky platform and to Virgin Media customers. Audience figures continue to grow on BT Sport, with average viewing up 23 per cent year on year in the last quarter, its best performance since launch in August 2013.

The rights will cost £295 million per season. A deposit of £26.5 million is payable this month followed by six instalments of around £145 million starting in July 2019, payable every six months until December 2021.

BT notes that the auction remains ongoing and confirmed it would continue to engage with the Premier League regarding the remaining rights.

“As we predicted, there was only one likely scenario, the status quo,” noted Paolo Pescatore, Vice President, Multiplay and Media, CCS Insight. “And this is a huge sigh of relief for both BT Sports and Sky Sports.”

“This is great news for consumers as they will not be forced to sign up with another provider to watch football. It is already challenging to sign up to both BT Sports and Sky Sports, but had an online giant got involved that would have meant another billing relationship and destination – what a mess for consumers!”

Two 20-match packages are still unsold – probably because the clubs have not achived a reserve price. These could be awarded to Sky or BT, another bidder, or be retained by the Premier League to be sold via its own service.

According to Tim Westcott Director – Research and Analysis, Programming, IHS Markit, the outcome so far of the auction for highly-prized Premier League rights will be relief for the incumbents Sky and BT. “The rights are the keystone of their pay TV businesses, and a loss would certainly have met with a negative reaction from the UK stock market tomorrow morning. They have also seen off the prospect of a challenge from a newcomer like Amazon or Google – even though this prospect was more a case of hype than expectation, as we said in our report earlier this month.

Despite the lower payments by both parties, the auction is not a bad outcome for the clubs.The Premier League will remain one of the sports rights holders most lavishly awarded by TV partners despite the reduction in payments per match, despite a decline in TV audiences for live games in recent seasons and the heavy investment by Sky in original scripted programming.

Nevertheless, the League would have been delighted to have pulled a bid from one of the US techno-giants out of the hat. It may still be able to do so with the two packages still to be awarded. We will add further analysis shortly.

Despite more games being available, the Premier League has failed to maximise its prized asset. This suggests that there is clearly a ceiling that consumers are willing to pay for watching Premier League games and subsequently what providers’ are willing to bid for.”

“Although Sky will continue to spend eye-watering sums of money on live Premier League rights, it has managed to tighten its grip on them – with not only the lion’s share but now first-pick matches every weekend under the new deal – for a lower price than it is currently paying,” added Westcott’s colleague, Ted Hall, Research Director, IHS Markit. “Of all the feasible outcomes Sky would have anticipated in its scenario planning for this auction, the deal it has secured has to be considered the best possible result.

Conversely, BT’s agreement to pay close to what it currently does for live Premier League rights, but for less matches and no first-picks, is less cause for celebration. The telco may yet secure some or all of the remaining rights up for grabs, but doing so would see its Premier League rights spend inflate to levels that would likely make shareholders uncomfortable.

BT’s need to differentiate through sport has been reduced, though, thanks to the reciprocal wholesale channel-sharing agreement it struck with Sky in December. This ‘truce’ deal, which was tactically timed to take the edge off the competition between the two pay TV rivals in this auction, is the central factor in the overall decline in the value of the rights sold so far – a far cry from the 70% price hikes the Premier League enjoyed in each of the last two cycles.

As IHS Markit expected, competition from the big tech firms for the main season-long packages failed to materialise. And their enthusiasm for the two remaining packages, which were designed to appeal to streaming players, is apparently not as high as the Premier League had hoped, with the reserve prices reportedly not met. Nonetheless, this does not mean that Amazon or Facebook will not eventually emerge as the league’s first tertiary rights holder – though the level of disruption they can achieve with just two or (maximum) four gameweeks’ worth of coverage will certainly be limited.”

Tom Mockridge, CEO of multiplay operator Virgin Media said: “With it looking like more games will be sold at a cheaper per-match price, Virgin Media’s hard-fought campaign to tackle the rising cost of TV football rights has worked. This kicks the ball in the right direction for football fans.”

In September 2014 Virgin Media made a formal complaint to Ofcom about the Premier League auction and the number of live Premier League games shown on TV. Currently only 168 matches are shown on TV out of a total of 380 matches played each season.

In November 2014 Ofcom launched an investigation and for more than two years Virgin Media campaigned for #MoreBalls – calling more live games to be shown on TV so that fans could enjoy more of the football action. The Premier League allows broadcasters across the world – from Algeria to Iran – to televise all games live on TV. But not in the UK – the home of football.

In August 2016 Ofcom ended its investigation, with the Premier League agreeing that at least an extra 22 matches will be shown live on TV for the start of the 2019-20 season (a total of 190 games). This amount was then increased to 200 live games.

Murdoch pledges independent Sky News to smooth path for Fox deal

From http://www.zeebiz.com/agencies/murdoch-pledges-independent-sky-news-to-smooth-path-for-fox-deal-37094

Rupert Murdoch`s Twenty-First Century Fox pledged to keep Sky News independent and continue funding the loss-making channel for five years, in an attempt to overcome regulatory concerns over its $15.7 billion takeover of pay-TV firm Sky.

Fox said it would establish a fully independent board for the news channel to ensure the 86-year-old media mogul and his family could not influence its output.

Britain`s competition regulator said last month that Fox`s deal to buy the 61 percent of Sky it does not already own should be blocked unless a way was found to reduce the influence Murdoch could wield through owning the Sun and the Times newspapers, as well as TV, radio and online news outlets.

Some lawyers, investors and analysts have said that a stronger mechanism to guarantee the independence of Sky News should be enough to gain approval.

Looming over the Fox-Sky takeover is a $52.4 billion deal that would result in Walt Disney Co buying Fox`s TV and film studios, its cable TV assets and international TV businesses including Sky - leaving the Murdochs with Fox`s U.S news and sports channels, as well as their News Corp newspaper and publishing assets.

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) had already said the Disney deal should be taken into consideration when any remedies are assessed.

Fox, which disputes the CMA`s finding on the media power it would have if it owned Sky, said any concerns about the Murdoch influence would fall away after a Disney takeover.

The regulator had said the output of Murdoch`s companies would be watched, read or heard by nearly a third of the British population, giving him too much sway over public opinion.THREE SOLUTIONS

In January it put forward three broad possible solutions: insulating Sky News from Fox`s influence, spinning off or divesting Sky News, or blocking the deal outright.

Sky, however, warned the regulator that if it blocked the deal, it could close the loss-making channel completely, killing the main British competitor to the BBC in 24-hour TV news.

Fox said the regulator`s assessment was based on a number of legal and factual errors, but nonetheless promised to fund Sky News for at least five years and said it would put a "firewall" around the channel as remedies.

"The combined effect of the Proposed Firewall Remedies is that there could be no circumstances in which, post-transaction, the MFT (Murdoch family trust) or members of the Murdoch family could influence, whether directly or indirectly, the editorial line or policy of Sky News," the company said.

It said it would establish a fully independent board to oversee Sky News, including the appointment of the head of the channel, who will have sole responsibility for editorial strategy and staffing.

The proposal builds on a previous Fox pledge to create a Sky News board with a majority of independent directors.

But the CMA noted opponents of the deal had said previous offers by Murdoch to guarantee the editorial independence of the Times newspapers in Britain and the Dow Jones company had proved ineffective.

Former opposition Labour leader Ed Milliband and ex-Conservative finance minister Kenneth Clarke were among four lawmakers who said the deal should be blocked, arguing if the independence of Sky News was lost, it would be difficult or impossible to restore, and that the CMA could reconsider the deal if Disney buys Fox.

Fox`s proposals were released by the CMA on Monday. It is due to present media secretary Matt Hancock with a final report by May 1 and he has said he will rule on the deal by June 14.

Shares in Sky were trading up 0.36 percent at 10.53 pounds at 1216 GMT. Fox has offered 10.75 pounds a share.

Scottish licensees fined for Sky Sports infringements

From https://advanced-television.com/2018/02/14/scottish-licensees-fined-for-sky-sports-infringements/

Following successful legal action taken by Sky, Sandra McEwan, of Fourways pub Lanarkshire, Victoria Redding of Ellwyn pub in Stirlingshire and Nicholas Whewell of the Thistle Tavern in Fife have each been ordered to pay £10,000 (€11,222) in damages for infringing Sky’s copyright by showing Sky Sports programming illegally in their premises. They must also pay costs and fund the placement of notices advertising the rulings.

Sky sought and was awarded permanent interdicts (injunctions) in the Court of Session, Edinburgh, which prevents the licensees and anyone acting on their behalf from infringing Sky’s copyright by showing Sky programming without the correct commercial license

•McEwan of Fourways pub has been ordered to pay £10,000 in damages, as well as fund the placing of notices in the Scottish Licensed Trade News magazine, The Publican’s Morning Advertiser magazine and The Falkirk Herald, advertising the ruling.
•Redding of Ellwyn pub has been ordered to pay £10,000 in damages, as well as fund the placing of notices in the Scottish Licensed Trade News magazine, The Publican’s Morning Advertiser magazine and The Falkirk Herald, advertising the ruling.
•Whewell and Radical Road Limited of Thistle Tavern have been ordered to pay £10,000 in damages, as well as fund the placing of notices in the Scottish Licensed Trade News magazine, The Publican’s Morning Advertiser magazine and The Courier, advertising the ruling.

These successful cases come from Sky’s instruction to intellectual property experts from Burness Paull LLP and form a key part of Sky’s commitment to protecting pubs who invest in legitimate Sky Sports subscriptions. SPFL and Premier League matches are broadcast live exclusively on Sky Sports and BT Sport in Scotland. Sky Sports is only available to licensed premises in Scotland via a commercial agreement from Sky.

“These rulings demonstrate the seriousness of this issue and through the orders to fund advertising we hope to highlight the consequences of televising Sky’s content illegally,” noted George Lawson, head of commercial piracy at Sky. “We are committed to visiting thousands of pubs every season to monitor the games they are showing, as well as investigating suppliers to protect Sky customers who are unfairly losing business due to this illegal activity.”

YouTube Red to rollout in 100 countries

From https://advanced-television.com/2018/02/13/youtube-red-to-rollout-in-100-countries/

YouTube plans to roll out its premium subscription service YouTube Red to around 100 countries later this year, according to CEO Susan Wojcicki.

YouTube Red launched in the US in October 2015 but although a swift global rollout was predicted, it has since only launched in Australia, Mexico, New Zealand and South Korea. It offers ad-free viewing and access to original content exclusive to the platform. It also includes a subscription to Google Play Music, the ability to play videos in the background on your phone, and allows you to download videos for offline viewing.

Speaking at the Code Media conference in California, Wojcicki added: “I think our goal is to continue to increase what we’re doing. We are building that muscle of creating content; we’ll continue to do more and more and we’ll see what’s successful, we’ll see what our users respond to, what’s driving subscriptions, what’s being watched. I think one of the really amazing things about YouTube is the platform and the data that we have.”


No update, back Wednesday


Monday morning Feeds

Asiasat 5 3885 H Sr 7200 "BEL114 ENC-A" Pro League Football

Asiasat 5 3934 H Sr 7120 "SFL 2018" MTV Super Fight League
says $ but is FTA

Asiasat 5 3896 V Sr 7200 "DSNG3-A" Kini Kembali

Asiasat 5 3865 V Sr 7120 "Badminton Asia 2018"

Sunday feeds

Optus D2 12661 V Sr 7500 horses
Optus D2 12652 V Sr 7120 Tennis

A feed of Syria Satellite TV is/was FTA

Asiasat 5 3806 H Sr 6000

Asiasat 5 3654 H Sr 7200 "sx" Top King Kick Boxing

Asiasat 9 3876 H Sr 7200 "service 01" concert

Asiasat 9 3885 H Sr 7200 "HK_Conc_2018" concert

Saturday feeds

D2 - 12645 V Sr 7120 Tennis from Canberra
D2 - 12672 V Sr 7200 Golf from Perth

From the Dish

Intelsat 19 166.0E 4022 H "BBC World News Asia Pacific" has started on again, Fta

Palapa D 113.0E 3780 V "EWTN Asia-Pacific has replaced CinemaWorld" on , Irdeto.

Intelsat 20 68.5E SIS Digital has left 4064 H.

From asiatvro site

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,LNTV 3(MPEG-4)频道加密,设置11170 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [2月12日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Utility 1 HD、Utility 2 HD(传送)频道解密,设置3851 V 10800参数免费接收。 [2月12日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,AXN(高清)频道消失,设置4120 V 29720参数无效接收。 [2月12日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,Sony Channel(高清)频道新增,设置4120 V 29720参数有条件接收。 [2月12日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,TVB 8(高清)频道解密,设置4155 H 7200参数免费接收。 [2月12日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,Hits 2、Test(Encompass)频道消失,设置4000 H 29700参数无效接收。 [2月12日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,Test HD(测试)高清频道新增,设置3425 H 3333参数免费接收。 [2月12日]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,Public Comedy(印度)频道新增,设置4015 V 30000参数免费接收。 [2月12日]

东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星Ku频段,Navgrah(印度)频道新增,设置12522 V 40700参数有条件接收。 [2月11日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,TVN替换Chic Channel(泰国)频道,设置12313 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [2月11日]
东经80度轨道位置的快车AM22号卫星Ku频段,1 Kanal (+7h)、1 Kanal (+9h)(测试)频道消失,设置10981 V 33483参数无效接收。 [2月11日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,Maha Movie、Aastha Bhajan(印度)频道消失,设置11090 V 29500参数无效接收。 [2月11日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,Vaa Movie(印度)频道消失,设置11170 V 29500参数无效接收。 [2月11日]

东经98度轨道位置的中星11号卫星Ku频段,DC7替换Sunnah TV(印尼)频道,设置12500 V 43200参数免费接收。 [2月10日]
东经98度轨道位置的中星11号卫星Ku频段,Maleo Channel替换DC7(印尼)频道,设置12500 V 43200参数免费接收。 [2月10日]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星Ku频段,Kaleidoskop TV(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置11385 H 30000参数无效接收。 [2月10日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Ariang HD(高清)频道改频率,设置12490 H 29500参数有条件接收。 [2月10日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,BBC World News(高清)频道改频率,设置11747 L 23800参数有条件接收。 [2月10日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,FTV(高清)频道改频率,设置11862 L 23800参数有条件接收。 [2月10日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Disney Junior(高清)频道改频率,设置11938 L 23800参数有条件接收。 [2月10日]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲9号卫星C频段,UHD(4K)测试频道消失,设置4120 H 29720参数无效接收。 [2月10日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,BBC World News(亚太)高清频道重现,设置4023 H 3921参数免费接收。 [2月10日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Rose TV、SAAM TV(印度)等3个频道新增,设置3805 H 28500参数免费接收。 [2月10日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Manoranjan Movies(印度)频道重现,设置4117 V 8800参数免费接收。 [2月10日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2A号卫星Ku频段,Telenovella、Tochka Otryva(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置12653 V 43000参数免费接收。 [2月10日]

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,VTV(越南)频道新增,设置4023 V 2961参数免费接收。 [2月9日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,TV Lao、Sport 1(老挝)等频道加密,设置10790 H 40000参数有条件接收。[02-09]

From cnsat

泰星5/6/8号(78.5°E)卫星,11170 H 30000一组LNTV 3频道恢复锁码播出。(2018-02-12)
亚太7号(76.5°E)卫星,4155 H 7200一组香港无线8高清频道开锁播出。(2018-02-12)
|国际19号(166.0°E)卫星,3850 V 10800一组utility 1 HD、utility 2 HD开锁播出。(2018-02-12)
马星3号/3a(91.5°E)卫星,4120 V 29720一组新增索尼频道,开锁播出。(2018-02-12)
马星3号/3a(91.5°E)卫星,新增高清测试彩条频道,设置3425 H 3333开锁播出。(2018-02-12)

SES-7/9(108.2°E)卫星,寰宇卫视12461 H 45000一组上海东方卫视恢复,锁码播出。(2018-02-11)
国际17号(66.0°E)卫星,4015 V 30000一组新增Public Comedy频道,开锁播出。(2018-02-11)
(俄)快车AM22(80.0°E)卫星,10981 V 33483一组1 Kanal (+7h)等两个测试消失。(2018-02-11)
泰星5/6/8号(78.5°E)卫星,12313 H 30000一组TVN替换Chic Channel频道,锁码播出。(2018-02-11)
亚洲5号(100.5°E)卫星,12522V 40700一组新增Navgrah频道,锁码播出。(2018-02-11)
(俄)快车AM22(80.0°E)卫星,10981 V 33483一组1 Kanal (+7h)等两个测试消失。(2018-02-11)
泰星5/6/8号(78.5°E)卫星,12313 H 30000一组TVN替换Chic Channel频道,锁码播出。(2018-02-11)
亚洲5号(100.5°E)卫星,12522V 40700一组新增Navgrah频道,锁码播出。(2018-02-11)
印度G-Sat 15(93.5°E)卫星,11170 V 29500一组Vaa Movie消失,目前彩条开锁播出。(2018-02-11)
印度G-Sat 15(93.5°E)卫星,11090 V 29500一组Maha Movie、Aastha Bhajan消失,目前彩条开锁播出。(2018-02-11)

雅玛尔401(90.0°E)卫星,11385 H 30000一组Kaleidoskop TV频道消失。(2018-02-10)
韩星6/7号(116.0°E)卫星,Ariang HD频道改频率,设置12490 H 29500锁码播出。(2018-02-10)
韩星6/7号(116.0°E)卫星,BBC World News改频率,设置11747L23800锁码播出。(2018-02-10)
韩星6/7号(116.0°E)卫星,Disney Junior频道改频率。设置11938 L 23800锁码播出。(2018-02-10)
亚洲9号(122.0°E)卫星,4120 H 29720一组UHD(4K)测试频道消失。(2018-02-10)


Spire Teams with CSST to Expand Services in the South Pacific

From http://www.satellitetoday.com/technology/2018/02/09/spire-teams-csst-expand-services-south-

The Center for Space Science Technology (CSST) is planning to use Spire Global’s Automatic Identification System (AIS) data collected from its constellation of satellites to drive multiple use cases in maritime situational awareness throughout the South Pacific Ocean and beyond. According to director of operations Rafael Kargren, CSST will use the data in areas such as fishing, fleet monitoring and control, vessel tracking services and collision avoidance, maritime security, fleet and cargo tracking, aid in search and rescue operations, accident investigation, navigation aids and infrastructure protection.

Established in 2017, CSST is a regional research institute based in Alexandra, New Zealand with a mission to support regional growth and development. In December, it announced its first purchase order for satellite imagery from Northern Canterbury Transport Infrastructure Recovery (NCTIR) to assist with repairs to earthquake-damaged roads.

Freeview teams up with Spark's Lightbox and Stuff Pix

From https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/101252694/freeview-teams-up-with-sparks-lightbox-and-stuff-pix

Star Wars' The Last Jedi is an example of a film that will be available pay-per-view through Freeview's next set-top box in April, thanks to a partnership with Stuff Pix.

The boundary between Freeview and pay-TV is set to blur in April with the launch of a $399 Freeview recorder designed to provide easy access to paid internet-television services.

As well as letting people pause and record live television and access Freeview On Demand, the set-top box will put Spark's Lightbox internet television service and movie service Stuff Pix on its menu.

Stuff Pix, which is partly owned by Stuff – formerly Fairfax Media NZ, will offer a catalogue of about 600 movies that can be watched online for between $1 and $7 each, as well as future new releases from most major studios about 10 to 12 weeks after they have screened in cinemas.

Freeview chief executive Jason Foden said the set-top box would be made by Dish and would include multiple satellite and UHF tuners as well as an Android media player and a one terabyte hard drive.

Freeview would "not get rich" through partnerships with OTT or "over-the-top" video services, but wanted people to be able to access as many of them as possible through the recorder, he said.

Netflix would not initially feature as Netflix needed to approve every piece of hardware "and we are in the queue to have that done", he said.

Freeview chief executive Jason Foden says brands are important, but content more so.

Spark's Lightbox spokeswoman Ellis Cross said it was constantly looking to innovate and "be present where our customers are".

Stuff Pix general manager Paddy Buckley said customers would be able to rent movies seamlessly through the Stuff Pix app on the recorder.

Sky Television spokeswoman Melodie Robinson could not comment on whether its Neon internet television might be available through the recorder, saying it had nothing to say at this point.

$399 was the lowest price Freeview could achieve for the box, Foden said. "We saw the opportunity for a really high-quality recorder in the market at a reasonable price, so that is what we are looking to deliver."

Freeview will also update its own On Demand service later this month, providing easier access to free streamed content available from Television New Zealand, Three-owner MediaWorks, and Maori Television.

At the moment, Freeview On Demand viewers have to fire-up an app for each broadcaster and separately browse through their catalogues to see what programmes are available online.

The update will mean streamed content from the three broadcasters will be pooled into a single catalogue with a shared logon.

Foden hoped that would make a big difference to Freeview On Demand which was currently watched on a monthly basis by an "underwhelming" 100,000 households – or about a quarter of the households who have access to the service.

"People want a frictionless experience," he said.

"If people are thinking there is 'nothing on TV tonight' and decide to see what is on On Demand, the first screen they see should 'wow' them. You might have 7 Days next to Married At First Sight next to Blue Planet next to My Kitchen Rules and the 6pm news."

The relative position of online programmes on the electronic programming guide (EPG) will be assigned according to an algorithm "partly based on shareholdings" and partly on popularity, to ensure each broadcasters' content is fairly profiled, he said.

Foden hoped pooling would encourage more free-to-air broadcasters to add streamed content to Freeview On Demand, without the fear their services – and hence their shows – would be overlooked.

"So perhaps you might have something from Choice TV and Al Jazeera. At the moment there are more than 500 shows, and we are looking to extend that."

It had been hard to get broadcasters to support the principle of content pooling, given they tended to want to promote their individual brands, but they had decided they were "collectively, better together", he said.

"People don't sit down and think 'tonight I am watching TV1'. Brands are important but ultimately it is about the content."

The individual broadcasters would continue to serve and get the revenue from the adverts in their programmes.

People who have Freeview On Demand – which is available on smart TVs and Freeview boxes sold since 2015 – will automatically get that update later this month.

* The price of the Freeview set-top box has been corrected. An incorrect price was previously provided by Freeview.

(Craig's comment, they need to get it down to well under $200)

China sent twin BeiDou-3 navigation satellites into orbit

From http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-02/12/c_136970281.htm

XICHANG, Sichuan, Feb. 12 (Xinhua) -- China sent two satellites into orbit on a single carrier rocket for its domestic BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) Monday.

The twin satellites, which form a network with four previously launched BeiDou-3 satellites, were the fifth and sixth satellites in the BeiDou-3 family. They entered orbit more than three hours after the launch from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province.

SpaceX to launch satellite for low-cost internet across globe on February 17

From https://www.newsheads.in/science/news/spacex-preparing-starlink-demo-satellite-launch-report/article/12067.html

San Francisco : SpaceX will be launching a satellite for low-cost internet across the globe on February 17 this year, said media reports. The project is informally known as Starlink.

The prototype spacecraft, known as Microsat 2a and 2b, is reported to be included as secondary payloads on a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, Geekwire.com reported late on Sunday.

SpaceX to launch satellite for low-cost internet across globe on February 17

The primary payload is a 3,000-pound Spanish radar observation satellite called Paz.

"Static fire test of Falcon 9 complete - targeting February 17 launch of Paz from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California," SpaceX tweeted on Sunday.

No details have been unveiled about the Starlink mission as the company aims to put thousands of communication satellite in orbit by 2020.

According to a report at Nasaspaceflight.com, the Paz satellite - named after the Spanish word for "peace" - will be launched into a 514 km circular orbit. It was built by Airbus for the Spanish company hisdeSAT, and will be used for military and civilian purposes.


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update



From my Email


From the Dish

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3505 V "Nhung Channel" has left .
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3545 V "Cartoon Club" has left .

Thaicom 6 78.5E 4120 H "Nhung Channel" has started on , BISS.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3891 V "Celestial Movies, TVN Asia and TVN Premium" have left again.

Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 12682 V "Nautical Channel" has left again.

From asiatvro site

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,VTV(越南)频道新增,设置4023 V 2961参数免费接收。[02-09]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Zabb(泰国)频道新增,设置3440 H 26666参数免费接收。 [2月9日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,六画面(高清)频道新改频率增,设置12530 H 27489参数免费接收。 [2月9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3425 V 2500参数无效接收。 [2月9日]

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,Parata、Oscar(泰国)等4个频道新增,设置11600 H 30000参数免费接收。[02-08]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,Astro Awani(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3425 V 2500参数免费接收。[02-08]

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国际19号(166.0°E)卫星,3760 V 30000一组动物星球高清频道等频道开锁播出 。(2018-02-09)
泰星5/6/8号(78.5°E)卫星,3440 H 26666一组新增Zabb频道开锁播出。(2018-02-09)
泰星5/6/8号(78.5°E)卫星,4023 V 2961一组新增VTV频道开锁播出。(2018-02-09)
韩星6/7号(116.0°E)卫星,多画面浏览频道更改接收参数,设置12530 H 27489依旧开锁播出。(2018-02-09)
马星3号/3a(91.5°E)卫星,Astro Awani频道消失,设置3425 V 2500无信号。(2018-02-09)

泰星5/6/8号(78.5°E)卫星,11600 H 30000一组Dragon Channel等四个频道重现,开锁播出。(2018-02-08)
马星3号/3a(91.5°E)卫星,新增Astro Awani频道,设置3425 V 2500开锁播出。(2018-02-08)

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Foxtel fights for pay-TV exemptions to gambling-ad ban

From https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2018/02/08/foxtel-fights-gambling-ad-ban/

Last year the Government promised to ban TV sports betting ads during children's viewing hours. Photo: ABC

Foxtel is pushing for exemptions to the government’s upcoming gambling-ad ban, because some of its channels have “very small audiences”.

Last year, the government promised to ban TV sports betting ads during children’s viewing hours to, “provide a clear and practical zone for families and children to watch live sports”.

The reforms, which would ban gambling ads during live sporting events between 5.00am and 8.30pm, are due to take effect from next month.

But anti-gambling campaigners say the laws are in danger of being watered down, as the subscription TV industry drafts its code of practice.

Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young said parents would be “shocked” to know the laws may only apply in full to free-to-air TV.

“Hey presto! If you’ve got Foxtel, they’re still going to be ramming these ads down the throats of your kids” Senator Hanson-Young told ABC radio.

“Either gambling ads during live sports is wrong, or it’s not.”

A spokesperson for ASTRA, the pay-TV industry’s peak body, said: “The exemption encompasses channels, including beIN, ESPN and Eurosport that provide niche coverage of overseas events to very small audiences in contrast to the mass appeal broadcasts of the major Australian football codes on free-to-air TV, which attract much larger audiences.”

ASTRA, the pay-TV industry’s peak body, is also seeking to set time restrictions to clocks in the Eastern States, because it only sends out one TV signal for all states simultaneously.

“[That] would mean that viewers in Western Australia, including children, could be subjected to saturation gambling advertising from 5.30pm onwards and viewers in South Australia including children will be subjected to saturation gambling advertising after 8.00pm,” said Kelvin Thomson from the Alliance for Gambling reform.

The Subscription TV and Commercial TV industries are drafting their own provisions to their codes of conduct, to comply with the new laws, with oversight from the government.

A spokesperson for the Communications Minister said: “The government expects the industry to make the required changes voluntarily through a normal amendment process with the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).”

Foxtel shuts FX channel, moves key content to Showcase

From https://mumbrella.com.au/foxtel-shuts-fx-channel-moves-key-content-to-showcase-497952

Foxtel will close its FX channel from the end of the month with key programs moving to Showcase, the company has revealed.

In a note to subscribers, Foxtel said due to evolving “consumer viewing habits” it was reviewing a number of channels to assess whether they meet performance criteria.

As a result, FX will shut from February 28.

From March 1, key shows including The Walking Dead will move to Showcase on 114.

“Already known as Australia’s ‘Home of HBO’, the addition of all the FX content will see showcase transformed as a drama ‘super channel’, filled with Foxtel original dramas and exclusive, first-run hits, express from the US all in one easy to find channel location,” the letter said.

“What’s more, many FX shows and complete seasons will also join the rich library of content available through On Demand^, meaning you’ll be able to stream them anytime, anywhere and on any compatible device – all at no extra cost.”

The axing of FX is the second time it has been removed from Australia airwaves. It first aired in Australia from 1995 to 2003, before rebranding to W. It then returned in 2012.

Other channels closing on the same day are Eurosportnews and Nat Geo People. It was announced Nat Geo People would stop broadcasting locally last week.

Breaking sports news will now run on the Fox Sports News channel and documentaries will remain available on National Geographic and National Geographic on Demand.

Beyond programming, Foxtel has experienced major changes in the last six months. The merger between Foxtel and Fox Sports was confirmed six months ago with it being cleared by the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission late last year.

Since then Foxtel, has seen the departure of executive director of channel aggregation and sales Deanne Weir in September as well as managing director of customer and retail Mark Buckman.

Last week it was also announced Foxtel CEO Peter Tonagh would step down, with Fox Sports CEO Patrick Delany to take the helm.

Warner Bros may be launching a new video streaming service in Australia using ASX-listed Linius technology

From https://www.businessinsider.com.au/warner-bros-streaming-service-2018-2

Could Warners Bros — which owns Game of Thrones broadcaster HBO — be planning a video-on-demand service in Australia, using technology from ASX-listed Linius?

Linius Technologies (ASX:LNU) says it’s signed a deal with the behemoth to pilot in Australia its tech for a Transactional Video On Demand (or TVOD) streaming platform.

Linius shares were up 21 per cent per cent to 14.5c in Thursday morning trade.

TVOD services such as iTunes allow online rental of individual movies and TV shows for a limited time. By comparison, Netflix and Stan are Subscription Video On Demand (SVOD) services where customers get an all-you-can-eat selection — usually with fewer “New Release” titles.

There is a move in Hollywood for big movie studios such as Disney to pull their content from Netflix and start their own online services — which is good news for companies like Linius.

Warners just launched an online movie streaming service in the UK. (Though it’s worth noting Australian pay TV provider Foxtel has a multi-year deal with Warners, tying up HBO shows like Game of Thrones.)

There are also reports Warners has been looking into a streaming service that would give audiences early access to first-run movies from the privacy of their homes — at $50 a movie, as quickly as two weeks after a cinema release.

The pilot test, which is due to start this quarter, is to decide whether Linius’s “Video Virtualization Engine” (VVE) product can be commercialised for Warner Bros.

The VVE unlocks and indexes data within a legacy video file. The software extracts and manipulates the content while in transit and reassembles the new video file instantaneously at the destination as a ‘ghost file’.

In this way it can deliver information to the end-user, track who is using (and paying for) a video, and capture data for the broadcaster for use for applications such as anti-piracy, personalised advertising, video search and security.

Linius has also been trying to play the blockchain game, effectively promising an Ethereum-style crypto-contract to take place before a virtual video is sent to a viewer.

Stockhead has reached out to Linius for comment.

What's next for SpaceX?

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Whats_next_for_SpaceX_999.html

In successfully sending the world's most powerful rocket into space, SpaceX founder Elon Musk has pulled off yet another spectacular gamble.

The question now is what's next for SpaceX and the space industry following the launch of Musk's Tesla roadster into space aboard a Falcon Heavy rocket?

- Satellites -

Falcon Heavy can launch far heavier payloads than other rockets -- more than twice as much as its closest rival, the Delta IV Heavy rocket built by United Launch Alliance, the joint venture between Boeing and Lockheed Martin.

"Falcon Heavy opens up a new class of payload," Musk told reporters following Tuesday's launch from Cape Canaveral in Florida.

By blasting his electric car into space, Musk not only pulled off a publicity coup but also showed potential clients that SpaceX can deliver the goods.

Using reusable boosters, SpaceX has a cost advantage -- at 90 million dollars a launch it is three times cheaper than its rivals.

It has already lured two clients: the US Air Force and Arabsat, a consortium of Arab nations seeking to have communications satellites put into orbit.

The market, however, has changed significantly since Musk announced the Falcon Heavy project in 2011.

SpaceX took a lot of time to develop its powerful rocket, and spent more than half a billion dollars doing so, according to Musk.

During that time, a lot of progress been made in increasing the capability of smaller rockets -- including SpaceX's own Falcon 9 -- and reducing the size of satellites.

"There is a part of the commercial market that requires Falcon Heavy," SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell told the Los Angeles Times last year. "It's there, and it's going to be consistent, but it's much smaller than we thought."

- Moonshot -

One year ago, SpaceX announced that it had signed a contract to send two paying passengers into orbit around the moon, something which hasn't been done since NASA's Apollo 17 mission in December 1972.

The space tourists would ride aboard a passenger version of SpaceX's Dragon 2 capsule, which has already been used by NASA to send cargo to the International Space Station.

Space tourism is a promising industry but the costs will limit its availability for some time to the super-rich. The moonshot was planned for late this year but SpaceX has yet to commit to that timeline.

SpaceX is also not the only one eyeing the moon. In December, President Donald Trump directed NASA to set up a lunar base as a first step in a mission to Mars.

Trump was vague, however, with details, financing or a calendar for sending men to the moon or the Red Planet.

Hooking up with a private partner such as SpaceX or Blue Origin, the space company founded by Amazon's Jeff Bezos, could be on the cards.

- Mars -

Establishing a colony on Mars is Musk's stated long-term goal and Falcon Heavy is one step in the ambitious project he outlined last year.

Falcon Heavy's successor -- and the SpaceX rocket that could make an unmanned mission to Mars -- would be the irreverently-named rocket currently known as BFR, or "Big Fucking Rocket."

BFR would eventually replace SpaceX's Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rockets and the Dragon capsule.

Around 350 feet (103 meters) tall, BFR would be nearly as big and even more powerful than NASA's Saturn V which sent astronauts to the moon in the 1960s and 1970s.

A first test flight could take place in 2019 with orbital tests in 2020 and the delivery of the first cargo to Mars in 2022.

Musk said the successful Falcon Heavy launch left him encouraged about the future of BFR.

"It gives me confidence that BFR is really quite workable," Musk said. "It's given me a lot of confidence that we can make the BFR design work."

"Most of our engineering resources will be dedicated to BFR and so I think that will make things go quite quickly," Musk said.

SES and Intelsat Propose Joint Use of C-band by Satellite and Terrestrial Mobile Operators in the U.S.

From http://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/ses-and-intelsat-propose-joint-use-of-c-band-by-satellite-and-terrestrial-mobile-operators-in-the-u-s-1015191000

Leading satellite companies SES S.A. (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) and Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I) today announced alignment on a proposal to the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) which seeks to protect the wide array of established satellite services in the 3700-4200 MHz C-band downlink spectrum while opening a specified portion of that spectrum for terrestrial mobile use.

The joint proposal, which was developed in response to the unique U.S. telecommunications environment, aims to protect the quality and reliability of the extensive services provided by satellite operators in C-band to U.S. broadcasters, media and data companies. The proposal ensures the continued seamless distribution of video and audio programming to more than 100 million U.S. households, and the reliable provision of critical data connectivity in rural areas and emergency situations, as well as services delivered to the U.S. government.

The proposal, which builds on an innovative model first put forward to the FCC by Intelsat and Intel Corporation in October 2017, sets a commercial and technical framework that would enable wireless operators to quickly access approximately 100 MHz of nationwide C-band downlink spectrum in the U.S., speeding the deployment of next generation 5G services.

The proposal specifies the creation of a consortium, which would be open to all C-band operators providing service to all or a portion of the lower 48 United States pursuant to FCC-issued licenses or grants of market access. The consortium would oversee the governance of the initiative, define and implement the methodology for spectrum clearance, and serve as the sole interface for market-based transactions with parties interested in deploying terrestrial mobile services in specific portions of the C-band. SES and Intelsat have begun briefing the FCC on this proposal.

Karim Michel Sabbagh, President and CEO of SES, said, "The C-band is and remains a critical component of the U.S. network architecture. Space and ground segment operators have invested billions of dollars in U.S. C-band networks and connectivity and generate important value out of it. It is therefore our duty and mission to protect the C-band in the U.S. from any form of disruption and preserve its use. The C-band satellite consortium is to be set up to ensure that the expansion of the C-band ecosystem in the U.S. will protect the interests of hundreds of established services and millions of American end-users, while at the same time paving the way for the creation of next generation 5G terrestrial services.”

Peter Pitsch, Associate General Counsel, Intel, said, "Intel's goal remains to facilitate timely access to high quality terrestrial 5G services. We welcome the announcement of the alignment of Intelsat and SES on significant details of the proposal, and plan to continue to support this market-based approach, which we believe paves the way for the accelerated deployment of 5G in the U.S.”

Intelsat CEO Stephen Spengler said, "Our priority continues to be creating a framework that provides certainty and protects the quality and reliability of the services we provide to our media, network services and government customers. Our proposed market-based solution provides a speedy resolution to the U.S. objective of accelerating deployment of 5G services. With Intelsat and SES now in agreement on major tenets of the framework and with the support of Intel, we are confident in our ability to implement this proposal quickly and efficiently, ultimately to the benefit of American consumers and the U.S. economy.”

Facebook, Netflix, Google won’t bid for Premier League

From https://advanced-television.com/2018/02/09/facebook-netflix-google-wont-bid-for-premier-league/

Facebook, Netflix and Google will likely not submit bids for the next round of Premier League TV rights in today’s (February 9th) auction, with most analysts believing Sky and BT will remain the major players.

It has long been rumoured that the online giants would bid for a package(s) of games, but according to a report in the Guardian, they are “not yet ready to get involved in live sport rights in the UK”. Amazon, however, remain a strong contender to bid for at least one of the seven packages on offer.

The bidding process, which covers 200 games a season between 2019 and 2022, is a closely guarded process that sees most broadcasters submit their offers by hand. Details on winning bidders are expected to be revealed early next week.

In 2015, Sky spent £4.1 billion to air 126 games a season, with main rival BT picking up the remaining 42 games for £960 million. This time, the league is offering 32 more games a season and experimenting with new time slots. One of the packages offers 24 games at 2pm on Sundays and eight games at 7.45pm on Saturdays.

Kieran Maguire, a football finance expert at the University of Liverpool, told the Guardian that he did not believe the tech giants were ready to enter the market.

“That is just the Premier League talking up auction prices,” he said. “It makes no sense for them to bid domestically as the UK is insignificant when looking at global strategy. There is some potential in overseas markets but there is still an issue of monetising subscribers – even Netflix hasn’t quite managed that yet.”

18,000 fine for eBay Kodi seller

From https://advanced-television.com/2018/02/09/18000-fine-for-ebay-kodi-seller/

A supplier of illicit streaming devices that are pre-loaded to enable the viewing of pirate broadcasts of Premier League football has had to pay thousands of pounds, and cease all future trading of the illegal devices.

Nayanesh Patel, from Harrow in Greater London, sold Kodi-type boxes on several platforms including eBay and Facebook. In doing so he breached Premier League copyright and has paid £18,000 (€20,415) and agreed to remove all infringing adverts from the platforms, disable access to his website, and cease all sales of similar devices. A second supplier who sold subscriptions to illegal streams of Premier League football via eBay has had to pay £8,000 and cease all such future trading.

These actions are part of a wide-ranging copyright protection programme that has included the League successfully obtaining a High Court blocking order preventing illegal streams being broadcast in the UK, working with Spanish authorities to shut-down illegal Internet Service Providers (ISPs), and action in the UK, Thailand, and Singapore against sellers of illicit streaming devices that provided access to illegal broadcasts of Premier League football.

The League also recently successfully won a landmark action in the Dutch Courts that requires the illegal hosting provider Ecatel to take down all Premier League material or face fines of up to €1.5 million.

“This case shows there are serious consequences for sellers of pre-loaded boxes and is a warning for anyone who thinks they might get away with this type of activity,” declared Kevin Plumb, Premier League Director of Legal Services.

“The Premier League is currently engaged in a comprehensive copyright protection programme that includes targeting and taking action against sellers of pre-loaded devices, and any ISPs or hosts that facilitate the broadcast of pirated Premier League content.”

Consumer body: ‘Smart TV hacking vulnerability’

From https://advanced-television.com/2018/02/08/consumer-body-smart-tv-hacking-vulnerability/

US consumer advice body Consumer Reports has found that millions of smart TVs can be controlled by hackers exploiting easy-to-find security flaws. Security and privacy testing of several brands has also revealed broad-based data collection.

According to Consumer Reports, the problems affect Samsung televisions, along with models made by TCL and other brands that use the Roku TV smart TV platform, as well as streaming devices such as the Roku Ultra, a claim hotly disputed by the connected platform and device specialist.

It found that a relatively unsophisticated hacker could change channels, play offensive content, or crank up the volume, which might be deeply unsettling to someone who didn’t understand what was happening. This could be done over the web, from thousands of miles away. (These vulnerabilities would not allow a hacker to spy on the user or steal information.)

The findings were part of a broad privacy and security evaluation, led by Consumer Reports, of smart TVs from top brands that also included LG, Sony, and Vizio.

The testing also found that all these TVs raised privacy concerns by collecting very detailed information on their users. Consumers can limit the data collection. But they have to give up a lot of the TVs’ functionality—and know the right buttons to click and settings to look for, suggests Consumer Reports.

This is the first time Consumer Reports has carried out a test based on its new Digital Standard, which was developed by CR and partner cybersecurity and privacy organisations to help set expectations for how manufacturers should handle privacy, security, and other digital rights. The goal is to educate consumers on their privacy and security options and to influence manufacturers to take these concerns into consideration when developing their products.

“The Digital Standard can be used to evaluate many products that collect data and connect to the Internet,” commented Maria Rerecich, who oversees electronics testing at Consumer Reports. “But smart TVs were a natural place to start. These sets are growing in popularity, and they can transmit a remarkable amount of information about their users back to the TV manufacturers and their business partners.”

Smart TVs represent the lion’s share of new televisions. According to market research firm IHS Markit, 69 per cent of all new sets shipped in North America in 2017 were Internet-capable, and the percentage is set to rise in 2018. Eighty-two million of these sets have already found their way to consumers.

Internet connectivity brings a lot of appealing functionality to modern televisions—including the ability to stream content through popular apps such as Hulu and Netflix, as well as to find content quickly using voice commands.

But that functionality comes with substantial data collection. Smart TVs can identify every show watched by a user using automatic content recognition or ACR technology. That viewing information can be combined with other consumer information and used for targeted advertising, not only on a TV but also on mobile phones and computers.

“For years, consumers have had their behaviour tracked when they’re online or using their smartphones,” Brookman says. “But I don’t think a lot of people expect their television to be watching what they do.”

Consumer Reports notes that manufacturers are aiming to make smart TVs the centrepiece of consumers’ increasingly connected homes.

In a recent Consumer Reports subscriber survey of 38,000 smart TV owners, 51 per cent were at least somewhat worried about the privacy implications of smart TVs and 62 per cent were at least somewhat worried about the sets’ security practices.

According to Roku, Consumer Reports “got it wrong” regarding Roku TVs and players’ vulnerability to hacking, describing it as a “mischaracterisation”of a feature.

“It is unfortunate that the feature was reported in this way,” said Roku. “We want to ensure our customers that there is no security risk. Roku enables third-party developers to create remote control applications that consumers can use to control their Roku products. This is achieved through the use of an open interface that Roku designed and published. There is no security risk to our customers’ accounts or the Roku platform with the use of this API. In addition, consumers can turn off this feature on their Roku player or Roku TV by going to Settings>System>Advanced System Settings>External Control>Disabled,” it advised.

“In addition the article discusses the use of ACR. We took a different approach from other companies to ensure consumers have the choice to opt-in. Therefore, the feature called More Ways to Watch, which uses ACR, is not enabled by default on Roku TVs. Consumers must activate it. And if they choose to use the feature it can be disabled at any time. To disable consumers have to uncheck Settings > Privacy > Smart TV experience > Use info from TV inputs,” it recommended.

”We take the security of our platform and the privacy of our users very seriously,” it concluded.

MTV UK launching MTV OMG channel

From https://advanced-television.com/2018/02/08/mtv-uk-launching-mtv-omg-channel/

MTV UK is launching a brand new music channel for 16 – 34s, MTV OMG (“obsessed with music & gossip”) that will feature all the biggest names and hits of the moment, as well as all the latest showbiz gossip.

MTV OMG will launch on the March 1st and will be available as a pay-TV channel on Sky and Virgin. It will include a wide variety of content including The Official Charts: Weekly Top 40, themed countdowns and quizzes. MTV OMG will join the rest of the MTV Music Pack which currently includes MTV Music, MTV Base, MTV Hits, MTV Dance, MTV Rocks, MTV Classic, VH1 UK, MTV Music +1 and replaces FTA channel VIVA, as the brand looks to invest further in music TV on MTV and its sister brands.

Kelly Bradshaw, VP, Brand Lead, MTV UK commented: “We’re really excited to be launching MTV OMG as the latest instalment to our booming MTV music pack. The channel will be a great complement to the rest of our portfolio, bringing audiences all the latest pop culture moments, music and gossip from the world of entertainment.”


Intelsat 19 4022 H Sr 3921 BBC World Asia Pacific HD is back , still fta

Asiasat 6 / Thaicom 7 @ 120E 4100 H Sr 29500 IMFC is new, encrypted

Astro Awani started Measat 3A (91.5°E) 3424 V 2500 (MPEG4/FTA)

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Palapa D 113.0E 3752 H "Net" has started on , Fta.

Thaicom 8 78.5E 11600 H "Muancheon TV 69, Thai Baan TV 83, Asian Mix Channel, Fong Channel and Non Stop Channel" are Fta Major Channel Mix, Cartoon Kids, 55 Channel, CNS, DFT Channel, Dragon Channel, Horror Channel, INM, Oscars Channel, Parata Channel, Film Max, Seoul Channel, TVBL, WSM TV, MGTV, Esan TV, X2 Channel, MV TV Family, Major Channel Asian, MV Lao HD, Five HD and MV TV 6 have left.

ABS 2A 75.0E 12100 V "World Fashion Channel Russia" is now encrypted.
ABS 2A 75.0E Fox Life Russia, Fox Russia, National Geographic Russia, Nat Geo Wild Asia and Motorsport TV have moved from 12707 V to 12533 V.

Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 11222 H "MTA 1 and Nautical Channel" have left .

Intelsat 20 68.5E 4116 V "Prarthana Bhawan TV" has left again.

NSS 12 57.0E 4095 R "Food Network Asia, HGTV Asia and Travel Channel Asia" have started on , PowerVu.

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东经84.8度轨道位置的Horizons 2号卫星Ku频段,TV 5 HD(高清)频道解密,设置11758 V 45000参数免费接收。 [2月8日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,PPTV HD(点播)频道消失,设置11170 H 30000参数无效接收。 [2月8日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2A号卫星Ku频段,Evrokino、Zoo TV(俄罗斯)等13个频道新增,设置12653 V 43000参数免费接收。 [2月8日]
东经120度轨道位置的亚洲6号卫星C频段,内蒙古足球(高清)频道新增,设置4100 H 29500参数有条件接收。 [2月8日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,TV Lao、MV Lao(老挝)等频道解密,设置10790 H 40000参数免费接收。 [2月7日]

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,TC-HD 1(高清)频道新增,设置11009 H 30000参数免费接收。[02-07]
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东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,TC-UHD TV 2替换E Sport(4K)频道,设置11009 H 30000参数免费接收。[02-07]
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东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,Lao 1、Lao 3(老挝)频道加密,设置10790 H 40000参数有条件接收。[02-07]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,BTV National(孟加拉)频道加密,设置3690 V 11390参数有条件接收。[02-07]

From cnsat

马星3号/3a(91.5°E)卫星,新增Astro Awani频道,设置3425 V 2500开锁播出。(2018-02-08)
ABS-2A(75.0°E)卫星,新增Evrokino、Zoo TV等13个频道,设置12653 V 43000开锁播出。(2018-02-08)
Horizons 2(84.9°E)卫星,11758 V 45008一组TV5泰国台开锁播出。(2018-02-08)
亚洲6号(120.0°E)卫星,新增内蒙古足球频道,设置参数4100 H 29500锁码播出。(2018-02-08)

老挝1号(128.5°E)卫星,3640 H 2915一组Lao 1替换LNTV1,开锁播出。(2018-02-07)
泰星5/6/8号(78.5°E)卫星,11010 H 30000一组新增TC-HD测试,开锁播出。(2018-02-07)
亚太7号(76.5°E)卫星,3700 H 1600一组新增Afghan TV频道,开锁播出。(2018-02-07)
泰星5/6/8号(78.5°E)卫星,11010 H 30000一组TC-UHD2替换E Sport UHD(4K),开锁播出。(2018-02-07)
亚洲5号(100.5°E)卫星,3840 H 29720一组Liga Santander1/Liga Santander2开锁播出。(2018-02-07)
SES-7/9(108.2°E)卫星,11101 V 45000一组索尼动作影视娱乐高清频道(AXN HD)替换华纳电视频道,锁码播出。(2018-02-07)
老挝1号(128.5°E)卫星,老挝直播10790 H 40000一组Lao 1和Lao 3 频道恢复锁码播出。(2018-02-07)


Sorry no time for news update


A name change on Eutelsat 172B 4159 V Sr 5000 "DIGICEL ADHOC 1 and DIGICEL ADHOC 2"
Digicel Adhoc 2 is fta showing winter Olympics?

Intelsat 19 4180 H 30000

these are temp fta

Delta 1
Delta 2
Delta 1 Oneseg

Playing out movies? or a video loop

From my Email


From the Dish

From asiatvro site

东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,BTV National(孟加拉)频道加密,设置3690 V 11390参数有条件接收。 [2月7日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,AXN替换华纳电视(台亚卫星)频道,设置11101 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [2月7日]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星Ku频段,Zoo Moo HD、Love Nature HD(高清)频道新增,设置11668 H 14400参数有条件接收。 [2月7日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2A号卫星Ku频段,E替换Game Show(GeoTelecom)频道,设置11473 V 22500参数免费接收。 [2月7日]

东经84.8度轨道位置Horizons 2号星Ku段,MWD Movies、MWD Variety(泰国)等4个频道新增,设置11758 V 45000参数免费接收。 [2月6日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Kanak News替换R Vision(印度)频道,设置11911 H 44000参数免费接收。 [2月6日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,Lao 1、Lao 3(老挝)频道解密,设置10790 H 40000参数免费接收。 [2月6日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Now Super Sports(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置3780 V 30000参数无效接收。 [2月6日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,Evronovosti(Telekarta)频道消失,设置12600 V 30000参数无效接收。 [2月6日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,KHL TV HD(Telekarta)频道消失,设置12560 V 30000参数无效接收。 [2月6日]
东经84.8度轨道位置的Horizons 2号卫星Ku频段,MNTV、MRTV Entertainme(HEVC)频道新增,设置11838 V 45000参数免费接收。 [2月6日]

东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Ruai TV替换DMC TV(印度)频道,设置3932 V 15800参数免费接收。 [2月5日]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲9号卫星C频段,UHD(4K)频道新增,设置4120 H 29720参数有条件接收。 [2月5日]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,India Watch(印度)频道消失,设置3932 H 18330参数无效接收。 [2月5日]
东经65度轨道位置的Amos 4号卫星Ku频段,9XM、9X Jalwa(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置11235 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [2月5日]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,Express TV(印度)频道消失,设置3876 H 14300参数无效接收。 [2月5日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,Travel MP4、Asia Hot HD(高清)等4个频道新增,设置11640 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [2月5日]

From cnsat

亚洲7号(105.5°E)卫星,3690 V 11390 一组BTV National频道恢复锁码播出。(2018-02-07)
ABS-2A(75.0°E)卫星,11473 V 22500一组E替换Game Show频道,开锁播出。(2018-02-07)

Horizons 2(84.9°E)卫星,11758 V 45000一组新增MWD Movies等4个频道,开锁播出。(2018-02-06)
ABS-2(75.0°E)卫星,11911 H 44000一组Kanak News频道替换R-Vision频道,开锁播出。(2018-02-06)
老挝1号(128.5°E)卫星,老挝直播10790 H 40000一组Lao 1和Lao 3 频道开锁播出。(2018-02-06)
泰星5/6/8号(78.5°E)卫星,3711 H 13333一组MRTV Sport开播,开锁播出。(2018-02-06)
亚太7号(76.5°E)卫星,3780 V 30000一组Now Super Sports 消失。(2018-02-06)
国际15号(85.2°E)卫星,12560 V 30000一组KHL TV HD频道消失。(2018-02-06)

Amos 4(65.0°E)卫星,11235 V 45000一组新增9XM、9X Jalwa二个频道,锁码播出。(2018-02-05)


Panasonic Upgrades Network to Improve Position in IFC Market

From http://www.satellitetoday.com/telecom/2018/02/02/panasonic-avionics-exec-companys-major-network-upgrade/?

Panasonic Avionics completed a major network upgrade in January that will allow its airline customers to take better advantage of its sprawling High Throughput Satellite (HTS) capacity. The upgrade will increase the data rates available to airplanes by at least 20 times, according to the company’s senior director of global capacity planning Todd Hill.

Hill compared the upgrade to cellphone companies moving from 2G to 4G. Fundamentally, it marks Panasonic Avionics’ shift from the Digital Video Broadcasting-Satellite-Second Generation (DVB-S2) standard to the DVB-S2X extension. “In simple terms, that unleashes HTS,” Hill said. “Our current network was all based around DVB-S2 modems with Time-Division Multiple Access (TDMA) returns and was getting a little long in the tooth.”

DVB-S2 was a widely accepted standard among satellite companies until the release of DVB-S2X in early 2014. The increased data rates afforded by the extension are particularly useful for video and high-speed IP services — the same elements driving demand for bandwidth in the In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) market. “The initial use case was always the business traveler doing his email or his work,” Hill said. “I think it’s matured a lot beyond [that]. It’s your whole life — getting your rental car ready, your social media, everything.”

