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Page UPDATED 17/11/2017 11.10 P.M NZ


Intelsat 19 updates

12525 H Sr 30000
"Free Slot 127" has RT Fta
"Free Slot 128" has O2TV Fta
"Free Slot 129" black screen
"Free Slot 130" Pink music 2? Fta
"Free Slot 131" Chile TV Fta
"Free Slot 132" Pink is Fta
"Free Slot 133" PTC 1 is Fta
"Free Slot 134" Pink Soap is Fta
"Free Slot 135" Pink Premium is Fta
"Free Slot 136" PRVA 1 is FtA
"Free Slot 137" TVE? is Fta
"Free Slot 138" 24H is Fta
"Free Slot 139" Telesur is Fta
"Free Slot 140" OBN is Fta
"Free Slot 141" 4E is Fta

Friday evening feed

Asiasat 5 3792 H SR 7200 "CTM001" WTCC Motor race

Friday morning feed

Asiasat 5 4147 V Sr 7200 "Nameless" Japan Baseball

From my Email


From the Dish

LaoSat 1 128.5E 3503 V VTV 1, Dubai Sports 3, CGTN Documentary, Channel NewsAsia, CCTV 4 Asia, CCTV Entertainment, Saudi TV, KBS World, Fuel TV, Zhejiang
Satellite TV International, TV Lao, China Movie, Sun TV, Aljazeera English, Ahlebait TV Networks, NHK World TV, CBeebies Asia, BBC EarthAsia, AXN East Asia, CGTN and B4U Music India have left again.

LaoSat 1 128.5E 3569 H "CCTV 4 Asia" has left again.

Palapa D 113.0E 3627 H "Akhyar TV has replaced Madina TV" on ,Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 3808 V "ICTA TV" is still on , Fta.

G-Sat 17 93.5E G-Sat 17 has replaced Insat 4B.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3949 H "Jano Duniya" has left .

Thaicom 6 78.5E 12557 V Fox Movies Asia and Channel 7 have started on , Fta. KBS World and History Asia have left.

Thaicom 8 78.5E 11640 H "Toon Toon" is now encrypted.

ABS 2 75.0E 3618 V "Apostolic Oneness Network" has started on , Fta
ABS 2 75.0E 3818 V "EATV 5" has left again.

ABS 2A 75.0E 12100 V "Gulli Girl, Russkij Extrem and TV Sale" have started on Fta.
ABS 2A 75.0E 12160 V "Gulli Girl" has started on , Fta.
ABS 2A 75.0E 12533 VParliament TV, Ulzii TV, Sch TV, E Box, MNB, VTV HD, TV 25 and Suld TVhave started on, ABV. SBN TV, Mass TV and 9 TV have left.

ABS 2A 75.0E 12587 V Doc Box, Malchin TV, Seven Channel, Molor HD, NTV, Mongolian News Channel, SBN TV, 9 TV, OTV, Like HDTV and Action Hollywood Movies have started on , ABV. UBS has left.

Intelsat 33e 60.0E 11558 V "GlobalStar TV and Hard Life have left .

From asiatvro site

东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,test channel(测试)频道新增,设置4120 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [11月17日]
东经103度轨道位置的快车AM3号卫星Ku频段,Discount TV(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11605 V 34425参数免费接收。 [11月17日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,TV 9(蒙古)频道解密,设置12690 H 43200参数免费接收。 [11月17日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,动物星球、国家地理(蒙古)等频道加密,设置12629 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [11月17日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Baby TV(高清)频道加密,设置12272 H 33333参数有条件接收。 [11月17日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Baby TV(高清)频道改格式,设置12272 H 33333参数免费接收。 [11月17日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,国家地理、动物星球(Ddish TV)等全组频道解密,设置12629 H 43200参数免费接收。 [11月17日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,DW、BBC World News(Ddish TV)等频道加密,设置12272 H 33333参数有条件接收。 [11月17日]

东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Fashion TV(高清)频道解密,设置3740 V 30000参数免费接收。 [11月16日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AT2号卫星Ku频段,Festival(4K)(UHD)频道新增,设置12226 L 27500参数有条件接收。 [11月16日]
东经56度轨道位置的快车AT1号卫星Ku频段,Festival(4K)(UHD)频道新增,设置12092 R 27500参数有条件接收。 [11月16日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,MV Lao、Five、Channel 6(泰国)频道新增,设置3840 V 16666参数免费接收。 [11月16日]
东经180度轨道国际18号卫星C频段,AFN Prime、AFN Sports(MPEG-4)等全组频道改频率,设置4174 L 11000参数有条件接收。 [11月16日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Travel TV、DW(Ddish TV)等频道解密,设置12272 H 33333参数免费接收。 [11月16日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Like TV、Bayankhongor TV(Ddish TV)频道加密,设置12272 H 33333参数有条件接收。 [11月16日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,BBC World News、Like TV(Ddish TV)等3个频道解密,设置12272 H 33333参数免费接收。 [11月16日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,JJ Channel、Thai Visions Channel(泰国)频道消失,设置4040 V 30000参数无效接收。 [11月16日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Film Max替换E San Banhouw(泰国)频道,设置3585 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [11月16日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,IMC(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置4000 H 29700参数有条件接收。 [11月16日]


NASA launch of NOAA weather satellite rescheduled for Nov 18

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/NASA_launch_of_NOAA_weather_satellite_rescheduled_for_Nov_18_999.html

The launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta II carrying the NOAA Joint Polar Satellite System-1, or JPSS-1, has been rescheduled for 1:47 a.m. PST (4:47 a.m. EST), Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, from Space Launch Complex-2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

The launch of the Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1) satellite, the first in a new series of four highly advanced National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) polar-orbiting satellites, now is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 18, from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

Liftoff aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket from Space Launch Complex 2 is targeted for 4:47 a.m. EST (1:47 a.m. PST).

NASA TV launch coverage begins at 4:15 a.m. and will conclude after the deployment of four small satellite missions, called CubeSats, which will accompany JPSS-1 as payload on the Delta II rocket. There is no planned post-launch news conference. A post-launch news release will be issued as soon as the state-of-health of the spacecraft is verified.

JPSS represents significant technological and scientific advancements in observations used for severe weather prediction and environmental monitoring. JPSS is a collaborative effort between NOAA and NASA. The JPSS system will help increase weather forecast accuracy from three to seven days.

Audio only of the news conferences and launch coverage will be carried on the NASA "V" circuits, which may be accessed by dialing 321-867-1220, -1240, -1260 or -7135. On launch day, "mission audio," the launch conductor's countdown activities without NASA TV launch commentary, will be carried on 321-867-7135.

Additional launch day coverage will be available on NASA.gov. Coverage will include live streaming and blog updates beginning at 4:15 a.m. as countdown milestones occur. You can follow countdown coverage on our launch blog at https://blogs.nasa.gov/jpss

SES says ‘yes, maybe’ to Intelsat C-band proposal; Eutelsat, Speedcast want seat at table

From by Peter B. de Selding | Nov 17, 2017

A Charter Communications antenna in New York City. Credit: Jim Henderson

The EchoStar 105/SES-11 satellite is SES’s latest C-band capacity addition over North America. SES said it would take “billions” of dollars of investment, including new satellites, to accommodate the Intelsat/Intel proposal for satellite-terrestrial C-band sharing. Credit: Airbus

WASHINGTON — Satellite fleet operator SES has tentatively endorsed an Intelsat-Intel proposal to permit terrestrial-mobile networks to use, in selected U.S. metropolitan areas, C-band radio spectrum now reserved for satellites in return for a reimbursement of costs to be negotiated on a case-by-case basis.

But SES warned that the deal would cost “billions of dollars” to clear the spectrum, including not only in rearranging its network of Earth stations, but also in launching new satellites that would be necessary to make the frequencies available to the terrestrial operators.

SES set other conditions for the deal, which Intelsat and Intel proposed to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in early October.

Paris-based Eutelsat, which has secured landing rights to U.S. territory in C-band, told the FCC that its main concern is that an Intelsat-SES decision would not leave consideration for Eutelsat’s interests. Hong Kong-based Speedcast, a major satellite services provider, said it too wanted a say in how an eventual deal was structured.

“Eutelsat operates a U.S.-licensed satellite with C-band coverage, Eutelsat 172A, but it provides partial CONUS coverage. Other Eutelsat satellites do provide full C-band CONUS coverage, but are not U.S. licensed. Thus, Eutelsat may potentially be excluded from the proposed definition of “primarily affected FSS satellite operators,” Eutelsat said in its Nov. 15 submission to the FCC.

SES’s acceptance of the proposal is crucial for Intelsat. The two fleet operators together combine for 80% or more of the C-band satellite transmissions in the United States, and both are licensed by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Intelsat’s basic idea is that the two of them, plus other satellite operators such as Paris-based Eutelsat that have C-band business in the United States, would agree to incur the costs of clearing C-band spectrum between 3.7 and 4.2 GHz in selected metropolitan areas where 5G terrestrial networks are most likely to be put into operation.

In what Intelsat and Intel call a “market-based solution,” the terrestrial networks would reimburse the satellite operators for their costs, plus an additional fee, to be able to deploy their networks in the affected spectrum.

Many in the satellite sector have reacted negatively to the Intelsat-Intel initiative, perhaps in part because Intelsat and Intel made their FCC filing without extensive consultations with others in the satellite sector.

During the VSAT Congress here Nov. 15 organized by the Comsys consultancy and the Global VSAT Forum, officials expressed the concern that it would be used to buttress 5G wireless attempts to take C-band from the satellite sector in other parts of the world, a “contagion” effect that some industry officials said justified opposing the deal.

For SES, any sharing would require new satellites

In its Nov. 15 statement to the FCC, SES said:

“SES is open to exploring any approach that meets two essential criteria:

“First, it must create appropriate financial incentive mechanisms to justify the multibillion-dollar costs and significant technical challenges of making a limited portion of the C-band downlink spectrum available for terrestrial 5G operation. Second, it must ensure that SES can continue to deliver high quality services to its customers without the threat of disruptive interference.”

Intelsat has said it may need to rearrange its orbital infrastructure to make room for the terrestrial operators in C-band, even though the terrestrial services would only be for major metropolitan areas.

SES goes further, saying that Given high utilization rates for its satellites at the center of the U.S. geostationary-orbit arc, “freeing up even a limited amount of spectrum would be complex, extremely costly, and difficult.

“Indeed, in order to maintain service to customers in such a scenario, SES would need to deploy more satellites with C-band capacity, at a cost ranging from $150 million to $250 million in capital expenditure per satellite. Addition of those satellites will be paired with a necessary reconfiguration of the associated ground network that will require further significant investments.”

Like Eutelsat, Speedcast does not want an Intelsat-SES agreement to ride roughshod over other parties’ interests.

“More disturbing, the proposal suggests that “primarily affected C-band satellite operators” be tasked with negotiating on behalf of the entire satellite industry. Excluded from this definition are a large number of C-band Earth station operators, service providers, and end-user customers, as well as many C-band satellite operators that do not hold FCC satellite licenses with full CONUS coverage, all of whom have a direct and substantial interest in any spectrum access arrangement negotiated with terrestrial wireless interests. These additional industry participants, including Speedcast, must be included in the development of any C-band spectrum access arrangement submitted to the Commission for its consideration,” Speedcast said.

Globecast selects Mediaproxy

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/11/16/globecast-selects-mediaproxy/

Mediaproxy, a provider of software-based IP broadcast solutions for compliance, monitoring and analysis, has announced that Globecast, the global solutions provider for media, has chosen its LogServer software solution for its London and Singapore facilities.

Globecast helps customers to manage their content and make it available wherever required, by anyone required. The company provides agile and seamless content acquisition, media management, VoD logistics, OTT and distribution services globally, constantly innovating and investing in new technologies to create customer-centric new services. With points of presence in the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Africa Globecast is relied upon by content owners of all sizes around the world.

Globecast’s facilities can ingest broadcast feeds from satellite, digital terrestrial television, and IP networks for aggregating, processing, and delivering live and file-based content around the world. LogServer, Mediaproxy’s software-based broadcast and IP monitoring solution, provides real-time compliance monitoring, reporting, and incidence management. Using Mediaproxy’s LogServer software suite, Globecast is able to ensure full compliance with local broadcast regulations including loudness, subtitling, and closed captioning. The LogServer solution was installed at Globecast’s London facilities by Mediaproxy’s UK based partner, Polar Graphics.

“With Mediaproxy we can ensure the highest level of regulatory compliance and quality control possible for our customer,” said Sylvain Merle, CTO of Globecast. “As content delivery and consumption becomes increasingly multi-screen and multi-format, the agility provided by the LogServer software suite will allow us to stay one step ahead of evolving viewer trends.”

“We are very pleased that Globecast has chosen our software based solution as we know how seriously they take broadcast compliance and quality assurance,” said Mark Horchler, VP of Global Marketing at Mediaproxy. “We are looking forward to working with the UK team and continue to deliver the most reliable and advanced solution.”

FCC approves Next Gen TV plan

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/11/17/fcc-approves-next-gen-tv-plan/

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved (in a 3:2 vote) voluntary use by broadcasters of the new ATSC 3.0 advanced TV transmission scheme for the USA. The FCC, in its decision, has opened the starting gate for the USA’s next broadcasting standard for FTA terrestrial stations.

In essence, the FCC ruling permits TV stations in the US to run VoD services with a broadband return path as well as supply Ultra HD 4K services.

However, the new standard is not backward-compatible, so it will require consumers to buy into the revolution with new displays (or converter boxes) sets and broadcasters will be required to simulcast in the existing ATSC 1.0 standard if they choose to adopt ATSC 3.0. Stations can team up with other broadcasters in the local market, with one station delivering the 1.0 signals and the other the new ATSC 3.0 signals.

But one of the FCC commissioners who voted against the scheme said there was a real risk of a digital divide in the US. “Next-Gen supporters tell us not to worry, viewers can continue to receive the existing 1.0 signal, and for five years after this Order appears in our Federal Register, that signal will be ‘substantially similar’,” said Mignon Clyburn. “Five years after this Order appears in our Federal Register, that requirement sunsets. Translation: that mandate goes away. They no longer have to send you that signal. Now late yesterday, the Chairman’s Office revised the Order to include an exception to this requirement. Without a requirement to make programming substantially similar, broadcasters are free to create two different tiers of television. Why is that problematic? Why am I uneasy? This could actually create an unacceptable, unjustified and unwanted digital television divide for those with limited financial means.”

On a more positive note, a statement from electronics giant LG, said: “This is a seminal moment for Next Gen TV,” declared Dr. Jong G. Kim, SVP/ at LG Electronics, which developed core technologies behind the ATSC 3.0 next-generation broadcast standard. “FCC approval of the flexible, extensible new ATSC 3.0 standard will unleash an innovation revolution, marrying broadband and broadcasting to deliver a range of new services for consumers,” said Kim, who also serves as President of the Zenith R&D Lab.

LG drew parallels between today’s FCC action and the Commission’s adoption of the original digital TV broadcast standard (ATSC 1.0) on Christmas Eve 1996, which laid the foundation for ubiquitous digital HDTV transmission and robust business throughout the television industry. “Regulations adopted by the FCC usher in another exciting new era for broadcasters and manufacturers and especially for American TV viewers,” said John I. Taylor, SVP/public affairs, LG Electronics USA.

Gordon Smith, President and CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), said: “Two decades ago, the FCC blessed the transition from analogue to digital television, which ushered in the broadcast-led era of HDTV that dazzled consumers and was the envy of the technology world. Today, the Commission endorses Next Gen TV, which marks the beginning of a reinvention of free and local broadcast television in America.”

“Next Gen TV will provide tens of millions of viewers with ultra HDTV, live and local mobile TV on smartphones, emergency alerting that could save countless lives, and interactive advertising that will drive jobs and commerce in local communities. This is game-changing technology for broadcasting and our viewers, and we thank the visionary leadership of FCC chairman Pai and his colleagues for their support.”

NAB, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), America’s Public Television Stations (APTS) and the Advanced Warning and Response Network (AWARN) Alliance filed a joint petition in April 2017 with the FCC requesting local TV stations and TV receiver manufacturers be permitted to adopt the new over-the-air broadcast transmission standard on a voluntary, market-driven basis.

Amazon ditches cable bundle plans

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/11/16/amazon-ditches-cable-bundle-plans/

Amazon has axed plans to launch an online streaming service bundling US broadcast and cable networks because it believes it cannot make enough money on such a service, according to a Reuters report.

The online retail giant has also been unable to convince key broadcast and basic cable networks to join its a la carte Amazon Channels service, the report said, and has backed away from talks with them.


Intelsat 19 update

12285 H Sr 30000

H265 Test 1 "NTV Spor" is fta (Hevc)
H265 Test 2 "ATV" is fta (Hevc)
H265 Test 3 "France 24" is fta (Hevc)
H265 Test 4 "RT" is fta (Hevc)
H265 Test 5 "Pink Reality" is fta (Hevc)

12525 H Sr 30000

H265 Test 11 "NTV Spor" is fta (Hevc)
H265 Test 14 "ATV" is fta (Hevc)

Some feeds seen this afternoon

D2 12634 V Sr "WRC Oz1" encrypted
D2 12670 V Sr 6666 "Peru Main CK" Encrypted
D2 12679 V Sr 6670 "SNGTV02" an outdoor scene

From my Email


From the Dish

LaoSat 1 128.5E 3569 H "CCTV 4 Asia has replaced CCTV 5" on , Fta.

Telkom 3S 118.0E 3529 H "DMC TV" has left again.

Palapa D 113.0E 4049 V "TV 9 Nusantara" has left again.
Palapa D 113.0E 4100 V "Coop TV" is now encrypted.

Yamal 401 90.0E SBN Global has replaced SBN Russia on 10972 H and 11668 H, Fta.
Yamal 401 90.0E 11565 V "Studiya Fakt" has left .

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12634 V "France 24 English" has started on ,Fta
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12638 H "Foursquare TV" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 17 66.0E 12614 V "Dalkom TV has replaced RTN TV" on , Fta.

From asiatvro site

No update


Australia: Content theft remains static

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/11/16/114388/

New, independent research commissioned by anti-piracy organisation Creative Content Australia (CCA) shows the growth of online screen content theft has been arrested and remains static, with 21 per cent of adults 18–64 admitting some form of piracy.

CCA Executive Director Lori Flekser released the organisation’s ninth wave of independent research to delegates at the Screen Producers’ Association’s annual Screen Forever conference in Melbourne.

Flekser told delegates that she believes a combination of factors contributed to there being no increase in piracy levels since CCA’s 2016 research – amongst them an increase in subscriptions to streaming services, the presence of site blocks and the prevalence of malware.

Flekser said it was encouraging that the research shows that the majority of pirates have experienced a blocked site when searching for pirated content. “Our research was conducted between September 14 to 19 so it is too early to measure the response to the latest site blocks as the Federal Court ruling, ordering 59 site blocks, did not commence until mid-September. The CCA data only provides a preliminary snapshot of the impact of the blocks. Prior to this only five sites had been blocked. We know from other research that site blocking is effective, and our research confirms that most pirates have encountered a site block,” advised Flekser.

She said the Australian Incopro study (May 2017) – based on the five sites blocked in December-February – shows combined usage of the blocked sites and associated proxies decreased by 59.6 per cent since blocking began in September 2016, a finding consistent with usage patterns in other countries.

The CCA research showed that search engines, such as Google, are most mentioned by adults as the means to find illegal content online, and can facilitate new means to reach alternate infringing sites and proxies when users encounter blocked sites. The study also found that after reaching a blocked site, whilst half of Australians are turning to a legal source to access the same content, 77 per cent of adults and 74 per cent of teens are searching for an alternative infringing site for the same content.

CCA Chairman Graham Burke said it is time the tech giant stepped up and stopped facilitating large scale theft of people’s creative work. “Site blocking works and we have shut the front door of the department store by removing the big sign ‘Free Stolen Goods’. But as the processes to remove ‘mirror’ sites (same car different number plates) are slow, search engines are blatantly thumbing their noses at Australian law and courts by leading people to the back door,” he claimed.

“All you have to do is Google ‘PIR’ and Google auto complete comes up with ‘Pirate Bay proxies’. Google can address this as they have done in other areas and if they don’t they are demonstrating only an interest in luring traffic to their advertising model business. It is time for the tech giant to deliver on their public position of ‘Google is up for working with content owners to fight piracy’. It would be tragic if an overseas monopoly that doesn’t pay tax in our country cost Australians their jobs by its facilitation of large-scale theft,” he declared.

Burke also said that in addition to Australian jobs and livelihoods being under threat, so are Australian stories. “Australian films, and the telling of Australian stories, are part of who we are. My generation was defined by movies like Gallipoli, Storm Boy and Breaker Morant just as Lion, Happy Feet and Red Dog have influenced new generations.”

Creative Content Australia’s recent ‘Price of Piracy’ consumer campaign drew attention to the link between malware and piracy. Numerous international studies have confirmed that link, showing how infringing video streaming has become the number one method to propagate malware on the Internet.

The new research from CCA confirms that amongst persistent pirates, 47 per cent of teens and 59 per cent of adults have contracted a virus or malware by clicking on an ad or pop-up, or from streaming or downloading movies or TV from a pirate site.

Flekser also told delegates that this wave of research had investigated the use of set-top boxes and infringing apps for the first time and found they are ‘piracy’s new frontier’.

Set-top boxes and their software are not illegal. They allow viewers to watch online services on their TV sets including legal services such as Netflix. However, apps can be downloaded that allow ‘add-ons’ to seek out unlicensed content and deliver pirated movies and TV shows with ease.

Of the 31 per cent of Australians aged 12-64 who watch movies or TV shows through a set-top box, CCA research shows one in four teens uses infringing content apps to access pirated content. Amongst adults, that figure is one in five. Use of set-top boxes has been shown to compromise subscriptions to legitimate services.

Flekser said that in terms of attitudes to piracy, the latest study recorded the highest number ever of Australians to agree piracy is stealing/theft (74 per cent of adults and teens) with the majority (68 per cent of teens and 65 per cent of adults) acknowledging that piracy damages the livelihoods and jobs of those working in the film and television industries.

Freeview Announces Jason Foden as CEO

From Press Release

PRESS RELEASE | Thursday 16th November, 2017

Freeview has formally appointed Jason Foden as Chief Executive Officer after serving several months as Acting General Manager.

Prior to taking up his role at Freeview, Foden was the General Manager of OnDemand at TVNZ for over three years. During his time there he led the business growth and commercial performance of OnDemand. He also spent several years at Telecom (now Spark), most recently as Head of Voice, Messaging and Media Product Management.

Freeview Chairman Alan Withrington says that Foden has already made a significant impact in his time spent as Acting General Manager and was proven as the best choice for the CEO role through an extensive search and selection process.

“Jason came to us with a great understanding of the business already, coupled with a solid appreciation of the role Freeview plays in New Zealand’s TV landscape by providing great content, free for all Kiwis to enjoy Live, On Demand and to record. He has a clear and compelling vision for Freeview and we’re all very excited about the changes Jason will be overseeing and driving over the coming months, and into 2018.”

Jason commented, “There’s a lot in the pipeline, so it’s a great time to have joined Freeview. I’m thrilled to have been given the opportunity to drive new brand and technology advancements that will benefit all Kiwi viewers”.
“I’m looking forward to working all Freeview stakeholders including broadcasters, manufacturers, retailers and installers to further develop our offer,” he added.


China Expected to Complete First Sea Launch for Commercial Payloads in 2018

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/China_Expected_to_Complete_First_Sea_Launch_for_Commercial_Payloads_in_2018_999.html

China is expected to complete its first sea launch for commercial payloads in 2018, said Yang Baohua, vice general manager of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASTC).

Yang made the remarks at an annual academic conference on space science held from November 1 to 2 in Beijing. The service will also be provided in other regions in addition to its four major sites in Jiuquan, Taiyuan, Xichang, and Wenchang, Yang noted.

At the conference, Yang introduced the company's experience, competence, and advantages, as well as its on-going commercial aerospace programs, and also evaluated the prospects of the commercial space industry.

"CASTC is dedicated to offering various commercial launching solutions to meet the market demands of low cost and fast preparation," Yang said.

Key technological tests will be conducted for the sea launch of the Long-march rocket family this year, according to Tang Yagang, deputy director of carrier rocket development at the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology.

The commercial service is expected to be available for international users in 2018. By then, the Long-march rockets will be able to send 500-kilogram satellites to an altitude of 500 kilometers above Earth, at an inclination of 0-10 degrees.

In recent years, with the growing demand for launching near-equatorial and low-inclination satellites from countries near the equator, sea launch service has become an area of fierce competition among space powers.

Thaicom launches Loox TV platform

From https://www.bangkokpost.com/business/telecom/1360551/thaicom-launches-loox-tv-platform

Integrated content app offered to viewers

The sole satellite service provider Thaicom yesterday launched Loox TV, an integrated TV content digital platform via mobile application, in a bid to revitalise the TV broadcasting ecosystem in the country.

Mr Paiboon says the more TV channels on Loox TV platform, the easier it is to improve the industry's ecosystem. Tawatchai Kemgumnerd

The Loox TV app was designed to make viewing easier for both real-time and on-demand programmes, including terrestrial digital TV channels, cable and satellite TV via set-top boxes.

Thaicom will also periodically report the viewing rate for all TV channels on the platform, categorised by screen type. The report should be a new benchmark for Thai TV ratings, offering a more precise indicator for advertisers.

"Consumers, TV channels, TV producers, content providers and advertising agencies can benefit from Loox TV application," said Paiboon Panuwattanawong, Thaicom's chief executive.

Mr Paiboon said apart from the increasing popularity of viewing video-on-demand via video-sharing sites, many factors weakening the TV industry in the country include too many TV channels, difficulties in viewing interesting TV programmes and the mismatch between on-air programme timing and viewing availability.

Thaicom developed Loox TV as a hub for TV content. The application can be downloaded for free on both iOS and Android platforms.

After downloading the application, users will see TV contents categorised by types such as news, variety programmes, entertainment, sports and soap operas. The application allow users to search for programmes with keywords.

Additionally, users who want to see programmes on TV screens at home can use "smart remote", a function that will automatically switch broadcasting from mobile devices to big screens through satellite TV set-top boxes. The application will also support Google Chromecast dongle, allowing users who are not satellite TV subscribers to watch TV shows and films on the big screen.

Mr Paiboon said as of today there are 50 TV channels available in the Loox TV platform, and the company encourages all TV channels to join the platform.

"No matter how the world changes, TV content is still the best, the most credible and the most accessible to all targeted audiences. The more TV channels in the Loox TV platform, the easier it will be to improve the industry's ecosystem," he said.

Mr Paiboon said Thaicom will not directly benefit from the Loox TV platform. On contrary, the platform directly benefits all existing TV channels in the ecosystem as it will be a powerful alternative for viewers to access TV programmes.

Thaicom senior vice-president of media business Ekachai Phakdurong said Thaicom targets for 300,000 users to download the application by the end of 2018.

The company has also developed and installed data analysis software supporting the Loox TV app to recommend programmes or TV channels to users that suit their tastes.

The software will also analyse viewers' watching time and behaviours, and deliver the data to all TV channels on the Loox platform.

"It will work as new benchmark of TV ratings indicator, with more precise results than the existing ones run by big market research agencies," Mr Ekachai said.

SportsFix & Accedo tie up for live OTT sports feeds

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/iworld/over-the-top-services/sportsfix-accedo-tie-up-for-live-ott-sports-feeds-171115

MUMBAI: Accedo has tied up with SportsFix to deliver dedicated OTT sports live streaming service in the ASEAN region. SportsFix has also selected the Brightcove Live platform to deliver premier live and VOD local sports content across the region.

SportsFix, launched in Malaysia in August 2017, is ASEAN’s first OTT platform that delivers live and VOD sports content, with a focus on live streaming as a premium offering. The platform was conceptualised and launched to serve a large untapped niche segment of overseas foreign workers in the region.

SportsFix streams popular local, regional and international sports content on its platform and works closely with Telecommunication operators across the region to deliver the content directly to millions of mobile devices.

SportsFix CEO Carl Kirchhoff comented, “Accedo’s platform and excellent team helped us launch in record time with all Telcos in Malaysia and allows us to aggressively roll-out localised services in ASEAN in 2018. Accedo’s proven expertise in this region and agile development of a suite of customisable products were the main reason for choosing Accedo.”

Accedo CEO Michael Lantz added, “Sports entertainment is one of the key drivers for video services and innovation across the globe. The mix of live and VOD sports content from both regional and international matches are likely to prove extremely popular amongst consumers.”

SportsFix is currently available via mobile web and by Q1 2018 can be expected on iOS and Android, SportsFix is using Accedo One Inisght to analyse usage and engagement metrics across those platforms.

Report: Illicit streaming devices pose safety risk

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/11/16/report-illicit-streaming-devices-pose-safety-risk/

A series of product safety tests on popular illicit streaming devices entering the UK have found that 100 per cent fail to meet national electrical safety regulations. The findings are a result of a joint initiative between UK intellectual property protection organisation FACT (Federation Against Copyright Theft) and safety awareness body Electrical Safety First which examined the electrical safety of a number of devices.

The news is all the more significant as the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) estimates that more than one million of these illegal devices have been sold in the UK in the last two years, representing a significant risk to the general public.

None of the illicit streaming devices that were tested had been supplied, designed or manufactured in accordance with the principal elements of the safety objectives given in Schedule 1 of the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994.

“This year consumers thinking about buying an illegal streaming device for Christmas need to know that by plugging them into their TV they could be potentially be putting themselves, their home and their family at risk,” warned Steve Curtler, Product Safety Manager at Electrical Safety First. “We urge anyone with one of these devices to unplug it and stop using it immediately. Not only are these devices breaking the law, but they could be putting your loved ones at risk.”

In June 2017, the EU issued a recall notice for the OTT TV Box 4K, a Chinese-made ‘Kodi box’ citing a serious risk of electric shock, calling for owners of the box to stop using it immediately. The devices in question had faulty power supply units which didn’t comply with Europe’s Low Voltage Directive, meaning users were at risk from touching live components.

“The fact that so many illegal streaming devices have all failed to meet UK safety standards is shocking,” remarked Kieron Sharp, Director General of FACT. “Alongside the risks of exposing your home network to damaging malware and your children to inappropriate content, it should now be clear that the dangers these illegal devices pose far outweigh any benefit of buying them. We believe hundreds of thousands of illicit streaming devices were sold between Black Friday and Christmas last year. This year, if you want to safely and reliably enjoy premium sports, TV or films go directly to the official provider,” he advised.

According to the par. the only way to guarantee that a product is safe is to buy a known brand product direct from a reputable manufacturer. It is impossible to tell from the outside whether a modified IPTV box is electrically safe. To stay safe, once you receive any electrical product, make sure you carry out the following checks:
•Markings – look for the manufacturer’s brand name or logo, model and batch mark number. Check that there is a CE mark and that the output voltage and current ratings marked on the charge match your electrical device.
•Pin plugs – that they plug in easily to the socket and there is at least 9.5mm between the edge of the pins and the edge of the charger
•Warnings and instructions – it has all the necessary instructions for use and adequate warnings.

UK and European law is clear on the illegality of selling and using modified fully-loaded IPTV boxes. A number of sellers of these boxes have recently been sentenced and in April 2017 the European Court of Justice ruled that using one of these devices to watch or stream copyrighted content is breaking the law.

(Craig's comment, the U.K media are trying their best to negate the effect of these multimedia "Kodi" devices. There is also currently a huge crackdown on locating and threatening creators of Kodi illegal content addons)


Intelsat 19 changes.

Intelsat 19 12525 H Sr 30000
"Free slot 118" has NTV spor FTA
"Free slot 119" has ATV Turkey FTA
"Free slot 120" has France 24 FTA
"Free slot 127" has RT FTA

also it looks like the HEVC test channels no longer have video

Wednesday morning feeds

Asiasat 5 4067 H Sr 7200 "CHN vs col" soccer

Asiasat 5 3907 H Sr 7200 "TXP C8H CH-1" Cam vs Jor AFC Soccer

Asiasat 5 3874 V Sr 7400 "First_servvice" Feed via NHK Japan via Philippines

Asiasat 5 3792 H Sr 7200 "service-1" Ice Hockey

From my Email


From the Dish

Optus D2 152.0E 12706 V "Almagd TV has replaced G Sat" on, Fta.

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3980 V "Star Movies Vietnam" has left .

ChinaSat 11 98.0E 12500 V "MNC Shop Channel 79" has started on , Fta.

Insat 4B 93.5E 4150 H "RTA" has started on , Fta.

Measat 3 91.5E 3796 V "BTV Business, AP1 TV, TV Today and TV Filmy" have started on , Fta.

Measat 3a 91.4E 4000 H "RTL CBS Entertainment, RTL CBS Extreme and RTL CBS Entertainment Philippines have started on , Irdeto. Sports Illustrated 3" has left.
Measat 3a 91.4E 4040 H "Fashion One Asia" is Fta.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3833 H "Gyan Darshan 1/2" have left again.

Thaicom 5 78.5E Gyan Darshan 1, Sun Life, Gemini News, ETV Andhra Pradesh, Gemini Life, Kushi TV, Maa Music, Star Suvarna Plus, Sun News, Sun Music,
ETV Madhya Pradesh Chhattisgarh, ETV Uttar Pradesh Uttarakhand, ETV Plus, ETV Gujarati News, India Today, DD Rajasthan, DD Sahyadri, DD Saptagiri, Gemini Comedy, ETV Urdu, Kochu TV, Tez, Odisha TV, Jaya Plus, ETV Rajasthan, Fashion TV India, ETV Bihar Jharkhand, Zee Anmol, Udaya News, Chintu TV, ETV Kannada News, Star Suvarna, Zee Tamizh, Aaj Tak, Zee News, Zee Bangla, CNBC TV 18, Colors Odia, J Movie, ETV Bangla News, Zee Hindustan, CNBC Awaaz, CNBC Bajar, CNBC TV 18, Times Now, Alankar TV, ABP Asmita, Colors, Sony SAB TV India, Sony Six, Disney XD India, Nick Jr India, Sony Yay!, VH1 India, News 18 Punjab & Haryana & Himachal Pradesh, Sun TV, KTV, NDTV India, NDTV Profit, Gemini TV, Asianet Plus, MTV Beats, Prarthana TV, Jaya Max, DD Yadagiri, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 3 and Star Sports Select HD1 have started on 3800 V, Nagravision.

Intelsat 17 66.0E 3845 H Sony Six, SET Asia, Sony Pix and AXN India have left .

Intelsat 17 66.0E 3876 H "Orange TV India" has started on , Fta. No. 1 News and NRS Royal TV have left.
Intelsat 17 66.0E 3885 V "Surya Movies has replaced Kiran TV" on , Irdeto.
Intelsat 17 66.0E 3894 H "Mahua+, MBC TV and ATV" have started on , Fta.
Intelsat 17 66.0ETora TV and OK Music TV are back on 3932 H, FTA.

From asiatvro site

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2A号卫星Ku频段,360°Novosti、Soyuz(俄罗斯)等4个频道新增,设置12160 V 45000参数免费接收。 [11月14日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Fashion TV(亚洲)高清频道加密,设置3740 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [11月14日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2A号卫星Ku频段,TV Sale、Gulli Girl(MPEG-4)等3个频道新增,设置12100 V 45000参数免费接收。 [11月14日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,东森新闻替换东森电影(寰宇卫视)频道,设置12461 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [11月14日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星C频段,CCTV-4(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置3569 H 5000参数无效接收。 [11月14日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,BBC World News、Australia+(传送)频道新增,设置4013 H 7500参数有条件接收。 [11月14日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Zee Up Uttarakha(印度)频道新增,设置4165 H 7500参数免费接收。 [11月14日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星C频段,AON(标清)频道新增,设置3617 V 29000参数免费接收。 [11月14日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星Ku频段,TVBS精采台替换TVB8(传送)高清频道,设置12465 H 4284参数有条件接收。 [11月14日]
东经118度轨道位置的电信3S号卫星Ku频段,Net、SCTV(印尼)等14个频道新增,设置11686 V 6666参数免费接收。 [11月14日]


Irdeto, Foxtel extend security partnership

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/11/14/irdeto-foxtel-extend-security-partnership/

Digital platform security specialist Irdeto has extended its long-standing security partnership with Foxtel, Australia’s leading pay-TV operator, with the aim of providing Foxtel with a reliable and stable security partner that will ensure premium content is securely delivered across any device, minimising revenue leakage from all forms of piracy.

Irdeto Cloaked CA will now securely deliver content through Foxtel’s latest fleet of set-top boxes (STBs). Irdeto also secures the distribution of content across devices supported by Foxtel’s streaming service, Foxtel Now.

“Foxtel is committed to offering our customers a premium entertainment experience,” said Mike Ivanchenko, Group Director, Product Design & Development, Foxtel. “Our innovative streaming services and set-top boxes further differentiate our offerings by providing our subscribers with highly advanced features, such as programme start-over and content discovery along with access to the best live sports, new movies, new shows and complete seasons, live and on demand. Our security partnership with Irdeto enables us to securely deliver all of this premium content to our cable and satellite subscribers, allowing us to focus on growing our business.”

“Operators are facing more challenges than ever as they manage new technology implementations, combat piracy and address consumer demand for high-quality, multiscreen experiences,” added Doug Lowther, CEO, Irdeto. “Irdeto’s unique, 360 security strategy allows us to protect all assets across the content value chain. As Foxtel’s security partner, we continuously evolve content protection strategies to stay one step ahead of new threats, allowing Foxtel to securely develop new business models to address consumer demand.”

Govt will not sell TVNZ, but 'explore all options'

From https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/343857/govt-will-not-sell-tvnz-but-explore-all-options

Broadcasting Minister Clare Curran is alarmed the previous government did nothing to address TVNZ's declining revenue, despite being warned about it by officials earlier this year, she says.

Treasury provided a report to ministers in February saying under current settings the broadcaster's revenue and profitability was in a long-term decline and officials did not see that improving.

The statement is part of an Official Information Act response posted on the Treasury website.

"Although TVNZ is looking for opportunities to further reduce its costs, the company has advised in its most recent quarterly report that some form of structural intervention will be required for long-term sustainability.

"This means that without structural change, ministers would eventually need to provide ongoing operating funding for TVNZ to continue broadcasting."

It also suggested the highest value commercial option for the shareholders of TVNZ would be to sell the company.

Former Finance Minister Steven Joyce, who was presented with the report when in government, said the main point Treasury made that all traditional media was in decline was a valid one.

He said the National-led government did not believe selling off TVNZ was the answer.

"We took the view that TVNZ had life left in it in terms of its traditional model provided it develops the online content, but there's no doubt that the old model of controlling distribution in the form of free-to-air television channels is changing.

"As we all know we are dealing with online content. That has implications for the provision of content, who gets to distribute it, who gets to control it and while for the most part that is good it does bring challenging situations to organisations like TVNZ."

However, Ms Curran said the government had been left with an organisation that had been neglected and had no ministerial oversight.

"I feel some alarm at the strategic challenges that the previous government was aware of and did nothing about.

"[We'll be] seeking some urgent advice from Treasury and we'll be wanting to explore a full range of options from talking to officials and also the board of TVNZ as to approach its strategic challenges.

"There's no doubt that this is a challenging environment for all media, but to have that advice provided to government and - it appears - it was pretty much ignored, is somewhat alarming."

Ms Curran said the government would not sell TVNZ.

In a written statement, TVNZ said its market was being fundamentally disrupted by global competitors, advances in technology and the changing viewing habits of New Zealanders.

"The big focus last year was creating a more sustainable future, including redesigning TVNZ's organisation structure, renegotiating core content agreements, and writing off unsustainable content and accommodation lease commitments.

"This frees us up to put more investment across all screens in local content - our sustainable point of difference - and to accelerate growth in our online business.

"The 2017 financial year started with accelerated declines in the TV advertising market and ended with TVNZ delivering year-on-year growth in TV revenue.

"TVNZ is actively exploring potential growth opportunities and will continue to consult with its new ministers on these matters."

China launches new meteorological satellite

From http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/world/china-launches-new-meteorological-satellite/497993.html

China launched a new meteorological satellite, Fengyun-3D on Wednesday, authorities said.

The satellite was launched at 2.35 a.m., from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre in Shanxi province, reports Xinhua news agency.

A Long March-4C rocket carried the satellite into space.

Fengyun-3D is one of China’s second-generation of Polar-Orbiting Meteorological Satellites, which can provide global three dimensional all-weather and multi-spectral remote sensing images.

The satellite will form a network with the Fengyun-3C satellite, which was launched into space in September 2013, to improve the accuracy of atmospheric sounding and enhance the monitoring of greenhouse gases. The network will help China’s disaster relief work.

The Fengyun-3D and the Long March-4C rocket were developed by Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology under China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation.

The launch was the 254th mission of the Long March rocket series.

New communications satellite company awaits approval

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/New_communications_satellite_company_awaits_approval_999.html

China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp, a major space contractor, is considering the establishment of a satellite company to tap the space-based communications market, according to a project insider.

Tan Qianhong, Party chief of China Space Sanjiang Group, a CASIC subsidiary in Hubei province, said Sanjiang has submitted a plan on the proposed satellite firm to CASIC and is waiting for approval.

The new entity would focus mainly on the research, development and launch of small satellites that would operate in low orbit and provide narrowband communications service, Tan told China Daily in an exclusive interview. Tan spoke on the sidelines of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, to which he is a delegate.

"General Secretary Xi Jinping has stressed that China's modernization drive will not succeed without the completion of informatization," he said. "Space-based infrastructure is a pillar of the information industry. The new company would be tasked with forming a satellite constellation to boost space-based communications."

Informatization is the development of an information-based economy.

The network would offer coverage to users at sea or in remote regions that have poor access to ground-based communications services, according to Tan. He said the proposed firm would have a team of satellite designers but would procure others' satellites if they have better cost-performance ratios.

Tan said Sanjiang also would continue to improve the capabilities of its Kuaizhou-series carrier rockets, a major product of the company, and use them to acquire more commercial space contracts.

In China, the commercial space industry generally includes development and production of spacecraft not sponsored by the government as well as non-State launch activities. While China has a long history of space exploration, commercial involvement in space is a new idea that is gaining popularity among State-owned space contractors and private enterprises in the wake of the country's rocketing demand for space-based services.

"We will strive to reduce our rockets' costs and to strengthen their capacities. We will also introduce private capital and partners in the rockets' production to optimize the outsourcing and marketing work," he said.

Sanjiang began to develop Kuaizhou-series solid-fuel rockets in 2009 in hopes of presenting a low-cost, quick-response rocket family to the commercial launch market. It has launched three of the rockets-two Kuaizhou 1 models and one Kuaizhou 1A.

In 2018, Sanjiang plans to launch four Kuaizhou 1A rockets within one week. Each will lift a remote-sensing satellite into orbit for a client. The missions are expected to set a world record for launch frequency for a single model of carrier rocket, the company said.

A new-generation rocket, the Kuaizhou 11, is being tested and will make its first flight next year, sending six satellites into orbit, according to Sanjiang.

The Kuaizhou 11 will have a liftoff weight of 78 tons and will be capable of placing a payload of 1 metric ton into a sun-synchronous orbit at an altitude of 700 kilometers, or a 1.5-ton payload into a low-Earth orbit.

8K tuner production samples ready for Olympics

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/11/14/8k-tuner-production-samples-ready-for-olympics/

SiTune Corp, which specialises in semiconductor tuners for next-generation TV, says it now has production samples of its devices ready for 8K broadcasting. The tuners will be on show at InterBEE (November 15th – 17th) Makuhari Messe Convention Center, Tokyo.

Its model STN6528 can handle the new Advanced Wide Band Digital Satellite Broadcasting Standard ISDB-S3 (Integrated Services Digital Broadcasting for Satellite, 3rd generation, ARIB STD-B44) needed for Japan’s Super HiVision 8K broadcasting system, which is being introduced next year in readiness for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

In addition to supporting Japan’s new 8K TV satellite standard, the STN6528 is two tuners in one as it supports the traditional ISDB-T / J.83 QAM terrestrial / cable service alongside ISDB-S BS / CS digital Full HD and 4K satellite broadcasts as well. SiTune says it is the only company to support both satellite and terrestrial / cable RF inputs while concurrently tuning both signals and providing both satellite and terrestrial / cable outputs at the same time.

California-headquartered SiTune’s statement says: “The STN6528 makes it possible for a television’s Time-Shift TV feature to support 8K content as well as legacy Full HD and 4K content. As host country of the 2020 Olympics, Japan’s broadcast industry is preparing transmission of 8K programming over satellite systems, driving demand of new 8K televisions. Additionally, Blu-ray recorders will also be equipped with 8K tuners giving customers simultaneous ability to record multiple 8K, 4K and Full HD videos on their recorders. A 3T/3S (3 Terrestrial and 3 Satellite) tuner module using the STN6528 lets consumers record multiple programs from their favourite broadcast TV channels over a 1 week rolling window, including 8K content, for viewing on new 8K TVs. Time-Shift TV plus the STN6528 allows consumers more time to watch their favourite TV shows without having to specifically record individual shows or a channel dedicated to 8K content.”

“SiTune’s STN6528 Tuner plus Socionext’s SC1501A Demodulator is the best solution for 8K TV designs in Japan,” said Kenichi Katada, Socionext Marketing Manager. “With the release of production samples, SiTune and Socionext are ready to support TV manufacturers, Blu-ray recorder makers, Set Top Boxes, and module producers as new products capable of receiving 8K satellite broadcast are designed and developed for production.”

SiTune says full production of the tuner will commence in Q2/2018.

Eutelsat: Satellite TV in 94% of MENA homes

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/11/14/eutelsat-satellite-tv-in-94-of-mena-homes/

Eutelsat Communications has presented the results of its survey on TV trends across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) at the ASBU BroadcastPro Selevision Summit in Dubai.

Satellite: the preferred digital video infrastructure across Middle East and North Africa

Satellite TV reception in the MENA region has continued to increase its market-share compared to terrestrial and IPTV, and now reaches into 59 million homes. This represents 94 per cent of the 62.2 million TV homes in 14 Arab-speaking countries, up from 92 per cent only 12 months ago.

Eutelsat 7/8° West neighbourhood: first choice for multi-channel viewing

Eutelsat’s 7/8° West neighbourhood has further reinforced its pole position, with reach into 56.2 million homes in 14 Arab countries, up 3.1 million homes in only one year. The attraction of 7/8° West for 95 per cent of the satellite homes in the region is driven by an exceptional line-up of over 1,200 Arabic and international channels, with a high diversity of free-to-air content and exclusivity (55 per cent of exclusive channels). This latest audience growth also reflects the expanding offer of HD content at 7/8° West, up 34 per cent in 12 months to 179 channels (15 per cent of channels).

10 million new HD-equipped homes in 12 months

The pace of adoption of HD is accelerating in the MENA region, with HD-equipped homes now reaching 28.2 million, up from 17.7 million in 12 months and representing 46 per cent of TV homes. This percentage is even more significant at the Eutelsat/Nilesat 7/8° West neighbourhood where 66 per cent of homes own HD displays.

Michel Azibert, Eutelsat Chief Commercial and Development Officer, commented on the figures: “Our 2017 survey confirms the dominance of satellite as the preferred digital infrastructure across the Middle East and North Africa and highlights key trends, notably the increasing significance of High Definition broadcasting. It also confirms the 7/8 ° West neighbourhood as the prime gateway for broadcasters, reaching into over 56 million homes from Morocco to the Gulf States. In addition to this capability, our complementary HOTBIRD neighbourhood broadcasts almost 80 Arabic channels, making it a compelling neighbourhood for reaching into millions of homes across Europe as well as in the Middle East and North Africa.”



From my Email

From Alek (Perth)

Signal report 2.7M SOLID DISH, Perth, W.A

Laosat 1 @128.5E 3567 H Sr 5000 "CCTV 4" Level %94 Quality %57

3503 V not loading here

From the Dish

Telkom 3S 118.0E "TVRI Jambi" has moved from 3408 H to 3404 H, Fta.
Telkom 3S 118.0E "PayTren TV" has moved from 3450 H to 3448 H, Fta.
Telkom 3S 118.0E 3608 V "TV 9 Nusantara" has left .
Telkom 3S 118.0E "Hope Channel Indonesia" has moved from 3604 H to 3951 V, Fta.

Palapa D 113.0E 3627 H "Madani TV" has started on, Fta.
Palapa D 113.0EI Am Channel has left 3750 H.
Palapa D 113.0EICTA TV has left 3808 V again.
Palapa D 113.0ETV 9 Nusantara has started on 3815 V, clear.
Palapa D 113.0EPijar TV has replaced Malakoot Shine TV on 3932 V, clear.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3505 V "Kuru TV" has left .
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3585 V "Five HD" has left .

Thaicom 5 78.5E 4094 V "TVK" has started on, Fta.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 4096 V "Kaset Ramruay Channel and 13 Siam Thai" have left .

ABS 2 75.0E 3632 H "CinemaWorld, Toonami Asia, Discovery HD World India and Fox Life India" have started on , Tongfang.
ABS 2 75.0E 3658 H "Bloomberg TV Asia, RTR Planeta Asia, Channel NewsAsia, Star Vijay India, Star Sports Select HD2 and HGTV Asia" have started on, Tongfang.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3780 H "Living Rootz, Living Travelz and Z Living Asia" have started on , Conax.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 3868 V "NT 1 and Sadhna Aryan" have started on , Fta. Naaptol Blue has left.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12682 H "MSG TV has started on , Fta. Liberty TV" has left.

From asiatvro site

东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-3替换CCTV-14(南星)频道,设置12731 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [11月13日]
东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,江苏卫视(测试)频道消失,设置3807 H 4999参数无效接收。 [11月13日]
东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,Liga Santander 1(高清)等全组频道消失,设置4076 V 22500参数无效接收。 [11月13日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,AXN HD(高清)频道新增,设置3920 H 28340参数有条件接收。 [11月13日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星C频段,阳光卫视、中国电影(老挝)等全组频道消失,设置3503 V 30000参数无效接收。 [11月13日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,国家地理悠人、Fox(LaoSat)高清等频道新增,设置10730 V 40000参数免费接收。 [11月13日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Music Box、Uni Plus(巴基斯坦)等全组频道消失,设置4177 H 2815参数无效接收。 [11月13日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2A号卫星Ku频段,Action Hollywood Movies(蒙古)频道加密,设置12588 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [11月13日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,香港赛马(MPEG-4)频道解密,设置3760 V 29700参数免费接收。 [11月13日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,AXN HD替换prome(VTC)频道,设置10968 H 28800参数有条件接收。 [11月13日]


NBN looking into 1Tbps satellites

From http://www.zdnet.com/article/nbn-looking-into-1tbps-satellites/

NBN is 'closely' watching improvements in satellite technology and capacity, with CEO Bill Morrow pointing towards terabit-per-second satellites being built by others.

Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) is looking into the utilisation of satellites with 1Tbps capacity as consumer demand for bandwidth increases, CEO Bill Morrow has told ZDNet.

Speaking during NBN's first-quarter financial results call, Morrow said NBN has many options for evolving its network, with the company still seeing satellite as its best solution for providing connectivity to those living in regional and rural Australia.

"When we think about those people in the very remote parts of the country, we still do not see other technologies than satellite as the most optimal solution, so we stay on top of the current developments of technology that are satellite related," Morrow told ZDNet.

"For example, we know that there are terabit-per-second-capability satellites that are being built and planned to be deployed in a similar geostationary orbit path as what we have for our satellites, so we try to examine at what point would we think that consumer demand would be necessary to justify deploying those other satellites.

"There's been no decision to go forward, but we watch it closely."

In August, Morrow had told ZDNet that NBN is looking into deploying a third satellite, piggybacking off existing satellites, building out additional fixed-wireless towers in order to relieve congestion, and improving the tech on its existing two satellites.

On Tuesday, he said NBN is focused on overall improvements to customer experience, and is working with retail service providers (RSPs) across solutions for when a consumer is connected; improving their services once connected; and solutions for when a consumer experiences a service fault.