At the core of the upgrade is a new modem developed in tandem with Newtec. The modem’s improved data rates unlocks services such as faster internet, Voice Over IP (VoIP) applications, improved TV picture quality and a broader channel choice, 3G phone services, and additional bandwidth for crew applications.

“With the original generation modems, you can’t get above a 54MHz carrier, so there’s only so much you can do with that. This enables us to grow above that,” Hill said. “Our first cut will be well over 100 MHz carriers and we’ll be able to have a lot more available throughput and less wasted capacity.”

According to Hill, the new modem has a pair of receivers that allow it to track two separate satellite beams to reduce beam switch times. It also has a third receiver to support Panasonic Avionics’ TV and recently launched ZeroTouch service, which aims to disrupt long media update cycles and simplifies data transfer of passenger-facing content.

United Airlines and Southwest Airlines have already announced their commitment to transition to the new network, and Panasonic Avionics intends to “aggressively” roll out the new hardware to the rest of its customers through the year, Hill said.

Due to the stringent regulations governing aircraft equipage, Hill said Panasonic Avionics designed the new modem to be swapped out without complicated changes to the airplane itself. “The new modem and the old modem have the same form factor so, once you have the [FAA] approvals, you can just swap it out pretty easily without a lot of airplane downtime. And because it’s such an important part of everyone’s life, the airlines are very open and receptive to upgrading their airplanes. They understand how important it is to their passengers and what a big step this is in the quality of the service,” Hill said.

With Gogo, Global Eagle Entertainment and Viasat all jostling for the same customers, it seems IFC has become the satellite industry’s latest “darling,” Hill said. Panasonic Avionics, then, sees the upgrade as an opportunity to stay a step ahead of its competitors, leveraging the improved bandwidth for its supplementary services such as business intelligence (i.e. how and when customers are using the bandwidth) based on Big Data analytics. The upgrade is also enabling the company to improve its customer support platform, Hill added.

As the rollout of the new modem commences, Panasonic Avionics continues to work with manufacturers behind the scenes to improve antenna technology. Despite companies like Kymeta stirring up hype for electronically steered Flat Panel Antennas (FPAs), “the technology just is not there yet” for the aviation market specifically, Hill said. (Kymeta itself has admitted this). “As Moore’s Law continues to crank and the chips keep getting better and better, then the accessibility to our market is getting closer. But it’s still elusive,” he said. “The chips are still too expensive.”

Super Bowl OTT feeds hit by glitches

From https://www.tvbeurope.com/tvbeverywhere/super-bowl-ott-feeds-hit-by-glitches

PlayStation Vue, Hulu hit by issues during game; latency also a problem

Last night's Super Bowl LII did not go off completely glitch-free for some internet TV providers.

Two virtual MVPDs – Hulu and PlayStation Vue – faced some technical issues during the game, reports Multichannel.

Dan Rayburn, an expert in the streaming media world and a consultant and principal analyst at Frost & Sullivan, noted via Twitter that Sony PlayStation Vue was hit with “major problems” Sunday night in multiple cities.

Hulu confirmed on Twitter that its service had experienced a “technical issue” towards the end of the game.

Rayburn also tweeted that some OTT feeds were being significantly hit by latency, with the official livefeed running around two minutes behind the broadcast.

ESPN Streaming Service Coming This Spring for $4.99

From http://variety.com/2018/digital/news/espn-streaming-service-price-1202689709/

ESPN’s standalone streaming service will launch this spring, Disney CEO Bob Iger told analysts and investors shortly after the media conglomerate posted its quarterly earnings. The over-the-top offering will be priced at $4.99 a month and will debut as part of a new ESPN app.
“This will enable people to access ESPN just about any way imaginable,” Iger said. “If anything points to what the future of ESPN looks like, it will be this.”

The announcement comes at a troubled time for ESPN. Once a major source of revenue and profits for Disney, the sports network has been a drag on its stock price. Investors have become concerned about consumers cutting the cable cord to explore cheaper digital services, and their fears have been heightened as ESPN has suffered lower viewership and declining ad sales.

The new app is not a total break with ESPN’s TV past. It will give users the ability to live stream the channels themselves, but they will have to be a subscriber of ESPN via “traditional or non-traditional” methods. It will also give them access to a collection of sports news, scores, and highlights that Iger said will be “highly personalized” based on geography, sports team affiliation, and other data points. In addition, subscribers can access a library of ESPN content, such as its “30 for 30” documentary series, as well as live events that are not broadcast on its suite of channels.

Apple iOS, Android, and ChromeCast will be the initial platforms for the app. BAMTech, a streaming specialist and technology company that Disney acquired a controlling stake in last year, helped create the new app

Europe claims 100 million users for Galileo satnav system

From http://www.gpsdaily.com/reports/Europe_claims_100_million_users_for_Galileo_satnav_system_999.html

The Galileo satellite navigation system, Europe's rival to the United States' GPS, has nearly 100 million users after its first year of operation, the French space agency CNES said Thursday.

The system, seen as strategically important to Europe, went live in December 2016, having taken 17 years at more than triple the original budget to get there.

Initial services offered only a weak signal, and some of the atomic timekeepers on the satellites failed while two satellites were placed in the wrong orbit.

But additional satellites have been added since, and by 2020 Galileo is supposed to offer much greater accuracy than GPS, pinpointing a location to within a metre, instead of several metres.

Apple's latest iPhones as well as Samsung devices are Galileo-compatible, as are cars and other connected objects.

CNES said airlines including Air France and Easyjet also plan to adopt the system.

The Galileo programme is funded and owned by the European Union, which no longer wants to rely on the military-owned competitors -- GPS and Russia's GLONASS.

Starting this year all new cars sold in Europe will be fitted with Galileo for navigation and emergency calls.

Clients of a paying service will be able to receive even more accurate readings of down to just centimetres, aiding search-and-rescue operations and improving the safety of driverless cars.

Huawei Video Cloud to accelerate shift of video distribution channel from satellite to IP network

From http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/article/527795/BUSINESS/Huawei-Video-Cloud-to-accelerate-shift-of-video-distribution-channel-from-satellite-to-IP-network

HUAWEI, the leading global ICT solutions provider, officially released its Huawei Video Cloud solution to accelerate the shift of the video distribution channel from satellite to IP network. Speaking on the sidelines of CABSAT, the largest broadcast, satellite and digital media event in the Middle East, Jim Deng, Director of Hybrid Video & Multimedia department at Huawei Middle East, discussed how the solution will address key challenges in the broadcast industry and enable organizations to slash costs while improving user experience.

Jim Deng cited a recent survey conducted across Saudi Arabia by Huawei in collaboration with Ipsos which found that eighty percent of respondents were dissatisfied with their user experience. In order to address this issue, Deng remarked that video providers must improve the three key factors that determine user experience: quality of content, interaction, and viewing continuity.

According to Deng, satellites have reached the limit of their ability to continue to enhance user experience. Transponder capacity is limited, meaning that satellites can provide high-definition (HD) or ultra-high-definition (UHD), however, not at an abundant HD or UHD. Satellite TV is also more expensive than streaming videos across an IP network. He gave an example: a TV package includes 115 SD channels and 70 HD channels. It would cost approximately 46.2 million USD to distribute those channels to customers via satellite. Alternatively, it is possible to distribute those channels across the MENA region through an IP network at a cost of only approximately 2.2 million USD. IPTV and OTT have the potential to slash costs for TV operators.

Deng added that drastically reduced costs are not the only benefit of IPTV: it also enables customers to watch TV on demand across multiple screens and in multiple locations. The benefits of the technology are reflected in its growing popularity in the region. In 2017 alone, OSN launched a new over-the-top media service called Wavo, Zain established a joint venture with iflix, and Starz Play got more than 700K subscriptions in MENA.

The Huawei Video Cloud will make use of IPTV technology to circumvent key challenges that are acting as a bottleneck to improving user experience. The Huawei Video Cloud delivers E2E IPTV and over-the-top backend capabilities via cloud to telco operators. The solution makes use of big data-based analytics to improve end user experience. The business model is based on license rental, making TTM quick, agile and cheap.

“We see huge benefits to telco operators and consumers by moving towards a new framework of video distribution. As an enabler and accelerator, Huawei is keen to expedite the transformation from Satellite TV to IP video,” says Jim Deng, Director of Hybrid Video & Multimedia department at Huawei Middle East. “Huawei’s video cloud will shorten the distance between traditional media companies and telecom operators. This will facilitate collaboration between content providers and channel distributors to accelerate industry transformation.”

Huawei provides operators with content delivery network in pay as you use model as well as set-top box which can work for both IPTV and over-the-top service model under a wired or wireless network. Huawei also has an office in every country with a dedicated sales force service team for to facilitate the collaboration between content providers and telco operators. — SG


Tuesday , no update


No update on Tuesday due to a Holiday

Intelsat 19 12726 H "RTS Svet" started on sid 100 Vpid 1001 (H264) Apid 1002 Channel logo is PTC CBET

Web livestream here

raw stream url for your media device or VLC player

Sunday feeds

Intelsat 19 12441 H Sr 7500 Womens Beach Volleyball

Optus D2
12644V 7500 . Horseys
12661V 7500 . Cycling FTA
12465H 7500 . Softball
12482H 7500 . Horseys


Asiasat 5 3734 H Sr 7200 "enc_1" Asian concert

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From the Dish

Intelsat 19 166.0E 4022 H "BBC World News Asia Pacific" has left .

ABS 6 159.0E 3619 H "MTV PH, Gone Viral TV, Gone Viral X-treme, Gone Viral Music, Gone Viral Vogue, Australia Channel Sport and Australia Channel News have
started on , ABV. Living Asia Channel is now encrypted. Shop TV, Sky News Australia, Fox Sports News Australia, TBN Philippines and DZRH News TV" have left.
ABS 6 159.0E 3659 H "ABS-CBN, TV 5, GMA TV, CNN Philippines, GMA News TV, ETC, ABS-CBN Sports+Action, 2nd Avenue, BEAM TV, Aksyon TV, Inquirer 990 TV and Island Living Channel have started on , ABV. Shop TV" has left.
ABS 6 159.0E 3619 H "Living Asia Channel" is Fta.

Palapa D 113.0E 3746 H "Net" has started on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 3780 V "Quran TV and Dubai Sports 3" have started on , Irdeto. Da Vinci Asia and Fight Sports have left.
Palapa D 113.0E 3808 V "Ruai TV" has left .

Palapa D 113.0E 12590 H "Quran TV and Dubai Sports 3" have started on, Irdeto. Da Vinci Asia and Fight Sports have left.

Koreasat 5A 113.0E 12560 H "AMC TV" is back on , Fta.
Koreasat 5A 113.0E 12310 V "Fox Sports 3 Asia, Net 25, Sony Channel Asia, Discovery Channel Philippines, Red by HBO, Boomerang South East Asia, Aljazeera English,
ETC, ABS-CBN Sports+Action, Fox Filipino, PBO, Cartoon Network Philippines, Travel Channel Asia, TLC Philippines, CT, INC TV and UNTV" are now encrypted.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3750 V "Light Aisa News" has started on , Fta. 47 News HD, Raaz News HD and Watan TV have left.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4065 H "CTV, Gawahi TV and N News have started on , Fta. GR 8 TV, Mehak and See TV" have left.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4070 H "Life News" has left .

Measat 3a 91.4E 4000 H "Celestial Classic Movies " is Fta.
Measat 3a 91.4E 4040 H "Duck TV SD" has left
Measat 3a 91.4E 4164 H "Baby TV Asia" is encrypted again.

ST 2 88.0E 11164 V "Neo Prime and Naaptol Kannada" have left.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 3731 H "Fight Sports, Motorvision TV, Chelsea TV, Kix, WakuWaku Japan South East Asia, ZooMoo Asia, CBeebies Asia, Da Vinci Asia, Asian Food Channel, English Club TV, MyZen TV, Thrill, NHK World TV, France 24 Français, TV 5 Monde Asia and DW English" are now encrypted.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 12405 V "Celestial Classic Movies, Thrill, Fight Sports, Motorvision TV, Chelsea TV, FightBox HD, Fuel TV, Kix, WakuWaku Japan South East Asia, Diva Asia, Lifetime Asia, Tru TV Asia, ZooMoo Asia, Da Vinci Asia, Duck TV SD, Asian Food Channel, Love Nature, English Club TV, MyZen TV, MTV Live HD, CNN International Asia Pacific and KBS World" are now encrypted.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 12467 V Warner TV Southeast Asia, Sony Channel Asia, Hits, Rishtey Asia, 4 Sports, Eurosport 1 Asia, TLC Southeast Asia, FYI Asia, AXN East Asia, Blue Ant Extreme, MTV South East Asia, Gem TV Asia, TVN Asia, Colors Asia Pacific, MTV India, Boomerang South East Asia, DreamWorks Channel, Cartoon Network South East Asia, Nickelodeon South East Asia, Animax Asia, Discovery Channel Southeast Asia, Discovery Channel Southeast Asia, BBC Earth Asia, Animal Planet Southeast Asia, Travel Channel Asia, BBC Lifestyle Asia, Crime + Investigation Asia, History Asia, Trace Urban Southeast Asia and BBC World News South Asia are now encrypted.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3891 V "Celestial Movies, TVN Asia and TVN Premium" have started on, Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,Travel MP4、Asia Hot HD(高清)等4个频道新增,设置11640 H 30000参数有条件接收。[02-05]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲9号卫星Ku频段,pd(测试)频道新增,设置12483 V 30000参数免费接收。 [2月5日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Geet TV(巴基斯坦)频道消失,设置4082 H 3185参数无效接收。 [2月5日]

东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Pukhtoon TV、Afghan TV(阿富汗)频道消失,设置3684 V 2400参数无效接收。 [2月4日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,World Cup 1、World Cup 2(测试)等3个频道新增,设置3600 V 31000参数免费接收。 [2月4日]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,Mathrubhumi News North(印度)等2个频道消失,设置4006 H 14400参数无效接收。 [2月4日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Feeed 1(测试)频道消失,设置3887 V 2960参数无效接收。 [2月4日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,Kwave Asan Story(泰国)频道消失,设置4120 H 30000参数无效接收。 [2月4日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Net(印尼)频道改频率,设置3750 H 4699参数免费接收。 [2月4日]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星Ku频段,Super(+4h)、Kaleidoskop TV(俄罗斯)频道解密,设置11385 H 30000参数免费接收。 [2月4日]

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2A号卫星Ku频段,World Fashion Channel(俄罗斯)频道加密,设置12100 V 45000参数有条件接收。[02-03]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2A号卫星Ku频段,Zdorovoe TV、Retro TV(俄罗斯)等全组频道解密,设置12653 V 44922参数免费接收。[02-03]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,Top 2(菲律宾)频道重现,设置3710 H 2860参数有条件接收。[02-03]
东经134度轨道位置的亚太6号卫星C频段,SEATV Cambodia(测试)频道消失,设置4160 H 2963参数无效接收。 [2月3日]
东经159度轨道位置的ABS-6号卫星C频段,CNN、Net 25(菲律宾)等频道新增,设置3660 H 30000参数部分免费接收。 [2月3日]
东经159度轨道位置的ABS-6号卫星C频段,MTV Classic、B4U Movies替换CNN(菲律宾)等频道,设置3620 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [2月3日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,ABS-CBN替换Hero Channel(菲律宾)频道,设置4180 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [2月3日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,MTV Classic(澳洲)频道加密,设置3780 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [2月3日]
东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段,CGN TV(韩国)等全组频道消失,设置12729 H 26400参数无效接收。 [2月3日]

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,Travel(IPM)频道解密,设置11680 H 30000参数免费接收。 [2月2日]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5A号卫星Ku频段,DBS Darkhan、TV-12 Darkhan(蒙古)频道消失,设置11613 V 43200参数无效接收。 [2月2日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,TV12 Darkhan、DBS Darkhan(蒙古)频道消失,设置12272 H 33333参数无效接收。 [2月2日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,Asian MJ、Fong(老挝)等3个频道新增,设置11600 H 30000参数免费接收。 [2月2日]

From cnsat

泰星5/6/8号(78.5°E)卫星,11640 H 30000一组新增Travel MP4、Asia Hot HD等4个频道,锁码播出。(2018-02-05)
亚洲7号(105.5°E)卫星,4083 H 3184一组GEET TV HD消失。(2018-02-05)
国际17号(66.0°E)卫星,4006 H 14400一组Mathrubhumi News North 等二个频道消失。(2018-02-04)
国际20号(68.5°E)卫星,3888 V 2962一组Feed测试消失。(2018-02-04)
亚太7号(76.5°E)卫星,Pukhtoon TV等全组消失,设置参数3680 V 2400无信号。(2018-02-04)
泰星5/6/8号(78.5°E)卫星,4120 H 30000一组Kwave Asan Story Channel消失。(2018-02-04)
帕拉帕D(113.0°E)卫星,Net频道更改符号率,设置3750 H 4700开锁播出。(2018-02-04)

ABS-2A(75.0°E)卫星,12100 V 45000一组World Fashion Channel频道锁码播出。(2018-02-03)
ABS-2A(75.0°E)卫星,12653 V 44922一组Zdorovoe TV、Retro TV等全组频道开锁播出。(2018-02-03)
马星3号/3a(91.5°E)卫星,3710 H 2860一组Top 2频道重现,锁码播出。(2018-02-03)
ABS-6(159.0°E)卫星,3660 H 30000一组新增GMA、Net 25等频道,部分开锁播出。(2018-02-03)
新天6号(95.0°E)卫星,CGN TV 中文台 等全组频道消失,设置12728 H 26400无信号。(2018-02-03)
国际19号(166.0°E)卫星,3780 H 30000一组MTV Classic澳大利亚频道锁码播出。(2018-02-03)

马星3号/3a(91.5°E)卫星,3760 V 29720一组Love Nature UHD(4K)恢复锁码播出。(2018-02-02)
新天6号(95.0°E)卫星,CGN TV 中文台 等全组频道消失,设置12728 H 26400无信号。(2018-02-03)
国际19号(166.0°E)卫星,3780 H 30000一组MTV Classic澳大利亚频道锁码播出。(2018-02-03)
马星3号/3a(91.5°E)卫星,3760 V 29720一组Love Nature UHD(4K)恢复锁码播出。(2018-02-02)
亚洲5号(100.5°E)卫星,3766 V 4640一组Mega Musiq开锁播出。(2018-02-02)
马星3号/3a(91.5°E)卫星,3760 V 29720一组Love Nature UHD(4K)开锁播出。(2018-02-02)


NBN signs Speedcast to AU$184m 10-year deal for business Sky Muster services

From http://www.zdnet.com/article/nbn-signs-speedcast-to-au184m-10-year-deal-for-business-sky-muster-services/

Enterprise services are expected to begin on NBN satellites from early 2019.

The company responsible for deploying the National Broadband Network across Australia announced on Tuesday it had inked a deal with Speedcast International Limited, for its wholly-owned subsidiary Speedcast Managed Services, to be responsible for wholesaling NBN satellite services.

The AU$184 million deal is set to run for 10 years and will leave Speedcast responsible for designing, building, and managing a new platform based on the Sky Muster pair of satellites.

NBN said the services are expected to be available in early 2019.

"The provision of wholesale business-grade services over the Sky Muster satellites has been a part of NBN Co's product roadmap since 2014," the company said. "It will be complementary to NBN Co's existing retail Sky Muster satellite offering and will not impact residential services."

Under NBN's Corporate Plan 2018-21, around 240,000 premises are able to order a satellite service although 400,000 will be eligible.

In October, NBN boosted the amount of data available to its Sky Muster users, with regional and rural users able to order peak and off-peak packages from retailers with up to 300GB of data per month at speeds of 12/1Mbps or 25/5Mbps.

The company has previously said it is considering whether it needs a third satellite to address widespread complaints about congestion and slow speeds.

"We will look at enhancing the existing technology with the two satellites that are up there today; we will look at a third satellite to see if that's feasible; we will look at other satellites that are third party that will be up in the sky that maybe we can leverage those satellites to get more capacity; we will look at getting some other towers to relieve the congestion of the satellite beams that are coming down," NBN CEO Bill Morrow said in June last year.

"There's nothing that is sacred here. We are looking at anything and everything that might be feasible to offer more capacity."

Despite the satellites being purchased by a Labor goverment, the Opposition party had called for an independent expert to review the NBN satellite service.

"Increased data limits is a welcomed concession, but the Turnbull government must now address the issues around installation failures and reliability of service," Labor Shadow Minister For Regional Communications Stephen Jones said in September.

"We know that reliable satellite broadband is vital for rural, regional, and remote Australia."

Speedcast wins NBN contract for enterprise satellite services

From https://www.computerworld.com.au/article/633007/speedcast-wins-nbn-contract-enterprise-satellite-services/

10-year contract to help deliver business-focused satellite services

Speedcast has won a 10-year contract to deliver enterprise-grade satellite services for NBN.

The company said that its subsidiary, Speedcast Managed Services, “will partner with NBN Co to design, build and manage NBN Co’s enterprise satellite services”.

The deal is expected to be worth up to $184 million, including $107 million for the base network build and managed services project, the company said.

“We are honoured and grateful to have been chosen for such an important program and we are excited to play a part in expanding the communication services available in Australia. This contract is another huge success for Speedcast in our efforts to provide next-generation communications solutions to our clients and partners around the world,” said the company’s CEO, Pierre-Jean Beylier, said in a statement.

NBN’s two Sky Muster satellites launched in October 2015 and October 2016.

Currently there are around 84,000 end users on the satellite services.

“The provision of wholesale business-grade services over the Sky Muster satellites has been a part of NBN Co’s product roadmap since 2014. It will be complementary to NBN Co’s existing retail Sky Muster satellite offering and will not impact residential services,” NBN said in a statement.

Patrick Delany launches new Foxtel $39 sports package

From https://www.mediaweek.com.au/new-foxtel-sports-package/

• New 12-month deal, with no lock-in contract, offers access to 12 sports + 45 entertainment channels

Foxtel and Fox Sports have launched a major new marketing and promotional campaign that features a collection of our most-loved sporting champions across every major Australian sports code.

Foxtel CEO Patrick Delany said: “Today is a great day for Aussie sports fans as we combine Foxtel’s unrivalled sports coverage from Australia and around the world with our biggest offer ever.

“For only $39 a month, sports fans will have the biggest choice of live sport on Foxtel, with live, ad break-free during play and HD coverage of every round of NRL and AFL, the roar of Supercars and Formula 1, plus international sport with the NBA, Major League Baseball, the best European football and more.

“Foxtel’s offer brings unrivalled value for sport to Australian families and couldn’t come at a better time as we gear up for an exciting 2018 winter sports season.”

Athletes taking part in the campaign include national Cricket captain Steve Smith, women’s all-rounder, Ellyse Perry, football icon, Tim Cahill and 2018 Young Australian of the Year and football star, Sam Kerr, featuring alongside Wallabies captain Michael Hooper and Supercars star Craig Lowndes.

Winter sports stars featured are AFL’s Dustin Martin, Buddy Franklin, Patrick Dangerfield, Moana Hope and Erin Phillips while Cameron Smith, Cooper Cronk, Sam Burgess, Darius Boyd, Jason Taumalolo and Boyd Cordner are among the NRL stars.

The campaign launch coincides with Foxtel’s special retail sports offer with new subscribers now able to sign up from $39 a month for 12 months, with no lock-in contract and access to 12 sports channels including Fox Sports, Fox Footy, Fox League, ESPN 1-2, beIN 1-3 and Eurosport sports channels. Subscribers also get the 45-channel Entertainment package.

The offer also includes access to Foxtel’s iQ3 set-top box with no additional equipment fee.

The Fox Sports creative concept and production team developed the campaign concept which was executed by Winifred TV Production with creative support by Host Havas, Cream and WiTH Collective.

The TVC was filmed across eight days in Sydney and Melbourne at the SFS, SCG, MCG, AAMI Park, Mount Panorama and Suncorp Stadium.

An F1 racing track was created on a stretch of asphalt at the Melbourne showgrounds and a bustling Mumbai traffic jam, featuring Steve Smith on his way to the cricket ground, was designed in a yard of a Sydney transportation company to show Fox Sports is home to the best international cricket lineup.

Three versions of the TVC were created, an all sports spot (30- and 60-second), an NRL 30-second and an AFL 30-second spot.

In addition, various creative executions will run across print, digital and social along with radio live reads nationally. Out-of-home advertising including billboards, bus shelters and buses will feature throughout the campaign.

Launching from today, the campaign will run until the Easter long weekend at the end of March

Thailand mulls building own satellite

From http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-02/05/c_136950979.htm

BANGKOK, Feb. 5 (Xinhua) -- Thailand plans to build a small-sized satellite to counter threats in its air space, Deputy Prime Minister Prajin Juntong said on Monday.

Prajin, who concurrently chairs the National Space Policy Committee, said the planned satellite will be built by Thai engineers attached to the Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency.

The satellite will be built to weigh about 50 kg and orbit at an altitude of 500 to 600 km. It will be basically designed to counter possible threats in air space over Thailand, the deputy premier said.

He said those threats could possibly include "hostile" satellites and debris in space which might drop onto the ground in this country.

It will take four years for the GISTDA engineers to build such a satellite with some 1 billion baht (about 30 million U.S. dollars) budget, according to the deputy premier.

The space agency will propose its satellite project to the cabinet for approval on Tuesday so that it would be operational from 2021, he said.

Japan launches world's smallest rocket able to place micro-satellite into orbit

From https://www.newsheads.in/science/news/japan-launches-world-smallest-rocket-able-to-place-micro-satellite-into-orbit/article/11903.html

Tokyo : The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched on Saturday the world's smallest rocket with the ability to put a micro-satellite into orbit, following a failed attempt and several postponements over the last year.

The launch of the low-cost rocket -- with a height of 10 metres and 53 centimetres in diameter -- took place from the Uchinoura Space Centre in Kagoshima prefecture and was aired live on YouTube, Efe news reported.

The rocket, an improved version of JAXA's SS-520, was carrying a micro-satellite weighing three kilograms and was developed by the University of Tokyo to capture images of the Earth's surface.

JAXA had launched the first of these rockets on January 2017, which fell into the sea after launch due to short-circuit caused by vibrations during take-off.

The current launch aimed to test the ability of the Japanese aerospace agency to launch low-cost rockets that can put micro satellites into space at affordable rates against a background of growing demand from the private sector.

Satellites for weather observation or defence that are in use are normally large and are commissioned by the authorities.

In recent years there has been increase in the development of smaller ones by private firms for use in traffic control or geographical studies.

Judge Pushes Pirate Set-Top Box Cases Back, Demands Quality Evidence

From https://torrentfreak.com/judge-pushes-pirate-set-top-box-cases-back-demands-quality-evidence-180202/

Two ground-breaking legal actions in Australia, in which rightsholders are hoping to block Internet-based set-top box piracy for the first time, have been pushed back to April. Movie outfit Village Roadshow and Hong Kong broadcaster TVB were warned in court today that their evidence needs to meet a high standard or they might not obtain the injunctions they require.

After cutting their teeth on blocking injunctions against torrent and regular streaming sites, last November it was revealed that Australian movie outfit Village Roadshow and a coalition of movie studios (Disney, Universal, Warner Bros, Twentieth Century Fox, and Paramount) had switched to a new threat.

Their action targeted HDSubs+, a fairly well-known IPTV service that provides hundreds of otherwise premium live channels, movies, and sports for a relatively small monthly fee.

The application for injunction was filed October 2017 and in common with earlier requests, it targets Australia’s largest ISPs. Telstra, Optus, TPG, and Vocus, plus their subsidiaries, were asked to prevent the ‘pirate’ service being accessed by their customers.

In December, a parallel action was revealed, this time by Hong Kong-based broadcaster Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB). The company is also demanding that local ISPs block Android-based ‘pirate’ IPTV services, named in court as the A1, BlueTV, EVPAD, FunTV, MoonBox, Unblock, and hTV5.

During a case management hearing in Federal Court today, Justice Nicholas told Roadshow Films that its application would be pushed back from March to mid-April so that it can be hard alongside the application made by TVB. The relative complexity of the cases appears to have played a role.

While blocking demands for these kinds of services may seem similar to those targeted at torrent sites, the situation is more complex, and the Judge clearly wants to have a good grip on the matter.

“I will need to be satisfied by evidence so that I have a good understanding of how it works, I know what the precise relationship is between this box, the apps, and the site from which [content is] downloaded,” the Judge told lawyers appearing for Roadshow and TVB.

One of the issues revolves around the structure of these IPTV services. A number of URLs are required to maintain them, each with a specific role.

A total of 21 URLs were listed in the TVB case and at least another ten for the single service listed in the Roadshow application. The URLs are used for various aspects of the service including the provision of an EPG (electronic program guide), the software itself (such as an Android app), subsequent updates, and sundry other services.

The Judge warned the companies that he will need to be able to understand them all and if he does not, then blocking injunctions may not even be granted.

“I don’t want the evidence in any respect to be scant on those issues; otherwise, you might find the orders won’t be made,” he told them.

Only complicating matters is that the HDSubs+ service isn’t static. In what appeared to be a response to being named in legal action, last year the service appeared to be undergoing some kind of transformation, directing subscribers to update to a new software version (PressPlayPlus) that works in a more evasive manner.

As reported by ZDNet, counsel for Roadshow and TVB argued that “the changing nature of this system” means that HDSubs+ has diverted users to various different apps over the past several months.

“[In late December] the HDSubs+ app updated to send users to a different app … in early January we noticed that the system reverted back to the HDSubs+ app,” counsel explained.

Roadshow added that since its filing for an injunction, HDSubs+ operators had also removed access to films and TV shows listed in Roadshow’s application. This was grounds for the application to be heard more quickly, the company said.

In order to obtain an injunction, the companies will have to convince the Judge that each URL (or “online location”) either infringes or facilitates the infringement of their copyrighted content. They will also have to show that the primary purpose of such “online locations” is to infringe or facilitate the infringement of their copyrights.

While apps and direct streams shouldn’t pose the court with too many difficulties, EPGs – which simply provide metadata – may be more difficult to classify.

The hearings for both the Roadshow and the TVB applications will now go ahead on April 13, 2018.


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update


Measat 3 4000 H Sr 29700 8PSK Celestial Classic Movies is FTA!

ABS 6 159E update

3619 H Living Asia is FTA on Vpid 801 (H264) Apid 802
3619 H Living Asia is FTA on channel named "Reserve 23" Vpid 2301 (H264) Apid 2302
3660 H Living Asia is FTA on "Channel lease 6" Vpid 4050 (H264) Apid 4051

List of ABS 6 done yesterday, see above for update.

ABS 6 update Solar DTH

3619 H Sr 30000 Fec 1/2 DVB-S2 QPSK

all are H264 and encrypted ABVT

PMT PID: 100, SID: 1 @ MTV PH (Harmonic) PCR PID: 101 VPID: 101 APID: 102
PMT PID: 200, SID: 2 @ MTV Classic (Harmonic) PCR PID: 51 VPID: 51 APID: 304
PMT PID: 300, SID: 3 @ Gone Viral TV (Harmonic) PCR PID: 301 VPID: 301 VPID: 302
PMT PID: 400, SID: 4 @ Gone Viral Extreme (Harmonic) PCR PID: 401 VPID: 401 APID: 402
PMT PID: 500, SID: 5 @ Gone Viral Music (Harmonic) PCR PID: 501 VPID: 501 APID: 502
PMT PID: 600, SID: 6 @ Gone Viral Vogue (Harmonic) PCR PID: 601 VPID: 601 APID: 602
PMT PID: 700, SID: 7 @ Zoo Moo (Harmonic) PCR PID: 701 VPID: 701 APID: 702
PMT PID: 800, SID: 8 @ Living Asia (Harmonic) PCR PID: 801 VPID: 801 APID: 802
PMT PID: 900, SID: 9 @ Action Hollywood Movies (Harmonic) PCR PID: 901 VPID: 901 APID: 902
PMT PID: 1000, SID: 10 @ Fix and Foxi (Harmonic) PCR PID: 1001 VPID: 1001 APID: 1002
PMT PID: 1100, SID: 11 @ Pet Club TV (Harmonic) PCR PID: 1101 VPID: 1101 APID: 1102
PMT PID: 1200, SID: 12 @ Greatest Hits of Music (Harmonic) PCR PID: 1201 VPID: 1201 APID: 1202
PMT PID: 1300, SID: 13 @ Australia Sports (Harmonic) PCR PID: 1301 VPID: 1301 APID: 1302
PMT PID: 1400, SID: 14 @ Autralia News (Harmonic) PCR PID: 1401 VPID: 1401 APID: 1402
PMT PID: 1500, SID: 15 @ B4U Movies (Harmonic) PCR PID: 1501 VPID: 1501 APID: 1502
PMT PID: 1600, SID: 16 @ B4U Music (Harmonic) PCR PID: 1601 VPID: 1601 APID: 1602
PMT PID: 1700, SID: 17 @ Travel XP (Harmonic) PCR PID: 1701 VPID: 1701 APID: 1702
PMT PID: 1800, SID: 18 @ Landscape Channel (Harmonic) PCR PID: 1801 VPID: 1801 APID: 1802
PMT PID: 1900, SID: 19 @ My Zen TV (Harmonic) PCR PID: 1901 VPID: 1901 APID: 1902
PMT PID: 2000, SID: 20 @ CTI Asia (Harmonic) PCR PID: 69 VPID: 69 APID: 376
PMT PID: 2100, SID: 21 @ Reserve 21 (Harmonic) PCR PID: 2101 VPID: 2101 APID: 2102
PMT PID: 2200, SID: 22 @ Reserve 22 (Harmonic) PCR PID: 2201 VPID: 2201 APID: 2202
PMT PID: 2300, SID: 23 @ Reserve 23 (Harmonic) PCR PID: 2301 VPID: 2301 APID: 2302
PMT PID: 2400, SID: 24 @ Reserve 24 (Harmonic) PCR PID: 2401 VPID: 2401 APID: 2402

3660 H Sr 30000 Fec 1/2 DVB-S2 QPSK

PMT PID: 5001, SID: 25 @ ABS CBN (Harmonic) PCR PID: 3010 VPID: 3010 APID: 3011
PMT PID: 5002, SID: 26 @ PTV (Harmonic) PCR PID: 3020 VPID: 3020 APID: 3021
PMT PID: 5003, SID: 27 @ TV5 (Harmonic) PCR PID: 3030 VPID: 3030 APID: 3031
PMT PID: 5004, SID: 28 @ GMA (Harmonic) PCR PID: 3040 VPID: 3040 APID: 3041
PMT PID: 5005, SID: 29 @ CNN PH (Harmonic) PCR PID: 3050 VPID: 3050 APID: 3051
PMT PID: 5006, SID: 30 @ GMA News TV (Harmonic) PCR PID: 3060 VPID: 3060 APID: 3061
PMT PID: 5007, SID: 31 @ IBC (Harmonic) PCR PID: 3070 VPID: 3070 APID: 3071
PMT PID: 5008, SID: 32 @ SBN (ETC) (Harmonic) PCR PID: 3080 VPID: 3080 APID: 3081
PMT PID: 5009, SID: 33 @ ABS CBN S+A (Harmonic) PCR PID: 3090 VPID: 3090 APID: 3091
PMT PID: 5010, SID: 34 @ NET 25 (GEM) (Harmonic) PCR PID: 3100 VPID: 3100 APID: 3101
PMT PID: 5011, SID: 35 @ RJ (2nd Ave) (Harmonic) PCR PID: 3110 VPID: 3110 APID: 3111
PMT PID: 5012, SID: 36 @ BEAM (HSN) (Harmonic) PCR PID: 3120 VPID: 3120 APID: 3121
PMT PID: 5013, SID: 37 @ Aksyon TV (Harmonic) PCR PID: 4010 VPID: 4010 APID: 4011
PMT PID: 5014, SID: 38 @ UNTV (Harmonic) PCR PID: 4020 VPID: 4020 APID: 4021
PMT PID: 5015, SID: 39 @ Inquirer 990 (Harmonic) PCR PID: 4030 VPID: 4030 APID: 4031
PMT PID: 5016, SID: 40 @ Island Living (Harmonic) PCR PID: 4040 ES PID: 4040 ES PID: 4041
PMT PID: 5043, SID: 41 @ Hope International (Harmonic) PCR PID: 4070 VPID: 4070 APID: 4071
PMT PID: 5044, SID: 42 @ Channel Lease 1 (Harmonic) PCR PID: 4080 VPID: 4080 APID: 4081
PMT PID: 5045, SID: 43 @ Channel Lease 2 (Harmonic) PCR PID: 4090 VPID: 4090 APID: 4091
PMT PID: 5046, SID: 44 @ Channel Lease 3 (Harmonic) PCR PID: 4100 VPID: 4100 APID: 4101
PMT PID: 5047, SID: 45 @ Channel Lease 4 (Harmonic) PCR PID: 4110 VPID: 4110 APID: 4111
PMT PID: 5048, SID: 46 @ Channel Lease 5 (Harmonic) PCR PID: 4120 VPID: 4120 APID: 4121
PMT PID: 5041, SID: 47 @ Channel Lease 6 (Harmonic) PCR PID: 4050 VPID: 4050 APID: 4051
PMT PID: 5042, SID: 48 @ Channel Lease 7 (Harmonic) PCR PID: 4060 VPID: 4060 APID: 4061

From my Email


From the Dish

AsiaSat 9 122.0E CCTV 6 has left 3900 V again.

NSS 6 95.0E 12729 V "Zee Tamizh" has started on , Conax.

Measat 3 91.5E 3795 V "BTV Business, AP1 TV, TV Today and TV Filmy" have left .

Thaicom 6 78.5E 12467 V Hits, Rishtey Asia, Colors Asia Pacific and Trace Urban Southeast Asia have started on Fta.

Thaicom 8 78.5E 11009 H "Thai News Agency" has started on , Fta.
Thaicom 8 78.5E 11170 H "The Thaicom mux" is still on .

From asiatvro site

东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,Love Nature(4K)(UHD)频道加密,设置3760 V 29700参数有条件接收。 [2月2日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Mega Musiq(印度)频道解密,设置3765 V 4640参数免费接收。 [2月2日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,Top(菲律宾)频道加密,设置3710 H 2860参数有条件接收。 [2月2日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,Love Nature(4K)(UHD)频道解密,设置3760 V 29700参数免费接收。 [2月2日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2A号卫星Ku频段,Fox、国家地理(俄罗斯)等全组频道改频率,设置12533 V 44950参数部分免费接收。 [2月2日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,天映经典(印尼)频道解密,设置4000 H 29700参数免费接收。 [2月1日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Dubai Sports 3替换Fight Sports(印尼)等频道,设置3780 V 29900参数有条件接收。 [2月1日]
东经183度轨道位置的新天9号卫星C频段,Travel、Food、HGTV(MPEG-4)等3个频道新增,设置4096 R 30000参数有条件接收。 [2月1日]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5A号卫星Ku频段,Ddish TV(高清)频道改格式,设置11553 V 43200参数免费接收。[02-01]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Dubai Sports 3替换Fight Sports(印尼)等频道,设置3780 V 29900参数有条件接收。 [2月1日]

From cnsat

马星3号/3a(91.5°E)卫星,3760 V 29720一组Love Nature UHD(4K)恢复锁码播出。(2018-02-02)
亚洲5号(100.5°E)卫星,3766 V 4640一组Mega Musiq开锁播出。(2018-02-02)
马星3号/3a(91.5°E)卫星,3760 V 29720一组Love Nature UHD(4K)开锁播出。(2018-02-02)
马星3号/3a(91.5°E)卫星,3710 H 2860一组Top频道锁码播出。(2018-02-02)
ABS-2A(75.0°E)卫星,Fox Life、国家地理等全组频道改频率,设置12533 V 44950依旧锁码播出。(2018-02-02)

帕拉帕D(113.0°E)卫星,3780 V 29900一组Dubai Sports替换Fight Sports等频道,锁码播出。(2018-02-01)
新天703(57.0°E)卫星,4096 R 30000一组新增HGTV、亚洲美食等频道,锁码播出。(2018-02-01)
新天9号(183.0°E)卫星,4096 R 30000一组新增HGTV、亚洲美食等频道,锁码播出。(2018-02-01)


URSYS Services to Migrate to the Optus D2 Satellite

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=310482248

Optus Satellite and URSYS services have reported that URSYS iDirect VSAT services will be migrated to the Optus D2 satellite by December 2018.

Through its partnership with Optus, URSYS iDirect VSAT services will provide high quality broadband satellite communications, ideal for remote areas of Australia that are unable to connect with broadband services through regular means. URSYS has been operating iDirect based VSAT networks for more than 10 years, supporting hundreds of sites across Australia and internationally.

Artistic rendition of the Optus D2 satellite.

Patrick Duff, Chief Operating Officer of URSYS said that migrating hundreds of sites to a new satellite is no small feat, but with it will come a lot of wins that make a solid case for the project. Key points such as having a single hardware configuration for all satellites in our fleet, massive efficiency gains from the latest iDirect platform using DVB-S2X, allow us to deliver the latest platform features such as L2 over Satellite, q-in-q, VPLS/VPWS and more. This migration signifies a generational change in URSYS infrastructure but one we strongly believe is worth the effort and will result in a new and innovative services for our customers. The Optus D2 Satellite is operated by a company with a local presence who flies their own satellites and runs their own facilities to a very high standard, which made the decision to migrate a clear one for URSYS.

Paul Sheridan, Vice President of Optus Satellite added that the company has a long relationship with URSYS and the firm is pleased to be making this announcement, building on many years of experience and collaboration. The Optus satellite fleet is trusted by customers across Australia to be a critical part of their businesses.

China launches first shared education satellite

From https://www.siasat.com/news/china-launches-first-shared-education-satellite-1311273/

Beijing: China’s first shared education satellite carried by the Long March-2D rocket was launched into space on Friday.

The three-kg CubeSat, Young Pioneer 1, entered an orbit of 502 km above the Earth. The rocket also carried Zhangheng 1, an electromagnetic satellite to study earthquake data along with five other miniaturized satellites, Xinhua news agency reported.

Young Pioneer 1 was manufactured and tested by Commsat, a Beijing-based private satellite company.

It will perform wireless storage and transmission of radio waves at UV frequency, space imaging and the verification of user links to the Internet of Things, said founder and CEO of Commsat Xie Tao.

After in-orbit tests, Young Pioneer 1 will share its data resources with primary and secondary schools and other education institutions equipped with sub-stations in China.

It will provide students with experiences like wireless communication and space photography, Xie said.

Singapore may get small satellites to do the work of big ones

From http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/spore-may-get-small-satellites-to-do-the-work-of-big-ones

New centre here to have them fly in formation so they cost less but work faster than big satellites

Singapore could be one of the first few countries in the world to have small satellites flying in formation.

This allows the satellites to do the same work as a larger one, but cheaper and faster.

This initiative would be the first such effort in Asia, said Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry) S. Iswaran yesterday at the Global Space and Technology Convention.

The plan is a move by the new Satellite Technology and Research Centre, jointly launched by the National University of Singapore and DSO National Laboratories last week.

Mr Iswaran noted that the space industry has shifted to small satellites, whose numbers have increased from 20 in 2011 to more than 250 last year.

"Aided by advancements in miniaturisation of electronics and an increase in companies offering space launch services, small satellites promise more comprehensive coverage and flexible usage at a lower cost," said Mr Iswaran.

He said this opens up new possibilities for businesses, noting that the global space industry is estimated to be worth US$330 billion (S$434 billion).

The new centre's efforts to fly small satellites in formation require "high-precision navigation and high-complexity engineering", said Mr Iswaran.

However, it will build the "deep capabilities" needed to develop advanced satellite applications such as in-orbit servicing.


Aided by advancements in miniaturisation of electronics and an increase in companies offering space launch services, small satellites promise more comprehensive coverage and flexible usage at a lower cost.

MR S. ISWARAN, Minister for Trade and Industry.

The Global Space and Technology Convention, now in its 10th year, is organised by the Singapore Space and Technology Association (SSTA) and held at Sheraton Towers.

As part of its efforts to promote cooperation in space technology, the SSTA has entered into a partnership with India's Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, and will also sign an agreement with the French Aerospace Industries Association next week.

Yesterday, the SSTA signed a memorandum of understanding with the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) to support the Republic's burgeoning space sector, such as through encouraging careers in the industry.

It also plans to launch a six-month-long accelerator programme for space start-ups here in the second quarter of this year, said SSTA president Jonathan Hung.

There is a need for a "more structured and sustainable accelerator programme to support space start-ups in Asia", he said.

One start-up that could benefit from the programme is MakerFoundry, comprising Singapore Polytechnic engineering students Julian Kang, Goh Qian Zhe and Pan Ziyue.

The three 18-year-olds won a competition, organised by the SSTA and aerospace firm Airbus, on the use of space technology for disaster relief.

The trio - who developed an app that allows people to access satellite networks to report their location after a disaster - see the potential of the space sector to do good.

Said Mr Pan: "That's where I see us, doing something that benefits society."

Thaicom reports sharp revenue decline, blames weak broadcast market

From http://spacenews.com/thaicom-reports-sharp-revenue-decline-blames-weak-broadcast-market/

Even with an increase in bandwidth sales on non-HTS satellites, a weak broadcast market and capacity oversupply cost more revenue than what was gained in 2017. Credit: Thaicom

WASHINGTON — Satellite fleet operator Thaicom’s revenue fell by $60 million last year, a nearly 23 percent decline the regional operator blamed on a slowdown in Thailand’s broadcast sector.

Thaicom, which owns a fleet of five geostationary telecom satellites and has subsidiaries spread across several Asia-Pacific nations, reported 2017 revenue of 6.7 billion Thai baht ($213 million), compared to 8.6 billion baht in 2016.

Also weighing on Thaicom revenues was a 31.3 percent decline in revenue on the IPstar high-throughput satellite, which gained new revenue from customers in Japan and Indonesia, but not enough to offset lost customers in Australia and China, along with fluctuations in domestic demand.

Thaicom’s net profit on 2017 operations virtually evaporated, decreasing 99 percent from 2016’s 1.612 billion baht to 20 million baht for the year just ended. The company said impairment losses from “satellite assets operating under concession,” totaled 3.2 billion baht. Orion Satellite System Pty Ltd., an Australian subsidiary focused on VSAT services primarily to mining and construction industries hurt by an economic recession, was impaired by 113 million baht.

Thaicom’s consolidated net loss was 2.6 billion baht.

Customer sales on Thaicom’s non-HTS fleet increased, in particular from Africa and the Greater Mekong Subregion of Asia, but not enough to generate revenue amid dropping capacity prices — a consequence of oversupply in both regions. Revenue from those satellites dropped by 15.6 percent year over year.

“During 2017, the significant market price erosion on satellite services from fierce competition, together with the churns of major customers both domestic and international, led to considerable decrease of revenue from satellite and related services,” Thaicom said.

Also adding difficulty, Thaicom said uncertainty in the ability to obtain government licenses to operate follow-on satellites made customers skittish on continuing business.

In a statement released Feb. 1, Thaicom CEO Paiboon Panuwattanawong said the company is embracing a new strategy to “fully transform Thaicom to the digital era.”

“For us, that means expanding on our core satellite operations by stepping into a broader role as a digital platform operator,” he said. “This will allow us to strengthen our position as a leading satellite operator while also positioning ourselves as a leader in the digital platform space.

Russia launches 11 space satellites 'without glitch'

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Russia_launches_11_space_satellites_without_glitch_999.html

Russia on Thursday successfully launched 11 satellites from its Vostochny cosmodrome, in the third rocket liftoff from the new spaceport, the space agency said.

The country's first orbital launch of 2018 came after a similar liftoff from the cosmodrome in eastern Russia ended in embarrassment, with officials losing contact with a weather satellite last November.

Lifting off as scheduled early Thursday, the Soyuz rocket carried two Russian Earth monitoring satellites as its primary payload and nine US and German piggyback satellites.

During its mission the Fregat upper-stage rocket performed a complex sequence, forming several orbits for the delivery of the satellites, the Roscosmos space agency said.

"In accordance with the flight programme, the Fregat uppper-stage placed into orbit space vehicles of main and secondary payloads," the space agency said in a statement.

Both the Soyuz rocket and the upper stage "performed without a glitch," the statement added.

The second liftoff from the Vostochny cosmodrome ended in failure last November when Russian officials lost contact with a weather satellite hours after its launch.

The glitch was a fresh embarrassment for the country's once-proud space industry which has suffered a series of setbacks over recent years.

SpaceX blasts off Luxembourg government satellite

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/SpaceX_blasts_off_Luxembourg_government_satellite_999.html

SpaceX on Wednesday blasted off a four-ton secure military communications satellite called GovSat-1, a partnership between the government of Luxembourg and the satellite operator SES.

The prime minister and deputy prime minister of Luxembourg were in Florida for the launch, along with the prince and princess of Luxembourg, SpaceX said.

"There you saw a successful liftoff of the Falcon 9," a SpaceX commentator said as the rocket launched on a sunny day from Cape Canaveral at 4:25 pm (2125 GMT).

The satellite will enable "secure communication links between theaters of tactical operations, for maritime missions or over areas affected by humanitarian crises," said a SpaceX statement.

GovSat-1 is bound for a distant, geostationary orbit and will support communications within Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

It will also enable operations over the Atlantic and Indian oceans and the Mediterranean and Baltic seas.

SpaceX did not attempt to land the first stage of the rocket after launch. The launch did however use a booster that flew last year.

The California-based company headed by space and solar energy tycoon Elon Musk has landed 21 rockets after launch as part of its effort to re-use costly rocket parts and bring down the costs of spaceflight.

Wednesday's launch comes three weeks after SpaceX blasted off a secretive US government payload, called Zuma.

According to media reports, the satellite did not make it into orbit, though the Pentagon refused to elaborate on what happened.

SpaceX said everything functioned fine with the rocket, and declined to comment further, citing national security concerns.

Kim appointed MD of Globecast Asia

From https://advanced-television.com/2018/02/01/kim-appointed-md-of-globecast-asia/

Globecast, the global solutions provider for media, has appointed Jimmy Kim as Managing Director of Globecast in Asia, effective immediately. In his new position, Kim will drive Globecast’s continued success in this dynamic market, expanding its customer base and building upon the company’s long-term objectives.

Kim joins Globecast from MNC Media, where he held the title of Senior Vice President and was responsible for content acquisition and distribution, channel operation and licensing and merchandising. Prior to that he held several high-level positions at prominent organisations such as Ustream Korea, Viacom International Media Networks and Bloomberg TV Asia Pacific.

Philippe Bernard, CEO at Globecast commented, “The market in Asia is of great importance to us. Adding Jimmy to our team means we can continue to grow our position in that region as a fully integrated media solutions provider. With Jimmy’s impressive leadership background with several high-level media companies, coupled with his deep knowledge of the Asian markets, I am confident he’ll thrive in his new role so that we can carry on delivering our successful roadmap in Asia.”

Kim added, “Globecast has a strong track record of offering high-caliber media services across Asia and as the industry evolves – virtualisation and cloud playout being two key areas – we will keep tailoring these new offerings for Asian markets. I’m delighted to become part of such a forward thinking team and to be forging on with the business across Asia through the next stage of its development.”

Stand by for H.266 compression

From https://advanced-television.com/2018/02/01/stand-by-for-h-266-compression/

A seminar organised in London by compression specialist ATEME and audio and video experts from Dolby Labs heard updated news on the planned roll-out of the latest plans for video compression. The event was the latest in a series of industry briefings held in Munich and Paris and another scheduled for Denver.

Jérôme Vieron, (Director, R&D) and Ateme’s acknowledged expert told delegates that a new Codec was well on its way ideally suited for 4K “and even 8K, 12K and 16K…”. He admitted that the acronym-heavy industry bodies and some 4K-branded solutions were frequently confusing for the public and even others involved in the sales and marketing of TVs and related technologies!

Jason Power, Snr Director of marketing/broadcast at Dolby Labs, said that the progress made by Dolby Vision was further boosted when the codec was accepted at CES by Apple for its portfolio of video products, and where Apple was aggressively promoting High Dynamic Range (HDR) as “the new normal” for broadcasters. There were now more than 200 titles available in HDR from Apple. He explained that LGD, Sony, Philips, Hisense, Vestel and others had also adopted Dolby Vision within their latest display ranges, as had certain Games companies and Lenovo laptops.

Vieron told delegates that one new advanced codec, (Future Video Codec/FVC H.266) was now well advanced, and its aim was to achieve a ‘better than 30 per cent compression improvement over existing standards.

FVC/H.266 Development Schedule

• Standardisation process has started
• Target >50 per cent over HEVC
• Oct 2017, Call for Proposals
• Feb 2018, Responses evaluation
• Oct 2018, First test models due
• Oct 2019, First versions of Standard
• End 2020, Final Standard
• June 2021, First hardware Codecs


Vieron added that royalty fees for IP were not always helpful to broadcasters and equipment vendors, not least when requests were made by some to sign NDA’s prior to knowing what the licence fee actually covered or involved.

“But these are new paradigms, and new ways of thinking,” stated Vieron, and one of these was to – in effect – start thinking with a clean sheet of paper and where Ateme was working on a concept where Artificial Intelligence was an integral part of the codec, and actively looked at the content, its target device and where there was “machine deep learning” in the codec. The potential, said Vieron, was between 30-60 percent compression gains in bandwidth. The gain in Sport would be smaller, but the benefit in movie transmission would be at the higher end of the target scale.

Egypt fines beIN Sports $22m for anti-competitiveness

From https://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2018/01/31/egypt-fines-bein-sports-22m-for-anti-competitiveness/

beIN Sports has been hit with a $22 million fine after Egypt’s competition authority ruled the network had been engaged in anti-competitive practices.

The Qatari company won the rights to the main African football competitions across the region from 2017 to 2028 – an agreement that had already brought up questions surrounding the transparency of the bidding process.

But rather than transmit the coverage on Egypt’s Nilesat satellite, viewers were required to point their dishes at Qatar’s Suhail Sat satellite.

Earlier this month, the Competition Protection and Prevention of Monopolistic Practices board ruled that beIN had breached Egypt’s competition protection law, damaging both Nilesat and giving the consumers unjustified expenses.

beIN had not given any reason for the move, beIN to challenge Egyptian sports ruling

The Swiss authorities have also opened an investigation into the rights deal secured for the football World Cup through to 2030.

beIN Media “categorically” rejects Egypt’s “fine”

From https://advanced-television.com/2018/02/01/bein-media-categorically-rejects-egypts-fine/

In response to the Egyptian Cairo Economic Court’s judgment, beIN Media Group says it categorically rejects, and is shocked and appalled by, the judgment of the Cairo Economic Court in Egypt, which sends a deeply troubling message to any international entity seeking to do business in Egypt. The judgment is based on unfounded and politically motivated allegations by the Egyptian Competition Authority (ECA) that have no basis in fact or law. At all times, beIN has acted in full compliance with all relevant laws, including competition law, and will pursue all legal means available to challenge the judgment.

“beIN has been broadcasting high-quality TV content in Egypt to sports fans and consumers since 2005, and has an unrivalled track record in delivering premium quality broadcast and innovative content. Egypt has some of the most passionate and knowledgeable sports fans in the world and beIN is proud to have delivered quality sports and entertainment programming across the country – to as wide an audience as commercially possible – for over a decade. Furthermore, beIN is proud that its latest broadcasting agreement with the Confederation of African Football (CAF) guarantees a substantial increase in revenues for CAF, securing much-needed funds for the development of football across the African continent, including Egypt.”

BeIN says the the ECA’s unfounded allegations “have no basis in competition law and are divorced from the commercial realities of the PAY TV market. The claim that beIN violated competition law by offering bundled sports packages ignores standard market practice in the PAY TV industry not only in the MENA region, but around the world. Our premium sport packages provide the highest quality content at competitive prices to all of our customers, which has enabled beIN – through significant investment – to become one of the leading broadcasters of sport events and competitions worldwide. For example, beIN has been the trusted partner of FIFA and CAF in Egypt for over 10 years.”

“The Egyptian court’s injunction requiring the sale of each sporting event on a stand-alone basis would prevent beIN from continuing to carry on business in this market and require beIN – and all international broadcasters active in Egypt – to fundamentally reconfigure their business models. This attempt to exclude beIN from the Egyptian market constitutes a serious violation by Egypt of both its own domestic law and its international obligations, with the local regulator manifestly acting without valid authority and solely in self-interest. Already, federations, leagues and rights holders have signaled their concern at the judgment, which undermines the actual market value of their rights for purely political motivations. The practical reality of the judgment, if enforced, is the very real possibility of a black-out of certain high-profile live sports on Egyptian TV. All this, ultimately, harms Egyptian sports fans; politics has no place in sport.

For the avoidance of any doubt, beIN categorically rejects the local Egyptian court’s judgment and will pursue all available legal means to challenge it.”


There are changes at 159E ABS6 I will list them on Friday

ABS 6 @ 159E 3897 V Sr 4444 Live Blood RED MOON event

Thursday feeds

Via Steve

D2 12660 V Sr 7500 Cycling Feed FTA

IS19 12430 H Sr 3500, FTA.. CHCH Net1 news cross for NewsHub
Very Low Level Signal.

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From the Dish

Koreasat 5A 113.0E 12560 H "AMC TV" has leftagain.
Koreasat 5A 113.0E Billiards TV has left 12602 H.

ChinaSat 11 98.0E 12500 V "Maleo!" has started on, clear. Sunna TV has left.

Measat 3 91.5E 3652 H "BTV Business, AP1 TV, TV Today and TV Filmy" have started on , Fta.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3585 V "Cartoon Kids" has left.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 3731 H "Motorvision TV, Chelsea TV, Kix, WakuWaku Japan South East Asia, ZooMoo Asia, CBeebies Asia, Da Vinci Asia, Asian Food Channel,
English Club TV, MyZen TV, Thrill, NHK World TV, France 24 Français, TV 5 Monde Asia and DW English have started on, Fta. MRTV, 4 Comedy, 4 Info, 4 Tunes, 4 Cinema, 4 Drama, 4 Sports, Baby TV Asia, Fox Movies Asia, Nat Geo Wild Asia, BBC World News South Asia, Channel V International, 5 Cartoons, 5 Movies, 5 Special, 5 Series, 5 Thukhuma, Fox Sports Myanmar, Fox Sports 2 Myanmar and Fox Sports 3 Asia" have left.

ABS 2A 75.0E 12653 V "Russkiy Illusion, Zdorovoe TV, Retro, Russkiy Illusion International, Zdorovoe TV International, Retro International and Usadba" have started on , Irdeto.
ABS 2A 75.0E 12707 V "Fox Life Russia, Fox Russia, National Geographic Russia, Nat Geo Wild Asia and Motorsport TV" have started on , Irdeto.

ABS 2A 75.0E 4116 V "Prarthana Bhawan TV and Manoranjan Movies" have started on , Fta.
ABS 2A 75.0E 4184 V "Ahsas TV" has started on , Fta

Intelsat 17 66.0E 3876 H "Sigaram TV" has started on , Fta. Gyana Yogi Telugu has left.
Intelsat 17 66.0E 3932 H "Tora TV and OK Music TV" have left .
Intelsat 17 66.0E 4006 H "Mathrubhumi News North and Mathrubhumi News South" have left .

NSS 12 57.0E 3648 L "OBN" has started on , Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经57度轨道位置的新天12号卫星C频段,Food、HGTV(MPEG-4)等3个频道,设置4096 R 30000参数有条件接收。[02-01]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Colors Tamil替换Nxt(印度)频道,设置4034 H 20500参数有条件接收。[02-01]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Jeet替换ID India(印度)频道,设置3740 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [2月1日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,The Nghiem HD(高清)频道解密,设置10968 H 28800参数免费接收。 [2月1日]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,Shop 5替换Swara Sagar(印度)频道,设置3876 H 14300参数免费接收。 [2月1日]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,Studio One+替换Ashirwaad Gold(印度)频道,设置4006 H 14400参数免费接收。 [2月1日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Outdoor Channel、AMC(高清)频道消失,设置12530 H 27489参数无效接收。 [2月1日]
东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,龙华戏剧、三沙卫视替换华视(Skynindo)频道,设置3520 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [2月1日]
东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,亚洲旅游(高清)频道加密,设置3520 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [2月1日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Maha Mazza(印度)频道新增,设置11911 H 44000参数免费接收。 [2月1日]

东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Skystar Movies替换Sky Star(电影)频道,设置4003 V 7200参数免费接收。
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,TV 9替换NTV(柬埔寨)频道,设置10790 H 40000参数有条件接收。 [1月31日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,Hits、探索亚洲(高清)频道改格式,设置12468 V 45000参数免费接收。 [1月31日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Net(印尼)频道新增,设置3750 H 4500参数免费接收。 [1月31日]
东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段,GCN(韩国)频道消失,设置12729 V 32700参数无效接收。 [1月31日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Manoranjan Movies、Prarthana Bhawan(印度)频道消失,设置4117 V 8800参数无效接收。 [1月31日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,KBS World(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置12468 V 45000参数免费接收。[01-31]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Times Now 2(印度)频道消失,设置3937 V 14400参数无效接收。[01-31]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,E Sport(4K)频道新增,设置11009 H 30000参数部分免费接收。[01-31]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号星C段,Prarthana Bhawan、Manoranjan Movies(印度)频道重现,设置4117 V 8800参数免费接收。[01-31]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Channel 50(MX1)频道消失,设置3769 H 13333参数无效接收。[01-31]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5A号卫星Ku频段,Billiards(韩国)频道消失,设置12602 H 17500参数无效接收。[01-31]

From cnsat

国际20号(68.5°E)卫星,3740 H 30000一组探索 Jeet频道替换ID India,锁码播出。(2018-02-01)
越星1/2号(132.0°E)卫星,10968 H 28800一组Thu Nghiem HD开锁播出。(2018-02-01)
泰星5/6/8号(78.5°E)卫星,3730 H 12500一组Kix, Thrill等多数频道锁码播出。(2018-02-01)
中星10号(110.5°E)卫星,3520 V 30000一组亚洲旅游卫视锁码播出。(2018-02-01)
中星10号(110.5°E)卫星,Skynindo直播3520 V 30000一组龙华戏剧、三沙卫视替换华视等频道,锁码播出。(2018-02-01)

泰星5/6/8号(78.5°E)卫星,12468 V 45000一组新增Hits HD频道,开锁播出,同组标清频道消失。(2018-01-31)
老挝1号(128.5°E)卫星,10790 H 40000一组新增TV9 Cambod(柬埔寨)频道,锁码播出。(2018-01-31)
国际20号(68.5°E)卫星,4003 V 7200有Skystar Movies替换Sky Star频道,开锁播出。(2018-01-31)
国际20号(68.5°E)卫星,4090 H 14368一组新增Samachar Plus测试频道,开锁播出。(2018-01-31)
泰星5/6/8号(78.5°E)卫星,12468 V 45000一组新增KBS World高清频道,开锁播出。(2018-01-31)
泰星5/6/8号(78.5°E)卫星,11010 H 30000一组BBTV7 HD等两个频道消失。(2018-01-31)
帕拉帕D(113.0°E)卫星,3750 H 4500一组新增NET测试,开锁播出。(2018-01-31)
帕拉帕D(113.0°E)卫星,SpaceDrama、I Am Channel两频道消失,设置3750 H 11165无信号。(2018-01-31)
亚太7号(76.5°E)卫星,3769 H 13333一组Channel 50频道消失。(2018-01-31)


Sorry no time today to complete the news section.


Measat 3a 3710 H Sr 2860 "Top CH 1" it is FTA

From my Email


From the Dish

Optus D2 152.0E 12546 V "HRT 5 has replaced Slika Hrvatske" on , Irdeto.

AsiaSat 9 122.0E 12415 V "Hwazan Satellite TV" has left .

AsiaSat 6/Thaicom 7 120.0E The NXT Digital muxes have left 3880 V, 4000 V and 4040 V.
AsiaSat 6/Thaicom 7 120.0E A SiTV package has started on 3900 H, 3928 H, 4140 H and 4180 H.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3840 V "V2H23 has replaced 55 Channel" on , Fta.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 12405 V "Celestial Classic Movies, Thrill, Fight Sports, Motorvision TV, Chelsea TV, FightBox HD, Fuel TV, Kix, WakuWaku Japan South East Asia, Diva Asia, Lifetime Asia, Tru TV Asia, ZooMoo Asia, Da Vinci Asia, Duck TV SD, Asian Food Channel, Love Nature, English Club TV, MyZen TV, MTV Live HD, 5 Plus, Farmers Channel, Hluttaw Channel, CNN International Asia Pacific, Channel NewsAsia, CGTN, France 24 English, NHK World TV, France 24 Français, TV 5 Monde Asia, DW English and KBS World have started on , clear. Mahar Bawdi, MRTV 4, Channel 7, Readers Channel, 4 Comedy, 4 Info, 4 Edu, 4 Tunes, 4 Cinema, 4 Drama, 4 Sports, Baby TV Asia, Fox Movies Asia, Nat Geo Wild Asia, BBC World News South Asia, Channel V International, 5 Cartoons, 5 Movies, 5 Special, 5 Series, 5 Thukhuma, Fox Sports Myanmar, Fox Sports 2 Myanmar, Fox Sports 3 Asia, Fight Sports, 4 HD, Fox Movies Asia, Nat Geo Wild Asia, TVN Asia, Fox Sports 2 Myanmar, Fox Sports 3 Asia and Star Chinese Movies HD South East Asia" have left.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 12467 V "Mahar Bawdi, Readers Channel, 4 Edu, Warner TV Southeast Asia, Sony Channel Asia, 4 Sports, Eurosport 1 Asia, MTV India, Boomerang South
East Asia, DreamWorks Channel, Cartoon Network South East Asia, Nickelodeon South East Asia, Blue Ant Extreme, MTV South East Asia, Gem TV Asia, BBC Earth Asia, Travel Channel Asia, BBC Lifestyle Asia and BBC World News South Asia has started on , clear. MRTV 4, Channel 7, TLC Southeast Asia, FYI Asia, AXN East Asia, TVN Asia, Animax Asia, Discovery Channel Southeast Asia, Animal Planet Southeast Asia, Crime + Investigation Asia and History Asia are now in clear. 4 Kids, Channel NewsAsia, WakuWaku Japan, Fox Crime Asia, 4 Cinema 2, Star Chinese Channel International, CGTN, DW English, France 24 English, TV 5 Monde Asia, Fox Asia, Fox Action Movies, National Geographic Asia, Nat Geo People Asia and Fox Life Asia" have left.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 12521 V "Canal + Gita, Canal + Action, Canal + Ha Ha!, Canal + Pu Tu Tue, Canal + Cha Tate, Canal + Mae Madi, Canal + Zat Lenn and Canal + Su Sann have started on , Conax. Hluttaw Channel, HBO Asia, Cinemax Asia, 4 Ladies, 4 HD, 4 HD 2, 4 HD 2, Nat Geo Music, HBO HD Asia, Animax Asia, AXN East Asia, Channel V Taiwan International, FX Asia, Fox Family Movies, KBS World and History HD Asia" have left.

Thaicom 8 78.5E 11170 H "TV Lao, PPTV HD 36, MCOT HD, Mahar TV, PNN, Lao Public Security TV, CCTV 13, Democratic Voice of Burma TV, CTN, 5 Plus, MN TV, Channel 9, My TV, MWD Music, MWD Movies, MRTV Entertainment, BBTV Channel 7, Umm TV, LNTV 1, LNTV 3 and Quran TV" have left .

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3432 V "MV Lao HD, Five HD, MV TV 6 and Superstar Vacation" have left.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3505 V "Kuru TV"is now encrypted. Bluesky Channel and Sat TV are Fta.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3545 V "World Entertainment TV 42 has replaced Variety Hit" on , BISS.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3840 V "Wish Channel, 55 Channel and MV TV 6 have started on , Fta. MV Lao HD, Fong Channel, INM, X2 Channel, Asian Mix Channel, Horror Channel, Major Channel and Thai TV 5 HD1" have left.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3799 H "STV Bangla" has started on , Fta.
Apstar 7 76.5E 3805 H "Gazi TV" on is now encrypted.
Apstar 7 76.5E 3812 H "Maasranga TV" has left .
Apstar 7 76.5E 3920 H "AXN Philippines, Animax Philippines and Sony Channel Philippines" are Fta again.

ABS 2 75.0E 3545 H "Alhurra TV" has left .
ABS 2 75.0E 3632 H "Aljazeera English has replaced Aljazeera Channel" on, Tongfang.
ABS 2 75.0E 3658 H "NTV has replaced Channel I" on , Tongfang.

ABS 2A 75.0E 12533 H "C1, Eagle News, Mongol TV, Star TV, TM TV, TV 5, TV 8, UBS, Bloomberg TV Mongolia, Channel 11, Global TV, ETV HD, Royal HD, Shop Mongolia, Trade TV, TV 5 Entertainment, TV 5 Homeshopping, Ulzii TV, Sch TV, Eco TV, Soyon Gegeeruulegch TV, Ekh Oron TV, HTV, MNB, TV 25, Suld TV, VTV HD, Mongolian News Channel, Parliament TV, MNBA Sports, Olloo TV and MNB Mongolyn Medee " have started on , ABV.

ABS 2A 75.0E 12533 V "C1, Eagle News, Mongol TV, Star TV, TM TV, TV 5, TV 8, UBS, Bloomberg TV Mongolia, Channel 11, Global TV, ETV HD, LCN TV, NTN,
Royal HD, Shop Mongolia, Trade TV, TV 10, TV 5 Entertainment, TV 5 Homeshopping, Ulzii TV, Sch TV, Eco TV, Soyon Gegeeruulegch TV, Ekh Oron TV, GTV, HTV, MNB, TV 25, Suld TV, VTV HD, Mongolian News Channel, Parliament TV, MNBA Sports, Olloo TV and MNB Mongolyn Medee" have left .

Intelsat 22 72.1E 3962 L EBC 3, EBC North, EBC East, EBC South, Addis TV Network and EBC 2 have left .

NSS 12 57.0E 3973 L EBC 3, EBC North, EBC East, EBC South, Addis TV Network and EBC 2 have started on , Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,E Sport(4K)等3个频道新增,设置11009 H 30000参数部分免费接收。 [1月31日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号星C段,Prarthana Bhawan、Manoranjan Movies(印度)频道重现,设置4117 V 8800参数免费接收。 [1月31日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Channel 50(MX1)频道消失,设置3769 H 13333参数无效接收。 [1月31日]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5A号卫星Ku频段,Billiards(韩国)频道消失,设置12602 H 17500参数无效接收。 [1月31日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2A号卫星Ku频段,Usadba Telekanal(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置12653 V 44922参数有条件接收。 [1月31日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,Top(菲律宾)频道解密,设置3710 H 2860参数免费接收。 [1月31日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,Top 2(菲律宾)频道消失,设置3710 H 2860参数无效接收。 [1月31日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Info TV替换Watan TV(巴基斯坦)频道,设置3751 V 2333参数免费接收。 [1月31日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,BTV National(孟加拉)频道解密,设置3690 V 11390参数免费接收。 [1月31日]

东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Movies Now替换Star Cinema(巴基斯坦)频道,设置3915 V 7260参数免费接收。 [1月30日]
|东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,Farmer、CNN(4 Digital)等频道新增,设置12405 V 45000参数免费接收。 [1月30日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,Love Nature(4K)频道新增,设置3760 V 29700参数有条件接收。 [1月30日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2A号卫星Ku频段,Fox Life、国家地理(俄罗斯)等10个频道新增,设置12710 V 44950参数部分免费接收。 [1月30日]
东经159度轨道位置的ABS-6号卫星C频段,中天亚洲、B4U Movies(菲律宾)等20个频道新增,设置3920 H 11000参数部分免费接收。 [1月30日]
东经159度轨道位置的ABS-6号卫星C频段,SBN(菲律宾)频道新增,设置3620 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [1月30日]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲9号卫星C频段,CCTV-6(高清)频道消失,设置3900 V 26660参数无效接收。 [1月30日]

东经159度轨道位置的ABS-6号星C段,Rotana Music、Rotana Cinema(菲律宾)等3个频道新增,设置3913 V 8550参数有条件接收。 [1月29日]
东经159度轨道位置的ABS-6号卫星C频段,中天亚洲替换2nd Avenue(菲律宾)等频道,设置3620 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [1月29日]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲9号卫星C频段,CCTV-6(高清)频道新增,设置3900 V 26666参数免费接收。 [1月29日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,CBeebies、For Edu(4 Digital)等4个频道重现,设置12468 V 45000参数免费接收。 [1月29日]
东经159度轨道位置的ABS-6号卫星C频段,TV Maria(菲律宾)频道新增,设置3897 V 4445参数免费接收。 [1月29日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,Real Stories HD、Thailife HD(高清)频道新增,设置11640 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [1月29日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,Thrill、Kix(4 Digital)等频道解密,设置3731 H 12500参数免费接收。 [1月29日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,Canal+Gita HD(高清)等8个频道新增,设置12520 V 25000参数免费接收。 [1月29日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Jet TV(巴基斯坦)频道重现,设置3915 V 7260参数免费接收。 [1月28日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-4、Zee Nung(IPM)等12个频道加密,设置11640 H 30000参数有条件接收 [1月28日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,MRTV、HBO HD(缅甸)等全组频道消失,设置12520 V 25000参数无效接收。 [1月28日]

From cnsat

亚太7号(76.5°E)卫星,3769 H 13333一组Channel 50频道消失。(2018-01-31)
国际20号(68.5°E)卫星,4117 V 8800一组Prarthana Bhawan、Manoranjan Movies频道重现,开锁播出。(2018-01-31)
泰星5/6/8号(78.5°E)卫星,11010 H 30000一组新增E Sport(4K),BBTV7 HD等三个频道,开锁播出。(2018-01-31)
马星3号/3a(91.5°E)卫星,3710 H 2860一组Top 1频道开锁,Top 2消失。(2018-01-31)
韩星5A号(113.0°E)卫星,12603 H 17500一组Billiards频道消失。(2018-01-31)

亚洲7号(105.5°E)卫星,4070 H 2963一组Life News开锁播出。(2018-01-30)
泰星5/6/8号(78.5°E)卫星,12405 V 45000一组新增Fight Box,Fuel TV等7个频道 开锁播出。(2018-01-30)
马星3号/3a(91.5°E)卫星,3760 V 29700一组新增Love Nature (4K) 频道,锁码播出。(2018-01-30)
ABS-2A(75.0°E)卫星,12710 V 44950一组新增Fox Life、国家地理等10个频道,部分开锁播出。(2018-01-30)
亚洲9号(122.0°E)卫星,3900 V 26660一组央视高清电影(测试)频道消失。(2018-01-30)

亚太V号(138.0°E)卫星,12630 H 43200一组Ddish Live高清开锁播出。(2018-01-29)
泰星5/6/8号(78.5°E)卫星,3730 H 12500一组新增Kix、Thrill等22个频道,开锁播出。(2018-01-29)
泰星5/6/8号(78.5°E)卫星,12520 V 25000一组新增Canal+Mae Madi HD等8个高清频道,开锁播出。(2018-01-29)
泰星5/6/8号(78.5°E)卫星,12470 V 45000一组新增CBeebies、For Edu等四个频道,开锁播出。(2018-01-29)
亚洲9号(122.0°E)卫星,3900 V 26660一组新增央视高清电影(测试)频道,开锁播出。(2018-01-29)
泰星5/6/8号(78.5°E)卫星,12520 V 25000一组新增Canal+Mae Madi HD等8个高清频道,开锁播出。(2018-01-29)
泰星5/6/8号(78.5°E)卫星,12470 V 45000一组新增CBeebies、For Edu等四个频道,开锁播出。(2018-01-29)
亚洲9号(122.0°E)卫星,3900 V 26660一组新增央视高清电影(测试)频道,开锁播出。(2018-01-29)

亚洲7号(105.5°E)卫星,3913 V 7260一组新增Jet TV频道,开锁播出。(2018-01-28)
泰星5/6/8号(78.5°E)卫星,家庭影院高清频道(HBO HD)等全组频道消失,设置12520 V 25000无信号。(2018-01-28)


SA govt backs control centre for IoT satellite network

From https://www.iothub.com.au/news/sa-govt-backs-control-centre-for-iot-satellite-network-482181

Helps fund Fleet Space Technologies’ Adelaide facility.

Fleet Space Technologies, the Adelaide company planning a network of nanosatellites to provide communications for IoT applications, has secured South Australian Government funding to build a mission control centre that will manage its planned fleet of 100 satellites, 24x7.

The SA Government has provided $500,000 from its Future Jobs to help fund the centre, which will be located in Adelaide. This will be matched by a $500,000 investment in the facility from Fleet Space Technologies.

SA Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis said the project would create 17 ongoing jobs in Adelaide and another five jobs during construction.

“This Future Jobs Fund grant means that instead of outsourcing mission control services overseas, these highly-skilled jobs can be created here in Adelaide,” he said.

“This is a fantastic project that will strengthen South Australia’s bourgeoning space industry and attract the best and brightest to our state.”

Fleet Space Technologies CEO Flavia Tata Nardini said the company’s ambitions were global ambitions, but it wanted to continue to contribute to the local economy.

“South Australia is extremely well-positioned to take advantage of the opportunities that a space industry will bring,” she said. “We want to put South Australia on the map as a space hub.”

The 2017-18 State Budget included $200 million towards a Future Jobs Fund to drive employment in South Australia and create ongoing jobs in health and biomedical research; IT and advanced manufacturing; renewable energy and mining; shipbuilding and defence; and tourism, food and wine.

Koutsantonis said 57 businesses had received offers of funding so far, for projects that would create 3,200 jobs in high-growth sectors.

Fleet Space Technologies’ stated mission to provide a free, ubiquitous connectivity platform that will “connect everything using cutting-edge communications and space technologies to maximise the resource efficiency of human civilisation and enable the next industrial revolution.”

The company’s plan is to have a network of 100 satellites, five each in 20 low earth orbits, by 2020 or 2021, depending on how fast it can secure launch services, and about 12 ground stations.

The satellites will take data from the ground stations and hold it until they come within sight of a ground station – communication in the reverse direction will also be possible.

Tata Nardini told IoT Hub last August that this configuration would give the company coverage of about 95 percent of countries and the latency – the length of time a satellite will have to hold data before it sees a ground station would be sufficiently small for most applications.

The satellites will not communicate directly with IoT devices but with nearby Fleet Space gateways that will use wireless technology to communicate with individual devices.

News Corp’s Foxtel Names New CEO Ahead of Merger With Fox Sports Australia

From https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/news-corp-s-foxtel-names-new-ceo-merger-fox-sports-australia-1080456

Fox Sports’ Patrick Delany replaces former News Corp executive Peter Tonagh

Peter Tonagh, the CEO of Australian pay TV giant Foxtel, has left the company after just under 2 years in the job, shareholder News Corp announced Tuesday.

Tonagh will be replaced by Fox Sports Australia CEO Patrick Delany, who will lead Foxtel and Fox Sports when they finalize a merger in the coming months.

Tonagh joined Foxtel as CEO in March 2016, replacing Richard Freudenstein. He was previously News Corp Australia’s joint head with Michael Miller.

News Corp currently owns Fox Sports Australia outright and is a joint venture partner in Foxtel with local telco Telstra Corp. Once the merger is complete News Corp will have a controlling 65 percent stake of Foxtel-Fox Sports and Telstra will retain 35 percent.

News and Telstra have previously said a merger of the pay TV companies would better position Foxtel-Fox Sports for a possible IPO. Australia’s anti-trust regulator, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission gave a greenlight to the merger in December.

News Corp CEO Robert Thomson thanked Tonagh “for his excellent service to Foxtel, News Corp Australia and REA Group during years of great change and challenge in the marketplace”.

“Patrick’s astute and innovative leadership of Fox Sports, combined with his broad experience during his nine years at Foxtel, make him the ideal person to take the helm at such a profoundly important moment for Foxtel,” Thomsen added.

Tonagh said in a statement: “With the process of bringing Foxtel and Fox Sports together proceeding towards a conclusion soon, it is the right time for me to move on and put Foxtel into the hands of the person who will lead the new company. I have known Patrick from his years at Foxtel and Fox Sports, and he is the right person to be at the helm in this new era."

S. Korea to Build 'Korean Positioning System' by Putting Up Seven GPS Satellites

From http://businesskorea.co.kr/english/news/ict/20414-gps-independence-s-korea-build-korean-positioning-system-putting-seven-gps-satellites

The South Korean Positioning System (KPS) will be launched in 2034.

Korean technology and capital will build its own global positioning system (GPS) which Korea has used by fully depending on advanced countries such as the United States. The Ministry of Science and ICT is planning to finalize the third space development promotion plan including the construction of the ‘Korean Positioning System’ (KPS) at a Space Committee meeting scheduled to be held on February 5.

According to the Ministry of Science and ICT, the Korean Positioning System (KPS) will be launched in 2034 after the development of a ground test site three years from now in 2021, the development of core satellite navigation technology in 2022 and the development of satellite navigation mounting development in 2024. A total of seven navigation satellites including three geostationary ones will be launched and operated for the construction of the KPS. The ministry is planning to provide overseas navigation satellites’ complementing and unique signals to a 1,000 km radius of Seoul. It is estimated that it will cost about 2.5 trillion won to build seven KPS satellites.

According to the Korea Aerospace Research Institute and industry source, at least four satellites must be in the orbit to use GPS services. In addition, the GPS needs at least 24 satellites to cover the entire globe. Now that Korea needs a local positioning system with a radius of 1,000 km of Seoul, only seven satellites are required according to the research institute.

Korea has not have any GPS satellites, so the nation has had to entirely rely on GPS satellites of countries with advanced space technology such as the US. However, in the event of a crisis such as a war on the Korean Peninsula, signals can be blocked by countries with GPSs such as the US and Russia to preclude their enemy forces from using them. So the project was launched to address such a possibility.

"As the GPS becomes a necessity in everyday life, broken signals for any reason can set off a nationwide chaos," said an official for satellite navigation at the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI).

Building the KPS also has the advantage of ramping up the accuracy of the GPS. In 2034, when the KPS consisting of seven satellites will be completed, the error range of the GPS in Korea which is about 10 meters now will be reduced to less than one meter.

This reason is fueling completion to secure GPS satellites among space powers. The United States, which launched its first GPS satellite in 1978, is currently operating 27 GPS satellites and Russia began the operation of the GPS in 1982 and now has 24 units.

China has been developing its own GPS called “BeiDou" since 2000 to compete with satellite navigation systems led by the United States and Russia among others. Japan also has four GPS satellites including the second unit of ultra-high-precision GPS "Michibiki" launched in June last year. The European Union (EU) also has been building a GPS under the name of the "Galileo project" since 2002.

"Advanced nations are trying to secure strong GPS capabilities by sending up satellites to prevent a chaos that can take place while they depend on other nations’ satellites,” the official at the KARI said.

APAC pay-TV revenue up 4% in 2017

From https://advanced-television.com/2018/01/31/apac-pay-tv-revenue-up-4-in-2017/

Research on the pay-TV channel ecosystem shows India powering revenue and profit growth for regional pay-TV broadcasters in Asia Pacific. Revenue for pay-TV channel groups owned by global media companies expanded by 4 per cent in 2017 to reach around $5 billion (€4bn) across the region, while EBITDA grew 9 per cent Y/Y to reach around $1 billion, according to industry analysts Media Partners Asia (MPA).

India continues to make a massive contribution to this pie, led by large local channel businesses owned and operated by 21st Century Fox, Sony and Viacom. MPA figures show India making up 65 per cent of revenue for regional pay-TV channel groups in 2017, followed by Southeast Asia with 15 per cent, Japan with 7 per cent and Australia with 5 per cent. Korea, contributing just 1 per cent, remains heavily underweight.

Excluding large local pay channel businesses in India, pay-TV channel revenue for regional broadcasters declined by 1 per cent across the region in 2017, inching down to US$2.2 billion, while Ebitda contracted by 4 per cent Y/Y, to $560 million. The performance reflects a more challenging wholesale and retail market for pay-TV in Southeast Asia as well as in Australia and New Zealand, Japan and Hong Kong and Taiwan. Nonetheless, Southeast Asia still leads top-line contribution for this revenue segment at 33 per cent, followed by India (20 per cent), Japan (16 per cent), Australasia (11 per cent) and Hong Kong & Taiwan (11 per cent).

Ex-India, declines have been evenly spread across most genres. The notable exception is sports, where the growth of BeIN Media has helped boost the category. Together, factual, lifestyle, kids, news, music, movie and Asian entertainment channels experienced an aggregate contraction of close to $150 million in affiliate and advertising sales ex-India in 2017.

Online platforms and consumer products support sustained growth

Nonetheless, a number of global broadcasters with investments in Asia are still seeing sustained growth in the region on the back of: (1) Licensing deals and strategic partnerships with online video and telecom platforms; (2) The growth of consumer products; (3) Nascent online video advertising. Leading broadcasters will also accelerate development of their own branded online video services in the region, a trend already underway with the launch of key entertainment and sports OTT platforms over 2016-17. Partnerships with streaming and telecom services will also proliferate over 2018. At the same time, the underlying need for local IP and partnerships remains. Key players are slowly responding with investment in premium Asian content as well as local deals in Korea, Japan and parts of Southeast Asia.

In India, macro hurdles as well as competitive and regulatory pressures will impact near-term performance for foreign-owned pay channels. Nonetheless, major players should still outperform the market with strong double-digit growth along with longer-term upside from the growth of branded online video networks.

“Success in a large-scale market such as India shows that regional broadcasters that invest in IP and local businesses can create a lot of long-term value,” said Vivek Couto, executive director and co-founder of Media Partners Asia. “These bets are starting to percolate across Southeast Asia, Korea and Japan. At the same time, businesses are starting to tap more growth from streaming platforms, including partnerships with online video and telco services.”

AMOS-7 satellite operator Space-Communication (Spacecom) has collaborated with Israel’s D-MARS Desert Mars Analog Ramon Station to carry out a joint experiment to test aspects of long-range interplanetary space communications.

From https://www.aerospace-technology.com/news/amos-7-satellite-help-test-interplanetary-space-communications/

The partnership also expects to examine the challenges and issues that arise from manned planetary missions.

As part of the experiment, the AMOS-7 will be used to provide communication links for analogue astronauts based in a simulated Mars habitat situated near Ramon Crater in southern Israel to an off-base operations and control centre.

“The D-MARS project pulls Israel to the forefront of space, and particularly Mars, exploration.”

Austrian Space Forum (OeWF) will also participate in the experiment, which will see the D-MARS space analogue centre simulate the conditions of a real Mars scientific exploration mission to better understand the experiences of analogue astronauts and find solutions for potential challenges.

D-MARS project manager Hillel Rubenstein said: “The D-MARS project pulls Israel to the forefront of space, and particularly Mars, exploration.

“With the AMOS-7 satellite, we are adding an interplanetary-type communications facet to our experiments by simulating various challenges for our analogue astronauts to handle and overcome.”

D-MARS is specially built to simulate the Martian habitat and its analogue space exploration mission is designed to simulate missions to Mars or other planets.

Situated in a harsh desert environment, the centre will feature ‘Ramonauts’, who will live as real astronauts with similar daily routines, food and communication as those used during real planetary missions.


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New mux loading on ABS 6 @ 159E though we have enough signal its at threshold and not good enough for clean pics ( 2.7m in Perth)

ABS 6 3919 H Sr 11000 Fec 2/3 QPSK - 20 channel loading FTA, part of the Solar DTH Philippines mux

Monday morning feed

Asiasat 5 3654 H Sr 7200 "ISB2" Karate

Sunday feeds

Intelsat 19 12435 H Sr 15000 Fec 3/4 S2-8psk "STS 12 Enc/ Mod1" Soccer

Measat 91.5E 3786 V Sr 3254 "Telemedia Measat As-Hoc" Horse racing feed


Asiasat 5 3908 H Sr 10000 "ROU_038_B" Football

Asiasat 5 3685 H Sr 7120 "First_service" China Basketball

Saturday feeds


ABS 6 159E 3887 V "SNG 1" Philippines PBA Basketball

Asiasat 5 4169 H Sr 150009 "Myanmar-Open-Golf" Golf

Asiasat 5 3734 H Sr 7200 "UAE69 B" Dubai Desert Classsic Golf
Asiasat 5 3885 H Sr 7200 "ENC-7" Ice Skating


Asiasat 5 3876 H Sr 7200 "ENC-6" Ice Skating
Asiasat 5 3925 H Sr 7120 "DSNG 2" One championship fight
Asiasat 5 3934 H Sr 7120 "Telered" One championship fight

From the Dish

ABS 6 159.0E 3619 H Sky News Australia, Fox Sports News Australia and Pet Club TV have started on , ABV. Australia Channel News and Australia Channel Sport have left again.
ABS 6 159.0E 3619 H Shop TV, People's TV, Action Hollywood Movies, Australia Channel News, Australia Channel Sport, Fix & Foxi, IBC 13, Landscape HD, Net 25,
MyZen TV, TBN Philippines, UNTV, MTV Classic Australia, Travelxp HD, DZRH News TV, B4U Movies Asia Pacific, B4U Music India, CTI TV Asia, Hope Channel International and ZooMoo Asia on are now encrypted.

LaoSat 1 128.5E 3639 H "LNTV 1" has started on , Fta.

Palapa D 113.0E 4014 V "Pon TV has replaced Layar Desa TV" on, Fta.

Koreasat 5A 113.0E 12560 H "AMC TV" is back on , Fta.
Koreasat 5A 113.0E 12602 H "EBS I has replaced EBS Plus 1" on , Fta.

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3816 H "Arra TV" has left .

G-Sat 17 93.5E 4116 H "DD Manipur" has started on , Fta.
G-Sat 17 93.5E 4154 H "RTA Nangarhar" has started on Fta.
G-Sat 17 93.5E 4125 H "DD Sikkim" has started on , Fta.

G-Sat 15 93.5E 11050 V CNN International South Asia, Aakaash Aath, Zee Uttar Pradesh Uttarakhand and Pitaara have started on , Conax. Naaptol Bangla, Movie on Demand 1 and Movie on Demand 2 have left.
G-Sat 15 93.5E 11090 V Maha Movie has left .

Measat 3 91.5E Unire Sat has moved from 3787 V to 3708 V, Fta.

Horizons 2 84.8E 11840 H "Slow" has left .
Horizons 2 84.8E 11960 H "Noise" has left .

Insat 4A 83.0E 3805 H "RK News and Jia News" have started on , Fta.
Insat 4A 83.0E 4054 H "Satya TV" has started on , Fta.

G-Sat 10 83.0E 3833 V "Gyan Darshan 1/2" have started on , Fta.

G-Sat 10 83.0E 10970 V "BTV News and Munsif TV" have left .
G-Sat 10 83.0E 11050 VWin TV, Sai TV, Nxt, Divyavani TV, HMTV, Indradhanu, Manoranjan Movies, Khushboo TV, Aastha Bhajan India, Vedic, Total TV, News India 24x7, Khabrain Abhi Tak, HNN 24x7, Bharat Samachar, Jai Paras TV, SVBC 2, Dishum TV, & privé HD, Tez, Star Plus Repeats, Tata Sky English, Tata Sky Cooking and Zee TV Repeats are back on , Videoguard.
G-Sat 10 83.0E 11090 V "Zee Tamizh and Disney International HD" have started on , Videoguard.
G-Sat 10 83.0E 11130 V "India News Punjab" has started on , Videoguard.
G-Sat 10 83.0E 11170 V "Sarthi TV, Zee 24 Kalak and Tata Sky Fun Learn" have started on , Videoguard. Saral Jeevan, Polimer Kannada, Navgrah Channel and India Voice have left.
G-Sat 10 83.0E 11470 V "Dighvijay News 24x7 and Gulistan News" have started on ,Videoguard. Zee Cinemalu +1 has left.
G-Sat 10 83.0E 11590 V "DD Sports is back on , Videoguard. ETV Kannada News and Yo TV" have left.
G-Sat 10 83.0E 11630 V "Showcase HD 5" has left .
G-Sat 10 83.0E 11670 V "Pitaara" has started on , Videoguard. Dhamaal, Vaanavil TV, Tunes 6 Music, Darshana TV and India Watch have left.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3505 V "Kuru TV" has started on , Fta.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3545 V "Variety Hit has replaced World Entertainment TV 42" on , BISS.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3585 V "Happy TV has replaced MGTV" on , BISS.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3840 V "MV Lao HD, Asian Mix Channel, Major Channel and Thai TV 5 HD1" have started on , Fta. Dragon Channel, Non Stop Channel, Oscars Channel, Parata Channel, Seoul Channel, TVB Anywhere and WSM TV have left.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3840 V "Asian Mix Channel, Cartoon Kids, CNS, DFT Channel and Horror Channel" have left .

Thaicom 6 78.5E 3800 H "Movies Max, Dee Dee TV and Smart Movie & Music" have left .
Thaicom 6 78.5E 4120 H "TNT Thailand" has left .

Apstar 7 76.5E 3920 H AXN Philippines, Animax Philippines and Sony Channel Philippines on are now encrypted. Animax India has left.

ABS 2 75.0E 11605 V "Zdorovoe TV International" is now encrypted.
ABS 2 75.0E 11853 H "Harvest TV and Manorama News Central" have started on , Fta.
ABS 2 75.0E 11913 H "Tara TV" has started on , Fta.

Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 12682 V "MTA 1 and Nautical Channel" have started on , Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 11474 V "Soweto TV, 1KZN TV and Tshwane TV" have started on , Fta. E Extra, E Movies Extra, E Toonz + and Beatlab TV have left.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12522 H "FilmBox Africa, Faith Life, ST Sports Life, JimJam Europe, ST Rise, Fox Life Africa, Glitz Network, ST SA Music, Onse TV, 1KZN TV, Soweto TV,
DocuBox HD, African Movie Channel, CGTN Documentary, ST Zone, Fine Living, Fox Sports 2 Africa, Eurosport News Europe, BBC World News Africa, CGTN, ST Gospel and ST Music" have left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12562 H "Amen TV and Freedom TV have started on , Fta. Christ TV" has left.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12562 H "More Grace TV" has started on, Fta.

Intelsat 33e 60.0E 11077 V "BTV, Nova TV, BNT 1, BNT 2, BNT HD and Bulgaria On Air" have left.

From asiatro site

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-4、Zee Nung(IPM)等12个频道加密,设置11640 H 30000参数有条件接收 [1月28日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,MRTV、HBO HD(缅甸)等全组频道消失,设置12520 V 25000参数无效接收。 [1月28日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,C-Live 1、Thai 20(测试)等14个频道新增,设置11640 H 30000参数免费接收。 [1月28日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,World Music、Kanal 10(ABS)等全组频道消失,设置12523 H 30000参数无效接收。 [1月28日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,WB TV、Sony替换卫视中文(4 Digital)等频道,设置12468 V 45000参数免费接收。[01-28]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,天映经典、Thrill替换Channel V(4 Digital)等频道,设置12405 V 45000参数免费接收。 [1月28日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,Fox Life HD替换Star World HD(高清)频道,设置11220 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [1月28日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,World Music、SBN TV(ABS)等全组频道重现,设置12523 H 30000参数免费接收。 [1月28日]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,Tora TV、OK Music(印度)频道消失,设置3932 H 18330参数无效接收。 [1月28日]
东经57度轨道位置的新天12号卫星C频段,Prime one替换Prime US(MPEG-4)频道,设置4096 R 30000参数有条件接收。 [1月28日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,World Music、Kanal 10(ABS)等全组频道消失,设置12523 H 30000参数无效接收。 [1月28日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2A号卫星Ku频段,Test-1、Test-2(GeoTelecom)等8个测试频道新增,设置12710 V 44950参数有条件接收。 [1月28日]

东经183度轨道位置的新天9号卫星C频段,,Prime Favorites等替换Railtalia(MPEG-4)等频道,设置4096 R 30000参数有条件接收。[01-27]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Rengoni TV(印度)频道新增,设置3805 H 28500参数免费接收。[01-27]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,Red By HBO、VTC 2替换VTC 10(VTC)等频道,设置11008 H 28800参数有条件接收。 [1月27日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,RT、Zee Nung(IPM)等4个频道新增,设置11640 H 30000参数免费接收。 [1月27日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Cartoon Kids、WSM TV(泰国)等频道消失,设置3840 V 12500参数无效接收。 [1月27日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,MLQ Movies替换Music Masti(巴基斯坦)频道,设置4146 H 5317参数免费接收。 [1月27日]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5A号卫星Ku频段,Mongol Bagts(高清)频道改格式,设置11493 V 43200参数有条件接收。 [1月27日]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5A号卫星Ku频段,NTN(蒙古)频道消失,设置11493 V 43200参数无效接收。 [1月27日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Life News(巴基斯坦)频道消失,设置4070 H 2963参数无效接收。 [1月27日]

东经52.5度轨道位置的Al Yah 1号卫星Ku频段,Movie 24(电影)频道新增,设置11900 H 27500参数免费接收。 [1月26日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,TV Today、TV Filmy(马来西亚)等全组频道消失,设置3795 V 9790参数无效接收。 [1月26日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,NTN(蒙古)频道消失,设置12690 H 43200参数无效接收。 [1月26日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-4、NHK World(IPM)等频道新增,设置11640 H 30000参数免费接收。[01-26]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5A号卫星Ku频段,History(高清)频道改格式,设置11553 V 43200参数有条件接收。[01-26]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2A号卫星Ku频段,Mongol TV、MNB(蒙古)等全组频道改极化,设置12533 H 45000参数有条件接收。[01-26]
东经84.8度轨道位置的Horizons 2号卫星Ku频段,Fan TV(泰国)频道消失,设置11838 V 45000参数无效接收。[01-26]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,Cignal、Tru TV(Cignal)频道消失,设置12310 V 29976参数无效接收。[01-26]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,MCPC 12替换Tag(ABS-CBN)频道,设置4180 H 30000参数有条件接收。[01-26]

From Cnsat

亚洲7号(105.5°E)卫星,3913 V 7260一组新增Jet TV频道,开锁播出。(2018-01-28)
泰星5/6/8号(78.5°E)卫星,家庭影院高清频道(HBO HD)等全组频道消失,设置12520 V 25000无信号。(2018-01-28)
越星1/2号(132.0°E)卫星,11222 V 30000一组Outdoor替换HTVC Phim等频道,锁码播出。(2018-01-28)
国际17号(66.0°E)卫星,3933 H 18333一组Ok Music TV、Tora TV二个频道变彩条测试,开锁播出。(2018-01-28)
泰星5/6/8号(78.5°E)卫星,12470 V 45000一组新增探索,WB TV等33个频道,开锁播出。(2018-01-28)

新天9号(183.0°E)卫星, 4095 R 30000一组Family channel、ITV Choice替换Prime Australia等频道,锁码播出。(2018-01-27)
越星1/2号(132.0°E)卫星,11008 H 28800一组Vtc2 、Red by Hbo替换探索频道 、Netviet VTC 10频道 ,锁码播出。(2018-01-27)
泰星5/6/8号(78.5°E)卫星,11640 H 30000一组新增VTV 4等4个频道,开锁播出。(2018-01-27)
泰星5/6/8号(78.5°E)卫星,3840 V 12500一组Cartoon Kids等多数频道消失。(2018-01-27)
泰星5/6/8号(78.5°E)卫星,11640 H 30000一组新增韩国阿里郎电视等8个频道,开锁播出。(2018-01-27)
泰星5/6/8号(78.5°E)卫星,3840 V 12500一组Cartoon Kids等多数频道消失。(2018-01-27)
泰星5/6/8号(78.5°E)卫星,11640 H 30000一组新增韩国阿里郎电视等8个频道,开锁播出。(2018-01-27)
韩星5A号(113.0°E)卫星,蒙古直播11493 V 443200一组NTN消失。(2018-01-27)
亚洲7号(105.5°E)卫星,4145 H 5317一组MLQ Movies替换Music Masti频道,依旧开锁播出。(2018-01-27)

泰星5/6/8号(78.5°E)卫星,11600 H 30000一组Mix Major等多数频道消失。(2018-01-26)
韩星5A号(113.0°E)卫星,蒙古直播11552 V 43200一组历史叛逆的更改为标清格式,锁码播出。(2018-01-26)
Horizons 2(84.9°E)卫星,11838 V 45000一组FAN TV频道消失。(2018-01-26)
韩星5A号(113.0°E)卫星,12310 V 30000一组Cignal、Tru TV频道消失。(2018-01-26)


Nat Geo People axed in Oz

From https://www.c21media.net/nat-geo-people-axed-in-oz/

Nat Geo People will go dark in Australia at the end of February after being unable to renew its carriage deal with Foxtel, the country’s dominant pay TV platform.

Owned by Fox Networks Group (FNG), the channel also airs on Fetch, Australia’s largest OTT service, which has more than 600,000 subscribers.

An FNG spokesperson confirmed the closure and said programming staff would move to the National Geographic Channel.

Battling a decline in revenues and subscribers, Foxtel has been shedding channels including pubcaster SBS’s World Movies, which folds this Wednesday, and Lifestyle You.

Nat Geo People replaced Nat Geo Adventure in 2014. National Geographic, which reaches on average 1.1 million viewers per week in Australia, and Nat Geo Wild continue.

Today, Fetch announced Discovery Channel will join its platform for the first time on March 1. Discovery’s TLC, which was carried on Fetch until two years ago, will re-join on the same day.

Discovery Channel will be available in the Fetch knowledge pack, which comprises 17 channels and costs A$6 (US$4.85) per month.

TLC will be included in the 10-channel variety pack for the same fee. Both channels will also be available in the Fetch ultimate pack of 49 channels for A$20 per month.

Fetch CEO Scott Lorson said the changes were part of an expansion of the company’s content offerings.
“Since its inception in 1985, Discovery Channel has been a flagship channel in the factual entertainment space. We are delighted to add Discovery Channel and TLC to the Fetch content line-up,” he added.

Last year Fetch, which is majority-owned by Malaysian satcaster Astro Overseas, added reality channel Hayu as well as Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Zoo Moo, Disney XD, CBeebies, MTV Classic 13th Street, 111 Funny and Edgesport.

Fetch TV has added some fetching new channels to its repertoire

From http://www.techradar.com/news/fetch-tv-has-added-some-fetching-new-channels-to-its-repertoire

Discovery Channel and TLC come aboard, along with Google Home integration

Fetch changed the pay TV landscape in Australia at a time when Foxtel and Austar were the only options, but has steadily improved its service since its arrival, adding a variety of content over the years.

Improving on that service, Fetch TV has today announced a partnership with Discovery Networks, with the Discovery Channel and TLC accessible by customers from March 1, 2018.

“Since its inception in 1985, Discovery Channel has been a flagship channel in the factual entertainment space," said Fetch TV CEO Scott Lorson. "We are delighted to add Discovery Channel and TLC to the Fetch content line up, as we continue to offer Australian subscribers unparalleled value and choice with 49 leading channels available for only $20 per month, along with the option to choose from four $6 per month ‘skinny’ channel packs.”

The Discovery Channel will be available via the Fetch Knowledge Pack, while TLC will be accessible on the Fetch Variety Pack, each available for $6 a month. Anyone looking to watch both can opt for the Ultimate Pack, which features 40 channels for $20 a month.

The new channels come just as Nat Geo People stops broadcasting in Australia, although National Geographic and Nat Geo Wild will continue to air. However, the addition of the Discovery Networks channels to Fetch TV’s repertoire should more than make up for that loss.

OK Google, throw away the remote

Watching everything Fetch TV has to offer has also become easier with the set top box now controllable via Google Home.

Users who own both a Google Home (or a Google Home Mini) and a Fetch TV set top box can link the two together by using the command “OK Google, talk to Fetch”.

The Google Home functionality allows users to change channels or pause and play TV, set up recording schedules, control live playback, and launch apps by just barking orders at the box.

Rocket Lab successfully circularizes orbit with new Electron kick stage

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Rocket_Lab_successfully_circularizes_orbit_with_new_Electron_kick_stage_999.html

Rocket Lab's orbital stage being controled by the company's Electron kick stage.

Rocket Lab, a US aerospace company with operations in New Zealand, has successfully tested a previously unannounced kick stage on the Still Testing Electron launch vehicle, using it to circularize the orbits of the two Spire Lemur-2 CubeSats on board.

The kick stage was flown and tested on board the recent Still Testing flight that was successfully launched on 21 January 2018 NZDT from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 in New Zealand.

The complex mission was a success, with the new apogee kick stage coasting in orbit for around 40 minutes before powering up and igniting Rocket Lab's new restartable liquid propulsion engine called Curie, then shutting down and deploying payloads. With the new kick stage Rocket Lab can execute multiple burns to place numerous payloads into different orbits.

Rocket Lab CEO and founder Peter Beck says the kick stage opens up significantly more orbital options, particularly for rideshare customers that have traditionally been limited to the primary payload's designated orbit.

"Until now many small satellite operators have had to compromise on optimal orbits in order to reach space at an accessible cost. The kick stage releases small satellites from the constricting parameters of primary payload orbits and enables them to full reach their potential, including faster deployment of small satellite constellations and better positioning for Earth imaging," Beck says.

The kick stage is designed for use on the Electron launch vehicle with a payload capacity of up to 150 kg and will be used to disperse CubeSat constellations faster and more accurately, enabling satellite data to be received and utilized sooner after launch.

Equipped with a precision pointing cold gas reaction control system, the kick stage also has its own avionics, power and communications systems.

As the proliferation of small satellites in low Earth orbit continues and the risk of collisions increases, the kick stage also offers a sustainable solution to reducing the amount of staging left to decay in orbit.

The kick stage offers a much smaller system with its own green propulsion system to de-orbit the stage after mission completion, reducing the launch vehicle material left in space.

Digital TV now available in the North

From http://www.fbc.com.fj/fiji/59162/digital-tv-now-available-in-the-north

The Walesi Digital Television platform is now available to the people of Vanua Levu.

It was initially launched by the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama in Taveuni, Tukavesi and Natewa last week.

The Walesi platform has eight channels – FBC, FBC 2, FBC Plus, Fiji TV, Channel 2, Mai TV, Hope Channel and Parliament Channel.

Families with a combined family income of less than $30,000 can get the Walesi Set Top Box for free.

Forms on obtaining a Set Top Box is available at any District Officer’s office.

Those who earn more than $30,000 can purchase their Set Top Boxes for $99.

There are certain areas that will require the public to purchase a satellite dish and for areas that don’t need to, the public will need to have a UHF antenna.

One Android TV box seller to contest charges in court, second considering next move

From https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/one-android-tv-box-seller-contest-charges-court-second-considering-next-move

SINGAPORE — One of the two Android TV box sellers brought to court for copyright infringement intends to claim trial, said his lawyer on Friday (Jan 26).

Singapore retailer An-Nahl, and its director Abdul Nagib Abdul Aziz, are accused of “wilfully infringing” copyright, in what is the first-ever private prosecution case launched by telcos Singtel and StarHub, as well as entertainment giant Fox and the organising body of the English Premier League (EPL).

They were served two charges each on Jan 12 for stocking 12 set-top boxes at their shop in Tanjong Katong Complex, and helping a customer use the media box to make unauthorised copies of EPL matches and Fox programmes last May.

On Friday, lawyer Chia Boon Teck, who represents both An-Nahl and Nagib, told District Judge Adam Nakhoda of his clients’ intentions to contest all charges.

A pre-trial conference has been set for Feb 9.

Another retailer Synnex Trading is also facing charges for similar offences under the Copyright Act.

The company and its director Jia Xiaofeng have been served four charges each.