"To support our RSPs and a better experience when end users are getting connected to the network, we are first completing all civil works ahead of declaring a home ready to connect, which will reduce the time between order and install. Second, we're altering the way NBN, the RSP, and our field contractors interface between ourselves and with the end users to better manage home appointments. And third, we are changing the way we case manage the more complex installations and focus on the backlog," Morrow explained during the results call.

"To support our RSPs in a better experience when our end users have already been connected, we are first reviewing our pricing to drive higher speeds with less congestion. Second, we are introducing analytical tools to help NBN and the RSPs isolate causes of speed performance, and third, we are educating end users on how to optimise their home environment.

"And finally, to support our RSPs in delivering a better experience when a service needs repair, we are first introducing new processes and better tools to quicker isolate problems. Second, we are working with our field contractors to be sure they have the adequate tools, training, and resources needed to be able to address the workload. And third, we are improving our service portal performance for the RSPs to gain access to NBN-related information."

Morrow added that it will "take months" to iron out these issues.

NBN had last month responded to the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO) annual report revealing that consumer complaints had more than doubled by pointing to its initiatives for improved installation training, advanced fault detection, case management with retailers, and a national awareness campaign on speeds and packages.

It had also added that the TIO's report did not "distinguish between complaints that are the responsibility of NBN to resolve and those that are the responsibility of the retail service provider to resolve".

Speaking on Tuesday, Morrow said that over the last quarter, complaints about NBN to the TIO have already declined by 26 percent in regards to services, and declined by 33 percent for missed appointments.

Morrow's comments follow the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) announcing earlier this month that it will be conducting a public inquiry into NBN's wholesale service standard levels to determine whether regulation is required, after saying in its Communications Sector Market Study: Draft report [PDF] that "immediate measures" are needed to address dissatisfaction.

For the quarter ended September 30, NBN announced a AU$1.4 billion net loss and earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortisaition (EBITDA) of negative AU$778 million.

Revenue was up by 124 percent to AU$405 million, with 520,000 end users added during the quarter for 6.4 million premises ready for service and 6.1 million ready to connect.

Morrow called it "a strong quarter that substantially extends the rollout", with 55 percent of the nation now able to connect. Fibre-to-the-node (FttN) users now exceed fibre-to-the-premises (FttP) users for the first time, something with which Shadow Communications Minister Michelle Rowland took issue.

"Over the past 12 months, 1 million new services have been activated on fibre to the node -- more than all the other NBN technologies put together," Rowland said.

"Yet the flatlining revenue figures show consumers are giving copper a thumbs down."

Despite her statement, NBN clocked revenue growth across all technologies during the quarter, bringing in AU$106 million from FttP, AU$99 million from FttN, AU$19 million from hybrid fibre-coaxial (HFC), and AU$16 million from fixed-wireless.

Average revenue per user (ARPU) stayed stagnant, at AU$43, though CFO Stephen Rue said NBN still anticipates ARPU growth in future.

NBN also made AU$124 million from connectivity virtual circuit (CVC)/network-network interface (NNI) revenue, with Morrow telling ZDNet that NBN will announce the outcome of its CVC discussions with RSPs in December and saying it would be "premature" to discuss it prior to then.

While customers remained mostly on the 25/5Mbps speed tier again, Rue also said that data consumption has continued -- "and, as designed, has been offset by a reduction in CVC unit cost through the dimension-based pricing regime".

On its fixed-line networks, 52 percent are on the 25/5Mbps speed tier; 76 percent of fixed-wireless users are on 25/5Mbps; and 66 percent of satellite users are on 25/5Mbps.

Just 13 percent of fixed-line customers have chosen the 100/40Mbps speed, the same percentage as this time last year.

NBN's capex saw it spend AU$17 million on satellite during the quarter; AU$80 million on fixed-wireless after acquiring 43 wireless sites and integrating 61 base stations; AU$365 million on HFC; AU$78 million on fibre to the curb (FttC); AU$458 million on FttN; AU$127 million on its transit network due to increased data demand and a network increasing in size; and AU$95 million on FttP.

In terms of opex, AU$681 million was spent on subscriber costs during the quarter, which Morrow said primarily relates to migrating customers from Optus and Telstra over to the NBN.

The cost per premises (CPP) for building the network has declined over fixed-wireless and FttP premises, but increased for FttN and HFC, NBN added.

FttP brownfields had a AU$4,397 CPP during the quarter, AU$2,314 CPP for FttP greenfields, AU$2,215 CPP for FttN, AU$2,267 CPP for HFC, and AU$3,549 CPP for fixed-wireless.

NBN has now run out of equity funding after receiving that last AU$2 billion during the quarter, Rue said, and has transitioned to using the government's AU$20 billion loan facility from September onwards.

Rocket Lab counts down to second launch on Mahia Peninsula

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11943729

Rocket Lab has moved its second Electron launch vehicle to Mahia as it prepares for a second launch.

The rocket has been moved from Auckland to Launch Complex 1 on Mahia Peninsula, where pre-flight checks will take place.

The company says test window dates were expected to be announced in "coming weeks".'

Rocket Lab's first launch in May was successful and the Electron got to space but didn't make it to orbit after range safety officials had to kill the flight.

The rocket, named "It's a Test", was terminated due to a "data loss time out", which was caused by misconfiguration of telemetry equipment owned and operated by a third-party contractor.

Four minutes into the flight, at an altitude of 224km, the equipment lost contact with the rocket temporarily and, according to standard operating procedures, range safety officials terminated the flight by cutting power to its engines.

The rocket disintegrated as it fell back into the Earth's atmosphere in the Southern Ocean.

Rocket Lab founder and CEO Peter Beck said today the second rocket "Still Testing" was performing well through rigorous acceptance tests and the team is focused on final flight preparations.

"It's a great feeling to have another rocket on the pad. To be preparing for a second flight just months after an inaugural test is unprecedented for a new launch vehicle. It's a testament to Electron's robust design and the hard-working team behind it," Beck said.

Improved weather and natural disaster prediction, internet from space and real-time crop monitoring are just a fraction of the benefits of more frequent and cost-effective access to low Earth orbit.

"Still Testing" will carry an Earth-imaging Dove satellite for Planet and Lemur-2 satellites for Spire for weather mapping and ship traffic tracking.

Electron will go through a series of final checks and tests in the coming weeks before a yet-to-be-announced launch window opens.

As the flight is still a test, Rocket Lab anticipates several scrubs, or "postponements", during the second test flight attempt.

The New Zealand-founded company aims to put small satellites into space at a fraction the cost of established rivals. The uncrowded skies above Mahia make rapid repeat launches more viable than in other parts of the world.

The company has its headquarters in Los Angeles and is mainly funded by investors including Khosla Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners, DCVC (Data Collective), Lockheed Martin and Promus Ventures.

Rocket Lab will be carrying satellites from firm that has helped watch North Korea

From https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/98874755/rocket-lab-will-be-carrying-satellites-from-firm-that-has-helped-watch-north-korea

A Planet Labs' Dove satellite - similar to the one that will be launched from the Mahia Peninsular in December - took this picture of the General Machine Plant in Kaechon, North Korea, in 2016.

Kiwi space company Rocket Lab expects to make its first attempt to put satellites into space in December.

The Auckland firm has moved an Electron rocket to its launch site on the Māhia Peninsula, to begin pre-flight checks for what could be its first real mission.

The 23-metre carbon-fire rocket will be carrying four satellites from two paying customers which Rocket Lab will attempt to put into low orbit, though Rocket Lab spokeswoman Morgan Bailey is describing it as "definitely still a test flight".

Planet Labs lost 26 satellites when an Antares launch vehicle exploded shortly after take-off in 2014, and will be hoping for better luck on board NZ's Rocket Lab.

Two of the shoe-boxed-sized satellites are owned by United States company Planet Labs, which has already put about 200 satellites into space.

Its satellites, which it calls "Doves", are low-cost devices containing a telescope and camera that are used for visual imagery and to detect changing land use.

Although Planet Lab's biggest customers are in agriculture, it also markets its services to defence and intelligence agencies.

Images from one its Doves were used by US-South Korean academic institute 38 North to analyse the deteriorating condition of North Korea's Mount Mantap nuclear test facility and were circulated in the media in September.

The other two satellites on board the Electron launch vehicle are owned by fellow-American satellite operator Spire Global which specialises in tracking ships and aircraft.

Rocket Lab's first Electron test flight had to be aborted in May before the rocket reached orbit because of a ground communication glitch.

Neither company is putting too many eggs into a basket with the Electron test launch.

Planet Labs lost 26 of its satellites when an Antares launch vehicle also carrying supplies to the International Space Station exploded in 2014, but said that was not a catastrophe for it.

Spire says it has the capacity to manufacture two of its satellites in a week.

Bailey said Rocket Lab might have a clearer idea of the window for the Electron launch in a couple of weeks.

"It will be before the end of the year, but we are still working through the exact timing."

Bailey said the use to which Planet Labs' satellites were put was not its domain. "They are just earth-imaging satellites and as a payload they are approved by the New Zealand government."

CASBAA announces new Board of Directors

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/11/13/casbaa-announces-new-board-of-directors/

CASBAA, Asia’s largest non-profit media association serving the multi-channel audio-visual content creation and distribution industry, has announced the election of several new Directors to its Board, and the return of a number of long-serving Directors.

Following its AGM on November 8th, first-time Directors elected were James Ross (Lightning International), Belinda Lui (Time Warner), and Desmond Chan (TVB). Also re-elected to the Board were previous Directors Joe Welch (21st Century Fox), Andrew Jordan (AsiaSat), Ricky Ow (Turner Asia Pacific), and Amit Malhotra (The Walt Disney Company).

They join existing Directors Todd Miller (Celestial Tiger Entertainment), Andrew Stott (CMS Asia), Marcel Fenez (Fenez Media), Rohit D’Silva (FOX Networks Group Asia), and Alexandre Muller (TV5MONDE) to form the 2017-18 CASBAA Board of Directors.

“CASBAA is fortunate to have such an excellent group of subscription TV industry executives willing to serve on the Association’s Board”, said Board Chairman Joe Welch. “We are deeply appreciative of the long and committed service of our out-going Directors, and thank them tremendously. At the same time, we offer a heartfelt welcome to our new Directors, and look forward to working together with them to lead the Association for the benefit of CASBAA’s members and the industry as a whole”.

Japan to try again with world’s smallest satellite-carrying rocket

From https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/11/13/national/science-health/japan-try-worlds-smallest-satellite-carrying-rocket/#.WgqBnGesWUk

The space agency will try once again in December to launch the world’s smallest rocket capable of placing a satellite in orbit after the initial attempt failed in January.

The rocket, measuring 10 meters long and 50 cm in diameter, will carry a “micro-mini” satellite weighing about 3 kg developed by the University of Tokyo to collect imagery of the Earth’s surface.

The launch scheduled for Dec. 25 will feature the fifth rocket in the SS-520 series.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is hoping small rockets made with commercially available components at low cost will help fuel the growing global demand for micro-mini satellites.

JAXA used components found in home electronics and smartphones for the rocket, which is about the size of a utility pole.

The three-stage rocket is scheduled to lift off from the Uchinoura Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture between 10 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.

JAXA launched the No. 4 vehicle on Jan. 15 but was forced to have it plunge into the sea shortly after liftoff due to a communications problem. The agency determined that vibrations during the liftoff caused a short circuit, leading to loss of power at its data transmitter.

The agency said it has reinforced protection for electric cables used in the No. 5 vehicle to prevent a short circuit. It has also introduced steps to reduce vibrations during the upcoming liftoff.

Spain: 7 football piracy arrests

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/11/13/spain-7-football-piracy-arrests/

Seven people have been arrested across Spain for the illegal broadcasting of football matches, offering the pirated content in different formats: direct download, streaming and P2P distribution.

The arrests were carried out in an operation undertaken by Spain’s Policía Nacional (National Police) in Madrid, Alicante, Albacete, Antequera (Málaga) and in the Valencian cities of Gandía and Xátiva.

The investigation began in 2016 as a result of a complaint signed by the legal representative of the Liga Nacional de Fútbol Profesional (National League of Professional Football) against different websites, for providing indiscriminately in exchange for an economic consideration public access to football matches over which La Liga holds, exclusively, exploitation rights. Broadcasting of such matches is made under a payment service and on a conditional access basis, restricted to be viewed only by the subscribers who have paid to see them.

The first investigations led to the discovery of a total of 13 web pages used to commit the acts of piracy. The portals offered ordered lists of links or links that allowed viewing of the matches.

Access to the matches was widely available to the majority of Internet users, ordered by time and by championships. They also obtained economic benefits by the insertion of advertising in those pages.

The websites were hosted on servers located in France, Spain, the United States and Canada, to try to make it difficult to locate them. They used companies that offer intermediation and server anonymisation services, thus facilitating their impunity. The content was offered in direct download, streaming or in P2P distribution pages, which allowed a greater diffusion.

Similarly, the name of a well-known website, closed in October 2016 as a result of an earlier operation carried out by the National Police, was used in these pages as a claim to attract more users from all over the world and thus increase its economic benefit.

In order to collect the effects and evidence of the crime, agents carried out eight house searches in the cities of Madrid, Alicante, Albacete, in the Valencian municipalities of Xátiva, Villalonga and Gandía and in the town of Campillos (Málaga).

These actions progressed when those responsible were working on the web pages under investigation, which allowed investigators to verify, in situ, the commission of the crime and collect multiple physical, digital and documentary evidence of the illicit gains obtained as a result.

Thanks to the operation, seven people were arrested, with access to seven infringing web domains and three bank accounts, where the proceeds of the criminal activity were deposited, being blocked. It is estimated that they could have obtained an economic benefit of approximately €1.4 million, both for the inclusion of advertising in the investigated portals and for television distribution with payment by subscription.

The investigation continues with the analysis of the multitude of effects obtained, with further arrests and site-blocking requests not ruled out.

Pakistan TV mulls DTH launch plans

From https://www.rapidtvnews.com/2017111349650/pakistan-tv-mulls-dth-launch-plans.html#axzz4yNjmypVX

State broadcaster Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV) has been told by the Government to prepare for the launch of direct-to-home (DTH) television services.

Marriyum Aurangzeb Pakistan minister 13 Nov 2017Minister of State for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage, Marriyum Aurangzeb (pictured), has directed the PTV to initiate work immediately to provide “state of the art, affordable, uninterrupted and quality services”.

Plans to launch a DTH service in Pakistan are part of the policy of the present PML-N Government to change the digital landscape of the country which also includes the introduction of 4G and 5G mobile technology, she added.

Detailed proposals for the introduction of DTH services are expected from PTV within seven days. Aurangzeb also called for the best available technology for the provision of high quality services on a par with international platforms, with the “utmost consideration” given to ensuring transparency in the entire process.

In early 2017, three licences to private operators to launch DTH TV services in Pakistan were declared null and void after legal concerns over PEMRA’s eligibility guidelines.


AFN Changes for the Asia Pacific Region

This guide contains the Cisco 9865 decoder settings changes for the November 14, 2017 transition to the latest digital transmission technology on the Pacific Direct-to-Sailor (DTS) service. If you receive the three-channel DTS programming service and live within the area identified in the map below, you will need to update your decoder settings in order to get the improved AFN signal. Refer to page two and three for the decoder settings for AFN customers in the area below.
Date: November 14, 2017
Time: 0000-0200, 14 Nov, Japan Standard Time (commonly referred to as Japan/Korea Time or JKT)
1500-1700, 13 Nov, GMT
0700-0900, 13 Nov, Pacific Time Zone

Guides for the region are as below


settings for their decoders


Optus D2 12706 V Sr 22500 "Almagd tv" is new fta, sid 14 Vpid 1660 (mpg2) Apid 1620 (replaced G-Sat)

Webstream Raw stream url

Sunday Feeds

ABS6 159E 3896 V Sr 6666 Fec 3/4 Provider ESPN 5
"FULL FEED 1" shot of an airport awaiting arrival
"FULL FEED 2" asean summit card

Asiasat 5 3914 V Sr 7500 "RLWC" Ireland vs Wales, note was FTA then $ when game started

D2 12634 V Sr 7500 "TBS SNG" Ashes Cricket
D2 12652 V Sr 7500 "TBS SNG" Horse racing
D2 12661 V Sr 7500 "009TBS - WARREN RACES" Horse racing
D2 12670 V Sr 7500 "TBS 7" Harness racing.

Intelsat 19 12450 H Sr 7500 "STS9" Hockey

Saturday Feeds

Intelsat 19 12431 H Sr 7500 "RLWC MAIN STS-8" Samoa vs Scotland

Intelsat 19 12450 H Sr 7500 "STS 9" Hockey

D2 12675 V Sr 15000 "TBS SNG" Fec 5/6 DVB-S2 8PSK From a Basketball court
D2 12634 V Sr 7500 "TBS SNG" Ashes Women's Cricket

Asiasat 5 3934 H Sr 7200 "SPRINTER 4 ENC 1" PGA Nedbank Golf

Asiasat 5 3867 H Sr 7500 "AusXOpen Day 1"

Asiasat 5 4147 H Sr 7200 "Nameless" VTV Vietnam Apec

Asiasat 5 3916 H Sr 7500 "Adhoc Enc 16" Channel 7 Horse racing

Asiasat 5 3725 H Sr 22500
"Feed-1" basketball USA PAC 12
"Feed-2" a countdown

Asiasat 5 3876 H Sr 7500 "Tour of Hainan" Bluebay LPGA Golf

Asiasat 5 3894 H Sr 7200 "Enc 13" Figure skating
Asiasat 5 3914 V Sr 7200 "Enc-5" Chinese coverage PAC12 Basketball

Asiasat 5 4071 H Sr 15000 "ww golf 2" Women's Golf

From my Email

From Daeng Effendi (Sydney)

Laosat @ 128.5E reception report
14.2 FT, Perfect Ten Satellite Dish

3503 V sr 30000 signal 71 % CN 10 db, BER 0.0
3568 H sr 5000 signal 61, SQ 9.5 db and BER 0.0

From Syaugi Assegaf (Melbourne)

Laosat @ 128.5E reception report

3.7M Dish
3503 V sr 30000 Fec 2/3 DVB S2 8PSK on receiver signal Level %92 Quality %66\

From the Dish

Optus D1 160.0E 12532 H "SBS Viceland Victoria, SBS Food Network Victoria, SBS Victoria, SBS Viceland WA, SBS Food Network WA, SBS WA, SBS Viceland Tasmania, SBS Food Network Tasmania, SBS Tasmania, SBS Viceland NSW, SBS Food Network NSW, SBS NSW, SBS Viceland Queensland, SBS Food Network Queensland, SBS Queensland, SBS Viceland SA, SBS Food Network SA and SBS SA" have started on , Fta, multistream.

Express AM5 140.0E 10981 V "TV AIST" is Fta

LaoSat 1 128.5E 3569 H "CCTV 5 has replaced Warner TV Asia" on , Fta.
LaoSat 1 128.5E 3503 V VTV 1, Dubai Sports 3, CGTN Documentary, Channel NewsAsia, CCTV 4 Asia, CCTV Entertainment, Saudi TV, KBS World, Fuel TV, Zhejiang Satellite TV International, TV Lao, China Movie, Sun TV, Aljazeera English, Ahlebait TV Networks, NHK World TV, CBeebies Asia, BBC Earth Asia, AXN East Asia, CGTN and B4U Music India have started on , Fta.

Telkom 3S 118.0E 3529 H "DMC TV" has started on, Fta.

Palapa D 113.0E 4014 H "Puldapii TV" has left

ChinaSat 10 110.5E 3560 V "Asian Food Channel" is encrypted again.

SES 7 108.2E 11539 H Universal Channel Philippines has started on , encrypted.

SES 9 108.2E 11028 V "Na Channel and TVOne" have started on , Fta.
SES 9 108.2E 12531 V "Sky Direct Pay-Per-View Channel" has started on , Verimatrix. Star Cinema has left.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3745 V "15 News" has started on , Fta. Joy TV has left.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3760 H "48 News" has started on , Fta.

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3960 H "Luxe TV" is now encrypted.

ChinaSat 11 98.0E 12500 V "Melayu Bagus" Channel has left .
ChinaSat 11 98.0E 12560 V "Fox Sports 3 Asia" has left again.
ChinaSat 11 98.0E 12560 V "Fox Life Asia, Star Chinese Movies South East Asia and National Geographic Asia" have left again.
ChinaSat 11 98.0E 12560 V "Fashion TV Asia" has started on, Fta

Measat 3 91.5E 12316 H A Sun Direct mux has started , Irdeto.

ST 2 88.0E 3590 H "SET Taiwan, SET Metro, SET News, SET Finance, MTV Taiwan and SET International" are encrypted again.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3520 H "Nhang Channel" has started on, BISS.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3545 V "Thai CCTV" has left .
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3585 V "Asian Mix Channel, Cartoon Kids, CNS, Discovery Food Travel Channel, Dragon Channel, Fong Channel, Horror Channel, INM, Non Stop Channel, Oscars Channel, Parata Channel, Film Max, Seoul Channel, TVBL, WSM TV, X2 Channel, MV TV Family and Major Channel Asian have started on , Fta. E-San Banhouw and Wish Channel" have left.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3955 V "TV 3 HD 33" has started on, Fta.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 4113 H "Eryal TV, ESTV, Goobjoog TV, SBS TV and Telefishinka Caalamiga" have started on , Fta.

Apstar 7 76.5E Maasranga TV has moved from 3812 H to 4070 H, Fta.

Apstar 7 76.5E 12719 V "BBC World News Asia Pacific and Jiangsu Satellite TV" have left .

ABS 2 75.0E 3505 V "Nick Jr Asia, Trace Sport Stars and Trace Urban Southeast Asia" have left .
ABS 2 75.0E 3632 H "Sun TV" has started on, Tongfang.
ABS 2 75.0E 3658 H "YES" has started on , Tongfang.
ABS 2 75.0E 3818 V "EATV 5" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 22 72.1E 3724 L "Sayare TV, GBS, Pwani TV, Kyeni TV, Baite TV and KTN News" have left .

Intelsat 20 68.5E 4116 V "Prarthana Bhawan TV" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12522 V "Harvest TV" has started on, Fta. Miracle Channel has left again.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12522 V "Kingdom Life Network" has left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12682 V "Rhema TV, Kingdom Life Network and Signs and Wonders TV" have started on , Fta.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12682 H "Fire TV" has left again.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12722 V "MSG TV" has left .

Intelsat 17 66.0E 3876 H "Express TV" has left .
Intelsat 17 66.0E 3932 H "India Watch, Tora TV and OK Music TV" have left .
Intelsat 17 66.0E 3966 H "Polimer Kannada" has left .

From asiatvro site

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星C频段,AP1 HD、TV Today(MPEG-4)等全组频道消失,设置3659 V 9170参数无效接收。 [11月13日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,AXN HD替换prome(VTC)频道,设置10968 H 28800参数有条件接收。 [11月13日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Bt Ban Terng Th替换Maya(泰国)频道,设置3520 H 28125参数免费接收。 [11月13日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,AXN HD、History HD(Sky Direct)等全组频道解密,设置12571 V 30000参数免费接收。 [11月13日]
东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,Nick替换TV 9(Skynindo)频道,设置3560 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [11月13日]
东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,Liga Santander 1(4:2:2)高清等3个频道解密,设置4076 V 22500参数免费接收。 [11月13日]
东经118度轨道位置的电信3S号卫星C频段,TVRI Kalteng(印尼)频道新增,设置4196 V 3000参数免费接收。 [11月13日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Peace TV(高清)等全组频道消失,设置3712 V 9000参数无效接收。 [11月12日]
东经172度轨道位置的欧星172A号卫星C频段,Sky News、PLTV(BISS)等全组频道加密,设置4160 V 5000参数有条件接收。 [11月12日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星C频段,CCTV-4替换CCTV-5(MPEG-4)频道,设置3569 H 5000参数免费接收。 [11月12日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Life Inspired、My Kids(印尼)频道消失,设置3880 H 30000参数无效接收。 [11月12日]

东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,BTV、TV Filmy(马来亚)等5个频道新增,设置3795 V 9790参数免费接收。 [11月11日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,重庆卫视、CCTV-14替换频CCTV-3(台亚卫星)等道,设置12731 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [11月11日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,天津卫视、CCTV-7替换CCTV-6(台亚卫星)等频道,设置11101 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [11月11日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,星空卫视、MTV替换CCTV-6(艺华卫视)等频道,设置12354 V 43000参数有条件接收。 [11月11日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,重庆卫视、天津卫视替换CCTV-5(数码天空)等频道,设置12416 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [11月11日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Big Magic HD(高清)频道改格式,设置3891 V 11838参数免费接收。 [11月11日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Fox Movies Premium HD(高清)等5个频道消失,设置3980 V 29720参数无效接收。 [11月11日]
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东经134度轨道位置的亚太6号卫星C频段,TV-3(柬埔寨)等全组频道改频率,设置3918 V 1200参数免费接收。 [11月11日]

东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Disney Junior(东南亚)测试频道解密,设置3880 H 30000参数免费接收。 [11月10日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2A号卫星Ku频段,Action Hollywood Movies(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置12588 V 45000参数免费接收。 [11月10日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-娱乐替换CCTV-3、5、6、8(华人卫视)等频道,设置12719 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [11月10日]
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News Corp Q1 2017/18 results: Aust news digital subs grow, Foxtel revenue & subs dip

From http://www.mediaweek.com.au/news-corp-q1-2017-18-results/

The highlights were revenues of $2.06 billion, a 5% increase on last year

News Corp reported its first quarter results for 2017/2018 at the end of last week.

The highlights were revenues of $2.06 billion, a 5% increase compared to $1.97 billion in the prior year. [All amounts US$]

Net income was $87 million compared to nil in the prior year.

Total segment EBITDA was $249 million compared to $130 million in the prior year.

Reported revenue and segment EBITDA growth in every segment.

Commenting on the results, chief executive Robert Thomson said:

“In the first quarter, revenues and Segment EBITDA increased across every segment of our business, in particular, in digital real estate services, which have become core to our character and are on track for significant growth in coming quarters.

“We have reason for optimism about the future of our premium media businesses in light of the profound changes agreed by Google in the ranking of news content. These changes follow almost a decade of campaigning by News Corp, which led the world in understanding the threat to and the opportunities for quality journalism in the digital age. We are continuing our discussions with both Google and Facebook about further facilitating subscriptions and the sharing of permissioned personal data.”

Closing digital subscribers at News Corp Australia’s mastheads as of September 30, 2017 were 375,400 (including ARM), compared to 283,100 in the prior year.

Foxtel revenues decreased 2% due to lower subscription revenues, partially offset by higher pay-per-view revenue. Foxtel’s total closing subscribers were more than 2.8 million as of September 30, 2017, which was lower than the prior year, primarily due to the shutdown of Presto and the winding down of Telstra’s T-box. Total subscribers improved compared to the prior quarter due to the launch of Foxtel Now.

Australia launches regional SBAS positioning trial

From https://www.spatialsource.com.au/uncategorized/australia-launches-regional-sbas-positioning-trial

The Federal Government has announced a two-year trial of a new Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS) for the Australasian region on Thursday, supported by an investment of $12 million in federal funds, and a further $2 million from the New Zealand government.

The trial will be the first in the world to test the Precise Point Positioning (PPP) technique’s integration in an SBAS service, and will be managed by the Australia and New Zealand CRC for Spatial Information (CRCSI), in partnership with satellite communications company Inmarsat, technology firm GMV and security giant Lockheed Martin. Land Information New Zealand (LINZ), the government department responsible for mapping landscapes and charting New Zealand waters, will oversee the New Zealand’s involvement in the project.

Businesses and organisations from ten industry sectors including agriculture, aviation, construction, consumer, maritime, rail, road, resources, spatial and utilities will also participate, with over 30 specific projects anticipated. The trial is intended to test the performance of the technology directly across industries; current industry-specific requirements and how they interact with the technology, and future industry-specific innovations that may leverage the technology. The outcome of the trial will in part determine if Australia and New Zealand should develop an operational SBAS.

SBAS is a form of GNSS augmentation — techniques to extend and improve the accuracy, reliability or availability of GNSS systems. SBAS systems use additional satellite-broadcast messages, typically utilising ground stations at surveyed points to record measurements from GNSS satellites, their signals and environmental factors that could impact them. Messages containing these data are created from these measurements that are sent to the SBAS satellites, and then broadcast to end users to improve GNSS capabilities.

Matt Canavan, Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, formally launched the trial last Thursday at CQUniversity Australia, one of the first industry participants to sign on.

“We know that working closely with industries like agriculture is the key to understanding what Australia can gain from investing in technologies that may improve positioning accuracy from the current five to 10 metres down to less than 10 centimetres,” he said.

“For example, one of the projects will be examining the potential of ‘fenceless farming’ for strip grazing, while another will be looking at how crop health can be improved through more precise irrigation, fertiliser use and pest control.”

This trial will utilise the national GNSS system operated by Geoscience Australia, taking data from the AuScope GNSS array and providing it to a computation unit running GMV software, also based at Geoscience Australia. Corrections will be sent to the Lockheed Martin facility at Uralla, NSW, and then uploaded to the Inmarsat 4F1 satellite. The 4F1 satellite, orbiting at 143.5 degrees longitude, will broadcast the corrections over the Australasian region.

The three SBAS technologies to be tested are:

Single frequency service SBAS

Single frequency is equivalent to WAAS (USA SBAS) and EGNOS (Europe SBAS). This technology will improve positioning of stand-alone GPS from 5 metre accuracy to better than 1 metre accuracy.

Dual frequency/Multiple Constellation SBAS

Dual frequency is sometimes referred to as the ‘next generation’ SBAS, and will exploit the recent development of a civil frequency, known as L5 for GPS and E5a for Galileo. This capability will demonstrate significant performance improvements over single frequency SBAS, particularly in regions with dynamic ionosphere.

Precise Point Positioning (PPP)

PPP provides highly accurately position solutions, with accuracy better than 10 centimetres.

Australian GPS users should be able to track the SBAS signals from their devices and see improved positioning accuracy, however the SBAS test-bed will not be certified for safety-of-life use.

Michelle Landry, Member for Capricornia, warned the Rockhampton public that a component of the CQUniversity Australia ‘virtual fencing’ project may appear a little odd.

“You may start seeing cattle and sheep with special collars in Rockhampton and Longreach. The CQUniversity-led project is testing the construction of ‘virtual fencing’ for strip grazing, and looking at how the precise tracking of livestock can be used for early disease detection and more efficient breeding programs,” she said.

“It all sounds a bit technical but what we’re really talking about is potentially increasing production and lowering costs for farmers.”

Driverless cars and autonomous transport are another industry that has been identified to be participating in the trial, and is one of the sectors that GMV operates in.

Joint international operation against online piracy

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/11/13/joint-international-operation-against-online-piracy/

An international joint operation against online piracy criminal groups supported by Eurojust – the EU’s Judicial Cooperation Unit which supports judicial coordination and cooperation between national authorities – has resulted in two arrests, one of which was based on a European Arrest Warrant, 73 searches and the seizure of several websites, servers, computers and electronic evidence.

The joint operations were co-led by units specialised in cybercrime at the offices of the prosecutors general of Frankfurt am Main and of Dresden, as well as the State Criminal Police of Hesse and Saxony, with the assistance of the German Federal Criminal Police. The operations were carried out in close cooperation with the judicial and law enforcement authorities of France, the Netherlands, Spain, Canada, San Marino and Switzerland.

The international joint operation is the result of the investigations conducted in Germany against criminal networks suspected of managing the Internet-based download portals www.usenetrevolution.info, www.town.ag and www.usenet-town.com, which illegally offered licensed or copyrighted materials (such as films, TV shows, software, computer games, music, e-books and e-papers), without paying the required fees to licence or copyright owners.

In total, the download portals provided illegal access to approximately 2 million links to licensed or copyrighted materials. The owners of the platforms managed to make an illicit profit of several million Euros, and this copyright infringement created damages of approximately €7.5 million.

Through a coordination centre established at its premises in The Hague, Eurojust supported the international joint operations and ensured the transmission and execution of European Investigation Orders, rogatory letters and a European Arrest Warrant, as well as the swift exchange of operational information collected on the ground among all the judicial and law enforcement authorities involved.

Smart TVs and STBs fuel Android TV expansion

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/11/10/smart-tv-and-stbs-fuel-android-tv-expansion/

Google could gain increased clout in the pay-TV market as interest from operators in Android TV picks up and creates a resulting surge in shipments of Android TV STBS, accoridng to a report from S&P Global Market Intelligence.

Operators launched many Android TV STB trial deployments in 2016 and 2017 and many OEMs are beginning to offer devices with the operating system, or OS. Smart televisions and STBs are expected to be the two dominant product categories for Android TV through the end of the forecast period. Worldwide shipments of all Android TV devices, including STBs and smart televisions, are projected to increase from 7.6 million in 2016 to 40.1 million in 2021.

Android TV was not the first OS for the living room released by Google. Google originally launched Google TV in 2010 to widespread criticism, often being labeled as too complex and better suited to a personal computer-type of environment. By 2013, though there were still a few products shipping, it was clear that OEMs had given up on the OS. Kagan, a media research group within S&P Global Market Intelligence, estimates that Google TV-based device shipments totaled only 600,000 units during the three years it was available.

In order to further its aim of conquering the living room, Google made another attempt in mid-2013 with the Chromecast. Chromecast has proved immensely more popular than the original Google TV platform, selling 17 million units in its first two years. Chromecast runs on a simplified version of Chrome OS, but relies on an external Android device for processing and content, serving merely as a conduit to the television for those devices.

Android TV was released in June 2014 as a replacement for the by-then defunct Google TV platform. Google TV had failed to take off and Android TV was Google’s (now Alphabet) second crack at an OS for the living room. Unlike Google TV, Android TV is based on the Android mobile OS, making it much easier for developers to port apps from the mobile version of Android to Android TV.

Consumer electronics, or CE, vendors choosing to use Android for their products gain the advantage of an ecosystem that is supported by a huge number of developers without the development costs. Additionally, the operating system is upgraded at a regular cadence, and security updates come as needed. Tradeoffs abound of course. Losing control of the OS means that any potential revenue generated by the OS, notably revenue from advertising, viewership data and app stores, is lost as well.

Android TV recently added new features as part of the 6.0 update released earlier this year. As part of the upgrade, support for Google’s home automation platform, Google Assistant, was added, allowing the platform to include the television as part of its toolset. Using Google Assistant, one can change what is playing on the television, power it on and off, view security cameras, and potentially more as new devices and abilities are added to the Google Assistant ecosystem.

Android TV can be found almost primarily in devices that can connect to a television as well as televisions themselves. This currently includes set top boxes, streaming media players, and micro game consoles. Tablets have also been seen with Android TV, though those are being phased out.

Set Top Boxes

Android TV has been succeeding most recently in the STB market due to the increased flexibility that operators are finding in its operator tier. Unlike regular Android TV released to other devices, the operator tier allows pay-TV providers to customise the look and feel of the OS to a minor degree. Operators still have to deal with the pros and cons of an open ecosystem like Android TV, but are now able to put their content front and centre.

The advantages to using Android TV are numerous, says S&P Global. It gives operators the flexibility to offer popular OTT apps like Netflix and Hulu, as well as the other apps that are found in the Google Play store. Other popular types found on Android TV include gaming, social media and weather apps. Importantly, Android TV also allows for integration with the most popular mobile OS in the world. Smartphones and tablets with Android can stream video and photos to as well as control an Android TV device.

Disadvantages to using Android TV are still present, and more significant in the STB market than other CE device types. Using Android TV could cannibalise revenue for VoD services, even if there is a profit sharing agreement with Google. It can also be an invitation for users to trial other operators’ OTT services found in the Google Play store. And finally, the integration with Google Assistant could cannibalise revenue from home automation/security services already offered by the operator in favor of cheaper services offered by Google’s own Nest division.

Some notable movement in the STB market was seen this year. Both DISH and DirecTV, major satellite providers in the US announced Android TV boxes in 2017, Bouygues Telecom announced a new 4K Android TV box to be released in 2018 to supplement the one it released in 2015 and NTT DoCoMo announced an Android TV-powered box for its IPTV service to be released in 2018. Initially, most Android TV deployments were by smaller IPTV (and some cable) companies in Europe and parts of Asia. This seems to be changing though, as operators in North America begin to look at Android TV as a legitimate competitor to Comcast’s RDK. Those companies may be anticipating a more competitive pay TV landscape in the near future, where operators are able to serve customers outside of their traditional footprint via multichannel video programming distributor, or MVPD, services. In that scenario, being entirely dependent on an organisation controlled by a direct competitor would not be the best situation for those operators.

Accordingly S&P’s forecast shows tremendous growth for the Android TV-powered STB market. Unit shipments are expected to grow from 1.2 million in 2016 to nearly 12 million in 2021. However, revenue will lag as the ASPs for these devices are below $100. Revenue in this segment should grow from $97 million in 2016 to $730 million in 2021.

Smart Televisions

Smart televisions are expected to be the primary driver of the Android TV market. More manufacturers are beginning to look at and release Android TV-powered smart televisions. Skyworth (Toshiba), TCL and Bang & Olufsen have released Android TV models in 2017 and S&P Global expects smaller manufacturers to also pick up support in the near future. The two biggest players in the smart television market, LG and Samsung, will continue to rely on their own operating systems and most likely would not consider using Android TV in a smart television. These two and others, like Vizio, are eschewing Android TV because they wish to control the OS in order to collect viewership information, generate ad sales and/or enable other revenue generating business ideas.

Android TV is expected to see competition from Roku and Amazon in this segment as both companies have a smart television OS. Both the Roku and Amazon platforms are trying to garner support from the same manufacturers as Android TV. Roku and Amazon’s platforms are expected to find a following, though S&P Global expects manufacturers supporting these platforms to also support Android TV. S&P Global expects Google’s combination of mobile and home ecosystems may prove to be more compelling in the long run. Tighter integration between these ecosystems will become a key selling point for the respective devices using them (smart televisions, smartphones, security cameras, etc.) resulting in increased sales.

Android TV smart televisions are expected to increase as the OS becomes popular in the consumer market. In 2016 S&P Global estimates that 4.2 per cent of smart televisions shipped with Android TV, with that number forecasted to grow to 13.3 per cent in 2021. Unit shipments are expected to increase from 5.5 million to 27 million during that same timeframe. The installed base should reach 80.3 million by 2021, rapidly increasing from 14.6 million in 2017 because of the long replacement cycles of televisions.

Other Product Segments

Android streaming media players (SMPs) failed to gain much traction in the market, as there has been a dearth of devices and those that do appear are often overpriced. Xiaomi, though, has released this year a new 4K Android TV SMP that is priced at $69 in the US. This device is proving to be a bit more popular than the previous devices released by Sony and Google and should help drive unit shipments upward in the near term.

Overall shipments of Android TV-powered SMPs are expected to more than double from 2016 to 2017 on the sales of Xiaomi’s device alone. In total, roughly 932,000 SMPs are expected to be shipped in 2017. Looking ahead though, SMPs should decline slightly through the forecast period, as the overall popularity of the devices begins to wane.

Micro game consoles, such as NVIDIA’s Shield TV console, are continuing to ship as well. S&P Global expects that this market may be upended by the proliferation of other Android TV devices, as they will also be able to play games with a connected controller. Shipments are expected to decline to 225,000 by 2021, down from roughly 525,000 in 2017.

At one point, Android TV was considered a viable option as a tablet OS for pay TV operators who wished to deploy tablets as viewing devices for content on their platforms. After a few trials by operators like AT&T and the recent decline in the overall tablet market, it appears that these devices no longer are viable. Other devices featuring Android TV may pop up on the market during the forecast period. The most likely device is a streaming media stick. Android TV devices run better on higher end quad-core processors, which are not currently able to run (reliably) in the constrained environment the stick form factor requires. S&P Global expects this may no longer be an issue at some point toward the latter half of the forecast and thus S&P Global may see one or two streaming media sticks with Android TV at that point.

ESPN Plus standalone service will start streaming in spring 2018

From https://www.engadget.com/2017/11/10/espn-plus-streaming-spring-2018/

There's no pricing yet and it's not clear if it'll be available to cord-cutters.

After purchasing streaming company BamTech for $1.58 billion, Disney said it would offer content via its own on-demand service, rather than going through Netflix. That's not just going to be Star Wars, Marvel and other movie content, but sports from ESPN, too. During its earnings call yesterday, Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed that ESPN's streaming service would be called ESPN Plus (ESPN+) and launch in the spring of 2018.

"The product will be accessible through a new and fully redesigned ESPN app, which will allow users to access sports scores and highlights, stream our channels on an authenticated basis and subscribe to ESPN+ for additional sports coverage, including thousands of live sporting events," Iger said. "This one app [will offer] sports fans far more than they can get on any other app, website or channel."

It's not clear whether the service will be offered by itself to cord-cutters or require a cable TV package. ESPN previously said that consumers would be able to purchase packages for individual sports, however. Iger didn't reveal any pricing, but suggested that since it would have less volume that streaming services like Netflix or Hulu Plus, "the pricing will reflect that."

Ironically, ESPN will lay off more than 100 staff after the US Thanksgiving, according to Sports Illustrated. That will reportedly include on-air talent, producers, executives and digital tech staff. In 2015, the company laid off around 300 employees, representing about five percent of its workers. Despite that, Iger said yesterday that ESPN never "lost confidence in ESPN," and plans to launch a new morning program on the regular cable channel.


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The Foxtel Now Box is very un-Foxtel... in a good way

From https://www.cnet.com/au/news/twitter-280-character-tweets-donald-trump/

Who'd have thought: a Foxtel box that lets you stream over the internet and watch competitor services, all without signing up for a two-year contract.

With a 10 centimetre footprint, the Foxtel Now Box is decidedly smaller than Foxtel's regular iQ set-top boxes.

Foxtel is looking decidedly un-Foxtelish these days. Pay TV without the cable. Playing nice with other streaming services. A Foxtel box that doesn't really look like a Foxtel box.

The company Wednesday announced the launch of the Foxtel Now Box -- a set-top puck created for Foxtel's pay-by-the-month streaming service, Foxtel Now, a puck which supports other streaming services and catch-up TV.

Launching Friday for AU$99, the creatively-named Foxtel Now Box lets you navigate through live Foxtel channels, on-demand shows and movies as well as curated carousels dedicated to things like New Releases or the Best of HBO. The puck also lets you access apps downloaded from Android TV -- including subscription video on demand (SVOD) apps and free-to-air catch-up TV apps -- as well as live TV.

The puck still works without a Foxtel Now subscription, but you'll want to be a subscriber to get the most out of it (you can subscribe month-by-month).

Here's the basic spec rundown:
•Supports up to 4K video (though Foxtel Now only streams up to Full HD)

•Runs Android TV (Android Nougat)

•Built-in free-to-air tuner

•4K Chromecast support

•Google Play app for downloading movies and TV shows
•8GB on-board flash storage

•Infrared/Bluetooth remote control

•802.11ac Wi-Fi

•HDMI 2.0, Ethernet and Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity

•Voice support in remote (though no voice capability at search)

The big drawback? You can get the Stan app from launch, but there are no Netflix or Amazon Prime Video apps. According to Foxtel CEO Peter Tonagh, Foxtel is in talks with Netflix but it's up to individual services to make their apps available for the box on the Android TV store.

"The only barrier to us carrying Netflix, is Netflix," he said.

Another drawback? Unlike the recently launched Telstra TV 2, there's no universal search, meaning you have to dive into individual apps to find particular titles. Foxtel says its working on this feature.

The home screen of the Foxtel Now Box shows Foxtel content and competitor apps.


Still, the Foxtel Now Box marks a decided shift for Foxtel and one that puts it in direct competition with the likes of the Apple TV and Telstra's new Telstra TV 2 (Telstra owns 50 percent of Foxtel and the two have had a reasonably cosy relationship).

It's also a sign of just how much Foxtel has pivoted its strategy toward IPTV, or content delivered over the internet rather than cable. While the company might have been slow to shift away from its cable roots, there's no doubt it's seen the writing on the wall as Netflix has spread its tentacles across Australia.

Part of that shift came when Foxtel shuttered its Presto streaming service and went all in on Foxtel Now. The rebranded subscription video on-demand service lets users choose channel packs to build up a pay TV-like stable of channels and on-demand content.

Now, Foxtel seems to be creating the hardware to back up what many Australians are thinking: We don't mind paying, just give us easy access to content when we want it.

Let's just hope Netflix comes on board soon.

Australia: Foxtel unveils Now box

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/11/08/australia-foxtel-unveils-now-box/

Foxtel has unveiled its new Foxtel Now box. The plug-in-and-play box delivers seamless access to an line-up of programming, streamed instantly, live or on demand. Foxtel favourites available to stream on the Foxtel Now box, with a Foxtel Now subscription, include Love It or List It Australia, A Place to Call Home, Gogglebox Australia, plus international hits Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Outlander, Shameless and all the most popular titles from powerhouses HBO, Disney, the BBC and more.

The box features built-in Chromecast functionality allowing viewers to ‘cast’ movies, music and photos from Android or iOS mobile devices, PCs or Macs straight to their TV. The Foxtel Now box offers customers access to a world of content, games, music and apps from the Google Play store as well as the ability to stream at 4K quality with compatible apps.

Foxtel CEO Peter Tonagh said, “After the success of Foxtel Now, we’re delighted to lift the lid on our incredible new Foxtel Now box. The sneak peek we shared at the Foxtel Now launch a few months ago created a huge amount of buzz and we are excited to announce the box’s arrival so quickly. Foxtel Now has already proven to be a hit with customers, offering the most flexible and affordable way to experience the best choice in live sport, new movies, TV and complete seasons. With today’s launch, that experience gets even better.”

“For the first time, Australians can watch Foxtel on their TV with a Foxtel-designed set-top box that is completely powered by the Internet offering a no lock-in contract, affordable and flexible way to see Foxtel’s exclusive content both locally produced and from the world’s best entertainment brands. Self-installation is easy removing the need for a technician. Simply bring the box home and sign up to Foxtel Now to start watching,” Tonagh concluded.

Foxtel Now Box rocks, runs 4K Android 8.0, even plays Stan, curated Android apps

From https://www.itwire.com/entertainment/80711-video-launch-foxtel-now-box-rocks,-runs-4k-uhd-android-8-0-even-plays-stan,-curated-android-apps.html

Foxtel shocks with its new $99 Android-powered Box, designed to be "an affordable and easy-to-use device designed to stream the best choice of the world’s biggest new shows, live sport and complete seasons to consumers’ TVs".

Looking like a half-height Google Home speaker yet complete with remote control and built-in Chromecast, Foxtel describes its new IPTV and antenna-powered free-to-air TV not as featuring "a compact and sleek design and delivering seamless access to an incredible line-up of programming, streamed instantly, live or on demand".

There's apparently no universal search — yet — as per the new Telstra TV 2, and while voice commands are available, and there's even a microphone in the remote control, voice control is yet to be activated.

There's also no 4K programming from Foxtel as yet – the company says it is looking into it and isn't ready to announce anything yet, but with YouTube and other 4K sources, the Foxtel Now box is clearly preparing for the future when Foxtel offers 4K programming, too.

To use the Foxtel Now box, you naturally need a Foxtel Now subscription which is separate to your standard Foxtel IQ, IQ2 or IQ3 subscription.

However, if you have a Foxtel Now subscription for your smartphone or tablet, or you select a subscription, then depending on the packages you choose to pay for on a monthly basis, you can stream pretty much everything Foxtel offers, including Love It or List It Australia, A Place to Call Home, Gogglebox Australia, plus international hits Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Outlander, Shameless and all the most popular titles from powerhouses HBO, Disney, the BBC and more.

As Foxtel describes it, its new box is "a simple plug-and-play device that provides access to Foxtel Now in HD along with free-to-air channels via a built-in free-to-air tuner#. It also includes access to SVOD app Stan (separate Stan subscription required) as well as free-to-air streaming apps, ABC iview, PLUS7 and tenplay".

For those wondering, "HD is only available on the Foxtel Now Box, PC/Mac via Google Chrome browser, Telstra TV and Chromecast. Not all services/programmes available in HD. HD not available on mobile/tablet".

Here's the full video of today's Foxtel Now launch, including the Foxtel Now reveal, and some of the stats of Gogglebox on-stage to entertain us, and the handing out of some Foxtel Now boxes to the media, although all attendees at the event today received a Foxtel Now box to take home – the rest of the article including tech specs are listed below.

So, what else do we need to know?

Well, we're told the box features "built-in Chromecast functionality allowing viewers to ‘cast’ movies, music and photos from Android or iOS mobile devices, PCs or Macs straight to their TV".

There's also "access to a world of content, games, music and apps from the Google Play store as well as the ability to stream at 4K quality with compatible apps", which includes Foxtel competitor Stan, with even Foxtel in talks with Netflix for Netflix to be available on the Foxtel set top box as an app!

Foxtel chief executive Peter Tonagh set the tone, and said: “After the success of Foxtel Now, we’re delighted to lift the lid on our incredible new Foxtel Now box. The sneak peek we shared at the Foxtel Now launch a few months ago created a huge amount of buzz and we are excited to announce the box’s arrival so quickly. Foxtel Now has already proven to be a hit with customers, offering the most flexible and affordable way to experience the best choice in live sport, new movies, TV and complete seasons. With today’s launch, that experience gets even better.

“For the first time, Australians can watch Foxtel on their TV with a Foxtel designed set top box that is completely powered by the internet offering a no lock-in contract, affordable and flexible way to see Foxtel’s exclusive content both locally produced and from the world’s best entertainment brands. Self-installation is easy removing the need for a technician. Simply bring the box home and sign up to Foxtel Now to start watching.”

Available to purchase for $99 starting 10 November, the Foxtel Now box "can be ordered directly from Foxtel http://www.foxtelnow.com.au or via Foxtel’s eBay store, and will be available from other outlets in the near future".

As Foxtel Now reminds us, this is Foxtel’s "SVOD service, offering an affordable and flexible way to sign up and stream Foxtel, instantly, in HD, live and on demand. Foxtel Now features flexible bundles so customers can sign up to Foxtel’s incredible content with the ability to cancel at any time".

There are "five entry-level packs to match viewers’ interests including Drama and Pop packs priced at $15 per month each or $25 for both. Lifestyle, Docos and Kids packs are available at $10 per month each".

Foxtel Now’s Movies pack "is available for $20 per month in addition to an entry level pack and the Sports pack is available for an extra $29* per month, meaning Sports lovers can now get access to Foxtel’s incredible sports programming for a little as $39 per month and movies for as little as $30 per month".

New Foxtel Now subscribers can access a two-week free trial.

Foxtel Now box Technical Data Sheet
VIDEO: 4KP60 UHD 10-bit HEVC (SD or HD, up to 1920 x 1080; 4K P50/60 UHD up to 3840 x 2160)
OUTPUT: Video - HDMI Tx 2.0 with HDCP2.2; Audio - SPDIF
INTERFACES: DVB-T, USB 3.0, Bluetooth 4.1, 802.11 ac WiFi 2.4 Ghz / 5 Ghz
WEIGHT: 0.270 Kg
DIMENSIONS: 104 (bottom) x 83 (top) x 72 (height) mm Remote control
DIMENSIONS: 145 x 44 x 14mm
INTERFACES: 13 Keys - Power, Mute, D-pad (up/down/left/right/OK), Back, Home, play/pause, Search, Volume up, Volume down
ACCESSORIES: 2 x AAA batteries

System requirements
An Internet connection is required to access Foxtel Now, the Google Play Store and to set up and use the Foxtel Now box.
A Foxtel Now account is required to set up and access the box and a Foxtel Now subscription is required to watch Foxtel content. To create a Foxtel Now account, click here.
A Google account is required to download apps from the Google Play Store.
Free-to-air channel viewing requires a TV aerial to be connected to the Foxtel Now box.

Local network forges new partnership

From http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=422949

A LOCAL television network has forged its partnership with the largest Christian television network in the world, Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) in its effort to boost its program content.

Mai TV, one of the major free to air commercial television networks in Fiji, made the partnership known on Sunday, which will see an injection of programs that "reinforce wholesome, positive, family values that are particularly important and applicable".

Company chief executive officer Raijeli Vulaono said this was part of their continuous effort to distinguish Mai TV as a home for unique and compelling programs.

"These new programs build on the pathway that Mai TV has embarked on, providing our viewers enriching programs that all Fijians can enjoy as a family," she said.