One is over their possession of 104 media boxes, which are “specifically designed and adapted” for making copies of copyrighted content, last May at the company’s shop in Geylang.

Three other charges are for allegedly helping customers make unauthorised copies of programmes or films in May, August and September last year. They include EPL football matches, as well as programmes on cable channels such as Star Sports, Astro, TVB, and National Geographic.

Each charge that the defendants face carries a punishment of up to six months’ jail, or a fine of up to S$20,000.

Synnex Trading will return to court on Feb 2. At the last court hearing on Jan 12, Jia said he was discussing his next steps with his lawyer.

Listed as the complainant in these cases is Mr Neil Kevin Gane, who is acting on behalf of Singtel, StarHub, Fox Networks Group and the Premier League. Mr Gane is the general manager of the Coalition Against Piracy (CAP), but the coalition is not involved in this case.

Lawyers Andy Leck and Lim Ren Jun are representing the companies.

Arianespace avoids disaster

From https://advanced-television.com/2018/01/29/arianespace-avoids-disaster/

Arianespace Group’s phenomenal Ariane-5 rocket has been a remarkable success for so long that it is a major surprise when something goes awry. The last failure was back in December 2002, when a Eutelsat (Hot Bird 7) was lost along with a scientific satellite. Since then, Ariane has managed 82 perfectly successful missions.

A lift-off on Thursday evening (January 25) from its French Guiana site seemed to go well initially and for viewers to its web-cast, but the engineers and technicians sat in the Jupiter 2 Control Room were quickly aware that there were two problems: there was inadequate telemetry data flowing from the rocket following the ignition sequence, and this lack of telemetry lasted throughout the flight.

It now appears that the rocket’s initial launch trajectory may have been off. A local observer in French Guiana simply said that launches normally never fly directly over a local beach! Closer examination of the official Space Centre live graphic also appears to experts to show the rocket’s flight path as deviating from that which was intended. Later on Jan 26th Arianespace confirmed the “trajectory deviation”.

Then and to make matters seem much worse, the rocket failed to correctly deploy its cargo (‘orbit injection’) of two satellites causing some early reports to suggest that the satellites had been lost. Dr Mohamed Nasser Al Ahbabi, director general of the UAE Space Agency and members of his team were on hand to monitor proceedings – and explained that Al Yah 3 had not been correctly launched.

The first deployment (SES-14) was scheduled for 27 minutes after launch, and the second passenger, Al Yah-3 some eight minutes later.

Some 20 further minutes passed before Arianespace CEO Stephane Israel appeared in the Jupiter control room to explain that contact with the rocket’s upper stage had been lost, and that there had been no contact with the satellites. “We need now some time to know if they have been separated, and where they are exactly, to better analyse the consequences of this anomaly,” he told VIPs.

The following hour saw the technicians finding their important children, and Arianespace speedily put out a statement saying that the satellites had been confirmed to have separated from their compartments within the rocket’s faring and were in an orbit, and – importantly – communicating to their ground station engineers.

Further investigation during the following 24 hours confirmed that SES-14, which as an ‘all electric’ craft which was always expected to take some four-to-six months to reach its target orbit, would now take about four weeks longer. SES’s statement added: “SES confirms that the spacecraft is in good health, all subsystems on board are nominal, and the satellite is expected to meet the designed life time. SES-14 will be positioned at 47.5 degrees West to serve Latin America, the Caribbean, North America and the North Atlantic region with C- and Ku-band wide beam coverage and Ku-band high throughput spot beam coverage.”

YahSat admitted to some “challenges” in its launch that “differed from the flight plan” but that Al Yah 3 was healthy and operating nominally. “A revised flight plan will be executed in order to achieve the operational orbit and fulfil the original mission,” said their statement.

Arianespace says that it will mount an independent inquiry board, headed by the European Space Agency, to investigate the problems.

China to launch 60 Jilin-1 video satellites by 2020

From http://www.china.org.cn/china/2018-01/27/content_50324625.htm

China plans to launch 60 Jilin-1 video satellites by 2020, the satellite developer said at the ongoing legislative session of northeast China's Jilin Province.

The high-resolution optical remote sensing satellites were independently developed by Chang Guang Satellite Technology Co. Ltd. for commercial use.

Currently, China has launched 10 Jilin-1 satellites into space.

In October 2015, four Jilin-1 commercial satellites were sent into space. In January 2017, Jilin-1 Video 03 was launched, and Jilin-1 Video 04, 05 and 06 were put into predetermined orbits in November last year.

In January 2018, Jilin-1 Video 07 and 08 were also launched into a preset orbit to provide remote sensing data and products for government and industry users in conjunction with eight satellites.

Zombie … in SPAAACE: amateur gets chatty with 'dead' satellite

From https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/01/29/nasa_image_satellite_found_after_13_years/

NASA reckons it might even be able to operate 'IMAGE', thought dead since 2005

An amateur astronomer hunting the Zuma satellite that SpaceX may or may not have lost has instead turned up signals from a NASA bird thought dead since 2005.

Zuma went missing after separation from its SpaceX Falcon 9 launcher earlier this month. Like many other amateur sky-watchers, Peter Tilly has since tried to locate the super-secret satellite.

During that search he instead received signals from NASA's IMAGE (Imager for Magnetopause-to-Aurora Global Exploration) satellite, which was pronounced dead in 2005.

Tilly's discovery has been confirmed by the Goddard Space Flight Center.

As Tilley wrote: “Upon reviewing the data from January 20, 2018, I noticed a curve consistent with an satellite in High Earth Orbit (HEO) on 2275.905MHz, darn not ZUMA… This is not uncommon during these searches. So I set to work to identify the source.”

He continued: “as I reviewed another chunk of spectrum a bit lower in frequency I was greeted by a much stronger carrier and what appeared to be data side bands.”

The signal he captured has a 2270.505 MHz carrier with sidebands at ±1.7 MHz.

Tilly believes IMAGE is still spinning at close to its operational value, with a period of around 175 seconds (the design value was 120 seconds).

He suggested the satellite's unnoticed revival was a classic turn-it-off-and-turn-it-back-on scenario: IMAGE's high-earth orbit had a 90° inclination that regularly put it in eclipse, meaning the communication system got a reboot that eventually woke it back up.

That was at least as early as May 2017, because when Tilly reviewed his data archives, that's the oldest IMAGE signal he found.

Goddard's statement says it's secured time on the Deep Space Network to “focus on the source and determine whether the signal is indeed IMAGE”, and is hunting for the necessary “software and commands to potentially operate the mission”.


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update


Friday feeds

Optus D2 12643 V Sr 7500 "Astra 4 Path 1" Australia day related

Intelsat 19 12609 V Sr 7000 Cricket Aus vs England ODI

Asiasat 5 3744 V Sr 7200 "ktsat mp4 enc1" Handball
Asiasat 5 3914 V Sr 7200 "ktsat mp4 enc1" Handball

Asiasat 5 3636 H Sr 7200 "Telstra Broadcast services" Golf European Tour

Asiasat 9 3997 H Sr 7120 "Service-1" Ice Hockey

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From the Dish

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3915 V "47 News HD" has started on , Fta.

Measat 3a 91.4E 4164 H "Baby TV Asia" is fta (as you read here earlier in the week).

Measat 3a 91.4E 12476 V "Astro Cricket Plus" has left .

From asiatvro site

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2A号卫星Ku频段,Mongol TV、MNB(蒙古)等全组频道改极化,设置12533 H 45000参数有条件接收。[01-26]
东经84.8度轨道位置的Horizons 2号卫星Ku频段,Fan TV(泰国)频道消失,设置11838 V 45000参数无效接收。 [1月26日]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,Cignal、Tru TV(Cignal)频道消失,设置12310 V 29976参数无效接收。 [1月26日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,MCPC 12替换Tag(ABS-CBN)频道,设置4180 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [1月26日]
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TV wars: Sky set to lower its prices in 2018

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11982753

Sport has remained an area of strength for Sky, with the broadcaster having locked down the rights for New Zealand's tier one sports for a number of years. Photo / BackpagePix / www.Photosport.nz

Sky TV is considering dropping its prices in 2018, the Herald understands.

A source familiar with the situation speculated that these potential changes discussed were likely to include the introduction of a new budget package available for about half the price of the current basic package.

The cost of the basic package currently sits at $50, but subscribers have to pay additional fees for access to sport and movie channels.

The source said that the new basic package would offer a stripped back version of the channel portfolio currently offered under the basic tier.

Sky chief executive John Fellet would not confirm whether Sky was poised to launch the new pricing tier, but did say that Sky always looks at its pricing tiers and models around this time of the year.

"We do not comment on speculation," he told the Herald.

He said that Sky invests in extensive market research every year to find out what would work best for the company's subscribers.

He said there's always market speculation around this time of year, adding that Sky has traditionally only announced price changes in April.

The source who spoke to the Herald said Sky is hoping to attract a new audience that currently finds the entry-level fee prohibitive.

If this move is to come to fruition, it could, however, encourage current subscribers to drop to the new package, thereby reducing Sky's average revenue per user.

Sky's annual report for 2017, released in October last year, said the company's 824,782 customers spent an average of $78.82 each month.

Last year, Sky's revenue decreased 3.7 per cent to $893.5 million from $928.2m in the previous period.

This decline in revenue was in part due to the loss of 28,000 subscribers, who had cancelled their subscriptions during the year.

This comes at a time when Sky is facing strong competition in the entertainment space from SVOD providers, particularly Netflix which has spread quickly from being a niche player to now reach 1.2 million New Zealanders, according to Nielsen figures. Netflix's low entry cost, its breadth of content and the rapidly increasing internet speeds in New Zealand have all conspired to put enormous pressure on the paid TV model in New Zealand.

Sport has, however, remained an area of strength for Sky, with the broadcaster having locked down the rights for New Zealand's tier one sports for a number of years.

Sky's sports content is accessible either through the Sky sport package, which can currently be tagged onto the basic package for an additional $30 (Sky also offers a Platinum Sport package for $38.71).

This means sports fans are required to pay a minimum of $80 for a subscription that includes Sky Sport.

With the possible introduction of the new pricing tier, a sports fan could save $25 by switching to the stripped back basic tier option.

This obviously poses a significant revenue risk to Sky, but a sweetener for sports fans wouldn't necessarily be a bad strategic move given it comes off the back of a year when the broadcaster provoked ire among sports fans by announcing it would no longer sell daily and weekly online Fan Pass options and that it would increase the price of a monthly subscription to Fan Pass from $60 to $100.

There has also been talk this week that Sky is considering the introduction of a pay-per-view model for All Blacks rugby matches, but Fellet also hasn't confirmed whether this would go ahead.

Whatever happens, no doubt Sky's 800,000-plus subscribers and many yet-unconverted sports fans (particularly Fifa World Cup enthusiasts) will be keeping an eye on the moves the broadcaster makes over the next few months.

John Drinnan: Sky eyeing a new game

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11982195

Sky Television and NZ Rugby are working on a joint venture for pay-per-view live coverage of All Black games, despite the threat of anti-siphoning laws that would require games to be shown on free-to-air TV. That threat seems minimal.

Sky and NZ Rugby — which is chaired by former MediaWorks chief executive Brent Impey — did market research among Sky sports fans last year to test support for the idea.

The two could proceed together or alone, says Sky TV chief executive John Fellet. Any joint venture would only apply at the end of Sky's current contractual arrangements with NZ Rugby in 2020, he says.

Sport is the foundation of Sky's profits. On the face of it, any moves to introduce anti-siphoning rules would undermine that profit, but few expect such rules to eventuate.

While NZ First has promoted the idea, politicians from both Labour and National have long protected Sky from regulation.

Any attempt to introduce such laws might be popular with the public, but would probably be challenged by sporting codes, because free-to-air channels would be unlikely to match the returns from pay TV.

A spokeswoman for Clare Curran, the Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media, said: "Labour generally supports New Zealanders gaining better access to watch major sports events.

"We voted against a [NZ First] private members' bill last year which aimed to force the broadcast of sporting events free-to-air because it would have taken away $150m a year from New Zealand sports."

Radio with a plus

Labour's proposal for a free-to-air RNZ television service — RNZ+ — is a work in progress.

The policy was announced just two weeks before the election. I am told there was no discussion with RNZ before the announcement, let alone with other media players who will have to deal with the arrival of a fifth state-owned free-to-air channel, joining TVNZ1, TVNZ2, Duke and Maori TV.

MediaWorks chief executive Michael Anderson this week questioned the logic of Labour policy, warning that it will add to complex challenges facing private sector media.

We voted against a [NZ First] private members' bill last year which aimed to force the broadcast of sporting events free-to-air because it would have taken away $150m a year from New Zealand sports

Anderson said RNZ+ would exacerbate the issues of scale, given the oversupply of media in a country of just 4.5 million.

Stuff chief executive Sinead Boucher had previously warned of the dangers of RNZ+.

I asked her if the Government's plan had altered Fairfax plans to develop more video content. "It doesn't change our plans but I would support the money going into an expanded NZ on Air-type fund rather than straight to a state-owned media organisation," she says.

"The former is a better way to support existing media structures around the regions as well as the cities, and ensure real diversity of content and views."

In my view, there is probably demand for public broadcasting content on free-to-air TV, which is ignored by the commercial channels.

But is RNZ — starting virtually from scratch in the TV game, and with a reputation for aiming at a politically liberal audience — the right organisation to deliver it?

Anderson is an Australian, used to public service television from the ABC, and he cannot understand the role of a wholly commercial state-owned TVNZ, with no social obligations, competing for ad dollars.

He repeats the old idea of turning TVNZ1 into a non-commercial channel, funded by a commercial TVNZ2. Of course, MediaWorks' channels would also benefit from TVNZ1 being taken out of the ad market.

Some wonder whether Labour has plans for TVNZ, and if that is why it has so far been ignored. But according to one well-placed source, Labour is still wary of TVNZ's highly commercial culture, which killed the party's previous TVNZ charter, and TVNZ7.

Growing RNZ

Even within RNZ, some people believe it should focus on improving its existing radio and digital operations, rather than expanding into the notoriously costly and risky area of free-to-air television.

Meanwhile, RNZ has former TVNZ assistant chief executive Stephen Smith preparing for multimedia developments.

Smith is RNZ's head of audience strategy, and my sources tell me he will work alongside head of content Carol Hirschfeld, who has had a big influence on the increasingly confident culture at RNZ.

Smith says their roles will be distinct. He says one of the big issues will be in defining who RNZ is aiming at, and it will develop audience research and communications.

Smith rejected a suggestion that in developing its multimedia channels, RNZ was moving away from traditional radio.

Ariane 5 satellites in orbit but not in right location yet

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Ariane_5_satellites_in_orbit_despite_earlier_lost_contact_999.html

Two commercial satellites have been placed in orbit by an Ariane 5 rocket but have yet to reach their correct position, Arianespace said Thursday, after mission control briefly lost contact with the craft in a rare malfunction.

The usually reliable European space workhorse blasted off at 7.20 pm (2220 GMT) from the Kourou Space Centre in French Guiana carrying satellites for Luxembourg's SES and the United Arab Emirate's Yahsat in the first launch of the year for Arianespace.

For nearly 30 minutes mission controllers were left on tenterhooks when the rocket lost contact in what CEO Stephane Israel described as an "anomaly".

But the team later received good news when the satellites chirped back into radio contact.

"Both satellites were confirmed separated, acquired and they are on orbit," Arianespace said in an updated statement after the initial lift-off scare.

The French-headquartered company said a tracking station in Brazil was unable to locate the craft shortly after ignition of the rocket's upper stage.

"This lack of telemetry lasted throughout the rest of powered flight," the statement said. But both satellites were later "communicating with their respective control centres".

But a source told AFP the satellites did not detach from the rocket in the correct place after the craft followed an "imperfect trajectory".

Arianespace said they were currently "repositioning the satellites in the right place using their propulsion systems" adding that their current status was "reassuring after strong concerns".

Israel had earlier tweeted that the initial launch had been "flawless".

- Reliable workhorse -

The SES satellite, built by Airbus in the UK, weighs more than four tonnes and is carrying both telecoms equipment as well as a NASA platform designed to explore the boundary between Earth's atmosphere and space.

Yahat's Al-Yah 3 satellite weighs in at 3,795 kilogrammes and also carries telecommunications equipment.

Since it was founded in 1980, Arianespace has put more than 550 satellites into orbit including for Europe's Galileo GPS system. The company posted sales of approximately 1.3 billion euros ($1.6 billion) in 2017.

The Galileo programme, when complete, will have 30 satellites in three orbital planes by 2020.

If all goes according to plan the system will be able to pinpoint a location on Earth to within a metre -- compared to several metres for the United States' GPS and the Russian GLONASS systems.

First used in 1986, the Ariane 5 vehicle has a strong track record of reliability although the company faces stiff competition from Elon Musk's SpaceX.

Two recent launches have suffered malfunctions but were shut down before the rocket could lift off.

In September mission control aborted the launch of an Ariane 5 rocket carrying two commercial satellites in the final countdown as the main engine was being ignited.

An Ariane 5 lift-off was also aborted at main engine ignition in March 2011.

The Kourou Space Centre has also been hit by strikes. Last year workers in the French territory erected barricades around the space centre and delayed the launch of a rocket several times.

Guiana, home to some 250,000 people, has been administered as a French region since the end of the 18th century.

Darroch: ‘Sky News no longer vital’

From https://advanced-television.com/2018/01/25/darroch-sky-news-no-longer-vital/

Jeremy Darroch, CEO of Sky, has cast further doubt on the future of Sky News, saying the service is no longer vital to the platform.

The Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) earlier this week provisionally ruled against the Fox takeover of Sky on the grounds of (news) media plurality.

Darroch told analysts on a results call that the loss-making Sky News was not as important as it was when the company launched in the 1990s and was no longer a “critical” part of the pay-TV broadcaster’s business.

“Sky News is a great service. It’s very highly valued. It was more important in the overall mix of the company when we were launching, in the early days. It had a lot of brand presence. It was an area we could build in. I wouldn’t describe Sky News as critical to the business today. Indeed, I wouldn’t really pick any part of our business as critical,” he said.


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Telstra cripples T-Box to drive Australians to Foxtel and subscription video

From http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/telstra-cripples-t-box-to-drive-australians-to-foxtel-and-subscription-video-20180123-p4yyt7.html

Telstra has decided to kill the smart TV features in its ageing T-Box video recorders, leaving long-time customers fuming as they begin the search for a new set-top box to rule the lounge room.

Launched back in 2010, Telstra's first set-top box offered the ability to watch and record digital free-to-air television — a "Personal Video Recorder" performing mind-bending tricks such as pausing and rewinding live broadcasts — back in an age when most homes still relied on analogue Video Cassette Recorders.

The T-Box also offered online movie rentals from Bigpond Movies, along with access to a handful of Bigpond's streaming channels. Over time, Catch Up TV and streaming Foxtel channels were added to turn the T-Box into a entertainment all-rounder.

The rise of Netflix

Almost 900,000 boxes were issued to Telstra Bigpond customers, many bundled with the telco's high-end broadband plans, until the T-Box was retired in late 2015 not long after the arrival of Netflix.

The T-Box was replaced by the tiny Telstra TV streaming puck, which scrapped both the digital TV tuner and support for streaming Foxtel. Instead the Telstra TV embraced subscription video, offering access to Netflix, Presto and Stan (co-owned by Fairfax Media) along with Catch Up TV and movie rentals.

Last year the Telstra TV was superseded by the Telstra TV 2, which added Foxtel Now streaming and restored the digital TV tuner – but only for watching live free-to-air broadcasts, not recording. Soon after Foxtel released its own streaming puck with the same limitations.

The demise of the T-Box

Telstra is finally ending support for the T-Box at the end of March, planning to disable all of its streaming video apps with a firmware update and cancel any remaining Foxtel on T-Box subscriptions.

Crippled apps and services will include Foxtel on T-Box, BigPond Movies on T-Box, SBS On Demand, Plus7, YouTube, AFL, NRL and Tune-In. The My Media app for playing files from USB storage or across a home network will also be removed, plus the T-Box Remote Application will be pulled from the Google Play and iTunes app stores.

The T-Box will retain the ability to watch and record free-to-air digital television, but only with access to a basic onscreen Electronic Program Guide.

UPDATE: The T-Box will retain the ability to watch and record free-to-air digital television, but it is losing access to Telstra's curated onscreen Electronic Program Guide. It will instead depend on the less reliable basic EPG embedded in the broadcast signal.

As part of this change, T-Box owners will lose the ability to create a "Series Record" to automatically record their favourite shows each week regardless of when the screen. Rather than checking the guide for scheduled changes, the T-Box will instead blindly recording the same time slot each week.

The changes follow the axing of TiVo's Australian EPG last year, permanently crippling the popular PVR which launched with great fanfare in 2008 but was left to stagnate. While long-time TiVo users were granted a $100 discount on a Fetch TV Mighty recorder, Telstra has made no such offer to T-Box owners.

The decision to deliberately cripple the T-Box's smart TV features has sparked a backlash on Telstra's forums, with Telstra pushing unhappy customers towards the Telstra TV 2 puck or Foxtel's iQ3 PVR which can record both free-to-air and pay TV. The iQ3 is available as part of a Foxtel from Telstra package which is more expensive than Foxtel on T-Box.

Meanwhile Optus is pulling the plug on its Optus TV featuring Foxtel service as it shuts down its HFC cable network as part of the NBN rollout, with Foxtel offering special deals for homes which have been kicked off Optus cable.

Look to the alternatives

While Australian broadcast television continues to bleed young viewers, as a nation we still spend an average of 2.5 hours each day watching free-to-air and/or pay channels on in-home TV sets. There's still a place for Personal Video Recorders, with around 11 per cent of our viewing pre-recorded.

If you don't want to subscribe to Foxtel the best PVR is the Australian-made Fetch TV Mighty. It's available from several internet providers as part of a bundle, but it's also possible to buy one outright and use it with any ISP including Telstra. You must buy your Fetch TV box through Optus if you want to watch its English Premier League service.

Fetch TV's channel bundles are more affordable than Foxtel yet still offer a wide range of movies, TV shows, documentaries, sport and foreign channels – plus it has a movie rental service, Catch Up TV and access to Ultra HD Netflix and Stan. Keep in mind that you're missing out on Foxtel's live AFL/NRL and new episodes of HBO blockbusters like Game of Thrones.

The Mighty can record up to six channels at once from three different networks or streaming pay TV, utilising a more reliable EPG than the one embedded in the free-to-air signal. The icing on the cake is tight integration with the Fetch TV Mini set-top box, allowing you to stream recorded television from the lounge room to the bedroom.

As of this week Fetch TV also works with Google Home, letting you ask Google Assistant to change the channel, find movies and record programs.

Australia's other PVR options include models from Humax and Strong, which offer solid recorders even though they're found lacking in smart TV options compared to Fetch TV. The Humax HDR-3000T PVR, supports streaming to the Humax H3 Espresso box in another room as part of the "Humax Twin Tuner Quad Recorder & Smart Media Player" package.

More tech-savvy homes might look to network tuners such as the HDHomeRun Connect, perhaps combined with a media server such as Plex TV Live for watching live broadcasts on a wide range of devices.

Disco nights? Rocket Lab launches glinting sphere into orbit

From http://www.lakeplacidnews.com/page/content.detail/id/2428069/Disco-nights--Rocket-Lab-launches-glinting-sphere-into-orbit.html?isap=1&nav=5070

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Look into the night sky at the right time and you might see what seems like a disco ball shimmering and glinting back.

The founder of the company that launched the first rocket into orbit from New Zealand this week said on Wednesday he deployed a secret satellite he believes will be the brightest object in the night sky and which he hopes will remind people of their precarious place in a vast universe.

Peter Beck, the New Zealander who founded California-based Rocket Lab, says he used most of the space aboard his test Electron rocket to house an object he has named the "Humanity Star." The rocket successfully reached orbit on Sunday.

The satellite, not much bigger than a large beach ball, is a geodesic sphere made from carbon-fiber with 65 reflective panels. It is designed to spin rapidly and reflect the sun's light to Earth. It's expected to orbit the Earth every 90 minutes in an elliptical pattern, travelling at 27 times the speed of sound.

"The goal is make people look up and realize they are on a rock in a giant universe," Beck said.

He has lofty ambitions for his experiment. He hopes the satellite will become a focal point for humanity, and will serve as a reminder for people to look past their daily concerns and to face larger challenges like climate change and resource shortages.

That's why Beck said he resisted the comparison to a disco ball, because he wants it to be about something more serious.

"But in all honesty, yes, it's a giant mirror ball," he said.

Beck said the object should be noticeable but will not be much brighter than other stars and satellites and shouldn't be distracting to aviators or stargazers.

The Humanity Star is expected to orbit the Earth for about nine months before it is pulled back into Earth's gravity and burned upon re-entry into the atmosphere. Beck said he is hoping to launch future Humanity Stars, but said the project is his own particular passion and he'll have to wait to see how other people react and also consider whether it's financially viable.

Following the successful test launch, Rocket Lab hopes to begin commercial satellite launches soon.

The company says the Humanity Star will be best seen in New Zealand after February and in the U.S. from March due to its changing orbital position. It can be tracked at www.thehumanitystar.com .

(Craig's comment, smart gimmick? or Space Junk / pollution? responses have been mixed so far.)

Rocket Lab rejects 'space junk' criticism of new satellite

From http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/on-air/larry-williams-drive/audio/peter-beck-this-is-but-one-star/

After Rocket Lab's successful launch at the weekend, the Kiwi company has revealed it's top secret payload.

A disco ball-like structure, called the Humanity Star, was delivered to space and it will orbit the Earth for the next nine months.

It'll be able to see from all corners of the globe and will be the brightest thing in the night sky.

While the Humanity Star has brought much excitement, it hasn't been without criticism.

However, co-founder Peter Beck told Larry Williams said he is pleased people are talking about it.

"If you stand in your background for the full nine months, you'll see the Humanity Star about six times. If you look up at the sky, there's hundreds of thousands of stars and this is but one."

He said that they took great care to ensure it would re-enter the Earth so it is not up there for a long time, meaning it won't become litter.

China's fifth launch of January puts three Yaogan-30 reconnaissance satellites and NanoSat-1A in orbit

From https://gbtimes.com/chinas-fifth-launch-of-january-puts-three-yaogan-30-reconnaissance-satellites-and-nanosat-1a-in-orbit

A Long March 2C lifts off from Xichang on September 29, 2017, carrying three Yaogan-30 (01) satellites. CNS

China successfully launched a fourth group of three small Yaogan-30 remote sensing satellites and a nanosat on Thursday, marking the country's fifth space launch of the year.

The Long March 2C carrier rocket lifted off from Launch Complex 3 at the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in Sichuan Province at 13:39 local time (05:39), with amateur footage providing the first evidence of launch.

Chinese aerospace groups confirmed the satellites had entered their intended orbits around 40 minutes later.

Announcement of launch success also brought news of a fourth passenger on the flight, named 微纳-1A, or NanoSat-1A, with no further details provided.

China just bounced a laser off reflectors on the Moon placed by NASA's Apollo 15 mission

China has successfully used a 1.2-metre telescope laser ranging system to bounce light off a retroreflector placed on the Moon during NASA's Apollo 15 crewed lunar mission.

Chinese news reports describe the three Yaogan-30 satellites as being mainly for electromagnetic environment monitoring and related technical tests. Western observers perceive the Yaogan series to be designed for reconnaissance purposes for China's People's Liberation Army (PLA).

This fourth group of Yaogan-30 satellites follows launches on September 29, November 24, and Christmas Day in 2017, which in combination could potentially provide high revisit coverage over areas of special interest to the PLA.

The Yaogan-30 group in particular, orbiting at around 600 km and inclined by 35 degrees, could be used for electronic intelligence (ELINT) gathering, using the time difference of arrival (TDOA) method to track moving maritime objects.

The Yaogan-30 (04) trio of satellites were, as with the previous sets, developed by the Microsatellite Innovation Institute under the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).

The launch was provided by the China Aerospace Science and Technology Group (CASC), with the 42m high, 233 tonne Long March 2C developed by the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT), a CASC subsidiary.

The launch was the 265th launch of the Long March rocket families overall, with the first taking place on April 24, 1970. Of these, 251 have been successful, with eight failures and six partial failures, with an overall success rate of 95.1 percent.

China's ambitious 2018 launch plans

This was China's fifth launch of 2018 out of a possible 40 launches this year, according to the plans outlined by the main space contractor CASC, sister company and missile-maker CASIC and private company OneSpace and others.

This figure would almost double the Chinese record for space launches in a year, which stands at 22 set in 2016.

Earlier launches this year saw a pair of SuperView-1 commercial Earth observation satellites from Taiyuan, a duo of Beidou-3 GNSS satellites from Xichang, a LKW-3 reconnaissance satellite from Jiuquan, and a Long March 11 solid propelled launcher liftoff from Jiuquan, carrying five Chinese satellites and a Canadian CubeSat.

Main events in the Chinese launch calendar will be the return-to-flight of the Long March 5 heavy-lift rocket, following failure of the second launch in July last year, and the pioneering Chang'e-4 lunar far side lander and rover mission.

Russia Working On Own, 100-Use, Environmentally Friendly Rocket

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Russia_Working_On_Own_100_Use_Environmentally_Friendly_Rocket_999.html

According to designers, unlike Space X's Falcon 9, the KORONA is not just a rocket, but a spacecraft, capable of takeoff and landing, with its development effectively opening the path to interplanetary flights with crew onboard.

Makeyev Rocket Design Bureau deputy general designer Sergei Molchanov has provided reporters with new information on the KORONA, Russia's totally-new reusable single-stage rocket.

Work on the KORONA, a launch vehicle designed for vertical takeoff and landing, started in the 1990s, but was frozen in 2012 due to lack of funding. However, earlier this month, it was confirmed that the Makeyev Rocket Design Bureau was resuming development.

Speaking to Russian media on Tuesday, the design bureau's deputy general designer clarified that the KORONA project calls for the creation of a single-stage, completely reusable carrier rocket which has no detachable intermediate stages.

As a true vertical takeoff and landing vehicle, the KORONA will be equipped with shock absorbers, according to Molchanov. Its most energy intensive components are being designed to be used up to 25 times, with the system as a whole intended to have a useful life of 100 flights.

The vehicle is expected to be made of carbon fiber, reinforced by ceramic tiles for thermal protection upon reentry. The KORONA's external engine is set to include a modular combustion chamber burning an environmentally friendly fuel, with kerosene and liquefied oxygen presently being considered.

Late last week, engineers from the Makeyev Design Bureau's Rocket Center in Miass, Chelyabinsk region confirmed that the spacecraft will be able to carry up to seven tons of cargo into space, or 12 tons into low Earth orbit. Engineers expect the KORONA to prove highly useful for piloted cosmonautics, including for the shuttling of cosmonauts and astronauts to orbital space stations.

According to unconfirmed reports, the vehicle has a total launch weight of 300 tons, and dimensions including a height of 30 m, and a diameter of 10 m.

The Falcon 9 is presently considered one of the world's most flight-proven partially reusable rocket systems, but has not been without its problems. In late October, a Falcon 9 rocket caught fire upon landing shortly after delivering its cargo into space.

A well-established rocket and missile design company, the Makeyev Rocket Design Bureau is presently best known for its production of ballistic missiles for Russia's strategic missile submarines.

The KORONA project has seen a variety of iterations since its inception in 1992, with earlier iterations planning to make use of the Buran, the Soviet answer to the US space shuttle, before that project was dropped. Since the mid-1990s, new designs have been developed and gradually tweaked.

Ex-Culture Secretary calls for Kodi box crackdown

From https://advanced-television.com/2018/01/25/ex-culture-secretary-calls-for-kodi-box-crackdown/

John Whittingdale, who was the UK Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport between May 2015 and July 2016, has called for a crackdown on illegal streaming, or risk throttling the UK’s creative industries.

Writing an opinion piece in the i newspaper, Whittingdale notes that January always brings a “treasure trove” of film or television to enjoy. “Whether it’s settling into your sofa to watch the football, enjoying new series like McMafia, or heading out to the cinema to watch one of the films being tipped to take home a Bafta or an Academy Award, such as the phenomenal Churchill biopic Darkest Hour, January is always a great month for entertainment,” he says.

“Unfortunately, this year, more than a million households are likely to conduct their viewing via illicit streaming devices [ISDs],” he says. “In doing so they will be undermining the economics of Britain’s world-leading creative industry and threatening to make it harder for our content creators to bring their ideas to life. ISDs, such as Kodi boxes, are a generation on from illegal computer downloads, because too often they allow consumers to watch infringing content directly on their living room television, thus normalising an illegal act,” he claims.

“Although the boxes themselves are legal, they are normally bought for the apps that can be added, enabling illegal streaming of films currently in the cinema, of TV programmes not yet aired in the UK, or of sports content only legitimately available on subscription channels More than a million of these boxes have been sold in the last two years, so even if you’re not using one, you probably know someone who is,” he suggests.

“The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) estimates that 13 per cent of online infringers are using streaming boxes, while around 6.5 million UK internet users are accessing pirated content in some form. The IPO launched a call for views on the subject nearly a year ago, but has inexplicably failed to publish its findings, meaning that the government does not yet have a full understanding of how much Kodi boxes are costing our economy, or a plan for defeating the pirates,” he asserts.

“Researchers have suggested that Kodi box pirates are siphoning as much as $4.2 billion a year out of the creative economy in the United States. In the UK, the impact on television and film producers alone is estimated at around £820 million – and that figure doesn’t include losses incurred by pay-TV providers and sports rights holders,” he advises.

“That is cash that should be going towards developing the next Downton Abbey, or helping to fund Premier League clubs thus allowing them to support grass roots football. If we as a nation are serious about getting tough on the pirates, the government must get on with developing a legal framework for tackling this threat,” he declares.

“This is not just about stars, but about the behind-the-scenes professionals – such as cameramen, stuntwomen, sound designers and marketing specialists – who make their living in film and television production. Our creative industries made a record £92 billion contribution to the economy last year, thanks to the many hardworking individuals employed in them. They deserve better than to have their work stolen. For lest we forget, using these devices to access infringing content is criminal behaviour, and must be treated as such,” he says.

“The proceeds are going straight into the pockets of criminals. There are many legal, safe and secure alternatives ways to enjoy content at an affordable price – and the options are only growing. If we want the best entertainment to enjoy in the future, we need to protect it now. Illegal streaming of copyright content is tantamount to theft and is already doing huge damage to our broadcasters, content creators and rights owners. In 2018, let’s take action to stamp it out,” he concludes.

India moves closer to activate satellite tracking station in Vietnam, inks pact despite objection by China

From http://www.deccanherald.com/content/655774/india-moves-closer-activate-satellite.html

India is all set to activate its satellite tracking station in Vietnam – a project, which already raised hackles in China.

A meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc in New Delhi was followed by exchange of two pacts, including one on Indian Space Research Organization's Data Reception and Tracking and Telemetry Station at Ho Chi Minh City.

The implementation arrangement inked by the Indian Space Research Organization and the National Remote Sensing Department of Vietnam would "define the framework and conditions of cooperation" for establishment of the tracking and data reception station as well as the data processing facility in Ho Chi Minh City, sources told the DH.

The ISRO moved to set up the state-of-the-art satellite tracking station in Vietnam two years back as a part of the programme for space cooperation between India and the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Once activated and linked up with another existing station of the ISRO at Biak in Indonesia, the new facility in Ho Chi Minh City will help New Delhi track satellites launched from India and receive data from them. It will also help the ISRO share with the remote sensing agencies of Vietnam and other ASEAN nations the satellite data for management of natural resources, study of ocean and response to disaster in South-East Asia.

Besides, according to the sources in New Delhi, it will also be an important strategic asset for India to keep watch on South China Sea, which has been at the centre of China's territorial dispute with Vietnam as well as its other maritime neighbours – Brunei, Malaysia, Philippines and Taiwan.

Beijing already cried foul over the new facility as it would give India a strategic edge in a region often perceived to be a backyard of China.

China's state-run newspaper, Global Times, in January 2016 had published a report quoting a researcher in a social science institution of the communist country stating that New Delhi's move to set up the satellite tracking station at Ho Chi Minh City "clearly" indicated its "attempt to complicate the regional dispute" over South China Sea.

Beijing's objection had made Hanoi a bit hesitant and it had been dilly-dallying on completing the necessary procedural formalities with New Delhi to pave the way for the ISRO to activate the tracking station.

India, however, continued discussion with Vietnam over the past two years and finally the latter agreed to ink the implementation arrangement clearing the hurdles for its activation.

Beijing has also been opposing continued oil exploration by the ONGC Videsh Limited (OVL) of India in the blocks awarded by Vietnam in the South China Sea. A call by Ton Sinh Thanh, Hanoi's envoy to New Delhi, for more investment from India to Vietnam prompted a strong protest by the spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chinese Government earlier this month.

Phuc arrived in New Delhi on Wednesday to attend the ASEAN-India commemorative summit, which would be held on Thursday. He would also join other ASEAN leaders to attend the Republic Day ceremony of India on Friday.

He met Modi late on Wednesday. The two Prime Ministers also witnessed exchange of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for cooperation between the two nations in the field of information and broadcasting, the Ministry of External Affairs said.

They reviewed implementation of India's credit lines to Vietnam for defence sector. Hanoi already moved ahead for implementing the $ 100 million Line of Credit India offered to Vietnam and awarded the contract to L&T for manufacturing offshore patrol vessels, which would be used by Vietnam Coast Guard and Vietnam People's Navy. The two Prime Minister also agreed that the other $ 500 million Line of Credit for defence procurement would also be implemented expeditiously.

New Delhi and Hanoi have also been discussing a deal for India to supply BrahMos missiles to Vietnam, which has emerged as one of the most vocal opponents to China's expansionist aspiration in Indo-Pacific.

The BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles are produced by a joint venture of Defence Research and Development Organization and Russia's NPO Mashinostroeyenia. Moscow has already given its nod to New Delhi to proceed with talks with Hanoi on the proposed deal.

"The two leaders expressed satisfaction at the growth of bilateral relations between the two countries within the framework of Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, including in the fields of maritime cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region, defence, oil and gas, trade and investment," the Ministry of External Affairs said in a press-release issued on Thursday.

Dutch police closes pirate card-sharing operation

From https://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2018/01/24/dutch-police-closes-pirate-card-sharing-operation/

The European crackdown on pirate TV operations continues, as police in the Dutch city of Enschede raided a shop and closed the card-sharing operation operated by Euro Global.

The police searched Euro Global’s retail premises on Emmastraat in Enschede on Wednesday morning. The company sold hundreds of illegal devices that allowed viewers to buy cheap, but illegal TV subscriptions. The Dutch police action follows similar raids in Poland and a coordinated pan-European police action that closed down an illegal IPTV network serving around half a million subscribers across Europe with an offer of around 1,200 TV channels.

The police has been investigating the company Euro Global for some time. The enquiry revealed that the company sold so-called Dreamboxes to hundreds of customers, who were able to buy cheap sunscriptions to various pay TV packages, including Ziggo and Sky

In addition to illegal software, the police seized administration, and took a number of servers offline, causing interruption of the pirate service.

No suspects have been arrested. However, a number of people will have to make a statement about their role in the pirate card-sharing operation.

It should be noted that the Dreambox receivers themselves are legal products, but pirate software can easily be added for card-sharing purposes or illegal IPTV offers.


Wednesday Feeds

seen in the early a.m

Asiasat 5 3945 V Sr 7120 "Arquiva Pri" Golf

Asiasat 5 4157 V Sr 4936 "Davos 11 Aspen1

Asiasat 5 4151 V Sr 4936 "Davos 7 Studio

Asiasat 5 4145 V Sr 4936 "Davos 4"

Asiasat 5 3885 V Sr 4800 "PAK vs SL 2017 M" A cricket match in SD DUB vs ABU

ABS 6 159E 3619 H Sr 30000 Fec 1/2 was Fta for a while last night

Here is the uptodate listing.

SID: 1 Vpid 3010 Apid 3011 Barker promo loop
SID: 2 Vpid 3020 Apid 3021 Shop tv
SID: 3 Vpid 3030 Apid 3031 ptv (philippines)
SID: 4 Vpid 3040 Apid 3041 action hollywood movies
SID: 5 Vpid 3050 Apid 3051 australia channel news
SID: 6 Vpid 3060 Apid 3061 australia channel sports news
SID: 7 Vpid 3070 Apid 3071 fix and foxi
SID: 8 Vpid 3080 Apid 3081 ibc
SID: 9 Vpid 3090 Apid 3091 hitsmusic?
SID: 10 Vpid 3100 Apid 3101 landscape HD
SID: 11 Vpid 3110 Apid 3111 net 25
SID: 12 Vpid 3120 Apid 3121 myzen tv
SID: 13 Vpid 4010 Apid 4011 pulse ?
SID: 14 Vpid 4020 Apid 4021 tbn philippiones
SID: 15 Vpid 4030 Apid 4031 UNTV
SID: 16 Vpid 4040 Apid 4041 MTV Classic
SID: 17 Vpid 4070 Apid 4071 Travel XP HD
SID: 18 Vpid 4080 Apid 4081 DZRH News
SID: 19 Vpid 4090 Apid 4091 b4u movies apac
SID: 20 Vpid 4100 Apid 4101 b4u music
SID: 21 Vpid 4110 Apid 4111 cti Taiwan
SID: 22 Vpid 4120 Apid 4121 hope channel
SID: 23 Vpid 4050 Apid 4051 Living Asia
SID: 24 Vpid 4060 Apid 4061 Zoo Moo

From my Email


From the Dish

Intelsat 19 166.0E 4080 V "Discovery Channel Australia" has started on , PowerVu.
Intelsat 19 166.0E 4180 H "Tag" has left, Liga HD is now encrypted.

Koreasat 7 116.0E 12598 V "TVOne, Trans 7, SCTV, Trans TV, TVRI Nasional, Metro TV and Dwipantara TV" have left .

Palapa D 113.0E 4080 H "HollaGo" has started on, Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E TVRI Papua has started on 3780 V and 12590 H, Irdeto.

Koreasat 5A 113.0E 12365 H "MBN" has started on again, Fta.
Koreasat 5A 113.0E 12602 H "EBS Plus 1 has again replaced EBS I" on , Fta.

SES 9 108.2E 12531 V "Sabong Life TV" has started on , Verimatrix.
SES 9 108.2E 12531 V "ABS-CBN Regional Channel and Tag" have left.
SES 9 108.2E 12571 V "Sky Direct Advisory Channel" has started on , Verimatrix.
SES 9 108.2E 12571 V "NBA Premium TV" has left .

Yamal 401 90.0E 12718 V "REN TV International" has left .

Insat 4A 83.0E 3725 H Kolkata TV, Sneha TV, Sadhna Bangla, Chitrapat Marathi, Vaanavil TV, Ishwar TV, Nirmana News, Jain TV, Maharashtra 1, Swadesh, Aaseervatham TV, Day & Night News, Grace TV, Sanatan TV, Sadhna News Haryana, News World and K News 24x7 have left .

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3440 H "TVD Momo" has left .

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12562 H "Professeur Sena TV" has started on , Fta. A Glória Divina TV has left.

Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 12508 V "Al Thabat TV" has started on , BISS.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3742 V "News 1 India" has left .

Intelsat 17 66.0E 3894 H "Malai Murasu TV" has left .

From asiatvro site

东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,PBA Rush、Colours(Cignal)频道消失,设置12310 V 29976参数无效接收。[01-24]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5A号卫星Ku频段,TV 6(蒙古)频道新增,设置11553 V 43200参数有条件接收。 [1月24日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Cartoon Kids、WSM TV(泰国)等全组频道解密,设置3840 V 12500参数免费接收。 [1月24日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Raftaar Media(MPEG-4)频道重现,设置3756 H 13333参数免费接收。 [1月23日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,RK Nws、Jia News(MPEG-4)频道重现,设置3805 H 28500参数免费接收。 [1月23日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,RT Movies(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3805 H 28500参数免费接收。 [1月23日]
东经118度轨道位置的电信3S号卫星C频段,Hope TV(印尼)频道新增,设置3953 V 1700参数免费接收。 [1月23日

东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Liga Santander 2(传送)频道解密,设置3840 H 29720参数免费接收。[01-23]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Total TV、RK Nws(印度)等频道新增,设置3958 H 9500参数免费接收。[01-23]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,EuroSport News(Sky Net)频道消失,设置10973 V 24500参数无效接收。[01-23]

东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,东森电影替换TRT World(高清)频道,设置10910 H 45000参数免费接收。 [1月22日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Peace TV(中文)频道消失,设置3705 V 3555参数无效接收。 [1月22日]
东经84.8度轨道位置的Horizons 2号卫星Ku频段,Noise、Slow(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置11960 H 28800参数无效接收。 [1月22日]
东经84.8度轨道位置的Horizons 2号卫星Ku频段,KHL TV(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11840 H 28800参数有条件接收。 [1月22日]
东经84.8度轨道位置的Horizons 2号卫星Ku频段,KHL TV HD替换Slow HD(俄罗斯)频道,设置11840 H 28800参数有条件接收。 [1月22日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,ABS-CBN Oneseg(测试)频道消失,设置4180 H 30000参数无效接收。 [1月22日]

From cnsat

国际20号(68.5°E)卫星,4184 V 21600一组新增Ahsas TV等频道,开锁播出,部份测试消失。(2018-01-24)
韩星5A号(113.0°E)卫星,12310 V 30000一组PBA Rush、Colours两个频道消失。(2018-01-24)
韩星5A号(113.0°E)卫星,11552 V 43200一组新增,蒙古TV6频道,锁码播出。(2018-01-24)

泰星5/6/8号(78.5°E)卫星,3840 V 12500一组Anywhere等全组开锁播出。(2018-01-23)
印度Insat-4A(83.0°E)卫星,3805 H 28500一组新增Rt Movies等5个频道,同组RK Nws开播,开锁播出。(2018-01-23)
印尼电信3S(118.0°E)卫星,新增Hope Channel,设置3953 V 1700开锁播出。(2018-01-23)
印度Insat-4A(83.0°E)卫星,3958 H 9500一组新增Total 、B News等频道,开锁播出。(2018-01-23)

亚洲7号(105.5°E)卫星,3706 垂直(V) 3560一组和平卫视消失。(2018-01-22)
亚洲7号(105.5°E)卫星,4070 H 2961一组Life News锁码播出。(2018-01-22)
SES-7/9(108.2°E)卫星,寰宇卫视12461 H 45000一组家庭影院高清频道(HBO HD)恢复,锁码播出。(2018-01-21)
SES-7/9(108.2°E)卫星,寰宇卫视12461 H 45000一组家庭影院高清频道(HBO HD)消失,目前彩条锁码播出。(2018-01-21)
中星9A(101.4°E)卫星,新增高清测试等3个频道,设置11720 L 28800锁码播出。(2018-01-21)


Hit pause on RNZ+, urges Mediaworks CEO

From https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/100802382/hit-pause-on-rnz-urges-mediaworks-ceo

MediaWorks chief executive Michael Anderson says a new TV channel won't work.

Mediaworks CEO Michael Anderson is about to go to war with the Government over RNZ's planned new TV venture.

"It won't work and it puts at risk the very thing they want – media diversity."

Labour wants to invest $38 million to develop a new public service television channel called RNZ+.

Anderson says Labour has failed to think through the consequences of its plan to sink $38 million into a new public service television channel called RNZ+.

"This is one of the most pivotal points for media in the country's history. We have real scale (audience size) issues in New Zealand and free-to-air TV is going to be really challenged in the next few years. Further fragmentation is going to create very serious stress."

If this sounds like a man who is worried about the future of his TV network (Mediaworks owns Three and Bravo) then Anderson is frank in his assessment: "Is the business model challenged? Yes."

Anderson said Three was in the same boat as other free-to-air (FTA) networks around the world.

"We need to look at doing things differently but we need to buy ourselves some runway, we need to buy time."

The Government, he said, should step back and reconsider RNZ+.

"I'm worried that we could accidentally be wiped into oblivion by a decision that hasn't been worked through."

"Government already own five channels (TV1, TV2, Duke, RNZ and Māori TV) in a country of only 4.5 million people.

"I'm not against giving RNZ some more money to continue to develop the platforms it is doing really well on – radio and online – it does a great job. But another FTA TV channel doesn't make sense."

Anderson said a better solution to the problem of plurality and diversity in the media was staring the Government in the face.

"Turn TV1 into a true public broadcaster. Make it non-commercial. It will work because without that [sales inventory] in the market TVNZ will be able to charge more for TV2 and Duke and make up some of the lost revenue. "

When Newsroom put it to Anderson that Mediaworks would be a major beneficiary if this was to happen he agreed that it would help the struggling TV arm of the business.

"That is the weakness in my position but it doesn't mean I am wrong.

"TVNZ has a whole lot of expertise that RNZ doesn't have, it knows how to make television. You've been inside that building [TVNZ Headquarters in Auckland] you know what they've got there."

Anderson admits that it will be hard to get Broadcasting Minster Clare Curran to hit the pause button.

"I am going to write to her and explain why this is wrong. The Government can't just do this and then let things unfold and expect them to be OK."

Mediaworks has also hired a prominent lobbyist to push its idea of a non-commercial TV1.

However, Anderson's chances of changing Curran's mind are virtually zero.

When Labour announced its broadcasting policy before the election she told Newsroom that the idea of turning TV1 into a public service channel had been considered and rejected.

"They are just not interested in a public service, they [TVNZ] are fully commercial – we might have been able to change them three years ago, but not now. We would waste years battling with them, and we don't have time for that. We want this to happen now and we can do it a lot faster by building up RNZ."

TVNZ and its executives fell out favour with Labour a long time ago. Animosity flared up in 2004 when former Labour Prime Minister Helen Clark attacked the state-owned broadcaster over the $800,000 contract it was offering presenter Judy Bailey.

TVNZ management's failure to fully embrace the non-commercial channels, TVNZ 6 and 7 also angered many left-leaning public broadcasting supporters. TVNZ 7 was closed in 2012 after three years of operation.

On the other hand, RNZ is considered almost heroic for manfully pressing on under a 'repressive' National regime which starved it of funds.

More than a few media commentators agree with Anderson that it would better for the industry if the Government gave TVNZ the $38 million and strong-armed it into devoting one of its main channels to public service broadcasting.

But they will be reluctant to voice that opinion when they know the ship has sailed and Curran has a firm hand on the helm.

(Craig's comment, a huge waste of Tax Payers money, something Labour is very good at doing)

No need to fear us,RNZ boss tells commercial TV rivals

From https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/100855761/no-need-to-fear-rnz-boss-tells-commercial-rivals

Paul Thompson, chief executive of Radio New Zealand, is not gunning for his commercial rivals.

This article was originally published on Newsroom.co.nz.

Radio New Zealand's CEO Paul Thompson has a message for his commercial rivals – he is not planning to eat their lunch, writes Mark Jennings.

Thompson has sent out the soothing signal after Mediaworks' boss Michael Anderson called on the Government to re-think its plans to fund a new TV channel called RNZ+.

Anderson is worried that another free to air TV channel will negatively impact the current players (Three, Bravo, Prime, TV1, TV2 and Duke) in an already over serviced market.

Mediaworks' boss wants Labour MP Clare Curran to rethink the RNZ+ plan.

He has begun lobbying Broadcasting Minister Clare Curran to drop the RNZ+ plan and instead turn TV1 into a public service non-commercial channel.

Thompson was never going to stay silent on the issue.

He has driven major editorial changes at RNZ since arriving from Fairfax, including a major push into digital content and video, but he has also been adroit at handling the politics that surround the state broadcaster.

A big part of his strategy has been to move closer to the commercial broadcasters and not alienate them like his predecessor did.

"Our job is not to go head to head with the TV guys, we want to do things that commercial players won't do," Thompson told Newsroom.

Thompson said his decision to comment was not meant to be a poke at Anderson. "It is really good to have the debate, we need to discuss what sort of media landscape we want in this country."

These are not glib words from Thompson.

He has long been concerned about the overall state of New Zealand's media.

In a recent article for Public Media Alliance (PMA), which has 54 member countries, Thompson, who is currently its president, talked about journalism's crisis.

"The core of the crisis is financial even if the impacts are far wider. The mass media business model based on scarcity is in retreat and once powerful commercial publishers and broadcasters are finding it extremely difficult to find alternatives and maintain their independence.

"Public service media are somewhat protected from these ravages, privileged as we are to receive government and public funding.

"But we have our own concerns, including our vulnerability to shifts in government policy and political favour."

Currently the political winds are blowing in Thompson's favour.

A nine-year funding freeze under National ended before the election and now that Labour is the senior party in the new government RNZ is line for a substantial funding boost.

In the next three years at least, the state broadcaster, already rejuvenated under Thompson's reign, could rise to the most powerful position in its 90-year history.

But Thompson made it clear in his PMA article that he believes "public service media have a unique responsibility to help their commercial counterparts survive".

He told Newsroom that the Government's broadcasting policy was clear about RNZ's role as a commercial free, public broadcaster.

"We are not going to re-create TVNZ 6 or 7 (public service channels that were shut down in 2012). We are a multi-media organisation and TV will be a part of what we do, like radio and digital are.

"Some of our programmes are already on the screen and we will be able to do more of that (with the extra money)."

Thompson told Newsroom that he was in no hurry with RNZ+, something that will also assuage the concerns of Anderson and company, who are looking "for some runway" while they adapt to the changing environment.

"This is really a two or three-year project. We are spending the next couple of months developing our plans and I see this year as one of planning and engagement.

"Some new things will happen by the end of this year but it won't be fully in place until 2019 or 2020. We really want to get it right. Programmes that we produce will need to be different and of high quality.

"I want to make sure that we have the right technology and skills in place."

Thompson said that his current policy of making RNZ's content publicly available would continue.

"We are really keen to share content and that includes any new content we produce, with other media if they want it."

The wider distribution of taxpayer funded journalism has won Thompson plenty of goodwill from the industry and politicians, but Curran will not want RNZ to amble its way into the future.