The new changes to content are also understood to be part of Mai TV's new ownership with shares being acquired by local church, the New Methodist Christian Fellowship.

The new program line-up further builds on existing programs that Mai TV will continue to show, the company assured in a statement.

"Mai TV is gearing itself up for the Walesi digital platform roll-out in December and committed to providing alternative wholesome family and local sports content," Mrs Vulaono said.

"As Fiji continues its migration from analogue to digital (Walesi) which places Mai TV on a level playing field alongside the other two TV broadcasters, Mai TV envisions greater shows and programs that our viewers can look forward to."

Sling TV on Samsung Smart TVs

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/11/08/sling-tv-on-samsung-smart-tvs/

Sling TV has become the first live and on-demand over-the-top (OTT) service available on select Samsung Smart TVs. The launch of Sling TV on this new platform enables Sling TV to expand its position in device compatibility, currently supporting other platforms that include tablets, game consoles, computers, smartphones, streaming devices and other smart televisions.

“With football season in full swing, we know our customers want to catch every play on the biggest screen possible,” said Jimshade Chaudhari, vice president of product management, Sling TV. “Integrating Sling TV into select Samsung TVs creates a seamless experience for millions of Samsung customers, so they can watch their favourite team without the hassle of installing additional equipment, additional remotes or switching inputs.”

“Integrating Sling TV into our line of Smart TVs helps simplify live TV for our customers,” added Salek Brodsky, Vice President of Content and Services for Samsung Electronics. “As viewers continue to embrace streaming live TV via apps, Sling TV is an obvious win for those who want to truly personalise their entertainment experience for the best value.”

Sling TV is now available on Samsung’s 2016 line of Smart TVs, and will roll out to additional models in the future.

Current Sling TV subscribers can log in to their accounts on Internet-connected compatible Samsung Smart TVs. New customers may sign up for Sling TV directly within the app on Samsung Smart TVs.

Telesat receives “global rights” for LEO satellite system

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/11/08/telesat-receives-global-rights-for-leo-satellite-system/

Canadian satellite operator Telesat says it has received approvals from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to use about 4 GHz of Ka-band spectrum for its proposed Low Earth Orbiting satellite system.

Telesat, in a statement, said its new satellites will enable and accelerate the world’s digital transformation by providing high-performing, cost-effective, fibre-like broadband anywhere in the world for business, government and individual users.

Space Systems/Loral has delivered the first of a pair of ‘Phase 1’ test satellites to the Vostochny Cosmodrome in Eastern Russia where it will launch aboard a Soyuz-2 vehicle provided by Glavkosmos.

Telesat says that its initial 120 satellites will be in place by 2021. The operator says it is considering expanding its constellation beyond the initial deployment.

A rival proposal from OneWeb was approved in June.

CASBAA Convention 2017 - Day 1 Wrap-up

From http://www.menafn.com/1096055868/CASBAA-Convention-2017---Day-1-Wrap-up

(MENAFN Editorial) MACAU, Nov 7, 2017-(ACN Newswire)-The CASBAA Convention 2017 in Macau kicked off this morning with welcoming remarks from Joe Welch, CASBAA Board Chairman and SVP Public Affairs Asia, 21st Century Fox, during which he highlighted the association's escalating efforts to curb the on-going regional revenue leakage caused by piracy.

"Most importantly", said Welch, "CASBAA recently launched the Coalition Against Piracy, funded by 18 of the region's content players and distribution partners".

In the meantime, CASBAA CEO Christopher Slaughter, emphasised the yet to be fully-realised digital dividends for the Asia Pacific. Additional points made by speakers during the opening conference sessions to the 400 media executives, regulators and government officials, participating in the event, reinforced that CASBAA and its Members are meeting the opportunities presented by the Asian markets for new audiences, new technologies, new business models and new content.

According to CASBAA, TV production quality is soaring across Asia. Audiences are engaging with our Members' products as never before. New ways of video distribution such as Over-the-Top (OTT) broadband services are reaching millions of additional customers across a CASBAA footprint that reaches from India and Pakistan to Japan and Korea, from China and Mongolia to Australia and New Zealand.

Operator workshops and conference sessions such as "New Ecosystems: Myanmar & Cambodia" and "OTT in China" showcased the plus side, while digital negatives were highlighted during sessions such as "Under Attack" and "the ISD Battle", as well as clear-eyed examinations of the India market and new content offerings both domestic and international.

A few other "Quotable Quotes" heard during Day One of the CASBAA Convention 2017 in Macau.

Opening Keynote:
New Wine, New Bottles: Henry Tan, COO Astro: "We need to expand beyond our domestic market, it would be foolhardy to be satisfied, with 75% of Malaysian Households. The way the world is going, is mergers, acquisitions, and partnerships."

"Last year at the CASBAA Conventions I met with Group M's Irwin Gotlieb; he told me 'Bet on transactions'. Since we have 75% market share, how to do that? Home shopping, eCommerce. We have to see ourselves as a consumer care company, our biggest asset is our customer base."

On Piracy:
Kevin Plumb, Premier League: "In the past 18 months the illegal broadcasting of live Premier League matches in pubs in the UK has been decimated."

Matthew Hibbert, Sky UK: "Site-blocking has moved the goalposts significantly. In the UK you cannot watch pirated live Premier League content any more."

Kieron Sharp, Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT): "The most successful thing we've done to combat piracy has been to undertake criminal prosecutions against ISD piracy. Everyone is pleading guilty to these offences."

Ros Lynch, UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO)
"The UKIPO provides intelligence and evidence to industry and the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) in London who then take enforcement actions. We first heard about the issues with ISDs from TVB in Hong Kong and we then consulted the UK rights holders who responded that it wasn't a problem. Two years later the issue just exploded."

"While the UK works to update its legislation, we can't wait for the new legislation to take enforcement actions and we rely heavily on 'conspiracy to defraud' charges, and have successfully prosecuted a number of ISD retailers."

"The cat is out of the bag. I would encourage any government to reach out to the search engines, if they're interested in collaborating on similar measures."

Some Advice to Asian governments
"It's a matter of initiative, evidence, and political will. Always start with the evidence and to obtain strong evidence you must work with the rights holders making it easier to show the government that this is a problem, and convince them to contribute to taking meaningful enforcement actions."

On New Content New Platforms:
Hosi Simon, VICE Media: "The business isn't in some regional office where people send out emails, it's about local offices building local content."

"What VICEice trades in is being able to identify emerging trends - artists, music, movements - that young people care about. We trade on an understanding about cultural diversity and nuance, and we don't believe there is just one global lens, the excitement is about the local story."

On Security:
Mallory Delaporte-Bernues, TV5Monde: "Media companies, do not have the same security measures, as the financial industry which makes them low-hanging fruit for hackers... You know that black screen you never want to see in your office? When we turned our network back on, that's what happened... You shouldn't let your company do anything new until you've covered security."

Matt Polins, CMS: "It's not a question of if it will happen, but when it will happen. The key is how you respond to it when it happens... You shouldn't be afraid of adopting new technologies, but be aware of the risks involved and plan accordingly."

The Death Of Television?:
Sam Scott: The Promotion Fix @ The Drum: "As Ad Contrarian Bob Hoffman said, we need to counter the falsehood that TV is dying by pointing out that it's having babies."

"Marketers are not normal people. We love social media, but most people do not. 93% of marketers are on LinkedIn. Among everyone else, it's 14%. 81% of marketers use Twitter. Everyone else, 22%."

"The marketing industry has its own 'fake news' problem. Too many marketers - especially in digital marketing - accept what is said in our industry's echo chamber without thinking critically or asking for evidence."

"Don't let those who are biased towards digital mediums and tactics frame the debate."

On C-band and Satellite:
Huang Baozhong, APT Satellite: "With complementary OTT services, we add value instead of lowering prices."

"If other countries will follow [the US/FCC]: Japan, Europe, Australia, Korea and others... this will completely destroy the broadcasting industry in C-band."

Raymond Chow, ABS: "C-band is a precious resource, not only for broadcast, but also mission-critical for military applications."

Greg Armshaw, BrightCove: "Really start understanding your customer base is the essential to selling OTT.... Even though there are free offers, not everyone is signing up to it, so personalised offers, being flexible about bundling and looking at marketing partnerships are key..."

Rohit d'Silva, Fox Network Group: "Data science is now front and centre for a multitude of industries. In the media industry the sooner they understand that data science is a huge part their operations, then they won't get left behind."

Uday Sodh: Sony India: "There is a huge mindset change required, when you move from traditional broadcast business, to digital platforms. You have to deal with the huge explosion of data that you develop."

In addition to the CASBAA Convention 2017 business sessions, "Desperate for Love", produced by Yomiuri Telecast and broadcast by NIPPON TV of Japan, was announced as the winner of the CASBAA/ABU UNICEF Child Rights Award 2017 for the best children's television programming and coverage of children's issues produced in the Asia Pacific.

Day 2 of the Casbaa Convention 2017 in Macau, audience and speakers will reconvene at 9.00am at the Ball Room, Studio City. We look forward to seeing you.

CASBAA would like to thank CASBAA Convention 2017's Supporting Sponsor, TRT World, along with our other Sponsors: 21st Century Fox, ABS, Amagi, APT Satellite, ARRIS, AsiaSat, Australia Channel, Brightcove, Cisco, CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang, Deutsche Welle, The Walt Disney Company, FashionTV, FOX Networks Group, France 24, Friend MTS, Google, Intelsat, INVIDI Technologies, Irdeto, Leyard, Lightning International, MEASAT, MPP Global, NAGRA, SES, True Visions, Turner Asia Pacific, TV5MONDE, Viaccess-Orca, Vindicia and Viu.

We would also like to thank CASBAA Patrons: A+E Networks, Astro, BAM Asia Entertainment Network, BBC Worldwide, Celestial Tiger, Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific, HBO Asia, NBCUniversal International Networks, PwC, Scripps Networks Interactive Asia-Pacific, Star India, and Viacom International Media Networks.


Established in 1991, CASBAA is the association for digital multichannel TV, content, platforms, advertising and video delivery across a variety of geographic markets throughout the Asia-Pacific. CASBAA's members reach over 500 million connections within a regional footprint ranging from China to Australasia, Japan to Pakistan. For more information, visit .

Contact: CASBAA Tel: +852 2854 9913

RSCC, Chronosat expand cooperation on use of Express-AM7 satellite

From https://www.telecompaper.com/news/rscc-chronosat-expand-cooperation-on-use-of-express-am7-satellite--1219400

Russian state-owned satellite operator RSCC has signed a new cooperation agreement with the operator Chronosat GmbH. The contract stipulates increased use of RSCC's Express-AM7 satellite capacity by the European company.

RSCC and Chronosat started cooperating earlier this year, Chronosat began using the capacity of the Express-AM7 satellite to provide services in the countries of the Middle East. The new strategic agreement worth more than USD 14 million over the next five years has been reached on the use of the RSCC spacecraft capacity.

Morocco successfully launches the Mohammed VI-A, an Earth observation satellite

From http://www.firstpost.com/tech/news-analysis/morocco-successfully-launches-the-mohammed-vi-a-an-earth-observation-satellite-4200101.html

Morocco has successfully launched an earth observation satellite, the European consortium Arianespace announced on 8 November.

Vega lifts off for its 11th successful mission (VV11) from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana with the MOHAMMED VI–A satellite. Image Credits: P. Piron / ESA / CNES / Arianespace

Dubbed "Mohammed VI-A", the satellite was launched by Arianespace's Vega rocket from French Guyana Space Centre on 7 November at 10.42 p.m. local time in Kourou (1.42 a.m. GMT Wednesday), according to a statement by the consortium.

The Mohammed VI-A satellite is an Earth observation satellite built for the Kingdom of Morocco by Thales Alenia Space as system prime contractor and Airbus as co-prime. The three-axis stabilized satellite weighed approximately 1,110 kg at launch.

It will be used for mapping and land surveying activities, regional development, agricultural monitoring, the prevention and management of natural disasters, monitoring changes in the environment and desertification, as well as border and coastal surveillance, said Arianespace.

The consortium added that it was the 11th consecutive successful launch of a Vega rocket since 2012. Thales Alenia Space supplied the payload, including the optical instruments, the image transmission subsystem and the ground segment for image processing and production.

Airbus was in charge of its integration, as well as supplying the platform and the ground segment for mission planning and satellite control. The Mohammed VI-A is the 150th satellite built by Thales Alenia Space to be launched by Arianespace, which has 15 more satellites from this manufacturer in its order book.

The space imagery, operated from Morocco, will play a key role in the implementation of national strategies for socio-economic development, especially those relating to the agricultural sector which constitutes one of the main pillars of the Moroccan economy.

The satellite will also help in land management, through effective control of housing and buildings, as well as tighter monitoring of slum eradication, the statement said.It will also help Morocco better manage water resources and prospect underground water.

Sky News closure risk

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/11/08/sky-news-closure-risk/

Sky is warning UK competition regulators that it could shut down Sky News if 21st Century Fox’s proposed takeover of the broadcaster is not approved.

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is undertaking a six-month investigation into 21st Century Fox’s proposed takeover of Sky. Karen Bradley, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, referred the deal to the CMA on public interest grounds. The CMA is examining how the deal would impact media plurality and broadcasting standards in the UK.

In response to an Issues Statement published by the CMA on October 10th 2017, made in conjunction with Sky’s Initial Submission of October 4th 2017, Sky said: “The CMA should not simply assume the “continued provision of Sky News” and its current contribution to plurality, ‘absent the Transaction’. Sky would likely be prompted to review the position in the event that the continued provision of Sky News in its current form unduly impeded merger and/or other corporate opportunities available in relation to Sky’s broader business, such as the Transaction – in particular having regard to any views expressed by shareholders regarding the denial of such opportunities.”

Sky also suggested that the regulator place less weight on its evaluation of other 21st Century Fox properties that are not in the UK.


Tuesday feed report

Optus D2 12660 V Sr 7500 "TBS7" Melbourne Cup day
Optus D2 12679 V Sr 7500 "Telstra Broadcast services" Cup day coverage for Ch 7

From my Email

From Chris kenny (Vic, S.A)

Found 7 Indonesian channels, not sure what satellite at 116 degrees Ku band 12598 V 45000 2/3 8psk

The 11 channels load up with names as shown in photo (Dtv1 DTV2 etc, but only 6 have pictures - TV one, trans7, trans TV, tvri, metro TV, O TV. Crazy scan shows 8.5Db Snr, Tbs6983 - L85 Q68

Using 2.4M dish

From the Dish

LaoSat 1 128.5E 3503 V "VTV 1, CGTN Documentary, Channel NewsAsia, CCTV 4 Asia, CCTV Entertainment, Saudi TV, KBS World, Fuel TV, Zhejiang
Satellite TV International, TV Lao, China Movie, Aljazeera English, NHK World TV, CBeebies Asia, BBC Earth Asia, AXN East Asia, CGTN and B4U Music India" have started on , Fta.

Telkom 3S 118.0E 3533 H "TVRI Kaltim" has started on, Fta.

Palapa D 113.0E 3822 V "TV Edukasi" has left .
Palapa D 113.0E 3996 H S"pace Drama and I Am Channel" have left again.
Palapa D 113.0E 4007 V "I Am Channel" has left .
Palapa D 113.0E 4049 V "TV 9 Nusantara" has started on , Fta.

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3799 H TDM Macau Satélite has left .

ChinaSat 10 110.5E 3520 V "Arirang World" has left .
ChinaSat 10 110.5E 3560 V "Sony One Indonesia, Animax Asia and Nickelodeon Indonesia have started on, ABV. Asian Food Channel is now Fta. Sony Channel Asia and TV 9 Nusantara" have left.

ChinaSat 11 98.0E 12500 V "Arek TV" has started on , Fta. Nabawi TV has left.
ChinaSat 11 98.0E 12560 V SBS Shop, Fox Life Asia and National Geographic Asia have started on , Fta NHK World TV, RT English and Lejel Home Shopping have left.
ChinaSat 11 98.0E 12560 V Star Chinese Movies South East Asia and Fox Family Movies have started on , StarGuide.
ChinaSat 11 98.0E 12560 V "Fox Sports Asia" has started on , encrypted.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3725 H "Sadhna Bangla" has started on , Fta.
Insat 4A 83.0E 3805 H "INH" has started on , clear.
Insat 4A 83.0E 3833 H "Gyan Darshan 1/2" have started on , Fta.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3520 H "Maya 38" has started on , Fta.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 12467 V "Fox Asia" has started on , Conax.

Thaicom 8 78.5E 11640 H Toon Toon and Line Thai have started on , clear.
Thaicom 8 78.5E 11680 H HuaHin World has started on , BISS. Pattanee Channel has left.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3769 H "World Music" has left .

Apstar 7 76.5E 12719 V "Guangdong Satellite TV" has started on , Betacrypt. Global Business and TVS 2 Southern TV have left.

Intelsat 22 72.1E 3724 L "KTN News, NTV, Heritage TV, Kameme TV and Y254" have started on, Fta.

Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 11222 H "Evil Angel TV, Dusk TV Europe, SCT Asia, Cento X Cento TV, Sexto Senso, Passione TV and Pink' o TV" have left .

Intelsat 20 68.5E 4163 H "EZMall has replaced Zee 24 Hour Business" on, Fta.

NSS 12 57.0E 4095 R Dragon TV, Jiangsu TV, Hunan TV, Beijing TV, Zhejiang TV, China Movie and CCTV Entertainment have left .

From asiatvro site

东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,湖南国际、CCTV-3(老挝)等5个频道加密,设置10850 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [11月8日]

东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,中国电影、宁夏卫视(台亚卫星)等4个测试频道消失,设置11101 V 45000参数无效接收。 [11月7日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星C频段,AXN、中国电影替换江苏国际(老挝)等频道,设置3503 V 30000参数免费接收。 [11月7日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星C频段,CCTV-5(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置3569 H 5000参数无效接收。 [11月7日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-5、CCTV-3替换云南卫视(台亚卫星)等频道,设置12731 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [11月7日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-6、CCTV-8替换风云音乐(台亚卫星)等频道,设置11101 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [11月7日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,Myanmar Movies(泰国)频道新增,设置12728 V 30000参数免费接收。 [11月7日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星Ku频段,华丽台(Astro)频道加密,设置10812 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [11月7日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Asean替换Reserved(菲律宾)频道,设置12531 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [11月7日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Luxe TV(高清)频道加密,设置3960 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [11月7日]

东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,DDish Live(蒙古)频道消失,设置12629 H 43200参数无效接收。 [11月6日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星C频段,CCTV-5替换Warner TV(MPEG-4)频道,设置3569 H 5000参数免费接收。 [11月6日]
经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,15 News替换7XM(巴基斯坦)频道,设置3746 V 6520参数免费接收。 [11月6日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-6替换天津卫视(数码天空)频道,设置12416 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [11月6日]


China launches two BeiDou-3 navigation satellites on single carrier rocket

From http://www.gpsdaily.com/reports/China_launches_two_BeiDou_3_navigation_satellites_on_single_carrier_rocket_999.html

All the BeiDou satellites currently in space were sent up from Xichang Satellite Launch Center, said Lin Yunan, head of the human resources department of the center.

China launched two BeiDou-3 satellites into space via a single carrier rocket to support its global navigation and positioning network at 7:45 p.m. Sunday.

The satellites were aboard a Long March-3B carrier rocket which took off from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the southwestern province of Sichuan.

This is the first two BeiDou-3 satellites launched by China, as its self-developed BeiDou Navigation Satellite System officially began to expand into a global network.

Named after the Chinese term for the plough or the Big Dipper constellation, the BeiDou project was formally initiated in 1994. It began to serve China in 2000 and the Asia-Pacific region at the end of 2012.

China plans to building BeiDou into a global positioning and navigation system by around 2020, making it the third country in the world after the United States and Russia to operate its own navigation system.

Compared to earlier generation satellites, the BeiDou-3 is able to send signals that are better compatible with other satellite navigation systems and provide satellite-based augmentation, as well as search and rescue services in accordance with international standards.

"New technology has significantly improved the performance of the BeiDou-3, with the signal accuracy in space higher than half a meter while its positioning accuracy has reached 2.5 to five meters, said Yang Changfeng, chief designer of the BeiDou system.

China plans to launch 18 BeiDou-3 satellites around the end of 2018 to expand the BeiDou services to the countries along the Belt and Road routes.

By around 2020, when the system goes global, it will have more than 30 satellites.

"Launches featuring two or more satellites on a single carrier rocket will be conducted regularly," said Ye Chengmin, deputy chief designer of the Long March-3A carrier rocket.

All the BeiDou satellites currently in space were sent up from Xichang Satellite Launch Center, said Lin Yunan, head of the human resources department of the center.

The BeiDou-3 satellites and the carrier rocket were developed by China Academy of Space Technology and China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology, respectively

Intelsat, Coca-Cola African broadband partnership

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/11/07/intelsat-coca-cola-african-broadband-partnership/

Satellite giant Intelsat has linked with soft-drinks company Coca-Cola to promote satellite-delivered Wi-fi and broadband services across Africa.

Intelsat and Coca-Cola have an interest through OneWeb (both are investors in OneWeb) which is planning to girdle the Earth with a mega-constellation of low orbiting satellites. Services, via OneWeb, should be available by 2019.

The Intelsat/Coke link “will support both companies’ future business plans and also their mutual efforts to promote sustainable development, especially in underserved communities,” said a press statement.

The Coca-Cola Company says it is already working in developing communities around the world to foster sustainable development activity like supporting clean water and sanitation services as well as economic empowerment for women. Under the new partnership, Intelsat will work with The Coca-Cola Company to establish Wi-Fi access at certain retail facilities in rural areas, enabling personal and commercial connectivity for citizens.

“Satellite connectivity is the easiest way to deliver Internet services to the most people in the shortest possible time frame in infrastructure-poor rural and remote areas,” said Jean-Philippe Gillet, Intelsat’s VP/GM of Broadband. “Our fleet innovations, including our Intelsat Epic high-performance satellites, make access to broadband satellite services easier, and the work Coca-Cola is doing in local communities around the world fits perfectly with our vision to remove the digital divide often found in remote areas. With the inherent advantages that satellite provides in terms of reach and scalability, we provide a solution in delivering the benefits of internet access to hundreds of communities around the world in a quick, cost-efficient manner.”

Southeast Asia: Coalition Against Piracy unveiled

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/11/07/southeast-asia-coalition-against-piracy-unveiled/

Members and supporters of the newly-established Coalition Against Piracy gathered at the annual CASBAA Convention in Macau on November 7th to mark the initiation of joint work in southeast Asia against Illicit Streaming Devices (ISDs) and the app networks that underpin them.

In toasting the launch, Birathon Kasemsri, Chief Commercial Officer, True Visions Group, described piracy as “an international issue that cannot be dealt with by a single entity or country alone. It cannot be dealt with by a single platform alone. It must be a coordinated, integrated effort. We need to create an environment where we can grow and prosper. I invite you to put all your efforts together to make CAP the new initiative in the region a huge success – because we can only prosper from CAP’s success,” he added.

The Coalition, which brings together a wide range of content providers and major pay-TV platform operators, was established by multichannel video Association CASBAA to provide a vehicle for cooperation in copyright and anti-fraud enforcement against the small streaming devices which media publications have described as ‘the little black box(es) which took over piracy’. The illicit TV boxes have become a major drag on both traditional pay-TV and ‘new media’ OTT markets in Asia; a recent market survey reported that 14 per cent of consumers in Singapore, for example, admit to regularly using an ISD. And those numbers are believed to be growing.

“The driving force behind establishment of CAP is the need for united, collective action by all branches of the video industry,” said CASBAA Chief Policy Officer John Medeiros. “Sports, films, TV series, international as well as local content – everyone trying to deliver quality content to the public is threatened by the inundation of ISD boxes and apps from commercial piracy syndicates. CAP aims to bring all these stakeholders together, and work in parallel with other similar coalitions around the world.”

In outlining CAP’s key priorities, Neil Gane, CAP General Manager, said that two immediate priorities would be the disruption of the ISD ecosystem at its source and enhanced intermediary engagement with both eCommerce platforms and financial processors to disrupt transactions at the point of sale. “Disrupting illicit commercial transactions is a key component of any anti-piracy strategy,” he added.

Reliance DTH gets a life-line

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/11/07/reliance-dth-gets-a-life-line/

India’s Reliance Big digital TV operation has changed its mind to close its service, and instead signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Delhi-based Veecon Media & Television. The agreement sees Reliance sell its DTH operation to Veecon.

Reliance had said that it would close its DTH service on November 18th, timed when its licence to operate expires.

Local reports say that Veecom will buy all the shares of the Reliance DTH operation, and is expected to pay Reliance’s obligations to its broadcast content suppliers, who have long-overdue claims on the business.

Reliance has some 1.2 million subscribers.


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Piracy drop boosts Australia home video consumption

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/11/06/australia-home-video-consumption-benefits-from-drop-in-piracy/

Consumer data released from the Australian Home Entertainment Distributors Association (AHEDA) indicates that in-home consumption of video has benefited from industry efforts to combat film and TV piracy.

New research by GfK shows that in Q3 2017 (July – September), just 16 per cent of Australians claimed to have watched pirated content in the previous month, which is down from 21 per cent in Q3 2016.

AHEDA attributes this success to a combination of the recent site blocking cases against major film piracy sites, the launch of the Brian Brown-led campaign on TV and in Cinema alerting consumers to the perils of piracy sites, as well as easily accessible and reasonably priced legitimate content.

“What is most exciting is that we are starting to see a correlation between a drop in piracy and an increase in legitimate consumption,” noted AHEDA CEO Simon Bush. “Whilst this is early days in terms of seeing the effect of recent site blocks and the consumer campaign, it appears the measures are working, alongside easy access to legal services and content.

The GfK data for Q3 showed that in the past year, the proportion of the population to view SVoD has grown 29 per cent, purchasers of digital copies of films (electronic sell through or EST) grew 22 per cent whilst download to rent was flat (VoD).

“This initial data is very encouraging and as we do more research into the efficacy of site blocking, we hope to demonstrate that it is an effective solution,” added Bush.

Digital home entertainment film and TV sales in Australia reached a record A$206 million in 2016, with 2017 on track to beat that number with year to date sales through to July reaching A$117.3 million.

Digital movie consumption remains very healthy with double digit growth; however, digital TV has seen consumption shift to SVoD platforms such as Stan and Netflix.

AHEDA says it is important that there is a viable and healthy film and TV sector in Australia, both for telling Australian stories as well as for employment and its economic contribution. Respecting and protecting copyright is important. It notes that a PwC report released in October 2017 showed that in 2015-16, using ABS data, Australia’s copyright industries:
•Generated economic value of A$122.8 billion (€80.89bn) which makes the sector larger than manufacturing, health care and mining;
•Employed over 1 million people; and
•Generated A$6.5 billion in exports.

Broadcasters tuning out of television

From http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/mediawatch/audio/2018619332/broadcasters-tuning-out-of-television

You can now get the shows you want from our biggest TV broadcasters without tuning in to them - or even owning a TV set. This week’s All Blacks games are available live online (legally) without a subscription to Sky Sports. What does the rise of TV on-demand mean for broadcast television as we know it?

When Ken Burns' 10-part series The Vietnam War screened in US last month, The New York Times told its readers: "It will break your heart and win your mind." The series has been sold to 82 countries and it was good news for history fans when TVNZ acquired it for New Zealand.

But you won’t see it on TVNZ1 playing out over 10 weeks late at night - all 18 hours of The Vietnam War are available online at TVNZ on Demand instead.

And there’s plenty more where that came from.

“Four times more content will be made available to viewers on-demand and we’ve added an additional 400 hours of content this month alone," TVNZ chief executive Kevin Kenrick said recently when announcing the broadcaster's programmes for 2018.

Two weeks ago, telco Vodafone launched Vodafone TV, which brings together Sky TV, free-to-air channels and online video on demand (VOD) services such as Netflix in one cloud-based digital system.

Sky TV and New Zealand Rugby struck a deal to offer live pay-per-view streams of the All Blacks and Māori All Blacks matches this weekend and next weekend on the website AllBlacksTV.com.

As if to hammer home its 'in the new, out with the old' digital strategy, Sky TV scrapped its DVDs by mail service Fatso last month. Its customer base had been decimated by online video on demand services like Lightbox and Netflix.

And back in July, TVNZ began live streaming all three of its TV channels - TVNZ 1, 2 and Duke.

All these might seem like small technological tweaks, but they are also signs of a fundamental shift.

You no longer need to tune into a broadcast signal to see New Zealand’s most popular channels from our biggest TV broadcasters - and you don’t even need a TV set any more.

Live All Blacks games this week are available for the first time online (legally) without a subscription to Sky Sports.

Tech commentator Peter Griffin said all this called into question the the lifespan of broadcast TV as we know it today - especially on Freeview, the government-backed platform for free-to-air digital TV.

"In the next ten years, are we going to need all that infrastructure beaming Freeview around the country when internet connectivity is getting to the point where you can do this over the internet no problem?" he said on Newstalk ZB in July.

But Freeview is getting with the digital programme too.

It is planning a new Freeview On Demand platform offering New Zealand broadcasters’ live channels alongside their video on-demand content. Freeview is also promising international on-demand content that's not available on TV here.

"The change we are all facing in broadcasting is people adopting new ways of listening and viewing on mobile devices. They want to get their transmission not over airwaves but though their internet connection," Freeview general manager Jason Foden told Mediawatch.

"In a big concession by the major broadcasters, they've put their brands aside and we're creating a single catalogue on Freeview on Demand. You'll see 7 Days next to My Kitchen Rules next to The Block, next to Hunting Aotearoa," said Mr Foden, who joined Freeview this year from TVNZ where he was the head of TVNZ On Demand.

"It'll just be about the content. It reflects what the viewers think. They say, 'I'm a real fan of 7 Days but I'm not necessarily a fan of TV3. I'm not going to sit down and watch TV1, but I do want to watch Country Calendar,'" he said.

So does this mean that TV channels as we know them - so aggressively promoted and branded by the broadcasters - are actually on the way out? In the near future, will we be choosing from streams of online content and and programs available on-demand?

"There is a place for broadcast TV and a curated "lean-back" experience. If you're just choosing between different shows it's a very 'lean-forward' experience. Also there's the tyranny of choice. You have to ask yourself: 'What should I be watching'?," Mr Foden said.

"People will dip in and out of other services but they will still want to watch the six o'clock news. You can't watch the final of The Block anywhere other than live on Mediaworks' channel Three.

"But Freeview is an open access platform and we want to take this to the next level. We would be looking for the most popular video-on-demand services to come on board," he said.

Which ones?

"I can't tell you but you can imagine that the most popular services are YouTube, Netflix and Lightbox and those are the sorts of services we're looking at."

Hosting international VOD services, and pay-TV and subscription-based services will be a big departure.

Freeview was set up as a joint venture of the free-to-air NZ broadcasters with backing from the government so viewers could continue to get existing and new TV channels for free after the digital switch-over.

Is it in the interests of New Zealand's free-to-air broadcasters to have rivals for eyeballs on the platform they control?

"They acknowledge that people are increasingly using alternatives and they don't have a monopoly on content," Mr Foden said.

"It would be folly to pretend the likes of Netflix and Lightbox don't exist - it's up to them to lift their game and perform on this platform and the platform has to remain relevant as one place.

"The heart of Freeview is always going to be live free-to-air TV, but it's an open-access platform. If you want to buy these services, why should we stand in your way?"

Dejero Unveils New HEVC Products to Improve Live Picture Quality

From http://www.satellitetoday.com/broadcasting/2017/11/03/dejero-unveils-new-hevc-products-improve-live-picture-

Dejero announced the addition of two new products to support High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) (H.265) encoding and decoding. According to Dejero, its PathWay and WayPoint products enable the use of HEVC video compression in support of remote and mobile broadcasting, a feature that is particularly relevant to on-location teams working with limited bandwidth.

The 1U PathWay is designed for installation in vehicles or fixed locations, Dejero stated. It’s available in two different configurations: an Ethernet configuration that includes two Ethernet ports for satellite — Ku- and Ka-band, Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN) — or wired IP network connectivity; and an Ethernet and cellular configuration offering up to six cellular connections.

PathWay supports both HEVC and Advanced Video Coding (AVC) (H.264) encoding, providing automatic detection and immediate backwards compatibility with existing or legacy AVC-based Dejero receivers. The encoder/transmitter, which contains internal Wi-Fi, is also compatible with the recently launched Dejero CellSat blended cellular and satellite solution.

WayPoint is a four output 1U receiver that supports HEVC decodes to Serial Digital Interface (SDI) or IP (MPEG-TS over IP) playout workflows. It also supports AVC decoding of feeds from legacy transmitters. It comes with dual redundant power supplies and Redundant Array of Independent Disk (RAID) storage capabilities. “We’re leveraging the efficiencies of HEVC while applying novel techniques such as real-time adaptive bitrate control and our unique auto-transport technology where resolution can be changed on the fly, within the transmission,” said Bill Nardi, vice president of broadcast integration and global support at Dejero. “Using HEVC, Dejero can enable video transmission with as little bandwidth as 1 Mbps, or even less, and still deliver good picture quality.”

China launches two Beidou satellites in return to flight for Long March 3B rocket

From https://gbtimes.com/china-launches-two-beidou-satellites-in-return-to-flight-for-long-march-3b-rocket

China is planning a new Long March 5 rocket launch following July failure

China on Sunday added two more satellites to its Beidou navigation and positioning system following the launch of a Long March 3B rocket from Xichang launch centre.

The launch vehicle lifted off from Xichang in the hills of southwestern Sichuan Province at 11:45 UTC (19:45 Beijing time), with the satellites inserted into preset medium Earth orbits by a Yuanzheng-1 upper stage.

With no launch coverage, the first indications of liftoff came from Chinese social media channels, including amateur footage.

Launch success was confirmed by Chinese state media just over four hours after liftoff. The satellites - originally intended for launch in July - will become the 21st and 22nd operational satellites in the Beidou project, which when complete provide will provide China with its own global navigation and positioning satellite system.

China launches two Beidou-3 navigation satellites on Long March 3B carrier rocket

This was the first launch for the Long March 3B since a partial failure of the rocket in June. The issue meant the Zhongxing-9A telecommunication satellite found itself in a much lower than intended orbit and needed to use its own propulsion – intended for station-keeping - to perform 10 orbit adjustments to reach its intended geostationary orbit at an altitude of 36,000 km above the equator. This reduced the satellite’s lifetime from a designed 15 years to around just five years.

The failure of the second heavy-lift Long March 5 launch vehicle in July then brought a halt to all Chinese launches for nearly three months.

Having restarted space launches with of a trio of Yaogan-30 reconnaissance satellites in late September and a remote sensing satellite for Venezuela last month, China’s space launch teams could see a hectic finish to the year.
The Long March 5 (Y2) rocket lifts off from Wenchang at 19:23:23 local time on July 2, 2017.

The Long March 5 (Y2) rocket lifts off from Wenchang at 19:23:23 local time on July 2, 2017. CNS
China's space activities in 2017

This was China’s 11th launch of the year, including nine of various Long March rockets, developed by the main contractor for the space programme, the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), and two solid rocket launches by a ‘sister’ state-owned enterprise, CASIC, the country’s main missile maker.

China has now launched 253 Long March rockets, with the first taking place on April 24, 1970. Of these, 239 have been successful, with eight failures and six partial failures, bringing a success rate of 94.5 percent.

This was the 41st launch of a Long March 3B, the first of which resulted in catastrophe in February 1996.

China had aimed to launch around 30 times in 2017 before the two above failures brought a halt to activity. SpaceX, a private American company, may now launch as many or perhaps more times than China this year, after quickly and successfully bouncing back from a catastrophic ‘fast fire’ on the pad last September. The same day, China suffered the loss of its Gaofen-10 remote sensing satellite, grounding the Long March 4C carrier rocket.

The major success for China in 2017 has been the launch of its first cargo spacecraft, Tianzhou-1, which trialled three rendezvous and docking procedures followed by orbital refuelling tests with Tiangong-2. This marks a major milestone in plans for the country to establish its own large, modular space station.

China's Beidou navigation system

Beidou is China’s alternative to America's GPS, Russia’s GLONASS and Europe’s Galileo positioning and navigation satellite systems.

Named after the Chinese term for the ‘plough’ or ‘Big Dipper’ constellation, the project was formally started in 1994, some 20 years after GPS. It is claimed the newer system will far exceed the accuracy of GPS.

Lei Fanpei, chairman of CASC, said at the recently concluded 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, that, "More groups of Beidou-3 satellites will be sent into space starting from this November, and the basic construction of the Beidou Navigation Satellite System will be completed by the end of next year," he said.
A Beidou satellite inside the payload fairing ready for stacking at Xichang in 2016.

A Beidou satellite inside the payload fairing ready for stacking at Xichang in 2016. CASC

The Beidou-3 satellites launched today will help take China's indigenous Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), similar to the US' GPS, Russia's GLONASS and Europe's Galileo constellations, from regional coverage to providing services globally.

The construction of the 35-satellite navigation system – with five in geosynchronous orbit, three in inclined geosynchronous orbits, and 27 in lower, medium Earth orbits - is to be completed by 2020, Lei added.

Wu Yanhua, deputy head of the China National Space Administration (CNSA), said earlier in the year that China plans to cover all countries along the Belt and Road initiative – Chinese President Xi Jinping’s signature grand project - with its homegrown Beidou navigation system by 2018.

By establishing its own constellation of GNSS satellites, the Chinese government aims to cut previous reliance on American GPS services that would not be available to the People's Liberation Army in the event of conflict, such as targeting, positioning and locating, and synchronising operations.

As well as seeing the breaking of its dependency on American GPS services as a national security imperative, Chinese authorities have stated that Beidou, or BDS, is designed to meet economic and social development requirements and boost the country’s IT applications and hi-tech sectors.

Just like other GNSS, Beidou has many civil applications, such as navigation for shipping, air and road traffic for vehicles and users carrying receivers in devices like navigators and smartphones, as well as mapping and surveying, and other applications.

Beidou satellites are based on DFH-3 satellite buses developed by the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST), a subsidiary of CASC. Another, the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT), is the developer of the Long March 3B rocket used for launches. The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) also has institutes involved in the Beidou satellite project.b

Intelsat insurance claim set for arbitration

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/11/06/intelsat-insurance-claim-set-for-arbitration/

Intelsat had problems with an on-board thruster on its I-33e satellite, launched in August 2016. The satellite should have been on station and earning its keep in Q4 last year.

However, the thruster failure meant a longer journey time to orbit and the craft didn’t enter service until the end of January 2017.

Back in February Intelsat’s president and CEO Steve Spengler said the delay in entering service was minimal. Nevertheless, there would have been a financial impact on lost revenues for Intelsat, and perhaps more importantly the use of precious fuel to get the satellite to orbit meant that the craft’s anticipated service life was cut by around 18 months. It was said at the time that this element alone could see Intelsat justifiably claim around 10 percent loss of service, or around $40 million, from its insurers.

Intelsat I-33e operates from 60 degrees East, and serves Africa, Europe, the Mid-East and parts of Asia.

A report in Satellite Finance says that Intelsat’s claim is understood to have entered arbitration in order for both parties to resolve their different estimates on the value of the claim.

Singapore extends DSO deadline

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/11/06/singapore-extends-dso-deadline/

Singapore households will now have one more year to switch to Digital TV (DTV). The cessation of analogue TV broadcast has been shifted from end-2017 to December 31st 2018 to allow more time for households to switch over to DTV.

In addition, the Infocommunications Media Development Authority (IMDA) – which develops and regulates the converging infocomm and media sectors – is studying enhancements to the DTV Assistance Scheme (DTVAS) with a view to assisting more HDB Singaporean households with the switchover.

The announcements were made by Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Communications and Information, in a written parliamentary response.

Commercial broadcaster Mediacorp will continue to broadcast in both analogue and digital formats until December 31st 2018. From January 1st 2019, broadcast free-to-air TV programmes will only be shown in digital format.

According to the IMDA, some three in four Singapore households are already receiving DTV either over the air, or through their pay-TV subscription. To facilitate the switch over to DTV and ensure that more Singaporeans receive adequate assistance to switch over to DTV, IMDA is studying enhancements to the DTVAS and will announce the enhancements early next year. The DTVAS provides households with a free digital set-top box, indoor antenna and installation. Households who qualify under the current DTVAS criteria can continue to apply to receive assistance.

To help viewers determine whether they will be affected by the analogue TV switch-off, all analogue TV channels will now automatically include an ‘Analogue’ channel logo on the top right hand corner of the TV screen. Households who see this channel logo will need to switch over to DTV to continue watching Mediacorp TV channels from January 1st 2019.

IMDA and Mediacorp have also launched a dedicated DTV microsite with a simple two-step guide (‘Check and Connect’) on how to receive DTV signals. Members of the public may also call Mediacorp for general and technical enquiries.

Singapore’s switch to DTV involves the adoption of the DVB-T2 broadcasting standard, in tandem with the global trend to enhance TV viewing experience.

Singapore’s switch to DTV also frees up scarce radio frequency spectrum, which will be used to provide better quality and higher mobile broadband speeds, ultimately improving end-user experience.

Kenya to ban import of ‘old’ STBs

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/11/06/kenya-to-ban-import-of-old-stbs/

Kenya’s Communications Authority (CA) says it will ban the important of so-called ‘first generation’ digital decoders from January 1st 2018.

A statement on the CA’s website says specifically that TV decoders for the GoTv, Zuku, Startimes, DStv and Bamba services will not be permitted.

“The importation into Kenya of cable or satellite receivers/decoders that do not comply with the said digital video broadcasting, second generation terrestrial or satellite specifications shall not be permitted from January 1, 2018,” the statement said.

The key phrase here is ‘second generation’. The government is keen to see superior decoder boxes introduced with capability for Internet access and be fitted with an Ethernet port.


Sunday, no update


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Friday evening feed
Intelsat 19 12432 H Sr 7499 Aus V France league

Friday morning feeds

Asiasat 5 3908 H Sr 9500 "Service 01" T2 Table Tennis

Asiasat 5 3927 V Sr 7200 "ALkASS SNG-1" PSA World Tour Squash

Thursday feed

Asiasat 5 3934 H Sr 7200 "nameless" Mens Golf

From my Email


From the Dish

There hasnt been any Lyngsat updates since the 26th I guess he's on a break

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东经98度轨道位置的中星11号卫星Ku频段,卫视中文电影(印尼)等4个频道加密,设置12560 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [11月3日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Maasranga TV HD(高清)频道新增,设置4070 H 4000参数免费接收。 [11月3日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,SPS Tulaan(Ddish TV)频道加密,设置12629 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [11月3日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Channel S(孟加拉)频道消失,设置3695 H 4800参数无效接收。 [11月3日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,World Music(MX1)频道消失,设置3769 H 13333参数无效接收。 [11月3日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Channel I(孟加拉)频道消失,设置3746 H 4300参数无效接收。 [11月3日]

东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,Fox Movies HD替换Star Movies HD(高清)频道,设置11669 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [11月2日]
东经84.8度轨道位置的Horizons 2号卫星Ku频段,Star World HD替换Fox Life(HEVC)高清频道,设置11838 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [11月2日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,RT Movies替换Sangeet Bhojpuri(印度)频道,设置4040 H 7500参数免费接收。 [11月2日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Jan Tantra TV(印度)频道新增,设置4054 H 13230参数免费接收。 [11月2日]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,Ayush TV替换Ayurveda TV(印度)频道,设置3845 V 28800参数免费接收。 [11月2日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Colors、Rishtey(印度)频道加密,设置4034 H 20500参数有条件接收。 [11月2日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,凤凰电影(香港)频道加密,设置4120 H 27500参数有条件接收。 [11月2日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,ABP News、ABP Majha(印度)等全组频道消失,设置3777 H 10900参数无效接收。 [11月2日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,凤凰电影(香港)频道解密,设置4120 H 27500参数免费接收。 [11月2日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Sports Illustrated 3(高清)频道消失,设置12281 H 45000参数无效接收。 [11月2日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,Fox Movies替换Star Movies(K+)频道,设置11589 H 28800参数有条件接收。 [11月2日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,Dikij(俄罗斯)频道加密,设置11387 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [11月2日]

东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,Star Movies(老挝)频道解密,设置10910 H 45000参数免费接收。 [11月1日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Ez Mall替换Zee 24 Hour Business(印度)频道,设置4165 H 7500参数免费接收。 [11月1日]


Myriota brings satellite IoT to regional Australia

From http://www.zdnet.com/article/myriota-brings-satellite-iot-to-regional-australia/

Myriota has said it will connect IoT devices with low earth orbit satellites for a lower cost and longer battery life than traditional satellite solutions, with its commercial product launching next year.

Internet of Things (IoT) technology startup Myriota claims to have solved the satellite connectivity challenges of access, scale, battery life, and cost to provide links for devices in regional areas of Australia.

Based in South Australia, Myriota spent seven years on research and development for a transmitter product, holding 17 patents on the technology.

It plans to launch its commercial "direct-to-orbit connectivity solution" for IoT in 2018.

Speaking during the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) RadComms 2017 conference in Sydney, Myriota CEO Alex Grant said his company is already trialling its solution across livestock and water monitoring in agriculture, as well as asset tracking, marine science, defence, vessel tracking, and utilities in areas outside of cellular coverage, such as in Arthur River and Armidale.

Myriota is also eyeing a future in commercial fishing monitoring, Grant said, with governments moving to mandate tracking to ensure compliance with licensing and sustainable fishing practices.

At present, there is no affordable way to track the millions of fishing vessels in maritime areas, he said, with Myriota's solution possibly providing the answer to this.

Myriota's current-generation technology allows for a four-year battery life of IoT devices using two AA batteries; scales to hundreds of millions of connections; and offers a tenfold cost reduction from traditional satellite offerings to "reduce the bar for getting into space", the chief executive said.

It also currently has GPS on board, but Grant said the company is now working on equipping geolocation without needing this. The advantage, he said, would be the removal of a power-hungry chip from IoT devices, further improving cost and battery life.

Grant also explained how Myriota has worked to ensure the security of its system.

"We had to really work very hard to solve a problem not just of data payload encryption -- that's fairly straightforward -- the real challenge is the authentication and privacy aspects of the link so that you can't, for example, have an attacker getting home metadata attacks on your IoT system," Grant said.

"For example, counting how many things you have or being able to tell where all your things are. Even if they don't know what the actual sensory [data is], there's a lot of commercial information in perhaps the population of your deployment."

Calling its solution the "holy grail for remote IoT" in a blog post, Myriota said its low-cost transmitters, which send small packets of data to low earth orbit nano-satellites, remove the requirement for infrastructure and backhaul on the ground.

Nano-satellites are being launched in increasing numbers, with ASX-listed Sky and Space Global (SAS) one such company looking to build a wholesale narrowband low-cost voice and data network through the provision of satellite services.

It will sell nano-satellite connectivity to telco providers throughout equatorial Asia, South America, Central America, and Africa, as well as to shipping companies and airliners operating in those areas.

SAS completed in-orbit testing of its first three nano-satellites in August, and is aiming to have 200 nano-satellites in orbit by 2020, purchasing four dedicated missions from Virgin Galactic to launch these mini satellites into space on its vehicle LauncherOne.

Thaicom's Q3 revenue plunges 17%

From https://www.telecompaper.com/news/thaicoms-q3-revenue-plunges-17--1218699

Asian satellite operator Thaicom saw its consolidated revenue from sales of goods and rendering of services reach THB 2.31 billion in the third quarter of 2017, which represents a decline of 17.2 percent from THB 2.7 billion in the year-earlier period. The revenue decrease was mainly due to a drop in revenue from satellite and related services, particularly from the decrease of Thaicom 4 broadband service revenue in Australia and Thailand, as well as a decrease in value added services on conventional satellites following a slowing trend in the Thai broadcasting industry, the company said.
Compared to the previous quarter, consolidated revenue from sales of goods and rendering of services increased by 1.1 percent from THB 2.28 billion, mainly due to increased revenue generated by adjusting sales strategy to focus on potential markets for broadcasting.

Thaicom’s internet and media subsidiary CS LoxInfo (CSL) saw continued growth in internet data center (IDC) services with a 17.6 percent increase in number of subscribers at the end of the third quarter, compared to the same quarter of the previous year. The number of Condominium Broadband subscribers of at the end of this year’s third quarter also grew to 19,413 subscribers from 3,079 subscribers in September 2016.

Lao Telecommunications (LTC), Thaicom’s telephone operation in Lao PDR, ended the third quarter with a total of 2 million phone subscribers and claims a 56.9 percent mobile market share, up from 53.8 percent at the end of September 2016. LTC’s revenue also continued to increase, mainly boosted by data revenue from both mobile and internet SIM, parent company Thaicom also reported.

China aerospace giant working on satellite clusters for global communications

From http://www.ecns.cn/2017/11-03/279494.shtml

China's giant State-owned aerospace company is eyeing the commercial end of the industry, with the idea of setting up a satellite company that can create a global Internet of Things (IoT).

Tan Qianhong, head of Sanjiang Space Industry Group, a China Aerospace Science & Industry Corporation (CASIC) subsidiary research institute in Hubei Province, said that the new company will be in charge of a small low-earth-orbit satellite to form a group of satellites for narrow-band communications and improving communication in remote areas and at sea, according to a CASIC statement sent to the Global Times on Thursday.

"The small low-earth-orbit satellite constellations allow for Internet access and communications everywhere on the planet, including airplanes and ocean-going ships," said Wang Yanan, chief editor of Aerospace Knowledge magazine.

Tan explained that researchers will have their own satellite design team and will buy satellites from outside, while the institute said that it already handed over a company plan to CASIC and is waiting for the results.

CASIC is the country's largest tactical and air defense missile manufacturer and therefore, the commercial end of the aerospace business is a new field.

"CASIC already has advanced rocket and missile technology and it is just taking one step further in exploring the satellite market, which could bring market value and greater use of their missile and rocket technology," said Wang.

A first Xingyun satellite project, developed by the CASIC research institute, was successfully sent aloft in January, China News Service reported.

This Xingyun project bears some similarities with the new company proposal because it also contained plans for narrow-band satellite constellations, China News Service reported.

Network receipt terminals can be embedded in a number of devices for the global mobile IoT, or existing smart phones to allow users to send or receive text messages from any location.

In March, CASIC announced plans for a network of 156 mini-satellites for greater global broadband coverage. It will be China's first low-orbiting satellite network, about 1,000 kilometers above the earth, as part of a wider commercial space development project, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

Plans call for sending the first satellite aloft before 2018, and four more by 2020, for a constellation. By the end of the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-25), all 156 satellites will be in operation, said Xinhua.

The institute also said that it had developed the country's first reflection-control equipment for the satellites, for optical communications by changing a laser's direction and to point it at another satellite, without changing the satellite's position.

Initial Signals Received From Six Small Satellites Built by SSL for Planet

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Initial_Signals_Received_From_Six_Small_Satellites_Built_by_SSL_for_Planet_999.html

SSL, a business unit of Maxar Technologies (formerly MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.) reports that six satellites it built for Planet's SkySat Earth observation constellation launched yesterday and made initial contact with ground stations according to plan.

The satellites were launched aboard a Minotaur-C rocket from the Vandenberg Air Force Base, and will begin sending their first images early next week.

"SSL takes an innovative approach to small satellite manufacturing, and leverages its agile commercial production capabilities to serve both communications and Earth observation markets," said Dario Zamarian, group president of SSL.

"It has been a pleasure for SSL to work with the Planet team, and to help support its growing capabilities. Congratulations to all who made the launch a success."

Called SkySat 8 through 13, the six satellites, which double Planet's high resolution imaging and change detection capabilities, provide information that can simplify and speed critical decision-making processes for its customers. The SkySat constellation now includes ten satellites built at the SSL smallsat manufacturing facility in Palo Alto, Calif., where eight additional SkySats remain in production.

"We were pleased to inherit a strong and reliable engineering and manufacturing partner when we acquired the SkySat business," said Chester Gilmore, vice president of manufacturing at Planet.

"Working together, SSL has helped us to expand our fleet, increasing our ability to provide timely insights from any location in the world."

Pay TV’s Piracy Pain: 6.5% of North American Households Stream Illegal Services, Study Finds

From http://variety.com/2017/digital/news/pay-tv-piracy-illegal-services-north-america-households-1202604375/

Add piracy to the factors inflicting woe on the traditional pay-TV ecosystem: About 6.5% of all households in North America access illegal television-streaming services each month, according to a new study.

Illegal TV-streaming outfits may generate upwards of $840 million in fees from consumers who pay for their services, which average around $10 per month, according to the study by bandwidth-management systems vendor Sandvine. The company said it collected the data for the study from North American wireline broadband service provider customers. According to Sandvine, it examined the activity of dozens of illegal TV-streaming sites that charge for access, including Germany-based NecroIPTV.

The 6.5% usage rate of illicit TV-streaming services suggest potential lost revenue of $4.2 billion for traditional cable, satellite and telco TV providers, per Sandvine’s estimates (using $50 per month as an approximation for the price of pay-television service). Of course, there’s no guarantee that consumers who are tapping cheap piracy services would fork over money for legit pay-TV or over-the-top services.

D-BOOK 10 defines UK TV requirements

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/11/03/d-book-10-defines-uk-tv-requirements/

The DTG, the UK’s collaboration centre for innovation in digital media technology, has published its D-Book 10, the industry-determined, next-generation, universally-deployed specification which supports future interactive services and enables the continuing transition towards HbbTV.

Whereas D-Book 9 introduced HbbTV references for Freeview Play at the MHEG to HbbTV transition which included the introduction of support for HEVC and HDR for IP delivered services, D-Book 10 continues to support the development of HD products and services with the introduction of Single Frequency Network (SFN) support for the migration of COM 7&8 T2 multiplexes into the 700 MHz band.

An IP Software Upgrade Option has been included in response to the requirements of manufacturers handling software upgrades to today’s complex TVs, avoiding the need for SSU Broadcast updates.

“The DTG team thanks all of our Members whose hard work has contributed to D-Book 10,” commented Richard Lindsay-Davies, CEO of the DTG said. “Open, democratic and supportive of public policy, the DTG’s D-Book is continually updated and peer-reviewed by industry experts, to help drive the UK TV market towards innovation and deliver real economic value in our industry. It stipulates the specifications for every new TV and digital terrestrial television (DTT) receiver in the UK and protects both viewer and industry. We’ve been driving industry collaboration for more than twenty years and I’d like to thank the industry for its continued support and commitment to ensuring innovation and development which delivers a great experience for consumers.”

“The HbbTV association would like to congratulate DTG on the publication of D-Book 10 and its continued support for HbbTV 2.0.1,” declared Dr Klaus Illgner, Chair of the HbbTV Association. “We believe the planned development of a code of practice for the implementation of interactive services will greatly benefit the quality of HbbTV services in the UK and beyond.”

“Arqiva welcomes this latest edition of the D-Book which continues to support the ongoing development of the DTT platform and which will help to ensure that it retains its position as the most popular TV viewing platform in the UK, installed in every TV set sold and used by over 19 million households,” added Laurie Patten, Director of Strategy & Ventures – Terrestrial Broadcast Arqiva, commented:

“The D-Book has been at the heart of Freeview’s success in the UK for many years,” noted Guy North, Managing Director, Freeview. “All devices conforming to the new edition, and using the Freeview brand, will automatically reassure consumers that they are purchasing a high-quality product which will deliver the very best viewing experience.”

“D-Book 10 covers a range of new topics and continues to support all UK DTT-based platforms including Freeview Play, Freeview HD, YouView, EETV, Now TV and the UK DSAT platform, Freesat, as well as several international adaptations,” advised Peter Seller, Associate Director, Broadcast at the DTG added. “DTT delivers to the largest viewing audience and remains fundamental to the distribution of content and entertainment.”

“The industry’s not-for-profit test centre, DTG Testing, continues to offer conformance tests and testing services in support of Freeview HD, Freeview Play and HbbTV. D-Book 10 Conformance Tests will be available in April 2018. We will continue our work to ensure European harmonisation wherever possible, while meeting the needs of the dynamic and successful UK TV market.”

The DTG has published and maintained the D-Book since 1996 and it updates the specification annually to keep apace of the development of UK DTT.

Resolution revolution rolls on

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/29/resolution-revolution-rolls-on/

4K UHD is technology that has developed in an asymmetric manner – which is typical. It will soon be impossible to buy a non-UHD large-scale TV, and penetration around the world is accelerating, led by China where six competing makers are driving low cost supply.

This means a market ready to watch 4K – and a market of consumers wondering why there isn’t more (any?) 4K content on their 4K set. The answer is lowering the cost and increasing the availability of the means of capture and transmission to match that of the TV sets.

According the participants at the Sony 4K UHD Theatre at MIPCOM – many of whom were interviewed by advanced-television.tv – progress is mixed. 4K cameras are now affordable and readily available all over the world. There are complaints of a ‘razor blade’ culture with cameras ‘cheap’ but the multiple cards required to store footage in the field very expensive, but the direction of travel is good.

The weak link, several said, is now in workflow with entry to mid-level machinery still slow to market and the problem is compounded by the looming demand for HDR, but no standard. The pieces will come together but a serious catch-up so that all segments are in step is needed in order that 4K’s credibility with the consumer is maintained.

Meantime, while 4K charges on, NHK brought 8K to the market and I chaired a press conference to announce to their intention to bring OB trucks to Europe and actively seek co-pros. NHK are unabashed evangelists for 8K and intend to launch full 4K and 8K channels in December next year – hence the need for more content.

But does the world need 8K? For certain it is stunning; the clarity of the resolution is such that you can literally see more of the object in front of the lens than you can see with your naked eye. But you get that effect by sitting surprisingly close to an 85 inch screen. This makes it impractical for the majority of homes, not just because of the size but because the weight of screens doesn’t elevate in proportion to size but multiplies. Some say an 85 inch screen plus the three people it would take to lift into place will exceed the floor loading of most European homes.

NHK is hoping to see the successful development of roll up screens for the home and meantime sees many applications for 8K in public spaces and across industry and medicine. When you the resolution so high that you can see the platelets in the circulation flow of a mouse, you can see why.


Sorry no Thursday update


Asiasat 7 4065 H Sr 4295 "See tv" has started sid 10 Vpid 211 Apid 212 H264 FTA

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Asiasat 5 4094 H Sr 7000 Fec 2/3 "enc_1" Live surgery

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Koreasat 6 116.0E 11747 L "SpoTV Plus" has left .

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Palapa D 113.0E 3996 H "Space Drama and I Am Channel" have started on Fta.

ABS 2A 75.0E 11489 V "Bolshaya Aziya and TNV Planeta" have started on , Fta.
ABS 2A 75.0E 12587 V "UBS" has started on , ABV. Dream Box, Seven Channel, Doc Box and E Box have left.

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东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,Thu Nghiem 1、Thu Nghiem 3(越南)频道解密,设置11472 H 23200参数免费接收。 [11月1日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,中国电影、深圳电视剧(艺华卫视)等3个频道加密,设置12354 V 43000参数有条件接收。 [11月1日]
东经88度轨道位置的中新2号卫星C频段,Test(中华电信)测试频道消失,设置3632 V 30000参数无效接收。 [11月1日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Rishtey、Colors(印度)频道解密,设置4034 H 20500参数免费接收。 [11月1日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,See TV替换频News 24x7(巴基斯坦)频道,设置4065 H 4296参数免费接收。 [11月1日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,BAM Extreme HD、ZooMoo TV HD(美国)等4个频道新增,设置4000 H 29700参数有条件接收。 [11月1日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,亚洲美食、HGTV(高清)等全组频道消失,设置3920 V 30000参数无效接收。 [11月1日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,中国电影、CCTV-3(台亚卫星)频道新增,设置11101 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [11月1日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,Boo(马来西亚)频道新增,设置4120 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [11月1日]
东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,Sony(Skynindo)频道加密,设置3560 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [11月1日]

东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-5、东方卫视(MPEG-4)等全组频道加密,设置10910 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [10月31日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,VTC 10、VTC 16(越南)等频道新增,设置11135 H 9600参数部分免费接收。 [10月31日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,Fashion TV HD替换VTC 3 HD(高清)频道,设置10968 H 28800参数有条件接收。 [10月31日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,Vnews HD、Bong Da TV HD(高清)等频道新增,设置10968 H 28800参数部分免费接收。 [10月31日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,天映频道、TVB星河(老挝)等全组频道解密,设置10910 H 45000参数免费接收。 [10月31日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,动物星球、探索频道(越南)等频道新增,设置11008 H 28800参数有条件接收。 [10月31日]

东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,DDish Live(蒙古)频道加密,设置12629 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [10月30日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,AXN替换MTV Live(MPEG-4)频道,设置3920 V 28800参数有条件接收。 [10月30日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,bb2d4dac2e2b(台亚卫星)频道加密,设置11101 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [10月30日]


Fox Cancels Content Supply Deal With Australia's Network Ten

From http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/fox-cancels-content-supply-deal-australias-network-ten-1053215

'The Simpsons' will disappear from Australian free-to-air TV network Ten after 25 years.

The end of the $289 million contract, which covers such shows as 'The Simpsons' and 'Modern Family,' comes as CBS moves closer to full ownership of the network.

CBS Corp. is moving closer to full ownership of Australian broadcaster Ten Network, but 21st Century Fox, co-chaired by former Ten chair Lachlan Murdoch, will no longer be supplying its shows to the country's third-ranked TV network.

Ten confirmed that Fox has canceled all its content supply contracts with the network, meaning shows like The Simpsons, This Is Us and Modern Family, as well as older shows like Mash and Futurama, will no longer appear on Ten or its digital channels Eleven and One. Ten had been the home of The Simpsons for a quarter of a century, and the hit animation had once been Ten's most popular imported show, although in recent years it had only aired on Ten's digital channel, Eleven.

In a statement to the Australian Securities Exchange, Ten’s receiver, Korda Mentha, said that Fox had "issued a letter of termination in resepct of the Fox Output License Agreement." Fox will reportedly receive a one-off payment of $2.6 million (AUS$3.4 million) to reclaim debts on a content deal that was previously valued at $289 million with nearly two years to run.

Fox verbally told Ten in mid-October that it would likely cancel its program supply agreement, but negotiations continued. That followed CBS' success in becoming the preferred bidder for Ten, beating Ten shareholders Lachlan Murdoch and Bruce Gordon to a takeover deal.

The development comes just two weeks before Ten is due to hold its upfront presentation to advertisers and media, in which it will outline its programming plans for 2018. It also comes days after Australia’s Foreign Investment Review Board approved the CBS takeover.

It is unclear if Ten rivals, namely the Seven and Nine networks, will take any of Fox’s programming. Foxtel, owned by News Corp, has pay TV rights to the bulk of Fox programming down under.

A spokeswoman for Nine previously told local media: "We would not be doing an overall deal with Fox. We might want to buy one of their shows, but our focus is very much on local content."

Separately, a NSW Supreme Court hearing, which is expected to ratify CBS’s takeover of Ten, was adjourned Tuesday to give three minor shareholders more time to challenge an expert assessment of the value of their stakes as "worthless."

Ten’s auditor KPMG told the court earlier this month that Ten’s shares were worthless with the value of Ten's business operations outweighed by debt on its outstanding content contracts with CBS and Fox.

Speedcast Secures Multi-Year Contract to Provide Mission-Critical Remote Communication Services to Australian Antarctic Research Stations

From http://www.cellular-news.com/story/Operators/74788.php

Speedcast International Limited (ASX SDA), the world's most trusted provider of highly reliable, fully managed, remote communication and IT solutions, has been awarded a multi year, multimillion dollar contract with an Australian government department conducting world class scientific and environmental research in Antarctica. Speedcast will provide the Australian Antarctic program with mission critical and life saving communications to the outside world.

"Being chosen to provide communications in Antarctica is both an honor and a testament to Speedcast's commitment to supporting the Australian government and enabling leading-edge research," said Pierre-Jean Beylier, CEO, Speedcast. "Our team of highly qualified engineers is proud to provide 24/7 support and solutions to enable individuals in these remote and harsh locations to communicate with the outside world for day-to-day communication and in the event they need emergency assistance. This win is an example of the increase in government spending in satellite communications and Speedcast's ability to grow market share as the government segment continues to expand."

Speedcast will provide VSAT bandwidth, equipment and installation including training, antenna upgrades and repositioning, and network optimization. Speedcast will also provide additional support to other scientific users such as Geoscience Australia at the three Australian Antarctic research stations, Mawson, Casey and Davis, as well as the base on Macquarie Island. With the updates Speedcast is making to the satellite links, the research program will have four times more throughput than it had with their previous provider once installations are completed in January 2018.

While there may be up to 120 people on each research station in the summer, during the harsh winters of Antarctica when travel to the icy continent is not possible, the population of each research station is much smaller and satellite communication is their only link to the outside world. The reliability of these links is essential for the well-being of wintering expeditioners and enables telemedicine support if required.

Vodafone reveals price for new TV, internet offering

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11939265

Vodafone has unveiled the pricing of its Vodafone TV internet package.

From tomorrow, the telecommunications provider will offer unlimited Fibre or FibreX Vodafone TV plans for $139.99 per month, on a 12- or 24-month term.

Vodafone TV, which is only available for those with fibre, is a cloud-based service connecting multiple devices to free-to-air TV channels, movies and other services such as Netflix through a central box hub, similar to Apple TV.

The Vodafone TV bundle deal is $60 more, per month, than a standard unlimited fibre internet package with Vodafone.

The company said it intended to expand the range of channels and evolve the functionality of the service over time.

Last month Sky chief executive John Fellet said the content deal with Vodafone was an exciting step in its relationship with the telco.

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

Vodafone consumer director Matt Williams said the entertainment service had received great feedback.

"We've been blown away by the response from customers who have seen Vodafone TV in action and instantly get how much better television watching can be," Williams said.

FNZC research analyst and managing director Arie Dekker said he expected Sky to launch a product with similar features in the future.

Craig Young, chief executive of the Telecommunications Users Association of New Zealand (TUANZ) said the individual features bundled together in the Vodafone TV package worked out to be about the same if they were purchased separately.

"It's not that you're getting a super, super deal but it is definitely all in one place, and you're paying about the right amount," Young said.

"I think the thing it brings [to the market] is putting it all in one place, and we're seeing this increasingly from retail service providers - they're trying to bring media together with their telco services because there's nothing else that differentiates them."

Young said the offering wasn't much different to the functionalities offered through a smart TV, such as shortcuts to OnDemand and Netflix apps.

"For people who want simplicity and are happy to sign up to Vodafone, this isn't a bad way to go, but if you want to have flexibility of who your service provider is going to be then the advances seen in smart TVs is a good option."

He said he expected the service to be "relatively well-received".

Vodafone TV allows users to switch between viewing on their smartphone, tablets and the TV, and the ability to control what is being watched remotely.

Kiwis set to enter a world of entertainment with Vodafone TV

From Press Release: Vodafone

Wednesday, 1 November 2017, 10:43 am

Kiwis set to enter a world of entertainment with Vodafone TV

From tomorrow, Kiwis will be able to experience the future of television – with Vodafone TV consoles available to take home, plug in and open up a world of entertainment like never before.

Vodafone TV gives you freedom and control over your favourite content by bringing SKY TV, free-to-air and a range of popular online and app-based entertainment together in one easy to use system.

“We’ve been blown away by the response we’ve had from customers who have seen Vodafone TV in action and instantly get how much better television watching can be,” said Vodafone Consumer Director, Matt Williams.

“Vodafone TV simplifies everything for the customer by delivering a fantastic range of local and international content, all in one place and with simple features to make viewing easy.”

It features catch-up functionality that is delivered direct from the cloud so customers can watch lots of the shows they’ve missed over the last three days.

And in a world where mobility is everything, Vodafone TV gives viewers the option to switch seamlessly between their smartphone, tablet and television. With some of the content – viewers have the ability to stop what they’re watching on TV, pick it up on their smart phone, and continue watching after they’ve left the house.

From tomorrow, Kiwis can sign up to our Vodafone unlimited Fibre or FibreX plan with SKY Basic and Vodafone TV from just $139.99 per month on a 12 and 24 month term.

In addition to unlimited broadband and SKY Basic, the Vodafone TV packages will include all free-to-air channels such as TVNZ 1 and TVNZ 2, THREE, Bravo, Prime, Maori Television and Television 33 – and access to premium subscription applications like Netflix*, and TVNZ OnDemand, ThreeNow, YouTube, iHeartRadio, WatchMe and Love Nature 4K.

Customers will have the option to add on premium content choices like SKY Sport, SoHo and SKY Movies, and with Vodafone TV, they won’t require a SKY satellite dish.

Matt concluded, “We are thrilled to be partnering with SKY and our other content partners to offer their massive range of entertainment across our innovative digital platform. We’re calling on everyone who has yet to try Vodafone TV to head into one of our stores and experience the magic for themselves.”

Over time Vodafone expects to expand content channels and evolving functionality will make the experience even more diverse and user-friendly for customers.

Sky Pacific fails it's customers: Council

From http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=422149

SKY Pacific continues to fail its customers as consumers pay money for the service but in return get poor to no coverage and unsatisfactory customer services.

This was said by Consumer Council of Fiji chief executive officer Premila Kumar today in relation to complaints raised by consumers on the sun outage disrupting the Sony channel on Sky Pacific.

Ms Kumar said Digicel needed to give their customers an explanation as to why the sun outage only affected the Sony Channel and not the other channels.

"The Council fails to understand why only Sony channel and not the other channels are affected," she said.

"Explanations given by Digicel to the Council on the issue are not satisfactory."

A sun outage is an interruption in satellite signals caused by interference from solar radiation. The interference is caused when the sun is in direct line with a communication satellite and the sun's radiation overwhelms the satellite signal.

SpaceX launches Korean satellite, sticks rocket landing

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/SpaceX_launches_Korean_satellite_sticks_rocket_landing_999.html

SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket Monday carrying a South Korean communications satellite to boost broadband coverage for southeast Asia and the Middle East, and stuck its 19th rocket landing in two years.

The tall, white rocket roared into the blue sky over Cape Canaveral, Florida at 3:34 pm (1934 GMT), propelling Koreasat-5A toward a geostationary orbit some 22,000 miles (36,000 kilometers) from Earth.

The satellite is designed to replace an earlier version, called Koreasat 5, which launched in 2006. The satellite was successfully deployed, SpaceX confirmed about 45 minutes after lauch.

Minutes after launch, the rocket separated and the tall portion, called the first stage, fired its engines and maneuvered its grid fins to guide itself back to an upright landing on an ocean platform.

Less than nine minutes after takeoff, the scorched rocket touched down on a droneship marked with an X and labeled "Of Course I Still Love You."

"A little toasty but the Stage 1 is certainly still intact on the droneship," said a SpaceX commentator, as video images showed the rocket standing upright on the platform.

Monday's launch marked the 16th for SpaceX so far this year.

Headed by space enthusiast and solar energy entrepreneur Elon Musk, SpaceX is working on re-using rocket parts after launch -- rather than jettisoning them into the ocean as is the typical practice.

So far, the company has managed to land 12 rockets on ocean platforms and seven on solid ground.

The goal is to save money and eventually bring down the cost of space travel.

Russia may be building a nuclear-powered satellite that could fire lasers to charge spacecrafts

From http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/russia-may-be-building-nuclear-powered-satellite-that-could-fire-lasers-charge-spacecrafts-1645275

According to reports, KB Arsenal is expected to present a blueprint for this technology by 2018.

Roscosmos, the Russian space agency has reportedly made a contract with KB Arsenal, a research facility based out of St. Petersburg to build a nuclear-powered satellite. The satellite is also touted to have a laser system that can recharge other satellites and even spacecraft in orbit.

The project was reportedly revealed when KB Arsenal was roped in to study the "space nuclear power plant". An RT report says the space agency is eyeing a nuclear reactor with a power output of between 100 kW and 1,000 kW. The report adds that it will also have a laser beam that can power other satellites.

Using lasers to power and recharge is a concept that has been around for some time now, notes Popular Mechanics.

Small, electrical powered drones, for example, were charged mid-air in a demonstration by Lockheed Martin. They were able to charge a drone using focused laser beams pointed at a photovoltaic cell attached to the wing of the aircraft.

KB Arsenal is reportedly expected to present a blueprint for this technology by 2018. This includes technical specs as well as possible orbits where this space nuclear power plant can be deployed.

The RT report mentions that both the US and Russia tested nuclear options for space flight in the past, but the then USSR studied it in more detail, using it in over 30 missions. KB Arsenal was also the maker of the Topaz reactor, which was apparently tested on two thermionic converters –a device that under high temperature, inside a vacuum tube, converts heat into electricity– on satellites in the 1980's.

Russia is also working on a nuclear propulsion system for space, noted the report. It could be used for deep space missions. Orbital satellites, however, are better off using solar panels to power them, noted the report, that could mean this project could end up as a proof of concept rather than an actual working model.

IBTimes UK could not independently verify this news, but if Roscosmos is able to pull this off, it could be the first nuclear-powered satellite in space since the USSR launched one in 1988.

What Ever Happened to Sea Launch?

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/What_Ever_Happened_to_Sea_Launch_999.html

Rumors about the future of Sea Launch are frequently aired, and media reports indicated that the floating launch platform was to be sold this year, probably to Russian investors.

Bethesda, MD (SPX) Oct 31, 2017 Sea Launch was a unique space launch system intended to be an attractive way to launch geostationary earth orbit (GEO) satellites. It was developed as a multinational endeavor that uses a mobile maritime launch platform for equatorial launches of commercial payloads on a specialized Zenit-3SL launch system.

The first launch took place in March 1999 with launches occurring occasionally for the next 15 years. A total of 36 attempts produced 32 complete successes and one partial success.

Almost all payloads were communications satellites intended for geostationary transfer orbit (GTO). Customers included EchoStar, DirecTV, XM Satellite Radio, PanAmSat, and Thuraya. Launch vehicle assembly and payload integration were done on a special-purpose ship, Sea Launch Commander, in Long Beach Harbor, California.

Before leaving the harbor, an assembled vehicle was placed on top of a self-propelled seagoing platform, Ocean Odyssey, and both the ship and platform steamed to an equatorial launch location on the Pacific Ocean, south of Hawai'i.

A sea-based launch system means launches can be made from the optimum position on Earth's surface for geostationary satellites. This situation leads to increased payload capacity and reduced per-kg launch costs compared to other launch-site locations. Furthermore, satellites boosted by Sea Launch experienced extended life on-station due to lower propellant expenditures upon final GEO injection.

Unfortunately, due to financial and geopolitical complications, in 2014, Sea Launch had to mothball both ship and platform, and stop operations.

Looking back to 1995, Sea Launch was originally established as a consortium of four companies from Norway, Russia, Ukraine and U.S. It was managed by Boeing and based in Long Beach, CA. Operations were carried out by participants from the shareholder companies.

Normal operations took place for 10 years, but in 2009, the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Nevertheless, Sea Launch claimed it would continue normal business operations after filing for reorganization. However, about a year later, Energia, a 25% owner, announced a plan to acquire controlling interest in the company. One result of this was the introduction of land-based launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in early 2011. Sea-based launches were to resume later that year.

Sea Launch did emerge from bankruptcy in October 2010 as Energia Overseas Limited, a Russian corporation. Boeing and other U.S. companies did retain minority shares. However, in 2013, Boeing sued the Russian Energia and two Ukrainian partners, claiming the companies refused to pay more than $350 million following the joint venture's bankruptcy filing in 2009.

Jumping to mid-2014, following the Russian military intervention in Ukraine, a number of Russian media reports indicated Sea Launch might mothball the Odyssey launch platform. These claims were denied. Nevertheless, in August 2014, Sea Launch reduced staff and stopped operations, because they had no launches scheduled until late 2015. In fact, its last launch was in May of 2014.

Rumors about the future of Sea Launch are frequently aired, and media reports indicated that the floating launch platform was to be sold this year, probably to Russian investors.

Another double success for SpaceX

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/31/another-double-success-for-spacex-2/

SpaceX achieved another text-book rocket launch and subsequent landing on the afternoon of October 30th. SpaceX launched Koreasat-5A into its geostationary transfer orbit at 3.34pm Florida time.

A few minutes after launch the 1st stage separated from the satellite and its protective faring, re-started its engines and manoeuvred its guidance grid fins to bring itself back to an upright landing onto its floating ocean barge at 3.43pm just 9 minutes after the lift-off.

The launch was SpaceX’s 16th this year, a record for the company. SpaceX managed 3 launches during October.

Korteasat-5A will boost TV signals and connectivity over parts of Asia, Africa and reaching as far as Australia.

YouTube unveils TV app

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/31/youtube-tv-app-for-tvs/

YouTube has unveiled its new YouTube TV app, built for TV devices.

Writing in the YouTube blog, Okalo Ikhena, YouTube TV Product Manager, notes that since the launch of YouTube TV in April, users have streamed live sports, local and national news, and can’t-miss shows on their phones, tablets and computers. “We know you love watching TV content on, well, your TV. In fact, over half the time spent watching YouTube TV is consumed through Chromecast on the big screen. And members who stream with a Chromecast are highly engaged, watching over four hours a day on the weekends with football season back in full swing,” he observes.

“So today we’re excited to unveil the new YouTube TV app built for TV devices. In the next few days, you’ll be able to stream live TV through the new YouTube TV app on Android TV devices including NVIDIA SHIELD and TVs with Android TV built-in, such as Sony, as well as on the Xbox One family of devices (Xbox One, Xbox One S, and soon Xbox One X),” he advises.

“In the coming weeks we’ll be launching the new app on Smart TVs, such as LG, Samsung, Sony, along with Apple TV. We also recently expanded our TV device support by launching voice commands with Google Home paired with Chromecast. If you love the simplicity of finding your favourite content on the mobile app, you’ll be happy to know you’ll still find our signature tabs on the TV app as well–home, live and library. Finding, playing, and recording your favourite live TV is as simple as before,” he says.

New on the TV app:
•Control your live TV experience with your TV’s remote control or game controller.
•For a more cinematic look, we made the background dark on your TVs.
•A new Live guide made for your big screen, so you can get a sneak-peek at what’s airing soon.
•Never miss the action with our background playback experience built for your big screen.
•Easily pick up where you left off on another device when you get home.

YouTube TV is now available in all top 50 metro areas, covering over two-thirds of the US. “We’re expanding quickly, so visit tv.youtube.com and sign up to be notified when we launch in your market,” he advises.

Star to launch Kannada sports channel on 16 Nov; Channel V to be discontinued

From http://www.televisionpost.com/television/star-to-launch-kannada-sports-channel-on-16-nov-channel-v-to-be-discontinued/

MUMBAI: After launching regional sports channels in Hindi and Tamil, Star India is all set to launch Star Sports 1 Kannada on 16 November. The Kannada sports channels will replace the broadcaster’s Hindi music channel, Channel V, which will be discontinued from the same date.

“The viewers are informed that “Channel V” will be available as “Star Sports 1 Kannada” with effect from November 16, 2017,” Star India said in a public notice.

Star Sports 1 Kannada’s launch coincides with Indian Super League (ISL) season 4, which kicks-off on 17 November. The league featuring 10 teams will be the first longer season with 95 games.

Like its other regional siblings, Star Sports 1 Kannada will be the home of India cricket and local leagues like Pro Kabaddi, ISL and Karnataka Premier League (KPL), the local version of Indian Premier League (IPL). The broadcaster is also in the process of acquiring local properties for the new channel.

“We are going step by step. Our Tamil channel has been a huge success which is why we are launching a second regional channel in South. Star Sports 1 Kannada will also have a local flavour to it in terms of content and programming,” a Star India official told TelevisionPost.com on condition of anonymity.

Star had launched its first regional sports channel in 2013 with the launch of Star Sports 3, which was re-branded Star Sports 1 Hindi in May. Subsequently, it shuttered Star Sports 4 to launch Star Sports 1 Tamil on 28 May.

In fact, the broadcaster had in 2015 procured 10 TV channel licences from the ministry of information and broadcasting (MIB) to launch regional sports channels in Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, Bengali and Malayalam in standard definition (SD) as well as high definition (HD).

It utilised three licences to launch Star Sports Select HD1, Star Sports Select HD2, and Star Gold Select HD and surrendered seven licences namely Star Sports Bengali, Star Sports Malayalam, Star Sports Malayalam HD, Star Sports Tamil, Star Sports Tamil HD, Star Sports Telugu and Star Sports Telugu HD.

In May, Star also launched Star Sports Select 1 and 2 by discontinuing Star Sports HD 4 and FX.

Star India has long been a champion of broadcasting live sports in regional languages to increase sports viewing in the country.

In fact, talking to TelevisionPost.com in 2013, Star India’s Sanjay Gupta had said that a big part of Star’s cricket journey will lie in language feeds. “In the coming two years we are looking at channels in Tamil, Bengali, Marathi, and Kannada,” Gupta had said.

Endgame for Channel V

November 16 will also mark the end of Star’s experiments with Channel V. The broadcaster has repeatedly changed the positioning of the channel from a music channel to a youth GEC and back to being a music channel. However, the channel has constantly failed to deliver the viewership that is required to sustain a channel.

Channel V started off as a music channel. However, it started shedding its music content beginning 2009. In 2012, it positioned itself as a youth GEC with fiction content as its USP. In 2016, it again went back to music. Under the new avatar, Channel V aired a mix of Indian and international music videos.

What also didn’t work in favour of Channel V is that the music genre is highly fragmented with well-entrenched players like Mastiii, B4U Music, Sony Mix and 9XM who have built a loyal audience base among music lovers. The youth GEC, on the other hand, is a category has a very small ad pie.


Tuesday, no update


Sunday feeds

Asiasat 5 4094 H Sr 7200 "IBF_MACAO_PathA" Boxing FTA

Saturday feeds

Optus D2 12653 V Sr 7199 Asia Pacific amateur championship Golf
Optus D2 12663 V Sr 7500 horses

Intelsat 19 12441 H Sr 7500, NBL
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Intelsat 19 12450 H Sr 7200 "Waicomm 1" H Downs 500 motor sports feed

Asiasat 5 100.5E 4148 H 7500 "L. PARK" Linkin Park and Frends - In Honor of Chester Bennington

Saturday morning feeds

Asiasat 5 4094 H Sr 7200 "IBF_Macao_PathA" Boxing

Asiasat 5 3925 H Sr 7200 "Service-1" Ice Hockey
Asiasat 5 3896 V Sr 7200 "S League" Football Singapore league

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New $99 Foxtel Puck Coming Next Week, Stan But, No Netflix

From https://www.channelnews.com.au/new-99-foxtel-puck-coming-next-week-stan-but-no-netflix/

Foxtel is set to launch their new $99 Puck streaming box next week.

The device which has Stan but no Netflix content after Foxtel refused to include a Netflix button on the remote and app is designed to give consumers access to Foxtel basic services.

ChannelNews understands that the 4K device which is made by Technicolour will only be available to purchase via the Foxtel Now web site.

Retailers such as JB Hi Fi, The Good Guys and Harvey Norman who currently sell access to the iQ3 box will not get the box due to “slim margins” according to one insider.

Technicolour claim that the box will deliver advanced services such as HEVC, Ultra HD 4K, multi-screen, or wireless video streaming.

The device will also offer immediate access to the Foxtel Now platform, as well as access to the Google Play store and YouTube.

The Technicolour Puck Set To Be Adopted by Foxtel

Currently Foxtel is working with a major set top box supplier to deliver a new iQ4 box in 2018.

The new Foxtel Puck will deliver premium 4K Ultra HD Over-The-Top and linear TV services as well as Android TV capability.

It supports Ultra HD broadcast services with up to 3840×2160 video resolutions.

All content can be decoded at up to 60 frames per second (fps) for a smoother and more realistic reproduction of movement.

Technicolour claim that the dual band, IEEE 802.11ac 2×2 wireless technology, in the device provides end-users the freedom to place their TVs and video devices almost anywhere in the home.

The platform benefits from a powerful quad core processor that is ideal for high CPU demanding services such as gaming.


Out of the box industrial design
Android TV certified
OTT and Live TV services with optional Broadcast TV services
4K Ultra HD: HEVC/VP9 Ultra HD 2160p/60 video
Wireless Connectivity: Dual band IEEE 802.11n 2.4 GHz (2×2) and IEEE 802.11ac 5 GHz (2×2) interfaces
Media sharing functions using a USB 3.0 port for plugging of HDD
Enhanced user experience with 3D graphics
Future-proof quad core CPU ready for gaming services
Bluetooth Low Energy remote with voice control
Foxtel is banking on the Puck delivering increased subscriber numbers to the basic system with users then paying additional fees for services such as Fox Sport, movies and premium content.

SpaceX goes for a record 16th launch

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/30/spacex-goes-for-a-record-16th-launch/

This evening (October 30th) SpaceX will launch KoreaSat 5A, its 16th launch of the year to date, and all executed with flawless precision from the launch pad to the floating barges when the Falcon 9’s 1st stages were due for recovery.

The launch window opens at 3.34pm (Florida time) from the Kennedy Space Centre. However, the year is far from over and it is likely that at least two and probably three launches will be squeezed into the final two months of the year. This would take the year’s total to at least 19 missions which is more than SpaceX managed in the combined 2014, 2015 and 2016 tally.

Moreover, SpaceX officials told the US Senate’s Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee on October 25th that it would start launching OneWeb’s initial demo-satellites into orbit within the next few months. These are ‘test and validation’ flights for the small Low Earth Orbiting craft. The real constellation won’t start launching until 2019.

Arianespace to launch Inmarsat's fifth Global Xpress satellite

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Arianespace_to_launch_Inmarsats_fifth_Global_Xpress_satellite_999.html

Arianespace and Inmarsat have announced the signature of the launch contract for Inmarsat's Global Xpress-5 (GX-5) very high throughput communications satellite.

The satellite will be orbited by an Ariane 5 heavy-lift launcher from the Guiana Space Center, Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana (South America) during the second half of 2019.

A very high throughput satellite (V-HTS), GX-5 will offer services covering the Middle East, Europe and the Indian sub-continent.

The payload will be fully integrated into Inmarsat's current GX high-speed network.

Inmarsat's GX-5 satellite is based on Thales Alenia Space's upgraded Spacebus 4000 B2 platform.

GX-5 features a design life of 16 years and will weigh about four metric tons at launch, with a payload rated at approximately 6.8 kW of electrical power.

Commenting on this latest contract, Arianespace Chief Executive Officer Stephane Israel said: "With this new launch contract, we are very proud to continue our partnership with Inmarsat that dates back to 1981. We are honored to have been selected for the 10th time by Inmarsat for the launch of the very high throughput satellite GX-5, only four months after we successfully launched the Hellas Sat 3-Inmarsat S EAN " condosat " with an Ariane 5.

"This renewed trust demonstrates the outstanding performance and reliability of our heavy-weight Ariane 5 launch vehicle, as well as its ability to respond to new broadband and in-flight connectivity demands today, even before the arrival of our new Ariane 6 heavy-lift launcher."

Satellite broadband with no 'blind spot'

From http://www.dailyexpress.com.my/news.cfm?NewsID=120749

Kota Kinabalu: Satellite beamed broadband coverage over Malaysia is available today, even in the most remote and isolated areas and islands, with "no blind spot" or receivership lag as experienced in Astro services during thunderstorms.
The management of Lautan Variasi Sdn Bhd, a Malaysian Bumiputera company headquartered in Cyberjaya, revealed to Daily Express that their firm is already in operation, even in Sabah, with clients like government agency SLDB and others and many plantation companies in the rural and remote areas.

"Nowadays mobile communications are an important part of daily life for government agencies or the private sector. Because of this interest in the case of these communications needs, satellite communications still remains the best choice to provide a continuous connection.

"We offer nationwide satellite broadband coverage for our Internet data as well as fast and reliable broadband Internet service to our customers. Our coverage includes all terrestrial, coastal, island and offshore area," said Its Managing Director Syed Nasir Hussin Syed Peer.

So confident is Syed Nasir of his company's expertise using Measat-5 and IPSTAR-1 satellites that his message was "Choose your broadband provider very carefully.""We are on mission to connect the world by making the Internet accessible, affordable and secured to everyone, everywhere and anytime.

We will do this by deploying technologies that overcome the traditional telecom challenges.

We also will advance satellite, wireless, cloud and security technologies that enable us to securely deliver terabytes of data volume in real-time from space," he said.

"A satellite in the geo synchronous orbit can cover around 33 per cent of the earth's surface and can provide connectivity to any region covered by it. A satellite can also focus on a particular high-density region and multiple satellites can work together to provide global coverage. This is very useful for remote locations like rural areas, ships and coastal regions, hills, etc. where there is limited or no terrestrial connectivity.

"In order to ensure our customers continue to enjoy the best quality service using our system, we provide an excellent technical team for you. Our technical support team will always be ready to support whenever you need around the clock. Just give us a call and we will assist you until your problem is solved."

Lautan Variasi is not competing in the urban areas with Telekom or other telcos deep into fibre optic cabling and other mode of telecommunication transmissions, although in future it can bid for telco spectrum and perform as well if not better than the other existing players.

Lautan Variasi is specialising in satellite broadband outreach, especially in rural locations throughout Malaysia, with future market development prospects in areas like Indo China to Timor Leste.

A regional satellite system beams cover 22 countries throughout the Asia-Pacific Rim, with Ku-Band (84 Spot Beams, 3 Shaped Beams, and 7 Regional Broadcast Beams) and Ka-Band (18 Feeder Beams & Gateways).

Incorporated in August 2015, Lautan Variasi claims to offer the cheapest broadband service package price and affordable on the market to all customers via their satellite technology with a variety of service packages to meet the demands and needs of its customers.

Customers simply choose the service package that corresponds to the current needs and financial provisions, and Lautan Variasi is also able to provide customised service packages according to customer requirements, but it is subject to certain terms and conditions.

Lautan Variasi aims to be a leader in providing and offering efficient and cost-effective solutions to entire world, and employing innovative and state-of-the-art technologies to exceed expectations.

It is positioned as a company specialising in the provision of IP telecommunications solutions.

Through strategic alliances with its international principals, the company has evolved to become a specialist in providing sophisticated state-of-the-art All IP based and industry leading telecommunications solutions, including in various projects under Managed Services, Satellite Networks and Mobile Data. - David Thien

North Korea vows to launch more satellites despite international opposition

From http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/north-korea-vows-launch-more-satellites-despite-international-opposition-1645132

The Kim Jong-un regime is widely suspected to be covertly using its satellite programme to develop its ballistic missile operations.

North Korea has pledged to launch more satellites into space, with the country laying out a detailed multi-year programme. Pyongyang said it would not hesitate to press ahead with its plans since a sovereign state has every right to frame its own policies.

Tensions have been escalating in the Korean Peninsula, with the North repeatedly improving its nuclear and missile capabilities with little regard to global calls to scale down the programmes.

The reclusive Kim Jong-un regime is officially banned from conducting nuclear and ballistic missile tests. However, the diplomatically-isolated nation hardly pays any attention to UN regulations.

"It is a global trend that a country seeks economic growth with the space programme," said the country's major mouthpiece Rodong Sinmun, revealing that Kim's regime has put in place a five-year space development programme.

The commentary carried by the North Korean daily claimed that an ambitious satellite communication system, which will be operational by June 2019, will help contribute to "economic development, including geostationary satellites, and people's lives".

"Some countries have manipulated UN sanctions resolutions against us and hindered the sovereign country's space development. It is not a tolerable act," it added.

It is widely suspected that the North is covertly using its satellite programme to develop its ballistic missile operations due to the similarity in rocket technology involved in sending satellites to space and launching long-range missiles.

However, the country argues that its satellites are meant for civilian purposes only.

Pyongyang has so far launched two satellites – the Kwangmyongsong-1 (Bright Star-1) and Kwangmyongsong-4 – under the name which refers to the former leader Kim Jong-il. While the first launch took place in August 1998, the second one was carried out in February 2016.

Italy’s RAI plans English-language channel

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/27/italys-rai-plans-english-language-channel/

Italy’s RAI is planning to launch its first English-language TV channel in 2018.

The initiative comes courtesy of the new Service Contract whose draft has been adopted by the Italian public broadcaster, following negotiations with the Ministry of Economic Development.

According to daily La Repubblica, the new 24-hour channel will be distributed globally and will present Italy to a foreign audience. The schedule will include news bulletins, documentaries and sports programmes.

RAI will also have to buy more original programming from independent producers, for a total of €2 million in 2018 (€3 million from 2019 and increasing in the following years).

In addition, RAI will have to make available, in the name of ‘technological neutrality’, all its TV channels to satellite broadcasters such as Sky Italia. The pay-TV platform will have to pay a fee for the broadcasting of the public service channels.

RAI will have to free up the 700 MHz band by 2022, currently used to transmit some of its main terrestrial TV channels, for mobile telephony and Internet services. Other obligations include the subtitling of at least 80 per cent of TV programmes and the elimination of advertising on children’s’ content.

The Service Contract should enter into force in January 2018 and will be valid for five years.

Meanwhile, RAI reported a 3.8 per cent drop in TV licence fee revenues in the first half of 2017, to €35.4 million. In the same period, ad revenues were down by 8.2 per cent, to €30.6 million.

Analyst: Online piracy losses to hit $52bn

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/30/analyst-online-piracy-losses-to-hit-52bn/

Revenues lost to online piracy will nearly double between 2016 and 2022 to $51.6 billion (€44.5bn), according to the Online TV Piracy Forecasts report from Digital TV Research. Covering 138 countries, these forecasts include revenues lost to TV episodes and movies – but not other sectors such as sports or pay-TV.

“Piracy will never be eradicated,” declared Simon Murray, Principal Analyst at Digital TV Research. “However, it is not all bad news. Piracy growth rates will decelerate as more effective government action is taken and as the benefits of legal choices become more apparent.”

“Legitimate revenues from OTT TV episodes and movie overtook online piracy losses as far back as 2013. The gap between the two measures is widening,” he advised.

Asia Pacific will become the largest region for online piracy in 2018 – overtaking North America. Asia Pacific’s piracy losses will double between 2016 and 2022 to nearly $20 billion.

Online TV piracy is spreading worldwide. The top five countries represented 63 per cent of the 2016 total, but this proportion will fall to 55 per cent by 2022. Eight countries will record revenue losses of more than $1 billion in 2022 – double the 2016 count.

The US will remain the largest country by piracy losses, with $11.6 billion forecast by 2022. However, this is ‘only’ up by $2.6 billion or 30 per cent on 2016.

China has taken measures to combat piracy, but it is still a major problem. Its revenue losses will climb by $5.5 billion between 2016 and 2022 to $9.8 billion. However, China’s gap between legitimate revenues versus piracy losses will improve from a deficit of $1.2 billion in 2016 to a surplus of $2.4 billion in 2022.

The problem will not be dealt with as effectively elsewhere. India will climb from eighth in the 2016 rankings ($700 million losses) to third in 2022 ($3.1 billion losses). Brazil will add $1.1 billion in losses over the same period.

Top five countries by online TV and movie revenues lost to piracy

($ million)

Ranking Country 2016 Ranking Country 2022
1 USA 8,943 1 USA 11,583
2 China 4,236 2 China 9,778
3 Brazil 1,486 3 India 3,078
4 United Kingdom 1,097 4 Brazil 2,584
5 South Korea 948 5 Mexico 1,576

Source: Digital TV Research

Tata Sky offers Reliance DTH consumers migration deal, Dish TV too in play

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/dth/dth-operator/tata-sky-offers-reliance-dth-consumers-migration-deal-dish-tv-too-in-play-171027

MUMBAI: Tata Sky reportedly is offering consumers of Reliance Digital TV a limited time offer till middle of November 2017 to migrate to its platform at no extra cost. Reason: Reliance is not renewing its DTH licence that expires in November 2017.

Though no official confirmations are forthcoming from any of the companies involved, a message being flashed on TV sets of consumers of Reliance Digital TV informs people to call a designated number or give a missed-call after which the consumer receives a call back from its new DTH service provider.

The message mentions a number 9237092370 that has to be called. When the number was called by this reporter, a recorded message said, “Thank you for showing interest in Tata Sky. We will get in touch with you within 72 hours.”

According to a possible deal hammered out between the two companies, Tata Sky will offer to Reliance consumers a mechanism involving installation of free STBs and dish antennas for a painless migration in an offer that is valid till 18 November 2017.

Tata Sky is also promising the approximately one million Reliance Digital TV consumers --- mostly pre-paid --- their Reliance credit money will be transferred to the new Tata Sky accounts.

However, industry sources indicated that India’s first private sector DTH operator Dish TV too has, reportedly, told its distributors that any Reliance Digital TV consumer who has not migrated to a competitor’s platform should be targeted for acquisition after paying that consumer a one-time fee of approximately Rs. 1,000. Dish TV is in the process of amalgamating the ops of Videocon d2h DTH with itself pending some regulatory clearances.

Few days back Reliance Communications, parent of Reliance Digital TV, had informed Bombay Stock Exchange: “DTH operation is a non-core business of the company provided through Reliance BigTV Limited (RBTV), a subsidiary of the Company. RBTV’s DTH license is expiring by end of November 2017and the company is currently working with three leading DTH operators for seamless migration of customers to enjoy uninterrupted services”.

Whether some regulatory clearances by other satellite TV operators in India need to be taken for customer acquisition of soon-to-be-shuttered DTH ops of Reliance is not yet clear.

When indiantelevision.com had got in touch with regulator TRAI and Ministry of Information and Broadcasting last week, officials at both the organizations said they were unaware of Reliance Digital TV’s future plans and also the reason as to why it was not renewing its DTH licence as no official communications had been received by them till then.


Sunday, no update


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Friday feeds

Intelsat 19 12432 H 7499 Aus v England league, 1st game of the Rugby League World Cup

Optus D2 12653 V Sr 7200 Asia Pacific amateur championship Golf

Asiasat 5 3865 V Sr 7200 "MCUK Enc 8" Golf

Asiasat 5 3925 H Sr 7200 "Singtel TEST" The Thai King's Funeral coverage, also live on ALL Thai channels

From my Email


From the Dish

Palapa D 113.0E MNC Channel has moved from 4172 V to 3831 H, Fta.

SES 7 108.2E 11481 H "O Shopping" has started on , encrypted.

SES 7 108.2E 11539 H "Shop TV, BBC World News South Asia, FX Philippines and BBC Earth Asia" have started on , encrypted.
SES 7 108.2E 11598 H "Fox Crime Asia, CGTN and CGTN Documentary" have started on , encrypted.
SES 7 108.2E 11598 H "DMAX Southeast Asia" has left .
SES 7 108.2E 11627 H "KBS World, Ez Shop, TV 5 Monde Asia and France 24 English" have started on , encrypted.Fox Crime HD Asia has left .

AsiaSat 5 100.5E "Kazakh TV" has moved from 3700 V to 4040 H, Fta.

ChinaSat 11 98.0E 12560 V Fox Movies Asia, Fox Action Movies and Fox Sports 2 Asia are back on , ABV.

Apstar 7 76.5E 12521 V "CCTV 2" has left .

ABS 2 75.0E 3496 V "Australia Channel News, Australia Channel Sport, Australia Channel Business and Pet Club TV" have started on , Irdeto.
ABS 2 75.0E 3685 V "Clouds TV International" has left .
ABS 2 75.0E 3818 V "Clouds TV International and Clouds TV Rwanda" have started on , Fta.
ABS 2 75.0E 4005 H "TV E" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12682 V "Number One TV and Charis TV" have started on , Fta.

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东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-高尔夫.网球(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置10910 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [10月27日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Cinemax替换光影欧洲(寰宇卫视)频道,设置12401 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [10月27日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,I24 News(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置10730 V 40000参数无效接收。 [10月27日]
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NBN Co to deploy G.fast from 2018

From https://www.telecomasia.net/content/nbn-co-deploy-gfast-2018

Australia's NBN Co, the state-owned company building the national broadband network, has revealed it will deploy the G.fast copper acceleration technology on its network from 2018.

The company will adopt G.fast for the fibre-to-the-building and fibre-to-the-curb components of its networks to provide an upgrade path for these users to ultra-fast speeds.

G.fast and the more advanced XG FAST can accelerate the speeds of VDSL lines to fibre-like speeds. XG FAST can deliver speeds of up to 1Gbps depending on the condition and length of the copper last mile.

NBN Co said its trials of the technology in 2015 achieved speeds of 600Mbps over a 20 year old stretch of 100 meter coper cabling. But the average age of a copper connection in Australia is 35 years.

“Adding G.fast to the toolkit for the FTTC and FTTB networks will allow us to deliver ultra-fast services faster and more cost effectively than if we had to deliver them on a full FTTP connection,” NBN Co chief strategy officer JB Rousselot said.

The NBN project as envisioned by the previous labor government would have delivered FTTP connections to 93% of Australian premises, with fixed wireless and satellite technologies reaching the remaining 7%. But this plan was controversially scrapped by the current government in favor of a multi-technology mix of FTTP, FTTN, FTTC, HFC, fixed wireless and satellite.

“Our FTTP and HFC end-users already have the technology to support Gigabit services and adding G.fast over FTTC provides the upgrade path for our FTTN end users to ultimately receive Gigabit speeds too,” Rousselot continued.

Thaicom, govt start dispute over Thaicom 7, Thaicom 8 satellites

From https://www.telecompaper.com/news/thaicom-govt-start-dispute-over-thaicom-7-thaicom-8-satellites--1217655

Thaicom has announced that it has received a letter from the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society stating that Thaicom 7 and Thaicom 8 satellites were the satellites under the Operating Agreement on Domestic Communication Satellite dated 11 September 1991 between Intouch, which is a major shareholder of the company holding 41.14 percent, and the Ministry. Intouch established the company to operate works under this agreement. In this regard, the letter from the Ministry stated a request for the full compliance with the agreement on an urgent basis; e.g. transfer of ownership and delivery of assets, procurement of the backup satellite(s), payment of overdue revenue sharing, and property insurance.
Thaicom claims that the two satellites were not the satellites under the agreement as the procedures of Thaicom 7 and Thaicom 8 satellites fell under the scope of license received from the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission. Moreover, Thaicom says it has fully complied with the terms and conditions of the Agreement and has not proceeded with any operations against or violating the Agreement.

Therefore, Thaicom reports it has a different opinion from the Ministry on Thaicom 7 and Thaicom 8 satellites. Thaicom plans to submit to an arbitrator the dispute for further settlement.

Major satellite stocks hammered

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/27/major-satellite-stocks-hammered/

The ‘big three’ satellite operators, Intelsat, SES and Eutelsat have all suffered massive falls in their share prices.

Intelsat’s tumbled 19.36 per cent in late-afternoon trading on October 26th (by $1.15 to $4.79) and at one point the share price hit $4.44 (€3.82).

Eutelsat’s fall from grace was even more dramatic, crashing 14 per cent in early trading on the Paris exchange, falling €3.24 to €19.97 in early trading in October 27th.

SES of Luxembourg also saw a severe fall on October 27th from an already depressed price of €16.68 to a 5-year ‘low’ point of just €14.49.

The problems for each of the three giant operators can be summed up as one of ‘confidence’ in their future business models.

Intelsat’s upside: “Let’s talk C-band”

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/27/intelsats-upside-lets-talk-c-band/

A 75-minute analyst call from Intelsat CEO Steve Spengler on Octber 26th covered all the operator’s bases, but the questioners kept returning to the vexed topic of Intelsat (and Intel’s) hopes to see some of Intelsat’s C-band frequencies over the US reallocated for 5G usage.

The news that this revolutionary concept even exists has helped propel Intelsat’s share price these past few weeks from a typical $3 a share to – at one stage – more than $6. Investors are betting that the Federal Communications Commission will – one day in the future – permit Intelsat to free up this capacity and lease the bandwidth to spectrum-hungry telcos for huge sums of money.

Giles Thorne, equity analyst at Investment bank Jefferies, accurately summed up the position, saying: “The C-band exposition on the call was useful but incidental to what will be a long and drawn upside (if any upside at all).”