The Dunedin MP has been very committed to her vision of better public service media and she will want to demonstrate that she is delivering on the promise.

Pre-election Curran virtually ruled out a role for TVNZ in her public media plans but Mediaworks and Anderson are unlikely to let this drop.

The Government gets a poor return on its investment in TVNZ but Labour has no appetite for selling it, despite there now being no clear reason to keep it.

Sooner or later though, Curran will want something more from her other state-owned broadcaster.

If it hasn't already, then TVNZ's board needs to give some serious thought to what this might be.

Rocket Lab Reveals Secret Engine and "Kick Stage" for the Electron Rocket

From http://www.popularmechanics.com/space/rockets/a15854376/rocket-lab-engine-kick-stage-electron-rocket/

The recent Electron launch was even more impressive than it appeared.

On Sunday, January 21, in New Zealand, Rocket Lab launched satellites to orbit for the first time on the second test flight of its Electron rocket—a major milestone for this burgeoning rocket company, and one that could boost the company's hopes of making it big in the small satellite market.

The U.S. aerospace company (with holdings in New Zealand) launched the rocket from the first private launch pad in the world, situated on the Māhia Peninsula of New Zealand's North Island, at 2:43 p.m. local time. The second test launch of Electron carried three small satellites into orbit, an achievement that heralds Rocket Lab's entry into the commercial launch industry.

It turns out the launch was even more involved than you would've guessed watching the livestream. Today, Rocket Lab announced that the second flight of Electron (a mission they called "Still Testing") carried a new "kick stage" that was used to maneuver two of the satellites in space and send them into a circular orbit. The kick stage consists of a small restartable rocket engine called Curie. Here's how it worked.

Rocket Lab kick stage, with the four silver spheres of the new Curie engine seen in the middle.

Electron launched from the pad on the Māhia Peninsula as the nine oxygen-kerosene Rutherford engines on the rocket's first stage—the first electric pump-fed rocket engines in the world, 3D printed by Rocket Lab—propelled the rocket upward. About two and a half minutes after launch, the second stage separated from the first and continued to climb using one, vacuum-optimized Rutherford engine. Eight minutes and 31 seconds after liftoff, an Earth-imaging Dove satellite built by the company Planet was released into an elliptical orbit.

However, when the other two satellites deployed from the second stage, they were attached to the kick stage. You could not see the kick stage in the livestream, but it continued to coast for about 40 minutes before the Curie engine—a small 120-Newton thrust engine, also 3D printed by Rocket Lab—ignited. It then placed the two small sats, weather and ship-tracking Lemur-2 CubeSats built by the company Spire Global, into a circular orbit.

“Until now many small satellite operators have had to compromise on optimal orbits in order to reach space at an accessible cost," said Rocket Lab CEO and founder Peter Beck in a press release. "The kick stage releases small satellites from the constricting parameters of primary payload orbits and enables them to full reach their potential, including faster deployment of small satellite constellations and better positioning for Earth imaging."

Rocket Lab, founded more than a decade ago, has big dreams. The Kiwi spaceflight company hopes someday to launch about 50 Electron rockets a year, or about one per week. Though Electron is relatively small at only 17 meters (56 feet), the launch vehicle's main body is made of carbon composite materials, making it light and efficient enough to reach orbit.

Rocket Lab is targeting the small satellite industry as its clientele. That market is expected to grow substantially, and Rocket Lab aims to position itself as the cheapest, most reliable, and most flexible launch provider in the world for small payloads.

The kick stage and Curie engine, developed under the hood and only announced after they had successfully flown a mission in space, expand the versatility of Rocket Lab's Electron rocket substantially. The kick stage even has its own precision gas thruster control system, avionics package, power source, and communications system. The small stage uses its propulsion system to de-orbit after the deploying its payload, reducing the amount of space junk left behind by launches.

Rocket Lab is planning its next launch in early 2018, and the company is currently building five more Electron launch vehicles. With additional launch agreements already signed by the likes of NASA, Moon Express, Planet, Spire Global, and Spaceflight Industries, the future of Rocket Lab looks bright—and the secret kick stage the company built just makes Electron that much more attractive to customers looking to place something in space.

China puts high-throughput communication satellite into service

From http://www.ecns.cn/2018/01-24/289675.shtml

Shijian-13, China's first high-throughput communication satellite, has been put into service after completing a key laser communication test, China National Space Administration said Tuesday.

The high-orbit satellite has finished a two-way high-speed laser communication test between the satellite and ground, the first of its kind in the world, the administration said in a statement.

Serving users in China, the satellite will connect communication base stations in remote areas and meet the needs of distance education, digital news gathering, and emergency communication, said Li Feng, chief satellite designer at China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation.

Shijian-13, launched from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province in 2017, has a transfer capacity of 20 Gbps and a designed orbital life of 15 years.

The satellite, named Zhongxing-16 after it was put into service, will provide better Internet access on planes and high-speed trains with a maximum download capacity of 150 Mbps and upload capacity of 12 Mbps, according to the statement.

High-throughput communication satellites can form a communication network with larger transfer capacity and higher transfer speeds compared with ordinary satellites.

With a transfer capacity of 200 Gbps, a communication network covering China and the Asia-Pacific region is expected to be established in 2020 as China will send more high-throughput communication satellites into space, said the statement.

By 2025, China will have 22 communication satellites, with five built based on brand new designs, according to a medium-long term development plan for civilian space infrastructure released in 2015.

AFN to broadcast NFL's championship games despite shutdown

From https://www.armytimes.com/news/your-army/2018/01/21/afn-to-broadcast-nfls-championship-games-despite-shutdown/

New Jersey National Guard airmen watch Super Bowl XLVI projected onto the interior of an aircraft hangar in the early hours of Feb. 6, 2012, at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan. (Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht/Air Force)

WASHINGTON — Apparently, football is essential for the operation of the U.S. military.

Defense Department officials reversed course Sunday morning and announced they will partially restore operations at the American Forces Network, which was shuttered Saturday because of the government shutdown.

In a statement, Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said department officials “determined the operational necessity of television and radio broadcasts constitutes them as essential activities.” As a result, two of AFN’s eight channels will remain broadcasting for now.

The network’s programming relies entirely on civilian government employees, who were furloughed at midnight Saturday. However, defense officials said they can keep both the news and sports broadcasting channels operating with minimal manning and no additional cost, even during the lapse in appropriations.

The policy change means that troops abroad will be able to watch the NFL conference championship games this afternoon, featuring the Philadelphia Eagles playing for the NFC title and the Jacksonville Jaguars playing for the AFC title (two other teams are involved, too).

White said said the move is a signal that “we will continue to find solutions to support our troops at home and abroad. Congress must come to a resolution, support our troops and pass a budget soon.”

On Saturday night, government operations were partially shut down after congressional leaders failed to adopt a new budget resolution to continue funding federal programs. Democratic and Republican leaders spent most of Saturday accusing each other of undermining military missions and hurting federal employees by not conceding to a deal.

Negotiators are now eyeing a three-week extension of government funding to re-open operations. But Democrats are insistent on that deal addressing the issue of expiring aspects of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, while President Donald Trump and Republicans are saying they won’t discuss immigration issues until the budget impasse is solved.

Real-world intercontinental quantum communications enabled by the Micius satellite

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Real_world_intercontinental_quantum_communications_enabled_by_the_Micius_satellite_999.html

Micius pre launch at Jiuquan space center

Private and secure communications are fundamental human needs. In particular, with the exponential growth of Internet use and e-commerce, it is of paramount importance to establish a secure network with global protection of data. Traditional public key cryptography usually relies on the computational intractability of certain mathematical functions.

In contrast, quantum key distribution (QKD) uses individual light quanta (single photons) in quantum superposition states to guarantee unconditional security between distant parties. Previously, the quantum communication distance had been limited to a few hundred kilometers, due to the optical channel losses of fibers or terrestrial free space.

A promising solution to this problem exploits satellite and space-based link, which can conveniently connect two remote points on the Earth with greatly reduced channel loss because most of the photons' propagation path is in empty space with negligible loss and decoherence.

A cross-disciplinary multi-institutional team of scientists from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, led by Professor Jian-Wei Pan, has spent more than ten years developing a sophisticated satellite, Micius, dedicated to quantum science experiments, which was launched on August 2016 and orbits at an altitude of ~500 km. Five ground stations are built in China to cooperate with the Micius satellite, located in Xinglong (near Beijing), Nanshan (near Urumqi), Delingha (37 degrees 22'44.43''N, 97 degrees 43'37.01"E), Lijiang (26 degrees 41'38.15''N, 100 degrees 1'45.55''E), and Ngari in Tibet (32 degrees 19'30.07''N, 80 degrees 1'34.18''E).

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

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

Very recently, the largest fiber-based quantum communication backbone has been built in China, also by Professor Pan's team, linking Beijing to Shanghai (going through Jinan and Hefei, and 32 trustful relays) with a fiber length of 2000 km. The backbone is being tested for real-world applications by government, banks, securities and insurance companies.

The Micius satellite can be further exploited as a trustful relay to conveniently connect any two points on Earth for high-security key exchange. To further demonstrate the Micius satellite as a robust platform for quantum key distribution with different ground stations on Earth, QKD from the Micius satellite to Graz ground station near Vienna has also been performed successfully this June in collaboration with Professor Anton Zeilinger of Austrian Academy of Sciences.

The satellite thus establishes a secure key between itself and, say, Xinglong, and another key between itself and, say, Graz. Then, upon request from the ground command stations, Micius acts as a trusted relay.

It performs bitwise exclusive OR operations between the two keys and relays the result to one of the ground stations. That way, a secret key is created between China and Europe at locations separated by 7600 km on Earth. This work points towards an efficient solution for an ultra-long-distance global quantum network.

A picture of Micius (with a size of 5.34 kB) was transmitted from Beijing to Vienna, and a picture of Schrodinger (with a size of 4.9 kB) from Vienna to Beijing, using approximately 80 kbit secure quantum key for one-time-pad encoding.

An intercontinental videoconference was also held between the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Austria Academy of Sciences, employing the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES)-128 protocol that refreshed the 128-bit seed keys every second. The videoconference lasted for 75 min with a total data transmission of ~2 GB, which included ?560 kbit of the quantum key exchanged between Austria and China.

Rupert Murdoch’s Sky bid is not in public interest, says regulator

From https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/jan/23/rupert-murdoch-sky-bid-blocked-21st-century-fox-cma

CMA rules against 21st Century Fox’s bid to take control of 61% of Sky it does not already own

Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox is bidding to take control of the 61% of Sky it does not already own.

Rupert Murdoch’s £11.7bn bid to take full control of Sky could be blocked after the UK competition regulator said the deal would give his family to much control over UK news media.

The Competition and Markets Authority said 21st Century Fox’s bid to take control of the 61% of Sky it does not already own was not in the public interest due to concerns about media plurality.

The CMA’s investigation into the deal found it would give the Murdoch family trust, which controls Fox and News Corp, the publisher of the Sun and the Times, “too much control over news providers in the UK across all media platforms and therefore too much influence over public opinion and the political agenda”.

What does the CMA's ruling mean for Sky News?

The investigation cleared the deal on the grounds of Fox’s commitment to broadcasting standards – despite the phone-hacking scandal at the News of the World and allegations of sexual harassment at Fox News.

The CMA has set out three options for the deal that should be considered in a new consultation: that it is blocked, that Sky News is spun off or sold or that Sky News is insulated from the influence of the Murdoch family trust.

The former Labour leader Ed Miliband, a vitriolic Murdoch critic, said any options other than blocking the deal give the Murdochs a “back door” to get the deal they want.

Sky has previously said it will review the future of Sky News, which employs about 500 staff, if the deal is blocked because closing it down would immediately eliminate media plurality issues blocking the deal.

The SNP MP Brendan O’Hara accused Sky of using its news staff as “pawns in the takeover” to try to coerce the competition regulator and the culture secretary, Matt Hancock, into clearing the deal.

“The greatest disaster that could befall plurality of media in this country would be if Sky News … were to be closed by its new owner,” said John Whittingdale, a former culture secretary, in the House of Commons on Tuesday.

The broadcasting regulator Ofcom has previously said the loss of Sky News could “present risks to plurality equal to or greater than those presented by the transaction itself”.

The CMA will consult on its provisional findings and potential remedies before delivering its final report to the government by a deadline of 1 May.

Fox said it was disappointed by the CMA’s provisional findings on media plurality, but welcomed its decision that a combined Fox and Sky would be committed to meeting broadcasting standards.
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The company said: “We welcome the CMA’s provisional finding that the company has a genuine commitment to broadcasting standards and the transaction would not be against the public interest in this respect.

“Regarding plurality, we are disappointed by the CMA’s provisional findings. We will continue to engage with the CMA ahead of the publication of the final report in May.”

Sky said it noted the CMA’s findings but made no further remarks on its announcement.

Anne Lambert, the chair of the CMA’s independent investigation group, said: “Media plurality goes to the heart of our democratic process. It is very important that no group or individual should have too much control of our news media or too much power to affect the political agenda.

“Our in-depth investigation also considered whether the deal would be against the public interest regarding broadcasting standards. Due to their existing track record in the UK, and the range of policies and procedures the companies involved have in place to ensure broadcasting standards are met, we did not find public interest concerns in this regard.”

Tom Watson, the deputy Labour leader and long-time Murdoch critic, praised the watchdog’s findings: “The Competition and Markets Authority is right to say that the Fox takeover of Sky would give the Murdoch family too much power. This is the right decision for the UK.”

The CMA’s announcement is the latest stage of the long-running saga of whether Fox, which is controlled by Rupert Murdoch and his sons Lachlan and James, will take over Sky.

It began in December 2016 when Fox announced it was bidding. The deal was referred to the CMA for an investigation last September by Karen Bradley, the then culture secretary, after an investigation by Ofcom. The regulator raised concerns about media plurality. A separate report by Ofcom found that the Murdochs and Fox were “fit and proper” to hold a UK broadcasting licence, despite the regulator expressing concern about “extremely serious and disturbing” allegations of harassment at Fox News.

The CMA’s investigation has continued despite Fox announcing the sale of most of its entertainment assets – including its 39% stake in Sky – to Disney last month. This $66bn (£47.3bn) deal is unlikely to be completed until well after Fox takes full control of Sky, which is why the CMA has pressed ahead with its investigation.

However, the Disney deal will reshape the Murdochs’ media empire and the CMA found in its investigation that if it went ahead as planned then the link between Sky and the Murdochs would “significantly weaken”.

The regulator said it would further consider the impact of the Disney deal in the consultation into its provisional findings.

Most Powerful Dutch Supercomputer Boosts New Radio Telescope

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Most_Powerful_Dutch_Supercomputer_Boosts_New_Radio_Telescope_999.html

Every day, thousands of enormous explosions go off in the sky: so-called Fast Radio Bursts. To better understand the flashes and the gigantic energies behind them, ASTRON - the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy, an NWO institute - recently installed new high-speed cameras on the radio telescope in Westerbork, the Netherlands. These cameras have just received new brains: the most powerful supercomputer in the Netherlands.

Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) are extremely bright flashes of radio light, that travel billions of light years to reach Earth. Discovered over a decade ago, their origin and nature are still largely a mystery. Because the flashes last only a fraction of a second, they are easy to miss and very difficult to observe. Therefore, only about 25 FRBs have been discovered so far.

Brain for the telescope
That is now going to change with Apertif, the new wide-field cameras for ASTRON's radio telescope in Westerbork, the Netherlands. Apertif has the largest, most sensitive field of view of all radio telescopes in the world.

To find FRBs, Apertif needs to continuously make a high-speed movie of the radio sky, at 20.000 frames per second. This requires new, more powerful brains.

"To form and process all those images, we need the computing power that only the fastest supercomputers in the world can produce", says Joeri van Leeuwen from ASTRON and the University of Amsterdam.

"But we did not have such a computer yet. That's why we designed and built this one ourselves."

Gaming technology
The new supercomputer, called ARTS, has a special feature. It is completely powered by image processing chips from the gaming industry.

"Gamers use very powerful processors for video tasks: the GPUs", explains Van Leeuwen.

"We now use these chips for the first time to process the high-speed images of our telescope." The supercomputer consists of 200 of these GPUs, which process 4 terabits of data per second: more than the entire internet of the Netherlands. With a peak compute capacity of 2 petaflops it is the most powerful GPU supercomputer in the Netherlands.

Self-learning ability
The supercomputer will be able to teach itself to find FRBs in the thousands of pictures of the telescope.

"We have always done this manually," says Van Leeuwen.

"But that is a lot of work, and also error-prone. As it detects more flashes, the supercomputer will learn to distinguish the flashes better and better. We hope to discover one FRB per week. Our system is unique in the world in that it can then also immediately determine the precise location."

Unravelling the FRB mystery
With the supercomputer Van Leeuwen hopes to unravel the mystery surrounding the Fast Radio Bursts.

"We know that they come from other galaxies, but we cannot pinpoint the exact location. It is also unknown whether all FRBs are bright bursts from neutron stars, exploding stars, or black holes that send out flashes." Astronomer Samayra Straal from the University of Amsterdam is also eager for the output of the new machine.

"Some FRBs repeat. With the new technology, we discover the flash 'live', and can immediately freeze the telescope motion to stare in that direction for more flashes. We think that can help us understand what causes them.

Irdeto acquires Denuvo

From https://advanced-television.com/2018/01/23/irdeto-acquires-denuvo/

Digital platform security specialist Irdeto has acquired gaming security expert Denuvo to provide anti-piracy and anti-cheat solutions for games on desktop, mobile, console and VR devices. Denuvo provides technology and services for game publishers and platforms, independent software vendors, e-publishers and video publishers across the globe. Current Denuvo customers include Electronic Arts, UbiSoft, Warner Bros and Lionsgate Entertainment, with protection provided for games such as Star Wars Battlefront II, Football Manager, Injustice 2 and others.

With the global gaming market estimated to be worth $128.5 billion (€105bn) by 2020, the partnership between Irdeto and Denuvo brings together decades of security expertise to help prevent revenue loss for game publishers and disrupt undesirable cheating in the gaming environment. Denuvo will continue to operate as usual with all staff retained and the Denuvo HQ along with its sales operations will continue to function. The partnership also enables Irdeto and Denuvo to grow the addressable market for its core technology and anti-piracy services.

“The success of any game title is dependent upon the ability of the title to operate as the publisher intended,” said Doug Lowther, CEO, Irdeto. “As a result, protection of both the game itself and the gaming experience for end users is critical. Our partnership brings together decades of security expertise under one roof to better address new and evolving security threats. We are looking forward to collaborating as a team on a number of initiatives to improve our core technology and services to better serve our customers.

Denuvo’s anti-tamper technology prevents hackers from copying and reverse engineering games to redistribute the content. Denuvo will leverage Irdeto’s security expertise, anti-piracy technology, Irdeto Cloakware software security and application protection technology and IP to strengthen Denuvo’s own core offering.

Cheating on gaming platforms is also a challenge which must be addressed, as it can distort virtual in-game economies. This makes the game less enjoyable or even unplayable for gamers, and can be used to manipulate or bypass in-game micro-transactions. Denuvo’s anti-cheat technology prevents hackers in multi-player games from manipulating and distorting data and code to gain an advantage over other gamers or bypass in-game micro-transactions. This prevents dilution of the value of the game for the user and the game studio.

“Hackers and cybercriminals in the gaming space are savvy, and always have been. It is critical to implement robust security strategies to combat the latest gaming threats and protect the investment in games. Much like the movie industry, it’s the only way to ensure that great games continue to get made,” said Reinhard Blaukovitsch, Managing Director of Denuvo, Irdeto. “In joining with Irdeto, we are bringing together a unique combination of security expertise, technology and enhanced piracy services to aggressively address security challenges that customers and gamers face from hackers.”

The Denuvo technology enables binary protection for games and enterprise applications across multiple platforms, including desktops (Windows), consoles (PS4, Xbox), VR devices and mobile gaming. Denuvo also provides additional technologies for use beyond the gaming market to protect B2B software, e-books and video assets for Hollywood studios, including protecting the Hunger Games trilogy.


Tuesday, no update


Good news, Rocketlabs "test" launch was a success, and even though it was just a test, they did have a payload of 3 satellites onboard.

Video is here


Measat 3a 91.5E 4164 H Sr 20640 "BABY TV HD" is FTA

Apstar 7 76.5E 3920 H Sr 28340 Fec 5/6 DVB-S QPSK
PMT PID: 5127, SID: 127 "AXN EA1 MPEG4 (Indonesia)" is NEW? Power VU (encrypted)
Vpid 2260 (H264) Apid 2226

Monday feed

Asiasat 5 3885 H Sr 7500 "Telecity Enc 5" NZ vs Pak T20

Sunday Feeds

Optus D2 12635 V Sr 7400 "Sky NZ Pop Up 1 (TBS)" Tennis
Optus D2 12644 V Sr 7400 "TBS AOT 16 (Telstra)" Encrypted Tennis
Optus D2 12671 V Sr 7500 "TBS SNG (Telstra Broadcast Services)" Horses
Optus D2 12680 V Sr 7500 "wedderburn harness tbs2 (Telstra Broadcast Services)" Horses

Optus D2 12661 V Sr 7500 Fec 3/4 DVB-S2 8PSK "TBS1 JUNEE (GlobeCast Oz)" Horses
Optus D2 12670 V Sr 7500 Fec 3/4 DVB-S2 8PSK "Tandberg Service (TandbergTV)" Horse racing
Optus D2 12679 V Sr 7500 Fec 3/4 DVB-S2 8PSK "Camperdown races tbs2 (Telstra Broadcast Services)" Horse racing

Asiasat 5 3716 H Sr 7200 "NBL ILLA v ADEL" Australian NBL Basketball

Asiasat 5 3867 H Sr 7200 "Enc-6" ISU Ice Skating
Asiasat 5 3865 V Sr 7120 "Service-1" Singapore ABL Basketball

Asiasat 5 3848 V Sr 7120 "ONEFC Jakarta" - ONE Fighting Championship - Kings of Courage
Asiasat 5 3858 V Sr 7120 "ONEFC Jakarta" - ONE Fighting Championship - Kings of Courage

Saturday feeds

Asiasat 5 3847 V Sr 7200 "ktsat mp4 enc1" Handball

Asiasat 5 3856 V Sr 7200 "ktsat mp4 enc1" Handball
Asiasat 5 3874 V Sr 7200 "UAE69 B" Golf
Asiasat 5 3685 H Sr 7120 "SMBC Golf TV Tokyo" Golf
Asiasat 5 3805 H Sr 7500 "003TBS - SAPPHIRE COAST RACES" Cycling
Asiasat 5 4174 H Sr 7200 "Switch LA" Colour bars
Asiasat 5 4094 H Sr 7200 "Path1-B" Football press
Asiasat 5 3867 H Sr 7200 "ENC-6" ISU Ice skating
Asiasat 5 4085 H Sr 7200 "SX" Asian volleyball

Intelsat 19 12440 H Sr 7500 fec 5/6 "STS 3 NBL Path 1 (STS)" NBL Basketball
Intelsat 19 12459 H Sr 7500 fec 5/6 "STS 3 NBL Path 2 (STS)" NBL Basketball
Intelsat 19 12450 H Sr 7500 Fec 5/6 DVb-S2 8PSK "NBL (STS)" Basketball

Optus D2 12674 V Sr 15000 "IEBS 12 - Path 1"
Optus D2 12634 V Sr 7400 Aust Open Tennis FTA No Sound
Optus D2 12447 H Sr 7400 "Cycling TDU"
Optus D2 12509 H Sr 7400 "Cycling TDU"

ABS 6 159E 3834 V Sr 2924 "Solar SNG" music show

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From the Dish

Palapa D 113.0E 3960 H "Trans TV" has started on , encrypted.
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Koreasat 5 113.0E 12365 H "MBN" has left.
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ABS 2A 75.0E 12587 V Bolovsrol TV, B4U Movies India, B4U Music India, Aljazeera English, Arirang World, Kazakh TV, Nei Monggol TV, RT News, Macau Lotus TV,
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Intelsat 20 68.5E 11050 H "Investigation Discovery Africa has replaced Investigation Discovery Xtra" on , Irdeto.
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Blast off! Rocket Lab successfully reaches orbit on second attempt

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11979201

Rocket Lab have successfully launched their 'Still Testing' rocket into orbit today. Video/Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab has successfully launched its second rocket from Mahia, with the rocket -
named "Still Testing" - reaching orbit for the first time.

This follows the company's first launch last May, in which the rocket got to space but did not make it to orbit after range safety officials had to kill the flight.

Rocket Lab earlier said it had pinpointed the problem that meant its first Electron rocket was killed before it got to orbit, with the company saying at the time that it was confident the fault had been ironed out.

In its successful launch today, the company initially said it had reached stage separation, before tweeting the rocket had successfully made it to orbit.

There would be a third test launch - into Sun-synchronous orbit of between 300km and 500km above the Earth's surface - before the company could move into commercial missions.

The launch marked the "beginning of a new era in commercial access to space", Rocket Lab founder and chief executive Peter Beck said.

Reaching orbit on a test flight was significant but successfully deploying a customer payload so early in a new rocket programme was almost "unprecedented".

Following successful first and second-stage burns, Electron reached orbit and deployed customer payloads at 8 minutes and 31 seconds after lift-off.

"Rocket Lab was founded on the principle of opening access to space to better understand our planet and improve life on it.

"Today we took a significant step towards that."

In the coming weeks the company's engineers would analyse data from the launch to inform future launches.

Rocket Lab currently had five Electron vehicles in production.

The next launch was expected to take place early in 2018.

"At full production, Rocket Lab expects to launch more than 50 times a year, and is regulated to launch up to 120 times a year, more than any other commercial or government launch provider in history."

Still Testing was carrying a Dove Pioneer Earth-imaging satellite for launch customer Planet, as well as two Lemur-2 satellites for weather and ship-tracking company Spire.

A planned launch was scrapped yesterday after a "rogue" boat foiled plans.

The planned launch yesterday was put on hold less than a minute before scheduled lift-off.

"A rogue ship entered our launch-range area resulting in us having to go into a manually induced hold for the launch.

"This is of course for safety reasons as we can't have boats downrange of the vehicle ... we are going to be recycling the vehicle and getting ready for another attempt today," Rocket Lab's mission control in Auckland said.

Rocket Lab had attempted to launch Still Testing in December, but conditions did not allow for it.

The New Zealand-founded company aims to put small satellites into space at a fraction of the cost of established rivals.


• The Electron rocket weighs more than 12 tonnes at lift-off - about the same as a double-decker bus

• Its nine Rutherford engines produce enough thrust to lift that from a standing start

• Power to weight, it is the most powerful machine in New Zealand

• It will take about three seconds to clear the four-storey launch tower

• It will climb to more than 10,600m in a minute

• Once past the thicker parts of the atmosphere it will reach 27,000km/h

• Stage 1 of Electron separates after two and a half minutes

• After just over eight minutes Electron reaches orbit about 500km above the earth

• At eight and a half minutes payload separates from the launch vehicle

• It can carry a payload of up to 225kg

• Once in commercial operation launches will cost customers about $7.16m.

• All loads are licenced by international and NZ space authorities

Lift off! New Zealand's Rocket Lab launches first rocket into orbit from Māhia Peninsula

From https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/100757521/rocket-lab-launches-electron-test-rocket-from-mhia-peninsula-hawkes-bay

Rocket Lab's Electron rocket has made it into orbit after lifting off from the Māhia Peninsula.

The first rocket successfully launched from New Zealand is now tucked into orbit hundreds of kilometres above Earth.

The unmanned Electron rocket, named 'Still Testing', took off from Māhia Peninsula at 2.45pm on Sunday.

Cheers and clapping erupted throughout Rocket Lab's Auckland mission control as it successfully reached orbit about 2.53pm.

The rocket lifted off from its launch pad on Sunday.

A live stream video of the launch featured magnificent imagery of New Zealand as the 17-metre-long rocket powered away from earth through the atmosphere.

"Today represents a significant milestone in opening up access to space, to better understand our planet and improve life on Earth," Rocket Lab said.
Rocket Lab launched 'Still Testing' at 2.45pm on Sunday.

Richard Easther, a professor of physics at the University of Auckland, said the launch represented a "red-letter day for New Zealand".

"To put this into perspective, we are now one of just a dozen countries to have successfully built and deployed a rocket that can put satellites into orbit," Easther said.

The other nations are either world powers such as the USA and Russia, or smaller countries "which are armed to the teeth" such as Israel and North Korea.

Easther said that meant "New Zealand really stands alone with a technically advanced, commercially focussed launch vehicle".

He added it was "just the first chapter in what promises to be a fascinating story for the country and our technology and science sectors".

Economic development minister David Parker congratulated Rocket Lab on the successful launch, and said New Zealand was well positioned to support further development of the space industry.
Rocket Lab's launch in May 2017 was successful, but the rocket didn't reach orbit.

"Our natural advantage of clear skies and seas, and relatively low levels of air traffic make us an attractive location for space activity." Parker said.

Parker visited Mission Control to watch the countdown on Saturday, and pledged further support for the space industry.

"The Government is particularly interested in advancing areas where New Zealand has existing strengths in space-based data applied to agri-technology, hazard management, oceanography and meteorology," he said.

'Still Testing' carried three satellites into space from New Zealand.

One of the satellites will take images of Earth for United States company Planet Labs.

The other two will capture weather and ship tracking data for Spire Global.

This was the second rocket to be launched by the New Zealand aerospace company, but the first to make it into orbit.

A rocket launched in May 2017 by the company saw lift-off, but failed to reach orbit.

Six attempts made by Rocket Lab to launch on Saturday failed and attempts were scrubbed altogether by early evening.

Strong wind high in the atmosphere, a power fault, and too much liquid oxygen feeding into the rocket's engine obstructed multiple launch attempts.

Rocket Lab plans to hold three test rocket launches before it operates commercially to carry satellites into orbit frequently, at a cost significantly lower than its competitors.

Rocket Lab to rival US launches: Beck

From http://home.nzcity.co.nz/news/article.aspx?id=262861

Following Sunday's successful lift-off, Rocket Lab hopes to send more rockets into space next year than will be launched from the United States.

Rocket Lab boss Peter Beck is aiming to send more rockets into space next year than the United States.

The New Zealand-based company made its second successful launch - and its first to reach orbit - from New Zealand's Mahia Peninsula on Sunday

The launch carried small satellites into the Earth's orbit for US companies Planet Labs and Spire Global.

With both companies now communicating with the satellites, Rocket Lab chief executive Peter Beck on Monday declared the company would not need to conduct anymore tests.

"We've got five (launch) vehicles sitting in the factory and we'll just be focusing on fully commercial operations and trying to build to a launch cadence of one a month," he told TVNZ.

"Next year, we'll go to one every two weeks and, at that point, Rocket Lab as a company will be launching more than America as a country."

The launch has received praise from experts right around the world.

Kris Walsh, former project manager at United Launch Alliance and former director of all NASA launch programmes for Boeing, says it was wonderful to see such a smooth countdown.

"This success should instil confidence in Rocket Lab's customers, starting a busy 2018 launch schedule. The industry will be watching Rocket Lab's ability to meet schedule, but this is a milestone."

University of Auckland Professor of Physics Richard Easther also praised the launch as a "huge milestone" for the company.

"This is a red-letter day for New Zealand; to put this in perspective, we are now one of just a dozen countries to have successfully built and deployed an rocket that can put satellites into orbit," he said.

"The other countries in the club are either all world powers like the USA, Russia, China and India or smaller countries which are armed to the teeth -- Israel, Iran and North Korea.

"So New Zealand really stands alone with a technically advanced, commercially focused launch vehicle. And what we have seen today is really just the first chapter is what promises to be a fascinating story for the country and our technology and science sectors."

New Zealand's Minister for Economic Development David Parker says the country has the natural advantage of clear skies and seas, and relatively low levels of air traffic.

"Ten years ago, under the last Labour government, Rocket Lab received its first research and development grant - they are a great example of what can be achieved," he said.

The company's inaugural test last May reached space but didn't make it into orbit after a communication fault forced the flight to be aborted early.

Space Startup Rocket Lab Successfully Made It To Orbit

From https://www.forbes.com/sites/alexknapp/2018/01/21/space-startup-rocket-lab-successfully-made-it-to-orbit/#562213a24b3b

Rocket Lab's 'Still Testing' launch

Huntington Beach, California-based space startup Rocket Lab has just hit a major milestone just had their second-ever rocket test flight - and successfully delivered satellites into orbit for its customers.

The company's Electron rocket (which it named "Still Testing") took off from Rocket Lab's Launch Complex 1 on the Māhia Peninsula in New Zealand at 2:43pm local time on January 21. The rocket reached orbit 8 minutes and 31 seconds later, where it successfully deployed its payload of three satellites.

One of the those satellites was a Dove Pioneer imaging satellite, launched on behalf of Planet. The Dove satellites are used by Planet to provide imagery of the Earth's surface for the company's flock of satellites. The other two satellites were Lemur-2 satellites, which are used by Rocket Lab's customer Spire global to provide weather and ship-tracking services.

"Today marks the beginning of a new era in commercial access to space. We’re thrilled to reach this milestone so quickly after our first test launch," Rocket Lab CEO and founder Peter Beck said in a statement.

Rocket Lab says its plans to launch another Electron rocket in early 2018 and that it currently has 5 rockets in production. Customers currently signed to launch satellites on Electron rockets include NASA, Moon Express, Spaceflight and the aforementioned Planet and Spire.

As a company, Rocket Lab is aiming to target a growing sector of the market - small satellites, which currently tend to be launched into orbit as by hitching a ride with much larger satellites. As a consequence, that can mean waits of months or years for launch as small satellite providers have their schedules tied to that of bigger customers.

To help meet the needs of customers who want a steadier pace for their satellite launches, Rocket Lab is currently scaling up its facilities to mass produce its Electron rocket. To that end, the company raised $75 million in venture funding last Spring. The company aims to have over 50 launches a year once it reaches full production.

Andy Lark moves to Foxtel as CMO

From http://www.adnews.com.au/news/andy-lark-moves-to-foxtel-as-cmo

Former CommBank marketer Andy Lark has taken on the top chief marketing officer role at Australian pay television company Foxtel. The news was first reported in The Australian.

Lark, who helped spearhead CommBank’s digital transformation and its ‘Can’ campaign, arrives in the wake of Foxtel senior marketer Mark Buckman's departure in September last year, and the departure of Foxtel marketing director Rob Farmer, who left in November.

Buckman was managing director of customer and retail at Foxtel, and his remit included brand, sales, retail, business, customer service/experience, customer installations and supply chain, strategy, research and analytics, product management, digital and marketing.

On his departure the sections were split into a number of divisions. A customer sales and service division was created and former sales and customer experience director Marco Miranda was promoted to executive director of sales and customer.

Lark is taking on the marketing, digital and product management division, while strategy and research were centralised under the CFO.

In June Foxtel overhauled its corporate identity and revamped its SVOD platform, Foxtel Now, to take on Netflix and Stan for individual consumers on a budget.

Buckman played a pivotal role in Foxtel's recent rebrand and left only 18 months into the role. At the time of the rebrand Buckman said Foxtel's new corporate identity was designed to be less masculine and more accessible to viewers.

Lark, who joins as News Corp and Telstra move forward with plans to combine Foxtel and Fox Sports into a single entity, will no doubt be tasked with pushing the network's new video-on-demand offering throughout 2018.

Foxtel was deemed late in its brand transformation and revamped service for users, given the likes of Netflix, Stan, and even Hayu, had been in market snapping up members with their on-demand offerings for some time.

According to a Roy Morgan survey last year, more than one in three Australians now have Netflix as subscriptions jumped 20% in first quarter of 2017. In 2017 Netflix also said it would spend more than US$1 billion on marketing, including an increase in programmatic advertising activity to drive member acquisition.

Lark, who was chief marketing and business officer as cloud-based accounting software company Xero and spent 14 years in marketing at Dell, is known for his outspoken views. Speaking at Ashton Media’s Marketing Tech Symposium on ‘The end of automation, Lark said “The tech adoption lifecycle is bollocks and most marketing is a trainwreck.”

It's not the first time Lark has joined an organisation that Buckman has recently exited, with Lark arriving at CommBank in 2011 after Buckman left for a role at Telstra.

Since exiting Foxtel last year, Buckman has been focussed on his own consulting business, Barangaroo Consulting Group, which is a mix of board advisory, private clients, philanthropy and investments.

Foxtel launched a campaign (below) to support the relaunch and revamp of its on demand service. The ad's 30 and 60-second spots, from TBWA Sydney, feature people speaking in unison as they sing the praises of an unnamed TV show.

Turner debuts FilmStruck international SVoD

From https://advanced-television.com/2018/01/19/turner-debuts-filmstruck-international-svod/

Turner International’s Digital Ventures & Innovation (DV&I) Group and Warner Bros Digital Networks (WBDN) have formed a joint venture to launch a new, multi-territory movie streaming service.

FilmStruck’s launch in the international marketplace will leverage the strength of assets at both companies, bringing together a broad and diverse movie catalogue as well as long-standing expertise in programming and curation. The service will draw primarily on the extensive Warner Bros library and the Criterion Collection library, as well as other global and local content partners.

FilmStruck will offer film lovers a broad collection of movies across many categories – mainstream, cult, independent, classics, art house, foreign and documentary film. The eclectic but highly accessible content will also feature curated themes, exclusive bonus material including cast interviews, Criterion original mini-documentaries and hosted introductions, and original artwork. The collection will be regularly refreshed.

The UK is the joint venture’s initial launch market in what is planned as a multi-market roll out over the next two years.

The UK service will launch in association with iconic cinema brand Curzon as FilmStruck Curzon and will feature a branded Curzon area within the service curated in collaboration with Curzon. including access to titles from the Curzon Artificial Eye film library. The agreement with Curzon also includes opportunities to leverage its established market position, experience, consumer base and cinema operations and to launch additional Curzon branded cinema services in other markets.

“We’re thrilled to take this significant step together as a joint venture with Warner Bros. Digital Networks, after many years of growing collaboration across various other projects with Warner Bros as a whole,” commented Aksel van der Wal, Executive Vice President, DV&I. “FilmStruck helps us realise a shared vision for what we see as a clear gap in the market for film lovers around the world. We’re also delighted to be working with a partner of Curzon’s heritage and prestige.”

“International film fans now have a new home for a wide and diverse range of movies including some of Warner Bros’ most iconic titles,” added Craig Hunegs, President, Business and Strategy, Warner Bros Television Group and President, Warner Bros. Digital Networks. “It’s Warner’s and Turner’s heritage to bring the best films to audiences, and Warner Bros. Digital Networks is very excited to partner with Aksel and the Turner team to do this in an even more direct and compelling way.”

“It is tremendously exciting to see FilmStruck Curzon launching in UK. We look forward to collaborating on the curation of the site and introducing this excellent service to our customers across the Curzon group. Our shared vision with Turner and Warner Bros. Digital teams has enormous potential. Curzon is thrilled to be joining at this early stage and see this collaboration as a further marker in our commitment to premium consumer services in the UK and internationally,” said Philip Mordecai, Director of Digital Ventures, Curzon.

The international expansion of Turner’s SVoD service FilmStruck marks Turner’s growing activity in the SVoD space outside of the US, and is its first SVoD service in the general entertainment space. Turner International now offers three international SVoD brands, with EI Plus in Brazil and the recently launched Nordics brand Toonix respectively providing sports and kids & family OTT products.

The addition of FilmStruck to its international portfolio of brands is also part of Turner’s wider strategy to do more in the OTT space and expand its options to create fan-centric experiences that engage new audiences.

FilmStruck Curzon is expected to roll out in the UK in the coming weeks and will be available on demand on most phones and tablets, online and on TV via streaming devices, with more devices to be added.

GSAT-11 could be last Indian satellite to be launched by a foreign rocket

From http://www.timesnownews.com/technology-science/article/gsat-11-could-be-last-indian-satellite-to-be-launched-by-a-foreign-rocket/191164

If things pan out as intended, the 5.7-tonne GSAT-11 will be most probably the last heavy Indian satellite to be launched by a foreign space agency, according to K. Sivan, Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

The GSAT-11 communication satellite will be launched by Arianespace's Ariane rocket soon.

"We are working on a dual concept: Increasing the carrying capacity of our heaviest rocket -- the 640-tonne Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mk III (GSLV Mk III) to six tonnes -- while producing high throughput and lower weight communication satellites," said Sivan.

He said nearly 60 per cent of the satellite weight consists of onboard chemical fuel and by opting for electric power for manoeuvring in space the mass of the satellite will be reduced.

The Indian space agency had tried electric propulsion in its GSAT 9 satellite.

At present, the GSLV Mk III rocket has a carrying capacity of four tonnes. The Indian space agency is working on increasing GSLV Mk III's carrying capacity to six tonnes.

"Now most of the satellites will be contained to four-six tonnes," Sivan said.

According to Sivan, the capacity enhancement is not restricted to GSLV Mk III alone but also to other rockets as it would bring down the overall launch cost.

But that doesn't mean ISRO would freeze development of higher payload rockets.

"We have the capability to design and build over six-tonne payload rockets. We will start designing for bigger rockets," Sivan remarked.

"Our major objectives are to increase the production of rockets so as to increase the number of satellite launches; enhance our rocket's capability; look at reduction of rocket production cost; develop and realise the small rocket with a carrying capacity of 500 kg and also realise reusable launch vehicle/rocket," Sivan remarked.

According to him, to increase the production of rockets, the space agency is looking at transferring the technology for making Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket to industries.

"We are working out the methodologies like joint venture for that purpose," Sivan said.

That apart, ISRO is also open for transferring the technologies developed by it to the private sector for commercialisation and wider use.

"For instance, we will be transferring the technology for making lithium ion battery that could be used to power automobiles," Sivan added.

Sivan said ISRO is also focusing on developing a reusable launch vehicle that involves a lot of new technologies and the Scramjet engine which in turn would reduce costs.

According to him, the first half of 2018 will be busy with the launch of Chandrayaan II (moon mission), GSAT 6A and a navigation satellite as the replacement for the first of the seven navigation satellites.

On January 12, ISRO launched its remote sensing satellite Cartosat.

Sixty-year-old Sivan, the new head of the Indian space agency, is not shy of saying that he wore trousers and chappals for the first time when he stepped into the Madras Institute of Technology (MIT) here for a degree in aeronautical engineering.

"I studied in Tamil medium in a government-owned school. I wore only dhoti and shirt without any footwear till I finished my graduation at the ST Hindu College in Nagercoil. Only after joining MIT did I start wearing trousers and chappals," Sivan told IANS.

Son of a farmer, Sivan used to help his father in farming and also in his vegetables/fruits trading activity during his school days. Today, as the head of one of the world's premier space agencies, Sivan's task is cut out.

Sivan's elder son has completed electronics and communication engineering and the younger son is pursuing a graduate degree in animation while his wife is a homemaker.

Queried about his management style Sivan said: "I delegate work and expect deliverables as promised. Space system is unforgiving. If there is a problem, it will fail."


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亚洲7号(105.5°E)卫星,3914 V 7259一组新增47 News频道,开锁播出。(2018-01-18)
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老挝1号(128.5°E)卫星,10910 H 45000一组MRTV频道开锁播出。(2018-01-18)
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China launches Long March 11 carrier rocket to send six satellites into space

From http://www.ecns.cn/2018/01-19/289141.shtml

China launched a Long March 11 carrier rocket on Friday to send six satellites into space, according to the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology.

The mission marked the first time that a Chinese solid-propellant rocket has been used to service a foreign client, the academy, which developed and built the rocket, said in a news release.

The Long March 11 blasted off at Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwestern China at 12: 12 pm and later put six small satellites — two Earth-observation satellites made by a State-owned firm, three experimental satellites from Chinese private companies as well as an unidentified one from a Canadian company — into orbit.

China leader in satellite atomic clocks

From http://www.ecns.cn/2018/01-19/289051.shtml

China leads development of satellite atomic clocks, researchers said Thursday.

BeiDou navigation satellites sent to orbit last week are fitted with the latest generation of rubidium and hydrogen atomic clocks developed by the Second Academy of China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp.

Compared with the previous generation, the new clocks are smaller, lighter, perform much better and are among the world's best, Chinese scientists said.

Atomic clocks use vibrations of atoms to measure time. An accurate and ultra-stable set of atomic clocks is essential for global navigation satellite systems that require a high degree of precision.

BeiDou aims to rival the GPS of the United States, Russia's GLONASS and the European Union's Galileo as an alternative global satellite navigation system. It intends to cover Belt and Road countries by the end of 2018 and operate globally by around 2020 with a 35-satellite constellation.

Japan launches successfully ASNARO-2 Earth observation satellite

From http://www.ibtimes.sg/japan-launches-successfully-asnaro-2-earth-observation-satellite-23278

Japan's solid fuel rocket named Epsilon-3, the third of its type, launches at its Uchinoura Space Center in Kimotsuki, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo on January 18, 2018. (Reuters)

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has successfully launched a new high-resolution Earth observation satellite on January 18 following similar launches by Asian giants India and China in recent days.

The newly launched Japan's earth observation satellite has been equipped with X-band radar to obtain high-resolution images of the terrains. It has been launched by a third-generation Epsilon rocket from the Uchinoura Space Center, in the southwestern prefecture of Kagoshima, Japan.

The Advanced Satellite with New System Architecture for Observation (ASNARO-2) has been developed by Japanese tech firm NEC for an observation span of 5 years. The 570-kg ASNARO-2 satellite had been successfully placed in its orbit at an altitude of 500km to deliver all-weather radar imagery at a resolution of 1 meter from the ground.

This was the first private launch mission for a JAXA launcher. The Epsilon rocket was first launched in September 2013 to place Japan's first remote planetary observing space telescope into orbit.

The Japanese aerospace agency has designed Epsilon as a smaller alternative to conventional rockets to reduce the cost of launching small-sized satellites. The recent launch cost of Epsilon is around $3.6 million which is roughly half the amount required by a conventional rocket's launch.

Meanwhile, India is also designing similar smaller launchers for carrying small-sized satellites. China has already developed a series of rockets named "Long March" for its varied sized space mission payloads.

Nanosatellites and microsatellites are gaining popularity for future missions. India's PSLV launcher has recently carried 30 micro and nanosatellite along with its earth observation satellite Cartosat-2f during its launch mission on January 12.

China has recently sent SuperView-1 03/04 remote sensing observation satellite to provide high-resolution images of the Earth surface. The satellite was developed to provide 0.5-meter resolution images for commercial application. Meanwhile, India's Cartosat-2f has 0.6-meter resolution for strategic civil and military applications.

DISH files illegal IPTV suits

From https://advanced-television.com/2018/01/19/dish-files-illegal-iptv-suits/

US pay—TV platform DISH has filed two lawsuits with the aim of ending distribution of Arabic channels and content for which it has the exclusive licences. The complaints against Spider-TV and Tiger Star are similar, alleging that the entities are capturing broadcasts of certain TV channels licensed exclusively to DISH, including MBC and Al Jazeera Arabic News, and unlawfully retransmitting them over the Internet to their respective customers throughout the US.

“We feel it is our responsibility to ensure the channels and shows we pay to carry exclusively are not pirated and sold illegally,” asserted Timothy Messner, executive vice president and general counsel at DISH. “Despite our best efforts to ask both Spider-TV and Tiger Star voluntarily to cease transmitting the channels without authorisation, they have continued to distribute the content, leaving us no course but legal action.”

Beginning in 2017, DISH sent over 100 notices to Spider-TV, Tiger Star, and their respective Internet Service Providers demanding that they cease transmitting television content in violation of DISH’s exclusive rights. Spider-TV and Tiger Star ignored those demands.

The Protected Channels that DISH has the exclusive rights to carry, and that Spider-TV and Tiger Star distributed, include Al Arabiya, Al Hayah 1, Al Jazeera Arabic News, Al Nahar, ART Cinema, Dream 2, Future TV, Iqraa, LDC, MBC1, Murr TV (aka MTV Lebanon), NBN, New TV (aka Al Jadeed), Noursat and ONTV, among others.

Both Spider-TV and Tiger Star employ similar means to deliver the pirated content to their users. As outlined in each complaint: “Defendants capture live broadcast signals of the Protected Channels, transcode these signals into a format useful for streaming over the Internet, transfer the transcoded content to one or more servers provided, controlled, and maintained by Defendants, and then transmit the Protected channels to users of the Service through OTT delivery, including users in the United States.”


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东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,CT(菲律宾)频道消失,设置11510 H 20000参数无效接收。[01-18]
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印度Insat-4A(83.0°E)卫星,3756 H 13333一组Swaraj Express替换IBA News Network频道,开锁播出。(2018-01-18)

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After India, Japan now successfully launches own Earth observation satellite

From http://www.ibtimes.sg/after-india-japan-now-successfully-launches-own-earth-observation-satellite-23257

Japan's Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on Thursday successfully launched a new Earth observation satellite, equipped with X-band radar which is capable of obtaining high-resolution terrain images. India launched its own Cartosat 2F satellite for similar mission on January 12.

The Advanced Satellite with New System Architecture for Observation (ASNARO-2) was launched aboard a third-generation Epsilon rocket from the Uchinoura Space Center, in the southwestern prefecture of Kagoshima, Japan, Efe reported.

"The launch and flight of Epsilon-3 took place normally," JAXA said in the statement, and further confirmed that after approximately 52 minutes into the flight, the 570 kg ASNARO-2 satellite successfully separated from the rocket.

ASNARO-2, developed by Japanese tech firm NEC, will perform Earth-observation tasks for five years from its orbit at an altitude of about 500 km and can deliver all weather radar imagery at a 1 meter resolution on the ground.

This was the first launch of a JAXA Epsilon rocket ordered by a private company, a successful concept which the Japanese Aerospace agency hopes will boost this type of order.

The Japanese aerospace agency designed the Epsilon to be smaller than conventional rockets to reduce the cost of launching small-sized satellites.

The cost of this launch is estimated to be around $36 million, roughly half the cost of conventional rockets.

The first Epsilon rocket was launched in September 2013 to put the first remote planetary observing space telescope into orbit.

Impending Geomagnetic Storm Could Wipe Out Earth's Satellites and Power Grid

From https://www.outerplaces.com/science/item/17547-geomagnetic-storm-wipe-out-earth-satellites-power-grid

It's like Y2K all over again, except this time the force that could supposedly leave the planet in the dark is from space and not a coding bug in our computer systems. An impending geomagnetic storm on Friday, January 19 could wipe out Earth's power grids and satellite systems.

"A geomagnetic storm is a major disturbance of Earth's magnetosphere that occurs when there is a very efficient exchange of energy from the solar wind into the space environment surrounding Earth," says the NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center.

"While the storms create beautiful aurora, they also can disrupt navigation systems such as the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) and create harmful geomagnetic induced currents (GICs) in the power grid and pipelines."

Power geomagnetic storms can also expose high altitude pilots to increased levels of radiation, disrupt radio signals, and throw off GPS systems. So is it time to panic and run to the nearest fallout shelter? Not exactly.

This Friday's storm is classified as a G1, which is categorized as "minor" according to the NOAA. The likelihood of a G1 crippling our systems for any significant amount of time is slim, but fluctuations are possible.

G1 geomagnetic storms are more common than "extreme" G5s (about 1700 times every 11 years, compared to just four times per solar cycle).

There is no way to predict exactly when the storms will hit, but scientists can predict when fast solar winds will sweep Earth's magnetic field (Coronal Mass Ejections), which are what cause the storms.

The NOAA Space Weather Prediction Centre sends out alerts for geomagnetic storms on its Facebook page, so in the event that a more serious G5 is on the way, we will know and will hopefully be prepared for it.


Just a quick update

Feed from Tuesday night

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From cnsat

中星9号(92.2°E)卫星,11880 L 28800一组新增一套高清测试频道,锁码播出。(2018-01-17)
泰星5/6/8号(78.5°E)卫星,11640 H 30000一组新增Thai CH20、Kidkit HD等三个频道,开锁播出。(2018-01-17)
中星9号(92.2°E)卫星,11880 L 28800一组新增两套测试广播节目。(2018-01-17)
泰星5/6/8号(78.5°E)卫星,12605 V 30000一组I Movies、A Film等频道恢复锁码播出。(2018-01-17)

韩星5A号(113.0°E)卫星,新增LGCC频道,设置参数12355 H 3333锁码播出。(2018-01-16)
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韩星5A号(113.0°E)卫星,MBC HD频道更改符号率,设置12666 H 3818开锁播出。(2018-01-16)
越星1/2号(132.0°E)卫星,11472 H 23200一组Ha Noi 2频道开锁播出。(2018-01-16)


Adelaide to host satellite mission control centre

From https://indaily.com.au/news/2018/01/17/adelaide-host-satellite-mission-control-centre/

South Australian taxpayers will contribute $500,000 to the establishment of an Adelaide mission control centre for nanosatellites.

In the latest of a spate of announcements about the future jobs fund, the Government said today that local company, Fleet Space Technologies, would match the taxpayer funding for the project, which is expected to create 17 ongoing jobs.

The “Mission Control South Australia” project will more than double Fleet’s staff numbers.

Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis said the grant meant the company could build and run the mission control centre in Adelaide using local employees who would staff the centre 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Fleet is a growing SA company which aims to launch a “constellation” of 100 nanosatellites – each measuring 30cm x 30cm x 40cm – beginning later this year.

The satellites would be part of the technology powering the “Internet of Things” – the concept of connecting devices, beyond the expected computers and smartphones, to the internet. The technology could be applied to tasks such as tracking livestock movements, supply chain logistics, mining industries or monitoring the environment.

Fleet CEO Flavia Tata Nardini said the company wanted to “put South Australia on the map as a space hub”.

“While we have global ambitions, it is important to us that we continue to contribute to our local economy as we scale,” she said. “This grant enables us to create technical jobs that will grow the space industry here in Adelaide.”

She said the company had hired 20 people in the past nine months and it would be hiring many more.

Having mission control in South Australia was an important step, she said. Without this project, the satellite constellation would have been controlled from overseas.

The control centre would undertake the complicated task of tracking satellites to ensure they were in the correct positions, monitoring data and ensuring customers were receiving and sending the right data.

Koutsantonis said the project would “strengthen South Australia’s burgeoning space industry and attract the best and brightest to our state”.

Electron test launch from New Zealand could happen this weekend

From https://spaceflightnow.com/2018/01/16/electron-test-launch-from-new-zealand-could-happen-this-weekend/

The second test flight of Rocket Lab’s privately-developed Electron satellite booster could take off from New Zealand as soon as Friday night, U.S. time, after technical problems and high winds kept the rocket grounded during a series of launch attempts in December.

The U.S.-New Zealand company hoped to launch its second Electron rocket during a 10-day window in December, but officials decided to push back the mission to January after scrubbing several launch attempts.

Rocket Lab has a new pre-approved nine-day launch window coordinated with the Federal Aviation Administration, the regulatory agency responsible for overseeing its operations, and New Zealand airspace authorities.

The first launch opportunity will come Friday night, U.S. time, during a four-hour launch window opening at 8:30 p.m. EST (0130 GMT; 2:30 p.m. New Zealand time Saturday). The Electron rocket will lift off from Rocket Lab’s private launch site on Mahia Peninsula, which extends from the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island.

The launch will be webcast live online, according to Rocket Lab.

Rocket Lab has nicknamed the demonstration flight “Still Testing” to emphasize the experimental nature of the mission. The company’s first Electron launch on May 25, 2017, was christened “It’s a Test.”

The maiden Electron flight last year ended prematurely due to a ground system fault that caused safety officials to lose track of the rocket during its climb into space. A safety officer monitoring the mission to ensure the rocket did not stray from cleared airspace followed procedures and sent a command to terminate the flight.

But Rocket Lab said the Electron rocket was performing as expected, and engineers traced the problem to a programming error in ground tracking equipment from a third party provider.

The first test launch last year demonstrated the Electron rocket’s first stage, which burned its nine kerosene-fueled Rutherford main engines for approximately two-and-a-half minutes. The second stage ignited and jettisoned the rocket’s payload shroud before the mission ended short of entering orbit around Earth.

The objective of the second launch is to reach orbit, proving the rest of the second stage’s performance and testing the Electron’s payload deployment systems.

Three small commercial CubeSats, each about the size of a toaster oven, are stowed aboard the 55-foot-tall (17-meter) rocket. Two are owned by Spire Global, which operates a fleet of commercial weather and ship tracking CubeSats, and another comes from Planet, owner of a constellation of Earth-imaging satellites.

Spire and Planet are based in San Francisco, and they are among a number of small satellite operators which could use future Electron rocket flights to expand their fleets.

The Electron rocket will aim to release the three CubeSats into an elliptical, egg-shaped polar-type orbit between 186 miles and 310 miles (300-500 kilometers) above Earth about eight-and-a-half minutes after liftoff from New Zealand.

A fresh batch of Rutherford main engines for a future Electron rocket launch recently completed assembly at Rocket Lab’s factory in Huntington Beach, California. Each Rutherford engine burns kerosene and liquid oxygen to generate nearly 4,000 pounds of thrust at sea level. Credit: Rocket Lab

With a headquarters and factory in Huntington Beach, California, a development center in Auckland and a launch pad on Mahia Peninsula, Rocket Lab has several customers booked for future missions, including NASA.

The two-stage Electron rocket can place up to 330 pounds (150 kilograms) into sun-synchronous orbit 300 miles (500 kilometers) above Earth, according to Rocket Lab. The company says each Electron mission will sell for $4.9 million, a fraction of the cost of other rockets currently flying.

But other companies are also vying for the small launcher market, including Virgin Orbit with its air-dropped LauncherOne booster set to fly for the first time later this year, and several more competitors are in earlier stages of development.

Satellites which currently must ride to orbit as piggyback payloads on a larger rocket could get a dedicated trip to orbit on Electron flights, giving their owners a say in the launch date and target orbit.

“Increased access to space will vastly improve humanity’s ability to build orbital infrastructure, such as constellations of weather and Earth-imaging satellites,” said Peter Beck, founder and CEO of Rocket Lab. “These will provide more data about our planet and enable us as a species to make informed decisions about how we better manage our impact. This test launch is a crucial next step in gathering more data from Electron so we can deliver on this future.”

Last month’s launch attempts were scrubbed out of an abundance of caution, Rocket Lab officials said.

Computers overseeing the Electron countdown aborted launch at T-minus 2 seconds on one attempt Dec. 11, U.S. time, one second after ignition of the rocket’s nine first stage engines. Sensors detected that liquid oxygen feeding into the engines was too warm, so the countdown sequencer automatically aborted the launch.

It turned out balmy temperatures at the New Zealand launch site warmed the cryogenic propellant.

Other issues faced by the Rocket Lab team in December included a power system glitch, and high winds aloft kept the Electron on the ground during a portion of the 10-day window.

“Once again, we’re expecting to scrub multiple times as we wait for perfect conditions and make sure everything on the vehicle is performing as it should,” Beck said.

China to launch first student satellite for scientific education

From https://www.ecns.cn/2018/01-17/288824.shtml

China's first nano-satellite with primary and middle school students involved in the development and building process will be launched into space Friday.

The satellite, named after late Premier Zhou Enlai, was sent from its production base in Huai'an Youth Comprehensive Development Base in east China's Jiangsu Province to Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China's Gansu Province Monday, where a CZ-11 solid fuel rocket is scheduled to put it into orbit Friday.

Twenty teenagers who participated in the development project accompanied the transport group to the launch center and will witness the lift-off.

Zhang Xiang, chief designer of the satellite, said that the nano-satellite, weighing 2 kilograms, is set to run in sun-synchronous orbit. Equipped with a HD optical camera, it can capture space photos with the highest resolution among those shot by other Chinese satellites for scientific education purpose.

Zhang said that the students had taken their spare time to join the development and groundbased simulation performance of the satellite, and had learnt to assemble and practice voice data transfer and telecommunication applications.

"A scientific satellite like this is like a teacher in space, carrying cameras or spectroscopes to study the upper atmosphere or to shoot space pictures of the stars. Students can grasp the mystery of the universe through the messages transmitted by the teacher," said Zhang, a professor with Nanjing University of Science and Engineering.

The satellite project was approved in 2016. The administration office of Huai'an Youth Comprehensive Development Base is the main organizer of the project. It is aiming to become the largest and most advanced youth aerospace science museum in China.

"The satellite not only offers an opportunity for local teenagers to engage in such an aerospace project, but stimulates enthusiasm in space science among all students in the schools," said Wang Qiming, director of the administration office.

"It is so much fun to know the secrets of a scientific satellite. I am proud of being part of the development," said Lu Ke, a member of the young team.

The student from the Huai'an Zhou Enlai Red Army Middle School is looking forward to watching the whole launch process Friday.

"Watching our satellite lifting off will be so cool that I will probably be moved into tears," he said.

Irish court blocks infringing websites

From https://advanced-television.com/2018/01/16/irish-court-blocks-infringing-websites/

The Motion Picture Association (the international branch of the Motion Picture Association of America), which represents some of the world’s biggest television and film studios, has secured a High Court injunction in Ireland directing Internet Service Providers to block websites involved in piracy. The suit alleges that several websites gave up to 1.5 million people in Ireland access to unlicensed video content, either through streaming or peer-to-peer file transfers.

Mr Justice Brian McGovern said that he was satisfied that the websites in question had engaged in widespread infringement of the studios’ copyright, and that there were “significant public interest grounds to grant the orders sought by the Motion Picture Association, which represents Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Universal, Warner Bros, Paramount, Disney, Columbia and Sony Pictures.

Proceedings were brought against Eircom, Sky Ireland, Vodafone Ireland, Virgin Media Ireland, Three Ireland, Digiweb, Imagine Telecommunications and Magnet Networks. None opposed the application.

The websites blocked include Gomovies, Rarbg, EZTV and Watchfree.

Stan McCoy, Senior Vice President and Regional Policy Director EMEA at the MPA, said that preventing the pirate sites from freely disturbing other people’s work would help provide greater job security for the 18,000 people employed through the Irish film industry.

Chromecast Devices Can Cause Wi-Fi Connectivity Issues

From http://variety.com/2018/digital/news/chromecast-wifi-issues-1202665282/

Some of Google’s streaming hardware is causing Wifi connectivity issues, according to multiple reports from router makes as well as affected users. Router makers have been issuing firmware updates; Google has said it is investigating the issue.

Reports about the issue first surfaced in Google’s product forum in December, with users reporting that devices like the company’s new Google Home Max speaker were rendering their Wifi networks unusable. Soon, other users were chiming in and reporting similar issues with a range of Google devices, including the Google Home and Home Mini smart speakers as well as the company’s Chromecast streaming adapter.

This week, router makers began to respond to the reports as well, with TP-Link telling customers that the issue at heart may actually be tied to mobile apps trying to discover Google’s devices. This discovery process usually entails sending messages, or “packets” in networking lingo, every 20 or so seconds.

“However, we have discovered that the devices will sometimes broadcast a large amount of these packets at a very high speed in a short amount of time,” the company explained on its website. ” This occurs when the device is awakened from its ‘sleep’ state, and could exceed more than 100,000 packets. “

Such an onslaught of data can knock out a home Wifi network, which is why TP Link released patches for its routers this week. Linksys has released a similar fix for some of its Wifi routers.

Google acknowledged the issue in a statement sent to Variety: “We’re aware that a small number of users are having issues and our team is working quickly to share a solution.” The company didn’t go into further details about the cause of the issue.


NHK Premium on Cband Intelsat 19 is/was FTA usually Conax

Tuesday Feeds

D2 12635 V Sr 7400 8PSK 5/6 DVB-S2 "Sky NZ Pop Up 1 (TBS)" Tennis

D2 12644 V Sr 7400 8PSK 5/6 DVB-S2 "TBS AOT 16 (Telstra)" Encrypted
D2 12653 V Sr 7500 8PSK 5/6 DVB-S2 "U19CWC 1A NZ Sts (Adtec Digital)" Encrypted
D2 12662 V Sr 7500 8PSK 3/4 DVB-S2 "TBS1 GUNNEDAH (GlobeCast Oz)" Horses

D2 12447 H Sr 7500 8PSK 3/4 DVB-S2 "TBS SNG (Telstra Broadcast Services)" Cycling

D2 12478 H Sr 30000 8PSK 3/4 DVB-S2 5 feeds Cycling
TDU PATH 1A (Telstra)
TDU PATH 1B (Telstra)
TDU PATH 2A (Telstra)
TDU PATH 2B (Telstra)
TDU PATH Heli (Telstra)

D2 12509 H Sr 7500 8PSK 3/4 DVB-S2 "TBS 7 (Telstra Broadcast Services)" Cycling

Asiasat 5 3806 H Sr 7500 "003TBS - SAPPHIRE COAST RACES" Cycling
Asiasat 5 4174 H Sr 6600 "GlobeCast 1" WWE Raw
Asiasat 5 3707 H Sr 7200 "First_service" China Woman Basketball

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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,BTV National(孟加拉)频道加密,设置3690 V 11390参数有条件接收。[01-16]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,Ha Noi 2(VTC)频道解密,设置11472 H 23200参数免费接收。[01-16]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,东森亚洲新闻(数码天空)高清频道改格式,设置12660 V 45000参数免费接收。[01-16]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,东森亚洲新闻(数码天空)高清频道改格式,设置12660 V 45000参数免费接收。[01-16]

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,Tai 3 HD、Kidkit Csat(高清)等频道重现,设置11640 H 30000参数免费接收。[01-15]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,DD National HD(高清)频道消失,设置11630 V 30000参数无效接收。 [1月15日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2A号卫星Ku频段,B4U Movies、澳门莲花(MPEG-4)等14个频道新增,设置12588 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [1月15日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Tag、ABS-CBN Regional(Sky Direct)频道消失,设置12531 V 30000参数无效接收。 [1月15日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Liga HD、Liga(ABS-CBN)频道加密,设置4180 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [1月15日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Holla Shop替换Metro TV(测试)频道,设置4080 H 28125参数免费接收。 [1月15日]

From cnsat

泰星5/6号(78.5°E)卫星,11640 H 30000一组Line Thai HD、Brauty HD等高清频道开锁播出。(2018-01-16)
亚太V号(138.0°E)卫星,12660 V 45000一组东森亚洲新闻升级为高清格式,开锁播出。(2018-01-16)
亚洲7号(105.5°E)卫星,4100 V 29720一组新增Boomerang HD频道锁码播出。(2018-01-16)

泰星5/6号(78.5°E)卫星,11640 H 30000一组新增Ani+Plus HD等频道,开锁播出。(2018-01-15)
中星10号(110.5°E)卫星,4076 V 22500一组Liga Santander2、Liga Santander3开锁播出。(2018-01-15)
ABS-2A(75.0°E)卫星,12588 V 45000一组新增NHK World TV、莲花卫视等频道,锁码播出。(2018-01-15)
SES-7/9(108.2°E)卫星,12531 V 30000一组Liga替换ABS-CBN Regional、RESERVE替换Tag、RESERVED替换Liga,依旧锁码播出。
泰星5/6号(78.5°E)卫星,11640 H 30000一组新增Ani+Plus HD等频道,开锁播出。(2018-01-15)
中星10号(110.5°E)卫星,4076 V 22500一组Liga Santander2、Liga Santander3开锁播出。(2018-01-15)
印度G-Sat 15(93.5°E)卫星,11610 V 30000一组DD National HD频道消失。(2018-01-15)
ABS-2A(75.0°E)卫星,12588 V 45000一组新增NHK World TV、莲花卫视等频道,锁码播出。(2018-01-15)
SES-7/9(108.2°E)卫星,12531 V 30000一组Liga替换ABS-CBN Regional、RESERVE替换Tag、RESERVED替换Liga,依旧锁码播出。(2018-01-15)


China approves advanced radio telescope project

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/China_approves_advanced_radio_telescope_project_999.html

China is to have a new radio telescope to "listen" to the universe.

Proposed by the Xinjiang Astronomical Observatory, the world's largest fully steerable single-dish radio telescope will be built in Qitai County in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

The telescope will be 110 meters in diameter, over 100 meters tall and weigh around 6,000 tonnes. Scheduled to go into service in 2023, it will cover three-fourths of the sky.

"The antenna, the world's largest, will be able to trace the origins of any signals received," said Song Huagang of the Chinese Academy of Science Xinjiang observatory.

The telescope will operate at 150 MHz to 115 GHz and assist research on gravitational waves, black holes and dark matter.

The Xinjiang observatory is currently equipped with a 25-meter radio telescope. The new telescope will be roughly 20 times bigger.

The new site in Shihezi is a sparsely populated foothill of Tianshan Mountains in northeast Xinjiang. The mountain ranges surrounding the site will shield the telescope from electromagnetic noise.

Besides the planned telescope, China is already planning or working on impressive astronomical telescopes.

In 2016, the 500-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST), the world's largest single-dish radio telescope, went into service in southwest China's Guizhou Province.

China's largest optical telescope, at 12 meters, is expected to be built in Tibet Autonomous Region. The project is included in China's large-scale sci-tech infrastructure plan for 2016 to 2020.

SES-15 Enters Commercial Service to Serve the Americas

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/SES_15_Enters_Commercial_Service_to_Serve_the_Americas_999.html

SES reports that the new SES-15 spacecraft has been operational at the 129 degrees West orbital position since 1 January. As planned, the all-electric satellite took six months to reach its orbital position and to successfully complete its testing.

SES-15 carries a hybrid payload, comprising Ku-band wide beams and Ku-band High Throughput Satellite (HTS) capability, with connectivity to gateways in Ka-band. SES's first hybrid satellite is equipped with 16 Ku-band transponders (36 MHz equivalent) as well as HTS capabilities to serve North America, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.

SES-15's high throughput payload will deliver optimised and flexible coverage for major global inflight connectivity and entertainment (IFC/IFE) service providers, such as Global Eagle, Gogo and Panasonic Avionics.

In addition, SES-15 has a dedicated wide beam that is designed to enable IFC/IFE providers to deliver live TV content on all flight routes across the US, including Hawaii and Alaska, as well as Canada, the Caribbean and Mexico. This unique combination of beams allows IFC/IFE providers to optimise HTS capacity use for internet traffic and wide beam coverage for broadcast content.

SES-15 also carries a Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) hosted payload, which will enable the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to augment existing Global Positioning Systems (GPS) with the goal of improving accuracy, integrity and availability of the system for the aviation industry.

SES-15 was successfully launched onboard a Soyuz rocket from the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana on 18 May 2017.

Martin Halliwell, Chief Technology Officer at SES, said, "An operational SES-15 has been much anticipated by our customers. The hybrid satellite, which has both wide beams and high throughput capability, empowers our aeronautical customers to offer even faster connectivity speeds to airlines. In addition, the WAAS hosted payload will enable the US FAA to improve GPS. The Boeing, Arianespace and SES teams have done an excellent job in making this possible."

The beginning of contracted services on SES-15's HTS payload represents an important milestone in supporting SES's future growth trajectory and its strategy to develop innovative and high-power capabilities for specific and dynamic markets.

SES-15 will be followed by the launches of two more hybrid geostationary (GEO) satellites with widebeam / HTS capabilities, SES-14 and SES-12, as well as another four O3b medium earth orbit (MEO) satellites in the near future. SES-14 will serve the Americas and the Atlantic region, and SES-12 will cover Asia-Pacific, and the Middle East. Together with SES-17, another HTS which will be launched in 2021, they will offer a global, multi-frequency system for aeronautical, maritime, government and enterprise customers.

US releases Notorious Markets List

From https://advanced-television.com/2018/01/15/us-releases-notorious-markets-list-2/

United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has announced the findings of the 2017 Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets, also known as the Notorious Markets List (List). The List highlights 25 online markets and 18 physical markets around the world that are reported to be engaging in and facilitating substantial copyright piracy and trademark counterfeiting.

This activity harms the American economy by undermining the innovation and intellectual property rights (IPR) of US owners of IPR in foreign markets. Imports in counterfeit and pirated physical products is estimated at nearly half a trillion dollars, or around 2.5 per cent of global imports.

“Marketplaces worldwide that contribute to illicit trade cause severe harm to the American economy, innovation, and workers,” said Lighthizer. “The Trump Administration is committed to holding intellectual property right violators accountable and intensifying efforts to combat counterfeiting and piracy.”

The 2017 Notorious Markets List maintains its special focus on the distribution of pirated content and counterfeit goods online. This year, the report highlights illicit streaming devices as an emerging piracy model of growing concern. The report also calls on several e-commerce platforms to improve takedown procedures, proactive measures, and cooperation with right holders—particularly small and medium-sized businesses—to decrease the volume and prevalence of counterfeit and pirated goods on their platforms.

Over the past year, some market owners and operators have made efforts to address the widespread availability of pirated or counterfeit goods in their markets. Some governments also continue to institute novel strategies to combat piracy and counterfeiting. These strategies include: voluntary initiatives with advertising networks to cut off financial support for websites devoted to copyright infringement; installing intellectual property enforcement centres on-location in high-priority physical markets; and using skills training to reorient former counterfeit sellers towards operating legitimate businesses. At the same time, we vigilantly monitor marketplaces with a record of piracy and counterfeit goods.

USTR first identified notorious markets in the Special 301 Report in 2006. Since February 2011, USTR has published annually the Notorious Markets List separately from the Special 301 Report, pursuant to an ‘Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets’, to increase public awareness and help market operators and governments prioritise IPR enforcement efforts that protect American businesses and their workers.

The Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets identifies particularly notable online and physical markets that facilitate unfair competition with US products. The report does not constitute an exhaustive list of all markets reported to deal in pirated or counterfeit goods around the world, nor does it reflect findings of legal violations or the US Government’s analysis of the general IPR protection and enforcement climate in the country concerned. Such analysis is contained in the annual Special 301 Report issued at the end of April each year.

This announcement concludes the 2017 Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets, which USTR initiated on August 16th, 2017, through publication in the Federal Register of a request for public comments. The US government agencies represented on the USTR-chaired Special 301 Subcommittee of the Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) developed the Notorious Markets List based primarily on information received in response to the Federal Register request.

Responding to the release of the report, Charles Rivkin, Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, said: “The American film and television industry is a key driver of the US economy, supporting 2.1 million domestic jobs and registering a positive trade balance with nearly every country around the world. But as today’s USTR report makes clear, online content theft undermines America’s creative economy. Illicit streaming devices (ISDs), specifically, represent a considerable and growing threat to the film and television community, with one study estimating that six per cent of North American households have a device with Kodi software configured to access pirated content.”

“USTR’s report rightly shines a much-needed spotlight on this specific type of notorious market, which impacts the livelihoods of so many American workers. We commend the USTR for highlighting global strategies to combat this ever-evolving threat, and look forward to working with USTR and the broader interagency team to protect and enforce US intellectual property rights.”

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Spain: ‘Operation Fake’ arrests more pay-TV pirates

From https://advanced-television.com/2018/01/15/spain-operation-fake-arrests-more-pay-tv-pirates/

Spanish police have arrested three people in Barcelona, Cadiz and Vigo for pirating pay-TV by mass-sharing software through Internet forums to over 500,000 users.

The hackers sold software and CCAM, NewCam and TIKS protocols to illegally watch pay-TV and even offered tutorials teaching how to do it.

The police operation, called ‘Fake’. has resulted in over 30 arrests since 2015. In its first phase, police put an end to an international organisation that distributed hacked STBs to watch pay-TV channels.

Earth-i launches prototype of world's first full-colour, full-motion video satellite constellation

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Earth_i_launches_prototype_of_worlds_first_full_colour_full_motion_video_satellite_constellation_999.html

British 'New Space' pioneer Earth-i has confirmed that the pre-production prototype satellite of its upcoming satellite constellation was successfully launched late last week.

The new commercial constellation - which the company announced is called Vivid-i - will be the first of its kind to provide full-colour video; and the first European-owned constellation able to provide both video and still images.

The multiple satellites within the Vivid-i Constellation will significantly increase the ability of companies and institutions to monitor, track and analyse activities, patterns of life and changes at any location on earth.

Dr Graham Turnock, Chief Executive of the UK Space Agency, said: ["Today's] launch is a significant moment for the UK and global space industries with Earth-i's progress being tracked across the world. Earth-i is an exciting and innovative British company and is a fine example of our thriving space sector.

"The Government's recently published Industrial Strategy set out a clear vision for the UK to become the world's most innovative nation and we are working with industry to capture 10% of the global space market by 2030."

The prototype satellite, designated CARBONITE-2 by manufacturer Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL), was launched on the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle from the Sriharikota rocket launch centre operated by the Indian Space Research Organisation, located in South East India.

CARBONITE-2 is a technology demonstration mission, operated by SSTL, and will be referred to as VividX2 by the Earth-i team.

It will demonstrate and prove technology and processes for Earth-i's forthcoming constellation including tasking, data downlinks to ground stations, image quality and the complex motion control systems that enable the spacecraft to capture video from space.

The satellite weighs 100kg and will orbit at 505km above the earth travelling at approximately 7km a second. At the heart of the new satellite is an Ultra High Definition (UHD) camera which will capture high-resolution images for any location on Earth - and film up to two minutes at a time of video which can show moving objects such as vehicles, vessels and aircraft.

Earth-i is at the forefront of an era known as New Space which is being driven by commercial and governmental organisations that want to use high-quality, timely images and video from space to improve investment and trading decisions, monitor and track their assets more cost effectively, track changes or activities in critical locations - and predict future events with more certainty.

Earth-i is working with the space industry's most innovative and dynamic companies. It has already ordered the next five satellites for its Vivid-i constellation from SSTL; appointed Norway's KSAT (Kongsberg Satellite Services) to provide ground network services; and commissioned software from Swedish photogrammetry and imagery specialist, Spacemetric, to manage, catalogue and geometrically correct images and video from its new prototype satellite.

Josef Aschbacher, Director of Earth Observation Programmes at the European Space Agency (ESA) said: "The launch of VividX2 is a significant next development of Earth-i's constellation, and welcomed by ESA. The Vivid-i Constellation will provide capabilities we haven't seen before including full-colour video, and an assured stream of high-quality data from space to help improve both our planet and our lives on Earth.

ESA looks forward to working with Earth-i to assess the benefits of Vivid-i observations as part of a renewed effort of ESA to engage with commercial companies to support European Earth Observation ventures."

Earth-i's Vivid-i Constellation will be a major leap forward for the Earth Observation industry providing a number of innovative capabilities including:

+ The provision of high-frame rate images with resolutions better than one metre for any location on Earth.

+ The ability to film moving objects such as vehicles, vessels and aircraft in Ultra High Definition colour video.

+ Revisiting the same location multiple times per day with agile satellites that can be pointed to image specific areas of interest.

+ Rapid tasking of satellites to take images or video, and fast data download within minutes of acquisition.

Footage will be available for analysis within minutes of being captured and will improve decision-making and response times in a wide variety of scenarios from change detection to object identification, from disaster response to infrastructure monitoring.

Richard Blain, CEO of Earth-i, said: ["Today] is a significant milestone for Earth-i and for the global space industry. It's the culmination of much hard work by the teams at Earth-i and SSTL. We are now researching and testing the technology and data services for the Vivid-i Constellation using the still and video imagery from this prototype - and showing our customers what will be possible in the future from new capabilities such as colour video from space."


New record low SR Found
Chinasat 12 87.5E 4011 V Sr 300 "MUMBAI AUDIO SERVICE"

Monday feeds

Optus D2 12634 V Sr 7400 Fec 5/6 FTA Sky NZ popup 2 chs Tennis

Sunday feeds

Asiasat 5 4076 H Sr 7200 "DSNG3-A" Golf

Optus D2 12670 V Sr 7500 "Hamilton harness tbs2 (Telstra Broadcast Services)" Horses
Optus D2 12679 V Sr 7500 "TBS1 WELLINGTON (GlobeCast Oz)" Horses

Asiasat 5 3925 H Sr 7200 "Telemedia SNG" S.A Open Golf

Saturday feeds

Asiasat 5 3931 V Sr 15000 "FE-PRIMARY" Formula E Motor Race

Optus D2 12469 H Sr 15000 "IP Uplinks.com" WNBL

Asiasat 5 3907 H Sr 7500 "MagicMill MAIN - STS 4" Horse racing channel 7

Asiasat 5 3894 H Sr 7500 "U19CWC 1A NZ Sts" NZ vs WI under 19 Cricket World CUp

Optus D2 12643 V Sr 7500 "Tandberg Service (TandbergTV)" Horses
Optus D2 12653 V Sr 7500 "008TBS - ENC1 (Telstra Broadcast Services)" horses
Optus D2 12661 V Sr 7500 "Telstra Broadcast Service (Telstra Broadcast Services)" Aus channel 10

Optus D1 12652 V Sr 7200 Fec 3/4 DVB-S "7BCM D1/T7 Slot 3" Horse race card same feed on Asiasat 5

Optus D2 12446 H Sr 7500 "A5 Path 1 (Net 1)" Encrypted

Optus D2 12675 V Sr 15000
"BBL Alice 1 (Astralinks) Encrypted
"Astra 3 Path 2 (Astralinks) Encrypted

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From the Dish

Koreasat 5A 113.0E 12602 H "EBS I has replaced BBS" on , Fta

Yamal 401 90.0E 11385 H "NTV" has left again.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3725 H "Jai Kisan News" has left .

ABS 2A 75.0E 10985 H "Russkiy Bestseller International" has left .

Intelsat 20 68.5E 11014 V "Alma Sport" has left .

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东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2A号卫星Ku频段,B4U Movies、澳门莲花(MPEG-4)等14个频道新增,设置12588 V 45000参数有条件接收。[01-15]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Tag、ABS-CBN Regional(Sky Direct)频道消失,设置12531 V 30000参数无效接收。 [1月15日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Liga HD、Liga(ABS-CBN)频道加密,设置4180 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [1月15日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Holla Shop替换Metro TV(测试)频道,设置4080 H 28125参数免费接收。 [1月15日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,RTV替换TVN-1(印尼)频道,设置3863 V 4333参数免费接收。 [1月15日]

\东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Jaikisan News(印度)频道消失,设置3725 H 26665参数无效接收。 [1月14日]
东经92.2度轨道位置的中星9号卫星Ku频段,测试9-标清1、测试9-标清2(户户通)等频道新增,设置12140 R 28800参数有条件接收。[01-14]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号星C段,Cartoon Kids、Seoul Channel(泰国)等全组频道加密,设置3840 V 12500参数有条件接收。[01-14]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Ruai TV替换Smile Home Shopping(印尼)频道,设置3880 H 29900参数免费接收。[01-14]
东经83度轨道位置的G-Sat 10号卫星C频段,Arra TV、K test 1(印度)等4个频道新增,设置3860 V 3925参数免费接收。[01-14]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Nagorik TV HD(高清)频道改频率,设置4035 V 4610参数免费接收。[01-14]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Iqra Bangla(孟加拉)频道消失,设置3769 H 13333参数无效接收。[01-14]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Gazi TV(孟加拉)频道加密,设置3805 H 4800参数有条件接收。 [1月14日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,AMC Korea(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置4000 H 29700参数无效接收。 [1月14日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Arra TV、K test 1(MPEG-4)等全组频道消失,设置3816 H 3625参数无效接收。[01-14]
东经96.5度轨道位置的快车AM33号卫星C频段,1 Kanal(+7h)、1 Kanal(+9h)(测试)频道新增,设置3875 R 33483参数免费接收。 [1月14日]

东经113度轨道位置的韩星5A号卫星Ku频段,UBS、Asian Bagts(高清)频道改格式,设置11493 V 43200参数有条件接收。[01-13]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5A号卫星Ku频段,UCTV Umnugovi(蒙古)频道新增,设置11613 V 43200参数免费接收。 [1月13日]
东经159度轨道位置的ABS-6号卫星C频段,Living(亚洲)频道新增,设置3620 H 30000参数免费接收。 [1月13日]

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,Fox HD替换Life Inspired(泰国)高清频道,设置12479 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [1月12日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,True Info替换DEMO Channel(泰国)频道,设置12657 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [1月12日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Metro TV替换SpaceToon 3(印尼)频道,设置3880 H 29900参数免费接收。 [1月12日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Ebu Service 6(传送)频道重现,设置3700 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [1月12日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,BTV Chittagong(孟加拉)频道消失,设置3725 V 4832参数无效接收。 [1月12日]
东经98度轨道位置的中星11号卫星Ku频段,K-Drama、Fox HD(MPEG-4)等频道加密,设置12560 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [1月12日]

From cnsat

帕拉帕D(113.0°E)卫星,4080 H 28125一组Holla Shop测试替换Metro TV频道,开锁播出。(2018-01-15)

亚太7号(76.5°E)卫星,3684 V 2400一组CGTN频道消失。(2018-01-14)
中星9号(92.2°E)卫星,新增两套测试频道,设置12140 右旋 28800锁码播出。(2018-01-14)
拉帕D(113.0°E)卫星,3985 H 3635一组新增AMC TV频道,开锁播出。(2018-01-14)
泰星5/6号(78.5°E)卫星,3840 V 12500一组CNS、Horror Channel等全组恢复锁码播出。(2018-01-14)
马星3号/3a(91.5°E)卫星,4000 H 29700一组AMC Korea高清频道消失。(2018-01-14)
韩星5A号(113.0°E)卫星,蒙古直播11493 V 43200一组UBS频道升级为高清格式,锁码播出。(2018-01-13)
韩星5A号(113.0°E)卫星,蒙古直播11613 V 43200一组新增UCTV Umnugovi频道,开锁播出。(2018-01-13)
ABS-6(159.0°E)卫星,3620 H 30000一组新增Living 亚洲频道,开锁播出。(2018-01-13)

泰星5/6号(78.5°E)卫星,12479 H 30000一组Fox HD替换Life Inspired频道,锁码播出。(2018-01-12)
泰星5/6号(78.5°E)卫星,12657 H 45000一组True Info替换Food Net HD,锁码播出。(2018-01-12)
帕拉帕D(113.0°E)卫星,3880 H 29900一组Metro TV替换SpaceToon 3频道,开锁播出。(2018-01-12)
中星11号(98.0°E)卫星,12560 V 45000一组福克斯频道、FX等频道锁码播出。(2018-01-12)
国际19号(166.0°E)卫星,BBC World News HD频点重现,设置参数4023 H 3920开锁播出。(2018-01-12)


Seven West Media takes punt on second horse racing channel

From http://www.afr.com/business/media-and-marketing/tv/seven-west-media-takes-punt-on-second-horse-racing-channel-20180109-h0fmq9

Seven already shows the biggest NSW and Queensland race meetings on its main channel.

Seven West Media is on the verge of clinching a deal to launch a second free-to-air horse racing channel to showcase NSW and Queensland races.

The network, which already shows Victorian and South Australian thoroughbred races on its Racing.com channel, has been negotiating with racing authorities in both states and Tabcorp's Sky Racing channel for the deal.

Sky holds the broadcast rights in NSW and Queensland, but racing administrators have been keen for a free-to-air presence in the belief more coverage will lead to higher wagering income, as has been the case for Victorian racing since Seven and Racing Victoria established its Racing.com joint venture in August 2015.

Seven will carry Sky's vision on the new channel, which will feature advertising for Tabcorp's TAB wagering brand. Racing.com carries advertising for many of Tabcorp's corporate bookmaker rivals, including Sportsbet, CrownBet and Bet365.

A final agreement on the deal is set to be clinched by the end of January, though racing bodies have also tried to draw interest from Nine Entertainment Co and Ten Network.

The new channel, which is yet to be named, will likely debut in time for higher-profile group 1 NSW races in March, and will broadcast Saturday races only. It is understood Sydney's main metropolitan meeting and Brisbane races will be shown, and at least one more meeting from provincial NSW and potentially Queensland.

Seven already shows the biggest NSW and Queensland race meetings on its main channel, meaning there could be times during the year that the network broadcasts racing across three channels. Seven is believed to have enough spectrum to establish the new channel, which is necessary given NSW and Queensland will not deal with Racing.com.

Racing.com was established after NSW and Victorian racing bodies dissolved their former TVN broadcast joint venture amid much acrimony in late 2014, after which NSW signed an exclusive broadcast deal with Sky.

Yet the latest move will represent a rapid improvement in relations between Seven and Tabcorp, which were at loggerheads last year when Racing.com was one of the parties to object to the recently completed $11 billion merger between Tabcorp and Tatts Group.

Foxtel Now streaming service goes live on PlayStation 4

From https://www.telecompaper.com/news/foxtel-now-streaming-service-goes-live-on-playstation-4--1227500

Australian pay-TV operator Foxtel has announced that gaming console owners can now download the new Foxtel Now app from the PlayStation Store to their PS4 or PS4 Pro and subscribe to Foxtel Now at the Foxtel Now website. The Foxtel Now app provides subscribers with entertainment, sports, comedy, kids programming and drama, in HD format.
Foxtel Now is Foxtel’s internet delivered subscription TV service, enabling customers to sign up and stream Foxtel instantly from anywhere. Foxtel Now has five entry level packs, including Drama and Pop packs priced at AUD 15 per month each or AUD 25 for both. Lifestyle, Docos and Kids packs are available at AUD 10 per month each.

The Foxtel Now Movies pack is available for AUD 20 per month in addition to an entry level pack and the Sports pack is available for an extra AUD 29 per month, enabling customers to access Foxtel’s sports programming for a starting price of AUD 39 per month.

The Foxtel Now box launched in 2017 as Foxtel's own plug-and-play TV streaming device works in tandem with the customer’s Foxtel Now subscription. It allows subscribers to stream shows, complete seasons and live sport, all on thir TV at any time. An introductory offer for new subscribers allows them to receive a Foxtel Now box and two months of free access to the service for AUD 99.

Sky TV drops court action against Fairfax after settlement

From https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/100528230/Sky-TV-drops-court-action-against-Fairfax-after-settlement

There has been a breakthrough in a copyright dispute between Sky TV and its fellow media firms, with Sky and Fairfax agreeing a confidential settlement.

Fairfax New Zealand and Sky Television have buried the axe in their legal dispute over the use of Sky TV sports clips on Stuff.

Sky TV filed action against Fairfax, fellow publisher NZME, Television New Zealand and MediaWorks in the High Court in 2016.

The pay-television giant alleged the media firms had been breaching its copyright by showing footage owned by Sky TV in their sports reports.

Television New Zealand said Sky's legal action against it had not yet been discontinued, when asked on Friday.

Fairfax and Sky TV reached a settlement on "confidential terms" before Christmas, Fairfax NZ lawyer Kerrie-Lee Magill and Sky spokeswoman Melodie Robinson said.

Sky TV faces a profit squeeze and complained about firms free-riding on its investment in sports coverage, while they denied wrongdoing and stressed the benefits to Sky of them raising the profile of sports.

Magill would not comment on whether any money had changed hands, or whether Fairfax would be showing as much sports footage from Sky on Stuff in future.

The resolution of the dispute between Fairfax and Sky TV is certain to generate expectations that Sky's action against MediaWorks, NZME and Television New Zealand could also be settled before reaching court.

But there is no indication to suggest that has been agreed yet.

TVNZ spokeswoman Rachel Howard said on Friday that Sky's case against it had not been discontinued.

Robinson said Sky couldn't "currently comment on anything else that is in front of the courts".

The sports clips dispute began when Sky TV objected to what it argued was the unwarranted use by Fairfax of clips from the Rio de Janiero Olympic Games on Stuff, before widening out to encompass other sports and media organisations.

The Copyright Act allows companies to make "fair use" of copyright material for the purpose of news reporting.

However, the legislation provides no guidance and there is little case law as to where any boundaries may lie.

Sky alleged during the 2016 Olympics that Fairfax was effectively "stealing" its sports coverage under the guise of fair use, while Fairfax argued that it was not acting outside the bounds of the Copyright Act.

The High Court in Auckland declined to grant an interim injunction in Sky's favour then, on the basis that the issues were too complex to be dealt with at an injunction hearing and would need to be heard in full at a trial.

Sky's legal challenge has promised to provide more certainty to broadcasters and media firms over what the Copyright Act was intended to allow, but might have to traverse thorny subjects – including the line between news and entertainment – if it still proceeds.

Any legal precedent that comes now could also be made moot by a long-awaited review of the Copyright Act.

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment published the terms of reference for a review of the law in December, saying copyright had to strike a balance.

The ministry is due to release an "issues paper" for public consultation early this year.

Fairfax NZ publishes Stuff and newspapers including The Sunday Star-Times, The Press and The Dominion Post.

IPTV RIng busted

From https://torrentfreak.com/europol-hits-huge-500000-subscriber-pirate-iptv-operation-180111/

A Europol-led operation involving police forces from Cyprus, Greece, Bulgaria, and the Netherlands, has targeted one of the largest pirate IPTV operations in the world. At least three people have been arrested. Servers in Bulgaria and the Netherlands reportedly supplied the content to an estimated 500,000 subscribers worldwide, generating annual revenues of around five million euros.

Live TV is in massive demand but accessing all content in a particular region can be a hugely expensive proposition, with tradtional broadcasting monopolies demanding large subscription fees.

For millions around the world, this ‘problem’ can be easily circumvented. Pirate IPTV operations, which supply thousands of otherwise subscription channels via the Internet, are on the increase. They’re accessible for just a few dollars, euros, or pounds per month, slashing bills versus official providers on a grand scale.

This week, however, police forces around Europe coordinated to target what they claim is one of the world’s largest illicit IPTV operations. The investigation was launched last February by Europol and on Tuesday coordinated actions were carried out in Cyprus, Bulgaria, Greece, and the Netherlands.

Three suspects were arrested in Cyprus – two in Limassol (aged 43 and 44) and one in Larnaca (aged 53). All are alleged to be part of an international operation to illegally broadcast around 1,200 channels of pirated content worldwide. Some of the channels offered were illegally sourced from Sky UK, Bein Sports, Sky Italia, and Sky DE

If initial reports are to be believed, the reach of the IPTV service was huge. Figures usually need to be taken with a pinch of salt but information suggests the service had more than 500,000 subscribers, each paying around 10 euros per month. (Note: how that relates to the alleged five million euros per year in revenue is yet to be made clear)

Police action was spread across the continent, with at least nine separate raids, including in the Netherlands where servers were uncovered. However, it was determined that these were in place to hide the true location of the operation’s main servers. Similar ‘front’ servers were also deployed in other regions.

The main servers behind the IPTV operation were located in Petrich, a small town in Blagoevgrad Province, southwestern Bulgaria. No details have been provided by the authorities but TF is informed that the website of a local ISP, Megabyte-Internet, from where pirate IPTV has been broadcast for at least the past several months, disappeared on Tuesday. It remains offline this morning.

The company did not respond to our request for comment and there’s no suggestion that it’s directly involved in any illegal activity. However, its Autonomous System (AS) number reveals linked IPTV services, none of which appear to be operational today. The ISP is also listed on sites where ‘pirate’ IPTV channel playlists are compiled by users.

According to sources in Cyprus, police requested permission from the Larnaca District Court to detain the arrested individuals for eight days. However, local news outlet Philenews said that any decision would be postponed until this morning, since one of the three suspects, an English Cypriot, required an interpreter which caused a delay.

In addition to prosecutors and defense lawyers, two Dutch investigators from Europol were present in court yesterday. The hearing lasted for six hours and was said to be so intensive that the court stenographer had to be replaced due to overwork.

AsiaSat grows its broadcast product portfolio to enable worldwide business opportunities

From Press Release

Hong Kong, 15 January 2018 – Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat) has broadened its satellite and media solutions with the addition of IP-based delivery solutions and Over-The-Top (OTT) service. AsiaSat recognises the demand for next generation distribution of broadcast content, and evaluated new distribution technologies throughout 2017.

The proliferation of online content and the traditional paradigm of using a large TV set is now being augmented with portable devices. Viewers are now able to watch content when they want and where they want quickly and easily: “Content Anytime, Anywhere”.

AsiaSat is ready to deliver video content through its new IP platform, defined as a “hybrid solution” combining satellite and IP-based solutions. Satellite delivery is in the heart of AsiaSat’s media solutions. The hybrid nature of the product opens business opportunities to rural areas for village Wi-Fi, communities (bars, schools, airports, etc.) or mobility services (maritime, in-flight connectivity) allowing AsiaSat’s customers to benefit from ready-to-use solutions.

These solutions are fully managed and supported by AsiaSat’s world-class Tai Po teleport infrastructure in Hong Kong, with 24/7 monitoring from AsiaSat’s Customer Network Centre.
Established as the first and leading Satellite Operator for Asia Pacific with more than 600 channels broadcast, reaching 800 million homes, AsiaSat’s continuous ambition is to better serve clients’ needs by proposing diverse and flexible solutions to video content delivery, beyond its own satellite footprint.

“The increase in online content and the easy access to video content via mobile and connected devices has rapidly changed consumers’ content viewing habits. It is important for us to evolve our service offerings swiftly in this very dynamic and fast paced market, to help our customers reach their audience instantly and cost efficiently,” said Barrie Woolston, Chief Commercial Officer of AsiaSat.

About AsiaSat

Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), the leading satellite operator in Asia, serves over two-thirds of the world's population with its seven satellites, AsiaSat 3S, AsiaSat 4, AsiaSat 5, AsiaSat 6, AsiaSat 7 and AsiaSat 8, and the new AsiaSat 9. The AsiaSat satellite fleet serves both the broadcast and telecommunications industries. Over 600 television and radio channels are now delivered by the company's satellites offering access to more than 830 million TV households across the Asia-Pacific region. AsiaSat is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Asia Satellite Telecommunications Holdings Limited, a company listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (Stock Code: 1135). For more information, please visit www.asiasat.com | LinkedIn | Facebook | Twitter | Mobile App

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

NHK to capture Winter Paralympics in 8K

From https://advanced-television.com/2018/01/12/nhk-to-capture-winter-paralympics-in-8k/

Japanese public broadcaster NHK says it will cover the Winter Paralympics for the first time with live transmissions.

The live broadcasts from PyeongChang will begin on March 9th (until 18th) and include the opening ceremony and will be carried on NHK’s Educational TV Channel. Highlights will also be shown at 10pm in a dedicated programme. NHK’s General TV channel will also have special coverage.

Certain programming will also be aired live on NHK’s BS1 satellite channel. Other transmissions for the visually impaired will be carried on an audio sub-channel with dedicated commentary for the blind.

NHK says that some of the Paralympic competitions will be captured in 8K. NHK says it will film mainly Japanese competitors at the Games with 8K cameras, and broadcast highlights of the Paralympics for test broadcast for 8K (Super Hi-Vision).

Singapore: Box sellers charged with copyright infringement

From https://advanced-television.com/2018/01/12/singapore-box-sellers-charged-with-copyright-infringement/

Singapore pay-TV operators Singtel and StarHub have teamed up with Fox Networks Group and the English Premier League to take two Android TV box sellers to court, alleging that they “wilfully infringed” copyright to a significant extent by helping people access pirated content via media streaming boxes, charging them under Section 136 (3A) of the Copyright Act.

In court on January 12, retail firm Synnex Trading and its director Jia Xiaofeng, and trading firm An-Nahl and its director Abdul Nagib Abdul Aziz faced several charges in what has been suggested could be a landmark case to determine the legality of media streaming boxes.

Neil Gane, general manager of the Coalition Against Piracy (CAP), a major initiative to coordinate industry resources in the fight against rampant content theft, appeared in court on behalf of the content providers and pay-TV operators.

Synnex and its director each face four charges for helping customers “make unauthorised copies” of programmes – including English Premier League matches, and other content on Fox’s cable channels – by using the media boxes, as well as the possession of 104 media boxes specifically adapted for making copies of the copyrighted content.

An-Nahl and its director face two charges each of helping a customer use the media box to make unauthorised copies of English Premier League matches and Fox programmes, and carrying 12 media boxes.

Conviction carries a jail term not exceeding six months, a fine of up to SG$20,000 (€12,472) or both.

In a joint statement, Singtel, StarHub, the English Premier League and Fox said: “The alarming proliferation of piracy and illicit streaming devices that are used to view copyright protected content hurts both consumers and producers,” confirming that they would continue to take “concerted and decisive action against content piracy through public education as well as via legal channels to uphold intellectual property rights”.

Cord Cutters Get Local TV Stations With Locast.org

From https://www.newsmax.com/newsfront/locast-cord-cutters-nyc/2018/01/12/id/836861/

Cord cutters and web TV viewers in New York are getting access to local network TV stations without paying fees or subscribing to cable.

And such service may soon be available nationwide.

Locast.org is a nonprofit, public service to New Yorkers that provides the local broadcast signals of 14 New York City broadcast stations over the Internet.

Viewers must be within the NYC Nielsen Designated Market Area (DMA) to receive the service.

Typically, viewers can’t get local CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox and other television stations without a sophisticated digital antenna or subscribing to paid cable or satellite services.

One might ask how such a free service exists.

Locast.org claims to have found a loophole in the law.

Nonprofit organizations have always provided "translator" TV stations as a public service.

When a primary broadcaster cannot reach a receiver with a sufficiently strong signal — as in the case of being too great a distance or if the viewer lives in a basement apartment — the translator amplifies that signal with an additional transmitter, enabling viewers who otherwise could not get the over-the-air signal to receive programming.

The pertinent copyright statute (17 U.S.C. 111(a)(5)) allows the nonprofit translator services to rebroadcast local station signals without receiving a copyright license from the broadcaster and without having to pay a “retrans” fee to cable operators.

Indeed, under the law the nonprofit may even charge a fee to cover the cost of operations.

Locast.org provides the same beneficent public service as a translator, but instead of an over-the-air signal, it is a "digital translator" that redistributes TV content by sending the local broadcast signal to consumers via streaming over the Internet.

Like a nonprofit translator, Locast.org can improve the image and sound quality and expand the availability of local broadcast programming throughout a local market.

Locast.org is owned by the nonprofit Sports Fans Coalition NY (SFCNY).

The service went live on Jan. 11 at 3 p.m. in advance of the weekend’s American Football Conference (AFC) and National Football Conference (NFC) divisional round matchups.

David Goodfriend, SFCNYs chairman, says his audience is "anyone who 'cuts the cord' — cable or satellite — but cannot receive an over-the-air signal from broadcasters and don't want to pay for a bundle of channels on an OTT service, like DIRECTV NOW or YouTubeTV."

He adds, "This could include people living in basement apartments who don't have access to a rooftop or balcony antenna, or people who don't own a TV set but want to watch video on a smartphone, tablet, or computer.

"Today, while I was in New York City, I met with young adults who run their own local blog and every single one of them said they had cut the cord but have trouble getting their local broadcast TV programming.”

One obvious question is how such a service can make money.

"We don’t," says Goodfriend. "We break even, as a non-profit, and as contemplated by the copyright statute we operate under, which allows us to charge a fee to cover costs."

Attempts to get around retrans payments have been done before and failed.

In 2012, a start-up company called Aereo leased to subscribers an antenna and DVR kept in “the cloud” (a remote warehouse) that could be accessed over the Internet. Subscribers could view live and time-shifted broadcast television and record it.

But Broadcasters sued and on June 14, 2014, the Supreme Court ruled against Aereo, finding that the company infringed upon the rights of copyright holders.

Asked if he expected to be sued, Goodfriend — who is also an attorney and adjunct professor at The Georgetown University Law Center in Communications and Technology Policy — says, "Aereo is instructive for two reasons. First, it proved that there really is a consumer demand for broadcast signals online, especially in New York where, as I said above, it's unusually hard to get a broadcast signal indoors or on a portable device.

"Second, Aereo failed at the Supreme Court mostly because it too closely resembled a cable operator — it charged a fee, made a profit, and in the opinion of the majority, looked too much like what Congress was trying to call a cable operator for purposes of requiring a distributor to secure permission from the broadcasters.

"But just a few sentences away in the same copyright statute, there's a provision saying that no permission from a broadcaster is required if the entity doing the retransmission is a nonprofit."

Goodfriend says there is no case law on his form of re-transmission and fully expects litigation that will resolve the matter.

To partake of Locast.org’s offerings, you must have a broadband Internet connection for optimal performance.

Using a laptop, smartphone, or computer connected to the Internet, just point your browser to www.Locast.org to sign up online.

Broadcasters “sceptical” on Locast streaming service

From https://advanced-television.com/2018/01/15/broadcasters-sceptical-on-locast-streaming-service/

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) has suggested that a streaming service in New York that rebroadcasts local TV stations without their consent is unlikely to survive legal scrutiny because of copyright concerns.

Sports fans advocacy organisation the Sports Fan Coalition (SFC) has incorporated the Sports Fans Coalition New York, its first separate local chapter, with the stated intention of tackling all the issues it claims plague the country’s largest sports market. As such, it has decided to kick things off with a major project designed to revolutionise the media landscape in New York by offering Locast.org, an Internet streaming service that will bring live, local broadcast television straight to users on their computer or mobile device.

“Broadcasters use licences worth billions of dollars and got those licences for free from the American public,” said David Goodfriend, Chairman of SFCNY and Founder of Locast.org. “Some people can’t receive their local broadcaster’s over-the-air signal, either because they live too far from the transmitter or in a household where broadcast signals won’t reach, like a basement apartment. Locast.org provides a solution where viewers can watch local broadcast stations online without paying an arm and a leg for it.”

The SFC claims that today’s media landscape — especially with sports — has become over-corporatised. “Large companies are merging with other large companies, ISP and pay-TV providers are raising rates, and at the end of the day, it’s the sports fan who suffers the most. It was never supposed to be like this. Local broadcast television was supposed to be a public service to the community. Locast is about bringing back that public service,” it says.

Locast.org claims to have found a loophole in the law which allows non-profit “translator” services to rebroadcast local station signals without receiving a copyright licence from the broadcaster and without having to pay a retransmission fee to cable operators.

In a Statement, NAB Executive Vice President of Communications Dennis Wharton noted that over the years, numerous services from Aereo to FilmOn had tried to find creative ways to skirt the communications and copyright laws that protect local broadcasters and tens of millions of viewers. “Without more details, this effort by the Sports Fan Coalition sounds like the latest such effort. We are deeply sceptical that this service will survive legal scrutiny where its predecessors have failed,” he added.

Yahlive to add 35 South Asian TV channels

From https://www.rapidtvnews.com/2018011550456/yahlive-to-add-35-south-asian-tv-channels.html#axzz54ErZVQrI

Yahlive is partnering with Karachi-based Entertainment and Reality TV Hub (EARTH) to create a South Asian TV platform on its network, comprising 35 satellite TV channels.

Aimed at South Asians residing in the Gulf States, the move supports efforts to curb piracy and eliminate illegal viewing platforms in the Middle East, the companies say.

“Our goal is to partner with as many South Asian broadcasters as possible to cater to the viewing needs of the audience,” said Sami Boustany, CEO of Yahlive.

“With the South Asian community in the GCC and its neighbouring countries growing at an exponential rate, we observed a gap in this market and committed to develop premium content to cater to the demand, while keeping in mind the available resources for television viewing and respecting all legal requirements.”

Yahlive, headquartered in Abu Dhabi, was launched in 2011 as a joint venture between the global satellite operator SES and UAE satellite operator Yahsat. Its network broadcasts free-to-air satellite TV channels across the Middle East, North Africa and central Asia, where it serves Farsi and Kurdish speakers. It also offers Balkan content for viewers in the Middle East Balkans.

The South Asian direct-to-home service is expected to feature premium content in local languages and broadcast via Yahlive’s east beam, covering South West Asia and the Gulf Cooperation Council countries.

Sheikh Hasher Bin Maktoum Al Maktoum opens CABSAT 2018

From http://gulftoday.ae/portal/864872c9-a801-4267-ba81-be598ca34fdf.aspx

DUBAI: Sheikh Hasher Bin Maktoum Al Maktoum, Director General of Dubai's Department of Information, today opened CABSAT 2018, the definitive event for broadcast, satellite and entertainment content sectors across the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA).