Thorne continued: “As the first set of results since Intelsat announced its C-band sharing plans, there was inevitably a huge amount of focus on this topic: we are still very early in the process, hard to talk definitively to any scenario; the FCC received 80 submissions to its July Notice of Inquiry – there is a final submission date on 15 November – precedent suggests that any rulemaking would be 2 years at the earliest; Intelsat’s plan would not in any way compromise current revenue; this proactive approach is not an implicit statement on the future of cable head-end distribution in the US (“there are 5,000 head-ends, we’re successfully renewing with customers, this will be a distribution neighbourhood for the foreseeable future”) – indeed, an aspect of the plan is to get investment certainty around this application; management believes it has a creative and pragmatic solution to meet all stakeholders needs, and in a way that all precedent attempts to reallocate satellite spectrum lack; on its rights to monetise spectrum it doesn’t own.”

Spengler explained this by saying: “We’ve been allocated rights for decades now, we are not selling the spectrum, we are making arrangements for joint use, we’ve made billions of dollars of investment in this orbital arc and we may have to relocate earth stations and invest in new types of satellites.”

Thorne added: “The latter comment implying that the initial revenue opportunity would be compensation for investments – management not keen to be drawn on the scope to lease the spectrum post re-banding of traffic (though in our view, that must surely be the endgame); and that the plan would be a US application, not global.”

Intelsat’s share price tumbled 23 per cent on October 26th

Spengler defends Intelsat-Intel C-band proposal as a U.S.-only solution

From http://spacenews.com/spengler-defends-intelsat-intel-c-band-proposal-as-a-u-s-only-solution/

WASHINGTON — Intelsat CEO Stephen Spengler defended Intelsat’s joint proposal with Intel for ceeding certain satellite spectrum to the wireless industry for 5G services, telling investors Oct. 26 that the controversial C-band proposition is not intended as a solution for clearing congested airwaves outside the U.S.

In a quarterly earnings call with investors, Spengler said the proposal — one of around 80 now under review at the U.S. Federal Communications Commission — was forged with Intel out of recognition that the U.S. is moving with considerable momentum to repurpose the prized satellite spectrum and shows no sign of changing course.

Consequently, Intelsat sees its compromise as the best way for satellite interests to avoid getting “run over by the 5G train,” as then-FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler put it bluntly last year.

“We view this as a U.S.-specific situation, and a U.S. specific issue to be addressed, and that is how we are pursuing it,” Spengler explained. “We do not believe this is necessarily applicable globally.”

Intelsat’s proposal has so far received mixed responses, with the FCC saying it is of interest, and satellite operators either deferring opinions or expressing concern about the overarching ramifications. That other governments around the world will model their own individual solutions to the C-band conundrum on what the U.S. does is among operator concerns.

Spengler said other countries have more room to expand 4G and 5G networks without taking C-band away from satellite operators. Additionally, C-band plays a larger role in extending telecom networks internationally, compared to in the U.S. where it is primarily used for television content distribution, he said.

Spengler said Intelsat still views itself as a “vigorous defender of C-band globally,” and hasn’t broken ranks with the rest of the satellite industry on opposing simultaneous use of C-band by satellite and terrestrial operators. Such dual use would cause intolerable levels of interference, the satellite industry believes.

“That is the motivation for what we are doing. We think that as this is better understood, it will be appreciated that this is a proactive approach to avoid what could be a very unnattractive situation creating risk and interference into our media customer’s businesses and transmissions,” he said.

Epic revenues top $1 billion, but still growing slow

Discussing Intelsat’s financial performance for July, August and September, Spengler said the operator’s Epic high-throughput satellites have accumulated over $1 billion in customer commitments, though capacity sales on the second such satellite continue to progress slower than anticipated.

Spengler’s mention of Epic’s backlog provided a rare glimpse into the quantity of capacity sales for the U.S. and Luxembourg-based company. Intelsat doesn’t disclose the fill rate on Epic satellites, of which five are now in orbit constituting around 40 percent of the capacity in the company’s entire fleet of roughly 50 geostationary satellites. High-throughput satellites (HTS) use smaller beams and frequency reuse to increase the amount of capacity they can carry compared to traditional wide-beam satellites. Intelsat’s total backlog stood at $7.9 billion as of Sept. 30, down from $8.2 billion at the end of the previous quarter. Epic HTS customers now account for more than an eighth of Intelsat’s backlog.

The rest of Intelsat’s non-Epic fleet has an average fill rate of 78 percent.

Spengler said Epic is growing and gaining customers, but that the slower than desired rate of customer gain for Intelsat-33e continues to stem from mobile network operators with lengthy decision making.

“We don’t see this as a matter of losing business but as a matter of timing going forward,” he said.

Jacques Kerrest, Intelsat’s chief financial officer, said the company has gained $28 million so far from an insurance claim on Intelsat-33, which suffered two propulsion issues — one on the primary thruster to reach orbit and another with its station-keeping system. The company is seeking $78 million in insurance for the defects, which are projected to reduced the satellite’s intended service life by 3.5 years. “We continue to discuss this with the insurers,” he said.

Intelsat reported a net loss of $30.4 million on $538.8 million in third quarter revenue. Due to slow Epic capacity sales, the company anticipates generating hitting the low end of its revenue guidance for the full year, which forecasts between $2.15 billion and $2.18 billion.

Japan to launch climate research satellite in December

From https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2017/10/62bfcbc0712c-japan-to-launch-climate-research-satellite-in-december.html

TOKYO − Japan will launch a climate research satellite in December to analyze and forecast global warming-linked environmental changes, the science ministry said Friday.

The satellite, named Shikisai, will be placed in orbit 800 kilometers above the ground from where it will conduct long-term monitoring of cloud cover, levels of dust and aerosols in the atmosphere as well as ocean color, vegetation, snow and ice cover on the earth's surface.

Its launch, planned for Dec. 23, is intended to improve the accuracy of global warming forecasting and to help tackle associated problems, according to the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.

The Shikisai satellite will be carried by an H-2A rocket from the Tanegashima Space Center in southwestern Japan together with a low-altitude test satellite, which will travel in an orbit with an altitude lower than 300 kilometers, it said.

The Super Low Altitude Test Satellite, named Tsubame, is equipped with an ion engine which will be assessed for its ability to maintain speed and altitude in low orbit. The lower orbit has been undeveloped and is yet to be fully utilized by satellites, according to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.

While traveling in a low orbit brings benefits such as the ability to capture high resolution observations for optical images, the Tsubame will be exposed to atmospheric drag approximately 1,000 times greater than that of most earth observation satellites at an altitude of 600 km to 800 km, the space agency said.|

Tom Choi resigns as ABS chief executive

From https://www.spaceintelreport.com/tom-choi-resigns-abs-chief-executive/

PARIS — Tom Choi, one of the most outspoken satellite-industry officials in recent years as chief executive of fleet operator ABS, on Oct. 27 said he is leaving the company.

“It’s time for me to move on to other interesting projects,” Choi said, adding that he will continue to sit on Hong Kong- and Bermuda-based ABS’s board of directors.

“I believe that after PanAmSat, ABS was one of the very few companies which were privately owned to reach a status of global satellite operator, with customers and operations on every continent in the world,” Choi said in a message announcing his departure.

“We began with buying existing in-orbit satellites. Then we raised over $200M in condosat financing to build ABS-2, and then we shocked the world by building all-electric satellites which [were] dual-stacked (ABS-2A and ABS-3A) on a Falcon-9. We serve now over 1,000 television stations and provide Gigabits of IP transit. I thank all our customers, partners, vendors, employees and investors that have made ABS what it is today.”

ABS’s owner, private-equity investor Permira, put the company up for sale over a year ago but was asking too high a price in the view of several prospective strategic buyers. It was unclear if Choi’s departure signaled an imminent sale of ABS or was related to a management shakeup or simply to Choi’s decision to change jobs.

Choi did not immediately respond to questions about his next move, but in the past several years he has been the straw the stirs the drink in the commercial satellite sector’s soul-searching about its future in an HTS, data-centric, 5G-on-the-horizon world.

Choi has maintained that satellite television broadcasting still has many years of profitable business ahead of it, especially in the developing world.

Satellite fleet operators chasing growth airline in-flight connectivity or low-orbiting broadband satellite constellations are on a fool’s errand, he said. These business will become commoditized, sapping resources from the main broadcast business where satellite strength is strongest.

Choi has also been a pointed critic of the so-called mega-constellations of broadband satellites not only for their business model — he thinks they’ll all fail — but also for the threat they pose in creating huge amounts of space debris.

In the colorful language that has set him apart from just about every other satellite industry executive, Choi has warned of a “zombie satellite apocalypse as low-cost spacecraft built for constellations fail and then pollute their orbit with debris and with broadcast signals that will interfere with the core business of satellite fleets in geostationary orbit.

Choi said he would attempt to organize Asian governments to force operators of constellations to switch off their signals as they fly over the territory of governments who do not want their service and do not want to risk interference with geostationary-satellite signals.

More recently, he said the major satellite fleet operators are acting like “colonial imperialists” in their occupation of geostationary-orbit slots and spectrum, to the detriment of developing countries. While most industry observers dismissed his remarks — “That’s Tom, over the top as usual,” said one — no one could ignore him.

Fines for illegal Sky Sports streamers

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/26/fines-for-illegal-sky-sports-streamers/

A judgment has been obtained in the High Court of England and Wales against a Sky customer who had been streaming Sky Sports content illegally online.

Yusuf Mohammed, of Bristol in the west of England, has been ordered to pay legal costs of over £16,000 (€17,945, and to disclose details about the money he made and people he colluded with. As well as the costs bill, Mohammed will have to pay Sky damages.

“This is the latest action taken in the ongoing crackdown on illegal digital piracy,” noted Kieron Sharp, CEO of UK intellectual property protection organisation FACT (Federation Against Copyright Theft). “It should now be crystal clear to anyone thinking of pirating or watching a pirated stream that this is not a grey area and that it is illegal.”

In a similar recent case, an individual admitted guilt, provided a written apology to Sky and agreed to pay substantial legal costs for sharing the Joshua vs Klitschko fight on Facebook – the stream was viewed by around 600,000 people.

“This should serve as a warning to others – whether it’s a copyright infringing website, a ‘fully-loaded’ streaming device or an illegal stream on social media, it is still piracy and breaking the law,” added Sharp.

The cases follow the landmark cases involving Brian Thompson and Julian Allen, who were sentenced for selling illicit streaming devices pre-configured to allow illegal access to premium content. Allen was handed a 21-month suspended sentence and Thompson an 18-month suspended sentence.

The judge stated “Not only have the courts in this country ruled as such, but Europe also has ruled that such devices are illegal. Ignorance of the law is no excuse and indeed you’ve had the good sense to plead guilty. The temptation for anyone buying these things is they save a good deal of money. Those who lawfully have to pay £50 or more to Sky or BT subscriptions I think are done a disservice by people like you and those who buy these devices in an attempt to get around their obligation to pay lawfully for access to this material. As has been rightly said, it isn’t a victimless crime. It has knock-on effects. The fact that these are global companies who are the losers eventually does not mean that these are trivial offences or ones which have no consequences.”

“If anyone was under any illusion as to whether such devices as these, fully loaded Kodi boxes, were illegal or not, they can no longer be in any such doubt.

“I’ve come to the conclusion that in all the circumstances an immediate custodial sentence is not called for. But as a warning to others in future, they may not be so lucky.”

In July 2017 a pirate app store operator was jailed for criminal copyright infringement and sentenced to 16 months in prison, while in March, the English Premier League secured a critical court order to tackle rights-infringing video streams in the UK.

FIFA confirms UHD HDR World Cup

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/25/fifa-confirms-uhd-hdr-world-cup/

Football’s governing body FIFA has confirmed that the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia will see all matches produced in UHD/HDR, with VR and 360° VoD part of the overall production plan.

Suggesting that FIFA TV has a “proud legacy” of pioneering new broadcast technology to ensure that football fans around the world can enjoy the best quality sports coverage, FIFA says the next tournament will be no different, with FIFA “pushing the boundaries of sports broadcast”.

“In an effort to remain at the forefront of the industry, all sixty-four matches will be produced in Ultra High Definition with High Dynamic Range for the first time ever. Thanks to a hybrid UHD/HDR/1080p setup multiple choice of video formats will be available (1080i, 1080p or UHD HDR) at the back of one single production chain,” says FIFA.

“The use of progressive scanning as a baseline production format and HDR will guarantee improved image quality for all media rights licensees, regardless of their delivery format,” it advises.

Thirty-seven cameras, of which eight with UHD/HDR and 1080p/SDR dual output, and another eight with 1080p/HDR and 1080p/SDR dual output, will cover every match. A further eight Super-slow-motion and two Ultra-motion cameras, a cable-cam and a cineflex heli-cam, will ensure high-class pictures will be available from every angle in each stadium.

“The UHD programme will benefit from its own wider-framed main camera along with the addition of immersive audio, offering the UHD/HDR viewer a far richer experience than ever before,” advises FIFA.

Building on the success of the multimedia production at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, the digital production and services offering will now be an integrated part of the overall production plan. Fans will also be able to follow the matches in Virtual Reality (VR). “Available as a live experience and as 360° VoD, this new feature will put the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia into the heart of digital innovation,” concludes FIFA.

FCC to consider making 1,700 MHz of high-band spectrum available

From http://www.fiercewireless.com/wireless/fcc-to-consider-making-1-700-mhz-high-band-spectrum-available

The commission will consider spectrum bands above 24 GHz at its next open meeting in November.

The FCC at its next open meeting will consider an order that would make available a whopping 1,700 MHz of additional high-frequency spectrum for flexible terrestrial wireless use and provide 4 gigahertz for core satellite use. The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 16.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said in a blog post that the decision to make more spectrum available would build on the 11 gigahertz of spectrum that the FCC made available for flexible terrestrial wireless use last year and would be a major marker in the United States' efforts to lead the world in 5G innovation.

RELATED: FCC OKs sweeping Spectrum Frontiers rules to open up nearly 11 GHz of spectrum

Recent filings in the commission’s proceeding on spectrum bands above 24 GHz indicate the tensions remain high between the terrestrial wireless industry and the satellite industry. Nearly a dozen proposed satellite constellations or projects are before the commission with far more ambitious plans than previous years. Not all of them are expected to come to fruition, but many satellite proponents believe 5G services also must include satellites.

In an Oct. 25 ex parte filing (PDF), T-Mobile USA blasted the satellite industry for seeking additional spectrum and proposing limitations for use of spectrum for mobile broadband. But perhaps even daunting is the notion that satellite companies could get access to spectrum without paying for it.

“Unlike terrestrial providers of broadband services, they [satellite companies] object to participating in auctions to secure spectrum rights. But dedicating spectrum for only one type of mobile broadband—satellite mobile broadband—is poor spectrum management,” T-Mobile wrote.

Verizon is also urging the FCC to reject efforts by the satellite industry to dismantle key aspects of the proposed rules, which would have a detrimental impact on 5G deployment. Verizon argued that the Spectrum Frontiers Order provided satellite companies with a “windfall” by creating interference zones around grandfathered and new earth stations under particular conditions.

A group of eight satellite companies, including Boeing, OneWeb and Hughes, submitted a revised proposal (PDF) on Oct. 19 saying they think it addresses concerns raised by terrestrial interests throughout the proceeding and strikes a fair and spectrally efficient balance between the needs of Fixed Satellite Service (FSS) and Upper Microwave Flexible Use Service (UMFUS) operators in the 28 and 39 GHz bands and provides a framework that is suitable for sharing in the 47 GHz and 50 GHz bands.

RELATED: ViaSat, Intelsat, OneWeb cite access to spectrum as big concern

Lawmakers during a U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation hearing on Oct. 25 acknowledged the rift between the satellite and terrestrial wireless industry as they questioned satellite executives about their businesses and outlook for the future. There was general agreement among the satellite industry executives that spectrum sharing is do-able.

OneWeb founder and executive chairman Greg Wyler said spectrum certainty is the No. 1 concern and that nobody should play around with spectrum as it’s the very foundation of people’s businesses. “If you went to Verizon and said ‘we’re thinking about taking back the 700 MHz, the 1.9, maybe’ … it would just halt investment overnight. Don’t play with spectrum,” he said. “This stuff that we’re doing takes seven years to build and tens of billions of dollars to do it at the scale we’re talking about.”


Thursday feeds

Optus D2 12652 V Sr 7200 "IMG GOLF MAIN"

Intelsat 19 12609 V Sr 7000 Aussie Womens Cricket

Asiasat 5 3907 H Sr 7200 "Signet KBC1" showing KBC 1 Kenya

Asiasat 5 3707 H Sr 7000 "PACTV LA ENC4" operation

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From the Dish

Apstar 6 134.0E 3732 V "CCTV 4 Europe and Henan TV Satellite" have started on , Irdeto.

Koreasat 6 116.0E 11747 L "CJ O Shopping +, Arirang Korea and YTN Science" have left.
Koreasat 6 116.0E 11862 L "Eurosport 1 Asia" has left
Koreasat 6 116.0E 11938 L "Disney Channel Korea and MBC Music" have left .

ChinaSat 11 98.0E 12560 V "Fox Movies Asia, Fox Action Movies and Fox Sports 2 Asia" have left again.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 12604 V "Myanmar Movies" has started on , Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2A号卫星Ku频段,Dream Box、E Box(蒙古)等频道消失,设置12588 V 45000参数无效接收。 [10月25日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,B TV(泰国)频道加密,设置11480 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [10月25日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,For Rent替换Mensrhe TV(传送)频道,设置4014 H 7200参数免费接收。 [10月25日]


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From the Dish

Palapa D 113.0E 4172 V "MNC Channel" has started on , Fta.

ChinaSat 11 98.0E 12560 V "Fox Movies Asia, Fox Action Movies and Fox Sports 2 Asia" have started on, Fta.

ChinaSat 11 98.0E 12560 V "K-Drama" has started on , Fta.

Measat 3 91.5E 11182 V "Astro Best SD 4" has started on, Videoguard.
Measat 3 91.5E 11682 V "Astro Best SD 11" has started on , Videoguard.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 12604 V "55 Channel, MWD Movies, TV 3 and Cool Channel have started on, BISS. 1618 Shop and MWD Documentary" have left.

Intelsat 22 72.1E 3831 L "KTN News, Inooro TV, Hope Channel Africa, Hope TV and Weru TV have started on , Fta. Sayare TV" has left.

Intelsat 17 66.0E 3876 H "Khoj India" has started on , Fta

From asiatvro site

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,Beauty Clup、A Flim(高清)等频道加密,设置11640 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [10月25日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,陕西卫视(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置10910 H 45000参数无效接收。 [10月25日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,凤凰资讯替换山东卫视(MPEG-4)频道,设置10850 V 45000参数免费接收。 [10月25日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,VTV 1、MRTV(老挝)等频道解密,设置10910 H 45000参数免费接收。 [10月25日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,Five HD、55 Channel(老挝)等全组频道消失,设置11600 H 30000参数无效接收。 [10月25日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Movies(MPEG-4)频道重现,设置4070 H 2960参数免费接收。 [10月25日]

东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-3、CCTV-8(汉语)频道解密,设置10850 V 45000参数免费接收。 [10月24日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,B TV(MPEG-4)频道解密,设置11480 H 30000参数免费接收。 [10月24日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,湖南国际(老挝)频道解密,设置10850 V 45000参数免费接收。 [10月24日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,浙江国际(高清)频道改格式,设置10850 V 45000参数免费接收。 [10月24日]


La Liga: ‘A global entertainment brand’

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/25/113433/

According to Javier Tebas, president of Spain’s premier football tournament La Liga, the league is more than just a football competition, and is now a global entertainment company, akin to a Disney or Warner Bros.

Speaking at the Sportel Media and Marketing Convention in Monaco, Tebas told delegates that the league had been working on creating a structure like Disney or Warner Bros. “We want to convey to our fans that La Liga is a lot more than just great football matches. We are producing entertainment.”

According to Tebas, the high production value of La Liga live matches makes this possible, who advised that effort had gone in to improving the strength of the brand. “Our games are like a good movie plot. But we also needed better décor, so we have been investing in aerial cameras and steadicams. We have also extended the entertainment beyond the game itself, with more interviews and more content during the week.”

Tebas noted that digital is playing a big part in this strategy, advising that La Liga had brought in people from outside the world of football who understand platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Netflix. “They know how to convey messages through digital and get people interested in our content.”

La Liga’s business plan aims to see all teams within La Liga secure resources to grow – not just the famous global clubs. “We want to give teams the income they need to grow and create new stars. That is how we will compete with other global brands like the English Premier League and Formula One.”

Tebas noted that La Liga was investing considerably to combat piracy. “Piracy is impossible to avoid. They just steal the product. We’re investing huge amounts in technology, legal actions and lobbying,” he advised. “It’s obscene the sums that are being earned by the pirates.”

Technological co-operation meant that it was possible to see who was pirating the broadcasts. “We can delete these. We have global co-operation in our efforts. Social networks are working with us. Google is co-operating. Three years ago, we would not have known the answer to the problem. We absolutely have to eliminate piracy and stop people taking our content away for free.”

UEFA eyes online coverage

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/24/uefa-eyes-online-coverage/

Following similar comments made by Ed Woodward, the Vice-Chairman of Manchester United Football Club in respect of English Premier League rights, and those made by F1 commercial MD Sean Bratches, Guy-Laurent Epstein, Marketing Director at European Football governing body UEFA, has admitted that online concerns such as Amazon and Facebook may become active in bidding for rights for UEFA competitions, both at club and country level.

Speaking at the Sportel Sports Marketing and Media convention in Monaco, Epstein accepted that UEFA’s handling of rights had evolved over the years, particularly in respect of its premier club-based tournament, the Champions League, which, in a number of major territories, had moved from FTA to a mixed FTA/pay-TV structure or solely pay-TV.

As such, he felt that of major online players, it was more likely to be an Amazon, with its freemium pay structure, than a Facebook, with an ad-supported free model, that was likely to be the more successful, but in general terms, he would “absolutely not rule out” their involvement in future bidding rounds.

UEFA is introducing a new national team competition, the UEFA Nations League – which starts in September 2018.

Philippines to launch new satellite in 2018

From https://www.untvweb.com/news/philippines-launch-new-satellite-2018/

MANILA, Philippines — In 2017, the first Filipino-made microsatellite Diwata 1 was launched in Japan. It is now being used to take pictures of Earth.

By mid-2018, the Philippines is again set to launch into space its second microsatellite Diwata 2.

The satellite was developed within a year by seven Filipino scholars.

According to the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), the Diwata 2, which passes through the Philippines twice a day, can be used for a duration of up 12 to 18 months.

It has the size of a big balikbayan box with four cameras that can take pictures and provide details of anything with a size of three meters.

This is an improved version with some capacity for communication, it’s like a radio and of course better cameras in place,” said DOST Sec. Fortunato de la Peña

Diwata 2 can be used for the analysis of climate and weather in the country, and for national security purposes like conducting surveillance in the West Philippine Sea.

It can also monitor incidents of forest fires and drought in particular areas.

The DOST said that the government can save a huge amount of money by using the said satellite than buying from materials taken by the satellites of foreign countries or private firms.

The agency cites as an example a satellite image of the aftermath of typhoon Yolanda in 2013 which the government bought for P56-million.

A bill seeking the creation of a Philippine Space Agency is now in Congress.

Under the proposal, the DOST is tasked to train about 800 people for the said program.

The DOST has a proposed budget of P21.8 billion for next year.

MENA anti-piracy group closes 30 channels

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/25/mena-anti-piracy-group-closes-30-channels/

Dubai-based MENA Broadcast Anti-Piracy Coalition says it has successfully seen 30 Arabic and ‘Western’ regular pirate channels closed and a further 26 to cut back on their theft of pirated material.

These are instances where channels steal the legitimate content – often sports or movies – owned by established broadcasters.

A meeting of the coalition at IBC re-stated its intention to remain vigilant and to expand its focus to IPTV and OTT pirated transmissions. Guillaume Forbin, OSN Head of Platform & Content Security, unveiled research showing IPTV piracy was still growing heavily.

The organisation’s web-site lists the infringing channels, mostly movie services and many uplinked by Noorsat, the facility company recently bought by Eutelsat.

Azerbaijan's second geostationary satellite nearly complete

From http://www.menafn.com/1095983733/Azerbaijans-second-geostationary-satellite-nearly-complete

Construction of Azerspace-2/Intelsat-38, Azerbaijan's second geostationary satellite, has been completed by 90 percent, a source in the Azerbaijani satellite communications market told Trend.

According to the source, it is planned to complete the remainder of the work within the next four months.

"The construction work will be completed in January 2018," the source said. "The launch of the satellite is scheduled for the first half of 2018."

France's Arianespace company, which earlier launched the first Azerspace/Africasat-1a satellite (46 degrees east longitude), will launch the second satellite into orbit.

According to the message of ELA-3 (launch complex located at the Kourou Space Center in French Guiana), the launch of the Ariane 5 ECA rocket with the VA-242 mission aboard with the Azerspace-2/Intelsat-38 satellite is scheduled for the first quarter of 2018.

The main advantage of the Ariane 5 ECA launcher is its ability to deliver a payload of 10 tons into orbit. Unlike other launchers, the Ariane 5 ECA is capable of bringing into orbit two satellites at once.

In addition to Azerbaijan's Azerspace-2/Intelsat-38 satellite, the Ariane 5 ECA rocket will also launch the Avanti Communications HYLAS 4 satellite into orbit.

The second Azerspace-2/Intelsat-38 satellite will be placed into geostationary orbit 45 degrees east longitude. Its service zone will include the countries of Europe, Central and South Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

The satellite is being manufactured by Space Systems Loral (SSL), a subsidiary of Canada's MDA, The SSL also acts as a provider of satellite control systems.

The second satellite is being built on the SSL 1300 spacecraft platform, which is used to create medium- and heavy-lift geostationary and highly elliptical telecommunications satellites.

Azerspace-2/Intelsat-38 satellite will be equipped with Ku-band transponders and is intended for providing digital broadcasting services, data transmission, etc. The life span of the satellite in orbit will be 15 years.

The second satellite of Azerbaijan will also support the DTH (Direct-to-Home) satellite broadcasting platform, which will contribute to the emergence of DTH operators in Azerbaijan.

SES works with Google’s ‘Project Loon’

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/24/ses-works-with-googles-project-loon/

Satellite operator SES is working with Google’s experimental stratospheric balloon system, ‘Project Loon’, to bring telephone and broadband connectivity back to hurricane ravaged Puerto Rico.

‘Project Loon’, in this case, sees very high-altitude balloons used over Puerto Rico and SES-backed O3b’s FastConnect satellite terminals for further links into the world’s telecoms systems.

“Our thoughts are with those whose lives have been impacted by this devastating hurricane,” said Steve Collar, CEO of SES Networks. “Access to connectivity is crucial in getting those affected the information and help they need after a natural disaster. We are really pleased to be working with [Project Loon’] and their other partners to deploy high-performance connectivity to Puerto Rico and to play a part in the island’s restoration efforts.”

However, initial reports from the Caribbean island show that the high-altitude balloons are being badly affected by winds, and snapshots of the balloons aerial movements (from FlightRadar24) show considerable variations and commensurate challenges in making use of the balloons.

Intelsat is also working with local officials on the island, and in the region generally, to supply satellite connectivity and in particular with Liberty Global’s local cable system.

DirecTV to Launch Android TV-Based OTT Set-Top Box (EXCLUSIVE)

From http://variety.com/2017/digital/news/directv-ott-android-tv-1202597926/

AT&T’s DirecTV is getting ready to embrace internet-based content delivery beyond its DirecTV Now service: The company is about to introduce a new TV set-top box that’s based on Google’s Android TV platform and ditches satellite connectivity for over-the-top streaming, according to a new FCC filing.

The new device, which goes by the model number C71KW-400, is being described by these documents as “the new AT&T/DirecTV Wireless 4K OTT Client.” A user manual published as part of the filings specifies that the device won’t be able to interact with any of DirecTV’s existing Genie hardware, and hints at a future hardware product called HS27.

Helpfully, the manual also supplies a definition of OTT as “the delivery of video via the internet directly into user-connected devices, allowing access to services anywhere, anytime, on any device.”

The manual also reveals that the set-top will shop with a voice remote with integrated touch pad, and photos show that it has Ethernet, digital audio, HDMI and USB ports, but no antenna connectivity — meaning that any and all programming will indeed come over the internet.

The manual also reveals that the device is based on Google’s Android TV platform, and a screenshot shows images of Google’s YouTube and Google Play Movies services running on the device. There’s also access to Google’s Play store, which presumably means that consumers will be able to install Netflix, HBO Now, Hulu and other video apps as well.

AT&T has long hinted at plans to eventually embrace online video delivery for its TV services, and the company has been selling its internet-based DirecTV Now service to consumers for about a year now. However, the new hardware doesn’t feature any DirecTV Now branding, but instead just uses the DirecTV brand. This means that it will likely be made available to new or existing subscribers of AT&Ts or DirecTV’s traditional TV service.

There is no word when AT&T is looking to ship this new hardware, or officially launch OTT-based video delivery. However, the timing of the filing suggests that the company may unveil the service soon, with CES 2018 being a likely venue for such an announcement.

AT&T didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Reliance to close DTH service?

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/24/reliance-to-close-dth-service/

The Anil Ambani-backed Reliance Digital DTH service over India is widely reported to be about to close. A notice in Hindi to subscribers has been published in some Indian newspapers, and saying that the service will cease on November 18th. This notice has not been confirmed.

The reports come amidst numerous stories of financial pressures at Reliance Communications, and there are stories that Ericsson, amongst others have started insolvency proceedings against Reliance.

On September 27th Sony Pictures issued a “disconnection” notice against Reliance alleging non-payment of fees.


The satellite tracking site is listing Eutelsat 172B @ 176E not 172E, it may have been parked there for testing.

Monday feeds

Asiasat 5 3792 H Sr 7200 "UKI-1490 Golf Channel" mens golf

Asiasat 5 3914 V Sr 7120 "ARQ NST HD 1" ATP Tennis

Asiasat 5 3927 V Sr 7120 "Arqiva Enc 7" European basketball

Asiasat 5 3935 H sr 4936 "arqiva hd3" fta Wembley stadium it says on screen korean comms?

Asiasat 5 3876 H sr 7200 "ses bel095 enc-a" football KFCO BW vs OH Leuven

Sunday feeds

Asisaat 5 3945 V Sr 7120 "DNK37 ENC1" BWF Badminton

Asiasat 5 3905 V Sr 6110 "SD ENC-B" Singapore Turf Club Races

Asiasat 5 3876 H Sr 7500 "enc_1" Swinging Skirts LPGA golf

Asiasat 5 3847 V Sr 7200 "NBL Ill v Bris" NBL

Optus D2 12679 V Sr 7500 "TBS SNG" Trotts

Intelsat 19 12609 V Sr 7000 "STS NNA HD 2017" Womans Cricket

Eutelsat 172E 3908 H Sr 6667 "canal - 13" Nicaragua vs Taiwan Baseball feed

Asiasat 5 3914 V Sr 7120 "Arqiva HD2" Opening ceremony ? ATP250 test video?

Saturday evening feeds

Asiasat 5 3934 H Sr 7200 "service-1" Ice Hockey

Asiasat 5 3867 H Sr 7200 "Enc 12" Figure Skating 2017 Rostelecom cup

Asiasat 5 3652 H Sr 8278 "Nameless 1 and Nameless2 " Chinese presenter

Asiasat 5 3716 H Sr 7120 "Service-1" Cycling
Asiasat 5 4089 H Sr 15000 "First_service" Womans Golf
Asiasat 5 3876 H Sr 7500 "enc_1" Womans Golf
Asiasat 5 3916 H Sr 7200 "HD ENC-2a" Japanese soccer
Asiasat 5 3925 H Sr 7200 "L.S. ENC2 HD" Japanese Soccer
Asiasat 5 4147 H Sr 7200 "HD ENC-3a" Japanese soccer
Asiasat 5 4165 H Sr 7200 "nameless" Japanese soccer same as above

Saturday morning feeds

Asiasat 5 3847 V Sr 7120 "NBL Perth V Melbourne" NBL

Asiasat 5 3867 H Sr 7200 "ENC 12" Figure skating
Asiasat 5 4147 H Sr 7200 "UKI-1490 ETP World Feed" Golf

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From the Dish

Optus D2 152.0E 12546 V "ANB" has started on , Fta.

Telstar 18 138.0E 3856 H "IBC 13" has started on , Fta.

LaoSat 1 128.5E 3569 H "Warner TV Asia" has started on, Fta.

Palapa D 113.0E 3600 V "Bola Indonesia and Nova Channel" have left .

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3690 V "BTV" is now encrypted.

ChinaSat 11 98.0E 12500 V "Tribrata TV" is Fta.
ChinaSat 11 98.0E 12500 V "Black Diamond" has started on , Fta.
ChinaSat 11 98.0E 12560 V "Antara TV, EuroNews English, France 24 English, NHK World TV, TV Edukasi, Universitas Terbuka TV and Lejel Home Shopping have started on, Fta. TV 5 Monde Asia, O Channel, Isaac TV, Dubai Sports 3, Rai Italia Asia, Kungfu Satellite TV, TVE Internacional Asia, Lejel Home Shopping Live, K-Drama, Elshinta TV, Lejel Home Shopping Cicilan Tunai, MTA 1, Yemen TV, U Channel, Nabawi TV, Dubai TV, RTP Internacional Ásia, Xing Kong China, Ruai TV, France 24 Français, Sun TV, CGTN Documentary, Hunan TV, CCTV 10, Golden Eagle Cartoon, CGTN, CCTV 12, Juce TV, Smile TV, Hillsong Channel, Macau Asia Satellite TV, Toonmax TV, Dragon TV, TV Maldives, CCTV 2, CCTV 7, CCTV 11 and CCTV 15" have left again.
G-Sat 15 93.5E 11090 V "Wow Cinema" has left .
G-Sat 15 93.5E 11550 H "Vyas Higher Education Channel" has started on , Fta.
G-Sat 15 93.5E 11630 H "Star Jalsha, Zee Bangla, DD Madhya Pradesh, WB India, BBC World News South Asia, Sonic Nickelodeon, Sony Yay!, WION and & privé HD" have started on , Irdeto.
G-Sat 15 93.5E 11630 V "DD Sports and DD Urdu" are Fta.
G-Sat 15 93.5E 11670 H "ABP Ananda, Zee Talkies, Naaptol Telugu, MGK Naaptol Tamil, Neo Sports,Neo Prime, NDTV India, Sony Ten 2 and Sony Max 2" have started on , Irdeto.
G-Sat 15 93.5E 11670 V "Digi Shala" has started on , Fta
G-Sat 15 93.5E 11470 H "Channel Divya, Disha TV and Tele One (Conax)" have started on , Fta.Vaani TV is now Fta
G-Sat 15 93.5E 11510 H "DD National, DD News, DD Sports, DD Kashir, DD Girnar, NDTV Profit, NDTV Prime, Bindass, STV Haryana News, Investigation Discovery India, Epic, Baby TV Asia, Paras TV, Naaptol Blue, Kashish News and Sonic Nickelodeon have started on Fta. News 7 Tamil, ETV Kannada News, Raj Musix Kannada, Aalami Samay, FYI TV 18, Colors Super, WION, Zee Cinemalu, ETV Odia News, Assam Talks, Nepal 1, Dhoom Music, France 24 English, Kaumudy TV, Janam TV, Sanskriti TV Channel, Ramdhenu, Jai Maharashtra, Gemporia, News 18 Kerala, Vedic and Dighvijay News 24x7" have left.

Measat 3 91.5E 3920 V "Asian Food Channel, Food Network Asia, Travel Channel Asia, HGTV Asia and Da Vinci Learning Asia" have started on , Irdeto.

Measat 3a 91.4E 12396 H "Bola Indonesia and Nova Channel" have left .

Yamal 401 90.0E 3837 L "TV 3, Pyatnitsa!, TNT, Shop 24 and Telekanal Zvezda" have left.

Horizons 2 84.8E 11920 H "Chuvash En" has started on , encrypted.
Horizons 2 84.8E 11760 H "Volga" has started on , encrypted. Izvestia TV is now encrypted.
Horizons 2 84.8E 11920 H "Dikiy" has started on , Fta.
Horizons 2 84.8E 12040 H "Bum TV and Spike TV Rossiya" have started on, Fta.
Horizons 2 84.8E 12160 H "Rubl" has left .

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3600 H "TV D" has left.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3769 H "Channel 50" has started on , Fta.

Apstar 7 76.5E 11167 V "Diva Asia" is back on , Tongfang.

ABS 2 75.0E 3772 V "IBC 13" has left .

ABS 2 75.0E 12407 V "Duronto TV" has started on, Exset.

ABS 2/2A 75.0E 11489 V "Mir 24" has started on , Fta

Intelsat 22 72.1E 3962 L "EBC 2" has started on , Fta

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12562 H "Aflame TV and Fano TV" have started on ,Fta. God with us TV, Western Cape TV, The Triumphant and Rhema TV have left.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12562 H A Gloria Divina TV has started on , Fta.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12722 V "Rising Sun TV" has started on , Fta.

NSS 12 57.0E 4095 R "Canal 24 Horas" is Fta

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Telstra offers better streaming with new TV box

From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/life/personal-technology/telstra-offers-better-streaming-with-new-tv-box/news-story/83d699c507f2d833cfe01771eda6755d

Telstra's TV Mark II offers more up-to-date features for streaming services.

Telstra today released a new version of Telstra TV, two years after its first box came to market.

Telstra TV Mark 1 wasn’t feature rich. It used an already obsolete version of the US-developed Roku TV box and wasn’t designed for early-adopters of high technology. That didn’t stop it selling in bucketloads.

Telstra says it sold more than one million Telstra TV boxes over the two years, outstripping sales of Apple TV and Google Chromecast in Australia.

The second version Telstra TV offers more up-to-date features. It has a free-to-air TV tuner, supports 4K resolution streaming media with high dynamic range, and has a universal search feature.

In a single query you can search free-to-air TV, catch-up TV and streaming services.

Search for the US series Friends and it will display any upcoming episodes listed on the free-to-air TV guide, on catch-up TV and Friends’ episodes available on Netflix and BigPond TV.

Away from home you can search the same content on an app, save the results and select to watch that media on your TV or phone when you get home.

Telstra’s TV menu and app features a live TV carousel which shows content currently broadcasting on live TV, and separate row carousels for latest content by other providers.

There’s a free-to-air program guide and notifications and reminders of programs you have earmarked to watch.

Apart from free-to-air TV, there’s the five standard catch-up services: ABC iView, SBS On Demand, +7, 9 NOW and Tenplay. The streaming services include Netflix, BigPond Movies, Stan, Foxtel Now and reality TV streaming service Hayu. It offers access to more than 150 reality TV shows.

The app includes a virtual remote control and there are dedicated buttons for Netflix and Foxtel.

You can access other apps such as YouTube, Roku Media Player and TED video podcasts.

Telstra TV 2 uses the high efficiency video codec (HEVC) to encode media and save bandwidth. Telstra says 80pc of its movies had been encoded with HEVC.

You can create notifications to remind you of upcoming programs.

Telstra TV 2 doesn’t let you record TV, but Telstra argues that’s less necessary now with the availability of catch-up TV services.

You need to keep your original TV remote for controlling the volume and at this stage there is no voice control. Amazon Prime Video isn’t available at launch.

Telstra says it is releasing version 2 of Telstra TV at a time Australian viewing habits are at a tipping point with viewers becoming streamers.

It developed a universal search as 65 per cent of viewers became frustrated trying to find what to watch. Of those frustrated, 69 per cent would turn their TVs off, Telstra says.

Telstra TV 2 will be available from next Tuesday (October 31) as part of Telstra’s great value bundle for $99, or outright for $192 or $8 per month.

You need to be a Telstra customer on its broadband, NBN or wireless services though.

All functionality except free-to-air TV is disabled if you use it with another provider.

Telstra TV version 1 users can upgrade the user interface software to version 2, but their unit still won’t be capable of watching free-to-air content. Telstra is offering a hardware upgrade option for those with version 1 units on contract.

The Australian telco is the first to use Roku’s 4K streaming box with free-to-air capability.

Telstra launches second-gen Telstra TV

From http://www.zdnet.com/article/telstra-launches-second-gen-telstra-tv/

Telstra's second-generation Telstra TV has a free-to-air tuner, HEVC, a quad-core processor, and 4K UHD support, and is included in all AU$99 and above broadband bundles.

Telstra has launched the second iteration of its Telstra TV media streaming box, announcing that it has "united" search functions across free-to-air (FTA), subscription TV, and on-demand streaming services, with the box launching on October 31.

The newest Telstra TV, made by Roku, has an FTA tuner; high-efficiency video codec (HEVC) support; a quad-core MStar processor; 2GB of DRAM; 512MB of additional storage; 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi support; 2160p 4K UHD with HDR support; and HDMI 2.0.

The box will be included in Telstra's AU$99 home broadband bundles, or is available for purchase for AU$192.

Telstra's executive director of media Michele Garra said it was designed to save customers from having to switch between content services and devices. Users can therefore use the search function to trawl all five Australian catch-up services of ABC iView, SBS On Demand, Plus7, 9Now, and Tenplay, plus streaming services Netflix, Stan, BigPond Movies, and Foxtel Now, and all free-to-air channels. Hayu will also be added at the end of October.

"Once users have found what they are looking for, the new Telstra TV will take users straight to the content using deep-linking technology," Telstra explained.

The Telstra TV mobile app now also allows customers to search for and play content through their mobile device, and to use it as a remote for the Telstra TV. The app also includes a notifications centre for reminders, an electronic program guide, and the ability to make lists for future viewing.

"We know that the high-quality digital experiences we are providing to more Australians will continue to differentiate and drive value for our mobile and broadband customers," Garra said.

"Our partnership with Roku, a pioneer of streaming to the TV, has made the new Telstra TV possible. Roku and Telstra have worked together to custom build the device and bring this brilliant experience to Australia."

She added that Telstra is already looking into voice activation, personalised recommendations, and partnering with more content providers in future.

Telstra is also allowing customers to add charges for the Foxtel Now and Netflix streaming services to their Telstra bill.

According to Telstra CEO Andy Penn, the launch is part of the telco's vision to be a "world-class technology company".

"Telstra TV is a perfect example of how we can build software and service layers on top of our leading networks to provide new value and differentiated experiences for our customers," Penn said.

Penn had in August announced the launch of the second Telstra TV after launching the original Telstra TV in October 2015.

"We're about to dial it up again," Penn said at the time, detailing that the Telstra TV would include all streaming and catch-up TV services along with a linked mobile app, making it "a real Australian first".

"Access to the best content is critically important to us as demand for media continues to grow. At the same time, the media market is changing with new participants and increased competition," Telstra added at the time.

The first Telstra TV was the fastest-selling streaming device in Australia, Garra said on Monday, exceeding the Google Chromecast and Apple TV in sales.

Telstra in August announced its media revenue growing by 8.2 percent to AU$935 million during the FY17 financial year thanks to uptake of both the Telstra TV and Foxtel from Telstra. The latter made AU$777 million in revenue, growing by 8.1 percent due to 57,000 additional subscribers. There were 827,000 Telstra TV devices in the market as of June 30.

Telstra has been putting greater emphasis on the availability of media streaming services to win and retain customers, last month announcing the inclusion of Foxtel packages in its post-paid mobile plans.

Telstra is offering customers 12 months of free access to content packs from the Foxtel Now streaming service: Paying AU$129 per month will give customers 30GB of data and two Foxtel Now starter packs; AU$149 will provide three starter packs and 50GB of data; and AU$199 will provide 100GB of data and three starter packs.

The post-paid plans also include data-free streaming of Telstra's AFL and NRL apps.

Video consumption now accounts for 38 percent of Telstra's mobile network usage -- up by 40 percent year on year -- and is forecast to rise to 75 percent of its mobile traffic within the next five years.

Rival telco Optus is also focusing on media content, in July unveiling an entertainment partnership with National Geographic as part of what CEO Allen Lew told ZDNet is the telco's next move to become a "mobile-led multimedia service provider".

Lew had previously said that Optus is a unique position to be the first in Australia to take advantage of the convergence between telecommunications, media, and technology after beginning its self-described transformation into a multimedia company with the acquisition of the exclusive Australian broadcast rights for the English Premier League in 2015.

Not far from Australia lies the space cemetery where satellites go to die

From http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/space/not-far-from-australia-lies-the-space-cemetery-where-satellites-go-to-die/news-story/8b8426d8f9fd97fc93c85f365004c383

KNOWN as the oceanic pole of inaccessibility, this remote stretch of the Pacific Ocean is home to the world’s “spacecraft cemetery”.

IT’S considered the most remote place on Earth and for that very reason it is home to what NASA calls the world’s “spacecraft cemetery”.

You may know of it as Point Nemo which is Latin for “no one”, or by it’s official name: The oceanic pole of inaccessibility. Sitting in the Pacific Ocean, the watery location earns the title for being the furthest point from land on our planet.

And that’s precisely why space agencies around the world like to use it as a final resting place for a myriad of spacecraft that once orbited above us.

At about 2400km from any spot of land, it’s “pretty much the farthest place from any human civilisation you can find,” NASA says.

Basically, you can aim to crash satellites and other space objects over the location without any danger of hitting anybody, or anything.

When the International Space Station gets decommissioned in the coming decades, Point Nemo is where it will go to die. If all goes according to plan, it will rest about 4km below the waves, where few fish swim.

Between 1971 and mid-2016, space agencies all over the world dumped at least 260 spacecrafts into the region, according to Popular Science. And that number has risen significantly in the last few years.

The Russians are actually the biggest dumpers of spacecraft in the area including the country’s former space station, Mir, that was deorbited in 2001 and sent to the underwater cemetery after spending 15 years in space.

Not all spacecrafts end up in a watery grave in the vast stretch of the South Pacific Ocean. Many smaller satellites don’t make it because the heat from the friction of the air burns up the satellite as it falls toward Earth at thousands of kilometres an hour.

Alternatively, objects in very high orbit often use their last bit of fuel to blast themselves farther into space, where they can drift through the cosmos without posing a threat.

The real problem is when we lose control of our celestial vehicles — which has recently occurred with China’s first space laboratory, the Tiangong-1.

Launched in September 2011 it served as a base for space experiments and hosted two three-person crews. But in September last year, Chinese officials said they had lost control of the space lab and expected it to crash into Earth between now and April 2018.

China claims the 10-metre longship, which weighs 8500kg, will likely burn up during its re-entry to Earth but others have expressed doubt about the claim, prompting concern over the site of a potential crash landing.


Space graveyards like Point Nemo can act like a safety net for space objects that don’t burn up entirely upon crashing back to Earth — something which is more important than ever as scientists work to clean up the junkyard sitting hundreds of kilometres above us.

In May, global scientists gathered in Canberra to brainstorm a solution to the growing amount of space junk that litters low Earth orbit.

Space has become so crowded with old defunct satellites, spent rocket parts and other man-made waste that a disastrous collision that damages valuable infrastructure is fast becoming inevitable, scientists fear.

Every time we watch TV, use GPS or check the weather, we are relying on satellite technology. The problem is as we keep sending them up there, the eventual pile of orbiting junk gets bigger. Some predictions claim space could become unusable in as little as 20 years.

It’s estimated that as many as 170 million pieces of debris are circling the Earth at speeds in excess of 27,000km/h. The most worrying part is we only know where 22,000 of them are — putting $900 billion worth of satellites and space infrastructure at risk.

The CEO of Canberra’s Space Environment Research Centre (SERC), Ben Greene, said the lack of data on space junk was a major concern.

“There is so much debris that it is colliding with itself, and creating more debris. A catastrophic avalanche of collisions which could quickly destroy all orbiting satellites is now possible,” he said.

A robust tracking system remains a top priority for researchers tackling the issue.

Astronomers hope that laser technology, which is used to track space debris, can also prove useful in eradicating some of the smaller pieces by being used to gently push bits of space junk, causing them fall back to Earth more rapidly and burn up in the atmosphere.

NZ First policy for free-to-air All Blacks tests a no-go under coalition agreement

From https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/98137677/nz-first-policy-for-freetoair-all-blacks-tests-a-nogo-under-coalition-agreement

New Zealanders may not have minded not having free-to-air All Blacks' tests, following their shock loss to the Wallabies ...

New Zealanders may not have minded not having free-to-air All Blacks' tests, following their shock loss to the Wallabies Sunday night.

Labour has ruled no-deal on the possibility of free-to-air All Blacks' tests, or other major national sporting events.

NZ First leader Winston Peters earlier in the year said a law-change to provide free-to-air rugby would be the price of NZ First's support in forming a government, though it's one National is believed to have also refused to bend on.

Labour has moved to scotch any anticipation the policy might be written into the final agreement, following comments from NZ First sports and recreation spokesperson Clayton Mitchell that it was "still on the table".

A spokesman for Prime Minister-elect Jacinda Ardern has confirmed it was not in the agreement.

NZ First hierarchy had spoken to Mitchell about the interview he gave to Newstalk ZB's Tony Veitch. However, most of the on-air discussion actually centred on a private member's bill Mitchell had drawn in the last Parliamentary term.

Both National and Labour voted against his Broadcasting Amendment Bill which would have ensured international rugby, league, netball and Olympic games can be watched by all New Zealanders.

Mitchell said in the interview on Saturday it was discussed in coalition talks, and the prospect of Kiwis getting free-to-air access to significant sporting games was still on the table.

A spokeswoman for NZ First said the party would be making no further comment on policies until the coalition agreement had been released. That was expected to be Tuesday.

Sky TV has seen its annual profits drop by a fifth and the loss of almost 34,000 satellite subscribers, as the popularity of paid online subscriptions to sites like Netflix and Lightbox continues to soar.

In May this year, Sky stripped the options for daily or weekly passes for specific sporting events under its Fan Pass service.

Fan Pass had become a tempting option for occasional sports fans who wanted to "mix and match" free-to-air television and streaming entertainment.

And this month, Sky and Rugby NZ announced a deal to livestream some of the All Blacks' matches on their northern hemisphere end of year tour.

New Zealand-based fans could purchase the livestream for $24.99 for each All Blacks match and $14.99 for each NZ Māori match.

Prior to the campaign trail, NZ First leader Winston Peters has described free-to-air sport as a "Kiwi birthright", but 1.1 million New Zealand homes did not have Sky and greater access would encourage more physical activity and participation in sport at the grassroots.

China Digital turfed off NYSE

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/20/china-digital-turfed-off-nyse/

China Digital TV Holdings, a conditional access/smart card supplier in China, has lost its listing on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).

The company, founded in 2004, had earlier been told that its listing was at risk because its capitalisation had fallen below the $15 million threshold for 30 consecutive trading days.

China Digital had appealed the decision to a committee made up of NYSE directors on October 12th. Nut says that the appeal was unsuccessful.

China Digital says that trading in its shares, now delisted on the NYSE, will continue to be available via the ‘Over The Counter’ (OTC) system and listed as STVVY. “The Company remains committed to continued transparent communications with its shareholders,” said a note from the company.

China’s precision navigation system to use 30 satellites

BeiDou-3 will be able to achieve accuracy 'within millimeters', 10 times as precise as GPS, according to previous media reports

From http://www.atimes.com/article/chinas-precision-navigation-system-use-30-satellites/

China is building a military-grade navigation system called BeiDou-3 that will have global coverage through more than 30 satellites, according to an academic speaking on the sidelines of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China.

In 1995, China started to develop its first BeiDou Navigation Satellite System as an alternative to the Global Positioning System in use by the United States, Dr Wang Feixue, a professor at the College of Electronic Science and Engineering, National University of Defense Technology, said at a media briefing on Sunday evening.

“Our satellite program kicked off 20 years later than foreign countries’. We have not yet achieved full global coverage at the moment,” Wang said. “There is still a long way for us to go.”

As China only had the resources to launch six satellites two decades ago, its scientists could only use two satellites to track an object, he said. However, they faced a problem with “fast capture”, a key technology for navigation, he said.

“At that time, my team and I were interested in taking the challenge, and finally tackled the problem by using some new technologies,” he said. Based on their achievements, China now has BeiDou-2, which can connect to more than 10 satellites, and is developing BeiDou-3, he said.

“Even if our satellite system can achieve full global coverage by 2020, we should not slow down, as technology is improving every day,” he said. His team will continue to help equip the People’s Liberation Army with new technologies.