Following the official opening, Sheikh Hasher toured the exhibition halls, meeting with exhibitors who have gathered in Dubai for the 24th edition of the event, running between 14-16 January, 2018 at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC).

"Our goal is to provide a platform for experts and professionals in the industry to meet and explore the cutting edge of technology," said Trixie LohMirmand, Senior Vice President, Events Management, DWTC. "With a burgeoning regional TV market set to reach $15 billion by 2021, as well as host of new solutions for content creation and delivery to be discussed at the content congress, there’s a wealth of content readily available for individuals and organisations attending this year."

Bringing together the latest innovations and developing trends in the delivery of global content, the GVF Satellite Summit, part of the Satellite Communications Conference, will host local and international experts spearheading positive change in the satellite industry.

An expansion of CABSAT’s broadcast-related satellite profile, the co-located satellite communications conference is set to deliver satellite communication solutions to industries across the region.

Irdeto to Provide Content Security to India's Satellite PayTV Provider, Tata Sky

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=511396658

Irdeto has expanded their long-term security partnership with Tata Sky, India's leading content distribution platform providing satellite payTV services.

The highly competitive satellite payTV market in India requires operators like Tata Sky to continue innovating in order to meet consumer demand for premium solutions and services. With Irdeto, Tata Sky has a reliable and trustworthy security partner to ensure the secure delivery of content onto any device across its satellite and OTT platforms in India.

Tata Sky will implement Irdeto Cloaked CA and Middleware to deliver an improved customer experience while ensuring that their valuable content remains secure. In addition, Tata Sky recently selected Irdeto to enhance its end-to-end solution for OTT services. Irdeto's OTT solutions simplify the operations and workflow of supporting multiple digital rights management (DRM) systems.

Irdeto Cloaked CA, the mostly widely deployed software CA in payTV across the globe , and Irdeto Middleware will provide Tata Sky with the flexibility to easily evolve their service and business models to meet changing demands. As Tata Sky's trusted security partner, Irdeto manages the planning and deployment of the project for Tata Sky to ensure the seamless integration of both Irdeto security technology and third-party solutions.

Harit Nagpal, MD & CEO, Tata Sky said that too provide consumers with greater choice and convenience, the company needed a security partner that offers the freedom to innovate without fear. At Irdeto, the company is working with a strong security partner with a forward-looking approach and future-proof solutions. This enables us to continue innovating solutions and services while offeringthe peace of mind that our content is secure.

Doug Lowther, CEO, Irdeto, noted that this deal further reinforces Irdeto's commitment to the dynamic and fast-growing media market in India.


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update


Satellite update

The old, newly replaced Eutelsat 172A has been moved to 174E and renamed to Eutelsat 174A

"Previously operating at 172° East, EUTELSAT 172A has been redeployed to 174° East.
The satellite has been rebranded EUTELSAT 174A and provides coverage of Asia Pacific."

Footprints are here, it looks like they will only be using KU, as there is no cband footprint shown


FCC report



11/22/2017 16:14:44:69300
Date Filed: ES 172 LLC

ES 172 LLC, Inc. requests modification of the license for the EUTELSAT 172A space station to specify operations at the 174° E.L. orbital location instead of at the 172° E.L. orbital location. ES 172 LLC seeks authority to operate EUTELSAT 172A at 174° E.L. with an east-west station keeping tolerance of +/- 0.1 degrees.

EUTELSAT 172A operates in the 3700-4200 MHz (space-to-Earth) and 5925-6425 MHz (Earth-to-space) bands, and the 10.95-11.20 GHz, 11 .45-11.7 GHz and 12.2-12.75 GHz bands (space-to-Earth) and 14.0-14.5 GHz (Earth-to-space) frequency bands. Telemetry, tracking, and command is conducted using center frequenci es located at 11200.6 MHz and 12250.1 MHz (space-to-Earth), and 14499.8 MHz (Earth-to-space).

New signals

Palapa D 113E 4120 H Sr 663 Fec 1/2 DVB-S QPSK "Thazin FM Radio" Sid 1 Apid 100 FTA
The above is good test of most receivers ability to lock onto low SR signals

Intelsat 19 12526 H Sr 30000
"TEST-CHM (TV PLUS)" replaced MEGA-VISION (encrypted)
"TEST-CHU (TV PLUS)" replaced UCTV (encrypted)

Intelsat 19 4022 H Sr 3921 8PSK DVB-S2 Fec 5/6 "BBC World" it is fta here

Lyngsat lists it as 4016 H? it must have moved?

Friday Feeds

ABS 6 159 E 3887 V Sr 6666
2018 PBA Philippines cup basketball
SNG 1 (ESPN 5)
SNG 2 (ESPN 5)

Asiasat 5 4076 H Sr 7200 "DSNG3-A" Golf Eurasia Cup

Asiasat 5 4147 H Sr 7000 "Critics Choice 59.94" 23rd Annual Critics Choice Award's show
Asiasat 5 4156 H Sr 7000 "Critics Choise 59" 23rd Annual Critics Choice Award's show

Same video, One is frame rate 30 other is framerate 25.

From my email

From Anil

Dear Admin;

I managed to scan HBO HD and Discovery Science on above sat (138E Telstar 18) (tp 12272H/33333), but I don’t see it in your daily updated.. pls have a look on the below screen shot taken from my Vu+ SOLO SE

Unfortunatly it is not still active (SID not found in PAT)

From the Dish

From asiatvro site

东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Al Jazeera替换PNG TV(英语)频道,设置3880 V 30000参数免费接收。[01-12]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Sahara One(印度)等全组频道消失,设置12555 H 16854参数无效接收。[01-12]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Raaz News(测试)频道消失,设置3751 V 2333参数无效接收。[01-12]
东经96.5度轨道位置的快车AM33号卫星C频段,1 Kanal(+5h)(测试)等2个频道新增,设置3675 R 33483参数免费接收。[01-12]
东经88度轨道位置的中新2号卫星C频段,i News替换三立财经(中华电信)频道,设置3590 H 36000参数有条件接收。[01-12]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Gawahi TV(巴基斯坦)频道开播,设置4065 H 4296参数免费接收。[01-12]

东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,Erox(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置12600 V 30000参数无效接收。[01-11]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Saling Sapa(印尼)频道消失,设置3984 H 3636参数无效接收。[01-11]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Gawahi TV替换Mehak(测试)频道,设置4065 H 4296参数免费接收。 [1月11日]

From cnsat

国际19号(166.0°E)卫星,BBC World News HD频点重现,设置参数4023 H 3920开锁播出。(2018-01-12)
(俄)快车AM33(96.5°E)卫星,3675 R 33483一组新增1 Kanal(+5h)等2个测试频道开锁播出。(2018-01-12)
亚洲7号(105.5°E)卫星,3750 V 2333一组组黑屏状态Raaz News消失。(2018-01-12)

亚洲7号(105.5°E)卫星,4065 H 4296一组Gawahi TV开播,开锁播出。(2018-01-11)

帕拉帕D(113.0°E)卫星,3984 H 3636一组Saling Sapa频道消失。(2018-01-10)
亚洲7号(105.5°E)卫星,4065 H 4296一组Gawahi TV测试替换Mehak TV频道,开锁播出。(2018-01-10)
老挝1号(128.5°E)卫星,新增LNTV1频道,设置参数3640 H 2915开锁播出。(2018-01-10)


Speedcast ousts Telstra with $4 million satellite deal in Australian Antarctic

From https://www.crn.com.au/news/speedcast-ousts-telstra-with-4-million-satellite-deal-in-australian-antarctic-480917

Sydney-based Speedcast has replaced Telstra as the provider of satellite communications for the Department of the Environment and Energy’s Australian Antarctic Division (AAD).

Speedcast is an Australia-based multinational communications and IT services provider. Telstra had been providing satellite services to the division since December 2006.

An AAD spokesperson cited cost efficiency, effectivity and upgraded bandwidths as its reason for selecting Speedcast, which won a “very competitive” open tender process.

According to AusTender, the contract is valued at $4.36 million, and runs from December 2017 to September 2020.

The satellite communications will help connect AAD’s head office in Tasmania to all of its Antarctic and subantarctic stations — Davis, Casey, Macquarie Island, Mawson and Wilkins Aerodrome — and Speedcast will also provide equipment maintenance support and capability development for the Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions Satellite (ANARESAT).

ANARESAT is a communication solution that has been used by the Australian Antarctic Division since 1987 to communicate between its remote sites, which includes a 7.3 metre dish antenna and a protective dome.

It was installed at the Davis, Mawson, Casey and Macquarie Island stations between 1987 to 1988.

As part of the contract, there will also be an ongoing review and analysis of the Australian Antarctic Division’s satellite telecommunications business processes.

In March last year, Speedcast was awarded a contract to restore wireless and 4G network services to Christmas Island, after incumbent ISP Christmas Island Internet Administration (CiiA) ceased services due to a dispute with NBN Co and its Sky Muster geostationary communications satellite service.

Netflix, Amazon and Hollywood Sue Kodi-Powered Dragon Box Over Piracy

From https://torrentfreak.com/netflix-amazon-and-hollywood-sue-kodi-powered-dragon-box-over-piracy-180111/

Several major Hollywood studios, Amazon, and Netflix have filed a lawsuit against Dragon Media Inc, branding it a supplier of pirate streaming devices. The companies accuse Dragon of using the Kodi media player in combination with pirate addons to facilitate mass copyright infringement via its Dragon Box device.

More and more people are starting to use Kodi-powered set-top boxes to stream video content to their TVs.

While Kodi itself is a neutral platform, sellers who ship devices with unauthorized add-ons give it a bad reputation.

In recent months these boxes have become the prime target for copyright enforcers, including the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE), an anti-piracy partnership between Hollywood studios, Netflix, Amazon, and more than two dozen other companies.

After suing Tickbox last year a group of key ACE members have now filed a similar lawsuit against Dragon Media Inc, which sells the popular Dragon Box. The complaint, filed at a California federal court, also lists the company’s owner Paul Christoforo and reseller Jeff Williams among the defendants.

According to ACE, these type of devices are nothing more than pirate tools, allowing buyers to stream copyright infringing content. That also applies to Dragon Box, they inform the court.

“Defendants market and sell ‘Dragon Box,’ a computer hardware device that Defendants urge their customers to use as a tool for the mass infringement of the copyrighted motion pictures and television shows,” the complaint, picked up by HWR, reads.

The movie companies note that the defendants distribute and promote the Dragon Box as a pirate tool, using phrases such as “Watch your Favourites Anytime For FREE” and “stop paying for Netflix and Hulu.”

When users follow the instructions Dragon provides they get free access to copyrighted movies, TV-shows and live content, ACE alleges. The complaint further points out that the device uses the open source Kodi player paired with pirate addons.

“The Dragon Media application provides Defendants’ customers with a customized configuration of the Kodi media player and a curated selection of the most popular addons for accessing infringing content,” the movie companies write.

“These addons are designed and maintained for the overarching purpose of scouring the Internet for illegal sources of copyrighted content and returning links to that content. When Dragon Box customers click those links, those customers receive unauthorized streams of popular motion pictures and television shows.”

One of the addons that are included with the download and installation of the Dragon software is Covenant.

This addon can be accessed through a preinstalled shortcut which is linked under the “Videos” menu. Users are then able to browse through a large library of curated content, including a separate category of movies that are still in theaters.

According to a statement from Dragon owner Christoforo, business is going well. The company claims to have “over 250,000 customers in 50 states and 4 countries and growing” as well as “374 sellers” across the world.

With this lawsuit, however, the company’s future has suddenly become uncertain.

The movie companies ask the California District for an injunction to shut down the infringing service and impound all Dragon Box devices. In addition, they’re requesting statutory damages which can go up to several million dollars.

At the time of writing the Dragon Box website is still in on air and the company has yet to comment on the allegations.

Pentagon mum on fate of secret satellite

From https://www.yahoo.com/news/pentagon-mum-fate-secret-satellite-220404648.html

This still image from video courtesy of SpaceX shows the launch of SpaceX's secretive US government payload known as Zuma, on January 7 from Cape Canaveral, Florida (AFP Photo/Douglas CURRAN)

Washington (AFP) - The mystery surrounding the fate of a secret military satellite deepened Thursday when the Pentagon refused to answer even simple questions about whether the mission to launch it had gone awry.

On Sunday, private space firm SpaceX blasted a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida carrying the secret government satellite, known as Zuma.

US media this week reported that the billion-dollar payload did not make it into orbit and was presumed to have been lost.

SpaceX said Tuesday that the rocket worked fine, but its statement left open the possibility that something could have gone wrong after the launch.

When asked at a press briefing if the Pentagon considered the launch a success or a failure, two officials declined to provide any information whatsoever because of the classified nature of the mission.

"I would have to refer you to SpaceX, who conducted the launch," Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said.

When pushed on the matter, fellow spokesman Lieutenant General Kenneth McKenzie said: "I'm done. We're not going to be able to give you any more information."

Northrup Grumman, the maker of the payload, has said it was for the US government and would be delivered to low-Earth orbit, but offered no other details.

SpaceX has launched national security payloads in the past, including a spy satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office, and an X-37B space plane for the US Air Force.

The CEO of SpaceX is Elon Musk, the South African-born inventor and entrepreneur who is also behind electric car-maker Tesla.

Some leak that the launch was a failure but there is no confirmation and nothing big plummeted to Earth. Yawn. Classic non-denials. It was likely a big success, so whatever it is, such as part of Space Defense, etc. the North Korean dictator won't like it. :-)

Licensee fined for illegal Sky Sports

From https://advanced-television.com/2018/01/11/licensee-fined-for-illegal-sky-sports/

A pub licensee from Huddersfield in the north of England has pleaded guilty to six offences of dishonest reception of a television transmission by showing Sky Sports football matches to customers without a commercial agreement from Sky.

Casa Events Ltd, premises licensee of The Casa, Huddersfield , was fined £2,500 (€2,800) on each offence, plus ordered to pay a £200 victim surcharge and costs of £9,131.21 making a total of £24,331.21.

UK intellectual property protection organisation FACT (Federation Against Copyright Theft) brought the criminal prosecution on January 10th 2018 at Kirklees Magistrates Court against Casa Events Ltd for showing Sky Sports to customers without having valid commercial viewing agreements in place. Sky Sports is only available to licensed premises in the UK via a commercial viewing agreement from Sky Business. Licensees that show Sky broadcasts without a commercial viewing agreement risk criminal prosecution.

“These cases should send a clear warning to pub owners and licensees who show Sky broadcasts without a commercial subscription,” declared Stephen Gerrard, Prosecuting Manager, FACT. “If convicted, fines for this offence are unlimited and you may have to pay substantial legal costs, as well as putting yourself at risk of having your licence suspended or revoked.”

“We take piracy very seriously and remain committed to protecting our legitimate Sky customers who are unfairly losing business due to this illegal activity,” added George Lawson, head of commercial piracy at Sky. “Those licensees who choose to televise content illegally should be aware that they are at high risk of being caught and face substantial penalties and a criminal conviction. The only legal way to show Sky Sports programming in licensed premises in the UK is via a commercial viewing agreement from Sky.”

This prosecution was brought by FACT. Working with FACT forms a key part of Sky’s commitment to protecting pubs and clubs who invest in legitimate Sky Sports subscriptions. Sky is committed to visiting every licensed premises reported by other publicans and/or organisations for illegally showing Sky and has made arrangements to visit hundreds of pubs each week in towns and cities across the UK during 2018.

Vivicast: “Prepare for 4K/HDR”

From https://advanced-television.com/2018/01/11/vivicast-prepare-for-4k-hdr/

While CES very much focuses on the hardware needed to best display 4K (and perhaps even 8K) content, the production end of the value chain is also looking to boost availability of 4K programming.

Stuart Smitherman, president of Vivicast Media, says that a year or so ago Ultra HD was very much about scenic landscapes and wildlife. That is now changing for the better, he says. He adds that while Live Sports will continue to lead the way, he told Studio Daily that the majority of Vivicast’s production partners are not shooting live sports and instead are creating works of art, and programming that needs to remain timeless or at least relevant for years to come.

The difference, says Smitherman, is the addition of High Dynamic Range to the portfolio of benefits that 4K allows. He told delegates at MIPtv in April almost 2 years ago that content, however beautifully [shot], must have a story or narrative that is capable of holding a viewer’s attention but still showcases Ultra HD.

Vivicast Media has for some time been supplying 4K content into DirecTV for their UHD output. But he tells producers that even if their clients are today only requesting 1080 HDTV then it is time to improve their image capture to 4K/UHD. “You can always downgrade to HD but if you have the source material in the highest quality resolution you are more likely to be able to sell that content in the future.”

ISRO Successfully Launches India’s 100th Satellite and 29 Others

From https://thewire.in/212994/isro-successfully-launches-indias-100th-satellite-cartosat-2-29-others/

The launch comes four months after ISRO’s mission to launch the IRNSS-1H navigation satellite failed.

Sriharikota: India today successfully launched a Cartosat-2 series cartographic satellite and 29 others onboard its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) from its launchpad here.

The successful launch and completion of the PSLV C-40 mission comes four months after ISRO’s mission to launch the IRNSS-1H backup navigation satellite on the PSLV C-39 mission ended in a rare failure.

A jubilant A.S. Kiran Kumar, chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), announced that the Cartosat-2 satellite, the seventh in the series, and a nanosatellite and 28 commercial payloads were successfully injected into orbit by the PSLV C-40, in the space of 17 minutes after liftoff.

Kumar added that a microsatellite belonging to India would be injected in orbit after about 90 minutes following the re-ignition of the fourth stage. The foreign payload comprised three other microsatellites and 25 nanosatellites from six countries: Canada, Finland, France, Korea, the UK and the US.

Earlier, at the end of the 28-hour countdown, the 44.4-metre-tall PSLV-C40 lifted off at 9:29 am and soared into a cloudy sky from the first launch pad for its 42nd flight.

The opening mission of 2018 was considered crucial for ISRO as the previous PSLV launch had been a setback to scientists. The IRNSS-1H satellite it was carrying could not be placed in the orbit following a snag in the final leg of the mission in August 2017. Specifically, the rocket’s heat shield did not separate during the launch sequence, trapping the satellite inside.

A visibly relieved Kumar, on his final mission as the chief of the space agency, said he was happy to provide the Cartosat-2 satellite as a New Year’s gift for the country. “ISRO is starting 2018 with the successful launch. … All customer satellites (besides Cartosat and the nanosatellite) were released and the microsatellite [was released] after one hour. So far Cartosat performance has been satisfactory,” he said at the mission control room.

Referring to the previous launch, he had confirmed the heat shield snag, adding that an ISRO committee had addressed it and taken steps to ensure the vehicle was ‘robust’ for subsequent launches.



From my Email


From the Dish

Palapa D 113.0E 3600 V "Inspira TV" is Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 3780 V Da Vinci Learning Asia, Metro TV, Rajawali TV and Net have started on, Irdeto. Top Hits, Nick Jr Asia, Aljazeera English, EWTN Asia-Pacific, Dubai Sports 3 and Lejel Home Shopping have left.
Palapa D 113.0E 3960 H Toonami Asia has left .

Palapa D 113.0E 12590 H "Disney Channel Asia has started on , Irdeto. Top Hits, MTV China, Aljazeera English, Macau Lotus TV, CCTV 4 Asia, Arirang World, Zhejiang Satellite TV, Golden Eagle Cartoon, Egg Network, Channel NewsAsia, Jak TV, Da Ai TV Indonesia, Lejel Home Shopping, Quran TV, SBS In and SBS Shop" have left.
Palapa D 113.0E 12710 H "Sinema Indonesia, C Music TV, Disney Channel Asia, Nick Jr Asia, You Man Cartoon Channel, Zing Asia, CGTN, EWTN Asia-Pacific, Xing Kong China, Hunan TV, Jiangsu TV, E! Asia & Pacific, Fashion One Asia, Dubai Sports 3, EuroNews English, YTN World, NHK World TV, TV Edukasi, TVRI Nasional, JTV and O Channel" have left .

Apstar 7 76.5E 10973 V "Eurosport News Asia" has left .
Apstar 7 76.5E 12521 V "Beautiful Life TV has replaced Taiwan Macroview TV" on , Fta.
Apstar 7 76.5E 12604 V "LTV Animation and Top TV" have started on .
Apstar 7 76.5E 12604 V "Azio TV" is Fta.
Apstar 7 76.5E 12604 V "TTV, Super TV and TVBS News" have left .
Apstar 7 76.5E 12719 V "CCTV 10 has replaced Videoland Sports" on , Betacrypt.

ABS 2A 75.0E 12555 H "Sahara One, Joo Music and Manoranjan TV" have left .

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12602 V Theos TV, Camnet TV, Firehouse TV and LoveWorld Sat have started on , Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星C频段,LNTV 1(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3640 H 2915参数免费接收。[01-11]

东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星Ku频段,DD Bharti、DD Kisan(Dish TV)等4个频道加密,设置12522 V 40700参数有条件接收。[01-10]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Cartoon Kids、Cns(泰国)等全组频道解密,设置3840 V 12500参数免费接收。 [1月10日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,AXN(数码天空)高清频道改格式,设置12538 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [1月10日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Da vinei Learning替换Universal(印尼)频道,设置3780 V 29900参数有条件接收。 [1月10日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,Nhung Channel(泰国)频道新增,设置4120 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [1月10日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Times Now、Zoom(印度)等全组频道加密,设置3802 H 10800参数有条件接收。 [1月10日]

From cnsat

亚太V号(138.0°E)卫星,数码直播12538 V 45000一组索尼动作影视娱乐频道升级为高清格式,依旧锁码播出。(2018-01-10)
泰星5/6号(78.5°E)卫星,3840 V 12500一组CNS、Horror Channel等全组开锁播出。(2018-01-10)
帕拉帕D(113.0°E)卫星,3780 V29900一组Da vinei Learning替换Universal等频道,锁码播出。(2018-01-10)
泰星5/6号(78.5°E)卫星,4120 H 30000一组新增Nhung Channel,锁码播出。(2018-01-10)
国际20号(68.5°E)卫星,3802 H 10800一组Romedy Now HD等全组恢复锁码播出。(2018-01-10)


Arianespace prepares for a busy 2018

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Arianespace_prepares_for_a_busy_2018_999.html

The past year saw Arianespace carry out 11 successful launches; sign 19 additional launch contracts, including three for Vega C and two for Ariane 6; and enter a new governance structure alongside ArianeGroup.

Building on these achievements, Arianespace is targeting a record number of launches in 2018, while actively focusing on the next decade with its Ariane 6 and Vega C launchers.

New operational and business successes in 2017

20 satellites placed in orbit with 11 launches, including five dual missions with Ariane 5 and one with Vega

During the year, Arianespace carried out 11 successful launches from the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana (South America), composed of six launches by Ariane 5, two with Soyuz and three by Vega. Dual payloads were carried on five Ariane 5 flights and one Vega mission. Overall, Arianespace's 2017 launches generated a turnover of 1.3 billion euros, and were performed for 18 different customers - both institutional and commercial - based in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North and South America.

Highlights in 2017 included the following:
+ A new Ariane 5 payload lift performance record in June, with a total 10.865 metric tons injected into geostationary transfer orbit (9.969 metric tons for the satellites alone). Exceptional reliability, with the 82nd successful launch in a row by Ariane 5 in December, and Vega's 11th success with the 11 launches since it was introduced at the Guiana Space Center in 2012.

+ Exemplary launcher availability and staff responsiveness, enabling Arianespace to carry out three launches in less than a month - between May 4 and June 1 - and therefore uphold its commitments to customers.

+ Highly versatile services offering and adaptability, based on a family of launch vehicles suited to all orbits and all missions, and - for the first time from the Guiana Space Center - two Soyuz launches performed to geostationary transfer orbit, as well as two launches of all-electric satellites, utilizing both Soyuz (with SES-15 on May 18) and Ariane 5 (with EUTELSAT 172B on June 1).

+ Innovation in action, with the new generation of "out of autoclave" fairings built by RUAG, equipping an Ariane 5 launched on June 28, and a Vega launched on August 1. These types of fairings will also be used on all upcoming Ariane 6 and Vega C launchers.

+ Improved competitiveness, with implementation of Vega's delivery by industrial prime contractor Avio to Arianespace just prior to liftoff (H0), and the preparation of a similar evolution with ArianeGroup as of January 2018 for Ariane 5.

19 new launch contracts, including the first sales of Vega C and Ariane 6

Arianespace announced that it has signed a contract with Intelsat to launch two communications satellites, along with a service satellite. The first launch involves Galaxy 30, which will share the upper position on an Ariane 5 with Orbital ATK's Mission Extension Vehicle 2 (MEV-2). These two missions into geostationary transfer orbit for Intelsat are planned for 2020 and will use the Ariane 5 launcher.

In 2017, Arianespace signed a total of 19 launch contracts - six more than in 2016. These contracts represent 27 new satellites to be placed in orbit.

Despite a launch market where opportunities for launches of geostationary orbit (GEO) satellites are limited, Arianespace reaffirms its leadership in the telecommunications spacecraft segment. The company has 30 GEO satellites in its order book, including eight new ones added in 2017.

Arianespace is capitalizing on sustained business in the global connectivity, Earth observation and meteorology markets. As a result, Arianespace signed 11 new launch contracts in 2017 for non-GEO satellites, to be handled by the Ariane, Soyuz and Vega launchers, including the first contracts for Vega C (three launches) and Ariane 6 (two launches for the Galileo satellite navigation constellation).

Therefore, Arianespace's order book in early 2018 stood at five billion euros, comprising 58 launches for 29 customers, distributed as follows (in value): 34% governmental, 66% commercial 40% for GTO missions and 60% for non-GTO missions 62% for telecommunications, 24% for Earth observation, 7% for navigation, and 7% for science and technology. Arianespace is positioned for an intense 2018 and looks ahead to the next decade with confidence, thanks to Ariane 6 and Vega C

Revamped governance for even greater competitiveness
Arianespace became a 74%-owned subsidiary of ArianeGroup in 2017, following the transfer of shares from the French CNES space agency at the end of 2016. The remaining European shareholding did not change; ESA and CNES are censors on Arianespace's board. Reflecting the decisions made at ESA's Ministerial-level council meeting in 2014, this evolution supports the development of a more highly integrated and competitive launch industry, while also acknowledging the specific qualities of the Vega and Soyuz launch vehicles.

Up to 14 launches
Arianespace has identified 14 launches in 2018. If all 14 are performed this year, it will set a record for the Arianespace family of three launchers.

Up to seven Ariane 5 launches:

Up to five dual commercial launches into geostationary transfer orbit; the first is scheduled for January 25 to orbit the SES-14 and Al Yah 3 satellites.

Two iconic institutional launches, with the third and final Galileo launch using an Ariane 5 ES, on behalf of the European Commission and ESA; and the BepiColombo planetary exploration mission, also for ESA.

Up to four Soyuz flights, including launches for the O3b/SES and OneWeb constellations.

As many as three Vega launches, carrying a science satellite (ADM Aeolus for ESA) and two Earth observation satellites.

Arianespace shifts into higher gear for Ariane 6 and Vega C
Along with ArianeGroup, Arianespace took an active role in the Exploitation Readiness Key Point (ERKP) review organized by ESA from October to December 2017. This review was designed to check the robustness of the objectives concerning operating conditions for Ariane 6, both during the Ariane 5/Ariane 6 transition phase and during stable operation. The results of the review, which concluded positively, will allow the preparation of decisions to be submitted to the ESA Board in March 2018 on the start-up of Ariane 6 operations.

In this context, Arianespace and ArianeGroup have decided to engage the production of a final batch of 10 Ariane 5 launchers. This "PC lot" extends the competitiveness efforts of the entire industry applied in the previous PB+ batch. The 10 additional Ariane 5s will be launched from 2020, in parallel with Ariane 6 (14 Ariane 6 launches are planned between 2020 and 2022, followed by the full capacity as soon as 2023).

Arianespace also signed a contract in 2017 with Avio, the Vega industrial prime contractor, for the acquisition of 10 Vega and Vega C launchers, to be utilized beginning in mid-2019.

Launches with both Ariane 6 and Vega C will continue to be marketed in 2018. Due to the large number of the European institutional missions starting in 2020, it will be possible to implement a grouped acquisition policy for future European launchers. From the commercial standpoint, Ariane 6 and Vega C will benefit from the opportunities offered by satellite global connectivity projects and Earth observation systems, within a context that forecasts unprecedented growth in the space sector over the next two decades.

During a press conference held in Paris with French and international journalists, Arianespace Chief Executive Officer Stephane Israel said: "With 11 successful launches from the Guiana Space Center in 2017 - six by Ariane 5, two by Soyuz and three by Vega - Arianespace is very proud to have met its commitments to all customers, thanks to the exceptional reliability, performance and availability of our launcher family.

"Following the signature of 19 launch contracts with the value of more than 1.1 billion euros in new orders, Arianespace enters 2018 with the outlook for intense activity involving up to 14 launches, based on the strength of an order book totaling five billion euros and representing 58 launches in total. Arianespace is now fully focused on the future to gear up for the coming successes of Ariane 6 and Vega C - the new spearheads of European independent access to space, and cornerstones to seize the unprecedented growth opportunities of the commercial market in the next decade."

Panasonic Avionics unveils 3rd generation satellite communications network

From https://www.telecompaper.com/news/panasonic-avionics-unveils-3rd-generation-satellite-communications-network--1226915

Panasonic Avionics introduced a major evolution of its satellite connectivity service with the introduction of its third generation communications network. Panasonic’s third-generation network is built to meet the growing connectivity demands of airlines and their passengers. Aircraft from a number of airlines will be transitioned to Panasonic’s new network throughout the first quarter of 2018. In addition, Panasonic subsidiary, ITC Global, will leverage Panasonic’s new broadband network to deliver connectivity to its energy, maritime and enterprise customers.

The new communications network is built on Panasonic’s high throughput satellite service. When combined with the rollout of the company’s new satellite modem, developed in conjunction with Newtec, Panasonic said it now offers bandwidth up to twenty times greater than previously available.

The network is backed by a range of new measures Panasonic launched to provide higher levels of support to its customers.

In addition, Panasonic is offering new business intelligence tools and reports that provide customers with the data and analytics to deliver targeted pricing and advertising campaigns.

At present, over 1,800 aircraft flying routes all around the world use Panasonic’s global high-speed inflight connectivity service. The company expects more than 10,000 aircraft to be connected to its global high-speed communications network by 2025.

Zattoo enables cross-border TV streaming

From https://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2018/01/10/zattoo-enables-cross-border-tv-streaming/

Zattoo customers can now use the internet TV service in other EU countries following the new EU regulation enabling cross-border content portability.

To enable streaming without borders, internet users have register for a Zattoo account in their home country before the start of the journey and sign up for a Premium subscription.

“For our users, the new regulation enabling EU-wide streaming is a great start into the new year,” said Jörg Meyer, Chief Officer Content & Consumer at Zattoo. “TV streaming is no longer subject to any digital borders within the EU. Streaming, thus, offers considerable advantages over conventional TV reception methods.”

“Almost everyone has a mobile phone or tablet while on holiday, but cable or satellite TV is not that easy to take with you on vacation,” added Meyer. “We assume that a major event such as the Football World Cup will be a reason to opt for TV streaming for many users while on holiday.”

The EU content portability regulation removing geo-blocking is introduced across all EU countries this year and enables subscription fee based digital services to be used just like at home during temporary stays in other EU countries.

Sun Direct may add 20 HD, 100 SD channels

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/dth/dth-operator/sun-direct-may-add-20-hd-100-sd-channels-180109

MUMBAI: Sun Direct, the DTH service from Sun Network, is likely to add 20 new high definition (HD) and 100 new standard definition (SD) channels and has been allocated 144 MHz of spectrum on the recently launched Measat-3B satellite.

A social media user by the name of ‘Raja Chennai‘ shared a screenshot of the application made by the company informing the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) about the allocation of the new satellite capacity, according to an article on Ultra News.

Once these channels find a home on the new Measat satellite, Sun Direct will be able to add an extra 20 HD channels to take its total HD channel count to 80 while increasing total SD channel list to 320.

The company was forced to halt its HD channel expansion on GSAT 15 two months ago due to the termination of its channel-sharing deal with Reliance Digital TV and divert some of the HD capacity to handle the fallout.

In the application, the company is shown informing the DoT that four new transponders of 36 MHz each have been allocated to it by the Department of Space for use on its DTH service.

Sun Direct has been facing a severe spectrum crunch due to a fire on an ISRO satellite that knocked out most of its satellite capacity in 2010. The fire forced the company to move satellite to Malaysian-owned Measat 3A, and manually realign the dish antennae of millions of its customers.

Some relief was in sight when Measat launched a second satellite at the same location in 2014, boosting capacity.

Sun Direct was widely expected to book extra capacity on the new satellite, particularly after it lost a sharing deal two months ago with Reliance Digital TV. Reliance Digital TV changed hands when the Anil Ambani Group sold it to another group as part of a fire sale.

The DTH service is expected to start adding new channels in a matter of days.

The new capacity is expected to lead to the addition of around 100 new SD channels while another 50 channels are expected to be moved to it from GSAT 15—the HD satellite for Sun Direct.

Countdown begins for ISRO’s 100th satellite launch

From http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/science/countdown-begins-for-isros-100th-satellite-launch/article22419041.ece

ISRO's PSLV C38 carries earth observation satellite Cartosat-2 Series and 30 co-passenger satellites of various countries. | Photo Credit: PTI

The 28-hour countdown for the launch of ISRO’s 100th satellite along with 30 others in a single mission, from the space port of Sriharikota, about 110 kms from here, began on Thursday.

On its 42nd mission, the Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) trusted workhorse ‘PSLV-C40’ will carry the weather observation ‘Cartosat-2’ series satellite and 30 co-passengers (together weighing about 613 kg) at lift-off at 9.28 am on Friday.

As the Mission Readiness Review committee and Launch Authorisation Board cleared the countdown, the space body said, “The 28-hour countdown activity of PSLV-C40/Cartosat2 Series Satellite Mission has started at 05.29 hours IST today.”

At present, the scientists are involved in propellant filling operation to carry out various stages of the flight, it said.

The 44.4 metre tall rocket is all set to lift off from the first launch pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota.

The co-passenger satellites comprise one micro and nano satellite each from India as well as three micro and 25 nanosatellites from six countries — Canada, Finland, France, Korea, the United Kingdom and United States of America.

The total weight of all the 31 satellites carried on-board PSLV-C40 is about 1,323 kgs.

The 28 international customer satellites are being launched as part of the commercial arrangements between ISRO and its commercial arm ‘Antrix Corporation Ltd’.

Of the total number of satellites carried by PSLV-C40, 30 satellites will be launched into a 505 kms polar Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO).

Scientists would bring down the height by twice restarting the fourth stage of the PSLV-C40 for launch of Microsat satellite, which will be placed in a 359 kms polar SSO, ISRO said.

The entire launch of satellites is expected to happen over a period of 2 hours and 21 seconds, it said.

According to ISRO, the Cartosat-2 series satellite launch is a follow-on mission with the primary objective of providing high resolution scene specific spot imageries.

It carries panchromatic and multi-spectral cameras operating in Time Delay Integration mode and is capable of delivering high resolution data. This will be the third satellite in the Cartosat-2 series.

ISRO had successfully launched Cartosat-2 Series satellite on June 22, 2016.

The images sent by Cartosat-2 series satellite will be useful for cartographic applications, urban and rural applications, coastal land use and regulation, road network monitoring, water distribution, creation of land use maps and change detection to bring out geographical Land Information Systems and Geographical Information System applications.

ISRO Satellite Centre Director M. Annadurai had recently said the launch of 28 satellites from abroad and three Indian satellites during the mission would mark the roll out of the 100th satellite by the space agency.

Friday’s launch also marks the first launch for ISRO in 2018 following the unsuccessful mission of navigation satellite IRNSS-1H last year.

On August 31, 2017 India’s mission to launch its backup navigation satellite IRNSS-1H on board PSLV-C39 failed after the heat shield did not separate in the final leg of the launch sequence and as a result, the satellite IRNSS-1H got stuck in the fourth stage of the rocket.

Tata Sky Appoints Irdeto for Next Generation Over-the-Top Media Services

From https://irdeto.com/news/tata-sky-appoints-irdeto-for-next-generation-over-the-top-media-services.html

Irdeto will enable Tata Sky to launch a secure OTT service, supporting a variety of connected devices

IBC 2017, AMSTERDAM - 16 September 2017 - Irdeto, the world leader in digital platform security, has been selected by Tata Sky, India's leading content distribution platform providing pay TV and over-the-top (OTT) services, to enhance its end-to-end solution for OTT services. Tata Sky aims to launch the most innovative online video service in India to give consumers greater choice and convenience. Irdeto’s OTT solutions simplify the operations and workflow of supporting multiple digital rights management (DRM) systems, configuring consistent business policies across different devices and managing a massive library of media assets. Irdeto will enable Tata Sky to not only rapidly re-launch their service, but also have the flexibility to easily adapt their service and business model to meet changing demands.

The pay TV market in India is highly competitive, yet there is tremendous growth potential for OTT services as disposable incomes rise. According to Tetra Pax Index 2017, 82% of the Indian population spends their time on mobile phones, and 2017 saw a 23% rise in internet users who spend an average of eight hours a day online compared to 2016.

“To take advantage of the growing trend of consumption of video on-the-go, in India, it is important for us to offer our customers the best user experience on their devices. This means a high quality, multi-lingual viewing experience of live channels and on-demand content with superior navigation within a reliable and scalable service,” said Pallavi Puri, Chief Commercial Officer, Tata Sky. “We are confident that we can deliver the best Tata Sky OTT experience to our customers quickly with the help of Irdeto’s solutions, expertise and support. Irdeto’s long-standing presence in India is also a testament to their strong commitment in helping the industry mature and develop.”

“There is a tremendous growth opportunity for OTT services in India, which brings about fierce competition in the industry. As such, it is crucial for operators like Tata Sky to have the freedom to innovate and the confidence to take risks and be in control of their future,” said Bengt Jonsson, Senior Vice President of Sales & Services, Irdeto. “This will be our first time working with Tata Sky and we are heavily invested in helping them meet their business goals. We can offload the complexity of managing security, fragmented technologies and backend workflow for them, and enable them to focus on delivering value to their customers.”

The first phase of the project has been launched with Android devices, and the follow-on phases will extend Tata Sky’s OTT service to PC and iOS devices. Irdeto manages the planning and deployment of the project for Tata Sky, including both implementing Irdeto’s own solutions and working with third parties to ensure successful end-to-end integration.

Tata Sky Customer Win

Tata Sky and Irdeto sign contract to launch next generation OTT media services at IBC 2017. From Left to Right - Sanjiv Kainth, Country Manager for India at Irdeto; Doug Lowther, CEO of Irdeto; Harit Nagpal, CEO of Tata Sky; and A. Arun Kumar, Senior Vice President of Supply Chain Services at Tata Sky.

About Irdeto

Irdeto. Building a Secure Future.™

Irdeto is the world leader in digital platform security, protecting platforms and applications for media & entertainment, connected transport and IoT connected industries. Our solutions and services enable customers to protect their revenue, create new offerings and fight cybercrime. With nearly 50 years of expertise in security, Irdeto’s software security technology and cyber services protect over 5 billion devices and applications for some of the world’s best known brands. Our unique heritage as a subsidiary of multinational media group Naspers (JSE: NPN) means that we are a well-established and reliable partner to help build a more secure future. Please visit Irdeto at www.irdeto.com.

For further information about Irdeto please contact:

Jon White
PR Manager, EMEA, Irdeto
Phone: +44 (0)7384 234942
Email: jonathan.white@irdeto.com



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From the Dish

Intelsat 19 166.0E 12557 H "BN TV Satelitski and SOS Kanal" have left again.

ABS 6 159.0E 3897 V "TV Maria has replaced Sports 5" on Fta.

Optus D2 152.0E 12608 H "RTS Satelit" has left .

Koreasat 5A 113.0E 12602 H "BBS has replaced EBS Plus 1" on , Fta

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3902 V "Channel 4" has started on , Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3915 V "Raaz News HD" has started on , Fta.

NSS 6 95.0E 12514 V "CGN TV, CGN TV Japan and CGN TV Chinese" have left .

Apstar 7 76.5E 12719 V "Videoland Movie" on is now encrypted.

ABS 2 75.0E 11733 H "DD Malayalam" has left .
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东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,R Plus Gold(印度)频道消失,设置4012 H 7200参数无效接收。[01-10]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Times Now HD(高清)频道加密,设置4104 V 7200参数有条件接收。[01-10]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星C频段,中华财经替换天良电视(台亚卫星)频道,设置3740 V 33000参数免费接收。[01-10]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,AXN HD、History HD(Sky Direct)等全组频道加密,设置12571 V 30000参数有条件接收。[01-10]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,HBO HD、Toonami(Sky Direct)等全组频道加密,设置12531 V 30000参数有条件接收。[01-10]

东经183度轨道位置的新天9号卫星C频段,中国电影、France 24(MPEG-4)等6个频道新增,设置4096 R 30000参数有条件接收。[01-09]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Pukhtoon TV、Afghan TV(阿富汗)等2个频道新增,设置3684 V 2400参数免费接收。 [1月9日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,河南卫视(高清)频道改格式,设置12416 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [1月9日]

From cnsat

ABS-2(75.0°E)卫星,3740 V 33000一组中华财经替换天良电视,开锁播出。(2018-01-10)
SES-7/9(108.2°E)卫星,SKY direct直播两组参数恢复锁码播出。(2018-01-10)

新天9号(183.0°E)卫星,4096 R 30000一组新增中国电影频道及娱乐频道等6个台,锁码播出。(2018-01-09)
亚太7号(76.5°E)卫星,新增Pukhtoon TV和CGTN 频道,设置参数3684 V 2400开锁播出。(2018-01-09)
亚太V号(138.0°E)卫星,数码直播12416 V 45000一组浙江卫视、深圳卫视等频道升级为高清格式,锁码播出。(2018-01-09)


The Masters to be ad free in 2018

From http://www.pga.org.au/news/international/majors/the-masters/the-masters-to-be-ad-free-in-2018

Golf’s most celebrated event, the Masters Tournament, will remain on FOX SPORTS and, for the first time, viewers will enjoy ad-break free coverage in a new agreement announced today.

Magnolia LaneThe new partnership will see start-to-finish coverage broadcast LIVE on FOX SPORTS and streamed on Foxtel Now along with the Nine Network, who becomes the free-to-air broadcast partner in 2018.

FOX SPORTS CEO, Patrick Delany, said: “The Masters is one of those special sporting events that captures our imagination; an event that the nation stops and watches.

“Since we began broadcasting the Masters Tournament live in 2014, we have constantly innovated our coverage. Our subscribers can now enjoy high definition, multi-camera coverage every day, all on a dedicated Masters channel.

“This year viewers will see our coverage improve even further, now having the ability to watch ad-break free during play for the first time.

“It’s great to see the Masters remain on Foxtel, the home of golf.”

China Unicom, Eutelsat team for inflight comms

From https://www.rapidtvnews.com/2018010950387/china-unicom-eutelsat-team-for-inflight-comms.html#axzz53kwt5c2A

China Unicom is partnering satellite operator Eutelsat to enhance inflight connectivity services across the Asia-Pacific.

China Unicom Eutelsat 10 JanPart of the ‘Belt and Road’ initiative, the agreement covers the use of capacity on Eutelsat 172B satellite to improve airlines’ communications services from the west coast of North America to Asia and south to Australia. Further cooperation to develop satellite communications services around the world is also under consideration.

State owned communications operator China Unicom provides mobile and IPTV services across the populous country.

“China Unicom is an ideal partner for promoting satellite communications in Belt and Road regions,” said Rodolphe Belmer (pictured, right), CEO of Eutelsat. “This agreement builds on the cooperation that started in 2008, when Eutelsat provided satellite transmission services to China Unicom during the Beijing Olympic Games. This cooperation also highlights the quality and reach of Eutelsat’s in-orbit resources, in particular at the 172° East orbital position. This reinforced partnership will allow both companies to leverage on their own strengths in order to address future opportunities in the connectivity markets.”

The memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the Paris-based satellite operator and Chinese communications operator was signed on 9 January to mark the state visit to China by French President Emmanuel Macron.

Classified satellite fell into ocean after SpaceX launch, official confirms

From http://abcnews.go.com/US/classified-satellite-fell-ocean-spacex-launch-official-confirms/story?id=52246100

Following its launch from Florida's Cape Canaveral Sunday night, the satellite, codenamed Zuma, failed to remain in orbit, the official said.

Northrop Grumman, the defense contractor that manufactured the payload -- reportedly a billion-dollar spy satellite -- told ABC News its mission is classified and declined to comment on the loss of the satellite.

But SpaceX suggested that it was not at fault, telling ABC News its rocket, named Falcon 9, "did everything correctly."

"The data reviewed so far indicates that no design, operational, or other changes are needed," SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell said in a statement.

The mishap comes on the heels of a particularly productive year for the private space company founded by billionaire Elon Musk, who plans to launch Falcon Heavy, designed to carry humans into space, later this year.

The Zuma indent won't impact the schedule of SpaceX's upcoming launches, including the maiden flight of Falcon Heavy, the company said.

Boeing investigating antenna glitch on ViaSat-2 satellite

From http://spacenews.com/boeing-investigating-antenna-glitch-on-viasat-2-satellite/

WASHINGTON — An on-orbit antenna issue identified during testing of the ViaSat-2 high-throughput satellite has Boeing and ViaSat searching for answers.

Satellite operator ViaSat said Jan. 9 that the ViaSat-2 satellite launched in June to provide some 300 Gbps of throughput will need additional testing to find what’s causing “some spot beams to perform differently than they did during ground testing.”

Boeing, manufacturer of the ViaSat-2 satellite, is working with ViaSat to identify the problem and find a solution.

“Our advanced ground network, coupled with the flexibility features of the ViaSat-2 satellite, will help us manage the impact from the identified antenna issue if needed,” Mark Dankberg, ViaSat’s chairman and CEO, said in a statement. “We look forward to launching commercial service next month and bringing new higher-speed fixed and mobile services to market.”

ViaSat has been waiting on ViaSat-2 to provide fresh growth potential, building on the nearly oversubscribed ViaSat-1 satellite. Initial measurements suggest the antenna problem “will not impact the coverage area of the satellite, or materially impact the planned services and the expected financial results from the ViaSat-2 system,” ViaSat said.

Dankberg, during a Jan. 9 investor conference, said the malfunction is with “some of the antennas,” but did not quantify how many. ViaSat spokesperson Christina Phillips told SpaceNews the company doesn’t disclose the number of antennas on ViaSat-2 for competitive reasons. Publicly released artist’s renditions of the satellite differ from the actual design, she said.

“It is indicative of some kind of deployment-type of issue, which we are trying to address,” Dankberg said. “But I think the overall positive message is we have so many elements of the system that have come together really well that we have more than enough maneuvering room to deal with that issue if it turns out that it can’t be resolved in a better performance way.”

A Boeing spokesperson told SpaceNews the manufacturer “integrates the antenna subsystem with parts built by Boeing and our suppliers,” and is “not able to disclose specific supplier names at this time.” Harris Corp., a top supplier of antenna reflectors for commercial telecom satellites, deferred questions about ViaSat-2 to Boeing.

A February commercial service start date remains unchanged, ViaSat said, adding that demonstrations with consumer user terminals show internet downlink speeds exceeding 100 Mbps. Testing has also shown ViaSat-2’s ground network of multiple small gateways — meant to boost throughput and ensure redundancy — is performing better than initially planned.

When ordered from Boeing in 2013, Dankberg described ViaSat-2 as having a unique spot beam design that had “never been done before.” The satellite covers North America, the Caribbean, some of South America, and a swath of the Atlantic Ocean between North America and Europe frequented by aircraft and maritime vessels.

APT mounts Chinese IPO

From https://advanced-television.com/2018/01/09/apt-mounts-chinese-ipo/

Bermuda-incorporated (but operating from Hong Kong) APT Satellite, and backed by China Satellite Communications (CSCC), has issued new shares which will be traded on the Chinese mainland. Its shares were already listed on the Hong Kong exchange.

CSCC is itself involved in its own expanded float and restructuring on the Shanghai exchange.

APT is perhaps best known for its Apstar satellites and their broadband and Internet connectivity services.

Back in November 2017 APT’s shareholders approved the Chinese move. According to trade news-site Space Intel Report, APT and CSCC have already signed a 3-year contract covering transponder capacity and related services worth $44.1 million (HK$345m) annually for bandwidth over China and a further HK$220 million annually for capacity outside China.

TeamCast Introduces Automatic Satellite Link Optimization

From http://www.tvtechnology.com/equipment/0005/teamcast-introduces-automatic-satellite-link-optimization/282524

Uses feedback channel through internet connection to optimize link budget

Feedback information elaborated by the downlink Neptune receiver is used by the uplink Vyper modulator to pre-correct the linear and non-linear impairments of the on-board transponder chain. The optimization is automatic and transparent for the user and can be used while the link carries user data, without needing to put the transmission on hold.

The link budget automatically increases while the link is used, allowing for the link margin to either secure the link against unexpected adverse conditions or increase the useful bandwidth by adjusting the modulation parameters.

TeamCast reports that the new solutions meets DVB-S2/S2X requirements.


TVNZ Duke will be going HD on Terrestrial Freeview from this Thursday

Tuesday feeds

Optus D2 12670 V Sr 7500 "TBS1 KEMPSEY (GlobeCast Oz)" Horses

Chinasat 10 110.5E 3560 V Sr 30000 MTV Asia is new FTA in the Skynindo mux

Apstar 7 3685 V Sr 2400 Afghan TV is new fta

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Palapa D 113.0E 4100 V "Comedy Central Asia" has left.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3902 V "VOJK TV" has started on , Fta. N TV has left.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4065 H "Global Pashto and Star 1" have started on , Fta. MLQ Movies has left.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4070 H "Life News and Sky Cinema have started on clear. 47 News HD and Jesus Plus TV" have left.

Measat 3a 91.4E 3717 H "IBC 13" has started on , PowerVu+.

Horizons 2 84.8E 11838 V "Fan TV" has started on , Fta

From asiatvro site

东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,浙江卫视、深圳卫视(高清)等7个频道改格式,设置12416 V 45000参数有条件接收。[01-09]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,澳门莲花(高清)频道消失,设置3780 V 30000参数无效接收。[01-09]
东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,MTV、More TV替换三沙卫视(Skynindo)等频道,设置3560 V 30000参数免费接收。[01-09]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Toonami、TV One(印尼)等4个频道消失,设置3960 H 30000参数无效接收。[01-09]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,东森亚洲新闻(数码天空)频道新增,设置12660 V 45000参数免费接收。 [1月9日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,纬来体育、东风卫视替换人间卫视(华人卫视)等频道,设置12604 V 30000参数免费接收。 [1月9日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-10替换纬来体育(华人卫视)频道,设置12719 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [1月9日]

东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,PNG TV替换Al Jazeera English(MPEG-4)频道,设置3880 V 30000参数免费接收。 [1月8日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,东风卫视(华人卫视)频道解密,设置12604 V 30000参数免费接收。 [1月8日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Afghan TV(外语)频道新增,设置3684 V 2400参数免费接收。 [1月8日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,纬来电影(华人卫视)频道加密,设置12719 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [1月8日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Raaz News(巴基斯坦)频道改频率,设置3915 V 7260参数免费接收。 [1月8日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,东森电影替换TRT World(高清)频道,设置10910 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [1月8日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Travelxp HD、中天亚洲(MPEG-4)等频道新增,设置12287 V 44000参数有条件接收。 [1月8日]

From cnsat

亚太7号(76.5°E)卫星,3780 V 30000澳门莲花卫视高清频道消失。(2018-01-09)
中星10号(110.5°E)卫星,3560 V 30000一组MTV音乐台替换三沙卫视,开锁播出。(2018-01-09)
亚太V号(138.0°E)卫星,数码天空12660 V 45000一组新增东森亚洲新闻,开锁播出。(2018-01-09)
帕拉帕D(113.0°E)卫星,3960 H 30000一组Toonami、TV One等4个频道消失。(2018-01-09)
亚太7号(76.5°E)卫星,华人直播12719 V 45000一组中央电视台科教频道替换纬来 体育,锁码播出。(2018-01-09)
亚太7号(76.5°E)卫星,华人直播12604 V 30000一组纬来体育、东风卫视分别替换、东方卫视、人间卫视,开锁播出。(2018-01-09)
亚太7号(76.5°E)卫星,新增Afghan TV频道,设置参数3684 V 2400开锁播出。(2018-01-08)
亚太7号(76.5°E)卫星,华人直播12604 V 30000一组东风卫视开锁播出。(2018-01-08)
亚太7号(76.5°E)卫星,华人直播12719 V 45000一组纬来电影恢复锁码播出。(2018-01-08)


Duke to Go HD on Thursday

From http://www.screenscribe.net/channels/duke-to-go-hd-on-thursday/

Duke will become New Zealand’s newest HD channel on Thursday.

TVNZ confirmed today the channel will broadcast in true 1080i (1920 x 1080) from January 11.

The changeover means shows like The Mick, Doomsday, Bare Knuckle Fight, Bar Rescue, Ultimate Vehicles, Travel Man, Black-ish, Swamp People, Duck Dynasty, 8 Out of 10 Cats and Family Guy should be among the first week’s HD highlights.

Movies you can expect to see in HD over the same period include Devil’s Advocate, Clown, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End and Unbreakable.

Sports fans will be able to enjoy 1080i coverage of NFL, Formula E, NBA and Asia Pacific Rally Champs in the first week, with wall-to-wall coverage of the Commonwealth Games to follow in April.