Born in 1971, Wang was granted admission to the National University of Defense Technology in 1988 and gained a PhD in 1998. He is the leader of the research team that developed China’s second-generation satellite system, BeiDou-2.

BeiDou, which literally means “Northern Dipper”, the Chinese name for the constellation known in the West as the Big Dipper or the Plow, is a huge engineering project jointly established by hundreds of government departments, and it has already been applied for civilian uses, Wang said.

Previous media reports said BeiDou-3 would be able to achieve an accuracy “within millimeters”, 10 times as precise as GPS.

China will continue to increase the quality and efficiency of its army in order to achieve basic automation by 2020, President Xi Jinping said in his opening speech at the 19th Party Congress last Wednesday. It will upgrade its army and weapons to achieve basic modernization of its national defense by 2035, he said.

By the middle of this century, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) will become a leading army in the world, he said.

At the same media briefing where Wang spoke, Liu Fang, a staff officer of the Office for International Military Cooperation of the Central Military Commission, said that over the past five years during Xi’s first term in office, the PLA’s “circle of friends” had been growing.

“We have established military relations with many foreign powers and also developed different kinds of military cooperation with our neighboring countries,” she said.

The PLA has been proactively contributing to the United Nations’ peacekeeping actions and setting up information-exchange channels with other countries, Liu said.

Myanmar to launch satellite in 2019

From https://www.mmtimes.com/news/myanmar-launch-satellite-2019.html

Myanmar has planned to launch its own satellite system MyanmarSat-2 in June in 2019, official Global New Light of Myanmar reported on Saturday. To establish state-owned satellite system, the three ways — Condosat which is to lease the use of satellite transponder of another country, joint ownership system and total ownership system — are needed to be done, Vice President U Myint Swe told a coordination meeting of the steering committee in Nay Pyi Taw.

The MyanmarSat-2 will be used on joint ownership system while the MyanmarSat-1 is currently used on lease system.

The project will cost about US$155.7 million. The Vice President urged the committee to put the Indefeasible Right of Use (IRU) of the transponder as an unchangeable provision in the contract. The vice president also called on the ministries which are currently working for MyanmarSat-1 using the foreign satellite to hire Myanmar Sat-2 after their contracts with foreign firms expire.

F1 plans OTT service for 2018

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/23/f1-plans-ott-service-for-2018/

Formula 1 has revealed plans to launch an online live streaming service in 2018 as it reviews its digital and broadcast strategies.

While the sport, under the previous management of Bernie Ecclestone, was wary of embracing new platform technology, new owner Liberty Media is keen to exploit digital opportunities, with a live streaming service from races set to be rolled out for the start of next season.

F1’s commercial chief Sean Bratches has admitted the sport needs to provide an ‘over the top’ offering if it was going to attract bigger future audiences. “We have an obligation to our fans, quite candidly, to ensure that they are able to access our content in any means they want,” he told Autosport F1 writer Jonathan Noble. “We would be derelict if we pursued a path for anything other than that.”

According to Bratches, the aim is to create platforms in the direct-to-consumer arena that engage fans and leverage F1’s assets – whether they are live races, archival or data.

The live OTT offerings will only be available in markets without pre-exiting television deals that have guaranteed exclusivity.

Kodi box seller avoids jail

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/23/kodi-box-seller-avoids-jail/

A man who sold Kodi TV boxes which allowed viewers to watch subscription sport and movie channels for free has been given a suspended jail term.

Brian Thompson, 55 from Middlesborough, had denied breaking the law by selling the Kodi boxes, setting up the prospect of a landmark trial. But appearing at Teesside Crown Court he changed his plea to guilty.

Thompson was given an 18-month prison sentence, suspended for two years. He admitted one count of selling and one count of advertising devices “designed, produced or adapted for the purpose of enabling or facilitating the circumvention of effective technological measures”.

The court heard Thompson had been selling “fully loaded” Kodi boxes – ones that had been installed with third-party add-ons that can access pirate content. He had previously claimed the law was a “grey area” and said he wanted to know whether he was “doing anything illegal”.

Thompson had sold an estimated 400 boxes, earning him about £40,000, and losses to Sky were an estimated £200,000 in subscriptions.

Judge Peter Armstrong said there could be no doubt now about the legality of the fully loaded boxes.

“Those who lawfully have to pay £50 a month or more on Sky or BT subscriptions, are done a disservice by people like you and those who buy these devices,” he said.

He said he was suspending Thompson’s jail sentence but others in the future may not be so fortunate.


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Telstra offers AFL app refunds: ACCC

From http://www.zdnet.com/article/telstra-offers-afl-app-refunds-accc/

Following concerns from the ACCC that Telstra did not clearly notify customers after restricting the viewing size of its live AFL streaming app, the telco is offering refunds to some customers.

Telstra has told the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) that it will be refunding some subscribers of its AFL Live Pass app, after changing its policy on the size of the viewing screens available on tablets amid concerns of not disclosing this change to customers.

During the 2016 season, Telstra had allowed customers to live stream AFL matches in full-screen size on their tablets; however, in 2017, it began restricting the viewing size to 7 inches.

According to the ACCC, however, the AFL Live Pass app was still being advertised on the AFL website with images of matches appearing full-screen on tablets.

"Prompted by the ACCC concerns", the watchdog said, Telstra in August began offering refunds to customers who were annual subscribers to the AFL app on January 31, 2017, and who had downloaded the app on a tablet.

"The ACCC was concerned that footy fans may have subscribed or renewed subscriptions to the AFL Live Pass thinking that they could continue watching live AFL matches in full-screen on a tablet, when this was not the case," ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said.

"Some footy fans were locked into a Telstra subscription before the screen size restriction took effect. When businesses make changes to the subscription terms of goods or services, customers should be clearly notified of the change so people are able to make an informed decision about whether to continue their subscription."

Telstra has been putting greater emphasis on the availability of sports and media streaming services to win and retain customers, last month announcing the inclusion of Foxtel packages in its post-paid mobile plans.

Telstra is offering customers 12 months of free access to content packs from the Foxtel Now streaming service: Paying AU$129 per month will give customers 30GB of data and two Foxtel Now starter packs; AU$149 will provide three starter packs and 50GB of data; and AU$199 will provide 100GB of data and three starter packs.

The post-paid plans also include data-free streaming of Telstra's AFL and NRL apps.

Telstra Media Group ED Michele Garra called the deals "the most generous data allowances ever", with Telstra saying it is part of becoming the "home of mobile entertainment in Australia".

"We've already established strong content partnerships with the AFL, NRL, Netball, and Apple Music to provide our customers with access to the best quality content," Garra said, referring to the telco purchasing the five-year broadcast rights for the Australian netball league back in May 2016.

According to Telstra, video consumption now accounts for 38 percent of its mobile network usage -- up by 40 percent year on year -- and is forecast to rise to 75 percent of its mobile traffic within the next five years.

The Telstra TV mobile app will also allow for continuous streaming between home and mobile, with Telstra last month announcing the second iteration of its streaming device.

"We're about to dial it up again," Telstra CEO Andy Penn said, detailing that the Telstra TV 2 will include all streaming and catch-up TV services along with a linked mobile app, making it "a real Australian first".

"Access to the best content is critically important to us as demand for media continues to grow. At the same time, the media market is changing with new participants and increased competition," Telstra added.

Telstra in August announced its media revenue growing by 8.2 percent to AU$935 million during the FY17 financial year thanks to uptake of both the Telstra TV and Foxtel from Telstra. The latter made AU$777 million in revenue, growing by 8.1 percent due to 57,000 additional subscribers. There were 827,000 Telstra TV devices in the market as of June 30.

Optus is also focusing on media content, in July unveiling an entertainment partnership with National Geographic as part of what CEO Allen Lew told ZDNet is the telco's next move to become a "mobile-led multimedia service provider".

Lew had previously said that Optus is a unique position to be the first in Australia to take advantage of the convergence between telecommunications, media, and technology after beginning its self-described transformation into a multimedia company with the acquisition of the exclusive Australian broadcast rights for the English Premier League in 2015.

All Blacks matches to be livestreamed

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11935256

New Zealand Rugby (NZR) and SKY will partner to livestream the All Blacks upcoming matches against the UK Barbarians and a France XV and the Maori All Blacks matches against Canada and the French Barbarians, in a move designed to grow the global fan base for the teams in black.

The partnership will see all four games livestreamed as pay-per-view events on AllBlacksTV.com and will be available to both international and New Zealand based fans.

The livestream will be available on all modern web and mobile browsers delivered in HD quality, depending on the viewer's bandwidth. Those who arrive late to the livestream, will have the ability to rewind to the beginning of the game at any time.

SKY and Fan Pass subscribers will still be able to watch all these games, plus the Tests from the Vista 2017 All Blacks Northern Tour, through their normal subscription.

SKY will provide the broadcast feeds including SKY match commentary for the livestream service.

"We are excited to be working with SKY to provide international and New Zealand-based fans the opportunity to watch the All Blacks and Maori All Blacks across a range of platforms and viewing options including AllBlacksTV video on demand," said NZR Chief Executive Steve Tew.

"SKY remains the home of live rugby in New Zealand, and the only place you can watch every All Blacks match live across the season. This includes the three All Blacks Tests coming up on the Vista 2017 All Blacks Northern Tour in November against France, Scotland and Wales.

"The livestream is a significant opportunity for us to use the latest streaming technology to grow the All Blacks global fanbase. There are over seven million allblacks.com and social media followers that live outside New Zealand so there is a real opening to engage these fans and grow our brand and following internationally by extending our broadcast options.

"With the broadcast environment rapidly evolving it's great to be partnering with SKY to try out new things. The livestream will take SKY's world class rugby production and commentary and use the All Blacks global channels to broadcast to more fans via the rapidly expanding on-demand streaming option," Tew said.

New Zealand-based fans can purchase the livestream for selected individual matches on AllBlacksTV.com for NZD $24.99 per All Blacks match and NZD $14.99 for each Maori All Blacks match. The matches can be watched live or on-demand after the event.

SKY subscribers can watch the four games live on SKY, delayed on Prime, and also available on SKY Go. Fan Pass customers can watch all matches live with their monthly subscription - which is NZD $99 for all seven All Blacks and Maori All Blacks matches in November (plus all the other sport broadcasted on SKY Sport 1-4 that month)

The four selected matches will be live streamed internationally on AllBlacksTV to over 150 countries featuring SKY's expert commentary team and analysis.

Dates and times of livestreamed matches (Note: all times are local to where match is located)

UK Barbarians vs All Blacks
Match taking place Saturday 4 November 2017 at Twickenham, London, Kick off 3pm GMT

French XV vs All Blacks
Match taking place Tuesday 14 November 2017 at Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon, France, Kick off 6.55pm CET

Canada vs Maori All Blacks
Match taking place Friday 3 November 2017 at BC Place Stadium, Vancouver, Canada, Kick off 7pm PDT

French Barbarians vs Maori All Blacks
Match taking place Friday 10 November 2017 in Bordeaux, France Kick off 9pm CET

(Craig's comment, or use a vpn and use rugbypass.com and get the whole months games for $20...)

New era for public broadcasting anticipated

From https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/98106536/new-era-for-public-broadcasting-anticipated

Public broadcasting appears set for a boost.

Public broadcasting is to benefit from a Labour-NZFirst-Green government, a lobby group says, and it is not too concerned which of the plans proposed by Labour and NZ First is taken forward.

Labour's election policy was to boost Radio New Zealand's role in the media market and pay for it to launch a television channel.

The party's broadcasting spokeswoman, Clare Curran, said prior to the election that would likely see Radio NZ get the bulk of an additional $38 million a year that Labour would allocate to public broadcasting.

NZ First proposed removing all advertising from Television New Zealand's TVNZ 1 channel and funding it instead from an increase in the Telecommunications Development Levy.

The levy, which is currently paid by phone companies, would be extended to commercial broadcasters and internet-television companies such as Netflix under its policy.

Myles Thomas, director of Better Public Media, previously known as the Coalition for Better Broadcasting, said Labour's and NZ First's policies were "essentially quite similar".

Both aimed to create a non-commercial public service media platform that included at least one television channel, he said.

But the lobby group had preferred NZ First's policy because it included "sustainable and arm's length funding for media".

Thomas said he looked forward to an improvement after "nine years of slow destruction of public broadcasting and media in New Zealand".

"While the National government has overseen the closure of TVNZ 7, loss of quality television documentaries, evening current affairs plus much more, and the slow strangulation of Radio New Zealand and NZ on Air – the new government marks a turning point," he said.

Fairfax NZ chief executive Sinead Boucher said before the election that it was "great that Labour recognises the importance of high-quality journalism to a sound democracy".

But she questioned its approach of "piling more money into state-owned media" and its plans to turn Radio NZ into a "super-media platform and broadcaster".

Fairfax NZ owns Stuff and newspapers including The Dominion Post, The Sunday Star-Times and The Press.

Boucher advocated putting any extra funding into a publicly-contestable fund that all independent media companies could access.

Another media industry source questioned the wisdom of "further fragmenting audiences" with the launch of a new free-to-air channel, given the declining levels of profitability in the industry.

Prime Minister designate Jacinda Ardern has yet to confirm who her broadcasting minister will be.

Curran who has also acted as spokeswoman for the party on broadcasting, communications and information technology issues has been appointed to the Cabinet.

Plans for satellite in the works yet again

From http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/plans-satellite-works-yet-again

One of Cambodia’s largest conglomerates is reviving plans for the Kingdom’s first communications satellite, with hopes of launching by 2021 with assistance from China.

Im Vutha, spokesman for the Telecommunication Regulator of Cambodia, said tycoon Kith Meng’s Royal Group will spend a year conducting a feasibility study before beginning work on the satellite. Royal Group has partnered with state-owned China Great Wall Industry Corporation, which helped Laos launch its first satellite in 2015.

“It will take a lot of time – seven years by international standards,” Vutha said. “But this company said they may take three years only because they have experience with Laos already.”

Prime Minister Hun Sen has pushed for a Cambodian-owned satellite for years. Royal Blue Skies, a subsidiary of Royal Group, received a concession from the government to launch Cambodia’s first satellite in 2011, but the project never took off.

In 2015, the premier announced a plan to launch a satellite surveillance system to monitor the country’s borders. Last year, he again proposed a Cambodia-owned satellite to deliver high-speed internet.

Vutha said the government wants to invest in satellites as an alternative to a fibre-optic cable to increase broadband penetration in urban and rural areas of the Kingdom.

However, satellites “can have other purposes, like for the Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Land Management, Ministry of Interior, and for security and defence”, he said.

Vutha said the costs had yet to be finalised or approved, but he estimated them to reach $150 million.

Google says a third of C-band dishes registered with the FCC aren’t used

From http://spacenews.com/google-says-a-third-of-c-band-dishes-registered-with-the-fcc-arent-used/

Lots of C-band satellite dishes are unregistered, but of those that are registered with the FCC, up to a third don't exist or aren't used, according to Google. Credit: russellstreet /Flickr (Creative Commons)

WASHINGTON — Earth-observation data shows that one in three C-band satellite dishes registered with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission either don’t exist or aren’t in use, a spectrum official at Google said last week.

The number of unregistered C-band dishes dwarfs that of registered dishes, according to fleet operator Intelsat, but the paucity of hard data on how heavily C-band is truly used is a recognized irritation to the FCC and other telecom regulatory agencies.

Presenting information that could factor heavily into the commission’s decision-making on how to expand the use of C-band, Andrew Clegg, spectrum engineering lead at Google, said Oct. 13 that the company found numerous dishes were absent at database-listed coordinates, either having been removed or having never existed in the first place.

“We looked at all 4,700 registered earth stations using Google Earth imagery and found in 29 percent of the cases, the registered dishes aren’t even there,” Clegg said at the Americas Spectrum Management Conference here. “If we looked at historical imagery, we could see that in some cases those dishes used to be there and were taken out, with the registration never taken off the books. In some cases we saw that the dishes never existed at all, but they are still on the books.”

When factoring in the 29 percent missing “plus probably a greater percentage that aren’t operating anymore, roughly a third of the registrations are not active,” he said, based on Google research. “We think the database really needs to be cleaned up.”

Speaking on the same panel, Hazem Moakkit, Intelsat’s vice president of corporate and spectrum strategy, said recent discussions with a small broadcaster revealed that that customer had more than half as many unregistered C-band dishes for their customers alone than the FCC has in all of the agency’s records.

“Only one of our customers told us that they have 3,000 earth stations that are not registered,” he said. “They are one of the smaller broadcasters and they don’t deal with registration. We have to factor that into the equation.”

By that metric, Intelsat customers alone have multiple times what the FCC has documented in C-band dishes. Competitor SES also has a large C-band customer base in the United States, and other operators have a smaller but not inconsequential presence.

Moakkit said the onus remains on customers and not satellite operators to register terminals and keep that information fresh. Thousands of receive-only satellite dishes stay unregistered because the FCC allows it, he said. Nevertheless, that Intelsat-customer discussion meant to better gauge how many dishes are in use provided a vague proxy as to the decisively larger fraction of unregistered dishes.

Unreliable data on how many C-band terminals are active has been a sticking point with regulators in the U.S. and internationally as they try to gauge how heavily the satellite industry truly relies on spectrum. In an Oct. 13 speech at the conference, FCC commissioner Michael O’Rielly said he wants the agency to ensure “updated and complete information about incumbent operations is in the FCC databases.”

“At a minimum, the commission needs a better understanding of the current number of C-band earth stations in existence. This is the only means the commission has to truly evaluate current use and protection mechanisms to the extent that they are necessary,” he said.

Satellite operators say their customers — particularly broadcasters with receive-only C-band dishes — often don’t register their dishes, and that enforcing registrations is beyond operators’ control. Without those numbers, the satellite industry has argued that its use of C-band is substantially greater than what’s accounted for by regulators, but hasn’t been able to back those claims with numbers.

Space-based imagery could, ironically, force satellite operators to address the dearth of information more seriously.

The FCC is evaluating ways to let mobile communications companies use C-band, especially for 5G, the fifth generation of mobile networks. Moakkit said each new technology generation — be it 3G, 4G or now 5G — has grown into a “crescendo of repeated attempts to repurpose C-band.”

Sensing the crescendo growing louder than before, Intelsat teamed up with Intel to submit a proposal that would have satellite operators clear C-band in part or in full around metropolitan areas in exchange for financial compensation from mobile users. Several other satellite operators have either deferred opinions or publicly spoken against the idea.

Google is also a critic of Intelsat and Intel’s proposal. Clegg said Google doubts Intelsat’s timeline — that industry-led spectrum clearing could open up C-band in one to three years — and would rather support an approach that first uses the band for fixed broadband access. Mobile user access would come later, he said.

Moakkit said Google’s plan would only muddy the situation by introducing a second incumbent ahead of mobile operators that would then both demand protection.

“For us in the satellite industry, particularly for Intelsat as the largest holder of C-band rights for satellite around the globe, the most important objective is to ensure that we can protect our customers and protect the services that we provide,” he said.

Qatar’s Emir denounces “unjust siege” over beIN Sport

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/20/qatars-emir-denounces-unjust-siege-over-bein-sport/

Qatar’s Emir, Sheikh Tamim Al Thani, speaking in Indonesia where he is currently on a visit, was highly critical of the recent move by Egypt to further escalate the already wounding diplomatic row with Qatar.

Egypt, along with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE have already cut all diplomatic and trade links with Qatar. On October 17th it emerged that Egypt had alleged that beIN Sport was involved in “monopolistic” practices and had repeatedly violated Egypt’s competition laws.

Saudi Arabia and Egypt are still demanding that Al Jazeera be closed down. Al Jazeera is best described as a ‘sister’ broadcaster to beIN Sport in Qatar

Could SpaceX herald a $1 trillion a year space business?

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/19/inside-satellite-could-spacex-herald-a-1-trillion-a-year-space-business/

A thought-provoking feature in Fortune magazine suggests that the world might be on the cusp of a new clutch of space pioneers. It says that the likes of Elon Musk (SpaceX), Amazon’s Jeff Bezos (Blue Origin rockets) as well as cash from Bill Gates (Microsoft), Google’s Sergey Brin and even Virgin’s Richard Branson could all be the forerunners of a new ‘space age’.

Musk is backing interplanetary travel with his Falcon ‘BFR’, which is his cheeky way of saying that it’s a really big rocket. Destined for Mars, few today believe that Musk’s suggestion of getting from the USA to Australia in under an hour is wholly realistic despite the theoretical possibility! After all, the truth currently is that the journey would actually have to be from a rocket launch site in the US to a landing site in Australia, or the UK, or wherever. And that means quite a few political challenges as well as environmental and logistical obstacles to be overcome. But never say never where Musk is concerned.

Much more likely is a true revolution in how Space is used, for low-cost and ubiquitous broadband everywhere, with commensurate benefits for a dozen players, not least Bill Gates, Google and the rest.

Whether Greg Wyler’s OneWeb and his 4,000 or so low Earth orbiting satellites will kick-start this revolution is still to be seen, but SES-backed O3b is already winning new clients and rapidly expanding demand for broadband in some far-off and underserved countries and territories. The fact that its greatest success happens to be cruise ship passengers is neither here or there. Those 6,000 passengers plus crew are busy creating new demand for Facebook, Snapchat, the latest sports scores and non-stop video.

Fortune quotes an analysis from investment bank Morgan Stanley which talks of dramatic expansion in e-commerce and digital advertising, and also suggests that Elon Musk’s currently privately-held SpaceX business could be worth $50 billion in a public float.

Fortune also specifically highlights some major defence aerospace businesses as worth an investment, as well as established players such as SES and Boeing as well as the established ‘new age’ operators such as Facebook, Google and Amazon as likely beneficiaries.


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Sky TV down nearly 28,000 subscribers

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11934722

SKY TV's annual profits are down a fifth.

Sky TV lost 27,897 subscribers in the 2017 financial year, it was announced ahead of the company's annual general meeting today.

In the chairman's address, released to the NZX ahead of the 2pm AGM, Peter Macourt said the subscriber story was a mixed one with average monthly revenue per subscriber increased 19 cents to $78.82 and gross churn reduced 1.6 per cent to 15.9 per cent.

The drop in subscribers means the pay TV service has 824,782 people signed up to the television provider.

"Your board recognises the importance of dividends to shareholders, and was disappointed to reduce the final dividend, but while we continue to operate in a rapidly changing and uncertain media environment, we will be considering diverting funds from dividends further towards debt reduction," the address said.

It said that Sky's board and management team had a placed a huge focus on the eventually unsuccessful bid to merge with Vodafone New Zealand.

"Having heavily focused on the transaction for an extended period of time and the
considerable investment in working toward a merger, there was a sense of disappointment at the outcome.

"However, this was just one strategic option for Sky and we have now turned our focus to
alternative means to attract and maintain customers of video entertainment."

The year saw Sky's revenue decrease 3.7 per cent to $893.5 million from $928.2m in the previous period, according to the address.

Operating expenses were flat at $601.2m and net profit declined 20.9 per cent
to $116.3m. This included the $2.1m in expenses related to the acquisition of Vodafone NZ.

Earnings before interest, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) was $292.3m. A final dividend of 12.5 cents per share, and a total dividend of 27.5 cents per share for the year was announced.

Programming costs increased by $18.3m to 39.1 per cent of revenue.

"The Rio Olympics, a full year of the new more expensive SANZAR rugby contract, return of US PGA golf, Lions Tour, America's Cup, On Demand content and new channel Viceland all contributed to the increase."

Freeview launches set to transform TV

From Press Release: FreeView

Thursday, 19 October 2017, 11:24 am

Freeview launches set to transform TV

PRESS RELEASE | Thursday 19th October, 2017

Freeview has today announced the launch of an innovative new high-end recorder and a new Freeview On Demand platform combining Live TV and On Demand services on Smart TVs and set top boxes.

Expected to be in store in Q1 2018, the premium recorder – produced by local company Dish TV – will be the first device to combine Freeview Live TV, Freeview On Demand and Freeview Record capabilities in one beautifully-designed unit, compatible with both UHF aerial and satellite dish.

The new Freeview recorder will not only give viewers On Demand content from Māori Television, TVNZ OnDemand and ThreeNow, it will also enable access to a range of popular local and international third-party video on demand (VOD) apps, making it a true one-stop shop for Kiwis’ entertainment needs.

Beyond this the recorder provides viewers with access to the Freeview TV Guide, ability to ‘live pause’, record live TV and play back stored content via an intuitive user interface. A new mobile app will also provide access to the Guide and allow the user to set recordings remotely.

Recently appointed CEO, Jason Foden, says Freeview hopes the recorder’s launch will be welcomed by Kiwi viewers, particularly those impacted by TiVo’s exit from the New Zealand market later this month, and those looking for alternatives to expensive subscription services.

“There’s a great deal of change currently playing out across New Zealand’s TV landscape – viewers have more choice than ever. Freeview is offering viewers access to local and international VOD content on their terms while also keeping live TV at the heart of the viewing experience.

“Everything about the design of the new recorder is intended to deliver the content viewers want, where and when they want it. Combining the Live TV, On Demand and Record capabilities in one device is a big part of that – as is our decision to partner with external VOD services to make accessing content outside of the Freeview library even easier,” Foden concludes.

Freeview will also soon be launching a seamless new Freeview On Demand platform – which will replace the existing FreeviewPlus service and will be rolled out over the next three months.

While FreeviewPlus has been popular with viewers wanting access to the TV Guide and On Demand services, the fragmented nature of content delivery through various network streaming apps made it difficult to use.

In a truly viewer-centric approach, the new Freeview On Demand platform will feature a single application combining all broadcaster content in one simple-to-use interface for both content discovery and streaming.

The new Freeview On Demand platform will be available across all new and existing smart TVs released since 2015, HbbTV-capable set top boxes and recorders connected to both broadband internet and a TV antenna (satellite dish or UHF aerial).

For viewers with only a broadband connection, Freeview On Demand will also be available as a Smart TV app on selected Smart TV brands.

And yes, as with everything offered by Freeview, the new Freeview On Demand and the full suite of Freeview features built into the new recorder are free to access.

Arqiva powers Fox Asia 4K F1

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/18/arqiva-powers-fox-asia-4k-f1/

International satellite and media services provider Arqiva is partnering with FOX Networks Group (FNG) Asia to deliver a 4K content stream of the 2017 FIA Formula One World Championship – the first time FNG Asia has streamed 4K content to viewers across the region.

Arqiva will provide its streaming services for the remaining four races of the Formula One season – taking place in the US, Mexico, Brazil and Abu Dhabi – having already delivered live 4K streaming of the Singapore, Malaysian and Japanese Grands Prix.

The partnership will see Arqiva utilise its fibre infrastructure to pick-up live 4K content from Sky and take responsibility for transcoding and delivery into FNG Asia’s channel delivery network via a combination of traditional and cloud based services.

It is the latest project in a four-year relationship between Arqiva and FNG Asia, which has seen them working together on the delivery of content for channels in Singapore.

“We are thrilled to be working with a broadcaster like FNG Asia on a spectacle as prestigious as Formula One, and it is a fantastic reflection of Arqiva’s growing presence in the Asian market,” declared Chris Walder, Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific at Arqiva.

“FNG Asia shares our values in terms of providing the most efficient, stimulating viewing experiences to its customers, and we are looking forward to developing this relationship.”

“Arqiva’s managed IP streaming service leverages a combination of traditional services and cloud delivery mechanisms to provide the very best occupational and commercial proposition to our customers,” added Alex Pannell, Director of Media Services at Arqiva. “It is for this reason that tier 1 global broadcasters and content owners, such as FNG Asia, are leveraging our media hub to deliver services to their audiences around the world.”

“Having worked together with Arqiva for more than four years, we are confident in its ability to provide reliable, high quality services for our channels, no matter the requirement,” averred Jeroen Roeper, Vice President of Broadcast Technical Operations ‎at FOX Networks Group Asia.

“FNG Asia has a growing base of customers who are passionate about sports and programming, so when the prospect of delivering our very first 4K stream for this year’s Grand Prix races arose, there was no question that Arqiva would be the right partner for the job. We’re excited to be extending our relationship with Arqiva into this new territory, bringing our viewers the live 4K Formula One coverage they deserve – and are incredibly pleased with the results so far.”

New crackdown on organised crime in Asia could be the death of your Kodi stream

From https://tech.thaivisa.com/new-crackdown-organised-crime-asia-death-kodi-stream/25075/

It could soon be much harder to watch sports, TV shows and movies via a Kodi box.

A newly formed coalition of the some of the world’s largest entertainment organisations and content creators have joined forces to tackle illegal streaming online through so called ‘fully loaded Kodi boxes’.

The Kodi boxes, which are referred to as illicit streaming devices (ISDs) within the industry, allow users to stream live sports and TV shows for free. But the content is ripped from the likes of HBO, the Premier League and Astro, among others.

Now the newly formed Coalition Against Piracy (CAP) says it will tackle illegally piracy and is focussing its efforts in Asia, where it claims highly organized transnational crime syndicates are responsible for the sale and distribution of the content through illegal streaming boxes, which are then sold around the world.

The ‘Kodi boxes’ have nothing to do with the Kodi organisation, who make the Kodi software which is designed to be used to allow people to easily manage their own library of multimedia content.

However, because of its open source nature, third parties use the software to create add-ons that enable users to illegally access copyrighted content through the streaming boxes.

Torrent Freak reports that CAP is made up of many of the entertainment channels which broadcast in Thailand and throughout Southeast Asia, including Disney, Fox, HBO Asia, NBCUniversal, Premier League, Turner Asia-Pacific, A&E Networks, Astro, BBC Worldwide, TV5MONDE and others.

Neil Gane, formerly of the Hong Kong Police who has been hired by CAP as its general manager, reportedly told Indian Television: “The prevalence of ISDs across Asia is staggering. The criminals who operate the ISD networks and the pirate websites are profiting from the hard work of talented creators, seriously damaging the legitimate content ecosystem as well as exposing consumers to dangerous malware”.

“This is a highly organized transnational crime with criminal syndicates profiting enormously at the expense of consumers as well as content creators,” Gane added

If CAP succeeds in putting a halt to the illegal streaming channels and operations in Southeast Asia then repercussions will almost certainly be felt in Thailand, where the boxes have become popular with expats who use them to watch TV from their home country, as well as live sports, without having to pay a subscription fee.

The news comes after it was also revealed earlier this week that a number of major Hollywood studios have teamed up with streaming giants Netflix and Amazon to launch a joint lawsuit against a company in the US which distributes a Kodi powered streaming box called Tick Box, the Hollywood Reporter said.

Qatar hit by Egypt in beIN Sports row

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/19/qatar-hit-by-egypt-in-bein-sports-row/

The diplomatic problems between Saudi Arabia, Egypt and other Gulf states and Qatar has escalated and now threatens the TV output from Qatar-based beIN Sports.

October 18 saw Egypt’s prosecutor-general name and refer Nasser Al-Khelaifi, beIN Media Group’s CEO (and president of football club Paris Saint Germain) to Egypt’s Commercial Court and alleging “monopolistic practices” and repeated violations of Egypt’s competition laws.

The allegations come down to beIN’s cutting of transmissions to Cairo-based Nilesat and switching satellites to that of Qatari-owned Es’HailSat, and thus “forcing” viewers who wanted to see all-important football games which beIN hold broadcasting rights to.

Al Ahram, Egypt’s semi-official newspaper, reports that the charges allege that this switching of satellites could lead to Nilesat losing viewers (and subscribers to Orbit-Showtime Network/OSN) and forcing viewers to pay for entertainment and sports that they may not be interested in.

Not helping are criminal charges laid before a Swiss court a week ago also involving Al-Khelaifi and beIN alleging that beIN made bribery payments to FIFA officials in order to secure World Cup exclusive TV coverage. The investigation concerns alleged bribes offered to former FIFA secretary-general Jerome Valcke to award 2026 and 2030 World Cup rights to the beIN Media Group, according to the office of Switzerland’s attorney-general.

Al-Khelaifi confirmed October 18th that he is set to speak to Swiss officials on October 25th.

Last week, the Paris offices of beIN Sports were raided and searched, along with other offices in Greece, Italy and Spain.

Ruptly launches new streaming platform

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/18/ruptly-launches-new-streaming-platform/

Global news agency Ruptly has announced the launch of its video streaming platform which offers global live events with the ability to broadcast directly to social media.

The new platform – Ruptly Live – gives anyone the chance to stream professional live video content from around the world, allowing broadcasters and vloggers alike, to stream live video quickly and easily.

Commenting at the launch of the new platform, CEO of Ruptly Dinara Toktosunova said: “Live transmissions are the optimal content for our clients because they allow audiences to be fully immersed in any given moment, as if they were actually there, watching breaking news and viral stories as they happen – in both traditional and 360 formats. Live streaming allows for maximum audience engagement. What Ruptly has done is develop a break-through approach for live streams, never attempted by any other video agency. Ruptly Live is a two-in-one product. We are pushing the boundaries of accessibility by offering premium content that anyone and everyone can post on social media via an easy-to-embed live streaming solution.”

The process removes the need for specialist technology, coding or expertise – all users need to do is sign in, select an event and click to stream. Live video can be streamed directly to social media such as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Periscope, as well as delivered through CDNs to native players – giving users the freedom to embed custom adverts. Up to eight lives can be broadcasted directly to social media simultaneously.

Ruptly Live will also offer users access to 360 degree video content and drone footage, available in 4K.

Roku launches new devices in LatAm, Canada

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/18/roku-launches-new-devices-in-latam-canada/

Roku is making its streaming platform available to consumers and content publishers in Argentina, Central America, Chile, Colombia and Peru. The company unveiled two players that will come to market in the coming weeks – the Roku Express+ which for HD streaming, and the Roku Streaming Stick+ capable of streaming HD, 4K and 4K HDR at up to 60 fps.

“Streaming is gaining popularity quickly around the world, and in particular, in Latin America because it allows consumers to watch TV on their terms. To meet the demand, we are launching our affordable and easy to use streaming players in various countries in Latin America,” said Chas Smith, general manager of Roku TVs and players. “The Roku Express+ is one of our most popular streaming players, and is a great starting point for first time streamers because it works with virtually any TV. We’re also delivering our all-new Roku Streaming Stick+ that provides a cutting-edge streaming experience on both HD and 4K TVs.”

Roku has also announced that it is launching the new Roku Express in Canada. Consumers in Canada can access 4,000+ streaming channels, including 150,000 movies and TV episodes.



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From the Dish

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

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

Insat 4A 83.0E 3725 H "Food Food" has left .
Insat 4A 83.0E 3921 H "RK New"s has left
Insat 4A 83.0E 4133 H "Dishum TV, 1st India and Transmedia Gujrati" have started on , Fta Max Vision, Awaaz India TV and Transmedia News have left.

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

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

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

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Vodafone TV — television in the cloud

From https://billbennett.co.nz/vodafone-tv-fibre/

Vodafone TV You need a fast fibre connection to use the new-look Vodafone TV. Less than 100Mbps won’t cut it. That means a UFB connection or Vodafone’s own FibreX alternative.

You also need a Vodafone broadband account. The service is company exclusive. CEO Russell Stanners says he hopes customers who like the look of Vodafone TV will reward his company with their business.

Vodafone has offered a TV service for some time. Its 2013 earlier incarnation was, in effect, a version of Sky TV’s My Box reworked for the internet.

The new version is something else. The hardware is a puck-sized box packaged with a remote control. In some ways it is like Apple TV.

It’s not about the hardware

There’s not much to the hardware because there doesn’t need to be much. The cloud does all the heavy lifting. An Amazon server stores all TV shows, movies and other video. It could be in Australia, but it could be anywhere in the world.

Cloud storage has the vast catalogue of material and the user’s own saved program choices.

There are also mobile clients for phones and tablets. Stanners says, you might be sitting at home watching the All Blacks test on a large screen before going on a trip.

When your taxi arrives, you can press pause on the big display. Load yourself in the car and resume watching the game from the point where you stopped en route to the airport. Pause again, dump your bags and find a seat in the lounge before getting back to watching the game on your tablet.

Stanners says the experience is seamless and brings all the screens together. Vodafone wasn’t able to show the hand-off at the Auckland event to show off the product. Yet staff were able to show how well Vodafone TV works on big screens and on mobiles. It is impressive and like all impressive technology has a faint whiff of magic about it.

Reverse electronic programme guide

Using the cloud has other advantages. There’s no likelihood of running out of local storage. And there’s a powerful reverse electronic programme guide.

This makes it easy to find the shows you want. One neat twist is you can use your mobile phone to cue big screen content. It’s a form of on-demand programming. Armed with the reverse programme guide, you can search back through the last week or so to find shows that you may have missed. The actual timespan wasn’t discussed.

Vodafone TV uses the company’s proprietary intellectual property. The company has a similar product in parts of Europe. Stanners says there has been a huge amount of local input into the service on sale here. Not least, is the work clearing the rights with content owners to build the reverse electronic programme guide.

Vodafone TV: made for Sky merger

The TV-as-a-service product was already in the pipeline when Vodafone planned to merge with Sky. It shows what Vodafone was able to bring to the party. Sky, meanwhile, owns the bulk of content. It will all be there on Vodafone TV, but it’s isn’t an exclusive relationship. The device is able to run apps and from day one there will be Netflix, YouTube and content from Mediaworks. TVNZ will join them soon after.

Vodafone was coy about the precise launch date and the cost. Stanners says it will be soon. There was a whisper at the event that soon means the next week or two. We could have the new Vodafone TV before we have a government.

He wouldn’t talk prices, but Stanners says they will be competitive. Again, the word around the event is that it won’t be expensive. There will be add-ons, some premium content and extras like Netflix subscriptions. At this stage customers will have to buy Netflix themselves, but Vodafone may yet offer it.

Party-on dudes

It doesn’t stop there. Stanners says one advantage of Vodafone’s approach is it makes distribution easy for smaller content providers. He says that means we could see the emergence of Wayne’s World-like niche channels.

The event made it clear there is still a strong relationship between Vodafone and Sky. Vodafone TV delivers most of what a merged operation could have achieved. It does so without causing regulatory ripples. There is no legal compulsion for Sky to offer the same content to other broadband suppliers.

Vodafone TV puts the company in a strong competitive position. It should be able to grow its share of the broadband market. Yet even with stellar growth it will struggle to match Sky’s satellite reach. It goes places fibre doesn’t.

Fibre is important to Vodafone TV. You need a solid, fast, reliable connection for it to work.

Chorus and the other fibre companies have graphs that show how fibre uptake took-off. It happened first when Spark introduced Lightbox. Then, again, when Netflix opened in New Zealand. There were two clear inflection points.

Inflection point

It wasn’t only uptake. The graphs also showing how much data users download. These also turned corners at the inflection moments. Expect a similar effect as Vodafone TV kicks in.

Close Vodafone watchers may have spotted a theme with the company in recent months. Vodafone group product director Sally Fuller was in town earlier this year. The main thrust of her presentation was that we’re moving to: “Everything-as-a-service”. She says the ownership of things is on the way out, instead we buy outcomes.

This is something you could miss in Vodafone’s TV announcement. Yes, it is a flash new product. It has the capacity to delight customers and win business from rivals.

At the same time it is another step closer to “everything-as-a-service”. This is the future world Vodafone refers to in its advertising. Vodafone TV is more than a product, it is a strategy.

Op-Ed | Intelsat’s Myopia on C-band

From http://spacenews.com/op-ed-intelsats-myopia-on-c-band/

The recent proposal made by Intelsat and Intel in response to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) request for proposals on how the satellite industry and the mobile networks can coexist took many of us by surprise. Intelsat until recently has been a fervent champion of the protection of C-band for priority use by satellite operations. For them to propose to vacate C-band antennas from major urban centers to remote areas in exchange to be financially compensated by mobile operators may seem to be astute from some perspectives in the short term but it may also bring down its own and the rest of the satellite operator business interests around the globe.

During the last World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) , satellite operators and the majority of countries successfully held back forces behind mobile operators to preserve C-band and 28 GHz from being assigned to mobile services. Certainly the FCC was one of the most vocal opponents to the conclusion of the WRC 2015 and it continues to be very critical of the satellite industry in disagreeing with its proposal to reassign C-band and 28 GHz to mobility applications. Its chairman recently even threatened to abandon the United Nations International Telecommunication Union (ITU) altogether to make its own direction if its decisions are not followed at the ITU. The opponents of this position, including Intelsat till recently, made it very clear that C-band is the lifeline frequency of choice for many countries and operators for mission critical applications such as communications and television broadcasting services. A significant portion of the $16 billion annual Fixed Satellite Services (FSS) revenues come from C-band services. Despite its usage decline in the U.S. and Europe, C-band contracts represent a significant portion of the backlog for many satellite operators including Intelsat. This is why I find Intelsat’s motives even more puzzling because of the global ramifications which could follow if the FCC would move forward with this proposal. It risks not only its own survival but also the financial stability of our entire FSS industry.

We should begin with the larger question: does Intelsat or any other GEO C-band operator own any part of C-band frequencies used in their respective GEO orbits for terrestrial use? ITU radio regulations state that satellite frequencies belong to administrations or countries where the filings are made so as long those rules are followed. These rules are made and agreed by all the members of the ITU and from time to time are newly created or amended as the members see fit during the World Radiocommunication Conferences, with the next one to be held, WRC 2019. the ITU radio regulations currently state that the standard C-band today has a priority for Space-to-Earth and Earth-to-Space in the 3.7 to 4.2 GHz and 5.9 to 6.4 GHz respectively. These regulations allow point-to-point microwave use of C-band terrestrially so as long as they protect satellite operations. This is a position agreed by all the countries to follow. The right of use of these satellite C-band frequencies belong to the countries and administrations, not the satellite operators themselves. In the case of Intelsat, I believe most of their GEO orbit frequencies belong to the FCC and the International Telecommunications Satellite Organization, ITSO. I don’t know if ITSO itself had agreed with this proposal, but if Intelsat did this without consulting with ITSO, they may have offered to trade something which they don’t own.

Beyond the ownership of the spectrum issue, there is a bigger implication to this proposed step which may severely backfire on Intelsat and the rest of the FSS industry. No administration till today, outside the ITU process, has unilaterally decided to change the ITU regulations and assign terrestrial mobile services to be priority in C-band. If the FCC follows through with this recommendation unilaterally, it could set a dangerous precedent. As I have described in an earlier publication, the United States and the FCC happens to be one of the five countries that occupy 90 percent of global C- and Ku-band orbital slots. Its satellite operators who operate under its filings, including Intelsat, enjoy the benefits derived from years of frequency priority all over the world, including countries that depend upon satellite operating in C-band, including those in South America, Africa, Asia and the Pacific Islands. If the FCC sets the precedent that any one country can unilaterally declare national sovereignty (meaning make its own rules) over satellite C-band, why couldn’t every other nation follow suit? If every nation from Mexico to Mauritius to Malaysia can declare standard C-band is up for grabs for terrestrial use, what would happen to Intelsat’s business let alone the business of SES, Eutelsat, Telesat and every other satellite operator global and regional?

If many other nations decided to follow ‘nationalising’ C-band spectrum and turned it over to their own mobile operators, Intelsat could quickly find that they could no longer carry C-band services for its customers for many parts of the world. As such they could lose billions of dollars of backlog and they will find it much more challenging to service their debts. Moreover what entity would be 100 percent motivated to make sure this happens exactly in every country? It would be the company that is trying to set the next generation 5G mobile standard, Intel of course. The very entity that Intelsat is supposedly teaming up with in the U.S. would use this as precedence to go to each and every country to “nationalize” C-band to the very detriment of Intelsat and, sadly, the rest of the FSS industry. Intelsat may try to argue they would need to be compensated by any other foreign government to give up “their” C-band, but their shouts and cries could seriously fall to deaf ears because there is no guarantee that mobile operators in the U.S. or any other country in the world would agree to compensate satellite operators to use the satellite C-band frequencies.

An avalanche starts with a snow flake, and if Intelsat’s proposal starts the toppling of the dominos, no one will know how this will end for themselves and the rest of the satellite industry because we cannot fathom where it would end: it may not just end with C-band but continue onto Ku- and Ka-band as well. When I grew up I played a lot of chess — of course I was not an expert but I learned very early that every move has a consequence and one must plan not the very next move but the multiple moves in advance if you are to have a chance at success. Intelsat has by making this proposal now created the possibility that our C-band antennas can somehow be migrated away from our cable TV customers for the benefit of the mobile industry. In their myopic search for short term cash, they may have set in motion actions and consequences which undermines one of the pillars of their assets, their global satellite C-band priority (as well as everyone else’s) in 40-plus orbital slots around the world. By teaming up with Intel, one of our industry’s biggest nemeses, Intelsat may have opened the cage and let in a tiger to our midst who will take this opportunity to undermine satellite C-band on a global scale. Let’s hope that all the sheep in the cage survive this mistake, including the one that let the tiger in. The rest of the FSS industry must continue to do everything in their power to protect the priority use of satellite allocated C-band for not only our own interests but the interests of our customers who are depending on us for their future operations. Finally with all due respect, we should ask all regulatory bodies to preserve the legitimacy of the ITU process and as such if there are to be any changes in the current regulations we should discourage any unilateral changes on a national basis and agree to do them collectively in the next WRC 2019.

Tom Choi is the co-founder and chief executive of satellite telecommunications operator ABS.

Russia increases Glonass orbital grouping to 24 satellites

From http://tass.com/science/971132

Tthe Glonass orbital grouping has again been increased to its standard number

MOSCOW, October 17. /TASS/. Russia has started using the Glonass-M No. 52 navigation satellite produced by the Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems Company pursuant to its designation, the press office of State Space Corporation Roscosmos reported on Tuesday.

"With the launch of the Glonass-M No. 52 satellite into operation, the Glonass orbital grouping has again been increased to its standard number of 24 space vehicles," the Roscosmos press office said.

The Glonass-M No. 52 satellite orbited on September 22, 2017, has been accepted for operation following the results of checks into its functioning in flight conditions. It will be used instead of a satellite that had worked in the orbital grouping 1.5 times longer than the guaranteed service life.

Cambodia aims to launch its first satellite in 3 years

From https://www.telecomasia.net/content/cambodia-aims-launch-its-first-satellite-3-years

The Cambodian government plans to launch its first communications satellite by as early as 2021, and will conduct a feasibility study within a year.

The satellite project is projected to cost around $150 million and the satellite will have a lifespan of seven years, the Bangkok Post reported, citing comments from an official at the Telecom Regulator of Cambodia (TRC).

TRC and the Ministry of Post and Telecom have partnered with Royal Blue Skies and Beijing-based China Great Wall Industry Corporation, and these partnerships are expected to allow Cambodia to launch a satellite within three years, compared to the standard of seven, the official said.

China Great Wall Industry Corporation already has experience launching a satellite in Laos and will be able to take this experience to the Cambodian project.

The feasibility study will be used to gauge the potential demand for satellite services and determine how much the government should invest in the project.

In March, a new subsea cable was launched connecting Cambodia with Malaysia and Thailand. The 1,300km Malaysia-Cambodia-Thailand (MCT) cable system was built by a joint venture between Cambodia's EZECOM, Telekom Malaysia and Symphony Communication of Thailand.

Sky Germany and Italy UHD next year

From advanced television.com

Gary Davey, MD Content Europe for Sky, told delegates attending his keynote speech in the Sony UHD Theatre at MIPCOM that Ultra HD has been a big success in the UK, and that Germany and Italy will follow with a Sky Q proposition in the next year.

Davey said UHD was in the top three reasons for people upgrading to Sky Q, which costs an extra £12 (€13.50) a month and that Sky UK had made over 1,000 hours of 4K content so far. “Our concern, particularly with live football was handling the data – it is amazing how quickly this has been overcome, we recently did a live music festival and there will be much more of that kind of event television to come.”

He confirmed there will an increased budget for UHD (non-sport) original content next year across all genres and commented that the incremental cost of producing in UHD had fallen very fast and was continuing to fall. Davey said all UHD content was being graded for HDR and all versions were being tested in the lab.

Samsung invests in Pluto TV

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/17/samsung-invests-in-pluto-tv/

Pluto TV, the free Internet television service in the US, has received $5 million in funding from Samsung Venture Investment Corporation, the venture capital arm of the Samsung Group, with participation from other investors totalling $8.3 million. The funding will be used to further expand Pluto TV’s product, content and marketing efforts.

“Samsung is the global leader in the TV market, changing the way people experience entertainment through constant innovation,” said Tom Ryan, CEO of Pluto TV. “Their investment in Pluto TV is a great vote of confidence in our mission to bring free Internet television to consumers everywhere.”

“Pluto TV is the leading free Internet TV service in America and we see huge potential for the company as they scale their cutting edge offering to viewers around the world,” said Jihong Kim with Samsung Venture Investment Corporation.”

OSN launches anti-piracy game

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/17/osn-launches-anti-piracy-game/

Middle East pay-TV operator OSN and Dubai Customs have launched what they say is the world’s first Content Protection virtual reality (VR) game at KidZania Dubai to boost awareness of the threats of content theft.

The 60 second game, Copycat Combat, is a collaboration between the pair, who have a strong partnership in combating the import of illegal satellite and IPTV devices as well as championing intellectual property rights (IPR.)

Copycat Combat is aimed at children between the ages of 5 and 12 and will be available to play at mall stands and other public spaces across the region managed by OSN. The game will also be toured in UAE schools by Dubai Customs as part of its ongoing educational initiatives to raise awareness of the importance of protecting IPR.

In ‘matrix-style’ world content thieves zap OSN’s precious collection of movies, TV series, kids shows and sports events with powerful laser rays. The game player must ‘shield’ the collection with armoured gloves during an adrenaline-accelerating and pulsating assault that requires fast reflexes and accuracy.

“This is super exciting for us at OSN, to be first in the world to launch a content protection game that helps children to understand the massive threats that the entertainment industry faces from content theft,” commented Sophie Moloney, Chief Legal Officer, OSN. “What’s more, the game is a lot of fun and children can hopefully come away with the thought that content is really precious and worth protecting.”

“This initiative uses virtual reality and is based on the latest advanced applications in the field,” advised Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, Director of Dubai Customs. “The result is Copycat Combat, which will not only raise awareness about the importance of Intellectual Property but will also help kids innovate. This initiative is one of many steps we have taken following the vision and directives of our wise leadership. We are happy to have partnered with OSN to come up with this innovative product.”

“The entertainment industry’s biggest problem is piracy. Illegal theft of content is the biggest danger of the future of creative industries across the world. Here in the Middle East, we suffer from it,” said OSN CEO Martin Stewart, at the game’s launch.

“The impact is many tens of millions, if not billions, of dollars on a global basis. The threat of piracy is on recorded music, films, TV shows and video games. Anything that people can put online is capable of being stolen. And let’s not forget illegal satellite boxes and illegal streaming. There are all sorts of different ways that content can be stolen.”

“Pirated material is a not victimless crime. The Middle East region as a whole is losing hundreds of millions,” Stewart said.

“It is not about just downloading the content and it is not hurting anybody. It is hurting too many people whose jobs depend upon creating the content. If we do not make sure that people are fairly rewarded, then there will not be that content in the future, so it is important to pass a message on about the importance of content and intellectual property and that’s why we are targeting the youth through a game called Copycat Combat.”

“What we are trying to do today with Copycat Combat is to explain to people the consequences of piracy. When a player wins the game, it says thanks for your actions because you managed to beat the pirates. That’s the whole message. It is about linking the consequences of people’s actions to the entertainment that they enjoy,” Stewart explained.

“Those people working in the industry are earning their living from it. They have a job to do, which is creating stuff that people want to enjoy. If we do not find find ways that reward people for their job, then there is no great content for the future and that’s the central message behind Copycat Combat.”

“The Government and concerned entities stand against illegal activity whenever we see it. Most of this illegal activity is run by organised criminal gangs. This is not somebody just doing something for fun,” stressed Stewart. “These are organised criminal enterprises who are profiting from the theft of this great content. So we make sure that we crack down on them wherever possible.”

“A production of educational materials, such as Copycat Combat, lets people understand the consequences of their actions. But we also provide content at affordable prices. There is no need to steal when there are affordable alternatives through OSN for a very small amount of money.”

“I do understand the temptation when someone advertises a movie for $100 when there is a free alternative. However, when a movie for $3 or $4, then really there is not much incentive for somebody to steal it. That what my organisation is trying to do, giving people the legal, affordable, safe alternative.”

Conservative estimates put the loss of revenue to the entertainment industries in the MENA region as a result of content theft as being between US$500 million and US$1.2 billion per year.


Asiasat 5 3840 H Sr 29715 it loads as "Katyusha" it has been there for weeks but seem to have started now. A Russian channel aimeed at viewers in China

SBS Technical Information for Television and Radio


Please be advised that SBS is transitioning from the DVB-S to DVB-S2 transmission standard for its satellite distribution signal carried on Optus D1. The retransmission DTV facilities which are taking input from Optus D1 for SBS will have to upgrade their satellite receivers to be able to receive the SBS DVB-S2 input signal.

Refer to the table below for DVB-S2 satellite receiver input parameters:

Service Satellite Current Current Frequency (GHz) New Frequency(GHz) New
Modulation/FEC Symbol
SBS_NSW Optus D1 12.389125 12.532300 13 16APSK 3/4 47300 134
SBS_QLD Optus D1 12.407000 12.532300 13 16APSK 2/3 47300 135
SBS_SA Optus D1 12.424875 12.532300 13 16APSK 5/6 47300 136
SBS_TAS Optus D1 12.362375 12.532300 13 16APSK 5/6 47300 133
SBS_VIC Optus D1 12.326625 12.532300 13 16APSK 5/6 47300 131
SBS_WA Optus D1 12.344500 12.532300 13 16APSK 3/4 47300 132

Dual Illumination from 30 October 2017

Dual Illumination to 24 November 2017

Downlink Frequency
12.532300 GHz (Optus D1 Transponder 13)
Symbol Rate
47.3 MSymbols/

The DVB-S2 transition will occur from the date specified above. Dual illumination (both DVB-S and DVB-S2) will be available until 24 November 2017. This should provide enough time for your service provider, to schedule a visit to your retransmission site and upgrade the satellite receiver and input the parameters as indicated above.

Please be aware that after the end of the dual illumination period indicated above, the current DVB-S signal input will no longer be available. Without a signal the transmitter will automatically switch off and the Free to Air SBS DTV service will become unavailable in the area.

From my Email


From the Dish

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

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

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

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

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

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

From asiatvro site

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

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


Gatr to Provide Satcom Solutions for New Zealand Defense Force

From http://www.satellitetoday.com/publications/st/2017/10/16/gatr-provide-satcom-solutions-new-zealand-defense-force/

Cubic Corporation subsidiary Gatr Technologies has won an order worth more than $5 million to provide satellite communication solutions for the New Zealand Defense Force (NZDF). Cubic will supply 2.4-meter inflatable satellite antennas with supporting hardware, spares and new equipment training for the NZDF Network Enabled Army (NEA) program. In addition to a multi-year support contract, Cubic will deliver and integrate an iDirect-based, Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA) network within the NZDF’s existing and future hub infrastructure.

According to NZDF, the NEA program improves its ability to support deployed land forces by enhancing its battlefield’s Command and Control System, Communications and Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) sensor systems. By closely examining how the NZDF communicates across coalition operations, the NEA program works to advance communication capabilities for future deployments in the South Pacific and high-intensity environments.

“Gatr’s satcom is expected to provide the New Zealand Army with a communications solution that meets its tactical requirements and enhance the command and control capabilities of its forces when deployed on operations. Work is expected to commence soon to integrate Gatr into the New Zealand Defense Information Environment,” said Major Gen. Peter Kelly, New Zealand Chief of Army.

Fiji TV: On Way Back As Free-To-Air

From http://fijisun.com.fj/2017/10/17/fiji-tv-on-way-back-as-free-to-air/

Fiji TV’s financial year has been a remarkable one despite the slow start.

The remarks were made by Fiji TV chief executive officer Karen Lobendahn yesterday during the Annual General Meeting at the Tanoa Plaza Hotel.

In the previous year, the Fiji TV Group had recorded a net loss of $668,124.

However, the Group bounced back and recorded a consolidated net profit after tax of $575,134 for the year ending 30th June 2017.

This is a growth of a 168 per cent in comparison to the financial year ending 30 June 2016.

Following the sale of Media Niugini Limited and Sky TV, the Group has focused heavily on its original broadcast business which is the Free-To-Air business.

The year’s success was greatly attributed to the Group’s advertisers, sponsors and dedicated team, according to Mrs Lobendahn.

After taking up her new role as chief executive officer of the company early this year, Mrs Lobendahn said the major challenge she faced was finding the means to turn things around positively which she is grateful that she was able to accomplish with the support of her staff, management and directors.

“When I took over, there was a task given to us because there was already a registered loss for the organisation.

“But fortunately we managed to turn this around positively by relooking at our strategies and that is something that the management aggressively did.

“We looked at our products, services and overall package.

“For us, it was working closely with our advertisers and stakeholders to see how we can fit into their plan and get them on board.

She said the Group’s focus was on understanding their customers, relooking at their brands and discovering ways on how the synergies can work for both the Group and customer to go to the next level.

“The way forward is to grow each brand to new heights by enhancing and nurturing each of our brands even further and more uniquely.

“There have been core areas that had to be relooked at,” she added.

What’s your message to the shareholders?

With the new path and growth that we are currently doing, it is all positive.

For Fiji TV, it is onwards and upwards form here. There is more content, Fiji TV is a brand that evolved over time and will continue to evolve,” said Mrs Lobendahn.

East and West Malaysia Gain Enhanced Mobile Broadband with SES Networks and CompuDyne

From http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20171016006356/en/East-West-Malaysia-Gain-Enhanced-Mobile-Broadband

CompuDyne to provide affordable and reliable cellular backhaul services to extend the coverage to rural areas of Malaysia via SES-9

East and West Malaysia Gain Enhanced Mobile Broadband with SES Networks and CompuDyne (Photo: Business Wire)

LUXEMBOURG--(BUSINESS WIRE)--CompuDyne, a leading telecommunications solutions provider in Malaysia, is partnering with SES Networks to bring high quality and cost-effective cellular backhaul service to both East and West Malaysia and its surrounding islands.

SES announced that CompuDyne has signed a multi-year, multi-transponder agreement to lease Ku-band capacity on SES-9, SES’s largest satellite dedicated to serve Asia-Pacific, for its customer Digi, the country’s leading mobile network operator.

Making a shift from a C-band to Ku-band system, CompuDyne can now deliver more cost-effective and reliable satellite connectivity, enabling Digi to extend its cellular network to underserved consumers residing in rural areas and in the far reaches of Malaysia. At the same time, Digi also plans to use the capacity to introduce mobile broadband services and packages for an increasingly connected population.

“Providing affordable and reliable mobile services is a must to stand out amid a competitive operating environment. In the eastern and western parts of Malaysia, there is incredible growth in mobile broadband usage today from both business and consumers. Utilising Ku-band capacity on SES-9, our customers have the opportunity to tap into this rising demand and offer improved services and greater value for end-users,” said Dato’ Mohd Hanafiah A Jalil, Managing Director at CompuDyne.

“With SES-9’s high-powered and comprehensive Ku-band coverage over Malaysia, the satellite is ideal for providing cellular backhaul services. We are proud to partner with CompuDyne to not only expand its reach to deliver unmatched coverage within the country, but also to transform its mobile services with greater reliability and affordability for their customers’ and consumers’ connectivity needs,” said Imran Malik, Vice President, Fixed Data, Asia-Pacific at SES Networks.

“Here come the UHD channels”

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/16/here-come-the-uhd-channels/

The MIPCOM UHD showcase in Cannes opened October 16th with a strong update from Eutelsat on the growing health of the Ultra-HD market.

Claudia Vaccarone, Eutelsat’s director/Global Market Research, said that there are now overall 99 UHD channels or services available to viewers, and using data from its own research and that of Lyngsat, said that 41 of these (up from 30 a year ago), representing 68 (52 a year ago) different feeds, were on satellite and a further 56 (30 a year ago) were on IPTV, cable and streaming services. Two channels were broadcasting terrestrially. All data is current as at the end of September.

Eutelsat is carrying 32 per cent of these channels for broadcasters such as SPI/FunBox, TravelXP 4K, Fashion One 4K, Digiturk, AT2, Insight-TV, FranSat UHD, ARTE, Rai 4K and others.

Vacaronne explained that of growing importance to UHD’s expansion were luxury 5* hotels and where the high0end hospitality industry were enthusiastic supporters of UHD. She gave as an example the French ACCOR hotel group which had set aside €225 million for technology improvements to its hotels over the next four years, and which include upgrades to its in-room TV systems.

NHK promises “world’s first” 8K channel

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/16/nhk-promises-worlds-first-8k-channel/

Executives from Japanese public broadcaster NHK told delegates at the MIPCOM UHD event in Cannes on October 16th that it was making a variety of programming in 8K ‘Super Hi-Vision’ as well as increasing its investment in 4K content.

Senior producer/Global content development, Yukari Hayashi told delegates that in December 2018 NHK will launch the world’s first 8K channel to complement the 4K channel over Japan. “Our 4K channel will screen 18 hours of content a day and the 8K channel and 12 hours and 10 minutes of content a day. That’s a major commitment, so we need to create many different kinds of 8K/4K programming to be ready for this massive task. 8K and 4K each has its own respective and 4K’s advantages combine high-resolution with mobility, so it is well-suited for live coverage of sports events for example, while 8K technology allows us to create a new type of astonishing ultra-high high-definition, wide-angle content.”

“Each channel presents its own challenges and we would like to work with producers from across the world to produce programmes that utilise these strengths,” she added.

NHK showcased a 60-minute factual documentary on the Yellowstone National Park in 8K (down-converted to 4K). The show includes aerial shots of a pack of wolves in quite spectacular footage with a clarity of detail that ‘ordinary’ TV cannot match. Senior producer Jun Ochiai also highlighted a project ‘Tokyo by Night’ captured in 8K and High Dynamic Range, as well as a 90-minute ballet at the famous Marinsky Theatre which was filmed in 22.2 channel sound.

“The ballet’s producer was amazed at the final result, saying a theatre-goer could never see this sort of detail even if sat in the best seat in the house!”, said Ochiai.

Hiroyasu Masuda, a senior manager/broadcasting technology at NHK, told delegates that the scope of 8K was far more than beautiful programmes and showed delegates microscopically filmed blood-flow through a mouse and heralded 8K’s use in medicine.

Asia: Coalition Against Piracy targets ISDs

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/16/asia-coalition-against-piracy-targets-isds/

Asian Pay-TV industry trade body CASBAA has announced the formation of the Coalition Against Piracy (CAP), a major initiative to coordinate industry resources in the fight against rampant content theft. It also announced the appointment of Neil Gane, an industry veteran in content protection, as the General Manager of CAP. Gane will direct CAP enforcement actions to disrupt, diminish and dismantle pirate enterprises across the region.

The Coalition Against Piracy includes leading video content creators and distributors in Asia. Members are: beIN Sports, CASBAA, The Walt Disney Company, Fox Networks Group, HBO Asia, NBCUniversal, Premier League, Turner Asia-Pacific, A&E Networks, Astro, BBC Worldwide, Media Partners Asia, National Basketball Association, PCCW Media, Sony Pictures Television Networks Asia, True Visions, TV5MONDE, and Viacom International Media Networks.

“One of CASBAA’s primary missions is to bring our members together to join the global fight against content theft,” explained John Medeiros, Chief Policy Officer at CASBAA. “That’s what we are doing in establishing the CAP. CAP will focus on addressing the growing threat of illicit streaming devices (ISDs) and apps, which facilitate massive piracy of movies, sports, TV series and other creative video content. This does great harm to the content creation and distribution industries in Asia, as well as the millions of people who work in the creative economy around the world.”

“The Asia Pacific region has some of the worst rates of online piracy in the world,” said Gane. Formerly with the Hong Kong Police, he has worked on content protection issues for more than a dozen years. He noted that the unprecedented growth in delivery of legal creative content over global broadband networks is being undermined by a surge in the sale of TV boxes with pre-loaded infringing applications.

Online video and broadband distribution has the potential to be a massive economic growth engine in Asia with analysts forecasting market growth of more than 20 per cent over the next five years, benefiting consumers and creators of quality video content within Asia and around the world. But this growth potential is threatened by piracy.

In the past two years, there have been many new roll-outs of online content services across the Asia Pacific region, by existing players as well as new ones. Unfortunately, the likelihood of success for legitimate online content suppliers is severely reduced by online access to pirated content, resulting in the expectation of many consumers to get ‘something for nothing’.

“The prevalence of ISDs across Asia is staggering. The criminals who operate the ISD networks and the pirate websites are profiting from the hard work of talented creators, seriously damaging the legitimate content ecosystem as well as exposing consumers to dangerous malware,” said Gane.

“Current legal frameworks are not adequate to handle this newly-enabled crime,” said Medeiros. “Consumers are offered huge content bundles from overseas, as if they were legal. But receiving stolen content is wrong, and the fundamental purpose of an ISD network – with an innocent-looking box as its home node – is to monetise this redistribution of content without any recompense to those who worked to produce it.”

“This is a highly organised transnational crime, with criminal syndicates profiting enormously at the expense of consumers as well as content creators,” agreed Gane.

Mitigating the piracy threat requires international cooperation, added Medeiros, and CASBAA has established CAP to provide added support for the content and distribution companies in the world-wide fight against piracy. CAP intends to join hands with similar initiatives under way in other parts of the world, including with the newly-formed Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE) and in Europe where a separate coalition of broadcasters and content creators initiated by BBC and the Motion Picture Association has made great strides in information sharing and coordination.

“We are excited about the launch of CAP in Asia to enhance collaboration between different segments of the industry – distributors, aggregators and creators – and to complement the other country specific and global initiatives in place and starting to show results. Collaboration is key and we look forward to the success of this new programme” remarked CASBAA CEO Christopher Slaughter.

CAP will be officially launched at the forthcoming CASBAA Convention 2017, November 6th-8th, as a highlight of its robust Policy & Anti-Piracy conference track.

Intelsat C-band proposal gets cautious welcome from FCC

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/16/intelsat-c-band-proposal-gets-cautious-welcome-from-fcc/

The joint Intelsat-Intel proposal to free up C-band spectrum in certain congested urban areas in the US has received a warm response from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). FCC commissioner Michel O’Rielly told delegates to the Americas Spectrum Management Conference that the idea was very beneficial and would be examined closely.

While not wholly endorsing the concept his comments were seen as being favourably inclined because it represented two important players in the market coming together with a solution that could help the roll out of 5G services over the US.

However, the deal is far from done with most other satellite players objecting strongly to C-band spectrum being used for 5G.

O’Rielly addressed this very point, telling delegates that he was not interested in disrupting their operations.

SES, like Intelsat is a major operator of C-band capacity over the US, was extremely cautious on the scheme while ABS and AsiaSat were near-dismissive. SES, in its statement last week, said: “The C-band in the US has been and remains critical to country-wide content distribution and data services for decades. Hundreds of customers and millions of consumers rely on satellite C-band, in cable and live broadcasting, in rural broadband and emergency, maritime, government and military connectivity. SES and others have invested billions of dollars in C-band satellite capacity, and our customers have expended tens of millions for the complementary ground equipment. Both have formed a very efficient and powerful ecosystem. We have to preserve the value of this system, protect the use of satellite C-band and prevent disruption of any kind. As a leading satellite operator we see it as our duty to monitor closely any initiative to change the current framework and the impact this would have on us and on the ecosystem. We are therefore analyzing carefully proposals from the Intel/ Intelsat consortium and others and need to understand the details, implications and consequences of these plans. Our overriding concern is to be able to continue to fulfill and protect our own and our customers’ current and future needs.”

Meet the Geek Who Tracks Rogue Satellites With Coat Hangers

From https://www.wired.com/story/meet-the-geek-who-tracks-rogue-satellites-with-coat-hangers/

Every 95 minutes, the Chinese satellite Zhuhai-1 02 makes a full pass around the planet, its solar-panel arms extending from its boxy body as it observes Earth. Sometimes, its path takes it over Pueblo, Colorado. There, more than 300 miles below, Mike Coletta’s receiving station can pick up Zhuhai’s transmissions. Because as sophisticated as space technology is, the terrestrial tech necessary to make contact with celestial satellites is surprisingly low. Coletta just has four TV antennas—the kind that look like 2-D pine trees—each pointed in a cardinal direction. They’re bolted into place along garage beams, a patio post, and the rooftop of his house.

Inside his home office, on Tuesday, Coletta waits for Zhuhai's signals to appear. He sits in front of a laptop and an iPad, a big shelved monitor hovering above. Coletta has, since 2012, spent his free time eavesdropping on the sky, picking up satellite signals—signals that, for the most part, were never meant for him. He’s listened in with an antenna made of coat-hangers and moulding. He's done it with a rabbit-ear antenna, and with wire taped to yard-sticks. And now, he primarily does it with his quartet of TV antennas—the fanciest setup he's ever had, and still a steal at around $300.

Turning to the iPad, he watches an icon that shows Zhuhai's path across a digital globe. It hops its way in discrete digital steps across a red ellipse that delineates his antenna's field of view. He fiddles with the laptop's settings, adjusting the displayed frequency range and the volume. Soon, a staccato leitmotif comes from the speakers, accompanied by little line segments on the screen—the kinds of data he sonifies, then posts to Twitter and, in earlier days, to his website www.gosatwatch.com, like little space symphonies. This signal looks and sounds like Morse code.

“That’s the beacon,” he explains.

But soon the signal has faded out, as Zhuhai-1 02 passes beyond the domain of Coletta’s detector. He looks over and smiles from inside his beard, then looks back down to see whether another sat might soon pass over.

Coletta is exactly the person you’d expect to build a satellite detector out of Walmart parts. He's worked on space launches and missile warnings, systems that track stuff with big radar systems and radio dishes. He's worked support for Cheyenne Mountain, that impenetrable cave-city for space surveillance. And in his off-hours, he was a HAM radio guy.

While lots of hamateurs are in it for the conversation, Coletta was never so keen on “talking to a bunch of people who talk about their radios all the time.” He mostly wanted to see how far away he could broadcast and receive. So when he discovered he could receive signals from beyond Earth itself, that was the direction he went. Up.

The first hint came from the Space Fence, an Air Force radar system built to detect and track satellites. He first read about it in technical manuals at work around 2012, then started researching online. The fence's transmitters beamed up radio waves that spread into a fan shape, blanketing the continental US in a kind of radio force-field. When an object encountered the radio waves, its body reflected them back to the ground, where six receiving stations picked them up.

Coletta wondered if he could build his own receiving station, and pick up pings himself. After all, a radio antenna is a radio antenna, whether you're getting "How's it going, KM0MMM?" from Michigan or "beeeeeeeep" reflecting off a Lockheed Martin creation. He knew all he needed was wire, cut to the correct lengths—exact fractions of the main radio wavelengths. So he snipped some coat hangers, bent them straight, taped them to a piece of wooden moulding, and mounted the strange spear on a tripod. He added an amplifier and a receiver, which boost and digitize the radio waves, and hooked the antenna into his computer.

In mid 2012, he turned it on.

"Son of a gun,” he recalls thinking. “I’m getting signal.”

Soon, he became obsessed with getting those pingbacks to pour into his antenna. Near the beginning of 2013, he went live with a website—then www.satwatch.org—where he uploaded data.

At one point, he had observations for 150 satellites. He sonified their signals, turning the frequencies he received into notes human ears can hear. He liked to catch the military’s secret space shuttle, which sounded like a video game monster in agony. He liked the International Space Station, aurally analogous to a UFO dropping a bomb nearly to the ground and then tractor-beaming it back up just in time. He liked the non-secret shuttle, and the Chinese space station. And then there was the North Korean satellite Kwangmyŏngsŏng-3 Unit 2, a kind of shy bird.

Coletta seems to like seeing things he’s not necessarily supposed to. Radio waves from space objects are, in some ways, the great equalizer: What comes down from the sky belongs to anyone who can find it, and anyone with some coat-hangers and a computer could. But one day, Coletta's collection of reflections stopped growing.

On September 1, 2013, he sat waiting for the ISS. But when the appointed time came, his plots just scrolled through static. “Hey, where’s the space station?” he thought. Then, as more nothing showed up, he thought, “Hey, where’s everything?”

“It happened,” he said on his webcast Space Gab. “It finally happened.” The Air Force had powered down the Space Fence, to save millions after sequestration. The agency is building a next-generation fence, slated for initial on-switch in 2018. But it will transmit at too high a frequency for a setup like Coletta's.

“It was the worst day,” he says.

But Coletta didn't give up his hobby. He made a receiving antenna out of rabbit-ears, and later installed his current setup of four antennas. With these, he gets the direct transmissions from satellites, not just their reflections. Together, his antennaed view spans nearly the whole sky above his house, and a North Korean satellite—Kwangmyŏngsŏng-4—is about to come into view.

It seems to be an Earth observation satellite, possibly able to broadcast propaganda/patriotic songs. Coletta’s antenna should be to hear that hypothetical music—and he has tried and tried to catch the sat's signals since 2016. He tries again today. “Wouldn’t that be cool if it came on?” he says. But NADA.

Oh well. One of the things he likes most these days, anyway, is searching for satellites no one officially cares about anymore. They are the ghosts of the Space Age, technically mere space junk. But a satellite operator's trash is a satellite hunter's treasure.

On a whiteboard to Coletta's left is a list of antiques, their frequencies and launch years scrawled beside them. NOAA-9—"probably the most musical satellite up there,” which sounds like your drunk uncle whistling—is one of his favorites.

About a third of the way down one column is a sat called LES-1, which Lincoln Labs had abandoned by 1967, and which the iPad says will soon fly over. LES-1 was silent for decades, but in 2013, another amateur discovered that it transmitted whenever its solar panels met sunlight. Coletta saw it too, and has gone back and back, fascinated by its resilience. But not long ago, it disappeared.

He readies the computer interface anyway, hopeful. Maybe today is the day. We wait.

But LES-1 passes over silently. It cannot talk to Coletta, and Coletta has never been able to talk to it. Almost everything is like this: a one-sided conversation, from space to his setup to him.

He switches from the disappointing live screen to an old recording from July. It's astronauts, he says, talking down to Earth.

At first there’s just static. Then, a voice fades in and out. Colored bands accompany each half-sentence: “Too awesome to imagine…help humanity explore and evolve.”

“You can hear them on the TV all the time,” Coletta says. But it’s different when you can hear them through TV antennas you tweaked to provide a different kind of entertainment.


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

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

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

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

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

Asiasat 5 4174 H Sr 7200 "LA-ENC1-DRX365" The switch card
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AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3915 V "StarMax, Falak TV and Champion TV" are back on , Fta.
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AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3960 H "Fuel TV" is back on , Fta.

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

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

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Thaicom 5 78.5E 3440 H "Kuru TV" is back on , Fta.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3520 H "Nhang Channel" has left.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3585 V "Major Channel Mix, 55 Channel, Thai Ban TV, E-San Banhouw, Muancheon TV 69, MGTV, Esan TV and Five HD" are now encrypted.
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ABS 2A 75.0E 12587 V "Doc Box has started on , Fta. Trade TV, Like HDTV, Sch TV and OTV" have left again.

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Intelsat 17 66.0E 3932 H "Yo TV" has started on , Fta.
Intelsat 17 66.0E 12614 V "RTN TV has replaced Goobjoog TV" on , Fta.

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

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

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

东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,M Tunes HD(测试)频道消失,设置3837 V 7200参数无效接收。 [10月13日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Disney(高清)频道新增,设置4127 H 17500参数有条件接收。 [10月13日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,DGNTV替换Diamond TV(巴基斯坦)频道,设置3902 V 2963参数免费接收。 [10月13日]
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东经128度轨道位置的日本通信3号卫星Ku频段,Green Channel(高清)频道重现,设置12718 V 23300参数免费接收。 [10月13日]


Vodafone and Sky TV team up for Vodafone TV

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Vodafone TV simplifies everything for the customer by delivering a fantastic range of local and international content, all in one place and with simple features to make viewing easy."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vodafone TV launches soon. Credits: Supplied

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

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

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

"Vodafone TV simplifies everything for the customer by delivering a fantastic range of local and international content, all in one place and with simple features to make viewing easy."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Zealand space industry prepares for blast off

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

That was the scenario depicted in hit space film Gravity.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Eutelsat acquires Noorsat

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

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

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

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

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

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

ViaSat to hit Inmarsat with legal action

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Air quality-monitoring satellite in orbit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ready to assume control of Sentinel-5P

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

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

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

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

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

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

All nominal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update


Friday feeds

Intelsat 19 12570 H Sr 9872 DVBS2 8psk "TATA IPF A (Service Provider)" Unknown ecrypted

D1 12662 V Sr 7500, FTA.. Service Name: "Astra 4 Path 1" Colour bars
D1 12653 V Sr 7500, FTA.. Service name: "Astra 4 Path 3" Camera setup shot
D1 12635 V Sr 7500, FTA.. Service name: "Caulfield SNG"

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

Asiasat 5 3945 V Sr 7120 "Arqiva HD6" WTA Tianjin Open Womans Tennis

From my Email


From the Dish

Optus C1 156.0E 12438 H "Ovation" has left .
Optus C1 156.0E 12478 H "Fox League, Fox Sports More and Foxtel Smooth" have started on, encrypted. Fox Sports 2 Australia has left .
Optus C1 156.0E Nat Geo People Australia and New Zealand +2 has left 12518 H.
Optus C1 156.0E 12598 H "Channel V Hits +2 and Syfy Australia have started on, encrypted. TCM Australia, MTV Classic Australia, Channel V Australia and Fox Sports Action" have left .
Optus C1 156.0E 12638 H "Discovery Turbo Australia +2" has started on, encrypted.
Optus C1 156.0E 12689 H "Disney Junior Australia" has started on, encrypted.

Apstar 6 134.0E 12322 V "CNC Finance" has left .

JCSAT 4B 124.0E 12290 H "Fox News Channel" has left.
JCSAT 4B 124.0E 12490 H "Channel V International, Toonami Asia and Sky News International" have left .
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JCSAT 4B 124.0E 12570 H "Star Chinese Movies South East Asia and Star Chinese ChannelInternational" have left .
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Palapa D 113.0E 3474 HTV Edukasi has replaced Sinema Indonesia on ,Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 3474 H "Sinema Indonesia" has started on , Fta. TV Edukasi has left again.
Palapa D 113.0E 3880 H "Life Inspired" has left .
Palapa D 113.0E 4100 V "Coop TV has replaced Arirang World" on , ABV.

Koreasat 5 113.0E 12347 V "CGN TV, CGN TV Japan and CGN Korea" have started on , Fta.

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3760 H "Oman TV" has started on , Fta.

ChinaSat 11 98.0E 12560 V "TV 5 Monde Asia, DW English, RT English and Macau Lotus TV have started on , Fta. Melayu Bagus Channel, Jak TV, Space Toon, Elshinta TV and Ruai TV" have left again.

SES 8 95.0E 11990 H "Geo Tez has replaced Metro 1 News" on , Conax.

Measat 3b 91.5E 12603 H "Life Inspired" has left.

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

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3440 H "Kuru TV" has left again.
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ABS 2 75.0E 3700 V "Eleven Taiwan" has started on , Irdeto.

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

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

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东经84.8度轨道位置的Horizons 2号卫星Ku频段,Workpoint TV、TV 5 HD(泰国)等4个频道消失,设置11758 V 45000参数无效接收。 [10月13日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,DGNTV替换Diamond TV(巴基斯坦)频道,设置3902 V 2963参数免费接收。 [10月13日]
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东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Fuel TV HD(高清)频道重现,设置3960 H 30000参数免费接收。 [10月13日]
东经128度轨道位置的日本通信3号卫星Ku频段,Green Channel(高清)频道重现,设置12718 V 23300参数免费接收。 [10月13日]

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

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


ACCC launches inquiry into Foxtel-Fox Sports merger

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

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

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

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

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

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

The ACCC inquiry is timed for completion on December 7.

PNG TV to telecast Rugby League Pacific Tri-Nation Series

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

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

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

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

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

Google and other databases likely to make spectrum sharing easier

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Zattoo enters US market with Hotwire Communications

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Europe set to launch atmosphere-probing satellite

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Murdoch survives as Sky chair

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

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

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

Licensees fined for illegal Sky use

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

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

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

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

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

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

“These cases should send a clear warning to pub owners and licensees who show Sky broadcasts without a commercial subscription,” asserted Stephen Gerrard, Prosecuting Manager, FACT. “If convicted, fines for this offence are unlimited and you may have to pay substantial legal costs, as well as putting yourself at risk of having your licence suspended or revoked.”

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

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

Working with FACT forms a key part of Sky’s commitment to protecting pubs and clubs who invest in legitimate Sky Sports subscriptions. Sky is committed to visiting every licensed premises reported by other publicans and/or organisations for illegally showing Sky and has made arrangements to visit hundreds of pubs each week in towns and cities across the UK this year.

NAB defends Next Gen TV

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Doordarshan plans dual programming feed for DD Sports

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Thursday evening feed

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

Fuel HD is Back on Asiasat 5 same place as previously

Optus D2 12546 V Padre Pio TV has left

Wednesday night feeds

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

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

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

From my Email

From Asiasat

Asiasat 9 update

Hi Craig,

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

Best regards
Winnie Pang

From the Dish

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

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

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

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

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

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东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,The Word Network替换Fuel TV HD(老挝)频道,设置10730 V 40000参数有条件接收。 [10月11日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,NHK World TV、TV Parlemen(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置11165 H 44000参数有条件接收。 [10月11日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Screen(高清)频道新增,设置11938 L 23800参数有条件接收。 [10月11日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,TM(蒙古)频道加密,设置12690 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [10月11日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Full Action替换MK Moves Kicker(巴基斯坦)频道,设置3746 V 6520参数免费接收。 [10月11日]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星C频段,4K-Sat(4K)频道消失,设置4120 H 29720参数无效接收。 [10月11日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,NHK World TV(高清)频道改频率,设置10910 H 45000参数免费接收。 [10月11日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Shildeg Kino替换Mongol Kino(蒙古)频道,设置12629 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [10月11日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Fuel TV HD(高清)频道消失,设置3960 H 30000参数无效接收。 [10月11日]
东经83度轨道位置的G-Sat 10号卫星C频段,Gyan Darshan 1(印度)频道开播,设置3832 V 7200参数免费接收。 [10月11日]


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Southern Phone and Optus partner up for NBN Sky Muster service

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Eutelsat 172B reaches geostationary orbit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MTS to switches DTH channels to another satellite

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

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

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

Triple success for ‘pre-flown’ SpaceX

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Italian card-sharers risk jail

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

About China Central Television

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

About DISH

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

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

Vodafone India partners YuppTV to expand Play service

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Fuel TV has left Asiasat 5 3960 H

Tuesday night feed

Optus D2 12670v 7500 Socceroos

From my Email


From the Dish

From asiatvro site

东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星Ku频段,DD Bharti、DD Kisan(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置12522 V 40700参数免费接收。 [10月11日]

东经84.8度轨道位置的Horizons 2号卫星Ku频段,Busaba HD(高清)频道加密,设置11838 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [10月10日]
东经84.8度轨道位置的Horizons 2号卫星Ku频段,Star Chinese Movies(高清)频道加密,设置11758 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [10月10日]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,CT Channel替换Light Network(梦幻卫视)频道,设置12470 V 25600参数有条件接收。 [10月10日]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,Aksyon TV替换IBC 13(梦幻卫视)频道,设置12470 V 25600参数有条件接收。 [10月10日]
东经83度轨道位置的G-Sat 10号卫星C频段,Gyan Darshan 2(印度)等3个频道新增,设置3832 V 7200参数免费接收。 [10月10日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Lifestyle、WOW(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置4054 H 13230参数免费接收。 [10月10日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Transedia Gujrati(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置4133 H 11888参数免费接收。 [10月10日]

东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,CGNTV 1、CGNTV 2(韩国)等3个频道新增,设置12348 V 10740参数免费接收。 [10月10日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Feeds HD(高清)频道新增,设置3929 H 25000参数有条件接收。 [10月10日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,MN25、MM(蒙古)等5个频道加密,设置12690 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [10月10日]
东经84.8度轨道位置的Horizons 2号卫星Ku频段,Star Chinese Movies(高清)频道解密,设置11758 V 45000参数免费接收。 [10月10日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Peaee TV(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置4014 H 7200参数免费接收。 [10月10日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Naaptol Kannada替换Gnext(MPEG-4)频道,设置3868 V 14400参数免费接收。 [10月10日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Grace TV(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置3960 H 30000参数无效接收。 [10月10日]
东经128度轨道位置的日本通信3号卫星Ku频段,Mondo TV(高清)频道加密,设置12643 H 23303参数有条件接收。 [10月10日]
东经84.8度轨道位置的Horizons 2号卫星Ku频段,Fox Thai HD(泰国)等频道加密,设置11838 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [10月9日]

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AsiaSat broadcasts LaLiga TV on AsiaSat 5

From press release

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

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

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

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

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

About AsiaSat

Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), the leading satellite operator in Asia, serves over two-thirds of the world's population with its six satellites, AsiaSat 3S, AsiaSat 4, AsiaSat 5, AsiaSat 6, AsiaSat 7 and AsiaSat 8; and a new satellite, AsiaSat 9 successfully launched on 29 September 2017 to replace AsiaSat 4. The AsiaSat satellite fleet serves both the broadcast and telecommunications industries. Over 600 television and radio channels are now delivered by the company's satellites offering access to more than 830 million TV households across the Asia-Pacific region. AsiaSat is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Asia Satellite Telecommunications Holdings Limited, a company listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (Stock Code: 1135). For more information, please visit www.asiasat.com | LinkedIn | Facebook | Twitter | Mobile App

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

Sony acquires Cricket Australia media rights

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Need a refresher on what's the Intelsat proposal is about? We've got you covered:

Can Intelsat Solve the Battle Over Spectrum for 5G?

AsiaSat CEO Also Speaks Out

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

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

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

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

Belmer Chimes In

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

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

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

Situation Playing Out

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

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

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

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

10 More Aireon ADS-B Payloads are Now in Orbit

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

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

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

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

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

SpaceX Rocket Launch From Cape Canaveral On October 11, 2017

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

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

Launch Weather 90% 'GO'

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

Attempted Landing On Drone Ship

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

From my Email

From Asiasat

Dear Sir/Madam,

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

Please download the Press Release or visit the Mission Page

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

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

Best Regards,

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

From the Dish

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From press release

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

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

About AsiaSat

Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), the leading satellite operator in Asia, serves over two-thirds of the world's population with its six operational satellites, AsiaSat 3S, AsiaSat 4, AsiaSat 5, AsiaSat 6, AsiaSat 7 and AsiaSat 8; and a new satellite, AsiaSat 9 successfully launched on 29 September 2017 to replace AsiaSat 4. The AsiaSat satellite fleet serves both the broadcast and telecommunications industries. Over 600 television and radio channels are now delivered by the company's satellites offering access to more than 830 million TV households across the Asia-Pacific region. AsiaSat is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Asia Satellite Telecommunications Holdings Limited, a company listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (Stock Code: 1135). For more information, please visit www.asiasat.com | LinkedIn | Facebook | Twitter | Mobile App

Media Contact:

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

Foxtel revamps broadband pricing

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

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

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

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

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

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

SpaceX launches 10 satellites for Iridium mobile network

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"We are 10 for 10," Innsbrucker said.

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

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

China launches second remote-sensing satellite for Venezuela

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

JAXA launches Michibiki-4 satellite

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FashionTV Presents New OTT and FashionFlix Products

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Media Contact:
Teresa Kirilova

Max Posch
Tel.: +43-664-3910205


Sunday feeds

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

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

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

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

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

Intelsat 19 scan done during Bathurst.

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

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

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

Saturday feed

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

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

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

From my Email


From the Dish

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From asiattvro site

东经128度轨道位置的日本通信3号卫星Ku频段,Mondo TV(高清)频道解密,设置12643 H 23303参数免费接收。 [10月8日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,Boomerang替换Outdoor Channel(MPEG-4)频道,设置11167 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [10月8日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,Globalnet替换NDTV Prime(MPEG-4)频道,设置11167 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [10月8日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2A号卫星Ku频段,HTV、News Channel(蒙古)频道新增,设置12588 V 45000参数免费接收。 [10月8日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AT2号卫星Ku频段,Home 4K(UHD)频道加密,设置12226 L 27500参数有条件接收。 [10月8日]
东经56度轨道位置的快车AT1号卫星Ku频段,Home 4K(UHD)频道加密,设置12092 R 27500参数有条件接收。 [10月8日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Malchin TV(蒙古)频道加密,设置12690 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [10月8日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Reserved替换NBA Premium HD(菲律宾)频道,设置12571 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [10月8日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,My Family、My Cinema(印尼)等3个频道加密,设置3600 V 31000参数有条件接收。 [10月8日]

东经84.8度轨道位置的Horizons 2号卫星Ku频段,国家地理野生、Fox Life(泰国)等全组频道解密,设置11838 V 45000参数免费接收。 [10月7日]
东经84.8度轨道位置的Horizons 2号卫星Ku频段,Star Chinese Movies(泰国)等全组频道解密,设置11758 V 45000参数免费接收。 [10月7日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2A号卫星Ku频段,Mir(+4h)(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11490 V 7500参数免费接收。 [10月7日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Karusel(Ddish TV)频道重现,设置12629 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [10月7日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,花花公子、MTV Live(Ddish TV)等频道加密,设置12272 H 33333参数有条件接收。 [10月7日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Kashmir TV替换Vojk TV(巴基斯坦)频道,设置3751 V 2333参数免费接收。 [10月7日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Karusel(蒙古)频道消失,设置12629 H 43200参数无效接收。 [10月7日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Shuud HD(高清)频道改格式,设置12690 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [10月7日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,VTV 5 KHome、VTV 1(越南)等全组频道消失,设置3480 H 19200参数无效接收。 [10月7日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Health、Playboy TV(蒙古)等全组频道解密,设置12272 H 33333参数免费接收。 [10月7日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Insight 4K(UHD)频道新增,设置11732 V 43000参数有条件接收。 [10月7日]

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update


ABC mux update, new details.

Optus D1 12469 H 47300 Fec 3/4 DVB-S2 16 APSK MIS

To tune to the correct states service, the Input Stream ID(ISI) value need to be set in the receiver. These values are:

• 121= NSW
• 122= SA
• 123= NT
• 124= WA
• 125= VIC
• 126= QLD

NSW  multistream stream 121

ABC News 24 672 516 654 E
ABC 1 NSW 673 512 650 E
ABC 2 NSW 674 513 651 E
ABC Me NSW 676 514 652 E
ABC 1 NSW HD 677 515 653 E
ABC Double J 678 690 E
ABC Jazz 679 700 E

S.A multistream stream 122

ABC News 24 720 516 654 E
ABC 1 SA 721 512 650 E
ABC 2 SA 722 513 651 E
ABC Me SA 724 514 652 E
ABC 1 SA HD 725 515 653 E
ABC Double J 726 E
ABC Jazz 727 E

N.T multistream stream 123

ABC News 24 752 516 654 E
ABC 1 NT 753 512 650 E
ABC 2 NT 754 513 651 E
ABC Me NT 756 514 652 E
ABC 1 NT HD 757 515 653 E
ABC Double J 758 E
ABC Jazz 759 E

W.A multistream stream 124
ABC News 24 736 516 654 E
ABC 1 WA 737 512 650 E
ABC 2 WA 738 513 651 E
ABC Me WA 740 514 652 E
ABC 1 WA HD 741 515 653 E
ABC Double J 742 E
ABC Jazz 743 E

VIC multistream stream 125

ABC News 24 688 516 654 E
ABC 1 Victoria 689 512 650 E
ABC 2 Victoria 690 513 651 E
ABC Me Victoria 692 514 652 E
ABC 1 Victoria HD 693 515 653 E
ABC Double J 694 E
ABC Jazz 695 E

Queensland multistream stream 126

ABC News 24 704 516 654 E
ABC 1 Queensland 705 512 650 E
ABC 2 Queensland 706 513 651 E
ABC Me Queensland 708 514 652 E
ABC 1 Queensland HD 709 515 653 E
ABC Double J 710 E
ABC Jazz 711 E

There is also a Channel 7 mux on 12638 V Sr 15000 16 APSK Fec 4/5

Channel news Asia is back on Asiasat 7 3734 H Sr 6500 DVB S2 QPSK in HD

Insat 4A 83E 3848 H Sr 3333 Samaya News Fec 3/4 DVB-S is loading on the 2.7M not new but havn't seen it load before. Signal is 94% level %52

From my Email


From the Dish

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

Optus D1 160.0E 12514 H "ABC 2 NSW, ABC Me NSW, ABC 1 NSW and ABC News 24" have left .
Optus D1 160.0E 12532 H "ABC 2 SA, ABC Me SA, ABC 1 SA and ABC News 24" have left .
Optus D1 160.0E 12550 H "ABC 2 NT, ABC Me NT, ABC 1 NT and ABC News 24" have left .
Optus D1 160.0E 12577 H "ABC 2 WA, ABC Me WA, ABC 1 WA and ABC News 24" have left .
Optus D1 160.0E 12595 H "ABC 2 Victoria, ABC Me Victoria, ABC 1 Victoria and ABC News 24" have left .
Optus D1 160.0E 12613 H "ABC 2 Queensland, ABC Me Queensland, ABC 1 Queensland and ABC News 24" have left.

Telkom 3S 118.0E TVRI Jambi has moved from 3404 H to 3408 H, Fta.

Palapa D 113.0E 4014 H "Flat Earth 101 Channel" has left again.
Palapa D 113.0E 4100 V "ANTV, Trans TV and Trans 7" have started on , ABV. Macau Lotus TV has left.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3736 H Channel NewsAsia has started on , Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4070 H "FilmOne and Pak Plus" are back on Fta.

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3784 H "TDM Macau Satélite" has started on , Fta
AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3820 V "Ekhbariya TV" has started on , Fta.

Measat 3a 91.4E 12396 H "My Cinema, My Cinema Asia and My Family" have started on , Fta. Berita Satu HD is now encrypted.

Horizons 2 84.8E 11760 H "Izvestia TV" has started on , Fta.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3480 H "VTV 1-9 and VTV 5 Tay Nam Bo" have started on , Fta.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3769 H "Priyo Cinema" has started on , Fta.
Apstar 7 76.5E 3745 H "Channel I" has left .

ABS 2 75.0E Clouds TV International and Clouds TV Rwanda have moved from 3817 V to 3675 V,Fta

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3810 H "Jaag TV" has left again.

From asiatvro site

东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,NHK World TV(日本)频道消失,设置3880 H 27500参数无效接收。 [10月6日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,No Name(测试)频道新增,设置11627 H 20000参数有条件接收。 [10月6日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,PPV SD(点播)频道消失,设置11656 H 18750参数无效接收。 [10月6日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,东森新闻(测试)频道消失,设置12660 V 45000参数无效接收。 [10月6日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Smart TV(蒙古)频道解密,设置12690 H 43200参数免费接收。 [10月6日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,NTN(蒙古)频道新增,设置12690 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [10月6日]
东经84.8度轨道位置的Horizons 2号卫星Ku频段,H264 HD(测试)等全组频道消失,设置11900 V 30000参数无效接收。 [10月6日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,PaulTV(巴基斯坦)频道新增,设置4070 H 2960参数免费接收。 [10月6日]

东经140度轨道位置的快车AT2号卫星Ku频段,Home 4K(高清)频道加密,设置12226 L 27500参数有条件接收。 [10月5日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,澳广视(澳门)频道新增,设置3784 H 3255参数免费接收。 [10月5日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,CNN、东森洋片(寰宇卫视)等频道加密,设置12711 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [10月5日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Soyon gegeeruule(蒙古)频道解密,设置12690 H 43200参数免费接收。 [10月5日]


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By mid-1967 Australis had been built and tested.

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

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

Despite the welcome, Australis wasn’t launched.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Understanding the Value

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

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

Fast Forward 10 Years

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

Can Intelsat Solve the Battle Over Spectrum for 5G?

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

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

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

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

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

The Potential Losers

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

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

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

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

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

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

Strong Arguments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bottom Line

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

Arabsat buoyant despite satellite piracy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Creating a domestic satellite industrial base

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Thursday morning feed

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

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

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

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From the Dish

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Thairath TV 32 are Fta TNN 24, Bright TV 20, Nation TV, True 4U, GMM 25 and Now 26 have left.

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Thai Parliament TV, TV 3 Family 13, MCOT Family, MV TV Family, Thai TV 7, Spring News 19, Voice TV 21, Thai Channel 8, TV 3 SD 28, NBT 2, Moment, B-xcite and Hotel & Restaurant" have left.

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

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

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

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

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Sky Muster: Bush internet users welcome satellite data increase

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

'You get what you pay for'

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

Sky Muster may not fix 'data drought'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Parliamentary report recommends increased limits

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The question then becomes who pays?

TV networks accused of trying to abandon multicultural and regional Australia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About B-SAT

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

About SSL

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

About SSL MDA Holdings

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

About MDA

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sputnik, the tiny sphere that launched the space race

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

- 'A tiny dot' -

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Two fishermen fined for owning illegal satellite dish

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rohaida set Nov 14 as the mention date.

SES cautious on C-band suggestions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SpaceX and OneWeb broadband satellites raise fears about space debris

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

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

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

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

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

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

Potential “cascade” of collisions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“No one’s ever done this”

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

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

Traditionally, communications satellites are in geostationary orbits about 36,000km above the equator, Weeden said. At that altitude, the satellites are "up there pretty much forever," he said.

The good news with low-Earth orbit satellites is that they will—eventually—get pulled out of orbit by natural causes even if they aren't intentionally brought back to Earth. "In low-Earth orbit, there is this atmospheric drag that, over time, pulls stuff out of orbit and causes it to reenter the atmosphere," Weeden said.

The bad news is that "there is already a lot of debris in low-Earth orbit," he said. "If it's already really crowded, you don't want to put several thousand more satellites in there. They're high enough that, if you left them to natural decay, it would take a couple centuries, maybe, for them to come down."

International standards call for satellites to be taken out of orbit 25 years after their end-of-life date. Weeden says that he and other experts believe the 25-year standard should be shortened, as it was developed in the early 2000s, before massive growth in satellites was envisioned.

"There is a growing concern among scientists that [the 25-year standard] is not good enough," he said. Moreover, "aside from that 25-year standard, there is not really much other regulation or oversight of this stuff."

SpaceX, OneWeb, and Boeing describe debris plans

One big question is what happens if a satellite dies early. OneWeb plans to launch satellites into an "interim orbit" of around 500km where they can be tested and brought back to Earth easily if they don't work, Weeden said.

But at 1,100km, "you can't pull out a credit card and hire someone to get a tow truck in space to get your dead satellite and bring it down," he said. Still, the problem might be solvable eventually, as some companies are doing research and development aimed at retrieving dead satellites, he said.

SpaceX told the FCC that it will "implement an operations plan for the orderly de-orbit of satellites nearing the end of their useful lives (roughly five to seven years) at a rate far faster than is required under international standards." SpaceX satellites "will de-orbit by propulsively moving to a disposal orbit from which they will reenter the Earth's atmosphere within approximately one year after completion of their mission."

That's the plan for SpaceX satellites between 1,110km to 1,325km.

Separately, for SpaceX's very low-Earth orbit (VLEO) satellites operating at altitudes of 335km to 346km, "normal operations should not generate any debris," the company said. But if any problems arise in the VLEO satellites, "atmospheric drag will ensure that such debris will quickly disintegrate in the atmosphere and pose no further danger to space operations."

OneWeb told the FCC that its satellites are designed for mission lives of at least five years, and "the post-mission disposal operation is anticipated to take less than one year." OneWeb also said it has designed its satellite network to avoid collisions with space stations and debris, and that OneWeb "will actively and regularly screen for conjunctions between its own satellites and other objects in the Joint Space Operations Center's ('JSpOC') published catalog."

What about the possibility of a OneWeb satellite hitting something else and becoming another piece of debris?

"The risk of a OneWeb satellite becoming a source of debris by collisions with small debris causing a loss of control and preventing post-mission disposal has been assessed and determined to be compliant with NASA's Technical Standard, which requires this probability to be <0.01," OneWeb said.

Boeing told the FCC that each satellite would need to perform 3.3 "collision avoidance maneuvers" each year. The probability of a failed Boeing satellite is less than one percent, the company also said:

Boeing used NASA Orbital Debris Program Office Debris Assessment Software ("DAS") to calculate the probable orbital debris impact rate with a failed vehicle for objects that are larger than 10 centimeters. In the unlikely event of a one-percent failure rate of Boeing's 2,956 vehicles, it is estimated that the probability of impact with any of the failed vehicles is 0.00268 per year, or less than 2.7 percent per decade.

Satellites have exciting broadband potential

Low-Earth orbit satellites are exciting for broadband deployment because they could provide latencies similar to wired cable services, making for a much faster and smoother Internet experience than traditional satellite networks. This is particularly important in rural areas where cable and fiber providers haven't built modern infrastructure. In addition to low latencies of about 25ms, SpaceX claims its satellites will deliver gigabit speeds.

But full commercial deployment will take at least a few years, and the question of space debris will play no small role in the launch preparations.

"We are extremely excited by the unique potential for these proposed satellite constellations to connect rural and underserved American populations to the Internet," Booker and Sullivan told the FCC. "However, swift action to mitigate the collision risk associated with a growing number of constellations is critical to ensuring the long-term sustainability of our space environment."

MPAA warns of emerging Kodi threat

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/04/mpaa-warns-of-emerging-kodi-threat/

Charles Rivkin, CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), has warned US trade representatives of what he describes as an emerging global threat of streaming piracy which is enabled by piracy devices preloaded with software to illicitly stream movies and television programming, posing a “significant and evolving challenge”.

In formal comments submitted to the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) on the world’s most notorious markets for content theft, Rivkin said: “An emerging global threat is streaming piracy which is enabled by piracy devices preloaded with software to illicitly stream movies and television programming and a burgeoning ecosystem of infringing add-ons. The most popular software is an open source media player software, Kodi. Although Kodi is not itself unlawful, and does not host or link to unlicensed content, it can be easily configured to direct consumers toward unlicensed films and television shows,” he advised.

“Websites enable one-click installation of modified software onto set-top boxes or other Internet-connected devices. This modified software taps into an ecosystem of infringing content add-ons and portals to illicitly stream movies and television programming live or ‘on demand’, he noted.

“There are more than 750 websites offering infringing devices or software. Moreover, vendors online and in malls, markets and trade shows market ‘fully loaded’ devices that are preconfigured to access unlicensed content, further reducing the complexity of accessing pirated works. The rapid growth of this problem is startling – six per cent of North American households have a device with Kodi software configured to access pirated content and of the 38 million active Kodi users globally, 26 million use piracy add-on repository tvaddons.ag. Tvaddons.ag is currently offline,” he added.

In the filing, Rivkin noted that the American film and television industry contributes significantly to the US economy, supporting two million American jobs and registering a positive services trade surplus of $13.3 billion (€11.3bn). “This economic activity is increasingly linked to the legal digital marketplace for creative content, which now consists of more than 460 unique platforms and services across the globe,” he advised. “However, online content theft undermines the economic success of film and television, threatens the livelihoods of millions of creators, and harms consumers by spreading viruses and malware,” he warned, suggesting that, in particular, streaming device piracy poses a significant and evolving challenge.

PSA Renews Broadcast Deals With Astro, MNC Sports and Sony Ten

From https://psaworldtour.com/news/view/5039/psa-renews-broadcast-deals-with-astro-mnc-sports-and-sony-ten

The Professional Squash Association (PSA) is pleased to announce the renewal of its broadcast deal with Astro Malaysia Holdings Berhad (Astro) as the Official Malaysian Broadcast Partner of the PSA World Tour until 2021.

Astro is a Malaysian and ASEAN consumer-first company in the Digital, TV, Radio and eCommerce space, serving 21 million individuals in over 5 million homes, with the renewal between Astro and the PSA reached in conjunction with Broadreach Media.

The PSA have also renewed broadcast deals with MNC Sports in Indonesia and Sony Ten in the Indian sub-continent as the global reach of the PSA World Tour continues to grow, with an extensive list of Asia-Pacific broadcast partners also including DAZN (Japan), Fox Sports Australia, Sky New Zealand, PCCW / Now TV (Hong Kong), Truevisions (Thailand) and Eleven Sports (Singapore & Taiwan).