Duke is the last of the key free-to-air channels to switch to HD, although Sky continues to transmit Prime in HD only on its satellite platform and not Freeview’s UHF service.

US spy satellite believed destroyed after failing to reach orbit

From https://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20180109/world/us-spy-satellite-believed-destroyed-after-failing-to-reach-orbit.667507

The satellite failed to separate from the second stage of the Falcon 9 rocket

The rocket was launched successfully but the satellite failed to deploy properly.

A US spy satellite that was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, aboard a SpaceX rocket on Sunday failed to reach orbit and is assumed to be a total loss, two officials briefed on the mission said.

The classified intelligence satellite, built by Northrop Grumman Corp, failed to separate from the second stage of the Falcon 9 rocket and is assumed to have broken up or plunged into the sea, said the two officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The satellite is assumed to be "a write-off," one of the officials said.

The presumed loss of the satellite was first reported by the Wall Street Journal.

Northrop Grumman built the multibillion-dollar satellite, code-named Zuma, and was responsible for choosing the SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle, both officials said.

An investigation is under way, but there is no initial indication of sabotage or other interference, they said.

SpaceX spokesman James Gleeson said: "We do not comment on missions of this nature; but as of right now reviews of the data indicate Falcon 9 performed nominally."

Space Exploration Technologies Corp, led by entrepreneur Elon Musk, launched its first satellite for the U.S. military with its Falcon 9 rocket in May of last year.

China launches remote sensing satellites

From http://gulftoday.ae/portal/5544c531-bead-4f27-a277-1003db560c14.aspx

BEIJING: China launched a pair of 0.5-metre high-resolution remote sensing satellites Tuesday.

The satellites, SuperView-1 03/04, blasted off at 11.24 a.m., on the back of a Long March 2D rocket, from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre in Shanxi province, reports Xinhua news agency.

The satellites, which are able to provide commercial images at 0.5-metre resolution, are expected to offer remote sensing data to customers worldwide and provide services to land and resource surveys, mapping, environmental monitoring, finance and insurance as well as the internet industry, according to authorities.

The satellites were developed by the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation.

It is the second launch of the corporation's commercial remote sensing satellites, followed by the launch of SuperView-1 01/02 in December 2016.

Intelsat begins Galaxy fleet refresh with Orbital ATK satellite order

From http://spacenews.com/intelsat-begins-galaxy-fleet-refresh-with-orbital-atk-satellite-order/

WASHINGTON — Satellite fleet operator Intelsat kicked off the beginning of a partial constellation replenishment focused on replacing the company’s Galaxy line of satellites with a Jan. 8 order to Orbital ATK for the Galaxy-30 satellite.

Dulles, Virginia-based Orbital ATK will build Galaxy-30 in anticipation of an early 2020 launch with a yet-to-be-named launch provider.

In a prepared statement, Intelsat’s senior vice president of space systems Ken Lee said the Galaxy-30 satellite “will be the 11th satellite Orbital ATK has built for Intelsat, and represents the first satellite in the Galaxy fleet replacement program.”

“Galaxy 30 demonstrates our commitment to our Galaxy cable distribution neighborhood, which has an unmatched penetration of headends in the U.S.” he said. “Our next-generation video distribution fleet will excel at traditional broadcast applications, such as ultra-high definition distribution while at the same time will be capable of supporting new network solutions for applications such as over-the- top video and other distribution requirements.”

Intelsat’s North America-focused satellites are all branded “Galaxy.” Most came from acquiring Loral Space and Communications’ North America fleet 2004 and PanAmSat and its fleet in 2006.

Galaxy-30 will carry a C-band payload for television broadcasts, along with Ku- and Ka-band capacity for broadband connectivity. It is the first new Galaxy satellite since 2005. Intelsat’s Galaxy fleet consists of 13 satellites, comprising roughly a quarter of the operator’s total constellation.

Intelsat in October mentioned that its next replacement cycle would be less costly than the EpicNG high-throughput satellite (HTS) constellation the company has been investing in since 2012.

“Our heavy investment phase related to our high-throughput satellites is now nearing completion,” Intelsat told investors Oct. 26. “The lower capital expenditures associated with our next replacement cycle are expected to support an improved cash flow profile and financial flexibility over the next several years.”

Intelsat CEO Stephen Spengler said in July that the company was in the early stages of planning three new satellites, which would include the start of a refresh for the operator’s North American fleet.

One factor playing into the payloads carried on those satellites will be the U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s decision on C-band spectrum rights in the United States.

The FCC is reevaluating mid-band spectrum, which includes 500MHz of C-band spectrum predominantly used by Intelsat and competitor SES in the United States for television broadcasts. Intelsat, with Intel as a partner, proposed to the FCC what they called a market-based approach to the spectrum, whereby satellite operators would voluntarily clear out of some C-band frequencies so that fifth-generation mobile networks, or 5G, can use the spectrum without causing interference. Mobile networks desiring to use C-band spectrum for 5G would compensate satellite operators for the cost of relocating customers and lost business opportunities.

Fleet operator SES, who with Intelsat controls more than 90 percent of C-band in the U.S., told the FCC in November that Intelsat and Intel’s plan would require SES to buy and launch new C-band satellites at a cost of $150 million to $250 million each. SES estimated it has spent $2.8 billion already on C-band satellite capacity authorized for the U.S. market.

SES said it would only consider backing Intelsat and Intel’s plan if it does not open up the entire 500 MHz from 3.7 to 4.2 GHz. Without SES, Intelsat and Intel may face an uphill battle in seeking to realize their plan.

What the FCC decides on C-band usage will have a direct impact on telecommunications satellites designed to cover the U.S. and North America. FCC spokesperson Neil Grace told SpaceNews Jan. 8 that the agency is still reviewing comments and does not yet have an update on the timeline for a decision.

India to launch 31 satellites on January 12

From http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-in-school/india-to-launch-31-satellites-on-january-12/article22400333.ece

The rocket launch, to carry India’s Cartosat-2 and other satellites including 28 from the U.S. and five other countries, will take place at Sriharikota

India will launch 31 satellites, including earth observation spacecraft Cartosat, on January 12 instead of its earlier tentative schedule on January 10, a space official said on Monday.

“The rocket launch to carry Cartosat and other satellites, including 28 from the U.S. and five other countries, will take place on January 12 at 9.30 a.m.,” Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Public Relations Director Devi Prasad Karnik said.

“There is no delay in the schedule as the earlier stated launch date of January 10 was merely tentative,” stated Karnik.

The rocket launch would take place from ISRO’s spaceport located at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.

The first space mission in 2018 on board the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C40) comes four months after a similar rocket failed to deliver the country’s eighth navigation satellite in the earth’s lower orbit on August 31.

The mission’s payload will include one each nano and micro satellite from India, besides Cartosat-2.

As an observational satellite, Cartosat will beam high-quality images for cartographic, urban and rural applications, coastal land use and regulation and utility management like road network monitoring.IANS


Optus D2 updates, these have moved to Intelsat 19

RTS SAT (Optus) has left 12608, H, 22495 -
Radio Belgrade 1 has left (Optus) 12608, H, 22495 -

Monday feeds

Optus D2 12662 V Sr 7500 "008TBS - MORUYA RACES (Telstra Broadcast Services)" Horses
Optus D2 12671 V Sr 7500 "002TBS - ENC1 (Telstra Broadcast Services)" Horses

Optus D1 12652 V Sr 7200 Fec 3/4 DVB-S QPSK "7BCS Slot 2 QPSK Low Delay (Seven Network)" Golden Globes

Asiasat 5 3711 H Sr 15000 "Golden Globes"

Asiasat 5 3934 H Sr 7200 "Service-1" KLH Ice Hockey

Sunday feeds

Optus D2 12661 V Sr 7500 "TBS 7 (Telstra Broadcast services) Cycling
Optus D2 12670 V Sr 7500 "TBS1 GILGANDRA (Globecast Oz) Horses
Optus D2 12679 V Sr 7500 "002TBS - ENC2 (Telstra Broadcast Services) Horses

Saturday feeds

Optus D2 12675 V SR 15000 "TBS8 wnbl tounswille vs Sydney uni (Telstra Broadcast Services)"

From the Dish

Intelsat 19 166.0E 4180 H "TFC Asia-Pacific" has left

Palapa D 113.0E 3880 H "Ruai TV" has started on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 3960 H "Trans 7" is back on , encrypted.

Koreasat 5A 113.0E 12530 H Silver TV, Mountain TV, TV Chosun, OUN, National Assembly TV, Billiards TV, EBS Plus 1, EBS Plus 2, EBS English and Hwan Kyung TV have left .
Koreasat 5A 113.0E 12602 H "Eco TV has replaced Hwan Kyung TV" on , BISS.
Koreasat 5A 113.0E 12602 H "EBS Plus 1 has replaced EBS 1" on , Fta.

ChinaSat 11 98.0E 12560 V "TV Edukasi, My Cinema and My Cinema Asia" have started on.

Koreasat 5 113.0E 12665 H "MBC" is still on , Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3732 V "Mojo TV" has started on , Fta.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 3922 V "India TV" is Fta.

Intelsat 17 66.0E 3876 H "Satkar and No. 1 News" have started on , Fta. Pooja TV has left.

NSS 12 57.0E 11007 H "BW TV" has left .

From asiatvro site

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Travelxp HD、中天亚洲(MPEG-4)等频道新增,设置12287 V 44000参数有条件接收。[01-08]
东经98度轨道位置的中星11号卫星Ku频段,Diamond Kids、Arek TV替换JTV(印尼)等频道,设置12500 V 43200参数免费接收。[01-08]

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Thaicom 14(泰国)频道新增,设置3600 H 26667参数有条件接收。[01-07]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,GNTV Aspac(泰国)频道新增,设置3856 V 5925参数有条件接收。 [1月7日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,IBC 24、Zee 24 Ghanta(印度)等频道消失,设置11790 H 44000参数无效接收。 [1月7日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Sahara Filmi、Sahara One(印度)等11个频道消失,设置11735 H 44000参数无效接收。 [1月7日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,World Music(印度)频道新增,设置12523 H 30000参数免费接收。 [1月7日]
东经80度轨道位置的快车AM22号卫星Ku频段,1 Kanal(俄罗斯)测试频道新增,设置10981 V 33483参数免费接收。 [1月7日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,TRT World替换东森电影(LaoSat)频道,设置10910 H 45000参数有条件接收。[01-07]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,Thai PBS(LaoSat)高清频道解密,设置10850 V 45000参数免费接收。 [1月7日]
东经84.8度轨道位置的Horizons 2号卫星Ku频段,7 Kanal(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置11720 H 28800参数无效接收。 [1月7日]
东经84.8度轨道位置的Horizons 2号卫星Ku频段,Dom Kino、Rodnoe Kino(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11920 H 28800参数有条件接收。 [1月7日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,Moviesat(IPM)频道新增,设置11640 H 30000参数免费接收。 [1月7日]

东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,VTC 14替换VTV 1(越南)频道,设置11472 H 23200参数有条件接收。 [1月6日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,Happy TV 65替换东盟卫视(老挝)频道,设置11600 H 30000参数免费接收。 [1月6日]
东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段,CGNTV 1(韩国)等全组频道消失,设置12514 V 10740参数无效接收。 [1月6日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Life News替换Jesus Plus TV(巴基斯坦)频道,设置4070 H 2963参数免费接收。 [1月6日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Geet TV(巴基斯坦)频道重现,设置4082 H 3185参数免费接收。 [1月6日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Arirang替换Living(Arirang)频道,设置12461 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [1月6日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Kashmir Vojk TV(巴基斯坦)等3个频道消失,设置3902 V 2963参数无效接收。 [1月6日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,VTC 16、VTC 9替换HBO(VTC)等频道,设置11008 H 28800参数有条件接收。 [1月6日]

东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Fox、Channel V(美国)频道消失,设置4040 H 29720参数无效接收。 [1月5日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,Fox HD等替换Sony Gem(高清)等频道,设置10968 H 28800参数有条件接收。 [1月5日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,安琪电视(SatLink)频道消失,设置3960 H 30000参数无效接收。 [1月5日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,也门电视、Alekhbariyah TV(突尼斯)频道消失,设置3820 V 27500参数无效接收。 [1月5日]
东经57度轨道位置的新天12号卫星C频段,浙江卫视、湖南卫视(国际)等7个频道消失,设置4096 R 30000参数无效接收。 [1月5日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,SUHD TV(4K)频道新增,设置11009 H 30000参数免费接收。 [1月5日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Mojo TV替换Tulasi TV(印度)频道,设置3732 V 7200参数免费接收。 [1月5日]
东经57度轨道位置的新天12号卫星C频段,Special Events(高清)频道开播,设置4096 R 30000参数有条件接收。 [1月5日]

From cnsat

泰星8号(78.5°E)卫星,11640 H 30000一组新增Moviesat HD C-sat 标清频道,开锁播出。(2018-01-07)

新天6号(95.0°E)卫星,CGN TV 日本 等全组频道消失,设置12514 V 10740无信号。(2018-01-06)
亚洲7号(105.5°E)卫星,4084 H 3185一组Geet TV恢复,开锁播出。(2018-01-06)
SES-7/9(108.2°E)卫星,环宇卫视12460 H 45000一组阿里郎电视替换LIVING,锁码播出。(2018-01-06)
亚洲7号(105.5°E)卫星,4070 H 2960一组Life News替换Jesus Plus TV,开锁播出。(2018-01-06)
亚洲7号(105.5°E)卫星,3902 V 2961一组GOD Bless TV、Channel 4、Service 8三个频道消失。(2018-01-06)

新天703(57.0°E)卫星,4095 R 30000一组Special Event升级为高清格式,锁码播出。(2018-01-05)
新天703(57.0°E)卫星,4095 R 30000一组浙江卫视、江苏卫视等7套节目消失。(2018-01-05)
国际20号(68.5°E)卫星,3733 V 7200一组Mojo TV替换Tulasi频道开锁播出。(2018-01-05)
泰星8号(78.5°E)卫星,11010 H 30000一组新增SUHD TV(4K)频道,开锁播出。同组福克斯体育高清1台等消失。(2018-01-05)


Sky TV needs to keep 'firm hold' on subscribers, broker warns

From https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/100354774/sky-tv-needs-to-keep-firm-hold-on-subscribers-broker-warns

Morningstar noted Sky TV boss John Fellet had been at the company "for more than two decades".

Sky Television can expect to lose about 12,000 satellite television customers each year for the next five years, Australian analyst Morningstar has forecast.

The broker predicted in a research report that the pay TV company would see its traditional customer base decline by 2 per cent a year until 2022.

Morningstar forecast revenue losses could to some extent be offset by growth in Sky's internet television services Neon and FanPass, but said its profit margins would fall.

Subscriber losses of the order forecast by Morningstar would represent a significant improvement on the haemorrhage of almost 34,000 satellite subscribers in the year to June.

Sky chief executive John Fellet said then that "now was not the time for a massive conversion of its core business" to a video-on-demand model.

Sky surprised some onlookers by removing weekly and monthly options to its online FanPass sports service in May.

But Morningstar said it was imperative that Sky played in the internet space given the challenges to its traditional business.

"Only by keeping a firm hold of its subscribers can Sky maintain its intrinsic value and perhaps appeal to a potential acquirer, whether it be a telecom player or a consolidator."

It speculated Australian pay-TV company Foxtel could be interested in acquiring Sky TV if Foxtel listed on the Australian stock exchange later this year.

Competitive pressure on Sky TV is expected to increase as United States retail giant Amazon edges closer to entering the New Zealand market.

Speculation was intensifying of Amazon's interest in New Zealand rugby broadcasting rights, Morningstar said.

"The five-year rugby rights to Sky expire in 2021 and the process for the rights from 2022 will begin in April 2018 – an early start we believe has been designed to provide Amazon plenty of lead-time to prepare the infrastructure if it wins."

Morningstar attributed a fair value on the ASX of A$2.70 for Sky shares, which is slightly above its closing price on Friday of A$2.61.

Video on demand critical for Sky TV, say analysts

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11971430

Sky Television needs to focus on its video-on-demand offering to keep customers and maintain its company value, says Australian analyst Morningstar.

The research firm predicted the pay TV company would lose two per cent of its traditional customer base per year for the next five years, however it has forecast this will be offset by its growing subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) customer base.

SVOD customer numbers are expected to increase to 176,000 in the next five years, boosting Sky TV's total subscriber numbers to about 838,000 by 2022 - slightly up on its current subscriber base of 825,000.

With fibre being rolled out across the country, there was no reason New Zealand could not replicate the US model of unduplicated video-on-demand reaching 50 per cent market penetration in five years time, Morningstar said.

"This would imply [an] additional 315,000 potential new households for the existing SVOD players, and our 176,000 subscribers for Sky in five years' time would represent a market share of around 20 per cent," it said.

Morningstar's forecast losses of two per cent would represent a significant improvement from Sky TV's loss of almost 34,000 satellite subscribers in its last financial year.

Sky chief executive John Fellet earlier said "now was not the time for a massive conversion of its core business" to a video-on-demand model, however the research firm said Sky needed to be significantly more aggressive in expanding beyond the traditional pay TV set-top-box, and become a platform-agnostic content distributor.

"The key to this lies in leveraging Sky's comprehensive stable of content to beef up its SVOD products, and marketing them more actively to streaming-hungry Kiwi consumers," Morningstar said in its research note.

"It is imperative that Sky actively plays in this [SVOD] space as a subscriber retention move, as traditional satellite-delivered pay-TV services are structurally destined to be challenged."

It suggested Australian pay-TV company Foxtel could be interested in acquiring Sky TV, if Foxtel listed on the Australian stock exchange later this year.

Speculation was also intensifying around rumours online giant Amazon may bid for the rugby broadcasting rights when Sky's contract for this expired.

"The five-year rugby rights to Sky expire in 2021 and the process for the rights from 2022 will begin in April 2018," Morningstar noted.

"An early start we believe has been designed to provide Amazon plenty of lead-time to prepare the infrastructure if it wins."

Sky TV did not wish to comment.

Morningstar attributed a fair value on the ASX of A$2.70 for Sky shares - slightly above its closing price on Friday of A$2.61.

Sky urged to be more aggressive

From https://www.odt.co.nz/business/sky-urged-be-more-aggressive

Sky Network TV needs to be significantly more aggressive in expanding beyond the traditional pay television set-top box and become a platform-agnostic content distributor, analysts say.

Morningstar analyst Brian Han says the key lies in leveraging Sky’s comprehensive video-on-demand (Svod) products and marketing them more actively to streaming-hungry New Zealand customers.

Although placing additional pressure on the satellite-distributed business, self-cannibalisation was still preferable to losing those customers altogether to the likes of Netflix and Lightbox.

"Given Sky’s brand awareness and the incumbent position in pay TV, its 800,000 customer base is pitiful compared with 400,000 for Netflix and 260,000 for Lightbox."

Mr Han noted Disney’s decision to include the 39% shareholding in Sky PLC (a pan-European equivalent to Sky TV, with 23million subscribers) as part of the recent $US52billion ($NZ72.6billion) deal to acquire certain assets of Fox.

The deal recognised the value in having a direct relationship with consumers, even if mostly through satellites.

Unfortunately, that could be cold comfort to shareholders in Sky Network if it continued to lose traditional pay-TV subscribers in New Zealand at the rate of the past three years — down 15%, or 128,000, to 737,000 at the end of the 2017 financial year. It could be worse if Sky did not recapture many of those customers through its own streaming product, he said.

Subscriber retention through a more aggressive digital streaming strategy will come at a cost. Compared with a traditional pay-TV subscriber assessing Sky’s content through a set-top box, an Svod subscriber accessing through broadband paid only $20 for Neon, but higher for Fan Pass, depending on options. Customer churn came more frequently, all reflective of the competition forces brought on by Netflix and Lightbox, Mr Han said.

At the same time, cost of programming to populate those products was unlikely to fall.

Morningstar expected Sky’s operating earnings margin to fall to 28.6% in five years’ time, a significant step down from the eight-year historical average of 38.9%.

On the other hand, digital streaming was still growing in New Zealand, he said.

The estimated 800,000 Svod subscribers equated to a 46% penetration of households, although the real penetration was probably more like 30% to 35% if households who subscribed to multiple offers from different providers were counted.

With a robust fibre broadband infrastructure being rolled out, there was no reason why New Zealand could not follow the US experience and see non-duplicated Svod penetration reach 50% within five years. That would imply an additional 315,000 potential new households for the existing Svod players. Morningstar’s predicted 176,000 Svod subscribers for Sky in five years’ time would represent a market share of about 20%, Mr Han said.

"It is imperative Sky actively plays in this space as a subscriber retention move, as traditional satellite-delivered pay-TV services are structurally destined to be challenged."

Only by keeping a firm hold of its subscribers could Sky maintain its intrinsic value and perhaps appeal to a potential acquirer — whether it be a telecom player, such as Vodafone trying again, or a consolidator — Foxtel after it listed on the Australian exchange this year, he said.

In the meantime, Sky was expected to adopt a conservative stance on its balance sheet. The dividend per share was expected to be 20c for the next two years before edging down to 18c from 2020. Such a payout would soak up about $70million to $80million of Sky’s expected $90million-$100million annual free cashflow, allowing the group to maintain a "still solid" net debt/operating earnings margin, Mr Han said.

Long March 2D to send a duo of SuperView-1 satellites into orbit

From http://www.spaceflightinsider.com/organizations/china-national-space-administration/long-march-2d-send-duo-superview-1-satellites-orbit/

China is gearing up to conduct its first orbital flight of 2018. The mission, scheduled for Tuesday, January 9, will employ a Long March 2D booster to send two SuperView-1 Earth-observing satellites into space.

The rocket is currently scheduled to lift off at around 3:20 GMT (10:20 p.m. EST on January 8) from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center (TSLC) located in China’s Shanxi Province.

The launch of SuperView-1 duo opens up what could be a busy 2018 launch manifest for China. The nation has plans to fly some 35-40 orbital missions. Among the flights of communications and Earth-observing satellites, Beijing also aims to launch this year the Chang’e 4 lander – the first spacecraft to attempt a soft landing on far side of the Moon. The country is also working toward the debut of its new light-lift launcher, Kuaizhou-11, and plans to perform the first orbital launch from a sea platform as well.

Preparations for the launch of the two newest SuperView-1 satellites started in November of last year (2017), with the liftoff initially scheduled for December 25. However, China decided to launch a Long March 2C from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center instead, and postponed the flight of the Long March 2D by two weeks.

As is typical for most Chinese space missions, very little information has been made available about the launch and about the flight’s timeline. The Long March 2D rocket will most likely fly for about 10 minutes in order to send its two passengers into a Sun-synchronous orbit (SSO) at an altitude of about 310 miles (500 kilometers).

SuperView-1 03 and SuperView-1 04 (also known as GaoJing-1 03 and GaoJing-1 04), are the final two of four satellites of the first generation of the SuperView constellation. They are identical spacecraft, built by the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST). The satellites are based on the CAST3000B platform and are fitted with two deployable solar arrays.

If everything goes as it is currently planned, the pair of newest SuperView-1 spacecraft will be operated by the Beijing Space View Technology Co., Ltd. They will provide imagery with 1.64-foot (0.5-meter) panchromatic resolution and 6.56-foot (2-meter) multispectral (blue, green, red, near-infrared) resolution.

The first pair of SuperView-1 satellites were launched on December 28, 2016, however some problems occurred during the separation of the duo from a Long March 2D booster, that resulted in the spacecraft being placed into a lower-than-intended orbit. The issue was finally corrected in mid-January of 2017.

The plan for the SuperView-1 quartet is to have the four satellites phased 90 degrees from each other on the same orbit to collect imagery for clients worldwide. The satellites are designed to work in multiple collection modes including long strip, multiple strips collect, multiple-point targets collect, and stereo imaging. They are expected to deliver highly-detailed imagery for precise map creation, change detection, and in-depth image analysis.

“The SuperView-1 constellation works in multiple modes, such as imaging at nadir, rolling imaging, long strip, multiple strip collect, multiple target collect and stereo imaging,” the SuperView-1 brochure states.

The SuperView-1 spacecraft feature a data collection capability of two terabytes of storage on board and, if in the proper orbit, are able to obtain images covering 270,300 square miles (700,000 square kilometers) across the globe per day.

The full SuperView constellation is planned to consist of 24 Earth-observing satellites that will be orbited by 2022. China hopes that the network will become one of the world’s largest commercial providers of space imagery and geospatial data.

The Long March 2D launcher that has been selected for Tuesday’s flight is a two-stage rocket developed by the Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology. It is mainly used to launch satellites into low-Earth orbit (LEO). The 135 foot (41.15 meters) tall booster can launch payloads of up to 3.5 metric tons to LEO and has an SSO capability of up to 1.3 metric tons.

The rocket was launched for the first time on Aug. 9, 1992, from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, orbiting the Fanhui Shei Weixing FSW-2-1 recoverable satellite.

SpaceX launches secret satellite Zuma on first flight of year

From https://www.nbcnews.com/science/space/spacex-launches-secret-satellite-zuma-first-flight-year-n835591

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX has launched a secret satellite code-named Zuma on its first flight of the new year.

The unmanned Falcon rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral on Sunday night, carrying the satellite toward an undisclosed orbit.

SpaceX launches a secretive U.S. government payload known as Zuma at Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Sunday. Douglas Curran / AFP - Getty Images

SpaceX ended launch commentary five minutes into the flight because of the classified nature of the U.S. satellite. But the company continued to broadcast the return of the first-stage booster to Cape Canaveral, where it landed upright as part of a recycling effort.

Northrop Grumman provided the satellite, for which government agency it wouldn't say. The name "Zuma" refers to a Southern California beach.

Last year was a banner year for SpaceX, with 18 launches. It's aiming for more this year.

Pearl TV, Sony develop first ATSC 3.0 EPG

From https://advanced-television.com/2018/01/08/pearl-tv-sony-develop-first-atsc-3-0-epg/

Pearl TV, a grouping of US broadcast companies with a shared interest in exploring forward-looking broadcasting opportunities, is collaborating with Sony Electronics to develop an essential viewer navigation ingredient for next-generation television – a new type of on-screen television programme guide that will be responsive to consumer commands. The new channel navigation tool, part of the larger interactive content environment for next-generation ATSC 3.0, is being developed for the Phoenix Model Market project that is supported by 10 Phoenix market TV stations.

“Our finished product for the Phoenix Model Market will be the first Electronic Service Guide with programme information from both broadcasters and multichannel providers built with ATSC 3.0 technology. This innovative platform will bring a state-of-the-art experience to the viewer with interactivity, personalisation and voice command support, both directly to the TV and indirectly through companion devices, such as tablets and mobile phones,” said Anne Schelle, Managing Director of Pearl TV. Pearl is a business organisation of US broadcast companies with a shared interest in exploring forward-looking broadcasting opportunities, including innovative ways of promoting local broadcast TV content and developing digital media and wireless platforms for the broadcast industry.

Phoenix will serve as the first ‘model market’ for deployment of next-generation TV, a sweeping improvement designed to greatly enhance over-the-air services for viewers and provide new options through smart TVs and other Internet-connected devices.

“Sony appreciates the vision and leadership that Pearl and the Model Market participants have demonstrated in establishing the Phoenix open test bed. As a result, next-generation TV will greatly expand consumer choices as ATSC 3.0 can be used to deliver pristine Ultra HDTV with expansive audio and also bring together broadcast and broadband sources,” suggested Mike Fasulo, President and COO of Sony Electronics Inc. “We believe this work will lead to better viewer experiences for consumers as well as provide a great resource for the industry at large.”

“This will be the first fully-compliant implementation of an ATSC 3.0 interactive environment. New applications developed for the ATSC 3.0 platform will control interactive advertising and offer consumers new capabilities, such as accessing digital coupons,” advised Schelle. “The system will bring together broadcast over-the-air signals, cable and satellite retransmission, and streaming over-the-top channels for viewers of next-gen TV. Recognizing that broadcasting needed to evolve, Sony has played an integral role in the development of ATSC 3.0 since the beginning of its development more than seven years ago as a key contributor of technology and industry leadership.”

“ATSC 3.0 is essential to the future of the terrestrial broadcast industry. Sony believes strongly in the convergence of broadcast, broadband, and mobile viewing made possible by ATSC 3.0,” said Paul Hearty, Vice President of Technical Standards at Sony Electronics Inc.

As part of this partnership, Sony will be involved in Pearl’s Phoenix Model Market later in 2018. As a preview of that collaboration, Pearl will be demonstrating Sony’s prototype implementation of the full, ATSC 3.0-compliant protocol stack to interested broadcasters at the CES show in Las Vegas.

Separately, Sony Semiconductor Solutions is in the advanced stages of development of a demodulator chip for ATSC 3.0 receivers. Sony already has carried out field testing in North Carolina and Maryland. The company also is planning additional field tests at WJW, the experimental station in Ohio.

“ATSC 3.0 can operate in many transmission modes, ranging from high-capacity modes optimised for fixed reception to high-robustness modes optimised for mobile or deep-building reception,” added Hearty of Sony Electronics Inc. “ATSC 3.0 also shares many elements of its technology stack with what is used in telco/mobile services, which promotes content and service interoperability.”

CBS All Access on Amazon Channels

From https://advanced-television.com/2018/01/08/cbs-all-access-on-amazon-channels/

CBS All Access, CBS’s digital subscription video on-demand and live streaming service, and Amazon have launched the ability for Amazon Prime members to add CBS All Access’s commercial-free offering to their Prime membership with Amazon Channels.

“CBS All Access on Amazon Channels offers a seamless way for Amazon Prime members to get all the benefits of CBS All Access, including their favourite CBS shows plus premium original series like Star Trek: Discovery, No Activity and The Good Fight,” said Rob Gelick, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Digital Platforms, CBS Interactive Entertainment. “As the first Amazon Channels partner to offer a linear feed of a subscriber’s local broadcast station in addition to video on demand, we’re thrilled to bring live programming to Prime members.”

“CBS has produced some of the most popular shows in television history – they have a fantastic selection of hit series,” said Greg Hart, Vice President, Amazon Video. “Amazon Prime members can now add CBS All Access to their Prime membership and watch the latest episodes of critically-acclaimed series, sports programming and award shows. We’re thrilled to work with CBS to bring their cutting-edge content to Amazon Prime members with Amazon Channels.”

For an additional $9.99 (€8.30) a month, Prime members will have access to:
•More than 10,000 commercial-free episodes on demand, including current primetime, late night and daytime CBS shows in addition to CBS classics such as Star Trek, Cheers, Medium and more.
•Full building seasons of all current CBS primetime series such as The Big Bang Theory, Young Sheldon, NCIS and Scorpion.
•All past seasons of 14 hit CBS series including The Good Wife, NCIS and Hawaii Five-0.
•A live stream of their local CBS station, including NFL on CBS programming and specials such as The 60th Annual Grammy Awards and The Academy Of Country Music Awards.
•Access to the service’s original series including Star Trek: Discovery, The Good Fight and No Activity, as well as upcoming originals $1, Strange Angel, The Twilight Zone and others.
•Prime members in the US will be able to watch CBS All Access across more than 600 devices on the Prime Video app for TVs, game consoles, set-top boxes, including Apple TV, and connected devices, including Amazon Fire TV, mobile devices and online.
•In addition to the commercial-free plan, CBS All Access’s limited commercial plan ($5.99/month) will also be available to Prime members in the coming months.


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Foxtel Owners Reach Agreement On Sky News

From https://www.channelnews.com.au/foxtel-owners-reach-agreement-on-sky-news/

Foxtel’s owners – Telstra and News Corp – have reportedly reached an agreement on Sky News’ carriage fees, thereby allowing the broadcaster to remain on air.

Some market commentators had forecast that a delay in the deal, could stall the proposed merger of Foxtel and Fox Sports.

Whilst Telstra & News Corp failed to reach an agreement before the deal’s expiry date on December 31st, 2017, Mumbrella has revealed that new terms have been agreed upon and will be finalised soon.

A spokesperson for Sky News offered their confirmation:

“Telstra has agreed to new terms”.

When queried by media, both Telstra and News Corp could not confirm whether the Foxtel and Fox Sports merger was affected by the negotiations.

Duke to Go HD for Commonwealth Games

From http://www.screenscribe.net/channels/duke-to-go-hd-for-commonwealth-games/

TVNZ’s third free-to-air channel, Duke, is expected to go HD “within a matter of weeks”, the broadcaster has confirmed.

According to Screenscribe reader and contributor Leo, Duke is promoting the switchover as happening this month.

“It will be a matter of weeks,” a TVNZ spokesperson says. “Earlier in 2018 is the plan.”

That would mean the channel would be HD ready for TVNZ’s marathon Commonwealth Games coverage, which will air on TVNZ 1 and Duke from April 4-15.

There will also be live streaming and TVNZ is setting up a dedicated TVNZ Games Extra channel.

The spokesperson wouldn’t confirm if this would be in HD, too. But it’s highly likely given, as Leo also reports, TVNZ is testing an HD service on Freeview channel 600 (although the spokesperson says TVNZ 1 uses this for “technical testing … it’s not earmarked for a new channel”).

Duke’s upgrade to 1080i is great news. The channel’s patchwork of entertainment, reality and sport still feels like a work in progress but it’s an important part of TVNZ’s reach and is a useful platform for free-to-air sport, be it American football, AFL, NBA or Formula E racing.

It’s just a pity that Sky’s acquired the rights to Duke’s DC series and is soon to screen them in SD on The Box when fans could have seen them in HD on Duke.

But it’s good news for fans of TVNZ 2 series that are being relegated to Duke, like The Exorcist, Family Guy and The Mick (season two of which will air 9.55 Fridays from next week).

TVNZ is betting heavily on the XXI Commonwealth Games given the Gold Coast location means the time difference will be only a couple of hours.

TVNZ 1 will provide predominantly live daily coverage from 9am-6pm and 7.30pm-1am while Duke will be a 24-hour Games channel, with a mix of live/delayed coverage and overnight repeats.

TVNZ Games Extra will screen live/delayed coverage from 7am-1am, and there will also be live/delayed coverage on-demand.

“Our goal is to bring the nation every moment of the XXI Commonwealth Games in 2018 on the Gold Coast,” TVNZ promises advertisers.

It points out 1.3 million viewers watched the America’s Cup live on TVNZ 1 in 2013 compared to the 400,000 who tuned into the 2017 coverage on Sky and Prime.

Duke’s Rio Paralympics coverage doubled Duke’s viewership while more than 400,000 viewed the Superbowl live on TVNZ 1 and Duke.

SpaceX to launch secret US Govt satellite Friday

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/SpaceX_to_Launch_US_Government_Mystery_Satellite_Friday_999.html

Technology pioneer Elon Musk's aerospace firm, SpaceX, is preparing to launch a secretive spacecraft for an unnamed branch of the US government this week after postponing the event in November.

Codenamed Zuma, the launch was initially scheduled for November from NASA's Kennedy Space Center at Merritt Island, Florida. SpaceX delayed sending Zuma into space after concerns emerged about the nose cone protecting the payload from dynamic pressure and aerodynamic heating on its way out of the atmosphere.

Multiple media outlets reported that Zuma would take off on Thursday, January 4, but SpaceX pushed the event date back again to Friday at the earliest, the California-based company announced on Twitter.

SpaceX is "targeting [a] January 5 launch of Zuma," the company said Wednesday.

The classified government satellite may have been built by defense giant Northrop Grumman, the only company besides SpaceX known to be involved with the project.

"The US government assigned Northrop Grumman the responsibility of acquiring launch services for this mission," the Virginia-based aerospace and defense firm said in November.

"Working closely with our customers and suppliers, these [aerospace] systems and technologies are used for a wide range of missions from intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; protected communications; battle management; strike operations; electronic warfare and missile defense to Earth observation, space science and space exploration," according to a company description of Northrop's aerospace products.

Little else is known about the Zuma project, including under which government agency umbrella the project falls. The National Reconnaissance Office seems to be a likely candidate since it is a US government agency tasked with developing and maintaining spy satellites, but the NRO denied involvement when pressed on the Zuma launch last October.

SpaceX launched a satellite for the NRO last May and the agency did not shy away from claiming ownership of the payload. Nevertheless, "one source told Ars Technica that SpaceX is launching the payload for the National Reconnaissance Office," a January 2 report in the technology publication asserted.

The Zuma launch will clear the way for SpaceX to test Falcon Heavy, a rocket "with more than 5 million pounds of thrust at liftoff - equal to approximately eighteen 747 aircraft at full power," according to the private space firm.

Nigeria orders 2 satellites from China

From https://advanced-television.com/2018/01/04/nigeria-orders-2-satellites-from-china/

Nigeria’s minister of communications, Adebayo Shittu, says that Nigeria is ordering two communications satellites from China, and will pay $550 million (€456m) for the pair. China would part-own the satellites.

Shittu, speaking in Nigerian capital city Abuja, said that the China Ex-Im Bank and the Chinese manufacturer, China Great Wall, have agreed to pay for the new satellites after Nigeria renegotiated an earlier deal that had required it to cover 15 per cent of the cost. China is now funding the complete costs of the satellites.

The minister added that the satellites would be ready for launch two years after the contract was formally signed, which was likely by the end of January.

He said the Chinese company would take an equity stake in Nigcomsat, a limited liability company owned by the Federal Government and responsible for managing satellite communications.

He said the Chinese would help market satellite communication services to other African countries which would compete with current providers from Israel, Britain and the United States. “The first thing is that we want to make a profit, we want to capture the local market and we also want to capture the African market,” he said.

Satellite channel owned by Egyptian intelligence faces legal action

From https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20180105-satellite-channel-owned-by-egyptian-intelligence-faces-legal-action/

Severe financial crises have cast their shadow on Al-Hayat TV network, which was acquired by the Egyptian intelligence agency-owned Falcon Company last September.

Moves have been taken to recover its debts to MBC TV network, which has seized Al-Hayat’s property to cover the amount owed for the rights to broadcast television programmes. The Cairo Court of Appeal has issued a ruling to lift the confidentiality of the network’s bank accounts to facilitate the debt recovery.

In the same context, Sony Pictures of Lebanon has implemented a judicial ruling to seize Al-Hayat in order to obtain the $1,000,000 owed to it for several television programmes, including “Who wants to be a Millionaire”.

In another blow, businessman Alaa El-Kahky, owner of Media Line and Al-Nahar television network, was granted a ruling allowing him to seize Al-Hayat assets as the company did not pay the debts owed to him by its former owner, which total around $5.6 million.

Sources have revealed that ownership of Al-Hayat was transferred to Tawasul, one of Falcon’s companies, due to the complaints filed against the network. This meant that all responsibilities and debts were transferred to the new owner.

MBC Egypt’s legal advisor, Tharwat Abdelshaheed, said that Al-Hayat is behind in its repayments and several requests and warnings were sent without any response. “All friendly attempts failed,” he explained, “and so we resorted to international arbitration. This acknowledged our entitlement to $6 million. Al-Hayat tried to get a decision nullifying the rulings, but it lost all of these cases.”

Dish keeps pressure on piracy sites with two new lawsuits

From https://www.fiercecable.com/operators/dish-keeps-pressure-piracy-sites-two-new-lawsuits

Dish Network has reportedly filed separate lawsuits in Maryland and Texas targeting two operators of online platforms Dish said are stealing its linear programming and illegally streaming it over the internet in the U.S.

According to Torrent Freak, Dish is suing Maryland corporation Dima Furniture Inc. and its principal, Mohammad Yusif, which it said are doing business as “Spider-TV.”

Dish accuses Spider-TV of “capturing broadcasts of television channels exclusively licensed to Dish and unlawfully retransmitting these channels over the internet to their customers throughout the United States, 24 hours per day, seven days per week.”

Dish said Spider-TV is selling a set-top box and 13 months of service for $199. Dish said that in July 2015, Yusif registered Spider-TV as a trade name of Dima Furniture with Maryland state tax officials, describing the business as “Television Channel Installation.”

“Defendants capture live broadcast signals of the protected channels, transcode these signals into a format useful for streaming over the internet, transfer the transcoded content to one or more servers provided, controlled, and maintained by defendants, and then transmit the protected channels to users of the service through OTT delivery, including users in the United States,” the lawsuit said.

A second suit, filed in Texas, similarly targets Mo’ Ayad Fawzi Al Zayed and his Shenzhen Tiger Star operation, which Dish said sells a set-top and a year of service for $179. Dish also accuses Shenzhen of basing the U.S. service off its stolen content.

Last year, Dish filed a similar suit against the operators of two add-ons to the popular online piracy platform Kodi, ZemTV and TVAddons.ag.

ISRO Ready For First Satellite Launch In 4 Months After Failure In August

From https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/isro-ready-for-first-satellite-launch-in-4-months-after-august-failure-1796378From news

Since August last year, ISRO had an agonising four months fixing the problem on its rockets. The space agency now says the problem has been resolved and it is ready to fly its rockets again with 31 satellites.

ISRO Ready For First Satellite Launch In 4 Months After Failure In August

ISRO's launch of a satellite was declared unsuccessful in August 2017. (File)

For more than four months, all Indian rockets have been grounded after the country's first private-sector manufactured satellite was declared unsuccessful in August last year. ISRO, the country's premier space agency that handled the launch seems to have regained confidence and is ready for a lift-off on January 12, if all goes well.

In what is seen as a big embarrassment to ISRO, the 41st mission of the PSLV, which carried the satellite, failed on August 31 as the satellite's protective heat shield did not drop off. A group of scientists and experts were investigating what went wrong.

Since then, the space agency had an agonising four months fixing the problem on its rockets. ISRO now says the problem has been resolved and it is ready to fly its rockets again with 31 satellites.

"We will be carrying our Cartosat Series satellite, a microsatellite and a Nanosatellite. Apart from that we are taking 28 customer satellites in this launch," ISRO chairman Dr AS Kiran Kumar told NDTV. Asked if foreign vendors still have confidence in ISRO, Dr Kumar said, "Yes, they have great confidence and they are not all perturbed by what has happened because they understand that in launch vehicle activities, there could always be some issues once in a while."

ISRO has fixed the problem in the heat shield that failed to open during the August launch, killing the satellite in space. The upcoming mission this month will see satellites from the USA and Finland, among others, fly into space.


Updates & Catchups

Duke TV is going HD on Freeview NZ in Mid January!

Delayed coverage of Big Bash games have been spotted on EMTV Intelsat 19 (Cband)

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"RTS SAT (GLOBECAST)" started here Sid 100 Vpid 1001 (H264) FTA Apid 1002
"Radio Beograd 1 (TelekomSrbija)" started here SID 110 Apid 1102 (Fta)

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Living asia channel is new , Sid 23 Vpid 4050 (H264) FTA Apid 4051

Thursday feeds

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Dream Satellite TV Closes

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Effective December 31, 2017 at exactly 11:59PM, Dream Satellite TV will cease broadcast operations after 16 years of serving Filipinos and abroad due to financial problems as well as the intense competition from rival Direct-to-Home Satellite TV providers such as Cignal, Sky Direct and G Sat. Nonetheless Dream still value and appreciating each loyal subscriber for fighting rights on DTH lines and flashing delicate TV programs as well us competitive and highly active customer service during the day until its last journey. We also give our sincere apologies for many issues regarding its services. We hope that we still give you our very best to reached and meet your satisfactions. Once again, thank you very much!


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ABS 6 159.0E 3619 H "Living Asia Channel" has started on, Fta.

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Palapa D 113.0E 3960 H "TVOne, Trans 7 and Trans TV" have left .

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Koreasat 5 113.0E 12310 V "Red by HBO" has started on , Fta.
Koreasat 5 113.0E 12310 V "Discovery Channel Philippines, Boomerang South East Asia, Aljazeera English, ETC, IBC 13, Aksyon TV, Sari Sari Channel, CT, INC TV and UNTV" have started on, Fta.
Koreasat 5 113.0E 12501 V "CGN TV, CGN TV Japan and CGN Korea" have left again.

SES 7 108.2E 2565 V "Berita Satu HD has replaced Indovision VOD" on , Videoguard.
SES 7 108.2E 2595 H "Animax Asia" on is now encrypted.
SES 7 108.2E 2595 V "Jak TV" has started on, Videoguard.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3750 V "47 News HD and Raaz News HD" have started on Fta. Sky Cinema has left.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4070 H "Praise TV" has started on, Fta.

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3820 V "Yemen TV" has left .
AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3840 H "Angel TV India" has started on , Fta.
AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3980 V "Fox Business" has started on , Irdeto.

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 12354 H "SET I News" has started on , Fta.

G-Sat 17 93.5E 3925 H "DD India has replaced DD Sports" on , Fta.

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

Measat 3a 91.4E 4000 H "AMC Korean" has started on , Irdeto.

Yamal 401 90.0E 3969 L "Telekanal 2x2, Pyatnitsa!, TV 3, TNT 4, Shop 24, Telekanal Zvezda, Super and Kaleidoskop TV" have started on, Fta.

Yamal 401 90.0E 11385 H "Super" has started on , Fta.
Yamal 401 90.0E 11385 H "NTV" has started on , Fta.

ST 2 88.0E 11050 V "Rose TV has replaced Naaptol Green" on , encrypted.
ST 2 88.0E 11164 H "EZMall and Vrinda TV" have started on , Fta.
ST 2 88.0E 11164 H "Sahara One, HBN and Den Snapdeal TV-Shop" have left .
ST 2 88.0E 11609 V "Zee 24 Kalak, Mirror Now, D2h Sajda and Alankar TV" have started on , encrypted.
ST 2 88.0E 11609 V "Star Movies Action" has left.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3756 H "Swaraj Express SMBC has replaced NewsTime 24x7" on, Fta.
Insat 4A 83.0E 3805 H "Ashirwad" has left .

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3585 V "Major Channel Asian" is now encrypted.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3585 V "Miracle has started on , BISS. Horror Channel" has left.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 12355 V "Thai PBS, BBTV Channel 7 and PPTV HD 36" have started on , BISS.

Apstar 7 76.5E 12719 V "Videoland Movie has replaced TVBS" on , Fta.

ABS 2 75.0E 11605 V Super has started on , clear. Oruzhie, Feniks+Kino and Anekdot TV are now in clear.

ABS 2A 75.0E 11559 V "Super" has started on , Fta.
ABS 2A 75.0E 12533 V HTV, Mongolian News Channel, MNBA Sports and MNB Mongolyn Medee have started on, ABV.
ABS 2A 75.0E 12533 V "MNB" is Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3936 V "Movies Now +, Romedy Now, Movies Now, MNX and Movies Now" are Fta
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4006 H "Dunya News" has left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4112 H "Samaa TV" has left .

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12522 H "FilmBox Africa" is encrypted again.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12562 H "Yadah Miracle Gospel Channel" has started on , Fta
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12638 H "ACBN Movie" has left .

Intelsat 17 66.0E 12614 V "DocuBox HD has replaced Dalkom TV" on, Fta

From asiatvro site

东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,TV 8(蒙古)频道加密,设置12690 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [1月4日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Eurosport News(高清)频道消失,设置4080 V 30000参数无效接收。 [1月4日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Sky Cinema替换Life News(巴基斯坦)频道,设置4070 H 2963参数免费接收。 [1月4日]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,Thrill、Net 25(Cignal)等频道重现,设置12310 V 29976参数有条件接收。 [1月4日]

东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,VGS Shop(越南)等21个频道新增,设置11295 V 15000参数有条件接收。 [1月3日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,M Channel、Phim(越南)等全组频道消失,设置11300 V 30000参数无效接收。 [1月3日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,VTV 3、VTC 1(越南)等全组频道消失,设置11135 H 9600参数无效接收。 [1月3日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,HTV 9 HD、HTV 7 HD(越南)等4个频道新增,设置11260 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [1月3日]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5A号卫星Ku频段,DMAX替换Eurosport News(蒙古)频道,设置11613 V 43200参数有条件接收。 [1月3日]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5A号卫星Ku频段,Hollywood Bagts替换Test-805(蒙古)频道,设置11613 V 43200参数有条件接收。 [1月3日]
东经101.4度轨道位置的中星9A号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-1、CCTV-2(户户通)等频道新增,设置12020 R 28800参数有条件接收。[01-03]
东经101.4度轨道位置的中星9A号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-3、CGTN(户户通)等全组频道消失,设置11800 L 28800参数无效接收。 [1月3日]
东经101.4度轨道位置的中星9A号卫星Ku频段,北京卫视、东方卫视(户户通)等全组频道消失,设置11720 L 28800参数无效接收。 [1月3日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,The Nghi M(AVG)频道新增,设置11260 V 30000参数免费接收。 [1月3日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星C频段,Much TV、Much TV(台亚卫星)等4个频道消失,设置3700 V 33000参数无效接收。 [1月3日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Ashirwad(印度)频道消失,设置3805 H 28500参数无效接收。 [1月3日]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,天映频道、Thrill(Cignal)等频道消失,设置12310 V 29976参数无效接收。 [1月3日]
东经88度轨道位置的中新2号卫星C频段,纬来日本(标清)频道消失,设置3632 V 30000参数无效接收。 [1月3日]
东经84.8度轨道位置的Horizons 2号卫星Ku频段,FAN TV(泰国)频道新增,设置11838 V 45000参数免费接收。 [1月3日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AT2号卫星Ku频段,Russian Extreme TV(NTV)频道消失,设置12322 R 27500参数无效接收。 [1月3日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,DM News+替换AS News(巴基斯坦)频道,设置4146 H 5317参数免费接收。 [1月3日]

东经124度轨道位置的日本通信4B号卫星Ku频段,Toel Ch戏剧(高清)频道加密,设置12718 V 23303参数有条件接收。[01-02]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,MTV(数码天空)频道加密,设置12294 V 45000参数有条件接收。[01-02]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,MTV Ph替换Jack TV(菲律宾)频道,设置4011 V 10000参数有条件接收。[01-02]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,河南卫视替换江西卫视(数码天空)频道,设置12416 V 45000参数有条件接收。[01-02]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,高点综合(高清)频道改格式,设置12660 V 45000参数有条件接收。[01-02]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,壹电影、金鹰卡通替换八大综合(数码天空)等频道,设置12660 V 45000参数有条件接收。[01-02]

东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,天映频道(艺华卫视)频道消失,设置12354 V 43000参数无效接收。[01-01]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,VTC 10替换Red By HBO(VTC)频道,设置11008 H 28800参数免费接收。[01-01]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Nagorik TV HD(高清)频道加密,设置4128 V 4600参数有条件接收。 [1月1日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,PTV World(巴基斯坦)频道消失,设置4096 H 2894参数无效接收。 [1月1日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,PTV Global USA(巴基斯坦)频道消失,设置4092 H 2894参数无效接收。 [1月1日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,TVB 8(高清)频道加密,设置4155 H 7200参数有条件接收。 [1月1日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Utility 1 HD、Utility 2 HD(TVB)频道加密,设置3851 V 10800参数有条件接收。 [1月1日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Liga替换Reserved(菲律宾)频道,设置12531 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [1月1日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,人间卫视替换宏观卫视(华人卫视)频道,设置12521 V 30000参数免费接收。 [1月1日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,高点综合替换世界电视(数码天空)频道,设置12660 V 45000参数免费接收。 [1月1日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,GMA Life TV、GMA Pinoy TV(GMA)等全组频道加密,设置3856 V 5925参数有条件接收。 [1月1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(GMA)等全组频道加密,设置3840 H 4444参数有条件接收。 [1月1日]

From cnsat

国际20号(68.5°E)卫星,4184 V 21600一组Green TV频道消失。(2018-01-04)
亚太V号(138.0°E)卫星,蒙古直播12690 H 43200一组TV8(蒙古)恢复锁码播出。(2018-01-04)
韩星5A号(113.0°E)卫星,12310 V 30000一组Thrill、Net 25等频道重现,锁码播出。(2018-01-04)

国际19号(166.0°E)卫星,4080 V 30000一组欧洲体育新闻消失。(2018-01-03)
亚洲7号(105.5°E)卫星,3902 V 2963一组新增Heavens TV频道,开锁播出。(2018-01-03)
越星1/2号(132.0°E)卫星,11262 V 30000一组新增胡志明市电视高清7台(HTV7 HD)等频道,锁码播出。(2018-01-03)
亚太V号(138.0°E)卫星,蒙古直播12272 H 33333一组新增Hollywood Bagts频道,锁码播出。(2018-01-03)
韩星5A号(113.0°E)卫星,蒙古直播11613 V 43200一组新增Hollywood Bagts频道,锁码播出。(2018-01-03)
国际19号(166.0°E)卫星,3880 V 30000一组PNG TV替换卡塔尔半岛电视台国际频道,开锁播出。(2018-01-03)
ABS-2(75.0°E)卫星,3700 V 33000一组东风卫视、非凡商业等四个频道消失。(2018-01-03)

亚太V号(138.0°E)卫星,蒙古直播12630 H 43200一组DDISHLive频道恢复锁码播出。(2018-01-02)
日本通信4A(124.0°E)卫星,12718 V 23300一组AT-X等频道锁码播出。(2018-01-02)
日本通信4A(124.0°E)卫星,12688 V 23300一组20 Shop Channel等频道锁码播出。(2018-01-02)
泰星5号(78.5°E)卫星,3585 V 30000一组MVLAO替换INM频道,开锁播出,Major Channel密替换Asian Mix Channel,锁码播出。(2018-01-02)

亚太V号(138.0°E)卫星,艺华12354 V 43000一组天映频道消失。(2018-01-01)
亚太7号(76.5°E)卫星,4128 V 4600一组Nagorik TV HD锁码播出。(2018-01-01)
亚洲7号(105.5°E)卫星,PTV Global频道消失,设置参数4092 H 2894无信号。(2018-01-01)
亚洲7号(105.5°E)卫星,PTV world频道消失,设置参数4096 H 2894无信号。(2018-01-01)
亚太7号(76.5°E)卫星,4156 H 7200一组香港无线8高清频道恢复锁码播出。(2018-01-01)


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