“We have enjoyed working with Astro over the past seven years and are delighted to renew our partnership with them to ensure that squash retains a strong presence across Malaysia over the coming years and Astro’s coverage will continue to broadcast the best action from the PSA World Tour to millions of people across the country.” said PSA Chief Executive Alex Gough.

“Malaysia has a thriving squash scene and boasts one of the sport’s greatest ever players, [eight-time World Champion] Nicol David, while up-and-coming players such as 2016 Men's World Junior Champion Eain Yow Ng and Sivasangari Subramaniam, who helped Malaysia to second place in the Women's World Junior Team Championships earlier this year, look set to be at the forefront of a new generation of Malaysian talent coming through the ranks.”

Astro’s Vice President of Sports Business, Lee Choong Khay, said: “With the renewal of our long-term broadcast partnership with the PSA, squash fans in Malaysia can look forward to extensive coverage of the sport at the highest quality on TV and on mobile devices via Astro Go.

“Malaysia has a fantastic history in squash and we are thrilled to broadcast the country's top squash players from the sport's biggest tournaments. We are confident that the new generation of Malaysian squash players will make a great impact over the coming years as the sport strives for future Olympic recognition.”

About Astro Malaysia Holdings Bhd
Astro Malaysia Holdings Berhad (Astro) is a Malaysian and ASEAN consumer-first company in the Digital, TV, Radio and eCommerce space.
It is Malaysia’s No. 1 online media company with 6.7 million unique visitors per month across the digital platforms of its entertainment and lifestyle brands. The company serves 21 million individuals in 5.3 million households, or 72% of Malaysian households, who are able to watch Astro content on all screens and on demand, be it TV, laptop, tablet and phone.
NJOI, the company’s subscription-free TV service, offers all Malaysians free access to 28 TV and 20 radio channels on TV and mobile devices. With its subscription-free model, NJOI has been well-received and will continue to drive the company’s market reach.
Astro Radio includes Malaysia’s highest rated stations across key languages and there are available on both terrestrial and digital channels, reaching 16 million weekly listeners.
Astro holds the distinction of the ‘Gold’ award in the Media and Entertainment category at the Putra Brand Awards for 7 consecutive years from 2010 to 2016, including the ‘Brand of the Year’ award in 2012, the ‘Brand Icon’ award in 2013 and the ‘Malaysian Marketer of the Year’ award in 2016. Astro Kasih is the company’s CSR arm, whose award winning programmes have been recognised for its innovation and life-changing impact on the community it aspires to serve.


Sorry no update


An identical copy of the VTV mux on Vinasat @ 132E 3590 V Sr 19200 has started on Thaicom @78.5E 3480 H Sr 19200 Fec 2/3 8PSK DVB S2. They are FTA + Tandberg for the HD ones.

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3960 H Sr 30000 "Luxe TV" and "Goto Luxe TV" are fta.

From my Email


From the Dish

NSS 9 177.0W 4099 R "Australia Channel News has replaced Prime Australia" on , PowerVu.

Optus C1 156.0E 12278 H "Expo Channel (Fta), Foxtel Disney Movies +2 and 111 Very Funny" have started on , encrypted.

Optus D3 156.0E 12052 V The Foxtel mux has left .
Optus D3 156.0E 12052 H "Fox League" has started on , encrypted.
Optus D3 156.0E 12094 V "Racing.com" has started on , Videoguard.
Optus D3 156.0E 12094 H "Syfy Australia, Foxtel Family Movies and Foxtel Masterpiece Movies" have started on Videoguard.
Optus D3 156.0E 12094 H "MTV Live HD Australia" has left .
Optus D3 156.0E 12136 H "MTV Music Australia & New Zealand" has started on , encrypted.
Optus D3 156.0E 12136 H "Foxtel Box Office 9-14 and MTV Hits Australia" have left .

LaoSat 1 128.5E 3503 V "CCTV 4 Asia, CGTN, CGTN Documentary, CCTV Opera, CCTV Entertainment, TVS 2 Southern TV, Hunan TV World, Jiangsu TV International, Fujian Straits TV, Zhejiang Satellite TV International, China Yellow River TV, Xiamen Star TV China, Chongqing TV International, Tianjin TV World, China Movie, Sichuan TV International, Beijing TV International Channel, Anhui International Channel, Dragon TV North America, Guangxi International Channel, Shenzhen Satellite TV International, Taishan TV, Guangdong International TV, Henan TV International Channel, Yunnan International Channel and CCTV 13" have left again.

LaoSat 1 128.5E 3673 H "CCTV 4 Asia" has left .

JCSAT 4B 124.0E 12448 V "Happy Science" has started on , BISS.

AsiaSat 4 122.2E 4035 H "English Club TV has replaced Zee Hiburan" on Tongfang.

Thaicom 4 119.5E 11675 V "SCTV, Indosiar, Trans TV, Hidup TV, TVOne, Rajawali TV, Net, Trans 7, ANTV, Kompas TV, Metro TV, RCTI, MNC TV and Global TV" have left .

ChinaSat 6B 115.5E 3520 V The CHC mux has left .
ChinaSat 6B 115.5E 3600 V "ECTV, Auto Fan Channel, Baby Channel, Global Travel Channel, New Entertainment, Collectibles Channel, CNR Care and CHTV" are now encrypted.
ChinaSat 6B 115.5E 3640 V Fishing Channel, Channel Pet, Each Family Shopping, GTV Electronic Sports, Chengdu Tianfu Food TV, Occupation Guide, Happigo Channel, Family Finances Channel and CNR Mall on are now encrypted.
ChinaSat 6B 115.5E 3680 V "China Weather TV, CCTV Finance, Dox TV, Character Channel, Jia You Home Shopping, Global Home Shopping, World Economy Channel, Household Management TV, Excellent Shopping, Chongqing TV Shopping and Fashion Shopping Channel on are now encrypted.
ChinaSat 6B 115.5E 3740 V "Basketball Channel has replaced Lan Qiu" on , Tongfang.

Palapa D 113.0E 3433 H "Indomaret Channel and Indomaret Channel +1" have left .
Palapa D 113.0E 3437 H "DreamCast Channel and Indomaret Channel" have left .
Palapa D 113.0E 3627 H "Madani TV" has left .
Palapa D 113.0E 3843 V "ANTV" has left again.
Palapa D 113.0E 3960 H "Grace TV" has left .
Palapa D 113.0E 4014 V "Polisi TV" has left again.
Palapa D 113.0E 4014 H "Puldapii TV" has left .
Palapa D 113.0E 3600 V "My Family, My Cinema Asia and My Cinema" have started on ,Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 3758 H "Metro TV" has left again.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3689 H "Non Stop Samachar India" has left .
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3699 V "Praise TV, Tehelka News, 24/7 News and DM Digital" have left .
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3734 H "Movies 24, 7XM, Gold, Movies Kicker, Cine PK, G55, Joy TV, MovieTime and M Multiplex have left.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3745 V "7XM, G55, M Multiplex and MovieTime" have left.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3820 V "& privé HD has started on , Conax. Zee TV Asia Pacific" has left.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3902 V "N TV has replaced Message TV" on ,Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3915 V "StarMax, Falak TV and Champion TV" have left .
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4065 H "On TV" has started, Fta.ETV has left.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4070 H "N TV, FilmOne and Pak Plus" have left .
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4082 H "TV Asia" has left .
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4140 V "Zee TV Asia Pacific" has started on, Conax.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4146 H "S TV has replaced Star Action" on, Fta.

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3816 H 100.5E "Live Today" has left .
AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3820 V "Ekhbariya TV" has left .
AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3960 H "Luxe TV" is Fta

Measat 3 91.5E 3814 V "Sky Racing 1" is now encrypted.

Measat 3a 91.4E 3918 H "RTM Galaksi Muzik" has left. RTM TV 2 and RTM TVi are now encrypted.

ST 2 88.0E 3648 H "Food Planet" has left .

ST 2 88.0E 11050 V "MBC TV and Naaptol Green" have started on , encrypted. Aakaash Aath, Zee Bangla Cinema, ABP Ananda and Rang have left.
ST 2 88.0E 11050 H "Surya Comedy" has started on , encrypted.

Insat 4A 83.0E 4180 H "Kolkata TV" has left .

Thaicom 6 78.5E 3709 H "MRTV Entertainment" now Fta.
Thaicom 6 78.5E 3800 H "White Channel" has left .

Apstar 7 76.5E 3629 H "TV Filmy" has left .
Apstar 7 76.5E 3740 V "Scoop Network, F-Men, Hair & Makeup, Fashion Films, Photoshoots and Fashion Weeks" have left .
Apstar 7 76.5E 4155 H "TVB 8" is now encrypted.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 4182 H "Management Today" is now encrypted.

From asiatvro site

东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,Hau Giang(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置11088 V 28800参数免费接收。 [10月3日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Kuru(泰国)频道新增,设置3440 H 26666参数免费接收。 [10月3日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,VTV 1、VTV 8(越南)等14个频道新增,设置3480 H 19200参数部分免费接收。 [10月3日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,NBTV Erdenet替换Nomin Erdenet(蒙古)频道,设置12272 H 33333参数有条件接收。 [10月3日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,Vinh Long 1等替换VTV 7 HD(越南)等频道,设置11085 H 24000参数免费接收。 [10月3日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Alekhbariyah TV(阿拉伯语)频道重现,设置3820 V 27500参数免费接收。 [10月3日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Daystar TV替换Arirang(寰宇卫视)频道,设置12711 H 45000参数免费接收。 [10月3日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,东森洋片、动物星球(寰宇卫视)等全组频道解密,设置12711 H 45000参数免费接收。 [10月3日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,天映经典、龙祥时代(DISH HD)等全组频道消失,设置11101 H 45000参数无效接收。 [10月3日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,东森幼幼(国际)高清频道新增,设置12660 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [10月3日]

东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Al Ekhbaria(Jordan Media City)频道新增,设置3760 H 27500参数免费接收。 [10月2日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,Shop Channel(泰国)频道解密,设置12728 V 30000参数免费接收。 [10月2日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Arra TV(印度)频道开播,设置3816 H 3625参数免费接收。 [10月2日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Movie 2(孟加拉)频道消失,设置3695 H 4800参数无效接收。 [10月2日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,喀秋莎(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置3840 H 29720参数无效接收。 [10月2日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Channel News(高清)频道改频率,设置3735 H 6500参数免费接收。 [10月2日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Russian Extreme TV(4K)(UHD)频道消失,设置11732 V 43000参数无效接收。 [10月2日]
东经92.2度轨道位置的中星9号卫星Ku频段,黑龙江卫视(高清)频道新增,设置11860 R 28800参数有条件接收。 [10月2日]
东经92.2度轨道位置的中星9号卫星Ku频段,河北卫视(户户通三代)频道新增,设置11810 R 43200参数有条件接收。 [10月2日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,My Cinema、My Family(MPEG-4)等频道新增,设置3600 V 31000参数免费接收。 [10月2日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Online TV(RRSat Global)频道新增,设置3769 H 13333参数免费接收。 [10月2日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Fox Life(印度版)频道解密,设置3780 V 29720参数免费接收。 [10月2日]


Fetch’s growth spurt outpaces Foxtel and Stan

From https://www.if.com.au/fetchs-growth-spurt-outpaces-foxtel-stan/

Pay TV wholesaler Fetch is now adding on average more than 20,000 new customers each month, reaping the benefits of the broadband bundling wars as telcos compete for market share as the NBN continues to roll out.

That is a faster growth rate than Foxtel, which reported a 2 per cent decline in cable and satellite subscribers last financial year, and Stan, which gained about 90,000 subs from February through August.

Majority-owned by Malaysia’s Astro Overseas Limited, Fetch raked in $130 million in revenues in the past financial year and will be cash flow positive in the second half of the 2018 fiscal year.

Fetch has more than 600,000 subscribers, bundled with four of the top six ISPs: Optus, iiNet, Dodo and iPrimus.

“The NBN creates a huge opportunity for Fetch bundling, with 5.4 million households expected to migrate to the NBN in the next 24 months,” Fetch CEO Scott Lorson tells IF.

“The product is strong, our content offering continues to improve and our ISP partners are now bundling aggressively as part of their broadband land grabs. Also Fetch is investing heavily in our own marketing to drive brand awareness, understanding and consideration.

“Fetch is also seeing strong sales in retail through Harvey Norman, JB Hi-Fi, The Good Guys and Bing Lee.”

About 50 per cent of customers subscribe to the linear channels packs. Lorson is very happy with the take-up for the four “skinny” channel packs, each priced at $6 per month, which launched in February.

Demand is roughly equal between the Knowledge (17 channels), Vibe (13) and Variety (9) packs, followed by Kids (10). The Ultimate pack, which encompasses all packs and costs $20 per month, is proving popular with young families.

Both Netflix and Stan are carried on the Fetch platform. Lorson describes the Netflix take-up as phenomenal and is encouraged by growing demand for Stan and Hayu.

Fetch offers more than 7,000 movies to rent or buy and about 200 TV shows (seasons or episodes) including Game of Thrones, The Handmaid’s Tale, The Walking Dead, Outlander and Big Little Lies.

“The three week window for movie purchase (electronic sell through) is proving quite successful as people are encouraged to shift from rental to ownership,” he said.

“Overall we are tracking toward more than 2 million annual movie transactions, rental and purchase combined, with both transaction types growing strongly.”

Customers typically watch on average four hours of content each day on their Fetch STBs, with around 80 per cent of that live viewing of free-to-air and subscription channels.

Subscribers record on average 120 shows per month and view more than 40. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the most popular playback series are those that are the highest-rated, with a slight skew towards drama, kids and reality.

Customers also get the FTA channels’ catch-up services plus YouTube and the option to buy six ethnic packs totalling 73 channels: Mandarin, Cantonese, Italian, Korean, Pinoy, Hindi/Punjabi/Urdu.

Bathurst 1000: FOX Vision App returns with enhancements, new features for 2017

From https://www.foxsports.com.au/motorsport/supercars/bathurst-1000/bathurst-1000-fox-vision-app-returns-with-enhancements-new-features-for-2017/news-story/bb7d8bb5c15a786a8a31a713f2b0a850

Jessica Yates with the new FOX Vision App, enhanced and upgraded for the 2017 Bathurst 1000.Jessica Yates with the new FOX Vision App, enhanced and upgraded for the 2017 Bathurst 1000.Source: FOX SPORTS

FOX SPORTS’ popular FOX Vision App, powered by Supercheap Auto, is back, with a number of enhancements and new features set to deliver Supercars fans the best second screen experience for this year’s Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

The new and improved app will offer Supercars fans the chance to experience The Great Race like never before, with two 180 degree cameras delivering a LIVE video stream from inside Pit Lane and on top of the mountain, during every session.

The cameras will offer a fresh perspective, allowing fans to experience the drama and excitement of the pits and the exhilaration as the high performance Supercars speed down the mountain.

LIVE stream the dedicated 24/7 Bathurst Channel this week on FOX SPORTS. Get your free 2-week Foxtel Now trial and start watching in minutes. SIGN UP NOW >

Fans will also be able to track the position of the top ten drivers on the track, through an interactive 3D replica map of Mount Panorama.

Not only that, but with fully integrated live track data and cockpit telemetry, Supercars fans will be able to follow the drivers’ lap times and stay across key information including speed, acceleration, braking and gear selection.

The 3D map will allow you to track the top 10 drivers.The 3D map will allow you to track the top 10 drivers.Source: FOX SPORTS
FOX Vision includes 3D Play, a fun racing game that gives fans the chance to drive their very own Supercar on a virtual Bathurst track. This year, drivers will be able to challenge their friends by uploading their best time to social media.

A third section of the app, ‘The Vault’, houses a selection of videos featuring some of Bathurst’s biggest moments, plus users can access 360 degree VR camera footage featuring behind the scenes videos and Hot Laps from the roof of the Supercars.

FOX SPORTS’ Head of Innovation, Todd Procter, said: “FOX Vision is about giving Supercars fans the ultimate companion app for the biggest race of the season. The app will compliment the broadcast by delivering all of the key information and statistics while viewers watch the race on TV. The live 180 degree camera will let fans taste the adrenaline of Pit Lane and watch from the top of the mountain. And with features like our 3D interactive map and driver race statistics, the app is the ultimate Bathurst 1000 second screen experience.”

In addition to 360 degree videos (above), you can watch live 180 degree cameras perched trackside exclusively in the FOX Vision App.In addition to 360 degree videos (above), you can watch live 180 degree cameras perched trackside exclusively in the FOX Vision App.Source: FOX SPORTS
FOX SPORTS’ presenter, Jessica Yates said: “Bathurst is one of my favourite races on the Supercars calendar. It’s non-stop action and this year’s race will have the extra intensity of a close championship battle between Jamie Whincup and Scott McLaughlin; one mistake and it could be game over for either drivers. It really is all on the line in 2017. And between our 24/7 dedicated Bathurst channel and the new FOX Vision App, fans will be able to experience the Great Race like never before.”

FOX SPORTS’ dedicated 24/7 Bathurst channel is up and running on FOX SPORTS 506, with classic races and a number of entertainment programs including the all new Bathurst Top 10 Shootout and Bathurst Heroes & Legends, plus Inside Supercars, Supercars Life and Pit Lane LIVE capturing all of the build-up and excitement ahead of the big race.

The on-track action launches from 7.15am EDT on Thursday, with every session LIVE in HD, plus continuous coverage of the qualifying sessions and Race 20 broadcast across the weekend.

Mark Skaife and Neil Crompton return to call the action, while Russell Ingall and Yates analyse the action and all the big talking points across the weekend.

Australia’s number one multi-sport website, foxsports.com.au will also be the destination to follow the action online, with a dedicated Bathurst page featuring the latest news, highlights, and race information.

FOX SPORTS is exclusively available on Foxtel.

The price of a NZ First coalition: Free-to-air sport?

From http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/election/2017/10/the-price-of-a-nz-first-coalition-free-sport.html

Newshub can reveal yet another likely price of getting a coaltion deal with New Zealand First - free-to-air sport.

In a previously unaired interview, Winston Peters promised the policy would be a "non-negotiable" in return for his support in Government.

While the monarch-maker is staying quiet on what he'll press for in coalition talks, a previously unaired interview with Mr Peters at the Karaka sales in January this year suggests free-to-air sport is likely to be a non-negotiable demand.

Mr Peters insisted the policy would be implemented and said he didn't make promises he couldn't keep.

"I'm not going to say we're going to try and implement it - we will implement it," Mr Peters told Newshub.

"The fact is we don't go around making promises that we don't keep.

"There's about 1.2 million people who can't afford Sky. They're the mothers and fathers who put kids on sports fields all around this country."

When asked whether the policy was a bottom line, Mr Peters said he wasn't talking about bottom lines, but would stick to his word.

"Everybody who's dealing with Winston Peters and NZ First knows we intend, as in the past, to keep our word, so they should stop humbugging around."

Mr Peters is a sports lover from way back. He even put on a "media manager" hat, so he could be part of 2015's Parliamentary Rugby World Cup.

While the Parliamentary Cup doesn't make the cut for the NZ First's 'Games of National Significance' broadcasting policy, the actual Rugby World Cup would, along with domestic rugby tests, all 'significant' cricket, netball, soccer, tennis, basketball and rugby league matches, both the summer and winter Olympics, the Commonwealth Games and, of course, the NZ Trots.

The obvious catch is that sports like rugby may not be able to sell broadcast rights for as much and would have less income to pay players.

New Zealand First put up a private member's Bill on the policy this year, but it was voted down by both National and Labour.

"No Government is going to take roughly $125 million - the sporting rights income - away from sports in New Zealand," said Labour's spokesperson for sport and recreation Trevor Mallard at the time

But despite their earlier opposition, neither Labour or National would rule it out today.

Sky TV issued a statement warning of the costs involved in producing live sport and of the funding sports would miss out on if competition for rights was taken away.

(Craig's comment, I'm not sure what the fuss is about as Prime already show all the rugby FTA on a 80 minute delay and they won't put delayed domestic games in primetime as it just doesnt rate. I can't see them bothering with screening a 5 day cricket test match.)

Intelsat suggests ‘transferring’ C-band capacity to 5G

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/03/intelsat-suggests-transferring-c-band-capacity-to-5g/

Satellite giant Intelsat says it is working with Intel and is prepared – for cash – to cede some of its allocated C-band spectrum for use by wireless operators. The move is expected to financially benefit Intelsat and potentially other satellite players.

The move sees Intelsat and Intel proposing to the USA’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that the 3700-4200 MHz band, currently the sole preserve of satellite, be accessible by wireless operators and thus “help accelerate the introduction of 5G services, benefitting American consumers”.

Intelsat and Intel have proposed a market-based approach that will make available the necessary radio spectrum beginning approximately one-to-three years following FCC adoption – far faster than if the FCC had to impose new regulations impacting a wide variety of communications companies that include incumbent satellite and fixed terrestrial operators, mobile network providers and television broadcasters,” says Intelsat.

“Terrestrial mobile companies or other interested parties will be given the opportunity to use the spectrum they need by reaching commercial agreements with the current holders of the spectrum rights, satellite licensees, such as Intelsat.”

Intelsat explains why this is necessary, saying: “Facilitating access to mobile broadband spectrum is one of the great public policy challenges facing the FCC. C-band spectrum in 3700-4200 MHz, is currently used by satellite operators to enable all of the major broadcasters and media companies to deliver television content to millions of viewers across the United States. It is also used for telecommunications infrastructure, certain governmental aeronautical applications and private data networks in the United States.”

“Intelsat believes that joint use in the same frequency by both mobile and satellite services involves complex technical issues that could result in impairment of the satellite signals and unless carefully coordinated, this could mean interruptions to the TV broadcasts enjoyed by hundreds of millions of Americans.”

“The FCC has already indicated that it would like for new spectrum to be enabled to support mobile services. However, based on past experience of new spectrum rulings which took over a decade, it could take many years for the FCC to bring about a reallocation of spectrum because it will be opposed and litigated by those whose commercial interests could be damaged. Our market-based proposal provides an accelerated solution.”

This move helps explain the extremely positive share price movements for Intelsat these past weeks.

iN DEMAND selects Globecast

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/03/in-demand-selects-globecast/

Globecast, the global solutions provider for media, is providing iN DEMAND, a distributor of transactional entertainment to MVPDs, with fibre and uplink disaster recovery (DR) services, including playout and PPV services for iN DEMAND’s live content and event channels.

iN DEMAND’s Chief Technology Officer John Vartanian commented, “We evaluated the market carefully for this project, and Globecast was chosen for its expertise in content delivery and excellent technical infrastructure at its Los Angeles facility. The combination of its Media Factory solution, cable satellite distribution and extensive fiber network infrastructure was the best fit for our disaster recovery needs. We are confident that Globecast is the ideal back-up service to safely automate and manage our PPV channels if the need arises.”
Under this disaster recovery agreement, Globecast will provide continuous channel origination and uplink services of select PPV channels for AMC-11/3 and SES-3/13 satellite transponders, as well as terrestrial connectivity of three multiplexes from iN DEMAND’s primary origination facility for uplink to AMC-11/3, SES-3/8 and SES-3/13 satellites.}


There are a lot of "test" channels from Pakistan running on Asiasat 7. I've neglected to post about them as they seem to change by the day and are out of date by the time the site update is done. As I write there is a change it looks like the mux has moved from 3734 H Sr 5777 Fec 3/4 to 3745 V Sr 6519

Monday feed

Asiasat 5 4085 H Sr 7200 "UKI-1490 ETP World Feed" Golf
Asiasat 5 4067 H Sr 7120 "F267/1/FEED 1" Horse race presentation from France?

Sunday feeds

Asiasat 5 3867 H Sr 7200 "G23 Via 1" Thai fight Barcelona

Asiasat 5 3934 H 7200 "nameless" Topking World series Kick Boxing

Asiasat 5 4147 H Sr 7200 "UKI-1490 ETP World Feed" Golf
Asiasat 5 4151 V Sr 4936 "Nameless" Presenter

Intelsat 19 3707 V Sr 7200 "PARIS-NMS` HD" Top14 French Rugby

Saturday feeds

Asiasat 5 3936 V Sr 7200 Adelaide vs Richmond AFL match

D2 12661 V Sr 7500 "001TBS - ENC 1" Horses
D2 12679 V Sr 7200 "WAICOMM 1" NZ Golf

From my Email


From the Dish

Optus D3 156.0E 11845 H "BeIn Sports 2/3 Australia, Chelsea TV, LFC TV, MUTV and Foxtel More Movies" have started on , encrypted.
Optus D3 156.0E 11886 H "FX Australia +2, MTV Dance and MUTV" have started on , encrypted.
Optus D3 156.0E 11928 H "Foxtel Action Movies +2 and Syfy Australia +2" have started on, encrypted. Disney Junior Australia has left
Optus D3 156.0E 11970 H "Foxtel Family Movies +2 and A&E Australia +2" have started on ,encrypted. SoHo +2 has left.

Express AT2 140.0E 12245 R "CBS Drama Europe" has left

Vinasat 1 132.0E 11589 H HTV 7, Today TV, Cartoon Network Vietnam, Bong Da TV, SCTV Phim tong hop, The Thao TV, VTV 8, HBO Asia and Star Movies Vietnam have started on , encrypted. SCTV 5, VTC 7, Diva Asia, V News, Eurosport News Asia and SCTV 2 have left.

ChinaSat 6A 125.0E 4040 H "Guangdong Satellite TV" is Fta again.

Palapa D 113.0E 3758 H "Metro TV" has started on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 3780 V "ANTV has replaced Fashion One Asia" on , Irdeto.
Palapa D 113.0E 3843 V "ANTV" has started on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 4014 H "Flat Earth 101 Channel has replaced Share Channel TV" on , Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3810 H "Jaag TV" is back on, Fta.

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东经84.8度轨道位置的Horizons 2号卫星Ku频段,Izvestiya TV(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11760 H 28800参数有条件接收。 [10月1日]
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东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Fox life替换Star World(寰宇卫视)频道,设置12401 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [10月1日]
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东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Film One、PAK Plus(巴基斯坦)频道重现,设置4070 H 2960参数免费接收。 [10月1日]

东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,Star Bharat替换APN News(印度)频道,设置11470 V 29500参数免费接收。 [9月30日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,Republic TV(MPEG-4)频道解密,设置11130 V 30000参数免费接收。 [9月30日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,EZ Mall(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置11130 V 30000参数免费接收。 [9月30日]
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东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,PAK Plus、Film One(巴基斯坦)频道消失,设置4070 H 2960参数无效接收。 [9月30日]
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东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,Star Jalsa、Prive HD(印度)等3个频道新增,设置11630 H 32000参数有条件接收。 [9月30日]
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东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,HBO HD、HBO Hits(老挝)等频道加密,设置10790 H 40000参数有条件接收。 [9月30日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星Ku频段,中国国际(新华社)等全组频道消失,设置12323 V 12000参数无效接收。 [9月30日]
东经84.8度轨道位置的Horizons 2号卫星Ku频段,Zee Nung(HEVC)频道解密,设置11758 V 45000参数免费接收。 [9月30日]


Free-to-air Formula 1 coverage slashed

From https://www.speedcafe.com/2017/09/29/free-air-formula-1-coverage-slashed/

The Australian Grand Prix is likely to be the only F1 event on free-to-air television next year

The Australian Grand Prix will be the only Formula 1 event broadcast live on free-to-air television in Australia under a new agreement beginning with immediate effect.

Pay television network Foxtel has confirmed that it will continue to televise every F1 practice, qualifying and race ad-break free next year and will show the remaining six races of the current F1 season exclusively live.

Network 10 had originally been scheduled to broadcast three of those races, that being this weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix, the Mexican Grand Prix and the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix season finale.

The arrangement was part of a deal, signed in 2015, to air 10 of the season’s 21 races live on the station.

The Australian Grand Prix, which is included on the anti siphoning list, will remain on Network 10, who has struck a new two-year deal.

It has since been confirmed that the network will show highlights from each F1 race for the remainder of this season and next on its sister ONE channel on Mondays.

The move arrives while the troubled Network 10 is in the process of a takeover by American media organisation CBS, having been placed into administration earlier this year.

“Fox Sports will ensure Formula 1 fans in Australia can continue to watch every practice, qualifying and race live,” said Fox Sports CEO Patrick Delany.

“And from next season, we will be able to deliver even better coverage with no ad-breaks during racing for every race on the F1 calendar including the Australian Grand Prix.

“Fox Sports will be the only place to see the Malaysia Grand Prix live.”

Network 10 will continue as the free-to-air home of Supercars and MotoGP for the remainder of the season, with its 2017 programming schedule unchanged at this stage.

Network Ten Chief Executive Officer, Paul Anderson, said: “The Australian Grand Prix is an iconic sporting event and we are delighted that it will remain on TEN.

“Network Ten remains the free-to-air television home of motorsport. Our line-up includes the Supercars Championship, including the Supercars Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, the MotoGP World Championship and the motorsport destination show RPM.”

AsiaSat 9 moves towards slot in geostationary orbit

From https://www.rapidtvnews.com/2017100249050/asiasat-9-moves-towards-slot-in-geostationary-orbit.html#axzz4uMaHY7rZ

AsiaSat 9 has successfully separated from the upper stage of the Proton Breeze M launch vehicle, and its north solar array has been successfully deployed, its operator has announced.

AsiaSat 9 launch 2 October 2017AsiaSat acquired the first signals from its latest satellite in Hong Kong almost eight hours after its launch from Baikonur in Kazakhstan at 2.52am Hong Kong time on 29 September and the craft is now moving to its 122° East longitude slot in geostationary orbit. In-orbit testing will follow, before the satellite begins commercial service, delivering direct-to-home (DTH) television services, video distribution and VSAT broadband networks.

“We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks and gratitude to the mission teams of our long-time partners - Space Systems Loral, ILS and Khrunichev - for their dedication and professionalism in making today’s launch a huge success. We are eager to see our customers and Asia Pacific benefit from the quality and reliability of service AsiaSat 9 will make available,” said Andrew Jordan, president and CEO of AsiaSat. This next generation satellite, based on the SSL 1300 platform, will replace AsiaSat 4 and provide multiple C, Ku and Ka-Band payloads.

AsiaSat 9 will also offer new coverage for high growth markets in Asia, including the world’s first dedicated Ku-band Myanmar beam, and high-power Ku-band beams for Indonesia and Mongolia. Two enhanced Ku-band beams will serve Australasia and East Asia, and a wide C-band footprint will offer improved power over Asia, Australasia and the Pacific region.

SSL-Built Satellite for AsiaSat Begins Post-Launch Maneuvers According to Plan

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/SSL_Built_Satellite_for_AsiaSat_Begins_Post_Launch_Maneuvers_According_to_Plan_999.html

AsiaSat 9 in Launch Configuration at SSL Spacecraft Manufacturing Facility in Palo Alto, Calif. Image courtesy SSL. For a larger version of this image please go here.

Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), Asia's leading satellite operator and SSL, a leading provider of innovative satellites and spacecraft systems, has announced that the high performance AsiaSat 9 satellite was launched on 29 September Baikonur time (28 September US time) and is successfully performing post-launch maneuvers according to plan.

The satellite deployed its solar arrays on schedule following its launch aboard a Proton Breeze M vehicle provided by International Launch Services (ILS). It will begin firing its main thruster on 30 September Hong Kong time (29 September US time) to propel toward its final geostationary orbit. AsiaSat 9 provides high-power C-band coverage and additional Ku-band capacity for direct-to-home (DTH) television broadcast, video distribution, VSAT broadband networks and mobility services across the Asia-Pacific region.

"It has been our pleasure to work closely with the AsiaSat team to develop this innovative spacecraft," said Dario Zamarian, Group President of SSL. "I would like to thank and congratulate the teams at AsiaSat, ILS and SSL for making the launch of AsiaSat 9 a success."

AsiaSat 9 is the fifth and most powerful satellite that SSL has provided to AsiaSat, and it will help AsiaSat meet the continued growth in demand for both broadcast, communications and connectivity in the region. It incorporates numerous technology advances for higher power, more efficiency and flexibility, and additional capacity that will drive advanced services for AsiaSat's customers.

"AsiaSat 9 expands our reach into new markets with excellent power and coverage, and helps us broaden and add even more value to the services we can provide to our customers," said Andrew Jordan, President and Chief Executive Officer of AsiaSat. "SSL is a trusted and reliable partner in innovating and advancing the capability of our satellite fleet and our collaboration on AsiaSat 9 has resulted in a satellite that provides much faster communication rates and greater efficiency and flexibility than AsiaSat 4, which it is replacing."

AsiaSat 9 is equipped with multiple C, Ku and Ka-band payloads that provide coverage including the world's first dedicated Ku-band Myanmar beam, new high-powered Ku-band beams for Indonesia and Mongolia, and two enhanced Ku-band beams serving Australasia and East Asia, as well as a wider high-power C-band global beam. It will replace AsiaSat 4 at 122 degrees East and is built on the SSL 1300 platform, and designed to provide service for 15 years or more.

Ariane 5 rocket puts satellites into orbit on second attempt

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Ariane_5_rocket_puts_satellites_into_orbit_on_second_attempt_999.html

An Ariane 5 rocket put two commercial satellites into orbit after an initial attempt was aborted earlier this month, operator Arianespace said early Saturday.

The rocket launched successfully from the Kourou Space Centre in French Guiana on Friday, carrying the Intelsat 37e and the BSAT-4a satellites into space, Arianespace said.

The launch had initially been set for September 5 but was aborted in the final countdown as the main engine was being ignited for lift-off due to an "anomaly on the launcher," Arianespace said.

The last time an Ariane 5 lift-off was aborted at ignition was in March 2011.

Friday's launch was the fifth Ariane 5 rocket mission this year, and the ninth successful launch by Arianespace.

It saw the Intelsat 37e, which weighs around 6.5 tonnes, separating from the rocket just under 30 minutes after liftoff.

And the BSAT-4a satellite, which weighs around 3.5 tonnes, was placed in orbit a little more than 47 minutes after taking off from the French overseas territory in South America.

Intelsat 37e is a high-speed satellite built by Boeing that will offer high-performance telecoms services while BSAT-4a is a satellite for Japan's Broadcasting Satellite System Corp.

Kourou is Europe's spaceport in South America and Arianespace is a launch operator which puts satellites into orbit for the European Commission and European Space Agency.

Guiana, which is home to some 250,000 people, has been administered as a French region since the end of the 18th century.

Intelsat launches 37e satellite, expanding EpicNG network

From https://www.globaltelecomsbusiness.com/article/b1504g1zqlb6pv/intelsat-launches-37e-satellite-expanding-epicng-network

Intelsat launches its 37e satellite providing additional throughput to support various applications in the Americas, Africa and Europe.

Intelsat has announced the successful launch of its 37e satellite aboard the Ariane 5 launch vehicle from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana.

Lift off took place at 5:56 pm EDT and, with a confirmed signal acquisition, the 37e satellite separated from the rocket’s upper stage at 6:25 pm EDT.

Speaking on the successful launch Stephen Spengler, CEO of Intelsat, said: “Intelsat 37e is a powerful addition to our award-winning Intelsat EpicNG network. It brings new technology and resilience as we continue to deploy the first, all-digital, high-throughput satellite system.”

The Intelsat 37e is the first all-digital satellite to offer full, high-resolution interconnectivity between C, Ku and Ka spectrum bands for use in wireless backhaul, enterprise, government and mobility networks. The C-band offers a mix of high-power spot and wide beams, to deliver additional services and improved throughput. The Ku- and Ka-band steerable beams will increase network access and support high-demand areas for government and commercial mobile applications. Additionally, the Intelsat 37e satellite improves the resiliency of IntelsatOne Flex, its wholesale service, by bringing additional throughput to support enterprise, broadband, government and mobile applications in the Americas, Africa and Europe.

Spengler said: “Intelsat 37e features enhanced power sharing technology and steerable beams, which bring additional flexibility to meeting regional and application requirements over the life of the satellite. Intelsat 37e reflects our multi-band, open architecture philosophy. Our overarching goal is to offer satellite services that unlock high-demand applications such as mobility and wireless infrastructure, supporting the growth of our customers.”

The Intelsat 37e was manufactured by Boeing and, of the entire Intelsat EpicNG network fleet, has the highest throughput and features technology that enables power to be shared between shaped, fixed and steerable spot beams at Ku-band. Companies such as Speedcast, Omni-Access Algeria Telecom and TIM Brazil will be among the first customers to deploy services on Intelsat 37e.

Intelsat recently announced its partnership with Etisalat in which it will help the help to upgrade Etisalat’s network using its 33e high-throughput satellite.

End of KODI? Crackdown ramps up as ’bounty hunters’ tracking piracy law breakers

From http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/science-technology/857651/Kodi-add-ons-crackdown-piracy-laws-Bitcoin-bounty-hunters-torrents

KODI users have been warned that ‘bounty hunters’ are tracking down people who break strict piracy laws in return for a Bitcoin reward.

Kodi fans have been put on alert about ‘bounty hunters’ who are being rewarded with Bitcoin to hunt down and expose those who break piracy laws.

The Kodi surge continues without any sign of stopping, as users continue to ditch paid TV services for the online player.

Research has suggested Kodi - which offers access to thousands of channels - is being used in more than five million British homes.

Kodi software is not illegal, but developers can produce third-party add-ons that provide free access to pirated and illegal content.

It's these illegal add-ons that are being targeted by ISPs, government agencies, broadcasters and rights holders.

And now content producers are enlisting a novel way to tackle the growing problem of online piracy.

‘Bitcoin bounties’ are being offered in exchange for help tracking down online pirates.

TorrentFreak revealed the new way anti-piracy organisations are trying to entice the public to help them stop those who break piracy laws.

The way it works is content producers can create unique, identifying watermarks.

These are then added to movies, eBooks or other digital files before they are circulated.

When these get leaked to the public, bounty hunters can use the watermark to claim their Bitcoin reward and alert the copyright owner.

This helps spot leaks early and also identify the source of the leak, according to TorrentFreak.

The technology for these watermarks is owned by South African firm Custos, who are already working with a number of copyright holders.

They have recently announced a new partnership with book publisher Erudition Digital.

Unique watermarks are added to their eBooks, and if the copyrighted material gets leaked it will be up to bounty hunters to spot these identifying marks.

Custos and Erudition Digital are being helped in their efforts by anti-piracy outfit Digimarc.

The companies said: “The Custos approach is revolutionary in that it attacks the economy of piracy by targeting uploaders rather than downloaders, turning downloaders into an early detection network.

“The result is pirates turn to one another, sowing seeds of distrust amongst their communities.”

Only a selection number of bounty hunters are involved currently, but the reward scheme will be opened up to the general public in the near future.

The Bitcoin bounties vary in size - for an advanced copy of a movie it can be anything between $10 (£7.40) and $50 (£37).

For more sensitive content though the bounty can be $100 (£74) or more.

Kodi users warned about 'Bitcoin bounty hunters

Custos COO Fred Lutz said: “We can also adjust the bounty over time based on the customer’s needs.

“A low quality screener that was very sensitive prior to cinematic release dies bit require as large a bounty after cam-rips become available.”

Once the bounty system becomes available to the public, it will pose a serious obstacle to online pirates.

A number of torrent websites have already closed up shop this year amid harsher penalties for online piracy and other damaging external factors.

Just a few months ago, one popular torrent site - TorrentHound - shut down citing a lack in revenue as one of the main reasons.

While other popular torrent websites like Kickass Torrents, ExtraTorrent and Torrentz.eu have all shut down.

Kodi project lead Martijn Kaijser has revealed his team is looking to bring Digital Rights Management (DRM) to the platform to entice legitimate sources of copyrighted content to Kodi. If the plan works, here are some of the best movies, live sports and video games we'd love to see make the jump to Kodi

The penalties for online piracy have also become more severe this year thanks to the Digital Economy Act becoming law.

The new law raised the maximum possible sentence for online copyright infringement offences from two to 10 years.

The maximum sentence will only apply to people who commit serious copyright crimes, such as distributing content.

Torrent websites will also have to deal with the upcoming ad blocker that is coming to Google Chrome, the world’s most popular browser.

Adverts that will be affected are those which don’t fall within the “better ads standards” including pop-up ads.

The upcoming Google Chrome ad blocker is expected to have a big effect on torrent sites and the revenue they bring in.

The owner of one torrent site, who did not want to be named, told TorrentFreak that the Google Chrome ad blocker could signal the end of torrents.

They said: “The torrent site economy is in a bad state. Profits are very low. Profits are f***** compared to previous years.

“Chrome’s ad-blocker will kill torrent sites. If they don’t at least cover their costs, no one is going to use money out of his pocket to keep them alive.

“I won’t be able to do so at least.”

The ‘Bitcoin bounty hunters’ just add to the growing list of threats torrent websites and online pirates are having to face.

Whether they can continue to operate in the face of so many external pressures remains to be seen.

(Craig's comment, Chromes addblocker will make zero difference. Some sites are already testing Bitcoin miner based funding. You will need to click a button and donate 60 seconds of your cpu time Before your downloads start up. See coinhive.com as an example of web based bitcoin mining)

EFF: Kodi lawsuits “abusive”

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/02/eff-kodi-lawsuits-abusive/

Advocacy body the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) – which defends civil liberties in the digital world – has described recent initiatives by copyright enforcement bodies against preconfigured Kodi boxes as “abusive”, suggesting that courts should reject such expansions of copyright liability.

In a Deeplinks Blog Post, The War on General-Purpose Computing Turns on the Streaming Media Box Community, Jeremy Malcolm and Mitch Stoltz note that for most of the lifetime of Kodi since its release as XMBC in 2002, it was an obscure piece of free software that geeks used to manage their home media collections. “But in the past few years, the sale of preconfigured Kodi boxes, and the availability of a range of plugins providing access to streaming media, has seen the software’s popularity balloon—and made it the latest target of Hollywood’s copyright enforcement juggernaut,” they advise.

“We’ve seen this in the appearance of streaming media boxes as an enforcement priority in the US Trade Representative’s Special 301 Report, in proposals for new legislation targeting the sale of ‘illicit’ media boxes, and in lawsuits that have been brought on both sides of the Atlantic to address the ‘problem’ that media boxes running Kodi, like any Web browser, can be used to access media streams that were not authorised by the copyright holder. We’ve also seen it in the big TV networks’ vehement, sometimes disingenuous opposition to the US law and regulations that mandate effective competition in the cable set-top box market,” they contend.

According to the pair, the difficulty facing the titans of TV is that since neither those who sell Kodi boxes, nor those who write or host add-ons for the software, are engaging in any unauthorised copying by doing so, cases targeting these parties have to rely on other legal theories. “So far, several legal theories have been used; one in Europe against sellers of Kodi boxes, one in Canada against the owner of the popular Kodi add-on repository TVAddons, and two in the United States against TVAddons and a plugin developer,” they report.

In Europe, the case Stichting Brein v Jack Frederik Wullems (Filmspeler) was brought against a seller of Kodi boxes that came pre-installed with third-party plugins that were configured to access copyright-infringing streams. Malcolm and Stoltz say that although the seller was not engaged in any unauthorised reproduction of copyright works himself, the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled in April 2017 that because the boxes were configured with plugins that linked to copyright-infringing content, the defendant was infringing the copyright holder’s exclusive power to control “communication to the public” of a copyright work.

“The finding that the seller had engaged in a ‘communication to the public’ is, to be charitable, a stretch; especially because recital 27 of Europe’s Copyright Directive states that “the mere provision of physical facilities for enabling or making a communication does not in itself amount to a communication’,” they suggest. “As best as we can explain it, the court reasoned that the provision of the pre-configured Kodi boxes was, in practical terms, a necessary step enabling end users to access the copyright-infringing steams, since these streams were not readily accessible other than by use of Kodi configured with a plugin to access them. The judgment built upon an earlier bad decision that outlawed merely hyperlinking to copyright-infringing content if the party who posted the link knew that the content was infringing; and that they would be presumed to have such knowledge if the hyperlink was posted for financial gain,” they add.

The second legal theory that has been used against the Kodi community is that helping people get add-ons that can infringe copyright amounts to an inducement or authorisation of users’ copyright infringements. This claim has been used to bring complaints and threats against add-on developers, resulting in several of them shutting down, and also forms the basis of a lawsuit against the host of a repository of such add-ons, TVAddons, brought by Canadian telecommunications companies Bell, Videotron, Rogers and TVA.

They contend that it is “undisputed” that the vast majority of the Kodi add-ons hosted at TVAddons were not infringing. “Although some add-ons facilitate the users’ access to copyright-infringing streams, there is a strong case that no wrong has been committed by TVAddons for merely hosting them online for download. Canadian law, like American law, provides web hosts with a ‘safe harbor’ making them ‘exempt from liability when they act strictly as intermediaries in communication, caching and hosting activities’, they say, arguing that the lawsuit against TVAddons seeks to skirt that important protection by arguing that by merely hosting, distributing and promoting Kodi add-ons, the TVAddons administrator is liable for inducing or authorising copyright infringements later committed using those add-ons. “This argument, were it to succeed, would create new uncertainty and risk for distributors of any software that could be used to engage in copyright infringement,” they warn.

In conclusion, Malcolm and Stoltz suggest that the lawsuits by big TV incumbents seem to have a few goals: to expand the scope of secondary copyright infringement yet again, to force major Kodi add-on distributors off of the Internet, and to smear and discourage open source, freely configurable media players by focusing on the few bad actors in that ecosystem. “The courts should reject these expansions of copyright liability, and TV networks should not target neutral platforms and technologies for abusive lawsuits,” they declare.

Roku reveals new streaming players, OS8

From http://advanced-television.com/2017/10/02/roku-reveals-new-streaming-players-os8/

Fresh from a successful IPO, streaming platform and device specialist Roku has announced five new streaming players which it says will give people who enjoy TV better ways to connect to the streaming entertainment they love.

The new line-up includes a range of player models that Roku says offer better performance, improved wireless reception, new convenience features and greater value than ever before. Starting at just $29.99 (€25.50) MSRP, Roku says the new more powerful Roku Express makes HD streaming easy while those who want Roku’s ultimate player can get the new lower-priced $99.99 MSRP Roku Ultra. In addition, the company unveiled the newest version of its operating system, Roku OS 8.

“Our new streaming player line up provides performance, price and features to meet our users’ needs so they can sit back, relax and enjoy their TV viewing experience even more,” said Chas Smith, general manager of Roku TVs and players. “Consumers will love our new sleek Roku Streaming Stick+ with an innovative advanced wireless receiver that gives up to four times the wireless range and a remote that controls TV volume and power. It makes 4K and HDR streaming simple.”

Roku Express and Roku Express+:
Great for those who are looking to stream to the TV for the first time or extend their Roku OS experience to other TVs in the home.

The Roku Express+ is great for classic TVs. It offers the same streaming experience, with options to connect via HDMI or composite A/V ports (red/yellow/white jacks).

Roku Streaming Stick and Roku Streaming Stick+:
Small, powerful and portable for those who are on the move or want their streaming player hidden behind their TV. Features quad-core processor and 802.11 AC dual-band MIMO wireless. Now comes with a voice remote that includes TV power and volume buttons that can control compatible TV models and the Roku Streaming Stick together.

Roku Streaming Stick+ boasts exceptional wireless performance with its advanced wireless receiver that is innovatively built into the power cord. This new model offers up to four times the wireless range than the 2016 Roku Streaming Stick to minimize buffering. It combines brilliant 4K Ultra HD and HDR picture quality with the portability of the popular stick form factor.

Roku Ultra:
Roku’s most powerful and feature-packed player offers our best wireless performance and can stream HD, 4K and 4K HDR with up to 60 fps. The Roku Ultra features an ethernet port for wired connectivity and a micro SD slot to help speed up streaming channel load times.

The Roku platform provides streamers with access to 500,000 movies and TV episodes plus more than 5,000 channels. The Roku Channel, which launched just weeks ago, features hundreds of Hollywood hits and more with no fees, subscriptions or logins required.

The new line of streaming players will be available for pre-order immediately from Roku, Walmart, Best Buy, Amazon and other retailers; and is expected to be in stores around October 8th. Roku Express+ is available exclusively at Walmart beginning October 8th. Customers who purchase a new Roku player will receive a $10 Vudu credit towards a rental or purchase.

Roku OS 8, also unveiled by the company, delivers enhanced features that add convenience and value to a Roku TV user’s streaming experience. With a focus on bridging the gap between free, local broadcast TV received via HDTV antennas and streaming, the company unveiled several new Roku TV features, including a Smart Guide that shows over-the-air (OTA) broadcast TV and streaming options to help customers search for, find and discover entertainment. Other new features included in the update allow for easier search and voice control, such as enhanced voice commands allowing a user to launch streaming channels, switch inputs or control their Roku TV; TV Everywhere (TVE) single sign-on to eliminate having to enter login credentials multiple times; an updated 4K Spotlight Channel and more.

“At Roku, we love TV and we’re focused on making it better for everyone,” said Ilya Asnis, senior vice president of Roku OS at Roku. “Roku OS 8 delivers on our key pillars of ease, content and value. These new features make the entertainment experience more enjoyable for our customers, while solving some of the biggest pain points when watching TV today.”

•Smart Guide: An electronic programme guide for Roku TVs that seamlessly integrates information for local broadcast TV via an antenna with streaming options allowing customers to search for, find and discover entertainment. The guide provides programme information for local antenna broadcast TV channels from seven days in the past to up to 14 days in the future. Smart Guide also integrates the More Ways to Watch feature so users can see additional streaming options, such as: watch a movie or show from the beginning, see more episodes or browse similar entertainment. Over time, Smart Guide will even identify favourite broadcast channels available over-the-air by placing most viewed channels at the top of the programme guide.
•Roku Search for Over-the-Air Content: Local antenna broadcast TV options are now included in Roku Search results for Roku TV customers who use a TV antenna to receive free local broadcast TV. Roku search already spans across 500+ streaming channels and now, when a TV antenna is connected, will include results for local broadcast TV along with streaming options sorted by what is free or lowest cost for the viewer. Users can also search for antenna TV content via the Roku mobile app.
•Voice Control: Roku TVs now feature voice controls to make it easy to switch inputs, tune to a local antenna broadcast channel, launch a streaming channel and more. Voice controls for Roku TVs can be used via enhanced remotes with the microphone button or through the free Roku mobile app for iOS and Android mobile devices.
•Private Listening for Over-the-Air Content: Roku TV users with an antenna connected to their TV can now use private listening to hear audio for local antenna broadcast content either using their mobile device via the Roku mobile app or through the headphone jack on the remote control on select Roku TV models. This feature is also available for streaming.
•Fast TV Start: Allows a Roku TV to start quickly and launch a streaming or antenna TV channel in seconds simply using a voice command. For example, a user can say ‘launch Hulu’and the TV will turn on and open the Hulu streaming channel. Or, if they say, ‘tune to ABC’, the TV will turn on and tune to the local ABC station if an antenna is connected to the Roku TV.

•Enhanced Voice Features: Voice search now includes natural language understanding and can search for movies, shows, actors and directors, or even launch streaming channels, in a more conversational tone. For example, a user can say things such as, ‘show me movies with Tom Hanks’, ‘launch Hulu’, or even more detailed searches such as ‘show me comedies with Will Ferrell’.
•TV Everywhere Single Sign-On: TVE single sign-on, available for pay-TV customers, eliminates the need to log in to TVE channels repeatedly. Customers who subscribe to Dish, Cox, AT&T and hundreds of other providers will enjoy the convenience of single sign-on when using 30 TVE channels. More providers are expected to be added to the feature over time.
•4K Spotlight Channel Update: The redesigned Roku 4K Spotlight Channel makes it easier than ever to find 4K, HDR and Dolby Vision content available on the Roku platform for players and TVs that support these standards. The 4K Spotlight Channel now features a new navigation menu to help users quickly select the type of content they wish to view, inclusion of more content categories to easily browse by genre, and the option to choose from multiple streaming channels if a movie or show is available from more than one provider.

In addition, a variety of other enhancements and bug fixes were also included.

Roku OS 8 will begin rolling out to Roku players in early October, and Roku TV models beginning in November. The software update is expected to rollout to all Roku devices by the end of the year.


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